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December 16, 2020 Find out more Call for probe into murder of 11 close relatives of online newspaper editorReporters Without Borders is shocked by the murders of 11 close relatives of Dia al-Kawwaz, the Amman-based editor of the online newspaper Shabeqat Akhbar al-Iraq, in an attack on his family home yesterday in Baghdad. Kawwaz recently received telephone threats from Iraqi militia members.“We call on the government to order an investigation to identify those responsible for this carnage and to bring them to justice,” the press freedom organisation said. “The impunity reigning in Baghdad for the past five years encourages attacks on journalists and their families. It is even more disturbing when security forces see what is happening and yet take no action. Police at a security checkpoint near the Kawwaz family home failed to intervene or give chase.”Reporters Without Borders added: “Iraqi journalists are defenceless and powerless in the face of the militias operating in the capital. Like Kawwaz, hundreds of them have sought refuge abroad but the relatives who have remained in Iraq are exposed to reprisals.”According to a report posted on the Shabeqat Akhbar al-Iraq website, around five gunmen entered the Kawwaz family home in the northeast Baghdad neighbourhood of Al-Shaab shortly after 7 a.m. yesterday and shot dead two of Kawwaz’s sisters, their husbands and their seven children, aged 5 to 10. They then blew up the house before leaving in a vehicle with no licence plates. Neighbours said police at a nearby post did not intervene.Kawwaz told Reporters Without Borders he recently received telephone threats from members of the Shiite Badr militia that is the armed wing of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council. Aged 46, Kawwaz is known for being very critical of Shiite leaders in the government and of Iranian meddling in Iraqi politics.Created in 2002, Shabeqat Akhbar al-Iraq is an online newspaper specializing in Iraqi politics. Kawwaz edits it from the Jordanian capital of Amman because of the dangers for journalists working inside Iraq.At least 206 journalists and media assistants have been killed in Iraq since the US invasion in March 2003. There are also 14 Iraqi journalists of whom there has been no news since they were kidnapped. Reporters Without Borders is astounded and angry to discover that a journalist’s claim that 11 of his close relatives were murdered last weekend is false. Amman-based Iraqi journalist Dia al-Kawwaz had claimed on 26 November that 11 members of his immediate family were shot by gunmen the previous day in Baghdad.“We are obviously relieved to learn that the Kawwaz family is safe and sound but this journalist’s behaviour is unacceptable,” the press freedom organisation said. “We are appalled by this deceit, which is not only sordid but also dangerous as it obscures the fact that the families of dozens of journalists have been exposed to violence by Iraq’s armed groups.”Reporters Without Borders added: “A great many journalists have had to abandon everything in recent years – their homes and their loved ones – in order to seek refuge abroad. This case must not be allowed to undermine the credibility of the ordeals they describe.”Journalists with Al-Hurra TV met today in Baghdad with members of the Kawwaz family, who denied Dia al-Kawwaz’s claims and said he must have done it “to obtain money from abroad.” Many Jordanian dignitaries attended a wake organised by Kawwaz in Amman on 26 November.When Reporters Without Borders contacted Kawwaz today he was evasive about the alleged incident and could not name the relatives who had supposedly been killed. Questioned several times by Agence France-Presse, he was unable to give the exact address of the family home where the massacre allegedly took place or where the victims were supposedly buried. On the website of the online newspaper he edits, Shabeqat Akhbar al-Iraq, he said his family had been “pressured to deny the facts.”Kawwaz’s claim had been quickly denied by Iraqi interior ministry spokesman Gen. Abdul Karim Khalaf. “It is a lie,” he said. “Nothing of the sort happened. We always investigate murders of this nature.” Another government spokesman said he had contacted Kawwaz’s mother in Baghdad. News Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan ———————————————————–26.11.2007 News December 28, 2020 Find out more Organisation November 28, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist fabricated claim that his family was massacred Follow the news on Iraq News RSF_en News Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” IraqMiddle East – North Africa to go further Help by sharing this information RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” IraqMiddle East – North Africa February 15, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts
Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. THURSDAY “Zorro” discussion group for Spanish speakers, 4 p.m. at the Community Center, 22421 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 286-4006. United Way Telethon, 6-9 p.m. on SCVTV Channel 20. Call (661) 253-0082 to make a donation. Open auditions for “Meshuggah-Nuns!,” 7-9 p.m. at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 799-2700. Democratic Alliance for Action will meet, 7 p.m. at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 877-2775 or visit www.DAA.org. Le Tip Business Network Group will meet, 7 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 24201 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Call Lisa Eichman at (661) 297-3333 or visit www.allvalleyletip.com. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. FRIDAY Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY Curious George Story Time, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Junior Rangers will meet, 2-4 p.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. MONDAY Memorial Day program, 10 a.m. at Eternal Valley, 23287 N. Sierra Hwy., Newhall. Call (661) 259-0800. Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Start Smart, a free class geared toward new or soon-to-be drivers and their parents, 6 p.m. at The California Highway Patrol office, 28648 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Wendy Hahn at (661) 294-5540. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Beverly Hillbillies Bible Study, 7:30 p.m. in the library at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. Open auditions for “Meshuggah-Nuns!,” 7-9 p.m. at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 799-2700. Evening of Remembrance, 7:15-8:30 p.m. in the Youth Grove at Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call Tess Simgen at (661) 255-4956. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. TODAY Health lecture on “Colo-rectal Cancer and the Importance of Screening,” 1-2 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. “Zorro” discussion group will meet, 2:30 p.m. in the Library Public Gallery at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 362-3362. Relay for Life team captain meeting, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Adult Health Center, 22903 Soledad Canyon Road, Santa Clarita. Call Laura Scott at (661) 296-0081.
Good news North Coast! The much-anticipated sport Dungeness crab season will open on time this year, and the season’s first crustaceans can be legally hauled from the salty waters of oceans and bays beginning Saturday morning. After last year’s domoic acid debacle, which delayed both sport and commercial openers, this is welcome news. Here on the North Coast, winter crabbing is a tradition that dates back generations. Boats will be working the near shore waters, bays and river mouths baiting, …
In addition to advanced sorting, the redesign includes a bit of “Gmailification,” with the abandonment of folders for “collections,” which act similarly to Gmail’s labels, and a “priority” sorting much like Gmail’s Priority Inbox. “Collections are designed to combine the best features of labels and folders,” writes Bangaru. “A file can live in multiple collections, just like with Gmail labels. Collections can also be stored hierarchically, just like folders on your desktop. And of course, collections can be shared, just like you can share docs.”To get a full run down on the new features, take Google’s guided tour. Tags:#cloud computing#Google#NYT#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Last year, Google began allowing users to upload docs of any file format up to 250 MB in size to Google Docs, turning the service from simply an online word processor into a cloud storage service. Today, the company has unveiled a number of user interface changes for Google Docs that continues the move toward becoming the mythical “Gdrive” – a cloud-based file storage service.A big part of the new Google Docs design is the ability to navigate through your documents by file type, visibility (whether just visible to you, certain people, or publicly viewable by all) and document ownership. Vijay Bangaru, Google product manager, explains that using Google Docs to store files has become increasingly popular over the past year and the new design should help users take advantage of the functionality:Over the past year, many of you have been taking advantage of the ability to upload any file to Google Docs. With more files and of a variety of file types in one place, it becomes more difficult to organize and find what you need quickly. As a result, we are happy to announce that, over the next couple of days, we’ll be rolling out a refresh to the documents list, aimed to make it more useful to find, explore and share all your files stored 100% on the web.To that end, the new Google Docs includes a view for all of your image and video documents, including an inline preview mode and video player, which the company just announced earlier this month. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… mike melanson Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Video: Virginia’s Darius Thompson Banks In Buzzer Beater To Complete Amazing Comeback vs. Wake Forest
With 1:20 left in the game, Wake Forest led No. 11 Virginia 64-54 at home. Over those final 80 seconds, the Cavaliers scored 18 points, capped off by a wild buzzer-beating bank shot by Darius Thompson, to beat the Demon Deacons 72-71. Virginia wins!! https://t.co/9SYoM5JmBv— Will Ojanen (@WillsWorldMN) January 27, 2016FOR THE WIN! @dthomp15 finishes off an incredible comeback in Winston-Salem for @UVAMensHoops ! #WAHOOWA # pic.twitter.com/Pe2ZXsAxRW— VirginiaSportsTV (@VaSportsTV) January 27, 2016The game log is crazy.College basketball has been impossible to predict this season, and the ACC is no different. Current ACC standings: UNC D$:[email protected]/&,!3 BC— Mark Armstrong (@ArmstrongABC11) January 27, 2016March will be here very soon. We can’t wait.
Story Highlights Scores of students from schools in Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine, participated in an Open Day and Expo, hosted by the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) at the Waterfront, Downtown Kingston on November 2. For his part, Assistant Commissioner of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Sean Martin told JIS News that the Open Day, was a crucial tool for the agency, as it gives the organization an opportunity to showcase the various skills set of the men and women serving. Acting Assistant Commissioner at the JFB, Emilio Ebanks, stated that the open day and expo provided an opportunity for the brigade to sensitise the students and the wider public about fire safety. Scores of students from schools in Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine, participated in an Open Day and Expo, hosted by the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) at the Waterfront, Downtown Kingston on November 2.The event was part of activities to mark Fire Safety Awareness Week which was observed under the theme ‘Empowering our People for a Fire-Safe Jamaica’.Acting Assistant Commissioner at the JFB, Emilio Ebanks, stated that the open day and expo provided an opportunity for the brigade to sensitise the students and the wider public about fire safety.“Children, they are our future and therefore we have to do as much as we can to change the culture of our society and make us more fire safe,” he stated.For his part, Assistant Commissioner of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Sean Martin told JIS News that the Open Day, was a crucial tool for the agency, as it gives the organization an opportunity to showcase the various skills set of the men and women serving.“We want the public to see exactly what we do. When it comes to an accident, sometimes people think we take too long to extricate a victim, but we have things to do before we can. So simulating this on the open day, persons will have an understanding of exactly what are the steps we have to take before removing a victim,” he said.He further added that the Open Day provided an opportunity for the public to have a greater understanding and appreciation for the work of the fire department.“We want to build that kind of a culture for persons to look forward to, so that they can feel closer to the fire department and have more confidence in us,” he noted.Members of the public who attended the expo were provided with information on fire safety. They were also taught the proper way to use a fire extinguisher, basic first aid, and to conduct light search and rescue.
Laurie HamelinAPTN NewsThe widow of a deceased man says an allegedly repealed controversial organ transplant policy in British Columbia played a role her in late husband’s death two weeks ago.Gagan Grewal says her husband Gaurav Chopra died of liver disease on Aug. 3, and that his only chance for survival had been a liver transplant.Grewal reached out to APTN News after seeing the network’s story about David Dennis last week.Dennis made headlines after filing a human rights complaint against provincial health authorities after allegedly being denied a spot on the waiting list due to a policy that requires potential transplant recipients to be abstinent from drugs and alcohol for six months.After news of Dennis’ case went public, the Provincial Health Services Authority and B.C. Transplant said the former abstinence policy had been abandoned in May.When Gaurav was told he had end-stage liver disease in June, he had been alcohol-free since March — three months, says Grewal.“I should have fought more for him. I just trusted the doctors to do the right thing. I did trust the system a lot. I didn’t think they’ll just let him die,” she said.Grewal said Gaurav had an appointment with a liver specialist on June 7.“That is when the doctor said his liver is completely gone, and then there is the six-month period that he will need to wait for.”The couple didn’t question the abstinence policy — but that changed when Gaurav’s health took a turn for the worse in mid-June.“That’s when he got worse and that is when we questioned them, and they were still insisting ‘no’,” Grewal recalls.“Even the nurses, they were like, they are very strict about this policy and they won’t budge.”By late July Gaurav’s condition had worsened, at which time Grewal says they were told there was nothing doctors could do.“It was point of no return after that.”Gaurav, 42, died in the Vancouver General Hospital — at the six-month mark of his sobriety.Grewal said she was shocked to learn via APTN that B.C. Transplant had dropped the policy in May of this year.Last week the organization, which coordinates organ transplantation in B.C., told APTN David Dennis’s situation was a “misunderstanding”. It apologized to Dennis.Dr. Eric Yoshida, a transplant hepatologist and member of the liver transplant team at Vancouver General Hospital, also told APTN the policy had changed.“It was discussed within our team since last summer,” Yoshida explained.“Our arguments were presented and there was much debate and it’s basically been abolished,” he said. “We had dedicated meetings to this and we have our rounds every week and then it just kind of gradually became adopted as a functional policy. The general agreement with all the people on the team was probably the end of May.”But Grewal says there was no misunderstanding with her husband’s case.“The policy was still there. They never ever told us it doesn’t exist,” she said. “There was not even ever a hint that this policy does not exist.”B.C, Transplant still features the policy on its website.“All patients being considered for a liver transplant at the Solid Organ Transplant (SOC) clinic must be abstinent from drugs and alcohol for a minimum of six months.”Dr. Yoshida and B.C.’s Provincial Health Services Authority both said they cannot legally comment on Gaurav’s case due to doctor-patient [email protected]@Laurie_Hamelin
TORONTO – Canada’s main stock index rose slightly while U.S. markets closed down after the U.S. Federal Reserve raised interest rates that reinforced the strength of the American economy.Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s comments about U.S. economic growth is positive for Canada and signals to the Bank of Canada that it too can raise rates without fear of causing the loonie to overheat, says Mike Greenberg, portfolio manager at Franklin Templeton Multi-Asset Solutions.“A bit more strong economic growth is good for Canada,” he said in an interview.In its commentary, the U.S. central bank removed past references to being “accommodative,” which suggests it will be tempered in rate hikes and may be getting closer to the end of regular increases, said Greenberg.He expects another U.S. increase this year and three in 2019. Further increases will depend on data.“If rates are rising gradually because the economy is doing better, inflation is recovering but not overshooting, that tends to be pretty good for corporates,” he said, adding that the level of rates isn’t restrictive for most companies.“We’re not at that level of interest rates that we would call a choke point for the economy.”Greenberg expects the Bank of Canada to “somewhat follow the path” by increasing its own benchmark rate even though the sensitivity to interest rates is higher in Canada because of elevated consumer debt levels.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 9.78 points to 16,169.28, after hitting a high of 16,241.41 on 232.4 million shares traded.The telecom sector led, followed by consumer discretionary and influential industrials and financials sectors.Gold, healthcare, real estate and materials led on the downside.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed off 106.93 points to 26,385.28. The S&P 500 index was down 9.59 points to 2,905.97, while the Nasdaq composite lost 17.10 points to 7,990.37.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 77.07 cents US compared with an average of 77.23 cents US on Tuesday.The November crude contract was down 71 cents at US$71.57 per barrel and the November natural gas contract was down 7.8 cents at US$2.98.The December gold contract was down US$6.00 at US$1,199.10 an ounce and the December copper contract was up 0.45 of a cent at US$2.83 a pound.
O’Riley acknowledges in the letter that schedule and safety concerns impacted the overall health of the construction of Site C. “For these reasons we classified the overall health of the project for this quarter as “red”, or having serious concerns,” O’Riley wrote.“As noted above, we have worked hard over the past several months to improve our performance in these areas and since the reporting period, the overall health of the project has significantly improved and is now classified as “yellow,” or having some concerns.”O’Riley says that last month, BC Hydro reached a memorandum of understanding with Peace River Hydro Partners, the dam’s main civil works contractor, at a cost of $325 million.He says that the MOU includes a contractual schedule that achieves the diversion of the Peace River in 2020, which will keep the project on track to meeting the 2024 project in-service date.Also included in the memorandum are plans to accelerate a number of critical construction activities and purchasing some additional key equipment, with numerous incentive payments for PRHP if and when they meet critical project milestones.Finally, the agreement includes a settlement of past issues that O’Riley described in his letter to the Commission on October 4th, 2017. He said that Hydro has developed a plan to improve safety at the dam’s construction site, including implementing a senior-level safety steering committee with all prime contractors to address shared safety issues, hiring a permanent senior field safety manager, and regularly holding on-site safety conferences.“The contractors have confirmed their commitment to safety as well and developed plans to improve their performance,” O’Riley added.The full letter can be read here: https://www.bchydro.com/content/dam/BCHydro/customer-portal/documents/corporate/media/site-c-quarterly-report-11.pdf VANCOUVER, B.C. – BC Hydro President and Chief Operating Officer Chris O’Riley says in a letter to the B.C. Utilities Commission that after a number of issues and setbacks to the dam’s construction, the Site C project is back on track to be completed on-time and on-budget.In his letter to Commission Secretary and Manager Patrick Wruck, O’Riley also follows up on his letter to the Commission last October, when he said that the Crown Corporation was going to miss its deadline to divert the Peace River in September 2019 because of geotechnical issues.News of the letter was first reported by Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer late Wednesday. O’Riley explained that the $325 million settlement will be paid from the contingency fund of the dam’s main civil works budget, which he said will have no impact on the overall project budget.“The final contractual agreement between BC Hydro and the main civil works contractor is expected to be complete later this month,” he added.O’Riley also says in his letter that the Crown Corporation has also taken action to address safety concerns on the jobsite at Site C.“During the reporting period there were two lost time injuries, six medical attention treatment injuries and five near-misses – an increase from the previous quarter,” said O’Riley.