Authorities arrest freelance journalist reporting for France Culture who occasionally works for Le Monde

first_img SyriaMiddle East – North Africa April 14, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities arrest freelance journalist reporting for France Culture who occasionally works for Le Monde News March 8, 2021 Find out more SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Eleven journalists detained as threats to media increaseReporters Without Borders today called on the Syrian government to free nearly a dozen journalists and netizens it has imprisoned as it battles protests against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. “The terror and arbitrary rule must end,” the media freedom organisation said, “and all those held, as well as prisoners of conscience, must be released.”Among journalists and netizens arrested are Algerian freelance reporter Khaled Sid Mohand, who was making documentaries for the French broadcaster France Culture’s “Sur les docks” programme and who also works for the French daily Le Monde. He was picked up on 9 April and is thought be in a Damascus prison.Syrian journalist and writer Fayez Sara was arrested on 11 April in the capital after attending a meeting of the opposition Damascus Declaration National Council. He was earlier arrested in 2008 and imprisoned for two and a half years for signing the Declaration, which calls for lifting the state of emergency, allowing freedom of expression and assembly and the departure of the ruling Assad family. Threats and attacks on journalists have increased during the current unrest and foreign journalists, including those working for the Associated Press and Reuters news agencies, have been deported. Many Syrian journalists and bloggers have also been arrested. The regime is preventing foreign and local journalists from covering demonstrations and some have been physically attacked. Entry visas for foreign journalists are hard to get.Syrians and foreigners living in the country are afraid to speak up and the authorities have imposed a media blackout on the protests and on the brutality of police and troops against demonstrators.Those being held include Wassim Hassan, blogger (since today), Mohamed Zaid Mistou, Syrian-born Norwegian correspondent for the news website (since 7 April), Akram Abu Safi and Sobhie Naeem Al-Assal (since 24 March), Amer Matar, of Al-Hayat (1 April), journalist Zaher Omareen (27 March), journalist and writer Mohamed Dibo (19 March), blogger Ahmed Hadifa (24 March) and Kurdish blogger Kamal Hussein Sheikou (held since 16 March). February 3, 2021 Find out more News Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria RSF_en Newscenter_img Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts to go further Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Follow the news on Syria March 12, 2021 Find out more News Organisation last_img read more

Mets mistakenly announce two living 1969 players as dead

first_img MLB trade rumors: Who are 4 relievers Red Sox could pursue? The Mets honored the 50th anniversary of the 1969 World Series champion team with a series of events, including an emotional tribute that played during Saturday’s game to remember the players that have died. The only problem is the Mets included Jim Gosger, 76, and Jesse Hudson, 70, in the video, but the two are still alive. The Mets paid tribute to Jim Gosger and Jesse Hudson in their 1969 video. But both are alive.— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzYahoo) June 30, 2019“WE REMEMBER” was displayed on a large videoboard next to rotating names and photos, which also included Gosger and Hudson.Once the Mets realized their mistake, they apologized to Gosger, though it’s not yet clear if they made contact with Hudson. Related Newscenter_img MLB trade rumors: Yankees may compete with Astros for Marcus Stroman “I just received a call from the N.Y. Mets,” Gosger  said . “They apologize for the mistake (Saturday). I guess a couple of my friends got through to their office.”The mistake made its rounds on social media as Gosger responded to the blunder.Even the honorary anniversary ceremony was peak Mets. (Gosger goes on to explain on his Facebook that the Mets called to apologize after getting a number of complaints.)— Hannah Keyser (@HannahRKeyser) June 30, 2019last_img read more

“Grim Reaper” Lawyer Stalks Jacksonville Beachgoers

first_imgJACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. — Beachgoers this Fourth of July weekend were haunted by the morbid specter of a rather morbid sight on Jacksonville Beach.They were greeted by an attorney dressed as none other than the Grim Reaper.Daniel Uhlfelder, an attorney based in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, donned on the garb of the symbol of death as a way to spread awareness that Florida is still battling the deadly coronavirus, despite the state’s phased reopening.“I talked to some millennials in their 20s who wanted to talk about why I was doing this, why they may disagree with certain parts of it,” he told First Coast News.Friday’s stop was part of his “Florida Grim Reaper Tour,” which he launched back in May around Phase 1 of reopening. He started in the Florida Panhandle to beaches all over South Florida.According to his Twitter page, Uhlfelder’s scythe-wielding persona is his way speaking out against Gov. Ron DeSantis’ handling of the global pandemic, as well as his attempt at fighting “misinformation and warn people about the dangers of COVID-19 as Florida becomes [an] epicenter.”“I tried a social media campaign, I tried suing the governor to close the beaches and do a stay at home order,” he said.“We have to take this into our own hands, unfortunately, because our leaders aren’t doing the right thing,” Uhlfelder told USA Today back in May.At Jacksonville Beach some were not happy to see Uhlfelder dressed in black robes mingling among the bathing suit clad beach goers. In fact the police had to intervene in a dispute between him and another man per his request.“I had a very good open discussion with a lot of people, but then there are some detractors that are just trolls,” he said. “But they don’t bother me, so.”Story continues below.Florida has seen a growing trend of positive COVID-19 cases with numbers surpassing the state’s initial peak back in April. Over the past two weeks alone, July 2 marked the 10th straight day where the number of newly reported coronavirus cases was more than 5,000.last_img read more

Preschoolers may predict when adults will catch flu

first_imgPreschoolers may signal the arrival of flu season: Thirty days after hacking 3- and 4-year-olds start showing up in doctors’ offices and emergency rooms, flu-ridden adults follow. It’s a provocative discovery sure to bolster growing calls to vaccinate more healthy children against influenza – to help keep the misery from spreading. Moreover, researchers using a system that almost instantly tracks Boston-area health care found that a spike in respiratory illness among youngsters less than 5 predicts that about five weeks later, influenza-related deaths among the elderly will peak. The study doesn’t prove preschoolers actually drive each winter’s flu epidemic, just that they’re harbingers for waves of illness. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “What we think is most likely is that 3- and 4-year-olds are early spreaders of influenza because of the preschool setting,” said John Brownstein, an epidemiologist at Children’s Hospital of Boston and co-author of the new study. Brownstein calls the close quarters of preschool and day care, full of kids who don’t yet cover their sneezes and are apt to pick their noses, “hotbeds of infection.” Regular schools are too, caution other experts who cite evidence that school-age children might be the biggest influenza spreaders. Older children may have better hygiene, but the 5- to 18-year-old population is much larger and more active in the community, giving it greater contact with the elderly who are most vulnerable to influenza, explains flu specialist Ira Longini, a biostatistician at Emory University. Healthy children older than 2 aren’t on the government’s list of flu-shot targets each year because they’re typically strong enough to fight off the virus without complications. Parents can choose to get them vaccinated anyway, as supplies allow.last_img read more

May 10 numbers bearish

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Doug Tenney, Leist MercantileEnding stocks were bigger than expected all across the board for both old and new.It’s been a crazy week for grain prices, unfortunately a down week. Producers have been active with field preparations and most of all, planting finally taking place. However, at least for Ohio, it has not been a full week of planting for everyone. Old crop corn ending stocks were 2.095 billion bushels, last month 2.035 billion bushels. Soybean ending stocks were 995 million bushels, last month 895 million bushels. Wheat ending stocks were 1.127 billion bushels, last month 1.087 billion bushels. Looking ahead to 2019 crops, corn ending stocks were 2.485 billion bushels, soybeans 970 million bushels, with wheat at 1.141 billion bushels. This report today was a supply and demand report which also includes the first report for 2019 crops. In a first ever, world grain tables without China are also detailed. This change was announced months ago. Prior to the report, corn was up 1 cent, soybeans down 2 cents, and wheat up 2 cents. Following the report corn was down 6 cents, soybeans down 5 cents, and wheat down 5 cents.Without doubt, the biggest news this week has been the President Trump tweet on Sunday announcing China was not standing by previously agreed to commitments produced with the month’s long trade talks. Grain prices for Sunday night had been called steady to slightly higher prior to this tweet. Instead, corn, soybeans, and wheat were all lower on the Monday close. Further details have followed this week which indicate that a diplomatic cable from Beijing arrived in Washington, D.C. late last Friday night. It included a multitude of edits to the nearly 150-page draft agreement. In addition, the document was riddled with reversals from China on previously agreed to wording in the seven chapters of the draft trade document. These changes prompted the action taken by President Trump.Mid-morning today, July CBOT corn was $3.53 ½, down from last Friday’s close of $3.70 ¾. July CBOT soybeans were $8.10 and compares to last Friday at $8.42 ¼. July CBOT wheat was $4.31, last Friday it closed at $4.38. The uncertain trade talks, as well as weather permitting more active fieldwork next week, along with disappointing U.S. grain export sales from Thursday, all contributed to the price declines on Thursday.On May 10 at 12:01 am the U.S. put a 25% tariff on $200 billion of China goods imported into the U.S. The previous tariff had been 10%. This follows what President Trump said he would do earlier in the week if there was not a U.S./China trade agreement taking place. He was concerned progress was taking place at too slow of a pace. The Chinese trade delegation did indeed come to the U.S. this week as scheduled for further trade talks with discussions taking place for a shorter period than earlier indicated. It is interesting to note that while the additional tariffs took place this morning, there was a dinner Thursday night between both sides. In addition, trade talks are continuing into today. It would seem encouraging that China did not just cancel their trip and say, “See you later.” Earlier rhetoric this week from China indicated that if the current trade talks failed, they would not be at the table until after the 2020 U.S. presidential election. China also mid-week asked for the U.S. to meet them halfway and denied backtracking from the previous draft agreements. The saga continues.The U.S. Midwest weather forecast has a slightly drier pattern for next week compared to just a few days ago. Good soaking rains are expected to return to the western Midwest near the end of next week. Unless there is a huge surprise in the corn planting progress this week, the Monday, May 13 crop progress report could show well less than 50% of the U.S. corn has been planted. U.S. corn planting progress as of the May 6 weekly report was 23% while the 5-year average was 46%. Soybeans planted were just 6% with the 5-year average at 14%.last_img read more

Security beefed, alert issued across Delhi, Punjab after Ram Rahim case verdict

first_imgFollowing the conviction of Gurmeet Ram Rahim in a rape case, arson was reported from various parts in the national Capital. An alert was also sounded on the outskirts of Delhi in Ghaziabad and Noida, where section 144 was imposed.Areas of West Delhi, Outer Delhi and South-West Delhi remained tensed since Friday evening. A senior police officer said security in all bordering areas in Delhi has been stepped up.”An alert has been issued in all police stations and sufficient arrangements have been made to tackle any untoward incidents,” said a senior police officer from of outer Delhi.”Few properties were set on fire in areas of Khyala and Manglapuri in West Delhi. Two buses were set on fire in Jahangirpuri, two in Jyoti Nagar and one in Badarpur. Also, Rewa Express stationed in the yard at Anand Vihar railway station was set on fire after the verdict,” a senior police officer said.”In Khyala, we arrested two men. They tried to set a DTC bus on fire, but managed to burn only some seats. In Badarpur, some miscreants had barely set a seat on fire when local police prevented further arson. The situation is under control,” said Madhur Verma, Delhi Police PRO.In Punjab, Dera supporters set on fire Moga, Malout and Balluanna railway stations in Punjab. Dera protesters tried to torch a school in Rajpura in Patiala but police controlled the situation. There have been 64 instances of violence in Punjab till last reports came in. In Barnala, a telephone exchange was torched by Dera protesters in Chananwal village. A power house and the tehsil office was torched in Sangrur, Punjab.advertisementAs a precautionary measure, the government sounded an alert in all adjoining districts of Uttar Pradesh to ensure that the violence doesn’t spill over. Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh sent out a message asking all Punjabis to maintain peace and harmony in the state. He said he won’t allow anyone to disturb peace and tranquility.Curfew was imposed in Punjab’s Bathinda after reports of violence. Incidents of stone-pelting was reported at several places near the Dera ashram. Police resorted to lathicharge to disperse the crowd. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and L-G Anil Baijal too urged everyone to stay calm and maintain peace.Also ReadRam Rahim verdict aftermath: Blood sport across 3 states in baba’s name Sakshi Maharaj embarasses BJP by supporting Ram Rahim, claims only 1 person against Dera chiefRam Rahim followers go on rampage in Haryana, Punjab after Dera Sacha Sauda chief gets convicted for rape; 30 deadlast_img read more

10 months agoGladbach table cash bid for West Ham defender Reece Oxford

first_imgGladbach table cash bid for West Ham defender Reece Oxfordby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Monchengladbach have tabled a cash bid to West Ham for Reece Oxford.The England U21 international spent last season on-loan at Gladbach, where he impressed, before choosing to stay with the Hammers this term.However, after a lack of playing chances under manager Manuel Pellegrini, Oxford is now prepared to leave this month.BILD says Gladbach are eager to re-sign Oxford and have tabled a €12m bid for the youngster.Gladbach chief Max Eberl wants to bring back Oxford primarily as a centre-half, where they’re short of options. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Football Meyer knew of 2009 domestic violence allegations involving Zach Smith

OSU coaches Tony Alford (left) and Zach Smith stand together before the Buckeyes game against Rutgers on Oct. 1. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State announced Monday that head coach Urban Meyer had fired wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Zach Smith after his ex-wife filed a domestic violence civil protection order against him Monday. While addressing the media at the podium at the 2018 Big Ten Media Days, Meyer said he was aware of the 2009 incident involving Smith when he was an intern under him at Florida. A Gainesville, Florida police report states Smith was arrested and charged with aggravated battery of a pregnant woman. Meyer said he was contacted about the situation in 2009 and stands by Smith, despite terminating him from his role. “We’re certainly not going to investigate,” Meyer said. “It came back to me that what was reported wasn’t actually what happened.” The police report obtained by The Lantern states that Smith, “grabbed the victim by her t-shirt, picked her up and threw her into a bedroom wall.”Meyer said he would not get into specifics on what happened in the alleged incident involving Smith, saying, “The decision was made. I think the details I’m obligated to give, I gave.” This is the first time Meyer had to fire one of his assistant coaches. Meyer referenced this, mentioning turnover in terms of promotions from assistant coaches to head coaches or promotions to the NFL. Despite the situation, Meyer praised his coaching staff, saying the coaches are well-equipped to take over in the present after Smith’s firing. “This is the best group of young coaches I’ve had on both sides of the ball,” Meyer said. “And they’re very involved with our preparation game plan and development of our players.” Meyer said that the coaching change will be addressed and released in the coming week. read more

Abelardo Alaves are having an extraordinary season

first_imgDeportivo Alaves boss Abelardo Fernandez believes nothing can take away what they’ve already achieved, despite missing out on top spot in La Liga on FridayAlaves suffered a 1-0 defeat to Leganes with Youssef En-Nesyri’s goal just before the break proving to be the difference in the end.Despite their best efforts at Butarque, Alaves were unable to find an equaliser and missed out on the chance of leapfrogging Barcelona at the top of La Liga.But Abelardo admits, in a league as competitive as La Liga, you can’t win every time.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We have to give the boys credit, it’s very hard for a team like Alaves to win in the top flight,” said Abelardo, according to La Vanguardia.“It’s a very tough competition, the best league in the world. Our team is having an extraordinary season.“This was an equal game, we knew Leganes would be physical and direct.”Barcelona will travel to third-placed Atletico Madrid today.last_img read more

San Diego City Council votes in favor of putting measure to increase

first_img Updated: 10:19 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego City Council voted 5-4 today to place an initiative on the 2020 primary ballot that would raise hotel taxes to fund a convention center expansion, homeless services and infrastructure improvements.The tax increase proposed by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer would raise the city’s transient occupancy tax from 10.5 percent to as high as 15.75 percent in certain areas of the city, which would reap an estimated $5.9 billion over 42 years from the hike.The city attorney’s office still needs to draft the initiative, which is expected to be presented to the council for approval this fall. The funding would allow the city to purchase a parcel of land adjacent to the convention center that is currently owned by Fifth Avenue Landing. Once it purchases the land, the city would expand the convention center by roughly 400,000 square feet, from roughly 800,000 square feet to about 1.2 million square feet.The land cost is expected to be roughly $30 million, part of an estimated allocation of $3.5 billion for the purchase and convention center upkeep and marketing. Roughly $1.8 billion of the initiative’s remaining revenue would fund the city’s homeless services and shelters, while $551 million would be allocated for repairs to the city’s network of roads.The council voted to waive a rule added to the city charter via 2016’s Measure L, which stated that citizens’ initiatives must be put on the ballot during a November election rather than a primary election, when turnout is generally lower. The City Council has the power to circumvent that mandate, however, leading to another major vote on one of Faulconer’s signature issues.“I’m not sure how many times I’ve voted on the convention center expansion now, but it’s got to be at least a couple dozen,” said City Councilman Mark Kersey, who voted in favor. “Hopefully this will be among the last times.”Faulconer aimed to get a similar imitative on the November 2018 ballot, but that effort suffered a major blow in August when the city clerk’s office determined that it fell short of the minimum number of required valid signatures.Faulconer then pivoted to an 11th-hour plan of proposing that the City Council waive its rules that govern the ballot initiative process to foist the proposal onto the ballot anyway. That plan also failed, but the measure easily qualified for either 2020 ballot.The plan to expand the convention center has been further complicated by Fifth Avenue Landing’s interest in building a hotel on the site if the city’s plan flounders.The city had an agreement with Fifth Avenue Landing in August to begin making payments on the land purchase, contingent upon the initiative’s placement on the 2018 ballot. The city stopped making those payments last month, leading Fifth Avenue Landing to proceed with the hotel plan.The Port of San Diego, which oversees the land the convention center and Fifth Avenue Landing sit on, is scheduled to discuss and vote on the hotel proposal next month. It remains unclear how the city and Fifth Avenue Landing would proceed if the initiative passes and the hotel proposal is approved by the port and the California Coastal Commission.City Council President Georgette Gomez voted against waiving the council’s rules in August to put the measure on the ballot but broke with most of her Democratic allies on the technically nonpartisan council to vote in favor of putting it before voters on the March 2020 state primary ballot.“Early on when I was elected unanimously to lead the council, I laid out a work plan and within that work plan, I spelled out some priorities,” Gomez said. “And those priorities, at the end of the day, it includes addressing poverty in our city. … Within that, that leads to having more resources to address those issues and really push policy that will get to creating a San Diego that we all want to be a part of.”Fellow Democratic City Councilwoman Jennifer Campbell also joined Gomez, Kersey and Republican City Council members Scott Sherman and Chris Cate to vote in favor of putting the initiative on the March ballot.Opponents of the vote, including the NAACP of San Diego County and the League of Women Voters of San Diego, argued that there is little urgency to do so, even if it is convenient for the city. They also argued the city is circumventing the democratic process and ignoring the will of the 66 percent of voters who approved Measure L.“This is an extremely important decision, and the voters said make the most important decisions when the most people vote,” said City Councilman Chris Ward. “If we go down this path, Measure L effectively ceases to function at all and I’m not comfortable with my vote today by taking us there.”Alliance San Diego framed the vote as Faulconer attempting to rectify his previous missteps by burying the initiative on a ballot that will likely see lower turnout.“Democracy works best when the most people participate,” said Andrea Guerrero, executive director of Alliance San Diego.Ward and City Council members Barbara Bry, Monica Montgomery and Vivian Moreno — all Democrats — voted against circumventing Measure L.The initiative will need a two-thirds majority to pass. San Diego City Council votes in favor of putting measure to increase the hotel tax on March 2020 ballot Posted: April 15, 2019 KUSI Newsroom center_img KUSI Newsroom, April 15, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more