Al Jazeera cameraman’s lawyer, speaks with Reporters Without Borders about his client’s ordeal in Guantanamo Bay

first_img Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says April 28, 2021 Find out more News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists June 3, 2021 Find out more June 7, 2021 Find out more Smith also thanked Al Jazeera, the Qatari and Sudanese governments as well as organizations such as Reporters Without Borders, for tiredlessly advocating for the release of Sami Al-Haj. Al-Haj was charged with running an extremist Islamic website, connecting him to Al-Qaeda in his attempt to interview Osama Bin Landen.”(The US military) alleged that he was a terrorist because he had trained in Al Jazeera. The precise words were, ‘the detainee admitted that he had trained in the use of the camera with Al Jazeera,’ and that is meant to be understood as some sort of terrorism,” Smith said.”There’s no legal basis. They would come up with new allegations and we would prove that the allegations were rubbish.”Watch the video (part 2) Organisation Based on Smith’s testimony, there were no clear reasons as to why al-Haj was not release before. In fact, according to Smith, al-Haj is still considered a terrorist by US authorities.During his imprisonment in Guantanamo Bay, interrogators coerced al-Haj into becoming a witness against Al Jazeera, accusing the network television of receiving funds directly from Al Qaeda.” I think it’s just an assault on Al Jazeera, I mean its very, very sad – speaking as an American – we are meant to support free speech… Al Jazeera in the beacon of free speech in the Middle East,” Smith explained.He also commented on al-Haj’s health saying that he arrived at hospital in Khartoum, Sudan very weak after facing a long and tough flight. He was not allowed to use the toilet for twenty hours and al-Haj kept the hunger strike until he arrived in Sudan – that meant no food and water. He was also in shackles and was blinded with a hood.”The doctors (in Sudan) were worried that he wouldn’t survive,” Smith said. “On the other hand, within two or three days he was doing a lot better.”In addition to being tortured during his captivity in Guantanamo Bay, doctors informed al-Haj that he had cancer, but he could not see a specialist. Sudanese doctors who examined al-Haj upon his arrival, said he tested negative for cancer.As for al-Haj’s professional life, Smith said that for the time being his client has no intention of traveling to a war zone again. He also said that the US has tried to put pressure on the Sudanese government to prevent al-Haj from traveling or working again with Al Jazeera.”He would rather stay in Guantanamo ten years rather than signing any such papers,” Smith said. “When he was being release, the admiral who came to see him tried to get him to sign a document, and he told him that the advice of his lawyer was not to sign anything.”On the allegations of torture, which the US authorities deny, Smith said his client was interrogated a 130 different occasions, out of which 120 of the interrogations focused on trying to get al-Haj to say that Al Jazeera is a terrorist organization. Smith also discussed the methods by which he was force-fed in the prison- guards pulled the tube inserted through the nose – explicitly to try to press prisoners to come off the hunger strike, “I think that’s inhumane,” he said. Al-Haj also went under a total of 478 days of a hunger strike. “You think about the IRA hunger strikers back in the 1980s – the maximum anyone did was 70 (days)”Smith himself was subject to accusations by the US government, alleging that he incited three prisoners to commit suicide. “I think it’s pretty disgusting that they accuse me of trying to get my clients to commit suicide.”In regards to the future of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Smith said that we face more danger today than before September 11th. “No sane person can look you in the eye and say that Guantanamo Bay has made the world a safer place.”According to Smith, “Guantanamo Bay is going to close.” But the real issue is that the US has about 27,000 prisoners and other secret jails where prisoners are in worst conditions than those in Guantanamo Bay. United StatesAmericas Receive email alerts Follow the news on United Statescenter_img Human rights lawyer Clive Stafford-Smith gave a candid interview on Monday, May 19 to Reporters Without Borders about his client, Al Jazeera cameraman Sami al-Haj. Al-Haj had spent the last six years detained in Guantanamo Bay before being released earlier this month. RSF_en Human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith gave a candid interview on Monday, May 19 to Reporters Without Borders USA Director Lucie Morillon about his client, Al Jazeera cameraman Sami al-Haj. Al-Haj had spent the last six years detained in Guantanamo Bay before being released earlier this month. Smith arrived in the United States this week to testify before Congress on the situation in Guantanamo. In the interview, he explained al-Haj’s health condition and his future as a journalist after being released.Watch the video (part 1) Help by sharing this information to go further News United StatesAmericas News News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say May 22, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Al Jazeera cameraman’s lawyer, speaks with Reporters Without Borders about his client’s ordeal in Guantanamo Bay last_img read more

Pioneer Farmers Market ‘going to the dogs’

first_img Published 7:33 pm Friday, July 9, 2010 Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Print Article Book Nook to reopen Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Skip Latest Stories Email the author By Jaine Treadwell The Pioneer Farmers Market has joined the Troy Animal Shelter Coalition in an effort to raise awareness of the plight of the animals that are sheltered at the Troy Animal Shelter and also the need for a state-of-the-art animal shelter in Troy.“In talking with members of the Troy Animal Shelter Coalition, we realized that the Pioneer Farmers Market could provide an opportunity for people to learn more about the needs of abandoned and neglected dog and cats and what a modern animal shelter would mean to Troy and Pike County,” said Pam Sanders, market manager. “We have a large number of people come to the Pioneer Farmers Market each week so by setting up an information booth we can get the word out and perhaps get more people involved in the activities and events of the Troy Animal Shelter Coalition.” There will be a representative of the Troy Animal Shelter Coalition at the 5 p.m. Thursday markets and the 7 a.m. Saturday markets. The booth will include information about animal adoptions, events and the on-going efforts to build an animal shelter on the Henderson Highway. The coalition owns two acres on the highway for that purpose.“We are also asking visitors to the market to donate items that are needed at the present shelter,” Sanders said. “There is always a need for flea treatments, bleach and other cleaning supplies. And donations are always welcomed.” Sponsored Content The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… “There will be someone at the Pioneer Farmers Market booth to answer any questions that people might have and provide information about the Troy Animal Shelter Coalition and the progress being made toward a modern shelter in Pike County,” she said. Pioneer Farmers Market ‘going to the dogs’ You Might Like Summer school still ongoing for some Some summer education programs have wrapped up while others are in full swing as students throughout the county work through… read more By The Penny Hoarder Dee Kreager, a member of the animal shelter coalition, said people seem to be genuinely concerned with the abandoned animal situation in Pike County and are anxious to do what they can to help.” Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kitslast_img read more

Controls Assurance in the NHS

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Controls Assurance in the NHSOn 1 Nov 2000 in Personnel Today In the world of occupational safety and health, it is unfortunate thathealth is often perceived as the poor relation of safety. With the introductionof Controls Assurance, however, the NHS now has in place a system to manage allaspects of safety and health and to comply with corporate governancerequirements. Controls Assurance is a key element of the Government’smodernisation programme for the NHS. Developed as a response to the Turnbull report, it is designed to provideevidence that NHS organisations are doing their reasonable best to meet theirobjectives and to protect patients, staff, visitors and other stakeholdersagainst risks. It requires NHS directors to review the effectiveness of theirsystems of internal control and to state they have done so in the trust’sannual report. The Healthcare Specialist Group at Iosh recently organised two seminarsdedicated to Controls Assurance. Led by Stuart Emslie, head of the ControlsAssurance team at the NHS executive, these events outlined the project andexamined, through the risk management system and health and safety managementstandards, the role of safety and risk professionals in the Controls Assuranceprocess. Is health and safety part of risk management? Should the risks associatedwith the care of patients be managed separately from the risks that face staffin the workplace? These are two recurring questions that were asked during theseminars. A recent survey of 420 NHS organisations, showed 48 per cent of them haveeither a fully integrated approach to the management of patient care-relatedrisks and non-patient care-related risks, including health and safety, or areactively working on such an approach. The Controls Assurance agenda aims toempower NHS staff to manage risk in their workplace and it is part of the NHS’sbroader agenda for the 21st century. This is essential as there are significant issues facing the NHS andControls Assurance over the next few years, including the Human Rights Act,infection control, patient food, the Disability Discrimination Act, themanagement of patient information, emergency planning and transport. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health represents 25,000safety and health professionals in industry, commerce and the public sector.Tel: 0116-257 3100; www.iosh.co.uk last_img read more

Blood and sport: the samurai slashing that brought rugby to Japan

first_imgThe founders of the Yokohama club proposed that “hacking”, or kicking opponents, be banned, while early match reports underlined the prevalence of drop-kicking in those days.“Mr. Abbott having caught the ball made a good run through his opponents and, with a fine drop kick, scored a goal,” reads one report from the 1873 Japan Weekly Mail.Rugby gained a more solid foothold in Japan at the turn of the century when two Cambridge University alumni, Edward Bramwell Clarke and the Japanese player Ginnosuke Tanaka, introduced the game at Keio University in Tokyo.With more Japanese taking up the game, the sport’s popularity grew quickly with crowds of 20,000 attending matches in the early 1930s, according to Galbraith.– ‘Not so healthy’ –The Japan Rugby Football Union was formed in 1926 and a national team played its first overseas matches on a tour to Canada in 1930.In modern history, the Japanese team have been ever-present at the Rugby World Cup since the first edition in 1987, where they narrowly lost to the United States before suffering a 60-7 hammering at the hands of England.The World Cup has seen extreme highs and lows for Japan, from a record 145-17 loss to the All Blacks in 1995 to the competition’s greatest ever upset when the “Brave Blossoms” beat the mighty Springboks 34-32 in 2015 — dubbed the “Miracle of Brighton.”Organisers hope hosting this year’s competition will accelerate the development of rugby in Japan and Asia more widely, but low attendances for club rugby and the ejection of the Tokyo-based Sunwolves from Super Rugby have raised doubts.And what of rugby now at the Yokohama club, where it all began?“The status today is not so healthy,” sighs Galbraith speaking to AFP at the club, which proudly displays Japan’s oldest rugby trophy and numerous team photos on its wood-panelled walls.A dearth of members from traditional rugby-playing nations has hit the club hard, he says. “It’s more difficult to put out a 15-a-side team to play rugby.”Share on: WhatsApp The Yokohama Club is one of the world’s oldest rugby clubsYokohama, Japan | AFP | When 70,000 fans cram into Japan’s Yokohama stadium for the Rugby World Cup final, few will be aware of the area’s rich rugby history which stretches back more than 150 years and includes one of the world’s oldest clubs.It all started in the early 1860s when Britain sent troops to Yokohama to protect its subjects after samurai warriors slashed to death a British trader — and some of their 19th century officers turned out to be rugby fans.According to historian Mike Galbraith, who has extensively studied Japanese rugby’s early history, the first mention of the game being played dates to 1863, only 40 years after Rugby School student William Webb Ellis famously “took the ball in his arms and ran with it”, giving birth to the sport.As military tensions eased, the bored officers — many of them from British public schools like Rugby — took to the oval ball to pass the time.“They started playing every afternoon because the troubles subsided and so they didn’t really have anything to do. In December 1864, there’s evidence they were playing every afternoon with a few of the civilians,” Galbraith told AFP.Two years later, in 1866, more than 40 of these early rugby players banded together to found the Yokohama Foot Ball Club. A Japanese newspaper report from January 26, 1866, records the official establishment.“As we happen to have two or three Rugby and Winchester men in the Community, we may be certain that we shall have really good scientific play,” said an editorial in the Japan Times.This evidence leads Galbraith to claim that Yokohama may be one of the world’s first “Open” clubs — meaning that unlike a university or school, anyone can join.“The Yokohama Country and Athletic Club appears at present to be the oldest open club in the world with contemporaneous documentary evidence of its founding,” he said.– ‘Very unique’ –There are rugby clubs that are older, acknowledges Galbraith, but they lack such strong evidence describing their creation.“In the case of the Yokohama Foot Ball Club, there is a newspaper printed that very day describing what time it was and who the key people were and what the motions were. That’s very unique,” he said.The game then was very different to the fast-flowing sport played by professional athletes on display during the Rugby World Cup, which culminates on November 2 in Yokohama.last_img read more

Diver Seriously Injured in Possible Shark Attack Near Key Biscayne

first_imgBenitez says, “Always swim in a group. Sharks most often attack lone individuals. Try not to swim far from shore. Doing so will make it very difficult to get assistance in case of an emergency.”In addition, she suggests that people avoid swimming at night, when sharks are typically most active, and to avoid entering the water if bleeding. According to Benitez, “Sharks can quickly trace it back to its source.” An unidentified Florida diver was seriously injured on Saturday morning, when a shark bit him near Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Spokeswoman Erika Benitez says the injured diver was brought back to shore by good samaritans. He was then taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.last_img

Award-Winning Singer Songwriter Jeanne Jolly Plays Olympia’s Music In The Park

first_imgFacebook6Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Jeanne Jolly Award-winning singer-songwriter Jeanne Jolly is invigorating the music scene with her heartfelt lyricism, heavenly range and soulful folk-pop beats tinged in Appalachian Americana. With her unmistakable signature voice, she is carving out music without boundaries that pulls from her classical training and folk sensibility. Audiences all over the U.S. are becoming impressed with her songwriting, her strong country belt and her ability to quickly shift to the dusky lilt of Allison Krauss combined with sophisticated jazz phrasing.  One can only guess that her vocal dynamics & songwriting range come from a performance history as the featured vocalist with Grammy Award winning Jazz trumpeter, Chris Botti, getting a Masters in classical vocal performance from New England Conservatory, & growing up in NC with a deeply rooted love for bluegrass and classic country.  When you ask Jeanne where it all comes from, she’ll tell you, her heart.The Boston Globe reviews, “Once seen and heard, singer-songwriter Jeanne Jolly from Raleigh, N.C., is hard to forget, her songs easy to remember-especially if you have her debut, “Angels”, and have the habit of playing it over and over.”Jeanne’s new album, ‘Angels’ debuted in the top fifteen on the iTunes Singer Songwriter Chart & is garnered with praise for its depth of sweetness and sorrow that can fit any mood and strikes a chord with a variety of music fans. Her songs reflect on the angels that affect all of our lives, leaving the definition of “Angels” to the listener.  It is a grassroots album to really sink your teeth into, defined by the soul-infused single, “Sweet Love”, thoughtful ballads like “Good Man”, topped off with her feisty alt-country romp, “The Hard Way”.The New York Music Daily shares, “she’s got an eye for detail, likes to work the suspense for all it’s worth, and her band is sensational.”  You can view the music video for her single “Sweet Love” here.  In 2012, Jeanne Jolly embarked on a tour of the Pacific Northwest where she headlined the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts and the Red Ants Pants Festival alongside the likes of Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris and Billy Joe Shaver.  She returned to North Carolina as a featured performer at the North Carolina State Fair followed by her national “Angels” Album Release Tour.  Jeanne is currently touring all over the U.S. in support of “Angels”.On August 21, 2013, Jolly comes to Olympia’s Music In The Park.  The free concert series in downtown Olympia’s Sylvester Park will allow music lovers from all over the south sound to enjoy the sounds of Jolly and her sensational band.  The concert starts at 7 pm, but attendees are welcome to come early with blankets, low back chairs, and picnics.  For full details on the Music In The Park Concert Series click here.The Common Folk Review states, “Jolly is undeniably a versatile singer with an amazing and rare ability to sing with the sophistication of modern jazz and the simple passion of an Appalachian Americana. Jolly has a gorgeous voice that isn’t something you hear or happen upon everyday.”  Come and see for yourself why Jeanne Jolly is among the top folk-rock singer/songwriters today.last_img read more