US urged to move quickly to save Steven Sotloff

first_imgNews March 12, 2021 Find out more In the video of Foley’s barbaric execution that is posted online, Islamic State threatened to kill Sotloff in a similar fashion. Pursuing its deadly logic, it then launched a terror campaign on Twitter with the hashtag of #StevensHeadinObamasHands. Reporters Without Borders calls on the US government to move quickly to try to save Sotloff. International law, the Geneva Conventions and their additional protocols, the 2006 UN Security Council resolution 1738 on the safety of journalists and a 2013 UN General Assembly resolution hold states responsible for the safety of journalists and require them to take active measures to protect them or free them.When journalists are taken hostage, their governments have a duty to take action. In Sotloff’s case, it is the United States. Saving hostages should not be left to their families or the news media that employ them, which often have to turn to the private sector in an attempt to obtain their release. In an act of desperation, Sotloff’s mother posted a video online on 27 August in which she appealed to Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, to release her son.“Journalists deserve special attention because of the risks they take to report the news,” said Reporters Without Borders assistant research director Virginie Dangles. “In Sotloff’s case, the United States must consider all possible options for freeing him.”The United States has recently shown that it is able to find ways to get hostages freed. With the help of Qatari mediation, it obtained the release of Peter Theo Curtis, a US journalist and writer who was held by the jihadi group Al-Nosra for 22 months in Syria. The US soldier Bowe Bergdahl was exchanged for five Guantanamo detainees after being held by the Taliban for five years.The recent releases support the idea that negotiations can be envisaged with those holding hostages, that the options do not only include payments of some kind as well as military operations. Regardless of its policy of not paying ransoms, it is vital that the US government should take concrete action. SyriaMiddle East – North Africa September 1, 2014 – Updated on June 7, 2016 US urged to move quickly to save Steven Sotloff Reporters Without Borders urges the United States to do everything possible to obtain the release of Steven Sotloff, a US freelance journalist held hostage for more than a year in Syria and now facing the same fate as James Foley, the US journalist beheaded by the militant jihadi group that now calls itself Islamic State. News Follow the news on Syria RSF_en to go further February 3, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law March 8, 2021 Find out more News Organisation Newslast_img read more

Cricket News IND vs WI, 1st Test: India enjoy 89-run lead over West Indies at lunch on Day 3

first_imgNew Delhi: India maintain their stranglehold over the West Indies with a healthy 75-run first innings lead, which swelled to 89 by lunch time on the third day of the opening cricket Test here on Saturday.India bowled out West Indies for 222 in 74.2 overs in their first innings in reply to 297 with Ishant Sharma returning with best figures of 5 for 43.Besides Ishant, Mohammed Shami (2/48) and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja (2/64) scalped two wickets a piece.For West Indies, Roston Chase top-scored with 48, while skipper Jason Holder played a fighting 39-run knock as the hosts failed to build up partnerships.At the opening break of the third day, India were 14 for no loss in their second innings with Mayank Agarwal batting on 8 and K L Rahul on 6.Earlier, resuming at the overnight score of 189 for eight, Holder and Miguel Cummins stuck together for 103 balls, forging a crucial 41-run partnership for the ninth wicket to take West Indies close to the Indian total.Holder kept a calm head and guided his younger partner Cummins brilliantly to get as close as possible to the Indian total.While Holder made 39 off 65 balls with the help of five boundaries, Cummins gave his skipper the right support from the other end by just staying at the crease although he couldn’t open his account.Cummins’ determination to stay at the crease and give his skipper company can be gauged from the fact that he played 45 balls for no runs.The Indian bowlers found it difficult to break the stubborn partnership between Holder and Cummins as they needed 85 balls in the opening session of the third day to dislodge the stand.The partnership was finally broken when Holder edged a Mohammed Shami delivery to wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant behind the stumps in the 74th over.Left-arm spinner Jadeja finally drew curtains on West Indies innings when he cleaned up Cummins an over later.End of the West Indies innings. They are bowled out for 222. #TeamIndia lead by 75 runs. 5 for Ishant, 2 each for Shami & Jadeja. 1 for Bumrah #WIvIND— BCCI (@BCCI) August 24, 2019 For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Persaud, Braithwaite for DCRA C/ships in Canada

first_img… as part of 2018 Commonwealth Games preparationsGUYANA National Rifle Association (GuyanaNRA) captain Mahendra Persaud and Lennox Braithwaite have left these shores en route to the Dominion of Canada Rifle Association (DCRA) Fullbore Championships, set for the Connaught Rifle Range, Ottawa, Ontario from Friday.Their attendance, which has been funded in part by the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA), forms part of their training towards the 2018 Commonwealth Games fixed for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, April 4-15, 2018.Persaud and Braithwaite have competed at the Canadian championships in the past and were very successful. They are aiming to shine once again.. Persaud made the final on three consecutive occasions.The long-standing GuyanaNRA captain recently returned from Bisley, England after competing at the 148th Imperial Meet from June 16 to July 22. There, Persaud anchored a 4-member West Indian team to victory in the Junior McKinnon Trophy match.Persaud led the team with 95.8Vs at the two ranges, followed by Gomez 94.9Vs, St. Vincent & the Grenadines’ Chalky White 93.4Vs and T&T’s Caroline Gomez 86.4Vs. Adjutant (manager) was T&T’s Gaby Gomez.A number of team-practice matches were also held towards ensuring they are in good form for Canada. Persaud noted that they are well prepared to represent once again.“I am confident that Braithwaite and I will do well again, we have been preparing for this championship as a team over the past weeks. I would like to also say that all the preparations also form part of our hosting of the West Indies Championships which will form part of our 150th Anniversary celebrations from October 9 to 15, later this year.”Plans to put the Timehri Rifle Range in the best shape ever are ongoing with new target mechanisms being put in place, apart from making over and widening the banks.Millions of dollars have already been expended and the GuyanaNRA is still appealing to corporate Guyana to assist.The October showdown will feature the West Indies’ #1 Nation – Guyana – the reigning short and long range kings, Jamaica, Antigua & Barbuda, Bermuda, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago as well as some of the best nations at the world level, the likes of Australia, Great Britain, Canada, USA, Scotland, Wales and the Falkland Islands.last_img read more

Cycling Studio Gets a Mega Expansion in Shrewsbury

first_imgBy Emma WulfhorstSHREWSBURY ­–  Sweaty, out of breath, but also energized and ready to start your day – that’s how you feel after the morning spin class at Megacycle in Shrewsbury. Megacycle classes are known for their high-energy instructors, combining music, coaching, and motivation to create a convenient and fun exercise experience for all ages and levels. This was the dream Megacycle creator and owner Megan Gridley had in 2012 when she opened her studio in a small, 800 square foot house at 800 Broad Street. Now, almost three years later, even more people will be able to experience the exhaustion and happiness of Megacycle.On Friday, August 28, Megacycle will move from its tiny house to a brand new location at 89 Newman Springs Road. With more than 3,100 square feet, the new facility will be much more than just a state-of-the-art indoor cycling studio.The new Megacycle will continue to offer various types of spin classes, like HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), Calorie Blast, and Spin & Tone, and introduce TRX, Pilates, and yoga classes. With three new instructors, convenient parking, and a child care room with babysitting services for parents, Megacycle has something for everyone.Megacycle will also partner with My Kitchen Witch Cafe in Monmouth Beach to provide cyclers with healthy meals and snacks on-the-go. When customers reserve a class online, they will also be able to order food from My Kitchen Witch’s seasonal menu. In addition to My Kitchen Witch, Megacycle will partner with other local food providers to stock their studio kitchen with water, coconut water, juices, and the latest fitness snacks.Gridley grew up in Branchburg and moved to Middletown 10 years ago with her growing family. At the time, she weighed 235 pounds and, at only 5’1”, was unhappy with her appearance, “I was embarrassed to put on the exercise outfit; I was embarrassed to take a class.” In an attempt to lose weight and get fit, Megan began eating healthier and running. Though she was able to lose the unwanted pounds, she injured her left knee in the process. Wanting to continue exercising, but unable to run, Megan found a spinning class and immediately fell in love.After becoming a certified cycling instructor, Megan taught at various studios in Monmouth County. As she became more experienced with cycling, she wanted to  customize her classes, but was limited by gym owners. That’s when Megan had the idea to create her own cycling business with a community feel. She wanted classes to be intense, but appeal to beginners, hard-core cyclists, and everyone in between.Megan is extremely excited about the move and all the new things Megacycle will offer, “We hope the new Megacycle will appeal to a broad range of people who want to be fit and have fun doing it in an easy, open atmosphere.”last_img read more

Maharashtra government may seek more than ₹3,000 crore as flood relief

first_imgFollowing Karnataka’s request for interim flood relief from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Maharashtra government will also submit a memorandum seeking ₹3,000-crore package this week. At a meeting on Monday, Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta spoke to senior Relief and Rehabilitation, and Revenue department officials to asses the losses the flood-ravaged western Maharashtra in which over 150 people have died. Sources said the Cabinet will review the State’s proposal on Tuesday. Senior officials said the destruction to human life and property is massive and may need central assistance at the earliest.Karnataka meanwhile, has sought ₹3,000 crore as monetary assistance from the Centre before the final review of the inter-ministerial committee on disaster management on assessment and quantification of the damage. The process is reversed in usual circumstances. Maharashtra is likely to seek the same waiver. “We have finalised our assessment to damages, and will submit our memorandum soon,” said a senior official. While Karnataka’s assessment of damages are based on losses in 2,694 villages in 86 talukas of 17 districts, Maharashtra’s damages, in the worst floods in a decade, have been reported from 70 talukas of Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara, Thane, Nasik, Palghar, Ratnagiri, Raigad and Sindhudurg districts. The floods lefts 761 villages marooned, officials said. The crop destruction alone, officials said, could be more than ₹125 crore, according to preliminary assessment. While exact worth of damage would only be known once the flood water has fully receded, senior officials said around 27,468 hectare of agriculture land has been completely destroyed while the numbers could eventually touch one lakh hectares when the panchnama is complete, senior officials said. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had said on Saturday that the total length of road damaged is 484 km, while 2,615 transformers are damaged partially or fully in the floods.last_img read more


first_imgTouch Football Australia’s seven National teams leave Australia’s shores this weekend bound for the sixth Federation of International Touch World Cup in Stellenbosch South Africa.The global showcase event for the sport will be played 17-21 January 2007 at the Daniel Craven Stadium in the picturesque South African wine district.The Men’s Open, Women’s Open, and Mixed Open Teams depart Friday 12 January bound for Perth for an overnight stay before departing for Johannesburg, before taking another flight to Capetown, then being transfered by coach to Stellenbosch.Australia’s four Senior division teams – Men’s 30s, Men’s 35s, Men’s 40s, and Mixed 30s will travel to South Africa on Sunday 14 January to meet up with the rest of the Australian World Cup contingent.The 180 plus Australian Team will put finishing touches on their preparation with light training, sightseeing, and tactical sessions on the menu at their Protea Hotel base in Stellenbosch in the days leading up to the commencement of the tournament.The seven Australian Teams will be looking to also have the market cornered in the fashion stakes as well, with a smart new playing strip and a great range of clothing and accessories supplied by KOOGA Made for Touch set to ensure the Aussies are winners on and off the field of play.Australia is the only nation to field teams in every division offered at every World Cup since the event was first contested on the Gold Coast in 1988.Australia has an imposing record in World Cup History having lost only 3 of 35 divisional finals in nineteen years of World Cup competition.Australia clean swept all five divisions on offer at the last World Cup in Japan in 2003, but will face a tremendous challenge from around the globe with 15 nations and  teams across seven divisions battling for World Cup supremacy in South Africa.The Australians tuned up for the defence of their Champion nation status at World Cup level by claiming 7 out of the 10 contested divisions at the Inaugural All Nations Championships held in Christchurch, New Zealand in late 2005.Australia is defending champions in the three premier World Cup divisions of Men’s Open, Women’s Open, and Mixed Open, and have been preparing for the last three years to counter an imposing challenge from their closest rivals New Zealand and the rest of the FIT nations.The Australian Women’s Open Team – arguably Australia’s most successful Women’s sporting team in any sport at World Cup level, will lead Australia’s charge.The Australian Women’s Team proudly boasts an incredible 45 game winning streak at World Cup level spanning a nineteen-year period.The Women’s team has never suffered defeat in World Cup competition and has completed a remarkable run of sustained excellence over five pristine campaigns at this level.Three Players, Captain Sharyn Williams and Sydney twins Amanda and Kristy Judd will become the first Australian Women’s players to play in four World Cups at Open level when they take to the field in South Africa.2006 State of Origin Player of the Series Louise Winchester from New South Wales, the mercurial Kelly Woods, 2003 FIT World Cup Player of the Series, Bo De la Cruz, and emerging Queensland middle Peta Rogerson, will be pivotal players in Australia’s World Cup campaign.The Australian Men’s Open Team, who have won every World Cup final contested, will go into the tournament slight favourites ahead of a skilled, youthful, and agile New Zealand combination, who along with Lebanon, and hosts South Africa are expected to push the World Champions all the way.Captain Gavin Shuker, the industrious Gary Sonda, the fleet-footed Drumayne Dayberg-Muir, ballplaying maestro Jason Stanton, and Queensland State of Origin star Nathan Jones are expected to be cornerstones of Australia’s title defence.The Australian Open Mixed team goes in as underdogs against 2005 All Nations Champions, New Zealand.Australia won the last World Cup in 2003, but will need to produce their very best to resist the challenge from a young New Zealand team big on combination, experience, and skill in the Mixed genre of the game.Australia’s challenge will be led by Co-Captains, 2003 World Cup leader Tony Eltakchi and power-house middle Mary Steele.Queensland’s gifted Mixed specialist Amy Fong, and the ‘tireless tyros’ Brad Holden and Ben Mc Cullen are also key players for the defending World champions.Australia’s Senior Teams will be looking to preserve their clean slate from 2003 and help Australia claim the overall tag of Champion nation by claiming victory in the Men’s 30s, Men’s 35s, Men’s 40s, and Mixed 30 Years divisions.Australia will also be providing 25 referees at the showcase event on the sport’s calendar.Touch Football Australia will keep readers up to date with regular scores as they happen and all the news and views from South Africa will be presented in a daily “World Cup Wrap”.Touch Football Australia would like to extend their best wishes to all seven National Teams and their respective coaching staff, referees, and support personnel for the duration of the World Cup.The Kangaroo and the Emu who adorn the Australian Coat of Arms are in the minority of animals in existence who can’t walk backwards.Not knowing how to take a backward step will be a priceless commodity for the 2007 Touch Football Australia World Cup Teams as they prepare to take on the best the world has to offer.last_img read more

Memorial service underway for those killed in Humboldt Broncos crash

first_imgWATCH LIVE: Memorial underway for Humboldt Broncos players killed in crashThe crash struck a chord with hockey-loving Canadians and moved people around the world to put hockey sticks on their front porches in solidarity with the Humboldt community.More than $15 million was donated for the victims’ families.The service led by the team’s pastor is being held at the Humboldt arena, where rows of yellow banners hang above the main entrance with the names of all 29 people who were on the bus that day.Premier Scott Moe says he will attend with his wife, and a spokeswoman from the Prime Minister’s Office says a video message will be played from Justin Trudeau.“I have two children and, like any parent, I just can’t imagine what these parents are going through, go through, each and every day,” Moe said in an interview Friday.Organizers are expecting about 3,000 people at the arena and are also preparing for many to visit the crash site at the crossing of Highways 35 and 335.The Broncos were heading to a playoff game when the collision happened. Handmade crosses and a large collection of mementoes have been left at the intersection and there are plans for a permanent memorial there.Jaskirat Singh Sidhu of Calgary was sentenced last month to eight years for dangerous driving causing death and bodily injury. Court heard he was an inexperienced driver travelling for the first time in the area.The three prairie provinces have since made training mandatory for commercial truck drivers and an entry-level national training standard is to be in place next year.The Canadian Press HUMBOLDT, Sask. — A memorial service is getting underway to mark one year since the Humboldt Broncos tragedy will include a moment of silence at 4:50 p.m. — the exact time of the deadly crash.Sixteen people were killed and 13 were injured after the Saskatchewan hockey team’s bus collided with a semi driven by a novice trucker who had blown the stop sign at a rural intersection.last_img read more

Alberta move to cut energy shipments expected to hit more than BC

first_img“(But) if there’s curtailment all the way to the point of discontinuing that flow of product … that utilization taken away from the refineries would have a pretty negative effect on therefineries.”Refiners would be forced to find alternative markets, accept lower prices, or run operations at less than optimum capacity to restrict output, he said.Tighter supplies of gasoline and diesel in B.C. would likely drive up prices in B.C.’s Lower Mainland by about 10 cents per litre, said fuel market analyst Michael Ervin, senior vice-president at the Kent Group Ltd.The estimate is lower than other experts have estimated, but he said it’s high enough that refiners on the U.S. West Coast or possibly even Asia Pacific would be motivated to overcome logistical hurdles and start supplying the market.In Alberta, meanwhile, the glut of gasoline and diesel would likely result in cheaper prices for motorists, especially in the Edmonton area, he said.Ervin said cutting off light oil supplies through Trans Mountain would hurt Alberta-based Parkland Fuels Corp., which bought the 55,000-barrel-per-day Burnaby refinery last year and has enjoyed good margins thanks to its access to low-cost Alberta feedstock.Imperial Oil Ltd. spokesman Jon Harding said Tuesday the Calgary-based company, which ships refined products on Trans Mountain, “understands the rationale” for Bill 12 and will comply if it’s passed, but hopes a solution can be found that negates the need for its use.Suncor Energy Inc., meanwhile, has a “vast logistics network” and would look to send refined product out of Edmonton to other markets if needed, said spokeswoman Sneh Seetal.Andrew Leach, an associate professor with the University of Alberta’s business school, said any economic impact of an Alberta energy export ban would be brief because he doesn’t think the province’s legislation is constitutional.He suggested any attempts to implement a ban would be swiftly and successfully attacked by interested parties in court.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) The Alberta government said Monday it might restrict shipments on the existing 300,000-barrel-per-day Trans Mountain pipeline to diluted bitumen, thus displacing the refined products and light oil it carries.The move would likely push fuel costs higher in B.C. but would also hurt Alberta’s four refineries, said Brian Ahearn, Western Canada vice-president for the Canadian Fuels Association, which represents the refining industry.He said about 25 percent of the gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and other products produced at the Edmonton-area refineries goes to B.C., a total of 80,000 to 100,000 barrels per day, the pipeline carries about 45,000 to 50,000 barrels per day and the rest is shipped by train or truck.“Directionally, we are supportive of the government’s overall objective and the reason is we are a supporter of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion,” Ahearn said. On Monday, Alberta introduced legislation that would allow the energy minister to use export permits to control how much and what products truckers, pipeline companies and rail operators can ship.The province says it might use the legislation to fire back at B.C. if it continues to block the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in the courts. The dispute is headed for a showdown on May 31, the date on which proponent Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. has said it mightcancel the $7.4-billion project unless it is convinced it will be allowed to proceed to completion.D’Avignon pointed out that Alberta and B.C. have the most integrated economies in Canada and, if fuel costs rise in B.C., it will affect the cost of trade goods going to Alberta and the cost to ship Alberta products such as grain from West Coast ports.He said it could also affect the availability of B.C. residents to work in Alberta’s oilpatch and B.C. exports of electricity and natural gas to Alberta, while possibly reducing federal income taxes paid by B.C. residents.Alberta’s proposed legislation and B.C.’s response are the latest manoeuvres in the escalating dispute over the $7.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion that runs from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C. The federal and Alberta governments support the project, while B.C. opposes it, saying it is defending its coast from a potentially catastrophic oil products spill.On Tuesday, the Saskatchewan government joined the fray, promising to also pass legislation allowing it to interrupt energy shipments to B.C.center_img CALGARY, A.B. – Economic damage will extend far beyond the fuel budgets of British Columbia residents if Alberta successfully enacts a bill allowing it to restrict oil and gas exports, observers say.The Bill 12 legislation and the trade war escalation it might spark would damage Alberta and Canadian businesses and citizens as well as those in British Columbia, warned Greg D’Avignon, CEO of the Business Council of B.C.“By punishing British Columbia because of the actions of the government of the day, while it might feel good and I completely understand it, it actually has consequences people aren’t thinking about for the citizens of Alberta and our country as a whole,” he said Tuesday.last_img read more

Chamber of Commerce to host Wilkinson and Davies for Speaker Series Luncheon

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Speaker Series Luncheon on Wednesday, May 22 at the Northern Grand Hotel.The Luncheon will feature guest speakers Official Opposition Leader, Andrew Wilkinson, and local MLA Dan Davies.Wilkinson and Davies will be providing an update on the current status of Provincial Government issues that are important to the Peace Region. There will be an opportunity to ask questions, in a Q&A session, following the presentation.The Chamber of Commerce Speaker Series Luncheon is taking place on Wednesday, May 22 from 11:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Northern Grand Hotel.For more information, and to register for this event, you can visit the Chamber of Commerce’s website.last_img