first_img Organisation Lofti Ghars, a journalist with dual Canadian and Tunisian citizenship working for Al-Alam TV, was arrested by pro-Gaddafi forces in Tripoli after entering the country from Tunisia. He was released on 18 May, after being held for two months. News RSF_en center_img March 16, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Al-Alam TV journalist arrested Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

first_img Published on October 30, 2017 at 9:27 pm Contact Anthony: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ In game-deciding points, few would expect a freshman to get the call to step to the service line, get set up for a crucial kill or save a point with a critical dig.At 21-years-old, Ella Saada is not a regular freshman. In some pressure moments this season, the Orange has turned to her to produce, and she has not disappointed.Against Georgia Tech on Oct. 8, she saved a set point with a deft tip over a double-block that landed just out of reach of the diving backline. Against Pittsburgh just five days later, Saada took a Trotter set and placed it into the back corner, hitting the corner of both lines to save another set point.As Syracuse (17-8, 9-3 Atlantic Coast) heads down the home stretch of its season, it has relied on Saada to produce offensively. Her prior experience has made a difference for her mentally and physically as she transitions to college volleyball and student life in the United States. But on the court, it’s her versatility that’s made her an invaluable all-around player for the Orange. Offensively, her 25 aces leda the team and Saada’s 166 kills rank third. Defensively, only libero Belle Sand has more digs than Saada’s 167.“She is not a typical freshman,” SU head coach Leonid Yelin said. “She’s 21, and she’s played all over the world.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs an Israeli citizen raised in Kfar Masaryk, Israel, the government mandated Saada to complete two years of military service starting at age 18. She participated in boot camp and lived with fellow enlistees. She never saw battle, but Saada learned time-management skills and accountability that still informs what she does now on a court.After the Israeli military, Saada played volleyball for the Israeli national team under Arie Selinger, a two-time silver-medalist winning coach, and competed in international tournaments. Then, Saada pursued her dream of living in the United States and spent a year at St. John’s studying and practicing English while living in New York City.“I got a lot from the program, we had a really good coach,” Saada said. “I learned a lot from him.”When Yelin saw his opportunity to add Saada to the team, he wasted no time. Despite never intensely recruiting her, Yelin had done enough research to know that she would be a good fit at Syracuse.“I googled the national team, and I watched a lot of matches that she played,” Yelin said. “You could see skills, you could see experience. We did not know much about her personality. Usually when you’re recruiting kids, you have at least a year to get to know them.”Prior to her commitment, Yelin had never seen Saada play in person. While Saada had not balanced both schoolwork and volleyball in multiple years, she had a goal in mind. After a Skype video call, Yelin felt that Saada was the right fit both on and off the court.“I wanted to get an education, and play volleyball at a good level,” Saada said. “I didn’t just want to get an education and not play volleyball a lot.”Since arriving at SU, Saada has made an immediate impact. Though a right shoulder injury kept her from playing outside hitter for a stretch of games early in the season, she contributed defensively by playing exclusively on the back line. Since Saada’s shoulder has healed and teammate Kendra Lukacs injured her ankle, Saada has returned to outside hitter and embraced a more active role in the SU offense.In the last 10 games, Saada has tallied nine kills per match and has developed into a mainstay in the starting lineup. Whether it’s serving, attacking, or defending, Saada’s all-around performance has paced SU this season.“When we have nervous moments, I feel the younger players are more stressed,” Saada said. “But I’m more calm.”Once playing on the world’s biggest stages, ACC volleyball is not quite as intimidating, even for a freshman. Commentslast_img read more

first_imgENTERTAINMENT: Some of the best acts in Country Music are set to perform at the Banks of the Foyle Music festival which gets underway tonight.A massive crowd of country music enthusiasts are expected to attend the festival which has attracted some top-class musical talent. Derek Ryan and Lisa McHugh are two of the star attractions at the festival and will draw big crowds on Friday and Sunday night respectively.However, there really is something for everyone at this superb festival.Tonight, a JIVING MASTERCLASS with kick-off proceedings with Kevin O’Kane.The festival takes place in the beautiful Greysteel area of Derry and lasts from tonight until Sunday. So make and get along to the brilliant Banks of the Foyle Music festival this weekend.THE BEST IN COUNTRY MUSIC TO PERFORM AT BANKS OF THE FOYLE MUSIC FESTIVAL was last modified: August 27th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday shunted out the District Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police of Sonbhadra, besides ordering action against 13 other officials after they were indicted in an inquiry into the killing of 10 Gond tribals last month over a land dispute.‘FIRs against guilty’ Addressing a press conference at his residence, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said FIRs will be registered against several police and administration officials for alleged irregularities and members of the Adarsh Krishi Sahkari Samiti, Umbha, on charges of land grabbing. The disputed land in Umbha and Saphi villages will also be transferred back and registered in the name of the gram sabha, he said, while announcing that a Special Investigation Team will look into the matter. Mr. Adityanath said departmental proceedings have been initiated against Sonbhadra District Magistrate Ankit Kumar Agrawal and Superintendent of Police Salman Taj Patil for taking “one-sided decision” against the villagers. Directives have been issued to attach Mr. Agrawal and Mr. Patil to the Personnel Department and the DGP Headquarters, respectively, he said. S. Ramalingam has been made the new District Magistrate of Sonbhadra, while Prabhakar Chaudhary is the new Superintendent of Police, officials said. “The entire matter will be probed by an SIT. The SIT will be headed by DIG SIT J. Ravindra Gaud and will have Additional SP Amrita Mishra along with three inspectors. DG SIT R.P. Singh will be monitoring the work of the SIT,” the Chief Minister said. He said another team will be set up under Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue) Renuka Kumar to look into the issue of land grabbing by “fake” societies in the last 60-70 years in Mirzapur and Sonbhadra.‘No action on report’ “Fake societies in Sonbhadra and Mirzapur have grabbed more than one lakh acre of land. In 1972, the then Chief Minister Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna had constituted a probe committee under Mangaldev Visharad. However, no action was taken as a number of Congress leaders were involved,” Mr. Adityanath said.last_img read more

first_imgHouston Rockets’ Chris Paul, right, steps over Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) after losing the ball out of bounds during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Houston guard Chris Paul is out for the Rockets’ game in Sacramento on Wednesday night because of a bruised left knee and coach Mike D’Antoni isn’t counting on him Saturday for the home opener against Dallas.“It’s not a concern, it’s just nagging,” D’Antoni said before the game against the Kings. “We’ll sit him until the training staff thinks he’s ready to go and try to get over it totally.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Tuesday’s game was the first since March 9, 2015, that Paul was held to four or fewer points.D’Antoni isn’t concerned about Paul falling behind integrating and getting comfortable alongside JamesHarden in one of the Western Conference’s newest backcourt dynamic duos.“I don’t think it’s a challenge, you’ve got two great players that play very well on the ball and off the ball,” D’Antoni said. “I don’t see a problem. He wasn’t healthy yesterday so he was going half speed and we’re playing Golden State, so that was the challenge yesterday. They’ve looked good in practice. I think they’ll keep figuring things out a little bit better and make it easier on each other. But we’re looking forward to just getting him back healthy.”ADVERTISEMENT Hayward from hospital: It’s hurting me that I can’t be there Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Eric Gordon was to start in place of Paul, who still could be ready by Saturday but D’Antoni said, “I think he’s still in play but I think it’s hard.”Paul had four points and shot 2 for 9 in the Rockets’ season-opening 122-121 win at Golden State on Tuesday night but was limited by soreness in the knee. He led the Rockets with 11 assists and also grabbed eight rebounds, while playing 33 minutes in his regular-season debut with Houston after being traded away by the Los Angeles Clippers during the offseason.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Man, I got through it,” Paul told reporters after the game in Oakland. “It was cool. Tough game, but it’s all about getting the win.”Paul was hampered at the end of the preseason by the knee pain which continued flaring Tuesday, and D’Antoni said the perennial All-Star “is playing on one leg right now.” LATEST STORIES Read Nextlast_img read more

first_imgNeyveli, Apr 20 (PTI) L Jyothsana, who won a silver medal in the Asian Youth Chess Championship in Tashkent recently, was felicitated by the NLC India Limited management, her sponsor. The expenses of Jyothsana, a seventh standard student of St. Joseph of Cluny Matriculation Higher Secondary School here, to participate in the tournament were borne by NLC. NLC India Chairman and Managing Director Dr Sarat Kumar Acharya, Director-HR R Vikraman and Chief General Manager – Sports & CSR R Mohan praised Jyothsana for her performance at a function yesterday, said a NLC press release. The players father L K Lakshminarayanan, who is executive engineer – electrical, Mine-I, thanked the NLC India management for the support. Jyothsana had won a silver medal in the under-14 section of the championship. She also won a bronze medal in the Blitz event and was placed 5th in the Rapid category in the same meet. She is being trained by A Pavanasam, deputy chief manager – Sports Development Centre, NLC India Ltd. PTI SS VS SSlast_img read more

first_imgGandhinagar, Aug 26 (PTI) Fees charged by the schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education should be as per the norms fixed by the state government, CBSE chairman R K Chaturvedi said today.”Our affiliation by-laws say the fee should be commensurate with infrastructure and facilities offered by the school. The quantum of fee should be on par with the (respective) state governments norms,” Chaturvedi said, speaking to reporters at the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India here.Chaturvedis statement comes even as CBSE schools have moved the Gujarat High Court against the state governments decision to regulate fees of all private schools, including the CBSE-affiliated ones, through the Gujarat Self-Financed Schools (Regulation of Fees) Act, 2017.”(Information about) Fee should be put in the public domain….logical explanation should be given as to on what basis the fee is charged,” he said.The CBSE is thinking of giving “accreditation” to its affiliated schools, he said.”We are discussing norms for accreditation. It will decide where the school stands in terms of quality, through a third-party evaluation. It will be then easy for parents to decide how one school is better than the other,” he said.”Results, quality of education, parents and teachers satisfaction, retention of teachers, index of happiness, infrastructure, fee, sports, all these parameters will form the basis to evaluate schools. We will begin the process from this academic year and implement it by next year,” he said.Chaturvedi was here to meet representatives of CBSE schools from Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra and discuss with them the Boards decision to do away with school-based examination in Class X, and addition of applied entrepreneurship as a vocational subject for Classes XI-XII.advertisement”We want to associate ourselves with EDII in this regard (additional course)…The concept has been accepted, and details are being worked out,” he said. PTI KA PD KRK SRElast_img read more

first_imgAston Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton: Embrace top 2 testby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton says they must embrace their upcoming two games.Villa travel to reigning champions Manchester City on Saturday before hosting current leaders Liverpool the following weekend.Goalkeeper Heaton said: “They are widely regarded as the two best teams in the league and we are playing them back-to-back – that is what the Premier League is all about.“There is no fear or worry there. It is just a hunger to go and embrace the games, to go and put our stamp on them and try and get the wins.“Of course, it is going to be tough. We know how much quality they gave got. They are both great sides.“But we have a lot of quality here. These are the kind of teams you want to go up against. We have seen already this season it can be done. We just want to make sure we give ourselves the best chance.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgGary Pinkel after big win against BYU.Gary Pinkel DanceMissouri head coach Gary Pinkel announced yesterday that he would stepping down at the end of this season due to health reasons. Whether it’s been his team’s up-and-down season, the unrest on campus, or his personal battle with lymphoma, Pinkel has faced more than his fair share of adversity this fall. So perhaps that’s why the scene following Missouri’s 20-16 win over BYU tonight was so touching. After the game, Pinkel’s players surrounded him, chanted his name, and urged him to dance. The veteran head coach obliged, and appeared to get emotional in doing so. “and the GP, GP ayyyyyyy chant has erupted” among players— Ashley Zavala (@ZavalaA) November 15, 2015Dance Gary Pinkel. Dance.— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) November 15, 2015That’s awesome. Hats off to Pinkel and his team.last_img read more