Bahraini journalist Faisal Hayyat detained over tweet about religion

first_img Help by sharing this information to go further Follow the news on Bahrain News Organisation Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest Faisal Hayyat’s Twitter account German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors BahrainMiddle East – North Africa ImprisonedFreedom of expression October 14, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) denounces the conviction of Bahraini journalist and blogger Faisal Hayyat for allegedly insulting religion in a tweet. Placed in pre-trial detention on 9 October, he now faces three months in prison. Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves livescenter_img RSF_en News BahrainMiddle East – North Africa ImprisonedFreedom of expression June 15, 2020 Find out more March 17, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News On 29 November a Bahraini court sentenced Faisal Hayyat, a journalist who hosts a satirical channel on YouTube, to three months in prison for a tweet deemed to have insulted a “religious symbol and group.” It is not yet known if he plans to appeal. The Criminal Investigation Directorate interrogated and arrested Hayyat on 9 October, a few days after he posted an open letter to the Bahraini authorities on social networks in which he referred to the conditions in which he was detained in 2011 and criticized governmental corruption and free speech violations. On the eve of the verdict, 45 NGOs including Reporters Without Borders (RSF) issued a joint statement urging Bahrain’s king to release Hayyat and other human rights defenders such as Nabeel Rajab, who are being held for criticizing the government on social networks and other platforms.***Faisal Hayyat has presented a weekly satirical broadcast about politics, business and social issues on his YouTube channel (Sha7wal) since 2013, and has tens of thousands of subscribers.His arrest could also be a direct reaction to an open letter he posted on Facebook on 1 October criticizing the interior minister’s comments about religious faith and his department’s supposed respect for human rights in a speech that the minister gave on 29 September. Hayyat denounced the mistreatment he received while detained for nearly three months in 2011. During this detention, Hayyat was tortured and humiliated for participating in a march held to support journalists and to demand media freedom and the then interior minister’s replacement.“We condemn Faisal Hayyat’s arbitrary detention, which reflects the Bahraini regime’s determination to silence all critics, and we urge the authorities to free him immediately and unconditionally along with all the other journalists being held unjustly,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk.Hayyat is being held under article 309 of the criminal code, under which anyone defaming a recognized religious sect or ridiculing its rituals faces the possibility of a one-year prison sentence or a fine.A former sports reporter and commentator, Hayyat used to work for the Qatari sports TV channel Al-Kass and for the newspaper Al-Bilad. More recently he has been active on several media platforms and social networks including Twitter, YouTube, Snapchat and Facebook.Bahrain is ranked 162nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. News October 13, 2016 – Updated on November 30, 2016 Bahraini journalist Faisal Hayyat detained over tweet about religionlast_img read more

With More Rain in Forecast, Long Island Officials Chart Hurricane Joaquin’s Unclear Path

first_imgWhile it is too early to know with any certainty when and where #Joaquin will make landfall – and the strength of the… Posted by PSEG Long Island on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Another wave of heavy rain on tap through the weekend has prompted concerns of potential flooding on Long Island as meteorologists and local agencies keep a watchful eye on newly formed Hurricane Joaquin’s uncertain trajectory. The National Hurricane Center upgraded Joaquin from a tropical storm to a hurricane Wednesday morning. By late afternoon it was located 245 miles east-northeast of the central Bahamas and was moving at approximately six miles per hour. In response, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office reminded residents to remain vigilant despite Joaquin’s uncertain path. “Our state has seen the damage that extreme weather can cause time and time again–and I am urging New Yorkers take precautions for more heavy storms in the coming days,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene proved that you do not have to be near the coast to be impacted by Mother Nature. I have directed State agencies to ready their emergency response equipment in partnership with local governments, and I encourage all of our state’s residents to be prepared and stay safe.” The governor urged residents to stock up on emergency supplies, including water and non-perishable food, and to gather emergency contact information.Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said the county is closely monitoring Joaquin’s progress and will take “necessary precautions to prepare in the event of severe weather.” Invoking Superstorm Sandy, the county executive said: “it is better to be overly cautious and to have a plan in place. The county is closely monitoring the storm’s progress and taking the necessary precautions to prepare in the event of severe weather.”The Oct. 29, 2012 superstorm was also on the mind of officials in Nassau County. “Superstorm Sandy taught us that given our location as an island, we are vulnerable to the Atlantic Ocean and susceptible to the powerful and destructive nature of hurricanes and tropical storms such as Joaquin,” said Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano in a statement. “It is critical that residents be prepared for it and take all warnings seriously.”The Island may still experience heavy rain through the weekend, according to the Upton-based National Weather Service. The agency said it was too soon to predict Hurricane Joaquin’s course but it noted that the Island was already experiencing tropical moisture as a result of the storm. LI was saturated with 1 to 2 inches of rain as a storm system rolled across the region overnight, knocking out power to several thousand PSEG Long Island ratepayers. As of Wednesday afternoon, the number of customers in the dark had dwindled to less than 500.“We have activated our storm preparedness plans so we can respond quickly to the approaching weather,” said John O’Connell, vice president of Transmission & Distribution at PSEG Long Island, in a statement. PSEG LI will conduct system checks on its equipment and perform logistics checks as it prepares for more wet weather. The forecast for the remainder of the week calls for rain through the weekend. LI could see another 2-3 inches of rain by Friday, the weather service said.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img— Indians reliever Emmanuel Clase (klah-say) is expected to be out 8-12 weeks with a strained back muscle. Clase has a 100 mph fastball and was the centerpiece of an offseason trade that sent two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber to Texas.— Cubs reliever Brad Wieck has had surgery for an abnormal heart flutter and is out indefinitely. The team says an irregular heartbeat was discovered during the 28-year-old left-hander’s spring training physical.— Freddie Freeman hopes to return to the Atlanta Braves lineup next week after his surgically repaired right elbow swelled and forced him out of action a few days ago. The four-time All-Star had three loose bodies removed from his elbow in October to address years-long pain that caused an ill-timed slump last season.— Kerwin Danley has been named the majors’ first African American umpire crew chief. The 58-year-old Danley has worked two World Series and been on the field for 10 other postseason rounds, including the AL Championship Series last year. MLB also says Alfonso Marquez is being elevated to the first Hispanic crew chief born outside the United States.— Members of Congress have sent a letter to the Baseball Hall of Fame asking that former major league outfielder Curt Flood be elected in December by the next golden era committee. The recognition would coincide with the 50-year anniversary of Flood’s defiant letter to baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn in which he wrote, “I do not feel that I am a piece of property to be bought and sold irrespective of my wishes.” Flood was traded by St. Louis to Philadelphia after the 1969 season and refused to report to the Phillies, instead sitting out the 1970 campaign and challenging the reserve clause. Bryant’s items were already being planned for auction when he, his daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26.SUN YANG APPEALOlympic champion Sun Yang banned for 8 years in doping caseGENEVA (AP) — Chinese swimmer Sun Yang has been banned for eight years for breaking anti-doping rules and will miss the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The Court of Arbitration for Sport has found the three-time Olympic champion guilty of refusing to cooperate with sample collectors during a visit to his home in September 2018 that turned confrontational. — Anthony Davis had 23 points and six rebounds in three quarters of the Lakers’ 116-86 thrashing of the Warriors. Rajon Rondo (RAH’-zhahn RAHN’-doh) started in place of LeBron James and contributed 12 points with six assists as Los Angeles earned its seventh straight win and league-record 18th in a row on the road against the Western Conference. James sat out because of recurring soreness in his troublesome left groin.— Danilo Gallinari scored 24 points and the Thunder rallied from 19 down in the third quarter to beat the Kings, 112-108. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander contributed 20 points and Chris Paul added 17 as Oklahoma City won its fifth in a row and 14th in its last 17 games.— Domantas Sabonis (doh-MAHN’-tahs sah-BOH’-nihs) had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Pacers to their fourth win in five games, 106-100 versus the Trail Blazers. Malcolm Brogdon had 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds, while T.J. Warren and Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) scored 15 points each for Indiana.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEGonzaga hammers San Diego Zach Johnson shares second with J.T. Poston, Brian Stuard, Cameron Tringale (trihn-GAH’-lee) and Lee Westwood, who also made the field on a sponsor exemption.KOBE BRYANT-AUCTIONKobe Bryant handprints, other memorabilia up for auctionNEW YORK (AP) — Some key Kobe Bryant memorabilia, including two of his Los Angeles Lakers uniforms and cement handprints from his induction into the Grauman’s Chinese Theater hall of fame gallery, are going up for sale in April.Julien’s Auctions aid Thursday that the items would be up for sale on April 30 as part of its annual sports auction that also includes a silver medal from the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and a 2002 FIFA World Cup gold winner’s medal. Tobias Harris scored 34 points to lead the short-handed Sixers to a 115-106 victory over the Knicks. Harris had 23 points in the opening half to help Philadelphia to a 61-46 lead at the break.Shake Milton scored 19 points and Al Horford added 15 as the 76ers handed New York its sixth straight loss.Embiid sat out with a shoulder injury and Simmons missed his third straight game with a back ailment that will keep him off the court for at least two weeks. The Sixers will have more information concerning Embiid’s injury on Friday.The win puts the 76ers in a tie with Miami for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.Checking out Thursday’s other NBA action: — Ryan Strome’s (strohmz) two goals and one assist carried the Rangers to their fifth consecutive win, 5-2 at Montreal. Phillip Di Giuseppe, Adam Fox and Mika Zibanejad (MEE’-kah zih-BAN’-eh-jad) also tallied after New York fell behind, 2-0.— Mikael Granlund provided the tying and winning goals in the Predators’ 4-3 overtime victory against the Flames. Granlund knotted the score with less than a second left in regulation and ended it at 1:20 of OT to give Nashville its third straight win.— Bobby Ryan returned from a three-month injury absence and recorded a hat trick in the Senators’ 5-2 verdict over the Canucks. Ryan tallied twice in the final 2:08 for his fifth hat trick and first since December 2014.— Matt Dumba had two goals and an assist as the Wild blew out the Red Wings, 7-1 for their fourth win in five games. Kevin Fiala (fee-AH’-lah) also had a three-point night with a goal and two assists.— Logan Couture scored 38 seconds into overtime to complete the Sharks’ 3-2 win against the Devils. San Jose trailed 2-0 in the second until Mario Ferraro beat Mackenzie Blackwood and Marcus Sorenson added a short-handed goal late in the period. Associated Press February 28, 2020 — D’Mitrik Trice hit his first five shots and scored 28 points as Wisconsin topped No. 19 Michigan, 81-74. Aleem Ford and Micah Potter each had 18 points to help the Badgers improve to 18-9 overall and 11-6 in the Big Ten. Zavier Simpson scored a career-high 32 points for the Wolverines, who were without guard Eli Brooks because of a broken nose.— Matt Bradley matched his career highs of five 3-pointers and 26 points in leading California’s 76-62 upset of 21st-ranked Colorado. Kareem South had 19 points and Paris Austin added 12 as the Golden Bears beat the Buffaloes for the first time in six tries.— Kaleb Wesson scored 16 points and had a career-high 18 rebounds in No. 23 Ohio State’s 75-54 thumping of Nebraska. Duane Washington Jr. made three straight 3s to open the game and finished with 14 points for the Buckeyes, who led 26-12 after hitting nine of their first 11 shots.NHL-SCHEDULEB’s win, Bolts fall Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULESixers win without Embiid, SimmonsUNDATED (AP) — No Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’). No Ben Simmons. No problem for the Philadelphia 76ers as they improved to an NBA-best 28-2 at home.center_img The 28-year-old Sun cannot defend his 200-meter freestyle title in Tokyo and has been banned until February 2028.The World Anti-Doping Agency went to CAS after a FINA tribunal only warned Sun. Update on the latest sports Sale to start season on injured listUNDATED (AP) — Boston Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale will start the season on the injured list. Manager Ron Roenicke (REHN’-ih-kee) says Sale will be placed on the 15-day injured list and will remain in Fort Myers, Florida, for extended spring training when the team breaks camp. Sale reported to camp with pneumonia and is behind schedule.Sale ended last season on the injured list with elbow inflammation, making his last appearance Aug. 13 at Cleveland, where he gave up five runs with 12 strikeouts in 6 ⅔ innings. Roenicke emphasized this trip to the injured list is not related to Sale’s elbow.Sale went 6-11 last season with a 4.40 ERA in 25 starts, the fewest in his career for a full season since 2012.In other MLB news: Slater Koekkoek (KOO’-koo) scored his first goal of the season and Brandon Saad (sahd) added his 20th as Chicago beat the Lightning for the first time in regulation since Dec. 13, 2009.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— Colton Parayko’s wraparound goal in overtime capped the Blues’ comeback in a 3-2 win against the Islanders. Vince Dunn tied it with 1:44 left in regulation before Parayko sent St. Louis to its sixth straight win and a five-point lead over Colorado atop the Central Division. Jean-Gabriel Pageau (pa-ZHOH’) and Jordan Eberle had first-period goals for the Isles, who are two points ahead of Columbus for the first Eastern Conference wild card.— Winnipeg’s three-game skid is over after Connor Hellebuyck (HEH’-leh-buhk) stopped 34 shots in a 3-0 shutout of the Capitals. Kyle Connor and Mark Schiefele (SHY’-flee) each had a goal and an assist to support Hellebuyck’s fifth shutout of the season and 19th of his career. Washington’s lead in the Metropolitan Division remains four points over the Penguins, who have two games in hand.— William Nylander (NEE’-lan-dur) snapped a 3-3 tie with 11 minutes left in the Maple Leafs’ 5-3 victory over the Panthers. Auston Matthews, Kasperi Kapanen (kas-PEHR’-ee KAP’-eh-nehn), Mark Hyman and Justin Holl also scored and Frederik Andersen stopped 24 shots in Toronto’s third win in four games. — Former Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is selling some baseball memorabilia and plenty of household items at a weekend estate sale. The baseball-related items for sale include framed jerseys, bobbleheads, commemorative Coca-Cola bottles, signed Red Sox photographs, and a Boston Bruins jersey with the name Ortiz and his No. 34 on the back.PGA-HONDA CLASSICLewis, English share Honda leadPALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Tom Lewis and Harris English each fired 4-under 66s to take a one-shot lead in the first of the PGA’s Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens.Lewis and English each made the field on sponsor exemptions after failing to qualify for the event. UNDATED (AP) — Third-ranked Gonzaga has nailed down its eighth consecutive West Coast Conference regular-season title.Filip Petrusev (peh-TROO’-shehv) had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Bulldogs in a 94-59 dismantling of San Diego. Corey Kispert scored 16 points and Ryan Woolridge had 15 for the 28-2 Zags, who rebounded from Saturday’s loss at BYU.Gonzaga has won 38 consecutive home games, the longest streak in the country. The Bulldogs are also seeking to play the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament in Spokane.In other top-25 finals:— Payton Pritchard had 23 points and 14th-ranked Oregon extended its home winning streak to 15 games by topping Oregon State, 69-54. Will Richardson had 15 points for the Ducks, who avenged their Feb. 8 loss to the Beavers. Oregon is 22-7 overall and 11-5 in the Pac-12. UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins have widened their lead in the NHL’s Atlantic Division.David Pastrnak’s (PAHS’-tur-nahks) 46th goal of the season was the eventual game-winner as the Bruins topped the Stars, 4-3. The game was deadlocked, 1-1 until Brad Marchand and Nick Ritchie tallied 77 seconds apart late in the second period.Jaroslav Halak (YAH’-roh-slahv hah-LAHK’) turned back 31 shots to help Boston end its first two-game losing streak in over a month.The Bruins now pace the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division races by seven points over Tampa Bay.The Lightning dropped their fourth straight since a team-record, 11-game winning streak. Dominik Kubalik (koo-BAH’-lihk) recorded his first career hat trick with three goals in the third period of the Blackhawks’ 5-2 victory at Tampa. The Blackhawks trailed 2-0 before scoring three times in the final period, including three in a 5:20 span. NHL-CANUCKS-MARKSTROMMarkstrom out after ‘minor’ procedureVANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom had a “minor lower body procedure” and will be reevaluated in two weeks.Markstrom was hurt during a 9-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday, causing Vancouver to acquire veteran Louis Domingue (doh-MIHNG’) from New Jersey. Markstrom is 23-16-4 with a 2.75 goals-against average, a career-high .918 save percentage and two shutouts this season.MLB-NEWSlast_img read more