Bahrain footballer to remain in detention: Thai court

first_img0Shares0000Hakeem Alaraibi has been held in detention in Thailand as Australia and Bahrain tussle over his fate © AFP / Lillian SUWANRUMPHABangkok, Thailand, Dec 11 – A former Bahrain national footballer with Australian refugee status must remain in detention in Thailand as he awaits possible extradition, a Bangkok court said Tuesday, as campaigners say they fear he could be “tortured” if returned to the Gulf state.Hakeem Alaraibi says he was arrested and beaten at the start of the Arab Spring protests in Bahrain in 2012, and was granted refugee status in Australia five years later. The 25-year-old, who now plays for semi-professional club Pascoe Vale FC in Melbourne, was stopped by Thai immigration on November 27 after arriving in Bangkok for a vacation with his wife and detained upon request from the Bahraini government, as Australia and Bahrain tussle over his fate.His lawyer Nadthasiri Bergman told AFP Tuesday the court has extended his time behind bars in Bangkok for 60 days.The attorney-general’s office would then file an application for his extradition, she said.“I think he has a good chance not to be extradited because we have evidence” that he will face abuses back in Bahrain, Bergman said.The court denied a bail request after the detention order. Speaking to reporters as he was led into court in the morning by immigration police, Alaraibi begged for the proceedings to be halted.“Immigration Thailand and Immigration Bahrain work together to send me back to Bahrain. But Australia stopped them. Please stop them,” Alaraibi said.“I don’t want to go back to Bahrain — I want to go back to Australia. I didn’t do anything in Bahrain. I’m a refugee in Australia.” Alaraibi left the court looking dejected by the day’s proceedings and his lawyer said he was “terrified”.Officials from the Australian embassy were present at the court as well for the hearing. The office of Thailand’s attorney-general on Friday submitted a request to the criminal court for an arrest warrant — a step forward in a process that could see Alaraibi extradited to Bahrain to face trial.He was convicted in absentia on charges of vandalising a police station in the Gulf state, but says he was out of the country playing in a match at the time of the alleged offence. Asia-Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) slammed Thai authorities for moving forward on their “callous plans” to extradite Alaraibi.“This is someone who fled his home country after being tortured, and there is every risk he will face the same treatment again if he is forced back,” said APRRN’s Evan Jones. Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne called for his “immediate return” and said that returning Alaraibi to Bahrain would be “in contravention of international human rights (standards) given his status”.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

More than 3,000 surgeries cancelled by Letterkenny Hospital since 2014

first_imgA total of 3,300 In-Patient and Day Case surgical procedures have been cancelled by authorities at Letterkenny University Hospital since 2014.Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty has condemned the HSE figures.Describing the numbers as ‘totally unacceptable’, the Donegal T.D. is now calling on the Minister for Health to outline what steps will be taken to reduce the problem of hospital cancellations and to ensure that patients here are not being denied access to treatments. He fumed “Prior to the Dáil Summer recess I raised the issue of surgical procedure cancellations with the Minister for Health and I challenged him to provide information on the number of surgeries which have been forced to be cancelled over the last few years.“I’ve now received those statistics from the HSE and the figures do not make for pleasant reading.“They reveal that between 2014 and August this year, there have been 425 In-Patient admissions cancelled by Letterkenny hospital while – during the same period – management at the hospital have had to cancel a further 2,875 Day-Patient surgeries.“This means that over the past five and half years, the hospital has cancelled a total of 3,300 surgical procedures for its patients – that is totally unacceptable and wrong.” The Donegal politician said he understood operations may have to be cancelled for any number of reasons however these figures highlight the sensitivity of the system.He added “Insufficient capacity, hospital outbreaks, staffing shortages, etc., all impact on surgery scheduling and if one link in the chain is missing then the whole system effectively collapses.“Worryingly however is that behind every one of those stats is an individual: a patient who is in need of care yet is being denied access to timely treatment.“Similarly, the hospital continues to experience significant challenges with delayed discharges, something which is being exacerbated by the ongoing shortage of Home Help hours.“As a result, patients who have been deemed to be medically fit to be discharged from the hospital have nowhere to go and must remain in the acute setting while they wait on home care supports to be made available.” All of these different factors are having a negative impact on the space available for elective procedures and this is why we are seeing such a huge number of operations being cancelled or rescheduled by the hospital, he added.“Evidently through not having properly resourced health services such as In-Home Support packages, as well as overseeing a recruitment embargo across the health system, the Government and the Minister have created this situation.“Regrettably, patients are suffering as a result of Government inaction and ineptitude and moreover they are being denied access to timely care.“As the Dáil is set to resume in the coming weeks, I intend to ask Minister Harris what measures he now plans to take to address these challenges facing the hospital and to seriously tackle the problem of patients having surgical procedures cruelly cancelled through no fault of their own.” More than 3,000 surgeries cancelled by Letterkenny Hospital since 2014 was last modified: August 29th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:cancelleddonegalhospitalOperationsPearse Dohertysurgerieslast_img read more

Public briefing on Falcarragh water upgrade taking place on Friday

first_imgBusinesses and residents of Falcarragh and Gortahork are being invited to a briefing on the upcoming water mains replacement works to fix major issues in the town.The public briefing is scheduled for 2pm on Friday 6th September in the Falcarragh Community Centre, where businesses, local politicans and the public can learn about the works.Irish Water, working in partnership with Donegal County Council, is set to commence works to replace problematic water mains the area to reduce high levels of leakage. Local residents and businesses have been affected by frequent bursts and outages this year due to the old and damaged water pipes.The water mains renewal works involve the decommissioning and replacement of approximately 1.7 kilometres of pipes in Gortahork and 1.6 kilometres in Falcarragh with modern, high density polyethelene (plastic) ones.This contract is being carried out by Farran’s Construction Limited on behalf of Irish Water. Irish Water has said that the works may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water shut offs. Traffic management will be in place in different areas during this time which may involve local diversions.  Public briefing on Falcarragh water upgrade taking place on Friday was last modified: September 4th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Falcarraghgortahorklast_img read more

Jazz dump Clippers for 1st 5-game win streak of season

first_imgLATEST STORIES Mitchell, coming off Western Conference player of the week honors, has averaged 30.3 points over his last six games.The Jazz are 8-2 in their last 10, matching Golden State’s record as the best in the West over that stretch.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Nothing’s different. We’re just a bit more focused,” Mitchell said. “We didn’t overreact at the beginning of the year. We just knew if we kept being persistent and doing what we do, there’d be no problem.”Jae Crowder added 23 points, Rudy Gobert had 23 points and 22 rebounds for his 37th double-double of the season and Kyle Korver had 19 points for the Jazz, who had six players in double figures. Utah shot 51 percent from the floor. “Our defense was just god-awful,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “That just can’t happen.”Leading by 16 to start the fourth, Utah got three consecutive 3-pointers, two by Korver and one by Mitchell, to go up 104-81.Lou Williams scored 10 of the Clippers’ next 13 points to draw them to 107-92.The Jazz made 30 of 37 free throws, while the Clippers were 9 of 14.“We’ve been playing pretty good defense and haven’t shot the ball as well as we want to and tonight we shot it really well,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said. “Guys were moving the ball and sharing it and finding the open man.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES— After going 9-12 through the first two months of the season, the Utah Jazz are moving up.Donovan Mitchell scored 28 points in Utah’s 129-109 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night for its first five-game winning streak of the season.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte UP NEXTJazz: Host Cleveland on Friday.Clippers: Host Golden State on Friday. LA won the first matchup 121-116 in overtime on Nov. 12.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Williams finished with 23 points off the bench to lead the Clippers, who have lost four straight for the second time this season. Tobias Harris added 17 points and Avery Bradley 15 points.“We had some slippage,” Williams said. “Everybody goes through their ruts. You take your lumps and get ready for the next one.”Los Angeles rallied in the second, getting within one on a 3-pointer by Bradley. But Utah answered with an 8-2 run to go into halftime leading 56-49.TIP-INSJazz: They improved to 8-7 on the road against Western Conference teams. … The lineup of Mitchell, Royce O’Neale, Joe Ingles, Favors and Gobert improved to 4-0 together.Clippers: Rivers got a technical early in the fourth. … They also dropped four straight from Dec. 11-17.BIG BLOCKGeorges Niang came up with a huge block of Patrick Beverley at the net early in the second.“It might be the play of the year, so far. I didn’t think he was going to get it,” said O’Neale, who turned and asked Niang if he surprised himself.“I did, I did,” Niang replied. “I thought I was going to get the backboard but then I got the ball.” MOST READ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LeBron James misses Lakers road trip, to return to practice next week SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Jason Perkins hits winner, Phoenix rallies past Magnolia

first_imgPaul Lee nearly won it for the Hotshots after his three-point play gave his team an 87-85 edge with 33.4 ticks to go. Lee and Mark Barroca paced Magnolia with 16 points each.The Hotshots’ woes continued as they took their fourth loss in five games. They are currently in last place after coming off a championship run in the 2018 Governors’ Cup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end “This is the kind of win that we want to see where we show our character,” said Phoenix head coach Louie Alas in Filipino.The sweet-shooting forward got free in the right corner after the Hotshots opted to double Matthew Wright in the right wing. Wright, who had given the Fuel Masters their first taste of the lead with under a minute remaining after trailing by 17 in the second period, saw his open teammate and set up the game winner.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesPerkins, the reigning Rookie of the Year, finished with 12 points and seven rebounds while Wright had 14 points, five rebounds and six assists.Calvin Abueva, who just bagged the PBA Press Corps Player of the Week citation, continued his stellar play with game-highs of 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead Phoenix, which climbed to 8-1 and moved a win away from securing a twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Cherry Rondina’s calmer approach works in UST win over La Salle LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phoenix forward Jason Perkins celebrates after making the go-ahead triple to beat Magnolia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJason Perkins hit the game-winning triple as league-leading Phoenix rallied to stun Magnolia, 89-87, and close in on a top two spot in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Perkins knocked down the go-ahead 3-pointer, 88-87, in front of his team’s bench with 19.1 seconds left to complete the Fuel Masters’ comeback from 17 points down.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem View commentslast_img read more