News ————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News The trial of Kamal Sayid Qadir, due to have opened on 20 March 2006, has been adjourned again but no new start date has been announced. Reporters Without Borders is concerned about the procrastination of Kurdish justice, which has been holding a man in prison since 26 October 2005 whose only crime was to post articles on the Internet that were deemed to be defamatory of Iraqi Kurdistan President, Massud Barzani.————————10.03.2006Trial of cyberdissident Kamal Sayid Qadir postponedThe trial of Austrian jurist of Kurdish origin, Kamal Sayid Qadir, which was due to open on 9 March 2006, has been postponed to 20 March. His sister, Galawej Sayid Qadir, who lives in Germany, said that another sister, Aras, living in Iraqi Kurdistan, has been told she can no longer visit her brother. The head of security for Arbil reportedly said that she “was talking to foreign media too much.”———————————03.03.2006Reporters Without Borders has urged the UN in Iraq and the Austrian president to intervene on behalf of cyberdissident Kamal Sayid QadirReporters Without Borders wrote on 3 March to the UN Human Rights mission in Iraq, and to Austrian president Heinz Fischer, urging them to make contact with the authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan to secure the release of jurist Kamal Sayid Qadir, who has been imprisoned since 26 October 2005.————————–Letter sent to the UN Human Rights mission in Iraq:”Reporters Without Borders, an international organisation that defends press freedom, urges you to intervene with the Kurdish authorities to seek the release of Kamal Sayid Qadir, an Austrian jurist of Kurdish origin, who was sentenced to 30 year in prison on 19 December 2005 for “defamation of public institutions”.Kamal Sayid Qadir is accused of insulting and denigrating Massud Barzani, President of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, in articles posted on the Internet. On 26 February 2006, this conviction was quashed when the cyberdissident made a new appearance before a Kurdish court, without it being known what charges were being pressed against him. The next hearing is due on 9 March. He has been held since 26 October 2005 at Erbil prison in the autonomous region of Kurdistan, in northern Iraq. In an interview given from his cell to local radio Nawa, on 26 February, he said he had been tortured and received death threats from leading figures in the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). He also reported that he had been deprived of food and drink for three days. The authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan have several times since January announced that his release was imminent, but nothing has ever come of it.Even if Kamal Sayid Qadir had effectively denigrated the president, his articles do not in any way represent a threat to the institutions of Iraqi Kurdistan. Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns his continued detention.We urge you to put pressure on the Kurdistan government to put a quick end to this unjustified imprisonment.I trust you will give this request your careful consideration.”Letter signed by Robert Ménard, Secretary General of Reporters Without Borders. Related documents 060303lettre_qadir_pdt_fax-2.docMSWORD – 55 KB The letter sent to the Austrian president IraqMiddle East – North Africa Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Follow the news on Iraq to go further February 15, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts December 16, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information News RSF_en Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” December 28, 2020 Find out more Organisation News March 24, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Trial of Kamal Sayid Qadir adjourned yet again IraqMiddle East – North Africa
First Heatwave Expected Next Week Today, the California State Assembly passed a resolution recognizing the 70th Anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in a major professional sport. Robinson, a Pasadena native, made baseball history when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in April, 1947.Jackie Robinson is a true hero who continues to influence our lives 70 years later by his actions and words both on and off the field,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “With this resolution the legislature recognizes the bravery he exhibited, and the sacrificial hardship he and his family endured, during a time in our country’s history of racial turmoil and inhuman discrimination.”Robinson was born January 31, 1919, in Cairo, Georgia and was raised in Pasadena, California. A stellar athlete, young Robinson excelled not only in baseball but was a lettered athlete in football, track and field. He also played on the varsity squad of each of these sports while attending UCLA.While as a commissioned second lieutenant in the United States Army during World War II, he refused to sit in the back of an unsegregated military that resulted in his denial of combat duty. Consequently, he was acquitted and received an honorable discharge and later assigned to Camp Breckinridge, Morganfield Kentucky where he worked as an Army athletics coach and was subsequently encouraged to try out for the Kansas City Monarchs, a Negro National League team.Upon joining the Dodgers in 1947, Robinson led the Dodgers to win 6 pennants and the World Series in 1955. Robinson, after his historic career, became a vocal champion for civil rights and other social and political causes by joining the NAACP and helping establish the African-American Freedom National Bank.“Jackie Robinson will continue to be an inspiration for generations to come,” said Holden. Top of the News Business News More Cool Stuff Make a comment Herbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWeird Types Of Massage Not Everyone Dares To TryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Yoga Poses To Overcome Stress And AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTiger Woods Is ‘Different Man’ 10 Years After ScandalHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAncient Beauty Remedies From India To Swear By For Healthy SkinHerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Subscribe Government Pasadena State Assemblymember Chris Holden Praises Resolution Commemorating Legacy of Jackie Robinson Published on Thursday, April 6, 2017 | 3:38 pm Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
Such fears have delayed the return of team sport, and on Saturday all eyes were on the Bundesliga’s opening games, which were played to vacant, echoing stadiums.’World looking to Germany'”It’s sad that matches are played in empty stadiums, but it’s better than nothing,” said 45-year-old Borussia Dortmund fan Marco Perz, beer in hand, as he prepared to watch the game on TV.Dortmund’s prolific striker Erling Braut Haaland was the first goalscorer after the two-month shutdown, helping his team thrash rivals Schalke 4-0.He celebrated by dancing alone — away from his applauding teammates — in keeping with the strict hygiene guidelines which allowed the league to return.”The whole world will be looking at Germany, to see how we get it done,” said Hansi Flick, the boss of league-leaders Bayern Munich.Russia has announced its football league will return next month and plans to lift restrictions despite recording its highest daily death toll on Saturday, at 119.Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said the government would seek to extend the country’s state of emergency for “about a month”, until the transition out of lockdown is completed.In France, the first weekend after the most strict measures were lifted saw many venture out into the spring sunshine — and hit the beach.In the Riviera city of Nice, keen swimmers jumped into the surf at daybreak.”We were impatient because we swim here all year round,” said retiree Gilles, who declined to give his full name.Here comes the sunWith the Northern Hemisphere’s summer approaching, governments are moving to help tourism industries salvage something from the wreckage.Parasols and sunloungers have popped up on coastlines in Italy and Greece, which opened its beaches on Saturday.Pedri Alatras, who works at the Kavouri beach near Athens, said disinfecting lounge chairs after each customer was a burden, especially in temperatures approaching 40 degrees Celsius: “It’s exhausting but we have to respect the measures,” he said.Officials in England warned people to stay away from newly reopened beauty spots and avoid overcrowding.In Asia, malls reopened in the Philippines’ capital Manila but few shoppers showed up, while in Vietnam, hundreds queued to visit the newly reopened UNESCO heritage site of Ha Long Bay.’A Europe without borders’Germany, under pressure to follow Italy by allowing in EU visitors, instead reopened its border with tiny Luxembourg.Germany also saw the latest in a growing wave of anti-lockdown protests, with thousands gathering Saturday in major cities for rallies.”We want a return to normality and to not have any impediment on our public freedom,” said a protester in Dortmund who gave her name only as Sabine, 50.France, Switzerland and Poland also saw protests.Perhaps the best chance of ending the pandemic is a vaccine, and US President Donald Trump voiced hope late Friday that one would be available by late 2020, “maybe before” — a timeline deemed unrealistic by many experts. But amid an enormous push for medical and scientific tools to fight the virus, the US on Saturday approved a home-based kit for coronavirus tests, adding a simple option for a country eager to expand its COVID-19 testing.Economic havocSince emerging in China late last year, the coronavirus has whipped up a catastrophic economic storm.After Europe’s powerhouse Germany tipped into recession this week, the government on Saturday announced a 57 billion euro ($62 million) aid package to help local authorities weather the onslaught.In the US, the world’s worst-affected country with more than 88,000 deaths and 1.47 million confirmed infections, retail sales have plummeted with no certainty when they might recover.Former president Barack Obama took a swipe at the response to the pandemic ravaging America, telling graduates at a virtual commencement ceremony that many leaders today “aren’t even pretending to be in charge” — a remark widely regarded as a rare rebuke of his successor Donald Trump.”I hope you are bold,” Obama added.Forty-eight of the 50 US states have now eased lockdown rules to some extent. The virus is still surging in Latin America, and Chile’s capital Santiago spent Saturday under its first total lockdown following a 60 percent leap in confirmed cases.Brazil’s virus death toll passed 15,000 on Saturday and it became the country with the fourth-largest coronavirus caseload with 230,000 infections. Peru said it will construct a fast-build hospital in the Amazon in response to infections sweeping through indigenous communities.Topics : Top flight German football kicked off again on Saturday as the French returned to the beach and Italy announced a resumption of European tourism, providing much-needed relief against the relentless drumbeat of death and economic devastation wreaked by the coronavirus pandemic. The reopenings mark the beginning of a tentative return to normality in some of the countries worst affected by the global outbreak, which has killed almost 310,000 people according to official tolls, and infected over 4.5 million.As governments sought to restart economic activity while treading cautiously amid the lingering — though in many cases waning — pandemic, Germany’s Bundesliga became the first major European football league to resume. Italy, for a long stretch the world’s worst-hit country, announced that European Union tourists would be allowed to visit from June 3 and a 14-day mandatory quarantine would be scrapped.”We’re facing a calculated risk in the knowledge that the contagion curve may rise again,” Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said during a televised address. “We have to accept it otherwise we will never be able to start up again.”But as governments lift restrictions to boost stagnant economies, there have been widespread fears of a second wave of infections that could necessitate renewed lockdowns.