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Women at war

first_imgTwo female journalists covering the presidential election in eastern Afghanistan for The Associated Press were savagely attacked in April. Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus and reporter Kathy Gannon were traveling in a protected convoy of election workers when an attacker shot into their vehicle, killing Niedringhaus instantly and gravely wounding Gannon.The assault stunned their friends and colleagues in the media who knew them as respected, hard-working war correspondents who had spent years in Afghanistan, knew the country well, and were not prone to take foolhardy chances.Doing a job fraught with routine risks and daily dangers, journalists in conflict zones around the world rarely want to become news themselves, as Niedringhaus, a 2007 Nieman Fellow, and Gannon did when the attack on them was featured on the front page of The New York Times on April 5. The story offered a rare glimpse into the harrowing, uncertain circumstances that women reporting from war-torn areas frequently face.“It’s a reminder that if you’re doing this job, you might end up giving your life to do it,” said Liz Sly, Beirut bureau chief for The Washington Post and a longtime war correspondent in the Mideast and the Levant.Times reporter Carlotta Gall has covered Afghanistan since the 9/11 attacks and led the paper’s reporting that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009. She wrote movingly about a lunch she had with Niedringhaus and Gannon in Kabul just a few days before the attack, and suspects they were targeted simply because they were foreigners.“Al-Qaida and Taliban have been doing this for years. They think if they kill a foreigner or two, it scares others away, it disrupts things, it makes it more difficult for the government. And I think they were hoping to disrupt the elections,” said Gall, now the North Africa bureau chief for the Times and a 2012 Nieman Fellow.The attack was a reminder that the job requires constant vigilance, staying under the radar of those who oppose the media or the West, and acceptance that even with experience and precaution, uncertainty always hangs over this work.“It really pains me because of just the fact that they know so much and they’re so valuable and they’d be so helpful to younger journalists who don’t have that experience,” said Jill Dougherty, former Moscow bureau chief for CNN and a spring 2014 fellow at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.“When you go into a zone like that, you literally never know what is going to happen from minute to minute, and that’s why you really have to have your wits about you and be prepared and be thinking ahead about what would you do if …” said Dougherty, who spent 30 years reporting from Russia, Ukraine, Libya, Iraq, and Afghanistan. “I carry that into my daily life.”“It certainly makes you very careful,” said Gall about the need to travel in groups whose members have been vetted for loyalty and trustworthiness, to avoid cultural missteps or drawing attention to yourself. “But you can never be sure. And so, even though it makes you pause, none of us stopped reporting because of [the attack]. If anything, we want to carry on and do the story in the place of people like Anja and Kathy who risked their lives, so we’ll carry on and get the story for them.”Risks on the riseWhile war reporting has always been dicey work, assaults, kidnappings, suspicious disappearances or imprisonments, and murders of journalists have become more common in recent yearsIn Syria, widely viewed as the most dangerous place to cover right now, at least 65 reporters have been killed since civil war broke out there in 2011, according to The Independent. Reporters Without Borders, a watchdog group that tracks press freedom and violence against journalists around the world, reported that 166 journalists have been imprisoned and 18 have been killed thus far in 2014. Since 2009, 384 journalists have been killed.Dougherty said CNN spends a great deal of time and resources on security and logistics, sending reporters through training exercises with former military personnel who are armed and dressed as insurgents and try to kidnap them as explosions are set off, all to prepare them for dangerous field scenarios.“You have to have a flak jacket, you have to have body armor, and you have to have a first-aid kit,” she said. “Everywhere we go, we take those because you don’t know what’s going to happen. You don’t always know where you’re going to get food, so you sometimes carry food with you. I’ve lived for days on PowerBars.“You’re running on adrenaline. In these zones, you’re often getting four hours of sleep or less a night, easily. So I’ve always found I felt tired, but you don’t really feel the tiredness until you get out of there,” said Dougherty.Early on in her career, Gall said she found that she could handle the unique rigors of the job, which naturally led her editors to continue sending her on difficult assignments.“And then over the years, I think I kept doing it because I really believed this was the most important journalism to be doing and that people were dying and it should be reported and people should know the truth of what it was like and what was happening so that better decisions could be made back home,” said Gall, who recently wrote a book about her time as the longest-serving Western journalist in Afghanistan. “I just came to really believe in the importance of good information in times of conflict for all concerned.”When bullets flyWomen now constitute a significant portion of the reporters on the ground.“What does amaze me is sometimes when I look around a room at a press conference or a front line in a battle zone, there’s an incredible amount of women,” said Gall. “Sometimes in Kabul, all the major papers and news stations had women reporters there. So I think what you’re seeing is a growing number of editors … are realizing that women make very good journalists.”But it wasn’t long ago that women who wanted to work in conflict zones were often met with astonishment or outright resistance.“Yes, definitely, we’re much more accepted by men and male editors and the establishment than we were before,” said Sly, who has reported from Afghanistan, Libya, Lebanon, and Syria since the 1980s. “People don’t bat an eyelash now that there’s a woman doing this job, whereas in those days, there was always some kind of slight puzzlement about it.”Sly recalled once being told by a male editor, as she prepared to head overseas on assignment, that “‘One of the reasons we don’t have women correspondents is because if we send them overseas, they’ll go and get pregnant,’” she said. “And now I know lots of women correspondents who have children and husbands and are also covering this region.”While the job is dangerous, and sexual assaults against women journalists are a genuine threat, they say they face no greater risks than their male colleagues do.“When you’re dealing with a war and things go bang and bullets fly, they fly equally in the direction of women as men,” said Sly. The notion that women are more vulnerable feeds “into stereotypes … that women have some special challenges in the field that men don’t have. I’m very much against that perception that somehow it’s extra hard for us because that perpetuates the idea that somehow women can’t do this job, or it’s a special favor to let us to do this job.”Said Gall: “When it comes to war reporting, I don’t think gender comes into it. I think some people are good at it and some aren’t, and that’s just a personality thing. It’s nothing to do with if you’re male or female.”In fact, a woman’s presence can often deflate tensions, prompt better behavior among armed men, and in some cases open doors that are closed to male journalists.“You’re kind of this creature from outer space — you’re not either sex, and you’re not local. So in that sense, they’ll accept you even though under normal circumstances if they saw a woman coming in, they wouldn’t,” said Dougherty.“Sometimes I’ve found very strict Muslim mullahs or leaders won’t talk to a woman or won’t allow you in their mosques … but on the other hand … you get invited into the family compound, which a male reporter never would,” said Gall. “So you can go and meet the wives and the children, which is an amazing extra advantage on the cultural side.”“There are people now who will tell you: ‘I’ll take you into Syria, but I won’t take a Western man, because you can wear a hijab and you can pretend to be my sister, but I can’t hide a man,’” said Sly.Given the instability of the front lines, Gall said one critical and universal skill that all journalists need is to know when to press ahead and when to bail.“My main maxim is, no story is worth a life. If you are in danger, you should stop and drop the story and get out,” she said. “There’s always going to be another story.”last_img read more

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Ex-Maryland coach DJ Durkin hired as Ole Miss assistant

first_imgMORE: SN 2019 All-AmericansHis firing was preceded by McNair’s death, which was the result of heatstroke suffered at a team workout May 29, 2018. In August, an ESPN report alleged there was a toxic culture within Durkin’s program, and Maryland suspended Durkin while launching an investigation into the allegations.In October, Maryland’s investigation concluded that Durkin failed to rein in abusive strength and conditioning coach Rick Court (who resigned after the ESPN report), fostered a culture that prevented players from speaking out and ignored them when they did and showed graphic videos as motivational tools during team meals. Ole Miss added DJ Durkin as an assistant coach Thursday, Durkin’s first coaching position since being fired as Maryland’s head coach after the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair and an investigation that revealed a disturbing culture within the program.Durkin, who was fired by Maryland in October 2018, consulted for college and professional teams over the past 14 months but hadn’t received a full-time coaching position until being added to head coach Lane Kiffin’s staff Thursday. From the report:”According to Gus Little, this included videos of serial killers, drills entering eyeballs, and bloody scenes with animals eating animals.”Durkin also received relatively low marks on exit surveys sent in by players.Unsurprisingly, the Rebels’ announcement does not mention any of that. It also does not specify what Durkin’s duties will be within the program. Athletic director Keith Carter issued a statement defending the vetting process that led to Durkin’s hiring.Statement from Ole Miss athletics director Keith Carter: pic.twitter.com/PDfGcUDdCP— Emily Giambalvo (@EmilyGiam) January 2, 2020last_img read more

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Malkin scores in SO, Pens beat Canucks 4-3

first_imgPittsburgh Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin (71) gets the game-winning goal past Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo (1) in an overtime shootout during an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)  by Dan ScifoAssociated Press WriterPITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins and Vancouver Canucks had gone two years and 157 games since they last faced each other.They picked up right where they left off.Back in 2011, Evgeni Malkin scored the deciding goal in the shootout as the Penguins earned a season-opening victory at Vancouver.The site changed on Saturday, but the result was the same.Malkin scored in the third round of the shootout, and Marc-Andre Fleury made the deciding stop on Ryan Kesler as the Penguins remained unbeaten at home with a 4-3 win over the Canucks.“The goal Evgeni scored in Vancouver was similar to the one he got (Saturday),” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. “He moved out wide, got Luongo down and scored the winner.”Malkin skated down the right-wing boards and moved across the ice, curling his stick to stuff the puck past goalie Roberto Luongo with a backhander.“When Malkin came down, I wasn’t quite sure what he was going to do, and unfortunately, I bit on the fake and he went backhand,” Luongo said. “I wish I would have been a bit more patient maybe on that one.”Sidney Crosby moved into a tie atop the NHL leaderboard with his seventh goal of the season, and had two assists. Chris Kunitz netted his fourth goal and added two assists, and rookie defenseman Olli Maatta scored his first NHL goal for the Penguins, who won for the 20th time in 22 home games.The Penguins, who won a season-high fourth straight game, are 5-0 at home — their best start since the 1994-95 season.Fleury stopped a season-high 36 shots for his NHL-leading seventh win of the season, denying Kesler, Alexander Edler, and Mike Santorelli in the shootout. The Penguins are 19-3 in their last 22 shootouts, winning 11 of 12 and six straight.Luongo, who made 25 saves, stopped Crosby and Jussi Jokinen in the shootout before Malkin scored his eighth game-deciding shootout goal.Zack Kassian scored a third-period goal, and Edler and Brad Richardson also scored for the Canucks, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Kevin Bieksa added three assists.“We found a way to get a point,” Canucks coach John Tortorella said. “You always want to get two points, but we’ll take one in a pretty tough building to play in.”The teams were tied at 2 after two periods and traded goals in the third, scoring 22 seconds apart. Kassian gave the Canucks a 3-2 lead at 7:10, using a backhander to redirect Bieksa’s shot from the point behind Fleury.Maatta scored 22 seconds later, crashing the net to slam home the rebound from Kunitz’s slap shot.“It’s always fun to see guys score their first goal,” Crosby said. “That never gets old, seeing the joy and seeing how happy he was. It was pretty cool, and obviously a big goal for us, too.”Brandon Sutter had a chance to put the Penguins ahead when he was awarded a penalty shot with 1:24 left in regulation, but Luongo’s glove save sent the game to overtime.“I thought we carried most of the play,” Luongo said. “We forechecked well, we turned pucks over. Obviously, they’re a good team and we held our own. It was good.”Crosby extended his point streak to eight games, his longest stretch to start a season. Crosby, who leads the NHL with 17 points, has recorded multiple points in four consecutive games. He also has a 16-game point streak against Canadian-based teams.“I don’t feel that different to be honest,” Crosby said, comparing this season’s start to others.Vancouver, in the midst of a season-high, seven-game road swing, started the trip with a pair of wins, including a 3-0 victory Thursday at Buffalo.The Canucks were in line for their third straight win, twice taking the lead against the Penguins, who hadn’t trailed at home this season.The Canucks left Pittsburgh still feeling confident. Their trip continues Sunday at Columbus.“I thought we played well,” Tortorella said. “I thought we controlled a lot of the game, I thought we did a really good job in the neutral zone as far as creating turnovers, and I thought we played quick.”A fluky bounce helped the Canucks score the game’s first goal at 13:49 of the opening period. Edler’s slap shot from center ice hit Fleury in the chest and popped into the air. It dropped behind him and trickled across the goal line.Crosby answered less than two minutes later, whacking the rebound of Pascal Dupuis’ slap shot past Luongo.The Penguins jumped ahead with a power-play goal at 12:04 of the second, taking advantage of a Vancouver penalty for too many men on the ice.Malkin set up the goal from behind the net, taking Luongo to one post before sending a pass to the opposite side, where Kunitz was there to one-time the puck.Richardson, playing in his 400th career NHL game, tied it less than five minutes later with his second goal in two games. Richardson took a feed from Dale Weise in the slot off the rush and roofed a shot over Fleury’s glove from below the right faceoff dot.NOTES: Malkin’s assist tied him with Syl Apps for fifth in franchise history. … Penguins F Chris Conner, recalled from the AHL on Friday, replaced Harry Zolnierczyk, who was a healthy scratch. The Penguins also scratched F Beau Bennett (lower body) and Dustin Jeffrey. … Canucks C Jordan Schroeder left the game in the second period. Tortorella didn’t have an update on his condition. … The Canucks sent C Zac Dalpe to Utica of the AHL on a conditioning assignment. D Yannick Weber and Andrew Alberts were scratched.last_img read more

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After spat, Pennsylvania school honors Andre Reed

first_imgHall of Fame inductee Andre Reed poses with his bust during the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania school district is going ahead with plans to name its football field for Hall of Famer Andre Reed.The school board in Reed’s hometown approved the honor Tuesday after addressing concerns about a profanity-laced Facebook message the ex-wide receiver sent to an alum who criticized the plan.The board met for a special session after tabling a vote last Thursday. The delay put a Nov. 1 naming ceremony at Allentown’s J. Birney Crum Stadium in jeopardy.Reed had planned to visit schools and tailgate with fans before his alma mater Dieruff High School played rival William Allen.An Allentown park and part of a street are also being renamed in honor of the longtime Buffalo Bills player.Reed’s college, Kutztown University, recently named its stadium after him.last_img read more

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Shoaib Akhtar all praise for India after B’desh T20 series win: ‘India showed who’s…

first_imgImage Courtesy: DNAAdvertisement mhoNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsljWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ebbnz810( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) wasimWould you ever consider trying this?😱f5Can your students do this? 🌚xt30Roller skating! Powered by Firework India secured yet another series win in the subcontinent with a spectacular comeback against Bangladesh in Nagpur. Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has emerged as one of the many admirers of the team. Advertisement Image Courtesy: DNATalking about the recently concluded T20 series on his YouTube channel, Shoaib Akhtar was all praise for India after the side managed to win the series after being 1-0 down initially. He said: “India have proved who the boss is in the match. Though India lost the first game but made a clinical comeback in the series, courtesy Rohit Sharma’s scintillating batting display [in Rajkot],”Advertisement The former pacer also praised Bangladesh for keeping India right on their toes over the series despite the absence of senior players such as Tamim Iqbal and Shakib. He added:“I thought the third T20I will be exciting to watch. However, India came out as a much better side, but hats off to Bangladesh for their spirited performance,”Advertisement Akhtar concluded by praising hattrick hero Deepak Chahar who also registered the best ever bowling figures in T20 history. He concluded: “[Deepak] is a mix of medium pace and seam and he displayed a commendable performance by taking a hat-trick in the game,” Read AlsoThree days from his historic hattrick Deepak Chahar picks Another hattrick in domestic cricket!India easing Bhuvneshwar Kumar back into the fold of things after injury  Advertisementlast_img read more

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Lewiston Paffile Truckers take home top prize at GFI

first_imgThe hundreds of fans that packed the bleachers of James Donaldson Park and the thousands more that were tuning in were not disappointed in the nail-biting final game of the 32nd annual Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament, Monday, Sept. 3.The Lewiston Paffile Truckers took home the top trophy for the second year in a row and $20,000 during the final game against Team Canada. They won 3-1. Fans were gripping their seats at the final inning wondering if Team Canada could dig themselves out.For more indepth coverage of the event, please visit the GFI website at www.grandforksbaseball.com.last_img read more

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Gadgets Unbind from Portals

first_imgThis new generation of Widgets in effect unbinds portlets from Portal containers.  The framework has been repositioned from existing as a container application housed in a browser to a one-time install framework that works at the desktop level that is provided by one of the new brands of widget containers, like those mentioned above.  These gadget frameworks by-pass the browser and look to form the beginning of a new generation of web applications.Gadgets show up everywhere in the mainstream web, like on MySpace, driven by data coming from places like YouTube.  In particular they’re being used frequently for notifications:  do I have new email or has someone outbid me on EBay?  When used in this way, standard messaging tools like email may change.Gadgets are sure to make an appearance in the business world.  In fact, they already are.  Salesforce.com is a leading force, making ‘mashups’ and widgets available as different ways to get at information being tracked. What could gadgets do for the world of ECM?  Some ideas include to-do list gadgets populated with Workflow tasks, a user’s working list gadget that displays repository documents currently being worked on, or a gadget to do quick document searchs limited to enterprise repository documents.  Using a Web Service interface to the ECM repository, like that of Formtek’s, any of these could be created. The concept of a web Portal as a framework for integrating information from many different sources into one consolidated view has been popular for some time.  Portals are typically composed of pluggable user-interface components called portlets or gadgets.  Portlets are powered by Web Services and typically are programmed to be able to pull in data from a variety of corporate and third party data sources.  But portlets were built on framework components of the Portal.   Portlets were only interchangeable among portals built using the same Portal infrastructure.Now there’s a new breed of mini-webapps known as Gadgets and Widgets, next generation portlets.  They live outside the browser on your desktop, but they are Internet aware and are able to exchange and update information via Web Service calls.  These gadgets are based on a new set of platforms, like Yahoo! Widget Engine, live.com, Apple Dashboard, and Google Desktop.  Here are a couple of examples from Yahoo!: last_img read more

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10 months agoEveton boss Silva says McCarthy fully fit and ready

first_imgEveton boss Silva says McCarthy fully fit and readyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton midfielder James McCarthy is on the brink of a playing comeback after 11 months on the sidelines.Now fully recovered from a broken leg injury, McCarthy was involved with the squad for the visit of Newcastle earlier this month but did not make the bench.But with four matches in 212-and-a-half hours – the shortest time of all Premier League sides – from Boxing Day to New Year’s Day, he could be called upon.”James is progressing. He is getting better,” manager Marco Silva told evertontv when asked about his midfield options.”It is good to have all of them available. We will need all of them. It will be important in a busy month.”We have some games really close to each other, there is not the normal time to recover between games.”It is a matter of decisions. What I want is them working hard to be ready when the chance comes again.”I know games will give him a better condition, but we are playing tough, tough matches and it is not easy to give him what everybody knows will help him get better, which is minutes in those games.”But he is a worker and I really like him. He works really hard every day to achieve the best physical condition. He enjoys what he is doing.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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8 days agoEngland performance just the start for Chelsea whizkid Hudson-Odoi

first_imgEngland performance just the start for Chelsea whizkid Hudson-Odoiby Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi promises that he can show much more quality in the coming weeks and months.Fans were delighted with his performance for the England under-21s in their 5-1 win against Austria.He scored a great brace and was a threat throughout the game.And the youngster thinks that he is just getting up to speed after fully recovering from the Achilles injury he suffered in April.”I thought to myself as soon as I come back that I just need to get up to speed and get my fitness back,” he told reporters.”I think once that happens gradually my dribbling and everything will come back to what it was.”Now I am feeling a bit more confident to get on the ball and do my stuff. As the games go on I will get fitter, get more opportunities to dribble at players and I already feel better now.”I definitely think I can improve. I am not a perfect player. No one is a perfect player, I think that every day when I go onto a pitch I want to try my best, work hard and keep improving. I say to myself, keep going, keep working hard and hopefully more opportunities will come.”I wouldn’t say it is my pre-season, I think it is back to normal. I think when I was training it was like my pre-season getting back to fitness.”Now, I am back in the mix, training and playing. Now everything is back to normal so I need to keep working hard and hopefully get fitter.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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