Morocco arrests dissident journalist on rape and spy charges

first_imgMorocco sentences YouTuber, detains journalist FILE PHOTO: Journalist and activist Omar Radi waits outside court in Casablanca, Morocco March 12, 2020. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal/File Photo FILE PHOTO: Journalist and activist Omar Radi waits outside court in Casablanca, Morocco March 12, 2020. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal/File PhotoMoroccan police on Wednesday arrested a dissident journalist and charged him with rape and helping foreign spies, a prosecutor said, in a case worrying rights groups.Omar Radi, a business journalist and critic of Morocco’s human rights record, was also accused of receiving funds from abroad to undermine Morocco’s security, the Casablanca prosecutor’s office said in a statement.Radi, 33, denies all the charges, his lawyer Miloud Kandil told Reuters, adding that a first hearing would be on Sept. 22.His arrest follows 10 summons for a police investigation over suspicions of receiving funds linked to foreign intelligence which he denied.The investigation came after rights group Amnesty International accused Morocco of using Israeli-made spyware to snoop on his phone. Moroccan officials deny that and have demanded Amnesty turn over proof.Radi had already been given a four-month suspended prison sentence in March, on charges of insulting a judge, for Twitter comments criticising jail terms for people in 2017 protests.Rights groups say Morocco increasingly uses detention to target dissent. Courts have sentenced a dozen individuals to terms of up to four years on charges from insulting institutions or public servants to inciting protests, a committee of rights activists said in January.Morocco mostly sidestepped the turmoil of the 2011 Arab uprisings, responding to protests with reforms to cede some of King Mohammed VI’s powers to an elected government, though he remains the ultimate authority.Related Morocco’s king pardons journalist jailed on abortion chargescenter_img Rape charges against Mandela’s grandson withdrawnlast_img read more

Argonauts Hit the Road to Georgia This Weekend

first_imgPrint Friendly Version PENSACOLA, Fla. –  This weekend, the UWF volleyball team will travel to Georgia to face West Georgia and Valdosta State. On Friday the Argos will play against West Georgia at 5:00 PM CT and then will play at Valdosta State on Saturday at 6:00 PM CT. ABOUT UWF: The Argonauts are now 10-5 overall and 3-0 in conference after sweeping the opening week of GSC play. UWF won in five over Alabama Huntsville and Mississippi College and then won in three sets over West Alabama, all at home.Senior Jordyn Poppen is off to a great start this season already recording 204 kills 55 digs and 24 blocks. This week, Poppen was named the GSC Offensive Player of the Week for as she earned her 1,000th career kill on Saturday against UWA. In that match she also hit a .586 with 17 kills and no errors.Poppen also recorded her 10th double-double of the season with in the UAH match with 22 kills and 13 digs and against Mississippi College with 20 kills and 15 digs. In total last week, Poppen had 59 kills on 126 attempts with 11 errors. She also totaled 37 digs eight aces and six blocks.Another big hitter for the Argos is Freshman Veresia Yon. Yon had recorded 135 kills hitting .359 this season so far. She also is active on the net and has put up 55 blocks and has scored 176.5 points for the Argos. On the defensive end, Junior Ashton Marshall continues to hold down the court with 257 digs averaging 4.67 digs per set. She is followed by UWF’s setters Brogan Wallin and Taylor Vaneekeren who have 103 and 108 digs. Wallin has tallied 276 assists this season averaging 5.11 assists per set and Vaneekeren has 323 assists averaging 6.09 assists per set. ABOUT WEST GEORGIA: UWG comes into this match with the Argos as the only other team in the GSC that is still undefeated in conference play at 3-0. They are also 8-6 overall. Last week, West Georgia took wins over Lee, Shorter and Valdosta State, while only dropping a set to the Hawks.  UWF won the last meeting, 3-0 in Carrolton, Ga. on October 23rd last year. The Argos lead the all-time series 32-3 and are 14-2 in Carrollton. UWF’s last loss to UWG was in 2013.UWG has an outstanding player this year who is making a mark as a freshman. Tierra White has recorded 161 kills on the season with an attack pct. of .413. White was named the GSC Freshman of the Week this week as she led the Wolves to a 3-0 record to begin GSC play. Against Shorter, she had 10 blocks, setting a school record. Overall, she had 17 blocks, 38 kills, and hit .516 for the week. This is the second time this year that White has been named GSC Freshman of the Week.ABOUT VALDOSTA STATE: VSU comes into the match against the Argos 2-1 in the GSC and 10-6 overall. Last week the Blazers only loss was to West Georgia, but they earned wins over Shorter and Lee. VSU will play Auburn Montgomery on Friday before hostin UWF.  The last time the two teams played, the Argos came out on top 3-1 on October 30 last year. The overall record between the two teams is 30-6 with the Argos ahead and the overall away record has the Argos only losing 4 matches in The Complex making it a 13-4 record. The last loss the Argos had to the Blazers was in 2015 at VSU in a 3-2 loss. For the Blazers, Setter Tammy Reyes Perez is having a great year with a total of 420 assists averaging 8.24 assists per set. Reyes Perez also has 128 digs, 59 kills and 14 service aces this season. Another player to watch is outside hitter Dariah Powell. Powell is leading the team in kills with 121 with a hitting average of 2.37.  Powell also has 147 digs and 29 blocks.  GSC STANDINGS (as of 10/2/2019)SCHOOL                         GSC         ALL         STRKWest Florida                    3-0          10-5            W5West Georgia                  3-0           8-6             W4Auburn Montgomery      2-1           8-4             W2Alabama Huntsville        2-1           9-5             W2Valdosta State                 2-1         10-6             L1Union                               2-1           8-6             L1Montevallo                      2-1           8-7             W1Mississippi College        2-2          5-10            W1Lee                                   0-2           6-6             L3Shorter                            0-2           6-8             L3West Alabama                 0-3           5-10           L3Christian Brothers         0-4           2-14           L8How to Follow the Argos: For complete information on UWF Volleyball, follow the team on Twitter at @UWFVolleyball and on Instagram at @UWFVolleyball. Friday at UWG: Live Stats | Live VideoSaturday at VSU: Live Stats | Live Videolast_img read more

Gasline Bill Passes the State House

first_imgThe bill passed the House 24-14, with opposition from Homer Representative Paul Seaton. Other ‘nays’ included: Reps. Claman, Colver, Drummond, Gara, Gruenberg, Guttenberg, Josephson, Kawasaki, Kito, Kreiss-Tomkins, Tarr, Tuck, and Wool. Two Legislators were excused: Reps. Lynn and Ortiz. Critics say the bill ties the state’s hands. Speaker Mike Chenault’s HB 132 initially stirred the pot with Governor Bill Walker… Speaker Chenault(R-Nikiski): “I’m hoping that we can finally come to an agreement on what we’re doing there as a state and what the meaning of it is and if we can do that, maybe we can move forward on other things.” Chenault says the State and partners need certainty as they pursue the largest LNG pipeline and liquefaction facility in the world…center_img Walker’s office says the Governor hasn’t changed his views on the bill which he threatened to veto. Gov. Walker: “We have one project being driven by those who have competing projects around the world, but maybe at some point they decide they’d prefer their other projects rather than the one from Alaska, and we just can’t be in the situation that we don’t have an option ourselves that we can control.” If HB 132 passes the Senate, the Alaska Gasline Development Corp would be prohibited from pursuing any other project until one of three milestones is reached: the state or another party withdraws from Alaska LNG; Alaska LNG enters its next phase; or July 1, 2017. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A bill which would limit the State’s involvement in any gasline project but the AK LNG Project has passed the House and is on its way to the Senate.last_img read more

Tinker man Ranieri back as Leicester boss

first_img“Leicester City football club is delighted to announce the appointment of Claudio Ranieri as the club’s new First Team Manager,” a statement on the club’s website confirmed.“The 63-year-old Italian has agreed a three-year contract at King Power Stadium to begin his second spell of Premier League management, following a successful four years at Chelsea between 2000 and 2004.”After Pearson’s dismissal last month, following a breakdown in his relationship with Leicester’s owners, the club had been linked with a host of high-profile replacements including Martin O’Neill and Guus Hiddink.O’Neill was believed to be close to agreeing to return to his old club over the weekend, but issues regarding his exit from his current role as Republic of Ireland manager scuppered that deal.Former Inter Milan and Valencia boss Ranieri then became Leicester’s top target and his return to the Premier League was quickly rubber-stamped.“I’m so glad to be here in a Club with such a great tradition as Leicester City,” Ranieri said.“I have worked at many great clubs, in many top leagues, but since I left Chelsea I have dreamt of another chance to work in the best league in the world again.“I wish to thank the owner, his son and all the executives of the Club for the opportunity they are giving me.“Now I’ve only one way for returning their trust: squeeze all my energies to getting the best results for the team.”Ranieri hasn’t worked in English football since 2004, when he was sacked by Chelsea, and was also dismissed from his last job as Greece manager last year.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Claudio Ranieri, pictured on May 17, 2014, has been hired as the new manager of Leicester City. PHOTO/AFPLONDON, July 13- Leicester City have hired former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri as their new manager, the Premier League club announced on Monday.Ranieri makes a surprise return to the English top-flight after emerging as the preferred choice of the club’s Thai owners to replace the sacked Nigel Pearson.last_img read more