Iraqi security forces attack reporters covering protests

first_img Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” IraqMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Internet News Members of several TV crews were injured in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square on 1 October when they tried to film demonstrators being driven back by teargas. “Coverage of demonstrations is very difficult and different from the usual coverage of events because the crackdown on the protesters automatically affects the journalists,” Dijlah TV’s Mazen Alwan told Iraq’s National Union of Journalists. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the many attacks on journalists by security forces during the past three days of anti-corruption protests in Iraq. They constitute a disproportionate and unwarranted restriction of the right to inform, RSF said. Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Help by sharing this information While covering a demonstration on 2 October in Tayeran Square, another prominent Baghdad location, Al Rasheed TV’s Arshad Al-Hakem was arrested by police and was held for held for several hours. Two other journalists, Ahmed Al-Rekabee and Ali Fadhel, were also detained. The provincial council in neighbouring Al-Anbar province meanwhile issued an order banning “all media activity.” News “This reaction against journalists by the authorities is disproportionate and unjustified,” said Sabrina Bennoui, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “Instead of banning all journalistic activities, the security forces and local authorities have a duty to guarantee the safety of journalists so that they can do their reporting.” The authorities have blocked access to various social networks including Facebook and WhatsApp since 2 October, the second day of the protests, but Iraqis continue to disseminate information about the protests by using servers that allow them to circumvent the blocking. Iraq is ranked 156th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. to go further December 28, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Iraq February 15, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News In Diwaniyah, 180 km south of Baghdad, several sources reported that a special forces unit prevented journalists from working. A video shows Dijlah TV reporter Zaid Al-Fatlawi being grabbed and hit by this unit while others intervened. “He’s a journalist!” someone can be heard saying. The video ends when a soldier put his hand over the lens and orders the person filming to stop. Organisation Receive email alerts IraqMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Internet News October 4, 2019 Iraqi security forces attack reporters covering protests Reporters for at least 14 media outlets have been the targets of these attacks, which began on 1 October, the days the protests suddenly erupted, and have taken place throughout the country. December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Gardai question male over mugging of school children

first_img Previous articleBody recovered from River Shannon during searchesNext articleRacing – Free Race Day at Limerick Racecourse Staff Reporter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR First Irish death from Coronavirus TAGSfeatured Print Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended No vaccines in Limerick yet NewsGardai question male over mugging of school childrenBy Staff Reporter – January 25, 2016 958 Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Linkedincenter_img Twitter WhatsApp Advertisement Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL Email Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A MAN remains in Garda custody in Limerick following the robbery of three children on their way to school this Monday.Gardai say that a man approached the three secondary school children as they walked to school at around 8:30am.The three children were on a walkway linking Lee Estate and O’Dwyer’s Bridge.It is understood that two boys and one girl were walking in the vicinity of Arthlunkard Boat Club when they were approached by a lone male.The man, believed to have been carrying a weapon, threatened the three and stole a small amount of cash and a mobile phone from each child.The children were said to have been extremely upset and traumatised by the events.Gardai, following an alert to the incident, arrested a man in his 20s and he was brought to Mayorstone Garda Station for questioning.CCTV footage has been harvested from the area and initial searches were carried out In a bid to locate any of the stolen items and any suspected weapon used.Gardai at Mayorstone area appealing for the help of the public who may have witnessed the incident during the height of rush-hour to contact them on 061 456980. Facebooklast_img read more

Watch Live: Whelen Southern Modified race

first_img MORE: WATCH: Kenseth, Logano have pit road problems Live from Charlotte Motor Speedway “Quote.”— Quote author READ: Kansas curse hits Busch again center_img WATCH: Patrick slams into wall on opening lap Watch: Whelen Southern Modified Tour race, 8:30 p.m. ET WATCH: Final Laps: Harvick wins at Kansaslast_img

Marilyn Manson Officially Postpones Nine Shows Following Onstage Injury In NYC

first_imgMarilyn Manson has officially postponed several of his upcoming tour dates after suffering an onstage injury last night at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. According to a statement from his camp, Manson’s shows from October 2-14 will be rescheduled. “Manson hopes to return to the stage soon, more details on upcoming shows to follow,” writes his representative. Following his injury, Manson was treated at a local New York hospital and plans to recuperate at his Los Angeles home. This was his second onstage injury in as many days, as he hurt his ankle the previous night in Pittsburgh as well.Marilyn Manson Crushed By Giant Gun-Shaped Stage Prop In NYC, Cancels Show [Watch]The injury occurred during Manson’s cover of the Eurythmics‘s “Sween Dreams (Are Made of This),” when he attempted to climb a piece of his stage set shaped like two large pistols, and the prop fell down on top of him. Stage hands quickly picked it up and helped him offstage. He was forced to cancel the remainder of the show. At the time, a rep for Manson told Variety, “Manson suffered an injury towards the end of an incredible NYC show. He is being treated at a local hospital.”“The shows from Boston, October 2 through Houston, October 14 will be rescheduled for a later date. Manson hopes to return to the stage soon, more details on upcoming shows to follow.” According to an announcement from The Paramount in Huntington, New York, tickets for Manson’s scheduled October 3rd performance will be accepted at the rescheduled date once it is determined, with no exchange necessary. For specific info regarding tickets for any of the rescheduled shows, contact the respective venues.Manson’s 10th album, Heaven Upside Down, will be released this Friday, Oct 6 via Loma Vista. To stay updated on Marilyn’s injuries and official announcements about the rescheduled shows, head to his website.We wish Marilyn Manson a very speedy recovery![via Deadline]last_img read more

Far East giant plans £300m UK assault

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first_img 28 Views   no discussions FaithLifestyle Pentecost by: – June 11, 2011 Share Share Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Photo credit: obygrace.orgPentecost is the feast that brings the celebration of Easter to a close. What has drawn to a close, of course, is the liturgy of Easter, not the reality.  Every day remains an Easter day, just as every day is a Good Friday, a Christmas day, and a day of Resurrection. Every day Jesus is born or dies or rises or makes us feel the power of the Spirit. Today our focus is on the Spirit, on the promise that we will never lack courage and strength for our lives and our witness.Where do we need strength today? Where do we need sustenance to keep going? Catholics, we are told, are decreasing in number in country after country in the West. How we understand and respond to this development will vary from place to place, but everywhere there are challenges to be faced and responsibilities to be taken up.It’s clear today that society is no longer self-evidently religious. When I was growing up, faith had a sort of cushion in society. That is no longer the case. Today believers are out there on their own. How do we keep our faith?  How do we equip ourselves for loyalty?Faith today requires a deep, private commitment of one’s own.  One of the changes in the new Missal translation will be the change from ‘We Believe’ in the Creed to ‘I believe.’ That change could not have come at a more appropriate time. ‘We believe’ is a statement of sociology, not a statement of faith.  No one can believe for anyone else. Everyone has to say, for himself or herself, ‘I believe.’How do you keep that faith, how do you stay in touch with your soul?  You are sustained by conscious dialogue with God, by prayer, in other words. Faith would find it difficult to survive otherwise.Prayer is more than saying prayers – we know that, of course –  though if saying prayers is all that you can do at times, that is all you should do.  Prayer today includes with the Bible calls “pondering.” You will recall that it is the word associated with Mary on the presentation of Jesus in the temple. When she heard Simeon’s prophecy, she kept those things in her heart, we are told, and ‘pondered’ them.Pondering is not analyzing or thinking seriously about something.  Pondering is holding something – an issue, a question, or a dilemma – inside of one’s soul, complete with all the tension it involves.  When Mary stands under the Cross of Jesus and watches him die, and there is nothing she can do to save him or even protest his innocence, she is pondering. She is carrying a great tension she is helpless to resolve and must simply live with.One sees the same in the life of Jesus. What was the experience in the garden except that of carrying tension? There’s a necessary connection between sweating blood and keeping faith, keeping commitments sometimes, keeping our own integrity.And what’s the point of it all?  At one level, carrying tensions without wanting easy or premature resolution is a way that we let God be God. In matters we cannot solve, we have to wait until a solution comes to us. Think of Mary, for instance, waiting, doing nothing but waiting, between the crucifixion and the resurrection.Equally important is the fact that pondering represents a process of gestation, the period it takes for important values to be born. ‘Pondering’ the mysteries of life before God, pondering its dilemmas, tragedies, and contradictions, is what changes hurt to forgiveness, anger to compassion, and hatred to love.This we see clearly in the life of Jesus. He was hated; he hated no one; he met with anger; he did not respond with anger; he encountered jealousy and envy; he never passed it on to others. Instead he carried it long enough in himself till he was able to transform it all into forgiveness, compassion and love. Only someone who had carried tension in that way could say: Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.We give birth to values the world desperately needs by pondering, by accepting the pain of the world’s contradictions, its beauty and ugliness, its kindness and evil, respect and dismissal, all the way inside, till we give birth to countervailing values.That is what the Spirit helps us to do today, I think. It gives us courage to meet great challenges, not only with outreach and intramural programs of different kinds, but also with the strength to ‘ponder,’ to await – and facilitate – positive resolution for all our pressing dilemmas.By: Father Henry Charles Ph.dlast_img read more

Allderdice, USO boys lose in PIAA Class AAAA playoffs

first_imgBy Malik VincentAllderdice’s head coach Andre McDonald has been adamant about making his team into a more competitive team on the PIAA ranks.“Every year I think we have what it takes to go deep in the State tournament,” he said in a previous Courier interview.They took a step in the right direction, last year, with a 67-52 first-round PIAA victory against Chartiers Valley. STRONG PERFORMANCE—Robert Bailey of Westinghouse goes to the hoop for two of his 23 points, but it was not enough as the Bulldogs lost a close one to the Beaver Bobcats 51-49 in the PIAA Class AAA playoffs. But a new challenge came into Peabody High School’s gym on March 10 for the Dragons with the arrival of one of Western PA’s leading scorers, Geno Thorpe of Shaler in this year’s state first-round matchup. He’s averaging around 22 per contest.The 6-foot-3 junior Penn State recruit led Shaler, a WPIAL semifinalist, with 20 points on the way to a 57-51 win over the city champs in a Class PIAA Class AAAA first-round game.“As a team, I thought we played well,” Thorpe said. “Though we didn’t shoot well at all in the beginning, we were able to make the necessary adjustments in the second half to be able to get the win.”Those defensive changes, according to Thorpe, was to pay special attention to the city’s leading scorer Justin Dobbs who finished with 12 points.“If (Dobbs) would have caught fire there’s really no telling where the game could have ended up,” he added.Allderdice was led, for the second consecutive game, by sophomore Jevaughn Moultrie’s 19 points. Ben Mickens also chipped in 11 points for the Dragons.“The kids were just looking frustrated out there,” Allderdice athletic director Jerry Haslett said. “Shaler had a good plan to contain Justin and, unfortunately for us, got the win.”He believes their disparity on the state level comes from a lack of overall resources for city athletes.“If you look at kids from the WPIAL as opposed to those from the city, they’re usually much thicker and stronger,” Haslett said. “They’re eating better and lifting more. They’re not eating junk like our kids.”He also acknowledged the city’s lack of viable facilities.“We only have one gym,” he said. “I know for a fact that Shaler has, at least, two. Both the boys and girls basketball team, as well as the wrestling team share our gym in the winter. There are even times when the wrestlers practice in the auditorium, on the stage. And they’re put out whenever the musicians are rehearsing.”The city’s other AAAA representative, USO (University Prep, Sci-Tech, and Obama) was eliminated from the state playoffs with a 79-59 loss to Erie Cathedral Prep on March 10 in front of 1,200 fans at the Hammermill Center at Gannon University. They were led by Deandre Byrd and Dontae Forte who scored 21 and 17 points, each.(Malik Vincent can be reached at [email protected]­ or on Twitter @malikvincent.)last_img read more


first_imgOne of the strongest earthquakes to occur in the world this year has been recorded by a seismometer in Co Donegal.The quake in Pakistan was felt throughout Ireland, according to the Irish National Seismic Network (INSN).Tom Blake, INSN Director confirmed that a earthquake measuring 7.8 magnitude struck at 12.29PM (Irish time) today (Tuesday, 24 September 2013), 145 miles southeast of Dalbandin in Pakistan’s western province of Balochistan. “This potentially damaging earthquake occurred in a remote region of Pakistan but was felt throughout the region, as far away as New Delhi in India,” stated Mr. Blake, who is also Head of the National Data Centre at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS).The earthquake was also recorded by INSN seismometers at Inch in Donegal as well as Dublin, Kerry, Wexford and Galway.Mr. Blake explained that seismometers are so sensitive that they can easily pick up strong seismic activity on the other side of the world.“The Earth is a dynamic planet and susceptible to behaving in a more elastic fashion that one might think. An earthquake has the same effect on the Earth as a pebble does when dropped into a pool,” he added. The DIAS began modern seismic recordings in 1978. The Irish National Seismic Network (INSN) now features six permanent stations in Dublin, Kerry, Galway, Donegal and Wexford. 2013 marks 20 years since the beginning of digital seismic recording of the INSN. For more see  HUGE PAKISTAN EARTHQUAKE RECORDED IN DONEGAL was last modified: September 24th, 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:donegalearthquakeInchPakistanlast_img read more

Sharks won’t have long to get ready for Game 5, it starts at noon Sunday

first_imgST. LOUIS — Unlike Game 4, the Sharks say starting on time won’t be an issue Sunday — even if the opening drop of the puck will be coming a few hours earlier than normal.Game 5 of the Western Conference finals between the Sharks and the St. Louis Blues will start at noon on NBC, a quick turnaround for both teams after Game 4 ended at 9:39 p.m. Central Time on Friday.“We’ve started at every possible time so far this playoffs. It’s something we’re used to,” Barclay Goodrow said Saturday. “We’re …last_img read more

Photo: Ohio State Added Massive Video Board To Indoor Facility, Playing National Title Game On Repeat

first_imgOhio State Football indoor facility has big screen stream National Title game.Ohio State Football Big ScreenOhio State’s football facility, the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, has about everything you can imagine a football facility having. One thing it didn’t have, though, was a video screen resting on one of the walls on the indoor field. Now it does. The Buckeyes have added a big video board on the 50-yard line at Leo Yassenof Field at the WHAC. Unsurprisingly, it appears to be playing the national title game on repeat. Added a big screen video board in the indoor facility. Doing it up big – Buckeye style!— Mark Pantoni (@markpantoni) May 22, 2015LeBron James and Cardale Jones – the two kings of Ohio.last_img read more