Border police beat Agence France-Presse photographer

first_img December 19, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Border police beat Agence France-Presse photographer to go further News Organisation Receive email alerts IsraelMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Israel WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists “Using the excuse of the fight against Palestinian terrorism, the Israeli authorities can freely threaten and physically attack journalists who live and work in the Occupied Territories,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard.”We demand that this incident, like others, be investigated and that those responsible be punished for violating press freedom. The Israeli army’s promise to curb the violent behaviour of some of its troops against journalists has unfortunately very rarely been kept,” he said.Achtiye was beaten by two Israeli border policemen when he arrived at the crossing point between Nablus and the town of Salim, even though they knew he was a journalist. They threatened to seize his camera but changed their mind when they saw no pictures had been taken. Before they let him go, they threatened to kill him if he ever returned.Reporters Without Borders notes that obstruction of the media covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has reached alarming proportions this year.- Three journalists have been killed in the Occupied Territories, including Raffaele Ciriello, a reporter for the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, in Ramallah on 13 March. These deaths were caused by excessive use of force by the Israeli army, which has not investigated the incidents despite its promises to do so.- Eight journalists, including two French and an American, have been wounded by gunfire while reporting in Palestinian towns occupied by the Israeli army. In most cases, they were clearly identifiable as journalists and were no danger to the soldiers. They were wounded by warning or intimidatory shots not intended to kill them but sometimes seriously wounding them.- A dozen Palestinian journalists have been imprisoned without trial or sentence, using the device of “administrative detention,” for periods of between one and eight months. Two of them, Khalid Ali Mohammed Zwawi and Nizar Ramadan, are still being held, respectively since April and June, though Israeli officials have given no indication of why.- Dozens of journalists in the Occupied Territories have been threatened, physically attacked, targeted at army checkpoints or had their equipment seized. Those responsible for these violations of press freedom are apparently rarely punished and a feeling of impunity pervades the Israeli army.- For the past two years, the Israeli government press office has only renewed a few press cards of Palestinian journalists, some of whom are long-standing correspondents for international news agencies, such as Reuters, Associated Press and AFP.The Israeli army’s failure to take action about these many press freedom violations, along with accusations by senior government officials that the foreign media are abusing Israeli hospitality, and are biased and lazy, are signs of growing hostility to the foreign media. As well as being especially violent, this strategy aims to reduce the sources of information and control foreign coverage of the conflict.The allegations of “massacres” after the fighting between the Israeli army and Palestinians in the Jenin refugee camp in April 2002 are an example of the harmful effects of a policy that aims to limit information and keep journalists out. May 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalistscenter_img Help by sharing this information May 16, 2021 Find out more RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes News News An Agence France-Presse photographer was beaten by two Israeli borderguards near Nablus on 19 December. It was one more incident in this year’sheavy toll of attacks on press freedom in the Palestinian OccupiedTerritories. IsraelMiddle East – North Africa News Reporters Without Borders protested against the beating by Israeli frontier guards of a Palestinian photographer, Jaafar Achtiye, working for the French news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) near the West Bank town of Nablus today. June 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Joint call for Brazzaville journalist’s release

first_img Congo-BrazzavilleAfrica Condemning abuses EnvironmentJudicial harassment February 5, 2021 Find out more Congo-BrazzavilleAfrica Condemning abuses EnvironmentJudicial harassment Le journaliste Raymond Malonga détenu depuis le 2 février à la maison d’arrêt de Brazzaville au Congo. Organisation RSF_en May 4, 2021 Find out more After winning last week’s presidential election with more than 88% of the votes, according to the provisional results, Denis Sassou Nguesso is about to begin his fourth consecutive term with a journalist in prison. The 77-year-old president has ruled his country for nearly 37 of the past 41 years.The publisher of the satirical magazine Sel-Piment, Raymond Malonga has been detained since 2 February, when plainclothes intelligence officials snatched him from his bed in the Brazzaville hospital where he was being treated for malaria. He is accused of defamation for printing a story from a website about alleged embezzlement by the wife of the head of the National Security Council, who is also Nguesso’s nephew.“This is a case in which the law and applicable procedures have been circumvented to settle scores with a journalist who was hospitalised and who had committed no offence punishable by imprisonment,” said Arnaud Froger. “The image transmitted by a sick man’s arrest and by such a flagrant violation of the rule of law is simply appalling. The pressure will not let up. Raymond Malonga must be freed.”The joint statement by RSF and 12 other NGOs points out that, in the Republic of Congo, press offences are only punishable by imprisonment in exceptional circumstances that do not apply to this case. And when the maximum sentence is less than a year in prison, an accused person resident in the Republic of Congo cannot be held provisionally for more than 15 days after their first court appearance.Malonga’s case has been referred to a criminal court but he has yet to appear in court. Meanwhile, the news about his health is not reassuring. RSF has learned that he was suffering from poorly-treated malaria, with a 40-degree fever, headaches, stomach problems and anorexia, at the time of his arrest. Subsequent tests suggest that he may also have caught typhoid. His family say they are very worried by his “feverish state,” which has not been improved by imprisonment.Also known as Congo-Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo is ranked 118th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index.The joint press release (see below) is signed by:Agir ensemble pour les droits humainsACAT CongoACAT FranceCinema For Peace and DemocracyFIACATInternational Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), as part of the Observatory for theProtection of Human Rights DefendersCongolese Observatory for Human Rights (OCDH)World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), as part of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights DefendersReporters Without Borders (RSF)Collectif SassoufitSurvieMouvement Ras Le Bol CongoTournons La Page Receive email alerts Related documents cp_20210329_liberer_et_proteger_journalistes_et_defenseurs_des_droits_humains_en_republique_du_congo_vf2.pdfPDF – 719.97 KB March 5, 2021 Find out more March 31, 2021 Joint call for Brazzaville journalist’s release News to go further Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and 12 other human rights and civil society organisations have issued a joint call for the release of Raymond Malonga, an ailing journalist held arbitrarily for nearly three months in Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo’s capital. His detention is “illegal and inhuman,” their statement says. Congo celebrates World Press Freedom Day by sentencing a journalist to six months in prison News Ailing magazine editor held illegally in Brazzaville for more than a month News Brazzaville journalist taken from hospital, held illegally News Follow the news on Congo-Brazzaville Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Feeding Furry Friends

first_imgIn Oglethorpe County, 4-H’ers have met monthly for the past seven years as a part of the Georgia 4-H Cooking to Share initiative, which challenges 4-H’ers across the state to develop cooking skills by preparing food for families in need. This past program year, more than 60 families benefited from this project in Oglethorpe County.However, because COVID-19 restrictions prohibited the club from preparing food for people in the past few months, these 4-H’ers adapted to their circumstances — instead of preparing nutritious meals for families, they prepared animal-safe treats to donate to a local animal rescue shelter.Since August, the club has met twice to prepare treats while following state and local public health guidelines. These 4-H’ers have made 120 peanut butter cookies, 5 pounds of sweet potato fries, 100 pumpkin bars, 50 apple cinnamon cupcakes and 100 granola bars, all of which were donated to Sweet Olive Farm, a nonprofit sanctuary for a wide variety of animals in Winterville, Georgia. 4-H’ers found animal-safe recipes online, choosing treats that had a base of applesauce or peanut butter. Over the course of three visits, more than 150 animals were recipients of these healthy treats.Marcus Eason, 4-H agent for University of Georgia Cooperative Extension in Oglethorpe County, coordinates the Cooking to Share project club.“The Cooking to Share project club is a win-win for everyone: Families in need are receiving healthy meals, and youth are gaining confidence in the kitchen, learning how to prevent foodborne illness, eating healthy and practicing kitchen safety, all while learning to cook,” Eason said. “Many 4-H parents state that their child gains confidence in the kitchen by participating in the Cooking to Share program and want to begin helping cook family meals. Teenagers are building on their leadership abilities and the Oglethorpe County 4-H Club is supporting the community.”4-H parent Monica Patrick is excited to see that 4-H’ers still have the opportunity to learn cooking skills while helping animals in need.“At first my child was devastated to learn that the Cooking to Share project club was not able to happen this year. That sadness soon turned to joy when she learned that Cooking to Share would continue. She has been so excited to make treats for rescued animals and get back into 4-H,” Patrick said.Georgia 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 242,000 people annually through UGA Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit read more

Large family home with granny flat perfect for multi-generational living

first_img4 Chico Place, McDowall.At the eastern end of the home, is a large self-contained granny flat, perfect for parents or teenagers. There is a kitchenette and full bathroom, and this airconditioned space can be closed off from the main home, offering privacy and separation. Check out this retro bathroom at 4 Chico Place, McDowall.On the lower level of the home is a double automated garage, with secure access to the home via an internal staircase. This area has space for a workshop, and storage in abundanceThe property is being sold with a price tag of $789,000. 4 Chico Place, McDowall.All four bedrooms are on the upper level. The main bedroom has a fire place. The other three bedrooms have built-ins, with one having its own ensuite.The middle level is designed for living and entertaining. The tiled level features a formal lounge and dining area.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019The lounge room has a fire place, perfect for cooler nights. 4 Chico Place, McDowall. 4 Chico Place, McDowall. 4 Chico Place, McDowall.A multi-level home with a granny flat has hit the market and is perfect for large families wanting plenty of space to spread out.The four-bedroom, four-bathroom home at 4 Chico Place, McDowall is in a quiet cul-de-sac.Ray White — Bridgeman Downs selling agent Sonya Treloar said the home would be perfect for multi-generational living. 4 Chico Place, McDowall.last_img read more

Meriaura Grows Fleet with Two More Ships

first_imgVG-Shipping, part of Meriaura Group, has acquired two second-hand 4,100 dwt dry cargo vessels.The duo includes M/S Aava VG (ex. Nemuna), which was delivered to VG-Shipping on October 12, in Antwerp. After discharging its first cargo in Kotka, the vessel will continue to dry dock in Tallinn. The sister ship, M/S Lotta VG (ex Visurgis) is scheduled for delivery in the coming weeks.The 1997 and 1998-built, Cyprus-flagged vessels are sisters of M/S Martta VG, a vessel that already belongs to the VG-Shipping fleet.The 1A ice classed ships are 89.8 meters long, 13.6 meters wide, and suitable for shipments in the Baltic Sea and North Sea.“Increasing our tonnage is a clear goal. We are constantly looking for new vessels for purchase and time chartering,” Beppe Rosin, Vice Managing Director and responsible for Meriaura’s charter operations, said. “We want to serve our clientele in the size of 3000 and 4000 tonners, as well as our new size class, 8,000 dwt tons. The acquired vessels strengthen our market position in the smaller size class.”The acquisition brings VG-Shipping’s owned fleet to 8 cargo ships with a total load capacity of 39,000 dwt. The whole Meriaura fleet, including the time-chartered vessels, consists of 20 vessels with a total cargo capacity of 81,000 dwt.last_img read more

Indian Premier League IPL 2018, KXIP vs KKR: Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders lock horns with eye on play-offs spot

first_imgNew Delhi: The current season of Indian Premier League is turning out to be a blockbuster affair for all the cricket lovers.  The eight teams are leaving no stone unturned to secure a place in the playoffs of the cash-rich league.Kings XI Punjab will lock horns with Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday in game number 44 of IPL 2018. While KXIP have won six of their ten matches, KKR have secured victory in five out of eleven matches. Both the teams have lost momentum in their last few matches and will look forward to learning from their mistakes.Punjab have lost three of last four matches despite building up momentum. The Ravichandran Ashwin led team suffered a defeat at hands of Rajasthan Royals by 15 runs in their previous encounter in Jaipur.KXIP need to stop experimenting with their batting order because sending Ashwin higher hasn’t reaped rewards. KL Rahul (471 runs in 10 matches) has been firing from all the corners but the other batsmen are yet to contribute to the team.KKR have some major concerns when it comes to their bowling attack. The Dinesh Kartik led team lost their last match against Mumbai Indians by a staggering 102 runs. The bowlers conceded more than 200 runs twice in this season of IPL.The fast powers are yet to decimate the opposition team’s batsmen and have given runs at an average of 10.50 runs per over. Andre Russell’s fitness remains a serious matter of concern for Dinesh KartikBoth the teams have set their eyes on securing a berth in the playoffs and need to win this crucial encounter. What statistics have to say? Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders have played a total of 22 matches in Indian Premier League. KXIP have won eight matches while KKR staged a win in 14 matches.The last time the two teams met, Punjab walked away with a win at Eden Gardens in a rain-affected match. Teams Kings XI Punjab: Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Chris Gayle, Aaron Finch, KL Rahul, Karun Nair, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Barinder Sran, David Miller, Andrew Tye, Mayank Agarwal, Manoj Tiwary, Ankit Rajpoot, Axar Patel, Akshdeep Nath, Yuvraj Singh, Marcus Stoinis, Mayank Dagar.Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (c), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi,  Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Shubman Gill, R., Cameron Delport, Javon Searless, Apoorv Wankhade, Ishank Jaggi, Tom Curran For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

3-star offensive tackle Ward commits to Syracuse

first_imgSyracuse picked up a big signing Wednesday – literally.Six-foot-8, 290-pound offensive tackle Denzel Ward from Simeon Vocational High School in Chicago signed with the Orange. Ward is a three-star recruit and is ranked No. 79 at his position by his decision on Campus Insiders, Ward reached first for a South Florida hat before redirecting his arm to his left over a Vanderbilt cap and grabbing a hat with Otto the Orange’s face on it.Going into national signing day Wednesday, Ward had narrowed his teams down to Syracuse, South Florida and Vanderbilt after turning down offers from other programs including Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.He joins two-star guard Aaron Roberts – another Chicago product – as the second offensive lineman in the Orange’s Class of 2014. Ward also becomes the seventh recruit from the Midwest to pledge to SU in the incoming class.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on February 5, 2014 at 11:06 am Contact Phil: [email protected] | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Ex-England boss Hodgson new Palace manager

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Roy Hodgson has been appointed the new manager of Crystal Palace, the English Premier League club announced Tuesday.The 70-year-old former England manager has replaced Frank de Boer after the Dutchman was sacked following just four league games in charge of the south London club.“Former England manager Roy Hodgson has been appointed as the new manager of Crystal Palace FC, on a two-year contract,” said a club statement.For Hodgson, born in the south London suburb of Croydon, managing Palace means the Englishman is now in charge of his boyhood side after a managerial career spanning five decades and 15 clubs in eight countries as well as spells in charge of four national teams. “We are the club of south London, with an enormously large fan base. The ambitions here are realistic and there is an enormous potential for growth and I hope we can achieve our goals.“I am very excited to be back in club football and it is a long while since I have enjoyed the day to day sessions of training.” “It is very rewarding to find myself here now, in different times, as the Palace manager at a club that I have always loved and admired with a huge potential,” he told the club’s website.center_img Hodgson’s managerial honours include seven Swedish league titles, two Swedish Cup wins, one Swiss title and one Danish title, while he has also been in charge of several Premier League clubs — Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion.But his time in charge of England ended with a shock defeat by outsiders Iceland that saw the team knocked out of Euro 2016.Dutchman De Boer was sacked after Sunday’s 1-0 loss away to Burnley meant Palace were the first team in England’s top flight to lose their opening four games without scoring a goal since Preston North End 93 years ago.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

New faces feature in England men’s squads

first_img Tags: elite golf, England squads 13 Feb 2019 New faces feature in England men’s squads A host of new faces have played their way into the two England men’s squads for 2019.Spanish amateur champion Billy McKenzie and Tom Plumb, who was recently third in the South American amateur, have shot straight into the men’s squad.They are joined by three players promoted from the A squad: Bailey Gill, Ben Jones, a semi-finalist in the recent New South Wales amateur, and Tom Sloman.Jake Burnage and David Hague, both internationals and established squad members, complete the line-up.The A squad is completely new. Its seven members are: Jake Bolton, who was third in the 2018 Italian amateur; Sam Done, who consistently features on the national amateur circuit; former boy internationals Callum Farr and Harry Goddard; Ben Hutchinson, who reached the last 16 in the Amateur Championship; David Langley, runner up in the Hampshire Salver and Tillman Trophy, and Joe Long, runner-up in the English amateur.The full squads:MenJake Burnage, Saunton, DevonBailey Gill, Lindrick, YorkshireDavid Hague, Malton & Norton, YorkshireBen Jones, Northamptonshire CountyBilly McKenzie, Rowlands Castle, HampshireTom Plumb, Yeovil, SomersetTom Sloman, Taunton & Pickeridge, SomersetA SquadJake Bolton, Ogbourne Downs, WiltshireSam Done, Kenwick Park, LincolnshireCallum Farr, Northamptonshire CountyHarry Goddard, Hanbury Manor, HertfordshireBen Hutchinson, Howley Hall, YorkshireDavid Langley, Castle Royle, BB&OJoe Long, Lansdown, GloucestershireClick here to find out more about all our squad playerslast_img read more

Pirates hire Clint Hurdle as manager

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP)—Clint Hurdle has been hired as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ manager, saying he’s not intimidated by the franchise’s record 18 consecutive losing seasons.Hurdle replaces John Russell, who was fired the day after completing a 105-loss season—the Pirates’ worst in 58 years. CLINT HURDLE Hurdle, previously the hitting coach for the AL champion Texas Rangers, is the sixth full-time Pirates manager since the club last had a winning season in 1992.“This will eventually get done, and I don’t have a doubt it will,” Hurdle said. “I wanted to be here when it turns. … It’s a wonderful and perfect fit. It’s the right organization at the right time.”The Pirates identified Hurdle as a candidate from the start, but could not talk to him until Texas’ season ended with a loss to San Francisco in Game 5 of the World Series. He also was being considered for the Mets’ job, but was hired by Pittsburgh before having a second interview in New York, where he once played.Hurdle was attracted to the Pirates because of their core of young talent led by center fielder Andrew McCutchen, third baseman Pedro Alvarez, second baseman Neil Walker and left fielder Jose Tabata.His interview with owner Bob Nutting, president Frank Coonelly and general manager Neal Huntington was two-way — he had questions about the major league-low payroll and the commitment to winning. Apparently, he was satisfied with the answers he received.“They asked difficult questions and I asked tough questions,” he said. “They defended the fort. … I looked in their eyes and said, ‘Are you all in?’ “he said. “And they said they’re in.”The 53-year-old Hurdle turned down a second interview with the Mets, the only other club seeking a manager.Hurdle managed in Triple-A, Double-A and Single A before going 534-625 as the Rockies’ manager from 2002-09, leading them to the 2007 World Series. Before being swept by the Red Sox, the Rockies won 14 of their final 15 games, and then won seven consecutive postseason games.Under Hurdle the Rockies finished second in the NL West once, third once, fourth four times and last twice, with only one winning season.Hurdle compared the Pirates’ situation to what he faced when he arrived in Colorado, saying “Kids in my neighborhood got beat up for wearing Rockies’ jerseys.”“I’m proud to be a Pirate, and we’re not going to back down from anybody,” he said.Hurdle inherits a team that, despite promoting four everyday players to the majors since 2009, has minimal talent surrounding it. Last season, Pittsburgh had the majors’ worst ERA (5.00), second-lowest team batting average (.242) and tied for the most errors (127).Hurdle said improving the pitching staff immediately is his top priority, and he believes there is help available outside the organization.Hurdle said he didn’t demand the right to hire his entire coaching staff, and he will consider some who currently work in the organization.He also pulled out a quote he said he has carried with him for a dozen years, from Penn State coach Joe Paterno: “You’ve got to believe deep inside you’re destined to do great things.”last_img read more