IraqMiddle East – North Africa June 12, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Joy at release of hostages Florence Aubenas and Hussein Hanoun Reporters Without Borders today voiced “enormous relief and immense joy” at the release of French journalist Florence Aubenas and her Iraqi interpreter and guide, Hussein Hanoun, after 157 days as hostages in Iraq.”We felt we were on the home straight for the past few days, but we wanted to be prudent, especially as experience has shown that each hostage-taking is different,” the press freedom organisation said.”Their release is proof that a solidarity campaign is worthwhile and we thank all those who have given their unfailing support throughout this long wait, especially the Support Committee and the staff of Florence’s newspaper, Libération,” the organisation said.Reporters Without Borders continued: “We are especially happy to learn that Florence and Hussein are in good health and will be able to join their families soon. We think at this moment in particular of Benoît and Jacqueline, Florence’s parents, who have displayed extraordinary courage throughout this terrible ordeal.”The organisation added: “We hope that we are going to experience a period of relative calm in Iraq and that journalists will be able to work in better conditions there.”Aubenas, who was freed yesterday afternoon, was due to arrive this evening in Paris aboard a plane chartered by the French government. Hanoun has already rejoined his family in Baghdad. The two went missing after leaving their Baghdad hotel on the morning of 5 January.Reporters Without Borders will join a spontaneous rally at 8 p.m. today at Place de la Republique in Paris.The organisation points out that there is still no news of French cameraman Fred Nérac, who went missing in southern Iraq on 22 March 2003 while working for the British TV news company ITN. Receive email alerts RSF_en Reporters Without Borders voices “enormous relief” at the release of Florence Aubenas and Hussein Hanoun after 157 days as hostages in Iraq and says their release is proof that the campaign was worthwhile. The organisation thanks all those who gave their unfailing support throughout the long wait. News IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Help by sharing this information Organisation News News February 15, 2021 Find out more December 16, 2020 Find out more News Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” December 28, 2020 Find out more to go further Follow the news on Iraq
LOS ANGELES — OK, so now, 10 games into their postseason run, the Dodgers are in a series, a real series.Their first season. The last series.The World Series.Hey, when you’re playing for the championship of the globe – even if the only teams eligible to participate are in the U.S. and Canada – it can’t be as easy as winning a beer-league softball title, right? They lost despite having the ball and game in the hand of Kenley Jansen, who had allowed only one unearned run in this postseason and no earned runs in more than a month.“I’m human,” Jansen said later. “I can’t do anything about it now. Today was their day.”The Dodgers lost, all right, when George Springer hit a two-run homer off Brandon McCarthy in the 11th inning, after they had come back in the manner of a miracle to stretch the game beyond 10 innings.See, the Astros sort of won this game twice, which the Dodgers made a necessity by refusing to go quietly.That was fitting, given everything that happened over the four hours, 19 minutes it took to resolve this thing. The score was tied at 1-1, 3-3 and 5-5. Both teams led by two runs at least once. Starting in the ninth inning, there were a combined six home runs hit.“That was definitely one of the best games I’ve been a part of,” the Dodgers Charlie Culberson said. “A great ballgame. Unfortunately, we lost.”Leading 3-2 entering the bottom of the ninth, the Culberson and his teammates watched in likely amazement as the Astros tied the score on a Marwin Gonzalez homer off Jansen.Then, in the 10th, Houston took the lead on back-to-back home runs by Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa off Josh Fields.To understand how shockingly and suddenly the mood shifted at Dodger Stadium, consider that after Correa’s homer the boos raining down on the Dodgers were nearly as epic as anything this team has done lately.Yeah, a classic fall in the Fall Classic.But the Dodgers, of course, weren’t done, and, despite this loss, it’s still hard to imagine this team being done until it has accomplished its goal.Now trailing 5-3, the Dodgers pulled even on a Puig homer – a drive as brilliant as the blue streak he has painted in his hair for this series – and a two-out RBI single by Kiké Hernandez.That comeback, however, only made what happened against McCarthy all the more difficult to take and made Culberson’s 11th-inning homer all the more frustrating, that tying seventh run still eluding the Dodgers.So now, after cruising to victories in eight of its first nine postseason games, this team finds themselves even with the talented and grinding Astros at a game apiece. In other words, the Dodgers find themselves in a series.“Nobody said it would be easy,” Culberson said. “We’re here to fight.”This is a series, certainly, the American League champions looking decidedly more threatening than what the rest of the National League could throw at the Dodgers.And all this soured just as dramatically as the Dodgers had earlier turned Game 2 in their unlikely favor.They actually provided the night’s initial twist when Corey Seager sent Dodger Stadium into orbit, nearly 55,000 fans – minus several hundred in Astros orange – launching from their seats and into the steamy night air, steamy yet still not warm enough to prevent chills.Seager, having just dominated a 97-mph fastball from a dominating Verlander, let out his own exhaust as he watched his game-altering two-run homer in the sixth streak toward the stands.He screamed. Really, he unleashed a guttural, primal, opened-mouth growl caught by cameras in spectacular slow motion.It was the highest of drama in the highest of def, coming from a player hardly known for his bursts of overwhelming emotion.That shot gave the Dodgers a sudden 3-1 lead on a night when Verlander was unhittable into the fifth inning and sustaining his velocity like he hadn’t – according to an ESPN report – since 2011.The home run also fit the script of what the Dodgers had been doing all postseason, coming up with big moments in the biggest moments.In their first nine postseason games entering Tuesday, the Dodgers had trailed at the end of only 13 of 81 innings, and eight of those came in their Game 4 loss to the Cubs in the National League Championship Series.In other words, the Dodgers had been ahead or tied 84 percent of the time, which brought with it a certain degree of comfort.Thanks to the Astros, all that changed in Game 2.Yeah, the theater was remarkable, from opening pitch to closing swing. In fact, the theater began even earlier than that.It started with an elaborate first-pitch ceremony that involved Vin Scully faking a rotator cuff injury and having to give way to Fernando Valenzuela, who tossed the ball to Steve Yeager.It was a bit much maybe, perhaps a tad over-the-top even. But this is L.A., and over-the-top is what we do sometimes, OK?The 11 crazy, wonderful, flustering innings that followed the opening ceremonies Tuesday proved that. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error And there was nothing easy about this one for the Dodgers or their fans, this 7-6, bullpen-imploding, last-call, extra-large, extra-inning loss to the Astros in Game 2 of the World Series.“If you thought it was going to go 4-0, you’re crazy,” outfielder Yasiel Puig said through an interpreter. “These are the two best teams in American baseball. That’s what you get.”The Dodgers lost despite taking a lead into the ninth, something they hadn’t done on 98 previous such occasions this season.They lost despite getting ahead after struggling against Houston’s best pitcher, the fume-throwing Justin Verlander.
The Road Safety Authority Shuttle bus and roll-over car visited Mulroy College for three days.The event was organised to raise awareness of road safety among students.All students had the opportunity to visit the bus, experience a driving simulator, test their reaction time for braking and lots more. Students over 16 years experienced what it would be like in an accident if a car rolled over, they received a talk on the correct way to put on and wear a seat belt in order to minimise injuries in an accident.Younger students received a demonstration with dummies representing people in the car showing the importance of ensuring everybody wears a seat belt when travelling.During the three days Ms Louise Clara, Road Safety Promotion Officer, visited the school where she gave presentations on road safety to all students from first to 6th year. Local Gardaí were also in attendance at the talks.We spoke to two fifth year students, Caoimhe Blaney and Amy Mc Laughlin after coming off the roll-over car. Caoimhe said “it was so scary, to feel that my body had no control. The blood rushed to my head as the car turned but I could do nothing to help. I can only imagine what it would have been like there was speed involved.”Amy said “I loved trying the braking speed, but I was really bad at it. IT takes a lot of concentration when driving. I will not be speeding when I start driving and will be telling my family all about it”.The school committee would like to thank staff of the RSA, Mr Brian O Donnell, Road Safety Officer with Donegal County Council and the local Gardaí for their help in securing the visit. SCHOOL ON RIGHT ROAD AS SAFETY BUS VISITS MULROY COLLEGE was last modified: March 11th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalMulroy Collegeroad safety bus
Real Madrid want to sign Branislav Ivanovic from Chelsea, according to the Daily Mirror.Ivanovic has been in great form for Chelsea this season.Ivanovic faces a three-match ban after being charged with misconduct by the FA and it is now claimed that Chelsea face a battle to keep him in the summer.Real are said to be keen to capture the Serbian defender – even if Jose Mourinho quits as boss.Meanwhile, German media have reported that Wolfsburg want to sign Adel Taarabt from QPR.It is claimed the Bundesliga club are planning to table a bid for him at the end of the season.The German magazine Kicker has suggested Rangers want £8.5m for Taarabt, who scored his first Premier League goal in the recent victory over Arsenal.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Evin Bachelor, Law Fellow, Ohio State University Extension Agricultural and Resource Law ProgramThe Ohio Power Siting Board’s approval of new wind-turbine models in facility’s certificate does not constitute an amendment to the certificate for the purposes of triggering current turbine-setback requirements. In 2014, the Ohio Power Siting Board approved an application by Greenwich Windpark to construct a wind farm in Huron County with up to 25 wind turbines. In the initial application, all of the wind turbines would have used the same model of turbine. Just over a year after the application was approved, the wind farm developer applied for an amendment to add three additional models to the approved wind turbine model list, noting that the technology had advanced since its initial application. Two of the three newer models would be larger than the originally planned model, but would occupy the same locations and would comply with the minimum setback requirements at the time the application was approved.The issue involved whether the new setback requirements, which were put in place by the state between the initial approval and the requested change, should apply. An amendment to a certificate would trigger the current wind turbine setback requirements. Greenwich Windpark wanted the less restrictive setback requirements in their initial application to still apply to the newer models, but a local group wanted the more restrictive setback requirements to apply. The Ohio Power Siting Board said that adding the new wind turbine models would not be an amendment, and would not trigger the more restrictive setbacks. The Ohio Supreme Court sided with the Ohio Power Siting Board, explaining that the Ohio General Assembly wanted the Ohio Power Siting Board to have broad authority to regulate wind turbines.
LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Kemba Walker scored 33 points and Parker enjoyed a triumphant return to San Antonio as the Charlotte Hornets beat the Spurs 108-93 on Monday night, snapping their seven-game home winning streak.“Draining mentally, emotionally, it was just an awesome night,” Parker said. “Just want to thank the fans. The way they reacted tonight was just unbelievable. Love, and I appreciate everything. It was just a great memory and a great night for me that I will cherish for the rest of my life.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsParker had eight points, four assists, three rebounds and no turnovers in his first game back in San Antonio after signing with the Hornets during the offseason.Jeremy Lamb added 19 points and Marvin Williams had 11 for Charlotte, which ended a three-game skid. The Hornets also stopped an 11-game slide in San Antonio. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Just as he first did as a 19-year-old rookie with the Spurs, the slippery point guard juked past defenders and drove the paint probing for layups or open teammates. His driving layup put the Hornets up 82-79 with 8:15 remaining.“That was vintage Tony,” Borrego said. “We’ve seen that before many times in this building.”Parker exited shortly after that and did not return until fans demanded it by chanting his name again with 17.6 seconds left. Borrego, a former Spurs assistant, granted their wish and put Parker in amid loud cheers that continued until he came out.“I thought they supported Tony, like I expected,” San Antonio point guard Derrick White said. “He did great things for the organization. It’s well deserved. Definitely good to see him. Wish him the best.”Parker had a long embrace with Popovich following the game as fans cheered.The Spurs’ ideology has stuck with Parker, who jokingly got angry with his teammates after the win.“They wanted it bad,” Parker said. “Before the game they were like, ‘We’re going to do this for you Tony, you deserve it.’ They played so hard that after the game I’m like, ‘Why don’t we play like that every road game? Come on guys.’”The jubilation in the stands came despite a rough night for the hometown team.The Spurs opened the game on an 11-3 run but the Hornets followed with a 25-7 spurt to take their first double-digit lead at 28-18.San Antonio struggled offensively, with two of its top five scorers, Rudy Gay and Marco Belinelli, both out with injuries. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fil-am guard Joshua Munzon top pick in 2019 PBA D-League draft White finished with 18 points, and DeMar DeRozan and Davis Bertans each had 14 for the Spurs.TIP-INSHornets: The team’s previous win in San Antonio came on Nov. 15, 2006. … Parker and Michael Jordan are the only players to compete against the team they won four championships with. Jordan faced Chicago while with Washington and Charlotte, a franchise he now owns. … Borrego received a warm ovation during pregame introductions. He served on Popovich’s staff from 2003-10 and again from 2015-18 before joining the Hornets.Spurs: Gay missed his fifth straight game with a sprained left wrist and 10th overall due to injury or rest. … Belinelli missed his second game of the season after hyperextending his knee during a 122-112 loss at Oklahoma City on Saturday. He previously sat out with a stiff neck on Dec. 2.WELCOME HOME, TOOParker wasn’t the only one who enjoyed a triumphant return. Borrego defeated his friend and mentor, Popovich.“It was special in many ways,” Borrego said. “Just to see (Popovich) first of all. Just to hear his voice, give him a hug, that was most important. This is a basketball game. We do our best, we compete, but there’s a lot of love here. Just great to see him. He’s been a great encouragement for me. I know he’s happy for us.”UP NEXTHornets: Host the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.Spurs: At the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night. LaMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with 28 points and 10 rebounds, but they could not muster enough energy as Parker made his emotional return.“Just to see him embraced and loved tonight, and he helped us as well,” Hornets coach James Borrego said. “A pillar of this community, a pillar of the San Antonio Spurs organization forever. I think it’s a pretty good ending to a fun night.”The Spurs honored Parker before the game with a two-minute video of his career highlights in San Antonio, including being drafted with the 28th pick in 2001 and his four NBA championships with the team. After the video, the Spurs’ retired jerseys appeared on the video monitors and an empty spot in the rafters was shown to signify Parker’s future place among them. The crowd roared in appreciation, chanting “Tony! Tony! Tony!”“I expected nothing less,” said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who considers Parker like a son. “Tony is a wonderful human being. He was a great player for us and he deserved all the love that he received, that’s for sure.”The cheers continued when Parker entered the game for the first time with 4:50 remaining in the first quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View comments LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Charlotte Hornets guard, and former San Antonio Spurs player, Tony Parker, left, talks with Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge before an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO— The fans in San Antonio didn’t care too much about a rare home loss. They only wanted to shower Tony Parker with love and appreciation.Parker gave them plenty to cheer about, just as he did for 17 seasons with the Spurs.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion
FROM THE FISHBOWL Day 1 The 2005 ASICS NTL has had an outstanding start with some early favourites already emerging from the pack. The FISHBOWL has identified the Sharks, Mets and Cobra’s Women’s as early favourites with The Hornets likely to cause a few upsets. It’s too early to call at this stage but the fishbowl will make some bold predictions at the end of day 2. In the Men’s it appears to be the old foes Sharks, Mets, Scorpions and Cobras going hard at it, but the emergence of the Rustlers certainly has some astute tongues wagging. The Qld Cow cockies have traded well at the sales with some superb young steers making their mark in the top grade. Top shelf beef, some may say! Sharks mixed open have also dominated early proceedings with a real family flavour adding to the success of the team. The brothers Hipperson, Jeb and Tory have teamed up with their little sister Tiffeny and are having a ball. Add to this some excellent young players in Adam Falzon, Brad Davids and Amy Fong and they are sure to excite. The FISHBOWL is prepared to go out on a limb early and predict a Sharkies victory in the Mixed Open. Spectators have been treated to some entertaining touch with our junior players in the 20’s divisions really raising the razzle dazzle factor. Watching the men’s 20’s is akin to seeing gazelles sprinting and bounding on the National Geographic channel. These kids have more steps than Sydney Tower and more pace than the 11.40pm XPT to Coffs. This division is so wide open that it would be silly to name even the rough chances. If the boys are National Geographic then the girls surely are the Fashion Channel. Aside from their fantastic ability to play our game, many must have a uni degree in accessorising and makeup. The FISHBOWL was taken back to the 70’s with some huge sunnies and headbands appearing frequently around the grounds. Here it would appear that the Sharks, Mets and Cobras are the big 3 to beat. Play of the Day goes to the spectator that found a crisp $20 note and handed it to the FISHBOWL. This type of honesty will always be rewarded. Rumour of the Day has to be that a certain ATA Event Manager, No names here, stopped a game after only 7 minutes because he thought he heard the timer beeping. The quick thinking but very embarrassed gentleman remedied the situation with aplomb and minimal damage. It’s hard to get good help in the FISHBOWL folks. Keep an eye on the FISHBOWL reports daily for the more obscure stories from the NTL. **Adam Collins and Kane Weeks are not only controlling the tournament from the ‘Fishbowl’ (tournament control box) but are entertaining the crowd at the same time. Great work boys. The 2005 Asics National Touch League Sporting Pulse website contains the final draws, results and also statistics such as touchdown scorers. Please use the following link: 2005 NATIONAL TOUCH LEAGUE DRAWS & RESULTS All feature articles will be placed on the www.austouch.com.au homepage and also on the above Sporting Pulse page as often as possible.
KNOE.comAlabama football got huge news this afternoon, when Monroe, La. district attorney Jerry Jones announced that he has dropped the drug and gun charges against Cam Robinson, one of the nation’s best tackles, and reserve safety Hootie Jones. KNOE News has more from Jones, including a very interesting quote regarding this decision.Jones says, “I want to emphasize once again that the main reason I’m doing this is that I refuse to ruin the lives of two young men who have spent their adolescence and teenage years, working and sweating, while we were all in the air conditioning.”In the station’s video report on the story, reporter Nicholas Picht says that the DA could not prove who, between Robinson, Jones, and two other men arrested with them, was in possession of the marijuana or the gun, and cited a 2001 case that necessitates a connection between the two offenses.We’ll continue to update this story as more is released.[KNOE]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitale