Presidential pardon only hope for cyber-dissident Zouhair Yahyaoui

first_imgNews TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en November 11, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Tunisia December 26, 2019 Find out more Help by sharing this information Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists to go furthercenter_img News Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Organisation News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders today called on President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to grant a swift pardon to jailed cyber-dissident Zouhair Yahyaoui, who is in a very weak condition after staging a series of hunger strikes.The organisation issued its appeal after the Tunis court of cassation on 12 July rejected a request by Yahyaoui’s lawyer for it to overturn his conviction. The court is the country’s highest appeal court, and its ruling means that Yahyaoui has exhausted all possible means of legal recourse.”We condemn the hard line taken by the Tunisian judiciary with this cyber-dissident, whose only crime is to have dared to denounce President Ben Ali’s totalitarian regime,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said.Yahyaoui was arrested on 4 June 2002 and was sentenced on 10 July 2002 to two years in prison for allegedly circulating false news and making fraudulent use of Internet connections. Last month he was awarded the first Reporters Without Borders cyber-freedom prize. News July 16, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Presidential pardon only hope for cyber-dissident Zouhair Yahyaoui November 12, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Limerick Council housing department meets a wall of criticism

first_imgNewsLocal NewsLimerick Council housing department meets a wall of criticismBy Alan Jacques – March 13, 2015 1187 TAGSCllr Francis FoleyCllr Jerome ScanlanCllr John SheahanCllr Liam GalvinCllr Michael CollinsCllr Seamus BrowneFianna FáilFine GaellimerickLimerick City and County CouncilMunicipal District of Newcastle WestSinn Fein by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr Liam GalvinLIMERICK City and County Council’s housing department came under heavy fire as councillors expressed their discontent with how it’s been run since the merger of the two local authorities last year.At this month’s Newcastle West municipal district meeting, Fine Gael councillor Liam Galvin said it was “scandalous” that he had to put a motion on the agenda to get works carried out at a council house in Garravane, Mountcollins.“I’m not happy with how the housing department is being run. It’s not working. After exhausting every other avenue, I have had to put this on the agenda to try alleviate problems for a young family with young children,” he explained.Cllr Galvin said the house was damp and cold and had problems with leaks. An estimated €50,000 had originally been spent by the Council on works when it was purchased for social housing stock, but local councillors raised serious questions about the workmanship involved.He warned the council that he would address issues in regards social housing through motions at public meetings if the housing department didn’t up its game.“I’m a little perturbed that this issue had to be brought up at a council meeting and I’m disturbed to hear work had already been carried out in this house. Who signed off on the work?” Fine Gael councillor John Sheahan asked.Sinn Fein councillor Seamus Browne said he was disappointed that Cllr Galvin was forced to take such drastic measures to get this work completed for a young family.“Our housing stock is deteriorating rapidly and has been for many years. The same standards in the private sector do not seem to apply to the local authority. There are houses out there with no insulation,” he claimed.Fine Gael councillor Jerome Scanlan told the council executive that their tenants were expected to pay local property tax, but didn’t get the same service as that expected by tenants from landlords in the private sector.“Rents in Newcastle West are around €135 a week,” he said.Fianna Fail councillor Francis Foley asked that the Council take inventory of its social housing stock and provide money to upgrade it.“Some of these homes haven’t been upgraded in over 20 years. House are freezing, people have no insulation, yet rents are going up,” he said.Cllr Michael Collins (FF), an auctioneer in Newcastle West, said that no one at the Council was taking responsibility for this problem. When his fellow councillors asked his opinion on the current value of council house in Garravane, Mountcollins, Cllr Collins estimated it to be worth around €30,000.Area engineer Ben Noonan said that contact had been made with the tenants to deal with issues of dampness in their home. Linkedin Mayor welcomes the re-opening of non-essential retail across Limerick Call for ban on use of helium balloons in Limerick Seven Limerick post offices confirmed for closure Print Email Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Previous articleEstuary run to recall Larry’s community spiritNext articleLarge numbers at elevated Rás Luimní Alan Jacques WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR New role for Cllr John Sheahan Plaque unveiled to West Limerick man honouring his contribution to Sikh Culture and Religion Twitter Limerick Council social housing policy in ‘tatters’last_img read more

Bush grandkids recall 41’s ‘incredibly goofy’ side

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — While he was the serious leader of the free world, to Ashley and Marshall Bush, former President George H.W. Bush was the lovable, joke-cracking granddad who attended their school plays and even had a cameo in one of their high school musicals.In an interview Monday on ABC’s Good Morning America, the two granddaughters of the 41st president of the United States, who died Friday at the age of 94, said the biggest lesson he taught them was “humility.”“A couple of years ago I sat down and asked him a few questions. I was just so struck by his humility at one question, in particular. I asked what had impacted him the most in his life and he talked about when he was a 20-year-old pilot and he teared up … and how that had sort of motivated and inspired him for the rest of his life,” Ashley Bush, 29, told ABC News’ Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos.She recalled her grandfather and grandmother, former first lady Barbara Bush, who died in April, always being there to support them.“I mean, our grandfather belonged, of course, to us, but also to the world,” said Ashley Bush, 29, the daughter of Neil Bush. “But yet he would have these moments and come to our plays and even make cameos in our high school musical. It’s very grounded. While he was part of the whole world, he was very grounded and certainly made us all feel very loved and made us feel very special.”Marshall Bush, 32, the daughter of the Marvin Bush, recalled visiting her grandparents in Washington.“As crazy as it sounds, it was very normal for me because when I was born he was in the vice president’s house, and then from about 3 to 7 [year old], he was in the White House,” Marshall Bush said. “So, really to me, and again it’s completely bizarre, but the White House was just my grandfather’s house, my grandparents’ house, where they lived and where I went and hung out with them, went swimming in their pool and played with their dogs. It was normal life to me. It’s just how it was, like anyone going to see their grandparents, with a little extra security.”Marshall described being at her grandfather’s bedside with family and close family friends when the former president took his last breath.“It was just really peaceful,” she said. “I was so happy that I could be there for him and with my family and our closest family friends and just be able to make sure that he knew we were there, he knew we loved him. [We] just comforted him as much as we could and tried and make the very last part of his life as comfortable and loving as he made ours.”Both granddaughters, among the former president’s 14 grandchildren, said they’ll miss his “incredibly goofy side.”“He did a lot of silly, completely ridiculous things just to make sure that we were all smiling and laughing, and having fun,” Marshall said.Ashley added: “He always tried to make us laugh. I feel like, ’till the end, he was cracking jokes.”Marshall said she is “unbelievably lucky” to have had such a granddad.“I could not have had a better influence or really a partner in life,” she said. “He supported us … in every single thing we did. As silly as it was, from our school plays to just having a tough day, he was always there to listen and always there to love.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more