Golan Heights journalist Ata Farahat held without trial for past three months

first_img RSF_en October 30, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Golan Heights journalist Ata Farahat held without trial for past three months IsraelMiddle East – North Africa Organisation News Follow the news on Israel May 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information to go further Receive email alerts RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimescenter_img News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists June 3, 2021 Find out more Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists IsraelMiddle East – North Africa News News May 16, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the prolonged detention of journalist Ata Farahat, who was arrested on 30 July and is being held in Al-Jalama prison (14 km southeast of Haifa). The organisation has been told he could be prosecuted for “collaborating with an enemy nation” but this has never been confirmed by the Israeli authorities.“Three months have gone by since Farahat’s arrest and we fail to understand the Israeli judicial system’s refusal to release him on bail,” Reporters Without Borders said. “By forbidding the Israeli media to cover this case, the judicial authorities have freed themselves of any responsibility. The only possible explanation for this shocking decision is the existence of questionable aspects to the judicial procedures used in this case.”Since his arrest, Farahat has been brought several times before an investigation judge in Tel Aviv who has refused to free him provisionally pending trial. Several unofficial sources have said he is to be prosecuted for “collaborating with an enemy nation” as a result of his relations with the Syrian news media. The gag order imposed on the Israeli media and on his lawyers indicates that the charges against him are serious.A member of Farahat’s family told Reporters Without Borders that his lawyers had also requested a form of provisional release in which he would remain under house arrest, but this was also rejected by the judge in charge of the case on 23 October. The trial has been postponed until 15 November.Aged 35 and a graduate of the Damascus school of journalism, Farahat was working for several Syrian news media, including the daily newspaper Al-Watan and public televison. Reporters Without Borders wrote to the Israeli justice minister on 1 October asking for an explanation for Farahat’s prolonged detention. The organisation has not yet got a reply.last_img read more

Close to signing for a new Club: Ibrahimovic leaves Manchester United

first_imgThe Manchester United striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, is close to leaving Old Trafford after the Jose Mourinha’s team brought Alexis Sanchez.According to reports from the British and American media, the legend of Swedish football will continue his football career in the United States, more specifically in the Los Angeles (LA) Galaxy.The ESPN has announced that negotiations are close to realization, but that nothing has been officially signed.The MLS club also wanted to bring 36-year-old striker last year, but after serious knee injury, he decided to stay in the United.However, with the arrival of Sanchez, it became clear that Ibrahimovic would have a smaller amount of minutes, and it is clear he thinks about that.The Ibrahimovic’s salary in the LA Galaxy will be funded by the sponsors of the club, and it will certainly not be low. (Source: faktor.ba)last_img read more

Help Save The Environment By Buying A Rain Barrel

first_imgRUMSON – Rumson Country Day School is teaming with Rain Barrels Inter­national to promote rainwater harvesting in our community.The school will be selling recycled food-grade rain barrels for $125. The barrels previously were used for storing Greek olives, pickles, jalapeños, golden peppers, and cauliflower. After they are cleaned, retrofitted, and made into rain barrels, they are given a second life.The barrels hold about 55 gallons, have a brass spigot for hose attachments, have screened tops and are available in black or terra cotta.Barrels can be reserved at www.RainBarrelsIntl.com under the events tab for RCDS. Payment will be due when barrels are picked up at the school from 10 a.m. until noon Satur­day, May 12. Proceeds will benefit ChangeALife Uganda.Rainwater harvesting is the process of collecting rainwater. The barrels capture, divert and store rainwater for later use.Collecting and using rainwater is simple and has numerous positive benefits. Rainwater can be used for irrigating lawns and gardens. Rain barrel usage can help reduce impact on other water resources, including municipal systems.last_img read more

Valentine bonspiel highlights Curling Club list of events

first_imgFinals in all events go Sunday at the Cedar Street facility. The Nelson Curling Club is going to be a great place to have a lot of fun as the faclity plays host to the annual Nelson Mixed Curling Club Valentine Bonspiel beginning Friday. Rinks, from throughout the Kootenays are expected to enter the three-day bonspiel. will be competing in costume for the duration of the event which has been slugged Pirates of the Caribbean Quest for the Golden Broom.Tonight is Treasure Hunt night with Saturday reserved for dinner and dance.last_img

Texas Shooter Was Angry Atheist

first_img(Visited 460 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Mainstream media reports downplay testimony of people who knew shooter as an avowed atheist who considered Christians stupid.Why did Texas shooter Devin Patrick Kelley enter a peaceful Christian church for his murderous rampage last Sunday morning? While most of the media are focused on questions of mental illness and failures of background checks, only a few are reporting testimonies of people who knew the shooter’s beliefs. The Daily Mail (UK) recounts these details:“Former classmates described him as ‘creepy’, ‘crazy’ and an ‘outcast’ who had recently started preaching about atheism and picking fights on social media.““‘He was the first atheist I met. He went Air Force after high school, got discharged but I don’t know why.” (Patrick Boyce, an acquaintance at Kelley’s high school)‘He was always talking about how people who believe in God we’re stupid and trying to preach his atheism‘ (Nina Rose Nava, a high school classmate)Michael Goff added: ‘He was weird but never that damn weird, always posting his atheist sh** like Nina wrote, but damn he always posted pics of him and his baby – crazy.’Truth Report made this statement from the above report:The Daily Mail reports that former friends and schoolmates of Kelley describe him as an extreme atheist who pushed an anti-Christian agenda on Facebook and elsewhere. Despite this, police say they do not think religion was a motivating factor in the shooting.Based on the Daily Mail’s piece, Breitbart News headlined a story posted November 5, “Texas Church Shooter Was Atheist, Thought Christians ‘Stupid’.” The next day, Breitbart News discussed the ‘official’ story, “Texas Church Shooting Not Motivated by Race or Religion, ‘There Was a Domestic Situation’.” Freeman Martin, a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety, dismissed any religious motivation, saying,“It’s a senseless crime. But we can tell you that there was a domestic situation going on within this family. The suspect’s mother-in-law attended this church. We know that he had made threatening — she had received threatening texts from him. And we can’t go into details about that domestic situation that is continuing to be vetted and thoroughly investigated. But we want to get that out there, that this was not racially motivated. It wasn’t over religious beliefs. There was a domestic situation going on within the family with the in-laws.”By November 8, most news reports were focused on Kelley’s previous acts of domestic violence, his military experience and dishonorable discharge, and his escape from a mental hospital (see Washington Post entry, and World Magazine’s The Sift). Breitbart News told about how a bureaucratic failure in background checks, which would have stopped him, allowed him to obtain the gun used in the massacre. The Daily Mail posted stories about the shooter’s abuse of women. Breitbart News told about Kelley’s long history of abuse of animals.But why attack innocent worshipers in a peaceful Baptist church in the small town of Sutherland Springs, Texas? The Daily Mail reported another surprising detail: on November 7, Kelley took his children to the church’s fall festival just 5 days prior, and was greeted cheerfully by church members glad to see him, hoping that his domestic disputes were being solved. Following that, he sent threatening emails to his mother-in-law, who attended the church. Was he scoping it out, knowing what he intended to do? If so, that would indicate enough presence of mind to consider it a crime of premeditated murder, not the deranged snap of a mentally ill person.The article includes a timeline of key events in Kelley’s life. As it turns out, the mother-in-law was not present on the Sunday of the shooting. The horrors of the rampage are just now being described by survivors. Kelley shot babies, adults and elderly people at point-blank range, as he walked up and down the aisles, sometimes shooting victims over and over to ensure they were dead. Another Daily Mail post recounts the stories of victims of the shooting. The pastor of a neighboring community told Fox News anchor Shepard Smith how Pastor Frank Pomeroy, who was not present that day, is trying to help church members and townspeople deal with this horrendous example of pure evil. World Magazine posted a short piece, “Survivors recount horror of church attack,” noting that Kelley shot off at least 450 rounds.Speaking of evil, Phys.org headlined a story, “How belief in pure evil relates to perceptions and punishments of gun violence perpetrators.” A biologist and a psychologist say, “To our knowledge, we are actually the first researchers to successfully measure people’s perceptions of whether pure evil actually exists.” The article doesn’t say so, but evil is a theological term. For secular materialists, evil is only a behavioral strategy that evolved. As such, it cannot be called evil, which would imply the existence of absolute moral standards. It might even be called good if it led to reproductive success or survival of the fittest.Only conservative news outlets like Truth Revolt pointed out that the death toll could have been far worse had not Stephen Willeford, a former NRA instructor, ran toward the church with his AR-15 when he heard the shooting. “He saw me, and I saw him,” he said. Having wounded Kelley who ran into his SUV and drove off, Willeford jumped into another neighbor’s car where the two gave chase until Kelley ran off the road and then shot himself. President Trump said during his Asia trip that the death toll could have been in the hundreds had not Willeford intervened. Willeford downplayed reports he was a hero. “I think my God, my Lord protected me and gave me the skills to do what needed to be done.”Update 11/08/17: At New Republic, Sarah Jones scoffs at conservative Christians who make a big deal of the shooter’s atheism. With insults and demeaning language, Jones uses selective evidence to make it seem like mass murderers are just as likely to be Christians as atheists. She also mocks “far right-wing Christian conservatives” and their support for gun rights. At WND, for a different view, Michael Brown gives four reasons why there is so much hatred against Christians in America these days. “First, it is a natural fruit of the harsh and condescending ‘new atheism,’ which continues to poison many hearts and minds with its venom,” he begins. “God is not simply to be rejected; He is to mocked and ridiculed, as are His followers.” Those sentiments, expressed often enough to a wide enough audience, are likely to lead to violence.We don’t want to be dogmatic while investigations are continuing, and we certainly are not claiming that all atheists are murderous haters of Christians (some of them have other methods, like firing them, denying them tenure, and preventing them from getting a hearing). There is a complex interplay of conditions and motivations behind Kelley’s rampage, but why did he do this in a church? That’s what doesn’t make sense in news reports so far. If he just wanted to kill his mother-in-law or family members, why not go to their homes? If he saw his mother-in-law was not in church as he expected, why did he shoot babies and whole families? If he just wanted to murder people at random, why not some other public place, like Stephen Paddock chose in Las Vegas? (The only hints coming from that unsolved mass murder is that Paddock was on a serious losing streak in his gambling; did he want to kill himself and go out in a blaze of glory? The case is still baffling.) Kelley had enough presence of mind to load his car with guns, drive to the church when he knew it would be in session, and enter in a blaze of gunfire, yelling “Everybody die!” Anybody who cried out he shot, even crying babies. Some played dead to try to save their lives.It will be instructive to see what the investigations turn up about Devin Kelley, provided the officials tell the whole truth. Watch for suggestions of premeditation that would indicate Kelley had enough presence of mind to plan his attack, and was not merely suffering from mental illness. Watch for additional reports about his hatred of Christianity, and his prideful atheism. Was it a result of teaching about Darwinian evolution? Observe that some atheists after the carnage were ridiculing other Christians for praying for the victims. That attitude only fosters more hate.We know from other mass shootings that Darwinism has the power to enrage people against religion. It was true at Columbine High School, and in Norway with Anders Breivik. Atheists will sometimes retort that religion has caused a lot of deaths, but most often those were on battlefields in political conflicts. You don’t see Christians entering atheist clubs with assault rifles and gunning down helpless men, women and children at point-blank range. And if atheists want to play statistics, have them consider the 168 million deaths caused by atheist regimes in the 20th century (Russia, China, Cambodia, and more). Today in Washington DC, the “Victims of Communism Centennial Commemoration” is taking place at the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, to help free people never forget the 100 million victims of an ideology that “committed some of the worst and most widespread atrocities known to history.” Lenin, Stalin, Mao and the other communist dictators hated religion, believing Darwin had proved that religion was an opiate of the people and needed to be snuffed out. Behold the faces of victims of Stalin’s gulags posted by The Daily Mail to consider the consequences.If any doubt remains about the potential for Darwinian evolution to foment hatred and violence, we encourage readers to obtain two books by one of our contributing authors, Jerry Bergman. In these two well-documented books, The Darwin Effect and How Darwinism Corrodes Morality, Dr. Bergman lays out in gut-wrenching detail the evil fruit of Darwinism, and how it manifested itself throughout all aspects of society. The second book, for instance, tells the story of Anders Breivik, who committed an even greater mass murder of 77 young people in Norway in 2011. Bergman quotes Breivik’s manifesto written before the massacre indicating his strong allegiance to Darwinian ideas of natural selection. last_img read more

Opportunities exist for SADC region to increase competitiveness

first_imgSADC has been one of the fastest growing regional economic communities in Africa.“Improving competitiveness is key to lay the foundation for a solid future,” said Caroline Galvan, Lead Economist for Competitiveness and Risks in Africa at the World Economic Forum. (Image: WEF)According to the World Economic Forum’s Lead Economist for Competitiveness and Risks in Africa, Ms Caroline Galvan, South Africa performs very well in the “more complex areas of competitiveness, such as innovation, technological readiness, and financial market development”.Delivering a presentation on “Competitiveness in the Southern African Development Community” at a special workshop hosted by Brand South Africa and the World Economic Forum on Thursday 7 April, Ms Galvan said fundamentals such as infrastructure, health and education and a higher uptake of new technologies will be necessary for sustained growth to occur within the SADC region. The seminar precedes the annual session of the World Economic Forum’s meeting on Africa which will be hosted by Rwanda in Kigali from 11 to 13 May 2016.SADC has been one of the fastest growing regional economic communities in Africa. However, in recent years, especially following the 2007-2008 global economic crisis, the region has stopped performing as well. Low commodity prices and turbulent global financial conditions have been affecting the region’s growth prospects. In light of these conditions, the workshop interrogated how the SADC region could regain its growth momentum in a sustainable way by 2020.Premised on the Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016, the workshop – which brought together leaders from the business sector, policymakers and development experts – provided an overview of the performance of SADC countries, which shows that productivity has slowed down in most countries in sub-Saharan Africa in the last decade.“Low productivity impacts negatively on sustained, long-run growth in the region and levels of quality employment. Improving competitiveness is key to lay the foundation for a solid future,” added Ms Galvan.However, the region has an opportunity to increase its competitiveness, which can contribute to improved economic growth, job condition and social conditions, by amongst others investing in infrastructure, the development of its human capital and technological readiness. Creating an enabling environment for investors to do business efficiently within the region will also contribute to improved levels of competitiveness.Follow the conversation on #SAinKigaliWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Dillinger refuses to call Ginebra-Meralco a ‘rivalry’ yet

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “I’m speechless a little bit. It’s just tough we’re right here again — right at the edge and lose again,” he said. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next Good fight: Durham, Meralco come up short anew but with their head held high LATEST STORIES “We didn’t give up. But when you go down big against Ginebra, especially in the first half like that, it’s gonna be hard. It’s gonna be a grind to get back,” he said, saying that playing catch-up all game long took a toll on the team.“I think we pretty much lost the game by the first half. We were just playing catch-up the whole time. We wanted to let Ginebra shoot, tried to clog the paint, but tonight they hit their shots.”Amid all the frustrations, it doesn’t mean that the Bolts couldn’t learn a thing or two from this bridesmaid finish.“We have great pieces, for sure. We have good solid group of vets and young guys. We have a good team. It’s just we have to continue to build a good culture. We have a great coaching staff, management is very supportive, so we can continue to build.”Still, one can’t fault Dillinger for feeling bad after botching another chance for the title.ADVERTISEMENT Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP “Rivals? I wouldn’t call them much of a rival if they beat us twice,” said the outspoken Dillinger after the Bolts surrendered Game 7 to Ginebra, 101-96. “I mean, until we can actually win a championship against them, they’re not really a rival.”Dillinger couldn’t help but regret to have his best performance of the Finals come too little too late, as he fired a series-best 20 points on a 5-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc, on top of five rebounds and two assists in the clincher.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I wish my shot came a little bit sooner in this series,” he said. “But that’s the name of the game. Sometimes, your shot’s off, it’s off. You gotta stay positive and find ways to work through it. You gotta try to to help the team in other ways. It happens. My shots are finally falling tonight but it doesn’t matter, we lost. It doesn’t matter anymore. I wish we won so it would be some kind of a rivalry but we didn’t win.”Dillinger, though, was proud with the fight the Bolts showed in the decider even if they found themselves down by as big as 20 points in the first half. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Jared Dillinger. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Despite another hard-fought battle in a PBA Finals series, Jared Dillinger wouldn’t use the word rival to describe Ginebra and Meralco.Not until Meralco wins on over the crowd favorites.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Under fire, Sablan quits as UST coach

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Ross sees himself in SMB teammate Standhardinger Read Next Rodil “Boy” Sablan has resigned as head coach of University of Santo Tomas after being at the receiving end of an onslaught of criticisms during the current UAAP season.Sources close to the situation confirmed that Sablan tendered his resignation on Monday following a disappointing two-year run with the Growling Tigers.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 The Inquirer tried to get the side of Sablan, but the bench tactician is still mum on the situation. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES View comments A report by The Varsitarian, however, said that Institute of Physical Education and Athletics Director Fr. Jannel Abogado, O.P. “has given the go-signal for Sablan’s suspension.”Sablan, according to the UST publication’s Twitter account (@varsitarianust), is barred from the Tigers’ practices and other activities.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSablan, together with assistants Gerry Esplana, Bobby Jose, Tylon Darjuan, Juben Ledesma, and Gina Francisco, will all be making their exits effective Nov. 30, but their contracts will still be honored until the end of May next year.Sablan amassed a woeful 4-24 record in his tenure with the Growling Tigers and barely avoided a winless season after finishing with a 1-13 slate this Season 80, the school’s worst UAAP record. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Former skiers reach outofcourt deal with Alpine Canada in sex assault lawsuit

first_imgMONTREAL — Three former Canadian skiers have reached an out-of-court settlement with Alpine Canada over sexual abuse by one-time national ski coach Bertrand CharestThe national governing body for alpine and ski cross racing announced today it had reached a deal with the three women, who sued the organization last December.Former skiers Genevieve Simard, Gail Kelly and Anna Prchal accused the sports federation of covering up Charest’s sexual abuse in the interest of results on the slopes and sponsorship money.The women, who were minors at the time of the abuse in the 1990s, were demanding $450,000 each from the governing body. Alpine Canada did not disclose the terms of the deal but stated in a news release the settlement was satisfactory to both sides.The federation acknowledged that instead of providing support when the abuse was discovered, it put itself first, not the victims.Charest was convicted in June 2017 on more than three dozen sex charges involving female athletes ranging in age between 12 and 18. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison, but his lawyers were in court last month appealing both his conviction and sentence and he remains free on bail while the court decides his fate.Last month, another former Canadian skier launched a proposed class action lawsuit alleging Alpine Canada didn’t protect its female athletes from Charest’s sexual assaults. Allison Forsyth alleged in a statement of claim filed in British Columbia Supreme Court that Alpine Canada failed to property investigate the coaching history of Charest and is vicariously liable for his sexual misconduct.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

NGMAs Nandlal treasures at Venice Biennale

first_imgDirector General of NGMA Adwaita Gadanayak is upbeat about India’s participation at the Venice Biennale. Along with the ministry of Culture, National Gallery Of Modern Art celebrates 150 years of Gandhi in the exposition of the Haripura Posters created by famed artist Nandlal Bose, belonging to the NGMA’s own collections which are indeed National Treasures .In August 2017, NGMA celebrated 70 years of Independence, by hosting an exhibition to awaken our political consciousness which included the historic Haripura Posters that awakened political consciousness at large. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainNationalist spirit and fervour was the signature of Nandlal’s Haripura posters. They also reflect his acute sensitivity to the landscape and village folk around him. Each poster is a validation of vitality and liveliness for more than 70 years after they were created. “Nandalal and his associates produced around 400 posters for the Congress convention at Haripura, held in February 1938,” reflects the Director General. “These posters were all produced on handmade paper with pigments made from local earth and stones, and mounted on straw boards; none were printed or mass-produced,” he affirms. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardSharing the history – “To imagine that they were executed in 1937; commissioned by Gandhi for the Indian National Congress Party meeting in 1938, at Haripura – these are benchmarks in Indian history.” Nandalal Bose looked at cultural idioms and the fabric of the common man when he created images of musicians, iron smith, tailors, even a monk creating pottery, an esraj player, a veena player, or just women doing their chores. One of the finest among these posters is the Bull Fighter. In that poster, the vigour and tenacity of the man and bull are shown through strong, gestural lines and swaths of bright, bold colours. Bull Fighter was prominently displayed at the conference grounds at Haripura. Deceptively simple in appearance and invoking flavour of folk painting the Haripura Posters are amalgamation of the decorative and the calligraphic art with a rare ingenuity as well as personal insignia. “At the Venice Biennale we will display them as independent works of art but history says they were done in order to decorate a temporary township built for the annual session of the Indian National Congress in the remote village of Haripura in early 1938,” adds Gadanayak. According to historical notes by art historian R Siva Kumar, the township was built of local materials and in harmony with the rural surroundings. The decorations were conceived, both in style and idiom, following the same aesthetics and were designed to complement the temporary structures. Sivakumar wrote in an essay that they have to be imagined in their original context as part of a broader design to be fully appreciated. The posters also evoke Gandhian ethics and creativity. Gadanayak as Commissioner of India Pavilion, is proud to be part of the Venice Biennale 2019, one of the finest expositions in the world of contemporary and avant garde art.last_img read more