Help by sharing this information RSF_en IraqMiddle East – North Africa News February 15, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders and its Romanian partner organization, the Media Monitoring Agency (MMA), voiced “enormous concern” and reiterated their support for the families of the three Romanian journalists held hostage in Iraq after the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera TV station broadcast a new video of them today and said their abductors are threatening to kill them if Romania does not pull out its troops from Iraq in four days. December 28, 2020 Find out more December 16, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders and its Romanian partner organization, the Media Monitoring Agency (MMA), voiced “enormous concern” and reiterated their support for the families of the three Romanian journalists held hostage in Iraq after the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera TV station broadcast a new video of them today and said their abductors are threatening to kill them if Romania does not pull out its troops from Iraq in four days.”We feel great anxiety at the sight of these three hostages handcuffed, thin, barefoot and with guns pointed at their heads,” the two organizations said. “We share the agony being felt by their families, friends and media colleagues. We reiterate our confidence in the Romanian authorities who, we are convinced, are doing everything possible to find a solution. By demanding the withdrawal of Romania’s troops from Iraq, kidnappers are once again putting journalists at the centre of an unbearable act of blackmail.”Reporters Without Borders and MMA added: “Marie-Jeanne Ion, Sorin Dumitru Miscoci and Eduard Ovidiu Ohanesian are not spies and should not have to bear the consequences of a governmental decision. We call on the abductors to make a distinction between essential work in the field by journalists and Romania’s political decisions.”The poor-quality video broadcast by Al-Jazeera today showed the journalists for the first since the video that was released the day after their abduction on 28 March. Their abductors, who are calling themselves “The Brigade of Mouadh Ibn Jabal,” gave the Romanian government four days from today to withdraw its troops, failing which the hostages would be killed.Al-Jazeera reported that, in the video, Ion called on the Romanian people to protest in order to pressure the Romanian government. A separate sequence showed the fourth hostage, Mohamed Munaf, who was acting as the journalists’ guide, calling on US President Georges W. Bush to intervene to ensure his release.Ion, 32, a reporter with the Bucharest-based television station Prima TV, Miscoci, 30, a Prima TV cameraman, and Ohanesian, a reporter with the privately-owned newspaper Romania Libera, were kidnapped with their guide on 28 March, five days after arriving in Iraq. Follow the news on Iraq Receive email alerts IraqMiddle East – North Africa News Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Organisation RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News to go further Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan April 22, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Great concern after Al-Jazeera shows video of Romanians with threats by abductors News
As a student nutritional adviser through Sodexo at Saint Mary’s College, junior Megan Steron works with Barry Bowles, director of dining services, to ensure students with allergies can access healthy options in the dining hall.Her role as a bridge between Sodexo, a food and facilities management services company, and students began her freshman year, she said.“I have celiac disease, so I have a really strict diet, and beginning my freshman year there were very few options,” Steron said, “So on a volunteer basis I worked with Barry every other week to give feedback about new things. I was heavily involved in advising the gluten free section in the C-Store and I also coordinated with students with other allergies … I had a feeling it was bigger than just me, and I was right.”This year, Steron has a table set up in Nobel Family Dining Hall in order to communicate with students who are trying to balance allergies with dining hall options.“Ideally, I would like all students with an allergy to talk to me … because that way [Barry and I] can know we have this many girls with this allergy, this many with that allergy … I want to get all the girls with allergy sensitivities to come to talk to me so I know what we’re working with,” she said.When a student approaches her table, Steron first encourages the student to set up an appointment with Barry to get a special sticker for their student ID card. The sticker allows the student to get special frozen items specifically for students with allergies, Steron said.“Then I would walk with you through the dining hall and point out areas that are easiest [to work with]. The international stir fry area is awesome,” she said, “I would … introduce key staff that are really strong with working with allergies, and then I would finish by bringing you by the corner where we have the pre-packaged items.”In conversation with the student, Steron said she would be sure to ask about their opinions on available options and ask what items the student would like to see.Steron said her mission is to talk to students and encourage them to open up about their allergies, and their input is taken seriously.“I would love as many girls as possible to talk to me so we can get a better feel of what people like, what can we change, what can we improve and what’s going to serve our community the best,” Sternon said.A significant improvement she has noticed since her freshman year is an increase in staff awareness of cross-contamination.“The biggest problem with celiac disease and some other allergies is cross contamination,” she said. “I have gotten sick from people using the wrong spoon on my food. When you have to be that concerned about cross contamination, that cuts out a lot of your options that might otherwise be safe … [but] it has gotten so much better.”As the primary link between students and Barry, she said she hopes students will feel comfortable sharing any questions or concerns with her.“If I was the only person on this campus [with an allergy] I would deal with it, but I’m not,” Steron said. “The first priority is getting everybody fed; the second priority is getting everybody fed well.” Tags: Barry Bowles, dining hall
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$75,000 MIZDIRECTION STAKES GOES TO ZIEBARTH HOME-BRED SO SWEETITIZ ARCADIA, Calif. (May 21, 2016)–With a lively pace to run at, Wild Dude skimmed the rail turning for home under Rafael Bejarano and overtook favored Subtle Indian in the final sixteenth of a mile to win Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes by one length. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Wild Dude, who broke from the rail, covered 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.10.In a bizarre turn of events, Subtle Indian, who was riding a four-race winning streak at Oaklawn Park coming into the Kona Gold, broke sharply under regular rider Ramon Vazquez and when recent Los Angeles Stakes winner San Onofre was abruptly pulled up coming out of the seven furlong chute, Subtle Indian found himself on a lonely lead heading to the half mile pole and into the far turn. However, the field compressed approaching the quarter pole and Wild Dude, who was well back early, took command late.The third choice in the wagering in a field of eight older horses at 9-2, Wild Dude paid $11.20, $4.00 and $2.80.“We gave this horse a little time and he’s been training really well,” said Hollendorfer, who also co-owns the 6-year-old Florida-bred horse by Wildcat Heir with Green Smith, Jr. “I didn’t know if the number one post would hurt him, but he got real lucky and got through, so that was what won the race for him. He’s a real nice horse. He’s a millionaire now and we’re very proud of him.With the winner’s share of $120,000, Wild Dude’s career earnings zoomed to $1,095,232. In getting his fifth career Santa Anita win, Wild Dude improved his overall mark to 22-8-5-4.“I knew that (Subtle Indian) would go to the lead,” said Bejarano. “I thought other horses would go with him but I just took my time. I knew my horse would show me a big kick but I had to make sure by the three eighths pole that I had enough room. I let him go in the stretch, had a clean trip and my horse won.”Hammered to favoritism at 4-5, Subtle Indian fought off all challengers a quarter mile out, but couldn’t withstand the late charge of the winner and had to settle for second, a half length in front of Cautious Giant. Subtle Indian paid $2.80 and $2.40.“I think Subtle Indian ran a good race today,” said Vazquez. “He never quits and he tries really hard. I think he is better at six furlongs. Today, at six and a half, he had to go a little more. In this case, the other horse just ran better than mine.”Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Cautious Giant out-gamed Coastline late and finished third by a neck. Off at 14-1, Cautious Giant paid $4.20 to show.San Onofre, who was ridden by Edwin Maldonado, sustained two broken sesamoid bones in his right front ankle and had to be euthanized.Fractions on the race were 21.58, 44.37 and 1:08.76. Saturday’s co-feature, the $75,000 Mizdirection Stakes, for fillies and mares 3 and up at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course, was run immediately following the Kona Gold, as the 10th race on an 11-race card. Taken in gate to wire fashion, it was won by Pamela Ziebarth’s homebred So Sweetitiz, who won by a half length over Miss Double dOro while getting the distance in 1:13.70.Ridden by Mike Smith and trained by Marty Jones, So Sweetitiz, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Grand Slam, was off at 7-1 in a field of eight and paid $17.00, $7.00 and $4.20.“It’s been a process with this filly,” said Jones. “She’s had her ups and downs and she’s been real aggressive. It seems like once we got her on the turf, she started getting confident and doing things the right way. Mike rode a great race. I expected her to be up close, but with Mike you kind of just tell him what she’s like, and he takes care of the rest.”Miss Double d’Oro paid $3.60 and $2.40.Swift Lady, the 9-5 favorite, paid $2.60 to show.First post time for a 10-race card on Sunday at Santa Anita is at 2 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.