News July 15, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Poet and journalist Abdallah Al-Ryami jailed for criticising human rights violations Romania: In an open letter, RSF and ActiveWatch denounce judicial pressures on investigative journalists following a complaint from a Bucharest district mayor Follow the news on Romania December 2, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information News May 26, 2021 Find out more November 23, 2020 Find out more RomaniaEurope – Central Asia to go further News RSF_en News Organisation RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Reporters Without Borders today condemned the arrest on 12 July of poet and journalist Abdallah Al-Ryami for criticising human rights violations in Oman, and deplored the strict censorship of writers and journalists which the Omani authorities have been enforcing for the past few months.”We call on the sultanate’s government to free Al-Ryami at once and to respect the 1995 Alma-Ata declaration in which it undertook to adopt laws guaranteeing the rights to freedom of expression and opinion, access to information and press freedom,” the organisation said. Amendment of the press laws, which allow the authorities to exercise systematic control of all means of expression, is also necessary, Reporters Without Borders said.Al Ryami had been harassed by the authorities ever since he was invited to take part in a televised debate about democratic reforms in July 2004, and voiced doubt about the government’s readiness to undertake real democratic reforms. The authorities immediately gave verbal instructions to newspaper editors and the state radio and TV broadcaster’s executives forbidding them to interview Al Ryami or even mention his name or his works.A published poet and playwright, Al-Ryami often used to take part in arts and culture programmes on Omani television. Since he spoke out on Al-Alam, his TV programmes had been withdrawn but he continued to write for various websites such as www.kikah.com, an independent online magazine dedicated to arts and culture. Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union Receive email alerts RomaniaEurope – Central Asia
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr With nearly 2.5 million members in a state with 10.4 million people, State Employees’ Credit Union ($40.1B, Raleigh, NC) has a considerable impact on North Carolinians as a provider of affordable, responsible financial services. But the nation’s second-largest credit union (and largest state charter) adds to that impact via grant funding through its SECU Foundation.The bulk of the funding for the SECU Foundation comes from a monthly $1 donation taken from members’ checking accounts. That donation began as a monthly maintenance fee on all checking accounts, but under then president and CEO Jim Blaine, senior management seized the opportunity to create a foundation in 2004 to address the requests for support and sponsorships that come in across the credit union’s sprawling branch network.Today, members may opt-out of the donation, but the vast majority of SECU’s 1.4 million checking account holders choose to contribute.“We have more than 99% participation,” says Jama Campbell, the former SECU branching executive who became the foundation’s executive director and its first full-time employee four years ago.
China moved closer Thursday to passing a controversial national security law for Hong Kong that has raised international concerns it will end the financial hub’s limited freedoms.China’s rubber-stamp parliament endorsed the planned legislation last month as the Communist Party seeks to put an end to a pro-democracy movement that has rocked the semi-autonomous city since last year. The draft law was submitted on Thursday to the country’s top lawmaking body, the Standing Committee of National People’s Congress, which meets until Saturday, according to the official Xinhua news agency. Stronger language The business hub has been convulsed by a year of huge and often violent rallies that began with an eventually aborted criminal extradition bill but morphed into a popular call for democracy and police accountability.Beijing says the new national security law is needed to end the political unrest and restore stability. Xinhua said the draft law “clearly outlines” the four acts prohibited by the controversial law — secession, subversion of state power, terrorist activities and collusion with foreign and external forces to endanger national security — as well as their criminal penalties.The wording of the draft appears to have become stronger than the proposal revealed at last month’s parliamentary meetings, criminalizing “collusion with foreign and external forces” instead of “foreign and external interference in Hong Kong affairs”.According to the draft proposal, the law will also allow mainland security organs to openly establish a presence in Hong Kong, but the scope of their enforcement powers is yet to be revealed.The city’s sole representative to Beijing’s top lawmaking body, Tam Yiu-chung, said on Wednesday that the law could allow for extraditions to the mainland — exactly the topic which triggered last year’s protests.Vice Premier Liu He sought on Thursday to reassure the concerns of the business community, saying that the central government will adhere to One Country, Two Systems and “effectively protect the rights and interests of enterprises and investors in Hong Kong.” Topics : The Group of Seven foreign ministers on Wednesday urged China to reconsider the proposed law, saying they had “grave concerns” it threatens Hong Kong’s rights and freedoms.In response, senior Chinese foreign policy official Yang Jiechi said at a high-level meeting with the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Hawaii that Beijing’s “determination” to introduce the law was “unwavering”, according to a statement.”China resolutely opposes the words and deeds of the US side interfering in Hong Kong affairs and resolutely opposes the statement made by the G7 foreign ministers on Hong Kong-related issues,” Yang saidUnder a “One Country, Two Systems” agreement before Britain handed the territory back to China, Beijing agreed to let Hong Kong maintain certain liberties and autonomy until 2047 — including legislative and judicial independence and freedom of speech.
Jamaica’s Consul General to New York, Mrs. Alsion Wilson NEW YORK – In celebration of Reggae Month, Jamaica’s Consulate General in New York in collaboration with VP Records, will host pop-up exhibition entitled “A Reggae Music Journey” at the consulate from the first of February to the 21st, during Reggae Month.The Exhibition, ‘A Reggae Music Journey’ is a historical display documenting the history of the Jamaican musical genre, and will feature artifacts including historic vinyl records from Van Pelt’s collection, and a platinum sales award for Sean Paul’s Dutty Rock LP presented to company President Randy Chin.A Reggae Music Journey was created to document the legacy of Reggae music and the role that the Chin family, through Randy’s Record Mart in Jamaica and later, VP Records have contributed to the development of the genre.An eight-panel display tells the label’s history dating to its origins as Vincent and Patricia Chin’s Randy’s Record Mart in Kingston in the late 1950s, extending to the present and featuring its 40-year run in Jamaica, Queens. The story of the company’s global impact and sustained relevance is woven into the story of Reggae itself.Some of the genre’s most admired artists, including Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Beres Hammond, Barrington Levy, Garnett Silk, Lady Saw, and Freddie McGregor – who either had key releases distributed by VP Records or were signed to VP Records – are featured in the exhibit as well. The exhibit includes the work of photographers David Corio, Anders Jones, Wonder Knack, Jonathan Mannion, Martei Korley and others.Jamaica’s Consul General to New York, Mrs. Alsion Wilson said the Consulate was very pleased to join with Jamaica and the rest of the world in celebration of Reggae Month. She said the staging of this exhibition will give Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica an opportunity to view this important exhibition.Mrs. Wilson pointed out that Reggae Month is of great significance as Jamaican music has been an important part of our culture, a source of Jamaican recognition on the world stage.She said on February 6, the birthday of Reggae icon, Bob Marley, the consulate will live stream the birthday celebrations from the Bob Marley museum on Hope Road.In 2018, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, added Reggae to its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, as a cultural institution worthy of protection and preservation.In a statement on its website, UNESCO said of Reggae: “Its contribution to international discourse on issues of injustice, resistance, love and humanity underscores the dynamics of the element as being at once cerebral, socio-political, sensual and spiritual. The basic social functions of the music – as a vehicle for social commentary, a cathartic practice, and a means of praising God – have not changed, and the music continues to act as a voice for all.”In 2008, the government of Jamaica declared February as Reggae Month, to highlight and celebrate the impact of the musical genre on the country’ socio-economic development.At the launch event on Friday 31st January, VP Records plans to live stream its weekly music “Happy Hour” from 5pm – 6pm and provide a DJ from 6pm – 8pm for the reception.The Reggae Music Journey exhibit will go from the consulate to the newly refurbished VP Records retail store in Jamaica Queens.
The Two River Times™ is a 2013 sponsor of Paint the Town Pink, a breast cancer awareness initiative sponsored by Meridian Health System. Additional information about Paint the Town Pink can be found at www.PainttheTownPink.com. Tom Paolello is the public relations manager at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank. By Tom PaolellaCome out and support the importance of annual mammography By now you’ve probably seen some part of the Pink hue surrounding Monmouth and Ocean counties, courtesy of Meridian Health’s Paint the Town Pink.This year’s month-long Pink campaign includes numerous signature Pink events to raise awareness of the importance of mammography. In about three weeks, The Care To Give Council, a Riverview Medical Center and Bayshore Community Hospital Auxiliary, will be hosting its annual Party for Pink at the Navesink Country Club in Middletown.The Care to Give Council of Riverview Medical Center and Bayshore Community Hospital gathers in 2012 at the annual Party for Pink at the Navesink Country Club. This year’s Party for Pink is scheduled for May 31.Take part in an evening to remember from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, May 31. Come out for a fun-filled night of dinner, drinks and dancing, including live music by Total Soul, New York City’s most exciting party band playing everything from Motown to today’s pop and R&B to the jazz/big band standards of the 1940s.Tickets are $75 and reservations are limited. To purchase tickets call 855-PINK411.In addition, this year’s event will feature two special awards for individuals who have Paint the Town Pink running through their hearts. Tria Deibert, marketing director for Riverview Medical Center and Bayshore Community Hospital, will be honored with the Pink Visionary award and Sally Harris, the very first Paint the Town Pink committee member, will be honored with the Pink Volunteer award. Harris is from Ocean Grove and 2013 marks the seventh year she has been volunteering her time to the Pink committee. More importantly, 2013 marks the seventh year that Harris is cancer free. Harris is a firm believer in annual mammograms, especially after one identified something suspicious in her breast seven years ago.Paint the Town Pink 2013 runs from May 1-31. Party for Pink is just one of the exciting events happening during the month. For a complete list of events, ticket and registration information and more, visit www.PaintheTownPink.com. To register for any event, call 855-PINK411.Proceeds from any ticketed event will benefit the Pink Fund, which provides mammography for uninsured or underinsured women in our community.Also be sure to follow Paint the Town Pink on Facebook to see highlights of this year’s campaign.
Hume Innkeepers defended its Men’s Open Soccer League title, edging Old Dogs 1-0 in the final at Lakeside Pitch.Aaron Sedlbauer scored the lone goal of the game and Mike Precious registered the shutout to lead the Innkeepers.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the Innkeepers with Team of the Week honours. The team includes, Paul Anderson, Quinn Starr, Leif Zapf-Gilje, Fletcher Fitzgibbon, Keefery Joyce, Ryan Lewis, Mitch Melanson, Chris Richards, Greg Kinnear, Mike Parenteau, Kelvin Opiyo, Zeke Grimshaw, Aaron Sedlbauer, Mike Precious, Mike Balance and Kerry Dyck.