Saudi arabia

first_imgNews Follow the news on Saudi Arabia Read in Arabic / اقرأ التقرير بالعربية Organisation March 12, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Saudi arabia to go further RSF_en Receive email alerts NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say April 28, 2021 Find out more June 8, 2021 Find out more RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance In 2011, the regime did everything possible to dissuade the population from supporting the arab revolutionary movement. Its rigid opposition to the simmering unrest on the Web caused it to tighten its Internet stranglehold even more to stifle all political and social protests. Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS News News Harsh censorshipIntolerant of criticism, in the last few years the government has been enforcing harsh censorship through the use of extended filtering bolstered by repressive legislation and widespread online surveillance (see the Saudi Arabia chapter of the 2011 “Enemies of the Internet” report).The authorities resorted to blocking websites created in the aftermath of the demonstrations in Tunisia and Egypt which relay the protestors’ demands, such as and An online petition was circulated to openly call for the King to initiate political reform. Despite the censorship, it was signed by several hundred people – activists, writers and academics – and posted on Twitter, thanks to the hashtag #saudimataleb. The authorities intensified their crackdown on forums and social networks, anticipating demonstrations held in several of the Kingdom’s cities on 11 March, redubbed the “Day of Rage.” Facebook’s “Revolutionary Nostalgia” page, which echoes the calls for reform, was added to the long list of URLs rendered inaccessible in the country. NGO Amnesty International’s website was blocked after publication of an anti-terrorist draft law aimed at repressing even more severely criticisms of the royal family.Attempt to impose a blackout on protests in eastern Saudi ArabiaThe authorities tried to impose a total media blackout on protests in the governorate of Al-Qatif in eastern Saudi Arabia, which has a majority Shiite population, raising the spectre of religious unrest to justify the repression. Several demonstrators were shot and killed. Even foreign journalists with visas were stopped and questioned while covering protests in the town of Hofuf, also in the eastern part of the country. It was netizens – sometimes at the risk of life – who circulated news about these events online. Bloggers Mustafa Al-Mubarak and Hussein Al-Hashim, known for their Web-based activities, were arrested in April 2011 and their computers confiscated. They were later released. However, writer Nazir Al-Majid, who in April had published an article entitled “I protest, therefore I am a human being” on the news website, is still in prison. So are Fadil Al-Manasef and Hussein Al-Youssef, as well as writer and reformer Sheikh Mekhlef bin Dahham Al-Shammari. Detained since June 2010, he may be facing “terrorism” charges. His state of health has grown considerably worse.Avoid any risk of “social destabilisation”Special measures have been taken to avoid any risk of “social destabilisation” in a troubled regional conjuncture, despite promises made by the King in March 2011 to grant billions of dollars in subsidies to improve the Saudis’ working and housing conditions, as well as their health coverage. Three online TV journalists were arrested in October 2011 and held for several days after the “Malub Aleyna” show broadcast a report on the living conditions of the poorest inhabitants of the Saudi capital. The programme’s online video has been viewed over 500,000 times. Radio Nederland’s Internet website was blocked after it featured an article on the poor treatment of immigrants in Saudi Arabia.Another evidence of Saudi Arabia’s implacable intolerance of freedom of expression : Hamza Kashgari, a young journalist, was arrested after expressing his personal views online. He is facing a possible death sentence for three tweets which the Saudi authorities regard as blasphemous.In the last few months, the fight for women’s rights has been waged mainly online – the only news and mobilisation platform for such issues – from the “Women2Drive” campaign promoting the right of women to drive launched on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube (one of its organizers was arrested for filming herself while driving), to the Baladi campaign for women’s right to vote. The latter ended in triumph: women have won the right to vote in the 2015 elections. This victory is all the more significant in that it occurred at a time of widespread loss of individual freedoms. Related documents Saudi arabia ARPDF – 90.52 KB News Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa March 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

News story: Bat conservation panel appointed

first_img Professor Kate Jones – Professor of Ecology and Biodiversity, University College London Professor Paul Racey – Emeritus Professor, University of Aberdeen Dr Matt Zeale – Research Associate and Lecturer, University of Bristol Professor Fiona Mathews – Professor of Environmental Biology, University of Sussex Dr Stuart Newson – Senior Research Ecologist, Population Ecology & Modelling, British Trust for Ornithology Dr Carol Williams – Director of Conservation, Bat Conservation Trust Paola Reason – Technical Director, Arcadis Jean Matthews – Former Mammal Ecologist, Natural Recourses Wales. Retired. Dr Stephanie Wray – President of CIEEM, Partner at Tyler Grange Dr Peter Shepherd – Partner at BSG Ecology The legal protection of bats commenced following the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and was further strengthened by the Habitats Directive and subsequent Conservation of Species and Habitats Regulations. Since this legislation has been in place, national monitoring data suggests populations of most bat species have been stable or increasing although this is recognised as being set against large-scale historic declines. This improvement for certain bat species may be due in part to successful implementation of this legislation.Over this time period considerable change has happened. The bat conservation movement has developed enormously and survey technology has moved on, advancing our understanding of bat ecology.The members of the panel are: Natural England has appointed a new expert panel to help shape the future of bat conservation in this country.As Natural England considers an innovative approach to licensing across a range of species, it is looking at how the implementation of protected species legislation could be improved in its delivery for conservation and ensuring that regulation is applied proportionately. The Bat Expert Panel will provide a forum for generating ideas and testing Natural England’s thinking with the aim of securing better outcomes for bats and stakeholders.The panel is chaired by Natural England’s Chief Scientist, Dr Tim Hill, and includes experts with a strong track record of research or achievement in bat conservation from across academic, commercial, NGO and statutory sectors. It will shape Natural England’s bat reform programme and help to ensure the reform projects are informed by the best available evidence, and based on sound judgement of what is achievable. In this way it will play an important role in developing consensus and partnerships for bat conservation.Dr Tim Hill said:center_img The number of licence applications for bats received by Natural England is greater than for other species groups and is increasing. The panel will look for ambitious change to improve bat conservation and where evidence allows, make it work positively for everyone that it affects.last_img read more

News of Lamar Odom’s hospitalization hits Lakers

first_imgScott did not address Odom’s situation because he “didn’t think it was an appropriate time to do it before the game.” But Lakers forward Nick Young said that longtime Lakers trainer Gary Vitti addressed the team about Odom, who played for the Lakers from 2004 to 2011 and had a key role on their 2009 and 2010 NBA championship teams. Odom also won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year honor in the 2010-11 season. At the time, Odom credited his marriage to reality television star Khloe Kardashain for his success. But Kardashian filed for divorce in 2013, citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce has not yet received final approval from a judge.“(Vitti) told us pretty much everything that’s been going on and how Lamar was, and how he thought the Lakers were his family,” Young said. “He told us a story about how many people he lost in his life and friends. It’s sad. I don’t know how anybody can deal with that.”Odom’s mother, Cathy Mercer, died of colon cancer when Odom was 12 years old. In 2004, Odom lost his grandmother, Mildred Mercer. Odom’s son Jayden died at six months old in 2006 of sudden infant death syndrome. In the summer of 2011, Odom dealt with grief from a close cousin dying and being a passenger in a car when the driver accidently struck and killed a 15-year-old pedestrian.Odom’s inviting personality made him one of the most popular players in the Lakers locker room. But his tenure there ended on a sour note. He expressed resentment that the Lakers traded him to the New Orleans Hornets in December 2011, a move that would have landed them Chris Paul, but which the NBA rejected. The Lakers then accommodated Odom’s trade request to Dallas, but the Mavericks eventually bought out his contract amid a sluggish season. He played with the Clippers in the 2012-13 season, but has not been in the NBA since.“Lamar was cool and always down to earth and talked to me,” said Young, who lived in the same downtown apartment complex as Odom during the 2012-13 season. “It’s tough when you lose so many people. I’ve been in situations where I lost my brother. But I can’t begin to understand him losing a brother, losing a daughter, losing a mom.”Odom has recently experienced other tumultuous episodes. Reports emerged in the summer of 2013 that he became addicted to crack cocaine after police arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence. He was later charged and pleaded no contest. In 2014, Odom played for the Spanish team Laboral Kutxa, as well as with the New York Knicks Summer League team. Neither stint lasted long. Odom’s situation Tuesday night left the Lakers both somber and eager to find out about his condition.“It’s tough,” Young said. “I saw it on Kobe and Metta’s face. They’ve been through wars with him and know him well.” The Associated Press contributed to this report Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error • THE LATEST: Lamar Odom remains hospitalized in NevadaLakers guard Kobe Bryant did not offer any words regarding Odom, whom the Nye County Sheriff’s Office said was transported by ambulance around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday from the Love Ranch in Crystal, Nev., to Desert View Hospital in Pahrump. Bryant left the MGM Grand Garden Arena after Tuesday night’s game for what the Lakers called “personal reasons.” Bryant and Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak visited Odom, Los Angeles News Group learned. The Lakers did not comment publicly on the situation.Before and after the game, various team employees tried to get more information on Odom’s whereabouts. Odom was eventually transported to Sunrise Hospital, which is a few miles away from where the Lakers played Tuesday night. Nye County Sheriff spokeswoman Sharon Wehrly said in a statement that the 6-foot-10-inch Odom was too tall to be airlifted in a helicopter. So instead, he was driven by ambulance to Sunrise Hospital. His immediate condition was not clear. “Our heart and thoughts and prayers are with Lamar and his family and I wish him all the best,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “That’s obviously something you don’t want to hear before the game.”center_img LAS VEGAS >> The news caused Metta World Peace’s eyes to swell as the seconds passed. The Lakers veteran forward struggled to process the news that made the team’s 107-100 preseason loss to the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday an afterthought.• PHOTOS: Lamar Odom on the court and the red carpetFormer Laker, Clipper and reality television star Lamar Odom was hospitalized after he was found unresponsive in a brothel outside of Las Vegas. “There’s nothing I can say. I don’t even know what to say,” said World Peace, who grew up with Odom in the New York City area and was a Lakers teammate from 2009 to 2011. “There’s not one word I can say right now that would make sense.”last_img read more

NBA playoffs wrap 2019: Kevin Durant scores 50 to power Warriors to series win over Clippers

first_img NBA playoffs 2019: Kevin Durant’s 38 first-half points vs. Clippers sets personal mark, nears league record 🔥 Kevin Durant’s 1st half in GM638 PTS12-17 FG4-8 3PT10-10 FT4 REB3— (@Ballislife) April 27, 2019That ties the second-most points ever scored in a half in an NBA postseason game. Former Warriors guard Eric “Sleepy” Floyd scored 39 in a 1987 playoff outing. Charles Barkley scored 38 in 1994. Michael Jordan holds the all-time game record with 63 in a 1986 playoff loss to the Celtics.Although the Warriors won going away, there was some cause for concern on the Golden State side. Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry rolled his ankle late in the first quarter, and began hobbling. Uh oh. Steph Curry rolled his right ankle— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) April 27, 2019After heading to the locker room for some “stretching,” Curry returned. But given his history of ankle issues, Warriors faithful were — and may still be — holding their breath.With the Clippers dispatched, the Warriors move on to face the Rockets in the Western Conference semifinals, in a rematch of last season’s seven-game conference finals. Game 1 is Sunday.Stud of the nightKevin Durant’s huge night stole the headlines, but Warriors forward Draymond Green recorded a triple-double with 16 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists. Kevin Durant often looks unstoppable.Friday against the Clippers, the Warriors star somehow took his game to a level beyond that. Durant scored 50 points to lead the Warriors to a 129-110 victory and a 4-2 series win over the Clippers, who put up a good fight in the Western Conference first-round series.But Durant could have likely scored far more points had the game been in doubt. Because after the Clippers jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter, Durant took charge, finishing the first half with 38 points. Related News Dud of the nightClippers super sub Lou Williams had been absolutely brilliant in the first five games of the series, averaging 24.4 points. But he could not hit anything in Game 6, scoring eight points on 3-of-21 shooting.HighlightAndre Iguodala soars for the slam.HERE COMES IGGY! ✈️💥#StrengthInNumbers #NBAPlayoffs @ESPNNBA— NBA (@NBA) April 27, 2019What’s NextSpurs at Nuggets, Saturday 10 p.m. ET — This is it, Game 7. Don’t bother looking back at the previous six games to try to figure out what will happen here. The Spurs lost two straight by wide margins, then won easily in Game 6. Five of the six games have been decided by nine or more points. The Spurs won the series opener in Denver. This game feels like it will come down to the wire.last_img read more