After long jail term, Moroccan journalist hit by heavy damages award

first_imgNews Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara April 15, 2021 Find out more December 7, 2018 After long jail term, Moroccan journalist hit by heavy damages award RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance News Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns Morocco’s judicial harassment of the journalist Taoufik Bouachrine, who was ordered to pay 1.4 million dirhams (130,000 euros) in libel damages to two government ministers on appeal yesterday. Last month, he was sentenced to 12 years in prison on sexual assault charges. April 28, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts to go further News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News Help by sharing this information June 8, 2021 Find out more The publisher of the Arabic-language daily Akhbar al-Youm, Bouachrine was originally ordered to pay 450,000 dirhams (45,000 euros) in damages for claiming that the agriculture and economy ministers changed an article in the 2016 finance law for their own personal benefit. Yesterday’s ruling tripled the amount. The ministers filed the suit in 2015.“We condemn the judicial harassment to which Taoufik Bouachrine is being subjected,” RSF said. “The amount of damages he has been ordered to pay is out of all proportion and shows that the Moroccan authorities are bent on throttling Akhbar al Yaoum and maintaining the pressure on Bouachrine.”Bouachrine is the subject of other prosecutions including the sexual assault case in which he was given the 12-year sentence in November. He was also ordered to pay each of the eight victims compensation ranging from 100,000 to 500,000 dirhams (10,000 to 50,000 euros). Bouachrine has always denied the assault allegations and, as RSF noted last month, many doubts surround the verdict.Morocco is ranked 135th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Organisation Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment RSF_en last_img read more

Tougher legislation on anti-social activity

first_img Previous articleDiscover Limerick Website Is LaunchedNext articleDingle is the foodie Mecca for opening weekend in October admin CURRENTLY nearing completion is a new antisocial behaviour strategy that Limerick City Council is preparing to adopt in the near future.Members of the city council’s Housing Committee have been notified by City Hall’s director of services, Kieran Lehane, that a draft strategy will shortly be available.  “It is my intention to consult with the groups who make submissions, in particular, the Limerick Regeneration Agency, as well as our legal advisors in the next two to three weeks,” he said.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “When this consultation process has been completed, I will hold a special meeting of the Social Policy and Housing Committee to discuss the strategy and to make a recommendation for its adoption to the council’.Referring to the recent establishment of a free phone Anti Social Behaviour Complaint Line – 1800 283 064, Mr Lehane said that since it was launched in May, a total of 115 complaints had been received to mid August.“These complaints have all been investigated and have been resolved or are being resolved, in so far as the legislation available to the council allows”.The city council is required to adopt an Anti Social Behaviour Strategy by November 30. Twitter Linkedin Advertisement Emailcenter_img Facebook NewsLocal NewsTougher legislation on anti-social activityBy admin – September 14, 2010 626 Print WhatsApplast_img read more

#BREAKING Swimmer rescued from River Shannon

first_imgWhatsApp Print Previous articleZach awaits State decision on third trial over alleged tiger kidnapNext articleCompetition winner Staff Reporter TAGSlimerickRiver Shannon Advertisement Twitter Fireswift, The Limerick City Fire and Rescue boatA SWIMMER who got in to difficulty has been rescued by emergency services in Limerick this Tuesday evening and is recovering in hospital.Shortly before 6pm, the alarm was raised after a man in his mid 20s was on the rocks under the Clayton Hotel at Steamboat Quay.Four units from the Limerick City Fire and Rescue Service, along with Gardai and emergency paramedics from the National Emergency Service, attended the scene.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Members of Limerick Marine Search and Rescue were also alerted to the emergency.Firefighters launched FireSwift rescue boat from the adjacent pontoon and the man was rescued from the perch and brought to the slipway at St Michael’s Rowing Club on O’Callaghan’s Strand.The man was treated by emergency paramedics before he was brought to the University Hospital Limerick where his condition was described as stable.See more Limerick news here Linkedin Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads center_img News#BREAKING Swimmer rescued from River ShannonBy Staff Reporter – October 17, 2017 3712 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

Tickets Now On Sale for Husband & Wife Drama Annapurna, Starring Real-Life Couple Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally

first_img Offerman currently plays Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation, and his film and TV credits include Axe Cop, 21 Jump Street, Childrens Hospital, We’re the Millers and Sin City. Annapurna marks his off-Broadway debut. Annapurna Art imitates life! Tickets are now on sale for the New York premiere of Sharr White’s drama Annapurna, starring real-life couple Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) and Megan Mullally (Will & Grace). Directed by Bart DeLorenzo, the New Group production will begin performances April 13 off-Broadway. The show is slated to play a limited engagement at Theatre Row’s Acorn Theatre through June 1. Offerman and Mullally will reprise their roles in the new play after starring in the two-person drama at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles in April 2013. The production tells the story of Emma (Mullally), who walked out on her husband, cowboy-poet Ulysses (Offerman) in the middle of the night. Now hearing he’s in dire straits, she tracks him down in the wilds of Colorado in a grungy trailer, working on his magnum opus, hooked up to an oxygen tank and cooking in the buff. Their reunion, charged by rage and compassion, brings back the best and worst of their former bond. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 1, 2014 Related Shows View Comments Mullally last appeared on Broadway in Young Frankenstein. Her additional Broadway credits include Grease and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Perhaps best known as Karen on Will & Grace, her other film and TV credits include Childrens Hospital, Bee Movie, The Kings of Summer and Bob’s Burgers.last_img read more

Commuters face stress from traffic

first_imgWhen first-year graduate student Imran Khalid arrived on campus last week, he discovered he had to wait 30 minutes to find a parking spot. The Viterbi School of Engineering’s fall career fair closed off part of Parking Structure A, which led to excessive congestion. Irritated and 20 minutes late to class, Khalid was just one of thousands of students faced with stress caused by traffic.“The distance from my house to USC is 20 miles, and the time it takes me to get to school depends on the time I leave,” Khalid said. “At times, the traffic is so jammed on the freeway, I’ll have to exit and travel beside the freeway. Then it takes an hour and 20 minutes instead of only 25 minutes.”Traffic is in fact one of the primary reasons Forbes ranked Los Angeles as the most stressed city in America.Alan Hyunh, a USC alumnus and transportation expert, said the state of the economy could also increase traffic.“Ever since the recession hit, people are looking for more work,” Hyunh said. “People are driving more in the middle of the day than when the economy was good. This is relevant more so today than in times prior because of the current economic situation that the country is in.”Hyunh said despite the problem, there are resources available to solve the issue.USC Transportation offers options to ease the burden of commuting to school; such as parking permits, carpooling shuttles and buses between Los Angeles Union Station and the two USC campuses.The biggest concern for Natalie Pierson, a senior who lives on the University Park Campus but commutes to the Health Sciences Campus for classes, is planning life around the congested freeways and crowded streets.“The most stressful thing is not knowing whether there will be traffic in the morning, and having to wake up an hour early,” Pierson said.She said this happened during the Caregivers’ Strike last week.“They were picketing sections of [the Health Sciences Campus] so we got an email about delay … unfortunately, I had a midterm that day, so I had to leave about 45 minutes earlier than I wanted to,” Pierson said. “You have to take into account traffic and other obstacles when you commute.”Danielle Silva, a graduate student in architecture and a commuter student, said she spends several hours a day stuck in traffic.“The traffic is definitely why [Los Angeles] is so stressed,” Silva said. “When you think about the fact that you only have so many hours of the day, and two of them are being spent in traffic, it’s frustrating.”Traffic and congestion, however, are simply a part of commuting in the greater Los Angeles area and commuters must consider alternative forms of transportation.“Greater flexibility is the best way to deal with stress because it gives you more time to take control of what you’re doing with your life,” Hyunh said.Commuters must learn to deal with the stress of traffic in their own unique ways, according to Pierson.“As an [occupational therapy] major, you learn the importance of your occupations and the meaning they play in your life,” Pierson said. “I found the occupations that decrease the stress in my life, and I make time for them before I drive to class. Basically, the most important thing is finding time for those things that you’re passionate about.”last_img read more