Judge says verdict in blogger’s trial will be given on 22 February

first_img Help by sharing this information February 2, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Judge says verdict in blogger’s trial will be given on 22 February to go further February 1, 2021 Find out more January 22, 2021 Find out more The verdict in the trial of imprisoned blogger Abdel Kareem Nabil Suleiman will be delivered on 22 February, Alexandria judge Ayman al-Akazi announced yesterday at the end of the trial’s second court session yesterday.Suleiman, who used the pseudonym of Kareem Amer for his blog, was yesterday accused of “apostasy” by one of the team of prosecuting lawyers, Mohamed Dawoud, who already spoke out against him during the first hearing on 25 January. Dawoud called for “the maximum penalty for one who has insulted God, his Prophet and the Koran.”Defence lawyers responded that the prosecution case was incomplete and that Suleiman could not be convicted of Internet-related offences that do not appear in Egypt’s criminal code.Suleiman, who is pleading not guilty, said: “I was simply expression my views… I had no intention of insulting Islam or President Mubarak.” He is facing a possible 11-year prison sentence on charges of inciting hatred of Islam, defaming the president and spreading rumours likely to disturb the peace in blog posts critical of Islam.——————–25.01.07Trial of blogger Kareem Amer adjourned to 1st FebruaryFollowing a hearing before a court in Alexandria, on 25 January 2007, the judge agreed to a request from his lawyers to adjourn the trial of blogger, Abdel Kareem Nabil Suleiman, who writes under the penname Kareem Amer, until 1st February. Reporters Without Borders points out that he faces up to 11 years in prison for “incitement to hatred of Islam”, “defamation” of the Egyptian president and “spreading rumours disturbing public order”. The organisation calls on Cairo-based diplomats to take advantage of the adjournment to intervene with the Egyptian authorities on the blogger’s behalf.The defence lawyers chiefly asked for the adjournment so that a computer expert could be called, capable of identifying the country where a website to which Kareem Amer was said to contribute – Modern discussions (www.rezgar.com) – is hosted, since if it could be proved that it is hosted abroad, the Egyptian justice system could be barred from ruling on the case.A lawyer named Mohamed Dawoud has also asked the judge to be allowed to appear against the blogger at the trial. If his request is accepted, he would give evidence in support of the charge of “incitement to hatred of Islam” put forward by the prosecutor.——————————22.01.07 – Justice minister asked to intercede on behalf of blogger “Kareem Amer”Reporters Without Borders and the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information wrote to justice minister Mamdouh Marei today asking him to intercede on behalf of Abdel Kareem Nabil Suleiman (better known by his blogger pseudonym of Kareem Amer), whose trial is due to start on 25 January in Alexandria. Held since 6 November, he faces up to nine years in prison for posting articles critical of Islam on his blog (www.karam903.blogspot.com). “We hope you will follow this case closely and ensure that this young blogger is released soon,” the press freedom organisation said in its letter. “The freedom with which Suleiman expresses himself may cause displeasure, but he must assume responsibility for what he writes, which poses no danger to national security. A prison sentence would therefore bring disgrace on the Egyptian judicial system and sully your country’s image. Particularly because Article 151 of the Egyptian Constitution stipulates that any agreement signed and ratified by Egypt becomes part of domestic law and applied like any other legislation. Egypt signed the International Covenant for Civil and Political Right, in which articles 18 and 19 clearly stipulate everyone’s right to freedom of expression, opinion, thought, conscience and religion. Subsequently, no one should ever be imprisoned for a press offence or for the views they express.”The letter added: “We would also like to draw your attention to the harsh conditions in which this young blogger is being held and the worrying state of his health. He has been in solitary confinement for more than two months. This has left him very weak and has affected him psychologically.”Suleiman is charged with inciting hatred of Islam, defaming the Egyptian president, spreading rumours likely to disturb the peace, and damaging Egypt’s reputation. His blogs regularly criticised the religious and authoritarian excesses of President Hosni Mubarak’s government. He also criticised Egypt’s highest religious institutions including the Sunni university of Al-Azhar, where he studied law.Egypt is on the list of the 13 Internet enemies which Reporters Without Borders compiled in 2006. News Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison News February 6, 2021 Find out more Organisation Kareem Amer in court, in a prisoner’s white uniform————————-Create your blog with Reporters Without Borders : www.rsfblog.org News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff News Follow the news on Egypt RSF_en EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution Receive email alertslast_img read more

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Fire Station 33 Open House Planned

first_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News Subscribe More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week HerbeautyWeird Types Of Massage Not Everyone Dares To TryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Massage Techniques That Will Make You Return For MoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Are Indian Women’s Best Formulas For Eternal BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeauty The public is invited to the first in a series of Fire Station Open House events planned by the Pasadena Fire Department that will first start at Fire Station 33, 515 N. Lake Ave., 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 22, 2015. Free parking will be available at the Lake Avenue Church, off Villa Street.Fire Chief Bertral Washington said the Station 33 Open House will kick-off a series of similar events showcasing all eight fire stations. Other open house events will be announced in the near future. Fire apparatus displays, station tours and live demonstrations will be highlighted along with the opportunity to meet the men and women of the Pasadena Fire Department.Each open house will highlight a different theme related to the City and its Fire Department, Chief Washington said. “Disaster Preparedness” is the theme for the Aug. 22 event during which the Department will announce details of the City’s new “Disaster Information Sites” program for the public. Other City Departments and community partners will be at the Aug. 22 open house to highlight additional disaster preparedness-related programs and services.The City is designating Disaster Information Sites to be located outside each Pasadena Fire Station to distribute emergency public information when other traditional means of communication become unreliable after a major disaster or emergency.Currently, Stations 33, 34 and 38 are equipped as Disaster Information Sites and other stations will be ready later this year. The sites will also help provide a way for neighborhoods to relay local information to the City’s Emergency Operations Center when it is activated.For further information, please contact Lisa Derderian at (626) 744-7276. Public Safety Fire Station 33 Open House Planned On Saturday, August 22 Published on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 | 11:22 am faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community Newslast_img read more

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Brantley bags a turkey

first_imgLatest Stories Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Jerald Brantley of the Banks community is not like most 99-year-old men.That’s why it was that he was sitting “in the weeds” at the crack of day clucking like a hen. And, that also why Brantley now has an old tom turkey with a 4-inch beard to his partial credit. You Might Like PLAS open playoffs with Wilcox Academy The hunt for a championship begins now. After finishing the regular season with a 31-6 overall record, an AISA Class… read more By The Penny Hoarder Published 7:36 pm Wednesday, April 27, 2011 Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day The turkey had only a 4-inch beard but Jerald Brantley will be 100 years old in six weeks and, “If it didn’t have a beard at all I was going to kill it, because my granddaddy called it up,” the younger Brantley said.Jerald Brantley said that, in his younger days, he’d “flattened” rabbits, squirrels and turkeys all over the country.“Back then up around the Uchee Creek and along the Alabama River there were wild turkeys everywhere,” he said. “But there were no game laws and folks shot turkeys just to be shooting something. Just about wiped them all out.”Brantley said he likes to turkey hunt because an old tom is a cunning bird.“He’s not just going to walk out of the woods so you can kill him,” he said. “You’ve got to work at it. You’ve got to trick him out. You’ve got to sound like an old hen and my favorite way to call is with a box call. Those old toms are hard to hit because they’ve been shot at so many times. They’ve gotten smart.”Brantley remembered an old gobbler that he had been trying to harvest “forever.”“He came over the ridge and out in the pasture, strutting real big but he wasn’t coming to me,” Brantley said. “I was sitting on a log at the edge of the swamp. I was too far off but I shot and knocked him down. I got closer and shot again. When I got to him, he had his fantail all stretched out. I said, ‘You got me up at four o’clock all these mornings and you are my turkey now.’ That felt real good.”Brantley said the old gobbler weighed about 21 pounds.“I went all over the county weighing him,” he said, laughing. “But, what I was really doing was showing him off.”A lot of hunters can top a 21-pound turkey, but now, Brantley’s got something else to show off – the four-inch beard of a tom that a 99-year-old man called up. Book Nook to reopen Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Next UpWith his 100th birthday coming up in June, Brantley’s list of “things I want to do in my first 100 years” included “flattening another turkey gobbler.”Brantley knew that shooting a turkey would not be as easy as it was, say, 10 years ago. He also knew that if the old tom approached in such a way that he had to swing the gun around, he would just be whistling Dixie. So, he asked his grandson, Mark Brantley, to join him on the hunt.The plan was for the elder Brantley to call the turkey and for the younger Brantley to pull the trigger.center_img Email the author Both were equal to the task.“I called the turkey up using a Lynch’s 101 model box call. I don’t use those reed calls cause I’d lose my false teeth,” Jerald Brantley said, with a chuckle.Brantley did some of the best box calling of his many years and it didn’t take long for the tom to come “looking for the ladies.”“My granddaddy just can’t get the gun around quick enough to shoot now but he loves the woods and he still knows how to use a box call,” Mark Brantley said. “He was a big help in getting the end product.” Brantley bags a turkey Sponsored Content Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… By Jaine Treadwell Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Print Article Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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Gold Coast real estate: why the Hinterland is so popular

first_img22-30 Eagles Retreat Place, Tamborine Mountain.A SPRAWLING Tamborine Mountain estate on the market for almost two years has finally sold for $2.25 million to a Brisbane-based family.Eagles Retreat, complete with a helicopter pad and giant chess set, first hit the market in November 2016 and was taken to auction twice through Ray White Prestige Gold Coast. The luxury four-bedroom house at 22-30 Eagles Retreat Place, was designed and built by Brett and Denise McMahon in 2008 after they were drawn to the panoramic view of the Coast.“They are comparable with those of the (Sydney) Harbour Bridge from our last home in Point Piper, Sydney” Mr McMahon told the Gold Coast Bulletin when it first hit the market.“It is a uniquely elegant, private getaway, yet a walk to terrific restaurants, shops and cafes.“It’s close to everything, designed for the owners, family and friends to enjoy a world-class entertainer’s home with stunning, panoramic views.”Property records reveal the pair paid $265,000 for the 1.04ha parcel of land in 2003.Inside the house, the ‘great room’ as it is affectionately called by the McMahons, is the heart of the house — it combines a dining, lounge, snooker table and games area that flows out to the terrace. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoEntertain in style. In the end, Josh Thomas of Ray White Prestige, managed to secure a buyer for property, dubbed Tamborine Mountain’s “most luxurious home”.“There had been consistent interest in the property since it hit the market,” Mr Thomas said.“It’s a very unique opportunity with a bespoke design so it was always going to attract a particular market.“There were multiple offers on it during the campaigns we have had on it.” 22-30 Eagles Retreat Place, Tamborine Mountain offers a panoramic view of the Gold Coast. Fancy a game of pool? A 13m lap pool, outdoor spa and underfloor heating are among the property’s luxury features.Mr Thomas said the sale was bittersweet for the ­owners. “I think they were very attached to the property because the design was personal to them,” he said.“Like any property you build and design from scratch, selling is going to be a bittersweet undertaking but at the end of the day their goal was to sell it.”He said the Hinterland property market was going from strength to strength.“People are waking up to the knowledge that you can have quite a lot of acreage at an affordable price and still be half an hour to the beach” he said. “It’s a fantastic lifestyle to have.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59 One of the bathrooms. No detail was spared in the design. What a view! Anyone for a game of chess?last_img read more

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NIS unveils jubilee commemorative stamp

first_imgTo mark its 50 years of service to the citizens of Guyana, the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) on Tuesday celebrated the jubilee anniversary with the unveiling of its commemorative stamp.The National Insurance Scheme (NIS) commemorative stampThis achievement was observed during opening remarks at a simple ceremony at the Umana Yana.The agency’s long-standing service to Guyana and the significance of its existence for the past years was recognised by Deputy Postmaster Jessemy Lynch of the Guyana Post Office Cooperation (GPOC) during opening remarks at the ceremony.“NIS plays a pivotal role in all of our lives whether private sector employees, public sector employees, whether we benefit directly or indirectly. It plays in a pivotal role in providing social security to the citizens of Guyana,” she stated.To this, Lynch added that the commissioning of the anniversary stamp is timely, as it reflects the agency’s history within the country.“Postage stamps are used by nations to portray their history, their culture, as well as other historical subjects. It is a major way in which subjects are noticed and re-promoted. In this manner, today NIS has been immortalized,” the Deputy Postmaster noted.Meanwhile, Finance Minister Winston Jordan told the gathering that there is need to review the social security agency’s financial sustainability plan.Jordan was at the time referring to a 2016 International Monetary Fund (IMF) report which was conducted on social security schemes in the Caribbean and found that challenges are faced with regards to the maintenance of the sustainability plan, inclusive of Guyana.last_img read more

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Renewed warnings on Samsung Note 7

first_imgAviation authorities are ramping up warnings about the Samsung Note 7 smartphone as problems with supposedly safe replacement units have prompted the Korean manufacturer to halt production.The US Federal Aviation Administration and Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority  have  renewed warnings in recent days urging passengers not to use the phone on aircraft.“We’re urging all passengers with this phone—including replacement devices—to follow the instructions of their airline,’’ CASA said on Tuesday.“If there are no instructions, then passengers should switch-off the phone, refrain from use or charging and not pack it in their checked luggage.’’Airlines around the world have been warning passengers about using the Note 7 after a slew of problems with the smartphone’s battery catching fire or overheating.Samsung recalled 2.5 million units but was forced to halt production when purportedly safe replacement phones also overheated.The BBC reported that owners were expected to be able to return the phones for a refund or an exchange for a different Samsung phone.”We recently readjusted the production volume for thorough investigation and quality control, but putting consumer safety as top priority, we have reached a final decision to halt production of Galaxy Note 7s,” Samsung said in a statement. “For the benefit of consumers’ safety, we stopped sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note 7 and have consequently decided to stop production.”Smartphones have become  a problem for airlines and many have started warning passengers not to move their seats and to call cabin crew if they lose their phone. This follows a number of instances where phones began smoking after they were crushed by the seat mechanism as passengers  attempted  to retrieve them.last_img read more

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They Did It! One Team Reports Success in the $1m Netflix Prize

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#news#Recommendation Engines#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market In October 2006 online movie rental company Netflix announced a contest called The Netflix Prize; any team that could beat its in-house recommendation engine by 10% in predicting which movies people would like would win a $1 million prize. It was a huge engineering challenge that more than 50,000 teams of computer scientists signed up to take. Today one team, a combination of four of the front running teams actually, announced that it has built a system that delivers a 10.05% improvement.If that team withstands the month long period of scrutiny that begins now, it will not only mean fame and (some) fortune for them and a big boost for Netflix – it could signal a key turning point for recommendation technology on the web.The international team, called BellKor’s Pragmatic Chaos, is made up of researchers from AT&T, Yahoo! Research Israel, Commendo Research and Consulting in Austria and Montreal’s Pragmatic Theory.In January of this year, we took an in-depth at the Netflix Prize, asking if 2009 could be the year that the goal would be met. In that post we discussed a New York Times profile of the contest as well, where we learned that the company’s existing recommendation engine called Cinematch is credited with driving 60% of Netflix’s rentals. That system is especially good at predicting “long tail” movies, older more obscure titles that are less well known but make up 70% of what Netflix customers pick. Improvements in Cinematch’s effectiveness plateaued in 2006 and the move to offer a big cash prize for outside innovators has captured the imagination of thousands of engineers and their fans.How Does it Work?How do you judge improvements on recommendations? Netflix provides contest participants with huge piles of anonymous data about what movies certain customers rated highly, then the teams built algorithms to predict which movies other customer profiles would rate highly based on past patterns. BellKor’s Pragmatic Chaos says it can now guess what people will like with a 10% improvement over Cinematch’s success rate.That gets difficult when movies like Napoleon Dynamite, which some people loved and other people hated, get thrown into the mix. It’s nearly impossible to predict whether a person will like films like that.Most of the predictive recommendation systems entered in the Netflix Prize are reported to be quite similar – so we asked in January whether it was going to take a radical breakthrough to top 10% instead of just continued iteration.That breakthrough may have come when the four teams put their heads together, or it may have been an iterative victory. Time and science will tell.Some people believe that recommendation as a technology has the potential to be even bigger than search. In our favorite article on the subject, written eight-teen months ago now, Dr. Rick Hangartner, Chief Scientist at recommendation engine Strands, puts it like this:In the near term, search engines will increasingly incorporate simple recommender technologies to handle approximate queries (e.g. “You asked for this, and based on similar queries/behavior by others, you might be looking for this.”). But in the long term, the recommender industry will be larger, and recommender technologies will be more pervasive than the search industry and search technology as we know it. [Because there will be recommendation going on all over the web.] Related Posts last_img read more

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This also makes the beautiful spiral design on the

first_imgThis also makes the beautiful spiral design on the ceiling more visible. August 24, 2015This continues our report on interior renovation of East Housing, see initial report about plans on 7/24/2015.[photos and text by Sue Kirsch]Part of the second floor loft has been removed to brings more light into the second floor space. Utilities manager Scott Riley is touring the site with the planning team to talk in detail about the upcoming changes.More to come.last_img

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