Egypt : Shawkan freed from prison but must spend nights in a police cell

first_img News March 4, 2019 Egypt : Shawkan freed from prison but must spend nights in a police cell RSF has been calling for Shawkan’s release after since his arrest. It launched the #MyPicForShawkan campaign, which was widely followed on social networks, including in Egypt despite the risks entailed there. As a result of a simultaneous campaign by RSF’s Washington bureau, the US Congress’ Human Rights Commission took up his case. A few days before the verdict in his trial, RSF and Amnesty International France staged a joint demonstration outside the Egyptian embassy in Paris to demand his immediate and unconditional release. RSF also supported Shawkan’s nomination for UNESCO’s Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, which he was awarded last year. (c) Khaled DESOUKI / AFP After being held arbitrarily for more than two and a half years, Shawkan was put on trial with around 700 other defendants in December 2016. When the trial finally concluded in September 2018 with Shawkan receiving a five-year jail term, he should have been freed at once because he had already spent more than five years in detention. EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Imprisoned RSF_en News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) hails today’s release of Mahmoud Abou Zeid, the Egyptian photojournalist also known as Shawkan, after more than five and a half years in prison, but deplores that the fact that he is still only half free because he is supposed to spend 12 out of every 24 hours in a police station for the next five years. Organisation Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution He was released at dawn today but is due to remain under strict judicial control for five years, spending part of his days and all of his nights, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., in a police cell. An appeal is under way which, if approved, could free him from the obligation to spend every night at a police station. Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff News Instead, for Kafkaesque reasons that are common in Egypt, he had to spend another six months in prison, and then another two weeks in a police station before finally being able to go home today.center_img to go further February 6, 2021 Find out more With at least 32 professional and non-professional journalists currently held in connection with their reporting, independent journalism is dying in Egypt, which is ranked 161st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. January 22, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts February 1, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Egypt EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Imprisoned “Shawkan must now recover his complete freedom, not just 12 hours a day,” said Sophie Anmuth, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “A first battle has been won and we thank all those who joined in our efforts to get him freed. The campaign will continue as before, not just during Shawkan’s appeal but also to press for the release of the more than 30 other journalists detained in Egypt because of their work.” Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison Mahmoud Abou Zeid, also known as Shawkan had been held ever since 14 August 2013, when he was arrested as he was preparing to photograph the use of extreme force by police to disperse a massive sit-in by Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawiya Square, resulting in a bloodbath. Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Status Orange weather warning for Limerick

first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads LimerickNewsStatus Orange weather warning for LimerickBy Meghann Scully – October 2, 2019 700 TAGSlimerickLimerick Poststorm lorenzoweather Advertisement Email WhatsApp Linkedin Facebook Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openercenter_img Print A status red weather alert is now in place across the countryA status orange weather warning is in place for Limerick as Storm Lorenzo is expected to make land Thursday evening.The warning is also in place for Galway, Kerry Mayo, Clare and Cork.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Southwesterly winds veering westerly will reach mean speeds 65 to 80km/h with gusts generally of 100 to 130km/h, higher in coastal regions.Storm surges will produce coastal flooding and damage. Previous articleNew Regional Ambassador to the West to ‘create a stronger voice’ across the Shannon Region and Galway for SITE IrelandNext articleLimerick people reveal their favourite sound Meghann Scully Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Twitter Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash last_img read more

“Perversity Requiring Correction”: P&H HC Sets Aside Trial Court’s Order Denying Children Custody To Mother Relying On Infidelity Allegations

first_imgNews Updates”Perversity Requiring Correction”: P&H HC Sets Aside Trial Court’s Order Denying Children Custody To Mother Relying On Infidelity Allegations Sparsh Upadhyay3 April 2021 12:25 AMShare This – xThe Punjab and Haryana High Court last week set aside a Trial Court’s Order by which the custody of the children was denied to the Mother by relying on allegations of infidelity levelled against her. The Bench of Justice Sudhir Mittal observed that in view of Section 17 of the Guardian Act as well as Section 13 of the Minority Act, the welfare of the minor is the paramount consideration…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Punjab and Haryana High Court last week set aside a Trial Court’s Order by which the custody of the children was denied to the Mother by relying on allegations of infidelity levelled against her. The Bench of Justice Sudhir Mittal observed that in view of Section 17 of the Guardian Act as well as Section 13 of the Minority Act, the welfare of the minor is the paramount consideration to be kept in mind by the Court while appointing a guardian.The Bench also observed,”Children are innocence personified. For their ideal development, it is essential that the period of innocence be cherished and protected. This, however, remains a pipe-dream where parents clash..” Facts in brief The marriage between the parties was solemnized on 03rd May 2008 and a male child namely Lakshin was born on 16th July 2009 (presently 11 and a half years old) and a female child namely Tiana was born on 13th March 2017 (about 04 years old). The parents/parties got separated on 16th February 2019 and the wife alleged that she had been thrown out and was not permitted to take the children along with her, whereas the husband alleged that she had deserted the family. Wife-Mother preferred a petition under Sections 7, 10 & 25 of the Guardians and Wards Act, 1890 in May 2019, in which an application under Section 12 thereof had been filed for grant of interim custody. The said application was rejected vide impugned order dated 05th February 2020, however, she was permitted to meet the minor children. Amicus curiae’s report Court had appointed an Amicus Curiae, who, in his report submitted that the children miss their mother’s company and that Lakshin, being older in age, was being indoctrinated against his mother. Despite the same, he was keen on meeting his mother and enjoyed her company. Court’s observations The Court noted that allegations and counter-allegations were made by both parties. In her petition for guardianship, the petitioner-Wife/mother pleaded that the respondent-Husband/Father is a perverted person. In the reply filed by the respondent, he claimed that the Petitioner-Wife/Mother is over-sexed and has extramarital relations and that she was not possessed of means to bring up the children. However, the Court noted that the allegations made by either side couldn’t be taken into consideration at the instant stage as they have not been proved through evidence. Further, the Court noted, “The learned trial Court was correct in observing so while passing the impugned order but apparently it has still been influenced by the allegations made against the mother which is a perversity requiring correction.” Also, taking into account the qualifications of Mother, the Court noted that she is a well-educated and qualified lady and that she possesses means to maintain her children. Further, in view of the detailed report of the learned Amicus Curiae, the Court concluded that the best interests of the children lie in the custody of their mother. Consequently, the Court directed, “Tiana is under 05 years of age and in view of Section 6(a) of the Minority Act, her best interests would definitely be served in the custody of the mother. Lakshin cannot be separated from his sister as the same would traumatize both of them.” Thus, the impugned order passed by the trial Court was set aside and it was directed that the custody of the minor children be transferred to the petitioner within 07 days. The respondent has been given visitation rights on 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month between 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm at the residence of the petitioner and in her presence. Case title – Megha Sood v. Amit Sood [Civil Revision No.1402 of 2020 (O&M)] Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderNext Storylast_img read more

New ice thickness maps of Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf, Antarctica, with specific focus on grounding lines and marine ice

first_imgFor the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf we have compiled measurements of meteoric ice thickness from many institutions, and several different techniques (e.g. radar and seismic sounding) to produce an improved digital map of meteoric ice thickness. This map has high-resolution compared to previous compilations and serves to highlight small-scale geographic features (e.g. ice plains, grounding-line regions). We have also produced a map of the thickness of marine ice bodies beneath the ice shelf by using borehole density data to calibrate an ice thickness to surface-elevation relation, and then comparing maps of ice surface elevation and meteoric ice thickness to infer marine ice thickness. Due to denser data coverage and the improved density-depth relation, the resulting map is a significant improvement on its predecessors and allows insight into the glaciological context of the ice shelf, in particular, into the location of the grounding lines on the southern Ronne Ice Shelf. Here the data were supplemented with barometric determination of surface elevation, which were used to locate the grounding line position. The final delineation of the grounding line position was confirmed by reference to satellite imagery, and revealed that earlier estimates were substantially in error, especially in the area of Foundation Ice Stream and Mollereisstrom.last_img read more

Women Begin Combat Training in Brazilian Army

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo March 14, 2017 Olá, como vão? Gostei desta matéria. Eu não sabia que já era possível ingresso de mulheres. As condições de entrada são as mesmas dos homens, como idade e prova de seleção? São provas anuais? For the Brazilian Army, February 18, 2017, was a date that made history. For the first time ever, 32 women walked through the doors of the Army Cadet Preparatory School (EsPCEx, per its Portuguese acronym), not just wearing a badge of “student” on their chests, but also excited to be members of the first female class to start official combat training in the Brazilian Army. “I feel honored to have the opportunity to enter this school. It’s a joy to serve as a role model for other young women who want to come here and show that we can add this role in the Army,” stated Bibiana Sartori Chagas, a 20-year-old student who is one of the young women in this groundbreaking 2017 class. Women’s participation in the Army is not without precedent. In 1823, Maria Quitéria de Jesus fought alongside other soldiers for Brazilian independence; during World War II (1939-1945), 73 Brazilian nurses served in various U.S. Army hospitals; and in 1992, the Brazilian Army Leadership Academy enrolled its first class of 49 women, admitting them into that institution’s Auxiliary Officer Corps. But until now, female service members were limited to support duties such as administration, health care, and teaching. The innovation is women’s entry into combat career paths. “Combat career paths are those in which a service member takes a direct part in the Army’s core mission, which is to be prepared to defend the homeland. When people imagine a soldier in combat – a soldier who is going off to war – that soldier is following a combat career path,” explained Colonel Gustavo Henrique Dutra de Menezes, commander, and director of EsPCEx. Therefore, with the training initiated at EsPCEx, now to include women, the Brazilian Army is opening up space for them to integrate; for instance, being part of a Border Squad where they take charge of a patrol mission. “The possibilities are the same for women and men. That’s why the training here is going to be the same for everyone,” Col. Dutra clarified. Far from home Student Bibiana Chagas thinks it is still early to define exactly what role she hopes to fill as a service member several years from now. “What I want most of all is to meet the expectations I have for myself and to fully develop myself in my career field, regardless of the role I end up filling.” But, imagining the future, she shares one of her main desires: “If I had to share one dream today, I would say that it’s to take part in a foreign mission.” Her familiarity with military culture began at Santa María Military School, in Santa María, Rio Grande do Sul, where she went to high school. “I didn’t have any members of the military in my family, but at school, I developed great admiration for that field, and I began to think that I might be able to have opportunities in that area,” she stated. That was what motivated her to enroll, in early 2016, in the first competitive admissions for the EsPCEx that included openings for women. Over the last year, Chagas had to align her commitments as a student in law school with her military qualification training, as well as the competition prior to her academic and physical tests, among other requirements. To get a sense of the academic testing, Chagas enrolled in a course specifically oriented towards the competition. She undertook physical training with help from teachers at the military school. Training included daily runs and weight training sessions, “mainly so that I could perform sit-ups and pushups,” she recalled. But the effort and dedication, which culminated in her qualifying for EsPCEx, has not been the most difficult part for Chagas. “The most difficult thing for me, and for most students here, I think, is being far from home, away from our families. That’s the hardest part,” the young servicewoman said. “But of course, everything is under control. I think I’ve been quick to adapt. I’m now able to say that I am very happy to be here.” From EsPCEx to AMAN The 406 students enrolled in EsPCEx follow a routine from Monday to Friday. After dinner on Fridays, they may leave campus until 22:00 on Sunday. Instruction includes three military disciplines, and eight different study subjects: chemistry, physics, calculus, history, cyber defense, Portuguese, Spanish, and English. They also participate in daily physical training exercises. At the end of the first year of training, students who have met the qualifications are promoted to the rank of cadet, and they leave EsPCEx to enter the Brazilian Military Academy at Agulhas Negras (AMAN, per its Portuguese acronym). After four years at AMAN, the service member is promoted to officer candidate. “That is where the service member enters our career path, which goes all the way up to the rank of general,” Col. Dutra stated. At AMAN cadets undergo one more year of basic training. Afterward, they choose their weapon and the service unit where they want to be stationed. “Within the combat career path, there are weapons, corps, and duties. All of these areas are combat-related. Women, according to current legislation, have access to the Office of Military Operations and the Military Equipment Corps,” Col. Dutra explained. The Office of Military Operations and the Military Equipment Corps are part of a logistical operations system where women will face issues such as how to maintain weapons, vehicles, food, and general supplies. Col. Dutra has positive expectations for this new development. “This change shows that the Land Force is moving forward. Historically, wherever women have gone, they have added a lot of value. There is no doubt that this will also occur in the Army’s combat career path. It seems to me that this is quite a positive development.” The military profession: multiple career paths As for the opportunities available in the military, Col. Dutra said there are four career paths: scientific-technical, health care, support services, and combat duties. The scientific-technical path goes through the Defense Engineering Institute. In the area of healthcare, there is also an entry path through the Army School of Health and the competitive admissions geared toward clinicians train at Brazilian institutes of higher education. To serve in a support area, competitive admission to the School of Support Training is a possibility. As for the combat career path, entryways include EsPCEx, AMAN, the Quartermaster School, or the Army Aviation Training Center. Public Law 12.705, established in 2012, provides for female inclusion in the teaching of war studies. That regulation provided a five-year period for the Armed Forces to adapt to the provision. “The Army deemed that we should use the full period to get ready to overhaul our facilities, putting the appropriate structures in place, with separate dormitories, restrooms, showers, etc. That’s why it’s only now that the first female class is arriving at our school,” Col. Dutra noted. Admission to the Quartermaster School and the Aviation Training Center is planned to begin in 2018.last_img read more

While Steelers remain united, Tomlin warily eyes 2020

first_img The Pittsburgh Steelers are united heading into the 2020 season. Yet even with every member of his team opting to play this fall, that doesn’t mean Mike Tomlin is certain his club — or the NFL at large — will be able to navigate without any complications the next five months in the middle of a pandemic.Asked on Thursday about his confidence level in the league avoiding what’s happened to Major League Baseball — which now has enacted stricter measures designed to stem the spread of COVID-19 — the NFL’s third-longest tenured head coach offered a blunt assessment.“I don’t know that I’m extremely confident,” Tomlin said. “I respect the challenges that these circumstances have presented to other leagues, some of which we’re witnessing. I think we’re all proceeding with caution and working extremely hard not to become part of that. … We’re working our tails off to adhere to it and hoping that is enough, coupled with, obviously, personal decision making that needs to be exhibited continually by our guys throughout the course of this.”Tomlin is hoping to lead by example. The coach who has regularly espoused the sanctity of training camp at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania is getting creative in dealing with the safety guidelines set out by the NFL. On Thursday, that included holding a team meeting where he addressed the veterans in person as rookies and assistant coaches watched remotely while scattered about Heinz Field.Yeah, it’s weird. But as Tomlin is quick to point out, it’s weird for everyone, not just the Steelers. His message to his team during the shutdown that forced the NFL to turn all of its normal offseason activities virtual has been “control what you can control.” That included making sure they took care of their bodies in the interim. The early returns have been promising.“We acknowledged that (arriving out of shape) was the JELL-O that we couldn’t get back in the box, if you will … because it takes 12 weeks to have any real metabolic changes,” Tomlin said. “We’re all aware of that. That created the anxiety of working remotely in the offseason. So far, so good.”Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger came in lighter than in well over a decade. Just as importantly, his surgically repaired right elbow appears to be just fine.“His velocity is excellent,” Tomlin said of his 38-year-old star. “Maybe his spiral could be a little tighter. I’ve seen it tighter but nothing to alarm you in any way.”The Steelers are still a couple of weeks away from putting on pads. The roster will certainly be in a bit of flux going forward, though Tomlin expects the rush to sign players will be more like a trickle given the current climate.“As the COVID environment is changing daily, I would imagine so is our information and even our policy,” Tomlin said. “The things that we are working under today may not be the things that we are working under as we push into the season. But that is the circumstance today and that is why you have to be thoughtful about forecasting where you need to fortify your depth and so forth. Because it will take a few days and an effort to get thoughts or plans into action in regard to the acquisition of players.”Image credits: AP Last Updated: 7th August, 2020 07:58 IST While Steelers Remain United, Tomlin Warily Eyes 2020 The Pittsburgh Steelers are united heading into the 2020 season. Yet even with every member of his team opting to play this fall, that doesn’t mean Mike Tomlin is certain his club — or the NFL at large — will be able to navigate without any complications the next five months in the middle of a pandemic Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV Associated Press Television News center_img First Published: 7th August, 2020 07:58 IST COMMENT WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW USlast_img read more