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Concern about fate of editor kidnapped on 25 December in Baghdad

first_img News News IraqMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iraq Help by sharing this information Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Organisation IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News Receive email alertscenter_img RSF_en Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” February 15, 2021 Find out more News January 4, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Concern about fate of editor kidnapped on 25 December in Baghdad December 28, 2020 Find out more to go further December 16, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders voiced deep concern today about the fate of Samir Ali Saud, the deputy editor of the weekly Sada Baghdad, who was kidnapped outside his home in the Baghdad district of Zawina on 25 December.“Eleven days have gone by without any sign of life from this journalist,” the press freedom organisation said. “Urgent action is needed from the Iraqi authorities, who must do everything possible to find him quickly, before it is too late.”Aged 42, Saud recently moved home after receiving anonymous phone calls and threatening letters. Reporters Without Borders has learned that one of his brothers was kidnapped in November and was subsequently released after a sizable ransom was paid.At least 20 journalists were kidnapped in Iraq in 2006, more than in any other country in the world. Seven of them were killed.There is still no news of journalist Reem Zeid and her colleague Marwan Khazaal of Sumariya TV, who were kidnapped on 1 February as they left a news conference at the headquarters of the Iraqi Islamic Party in the west Baghdad district of Yarmouk.US army frees Reuters journalistReporters Without Borders has learned that Omar Al-Douleimi, a journalist working for the British news agency Reuters, was released on 25 December. US soldiers arrested him at his home in Ramadi (110 km west of Baghdad) on 19 December for reasons that are still not known. They also confiscated his journalistic material.last_img read more

Ten States Where Home Prices are Heating Up

first_img  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Ten States Where Home Prices are Heating Up Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago April 25, 2016 1,633 Views About Author: Xhevrije West Xhevrije West is a talented writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas. She has worked for a number of publications including The Syracuse New Times, Dallas Flow Magazine, and Bellwethr Magazine. She completed her Bachelors at Alcorn State University and went on to complete her Masters at Syracuse University. Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Black Knight Financial Services Hone Prices Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Featured, Market Studies, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago Previous: Wells Fargo Extends Outreach in Underserved Communities Next: Is Housing Springing Forward. . .Or Falling Back? Home prices have been consistently rising for the last few years and although the pace has slowed, they are still ticking upward in these 10 housing markets.U.S. home prices rose marginally by 0.7 percent in February and 5.3 percent year-over-year, according to Black Knight Financial Services’ Data and Analytics’ February 2016 Home Price Index (HPI) report.The HPI reached $254,000 in February 2016 and is now only 5 percent off its June 2006 peak of $267,000. In addition, the index is up 27.5 percent from the housing market’s bottom in January 2012.Among all states in the U.S., Washington (1.8 percent), Colorado (1.7 percent), and Oregon (1.3 percent) demonstrated the strong upward monthly price movement, Black Knight reported. Meanwhile, on the weak end of the spectrum in terms of price appreciation, Connecticut (-0.4 percent), Rhode Island (-0.2 percent), and New Jersey (-0.2 percent) were the only states that experienced negative price movement.Black Knight’s Top 10 Home Price Movers (Monthly, State-Level):Washington 1.8 percentColorado 1.7 percentOregon 1.3 percentCalifornia 1.3 percentHawaii 1.2 percentTennessee 1.2 percentIdaho 1.1 percentUtah 1.1 percentNew Mexico 0.9 percentAlabama 0.9 percentSan Jose, California led metro areas with 2.4 percent in home price growth from January, followed by Seattle, Washington at 2.1 percent and Sana Francisco, California at 2.0 percent. On the other hand, Atlantic City, New Jersey (-0.1 percent), New Haven, Connecticut (-0.7 percent), and Ocean City, New Jersey (-0.5 percent) saw the most negative home price appreciation.Black Knight found that of the 20 largest states tracked in the report, home prices in New York ($353,000), Tennessee ($179,000), and Texas ($218,000) all hit new peaks in February. Of the nation’s 40 largest metros, 10 hit new peaks–Austin, Texas; Dallas, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Houston, Texas; Kansas City, Missouri; Nashville, Tennessee; Portland, Oregon; San Antonio, Texas; San Francisco, California; and San Jose, California.Click here to view the full report. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Featured / Ten States Where Home Prices are Heating Up Related Articles Black Knight Financial Services Hone Prices 2016-04-25 Brian Honea Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

A fossil wood flora from King George Island: ecological implications for an Antarctic Eocene vegetation

first_imgEarly Tertiary sediments of the Antarctic Peninsula region continue to yield a rich assemblage of well-preserved fossil dicotyledonous angiosperm wood. The wood flora under consideration is from the Collins Glacier region on Fildes Peninsula, King George Island and is derived from tuffaceous sediments of the Middle Unit of the Fildes Formation. These deposits accumulated in a volcanic setting adjacent to a basic-intermediate stratocone. The fossil assemblage provides further evidence for the existence of cool temperate forests, similar in composition to those found today in New Zealand, Australia and, in particular, southern South America. This paper describes two conifer and five angiosperm morphotypes, four of which are new additions to the Antarctica palaeoflora records. Cupressinoxylon Goeppert, which is the dominant conifer in terms of numbers, and Podocarpoxylon Gothan represent the conifers. The angiosperm component includes two species ofNothofagoxylon and two previously undescribed wood morphotypes that exhibit greatest anatomical similarity to woods ofLuma A. Gray (Myrtaceae) and Eucryphia Cav. (Cunoniaceae). These morphotypes are described and assigned to the organ genera Myrceugenelloxylon Nishida, and Weinmannioxylon Petriella, respectively. A model based on the extant cool temperate Valdivian rainforests is proposed and ecological reconstructions based on palaeobotanical and geological evidence suggest that changes in the palaeovegetation reflect natural dynamics following volcanic disturbances.Copyright 2001 Annals of Botany Companylast_img read more

Professionalism will make Nigeria leagues better — Minister

first_imgRelatedPosts Minister gives condition for resumption of contact sports Minister pledges support for development of AI, robotics in Nigeria NSF 2020: Sports minister raises fresh hope The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, says that professionalising Nigerian football development as being promoted by current reforms in the nation’s football will make Nigerian leagues better to compete with others around the world.Dare, who made the assertion on Wednesday in Lagos, said his desire was to see the Nigerian leagues grow beyond the current state with rapid transformation through proper licensing and financial control unwavering. “The step is critical for building stakeholder’s confidence following the reclassification of sports from recreation to business as part of President Buhari’s commitment to make sports business.“Other necessary steps involve running the leagues as businesses and not as recreation,” he said in a statement by his media officer, Kola Daniel.“We have a clear plan and vision. We are dogged in working to fulfil them leveraging on public and private financing to achieve our goal. We are committed to make changes that would position our league for the best,” he said.Dare said the leagues would not resume until basic conditions on club licensing control are enforced.“As a ministry, infrastructure renewal is our ultimate goal to ensure television-friendly output that will encourage investors to put their money in a product that is quite attractive. “This boils down to professionalism of all stakeholders, administrators, coaches, players and fans of the round leather game.“This is the only way we can attract sponsors and fans returning in large crowds to the stadium when all facilities are put in better shape ahead of the new season,” he said.The minister said that he was looking up to the licensing, infrastructure, incentives and better organised leagues when the season commences.Dare expressed confidence that Nigeria will get it right and return to apex position in African football.Tags: Minister of Youth and Sports DevelopmentNigerian football developmentSunday Darelast_img read more

Nuttiness Abounds with Studio West’s 10th Anniversary of The Nutcracker

first_imgFacebook20Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Studio West Dance TheatreStudio West Dance Theatre celebrates their 10th anniversary production of The Nutcracker with an eight-show run on December 9 – 16, 2018 at the beautiful Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts. This favorite holiday tradition promises to be even more spectacular this year with additional festivities planned to commemorate this special milestone.Photo courtesy: Studio West Dance Theatre“We have artistic staff and performers who have been part of The Nutcracker since our inaugural show in 2009. We are at once excited, sentimental, and so proud to see how far our company has come in such a short time.” shares Stephanie Wood-Ennett, co-director of Studio West Dance Theatre (SWDT). “I’ve performed, choreographed, or produced The Nutcracker production for over 25 years with local and professional ballet companies, and you would think the Nutcracker would be old news to me, but there’s something that I can’t explain about experiencing the Nutcracker every year, and through the eyes of all of our bright and motivated dancers. When I’m in rehearsals with the dancers and when I see it all come together on stage, this is when I love the Nutcracker the most. It’s their energy, their eagerness, and excitement that reminds me of why we began our productions 10 years ago.”Two talented dancers who are stepping into the principal roles of Sugar Plum and Cavalier for the first time are Hannah Smith and Cole McMason. Stephanie shares “In ballet, dancers constantly strive to improve their performance quality every time they step into the studio or on the stage, and I’m continually inspired by the growth in technique and artistry of our dancers. The choreography of the Sugar Plum and Cavalier roles are the same as that performed by professional dance companies from across the world, and our dancers step into these advanced roles beautifully.” Hannah shares the Sugar Plum role with Abigail Bunn, who is reprising this role for the second year. Cole will be performing as Cavalier for the Sunday December 9th and Monday December 10th shows. Also returning to the stage will be Pacific Northwest Ballet soloist Joshua Grant, who will don the role of Cavalier for the remaining performances.Photo courtesy: Studio West Dance TheatreStudio West will debut a one-night-only performance of The Nutty-Cracker on Thursday December 13th, an off-the-wall take on the classic Nutcracker, with some super nutty twists and turns. Mary Cecelia Piper, co-director of SWDT, shares “We have such a wonderful community of supporters. We are dedicating the Nutty-Cracker performance to our dancers, families, and patrons who’ve allowed us to be a part of their lives all these years. The Nutty-Cracker stays true to the story and choreography that everyone knows and loves, but we get to infuse it with our own sense of humor. You can’t take life too seriously. We can’t give away much but I will share that our long time patrons will catch character cameos from each of our previous productions.”Whether audience members attend the Nutty-Cracker or one of the seven traditional Nutcrackers this year, they will feel the magic right as they step into the theater lobby, with new elaborate decorations providing a magical backdrop for fun photo ops. Also set in the theater lobby is Clara’s Nutcracker Party, for patrons 3 years and up, before each matinee. Partygoers enjoy their own party with Clara before the curtain opens on the main stage, with special holiday keepsakes, refreshments, a reading of the Nutcracker story, and mingling with characters from the ballet.Tickets for the Nutcracker at the Kenneth J. Minnaert  range in price from $17-$26, with special half price youth tickets of $8.50 for the Monday 12/10 evening performance. Tickets for Clara’s Winter Wonderland party are $12. A $3 Washington Center service fee is added to each ticket purchase. To purchase tickets, contact the box office at 360.753.8586 or online at The Washington Center .last_img read more

Rohit Sharma knocks out Sachin Tendulkar’s record in 2nd ODI against Australia

first_imgAdvertisement 1qyx7uNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5vpWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eq4zgv( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7rzhWould you ever consider trying this?😱297i5Can your students do this? 🌚2rpRoller skating! Powered by Firework Yet another feather on the ‘Hit-Man’s cap; on Friday Rohit Sharma became the fastest batsman to reach 7,000 ODI runs as an opener. In the second ODI against Australia at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot, going past Sachin Tendulkar who took 160 innings to achieve this feat. Rohit meanwhile, took just 23 innings fewer to reach this milestone. South African legend Hashim Amla, sits on the second spot, taking 147 innings to reach this record. Advertisement Photo Credit: Cricket CountrySharma who was rested for the quick three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka, had a poor comeback game in the first fixture at Mumbai scoring 10 runs from 15 deliveries. Today though, he looked in fine touch before leggie Adam Zampa trapped him at 42 off 44 balls.But during his short-lived innings, the 32-year-old broke a couple of records, the other being, the fourth Indian opener to complete 7,000 ODI runs. Only Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag are the three other batsmen to reach this milestone. The Mumbaikar could’ve completed another record today, as he was dismissed four runs short of reaching 9,000 runs in ODIs.Advertisement One of India’s finest batsman ever, Rohit Sharma started his ODI career as a middle-order batsman before skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni promoted him to the top-order during the 2013 Champions Trophy in England.With a century on the first day in his new role, there was no looking back for Rohit since and he himself has voiced his gratitude saying, “I believe the decision to open in ODIs changed my career and it was a decision taken by Dhoni. I became a better batsman after that. In fact it helped me understand my game better, react better according to situations.”Advertisement “He (Dhoni) just came up to me and said ‘I want you to open the innings as I am confident that you will do well. Since you can play both cut and pull shot well, you have the qualities to succeed as an opener’.”You may also like:Australia created history by smashing India in the 1st ODI. Find out how!Rohit Sharma reveals the mantra to his successful batting Advertisementlast_img read more

Former Rumson Mayor, US Senator to be Honored for Holocaust Rescue…

first_img“It really is an untold storyabout this man who qualified tobe a ‘Righteous Gentile,’” saidJoy Kurland, JHSNJ executivedirector. In October 1943, Barbour and a handful of his fellow legislators met with a group of 400 rabbis who had marched in Washington to demand that the U.S. government intervene in the Holocaust. Days later Barbour introduced a bill proposing that the U.S. allow 100,000 refugees under threat by Hitler to enter the U.S. and stay for the duration of the war. As the rest of the world argued about what to do, whether to intervene or isolate, whether to opt for conscience or complacency, some spoke out loud and clear. Although he came from a wealthy family – his father was the founder of the Barbour Linen Thread Company in Paterson – he forged a unique path to Congress that included rejecting a Princeton education in favor of the family business and a boxing career that led to his triumph as the World Champion Amateur Heavyweight Boxing Champion in 1910. Among them was Monmouth Beach-born W. Warren Barbour, a former mayor of Rumson, former World Heavyweight Amateur Boxing Champion and finally, a distinguished senator from New Jersey. A Republican like his father before him, Barbour was elected to the Rumson Borough Council in 1922 and became mayor of Rumson in 1923 – a position he held until 1928. For Jews and other minorities targeted by the Nazis, the madness spreading across Europe in the 1930s and 1940s was a death sentence. Fur ther research revealed much more about Barbour and his connection to Paterson through the Barbour Linen Thread Mill. “Prior to (World War II), the public was over whelmingly against additional immigration,” Medoff noted in emailed comments regarding his research. “There was also strong opposition to getting involved in the war. The general attitude was that the U.S. should not get mixed up in Europe’s problems.” After a bout with tuberculosis in his youth, Barbour passed on a Princeton education in favor of a boxing career, winning the Amateur Heavyweight Boxing title as a young man.Photo courtesy The Jewish Historical Society of North Jersey After his father’s death in 1917, Barbour took over the presidency of the family firm. A few years later, he embarked on a political career. It was a time of racial, ethnic and religious divides; a time of turmoil marked by protests and polarization over immigration, threats of war and worries over economic uncertainty. A Republican, Sen. Barbour voted in favor of the legislation that established the Social Security Administration under Democratic President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Barbour died in office Nov. 22, 1943 at the age of 58.Photo courtesy The Jewish Historical Society of North Jersey Sharing the story with fellow members of the society, Polton garnered support for the idea of honoring Barbour and sharing his story. The society was able to raise the money to hire Medoff to conduct fur ther research on Barbour and prepare a lecture in his honor. As his prominence grew, Barbour’s remarks in Congress became the genesis of a newspaper column echoing his advocacy for social justice and equality. By Eileen Moon Born in Monmouth Beach, Sen. W. Warren Barbour served as a councilman and mayor of Rumson before entering Congress. Throughout his life, he was a passionate advocate for equal rights for all citizens. In 1943, he introduced a bill in Congress that would have given refuge in the United States to 100,000 Jews and other minorities targeted by the Nazis for the duration of the war.Photo courtesy The Jewish Historical Society of North Jersey For decades, his history rested quietly in various archives. Browsing through the digital copies of a Jewish newspaper published in the Paterson area one day, JHSNJ president Richard Polton happened upon a page containing a column by Sen. Barbour outlining his argument for tolerance and equality. For reservations and information on the program, contact the Jewish Historical Society of North Jersey at 201-300-6590 or email [email protected] During his years in Congress, Barbour was a strong advocate for social justice and religious tolerance. “There can be no peace until human beings recognize the rights of others less fortunate than they are or who possess different religions or philosophies,” he wrote. “Enduring peace will be found only in the doctrine of ‘live and let live.’ ’’ Appointed to the Senate to fill the unexpired term of Dwight Morrow in 1931, Barbour served until 1936, when a Democratic landslide led by Franklin Delano Roosevelt swept him out of office. He returned to the Senate in 1938 when he was appointed to fill the unexpired term of John G. Milton. Before the bill could proceed, Barbour suffered a heart attack, dying in office Nov. 22, 1943. He was 55. In 1927, Barbour donated his family home to the borough in memory of his parents. In 1929, the building at 80 River Road became the town’s first borough hall. Prior to that, the mayor and council met in the firehouse on Center Street. The Barbour donation served as the center of borough operations until 2008, when a new building took its place. On Sunday, Nov. 3, the Jewish Historical Society of North Jersey will honor Barbour for his Holocaust rescue efforts with a reception and lecture about Barbour’s life and achievements by Rafael Medoff, executive director of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies in Washington D.C. “Here we are in 2019 and the issues of tolerance are still completely relevant,” noted Polton. “It’s just an incredible story. Here’s a man who really stepped outside of what you would imagine were the prevailing attitudes of his milieu in a progressive way.” Public opinion began to shift in late 1943 and early 1944. “With the defeat of the Germans at Stalingrad and the surrender of Italy and other developments, many Americans felt more secure in the likelihood of victory and more willing to extend a helping hand,” he continued. Medoff will share details of his research during his lecture Nov. 3. The lecture will take place in a portion of the former Barbour Mill, now the Art Factory, at 70 Spruce St., Paterson. The lecture is free but reser vations are recommended. Members of Barbour’s family will attend the event. last_img read more

Mount Sentinel Wildcat teams continue to build for post season zone tournaments

first_imgThe bad news for Mount Sentinel is the Golden Eagles won the Selkirk Storm High School Girl’s Volleyball Tournament in Kimberley.However, the good news for the Cats is, despite finishing fourth in the eight-team event, Mount Sentinel is getting ever so close to the elite teams in the Kootenay zone.Meaning, when the Kootenay High School A Girl’s tournament rolls around, the Cats will be in the thick of things when organizers hand out the winner’s hardware and a trip to the provincial tournament.“We now have a two weeks to prepare for the Kootenay finals,” said Mount Sentinel head coach Joe Moreira.“Golden is now the favorite, but there are four other teams (including the Wildcats) that want an opportunity to beat them.”The Cats lost to Fernie Falcons 25-23, 25-18, in the consolation final in a match that “neither team showed the same fire that was clearly evident in the semi finals.”But it was a nail biting loss to Cranbrook’s Mount Baker Wild, won by the East Kootenay squad 21-19 in the third game, which had Moreira & Company feeling very good.“Although the loss meant we wouldn’t have another chance to play Golden (in the final), the match left us feeling pretty good about how we competed,” Moreira explained.The Wildcats opened the tournament with a loss to David Thompson of Invermere.The club then reeled off wins over J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail and Creston’s Prince Charles Comets before dropping a straight set match to Golden — 25-21, 25-22.Mount Sentinel rebounded during the playoff round, edging out the host Storm 2-1.Single-A teams in the Kootenay zone now return to the practice court in preparation for the zone playoffs November 18-19 in Fernie.Wildcat boys mixed it up against elite provincial teamsThe Mount Sentinel Wildcats continue to improve on a season quest to be ready for the upcoming B.C. High School AA Boy’s Volleyball Championships at the end of the month in Kelowna.The Cats finished with a 3-2 record to place 11th overall at an elite high school boy’s tournament in Kelowna.Mount Sentinel, still missing starting setter Myles Christman due to an eligibility ruling by B.C. School Sports, defeated Rutland Voodoos 2-0 and Vernon 2-0 before finishing the tournament with a major victory over No. 2 ranked single-A, Kelowna Christian 2-0.Mixed into the weekend were losses to Kelowna Secondary 3-1 and Sahali 2-0.The Cats now travel to Cranbrook to participate in the Mount Baker Wild tournament beginning [email protected]last_img read more

Retiring president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas to

first_imgShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid [email protected] [email protected] president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas to speak at Rice’s Baker Institute March 9HOUSTON – (March 3, 2015) – Richard Fisher, who retires this month as the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, will discuss his 10-year tenure at the helm of the Dallas Fed at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy March 9. This Founding Director’s Lecture Series event is open to the public, but registration is required.Who: Richard Fisher, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and a member of the Federal Open Market Committee, the Federal Reserve’s principal monetary policymaking group. Fisher will retire March 19.Edward Djerejian, founding director of the Baker Institute, will provide introductory remarks.What: “Reflections on 10 Years at the Fed” presentation.When: Monday, March 9, 5:30-8 p.m. The presentation begins at 6:30.Where: Rice University, James A. Baker III Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.Before joining the Dallas Fed in 2005, Fisher was vice chairman of strategic advisory firm Kissinger McLarty Associates. He served as deputy U.S. trade representative with the rank of ambassador from 1997 to 2001. In 1987, he created Fisher Capital Management and Fisher Ewing Partners. A first-generation American, Fisher was born in Los Angeles, grew up in Mexico, studied economics at Harvard, went to Oxford University and earned an MBA from Stanford University.The Founding Director’s Lecture Series is designed to engage the public in the Baker Institute’s policy areas of expertise. This series provides a unique forum for Baker Institute Roundtable members, faculty, students and the Houston community to become more informed about key issues, including energy, health care, the Middle East, science and technology policy, tax and expenditure policy and more. A reception before the event and a postlecture question-and-answer session will allow guests to engage in thoughtful conversation.Registration is free for Baker Institute Roundtable members, guests of the Dallas Fed and Rice students, faculty and staff; e-mail [email protected] for the promotional code. Registration is $20 for the general public at http://bakerinstitute.org/events/1699.Members of the news media who want to attend must RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at [email protected] or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top 10 university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog. AddThislast_img read more