Hussein Ghreer and Hani Al-Zitani freed, Mazen Darwish still held

first_img Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Organisation RSF_en News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Reporters Without Borders (RSF) welcomes the release of Hussein Ghreer and Hani Al-Zitani – two human rights activists who were arrested more than three years ago along with Mazen Darwish, the head of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM) – and calls for Darwish’s immediate release as well. Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Follow the news on Syria March 12, 2021 Find out more March 8, 2021 Find out more to go further July 19, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Hussein Ghreer and Hani Al-Zitani freed, Mazen Darwish still held Help by sharing this information News Both SCM employees, Hussein Ghreer and Hani Al-Zitani are among the hundreds of detainees held on terrorism charges whose release in still unclear circumstances coincided with the Eid-Al-Fitr religious holiday. RSF has not been able to obtain any information as to Mazen Darwish’s current status.“We are delighted by the unexpected news of the release of Ghreer and Al-Zitani, who had been unjustly held for more than three years,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “Despite this wave of releases, we must not forget Mazen Darwish and the others who are still being held, and the inhuman treatment they receive in the Syrian regime’s jails. We call for the immediate and unconditional release of Darwish and all the other imprisoned journalists.”Darwish, Ghreer and Al-Zitani were arrested along with all of the SCM’s employees when air force intelligence officers raided its Damascus headquarters on 16 February 2012.They were subjected to enforced disappearance after their arrest, and were mistreated and tortured. Their trial on a charge of “publishing information about terrorist acts” finally began in February 2013, but it was suspended and then repeatedly postponed. Two of their colleagues, Mansour Omari and Abd al-Rahman Hamada, were released on bail on 6 February 2013 pending trial.At least 30 journalists and bloggers continue to be held in the regime’s many jails. According to RSF’s tally, at least 25 others (including six foreigners) are either missing or being held hostage by Islamic State or other armed extremist groups.Ranked 177th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, Syria continues to be one of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists. Receive email alerts News February 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Sri Lanka: SLNS Parakrama Hosts Blood Donation Campaign

first_imgA blood donation campaign organized by the Western Naval Command Medical Organization was held at the SLNS Parakrama auditorium on 23rd December 2011. A large number of naval personnel attached to the Western Naval Command participated with great enthusiasm. Officials of the National Blood Transfusion Service rendered their assistance in collaboration with the medical personnel of the Western Naval Command Hospital.The Navy spearheads many blood donation campaigns at its bases located island-wide contributing to the national requirements of maintaining sufficient blood stocks for medical treatment. Naval personnel, who are conscious of the well-beings of their fellow citizens at all times, voluntarily donate their blood with a view to save precious lives through their meritorious act.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , December 23, 2011; Image: navy View post tag: Campaign Share this article View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today Sri Lanka: SLNS Parakrama Hosts Blood Donation Campaign View post tag: Blood Sri Lanka: SLNS Parakrama Hosts Blood Donation Campaign View post tag: SLNS View post tag: News by topic View post tag: hosts View post tag: Navy Training & Education View post tag: Donation View post tag: Parakrama December 23, 2011last_img read more

“READERS FORUM” FOR SEPTEMBER 17, 2019

first_imgTodays “Readers Poll’ question is: Do you feel that the new owners of Ellis Park are going to invest the money to make this Historic race track upscale and customer friendly?If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. Personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language and insults against commenters shall not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer, our media partners or advertise. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare,We hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way.WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND TODAY? We hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way.WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND TODAY?center_img Todays “Readers Poll’ question is: Do you feel that the new owners of Ellis Park are going to invest the money to make this Historic race track upscale and customer friendly?If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. Personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language and insults against commenters shall not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer, our media partners or advertise.last_img read more

It’s Almost May

first_imgBelieve it or not, this is our last article in April for Huddle Up.  Next Monday is the beginning of May already.  That means two of the largest sporting events of the year are coming up.Next weekend is the Kentucky Derby which draws an unbelievable number of people for a horse race.  It has been called “the greatest 2 minutes in sports” by track announcers.Of course, here in Indiana the month of May means the Indianapolis 500.  It is known as the “greatest spectacle in racing”!  You have two “greats” that are an easy driving distance from Batesville and the surrounding area.  I hope you are able to see both of these events at least once in your lifetime.  I have seen the 500, but I have not made it to the Kentucky Derby yet.last_img read more

24 days agoChelsea loanee Izzy Brown impresses in Luton win

first_imgChelsea loanee Izzy Brown impresses in Luton winby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea loanee Izzy Brown played an important role in Luton Town ending their losing run against Blackburn Rovers over the weekend.The winger crossed for James Collins to score the Hatters’ opener for the 2-1 win.It was Brown’s ninth consecutive appearance for Luton this season, following up from playing 30 minutes in the 4-0 loss to Leicester City last week.The 22-year-old is enjoying his sixth spell on loan since joining Chelsea from West Bromwich Albion in 2013. TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

4-Star LB Roquan Smith Announces He’s Committed To Georgia

first_imgA general view of the Georgia Bulldogs football stadium.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 29: Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels at Sanford Stadium on September 29, 2007 in Athens, Georgia. Georgia won 45 – 17. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)Roquan Smith, a four-star linebacker out of Montezuma, Ga., has committed to Georgia. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound prospect pledged to UCLA on National Signing Day, but de-committed when the Bruins’ defensive coordinator, Jeff Ulbrich, left for a job with the Atlanta Falcons. Smith has opted not to sign a binding national letter of intent; he’s signed a financial aid agreement instead. Smith is ranked the No. 5 outside linebacker in the country by 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings. Georgia’s 2015 class ranks No. 9 in the country and No. 5 in the SEC by 247 Sports. The Bulldogs now have 30 commitments in the class.last_img read more

John Calipari Tweets Response To Pelicans Story: “I Have No Interest In The Pelicans Or Any Other Job”

first_imgJohn Calipari's press conference after close win vs. LSU.YouTubeIt didn’t take long for John Calipari to shoot down reports that he may be interested in the New Orleans Pelicans opening. Just minutes ago, we shared a report by NOLA.com’s John Reid, which said that Calipari “may be interested” in coaching former players Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans. Calipari didn’t waste any time in addressing it.Even though Anthony and Tyreke are in NOLA, I have no interest in the Pelicans or any other job. I have a great job and I’m happy at UK.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 19, 2015Coaches have made similar statements and still taken those jobs in the past, but considering the talent that Calipari brings in every year, and the recent reports of a generous contract extension, we fully expect Calipari to stay put.last_img read more

Photo: Joel Embiid Welcomed Duke Big Man Jahlil Okafor To The 76ers

first_imgJoel Embiid taking off his mask.MIAMI, FL – APRIL 21: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers adjusts his facemark during a break in action in the third quarter against the Miami Heat during Game Four of Round One of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on April 21, 2018 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)The Philadelphia 76ers have made a habit of selecting big men early in the past three NBA drafts, most recently Duke’s Jahlil Okafor. Joel Embiid, who was  the team’s first overall pick in 2014, welcomed Okafor to the fold on Instagram this afternoon.Now all Embiid needs to do is hopefully stay healthy enough to join Okafor on the court.last_img read more