Lakome news website still blocked despite editor’s repeated requests

first_img Help by sharing this information News RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance February 20, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Lakome news website still blocked despite editor’s repeated requests Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for an end to government blocking of the Lakome news website, in effect since 17 October, and the withdrawal of all charges against Ali Anouzla, the editor of the site’s Arabic-language version.“The authorities are clearly stalling, both by not responding to Anouzla’s request for the censorship to be lifted and by repeatedly postponing his appearance before an investigating judge,” said Reporters Without Borders head of research Lucie Morillon.“No one will be fooled by this policy. Morocco manifestly deserves its poor position – 136th out of 180 countries – in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.”Lakome was blocked on 17 October, shortly after Anouzla, who had been held since 17 September, issued a statement saying that he was unable to take responsibility for what was posted on the site while he was in detention and therefore requested its “temporary suspension.”The authorities went far beyond what Anouzla requested because access to both the Arabic and French-language versions of Lakome has been blocked ever since.Anouzla has repeatedly sought the lifting of the blocking since his release on 25 October after five weeks in “preventive detention.” On 7 January, he submitted a request to this effect to the National Agency for Telecommunications Regulation (ANRT), which subsequently told him by phone that he should address his request to the prosecutor’s office. Anouzla has received no response to the request to the prosecutor’s office that he submitted in early January.At a news conference in Rabat yesterday, a day after his appearance before the investigating judge was postponed yet again, this time until 20 May, Anouzla announced his intention to launch a new news website, Lakome2.com.Anouzla also reported at the news conference that he and Aboubakr Jamaï, the editor of Lakome’s French-language version, have been chosen for the Washington-based Project on Middle East Democracy’s “Leaders for Democracy” award, which will be presented at a ceremony in Washington on 8 May. News Read these previous press releases: – Before King Mohammed travelled to Washington on 22 November – Before US Secretary of State John Kerry’s scheduled visit to Morocco on 11-12 November (which was finally cancelled) – Before French foreign minister Laurent Fabius’ meeting with his Moroccan counterpart as part of the 5+5 dialogue on 23 October – A joint appeal by 60 human rights organizations on 10 October RSF_en Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa June 8, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts to go further Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News Organisation Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa April 28, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara April 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

A Lesson From Aloes at Sierra Madre Playhouse

first_img Subscribe Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday For the twelfth entry in its Off the Page series of staged readings, Sierra Madre Playhouse will present A Lesson From Aloes.From Tony Award –winning playwright Athol Fugard comes this story, set in 1963 during South Africa’s apartheid, which looks at the confrontation between a black man recently released from prison and the white liberal activist he believes betrayed him.Winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award.Elizabeth Swain directs a cast that includes Tony Amendola, Gregg Daniel and Lily Knight.Debra J. Harner and Sierra Madre Playhouse Artistic Director Christian Lebano curate the Off the Page series.Off The Page Series’ A Lesson From Aloes will be held Monday, February 6, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.Admission to A Lesson From Aloes is free. Donations are accepted. Reservations are not required.For more information, contact (626) 355-4318 or visit www.sierramadreplayhouse.org.Sierra Madre Playhouse is located at 87 W. Sierra Madre, Blvd., Sierra Madre. This is just east of Pasadena. There is ample free parking behind the theatre. More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News center_img 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Theatre A Lesson From Aloes at Sierra Madre Playhouse On Monday, February 6 From STAFF REPORTS Published on Sunday, January 22, 2017 | 11:59 pm Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. HerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Signs That Your Ex May Still Want You BackHerbeautyHerbeautylast_img read more

Long Island Muslim PAC Seeks to Support Friendly Candidates

first_imgMuslim PAC USA has been in existence for about a month. It’s goal, according to the PAC’s president Aamir Sultan, is two-pronged. Like any political action committee, the group will donate to campaigns of politicians dedicated to its cause. In this case, those include candidates who are willing to publicly support Muslim Americans and promote tolerance.Its long-term goals are more ambitious. The PAC hopes to see more Muslim Americans run for office, so the voice of a much-maligned minority community can be heard.The PAC will ask those seeking elected office “how they support the Muslim community and what have they done in the past and…are they willing to come out in public and talk about Islamophobia and anti-Islam sentiment,” Sultan told the Press.Sultan, who has his own IT firm and is on Suffolk County’s Asian American Advisory Board, said it’s important elected officials confront Islamophobia.“Just like any other minority, all of them have gone through this rhetoric and the phobias and bigotry and all that—now it’s our turn as Muslims,” he said. “So we just have to get proactive.”“It’s just now the numbers are increasing and we are becoming more visible in society,” he added. “We just have to follow suit what previous minorities did—the Jews, the Irish, the Italians, they all faced these things.”Sultan, who lives in Dix Hills, got to know Ramos after he started doing multicultural work with the assemblyman, he said.“Then this whole Trump thing started,” he added, referring to GOP hopeful Donald Trump, who has called for a ban on all Muslims from entering the US “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”Trump’s remarks came after 14 people were killed and nearly two-dozen were injured in the San Bernardino shooting in early December, and a month after shootings and explosions left 130 dead in Paris.Muslim Americans around the world have condemned those and other atrocities, saying such bloodshed is anathema to their religion. But their denunciations, they say, often receive little media attention.During his first visit to a US mosque since entering the White House, President Obama on Wednesday noted that most Americans’ view of Muslims is shaped by media—in news and entertainment, lamenting how most Muslims in TV or film are more likely than not to be depicted through the lens of national security.The uptick in anti-Islamic rhetoric has also come with an increase of attacks on Muslim communities. Men and women have been threatened or attacked in recent months, mosques have been vandalized, and Korans have been defiled and their pages riddled with bullets. Muslim Americans have told the Press that Islamophobia is worse now than it was directly after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Their anecdotes appear to be supported by statistics. In 2014, hate crimes fell in every category, except those against Muslims—which spiked nearly 14 percent.“Given the barbaric Islamic State attacks in Paris last week and elsewhere recently, that latter trend seems destined to accelerate,” the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote last November.Although most anti-Muslim remarks have come from Republicans, Sultan said Muslim PAC USA would donate to any candidate who supports its cause.Still, he admitted, Democrats, not Republicans, have been the most outspoken defenders of the community in recent months.Sultan, who came to Long Island in 1990, thinks Muslims should seize the opportunity and become more engaged in their communities and in politics.“It’s become real vital,” he said. “Now we have to be in active mode as opposed to passive mode.”For now, the group will focus on local elections, whether its local town councils, Nassau and Suffolk legislatures or state offices.PACs can only donate up to $5,000 to a candidate’s election committee, unlike post-Citizens United Super PACs which can spend unlimited sums of money on behalf of a candidate but are prohibited from working directly with their campaign.In the coming weeks Muslim PAC USA will vet potential candidates and see where they stand on the issues. Sultan is hopeful.“I think that mold has been broken, of politicians not being able to speak up for Muslims,” he said. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York For years, Muslim Americans have spoken in hopeful terms about stepping out of the shadows, interacting more with neighbors, extending a helping hand and, perhaps more daunting, getting involved in the political process. While the wheels of progress have laboriously been churning, it seems anti-Islam rhetoric has accelerated their pursuit of inclusivity.On Saturday, several elected officials will join members of the Muslim American community for Long Island-based Muslim Political Action Committee USA’s inaugural fundraiser. The honoree that evening will be New York State Assemb. Phil Ramos (D-Brentwood), who has recently spoken up emphatically about protecting the rights of Muslim Americans in the face of attacks—from pundits and politicians, and from those have shouted bigoted remarks or vandalized mosques.last_img read more

Hong Kongers rush to secure limited British passports

first_imgHONG KONG – Shortly before Hong Kong was handed back to China, Simon Ng applied for a British National (Overseas) passport, a document he never thought he’d need. Now he is considering whether to use it to emigrate. China’s plan to impose a sweeping national security law on the city in response to huge pro-democracy protests has Ng mulling the prospect of leaving, the first time he has contemplated such action since Britain returned the former colony in 1997. (AFP) China’s plan to impose a sweeping national security law on Hong Kong has many in the city considering whether to use their British National (Overseas) passports to emigrate. AFPlast_img

Big Ten predictions 2019: Odds, conference picks, sleepers, big games, Heisman hopefuls and more

first_imgCan anybody dethrone the Buckeyes? Michigan is still looking for its first Big Ten championship since 2004, and first victory against the Buckeyes under fifth-year coach Jim Harbaugh. Michigan State and Penn State are in the mix in the Big Ten East. The West features six teams that think they can win the division, including Nebraska with second-year coach Scott Frost.MORE: Ranking Big Ten coaches for 2019 seasonWill the Big Ten championship still run through Ohio State? A look at Sporting News’ Big Ten predictions for 2019:Odds to win 2019 Big Ten championshipLas Vegas has tabbed Ohio State the favorite to win the Big Ten in 2019, even in the Buckeyes’ first year under Day. Michigan comes in with the second-highest odds in the conference, suggesting “The Game” in Ann Arbor will be all the more important in November. Here are the full odds to win the 2019 Big Ten championship, courtesy of Bovada:Ohio State +125Michigan +215Nebraska+1000Penn State +1200Michigan State +1300Wisconsin +1600Minnesota +2500Northwestern +2800Iowa +3500Purdue +3500Indiana +12500Maryland +15000Illinois +22500Rutgers +50000Big Ten West predictions1. Wisconsin2. Nebraska3. Northwestern4. Iowa5. Purdue6. Minnesota7. IllinoisWe know Wisconsin’s cross-division schedule is stiff, but we still think the Badgers are the best team in the division. September will be critical with home games against Michigan and Northwestern. The reality here is each of the top six teams have a chance to win the division. Quarterback Graham Mertz will live up to expectations and help get the Badgers back to Indianapolis. Nebraska could upset that, but we need to see the Huskers’ defense first. We’ll plead guilty to overlooking Northwestern — if it wins the West again with quarterback Hunter Johnson and preseason All-American linebacker Paddy Fisher. Iowa has experience at quarterback with Nate Stanley and defensive end A.J. Epenesa. Purdue and Minnesota should be improved as well.Big Ten West X-factor: The cross-division scheduleWe’ve already mentioned the crossover schedule. It comes down to which team can go 2-1 — or better — against its three Big Ten East opponents. Here’s a closer look at those crossovers:TeamBig Ten East opponentsWisconsinvs. Michigan, vs. Michigan State, at Ohio StateNorthwesternvs. Michigan State, vs. Ohio State, at IndianaIowavs. Rutgers, at Michigan vs. Penn StateNebraskavs. Ohio State, vs. Indiana, at MarylandPurdueat Penn State, vs. Maryland, vs. IndianaIllinoisvs. Michigan, vs. Rutgers, at Michigan StateMinnesotaat Rutgers, vs. Maryland, vs. Penn StateBig Ten West sleeper: MinnesotaThe Gophers have the friendliest crossover schedule in the division, and P.J. Fleck built momentum last season by ending the 14-year losing streak against Wisconsin. Running back Mohamed Ibrahim and receiver Tyler Johnson are back. Now, Minnesota must show more consistency.Big Ten East predictions1. Ohio State2. Michigan3. Penn State4. Michigan State5. Indiana6. Maryland7. RutgersWe’re still picking Ohio State. That comes with the trust that Day will get the most out of transfer quarterback Justin Fields with new offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich. The defense will improve under co-defensive coordinators Greg Mattison and Jay Hafley. Day will still have to prove it against a tough draw against West teams along with the usual pairings against Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State, but the Buckeyes still have the most talented team in the conference.Big Ten East X-factor: Michigan’s new-look offenseWill Harbaugh be true to his word and open the offense up around Shea Patterson with new offensive coordinator Josh Gattis? Michigan has an outstanding trio of receivers in Donovan Peoples-Jones, Nico Collins and Tarik Black. Considering the questions at running back with the loss of Karan Higdon and Chris Evans, it’s time to see if Patterson — with Dylan McCaffrey mixed in — can finally lead that Big Ten championship charge.Big Ten East sleeper: Michigan StateIt seems like every time it’s assumed Ohio State and Michigan will dominate the division, Michigan State gets in the way. The Spartans have an experienced defense led by SN preseason All-American Kenny Willekes, but the offense must get more out of a healthy Brian Lewerke this season. Day hasn’t gone head to head with Dantonio yet. Dantonio also is 4-1 at the Big House.MORE: SN preseason top 25, position rankings, All-Americans and moreBig Ten’s biggest games in 2019Ohio State at Nebraska (Sept. 28). If both teams get to this game unbeaten — and they should — there’s a good chance “ESPN College GameDay” will be there for the ride. This is a huge matchup with Day and Frost looking for a big-game score.Wisconsin at Nebraska (Nov. 16). The Badgers are 7-1 against Nebraska since the Huskers joined the Big Ten. Nebraska can’t take the next step under Frost until the Huskers win this one.Penn State at Ohio State (Nov. 23). The Nittany Lions’ season has hinged on the Ohio State game the last three years. Will they be able to avenge the fourth-quarter failures of the last two seasons?Ohio State at Michigan (Nov. 30). The Wolverines have a tough schedule before this game, and must get through rivalries with Michigan State and Notre Dame first. We still think both teams will be in position to win the Big Ten East when they meet in Ann Arbor.Big Ten Heisman hopefulsShea Patterson, Michigan. Patterson finished with 2,600 passing yards and 22 touchdowns last season. If he can lead the Wolverines to that elusive Big Ten title, then there’s a decent chance he’ll get an invite to New York.Adrian Martinez, Nebraska. Martinez is the best bet to lead the Big Ten in total offense in 2019. He showed that talent with 25 total touchdowns as a freshman last season. Another year with Frost will bring out more.Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin. Taylor has 4,171 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns through two seasons, and there’s no reason to expect it won’t be more of the same in 2019. Melvin Gordon and Montee Ball were close; Taylor has the talent to at least be a top-three finalist.Justin Fields, Ohio State. Fields has a tough act to follow in Dwayne Haskins, but the Georgia transfer will be more of a factor in the zone-read game with J.K. Dobbins (also a dark-horse candidate). How Fields progresses in the passing game will determine if he can get to New York.Big Ten coach with something to prove: Lovie Smith, IllinoisSmith enters a telling fourth year in Champaign. The Illini are 9-27 the last three seasons, including 4-23 in Big Ten play. Every other team in the Big Ten West truly feels it has a chance to win the division. Illinois must show progress.Big Ten stat that matters: 18-2Meyer will be remembered for his 7-0 record against Michigan, but the Buckeyes had the drop on the entire Big Ten. His teams went 18-2 against ranked Big Ten teams, with the only two losses coming to Michigan State. That’s the challenge for Day in Year 1. How will he handle the constant flow of big-time games in the conference before “The Game” against the Wolverines? Will anybody in the Big Ten step up to the challenge? Urban Meyer is gone after leading Ohio State to three Big Ten championships in seven seasons. The Buckeyes have won the conference title the last two years, just missing the College Football Playoff.That’s the powerhouse Ryan Day inherits in Columbus, and the bar remains the same. MORE: Trap games for SN top-25 teamsBig Ten’s biggest question: Can Michigan beat Ohio State?Michigan was picked by a panel of 34 Big Ten writers to win the confidence, and Harbaugh showed more confidence than ever in the Wolverines at Big Ten Media Days. Then again, Ohio State didn’t do much talking before a 62-39 victory against Michigan last season. This is a pivotal game for the direction of Harbaugh’s tenure. A win against the Buckeyes unlocks the rest of Michigan’s goals.Big Ten champion: Ohio StateWe’re not saying Michigan can’t win it, but we’ll make the Wolverines prove it on the field. Ohio State will get contributions from some blue-chip freshmen — get ready for Garrett Wilson and Zach Harrison — and Fields will settle in as the starter. The Buckeyes might lose one, but they will be in the same position, on the fringe of the Playoff, when the pairings are announced. Will they get in this time?last_img read more

Chapman doubles up with North of England crown

first_img5 Oct 2014 Chapman doubles up with North of England crown Windermere’s Adam Chapman held off a challenge from England A squad team-mate Jamie Bower to clinch the North of England Open Amateur Strokeplay Championship by a single stroke. His victory means Chapman has completed a North/South double having won the South of England Championship at Walton Heath in July. The 19 year old England international held his nerve on the fourth and final round at Pannal in a thrilling encounter that was decided on the final hole. Chapman needed a par on the 18th for victory and a precise iron shot from the tee set up a simple pitch to six feet. The Cumbrian teenager had started the day with a four-stroke lead over nearest challenger Bower, but bogeys on the third and fourth saw the Yorkshireman, from Meltham quickly trim the gap to one. Chapman’s birdie on the sixth calmed the nerves and he played steadily until a drive into the trees on the short par four 14th saw him drop a further shot. However, the set-back proved an inspiration as he birdied the next two holes before dropping a further shot at the 17th. His par on the last saw him finish the round at one over 73. Chapman put himself in pole position from the start with an opening seven-under-par 65 followed by two rounds of 69. “I’ve played nicely this week and hit the ball well but I’ve had a bit of luck too with some good lies and bounces. I played with a new putter and that seemed to work well,” he said. Lifting the Shaw Plate was the second time Chapman has tasted victory at the famous Yorkshire course this season – in July he won the Pannal Rose Bowl by six shots. Leading final scores: 276 A Chapman (Windermere) 65 69 69 73 277 J Bower (Meltham) 68 70 69 70 279 D Brown (Bedale) 71 69 72 67 280 A Wilson (Darlington) 71 70 67 72last_img read more