first_img April 23, 2018 Find out more MaldivesAsia – Pacific News Help by sharing this information News July 26, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Minivan correspondent freed after being held more than three months Follow the news on Maldives News September 12, 2018 Find out more Receive email alerts Maldivian president’s comms chief accused of sexually harassing journalistcenter_img MaldivesAsia – Pacific Organisation July 15, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today hailed the release on 24 July of Mohamed Yushau, a correspondent of the opposition newspaper Minivan, who had been held on a terrorism charge since 9 April after publicly opposing the leader of the atoll of Thinadhoo at a conference. He has also often written about the difficult living conditions of Maldivians.A court ruled in May that he should be released on bail but left it to the police to set the amount. The police demanded 35,000 rufiyaas (2,165 euros), which Yushau refused to pay, calling it extortion. According to Minivan he was released unconditionally after a judge finally said he should be freed without any bail being required.Reporters Without Borders recently published a full report on the situation of press freedom in the Maldives: Full report———–14.04.06 – New offensive against Minivan, with one correspondent arrested and another being prosecutedReporters Without Borders voiced deep concern today about a wave of harassment and arrests of journalists working for the opposition newspaper Minivan.Mohamed Yushau, its correspondent in the south of the country, was arrested on 9 April for allegedly refusing to respond to a police summon and was put in Dhoonidhoo prison near Male.Musa Ismael, a correspondent in the southwest, has been harassed by the authorities and thinks he could be arrested. Abdullah Saeed, another of its journalists, has been held in Maafushi prison, south of the capital, since 27 March 2006. Photojournalist Jennifer Latheef is meanwhile under house arrest after being sentenced to 10 years in prison for “terrorist” activities.”The security services should not be obstructing the work of the independent and opposition media in this fashion, as it is contrary to the pledges which the government gave in its recent road map to democracy,” Reporters Without Borders said, calling for Yushau’s release, an end to the harassment of Minivan’s journalists, including Ismael, and due process for Saeed.Yushau, who is also a member of the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party, has written many articles about the lives of ordinary Maldivians, especially fishermen on Thinadhoo atoll. The police waited two days before telling his family he had been arrested.Ismael, who is accredited as Minivan’s correspondent on Faafu atoll, southwest of Male, has been summoned several times by the authorities and has told his editors he fears he could be arrested. Saeed, who is better known as Fahala, is serving a two-month prison sentence for refusing to undergo a urine test. He is also being prosecuted for possession and trafficking in drugs. The police claim they found drugs in his clothes when he went to a police station. Minivan says this is a trumped-up charge. Saeed faces life imprisonment.Reporters Without Borders fears that Saeed is being prosecuted just to put an end to his work as a journalist. When he appeared in court yesterday, he was handcuffed and wearing a prisoner’s uniform. The judge, who insisted on not being named, is obstructing the rights of the defence, observers said. Saeed’s lawyer has accused the police of planting the drugs on his client. Nothing was found on him in a first search. The drugs were found by a policeman during a search of his clothes a few minutes later after he had undressed and when his back was turned. His lawyer was not present for these searches.Latheef, who has been under house arrest at her Male home since 21 December 2005, is still receiving threatening visits from prison authority officials and sudden court summonses in connection with her appeal. The authorities have not replied to her request to be allowed to go abroad for treatment for spinal pain resulting from the blows she received at the time of her first arrest.Originally just an online newspaper (, Minivan got permission to produce a print version in July 2005. But the company that was printing it ceased to do so at the end of August as a result of political pressure, and now only a photocopied version is distributed in the archipelago. Six of its reporters and contributors are at risk of being arrested. RSF_en News to go further RSF calls for open trial of Maldivian blogger’s accused murderers RSF seeks press freedom pledges from Maldives presidential candidateslast_img read more

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first_imgThis weekend is going to be a little more special than others for the University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team (5-4-2, 2-2-0 in the Big Ten).Sandwiched between match-ups against Michigan (5-5-2, 1-2-0) and Michigan State (4-6-1, 2-3-0) will be a celebration of 25 years of women’s varsity soccer in Madison. More than 100 current and former players are scheduled to be in attendance Saturday at a reception at the Kohl Center to join in the festivities.”It’ll be really great for our players to actually see the history of the program, to be a part of that history so that they can carry on that tradition,” UW head coach Dean Duerst said.Duerst, who has been with the women’s soccer program for 18 years, said he has seen how the campus and the people have changed, but the one constant has been the type of players Madison has recruited.”Wisconsin attracts a very special [player],” Duerst added. “Not only top athletes, but we’ve always had such great academics and players that have just really had wonderful careers after soccer. So it’s great for them to come back.”In order to make the weekend even more special, the Badgers are looking to sweep their two foes from Michigan.”Obviously, we want two wins,” sophomore forward Sheri Ferron said. “It’s going to be a huge weekend. I think getting two wins would be great for us.”If the past three matches have been any indication, Ferron could play a large role in getting the sweep. Ferron has scored in three consecutive games, including a pair of goals in last Sunday’s come-from-behind victory over Minnesota.”I’ve just been given opportunities,” she said. “The team’s been coming together, and I guess it just so happens that, yeah, I might be the one scoring them, but I think it’s just the whole team coming together and starting to mold.”Ferron currently leads the team in goals with four and in points with 10, but one of the more remarkable aspects of her recent surge is that she’s done most of it by coming off the bench. Ferron has started only three of the 11 games thus far, but she has no problem with her role on the team.”In the beginning, I was coming off the bench and that is a different role and it just takes a mindset,” Ferron said. “You have to fill whatever role you’re given because there are certain things you can’t control.”If I’m starting, then I’ll fill that role. If I’m not, then I’ll look to be the best person off the bench,” she added.While Ferron may be the catalyst for the Badgers this weekend, both the Wolverines and Spartans have their own go-to players.Michigan is led by junior Melissa Dobbyn who has three goals and nine points on the season, while Michigan State relies on freshman Lauren Hill. Hill currently leads the Big Ten in scoring with 16 points and is tied for the lead in goals with seven.For both players, Duerst says while his team needs to be aware of them, he doesn’t want to become too concerned with either player.”When you have dangerous players, you typically need to be extra aware of them,” Duerst said. “And if the time is right, say ‘OK, let’s commit somebody right on her all the time.’ That becomes a minor adjustment versus a major one. I think that’s the important thing in the psychology of the sport is to not be over-consumed with a player.”Shutting down Dobbyn and Hill will be huge if the Badgers want to celebrate their 25th anniversary weekend in style, but while the anniversary is no doubt huge for the program, there are at least two other reasons why it will be a special weekend.Last Tuesday, the new NSCAA Great Lakes Regional poll was released and the Badgers were tied for 10th with Ball State, marking the first time this season that the Badgers have been ranked in this ballot.Duerst said the new status is proof of the progress the team is making this year.”It just shows we’re moving in the right direction,” he said. “There’s a great challenge that lies ahead of us, in terms of that ranking, and obviously we want to be in that top four.”Directly ahead of Wisconsin in the Great Lakes Regional poll at No. 9 is Michigan, and if the Badgers can knock off the Wolverines, Duerst will be celebrating his 150th victory. While he admits that, much like the program’s 300th victory less than two weeks ago, the milestone is important. He said he’s got only one thing on his mind this weekend.”I just want to win Friday night,” Duerst said. “That’s really where I want to be focused on and keep the small important details for the team and those kinds of things.”But then again, this is a special weekend, so you [also] look back on the years you’ve been involved.”last_img read more

first_imgAfter being swept by No. 5 Oregon over the weekend, USC is on a skid unlike any the team has experienced all season. Seven consecutive losses, spanning the entire month of May, put the Trojans under .500 for the first time in 2012. The Trojans have lost 10 of their last 12 games and 14 of their last 17. Since they opened the season 12-3, the Trojans have gone just 10-21 to bring their overall record down to 22-24 (7-16 in Pac-12 play).Solid effort · Freshman pitcher Stephen Tarpley pitched well against the Ducks but was unable to lead the Trojans to a victory. – Luciano Nunez | Daily TrojanThis weekend epitomized the recurring problems the Trojans have faced all season: decent pitching plagued by anemic hitting. The Trojans scored eight runs over the three games against the Ducks and have plated just 13 on their seven-game skid.On Sunday against the Ducks the Trojans’ short-lived 1-0 lead was the result of an error. Freshman second baseman Andres Rodriguez knocked a double with two outs in the second, but only scored because Oregon shortstop J.J. Antobelli couldn’t handle a ground ball by senior centerfielder Garret Houts.The Trojans returned the favor in the fourth. Freshman pitcher Stephen Tarpley walked the first two batters of the inning to put runners on first and second. The Ducks attempted a sacrifice bunt, but the Trojans’ hurried throw to first was wild, tying the game and allowing all runners to advance an extra base.Tarpley showed good mental grit to get out of the ensuing second and third with just the one run allowed. And USC looked to be in the driver’s seat when senior first baseman Matt Foat hit his third home run of the season in the fifth, a two-run shot to give the Trojans a 3-1 lead.But Tarpley and the Trojans fell apart in the sixth. A leadoff walk followed by a double, RBI single and a sacrifice fly tied the game and chased Tarpley from the mound. Senior Brandon Garcia came on to stop the bleeding, but a bunt single gave the Ducks a 4-3 lead.The Trojans threatened in the top of the eighth, putting runners at the corners with one out, but they were stranded. The Ducks tacked on two more in the bottom of the inning to cruise to a 6-3 win.Such seemed to be the story for the Trojans on Saturday and Sunday as well. USC jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Saturday, but the Ducks plated a run in the second, third and fourth to jump in front 3-1 and went on to take a 4-2 victory.On Friday USC fell a run short of an impressive comeback against Oregon pitcher Alex Keudell and lost 4-3.Just a month ago, when the Trojans were 19-10 coming off a thrilling series win against a talented Cal team that is fighting for a postseason berth, USC was eying a shot at its first postseason appearance since 2005. That appears to be squarely out of the question now, especially with their last two Pac-12 series coming against top-15 teams in Arizona and UCLA.last_img read more

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS — In a weekend that started out with a game against one University of Minnesota team, and ended with another, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team can officially call themselves Western Collegiate Hockey Association champions.When the weekend started, the Badgers (34-3-1, 24-3-1 WCHA) found themselves facing a more aggressive University of Minnesota-Duluth (15-20-1, 10-17-1 WCHA) in the semi-final game of the WCHA conference tournament.Wisconsin showed their grit as a team and shut Duluth out with a final score of 5-0, allowing themselves to advance to the final game against University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.In her 19th shutout of the season, goalie Ann-Renée Desbiens managed to block all 17 shots she saw on goal. Desbiens, who already has an NCAA record for most shutouts in a single season, surpassed her own record, solidifying her spot in NCAA history.Saturday’s game also meant that Wisconsin has ended every playoff game, until this point, with a shut-out, which is just another accomplishment that they can add to their long list of accomplishments in the season.Looking back on it now, Desbiens still cannot believe how this season has unfolded for her and her team.“If you had asked me at the beginning of the year, I would have said that [my NCAA shutout record] is not a real thing,” Desbiens said. “I [didn’t] think that was possible. It’s amazing. Everything that everyone in front of me has been doing is amazing.”Sunday’s contest against the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities (32-4-1, 24-4-1 WCHA) tested Wisconsin to its absolute limit, with three high-intensity periods of play from both teams. The Badgers managed to end Sunday’s contest with a 1-0 score.The true sign of Wisconsin greatness came from their defense, as the unit managed to keep Minnesota from scoring, even though Minnesota gained four power-plays from Wisconsin penalties.Another remarkable feat was the cool, calm demeanor of Desbiens, who seemed to not feel the pressure of the NCAA finals. In fact, Desbiens could be seen dancing in her goal right before the third period began, even though her team would start the period a man down.Desbiens’ calm demeanor could also be considered a sign of trust, trust in a defensive zone that she knew would protect her until the very last buzzer. Desbiens was certainly not far off the mark, with the Badger defense using every measure and body part possible to make sure the Minnesota puck stayed out of the Badgers’ net.Gaining their 22nd shutout of the season shows this Wisconsin defense is truly a force to be reckoned with, and when UW is on their game, they are nearly unstoppable.Head coach Mark Johnson will now enter the NCAA playoffs with a WCHA regular season and conference champion team. When asked about his team, Johnson’s response was simple.“I’m proud of the team and certainly proud of their effort this afternoon,” Johnson said.last_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisIt was opening day in Alpena Circuit Court for the trial of 67–year–old Dennis Albert Liske. Liske who has been charged with sexual conduct in the 2nd degree sat in silence as jury selection began for his case.One by one Judge Mack along with Prosecutor, Ed Black, and Liske’s lawyer, Dan White questioned citizens to see who would be fit for the trial. Before selecting 12 people to determine Liske’s fate, Liske’s lawyer, called out names of possible witnesses who would be involved with the trial.Judge Mack went over the rule while Ed Black questioned possible jury candidates. At least 15 people we’re let go before a final jury was selected around 11:30 am.“You’re excused,” were the words Judge Mack uttered to citizens he decided to let go.Some issues while selecting a jury included the fact that over a dozen called to duty knew Liske. Some admitted that they would have a difficult time and felt uncomfortable with the facts of the case.“So again we haven’t given the specifics of the case. But if you’re having difficulty of the subject matter or if you think it will cause you not to be able to sit on the jury to a certain attempt to be able to listen to the judge’s obstructions and only consider the evidence that he obstructs you to consider?” Prosecuting Attorney, Ed Black questioned to the jury.Opening statements finally started around 1 pm. Liske was charged with a single count of criminal sexual conduct in the 2nd degree stemming back from an incident involving his now 13–year–old granddaughter.She was 12 back in January when she claimed Liske inappropriately touched her chest at his home. Liske pleaded not guilty to the charge. The trial has been set to last 3 days.WBKB News will have more details coming up this week.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Criminal Charges, Criminal Sexual Conduct, Dennis Albert Liske, Dennis LiskeContinue ReadingPrevious Besser Museum Celebrates ‘Night Sky’ With Upcoming EventNext Thomas James Guthrie Found Guilty of Criminal Sexual Conductlast_img read more