Free Syrian Army faction releases kidnapped Lebanese journalist

first_img Follow the news on Syria to go further Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that the Lebanese journalist Fidaa Itani was released on the night of 31 October, six days after being abducted by the Northern Storm Brigade, an armed group based in Aazaz, to the north of Aleppo, that is affiliated to the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA).“I was kidnapped on 25 October at Bab Al-Salami, a checkpoint between the Turkish border and the town of Aazaz,” Itani told Reporters Without Borders. “I was taken blindfolded to an unknown location and put in a cell, where I remained for the duration of my captivity. So I was not placed under ‘house arrest.’“Aside from being a captive and the poor quality of the food and water, I was treated acceptably. When I was interrogated, my abductors asked me many questions about by relations with the Assad regime and Hezbollah. I explained to them that in my work I have always been on good terms with the FSA. After six days, they finally released me near the Turkish border.”Here is the account he gave to LBCI:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Awb7GvXHfp8&feature=player_embedded#!Reporters Without Borders points out that the FSA’s code of conduct says it is supposed to ensure the safety and protection of civilians.. This includes journalists, both Syrian and foreign ones. The FSA high command must firmly and publicly condemn the abduction of journalists by its member organizations. Filmed forced statements must also be banned.Four foreign journalists still held by their abductors:- Ankhar Kochneva, a Ukrainian journalist who has worked for many Russian news media, especially as an interpreter, was kidnapped by an FSA faction on 9 October. She was able to confirm by telephone the same day that she had been taken hostage. And then, on 12 and 13 October, she was able to contact NTV, one of the Russian media she has worked for as an interpreter. A video was released on 8 November in which she asked the Ukrainian, Russian and Syrian authorities to agree to her captors’ demands.- Cüneyt Ünal, a cameraman working for US-funded Al-Hurra TV, was abducted in Aleppo on 20 August. He appeared in video footage broadcast by the Syrian pro-government TV station Al-Ikhbariya six days later that showed him looking tired and with bruises under both eyes. The Turkish humanitarian organization IHH posted a photo of him on its website on 27 October. It was dated 24 October and was obtained by an IHH delegation while visiting a detention centre.- Fahmi Al-Kadumi, a Jordanian reporter working for Al-Hurra, also went missing in Aleppo on 20 August, at the same time as his colleague, Cüneyt Ünal. He was reportedly admitted to a hospital in Damascus for treatment to a shoulder injury and is now thought to be held by the Syrian authorities, although an information ministry communiqué on 4 September denied this.- Austin Tice, a US freelancer who worked for the Washington Post, Al-Jazeera English and McClatchy, went missing while reporting in a Damascus suburb on 13 August. A video showing him held by Jihadis was posted online on 26 September. The only sign of life since his disappearance, it gave no indication as to where he is currently being held, exactly who is holding him and what their demands are. His parents gave a news conference in Beirut on 12 November to request his release.At least 23 professional journalists and 19 citizen-journalists are meanwhile currently being held in government prisons in Syria. Organisation News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Related documents 121113_syrie_ar.pdfPDF – 47.78 KB Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information RSF_en News March 8, 2021 Find out more News March 12, 2021 Find out more SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria News November 14, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Free Syrian Army faction releases kidnapped Lebanese journalist February 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Area Boys Basketball Scores (2-1)

first_imgArea Boys Basketball ScoresThursday  (2-1)Batesville  62     South Dearborn  46East Central  87     Lawrenceburg  79Franklin County  58     North Decatur  39Jac-Cen-Del  64     South Decatur  45SW Hanover  65     South Ripley  38Milan  65     Rising Sun  55Rushville  63     Greensburg  60Christian Academy  71     Shawe Memorial  35Scottsburg  54     Switz. County  51Hauser  64     SW Shelby  33Morristown  79     Greenwood Christian  71Union County  63     Cambridge City Lincoln  38New Albany  102     Jennings County  52Seymour  37     Madison  33last_img

Nationals injury updates: Max Scherzer nearing return; Sean Doolittle placed on injured list

first_imgScherzer, 35, has been out since July 25 with an upper-back strain. He threw a simulated game this weekend and is “probable” to start Thursday against the Pirates.Max Scherzer is probable to come off the injured list to start Thursday against the Pirates, per Dave Martinez.— Jamal Collier (@JamalCollier) August 18, 2019“I feel good,” Scherzer said, via NBC Sports Washington. “Kind of do my normal little tests, move my arm and go through the throwing motion, so I feel good. I’m basically sore today the way I should be sore, given that and all the treatment we did yesterday and throwing a sim game. Like everything feels right where it should be. There’s no extra soreness other than what I anticipated. To me, that’s right-on par.” Related News Mets’ Pete Alonso breaks National League rookie home run record Joey Votto injury update: Reds place infielder (back) on 10-day IL The Nationals received some mixed injury news Sunday.Washington ace Max Scherzer is nearing his return to the rotation, manager Dave Martinez told reporters. But, the team also announced it had placed Sean Doolittle on the 10-day injured list with right knee tendinitis. Juan Soto injury update: Nationals outfielder considered ‘day to day’ with ankle sprain “(Saturday) I just didn’t have anything,” Doolittle said after the game. “So, yeah, we’re going to have to figure something out. I’m going to have to figure something out because this team, they deserve better right now.”The Nationals topped Milwaukee, 16-8, on Sunday and finished play leading the National League wild-card race with a 67-56 record. Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young winner, has a 9-5 record with a 2.41 ERA in 20 starts so far this season.“The toughest part about this whole thing is I feel like the carrot’s right in front of my face,” Scherzer said. “That it’s such day to day that any day it could turn and you always wake up every single day thinking today’s the day that you’re going to wake up and not feel anything and you’re going to go out there and you’re going to throw it and you’re going to feel no pain whatsoever. And you go off running because it’s not a serious injury. That’s been the most frustrating part.”Meanwhile, Doolittle, 32, has struggled recently and holds a 4.33 ERA and 28 saves in 54 appearances. He allowed four runs and blew a save in his latest appearance Saturday against the Brewers.last_img read more

Rahaman family lights up 54-foot artificial Christmas tree

first_imgHundreds turned out yesterday to witness the grand lighting up of the 54-foot artificial Christmas tree at Rahaman’s Park, Greater Georgetown.This is the 12th year for the event, and according to the Rahamans, it is one that people look forward to. Delivering brief remarks, Business Minister Dominique Gaskin commended the Rahaman family for hosting the event for the 12th consecutive year, and thanked the contributors who come together every year to witness the tree being lit.“Every Christmas, this spot becomes the real entrance to Georgetown, especially at nights, when this beautiful tree is lit,” he said.Minister Gaskin underscored that, during this season, everyone is urged to put aside their differences and “share the Christmas spirit across our beautiful multi-ethnic country”.He posited, too, that the message of peace and goodwill is “extremely important for nation building”.“(It is important) not only to have the economy growing, and for us to improve our social services, but for us also to integrate more and more with each other,” he offered.The event featured performances by the choirs of the Eccles Assembly of God Church, the Bishops’ High School, the Success Elementary School and the Brickdam Cathedral. In addition, a Linden masquerade band performed for those who were present at the event.last_img read more

South Africa supports Nigerian tragedy families

first_imgSouth Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation has had an overwhelming response from people whose loved ones are still missing after the building collapse at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria, on 12 September.“Since the appeal made for family members to send photographs of their affected loved ones to the Operations Centre at Dirco, we have received an overwhelmingly positive response and we appreciate this gesture of cooperation,” the department said in a statement on Thursday.“We have forwarded the pictures to the South African Consulate in Nigeria and the team on the ground in Lagos is making use of the pictures in the process of identifying those of our fallen compatriots, who can still be identified through the use of photographs.“We understand that some of the bodies may take a while to be positively identified due to the nature and extent of the calamity.”Dirco’s operations centre to help families affected by the tragedy can be contacted on 012 351 1000. Its newly set up operations room in Pretoria also provides consular services and advice to families, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The public can contact the department on the following numbers:012 351 0924012 351 1757012 351 1262012 351 1623Assessment team in NigeriaAccording to the South African consulate in Lagos, there were 349 South Africans visiting the church at the time of the incident. Of these, 265 were found alive.That leaves 84 unaccounted for. The number of South Africans confirmed dead, according to the South African mission in Nigeria, currently stands at 67.The mission said 10 bodies have been positively identified as South African citizens by reference to identity documents found on their bodies. The families of the deceased have been informed. Social workers are available at the Dirco operation centre and OR Tambo International Airport to provide support to these families.Once the deceased have been positively identified, the government will ensure their remains are returned home.The South African high commissioner and consul-general have been working the church’s leadership and other authorities, visiting the scene and going to hospitals and mortuaries to identify those nationals injured or killed.In Pretoria, the 24-hour operations centre is relaying information from Nigeria to families, as well as receiving information from families and sharing the information with the team on the ground in Lagos.Task teamAn inter-departmental team has been put together and the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure has also been activated to provide technical assistance and support to the victims and their families.The team is led by Jeff Radebe, the minister in the presidency, and is made up of a number of ministers of national departments. It will lead efforts to support the families and manage the impact of the tragedy.An assessment team has arrived in Lagos to evaluate the situation on the ground. This will give feedback to the government on the arrangements needed to treat or bring home the injured. It will also work with Nigerian authorities to return the dead to South Africa.“Our thoughts are with the families, friends and colleagues that have lost their loved ones in this heart-breaking tragedy,” Dirco said.“The whole nation shares the pain of the mothers, fathers, daughters and sons, who have lost their loved ones. We are all in grief. This is a time for all of us to work together to bring comfort and support to the affected families during this difficult time.”SANews.gov.za and SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Warriors, Wolves, Wizards each get 2 NBA All-Star reserves

first_imgThe Minnesota Timberwolves and Washington Wizards also had two reserves selected, and they will go into the pool of players that Curry and fellow captain LeBron James can draft to comprise the teams for the Feb. 18 game in Los Angeles. Their rosters will be unveiled Thursday, though the selection process won’t be televised.Minnesota’s Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns were chosen from the Western Conference, along with Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge and Portland’s Damian Lillard.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBesides Washington’s John Wall and Bradley Beal, the rest of the Eastern Conference reserves were Boston’s Al Horford, Cleveland’s Kevin Love, New York’s Kristaps Porzingis, Toronto’s Kyle Lowry and Indiana’s Victor Oladipo.The starters were announced last week. Curry and the Warriors’ Kevin Durant joined Houston’s James Harden and New Orleans’ Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins from the West, while the East players besides James were Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Boston’s Kyrie Irving, Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan and Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid. Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH James and Curry earned the captain spots by being the leading vote-getters in fan balloting in each conference. They will not have to stick to conference affiliation when drafting their teams.James will have the first pick after receiving the most total votes. After the starters are chosen, Curry will have the first pick among the reserves.Beal, Oladipo, Porzingis and Towns were all first-time selections. Every other reserve will be making at least his third All-Star appearance.The reserves were voted upon by the head coaches in each conference, who had to select two guards, three frontcourt players and two other players regardless of position. They were prohibited for voting for their own players.Players having strong seasons who didn’t make the cut included Detroit’s Andre Drummond, the NBA’s leading rebounder, Clippers guard Lou Williams, Houston’s Chris Paul and Oklahoma City’s Paul George.ADVERTISEMENT Stephen Curry, Warriors use big second half to beat Knicks John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) is fouled taking a shot by Dallas Mavericks’ Yogi Ferrell (11) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)NEW YORK — Stephen Curry will be able to stock his All-Star roster with plenty of Golden State teammates.Klay Thompson and Draymond Green were chosen as reserves Tuesday, giving the defending NBA champions a record-tying four All-Stars for the second straight year.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View commentscenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

Kaya FC’s U-12 unit goes 2-0 in int’l youth football tilt

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Photo courtesy of Paco GuerreroKaya Futbol Club (FC) Academy’s Under-12 team has raced to a 2-0 start at the Gothia Cup in China.Kaya recorded a convincing 12-0 victory against Beijing’s Sunny Zone team on Monday, and followed it up with a 2-0 beating of Shanxi’s FC Eagle Brothers.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games “We want to show not only China but the rest of the world that we can play good football in the Philippines,” Coach Thomas Pfyl said in a statement on Tuesday.Gothia Cup, which originated in Sweden in 1975, is considered the biggest youth football tournament in the world. Its staging in Asia, which is considered the second biggest in the world, was first held in Shenyang, China last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsLast year, Kaya FC was the only Philippine team in the tournament. They finished in the top 16 out of the 32 teams in their age group. This year, the Quezon City Football Club also joined the Cup. IDLPhoto courtesy of Paco Guerrero PH opens SEAG bid on high note, nips Thailand in water polo MOST READ NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Liverpool and Arsenal target Mahrez to cost £100m

first_imgTransfers Mahrez ‘will cost more than £100m’ in the summer, claims Leicester boss Puel Goal Last updated 1 year ago 02:27 1/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Riyad Mahrez, Leicester City Getty Transfers Leicester City Premier League Riyad Mahrez The Foxes’ manager has hinted at the steep price tag attached to his star midfielder as Arsenal and Liverpool appear interested in a move Leicester City manager Claude Puel believes star attacker Riyad Mahrez could “cost even more than £100 million” in the summer transfer window.Mahrez, 26, has been linked with a move away from the Premier League side, with Arsenal and Liverpool among those reportedly interested.The Algeria international has recaptured some of his best form this season, scoring seven times and assisting seven in 23 league games. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Puel believes Leicester will keep Mahrez through January despite the reported interest from rivals, and the price tag could be big if they sell him next summer.”Maybe in the summer he will cost even more than £100m,” Puel told reporters.  “It’s just rumours, noise about him. “We can see Riyad smile, enjoying his football, enjoying to play with his team-mates.“After the training session he continues to play, I wanted him to stay rested, but it’s perfect.”Riyad Mahrez, Leicester CityMahrez claimed the PFA Players’ Player of the Year Award in 2015-16, when he helped Leicester to a fairytale title success.Puel said the attacker was nearing his best once again and he expects it to continue.”The good ambition for him is to continue this hard work, to show his consistency game after game, until the end of the season,” he said.”He has come back at a good level: he is clinical, with assists, with goals, and it’s important he continues this work and shows people the player he is, without the ball [and] with it.”He is making progress. It’s a good thing of course, [if] he continues all season with us.”last_img read more

10 months agoBeye warns PSG of improving Man Utd

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Beye warns PSG of improving Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Newcastle and Marseille fullback Habib Beye has warned PSG over new-look Manchester United.The two teams will meet in the Champions League round of 16 and Beye says United are a different proposition after the sacking of Jose Mourinho.He told Canal+: “Manchester United remains a big European club. The truth of today will not be that of February. It is true that this team has changed coach. We must not forget the material it has available. “If tomorrow, these players come back to their best levels, we are facing a very high level team. Alexis Sanchez, (Marcus) Rashford or (Romelu) Lukaku are not at their best. Plus defensively, if they cannot solve their problems, it is a team that is fragile and always will be, even changing coach.” last_img read more

10 months agoCrystal Palace boss Hodgson upset for crocked Souare

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace boss Hodgson upset for crocked Souareby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson was upset for Pape Souare after an injury setback in their FA Cup win over Grimsby.Hodgson hopes the injury isn’t serious.He said, “I’m very disappointed for him. I’ve worked with him for over a year and he’s done so well to get back from a horrendous injury, and he’s been out there every day in training trying his very best to get better and show me that he’s a good player. Unfortunately, he’s found a guy like Patrick van Aanholt in front of him.“Today was the day that I was hoping to get him on the field of play and show what he shows us in training and come off the field victorious and happy. To come off injured was a bitter blow, and it was an unfortunate thing where he was bowled over, fell awkwardly and picked up a shoulder injury. I can only hope that he can recover quickly, but it’s not a minor injury; it could keep him out for weeks.” last_img read more