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Journalists constantly prey to grave threats and violence


first_img Receive email alerts December 17, 2019 Find out more LibyaMiddle East – North Africa News Reporters Without Borders is deeply shocked by a series of acts of violence and intimidation targeting Libyan journalists in the last past few weeks.The most recent incident was the abduction of three local TV journalists while they were covering clashes at the Tamehint military base, around 30 km outside the southwestern city of Sabha, on 18 January.Everything indicates that the three Fezzan TV journalists – Zeidan Al-Mahdi, Adel Al-Sharif and Abdallah Mohamed Abu Azbah – were kidnapped by Gaddafi loyalists who overran the base. Fezzan TV presenter Nabil As-Sokni said they were released 24 hours later and were immediately hospitalized because they were badly beaten by their abductors while held.A rocket-propelled grenade was fired at the Tripoli apartment of Mahmoud Al-Misrati, the editor of the independent daily Libya Al-Jadida, at around 3 a.m. on 15 January. According to Agence France-Presse, which spoke to Misrati, “the grenade narrowly missed its target, the window of his apartment, and hit a pillar without causing much damage.”Misrati has been the victim of an all-out campaign of threats by telephone and on his social network pages for the past six months. It has ranged from intimidatory messages to death threats and threats against his family.Mohamed Al-Gharyani, the satellite TV station Al-Aan’s Tripoli bureau chief, was threatened last month by gunmen attached to the interior ministry after the station broadcast a programme in its “Libya Tawa” (Libya Now) series in which a former political prisoner talked about the conditions in which she had been held .The gunmen insulted Gharyani, accused him of being “secular,” threatened to close the bureau and ordered him to leave Libya. Gharyani has repeatedly been threatened in connection with his work in recent months.Nearly three years after the start of the anti-Gaddafi revolution, the political situation in Libya is extremely unstable and the security environment is bordering on chaos. In the almost complete absence of the rule of law, journalists are continually exposed to intimidation, threats, violence, abduction and even murder.Reporters Without Borders reiterates its deep concern and urges the transitional government to end the reign of the militias. The authorities must establish a reliable and transparent system of judicial responsibility in order to break the cycle of impunity prevailing in Libya and to guarantee the safety of journalists. LibyaMiddle East – North Africa News June 24, 2020 Find out more January 22, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists constantly prey to grave threats and violence Organisation Newscenter_img News Help by sharing this information Six imprisoned journalists to finally appear in court in Istanbul Follow the news on Libya February 23, 2021 Find out more RSF_en On Libyan revolution’s 10th anniversary, authorities urged to guarantee press freedom Well-known Libyan journalist missing since his arrest to go furtherlast_img read more


Wet Snow Could Leave Slick Roads in Ocean City


first_imgFirst tracks in the snow on the beach Wednesday afternoon at 14th Street in Ocean City, NJ.A wet snow that began to fall about 3 p.m. in Ocean City could create icy road conditions as temperatures dip into the 20s on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.Walking the boards at Ninth Street on Wednesday, Jan. 21, in Ocean City, NJ.About two inches had accumulated by 5:30 p.m., and forecasters predicted another inch or two would fall on Wednesday evening. A winter weather advisory remained in effect until 10 p.m.The low temperature on Wednesday night was expected to be 27 degrees — potentially icing over wet roads topped with new snow.Thursday should provide a thaw with the return of the sun and a high temperature of 38 degrees.But another system will arrive on the heels of this one. The National Weather Service predicts a “significant coastal storm” drenching Ocean City Friday night into Saturday.Forecasters say the storm could start as snow or sleet before dumping an inch of rain on Saturday.The weather doesn’t stop workers from pushing to complete a boardwalk reconstruction project at Sixth Street.last_img read more


Jennifer Pharr Davis Releases Her New Book, The Pursuit of Endurance


first_imgIn her new book released yesterday, Jennifer Pharr Davis, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, shares her secrets on how to persevere and push through life’s challenges both on and off the trail.“It takes one to know one. Jennifer Pharr Davis, the first woman to set a speed record on the A.T., provides powerful and personal insights into ten of the world’s most accomplished and inspiring endurance athletes in her new book. Among them are two pillars of Appalachian adventure: 16-time A.T. thru-hiker Warren Doyle and former A.T. speed record holder David Horton. Both Doyle and Horton have stunning outdoor achievements, but they have dedicated themselves to helping others reach their goals—including Pharr Davis. She also ventures out on the trail with ultra legends Andrew Thompson, Scott Williamson, Heather Anderson, and Scott Jurek, following the highs and lows of their record-chasing journeys. Best of all, Pharr Davis shares her own experiences and reflections on and off the trail. All of these phenomenal athletes are also everyday human beings who stumble, divorce, fail, and struggle like the rest of us—and also find a way to persevere.” – Will Harlan, Editor In CheifI’m excited and crazy nervous. The people and message inside of this book are very dear to me. I appreciate any orders, shares, and encouraging words. Thanks y’all! – Jennifer Pharr DavisJennifer Pharr Davis is an American long-distance hiker, an author, a speaker, a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, contributor to Blue Ridge Outdoors and an ambassador for the American Hiking Society. She has hiked more than fourteen thousand miles on six different continents. In 2011, Pharr Davis set the unofficial record for the fastest thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail with a time of 46 days, 11 hours, and 20 minutes, an average of 47 miles a day, a record she held for four years. Pharr Davis lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband, Brew, and their daughter and son, Charley and Gus.  Jennifer Pharr Davis will be hosting several events over the next couple of months including trail runs, readings, and Q&A sessions. To learn more, check out her Facebook Page or Author Profile Page.Hardcover | $27.00Published by VikingApr 10, 2018 | 320 PagesGrab Your Copy Today!last_img read more


Three see red as Baggies beat Saints


first_img Marc Antoine-Fortune opened the scoring in just the sixth minute after Saints failed to clear their lines. Fortune helped the Baggies double their lead after the break, putting through the ever-impressive Romelu Lukaku, but three minutes later was sent off, having raised his hands to Gaston Ramirez, who also saw red for throwing an arm at Shane Long. Seven minutes from time Southampton’s Danny Fox was sent off for a nasty two-footed challenge on Steven Reid. Long had already made it 3-0 by that point as West Brom set a new club record for Premier League matches won (14) and points gained (48), much to the delight of the bumper away crowd of 3,195. Press Association Steve Clarke’s side dominated from the outset and Reid played through Lukaku early on, forcing Artur Boruc into action at his near post. The Poland international could only turn the ball for a corner from which West Brom took a sixth-minute lead. Graham Dorrans’ set piece was nodded goalwards by Gareth McAuley and then Lukaku, allowing Fortune to bundle home from close range. In truth, it was a poor goal to concede and typified a lacklustre start by the hosts. After Morgan Schneiderlin, Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez all had shots, West Brom came close to punishing more lax defending. Fine team interplay saw the ball swept out wide to Lukaku, only for the Chelsea loanee to again be denied by Boruc. Nathaniel Clyne had to be alert to thwart Long and only a dollop of good luck prevented West Brom netting a second before the half-hour mark. Dorrans sent in a free-kick that found Jonas Olsson unmarked at the back-post, but his ball across the face of goal just evaded Lukaku. Lukaku was denied by Boruc late in the half for the visitors, whose midfielder Claudio Yacob was fortunate not to be sent off after clattering Adam Lallana moments after being booked. Boos welcomed the half-time whistle as the home fans expressed their frustration with the performance of referee Madley. It took 10 minutes after the break for the hosts to seriously threaten a leveller, with a Clyne cross-shot hitting the crossbar. Saints were still looking poor, though, and found themselves two goals behind in the 67th minute. Fortune was allowed to turn far too easily and his through ball found Lukaku, who rounded Boruc before slotting home. It was a fine assist by Fortune, whose afternoon was brought to a premature end three minutes later. Upset by Ramirez’s elbow to Long, the West Brom frontman pushed the Uruguayan in the face. It led Madley to show Fortune a straight red card – something he also handed out to Ramirez. West Brom would not be denied for long, though, with Long slotting home past Boruc after getting away from Jos Hooiveld. Things went from bad to worse for the visitors seven minutes from time when Fox was sent off for a terrible two-footed lunge on Reid. Not since Portsmouth faced Sunderland in February 2010 has a Premier League match seen three cards. center_img Referee Robert Madley had a Barclays Premier League debut to remember as he dished out three red cards during West Brom’s record-breaking 3-0 victory at Southampton.last_img read more


FanDuel names Orlando Apollos AAF champions, will pay futures bets


first_imgThe Orlando Apollos are the champions of the Alliance of American Football — betting-wise that is.Betting site FanDuel has declared the Apollos as champions of the AAF and will pay out futures bets to individuals who put money on the team to win the title. AAF co-founder Bill Polian blasts Tom Dundon for shutting down operations “The AAF should be commended for trying to do something disruptive in the sports landscape, and we hope this symbolic gesture shows the players and coaches that sports fans everywhere appreciated the hard work and sacrifices they made for entertaining us with spring football,” FanDuel Group chief marketing officer Mike Raffensperger said in a statement given to the Action Network. “While we’ve declared the Apollos honorary champions, we think the biggest winners should be our customers and hope they enjoy their payouts.”The Apollos had the best record in the AAF at 7-1 when the league effectively shut down on Tuesday. Related News AAF suspends operations, reportedly raising questionscenter_img Fellow betting site DraftKings has not decided a champion as of yet, though a decision could be coming soon, and Westgate Sportsbook will not pay out futures bets because those particular wagers were on winning a championship game in particular.Apollos coach Steve Spurrier told local station WFTV he believed the team should be declared champions on Tuesday.“We’ve got to be the champs, right?” Spurrier said. “We’re 7-1 and the other teams are 5-3. … We started the season wanting to win the Alliance championship, and if they declare a champ, hopefully these guys will be declared the champs, because they certainly are deserving.” According to the Action Network, primary investor Tom Dundon elected to shut down the league after he could not come to an aggreement with the NFLPA that would allow the AAF to share players with the NFL.This effectedly kept the AAF from becoming a feeder league for the NFL as Dundon envisioned for the organization. According to the Action Network, Dundon is estimated to have lost $70 million from his time with the league.last_img read more


Anticipation grows as Premier Business Awards come closer


first_imgThirty companies are vying for top honours in the fifth edition of the South African Premier Business Awards. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Sandton Convention Centre on 30 January 2018.The awards are sponsored by Wits Business School, Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Tsogo Sun and Old Mutual. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)Thirty companies will be vying for top honours in the fifth edition of the South African Premier Business Awards. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony that will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre on 30 January 2018. The awards are presented by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), in partnership with Brand South Africa and Proudly South African.Anticipation is reigning supreme among the companies that will be battling it out for the first prizes in the 10 categories, but all eyes will be on Ndoukhulu Hydraulics and Mining Supplier. The company, which is based in Johannesburg, where it manufactures, repairs and refurbishes hydraulic cylinders, is leading the pack with nominations in three categories. These are Black Industrialists, Manufacturer and SMME Awards.Managing Director of Ndoukhulu Matome Manenzhe could not contain his excitement when he learnt that his company has been presented with three opportunities to romp home with a prestigious award at the ceremony.“We are honoured, humbled and privileged to make it as finalist in three categories. This is a great source of inspiration to everyone who is involved with our company, from our employees to our clients.  To us making it this far is a great achievement that we will cherish for a long time as we are a relatively new and small company.  Winning an award will be a cherry on top,” says an elated Manenzhe.He adds that he views his company’s nominations as a recognition of its small but commendable contribution in job creation, industrialisation, youth development and skill transfer.Another company on which the spotlight will shine prominently at the ceremony is Thata Ubeke Manufacturing, which is based in Boksburg where they manufacture electrical and electronic sub-systems for the domestic and export markets. CEO of Thatha Ubeke Nana Sabelo is optimistic that they will successfully defend the Black Industrialist Award which they won when it was first presented in 2016. However, a double is on the cards this year as they are also finalists in the Manufacturer Award.“We are thrilled about being nominated twice. It shows we are not a one-time wonder and that we did not rest on our laurels after winning the inaugural Black Industrial Award. We are confident that we are ticking many of the boxes that are in line with the country’s economic objectives. We are a 100% black, woman-owned company operating in the advanced manufacturing sector where it is creating jobs for predominantly young people and exporting products,” says Sabelo.Chief Operating Officer of Memeza Shout Elmarie Pereira is confident that it will be second time lucky for her social enterprise which is nominated for the SMME Award after failing to make the cut in the last edition.Memeza has provided South Africa with the first public alarm system that is linked to the police and community police forums. According to Parreira, the SAPS-endorsed alarm system enables ordinary South Africans who cannot afford private security to have access to safety and security.“We have been working on the roll-out of the public alarm system for four years. Being nominated as a finalist in the national premier business awards means that our company and efforts are being recognised and that the work we are doing is making an impact in the vulnerable communities that we are working hard to assist. Winning the award will prove that we are on the right track as a social enterprise. It will also encourage us to continue with our work in order to contribute in combating crime in South Africa. The initiative is also about community upliftment and job creation,” says Pereira.The awards are sponsored by Wits Business School, Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Tsogo Sun and Old Mutual.More information on the South African Premier Business Awards, visit www.sapremierbusinessawards.co.za or call 0861 843 384.last_img read more


LA would support a US Winter Games, but it’s complicated


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It’s also the story of Utah, which might get in the mix to host a Winter Olympics in 2026 or 2030.The chairman of the LA bid was in Park City on Tuesday for the U.S. Olympic Committee media summit to discuss Los Angeles’ recent victory; many of the questions he fielded, though, involved whether a U.S. bid for an upcoming Winter Games might make sense, too.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Twenty-six is complicated, obviously,” Casey Wasserman said. “Obviously, there are real challenges from a timing perspective, two years before us. But I think our approach has been, the Olympic Games, whether summer or winter, are good for American athletes. Our intent is to be a good partner to the USOC and American athletes.”The USOC board will meet next month to discuss the possibility. The same country hasn’t hosted back-to-back Olympics since before World War II, though when the International Olympic Committee scrapped its traditional rules and awarded 2024 (Paris) and 2028 (LA) at the same time, it indicated it was certainly open to new ideas. Salt Lake City hosted the Winter Olympics in 2002, and what remains there and in Park City pretty much adheres to Agenda 2020, the blueprint that IOC President Thomas Bach set for future Olympics, which calls for less spending on new venues and infrastructure.Through a legacy foundation, the area has maintained an Olympic speedskating oval and a Nordic skiing course, each of which have drawn local athletes to their respective sports and could be used as part of an upcoming bid. The Utah Olympic Park remains an active training ground for action sports, for both U.S. athletes and those from other countries who are invited to work out there.Meanwhile, Utah likes the Olympics: NBC says Salt Lake City has ranked as either No. 1 or 2 among U.S. TV markets over the last three Winter Games.Leaders of the movement to bring the games back to Utah have largely stayed quiet, not wanting to take the limelight from Los Angeles, which helped the U.S. put a stop to a long string of embarrassing losses on the Olympic bid front. But a handful have told The Associated Press that there is enthusiasm for a potential bid if the USOC will sign on.“There’s fantastic momentum to have the Games come back. I think we could do it for a very affordable price compared to the rest of the world,” said Ted Morris, the executive director of U.S. Speedskating, which is based in the Salt Lake City area. “In my opinion, looking at ’26 is probably not realistic, but ’30 seems like an opportunity.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  The most complicating factor for either year would be a reworking of an agreement between LA and the USOC that transfers the USOC’s marketing rights to the city’s organizing committee over an eight-year span. Adding another American Olympics to that mix would force some major renegotiations.There’s also the issue of the IOC bid process. Bach has redrawn the rules for 2026, creating friendlier deadlines for cities to commit to a bid. But he has not committed to a potential double award for 2026 and 2030, the way he did with 2024 and 2028.Also, the USOC will have to consider Denver and Reno, Nevada, which also have expressed interest in hosting a Winter Games but would be behind the curve compared with Salt Lake City.“Thomas Bach has publicly stated he’d like to see the Winter Games return to a more traditional location, and to me, that’s code for Europe or North America,” said USOC chairman Larry Probst, speaking to the fact that the hosts for 2014, 2018 and 2022 are Russia, South Korea and China. “We’ve got to look at that, then develop a strategy about whether we’re going to bid for the (2026) Winter Games or beyond that.” MOST READ FILE – In this Feb. 9, 2002, file photo, Georg Hackl, of Germany, speeds past an Olympic logo during a practice run for the men’s singles luge at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in Park City, Utah. The idea of the U.S. hosting a Winter Olympics is complicated. So says the leader of the team that brought the Summer Games to Los Angeles for 2028. LA 2028 chairman Casey Wasserman says his team would be supportive of a bid to bring the Winter Games to the United States. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)PARK CITY, Utah — The venues are there. The city loves the Olympics. The memories of the last games it hosted are still fairly fresh and mostly positive.This is the story of Los Angeles, which will host the Summer Games in 2028.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Playoff-bound Cubs lose to Reds in finale BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more


ISL: Kerala Blasters beat Delhi Dynamos in semi-final first leg


first_imgKerala Blasters rode on a strike from Kervens Belfort to defeat Delhi Dynamos 1-0 in the first leg of their Indian Super League (ISL) semifinal on Sunday.Belfort scored the winner in the 65th minute as Kerala registered their sixth consecutive win at their home ground.The Haiti international picked up the ball in the Kerala half, made a long run into the opponent penalty box and dribbled past a defender before unleashing a shot which took a lucky deflection off Delhi defender Anas Edathodika and went in at the near post.Kerala will thus take a slender but important advantage into the second leg to be played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi on Wednesday.Kerala were on a five-match winning streak at their home ground before this match and they seemed to be in good shape for this encounter.With Mehtab Hossain returning from suspension and Josu Prieto also back in the starting XI, Kerala were at their best.Delhi Dynamos too looked good at start with all players being available and they almost silenced the huge crowd in the first minute itself.A long hopeful ball from midfield saw Delhi’s Florent Malouda take aim but a clearance saw the ball fall for Kean Lewis. Before the Delhi Dynamos winger could try his luck, Kerala defender Cedric Hengbart deflected the ball away for a corner.A minute later, it was Kerala’s turn to give Delhi a scare. From a counter attack, Belfort ran the length of the pitch and set it up for an unmarked C.K. Vineeth.advertisementThere was Duckens Nazon to his left but the in-form India striker chose to go for goal and instead ended up hitting the side netting from close range.Delhi took time to show their attacking strength and top scorer Marcelinho Pereira went close in the 35th minute. The Brazilian did well to push his way past Mehtab Hossain and Didier Kadio, but Kerala goalkeeper Sandip Nandy proved equal to the challenge.Kerala thought they had scored their opening goal and the stadium erupted in joy just before half time when an attempted back pass by Delhi’s Marcos Tbar saw Belfort intercept the ball and put it into the net.But that celebration proved to be premature as the assistant referee ruled that Belfort had handled the ball while attempting to receive it.But Belfort was not to be denied in the second session.The 24-year-old striker picked up a pass from Cdric Hengbart near the centre line, ran quite a distance with the ball, sidestepped defender Ruben Gonzalez Rocha and unleashed a shot with only Delhi goalkeeper Antonio Doblas to beat.The attempt was not powerful enough but a deflection from the sliding Anas Edathodika was enough to catch Doblas on the wrong foot and the ball went in at the near post.Delhi’s response was strong with Malouda testing the rival goalkeeper and 10 minutes later, Kerala survived their biggest scare.A corner kick from Malouda saw the Kerala Defence head it out but the ball came back for Tebar who lobbed it into the six-yard box where Marcelinho headed it dangerously towards goal but Hengbart proved to be Kerala’s saviour by heading it off the line.The match was marred by violent scenes towards the the fag end when the referee denied Delhi what seemed to be a very strong case for a penalty.Kerala’s star defender Sandesh Jhingan brought down Marcelinho inside the hosts’ penalty box during second half injury time. But the referee did not find anything wrong with the challenge and showed a yellow card to Delhi’s Richard Gadze for protesting.That incident coupled with an off the ball foul on Marcelo Pereira by Kerala’s Didier Boris Kadio saw emotions boil over in the Delhi camp and the two sets of players indulged in a physical confrontation at the final whistle.last_img read more


10 months agoKeylor Navas still feels wanted by Real Madrid: But when I don’t…


first_imgKeylor Navas still feels wanted by Real Madrid: But when I don’t…by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveKeylor Navas says he still feels wanted by Real Madrid.He has lost his starting spot to Thibaut Courtois this season, but remains confident that he can win it back.”The day that I think I can no longer start, I’ll go home and focus on something else,” Navas told EFE.”I have always worked to start.”In the end the coaches make the decisions.”I’m not playing as much as I want, but when I go on the pitch I think that I’m performing well and you have to value this.”Courtois has suffered an injury, but the Costa Rican isn’t sure if that’ll open the door for him to return to the starting role in the long term.”I think that you have to wait, as we don’t know what’s going to happen and only the coach knows this,” he said.”I’m 100 percent committed to the coach and the team, above all to a team that has to stay united.”I see myself here for many years.”In the future nobody knows, like in life, but I try to live in the present and my present is Real Madrid and I’m going to continue giving my all.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more