Saudi crown prince must not be given a pass on press freedom during UK visit

first_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on UK Prime Minister Theresa May and other senior officials to raise press freedom concerns and call for the release of jailed journalists in their meetings with Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman during his visit this week to London. December 11, 2016 Find out more Receive email alerts March 7, 2018 Saudi crown prince must not be given a pass on press freedom during UK visit February 9, 2018 Find out more RSF_en to go further News News June 15, 2017 Find out more At least 15 journalists held arbitrarily in Saudi crackdown News Prince Mohammed is set to visit the UK from 7 to 9 March to sign a series of bilateral agreements, reportedly worth more than $100 billion, and is expected to join the Queen for dinner at Windsor Castle. But whilst Prince Mohammed is receiving the royal treatment in the UK, the situation is bleak for his critics at home in Saudi Arabia, a country with one of the world’s worst records on press freedom.At least four journalists and seven citizen journalists are currently serving prison sentences in Saudi Arabia, and at least 15 others have been arbitrarily held in a wave of arrests that started in September 2017. Harassment of journalists has been on the rise since last June, and in November, a new terrorism law was adopted that could easily be used to prosecute journalists and activists. In December, the Saudi media were urged to display more “patriotism”.Blogger Raif Badawi is among those behind bars in Saudi Arabia. Winner of the 2014 RSF Press Freedom Prize, Badawi has been jailed since June 2012 and was brutally flogged in January 2015 as part of his sentence to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes on charges of insulting Islam. Badawi’s lawyer Waleed Abu Alkhair is also imprisoned, serving a 15-year sentence on a range of charges related to his work defending freedom of expression. Turad Al Amri, a famous journalist and commentator, is believed to have been detained since November 2016, although the authorities have never confirmed this. Journalist Saleh Al-Shehi was sentenced just last month to five years in prison on charges of insulting the royal court.“Prince Mohammed must not be given a pass on press freedom issues in his meetings here in London. Continued silence on this free expression clampdown sends the wrong signal about the UK’s priorities in its relations with Saudi Arabia. Theresa May should ensure this visit does not become another missed opportunity to call for the release of Raif Badawi and the other journalists and citizen journalists unjustly jailed in Saudi Arabia”, said RSF UK Bureau Director Rebecca Vincent.Saudi Arabia is ranked 168th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. United KingdomSaudi ArabiaEurope – Central AsiaMiddle East – North Africa ImprisonedFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalists Help by sharing this information Organisation Raif Badawi – five years too many in Saudi prisons United KingdomSaudi ArabiaEurope – Central AsiaMiddle East – North Africa ImprisonedFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalists RSF urges Boris Johnson to raise case of jailed blogger Raif Badawi during Saudi Arabia visit Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia Newslast_img read more

Resolved: Politicians Must Obey the Law

first_imgResolved: Politicians Must Obey the LawFreedom, IN – For years I’ve tried to make an issue of crony corruption (like “pay to play”), election fraud (which we documented in 2004), lying (like the deceptions that got us into at least most of our wars), and unregulated and illegal spying (where do I start with that?). I’m glad some other people are starting to notice that something’s amiss here.But our entrenched status quo rulers also commit other serious crimes.It’s of course a crime to give away what doesn’t belong to you; no matter who does it. For example, no treaty made by any federal official can exceed the authority granted to our federal government by our federal constitution. But it’s also wrong to abdicate important jobs that were intentionally given to only you. For example, the USA Congress has no authority to delegate away its sole power, and accountability, in lawmaking, declaring war, issuing currency, creating or limiting jurisdiction of courts, or impeachment. (see Article I)Therefore:Most of our recent treaties are fraudulent. The thousands of laws written by Executives, Courts and executive agencies/bureaucracies are null and void. Our “Federal Reserve System” is a counterfeiting and theft racket. All wars and military aggressions since WWII are illegal killings.What do you call it when you kill people illegally?So, I propose the following resolution:Whereas the plain wording of the 10th Amendment to the Constitution for the United States of America is binding law;Be it resolved that;No federal law, agency, program or international treaty that depends upon authority not specifically granted by the Constitution for the United States of America shall be valid within the United States of America;Any federal agency, law, program or international treaty transcending authority specifically granted by the Constitution for the United States of America is null and void;Unconstitutional laws, agencies, programs and treaties have created both problems and dependencies that will take time to rectify;All unconstitutional federal powers, delegations, laws, programs, treaties and entities that cannot be immediately nullified must be phased out within no more than ten years.Liberty or Bust!Andrew HorningLibertarian for 8th District US House of Representatives7851 Pleasant Hill Road, Freedom, IN 47431Facebook www.facebook.com/HorningForCongress/Campaign Twitter www.twitter.com/HorningCongressBlog http://wedeclare.wordpress.com/Website http://andrewhorning.wix.com/horningforcongressFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

First LNG Ship Arrives at Soma LNG Terminal

first_imgThe first liquefied natural gas (LNG) ship has arrived at the new Soma LNG Terminal located in Shinchi Town in Fukushima prefecture, Japan Petroleum Exploration (JAPEX) informed.Puteri Intan Satu came from Malaysia and entered Soma Port on December 6.About 60,000 tons of LNG will be unloaded from the ship, representing the first cargo the terminal will receive.The Soma LNG Terminal, located at the No.4 wharf of Soma Port, started commissioning on December 1 and commercial operations are scheduled to start in March 2018, according to the company. The terminal comprises a ground-type LNG storage tank with a capacity of 230,000 kiloliters, two berths for a large ocean-going ship, a domestic vessel for receiving and shipping, LNG vaporization equipment, and LNG shipping facility.The LNG terminal will receive cargo and supply LNG vaporized gas to the Niigata-Sendai Gas Pipeline via the Soma-Iwanuma Gas Pipeline which commenced operation on November 1, 2017. Furthermore, this terminal will supply LNG as a liquid based on LNG satellite system using tank trucks and a domestic vessel.During the commissioning period, test operations for commercial operation commencement are being conducted, in addition to legal procedures and preparation works.JAPEX has been entrusted by Fukushima Gas Power (FGP) with the management and operation of the second phase in which an additional LNG storage tank with a capacity of 230,000 kiloliters is to be constructed. The construction of the tank started in April 2017, and additional LNG vaporization equipment will commence construction in spring 2018. The facilities are expected to commence commercial operation in spring 2020. At the same time, Fukushima Natural Gas Power Plant will become operational.last_img read more

Irish pair take lead

first_imgIreland’s Ryan Seaton and Matthew McGovern mastered the blustery conditions in Weymouth to move into pole position in the 49er category at the Sail for Gold Regatta. McGovern, who is competing for the first time since representing Ireland at the London 2012 Olympics, added: “We were disappointed with our results yesterday as we’ve taken time off since the Games so were a little rusty getting back into the boat, but today our boat handling was good and were happy with our results.” Meanwhile, Charlotte Dobson and Nicola Groves took control in the 49erFX class with Kate Macgregor and Sophie Ainsworth second and France Peters and Mary Rook rounding off the British dominance in third. Nick Dempsey, competing in the RS X windsurfing 9.5 class, added three race wins and a second place to his scorecard. The two-time world champion is second behind fellow Briton Elliot Carney overall. In the RS:X 8.5 class, runaway leader Bryony Shaw added a further two race wins to her scorecard as did Robert York, with Izzy Hamilton remaining in third after another consistent day out on the water. Andrew Mills moved to the top of the leaderboard in the heavyweight Finn class while New Zealand’s Sam Meech extended his lead in the Laser category. Ben Saxton and Hannah Diamond continued their good form in the Nacra 17 competition to stay ahead of Lucy Macgregor and Tom Phipps, with 2008 Beijing Olympic gold medallist Pippa Wilson and her crew John Gimson in third. China’s Lijia Xu and Dongshuang Zhang remain first and second respectively in the Laser Radial race despite black flags in their second outing, with Britain’s Chloe Martin placed third. Finally, Helena Lucas and Megan Pascoe are neck and neck in the 2.4mR Paralympic class at the halfway stage while John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Stephen Thomas continued their superb run of form in the Paralympic Sonar class, with three more race wins extending their lead to five points. Press Associationcenter_img Seaton and McGovern claimed four top-three finishes to move from sixth place to first, overtaking British duo John Pink and Simon Wheeler, to take a six-point lead with four fleet races and three double pointer medal races to go. Seaton said: “The first race today was all about the boat handling and getting around the course nice and tidy, with the next three races all about getting the good starts and going fast which seemed to work out well for us.” last_img read more

WLAX : Syracuse breezes past Cornell for 10th straight victory

first_img Published on April 17, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1 Another ranked opponent, another dominant first half for Syracuse.The Orange sprinted out to a 10-3 lead over Cornell behind a balanced and efficient scoring effort.‘We came out prepared, ready to play and jumped on them,’ SU head coach Gary Gait said in a phone interview.No. 2 Syracuse (11-2, 4-0 Big East) cruised to a 16-8 victory over the No. 13 Big Red (8-4, 3-2 Ivy League) in Ithaca on Tuesday. The Orange earned its 10th consecutive win and knocked off its third straight ranked opponent to continue to cement its place among the elite teams in the country.Sophomore Alyssa Murray led the way with seven points, scoring a game-high four goals to go with three assists. Junior Katie Webster and freshman Kailah Kempney chipped in with three goals apiece.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘(Murray) was just really focused,’ Gait said. ‘… She was particularly focused tonight and played very well. She’s very confident in her game.’Seven different Syracuse players scored on a 7-0 run to put the Orange ahead 9-1 with 7:32 remaining in the opening half.Freshman Gabby Jaquith gave SU a 3-1 lead 13:21 into regulation, scoring off a feed from Webster. SU followed with a streak of five goals, each separated by no more than 80 seconds.And Devon Collins provided the exclamation point, scoring her 23rd goal of the season with 7:38 left in the half to give SU its eight-goal advantage.‘Seven unanswered goals from seven different players – that helps us as a team,’ Gait said. ‘That helps build our depth and gives us more strength as we head toward playoff time.’In addition to the stellar offensive performance, the Orange received quality outings from both its goaltenders.Sophomore Alyssa Costantino stopped 4-of-7 Cornell shots in the first half, while freshman Kelsey Richardson turned away 9-of-15 in the second.The two combined to prevent the Big Red from scoring on all four of its free-position opportunities, helping bail out an Orange team that committed nine second-half turnovers.‘We’ve got two goalies above 50 percent,’ Gait said. ‘There are only a handful of goalies who have that save percentage, and we’re happy that we have two.’Though the Orange slipped a bit in the second half, something Gait called ‘human nature,’ it tacked on another quality win to its already impressive resume.But to stay on its current hot streak, the Orange will need to continue to come into games with high intensity and rely on its balanced scoring attack.‘We work hard on our pregame prep to get ready to play,’ Gait said. ‘It’s certainly a focus point this year for us as a coaching staff, and I think all year we’ve had very good first halves.’[email protected] Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

MTN holds golf clinic for enthusiasts

first_imgMTN Ghana  held a one-day golf clinic for the sport’s lovers who wish to know the basic rudiments on the game of golfAbout 10 golf fans had an on-course practical lesson for about half a day. They learned how to position themselves to hit the ball for maximum effect, putt into a hole and some of the technicalities of the sports whiles learning the terminologies alongside.Held alongside the last golf event on MTN’s golf calendar, the CEO’s Invitational Tournament at Celebrity Golf Club at Sakumono, the participants expressed their appreciation to MTN and added they will partake in the next clinic.Emmanuel Gyasi, Business Segment Manager at MTN Ghana said MTN held the clinic to allay fears that golf is only for the elite in society.“The motivation for the clinic is that complaints come every time that golf is only for the elite and what we have decided is to give opportunities to anybody who loves the game and has a desire to learn to attend these clinics for some education,” he said.He added that the clinics also serve as a platform to teach people to become amateurs or professionals and therefore add up to the number of golfers in the country. “We want to increase the number of golfers in the country and we hope these clinics will help produce bigger numbers so that competitions will have more players,” he added.He hoped that the clinics will be run on a regular basis. “We work with the golf clubs and as long as they can allow we will keep doing this at every tournament. Once the clubs allow we will do it. It is a way to actually increase the number of golfers in the country.”Evans Oppong of GT Bank, a learner who has been practicing for five months, said he joined the clinic because he doesn’t consider himself to be perfect enough to join any competition.“I feel I need some more practice and being part of this clinic has enhanced my knowledge and depth of the game. I have a teacher who is guiding me and teaching me how to position myself to avoid back pains when I swing.”He added that now his training in the background is over and can now join the main tournaments.last_img read more