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Website editor freed on bail after being held for three days over anonymous post

first_img News Journalist and blogger Bashar Al-Sayegh was released on bail yesterday after being interrogated for three days. Agence France-Presse said he was freed once the authorities were in a position to identify the person who posted the anonymous comment insulting the emir on Sayegh’s website.The authorities reportedly reached the preliminary conclusion that the comment was posted without Sayegh’s approval. An interior ministry official nonetheless stressed that Sayegh had been freed pending trial and that he would have to explain why the post was allowed to remain online for several hours. News Courts uphold newspaper’s closure, increase blogger’s jail term 21.08.07 – Journalist held because of anonymous post on his website that “insulted” emirReporters Without Borders condemns the detention of journalist Bashar Al-Sayegh since 19 August because of a comment someone posted on a political discussion forum on his website www.aljarida.com. The prosecutor’s office yesterday formally charged him with insulting the emir of Kuwait.“The article for which Sayegh is being held was posted by an anonymous visitor to his website,” the press freedom organisation said. “His arrest and the decision to charge him are incomprehensible as his only crime is to run a website. We call on the authorities to drop their plans to prosecute him.”The police arrested Sayegh at the newspaper where he works, Al-Jarida, on 19 August. They said they were acting on an authorisation from the central prosecutor’s office, to which he was taken the next day. Sayegh has denied the charges, claiming that the site’s administrators take care to ensure that nothing that could “undermine the emir, religion or constitution” is posted on the site. The offending article was taken down by one of the site’s administrators less than 24 hours after it had been posted.Al-Jarida photographer Jassim Al-Qames was arrested at the same time as Sayegh for taking photos of his arrest. He was released later, but said he had been beaten. ——————————————– Follow the news on Kuwait Popular blogger charged with blasphemy to go further September 5, 2014 Find out more News New Cyber Crimes Law restricts free expression and targets online activists News KuwaitMiddle East – North Africa KuwaitMiddle East – North Africa Journalist and blogger Bashar Al-Sayegh was released on bail yesterday after being interrogated for three days. Agence France-Presse said he was freed once the authorities were in a position to identify the person who posted the anonymous comment insulting the emir on Sayegh’s website. January 21, 2016 Find out more August 22, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Website editor freed on bail after being held for three days over anonymous post Help by sharing this information February 23, 2015 Find out more RSF_en Receive email alerts Organisation last_img read more

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Health care changes ahead

first_imgOpen enrollment, the annual period when Harvard employees can make changes to their benefit plans, begins Oct. 27. This year, faculty and staff will find a few important changes to their health care offerings, including a new vision care plan, free preventive health services, and increases in emergency room and office visit co-payments.Employees have until Nov. 9 to make and review changes to their medical and dental coverage or open a flexible spending account, in which money can be set aside on a pretax basis to cover certain health or dependent-care costs. (Visit HARVie for more information or to make changes, which will be effective Jan. 1, 2012.)But — as Harvard Human Resources (HHR) will be emphasizing over the next few weeks — it’s important that employees review their benefits even if they don’t plan on making a switch, because some changes to benefits will soon go into effect.For starters, the University will offer a vision care plan for the first time. The Davis Vision plan — $5.43 a month for individuals and $12.49 a month for families — will cover vision exams, glasses, and contact lenses with co-payments.Most Harvard employees* will also face a few increases in costs to their health care. Co-payments for visits to the doctor will now be $20, a $5 increase. Emergency room co-payments will rise from $40 to $75, although they’ll still be waived if the patient is admitted.Those in Harvard’s Point of Service plans or Preferred Provider Organization plan  — an option for out-of-state employees only — will see an increase in their out-of-network deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums. Those changes, however, will only affect the relatively small number of employees who opt for coverage outside Harvard’s network of providers.“Three-quarters of our employees are enrolled in our HMO plans, in part because the HMO plans are so comprehensive and include so many top providers,” said Rita Moore, HHR’s director of benefits and human resources systems. “A lot of people don’t feel the need to go out of network.”By increasing co-pays and deductibles, Harvard has kept medical plan costs lower across the board. Overall, the increases are smaller than the national average. A recently released study by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust shows that health care premiums have risen 8 percent for individuals and 9 percent for families in 2011. By contrast, Harvard plan rates for active employees are increasing by 3 to 5 percent, and dental plan rates are decreasing by more than 4 percent.Still, the University acknowledges that the costs of health care can be difficult to manage for low-income families.“If we’ve got a lower-wage earner who has substantial out-of-pocket co-pays, they may be able to be reimbursed,” Moore said, referring to Harvard’s Medical Co-payment Reimbursement Program.In another move to offset employees’ out-of-pocket costs, preventive care will now be free to members of Harvard’s plans for active employees, a result of last year’s federal health care reform. The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act mandates that fully insured plans offer annual exams, OB/GYN and maternity visits, routine pediatric visits, and select other services without co-pay.As health care costs rise rapidly around the country, Harvard has taken several administrative steps in recent years to help slow the growth of ballooning health expenditures. The University has consolidated the number of plans it offers to leverage its buying power to keep costs low, and has moved to a pharmacy benefit manager to help manage costs.The University spends more than $420 million a year on benefits, and health care is roughly 40 percent of those costs, according to Marilyn Hausammann, vice president for HHR.Benefits are a highly valued asset to Harvard employees, Moore said, and the University is mindful of keeping its benefits competitive relative to both other higher education institutions and local employers.“We’re very careful in trying to ensure our plans are a good value to employees and competitive in the marketplace,” Moore said. “At the same time, we’re trying to balance the financial pressures on the institution with the interests of our employees. We’re managing costs not just for this year but for future years.”The distribution of health premium costs will remain the same. Harvard currently pays between 75 and 85 percent of employees’ premium costs for active medical plans and 50 to 100 percent of retiree coverage.*Certain benefits changes for 2012 apply to faculty, non-union staff members, and members of SEIU, Local 26, ATC, and HUSPMGU. Because the University is still negotiating with HUCTW and HUPA over these changes, members of these unions should refer to HARVie for information about their benefits.last_img read more

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Beekeeping Basics

first_imgRock Eagle 4-H Center, in Eatonton, Georgia, is working with beekeeping expert and Putnam County University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Agent Keith Fielder to introduce would-be beekeepers to the tools and skills they need to raise bees. This workshop, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 20, is part of the Saturday at the Rock Education Series. Fielder, a lifelong beekeeper and former president of the Georgia Beekeepers Association, will discuss beekeeping basics and offer advice on how to start and maintain a personal colony. Appropriate for all ages, the cost for the workshop is $5 per person and includes an opportunity to visit the Rock Eagle 4-H Center Natural History Museum, following the activity. Advanced registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact Rock Eagle Program Specialist Jessica Torhan at (706) 484-4838 or by email at [email protected] Different programs take place on the third Saturday of each month as part of the Saturday at the Rock Education Series, excluding December. A complete list of Saturday at the Rock sessions may be found online at: rockeagle4h.org/ee/community/SaturdayattheRock.html. Spread it on fresh, fluffy biscuits, stir it into a steamy cup of tea or use it to soothe a sore throat. Honey has been used for a variety of culinary and medicinal applications for centuries, and it’s still in high demand today. Beekeeping is becoming increasingly popular in cities, suburbs and across rural landscapes throughout the country. Using both traditional and modern tools, today’s beekeepers are providing friends and neighbors with honey while supporting strong pollinator populations.last_img read more

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Robert Simpson directs Champlain College’s Criminal Justice program

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt.–Robert V. Simpson, Jr. has been named interim director of the Criminal Justice program at Champlain College.Simpson is a longtime Vermont attorney and state’s attorney, and he’s been a member of the Vermont Attorney General’s staff, as well. Most recently he conducted civil litigation, including fraud cases, for the Vermont Attorney General’s Office. From 2001 to 2006 he served as Chittenden County State’s Attorney, responsible for an office of 26 staff, a caseload that ranged from domestic assault to murder, and cases generated by more than 300 police officers.Simpson has been an adjunct instructor at Champlain College since 1990, teaching criminal procedure, substantive criminal law, administrative law and white-collar crime courses over the years. He’s currently reworking online courses in these areas and will teach on campus and online this fall. In addition, he will serve as an advisor to Criminal Justice students. Champlain’s program provides a solid foundation for careers in law enforcement, corrections or investigation, as well as for further study in the field of law.Simpson is an Army veteran and an alumnus of Vermont Law School and Colgate University. He resides in Burlington.# # #last_img read more

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Chittenden Bank Helps Local Families by Donating $2,000 to the Burlington Children’s Space

first_imgChittenden Bank Helps Local Families byDonating $2,000 to the Burlington Children’s SpaceBurlington, VT The quality childcare and early educational development programs provided by the Burlington Children’s Space (BCS) help children and their families grow and thrive within their community. As the organization enters its 25th year of service, BCS is seeking additional support to supplement the tuition for families who do not qualify due to the freezes placed on the subsidy program. A sliding scale for tuition was adjusted this fall to create additional relief to families impacted by the freeze. BCS has agreed to reserve 21 spots for families receiving state subsides for tuition, and maintain 15 preschool spots for a collaboration supporting Head Start Eligible families. The additional funding is critical for children who come from households that lack access to resources as basic as parents who read to them, play-related learning experiences, and the books, tools, and activities needed to stimulate intellectual and physical growth.”At Chittenden Bank, we understand the need to provide quality childcare for families that otherwise would not have an option. We are pleased to give a $2,000 donation to support the efforts of BCS,” said Kathy Schirling, Senior Vice President at Chittenden Bank.BCS Director Sarah Adams-Kollitz said, “We were very impressed with Chittenden Bank’s decision to fund essential services to some of the communitys most vulnerable citizens.””Affordable high quality child care is an essential service: a link to financial stability for parents who work or attend school, a source of learning and inspiration for young children, as well as a place where parents can seek additional support in times of need. Because of community support like this gift from the Chittenden Bank we are able to offer parents a sliding scale for tuition (the only one in the county), for which parents are extremely grateful,” explained Adams-Kollitz. One parent said, “If it were not for all the dear hearts at BCS I would not be able to put my energy into my new business and help it get off the ground. Literally, BCS is helping me achieve my life long dream!”Burlington Children’s SpaceHealthy, inquisitive, joyful children are a sign of a healthy society and something a community can take pride in. Children from all economic sectors are provided with care and early education of the highest quality. The BCS has been serving the community for over 25 years, for more information please call the McClure Multi-Generational Center at 802-658-1500.About Chittenden BankChittenden Bank has proudly served businesses and individuals statewide for more than 100 years. With assets greater than $3.3 billion and 47 offices located throughout the state, Chittenden is dedicated to meeting the financial needs of Vermonters at every stage of life. Chittenden Bank is a subsidiary of People’s United Bank headquartered in Bridgeport, Connecticut with assets of over $21 billion. For more information please visit www.chittenden.com(link is external) or call the Customer Service Center at 800-545-2236.-###-last_img read more

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Inner Brisbane apartment sales hit their lowest level since 2011

first_imgKokoda Property’s $119 million Ella development in Newstead was the second highest seller during the March quarter.APARTMENT sales in inner Brisbane have hit their lowest level since 2011, the latest Place Advisory report has found, with just 272 sales in the March quarter.It was a 14 per cent decline compared to the December quarter, with $171.4 million worth of apartment sales recorded from January to the end of March, it found.The March result was a whopping 67 per cent drop over the same time the previous year when there were 828 unconditional sales. Place Advisory Director Lachlan Walker said stock levels were getting better so it was a matter of confidence now.“The weakness is in people’s confidence, but there’s less stock so it can only improve from here.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoThe One in West End was one of just two new inner Brisbane projects that went to market in the March quarter. Augustus Residences and The One (above) added 151 apartments to inner Brisbane market. Place Advisory believes stock levels have improved in the city.The average sales price was also rising, he said, up 5 per cent to $629,963 at the end of March.Mr Walker said there were currently 67 projects being sold off the plan in inner Brisbane, two of which had hit the market for the first time during the quarter – Augustus Residences and The One, which added 151 apartments to the market pool.Augustus Residences in Toowong was the top performer with 61 unconditional sales, followed by Newsstead projects Ella Apartments (34 sales) and Nero (23).Over half the sales were two bedders (57 per cent), followed by one bedders (31 per cent) and then three bedroom apartments (9 per cent).Penthouse and sub-penthouse deals made up 3 per cent of sales during the March quarter.last_img read more

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Wikki Turn Attention to League after FA Cup Exit

first_img“We had several chances at goal to win the clash within regulation time but could not make it count and penalties are anybody game and it proves exactly.“We never bargained to lose the Cup quarterfinals clash against lower division side, Crown FC. Of course, we did not underrate the side but approached the match like any other top-flight match.“We were aware that Crown FC caused Enugu Rangers elimination from the Cup campaign. Well the Cup dream has been dashed we are heading straight from Lokoja to Uyo for the top-flight matchday 29 clash at Akwa United on Sunday.“Our 100 per cent focus has been shifted on the league, we have to concentrate fully on winning the league shield. The Cup ouster could turn out to be a blessing in disguise now that we just have the league to hit the continent,” said the Wikki Tourists playmaker to supersport.com.Wikki Tourists lead the 19-team top-flight on 47 points same as second placed side, Enugu Rangers but on superior goalsShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Wikki Tourists midfielder, Harrison Madu has said his side have shifted 100 per cent attention on the top-flight after a shocking ouster in the Federation Cup.The Bauchi-based side were stunned 3-4 on penalties by the Nigeria National League (NNL) side, Crown FC after full time score stood goalless in Wednesday’s Federation Cup quarterfinals clash at the Confluence Stadium in Lokoja.Madu said his side were opportune to avoid the penalties but failed to make several chances at goal count positively.last_img read more

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Khedira staying put at Real Madrid: Good news for Arsenal and Liverpool?

first_img1 Asier Illarramendi Arsenal and Liverpool could reignite their interest in Spanish midfielder Asier Illarramendi after it was confirmed that Sami Khedira will not be leaving the Bernabeu this summer.The Gunners have been consistently linked with Khedira this summer with his future as part of Real Madrid’s first-team set-up seemingly unclear.But manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that the Germany star is happy in the Spanish capital and will not be leaving despite interest from the Premier League and Bayern Munich.Not only does that mean bad news for Arsenal but also for Madrid star Illarramendi who remains way down the midfield pecking order, especially considering the summer arrivals of James Rodriguez and Tony Kroos.The 24-year-old deep-lying midfielder was tipped as Xabi Alonso’s long-term successor when Madrid beat Arsenal and Liverpool to his signing from Real Sociedad last summer.They shelled out £25.5m to land him, more than they have ever paid for a Spaniard, but he was little more than a bit-part player last term, starting just 15 La Liga games.And he could become even more marginalised this term considering the new arrivals – and a loan move looks on the cards.Athletic Bilbao, who need to plug the gap left by Ander Herrera – who joined Manchester United, are keen to sign him but Arsenal and Liverpool could also rejoin the hunt.Arsene Wenger is currently working on moves for Luis Gustavo and William Carvalho but could turn to Illarramendi if those fail.last_img read more

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DPM Says East End Communities are Ecological Dream Come True

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 11, 2017 – East End, Grand Bahama – In officially opening the 45th Annual Conch Cracking Festival in McLean’s Town, during the National Heroes Day Holiday, October 9, 2017 Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, and Member of Parliament for East Grand Bahama, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest remarked that places like McLean’s Town remain an ecological dream – a paradise by many standards.“Therefore, I want to encourage you to enjoy the beauty of these communities and the surrounding cays,” Deputy Prime Minister Turnquest told the hundreds of participants at the annual festival, which was held at McLean’s Town All-Age school.The event not only featured an array of Bahamian dishes made from conch, but offered a variety of other Bahamian-made dishes, desserts and drinks, as well as the sounds of Bahamian music throughout the day.   The highlight of the festival was the conch-cracking competition, in which locals as well as visitors were invited to participate.   Competitions included how quickly one could extract a conch from its shell, a conch eating competition, and a conch cleaning competition.During his opening and welcome address, DPM Turnquest noted that because McLean’s Town and many communities within the East End area are so far away from the City of Freeport, not that many people bother to make the long trek to visit those communities.He said this was both a blessing and a curse.  “It’s a blessing because it has allowed this community to pretty much stay pristine and genuine – a true reflection of Bahamian culture here on Grand Bahama.   It’s a curse because it does not expose as often as we like what is so special and unique about McLean’s Town, Rocky Creek, and the Cays.“I want to particularly welcome and invite our guests – from abroad and from Nassau and other Family Islands – to not only enjoy the activities and the food here at this festival, but to take time out to enjoy the environment that surrounds you here today.”DPM Turnquest pointed out that each of the islands within The Bahamas is unique in its own special way, even though Bahamians all share a general culture.   He pointed out that if one went from one island to another or, in some cases, from one settlement to another it would be easy to realize that Bahamians are a diverse group of people with diverse cultural customs in the way they cook, the way they dress, and the way they speak.“I want to encourage that inter-island tourism, particularly among our own citizens, but also among our visitors from abroad; and don’t think that because you’ve been to Grand Bahama that you’ve experienced it all,” added Mr. Turnquest.   “I can assure you that this is only but a taste of our 700 islands.  So, I want you to think about coming back and getting an opportunity to experience what each of our islands has to offer.”The East End Member of Parliament said that the 45th Conch Cracking Festival was a celebration of the original event, which distinguishes the community of McLean’s Town as well as celebrates its history as a fishing and conching village, where the people of the community obtained their livelihood from the sea.“That’s why I’m so happy that the chairman of this committee and members of his team have continued this great tradition, [and] even in the midst of great odds and discouraging events at times, continue to press on to ensure that this tradition lives on and continues to grow,” he said.By: Andrew Coakley (BIS)Photo captions:Header photo: Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament for East Grand Bahama, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest officially opened the 45th Annual Conch Cracking Festival at McLean’s Town All Age School on Monday, October 9, 2017 — part of National Heroes Day celebrations.  (BIS Photo/Andrew Coakley)Insert: Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest talks with some of the locals and visitors who attended the Conch Cracking Festival on Monday, October 9, 2017 on the school grounds of McLean’s Town All Age School. Following his official address to open the festival, the Deputy Prime Minister took time to visit all of the stalls at the event and chat with the participants.  (BIS Photo/Andrew Coakley) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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