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
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Everton will be allowed to host city rival Liverpool at Goodison Park instead of playing at a neutral venue when the rivals meet on June 21. ___English soccer club Stoke says manager Michael O’Neill has tested positive for COVID-19.The second-division club says the 50-year-old O’Neill had tested negative in five previous rounds of testing but the positive result came from a test administered on Monday.Stoke says O’Neill will “follow the relevant guidance and undergo a period of isolation.” Assistant manager Billy McKinlay will take charge of training.Stoke is scheduled to play Reading when the Championship resumes on June 20. The Latest: Everton allowed to play Liverpool at home June 10, 2020 Associated Press Police had initially believed the Merseyside derby could not be staged in Liverpool because of fears that fans would congregate outside.Premier League games will take place without fans for the rest of the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Ground Safety Advisory Group in Liverpool says Anfield and Goodison Park can now be used for Liverpool and Everton matches.Liverpool could clinch the trophy by beating Everton if Manchester City loses to Arsenal on June 17.Liverpool Deputy Mayor Wendy Simon says “we are confident the measures in place will allow the matches to be held behind closed doors without any detrimental impact to all concerned and recommend to the city council that the safety certificates for both grounds be amended to allow this to happen.” The Premier League returns to action with two matches on June 17.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
The astronauts on this mission are Robert Behnken and Doug Hurley. They are expected to spend at least a month – and possibly as long as four months – on the International Space Station.After NASA declared Saturday’s launch a success, President Trump delivered a speech from the Kennedy Space Center, saying the launch proved that the “commercial space industry was the future” of space exploration.“We’ll be landing on Mars soon, and we’ll soon have the greatest weapons the world has ever seen,” Trump added.The Crew Dragon is scheduled to dock with the ISS around 10:30 a.m. ET Sunday. The SpaceX Crew Dragon that took off from Kennedy Space Center aboard a Falcon9 rocket on Saturday afternoon is moments away from docking with the International Space Station.The spacecraft took off from the same launch pad that was used during the Apollo mission to the moon in 1969.It represents the first time a private company is launching NASA astronauts to space, as well as the first time in nine years that American astronauts are leaving from U.S. soil.Since the space shuttle program was retired in 2011, NASA astronauts have been traveling to the International Space Station onboard Russian Soyuz rockets that are launched from Kazakhstan.
British stroke play champion Sophie Lamb will team up with Georgia Price and Bel Wardle for the Nations Cup at the Spanish women’s championship. The team event will be played alongside the two stroke play qualifying rounds of the championship, at Sherry Golf, Jerez, from 1-5 March. Sophie Lamb, 19, (Clitheroe, Lancashire) is the 2016 British women’s stroke play champion, won the England Golf Women’s Order of Merit and helped England win the Women’s Home Internationals. This year she’s already had a top ten in the Harder Hall Invitational in Florida. (Image © Leaderboard Photography). Georgia Price, 23, (Bude and North Cornwall) was runner up on the 2016 England Golf Order of Merit after results including second place in the English stroke play and third in the British stroke play. She tied for the Royal Birkdale Scratch Cup and was second in the Liphook Scratch Cup. Bel Wardle, 17, (Prestbury, Cheshire) was runner up in the 2016 British girls’ championship and was eighth in the World junior girls’ championship. She tied with Georgia Price for the Royal Birkdale Scratch Trophy and was third on the England Golf Girls’ Order of Merit. 17 Feb 2017 England players target team title in Spain
Submitted by Dr. Diana Yu, for Samba OlywaFor Thurston County residents who enjoy the rhythms and dance of Samba Olywa, you are in for another treat come April 27th as the largest grey wolf pack will parade down the streets of Olympia, complete with howling!Over the last few weeks, over 100 folks have gathered at the Eagle’s Ballroom every Sunday evening from 5 – 7pm to practice the rhythms and steps for this year’s performance. It is amazing to see individuals transform into a moving pack of wolves. At each practice, more and more folks arrive wearing their version of a grey wolf costume and I can truly say that you’ve never seen wolves like these – definitely works of art and one of a kind.This year Samba Olywa will be paying special tribute to Geoff Johns, a noted percussionist from Vashon Island who recently passed away. Geoff was one of the folks who started Samba Olywa years ago and continued to work with us and local groups to spread the joy of percussion and music. He was an enthusiastic and talented musician, and an inspiring teacher. One of the pieces we will perform this year, Afro Baio, was created by Geoff to accompany choreography arranged by his wife, Carol Lutra-Johns.Samba Olywa is an amateur percussion and dance group dedicated to building community through the learning and sharing of Samba and other rhythms. We provide the opportunity for anyone, regardless of experience, to join us as we take our spirited and joyous energy to the streets and to the stage.Procession is such a wonderful way to meet others and give back to the community. From the time the studios are open, allowing any person to unleash their inner artist all the way to the procession down the streets of Olympia, we are a community. With thousands participating and tens of thousands watching, enjoying and joining in the revelry, we can all put aside the negatives, stress, and strain and just be happy to be alive.Come join us on Saturday at 4:30 pm. While you are there, just look around you and see the smiles. Watch the children’s faces light up and their little happy feet dancing to the beat of the drums. You will smile too.It all started in 1995 as part of the Procession of the Species Celebration, the Olympia community’s honoring of our natural world through the public making and sharing of art, music and dance. We’ve performed as zebras, octopi, butterflies, the sun, and the rainforest. This is still our main event and procession practices usually start in February each year. A smaller group of Samba Olywa also performs several times a year throughout the Puget Sound region. Our performances range from small performances at private functions, to large community celebrations throughout the Sound. Visit our Facebook page for photos and clips of our gigs. Facebook27Tweet0Pin0
by Joseph Sapia MIDDLETOWN – Motorists and pedestrians can expect to see improvements at the Belford intersection of Leonardville Road and East Road in 2017.The traffic signal will be upgraded to provide push-button controls for pedestrians, as well as a visual and sound system to count down seconds before the light changes. Also, left-turn travel lanes on Leonardville Road (also known as County Road 516) will be added, said County Engineer Joseph M. Ettore.The project is being funded via a $339,000 grant from the federal Department of Transportation “Local Safety Program.” The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority awarded the grant to Monmouth County on Jan. 11.The Local Safety Program identifies what would qualify as “quick fixes for high-priority safety improvements,” Ettore said. The state Department of Transportation identifies roadways that should qualify for the grant and the county further evaluates them.“The (current) traffic signal equipment is antiquated and in excess of 30 years old and has no provision (on the signal) for pedestrian improvements,” said Ettore, explaining such improvements as the push-button system.“We tried to make improvements that we could,” Ettore said. The county, for example, painted wide (24-inch) crosswalk striping to provide more visibility, Ettore said. “It’s what we call a high-visibility crosswalk.”KinderCare at Middletown and Bayview Elementary School are located on or close to the intersection.The project is now in the design phase, with this work to be done by the NJTPA, Ettore said.By the end of 2016, the county should be able to solicit bids for the project and award a contract early next year, Ettore said. Construction is projected to start in the spring of 2017 and take an estimated three to four months, Ettore said.
A man who fell asleep in court had to be awoken as he was snoring so loudly!Letterkenny court.The incident happened at today’s sitting of Letterkenny District Court. The man was waiting for his case to be heard when he nodded off and began to snore loudly.He had to be woken by well-known solicitor Patsy Gallagher.The man continued to fall asleep but did not distrb the court any further.SOLICITOR FORCED TO WAKEN MAN AFTER HE SNORED LOUDLY IN COURT! was last modified: July 21st, 2014 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:Letterkenny District CourtPatsy Gallaghersnoring
Story Links Box Score – vs. George Washington Match Notes 3. Chris Fletcher (GW) def. Stride, Ben (DU) 2-6, 7-6, 1-0 (10-6) Doubles competition 2. Stride, Ben/Wood, Ben (DU) def. Schweiger Muzar, Bor/Manzanas, Carlos (NIU) 6-4 Drake 6, George Washington 1Jan. 21, 2017 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center) Box Score – vs. Northern Illinois 3. Hamel, Louis-Philipp/Hjertonsson, Tom (NIU) def. Clark, Ben/Hands, Tom (DU) 5-4 Match Notes Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,4,6) Gillespie put together a dominating performance to beat Georg Lundkvist, 6-2, 6-3. Freshman Barny Thorold won his first collegiate career singles match, beating Tom Hjertonsson 6-3, 6-2 at No. 4, to give Drake a 3-0 lead. Clark clinched the Bulldog victory with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Louis-Philipp Hamel at No. 6 singles. The Bulldogs will head to the Lone Star State on Jan. 28 to take on host Texas in the first of two matches at the ITA Kick-off Weekend event. Drake will play either Rice or Oregon on Sunday, Jan. 29. 1. Gillespie, Vinny/MacGeoch, Calum (DU) def. Marbach, Eric/Lundkvist, Georg (NIU) 6-1 4. Hands, Tom (DU) def. Dennis Afanasev (GW) 6-2, 6-1 4. Thorold, Barnaby (DU) def. Hjertonsson, Tom (NIU) 6-3, 6-2 5. Hands, Tom (DU) vs. Manzanas, Carlos (NIU) 4-6, 4-3, unfinished Doubles competition 1. Gillespie, Vinny/MacGeoch, Calum (DU) def. Julius Tverijonas/Chris Reynolds (GW) 6-2 Drake 2-0 The Bulldogs worked quickly as Drake took care of the GW in just over two hours.Vinny Gillespie and Calum MacGeoch cruised to a 6-2 win, while Ben Clark and Tom Hands defeated Chris Fletcher and Jakub Behun, 6-3, to clinch the doubles point for the Bulldogs. 2. MacGeoch, Calum (DU) def. Chris Reynolds (GW) 7-6, 2-6, 1-0 (10-7) Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,6,1,5,2,3) Drake 1-0 3. Stride, Ben (DU) vs. Schweiger Muzar, Bor (NIU) 7-5, 4-2, unfinished 6. Wood, Ben (DU) def. C. Hadjigeorgiou (GW) 6-0, 7-5 6. Clark, Ben (DU) def. Hamel, Louis-Philipp (NIU) 6-3, 6-2 George Washington 0-1 2. MacGeoch, Calum (DU) vs. Marbach, Eric (NIU) 6-7, 0-1, unfinished 3. Clark, Ben/Hands, Tom (DU) def. Chris Fletcher/Jakub Behun (GW) 6-3 Singles competition 1. Gillespie, Vinny (DU) def. Lundkvist, Georg (NIU) 6-2, 6-3 2. Fernando Sala/C. Hadjigeorgiou (GW) def. Stride, Ben/Thorold, Barnaby (DU) 7-6 (7-2) In Drake’s nightcap against NIU, the Bulldogs once again won the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s tennis team opened the 2017 season with a pair of victories on Saturday as the Bulldogs defeated George Washington 6-1 and Northern Illinois 4-0 at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. 5. Clark, Ben (DU) def. William Tutecky (GW) 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6) Hands kept his momentum from doubles into single as he rolled past Dennis Afanasev, 6-2, 6-1 at No. 4 singles. At No. 6, Ben Wood won his first eight games enroute to a 6-0, 7-5 win, giving Drake a 3-0 lead. Gillespie, who is ranked 73rd nationally, sealed the win for the Bulldogs with strong 6-3, 6-4 victory. Singles competition 1. #73 Gillespie, Vinny (DU) def. Julius Tverijonas (GW) 6-3, 6-4 Drake 4, Northern Illinois 0Jan. 21, 2017 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center) Print Friendly Version
In a yet another blow to India’s chances in the West Indies, Yuvraj Singh has been ruled out of the tour to the Caribbean.Yuvraj is suffering from a lung infection and will require rest of at least 20 days.India seem to have a depleted side for the West Indies tour, with Sachin Tendulkar, Indian captain M.S. Dhoni and Zaheer Khan already rested for the ODI series.Opener Virender Sehwag has also been ruled of the series with a shoulder injury.Stand-in skipper Gautam Gambhir is also expected not to play any part in the series due to a shoulder injury.Pacer Ashish Nehra, too, is missing the tour due to injury.Selectors in a spotYuvraj’s absence from West Indies tour has put the national selectors in a spot. They were awaiting a fitness report on stand-in captain Gautam Gambhir for the series.Sources told Headlines Today that Gambhir, in all likelihood, would be rested from the one-day series due to injury.With Yuvi ruled out and Dhoni, Sachin and Sehwag rested, Gambhir’s absence is going to seriously hit Team India’s chances in their maiden tour as world champions.Gautam Gambhir finds himself in the centre of a storm after aggravating his shoulder injury while playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the fourth season of the Indian Premier League. He jeopardised his chances of touring West Indies after being advised six weeks’ rest by KKR physio Andrew Leipus.But the BCCI is awaiting Team India physio’s report on the extent of Gambhir’s injury, before taking a final call on the southpaw’s availability for the One-day series in West Indies.advertisementSources have told Headlines Today that Gambhir has made it known to the board that he would like to recuperate from the injury. The selection committee, led by Krish Srikkanth, met in Chennai on Friday to pick the Test squad to West Indies.If Gambhir is ruled unfit, the selectors will need to announce a replacement player and captain for the ODI squad.With Gambhir’s chances of returning to top fitness for the Test series too looking slim, the biggest challenge for the selectors will be to pick a quality pair of openers.India’s hero from the World Cup final Gautam Gambhir has received plenty of flak for turning up for KKR in the qualifier despite an injured shoulder, but the southpaw has defened himself of any wrongdoing.Gambhir ridiculed allegations of putting his franchise before his country while dismissing reports that he had risked an injury to fulfill his IPL commitments.Speaking to a leading national daily, Gambhir said that it is imaginative to say that he was covering his injury to play in the IPL. He further added that any modern cricketer knows that by feigning or risking injury he is only jeopardising his own career.While admitting that he did play with discomfort without realising the gravity of his injury, Gambhir explained his need to turn up in the crucial play-off game since his team needed him as a leader. But Gambhir dismissed allegations of having preferred club over country as baseless and ridiculous.
After conquering the tracks, the fastest man on earth, Usain Bolt, now wants to register a win on the cricket field. The 25-year-old might be seen playing cricket in the Australia’s Twenty-20 Big Bash League in the coming season. Former Australian captain Shane Warne has been leading a campaign to get Bolt to cricket. Bolt recently revealed that Warne had contacted him about playing in the Big Bash League for the Melbourne Stars. The Jamaican, who is an avid cricketer, describes himself as an all-rounder. He told an Australian TV channel that Warne was in touch with him and he was trying to work out if he could find time from his busy schedule to play cricket. Warne has started a social media campaign to get Bolt to his Melbourne team. Warne tweeted that the negotiations were on in full swing and that Bolt would be a great addition for the team in the T20 league. “Cats out the bag, we’ve spoken. Olympic legend @usainbolt would like to have a crack at 20/20 for the Melb stars 2012 Please retweet guys,” Warne posted on micro-blogging site Twitter. Bolt has a long history with cricket. He had started off as a cricketer in his junior days before switching to athletics. Bolt, who is a huge cricket fan, had told Headlines Today that Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni were his favourite cricketers.