Organisation April 8, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 The journalist and artist Shamiram Mandil arrested The journalist and artist Shamiram Mandil was arrested on a Damascus street. She was released six days later. Help by sharing this information RSF_en News
AC Milan insist they have not received an offer from Liverpool for their striker Mario Balotelli.Reports in England claim the Italy international is being lined up as a replacement for Luis Suarez following his move to Barcelona, with the Merseyside club prepared to make a £17.5million bid for the former Manchester City player.”At this time we have not received any offer from Liverpool for Balotelli,” AC Milan club administrator Adriano Galliani said to Gazzetta dello Sport. “Hence, there is no negotiation.”We will see as the transfer market ends on September 1.”Balotelli played almost three seasons at City before being sold to Milan for £17m in January 2013.He scored 14 goals in 30 league appearances for Milan last season but the Rossoneri finished a disappointing eighth and will not play in Europe this term. The 24-year-old, who is under contract with the Italian outfit until June 2017, has been linked with a move away from the San Siro this summer.Milan president Silvio Berlusconi said previously he came close to selling Balotelli to an unnamed English club before the World Cup.Balotelli scored one goal in three appearances for Italy in the tournament in Brazil.
Shelden Williams got his first career triple-double and J.J. Redick scored 27 points, helping No. 1 Duke snap a three-game losing streak to No. 23 Maryland with a dominating 76-52 victory Wednesday night in Durham, N.C. Williams had 19 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 10 blocks for the Blue Devils (15-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who scored the game’s first seven points and led 45-22 at halftime. They held the Terrapins (11-4, 1-2) to 29 percent shooting in the opening 20 minutes while forcing 18 of Maryland’s season-high 29 turnovers. Chris McCray had 12 points for the Terrapins, who lost their second in a row. No. 2 Florida 75, Mississippi St. 60 : Taurean Green scored 20 points, including two 3-pointers with the shot clock winding down in the closing minutes, to keep host Florida unbeaten. The Gators broke the school record for consecutive wins and extended the best start in school history. They surpassed the previous mark of 14 consecutive wins set in 2001-02 and tied the following season. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita No. 3 Villanova 84, Rutgers 78, (OT ): Kyle Lowry scored a career-high 28 points and Randy Foye added 24 as visiting Villanova rebounded from its first loss of the season. Lowry missed two free throws with 1:44 left in overtime and the score tied at 76. But teammate Will Sheridan tapped the rebound of the second miss back to him and the guard scored and was fouled. He completed the three-point play to give Villanova (11-1, 2-1 Big East) a three-point lead. No. 5 Memphis 77, East Carolina 67 : Rodney Carney hit six 3-pointers and scored 27 points to lead Memphis in the Conference USA opener for both teams. Shawne Williams added 13 points and 12 rebounds for the visiting Tigers (14-2), who have won all four meetings in the series. No. 14 Michigan St. 87, No. 9 Indiana 73 : Maurice Ager scored 28 points and Paul Davis had 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead Michigan State at home to its first Big Ten win. The Spartans (13-4, 1-2) bounced back from two consecutive double-digit losses because Ager and Davis were tough to stop after struggling in those setbacks. Ager and Davis combined for 34 points in the games at No. 7 Illinois and No. 21 Wisconsin. No. 16 West Virginia 68, Georgetown 61 : Kevin Pittsnogle scored 23 points and West Virginia is off to its best start in the Big East with the win at home. No. 17 George Washington 69, Saint Louis 64, (OT ): Danilo Pinnock had 19 points, seven in overtime, and 12 rebounds for host George Washington. No. 19 Ohio St. 80, Purdue 64 : J.J. Sullinger scored 17 points and Je’Kel Foster tied his career high with six steals for visiting Ohio State. WOMEN No. 2 Duke 67, Georgia Tech 59: Wanisha Smith scored 13 points and No. 2 Duke survived its closest game of the season, defeating host Georgia Tech. The Blue Devils (15-0, 4-0 ACC) went ahead for good on Abby Waner’s 3-pointer less than three minutes into the second half. But they struggled to put Georgia Tech away, scoring their final field goal with 6:27 remaining. No. 5 Baylor 57, Oklahoma St. 26: Jessica Morrow scored 11 points and Sophia Young added 10 to lead host Baylor. No. 10 Rutgers 66, South Florida 65: Cappie Pondexter scored a career-high 40 points and Rutgers rallied to get the road win. TCU 76, No. 18 New Mexico 67: Adrianne Ross scored a career-high 24 points to help TCU get the win at home. George Washington 58, No. 19 Temple 41: Freshman forward Jazmine Adair scored 11 points and set career-highs with 11 rebounds and three blocks to lead host George Washington to its fourth consecutive win. No. 24 Missouri 64, Nebraska 58: Carlynn Savant scored 14 of her 16 points in the second half and host Missouri won its 12th game in a row. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
To celebrate the National Day of Street Feasts, Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter are inviting everyone to join them and thousands of other people around the country and celebrate in a community feast on Sunday, 5 May.Running from 1–4pm on the Church Lane, the street feast is open to people of all ages and will celebrate community with music, food and dance.The historic area behind Church Street Cycles in Letterkenny will be transformed with street decorations, dining tables and a host of street food for the unique event. Throughout the afternoon, there will be games, food and live music and DJ Sean Purser.Local cafes and restaurants in the town are supporting the event through sponsorship of tasty dishes and Cathedral Quarter are asking people to come join in the event on Sunday, May 5.A spokesperson said: “Last year, more than 120,000 people took part in 1344 Street Feasts all around Ireland and we’re looking forward to another great event for 2018. It’s a great excuse to eat good food, meet new people and have lots of fun.“It’s all about community, diversity and bringing people together, so if you love to cook or play music we’d love everyone to join in the fun, bring a dish too or perform in what’s sure to be one of the great outdoor parties of the Summer.” For further information on the Cathedral Quarter Street Feast or to get involved contact committee members Nuala Doran on 086 892 7778.Visit the Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter social media page for regular updates and news.Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter to host Street Feast 2019 was last modified: April 26th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:letterkenny cathedral quarterstreet feast
This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Do you want to build your home out of natural materials? If so, you can build your walls with adobe, cob, cordwood, rammed earth, or wattle-and-daub. Although all of these walls have a long history, their thermal performance is poor. If you want a well-insulated wall, one natural material is the clear winner: straw bales.A 23-inch-thick straw-bale wall has an R-value of about R-33. Moreover, since virtually all straw-bale walls are plastered on both sides, these walls are relatively airtight.If you are an owner/builder with lots of time on your hands, and you want to build your walls out of natural materials, straw-bale construction makes a lot of sense.The first straw-bale houses were built in Nebraska in the late 19th century. (I’m proud of this Nebraska connection. Both of my maternal great-grandparents settled in Enders, Nebraska, in the 19th century, while my paternal grandmother grew up in a sod house in South Dakota.) According to Bruce King, the author of Design of Straw Bale Buildings, the oldest standing straw-bale building in the world is the 108-year-old Burke house in Alliance, Nebraska.MORE INFORMATIONStraw-Bale Walls for Northern ClimatesBuilding with Cob and Straw“Straw-bale Construction” by Bruce KingDesign of Straw Bale Buildings by Bruce KingBuilding Science for Strawbale Buildings“The Last Straw”StrawBale.comMany people confuse straw and hay. Hay is dried grass — the same stuff that your lawnmower spits out. Hay is used to feed cattle, horses, and other farm animals. Straw, on the other hand, consists of the dried stems of grain plants — for example, wheat, oats, barley, rye, or rice. Since hay is more vulnerable to rot and mold than straw, hay bales should not be used for wall construction.Straw is often sold for use as stable bedding.… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.
Liverpool boss Klopp: Napoli can win Champions Leagueby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes Napoli are good enough to win the Champions League.The Reds and defending champions suffered a humbling 2-0 loss to the Italian outfit in Naples.Goals from Dries Mertens and Fernando Llorente were enough to give Napoli the win.Speaking about the game and Napoli, Klopp said to the club’s official website: “They can win the competition, that’s how it is. “If you have a good plan, if you have good players, which is what they obviously have, then they can win the competition. “We experienced that you don’t have to be the best team in the world to win the Champions League. “You have to be in the right moment, you need to be lucky in some situations and when there’s only two guys in the room that think it’s a penalty you still have to accept that’s a penalty, but that’s all. “They can win the competition, of course.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Wolves goalscorer Matt Doherty happy beating Watfordby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves defender Matt Doherty felt they deserved their first victory of the Premier League season for the 2-0 win against Watford at Molineux.The wing-back broke the deadlock with 18 minutes on the clock.Doherty said, “It was a good win. I felt they had a lot of possession at times but didn’t really penetrate us that much, we defended really well and then went ahead.“The back three were immense today, all of them, especially Boly aside me, he just wins absolutely everything and takes it off people one-v-ones, nobody can get round him. It’s good that we were able to keep the clean sheet.“It was great to get the first league win, especially at home in front of another packed out crowd. It’s nice to get the first win on the board, even though it’s taken a bit longer than we would have expected.“This result has brought us a bit of relief, obviously we would’ve wanted it to come earlier than it has, because the longer that it doesn’t happen you start to get itchy. But I felt we played well today and thoroughly deserved to win.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
The fleeting public outrage was enough to force the NFL to reconsider its personal conduct policy, but the league hasn’t yet codified many policies. Public pressure to do so, meanwhile, along with the media spotlight, has largely disappeared. In early September, the story of Ray Rice assaulting his then-fiancée in an Atlantic City casino exploded in the media, sparking a debate about how to prevent — and respond to — domestic violence in the NFL and society at large. But why September? The actual assault happened in February, and yet it took almost seven months for media coverage to reach its height, according to a search of Lexis-Nexis.The answer is simple: On Sept. 8, TMZ released the video of the assault, which brought the story back into the news. But even then, our attention spans — perhaps unsurprisingly — are short. Here’s a more detailed look at the media coverage that Rice, as well as the overall issue of domestic violence in the NFL, has received since the beginning of September.For the week following the video’s release, articles mentioning “Ray Rice” averaged about 1,900 per day, according to Lexis-Nexis; articles mentioning both “domestic violence” and “NFL” averaged nearly 1,120 per day. The past week, however, pales in comparison: “Ray Rice” has been written about 37 times per day, and “domestic violence” and “NFL” have been mentioned in 44 articles per day. This is despite news that Rice could be reinstated as soon as next month.Rather, NFL news is back to covering on-the-field events. For example, Google Trends shows news about Peyton Manning has been chugging along at about the same rate (not including the recent surge in coverage of his breaking the career touchdown record) and has overtaken headlines about Rice.
The NBA MVP derby was once a two-man race between James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors.Not anymore.After recording his fourth straight triple-double on Wednesday night with a ridiculous stat line of 49 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is undeniably an MVP contender.Westbrook’s recent output has been mind-blowing: He’s averaging 37 points, 13.5 rebounds and 10.5 assists per game during his triple-double streak, which began as he was closing out one of the best statistical months in NBA history. As ESPN’s Stats and Info group noted, Westbrook’s performance in February (31.2 PPG/10.3 APG/9.1 RPG) was just the second time an NBA player ever averaged 30 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists per game over a calendar month.1Minimum 10 games played in the month. (The first — and, until recently, only — player to do it was inner-circle Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson.)But there are barriers to Westbrook’s MVP candidacy. Algorithms based on previous MVP voting trends still consider him a long shot for the award, with Basketball-Reference.com’s MVP tracker assigning Westbrook a mere 6.6 percent probability of winning. By contrast, the tracker says it’s about 66 percent likely that either Curry or Harden takes home the hardware.The key determinant there: Oklahoma City’s record. Both Curry’s and Harden’s teams have won in excess of two-thirds of their games — good for the first- and fourth-ranked records in the Western Conference, respectively — while Westbrook’s Thunder have a winning percentage of 55.7 percent and are clinging to the eighth (and final) playoff spot in the West. Fair or not, team performance has historically mattered to MVP voters. (Although Westbrook will likely get bonus points for keeping the Thunder afloat in the playoff race during spells in which defending MVP Kevin Durant was injured.)Plus there’s the question of where Westbrook ranks statistically, even after his recent streak of brilliance. Single-season Real Plus-Minus (RPM), Value Over Replacement Player (VORP) and Win Shares all have Harden and Curry ranked No. 1 and 2 in terms of value produced this season. So if things hold steady over the next six weeks, Westbrook will have to overcome both the stats and historical patterns of MVP voting if he is to win the award. It’s been done before, but not all that often.Then again, what does “Most Valuable” even mean? It’s a debate that comes up every year, in every sport, and it never ends with a satisfactory answer. The great sportswriter Joe Posnanski put it best in a podcast last fall:I love [the MVP] because it makes us argue about the word ‘valuable.’ … When somebody named the MVP award, you know in their mind they just had: ‘Best Player.’ The best player ought to get an award, and what are you going to call it? Just call it the ‘Most Valuable Player’ award. OK, great.And ever since then, we have been parsing that word to absolute death. I think my favorite argument against somebody winning the MVP award is when they say, ‘Look, it’s not the Player of the Year Award or the Most Outstanding Player — it’s the Most Valuable Player.’ Like there is any difference between any of those things. You’re just pulling synonyms out.I love that, and in a way, I would never want that to change because it brings up such extraordinarily stupid arguments that just rage on and on every year.And this year’s NBA race brings a particularly interesting twist. According to long-term predictive RPM, which is the best single-number assessment of a player’s current talent level,2In the sense that it best predicts out-of-sample lineup results. the best player in the league is still probably Cleveland’s LeBron James — as he has been for the past three seasons running.James was so far out in front of his peers a few seasons ago that he could afford a relative down year (by his standards). But therein lies the problem — the game’s best player hasn’t quite played like it this season. By just about any metric, Harden, Curry and Westbrook have been better than James in 2014-15.This kind of thing happens all the time in baseball, where performance fluctuates wildly around true talent. (Or did anyone really think Ken Caminiti was the best player in a league that featured Barry Bonds in his prime?) But basketball is supposed to be different — in the absence of voter fatigue, there’s a lot of crossover between MVP and “best player” in the NBA, to the point that the former can circle back to become a referendum on the latter.So do you still give the 2014-15 MVP to the best player? OK, then give it to James. Or do you honor the player who has had the best season? Then you have to decide between Harden and Curry. Or maybe you just eschew the whole process and give it to Westbrook — if not the Most Valuable, possibly the Most Electrifying Player in the NBA right now.
A four-star recruit coming out of Coldwater High School, senior co-captain Ross Homan was highly touted coming to Ohio State in 2006. Entering a program in Columbus with a long tradition of great linebackers, Homan said he embraced the challenge. “At Ohio State you always have great expectations, it comes with great challenges,” Homan said. “But I think every person here, all the seniors, we want to be challenged everyday. I think it is a matter of stepping up to those challenges and meeting those expectations.” Now halfway through his senior campaign and with more than 250 career tackles to his name, Homan has certainly lived up to the hype and met, if not exceeded, those expectations. A three-year starter, Homan made an impact right away, appearing in all 13 games his freshman year. Collecting 28 tackles in his first year at OSU, Homan said having premiere linebackers such as James Laurinaitis to learn from definitely helped his transition from high school to college. “When I first came in, the person who hosted me on my recruiting visit was James (Laurinaitis) and he really was my older brother here, which was a huge asset to me,” Homan said. “I saw how he watched film, how he worked out, how he approached the game overall … It just really helped me out playing with James.” With Laurinaitis gone, Homan began to gain fame in 2009 when he led the Rose Bowl-champion Buckeye squad in tackles with 108. Despite now being a focal point on the defense and a captain on this year’s team, the 2009 second-team All-Big Ten selection’s production has stayed strong, once again leading the Bucks in tackles. Recognizing his role as a leader on the team, Homan has taken his job as captain to heart and hopes his all-out playing style rubs off on his teammates. “Now I have to be a leader,” he said. “I’m not a real vocal leader, but I’m more of a by-example leader, so I have to lead this team anyway I can, get on the younger guys and just try to get better at that everyday.” As his Buckeye career comes to a close, Homan continues to cement his name in OSU history. Defensive tackle Dexter Larimore believes, as far as linebackers go, he may be one of the tops this university has ever seen. “I think once you look back on his lifetime here and what he has done here, I think he will be up there,” Larimore said. “If you look at the film and you watch him move side to side and do the things that he has done … I personally think he will be one of the top five guys that have come out of here.”