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Seven journalists assaulted and three radio stations torched in a bloody weekend for press freedom

first_img Violence against the press in Haiti: RSF and CPJ write to Minister of Justice Organisation Receive email alerts June 11, 2019 Find out more RSF_en to go further News News Follow the news on Haïti Help by sharing this information Journalists covering events in Haiti are experiencing an alarming descent into violence. Reporters Without Borders appealed to pro and anti-government supporters to put an end to attacks against the media and individual journalists Newscenter_img Seven journalists have come under attack in a bloody increase in assaults on the media, as an uprising spread in Haiti.One journalist was shot and badly injured and six others have been assaulted covering demonstrations. Three radio stations have been torched.Reporters Without Borders called on government and opposition supporters to take all necessary steps to end these attacks.On 21 february, Pierre Eli Sem, owner and manager of Radio Hispagnola in Trou du Nord (27 kms southeast of Cap-Haïtien) and correspondent for the private radio station Radio Métropole in the northeast, was in his car when thugs forced their way in and shot him several times, seriously injuring him in the neck and legs. He was described as out of danger. Elie Sem said he had been threatened for several days since he had begun broadcasting news from Radio Métropole on Radio Hispagnola. He decided to broadcast Radio Métropole news bulletins after the management of Radio Cap-Haïtien suspended the bulletins following threats from supporters of the ruling Fanmi Lavalas party. The following day the offices of Radio Hispagnola in Trou du Nord were torched by supporters of the former deputy Nahoum Marcellus. The commando was driven off by anti-government rebels, who arrived on the scene having taking the town of Cap-Haïtien. Groups of demonstrators, protected by the rebels, then began ransacking and setting fire to Radio Africa and Radio Télé Kombit (RTK), belonging respectively to Nahoum Marcellus and Jose Ulysse, a member of President Aristide’s inner cabinet.Other journalists were targeted on 20 February, including several foreigners. Claude Bellevue of Radio Ibo, was hit in the back by shell fragments fired from a 12 calibre gun when he was covering a peaceful demonstration by students in Port-au-Prince. He was attacked by armed groups supporting President Aristide. During the same demonstration a Spanish cameraman suffered an ear injury as a result of a machete blow and a photographer with Agence France-Presse (AFP) was also injured, the agency said.Associated Press (AP), reported that Roberto Andrade, of the Mexican television channel Televisa, and another reporter working for the Mexican network TV Azteca, had to flee when they were stoned by militants, who then chased and caught up with them and forced them to hand over their film. News HaïtiAmericas November 14, 2019 Find out more February 24, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Seven journalists assaulted and three radio stations torched in a bloody weekend for press freedom Another journalist murdered in Haiti HaïtiAmericas Journalist shot dead amid anti-government protests in Haiti October 11, 2019 Find out more Foreign reporters have recently reported several incidents of having equipment seized after witnessing events that reflected badly on the government of Aristide or his supporters.AP reported that one of its photographers was forced to wipe pictures from the memory of his digital camera and a cameraman from the channel APTN was forced to hand over tapes.These targeted attacks against the foreign press are new. According to the same source this harassment came after the president called on journalists, whom he addressed on 21 February, to show the world how Haitians were ready to fight to defend their democracy.last_img read more

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Six months after being sentenced to death, journalist still waits to know his fate

first_imgNews to go further Organisation Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says RSF_en Reporters Without Borders today called for the release of Afghan journalist Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh, aged 23, of the magazine Jahan-e Naw (The New World), who was sentenced to death for “blasphemy” six months ago. Reporters Without Borders today called for the release of Afghan journalist Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh, aged 23, of the magazine Jahan-e Naw (The New World), who was sentenced to death for “blasphemy” six months ago.Perwiz Kambakhsh’s appeal hearing has been adjourned since 15 June because of the absence of witnesses. Students and professors from the Mazar-i-Sharif University were due to give evidence but they have not yet been official summoned to Kabul. Receive email alerts RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan AfghanistanAsia – Pacific News News “We cannot under why the justice system does not want to release this young journalist, despite proof of his innocence. It is essential that the appeal court speeds up his trial”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “The medical examiner who saw him has confirmed that he was tortured by the security forces and the irregularities in the first trial constitute sufficient reasons to justify releasing him after already spending nine months in prison”, it added.Perwiz Kambakhsh’s brother, the journalist Yaqub Ibrahimi, explained that the appeal is progressing very slowly, despite the campaign by Afghan colleagues and fellow citizens. “We have had to send a letter ourselves asking the students and professors who are witnesses to come so they can appear before the court,” he said.Hundreds of Afghan journalists and writers demonstrated in 15 provinces of the country on 8 July calling for the release of Perwiz Kambakhsh. center_img May 3, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Afghanistan July 24, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Six months after being sentenced to death, journalist still waits to know his fate June 2, 2021 Find out more March 11, 2021 Find out more He was sentenced to death for blasphemy by the lower court in Mazar-i-Sharif on 22 January 2008 at a summary trial held behind closed doors. Around a score of witnesses, contacted by the journalist’s family, declined to give evidence for fear of reprisals against them. He has been held in custody since 27 October 2007. Help by sharing this information News Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” Reporters Without Borders also pointed out that Jawed Ahmad, Afghan contributor to the Canadian television channel CTV, has been held without trial by the US Army since 2 November 2007, on the Bagram air base, north of Kabul, accused of being an “enemy combatant” because of his alleged contacts with the Taliban. AfghanistanAsia – Pacific last_img read more

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Animal welfare group’s appeal to help scalded cats

first_imgEmail Advertisement WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleNumber of children homeless in Limerick continues to riseNext articleStronger Garda response needed to tackle city criminals David Raleigh A COUNTY Limerick animal welfare group has appealed for funds to cover the cost of treatment for three cats that were scalded with boiling water.The Deel Animal Action Group in Newcastle West posted graphic pictures sent by a woman who found the injured cats in her yard.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up One of three cats reportedly scalded with hot water and found in the Newcastle West“We were notified about three cats that have been coming into someone’s yard and eating their family cat’s food. The finder was concerned about them as they had what appeared to be burn marks on them,” the animal welfare group stated on its Facebook page.“She took photos and sent them to us. One of our volunteers went out and managed to trap one of them .”Posting a photo of one of the injured cats, the group added that they took her to the vets where the extent of the injuries was confirmed.Adding that they had more photographs that were too graphic to post, the group said that all three cats were in a similar state.one of three cats reportedly scalded with hot water and found in the Newcastle West“The vet has advised us that the treatment will consist of a minimum four days in the vets having dressings changed daily under sedation. Then into a foster home until they are pain free and back to reasonable health.”The Facebook post said the cat they managed to capture was in tremendous pain but the vet was of the opinion that with the right care, she will make a good recovery”.The group asked for donations to help with the veterinary bills.The group currently has over 30 cats and kittens in its care as well as a number of dogs.“This means we have significantly high vet bills, to the tune of around €8,000. So taking on these babies as well will only add to the pressure we are under,” the group said.center_img NewsAnimal welfare group’s appeal to help scalded catsBy David Raleigh – September 4, 2019 160 Print Linkedin Twitterlast_img read more

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Casablanca Port Project Wrapped Up

first_imgImage source: VinciVinci, a French concessions and construction company, said that Dumez Maroc (Vinci Construction International Network) has handed over the new fishing port in Casablanca to Morocco’s Agence Nationale des Ports – ANP.The works included construction of a main breakwater (655m), a secondary breakwater (535m), two quays (323m and 145m), 240m of floating jetties and a significant amount of dredging work.The main goal of this development scheme is to convert the city’s old fishing port, too small and in poor condition, into a new, larger and more modern site, the company said.Alongside the boost for Morocco’s fishing industry, the project is set to help redevelop the general port area in order to attract more tourism to the area.[mappress mapid=”24067″]last_img

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Cooney looks to find consistency against Holy Cross

first_imgThe ball swished through the net and Trevor Cooney’s celebration wasn’t much of a celebration at all. It was his and Syracuse’s first made 3 of the game, sandwiched between a three-point play on a layup and two free throws for Cooney — a personal 8-0 run that helped the Orange bury Loyola (Maryland) in the Carrier Dome on Tuesday night. But he didn’t yell or pump his fist. He just glided backward to the defensive end while lightly nodding his head. “I think at times this year I’ve gotten a little too up and I can’t get up or down,” Cooney said after the win over the Greyhounds. “As a shooter you just have to think about the next one, not the one that just happened. Miss or make.”And Cooney’s up-and-down demeanor is a microcosm of the start to his season. In spurts, the junior guard has been the perimeter threat that can jumpstart the SU offense and take pressure off of Rakeem Christmas and Chris McCullough in the post. But he’s also had trouble stringing together two straight makes and has often been the same inconsistent player that greatly contributed to the Orange’s sputtering out at the end of last season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhat Syracuse (4-1) will get out of its most experienced guard this season is still up in the air, and Cooney will use the next nonconference game — a 7 p.m. date with Holy Cross (3-0) in the Carrier Dome on Friday — as another chance to find a consistent touch.“I’m not too worried about slow starts,” Cooney said. “I just need to take the right shots and I’ll contribute just fine.”Cooney is averaging 11.2 points per game and has made nine of his 29 3-point attempts through five games, but slow shooting starts have coincided with slow starts for the Orange offense. Syracuse held Loyola scoreless for the first 10:04 of game time, but only scored 28 points in the first half to let the Greyhounds stay in the game. Cooney came around a screen for his first long-range attempt and, with a defender right in his face, hoisted an off-balance shot and was stuffed as soon as he released it.He went 0-for-3 from downtown in the first half and found more success going to the rim against an inferior defense. “That first shot I took was horrible,” Cooney said. “Just can’t do that.”At the start of the season, Cooney wouldn’t say whether he considered himself a top shooter in the Atlantic Coast Conference, but added that he was honored to even be asked. On Tuesday, he said he knows he’s solely defined by makes and misses and was quick to point out that one more 3 would have given him 16 points and “then you’d all say I had a great night.”Instead, it was SU’s frontcourt that had a great night while Cooney played a supporting role.“Trevor’s even more important with us trying to get it down to the low post all the time,” SU point guard Kaleb Joseph said earlier in the season. “When he is hitting, we just get that much more dynamic.”With Syracuse methodically working the ball into the post and relying on frontcourt scoring, Cooney’s availability depends on how much opposing guards help down on Christmas and McCullough.If they do help down, Cooney will be tested to hit open jump shots and there will be groans from the crowd if he doesn’t. If they don’t, he’ll have to create his own shots and work off the dribble, which has presented discomfort in the past but could be his best bet to contribute as teams continue to key on him.Cooney saw a mix of both against Loyola, as the Greyhounds focused on Christmas on the block but also had enough size to let their guards chase Cooney step for step around the arc. It wasn’t 16 points or a spotless performance by any stretch, but head coach Jim Boeheim was satisfied. “It’s not two guys, you can’t win with two guys,” Boeheim said after the win. “Trevor was more aggressive tonight, made some good plays. If he can get 13 points every night I’d be happy.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 28, 2014 at 10:10 am Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

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Pompano Beach Cultural Center Presents Montage: A Film Series

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – Montage: A Film Series is a program designed to link communities and people through the art of filmmaking and culture. Montage returns for its 2020 season in celebration of Black History Month for a screening of Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People. Montage takes place Thursday, February 27 at 7pm at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center. Tickets are FREE and are available at  www.ccpompano.org or at the door.“This documentary is a fitting selection for Black History Month,” said Phyllis Korab, Cultural Affairs Director. “As it provides a comprehensive look at American culture through historical archival images that are rarely seen in such totality.”As the first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations, and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People probes the recesses of American history through images that have been suppressed, forgotten, and lost.Bringing to light rarely seen photos shot by both professional and amateur African American photographers, the film opens a window into the lives of black families, whose experiences and perspectives are often missing from the traditional historical canon.These images show a much more complex and nuanced view of American culture and its founding ideals. Inspired by the book Reflections in Black by photo historian Deborah Willis, the film features the works of esteemed photographic artists Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, Coco Fusco, Clarissa Sligh, James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks, and many others.The Pompano Beach Cultural Center is located at 50 West Atlantic Blvd. Pompano Beach, FL 33445.last_img read more

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Rob Smith pleased with Humboldt State football’s progress thus far

first_imgARCATA >> A truncated training camp has hit its midway point.Ten days of camp down, 10 more to go.The evaluation period doesn’t stop after Saturday afternoon’s scrimmage at the Redwood Bowl for head coach Rob Smith. What the scrimmage did offer was the chance to take another step forward to that all-important 2016 season opener, which is starting to get closer and closer on the calendar.“We’ve got to put kids in game-like situations, and scrimmages do that as best as we can hope for,” Smith …last_img

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Chimp-Human Genes Evolved Much Faster Than Expected

first_imgIt’s been all over the news lately – human DNA shows surprisingly divergent regions from chimpanzee counterparts.  The Houston Chronicle, for instance, summarizes the find:Searching across the four genomes, the team looked for regions of DNA about 100 letters long that had made the biggest leaps. One, they found, had changed nearly twice as much as any other region, with 18 letters of DNA different between humans and chimps. A similar stretch of chicken DNA, they found, has all but two letters in common with the chimp DNA.The evolutionary explanation is two-fold: (1) this region of human DNA must have evolved 70 times as fast as other parts, and (2) the lack of evolution between chicken and chimp for this region must mean that “this region of the DNA had been stable for a long time, hundreds of millions of years.”    See also Medical News Today and Associated Press report on NC Star News.We just claimed yesterday that “Darwinian evolution is so malleable that it bends itself to every anomaly, and therefore fails” the scientific criteria of testability and verifiability (08/21/2006).  Here’s another example.  Rather than wear sackcloth and ashes and moan and wail over their sins, they spin this story into support for Darwin.  Now they expect to believe that these genes sat there undisturbed for hundreds of millions of years, only to explode into activity after Bonzo’s kid had a mutation, and presto! philosophy.  Gong; next.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront

first_img27 November 2009While the majestic Table Mountain and the internationally renowned Robben Island are among Cape Town’s best-known destinations, the V&A Waterfront – which is being transformed into a mega football village for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ – is fast catching up.With the 19th edition of the Fifa World Cup™ fast approaching, the Final Draw taking place on 4 December has presented Cape Town with an ideal opportunity to showcase its beauty.The term “must-see place” is, to many, overused. Few, however, will disagree that it is applicable to Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront.Situated at the shores of this breathtaking city, the V&A Waterfront is one of the most tourist-probing places in Cape Town, boasting state-of-the-art facilities that include shops, restaurants and a gorgeous harbour.It is also one of the city’s few locations where you will have so many options at your disposal rather than having to travel around to find various activities.There are several hotel, shops, restaurants and cinemas. The shops are divided between several locations and include specific areas set aside for crafts, art and small business development. They are generally open until 9pm daily.There are also plenty of leisure activities available at the Waterfront, such as air and sea charters. Open spaces throughout the precinct are to be used as hospitality and match-viewing areas, while the main shopping arena buzzes with activities.The Two Oceans Aquarium on the V&A Waterfront is ideally positioned to showcase the incredible diversity of marine life found along South Africa’s long coastline. The Aquarium is one of the top tourist attractions in Cape Town, and over 3 000 living sea animals – including sharks, fish, turtles and penguins – can be seen in this spectacular underwater nature reserve.The Maritime Museum is one of the popular places here, as it focuses on the history of shipping from prehistoric times to the present day. Boat trips around the harbour and along the coast are always some of the main attractions.At the heart of the Waterfront is the V&A Waterfront Marina, a residential development of prestigious apartments and penthouses, the quintessence of the Waterfront lifestyle.Some of the places to visit there include the Robben Island Embarkation Building, which was used to temporarily keep prisoners who were en route to Robben Island. Other places include the Clock Tower and Heritage routeSource: Fifa.comlast_img read more

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Jake Gyllenhaal To Read Poetry For Veterans

first_imgThe Headstrong Project is proud to be hosting the first ever “Words of War” event on May 8th at IAC HQ in New York City.This cocktail fundraiser is designed to further support the mission of the Headstrong Project, to help veterans recover from the hidden wounds of war in order to lead full and meaningful lives. Specifically, “Words of War” will support comprehensive mental healthcare for military veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.The evening will include a war poetry reading by Jake Gyllenhaal. Additionally, Adam Driver (from HBO’s Girls and major motion picture Lincoln) and Joanne Tucker of “Theater of War” will perform a scene from Sophocles’ Ajax. This short presentation of wartime poetry, literature, theater and letters articulate the exuberance and ideals that drive men and women to war, the thrill and horror of combat, the difficulties of returning home, and the experience of family members worried about their loved one at war. Iconic wartime images, by photographers Ashley Gilbertson, Lucian Read and Jonathan Alpeyrie will be projected during the presentation.“Even for those who have fought and served in combat, PTSD can be a tough term to understand,” said Zach Iscol, Executive Director, Chairman of Headstrong Project. “It isn’t accessible and there is a stigma attached to it. This event will speak to how normal and timeless the reactions and emotions felt in and returning home from war can be. Of course you’re going to feel grief over losing a close friend. Of course you’re going to feel shame and guilt about life and death decisions made in the fog of war…any good person would.”The Headstrong Project began treating military veterans in August 2012, and will be using funds raised from this event to expand care to veterans and their families. In partnership with their media partners Google, Newsweek/Daily Beast, and Pixel Corps, Words of War will also benefit Team Rubicon, Team RWB, and Student Veterans of America. These organizations have been incredibly effective at building communities of veterans- a strong antidote to the effects of PTSD and moral injuries.Over 300,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans report symptoms of PTSD. The VA estimates we lose 22 veterans a day to suicide and the Department of Defense reports 30-50 active duty troops take their lives every month. Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are at particular risk. It has been estimated that for every troop we have lost in combat this year, 25-30 take their own lives. These numbers also do not reflect increases in dangerous and destructive behavior – such as astonishing increases in domestic abuse, substance abuse, and even motorcycle accidents.The evening will benefit the Headstrong Project, Team RWB, Team Rubicon and Student Veterans of America. For more information of the Headstrong Project or to purchase tickets to the “Words of War” please visit www.getheadstrong.org.last_img read more