AFP bureau chief’s accreditation not renewed

first_img Organisation SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law RSF_en News News February 3, 2021 Find out more March 12, 2021 Find out more SyriaMiddle East – North Africa April 30, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 AFP bureau chief’s accreditation not renewed Receive email alerts Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières – RSF) protested today against the Syrian government’s refusal to renew the accreditation of Maher Chmaytelli (see photo), the Damascus bureau chief of the French news agency Agence France-Presse. “This shows once again that the regime bears down with full force on any media that dares to criticise it,” said RSF secretary-general Robert Ménard. “The hopes raised when Bashar el-Assad succeeded his father have been dashed and Syria remains one of region’s most repressive regimes.”Syria has exerted strong pressure on foreign media correspondents over the past year, forcing some to stop working for these media. Last autumn, a very harsh press law was introduced. RSF has put President Assad on its worldwide list of predators of press freedom.Chmaytelli was summoned at the beginning of this year by the information chief at the communications ministry, who accused him of having “ill will” and putting out “negative reports” about the internal political situation. He was told his accreditation would not be renewed when it expired at the end of March.The AFP office continues to operate without a bureau chief and Chmaytelli has left the country. “Mr Chmaytelli has always worked in a professional manner and respected Syrian laws concerning the press,” an AFP spokesperson said.The visit to Damascus in November 2000 by the head of AFP, Bertrand Eveno, to install Chmaytelli as bureau chief, was seen as a strong indication of Syria’s willingness to open up in media matters. Help by sharing this information The Syrian authorities have not renewed the accreditation of the AFP bureau chief (see photo) in Damascus. This is part of standard hostility towards those working for the foreign media, who face numerous pressures from a regime that does not tolerate criticism. Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists March 8, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Syria to go further News Newslast_img read more

This Week’s Picks! Anika Noni Rose, Idina Menzel, Motown Legends & More

first_imgPregame with Erich BergenDecember 29 at BirdlandGoing out on New Year’s Eve is risky. You can’t get a cab, the subways are packed, and the chance of a random stranger puking on your shoes increases by 32 percent. Let singer-actor Erich Bergen (Bob Gaudio in the Jersey Boys film) ease your pain. His Early New Year’s Eve Party will feature numbers from his stage and screen career as well as his two EPs. Click for tickets! See (the Real) Motown on BroadwayBegins December 29 at the Palace TheatreYou loved Motown the Musical, right? Well, here’s your chance to see two of the vocal groups responsible for that show’s terrific music as the Temptations and The Four Tops hit the stage. You have until January 4 to see these showmen unleash a half-century of classic hits—let’s see today’s pop acts display that staying power. We’ll wait, Katy Perry. Click for tickets! Spend NYE with Two FavoritesDecember 31 at 54 BelowThere is no worse feeling in the world than expecting a night of New Year’s Eve revelry only to discover the “revelry” involves lukewarm spinach dip and stilted conversation. 54 Below, fortunately, has two options for a guaranteed kickass evening. First, playwright and drag legend Charles Busch unleashes a special New Year’s Eve show. Then, the always-game Laura Benanti rings in the New Year. Take that, boredom! Click for tickets here and here! Star Files Rock New Year’s Eve with IdinaDecember 31 on ABCAt every holiday or civic event Idina Menzel is there, whether it’s singing the national anthem at baseball’s All-Star Game or celebrating the holiday windows at Bloomingdale’s. Of course, she’s going to perform on New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. And, of course, she’ll sing “Let it Go.” And, of course, we’ll belt along, pretending to be the newly independent Elsa. Man, there’s nothing better than spending the holidays with people we love. Stay In with Jason Robert BrownJanuary 2 on PBSYou’ll probably still be recharging from the social destruction you unleashed on New Year’s Eve—but that doesn’t mean you can’t entertain yourself. Make some tea, settle on the couch, and watch Jason Robert Brown in Concert, where the Tony-winning composer teams up with Anika Noni Rose and a team of Broadway musicians to perform songs from his impressive career. Expect songs from 13, The Last Five Years and Honeymoon in Vegas. View Comments Hey, you, waiting on line to return a bag of gifts from your colorblind aunt who still thinks you’re a size too small and a foot too tall. Leave that line and hit the town! There is a concert with Motown legends, a pre-New Year’s celebration with a Jersey Boy, and New Year’s Eve awesomeness with Charles Busch and Laura Benanti. Get ready for this week’s picks! Idina Menzellast_img read more

Make a Plan: Vote This November to Protect Our Winters

first_imgmakeadamnplan.org  With incredibly close Senate, congressional and even presidential contests in North Carolina and Virginia that will decide the future of outdoor sports and the country’s public lands: outdoor voters have outsized power to make a massive impact. But to do that we must all vote. “As Americans, we all come from different places and have different stories. But we are united by the places we love to play. It’s not left or right, it is literally our common ground. I encourage all of those who love the land to join us and make a plan,” said Jeremy Jones, professional snowboarder and founder/president of Protect Our Winters. As an outdoor enthusiast, you know that having a plan before you head out is the best way to ensure you reach your destination safely. That’s why POW launched Make A Plan To Vote as a way to help voters understand how to get out and cast a ballot this November, even in the midst of a global pandemic. With that collective political power, POW is challenging outdoor enthusiasts to take a stand this November and vote to protect our public lands, rivers, and mountains from the effects of climate change. Defined not by common borders but rather a shared passion for the outdoors, this is the time to make a difference together as the Outdoor State. While climate change can’t be tackled alone, it can be solved by a powerful community of passionate people ready to step up for our outdoor spaces. You can join the Outdoor State today with a pledge to vote by texting OUTDOOR STATE to 65351 or by visiting MakeADamnPlan.org. Make a damn plan and vote this November to Protect Our Winters. center_img Voting Made Easy Whether you plan to vote by mail or in person, this tool is a one-stop shop for all the information you need about election day with step by step instructions to guide you through the process. Check on your registration status, request a mail-in ballot, set reminders for important election deadlines, and find your polling station all in one easy to use location. POW is an alliance of athletes, scientists, creatives, and brands committed to preserving our world for future generations. If the more than 50 million eligible voters who identify with any outdoor sport vote together as the Outdoor State, it would be larger than any state and one of the most influential voting blocks in the country. This community of skiers, snowboarders, hikers, runners, climbers, bikers, and anglers has the power to change the direction of global warming and protect our wild places. But to do that, those who play outdoors together must also vote. Jeremy Jones, photo by Andrew Miller “At 50 million strong, those of us who live to play outdoors are the largest and potentially most influential voting block in the country. But to have that influence, we must vote,” said Mario Molina, Executive Director of POW. “Protect Our Winters’ Make a Plan to Vote tool provides personalized, behavioral science-based nudges and planning actions that are shown to increase voter turnout by 9.1%, which is nearly 5 million people in the Outdoor State, and could be the difference in tight races.” There is a lot at stake this November. And Protect Our Winters (POW) is helping those who play outdoors to make a plan to vote and vote together for climate champions.last_img read more

Gillman Home Center announces purchase of Aurora Lumber

first_imgAurora, In. — Officials from the Gillman’s Home Center have announced the purchase of Aurora Lumber.Officials from the Gillman’s Home Center have announced the purchase of Aurora Lumber. Aurora Lumber was founded 150 years ago and has been owned by the Petty family for the last 50 years. Contractors, remodelers and home owners have come to expect quality, integrity and knowledgeable customer service.Curtis Gillman of Gillman Home Center said, “The company plans to build on the valued aspects of Aurora that contributed to its success, including retaining its experienced staff, while enhancing it with Gillman’s innovative merchandise mix and competitive pricing thanks to its increased buying power.”“We believe this is the best decision for the future of our business and its role in the Aurora community,” explained John Petty of Aurora Lumber. “It ensures Aurora Lumber will remain an important resource. Just as importantly, our employees can continue to provide outstanding service and support to our customers. We look forward to this new chapter in our company’s story with Gillman Home Center.”Located in Batesville, Indiana, Gillman Home Center is a full-service hardware and lumber dealer with nine locations in Batesville, Brookville, Centerville, Connersville, Edinburgh, New Castle and Winchester, as well as Eaton and Oxford in Ohio. Gillman was founded in 1980 by Charlie Gillman, a second-generation homebuilder who still runs the company today, along with his sons and approximately 200 other team members.“This really will be the best of both worlds for Aurora Lumber’s customers and employees,” Gillman said. “We are excited about combining the aspects that have made Aurora a successful business for more than 150 years with the unique benefits of Gillman Home Center and creating an outstanding new lumber and home improvement resource for the community.”The business will eventually transition to the Gillman Home Center name.last_img read more

Trojans set to take on Cardinal

first_imgThe USC men’s volleyball team will embark on a four-match road trip that begins this weekend against No. 3 Stanford and No. 14 Pacific.The No. 1 Trojans (16-1, 15-1) have been firing on all cylinders, winning 10 matches in a row heading into the final stretch of the season.USC leads the conference in total offense and defense. The Trojans’ offense is remarkably efficient, with a league-best .358 season hitting average. The Trojans hold their opponents to a league-low .244 hitting average. USC also ranks first in kills per set and digs per set.Daily TrojanAnd this weekend, the Trojans might be better than ever.“We’ve really been getting better offensively over the past week,” said USC coach Bill Ferguson. “The improvements might not translate into our hitting numbers immediately, but they will in the long run.”Although significantly less dominant, Stanford (16-6, 12-5) is the defending national champion and is second place in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.“Me, Tri [Bourne], Maddison [McKibbin] and Henry [Cassiday] have known and played with a lot of the Stanford guys growing up in Hawaii, so there’s a huge rivalry here,” said senior setter Riley McKibbin. “And Stanford is the most hostile environment I’ve played in. It’s going to be a fun and exciting match.”The Trojans swept Stanford last month at the Galen Center. Junior outside hitter Tony Ciarelli finished with 12 kills earned at a .667 clip with five aces.“I was at a super high level of focus,” Ciarelli said. “I can’t expect to go out and hit and serve those numbers again, but I’m going to keep doing what I do regularly and help out the best I can.”Stanford has won seven of its last nine matches since playing USC, and lost a closely contested five-set match to Long Beach State last weekend.“We were really locked in [the last Stanford] match because we came in with a heightened level of focus, especially because we lost to Pepperdine in a tough five-set match the week before,” Ferguson said. “Stanford will be hungry.”On the other hand, Pacific (10-15, 4-13) has struggled lately, compiling a 4-6 record since the February match against USC, including sweeps at the hands of UCLA, UC Irvine and Hawai’i.Although its record is less than prestigious, Pacific ranks first in the MPSF in blocks, averaging 2.94 per set.“They’ll serve very tough too,” Ferguson said. “Teams tend to serve much better at home, and they seem like they’re ready to turn it up a notch.”If the Trojans win these two matches, they will clinch the top seed in the upcoming MPSF tournament.“It would be something special,” Ferguson said. “The MPSF is the toughest league in college athletics. But we have to focus on Stanford and then Pacific, or else this speculation won’t mean anything.”last_img read more