French newspaper correspondent finally cleared of libel after 10 years

first_img Follow the news on Algeria Organisation AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa News RSF_en Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders hails the acquittal today of Arezki Aït-Larbi, the Algeria correspondent of the French dailies Le Figaro and Ouest-France, in a libel suit brought against him in 1997 by Abdelkader Sallat, former director of prisons at the justice ministry. He won the right to a retrial, which began on 23 May, because the original trial was held in his absence and without his knowledge.After the announcement of the verdict, Aït-Larbi issued a statement calling on the justice minister to launch “an administrative investigation to establish who was responsible for these procedural irregularities and exploitation of the judicial apparatus with clan-based complicities for 10 years.” Alluding to his article about mistreatment in Algerian prisons, which prompted the libel suit, he also called for “a judicial investigation” into the “crimes against humanity… revealed during the trial.”————————————————————29.05 – Judges urged to protect independent journalists as government makes no move to decriminalize press offencesReporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at the two-month prison sentences imposed on two El Watan journalists in a libel case on 27 May and said it was concerned about the verdict that is due to be issued by an Algiers criminal court tomorrow in the case of Arezki Aït-Larbi, the correspondent of several international news media. “Algeria’s journalists will always work under the threat of being thrown in prison until press offences are decriminalized, and since the highest authorities continue to drag their heels on amending the law, we appeal to judges handling press cases to display courage and independence by protecting journalists and reestablishing the right to news and information.”The two El Watan journalists sentenced to two months in prison were editor Omar Belhouchet and reporter Chawki Amari, who were also fined 1 million dinars (10,635 euros). They immediately appealed against the verdict. The case was a retrial of one held before a court in Jijel, 360 km east of Algiers last December, when they received three-month sentences for libelling and insulting the city’s prefect in an article a few months earlier accusing him of corruption. They were able to get retrial because the original trial was held in their absence and without their knowledge, and they were not even notified of the prefect’s suit.According to their lawyer, Zoubeir Soudani, the case continued to suffer from procedural irregularities. He also deplored a recent supreme court decision that allows plaintiffs who are suing newspapers to present their suit at the place of distribution as well as the place of publication.Jamal Belkadi, one of El Watan’s correspondents in Constantine, 290 km east of Algiers, was manhandled by the head of the prefect’s security department while taking photos at the scene of a bombing on 16 May. His camera was confiscated and returned two days later. To his surprise, he was summoned to the prefect’s office and was notified that he is being investigated for “crossing a security perimeter.” He is due to appear before a judge soon. Other journalists present at the scene of the bombing had no problems.The case involving Aït-Larbi, the correspondent of the French dailies Le Figaro and Ouest-France, is also retrial of one held in his absence and without his knowledge. It concerns a libel suit brought by a prison governor whom he accused of mistreating detainees in a 1994 article. Aït-Larbi did not discover that he had been convicted until May 2006, when he applied for a new passport and his request was initially refused. In April of this year, he found himself being arrested at Algiers airport under a warrant issued in 1997. May 30, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 French newspaper correspondent finally cleared of libel after 10 yearscenter_img Receive email alerts News May 18, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News News to go further May 12, 2021 Find out more April 29, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Pasadena Conservancy Sponsors Madison Elementary Garden and Orchard

first_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Giving Back Pasadena Conservancy Sponsors Madison Elementary Garden and Orchard From STAFF REPORTS | Photography by DANA P. BOUTON/dpb PHOTOGRAPHY Published on Thursday, March 3, 2016 | 4:17 pm Subscribe First Heatwave Expected Next Week Members of Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy, a “homegrown” foundation of local philanthropists, have invested $25,000 to sponsor a garden and orchard at Madison Elementary School in Northwest Pasadena. The Conservancy Board of Directors recently joined by Mayor Terry Tornek, Pasadena Educational Foundation officials, and representatives of Pasadena Unified School District for a combination groundbreaking/grand opening, with parents, pupils teachers, and school board members wielding shovels and trowels.Mayor Tornek called the opening of the garden a “groundbreaking event,” intending his pun in praise of the collaboration between the school district, the venerable schools foundation, and the small, local foundation.The Madison garden is the second for PCGC, which aims to build ten community gardens in Pasadena in ten years. PCGC is the co-founder and co-funder of the Villa-Parke Community Garden, which provides 30 gardening spaces for underserved families with children living in apartments in Northwest’s ‘food desert’ neighborhoods, as well as a garden for 80 Head Start families to share.Madison has been an under-performing school, with many low-income immigrant families who qualify for Title 1 benefits, and a low level of parent-participation. It is hoped that the garden will encourage parent-involvement through volunteering at the garden, and through bilingual cooking and nutrition classes held at PUSD’s Healthy Start Family Center, located next door. Gardening – or “applied botany,” as gardeners like to call it – will be part of the pre-science curriculum for all grades at the school, kindergarten through fifth. Madison teachers are being trained in a new California Department of Education-certified classroom curriculum called “Farm to School,” using the garden to engage students in plant science, pre-botany, nutrition, harvesting, recycling, and composting. Students, teachers, and parents will visit the Huntington Library, local community gardens, and local farms.The main garden measures 40 feet square and includes large plots for each grade level to care for, and to learn from. A separate kindergarten area incorporates and “revives” a 14-foot-long garden bed that was once planted by the Pasadena Junior League. The orchard includes a 36 fruit-bearing trees, including plum, peach, orange, tangerine, lemon, lime, Anna apple, and kiwi. Families and neighbors are invited to pick from the fruit trees, making the Madison garden a resource for the entire neighborhood.Part of PCGC’s donation includes teak benches and tables to enable students to learn outdoors next to the garden, and event in collaboration with the Madison PTC, including an Earth Day celebration and a Harvest Day celebration. A committee of volunteers from PCGC, headed by Adele Binder and Bea Bennett, already have begun a program of reading aloud to second graders each week from gardening and planting books for children.‘Nuestra visión es que el jardín será “un jardín de la paz” para todos. Un jardin de la paz por la escuela, y un jardin de la paz para todo la communidad. Para todos ustedes y sus hijos y sus nietos,” said the Conservancy’s President, Eileen White Read, at the opening. (Our vision is that this garden will be a ‘garden of peace’ for everyone. A garden of peace for your school, and a garden of peace for the entire community… for all of you, and your children, and your grandchildren.)The Madison project is headed for PCGC by Dr. Stephanie Hall and Charise Stewart, a Pasadena attorney. Beth Hansen, President of Mallcraft, is Chair of PCGC. For more information, email [email protected] EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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KRUDF-ELDYE Program Graduates 58

first_imgThe Kpodo Rural Development Foundation – Education Life Skills Development for Youth Endowment Program on December 5, graduated about 58 students after 10 months of vocational skills training.The Chief Executive Officer of the KRUDF, Mr. Joseph Menlor, outlined four vital pillars, including agriculture, education, preventive health and community development, as concern activities to serve humanity in this post-war reconstruction process.Mr. Menlor said, as part of their education component of the program, they have been involved in many academic activities since their establishment in 1996.He said the vocational skills training program was established in 2010 in order to prepare the youth for the job market in the post-war reconstruction process.He added that over 100 youths early during the registration process, registered for the program and about 70 of them successfully went through the 10-month training exercise. But out the 70, 58 were able to come for the closing ceremony because of the long break due to Ebola epidemic.The skills training program covered two basic areas including agriculture — covering vegetable and cash crop farming — and building construction with the focus on masonry, carpentry and household wiring.The Kpodo Rural Development Foundation is based in Bahn City, Zoe Geh District with the population of over 120,000, most of whom are young people, who had never had any vocational training opportunity.Zoe Geh District covers Buutuo, where Liberia 14-year civil crisis began in 1989. Majority of the youth are engaged into commercial motorcycling for their livelihood due to lack access to acquire skills training.“We are very happy to be part of this program today, because we have been yarning for area to acquire skills in order to sustain ourselves,” said a 22-year-old lady, who received a certificate in masonry.“We prayed that there be funding for the program to continue so to help our friends gain knowledge, because our parents do not have the money to send us to Monrovia or elsewhere for higher education,” she said.The program is supported by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and the Swedish International Development Aid (SIDA).The orator of the closing ceremony, Nimba County Education officer, Mr. Wleh Silah, told the graduates to utilize what they have learned for self employment and empowerment.Speaking on the topic, “discipline”, he urged them to be self-disciplined by selling themselves in order to be recognized on the job market.“As you are leaving from here today, sell yourselves first, don’t put money in front, because if you are known for doing good job, the more chances you will have for more jobs then more money will flow,” he added.Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer of the Organization, Mr. Joseph Menlor, is appealing to the government to subsidize the vocational aspect of the program.“We have constructed a four-classroom building with offices attached with sole purpose of the vocational education, but we do not have the funding to run this program,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more