Website editor gets six months in prison for “offending public decency”

first_img July 6, 2020 Find out more MauritaniaAfrica News March 13, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns the six-month jail sentence which a Nouakchott court passed yesterday on Hanevy Ould Dehah, the editor of the website Taqadoumy, on a charge of “offending public decency.” Dehah has been held for the past two months in Dart Naim prison.“The sole aim of this disproportionate sentence is to restore the reputation of Ibrahima Moctar Sarr, a politician whose financial dealings Dehah examined,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We hope this verdict is overturned on appeal and Dehah is soon released.”Reporters Without Borders has obtained a copy of the court’s verdict. While finding Dehah guilty on the public decency charge, the court acquitted him on charges of defamation, inciting rebellion and inciting crimes and offences “because of the absence of enforceable laws applicable to electronic media offences.” As well as sentencing him to six months in prison, it fined him 30,000 ouguiyas (83 euros) and ordered him to pay another 21,000 ouguiyas (59 euros) in legal costs. He has appealed.Dehah was arrested on the orders of the Nouakchott prosecutor’s office on 18 June as a result of a complaint by Sarr, a presidential candidate and head of the opposition Alliance for Justice and Democracy/Movement for Renovation (AJD/MR), over an article posted on Taqadoumy on 22 April. Headlined “Ibrahima Sarr’s sudden fortune,” it referred to “the purchase by Mr. Sarr of a villa costing 30 million ouguiyas on the Nouadhibou road in an area known as ‘university lands,’ one of the capital’s most elegant neighbourhoods.” Sarr and his family described the article as “defamatory and baseless.” MauritaniaAfrica Follow the news on Mauritania News Organisation to go furthercenter_img May 20, 2021 Find out more Mauritanian reporter held for two days over Facebook post August 20, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Website editor gets six months in prison for “offending public decency” Receive email alerts Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world Help by sharing this information News RSF backs joint op-ed by 120 West African media and journalists calling for Beninese journalist’s release Newslast_img read more

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Ellsworth baseball team falls to MDI in extra innings

first_imgBAR HARBOR — All throughout a back-and-forth game between Hancock County’s biggest rivals Tuesday, a sense of something special was in the air on the baseball diamond at Mount Desert Island High School.Whether it was clutch pitching on the mound, timely hitting at the plate or a gaggle of geese disrupting the game, this early-season contest between Ellsworth and Mount Desert Island in Bar Harbor had just about everything. Seven innings weren’t enough to separate these Hancock County foes, who went blow for blow with one another in a matchup between two of the top teams in Class B North.MDI edged Ellsworth 5-4 on Nick Stanley’s walk-off single up the middle in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday night in Bar Harbor. It was a joyous win for the Trojans and a difficult result for the Eagles, but it felt as if this could be just the beginning for each of the two rivals.Ellsworth’s Jackson Curtis swings at a pitch during the fourth inning of a high school baseball game against MDI on April 24 in Bar Harbor. Curtis had a single and a run scored for the Eagles. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL“Both of our teams are special, and we knew it would be a battle from start to finish,” Stanley said. “We brought everything we had, and so did Ellsworth. We’re going to be seeing them in the playoffs, for sure.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFrom the start, this encounter was a battle between two of the area’s top pitchers, MDI’s Matt Perconti and Ellsworth’s Conner Wagstaff. After both pitchers got out of the first inning unscathed, Perconti forced two groundouts and a flyout to retire the side in the top of the second before the Trojans used patience at the plate and situational baserunning to score the game’s first two runs.Perconti continued his strong performance on the mound throughout the next few innings and even had a no-hitter going through five. Yet Ellsworth’s resilience paid off in the top of the sixth inning when it mounted a one-out rally to take a 4-2 lead.“I thought we attacked some fastballs that were up in the zone and drove them,” Ellsworth head coach Dan Curtis said. “Our big bats in the middle of the order started hitting some line drives into the gaps, and good things started to happen for us.”MDI, though, used a pair of runs to tie the game after Wagstaff departed in the bottom of the inning with two men on base. After scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth — and a brief delay as Ellsworth’s Jared Hamilton fought off a pair of geese in center field — Stanley had the chance to win it for the Trojans with a runner on second against Ellsworth’s Brad Smith.“I’ve gone against Bradly a lot of times in the past, and he’s a good pitcher who had made me look silly in the at-bat right before with a curveball,” Stanley said. “He got ahead of me 0-1 with a fastball this time, and I was looking curveball again. I just put my weight back, connected with it and drove it up the middle.”Alden Fournier was the winning pitcher for MDI (2-0) with two scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth, and Smith, who had guided the Eagles through the seventh and eighth after giving up two unearned runs in the sixth, took the loss. Perconti allowed two hits with three strikeouts and a single walk, and Wagstaff allowed three hits with seven strikeouts and six walks.Stanley and Liam Sullivan had two hits each for MDI, which had seven on the night. Jack Lee, Jackson Curtis and Matt Burnett had singles for Ellsworth (2-1).MDI players celebrate after Nick Stanley’s walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning cemented a 5-4 win over Ellsworth on April 24 in Bar Harbor. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL“For us, I think you have to be happy with what we were able to do at the plate,” MDI head coach Andy Pooler said. “Both teams managed to pull off the couple of runs they had to have when they needed them most. It came down to that one hit in extra innings.”For Ellsworth, the loss snapped a two-game winning streak to start the year. The Eagles, who beat Bucksport 14-5 last Thursday and John Bapst 13-5 Saturday, face Washington Academy (1-1) at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, before finishing their three-game road stand against Foxcroft at noon Saturday, April 28, and hosting Washington Academy in a rematch at 4:30 next Tuesday, May 1.MDI, which beat George Stevens Academy 10-4 to open the season last week, will be back at home Saturday for a doubleheader against Caribou (0-2) beginning at 1 p.m. The Trojans are then scheduled to play the first of four consecutive road games when they face Hermon at 4:30 p.m. next Tuesday.As for the next game between Ellsworth and MDI, that won’t come until the end of May. Both teams have plenty of games to play before then, but after this battle, the month until the rematch in Ellsworth will seem like a lifetime.“I think you saw tonight how solid both teams are and what we can do,” Stanley said. “Whenever you have Ellsworth and MDI playing, it’s going to be a fun ride.” Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Bio Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest Postscenter_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

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US Open: Women’s game in good shape despite Maria Sharapova upset of Simona Halep

first_imgFor all the clamour surrounding the successful return of Maria Sharapova to grand slam action at the US Open on Monday, one question lingered in the night air.Not whether Sharapova deserved the wildcard she received into the event, having served a 15-month doping ban. But rather, what does it say about the state of the women’s game that someone who has not played a grand slam match for 19 months can come back and beat the world No. 2?It is a criticism often aimed at women’s tennis, especially when contrasted with the men’s game, which has been dominated by the same four players over the past decade.”How can Roger (Federer) come back from time away and win everything?,” Patrick Mouratoglou, the coach of Serena Williams, told Reuters.”I heard a lot of this kind of criticism, because a lot of people don’t like women’s tennis, so they try to attack through any opportunities they have.”I remember when (Kim) Clijsters came back (in 2009), this is what they said.”But this is ridiculous. Those players are really exceptional. They have a different level…they have the whole package. Mentally, they are champions, so it’s not a surprise that they take back what they should be and what they deserve.”AP PhotoEight women began the U.S. Open with a chance to become world number one, an unprecedented situation which has added excitement to an already open draw.Mouratoglou said the vacuum at the top is only temporary and is caused by the absence of Williams, who is preparing to have her first child.advertisement”Anyone can win,” he said. “Clearly, there was a boss on Tour, she left and – I don’t want to say the next one because Serena’s coming back – but nobody really took the spot.”It shows it’s not only about tennis it’s a lot about handling mentally that spot, and being a boss. A lot of players have tried and they didn’t succeed.”It’s not going to stay like this for a long time, it’s an in-between period and it’s fun because there is a lot of uncertainty and I think it makes the tournament exciting.”NOT IDEALMary Carillo, a former grand slam mixed doubles champion and now a broadcaster with the Tennis Channel, said the situation was not ideal.”I’m shocked to see how many people could be number one,” she told Reuters. “I don’t think that looks good, I’m not sure that’s something to celebrate.”I don’t mind it if there’s a tight little battle when there’s maybe three people we can discuss but when there’s eight, no, I don’t think that’s necessarily a good thing at all.”But Carillo agreed with Mouratoglou’s assessment.”Frankly, if (Garbine) Muguruza wins a second major this year, I don’t care what the ranking computer spits out, she had the best season of anybody.”If (Jelena) Ostapenko wins a second major, guess what, she’s had the best year of anyone, she’s had the number one year.”Mouratoglou, a presenter with Eurosport and ESPN at the U.S. Open and whose book, The Coach, charts his career, said he preferred uncertainty to formality, such as at the French Open, where Rafa Nadal has won the title 10 times.”Roland Garros is a great tournament but like we said before about soccer, it’s a game we play with 11 players against 11 players and in the end, Germany wins,” he said.”Even on the men’s side (at the U.S. Open) we don’t know who’s going to win, really. Anything can happen.”last_img read more

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