Freelance journalist and son freed after six months in prison

first_img Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists October 5, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Freelance journalist and son freed after six months in prison March 12, 2021 Find out more News Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News March 8, 2021 Find out more News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information center_img Organisation Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Receive email alerts News RSF_en to go further Human rights activist and freelance journalist Ali Abdallah, 52, and his son, student Mohammad Abdallah, 22, were released yesterday on completing a six-month sentence for “criticising the state of emergency laws” in effect since 1963 and “insulting the president of the state security court,” their lawyer, Khalil Maatouk, said. Ali Abdallah is an occasional contributor to the Lebanese newspapers Assafir and An-Nahar and to Al-Khalij, a newspaper based in the United Arab Emirates.——————————–21.08.2006 – Journalist and son appear before court martial after being held five monthsReporters Without Borders voiced concern today about the fate of freelance journalist Ali Abdallah and his son Mohammad, who appeared before a court martial in Damascus on 14 August on charges of disturbing the peace, “disseminating false news iable to undermine the financial prestige of the state” and “insulting a high official” under articles 287 and 385 of the criminal code.The press freedom organisation called for their immediate release and said they were being held arbitrarily for exercising their right to free expression and criticism. Abdallah, who writes for such newspapers as Al-Khalij, Assafir and An-Nahar, has been detained together his son for the past five months.He was arrested on 23 March after criticising government policies in various articles including one that described the Syrian economy as “weak.” When his son contacted the Qatar-based TV news station Al-Jazeera to report the arrest, he was also detained.During their 14 August appearance in court, Abdallah and his son said they signed confessions under torture and after being subjected to violence during their initial interrogation.Their lawyer, Razan Zaitouneh, said Abdallah’s arrested was carried out by plain-clothes security agents who had no warrant and refused to identify themselves. He and his son were then held for a month without their lawyers and family being told where they were or being able to communicate with them.The case was transferred to a military court after being brought first before an ordinary civilian court and then a state security high court. At an earlier hearing on 26 July, the military court decided to adjourn the case to 14 August for verification of identity. It has now been decided that the substance of the case will not be heard until 27 September.“Ali and Mohammad Abdallah have now been held for nearly five months in unacceptable conditions pending a judicial decision that keeps on being postponed,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Such violations of human rights are intolerable and we firmly condemn them.”Abdallah was previously arrested on 26 May 2005 for inviting the Muslim Brotherhood to participate in a debate held by the Atassi Forum, the only political forum tolerated in Syria. He was freed six months later, on 4 November 2005. Follow the news on Syria February 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img

Laemmle Theater in Pasadena Set to Reopen April 9

first_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Laemmle Theater in Pasadena Set to Reopen April 9 STAFF REPORT Published on Friday, March 26, 2021 | 4:11 pm One thought on “Laemmle Theater in Pasadena Set to Reopen April 9” Business News April 7th, 2021 at 9:44 am That’s sad, man. That’s the worst thing for a business: to have to sell their property. Wow. I didn’t know they owned that space, but now I feel really bad they had to let go of it. 18 recommended1 commentShareShareTweetSharePin it center_img Top of the News HerbeautyKim To File For Divorce From Kanye West After 6 Years Of MarriageHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAncient Beauty Remedies From India To Swear By For Healthy SkinHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeauty Metchoo says: faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Laemmle Playhouse 7. Courtesy of Laemmle.comLaemmle Theaters announced Friday that it plans to reopen six Los Angeles County locations, including one in Pasadena, on April 9.The theaters expected to reopen reportedly also include Los Angeles, North Hollywood, Santa Monica, Claremont and Laemmle’s new theater in Santa Clarita.“Now that L.A. County’s health department has announced we have left the purple tier and entered the red, we are thrilled to announce that we will reopen on April 9, 2021 at 25% capacity,” the company said in a written statement. “If the County is in the orange tier at that time, we’ll go with 50% capacity,” the statement said.“Our veteran general managers have returned, like cavalry coming over the hill, to ready our theaters and make sure the reopening will be safe, the statement added.Laemmle Theaters President Greg Laemmle thanked patrons for their support through the pandemic, adding that at the outset of the pandemic, he didn’t think the company could survive more than a few months of closure.“ We’ve received support from government stimulus programs, and more importantly from you, our patrons, through your gift and Premiere Card purchases, and your rentals on Laemmle Virtual Cinema.“Even so, some difficult decisions had to be made,” Laemmle said.The company has sold two properties, including its Pasadena location, and leased back the space.“…and we may have to sell more to shore up our finances,” Laemmle said. “But to be clear, the plan is to reopen as a tenant and maintain operations as a movie theatre, even where we no longer own the property.”Online film rentals through the theater company’s Laemmle Virtual Cinema were to continue, representatives said.The company said it planned to post updates as they become available online at Sells Pasadena Building, Then Leases Back the Movie Theater Inside Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday last_img

Calls grow in Germany to punish queue-jumping for vaccines

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — Calls are growing in Germany to punish people who squeeze to the front of the line for COVID-19 vaccines after several cases in which officials allegedly queue-jumped and received shots. The head of a trust that operates three hospitals in northwestern Germany apologized to staff members Wednesday for getting vaccinated ahead of doctors and nurses at the facilities. German public broadcaster NDR reported that fewer than 400 of the 2,500 staff members at the hospitals have gotten shots against the coronavirus so far. The trust’s chief executive, said he accepted an invitation to his first jab on Jan. 9 because doses had to be used quickly and has since received a second shot.last_img

Brentwood Man Killed in Crash With Tractor Trailer

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 35-year-old Brentwood man was killed when his vehicle was involved in a collision with a tractor trailer in Islandia on Tuesday afternoon.Suffolk County police said Carlos Santiago was driving a Honda northbound on Motor Parkway when his vehicle was struck by a westbound tractor trailer at the corner of Express Drive North at 1:15 p.m.The victim was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.The trucker, a 56-year-old Indiana man, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.Motor Carrier Safety Section officers inspected the tractor trailer and impounded the Honda.Fourth Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on the case to call them at 631-854-8452.last_img

Four Irish fighters in action at European Championships today

first_imgThere are 4 Irish fighters European championship last 16 action in Ukraine today.Kurt Walker , Emmet Brennan, Joe Ward and Darren O’Neill are all in the ring.last_img

‘Stranger danger’ – Donegal Gardaí warn parents over personalised school items

first_imgGardaí in Donegal have issued a warning to parents not to add their children’s names to their school bags as they prepare to go back to school in September. The warning comes following a new initiative by Donegal gardaí, ‘Stranger danger’, warning parents that their child could ‘automatically presume that anyone who knows their name is not a stranger’.A spokesperson for An Garda Síochána in Donegal said: “That time of year is upon us all again and we are out buying bits and pieces for back to school in September. “When buying a school bag for your child please do not have any personalisations added with their name visible.“A child will automatically presume that anyone who knows their name is not a stranger.“There are so many choices out there from personalised pencil cases to stickers for books with the child’s name added and that is fine as they won’t be seen when the child is travelling to and from school.”‘Stranger danger’ – Donegal Gardaí warn parents over personalised school items was last modified: August 7th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

Cycads to be saved by DNA

first_imgCycads growing wild in the forest of theRain Queen Modjadji.(Image: South Africa Tourism)  South Africa’s rare and sought-after cycads are to be protected by a new DNA barcoding initiative that will help clamp down on illicit trade in the endangered plants.Botany masters student Philip Rousseau, under the guidance of Professor Michelle van der Bank of the Department of Botany and Plant Biotechnology at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), initiated the project in January 2010. His aim is to preserve the ancient plants, which are often sold illegally to eager collectors in the US and Far East.The database will focus specifically on plants from the Encephalartos genus, as these are native to Africa, with 39 species occurring in South Africa alone. The country also is home to one species from the genus Stangeria, S. eriopus.The name Encephalartos comes from the Greek words en (within), kephali (head), and artos (bread). This refers to the traditional use of the pith of the stem as a starchy food, a practice reflected in the Afrikaans name broodboom (“bread tree”).“This project forms part of a global initiative, known as TreeBOL, to DNA barcode all the trees of the world within the next five years,” said Van der Bank. “UJ will generate a library of reference barcoding sequences for all cycad species, which will enable researchers and custom officials to identify specimens.”UJ is driving the African section of TreeBOL.According to the regulations South Africans need a permit to own a cycad, with one permit issued for every plant. Although the country’s laws are among the tightest in the world where cycads are concerned, officials have a difficult time with smugglers transporting valuable plants under the name of a less endangered species.In great demandNow modern technology is set to stop thieves in their tracks. The barcode library will deter illegal trade in cycads by preventing unscrupulous dealers and buyers from presenting rare plants as more common species. As visual identification is almost impossible once the leaves have been stripped for transport purposes, DNA will provide conservation officials with a foolproof way of identifying seized cycads.Plants are regularly stolen from protected areas and botanical gardens or simply dug out of their natural areas. In one such case, in January 2008, 103 extremely rare specimens with a value of US$1.3-million (R10-million), were plucked from the Lillie floral reserve in Limpopo province.Ruthless buyers, who are willing to pay $13 500 (R100 000) or more for cycads, ignore the fact that the plants take up to 800 years to grow tall stems, and that they are endangered in their native habitats because of excessive demand.Encephalartos cerinus, for example, was only described in 1989, but subsequent demand and poaching of the plant led to it tottering on the brink of extinction mere months after its discovery. Other species may have been wiped out before they were even discovered.Several cycad species are now extinct in the wild, while the numbers of others have dwindled alarmingly. In South Africa three of the 38 indigenous species are extinct in the wild – they are Encephalartos woodii, E. brevifoliolatus and E. nubimontanus. The cycad specialist group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has classified 12 more as critically endangered, and a further 13 as threatened.According to Dr John Donaldson of the IUCN cycad specialist group, South Africa has a disproportionately high number of critically endangered cycads. “We certainly are on the cusp of extinctions. We have a lot of rare plants that are down to less than 100 individuals in the wild,” he said.In recent years botanists have implanted microchips, which can only be read with a scanner, into rare cycads. This enables authorities to identify stolen plants and trace their rightful owners. The technology has proved effective on a number of occasions, although some canny thieves try to extract and get rid of the transponders. The DNA technology will overcome this hurdle.Plants of myth and legendThe palm-like cycads are the oldest seed plants on earth, with fossils dating back to the Early Permian period, about 280-million years ago. This puts the leafy specimens on the scene even before the Jurassic period when dinosaurs flourished.Just over 300 species have been described to date, falling into 10–12 genera and two or three families (the number of genera and families varies according to the taxonomic viewpoint).Cycads are found in the tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, America and Australasia. They have given rise to many myths and intriguing stories, and whole cultures have developed around them.One of the most famous is that of Ga-Modjadji, a rural community of over 150 villages near Tzaneen in Limpopo province, ruled by the Rain Queen Modjadji of the Lobedu people.The Modjadji dynasty is some 400 years old, but since the sixth Rain Queen, Makobo, read more

2015 Darke County Fair Photo Gallery

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Darke County Fair King AJ Warner talking to Dale Minyo. Darke County Fairboard Member Matt Aultman sharing about tractor pulls Tuesday and Wednesday with listeners.last_img

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, September 5, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We should be able to pick off a mostly dry day over Ohio today. Honestly, today should look very similar to yesterday. Heat is making its presence known and humidity values are creeping up too. We still can’t rule out a couple of pop of showers, but generally there is nothing to see here, today.Better organized shower and thunderstorm activity moves in for tomorrow . We expect the showers to arrive in western parts of Ohio around mid morning and then spend the rest of the day working through the state. The most frequent showers end by evening, or at least before midnight. But then for Friday, we expect some additional scattered action. The Friday precipitation, though, will be skewed in its coverage farther south, mostly over  the southern half to one third of the state. Overall, we can expect .2”-.7” of rain with 70% coverage combined over the 2-day period. This is part of a frontal complex that will be moving in from the west and north.The main feature of our forecast this morning is the remains of tropical system Gordon. Gordon will be making landfall later this week in MS and LA and will then work north through the lower and mid-Mississippi valley, before hooking northeast. Gordon will start to push into SW Indiana Saturday. However, we do not think that we see anything from this storm complex through the day Saturday in Ohio. Here, we have rains for Sunday and Monday being most intense. Those days can bring at least 1-3″ to 100% of the state, and we think that there will be some 4 inch totals. If we are being completely honest this morning, we have a concern in the back of our minds that that rain totals can actually exceed the 4” upper bound (see the map below), but we will be conservative for now, as the overall rain totals will be completely dependent on the track that Gordon’s remains take.Leftover showers hold through the day Tuesday and can add .1″-.5″ to our cumulative rain totals. Once again, we see the better chances at those Tuesday rains in the southern and eastern parts of the state, and not as much NW, but we don’t want to get too cute, with backside moisture still trying to rotate over the far eastern corn belt. Wednesday also looks damp with a few more scattered showers bringing a few hundredths to .4″ to 60% of the state. This should bring to an end the wettest part of our entire forecast. The map at right shows cumulative rain potential now through next Wednesday.After all of that, we do eventually get a nice dry period starting next Thursday, stretching through the end of the 10-day period on Friday.  We also will start off the 11-16 day extended period with more dry weather for the weekend through the following Monday. Our next chance of rain looks to develop around the 18th and 19th (Tuesday and Wednesday) with rain totals of half to 1.5” coming from slow moving rains moving across the state. We expect 90% coverage from that system. Then we go back to dry weather for the 20th on forward through at least the 23rd.Temperatures will be warm again today, as we have already hinted at above. Yesterday was a “to 10” day when compared to all previous September 4th’s on record, as most of the state was near or above 90 degrees. Heat indexes were higher. Today and tomorrow will be well above normal again, but then, as rains intensify Friday through the weekend and early next week, we see temps pull back to normal and below normal levels. However, the cooler push will be tough to notice, as humidity levels will be high, it will be stuffy and therefore feel much warmer. Then, the balance of our forecast sees temps go back above normal for the rest of the 10-day period and the extended window as well. We will need the warmer temps to help with dry down after all of the rain over the next 6 days.last_img

Now Available: Anti-Virus for Your Facebook News Feed

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification sarah perez Norton, however, falls far short of what Defensio provides today. Perhaps that’s because Norton’s app is a freebie for consumers while Defensio is aimed more towards companies and brands maintaining business-related Facebook pages. However, Defensio has a free option for consumers and it protects any Facebook page that isn’t used for commercial purposes.  Norton should not only offer the app for free, as it does now, but it should automate the scans. Facebook users can’t even stop long enough to concern themselves with their privacy settings, so asking them to run regular, manual scans of their News Feed is somewhat ridiculous.  Perhaps an automation functionality will arrive in a newer version. (We asked Norton on their Facebook Wall, let’s see if they respond.) In the meantime, it’s better than nothing. And if you come across a questionable link, it’s definitely worth the scan. You can install Norton Safe Web for Facebook here: Defensio can be installed here: Earlier this week we asked if Facebook had grown to the point that it needed its own anti-malware service and – would you look at this! – now it has one. Well, sort of. The well-known security company Symantec has released an anti-malware service for Facebook which protects you from dangerous links posted to your News Feed. And it comes to you by way of a free Facebook application called “Norton Safe Web.” Keeping Your News Feed Malware-Free Apparently, this News Feed-scanning anti-virus application was released into beta back in mid-April, but we’re just now hearing of it thanks to the eagle-eyed bloggers over at All Facebook. Norton’s free software functions the same way any other Facebook application does. You click to give it access to your profile and then Norton Safe Web scans your News Feed for malicious URLs. It even scans inside shortened links from services like or tinyURL. The results of the scan can then be shared with your friends from the application itself – a handy feature for warning others of any dangers on your Wall or theirs. Related Posts Some IssuesUnfortunately, when testing it ourselves we noticed a few issues. When using Google Chrome to perform the scan, we had to refresh the page manually to see the scan results. For some reason, the initial result was a blank page. For whatever reason, the app was unable to scan a couple URLs and simply marked them as “untested.” The app only checks for URLs posted within the past 24 hours. And finally – and this is perhaps the most important of all – the software does not run automatically. That means anytime you want to test the safety of the links in your News Feed, you have to launch the app and run a scan. Manually.A Better Option? DefensioWhile the first few issues are minor complaints (the Chrome bug may have been on our end, after all), this last item is critical and a huge miss on Symantec’s part. And it’s not an issue of Facebook not allowing an app to run automatically in the background, either. For example, earlier this year, we looked a Defensio 2.0, one of the first-ever security suites for Facebook. The application checks for malicious files, links and scripts as well as for profanity and other unwanted content that’s posted to your Facebook Wall. After you configure the level of protection you want, Defensio runs in the background, keeping an eye on your profile. When and if it finds some questionable content, it can automatically block it for you and send you an alert via email. I’ve personally been using it since January and it has sent me updates on more than a few occasions, warning me of potentially dangerous links or unwanted content. Not only does the app keep you safe from malware, it can help you keep your Facebook profile more “professional” as you can block URLs by category in order to keep links and posts about gambling, sex, drugs, racism and hate, or adult material from ever being posted in the first place. (If you have any friends who still think being tasteless is incredibly funny, you’ll appreciate this sort of help.)center_img Tags:#Facebook#security#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img