Use of arrest and torture in bid to stifle protests in Bahrain

first_img Help by sharing this information August 13, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Use of arrest and torture in bid to stifle protests in Bahrain German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors News to go further BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Since the arrests of Hassan and Hubail, others have been arrested on the same charges – participating in the 14 February media network and inciting hatred against the government.Qassim Zain Aldeen, a freelance cameraman who posts content on several local news portals, has been held at an unknown located ever since his arrest at his home on 2 August and his family has not been told what he is charged with. He was previously held for six months in 2012.Ahmed Al-Fardan, a photographer for the Demotix and Sipa agencies who won the Freedom House photography prize in 2012, was arrested in a west Manama café on 8 August by plainclothes police who beat him and threatened to kill him if he did not cooperate and provide photos of demonstrators. He was released a few hours later with several injuries.Security agents arrested Hassan’s lawyer, Abdul Aziz Mousa, at this home on 7 August and seized his computer because he posted the names of the defendants on his Twitter account, along with the charges against them and the acts of torture to which they had been submitted.The prosecutor-general said Mousa has been charged with “publishing the names of defendants without permission and divulging the secrets of an investigation.”A reporter and a human rights defender have meanwhile been prevented from entering Bahrain. Hyder Abbasi of Al-Jazeera English was prevented from boarding a flight from Doha to Bahrain on 7 August because he is a journalist. Two days later, the British authorities told Maryam Al-Khawaja, the acting president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, that the Bahraini authorities had forbidden her from visiting the country.The heightened crackdown on Bahraini Internet users and activists comes just days after the National Assembly recommended tougher penalties for “those who use social networks in an illegal way (and…) use those networks to disseminate false information to foreign sides which plot against the country’s security and stability.” RSF_en News Follow the news on Bahrain Receive email alerts Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest News BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders is concerned by a new upsurge in abusive treatment of journalists in the run-up to the major “Tamarod” rally that the opposition has called for 14 August.Journalists who intend to cover the demonstration – and thereby challenge the government’s insistence that everything is perfect in Bahrain – are exposed to arrest and mistreatment. There is still no news of a cameraman who was arrested on 2 August.“The authorities plan to impose a news blackout on the 14 August demonstration by jailing netizens and preventing journalists and human rights defenders from visiting Bahrain.” Reporters Without Borders said.“They have had no hesitation about arbitrarily arresting news providers and denying them access to lawyers while failing to bring formal charges against them. We call for their immediate and unconditional release.”At least two bloggers, two photographers and a cameraman have been arrested in Bahrain since the end of July. The police arrested them to prevent them from covering the 14 August rally, several sources told Reporters Without Borders.Masked security agents arrested the blogger Mohamed Hassan at his home at 2 a.m. on 31 July, seizing his computer and mobile phone. The photographer Hussain Hubail was arrested the same day as he was about to leave Manama international airport.Both were taken to El-Hod El-Gaf prison without being charged, and were held for several days without being able to contact lawyers or their families. It was only on 7 August that there were able to talk to a lawyer and were brought before prosecutors.They have been charged being members of the “14 February media network,” calling for and participating in illegal demonstrations, inciting hatred against the government and being in contact with exiled members of the Bahraini opposition.Hassan has said he was tortured in detention. He said that he was beaten on the back, lower abdomen and hands, was given electric shocks, and was forced to sign documents without knowing their content. Hubail was forced to remain standing for three days while being punched, kicked and insulted.This is not the first time that Hassan – who has kept a blog on human rights and politics in Bahrain since 2007 – has been persecuted in connection with his journalistic work. He was briefly arrested in June 2012 because of what he was writing about the opposition in his blog and for local newspapers. He stopped blogging on 29 April.Hubail is a freelance photographer who has worked for Agence France-Presse, Voice of America and other media. The independent newspaper Al-Wasat awarded him its prize in May for a photo of demonstrators in a cloud of teargas. News March 17, 2021 Find out more October 14, 2020 Find out more Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Organisation June 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more


Suspect Arrested in 1999 Hicksville Murder

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Authorities have apprehended a 37-year-old man in Trinidad who allegedly gunned a man down at a Hicksville wedding 16 years ago, Nassau County police said.Interpol, the international police agency, arrested Balkumar Singh five months ago on a charge of second-degree murder.Homicide Squad detectives alleged Singh killed 19-year-old Abzal Khan following an argument with a guest at a wedding at the Masonic Temple on West Nicholai Street on June 13, 1999.After he was extradited back to the US to face the charge, U.S. Marshals escorted him to Long Island on Friday, police said.Singh will be arraigned Monday at Nassau County Court.last_img


A closer look at local entrepreneur at the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator

first_imgThe Incubator, which is affiliated with both Binghamton University and SUNY Broome, is a place for entrepreneurs to begin, develop, and grow their businesses/companies, says Holmes. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Despite a challenging economy, Koffman Southern Tier Incubator Operations Director, Laura Holmes, says the Incubator has seen an increase in entrepreneurs. She adds that it’s a great help for the Southern Tier economy as well, noting that if the companies are successful, then they hire more people. The Incubator provides a physical space for some entrepreneurs who wish to rent it and continue developing their brands on site, but adds that there are also other membership offers for aspiring entrepreneurs to choose from. While Incubators have seen a 40-50% decrease in entrepreneurs nationwide, she says that at the Koffman Southern Tier center they have added more people since March and have only lost one tenant. Overall, Holmes says the Incubator is there to provide its tenants with all types of support: from passing along contacts and networking opportunities to providing physical spaces and labs. He says he has learned a lot since being at the Incubator, including on how to recieve capital. Alex Kosyakov, founder of Natrion, is one of those those new tenants. The 19 year old founder came to the Incubator just a few months ago back in August. Right now, it has three full time employees but Kosyakov says its also hired Binghamton University student interns.last_img read more


Google Photos Introduces Paid Colour Pop Feature in Editing Suite

first_img“In Google Photos, colour pop is a feature that continues to be available for anyone to use, at no cost, for photos with depth information (such as portrait mode). As part of an ongoing rollout that began earlier this year, Google One members can apply the feature to even more photos of people, including those without depth information,” a Google spokesperson told Engadget.Google is looking to add additional premium features to Photos in the future. XDA Developers dug into the code of Google Photos 5.18 update and found several strings that look to prompt users of premium editing tools to gain access with Google One membership. The report says that it found hints of prompts like “As a Google One member, you get access to extra editing features,” “Get extra editing features with a Google One membership,” “Unlock this feature and more with a Google One membership,” and “Unlock more editing features and {storage amount} of storage with a Google One membership.”There is no clarity on what these new premium editing features may be, and Google is expected offer clarity on that soon. The search giant has already started to add Colour Pop for any photo behind a paywall. Users should see more such premium editing tools inside the app in the future.- Advertisement – Google introduced a new editor on Android with AI suggestions and more granular controls to allow users to directly edit their pictures in the app last month. Suggestions like Enhance and Colour Pop were added, that allowed users to make changes to their photos. Now, a Google spokesperson confirmed that it is now adding a new take on its Colour Pop feature that users can add to any photo, without restricting it to just the ones with depth information. To use this new paid Colour Pop feature, Google Photos users will have to buy Google One subscription. The report suggests that Google plans to roll out more tools in the editing suite that may require a paid plan.Engadget reached out to Google after XDA Developer’s Mishaal Rahman tweeted that Google Photos‘ Colour Pop feature is locked behind a Google One paywall. Google responded that Colour Pop is available for free for photos with depth information, but for using the feature on any other images, users will have to buy a Google One membership.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more


Nigel Hayes, Badgers take feud with Maryland off the court and onto Instagram

first_imgThe offseason brings student athletes plenty of free time as the academic year winds down.Maybe a little too much free time.After Maryland sophomore guard Jaylen Brantley posted a pair of Instagrams video of him and his teammates dancing, the college basketball world was set ablaze with what appears to be a hybrid version of the running man. Whether Hayes and his pack of Badgers will respond yet again is yet to be seen, but there is little reason to believe that this battle is over. The Terrapins, however, ended up taking notice of Hayes’ callout and posted one more video before the night was over.center_img The catchy song playing in the background is Ghost Down DJ’s “My Boo” from 1996, and its infectious beat went beyond the Maryland basketball team in a hurry.Wisconsin’s very own Nigel Hayes could not resist getting in on the action himself, as he took the Big Ten beef with the Terrapins off the court and onto the dance floor with a little help from freshman teammates Charlie Thomas and Khalil Iverson.Initially, the Maryland squad didn’t respond and Hayes took that as a sign that they had won the short-lived dance battle.But that doesn’t mean it ended there.Instead, Hayes rounded even more troops and took to Instagram one more time, uploading a 45 second video claiming victory and tagging seemingly every college basketball player in the country to see.last_img read more


Los Angeles Clippers take a beating they might not forget, falling 100-73 to San Antonio in Game 3

first_imgSAN ANTONIO >> A mere two days after their gut-wrenching overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2 of their Western Conference playoff series, the Clippers on Friday donned their uniforms to take on the Spurs in Game 3 tied 1-1 in the best-of-7 first-round matchup.Clippers coach Doc Rivers said at the morning shootaround he was not worried about the mental state of his players, but perhaps they were more hungover from that Wednesday setback than Rivers thought. With recently crowned Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard demonstrating he is more than a one-trick pony, the Spurs blasted the Clippers 100-73 before 18,581 deliriously happy fans at AT&T Center to take a 2-1 series lead.Game 4 is Sunday.Leonard scored a game-high 32 points on 13-of-18 shooting from the field. His three-point play with 7:39 left in the game gave his team a 30-point lead, at 85-55. That lead grew to 92-55 as the Clippers seemed to just quit playing. The Clippers trailed by just eight points at halftime, even though they were shooting just 34.1 percent at the time. But Leonard scored 11 of his team’s first 13 points of the third quarter, after which San Antonio led 59-43. It got worse and worse and by the time the third quarter ended, the Clippers were down 70-49 and were shooting 29.5 percent.“I don’t knwo about effort and execution, I just know we got our butts kicked,” Rivers said. “They played terrific basketball and we didn’t. I thought we had great shots to start the game. We have had this a couple of times this year, but not very often where we lose our spirit because we can’t make shots. … As the game went on, every time we missed a shot, we played less defense.”He couldn’t say enough about Leonard.“I thought Kawhi Leonard at the start of the third quarter changed the game,” Rivers said. “I thought he was absolutely sensational. I think he was trying to tell all the voters he’s a player and not just a defensive player.”Leonard was involved in the highlight-reel play of the game in the second quarter when he took a long lob from Danny Green and threw down a one-handed dunk that had the Spurs’ faithful jumping for joy. “I’m just living in the moment and (trying to) win every game,” Leonard said. “That’s all I’m focused on.”Spurs coach Gregg Popovich liked what he saw from Leonard.“He has really progressed leaps and bounds on both ends of the floor,” he said.As for the hangover theory, Rivers was having none of that.“No, I think we were ready,” he said. “But I think they were more ready. I think Pop (Popovich) did a great job getting their guys ready and I clearly didn’t do a good enough job getting our guys ready. We are not that bad.”The way Leonard played, it didn’t matter that Tim Duncan scored just four points. Boris Diaw contributed 15 points off the bench and Green had 11.Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 14 points but shot just 6 of 15 from the field. DeAndre Jordan scored 10 points and had eight rebounds, Chris Paul scored just seven points on 3-of-11 shooting. J.J. Redick also scored seven and was 2 of 7 from the field. Jamal Crawford could not make a thing, as he shot just 1 of 11. The Clippers shot 34.1 percent for the game, the Spurs 52.6 percent.Paul didn’t think the Game 2 loss had anything to do with this massacre.“I don’t think so,” he said. “We just came out and got our butts kicked tonight.”Jordan blamed the starting five, which includes him.“We didn’t guard,” he said. “It’s on us as the five starters to come out and set the tone energy-wise and get what we’re used to getting, and us being able to play hard for 48 minutes.”The Clippers have a terrific offense, yet scored just 16 points in the first quarter and 11 in the third.“We had a lot of looks that we just missed,” Griffin said. “Our defensive problems contributed to our offensive problems.”But he wasn’t buying the figurative hangover angle, either.“There is no reason to be hungover from that,” Griffin said. “If anything, we should have come out and played with more resolve and played with more drive.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more


SuperSport stun Manchester City

first_img15 July 2013It wasn’t a good weekend to be a Manchester football supporter. England champions United lost 1-0 to a Singha All Stars XI in Thailand, while runners-up City went down 2-0 to South African Premier Soccer League club SuperSport United at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Sunday.It was an inauspicious first game in charge of Manchester City for Manuel Pellegrini after his move from Spain’s Malaga.Although missing some star players, the Sky Blues trotted out plenty of big guns for the Nelson Mandela Football Invitational match, but Pellegrini chose to play two different sides in each half and it backfired as SuperSport United upset their more fancied opponents.ChancesThe visitors created some decent opportunities in the first half, but were left to rue not taking any of them when Mame Niang netted for Matsatsantsa in the 56th minute. Kermit Erasmus then ensured a win for SuperSport with a second goal in the 81st minute.Afterwards, Pellegrini told the Manchester City Football Club website: “First of all it’s my first match in charge, but for Manchester City and for me it’s an honour to participate here in South Africa.“The players were clear with what they had to do in this game. I spoke with them before the match and we had four or five days working together.‘I’m not worried’“We’re not prepared to play the way we want them to play, so this was a normal match for pre-season. I’m not worried and this is what we expected.”Pellegrini used the game to give new signing Fernandinho a run-out, but his star- studded side failed to impress.Edin Dzeko had City’s best chance of an entertaining first half, but Ronwen Williams raced out of his goal to pull off a brave double-save at the Bosnian star’s feet.The contest flowed back and forth as SuperSport showed no fear of their big-name opponents and took the game to them, opening up a number of chances down the right flank.Second halfIn the second half, City’s new line-up lacked some of the cohesion the first half team had exhibited and they paid for it when United, who like City had made a number of changes, took the lead through Mame Niang, who rose high to meet an Innocent Mdledle cross and head home and put SuperSport into the lead.Substitute Kermit Erasmus then sealed the victory nine minutes from time after a strong run and shot past Romanian goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon.United’s new coach, Cavin Johnson, who has taken over from Gavin Hunt, who was in charge for six years, tried to downplay the result, saying his players should not read too much into it.He did suggest, though, that similar commitment would put them in the hunt for PSL honours.AmazuluManchester City next face AmaZulu at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Thursday, 18 July, Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday. Kick-off is at 20:00.AmaZulu fans have been urged to buy tickets and also to sign a Madiba birthday card. The giant card, which tour promoters Matchworld want to get into the Guiness Book of Records, is on display in Durban.The aim is to have 10 000 signatures on it. The current world record for the most number of signatures on a birthday card is 5 339 for actor Robert Downey junior.last_img read more


Hip or knee replacement- after- what to ask your doctor

first_imgDefinitionYou had surgery to get a new hip or knee joint while you were in the hospital.Below are some questions you may want to ask your doctor or nurse to help you take care of your new joint.Alternate NamesWhat to ask your doctor after hip or knee replacement; Hip replacement – after – what to ask your doctor; Knee replacement – after – what to ask your doctor; Hip arthroplasty – after – what to ask your doctor; Knee arthroplasty – after – what to ask your doctorQuestionsHow long will I need to use crutches or a walker after I go home?How much walking can I do?When can I begin to place weight on my new joint? How much?Do I need to be careful about how I sit or move around?What are things that I cannot do?Will I be able to walk without pain? How far?When will I be able to do other activities, such as golf, swimming, tennis, or hiking?Will I have pain medicines when I go home? How should I take them?Will I need to take blood thinners when I go home? How long would it be?How can I get my home ready before I even go to the hospital?How much help will I need when I come home? Will I be able to get out of bedHow can I make my home safer for me?How can I make my home easier to get around?How can I make it easier for myself in the bathroom and shower?What type of supplies will I need when I get home?Do I need to rearrange my home?What should I do if there are steps that go to my bedroom or bathroom?Do I need a hospital bed?What are the signs that something is wrong with my new hip or knee? How can I prevent problems with my new hip or knee?advertisementHow do I take care of my surgical wound?How often should I change the dressing? How do I wash the wound?What should my wound look like? What wound problems do I need to watch out for?When do sutures and staples come out?Can I take a shower? Can I take a bath or soak in the hot tub?When can I go back to see my dentist? Do I need to take any antibiotics before seeing the dentist?Review Date:1/17/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more


Fifth Harmony Star Designs Tee For Save The Children

first_imgFifth Harmony’s Camila Cabello has teamed up with Save the Children to design a limited-edition T-shirt to shine a light on girls around the world.Fifth Harmony’s Camila Cabello has teamed up with Save the Children to design a limited-edition T-shirtThe special Love Only collaboration, which launches ahead of International Day of the Girl, is available starting today through Oct. 18, with 100 percent of the net proceeds going to Save the Children. The Love Only collaboration will be available at Oct. 11, Save the Children will celebrate International Day of the Girl, a day dedicated to highlighting the barriers girls face globally and to empowering girls to reach their full potential. The Love Only tee will help support the charity’s efforts to raise awareness of these issues and to ensure a world where girls get equal access to education, health care and opportunities to succeed. The Love Only collaboration for Save the Children is Camila Cabello’s first-ever charity tee.“Love Only is an important concept to me – it’s all about uplifting ourselves and supporting others,” Camila Cabello, a Save the Children Celebrity Cabinet member, said. “I am so inspired by what Save the Children is doing to give girls around the world a brighter future. So I wanted to support this amazing cause by designing this special Love Only tee and hoodie.”The limited-edition T-shirt is selling for $24.99. A hoodie sweatshirt is also offered for $39.99. Both styles are available for purchase worldwide.Camila Cabello and Save the Children invite supporters and influencers to get involved, take a photo in the T-shirt and spread the campaign on social media using #LoveOnlyTee.last_img read more


Atleo urges PM GG to accept treaty meeting invitation to quell protests

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National News OTTAWA–Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Gov. Gen. David Johnston have been invited to attend a treaty meeting on Jan. 24, the one-year anniversary of the Crown-First Nations gathering.In a letter sent on New Year’s Day to Harper and Johnston, Atleo urges both men to immediately accept the invitation to quell escalating cross-country protests and bring an end to the hunger strikes by Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence and Cross Lake Elder Raymond Robinson.“Immediate acceptance to this urgent invitation will, both respond to the health of Chief Spence and Raymond Robinson and enable those currently demonstrating for such a meeting to return to their communities and to their responsibilities,” wrote Atleo, in the Jan. 1 letter obtained by APTN National News. “We can then support and enable focused dialogue and work led by each First Nation, within every treaty area on matters of greatest importance.”Spence began her hunger strike on Dec. 11 and Robinson on Dec. 12. The Idle No More, grassroots movement has also been sweeping the country through flash mob round dances, rallies and blockades, and it has generated considerable support in the U.S. and around the world.A number of rail blockades have also been launched over the past few weeks, including two in Ontario, one in British Columbia and an ongoing rail blockade in northeastern Quebec.In the letter, Atleo said First Nations chiefs recently held emergency discussions and that the leadership is “determined to set a course of resolution for our people.”The Prime Minister’s Office did not immediately return a request for comment on whether they were open to participating in the meeting.A spokeswoman for Johnston said they had received the invitation.“A reply will be shared with the Assembly of First Nations in due course,” said Julie Rocheleau, in an email to APTN National News.Atleo did not mention location of the treaty meeting, however, some chiefs have pushed to have it held in Saskatchewan. Last year’s Crown-First Nations gathering was held in Ottawa.There was also no mention in the letter of a planned Jan. 16 day of action, but Atleo wrote that First Nations would be “meeting and assessing their strategies for change needed urgently in the days and weeks ahead.”During the emergency meetings, which were co-chaired by Serpent River Chief Isadore Day, from Ontario, and Onion Lake Cree Nation Chief Wallace Fox, from Saskatchewan, chiefs discussed setting Jan. 16 as a day of action that could see economic disruptions across the country.The participating chiefs also issued a letter signed by “First Nation leaders of Turtle Island” following their meetings and called on Harper to uphold the “honour of the Crown.”In an interview Thursday, Fox said he was disappointed with Atleo’s letter and said it didn’t reflect the direction the national chief received following a meeting on Monday. Fox said Atleo was asked to include Saskatchewan as the location for the proposed treaty meeting and to mention Jan. 16 as a set day of action.Fox said Atleo was also told by the Spence camp to include a deadline for response in the letter to the prime minister and governor general.“I am very disappointed with the way it was drafted, that is not what was understood on Monday when he was present,” said Fox.Fox said if Harper and Johnston reject the invitation, then the day of action should be moved up to the middle of next week.“It’s (Spence’s) health that is the immediate priority here,” said Fox.APTN National News has obtained minutes from a conference call between Treaty 1 to 11 chiefs on Dec. 28, 2012, which discussed plans to target “main economic and energy corridors, such as power sources, railways and highways.”According to the minutes, “it was agreed that in the short-term, immediate pressure needs to be stepped up because Chief Spence’s health is at risk.”On Wednesday, Spence issued a statement saying First Nations leaders were planning to issue “breach of treaty” declarations and launch “country wide economic disturbances.”The AFN executive also met on Wednesday.“First Nations leaders from coast-to-coast-to coast have collectively raised our voices about the critical situation facing First Nations,” wrote Atleo. “Solutions will not come overnight, but solutions must begin now and they must be done in full respect of the treaty relationship and our inherent responsibilities.”[email protected]@JorgeBarreraThe LetterDownload (PDF, Unknown)last_img read more