IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” RSF_en IraqMiddle East – North Africa April 13, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 CNN crew’s bodyguard fires back with automatic weapon when crew comes under fire December 16, 2020 Find out more News Receive email alerts to go further Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Reporters Without Borders has voiced its concern that a CNN crew’s security escort returned fire with an automatic weapon when the crew, travelling in several vehicles, came under fire today at the entrance to the northern Iraqi town of Tikrit. The use of firearms is a practice contrary to all the rules of the profession, the organisation said.”Such a practice sets a dangerous precedent that could jeopardise all other journalists covering this war as well as others in the future,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said. “There is a real risk that combatants will henceforth assume that all press vehicles are armed,” he warned.”Journalists can and must try to protect themselves by such methods as travelling in bulletproof vehicles and wearing bulletproof vests, but employing private security firms that do not hesitate to use their firearms just increases the confusion between reporters and combatants,” Ménard added.The US TV news network CNN has been using a private security firm to protect some its crews, including the one led by reporter Brent Sadler that came under fire as it approached a checkpoint at the entrance to Tikrit today. After a security guard in one of the vehicles returned fire, the convoy turned back. A CNN driver who was slightly hurt was taken to hospital. Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan News News December 28, 2020 Find out more Organisation Follow the news on Iraq A CNN crew’s security escort returned fire with an automatic weapon when the crew, travelling in several vehicles, came under fire today as it approached a checkpoint (photo) at the entrance to Tikrit. News Help by sharing this information February 15, 2021 Find out more
(New York, NY) — Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is clearing up confusion about her 60 second moment on night two of the Democratic National Convention. She nominated Bernie Sanders, who threw his support behind Joe Biden in April. Immediately after, she tweeted “If you were confused, no worries!” She says she was asked to second the nomination for Sanders for roll call. She offered her deepest congratulations to Biden ending with “let’s go win in November.”You waited several hours to correct your obvious and blatantly misleading tweet.It sparked an enormous amount of hatred and vitriol, & now the misinfo you created is circulating on other networks.All to generate hate-clicks from a pre-recorded, routine procedural motion. https://t.co/crDlEymgMD— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 19, 2020
The USC women’s tennis team is coming off a successful Pac-10 weekend at home after beating both Arizona and Arizona State.The No. 16 Women of Troy (13-7, 5-1) will wrap up the regular season today in Westwood, Calif., with a match against crosstown rival UCLA.Pairings · Junior Lyndsay Kinstler will be paired with freshman Valeria Pulido in this weekend’s final dual meet of the season against crosstown rival UCLA in Westwood, Calif. – Geo Tu | Daily Trojan For USC to have any chance at the Pac-10 title this year, it has to beat No. 7 UCLA (18-3, 5-1). If USC wins, it will most likely play against Stanford during the Pac-10 tournament in Ojai, Calif., this weekend. At 6-0, No. 10 Stanford is the only undefeated team in the Pac-10 and can guarantee itself at least a share of this year’s Pac-10 title if it beats No. 12 California on Saturday.USC will have to play Stanford if the teams are both in contention for the Pac-10 crown after this weekend’s dual meets. The teams played earlier this month, but rain postponed the doubles play with the singles tied 3-3. According to Intercollegiate Tennis Association rules, their match will have to be resumed at 0-0 only if the Stanford-USC match is a determinant for the 2010 Pac-10 title.As for the weekly team rankings issued by the ITA, USC moved up one spot from No. 17 to No. 16. Individual rankings were also released Tuesday for the first time since March 30 where USC boasts four nationally ranked singles players.In singles, junior Maria Sanchez continues to be the highest-ranked singles player for the team, checking in at No. 3 in the nation with a 17-2 singles record for this season. Sophomore Alison Ramos is settled just inside the nation’s top 25 at No. 24 and is followed by two Trojan freshmen, No. 28 Danielle Lao and No. 100 Valeria Pulido.In doubles, Sanchez is also ranked on three different doubles teams with Lao at No. 55, Pulido at No. 70 and junior Lyndsay Kinstler at No. 80.Just like the Trojans, the Bruins are also up one spot this week, from No. 8 to No. 7. In singles, Yasmin Schnack leads the Bruins at No. 8, followed by No. 26 Andrea Remynse and No. 51 Noelle Hickey. In doubles, Remynse and Schnack keep their No. 4 ranking, while Hickey and Nina Pantic enter the rankings at No. 77.For today’s matchup, the Bruins will bring some tough competition for the Women of Troy. Although USC is 42-32 all-time against the Bruins, UCLA edged USC with a 4-3 win when the teams first clashed previously this season.“We know it’s a big match, but we’re going to approach it wanting to win like any other match and not put any added stress on ourselves,” Sanchez said.During the teams’ last meeting, UCLA easily grabbed the doubles point, but since then USC has juggled the doubles duos and changed up all the pairs at every position.“The team has been playing really well lately so that gives us confidence,” Pulido said. “We know that this is not going to be an easy match, but we are prepared for it.”Unlike the earlier meeting, today’s contest will play a huge role in determining the Pac-10 standings. Their match will start at 1:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.
30 Jul 2015 #ThisGirlGolfs Ð be inspired There’s some great women players on the world stage – but all too often golf is seen as a game for men. Think again! A new video campaign, supported by England Golf, is setting out to shift this perception and inspire participation. #ThisGirlGolfs is being launched today at the Ricoh Women’s British Open and highlights women who are already playing the game at all levels. It spreads the message that golf is a game for all, with a unique handicapping system which allows people of different abilities to play and compete together, making it a great game for women and men alike. #ThisGirlGolf features a series of different women and girls of all ages and backgrounds, showing how they fit golf into their everyday lives and enjoy the game. It includes England Golf Ambassador Charley Hull and fellow tour professional Henni Zuël, alongside Ellie Lace, a 15 year old amateur golfer, and BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty. It shows tour players travelling to practice sessions on the tube, girls honing their skills at urban driving ranges, a young girl sneaking into her brother’s bedroom to borrow his clubs and a father taking the time to teach his daughter how to play. Charley Hull commented: “I have always had a love of golf, picking up my first club aged two. It’s a fantastic game to play with friends, a great way to relax and get outdoors. It’s been great to be part of #ThisGirlGolfs and I hope it will encourage girls to head down to their local driving range or golf club and give it a go.” England Golf is supporting #ThisGirlGolfs as part of its ‘Raising Our Game’ strategy which aims to increase the number of people who play golf regularly and reverse the decline of club members. Attracting more women and girls is key to this. David Joy, Chief Executive of England Golf, commented: “We are aware, that like many other sports, golf faces challenges and there are trends in declining participation that we would be foolish to ignore. As part of our strategy “Raising our Game” and by embracing #ThisGirlGolfs campaign, we hope to work together with the golfing community to encourage more women and girls into the sport and enjoy the benefits the game can give.” #ThisGirlGolfs is also supported by the PGA, Scottish Golf and Sports Publications, the official media partner of England Golf. Sandy Jones, Chief Executive of The PGA added: “Golf is actually a very accessible, welcoming and enjoyable environment and we want to get that message across to women who may not have considered golf as an option. “This is a great opportunity to both raise the profile of golf, break down myths and misconceptions and to actively encourage women of all ages to see golf as a realistic choice – whether that is for personal, professional, business or social reasons.” Hamish Grey, Chief Executive of the Scottish Golf Union, added: “We are delighted to be supporting #ThisGirlGolfs which will be a key part of our own Get into Golf campaign to encourage more adult women into the game.” Eve Burton of Sports Publications, which has driven, managed, and delivered the campaign, said “Golf is an amazing game, it is a modern and vibrant sport played by women and men and consumed in a variety of different ways. #ThisGirlGolfs is not reinventing the sport it is merely presenting in the way it deserves to be.” Be inspired: visit #ThisGirlGolfs