More armed attacks on media personnel in Baghdad, Mosul and Baquba

first_img News Organisation News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News Reporters Without Borders today condemned the killings of five media employees (three journalists and two drivers) in Mosul and Baghdad in the past few days, as well as armed attacks on a journalist’s home in Baquba and a Shiite TV station in Baghdad.“Most of these cases are targeted attacks designed to eliminate or intimidate journalists,” the press freedom organisation said. “Although most of the violence against the press takes place in the capital, the latest cases show that no one is safe in Iraq. Armed groups single out journalists for silencing in the most despicable manner throughout the country, especially if they work for partisan media with an editorial line the group concerned does not like.”Mohammed Al Ban, a cameraman with the Iraqi TV station Al Sharkiya, was killed outside his home in the Al Nur district of central Mosul (400 km north of Baghdad) on 13 November by gunmen in a car. The second Al Sharkiya employee to be killed since the start of the month, he also worked for the main local daily, Al Masar.Another journalist working for Al Masar, Fadia Mohammed Ali, was killed together with her driver as she was travelling to work in Mosul today.Journalist Qussai Abass of Tariq Al Shaab, a newspaper affiliated to the Communist Party, was gunned down with his driver in a similar fashion as he was travelling to the newspaper’s office in Baghdad on 2 November.Two gunmen burst into the home of freelance journalist Ali Al Hajiyeh in the Al Tahrir district of Baquba, 40 km north of Baghdad, on 8 November, smashing doors and windows and stealing personal effects. Hajiyeh has just left the city to find refuge for his family in Baghdad after shots were fired at his home a few days earlier.Several mortar shells exploded at the entrance of the privately-owned Shiite TV station Al Anwar in Baghdad on 7 November, injuring five people including the station’s security guards.A total of 133 journalists and media assistants have been killed since the start of the war in Iraq in 2003, while 51 have been kidnapped. Four of them are still being held hostage. to go further IraqMiddle East – North Africa Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” IraqMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iraqcenter_img Help by sharing this information Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan RSF_en February 15, 2021 Find out more November 15, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 More armed attacks on media personnel in Baghdad, Mosul and Baquba December 16, 2020 Find out more News Receive email alerts December 28, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Opposition activist arrested for article posted online

first_img Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders today condemned the arrest of writer and political activist Andrei Kilmau on 3 April on a charge of “inciting the regime’s overthrow” in an article posted on the Internet in which he was very critical of President Lukashenko and looked at options for changing the political system in Belarus. The organisation is also concerned about a parliamentary committee’s bill that could require all online publications to register.While acknowledging that some of Kilmau’s comments were extreme, Reporters Without Borders stresses its opposition to any use of imprisonment as a punishment for the expression of opinions or for press offences.“This is the first time that an opponent of the Belarusian government has been arrested for an article posted online,” the press freedom organisation said. “The charge of ‘inciting the regime’s overthrow’ is being used to silence a dissident. Kilmau’s arrest highlights the almost total control exercised by the government over information in Belarus.” The organisation added: “We also fear that making websites register with the authorities will increase the pressure on independent online public publications, including blogs, and will encourage self-censorship.”Kilmau has been charged under criminal code article 361 for the essay he posted on the website of the Union for a Civic Party on 25 January. Article 361 punishes any “appeal for subversion or change of the constitutional system of the Republic of Belarus, or for accomplishment of crimes against the state, public appeals for violent seizure of power or change of the constitutional system of the Republic of Belarus, or betrayal to state, or accomplishment of terrorist act or sabotage, or distribution of materials, which contain such appeals realized with mass media usage.”Kilmau faces up to five years imprison. He has had several spells in prison in the past including a year and a half in 2005-2006 for organising a demonstration against the government.The Belarusian press freedom group BAJ held a news conference on 12 April to issue a warning about the parliamentary committee’s proposed law on Information, Information Technology and the Protection of Information, which proposes creating a system for registering all media, including online publications. It has not yet been made clear whether registration will be obligatory or just recommended. But such a law is very disturbing in a country such as Belarus, which is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “13 Internet Enemies.” RSF_en Organisation Newscenter_img April 20, 2007 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Opposition activist arrested for article posted online ———–Create your blog with Reporters Without Borders : www.rsfblog.org Reporters Without Borders today condemned the arrest of writer and political activist Andrei Kilmau on 3 April on a charge of “inciting the regime’s overthrow” in an article posted on the Internet in which he was very critical of President Lukashenko and looked at options for changing the political system in Belarus. The organisation is also concerned about a parliamentary committee’s bill that could require all online publications to register.last_img read more

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Lambda Chi Alpha purchases fraternity house

first_imgMendoza, a junior majoring in business administration, also said there are differences in risk management between the University and the fraternity’s national organization regarding security and event hosting.  “USC is trying to divest the real estate holdings that they have on The Row, specifically fraternity houses that [were previously] owned by the school for many years,” Interfraternity Council President Matteo Mendoza said.  “With the types of events thrown at fraternity and sorority houses there is an element of risk that national organizations are used to dealing with and that are better equipped at dealing with,” Mendoza said. Lambda Chi Alpha Chapter President Ryan Doyle said the University proposed a four-year timeframe for them to purchase the house. However, the fraternity faced financial obstacles limited by this time constraint, including fundraising enough money. According to the University, the house, located on Greek Row, has been part of USC Greek life for more than 50 years. USC purchased the house from ETA Delta House Corporation in 1963. In 2019, the University officially sold the house to Lambda Chi Alpha USC Property Holdings.  “The chapter house is paramount to the organization’s success, longevity and the USC Lambda Chi experience that either you or your son is familiar with,” Doyle wrote on the page. “I’m just very proud of all of the guys for putting in the effort that they did. 130 guys, 110% for 12 days. And it truly was every single person that made it happen,” Doyle said. “And I’m very proud of each and every single one of them for doing what they did.” “It’s really interesting to see that alumni, 40 years in the future, still care about the organization just as much as they did during their undergraduate experience,” Doyle said. “[The alumni] aren’t donating for any other reason other than they just had a beneficial experience [in the past] and they want to continue that for future students.”  “If we didn’t raise the capital to close on the financing portion of the purchase, I assume they would have just sold it to the next person in line,” said Doyle, a junior majoring in business administration. However, the fundraiser saw other members of the Greek community along with parents and alumni donate to the cause. The fraternity’s GoFundMe page garnered nearly $83,000 of the required $130,000 before the escrow deadline, the rest of the funds came in by check and private wire donations.center_img Doyle said the alumni commitment and support throughout the campaign reflected a unified drive to ensure the future success of the fraternity and to preserve the experiences of alumni for future members. Lambda Chi Alpha purchased its fraternity house from USC in late June following a four-year fundraising endeavor that began in 2015 when the University approached the organization encouraging it to purchase the estate. In June, the fraternity was still $130,000 away from the total amount of money stated at the beginning of the four-year campaign needed to legally commit to purchasing the property. Four alumni of the fraternity spearheaded the fundraising campaign in 2015, Doyle said. Throughout the past four years, Lambda Chi has seen four presidents and four executive board offices cycle through the fundraising process.  The organization had 12 days before escrow, Doyle said. He also acknowledged the improbability of raising nearly $130,000 in less than two weeks. He said the hardest part of the fundraiser was convincing supporters that the money would be raised.  Doyle said Lambda Chi was worried the organization would lose the house if it did not raise enough funds in four years. In June, Lambda Chi Alpha still had to raise $130,000 within two weeks to meet its deadline to purchase the chapter house. The fraternity was able to raise the money through a GoFundMe as well as private and wire donations. (Andrea Diaz | Daily Trojan) The inundation of support secured the house in Lambda Chi’s name on the 12th day, beating the escrow deadline and raising a grand total of an estimated $140,000.last_img read more

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New act to tackle crime now effective in Jamaica

first_imgThe controversial Zones of Special Operations Act is now in effect across Jamaica.On Wednesday, Minister of Information, Senator Ruel Reid, received a copy of the Jamaica Gazette indicating that the legislation is in place.Law passed after 13 amendmentsThe law was tabled in the House of  Representatives on March 21 and passed in the Senate on July 7 after 13 amendments.The new law gives the Prime Minister, on the advice of the National Security Council, the authority to declare any high crime area of Jamaica a zone for special security operations and community development measures.The measure is part of a national security strategy that targets strategic subject areas: Violence and Crime, Public Order, Corruption, Community Safety, Territorial Integrity, Crisis Response, and Resilience. The other areas are Justice, Cyber Defense, Critical Infrastructure Protection and Economic Security.Associated budgetary allocationMeanwhile, in an effort to boost the effectiveness of this new measure, the budgetary allocation to the Ministry of National Security has been increased by J$2.6 billion.Crime has been a persistent problem in Jamaica. Measures to solve the problem which has created trepidation in Jamaicans in the Diaspora in returning home has challenged different administrations since the 1970s. Since this year various types of crimes, especially violent crimes have escalated to crisis proportions.More Draconian measures soughtJamaicans home and abroad have been calling for the government to introduce more Draconian measures. These include impromptu law enforcement intrusion of communities with high incidences of crime. Accordingly, most people welcome the new Special Operations Act.last_img read more

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Devon’s Anna Tyson does the double as South West Steward of the Year

first_img16 Nov 2013 Devon’s Anna Tyson does the double as South West Steward of the Year Devon’s Anna Tyson of Dainton Park Golf Club has won the title of Fuller’s London Pride Steward of the Year for England Golf’s South West region – for the second time in a row. Anna received her 2013 trophy at the annual presentation lunch at The Counting House in London, when the national and regional winners were celebrated. She commented: “I am so chuffed, really proud and just so pleased that we can please the members. I’ve got great support at the club, fantastic people to work with.” The competition, to find and recognise England’s top golf club stewards, is run by Fuller’s and England Golf and is now in its seventh year. The 2013 edition attracted a record entry, with over 700 votes cast and more stewards nominated than ever before. Anna may have already won the 2012 South West title, but she’s not one to rest on her laurels and her continuing efforts at Dainton Park, near Newton Abbot, have helped raise this year’s profits considerably. Recent initiatives include working with the club’s management to launch a free, points-based social membership which has already attracted almost 300 people. One of the benefits is access to the restaurant which has newly opened on Friday evenings and is regularly full. Anna’s social events, such as acoustic nights, comedy nights and swing music nights are all sold out as soon as they’re advertised. They all feature acts provided by members, underlining the club’s community spirit and emphasis on team work. Anna has been at Dainton Park since it started and she’s made the club a way of life. She met her husband there, her eldest daughter regularly works the Sunday lunchtime shift – and she even went to work on her day off and birthday! She’s passionate about everything to do with the service at the club, from staff working effectively to taking ice creams on to the course on captain’s day! Anna, and the other three regional winners, were presented with their awards by England Golf chief executive David Joy and Mark Roberts, Fuller’s trade marketing manager. The other three were: national and Northern winners, Simon and Karen Ward of Wilmslow, Cheshire; Midlands winner David Guest of Halesowen, Worcestershire; and South East winner, Steve Warren of Eaton, Norwich. They were chosen after a rigorous judging process. The 2012 Steward of the Year, Yvonne James of Rugby Golf Club, joined the judges to whittle down the record entry to three finalists from each region. Each of these 12 were visited personally before the four regional winners were selected, having been judged on their commitment, innovation and standard of service and presentation, together with that extra special something which sets them apart. Caption: Anna is pictured with England Golf chief executive, David Joy (left), and Mark Roberts, Fuller’s trade marketing manager. Image © Gill Shawlast_img read more

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Razor Clam Dig Starts February 7 on 3 Ocean Beaches

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)State shellfish managers have approved a six-day razor clam dig beginning February 7 on three ocean beaches.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening on evening tides at Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.This is the first dig at Twin Harbors since late November when domoic acid levels spiked there, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for WDFW.“Toxin levels have been dropping over the last several weeks at Twin Harbors and now meet public health standards,” Ayres said. “This is great news for razor clam diggers. The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates and evening low tides:Feb. 7, Tuesday, 3:53 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks, Twin HarborsFeb. 8, Wednesday, 4:46 p.m.; -0.6 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks, Twin HarborsFeb. 9, Thursday, 5:33 p.m.; -0.9 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks, Twin HarborsFeb. 10, Friday, 6:16 p.m.; -1.0 feet; Mocrocks, Twin HarborsFeb. 11, Saturday, 6:57 p.m.; -0.8 feet; Mocrocks, Twin HarborsFeb. 12, Sunday, 7:34 p.m.; -0.5 feet; Mocrocks, Twin HarborsRazor clam diggers should note that Copalis will be closed the last three days of the dig, when Mocrocks and Twin Harbors remain open, Ayres said.WDFW often opens Copalis and Mocrocks for the same dates due to the proximity of the beaches. “We’re able to provide more opportunities by opening Mocrocks separately for a few days this dig,” Ayres said.  Copalis beach includes Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis areas while Mocrocks includes Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Seabrook, Pacific Beach and Moclips. Maps of the beaches can be found on WDFW’s razor clam webpage. Under state law, diggers at open beaches can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2016-17 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website and from license vendors around the state. Long Beach remains closed to razor clam digging due to elevated levels of domoic acid. A natural toxin produced by certain types of algae, domoic acid can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities.last_img read more

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Maxell nips Allen for bragging rights at Ted Allen’s Jewellery Low Net tournament

first_imgLorna Maxwell covered the Granite Pointe at Nelson course in a net 61 to capture the top prize at the Ted Allen’s Jewellery tournament Tuesday at the Rosemont track.Maxwell edged out Becky Allen for the title. Allen finished with a score of net 70, two strokes in front of Cathie McLaren. Joan Jordan finished fourth ahead of Maria Dimopoulos. Both finished with scores of 73 with Jordan winning in retrogression.Edna Mierau was next at 74.last_img

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Calls for Govt to step up plans for climate change investment

first_imgFive schools in Donegal are set to partake in an energy-saving pilot scheme rolled out by the Department of Climate Action. However, despite the introduction to 17 schools around the country, Independent TD Thomas Pringle says that more investment is needed so that schools and public buildings can generate renewable energy, not just reduce it.Speaking on Friday, Pringle said: “I’m delighted to see that five schools in Donegal will receive funding under this pilot project in an effort to reduce energy consumption. “But I believe if the minister was serious about addressing climate change more funding should be provided to ensure schools can generate renewable energy to sell on the grid and provide much-needed funding.“Schools are important institutions in our communities and have already fostered future leaders as the younger generation begin to take on campaigns calling for greater climate action.“Students from schools across Ireland and across the globe have been partaking in climate strikes demanding that Governments act now on climate change.”Pringle’s calls were echoed by councillor Sinead Maguire who said Fine Gael needs to speed up its response to climate change if the planet is to be protected for today’s school children. “The government now needs to step up its own activity to stop climate change play Ireland’s role in safeguarding the planet,” Maguire said.“We need to cut our polluting emissions in half by 2030 and to near zero by 2050, which means Irish emissions have to fall 6-7% year-on-year, every year, from now to 2050.“Young people clearly understand the urgency of the need to take action now.  The government needs to match their passion for change.”Calls for Govt to step up plans for climate change investment was last modified: March 30th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:climate changelast_img read more

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Morales, Finau receive GNAC awards

first_imgHumboldt State football senior kicker Jose Morales and freshman linebacker Moses Finau were named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Special Teams and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, on Monday.The two Lumberjacks were key contributors to Saturday’s 23-16 road win over Simon Fraser in what was the final game in program history for Humboldt State football. The selections mark the third and fourth times HSU football players have earned weekly all-conference honors during the …last_img read more

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Contingency and the Structure of Life’s Building Blocks

first_imgSome Yale scientists found they could construct protein-like molecules using amino acids of a type not found in living things.  They found that beta-amino acids can fold into shapes similar to the proteins made of alpha-amino acids used in living things.  Beta-amino acids have an extra carbon on the backbone.  “Yale chemists show that nature could have used different protein building blocks,” reads the title.  One of the researchers said, “The structure we see is intriguing, as it suggests that natural proteins could have been composed of beta-amino acids, but were not chosen to do so.”  Who did the choosing was left unstated.    Another press release from Howard Hughes Medical Institute argued that man-made proteins made of beta-amino acids might work as effective pharmaceuticals, because they would not be degraded by the enzymes in living cells.  The article mentions that cells actually synthesizes certain beta-amino acids but does not use them in protein construction.  The fact that cells have not avoided them entirely “raises a thorny biological question,” the press release says.  Why don’t beta-based proteins exist in living cells?  For now, the choice seems arbitrary.  Clearly, protein-like structures can be formed from them.  Jack Szostak of HHMI commented, “the implication is that biology uses its standard macromolecules not because they are uniquely suited to their tasks, but at least in part because of other considerations, such as ease of synthesis, or possibly historical accident.”This finding raises interesting questions in the philosophy of biology.  Some evolutionists have tried to claim that the environment forces life down certain pathways, making life as we know it nearly inevitable.  Here, though, there don’t seem to be any constraints against the use of the beta types.  In addition, there are many dozens of other types of amino acids not used by life.  Having amino acids of all one hand appears to confer an advantage.  Related studies have investigated whether DNA is the only feasible carrier for the genetic code.  (So far, DNA seems to have clear physical advantages over its competitors.)  But if the choice is between objects as similar as a Ford and a Chevrolet, why would a mindless material world stick with one brand all the time?    Experiments like this are worthwhile to flesh out our conceptions of what is possible.  Do we live in the “best of all possible worlds” at the molecular level?  Or could eagles, giraffes and fish exist just as comfortably in a beta-amino-acid world?  Presumably so, if all the functions of a cell could be carried out as well with beta brand.  This would be a strike against the environmental determinists.  Though much remains to be understood, it appears that a “choice” was made to go with the alpha-amino acids.  The more that contingency is seen at the basic levels of life, the less probable are repeated appeals to “frozen accidents” and the more plausible it becomes that choices were made by a Designer. (Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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