Syria : RSF condemns attack by gunmen on Syrian community radio station and its executive director

first_img SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses ViolenceFreedom of expression Help by sharing this information SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses ViolenceFreedom of expression Receive email alerts Organisation News Follow the news on Syria March 8, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns an attack by masked gunmen on independent radio ARTA FM and its director in Amuda, a town in the mainly Kurdish northeastern region of Syria known as Rojava, on the night of 26 April and urges the Kurdish local authorities to investigate. Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists After ambushing ARTA FM director Mohamed Hassan (also known as Sefqan) as he returned home, the gunmen took him to the town cemetery, interrogated him, and threatened to kill him if he did not stop broadcasting.They then went to the radio station and set fire to it, destroying some of the equipment, before making their escape. The fire was put out after the arrival of the police and the Kurdish security forces (Asayesh).“We ask the local authorities to conduct an independent and impartial investigation into this attack on the radio station and its director in order to bring those responsible to justice,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “The local authorities have a duty to protect the work of journalists.”Despite the damage and the ransacking of some of its equipment, the radio continues to broadcast via the Nilesat satellite and to post news reports on its Facebook page.Hassan has filed a complaint with the police and has requested an investigation. He told RSF that the station will continue to broadcast news reports and that “it belongs to no political faction, just to the people.” He added that it was the target of local harassment and that its main support came from international organizations.The Democratic Union Party (PYD), which is the main Syrian Kurdish party and which controls this part of Syria, condemned the attack yesterday and called for a rapid investigation.Journalists are often subject to threats, arrest or even abduction by the Kurdish security forces in Rojava, while the media are also sometimes censored by the local authorities.Rudaw TV, a Kurdish TV channel based in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, and Orient TV, a Syrian opposition TV channel, were banned in August 2015 by the authorities in the Jezireh district of Rojava, who accused them of broadcasting false information and encouraging violence and discord. The same two TV channels were also banned in Kobane in February 2016.Because of the differences between the Kurdish authorities in Rojava and the Kurdish authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan, media outlets and journalists on either side are subject to the same difficulties, including arrest, threats and censorship.Syria is ranked 177th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syriacenter_img Arta FM – Facebook Page News April 29, 2016 Syria : RSF condemns attack by gunmen on Syrian community radio station and its executive director March 12, 2021 Find out more News News to go further RSF_en February 3, 2021 Find out more Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime lawlast_img read more

USC Security Roundup

first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Department of Public Safety incident report summary between Monday, Oct. 19, and Tuesday, Oct. 20. Crimes against propertyAt 3:32 p.m. on Oct. 19, a student reported a stolen cell phone from an undisclosed location.At 4:42 p.m. on Oct. 19, a suspect removed a bicycle from 1123 37th Drive.At 4:45 p.m. on Oct. 19, it was reported that an altered USC parking permit caused a staff member’s vehicle to be immobilized.At 7:14 p.m. on Oct. 19, it was reported that three placards were stolen from the fourth floor walls of Albert S. Raubenheimer Music Faculty Memorial Building.At 7:48 p.m. on Oct. 19, it was reported that as a parking gate closed, it caused minor damage to a student’s vehicle.At 12:02 a.m. on Oct. 20, it was reported that a bicycle was reported stolen from Hoffman Hall.At 2:59 a.m. on Oct. 20, it was reported that a University vehicle’s rear driver’s side quarter panel was damaged by unknown means at an unknown location.Miscellaneous incidentsAt 9:26 a.m. on Oct. 19, it was reported that a non-USC male collapsed at Kenneth Norris Jr. Cancer Hospital Research Institute. He was examined and released from the scene.At 12:51 p.m. on Oct. 19, it was reported that a purchase was made at Verna & Peter Dauterive Hall using a counterfeit $50 bill.At 3:32 p.m. on Oct. 19, a student reported that her cell phone was missing.At 7:08 p.m. on Oct. 19, a staff member at Parkside Apartments was transferred to a local hospital after suffering from chest pains.At 9:10 p.m. on Oct. 19, it was reported that a student at Parkside International Residential College was transferred to a local hospital after sustaining a cut to her knee.At 2:49 a.m. on Oct. 20, the contents of a trash bag at Keck Hospital of USC activated a radiation alarm.last_img read more

Safety 101: Hawkins impresses in first start

first_imgWhen asking about redshirt sophomore Chris Hawkins around practice, the thing people will hear about most from USC coaches is undoubtedly his football IQ.“It’s just being in my playbook and studying the opponent,” Hawkins said after Wednesday’s practice.  “I study them nonstop. When I am not in class, I constantly have my iPad open, looking at the other teams’ tendencies on third down, second down and first down so I am able to really know what they’re trying to do.”In his first game as a starting safety for the Trojan defense, Hawkins collected an interception and fumble recovery in Saturday night’s convincing win against Arkansas State. And while safety was among the potentially problematic positions for USC entering the 2015 season, Hawkins’ recent success in the backfield will surely add depth to coach Keith Heyward’s defensive back unit which also includes freshmen Ykili Ross and Marvell Tell III.“We have a lot of talent back there with Kevon Seymour and the two returning starters,” Hawkins said. “It’s like I am the new guy. But I have to be the quarterback from the back end and that’s what I am really back there for, helping everybody get lined up and knowing exactly where they should be going.”Last season, USC’s secondary ranked 118th in pass defense by allowing almost 275 passing yards per game. But, Saturday night, starting safeties Chris Hawkins and John Plattenburg played superbly, combining for 10 tackles, including one for a loss.“His versatility really helps us,” head coach Steve Sarkisian said after the game. “He has a really high football IQ, and he can help a lot of the younger players in the back end.”Last season, Hawkins saw his first action at USC and played in 11 games as a redshirt freshman, making 32 tackles and one interception. Though he began the season as a starting cornerback, his struggles with adjusting to college play, including penalties, caused him to be replaced by Adoree’ Jackson in the fifth game of the season.Hawkins’s abilities at safety first caught USC coaches’ eyes during last season’s Holiday Bowl when he briefly lined up at the position because the Trojans were short on bodies. Since then, Hawkins has adapted well to his new position, capitalizing on his vast football intelligence even more.“Coach asked me to play safety last spring,” Hawkins said. “I learned it fairly easily, I would say. I had some ups and downs here and there, but I’ve been able to really stick to the position to try to learn everything about it. I feel like I am doing very well so far.”Hawkins has been impressive during the spring and into the fall at the safety position and appears  comfortable playing over the top of the defense.“He’s a natural safety,” outside linebacker Su’a Cravens said. “He knows how to read plays. He’s really good at understanding route concepts and diagnosing routes.”Coming to USC, Hawkins was one of the top corners in the 2013 class out of Rancho Cucamonga High School. His 2012 honors included Prep Star All-American Dream Team, ESPN 150, Rivals 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 and All-CIF Inland Division as a senior cornerback.His USC coaches believe that Hawkins’s famed football IQ can provide a trusted defensive play caller in the backfield.“Chris is a smart player who studies the game extremely hard,” defensive back coach Keith Heyward said after practice Wednesday. “That is what he does and that is what safeties need to do because they have to make the checks and the calls from the backend. He does a great job at that, and he takes it seriously. He has made the adjustment just fine.”Hawkins will certainly look to build off of his most successful first game as a Trojan Saturday night against an Idaho team that struggled with the passing game last season. In 2014, Vandal quarterback Matt Linehan had the third most attempts among freshmen behind only Arizona’a Anu Solomon and Miami’s Brad Kaaya. He completed 58.3 percent of his passes and threw 18 interceptions.When asked about his goals for this upcoming season, Hawkins said he is very focused on doing whatever it takes to help his team win games.“Just to win the Pac-12 championship,” Hawkins said. “I have no individual goals besides that because those will come naturally if I am doing what I am supposed to be doing.”last_img read more


first_imgDonegal’s hottest soccer magazine just got even BIGGER!DFL Magazine returns this month with more of the latest news, reviews and interviews from all Donegal’s soccer leagues, college soccer and Finn Harps.Issue number 5 of DFL Magazine has 50 pages of photos, interviews and reviews of soccer in Donegal. Among the features are:* An interviews with Packie and Denis Bonner* Manager Scope features Cappy Rovers manager Seamus Doherty* Player Scope features Gareth Kerrigan of Milford United. * It also previews Carl McHugh’s recent heroics with Bradford City in the Capital One Cup semi-final in EnglandAll five Issues are published online. Log onto and share us on PACKIE REVEALS ALL IN LATEST EDITION OF DONEGAL FOOTBALL MAGAZINE DFL was last modified: February 1st, 2013 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:DFL magazinePackie Bonnersoccerlast_img read more

Anti-Aids momentum ‘must not be lost’

first_img1 December 2011It has taken 10 years of sustained effort and investment for the world to achieve its current momentum in the fight against HIV/Aids, creating the “very real possibility of getting ahead of the epidemic” – but only if the momentum is not lost, says the United Nations.Growing access to HIV/Aids treatment and prevention services has resulted in a 15 percent decline in new infections over the past decade and a 22 percent drop in Aids-related deaths in the past five years, the United Nations (UN) said on the eve of World Aids Day on Wednesday.“There is now a very real possibility of getting ahead of the epidemic,” the World Health Organisation’s Gottfried Hirnschall said when releasing a report on the global response to the pandemic. “But this can only be achieved by both sustaining and accelerating this momentum over the next decade and beyond.”New science, technologies, approachesAccording to the report, advances in HIV science and programme innovations over the past year have raised hope for further progress in the future.It is crucial that new science, technologies and approaches be applied to improve the efficacy of HIV programmes, especially during the current global economic uncertainty and related austerity measures, said the report.Some of the successes include improved access to HIV testing services, evident in the fact that 61 percent of pregnant women in eastern and southern Africa now receive testing and counselling for HIV, up from 14 percent in 2005.An estimated 48 percent of pregnant women in need of effective medicines to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV received them last year.Antiretroviral therapies (ART), which improve the health and well-being of those infected and stop further HIV transmission, are available now for 6.65-million people in low- and middle-income countries, which account for 47 percent of the 14.2-million people eligible to receive them.Treatment costs outweighed by economic gainsThe report also argues that investment in HIV services could lead to total gains of up to US$34-billion by 2020 in increased economic activity and productivity, more than offsetting the costs of ART programmes, as healthier people are better able to engage in financially gainful activities.Despite the progress, more than half of all infected people in need of antiretroviral therapies in low- and middle-income countries are still unable to access them. Many do not even know that they are infected.Some countries are still not tailoring their programmes to meet the needs of those most at risk or in need. In many cases, vulnerable groups – including adolescent girls, people who inject drugs, men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers, prisoners and migrants – remain unable to access HIV prevention and treatment services, the report notes.Paul De Lay, deputy executive director of UNAids, cautioned that funding shortfalls could undermine efforts to roll back the disease. “To reach these targets, we estimate we need between $22-billion and $24-billion per year by the year 2015,” De Lay said.“Today we are falling short by $7-billion. Now, more than ever, ending Aids requires a unified approach of governments, multilateral agencies, NGOs, foundations, the private sector and individuals.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

a month agoMan Utd release statement to assure supporters of club’s ambitions

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd release statement to assure supporters of club’s ambitionsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have released a statement to assure supporters of the club’s ambitions.In a statement issued to a fans’ forum earlier this month, United sought to assure supporters that on-field success comes before commercial deals for them.A United statement read: “Everyone at the club, from the owners down, is focused on competing for and winning trophies at the highest level. “To do that we have invested heavily in the playing squad and will continue to do so.”At the same time, the exciting pool of talent coming through from our youth and academy sections is a result of increased investment in this area over the last five years. It’s important to note that while our successful commercial operation helps drive that investment, the priority is the focus on achieving success on the pitch.”Similarly, it is worth noting that we are not looking at or buying players based on their commercial appeal. We agree that recruitment is critical. We are committed to getting this right and there has been huge investment in this area to put our recruitment department into a position to be able to deliver the manager the players he wants. This process is significantly more effective than four or five years ago.” last_img read more

5 days agoVardy furious with taunting Burnley fans during Leicester win

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Vardy furious with taunting Burnley fans during Leicester winby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City striker Jamie Vardy was furious with Burnley fans after the visiting fans mocked the striker’s wife for her role in the much-publicised row with Coleen Rooney. Vardy’s wife, Rebekah, was involved in a huge Twitter spat during the international break in which Coleen Rooney, wife of Wayne Rooney, publicly accused Rebekah of leaking private stories about the Rooney family to the press. During Leicester’s win, Burnley fans however took the opportunity to goad Vardy, chanting: ‘Jamie Vardy, your wife is a grass’ while the away side were leading 1-0 in the Premier League game.Vardy equalised for the home side just before the half time break and was quick to run over to the Burnley fans to vent his frustrations at them. last_img read more

Video: Malik Zaire Carried Off Field After Suffering Gruesome Ankle Injury

first_imgMalik Zaire just before suffering gruesome ankle injury.Malik Zaire Ankle InjuryNotre Dame is currently in a dog fight with Virginia, but the outcome of today’s game may not currently be top of mind for Fighting Irish fans. Starting quarterback Malik Zaire appeared to severely injure his ankle late in the third quarter of the team’s contest against the Cavaliers. He was carried off of the field and taken to the locker room by cart.Warning – the below video is a bit graphic. Watch at your own discretion.As the cart comes over, ABC announcers say #NotreDame QB Malik Zaire will be taken off the field for an X-ray.— Carl Deffenbaugh (@CarlDeff) September 12, 2015Notre Dame leads Virginia 19-14. We’ll keep you updated on Zaire’s status.last_img read more