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Reporters Without Borders calls on the US to guarantee that the media can work freely and in safety

first_img News Receive email alerts Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Reporters Without Borders today warned US authorities not to obstruct the media in its reporting of the expected imminent war in Iraq. It expressed concern that the US military might censor journalists officially allowed to work among US forces and that those who opted to work independently would not be protected. It also called on US forces not to destroy Iraqi media facilities. to go further Organisation The press freedom organisation welcomed the US invitation to more than 600 journalists from all over the world to report from inside the military operation. This policy of “embedding,” presented by officials as giving journalists access unprecedented since the Vietnam war, would theoretically provide better coverage than was allowed during the 1991 Gulf War, it said.But it queried whether the obligatory written promise to obey a strict 50-point “ground rules agreement” would allow these journalists enough freedom and independence in their reporting.The rules spell out what can or cannot be covered. But the distinction is very vague and commanders of military units are given the final word on whether to allow something to be reported or not.Reporters Without Borders is also concerned about rule 6, that permits unit commanders to “embargo” news that may damage “operational security.” The range of such news is also poorly defined and the duration of the embargo not stated. Both aspects again depend on the decision of the unit commander.Rules 40, 41 and 43, which ban pictures of the faces of prisoners of war and soldiers killed in the fighting, undermine the right to inform the public, the organisation said. It was up to journalists, not the US army, to decide what could or could not be shown, according to the journalistic code of conduct.The organisation said the public had a right to see pictures such as those of the emaciated faces of prisoners in Serbian concentration camps in Bosnia, during the war in Yugoslavia.It expressed concern at working conditions for journalists who chose not to be officially incorporated into the US military operations and who US officials had several times warned could be in danger.”If the military says something, I strongly urge all journalists to heed it,” said White House spokesman Ari Fleischer on 28 February. “It is in your own interest and your family’s interest. And I mean that.”Reporters Without Borders called on the US authorities to :- Guarantee that journalists “embedded” in the military forces will have the freedom they require to do their job. The rules they are obliged to obey mostly reflect the legitimate concerns of the military but they could be applied too strictly.- Publicly guarantee that non-“embedded” journalists will be able to do their job freely and with sufficient security and will have adequate access to military information.- Avoid targeting transmitters of Iraqi radio stations and Iraqi media offices, including those used to put out propaganda. Media property and equipment are civil property protected under international humanitarian law. Propaganda aims to buoy the morale of the population and is a part of all conflicts. The morale of the civilian population must not be a military target. See Declaration on the safety of journalists and media personnel in situations involving armed conflict- Guarantee that the utmost precautions will be taken to avoid injuring or wounding journalists, whose presence in some places is known.Reporters Without Borders published a report in February this year criticising attacks on press freedom in Iraq, where the authorities have arbitrarily limited issuing visas to the very many foreign journalists asking for them. Foreign journalists cannot freely work or move around in Iraq. In recent weeks, several have been deported. Canadian Scott Taylor, correspondent for Canada’s Sun newspaper group and editor of the military magazine Esprit de Corps, was expelled on 9 March accused of spying for Israel. Teresa Bo, of the Spanish daily La Razón, was deported on 12 March for not having used the “appropriate” words to describe the Iraqi government. The next day, David Filipov, a reporter for the US daily the Boston Globe, was deported to Jordan for using his sat-phone from his hotel room.Entitled “The Iraqi media:25 years of relentless repression”, the full report is available on the website: www.rsf.org. News December 16, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Iraq March 19, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders calls on the US to guarantee that the media can work freely and in safety February 15, 2021 Find out more News IraqMiddle East – North Africa News Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” IraqMiddle East – North Africa December 28, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” RSF_en last_img read more

Volunteers get high marks from minister

first_imgIn light of the fact that the country lacks first-rate facilities and funding, Natalie Neita-Headley, minister without portfolio with responsibility for sports, credits Jamaica’s impressive sports volunteerism tradition for its contribution to sports and nation building.”We know what the processes are. They have worked for us. We’ve had a number of volunteers in the programme over many years,” she outlined at a function to name Jamaica’s representatives at the ongoing Para Pan American Games in Toronto, where Alphanso Cunningham won gold in the men’s discus F51/52/53/57 on Monday.While there is no official count of volunteers involved in Jamaica’s sports programme, Neita-Headley contends the process should be a selfless one.”Those of us who have just come on the scene in sport can’t take even a small fraction of the credit which those persons would have given the time and effort … and without resources for a long time,” she stressed.The minister also believes sponsors are critical to the growth and exposure of sports, but added that volunteers are also important.”It’s only in recent times where we would have had these sponsors who have come on board and given so much towards sports in Jamaica,” she said.Neita-Headley added that Government by itself would not be able to foster, nurture or assist the many sporting talents islandwide.”I think our country, with a small population of under three million, the talent which we have far exceeds what we are probably able to do … and so we continue to appeal to corporate Jamaica. Many of them come on. I think there are some top 35 corporate sponsors who have continuously been a part of a process of assisting and, had it not been for them, Jamaican sports wouldn’t be where it is,” she stressed.last_img read more

Boku spoils Kelly’s ONE Championship return

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES View comments Kotetsu Boku vs Filipino fighter Eric Kelly in their ONE Championship bout in Macau. PHOTO FROM ONE CHAMPIONSHIPMACAU—–Kotetsu Boku played spoiler to Eric Kelly’s return to MMA after earning a technical knockout win in ONE Championship: Kings & Conquerors Saturday at Cotai Arena here.The Japanese improved to 26-11-2 after pounding away on the grounded Kelly with 3:28 into the third and final round.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Cool Smashers show they can still dominate as Valdez cheers on FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The Filipino bet hasn’t fought in more than a year but now saw his record slip to 12-4 after losing his third straight match.The Natural showed flashes of brilliance especially in the first round when he knocked Boku down twice but wasn’t able to sustain the momentum into the latter stages of the fight.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 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 Gameslast_img read more

$2.58 Billion to Upgrade JDF Facilities

first_img The Government will be spending $2.58 billion in the 2019/2020 financial year to continue construction and improvement work of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) facilities.The project, which falls under the Ministry of National Security, is being financed from the Consolidated Fund.This is outlined in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.Targets for the fiscal year include commencing and completing the construction of Lathbury Barracks (Phase 3), Up Park Camp, and Phase 2 of Burke Barracks, Montego Bay; and commencing and completing the redevelopment and renovation of the Moneague Training Camp in St. Ann.The project aims to facilitate the construction of new integrated and training, accommodation, office and storage facilities.The project, which started in December 2012, is slated to end in March 2024 following several extensions. The Government will be spending $2.58 billion in the 2019/2020 financial year to continue construction and improvement work of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) facilities. The project, which falls under the Ministry of National Security, is being financed from the Consolidated Fund. Story Highlights This is outlined in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.last_img read more

FSJ Chamber starts information sharing for those effected by forestry closures

first_imgIf you have questions, please contact the Chamber office at 250-785-6037 FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. Chamber of Commerce has issued a special ‘Chamber Communicator’ to help assist members and businesses with information regarding the forestry sectors curtailments and closures.Through sharing information regarding funding opportunities, hiring opportunities and training opportunities the Chamber wants to be there to help.The Chamber shares, if you know someone who can benefit from the information to please share it.Northern Development announced the Forestry Affected Business (FAB) Consulting Rebate will reimburse small and medium-sized businesses for contracted consulting services. A rebate of up to 75 percent, to a maximum of $15,000, can be recovered for the cost of hiring a consultant to assist with business efforts.For more information; CLICK HERESupply Chain Connector is a search tool for industrial service and supply business in central and northern B.C. With easy access to a fully searchable database of businesses throughout the region.For more information; CLICK HEREWorkBC Fort St. John offers a wage subsidy program, self-employment services and employment skills workshops.For more information; CLICK HERE last_img read more

Delhi court summons Ramesh on May 9 in Doval defamation case

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court granted exemption to Congress leader Jairam Ramesh from personal appearance on Thursday but directed him to be present before it on May 9 in a defamation case filed against him by Vivek Doval, son NSA Ajit Doval.”Accused no 1 Jairam Ramesh has filed exemption application through his counsel Omar Hoda. Considering the grounds mentioned in the application, the same is allowed only for today,” the court said. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal also granted bail to The Caravan’s editor-in-chief and its reporter, who appeared before the court after they were summoned as accused in the case. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Since the offence of defamation under section 500 IPC is bailable in nature, both the accused are admitted on bail on furnishing personal bond and surety bond in the sum of Rs 20,000 each. Bail bonds furnished and accepted,” the court said. During the hearing, lawyers appearing for the accused told the court that they have received copy of complaint and documents but copy of evidence recorded during the enquiry was unserved. The court then asked the lawyer appearing for Doval and undertook to supply the copies of all the evidence under due acknowledgment to the defence counsels today itself. “Put up for bail proceedings of accused No 1 Jairam Ramesh and for framing of notice under section 251 CrPC on May 9, 2019. All the accused shall remain present personally for the purpose of framing of notice on the next date of hearing,” the court said.last_img read more

Navy introduces entrance test for officers’ entry

first_imgNew Delhi: In a new, the Indian Navy has introduced INET (Indian Navy Entrance Test) for the selection of officers. As per the official release, the INET will be a new entrance scheme, for which graduates will be eligible.”The exam will be held along with the Combined Defence Services exam, University Entry Scheme and National Defence Academy and Naval Academy exam,” the release said. As per the release, two of these exams — Combined Defence Services exam, National Defence Academy and Naval Academy exams are conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), while UPSC conducts the written exam and interviews are conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB). Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghINET (officers) would be conducted twice a year from September this year, the release said. Induction of officers in various branches of the Indian Navy is also undertaken through direct entries. Through this process, candidates are shortlisted for the SSB interview on the basis of the scores obtained in the qualifying exam, JEE mains rank and written exam result. As per the release, under the new process, only one advertisement will be published every six months and applicants will need to exercise their option for entries that they wish to be considered for, on the basis of their educational qualification. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”Details of entries, age and educational qualifications are available on www.joinindiannavy.gov.in. Candidates are advised to register once on the website to fill in their personal, communication and educational particulars, as well as upload their supporting documents,” the release said. “Doing this before the application submission window opens, is advisable in order to save time. Eligible candidates will receive automated email alerts when the application submission window opens,” the release said. INET (officers) exam will have four sections — English, reasoning and numerical ability, general science and mathematical aptitude, and general knowledge. Candidates will need to pass in each section to be considered for SSB call up and candidates would be called up for SSB interview on the basis of their performance in INET (officers) and their entry preference, the release said.last_img read more

Analysis Sluggish win against Nebraska evident of Ohio State buying into coaching

The Buckeyes celebrate following the game against Michigan State on Jan. 7 in Value City Arena. Ohio State won 80-64. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorWhen members of Ohio State’s men’s basketball teams are introduced this season, a bright flame shoots up from on top of the hoop to signal the entrance of the player.That flame did not go off Monday night, and the Buckeyes seemingly followed suit.There was no fire in the Buckeyes early on. No energy. Ohio State came out slow to start the game, making just two field goals over the first seven and a half minutes of the game. The team finished the first half with just 24 points, it’s lowest single-half total since its 86-59 loss to Gonzaga.It had no business winning the game against Nebraska. It did anyway. The Ohio State team last season, which finished with a 17-15 record, would have watched Nebraska junior guard James Palmer Jr. knock down back-to-back 3-pointers to tie and subsequently give his team the lead with seven minutes left in the game and crumbled away.But the Ohio State team this season — which already has an 18-5 record and perfect 9-0 Big Ten record — fought back, seemingly getting stronger as the stakes got higher and managed to salvage the game for a 64-59 win.“Were there like four times they were dead in the water, jumping out of bounds to save a ball and somehow, like Dakich is standing in the corner wide-open, I’m like, ‘How the heck did he get that?’” Nebraska head coach Tim Miles said.The win for Ohio State is just the latest in a season full of unexpected wins. The Buckeyes were not expected to do much of anything before the season began. This looked like a rebuilding year. But now the No. 13 team in the nation, Ohio State is in anything but a rebuilding year.Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said after the game he never knows how to answer questions about what a win means for a team. This win alone did not mean much. This win in the context of the rest of the season is just a sign of how fast a team has come together.“Listen, I don’t want to take this for granted. I’ve never been a part of anything like this. And I don’t know that I ever will again,” Holtmann said. “You don’t start 9-0 in conference play. So I don’t want to take that for granted. It’s been an amazing run and just hopefully we can continue it.”Hearing a coach say that a team is “buying into” the message a news coaching staff brings in its first season sounds like coach-speak at the beginning of the season when the team is beating up on clearly inferior opponents.But now this deep into the season, it no longer sounds like coach-speak. There is something about this team and these players that can seemingly only be attributed to “buying into” the coaching staff.“It didn’t happen overnight,” senior forward Jae’Sean Tate said. “In my opinion, I’ve never been on a team where so many people buy in. Like there’s no hidden agendas in our locker room. None. You don’t see that a lot . . . Everybody’s buying in. Everybody’s playing with with heart, effort and you know we’re not afraid to call each other out on it.”This level of commitment is not foreign to a team hiring Holtmann for the first time. Holtmann was an assistant coach under Brandon Miller at Butler when the Bulldogs endured a major down-year. The season prior under now-Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, the team went 27-9 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. But Miller’s team found less success, struggling to a 14-17 season. The following offseason, Miller left due to medical issues, leaving Holtmann as the head coach.Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann coaches Kaleb Wesson (34) on the sideline in the second half of an exhibition win against Wooster on Nov. 5, 2017 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentThat team turned around immediately, finishing 23-11 and again reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Holtmann said that losing season transformed the players into a “hungry group,” motivated to again find success. When he joined an Ohio State team that missed the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season, he saw a similarly hungry group.“I think some of what happened last year has allowed this group to be even hungrier, so I think we as a coaching staff have probably benefited from that to some degree,” Holtmann said. “I think my time at Butler, it happened pretty quickly. But I had been there a year as an assistant, so it was easier. But I did not expect this group to be as connected to us so quickly.”Everyone who doubted the Buckeyes at the beginning of the season has looked for answers to why this team managed to turn a dismal 2016-17 campaign into one of the best teams in the country. Is it the fact redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop is averaging nearly 20 points per game? Or perhaps it has more to do with emergence of junior guard C.J. Jackson?Both those are major factors in the turnaround, but the mentality and morale around this team is just different than it was last year. It isn’t a program that is defeated at halftime of some games. It is a team that fights till the end of every game with maximum effort.That fire won’t always be there at the start of every game. But with the way Ohio State has played to this point in the year, that flame can seemingly always be counted on in the end. read more

Andrew Gutman agrees to join Celtic

first_imgCeltic Football Club have agreed a deal to sign Andrew Gutman from Major League Soccer (MLS) side, Chicago Fire.Fire’s general manager Nelson Rodriguez confirmed that the 22-year-old turned down the offer of a new contract with the club in favour of joining Brendan Rodgers’ side.Gutman had a trial in Scotland with Rangers in December, but has opted to play join Old Firm rivals Celtic instead.Rodriguez said, as quoted by Sky Sports:Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“Andrew was offered a contract but chose not to accept it. Instead he decided to go with the offer from Celtic, so good luck to him.”Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed his interest in signing the American left-back last week during the club’s winter training camp in Dubai.The Scottish champions have been busy in the transfer market, signing forward Vakoun Issouf Bayo, winger Oliver Burke, and striker Timothy Weah during the January window.Gutman played college football for Indiana University where he was awarded the prestigious 2018 MAC Hermann Trophy, before joining Chicago Fire.last_img read more