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RSF condemns latest attempt to murder Syrian journalist in Turkey

first_img News December 28, 2015 Find out more RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Turkish authorities to do everything possible to locate those responsible for a second attempt on Syrian journalist Ahmed Abdelqader’s life in southeastern Turkey and to bring them to justice. TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Syrian journalist murdered in Turkey, wrote premonitory letter to go further Help by sharing this information News October 30, 2015 Find out more June 14, 2016 RSF condemns latest attempt to murder Syrian journalist in Turkey Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Turkish authorities to do everything possible to locate those responsible for a second attempt on Syrian journalist Ahmed Abdelqader’s life in southeastern Turkey and to bring them to justice. The group Islamic State is said to claim responsibility for this latest attack on Abdelqader, in which he was shot several times by men on a motorcycle using a gun with a silencer in the southeastern city of Urfa on the evening of 12 June. He is now hospitalized and said to be in a stable condition.Aged 33, he is the founder and editor of the online newspaper Ayn ala al-Watan (“Eye on Homeland”).The modus operandi of Abdelqader’s would-be killers was similar to that used in the murders of two other Syrian journalists in the Turkish city of Gaziantep – reporter Naji Jerf in December 2015 and TV host Mohamed Zaher Al Sherqat in April 2016. Both were staunch opponents of Islamic State.“We condemn this appalling act and ask the Turkish authorities to adopt measures to ensure the safety of Abdelqader and other Syrian journalists in Turkey,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk.“This was not the first shooting attack on Syrian journalists who have sought refuge in Turkey but it was nonetheless a shock for those still there, who fear more and more for their safety. The Turkish authorities must bring those responsible to justice.”According to sources close to Abdelqader, he was out shopping when his attackers struck. Injured in the head, he was taken to a hospital in Urfa and is now placed in intensive care. Formely a member of the campaign Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), Abdelqader was previously the target of an attack by two individuals outside his home in March. He told RSF after this earlier murder attempt that he had received many threats and intimidatory messages but did not intend to stop working as a journalist.Islamic State claimed the latest attack via its news agency Aamaq, which said members of the group had fired on Abdelqader. Abdelqader’s newspaper, Ayn ala al-Watan, which covers events in Syria, is clearly opposed to Islamic State.His 20-year-old brother Ibrahim Abdelqader was murdered in Urfa on 30 October 2015 together with a friend, Fares Hammadi. That double murder was also blamed on Islamic State.Turkey is ranked 141st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Syria is ranked 177th. News Syrian citizen-journalist murdered in Turkey TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses News Follow the news on Turkey Organisation One year on from Charlie, RSF publishes “Jihad against journalists” Receive email alerts January 4, 2016 Find out morelast_img read more

Limerick’s COVID-19 volunteer response calls double in ten days

first_imgDonal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads LimerickNewsLimerick’s COVID-19 volunteer response calls double in ten daysBy Meghann Scully – April 9, 2020 438 TAGSCoronaviruscovid19Keeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Postvolunteeringvolunteers Print Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedin WhatsApp Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash center_img Previous articleDebenhams closure a ‘major loss’ to LimerickNext articleGardai seize 11 vehicles in 24 hour period at COVID-19 checkpoints in Limerick Meghann Scully Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Facebook The Limerick COVID-19 Community Response has kicked into action this week, with daily calls to the helpline from those most vulnerable to the Coronavirus pandemic almost tripled from its first few days.Ten days following the launch of the initiative – led by Limerick City and County Council with the support of An Garda Síochána and the HSE and backed by up to 40 sporting, community and religious groups across the city and county – the Freephone 1800 832 005 helpline number is receiving up to 70 calls each day from people looking for support across Limerick city and county.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up And organisers of the volunteer programme are expecting these numbers to rise considerably next week when a booklet (The Community Call) explaining the service lands in every household around the county.  The service runs seven days weekly, from 8a.m. to 8p.m.Speaking today, Anne Rizzo of Limerick City and County Council, who is coordinating the programme, said that they are more than ready for the spike thanks to the incredible groundswell of support from volunteers.“We’re really thrilled with how things are going so far and in the midst of all we are going through as a nation, to have a response like this taking flight as it is gives great encouragement and hope.“In the first five days of the service we were averaging about 25 calls per day but now we are up to 70 per day and that’s going to grow next week when a booklet arrives to every household dwelling of any sort letting people know of the service and with all the contact details,” she said.“So far, we have been promoting the service on print, broadcast and online media and on social media and have got great traction on our promotional video but a lot of people who are isolated because of their vulnerability to the virus still may not be aware of the service.“The Community Call booklet will do a lot to address that as it will not alone get to the people who may need support but also their loved ones who, in turn, can activate the service on their behalf.”Anne also said the most common ask of volunteers is the collection of prescriptions. “Yesterday, for example, we had 63 calls and nearly half of them were regarding collection of prescriptions.“Five were for groceries and a small number also regarding social isolation; people wanting to be checked in on. There were a number of sign-posting calls, people looking to know about other services and information and these are extremely important also.”Regarding the volunteer piece, she said: “Through the GAA, FAI and Munster Rugby and local rugby clubs, we have well over 300 volunteers already signed up. But then we have had hundreds of more calls on top of that from volunteers.“These include from businesses who are offering their services for free and we are so grateful to these. Some of the offers are specific to what the businesses do themselves but others are just offering their time and their vehicles.“This is all so encouraging. Limerick people collectively have put their hands up and said they want to help. It says a lot about them. People from all areas of the city and county, from all backgrounds, male and female.“We really couldn’t be happier and we are ready now for any spike in activity over the coming weeks and months. Ultimately, we are going to have to protect those most vulnerable to the virus for quite some time yet and we will be here to do that as long as is needed.”The Limerick COVID-19 Community Response is based at Munster GAA headquarters – home also of Limerick GAA – and can be contacted on FreePhone 1800 832 005 or [email protected] for support. For people wanting to give their time to the support network they can register on Limerick.ie or email [email protected]#LimerickEdgeEmbrace #HowLimerick #CommunityCall #MidWestTogetherlast_img read more

News story: DVSA opening hours: Christmas and New Year

first_img Saturday 26 December No tests Friday 25 December No tests Thursday 31 December Thursday 24 December Thursday 24 December Monday 21 December Thursday 24 December Monday 21 December Friday 1 January No tests Saturday 2 January No tests Monday 21 December Wednesday 16 December If your vehicle test is at an authorised testing facility (ATF), contact the ATF to check their opening hours.Specialist vehicle tests: last date to change or cancelThe tables show the last date to change or cancel your specialist vehicle test. Friday 1 January Some centres will be open Closed Wednesday 23 December Friday 18 December Monday 4 January Most centres and stations will be open Open as normal Tuesday 22 December Thursday 17 December Wednesday 30 December Some centres will be open Closing at 4pm Monday 28 December No tests Thursday 31 December Thursday 24 December Test date Last date to change or cancel specialist vehicle tests Sunday 27 December Some centres will be open Closed Scotland Tuesday 29 December Tuesday 22 December Saturday 2 January No tests Wednesday 23 December Friday 18 December Monday 28 December No tests Monday 21 December Wednesday 16 December Sunday 3 January No tests Tuesday 29 December Tuesday 22 December Saturday 26 December No tests Test date Last day to change or cancel specialist vehicle tests Thursday 31 December Some centres will be open Closing at 4pm This news article has been withdrawn because the guidance it includes is out of date.,Driving test centres, vehicle test stations and DVSA customer service centres will have different opening hours during Christmas and New Year.DVSA’s online services and information will still be available on GOV.UK.The bank holidays will affect the last date to change or cancel your specialist vehicle test. Thursday 24 December Most centres and stations will be open Closing at 4pm Sunday 27 December No tests England and Wales Opening hours Saturday 2 January Some centres will be open Closed Tuesday 22 December Thursday 17 December You’ll lose your fee and have to pay again if you change or cancel your test after the date shown. Tuesday 29 December Some centres will be open Closing at 4pm Date Driving test centres and DVSA vehicle test stations Customer service centre Monday 4 January No tests Friday 25 December Closed Closed Friday 1 January No tests Sunday 27 December No tests Sunday 3 January Some centres will be open Closed Check the latest information about how coronavirus is affecting theory tests and driving tests. Wednesday 30 December Wednesday 23 December There is no last date to change or cancel a driving test at the moment because of coronavirus (COVID-19). Wednesday 30 December Wednesday 23 December Saturday 26 December Some centres will be open Closed Monday 4 January Tuesday 29 December Monday 28 December Some centres will be open Closed Sunday 3 January No tests Friday 25 December No testslast_img read more