News Maikel Nabil Sanad, an imprisoned blogger who began a hunger strike on 23 August, has now stopped drinking water and his physical condition is extremely worrying.The conditions in which he is being held have also deteriorated. His family used to be able to see him once a week but the prison authorities have reduced the frequency of visits to two a month. His family was not allowed to see him at the start of this week. Prison officials claimed that Sanad had said he did not want to see anyone.Reporters Without Borders calls for his immediate release on humanitarian grounds.—————————————Jailed blogger on hunger strike, health failing27.08.2011The blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad began a hunger strike in Cairo’s Al-Marg prison on 23 August in protest against the three-year jail sentence a military court gave him on 10 April. Sanad has heart problems and his detention since 28 March has undermined his health. He nonetheless says he is determined to continue his protest regardless of the consequences.“I will no longer accept injustice,” Egypt’s first prisoner of conscience since the revolution recently said. “If my death is the price that must be paid to end this unjust situation, they I will pay it and I will die.” Sanad reportedly drafted a statement about his decision to go on hunger strike which the prison has refused to release. The prison authorities are also opposing his transfer to the prison infirmary. Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to free Sanad at once or, failing that, to provide him with all the medical care he needs.The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces recently abandoned plans to try another blogger, Asmaa Mahfouz, on the same charges as Sanad. Reporters Without Borders urges the council to go further and to end all prosecutions of civilians before military courts.——————————————————————————————–Court martial sentences blogger to three years in prison for criticizing military11.04.2011Reporters Without Borders is deeply shocked by the three-year jail sentence that a military court has passed on the blogger and conscientious objector Maikel Nabil Sanad for posting a report on his blog criticizing the role played by Egypt’s armed forces in the country’s revolution earlier this year. He is the new government’s first prisoner of conscience. The sentence was issued discreetly yesterday in the absence of Sanad’s defence and his supporters, who had previously demonstrated outside the court. No appeal is possible. Detained since 28 March, he was tried on 7 April, after several postponements, on charges of insulting the military, publishing false information and disturbing public security.Challenging the view that the armed forces maintained a relatively neutral stance during the protests in January and February, the report accused them of taking part in the arrests and the torture of demonstrators.“The methods used by the Egyptian military do not seem to have evolved since Hosni Mubarak’s fall,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said. “They show the degree to which the military still cannot be criticized and are still a taboo subject. A civilian should not be tried by a military court. This is not the way things are done in the democratic society to which Egyptians aspire.”Julliard added: “The circumstances of this blogger’s arrest and the conduct of his trial demonstrate a complete lack of consideration by the military for the most basic principles of international law. Egypt has begun a process of democratization and it should now be possible to criticize the armed forces like any other component of the state.”Reporters Without Borders urges the Egyptian authorities to review Sanad’s trial and free him without delay. This would demonstrate the desire to build a democratic society on the basis of social justice that Prime Minister Essam Sharaf professed on 30 March. All Sanad did was draw attention to shortcomings within the armed forces, in the country’s general interest. This does not make him a trouble-maker. News News News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa September 1, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Hunger striking blogger’s health and prison conditions much worse Follow the news on Egypt Organisation Help by sharing this information January 22, 2021 Find out more Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution EgyptMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff February 6, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts to go further February 1, 2021 Find out more
A team representing TOMS Shoes brought home the $1,000 top prize in the Notre Dame Entrepreneurship Society’s signature Case Bowl, which gives teams a chance to research products and make presentations.Sponsored by Gino’s East Pizza in Granger, the Case Bowl featured three teams and was held Wednesday night in the Jordan Auditorium in Mendoza at 7 p.m. Red Bull and Clif Bar were the other two companies represented.Each team, comprised of three to four members, was given 20 minutes to discuss its company’s history, its current operations and an examination of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats — known in the business world as a “SWOT analysis.”“Red Bull’s presentation was fittingly characterized by energy and excitement while TOMS used the emotional, cause-driven part of their company to define their presentation,” Entrepreneurship Society vice president and Case Bowl organizer Tom Haylon said. “Clif Bar relied on their passionate speaking and innovative videos to put on a great performance.”Group performances were assessed by three University professors serving as judges based evaluations on their organization, presentation skills, stage presence and creativity. Judges’ votes determined half of the final scores, with the other half coming via text-message responses from audience members.“The team presenting on TOMS narrowly edged Red Bull to become the 2010 Case Bowl champion,” Haylon said.The TOMS team was comprised of five freshmen — Alex Brolick, Erin Cavanaugh, Cristina Couri, Ryan Gisriel and Ally Scalo.Gisriel, the team’s captain, attributed the team’s success to its hard work.“I think we won because we had weekly meetings and we worked hard to get our organization, our speeches, our presentation down solid. We knew we were battling nerves in a larger hall to a larger audience,” Gisriel said.Gisriel also said the team was motivated by TOMS’ business model and leadership.“The reason we were so committed to weekly meetings and a more involved process was because we wanted to do Blake Mycofkie and TOMS Shoes justice,” Gisriel said. “We really were captivated by Blake’s passion, and as a result we tried to translate that passion into our presentation.”Gisriel said the team will continue to be involved with TOMS Shoes and the Entrepreneurship Society.“With the money, we are each going to buy a pair of TOMS Shoes so not only do we each get a new pair of shoes, but also we are each giving a pair to a child in need,” Gisriel said. “Also, all five members are looking to increase our role in the Entrepreneurship Society and contribute to this terrific club as the years progress.”The Case Study Bowl is the Entrepreneurship Society’s signature event, based on the Harvard Business School’s own case study program. The three-team competition is held once each semester.
A CONSORTIUM of three Japanese suppliers has won a contract to assist with the upgrading of Kazakstan’s railway network. Choi Co, Kawasaki Steel Corp and Kawasho Corp will modernise KR’s telecommunications and reconstruct 350route-km of main line over the next four years. The aim is to boost capacity for the movement of raw minerals from the north of the country to China and the Pacific coast. The package is costed at ´19·4bn, of which the Japanese government will contribute ´7·4bn as a low-interest loan. Last year the Japanese Development Agency agreed to assist with capacity expansion works on the Alatau Pass border crossing to China at Druzhba/Alashankou. With over 2 million tonnes of traffic transhipped at the border in 1996, six extra tracks have been laid at each station and the storage space for exchange bogies expanded.HFollowing a dramatic fall in traffic over the past five years, Uzbekistan Railways restructured its management on January 1 to create separate business units for infrastructure and operations. The move follows negotiations with the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development, which has agreed to provide funding for the changes. Japan’s Economic Co-operation Fund has provided a 30-year loan worth ´6·1bn for modernisation of the UR carriage works near Tashkent. o