News Follow the news on Iraq Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Organisation Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders says it can no longer find words to express its horror at the tragedies constantly suffered by the press in Iraq, where 93 journalists and media assistants have been killed since the start of the war, 18 of them since the start of this year. “We appeal again to Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki to set up a special group of investigators to shed light on the murders of journalists in Iraq,” the organisation says. News February 15, 2021 Find out more RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News IraqMiddle East – North Africa to go further Reporters Without Borders voiced shock today at the death of five journalists and media assistants in the space of a few days in Iraq.“The first few days of May have been exceptionally murderous for the Iraqi news media,” the press freedom organisation said. “We can no longer find words to express our horror at the tragedies constantly suffered by the press in Iraq, where 93 journalists and media assistants have been killed since the start of the war, 18 of them since the start of the year.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We appeal again to Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki to set up a special group of investigators to shed light on the murders of journalists in Iraq.”The body of freelance journalist Abdel Magid Al Mohammadaoui was found in Baghdad on 5 May. He was identified thanks to his press card. The body of TV Reporter Saud Mazahem Al Hadithi of satellite station Al-Baghdadia was found the same day. He had been kidnapped a few days before. His family told Reporters Without Borders the state of his body indicated he had been tortured.A car bomb went off in the garage of the Baghdad-based newspaper Al-Sabah on 7 May, killing printing shop technician Ismail Mohammad Khalaf and injuring more than 20 other employees, including journalists.The bodies of reporter Muazaz Ahmad Barud and soundman Leith Al-Dulaimi of Iraqi TV station Al-Nahrain were found on 8 May in Al-Wihda, 40 km southeast of Baghdad. Witnesses had told the police their car was stopped the day before by men in police uniform at Jisr Diyalah, a bridge on the way out of Baghdad. A total of 42 journalists and media assistants have been kidnapped since the start of the war. Five of them (four Iraqis and Enzo Baldoni of Italy) were killed. Twenty-six of these abductions have taken place in or near Baghdad.Three journalists are currently been held hostage: Reem Zeid and Marwan Khazaal of the Iraqi TV station Al-Sumariya and Salah Jali al-Gharrawi, an employee of the Baghdad bureau of the Agence France-Presse (AFP). May 10, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Five journalists and media workers killed since start of month December 16, 2020 Find out more News Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Help by sharing this information December 28, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en
Applications are now open for Spark for Women Visual Arts (SPARK-Art), a 12-week program sponsored by the Saint Mary’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI) that helps South Bend-area women looking to turn their artistic skills into a business. This program supplements WEI’s SPARK program, which is in its fifth year, WEI director Martha Smith said. Smith said most artists end up pursuing art as a side job and do not treat their talent as a full-fledged business. “SPARK-Art intends to change this situation by guiding these women in creating a business plan, implementing marketing [and] promotional materials, and providing them with general success strategies designed specifically for visual artists,” she said. Smith said SPARK was originally a pilot program formerprofessor Susan Vance based on the San Francisco’s Women Initiative (WI). After meeting with the CEO of WI, Staci Lugar Brettin, an entrepreneurship expert, Smith said Vance tweaked the San Francisco curriculum to create a version that was applicable to the South Bend community. “Susan did not want to reinvent the wheel and searched for the best model in the country,” Smith said. “She found it in San Francisco’s Women Initiative (WI). Thereafter, several community members joined Professor Vance’s vision and brought the program to life.” Sheryl Kosovki, a mentor with Artful Work, will be the one facilitators of this new program, Smith said. Kosovki coaches creative entrepreneurs, artists and designers on becoming successful commercial artists. “I have been teaching entrepreneurs how to make a living for the past 20 years and recently started my own consulting business, so it was a perfect fit,” Kosovki said. Students of SPARK-Art will gain all the skills needed to succesfully run their businesses, Kosovki said. That will include not only the hard skills, such as bookkeeping, but also how to manage their fears and how to visualize success, she said. “Some of these women have run on hard times, so imagining success is quite challenging,” Kosovki said. “And if they can’t see that they can succeed, they won’t.” SPARK-Art is open to all artists and designers, Kosovki said. This includes graphic designers, interior designers and fine artists. It will also include some people who intend to start for-profit art galleries, Kosovki said. The program’s average age is 42, Smith said, but participants range in age from 24 to 70. By focusing on this new branch of the SPARK program, WEI will focus on women artists and help them to become successful independent business owners, Smith said. There was a need for a course that approaches the business aspect in a more creative, visual manner, similar to these talented artists’ thinking processes, Smith said. Kosovki said mentors and the “Rekindle the Flame” program support the artists. “Rekindle the Flame” is a program that continues the support the entrepreneurs need after the 12 weeks are over, Kosovki said. Women meet once a month to support one another and to gainwhatever technical skills they still lack. After looking closely at South Bend in particular, Kosovki said she noticed the community was having a hard time supporting local artists. “If we can get a lot more artists around in the community … then [the] community can succeed in regards to arts because they’ll be out there and people can begin to understand art a little bit better and its role in the community,” she said. Contact Alex Winegar at [email protected]
6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Samantha Paxson Samantha Paxson is Chief Experience Officer for CO-OP Financial Services (www.co-opfs.org), a payments and financial technology company serving credit unions. Web: www.co-opfs.org Details While backpacking in the Himalayans, New Jersey teenager Maggie Doyne came face to face with global poverty when she met a Nepalese orphan. As detailed in a CNN.com “Hero of the Year” story, her sadness around this one child’s experiences was multiplied when she discovered some 80 million others across the world struggle in the same way. Rather than shrink in the face of such overwhelming numbers, she decided to help just one child through school. And, she didn’t stop there. Using $5,000 she’d earned from babysitting, Maggie bought some land on which she and the local community ultimately built a school, a women’s center and a children’s home.Maggie, like countless other courageous women throughout history, allowed herself to think big, and the results were incredible. This spirit of stubborn optimism in the face of crushing circumstances can be found in many pockets of the world. Luckily for the credit union industry, we have an organization actively mobilizing that spirit to effect change on a global scale. Homegrown within the credit union movement, the Global Women’s Leadership Network (GWLN) is courageously confronting the problem of women disproportionately excluded from the financial system. Globally, about 1.7 billion adults remain unbanked. More than half of these individuals are women. And here’s why that’s significant: When women rise out of poverty, they bring so many others with them, not the least of which is the next generation. A study in Brazil, cited in a report on Global Women’s Issues, found that the probability of child survival was almost 20 times greater when the household income was controlled by a woman. As mothers, caregivers, teachers, spiritual and community influencers, women are leaders in their communities. When they do well, so do their communities. For this and so many other reasons, CO-OP Financial Services is proud to have announced a new level of support for the work of the GWLN. In honor of the organization’s tenth anniversary, we have pledged a half-million dollar contribution. Beginning in 2020, CO-OP, a founding supporter of the GWLN, will donate $50,000 in 2020, and then $50,000 for the next nine years that follow. CO-OP is making this investment in GWLN because it is the right thing to do, but also because there will be a return on this investment in tangible and intangible ways, as GWLN moves from raising awareness to being a vanguard organization of actual change. We believe in the power of female leaders everywhere, and especially within the credit union movement. The industry is benefiting from a growing number of optimistic women who fearlessly go against the grain and push the envelope for the betterment of their cooperatives and their members’ financial lives. When I first came to the credit union industry, I was struck by the cautious, careful way the movement’s leaders approached growth or even thought about the future. The environment felt something like an echo chamber, and new ideas were often difficult to socialize. But that’s all changing, and a lot of that change is due to the strong female leaders that are killing it for their credit unions. Throughout the movement, these women are thinking in new, big ways about doing better for members, all while still respecting the value system of the industry. They take member service and “people helping people” and attach those values to growth-oriented innovation that enhances what we can do for members exponentially. There are so many examples I could cite, but perhaps I could simply point to CO-OP’s “Founders’ Award” recipient for 2019, former Board of Directors member Patsy Van Ouwerkerk. She retired in 2014 as President/CEO of Travis Credit Union, after serving in that capacity for 12 years, and capping a credit union career that began in 1975. A true pioneer, Patsy was only the fourth woman in the country selected to run a $1 billion credit union. She remains active in our industry having joined the Mitchell Stankovic and Associates consultancy – and she’s embedded in the ongoing work of the GWLN.The possibilities for this big-thought energy are endless, especially when we consider the resources credit unions have at their disposal. I’m not just talking about the passionate, member-first executives who lead our industry or the collaboration that underpins everything we do; I’m talking about capital. A colleague of mine recently reminded me of the massive potential that lies within the movement’s assets. And yet, at credit union after credit union we see an aversion to putting capital to work. Investing in growth and innovation is a risk, to be sure. But, it’s a calculated one. As leaders of a legacy industry, we have to continuously push ourselves to listen outside of that echo chamber. Technology companies and big banks are spending billions to digitally evolve how they deliver financial services. Competition is tough, disruptors are real, consumers are demanding new forms of interaction and new levels of value from the organizations they bring into their lives – and that certainly extends to their credit unions. Now is the time to think big, and to cooperate with the organizations that are fearlessly, stubbornly and optimistically pushing to make the credit union industry the best it can be for its members. GWLN is just one of these organizations, and we’re so proud to be a part of the continued vitality of its mission.
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The two-time major winner and former world number one confirmed the relationship had ended after he realised he was not ready for marriage. “There is no right way to end a relationship that has been so important to two people,” McIlroy said. Rory McIlroy has broken off his engagement to Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki just days after sending out wedding invitations. Press Association In a brief statement issued through his Dublin-based communications consultants, the golfer said he was making the announcement publicly after talking to former world number one Wozniacki. “The problem is mine,” he said. “The wedding invitations issued at the weekend made me realise that I wasn’t ready for all that marriage entails. “I wish Caroline all the happiness she deserves and thank her for the great times we’ve had. I will not be saying anything more about our relationship in any setting.”
Singapore321004+0.059Meet in the 3rd playoff and remain in Division Three Malaysia312002–0.616Meet in the 5th playoff and relegated to Division Four for 2018 Oman321004+0.254 Uganda walk off crestfallen after Oman chased down their target in super quick time. PHOTO ICC CRICKET COMFriday result (click to read full results via espncricinfo)Uganda 144/10 in 46.3 ( Mukasa 57, Kayondo 20, Irfan 15; Khan 3-28-9, Magsood 3-34-10, Ilyas 2-5-7.3)Oman 145/4 in 27 (Singh 58, Ahmed 22, Lalcheta *19; Ifran 1-32-6, Nsubuga 1-43-9)#ICCWCL3UG TweetsPoints table United States312002+0.457 Uganda312002–0.728 **By Louis Jadwong and additional reporting ESPN, WikipediaRELATED STORY Canada321004+0.709Meet in the final and promoted to Division Two for 2018 Deus and Karashani running between wickets in an earlier game. PHOTO ICC CRICKET COMICC World Cricket League Division ThreeDay 4Uganda 193/6 in 36.2 overs (M. Irfan 108*) | Malaysia 189 in 50 ( Shafiq Sharif 58 off 55, V Singh 39 | F Nsubuga 4-43-10; H Ssenyondo 3-30-10)Canada – 256/8 50/50 ov RR: 5.12United States of America – 133/9 37/50 Singapore – 100 37.1/50 oversOman – 101/5 23/50 oversDAY 5Malaysia vs OmanCanada vs SingaporeUganda vs USATwo defeats in three games has left Uganda fighting to survive relegation in a tournament they were tipped to win as hosts.Now, only two wins in the two remaining ICC World Cricket League Division 3 matches can save Uganda’s dwindling hopes — of staying in Division 3.The mission to survive relegation (teams that finish 5th and 6th) starts today for Uganda against Malaysia, who did the hosts a favour by bursting open the promotion race by upsetting Canada yesterday.Uganda must now beat USA and Malaysia by huge margins in their final two games, and hope two of the top three falter. Three of those top teams on the table have to play each other, reducing the chances of more than one getting 8 points. (The maximum Uganda can now get are 6 points – see table bottom)The loser at Lugogo today will certainly be relegated.Singapore face Oman at Entebbe oval with the winner favoured to take one of the two available promotion berth, while USA can only keep their promotion hopes alive, by handing Canada a second straight defeat at Kyambogo. TeamPldWLTNRPtsNRRStatus Share on: WhatsApp
Image Courtesy: The HinduAdvertisement 5aiww9NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs84tWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ee2( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) f9Would you ever consider trying this?😱6hds3czCan your students do this? 🌚97t0lRoller skating! Powered by Firework After earning his maiden test call-up for the South Africa series, Shubhman Gill feels ready to take the next step after conquering the junior level. Advertisement Image Courtesy: The HinduShubhman Gill feels that he does not need to make changes to his game but needs to tweak his mindset to make himself set at the highest level. In a chat with ESPN Cricinfo just days ahead of his first home tour, the U-19 World Cup’s leading run-scorer talked about the challenges lying ahead in the journey.The batsman revealed that he got advice from Yuvraj Singh regarding how to keep his life on and off the field apart. He said:Advertisement “He’s spoken to me about keeping my focus on cricket and let other aspects of professional life (endorsements, player management) aside. Guidance is very important in these aspects. Yuvraj didn’t want me to sign with any player management company at the start of my career. He said ‘just go and play, forget about these things. I didn’t sign anyone.”Gill also talked about his calm nature and his approach to adapting to various situations on the field. He stated:Advertisement I am calm, but it’s also something I’ve learnt from my father – he had the patience and calmness to keep throwing 200-300 balls in the nets when I was a kid.It’s just about calculating the situations, assessing what the team needs, and how your decisions will affect or benefit the team at a certain time. You have to take risks at times. My mindset is such that I don’t think about what will happen if I play a certain shot and get out. You have to be calm to make decisions under pressure.Read Also:Mystery unraveled: Sanjay Bangar reveals selection criteria behind the No.4 spotVirat Kohli reminisces his early career as DDCA unveils a stand in his name Advertisement
Advertisement 3kmNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs583jsqWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ead9ar( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 0Would you ever consider trying this?😱6lCan your students do this? 🌚sjc3Roller skating! Powered by Firework Four star Australian cricketers paid their tribute to Phil Hughes who passed away five years back after being hit by a bouncer. Phil Hughes was a great cricketer, he had always been popular amongst his friends.Advertisement The posts of his fellow cricketers Michael Clarke, David Warner, Steve Smith and Aaron Finch in the various social media handles are certainly suggesting that Phil Hughes is certainly still in their hearts after five years.Advertisement The death of Phil Hughes after being hit by a bouncer was one of the saddest incidents ever happened in a cricket field. His fellow cricketers and the whole cricketing World will never be able to forget such an incident in their lifetime.In his Instagram post, the former Australian cricketer Michael Clarke wrote few lines on his friend.Advertisement Steve Smith also paid his condolences to his friend in his Instagram post including the cap number of Phil Hughes. The cap number of Hughes was 408.On the other hand, the opener of Australia, David Warner also mentioned the cap number of Hughes and posted it in Instagram to show tribute to the cricketer.The same thing was posted by the other opener of Australia, Aaron Finch too.With the references of these posts it is clearly visible that Hughes is still present there in the mind of his friends.Watch: Man Utd defender Phil Jones displays his ‘skills’ before AC Milan match Advertisement
LITTLE SILVER – Red Bank Regional High School (RBR) senior Lynese Rawlins of Red Bank was one of 20 students in New Jersey to be awarded the New Jersey Heroes Spirit of a Hero Scholarship.She received the $5,000 scholarship from first lady Mary Pat Christie at a reception held at Drumthwacket, the governor’s mansion in Princeton.More than 700 students applied for the scholarships. Criteria for consideration included U.S. citizenship, good academic standing, letters of recommendation and a commitment to volunteering in the community.Red Bank Regional High School student Lynese Rawlins, who was awarded the New Jersey Spirit of a Hero Scholarship, poses with the state’s first lady, Mary Pat Christie. Rawlins was one of 20 recipients of the scholarship.“I’ve met so many young people who are doing good work throughout our state to help improve the lives of others and give back to their communities,” Christie said in a prepared statement. “Through this Spirit of a Hero Scholarship program, we hope to provide deserving students with the ability to follow their dreams and desired career path to a successful future.”Rawlins, a drama major in RBR’s Visual and Performing Arts Academy, is the president of her senior class and captain of the cheerleading squad. She serves as a mentor to freshmen as a Student to Student leader. She has organized coat drives in her community and volunteered at Lunch Break, the neighborhood soup kitchen. She also works two jobs after school.Two years ago, Rawlins started a chapter of the GlamourGals organization at RBR, which attempts to bridge the generation gap between the elderly and teenagers by providing complimentary beauty makeovers and company on a regular basis to elderly women residing in senior homes. Over the past two years, Rawlins has grown her cadre of beauty makeover artist/companions to 45 girls who visit The Chelsea assisted-living residence in Tinton Falls.For her work on Glamour Girls, Rawlins also received the Monmouth County Directors’ Association’s Caring Award, the NJ Rising Scholars, Mrs. Citizenship and the Elks Leadership Conference Scholarships. She is very excited to be attending Montclair State University in the fall. Rawlins hopes to become an entertainment attorney and would also like to establish her own nonprofit company providing tutoring services to homeless children in her area.“I believe that this scholarship will only encourage me to continue my walk in life with helping people. My mother has always influenced me to be the best I can be and to never stop until I am living my dream,” Rawlins said. “My elderly friend Josephine, from the senior home that I volunteer at, inspires me to continue to help build friendship between the younger generations and the older generation and to make people smile on a daily basis.”
The Selkirk Saints Athletics program and Kootenay Basketball have teamed up to present a new basketball camp for boys and girls aged 11-18 year olds under the guidance of Director of Men’s Basketball at Gonzaga University, Jerry Krause.Krause, who instructed last season during a camp at L.V. Rogers in Nelson, has been a professional basketball scout and general manager for such franchises as the Baltimore Bullets and the Chicago Bulls. He is also a two-time recipient of the NBA’s Executive of the Year award. Highly regarded as a master of the fundamentals, Krause has authored 13 instructional coaching books on basketball and has been honoured for his efforts as a coach, educator and administrator.The camp for boys and girls 11-14yrs of age will take place on October 22 from 5:30-8:30pm and a similar session will be held for boys and girls 15yrs of age and older on October 23 from 10:00am to 2:00pm.All camps will take place at the Castlegar Campus gymnasium. For more information and registration forms please visit www.selkirk.ca/athletics or contact Vivian Kingdon of Kootenay Basketball at [email protected]