IraqMiddle East – North Africa December 16, 2020 Find out more to go further Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Receive email alerts RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News A total of 153 journalists and media assistants have been killed in Iraq since the start of the war on 19March 2003. In a demonstration today, Reporters Without Borders activists brandished the photos of 153 leadingFrench journalists to help the public in France and abroad appreciate the impact this war has had on the mediain Iraq. February 15, 2021 Find out more To help the public in France and abroad appreciate the plight of the media in Iraq, they brandished the portraits of 153 leading French journalists and unfurled a banner that said: “153 journalists killed in four years in Iraq – what if it were France?”Four years after the US-led invasion of Iraq, the toll of media deaths continues to mount. Iraq has become the world’s most dangerous country for the press. Eighty-three per cent of the 153 journalists and media assistants killed there so far have been Iraqi nationals. No journalist is safe anywhere, whether in Baghdad or Kurdistan. They are most often murdered as they leave their home or office.According to Reporters Without Borders’ Iraq correspondent, when a journalist fails to show up for work, his friends and colleagues immediately check the morgue. The victims include journalists from all sorts of news media but most of them are Iraqi public media employees, who are seen as working for a government identified with the United States. Others are targeted for working for news media linked with a particular religious group or political party.Abductions of journalists are on the increase. A total of 64 media workers have been kidnapped since March 2003. Seventeen of them were executed by their captors. There is no word on the fate of 11 others. In the 11 and a half months since Iraqi reporter Reem Zeid and her colleague Marwan Khazaal of Sumariya TV, a local station, were kidnapped on 1 February 2006, her abductors have never contacted her family or employer. News RSF_en IraqMiddle East – North Africa December 28, 2020 Find out more Organisation News Follow the news on Iraq Help by sharing this information March 16, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 153 journalists killed in four years in Iraq – what if it were France ? Almost four years to the day after the start of the war in Iraq in March 2003, Reporters Without Borders gathered 153 activists and volunteers at the Human Rights Square in Paris today to represent the 153 journalists and media assistants killed in Iraq since the start of the war. Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan News
The Student Organization Center at Hilles (SOCH) should feel more like home when undergraduates return to campus this fall — that is, if home has a performance-quality audio system, high-definition, flat-screen TV, top-of-the-line gaming, Starbucks-level coffee drinks, and space in which to party or to meet with several hundred friends. Officials at the College’s Office of Student Life (OSL) say that the improvements are part of their summer effort to make the first floor more comfortable and welcoming.“You’ll walk into the building and feel like this is a student space,” said OSL’s Doug Walo, manager of the SOCH. “You’ll feel like this is a social space. It will be vibrant and active.”The renovation will cap the latest round of enhancements to undergraduate social spaces across campus. Over the past year, the Mather Multimedia Lab, the Eliot Grille activity space, the Cabot Café, and the Quad Grille lounge space in Pforzheimer House all saw improvements, including new lighting, flooring, seating, sound systems, and games.“House life is the center of the undergraduate experience at Harvard,” said Evelynn M. Hammonds, dean of the College. “At the same time, we know that students are hungry for new and better spaces to meet and connect. Last year’s enhancements — and the ones scheduled for the SOCH this summer — build on the more than 57,000 square feet of social space we have added or renovated since 2006, despite significant constraints on our ability to expand the physical footprint of campus.”The product of extensive meetings, discussions, and focus groups involving OSL staff and undergraduates, the SOCH renovations will address three social spaces: the event hall, the community room, and the living room. Walo says that the event hall — already popular with undergrads for performances, rehearsals, and parties — will be more fun and functional.“Students wanted improved AV systems and infrastructure to support concerts and late-night parties,” Walo said. “So we’re installing lots of speakers and party lights and making the system very user-friendly. Students will be able to come in and, with just a little bit of training, plug and play without having to roll in speakers and run wires. It will all be built into the room. We’ll also have a green room, where performers can queue up and hang out before they go onstage.”Walo said that the community hall will be a dynamic space that helps undergraduate organizations to connect with members and with each other. New furniture that rests on casters will enable configurations suitable to a big meeting, a small team discussion, or an informal dinner. The hall will have an ice machine, refrigerator, sink, and other kitchen facilities to support food and beverage service. Walo likens the space to another new and popular spot on campus.“Its use will be similar to the way that the new Innovation Lab (i-lab) is used,” he said. “It can be used for impromptu meetings, because students can walk in and it will already be set up. There will be a small conference room, but students can adapt the space as they need.”The most dramatic changes will take place in the lobby, which will be transformed into the living room. The space will support events taking place throughout the SOCH, and also serve as a casual meeting spot where students can come in, hang out, and have fun.“There will be synergy between the spaces,” he said. “If you’ve got a late-night party in the event hall, students can sit down in the living room and chat. For conferences and lectures in the community hall, the living room will be a spill-out space. It will also be a place where students can meet casually and watch DirecTV on a flat screen, do some gaming, or play pool.”SOCH users are enthusiastic about the changes. Daily Guerrero ’14 is the president of the Dominican Students Association, which was recently assigned an office in the building. In the spring, Guerrero took part in one of the focus groups that informed the planning.“I liked that the focus was truly on student input,” Guerrero said. “It was clear that the architects and designers had listened to the wishes of the students. Their overall goal was to create a place that the students would use.”Guerrero said the improvements will help the SOCH — host in the past year to more than 140 organizations, 150 events, and 550 meetings and rehearsals — to provide more support for her group and for undergraduate life.“These changes have the potential of attracting many students to the quad,” she said.
TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say Monster energy deals for Premiership clubsby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveGlobal drinks giant Monster Energy has made its first major move into the Premier League through sponsorship deals with a swathe of top flight clubs, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.Monster has so far been confirmed as the official energy drinks partner of Brighton, Crystal Palace, Everton, Leicester City, Southampton and West Ham United.Further partnerships with Tottenham Hotspur and Watford are yet to be announced, although both clubs are already displaying the Monster Energy logo on their official websites alongside their other official partners.
CFB Betting LinesIf you’re a gambling man (or woman), you can now bet on college football’s (basically) full slate of 2015 games. Who’s favored in the first Harbaugh-Meyer game? The Las Vegas sportsbook, Golden Nugget, has released its lines for its “games of the year,” which are nearly all of the notable games that will occur each week. The casino will take a max bet of $1,000 on the games. Here they are: Thursday, Sept. 3Michigan at Utah -4TCU -18 at MinnesotaFriday, Sept. 4Washington at Boise State -13Saturday, Sept. 5Wisconsin vs. Alabama -10 (Arlington, Texas)Louisville vs. Auburn -11.5 (Atlanta, Ga.)Arizona State vs. Texas A&M -3 (Houston)Texas at Notre Dame -7.5Virginia at UCLA -17BYU at Nebraska -6Monday, Sept. 7Ohio State -16 at Virginia TechSaturday, Sept. 12LSU -3 at Mississippi StateUCLA -32 at UNLVOklahoma at Tennessee -3Notre Dame -9 at VirginiaOregon State at Michigan -14Iowa -4.5 at Iowa StateMarshall -3.5 at Ohio UniversityBoise State -6 at BYUOregon at Michigan State -1Thursday, Sept. 17Clemson -3 at LouisvilleSaturday, Sept. 19Auburn at LSU -4UNLV at Michigan -33Ole Miss at Alabama -9.5South Carolina at Georgia -11Georgia Tech at Notre Dame -2Nebraska at Miami, Fla. PKStanford at USC -4BYU at UCLA -14Colorado -1.5 vs. Colorado State (Denver)Thursday, Sept. 24Cincinnati at Memphis -2Friday, Sept. 25Boise State -9 at VirginiaSaturday, Sept. 26LSU -20 at SyracuseUCLA at Arizona PKUSC -1 at ArizonaUtah at Oregon -14Oklahoma State at Texas -2.5BYU at Michigan -7Texas A&M vs. Arkansas -6.5 (Arlington, Texas)Mississippi State at Auburn -8Tennessee -2.5 at FloridaThursday, Oct. 1Miami, Fla. at Cincinnati -2.5Saturday, Oct. 3UNLV at Nevada -14Ole Miss -6 at FloridaAlabama at Georgia PKSouth Carolina at Missouri -11Arkansas at Tennessee -1Mississippi State at Texas A&M -6.5Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech -9Arizona at Stanford -7.5Arizona State at UCLA -6Oregon -16 at ColoradoArmy at Penn State -28West Virginia at Oklahoma -10Kansas State at Oklahoma State -4Texas at TCU -21Notre Dame at Clemson -3.5Thursday, Oct. 8Washington at Southern Cal -19Saturday, Oct. 10LSU -8 at South CarolinaGeorgia Tech at Clemson -3Arkansas at Alabama -7.5Florida at Missouri -10Georgia at Tennessee PKMiami (FL) at Florida State -14.5Virginia at Pittsburgh -6Boise State -12 at Colorado StateTCU -11 at Kansas StateOklahoma -6.5 vs. Texas (Dallas, Texas)Oklahoma State at West Virginia -5Wisconsin -1 at NebraskaNavy at Notre Dame -14Thursday, Oct. 15UCLA at Stanford -4.5Auburn -9 at KentuckyFriday, Oct. 16UNLV at Fresno State -12Boise State -9.5 at Utah StateSaturday, Oct. 17Florida at LSU -14Arizona State at Utah -2USC at Notre Dame PKOregon -15 at WashingtonLouisville at Florida State -12Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech -14Virginia Tech at Miami, Fla. -6Missouri at Georgia -8.5Alabama -7 at Texas A&MWest Virginia at Baylor -17TCU -29 at Iowa StateOklahoma -3 at Kansas StateMichigan State -4.5 at MichiganPenn State at Ohio State -19Saturday, Oct. 24Utah at USC -7Kansas State at Texas -2Tennessee at Alabama -10Auburn at Arkansas -6.5Texas A&M at Ole Miss -4Clemson -4.5 at Miami, Fla.Florida State at Georgia Tech PKThursday, Oct. 29Oregon -5 at Arizona StateWest Virginia at TCU -20Saturday, Oct. 31Boise State -28.5 at UNLVCentral Florida at Cincinnati -6Georgia Tech -10 at VirginiaOle Miss at Auburn -4Florida vs. Georgia -12 (Jacksonville, Fla.)South Carolina at Texas A&M -10Oregon State at Utah -16Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015Northern Illinois at Toledo -3Thursday, Nov. 5Mississippi State at Missouri, -6Baylor -12 at Kansas StateSaturday, Nov. 7LSU at Alabama -9Arkansas at Ole Miss -1Auburn -1.5 at Texas A&MTCU -11 at Oklahoma StateMichigan State -6 at NebraskaFlorida State at Clemson -2Virginia at Miami, Fla. -6.5Notre Dame -3 at PittsburghArizona at USC -7.5Thursday, Nov. 12Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech -9.5Friday, Nov. 13USC -12 at ColoradoSaturday, Nov. 14Arkansas at LSU -1.5Utah at Arizona -3Oregon at Stanford PKAlabama -9 at Mississippi StateFlorida at South Carolina -2.5Oklahoma at Baylor -13BYU at Missouri -12Saturday, Nov. 21San Diego State -16 at UNLVLSU at Ole Miss PKFresno State at BYU -18TCU -5 at OklahomaBaylor -10 at Oklahoma StateMichigan State at Ohio State -14Michigan at Penn State -4.5Mississippi State at Arkansas -10Tennessee at Missouri -2.5Georgia Tech -6 at Miami, Fla.Arizona at Arizona State -3UCLA -1 at UtahCalifornia at Stanford -13Friday, Nov. 27Baylor at TCU -6Oregon State at Oregon -22.5Washington State at Washington -4.5Iowa at Nebraska -7Texas A&M at LSU -7.5Kansas State -24 at KansasOklahoma -3 at Oklahoma StateBYU at Utah State PKOhio State -16 at MichiganPenn State at Michigan State -12UCLA at USC -3Colorado at Utah -13.5Notre Dame at Stanford -3North Carolina at NC State -6Virginia Tech -4 at VirginiaMissouri at Arkansas -7Alabama -3.5 at AuburnFlorida State -4 at FloridaGeorgia -1 at Georgia TechLouisville -2.5 at KentuckyOle Miss -2 at MississippiClemson -3 at South CarolinaVanderbilt at Tennessee -17Saturday, Dec. 5Texas at Baylor -18West Virginia at Kansas State -5Saturday, Dec. 12Navy -13 vs. Army, Philadelphia, Pa.
Earlier today, a Monroe, La., district attorney elected not to pursue charges against Alabama football players Cam Robinson and Hootie Jones due to insufficient evidence. When explaining his decision, the DA said he “refused to ruin the lives of two young men who have spent their adolescence and teenage years, working and sweating, while we were all in the air conditioning.”This apparently didn’t sit well with Fox Sports’ Clay Travis, who wrote a column lambasting the decision and insinuating that athletes don’t work that hard.“This is one of the most absurd clichés that has taken root in sporting life,” Travis wrote. “Athletes, at most, train 3-4 hours a day. Every doctor, lawyer, investment banker, accountant, teacher and fast food worker in the country works harder than an athlete does. In fact, there are no jobs in America that pay more for less work than athletics.”Two current Alabama players, quarterback Blake Barnett and defensive end Mekhi Brown, proceeded to blast Travis’ column on Twitter.Sounds like something an unathletic person would say. “Ignorance is bliss.” pic.twitter.com/phuc1teBwp— B² (@Blake8Barnett) June 20, 2016Great point. Funny how there’s a misconception about the work athletes put in. College athletes have 12+ hour days. https://t.co/78tZtVE86z— B² (@Blake8Barnett) June 20, 2016Put them in our shoes and they’ll quit lol. There is a reason why jobs prefer former athletes over the reg students https://t.co/HBrLgYG9PE— Khi (@MekhiBrownn) June 20, 2016Not to be outdone, Travis replied to Barnett’s tweet.Bama QB thinks athletes work hard compared to doctors, lawyers and investment bankers. So wrong. https://t.co/vkDvefxSU0— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) June 20, 2016Barnett wasn’t finished though, and dropped a comeback to Travis’ response. @ClayTravis Sounds like you have the personal experience of being an athlete, doctor, lawyer, and investment banker.— B² (@Blake8Barnett) June 20, [email protected] You’re comparing something where there is no need for comparison. No need to dig through things to cause controversy.— B² (@Blake8Barnett) June 20, 2016The back-and-forth ended at that. We’re going to guess that Barnett and Brown’s tweets at Travis were very tame and composed compared to what some fans may have sent him. [AL.com]
TORONTO – Marchers in Toronto’s annual Labour Day Parade broke tradition on Monday, opting not to end the procession at Exhibition Place to show solidarity with stagehands who have been locked out of the venue since July.“We’re not going to cross that picket line. We’re going to support the workers by not taking our members through that picket line and (not) having them go to the Ex like we normally do,” said Naureen Rizvi, Unifor’s regional director for Ontario.Exhibition Place’s board of directors and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 58, which represents about 400 workers, said talks over the weekend broke down.Both sides of the negotiations said they were unsuccessful after a 12-hour meeting on Saturday that focused on the locked-out employees’ contract.Negotiations will resume Tuesday — a day after the fair ends. The employees were locked out on July 20, and the union said the workers have been without a contract since December 2017.But in spite of the ongoing dispute and change in parade route, officials with the Canadian National Exhibition struck an optimistic tone.“Monday is a very big day for us. We attract audiences from across the spectrum,” said John Peco, chief officer, business development and innovation of the CNE association.“Traditionally the Labour Day parade does terminate at the fairgrounds, so we’re quite optimistic that many of those people will return to the fair following the parade with their friends and family.”But Rizvi said Unifor members have rented boats at the city’s habourfront, and other unions in the march will be hosting barbecues instead of going to the fair.“We’re not crossing the picket line at the expense of another union’s workers who are trying to fight for their jobs,” she said.Before the start of the march, Unifor president Jerry Dias spoke to attendees about the importance of fair wages and work environments.“As we march together I want you to think about solidarity,” he said. “I want you to think about our union moving forward.”Justin Antheunis, president of IATSE Local 58, said he’s thankful for the support from the Labour Day marchers.“The solidarity that Local 58 has seen from the entire labour movement not just in Toronto but across the country has been fantastic and it means a lot to us that they’re not going to cross the picket line.”—With files from Gabriele Roy.
TORONTO – A new survey suggests Toronto-region technology companies saw an increase in international job applicants last year as countries including the U.S. tightened their immigration policies.The survey by the MaRS Discovery District found that of the 55 companies that responded, 53 per cent saw more international applicants in 2017 over 2016 and 45 per cent of companies made international hires last year.MaRS says the majority of companies surveyed cited immigration reform, including the federal government’s new global skills strategy that can expedite visas, as a key factor influencing their competitiveness.The survey says 35 per cent of respondents hired used the expedited visas, which were introduced in mid-2017.Companies said they made hires predominantly from the United States as well as from India, China, Brazil, and the United Kingdom.MaRS questioned technology firms based primarily in the Toronto region that have over $1 million in annual revenue with U.S. and international market exposure.The boost in international applications comes as the Trump administration has looked to curb immigration, including ordering a review of a specialty visa program that the tech sector relies on, and looking to dismantle a program that protects children of undocumented migrants from deportation.Technology companies in the U.S. have criticized the crackdown as international job seekers are a key source of talent for the sector, with immigrants making up about a quarter of the U.S. technology and science workforce.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the expedited visa program was introduced in mid-2016.
New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday met Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora here and submitted a memorandum alleging that a large number of EVMs malfunctioned during polling in the state on Thursday and inadequate security led to incidents of violence. Questioning the transfer of several officials ahead of voting, he alleged that the poll body “failed to live up to the spirit of constitutional duty” during elections in Andhra Pradesh which was “dangerous for the future of democracy in the country”. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsDuring the election in the state on April 11, voting was delayed by two to six hours at many polling stations as a large number of EVMs malfunctioned, forcing many voters to return home, the TDP chief claimed. The chief electoral officer of the state himself had trouble casting his vote because the EVMs were not working, he alleged. The TDP requested the poll body to countermand polls at 618 polling stations where voting could not start even many hours after the scheduled commencement time. “Inadequate security arrangement at polling booths emboldened criminal elements that resulted in many law and order incidents, costing one man his life. Many polling stations were manned by just a home guard or a volunteer,” he claimed. Claiming that EVMs were not foolproof and there was a possibility of tampering, the TDP chief demanded that the EC should ensure counting of VVPAT slips in at least 50% of the polling stations so as to infuse confidence among the voters. “This will preserve the sanctity of the electoral process”.
Colombo: A leading Sri Lankan Muslim political leader on Monday called for introspection within the community after a local Muslim group was blamed for the suicide bombings that killed 290 people on Easter Sunday. Rauff Hakeem, a Minister and a leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, said that being a Muslim Minister in the Cabinet he believed that the Muslim community and its leaders should introspect. “We are ashamed and outraged. We have tried to address issues within the community,” media reports quoted him as saying. The government on Monday blamed the National Thowheed Jamath for the serial attacks targeting three luxury hotels and three churches besides two other locations.
Washington- King Mohammed VI offered Friday night dinner at the “Corcoran Gallery” in Washington, on the occasion of his working visit to the United States at the invitation of President Barack Obama, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).The dinner was chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar, in the presence of MM. Taib Fassi Fihri and Yassir Znagui the King’s advisor, ministers of the Moroccan government, in addition to the King’s goodwill ambassadors, Ms. Assia Alaoui Bensaleh and Serge Berdugo, other members of the high-level delegation, as well as the ambassador of Morocco in Washington, Rashad Bouhlal.The dinner was also attended by senior U.S. officials, including Daniel Yohannes , CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation ( MCC), the Director General of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde, congressmen , former U.S. ambassadors Morocco, Presidents of American think tanks , in addition to personalities from the world of culture and media from both countries.In a speech on this occasion, Mezouar paid tribute to the memory of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, “a leader who had a high appreciation of Morocco’s contribution to peace and stability in the world.” John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the minister said, had a “steadfast commitment to strengthen our historic alliance and maintained a special personal relationship with the late King Hassan II.”The minister said on this occasion that “to honor the memory of the late, His Majesty King Mohammed VI announced a contribution on behalf of President Kennedy for the Peace Corps in Morocco.”Over the past fifty years, more than 4,530 volunteers from the Peace Corps worked in Morocco according to the vision of President Kennedy to advance the cause of peace in the world, said Mezouar , adding that this gift will to support the vital work of volunteers in Morocco for youth empowerment , rural development , learning the English language , health and the environment.In this speech, the Minister stressed that the Royal Tour has an “exceptional historical importance that will cement our more resolute friendship.” “United we are because our friendship was able to rise above the vicissitudes of time,” he said, while stressing that the talks between King Mohammed VI and President Barack Obama have put in place “a new roadmap for a more innovative bilateral cooperation that lives up to our respective expectations and serves our mutual interests.”And enter the “deep conviction of Morocco and the United States that the promotion of bilateral relations is able to breathe more progress and prosperity.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or or redistributed