TCU Rifle wins back-to-back conference titles

first_imgLinkedin ReddIt TCU Rifle team photographed in Fort Worth, Texas on August 25, 2017. (Photo by/Sharon Ellman) Twitter Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award + posts Benton McDonald Settlement reached between TCU, former professor in discrimination lawsuit Benton McDonald is a senior journalism and political science double major from Austin, Texas. He has worked for TCU360 since his freshman year and is currently the executive editor. Benton McDonald Facebook Twitter printThe TCU Rifle team won their second consecutive Patriot Rifle Conference championship Saturday at Air Force.The team finished with an aggregate score of 4,697, 27 more points than second-place Air Force.Freshman Elizabeth Marsh practices for an upcoming meet. (Photo by/Sharon Ellman)The Horned Frogs also took home both the Smallbore and Air Rifle team titles. Senior Mindy Miles, sophomore Casey Lutz and senior Rachel Garner all finished top-eight in the Air Rifle finals. Miles, Garner and junior Ariana Grabowski finished top-eight in Smallbore.Miles and Freshman Elizabeth Marsh captured both individual titles with Marsh winning the Smallbore individual championship and Miles winning the Air Rifle title.The Air Rifle title was Miles’ fourth consecutive title in the Patriot League.The team returns to the range when they host an NCAA Qualifier on Feb. 17 in Fort Worth. Facebook Benton McDonald Linkedin Previous articleThe Skiff: February 1, 2018Next articleTrack and field continues to progress in College Station Benton McDonald RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Benton McDonald ReddIt Thousands of TCU community members receive COVID-19 vaccines as university supply increases Benton McDonald Chancellor talks stimulus money, COVID-19 vaccines and more at limited attendance faculty town hall TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Board approves tuition freeze, RRI actions but doesn’t act on eligibility issue spurred by Williamslast_img read more

Relatives of Syrian prisoners of conscience give news conference at French parliament

first_imgNews February 3, 2021 Find out more SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Organisation RSF_en Follow the news on Syria to go further News Reporters Without Borders, the Damascus Declaration Committee and the Association of Friends of Samir Kassir held a news conference today at the French national assembly about journalist and writer Michel Kilo, lawyer Anwar Al Bunni and other human rights activists currently imprisoned in Syria. It was hosted by Green Party deputy Noël Mamère. SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law March 8, 2021 Find out more News Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information March 12, 2021 Find out more November 14, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Relatives of Syrian prisoners of conscience give news conference at French parliament Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Relatives of two Syrian prisoners of conscience, journalist and writer Michel Kilo and lawyer and human rights activist Anwar Al Bunni, talked about their conditions of detention and the harassment of their families at a news conference today at the French national assembly. It was hosted by Green Party deputy Noël Mamère and organised by Reporters Without Borders, the Damascus Declaration Committee and the Association of Friends of Samir Kassir.“The doors of the national assembly, the heart of French democracy, are permanently open, especially for those who are not allowed to speak elsewhere,”said Mamère, who is also deputy mayor of Bègles (Gironde) as well as a former TV journalist.“The state of emergency in effect for the past 43 years has been used to arrest many Syrian journalists and activists,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “We have registered an average of 10 arrests of journalists a year since the start of the 1990s. The state controls the media and still makes it difficult to access information.”Ménard added: “It is also impossible to access certain opposition websites. Three cyber-dissidents are currently in prison for calling for democracy and respect for human rights, making Syria the Middle East’s biggest prison for Internet users.”Kilo’s son, Ayham Kilo, said his father’s prison conditions were not bad. Aged 67, he is able to receive regular family visits at Adra prison, where he has been held since 17 May. The family is alarmed by the recent refusal to execute a provisional release order issued by a judge, but hopes his conditions of detention will continue to be acceptable.The Bunni family has been targeted by the Baathist regime since soon after Hafez al-Assad took power. Other members of the family were imprisoned and tortured in Syrian jails before Anwar Al Bunni. Added together, they have spent more than 60 years in prison. “But as good Syrian citizens, we have to render thanks to Allah that they were not killed,” said Kamal Al Bunni, his brother.He said Anwar was beaten for two days following his arrest on 17 May. After being placed with ordinary detainees in Adra prison, he staged a hunger strike from 28 October to 4 November with other political prisoners in protest against their illegal detention and the harassment of their families. He is now defended by a group of lawyers, some of whom he helped get released in the past. Kamal said the governor of Adra prison was taking personal revenge on Anwar for his frequent past criticism of its mistreatment of detainees.Writer Farouk Mardam-Bey, another of the news conference’s participants, voiced concern about the fact that the situation of government opponents is deteriorating as the regime now feels protected. Repression takes various forms, he said, including torture, arbitrary arrests, abduction of the relatives of government opponents and sham trials. He also mentioned the revival of Law 49 targeting Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters, and the zero tolerance displayed for Syria’s Kurdish minority.Ménard concluded: “The Baathist regime is now regaining room for manoeuvre thanks to changes in the geopolitical situation and the resulting calls for dialogue to be reestablished with Damascus and Tehran. This increased room for manoeuvre results in more repression of government opponents.”Bashar al-Assad, who has been president since 2001, is regarded by Reporters Without Borders as one of the world’s 35 press freedom predators.last_img read more

Decadal variability in the impact of atmospheric circulation patterns on the winter climate of northern Russia

first_imgThe Arctic continues to warm at a much faster rate than the global average. One process contributing to ‘Arctic amplification’ involves changes in low-frequency macro-scale atmospheric circulation patterns and their consequent influence on regional climate. Here, using ERA5 reanalysis data, we examine decadal changes in the impact of seven such patterns on winter near-surface temperature (SAT) and precipitation (PPN) in northern Russia and calculate the temporal consistency of any statistically significant relationships. We demonstrate that the 40-year climatology hides considerable decadal variability in the spatial extent of such circulation pattern-climate relationships across the region, with few areas where their temporal consistency exceeds 60%. This is primarily a response to the pronounced decadal expansion/contraction and/or mobility of the circulation patterns’ centers of action. The North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) is the dominant pattern (having the highest temporal consistency) affecting SAT west of the Urals. Further east, the Scandinavian (SCA), Polar/Eurasia (POL) and West Pacific patterns are successively the dominant pattern influencing SAT across the West Siberian Plains, Central Siberian Plateau and mountains of Far East Siberia, respectively. From west to east, the SCA, POL and Pacific North American patterns exert the most consistent decadal influence on PPN. The only temporally invariant significant decadal relationships occur between the NAO and SAT and the SCA and PPN in small areas of the North European Plain.last_img read more