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Three journalists face prison in legal tussle over cartoon

first_img May 18, 2021 Find out more AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa June 5, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three journalists face prison in legal tussle over cartoon May 12, 2021 Find out more Organisation Reporters Without Borders today noted with concern an upsurge in legal proceedings against members of the media as the trial of three journalists on the daily Liberté ended with the state prosecutor making an outrageous call for jail sentences against them.The prosecutor on 1st June called for two months imprisonment for editor, Ali Ouafak, managing editor, Farid Alilat, and cartoonist Ali Dilem for “defamation” under Article 146 of the press law which provides for prison sentences for insulting state bodies.The offending cartoon, published on 29 July 2004, of retired Chief of Staff of the Algerian Army, General Mohamed Lamari, prompted a complaint from the defence ministry to the Sidi M’hammed correctional court in Algiers. The court is set to deliver its verdict on 15 June.“With days to go before sentence in this case, we appeal to the justice system to show restraint and discernment. Since the Algerian authorities always turn a deaf ear to calls to amend the draconian law on the press, we hope that the judges will not serve any political interests by insisting on handing down harsh sentences to the Liberté journalists” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “Ali Dilem’s cartoons, which are widely appreciated outside Algeria, should be seen for what they are, journalistic sketches that justify a degree of mockery”, it added.Diliem is already under a suspended prison sentence and could end up behind bars if he was sentenced again. He has had a total of more than 20 legal cases brought against him.Lawyer for Liberté, Khaled Burayu, told Reporters Without Borders that he had urged the court to show tolerance over the cartoons. “We would like Algerian jurisprudence to take a lead from European jurisprudence which provides for moderation. The cartoonist did not act in bad faith,” he added.Two journalists on the daily al-Watan were sentenced to two months in prison for defamation in March this year in a suit brought by the prefect of the eastern region of Jijel. Other Algerian journalists have regularly been brought before the court in a number of similar cases. News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Algeria Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditationcenter_img News Receive email alerts AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections News News to go further RSF_en April 29, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Freedom of Limerick for President Higgins

first_imgWhatsApp Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Previous articleA gigantic policing planNext articleSuicide prevention training for Limerick’s emergency service workers Editor Facebook NewsFreedom of Limerick for President HigginsBy Editor – August 29, 2014 896 Advertisement Print Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April First Irish death from Coronavirus center_img Twitter Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR No vaccines in Limerick yet President Higgins, who will be conferred with the Freedom of Limerick next month.Limerick City and County Council has unanimously agreed to award the Freedom of Limerick to An Uachtaráin, Michael D Higgins.The announcement was made this morning, (Friday) by Cathaoirleach of Limerick City and County Council, Cllr Kevin Sheahan following a special meeting of the Council.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Freedom of Limerick will be conferred on President Higgins on Monday, September 29th 2014 at a public event in the Milk Market Limerick. Further details on this event will be released shortly.Cathaoirleach Kevin Sheahan said Limerick City and County Council is delighted to award the honour to President Higgins who was born and spent his early years growing up in Limerick.“President Higgins is renowned for cherishing and promoting our national culture in all its diversity and richness,” said Cllr Sheahan. “We want to celebrate and recognise the President’s unique contribution to Irish life, particularly as he is the sole patron of Limerick City of Culture. President Higgins will be the first recipient to receive the Freedom of Limerick under our newly merged authority and we are very much looking forward to honouring him and showcasing our distinctive cultural heritage in Limerick at the conferring event next month.”The Freedom of Limerick is the highest honour that can be bestowed upon an individual by Limerick City and County Council.The honour is reserved for those who have made exceptional or unique contributions to the common good or to persons who have made outstanding contributions to the business, commercial, educational or cultural life of Limerick.Previously Limerick City Council used to bestow the title ‘Freedom of Limerick City’ – the honour is now titled ‘The Freedom of Limerick’ since both Limerick City Council and Limerick County Council merged to become one authority last June.Previous recipients of the Freedom of Limerick City include Eamon De Valera, John F Kennedy, John Hunt, Dr Ed Walsh, Bill Clinton, JP McManus, Sir Terry Wogan and Bill Whelan. TAGSBill ClintonBill WhelanEamon deValeraEd Walshfeaturedfull-imageJohn F KennedyJohn HuntJP McManusKivin SheahanlimerickLimerick City and County CouncilPresident Michael D HigginsTerry Wogan Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Linkedinlast_img read more

Music, sweet music, with MGLC | Newcastle West feature

first_imgEmail WhatsApp Newcastle West Gardaí move Heartbroken publicans call time on their Covid lockdown Linkedin Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter NewsLocal NewsVideoMusic, sweet music, with MGLC | Newcastle West featureBy Rose Rushe – October 10, 2019 386 Advertisementcenter_img Previous articlePlanning permission granted for new Primary Care Centre in Newcastle WestNext articleNumbers don’t add up for mobile phone drivers Rose Rushehttp://www.limerickpost.ieCommercial Features and Arts Editor at Limerick Post Man and woman arrested after Gardaí seize cash and suspected drugs worth more than €28,000 Abbeyfeale water supply gets the all clear Patrickswell women get to the heart of the matter TAGSfeatureLimerick CountyMusic GenerationNewcastle WestSpecial Free admission to Desmond Castle Print Tony Monahan playing guitar with Protobaby. Photo: Cian ReinhardtMUSIC Generation Limerick City works across the County, bringing musicians into classrooms and youth groups to lead in learning music, songwriting and jamming. Protobaby’s Tony Monahan is one such tutor with MGLC for Newcastle West, external to his work as producer/ DJ/ songwriting musician. Interestingly, Desmond College in Newcastle West makes MG attendance compulsory for Transition Year students. Tony opens out the scene for us, chatting over a cuppa at Dan Cronin’s lively bar.“I’ve been working with Music Generation for six years now and I work mostly with teens and with teen projects,” explains the Peter Dee Academy teacher.  “MGLC involves travelling to schools and we have Saturday sessions as well where we mentor teenage artists, bands, producers and stuff.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We go from Abbeyfeale in one direction to Kilmallock in another and stretch out across the whole county. I work between all those places. We have about 2,000 kids in the county, another 2,500 in the city.“We go into primary schools as well, right down to young ages, but with the projects I work on, the catchment would be teenage, First Year up to Sixth Year.  In some schools it is optional but Desmond College sends them to us.“TYs are sent to us and they get to sample music production and songwriting and stuff. [The group] is not just made of musical students either, it’s a mix.“If it is our TY project, which is a four week programme, class starts with an introduction and who we the tutors are as musicians. All of us are musicians and all are different. For example, God Knows, his speciality is rap. My speciality is work on guitar-based writing and production.“So I bring in stuff that I do live, bring in some bits and show the class what I do as an artist. And then we spend the next few weeks exploring what they can do. We use technology, we use garage bands, we introduce them to songwriting elements, generally try to get everybody involved.“It’s not exclusive and you don’t have to be able to play,” Tony makes clear.  “That is very much to mission, to get everybody involved and we play with people who can play as well, of course. We try get everyone involved, to show that music is not an elite thing – it’s not a thing that you can’t get into.“I think by the end of the sessions they kind of get that,” he says and quotes the goal,  “‘that we  [the students]  can take ownership over something and create our own piece’. That is the important part. As long as we get that, we are happy.” Limerick Post wondered how the traditional Irish music scene influenced content. There’s a rich strain of Sliabh Luachra in trad DNA locally.“Mmmm. In class, it’s usually music that is popular. So we always get Ed Sheerin, Jay Z, Stormzy.“And while Stormzy is not my particular musical genre, I relate to it and understand it. I try to show them what I understand he is, lyrically and musically and what he does.“What we always do over the four weeks is bring in a guest. So if I am doing guitar related music, one of our hip-hop specialists will come in for a session and deal with that. We work together and I guest on some of the other musicians’ sessions.“We are all different, we all explore different avenues in music. That’s the thing.“In a Desmond College group you will have 14 or 15 students, something like that. Conversation is all about music, what music do you like, what music do you listen to.“They usual end up with recordings, there is a huge amount to get on with and it’s only four weeks. We do four week cycles and six week cycles, depending on the school, whatever they want and request. We tailor it to them.”last_img read more

Zach Wilson shines in passing drills at BYU pro day

first_imgMarch 26, 2021 /Sports News – Local Zach Wilson shines in passing drills at BYU pro day Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah (AP) — Zach Wilson has given observers a taste of why he’s projected to go higher in the NFL draft than any BYU player before him.The quarterback only took part in passing drills during BYU’s pro day, following a script of 60 passes drawn up by former BYU and NFL quarterback John Beck.Wilson threw a mix of deep routes, crossing routes, slants, curls, wheel routes and timing routes. He made virtually every pass look effortless.Wilson is projected to go second overall to the New York Jets in the latest mock drafts from ESPN. The Jets had GM Joe Douglas, head coach Robert Saleh and offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur in Provo, Utah, to watch Wilson throw. Tags: BYU Cougars Football/NFL Draft/Pro Day/Zach WIlson Associated Presslast_img read more

Hundreds of university employees on zero hour contracts

first_imgAn investigation by the Universities and Colleges Union has revealed that 83 teaching staff and 122 ‘academic related’ staff are on the controversial contracts in the university.The report found that across the UK, 24,427 academic staff are employed on the contracts, in over half of higher education institutions. According to data from the Higher Education Standards Authority, this constitutes 12% of all academic staff.The UCU investigation concluded, “For staff, zero-hour contracts present huge drawbacks in comparison to permanent regular work: there is no guaranteed level of regular earnings that provides any certainty over meeting bills or planning for the future… In short, zero-hour contracts are not compatible with developing a professional workforce delivering quality services.”Simon Renton, President of UCU, commented further, “Our findings shine a light on the murky world of casualisation in further and higher education. Their widespread use is the unacceptable underbelly of our colleges and universities.”He continued, “For far too many people, it is simply a case of exploitation.”Zero-hour contracts hire staff with no guarantee of work or a wage, instead depending on workers being called to work on a short term basis. They have been criticised for giving no stability to employees, but advocates argue they are necessary to give employers flexibility.An Oxford University spokesperson defended the use of the contracts, which are officially described as “variable hours contracts”. They told Cherwell, “Many of those listed on variable hours contracts also have permanent contracts, to which the variable hours contract is merely an addition, so the variable hours contracts is not their primary contract of employment with the University.“Variable hours contracts are full University contracts of employment that may be permanent or fixed duration. Variable hours contracts are used when it is not possible to predict the number of hours of work available.”The revelations about Oxford’s use of zero hour contracts come amidst growing debate about their use. The Office for National Statistics claims that 250,000 people are on the contracts, although many claim that this is an underestimate.Labour MP Tom Watson recently called for a ban on the contracts, arguing, “If employers want to be that flexible with wages then they must realise workers can’t be. They can’t be flexible with shopping bills, rent and mortgage payments.” Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary, has also said Ed Miliband should “go further” in his emphasis on a living wage, and promise to ban zero-hour contracts.In August, the business secretary Vince Cable launched a review into the use of zero-hour contracts, suggesting that “at one end of the market” they can be “exploitative.”Oxford students had a mixed response to the use of the contracts in the university. One St Hilda’s undergraduate said, “It is outrageous that a university with resources like ours can fail to give waged work to so many people.”However, one second year PPEist commented, “Unemployment is a serious problem and zero hour contracts free up employers hands to quickly and efficiently hire those who perhaps would otherwise be out of a job.”last_img read more

Saudi Company To Buy $69 Billion Stake In SABIC

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare A Saudi Arabian company has reached a deal to buy a 70 percent stake in petrochemical company SABIC which operates right here in the Tri-State.Saudi Aramco is the world’s largest oil producer but they’re shifting their focus to petrochemicals as demand for gas and other fuels slows down.The $69.1 billion dollar deal still has to be approved. Sabic operates in 50 countries and has about 35,000 employees including some right here in the Tri-State.The deal is not expected to have any impact on SABIC employees in Mt. Vernon.Comments0 commentscenter_img MARCH 28TH, 2019 TYRONE MORRIS INDIANAlast_img read more

Economic Forecast in Ocean City Looks Good

first_imgGregory Matuson lays out his economic forecast for Ocean City at the Chamber of Commerce event Tuesday. By Maddy VitaleA strong Ocean City housing market and improvements to the regional economy, with casinos on the upswing leading to the creation of more than 5,700 jobs, are indicators that 2019 will be a solid year for business, a local bank executive said Tuesday.Gregory Matuson, an executive vice president and chief financial officer at Sturdy Savings Bank, told a business forum at the Flanders Hotel that strong consumer spending will also boost the local economy and is another good sign for Ocean City’s tourism industry.“The national and local economic expansion will continue, but at a slower pace, as we are towards the end of a longer than normal period of expansion,” Matuson said in an interview after the program.He noted that the Ocean City housing market is robust. Housing prices are increasing, and condominium prices are stable. He said there has also been a shift in real estate sales away from duplexes, with more buyers opting for single-family homes than duplexes by a margin of 2-1.Friends Mary Ellen Buono, left, and Joan Cesarini, vacationers from Pennsylvania, salvaged an otherwise dreary day by going shopping.Matuson emphasized that these factors are indicators the economy remains strong. He added that rentals are down in part because homeowners do not need the added income. With the Atlantic City casino market improving, more people who work at the casinos and live on the mainland are coming to Ocean City to shop, go to the beach and attractions, Matuson pointed out.In keynote remarks during the 2019 Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce Economic Outlook, Matuson said business owners should keep an eye on the global and national economy. Uncertainty and gridlock in Washington D.C., primarily due to the government shutdown, can have a huge effect on consumer spending, he warned.One key economic issue involves the increase of New Jersey’s minimum wage, which is currently $8.85 an hour and will increase to $10 an hour by July 2019 and go up from there in steps until it reaches $15 in 2024.Matuson noted that the increase in the minimum wage will have a “dramatic” effect on the regional economy. He added that the increases would also pertain to tip workers, which would increase their pay. Tipped workers will go from $2.13 to $5.13 over five years.People stroll the Ocean City Boardwalk on an August 2018 day.In addition to focusing on 2019, Matuson also reflected on the 2018 tourism season in Ocean City. Rainy weather forecasts led to fewer day-trippers. Daily beach tag sales were down as a result. And the less than stellar summer translated to a decline in business for the Boardwalk shops, although Ocean City’s downtown retail district along Asbury Avenue did well, he said.“Hopefully it will be a sunny and warm upcoming season for us all,” Matuson said in closing.The event was sponsored by Sturdy Savings Bank and Shore Medical Center. To view Matuson’s PowerPoint presentation click: https://ocnjdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/OC-Chamber-Presentation-2019-Final.pptxMembers of the Chamber of Commerce look on as Gregory Matuson begins his presentation.last_img read more

Yonder Mountain String Band Releases Music Video For “Bad Taste” Off New Album

first_imgJamgrass favorite Yonder Mountain String Band has just released a brand new music video for the song “Bad Taste” off their upcoming album Love. Ain’t Love. This newly released music video was filmed by Cinema Raven and shot in the gorgeous Telluride, Colorado, which is a locale beloved to many bluegrass and Americana acts because of the iconic annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival—Yonder Mountain will return to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival this year for a festival slot on Saturday, June 17th as well as kick-off performances on Wednesday, June 14th at Telluride’s Mountain Village and later at the Sheridan Opera House.Watch Danny Barnes Team With Yonder Mountain At NWSS For Two Barnes Originals [Pro-Shot]The video for “Bad Taste” is ahead of the release of Yonder Mountain String Band’s new thirteen-track album, Love. Ain’t Love, which is due out June 23rd via Frog Pad Records. The album was recorded at Coupe Studios in Yonder Mountain’s home of Boulder, Colorado, and produced by longtime collaborator John McVey. You can check out the video for Yonder’s “Bad Taste” off of Love. Ain’t Love below, and pre-order the new album here.[Photo: Ojeda Photography]last_img read more

Bob Weir To Reunite With RatDog Rhythm Section As “Bobby & The Chew Toys” At Sound Summit

first_imgOn Saturday, September 8th, Bob Weir will reunite with the rhythm section of his longtime solo touring unit, RatDog, as part of his performance at the annual Sound Summit. While originally announced as a special guest for the benefit, now, Bob Weir—a veteran of the one-day benefit concert—has clarified that he will perform with RatDog drummer Jay Lane and bassist Robin Sylvester under the moniker Bobby & The Chew Toys. Later in the fall, Bob Weir will reunite with Jay Lane for his highly anticipated tour with Bob Weir And Wolf Bros, also featuring bassist and famed producer Don Was.The 2018 Sound Summit is scheduled to take over the Mountain Theater, a 4,000-capacity natural stone amphitheater, in Mount Tamalpais State Park this weekend. Sound Summit is organized by Roots & Branches Conservancy and raises money for its host park, with Sound Summit having raised nearly $200,000 in its first three years.One of the major musical highlights in the Bay Area each year, this year, Bob Weir tops the Sound Summit lineup in addition to legendary jazz-funk artist  Herbie Hancock. Both legendary musicians share the bill with fan-favorite songstresses Grace Potter and Nikki Lane, in addition to ever-popular and soulful Con Brio.Tickets for the 2018 Sound Summit on September 8th at the Mountain Theater in Mount Tamalpais State Park are currently on sale. You can head to the festival’s website for more information and ticketing.[H/T Jambands]last_img read more

University announces Reagan speechwriter as 2019 Commencement speaker

first_imgEditor’s Note: A version of this story appeared in the print edition of The Observer on Dec. 3, 2018. Peggy Noonan — one of President Ronald Reagan’s speechwriters and a Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal columnist — will deliver the 2019 commencement address at the May 19 graduation ceremony, the University announced Monday.“Peggy Noonan is universally admired for the stirring prose, keen insight and the moral perspective of her commentary on America and the world,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in a University press release. “I look forward to welcoming her to Notre Dame and hearing her address to our graduates.”Before becoming Reagan’s speechwriter in 1984, Noonan graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University and worked at CBS News’ radio division. She worked on some of Reagan’s most well-known speeches, including the “Boys of Pointe du Hoc.” The speech commemorated the 40th anniversary of D-Day and “is considered one of the century’s top 60 speeches of any kind,” the release said. Noonan also worked with Reagan on his address to the nation after the 1986 Challenger space shuttle explosion, which is among the 20th century’s top-10 political speeches, according to the release.When George H. W. Bush ran for president in 1988, Noonan helped him craft his acceptance speech, which included references to “a kinder, gentler nation” and “a thousand points of light.” Currently, Noonan writes a weekly political column for The Wall Street Journal titled “Declarations.” Noonan first began writing the column in 2000, and it appears in the newspaper’s weekend edition, according to the release. In 2017, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary that “connected readers to the shared virtues of Americans during one of the nation’s most divisive political campaigns.”Noonan served as a consultant on NBC’s “The West Wing” and has written nine books on American history, politics and culture, the release said. She also contributed to “Character Above All,” a book of essays on the American presidency.She also has a background in academia, having worked as an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University, a history instructor at Yale University and a fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.Tags: 2019 commencement address, 2019 graduation, Commencement, Peggy Noonanlast_img read more