Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” December 16, 2020 Find out more News IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en Reporters Without Borders has learned that Iraqi radio and TV presenter Amal Al-Mudarress has emerged from the coma she had been in since being shot several times in a murder attempt in Baghdad on 29 April, and is expected to recover. After spending several weeks in a critical condition in Yarmouk hospital, where doctors feared internal haemorrhaging, the family decided to transfer her to a hospital in the Jordanian capital of Amman, where she underwent an operation. Her doctors say she is now “out of danger.”———————————————————–30.04 – Well-known radio and TV presenter in coma after being shot near her home Reporters Without Borders voiced deep concern today about the condition of a well-known Iraqi public radio and TV presenter, Amal Al-Mudarress, who is reportedly in a coma after being shot several times as she left her Baghdad home yesterday.“How many more of these tragedies will we have to see before the authorities resolve to find a way to put a stop to impunity in Iraq?” Reporters Without Borders asked. “The same pattern is repeated in each attack on journalists. Armed groups are using a planned and deliberate modus operandi to spread terror within the media.”Mudarress, who is in her 60s, was leaving her home in the west Baghdad neighbourhood of Al-Khadraa early yesterday with her husband, Adnan Al-Mudarress, and her son, Kanaan, when gunmen opened fire on her, hitting her several times in the head and chest. After being taken to Yarmouk hospital, she was transferred to Kadimiyah hospital for an operation to remove a bullet in her left temple. Doctors described her condition as critical and said they needed to see how it evolved in the next 48 hours before offering any prognosis.Mudarress has been working for public radio and TV since the 1960s, becoming a household figure thanks to entertainment programmes such as “Ten Minutes.” She later worked as a radio commentator until Saddam Hussein’s ouster. Since then, she has been hosting “Studio 10,” a talk-show about Iraqis’ everyday problems.At least 167 journalists and media assistants have been killed since the US-led invasion in 2003. Another two are missing and 12 are currently being held hostage. IraqMiddle East – North Africa Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan to go further December 28, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Organisation RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News News June 8, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Badly-wounded radio and TV presenter emerges from coma February 15, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Iraq
Clockwise from left: A rendering of Water Street Tampa, Ian Schrager, Jeff Vinik, Patrick Mahomes, rendering of Tampa Edition, Bill Gates and Tom Brady (Photos via Getty; Water Street Tampa/Photo Illustration by Kevin Rebong for The Real Deal)UPDATED, Feb. 5, 2:11 p.m.: The headliners in Tampa this weekend are no doubt Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs and Tom Brady of the Buccaneers, but the two star quarterbacks aren’t the only game in town.While Jeff Vinik, Bill Gates and Ian Schrager will definitely not be suiting up on Sunday for Super Bowl LV, the trio are key players in a $3.5 billion mixed-use project set to transform the host city’s downtown waterfront. And with residential sales buoyed by a Florida market that has seen buyers move south for the climate, room, lighter taxes and less stringent Covid regulations, Tampa has attracted a crowd that will stay long after the Big Game.Much of that focus is centered on the massive Water Street Tampa. The 56-acre, 9 million-square-foot complex is being developed by Strategic Property Partners, a partnership of Vinik and Cascade Investment, a fund controlled by Microsoft’s founder. In addition to apartments, condos, restaurants and offices, the megaproject includes three hotels. The 519-room JW Marriott Tampa Water Street opened last month and the city’s first five-star hotel, Schrager’s 172-key Tampa Edition with Marriott International, just topped off and will open later this year. It will also have 37 luxury condos above the hotel, along with 30,000 square feet of retail space. The third hotel is the Tampa Marriott Water Street, which has 727 rooms and is directly across Water Street from the JW Marriott.A rendering of Water Street TampaThe hospitality industry has been scorched by the pandemic, but Tampa has been among the most resilient markets, consistently ranking highest in occupancy nationwide — albeit drastically below pre-pandemic levels — according to hospitality research firm STR. Schrager, who created The Edition brand with Marriott, said he was optimistic about his first project in the Big Guava.“Having been through events like 9/11 and other bad economic cycles, things always go back to normal,” Schrager said in an interview with The Real Deal. “A project of this scale sets its own tone and its own tempo. It doesn’t have to march to the same drumbeat that everyone else does.” He added, “it is not often in life that you get an opportunity to do a project that can be completely transformative and change the soul and heartbeat of a city.”Water Street Tampa, touted at its 2017 groundbreaking as one of the largest real estate developments in the U.S. located in an existing central business district, will include three apartment complexes: the 420-unit Heron at 815 Water Street, a 23-story, 388-unit tower at 1011 East Cumberland Drive and a 22-story, 511-unit development at 1050 Water Street,.Drawing a crowdTampa and neighboring St. Petersburg have drawn the attention of South Florida developers, with the likes of Related Group and BTI Partners launching projects and pouring millions of dollars into the area. Related acquired 8.5 acres from BTI’s 52-acre master planned community called Westshore Marina District, where it built a 396-unit complex.“We’re getting big city folk from Chicago and New York City who like the fact Tampa is not overcrowded,” said Dominic Pickering, sales director at BTI. “The Tampa Bay region is much smaller than South Florida. There is less traffic, much more open spaces and a lot of beachfront you can still have access to.”A rendering of Tampa EditionSchrager said buyers at the Edition’s condo portion include locals looking to upgrade and out-of-towners from the Northeast, Midwest and California.Last year, Tampa ranked fourth in U.S. cities that attracted new residents from more expensive metros, according to a Redfin report released Thursday. The influx has led to a housing crunch in Tampa, the data showed.Luxury single-family and condo sales have also jumped, according to a fourth quarter Douglas Elliman report. High-end properties were on the market for an average of 40 days in the quarter, compared to 56 days over the same period in 2019. The average sale price for a Tampa home, about $440,000, was up nearly 8 percent year-over-year.Elliman broker Niel Allen said low inventory and a growing population is driving demand and prices across Tampa and St. Petersburg, where the average homes sale price of $436,500 in the final quarter was up 29 percent year-over-year.“I have a client who sold his business in Rochester, New York, and is buying a home in a golf community,” Allen said. “We are seeing a lot of people from Westchester and Washington counties in upstate New York.”In September, retired Yankees superstar Derek Jeter and his wife Hannah, listed their 31,000-square-foot Tampa waterfront mansion for $29 million. The couple had been renting out “St. Jetersburg” to Brady and his wife, Gisele Bündchen. A month later, Brady and Bündchen were reportedly closing on a waterfront mansion in nearby Clearwater for $7.5 million, and in December they were revealed as the buyers of a $17 million waterfront property in Miami.Prices remain high in the South Florida residential market, which has been riding a wave since the summer, with single-family and condo sales spiking. The trend continued in the fourth quarter, according to Elliman.Getting in the gameAt the Water Street Tampa, the new office and retail complex on Channelside Drive called Sparkman Wharf now has 15 tenants, according to a Strategic Property spokesperson. Four new tenants signed deals last month and leasing at the Heron apartment complex was ahead of projections.“We’re getting big city folk from Chicago and New York City who like the fact Tampa is not overcrowded.”– Dominic Pickering, BTIPart of that is a result of “outside investors looking to capitalize” on the market, the spokesperson said. BTI is among them. The Fort Lauderdale-based developer has made big plays in Tampa in the past few years. It recently scored a $92 million loan from Bank OZK to finance the construction of the first phase of Marina Pointe. The three-tower mixed use project in the Westshore Marina District will rise alongside those from Related Group and southwest Florida-based WCI Communities.The project, which broke ground over the summer and is scheduled to open next year, includes a 120-unit condo tower, 78 marina slips and 32,000 square feet of retail space. The development is part of the 52 acres BTI acquired several years ago, most of which it has sold off.“We kept the peninsula that juts out into the Gulf for ourselves,” BTI’s Pickering said. “It is the jewel in the crown.”Correction: The 388-unit complex at Water Street Tampa is a rental not a condo tower. Also, Jeff Vinik is the controlling member but not sole owner of Strategic Property Partners. 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The phrase “the happiest place on Earth” apparently had a different meaning for one Central Florida man.According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office there, 40-year-old Frederick Pohl, Jr., an employee at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, faces a charge of soliciting a young girl for sex.Specifically, federal authorities arrested him on charges of transferring obscene materials to a minor as well as attempting to entice a minor.Investigators say that Pohl had condoms and a child-sized pink dress with him when he was arrested at an Orlando hotel this week.They add that he had been chatting online with an undercover federal agent who was posing as an eight-year-old girl. During those interactions, Pohl sent explicit photos of himself, and then arranged to meet the girl in person.A TV report says that he was investigated 12 years ago for “attempted exploitation of minor children.” At the time, he told investigators that he worked at a theme park, and that his job was to secure lap bars on the rides.Pohl, who lives in Clermont, Florida, faces up to life in federal prison if he is convicted.Disney has not commented on the matter.
By Nick MulvenneySYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia were closing on an innings victory with England fighting a desperate rearguard on 93 for four at stumps on the fourth day of the fifth Ashes test on Sunday, still 210 runs from forcing their hosts to bat again.Brothers Shaun and Mitchell Marsh had earlier both scored centuries on a scorching morning at the Sydney Cricket Ground to put Australia in a position where they could declare on 649-7 in the second session.England, already 3-0 down in the series with the urn relinquished, had toiled in the field in temperatures in excess of 40 degrees Celsius with little success and their luck did not change when they came out to bat.Openers Alastair Cook and Mark Stoneman went cheaply inside the first six overs of their second innings with James Vince (18) and Dawid Malan (five) following in the final session.Skipper Joe Root, who made an unbeaten 42 despite playing with an injured finger, and Jonny Bairstow (17 not out) will take England’s fight to save the test into the final day.The Marsh brothers had earlier joined the Chappell siblings Ian and Greg (1972) and the Waugh twins Mark and Steve (2001) in scoring centuries in the same innings in an Ashes test.Shaun Marsh made 156 from 291 balls before being run out by a Stoneman direct hit just after lunch, with Mitchell having departed for 101 on the delivery after securing his second century when Tom Curran took out his off stump.The brothers both scored their second centuries of the series in a brilliant 169-run partnership that built on the mammoth 171 Usman Khawaja scored on Saturday.It was a particularly sweet partnership given Shaun was a controversial selection for the series, his eighth recall to the test line-up being met with disbelief in some quarters, and Mitchell was only brought in for the third test in Perth.Mitchell was the second to reach the milestone about an hour into the morning with two runs past point and Shaun was in such a hurry to congratulate his little brother that he almost ran him out.“Emotions got the better of me and I wanted to give him a hug,” 34-year-old Shaun told reporters.“To be out there with Mitch, to both score our test centuries today for Australia, being out there and sharing each other’s emotions when we got to our hundreds, was an extremely happy moment. It’ll certainly be a day that we won’t forget.”Shaun had started the day on 98 with Australia 479 for four and took just five balls to secure his sixth test century by crunching Moeen Ali through the covers for one of the 18 fours he scored in his 403-minute knock.While Australia flourished with the bat, England continued to struggle.Cook did become the sixth batsman to score 12,000 runs in tests but the ovation had barely been completed before Stoneman was dismissed for a duck by pace spearhead Mitchell Starc, the batsman reviewing the lbw decision to no avail.Former skipper Cook was dismissed for 10 rocking back in his crease to a superb delivery from spinner Nathan Lyon that removed the bail from his off stump.Vince enjoyed a rare England success with the DRS to reverse a caught behind verdict on 15 but he made just three more runs before offering up another poor shot to a Pat Cummins delivery which caught a nick which Steve Smith juggled to take at slip.Root needed lengthy treatment on his right index finger after taking a rap on the digit from a Starc delivery before Malan was trapped lbw on his back foot by Lyon for five, the review system again failing England.“In many ways the last few days have summed up our trip,” said England assistant coach Paul Farbrace.“It’s been exceptionally tough, we’ve come up against a team that’s playing very good cricket but the one thing that we’ve been talking about is making sure we keep on fighting and battling.”
Facebook29Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The City of LaceyThe Lacey City Council is currently seeking applicants to serve as youth representatives on the Parks Board, Historical Commission, and Library Board. This is a great opportunity for students to participate in the government process while serving their community.Eligible candidates should be 16-18 years of age, enrolled as a Junior or Senior in a public, private, or home school within the North Thurston Public School District, and be a resident of Lacey or the urban growth area.The term of office is for one year from September to September and is limited to one term. The youth representative will be appointed by the Mayor.Interested volunteers can contact Jenny Bauersfeld at (360) 413-4387, or by email at [email protected] Applications are available in the Career Center of any NTPS high school, and can also be downloaded from the City’s website at by clicking here.