Fate of missing pro-government TV crew gives cause for concern

first_img News March 8, 2021 Find out more Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists News Receive email alerts Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Reporters Without Borders is gravely concerned over the fate of a crew from the pro-government television station al-Ikhbariya and their driver, unaccounted for since their disappearance yesterday after a clash between the Syrian army and rebel forces in the suburbs of Damascus. Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Organisation “Recent brutality towards official and pro-government media organizations gives serious cause for concern about the fate of the four al-Ikhbariya workers. We call on the leaders of the Free Syrian Army and the Syrian National Council to make every effort to ensure the journalists are released without delay.” News RSF_en Follow the news on Syria Help by sharing this information August 11, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Fate of missing pro-government TV crew gives cause for concern Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law March 12, 2021 Find out more Related documents 120811_syrie_ar-2.pdfPDF – 55.78 KB Reporter Yarah Saleh, cameraman Abboud Tabarah and his assistant Hatem Abu Yehiah, and driver Housam Imad were accompanying an army unit on an operation in al-Tal. During the evening, the station reported that it had lost contact with the crew, who were on their way back, and with the soldiers guarding them.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the journalists had been kidnapped by an unidentified rebel faction. News February 3, 2021 Find out more SyriaMiddle East – North Africa SyriaMiddle East – North Africa to go further The Damascus head office of al-Ikhbariya, classified by the European Union as an instrument of propaganda on behalf of President Assad, was the target of an attack in late June in which at least three workers were reported killed. In parallel with the abuses by the army and pro-government militias towards citizen journalists and those working in the media, other attacks have been carried out in recent weeks on official media organizations in Damascus and Aleppo and a growing number of pro-government journalists have been abducted. According to the SOHR, and the Islamist group al-Nosra which claimed to have kidnapped him, the state TV presenter Mohammad Sayeed who was abducted from his Damascus home on 19 July, had been killed. “If it emerges that the journalists have been taken prisoner by an opposition group, the latter will be answerable for their safety,” the press freedom organization said. “We urge them to identify themselves and to show evidence that their captives are alive and in good health, and to release them immediately.“We note that those involved in news gathering are protected under Resolution 1738 of the United Nations Security Council. All warring parties must refrain from targeting media workers and citizen journalists.last_img read more

LIT study highlights student experience of sexual aggression

first_img Previous articleNew phase of Wild Atlantic Way to include LimerickNext articleOpinion – World in Union #RWC2015 Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Advertisement Linkedin WhatsApp Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up ONE in every four students have experienced unwanted and aggressive sexual behaviour, including groping, sexualised verbal abuse and unwanted sexual contact, according to a study conducted at a Limerick third level college.Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) research collective, Social Science ConneXions, has found that up to 25 per cent of students surveyed earlier this year reported having experienced a “sexually unwanted or aggressive incident”.The survey was conducted online across all four LIT campuses. 338 responses were received and the key findings also showed that five per cent had experienced a non-consensual sexual encounter and five per cent of male respondents had experienced a sexually unwanted or aggressive incident.Karen Sugrue, Sociology lecturer and researcher with Social Science ConneXions said that while there was an enormous amount of evidence that students were particularly vulnerable to sexual assault and unwanted sexual behaviour, they wanted to find out if this was also the case for LIT students.“We’re delighted with the response from the management team at LIT who have taken the issue extremely seriously”, she added.LIT lecturer Jennifer Moran Stritch, who is director of the Loss and Grief research group, said that some people believed that the only type of sexual assault is rape.“We are also aware of the importance of verbal abuse, atmosphere and the sense of feeling intimidated. We want our students to live and study in an environment where they feel safe and know how and where to access supports should they need them”.Mairead Keogh, Vice President of LIT Students Union said that prevention of unwanted or aggressive incidents was the key to ensuring a safer environment for students and the students union strongly support the measures implemented.LIT Registrar Terry Twomey said that LIT had an exemplary record in student safety on campus.“We have had no reported incidents here at LIT, and we take pre-emptive action through our Student Safety Programme to ensure that we maintain our exemplary record. Nonetheless, as part of LIT’s Student Safety Programme, our Social Science Connexions unit carried out a small pilot survey of students on any experience of sexual harassment they might have had”.He added that because LIT had no reported incidents, the negative experiences reported most likely related to life off-campus.“Still, the institute is taking no chances. Last week, LIT introduced a new presentation on consent to all new students as part of our Student Safety Programme. LIT is leading the sector in this way and our objective is to maintain our exemplary record of student safety,” he concluded.National research indicates that only about 1 in 10 incidents are reported. To address this and support students, LIT ran a programme of discussion about consent during September induction days for 1st year students that ties in with the No Grey Areas campaign launched nationally by Minister for Justice Equality and Law Reform, Francis Fitzgerald, last Friday. Emailcenter_img Print Twitter Facebook NewsLIT study highlights student experience of sexual aggressionBy Staff Reporter – September 24, 2015 1100 last_img read more

Becca Kufrin’s Season 14 of ‘The Bachelorette’: Where Are They Now?

first_imgBachelor Nation has been following Becca Kufrin’s journey to find love since 2018.The former publicist was named the season 14 Bachelorette after Arie Luyendyk Jr. broke her heart on season 22 of The Bachelor. After proposing to Becca during the 2018 finale, the former race car driver broke up with the Minnesota native because he was still in love with runner-up Lauren Burnham. While Arie and Lauren went on to tie the knot, Becca searched for love with 28 men on The Bachelorette.- Advertisement – In the end, Becca’s final four were Garrett Yrigoyen, Blake Horstmann, Jason Tartick and Colton Underwood. She accepted a proposal from Garrett, a medical sales rep from California, in August 2018. While the twosome were hot and heavy for two years, their relationship hit a rough patch in June 2020 when he expressed his support for the police amid the Black Lives Matter protests. Garrett’s social media activity initiated an emotional conversation between Becca and her “Bachelor Happy Hour” podcast cohost Rachel Lindsay, who made history as the first Black Bachelorette.While Garrett initially praised Becca for how she handled the episode, the twosome sparked split speculation as she traveled home without him for several weeks. After months of keeping fans questioning, Becca confirmed in September 2020 that she moved out of their San Diego home and the engagement was off.- Advertisement – “I don’t think it’s going to come as a shock to anyone, but Garrett and I have decided to end our engagement,” she began on her “Bachelor Happy Hour” podcast. “After many conversations, we came to this decision. It wasn’t something that we just arrived at one night. It wasn’t based solely off of one Instagram post or somebody else’s opinions or comments. There’s much more to it. To any relationship, there’s a lot of layers, and it’s not for me to divulge details.”The twosome have since unfollowed each other on Instagram. Scroll through for an update on the most memorable names from Becca’s season:center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Fighting WHO, Trump hands China a PR opportunity

first_imgThe move came just as the United States was rejoicing that its criticism of China was gaining ground, with several countries questioning China’s made-for-cameras deliveries of medical supplies, France summoning Beijing’s ambassador and African nations furious over Chinese discrimination against their nationals.China — which offers a sliver of the more than $400 million sent to the WHO each year by Washington — said it was “seriously concerned” that the US aid cut would weaken international cooperation, while a senior Russian official called Washington “selfish.”Brett Schaefer, a senior research fellow at Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank that is usually supportive of Trump, agreed with criticism of the WHO response but said the United States had bungled the message.The United States has already delivered most of this year’s WHO contribution, so Trump’s announcement makes other countries believe falsely that the decision will have a major impact, Schaefer said. Topics : “There has been a great deal of frustration and anger expressed by a number of different countries about China’s response and its role in the spread of COVID-19 around the world, and I think the president’s decision diverts attention from that issue onto the decision of the United States,” he said.Schaefer said that the United States would have been better served by conditioning future WHO aid on an investigation into its COVID-19 response, as well as highlighting the $500 million in bilateral aid the United States has already promised over the virus. With his brash move to stop funding the World Health Organization in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump may score points at home but is handing an opportunity that China is delighted to exploit.Critics say Trump is eager to find a scapegoat as thousands of Americans die from COVID-19, even if there is broad agreement in Washington that the WHO was too eager to please China when the virus first emerged in the metropolis of Wuhan.Trump, who has fiercely criticized UN agencies and foreign aid as part of his “America First” philosophy, said Tuesday that the United States was freezing funding to the WHO for “severely mismanaging and covering up the spread” of the virus that has sickened more than two million people.center_img ‘Self-inflicted wound’ The Trump administration accuses the WHO and its leader, Ethiopian doctor turned diplomat Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, of failing to challenge China’s initial assertions that the virus was transmitted between humans. Tedros flew to Beijing in late January and praised China as transparent.But Trump himself had initially praised China in similar terms and in January said his administration had the virus “totally under control.” Since then, COVID-19 has killed more than 25,000 people in the United States.Derek Chollet, executive vice president of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, called the WHO announcement a “self-inflicted wound” that symbolically showed the United States stepping back from its historic leadership role.”And to the extent that the world has been paying attention to the US’s own response, the US is not looking like an ally that can be relied upon,” said Chollet, who served in former president Barack Obama’s administration.”Obviously this is an attempt to try to blame China for this. It could end up playing to the Chinese advantage as they use it to make a case to the world that the US is the problem,” he said. ‘Cutting off ammunition’ But Chollet said it was too early to see if China’s efforts would succeed and said that US allies were accustomed to Washington feuds over funding — in which Congress can reverse course.Senator Patrick Leahy, the top Democrat on the subcommittee in charge of State Department funding, said Trump was essentially “cutting off ammunition to an ally as the enemy closes in.””Not wanting to take responsibility as the deaths continue to mount, he blames others,” Leahy said.”WHO could have been more forceful with China and declared a global health emergency sooner, but it is performing an essential function and needs our strong support.” Public health advocates also widely condemned the move. Bill Gates, the Microsoft billionaire who is one of the WHO’s largest private funders, said that the world needed the UN body “now more than ever.””Their work is slowing the spread of COVID-19 and if that work is stopped no other organization can replace them,” Gates said.But Trump, who is gearing up for November elections, enjoyed favorable coverage in conservative media and on the right of his Republican Party.”Good. If the WHO wants to keep getting money from American taxpayers, it shouldn’t be carrying water for the Chinese Communist Party,” tweeted Representative Mark Green of Tennessee.last_img read more

The 10 best 60-game starts in MLB history: Yankees, Athletics have inspiring pasts

first_imgMORE: SN staff predictions and picks for the 2020 MLB seasonJust three seasons ago, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the World Series favorites in 2020, went 51-9 from early June through mid August 2017, marking the best 60-game stretch for any team during any point in a season. Before then, however, teams have gotten close to 50 wins in their first 60 games many times.Here’s a look back at those hottest opening records ever, going back more than a century. This should give the Yankees and Athletics plenty of inspiration to try to dominate as contenders again in 2020:10 best 60-game starts in MLB history1. New York Giants, 1912Opening record: 48-11-1Final record: 103-48Just like the 2017 Dodgers, the 1912 Giants, well before relocating to San Francisco, couldn’t finish with a World Series title. Behind famed manager John McGraw and led by Hall of Fame pitchers Christy Mathewson and Rube Marquard, the Giants were NL juggernauts, but they lost a classic tight eight-game World Series to the Red Sox, 4-3-1 (including a tie in Game 5).2. Seattle Mariners, 2001Opening record: 47-13Final record: 116-46Lou Piniella managed this very talented team. They had great lineup balance with Ichiro Suzuki, Edgar Martinez, Bret Boone, Mike Cameron and John Olerud. They also had a strong rotation of versatile arms featuring unlikely late-career 20-game winner Jamie Moyer. Unfortunately, after getting through the Indians in the division series, they lost to the Yankees 4-1 in the ALCS, failing to reach the World Series.3. Chicago Cubs, 1907Opening record: 47-13Final record: 107-45This was the Cubs’ championship standard that stood for 108 years until the 2016 team made history. The double-play combination of Joe Tinker to Johnny Evers to Frank Chance was on the marquee, but pitchers Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown and Orval Overall were the true dominant forces. Chicago rolled through the NL and took care of Detroit 4-0-1 in the World Series.4. New York Yankees, 1939Opening record: 47-13Final record: 106-45This was one of the Bronx Bombers’ super teams, led by the two Joes, manger McCarthy and superstar DiMaggio. Joe Gordon, Bill Dickey, Lefty Gomez and Red Ruffing gave the Yankees four more future Hall of Famers. The seventh was Lou Gehrig, who was forced to retire after his ALS diagnosis at midseason, giving his inspiring address on July 4. They rolled through the AL and swept the Reds, 4-0, in the World Series.MORE: 2020 World Series odds, top player prop bets5. New York Yankees, 1998Opening record: 46-14Final record: 114-48The Yankees’ modern dynasty was stamped by this effort, setting the tone for the first of three consecutive World Series titles after they ended a long drought (for them) in 1996. Joe Torre and Derek Jeter had plenty of support from a loaded lineup to a mighty five-deep rotation to Mariano Rivera. With a great mix of youngsters and veterans, power and speed, offense and defense, starting and relieving, New York had no weaknesses all the way through sweeping the Padres 4-0 in the Fall Classic.6. New York Yankees, 1953Opening record: 46-14Final record: 99-52Here’s the Casey Stengel entry for the Yankees. Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle were the leaders here, with Whitey Ford serving as the unquestioned ace of the pitching staff. Despite the significant cool-off over the final two-thirds of the season, New York still padded its World Series haul by taking care of Brooklyn, 4-2.7. Philadelphia Athletics, 1929Opening record: 45-15Final record: 104-46This is the first of two Connie Mack teams on this list. Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Cochrane and Al Simmons had terrific offensive outputs together as future Hall of Famers, while Lefty Grove was just developing his legend on the mound. The A’s denied the Cubs 4-1 in the World Series.8. New York Yankees, 1928Opening record: 45-15Final record: 101-53The 1927 version of the Bombers gets romanticized for its offense more, but the follow-up season was almost identically strong, powered again by Gehrig and Babe Ruth. Miller Huggins easily managed the Yankees to a World Series repeat with a second straight sweep, only vs. the Cardinals instead of the Pirates.9. Philadelphia Athletics, 1913Opening record: 45-15Final record: 96-57Mack had a red-hot team 16 years before, too, although this one had to survive being below .500 after a sizzling start. Eddie Collins and Home Run Baker provided plenty of offense, but there were more future Hall of Famers on the pitching staff in Eddie Plank, Chief Bender and Herb Pennock. These A’s beat the then New York Giants 4-1, long before their Bay Area series sweep in 1989. 10. Detroit Tigers, 1984Opening record: 44-16Final record: 104-58Sparky Anderson managed the best MLB team of the 1980s, powered by intense leader Kirk Gibson and six All-Stars — Lance Parrish, Alan Trammell, Lou Whitaker, Chet Lemon, Jack Morris and Willie Hernandez. Hernandez, a dominant left-handed reliever, won both the AL Cy Young and MVP awards. These Tigers didn’t let up until after they rolled through the Padres for what’s still the franchise’s most recent ring. There is no time for a team slumping to start the 2020 MLB season. With only 60 games on the schedule because of the coronavirus pandemic, that means every game counts as 2.7 games, magnifying every win — and every loss.Although the games are being played in July, August and September, there will be a feel of April and May with every team trying to get out of gate well to avoid stumbling before having a real chance to contend for the postseason. There’s also a chance more than one team can get red-hot and pull away comfortably before the final couple of weeks.last_img read more

Mizzou’s Sam could become NFL’s 1st openly gay player

first_imgIn this Sept. 21, 2013, file photo, Missouri’s Michael Sam (52) sings the school song after Missouri defeated Indiana in an NCAA college football game in Bloomington, Ind. The All-American athlete says he is gay, and the defensive end could become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)Tolerance is about to be tested in the National Football League.And Michael Sam hopes his ability is all that matters, not his sexual orientation.Missouri’s All-America defensive end came out to the entire country Sunday night and could become the first openly gay player in America’s most popular sport.“I just want to go to the team who drafts me,” Sam told ESPN in an interview that aired Sunday, “because that team knows about me, knows that I’m gay, and also knows that I work hard. That’s the team I want to go to.”Nobody has ever done this before.In this Jan. 1, 2014, file photo, Missouri senior defensive lineman Michael Sam speaks to the media during an NCAA college football news conference in Irving, Texas. Sam says he is gay, and he could become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)In interviews with ESPN, The New York Times and Outsports, Sam said publicly for the first time that he was gay. He said he came out to his teammates and coaches at Missouri in August.Sam will participate in the NFL combine later this month in Indianapolis and is projected to be a mid-round draft pick in May.“Hopefully it will be the same like my locker room,” he told ESPN. “It’s a workplace. If you’ve ever been in a Division I or pro locker room, it’s a business place. You want to act professional.”Sam received much public support Sunday night from people throughout the world of sports.“I can’t wait to cheer for whatever lucky team that drafts @MikeSamFootball. Personally I hope he goes to my favorite team. The @Colts” tweeted Jason Collins, the pro basketball player who said publicly last season that he is gay.There also were words of caution.Offensive lineman Frank Garcia, who played nine seasons (1995-2003) in the NFL with the Panthers, Rams and Cardinals, said Sam could face “huge challenges” in the league.Garcia was teammates and good friends with defensive lineman Esera Tuaolo, who announced he was gay on HBO’s Real Sports in 2002 — three years after he left the NFL.Garcia said although he and Tuaolo regularly hung out as teammates in Carolina in 1999, Tuaolo never once let on that he was gay.“I think a lot of guys in the NFL are going to say they will accept it, but there are a lot of guys who won’t,” said Garcia, now a sports radio show host with WFNZ-AM in Charlotte. “The reality is Michael Sam is going to open himself up to a lot of criticism and a lot of challenges. Those are challenges most gay people have to go through, but when you are dealing with alpha males and some meatheads in an NFL locker room it’s amplified. And there are some guys who have strong religious beliefs, too, so he’s going to be judged. He’s going to face some things that are going to be very difficult to overcome.”The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Sam participated in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., last month after leading the Southeastern Conference in sacks (11.5) and tackles for loss (19). He was the SEC defensive player of the year.There have been a few NFL players who have come out after their playing days, including Kwame Harris and Dave Kopay.Collins, a 35-year-old backup center, came out after last season when he was a free agent and was not signed this season. MLS star and U.S. national team player Robbie Rogers also came out a year ago.“His courage will inspire millions to live their truth,” Rogers tweeted about Sam.Division III Willamette kicker Conner Mertens, a redshirt freshman, said last month he was bisexual.“We admire Michael Sam’s honesty and courage,” the NFL said in statement. “Michael is a football player. Any player with ability and determination can succeed in the NFL. We look forward to welcoming and supporting Michael Sam in 2014.”Sam’s announcement comes at a time gay rights and sports have collided at the Olympics in Sochi. Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law has received much attention, and criticism, because of the games.“By rewriting the script for countless young athletes, Michael has demonstrated the leadership that, along with his impressive skills on the field, makes him a natural fit for the NFL,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, president of GLAAD, a leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization. “With acceptance of LGBT people rising across our coasts — in our schools, churches, and workplaces — it’s clear that America is ready for an openly gay football star.”The NFL’s sexual orientation, anti-discrimination and harassment policy states:“Coaches, General Managers and others responsible for interviewing and hiring draft-eligible players and free agents must not seek information concerning or make personnel decisions based on a player’s sexual orientation. This includes asking questions during an interview that suggest that the player’s sexual orientation will be a factor in the decision to draft or sign him.“Examples: Do you like women or men? How well do you do with the ladies? Do you have a girlfriend?”Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams tweeted:  “I could care less about a man’s sexual preference! i care about winning games and being respectful in the locker room!”Williams’ teammate, cornerback Drayton Florence, posted on his Twitter account: “No comment but it can be a distraction in the locker room. At least he’s open with it much respect!”___AP Sports Writer Steve Reed in Charlotte, N.C., contributed to this report.___Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAPlast_img read more