At least five dead in Iraqi ‘day of rage’ protests

first_img Share 42 Views   no discussions Share Share The crowds tried to pull down concrete security barriers in the centre of BaghdadAt least five people have been killed in anti-government protests in Iraq as thousands take to the streets in cities across the country for a “day of rage”.Baghdad has been virtually locked down, with the authorities banning traffic in the city centre and deploying several thousand soldiers on the streets.Still, several hundred people gathered in Baghdad’s own Tahrir Square, calling for reform, but not regime change.Mass demonstrations are also being held elsewhere in the Middle East.In Libya, witnesses say government troops opened fire on protesters in Tripoli, as the authorities crack down on opposition protests – at least five deaths were reportedYemen saw some of the largest marches yet by pro- and anti-government protesters in the capital SanaaEgyptians in their thousands returned to Cairo’s Tahrir Square to mark two weeks since the ousting of Hosni Mubarak from the presidency and to press for reformsTens of thousands attended a day of mourning in Manama for those killed in recent unrest in BahrainMore than 3,000 people have joined the largest protests yet in Amman, Jordan, calling for greater political rights and economic reformsDemonstrations are expected to be held in the West Bank city of RamallahThe protests follow a wave of Arab revolts that have toppled the presidents of Tunisia and Egypt, and challenged the rule of Col Muammar Gaddafi in Libya.Lock downSoldiers blocked every road leading into Baghdad to try to stop protesters from carrying out their planned day of rage, says the BBC’s Jonathan Head in the Iraqi capital.No vehicles were allowed into the city centre and thousands of riot police took up position in and around Baghdad Tahrir Square.Protesters threw rocks and stones at riot police and tried to overturn concrete barriers blocking the Jumhuriyah bridge, near the square.On Thursday, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki urged people not to join the protests for security reasons, and accused the protest organisers of being al-Qaeda insurgents and Saddam Hussein loyalists.But several hundred people still braved the intimidating military presence to rally in the square, denouncing corruption and poor services, says our correspondent.But the cry was for reform not revolution. The government was elected only a year ago and includes most of Iraq’s main factions, he adds.“We don’t want to change the government, because we elected them, but we want them to get to work,” the AFP news agency quoted one 24-year-old student as saying.“We want them to enforce justice. We want them to fix the roads. We want them to fix the electricity. We want them to fix the water.”Another man told Reuters he had walked for two hours from the poorer district of Sadr City to attend.“People are hungry. We ask the government to find job opportunities for the young. All my sons are unemployed, I’m here to express the injustice that we live in,” he said.The protesters also criticised the comparatively high salaries paid to MPs when many people are struggling to get by.Violent clashes  Outside Baghdad, protests have been more violent and at least five people have been killed.In the northern city of Mosul, at least three people died and 15 were wounded in clashes, a police source said.At least two others were killed and 22 injured in scuffles in the northern town of Hawija as protesters set fire to a local council building, a police source said.About 4,000 people protested outside a governor’s office in Iraq’s second city of Basra, knocking over concrete barriers and demanding the lawmaker resign.Protests were also held in Falluja, Kirkuk and other smaller cities – the latest in weeks of protest as Iraqis vent their frustration over poor living conditions, widespread corruption, and lack of jobs. News At least five dead in Iraqi ‘day of rage’ protests by: – February 25, 2011 Sharing is caring! Tweet BBC Newslast_img read more

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T&T elude five-time champions US for U20 championship

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – Hosts Trinidad and Tobago avoided giants United States and Mexico, when they were drawn in Group A for next year’s CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship.In the draw staged here Tuesday at the Hyatt Regency, T&T found themselves pitted with the likes of Costa Rica, Canada and a yet-to-be determined Caribbean qualifier.Group B features the US and Mexico along with Nicaragua, with another Caribbean qualifier set to join the trio.The championship, which runs from January 18-28, will feature 16 matches with all scheduled for the Ato Boldon Stadium in central Trinidad.It will also serve as a qualifier for next year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France, with the top three teams earning direct qualification.United States are four-time defending champions, having won the tournament the last time it was played two years ago in Honduras. Overall, the US have won the title five times.The remaining two teams for the Under-20 Championship will be determined when St. Kitts and Nevis, Jamaica, Haiti and the Dominican Republic contest a Caribbean Women’s Under-20 Qualifier from November 22-26 at Warner Park in St Kitts.Tuesday’s draw was attended by FIFA and CONCACAF council member, Sonia Bien-Aime along with Trinidad and Tobago FA president, David John-Williams.last_img read more

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New seminar examines entertainment industry

first_imgThe Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies will offer a new seminar in entrepreneurship in the spring focused on the entertainment industry. The two-unit course will expose students to multiple aspects of the field and provide them with the tools necessary to establish their own successful venture.Adjunct Professor Michael Napoliello of the Marshall School of Business hopes to attract students from different departments and schools within USC. He has designed the course to encompass various facets of the entertainment industry, including cinema, music and sports. By recruiting a diverse group of students, Napoliello aims to encourage cross-collaboration and facilitate engaging class discussions.“The class is not just for business school students,” Napoliello said. “By having a mix of entertainers and specialists and business people and entrepreneurs, we hope to create some exciting synergies.”Napoliello, a producer at independent production company Radar Pictures, will teach students the fundamentals necessary to succeed within the dynamic, fast-paced climate of the entertainment industry. Students will analyze trends throughout history and learn how to respond to modern-day challenges in the digital age.“Some of the things we’re going to discuss is how to anticipate next steps, when next steps are always so important,” Napoliello said. “We are going to try to understand the future, but we’re also going to look for the timeless values that make people in the entertainment industry successful.”Napoliello said the seminar is pertinent to USC students because of the university’s strategic location within Los Angeles. The course will feature a field trip and guest lectures from people involved in diverse aspects of the industry, such as marketing, production and sales.“We have access to the most important people and places in the entertainment industry, and we are going to take advantage of that,” Napoliello said.The director of the Greif Center, Helena Yli-Renko, proposed the idea for the course in response to student demands.“We get a lot of students from across campus who are excited to do something entrepreneurial in the entertainment field,” Yli-Renko said. “It was a coming together of student demand and a really terrific faculty resource that enabled us to offer this really unique new opportunity for students.”Though the majority of students who pursue seminars in entrepreneurship are non-business majors, Yli-Renko said the course will attract more arts students than in semesters past.Napoliello described the entertainment industry as one of mavericks and innovators, an ideal environment for newcomers and professionals alike to learn and develop new ideas.“Entertainment entrepreneurship is one area where we’re all figuring it out as we go along, everyday, students included,” Napoliello said. “Ultimately, the entertainment industry is a really exciting place to learn entrepreneurship because it’s been entrepreneurial from day one, is entrepreneurial today and will continue to be entrepreneurial.”last_img read more

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