Al Dustour editor sentenced to six months in prison

first_img Reporters Without Borders condemns the six-month prison sentence that a criminal court in the Cairo district of Bulak Abu Al-Ala imposed on 26 March on Ibrahim Issa, the editor of the weekly Al Dustour. Although courts previously dismissed eight other similar complaints against him, Issa was finally convicted under articles 171 and 188 of the criminal code of publishing false information “liable to harm the general interest and the country’s stability.” He was also fined 200 pounds (30 euros).“The authorities are continuing the campaign of intimidation against independent journalists that began at the start of 2007,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Comments about the necessary limits on press freedom made by the judge the day after passing sentence are indicative of the judiciary’s general attitude towards the media.”The case dates back to 5 September 2007, when a member of the ruling National Democratic Party brought a complaint about articles referring to rumours about President Hosni Mubarak’s health. Issa’s lawyer told Reporters Without Borders he thought the conviction was unjustified as eight other complaints brought by pro-government lawyers against Issa in 2007 for the same reasons were dismissed on the grounds that there was “no direct, family link between the plaintiffs and the president.” He added that he intended to appeal.A case involving Issa and the editors of three other weeklies – Adel Hammouda of Al-Fagr, Wael Al-Abrashi of Sawt Al-Umma and Abdel-Halim Qandil of Karama – is meanwhile due to be heard by an appeal court on 5 April. A criminal court in the Cairo district of Al-Aguza sentenced them on 13 September 2007 to a year of forced labour and fines of 20,000 pounds (2,600 euros) for publishing false information “liable to harm the general interest and the country’s stability.” March 28, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Al Dustour editor sentenced to six months in prison RSF_en Organisation EgyptMiddle East – North Africa News Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff EgyptMiddle East – North Africa News January 22, 2021 Find out more February 1, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News to go further News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Egypt Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution Receive email alerts February 6, 2021 Find out more Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prisonlast_img read more

Oteil Burbridge & Friends Kick Off New Year’s Run At The Capitol Theatre [Full-Show Video]

first_imgBassist Oteil Burbridge welcomed jam fans to The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on Thursday for the first of five shows under the billing Oteil & Friends leading up to New Year’s Eve. That roster of “Friends” was comprised of an impressive group of heavy-hitters from the jam realm including former Jerry Garcia Band keyboardist Melvin Seals, guitarists Eric Krasno and John Kadlecik, singer/trumpet player Jennifer Hartswick, drummer Jay Lane, and percussionist Weedie Briamah.The band’s performance on Thursday filled the historic venue with a mix of classic rock (mostly Grateful Dead) covers and smooth jams to help fans in the New York Metro Area prepare for the upcoming run of New Year’s Eve shows scheduled to take place in the Northeast all weekend.Oteil & Friends took the stage right around 8:30 p.m., with fans from around the country also tuning in via the show’s free webcast courtesy of Relix. The band started set one by diving right into the Garcia solo catalogue with a groovy rendition of “Cats Under The Stars” featuring some smooth guitar soloing from both Krasno and Kadlecik. A lively cover of “Bertha” with Kadlecik on lead vocals came next, with the guitarist having plenty of experience in singing the Grateful Dead tune from his days in Dark Star Orchestra. The tempo took a slower turn for Jennifer Hartswick to step to the mic to tackle a moving rendition of “Water in the Desert”, the title track from Oteil’s 2017 solo LP. A pair of Dead covers followed from there, as Oteil took lead vocals on “Althea” before leading the band into “Fire On The Mountain”. The set came to a close with Hartswick taking center stage again to deliver an energizing rendition of soul classic “Piece of My Heart”, popularized by Janis Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company.Set two saw the band dive right into a trio of covers including The Band‘s “The Weight”, Garcia’s “Run for the Roses”, and the Grateful Dead’s “Shakedown Street”, with the latter featuring an impressive trumpet solo courtesy of Hartswick. The band kept the dance-friendly rhythms going with Kadlecik returning to the mic to lead the group into a cover of his own “What’s Become of Mary”.Burbridge then took the opportunity to slow things down for a unique and slow rendition of “High Time”, only to pick the energy right back up with the familiar opening trio of chords to “Franklin’s Tower”. They continued with “Tangled Up In Blue”, the Bob Dylan tune often performed by the Jerry Garcia Band back in the day. The show came to a satisfying conclusion with Hartswick once again returning to the stage to lead the band into a climactic rendition of Creedence Clearwater Revival‘s “Proud Mary”.You can watch a full pro-shot video of the show below:Oteil & Friends – The Capitol Theatre – 12/27/2018[Video: Relix]Oteil Burbridge and his talented Friends will continue their run leading up to New Year’s Eve on Monday with shows at Philadelphia’s Tower Theatre on Friday (in support of Gov’t Mule), a return to The Cap on Saturday, and two year-ending gigs at New York City’s Brooklyn Bowl on Sunday (12/30) and Monday (12/31). Tickets for the shows can be purchased here.Setlist: Oteil & Friends | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 12/27/2018Set One: Cats Under The Stars (Jerry Garcia cover), Bertha (Grateful Dead cover), Water in the Desert, Althea (Grateful Dead cover), Fire on the Mountain (Grateful Dead cover), Piece of My Heart (Erma Franklin cover)Set Two: The Weight (The Band cover), Run for the Roses (Jerry Garcia cover), Shakedown Street (Grateful Dead cover), What’s Become of Mary (Golden Gate Wingmen cover), High Time (Grateful Dead cover), Franklin’s Tower (Grateful Dead cover), Tangled Up in Blue (Bob Dylan cover), Proud Mary (Creedence Clearwater Revival)last_img read more

People moves: Sweden’s AMF appoints new investment boss [updated]

first_imgAMF, Unilever, AXA Investment Managers, Investment Association, Schroders, Aviva, Ortec Finance, Newton, BBSA, SNS Reaal, BMO, Smart Pension, Barnett Waddingham, Avida, Muzinich, Aegon, LaSalleAMF — Tomas Flodén  has been appointed as the new CIO for the SEK590bn (€56bn) Swedish pension fund AMF. Currently head of staff and vice president at the Stockholm-based fund, Flodén is replacing Javiera Ragnartz in the top investment role.Ragnartz is leaving the company for a new job as chief executive of SEB’s subsidiary SEB Investment Management, where she will also be taking charge of the bank’s investment activities. Ragnartz has been CIO at AMF since the spring of 2017. Flodén has previously worked as head of staff and chief economist at the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority (Finansinspektionen) and has also worked at the Swedish central bank. He will take up the position of CIO at AMF in April and Ragnartz is due to start at SEB in the summer. Unilever – Willy Westerborg has started as finance and risk director at the Dutch general pension fund of Unilever, which comprises its pension funds Forward and Progress. She succeeds Michael Kaal, who was appointed managing director for fixed income at PGIM Netherlands in November.Westerborg joined from ABN Amro, where she left as cluster head of modelling review and calibration. She has been a board member of the €20.5bn ABN Amro Pensioenfonds since 2013 and is a trustee at Vervoer, the €26bn sector scheme for private road transport.AXA IM/Investment Association – AXA Investment Managers’ head of UK Philippe d’Orgeval has joined the board of the Investment Association, the trade body for the UK’s £7.7trn (€9trn) asset management industry.He has led AXA IM’s UK operations since January 2016, and was previously the company’s chief risk officer. He joined in 2001 having worked for a number of companies as an analyst and portfolio manager.Schroders – The UK listed asset manager has appointed Deborah Waterhouse and Leonie Schroder as directors, effective from 11 March 2019. Waterhouse is currently chief executive of ViiV Healthcare, while Schroder is active in the charity sector and is part of the Schroder family.The pair replace Robin Buchanan, who is to retire in May, and Bruno Schroder, who died last month. Aviva – Maurice Tulloch is the UK insurer’s new CEO, succeeding Mark Wilson. Tulloch has worked at Aviva since 1992 and has been CEO of its international business and its UK and Ireland arm.Separetely, Aviva Investors, the insurer’s global asset management unit, has hired Stephen Castle as head of UK consultant relations. Most recently he worked at Pictet Asset Management and before that at Legal & General Investment Management. Ortec Finance – Godert Burghard has been named chief commercial officer as of 1 March. As a member of the executive team, he will be tasked with worldwide expansion. Ortec said that Burghard had ample international experience in portfolio management, gained at BT Global Services and digital security firm Irdeto.Newton Investment Management – Newton has appointed former Old Mutual Asset Management CEO Kevin Carter as an independent non-executive director. He has also led the European investment consulting business at Watson Wyatt – now part of Willis Towers Watson – and JP Morgan Securities. Carter also chairs the investment committees at the Universities Superannuation Scheme and the BBC Pension Trust.Bernische BVG- und Stiftungsaufsicht (BBSA) – Susanne Schild has been appointed the new managing director of the Swiss supervisor for pension funds and foundations in the canton of Bern, and pension funds based in Freiburg. Effective 1 October, she will replace Hansjörg Gurtner, who is retiring after 10 years at the supervisory authority. Schild currently works for comPlan, the CHF10.4bn (€9.3bn) pension fund for the telecommunications firm Swisscom. BBSA oversees more than 1,200 institutions with total assets of around CHF204bn. SNS Reaal – Margreet Oostenbrink has started as independent chair of the €3.4bn pension fund of SNS Reaal. She succeeded Han Thoman, who stepped down after a six-year period.Oostenbrink is a former director of pension management at Syntrus Achmea. Since 2015, she has been working as an independent trustee and adviser. She is also a member of the supervisory boards at BpfBouw, the €58bn sector scheme for the building industry, and the €358m corporate scheme of Rockwool.BMO Global Asset Management – Christy Jesudasan has joined the asset manager as director of institutional fiduciary solutions sales in the UK as BMO seeks to increase its footprint in the UK market. Jesudasan has previously worked in the fiduciary businesses at Kempen, MN and Mercer. Smart Pension – The UK defined contribution (DC) master trust has hired ex-Aegon and BlackRock DC managing director Paul Bucksey as director of UK distribution. Bucksey worked on the transfer of BlackRock’s UK DC platform to Aegon, which completed last year.Andrew Evans, Smart Pension co-founder and CEO, said: “Paul has extensive expertise in the UK’s pension industry spanning two decades and at a very senior level.  His deep understanding and impressive market influence will be key as we evolve into a leading player in the wider DC marketplace.”Barnett Waddingham – The consultancy group has hired Rosie Marsh to its actuarial consulting team. She was previously at JLT, where she had been a scheme actuary and client relationship manager for 13 years. She has also worked at Mercer as a consultant.Avida International – Beatrice Herrmann has joined the German team of Avida International as a senior consultant. She has spent more than 25 years advising pension funds in roles at Mercer, Commerzbank and Allianz Group. She is a former managing director of Mercer’s German group trustee, which is the largest group trustee in Germany offering pension protection in case of insolvency.Muzinich & Co – Archie Beeching has left the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) to join corporate credit-focused asset manager Muzinich as director of responsible investing, a newly created role. He worked at the PRI for seven years, initially leading on fixed income and latterly as head of private markets. Aegon AM – Aegon Asset Management has appointed Rebecca Dreyfus, Stephanie Mooij and Gerrit Ledderhof to its global responsible business and public affairs team.Ledderhof joins as a responsible investment manager, having previously worked at the environment ministry in Canada. He has also worked as a strategy manager at the Carbon Trust in London.Dreyfus and Mooij join as senior engagement associates. Dreyfus was previously at Sustainalytics where she was a client relations manager for Scandinavia. Mooij recently completed a PhD on ESG integration at Oxford University and has previously worked as an investment analyst at Ownership Capital.LaSalle Investment Management – The $59bn real estate asset manager has appointed Karen Brennan as CEO for its European business. She is currently head of custom accounts in the Americas for LaSalle.Brennan succeeds Simon Marrison, who is to become the group’s chairman. He has led the company’s European arm for 12 years. The transition will take effect from 30 June.last_img read more

Favre’s 2006 return nothing to question

first_imgAs I watched the Packers game this past Sunday, I thought to myself, “Why is Brett Favre putting himself through another season of hell?” Favre is struggling with a plethora of problems, including a new coaching staff, an unproven offensive line, a lack of big-play receivers, a running back coming off season-ending surgery and a defense that is just plain bad.But then I remembered whose resolve I was questioning — the toughest player in the National Football League.Favre’s career has always been about the improbable. After high school, Favre received only one scholarship offer. Southern Mississippi recruited Favre to play defensive back, but after demonstrating his skills under center, the Kiln, Miss. native emerged as the starting quarterback just three games into his freshman year.Favre began his professional career ominously with the Atlanta Falcons as the 31st overall pick in the 1991 NFL Draft. Favre had repeated clashes with then head coach, Jerry Glanville, and went 0-4 with two interceptions in his first season. Most notably, Favre missed the team photo because he was out drinking the night before.In one of the most lopsided trades in sports history, Favre became a Packer before the 1992 season, replacing injured quarterback Don Majkowski. After Favre’s struggles in the early going of his first game, Packer fans responded with chants of “Put Ty In” — referring to Ty Detmer, who was also on the Packers’ roster at the time. But the unflappable Favre overcame the unruly fans and tossed a game-winning touchdown with 13 seconds remaining. The following week against the Steelers, Favre began the longest consecutive starts streak for a quarterback in NFL history — a number that continues to grow every NFL Sunday.Favre has overcome everything from nagging injuries to his father’s death and somehow gets on the field just to give his team a chance to win. In 2003, Favre had arguably the greatest game of his career just one day after his father Irvin passed away. Knowing his team needed a victory to keep their playoff hopes alive, Favre walked into Oakland’s notorious “Black Hole” and passed 399 yards along with four touchdowns in the NFL’s most hostile environment. The next week, Favre attended his father’s funeral and clinched the NFC North title against the Broncos in the same day.The list of Favre’s improbable moments and unlikely comebacks goes on and on, but the point is that no challenge is too great for the three-time MVP to overcome. People look at last year as the worst season of Favre’s illustrious career — and statistically, it is. I’m not going to sit here and say that throwing a league-leading 29 interceptions is something to be proud of, but lasting the whole season with the 2005 Packers definitely is.Despite losing his No. 1 target in Javon Walker and starting running back Ahman Green, Favre still managed to throw for the third-most passing yards, and the 10th-most passing TDs in the NFL. I know 29 picks is bad — it’s really bad — but how many of those came when Favre was playing from behind, trying to will his team back into a game? Green Bay’s defense gave up the 10th most points in the NFL last season, and if the Pack were going to have any shot at winning, Favre had no choice but to let it fly. Every week, Favre was ready to play with the same fire he demonstrated in the late ’90s. Despite fans and analysts calling for Favre to give up on his streak and make way for rookie QB Aaron Rodgers, the former Super Bowl champion refused to bail on his team, insisting he would finish the dismal season. In what most thought would be his final game, Favre tossed the game-winning TD against Seattle in Week 17.Following the season, Favre’s retirement seemed like an afterthought. Statistically, Favre had the worst year of his career, and he was on a team going nowhere. But what everyone seems to forget is that in 2004, Favre threw for over 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns. A player of Favre’s caliber does not just lose all of his skills in 17 games, including last week’s season opener.Now fast forward to this season. After keeping football fans and the state of Wisconsin glued to ESPN all summer, Favre finally announced he would be back for one more year. Everyone had an opinion on the decision: some said he’s too old, others said he earned the right to play as long as he wants. But more than anything, people said Favre should hang it up because he is hurting his legacy.What does that mean, anyway?Did Willie Mays taint his 660 homeruns after a few bad years with the Mets? Did Jerry Rice have his three Super Bowl rings and 13 Pro Bowl selections taken away because he had a few average years with the Raiders and Seahawks? Is Wayne Gretzky no longer the “Great One” after being just an average one with the Rangers? Will we remember Michael Jordan for his game-winning shot over Bryon Russell in the NBA finals or will people harp on his flat jump while playing for the Wizards?Anyway, you get the point.Statistically, Favre is the second-best quarterback of all time and the only player in NFL history to win back-to-back-to-back MVP awards — a few losing seasons is never going to change any of that.Favre’s stats aren’t going to be jaw-dropping this year, but the only way someone ruins a Hall of Fame legacy is by allegedly stabbing two people before taking a white bronco for a little spin, eh, O.J.?The Packers aren’t winning the Super Bowl this year, and they probably won’t even make the playoffs, but Favre has defied the odds throughout his career.So when Favre straps on his shoulder pads for the 223rd consecutive time Sunday, expect the unexpected — and if not, expect it in his 224th consecutive start.Andrew Kluger is a junior majoring in journalism. For any questions or comments, contact him at [email protected]last_img read more