RSF condemns Omani judicial persecution of independent daily

first_img Follow the news on Oman August 2, 2016 Find out more OmanMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Help by sharing this information RSF_en August 11, 2016 Find out more The court sentenced Azamn editor Ibrahim Al-Maamari and deputy editor Youssef Al-Haj to three years in prison, a fine of 3,000 rials (7,000 euros) and a one-year ban on working as journalists after their release.Zaher Al-Abri, Azamn’s local news editor, was given a one-year jail term and a fine of 1,000 rials (2,300 euros) while the newspaper, which had been suspended for the past seven weeks, has now been closed definitively.Al-Maamari and Al-Haj were found guilty of undermining the prestige of the state, disturbing public order, misusing the Internet and reporting on an ongoing court case in defiance of a ministerial ban on the publication of any information about the affair. Al-Abri was convicted of misusing the Internet to disturb public order. “This appalling court decision confirms the intransigence of the Omani authorities and their determination to crack down hard on independent media regardless of the international outcry about this case,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “We call on the authorities to overturn this sentence and free the journalists at once.”The Monitor of Human Rights in Oman reports that, if they decide to appeal, Al-Maamari and Al-Haj will both have to pay bail of 50,000 rials (110,000 euros) to be freed pending the outcome of their appeal, while Abri will have to pay 5,000 rials (11,000 euros).The three journalists were arrested after publishing a story in Azamn on 26 July about government pressure on judicial officials with the aim of influencing the outcome of a court case about an inheritance dispute.The information ministry ordered the suspension of Azamn’s print and online editions with effect from 9 August after it published an interview with the vice-president of the supreme court in which he confirmed the corruption allegations. According to an RSF source, the supreme court’s vice-president was himself then placed under house arrest. Al-Abri was released provisionally on 22 August.RSF and the Committee to Protect Journalists sent a joint letter to Sultan Qaboos on 24 August asking him to intercede to stop the persecution of the newspaper and its journalists and thereby preserve Oman’s reputation as a country capable of mediating in regional crises. No reply was received.The Sultanate of Oman is ranked 125th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. September 27, 2016 RSF condemns Omani judicial persecution of independent daily Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns yesterday’s decision by an Omani court to sentence three journalists to prison and close their newspaper for good as a flagrant censorship of independent media voices. Oman: RSF calls for release of three journalists, reopening of newspapercenter_img News News Receive email alerts OmanMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses to go further Organisation Oman: newspaper editor held over article about pressure on judiciary Newslast_img read more


Phil Lesh & Friends Announce Two-Night The Capitol Theatre Run With Jorma Kaukonen

first_imgPhil Lesh has announced a new pair of Phil & Friends shows at his east coast home-away-from-home, Port Chester, NY’s The Capitol Theatre. The newly revealed dates will take place on Tuesday, June 11th and Wednesday, June 12th. The shows are currently billed as Phil Lesh & Friends featuring Jorma Kaukonen. Beyond the Hot Tuna guitarist, the full band lineups for the performances have yet to be revealed.The announcement of these new shows coincides with the former Grateful Dead bassist’s successful 3-night 79th birthday run at The Capitol Theatre this past weekend, which featured John Scofield, Benmont Tench, Jackie Greene, Grahame Lesh, John Molo, May Helm, Luther Dickinson, and more.Tickets for the two June Phil & Friends shows at The Capitol Theatre are now available here (Tuesday, June 11th) and here (Wednesday, June 12th).For more upcoming Phil Lesh concert dates, head here.[H/T JamBase]last_img read more


B’way Grosses: The Great White Way Celebrates Another Record-Breaking Year

first_imgJulia Udine & James Barbour in ‘The Phantom of the Opera'(Photo: Matthew Murphy) View Comments The 2015-16 Broadway season ended on May 22, marking yet another record-breaking year. Attendance was up by 1.6% and grosses were up by 0.6% from the 2014-15 season, bringing in a total of 13.32 million theatergoers and $1.37 billion. For the first year in recorded Broadway history, average ticket prices went down (by $1.07). In the final week of the season, the usual five blockbusters—The Lion King, Hamilton, Wicked, Aladdin and The Book of Mormon—held the top spots. Just shy of making the frontrunners was The Phantom of the Opera, which after 28 years, still manages to reach seven figures from time to time. Meanwhile, new musicals On Your Feet! and Waitress had energizing weeks, while Tuck Everlasting and Fiddler on the Roof might need a boost to keep going strong; buzz and appearances up through the Tonys would certainly help.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending May 22:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($2,056,550)2. Hamilton ($1,764,808)3. Wicked ($1,673,967)4. Aladdin ($1,474,530)5. The Book of Mormon ($1,388,431)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Fun Home ($424,225)4. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ($409,027)3. Eclipsed ($332,255)2. Tuck Everlasting ($325,361)1. The Father ($295,322)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.53%)2. Hamilton (101.77%)3. Waitress (101.15%)4. Shuffle Along (100.62%)5. The Lion King (99.94%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Fiddler on the Roof (72.28%)4. Something Rotten! (71.80%)3. Tuck Everlasting (69.85%)2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (69.78%)1. Jersey Boys (66.08%)Source: The Broadway Leaguelast_img read more


Tales from the CryptoLocker: Dealing with ransomware

first_imgHello and welcome to my first blog post. I’m Andrew Morris, Regulatory Affairs Counsel at NAFCU, and I help develop NAFCU’s advocacy with regard to payments and cybersecurity issues. Today’s blog post will focus on ransomware and address what credit unions can do to prevent, respond to and recover from these types of attacks.As you have probably heard, a notorious variety of ransomware called “WannaCrypt” locked and disabled computer systems in at least 150 countries this past weekend. Beginning late last Friday, hospitals belonging to the U.K.’s NHS reported that their systems had been compromised, and not long after, the attack reached global proportions, with a second wave of attacks hitting countries in Asia on Monday. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


Ligue 1: Quickfire strikes put Marseille in sight of Champions League

first_imgBurkino Faso international Bertrand Traore gave the hosts the lead in the 21st minute when he stooped to head home Maxwel Cornet’s brilliant swinging cross.Strasbourg, who sit seventh, three points away from the European places, were level just before the break.Kevin Zohi latched onto Majeed Arsis’s through ball and slotted home as the Lyon defence and the linesman had their arms aloft for offside.The goal was initially ruled out but a VAR check showed that Zohi was onside before he fed his finish in off the post.The hosts struggled to break down Strasbourg in the second half. The visitors came within inches of snatching the win in the dying moments.With three minutes left Kenny Lala curled a shot off the post.Then Strasbourg somehow failed to grab the winner in stoppage time.Read Also: PSG without Neymar, Mbappe held 4-4 by lowly AmiensDimitri Lienard’s free kick from the touchline slapped the base of the post and sprung out to Alexander Djiku, who from centimetres out knocked the ball wide of the other upright as his teammates looked on in horror.Third-placed Rennes suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat to Reims.Brest moved seven points clear of the relegation zone after a 3-2 win against Saint-Etienne that plunges the 10-time French champions to within just two points of the drop.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Marseille hit back from a goal down to score twice in two minutes for a 2-1 win at Lille on Sunday which kept Andre Villas-Boas’ side comfortably on course for the Champions League. The victory gave second-placed Marseille an 11-point lead over Rennes in third spot in French Ligue 1 where champions Paris Saint-Germain still lead the way with a 10-point cushion. Winning moment for goal scorer Dario Benedetto Lille stay fourth but are 12 points behind Marseille in the race for the two automatic qualifying places for next season’s Champions League. “We didn’t do much in the first half, but in the second we had a lot of intensity and showed aggressiveness,” said Villas-Boas. “We had 70 minutes of defence and 20 minutes of attack.” He added: “We talked at half-time about what we would do if we got a goal. We played a decent match.” Nigerian international Victor Osimhen gave Lille a 51st-minute lead pouncing onto Jonathan Bamba’s pass to beat Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda for his 13th goal of the season, the same number as PSG’s Brazilian superstar Neymar. Neither coach Rudi Garcia nor the Lyon fans were satisfied with a draw against Strasbourg Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneLaugh, Cry, Or Just Relax With The Best Series Streaming On HBOBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?The Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Yearcenter_img But Marseille were level in the 67th minute when Reinildo turned a header from Valere Germain into his own goal before Argentine striker Dario Benedetto grabbed the winner two minutes later. A below-par Marseille could even afford the luxury of a missed penalty just on the hour when Lille keeper Mike Maignan saved from Valentin Rongier. Victory was the perfect way for Marseille to bounce back from Wednesday’s French Cup exit at the hands of Lyon. Lyon’s poor league form continued with a 1-1 home draw against Strasbourg at a blustery Groupama Stadium that leaves them languishing in mid-table. Rudi Garcia’s side are 11th on 34 points after a fourth match without a win, one in which the away side struck the post twice late on. “There wasn’t enough going forward,” said Garcia. “We didn’t create enough goal-scoring opportunities and we didn’t shoot enough at goal. We didn’t do enough as the home side.” Loading… last_img read more