Kurdish president pardons doctor who was jailed for writing about homosexuality

first_imgNews RSF_en December 16, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” February 15, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts IraqMiddle East – North Africa center_img Organisation Follow the news on Iraq News to go further News December 28, 2020 Find out more December 8, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Kurdish president pardons doctor who was jailed for writing about homosexuality Reporters Without Borders welcomes yesterday’s release of physician and freelance journalist Adel Hussein from prison in Erbil (330 km north of Baghdad) under a pardon granted by the president of the Iraqi region of Kurdistan at the start of every religious festival. Hussein had been in prison since 24 November, when he was found guilty of offending public decency under article 403 of the criminal code for writing an article about homosexuality for the independent Kurdish-language weekly Hawlati.————————————————————–2.12.2008Doctor jailed in Kurdistan for writing about homosexualityReporters Without Borders calls for the release of Adel Hussein, a doctor who was sentenced to six months in prison on 24 November in the Kurdish city of Erbil for writing an article about homosexuality for the independent weekly Hawlati. He was found guilty of offending public decency under article 403 of the criminal code.“Sexual practices are part of the individual freedoms that a democratic state is supposed to promote and protect,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Furthermore, Hussein did not defend homosexuality. He limited himself to describing a form of behaviour from a scientific viewpoint.”The press freedom organisation added: “We are astonished to learn that a press case has been tried under the criminal code. What was the point of adopting – and then liberalising – a press code in the Kurdistan region if people who contribute to the news media are still be tried under more repressive laws?”Currently held in the main prison in Erbil (330 km north of Baghdad), Hussein was prosecuted as a result of a complaint brought by the city’s public prosecutor over a scientific article published in April 2007 that detailed the physical effects of sodomy. As well as getting a six-month jail term, he was fined 125,000 dinars (85 euros).A member of the Union of Kurdish Journalists, Hussein often writes articles for the local press and hosts a programme on Newroz TV. Tareq Fateh, one of Hawlati’s editors, told Reporters Without Borders the sentence was unfair. “Sex education articles should not be judged according to the standards of public decency,” he said. RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace”last_img read more

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JPL’s Perseverance Mars Rover to Peer Beneath Surface of Red Planet

first_img Community News Subscribe HerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyPriyanka Chopra’s 10 Year Challenge Pic Will Surprise YouHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhy Luxury Fashion Brands Are So ExpensiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyPretty Or Not: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About BeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News Top of the News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a commentcenter_img Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 81 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 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. The Mars Perseverance’s Radar Imager for Mars’ Subsurface Experiment, or RIMFAX, will be the first ground-penetrating radar system deployed on the Red Planet when it arrives at Mars in February, according to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which designed and built the rover. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/FFIWhen the Jet Propulsion Laboratory-built Mars Perseverance Mars rover lands on the Red Planet in February, it will not only roam the surface in search of signs of ancient life but also peer underground with a first-of-its kind ground penetrating radar system, according to JPL.The Radar Imager for Mars’ Subsurface Experiment, or RIMFAX, will be the first ground-penetrating radar to be deployed on the surface of Mars, JPL said in a written statement.“RIMFAX can provide a highly detailed view of subsurface structures down to at least 30 feet underground,” the statement said. “In doing so, the instrument will reveal hidden layers of geology and help find clues to past environments on Mars, especially those that may have provided the conditions necessary for supporting life.”Researchers plan to “stack” multiple radar soundings to create a three-dimensional topographical map of the areas that Perseverance will explore, according to JPL.The data is expected to provide a wealth of knowledge into the history of Mars’ geology and climate, as well as shed light on the ongoing search for signs of ancient microbial life.The technology is similar to ground penetrating radars used on Earth to seek out buried utilities and underground caverns.More information about NASA’s Mars 2020 Mission and the Perseverance rover is available online at nasa.gov/perseverance. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Science and Technology JPL’s Perseverance Mars Rover to Peer Beneath Surface of Red Planet By BRIAN DAY Published on Thursday, October 8, 2020 | 3:00 pmlast_img read more

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Guest Opinion | Councilmember Margaret McAustin : Final Farewell

first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 64 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Opinion & Columnists Guest Opinion | Councilmember Margaret McAustin : Final Farewell By MARGARET McAUSTIN Councilmember District 2 Published on Friday, December 4, 2020 | 5:35 pm Make a comment CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *center_img Community News Margaret McAustin[Editor’s Note: At an organizational meeting on Monday, the Pasadena City Council will install newly elected Councilmembers. Felicia Williams will be sworn in to replace Margaret McAustin representing District 2. McAustin held the seat since 2007, but withdrew from the most recent re-election race to spend more time with her husband John, who is battling cancer.]I would like to thank my constituents for taking a chance on me in 2007 and for their strong support as we have navigated the past thirteen years together. We’ve been through some difficult times but I have always tried to be as open, honest and responsive to you as I can. I would also like to thank former Mayor Bill Bogaard for his confidence in me and for his example of public service, which I have endeavored to model. I recently sent you a note about Margo, and want you to know that Margo is responsible for the high quality of response you have gotten from this office. It is her heart, her positive attitude and her hard work that makes District 2 tick, and after twenty five years in her position I look forward to continuing my relationship with her as my friend.As I leave the council I’m pleased to be replaced by a woman, but I’m disappointed and even embarrassed to be the only woman on an eight member elected body. Pasadena will be a better place if we have more women in decision making positions, particularly on the City Council. The form of government we employ calls for a strong city manager, and a weak mayor. The system is designed for volunteer citizen participation as city councilmembers. But it was designed by men, for men. It’s time to woman up and take our place in our City government. One is not enough.I would also like to suggest that implementation of campaign finance reform in Pasadena will allow for greater diversity in the potential pool of candidates for elected office in Pasadena. I sincerely hope the Council will pursue that as a social justice effort.I would like to take a few minutes to talk about our City Government and staff. There has been tremendous pressure on staff this year from the impacts of COVID-19. I could not be prouder of the way not only the Health Department has responded, but every single city employee has stepped up to handle our response. I don’t think any of our residents experienced a diminution in services throughout this pandemic. For that we look to the executive staff and City Manager. We have an excellent City Manager who is respected and holds the admiration of the 2000 employees he manages. Pasadena is a well-run city, and a city where women hold many of the senior leadership positions, and we should be proud of that. Thank you to all the city staff who have supported me and my efforts on behalf of my district over the years.There is one particular department which has been under a lot of pressure lately. Everyone may not be aware of it, but we have one of the most progressive police chiefs in the state. Chief Perez was reorganizing the department long before the calls for social justice started ringing in Pasadena. He knew we needed to align the police department to reflect the community and its needs and he began that effort with the full support of his department. I am so proud of the work he and the men and women in the PPD have done to create a model department. Full implementation of this change will take time, perhaps years, and I ask you to stay committed to the Chief while the modifications to the department take place. We need to show him we believe in him and the PPD.Without the support of my husband and family I simply could not have become a City Councilmember. The emotional and financial support of my husband has given me the freedom to become a public servant in a truly wonderful city. With my husband now in good health, we will have more time to enjoy all Pasadena has to offer.Thank you again for the opportunity to serve in the great city of Pasadena.Margaret McAustinCouncilmember District 2 Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff Community News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 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. Top of the News HerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Signs You’re Not Ready To Be In A RelationshipHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNerdy Movie Kids Who Look Unrecognizable TodayHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCreative Ways To Burn Calories That Require Little EffortHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautylast_img read more

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AP Invitational added to World Athletics Continental Tour

first_imgBy Rawle ToneyGUYANA’S Commonwealth Games 400m gold and silver medallist Aliann Pompey will now see her June 6 AP Invitational part of the recently structured World Athletics 2020 Continental Tour. World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said the impetus for creating the Continental Tour was to provide more competition and earning opportunities for more athletes.The Continental Tour will be divided into three levels – Gold, Silver and Bronze – whose status will be determined by the quality of competition and prize money on offer.World Athletics is investing in the Gold level meetings, which will each offer US$200 000 in prize money, to increase the number of high-quality competitive opportunities available to showcase our sport’s best athletes.Area associations will be responsible for managing the Silver (US$75 000 prize money) and Bronze level competitions (US$25 000). There will be ten Silver and up to 50 Bronze meetings.Those disciplines that are not included in this year’s Wanda Diamond League final – 200m, 3000m steeplechase, triple jump, discus – will be core events in the Continental Tour Gold meetings, as will the hammer throw. Each will have guaranteed prize money of US$20 000 at each meeting.Performances in those events will attract the same level of world ranking points as the core Diamond League disciplines, and the overall tour winners will receive wildcard entry to the World Athletics Championships Oregon 2021.Pompey, a four-time Olympian, will hold the Invitational for the fifth time this year at the National Track and Field Centre at Leonora.The inaugural meet hosted 11 athletes who went on to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio.“It’s a tremendous opportunity not just for the Aliann Pompey Invitational, but for Guyana and athletics in the region,” Pompey said.According to the Guyanese, who is an assistant coach for the St John’s University Track team, the AP Invitational will be one of two events that will be held in South America; the other – the Brazil Grand Prix.“I think this speaks to the commitment of the meet’s sponsors. For the past four years, they’ve supported the vision for the meet and its importance to the development of sports in the country and in the region. This is a collaborative effort with so many pieces,” Pompey added.The 2020 Continental Tour will span across six continents and offers athletes the opportunity to receive world-ranking points that will count toward the 2020 Olympic Games and World Championships.last_img read more

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