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  • Abbas says government knows where Alan Johnston is being held

    first_img May 2, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Abbas says government knows where Alan Johnston is being held May 28, 2021 Find out more May 16, 2021 Find out more Organisation Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists News Two days after saying they know the identify of BBC correspondent Alan Johnston’s kidnappers, the Palestinian authorities today said they know where he is being held but have decided for the time being not to use force to avoid putting him in danger. “We are pursuing our efforts to free him as soon as possible,” President Mahmoud Abbas said. Prime Minister Ismael Haniyeh has reportedly sent several messages to the kidnappers.————————————————————-30.04.2007Government says it is negotiating with Johnston’s kidnappers Follow the news on Palestine News June 3, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alertscenter_img to go further Reporters Without Borders calls on the Palestinian government to step up efforts to obtain the release of BBC correspondent Alan Johnston after it said today that it was in touch with his abductors. PalestineMiddle East – North Africa News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes Agence France-Presse quoted Ahmed as saying a meeting was held today between a government emissary and a representative of the group holding him. The kidnappers are said to have conveyed demands of a “political and ideological” nature which, for the time being, have not been met.“If we don’t come to an agreement, the law will be applied regardless of the method we use to put an end to this case, which has given Palestinians a very bad image,” Ahmed told AFP, adding that the negotiations had reached a very delicate stage.Reporters Without Borders urged the Palestinian government to redouble its efforts to obtain the release of BBC correspondent Alan Johnston after Deputy Prime Minister Azzam Al-Ahmed confirmed today that the authorities are in contact with his abductors. Johnston was kidnapped 50 days ago in Gaza.“These past few weeks have been very trying for Johnston’s family and friends,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The announcement of contacts constitutes indirect evidence that he is still alive. But the uncertainty about the identity of his kidnappers continue, and his plight should stimulate all Palestinian and foreign actors to step up their efforts to get him released as soon as possible.”The BBC’s main correspondent in the Gaza Strip, Johnston was on his way home from his office on 12 March when gunmen intercepted his car and drove off with him. Help by sharing this information RSF_en PalestineMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

  • Guardian: Begovic to sign for Chelsea Today

    first_imgThe first goalkeeper of the BH National Football Team, Asmir Begovic, will sign a contract for the English champion FC Chelsea today.Chelsea will pay 8 million GBP to Stoke City, and Marco van Ginkel will leave Stamford Bridge and go to Stoke at one-year loan within the transfer of Begovic.Guardian stated that Begovic emphasized earlier that he wants to leave   Stoke this summer.Begovic’s contract with Stoke would expire next year, thus this team decided to accept the offer of Chelsea.Details of the contract that will Begovic sign with Chelsea are not known for now.Shay Given, who will sign for this team on Tuesday, will replace Begovic at the goal of Stoke.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

  • Thunderbird beckons for Gough and Plumb

    first_img26 Apr 2017 Thunderbird beckons for Gough and Plumb Teenagers Conor Gough and Thomas Plumb will represent England in the Thunderbird International in the USA. The 54-hole tournament will be played on the Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club at Scottsdale, Arizona, from 26-29 May. Both players are members of the England Golf boys’ squad. Gough, 14, (Stoke Park, BB&O) won the 2016 English U14 championship and the Douglas Johns Trophy and was runner up in the Italian U16 open. He tied 12th in the recent Peter McEvoy Trophy. Last year, his older brother, John, represented England in the Thunderbird International. Plumb, 18, (Sherborne, Dorset) was an England U16 international who reached the match play stages of this season’s Spanish amateur and was fourth in the Bernard Darwin Salver. He shared 15th place in last weekend’s West of England amateur at Saunton.  Caption: Conor Gough (image © Leaderboard Photography).last_img read more

  • Mallard’s Team of the Week — Whitewater Nancy Greene Team

    first_imgWhitewater Ski Team’s record athlete enrollment for 2015 seems to be paying dividends as the group continues to shine on the Rio Tinto Alcan Nancy Greene race series.The Rio Tinto Alcan Nancy Greene is not about winning; it’s about learning, and having fun said Whitewater Ski Team president Tracy Punchard.Coaches are attempting to teach these kids not only the necessary skills they’ll need to be competitive, but to love the sport first and foremost. Staff at Mallard’s Source for sports would like to honor the Whitewater Nancy Greeners with Team of the Week accolades.last_img read more

  • SANTA ANITA POSTS INCREASED ON-TRACK ATTENDANCE FOR THIRD YEAR IN A ROW; GREAT RACE PLACE TO HOST RECORD NINTH BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN NOVEMBER

    first_img–Three-time Eclipse Award winning Beholder was a two-time winner at the meet, as she made her 6-year-old debut in the Grade III, 1 1/16 miles Adoration Stakes on May 8, winning with consummate ease under Gary Stevens. She then shortened up a sixteenth of a mile and responded with an impressive 1 ½ length tally in the Grade I Vanity Mile on June 4. Owned by B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm and trained by Richard Mandella, Beholder’s ultimate objective for 2016 is the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic here on Nov. 5.                –Owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farm, undefeated superstar filly Songbird followed up on her win in the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 9 with a resounding 6 ½ length score under Mike Smith in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles Summertime Oaks on June 18 for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.                 –Owned by Susan Osborne’s Tarabilla Farms and trained by David Hofmans, Melatonin, who won the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap here on March 12, ran the best race of career in taking the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita by 1 ½ lengths under Joe Talamo on June 25, thus becoming the ninth horse in the 77-year history of the Gold Cup to win the coveted mile and a quarter “Double” in the same year.                 –Perennial leader Rafael Bejarano finished the Spring Meet with 46 wins, six more than runner-up Flavien Prat and thus took his 15th Santa Anita riding title. The 34-year-old native of Peru thus notched his 27th Southern California title and the 32nd overall in what has already been a remarkable career.                –Phil D’Amato, 42, who won his first-ever training title at the conclusion of the 2015-16 Winter Meet on April 10, followed that up with 25-win performance at the Spring stand, seven better than runner-up Bob Baffert.                –With seven wins, Hronis Racing, LLC registered their fourth overall Santa Anita owners’ title. Hronis Racing also led all owners by money won, with $634,068.                 For more information on the upcoming Autumn Meet which begins Sept. 30, fans are encouraged to visit santaanita.com. To purchase tickets or to make seating reservations for the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 4 & 5, please call the Breeders’ Cup at (859) 514-9428, or visit breederscup.com. ARCADIA, Calif. (July 10, 2016)–Santa Anita’s combined Winter/Spring Meet drew to a close Sunday, with the track posting a three percent increase in on-track attendance as it gets ready to host the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for a record ninth time on Nov. 4 and 5.Although handle figures were on par with last year through April 10, Santa Anita was without live racing for a three week period leading into May 5. In addition to the break in live racing, Santa Anita’s turf course was completely removed and replaced, with the hillside component addressed on June 6 and the turf oval on June 20. These factors combined, contributed to a five percent dip in all sources handle.Although there was an element of short term sacrifice with no turf racing available for the final three weeks of the meet, the benefits of the newly installed Bandera Bermuda turf, which will be available for use opening day of the track’s Autumn Meet on Sept. 30, will be of tremendous long term benefit to horsemen and fans alike.The Spring Meet, which got underway May 5, received an immediate boost as Reddam Racing’s Nyquist, who is based at Santa Anita, became the fourth Kentucky Derby winner in the last five years to call The Great Race Place home. Additionally, $1 million Santa Anita Derby winner Exaggerator, who finished second to Nyquist in the Run for the Roses, was an impressive winner of the Preakness Stakes two weeks later on May 21.Several top performances on the racetrack highlighted the 40-day stand:last_img read more

  • Stephen Curry ready to see LeBron James even more often

    first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs FILE – In this June 6, 2018 file photo, Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry goes to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, left, during the second half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland. Curry can only imagine the intensity level of the Lakers-Warriors rivalry now that LeBron James has landed in L.A. After four straight NBA Finals against James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, two-time defending champion Golden State will get four matchups against James during the regular season. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Stephen Curry can only imagine the intensity level of the Lakers-Warriors rivalry now that LeBron James has landed in L.A.After four straight NBA Finals against James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, two-time defending champion Golden State will get four matchups against James during the regular season.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “And a whole new-look Laker team with some of the young kids. It should be fun, the Bay Area and L.A. and the whole thing,” Curry said Monday in a sit-down with The Associated Press while hosting his annual elite camp at Ultimate Fieldhouse. “When I first got into the league Oracle would be buzzing any time the Lakers came in. There probably will be a revolution of Laker fans that are going to try to creep in but I hope Bay Area and Dub Nation we keep control of that competition because we’re on top right now.”The schedule is set to be released later this week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Curry is eager to have new teammate and dominant big man DeMarcus Cousins healthy and recovered from surgery on a torn left Achilles tendon, which will give Golden State five All-Star starters on the floor together. Cousins has never been to the playoffs and can now chase a championship alongside fellow All-Stars Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.“It’s interesting because nobody going into free agency thought about DeMarcus as an option then all of a sudden he found his way onto our team,” Curry said before getting in an on-court workout of his own. “So for us to have a new dynamic, a new look, whenever he’s fully healthy it should be amazing. I think we got better. Obviously we lost some pieces that were very vital to us winning a championship but you’ve got to evolve, you’ve got to find different things to focus on as you’re trying to repeat, so it should be exciting.” ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins After winning a second straight NBA title and third in four years, it’s another whirlwind summer for two-time MVP Curry, whose season was interrupted several times by injuries. He has a newborn son, Canon, and is hosting his Under Armour “Stephen Curry Select Camp” this week for top high school players — including two girls for the first time, one being his father Dell’s goddaughter, Cameron Brink, from Beaverton, Oregon.Later this week he will again play in the Web.com tour’s Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae in Hawyard. He has an indoor putting green at home as well as a swing simulator that has helped him leading up to the event given he also is busy with three young children at home.“Am I getting any sleep? I’m getting the right amount of sleep for having a month-old son, my wife as well,” Curry said. “There aren’t really many expectations when a new baby comes, but my golf game is in decent shape. I haven’t played as much as I’d like to leading up to the tournament. I have a full swing golf simulator in my house now that’s helping me prepare. Actually I’m getting in trouble because at home I sneak into that room way more than I should just because it’s right there and I get my little swings in. I would say my preparation level is adequate enough to play well and hopefully play better than I did last year.”ADVERTISEMENT San Sebastian pulls away to beat Mapua; Capobres gets career-high LATEST STORIES View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

  • Half-time: Derby 0 Chelsea 1 – Blues ahead but Zouma suffers injury

    first_imgEden Hazard’s clinical low strike put Chelsea on course for the Capital One Cup semi-finals but the first half was marred by an injury to Kurt Zouma.Hazard anticipated Richard Keogh’s sloppy pass out of defence and controlled the ball neatly before racing towards goal, cutting inside and finding the bottom corner.But just before the interval Zouma had to be taken off on a stretcher after lengthy treatment when he was clattered by Petr Cech as the Blues goalkeeper cleared a corner.Derby, with Will Hughes and Omar Mascarell impressing in midfield, started brightly and had a couple of threatening moments.But the visitors settled and, with Didier Drogba in dominant form and Andre Schurrle and Hazard dangerous on the break, they posed the greater goal threat.Drogba came closest to adding a second but his goalbound effort, after great work by Schurrle, was blocked by Keogh.The Blues survived some sustained home pressure after which Branislav Ivanovic replaced Zouma following a near 10-minute delay.Chelsea: Cech; Azpilicueta, Zouma (Ivanovic 45+3), Terry, Luis; Matic, Mikel; Hazard, Schurrle, Fabregas; Drogba. Subs: Schwarzer, Ramires, Salah, Willian, Remy, Costa.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

  • Humboldt Eagles 19-U’s pitching shines in doubleheader sweep over Australian teams

    first_imgThe Humboldt Eagles 19-U played its first two of several games slated for this week against the Australia-based Colts baseball club on Wednesday at Bomber Field. The Eagles downed the ball players from down under in both games, beating the Colts’ Red team 1-0 in the afternoon session and the Colts’ White team 5-0 in the night cap.C.J. Van Meter scored the only run the Eagles would need in game one as his RBI single which scored Dustin Ireland in the second inning proved to be the difference.Pi …last_img read more

  • Mining history for new solutions

    first_imgThe twin shaft headgears and plant of AngloGold Ashanti’s Tau Lekoa Gold Mine on the Vaal River. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library.) This article originally appeared on page four of South Africa Now, a six-page supplement to the Washington Post produced on behalf of Brand South Africa. (Click to enlarge.) MEDIA CONTACTS • Alan Fine Public Affairs Manager, AngloGold Ashanti +27 11 637 6383 [email protected] • Khosi Shongwe Media Liaison and Communications Officer, AngloGold Ashanti +27 11 637 6259 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • SA’s junior mining sector vibrant • South Africa’s economy: key sectors • Mines, headgear and the mind • SA best for regulation of exchanges • Boost for black-owned firms in SAMark CutifaniThese are great days to be a South Africa-based multinational company. If nothing else, the 2010 Fifa World Cup shone a light on our ability to host a successful world-class sporting event – and demonstrated the achievements made in 16 years of democracy.I have lived and worked out of Johannesburg for the last three years, after 30 years’ business experience across 25 countries and five continents. This allows me to appreciate what those who haven’t had the opportunity to work in South Africa cannot, and what some local business leaders also find difficult to grasp.Yes, South Africa has problems. With its history, how could it be otherwise?Most citizens are concerned about crime, even though it seems to be on the decrease. But in my experience people are even more concerned about our future direction, particularly opportunities for their children. A system built during apartheid for the support of a 10% minority will invariably struggle as it gears to provide for the majority, without depriving the previously advantaged. This is both a herculean and sensitive pathway for us to navigate.Undoing the apartheid legacy is still a subject of debate. The solution must be in repairing the damage in a way that supports relatively strong economic growth, so as to eradicate widespread race-based poverty, the ultimate consequence of apartheid. Growth strategies require complex trade-offs and value judgments.The remarkable thing is how South Africans have gone about grappling with these difficult questions. No country debates its policy issues more passionately. So, for example, when the ruling African National Congress‘s youth league calls for the nationalisation of mines, the response from their seniors is cool, considered and rational, while also conscious that sensible solutions to deep, racially-based economic inequalities are needed.Indeed, the mining industry itself is encouraged to participate in these debates, even though it is seen as having colluded in the apartheid system.Much of 2010 has seen rigorous engagement between the government, the established mining sector, organised labour and emerging black mining businesses seeking better paths to transformation while recognising their common interest in the sector’s profitability and growth.That process is not complete, but there are signs that a balance will be found, continuing the country’s happy culture of constructive internal engagement developed in the 20 years since political parties were unbanned and political prisoners such as Nelson Mandela released.The political support for the mining industry is as good as anything I have seen anywhere. Contrast, for example, the South African government’s decision to delay a new mining royalty regime because of the global financial crisis, with the punitive tax laws passed by the Australian government. Similarly, political support for mining in the US is somewhat more fragmented than in South Africa.Yes, the government is taking an increasingly tough line on safety and the environment. But that is their job, and these are areas where the industry has work to do. There have been one or two worrying regulatory decisions on mineral rights, but we are not unlike many jurisdictions where those with the best lawyer benefit from weaknesses in legislation. The key is that we recognise and correct our weaknesses – this has been our history.The nature of conversations between business and trade unions is also refreshing. While unions sound uncompromising to the unfamiliar ear, the focus is invariably on finding solutions to issues in which we have common interests, such as occupational safety. Even wage negotiations, while tough, are aimed at finding mutually acceptable solutions. These conversations are far more difficult in “developed” jurisdictions.South Africa is remarkable in its ability to innovate from within. It is the only country to successfully stage three major global sporting events – the cricket, rugby and soccer world cups. To be so consistently successful points to more than luck.Mark Cutifani is CEO of the multinational AngloGold Ashanti mining company.Download South Africa Now in PDF format (2.2 MB), or read selected articles online:Powering towards a green economySouth Africa plans to build a massive $21.8-billion, 5 000 MW solar park in its semi-desert Northern Cape province as part of an aggressive push to grow its highly industrialised economy without increasing its carbon footprint.The everyday beauty of SowetoSouth African photographer Jodi Bieber has a special ability to bring out the beauty in the ordinary, even the disfigured. On the cover of Time magazine she made a mutilated Afghani girl look beautiful, and in her latest book Soweto she makes everyday township life shine.Launchpad to a billion consumersBy offering to acquire Massmart for some $4.2-billion, Wal-Mart has joined the parade of global companies looking to South Africa as a springboard into what is increasingly seen as the world’s last great investment frontier.A trek to the start of timeIt will probe the edges of our universe. It will be a virtual time machine, helping scientists explore the origins of galaxies. It’s the Square Kilometre Array, and South Africans are at the heart of its development.Brewing up a global brandMiller Lite. Tastes great. Less filling. And brought to you by world-beating South African company SABMiller.Looking south and east for growthAs the shift in global economic power gains momentum, South Africa’s trade is moving eastwards and southwards in a pattern that both reflects the worldwide trend and helps drive it, writes John Battersby.More than just a celluloid Mandela There is a special bond between Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman and the man he played in the Clint Eastwood movie Invictus, South African statesman Nelson Mandela.Africa in the new world orderKgalema Motlanthe, South Africa’s deputy president, looks at how African economies’ resilient performance during the global financial crisis points to the continent’s new place in a changing world.Mining history for new solutionsMark Cutifani, CEO of the multinational AngloGold Ashanti mining company, examines why South Africa’s past is key to successfully doing business here in the future.Turning up the media volumeSince 1990, South Africa has been a noisy place. After decades of apartheid censorship, the lifting of restrictions on the media led to a cacophony of debate. For the first time in centuries, everyone could be heard, and it was sometimes deafening, writes Anton Harber.A joule of an energy-efficient carSouth Africa, which builds BMWs and Mercedes Benzes for the US market, is in the thick of the race to deliver a truly practical – and stylish – electric car. Meet the Joule.South Africa: Time to believeThe forgiving philosophy of “ubuntu” helps explain how South Africa managed to transcend its turbulent apartheid past and create a unified democracy, writes Simon Barber.Finding sound real estate investmentSouth Africa’s post-apartheid transformation and new middle class are fuelling demand for affordable homes. For private equity fund International Housing Solutions, that means opportunity.My normal, crazy, mixed-up countrySouth African hit movie White Wedding is now showing in the US to rave reviews. Jann Turner, who directed and jointly wrote and produced the film, writes about the place that inspired it – South Africa.Bring on the braaiAll South Africans love it – including Nobel peace prize-winning Desmond Tutu – and its rich, smoky smell floats over the country every Sunday. Celebrate the braai with our great recipe for making boerewors, traditional South African farmer’s sausage.last_img read more

  • American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture urges support for #AgGives Campaign on Giving Tuesday

    first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is urging support for #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving on Nov. 28 that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. #AgGives on #GivingTuesday is an industry-wide campaign to raise funds, find volunteers and build awareness of agriculture in local communities.#AgGives is a space to tell your story in person or on social media, share ag literacy resources, connect with other ag literacy advocates, and become a part of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s efforts to educate and address the many misconceptions in agriculture.“Although monetary donations are part of #AgGives, consider giving the gift of knowledge and sharing information with others who may not have a farm background so they can understand what you’re doing on your farm or ranch,” said Zippy Duvall, chairman of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture and president of the American Farm Bureau Federation.Throughout 2017, the Foundation has been celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding. In the spirit of “50,” a goal of a 50% increase in donations was set for the month of November.To help achieve that goal and spur contributions, every donor contributing $25 or more to the Foundation on #GivingTuesday will receive one entry for a chance to win an exclusive Book of the Year bundle valued at over $80.00! The bundle will include the Foundation’s most recent and popular Book of the Year selections — “The Beeman,” “The Apple Orchard Riddle,” “First Peas to the Table,” “Sleep Tight Farm” and the 2018 Book of the Year, to be announced in January during the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show.last_img read more