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Human rights activist held since giving interview to Al-Jazeera two weeks ago

first_img TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders condemns the continuing detention of Tarek Soussi, a member of the International Association for the Support of Political Prisoners (AISPP), who was arrested two weeks ago after giving an interview to pan-Arab satellite TV station Al-Jazeera. He is now facing a possible three-year jail sentence for “spreading false news liable to disturb public order.”“The Tunisian authorities continue to impose the law of silence,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Those who dare to break the rule go straight to prison. The government’s strict control of news and information is being challenged by the satellite TV stations, to which Tunisians turn for independent news, as in Soussi’s case. The press freedom organisation added: “Soussi would never have been allowed to say what he said if he had gone to a state TV station. The charge brought against him is absurd and is above all designed to deter all those who might otherwise dare to follow his example and speak to the foreign news media.”Soussi’s lawyers said he was treated in a “humiliating” manner when he was brought before an investigating judge in Bizerte (60 km north of Tunis) on 3 September. Aged 48, he walks with crutches as a result of being badly mistreated during a spell in prison in the early 1990s but he was not allowed to use them for the hearing and policemen carried him into the courtroom.His wife told Reporters Without Borders she is very worried about his state of health. His lawyers submitted a request for his provisional release, but the request has not yet been considered and no date has yet been set for the next hearing.No warrant was shown when Soussi was arrested at his home in Bizerte on 27 August by around 10 plain-clothes policemen, who forced their way in after one of them posed as an electricity company employee. His arrest came one day after he gave a phone interview for Al Jazeera’s news programme about the Maghreb countries (see Arabic-language video) in which he criticised the arrest of seven people. ©Al-Jazeera – Extract from its Maghreb news programme – 26 August 2008 Organisation September 9, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Human rights activist held since giving interview to Al-Jazeera two weeks ago News Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists November 12, 2019 Find out more TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder November 11, 2020 Find out more News Follow the news on Tunisia Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” December 26, 2019 Find out more News to go furtherlast_img read more

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53 patients waiting for beds at UHL

first_imgLimerickNews53 patients waiting for beds at UHLBy Staff Reporter – September 29, 2020 63 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Previous articleConstruction of Laya Health & Wellbeing Clinic begins at Limerick LandmarkNext articleNo change in Limerick’s Local Property Tax for 2021 Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick That’s down on yesterdays figure of 65 patients waiting for beds. Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Facebook 242 admitted patients are waiting for beds this morning, according to today’s INMO Trolley Watch.212 patients are waiting in the emergency department, while 30 are in wards elsewhere in the hospital. Print Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Linkedin Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live University Hospital Limerick Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WhatsApp Email Advertisementlast_img read more

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Largest Dutch schemes improve funding but remain wary of cuts

first_imgThe five largest Dutch pension funds saw their funding improve by two to three percentage points during the first quarter, due in part to a slight rise in interest rates.Most schemes, however, warned against “too much optimism” and indicated that new headwinds may still force them to cut pension rights. With a quarterly return of 2%, the €389bn civil service scheme ABP reported the best performance. Its funding rose 2.3 percentage points to 94%.Corien Wortmann-Kool, ABP’s chair, emphasised that the scheme’s coverage ratio was still way below 110%, the level at which pension funds are allowed to start granting some indexation. “Inflation compensation will barely be on the cards in the next five years,” she said.According to Wortmann, the possibility of a rights discount will remain if the funding level drops again.ABP also warned that a cancellation of the European Central Bank’s quantitative easing programme and low interest rate policy could negatively affect both equity and fixed income markets, in particular if the process were to go faster than expected.The €187bn healthcare scheme PFZW made a 0.5% profit during the past three months, after a 0.7% loss on its interest and currency hedge. Its funding rose to 92.3%. PFZW attributed its investment result in part to emerging markets debt, which produced 5.4%.Peter Borgdorff, the scheme’s director, also said that further recovery was necessary.PMT, the €68bn pension fund for the metalworking and mechanical engineering sector, reported a quarterly result of 0.9%, citing “more than average” returns on high yield (2.7%) and equity (5.4%).It said it had divested from emerging markets equity after strong performance, as its equity allocation would otherwise have exceeded its strategic bandwidth of 35%. The proceeds were invested in its liabilit-matching portfolio.PMT closed the first quarter with a coverage ratio of 94.8%.The investments of PME, the €45bn scheme for the metal and electro-technical engineering sector, returned 1.3%. The scheme saw its funding rise to 93.9%.Eric Uijen, executive trustee, noted that coverage had to improve to 104.3% at 2019-end in order to prevent rights cuts.With a funding of 107.8%, BpfBouw, the €54bn pension fund for the building industry, is still in the best financial position of the five largest schemes.It returned 1.2%, largely thanks to profits on equity (6.3%) and property (2.7%), with Dutch residential and retail portfolios performing best.last_img read more

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Syracuse avoids upset at Pittsburgh, picks up 1st-ever ACC road win

first_imgIn three of Syracuse’s road losses this season, it saw sizable second-half leads evaporate into disheartening losses.On Sunday, when a 13-point advantage was whittled to three, it appeared that the Orange was on track to suffer a similar fate.This time, though, Syracuse (13-5, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) made the plays that it needed to in a 58-47 win over Pittsburgh (9-10, 1-4) at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh. It marked the first ever ACC road win in program history.“Down the stretch we did a better job rebounding, we did a better job knocking down shots,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “We were able to get down the floor and into our offense, and got some shots.”The Orange went down 11-5 quickly on the Panthers on the back of three 3-point shots from Pittsburgh in the span of two minutes. After an Ashlee Anderson long-range swish with 16:21 left put Pitt up six, it would be the last made field goal for the Panthers for nearly 10 minutes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNine minutes and 56 seconds later it was Anderson again, knocking down a jumper. This time though, it was to end a 19-2 Syracuse run and a stretch of 13 straight missed Pitt shots.“We were getting solid possessions,” Hillsman said. “We were getting shots. If we weren’t getting shots, then it would be a different story.”Syracuse led by 12 going into the break, and by nine points with just under six minutes remaining, but an 8-2 run brought the Panthers within three. It appeared the blueprint of SU basketball on the road this season would hold true.But when a Panthers inbound with 1:52 left went into the hands of Brianna Butler, who fed it to a cutting Brittney Sykes for an uncontested layup, Syracuse essentially sealed the win. The shot brought the lead to seven, and was followed by another open layup for Sykes just 41 seconds later.“We need (Sykes) to score the basketball for us at the rim,” Hillsman said. “She’s done a really good job of doing that. Getting to the rim and getting opportunities.”Sykes led the Orange with 15 points, which included a stretch of seven straight late in the second half. Taylor Ford and Briana Day both finished with double-doubles off the bench to lead a well-balanced Syracuse effort that featured four players scoring in double figures.Hillsman said the real hero, though, was Bria Day, who came in and collected five boards when Briana Day and Shakeya Leary were on the bench with foul trouble.“Bria came in and played solid,” Hillsman said. “We didn’t have much of a drop-off with her in the game today. I thought she played really, really solid on the boards.”When the win seemed ready to escape Syracuse’s grasp, the Orange was able to regroup and get a victory it might not have earlier in the season.Hillsman said getting off the first road conference win is a big step, and gives the Orange momentum heading into two home games this week.“It’s important obviously,” Hillsman said. “We really wanted to start winning some road games. It was big for us. Now we can go home and take care of our home court. Then go back on the road and get some W’s there.” Comments Published on January 19, 2014 at 6:31 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more