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Another Iraqi journalist threatened

first_img News A reporter for various local media including NRT TV, Hamdani has been harassed on social networks and followed by unidentified cars and, on 5 July, he found the words “We want blood” painted on his door. It is a phrase used by Iraqi tribes when one of their members is murdered. Follow the news on Iraq News In a video, Hamdani says his only crime was to have talked about the problem of waste removal and the lack of electricity in the city’s streets. As a safety measure, he and his family quickly moved to a new location. IraqMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionViolence December 28, 2020 Find out more RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News December 16, 2020 Find out more News Organisation In an interview for local TV channel Al-Rasheed, Hamdani said he was in touch with the police about developments in the case, but he criticized the slowness with which the Iraqi judicial system deals with crimes against journalists. He told RSF that that the threats have stopped for the time being but he still feels in danger. RSF_en “It is unacceptable that a journalist is again being subjected to harassment and intimidation simply for covering corruption,” RSF’s Middle East desk said. “The Iraqi authorities must do everything possible to guarantee Haidar Al-Hamdani’s safety, to enable him to continue to provide reporting that is in the public interest, and to prevent any recurrence of these threats.” Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the harassment and intimidation of Iraqi journalist Haidar Al-Hamdani, including a death threat painted on the door of his home in Samawah, the capital of the southeastern province of Muthanna, and urges the Iraqi authorities to provide him with protection. Receive email alerts July 9, 2019 Another Iraqi journalist threatened Iraq is ranked 156th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan February 15, 2021 Find out more The Journalistic Freedoms Observatory, an Iraqi NGO, said in a statement that Iraqi journalists expose themselves to great danger when they investigate governmental or financial corruption in Iraq. Nabil Jassim, the head of the Baghdad Today news agency, was threatened for precisely this reason in May. The intimidation began after he shared Facebook posts about corruption and the poor quality of public services in his province. He thinks that a group that controls investment in Samawah is behind the threats. The authorities said they would investigate. Help by sharing this information Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” IraqMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionViolence to go furtherlast_img read more

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Syracuse women’s soccer freshman Taylor Bennett carves out role as free-kick specialist

first_imgWith the game on the line, Phil Wheddon could’ve gone with senior Stephanie Skilton, who has led the team in scoring each of the last three years, to take the free kick. He could’ve picked junior Eva Gordon, who had scored Syracuse’s one goal earlier in the game. Or senior Maddie Iozzi, who takes the Orange’s corner kicks.But instead, Wheddon chose freshman Taylor Bennett, who had just four games and six shots to in her collegiate career coming into the game.The Orange (4-1-1) was down, 2-1, to Bucknell with fewer than 15 minutes left in the game. Bennett struck the ball clean, blasting a shot past Bucknell goalkeeper Jessica Ratner and off the crossbar, straight up and harmlessly out of play.Bennett missed the shot, but she has been in positions to contribute early and often during her brief college career. She’s started all six of SU’s games this season and is tied for the team lead with two assists, despite traditionally being at the other end of the field as a center back. Bennett also has one goal and is tied for the team lead in points with three other players. She’s developed a specialty as the Orange’s free-kick taker.“You come in expecting to be able to contribute to the team,” Bennett said, “but as a freshman you are mentally saying, ‘Alright maybe I’ll take a year on the bench, you never know,’ so I was very excited to come in and see that I can play.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBennett has six shots on free kicks this season. Two hit the crossbar, one went high, one went wide and one was blocked.The other, fired from about 35 yards away against Albany on Aug. 28, flew over the wall and the goalie’s outstretched arms for Bennett’s only goal of the season.“That’s in my range and I have a pretty long shot,” Bennett said, “and we knew coming in if we put things on frame we’d get opportunities so that’s what I was told to do and we executed.”Bennett’s teammates knew she had “strong kick,” but Iozzi didn’t know how consistent it would be around the box. Despite being put in the pressure situations, Bennett doesn’t appear to be nervous on the field like most freshmen, Iozzi said.Against Delaware on Aug. 21, one of her free kicks off the crossbar ricocheted to a teammate, who was able to knock it in for a goal.“We know she can hit a great ball,” Iozzi said. “All she needs to do is aim low and she’ll have a good shot on net. … She’s been a good impact player”Wheddon was hoping that Bennett would be able to assume free kick responsibilities in her debut season, but it was a wish more than an expectation.“Taylor came in and has been given an opportunity to play and has run with it,” Wheddon said. “She serves a great ball and has a very, very dangerous shot, so as far as production goes, I think it’s great for us.” Comments Published on September 6, 2016 at 1:14 am Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Graham Related Stories Stephanie Skilton’s 2 goals lift Syracuse women’s soccer to 2-1 overtime win against CornellSyracuse women’s soccer allows 2 2nd-half goals and falls to Bucknell, 2-1Syracuse women’s soccer beats Albany, 2-0, for best start since 2003center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Our Dragon is a Candidate for the Fair-Play Prize in MLS?

first_imgIt is difficult to find a sporting event in the United States and to become the main star next to brilliant basketball players, hockey players, American football players, or baseball players, but our Dragon Haris Medunjanin managed to achieve that.A fair-play move by our Dragon during the match between his Union and D.C. United delighted all fans of the MLS, in which Medunjanin arrived this year.Luciano Acosta got a red card after a foul on our Dragon, after which Medunjanin approached the referee and explained that Acosta did not hit him but only pushed him and the referee decided to cancel the red card.This Medunjanin’s move delighted everyone. He became a star of the day in the USA where it is not easy to become one, and many players of MLS, as well as fans of other clubs, “tweeted” in honor of our Dragon.Many of them complimented him and wrote that he showed great human and moral qualities to the US public.With this move, Medunjanin secured his candidacy for the fair-play prize for this season.(Source: faktor.ba)last_img read more

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Mamela Nyamza: the body as instrument

first_img4 May 2011Multiple award-winning dancer, choreographer, teacher and development activist Mamela Nyamza, the 2011 Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winner for Dance, started using dance to translate the world around her as a child growing up in Gugulethu in the 1980s.Gearing for the National Arts FestivalNyamza, along with the other Standard Bank Young Artist Award winners, will be showcasing her newest work on the main programme of the 2011 National Arts Festival taking place in Grahamstown from 30 June to 10 July.The 34-year-old mother, artist and activist will be bringing Isingqala and amaFongkong to the festival. The double-bill features a solo work by Nyamza and a collaborative production with the Adugna Dance Theatre Company from Ethiopia.In creating Amafongkong, Nyamza says that her intention was to hold an open space to explore the notion of “collaboration” in all its complexities, to see how and where similar and different bodies could meet in movement. The collaboration is supported by Art Moves Africa.Reaching out with danceAmidst an intense performance schedule, Nyamza manages a huge amount of outreach work.She is currently project coordinator for the University of Stellenbosch’s Project Move 1524, which uses dance movement therapy to educate and demonstrate on issues relating to HIV/Aids, domestic violence and drug abuse.Her passion for upliftment and youth empowerment is evident through the various community outreach and dance training projects she has been involved in, from teaching ballet in Mamelodi to doing volunteer work at Thembalethu Day School for the Disabled.“Art has developed me, and opened a totally different book for me to explore the impossible which is now possible,” she says. “Giving back to the community is helping those that come from where I come from, and showing them that this art is so healing, and it can heal a lot of them that are born out of issues just like myself.“I think doing something with all your soul, you don’t think about being drained … At the end of the day you feel so fulfilled that people are listening to your language.”Growing up as part of a large family in Gugulethu, Cape Town in the 1980s “did not give me a choice but to love dancing,” says Nyamza.“There was music and sound, all day long, and even in the streets the noise became the music … I used my body as the instrument to react to all forms of sound, whether it be playing, crying, or watching all sorts of things that one can imagine happened in Gugulethu in the ’80s.”Career so farNyamza matriculated from Fezeka High School in Gugulethu, where she also attended the ZAMA Dance School, under the Royal Academy of Dance.She went on to study for a National Diploma in Ballet through the Pretoria Technikon Arts Faculty. In 1998 she completed a one-year fellowship at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Centre, and also participated in intensive choreographic workshops at the Vienna International Dance festival.In 2005 she attended African Dance workshops in Soweto with Jamaine Acogny, and in 1997 underwent ballet training with Martin Schonberg through the Pact Dance Company. In 2009, she completed an intensive course in dance directing through London’s prestigious Sadler’s Wells Theatre.“No one warned me that it would be this difficult to be a dancer in South Africa, and there weren’t many black female dancers back in the day who could have advised me on how to make it in this profession,” says Nyamza. “So I juggled all of this on my own, not knowing what I was getting myself into. It is by no mistake that I am in the industry, it was meant for me. It actually chose me.”Since graduating she has been a member of the State Theatre Dance Company, lectured dance at the Pretoria Dance Technikon, the Dance Factory and Jazzart Dance Theatre, and was resident choreographer, teacher and vice-principal of the Zama Dance School in 2007.From 2002 until 2005 she was also involved with various commercial, modelling and corporate projects, including being part of the Face of Woolworths Campaign in 2004, and her ongoing work with the Free flight Dance Company since 2002. She has also presented dance workshops in Brazil and Mexico.“I love my art, because we have this powerful tool that speaks to all without a word.”Musicals, performances, piecesNyamza has been part of various original grand-scale musical casts, including The Lion King in Denhaag, Netherlands in 2004 and We Will Rock You in South Africa in 2006.In 2008 Nyamza choreographed and performed her own piece, HATCH at On Broadway, the Out The Box Festival and Baxter Dance Festival. She also took the piece to the Netherlands, where she performed it in shelters for abused women.She also performed the piece at the World Population Foundation, and did informal studio performances of the work in Brazil and Vienna, as well as at selected schools in the Eastern Cape, Durban and Cape Town and at the South African Domestic Violence conference in Johannesburg.During 2008, she performed in Gugulethu and Khayelitsha on World Aids Day, collaborating with Free Flight Dance Company and Dance For All.She was selected as the South African representative to present Afro-fusion at the Superstars of Dance competition in Los Angeles, USA. Her work, Kutheni, was commissioned by FNB.Other pieces choreographed by Nyamza include Reality Check (1999), Umakoti welixesha (2003), Some Of Us Can Change (2006), The Classroom (2007), If Clothes Could Talk (2008), Our Fear (2008), HATCH (2008), Kutheni (2009), I-Dolls (2009), Hatched (2009) and Shift (2009). She was also a choreographer for the reality TV-programme So You Think You Can Dance in 2008.In 2009 she performed at the FNB Dance Umbrella and also took HATCH to Mexico for Foro Performatica. She attended the 2009 Young & Bright Artist’s Conference in Cape Town, and was a commissioned artist for the Baxter Dance Festival.Even after many years of experience in the South African performing arts industry, Nyamza is thankful for the opportunities to express her artistic views in the way that she wants to. “I now have my own repertoire, and I am so proud of my own achievements in the industry, thankful for all of those who believed in my art.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Time to sample for SCN

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This year’s early harvest provides the perfect opportunity to take a look at the SCN populations in your fields.  We know that the state is now “polluted” with SCN, fortunately most of those fields are at very low levels – which is where they should be kept.  However, there are some surprising locations where individual fields are getting or have gotten into trouble with very high populations.  So let’s review the loss levels for SCN for the majority of soil types here.Levels of SCN and concernsSCN egg Count/100 cc Cyst countPopulation Level0-400not detected40-2001trace200-20001-4low2000-50003-20moderate5000 & over15-20high    If your SCN report in the past has come back as:Not detected: this is not surprising.  Remember that SCN sits in pockets and can be quite variable (Figure 1).  Continue to monitor your fields.Trace:  May begin to measure some yield loss on susceptible varieties, especially on lighter soils.Low: Plant SCN resistant varieties or rotate to a non-host crop (corn or wheat).Moderate:  Rotate to a non-host crop and follow with SCN resistant varieties the following year.  We have planted susceptible varieties in fields with this level of SCN and have recorded 20 to 50% yield loss.High:  rotate to a non-host crop for two to three years, then sample SCN to determine if populations have declined to a level where soybeans can be planted again.SCN is picky about what it feeds and reproduces on but it does like a few weed hosts and cover crops as well as soybean.  If you have SCN in your fields , it is important to also control winter annuals such as purple deadnettle, but also avoid cover crops such as several of the clover’s, cowpea and common & hairy vetch. So it is time to sample!  We recommend sampling in the fall – because in most cases this is what the population will be in the spring.  With the warmer weather this year and hopefully no frozen ground should give ample time to collect and process the samples in plenty of time for spring planting. Processing of samples does cost time and money, so here are a few thoughts on how to sample or how to target your sampling to get the best information for your money.  Through funds from the soybean check-off, we have completed several targeted surveys over the past 5 years.  My group tended to target those fields where yields were stuck or below 30 bu/A.  Or when we sampled we hit those pockets in the field where the soybeans tended to be shorter or where they matured earlier and always yielded less that the rest of the field.  We were able to detect SCN in almost all of these situations, so these are the ones that should have the top priority for sampling.Updated information on where to send the samples:OSU C. Wayne Ellett Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic8995 E. Main St. Bldg 23Reynoldsburg, OH 43068Phone: 614-292-5006www.ppdc.osu.edu  – follow this link to download forms to go along with the samples Brookside Laboratory Inc.200 White Mountain Dr.New Bremen, OH 45869417-977-2766www.blinc.com Spectrum Analytic Inc.1087 Jamison Rd. NWWashington Court House, OH  43160740-335-1562www.spectrumanalytic.comFor some additional information on Management of SCN – always check Ohio’s SCN fact sheet and several other resources as well:http://soybeanresearchinfo.com/ – link to the 5th edition of the SCN guide developed through the North Central Soybean Research Program.Link to recent findings and sampling protocol for SCN:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQgg-UPQdcs&feature=youtu.belast_img read more

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Krishna Poonia, Sudha Singh arrive at London Olympic Games village

first_imgDiscus thrower Krishna Poonia and steeplechase runner Sudha Singh were among the first batch of Indian track and field athletes to check into the Olympic Games Village in London.Krishna, along with her husband and coach Virender Poonia, and Sudha arrived at the Athletes Village in Stratford on Wednesday.After going through security checks, Krishna and Sudha were taken to their apartment by a bus. Later in the evening Krishna and Sudha enjoyed the Indian menu at the Dining Hall.”It all good but no match to the hospitality and warmth of Commonwealth Games in Delhi,” said Krishna.”I have fond memories of Commonwealth Games 2010 Athlete village,” she added.Sudha, competing for the first time in the Olympics, said, “I am very happy to be here.”Both Krishna and Sudha will resume their training at their base in Basildon.”I am happy to be in the village but I have a job to do and I must remain focussed on the task at hand,” said Krishna.Krishna will compete on August 3 in the Women’s Discus Throw qualification round while Sudha Singh competes the next day in the heats of Women’s 3000m Steeplechase.Earlier, Sudha and Krishna received advice from British Olympic legend Tessa Sanderson at their training venue. Tessa has been helping Indian athletes since 2008.last_img read more

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Rory McIlroy Could Be A Bigger Threat To Jack Nicklaus Than Tiger

You couldn’t have scripted a more media-ready changing-of-the-guard than this year’s PGA Tour Championship. Since Tiger Woods’s gentle smack-talk after Rory McIlroy’s British Open win in July, McIlroy won at WGC-Bridgestone (taking back his No. 1 ranking), and on Sunday he followed that with his third win in a row and fourth major victory — coming from behind, in the dark, and fending off Phil Mickelson, no less!Meanwhile, Woods missed another cut, amid lingering health questions, and still hasn’t won a major since George W. Bush was president. For the better part of a decade, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Woods would meet or surpass Jack Nicklaus’s 18 major wins. Now, that goal is less and less attainable.Even a few days ago, I would have thought positing McIlroy as a greater threat to Nicklaus than Woods was ridiculous, but this is where we stand: McIlroy has built up one of the best starts to a career in modern golf history, essentially matching the Golden Bear through age 25, and each day Woods moves farther away from his prime.It may not look like much, but that four-major start by McIlroy is firmly in Woods and Nicklaus territory — they are the only players to have won four majors through age 25. Winning those four majors in a 15-tournament span is also a rare accomplishment. There have been a number of similarly meteoric rises in golf, but they usually come at a more mature age (see, for example: Nick Faldo, Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan). And some early starts aren’t so meteoric (Seve Ballesteros).McIlroy has had both:Of course, after Woods won his fourth major, he went on to win the next two as well, and four of the next seven, so it’s silly to call McIlroy the next Tiger. But McIlroy doesn’t have to be as good now as Woods was then to have a chance at passing Nicklaus — Woods was way ahead of Nicklaus’s pace before injuries and possibly other things got the better of him.And now, even after clawing his way back to the top of the rankings, Woods isn’t who he used to be. At this point, it would take something unprecedented for him to match or pass Nicklaus. He needs four majors for a share of the lead, but by the time the Master’s comes around again in 2015, it will have been nearly seven years since Woods last won a major (no player has ever won four majors after going even five years between wins). And Woods will be 39 years old (no player has ever won four majors after the age of 39, not even the notoriously ever-spry Nicklaus).The good news for Woods is that he has some experience doing things that are fairly unprecedented in golf.But what about McIlroy’s expectation at this point? Trying to model the long-run performance and behavior of outliers can be particularly difficult, because the other data isn’t really a good guide. Nonetheless, assuming McIlroy faces the same regression to the mean as the average golfer does after a hot start (about a 50 percent to 75 percent reduction in win rate for the rest of his career), my best estimate is that he should win around 12 majors — plus or minus six or eight.For Tiger to beat Jack, he’ll have to break an unexpected trend, and for Rory to beat Jack, he’ll have to maintain a trend unexpectedly. read more

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Wijnaldum expecting rotations at Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum feels that coach Jurgen Klopp will need his whole squad available ahead of their upcoming fixturesThe Reds have begun their Premier League campaign by winning all four of their opening games with Klopp having only made one change to his starting lineup.The German has also only used 16 players so far.But, with the Champions League and EFL Cup coming up this month, Wijnaldum is expecting changes with Liverpool set to play seven games in just three weeks.“It’s going to be a really important period for us – not only because they’re big games, but also because we play a lot of games. I think in these kinds of periods you need your whole squad,” Wijnaldum told the club website.“I don’t know why everyone was like, ‘Oh, tough group’. I think every group is tough. We know that Paris Saint-Germain are a good team.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“We played Napoli already in the pre-season and we won 5-0. But we still know they are a good team and there were situations in that game where there was stuff to deal with.”Liverpool struggled against Brighton and Hove Albion and Leicester City in their last two league matches.“We have to do things better, but the result is the most important thing,” added Wijnaldum.“During the season we have to grow and [when in] this kind of situation [so] the next time you make it less hard for yourself. I think you have to play football in those kinds of situations and that has to be improved during the season.”Liverpool have made their best start to a top-flight campaign since 1990/91.last_img read more

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Pep Guardiola hails brilliant Foden

first_imgPep Guardiola has seen enough in starlet Phil Foden to believe he has the qualities to shine for Manchester City in the future.Foden produced a man-of-the-match display to see off Oxford in the Carabao Cup.The young English lad was one of the changes for the Cityzens at the Kassam Stadium, outclassing the likes of David Silva, Gabriel Jesus and Riyad Mahrez as City ran out 3-0 winners.He was pivotal in the opening two goals, a Jesus header and a well-taken strike from Mahrez, before wrapping up the win with a fine finish of his own – his first senior goal – in the closing stages.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“The way he celebrated his first goal was like the final off the World Cup and that is because he is a City fan,” he said.“My dream is for him to stay 10 years and if Phil stays for 10 years, he can – in the next decade – play regularly and after [that] I don’t know what is going to happen with him.”last_img read more

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2019 Copa America Uruguay wants to continue its South American reign

first_imgThe Uruguayans are the team with the most South American trophies in the confederation’s history with 15. They lifted their first one in 1916 and their last one in 2011.Uruguay has won the Copa America, formerly known as the South American Championship, 15 times in total.And the Uruguayans are hoping they can continue to be the continent’s most successful team in the competition as they will lead Group C of the 2019 Copa America set to be played in Brazil.The tournament will take place from June 14th to July 7th in five different cities in Brazil.The last time the team won the Copa America was all the way back to 2011 in Argentina.Since then they have only reached the Quarterfinals in Chile 2015 and failed to advance from the Group Stage in the 2016 United States edition.Meanwhile, Ecuador is yet to win an edition of the Copa America, with their best result being reaching Fourth Place in 1993, and 1959.Lautaro Martinez, ArgentinaLautaro Martinez talks about his time with Argentina Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez is becoming a regular at the international level, and he’s delighted for the opportunity with his national team.Ecuador has reached at least the Quarterfinals in three of the last ten editions of the competition, failing to qualify from Group Stage in seven occasions.Chile is the team to beat too, as they are the current back-to-back champions of the competition.La Roja won the 2015 edition in Chile and the 2016 Copa America Centenario special edition in the United States.But then lost the final in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and failed to qualify to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.This is the second time the Japanese national team has accepted the CONMEBOL’s invitation to participate in the Copa America.The Samurai Blue couldn’t qualify from the Group Stage in the 1999 edition in Paraguay, losing twice and drawing one match.They are currently playing in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Semifinals.last_img read more

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