Golan Heights correspondent freed on competing three-year jail sentence

——03.08.2010 – Review board refuses to commute Syrian journalist’s jail sentence Follow the news on Israel The Israeli high court rejected two appeals in the case on 10 June – one by the attorney general and one by Farhat’s lawyer. News IsraelMiddle East – North Africa May 28, 2021 Find out more The Golan Heights correspondent of Syrian public television and the national daily Al Watan, Farhat was arrested at his home in the Golan Heights town of Buq’ata on 30 July 2007 after covering a peaceful demonstration there by Israeli activists calling on Israel and Syria to seek peace. “This has become a political case between Israel and Syria, two countries that have been at war for years, and involves issues that go far beyond Farhat the individual,” Reporters Without Borders said. “A journalist should not be made to pay for the hostilities between two countries, and in particular, their dispute over the Golan Heights, annexed by Israel in 1981.” News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders regrets that the Israeli authorities have rejected a request for Syrian journalist Atta Farhat’s sentence to be commuted. The Golan Heights-based journalist’s lawyers submitted the request at the end of June.Held since July 2007 and serving a three-year jail sentence on a charge of “communicating with a hostile country,” Farhat appeared before a judicial review board on 1 July. Under Israeli law, a prisoner can be granted early release after serving two thirds of his sentence.Giving its reasons for rejecting the request, the board said Farhat was first jailed in 2002 and was detained several times since then.——–1st July 2009 – Golan Heights-based Syrian journalist asks panel to commute three-year sentenceReporters Without Borders reiterates its appeal to the Israeli authorities to be lenient with Syrian journalist Atta Farhat, who is serving a three-year jail sentence on a charge of “communicating with a hostile country.” Detained for nearly two years, he is due to appear today before a judicial review board that could commute his sentence. RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes August 3, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Golan Heights correspondent freed on competing three-year jail sentence IsraelMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information Farhat’s trial began behind closed doors on 2 March 2008 amid a court-ordered gag on any reporting about the case. After many hearings, he was finally sentenced on 1 February 2009 to three years in prison and a fine of 25,000 shekels (4,500 euros). He was also given an additional, suspended three-year prison sentence. News to go further WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News June 3, 2021 Find out more May 16, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders has learned that Atta Farhat, the Golan Heights correspondent of Syrian public television and the Syrian national daily Al Watani, was released on 2 August on completing a three-year jail sentence.Arrested at his home in the Golan Heights town of Buqata on 30 July 2007 after covering a peaceful demonstration calling on Israel and Syria to seek peace, he was convicted of “communicating with a hostile country.” Israel annexed the Golan Heights in 1981. The press freedom organisation added: “We urge the judicial review board to approve his request for his sentence to be commuted. It is unworthy of a democratic country such as Israel to make someone spend three years in prison for photographing a peaceful demonstration.” Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists RSF_en Organisation read more

Four people arrested on drug, weapons charges on U.S. 31 near Rochester

first_img By Jon Zimney – February 13, 2021 1 514 Google+ Twitter Facebook IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Google+ Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp (Photo supplied/Fulton County Police) Four people were arrested on drug and weapons-related charges on U.S. 31 near Rochester.It was around 11:45 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 12 when Indiana State Police initiated a traffic stop on a Nissan Altima, on U.S 31 near State Road 25, for an unsafe lane movement.Jesse Reason led to the arrests of Anthony Brockington, 26, Jalen Davis, 26, Diarra Wright, 23, Morgan McClintock, 23, all from Anderson, IN.The Nissan was driven by Anthony Brockington, 26. While the trooper was speaking to Brockington, he allegedly smelled an odor of marijuana emitting from the Nissan. The trooper also noticed indicators that criminal activity might be afoot.During a search of the Nissan, officers purportedly found marijuana and two handguns. One of the handguns was reported stolen from Anderson. Further investigation revealed that Brockington was driving without a valid operator’s license.Brockington and a passenger, Morgan McClintock, 24, were arrested for possession of marijuana.Diarra Wright, 23, faces criminal charges for carrying a handgun without a license, possession of marijuana, and theft of a firearm.Jalen Davis, 26, faces charges for possession of marijuana, theft of a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and carrying a handgun without a license.All four were taken to the Fulton County Jail. Four people arrested on drug, weapons charges on U.S. 31 near Rochester Previous articleNotre Dame Women’s Basketball takes a pause due to COVID issuesNext articleDoctor: Your heart is actually capable of breaking Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Sharks’ Erik Karlsson undergoes successful surgery for groin injury

first_imgKarlsson, who has already started the recovery process, is expected to be ready by the start of the 2019-20 season.#SJSharks defensemen Erik Karlsson underwent successful surgery to address a groin injury suffered during the 2018-19 season.https://t.co/6EOVwqebzt pic.twitter.com/hveFQtXBwf— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) June 5, 2019What remains unclear, however, is where Karlsson will start the campaign; he’s set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. As per Sportsnet, he is expected to make a decision soon whether he will remain in San Jose.Elliotte Friedman reported that Karlsson is taking a “long, hard look” into signing an extension, but there are also reports that he is looking to sign an NHL deal with a Canadian team, per the Ottawa Sun. Overall, he missed 29 regular-season games for the Sharks, but he was able to make it back in time for the team’s regular-season finale and the start of the 2019 NHL playoffs. He looked good in his 19 playoff appearances and put up 16 points, but in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the St. Louis Blues, he again appeared to be in pain and left the game during the second period. He ultimately missed the decisive Game 6 with an injury.RUMOR ROUNDUP: Could Erik Karlsson end up with the Rangers? San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson underwent successful surgery to address a groin injury on May 31, the team announced Wednesday.The 30-year-old blueliner appeared in 53 games with the Sharks this season, registering three goals and 45 points. Karlsson started having problems with his groin in mid-January and missed nine games. After returning for four games in mid-February, he reinjured his groin and was sidelined until early April.last_img read more

Demands of coaching Real Madrid are ‘exhausting’ – Zidane

first_imgMadrid, Spain | AFP | Zinedine Zidane has admitted that coaching Real Madrid is draining as he prepares his side for their return to La Liga action on the back of the Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain.“It is exhausting, for sure, even more so at Real Madrid,” the Frenchman, who had been under considerable pressure prior to the rousing 3-1 win over PSG in the first leg of their last-16 tie, told reporters at the club’s Valdebebas training complex on Saturday.#RealMadrid 3-1 @PSG_English? @NavasKeylor pic.twitter.com/Q20umKHzKG— Real Madrid C.F.???? (@realmadriden) February 16, 2018“Of course there could come a time when there needs to be a change, for the coach, the club, the players, everyone, but it is not the moment.”Zidane has won eight trophies in a hugely successful two years at the helm, including back-to-back Champions Leagues.His team’s indifferent domestic form — they are fourth in La Liga ahead of Sunday’s game at Real Betis — means his future at the Santiago Bernabeu probably depends on the outcome of the PSG tie, with the second leg in France on March 6.Before that, Madrid face a run of five league games in 14 days, including a rescheduled trip to near neighbours Leganes next Wednesday. The gap to league leaders Barcelona — 17 points with a game in hand before this weekend — is surely too great, but they are looking to climb back into the top three in La Liga. The team is ready to face @RealBetis_en | #RMLiga | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/G7jzOf2qmB— Real Madrid C.F.???? (@realmadriden) February 17, 2018Zidane, who has lost Toni Kroos to a knee injury that could make him a doubt for the PSG return, is set to rotate his squad in these matches and give some fringe players an opportunity.“It is the best way to prepare for the second leg against PSG, by being good (and) playing well in La Liga,” added the Frenchman, whose side lost 1-0 at home when they last faced Betis, in September.“There are five matches, and each time we’ll be playing after having just two training sessions. That has not happened to us before and it means we will have even greater need for everyone to be available.“It would have been good to have another day before (Sunday’s) match, but we don’t.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

About Town

first_imgFAIR HAVENThe Garden Club of Fair Haven will hold its annual plant sale from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 11 and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 12 at the Fair Haven Fire House.As in the past, there will be perennials dug from members’ gardens, specialty plants and shrubs, hanging baskets, boutique arrangements made by club members, and refreshments.Included in this year’s specialty plants are Chinese elm seedlings dug from a member’s garden. This is a great tree with small leaves that doesn’t require raking. It’s fast-growing, has beautiful exfoliating bark, is graceful and not susceptible to disease. This beautiful tree is not readily available commercially. The number of seedlings is limited, so plan to shop early.Also new this year, on Saturday only, there will be a Kiddie Kraft Table. All children are welcome to assemble garden-related gifts for Mother’s Day.The sale will be held rain or shine.MONMOUTH COUNTYWant to discover the Mysteries of the Night Sky? Spend A Summer Evening at Longstreet Farm? Build Fairy Houses in the Gardens?Check out the Monmouth County Park System’s summer issue of its directory for these and other upcoming arts and crafts, nature, recreation and sports programs. Available in most county parks and libraries on Friday, May 11, the directory lists all park system special events and programs offered during June, July and August.Registration for summer programs begins on Wednesday, May 16. Online registration is available for most programs. Consult the directory for details about registering online, by phone, by mail or in person.For more information about Park System programs, please visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com or call 732-842-4000.OCEAN GROVESupporters of Mary’s Place by the Sea will have its first ever 2.5-mile walkathon Saturday, May 12 in Ocean Grove and along the Asbury Park boardwalk.“Let’s Walk Together” is the theme of the event. The goal is to raise $100,000 toward the purchase of the organization’s home.Registration will start at 11 a.m. The walk will begin at noon. Registration is $35. There will be food and drinks served after the walk in front of Mary’s Place by the Sea at 15 Broadway Ave., Ocean Grove.Mary’s Place by the Sea was founded with the purpose of giving women with cancer a place to rest and revive during and after the rigors of their cancer treatments. Volunteers care for the women so they may focus on their healing — gaining strength to win the battle with cancer. Guests are welcome to stay a few hours or a few days, if needed. Some of the amenities offered are oncological massage, nutritional counseling, guided meditation, yoga, strength training and in-room spa services. Services for the guest’s family include counseling and a family meal while Mom rests.The care center was opened in summer 2009. Proceeds from the “Let’s Walk Together” walkathon will help with the purchase of the home that is now being leased as well as additional programs to help women and their families cope with the impact of their illness.RUMSONArt students at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School on Saturday, June 2, will be designing to make a difference — in the lives of women in treatment for cancer.The RFH Art Honors Society will be holding Fashion for Compassion, a fashion show featuring artistic couture and accessories created by students across the art program. Benefitting Lin’s Linens, an organization that supports women in treatment for cancer, the Art Honors Society is putting its creative juices to work for a wonderful local cause.Beginning at 6 p.m. in the school auditorium, there will be two musical acts opening for the show, as well as numerous raffles that include goods and certificates from area restaurants, boutiques and more.Two tiers of tickets are available; $20 for regular admission and $100 VIP tickets which are reserved front-row seating with gifts from Lin’s Linens including commemorative framed posters and Lin’s Linens signature healing bracelets.Students have been working feverishly to prepare their clothing and accessories for the show. They also have involved faculty and individuals in the fashion industry in the planning of the show’s design, program, promotion, and other details that will ensure a successful event.Additional information is available by emailing arts society adviser Kristen Lanfrank at [email protected] Sunnyside Equestrian Center will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Special People United to Ride program (SPUR) from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 20.Those attending the event at 628 Middletown-Lincroft Road will be able to meet the horses, get a tour of the facility, see demonstrations, enjoy crafts, get pony rides and purchase tickets for a 50/50 raffle.Working in conjunction with the Monmouth County Park System, Special People United to Ride is a nonprofit organization providing individuals with disabilities the opportunity to achieve personal goals through therapeutic horseback riding. Those participating can find a safe haven at Sunnyside Equestrian Center, where their limitations are replaced by the freedom of riding and handling a horse.The psychological and emotional benefits of therapeutic riding and equine-assisted activities are often reflected in increased self-esteem and improved social skills. A student’s self-worth, self-confidence, and self-image can genuinely improve with just one half-hour riding lesson.A dedicated group of certified instructors and volunteers work together to operate the equestrian center year-round, servicing more than 200 students with disabilities.Additional information is available by visiting www.spuronline.org or calling Liz Huntington at 732 -224-1367, Ext. 3.OCEANPORTMembers of the Oceanport Garden Club have slated several events through June 14 when they will hold their final session of the season.Members will be attending the Two River Theatre’s production of “My Wonderful Day” on May 16. Tickets to the performance and additional information may be obtained by contacting Debbie Smith at 732-229-4855.Flowers will be planted in Oceanport on May 22 as part of a civic beautification project. Members will be responsible for the maintenance of these plantings.The club’s final business meeting will be May 24, during which all members will participate in presenting a horticulture exhibit. Guidelines for the exhibit, provided at a previous meeting, will be followed. The horticulture exhibit will close out the club’s 2011-2012 year.The final gathering will be on June 14 at Mia’s Restaurant in Little Silver for an end-of-the-year luncheon. The floral table centerpieces for the luncheon will be made by members.Those interested in becoming a member of the garden club may call Cathy DeOrio at 732-493-6213 or Maureen Chenoweth at 732-291-1286.last_img read more

A Visit With Oasis tlc in Middletown

first_imgPhotos by Tina ColellaMIDDLETOWN – OASIS tlc is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote inclusion and acceptance of autistic individuals into their local communities by establish- ing environmentally exemplary farm centers that provide meaningful work, peaceful and healthy residences and community interaction.Students of the Transitional Residential/Adult Independent Learning (T.R.A.I.L.) Center help with raising chickens for eggs, growing food in a geodesic dome (soon to also be raising fish too), weave tote bags and color coded collars for the goats, create artwork and make bread. The farm features baby chicks and baby goats that are raised for their milk to make cheese and soap.Mai Cleary, president of OASIS tlc, holds a new baby chick while residents bake bread in the residence’s kitchen.last_img read more

Rocks and Rings program Rocks a big one

first_imgThe program allows students to experience a high energy, fun-filled session using unique floor curling equipment as they learn about the sport in their school’s gymnasium. With each elementary school visit, the Capital One Rocks & Rings program reaches seven to eight classes or approximately 150 to 200 students. Upon completion, each student receives a graduation certificate and valuable information on where and how the student and his or her parents can get involved in curling in their area.The addition of the Capital One Rocks and Rings program is part of an overall strategic plan adopted by the Nelson Curling Club.The idea, following on the heels of the success from the 2010 Winter Olympic & Paralympics Games, is to increase participation in the sport and ultimately, membership in their curling centre.  And the program appears to be working as almost 40 new adult curlers registered in the Friday night mixed league alone.There has also been a sizeable increase in the junior curling program — a junior fun spiel in Nelson attracted 16 teams from Nelson, Trail, Castlegar, Riondel, Salmo and Kaslo. Schools have enthusiastically embraced the Rocks and Rings program and followed through by subsequently offering curling as an option for students for the schools’ winter activity program.  For more information, please visit www nelsoncurling.com. It’s clear from the response of the participants the Capital One Rocks & Rings program rocks.The Capital One Rocks & Rings is an off-ice program that has been able to generate interest in the sport. The program focuses on children and families who would not otherwise receive the opportunity, with the ultimate goal being increased participation in the sport.Under the enthusiastic guidance of junior curler instructors Chris Haynes, Alex Breen, and Kazia Drake, more than 1000 elementary students in the area have been introduced to the sport, including schools at South Nelson, Blewett, Hume, Redfish, Rosemont, Brent Kennedy, Nelson Christian School and McLean Elementary in Rossland.   The instructors have also been invited to present the program in Cranbrook, Kimberley and Kelowna.last_img read more

Speculation over Ivanovic’s future and Chelsea are tipped to try again for Stones

first_imgA round-up of the latest transfer speculation involving Chelsea…With Everton having refused to sell John Stones before the recent transfer window closed, there is already speculation that Chelsea will try again to sign the England defender when it re-opens in January.The Sun on Sunday say Chelsea are planning to offer Bertrand Traore to Everton as part of an exchange deal.The Sunday Mirror, meanwhile, predict that Chelsea will make what would be their fifth attempt to take Stones, 21, to Stamford Bridge.The Blues will need to bid close to £40m in order to get their man, it is suggested.The Sunday Mirror also say Branislav Ivanovic could move to the United States at the end of the season.Ivanovic has made a poor start to the seasonIvanovic, who turns 32 in February, is in the final year of his contract at Chelsea and it is claimed that New York City – where his former Blues team-mate Frank Lampard plays – and LA Galaxy would want him.Again it is claimed, this time by the Sunday Times, that Chelsea tried sign Anthony Martial prior to the French teenager’s pre-deadline move to Manchester United from Monaco.And the Sun on Sunday suggest Martial had been on the radars of Chelsea and Manchester City since the age of 11.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Astrobiology: The Joy of Being Wrong

first_imgAn astrobiologist looks forward to the day when everything he says is totally wrong.What makes a planet habitable? In a BBC News article, astrobiologist Christopher Watson (Queen’s University, Belfast) piles on the constraints:“Clouds are reflective and therefore will cool the planet, acting to push the habitable zone closer to the star.Just to complicate matters, the habitable zone also depends on the type of star the planet orbits.Red dwarfs like to chuck out large flares, stellar eruptions that release charged particles and X-rays. Given the close proximity of the planet, this might cause substantial atmospheric losses.High doses of radiation also tend to be harmful to biological material, and X-rays are capable of dissociating water – thereby depleting any water supply.Massive, hot stars are real gas-guzzlers. Yes, they may have far larger “fuel tanks” (they have a lot more mass to “burn”), but they gobble that fuel much, much faster, and die much younger than small, frugal cool stars.Based on our knowledge of how life evolved on Earth, it is unlikely that even simple life would have time to evolve around stars that are all that much hotter than our Sun.Well, we hit another issue – the fact that the variance in the amount of energy red dwarfs emit over their lifetime, known as their luminosity evolution, is quite drastic… a red dwarf may change its luminosity 10-fold!I haven’t even begun discussing some of the ‘rare-Earth’ arguments that point out a range of factors that affect the Earth that may be necessary for life, but that may be rare for other planets.These are things like the presence of Jupiter (which may or may not deflect asteroids and comets from striking the Earth)…or the presence of the moon (which may stabilise Earth’s spin).”Watson isn’t trying to be a spoil-sport; just a realist. But how realistic is his ending conundrum?The pace of discovery is astonishing and in 20 years’ time I suspect I will look back at this article and find I was totally wrong about everything.This is what progress is.That’s an odd way to define progress. It follows that 20 years after that, the ones who showed him he was wrong could be wrong themselves. An infinite regress looms.We’ll help him out. He’s totally right about the constraints on habitability, but he’s totally wrong that life emerges on a habitable world without purpose, plan, and intelligence to act on matter and create it. We just saved him 20 years by reading Isaiah 45:18-19.(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more