Cyber-dissident Ibrahim Zoro released after 23 days in prison

first_img Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists April 30, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cyber-dissident Ibrahim Zoro released after 23 days in prison Organisation ———————–11.04.07 – Kurdish cyber-dissident held in secret for nearly a weekReporters Without Borders today called for the immediate release of arrested human rights activist Ibrahim Zoro, who regularly posts material on foreign-based opposition websites. It noted that two other people were in prison in Syria for posting similar material. It said the state security service, whose agents arrested Zoro on 5 April in Damascus, were “as always, acting quite illegally” and his family had not been told why he was picked up or where he was being held. “It is more like a kidnapping than an arrest,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.Zoro, who belongs to Syria’s Kurdish minority, was helping to organise a seminar called “The Philosophy of Lies.” He has posted many articles in Arabic on websites such as the blog Tharway and Mengos.Zoro, 47, has already spent seven years in prison, from 1987 to 1994, for belonging to the Syrian Communist Party. He is a member of the Committee for the Defence of Democracy, Freedom and Human Rights in Syria.Journalist Muhened Abdulrahman and writer Habib Saleh are also in prison in Syria for posting material online. Read our weekly “blog review” and create your blog with Reporters without borders : www.rsfblog.org News Reporters Without Borders today called for the immediate release of arrested human rights activist Ibrahim Zoro, who regularly posts material on foreign-based opposition websites. It noted that two other people were in prison in Syria for posting similar material. Human rights activist Ibrahim Zoro, who was arrested in Damascus on 5 April, was released on 28 April. He was held on an accusation of trying to organise an unauthorised seminar entitled “The philosophy of lying” and has posted numerous pro-democracy articles online. He was held at Firaa Filestin prison in Damascus.Journalist Muhened Abdulrahman and writer Habib Saleh are still in prison in Syria in connection with articles posted online. RSF_en News Help by sharing this information Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Receive email alerts SyriaMiddle East – North Africa March 12, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Syria March 8, 2021 Find out more SyriaMiddle East – North Africa February 3, 2021 Find out more Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria News to go furtherlast_img read more

Green Mountain Power Reports Earnings for 2002

first_imgGreen Mountain Power Corporation (NYSE:GMP) today announced consolidated earnings of $1.98 per share of common stock, diluted, in 2002 compared to consolidated earnings of $1.85 per share, diluted, in 2001. Reduced power supply expenses, declines in other operating expenses and lower interest and preferred stock dividend costs more than offset reduced operating revenues in 2002, compared to 2001.”Year-end financial results for 2002 were strong,” said Christopher L. Dutton, President and Chief Executive Officer, “and we anticipate similar earnings for 2003. We are particularly pleased to have an opportunity to achieve these results without the need for an increase in rates for our customers.”Total operating revenues for 2002 declined by $8.9 million due to decreased wholesale sales of $13.2 million and a reduction in other operating revenues of $1.7 million, offset in part by increased retail operating revenues. Retail operating revenues increased by $6 million, or 3.0 percent, for 2002 as compared to 2001, reflecting recognition of $4.4 million of deferred revenue from rate leveling discussed below and increased sales to higher-margin residential and commercial customers that more than offset a decline in sales to IBM.The Vermont Public Service Board’s January 2001 rate order (the last time the Company’s rates increased) allowed the Company to use additional revenues of approximately $8.5 million, generated by leveling winter/summer rates during 2001, to help offset costs and realize its allowed rate of return during the 2001-2003 period. In 2002, the Company recognized approximately $4.4 million of these additional revenues. The Company expects to recognize in 2003 all of its remaining $4.1 million in deferred revenues collected in 2001.Power supply costs were $7.6 million lower in 2002, compared to 2001, reflecting a decrease in wholesale sales and decreased costs under a power supply arrangement with Hydro-Quebec, which were offset in part by increased costs under the Company’s arrangement with Morgan Stanley that hedges exposure to increases in the price of fossil fuels, and increased costs of power from the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.Other operating expenses decreased by $1.7 million in 2002, compared to 2001, primarily due to reductions in administrative and general costs. These savings were offset by increased maintenance expense of $1.7 million in 2002, compared to 2001, caused by higher costs of maintaining rights of way and increased storm-related costs.During the fourth quarter of 2002, the Company successfully completed a Dutch Auction self tender offer for approximately 812,000 shares (approximately 14 percent of its common shares outstanding) and a $42 million debt issuance used to finance the equity repurchase and repay substantially all of the Company’s short-term debt. “The completion of our capital restructuring program has helped reduce our cost of capital and is instrumental to our expectations that we can avoid increasing costs to our customers during 2003,” said Mr. Dutton. Earnings for 2002 benefited from a $0.9 million decline in interest expense and a reduction in preferred dividends of $0.8 million compared to 2001, due to the redemption of nearly all outstanding preferred equity as part of the Company’s capital restructuring efforts.“We are extremely pleased with the performance of the Company’s stock during 2002,” added Mr. Dutton. “We have positioned ourselves principally as a distribution company with a strong focus on using technology to improve customer satisfaction. We have room to grow our dividend over time, while at the same time protecting customers and investors by limiting risk, and focusing management efforts on our core electric business.”last_img read more

Maurice F. Nieman, 87

first_imgMaurice F. Nieman, 87, of Greensburg passed away at his home on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Maurice was born in Decatur County on June 29, 1929 to John Henry and Agnes (Meyer) Nieman. Maurice graduated from Greensburg High School. He served in the Army during the Korean Era. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus in Greensburg. On October 5, 1955, Maurice married Esther Yager and she survives. Other survivors include five children; Debbie (Dick) Greiwe, Greensburg, Larry (Sandy) Nieman, Greensburg, Tom (Sue) Nieman, Dallas, TX, Donna J. (Jim) Lane, Dayton, OH, Doreen J. Nieman, Indianapolis, two brothers; Carl (Glenda) Nieman, Greensburg, John (Peg) Nieman, Greensburg, two sisters; Rose Marie Nieman, Greensburg, Betty Schneider, Greensburg, sister-in-law; Pauline Nieman, St. Paul, 10 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother; Arthur “Art” Nieman, grandson; Jeff Greiwe, and brother in law; Lawrence Schneider. A Rosary will be prayed at 3:30 pm on Monday followed by visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg. A Funeral Mass will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Rev. John Meyer officiating. Interment and military graveside rites will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.Memorials may be made to the St. Mary’s Church Building Fund.last_img read more