Interior ministry frees two British journalists employed by Iran’s Press TV

first_img Follow the news on Libya ————————–29.02.2012 – Militia holding two British journalists urged to surrender them to competent authoritiesReporters Without Borders firmly condemns the continuing detention of two British TV journalists, reporter Nicholas Davies-Jones and cameraman Gareth Montgomery-Johnson, who were arrested in Tripoli on 21 February by a Misrata-based militia and are still being held by the same militia. According to Human Rights Watch, three Libyans who were accompanying the journalists were also arrested.The journalists, freelancers who mainly work for Iran’s state-owned English-language TV news station Press TV, were arrested by Saraya Swehli, a militia led by Faraj Swehli, while driving around Tripoli late at night taking photos, Human Rights Watch said.“These two journalists are being detained arbitrarily and in an utterly illegal manner,” Reporters Without Borders said. “They must be handed over to the competent Libyan authorities as a matter of urgency for examination of their situation. This state of anarchy and lawlessness has gone on too long.”The militia refused to surrender the journalists to the interior ministry on 26 February. Related documents Arabic versionPDF – 35.46 KB Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that two British journalists who work for Iran’s state-owned English-language TV station Press TV were released yesterday in Tripoli after being detained for nearly four weeks. Reporter Nicholas Davies-Jones and cameraman Gareth Montgomery-Johnson appeared at a news conference held by the interior ministry yesterday evening in Tripoli and were then driven to the British embassy.They and their two Libyan assistants were arrested in Tripoli on 21 February by Saraya Swehli, a Misrata-based militia led by Faraj Swehli. The militia said it detained them for filming at night, entering the country illegally and suspected espionage.After repeated requests, the militia finally handed the two journalists over to the interior ministry on 15 March. News March 19, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Interior ministry frees two British journalists employed by Iran’s Press TV News News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information On Libyan revolution’s 10th anniversary, authorities urged to guarantee press freedom RSF_en center_img Organisation February 23, 2021 Find out more June 24, 2020 Find out more to go further LibyaMiddle East – North Africa December 17, 2019 Find out more LibyaMiddle East – North Africa Well-known Libyan journalist missing since his arrest Six imprisoned journalists to finally appear in court in Istanbul Newslast_img read more

We believe in Balotelli – Skrtel

first_img Balotelli was far from the worst player on the pitch, producing a committed display which offered encouragement after some of his heavily criticised efforts of recent weeks. But coming after the controversy of midweek, when he was seen swapping shirts at half-time of the 3-0 loss to Real Madrid, the spotlight was on him. That meant his lack of goals was again highlighted and the spurned stoppagey-time chance, when Eldin Jakupovic denied him at point-blank range, commanded a lot of headlines. A bookmaker also ridiculed Balotelli’s lack of output, offering fans outside the ground the chance to trade in shirts bearing his names for different ones in a publicity stunt. But Skrtel came to the Italian’s defence, saying: “He is working hard and showed some good moments. I feel sorry for him. He is working hard in training, he is working hard in the game. He just hasn’t got the goals. “We just believe in him. We will be supporting him and just hope he will start scoring goals.” Liverpool’s performance was patchy but they had some good spells, notably in the first and last 15 minutes, and Balotelli was at the fore. He brought a good early save from Hull’s third-choice goalkeeper Jakupovic, took up good positions, worked hard off the ball and had a penalty appeal turned down. He almost settled the game in dramatic circumstances in the fourth minute of injury time when he got on the end of a Philippe Coutinho cross but Jakupovic blocked. Press Association Coutinho had himself been denied by Jakupovic moments earlier and Raheem Sterling shot narrowly wide. Steven Gerrard and Dejan Lovren also had good chances for Brendan Rodgers’ men. Hull’s best spell came in the latter stages of the first half when Jake Livermore, Mohamed Diame and Tom Huddlestone had chances. It was another frustrating result for Liverpool, who have won just four of their nine games and Skrtel took little satisfaction from an improved defensive showing. The Slovakia international said: “It is normal when you are conceding goals that the back four and the keeper will always be the first to be blamed. “We fixed it, we got a clean sheet, but we couldn’t get the three points, so that’s not good enough. We played for the points. We could have won and it’s disappointing. “I would have preferred to win 5-4 and get three points than draw 0-0 and get a point. “I think we played well and just couldn’t score the goal.” For Hull, who have had to deal with a clutch of injuries, the result was another encouraging one after last week’s point at Arsenal. Midfielder Ahmed Elmohamady felt it was further proof of the club’s continuing development, with the squad’s greater depth now allowing the Tigers to compete with the top sides on a regular basis. The Egypt international said: “Everyone in the squad is absolutely fantastic. We missed (Michael) Dawson, Jela (Nikica Jelavic), (Steve) Harper, Allan McGregor – but all the players came and did fantastic. “Everyone is working hard to get their chance in the team and we worked very hard. “We are looking forward to every game to get a result, home or away, even against the tough teams. “That’s two games in a row against top-four teams and we are looking forward to the next game at home now, against another tough team in Southampton. We are looking forward to getting the three points. “We should have scored in the first half here and we had two or three chances but we will take a point. The performance was absolutely fantastic.” Balotelli has still not scored in the Barclays Premier League since joining the Reds in a £16million deal in August. His luckless run continued as Hull frustrated the Merseysiders to claim a goalless draw in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday. Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel feels sorry for Mario Balotelli as the striker’s struggles continue. last_img read more

Changing of the guard: St. Bernard’s tops Arcata for first time in more than a decade

first_imgEmily Gardner and her fellow Crusaders experienced one of the lowest lows a team can a season ago — coming up short in a championship game.Arcata topped St. Bernard’s in the championship round of the Niclai Tournament last year, adding to a long list of consecutive victories against the Crusaders.Friday night, St. Bernard’s beat Arcata for the first time since at least the 2005-06 season (this reporter was unable to access older records before press time) and Gardner — who tallied a game-high …last_img read more

WATCH: Alli reveals improved FIFA 18 rating

first_imgTottenham Hotspur VIDEO: Spurs star Alli reveals his preferred FIFA 18 rating to Ferdinand Goal Last updated 2 years ago 00:41 27/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Dele Alli Tottenham Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur APOEL v Tottenham Hotspur APOEL UEFA Champions League eSports The England international is disappointed with how EA Sports have depicted him in FIFA 18, and shows how he thinks he should be rated Dele Alli is one of the top homegrown stars in the Premier League, but what does he think of his virtual namesake?The Tottenham playmaker will be a valuable asset to players in the latest edition of EA Sports’ football simulation, FIFA 18, which will be released on September 29. And he met with former Manchester United and England star Rio Ferdinand to discuss how he would improve his rating.  Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Rio Ferdinand caught up with Dele at the FIFA 18 UK Launch, ahead of the game’s release on September 29th, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and all other platforms. To pre-order your copy, head to https://www.easports.com/uk/fifa/buy/united-kingdomlast_img read more

2 days agoReal Madrid keeper Courtois on 5-star performance: I never doubt myself

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid keeper Courtois on 5-star performance: I never doubt myselfby Carlos Volcano2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was delighted with his performance for their Champions League defeat of Galatasaray.Real won 1-0 thanks to Toni Kroos’ goal, with Courtois making three exceptional saves.Courtois said, “Tonight’s was an important match, we had to win to get some breathing space in order to stay alive in the Champions League. It’s a stadium with a big atmosphere and they really get behind their team. We were in the match from the start, although they had two big chances at the beginning that I saved well. In the second half we controlled the match more, but we failed to kill the game off.”Everyone was really up for it and that’s the sort of intensity we have to produce in every game to win. We had chances that could have ended up in goals, we didn’t manage to score a second, but are happy to have got the win, although we need to improve on that. We’re going to keep on working and let’s hope we win more games.”He added: “I never doubt myself, but we know just what a club we’re at and I’m only interested in constructive criticism from my teammates and the coach. I’ll keep on training hard to keep performing to this standard.” last_img read more

Toronto rapper Boland grinds toward greatness and is Your New Favourite Thing

first_imgWhat’s the deal?Yes, the verity of the “10,000-hour rule” remains an object of debate nearly 10 years on from the concept’s popularization in Malcolm Gladwell’s much-cited Outliers, but common sense dictates that if you’re good at something to begin with and you’re willing to put in the work — say, 10,000 hours’ worth of work — to conscientiously keep getting better and better and better at doing that thing you were already doing pretty well, eventually the results should start to speak for themselves.Such is the approach Toronto rapper Boland appears to be taking to his craft. The east-end MC — whose prodigious microphone talents, in the spirit of full disclosure, were first brought to Your New Favourite Thing’s (initially suspicious) attention several years ago by his mother, a Canadian filmmaker of some note and also a friend of the author’s — was kinda biding his time and getting it right on the run-up to the release last spring of his debut LP, Shades. Since then he’s barrelled forth with the prolific conviction of a young man convinced he has greatness in his sights and well within his reach. In mid-August, he issued the track “No Days Off” as the kickoff to a 13-week “one-single-a-week” project of the same name and he’s only gathered steam (and streams) since. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement READ MORE Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Advertisement Facebook Toronto-based rapper Boland. (SUPPLIED PHOTO) last_img read more

6th Annual Spark Womens Leadership Conference this May

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Registration is now open for the 6th Annual Spark Women’s Leadership Conference.This program is designed for the professional development needs of the women in the Peace Country.According to event organizers, this year’s theme is ‘Shift Up and Fuel’ and is to reflect the shifting energy that all women seek at some point in their lives. This conference will provide quality education and take away tools that will assist in communication, business development, personal branding, and leadership.Some of the program sessions will include topics such as silencing your self-doubt and building connection over complacency.Registration per woman is $375.00 before March 31 and $425.00 after March 31.Group pricing is also available.The Spark Women’s Leadership Conference is taking place on May 15 and 16, 2019 at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre.For more information and to register, you can visit sharingthespark.com.last_img read more

Platform promises set to flow in earnest as campaign officially kicks off

first_imgOTTAWA — Federal parties have spent weeks laying the foundations for their campaign and the promises they intend to make to address a suite of issues they believe are at the tops of voters’ minds.You’ve likely already heard references to what is to come: The cost of living is too high, so we’ll make it easier for you to manage your household budget; climate change needs to be addressed, and we’ll make sure that happens.You may have heard some specifics, particularly when it comes to balancing the federal budget — and how it won’t be possible in the life of one government. The Canadian Press But with polls suggesting the New Democrats are running well behind the Liberals and Tories, the platform may simply be full of promises the party won’t be in a position to keep.The Liberals have avoided pre-election public promises, instead providing hints of what will come in their platform — including funding to create a national pharmacare program. The Liberals are also reportedly going to pledge action on mobile and internet bills, trying to sideswipe the New Democrats.The Canadian Press will keep track of promises made by the federal political during the official campaign ahead of the Oct. 21 election.center_img With the official start of the campaign, parties will lay out their platforms and spending promises, with the parliamentary budget office on deck to check their estimates of costs and revenues. The PBO has already started, with a look at an NDP promise to tax the very rich to fund broader public health-care coverage.The Conservatives have laid out some of their environmental promises, including scrapping the Liberal government’s carbon tax and making big industrial emitters invest in green technology or face monetary consequences.The party has also vowed to scrap new standards requiring the use of cleaner-burning fuels, and to create a $2,850 homeowner credit for making energy-efficiency upgrades.The New Democrats were even more ambitious in their pre-election promise-making, dropping their full platform well in advance of the campaign period.Some of it had already been public even before that, including promises to build hundreds of thousands of new affordable housing units and to cut the cost of internet and cellphone bills.Leader Jagmeet Singh has promised to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, build a train line between Montreal and Sherbrooke, and create a national cycling strategy. last_img read more

Rs 21 crore in cash, bullion seized

first_imgKolkata: The Income Tax (I-T) Department and other agencies have so far seized over Rs 21.11 crore of unaccounted cash, jewellery and bullion from Bengal after the announcement of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, an official said here on Thursday. Of the total seizure so far, about Rs 10 crore in unlawful cash has been recovered in this year’s drive in the state, which is higher that the around Rs 8 crore cash seized during the two-month effort before the 2014 general elections, I-T sleuths said. “Our drive aimed to curb black money flow during elections. I-T officials and other agencies have so far recovered over Rs 21.11 crore of unaccounted cash, jewellery and bullion after the declaration of the elections. The seizures were done mostly in Kolkata and also in Siliguri and Balurghat,” said I-T investigation wing’s principal director Ashish Verma. The seizures were made from businesses, cash handlers and hawala operators, he said. “With our intensifying efforts, we have unearthed nearly Rs 10 crore in cash in just 15 days of operation after the announcement of polls. Last time, we had recovered around about Rs 8 crore in cash,” Verma added. He also said the I-T officials have been conducting a search operation for over two months at a private vault having about 649 lockers at central Kolkata’s Vardaan Market basement and that the operation will get over on Thursday. “In this operation, we have so far seized Rs 5.16 crore of unaccounted cash and jewellery and bullion worth Rs 13.62 crore,” he said. “Of the about Rs 12 crore worth of jewellery and bullion seized so far after the announcement of elections, around Rs 8-9 crore worth of specious metals were recovered from the Vardhan market operation,” Verma said. The I-T Department has deployed over 200 of its officers and employees across West Bengal, Sikkim and Andaman and Nicobar Island to monitor election expenditure and flow of black money. The department will also have dedicated teams for each of the 42 Lok Sabha constituencies in Bengal which will have seven-phase polls.last_img read more

SC refuses to hear plea seeking action against Modi and Shah

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to hear Congress MP Sushmita Dev’s plea seeking action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah for alleged poll code violations.A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta, however, gave Dev the liberty to file a fresh plea against various Election Commission (EC) orders rejecting complaints of Model Code of Conduct (MCC) violations by Modi and Shah during campaigning. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe apex court had on Monday asked the MP from Silchar to bring on record the EC’s orders giving clean chit to the BJP leaders on several complaints of MCC violations over alleged hate speeches and references to armed forces for “political propaganda”. “Rightly or wrongly”, the poll panel has decided the complaints of MCC violations and these orders warrant filing of a fresh petition, the bench said. Senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, appearing for the EC, said the persons who had given representations of MCC violations to the poll panel have not come forward to assail them. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadSenior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for Dev, said the poll panel had given unreasoned orders in dismissing the complaints against Modi and Shah. The EC has given clean chit to Modi for two of his speeches — one in Latur last month urging first time voters to dedicate their votes in the name of Balakot air strike heroes and soldiers killed in the Pulwama attack, and the other in Wardha on April 1, slamming Congress chief Rahul Gandhi where he had also indicated that Kerala constituency had more voters from the minority community. Dev had on Tuesday claimed before the apex court that the EC has failed to appreciate that the alleged “hate speeches” by PM Modi and Shah are “corrupt practices” and promote the feeling of enmity on religious grounds. In an affidavit, Dev has said that the poll panel has passed orders in a “cryptic manner without mentioning any reason whatsoever, in stark violation of the law laid down by this court” while disposing of some complaints. The Congress party has on May 6 lodged a fresh complaint before the poll panel against Modi for his remarks which “maligned and tarnished the image” of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Dev said in the affidavit filed in the court The apex court had on Monday asked the Congress MP to bring on record EC’s orders giving clean chit to Modi and Shah, after she accused the poll panel of inaction on complaints against the two BJP leaders for allegedly violating the MCC with “hate speeches” and using armed forces for “political propaganda” Alleging discrimination and arbitrariness on part of the EC, Dev had said that the poll panel has initiated action for violation of model code of conduct against Union minister Maneka Gandhi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, BSP Supremo Mayawati and BJP leader Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur for statements which were similar in “tone, tenor, meaning, purport and intention” to Modi and Shah’s statements. Dev said that the dissent reported and given by one of the Election Commissioners is not provided along with the order. “This demonstrates a complete lack of transparency and arbitrariness of the Respondent’s (EC) decision-making process on complaints against Shri Modi and Shri Amit Shah,” the affidavit said. Dev, in her plea, has alleged inaction by EC in deciding complaints against Modi and Shah and has said that it was “a sign of invidious discrimination” and also “arbitrary, capricious and impermissible” as it was destructive of the integrity of electoral process. The plea listed out several alleged instances of MCC violations by Modi and Shah in their meetings.last_img read more