Concerned about ailing political prisoner deprived of treatment, Reporters Without Borders urges Sarkozy to raise human rights during Damascus visit

first_img Reporters Without Borders has written to French President Nicolas Sarkozy asking him to raise the issue of Syria’s political prisoners when he meets Syrian President Bashar el-Assad during a visit to Damascus this week. The press freedom organisation is particularly worried about the health of Ali Abdallah (logo), an independent journalist held since 17 December 2007. Reporters Without Borders has written to French President Nicolas Sarkozy asking him to raise the issue of Syria’s political prisoners when he meets Syrian President Bashar el-Assad during a visit to Damascus this week. The press freedom organisation is particularly worried about the health of Ali Abdallah (photo), an independent journalist held since 17 December 2007. March 8, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF_en March 12, 2021 Find out more News News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Newscenter_img to go further SyriaMiddle East – North Africa SyriaMiddle East – North Africa September 1, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Concerned about ailing political prisoner deprived of treatment, Reporters Without Borders urges Sarkozy to raise human rights during Damascus visit News Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Abdallah’s family’s is very concerned about a loss of hearing in his left ear as a result of blows receiving during interrogation in the days following his arrest, and about the fact that he was last examined by a doctor on 28 January. He was transferred more than two months ago to section 13 of Adra prison (on the outskirts of Damascus), where conditions are much harsher. The transfer was a punishment for refusing to stand up during an argument with a guard. In its 28 August letter to President Sarkozy, Reporters Without Borders says:“In recent months, you have expressed France’s firm desire to reconcile with the Syrian government led by Bashar el-Assad. We understand France’s interest in not turning its back on the Syrian leader, an important actor in the region. We were, it is true, deeply shocked by his presence on the VIP stand during the Bastille Day celebrations on 14 July because of the repressive nature of his regime.“You are about to go to Damascus on 3-4 September. During your visit, we hope you will publicly express your concern about the human rights situation in Syria. We think that it is vital that you should raise the cases of the hundreds of prisoners of opinion – opposition politicians, defenders of the Kurdish minority, and journalists – who are rotting in Syrian jails.“Their fate deserves to be raised by the French president. During your last trip to Tunisia, which is governed by an insidious and authoritarian regime, you said to our great astonishment that you did not want to try to ‘teach any lessons’ in a country where ‘the space for freedoms is growing.’ That statement could not have been farther from the truth.“Mr. President, whomever you talk to, we would like to see you speak out in defence of freedom and human dignity, firmly and in plain language. Men and women pay a high price for being outspoken in Syria. Twelve of the people who signed the Damascus Declaration, which calls for ‘democratic and radical change’ went on trial on 30 July. Held since the start of the year in Adra prison, they are charged with publishing false information with the aim of harming the state, membership of a secret organisation designed to destabilise the state and inciting ethnic and racial tension.“They face the possibility of getting very heavy prison sentences on these charges, like writer and journalist Michel Kilo, who is currently serving a three-year jail sentence for advocating the restoration of diplomatic relations between Syria and Lebanon, although these relations are now in the process of being restored. This diplomatic initiative of prime importance makes his detention even more arbitrary.“The state of emergency law that has been in force in Syria since 1962 is a powerful repressive tool that enables military and civilian courts to jail the leading members of the Damascus Spring. Pro-democracy activists, who are stifled by the ruling Baath Party’s intelligence services, need to see you as an ally able to defend the message for which they have been deprived of their freedom.” Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Follow the news on Syria February 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Pasadena-Based New Matter Launches New Low-Cost 3-D Printer for the Masses

first_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff Pasadena-based 3D printing technology company New Matter Inc. launched Monday the first plug-and-play 3D printing system designed to make 3D printing accessible to the average user.Launched at The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the new MOD-t 3D printer was designed for simplicity, reliability and intuitive operation. The printer will now work in concert with the New Matter Store to provide the “first and only affordable, fully integrated end-to-end consumer 3D printing experience.”“We have created a 3D printing experience that everyone can enjoy,” says Steve Schell, CEO and co-founder of New Matter. “We accomplished our goal of simplifying the 3D printing process by creating an easy-to-use 3D printer and an integrated 3D design marketplace. We feel that the market is poised to take this next big step in integrating 3D printing into everyday life, and New Matter is here to make the experience seamless and user-friendly.”New Matter says among the major features of the MOD-t 3D printer are its affordability (it retails for $399 at the New Matter Store), its being designed for the home, Wi-Fi enabled, quiet and safe and eco-friendly. The device prints with PLA, a consumer- and eco-friendly material available in an array of colors.The MOD-t 3D printer was designed in partnership with design firm frog (www.frogdesign.com) to create a clean and elegant look ideal for any living space. The complete 3D printing experience – from hardware to software – was designed for simple and reliable operation.The idea for the design began in 2014, when New Matter ran a successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for the initial production of the MOD-t 3D printer. Over 2,500 supporters contributed more than $680,000 during the campaign. New Matter has recently fulfilled these pre-orders and transitioned to direct sales.This early, the MOD-t 3D printer has already achieved several accolades in design and innovation including being the 2015 CES Innovation Award Honoree, CE Best in Show Winner for 2015, and was a finalist in Fast Company’s 2015 Innovation by Design Award.This week, New Matter will also be launching its educational initiative, Educate and Inspire, focused on supporting STEM education and inspiring innovation through 3D printing.New Matter Inc., headquartered at 130 W Union Street in Pasadena, was founded in 2014 with a mission to bring 3D printing to every home, school, and office. The company is backed by leading venture capital firms and is an operating company of Idealab, a creator and operator of technology companies that has started more than 125 companies since 1996.For more information about New Matter and the MOD-t 3D printer, visit www.newmatter.com. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 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. First Heatwave Expected Next Week 11 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it HerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNerdy Movie Kids Who Look Unrecognizable TodayHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeauty Community Newscenter_img Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Darrel Done BusinessVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News Business News Pasadena-Based New Matter Launches New Low-Cost 3-D Printer for the Masses From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 | 11:12 am Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News last_img read more

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As Connells’ new homes and mortgages businesses boom, what’s its magic formula?

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » As Connells’ new homes and mortgages businesses boom, what’s its magic formula? previous nextAgencies & PeopleAs Connells’ new homes and mortgages businesses boom, what’s its magic formula?Company says the Brexit vote made no difference to a bumper 2016.Nigel Lewis15th February 201701,616 Views Connells appears to have blown the Brexit cobwebs off its business following two key announcements.The company says that last year its network of offices, which includes Connells and Sequence branded branches, recorded a six per cent rise in new homes instructions and a five per cent increase in exchanges compared to 2015.It also says its 40-strong land team has increased returns from its land department by a third in 2016 and that it is optimistic about this year.“The fundamentals of the market remain strong – there is continued appetite for land to meet the demand for new homes, a pro housebuilding and pro homeownership Government in place, buyer incentives and good, competitive finance available,” says Connells Group Land Director Roger Barrett (pictured, left).“This, alongside the steady growth in new homes supply from national, regional and local house builders, will see a buoyant market where we will experience further growth in the total number of new homes sales in 2017.”It’s mortgage business has also been doing well and in 2016 recorded a 10% increase in the number of mortgages its arranged for customers compared to 2015, generating a loan book of £10.3 billion.One surprising figures from this part of its business is that buy-to-let mortgage lending increase by 6%, despite the government’s recent attempts to stop landlords taking any greater share in the private rented sector.“Brexit didn’t dent consumer confidence in bricks and mortar and we are also seeing the number of returning customers grow,” says Adrian Scott, Connells Group Mortgages Services Director (pictured, right).“To service this demand, we continue to invest in our business offering our customers a consultant in every branch, boosting our customer support teams and growing our specialist new homes mortgage advice via the Group’s subsidiary The New Homes Group.  This ensures as many buyers as possible have access to our mortgage advice.”Roger Barrett Connells Adrian Scott Connells connells Connells report February 15, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

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