Al-Baghdadia TV announces it is pulling out of Iraq for good

first_img to go further RSF_en Help by sharing this information Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Follow the news on Iraq December 28, 2020 Find out more Organisation IraqMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” 2 November 2010 – Al-Baghdadia TV bureaux closed, two employees arrestedReporters Without Borders condemns yesterday’s decision by the Iraqi authorities to close the Baghdad, Kerbala and Basra bureaux of Cairo-based satellite TV station Al-Baghdadia in connection with its coverage of the previous day’s hostage-taking in a Syriac Catholic church in Baghdad, which ended in a bloodbath.Two of the station’s employees, producer Haidar Salam and video editor Mohammed Al-Johair, were arrested under article 1/2/4 of the anti-terrorism law. Al-Johair was released today, after being held overnight, but Salam is still being held in an unknown location, Reporters Without Borders has learned from Al-Baghdadia representatives in Egypt.“This decision by the authorities was hasty and disproportionate,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Before closing this TV station, there should have been an impartial investigation to establish to what degree the activities of its journalists influenced the outcome of the hostage-taking.”The press freedom organisation added: “The authorities are making a mistake by targeting Al-Baghdadia. The station must nonetheless determine whether mistakes were made in its coverage of this tragedy. We call for the reopening of its bureaux and Salam’s release pending the result of the investigation.”The Syriac Catholic church of Sayidat al-Najat (Our Lady of Salvation) was stormed by members of Islamic State of Iraq, a local Al-Qaeda branch, as about hundred of people were attending mass on 31 October. While holding their hostages, the militants spoke with Al-Baghdadia by telephone and were able to voice their demands on the air. A total of 54 worshippers (including many women and children) and seven guards were killed in the course of the assault, which was one of the deadliest attacks ever on Christians in Iraq.Despite being headquartered in Cairo, privately-owned Al-Baghdadia is an Iraqi TV station. It was launched in September 2005. Its website: Al-Baghdadia, an Iraqi satellite TV station that has its headquarters in Cairo, has announced that it is ending all activities in Iraq as a result of a decision by the Iraqi government’s Communications and Media Commission (CMC) on 1 November to suspend the operations of all its bureaux.“In view of the prime minister’s persistent determination in preventing Al-Baghdadia from working in Iraq, the station’s management has decided to close its bureaux in country,” Al-Baghdadia said in a 25 November statement posted on its website ( CMC accused Al-Baghdadia of breaking the law by serving as a “mouthpiece for the terrorists” when armed militants stormed the Christian church of Sayidat al-Najat in Baghdad on 31 October and took hostages. The occupation ended in bloodbath.The station had appealed against the closures. “We were on the point of reaching an agreement with the CMC,” the head of the station, Abdel Hamid As-Saeh, told AFP. “But then we learned that that the decision was not up to the commission and that it was the prime minister’s office directly that had the final word.”Reporters Without Borders deplores the closure of the station’s bureaux, in which the government clearly used the CMC to get it what it wanted. We urge Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki to take a public position on Al-Baghdadia and to find a solution to this problem.Although based in Egypt, Al-Baghdadia is an independent, privately-owned Iraqi TV station that was launched in September 2005. Its website:—– December 16, 2020 Find out more News News News February 15, 2021 Find out more News November 30, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Al-Baghdadia TV announces it is pulling out of Iraq for good Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security”last_img read more

Pasadena Unified Administrators to Shadow Classified Employees

first_imgEducation Pasadena Unified Administrators to Shadow Classified Employees From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, May 12, 2014 | 3:07 pm Top of the News Make a comment Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena The Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD), California School Employees Association (CSEA) Chapter 434 and Teamsters Local 911 will celebrate the contributions of classified school employees Tuesday, May 13 as part of the Appreciating Classified Employees (ACE) program.The ACE program is held in advance of Classified School Employee Week, which is May 18 – 24, and is a collaborative effort between the school district and its classified unions that includes job shadowing of classified school employees by district administrators. Principals, board of education members and district level administrators will witness first-hand what custodians, food service workers, paraeducators and other classified employees do on a daily basis. The event will build understanding within the district and recognize the hard work classified employees do to take care of students every day.Among the district administrators and board members participating include PUSD Superintendent Jon Gundry who will be shadowing a food service worker at Franklin Elementary School and PUSD Board President Scott Phelps, who will be partnered with an office manager at Roosevelt Elementary School.What: Pasadena Unified School District ACE programWhen: Tuesday, May 13, 8:00 a.m. to NoonWhere: 21 school sites and offices across the district.PUSD Board President Scott Phelps will be at Roosevelt Elementary School at 10 a.m., 315 North Pasadena Avenue, Pasadena.PUSD Superintendent Jon Gundry will be at Franklin Elementary school at 11:30 a.m., 527 West Ventura Street, Altadena. Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * HerbeautyWeird Types Of Massage Not Everyone Dares To TryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBaby Boom: The Stars Are Getting Busy In QuarantineHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Ayurveda Heath Secrets From Ancient IndiaHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  First Heatwave Expected Next Week 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff 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. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Subscribelast_img read more

ICC hails Aguilleira as a global `role model’ following retirement

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC) – Cricket’s world governing body, ICC, has praised the career of Merissa Aguilleira, following the Wednesday’s announcement of the former West Indies Women captain’s retirement.In a statement yesterday, chief executive Manu Sawhney hailed Aguilleira as a global “role model”, while pointing out her successful tenure as skipper.Aguilleira led West Indies in 74 of her 112 ODIs and in 73 of her 95 Twenty20 Internationals. She also oversaw their trip to the final of the ICC 50-over World Cup in 2013 in India where they lost to Australia.“Merissa has been one of the most renowned women cricketers,” said Sawhney.“Her success as captain and player is there for everyone to see and I am sure she would have been a role model for many aspiring cricketers the world over. I congratulate Merissa for a wonderful career and wish her all the best in whatever she pursues in the coming years.”The 33-year-old Aguilleira also led West Indies to the semi-finals of three T20 World Cups in 2010, 2012 and 2014, and was a member of the 2016 side which captured the title in India.A wicketkeeper, the Trinidadian tallied 1 752 runs in ODIs at an average of 20, while claiming 78 catches and 26 stumpings. In T20s, she gathered 768 runs at an average of 14, completing 38 catches and 34 stumpings.last_img read more

Arike Ogunbowale Twice Hit the Shot of a Lifetime to Help…

first_imgShe did just that, showing a flair for the dramatic in addition to her scoring touch. Her three-pointer with 0.1 seconds left lifted to the Fighting Irish to a 61-58 victory over Mississippi State.For those who don’t follow women’s college hoops closely, here are a few things to know about the junior from Milwaukee.Her first name derives from her father’s Nigeria, and she’s the youngest of Yolanda and Gregory Ogunbowale’s three kids, according to Notre Dame. Yolanda was a pitcher on the DePaul University softball team and Gregory played soccer and rugby, later serving in the Nigerian Army. Yolanda was Arike’s grade-school basketball coach.Her older brother, Oluwadare or Dare, was a running back at the University of Wisconsin and signed as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans in 2017. He has since been an offseason/practice squad acquisition of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins.Her cousin, Diamond Stone, plays in the NBA’s G League and played for one season at the University of Maryland.Ogunbowale was a pretty good club soccer player, too, on teams that won four Wisconsin State Cup championships (Lake Country United, 2010-12, and FC Milwaukee, 2009.) But basketball was her focus, and she dominated, averaging better than 27 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals as a senior at Divine Savior Holy Angels, an all-girls Catholic school in Milwaukee. The Dashers went 26-2 and won their first Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association title that season, when she was chosen for the McDonald’s all-American Game.“I think she will be remembered as the greatest female player in the state of Wisconsin,” her high school coach, Jeff Worzella, wrote in an email to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “She plays the game at such a high level at times. I just sat there on the sidelines and was simply amazed at what she could do on the basketball floor.”In addition to Notre Dame, Arike’s college choices came down to UCLA, Louisville, Ohio State and Wisconsin, but she chose Notre Dame because of her faith.“I’ve been going to religious schools my whole life,” the 5-foot-8 guard said in the fall of 2014. “I went to a Lutheran grade school and a Catholic high school. I wanted to keep my faith base strong. “It’s a great school, Hall of Fame coach [Muffet McGraw], great academics. I wanted to go into business and they have the No. 1 business school. It’s an all-around great system.”She and Stone grew up in the same neighborhood and often played against one another.“We treated her like one of the boys,” Stone said. “She didn’t get any calls. She played hard. She’d get right back up. She had that toughness. I think that’s why she’s so successful right now.”She has often credited that background with her success.“I had to be confident. I couldn’t be scared. They treated me like one of them, so I think I just always had it in me,” she told the South Bend Tribune, when asked about playing against her brothers and other boys as a kid.For her parents, other things matter most.“The thing people tell us most about her is what a great person she is,” Gregory Ogunbowale said in 2014. “That’s more important to us than basketball. She’s always gone to religious schools, and she wanted to continue with that flavor. We’re blessed that she is. We know that she’s going to be a girl with values, and that’s more important to us.”She averaged 11.4 points as a freshman at Notre Dame, the most for a Fighting Irish reserve in more than a decade. By her sophomore season she was a starter, averaging 15.9 points per game, 10th in the ACC, and scoring a career-high 32 points with nine rebounds in a Sweet 16 win over Ohio State. She became a national star this season, ranking in the top 20 in scoring with nearly 21 points a game and earning first-team all-ACC and second-team all-American honors. Her NCAA tournament star turn came during the best stretch of her career; she scored at least 20 points in five straight games culminating with the national semifinal, then finished with 18 points in the championship game.“She’s fearless,” Coach Muffet McGraw told the South Bend Tribune during the regular season. “She doesn’t mind if she misses a few shots. She’s going to keep taking it, which is what you need. You have to have somebody that has that attitude of, ‘I know I have to score, it doesn’t matter what happened the last possession, this one’s going in.’” – Culled from WASHINGTON POSTShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram NCAA BASKETBALL FINAL FOURHer first name means “something that you see and cherish,” a fitting description for a player who twice hit game-winning shots on the biggest stage in women’s basketball, lifting Notre Dame to an NCAA semifinal victory and to the national championship during one memorable weekend.Over a 48-hour stretch, Arike Ogunbowale became famous, if not quite a household name. No less a hoops eminence than Kobe Bryant noticed what she was doing, first on Friday night, when her game-winner with one second left in overtime knocked U-Conn. out of the tournament. When Ogunbowale tweeted that being noticed by Bryant (a U-Conn. fan who was at the semis) made her life “complete,” he admonished her about “finishing the job” Sunday.last_img read more