Five journalists working for the English-language service of Al-Jazeera arrested

first_img Five journalists (Egyptian and foreign) working for the English-language service of the Qatar-based television station Al-Jazeera were arrested at the Cairo hotel where they were staying. They had just returned from a reporting mission and were trying to transmit their video material to the station from a laptop. They were released after being questioned at the hotel for an hour and a half but their cameras and recordings were seized. RSF_en News Organisation center_img January 31, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Five journalists working for the English-language service of Al-Jazeera arrested Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

Limerick FC faces liquidation

first_imgEmail Former Limerick FC star named in Ireland squad LISTEN: Stephen Hunt Reviews Ireland Vs Serbia GIF Analysis: Treaty show plenty of promise in game of two halves Photo by Stephen McCarthy/SportsfileTHE examiner of the company behind Limerick FC returned to the Circuit Court in Ennis on Wednesday to end the examinership process for the soccer club which has been in place since September.Conor Noone of Baker Tilly Chartered Accountants said that while an investor had been identified, they hadn’t engaged with him in the manner required to secure a licence for First Division football nor to secure the funding for a scheme of arrangement with the club’s creditors.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up When it entered the examinership process, Munster Football Club Limited, which trades as Limerick FC, had debts of approximately €490,000.Mr Noone told the court that despite the progress made in developing a viable restructuring plan over the last 100 days, he was disappointed at the eventual outcome.“Everything possible has been undertaken to secure the future of the company and to preserve employment at Limerick FC.”The next step is likely to be the appointment of a liquidator. Limerick’s Paudie O’Connor named Bradford City Player of the Season WhatsApp Previous articleThe Breakdown EP122 Munster Get Job Done But Bigger Tasks AheadNext articleModular Automation announces creation of 100 jobs as part of major expansion Staff Reporter NewsBusinessSoccerLimerick FCSportLimerick FC faces liquidationBy Staff Reporter – December 11, 2019 120 Printcenter_img “We have no divine right to beat anyone unless we’re one hundred percent at it” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSbusinessLimerick FCNewssoccerSport Facebook Advertisement Former Limerick FC defender Tony Whitehead ‘not surprised’ by Treaty United’s dream start Twitter Linkedinlast_img read more

January 1, 2005 Letters

first_imgJanuary 1, 2005 Letters January 1, 2005 Letters LettersWrongful Incarceration < p> I am an attorney who has been representing indigent clients for the past 14 years. When I read a November 1 letter-to-the-editor titled “Wrongful Incarceration,” the writer’s logic seemed to make sense. “It is truly unfortunate.. . and I’m sure we all agree that the pain of his loss must be enormous. But, as unfortunate as it is, it really isn’t anybody’s fault. Think about it, he didn’t go to prison in a vacuum. He either pled guilty or no contest or a jury convicted him.” The writer noted that “technological improvement is a result of the march of time” that shouldn’t be used as a crutch in today’s “culture of victimization” and asked “who pays when the guilty go free?” I did think about it and one thought predictably led to another. There’s more to the issue than logic. Our society is organized for the purpose of doing good — by, of, and for the people. We embrace the Golden Rule. When people are unintentionally harmed by the operation of our institutions, including but not limited to an imperfect and evolving criminal justice system, reparation ought to be the response. But lawyers and jurors alone should not be targeted for any such cost — victim or otherwise. Permitting the guilty to escape justice is the price American society pays to counterbalance the effect of our known human imperfections. That cost is borne by the whole. We all know this burden stems from our belief that innocence until guilt is proven beyond a reasonable doubt — and adherence to rules — must be at the heart of our criminal justice system. Technology aside, making amends for our mistakes goes far beyond being politically correct. It is evolutionary — sociological improvement that has given rise to an ethic of reciprocity unanimously shared by all major religions. Henry Hower Tampa Gay Adoptions I write in response to a December 1 letter in which the writer objects — on religious grounds — to The Florida Bar taking a position on the issue of whether the ban on homosexual adoption in Florida should be overturned. In that letter, the writer explains that he terminated his ABA membership because the positions that the ABA takes on “disputed, political, social, economic, military, international, and religious issues. . . is an affront to its members who hold different views,” and that “it is flatly unacceptable” for The Florida Bar to advocate in favor of “contested issues,” implying that he would also choose to resign from the Bar were it not mandatory. He further explains the underpinnings of his objection are his religious convictions and said, “I do not expect — or desire — The Florida Bar to be an advocate or spokesman for the truths of the Christian faith. Neither can I accept that The Florida Bar has any business being an advocate or spokesman for positions that are repugnant to those truths.” However, contrary to his contentions, that is precisely what he is asking the Bar to do. Specifically, he demands that the Bar take a position of silence because homosexual adoption offends his religious beliefs. In doing so, he is trying to impose his religious beliefs on the Bar and its membership. I respectfully submit, however, that if The Florida Bar were to abstain from taking positions on every issue over which there were deep religious differences of opinion among its members, then there would be few issues upon which the Bar could take a position. Further, it would be inappropriate, unacceptable, and unconstitutional for the policies of the Bar (or any government branch or agency) to be based upon the personal religious beliefs, disputed or otherwise, of its officers or members. Rather, it is the duty of our government and its agencies to make policy that is in the best interest of the public as a whole, notwithstanding religious doctrine. This necessarily requires a balancing of the interests of those affected by its policies in order to reach the best possible solution for all those affected. For the government to employ artificial barriers, based on disputed religious beliefs, would serve only to impair the fair and impartial fulfillment of that duty. I respectfully suggest that for the Bar to form its policies on the grounds that they may be an “affront” to others’ religious views would itself be an affront, not just to those who don’t share those views, but also to those who do, yet staunchly do not share the view that the government should base its policies on religious views. I, and I would hope that vast majority of the members of the Bar, expect that our government, including The Florida Bar, will continue to promulgate its policies in an unbiased, secular manner by balancing the interests of all involved, in order to find the best solutions for all those affected by its decisions, regardless of the personal religious views of its officers and members. Albert D. Viener Miami The most common argument advanced by proponents of gay adoption is that one result would be a prompt resolution of Florida’s crisis of older children languishing in foster homes. Their never-spoken premise is that gay couples have zero interest in adopting infants. As the Miami Herald pointed out November 30, a majority of adoptive heterosexual couples prefer babies. For many years great efforts have been made to persuade heterosexual couples to adopt older children. Yet little progress has been made, probably because human nature is that we prefer to bond with infants. This is simply a fact. Why should we expect gay adoptive parents to prefer older children? Answer: They would not. Advocates of gay adoption surely know this. If gay adoptions were legal, gay couples would join the already quite large pool of infertile couples eager, but waiting, to adopt babies. All Florida lawyers know heterosexual couples who waited months or even years to adopt infants. All of us know couples who, unable to find Florida babies, traveled to Eastern Europe or Russia. Naturally, gay couples would oppose any efforts by judges or adoption agencies to steer scarce babies to heterosexual, rather than gay, homes. Conspicuous by its absence is any proposal that gay adoptive parents be restricted to adopting children aged seven and older. No such proposal has ever been made, nor will it be. Thus, it is evident that the proponents of gay adoption are using a classic “red herring” argument. Gay adoption would not solve the foster care crisis. It would exacerbate the baby-shortage crisis. But all of this is largely irrelevant to the issue of whether the Bar should support gay adoption. As other lawyers have pointed out, the only fair way is to poll the members and let the chips fall where they may. Jefferson P. Knight Miami I have followed with great interest the cascade of letters weighing in on gay adoptions. All of the letters take positions, but only recently was a letter published that went to the heart of the problem. Although my understanding is that the gay adoption resolution came from a voluntary section, The Florida Bar continues to use our compulsory dues to promote its political and social agenda in spite of the opposition of individual members. This pernicious habit undermines our fundamental constitutional right to be free from involuntary servitude. That is, and remains, the fundamental point underlying any use of compulsory Bar dues to promote any agenda. It is important to remember that what seems like a good idea, when you are the majority imposing your will on the minority, looks very different when you are on the wrong side of the issue. Garry D. Adel Ocala Amendment 3 This oftentimes stereotyped and caricatured defense lawyer opposed Amendment 3. Most would be surprised, as so often in our image-driven world what is perceived to be reality may in fact not be. I had three reasons on 3. First, any ills in our litigation system, or societal, cannot always be solved by governmental intervention. Despite what med-mal abuses might exist, the solution should begin from within, not without. Space and time do not permit a full explanation by me on this point. Nevertheless, I believe one answer lies in our judges exercising control, at least on the civil side, over their cases. In essence, cleaning up our own mess. There are already plenty of statutes, common law, and procedural rules to filter out cases which should not have been filed enabling the judiciary to deal with meritless litigation. Jurists should be pro-active, take case specific initiatives, and not wait until the lawyers knock on the door with a problem. Tough, but decisive judgment should be exercised pre-trial on legal, procedural, and factual matters by judges regardless of whose ox is being gored. Early dispositive motions, regular case management conferences sitting the lawyers down, and not letting discovery get out of hand are but a few actions. Cases should never linger as they do, or reach the stage where cries of the lawyers being out of control result in an arbitrary imposition on the legal system of what is or is not “justice.” Now, after winning their PR battle, huge healthcare corporations have a free hand for the most part to do what they please in the disposition of patients. I am much less fearful for our collective health from a physician with a scalpel than faceless hospital administrators and executives armed with calculators and a balance sheet. Second, no government, even through the exercise of a plebiscite, should determine how much anyone can financially earn in a free society — be it plumbers, doctors, or lawyers — so long as it is not criminal. This is true despite my distrust of, yes, even stockbrokers, fund managers, venture capitalists, and “Wall Street.” Yet, healthcare conglomerates have no corresponding limit on their profits. And third, the amendment further moves us toward socialized medicine. It is but one more link in the chain of government involvement which determines our ultimate medical fate. Healthcare organizations now have been clothed with a quasi-sovereign immunity status insulating them from any meaningful accountability. Having previously waited in lines overseas to get socialized medical help, I do not prefer such a consequence. Larry M. Roth Winter Park GALS Beware As a certified volunteer guardian ad litem, I read with interest the article in the December 1 News concerning the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program’s call for more attorneys to become volunteer GALs. The article quotes GAL Director Angela Orkin as saying that she “can’t think of anything more rewarding, particularly for an attorney, to be able to speak up for children who truly can’t speak for themselves; it’s the best job going.” I can certainly confirm the fact that there is, of course, great reward in having the serious duty to be the only voice in dependency court exclusively devoted to the child’s best interests. However, the job, and it is a job, far from being particularly “rewarding” to attorneys, can be particularly frustrating. Some cases are deeply saddening. You must prepare yourself for the frustration you will experience over, among other things, state caseworkers with the goal to just “get the case closed” as soon as possible; staff turnover within local GAL offices; judicial dockets so overwhelmed judges and hearing officers can’t possibly exercise careful study of files; manipulative, angry, and, at times, incarcerated parents, careless and ever-changing foster parents, evidence rulings preventing many of your carefully recorded observations from being admitted; and state attorneys seeking to “reunify” a child with parents clearly unable to even care for themselves. All this will be against the backdrop of having to attend court hearings during business hours, and, not in the familiar role of attorney, travel to locations you may not have ever contemplated going, and chasing down elusive parents who change cell phone numbers monthly. I say all this so that those of you who do elect to become a critical part of a child’s life do so with your eyes open. Because once you tell a child, “I’m your guardian,” you’d better not be yet another adult who quits on him or her. You will often be the only sane, rational adult that child can talk to. Quitting is not an option. With all that said, I encourage each of you to search your hearts and if you’re up to it, become a GAL. It may not be financially, professionally, or emotionally “rewarding,” but you each took the same oath I did, which ends with you swearing to “never reject, from any consideration personal to myself, the cause of the defenseless or oppressed.” Robert Michael Eschenfelder Bradentonlast_img read more

Froch predicts one-sided title defence against ‘young pretender’ Groves

first_imgCarl Froch claims he will be too strong for George Groves when he defends his world super-middleweight titles against the Londoner.Tickets for their fight in Manchester on 23 November sold out in only 11 minutes.The unbeaten Groves, from Hammersmith, will be aiming to become a world champion by taking the experienced Froch’s IBF and WBA belts.Video courtesy of iFilm London.See also:Confident Groves squares up to FrochGroves and Froch meet face-to-face ahead of title showdownGroves: Champion Froch is not as good as he thinks he 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

LeBron puts on show for ‘unbelievable’ PH fans, vows to come back

first_imgMOST READ “I said it two years ago that I was coming back. Last year, some unfortunate event happened but I’m back,” James told the packed crowd at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday night.“I’m happy spending this time with you guys throughout my busy schedule, but there’s no way I wasn’t going to be back here in Manila this year and I’m happy I’m celebrating this time with you,” added the NBA superstar of the Cleveland Cavaliers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe 32-year-old James had the fans on the edge of their seats with his electrifying dunks when he entered at the five-minute mark of the exhibition game pitting the young guns of Gilas Pilipinas against the former and veteran national team players.LeBron James puts on show for ‘unbelievable’ PH fans for 3rd time5.5K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LeBron thanks ‘patient’ Philippines for welcoming him back The three-time NBA champion drew a thunderous roar from the crowd after shaking the rim with his patented Statue of Liberty dunk wherein his arm is stretched in the air and as far back behind his head before emphatically putting it through the hoop.James was just warming up.The four-time MVP delivered another one-handed throwdown, but this time, taking off farther than the first. James fittingly closed the show with a windmill to beat the final buzzer before he was mobbed by Ravena and company, who beat Jayson Castro and the rest of the OG team, 91-72.“You guys are unbelievable and I thank you so much for being part of the LeBron James Tour 2017 and I hope you guys continue to welcome me because I would love to come back.”ADVERTISEMENT Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion James, who, arguably, has been the best basketball player for the past decade, gave the fans what they were waiting for as he teamed up with the likes of Kiefer Ravena, Ray Parks and Baser Amer for the Youngbloods and left them wanting more. LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NBA superstar LeBron James soars for a dunk as PBA player Ranidel de Ocampo attempts a chasedown block in an exhibition game featuring former and current national team players at Mall of Asia Arena. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonThe King was back in Manila like he never left his throne.Returning to the city known for its unparalleled love for hoops, LeBron James thrilled Filipino fans for the third time in five years.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Trumps loose lips on intelligencesharing rattle a few ships in Washington

first_imgWASHINGTON – Canadian politicians had an up-close vantage point as another political storm was rolling into Washington. Just as news broke that Donald Trump had revealed classified information to the Russian government, two federal cabinet ministers headed for dinner at the State Department.Chrystia Freeland and Harjit Sajjan dined with their U.S. counterparts for foreign affairs and defence — Rex Tillerson and James Mattis. The day’s drama was not a major topic of dinner conversation, based on the readout provided by the U.S. government.The Canadian government tiptoed Tuesday around the question of whether the news had done anything to rattle faith in exchanging intelligence with the U.S.“We have a long-standing relationship that has proven to be very valuable over the long term,” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said in Ottawa.But there were some frayed nerves in Washington.Several Republicans expressed concern Tuesday about the drama-a-day White House —which in a single week fired the FBI director; told different stories about why; became the target of a congressional investigation that’s expanding into money-laundering; shared intelligence with Russia; and offered shifting explanations.The administration initially discounted the details of reports in the Washington Post, New York Times, Buzzfeed and elsewhere that the president gave the Russians a detail about terrorist bomb-making that might help it identify U.S. sources in the Middle East.But the president admitted the basic details on Twitter — and he said it was no big deal.“As President I wanted to share with Russia, … which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety,” he tweeted Tuesday. What’s most important, the president said, is that authorities “find the leakers in the intelligence community.”The latest drama has rattled already shaky confidence in the president in Washington.Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell told Bloomberg: “I think we can do with a little less drama from the White House on a lot of things so that we can focus on our agenda.”Republican lawmaker Mike Gallagher, a former U.S. Marine who served in Iraq, asked to see the transcript of Trump’s conversation with the Russians. His colleague Barbara Comstock called the reports “highly troubling” and demanded classified briefings. Sen. Susan Collins said the release of the information had the potential to “jeopardize sources and to discourage our allies from sharing future information vital to our security.”Different news reports said the original information came from Israeli intelligence. It’s unclear whether the U.S. informed the Israelis it might share the information with the Russians, who have different allies in the region — notably Iran.The Israelis said they had full confidence in the intelligence-sharing relationship with the U.S., contradicting reports earlier this year that the Israelis had considered withholding secrets from Trump, at the urging of American colleagues worried about their own boss.Trump’s national security adviser also insisted Tuesday the story was no big deal. He was in the room last week when the president shared the information with Russia’s foreign minister and U.S. ambassador at the White House.He did not dispute the accuracy of the details — as the administration appeared to do the previous day.“What I’m saying is really the premise of that article is false, that in any way the president had a conversation that was inappropriate or that resulted in any kind of lapse in — in national security,” H.R. McMaster told a White House briefing.“And so I think the real issue, and I think what I’d like to see really debated more, is that our national security has been put at risk by those violating confidentiality, and those releasing information to the press that — that could be used, connected with other information available, to make American citizens and others more vulnerable…“That conversation was wholly appropriate to the conversation.”A rare Democratic senator who’s been friendly with Trump offered some advice: be more careful. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said he doesn’t even tell his own staff and colleagues things he hears on the Senate intelligence committee.That’s especially true for an adversary like Russia, he said.“I take that (need to preserve secrets) very seriously. If I breach that I know I’ll be thrown off the committee and maybe even more,” he told the MSNBC show, “Morning Joe.”“We have allies around the world, trusted allies. We have our best trading partner in the world in Canada — with 35 states being No. 1. You have basically our ally the UK who has been with us in all the wars that we’ve been involved in… And you have one of our greatest friends and allies in Israel. So we have good friends, good allies, good people.“Russia is not one of them. They do not have our best interest at heart.”last_img read more

Sleaze racket busted in W Midnapore 3 arrested

first_imgKolkata: A sleaze racket was busted at Midnapore Sadar in West Midnapore on late Thursday night.The sleaze racket was allegedly running in an under-construction building. In the past few days, some locals found suspicious movement of a few in the area. They were keeping a watch at the situation and found people entering the building on Thursday night. They caught two persons and a woman. The locals reported the matter to the police. They handed them over to the police. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe woman claimed that she is a resident of a state in the northern part of the country and she was brought here on the assurance of getting a job. But she was not provided with any job, the woman claimed. Police found that a local youth was also allegedly involved in the racket. They are trying to find out whether any such activity is going on in any part in the area. Cops are taking all necessary steps to check such activities in the area and a vigil in the area and have urged the locals to inform them in case they get any such information or find someone moving around suspiciously.last_img read more