Jailed blogger’s wife talks to the BBC

first_img to go further Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest Organisation News BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors October 14, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Newscenter_img December 20, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Jailed blogger’s wife talks to the BBC Follow the news on Bahrain Jenan Al Oraibi, the wife of Ali Abdulemam, a blogger who has been detained in Bahrain since 4 September (http://en.rsf.org/bahrain-detained-human-rights-activists-02-11-2010,38730.html), has given a moving account of his detention and treatment by the authorities in an interview for the BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12000292).The next hearing in the joint trial of Abdulemam and 24 other activists on terrorism charges is scheduled for 23 December. They will be defended by court-appointed lawyers because their own lawyers resigned en masse on 9 December in protest against the court’s refusal to suspend the trial while their torture allegations are investigated (http://en.rsf.org/bahrain-leading-human-rights-activist-08-12-2010,38986.html).Their call for a suspension was based on article 186 of Bahrain’s criminal code, which states that when defendants claim they have been tortured, the trial must be suspended while the allegations are investigated. Reporters Without Borders supports their demand and accuses the Bahraini authorities of violating their country’s law.In her interview for the BBC, Oraibi described her husband as a writer, journalist and blogger. “Ali does not belong to any political party,” she said. “He just writes his opinion. Ali has a free pen. That is exactly his crime. He has a free pen.” His last blog entry before his arrest was to call for support for those who had already been arrested, she said. “The last thing he wrote was for those prisoners, defending them and now he is one of them. ” his wife said. Referring to the detainees as “victims, she said: “They are all good people who have good jobs in this society. They are all innocent.” As regards the torture of the defendants, she said the authorities warned them that “if you speak of any mistreatment, any torture, we will torture you even more.” She added: “But they are really brave, they are heroes, they decided to stand up and say exactly what happened to them.”She was supposed to be able to visit her husband every Wednesday but the frequency and duration of the visits has been reduced. They are not allowed to “talk about politics, what has been happening on the street or in the newspapers (…) even if there is nothing about them in the newspapers because the subject is banned in Bahrain.”Since her husband’s arrest, she has had to look after their three young children alone and feels constantly under threat. During his interrogation sessions, the authorities threatened to have her dismissed. She said she was worried about talking to the BBC, especially as its reporters are constantly followed, “but I will be more worried if I don’t do anything.” BahrainMiddle East – North Africa News News March 17, 2021 Find out more RSF_en June 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Credit union donation boosts scholarship fund

first_imgMembers, Katee Goodpaster, CEO of the Dearborn County Hospital Federal Credit Union, presents a check for $1,500 to Robert “Rocky” Schroeder, President of the Dearborn County Hospital Foundation (left) for the DCH Foundation Scholarship Program, and thanks Michael W. Schwebler, DCH President/CEO (right), for the hospital’s service and dedication to the healthcare needs of the community.Lawrenceburg, In. — To show its appreciation for its members and the community, the Dearborn County Hospital Federal Credit Union (DCHFCU) made a generous donation of $1,500 to the Dearborn County Hospital Foundation Scholarship Program.  This marks the DCHFCU’s fourth consecutive annual donation to the Foundation for a total of $5,000.Katee Goodpaster, Chief Executive Officer of the Dearborn County Hospital Federal Credit Union, presented the check to Robert “Rocky” Schroeder, Dearborn County Hospital Foundation President.“The DCHFCU had another exceptional year and we want to share our success.  Since its founding in 1962, the Credit Union has been an excellent steward of our members’ money and a respected member of the community,” explained Mrs. Goodpaster. “As part of our commitment to our members, the hospital and our Southeastern Indiana communities, we are happy to award $1,500 to the DCH Foundation for its 2018 scholarship program.”Services of the DCHFCU include automobile, personal and student loans; home mortgages and home equity loans; Christmas Club and Vacation Club accounts; savings and checking accounts; IRAs; CDs; debit cards; ATM service; bill pay services and online home and mobile banking.  Deposits are guaranteed up to $250,000 by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA).All DCH and DCH Physician Partners employees, Medical Staff members, Auxilians and Board of Trustees members, along with individuals from an additional 26 entities in the area and their immediate families, are automatically eligible to join the DCH Federal Credit Union.  The public may qualify for membership in the Credit Union by making a donation to the Dearborn County Hospital Foundation.The DCH Federal Credit Union is located on the far southeast end of the main hospital building at 600 Wilson Creek Road in Lawrenceburg.  Credit Union office and drive-through hours are weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with additional drive-through hours on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to noon.  For more information, please call 812/537-8153 or 800/676-5572, ext. 8153,  or visit the DCHFCU website at www.dchfcu.org.For more information regarding the Dearborn County Hospital Foundation or to make an individual or corporate donation, please contact Sarah Siegrist, Dearborn County Hospital Director of Charitable Development and Fund Raising, at 812/537-8322 or 800/676-5572, ext. 8322.last_img read more

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Missing Broward Woman Found Buried in Mississippi Backyard

first_imgA 29-year old Broward County woman who had been missing since October of last year has been found buried in the backyard of a Mississippi man’s home, according to police.Coral Springs resident Sarah Willard was found dead on Valentine’s Day in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.Jackson County, Mississippi Sheriff Mike Ezell says 54-year-old Phillip York killed Willard and then buried her body in his backyard.A joint investigation between the FBI, Coral Springs Police Department and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office led investigators to Willard’s body.Ezell explains that Willard met York online.According to a missing person’s report, her husband, Daryl Allen Jahnke, told detectives that his wife was “extremely bi-polar,” and was known to leave the area randomly to travel or to meet with people she met online.He adds that she would typically stay in touch with relatives during the timeframe – usually one to two weeks – in which she would be gone.The report further states that Jahnke told investigators that he woke up on the morning of Oct. 29 to find his wife gone, in addition to all her belongings. He also revealed to them that the couple texted throughout the day and that she told him she was going to Texas.Jahnke never heard from his wife again after 11 p.m. that night.York has been charged with murder. Authorities have not disclosed how Willard was killed.Investigators say York is a felon who previously served 10 years in a Virginia prison for stabbing a woman.last_img read more

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Semple Stadium deemed unplayable

first_imgThe Division 3 teams will now do battle in Templetuohy with throw-in set for 2pm. Following an inspection today, Thurles was said to be unavailable due to a frozen pitch. Tipp FM’s coverage will be in association with O’Connell’s Centra, Templemore.last_img

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Paradise re-invented in Goa

first_imgExperience a happening beach party in GoaThe soft, melodic hum of the azure ocean is given a thumping rhythm thanks to the nearby beach party that is ‘rocking’ in all its fenny-laced fervour. The sight of bikini-clad bodies paying obeisance to the sun is juxtaposed with the image of veiled ladies proceeding to the chapel for evening prayers. This beach paradise is filled with such contrasting experiences that somehow seem to cohabit in an ambrosial setting that typifies Goa, a place that has over the last four decades, achieved the iconic status as India’s ultimate party destination.Singing is a way of life on Goan beachesWhile Goa might be all this and more, it is certainly not static. A place that is constantly changing, yet keeping a firm grip on all that makes it super-special, Goa is the perfect microcosm of all that is new… and yes, happening!Stay wildThe charming Casa dos Colacos in MargaoNever has there been a place in India that has the distinction of seeing a new hotel being launched almost every week, but Goa comes close. It offers a mind boggling variety of new accommodation options that suit almost every budget and taste. For those who prefer to try out something different, Club Fresh Resort at Morjim beach in north offers tents that are kitted out with all the mod cons to make your stay memorable. It also has 15 rooms, a spa and multi-cuisine restaurant. For a great insight into the Portuguese legacy, the Casa dos Colacos, in Margao, is the perfect place for some culture-vulturing. A boutique bed and breakfast kind of place, it is housed in a renovated old-style bungalow steeped in history. Perched on the idyllic sandy beaches of Candolim, the new Casablanca is a beachside resort that offers you the doorstep to the sea. Replete with typical Goan hospitality and charm, it is one of the best stay options at Candolim.Shopping for styleA quiet walk on Baga beach is a great way to experience the placeIt is no surprise that Indian designers like Malini Ramani and Wendell Rodricks have set shop in hip Goa. The eclectic boho-chic sense of style is all pervasive here with flea markets and quaint boutiques that sell everything from 70s inspired shirts, string bikinis to flower-power lounge pants. The latest designer to open a store here is Arjun Khanna whose signature boutique in Saligaon is fast attracting the swish set with its superb creations. Another brand new shopping destination is Arte e Mobilia in Panjim that is full of unique objects and art sourced from Goa, Mumbai, Kolkata and beyond.Foodie’s delightSinful seafoodWhen it comes to eating, Goa offers a newer smorgasbord of tempting possibilities. Located in one of the oldest neighbourhoods of Panjim’s Latin Quarter, Ernestos maybe a newbie on the scene, but it packs in quite a mighty punch with its world cuisine favourites like filet mignon and barbecued ribs. Republic of Noodles in Candolim pays homage to Southeast Asian cuisine with its superb nosh like the Bangkok Pad Thai noodles. For the loungers CafÅ Chocolatti’s new branch at Altinho is just the place to indulge those post lunch or 4 p.m. truffle cravings that are best washed down with a steaming mug of hot chocolate with lovely marshmallows floating in it.Where’s the party tonightHead to Republic of Noodles for Southeast Asian cuisineWhen the sun takes siesta, Goa comes alive to claim its well-earned title of being a hedonistic heaven and manages to come up with interesting options throughout the year. A nightclub that is becoming a destination of its own thanks to the mind boggling variety of cocktails and other heady libations is ‘The Nightclub in the Sky’ Club Cubana in Arpora at north Goa. Recently voted India’s best nightclub, Club Cubana is legendary for its Bikini Friday nights that draws the bold and beautiful in droves who party till they are ready to drop. Another Yber-popular joint is Mambo’s on Baga beach that has recently gone in for a great new overhaul. This open-air club is one of the most happening places in north Goa, and spending a few hours on a Saturday night at Mambo’s is a match made in party heaven.Fine dining at the beach during sunset makes for a picutre perfect settingFor the last couple of months a quiet riot of sorts has been taking place every Saturday night at Neptune’s Point in south Goa’s idyllic Palolem beach. As India’s only silent party where revellers don a pair of headphones that are tuned to the frequency of the DJ’s console and groove to music that only they can hear, this is Goa’s answer to the legendary headphone parties that originated in another party capital of the world-Ibiza. Alarming, though, the sight may be of hundreds of people dancing to zilch sound, this is one of the most fun new things to do in Goa.Be GameWater sports on Anjuna beachAs the only Indian state to legalise gambling, Goa’s casino scene is slowly but surely throwing up some interesting options for punters to part with or earn cash. Not far from Panjim, the Chances Casino is situated at Vainguinim Valley Resort in the scenic Vainguinim Valley. This 24-hour casino features American roulette, poker and 35 slot machines and is a big draw for tourists.Goa promises you a new journey every time you visit it. Brace yourself as this temptress embraces you with a vice-like grip that will leave you breathless and satiated!advertisementadvertisement Fact fileClub Fresh Resort H. No. 782, Gawdewado, Morjim Beach; tel: (0832) 645 0599Casa dos Colacos Bernardo Da Costa Road, Margao, Salcette; www.casadoscolacos.comThe lovely Casablanca beachside resort at CandolimCasablanca Wadi Candolim, Candolim, Bardez; tel: (0)93225 09495; www.casablancagoa.comArjun Khanna’s boutique Vespa Rodriguez, Bungalow no. 5/67, Donvaddo, Saligaon, BardezArte e Mobilia Rebelo’s Arte e Mobilia Rebelo Building, first floor, Panjim; tel: (0) 98231 00400Ernestos Ernesto’s House 6/49, Mala, Panjim; tel: 325 6213Republic of Noodles Amarante Beach Resort, Vadi, Candolim; tel: 248 9600Cafe Chocolatti Goa Centre for the Arts, 63/C-8, Altinho, Panjim; tel: 242 1311; www.sgcfa.orgClub Cubana Arpore Hill, Arpora, Calangute; tel: (0) 98235 39033; www.clubcubanagoa.netMambo’s Tito’s Lane, Saunta Vaddo, Calangute Road, Baga; tel: 227 5028Neptune’s Point Palolem Beach; tel:(0) 919730 935334Chances Casino 184/189, Machado’s Cove, Dona Paula; tel: 245 2201last_img read more

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UPSC row echoes in Rajya Sabha, no timeframe but govt assures House

first_imgThe UPSC row again echoed in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday with the JD-U and other opposition parties questioning what the government is doing to resolve it. However, the government declined to give a timeframe in Rajya Sabha for resolving the row though it promised to solve it soon even as the Opposition targeted BJP ministers for coming out with different statements on the issue.Students protest against introduction of CSAT in civil services exams outside the UPSC in New Delhi on Monday. PTI PhotoUPSC aspirants are protesting against the pattern of the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) which they believe gives an unfair advantage to English-speaking students while leaving candidates from Hindi or regional languages-background at a disadvantage. They want the CSAT to be scrapped. “The issue was thoroughly discussed for an hour. Both the Home Minister and the Minister for DoPT have said that the issue will be resolved and I promise you that it will be done soon. Government is going to act soon keeping in mind the issue of different regional languages and the sentiments of the students. As soon as decision is taken, the government will inform,” Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Prakash Javadekar told the House.Seeking a definite timeline from the government on it, Opposition members however insisted that a resolution should come quickly and the matter should not be allowed to snowball into a nationwide agitation.Raising the issue in the house, Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav questioned what steps are being taken by the government. “What is the government doing to resolve the issue? It is not just about the students from Hindi belt, it is about students of regional languages as well,” Yadav said.advertisementThe CSAT-II paper carries questions on comprehension, interpersonal skills including communication skills, logical reasoning and analytical ability, decision-making and problem-solving, general mental ability, basic numeracy, and English language comprehension skills (of Class X level).”By when will the government solve it? What problem the government has in making it clear. You should tell by when you will solve the problem. The seven-day time given by you concludes tomorrow,” he said.Members from Congress, Samajwadi Party, DMK, CPI-M, CPI and Trinamool Congress supported Yadav and asked the government to clarify by when it will resolve the matter.last_img read more

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20 days agoLeicester boss Rodgers leaps to defend Choudhury

first_imgLeicester boss Rodgers leaps to defend Choudhuryby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has leapt to the defence of Hamza Choudhury after his tackle on Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah.Salah was forced off minutes before the the end of the Reds’ dramatic 2-1 Premier League win at Anfield on Saturday after being caught on the left ankle by a poor challenge from Choudhury.“I don’t think it was a really bad challenge,” said the former Liverpool boss. “Mohamed Salah is coming inside and the speed he travels and Hamza is coming back.“I have tried to look at it but the camera is quite a way away. The emotion of the game, it might seem worse than it was.“He is an honest boy, Hamza, he makes challenges but I don’t think there was anything malicious.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Construction to start for 8th Street bridge in Dawson Creek

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Construction on the 8th Street bridge in Dawson Creek will soon be getting underway.South Peace MLA Mike Bernier says drivers will need patience as they can expect to see traffic congestion as lane closures will take place on the bridge for the next two construction seasons.“It’s obviously going to be very congested and stressful, so we’re going to ask for people’s patience for the next two construction seasons because they’ll have to take the four-lanes down to two lanes.” The decision to replace the culverts with an actual bridge was announced by former Premier Christy Clark following the massive flood of 2016, in which it was overwhelmed by the water of the Dawson Creek and suffered serious damage.According to Bernier, the Province has awarded the contracts to start the project, with hopes of starting the first phase in the next few weeks, with full-on construction in the Fall.The 8th Street bridge construction is a Ministry of Transportation project and will cost approximately $20 million.last_img read more

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Our confidence in the Election Commission has been badly shaken, says Kapil Sibal

first_imgNew Delhi: Leaders of 21 opposition parties have recently petitioned both the Election Commission and the Supreme Court to demand a review of VVPAT (Voter-Verification Paper Audit Trail) slips for a free and fair elections after several EVMs glitches were reported in the last four phases of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections from many parts of the country. Over the past few years, the opposition parties have voiced their misgivings on this issue both inside and outside Parliament. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkCongress stalwart and senior Supreme Court lawyer Kapil Sibal- who is representing the 21 opposition parties in the apex court said in an exclusive interview to the Millennium Post that the malfunctioning of electronic voting machines had dented confidence of political stakeholders and further claimed that the ‘Election Commission had gone soft on some people.’ He said that the whole scheduling of the ongoing general election was questionable. ” You have one day for Gujarat, one day for Tamil Nadu, two days for Tripura, any number of days for Bihar and West Bengal. It simply defies logic.” Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenQuestioning the logic of spending thousands of crores on VVPAT machines where the EC was somewhat reluctant on their extensive use, he demanded the counting of VVPAT slips at least 50 per cent booths in every Assembly constituency. “I assume that everything is fine. Since you have invested thousands of crores, what is the harm in counting? At least the entire nation would know that the EVMs have not been tampered with and the result is free and fair. The Election Commission’s explanation that it could delay results by four to five days- the explanation is illogical. If that doesn’t happen then there will be a lurking suspicion whether the process was free and fair,” Sibal said. “I am afraid of that the confidence we had in the Election Commission, has diminished,” he added. Launching a scathing attack on the autonomous constitutional authority, the former law minister said, “I think the Election Commission is dithering in acting against both the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. The kind of political discourse has been used; any other Election Commission would have ensured that they were reprimanded.” “We are deeply disturbed at the way the Election Commission is functioning. It seems that it has gone soft on some people. This has some impact on our confidence in an election that is fair,” Sibal said.last_img read more

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K’taka: Cracks between Cong & JD(S) widen

first_imgBengaluru: Cracks within the ruling coalition partners in Karnataka appeared to widen as JD(S)State president A H Vishwanath and former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah accused each other of not following the “coalition dharma.” The flare-up between the two leaders that could complicate matters for the Congress and JD(S) further stemmed from the growing ‘Siddaramiaah for CM’ clamour within the Congress. The call has irked the JD(S) leadership, with Vishwanath Sunday flaying it as “chamchagiri” (sycophancy) and questioning the ability of Siddaramaiah as an administrator. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”What is so special (about Siddaramaiah rule), was his administration greater than Devraj Urs’? People remember Devraj Urs even today after 30 years. What great administration happened (during Siddaramaiah) to remember it for decades? What major developmental work happened? Nothing…,” Vishwanath had said Sunday. A miffed Siddaramaiah tweeted Monday, “I would raise the jealous statement by Vishwanath in the coordination committee. Earlier it was G T Deve Gowda (higher education minister) and now Vishwanath. Don’t know who is the next? It is better if seniors in JD(S) take note of it.” Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadHe said “coalition Dharma” was preventing him from speaking openly against “irresponsible” remarks of Vishwanath. “Vishwanath is notorious for his mischievous statements. May God give him wisdom,” Siddaramaiah tweeted. Reacting to Siddaramaiah’s tweet, Vishwanath Monday questioned what Siddaramaiah had done as the chairperson of the coordination committee of Congress and JD(S). Speaking to reporters, Vishwanath said, “The coordination committee has been formed for coalition dharma. Do discuss in the coordination committee. You are the chairman there. Who has stopped you from saying in the coordination committee that you want to be the chief minister.” He also emphasised upon the fact that the coordination committee could not draw a common minimum programme even in the last one year. “Coordination committee has to coordinate between both coalition partners in the government JD(S) and Congress. You are not ready. You are accusing me of being irresponsible,” Vishwanath said. He said though Siddaramaiah had been the chairman for a year, the common minimum programme has not been prepared yet. “It has not yet framed which direction the government should proceed, what the programmes of the government should be and which are the principles of the two parties to proceed with,” Vishwanath charged. He also stressed that if at all there is any scope for Siddaramaiah to become chief minister again, it will be only in 2022 and not before that. Deputy chief minister Dr G Parameshwara, who is from the Congress, too blamed Vishwanath for his remarks. “I am not aware of personal differences of opinion between two leaders. However, when the two parties decided to run the government together it was not appropriate for Vishwanath to speak low about the coordination committee chairman. Such talk should not happen in future.” “Even we should not speak so. That’s what is called as ‘Coalition Dharma,” he said. As the two leaders sparred, the BJP termed Vishwanath’s remarks as a reflection of the JD(S) leadership. “It is not a statement by A H Vishwanath but something Kumaraswamy wants to convey through him,” BJP state chief B S Yeddyurappa said. Bickering between coalition partners was evident even during the Lok Sabha elections. Though the two parties fought together bitter rivalry still prevailed at the grassroot level. Squabbling was quite evident in Tumakuru, Hassan and Mandya from where JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda, his grandsons Prajwal Revanna and Nikhil Kumaraswamy contested respectively.last_img read more

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