Well-known Syrian cartoonist died in detention after being tortured

first_img News September 22, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Well-known Syrian cartoonist died in detention after being tortured Organisation SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law RSF_en SyriaMiddle East – North Africa to go further Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists March 12, 2021 Find out more News News Help by sharing this information February 3, 2021 Find out more Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Follow the news on Syria Rumours of his death have been circulating online in recent days and now the sources consulted by Reporters Without Borders say it has been confirmed.In July 2013, shortly before his death, he was secretly put on trial by a terrorism court in a trial with no witnesses and no defence lawyers, according to Cartoonists Rights Network International.“Akram Raslan’s death as a result of torture by the regime’s henchmen is a reminder that Syria has been a hell for journalists for more than four years,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Middle East and Maghreb desk.“Professional and citizen-journalists alike are caught between the various parties to the conflict and are terrorized by both radical Islamist groups and Bashar al-Assad’s ruthless regime. We reiterate our appeal to the UN Security Council to end the impunity by referring to the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court.” Tortured and mistreated in detention, Raslan was reportedly transferred to a hospital and died of his injuries there. Rumours of his death in detention already circulated in the latter part of 2013 but could not be confirmed at the time.Raslan was at the offices of the government newspaper Al-Fida’a in Hama when military intelligence officers arrested him on 2 October 2012 over a cartoon critical of President Assad.Ever since the start of the uprising in 2011, he had been publishing pro-opposition cartoons anonymously on Arabic-language news websites (including those of Al-Jarida and Al-Jazeera) as well as on his own blog and on social networks.The author of more than 300 published cartoons, he became well known for his commitment to the Syrian people and for criticizing the regime’s repressive practices and human rights violations. In 2013, Cartoonists Rights Network International awarded him its Courage in Editorial Cartooning prize.Ranked 177th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, Syria is one of the world’s most dangerous countries for media personnel, with at least 47 journalists and 135 online information providers killed since the start of the conflict in March 2011.At least 30 journalists and online information providers continue to be held by the Syrian government while at least 29 other journalists (including nine foreigners) are either missing or being held hostage by Islamic State or other armed extremist groups. Receive email alerts News March 8, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is stunned to learn that well-known Syrian cartoonist Akram Raslan died in detention in 2013, less than a year after his arrest in October 2012, and that his death was almost certainly the result of having been tortured by the Syrian security services. last_img read more

More Morning Hours at the Sierra Madre Public Library

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 18 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Sierra Madre Library hours are changing starting Monday, October 6 in response to patrons’ requests for more morning hours. Previously, the Library had opened at 12 noon and closed at 9:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The Library will be shifting its hours to the following schedule beginning Monday, October 6:Monday-Wednesday 11:00 am – 8:00 pmThursday-Friday 12:00 pm – 6:00 pmSaturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pmSunday ClosedRead, Discover, Connect @ Sierra Madre Public Library, 440 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, (626) 355-7186, www.cityofsierramadre.com/departments/library Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Top of the News Make a comment Community News 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. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuffcenter_img Community News More Morning Hours at the Sierra Madre Public Library From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | 2:09 pm Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe First Heatwave Expected Next Week Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes HerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Fashion Trends You Should Never Try And 6 You’ll LoveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *last_img read more

Eli Manning sees coaching in his post-retirement life — just not in the NFL

first_img“I always really enjoy working with freshmen in high school and getting them to learn how to play quarterback at a higher level,” he said. “You see the difference when they come in that first day and leave four days later, and the growth that they’ve made in that time.”For now, though, Manning says he will take the year off and enjoy retirement. At some point, he expects to be involved in some capacity with the Giants, the organization for which he played his entire 16-year pro career.”Football is my love and passion,” Manning said. “It is all I’ve known for the last 25 years and all I’ve been doing. I don’t think I can stray too far away from that.” Now, he’s tucked away in Mississippi with his family, far away from the football fields and bright lights of New York, trying to figure out what’s next.Last week, the former Giants quarterback gave some insight when he joined 115 military members from across the globe and their families for an online Q&A. “I know one thing: I don’t want to be an NFL coach,” Manning said during a USO Zoom call (per ESPN). “I’ve seen what our coaches do and the hours they put in, and I enjoy being with my family and enjoy coaching some of their sports teams.”MORE: Sammy Watkins says he drank ‘every night’ while with BillsManning said he hasn’t even thrown a football since his retirement began. Instead, he’s spent his time with his four kids while he considers the possibilities for the next chapter in his life.”I really wanted to try to take a year off and just try to gather my bearings and get settled with my family and figure out what I want to do in that next chapter,” Manning said.Broadcasting could be an option. After all, his brother Peyton just turned down a lucrative offer to be in the “Monday Night Football” booth. It might be easier to start with figuring out what he doesn’t want to do, and he appears to have one thing at the top of that list.Manning ruled out coaching at the NFL level, but he also seemed intrigued by the possibility of coaching high schoolers. He has helped run the famous Manning Passing Academy with his family and gotten experience coaching that age range.  Eli Manning has been doing what many people have been doing these days: homeschooling his kids. He’s more than 12 years removed from leading the Giants over Tom Brady and the Patriots to win the Super Bowl in 2008, eight years removed from doing it again in 2012 and just a few months removed from taking the last snap of his NFL career. last_img read more

Jam eases a little for homebuyer

first_imgHousing affordability for first-time buyers improved slightly in Los Angeles County and across the state in the 2007 first quarter, although prices remained high despite tumbling sales, a trade association said Thursday. In the county, affordability slipped to 20 percent from 21 percent a year earlier, but improved from 19 percent in the 2006 fourth quarter, said the Los Angeles-based California Association of Realtors. The association measures affordability by the percentage of households that can afford the median-price home in their area. The affordability number is based on an adjustable interest rate of 6.3 percent and a 10 percent down payment. And first-time buyers typically purchase a home equal to 85 percent of the prevailing median price. First-time buyers in the county needed to earn a minimum $101,090 annually to qualify for a home priced at $501,390, the median in the year’s first three months, the association said. The monthly payment, including taxes and insurance, would be $3,370. Leslie Appleton-Young, the association’s vice president and chief economist, said potential buyers are still waiting for a big price slide but the odds of that happening are not good as long as the economy remains sound. That’s not the best news for someone waiting to buy that first house. “You’ve still got a situation where first-time buyers are in a jam,” Appleton-Young said. “And potential first-time buyers in Los Angeles County are up against a huge hurdle. The median here is about twice the nation’s.” Statewide, 25 percent of households could afford an entry-level home in the first quarter, down one percentage point from a year earlier and unchanged from last year’s fourth quarter. The qualifying income was $96,910, the median price $480,670 and the monthly payment $3,230. The high desert, which includes the Antelope Valley communities of Palmdale and Lancaster, remained the state’s most affordable market. Here affordability increased to 44 percent from 41 percent a year ago and in last year’s fourth quarter. A household in this market would have to earn $54,703 annually to qualify for a median-price home costing $271,430. The monthly payment would be $1,820. Affordability increased in six of 19 major markets tracked by the association. The report also showed that: In Ventura County, affordability increased one percentage point annually to 26 percent in the first quarter and remained unchanged from last year’s fourth quarter. The qualifying income level was $115,300, the median price $571,860 and the monthly payment $3,840. In the Inland Empire, affordability increased to 36 percent in the first quarter from 35 percent a year earlier and from 34 percent in the prior quarter. The minimum qualifying income was $69,310, the median price $343,770 and the monthly payment $2,310. Jonathan Weiss, senior investment associate at Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services, said renting is now less expensive than owning. “The average monthly payment differential between owning and renting is about $3,000,” he said of the state average. Andrew LaPage, an analyst at La Jolla-based DataQuick Information Systems, said that affordability is increasing in areas that have seen an erosion in the median price. This is expected to spread to other areas as the market slump continues. “I’m certainly open to the possibility you may see increased affordability in lower cost neighborhoods in the next six to 12 months,” he said. [email protected] (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more