Letter to Robert Gates on first anniversary of AP photographer Bilal Hussein’s arrest

first_img Help by sharing this information RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” December 16, 2020 Find out more Organisation to go further April 12, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Letter to Robert Gates on first anniversary of AP photographer Bilal Hussein’s arrest Reporters Without Borders calls for the release of AP news photographer Bilal Hussein, who has been held for the past year by the US military in Iraq without any evidence. He was suspected of links with Iraqi insurgents. IraqMiddle East – North Africa December 28, 2020 Find out more RSF_en News Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Reporters Without Borders wrote today to US defence secretary Robert Gates condemning the detention of Associated Press photographer Bilal Hussein at Camp Cropper, near Baghdad, for the past 12 months.“We understand Hussein may be suspected of links with Iraqi insurgents,” the letter said. “It is true that he was not an ‘embedded’ journalist and that he approached and photographed insurgents. He was arrested with two insurgents, but that does not constitute proof of his involvement in criminal activity.“Many journalists have been arrested by the occupying forces since the start of the war. Some have been held for months before being released without charge. There is no justification for holding Hussein, who – according to his lawyer, Paul Gardephe – has not been interrogated since May 2006. It is, furthermore, unacceptable that he is being kept in detention as a result of decisions reached by review panels without him or his lawyer being able to attend.”The letter added: “According to a Pentagon spokesperson, these panels recommended that he should continue to be held because he represented ‘an imperative threat to security.’ If he has committed a crime, he must be handed over to the Iraqi authorities and evidence of his guilt must be made public. If not, he must be released immediately.”Aged 35, Hussein had been working for the AP for more than a year when he was arrested in Ramadi, 100 km west of Baghdad, on 12 April 2006. His arrest was due to his physical proximity with insurgents, who had given him permission to take photos of them. February 15, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Iraq News Receive email alerts News Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan IraqMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

Limerick City and County Council encourages people to be more considerate…

first_imgFacebook Ben Coughlan highlighting Make Way Day on September 26.Photo Joleen CroninLimerick City and County Council is encouraging everyone to be more considerate when parking vehicles or bikes, or forgetting to remove wheelie bins from Limerick streets as part of Make Way Day 2019.Limerick City and County Council will support local disabilities groups as they hit the streets on Thursday 26 September with reminders not to: park illegally on the street, forget your bins or use illegal sandwich boards, carelessly park bikes on the streetPeople with disabilities have told the campaign leaders, the Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) these are the top three obstacles that stop them getting from A to B.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The principal aims of Make Way Day are to: Recognise that people with disabilities have the same right to use and enjoy public spaces that we all share; Acknowledge obstacles, which people with disabilities face in their daily lives, including badly parked vehicles and bicycles, billboards, over-grown hedges and other ill-placed hazards; Understand that most obstacles are often caused by thoughtlessness and genuine lack of awareness.On Thursday, 26 September, members of the public are being encouraged to draw attention to the challenges posed by everyday obstructions within their towns and villages.Disability Federation Ireland are inviting the public to take pictures of obstacles encountered (parked cars on footpaths, bikes chained to railings, sandwich boards and overhanging branches) and to post pictures to social media. Include #makewayday #makewayLimerick and to tag @makewayday and @disabilityfed in the post.Groups will be gathering at Limerick City and County Council’s offices at Merchant’s Quay on Thursday morning before setting off on selected routes recording where access is an issue. Previous articleJason’s girl writes books to guide others through griefNext articleNews Roundup September 21, 2019 Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Email Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live LimerickNewsLimerick City and County Council encourages people to be more considerate when parking vehicles or bikesBy Alan Jacques – September 19, 2019 443 center_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSDisability Federation IrelandlimerickLimerick City and County CouncilMake Way Day 2019 Print Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Linkedin Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Hospitality Student Internships

first_imgDespite the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis on the hospitality industry, the University of Georgia’s Hospitality and Food Industry Management program is operating under full steam.With enrollment numbers ahead of projections, the program is preparing to graduate its first class of students in 2021 after opening the program in fall 2019 to first-year and transfer students.There are about 50 students in the major, according to John Salazar, associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.With an extensive background in the hospitality industry around the U.S., Salazar came to lead the program at UGA shortly before it launched.“I was surprised to see how well-developed it is, especially since it just began last year,” said Hannah Connor, a fourth-year student from Suwanee, Georgia. “Taking these classes has opened my mind to how many things in the state and country have to do with hospitality.”The degree prepares students for a broad spectrum of careers in hotels and resorts, restaurants, meeting and event management, club management, agritourism, convention and visitor bureaus, and other related fields.Faculty teach courses specializing in hotel operations, food and beverage management and meeting and event planning. Assistant professor Dan Remar is the “foodie” of the faculty with nearly two decades of restaurant and food experience, and Leta Salazar, a former hotel general manager, is a lecturer in human resources and law.“I think the professors in the program are phenomenal. They’re able to share personal stories and give real-life examples when it comes to the material, which makes it feel more real,” said Tyler Grace Hunt, a junior who transferred from Kennesaw State University.Industry guest speakersIn addition to faculty with real-world experience, guest speakers in HFIM classes have included industry professionals from global brands like IHG, Sysco, Marriott and Walt Disney World; national chains like Waffle House and Your Pie; and local organizations like The Graduate Athens Hotel, The Classic Center and The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds at Lake Oconee.“I really like to brag that we just started the program and we have so many interested hospitality companies and industry leaders. They’re so eager to get involved with our program at UGA for our program to succeed and thrive. It’s motivating for everyone else coming in,” said Emily Posas, a fourth-year student from Valdosta, Georgia, who changed her major twice, from pre-med to business before finding her niche in the program.As part of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the program gives students a unique opportunity to take elective classes that could shape their careers, including horticulture, food science and agricultural communication. Hunt is currently taking a flower-design class and plans to take organic gardening to get an idea of how to incorporate sustainability into the industry.The major requires two industry internship courses and students are able to earn experiential learning credits on campus. Connor and Hunt both work at the UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel where they rotate through departments to learn about different operational areas.“It’s a hands-on experience outside the classroom on campus – one of the few university-operated hotels on a campus within the U.S. that’s not contracted with an outside corporation or brand,” John Salazar added.Students in the program are currently getting a firsthand view of how the industry is changing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Garrett Frangi, a senior who transferred from Georgia Southern University, interned with the city of Lawrenceville’s event planning team over the summer. “It was very different than what they’d usually do, but I got to see planning and replanning as things changed,” he said. “No one really knew what was going to happen. They had concerts planned throughout the summer, then it turned into drive-in movies, virtual concerts and virtual events.”Hands-on experienceThe flexibility of hybrid classes this fall allowed Posas, a sales intern with event planning company BizBash, to work a trade show in Orlando, one of the company’s first in-person events. She helped with hosting speakers and registration for the company, which she was connected to by her UGA alumni mentor.“I am pretty optimistic, even in a post-pandemic world, that people will want to find new ways to make the industry work and thrive,” Posas said. “We’re able to use this time and what we’re learning to help employers and the industry.”Despite the hit the industry took during the pandemic, all of the students are optimistic about job opportunities and their future careers.“I think the industry goes where the economy goes. I think when slowly things get better, people will start traveling again. I definitely see a light at the end of the tunnel with the industry coming back to a healthy place,” Frangi said. “Getting the degree opens a lot of doors for you and a lot of careers. In hospitality, you can get your foot in the door and do lots of different things with your degree.”To learn more about the program visit hospitality.caes.uga.edu.last_img read more