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first_img SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria March 12, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Four Syrian activists abducted in the Damascus suburbs, apparently in relation to their human rights and humanitarian work, must be released immediately and unconditionally, 16 human rights organizations said today. Award-winning Syrian human rights defender and writer Razan Zaitouneh, along with her husband, Wa’el Hamada, and two colleagues, Nazem Hamadi and Samira Khalil, were abducted by unknown individuals on 9 December 2013 from a joint office for the Violations Documentation Center (VDC) and the Local Development and Small Projects Support (LDSPS) in the Damascus suburb of Douma, part of Eastern Ghouta, an area under the control of a number of armed opposition groups that is being besieged by government forces. In a joint statement issued on 10 December 2013, the VDC and the LDSPS attributed the abduction of Razan Zaitouneh to her activities as a founding member of these organizations. The VDC is an independent non-governmental organization that has been mainly documenting human rights abuses committed by the Syrian government in the context of the conflict. The LDSPS provides humanitarian assistance, particularly to medical centres in areas like Eastern Ghouta. Like many other human rights activists perceived by the government to be involved in pro-reform protests, Razan Zaitouneh was forced into hiding in 2011 after receiving threats from the Syrian authorities. In the last few months, she received threats from at least one armed opposition group in the Eastern Ghouta area. Razan Zaitouneh was recently the recipient of the 2013 International Women of Courage Award. She also has received the Anna Politkovskaya Prize and, in 2011, the European Parliament’s Sakhorov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Civil society activists, writers, journalists and lawyers have borne a heavy price during the ongoing conflict in Syria, falling victim to unlawful killings, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detention and torture and other ill-treatment at the hands of government security forces and, more recently, becoming targets for armed opposition groups that disapprove of their activities. All parties to the conflict should adhere to their obligations under international humanitarian law, which prohibits the abduction of civilians, hostage-taking and torture. Co-signing organizations in alphabetical order: 1. Alkarama Foundation 2. Amnesty International 3. Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) 4. Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network 5. Gulf Center for Human Rights 6. Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries (Hivos) 7. Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) 8. International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) 9. International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) – in the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders 10. International Media Support (IMS) 11. LAWYERS FOR LAWYERS 12. PEN International 13. Reporters Without Borders 14. SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom 15. Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM) 16. World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) – in the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders to go further Organisation March 8, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Newscenter_img News News December 11, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Abducted human rights lawyer Razan Zaitouneh and her three colleagues must be released unharmed Receive email alerts Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Follow the news on Syria February 3, 2021 Find out more SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Newslast_img read more


first_imgMany experts agree consumers in their early 20s are at the ideal ages to begin using credit cards. Credit cards are a great first step toward establishing a good credit history. Additionally, they also offer rewards and short-term financing.Even so, some recent reports indicate a portion of Millennials are choosing debit and prepaid cards over credit cards. According to MyBankTracker.com, 49 percent of Millennials don’t even own a credit card. In comparison, 29 percent of consumers in other age brackets go without credit cards.Millennials’ limited interest in credit cards can be attributed to a number of factors. First, Millennials were essentially the first generation to grow up with debit cards. Second, the CARD Act of 2009 makes it more difficult for consumers under the age of 21 to obtain credit cards. Third, many Millennials have significant amounts of student loan debt.Encouragingly, industry experts also agree (and statistics support) Millennials will likely choose credit cards more often as their careers become better established and they become more confident in their abilities to manage their finances. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


first_imgBefore the President decreed silk scarves are an acceptable alternative to face masks, Dr. Deborah Birx, the response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, donned a different drape around her shoulders at the administration’s nightly press briefings.Since her appointment on February 26, Dr. Birx has been setting a silky fashion trend as part of the 22-person team that makes up the Coronavirus Task Force.Since her appointment on February 26, Dr. Birx has become the fashion favorite of the COVID task force and American’s can’t wait to see her “scarf du jour” artfully knotted around her shoulders.Just last month, Washington Post fashion critic Robin Givhan wrote a story in praise of her lovely foulards. And more recently, an Instagram account has appeared chronicling each of the pretty silk squares.The scarf account was created by Victoria Strout, a fashion-obsessed music marketing executive from Fort Worth.The account known as @deborahbirxscarves has a simple format. Each post is populated with a slideshow offering various vantage points onto one of the doctor’s many scarves. The captions are straightforward, providing the date of the scarf’s appearance and, if known, its label. “Me and a couple of friends would watch each press conference and talk about Dr. Birx’s latest scarf,” says Strout.“So one Sunday afternoon I thought, You know what, I’m just going to compile all the screenshots I’ve taken on Instagram.”So why does this all matter? Perhaps it’s because Dr. Birx’s affinity for scarves speaks to a collective nostalgia.FLOTUS Jackie Kennedy sported her babushka-style head wrappings on weekends in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. A typical Dr. Birx look consists of a prim dress, hosiery, and a waist-cinching belt; she ties the whole look together with a literal bow via her silken scarf which elegantly gives a nod to history.last_img read more


first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Following an upset victory over then-No.18 Virginia, Syracuse (9-7, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) will host Boston College (9-7, 3-2) on Wednesday night. The Eagles also beat Virginia last week before losing to Georgia Tech on Saturday.Below, The Daily Orange beat writers predict if Syracuse will win its second-straight conference game.Nick Alvarez (13-3)Everybody gets oneBoston College 65, Syracuse 59I said pre-Virginia, “it would be very Syracuse to pull off a massive upset,” so I’ll take my consolation point where I can. And, maybe to the surprise of most, I’m going to use that same mindset to pick Boston College for Wednesday night’s game. I’ll admit this prediction is harder with the “questionable” status of leading-scorer Derryck Thornton and center Nik Popovic, but even then I haven’t seen enough from this SU squad to confidently say any momentum from the Virginia win will carry over. And a few key contributors — Elijah Hughes, Buddy Boeheim and Marek Dolezaj — are starting to show the wear-and-tear from conference play and that might offset BC’s lack of its top players. Like Boston College, Syracuse has been inconsistent all year and dropped games it should’ve won. Add another to that list.Michael McCleary (10-6)Boston’s punishment is coming…Syracuse 72, Boston College 66AdvertisementThis is placeholder text… and it’s going to be harsh. A loss to Syracuse certainly would be that for a team that’s picked up a couple of nice wins recently. SU’s win over Virginia is a tough one to gauge, but I think there is something to be said about the momentum it might provide for an Orange roster that’s about to meet multiple teams that aren’t too strong. Also, Syracuse’s surge in overtime can’t be ignored, even if it can’t be maintained. The ACC is a weird conference this year and is largely unpredictable, but they make us do this each week. So, someone has to win.Josh Schafer (12-4)Boston has college sports?Syracuse 71 Boston College 64So if there’s one thing we learned from Syracuse’s most recent win, it’s that the Orange’s defense can handle poor offenses. Syracuse limited the Cavaliers – which entered the game 348 out of 350 teams in points per game – to 43 points in regulation. Boston College averages 10 more points than the Cavaliers (65) but still sits at 312th nationally in the category. This is the kind of game that even inconsistent offense, like the performance SU had last Saturday, can win a game. The Orange will carry some momentum from last weekend into a home game, and they will bring consecutive ACC wins for the first time this year. Comments Published on January 14, 2020 at 11:11 pmlast_img read more


first_img Recommended for you Related Items:akia guerrier, cali, columbia, commonwealth youth games, edith skippings, edmonton, Pan American Junior Games, Samoa, Turks and Caicos Amateur Athletic Association, world youth champions Bahamas 15th in early Commonwealth Youth Games medal count Commonwealth Secretary General: Youth Games “returned home” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp St. Lucian sprinter makes history at Commonwealth Youth Games Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Jul 2015 – For the first time, Turks and Caicos Islands has a young woman qualifier for the World Youth Champions and the athlete to make the historic cut is Akia Guerrier. The Turks and Caicos Amateur Athletic Association (TCAAA) yesterday announce that Akia Guerrier is the first female athlete to make the qualifying standards and will be representing the Turks and Caicos this July at the Championships in Cali Columbia, the Pan American Junior Games in Edmonton, Canada and at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa in September. Akia and her coach, Randy Ford and chaperon, Rosalie Ingham-Hall, General Secretary of the TCAAA left yesterday morning for the Youth Championships. On hand for their departure was TCAAA President, Edith Skippings.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: The newly opened Misti Hub in New Town did brisk business on Saturday and Sunday and people from all across the town had gathered to buy mouth-watering sweets.The parking bay was full and special parking arrangements were made on the service road. Parking is free on the earmarked area for half an hour. The hub is the only of its kind in Bengal where renowned sweetmakers of Kolkata are sharing the same roof with the traditional sweet meat sellers – the sarbhaja of Krishnanagar, langcha of Shatigarh and with mihidana and sitabhog of east Burdwan. The hub is opened from 12 noon to 9 pm. It will help the airport bound passengers to buy the special sweets of Bengal on way back home. Proper signs will be put up on Biswa Bangla Sarani to facilitate the airport bound buyers.The 10 branded shops that have been set up at the hub are KC Das, Bancharam, Gupta Brothers, Balaram Mullick and Radharaman Mullick, Ganguram Sweets, Nalin Chandra Das, Mithai, Sweet Bengal, New Nabakrishna Guin and Hindusthan Sweets (shop no. 10).HIDCO had imposed a condition that those opening shops at the hub must have experience of 25 years or more. A central atrium with glass walls will bring the sunlight inside.The hub is a combination of tradition and modernity. There will be a caretaker on behalf of Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation ( HIDCO) to look after the facilities. The hub has been built on a shop-in-shop concept. There is a potential market of Bengali sweets both in the country and abroad.Meetings had been held between the sweet shop owners and HIDCO officials including its chairman Debashis Sen where the idea was discussed. The sweet meat sellers accepted the proposal and the hub has come up near Eco Park.The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) has made special arrangements to issue trade licences to the shop owners.All the shop owners have come up with new variety of sweets including the modern ones. They are manufactured and packaged maintaining quality health.The hub has given opportunity to the residents of New Town and its neighbourhood to buy quality sweets without visiting Kolkata.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: People of West Bengal heaved a sigh of relief as severe cyclonic storm Fani weakened on Saturday morning and was moving towards neighbouring Bangladesh, a senior official of the regional meteorological centre said. The city witnessed wind speeds of 30-40 kmph with moderate to heavy rainfall overnight, he said. There was no report of any casualty or major damage in the districts through which the cyclone passed, officials said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”Fani is likely to continue to move north-northeastwards and weaken further over the next six hours. “It is very likely to move further north-northeastwards and enter Bangladesh around noon as a deep depression with wind speeds of 50-60 kmph, gusting to 70 kmph,” Deputy Director General of the Regional Meteorological Centre here Sanjib Bandyopadhyay told PTI. The very severe cyclonic storm weakened into a severe cyclonic storm over the Odisha coast, before moving further north-northeastwards and entering West Bengal through Kharagpur in West Midnapore around 12.30 am on Saturday. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state “It has moved to Arambagh in Hooghly and is now in Nadia district…and is moving towards Murshidabad district,” Bandyopadhyay said. A senior official said apart from a few mud houses collapsing and tress falling, there were no reports of casualties from any of the districts. “However, we are awaiting further details,” he added. Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim, along with senior engineers of the civic body and local councillors, was on a night-long vigil in and around the city to keep a tab on the situation. “We had made arrangements to act on an emergency basis had Fani hit the city. But thank god nothing major has happened,” Hakim told PTI. Meanwhile, flight operations resumed at the Kolkata airport at 9.57 am on Saturday, an Airports Authority of India (AAI) official said. Flight services were suspended at the airport from 3 pm on Friday. Train services on the Sealdah and Howrah sections were also getting back to normal, the officials said. Five persons were injured when a portion of the roof of a hutment collapsed on Friday night in the central part of the city’s Beniatola Lane, police said. All the five injured persons were released after treatment. The West Bengal government had taken precautionary measures in East and West Midnapore, North and South 24 Pargana districts, besides Howrah, Hooghly, Jhargram, Kolkata and the Sundarbans. The cyclone barrelled through Odisha on Friday, unleashing copious rain and windstorm that gusted up to 175 kmph, killing at least eight people, blowing away thatched houses and swamping towns and villages.last_img read more