Militias threaten journalists covering protests in Iraq

first_img Organisation Help by sharing this information Media outlets have not been spared either. Gunmen attacked and ransacked at least three Baghdad TV channels during the first week of the protests. The harassment is such that many journalists have opted to stop working. RSF has been told that many have left Baghdad or even Iraq altogether. Journalists covering a seven-week-old wave of protests in Iraq have repeatedly been threatened by local militias to get them stop their reporting. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the growing threats to Iraqi journalists and calls on the authorities to provide them with better protection. IraqMiddle East – North Africa Activities in the fieldCondemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflicts Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” “In this climate of growing violence, which is targeting the media in particular, the Iraqi authorities are failing to fulfil their role and duty to protect journalists,” said Sabrina Bennoui, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “Everything must be done to prevent more serious violations of this kind. Journalists are already struggling to provide coverage and, if the state does nothing, they could be reduced to silence as in the worst dictatorships.” News February 15, 2021 Find out more Writer and citizen-journalist Amjed Al-Dahamat was gunned down by an unidentified armed group in the southeastern province of Maysan on 7 November after repeatedly being threatened for weeks. News December 16, 2020 Find out more December 28, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Iraq RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Muhammad Al-Shamari, a member of the Iraqi Observatory for Press Freedoms (which is linked to the national journalists’ union), was kidnapped near his home on 17 November and remained missing until released 24 hours later. He had often posted information on Facebook about the crackdown on the protests and had received threats from many quarters. No information about the circumstances of his abduction or release has emerged. Receive email alerts News News According to the Press Freedom Advocacy Association, 33 journalists have been threatened by members of unidentified militias since the protests began on 1 October. The figure is all the more alarming because the threats are increasingly being followed up by acts of violence. RSF_en to go further November 22, 2019 Militias threaten journalists covering protests in Iraq Aside from their armed wings, these various sources of influence have armies of anonymous online social network accounts, some of which have been sharing a blacklist of journalists said to work “for Israel and the United States.” Dozens of these accounts, now using an “Agents of the Joker” hashtag to allude to the United States, are currently circulating photos of journalists – identified as enemies and dressed like clowns against the backdrop of a US flag – like wanted notices.Iraq is ranked 156th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. IraqMiddle East – North Africa Activities in the fieldCondemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflicts Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan For years, Iraq has had around 60 militias linked to religious groups, political parties or foreign governments that operate in parallel to the regular forces and often escape government control. Their existence makes it hard to identify who is responsible for threats. Taking advantage of the chaos accompanying the current protests, these groups are targeting reporters who film the unrest, especially live rounds being fired at protesters.last_img read more

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New Addiction Treatment Center Offers Hope

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Addiction is never something that’s easy to talk about, but it is a problem on a national scale that need to be addressed. In addition to the emotional and physical toll it takes, drug and alcohol addiction take a toll on society.One way to address this is to work from the ground up and provide comprehensive community-oriented support for people seeking treatment. My Life Recovery Center opened its Pasadena branch today, it is the 15th center to open in the United States.They provide comprehensive care for people facing addiction including mental health experts, doctors and an innovative medication delivery system of Naltrexone, an FDA-approved drug that helps treat additions.“Naltrexone parks in the same nerve receptor parking spot as other opiates [like drugs, presentation painkillers and alcohol],” explained Dr. Daniel Asimus, medical director of My Life Recovery Center.This drug helps reduce cravings and makes it easier for patients to focus on regaining their health, happiness and success. My Life Recovery Centers use a patented Naltrexone implant which delivers the drug in small doses at for months at a time – this ten minute procedure ensures that patients will get a consistent amount of Naltrexone during their recovery.My Life Recovery Center uses these slow release Naltrexone implants in conjunction with six to twelve months of medical care. They work with patients from the initial detox through life coaching to help make health a lifestyle.“We’re working with the total person to really help them know themselves and achieve health, happiness and success,” said Dr. Asimus. “[Addiction] is disease not a choice and we’re here to help people rediscover their lives.”My Life Recovery Center is located at 675 South Arroyo Parkway Suite 430 , Pasadena. Call (888) 998-1568 or visit www.pasadena.myliferecovery.com for more details. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News New Addiction Treatment Center Offers Hope Story and Photography by VERONICA AN Published on Thursday, February 18, 2016 | 5:22 pm Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a commentcenter_img Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena HerbeautyThese Lipsticks Are Designed To Make Your Teeth Appear Whiter!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFollow This Summer Most Popular Celeb Beauty TrendHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe Community News Top of the News last_img read more

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Naval Special Warfare Operators Assist Honduran Military in Establishing Elite Maritime Unit

first_img NSWTE-A also focused its efforts on partner nation self-sustainment strategies when seven FEN members were selected as future instructors, shadowing NSW counterparts during all training evolutions. This mentorship provided each Honduran instructor with the competence and confidence to conduct future selection courses and internal sustainment training unilaterally. Outside of the physical and technical training that is associated with a special operator, NSWTE-A focused on creating a team of communication specialists within the FEN to become experts in Harris radio technologies, a skill set that is lacking in most Central American units due to the lack of expertise. During a recent six-month deployment, members of Naval Special Warfare Task Element-Alpha (NSWTE-A), a deployed maneuver element attached to Naval Special Warfare Unit-FOUR (NSWU-4) in support of Special Operations Command South, partnered with their Honduran counterparts to train and increase the military capacity of the newly established Honduran Fuerza Especiales Naval or (FEN). The FEN is a maritime unit of Special Operators capable of combating transnational organized crime in and around their waterways. “The unique task organization, presentation of functional skill sets, and development of unit pride and esprit de corps has effectively paved the way for continued Honduran led training and operations in the future in order to keep their borders secure against transnational organized crime and illicit trafficking,” said the NSWTE-A officer in charge. NSWU4, stationed in Joint Expeditionary Base, Little Creek, Va., and in support of SOCSOUTH, headquartered at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., designed and implemented a comprehensive training and maintenance plan to build the FEN into a strong counter-narcotic force. Organizational departments were also created to include assault, boats, communications, engineering and training with a senior officer and enlisted advisor assigned to each department. To compliment the efforts of the Navy SEALs, members from Naval Special Warfare Special Boat Team 22 also spent a month with counterparts from NSWTE-A training the FEN in basic watercraft maintenance skills and procedures, nautical chart familiarization, boat vectoring and intercepting techniques, small boat handling tactics, and long-range navigation exercises. With a rate of 86 people killed for every 100,000 inhabitants, Honduras is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world according to statistics from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report in 2011. center_img By Dialogo February 08, 2013 Some of the conditioning assessments included an eight-mile log physical training event and a six-nautical mile ocean swim across the Bahia de Trujillo. After completing these physical and mental hardships to become a member of the FEN, the 45 qualified individuals continued through more rigorous and operationally-focused skills training, which completed their transformation into a disciplined and dedicated team capable of providing the Honduran Fuerza Naval a capable maritime branch of special operations. Ten operators from SEAL Team 18, attached to NSWU-4, spent six months training and observing the FEN in a multi-disciplinary approach, resulting in 45 highly qualified Honduran Special Operators by the end of the two, eight-week Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/s) style training. These courses were modeled after the BUD/s selection training done by the U.S. Navy SEALs in Coronado, Calif. “In my whole military career, I can only remember three times when radios were used successfully on a mission,” said the FEN’s commanding officer. He added that the skills learned during this training should improve the success rate of radios during military movements. With a murder rate four times higher than Mexico, these alarming numbers depict a nation where violence is part of everyday life. Many of these casualties are linked to narcotics trafficking, where Honduras and other Central American nations are used as a transit point from South America into Mexico and the U.S.; the preponderance of these illicit activities enter the region by maritime. “The combination of SEALs and Special Boat Operators provided the FEN with arguably the best maritime training available within USSOF”, said the NSWTE-A officer in charge. last_img read more

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2018 WCQ: Stephen Appiah charges Stars to finish off Comoros

first_imgStephen Appiah believes in the Black Stars, and wants them to go for the kill ahead of the second leg World Cup qualifier against Comoros.The former Juventus and Fenerbache midfielder, who captained Ghana to their first ever World Cup campaign, is confident the team has the needed weapons to take down their Comoros opponents tomorrow provided they approach the game with the right mentality.“The only team we own as Ghanaians is the Black Stars and the mantle is now with the current crop of players,” Appiah said.“I am very sure that the current players who are my friends and brothers know the Herculean nature of the task ahead. But that is why we are Ghana because we have the ability to beat anybody in the world with the right attitude.”“It’s the sort of game that you have to be focused because the margin of error is very small. But I am very sure that with the unity in camp they should be able to make it a pass Comoros.”Appiah has been at two World Cups and retired earlier this year. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Celebrate the Fourth with Fairs, Fireworks and Fun

first_imgBy Anastasia MillickerWhile the skies over Red Bank, Rumson and Sea Bright will be quiet this Fourth of July holiday, towns around the Two River area will host a variety of events – including fireworks – that will be sure to light up the holiday week.From fairs to fireworks, Monmouth County is celebrating the country’s 236th birthday. Only a few towns have scheduled fireworks shows for Wednesday, July 4 but several others are planning brilliant displays on Tuesday, July 3 or later in the week.Asbury Park will celebrate the Fourth with a fireworks display on the 5th Avenue Beach from 9 to9:30 p.m. July 4. On-street, metered parking is available throughout the city.Festivities in West Long Branch are set to begin at 7 p.m. July 4 with a performance from Greaseband in Franklin Lake Park on Locust Avenue. Fireworks will follow the concert.Bradley Beach will hold its Independence Day celebration on July 7 with music from local bands and fireworks beginning at dusk. The rain date for the event is Saturday, July 14.Union Beach fireworks are set to explode around 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 3 on the beach. A rain date of Thursday, July 5, has been planned, if needed.Keansburg will hold a fireworks display on both July 3 and July 4, beginning at dusk at the Keansburg Amusement Park, 275 Beachway Ave. On-street, metered parking is available by the theme park.Hazlet will celebrate with a fireworks display on July 3 at Veterans Park on Union Avenue. The rain date for the event is planned for Friday, July 6.Those looking for an early start or to extend their Independence Day celebration can head to Colts Neck, Manasquan, Atlantic High­lands or Wall for holiday celebrations and fairs before and after the Fourth.The Colts Neck Country Fair will take place June 29-30 at Bucks Mill Park, 105 Bucks Mill Road. The fair will feature rodeo attractions, food, rides and fireworks each night.Long Branch will hold its 22nd annual Oceanfest on July 4. Vendors and local bands will line up along the beachfront during the event sponsored by the Greater Long Branch Chamber of Commerce and the City of Long Branch. Oceanfest will end with a fireworks display.Manasquan will hold an Independence Day celebration a day early on Tuesday, July 3 with multiple events around town. In keeping with an annual tradition, the borough will host a bicycle decorating contest at the Little League Field beginning at 5 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., an Independence Day parade will begin at the Manasquan Coast Guard Station. After the parade, at 7:30 p.m., people can head to the beach to hear local musical acts. Fireworks will close the day with a display beginning at dusk. If necessary, a rain date for the fireworks will be July 7. The Manasquan Tourism Commis­sion is sponsoring the holiday festivities.Atlantic Highlands Fire Department will host its annual Fireman’s Fair Tuesday, July 3 through Saturday, July 7. The fair will feature rides, games, food and a fireworks display scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 6. The fair is located on Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor at Simon Lake Drive and begins at 6 p.m. each night.Wall will kick off the holiday early with its annual Wall Township Fair. The fair, will open with a 5 p.m. parade Thursday June 28, will close with a 9:30 p.m. fireworks display Sunday, July 1. Hours for the fair, located at 2700 Allaire Road, 5-10 p.m. each night.last_img read more

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Twitter to Move into Custom-Built Data Center

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#twitter#web curt hopkins Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification “We frequently compare the tasks of scaling, maintaining, and tweaking Twitter to building a rocket in mid-flight.”The new data center , he said, will give Twitter a number of advantages. More capacity to deal with growthFull control over network and systems configurationFlexibility to make infrastructure changesHigh redundancySLC photo by Dave Winer Twitterannounced today that it will be moving into its own dedicated data center in Salt Lake City this fall. From the beginning, Twitter has struggled against issues of scalability and reliability. Users of the fast-growing microblogging service have been constantly plagued by slow-downs and downtime, the latest only two days ago. A data center is a big step to putting that aspect of their history behind them. Twitter is still adding as many as 300,000 users a day and the The World Cup, the most popular web event of all time, and one which tasked Twitter severely, just wrapped up. Twitter engineer Jean-Paul Cozzatti surveyed the problems the company has had with reliability. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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9 months agoMan City boss Guardiola tells cheeky Ederson: Don’t change!

first_imgMan City boss Guardiola tells cheeky Ederson: Don’t change!by Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola was happy with a cheeky piece of play from Ederson during victory over Wolves.The Brazilian registered a clean sheet against Wolves during City’s 3-0 win at the Etihad, but it was a moment in the second half which grabbed the attention of the crowd…Ederson journeyed into midfield just minutes before full-time, passing a number of times coolly and calmly as ever.Speaking after the clash, Pep said: “I’m so pleased because he lives high on the pitch and defends with our back four.”(Adama) Traore is one of fastest payers I’ve ever seen in my life so handle the risk is not easy, our build-up was better and it is what it is.”We love Ederson the way he is!” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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15 days agoSouthampton manager Hasenhuttl loses another backroom staff member

first_imgSouthampton manager Hasenhuttl loses another backroom staff memberby Freddie Taylor15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has lost another member of his backroom staff.Hasenhuttl lost number two Danny Rohl to Bayern Munich two months ago.And now the club’s head of performance analysis Natasha Patel has joined New York Red Bulls.A statement on the Saints’ website reads: “Patel will oversee and expand the club’s use of analytics in areas including opponent scouting, game preparation and player evaluations from the Red Bulls First Team down through Red Bulls Academy.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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Toshiba CEO promises turnaround in 5 years beefed up ethics

first_imgTOKYO – Nobuaki Kurumatani, the outsider tapped to lead scandal-tarnished Japanese electronics company Toshiba Corp., is promising a turnaround in five years by reshaping its operations and boosting profitability.Kurumatani, the first outsider to be appointed chief executive at Toshiba in more than half a century, acknowledged the system of governance and risk management had been weak. He stressed he brought to the company his experience in the financial sector, where compliance controls were tougher.Toshiba has been embroiled in an accounting scandal involving massive doctoring of books.“I feel that the organization is determined to change,” Kurumatani told reporters Tuesday at Toshiba’s Tokyo headquarters.Toshiba has also racked up heavy losses in its nuclear business and is selling its lucrative computer-chip business to avoid going belly-up.At the centre of the losses is the acquisition of CB&I Stone & Webster by its U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse, which filed for bankruptcy protection last year.Kurumatani said the company will withdraw from all overseas nuclear operations, and the future of the energy business is moving toward renewables.Costs of building nuclear reactors have surged due to beefed-up safety measures after a March 2011 accident at a plant in Fukushima in northeastern Japan sent three reactors into meltdowns.“Toshiba has many dedicated employees and talented engineers,” Kurumutani said. “Things go well when things are good. But once things start going wrong, then it keeps going wrong.”Toshiba’s chairman stepped down last year, but veteran Satoshi Tsunakwa has stayed on as president and chief operating officer and will be working with Kurumatani toward a turnaround.Kurumatani’s rise is an effort by Toshiba to put on a fresh face to a long-pristine brand that has plunged from grace not only over the Westinghouse fiasco but also because of spiraling accounting scandals that raised serious questions about its ethical practices.Efforts to reform corporate governance turned up more embarrassing wrongdoing, which dated back years.A graduate of the prestigious University of Tokyo, Kurumatani most recently served as president of CVC Asia Pacific Japan, an investment fund.Before that, he was deputy president and a director at Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, one of Japan’s biggest banking institutions and a major Toshiba lender.Unlike previous Toshiba executives with backgrounds in engineering, Kurumatani built his career in corporate planning, public relations and auditing.Toshiba has been gradually selling off pieces of its operations, such as its medical equipment and household appliance businesses.But the key sale is its prized flash memory chip business to a consortium led by Bain Capital Private Equity. That sale was initially set to be completed in March but is ongoing, awaiting regulatory approval in China, according to Kurumatani.Toshiba has reached a settlement with American computer data storage giant Western Digital, its joint venture partner, which had initially fought the sale.Toshiba still has a sprawling infrastructure business, such as railways, power systems and factory automation. It’s still responsible for running and decommissioning dozens of nuclear reactors in Japan, including those at the Fukushima plant.Toshiba is forecasting a profit for the fiscal year that ended in March, a reversal from the red ink it had expected earlier. It racked up a loss for the previous fiscal year.___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yurikageyamaHer work can be found at https://www.apnews.com/search/yuri%20kageyamalast_img read more

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MTV acquires SnowGlobe Music Festival

first_imgNEW YORK — MTV is expanding its live events business in the U.S. by acquiring the SnowGlobe Music Festival.The three-day New Year’s Eve festival takes place in South Lake Tahoe, California. This year’s lineup includes Above & Beyond, Diplo, Eric Prydz, Rezz and RL Grime headlining among more than 40 artists. SnowGlobe will also showcase extreme winter sports demonstrations.Terms were not disclosed in Monday’s announcement. MTV says it’s taking the next step in “its resurgence by expanding deeper into live events.”MTV plans to reinvent its New Year’s Eve coverage, connecting SnowGlobe with MTV’s Times Square studio in New York. The cable network also plans to expand SnowGlobe to additional dates and locations worldwide and leverage its team to launch other new events.MTV launched MTV Studios in June.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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