to go further News Abuses against journalists range from arbitrary arrest to murder. Fifteen Iraqi journalists have been killed in the past six months. Seven were killed in personally targeted attacks, five were killed in a suicide attack on Salaheddin TV in Tikrit in December, and three were the collateral victims of suicide bombings or car bombs.Radio Babel journalist Raji Hamadallah was badly injured on 23 March when gunmen fired shots at him and then fled.Soldiers arrested Saeed Abdulhady, the newspaper Al-Mootamar’s news editor, in a humiliating manner, without a warrant or explanation, outside the University of Baghdad on 15 April. A warrant was issued on 4 March for the arrest of Al-Baghdadiya TV director Aun Al-Khashluk and Anwar Al-Hamdani, the host of the TV station’s “Ninth Studio” programme, on charges of “disturbing public order and inciting chaos and inter-communal violence”. The programme often contains revelations about corruption involving senior government officials. As they are based in Egypt, they have not been arrested.According to the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory ( JFO ), a Reporters Without Borders partner organization, there were 328 cases of abuses against journalists in 2013: 103 journalists were arrested, 162 were obstructed while trying to access information, 63 were the victims of violence and four were attacked by armed groups. A total of 71 complaints were filed against media and journalists, and four media were suspended Read the observations and recommendations on freedom of information in Iraq that Reporters Without Borders has prepared for Iraq’s Universal Periodic Review by the UN Human Rights Council during its 20th session in November 2013. RSF_en Help by sharing this information There has been a disturbing evolution in the violence against journalists, who are being targeted not only by jihadi group such as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) but also by Iraqi authorities.In a statement on 30 April, UNESCO said: “Political tension, instability, the war in Syria and the ineffectiveness of the authorities and security forces are all negative factors that are having an impact on the safety of journalists and media independence in Iraq.” News Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” IraqMiddle East – North Africa News December 16, 2020 Find out more Organisation Journalists were the victims of obstruction, threats and violence during Iraq’s 30 April parliamentary elections, the first since the withdrawal of US troops in late 2011. Violence by jihadi groups and inter-communal tension of a political and sectarian nature marked the security climate.“We are very concerned about the threats and attacks against journalists in Iraq, both by security forces and armed groups, and we urge the authorities to take appropriate measures to guarantee the safety of media personnel,” said Lucie Morillon, Reporters Without Borders head of research. The attacks on media personnel have occurred in a climate of complete impunity. The Iraqi authorities have taken no effective measures to guarantee the safety of journalists, despite repeated requests by local and international organizations. On World Press Freedom Day (3 May), the United Nations voiced “deep concern” about the safety of journalists in Iraq. Attacks and obstructionAt least four media workers were injured on 28 April by an explosive device placed in a bus carrying journalists to cover the elections in Al-Mawsal, 400 km north of Baghdad. Radio Siwa reporter Ahmed Hiali, who was injured in the shoulder and leg, told the Doha Centre for Media Freedom from his hospital bed that the police gave them no protection and did no more than transport them to hospital after the explosion.Police prevented an Al-Baghdadiya TV crew from entering polling stations in Al-Anbar, 100 km west of Baghdad, on 28 April. This is the region where, last January, the authorities imposed a news blackout on the army’s offensive against Sunni insurgents, especially in the cities of Fallujah and Al-Ramadi (LINK).Unidentified individuals prevented an Al-Hurra TV crew from covering a protest in Karbala on 24 April against abuse of authority affecting teachers in the region. In a press release, Al Hurra reporter Iman Bilal said she had been “attacked, insulted and prevented from covering the demonstration by a group stationed nearby.”Deadly security climate May 7, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Mounting dangers for journalists in Iraq RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” IraqMiddle East – North Africa December 28, 2020 Find out more News Follow the news on Iraq Receive email alerts February 15, 2021 Find out more
Charles B. Johnson, principal owner of the San Francisco Giants, is free to support financially the racist people or causes of his choice. And as someone who has followed the Giants and dumped a considerable amount of money on Giants tickets and merchandise for more than 40 years, I am free to divert my discretionary income elsewhere as long as Mr. Johnson is on the scene.That’s how America works. That is how business works. I am hereby financially boycotting the team of my youth. But Johnson …
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#TWiOT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Lord. Where to start? Well, some things happened in Egypt this week. I can’t think of a better way to cover them than to start a week ago, and end with today’s developments. Egypt’s Internet blackout. For only the second time in history (the first being Burma during the Saffron Revolution), a country cut itself off completely from the Internet. Traffic chart from Rensys covering January 27 in Egypt.Al Jazeera releases Egypt coverage under Creative Commons license. The Qatar-based television network continued its long relationship with CC licensing by releasing photos and video for wide use. Dialup made a comeback in Egypt. Once the Internet went down, geeks hit the beaches, including creating a host of dialup numbers for Egyptians to get on the Internet the old-fashioned way. Other ways around the Internet’s disappearance included Speak2Tweet, with Alive in Egypt jumping in to crowdsource the translation from Arabic into English. Tor use skyrocketed. Sudan catches fire from Egypt. Tunisia’s uprising occasioned a number of protests around North Africa and the Middle East. One such was the series of protests in Sudan. Last Egyptian ISP shuttered. The Egyptian authorities eventually decided to take Noor offline, the ISP the banking system and military used. One theory was less the continued leak of information and more worry about rich Egyptians continuing to send tens of millions of dollars out of the country in anticipation of the government collapsing. Al Jazeera shuttered. Egypt revoked the Qatar-based news network’s license to broadcast in Egypt, knocking them off the air. Al Jazeera not only had the bad taste to cover the protests extensively, but was able to do so simultaneously in both Arabic and English. Google marketing head seized off Cairo street. Wael Ghonim was seized in Cairo. He was only one among many, but is a public personality with a strong connection to a major American corporation. Traffic chart from Cedexis covering February 2 to February 3 in Egypt.Egypt Internet brought back online. I discovered this when I saw a missing friend, whom I had spoken with on the phone from Cairo, started posting on Twitter again. Why it the ISPs were brought back online is unclear, though the lack of effect it had on the protests, and the incredibly bad press it brought, may have contributed to the decision. Vodafone forced to send pro-Mubarak texts. The mobile company said it was required by the Egyptian government to send all of its Egyptian subscribers pro-Mubarak text messages. Two other cell providers, Mobinil and Etisalat, were also said to have been forced to do so under the government’s emergency powers. Yemen’s “day of rage.” Yesterday, a number of Yemen government sites were knocked out, possibly by the hacker collective, Anonymous. Today, tens of thousands of protesters went back out into the streets of the Arabian peninsula country’s capital Sanaa to call for its long-time president’s ouster. MidEast Youth created a crowdsourced site to capture information on the protests. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting curt hopkins 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLUCENA — Despite Meralco’s eight-day layoff, coach Norman Black refused to blame rust for his side’s lackluster showing in the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals Game 1 on Friday.“We got outplayed tonight. It didn’t have to do anything with rust. I think we had three more days of rest than they had so I don’t see a big deal as far as that’s concerned,” said Black after the 102-87 loss to Ginebra in the series opener.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients “Going into Game 2, we have to make sure we get good looks with the basket.”Game 2 is on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH But Black knows exactly where things went downhill for the Bolts.READ: Keys to Victory: Ginebra-Meralco Finals seriesFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We shot poorly from the perimeter today,” he said. “Uncharacteristically, we took so many three-point shots. I think we took about 35 and we only average 21 a game. We give them credit for the defense at the same time, it was bad shot selections on our part.”What caused Meralco’s first quarter downfall was its measly 2-of-17 shooting from three as Ginebra established control early and took a 49-35 halftime lead. View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next One final huddle: Beth Celis, 73 LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Though the Bolts were able to hit those three-pointers in their third quarter rally, their 8-of-24 sniping, which translates to 24-percent, was still way below their average of 37 percent, a league-best.READ: Ginebra ousts TNT, faces Meralco in PBA Finals rematchBlack reminded his wards to be more intelligent in their shot selections, saying that just because the Gin Kings’ defense are giving them space to shoot a three, it doesn’t mean that they should always go for it.“They’re sagging, but you don’t have to take three-point shots because they’re sagging. Ginebra continues to make the extra pass and get a little bit closer to the basket. We can actually do the same thing. We’ve been doing that the entire conference long and I have no idea why we mixed it up into shooting a lot of threes,” he said.READ: ‘No favorite, no underdog’ in Ginebra-Meralco series, says Tenorio ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight
Liverpool boss Klopp praises emergency centre-half Fabinho for Brighton winby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was delighted with stand-in centre-half Fabinho for victory at Brighton.Mohamed Salah struck his 14th league goal of the season from the penalty spot as the off-kilter Reds stretched their top-flight advantage over Manchester City back to seven points.Fabinho’s assured showing as an emergency centre-back waskey, especially with Joel Matip working back to fitness. Klopp said, “He’s a brilliant player and I was happy he could play today. It’s not that Brighton had one attack after the other – we had the ball most of the time so it makes sense to have a good footballer in that position. “Brighton tried a little bit to bring the long balls to Murray and around him, which they did, by the way, against Joe Gomez in the home game as well. But he did well in these situations and with the ball. He has a defending brain and can do that in different positions. It’s good.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Heurelho Gomes happy to have played on with Watford this seasonby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHeurelho Gomes is happy to have played on with Watford this season.The Brazilian goalkeeper claimed he was 99 per cent certain he would be hanging up his gloves at the end of last season, but that the Hornets convinced him otherwise.He told Voetbal Primeur, “Last year I was sure that I was going to stop.”Not because I was not fit anymore, but because I was mentally tired. We reached the cup final against Manchester City, but we lost it. I had it again the hunger to play. If I had to go to another club, I would have stopped. Watford said: no, we want you to stay longer.”
APTN National NewsA northern Ontario First Nation continues to push for the reopening of a bridge that’s been closed for over two years.CN Rail has not fixed the bridge since it caught fire. That’s left Fort William First Nation with only one other access point.APTN’s Dennis Ward has this story.
Ohio State football sophomore cornerback Dominic Clarke will not travel with the Buckeyes for Saturday’s game at Illinois after being arrested Sunday and charged with disorderly conduct during an on-campus incident involving what a witness described as a “compressed air” gun. An OSU student called the university police department and said that three black males were sitting on top of the roof of Marketplace, a campus eatery, “firing a paintball gun down at people.” The student said he looked out his window and saw the men on the roof. “I can’t totally tell if it’s an Airsoft or a paintball, but it’s using compressed air,” the student said. The OSU police department report identified Clarke, as well as football freshman offensive lineman Chris Carter and men’s basketball freshman Sam Thompson. Both Carter and Thompson gave statements to police but were not arrested. In an email to The Lantern, OSU football spokesman Jerry Emig confirmed that Clarke would be suspended. “The individual was involved in a university rules violation,” Emig said in an email. “The issue is currently going through the university process, and head coach Luke Fickell has announced that he will not be traveling with the team to Illinois this weekend.” Basketball team spokesman Dan Wallenberg said in an email, “We have no issues with any basketball student athletes.” The police report said that the incident is still under investigation.
KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 11, 2019 April 11, 2019 UCSD researches find method for treating certain chronic inflammatory diseases in mice study Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A group of researchers, including almost a dozen from UC San Diego, announced today that they may have found a method of treating certain chronic inflammatory diseases by disposing of damaged mitochondria, the powerhouse of the cell.Inflammation is a natural biological response to eliminate foreign irritants in the body, but can harm healthy cells when not kept in check.Inflammation is generally regulated in the body by a molecule called the NLRP3 inflammasome, which triggers an inflammatory response when a cell’s mitochondria is damaged or attacked.Overactive NLRP3 inflammasomes can lead to certain inflammatory diseases like gout, osteoarthritis and fatty liver disease. In a study of mice, UCSD researchers were able to circumvent this issue by using an enzyme inhibitor to force cells to begin their waste removal process, mitophagy, to eliminate damaged mitochondria before a cells’ NLRP3 inflammasome can be activated.The researchers published their study in today’s issues of the journal Cell Metabolism. Their previous research also revealed that damaged mitochondria trigger NLRP3 inflammasome response.“After that, we wondered if we could reduce harmful excess inflammation by intentionally inducing mitophagy, which would eliminate damaged mitochondria and should in turn pre-emptively inhibit NLRP3 inflammasome activation,” said pharmacology and pathology professor Michael Karin, the study’s senior author. “But at the time we didn’t have a good way to induce mitophagy.”The enzyme treatment reduced the mice’s acute inflammation, caused by uric acid, and reversed inflammation associated with a genetic disorder known as Muckle-Well Syndrome.The researchers found that the enzyme treatment works to quell the release of two pro-inflammatory molecules, interleukin-1 beta and interleukin-18. Some drugs that are currently on the market can block IL-1 beta but not IL-18, but the use of the enzyme inhibitor blocked both.“There are several diseases, including lupus and osteoarthritis, whose treatment likely will require dual inhibition of both IL-1 (beta) and IL-18,” Karin said.Karin, first author Elsa Sanchez-Lopez and researchers from UCSD, completed the study with researchers from the University of Texas at Austin and the Hospital Universitario Fuenlabrada in Madrid, Spain.