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The writer Mohamed Nijati Tayara arrested

first_img Organisation Help by sharing this information RSF_en Newscenter_img May 12, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 The writer Mohamed Nijati Tayara arrested The writer Mohamed Nijati Tayara was arrested on a charge of disseminating false information. A Homs criminal court dropped the charge after the second amnesty of 21 June. His case was then transferred to a Damascus appeal court, which had taken no decision a month later. His health deteriorated after he began a hunger strike with other detainees in protest against their detention and he had no access to appropriate treatment. His was allowed to see his wife and lawyer once a week but no one else. last_img read more

Convention could erode our rights

first_imgCan we afford to hand over our Constitution to be rewritten? The First Amendment clearly states that Congress is forbidden to make any law abridging either freedom of speech or freedom of the press. However, it’s very much on their agenda to alter the wording of the Second Amendment in order to “clarify” its language for how they want it to read. Will this change the amendment or eliminate it? That depends on how they favor to make these changes. One supporter wrote, “What’s needed is a way for the states to have the power to overturn Supreme Court decisions … a constitutional amendment could be written, for example, allowing a three-fifths vote of the state legislatures to challenge court decisions.” Once the convention is graveled to order, any and all parts of the Constitution would be open to change. Will the 38-state ratification process protect us from bad amendments being passed? One only need look at history to find the answer is no.Who attends this convention? Any sitting or former member of Congress, judges, or legislators can be delegates. This means there could be a group of people serving there making compromises with each other to get the amendments they want passed voted out to the states. It’s an unpredictable situation.All Americans should let the elected officials know that they are expected to support our republic and thus avoid an Article V Convention. Beth JacksonScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDid you know that 28 state legislatures have applied for an Article V Convention — also known as a constitutional convention? Since 1787, America has chosen to avoid the risk of a new convention that could rewrite our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Now 28 state legislatures want this. If just six more states apply, Congress will be forced to call an Article V Convention. last_img read more

Panel discusses implications of a federal Dream Act

first_imgA panel of experts discussed the state of the California Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act and the feasibility of the nationwide Dream Act on Monday at an event titled Undocumented Students, Unauthorized Immigrants, and the Future of America in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, hosted by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics.The California Dream Act, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in October, aims to make financial aid available to undocumented college students.Debate · Jonathan Wilcox (left), speechwriter for former Calif. Gov. Peter Wilson, argued against a federal Dream Act at a panel hosted by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center on Tuesday. – Matthew Wunderlich | Daily TrojanThe panel, moderated by Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute, discussed the financial and moral implications of providing financial aid to undocumented individuals hoping to pursue higher education.“The Dream Act is about citizenship and equalization of funding opportunities to higher education,” said panelist Jonathan Wilcox, a speechwriter for former Calif. Gov. Pete Wilson.The panel focused on the financial restraints the Dream Act could place on the government, the legality of the Dream Act and immigration reform.Wilcox said the California Dream Act diverts funding away from other government-funded programs, which should be a higher priority.“Every dollar that a state spends on one thing is one dollar less that it has to spend on something else,” Wilcox said.  “Are you harming [undocumented students] by denying them other opportunities?”Luis Alvarado, former senior advisor for Meg Whitman’s California gubernatorial campaign, said the Dream Act raises more than just financial issues.“These are morality issues,” Alvarado said. “Should there be government help in which the government is an accumulation of all of the resources of a community?”Undocumented immigrants are presently contributing to the American economy through taxes but are still being denied access to financial aid opportunities funded by taxes, said William Perez, associate professor of education at Claremont Graduate University and author of We ARE Americans: Undocumented Students Pursuing the American Dream.“When we talk about whether we can afford it, we have to understand that undocumented workers are already contributing,” Perez said.Perez said that with a high school diploma being a less valuable degree than it was 30 years ago, a college degree is a necessity for financial success in the United States today and that by denying students opportunities to pursue scholarships and funding, the government would be limiting the chances of success for undocumented college students.“If we don’t give kids access, we give them a literal disability, because they can’t function in society,” Perez said.Michael Varela, chairperson for Improving Dreams, Education, Access and Success Movement at USC, said with the growing number of minorities in the United States, it is only a matter of time before a federal Dream Act is passed.“This [Dream Act] is a vibrant, political, economic and moral issue that all USC students should discuss and ask questions about,” Suro said.Schnur said if students want to make an impact on the passage of a federal Dream Act, they need to get involved in the government.“Protesting is noble, rallying is moving, but if you want to get something done for a cause like this, the way to do it is to get inside the gate. All ralliers are making their voice heard, but if you’re making change, you have to be inside the doors and make something happen,” Schnur said.last_img read more

StarTimes acquires broadcast rights for UEFA Nations League for sub-Saharan Africa

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Portugal won the last session of UEFA Nations leagueNairobi, Kenya | XINHUA | Chinese pay television company StarTimes on Wednesday said that it has acquired broadcast rights for the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League for sub-Saharan Africa excluding South Africa that is set to kick off from Sept 3.Aldrine Nsubuga, regional marketing director of StarTimes, said in a statement that acquisition of the UEFA Nations League broadcasting rights is part of the company’s national team football agreement with UEFA over the period 2019-2022.“With the Euro 2020 having been postponed, we are very excited to air the UEFA Nations League, this being the only national team event this year. All European football stars will be there and we can expect a great football show,” Nsubuga said.He observed that the company has secured transmission rights for exploitation across all media platforms including its self-produced sports channels as well as on StarTimes ON streaming platform in all countries across sub-Saharan Africa, excluding South Africa. ******XINHUAShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week —Kootenay Rhythm Dragons

first_imgTalk about success on the water.The Kootenay Rhythm Dragons Club celebrated its tenth anniversary in style by expanding the team while at the same cooking with the experienced clubs during competitive dragon boat festivals in Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton. Thanks in part to the teaching of a new stroke by Brad Hara of Toronto Paddlecore, the competitive teams have posted best ever results and for the first time having two competitive teams finish first and second at the Penticton festival.The success of the season exemplifies the Rhythm Dragons Club mission statement:  Empowerment, Health and Well Being for all women.  This has been accomplished with courage, tenacity, hard work, dedication, fun and laughter by an amazing group of women.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to honour the Kootenay Rhythm Dragons for their tenacity by naming the club Team of the Week.Rhythm Dragons News: Continuing their purposes of breast cancer awareness, two Rhythm Dragons club members, Sarah Quayle and Mary Walters, will be participating in the 2014 International Breast Cancer Challenge in Sarasota, Florida, USA in October with the Vernon Buoyant Buddies survivor team.Photo caption:BACK ROW, L-R, Maggie Mulvihill, Raven Ferrier, Carla Klein, Brooke Campbell, Patricia Logan, Dorothy Hatto, Heather Compton, Louise Andrews, Sarah Quayle, Coach Puleng Pratt, Jocelyn Church, Deb Ryder, Kelly Simpson, Diane Tulloch, Dana Achtem and Peggy Scott.MIDDLE Tammy Nygaard, Amy Grumme, Frances Long, Mary Walters, Patty McMillan, Rae Macklon, and Jacqui Nordquist.FRONT: Judy Bourne, Elaine Thompson, Chris Temnik  Dawn Jacobsen, Pat Gibson, Verna Poohachoff, Jeanette McCarvell, Marg Lozinski, Barb Couch, Kathy Manson and Deb Smith.SITTING Jill Jacobsen, Marlene Pozin, Willa Horsfall, Sophie Goodwin, Hoda Ghamrawy, Linda Hoffman, Maureen Hendry, Lorna Maxwell, Janet Stephenson and Coach Cath Little.last_img read more

Team effort clinches Kootenay Summer Swim Association Regional Title for Neptunes

first_imgThe Nelson Neptunes continue to get better with age.The Heritage City club stole the show at the Kootenay Summer Swim Association Regionals this past weekend in Colville, Wash., finishing ahead of the rest of the field to claim the overall title.Neptunes coach Cynthia Pfeiffer said every single Neptune swimmer finished in the top three of their respective individual event, or top two in relay events.This means the entire team qualified for the upcoming BC Summer Swim Association Championships, August 19-21 in Coquitlam.“I don’t think it’s our talent in our pool that we can solely attribute our win to,” Pfeiffer said. “I believe the strong bond our team has, and the care and excitement we have for all of our teammates is what has gotten us through the difficulties of our last few seasons, and has allowed us to still come out on top.”Pfeiffer said the formula for selecting the winning team at the Regionals was calculated by taking overall points and dividing it by number of swimmers who attended the meet.Nelson took a clear lead in front of second place Kimberley and West Kootenay rival Castlegar.Highlights of this meet include Lachlan Bibby-Fox, Kallie Badry, and Jaylen Rushton sweeping gold in their events; Enna Cowan’s four best times; Madeline Holitzki’s first time 200-meter IM and Olivia Cowan’s first place 100 meter Freestyle.Then there was Morgan Robertson-Weir, Chloe Malenfant, and Jaylen Rushton’s Neptune sweep in 50-meter Butterfly as well as both Division 3 and Division 4 girls winning all four of their relays. “This little team has a lot of team spirit and I don’t think anything can slow them down,” Pfeiffer said.Pfeiffer said 13 of the 20 Neptune qualifiters have committed to make the trip down to Coquitlam to compete for the Kootenay region. She said races to watch for include Jaylen Rushton and Lachlan Bibby-Foxes 50-meter Breaststroke.The Neptunes, who spent the past few seasons on the road, will be back in the friendly confines of the NDCC Pool next now that renovations to the facility are close to completion.last_img read more


first_imgIGGY PUGLISI, SPIRIT RULES, WINNER: “The break helped us out a ton . . . He was in (the gate) a really short period of time and he really caught a flyer from there. I couldn’t give that up. There were too many fast horses in there, so when I could scoot my way over to San Onofre, I figured I’d at least have a shot at it.Through the stretch: “I could feel that inside horse (San Onofre) really starting to battle back . . . but my horse ran really good. He’s been lights out, a really hard-knocking horse.”MIKE SMITH, SAN ONOFRE, SECOND: “Just got out-run today. I stumbled a little leaving (the gate), which cost me a clear lead, but if I’d have been running, I don’t think it would have bothered him. The horse hasn’t run in a year. The horse that beat me is a good old horse that’s been running all year and is fit. It’s a whole lot different in the morning, especially when they take it to you early. I was really happy with the way he ran, and I think he’ll really move forward off it.” TRAINER QUOTES NOTES: The winning owners are Barbara Accardy, Jeanmarc Murphy and Craig Siedler of San Diego. JOCKEY QUOTEScenter_img PAUL AGUIRRE, SPIRIT RULES, WINNER: “He’s a big horse and whenever he draws outside and he gets near the lead, he’s going to be tough. They may run him down but it’s not going to be because he quits. He’ll give every ounce he has right to the wire.“This Cal-bred program is fantastic. We don’t have a lot of things to hang our hats on these days in horse racing, but the Cal-bred program is really something to be proud of. It’s made this horse have a nice career.”KAREN HEADLEY, SAN ONOFRE, SECOND: “I knew I was going in there a little short. He’s a nice horse, and I knew that he had one more condition.” -30-last_img read more

Mbarara City to appeal against League exclusion

first_imgMbarara City finished 11th in the league last season (file photo)MBARARA – Hours after FUFA confirmed that Mbarara City had been excluded for taking part in the 2018/19 Uganda Premier League, the Ankole lions have assured their fans that they will appeal against the decision on Wednesday.This was confirmed in a letter written to the club’s fans by Mbarara City FC chairman Hon. Mwine Mpaka.“On a sad note, we received communication from FUFA informing us about the decision that has been taken by the Licencing board, read the letter which is dated 25-09-2018.“As a club we want to apologise to our fans and the entire football family in western Uganda and the whole country.“The club has been doing all it can in the very short time to make sure the stadium is upgraded to the required standards and we have registered progress on the work though we have not managed to beat the deadline. but the works will continue as we sort out the issue of clearing the club to play in the league.“We want to assure our fans and the public that the club management will work against the clock to engage FUFA and an appeal will be submitted tomorrow morning to make sure the decision is reversed.Mwine also assured the fans that Mbarara City will have a solution to the issue before the end of Wednesday.“We shall abide by the option of hosting a few league games away from home as we complete the upgrade of Kakyeka to the required standards. We believe we shall have a solution to this issue by the end of tomorrow Wednesday 26-09-2018.“We shall keep an update on what shall be agreed upon by Mbarara city Fc and FUFA. We once again extend our sincere apologies to our fans and assure them that we shall do everything we can to make sure the team plays it’s opening league game on Friday.“We request our fans to be flexible and bare with the inconveniences that shall be caused by the change of the Hosting ground for the start. But this shall only last for a few games and we shall return to our home.“Let’s stand as a family as we solve this problem.On Tuesday evening, FUFA sighted non-compliance by failure to officially provide a fully inspected and approved venue to host matches as the reason for Mbarara’s exclusion from the league.Mbarara finished 11th in the league last season, three points off the drop after accumulating 32 (points) from 30 games.They had been scheduled to host sleeping giants Express FC in their league opener on Friday, September 28, 2018.Comments Tags: Mbarara Citytoplast_img read more

Donegal lifeboat lunch returns to raise vital funds for the RNLI

first_imgThe organisers of the RNLI charity lunch have revealed that they raised a total of €700 for 59 Lifeboats, including four in Donegal. The fundraiser, organised by LyIT Killybegs, took place last Thursday on March 14th.The county has a long and proud association with the RNLI which goes back generations. The men and women who volunteer as lifeboat crew come from local communities and give hours of their time and dedication to the charity.First-year Culinary Arts degree students showcased their cooking and hospitality skills, presenting a sumptuous three-course meal to over 20 ticket paying guests on the day.The RNLI placed their thanks to lecturer Patrick Brennan and his students who produced first class food and also thanked Dr. Ciaran O Hanrahan, Head of the College.Donegal lifeboat lunch returns to raise vital funds for the RNLI was last modified: March 20th, 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) Tags:KillybegsLYITRNLIlast_img read more

Locals become Donegal experts with Fáilte Ireland – Picture Special

first_imgIf you’re looking for advice on things to do, places to eat and sights to see, then all you have to do is ask the newest crop of Local Experts for County Donegal. Nearly 80 individuals and representatives of Donegal’s tourism and hospitality sector attended Fáilte Ireland’s KNOW DONEGAL Local Experts Programme workshops yesterday at the Abbey Hotel, Donegal.The Local Experts Programme is part of an initiative by Fáilte Ireland to develop a network of local people who share knowledge and interact positively with visitors in Donegal. The programme aims to develop a tourism business network, social media initiatives and to make every visitor engagement a truly positive one in order to ultimately grow tourism businesses and the local economy. Ester O’Donnell, Failte Ireland with Caite Fealty, Fanad Lighhouse at the Failte Ireland Know Donegal Local Expert Event in the Abbey Hotel Donegal Town on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonPhoto Clive WassonInga Bock, Rural Recreation Officer Ester O’Donnell, Failte Ireland and Mark Keane, OPW at the Failte Ireland Know Donegal Local Expert Event in the Abbey Hotel Donegal Town on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonSpeaking at the workshops, Amanda Boyle, Senior Travel Advisor with Fáilte Ireland said that those attending came from a diverse range of tourism businesses who all wanted to provide visitors with the best experience of Donegal, its attractions and people:“Today’s attendance at the workshops, with over 100 individuals and representatives of tourism and hospitality businesses attending is evidence of how important tourism is to the wider Donegal economy.“As we know, Donegal is a very popular destination for international and domestic visitors and its attractions are brought to life every day by locals interacting with tourists. Visitors not only seek out local people and their advice, they trust it. More and more holidaymakers tell us that they rely on and trust the advice and information received from the local people they meet during their stay.“This programme is building on that sentiment by inspiring all front-line employees and volunteers to turn every visitor interaction into a truly informative and positive experience and to help offer visitors relevant recommendations on places of interest to visit in Donegal.” Christina jose Irwin, Amanda Boyle Failte Ireland and Anne McCaughey, OPW, Donegal Castle at the Failte Ireland Know Donegal Local Expert Event in the Abbey Hotel Donegal Town on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonCaoimhe Magee, Donegal Adventure Centre and Linda Campbell, Failte Ireland at the Failte Ireland Know Donegal Local Expert Event in the Abbey Hotel Donegal Town on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonPat Meehan and Gavin Curran, Curran Coaches with Amanda Boyle Failte Ireland at the Failte Ireland Know Donegal Local Expert Event in the Abbey Hotel Donegal Town on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonAt the core of this programme is a network of local people who came together to share local knowledge to help visitors make the most of their visit to Donegal. The programme will also feature social media initiatives, a Visitor Attractions pass and the future development of a tourism business network.Those seeking more information on the Programme can email: [email protected] more photos from the event below:Ester O’Donnell, Failte Ireland and Michael Gallagher, Gallagher Cabs at the Failte Ireland Know Donegal Local Expert Event in the Abbey Hotel Donegal Town on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonInga Bock, Rural Recreation Officer Ester O’Donnell, Failte Ireland and Mark Keane, OPW at the Failte Ireland Know Donegal Local Expert Event in the Abbey Hotel Donegal Town on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonPhoto Clive WassonThe packed room at the Failte Ireland Know Donegal Local Expert Event in the Abbey Hotel . Photo Clive WassonEster O’Donnell and Amanda Boyle . Photo Clive WassonCaroline Gallagher, Failte Ireland, Amanda Boyle, Failte Ireland and Marion McGinley, Slieve League Distillers. Photo Clive WassonElaine McInaw, Abbey Hotel, Aine McIntyre, Ester O’Donnell, Failte Ireland, Sandra Keenan and Sheila Sheeran, Alingham Arms Bundoran at the Failte Ireland Know Donegal Local Expert Event in the Abbey Hotel Donegal Town on Tuesday last. Photo Clive Wasson Locals become Donegal experts with Fáilte Ireland – Picture Special was last modified: May 1st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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) Tags:Failte Irelandknow donegallocal expertslast_img read more