An American journalist abducted 6 weeks ago: his family launches an appeal

first_img January 3, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 An American journalist abducted 6 weeks ago: his family launches an appeal News February 3, 2021 Find out more Related documents 130103_cp_james_foley_ar-2.pdfPDF – 240.18 KB Organisation Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate and unconditional release of James Foley, an American journalist who was kidnapped on 22 November in Taftanaz, a village in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib.According to Global Post, one of his employers, gunmen intercepted his vehicle as he was heading towards the Turkish border. Since then, his family has received no news of him and no group has claimed responsibility for his abduction.“We are very concerned about James Foley,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “He must be released without delay. “He is a professional journalist who knows war zones well and who was providing useful and impartial reporting on the situation in Syria.” After saying nothing for six weeks, Foley’s family broke their silence yesterday, appealing publicly to his abductors.“We want Jim to come safely home, or at least we need to speak with him to know he’s okay,” John Foley, the journalist’s father, said. “To the people who have Jim, please contact us so we can work together toward his release.”Foley worked for several news media including Agence France-Presse, which has expressed its support for his family. “We are contacting many people and we are doing everything possible to help obtain his release,” AFP chairman and chief executive Emmanuel Hoog said.Many journalists have been kidnapped or have disappeared in recent months in Syria. The American reporter Austin Tice has been missing since 13 August. Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists News News to go further Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria RSF_en March 12, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Syria Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law March 8, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

LSAT—India 2021 Online Entrance Test Advanced to 29 May

first_imgNews UpdatesLSAT—India 2021 Online Entrance Test Advanced to 29 May LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK27 April 2021 4:36 AMShare This – xIn the light of class 12 board exams getting postponed, the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) has advanced the date for conducting LSAT—India Test. The AI-Enabled and Remote-Proctored LSAT—India Entrance Test shall be held during 29th May to 2nd June, 2021. This decision will help various law schools that use LSAT score for admission, including the Jindal Global Law School, to complete the admissions process in the month of June itself.Advertisement The last date to apply for the entrance test is 14th May, 2021. Interested students may register at LSAT—India official website: LSAC informed the students that, “Due to uncertainty of the date for the Board exam, which will not be announced until at least June 1, LSAC Global felt it was unfair for the current class of law school aspirants to have to put their exam preparations on hold. Most importantly, the date change assures students that the exams will not fall in concurrent dates, giving students the flexibility to adequately prepare for both examinations.”Advertisement Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice Chancellor, O.P. Jindal Global University & Dean of Jindal Global Law School also expressed his satisfaction over this decision. He said: “First of all, when board exams and all other tests are simply getting postponed and cancelled in the country creating an uncertain environment in higher education, LSAC advancing the LSAT–India Test to 29th May is a great relief for law aspirants and parents. Law aspirants will be free from their entrance exam burden and focus on their 12th board exams expected in the coming months.”Advertisement Advertisement Secondly, he added that “in the changed situation of the cancellation of all 12th board exams, it was absolutely advisable to advance the entrance test dates to May when there is no board exam. LSAT–India being a fully Online, Remote-Proctored and Artificial Intelligence enabled Test can be taken from the comfort of student’s home or any other location without risking their health and safety in the present COVID-19 pandemic situation.” Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Third and most important benefit as observed by Professor Raj Kumar is “advancing the test ends the perennial problem of one entrance exam conflicting with another putting students and parents under a lot of stress. There is no such conflict expected now and students can take their entrance exam peacefully.” Professor Anand Prakash Mishra, Associate Dean of Jindal Global Law School and Director of Law Admissions observed, “the Covid situation in the country demands early decisive action on the part of students and parents as well as the Universities and law schools like us to ensure higher studies of the youth must not suffer. As our law school is ready to commence its academic year on 1st August 2021 strictly as per our academic calendar, it’s simply fantastic to receive the LSAT Results in the month of June and complete the entire admission process of law school in June itself. Students can take their 12th boards later and join their law school classes in August first week.” About LSAT LSAT—India Test is a standardized exam of analytical reasoning, logical reasoning and reading comprehension. LSAT—India 2021 application closes on 14 May and the exam will be conducted during 29th May to 2nd June. Students can download past papers of the exam for free from its official website. About JGLS Jindal Global Law School was established in 2009. Recently, it was Ranked Number 1 in India and 76th in the World as per the QS World University Rankings by Subject Law 2021. It is India’s only law school, which is ranked among the top 100 in the world. It has over 450 full-time faculty members from more than 20 different countries, and over 3500 law students enrolled full-time in its residential programmes.TagsJindal Global School LSAT—India Online Test Admission To Law Schools Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Cooplands to save thousands in business rate renegotiation

first_imgCooplands Quality Bakers has successfully worked to renegotiate its business rates, which could see the firm save in excess of £153,000.The bakery enlisted the help of CVS – a large business rates specialist – which challenged the rates assessment levied across the company’s Hull-based site.A rent review and full inspection of its site in Hull were carried out, with CVS noting that the mixed age nature of the site and the poor internal layout had not been adequately reflected in the Valuation Officer’s assessment.Paul Stockill, director, Cooplands Quality Bakers, said: “We were extremely pleased with the substantial reduction CVS achieved for us on our business rates. The extra money can be put back into the business.”According to CVS, business rates are often one of the top three costs for businesses, and it argued that many other retail businesses could benefit if they investigated their business rate liabilities.It explained that while the government continued “to avoid solutions to improve the business rates system”, such as a move to using the Consumer Price Index as a base for inflation of rates, instead of the Retail Price Index, and grounds to allow for appeal based on economic circumstance, businesses will remain in a fight for survival.“Currently, an appeal is the only way to potentially reduce rates liability,” it said.last_img read more

Actually, the star’s a turkey

first_imgFor an evening, Thanksgiving’s plants shoved the big, basted bird aside and claimed the center of the dining room table.In the eyes of a botanist, the year’s biggest meal is a celebration not so much of our feathered friends, but of the plants in our lives: the potatoes, carrots, cloves, lettuce, celery and sage, of all the holiday foods that people savor, from stuffing to cranberry sauce to pumpkin pie.Pamela Diggle, a visiting professor of organismic and evolutionary biology, took a lecture hall full of Arnold Arboretum visitors on a botanical tour of America’s favorite food holiday on Wednesday (Nov. 16). She explained that though the turkey is the star of the day, the plants on the menu give it that extra oomph.“A lot of the textures, flavors, and aromas come from the plants in that dinner,” Diggle said.Diggle can be forgiven if she views the nation’s annual poultry pig-out through a plant perspective. After all, as a botanist from the University of Colorado and a visiting professor at Harvard, she has made a career of studying plant development and evolution.Thanksgiving’s plants are just doing what we all do, Diggle said: making a living, setting something aside for a rainy day, and looking for love. It’s the strategies that particular plants employ in those pursuits that make them delectable.Potatoes, which are really just modified stems that have lost their way and burrowed underground, are the plant’s way of getting through hard times, namely, the long, cold winter when their leaves have withered and photosynthesis’ sugar factory is shut down.Carrots employ the same strategy — storing sugars for the winter — but in a different body part. A carrot’s sweet, orange, edible tissue is basically the same as the wood and bark of a tree, modified to store sugar. Sweet potatoes and onions are saving for a rainy day, only each with different strategies. Sweet potatoes are actually modified roots of a vine, while onion bulbs are modified leaves. An onion leaf is green on the top, but the bottom stores food for the cold months, swelling and wrapping entirely around the tiny stem (the hard part we cut out).Leaves — the site of photosynthesis — are where a plant makes a living and are full of nutrients. Lettuce, of course, is just a leaf that we eat. We discard the leaves of celery, however, and eat instead the leaves’ petiole, or stalk, fleshy and swollen all out of proportion, but still containing the stringy tubes that carry water up and sugars down from the leaves.Flowers — a plant’s advertisement for love — are the one part that we don’t eat a lot, Diggle said. But Thanksgiving’s bounty does include a flower: clove, which flavors pies and other foods.Most of these examples are parts that the plant would rather we didn’t eat, thank you very much. In fact, many flavors come from the plants’ ongoing chemical warfare against insect pests, animal browsers, and even other plants, Diggle said. The flavors and oils are an effort by the plant to preserve its winter stores and leafborne nutrients from raiders just like ourselves. In cabbage and Brussels sprouts, for example, the ingredients that provide the tangy taste and smelly aroma are isothiocyanates, a relative of cyanide. From the standpoint of cabbage and Brussels sprouts, they may not have quite gotten the formula right.Fruits, on the other hand, are the part that plants want us to eat. Fleshy fruits are a plant’s way of attracting animals and birds to eat and disperse the seeds that were contained within. Humans, always a troublesome lot, have worked out a way to ruin even that. Just ask wheat. Bread flour, of course, comes from wheat. But instead of dispersing wheat seeds, we destroy them, grinding them up and separating the contents. We make the endosperm, which is intended to nourish the seed’s embryonic wheat plant, into white flour. We strip off the seed coating, which is tough and intended to protect the seed from predators like us, and we call it wheat bran. As for the baby plant itself, we separate it out and sell it as wheat germ.“Poor wheat, just trying to raise a family, and then we come along,” Diggle said.Pumpkins and cranberries are other fruits employed to round out the Thanksgiving feast. Pumpkins have added an extra set of tubes that carry sugar from the leaves to the fruit, enabling them to grow to impressive sizes over just three months, while cranberries have an extra dose of pectin, making cranberry sauce a snap.Despite a botanists’ passion, however, turkey is still king at Thanksgiving. So as her talk ended, Diggle’s attention finally moved from the plants to the bird. Even there, we have plants to thank, she pointed out. But no, unlike a carrot, a turkey is not modified tree bark. And unlike potato or celery, it’s not a stem or a stalk. It’s not a modified root or leaf or flower. But farmers do feed grain to turkeys, Diggle pointed out, and turkeys do turn that grain into meat.“Turkeys are just reprocessed endosperm,” Diggle said.last_img read more