Brutal assault on a journalist in Kurdistan, newspapers facing legal action

first_img to go further “In this city, nobody could have done what they did without definite support from the authorities, and therefore the KDP. I live in a region where politicians do not understand democracy or the need for free media”, the very distressed journalist said. RSF_en News IraqMiddle East – North Africa It is the second assault on Goran and he has also been the target of a score of legal actions, the most recent by Chnar Saad Abdulla, minister of Martyrs. Goran said he had no doubts about the identity of his assailants or their motives. “The KDP, headed by Massud Barzani, is clearly behind this attack. The reasons are also very clear: I am an independent newspaper that criticises the parties and politicians and I do not hesitate to reveal corruption cases. And that is what they cannot stand.” News Goran believed his attackers to be from Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP). He made a formal complaint to the police, but told the worldwide press freedom organisation, “I am not under any illusions, the police are in the pocket of the KDP”, adding that he never wanted to see the city again. “Nabaz Goran is one of the most prominent investigative journalists in Iraqi Kurdistan. This assault on him demonstrates the huge difficulties journalists like him have in doing their job in a region mired in heightened political tension between the KDP and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) ahead of legislative elections,” the organisation said. “Police should do everything possible to identify the assailants and those who sent them to carry out this cowardly assault”. The 32-year-old editor of the independent Kurdish-language bi-monthly Jehan (World) (http://www.jehan-press.com/) was set upon by unknown assailants and brutally battered about the face and head as he was leaving his office in the Iskan district of the Erbil, on 29 October. Follow the news on Iraq Journalist colleagues have all strongly condemned the attack. Ahmed Mirra, managing editor of Leven, the principle Kurdish language publication said in an interview with the daily Ach-Charq al-Awsat, “This assault underlines the extreme difficulties encountered by journalists working in Iraqi Kurdistan today and the risks they run. The aim is to silence the free press that challenges the authorities on a daily basis”. Organisation He referred to the ultimate price paid by his colleagues in Iraqi Kurdistan who have been murdered over the past few years in political score-settling, including Soran Mama Hama, who was killed in Kirkuk in July 2008. He also pointed to a complaint laid against his paper by the province’s governor, Massud Barzani, after it carried an article revealing his salary and other privileges. Distribution was halted of issue number 94 of the paper. “I had just come out of the office, when three men unknown to me approached me and asked me if I was Nabaz Goran. I replied that I was and they then attacked me. One of them was armed with a blunt metal object which he used to hit me on the head and face while the two others rained punches on me. They did not stop insulting my mother and my sisters”, he told Reporters Without Borders, speaking with difficulty because of pain from his injuries (see photos). “These proceedings are very worrying, since they demonstrate an inability to tolerate any criticism. We urge the members of parliament to withdraw their suit”, said the organisation, which today sent a letter to this effect to the speaker of the House of Representatives. November 10, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Brutal assault on a journalist in Kurdistan, newspapers facing legal action Help by sharing this information News Reporters Without Borders today called for police to do their utmost to find those responsible for a “cowardly” physical attack on leading Iraqi Kurdish investigative journalist Nabaz Goran, who has just left Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, to seek refugee in Sulaymaniyah to the east. News Receive email alerts In Iraq, there has been a big upsurge in complaints against newspapers. Iraqi members of parliament on 8 November lodged a complaint against the daily al-Mada over an article published the previous day, written by Ward Badr As-Salam headlined “Parliamentarians beneath zero”, in which the journalist criticised the privileges they enjoy. December 28, 2020 Find out more Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” February 15, 2021 Find out more December 16, 2020 Find out more Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistanlast_img read more

$350 million in emergency dairy aid approved by Congress

first_imgBy a vote of 76 to 22, the Senate today passed and sent to President Obama legislation to provide $350 million in emergency assistance for hard-pressed dairy farmers. The House last night approved the same $121 billion agriculture spending bill for the 2010 budget year. The bill includes $290 million for direct support to dairy farmers using guidelines to be determined by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack under an expedited process.  Another $60 million would be used to purchase cheese and other dairy products for food banks and nutrition programs, spurring prices for raw dairy products by drawing down supplies of the commodity.“I am glad the bill was approved.  My hope now is that Secretary Vilsack will move as rapidly as possible and get support out to dairy farmers who are in desperate need,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Sanders sponsored the amendment in the Senate tacking the dairy funds onto the Department of Agriculture appropriations bill.Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee which handled the Senate’s work on the bill. He said, “This is another timely lifeline for dairy farmers who are struggling just to stay afloat through this crisis.  These direct payments are a fast and efficient way to deliver help right to the farm.  Right now another day of dairy farming means another day of losses, and we need both short-term and long-term solutions to break these vicious downward price spirals.  Secretary Vilsack knows what dairy farmers are going through, and I expect that USDA will move promptly to put these emergency funds from the Sanders Amendment to use.”Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), cochairman of the Congressional Dairy Farmers Caucus, said, “Vermont’s dairy farmers need assistance, and they need it now. I’m relieved that Congress has acted to provide this critical funding, and I’m hopeful that Secretary Vilsack will act swiftly to ensure it reaches Vermont farmers soon. While this emergency assistance will not solve the long-term problems the industry faces, it will provide much-needed temporary support to these hardworking, dedicated members of our community.”The average price farmers received for their milk fell this year to $11.30 per hundredweight, down from $19.30 in July 2008.  It costs farmers at least $18 per hundredweight to produce milk. As prices plunged, family dairy farms in Vermont and around the country went out of business.Dairy farmers got a temporary boost from the Agriculture Department last July 31 when Secretary Vilsack – after meeting with the senators from Vermont and other dairy states – approved a  three-month price hike that was expected to increase farmers’ revenue nationwide by $243 million. Source: WASHINGTON, October 8, 2009 –last_img read more

Frogmore next for Gresham St

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Wellington gets 6 track athletes to state in 7 events after regional

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (3) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down Bluejays Forever · 272 weeks ago How about some news on the other schools in the county, Cue? Report Reply 1 reply · active 272 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 272 weeks ago I’m getting to that today, Bluejays Forever. It got too late last night for me to delve into the others. Report Reply +2 Vote up Vote down sportsfan · 272 weeks ago Can wait to hear what other Sumner County athletes are going to the state track meet this weekend… Report Reply 0 replies · active 272 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington will be taking six athletes in seven events to the Kansas State Track and Field Championships in Wichita next weekend.The Crusaders traveled west to Holcomb to participate in the Class 4A Regional Friay. In order to qualify, an athlete must finish in the top four of his/her event.Wellington’s Colin Reichenberger finished first in both the 110 meter and 300 meter hurdles. He also broke a school record in the 300 with a run of 38.90. This marks the first time he surpassed the 39 second threshold. He ran the 110 meter hurdles in 14.40.Brenton Troutman qualified for state in the 400 meter dash. He had a 51.8 time for third place in Holcomb. Only Hunter Knowblauch of Andale and Shelvin Martin of Colby ran the 400 faster.On the girls side, sophomore Jaycee Schettler finished second in the 100 meters and first in the 200 meters.Her time of 12.60 was tied with Alexandra Keller of Buhler in the finals but finished second because Keller ran a faster preliminary.In the 200, Schettler would finish with a 26.10 time, .5 seconds faster than Brielle McKee of Colby.Tayler McGlothin, a freshman, placed fourth in the 400 meter dash with a 1:02.20 time.The 4×400 meter relay team of Joanna Tredway, McGlothlin, Schettler and Lean Nelson also qualified by finishing fourth with a 4:17.20 time.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Fundraising Efforts Under Way for Monmouth Beach Former CEO

first_imgBy John BurtonMONMOUTH BEACH – Despite everything he’s gone through, Jim Fuller is grateful.“I’m grateful I’m alive; I’m grateful for having a close family” who have provided him with a place to live, Fuller said this week, nearly a week after his lifetime home was destroyed by fire, leaving him homeless and losing just about all of his worldly possessions.Fuller, 58, a quadriplegic who requires the use of a wheelchair, said he’s most appreciative that neither he nor anyone was injured in the blaze and especially “by the outpouring of support” he’s received since then, he said. “It’s just amazing to me.”Fuller’s home, 13 River Ave., was overcome by flames at approximately 1 a.m. on Jan 28. He had been in his third floor bedroom at the time watching the end of a basketball game. With his disability, if not for his live-in caregiver, Bob Kern, Fuller said he might not have survived the fire.Nearly a week after the fire, “It looks like the house is a total loss,” said Laurie Escalante Hernandez, Fuller’s niece.The house – “It was the home I grew up in, my mother grew up in,” said Hernandez, and where Fuller has lived since he was a small child – has been home to family members for 55 years.“It’s been passed down from generation, to generation,” Fuller said.Unfortunately, with the mortgage long paid off, Fuller had let the homeowners insurance lapse, leaving him and Kern homeless.“He’s lost everything he had,” Hernandez said.In the early hours of Jan 28, Monmouth Beach Fire Company , Sea Bright Fire Rescue and many other fire company volunteers faced fire and ice at Jim Fuller’s home. Photo by Tina ColellaFuller and Kern are now living with Fuller’s sister, Joyce Escalante at her South Road home.Area residents have come to his assistance, providing some clothing, some furniture and other items. And Hernandez has begun a gofundme.com page – Help Jim Fuller Rebuild – hoping to help her uncle eventually return home.As of Wednesday afternoon, 166 people have contributed $15,930.The 3,090 square-foot River Avenue home was built in 1905 and is assessed at $733,600, according to Monmouth County tax records.Along with the cash donations, “People have been sending really nice messages,” on the website, Hernandez said. Initially after the fire, while Fuller is a “calm, a pretty optimistic guy,” she sensed, “He was not taking it well,” having lost his needed hospital bed and his computer along with his clothing and personal effects.But the messages “really made all the difference,” Hernandez believed, with Fuller providing personal responses to them.“It brings tears to my eyes,” as he read the messages, Fuller said.Fuller was a freshman at Rutgers University in 1974 when he suffered an accident that required three months in the hospital and six months in a rehabilitation facility and leaving him paralyzed. He learned to drive and went to work as the borough chief financial officer and tax collector, retiring in 2012, after 33 years.“People have been really great,” Hernandez said, noting some are working to get Fuller a new hospital bed and computer. And Fuller said a local contractor offered his services to close off the property with the destroyed home.There’s still a long way to go and Fuller acknowledged “I try not to think too far in the future,” but he and his family remain hopeful that he’ll be home again.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Innkeepers Soccer Club

first_imgThe Nelson Innkeepers remained at the top of the Leo’s Men’s Open Soccer League with a 2-0 victory over the L.V. Rogers Bombers in the championship match at Lakeside Pitch. It’s the second straight league title for the Innkeepers and earns the club Mallard’s Source for Sports Team of the Week. The team includes, back row, L-R, Jeff Hall, Greg Kinnear, Aaron Sedlbauer, Ed Canzian, Matt Tyler, Paul Saso, Iain Harvey, John Babineau and Tomas Gabriel. Front, Kevin Lewis, Derek Stefiuk, Chris Richards, Oriano DiRuscio, Mike Precious, Kerry Dyck and Paul Anderson.last_img

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Mount Sentinel Sr. Girl’s Volleyball

first_imgThe Mount Sentinel Wildcats look to play their best volleyball of the season as the South Slocan school hosts the BC High School A Girl’s Championships through Saturday at the Selkirk College gymnasium in Castlegar.The Wildcats are seeded eighth entering the 16-team tournament, but have few of key players returning to action this weekend.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the Cats as Team of the Week. The team includes, Leanne Kabatoff, Maya Mierau, Samantha Shkuratoff, Lauren Spurge, Simone Chernoff, Victoria Peebles, Teya Makortoff, Kalina Spurge and coach Joe Moreira.last_img

Selkirk College Saints Invite Community to Championship Rally

first_img“Without community support, this hockey program would not exist,” says Selkirk College Athletics & Recreation Coordinator Kim Verigin.“We are inviting all the amazing hockey fans and community supporters to come to The Pit on the Castlegar Campus to share this special accomplishment with our players, coaches, students and Selkirk College staff.”The Saints captured an unprecedented fourth straight BCIHL crown with a 2-1 victory over Trinity Western University on Saturday night before a packed house of more than 800 fans at the Castlegar & District Community Complex.The rally takes place in The Pit between noon and 1 p.m.Everyone is invited. Support from hockey fans helped fuel the Selkirk College Saints to a fourth straight British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) title this past weekend and now the student athletes are hosting a gathering to celebrate with the community.The Saints Celebration Rally is set for Wednesday starting at noon on the Castlegar Campus. There will be free pizza, autographs, photo opportunities with the championship trophy and another chance to bask in the glory of a provincial championship.last_img read more

Dinner talk breaks barriers

first_imgDine With Khayelitsha fosters nationa building and social cohesion. (Image and video: Redbull Amaphiko)Nation building and social cohesion are some of the outcomes of South Africa’s National Development Plan or Vision 2030 – and it all comes together when ordinary people put in a little effort.Nine friends from Khayelitsha, in Cape Town, founded Dine With Khayelitsha, a monthly dinner hosted in Site C, Khayelitsha, which brings together people of different races and social classes. The aim is to have frank conversations about social issues and break down racial boundaries.“We’re just a bunch of kids trying to change the hood,” Mpumelelo Sefalane, a co-founder, told Redbull Amaphiko. “That’s what we’re doing with Dine With Khayelitsha.“When white people come to the township, they usually come for charity work or as tourists. We want to change that and create a space where they can come and we can discuss real issues, and show them what township life is really about.”THE HOSTINGThe group of friends host dinners at nine houses on the first Friday of each month. Each house has its own theme, anything from entrepreneurship and leadership to land reform. The programme is run according to the dinner’s menu.Learn about Dine With Khayelitsha:“During the first course we’ll introduce everyone to each other and have a little ice-breaker to calm everyone’s nerves. For the main course, we discuss the topic of the night,” Sefalane said.It’s not all talk and no show though.“We want people to actually implement what we’ve been discussing throughout the night. So during dessert we get everyone to share how they’re going to change whatever we’ve been talking about.”The dinners also offer isiXhosa classes thanks to a partnership with social enterprise Ubuntu Bridge.KEEPING IT LOCALEverything from the food consumed to the entertainment is sourced from local suppliers. The food is cooked by aspiring chefs in Khayelitsha and after the dinner, guests head to Vintage Lounge, a local night spot, to wind down.Sefalane and his team want to break out of South Africa and take the concept of Dine With across the continent and all over the world. “We want to take this internationally – whether it’s London or Abu Dhabi. That’s our biggest vision.”PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of the people around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

Proverbs 3:27 at work as Ohio agricultural relief efforts head to Nebraska

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseDo not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. That is the very clear message from Proverbs 3:27.It can’t be certain this verse is top of mind for the many in Ohio’s agricultural community who are dropping what they are doing to donate, travel, work, and serve their fellow farmers across the country, but they certainly are demonstrating it.Terrible flooding in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri has left farms swamped and devastated generations of work on the land in recent weeks. One Ohio group of six tractor-trailers and 11 trucks and trailers filled with food, clothes, hay, feed, and hygiene products donated from farmers, businesses and church leaders from the Norwalk, Monroeville, Ashland, and Mansfield areas left earlier this week for Verdigre, Neb. An additional group from Ohio plans to leave next week. Another group leaves March 29 in an effort being organized by Greg and Rose Hartschuh in Crawford County through Ohio’s Rural America Relief.“Last week we were watching these videos from Nebraska and the bomb cyclone with snow and blizzard-like conditions and rain and ice chunks with flooding and saw a lot of people hurting out there,” Rose said. “A lot of places just looked like an ocean. It is on a day-by-day basis. Every day they are opening up more roads. I read a story about a farmer out there. It usually takes him 20 minutes to get to his cattle but now he is going 200 miles round trip just to take care of his cattle.”The Hartschuhs decided it was in their power to act, and this is not the first time.“In 2017 wildfires ravaged Kansas and Oklahoma and that part of the country and my husband and I wanted to do what we could to help. It kind of snowballed from there and we ended up organizing quite a bit of hay and a good group of volunteers to head out,” Rose said. “We started kicking around the idea again. Should we do something? It took a little longer to decide this time because it did end up being a pretty big effort last time. We learned a lot from Kansas. From the beginning we said we are going to help but we are going to do it in a different way. One of the differences is that hay is harder to come by in Ohio this time. We also know that fuel costs for hay are expensive to haul it across the country.”The Hartschuh group will include 10 trucks and trailers filled with supplies and 30 volunteers going to help lend a hand.“Fencing is a huge need, as well as just people to help. They are talking about corn stalks a couple of feet deep in some areas. All of that is going to have to move before they can even think about planting,” Rose said. “We set up several different drop-off locations around the state for supplies and of course you can always give cash. Nebraska Farm Bureau has a relief fund set up and that money goes directly to the farmers impacted. Our group is also taking cash and we’ll use that to help defray our travel costs. We are estimating our costs will be around $5,000. If there is anything left we will give it to the Nebraska Farm Bureau fund.”Included in the group are six senior FFA students from Wynford.“They are really going to have a unique experience,” Rose said. “This is the kind of trip that can really change your perspective on a lot of things.”The group is meeting in Tiffin early March 29 and headed west on I-80/90 to Schuyler, Neb. On Saturday, the supplies will be delivered to the North Bend, Neb. area. Volunteers will help with cleanup over the weekend and return to Ohio on Monday.Those interested in donating to the effort can go to PayPal to [email protected] or use the link: https://PayPal.me/RuralAmericaRelief. Checks can be made to Ohio’s Rural America Relief and mailed to 6348 Parks Road, Sycamore, OH 44882. Any funds that are left after the trip will be donated directly to Nebraska Farm Bureau. Follow along this weekend on the Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net Facebook page.Hats off to those willing to act when they have the power to do so and carry out the spirit of Proverbs 3:27.last_img read more