Follow the news on Egypt January 5, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for new investigation of attacks on women journalists in Cairo News Reporters Without Borders expressed astonishment today at the Cairo prosecutor-general’s announcement that the legal enquiry into physical attacks on women journalists by government supporters during protests in Cairo on 25 May last year had been closed for lack of suspects. It pointed out that a list of suspects and filmed evidence had been sent to the authorities.It called for a new investigation of the incidents and for steps to ensure journalists could do their job safely. “The government seems to be totally unconcerned about the increasingly serious attacks on journalists in Egypt,” it said. RSF_en News to go further ————————————————————————–16.06.2005 Call to protect attacked women journalistsReporters Without Borders expressed outrage today at what it called “an unacceptable campaign of intimidation and denigration” against more than a dozen women journalists physically attacked by police and government supporters and called on the authorities to give them official protection.The journalists (12 Egyptians and three foreigners) were among a large number of women physically attacked during demonstrations on 25 May, the day of a constitutional referendum, by police and members of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP). “They are being threatened by government officials and attacked by the state-owned media because they dare to demonstrate,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “They are targeted because they are both journalists and women in a country where their rights are far from guaranteed.”We call on President Hosni Mubarak to end this harassment and see that those responsible for this violence are punished. We also demand that prosecutor-general Maher Abdel Wahed, who has promised to punish them, provides security for the victims.”Egyptian journalists Nawal Mohamad Ali, Iman Taha, Shaimaa Abu al-Kheir, Abir al- Askari, Rabiaa Zayat, Nura Yunes, Rabab Mahdi, Magda Adli, Ranwa Yehia, Sarah Dib, Iman Taha Kamel and Dr Aidaa Seifeddowla, as well as three foreign female reporters for the US news agency the Associated Press, the daily Los Angeles Times and the French news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP), were attacked. Some had their clothes torn off, were groped or otherwise humiliated. Several were hospitalised.Most of the attacks took place in front of the Egyptian national union of journalists office in Cairo and near the Saad Mausoleum during protests in support of a call by the opposition Kefaya (“Enough!””) movement to boycott the referendum. Most of those attacked were reporting on the events, others were taking part and some were just bystanders. Nawal Mohamad Ali, of the newspaper Al-Guil (“The Generation”), had gone into the journalists’ union building to attend an English class when she was attacked by several former prisoners now working for the regime. They tore off her clothes and exposed her body so people could see and touch her. Some lay on top of her, pretending to have sex. Colleagues who tried to help her and cover up her body were beaten. Her mobile phone, money and jewellery were stolen from her bag. EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Iman Taha, 30, formerly with the pro-government daily Nahdet Misr, had her pelvis broken when she was beaten up by NDP supporters during a demonstration she was in outside the union offices. She told AFP that police let about 100 men through the security barrier to attack the protesters.”One of them pinned me against the wall and kicked me twice very hard in the stomach,” she said. “I collapsed but he kept hitting me. A policeman told me: ‘Don’t bother to complain. It serves you right for demonstrating.’ The police refused to call an ambulance and then stopped me taking refuge in the union building.” She was hospitalised. Journalist Sara Dib, daughter of prominent writer Alaa Dib, was similarly beaten in front of the Saad Mausoleum. At least five male journalists were also attacked by police and security forces. They were Abdel Halim Qandil, of the daily Al Araby (“The Arab”), Mohamed Abdel Qaduss, of the Journalists’ Syndicate Freedoms Committee, and Abir al-Askary, Hany al-Asr and Wael Tawfiq, all of the daily Al-Dustur (“The Constitution”), according to the Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights.Several pro-government journalists claimed next day that the women had voluntarily taken off their clothes in public. The journalists’ union called for the sacking of interior minister Habib al-Adli as being responsible for the violence and filed a complaint with the prosecutor-general. 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NewsLocal NewsGarda crime updateBy admin – October 16, 2012 654 Email Linkedin Advertisement WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Armed robbery attempt at barbersAN attempted armed robbery at a barber shop in Corbally last Thursday morning is under investigation by gardaí at Mary Street in Limerick.The incident took place at 10.50am when a man armed with what appeared to be a handgun entered the barber shop on the Corbally Road and demanded money but left empty-handed.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The culprit was described as being about 5’ 7” in height, of stocky build with a Limerick accent. He was wearing a dark green hoody, jeans, white runners and was also wearing green gloves. He escaped in a silver Volvo S40 which was later recovered at Blackwater in Ardnacrusha. Gardaí at Mary Street are investigating and anyone who was in the vicinity of Corbally Road between 10.30am and 11.15am last Thursday morning or who has any information about the movements of the silver Volvo S40 which had a 00-MH registration should contact them.Robbery from shop safeArdnacrusha Gardai are investigating a theft at a shop near Barry’s Cross on Sunday October 7 when a man with a motor cycle helmet entered through a rear door and took a large sum of cash from a safe in an upstairs office. He walked across the road to a waiting motor cycle which was being driven by an accomplice.The culprit was described as being between 5’ 8” and 5’10” in height, medium build with a black coat, a woolly hat and blue jeans. It is believed that the motorcycle then drove in the direction of Limerick city. Previous articlePatient care at AuraliaNext articleFireworks warning admin Print
… pacer Shannon Gabriel takes career-best five for 96ABU DHABI: West Indies lost two late wickets to hand the initiative to Pakistan on the second day of the second Test in Abu Dhabi yesterday.West Indies had defied Pakistan’s bowlers well until the 44th over with the score 106 for 2, but they then lost Marlon Samuels (30) and Kraigg Brathwaite (21) in the space of three balls without adding any further runs.Nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo and Jermaine Blackwood were yet to score as West Indies trail Pakistan’s first innings total of 452 by 346 runs with six wickets intact.Darren Bravo, who made 87 and 116 in the first Test in Dubai, made an attractive 43 but his dismissal left Pakistan in a dominant position.A late collapse hit the West Indies hard as Samuels edged fast bowler Rahat Ali to slip before Brathwaite was run out by Misbah-ul-Haq’s throw after setting off for a quick single.Bravo, who opened the innings after Brathwaite was off the field when Pakistan were batting and could not come in at the start, helped the tourists reach 27 without loss at the tea interval.But in the third over after tea Rahat gave Pakistan the breakthrough when he trapped Leon Johnson leg-before for 12.Bravo and Brathwaite took the score to 65 before drama unfolded involving English umpire Michael Gough as two of his decisions were overturned on referral.Leg-spinner Yasir Shah struck Bravo on his back pad as the left-hander tried to pull a short ball but Gough turned down a vociferous appeal from Pakistan players.Misbah reviewed the decision and television replays resulted in Bravo being sent on his way trapped leg-before for 43.The very next ball Shah trapped Samuels in front of his stumps and Gough raised his finger, only for a review to grant the batsman a reprieve as replays showed he had hit the ball.Misbah falls shortEarlier, Pakistan skipper Misbah missed out on his 11th Test century by just four runs, but Sarfraz Ahmed (56) and Mohammad Nawaz (25) added 70 for the seventh wicket to ensure Pakistan crossed the 450-mark.Shannon Gabriel, who took a career best five for 96, had dismissed Misbah in the first session before bowling Ahmed soon after lunch.He dismissed Zulfiqar Babar for nought to wrap up the innings.“There is not much for the bowlers in the pitch so it’s great to get five wickets and I am very happy,” said Gabriel, following his first Test five-wicket haul.Sohail Khan hit five boundaries before he became one of three victims for Jason Holder, who finished with 3-47.Pakistan had resumed the day on 304-4 in the hope that Misbah and nightwatchman Shah would survive the second new ball which the West Indies took at the start of play.Shah was fortunate to escape a leg-before review off Holder but Misbah was not so lucky as he was dismissed in the next over.Misbah missed an inswinging delivery which hit him in front of the wicket, with umpire Gough raising his finger. The Pakistani skipper reluctantly reviewed the decision but without success.Shah was the next to go as he pulled Holder straight to square-leg fielder Bishoo after scoring 23.Ahmed paced his innings well, hitting six boundaries in his 59-ball knock, as Pakistan compiled an imposing first-innings score. Pakistan lead the three-match series 1-0 after winning the first Test — a day-night affair played with a pink ball — by 56 runs.PAKISTAN 1st innings (overnight 304 for four)Sami Aslam b Bishoo 6Azhar Ali b Gabriel 0Asad Shafiq b Gabriel 68Younis Khan c Chase b Brathwaite 127*Misbah-ul-Haq lbw b Gabriel 96Yasir Shah c Bishoo b Holder 23+Sarfraz Ahmed b Gabriel 56Mohammad Nawaz b Holder 25Sohail Khan c Johnson b Holder 26Zulfiqar Babar c wkp Hope b Gabriel 0Rahat Ali not out 0Extras (b1, lb15, nb9) 25TOTAL (all out, 119.1 overs) 452Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-42, 3-129, 4-304, 5-332, 6-342, 7-412, 8-430, 9-452, 10-452.Bowling: Gabriel 23.1-1-96-5 (nb9), Cummins 20-1-65-0, Holder 22-8-47-3, Bishoo 26-0-112-1, Chase 19-1-80-0, Brathwaite 9-0-36-1.WEST INDIES 1st inningsL Johnson lbw b Rahat Ali 12D Bravo lbw b Yasir Shah 43K Brathwaite run out 21M Samuels c Sami Aslam b Rahat Ali 30D Bishoo not out 0J Blackwood not out 0TOTAL (4 wkts, 45 overs) 106To bat: R Chase, +S Hope, *J Holder, M Cummins, S Gabriel.Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-65, 3-106, 4-106.Bowling: Rahat Ali 12-6-31-2, Sohail Khan 9-3-16-0, Zulfiqar Babar 11-1-29-0, Asad Shafiq 1-0-2-0, Yasir Shah 12-5-28-1.Umpires: M Gough, R Illingworth; TV – P Reiffel
“The difference was, shoot, he (Conte) knew what he was doing,” Ramirez said. “He knew what I needed to get back on that level that I was playing. Rehabbing is everything.”Athletic trainers are at the center of a web stretched thin between athletes, coaches and front offices, to name a few. They don’t sign checks or fill out lineup cards, but make no mistake, trainers make daily judgment calls with championship ripple effects. Injuries define the careers of some athletes. Trainers are largely to thank for those who don’t carry that label.While surgeons like Dr. James Andrews, who operated on Ramirez, and Dr. Robert Watkins have risen to fame in the sports world by transforming career-ending injuries into routine repairs, even they point to the team trainers’ realm as the crux of recovery.Surgery lasts hours. Rehabilitation sometimes can’t be contained to months. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Hanley Ramirez stopped himself in mid-sentence.The Dodgers shortstop didn’t want to discredit anybody, just praise the man responsible for pulling his career out of a confounding decline.Had he never encountered Stan Conte, Ramirez’s surgically repaired shoulder likely would have landed him somewhere other than the verge of his first eight-figure contract.Upon arrival via trade from the Miami Marlins in 2012, his status as a franchise player was seemingly slipping away. Ramirez credits the Dodgers head athletic trainer for his restoration. “It’s not just a matter of taking out some knee cartilage and call me in a year,” said Dr. Watkins, a spine specialist whose patients include Peyton Manning, Dwight Howard and Don Mattingly, to name a few. “I don’t have to be the first one to say overcoming an injury is sometimes the difference between who makes it and who doesn’t. I think the really important story is what these athletes do to make it back from these horrible injuries and it’s rehab, rehab, rehab.”The first question is always the same: “When can I play again?”Accordingly, rehabilitation in the sports world is synonymous with urgency. In other words, athletic trainers are never off the clock.Conte’s day begins answering emails at 7 a.m., typically after treating players and writing reports into the early morning hours after the previous night’s game.“It’s ridiculous and almost embarrassing to talk about what our hours are,” Conte said. “I spend about 30 minutes with my wife in the morning having coffee… and that’s about it. Every other trainer in every other organization, whether it be football, basketball or baseball, is doing the same thing. So, it’s not for the faint of heart or someone who thinks they’re going to have a life.”Lakers trainer Gary Vitti has been working around the clock for the same organization the last 30 years. He was never busier than this season.The Lakers had more injured players than healthy ones by the end of a season that spotlighted Vitti more than he ever wanted. With up to eight players injured at a time, Vitti was not only responsible for juggling each of their rehabilitation programs, including daily evaluations and re-evaluations, but the Lakers counted on him to communicate the details of each case to all corners of the organization.The myriad members of the coaching staff and front office need to know the prognosis — in this case so it could figure out how to field a team each night. With all he has treated since, Kobe Bryant’s ruptured Achilles tendon is a distant memory for Vitti. This season was abnormal for the Lakers trainer in that the urgency to return to the court wasn’t comparable to most of his 30 years at the helm of one of the most successful franchises in sports.Vitti will never forget his single most demanding assignment, or the resulting championship.“Probably the most intense around-the-clock treatment regimen was when Kobe sprained his ankle in the 2000 finals,” Vitti said. “For two days we woke up every two to three hours to control the inflammatory process, but as a result he came back and won the championship. The NBA is a microcosm of society. Some players you have to protect from themselves and slow them down, others you have to push them through their fear.”Clearing an athlete to play is just one decision in a long series of them for trainers. Rehab requires daily judgment calls, none of which are without risk.When the same competitive nature and physical gifts that made them professional athletes are applied to rehab, overly aggressive efforts to speed up the process create delicate circumstances for a trainer to manage.The slower route back is obviously not as pleasing to ownership, coaches or fans.Managing conflicting interests can create sticky situations for trainers, whose checks aren’t signed by the players they work on.Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford is elated to have escaped the pressure to play through injury he felt as a member of the Boston Red Sox.After offseason wrist surgery following a disappointing 2011 season in Boston, Crawford tried to play through a spring training elbow sprain serious enough to eventually require Tommy John Surgery. He declined to specifically identify any sources of pressure, but insisted the urgings were very real after a string of injuries following a sub-par season in the first year of his $142 million deal with the Red Sox. “You definitely have to play over there (in Boston), but here is different,” Crawford said. “You don’t feel that sense of anybody trying to force you on the field … I’ve learned that when you make ‘X’ amount of dollars, nobody cares about what goes on behind the scenes.”When they are furthest from the public eye may be when athletes work the hardest. Rehab includes all the grit of being a professional athlete, with the glory only a flickering light at the end of a long tunnel. How they will recover from the injury is a constant source of worry in a sea of uncertainties.There are plenty of athletes who don’t understand the vital importance of rehab, according to Dr. Watkins, who lamented the number of young athletes in particular who assumed surgery alone was the key to returning to their previous level of athleticism.Forty years ago, Tommy John Surgery didn’t exist. When a player heard that sickening pop in his elbow, it signified the end of his career. Now, an estimated one-third of the pitchers in major league baseball have undergone the operation, including an overwhelming number of promising pitchers this season.Technology in sports medicine has taken such leaps that what was once impossible is now largely taken for granted.“The pendulum has swung so far in another direction … everybody just assumes, ‘Oh, he’ll be back in three months,” Dr. Robert Watkins IV said. “Where, no, it’s still a very demanding occupation. In many ways, any time an athlete is operated on and returns to a sport, it’s still somewhat a miracle.”The science of rehabilitation has advanced just as rapidly.Virtually every move of an athlete is monitored during rehab by trainers whose advantage over an independent physical therapist is the deep understanding of the players’ bodies gained during long work hours.A rehab schedule is formulated the instant of an injury, but the plan can change at any moment based on the myriad responses from the player’s body.“Anything you write down in rehab progression is going to be done in pencil,” Angels head athletic trainer Adam Nevala said. “You have to introduce one thing at a time to determine what causes what. Otherwise you don’t know if it was taking ground balls, swinging the bat or running the bases that caused inflammation.”The trainer doesn’t do it alone. A training staff for a professional sports franchise typically includes team doctors, strength and conditioning coaches, chiropractors, dieticians, physical therapists and massage therapists.Playing the part of psychologist is the head trainer’s responsibility.Coaxing a player through rehab with no guarantees as to the end result is a delicate part of the job.Ramirez, for example, avoided the training room at all costs after he was first traded to the Dodgers. Conte had to massage the shortstop into trusting his experience would be different than it was in Florida.“Hanley was very gun shy of medical when he came over,” Conte said. “He wouldn’t come in the training room. It took a little bit of, when he was in trouble, to show him you cared.”
“You are what your record says you are. No better. No worse.”Unfortunately for the Lakers, their prospects pale in comparison to the Timberwolves’ Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Zach Lavine and the 76ers’ Embiid, Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel.On the other hand, it’s not about where prospects start but where they end up. It’s a long-term process, even if everyone thinks that means from now to the end of the season.Aside from the prodigies, you don’t get a clear picture of what a player will be in one season, or two … or, as often as not, three, four or five.Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan just broke out … in his eighth year … going from last season’s career-high 23.5 points per game to 28 in this one. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error His teammate and fellow All-Star Kyle Lowry didn’t average double figures until his fifth season and didn’t average 15 until his ninth, when he was with his third team.Even prodigies can take a while. Golden State’s Steph Curry was a great shooter from the day he arrived but needed four seasons to get his average above 20 points.So if nothing we know is definitive, here’s a report card on the Laker prospects:D’Angelo Russell >> Happily for the Lakers, if he’s still young two months shy of 21, he’ll never again be as young as he was a year ago when he acted more like he was 15 while showing his limits athletically, defensively and as a playmaker.It’s now clear he’ll be an NBA player, at least, averaging 15 points, shooting 39 percent from 3-point range.The question is where he goes from here. If his percentage moves into the 40s, he can be a good player, which the Lakers need him to be, or a star, which they need someone to be.The comparison the Lakers can’t escape is the Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis, whom they passed up at No. 2 in 2015 to take Russell.Nicknamed “the Unicorn” by Kevin Durant because he’s such an anomaly, the 7-foot-3 Porzingis looks like a stretch forward for the ages, shooting 40 percent from the arc while averaging 20.6 points for a team challenging for the top four in the East.Brandon Ingram >> If his game suggests he’s the most likely Laker to become a star, he’s the farthest away now with his blade-thin body (6-8, 196 at the 2015 Hoop Summit, the last time he was measured in stocking feet).Ingram, not Russell, might wind up as the point guard with Luke Walton already using him there.Ingram has graceful moves, a picturesque jump shot and isn’t shy, driving it to the basket despite his spindly frame. The ball just isn’t going in often (35 percent overall, 28 percent from 3-point range).Young is young and he’s 19 years, three months and 16 days old. To see what that means, there was Ingram batting an in-bounds pass carelessly to T.J. McConnell who laid it up, starting a 76ers’ comeback attempt Friday before the Lakers held them off.Nevertheless, for Lakers fans wishing on a star, pray to Brandon’s bobblehead.Julius Randle >> Unorthodox as he is, he has star potential as the most productive … and edgiest … of the group.Despite being undersized (6-7-3/4 in stocking feet at the draft combine), he’s averaging just under a double-double for his young career (11.5 points, 9.8 rebounds). In the good/bad news, he’s doing it without a jump shot, relying on floaters in the lane and set shots from the perimeter, making just 33 percent from beyond 5 feet.He’s also totally left-handed but so quick and strong, he gets away with it. Next to his shooting issues, it almost doesn’t count.Edgey can be good if it’s a Kobe Bryant-style edge. With Randle’s ball-handling ability and I’m-a-great-waiting-to-happen attitude, he could become some version of a Draymond Green – the piece all teams now seek — if he learns to shoot as Draymond did.Larry Nance Jr. >> Everyone’s favorite blue-collar power forward with highlight-reel dunks, deft playmaking and no-look touch passes.His dunk over Brook Lopez in Brooklyn was a classic, like Blake Griffin’s over Timofey Mozgov years ago. Like Griffin, Junior encountered the 7-footer head-on and just seemed to keep rising over the top of him.On the other hand, he’s also undersized (6-7-1/2 in stocking feet) and a reluctant shooter (33 percent beyond 5 feet). Randle knows he has to take open shots and does. Nance takes longer to talk himself into it, then often throws up some kind of funky runner.Junior is assured of being around a long time. If he becomes a decent shooter, he’ll be a lot better than that.Jordan Clarkson >> The dean of the Lakers prospects in his third season, he’s already a good combo guard coming off the bench.The question is whether he has hit a plateau with his minutes down from last season’s 32 to 29, his scoring from 15.5 to 14.3 and 3-point shooting from 35 percent to 30.Showing how elusive this process is, we didn’t know who Nick Young was after nine seasons with five teams.We thought we did and it wasn’t good before Walton turned Nick into a starting-caliber player who tried on defense at long last.One more name belongs on this list: Walton’s.As a rookie coach at 36, he’s as much a young prospect as any of his players and his debut was eye-popping.For one been-down-so-long-this-looked-like-up-to-them month, he changed the culture as the Lakers beat better teams by playing to what they had – depth, if no superstars – and turning games into score-fests with Lou Williams and Young as their best players, doing what veterans are supposed to with young teams.As we learned a year ago in his audacious debut filling in for Golden State’s Steve Kerr, Walton has a natural presence with his deep voice and blunt candor, zinging himself along with everyone else, challenging his players privately – he reportedly called them “soft” after the Nets loss – while reminding everyone how long-term this project will be.“I think starting with the coaches, we got away from what our main message was going into the season and that’s the process,” Walton said before the win in Philadelphia. “… To develop the right culture and habits that we want and not judging our success on the wins and losses.”Playing to your strength is a major plus. For all their talent with highly-regarded coaches Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota and Brett Brown in Philadelphia, the Timberwolves and 76ers don’t do it yet.Better days lie ahead for the Lakers, almost by default.The big question is how far ahead, and whether we can see it from here. As they say in Lakerdom … oops!If the team’s 10-10 start amounted to a heat check, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that they failed it, the more so as injuries and road games piled up.Rebuilding isn’t easy if you have prodigies like Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns and Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, whose teams are far behind the Lakers in the standings.For all the Lakers fans wondering what happened, there’s the maxim articulated by the great Chuck Daly:
OSKALOOSA — Former Vice President Joe Biden has unveiled a plan to provide additional government support veterans and their families. Speaking at a town hall in Oskaloosa on Veterans Day, the democratic presidential candidate said he wants to keep the VA as the primary outlet for veterans to get their health care.“The VA has more specialized knowledge about the kinds of health problems that veterans have,” Biden said, “from needing prostheses to mental and physical concerns that, in fact, are unique to having served in the military.”For example, Biden said today there may be a link from the toxic fumes from fires that burned garbage at U.S. bases in Iraq and his son’s brain cancer. Beau Biden served in Iraq and died of brain cancer in May of 2015. Biden also told the crowd in Oskaloosa he’d take steps as president to hire more personnel for V-A medical centers around the country.“We have a responsibility, in my view, to ensure that we’re providing veterans with world class health care…the world class health care they deserve,” Biden said, “and that means hiring doctors and medical professionals.”Following his appearance in Oskaloosa, Biden took part in a CNN Town Hall at Grinnell College. Biden defended his recent critique of what he called the “my-way-or-the-highway attitude” of others about Medicare for All.“I wasn’t talking about (Elizabeth Warren). I was talking about the attitude that, ‘If you don’t agree with me, get in the other party,’” Biden said. “I’m more of a democrat to my shoe soles to my ears than anybody in this party.”CNN host Erin Burnett asked: “Including her?”Biden replied: “Including everybody, ok?”Biden said he doesn’t support Medicare for All because the costs are too high and it would take too long to transition to a universal health care system.