Lebanese freelancer abducted by armed opposition group

first_img SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News to go further October 27, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Lebanese freelancer abducted by armed opposition group Related documents 121027_syrie_ar-2.pdfPDF – 44.2 KB Organisation Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about Fidaa Itani, a Lebanese freelance journalist who was kidnapped at a checkpoint between the Syrian town of A’azaz and the Turkish border, and calls for his immediate release. His abduction has been confirmed by his brother.A group calling itself the “A’azaz Northern Storm Brigade” posted a communiqué on its Facebook page today claiming reasonability for Itani’s abduction.It said: “It was established, after an investigation, that the journalist Fidaa Itani’s work is incompatible with the revolution (…) so we have placed him under house arrest for a short period. He will be released when we have obtained the rest of the information we have requested about him.”Accompanied by a photo of Itani, the communiqué did not say when he was detained or where he is being held. “His reports and videos do not prove his involvement in groups hostile to the revolution, but his journalistic work does not allow him to remain in areas controlled by the revolutionaries,” it added.Reporters Without Borders calls for his immediate and unconditional release and points out that journalists’ work is not supposed to be “compatible” with the vision of any of the forces in the field.His brother, Hussam Itani, told Reporters Without Borders: “Fidaa was supposed to return to Beirut on 25 October. When I saw that he had not returned, I tried to call him and sent him texts. Getting no reply, I assumed there was a communication problem until the Northern Storm Brigade published its communiqué this morning. I called a member of the brigade, who confirmed that they had Fidaa and were interrogating him. I was not allowed to speak to him.”Lebanon’s National New Agency (NNA) also reported that Itani has been placed under “house arrest” and would be released “soon” by members of the Syrian opposition.Itani works for the Lebanese TV station LBCI and other TV stations. He used to cover Salafist groups for the daily Al-Akhbar until he left the newspaper four months ago. He covered the Northern Storm Brigade’s abduction of 11 Lebanese Shiite pilgrims in August and got in touch with their abductors at the time.Four other foreign journalists who were kidnapped in Syria are still being held by their abductors, if they are still alive. The latest victim before Itani was Ankhar Kochneva, a Ukrainian journalist who has worked for many Russian news media, especially as an interpreter. A Free Syrian Army faction kidnapped her on 9 October. Two journalists who work for US-funded Al-Hurra TV –Turkish cameraman Cüneyt Ünal and Jordanian reporter Bashar Fahmi Al-Kadumi – went missing in Aleppo on 20 August. Since then, the only sign of life has been video footage broadcast by the Syrian pro-government TV station Al-Ikhbariya on 27 August showing Ünal looking tired and with bruises under both eyes.Austin Tice, a US freelancer who worked for the Washington Post, Al-Jazeera English and McClatchy, went missing while reporting in a Damascus suburb on 13 August. A video showing him held by Jihadis was posted online on 26 September. The only sign of life since his disappearance, it gave no indication as to where he is currently being held, exactly who is holding him and what their demands are. Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria News Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Follow the news on Syria Help by sharing this information March 8, 2021 Find out more RSF_en March 12, 2021 Find out more News Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Receive email alerts News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa February 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Observation and simulations of winds and temperatures in the Antarctic thermosphere for August 2–10, 1992

first_imgOptically derived upper thermospheric wind and temperature data, collected at Antarctic stations at South Pole (L = 14), Mawson (L = 9.3), and Halley (L = 4.6), and averaged over the low-activity period August 2–10, 1992, have been interpreted with the help of simulation by the National Center for Atmospheric Research thermosphere ionosphere electrodynamic general circulation model (TIEGCM) with inputs matching the average conditions of observation. The simulation provides a global background context upon which the widely-separated optical observations can be placed. The simulation shows three large-scale structures in the polar wind field: the morning vortex, the evening vortex, and the cross-polar wind jet. Each of these came within view of the group of observing stations during the diurnal cycle, providing arrival time observations and signatures which were examined relative to the TIEGCM simulation. Reasonable correspondence was found, indicating the capability of the model to agree simultaneously with observations at three widely spaced stations representative of the subauroral and auroral zones, as well as the polar cap. Simulated wind directions were in excellent agreement with observation, although wind magnitudes frequently exceeded measured values by up to 30%. Apparent divergent flows in the data from Halley and Mawson were explained as signatures of vortices from their presence in the simulated wind fields. Observed diurnal mean temperatures compared well with the simulation, confirming that heat inputs and the distribution of thermal energy in the model are, on average, reasonable. A significant and persistent difference between experimental and modeled temperatures was that the diurnal temperature variation observed at South Pole peaked at the nightside crossing of the jet and was minimum a few hours before noon magnetic local time, whereas the simulation indicated minimum temperatures on the nightside, in antiphase to the measurements. A simple calculation indicates that the observed temperature difference between the air parcels entering the polar cap, encountered on the dayside, and those leaving the polar cap on the nightside is reasonably matched to the heating due to the ion-drag acceleration process. No explanation of the lack of this temperature rise in the TIEGCM simulation is presently available.last_img read more

Southern Tier Brewing Company Adds Pumking Whiskey To Seasonal Lineup

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image via Southern Tier Brewing Company / Facebook.LAKEWOOD – The Southern Tier Brewing Company is offering up another way to enjoy their seasonal favorite “Pumking” this fall.The company’s distillery has created a new Pumking Whiskey.They say the drink is made from a handcrafted whiskey with flavors of pumpkin pie spice, buttery cream and pie crust.The recipe, brewers say, is like pumpkin pie in a shot glass. The whiskey is currently available for sampling and purchase at The Empty Bottle, Southern Tier Distilling Company’s tasting room in Lakewood.The craft will also be on sale at Southern Tier’s retail partners this month and into early September.last_img read more