Blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad freed after being held for 10 months

first_img RSF_en January 22, 2021 Find out more Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison Organisation News February 1, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Egypt Reporters Without Borders welcomes blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad’s release late yesterday under an amnesty announced on 21 January for around 2,000 civilians who had been convicted by military courts during the past year. Sanad, who had been detained for 10 months on a charge of insulting the armed forces, was freed from Cairo’s Tora prison late in the afternoon.His release was reported on Twitter by his brother, Mark, who said he was weak and tired, and had gone home to rest.“The release of Sanad, the post-Mubarak era’s first prisoner of conscience, is wonderful news for both his family and for all those who campaigned on his behalf,” Reporters Without Borders said. “His release is timely, coming on the eve of the Egyptian revolution’s first anniversary. His only crime was to exercise the fundamental right to free expression, a right often flouted by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces since the revolution.“The justice system must now overturn his conviction and declare him innocent. The relevant authorities must also be held accountable for his mistreatment and the harassment of his relatives. We will continue to monitor the situation in Egypt closely. On this very symbolic date, 25 January, we urge the authorities to stop using violence and judicial abuse to suppress all forms of criticism and to end the repeated arrests, interrogations and harassment of bloggers, netizens and journalists who criticize the Supreme Council’s record.”When Sanad’s brother, Mark, and members of his support committee went to Tora prison on the morning of 22 January to await his release, they were threatened and dispersed with violence by plainclothes policemen. Mark said the journalist Maikel Adel was physically attacked and taken inside the prison, where guards threatened to kill him.The blogger’s support committee told Reporters Without Borders that Amir Salem, Sanad’s lawyer, has filed a complaint against members of the prison’s staff, accusing them of physically attacking and injuring the blogger’s supporters.Sanad had been detained since 28 March 2011.Egypt plummeted 39 places (from 127th last year to 166th this year) in the press freedom index published today by Reporters Without Borders, because of the attempts by Hosni Mubarak’s government and then the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to rein in the revolution’s successive phases.Read the press release about the press freedom index for Middle East and North Africa.Video of Sanad’s first statement after his releaseRead Reporters Without Borders previous press releases about Maikel Nabil Sanad Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution Receive email alerts EgyptMiddle East – North Africa center_img News Help by sharing this information to go further Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff January 25, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad freed after being held for 10 months February 6, 2021 Find out more News News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

Mets Superfan Jim Breuer On Viral Recap Videos: ‘It’s My Passion’

first_imgWith goggles resting on his head in preparation for a champagne bath, he whips out a piece of paper—or as he puts it, “an MLB notice.”“Let’s see what it says,” he teases. “To the New York Mets…it says, you are off to the World Series to represent the National League!” Breuer belts as a friend showers him in bubbly. He proceeds to share in the Mets glory, joyously swinging his fist toward the camera and letting out primal screams. “Guess who I just found?” he says, walking near a dark space. “I just found Duda! He’s been hiding. Come on out, join the party!!” Of course, he was referring to first basemen Lucas Duda, who has had a dreadful postseason up until Wednesday. In the first inning, Duda rocked an offering into the stands for a three-run home run. He followed that up with a two-RBI double in the second. Breuer is classy in victory, but he can’t help himself. “By the way,” he tells us, “Chicago is the cleanest city in the world right now cause it just got swept!” And then to no one in particular: “Congratulation kids—the Mets. Who would’ve thought!?? Who would’ve thought?!? Let’s go Mets’ baby.” Breuer ends the video with a sinister laugh. The videos have been shot from a living room, inside a vehicle, in his garage, hotel rooms, and in the stands at Citi Field. His “WE BEAT LA!!!!” recap after the Mets won the division series garnered 1.7 million views. It’s a must-see, especially if you’re still a tad upset with reviled Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley. Some videos are heartfelt, like the one he made back on June 28 for Long Island’s Steven Matz’s debut. Other videos aren’t recaps at all. On Sept. 5, Breuer posted “A message to Matt Harvey” in which he criticizes the Mets ace for letting his agent speak for him. “You’re a grown man,” he tells the Dark Knight. Despite what happens the rest of the way, Breuer’s videos will forever be part of this Mets roller coaster season. It’s a sort-of digital yearbook that Mets fans could not do without. With the Mets headed to the Fall Classic, there will be more memorable videos to come. “All is great in my camp right now,” Breuer says. Here are some of our favorite Breuer Mets Recaps: Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The videos are often shaky, and without warning the guttural and euphoric screams emanating from our smartphone speakers approach ear-splitting levels.But for Mets fans, the shrieks and “Woo’s” are music to their ears. It’s like the snack you know you shouldn’t devour before bed, but you do anyway. You can’t go to sleep without it, because if you do, your Mets experience isn’t complete. They are the ballads of the Mets improbable season. For fans of the Amazins’—a nickname that perfectly suits this enthusiastic bunch of ball players—these selfie-shot “recaps” from none other than Mets superfan Jim Breuer, a Long Island native, provide the perfect punctuation to emotional victories, and even heartbreaking defeats. And Breuer is more than happy to oblige, diligently posting them to Facebook each night. Breuer began making the brief videos after he received some encouragement from his wife. Now, he tells the Press (more specifically, staffer Jaime Franchi, aka Breuer’s bestie), it’s his “passion, my joy, my hobby.” “Met fans are filled with passion,” he told her via text (as aforementioned, besties #poww), “loyalty & hope. This journey was like watching your child grow up & exceed all your hopes and expectations. They could of gave up on so many occasions. But they stuck together! So fun to watch them grow! Let’s Go Mets!!” Breuer’s initial video recaps, in which he stares intently at his phone’s front-facing camera and captures the jubilance of being a Mets fan in 2015, or provides a glimpse into their tortured souls, reached tens of thousands of viewers. As the pennant race reached a fevered pitch in late August and September, Breuer’s videos were receiving upwards of a million views. His latest, uploaded Wednesday evening following their emotional National League pennant-clinching victory over the helpless Cubs, will most likely be his most viral. And it’s Breuer at his best. Breuer is standing inside a friend’s kitchen. Bottles of beer are scattered on the table. A handful of people are standing, eager to celebrate. It’s been 15 long years since the Mets reached the World Series. Jeurys Familia puts the nail in the Cubs’ coffin with a called third strike. Forget about the celebration on the field, we’re more interested in Breuer. last_img read more

Weather blamed in crash that sent 4 to hospital by California Grill

first_imgVESTAL (WBNG) — The Vestal Police Department has confirmed with 12 News that four people were taken to the hospital following a two-car crash by California Grill. Two Vestal Ambulances, Vestal EMS and Union Ambulance are on the scene along with Vestal Police. VESTAL (WBNG) — Authorities are responding to separate car crashes on the Vestal Parkway Thursday morning. Dispatchers tell 12 News injuries are involved in both crashes but the severity of them is unknown. Vestal Police is on the scene. For information regarding traffic, go to 511NY’s website by clicking here. The department says “light snow and heavy wind” obscured a traffic light on the Vestal Parkway. It says this caused a vehicle travelling east on the parkway to strike a vehicle leaving Airborne Avenue. This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for further updates. —– 11:14 A.M. UPDATE: Additionally, a crash occurred by the Vestal Public Library. A 12 News crew at the scene said two vehicles were towed away from the crash. VESTAL (WBNG) — The crash by the Vestal Public Library has been cleared. 11:57 A.M. UPDATE: —–center_img —- Police tell 12 News that the Department of Motor Vehicles has been made alert of potential problems surrounding the traffic light. Vestal Police and ambulances remain at the scene of the crash by California Grill. The two crashes are located by the Vestal Public Library and California Grill. VESTAL (WBNG) — One lane of traffic is closed following a crash that occurred by the Vestal Parkway by California Grill. Authorities noted that the injuries sustained are suspected to be minor and the issuance of tickets is possible. Both scenes have been cleared as of noon. 12 News is working to confirm more details of both crashes. Dispatchers are unable to comment if the crashes are related to the weather. 12 News has a crew on the way to the scene. A 12 News crew at the scene reports one individual being taken away in an ambulance and two more individuals were being evaluated by EMTs. 11:20 A.M. UPDATE:last_img read more

West Florida Wins 10th Straight Match

first_img Oct. 20, 2007Box Score PENSACOLA, Fla. – In soggy conditions, West Florida (11-2-0, 6-0-0 GSC) poured on the goals en route to a 6-0 triumph over conference foe North Alabama (7-9-1, 1-3-1 GSC) Friday night at the UWF Sports Complex during the 2007 homecoming festivities. For the second straight match, Dernelle Mascall picked up a hat trick in the fixture as the Argonauts rolled to their 10th straight victory.Mascall collected all of her goals inside the first 30 minutes of the match giving West Florida a 3-0 lead. The sophomore’s first goal came in the 24 minute when she received a pass from Naila Owens and dribbled to the top of the box before rifling a shot past the keeper. Two minutes later Sheka Codenr hit a thru pass that left Mascall on a breakaway for the goal. The Trinidad native scored her 16th goal of the season at the 29:46 mark of the match, following a pair of good passes that found her in the box. Lura Carter sent the ball down into the corner of the field for Alison Riley, who placed the cross to Mascall for the goal. Mascall is now third in school history for single season goals three shy of the record.In the 36th minute, Riley notched her second goal of the season on a blast from outside the 18-yard box. The play was set up by Kristin Rhodes who flicked the ball to Riley, giving West Florida a 4-0 lead at the break.In the second half, the Argonauts continued to control the pace of the game and once again the defense stood strong as they out shot the Lions 16-1 in the half, 26-1 in the match.In the 68th minute, Jodi Galucci took a pass from Jordan McKenzie and out ran the defense for her 10th goal of the season.With less than two minutes left to go in the half Ursula Yeager dribble the ball deep into the Lions area before nailing a cross to Alex Avram who quickly tucked away the shot for her second goal of the season. It was Yeager’s first point of the year.It is Courtney Jones’ fifth straight clean sheet and eighth of the season. The sophomore keeper has allowed only one goal during conference play and her goals-against-average is 0.46 for the season. She is two shutouts shy of the West Florida season record of 13 set by Mandy Harland in 1998.The Argonauts will continue with Gulf South Conference play when they travel to West Georgia’s campus to take on the Wolves. Kick off is set for 12 p.m. CT and “Live Stats” will be available on the Women’s Soccer page at goargos.com. Print Friendly Version West Florida Wins 10th Straight Match Sharelast_img read more

Leinster handed tricky Euro test

first_img Matt O’Connor’s side, who beat Glasgow 34-12 in the final last month, have been paired with Harlequins, Castres and Wasps. Munster are in Pool One with Heineken Cup runners-up Saracens, Clermont Auvergne and Sale Sharks, which is arguably the hardest group. RaboDirect PRO12 champions Leinster have been drawn in Pool Two of the new European Rugby Champions Cup. Press Associationcenter_img Ulster will face Heineken Cup winners Toulon, Leicester and the Scarlets. English champions Northampton Saints will be in Pool Five alongside Racing Metro, Ospreys and Treviso, while in Pool Four Glasgow will meet Bath, Montpellier and Toulouse. The five pool winners and three best runners-up will secure quarter-final places. The draw has also been made for the second-tier European Rugby Challenge Cup, with Connacht grouped alongside Exeter Chiefs, La Rochelle and Bayonne. The European Rugby Champions Cup succeeds the Heineken Cup, which ran for 19 seasons and ended in Cardiff last month. After almost two years of negotiations, a new competition was forged in April comprising nine stakeholders – the six unions of competing teams, plus Premiership Rugby, France’s Ligue Nationale de Rugby and Regional Rugby Wales – in addition to the Challenge Cup and a third qualifying tournament. last_img read more

Watch: Declan Bonner pays tribute to Manus Kelly on day of ‘mixed emotions’

first_imgDONEGAL SENIOR football manager Declan Bonner paid a touching tribute to the late Manus Kelly last night.As Bonner led Donegal back into Donegal having been crowned Ulster champions yesterday, the Donegal manager told of the mixed emotions in the group following the tragic death of Glenswilly man Kelly.Kelly lost his life as a result of a horror crash as he competed in this year’s Donegal International – an event he won in each of the previous three years. News filtered through just over an hour before throw-in in the Ulster final.Tributes have been pouring in for the popular county councillor, businessman, rally driver and county councillor.“I knew Manus Kelly very well,” Bonner said at the homecoming in Donegal Town.“It was very, very difficult, I have to say.” Declan Bonner during Sunday’s Ulster final. Photo Evan LoganKelly was deeply immersed in the Glenswilly GAA club and was managed them to a Senior C Championship win in 2016.Kelly was a club-mate of Donegal captain Michael Murphy. News of the tragedy was conveyed to the Donegal dressing room after their win over Cavan in the Ulster final and the mood was sombre as they processed the news.Murphy did not attend the homecoming with vice-captain Hugh McFadden carrying the Anglo-Celt into Donegal Town and addressing the crowd.Bonner said: “The players were kept away from it.“Manus wasn’t just a rally person. He went into politics and he was a real, massive Donegal GAA follower. It was difficult to keep it from the Glenswilly guys, who were very close to him. “There is a feeling of mixed emotions. Last year, it was great to be back in charge personally and win against Fermanagh.“There are mixed emotions for the group, for the Kelly family, who are massive Donegal GAA followers.”Yesterday morning, MK Rallying’s Facebook page posted a picture of Manus Kelly and his co-driver Donall Barrett holding a Donegal flag with the message: ‘Best of luck to Donegal today from Manus Kelly and Donall Barrett💚💛’This evening, the Donegal County Board released the following statement:  “Our sympathies are with the family of Manus Kelly, his friends and his close associates in CLG Gleann tSúilí following his tragic death yesterday.“Donegal reveres its sporting hero’s and Manus was certainly one of those. While motor rallying was his chosen sport he also had a special association with the GAA through his involvement with Glenswilly as a player, manager and coach and he was a quiet and unsung, but generous, sponsor of the county team.“He was one of life’s gentlemen and will be sorely missed by all. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.” Advertisement Watch: Declan Bonner pays tribute to Manus Kelly on day of ‘mixed emotions’ was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:2019 Ulster SFCDeclan BonnerDonegal TownFanad HeadglenswillyHugh McFaddenManus KellyMichael Murphylast_img read more

Best BigCo of 2009

first_imgTags:#2009 in Review#Features#web#Year in Review In one of ReadWriteWeb’s longest-running traditions, every year we review the top Internet companies and their impact over the past 12 months. Today we’re announcing the 6th annual Best BigCo, a.k.a. big Internet company. Next week we’ll announce Best LittleCo and Most Promising Company.In 2008 the Best BigCo went to Apple, due largely to the iPhone and App Store. Facebook won in 2007, Google in 2006 and 2004, and Yahoo! in 2005. Who will be Best BigCo of 2009? Will Apple be the first company to win it two years running? Will Google win the honor for a 3rd year? How about Facebook, which grew significantly this year. Let’s find out…Best BigCo of 2009 The ReadWriteWeb team has chosen Google as our Best BigCo of 2009! Google last won it in 2006 and this is the third time we’ve honored the Mountain View company.Google is without question the predominant Internet company of our time; in large part because it continues to innovate and stay one step ahead of its competition.In our top 100 products list for 2009, seven Google products made the cut:Android platformGoogle App EngineGoogle Apps Google Chrome Google Maps Google Search Options and Rich Snippets Google VoiceAnd we didn’t even include Google Wave, its biggest launch of the year. We think Wave has a lot of potential, but it’s clearly at the experimental stage still. The web browser Chrome was probably the Google product that had the biggest impact this year. Launched in late 2008, Chrome still only holds a small share of the browser market and doesn’t offer a stable version for OSX or Linux yet. However it has already changed the browser market. As we wrote in our Top 10 Consumer Web Apps of 2009 review, Chrome’s relentless focus on speed helped to reignite the browser wars, and is changing the way developers and Google’s competitors think about browsers.Chrome is also the basis for Google’s upcoming Chrome OS, designed for netbooks – a growing fad in computers. So expect to see a lot more of Chrome in 2010.Runners-Up: Apple, Facebook It’s been another good year for Apple and its iPhone platform. The iPhone is the leading smartphone in the market and the App Store now features over 100,000 applications. This year, as we mentioned in our Top 10 Web Platforms of 2009 review, Apple extended the SDK with version 3.0 of the iPhone OS. The updates included better support for 3D gaming, augmented reality apps, easier access to maps, in-app purchases and support for push notifications. With these kinds of improvements, we expect Apple to continue its success on the mobile Web in 2010 – despite increasing competition from Google’s Android platform.Facebook had a stellar year too, passing the 300 million active user mark in September. It also continued to add features to the site, ranging from vanity URLs to a new sharing widget and a focus on real-time updates of its users’ news streams. Facebook’s user base is increasingly diverse, and it is now clearly the number one social network in the world, leaving MySpace in its dust. What’s more, Facebook’s user base is now bigger than the population of all but three countries in the world.Honorable Mentions: Microsoft, Amazon, AdobeWhile Microsoft continued to struggle with its Windows Live brand, it did come out with at least one compelling new product in 2009. Until earlier this year, Google didn’t have any serious competition in the search market. But with the launch of Microsoft’s Bing in July, users suddenly had a new choice of search engine. Bing bills itself as a “decision engine” and its market share has climbed steadily over the last few months. Microsoft keeps adding interesting new features like visual search, hover previews, integrated Twitter search and a smart integration of some of Wolfram Alpha’s most compelling features.We also recognized Windows Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, among our Top Products of 2009. Amazon had another good year in 2009. Its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) was one of our top 100 products this year. However Amazon had the most impact this year with a piece of hardware: its e-book reader, the Kindle. In May, Amazon unveiled the Kindle DX, featuring a 9.7-inch display that is about two-and-a-half-times larger than the Kindle 2. November was Amazon’s best month ever for Kindle sales, and, according to the company, the Kindle is the “most wished for, the most gifted, and the #1 bestselling product across all product categories on Amazon.” Very few Web platforms have the cross-platform reach of Adobe AIR. It allows developers to create one application and run it on all of the major operating systems. This year Adobe launched AIR 2, which now allows developers to access mass storage devices, drag-and-drop support for remote files and rudimentary support for P2P networking. In addition, AIR 2 enables developers to use the multi-touch capabilities of modern screens.Also Rans Unfortunately, the less said about Yahoo!, AOL, Mozilla, eBay – the better. It hasn’t been a great year for any of them. Yahoo! struggled gamely and impressed us with its YQL (Yahoo Query Language) and SearchMonkey. But it is far from the Internet force it was in 2005, when we named it our Best BigCo. Yahoo still has a wide reach and is very popular amongst mainstream audiences, but it just isn’t the force it once was.AOL has resorted to becoming a content farm in order to compete, eBay has squandered a valuable asset in Skype, and Mozilla – while continuing to innovate – has been hurt by Google’s Chrome browser entering the market.Now let us know your thoughts. Do you think that Google deserves the Best BigCo of 2009?Ed: Thanks Frederic Lardinois, one of our writers whose year-end posts I liberally quoted from to create this article! Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Contentious IOC meetings kick off with Olympics set to open

first_img2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum Castro worried about chemistry as Gilas yet to have full practices International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach leads the 132nd IOC Session prior to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — IOC President Thomas Bach called it “a lively and spirited debate.”That’s an understatement.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Pound then asked for time to respond. And he shot back.“I think it’s extremely inappropriate to turn this in to an ad hominem (a character attack),” Pound said. “The fact I have a different opinion from others … does not mean I am not entitled to the opinion. I think it’s very unfortunate in a collegial gathering like this to suggest that I am not entitled to give that opinion.”As Pound and Werthein clashed, 32 Russian athletes on Tuesday filed yet more appeals with the Court of Arbitration for Sport seeking spots in the games. The 32 failed to pass IOC vetting and were not invited.The CAS decision is expected on Wednesday.“We’re not fearful in any way,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams said. “We wait for the decision tomorrow. We’re very confident with the stance we’ve taken.”The IOC expects 168 Russian athletes who have been deemed “clean” to participate in the games under the banner of “Olympic Athletes from Russia,” absent any national flags, uniforms or national logos.The contentious issue of the Russian ban, and the way it was handled by the IOC, threatens to overshadow the games themselves with 3,000 athletes expected to compete.“We have to change and learn from this difficult situation,” Bach said.The IOC will hope to shift the focus to good news as North Korean and South Korean athletes compete alongside each other under a symbolic deal aimed at easing tension on the Korean peninsula. Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH With the Winter Olympics set to open in only three days, Bach faced a barrage of criticism — and entrenched support — from roughly 100 International Olympic Committee members on Tuesday over the decision to exclude many Russian athletes from the Pyeongchang Games.Two members — Richard Pound and Gerardo Werthein — got into a nasty exchange on the floor of the spacious meeting room, rare in the genteel traditions of the Olympic body.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPound is the IOC’s longest-serving member, and he was among more than a dozen to air views in what he called “the matter of Russian doping activities.” Pound is also the former president of WADA, the world body charged with policing doping in sports.“I believe that in the collective mind of a significant portion of the world, and among the athletes of the world, the IOC has not only failed to protect athletes, but has made it possible for cheating athletes to prevail against the clean athletes,” Pound said, describing the IOC’s world as a “comfortable cocoon.” LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers “We talk more than we walk,” Pound added. “The athletes and the public at large … no longer have confidence that their interests are being protected. Our commitment to both is in serious doubt. With respect, I don’t think we can talk our way out of this problem.”Werthein jumped in, siding with Bach and going directly after Pound with the other 100 members listening.“For some reason if Mr. Pound doesn’t agree, then it’s wrong,” Werthein said. “We have to understand that this is not Mr. Pound’s organization. But this is the IOC.”Werthein went on, calling what some of what Pound says “very unfair.”“He makes statements that create an environment of doubt,” Werthein added. “In one way it discredits the work that is being done in the IOC.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more