Follow the news on Iraq Receive email alerts “We condemn this murder attempt with the utmost firmness and we urge the Iraqi authorities to do everything possible to identify both the perpetrators and masterminds, and bring them to justice,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This loathsome act, which must not go unpunished, is a sad reminder that Iraqi journalists risk their lives every day just to do their job.” Imad Abadi, the Al-Diyar TV host who sustained serious gunshot injuries to the head and neck in an attack on 23 November in Baghdad, was flown to the German city of Munich on 3 December for brain surgery.Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that the operation went ahead without any problem in Munich’s Grosshadern Clinic on 7 December. Abadi’s brother, Fouad Abadi, who accompanied him to Munich, described his condition after the operation as satisfactory.——————————–24.11.09 – Star TV host badly wounded in Baghdad shooting attackImad Abadi, the star anchor of the independent satellite TV news station Al-Diyar, was badly injured in a clearly targeted shooting attack last night in Baghdad, just weeks after Reporters Without Borders had highlighted a decline in the level of violence against journalists in its latest press freedom index (see release). Help by sharing this information RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” IraqMiddle East – North Africa Organisation Abadi was shot twice by unidentified gunmen as he was driving through the central Baghdad neighbourhood of Salihiya. “He sustained a gunshot wound to the head and another to the neck,” Al-Diyar owner Faysal Al-Yasqiri told Agence France-Presse, adding that his condition was now stable. He was taken to Yarmouk Hospital. Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” News February 15, 2021 Find out more News December 9, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 TV host injured in Baghdad shooting undergoes brain surgery in Munich Although headquartered in Oman, Al-Diyar has had studios in Baghdad since April 2004 and was the only station to carry daily broadcasts of Saddam Hussein’s trial in 2006 to go further Aged 36 and the father of four children, Abadi has presented a weekly programme called “Afkar bila Aswa” on Al-Diyar since the station’s launch, hosting discussions about Iraqi current affairs and politics. He is regarded as a defender of press freedom. Iraq was ranked 145th out of 175 countries in the 2009 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en December 28, 2020 Find out more View Abadi’s appearance on Al-Baghdadiya TV on 16 November in which he analysed (in Arabic) the press freedom situation in Iraq since Saddam Hussein’s overthrow.http://www.albaghdadia.com/video.html?task=videodirectlink&id=330 News News December 16, 2020 Find out more
For the fourth year in a row, master wine workshops have been held in luxury boutique hotel Alhambra in the bay Čikat on Lošinj. Ilok cellars annually produce between 4 and a half to 5 million liters of wine from grapes harvested in more than 330 ha of their own vineyards and 660 ha of other producers located on the western slopes of Fruška gora. Two top positions – Principovac and Vukovo and the uniqueness of the terroir – with special emphasis on the influence of the Danube, a large number of sunny days, and of course the knowledge and effort of winemakers – are home to top Graševina and Traminer, but also Rhine Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Frankovka, Pinot Noir… In addition to the vineyard, winery and cellar, the majority owner Juraj Mihaljević with more than 20 million EUR invested renovated the country estate Principovac from the 19th century that can accommodate over 500 guests and enjoy the spirit of old times, filled with oenological and gastronomic stories . The wines of Ilok cellars are very serious and complex, and in addition to the already mentioned Riesling, and their Graševina, Traminer and Rhine Riesling have very pronounced varietal characteristics such as bitterness in Graševina or the scent of rose petals and pronounced honey notes in Traminer, and kerosene in rieslinga, which is noticeable even in archival wines whose tertiary aromas have not completely prevailed. Masterclass Ilok Cellars & Boutique Hotel Alhambra The wines from the winery, which continued the tradition of producing great wines after privatization in 2003 (the Old Cellar was built in 1450 – the first in this part of Europe and the world), fit perfectly into the luxury and spirit of aristocratic times of the Alhambra. designed and conceived by the Austrian architect Alfred Keller. Conceptually, the (true) story that the guests at the celebration of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II also enjoyed the top Ilok Traminer from 1947 fit in perfectly. We will single out only the main stars of the evening (for those who want to find out a little more, visit the blog Food Walkers Croatia), and the first among them is Grain of Great Harvest 2011 from the edition wine for big moments in front of which there is a great potential for storage, but s big problem: less than 4.000 bottles left! Another wine with a problem je Grahevine archival wine 1983. – this wine cannot be bought anywhere because, although it was prepared for the archive, it never appeared on the market. And after 36 years in the glass you have fresh wine in great shape, without any hint of oxidative notes. The third prominent Graševina is Gravy archival wine from 2008. which they say “if you don’t know how to seduce a woman, offer her this wine…”- with the proviso that the old saying also applies to this wine: patient – saved! Because she is only eleven! The Traminers received the royal treatment (as they deserve), especially Traminac archival wine from 1982, Traminac Elective berry harvest 2011 te Traminac Ice harvest 2007 ranked as 19. wine in the world in competition between 550.000 wines from around the world that have been awarded at the world’s most influential wine evaluations. The election harvest of dried berries from 2011 was crowned with a platinum medal at Decanter, and glacial The 2007 Traminac left an even better impression. In addition to the usual names of individual lines, marketing experts from Ilok cellars led by board member Karmela Tanacabel (who also presented all the wines) divided the wines into likable and easy to remember categories: wines for every opportunity, for special occasions, wines for enjoyment i wine for memory. The categories differ in style, position and purpose, ie recommendations for gastronomic courtship. At this master workshop, a total of eleven wines were presented (six Graševina wines, of which 2 archive wines and 5 Traminer wines, 1 archival wine), and at the dinner six new wines, with some reruns from the MasterClass, Princeps sparkling wine, the perfect 2006 Rhine Riesling., Premium Frankovka, Premium Chardonnay and Premium Traminac, and another Graševina from 2008). This year, an impressive collection of award-winning archival, but also those slightly younger Graševina and Traminer through two verticals was presented Ilok cellars, a large winery that proves in the best possible way that even with mass production, great, top-quality wines can be made for which with us (wrongly) it is customary to find them only in small, boutique wineries. In recent years, selected bottles have so far been presented by foreign and domestic wine companies: Benvenuti, Château Mouton Rothschild, Chateau Palmer, Goriška Brda, Hugel, Krauthaker, Step, Opus One, Sassicaia, Šember, Tenuta di Biserno and Tomac. In addition to participating in the guided MasterClass (representatives of wineries, sommeliers), attendees can taste some of the wines later during dinner at à la carte restaurant Alfred Keller and in a relaxed atmosphere to talk to the creators of wine, but also food. Masterclass Ilok Cellars & Boutique Hotel Alhambra Masterclass Ilok Cellars & Boutique Hotel Alhambra After Ilok cellars, the second Masterclass in the Alhambra will be held in June when one of the world’s most famous and renowned wineries Château Lafite Rothschild present your Champagne Rothschild.
The United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a final environmental impact statement for Venture Global LNG’s Calcasieu Pass project and related pipeline infrastructure in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.Venture Global LNG is developing a liquefaction and export facility with 12 million tonnes per annum of LNG production capacity.“The FERC staff concludes that construction and operation of the project would result in some adverse environmental impacts, but these impacts would be reduced to less-than-significant levels,” FERC said in the statement.FERC said that its commissioners will take the FERC staff’s recommendations into consideration when they make a decision on the project. However, FERC did not say when the commissioners would make that decision.The Calcasieu Pass project includes two LNG storage tanks, each with a capacity of about 200,000 cubic meters, and a 720-megawatt electricity generating plant.Venture Global is developing both the Calcasieu Pass facility on the Gulf of Mexico and the 20 mtpa Plaquemines LNG facility on the Mississippi River due to be completed in 2022 and 2023 respectively.Worth mentioning here, the company recently entered into an agreement to supply Polish Oil and Gas Co (PGNiG) with LNG for 20 years starting in 2022. LNG World News Staff
(BBC) – A number of Premier League club doctors have raised a range of concerns with league bosses over plans to resume the season, BBC Sport has learned.One issue that the senior medics have sought assurances over includes their own liability and insurance cover if players contract the virus.The Premier League has also been asked to provide some clarity over medical protocols, testing and player welfare.The Premier League is hopeful of a potential 8 June resumption.The 20 club doctors have been holding their own discussions about Project Restart – the label given to plans to resume action – with a view to feeding their thoughts into the Premier League’s leadership.A Premier League source told the BBC that they viewed the move by the medics as a natural part of the process with clubs, and a means of reaching “the best possible set of protocols”.They also confirmed that the league was in talks with insurance companies over the issue of club and doctor liability, and that this would be brought up with government representatives this week.The Premier League is represented on a cross-sport working group of medical experts and public health officials which will meet for the second time in a week on Wednesday.The panel is devising the health and hygiene measures that players, managers and club staff will be asked to agree to before full training and then competition can resume, but only if the government deems it safe to do so.The government is set to review its lockdown measures later this week, with the Premier League meeting to vote on the plans next Monday. A number of players and sports medics have already voiced their concerns about whether it is safe to return to action.Eamonn Salmon, the chief executive of the Football Medicine and Performance Association (FMPA), has told BBC Sport that opinion among doctors and physios at English football clubs regarding resumption plans was varied.Speaking last week, he said: “I guess the views of our members will be a kind of snapshot of society really.“There are those who think it can be done, there are those that are doubtful and there are those that probably suggest it is an impossible task.“We have to wait, this is a waiting game all the time, it is such a changing landscape and fluctuating on a day to day basis.“This is just the start in some respects, whatever proposals are put there it is then open to debate and for comment and opinion to feed into that.”If training is resumed before social distancing rules are relaxed, BBC Sport understands players will be tested for coronavirus twice a week and would be screened for symptoms every day.All tests would be carried out by health professionals at a drive-through NHS testing facility that each club would have access to. Training grounds will be optimised for social distancing and high hygiene levels.In Germany, where the Bundesliga is set to become the first major football league in Europe to return to competition, 10 positive results have been returned from 1,724 coronavirus tests from clubs in the top two divisions.Cubs have been training in groups and the tests are being taken before a planned return to training as teams.Measures including “the isolation of the affected person” have been taken, said the DFL.Top-flight side Cologne have had no further Covid-19 infections after three people tested positive last week.Bundesliga officials suggested resuming on 9 May but the government delayed the decision and a restart may now be on 16 or 23 May.