News Follow the news on Egypt Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Organisation Amer, who has served three-quarters of his sentence, should have been released, but the regime has opposed it. He was sentenced to four years in prison for “insulting the president” and “inciting hatred of Islam”, on 22 February 2007, after he posted an article on a web forum seen as critical of the government. Egypt is on a list of 12 “Internet Enemies” drawn up by Reporters Without Borders http://en.rsf.org/internet-enemie-egypt,36679.html Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution RSF_en February 1, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders has called for the case to be dropped against blogger Wael Abbas whose appeal opens tomorrow in Cairo for having sold communications services without a licence. Neither he nor his lawyers were informed of his trial on these charges and he was sentenced to six months in prison and fined 500 Egyptian pounds (65 euros) in his absence. “This trial has been completed trumped-up. Wael Abbas should be acquitted. These repeated charges demonstrate that the authorities are hounding a blogger who is not afraid to express himself openly”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “It reveals the regime’s political repression towards critical voices”, it added.The organisation also pointed out that the bloggers Hani Nazeer and Kareem Amer are both still imprisoned in Bourg al-Arab jail in Alexandria. Nazeer was arrested in October 2008 for posted a link on his website to a book seen as insulting to Islam. He was threatened in his village as a result and fled. The police, instead of protecting him, tried to apprehend him. Nazeer gave himself him up after they threatened to arrest his brothers and sisters. Since then he has been held, without trial, on the basis of an administrative decision of the interior minister under the state of emergency law, even though courts have six times ordered his release. EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison February 6, 2021 Find out more January 22, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information April 28, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Hounding of bloggers continues News to go further News
Don’t forget to get your entries in by 6 April for the National Association of Master Bakers’ Competitions to be held at Bakers’ Fair Spring, with trophies presented by celebrity Linda Lusardi.Taking place at Newbury Racecourse on Sunday 10 April, the new event for 2011 will play host to competitions available to all bakers consisting of seven classes for bakers and three classes held jointly with the National Federation of Meat and Food Traders.The classes, sponsored by Rank Hovis, include: a celebration cake inspired by the Royal Wedding; hot cross buns; crusty brown rolls; an 800g farmhouse loaf; and cold-eat meat pasties (joint category).For more information or to download an entry form visit www.bakersfair.co.uk.
[Video: Jørgen Pedersen] It’s always great when Jimmy Fallon and Paul Rudd release new shot-by-shot recreations of classic music videos. In the past, the duo has brilliantly recreated Styx’s “Too Much Time On My Hands” (see a side-by-side comparison here), though Fallon semi-frequently releases music video recreations solo on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Now, Fallon and Rudd have added a new music video to their catalog with their on-point mimicry of Go West’s 1990 hit, “King Of Wishful Thinking”.Go West’s “King Of Wishful Thinking” was released in 1990, though later made it onto the group’s fourth studio album, Indian Summer, in 1992. However, the song is probably best known for its role in the movie Pretty Woman, during which it partially provided the soundtrack during the movie’s opening credit sequence.In Fallon and Rudd’s music video for “King Of Wishful Thinking”, the pair hilariously and precisely take on recreating all the absurd elements within Go West’s original video. You can watch Rudd and Fallon’s stand-alone take, as well as a side-by-side comparison put together by Jørgen Pedersen, below.Paul Rudd & Jimmy Fallon – “King Of Wishful Thinking”[Video: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon] Side-By-Side Comparison Of “King Of Wishful Thinking”
The ‘Diamond Mile’, the richest race in the history of horseracing in the English-speaking Caribbean, was completed at Caymanas Park last Saturday. The day saw 14 races being completed with record attendance, a record handle (money bet on the races), great dividends, and exciting finishes. Sponsors were there in their numbers; no money was spared in the preparation of the in-field for special guests; and a good time should have been had by all. Wrong. Whereas all the above is in fact true, the regulators had to have their now mandatory stab at “spoiling the party”. In the 10th race of the day, the betting favourite was horse number two, Silver Cloud. After being loaded into the starting gate, the horse squatted/fell in the gate, throwing the jockey head over heels (a poop-a-lick) backwards on to the surface. Luckily, the jockey was not hurt and quickly picked himself up and did some checks to make sure that he was all right. absolute shock To the absolute shock of racing fans, the horse was not removed from the gate for inspection by the veterinarian on duty at the gate. Our shock turned into dismay as the horse staggered out of the gate and trailed the field home, obviously feeling some effect of the fall. In every other racing jurisdiction where the safety of the participants (horse and rider) is the priority of paid individuals, that horse would have been examined out of the starting gate BEFORE the horse was allowed to start! But this is racing in Jamaica. who cares? If the horse is seriously injured and falls during the race, injuring the rider and possibly any of the other participants, oops, who won? Can this sport be allowed to continue like this? Apparently, YES. No one cares. No one is accountable. The day was an economic and sponsors success. So what? Divestment IS the only answer. However, with a somnolent Divestment Committee “waiting on Godot”, nothing even close to an announcement will come until a few days before the election, which has now been pushed back to “one day soon”. HELP! privileged positions The much-anticipated and longed-for meeting of the West Indies Cricket Board and the CARICOM subcommittee on cricket was held last Friday. After a three-hour meeting, the recommended dissolution of the board was not discussed as the reports out of the meeting suggest that the board has no intention of giving up its privileged positions. They have agreed to meet again on December 13, and, hopefully, the anxious West Indian fans will hear something from Mr Pybus and ‘President Dave’ about the recent revelation from reinstated coach Phil Simmons. Simmons had mentioned, before a failed attempt to silence him, that there was outside interference in the selection of the West Indies team. Fans of West Indies cricket (the “few” of us left) know that the only hope for the resurrection of cricket in the region rests solely on the removal of a group of men described by one of their own (Baldath Mahabir) as “unprofessional, tardy, or lax in many instances”. As our ancestors have taught us, “If fish come from river bottom and say that shark down there, believe him”. Administrators of sports worldwide will not give up their privileged position no matter what. FIFA continues trying to run football as the majority of that body’s executive is arrested on numerous charges. Sports can be saved. We the people have to insist on transparency and integrity of those who “volunteer” to run sports. We have to!