Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists News November 23, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 More news providers killed by regular army, rebels or Kurdish militia Organisation Receive email alerts February 3, 2021 Find out more At least four journalists and citizen-journalists have been killed by the regular army, the rebel Free Syrian Army or Kurdish militiamen in the past week.A Syrian state TV journalist, Bassel Tawfiq Youssef, was killed on 21 November in the southern Damascus suburb of Tadamun. The official news agency SANA said he was killed by “terrorists” while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said he was shot by rebels who accused him of belonging to a pro-government “shabbiha” militia. The Syrian Journalistic Association (SJA) quotes the Syria Stamp network as saying one of its members, the citizen-journalist Hozan Abdel Halim Mahmoud, was killed while filming clashes between the rebel Free Syrian Army and a militia operated by the Democratic Union Party (PYD), a Kurdish party, in Ras Al-Ain, in the northeastern province of Al-Hasaka, on 20 November. Mahmoud had been very active covering demonstrations in the nearby city of Qamishli. Abed Khalil, the president of Ras Al-Ain’s Kurdish municipal council, was meanwhile killed by a Free Syrian Army sniper during clashes on 19 November. Khalil was a journalist by profession.Mohammed Al-Khalid, a citizen-journalist from Homs, was executed by the Diraa Al-Shahba Brigade’s Namr Battalion in Aleppo on 18 November for repeatedly criticizing the battalion’s actions in the city.The SJA also reports that Abdullah Hassan Kaake, a citizen-journalist, died under torture by military intelligence personnel in Aleppo on 17 November. Two of his brothers – Abdel Ghani, another citizen-journalist, and Ahmed Kaake – have already been killed since the start of the uprising in Syria.According to a Reporters Without Borders tally, at least 15 journalists and 41 citizen-journalists have been killed in connection with their journalistic activities since the start of the armed conflict.Two other citizen-journalists have been killed by shells in the past week. Mohammad Al-Zaher, also known as Abu Nasser Na’imi, was killed during shelling of the Damascus suburb of Al-Buaida on 19 November while Mustafa Kerman was fatally injured during shelling of the Aleppo district of Al-Bustan Al-Qassir on 16 November.Reporters Without Borders hails the Syrian government’s release of the Turkish cameraman Cüneyt Ünal on 17 November. An employee of US-funded Al-Hurra TV, Ünal was abducted on 20 August in Aleppo. The following three foreign journalists are still being held by their abductors or are missing: – Ankhar Kochneva, a Ukrainian journalist who has worked for many Russian news media, especially as an interpreter, was kidnapped by an FSA faction on 9 October. She was able to confirm by telephone the same day that she had been taken hostage. And then, on 12 and 13 October, she was able to contact NTV, one of the Russian media she has worked for as an interpreter. A video was released on 8 November in which she asked the Ukrainian, Russian and Syrian authorities to agree to her captors’ demands.- Bashar Fahmi Al-Kadumi, a Jordanian reporter working for Al-Hurra, went missing in Aleppo on 20 August, at the same time as his Al-Hurra colleague, Cüneyt Ünal. After his release, Ünal reported that Kadumi was wounded in the stomach by a shot fired by a Free Syrian Army sniper.- Austin Tice, a US freelancer who worked for the Washington Post, Al-Jazeera English and McClatchy, went missing while reporting in a Damascus suburb on 13 August. A video showing him held by Jihadis was posted online on 26 September. The only sign of life since his disappearance, it gave no indication as to where he is currently being held, exactly who is holding him and what their demands are. His parents gave a news conference in Beirut on 12 November to request his release. Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Syria Read in Arabic (بالعربية) March 8, 2021 Find out more Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law March 12, 2021 Find out more News News News RSF_en SyriaMiddle East – North Africa to go further
A cinema-like experience inside your home Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab A7 brings a theatre-like experience to your home. While going out to watch movies remains unsafe, the Galaxy Tab A7 can help you stream your favourite movies and TV shows in the comfort of your home. The tablet comes with 26.31cm (10.4”) large display and Quad speakers with Dolby Atmos surround sound. That’s pretty much all you need to enjoy great content with rich audio.Galaxy Tab A7’s massive WUXGA+ display runs at a native resolution of 2000×1200 pixels, offering an immersive viewing experience. Samsung has given you all the more reasons to binge-watch your favourite shows and movies without missing out on a theatre-like experience. And the dark mode on the tablet lets you enjoy high-quality content for longer, without straying your eyes.- Advertisement – In the new normal, we’re all spending more time indoors while working from home or online learning. As we struggle to achieve a work-life balance, there’s a growing need to unplug and to entertain ourselves.In such situations, a tablet can be a blessing in disguise. As they offer extreme portability and high-end features, tablets have become a great option for those looking to get work done and enjoy entertainment at home. Well, Samsung has launched its latest tablet, Galaxy Tab A7 and without any doubt, it’s the ultimate entertainment powerhouse. Here’s why:- Advertisement – Endless gaming sessions like never before While watching movies and TV shows is great, some of us prefer spending more time gaming. The Samsung Galaxy A7 lets you play just about any popular mobile game out there without any lags, thanks to its Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor (Octa-core) that’s supported by 3GB RAM.The speed is quite noticeable when you fire up your favourite games. You can load games quickly, and play endlessly without anything slowing you down. To support your gaming and binge-watching is the large 7040 mAh battery that can last an entire day, and also supports 15W fast charging. When you run out of battery, you can quickly charge it and get back to work or play in no time.- Advertisement – Expandable memory and an attractive design For storing all your important files, videos and photos, the Galaxy Tab A7 comes with an inbuilt 32GB storage expandable up to 1TB with a microSD card, so you never run out of space to store your precious memories.That’s not all, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 comes in a sleek, stylish package that’s designed to impress. The tablet is just 7mm thick and comes in a metal body. You can also choose from three stylish colours – Dark Gray, Silver, and Gold to match your style. Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 is a great option if you’re looking to gift someone a tablet this festive season or you can #RewardYourself with some me-time for all the long work from home hours that you’ve managed this year.Samsung is offering 2-month free subscription of YouTube Premium with the Galaxy Tab A7.You can purchase the Galaxy Tab A7 (Wi-Fi) for ₹16,999, while the LTE version costs ₹21,999. The Wi-Fi variant is exclusively available at amazon.in & samsung.com/in, the LTE variant is available at all major retail outlets & samsung.com/inSamsung just made the festive season even more joyous with the offers on this entertainment powerhouse, including a 10% instant cashback up to ₹1500 on SBI Bank Credit Cards. Those purchasing the device in the next few days can also avail 50% off on a book cover and 50% off on Samsung Care+ plan (the company’s accidental damage protection policy) on select models. You can visit the Samsung online store for more details.Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details. – Advertisement –
The national football team of Bosnia and Herzegovina did a third training session in preparation for the match with Finland and Greece.Our national team has faced a problem following the injury of captain Edin Dzeko, when he broke his cheekbone during the match in Roma and went under surgery. Therefore, additional players are invited.Izet Hajrovic also returned to the national team.BiH’s national team has played below average in the qualifiers so the matches against Finland and Greece are crucial for the European Championship standings.The match against Finland will be played in Zenica on October 12th, and three days later, they will head to Greece.
South Florida hospitals and long-term-care facilities this week will begin to receive coronavirus tests that will provide results in just five to 13 minutes.The tests, which health officials are referring to as a “game-changer,” will be available at some hospitals in our region on Monday. As more of the tests are made, they should also become available at drive-thru testing sites.Cleveland Clinic Florida, Memorial Healthcare and Broward Health are among the South Florida hospital systems to have the tests already.“Those tests will be prioritized to caregivers, to inpatients and to nursing home patients to ensure they are virus-free before they go back to a nursing home,” says Cleveland Clinic CEO Wael Barsoum.Meanwhile, Cleveland Clinic will continue to conduct traditional testing at its four drive-thru sites, where it will still take an average of two or three days to get results.The hospitals bought the tests directly from Abbott Laboratories, a global health care manufacturer.On Friday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he has asked that some of the rapid tests Abbot is producing also be sold to nursing homes and adult living facilities throughout the state.“They could be used on staff and at least to do some spot checks of residents to see if this virus is penetrating any of their facilities,” DeSantis said. “Many of you know there is a crush on medical supplies and these tests are in demand. We will get whatever we can get for the state. We are working to see if some of those can be applied in a way that can directly protect senior citizens.”Abbott says it is producing 50,000 tests a day and will them ship daily to more customers in more places, with plans to increase manufacturing to eventually produce 2 million tests a month by June.In addition, Baptist Health South Florida has has developed a test in house to get results in 24 hours. “Rapid turnaround time for testing is particularly important with cancer patients,” said Dr. Guenther Koehne, deputy director at Baptist Health’s Miami Cancer Institute.
The England Golf Partnership (EGP) has today welcomed a £13 million grant from Sport England to continue to develop the sport over the four years from 2013-17. The grant is an increase on the £12.5 million core funding award for the current period and will support programmes to encourage more people to start and stay in golf and to nurture talented players. Roger Moreland, the EGP’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “We are very pleased with this level of financial support from Sport England and look forward to working with them to maximise their investment and to build on our successes of the past four years.” The grant is part an investment of almost half a billion pounds in grassroots sport, announced today by Sport England. It is intended to keep the inspiration of London 2012 alive and help fulfil Lord Coe’s pledge that the Games would get more people playing sport, a feat that no other host nation has ever managed to achieve. Sport England’s Director of Sport, Phil Smith commented on the grant for golf: “This investment reflects the progress the EGP has made in getting more people playing golf and developing talent within the sport. “Whilst there are challenges in keeping people playing golf in the current economic climate, we are confident that the EGP will continue to demonstrate leadership and innovation within the sport to ensure the number of people playing grows.” The 2013-17 Whole Sport Plan for golf, which will be rolled out from April, includes plans to encourage more people with a disability to take up golf and focuses on providing opportunities for people older than 26 to take up the game and play more often. In addition, the plan contains proposals for increasing the number of young people aged 14-25 playing the game. Roger Moreland added: “There are many challenges in golf, not least those of the weather and of the economic climate, but we are excited about the prospects for the coming four years, which will include the return of golf to the Olympic movement. “This award is a vote of confidence in our achievements to date and we will continue to work to make golf welcoming, accessible and a sport that offers fun and value to those who want to play.” The current four-year plan has shaped a successful period for golf development, during which a network of County Golf Partnerships became established and created a significant increase in golf participation. Their activities, to direct new and returning golfers to structured PGA coaching and playing opportunities, are enhanced by working with pro-active, affordable and accessible golf centres and by a better understanding of the requirements of golfers and would-be players. In the last year a pilot marketing campaign, Get into Golf, has promoted activity with one clear message. Since the current plan began in April 2009, over 154,000 people have tried golf at taster and coaching sessions, of whom more than 85,000 were aged over 16. To date, 4200 new memberships have been reported as being created as a direct result of their activity. These numbers have accelerated as the CGPs have become more customer-focussed. The latest CGP Impact Report shows that in the year to the end of September 2012, over 70,000 people tried golf – almost double the number in the in 2011. In the same period the number of adults playing golf regularly as a result of being involved in CGP activity increased by eight per cent. Meanwhile, England Golf’s 2012 golf club membership questionnaire has revealed that, although golf club membership dropped overall, 25 per cent of clubs have experienced an increase in membership in the last two years. These clubs are being examined in detail to establish how they are achieving success. The EGP brings together the amateur governing body, England Golf, and the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) to grow the game with the support of the Golf Foundation and Sport England. 17 Dec 2012 EGP welcomes £13m award from Sport England
A trip to the finals was quickly put on hold as the Nelson Selects lost 2-0 to the host Avalanche in the U13 Girl’s Division at the Strikers Pend Oreille Cup Sunday in Sandpoint, Idaho.The loss in the semi final eliminated them Selects from further play in the nine-team tournament.“We felt that many of the girl’s played some of their best soccer they have played all season,” said the coaching staff of Pat Perkins and Mike Gerun.Nelson opened the tourney Saturday scoring a 1-0 victory over another Sandpoint squad. Hailee Gerun scored the only goal Nelson would need.The Selects kept the streak going with a 2-0 win over Missoula Strikers. Darian Voisard scored twice to lead Nelson to the victory.Sunday Nelson advanced to the top of the table, finishing with a 2-0-1 record, with a 1-1 draw against Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.Hailee Gerun scored the lone goal for Nelson. But that draw was enough to give the Selects top spot in the division and a date against the Avs.The coaching staff was pleased with the play of defenders Abby Bouchier-Willans, Tara Yowek, Jena Wheeldon and Naomi Perkins.The fourth-place result concludes the season for the U13 Selects.
The Cape Town stadium will have its finalWorld Cup trial when the internationalyouth challenge kicks off in April.(Image: MediaClubsouthafrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library)Some of the world’s best young footballers will battle for top spot in the Cape Town International Challenge, which kicks off on 8 April.Between 8 and 10 April, under-20 teams from Nigeria, Brazil, Ghana and host nation South Africa will take the field at the brand-new Cape Town stadium. This showpiece was completed in 2009 and officially handed over to City management on 14 December 2009, six months ahead of the World Cup kick-off on 11 June.The 69 000-capacity stadium is the pride of the city and has hosted three events already – a football and rugby game, and a religious gathering. During the World Cup the stadium will host five first round matches and one second round game, as well as one quarter-final and one semi-final.The Cape Town International Challenge will be its first multi-national football event, as well as the final one before the long-awaited world football spectacular gets underway.It will also be the first – and only – chance for the stadium management to test the venue’s night time capabilities. Seven of the eight World Cup matches take place under floodlights.The South African under-20 team, Amajita (isiZulu, meaning “the guys”), and Nigeria face off at 16h30 on 10 April, while Ghana and Brazil play at 19h00. The first round takes place on 8 April at the famous Newlands Stadium with Ghana and Nigeria playing at 14h00, followed by South Africa and Brazil at 18h00.The South African Football Association has made 65 000 seats available for the event. Tickets will cost R20 (US$2.80) or R30 ($4) and will only be available from Computicket. Fans arriving at the gates without a ticket will be turned away.With all World Cup tickets for Cape Town games sold out, South African football supporters can still grab an early chance to see international football at the stadium, at an affordable price.Boosting African footballThe challenge is an official World Cup event and hopes are high that it will boost the quality of youth football on the continent and abroad.Ghana is the current under-20 world champion, and Brazil hosts the next Fifa World Cup in 2014. The South American country is a former four-time under-20 world champion.City management hopes that the challenge will grow into an annual event, leaving a world-class legacy for young footballers in developing nations. Football fans who attend the event will also be helping organisers to confirm that Cape Town is ready to welcome the world to the first-ever African World Cup.“We need your help to test the city’s readiness to host the biggest event of all,” said Cape Town deputy mayor Ian Neilson. “It is important that this fourth event tests us to the limits.”The city’s sports and recreation director Gert Bam said that those who attend are in for a treat.Neilson added that city management was committed to developing young talent. “Some of the players in these teams will become household names in a few years and may even compete in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.”Young talentSome of South Africa’s brightest football stars have emerged from the under-20 ranks. Among them are striker Benni McCarthy, now with English Premier League team West Ham United; midfielder Elrio van Heerden, currently on loan to Turkish club Sivasspor from Blackburn Rovers; and winger Steven Pienaar, who plays for Premier League side Everton.Another well-known former Amajita player is lanky defender Matthew Booth, who caused confusion among visitors to the 2009 Confederations Cup when crowds yelling his name, “Boooooth!”, were thought to be booing him.The 1.9m-tall Booth currently plays for local team Mamelodi Sundowns as defender, after a stint with Russian club Krylia Sovetov Samara, where he was captain.
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… What’s The Competition?Smaller services offering purchasable video and pay-to-view such as VHX and Laffster are growing, while Google Play, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video can’t be ignored. Netflix and Hulu stream saleable content and YouTube relies on measly ad sales that reward only huge traffic drivers (see The YouTube Industry Has A Transparency Problem). Norgard called the major players closed platforms, meaning most people aren’t able to get their material into these marketplaces without prior relationships. He says Chill Direct is open to spurring discovery of new talent (the only thing off limits is hardcore sexual content). Just as important, built-in analytics can help creatives take control of their own careers. “To build an actionable marketing plan a creator needs data, pure and simple,” Norgard said. “Studio executives and marketing departments for years have been utilizing costly market research to inform how projects are distributed. Creators will have access to where their audience is coming from, traffic, what’s converting products, who is buying, how many emails they are collecting, and where the audience is located geographically.” Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting adam popescu Tags:#content#distribution#social video Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… What’s the biggest hurdle to getting people to watch your film or video? Getting it in front of them in the first place. Unfortunately, your options are limited.Chill Direct, a new service from the social-video site Chill, hopes to expand those options and act as a new farm system to get content to TV, theaters and film festivals.If you’re as well-known as rising comic Louis C.K., who has famously parlayed his talent into a successful online special, you can essentially create your own ad-hoc distribution network. Last year, C.K. sold his “Live at the Beacon Theatre” show directly to fans for $5 each. Production costs were a reported $170,000, and the show earned $1.1 million in digital sales. C.K. then resold that content to the FX cable channel, which led to deals with other TV outlets. It was a major coup for the raw comedian and a big shift in thinking about content delivery. Assuming you’re not Louis C.K., you need help from a distributor, preferably one that leaves the bulk of any proceeds in your pocket. Chill Direct is positioning itself to be that kind of distributor.Self-Distribution For Everyone?But is self-distribution even possible for unknowns and aspiring creatives? It is if their content is properly placed in an online storefront with decent traffic – and the creator receives a strong revenue-sharing deal with the provider. At the very least it’s likely to be more lucrative than trying to monetize via pay per clicks ads on YouTube.That’s where Chill Direct comes in. Built around a package of open programming interfaces (APIs), it’s a platform to promote video on a 70/30 price-share basis, “giving creators the ability to distribute video direct to fans,” explained Chill’s co-founder and chief executive, Brian Norgard. The idea is let creatives focus on production, not distribution. A buffet of options include the cost of a site, managing uploads, coding, hosting, email marketing, social and real-time analytics. Plus, creators keep ownership of their content. That means if a third party like HBO wanted to buy thier content, creators aren’t obligated to give Chill a dime. Chill will even take the sold content off its site, as most buyers demand exclusivity. Norgard is confident that leveraging Chill’s 20 million users – plus its $10 million in funding and investors that include Hollywood powerhouse agency William Morris Endeavor – will be the key to helping Chill Direct users get their long-form videos seen. “We’re not starting from scratch. Traffic comes from the existing community, creators promoting their projects and paid media,” he said. Eight projects are on the service right now, two of which are comedy specials; one by Maria Bamford and the other by Ari Shaffir. There’s also the noted YouTube documentary “Please Subscribe.” Norgard wouldn’t comment on how well these projects are selling.Early ReviewsFor filmmakers like Alex Rotaru, the notion of a platform to show and launch his content is very attractive. Rotaru, currently distributing his award-winning documentary film Shakespeare High on the Showtime network, says if Chill Direct works as advertised, it’s the holy grail for independent filmmakers, and a potential new road to festivals and more mainstream screens. “A deep marketing strategy has always been the issue, in my view, with a do-it-yourself model,” Rotaru said. “Because the normal pathways into the studio system or into television are literally so Byzantine, they require all these secret handshakes. The right agent, the right moment, the right festival, the right critic, the right fish for lunch before the screening. It’s really the weakest link of the entire chain, distribution, as far as indie filmmakers.” But LockerGnome founder and prolific YouTuber Chris Pirillo warned that even if it the service can attract exclusive, premium material, the key challenge is convincing viewers to watch. “That’s not always easy for content creators, even the really good ones,” Pirillo said. Yet he acknowledged the value for producers to get paid for their work, an uphill battle in online video. “If this service can make it easier to offer more value to a fan base, it could be a win for content producers.”Another problem is the culture of giving away video, said Drew Baldwin, the founder of Tubefilter. “That’s one of the big challenges here because if there’s an acceptable substitute in terms of entertainment that’s free or ad-supported, it’s going to be very difficult to justify that cost.” But Baldwin added that the rest of the online video world is watching to see if Chill Direct works. “YouTube is in a great position to take advantage of that (model),” he said. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cardiff boss Warnock furious with ref ‘experiment’ for Watford defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock was furious after their 3-2 win over Watford.Andrew Madley officiated the game at Vicarage Road, which ended in a win for the Hornets, the young referee’s first Premier League game of the season.In fact it was only Madley’s second ever match officiating in the English top tier, a decision which left Warnock bemused.”I was disappointed in one or two things,” said Warnock.”I thought Murphy should have had a free-kick, I thought it was very similar to the one he gave on the edge of their box.”And I thought Troy Deeney was lucky not to get a card if I’m honest. Conditions were poor but once he started sliding in and the goalie was going to get it, he could have pulled his foot away.”When I’ve got Andre Marriner sat at the side of me and I’ve got a young referee who’s (refereeing) his first game of the season, I don’t understand that at all.”Whether it’s just because ‘it’s only Cardiff City and we’ll let someone have an experiment today…”