Reporters Without Borders outraged by death of Palestinian photographer in Jenin

first_img Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists July 12, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders outraged by death of Palestinian photographer in Jenin May 28, 2021 Find out more to go further June 3, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News Palestinian freelance photographer Imad Abu Zahra (photo) died in Jenin today after being seriously wounded yesterday by Israeli army gunfire.”It is intolerable that two journalists have been killed in the past four months by the Israeli army, even more so when Israeli soldiers refused to allow an ambulance to get to the latest victim,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard.  “More than 40 journalists have been wounded in shooting by the Israeli army since September 2000 and since Ariel Sharon became prime minister in February last year, 17 journalists have been wounded, 70 have come under fire and 15 foreign or Palestinian media offices have been occupied by the Israeli army. Since the start of Operation Rampart on 29 March this year, at least 30 journalists have been arrested and six of them – all Palestinians – are still being detained.”The Israeli army is acting with complete impunity. This is also intolerable. How many more must die before the army stops attacking the media?”Reporters Without Borders has decided to add Sharon to its worldwide list of predators of press freedom,” Ménard said. Abou Zahra, who was 35, died in hospital. The previous day, around midday after the curfew had been lifted, he was in the centre of Jenin with Said el-Dahla (photo), a photographer of the official Palestinian news agency WAFA, when Israeli tanks fired on them without warning, wounding both in the leg. Abuh Zahra was more seriously hurt and lost a lot of blood over more than an hour because Israeli troops refused to allow an ambulance to get to him. He was eventually taken to hospital in a car where he was placed in intensive care (photo). Witnesses said there had been no clash going on when the pair were hit. An Israeli army spokesman said “the mob threw stones and firebombs at the vehicles.” Raffaele Ciriello (photo), special correspondent for the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, was killed in Ramallah on 13 March this year, also after being wounded by Israeli gunfire. He was hit by six bullets fired from a tank near al-Manara Square, in the centre of the city. Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Israel Receive email alerts RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes Organisation News May 16, 2021 Find out more WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News IsraelMiddle East – North Africa IsraelMiddle East – North Africa News A Palestinian photographer, Imad Abu Zahra (photo), died today in Jenin, one dayafter being seriously wounded by Israeli army gunfire. In view of therepeated violations of press freedom since Ariel Sharon came to power,Reporters Without Borders has decided to add the Israeli prime minister toits worldwide list of predators of press freedom.last_img read more

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Greggs employee completes Olympic marathon

first_imgAn employee from Greggs’ Aylesbury store in Buckinghamshire competed in one of the final events of the London 2012 Olympic Games.Anuradha Cooray represented his home country Sri Lanka last Sunday, as one of the finalists in the Men’s Marathon race, which took place around the streets of the capital.Positioning at 55 out of 85 for the 26-plus mile race, Cooray came in with a time of two hours, 20 minutes and 41 seconds.Cooray said he would run 17 miles to and from work everyday to train for the competition, and would consume a range of the high street bakery’s products, including pasties and sandwiches, as part of his Olympic diet.He told The Daily Mail: “I have a pasty a day. I enjoy the breakfast rolls from Greggs and also the baguettes, in particular the chicken baguettes.”Fans of Greggs’ Facebook, which recently hit a social media milestone accumulating over half a million likes, have come forward to congratulate the athlete on his efforts in the Olympic event.A comment from Loren Hirst read: “Yayyyy Cooray 55th place is amazing you have done us all very proud xx.”Another message from Mohamed Afrah said: “Well done Cooray… 55th is a decent result.”Earlier last week, Ken McMeikan, chief executive of Greggs, said in a conference call: “I couldn’t let this moment pass without saying how excited we all are that one of our members of staff will be running in the Olympics this Sunday in the Men’s Marathon.“Quite a momentous moment for Anuradha Cooray from our Aylesbury shop, to represent his home country of Sri Lanka. A very proud moment for him and a very proud moment for everyone at Greggs.”Stephen Kiprotich from Uganda took home the gold medal for the Men’s Marathon race with a time of two hours, eight minutes and one second. He was followed by Abel Kirui and Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich, both from Kenya, who were awarded silver and bronze.The three runners were the last Olympians to receive their medals during the closing ceremony of the Games on Sunday evening.last_img read more

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Known character jailed for assault, threatening language

first_imgA 24-year-old Norton and Chapel Streets, Georgetown resident, who is no stranger to the court since he was charged for murder, attempted murder and a series of armed robberies in 2018 and early in 2019, was once again charged, this time for assault and threatening language when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Friday.Jailed: Carlton BourneCarlton Bourne, who is currently on remand for robbery charges and discharging a loaded firearm, stood before Senior Magistrate Leron Daly and pleaded guilty to the charges which read that on October 15, 2019, at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, he unlawfully assaulted Sherryann Persaud. Another stated that on the same day and location, he made use of threatening language towards the said Virtual Complainant.In his address to the court, Prosecutor Christopher Morris highlighted that Persaud is also a victim in a robbery matter which Bourne is on trial for, before Senior Magistrate Dylon Bess.According to the facts presented, on the day in question, the VC was present at a trial hearing during which she was called. But whilst standing close to the prisoner’s dock, in which Bourne seated, the defendant suddenly stood up and spat on Persaud then proceeded to threaten to take her life.After listening to the facts, Magistrate Daly, without hesitation, sentenced Bourne to six months on each charge, which are expected to run concurrently.In August of this year, the said defendant was slapped with four armed robbery charges and discharging a firearm at one of the robbery victims.The first charge stated that on July 26, 2019, at Norton Street, Lodge, Georgetown, while being in the company of others and armed with a knife, he robbed John Nedd of two phones and other items valued at $314,000.Another stated that on July 23, 2019, at Norton Street, Lodge, Georgetown, while being armed with a gun, he robbed Nicholas Jones of a phone valued at $55,000, a ring valued at $100,000, and other items valued at $189,000.It is further alleged that on August 13, 2019, at Middle Road, La Penitence, he discharged a firearm at Sherryann Persaud with the intent to maim, disfigure, disable, or cause her grievous bodily harm.The fourth charge stated that on August 13, 2019, at Middle Road, La Penitence, while being armed with a gun, he robbed Sherryann Persaud of two phones valued at $343,000.The final allegation read that on August 2, at Lodge, Georgetown, while being armed with a gun, he robbed Jomo Paul of a chain valued at $250,000 and $220,000 in cash.last_img read more

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Indians finally looking like defending AL champs

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cleveland Indians’ Jose Ramirez, left, Francisco Lindor, center, and Erik Gonzalez celebrate a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels. APCLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians are finally starting to look like the defending American League champions.Cleveland ran its winning streak to a seven games — its longest of the season — and moved to a season-high 10 games over .500 with Thursday’s 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.ADVERTISEMENT Bauer worked out of a jam in the seventh that began with runners on second and third and no out. The right-hander realized he had one of two options.“I either give up runs and we probably lose or I find a way to get out of it,” he said. “Thankfully, it worked out.”The Angels were swept for the first time since April 14-16 at Kansas City.“We’re not going to look back at the series,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “Those guys, that’s a good team over there, and we cracked open the door for them a couple of times.” Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet View comments National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Manager Terry Francona knows the streak has come at a critical point for his team, which stumbled out of the All-Star break with a 1-5 road trip.“We needed it, but needing it and doing it are two different things,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We’re trying to play the game the right way, that’s what we did,” said Francisco Lindor, who singled to break a tie in the seventh. “It helps a lot. You win a couple of games in a row and it definitely builds up your confidence.”Trevor Bauer (9-8) pitched a season-high eight innings, striking out six and allowing seven hits. Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his 18th save while JC Ramirez (9-9) took the loss. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lamar Odom opens up about drug-fueled brush with death Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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TFA Facebook Page Hits 1,000 Fans

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10 months ago​Hodgson insists Crystal Palace are no longer selling club

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Hodgson insists Crystal Palace are no longer selling clubby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRoy Hodgson insists that Crystal Palace are not looking to sell any stars in the winter.Palace have many players that are linked with moves away, such as Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend.It is Zaha in particular who has interest from the top clubs in the league.But Hodgson believes the club want to add to the team, not take away quality midway through the season.”If anything, we need to strengthen our squad, not weaken it,” Hodgson told Sky Sports News.”It would take a lot for us to lose players because we are not a selling club at the moment.”At this time of year there will be questions to answer every day because someone, somewhere will be linking players with another club. I accept that as part of the modern football world.”We will deal with that and keep our business to ourselves – I am not one to go out and individually discuss other players all the time.”I am sometimes amused to see players linked with other clubs where I don’t see any connection whatsoever but on occasions you have to think, ‘maybe they have heard a rumour and they’re not so far off’.” last_img read more

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Facebooks messaging ambitions much much more than just chat

first_imgSan Francisco: Facebook, already the leader in enabling you to share photos, videos and links, now wants to be a force in messaging, commerce, payments and just about everything else you do online. The company’s ambitions harken to how WeChat has become the centerpiece of digital life in China, where people use it to order movie tickets, subway passes, food delivery and rides. If Facebook succeeds in turning its own messaging services into a platform for everything, it could ultimately threaten established services such as Snapchat, Yelp, Venmo, eBay and even Apple and Amazon. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”It’s clear that Facebook does have very broad ambitions here,” said Bob O’Donnell, president and chief analyst at Technalysis Research. “Their goal is to be the WeChat of everywhere but China.” But Facebook faces numerous hurdles. A key one is restoring user trust, following a string of privacy failures that include the sharing of personal information from as many as 87 million users with a consulting firm affiliated with Donald Trump’s campaign. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsAnd any change may cause users to rethink their relationship with Facebook. “Facebook has a lot of momentum but it’s not completely invincible,” said Roger Kay, an analyst at Endpoint Technologies Associates. “People came to Facebook for a particular thing. Offer them a different thing, and they’re likely to re-evaluate whether they want to be there at all.” After all, Friendster and Myspace came and went as Facebook grew. Yahoo and AltaVista moved over for Google. And remember when AOL was popular, powerful and rich enough to buy the traditional media company Time Warner? Both AOL and Yahoo are now fading brands within Verizon. After building an advertising-supported service that depends on vacuuming up data on your hobbies, interests and political views, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced last week that Facebook will now emphasise ways for small groups to communicate in a truly private fashion. This involves scrambling all messages in WhatsApp, Instagram Direct and Messenger so that even Facebook itself can’t read them. Facebook will also let messages automatically disappear after a set amount of time, something rival Snapchat already does. Facebook, Zuckerberg said, will “then build more ways for people to interact on top of that, including calls, video chats, groups, stories, businesses, payments, commerce, and ultimately a platform for many other kinds of private services.” Facebook declined to further elaborate on its ambitions, and a spokeswoman reinforced that it is early in the process. But there are clues in what Chinese tech giant Tencent has already done with WeChat in China. WeChat combines functions that are typically done by separate companies elsewhere think of Facebook and its messaging services combined with PayPal and Uber. People use WeChat to buy goods in retail stores, split restaurant bills with friends, pay utility bills, donate to charities and hail rides from the Uber-like Didi Chuxing service. Facebook already lets people send money to other individuals through Messenger in the US and a few other countries and is testing payments through WhatsApp in India. The New York Times reported that Facebook is also developing its own digital currency to make it easier for users to send money to their messaging contacts. Facebook didn’t offer many details on its digital currency endeavors, but said a “new small team” was looking for ways to make use of the type of technology powering bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies. While the current payment options require linking Facebook to bank accounts or services such as PayPal, a digital currency could potentially work without them. That could appeal to users, especially in Asia and Africa, with limited access to banking services, said Avivah Litan, a Gartner analyst who specializes in security and payments. And it would solve a key challenge with commerce on phones. Litan said entering credit card details on a phone is cumbersome, and businesses often lose customers before they complete orders. If Facebook can integrate payments into messaging, it can keep users within Facebook and convince advertisers they’re more likely to complete sales. Facebook could also diversify revenue beyond advertising. For instance, it could take a commission, whether for newspaper subscriptions or food deliveries, much as Apple already does with a cut of up to 30 per cent for app payments. Kay said messaging could become one-stop shop for Yelp-like business reviews, OpenTable restaurant reservations, on-demand delivery similar to Uber and a marketplace akin to eBay the latter being something Facebook already offers on its main app. Amazon might be tougher to challenge, he said, given the company’s expertise in delivery logistics, but there might be pieces such as grocery delivery that Facebook can go after.last_img read more

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India signals to boycott Chinas Belt Road Forum for 2nd time

first_imgBeijing: India on Wednesday signalled that it will boycott China’s second Belt and Road Forum for a second time, saying no country can participate in an initiative that ignores its core concerns on sovereignty and territorial integrity. India boycotted the first Belt and Road Forum (BRF) in 2017 after protesting to Beijing over the controversial China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which is being laid through the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) overriding New Delhi’s sovereignty concerns. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalForeign Minister Wang Yi recently said that next month China plans to hold a much bigger, second BRF which will also be attended by Pakistan Prime Minster Imran Khan. Speculation is rife whether India would attend the second BRF as China has deepened its commitment to expand the USD 60 billion CPEC, which aims to connect China’s Xinjiang province with Pakistan’s Gwadar port with a host of road, rail, gas and oil pipelines. China has also undertaken a host of energy projects under the aegis of the CPEC. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIndia’s Ambassador to China Vikram Misri told the state-run Global Times that “above all, connectivity initiatives must be pursued in a manner that respects sovereignty, equality and territorial integrity of nations”. “No country can participate in an initiative that ignores its core concerns on sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he replied to a question about India’s concerns over the BRI and whether India would take part in the second BRF meet. The Indian envoy’s interview was carried by the daily on Wednesday. “To be honest, we have made no secret of our views and our position on the BRI is clear and consistent and one that we have conveyed to the authorities concerned. “India shares the global aspiration to strengthen connectivity and it is an integral part of our economic and diplomatic initiatives. We ourselves are working with many countries and international institutions in our region and beyond on a range of connectivity initiatives,” Misri said. “However, it is also our belief that connectivity initiatives must be based on universally recognised international norms, good governance and rule of law. They must emphasise social stability and environmental protection and preservation, promote skill and technology transfers and follow principles of openness, transparency and financial sustainability,” the Indian envoy said. India along with the US and several other countries have been highlighting the concerns over the BRI projects, leaving a number of smaller countries in debt traps. The concerns grew louder after China took over Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port on a 99-year lease as debt swap. Several countries including Malaysia and even Pakistan have wished to reduce the Chinese projects over debt concerns. Asked whether India-China ties are back on track, Misri said: “the bilateral relationship between India and China is of great significance not just to the two countries, but also to the larger region and the international community”. He said that the Wuhan summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping in April, 2018 was a “milestone in bilateral relations during which the two leaders exchanged views on overarching issues of bilateral and global importance, and elaborated their respective visions and priorities for national development in context of the current international situation”. Last year, the two leaders also met on the sidelines of multilateral summits. “These meetings have reinforced strategic communication between the two countries at the highest levels and helped in elaborating a road map for continuing contacts. China is India’s biggest neighbour and we assign a very high priority to this relationship,” the Indian envoy said. “Unlike some 50 years ago, when our relationship had a much narrower basis and there was not much communication, today we have what one would call a full-spectrum relationship. “This has been possible because our respective leaders have realised that mutually-beneficial cooperation responds to the most urgent developmental needs of our people and these needs to be prioritised over other issues,” Misri said. Asked about the impact of India’s elections on India-China ties, Misri said: “my own feeling is that on foreign policy issues there is a broad political consensus in India on where our national interests lie. I do not think therefore that the outcome of the elections will impact the broad contours of India’s foreign policy in general or the very important relationship with China in particular”.last_img read more

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Jet has fuel supplies only till this afternoon

first_imgNew Delhi/Mumbai: Financially-stressed Jet Airways has time till Tuesday afternoon to pay fuel vendors failing which it might have to ground its operational fleet, industry sources said on Monday. According to industry insiders, the company is almost out of funds and is relying solely on the scant funds being infused by lenders on an expense-to-expense basis. “The fuel supply is expected to run out from Tuesday afternoon as fresh payments would be required for vendors,” an industry source told IANS in New Delhi. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalCorroborating this, a Jet Airways official told IANS in New Delhi: “A proposal for a fresh fund infusion has been given to the lenders.” At present, Jet is operating only 7 aircraft for domestic operations due to the grounding of over 80 per cent of its fleet by lessors owing to non-payment of dues. The full service carrier’s situation is critical as the airline, that once operated around 120 aircraft, is now left with just 16 planes in its fleet. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostCurrently, the airline owes over Rs 8,000 crore to a consortium of lenders led by the state-run State Bank of India (SBI). Jet has suspended international operations till Monday afternoon. The only hope for the airline now lies in an immediate dose of interim funding and the completion of the stake sale process initiated by the lenders. The airline on Sunday said it has extended the cancellation of its west-bound flights — to and from Amsterdam, London and Paris — until April 16. On Sunday, Jet’s pilots’ union deferred its decision of “no pay no work” from Monday, citing the meeting of the lenders’ consortium with the airline management slated for later in the day. A senior member of the National Aviators’ Guild (NAG) had said that the pilots would await the outcome of Monday’s meeting.last_img read more

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Sullinger To be spit on is just nasty

After the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s 71-67 loss in Madison, Wis., on Saturday, freshman forward Jared Sullinger accused Wisconsin fans of spitting on him. Via his Twitter account, @Jared_Sully0, Jared wrote that Badgers fans spat on him before and after the game. “To be spit on is just nasty. On top of that in my Face,” he wrote. “I just kept walking. More fuel to the fire.” Jared did not reference the incidents during postgame interviews, but he did tweet that one of the incidents occurred after Badgers fans rushed the court to celebrate the victory. Justin Doherty, University of Wisconsin assistant athletic director for external relations, told Madison.com that the incidents are under investigation. “We were made aware of it (Saturday) night,” he said, according to the site. “That’s about where it is right now.” Jared’s brother J.J. told The Lantern that the spitting incident was “uncalled for.” “That’s the biggest sign of disrespect you can have,” he said. “To spit on someone just because they’re wearing a different jersey than you, I don’t understand how that could be something that you would even do.” J.J., who played basketball for the Buckeyes from 2003–06, said no fan has ever spit on him. “There’s always going to be that knucklehead that takes it too far,” he said. “I’m sorry it happened to my brother and I’m glad I wasn’t there.” Wisconsin fans also chanted vulgarities, directed at senior guard Jon Diebler, when he was at the free-throw line. OSU spokesman Dan Wallenberg declined to comment on the alleged spitting incident. “We are preparing for the (Michigan State) game Tuesday,” he said. Jared could not be reached for comment. Wisconsin officials declined The Lantern‘s request for comment. read more

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