Remaining Zone 9 bloggers acquitted of terrorism

first_imgNews October 16, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Remaining Zone 9 bloggers acquitted of terrorism RSF_en to go further Organisation May 21, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information February 10, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that four members of the Zone 9 blogging collective who have been held since April 2014 have just been acquitted on a charge of terrorism.One of the four, Befekadu Hailu, will nonetheless remain in detention on a charge of “inciting violence” in his blog posts, which were very critical of the government. Reporters Without Borders deplores this additional charge, which carries a possible three-year jail term. The other three, Atnaf Berane, Abel Wabella and Natnail Feleke are due to be released shortly.The Addis Ababa court also acquitted a fifth blogger, Soleyana Gebremichael, who fled to the United States and who was tried in absentia. Explaining the acquittals, the court said criticizing the government did not constitute terrorism. Another delay in Zone 9 bloggers’ trial News ******************************************************************** RSF condemns NYT reporter’s unprecedented expulsion from Ethiopia An Addis Ababa court yesterday again adjourned a hearing in the trial of Zone 9 bloggers Atnaf Berhane, Befekadu Hailu, Abel Wabella and Natnail Feleke. Officials said it had to be postponed because two of the judges were receiving “training.”The court had been expected to issue a verdict during the hearing, the 37th in the trial. Atnaf Berhane, Befekadu Hailu, Abel Wabella and Natnail Feleke will now have to wait until 16 October to learn their fate.“We are outraged by this latest postponement, which prolongs the agony of the four Zone 9 bloggers still being held,” Reporters Without Borders editor in chief Virginie Dangles said. “We again call on the authorities to free them at once because they committed no crime.”Since the arrests of a total of six Zone 9 bloggers in April 2014, the trial has been adjourned 38 times. Two of the six, Mahlet Fantahun and Zelalem Kibret, were released in July 2015 after the justice ministry dropped the charges against them without explaining why.Arrested under the 2009 anti-terrorism law, the bloggers are accused of “working with foreign organizations claiming to defend human rights” and “receiving funding in order to incite the public to violence via social media.”Ethiopia is ranked 142nd out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Ethiopia arbitrarily suspends New York Times reporter’s accreditation News Follow the news on Ethiopia May 18, 2021 Find out more “These bloggers should never have been arrested and, even more so, should never have spent 539 days in preventive detention. We urge the judicial authorities to compensate them for the effects of their unjustified detention. We also call on the judicial authorities to pursue their reasoning to its logical conclusion and to drop the remaining charge against the last blogger still held.” Receive email alerts Journalist attacked, threatened in her Addis Ababa home EthiopiaAfrica EthiopiaAfrica “We are relieved that Atnaf Berane, Abel Wabella, Natnail Feleke and Soleyana Gebremichael have finally been found innocent,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk.last_img read more

127 Mid West children homeless

first_imgLimerick county house prices to rise 5% in 2021 Limerick city house prices rise 4.9% as time to sell falls NewsHousing127 Mid West children homelessBy Alan Jacques – June 11, 2018 2002 Students warned of rental scams in Limerick Linkedin Advertisement WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Printcenter_img Covid crisis impacts building of new homes in Limerick Email SIXTY-six families with 127 children were homeless in the Mid-West in April this year, according to the latest figures from the Department of Housing.There were 89 adults, 43 of these single-parent families, homeless in the region during April.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The total number of children homeless across the State came to 3,689.“While homeless figures for April show a very slight decrease they are still alarmingly high but the most concerning aspect is the increase in the number of children who are without a home. This is a scandal,” Labour Party Housing spokesperson, Jan O’Sullivan said.“These children are in truly precarious situations, along with their families in many cases with nowhere to play, far from their friends and school and filled with an anxiety about the future that no child should have to endure.”These figures, Deputy O’Sullivan insists, brings more urgency to the need to implement the kind of measures she presented on behalf of the Labour Party to the Dáil last week to prevent families from losing their homes and also to see the Government progress the Housing (Homeless Families) Bill which would ensure the needs of children whose families are homeless are addressed.“As we shine a light on the wrongs done to children in the past, we must find real solutions to the plight of the children of the present whose lives are blighted by being homeless,” she concluded.Commenting on the figures, Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy, said: “The report for April shows a reduction in the number of adults and families accessing emergency accommodation, which is welcome. I have said before that monthly reporting makes it difficult to identify any developing trends at an early stage, but from these figures, it would seem that the presentation of new families into emergency accommodation is stabilising.“That said, while the number of families in emergency accommodation is down this month, a small number of families with a large number of children did present, meaning that the number of dependents has risen by 43.”Read more housing stories here. Facebook Mortgage payment break for local authority home loan borrowers will be extended by a further three months Previous articleWin cinema ticketsNext articleThrowing the book at Limerick schoolboy soccer Alan Jacques TAGSDeputy Jan O’Sullivaneoghan murphyhomelesshomelessnessHousingJan O’Sullivan TDpolitics Average Limerick city house prices rise 2.5% in past yearlast_img read more

Watch Greensky Bluegrass Open Colorado Show With Phish’s “Chalk Dust Torture”

first_imgCome stumble my mirth beaten workers. Last night, Greensky Bluegrass kicked off their performance at the Ogden Theatre in fine fashion, as the group opened with a cover of the famed Phish tune “Chalk Dust Torture.” The show came at the end of a three night run, showcasing Greensky’s original material in full force. Opening with “Chalk Dust” was an excellent way to get the crowd rocking.Check out a video of “Chalk Dust Torture,” courtesy of Kyle Isaac on YouTube.Greensky is no stranger to the Phish catalog. Back in October, they played an afternoon set before Phish’s show in Las Vegas, and filled it entirely with songs that Phish has covered. You can listen to the full show audio here.Of course, the band played more than Phish music at the Ogden, as their two set performance was one for the books. Greensky recently released the album Shouted, Written Down & Quoted, and picked songs from that new effort and beyond. Check out the full setlist below, courtesy of Camp Greensky.Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass | Ogden Theatre | Denver, CO | 12/3/16Set One: Chalk Dust Torture, Miss September, Cry Holy, Blood Sucking F(r)iends, All Four, Letter to Seymour, In Control, Small Axe, Run or DieSet Two: Just Listening, Leap Year, For Sure Uh Huh (1), Victory (1), Old Barns, Handle with Care > Reuben’s Train > Handle with Care, Dustbowl Overtures, Hold On > Tarpology > One Slip > Tarpology > One Slip > TarpologyEncore: Past My Prime, Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You (1)(1) – w/ Dave Carroll and Dave Simonettlast_img read more

5 members-only credit cards you can actually get

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Jason SteeleMost credit card issuers are only too happy to accept your application, as the credit card industry is extremely competitive. At the same time, there are still some cards that are offered only to a select group of applicants, depending on their relationship with a particular organization. And in some cases, these cards can offer exceptional value.Thankfully, you may already qualify for one of these cards without even knowing it, and there can be ways to join an organization that are fairly inexpensive. So here are five cards that have selective requirements to apply, and what you can do to be considered:1. AARP Credit Card From Chase This card is offered by the AARP, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership of more than 37 million. It offers a credit card through Chase that features 3% cash-back rewards at restaurants and for gas station purchases, and 1% cash back on all other purchases, with no annual fee. In addition, new cardholders are being offered $100 in cash back after spending $500 within three months of account opening. To apply, you must be a member of AARP. Standard membership is open to those age 50 or older for $16 a year, but anyone can become an associate membership for just $12.50.2. USAA Rate Advantage Platinum MasterCard The United States Automobile Association was founded in 1922 to provide financial services to members of our armed forces and their families. Today, it has more than 10 million members and is one of the top 10 credit card issuers in the U.S. It offers several different credit cards exclusively to members including its low-rate, USAA Rate Advantage Platinum MasterCard. This card features an interest rate of as low as 6.9% for the most qualified applicants, and no penalty interest rate. There is no annual fee for this card.Membership is open to active, retired and honorably separated officers and enlisted personnel of the U.S. military, officer candidates in commissioning programs, adult children of USAA members, and along with widows, widowers and former spouses of USAA members who have or had a USAA auto or property insurance policy while married.3. PenFed Promise Visa Card The Pentagon Federal Credit Union is another institution founded to provide financial services to the military. Its Promise card is a unique product that offers no fees at all. The standard APR will be 7.99% to 16.99% APR, depending on your creditworthiness, and there is no annual fee, late fee, foreign transaction fee, balance transfer fee or penalty interest rate.PenFed membership is available to members of the U.S. military and uniformed services, employees of qualifying government and defense organizations, or relatives and housemates of members. In addition, anyone can qualify for membership by joining a military support organization. For example, you can join Voices For America’s Troops for $14, which is a qualifying organization. continue reading »last_img read more