US forces still holding journalist although charges were dismissed

first_img Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” December 28, 2020 Find out more As the US troops begin their withdrawal from Iraqi cities today, many questions remain about the persons still detained by the US forces. Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for the release of Reuters photographer Ibrahim Jassam, who has been held since last September.“The US armed forces are now withdrawing from the main Iraqi cities after six years of occupation,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We hope this will result in the release of detainees still held by the Americans, such as Ibrahim Jassam, who was arrested 10 months ago. His detention is illegal as the Iraqi central criminal court dismissed all charges against him last November. He must be freed.”One of his sisters told Reporters Without Borders by phone: “Ibrahim began a hunger strike four days ago in protest against his illegal detention. His health is deteriorating. We are very worried about him.” His family is allowed to visit him every two months.Jassam was arrested by US and Iraqi soldiers in the south Baghdad district of Mahmoudiyah on 1 September. No evidence was produced against him when the central criminal court heard his case on 30 November and dismissed all the charges. Nonetheless, he is still being held in Buki prison in Basra, 550 km south of Baghdad.The situation of journalists continues to be critical in Iraq and the danger persists as the US forces pull out. Three journalists have been killed since the start of the year. to go further Help by sharing this information Organisation June 30, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 US forces still holding journalist although charges were dismissed News News Follow the news on Iraq IraqMiddle East – North Africa center_img RSF_en Receive email alerts February 15, 2021 Find out more December 16, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Newslast_img read more

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Limerick invention could help solve global water crisis

first_imgEmail Professor Michael Zaworotko at work in the University of Limerick’s Bernal Institute.Photo: Sean CurtinA new material developed at the University of Limerick could help solve the global water crisis by producing water from air.The material has favourable properties for absorbing and releasing water from the atmosphere with the potential to provide water in drought-hit regions.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Professor Michael Zaworotko, Research Professor at University of Limerick’s Bernal Institute, has developed the crystalline material after decades of research.It has been developed as a commercially viable nanomaterial by Molecule RND, an international incubator fund established at UL to work in collaboration with Prof Zaworotko.Molecule already has orders for the first available commercial units, with a prototype water generator delivering water with low purity without any filtration.Stating that the material could replace the silica traditionally used in dehumidification systems in buildings, Prof Zaworotko said that it would require substantially less energy to maintain air quality in buildings around the world,”The material could also capture water from the atmosphere in arid regions.“Even in zones of very low humidity, there is still some water in the atmosphere. This material could be applied to capture the water from the air, meaning you could potentially grow crops there.“Without water, there is no life. About one-third of the world’s population does not have access to pure water and this technology helps to solve that problem,” he added. Facebook University of Limerick ceases funding for off-campus Garda COVID-patrols after sanctioning students following massive street party TAGSeducationLimerick City and CountyNewsResearchUniversity of Limerick University of Limerick research identifies secrets of Fantasy Premier League success Decision on FIBA European Championships in Limerick to be made in May Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 44 | Immersive Software Engineering Gardai make arrests following chaotic student party near University of Limerick Printcenter_img Linkedin Advertisement Previous articleGlobal Limerick Company Shortlisted for National AwardNext articleDrugs epidemic threatens to engulf Limerick City Meghan Brosnan NewsEducationLimerick invention could help solve global water crisisBy Meghan Brosnan – October 31, 2019 292 Twitter WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick nurse helping the fight against COVID-19, calls for round the clock garda patrols near University of Limerick following “out of control” student parties last_img read more

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Senator Braun’s Weekly Update | Impeachment / Syria / Trade Deals

first_imgTHIS WEEK, SENATOR BRAUN spoke out about Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Adam Schiff’s “unfair, unprecedented, and illegitimate” impeachment inquiry, made good on his campaign promise to visit every one of Indiana’s 92 counties in his first year in office, commented on President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, and continued to fight for issues that have been sidetracked by Democrats’ impeachment hijinks, such as the USMCA trade deal and lowering prescription drug prices. Senator Braun joined WNDU in South Bend to discuss House Democrats’ impeachment proceedings against President Trump and the administration’s decision to withdraw American troops from Syria.IMPEACHMENT | “Speaker Pelosi is playing politics with this,” said Braun, Indiana’s junior senator. “If you’re going to do impeachment, put it out there for a vote, and if you don’t have the nerve to do the vote, let’s do the business that the people are interested in,” he said.SYRIA | “We can’t police the world, and even though we did it in the past, at some point, you’ve got to say, ‘Hey, allies, pay your fair share of the burden.’ President Trump, I like that when he brought that up, many thought that was a little crass. I didn’t,” Braun said. Senator Braun promised to hold a public event in all 92 Indiana counties in his first year in office, and this week completed that goal with stops in Brown and Shelby counties. Read what he heard from Hoosiers in every corner of the state along the way in this op-ed in the Courier Press and other local papers around Indiana.“During my time growing a company in the private sector, one of my guiding principles was to meet and hear feedback from as many customers as possible. Since being elected to serve Hoosiers in the Senate, I’ve adopted a similar business model by visiting all 92 counties in Indiana this year – and will do the same in years to come.”Senator Braun spoke with the Rensselaer Republican during a county stop at Fenwick Farms Brewing Company in Jasper County to discuss agricultural issues and President Trump’s trade deals with Japan, as well as the USMCA which is currently being held up by Speaker Nancy Pelosi.When asked what this deal means for farmers, Braun said farmers need more markets to be open to U.S. pork and other products to help them out of the condition that they are in presently.“Farmers, where they were the ones that kind of got us through the ‘08 recession, because the farm economy was so good, ‘09-’13, they’re in the toughest stretch that I’ve seen in a long time,” Braun said.He cited other trade agreements, which he said Democrats in Congress have apparently held up, that would help everyday Hoosiers, like the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).Senator Braun sat down with the Tribune Star in Terre Haute to discuss President Trump’s announcement that American troops will be withdrawn from Syria.“I am going to be in the camp that I think we need to be less engaged to the extent than we have been in the past,” Braun said in a stop Monday in Terre Haute at the Tribune-Star.“When President Trump said, ‘Hey, our allies shoulder more of the burden,’ help pay for stuff, help be responsible. It doesn’t mean we don’t do things smartly and we don’t lead. I think we can do both of them,” Braun said.“On one side of the aisle almost in its entirety, and a good part of the Republican side, doesn’t put into perspective how much things cost. I don’t think we can be the policeman of the world. We should lead, but we should do it in a way that is sustainable,” the senator said.Senator Braun sat down with ABC57 in South Bend to discuss the legislative priorities that have been put on the back burner for Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, including the USMCA trade agreement which Hoosier farmers need.Braun says the deal, already approved by America’s two largest trading partners, is stuck on Capitol Hill even though it has bipartisan support.“It addressed some of the issues in Mexico. It’s got stipulations on wages. It addresses environmental concerns. It opens up the Canadian market to dairy farmers and a lot of other little things that when you take them altogether are going to be a great improvement,” Braun said.To subscribe to this newsletter and see other updates from Senator Braun, visit his official website. To unsubscribe from Senator Braun’s Weekly Update, please contact [email protected] FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Democratic Committee Seeking Candidates For Jamestown’s Fall Elections

first_imgWNY News Now Image / Steven Braeger CC0JAMESTOWN – The City of Jamestown Democratic Committee will hold a virtual candidate recruitment meeting this week looking for the next city councilmember or county legislator.Mayor Eddie Sundquist, along with current council members Tamu Graham-Reinhardt and Tom Nelson, will host the virtual recruitment on Tuesday at 7 p.m. via Zoom.The virtual session will discuss how to run for office, successes and challenges, and fundraising for political campaigns.Those interested in attending are asked to email [email protected] for a link to the Zoom session, or to express interest in running for office. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Unbundled rule report sent to Supreme Court

first_img Unbundled rule report sent to Supreme Court Senior Editor A proposal to create a family court rule specifically allowing lawyers to provide unbundled services to clients in family law cases will be presented to the Supreme Court. The Bar Board of Governors, at its October 19 meeting in Boca Raton, approved all five findings and recommendations of the Unbundled Legal Services Special Committee. That includes asking the court to direct the Family Law Rules Committee to draft a rule that allows lawyers to provide limited and specific representation in court. “Unbundled is allowing a lawyer to perform a discrete task in the context of a larger legal issue or case,” said board member Sharon Langer, who chaired the Unbundled Legal Services Special Committee. “What we’re really talking about is limited representation.” The committee, she said, received a variety of input, including a proposed family court rule and recommendation from the Family Law Section. “We relied on the Family Law Section’s research and we agree there is a need for limited representation in family law matters,” Langer said. “We did not address any other rule changes.” The limited representation includes allowing lawyers to appear in court without undertaking the responsibility for the entire case from the client. Only two other states, Colorado and Arizona, allow limited representation and that does not extend to courtroom work, she said. The final conclusions of the committee, Langer said, are: •Acceptance of the Family Law Section’s investigation showing unbundled services are needed in family law matters. • No other section or committee indicated limited representation is needed in other legal areas, therefore the unbundled committee concluded none is needed at this time. • Florida Bar rules as drawn allow limited representation envisioned by the Family Law Section in its proposed rule. • Proposed Family Law Rule 12.040(d) should be addressed to ensure it conforms with candor-to-the-tribunal requirements in Rule 4-3.3. • The Supreme Court should instruct the Family Law Rules Committee to draft a rule that specifically addresses limited representation in court. Langer noted that the Supreme Court has expressed interest in finding more ways to improve access to the courts, including specifically with unbundled services. She added, “I think the unanimous report that we bring to you today comes with some very intellectual and studied individuals feeling this is the way the Bar needs to go at this time.” Michael Gora, a member of the unbundled committee told the board the rule is needed to “increase the ability to deliver legal services in as many forms as possible to allow as many people as possible to access legal services. I believe it is a benefit to the legal system; I believe it is a benefit to our customers.” Board member Arthur Rice asked if the board passing the report to the Supreme Court meant it was an endorsement with no chance for further consideration. “All we’re asking is for the court to ask the Family Court Rules Committee to draft a rule,” Bar President Terry Russell replied. “I think we’ll have more than adequate opportunity in the future to review the consequences of the rule.” Langer recounted that the Unbundled Legal Services Special Committee was formed by the Bar in response to a directive from the Supreme Court to investigate unbundled services. The committee got a proposed rule from the Family Law Section and heard from several other sections which said they had no objections to unbundled services. The committee prepared and published preliminary proposals, which drew concerns from the Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors. The committee added two members from the YLD in response and substantially revamped its proposals for the final report, she said. November 1, 2001 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Unbundled rule report sent to Supreme Courtlast_img read more

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