News February 3, 2021 Find out more SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts Read in Arabic / بالعربيةFive Turkish journalists were wounded two days ago while covering fierce fighting in the northern city of Aleppo. Three of them, working for the Turkish news agency Anadolu, were hit by sniper fire while the other two, employed by the Qatari satellite TV channel Al-Jazeera, were hit by shrapnel from a shell that exploded nearby (video link).“Journalists are now falling victim to violence in Aleppo, Syria’s latest war front,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This week’s incidents join a long list of attacks and cases of abusive treatment of journalists since the start of the uprising in Syria. They fuel concern about the danger for media personnel in the north of the country.“The location of the most intense fighting has been moving around for the country for more than a year but one characteristic remains the same: journalists are very exposed and no one seems to be trying very hard to protect them. The safety of these foreign and Syrian news providers –reporters and their support personnel – must be guaranteed not only by the government forces but also by the rebel Free Syrian Army.”Anadolu photographer Sinan Gûl sustained serious leg injuries from sniper fire while covering the Syrian air force bombardment of the Salah al-Din neighbourhood of Aleppo. (video link) The two other Anadolu journalists with him, reporter Samet Dogan and cameraman Kenan Yesilyurt, sustained less serious injuries. The three were able to return to Turkey yesterday.“We went to the region to cover the military operations,” Gül said. “When the snipers began firing at us, there were no longer any soldiers from the opposing side with us. I thought the neighbourhood was safe because the soldiers had begun to advance. I nonetheless told Kenan not to move. I crossed the road in order to take cover behind a car and, at that moment, I was the target of intense gunfire. The snipers were aiming at me. I was hit in the foot and leg. They kept on firing at me. As I was protected by the car, I was not hit in the head but I lost a lot of blood.”After being taken to Aleppo’s Sifa Hospital, Gul was evacuated to the Sehit Kamil state hospital in the south-eastern Turkish city of Gaziantep, where a bullet was removed from his right leg. Late yesterday afternoon, he was transferred to Istanbul’s Bahçelievler Hastanesi medical complex for a tissue graft.The other two injured journalists, Al-Jazeera reporter Amr Khachram and cameraman Hakan Bayginer, are currently been treated in a hospital on the Turkish side of the border for the injuries they received from a shell while interviewing rebels. Doctors said that their condition was stable and that they would be able to leave the hospital in a few days.These latest incidents involving journalists came three days after Dutch photographer Jeroens Oerlemans and British photographer John Cantlie were released by the foreign “jihadis” who had held them in their camp for a week after kidnapping them in Aleppo on 19 July.The Free Syrian Army has a duty to protect journalists and their assistants and to ensure that there is no recurrence of the kind of incident experienced by British reporter Alex Thomson in June, when he says that rebels deliberately led him and other journalists into an area where the Syrian government soldiers were shooting everyone on sight. News Organisation Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law March 12, 2021 Find out more News August 1, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Five Turkish journalists wounded in Aleppo, latest danger zone for media personnel to go further March 8, 2021 Find out more Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria RSF_en News Related documents Five Turkish journalists wounded in AleppoPDF – 453.48 KB Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Syria Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists SyriaMiddle East – North Africa
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Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier NUMBER SIX—Pictured are members of the Super Bowl XLIII (43) winning team, which beat the Arizona Cardinals in comeback fashion after the 2008 season. “MEAN” JOE GREENE, the man who started it all…he was honored at halftime as a member of the Super Bowl XIII (13) team that won the championship after the 1978 season. Greene ended up winning four Super Bowls in all. (Photos by Courier photographer Brian Cook)
United States’ Serena Williams reacts after losing a point to Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill) Sure, both are 37, and they’re showing their age.Yes, both are gone from the Australian Open, each with a loss to a far-younger opponent. Williams exited Wednesday in the quarterfinals against 26-year-old Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic after wasting four match points and a 5-1 lead in the third set; Federer went out Sunday in the fourth round against 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece.And, well, there also are these facts to consider:— Federer failed to make it to the final four at any of the past four Grand Slam tournaments (he sat out the French Open), the first such stretch for him since he reached his initial major semifinal all the way back in 2003;— Williams hasn’t won any of the four Slams she has entered since having a baby in September 2017, equaling her longest gap since a six-major drought from 2007-08.Here’s the thing, though, something that statistics can’t account for: As great as these two have been over the years — Williams owns 23 Grand Slam singles titles, Federer 20 — their most impressive quality might very well be the ability to adjust and adapt, to find new ways to win, to stay committed to doing whatever it takes to remain at the top.Federer, for example, went 4½ years without adding to his Grand Slam total, and then won three in a span of four that he appeared in.How? He changed to a larger racket head, began using a flat backhand more often and invented a new way of challenging opponents’ second serves.So count on Federer to come up with something else. As it is, he declared that he’ll return to the clay-court circuit this year and participate in the French Open for the first time since 2015. After all, he’s healthy. So why not? Maybe he won’t win the title there, but it could help him prepare for Wimbledon.A story that Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, told this week is instructive.They began working together in 2012, shortly after the only first-round Grand Slam loss of Williams’ career, which came at the French Open.The next season, Williams told him she really wanted to win the title at Roland Garros, where she’d last been champion in 2002.“We made a plan,” he said, “and she worked incredibly hard.”And, lo and behold, in 2013, she ended her 11-year wait for a second triumph in Paris, just as she’d hoped.After the trophy ceremony, Williams went to stretch and told him to tag along.“She turned to me and said, ‘Now we have to win Wimbledon,’” Mouratoglou recalled. “She was chasing something for 11 years (and) … 10 minutes after, she was already focusing on the next goal. That’s different. There are guys who win one tournament and they celebrate for 15 years.”That last description fits neither Williams nor Federer.Indeed, they are at the opposite end of the spectrum: They fail to win one tournament and rue it.“It’s definitely not easy for me. From Day 1, I expect to go out and, quite frankly, to win. That hasn’t happened. But I do like my attitude. I like that I don’t want to go out here and say: ‘I expect to lose because I had a year off. I’ve been playing for 10 months. I’m not supposed to win.’ I don’t have that attitude,” Williams said about her return after taking time away to have her daughter.“I have the attitude of, like, I’ve only been playing 10 months, but I expect to win, and if I don’t, it’s disappointing. I’d rather think of it that way and know that it’s going to happen sooner or later than making an excuse for myself,” she said. “I don’t like making excuses.”She was asked where she might have the best chance to collect one more major championship to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24.“Right now would be Roland Garros,” came the answer, “because that’s the next one, the next Grand Slam for me.”That’s the right approach, of course.That kind of self-belief is a trait she shares with Federer, another reason not to dismiss their chances to contend on tennis’s most important stages. After all, this hardly would be the first time someone thought Williams or Federer were done.Federer didn’t take kindly to player-turned-TV-talker John McEnroe’s declaration that Tsitsipas’ upset signaled a changing of the guard.“He’s always going to say stuff,” Federer said, before dismissing McEnroe’s contention this way: “I’ve heard that story the last 10 years. From that standpoint, nothing new there.”___Howard Fendrich covers tennis for The Associated Press. Follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich or write to him at [email protected]___More AP Tennis: https://www.apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Tempting as it might be, don’t write off Serena Williams or Roger Federer just yet.