March 8, 2021 Find out more News News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Syria February 3, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts RSF_en SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria to go further Organisation Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists March 12, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders has strongly protested against the reported dismissal of journalist Younes Khalaf, of the government daily Al-Thawra (Révolution), over an article he wrote on pollution of drinking water in north-east Al-Hassaka province.The sacking was reported by the Arabic-language online news website www.elpah.com that also said the journalist had received phoned death threats. Reporters Without Borders said the threats and harassment showed the determination of the Syrian authorities to control news. The same process was at work in preventing the Syrian and international press from effectively covering clashes in the past few days between security forces, Arab tribes and Kurdish groups that have caused a number of casualties.Obstacles to journalists’ freedom of movement and their ability to report has meant that it has not been possible to confirm how many have died, said the international press freedom organisation. In addition the Syrian authorities have blocked several Kurdish news sites that were reporting on events in the country, in particular www.amude.com, based in Germany.Khalaf apparently wrote a first article in Al-Thawra exposing corruption as one of the reasons for pollution of the region’s water. The article, that began with the sentence, “I smell the odour of corruption”, implicated the head of the water company in Al-Hassaka.The rest of the investigation and an open letter to Prime Minister Mohammad Naji Otri, was apparently published in the privately-owned Arabic-language newspaper The Economy. March 18, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders condemns sacking and death threats against journalist
Share Share Sharing is caring! 34 Views 5 comments LocalNews UWP ‘caught in time tunnel experience’ by: – May 21, 2012 Share Tweet Political Leader of DLP; Hon Roosevelt SkerritPrime Minister and political leader of the Dominica Labour Party Roosevelt Skerrit has accused the opposition United Workers Party of being “caught in a time tunnel experience”.The Prime Minister who addressed several of his party supporters and activists at a delegates conference in St. Joseph on Sunday accused the UWP of being out of touch with reality.Mr. Skerrit made reference to the re-nomination of the UWP’s former leader and founder Edison James as leader of the party.“It is not my fault that the other major party in Dominica appears today to be caught in a time tunnel experience. Ten years ago they got rid of Edison James because he was too old and out of step with modern, contemporary politics. Ten years later they have brought him back as the Crown Prince of UWP politics”.He accused the UWP of building a “campaign of lies, deceit and innuendo” against its opponents and not showing concern or speaking out about the global financial crisis.“Dominica is truly a remarkable place! This is the only country in the world for which the global economic recession has had no impact on the politics of the opposition. It is almost as if the global economic meltdown never existed. Can you recall any of them, at any point in the last six years, speaking about the challenges that this economic quagmire presents for countries such as Dominica?”Leader of the UWP; Hon. Edison JamesHe further accused the UWP of failing to acknowledge the effect which the global financial crisis has had on Dominica.“Budget after budget; debate after debate, public meeting after public meeting, and not a word from a so-called government-in-waiting, about how they would tackle the challenges that we confront. Indeed, they have not even acknowledged the existence of these challenges”. According to Mr. Skerrit, the UWP “almost lost every single seat in Parliament” with the “vilification of Roosevelt Skerrit and the Dominica Labour Party” strategy but have failed to re-assess this method.“We are not using them as any yardstick. If they just want to get high on their ability to sit in a studio and curse every known opponent that is a matter for them”. He told his supporters of his wish to “inflict another beating on the UWP and the Freedom Party,” bidding them to get more members and supporters into the party.“I want to put Edison James out of his political misery. I want to send Judith Pestaina on her way, leaving yet another deposit in the treasury. I am waiting, oh yes I am waiting, for Lennox Linton to declare which seat he will be contesting…for if nothing else, I am going to go all out to ensure that he loses his deposit!”Dominica Vibes News
Press Association Manchester City’s defeat at Tottenham at lunchtime opened the door for United to move to the summit and they grasped the opportunity thanks to goals from Memphis Depay, Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney, who ended a 999-minute Premier League goal drought. Depay ended Sunderland’s stubborn resistance by converting Mata’s square pass and after Rooney had netted in the first minute of the second half there was no way back for the Black Cats, who conceded a final goal in the last minute of normal time. “Last season at this stage I think we were in 13th position in the league table, so I’m a happy coach,” the United manager said. Van Gaal has had his doubters during his 14-month spell in charge, but United are now top of the table for the first time since they beat Swansea 4-1 in David Moyes’ first game in charge on August 18 2013. United’s stay at the top of the pile then, just like Moyes’ tenure, was a brief one – they were knocked off the top the following day – but Van Gaal will be hoping his team can remain there for the rest of the season. The Dutchman admits that will not be easy, however. “I think to continue (at the top) is very difficult in this league,” Van Gaal added. “But it is better than last year when we had 13 points after 10 matches and you have to chase. When we chased we were fourth. “Last year we had the feeling we could win the league. “This year it is a big difference because you can start better from the top than the bottom.” Louis van Gaal declared himself a “happy coach” after his Manchester United team climbed to the top of the table with a 3-0 win over Sunderland. Depay’s first Premier League strike was the pick of the goals. The Dutchman wandered free of his marker to tap in after Daley Blind had picked out Mata with a peach of a long pass. The fact that Depay scored in the fourth minute of first-half injury time was appropriate, according to Van Gaal, because he felt Sunderland were guilty of time-wasting. He said: “I was very happy with the goal in extra-time because they punished themselves. They were always wasting time and the referee was not reacting to that.” Van Gaal’s opposite number Dick Advocaat was far less happy with his team. The Sunderland boss picked out a number of his players for criticism. First up was left-back Patrick van Aanholt. “The first goal, it was a long ball. Patrick van Aanholt is watching his own man rather than following the ball,” Advocaat said. “You cannot let the ball go from that distance. The second goal was too easy, the third goal the same.” Next in the firing line was Adam Johnson, who was substituted at half-time. “Every ball he touched was wrong,” said Advocaat, who gave striker Fabio Borini both barrels too. “Borini as a striker had problems keeping the ball, that’s why I brought on (Steven) Fletcher (at half-time),” he said. Advocaat admits much work must be done for Sunderland to drag themselves off the bottom and out of the relegation zone. “We have a lot of games to go but we have to think about how we change things in the squad, as players,” Advocaat said.
Drogba most recently played for Phoenix Rising in the United Soccer League.“I wanna thank all the players, managers, teams and fans that I have met and made this journey one of a kind,” he wrote in a statement on Twitter.“If anyone tells you your dreams are too big, just say thank you and work harder and smarter to turn them into a reality.”Drogba played club football in six different countries in total, with the majority of his success coming in France and England.He won the Premier League Golden Boot in 2006-07 and 2009-10, netting 104 times in the English top flight in total, and also scored a dramatic late equaliser when Chelsea beat Bayern Munich on penalties in the Champions League final six years ago.Drogba’s last game was Phoenix’s 1-0 loss to Louisville City in the USL Cup final on November 8.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Drogba spent the last four years of his career playing in North America © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File / Christian PetersenLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 22 – Ivory Coast and Chelsea great Didier Drogba announced his retirement on Wednesday after a 20-year career.The 40-year-old scored 164 goals in 381 appearances for Chelsea, winning four Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the 2012 Champions League, while he is also Ivory Coast’s all-time record goalscorer with 65.