Four kidnapped journalists released unharmed

first_img Nigerian investigative journalist forced to flee after massacre disclosures News June 10, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today voiced its relief at the release yesterday of four Nigerian journalists who were abducted a week early near Aba, in Abia state, as they were returning from a conference held by the Nigerian Union of Journalists in Akwa Ibom state. Wahab Oba, president of the journalists’ union in Lagos, Adolphus Okonkwo, journalist on the Voice of Nigeria, Sylvester Okere, a journalist on the privately owned daily The Champion Newspapers, and Sola Oyeyipo, another Lagos-based journalist, were found unharmed in a remote area of Abia state. “We are happy for these journalists that they have been quickly able to get back to their loved-ones and resume their jobs”, Reporters Without Borders said.No ransom was paid for their release. ——————————————————————————————–13.07.2010 – Four journalists held hostage in Niger delta regionReporters Without Borders is extremely concerned about the abduction of four journalists – Wahab Obba, the head of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Lagos state, Adolphus Okonkwo of Voice of Nigeria, Sylvester Okere of The Champion Newspapers, and Sola Oyeyipo, another Lagos-based journalist – on 11 June near Aba, in the southeastern state of Abia.They had been attending a Nigeria Union of Journalists conference in the neighbouring state of Akwa Ibom and were heading back to Lagos when their official NUJ bus was intercepted by gunmen.“We call for the immediate release of these journalists, who were kidnapped at gunpoint after attending a working meeting,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We also urge the Nigerian authorities to do their utmost to establish where they are being held hostage and to negotiate a rapid and favourable outcome with their abductors.”Several journalists managed to flee when the gunmen intercepted and hijacked the NUJ bus in Abia on the morning of 11 July, but not the four who were taken hostage.NUJ president Mohammed Garba, who received a phone call from one of the hostages, said the kidnappers were demanding a ransom of more than a million dollars for their release. The police are investigating. Follow the news on Nigeria News NigeriaAfrica Receive email alerts Nigerian news site deliberately blocked, expert report confirms News to go furthercenter_img NigeriaAfrica Organisation July 19, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Four kidnapped journalists released unharmed Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeria January 28, 2021 Find out more February 8, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF_en Newslast_img read more

USC star turning her dreams into reality

first_imgJennifer Song dreams of playing in the Masters Tournament.She insists it was just one of those extravagant dreams she had as a kid and, with some of the biggest names in women’s golf being turned away from Augusta National, it seems almost impossible today. But what’s surprising isn’t the fact that Song might just have the ability to make this a reality; it’s the fact that she has any time to dream at all.It’s 5:30 in the morning. Nothing is moving outside and, other than the yellow-jacket security staff, there are few signs of life around campus.This is the time that Song’s alarm rings. She’s up before the birds, the sun and her classmates. The USC sophomore has to be at the course at 6:45 a.m., so she gives herself time to eat and gets in her car.Golf has constantly been a driving force in Song’s life. It needs to be if she wants to get up most days at an hour many college students don’t even know exists. Don’t worry, she gets to sleep in on Tuesdays and Thursdays — until 8 a.m.Such is the life of a soon-to-be professional golfer. After enjoying unparalleled success last year — when she became the second woman in history to win the U.S. Women’s Amateur and the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championships in the same year — Song decided she would turn pro at the conclusion of this season.It’s a decision that had been in the making since her elementary school days in Ann Arbor, Mich. She would tag along with her dad to a driving range in a golfing dome. Often bored, restless and curious, she picked up the clubs and figured out how to swing them.Her dad was so impressed with her swing that while she was in third grade, he entered her in two local golf tournaments “as a joke,” as Song puts it. Song would not only win both of those tournaments but did so with power and precision, winning the longest drive and closest to the pin competitions as well.Those are two of her tools she refines every morning at the course. But after spending all morning on the links, Song has to hurry back to campus for class from noon-6 p.m. She’s constantly moving from golfer to student. It’s tiring, but she gets through it with the same disciplined and focused demeanor she displays on the fairway.Rarely does she even have time to smile. Rules officials have noticed. When accepting the trophy for her win at the US Women’s Amateur, the officials finally caught a glimpse of that grin.“One rules official came up to me and said it was great to see me smile because they said I had a poker face out there,” Song said. “They saw no facial expressions from me out on the course.”Song was so focused on winning, she forgot about everything else around her. She’s been winning ever since those tournaments in Michigan. After moving to Korea in fourth grade, Song played everything, from basketball to soccer to volleyball, and beat all her challengers. In middle school, she was recruited to play on the high school varsity basketball squad, but her headmaster wouldn’t allow it.These challengers weren’t limited to girls either.“I beat all the other guys in middle school,” Song said. “My brother didn’t like playing sports with me because I was better than him when I was growing up and he didn’t want to lose to a girl.”Perhaps this is where the Masters dream was born.But Song’s passion laid in the middle of the fairway. She played golf straight through high school and during her first two years at USC. She’s played a round with Cristie Kerr, and Lorena Ochoa actually asked Song if she could eat lunch with her. For those of you keeping score, that’s a total of eight LPGA major top 10’s in the last two years at one table.That number could soon be 11. Because of her success, Song has been invited to play in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first LPGA major, in April.Although she’s “really psyched” to play with the best players in the world, there’s another aspect of the tournament that speaks to the fact that Song is still a teenager at heart.“I hear they have a lot of crackers and junk food there,” Song said. “I’m still a little kid because I get excited for those kinds of things.”There are very few moments in Song’s day that allow her to be a kid. Those come at about 10:30 p.m., after class, working out, showering, tutoring and dinner — usually with her teammate and roommate Inah Park at a local Korean place. Before sitting down to study, she finally gets to be a normal college student and procrastinate by playing Solitaire, checking Facebook or satisfying her addiction to movies. Finally, at 1:30 a.m., Song gets to go to sleep. She’ll be up again in four hours, hustling through the day. She’ll barely have time to dream, but she has so much time to turn those dreams into realities.“Spittin’ Sports” runs Wednesdays. To comment on this article visit or e-mail Kenny at [email protected]last_img read more

Kyrie Irving out for two months with shoulder injury

first_imgThe Brooklyn Nets are almost definitely getting a grand total of zero games from Kevin Durant this season. They might not end up getting much more from their other star free agent, Kyrie Irving.The Nets point guard told reporters Saturday that he received a cortisone shot to his injured shoulder on Dec. 24, and will have his status reassessed two months from then. The reported hope is he can avoid arthroscopic surgery, which would cost him 3-4 months.Irving’s shoulder is reportedly in rough enough shape that he can’t lift his shoulder up to shoot the ball due to bursitis.That’s unfortunate news for both Irving and the Nets (and makes Irving’s lengthy response to certain fans calling him a coward for missing games much more understandable). Irving burst out of the gate in his first 11 games with the Nets, averaging career highs in points (28.5), assists (7.2) and rebounds (5.4) in 11 games.Irving’s last game came on Nov. 14. It now looks like he’ll be out until at least late February, and could potentially be out for the entire season if he needs surgery.last_img read more