Italian photographer freed after being held hostage for three weeks

first_img November 3, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Italian photographer freed after being held hostage for three weeks RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan RSF_en to go further March 11, 2021 Find out more News Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says News AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Afghanistan Receive email alerts AfghanistanAsia – Pacific News Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” May 3, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more News Organisation Reporters Without Borders welcomes the release of Italian photographer Gabriele Torsello today, three weeks after he was taken hostage in southern Afghanistan. The news was announced by the Italian NGO Emergency, which operates in the area. Reporters Without Borders welcomes the release of Italian photographer Gabriele Torsello today, three weeks after he was taken hostage in southern Afghanistan. The news was announced by the Italian NGO Emergency, which operates in the area.Emergency said in a statement: “At around 10 a.m. (1:30 p.m. in Afghanistan) today, 3 November, the Emergency hospital in Lashkar Gah received a telephone call saying Gabriele Torsello could be found on the road to Kandahar. An Emergency team went there and took him to Italian government representatives. Emergency immediately contacted his family, the Italian foreign minister and the ambassador in Kabul.”Torsello’s release was preceded by a phone call from Torsello to the hospital at 7:30 p.m. yesterday, which ended 10 days of silence from him and his abductors. In it, Torsello said he was “all right” but still did not know when he was going to be freed. His abductors had always preferred to communicate through the Italian-run hospital, which does not accept military protection.In the course of the call, Torsello had also asked in a tired voice: “Where is my son? He should be taken to his grandmother’s.”The campaign in Italy and other parts of the world on behalf of Torsello played an important role in his release. Italian foreign minister Massimo D’Alema said all possible channels of mediation were being used. Gen. Ismatullah, the head of all the police forces in southern Afghanistan, had recently confirmed that Torsello was still being held in Helmand province.More than 1,300 people had signed a petition launched by Reporters Without Borders and the UK-based National Union of Journalists (of which Torsello is a member) calling for his release. Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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Syracuse men’s club ice hockey team amid historic season, building foundation for strong future

first_imgMen’s basketball, football and men’s lacrosse.These three sports have always garnered the most support on Syracuse’s campus. But with the way the SU men’s club ice hockey team has been playing this season, there might be a need to spread the attention to a lesser-known squad.The team is having an outstanding season with a 20-5-2 record, and recently won the university’s first-ever Northeast Collegiate Hockey League regular-season title. By reaching that mark, the Orange clinched a berth to the American Collegiate Hockey Association national championships, also a program first.Nationals are to be held in Delaware this March, featuring the top 20 ACHA Division I men’s club hockey teams in the country. Syracuse will face off against Oakland on March 6 in its first game of the tournament.As a club sport, not a lot of attention has been given to the team, but its historic accomplishments have certainly warranted some.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We feel like we deserve more attention,” said head coach Nick Pierandri. “We have some really good hockey players and they’ve played absolutely phenomenal this year.”The team has been hungry as a result of its success.Senior captain Russell Suskind said the team has played with a chip on its shoulder all year long and has always been striving to play better. The hockey team has felt that despite its relatively new emergence as a contender, the Orange is for real.And senior Niall Harding, one of the team’s three captains, likes his team’s odds against anyone.“Not a lot of people respect us because of our regular-season schedule and we’re not high in the rankings,” said Harding. “Still, I know we have serious potential to go deep into the tournament.”At one point, reaching the national tournament may have been unrealistic. The program has improved drastically throughout the past few years, to the point where a berth to the tournament is now a reality.Harding attributes the team’s historic success this season to the addition of Pierandri in this past offseason.“Coach P harnesses our talent and puts it into a system so we’re more effective as a team,” said Harding. “We’re small and fast, so he works to our strengths. He teaches us situational play, something we didn’t have as much emphasis on before. He keeps us motivated, disciplined and focused.”The emphasis on focus and motivation has been in place from the moment Pierandri took the helm this season.“I came in and helped them realize their potential,” the head coach said. “The talent has been here all along, but it took some buying into a system.”The Orange hopes that this season’s success will continue, and in turn, help pave the road for a bright future for the program. The season has started to catch the attention in small hockey circles around the country, and many people are beginning to take Syracuse seriously as a hockey destination.Pierandri said that he felt like the team’s success has been a major factor in convincing some very good hockey players to forgo playing for a Division III school, and instead choose to lace up the skates for Syracuse.This season has already been wildly successful, but the team is not done yet. What was once a pipe dream is now a reality as it looks forward to the league playoffs, the national tournament and beyond.“To see where the program was four years ago, where it is right now, and then looking ahead is something else,” said Suskind. “Syracuse hockey is going to be a force for a long time.” Comments Published on February 26, 2014 at 11:13 am Contact Liam: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Preview: Horse racing action in Tipperary

first_imgThe action gets underway at 4.35pm.Course Manager Andrew Hogan looks ahead to today’s racing. Tipperary kicks off its 2015 season this evening with a seven-race card.Local trainer Andrew Slattery has the top-weight in the most valuable race, the Fundraising Events At Tipperary Racecourse Handicap at 5.10pm in the shape of Sors.Reigning champion jockey Pat Smullen has been booked by Gerard O’Leary to ride Primo Uomo in the same race.last_img

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