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Outrage over court decision returning newspaper journalist to prison

first_img Reporters Without Borders voiced dismay today on learning that reporter Mostapha Hurmatallah of the Arabic-language weekly Al Watan Al An was sent back to prison on 19 February as a result of a decision by the country’s court of final appeal on 13 February confirming a seven-month prison sentence. Hurmatallah had been on conditional release.“We are outraged that Hurmatallah has been imprisoned again,” the press freedom organisation said. “This case was the cause of a serious deterioration in press freedom in Morocco last year. We had naively assumed that his provisional release could indicate a desire to reduce the tension, but we were wrong. Re-imprisoning a journalist who has committed no crime leaves us shocked and concerned about the state of freedoms in Morocco.”The ruling by the country’s highest appeal court in Casablanca upheld a lower appeal court’s decision confirming Hurmatallah’s conviction on a charge of “receiving documents obtained by criminal means.” The case was prompted by a series of stories in the 14 July issue headlined “The secret reports behind Morocco’s state of alert.” He was initially sentenced on 15 August to eight months in prison but the appeal court reduced the sentence in September to seven months and a fine of 1,000 dirhams (89 euros).Reached by Reporters Without Borders, Al Watan Al An editor Abderrahim Ariri, who got five-month suspended sentence from the appeal court in September, criticised the ambiguity of a government that “promises a liberal press law while issuing prison sentences against journalists.” RSF_en News Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa February 21, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Outrage over court decision returning newspaper journalist to prison News RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance News Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara Organisation to go furthercenter_img Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information June 8, 2021 Find out more News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say April 28, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists April 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Brooklyn Comes Alive Unveils Full Lineup, Complete With Supergroup Formations

first_imgBrooklyn Comes Alive is around the corner! Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, we’ve put the focus on the artists by bringing over 50 musicians together and allowing them to create their own groups and concepts, ultimately encouraging new collaborations with a spirit of community. Approaching our one month countdown, we are thrilled to release the full roster of supergroup formations, complete with the venue locations in which they will perform.Without further ado, here is the full lineup for the 2016 installment of Brooklyn Comes Alive:Brooklyn BowlEarth, Wind & Power: For the second time, The Nth Power will lead Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge, Natalie Cressman, Skerik, The Shady Horns, Farnell Newton, Danny Sadownick, and more through a tribute to Earth, Wind And Fire. Perhaps one of the most talked-about sets of the Jazz Fest season, “Earth, Wind & Power” isn’t letting the fire extinguish just yet. More information here.DRKWAV: Featuring keyboardist John Medeski (MMW, The Word), drummer Adam Deitch (Lettuce, Break Science), and saxophonist Skerik (Garage A Trois, Critters Buggin’), the trio revels in the pitch black while continuously discovering beauty and shedding light through sonic exploration. Expect a unique blend of space-shifting jazz, experimental rock, and psychedelic transformations. More information here.Scott Metzger, Joe Russo, Robert Walter, and Andy Hess: This will be the group’s second show together, following their performance as “The Brooklyn Bowl All-Stars” in August of 2014. There’s a distinct mix of rock, soul, funk, and jam in the mix – so be sure not to miss these all-star musicians as they make their BCA debut. More information here.Natalie Cressman presents Nikki Glaspie, Will Bernard, Chris Bullock, Benny Rietveld, and Samora Pinderhughs: Raised in an eclectic musical household, Natalie Cressman has only continued to diversify and expand her musical universe. Still in her early 20s, the trombonist/composer/vocalist has assimilated the full range of her sonic influences into a startlingly mature, strikingly original voice that melds the sophistication of modern jazz with captivating storytelling and intoxicating melodies reminiscent of indie rock’s most distinctive songwriters. Cressman has spent much of the last four years touring the jam band circuit with Phish’s Trey Anastasio, while also performing with jazz luminaries Nicholas Payton, Wycliffe Gordon, and Peter Apfelbaum. With Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power), Will Bernard (Stanton Moore Trio), Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy), Benny Rietveld (Santana), and Samora Pinderhughs (Emily King, Branford Marsalis) on board, this set is sure to be jaw-droppingly wonderful.Organ Freeman: It’s some serious toe-tapping jives, fueled by the trio hard at work: guitarist Erik Carlson, drummer Rob Humphreys and organist Trevor Steer. Like many bands comprised of tight-laced musicianship, Organ Freeman emerged from an intensive music program called the Musicians Institute of Hollywood. Steer explains that the group “initially formed the group as more of an opportunity to experiment than a serious project while we were all students, and continued on as a creative outlet while we all played out as freelance musicians. It wasn’t until years later when we were presented with the chance to do a record that the band sort of morphed into what it is today.” More information here.The Music Hall of WilliamsburgA Tribute To J Dilla: Led by Break Science’s Borahm Lee, the tribute will run deep in the roots of hip-hop with fine-tuned artists, drummer Adam Deitch (Lettuce/Break Science), guitarist Adam Smirnoff (Lettuce), bassist Nate Edgar (The Nth Power), bassist Stu Brooks (Matisyahu, 50 Cent, Pretty Lights), and more. Since his untimely death in 2006, Dilla’s productions have achieved cult status, and his legacy has grown with posthumous album releases and a slew of tributes by everyone from Flying Lotus to Kendrick Lamar. Brooklyn Comes Alive looks forward to honoring the beat master with some of the most creative players to date. More information here.[Br]eaking [Bi]scuits: Break Science’s Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee are teaming up with The Disco Biscuits’ Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner for a one-time-only collaboration, merging together the worlds of electronic, hip-hop, psychedelic grooves and heavy jams. More information here.BRASSTRACKS: The Brooklyn-based power duo, self-described as “future brass”, were recently featured on Chance The Rapper‘s Coloring Book for the hit song “No Problem” but its their original music that truly showcases the young talents of Ivan Jackson (trumpet) and Conor Rayne (drums). Check them out!Brownie DJ Set: The Disco Biscuits bassist will be mixing deep cuts, throwbacks, and his favorite dance tunes for a special night in funky town! If you’ve never seen Marc Brownstein throw down a DJ set, don’t sleep on this one.Horizon Wireless Live: NYC’s own Horizon Wireless blends psychedelic break-beat & house music with a variety of other styles including trip-hop, minimal tech-funk, and nu-jazz to create smooth, high energy, and live soulful dance experiences for fans of all genres of music. The band includes Teddy Midnight’s guitar virtuoso Willey Griffin, Lespecial’s low-end wizard Luke Bemand on bass, Daniel Scott Lyons behind the kit, and a rotating cast of keyboardists as well.Manic Focus And Friends: Manic Focus is the beat-bumpin’ project of John “JmaC” McCarten, a Chicago-based electronic music producer hailing from the Twin Cities. A multi-dimensional artist with a rowdy style unbound to any one genre, Manic Focus transcends sound waves by fusing soulful blues with heavy-hitting bass, creating a resonating tone that’s entirely his own. And he’s bringing some very special friends!The Hall at MPThe All Brothers Band: Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company, Allman Brothers), keyboardist and flautist Kofi Bubridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band, Derek Trucks Band), keyboardist Neal Evans (Lettuce, Soulive) and drummer Alan Evans (Soulive, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe) are making their debut performance as “The All Brothers Band.” The brothers collaborated for an EP earlier this year, though they’ve yet to present this project for public ears. We can expect smooth layers of funk and jazz with these players, but there’s really no telling what they might have in store.The Coomes Brothers: Featuring Lettuce’s Jesus Coomes and his brother Ty Coomes, along with Lettuce’s Adam Smirnoff, Eric “Benny” Bloom, and Ryan Zoidis, this group is sure to bring intergalactic funk and freestyle fusion, with roots of hip-hop, R&B, and soul mixed in.Holly Bowling: Holly Bowling is a classically trained pianist who began playing piano at the age of five. There’s one major distinction, however, that separates her from other similarly studied musicians. That is Holly’s devotion to the legendary rock band Phish. The past year has seen Holly expand her repertoire into the realm of the Grateful Dead. Using classical piano technique to reinterpret these jamband luminaries, Holly’s live performances infuse new with old, tradition with surreal, and creates a concert experience like nothing else in the music world.Jason Hann’s Rythmatronix: Jason Hann is bringing an all-star group of musicians to join his NYC edition of the Rhythmatronix, featuring Oteil Burbridge, virtuoso guitarist Fareed Haque (Sting, Joe Zawinul, Garaj Mahal), keyboardist Todd Stoops (RAQ, Electric Beethoven), and Afrocuban drummer Raul Pineda (Chucho Valdez, Sintesis). When we spoke to Hann about the new project, he excitedly described it as “global fusion music with a collection of badass musicians playing international grooves.” More information here.Reed Mathis and Electric Beethoven: A brand new instrumental collective with a direct focus on the classical suites of composer Ludwig Van Beethoven. The brainchild of bassist Reed Mathis, the band features Jay Lane (drums), Todd Stoops (keys), and Clay Welch (guitar) in a movement that can only be described as “Classical Dance Music.” More information here.Ripe: Ripe is a Funk/Pop band out of Boston, MA that was born as a result of its seven members’ uniting over one belief: with enough passion and honesty, music can still make the earth shake. With one eye looking back to the inception of both funk and psychedelic music, and the other looking forward with a modern concept of what makes people move, Ripe seeks both to honor musical history as well as to make it. The perfect fruit is equal parts past and present, and this is the approach of the Ripe sound. More about them here.Roosevelt Collier’s NY Get Down: The pedal steel guitar player will lead bassist Michael League (Snarky Puppy), Rob Compa (Dopapod), Eli Winderman(Dopapod), and Adrian Tramontano (Kung Fu) through a set of game-changing jams and deep cuts alike. More information here.Tim Palmieri & Friends: Selecting a band of musicians that will bring the funk, the fusion, and the party, Tim is ready to entertain you with guitar shredding and good times! Featuring Alan Evans on drums, Dan Edinberg on bass, Rob Marscher on keys, Rob Somerville on sax/vocals, Johnny Durkin on percussion, and Jen Durkin on vocals – this band is an amalgamation of the Northeast jam sound. Expect the unexpected.Set for October 22, 2016, the second annual event will span three of Brooklyn’s most popular venues — Brooklyn Bowl, The Hall at MP, and Music Hall of Williamsburg — all within a 10 minute walking radius. Tickets to the event grants you access to all three venues, and can be found here. More information can be found on the event’s website.Brooklyn Comes Alive Artist Full Lineup:Joe Russo (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead)Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers/Dead & Company)Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits)Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits)John Medeski (Medeski Martin & Wood)Jason Hann (The String Cheese Incident)Adam Deitch (Lettuce/Break Science)Robert Walter (Greyboy Allstars/Mike Gordon)Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead)Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band)Alan Evans (Soulive)Neal Evans (Soulive)Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce)Jesus Coomes (Lettuce)Adam Smirnoff (Lettuce)Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce)Roosevelt CollierMichael League (Snarky Puppy)SkerikTodd Stoops (RAQ)Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green)Borahm Lee (Break Science)Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band)James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band)Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy)Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power)Nick Cassarino (The Nth Power)Nate Edgar (The Nth Power)Courtney J’Mell Smith (The Nth Power)Manic Focus (special guests)Will Bernard (Stanton Moore Trio)Tim Palmieri (Kung Fu)Jay Lane (Primus/RatDog)Rob Compa (Dopapod)Eli Winderman (Dopapod)Adrian Tramontano (Kung Fu)Holly BowlingBrasstracksFareed Haque (Garaj Mahal)Andy Hess (Gov’t Mule/The Black Crowes)Dan Edinburg (The Stepkids)Jen Durkin (Deep Banana Blackout)Johnny Durkin (Deep Banana Blackout)Rob Marscher (Matisyahu/Addison Groove Project)Rob Somerville (Kung Fu)Benny Rietveld (Santana)Samora Pinderhughes (Emily King, Branford Marsalis)Raul PinedaFarnell NewtonDanny SadownickArtists-At-Large:Brandon “Taz” Niederauer (School of Rock)Elise Testone (American Idol)Showcase Sets:RIPEOrgan Freemanlast_img read more

MSNBC’s Ari Melber Sends Chris Christie “Truckin’” With Grateful Dead Lyrics In TV Report [Watch]

first_imgAri Melber, host of MSNBC‘s The Beat news round-up show, sent governor Chris Christie packin’ last night to the the lyrics of the Grateful Dead‘s classic “Truckin’” last night. Democratic candidate Phil Murphy defeated New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno in the state-wide gubernatorial election. Former US Attorney Christie’s tenure as governor has been marred by multiple scandals, and he has has seen his approval drop to among the lowest in the nation over the 8 years since he began his first term in 2010.Trump’s Crazy Campaign Made MSNBC’s Katy Tur Start Listening To Phish Again, According To Her New National Bestseller “Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat To The Craziest Campaign In American History”As Melber reported the results and moved into an overview of Christie’s rocky tenure in office, he couldn’t help but slip in several references to the Grateful Dead‘s “Truckin’”, noting that it had indeed been a “long strange trip” and even giving a shoutout to the late Jerry Garcia along the way. With the eyes of the world on America in this time of political turmoil, it’s nice to know that there is a voice on the cable news network willing to call it like he sees it.Below, watch the news segment in which Ari Melber says fare thee well to embattled New Jersey governor Chris Christie after his Democratic replacement was officially elected last night (via MSNBC):You can read our interview Ari Melber’s fellow MSNBC Anchor/Jam Fan Katy Tur here.last_img read more

Hampshire teenager is England Golf’s Young Volunteer of the Year

first_img14 Apr 2016 Hampshire teenager is England Golf’s Young Volunteer of the Year A disabled Hampshire teenager who inspires new golfers has been named as England Golf’s Young Volunteer of the Year. Warren Clark received a standing ovation when he was presented with his award last night at a gala dinner at England Golf’s annual conference. The event celebrated golfers and clubs which make the game great and inspire others to play. The 15-year-old said: “I like playing golf because it’s good for my special needs. In the past I used to be shy but now I am not because I like talking to everyone at the golf club and also to whoever I teach. “I love volunteering because I can help others to develop the benefits I have achieved through my golf. Warren, who has disabilities including autism and dyslexia, volunteered with the professional staff at Paultons Golf Centre in Hampshire for over three years and is now volunteering at his new club, Southwick Park. He is also a junior ambassador for the Disabled Golf Association, encouraging children and adults to get into the game and running taster sessions as a SNAG –Start New At Golf – coach. Warren’s head teacher, Andy Evans of Great Oaks School in Southampton, commented: “Because Warren has learning difficulties and struggles with learning himself, it has given him real empathy and understanding of other young people.” Warren is also a member of the England Golf Partnership’s Youth Panel and the Youth Sport Trust panel. His mother, Dawn Osborn, said: “Warren is a very inspirational young man, despite his disabilities, and his dream is to become a qualified golf pro.” Warren Clarke (left) receives his award from Foulf Foundation Chief Executive Brendon Pyle (Image © Leaderboard Photography)last_img read more