Oman: newspaper editor held over article about pressure on judiciary

first_img News OmanMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Receive email alerts RSF calls for release of Omani journalist and writer Sulaiman Al Moamari News Organisation to go further ©Azamn Reporters Without Borders (RSF) deplores Omani newspaper editor Ibrahim Al-Maamari’s detention by the Muscat police for the past five days for reporting that that senior officials had pressured the judiciary in a case involving a large inheritance.center_img Follow the news on Oman The editor of the daily Azamn, Ibrahim Al-Maamari was arrested on 28 July in connection with an article published two days earlier alleging that government officials tried to get the judicial authorities to change a 2015 ruling in the case in order to benefit certain influential figures.“We condemn Ibrahim Al-Maamari’s arrest and continuing detention,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “By punishing this journalist in this way and by keeping him in detention, the Sultanate of Oman is sending a negative message about media freedom and is demonstrating an inability to tolerate criticism of the political and judicial system. We call for an independent and impartial investigation and for Al-Maamari’s immediate release.”A public prosecutor’s office spokesman said the offending newspaper article was regarded as “a public crime,” one that discredited the integrity of the judiciary and government officials. He said a number of complaints had been received, leading to Al-Maamari’s arrest under article 4 of the Criminal Procedures Act. There were other as yet unnamed “suspects,” he added.The prosecutor’s office said the article was incorrect, that there was still no final decision in the inheritance case and that Al-Maamari, by publishing false information, had violated articles 25 and 29 of the Press and Publications Law, which is punishable by up to two years in prison and a fine.He is also accused of undermining the prestige of the state under article 135 of the Penal Code and publishing news that would disturb public order under article 19 of the Cyber Crimes Act.Azamn wanted to run a story about his case on its front page yesterday but the information ministry did not authorize it so instead Azamn printed half of its front page blank in protest. It also published an editorial that included solidarity messages from intellectuals. A source close to the newspaper told RSF that Al-Maamari has not been allowed to receive visits or communicate with anyone at the newspaper.This is not the first time that the authorities have targeted Al-Maamari and Azamn. Al-Maamari was arrested and sentenced to five months in prison in September 2011 (and the newspaper was banned for a month) because a May 2011 article was deemed to have insulted the justice minister and one of his deputies. The sentence was quashed after Azamn published an apology although the conviction was upheld on appeal in January 2012.Meanwhile, Almoatasem Al-Bahlani, the editor of the online magazine Al-Falq, was freed on 28 July after being held for two days in connection with comments he posted on Twitter, the Omani Observatory for Human Rights has reported. The official reasons for his arrest have not been made public.The Sultanate of Oman is ranked 125th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. August 2, 2016 – Updated on August 3, 2016 Oman: newspaper editor held over article about pressure on judiciary OmanMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses RSF_en Help by sharing this information May 12, 2016 Find out morelast_img read more



first_imgWhats on your mind today?Todays “READERS POLL” question is”Do you feel that long time City Council members Mosby, Weaver, McGinn, Adams and Robinson have been “Good Stewards Of The Public Trust”?We urge you to take time and click the section we have reserved for the daily recaps of the activities of our local Law Enforcement professionals. This section is located on the upper right side of our publication.If you would like to advertise or submit and article in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


Sustainable Ag Research

first_imgResearch faculty and UGA Cooperative Extension specialists with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences are hosting a sustainable agriculture field day 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 25 at the J. Phil Campbell Sr. Research and Education Center in Watkinsville, Georgia. Researchers will discuss the latest findings for corn and forage production practices to help increase profitability and decrease environmental impacts. These findings include a new living mulch system for corn, new forage varieties, cover crops to supply nitrogen and information on some of the equipment used to manage the farm. Farmers and those interested in conservation land management should plan to attend. “The Campbell (center) has a lot of interesting research going on to help farmers be more productive and profitable,” said Julia Gaskin, sustainable agriculture coordinator for UGA. “Many of these approaches are also better for the environment. It’s nice to be able to highlight research that has the potential to be a win-win solution.” Registration will be free and participants can register on-site. Parking will be available at the Oconee County Civic Center, 2661 Hog Mountain Road in Watkinsville. Shuttles will transport participants to and from the J. Phil Campbell center’s west unit field site every 10 minutes. The field day features eight stations, including: Living Mulch and Corn: UGA’s pioneering living mulch system will be showcased with sweet corn and field corn. The living mulch concept uses a perennial legume to provide weed control and nitrogen fertilizer to row crops. Its success depends on row width, crop population density and the amount of clover killed. These plots demonstrate how last year’s management is affecting this year’s crop.Soil Erosion and Water Quality in Corn Systems: Use of the living mulch system in a corn crop is expected to reduce soil erosion and the amount of nutrients lost. Researchers are comparing runoff and nutrient loss in the living mulch and conventional corn production systems.Corn/Clover System Water Quality and Use: Corn can be a “leaky” production system, where fertilizer nutrients are lost to groundwater. Researchers will share what they’ve found about how a living mulch system reduces nutrient loss and possibly conserves soil moisture.New Equipment: Farm manager Eric Elsner will give visitors a rundown on the equipment used to manage the farm, including no-till planters and drills, an over-the-row hooded sprayer and a hay unroller.The Forage Garden: Learn about Georgia forages by a touring a garden that includes forages used extensively in Georgia for pasture, hay and silage production, as well as some novel forage species and varieties. Forage Variety Development: UGA forage breeders will explain what traits they are breeding for when developing varieties suitable for conditions in Georgia and the Southeast. Nitrogen Release from Cover Crops/Organic Grain Corn: Researchers will discuss a new Nitrogen Availability Calculator that is available to predict a nitrogen credit from cover crops, and will discuss how this can be used in U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service programs. They will also discuss growing organic corn.Soil Microorganisms and Soil Inoculants: Can locally produced microbes enhance forage growth or legume productivity? Researchers are evaluating the use of inoculates in forages fertilized with swine manure and in legumes fertilized with composted broiler litter.For more information, check the UGA Sustainable Agriculture website at sustainagga.org or email Julia Gaskin at [email protected]last_img read more


Ralph Nading Hill Jr literary prize

first_imgCALL FOR ENTRIES FORRALPH NADING HILL, JR. LITERARY PRIZECOLCHESTER. Entries are now being accepted for the 17th annual Ralph NadingHill, Jr., Literary Prize. The contest was established to memorialize theliterary contributions of Ralph Nading Hill, Jr., one of Vermont’s bestknown writers and historians, who died at the age of 70 in December 1987.The contest is sponsored by Green Mountain Power Corporation and VermontLife magazine. Mr. Hill was a long time member of GMP’s Board ofDirectors and the Vermont Life Editorial Board. The Ralph Nading Hill literary prize is now considered by Vermont writers to be one of the state’s premier literary prizes. Entry for the prize, as in past years, may be an essay, short story, play or poetry. The focus of the literary work must be “Vermont – Its People, the Place, Its History or Its Values.” It must be unpublished. The maximum length is 3,000 words. The winner will be selected on the basis of literary merit and suitability for publication in Vermont Life. The deadline for this year’s contest is November 15, 2004. A $1,500 cash prize is awarded annually to the winner, and the winning work will be published in a future issue of Vermont Life. The most recent winner was “Four Poems for Elizabeth,” by Mary Pratt of New Haven. The Ralph Nading Hill, Jr., Literary Prize Board of Judges consists of Ruth Page, a writer and former member of GMP’s Board of Directors; Tom Slayton, editor of Vermont Life magazine; Brian Vachon, Vice President of Communications at National Life; Alison Freeland, a Vermont author; and Steve Terry, Senior Vice President Corporate and Legal Affairs at GMP. The contest is open to all residents of Vermont, including students enrolled in Vermont colleges and seasonal residents. Entrants may be professional writers as well as amateurs. Green Mountain Power employees and their immediate families are not eligible, nor is the immediate family of any member of Green Mountain Power’s Board of Directors. Please send two copies of your entry to the Corporate Relations Department at Green Mountain Power, 163 Acorn Lane, Colchester, VT 05446. Please provide entrant’s name, address and phone on a separate sheet of paper. Do not mention the entrant’s name on the entry itself. For more information please contact Green Mountain Power’s Corporate Relations department at (802) 655-8788.last_img read more


Don’t expect Cowboys QB Dak Prescott to accept hometown discount on next contract

first_imgPrescott wants to remain a Cowboy, and the feeling is mutual. The two sides will have to work out the details. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones knows the landscape.“I think the market is what the market is,” Jones said, per USA Today. “We’ve all seen it. So, I think there’s not really a lot to get a feel for in terms of knowing what it is. I think the contracts are out there for everybody to see.”It’s always good to be a quarterback, though. Especially one that wins, is a winner.” In the not-to-distant future, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott will sign his second contract as an NFL player. And when that happens, the phrase “one of the NFL’s biggest bargains” will forever lose its connection with a player who has started every game of his NFL career (33-18 record), led his team to two playoff appearances, been selected to two Pro Bowls … and whose salary ranked him 55th among NFL quarterbacks this past season.That’s right: 55th. Prescott, a fourth-round pick in 2016, had a cap hit of $725,848 last season, which ranked him behind 54 other NFL QBs, according to USA Today. Prescott has one year left on his 4-year, $2.72 million rookie contract. Troy Aikman praises Cowboys QB Dak Prescott: ‘He’s everything you’d want him to be’ Everyone knows Prescott is due for a big raise. The question is: How much? And based on comments he made before the Super Bowl, Prescott is not thinking “hometown discount.” “I think the team knows how to pay what’s deserved,” Prescott told USA Today, “and pay those other people at the same time what’s deserved without being frugal.” Related News “Those other people” are RB Ezekiel Elliott, WR Amari Cooper, DE Demarcus Lawrence and CB Byron Jones, all Pro Bowl selections like Prescott with contracts that expire soon (Lawrence played under the franchise tag in 2018).Of all the BIG money quarterbacks — Packers’ Aaron Rodgers at $33.5 million in 2018, Falcons’ Matt Ryan at $30 million, Vikings’ Kirk Cousins at $28 million — one name is missing from the 14 quarterbacks who were paid north of $20 million last season: Tom Brady, he of six Super Bowl victories, including his latest last week against the Rams. Brady was paid a cap-friendly $15 million in 2018.No comparison, Prescott told USA Today. That’s a two-income family.“Nobody’s wife makes as much money as his wife does, either,” Prescott said.Brady’s wife is supermodel Gisele Bundchen, who earned $10 million in 2018, according to Forbes. “When Tom Brady isn’t the breadwinner in the home, then that’s a great problem to have,” Prescott said. “So in that case, he can do that. He can do his contract however you want to do it.”In other words, the Cowboys can forget the hometown discount.last_img read more


Ben Simmons, Sixers survive scare from short-handed Cavaliers

first_imgLATEST STORIES “We did a lot of damage ourselves in terms of the turnover,” Simmons said. “At the same time, they had the energy, which we were lacking a little bit.”Both teams gave key players planned days of rest: Jimmy Butler for Philadelphia and Kevin Love for Cleveland. Besides Love, the Cavs were also missing, among others, Marquese Chriss (suspension), Tristan Thompson (foot), Matthew Dellavedova (concussion) and Larry Nance Jr. (ribs).“I think we’re moving in the right direction,” Cleveland coach Larry Drew said. “Playing against two tough teams, as we have the last couple of nights, and competing at the level that we’ve been able to compete at, I think it says a lot about the team.”TIP-INSCavaliers: Former Sixer Nik Stauskas had nine points off the bench, hitting two straight 3-pointers in the second quarter. . Cleveland surprised the Sixers during its last trip to Philly, notching a 121-112 win in November.76ers: Zhaire Smith, a 2018 first-round draft pick, was recalled from the Delaware Blue Coats before the game but did not play. The rookie, who fractured his foot in August, has yet to make his NBA debut. . Center Boban Marjanovic, who returned to the court after missing six straight contests, scored 11 points after first checking into a big ovation.KING JAMESMaking his first start as a Sixer, in place of Butler, James Ennis III scored 10 of his 12 points in the first half. He also had an exciting follow slam at the beginning of the fourth quarter and was, according to coach Brett Brown, “one of the team’s best defensive players” on the night.“James did a great job,” Embiid said. “He’s settling in comfortably. And we’re going to need him for the rest of the season and the playoffs.”Ennis came over to Philly in a trade deadline deal with the Rockets last month. UP NEXTCavaliers: Visit the Orlando Magic on Thursday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ben Simmons scored 26 points, Embiid had 19 rebounds and made some big plays down the stretch, and the 76ers held off the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-99 on Tuesday night.“Myself and Jo, we take a lot of responsibility to try to get the team going, whether it’s with energy or defense,” Simmons said. “Jo did a great job on the defensive end.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesCollin Sexton led the Cavaliers with 26 points, including a layup with 3:10 left that pulled Cleveland within one. Cedi Osman added 18 and put the Cavs ahead 97-96 with under 3 minutes to go as boos rained down in Philly.But Mike Scott responded with a 3-pointer to put the 76ers back ahead. And after Simmons made a free throw and Jordan Clarkson a layup for Cleveland, Embiid followed his own miss with a thunderous dunk to give the Sixers a 102-99 lead with under a minute left. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Cleveland Cavaliers’ Collin Sexton, left, shoots against Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, right, of Cameroon, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)PHILADELPHIA — Asked to assess his overall performance, Joel Embiid said he was “trash.”When the Philadelphia 76ers needed him the most, however, their All-Star center came to play.ADVERTISEMENT Embiid, playing in his second game after missing eight straight with a sore left knee, had a block on the other end and then made four consecutive free throws to seal the win as “MVP! MVP!” chants replaced the boos.Embiid and JJ Redick finished with 17 points apiece. Simmons added 10 rebounds and eight assists.“We’re just getting back in the flow,” Embiid said. “By playoff time, we’ll be back to normal.”One night removed from a surprising 25-point win over second-place Toronto, Cleveland, owner of the third-worst record in the NBA, put a big scare into the third-place team in the East.After shooting just 22 percent from the field in the first quarter to fall behind 24-12, the Cavs took a 38-37 lead midway through the second quarter on two straight 3-pointers by Osman. Playing against one of the league’s worst defenses, the Sixers had 21 turnovers, including 14 in the first half.ADVERTISEMENT Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Pacers end losing streak, hold off Knicks’ late charge 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash MOST READ Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more