Reporters Without Borders strongly condemned the four-year prison sentence imposed today by a court in Alexandria on Abdel Kareem Nabil Suleiman for “inciting hatred of Islam” and insulting President Hosni Mubarak in his blog, for which he used the pseudonym of “Kareem Amer.”“This sentence is a disgrace,” the press freedom organisation said. “Almost three years ago to the day, President Mubarak promised to abolish prison sentences for press offences. Suleiman’s conviction and sentence is a message of intimidation to the rest of the Egyptian blogosphere, which had emerged in recent years as an effective bulwark against the regime’s authoritarian excesses.”Reporters Without Borders continued: “As a result of this conviction, which clearly confirms Egypt’s inclusion in our list of Internet enemies, we call on the United Nations to reject Egypt’s request to host the Internet Governance Forum in 2009. After letting Tunisia, another violator of online freedom, host the World Summit on the Information Society, such a choice would completely discredit the UN process for debating the future of the Internet.”The organisation added: “This heavy sentence is also a slap in the face for the international organisations and governments that support President Mubarak’s policies. It is time the international community took a stand on Egypt’s repeated violations of press freedom and the rights of Internet users.”Suleiman, who was arrested on 6 November 2006, got three years for inciting hatred of Islam and one year for insulting the president. The judge dismissed the charge of “spreading rumours liable to disturb the peace” which had been included in the prosecution’s indictment. Suleiman’s blogs regularly criticised the government’s religious and authoritarian excesses. He also criticised Egypt’s highest religious institutions including the Sunni university of Al-Azhar, where he studied law.Egypt is on the list of the 13 Internet enemies which Reporters Without Borders compiled in 2006. The government wants to host one of the stages of the Internet Governance Forum, a series of UN-sponsored negotiations about how to regulate the Internet (see: http://www.intgovforum.org/).On 23 February 2004, the newly-elected president of the Union of Egyptian Journalists, Galal Aref, made an important announcement: President Mubarak had just telephoned him and had formally undertaken to abolish prison sentences for journalists in connection with their work. In effect, he was promising a major overhaul of the laws concerning press offences. Three years later, nothing has changed. Journalists still risk being imprisoned despite the semblance of a reform last year. Reporters Without Borders believes that people writing online, like professional journalists, should enjoy the basic right to freedom of expression and it condemns any use of prison sentences to punish offences linked to the publication of views and information. EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution Receive email alerts RSF_en to go further Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders strongly condemned the four-year prison sentence imposed today by a court in Alexandria on Abdel Kareem Nabil Suleiman for “inciting hatred of Islam” and insulting President Hosni Mubarak in his blog, for which he used the pseudonym of “Kareem Amer.” February 1, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Egypt Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff ————Read our weekly “blog review” and create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org News News News February 6, 2021 Find out more EgyptMiddle East – North Africa News February 22, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Four-year prison sentence for blogger “Kareem Amer” Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison Organisation January 22, 2021 Find out more
The chief of naval personnel (CNP) met with Sailors and civilians from the mid-South at an all-hands call March 30.Vice Adm. Scott R. Van Buskirk spoke about the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, physical fitness and force management. In his opening remarks, he assured Sailors that they have earned the support of the fleet and the nation through the work they do.“Our Sailors around the fleet directly benefit from the programs and policies that are developed right here in Millington, Tenn. – and you are all are part of that,” said Van Buskirk.Van Buskirk took questions and addressed concerns from Sailors regarding end-strength, Perform to Serve, the Enlisted Retention Board, retirement and benefits, and 21st Century Sailor and Marine.“21st Century Sailor and Marine is a really great unity of effort for the Navy and Marine Corps and how we look at, across the board, the resiliency of our force and tying in all of our initiatives that go towards this,” said Van Buskirk.The 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative represents five key focus areas; continuum of service, inclusion, physical fitness, readiness and safety, which Van Buskirk said are central to the mid-South Navy’s mission.“It’s about all the programs and policies that are developed right here in Millington, Tenn.,” said Van Buskirk. “The programs and initiatives under 21st Century Sailor are ones that will help you and your family members remain ready to take on the many challenges of being a Sailor, and a Navy family.”In addition to the an all-hands call, Van Buskirk also took time to participate in a pinning ceremony for Commander, Navy Personnel Command (NPC) Rear Adm. Cynthia Covell.Van Buskirk assumed duties as the Navy’s 56th CNP Oct. 11, 2011. Serving concurrently as the deputy CNO for manpower, personnel, training and education (MPTE), he is responsible for the planning and programming of all MPTE resources for the Navy. His responsibilities include overseeing NPC, Navy Recruiting Command and Naval Education and Training Command. “Nothing is better than being able to work on programs that impact and make a difference to our Sailors,” said Van Buskirk. “I encourage you to take these messages here, get smart about the 21st century Sailor and Marine, get smart about some of the policies that are just generated right here in front of us – because it’s really important, important stuff.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 11, 2012; Image: navy USA: Chief of Naval Personnel Holds All-Hands Call at NSA View post tag: holds View post tag: personnel April 11, 2012 View post tag: chief View post tag: call View post tag: All-Hands View post tag: NSA View post tag: Naval Training & Education View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Chief of Naval Personnel Holds All-Hands Call at NSA View post tag: News by topic Share this article
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Three Long Islanders have been arrested for allegedly conspiring to sell untraceable assault rifles known as “ghost guns” which are weapons built from spare parts—the first such case in New York State, authorities said.Thomas Weber, Antonio Himonitis and his wife, Diana Collins, were charged Thursday with criminal sale of a firearm and conspiracy. Himonitis and Collins were also charged with endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly assembling the guns while a child was in their Suffolk County home.“Ghost guns are the next frontier of illegal firearm trafficking,” said State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “The allegations against these defendants show just how easy it is for criminals to make completely untraceable, military-grade firearms.”Prosecutors alleged Himonitis and Weber hatched the plot while serving prison time together. Then Himonitis and Collins ordered gun parts from different firearms manufacturers nationwide and used them to assemble at least a dozen “ghost guns.”An undercover investigator met with Weber while the suspect was incarcerated at Nassau County jail, where Weber allegedly said that he and Himonitis could acquire AR-10 rifles that would sell for $5,000 each, prosecutors said.The day that Himonitis was released from jail in May, the investigator met with him at a hotel in Uniondale, where they set up the purchase of 12 fully-functional “ghost guns” over a two-month span, authorities said.The key component involved in the weapons’ assembly is the lower receiver, the part of the gun that fires the bullet and the only gun part that is considered a firearm under federal regulations. The suspects in the case allegedly ordered incomplete lower receivers that are only considered a piece of metal. Then they modified the parts with a special tool so the firearms were fully functioning, according to investigators. Such firearms lack serial numbers, making them an untraceable “ghost gun.”The joint investigation with state police and the attorney general’s Organized Crime Task Force was dubbed “Operation Ghostbusters.”The trio is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Suffolk County court. If convicted, they face up to 25 years in prison.
StumbleUpon UK Supreme Court rules against Phil Ivey’s £7.7 million ‘Edge Sorting’ Crockfords Mayfair dispute October 25, 2017 London communications agency Hadden Consulting has confirmed that poker legend Phil Ivey has been granted permission by the Supreme Court to appeal his overturned £7.8 million Punto Banco ‘edge-sorting’ dispute against Genting Casinos.Last November, Ivey who is considered the best poker player in the world lost his legal battle against Crockfords Club Mayfair (Genting Casinos), as the UK Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the casino operator.The Court of Appeal held that Ivey had knowingly used ‘edge-sorting’ skills to gain an unfair advantage on Crockfords. Under its house rules, the casino was therefore right not to pay Ivey his multi-million winnings, since Ivey was deemed to have played a ‘dishonest game’.Following the decision, Ivey’s representatives immediately detailed that the poker pro would take his case to the Supreme Court, the UK’s highest court of appeal for civil cases. Issuing a statement through Hadden Consulting, Ivey commented on the matter‘Last November’s Court of Appeal ruling made no sense to me. The original trial judge ruled that I was not dishonest and none of the three Appeal Court judges disagreed, and yet the decision went against me by a majority of 2 to 1. I am so pleased that the Supreme Court has granted me permission to fight for what I genuinely believe is the right thing to do in my circumstances, and for the entire gaming industry. I look forward to the Supreme Court reversing the decision against me.’Phil Ivey is represented by Richard Spearman QC and Max Mallin QC of Thirty Nine Essex Chambers and Wilberforce Chambers respectively and Matthew Dowd of Archerfield Partners LLP.Matthew Dowd stated: ‘Phil and his legal team are delighted that the Supreme Court judges have decided that the Court of Appeal’s decision should be reviewed. The Court of Appeal’s ruling left the interpretation of Section 42 of the Gambling Act totally unclear and the decision to grant permission to appeal demonstrates that the Supreme Court agrees with that view.’ Share Phil Ivey relaunches Crockfords ‘edge sorting’ trial with UK Supreme Court July 14, 2017 Johnson odds-on to become shortest-serving Prime Minister September 25, 2019 Related Articles Submit Share
In another major move , guard Kris Dielman re-signed with San Diego after making a trip to Seattle to test the market. And the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Jeff Garcia to compete with Chris Simms for the starting quarterback job and traded with Denver for the rights to Jake Plummer, who said on The Jake Plummer Foundation’s Web site that he is retiring. There have been reports that the 32-year-old Plummer wanted to be traded to Houston to reunite with Texans coach Gary Kubiak, his former offensive coordinator with the Broncos. Tampa Bay general manager Bruce Allen said only that he didn’t acquire Plummer to trade him. Dielman agreed to stay with the Chargers about the same time that another coveted guard, Eric Steinbach, signed a $49 million, seven-year deal to join Cleveland from Cincinnati. A person familiar with the terms said Dielman will get $39 million over six years. He requested anonymity because the contract had not yet been completed. Washington stayed busy, agreeing to a five-year deal with cornerback Fred Smoot. He’ll receive a signing bonus of at least $2 million, returning to the team he left two years ago before two tumultuous seasons with Minnesota. Other deals: Houston signed Pro Bowl receiver Andre Johnson to a multiyear contract extension. Johnson had two years remaining on his current contract. Terms of the deal were not released, but he was scheduled to make $5.25million next season and $7.75 million in 2008. … New England signed 35-year-old tight end Kyle Brady, who played for Jacksonville the past eight seasons, and veteran backup running back Sammy Morris. … Tennessee released running back Travis Henry, who led the team with 1,211yards rushing last season. He was flying to Denver to talk with the Broncos, but the Titans remained hopeful that they can lure him back after he checks out the market. … Denver obtained veteran defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson from Miami for a sixth-round draft pick. … St. Louis signed wide receiver Drew Bennett, who led Tennessee last season with 46 catches for 737 yards. … Kansas City signed offensive linemen Damien McIntosh, a former Dolphin. … New Orleans re-signed offensive right tackle Jon Stinchcomb. … Baltimore re-signed linebacker Jarret Johnson to a three-year, $13million deal. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Adalius Thomas signed with New England on Saturday, giving the Patriots one of this season’s top free agents and a versatile pass-rushing outside linebacker. The signing took the two top free agents off the market in the first two days – former Buffalo cornerback Nate Clements signed Friday with San Francisco. Thomas led Baltimore with 11 sacks last year and played in the Pro Bowl, where the Patriots’ Bill Belichick was his coach for the AFC. He also can play defensive end. “I’m a football player. I don’t play a position. Whatever is needed for me to do here, I’m going to do,” Thomas said. “That’s why (the Patriots) have been so successful here because they don’t look at it as position. They look at it as football.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City made check on Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruizby Paul Vegas21 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are checking on Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz.The 23-year-old, who has attracted interest from both Barcelona and Real Madrid, has also been closely monitored by City in recent weeks.The Guardian says City sent scouts to watch Ruiz in action when Napoli played Salzburg in the Champions League on Wednesday night.Ruiz was named as the best player of the Under-21 European Championship last summer as he helped Spain lift their fifth title and has recently broke into the senior side.The Spain international can play centrally or on the left side of midfield and has been likened to City star David Silva, who is considered to be at the backend of his career at 33.
Andrew Vorhees, a four-star offensive tackle from Kingsburg, California, provided some great news for USC Friday night. Vorhees, a 6-foot-6, 290-pound player for the class of 2017, announced his commitment to the Trojans on Twitter. Vorhees chose USC over nearly every other Pac-12 school, including Oregon and UCLA.Vorhees is USC’s eighth commitment for the 2017 class, according to 247 Sports.I’m committed! #FightOn pic.twitter.com/LrbtMy7OFg— Andrew Vorhees (@AndrewVorhees55) June 10, 2016Vorhees is ranked as the 37th-best player in the state of California.
Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, says the Ministry is going through the procurement process to provide 119 vehicles for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) before Christmas.In a Statement to the House of Representatives on December 5, the Minister pointed out that since 2016, the Government has secured and delivered 160 pre-owned and new vehicles and repaired and returned 114 vehicles to the fleet.“To put this in context, at the end of 2012, the police had 257 cars, and at the end of the second year of [the previous Administration], they were at 385. We are at one and three quarter years into our term… we have provided 274 vehicles, and, by Christmas, we will be up to 393 vehicles,” he said.The Minister noted that the Administration had designed a policy to get more cars to the police using the same level of resources.“While we purchase vehicles, we do not allocate vehicles, but we are confident that the Commissioner of Police has been allocating vehicles to stations that are without vehicles, and as more resources become available, will continue to do so,” Mr. Montague said.
Kristin Chenoweth, Emmy and Tony award winner, graces the cover of the November/December issue of Live Happy magazine, a first-of-its-kind publication combining science with engaging and informative content to help readers achieve true happiness and live fuller and more productive lives.Live Happy Nov/Dec issue cover with Kristin ChenowethIn this issue, on newsstands today, Kristin explains why she chooses happiness above security and success and shares her gratitude for life’s many blessings.Video: Kristin Chenoweth is Living HappyFocused on giving thanks around the most thankful time of year, Live Happy highlights new research and methods to find happiness through gratitude and reap the related health benefits.“Gratitude shouldn’t just be reserved for the holidays, but it’s the perfect time to reinforce it,” says Deborah Heisz, co-founder of Live Happy. “In this issue, we bring together leading experts and practitioners who inspire our readers to practice gratitude and experience its effects on happiness in their everyday lives.”This latest issue of Live Happy features new and exclusive research exploring the link between gratitude and happiness. The enlightening article, “More Than a Feeling” proves that being thankful releases a rush of dopamine leading to improved physical, mental and emotional health.In addition to Live Happy’s experts, this issue features profiles on other happy individuals like Caroline Hirsch of Carolines on Broadway and Peggy Andrews, a New York City-based lawyer who is following her dreams by making Ayurvedic lollipops in her spare time. It also offers unique recommendations for gifts of happiness this holiday season.The November/December issue includes articles by Live Happy’s extensive panel of experts and ongoing columnists to help readers explore their own lives and uncover new levels of happiness, including: • KEEPING THE PEACE: Learn strategies to ease stress at family gatherings during the holidays from Gretchen Rubin, best-selling author of “The Happiness Project.” • REFLECT AND BE HAPPY: Stacy Kaiser, renowned psychotherapist and relationship expert, offers seven ways to enhance your sense of peace and gratitude. • GETTING AHEAD OF HOLIDAY STRESS: Soak in Chrissy Carter’s tips on how to stay cool, calm and collected through mindful meditation and restorative yoga.This issue of Live Happy coincides with the launch of its digital edition, which is available from the App Store and on Google Play. Current Live Happy subscribers receive complimentary access on their tablet devices and separate digital subscriptions are also available for $9.99.
2012BaylorBig 1234-0127.31Champion 1995ConnecticutBig East29-0135.11Champion Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. 1993VermontAmerica East28-01818.081st round 1997ConnecticutBig East30-0127.21Elite 8 YEARTEAMCONFERENCERECORDAP RANKAVG PT DIFF.SEEDRESULT 2010ConnecticutBig East33-0134.81Champion Last year, the women’s college basketball season culminated with a final between two undefeated teams. This year, the tournament will have at least one undefeated team: Princeton, which finished its regular season 30-0 with a 55-42 win over Penn on Tuesday.Most of the prior 14 teams to enter the tournament undefeated had far better pedigrees. Ten were ranked No. 1 entering the tournament, and eight left the tournament as undefeated champions. The only reason last year’s Notre Dame team didn’t enter the tournament as No. 1 or exit it as undefeated champ was that it faced another undefeated team in the final: UConn.Unlike UConn and Notre Dame last season, which were the clear top-two teams entering the tournament, Princeton won’t even be favored to advance from its region. None of its wins came against teams now ranked in the Top 25. Its conference schedule was a breeze: Penn was the only other Ivy League team with a winning conference record, and just Cornell joined Princeton and Penn with a winning overall record.Princeton’s nonconference schedule wasn’t all that hard, either. After Tuesday’s regular-season finale, senior guard Blake Dietrick said she started thinking 30-0 was possible when the Tigers beat Michigan by 30 in Ann Arbor. Dietrick called the December game “a monumental win for us against a nonconference team.” But Michigan finished 16-14, with a losing record in the Big Ten. Princeton is ranked 13th in the country, behind five teams with five or more losses.Princeton is more similar historically to three undefeated teams in the 1990s that were seeded No. 8 or worse and lost in the first round: Vermont in 1992 and 1993, and 1998 Liberty, which was knocked out by fellow undefeated team Tennessee. But Princeton will probably do better than those three teams did — it likely will be ranked higher in the final pre-tournament AP poll, and it has a greater margin of victory.Finishing in first isn’t the highest-priority goal for Princeton, which mainly wants to become the first Ivy League team since Harvard to win a game in the tournament. “That is No. 1 on our list right now, second is finishing my thesis,” Dietrick said. “It’s the thing I want to do most in the world, most in my life.”Below is each undefeated women team’s record, ranking and seed entering the NCAA tournament, along with how it finished, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Info: 1998LibertyBig South28-0—18.3161st round 2014Notre DameACC32-0225.61Finalist 2015PrincetonIvy30-013*24.9—— 2009ConnecticutBig East33-0131.51Champion 1992VermontAmerica East29-02521.991st round 2002ConnecticutBig East33-0137.01Champion 1998TennesseeSEC33-0131.11Champion 1986TexasSouthwest29-0127.41Champion 2014ConnecticutAmerican Ath.34-0135.71Champion 1990Louisiana TechAmerican So.29-0135.21Final Four