Bright lights at the Las Vegas Rugby Sevens

first_imgFans enjoy the party atmosphere at the USA SevensBy Sarah Mockford, Rugby World Features EditorI’ve been in Las Vegas less than 24 hours but it’s already become clear that this city lives up to its reputation. They certainly knows how to party in Vegas and they tend to do things on a grander scale than anywhere else.So what’s this got to do with rugby? Well, the USA Seven is taking place in Vegas this weekend and they are hoping to make their event as popular as the Dubai and Hong Kong tournaments. And they seem to have all the ingredients for success. The Sam Boyd Stadium is a fantastic venue, fans have been drawn from all over and – as you’d expect for Vegas – there’s a real party atmosphere. The fact that Sin City is an attraction in itself is sure help attract more fans as the event grows in popularity. Rugby might not be the biggest sport in America, but the fact the Sevens is being televised live on NBC for the first time is sure to grow its supporter base, especially when they see the atmosphere being generated at the stadium. The tournament has even got its own set of cheerleaders – the Super Sevens Sweethearts. It seems a sport isn’t a sport in the States unless you have scantily-clad girls dancing on the pitch!England bought into the party spirit too – wearing their ‘Tequlia Sunrise’ shirts as they sealed their passage to the quarter-finals with a narrow 17-14 win over Argentina to top Pool A. They’d made far easier work of their earlier opponents, seeing off Guyana 49-0 – Tom Powell scoring four tries – and beating France 33-14. Fantastic four: Tom PowellMy hotel here is called The Cosmopolitan and the crowd here certainly lives up to that description. As well as the expected support for USA and Canada, there are plenty of fans cheering on the likes of England, Argentina, South Africa and Samoa. Flags from across the 16 competing nations fly proudly under Nevada’s clear blue sky – and they’re making the most of the international fan festival at the venue, where you can sample food from all 16 competing countries.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Autumn Nations Cup England v Georgia preview

first_imgA new competition and a first appearance at Twickenham for East Europeans Georgia. England, fresh from their 2020 Six Nations triumph, will expect a convincing win Autumn Nations Cup England v Georgia previewThe Autumn Nations Cup (ANC) is a new competition, manufactured for these times. It has no history or tradition. Nor do the competition’s results have any impact on seedings for the 2023 World Cup because the rankings cut-off point has already passed.So more than any other time, this month’s eight-team ANC is an opportunity for national coaches to experiment. And none more so than for England on Saturday when they host Georgia (3pm) in their first match at Twickenham since March.It will be Georgia’s first visit to the famous stadium and it’s fantastic to see them there.“I’m so glad that Fiji and Georgia are getting exposure in this competition,” former England fly-half Paul Grayson told Rugby World. “Georgia get to stake a claim – are they good enough for the Six Nations if you introduce promotion and relegation?“Up front they’ll leave their mark. It gives them an opportunity to move the dial in terms of the next conversation about what the international scene should look like.”Proud Lelos: Georgia are ranked 12th in the world and have played at five World Cups (Getty Images)The East Europeans have regularly been top dogs in the second-tier Rugby Europe Championship. This year was no different, wins over Romania, Spain, Belgium and Portugal giving them an unassailable lead in the table. The final round was postponed due to Covid-19.Their record against leading nations is stark but all the more reason why their participation in the ANC is so important.Statistically they had the second-best scrum at last year’s World Cup, behind South Africa. However, the ease with which Scotland rumbled over from driving mauls in Georgia’s most recent match, a 48-7 defeat at Murrayfield three weeks ago, will be a source of concern.Saturday will bring their third encounter with England, the previous meetings resulting in defeats by 84-6 (2003) and 41-10 (2011).Watch highlights of that 2003 match against the eventual world champions here.Not too much should be read into Eddie Jones’s selection for a match England, the newly crowned European champions, seem sure to win. There are several players in the match 23 with very few caps, and in the case of Jack Willis and replacement Max Malins none at all.So good has Willis, 23, been in the past three years or so – a period that included major knee surgery – that this match might easily mark the launch of one of the great England careers.“I don’t know whether he spent any time around George Smith but he’s got something extra,” said Grayson. “He’s been sensational, operating at international level in a club jersey.”There will be a moment’s silence before kick-off to mark Remembrance Day. As well as a giant poppy in the stands, about 300 club shirts will be displayed in one of the lower tiers to recognise the importance of the grass-roots game.There will also be a moment’s applause in honour of those in the rugby community who have been lost in recent times. The tribute will include a special mention for the life of Sergeant Matt Ratana, head coach of East Grinstead RFC, who was tragically killed in the line of duty.England will face Ireland at Twickenham and Wales at Llanelli in the following two weeks. They return to Twickenham for a tournament placing match on Sunday 6 December.Debut: Jack Willis in training. The flanker was named 2019-20 Premiership Player of the Season (Getty)What’s the big team news?The headline news is that Wasps flanker Willis makes his England debut at openside. Anything less would have been a travesty after his form of the past 12 months.More surprisingly, Maro Itoje, probably the world’s best lock, starts at six after 25 consecutive Tests in the engine room. His last England game in the back row was three years ago against Samoa.That allows two club captains, Bath’s Charlie Ewels and Wasps’ Joe Launchbury, to pair up in the second row. Ewels last started for England in Paris last February while Launchbury hasn’t started since the World Cup game against USA in September last year.Bath’s Will Stuart wears the No 3 shirt for the first time after four caps off the bench.Bath presence: Charlie Ewels and, left, Will Stuart in action in Italy. Both start this weekend (Getty)In the back division, George Ford’s injury means skipper Owen Farrell will steer the ship from fly-half. Henry Slade wears 12, as he did against Italy two weeks ago, and will be partnered by Worcester’s Ollie Lawrence, whose dozen or so minutes off the bench in Rome was his first taste of senior international rugby.Anthony Watson’s ankle injury forces a reshuffle, with Jonathan Joseph shifted to the wing. Elliot Daly returns to the side after injury at full-back in place of George Furbank.A hugely powerful bench includes two flat-mates, the uncapped Malins joining his fellow Bristol loanee Ben Earl as one of Eddie Jones’s fabled ‘finishers’. * England come into the match on the back of a record seventh Six Nations title.* Jack Willis will be the tenth different player to start an England Test at openside flanker under Eddie Jones. No other position has seen such change.* Georgia’s only win against one of the current Tier One nations came against Japan in 2014.* When England beat Georgia at RWC 2003, they had ten different try-scorers. Only New Zealand (twice) and Australia have surpassed that in a World Cup match.* With 29 tries, Jonny May needs one try to draw level with Jeremy Guscott in fourth place on England’s try-scoring list. The Gloucester wing has gone four Tests without scoring.* Ben Youngs is the only player in the current England squad who played in the 41-10 defeat of Georgia at the 2011 World Cup.* Akaki Tabutsadze has scored five tries for Georgia in 2020. France captain Charles Ollivon is the only player to match that in Tests this year. Tabutsadze scored four against Belgium in February and one against Scotland last month.* Giorgi Kveseladze was the only player to play every minute (320) of Georgia’s RWC 2019 campaign. He missed 17 tackles in the tournament – only Owen Farrell (19) missed more. England head coach Eddie Jones: “We’ve had a really good week of training. We know there are a lot of expectations on us and we’ve applied ourselves hard and put a lot of pressure on ourselves in the early part of this week.“Georgia will be a tough opponent, so we have a team with some real power in midfield. We have a good mix of youth and experience across the squad and they are completely focused on putting in an excellent performance.“We’re looking forward to being back at our home. We are humbled by the opportunity and want to give people a reason to smile during such a tough time for the country.”On debutant Jack Willis: “Jack has a good nose for the ball, gets himself in good positions, has good natural strength and he is flippin’ tough. He’s one of the few forwards in English rugby that has a good pick and go.”Blind spot? Eddie Jones has picked just one player from English and European champions Exeter (Getty)Georgia debutant Sandro Svanidze (who helped Georgia finish ninth at the 2018 U20 World Cup): “It is less difficult to defeat teams at junior level. There are completely different strengths and speeds but these victories have boosted my confidence quite strongly.“Hopefully, Autumn Nations Cup will be successful for us. In any case, I can say with confidence that each of us will not spare themselves on the pitch.”Georgia No 8 Beka Gorgadze: “The game against Scotland clearly showed what to expect at the Autumn Nations Cup and what we should focus on during the preparations. Mostly we lacked confidence in contact area. Our attacking or defending maul performance was bad too.“The game also showed that we have to work on the areas which previously were considered as our strong side. This was obviously caused by the lack of game practice.“This tournament is a massive opportunity for us because even at the World Cups we don’t play against Tier One nations all the time. Playing against England at Twickenham is a very special occasion for any rugby player. Unfortunately, there will be no fans at the stadium, which will make the match environment very unusual.”Vital intervention: Beka Gorgadze challenges Darcy Graham during Georgia’s defeat to Scotland (AFP)Any interesting statistics?* England have won 25 of their previous 28 home games. New Zealand and Ireland (both 2018) are the only sides to prevail at Twickenham in that time. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Georgia coach Levan Maisashvili has mixed things up, with eight changes from the side beaten by Scotland on 23 October.Half of them are in the pack: Beka Gigashvili has recovered from injury to line up at tighthead, hooker Shalva Mamukashvili and flanker Giorgi ‘Koki’ Tkhilaishvili are promoted from the bench, and second-row Lasha Jaiani comes in to win his third cap.There’s a new face in the back-line, where Sandro Svanidze makes his debut on the left wing. Some may recall Svanidze scoring a long-range try against Ireland in the 2018 Junior World Cup, when he intercepted a pass in his own 22.Fit-again Lasha Khmaladze comes in at full-back for Soso Matiashvili, who had a particularly difficult day against the Scots. And scrum-half Gela Aprasidze and centre Giorgi Kveseladze are promoted off the bench.What have the two camps said? One step closer: Welshman Nigel Owens will take charge of his 99th Test match this Saturday (Inpho)What time does it kick off and is it on TV?England v Georgia, Saturday 14 November, TwickenhamThe match kicks off at 3pm and will be broadcast live on Amazon Prime and Premier Sports Ireland. There is also live match commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Sounds.If you’re outside the UK and Ireland, check out our guide to Autumn Nations Cup coverage around the world.It’s an all-Welsh officiating team for this match. Referee Nigel Owens takes charge of his 99th Test, assisted by Craig Evans and Dan Jones on the touchline. The TMO is Ben Whitehouse.What are the line-ups?England: Elliot Daly; Jonathan Joseph, Ollie Lawrence, Henry Slade, Jonny May; Owen Farrell (capt), Ben Youngs; Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Will Stuart, Charlie Ewels, Joe Launchbury, Maro Itoje, Jack Willis, Billy Vunipola.Replacements: 16 Tom Dunn, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Kyle Sinckler, 19 Ben Earl, 20 Tom Curry, 21 Dan Robson, 22 Max Malins, 23 Joe Marchant.Georgia: Lasha Khmaladze; Akaki Tabutsadze, Giorgi Kveseladze, Merab Sharikadze (capt), Sandro Svanidze; Tedo Abzhandadze, Gela Aprasidze; Mikheil Naraashvili, Shalva Mamukashvili, Beka Gigashvili, Lasha Jaiani, Grigol Kerdikoshvili, Beka Saghinadze, Giorgi Tkhilaishvili, Beka Gorgadze.Replacements: 16 Jaba Bregvadze, 17 Guram Gogichashvili, 18 Lexo Kaulashvili, 19 Otar Giorgadze, 20 Tornike Jalaghonia, 21 Vasil Lobzhanidze, 22 Deme Tapladze, 23 Sandro Todua.Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door. Scrum down: England and Georgia collide during their last meeting, at the 2011 World Cup (Corbis/Getty) last_img read more

Huge collision between Francis Fainifo & Lelia Masaga

first_imgWednesday Apr 9, 2008 Huge collision between Francis Fainifo & Lelia Masaga With less than ten minutes to go, and a twenty point difference on the scoreboard, you’d think that the commitment would start to lack as the teams play out the final minutes of a game. But on the weekend in the Super 14 we saw tremendous commitment from young Brumbies winger Francis Fainifo under the high ball. Chiefs flyer Lelia Masaga chased hard but mistimed his run unfortunately, and ended up taking Fainifo out which caused him to flip through the air and land horrifically. Masaga also got a knee in the face for his troubles. Luckily, both players walked away unscathed from the big collision, and Masaga was penalised for taking the man out in the air, which was technically a fair call, albeit harsh considering he also got a fair pounding. Fainifo got up incredibly high to compete for the ball so late in the game, which was really impressive. The one problem with that though is – what goes up, must come down.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another… 26 WEEKS AGO Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueey30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Black and Brown workers reveal Philadelphia City Council gentrification scheme

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Abdul-Aliy Muhammad of the Black and Brown Workers Cooperative. (Photo Credit: Ted Kelly)At 2 a.m. on the night of Feb. 23, over 50 people were gathered outside Philadelphia’s Ninth Police Precinct building at 21st and Hamilton. Despite frigid temperatures, the dozens of primarily Black activists rallied, chanted and shut down traffic demanding the release of Abdul-Aliy Muhammad, arrested earlier that evening at City Hall.Muhammad is one of the founders of the Black and Brown Workers Cooperative, dedicated to the liberation of the most oppressed sectors of the working class. BBWC has launched several campaigns to combat gentrification in Philadelphia, as well as confronting white supremacy in the city’s LGBTQ institutions.In 2017, they mobilized to confront a culture of racism and sexual violence permitted by the administration of the Mazzoni Center, one of the largest LGBTQ health care providers in the U.S. Over 70 workers walked out, calling for the resignation of Mazzoni CEO Nurit Shein, among other demands.Muhammad, who is HIV positive, put their body on the front lines of the struggle by engaging in a “med strike” — forgoing the medications that keep the virus at bay. Shein and another executive resigned within three days. BBWC is working with the Mazzoni Center to assure that structural changes are made to address workers’ demands.Activist victory over cops and croniesNow the cooperative has turned its energies toward revealing and reversing the displacement of Black and Brown communities. At a Feb. 21 re-election campaign launch event for City Councilmember Jannie Blackwell, BBWC protested the 30-year incumbent for collusion with real estate developers to sell off public properties to her friends and cronies.At the protest, Blackwell’s campaign staff violently assaulted demonstrators and called the notoriously racist Philadelphia Police Department on them. Blackwell associate Michael Youngblood assailed BBWC members with threats of rape and further violence. Youngblood, who works as a private contractor for Blackwell’s family, was convicted of bank fraud and extortion for shaking down a homeless shelter in the Third District.Two days later, organizers staged another protest to disrupt a Council meeting at City Hall. Again, Blackwell and her allies on the City Council called police on the protesters, and Muhammad was arrested in full view of the press and the public. Police outrageously claimed that this revolutionary activist was armed and attacked the officers, charging Muhammad with possession of an instrument of crime, resisting arrest, reckless endangerment and aggravated assault, among other serious and bogus charges.After the Feb. 23 arrest, Muhammad was transported to Hahnemann Hospital to be treated for injuries inflicted by the police. The hospital refused to allow Muhammad to be treated without police in the room, so Muhammad declined treatment. They were then taken to the Ninth Precinct building where officers refused to serve halal food to Muhammad who is Muslim.That’s when the network of workers and oppressed people snapped into action to demand the immediate release of Abdul-Aliy Muhammad.Finally, on March 21, as the result of organized effort by the community, all charges against Muhammad were dropped, with the exception of a disorderly conduct charge. Abdul-Aliy pleaded guilty and was fined $100.Muslim and queer activismAbdul-Aliy Muhammad was born to Melody Ellen Beverly, who became the first Black woman to operate a trolley in Philadelphia. When Beverly was a child, her family was one of the first to move into the 46th Street projects. Beverly converted to Islam and her family joined a Muslim community on the 52nd Street corridor. Muhammad grew up with Arabic as their first language.Inheriting a deep spirituality from their mother, Muhammad said, in comments to WW, that it can be very difficult to be both Muslim and queer. “These rigid boxes are violent,” they said when describing the conflict imposed on these identities. This has certainly informed Muhammad’s activism, particularly in BBWC’s mobilization against racism and segregation at gay clubs in Philadelphia.Muhammad’s mother died in 2012, followed by their father in 2013. In 2008, they were diagnosed with HIV.A poet, Muhammed says, “Writing was crucial to my survival. If I didn’t write, I would be dead.” When medical professionals sometimes insinuate that HIV positive folks should abstain from sex and intimacy, Muhammad refuses to have their bodily autonomy revoked. The victim blaming and stigma are not unlike what they saw their mother face after she was diagnosed with lung cancer.Confronting racist gentrification“It wasn’t until the 2000s that you started to see white folks not just shopping and passing through West Philly communities, but settling there,” Muhammad told WW. Luxury apartments began springing up overlooking Malcolm X Park. Student apartments replaced family homes. Muhammad was forced out of their own community due to skyrocketing rent and lived in South Philly for some time before they were able to return to their home in Philadelphia’s Third District.Council member Blackwell is known to exercise a prerogative that Muhammad described as “an unspoken deference City Council members receive in deciding on land deals that happen within their district’s borders.” Blackwell wants to see a vacant city-owned property at 4601 Market Street sold for $10 million to a private developer. Michael Karp has been awarded numerous contracts to gentrify West Philly with luxury student housing around the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. This is part of a decades-long project to “settle” that historically Black neighborhood, turning communities like Mantua, Powelton Village and Black Bottom over to landlords who rent to white students in “University City.” Karp, also an “advocate” for charter schools, is a founder of the for-profit Belmont School.Karp is not unique in Philadelphia. In a recent op-ed written for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Abdul-Aliy also pointed to the examples of developers Shawn Bullard and Felton Hayman, who both made a fortune after other members of City Council were able to use their “prerogative” to award contracts.Muhammad wrote: “To raise awareness of these issues, the Black and Brown Workers Co-op, an organization I helped to co-found with Shani Akilah and Dominique London, launched an anti-displacement platform last summer called ‘disappearing Blackness is displacement politics,’ which tackles the gentrification of West and Southwest Philadelphia. Dominique knows this issue firsthand: She was displaced from her own apartment in Wynnefield. As a whole, our collective focuses on the communities that we have seen be hit hardest by displacement and homelessness: Black and Brown people, LGBTQIA people, and people living with disabilities, including chronic illness.“We urge city leaders to consider those populations and develop a means by which 40 percent of city-owned land in each district would be reserved for residents and community members — not just officials — to decide its use. After all, when [real estate developer Shawn Bullard] said he wanted his property to cater to college students and ‘millennials that work downtown,’ that doesn’t sound like it describes most Philadelphians.”Philadelphia is a working-class city. And it is, more importantly, a Black and Brown city. “It shouldn’t be any one person’s prerogative,” Muhammad wrote in conclusion. “It has to be all of ours.”last_img read more

Killer’s conviction seen as important step, but masterminds still protected and threats continue

first_img Organisation An Istanbul court for minors yesterday passed a sentence of 22 years and 10 months in prison on Ogün Samast after convicting him of being the trigger-man in the January 2007 murder of Turkish-Armenian newspaper editor Hrant Dink. Aged 17 at the time of the shooting, Samast was also ordered to pay to a fine of 600 Turkish lira (300 euros).“By imposing almost the maximum sentence on the leading suspect in Dink’s murder, this court clearly wanted to set an example,” Reporters Without Borders said. “But it is relatively easy to convict a ‘child driven to crime,’ as the prosecutors described the alleged shooter. The real test of the judicial system’s resolve will be its ability to identify and punish the masterminds and their accomplices.”Dink family lawyer Fethiye Cetin said that, under Turkey’s sentencing rules, Samast, who was arrested the day after the murder, would probably spend at least another 11 years in prison. As she left the court, she said the verdict met the Dink’s family’s expectations and stressed the importance of not allowing “crimes that threaten our ability to live together” to go unpunished.She nonetheless added: “The court’s decision concerns solely the act committed by Samast. It is too soon to say whether the issues raised by the European Court of Human Rights will receive a response.”Last September, the European Court ruled that Turkish authorities failed in their duty to protect Dink when they had information about plots to kill him.“Convicting the shooter is an important first step but it is not enough,” Reporters Without Borders said. “At a time when Hrant Dink’s newspaper, Agos, and other newspapers are receiving more death threats, it is vital that the judicial system should send a strong signal to the ultra-nationalists and their hidden allies within the state.”Members of the gendarmerie in the Black Sea city of Trabzon (Samast’s home town) received sentences ranging from four to six months in prison from a local magistrate’s court on 2 June after being convicting of doing nothing to prevent Dink’s death despite being aware of a plot to murder him. The local assizes court refused to handle the case.At the same time, an investigation into 30 senior officials, announced with much fanfare in February, seems to have been quietly shelved. “What were the concrete results?” Reporters Without Borders wonders. ”Was it launched just as an apparent concession to the European Court of Human Rights?”The answers to some of the questions about the judicial system’s intentions should come on 29 July, when the next hearing is held in the trial of Samast’s 18 fellow defendants, from whom Samast was separated and given a separate trial on the grounds that he was a minor at the time of the murder.But expectations are low, especially as it has been confirmed that the erased recordings of security cameras near the scene of the murder cannot be recovered and that discussion of a possible second hit-man have been nipped in the bud. Although it is clear that the security camera recordings were deliberately erased by persons working for the Istanbul police, it still has not been established exactly who was responsible.More details may emerge from Samast’s other trial on a charge of belonging to an illegal organization, in which the next hearing is due on 23 September. The prosecutor preparing the case has asked the police for a report on possible links between the Dink trial defendants and those who are being investigated in connection with the alleged “Ergenekon” conspiracy. The Dink family has long suspected such links.The defence has portrayed Samast as a poorly educated youth swayed by a media hate campaign against Dink. His lawyer had called for the charges to be dropped on the grounds of procedural irregularities. Under yesterday’s ruling, he was sentenced to 21 and a half years in jail on a charge of premeditated homicide (under article 82, subsections 1 and 2 of the criminal code) and 16 months for illegal possession and use of a firearm (under article 13, subsection 1 of Law No. 6136). Transferred to Kandira prison, he has seven days to file an appeal.Although the social and political context has evolved significantly since Dink’s January 2007 murder, the threats against journalists from small ultra-nationalist groups have not ended. Senior staff members at the left-wing daily Günlük Evrensel and dozens of civil society members filed a court action on 20 July in connection with recent death threats from the Turkish Revenge Brigades, also known as TIT (from their Turkish name Türk Intikam Tugayi).The wording of the email that the staff of Günlük Evrensel received from TIT could have been used by Dink’s murderers. It said: “We ordered you to leave the country by 15 August, you and your fellow workers. We will not give you another warning after this one (…) We will now use our legitimate right to defend our holy Turkish nation and carry out the operations we think are right. We will fight for a Turkey that is 100 per cent Turkish.”These threats must not be taken likely. The TIT has claimed responsibility for past armed actions that have killed and maimed. They include a 1998 attack in Ankara in which the president of the Human Rights Association (IHD), Akin Birdal, was badly injured, and a 2006 bombing in the eastern city of Diyarbakir that killed three adults and seven children.A similar email was received a month ago by several journalists and intellectuals, including Etyen Mahçupyan, a columnist of Armenian origin who writes for the conservative daily Zaman, and Baskin Oran, a journalist who works for Agos, the newspaper that Dink edited. TIT told Agos and other media “in the same camp” to cease operating at once and ordered their journalists to leave the country.Parliamentary members of the Kurdish party BDP were also targeted. In Oran’s case, it was the fourth threat he has received but his attempts to get the police and judicial authorities to take action have been unsuccessful. “As long as the justice system continues to be ineffective, they will continue to threaten me,” he said.Reporters Without Borders added: “Samast’s conviction will be just a small consolation if the police and judicial authorities continue to be incapable of intervening and taking threats seriously. The Dink case has lifted the veil on the extent of the ultra-nationalist networks. The justice system will no longer be able to say it did not know. Now more than ever, there must not be another Hrant Dink.” April 2, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Receive email alerts News July 26, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Killer’s conviction seen as important step, but masterminds still protected and threats continue Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Turkey Read our previous statements on this topic Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit TurkeyEurope – Central Asia TurkeyEurope – Central Asia News April 28, 2021 Find out more Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law to go further April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

TV reporter dies in suicide attack attributed to the LTTE

first_img Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders voiced shock and dismay at the death of Sirasa TV reporter Mohamed Rashmi, who was killed today in a suicide bombing blamed on separatist Tamil Tiger rebels against former General Janaka Perera that left at least 27 dead and more than 80 injured.The bomber blew himself up during the inauguration of new premises of the leading opposition United National Party (UNP) in Anuradhapura, central Sri Lanka, killing the general and several other regional party officials.Mohamed Rashmi, a provincial correspondent, was caught up in the attack while covering the event for the privately-owned television station. One of his colleagues told Reporters Without Borders that Mohamed Rashmi had been working for the channel since 2001 after gaining a diploma in video journalism.”It is a despicable practice to mount suicide attacks during public events such as this,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “Those who carried it out and the instigators have no respect whatsoever for the lives of civilians, including journalists, who are there alongside targeted figures, just to do their job.””Scores of journalists have been killed by these suicide bombers – these merchants of death – in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq, and now in Sri Lanka”, it added.Five Sri Lankan journalists’ organisations put out a joint statement condemning the attack as a “crime against humanity”.The Tamil Tigers (LTTE) rarely admits responsibility for suicide attacks, but they have been carrying out such bombings against political and military figures since the 1980s. Receive email alerts News RSF_en July 29, 2020 Find out more Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists October 6, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 TV reporter dies in suicide attack attributed to the LTTE News to go further Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Organisation News July 15, 2020 Find out more January 13, 2021 Find out more Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge News Follow the news on Sri Lanka Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders voiced shock and dismay at the death of Sirasa TV reporter Mohamed Rashmi, who was killed today in a suicide bombing blamed on separatist Tamil Tiger rebels against former General Janaka Perera that left at least 27 dead and more than 80 injured. last_img read more

Pasadena Firefighter/Paramedic Jodi Slicker Pays Tribute to Fallen Firefighters

first_img Pasadena Firefighter/Paramedic Jodi Slicker proudly completed 90 flights of stairs on September 10, 2016 to mark the 15th anniversary commemoration of 9/11/01.Firefighters, Police Officers, Military Personnel, and Civilians joined together in a spirit of remembrance and courage to honor the memories of those lost 15 years ago. Teams and individuals climbed 110 flights of stairs, the same number as in the twin towers, wearing the name of a fallen Emergency Responder whose life was lost on that day.“We climbed in memory, and to honor each of the fallen 343 FDNY, 23 NYPD, and 37 Port Authority heroes, and to raise awareness of the sacrifices made by Firefighters everywhere” Slicker said.The San Diego 911 Memorial Stair Climb sells out at 1,200 participants. Each climber selects one of the 403 first responders who died on 9/11 to climb in honor of. Each climber carries one of their head shots during the competition.Slicker climbed a total of 90 flights of stairs in full firefighting gear and breathing apparatus (weighing approximately 60 lbs.), averaging 9:30 mins every 30 flights. Slicker and 5-5-5 Fitness who she is also affiliated with were honored to be asked to help move their World Trade Center Steel memorial for it to be displayed.Slicker climbed in honor of Lieutenant Philp S. Petti with the Fire Department of New York who was 43 years old at the time of his death. While growing up in Brooklyn‚ Petti dreamed of being a firefighter. After trying a variety of other jobs‚ he joined the FDNY‚ and‚ for 18 years‚ lived his dream. He enjoyed every part of the job‚ particularly treasuring the friendships he made in the firehouse. Petti was also a music fan and an athlete – he played nearly every team sport‚ coached his children’s soccer and baseball teams‚ and rooted fiercely for the Giants‚ Mets‚ and Rangers. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 7 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Top of the News center_img HerbeautyTop Important Things You Never Knew About MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Pasadena Firefighter/Paramedic Jodi Slicker Pays Tribute to Fallen Firefighters Published on Monday, September 12, 2016 | 1:34 pm Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Man arrested in Paul McCauley murder probe released

first_img Facebook WhatsApp Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme Previous article180 part time jobs announced for Donegal ahead of Census 2016Next articleDanger and delays as motorists speed and skip lights through N15 roadworks News Highland Twitter A 27 year old man who was arrested in Omagh this morning, Tuesday 15 December, by detectives from Serious Crime Branch investigating the murder of Paul McCauley, has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.He was taken to the town’s police station for questioning.Earlier, the officer leading the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Michael Harvey said today’s arrest brought the number of people who have been arrested since Paul died last June to 11. To date, one man has been charged with murder and another reported to the Public Prosecution Service.DCI Harvey said police enquiries into Paul’s murder were very much ongoing and he appealed to those with information to come forward. Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Homepage BannerNews Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Facebook Pinterestcenter_img Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson By News Highland – December 15, 2015 Pinterest Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Man arrested in Paul McCauley murder probe released WhatsApp GAA decision not sitting well with Donegal – Mick McGrath Google+ Google+last_img read more

Man arrested in connection with dissapearance of six-year-old Mary Boyle in 1977

first_imgNews Twitter By News Highland – October 21, 2014 Facebook Previous articlePublic meeting against water charges to be held in St Johnston tonightNext articleDonegal Garda accused of harassing a woman remanded in custody News Highland Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Man arrested in connection with dissapearance of six-year-old Mary Boyle in 1977center_img Gardai have arrested a 64-year-old man in connection with the alleged abduction of Mary Boyle in 1977.Six-year-old Mary of Kincasslagh, Co Donegal, disappeared while visiting her grandmother at Ballyshannon on 18 March, 1977.The arrest comes after new evidence was discovered by the Review Team based in the Northern Region that has been investigating the disappearance.The man has been detained for questioning in Mullingar Station under the Criminal Justice Act 1984. He can be detained for up to 24 hours.Mary was on a family visit to her grandparents’ home with her parents and siblings when she disappeared.As well as the investigation at the time ,there have been two reviews by An Garda Síochána into Mary’s disappearance.The latest began in 2011 and is being undertaken by a Review Team from the Northern Region.The Review Team has conducted what they call “a significant investigation” that has involved interviewing a wide range of people and undertaking a number of searches with the assistance of forensic and geology experts. Its investigation is ongoing.Anyone with information is asked to contact the Incident Room at Ballyshannon Garda Station at 071 9858530 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.Gardaí say a Family Liaison Officer has been continuously liaising with Mary’s mother, Ann Boyle, to keep her informed of developments including today’s arrest.In 2011, gardaí released a picture of what they say Mary could look like today. Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Pinterestlast_img read more

Questions asked over upkeep of Market Square after vicious weekend assault

first_img Google+ Pinterest By News Highland – October 19, 2017 Facebook Homepage BannerNews Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Questions asked over upkeep of Market Square after vicious weekend assault DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Google+ Facebook Questions are being asked over the general upkeep of the Market Square in Letterkenny.It follows the vicious assault of 18 year old Shanan Reid McDaid in the area in the early hours of Sunday morning.Gardai are examining CCTV but there are now fears that overgrown trees and foliage may have blocked some of the footage recorded.While the trees were cut away yesterday, there had been previous calls over the summer months for the work to be carried out by Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Gerry McMonagle.He believes that CCTV there needs to be expanded:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/444dfd.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articleLUH second most overcrowded in Ireland todayNext articleHughton hopeful on Duffy playing Friday night News Highland last_img read more