Authorities urged to drop libel prosecution against opposition weekly

first_img Another Voix de Djibouti reporter arrested in Djibouti City February 13, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities urged to drop libel prosecution against opposition weekly Organisation RSF_en Follow the news on Djibouti DjiboutiAfrica News December 9, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts “This is an operation aimed at silencing the only small newspaper that still resists,” Daher Ahmed Farah told Reporters Without Borders. “With Le Renouveau reduced to silence, the gagging of press freedom and free speech is complete, after 30 years of absolute rule, suppression of the opposition, poverty and social tension – all this under the eyes of western democracies such as France and the United States, which have a military presence in Djibouti.” DjiboutiAfrica Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders today called on the authorities to abandon a libel prosecution against the opposition weekly Le Renouveau after a court ruled on 11 February that the prosecution case was incomplete.Journalist Houssein Ahmed Farah, the brother of Le Renouveau managing editor Daher Ahmed Farah, was released provisionally on 10 February after three days in detention and appeared in court the next day on the charge of libelling the national bank governor, President Ismaël Omar Guelleh’s brother-in-law, in an editorial.The judge ordered an adjournment until 18 February after discovering that the prosecution case file contained no copy of the issue with the offending editorial.It is unclear on what legal grounds Houssein Ahmed Farah is being prosecuted instead of his brother, who is currently out of the country. Daher Ahmed Farah, who also heads the opposition Movement for Democratic Renewal (MRD), told Reporters Without Borders his brother did not write the editorial. “It was an article without a byline, and in such a case it is the managing editor, myself, who assumes responsibility.”The printing material which the police took from the newspaper has not yet been returned. As a result, the newspaper is still unable to appear.———–08.02.2007 – Weekly editor’s brother kept in custody, but three others releasedAfter spending 24 hours in police custody, journalist Houssein Ahmed Farah was taken today before the state prosecutor, who ordered that he remain in detention. He is the brother of Daher Ahmed Farah, the managing editor of the privately-owned weekly Le Renouveau, which did not appear today as the police have seized its printing material.Hared Abdallah Barreh, who is in charge of distributing the newspaper and who is a member of Daher Ahmed Farah’s opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Renewal (MRD), and Farah Abadid Hildid, the president of one of the party’s federations, were released during the day yesterday, while Daoud Farah Iyeh, one of Daher Ahmed Farah’s cousins, was freed last night.————–07.02.2007 – Police arrest brother and cousin of opposition weekly’s managing editorAfter being sought by police for five days, Houssein Ahmed Farah was arrested today and taken to the criminal investigation department, Reporters Without Borders has learned from his brother, Daher Ahmed Farah, managing editor of the privately-owned weekly Le Renouveau and head of the Movement for Democratic Renewal (MRD), an opposition party. July 17, 2020 Find out more to go further News August 4, 2020 Find out more La Voix de Djibouti is not run by “opposition illiterates,” RSF says Djibouti: Detained reporter’s home searched, Facebook account hacked The newspaper has been formally accused of libel in an article published on 1 February about a businessman who reportedly paid an indemnity to the national bank governor, who happens to be President Ismaël Omar Guelleh’s brother-in-law.———-05.02.2007 – Authorities again harass opposition weekly Le RenouveauReporters Without Borders today condemned the government’s renewed harassment of the staff of the privately-owned weekly Le Renouveau, including its managing editor, Daher Ahmed Farah. The newspaper is the mouthpiece of one of Djibouti’s main opposition parties, the Movement for Democratic Renewal (MRD).“After three years of relative peace, Le Renouveau is again the target of government hostility,” the press freedom organisation said. “Rather than setting the police and judicial authorities on one of Djibouti’s few dissident publications, the authorities should realise that it is archaic to try to control news and information.”Reporters Without Borders added: “Those who work for Le Renouveau and Farah’s family and associates must be left in peace as they are being hounded over an article of which the sole shortcoming was to have irked the regime.”The police raided Farah’s home without a warrant on 2 February claiming they were looking for Farah’s brother. Farah is currently out of the country. The next day, the police arrested Hared Abdallah Barreh, an MRD member who is in charge of distributing the newspaper, and Farah Abadid Hildid, who heads one of the party’s federations.The two men are currently being held at the headquarters of the police criminal investigation department. MRD vice-president Souleiman Farah Lodon and MRD secretary-general Souleiman Hassan Fadal were meanwhile interrogated successively by the state prosecutor and the police, and then released. The police raided Farah’s home again on 4 February and seized a computer.The police raids and arrests have been carried out as part of a judicial investigation into an article published by Le Renouveau on 1 February. Headlined “Omar Aïdid incurs the wrath of the authorities,” it was about the arrest of a businessman involved in a dispute with the national bank president, who is President Ismaël Omar Guelleh’s brother-in-law.The Guelleh regime has had Farah in its sights for more than a decade. He was arrested four times in 2003, spending a total of 90 days in prison. His brother Houssein spent nine days in prison in June 2004 for allegedly endangering the First Lady’s life when he braked sharply in his car to avoid her passing motorcade. He was covering a street demonstration at the time. News One of his cousins, Daoud Farah Iyeh, was arrested yesterday for unknown reasons, the same source said. As the police have seized its printing material, the newspaper can no longer be produced. Newslast_img read more

Caltech Smartphone App Helps Identifies Heart Problems in Childhood Cancer Survivors

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Image: The Vivio app measuring pulse on an iPhone (Photo courtesy of Niema Pahlevan/ USC).Researchers at Caltech, in collaboration with the Beckman Research Institute at City of Hope, USC, and other institutions, have developed a mobile app that can accurately detect cardiac dysfunction in childhood cancer survivors, according to a new study.Vivio works by holding your phone up to your neck for a minute or two for an accurate reading and can essentially accomplish the same as 45-minute scan from an ultrasound machine.Vivio collects pulse waves and phonocardiogram data from the carotid artery and sends it wirelessly via app to a smartphone or tablet. Using a specialized algorithm along with the app, medical practitioners can calculate left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), which is one key measure of heart health, upon which physicians base diagnostic and therapeutic decisions.LVEF measure how much blood is being pumped out of the left ventricle of the heart with each contraction and is expressed in a percentage. A normal LVEF ranges from 55 to 70 percent. An LVEF of less than 40 percent may confirm a diagnosis of heart failure. An LVEF of less than 35 percent increases the risk of an arrhythmia that can cause sudden cardiac arrest or death.To test device accuracy, researchers at the Childhood Cancer Survivorship Clinic (CCSC) at City of Hope conducted a cross-sectional study. It compared LVEF using the Vivio wireless device, two-dimensional (2D) echocardiography, and gold-standard cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging in childhood cancer survivors exposed to anthracycline, who risk potential cardiac dysfunction from the exposure, which can often develop at a time when they are least engaged in long-term survivorship care, a report in HospiMedica said.In all, 191 consecutive cancer survivors participated in the study, with a median anthracycline dose of 225 mg/m² (milligrams per square meter). The researchers found that echocardiography overestimated mean LVEF by 4.9 percent compared with CMR. However, no difference was seen between mean LVEF readings from Vivio and CMR.Also, when compared with CMR, the detection of cardiac dysfunction via echocardiography was weak, but Vivio-based measurements had considerably better sensitivity. The study was published on June 21 in Clinical Cancer Research.Last year, Caltech researchers worked with medical practitioners to test the app on 72 volunteers between 20-92 years old at an MRI facility. Using Vivio, doctors simply held iPhones against the volunteers’ necks for one to two minutes. Afterward, the volunteers immediately received an MRI examination, and data from both tests were compared. The measurements made by Vivio had an error of ±9.9 percent compared that of an MRI. In comparison, the error for echocardiography was roughly ±10.2 percent.“In a surprisingly short period, we were able to move from invention to the collection of validating clinical data,” said Caltech’s Dr. Mory Gharib after the trials.Gharib, Hans W. Liepmann Professor of Aeronautics and Bioinspired Engineering and head of the Gharib Research Group at Caltech, is the senior author of a separate on the study that was published in the July 2017 issue of Critical Care Medicine.“What is exciting about this study is that it shows our technique is as accurate as echocardiography at estimating LVEF when both are compared to the gold standard of cardiac MRI,” he said. “This has the potential to revolutionize how doctors and patients can screen for and monitor heart disease both in the U.S. and the developing world.” Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News Community News Make a comment More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe 4 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it center_img Community 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 Science and Technology Caltech Smartphone App Helps Identifies Heart Problems in Childhood Cancer Survivors From CALTECH Published on Monday, July 9, 2018 | 4:23 pm First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Saudi takeover plans for Newcastle on track

first_imgMike Ashley’s plans to sell Newcastle United remain on track. No more handshakes says Newcastle The Chronicle says the Magpies are continuing to be pursued for a takeover attempt by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia. And while reports of a bid being lodged are premature, there is word of progress being made in the Middle East. Many supporters at St James’ Park are hopeful unpopular owner Ashley will finally be ousted on Tyneside.Advertisement The takeover bid from the PiF has progressed quite far. In the Middle East, word is said to be spreading of the potential move to buy Newcastle. read also:Newcastle takeover could shake QPR board The positive update will leave fans further optimistic of Ashley being bought out. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthUnusual And Unique Beauty Of Indian WomenWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Actors That Started Their Careers On Soapscenter_img Loading… last_img read more