Unprecedented show of solidarity planned for hostages’ 100th day in captivity on 15 April

first_img Receive email alerts Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Reporters Without Borders, Libération and all the French media have prepared a special day of solidarity for Friday, 15 April, when Libération correspondent Florence Aubenas and her Iraqi guide and interpreter, Hussein Hanoun Al-Saadi, will spend their 100th day in captivity as hostages in Iraq. RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” April 14, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Unprecedented show of solidarity planned for hostages’ 100th day in captivity on 15 April IraqMiddle East – North Africa News News IraqMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iraq Help by sharing this information to go further News December 28, 2020 Find out more February 15, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Reporters Without Borders, Libération and all the French media have prepared a special day of solidarity for Friday, 15 April, when Libération correspondent Florence Aubenas and her Iraqi guide and interpreter, Hussein Hanoun Al-Saadi, will spend their 100th day in captivity as hostages in Iraq.”The demonstrations of support will be nationwide and will extend beyond our borders,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “We are optimistic but prudent. Optimistic because negotiations have begun. After weeks of silence, the process has at last got under way. Prudent because the negotiations could last a long time, three days or three months. This is why the campaign must go on, because we see light at the end of the tunnel.”24 hours of actionOn the eve of the two hostages’ 100th day in captivity, Reporters Without Borders and Libération have asked 100 people – some of them well-known figures, some just ordinary people – to illuminate the Human Rights Esplanade at Trocadero in Paris (across the river from the Eiffel Tower) with 100 flaming torches representing “100 flames of hope.”The torches will be lit at 9 p.m., at the same time that the nighttime illumination of the Eiffel Tower begins, in the presence of Sylvie and Olivier Aubenas (Florence’s sister and brother), Libération publisher Serge July, Libération managing editor Antoine de Gaudemar, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard, French news media executives and editors, Ile-de-France regional president Jean-Paul Huchon, Paris deputy mayor Christophe Girard, actress Jeanne Moreau, writer Fernando Arrabal, novelist Erik Orsenna, singer Bénabar, novelist and singer Yves Simon and others. It will launch an extraordinary 24-hour operation.From 00:00 hours until midnight on 15 April, all broadcast TV stations will regularly display a special “Florence, Hussein, 100 days of captivity” logo designed by TF1, while radio stations will repeatedly broadcast a spot produced by France Info and spoken by Christian Chesnot, a former hostage in Iraq. Newspapers are invited to display the logo on their front page, websites to display the banner. Media wanting to participate can download the logo, banner and spot from the Reporters Without Borders website (www.rsf.org).Florence and Hussein have not been seen since they left the Mansour Hotel in Baghdad on the morning of 5 January. Florence had been in Iraq since 16 December. A veteran correspondent used to tough assignments, she has covered conflicts in Algeria, Rwanda, Kosovo, Bosnia and Afghanistan. Organisation News Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Thai plastics giant Indorama Ventures looks to quadruple renewable energy use in next 10 years

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Indorama Ventures Pcl, the world’s top producer of material used in plastic bottles and polyester, plans to quadruple its use of renewable energy over the next decade as part of efforts to lower greenhouse gas emissions.The Bangkok-based company will increase solar, wind and other renewable energy sources at its more than 120 manufacturing facilities worldwide to 30% of its power bill in 2030, said Chief Sustainability Office Yash Lohia. That’s an increase from 6%, he said, adding the move will help the company’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.“We are going to install more solar panels at our facilities in Thailand, India and many other countries,” Lohia, the 33-year-old son of Indorama’s billionaire founder Aloke Lohia, said in an interview Tuesday. “We will also buy more clean energy from other developers to demonstrate our effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”Thai power producers including Gulf Energy Development Pcl, and B. Grimm Power Pcl are also accelerating investments in renewable energy as climate-change concerns prompt governments to turn to cleaner sources. Southeast Asia’s second-biggest economy plans to add at least 56,000 megawatts of new electricity capacity by 2037, with almost four-fifths of the amount set to come from renewables, according to the energy ministry’s website.Indorama is also actively seeking recycling business acquisitions as part of a $1.5 billion spending plan to increase its reuse of plastic bottles in the production of polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, said Lohia.[Anuchit Nguyen]More: Thai petrochemicals giant to add green power to cut carbon print Thai plastics giant Indorama Ventures looks to quadruple renewable energy use in next 10 yearslast_img read more

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Venezuela Dismantles 21 Drug Labs on Colombian Border

first_img The minister did not provide any details of the operation itself, nor did he specify if any arrests were made. In 2012, Venezuelan authorities seized 45 tons of drugs, half of which were cocaine cargos, according to official sources. The authorities were “able to dismantle 21 labs that processed cocaine hydrochloride in the municipality of Jesús María Semprún, exactly 150 meters from the Colombian border,” Reverol said in a phone call with public station VTV. By Dialogo March 25, 2013center_img Twenty one drug production labs were dismantled by Venezuelan authorities, and over 4 tons of cocaine were seized in an area of Zulia state, near the Colombian border, Minister of Interior and Justice Néstor Reverol said. “A large quantity of chemicals were also seized, as well as 4,190 kilograms of cocaine, cocaine hydrochloride and cocaine paste,” the official said, specifying that 189 members of the militarized National Guard took part in the operation. last_img read more

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Odion Ighalo ‘handed Man Utd shirt number’ 25

first_img Promoted ContentWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?COVID-19 Pandemic Has Significantly Improved Air Quality17 Astonishingly Beautiful Cave ChurchesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooNo Good Disney Role Models For Boys?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Actors And Actresses Whose Careers Were Boosted By Soap OperasThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth It’s believed Ighalo will wear the number 25 kit for the remainder of the season. That number is particularly popular in his native Nigeria, with Nwankwo Kanu having starred for Arsenal in it. In his previous spell in England with Watford , Ighalo was allocated the number 24 kit. Meanwhile, he’s played as the No.9 for his clubs since moving to the Chinese Super League in 2017. Reports in Nigeria have suggested he’ll wear 25 at Old Trafford. Ighalo was a surprise addition on transfer deadline day as he joined on loan from Shanghai Shenhua until the end of the season. His move came after failed attempts to sign teenage sensation Erling Braut Haaland and Bournemouth ’s Josh King. Loading… Odion Ighalo has reportedly been handed his shirt number by new club Manchester United . The 30-year-old’s arrival is much welcomed, with star man Marcus Rashford out for the foreseeable future. Anthony Martial, who has scored just twice in his last eight games, and 18-year-old Mason Greenwood are the only recognised strikers on the books. United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is pleased with his loan signing, telling reporters at Old Trafford: “He is a striker, has a physical presence and is a goalscorer so he will give us a lot. “You would be thrilled when you have been a Manchester United supporter your whole life and you’ve been working your whole life. “Being the top scorer in the African Cup of Nations tells you a lot about the qualities we are going to get. “He’s a different type of striker. He’s a proven goalscorer, physical presence. It also gives us a chance to rest Mason Greenwood and to rest Anthony Martial at times with so many games coming up.” Ighalo will have to wait until after the winter break to make his first appearance for the Red Devils. Read Also:Man United Move: It is now Eagles need Ighalo–Rohr He could become the first Nigerian player to represent United in the Premier League when they travel to face Chelsea on February 17. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Manchester clubs in Champions League action

first_imgIf City top their group they’ll avoid the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Barcelona in the last 16.Both matches will kick-off at 7:45. The Reds are just one point ahead of PSV Eindhoven who host CSKA Moscow.Manchester City have an outside chance of winning their group tonight.City need to beat Borussia Monchengladbach at the Etihad and hope that Juventus lose away to Sevilla.last_img

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Neymar ready to act as mentor to Richarlison

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Brazil captain Neymar has revealed he is acting as a mentor to rising Everton star Richarlison.Richarlison has won a place in the Brazil squad this season after impressing for Everton following his transfer from Watford.The 21-year-old has scored twice in his first four appearances for the Selecao and will feature in their friendly against Uruguay at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium on Friday.Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar, who has hit 59 goals in 94 caps, has been impressed by Richarlison’s emergence and is taking the youngster under his wing.“Everybody knows that Richarlison is a really great player and a really nice guy,” Neymar told reporters on Thursday.“He has this trick to solve matches, to play well in great matches as he is doing now for Everton.“I expect him to grow up, to keep developing in his career.“I hope I can help him to achieve his goals and to help inside the pitch and even outside the pitch, as a friend, as a colleague. “And if he is as smart as he is showing he is, he will try to keep with working well to be a really great player in the future.”Richarlison celebrated his first Brazil goal, in September’s 5-0 win over El Salvador, by performing a dance with Neymar.And Neymar admitted he is under pressure to repeat the celebration against South American rivals Uruguay.“My son already asked me and Richarlison to do the dance of the bird – the pigeon – in the next match,” he added.After being reunited with Everton boss Marco Silva, who managed him at Watford, Richarlison has been one of the most impressive players in the Premier League this season, with six goals in 10 league fixtures.Brazil manager Tite has been impressed with Richarlison’s ability to cope with his new-found status as a star for club and country.“He grew up in Brazil very fast, he rushed many things and we could see that he had a potential since he was a boy,” Tite said.“He’s really strong in his mind. This is something he showed us playing in America (friendlies against the United States and El Salvador) and in Brazil, also for Fluminense and Watford. He’s really a great player.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Fair Haven Approves Dunkin’ Application; Resident Files Lawsuit

first_imgA lawsuit filed in county court in late July by nearby resident Andrew Reger challenges the ruling made by the defendant Fair Haven Zoning Board. Also named in the lawsuit is Fair Haven Retail, LLC, owner of the River Road Shopping Center. Cole also said she fears patrons will park on the opposite side of the road and run across to get to the shopping center, which can put them in danger of being struck by a vehicle. “It might be time for Fair Haven to figure out what it wants to be because we thought we were going to be a small town,” a biker-and walker-friendly area, she said. “But it seems at least some people, in particular the mayor, have a different plan in mind.” “Everybody who wanted to be heard was heard,” the mayor said. “The process worked and it worked well.” The planning board’s decision follows determinations by the zoning board and the zoning officer that the Dunkin’ establishment is a category-two restaurant, making it a permitted use in the borough’s B-1 zone. Objectors have argued it should be considered a category-three restaurant, or a drive-thru, which would deem it a non-permitted use in the zone. Much of the conversation that night centered on revised site plans for the shopping center to address traffic and safety concerns raised by board members and residents. One idea, presented by borough traffic engineer Betsy Dolan, was to turn the eastern driveway into a right-turn-only lane but it was ultimately rejected. By Allison Perrine The approval was delivered in a 7-2 vote at the Tuesday, Aug. 20 meeting. “No” votes were cast by planning board chair Todd Lehder and councilwoman Betsy Koch, planning board liaison. Others, like resident Tracy Cole, were unhappy with the outcome, citing traffic impact concerns. At one time the borough had an ordinance banning fast-food establishments in Fair Haven, but it went missing during a recodification process in 2002. The borough is now working on a new ordinance to specifically ban drive-thru restaurants. FAIR HAVEN – Months of debate came to a head as the borough planning board approved a Dunkin’ coffee chain in the River Road Shopping Center. “I think congestion on River Road may force commuters to seek alternate routes through the residential neighborhoods at the same time of day our kids are going to school on bikes and walking,” Cole said. When asked about his feelings on the planning board’s decision, Mayor Benjamin J. Lucarelli said he was pleased that the matter came to a conclusion and that the planning board did an excellent job of exercising a democratic process. last_img read more

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SANTA YSABEL STAKES QUOTES – SATURDAY MARCH 5, 2016

first_imgRICK PORTER, SONGBIRD, WINNER: “You never know. A lot of things can happen, especially the way they were talking about how she couldn’t lose today on TVG! You always worry about it.“It’s such a fantastic feeling when you get a horse like this. I’ve had some good ones, but I’m not sure I’ve ever had one this good. 2/2/2/2 -30- “Today was mostly about keeping her tuned. There’s two months between the Santa Anita Oaks and the Las Virgenes. Jerry and I talked and we felt that instead of working her to death, we would pick this race, even though a Grade III wasn’t the best thing but it turned out fine and she got plenty out of this race. They tried to challenge her. They went the first quarter in twenty-three and I thought, ‘this is fantastic!’ Then, when I saw forty-six . . . it doesn’t seem to bother her. Mike just has a way with her. He knows how to ride her just perfect.“I’ll be at Santa Anita for the Oaks. The good Lord willing, I’ll be there! Santa Anita is a good spot. I look forward to coming out there in April.” -more- JERRY HOLLENDORFER, SONGBIRD, WINNER: “We just keep doing our job and hope she keeps doing her job and we might end up in some good places with her. We’ve already been to good places with her but we could get to more.“Not really (when asked if there is pressure in that she’s so popular and such a prohibitive betting favorite). There’s more pressure not having one like this. I’m very grateful to have this filly. I’m very grateful for (owner) Rick Porter and all the people who work with him.“The Santa Anita Oaks (Grade I, $400,000, 1 1/16 miles on April 9) would be next and if she looks real good, we’ll try to think about Kentucky (the Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 6). I don’t like to think too far ahead but that’s our long-term goal. The intermediate (races) are what we’ve been doing.“I don’t do that (compare her to other great fillies he has trained). I don’t think it’s fair to her or any of the other great ones that I’ve had. They all had their own styles and individual personalities, so I accept her for what she is. She’s pretty special to me.”Do people who ask why she’s not going to run against males bother him? “No. That’s what they do on TV and the politicians. If you’re going to run in the big races you’ve got to expect people to look for things that might be vulnerable.“I don’t take anything for granted. I’m very grateful to win a race like this. I didn’t want to work her into the (Santa Anita) Oaks. I wanted to have a prep and we got the prep today.”center_img JOCKEY QUOTES MIKE SMITH, SONGBIRD, WINNER: “It was incredible. I got a bit star struck when I looked over at the big screen to see if I needed to do a little bit of work and I was just in awe of how easily she was doing things, again. I couldn’t seem to take my eyes off the big screen. I told myself, ‘I better get back to it and stay on.’ She was really on her game.“Jerry has done such a tremendous job. Jerry, Dan and the whole crew have done such a good job of keeping this great filly really happy. I think she’s happy and getting happier every time I get on her. I’m just blessed that I get to keep the weight on her back. I hope I continue to stay on.“I think she got a whole lot more out of today then we would have in the a.m. She got to go a half mile in forty six. She had to do some work today but she’s really, really good. You can’t just go around there and not do any work because eventually someone is going to make you run at some point, and you have to be ready.“I could have let someone go to the lead today, but I didn’t because it was there and it was that easy for her. But if someone was that content on it, they’ll have to definitely run to be able to do it. She’ll let them do it, but they’ll have to throw some numbers up there but I don’t think it’d be a problem. She reminds me a lot of Beholder in her three-year-old year, turning four. When she was three, she was very aggressive, on the lead all the time. But she started to get smarter with age and Songbird seems to be doing the same thing.” NOTES: There was a minus place pool on the race of $4,900.37 and a minus show pool of $158,462.66.The winning owner is Rick Porter of Lexington, Ky., who races as Fox Hill Farms, Inc. TRAINER QUOTESlast_img read more

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