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Journalist in desert prison could die from untreated asthma attacks

first_img Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists July 28, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist in desert prison could die from untreated asthma attacks Organisation Receive email alerts to go further Follow the news on Tunisia Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” News TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Tunisian journalist Fahem Boukadous has been in extremely poor health since police arrested him on 15 July to begin serving a four-year jail sentence for covering protests in the Gafsa mining region in the spring of 2008 for the international satellite TV station El Hiwar Ettounsi.Boukadous, who suffers from acute asthma attacks and was undergoing medical tests when police arrested him, is being held in a cell in Gafsa prison, in the middle of the desert, where the temperature can rise to 50 C. His days could be numbered if he continues to be denied appropriate medical care.Wife and fellow activist Afef Benaceur saw the deterioration in his health when she visited him in the prison. He was denied prompt medical attention when he had a very acute attack on 23 July. Instead of being given oxygen, as required in such cases, he was left in his cell. Fellow inmates had to beat on their cell doors and shout for help in order to alert the guards to the gravity of the situation.When a doctor from the Gafsa regional hospital finally arrived 40 minutes later, he found Boukadous in an extremely critical condition and notified the prison authorities of his concerns. He was summoned too late and Boukadous could easily have been dead by the time he arrived.Denied due process, Boukadous was sentenced on 13 January by a court in Gafsa to four years in prison on charges of “forming a criminal association liable to attack persons and their property” and “disseminating information liable to disturb public order” under articles 131 and 121 of the criminal code.The Tunisian authorities insist that he is not a journalist although he has worked for El Hiwar Ettounsi since 2006. Reporters Without Borders regards the charges as lacking any basis and calls for his immediate and unconditional release.Reporters Without Borders also condemns the way Boukadous is being denied medical care in violation of international conventions on the rights of detainees. Under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, denial of medical treatment is regarded as violation of the ban on torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. December 26, 2019 Find out morecenter_img November 11, 2020 Find out more RSF_en News Help by sharing this information News TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa News Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder November 12, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

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30% increase in whitefish quotas for North West

first_img Facebook AudioHomepage BannerNews Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Google+ FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Google+ Harps come back to win in Waterford By News Highland – December 19, 2018 Twitter Pinterest Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Following long negotiations which ended in the early hours of this morning an increase in quotas has been secured for operators in Donegal.There will be an overall increase of 30% in whitefish quota for the North West, including a near doubling of the quota for offshore haddock.However, negotiations have resulted in a reduction in haddock in part of the fishery off the north coast.Donegal Minister Joe McHugh says the deal delivers on sustainability and described it as a strong result for fishermen:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/joewhitefish.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Meanwhile, KFO CEO Seán O’Donoghue says while the quotas have been secured for post-Brexit, access still remains an issue in the event of a hard Brexit:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/kfo5pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Previous articleDoherty labels Taoiseach’s comments as ‘cheap shots’Next articleDonegal man reacts to new position as INTO General Secretary News Highland Facebook 30% increase in whitefish quotas for North West DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

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Mental health education will serve lawyers well

first_imgMental health education will serve lawyers well Mental health education will serve lawyers well Following action by the Florida Supreme Court, Bar members can now count mental health awareness education as part of their required CLE courses on professionalism, ethics, and substance abuse. The court made that change recently when it approved the annual amendments for the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. The proposal for change was spearheaded by two Bar members — Angela Vickers, a Jacksonville lawyer and mental health advocate, and Ernst Mueller, chair of the Jacksonville Bar Association’s Committee on Law and the Disabled. In 1998, they drafted an amendment to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, with the intention of bringing it directly to the Florida Supreme Court. The duo had collected 50 signatures from Bar members on a petition which allowed them to bypass the Bar’s Board of Governors, pursuant to Rule 1-12.1(f). However, in order to gain the Bar’s approval, they reconsidered and brought the amendment before the board. In May 1999, the Board of Governors unanimously approved the measure, and several board members, in expressing their support, talked about their personal reasons for recommending the Supreme Court’s approval of the amendment. “I want to take this success in Florida and make it a national success,” said Vickers, who is scheduled to speak at two upcoming national mental health conferences. “I’ve planted the seeds nationally for justice through education.” Vickers has taught several programs already across the state, and she is currently in the process of teaching others to lead seminars. Personal Experience After a single episode in 1988, Vickers was diagnosed with manic-depression and lost her husband and her two children through a painful divorce. With counseling and medication, Vickers has remained well and stable and has not had another manic episode. Treatment for mental illness has progressed to the point today where, though a “cure” isn’t yet possible, stabilization can be achieved. The key to treatment, she notes, is awareness. “So much of this tragedy could’ve been prevented if people understood [mental illness],” she said. “If I had had any episodes before, it was in a good sense in that it gave me enough energy to get all those `As’ in college. That’s why attorneys are at risk. For very successful people, your lack of need for sleep or grandiose delusions can be a temporarily helpful thing. For some people, they roll along and never even know they’ve got an illness.” Mental illness onset is not something that “comes out of the blue,” according to Vickers. Symptoms can arise, often unnoticed, years before the illness is discovered. Increasing attorneys’ awareness of the symptoms and methods of mental illness may aid in early detection and treatment, which ultimately may prevent a great deal of attorney discipline, substance abuse, or suicides, she said. This is just one side of the coin, however. Education about mental illness will also help attorneys to deal more effectively with their clients. An underlying cause of many crimes is substance abuse, which is often just a person’s attempt at self-medication of a mental illness, Vickers said. Attorneys who can spot the warning signs of mental illness are better equipped to help their clients both in and out of court. “The thousands of mentally ill citizens of Florida lack a means of locating Bar members who understand mental illness, creating a sense of defenselessness and oppression in their efforts to end the discrimination they face,” Vickers wrote in a letter seeking support from the chair of the BLSE. “Most with a mental diagnosis are wrongfully, shamefully hiding their mental disorders for fear of persecution. Fear of mistreatment is causing thousands to remain in denial, refusing to see the psychiatrist they need, and/or refusing to take the medications prescribed. Common, inherited, and very treatable brain disorders are all they are guilty of having.” Though Vickers is hesitant to have too much of her personal experience with mental illness discussed, for fear of overshadowing her advocacy efforts, she will soon disclose many of her difficulties and triumphs in the press. “There will be a book and a movie — several producers have already talked to me about it — as soon as I slow down from the advocacy,” she said. “The time has come to stop treating people with mental illnesses as though they’re witches or as though they’re somehow unfit, and until we get full national access for people to lawyers who understand this, we’re having civil rights being deprived all over this nation.” June 15, 2001 Regular Newslast_img

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H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Panic over H1N1 death in India, Novartis vaccine trials, protecting pigs at the fair, 80 summer camps affected

first_imgIndia flu death spurs crowds, tussles at hospitalIndia’s announcement of its first novel flu death 2 days ago sparked panic at a hospital in the town where the 14-year-old girl died, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. Hundreds of people gathered outside a hospital in Pune hoping to be tested for the virus. Several fights broke out while people were waiting in long lines. Local authorities are testing all students who attended the girl’s school, the Press Trust of India reported.Aug 5 AP storyNovartis novel flu vaccine trials under wayNovartis has launched human trials of its novel H1N1 vaccine, according to a company spokesman quoted in an AP story today. The company, like other vaccine makers, is seeing antigen yields that are only 30% to 50% of seasonal flu vaccine, but is still working with the original seed strains. The spokesman said Novartis is testing an unadjuvanted vaccine for the US market and an adjuvanted version for use in Europe and expects to begin shipping in the last quarter of 2009.Aug 5 AP storyNorth Carolina strives to protect pigs at fairsNorth Carolina’s agriculture department yesterday said fairgoers will be asked to wash their hands at hand washing stations to protect pigs from the novel H1N1 flu virus. The department is advising people to avoid fairs or at least avoid animal exhibits if they have flulike symptoms. Veterinary officials have recommended that fair managers add 6-foot-high barriers around swine exhibits to separate animals from people.http://www.agr.state.nc.us/paffairs/release/2009/8-09handwashing.htmAug 4 North Carolina Department of Agriculture press releaseFlu strikes summer camps in 40 statesThe pandemic H1N1 virus has been detected at 80 summer camps in 40 states so far this summer, according to Anne Schuchat, MD, an official from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She made the comment yesterday during a webcast during which federal officials shared updates on novel flu and the status of planning efforts. Health officials have said they expect flu activity to rise when school starts again, and students in some parts of the country are already returning.http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2009pres/08/20090804a.htmlReadout of Aug 4 federal flu webcastlast_img read more

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