Radio Kalima correspondent Nebrass Hedhili badly beaten

first_img Organisation News December 30, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio Kalima correspondent Nebrass Hedhili badly beaten Help by sharing this informationcenter_img Radio Kalima correspondent Nebrass Hedhili was badly beaten by plain-clothes police in the centre of La Chebba (65 km north of Sfax) as he was about to cover a demonstration organized by the Taleb Chebbi association outside the headquarters of the wilaya (provincial government). Hedhili was barely conscious when the police put him in a vehicle and then dumped him at the side of a road leading out of the town. He was taken to La Chebba’s main hospital and was admitted to its intensive care unit. He had narrowly avoided being caught by the police while covering a demonstration organized by the UGTT union the day before in Tunis. RSF_en last_img read more

No more Meat-Free Mondays at Wadham

first_imgThe Student Union at Wadham has voted to lobby college to abolish Meat-Free Mondays.Since 2010 only vegetarian dinners have been available in the Wadham dining hall on Monday evenings. This week the SU voted by a slender majority of 44 to 39 to withdraw their support.Wadhamite Tristan Dobson, who proposed the motion, explained to the SU that attempts to improve the standard of the college’s food had failed. He linked this to the high proportion of vegetarian meals in hall, emphasising that this was not just a “lad-attack” on Wadham.Dobson further argued that the supposed environmental benefit of Meat-Free Mondays was misleading. He suggested that vegetables were often sourced from providers further afield than meat suppliers.The motion also noted that other colleges, including Christ Church, New College and University College, had previously dropped similar policies.However other students described the motion as “vague” and suggested that the environmental concern was merely a “smokescreen.” Several students pointed out that Meat-Free Mondays only affected one meal each week. One student added, “Those in support of the motion did not give any evidence or statistics in their arguments, and they did not seem to have a problem with that.” They described the motion as a “farce.”Students supporting the motion asserted people’s rights to eat meat. One student objected, however, that meat was not a fundamental right as many universities do not even cater for their students.There was also anger that the Wadham football team mailing list had been used to encourage non-regular SU members to attend the meeting. This email stated, “Lads: TODAY AT 4 PM, I’m afraid to say, the vegan rainbow cake-loving wankers are gonna be out in force!! We need EVERYONE to come to the meeting today, as if it doesn’t pass now we’re gonna [be] stuck playing find-the-cashew-nut in our shit veggie meals every Monday!”One Wadham student responded, “It’s sad that Wadham’s reputation as a friendly college is being compromised. We’re known for being inclusive.” She interpreted the reference to “vegan rainbow cake-loving wankers” as a reference to one JCR member.English student Barbara Speed stated, “The whole thing seems to have been blown out of proportion – it should be about what the majority of students want to eat, not a war between two groups of students.”The Student Union Committee must now take the request to college staff, with whom the decision rests.last_img read more

Yonder Mountain String Band Teams Up With Fruition For Augusta Jammer [Gallery]

first_imgOn Thursday night, Yonder Mountain String Band kicked off their fall tour with Fruition in Augusta, GA to create a jam-grass double bill for the ages. The two bands descended on Sky City with a few tricks up their sleeve. Fruition opened the night with a a great set that featured a three-song guest appearance from Yonder’s fiddle player Allie Kral, and Yonder closed the show with a two-hour set that saw the band firing on all cylinders, busting out their cover of Phish‘s “Scent of a Mule” towards the end of the set.See below for setlists from both bands from this awesome night of bluegrass in Augusta!Yonder Mountain String Band 10/6/16 Setlist:Eat In Go Deaf, Black Sheep > Punk, Jail Song, Around You, Love Before You Can’t, Fingerprint, Town, Bad Taste, Dancing in the Moonlight, Boots > Angel, Hole, Scent of a Mule, Amie, Travelin Prayer,Deep Pockets, Traffic Jam * > * New Dusty > Traffic Jam*Fruition 10/6/16 Setlist:Can’t Stop, Blue, Whip. To Band, Little, Way That I Do, Santa Fe, There She, Fallin, Should Be, Mountain Ann, The Meaning, Southern, Beside You, Don’t Mind^, Boil^, Above, Labor^ with Allie Kral[Photo Gallery courtesy of Hank Wharton] Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Colombia’s ELN Guerrillas Free 2 German Hostages Held Since November

first_imgBy Dialogo March 11, 2013 BOGOTÁ — Rebels belonging to Colombia’s National Liberation Army [Ejercito de Liberación Nacional, or ELN] on March 8 released two German tourists held in captivity since November 2012 in northeastern Colombia, near the country’s border with Venezuela. The rescue was delayed by one day because of logistical difficulties in the region. However, with the Colombian military ceasing operations in the area, coordinates were given to a humanitarian commission that included the International Committee of the Red Cross, representatives of the German Embassy in Bogotá and Colombian politician Horacio Serpa. “We are pleased that these two people are free again and we are pleased to have been able to provide our services to enable them to be reunited soon with their loved ones,” said Jordi Raich, head of the ICRC’s delegation in Colombia, reading from an official statement. Uwe and Günther Breuer, 69 and 72 years old respectively, were first mistaken for spies by guerrillas belonging to the ELN’s northeastern front, which is headed by a rebel known as “Camarote.” Then the guerrillas accused them of being international contractors for state-run oil company Ecopetrol. In fact, the brothers are pensioners who were enjoying a round-the-world trip — driving their 4×4 vehicle through various countries including Iraq, Iran and much of South America — before encountering problems near the Colombian border town of Teorama. This area, located in the department of Norte de Santander, lies in a traditional coca-growing zone. The two retirees were first transported to the nearby town of Ocaña for a complete medical checkup before being debriefed in Bogotá and flown back to Germany. The ELN tried to make excuses for its hostage-taking. “In the weeks that they’ve been detained, they haven’t been able to justify their presence in the territory,” the terrorists said in a statement issued last month. “For this reason, they’re being viewed thus far as intelligence agents and they will continue to be investigated.” Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos shot back with a retort of his own. “Who would think that two Germans are spying here in Colombia?” he said at the time. “This is an excuse no sane person would accept or even understand, because it’s a lie. There are no spies and we demand that they be freed.” The Marxist-inspired ELN is the smaller of two insurgency groups fighting the Colombian government. The group has stepped up its policy of kidnapping and wrote on its website recently that it “protests the exploitation of sovereign mineral resources that the federal government is giving away to foreign companies.” Analysts speculate that the ELN rebels have stepped up kidnappings to force the Santos government to include them in the peace talks now underway in Cuba with the larger Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The ELN, which has an estimated 2,500 combatants, still holds one other foreign national hostage. Jernoc Wobert, a Canadian citizen and employee of Geo Explorer, was captured in early January; two Peruvian colleagues were released in mid-February.last_img read more

Friends rally for terminally ill U football player

first_imgIn this photo taken on Dec. 9, 2013, Manny Hendrix says goodbye to Bronzell Miller, right, as Miller’s partner Marnie Oliver, left, sits on the bed, after Hendrix visit to Miller at home in West Jordan, Utah. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Keith Johnson)WEST JORDAN, Utah (AP) — If Bronzell Miller dies today, it might be laughter that kills him.“Marnie saved me,” he rasps, twinkle-eyed, to the guests huddled at his bedside. After a glance at his ex-wife, the two launch into hysterics — Miller holding his ribs and wincing, Marnie Oliver blushing, their visitors sharing a look of “What the — ?”Oliver settles herself and shares the joke.When she supported the giant man’s weight after picking him up from the airport last Thursday, she reminded him that it wasn’t the first time she’d “saved him”: Twenty years earlier Oliver helped Miller up the stairs and into the shower after a night of carousing — his last-ever, he now says — and “he leaned against the wall crying, ‘Ooooh! Ooooh!’ ” she mocks. This time everyone laughs.The 42-year-old former Utah defensive end who played a year in the NFL spends this recent Monday afternoon giggling with old friends as they tell stories, talk family and suss out the shortcomings of the modern-day Utes. But when they leave, he becomes pensive, and a tear glistens at the corner of his eye.He begins to think about why they came to see him.“You can’t argue with 12-0,” says a resigned Miller. “They diminished what we did.”This is bait. He knows better — that the 1994 Utah football team put the program on the map, that without them there would be no 12-0 in 2004 or 13-0 in 2008. But he wants to hear you say it.The younger brother of then-Utah defensive back Ed Miller first showed up in Ron McBride’s office as a lanky 17-year-old who’d been told by previous Utah head coach Jim Fassel that he was “an arm’s length too slow.”The Seattle native hadn’t qualified for the U., and McBride urged him to get his associate degree at Eastern Arizona, where he would play wide receiver (catching five TD passes) and linebacker (sacking eight).He packed on 50 pounds while improving his 40-yard-dash time during a redshirt year at the U., evolving into a factory-mold edge rusher who made teams pay for devoting two blockers to future Pro Bowl defensive tackle Luther Elliss.He and Elliss anchored a stingy run defense, quarterback (and current San Diego Chargers head coach) Mike McCoy captained the offense, and famously fiery defensive coordinator Fred Whittingham “yelled once” all year in 1994, Miller said. They finished 10-2 and ranked No. 8 in the Coaches Poll to become inarguably, at that time, the best in school history.“Our biggest thing is we were all there to better one another,” Miller says. “It was just one of those special seasons. . We created something that none of us can forget.”Miller has received a handful of death sentences.First, three to five years. In October, six months. But in early December he was told he has just two weeks, and “this one feels real,” he says.Doctors diagnosed Miller’s multiple myeloma in 2010, and he’s since endured chemo, radiation, bone marrow and stem cell transplants. The stem cells brought a brief remission, but thanks, he believes, to his participation in a pie-eating contest, that proved temporary.He and Oliver divorced in 1999. The two have stayed close, however, and when their son, Bronzell Jr., came out to visit him for Thanksgiving, she asked that he assess the gravity of his dad’s condition.At first, the U. sophomore found Miller perky and mobile, but his health deteriorated throughout the week. A doctor warned them time was running out, and he required end-of-life hospice care. Finally, Oliver persuaded her ex-husband to return to Utah.Miller has visible tumors — one on the center of his spine the size of a baseball, another sticking out of his back and multiple growths on his rib cage — but ultimately the killer is a soft-tissue tumor inside his sinus cavity that pushes against the frontal lobe of his brain. His organs are expected to fail in a matter of days.The man who once could run 40 yards in 4.5 seconds tried Dec. 9 to walk from his air bed to the kitchen, stumbling and breaking his crutches. “I’m so drained,” he says. “I’m so tired.”Miller was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the 1995 NFL draft, getting cut and signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars in his only NFL season. He later suited up for the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe and the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League, with whom he won a Grey Cup Championship in 1998.But Miller says football players are “easily replaced” and has strived not to be easily labeled.“He would just like to talk about anything,” McBride says. “He would come in my office sometimes and just sit down and start talking about things not pertaining to football — his academic life or his dating life or whatever. He’d say, ‘Coach, what do you think about this?’ and he’d just go on and on and on.”On his way to Los Angeles to play for the Arena Football League’s Avengers in 2001, he stopped by McBride’s office for another chat, telling his old coach, ” ‘I’m on my way to Hollywood to be a movie star!’ ” McBride says. “I said, ‘You’re what?’ ”Miller’s IMDb page lists credits for nine roles, including “Bringing Down the House” and “Mr. 3000.” And he’s a triple threat: More even than acting and football, he adores country music.“He’s like a cowboy-boots-wearing cowboy,” jokes 1994 teammate Edwin Garrette. Miller was downright gleeful Monday when he shared news that Canadian singer-songwriter Scotty Hills will include some songs Miller wrote on his new album.With short notice, former teammates and fellow athletics department notables are scrambling to do what they can for a fallen Ute.Miller’s buddies tell him not to worry about his kids (He has nine: Alesha (21), Bronzell Jr. (20), Breezell (19), Elijah (16), Breonne (13), Isaiah (11), Aaliyah (9), Arielle (7) and Isaac (5); he is also stepfather to Oliver’s son Stetson, 24). They’ll be taken care of, they say.But mostly they just shoot the bull, and as his friends shake their heads, Miller stresses that he darn well means it: Pac-12 success requires a quarterback from the Pacific Northwest. He had to stop watching this year’s 5-7 Utes “because my anxiety would go up. It was breaking my heart.”The five children from Miller’s last marriage plan to attend his funeral, but they won’t be able to say goodbye to their father in person.Miller and their mother had an ugly split in 2010, after which Waukesha County records show he was found guilty of class B misdemeanor disorderly conduct, and both have restraining orders against each other.But Oliver and Miller have an easy rapport, and she dropped everything to care for her ex-husband with no apparent complaint. Because Miller has no life insurance, she’s raising money for end-of-life care and funeral expenses through no longer make any effort to prolong Miller’s life. Oliver simply keeps his pillows fluffed and applies Fentanyl patches as he playfully squirms and yells “Cold!”Asked about what’s going through his mind, Miller said, “You mean death?”He explained, the handsome man gesturing with huge arms that still look capable of a mean swim move, that his foremost concern is submitting his Ph.D. application to the University of Utah’s Psychology Department, because life isn’t all about football.In other words: He’s trying not to think about death.But feeling the love from the people whose lives he’s touched, revisiting all the great times he’s had with them — their company is welcome, but it makes his reality tough to ignore.“You’re focused on getting stuff done, and all of a sudden, old friends show up.”___Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.comlast_img read more