Poet and journalist Abdallah Al-Ryami jailed for criticising human rights violations

first_imgNews 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 furthercenter_img 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 Since he spoke out on Al-Alam, his TV programmes had been withdrawn but he continued to write for various websites such as www.kikah.com, an independent online magazine dedicated to arts and culture.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 last_img read more

Cheltenham fundraiser for JT

first_imgWhatsApp FAMOUS faces from the world of horse racing will attend a fundraising evening at Cheltenham Racecourse in the UK this Saturday June 15  for injured Limerick jockey JT McNamara.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The 37-year-old Croom man suffered a serious neck injury which resulted in paralysis at the Cheltenham Festival on March 14. He is receiving treatment at the spinal unit of Dublin’s Mater Hospital.Companies, race courses and high-profile horse owners have donated prizes for the night. The fundraiser will take place in the Gold Cup Suite at Cheltenham Racecourse. For more information or to donate e-mail [email protected] Previous articleSchoolchildren escape Limerick bus fireNext articleGeraldines AFC Awards Night Guest Writerhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Print Twitter Limerick’s All Ireland winning champions return to action Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Emailcenter_img Sod turned on €15 million Croom school campus Croom festival highlights plight of Maigue crayfish Dawn of a new era for education in Croom Common sense would light up Croom TAGSCheltenham fundraiserCroomLimerick jockey JT McNamara NewsCheltenham fundraiser for JTBy Guest Writer – June 11, 2013 551 Advertisement ETB announces appointment of main contractor for construction of new Coláiste Chiaráin, Croomlast_img read more

moe. Covers Phish’s “Chalk Dust Torture” During Soundcheck At moe.down

first_imgmoe. has always been a band that likes to keep things interesting, with plenty of tongue-in-cheek moments having been displayed throughout their history. The band once again delivered a moment of levity during their soundcheck at this year’s moe.down Festival when they covered “Chalk Dust Torture” by Phish.Though not the first time the band has covered Phish, it’s always a fun moe.ment to catch. At one point during the song, Al Schnier jokingly remarks “You paid for this, people.” There were plenty of incredible moments and highlights at this year’s moe.down. Check out L4LM’s contributor Rex Thomson’s recount of the top moe.ments from this year’s moe.down. Take a listen to the cover below, courtesy of peteforgets:[cover photo courtesy of Dave DeCrescente Photography]last_img read more

A Baker’s Dozen Exposé: About Those Spicy Chicken Sandwiches In Section 119…

first_imgIf you’re a Phish fan, the Baker’s Dozen run at Madison Square Garden has felt like a combination of Halloween, New Year’s Eve, and one of the band’s iconic festivals. The music has been incredible, with soaring improvisation at every turn, multiple huge bust-outs, and surprising covers each show. To keep everyone on their toes, the band has been matching each night’s setlist with a donut-flavored theme while also serving those same donuts to fans when they enter the venue. Life is truly great for phans each night at the “World’s Most Famous Arena”. However, something needs to be addressed—and it’s those infamous spicy chicken sandwiches in section 119.Since the Baker’s Dozen run began, fans at home who have been streaming the shows have noticed a curious advertisement for “spicy chicken sandwiches in section 119.” The interwebs have been ablaze with curiosity about these chicken sandwiches, with several long-running threads popping up at online hubs for Phish fans like Reddit, PhantasyTour, Phish Tour 2014 (hi Jay!!!), and more. If you walk around Madison Square Garden during the Baker’s Dozen, you can hear countless conversations from fans wondering what the fuss is about with this sandwich and where they can get one (News flash: you can find them outside of Section 119). We here at Live For Live Music thought it might be time to peel back some layers of the mystery that is the spicy chicken sandwich in section 119.The spicy chicken sandwich comes from Fuku, an offshoot of the Momofuku brand helmed by renowned New York City chef David Chang. The chef—known for his restaurants Ssam Bar, Noodle Bar, and Ko, as well as the popular dessert chain MilkBar—is famous for his more casual, low-key (and low price point) dining experiences, where he typically fuses Asian and American influences to form a unique dining experience that’s both fun and delicious. His iconic Noodle Bar restaurant quickly became a popular destination for large groups looking to taste Chang’s delicious fried chicken served two ways: Southern style and Korean style. The popularity of Noodle Bar led Chang to open a standalone location where people could enjoy his fried chicken. He called the shop Fuku, playfully named under the Momofuku umbrella, and opened up a location in the East Village of Manhattan.Almost immediately, Fuku was praised for its outstanding spicy chicken sandwich. The sandwich is a play on the simple chicken sandwiches that can be eaten at fast-food establishments across the country, but with some twists that make it unique. The sandwich contains a chicken thigh that’s marinated in habanero, covered in buttermilk and a blend of spices, and then deep-fried to near-perfection before being served on a standard potato roll with pickles and butter. The end result is a juicy, crispy, delicious chicken sandwich experience that immediately jumped into the “must-try” category for New Yorkers. Shortly after the opening of Fuku, both Madison Square Garden and Citi Field—home of the New York Mets baseball team—roped in franchises for their stadiums, making Fuku a standard food item at sporting events and concerts at either building.. . .Fast forward a few years, and all it takes is an advertisement on a digital board for fans to go wild, almost as if they’ve never eaten a spicy chicken sandwich before. It’s not like this sandwich is new—Fuku opened in 2015, and the MSG location outside of section 119 opened in January 2016. This means the vendor was open for the entirety of Phish’s four-night 2016 New Year’s run, during which there were four set breaks where you could’ve purchased and eaten a spicy chicken sandwich from Fuku. Also, there is a debatably better spicy chicken sandwich from another notable chef—Jean Georges Vongerichten—at his booth called Jean Georges Simply Chicken, which has multiple locations around Madison Square Garden. Simply Chicken features a grilled chicken breast, fried onions, spicy aioli, basil, and pickles for a much more flavorful (and non-fried) experience.Whatever your opinion on the great chicken sandwich debate of 2017, the reality is both options are awesome for stadium food. Madison Square Garden is offering the sandwiches at Fuku and Simply Chicken—along with the rest of the food items located in the concourse outside of the 100 level—for a full hour before the show starts each evening for half-off. Discounted food, multiple delicious chicken sandwich options, confused out-of-town fans, and two sets and an encore of Phish tunes. . . Sounds like a good time to us![Photo: Courtesy of David Chang/Fuku]last_img read more

Lauritzen, Gustin, Irvine are repeat winners at Independence

first_imgBy Ryan ClarkINDEPENDENCE, Iowa (May 17) – Repeat winners were few and far between through the first three weeks of the season at Independence Motor Speedway. That changed Saturday night as three drivers made return trips to the winner’s circle. Ronn Lauritzen became the first driver to return to victory lane in the Performance Bodies IMCA Modified division. Lauritzen worked from a fourth row starting spot while Keith Pittman set the pace in the early going of that 20-lapper. Lauritzen made his way into the runner-up spot just before the first caution on lap seven. He worked past Pittman on the restart and paced the field through a couple more mid-race stoppages. Scott Hogan, who started 11th, raced through traffic and challenged Lauritzen late, however Lauritzen pulled away in the waning laps to score his second win of the year. By virtue of his second place finish, Hogan took over the points lead. Troy Cordes ran third. Jenae Gustin dominated the 15-lap Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature. After an early caution shook-up the lineup, Gustin raced from a fourth row starting spot and into the lead by the completion of the first lap. She dominated the field going away to win the event by over a straightaway ahead of Rod McDonald. Ross Neal finished third. Benji Irvine won his third IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature in four weeks in convincing fashion. From a third row start, Irvine worked around Matt Lundry on the second of 15 laps and then pulled away from the field to win by half of a lap ahead of Brian Happel. Jamie Whitaker ran third in the caution-free event. Darren Ackerman appeared poised to take his first win of the year in the IMCA Late Model division until contact with a lapped car late in that 25-lapper ended his run.Ackerman, who took command from Joel Brasch on the eighth circuit, built over a straightaway lead before the lap-22 mishap forced him pitside. Ron Klein inherited the point and led the final three laps to score his first win in Independence. First-year Late Model driver Jerry King, who finished second, took over the points lead. Dale Hackwell Jr. ran third. Jason Hocken earned his first win of the year in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division. From his pole position start, Hocken took the lead at the drop of the green and then held off late pressure from Justin Temeyer to score the win. Tim Helle took the points lead with his third place finish.last_img read more