With 48 killed since January, 2006 is deadliest year for press since start of war

first_img Help by sharing this information IraqMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News October 17, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 With 48 killed since January, 2006 is deadliest year for press since start of war With a total of 48 journalists and media assistants killed in cold blood since the start of January, 2006 is already the deadliest year for the Iraqi press since the start of the war in March 2003, Reporters Without Borders said today, condemning targeted violence against media.“Journalists are being attacked more often that Iraqi politicians, who work in the Green Zone where the parliament, ministries and US embassy is located and who are protected by private security companies,” the press freedom organisation said.“But Iraqi journalists get no protection and have to work with the population, which makes them more vulnerable to attack,” Reporters Without Borders continued. “We reiterate our call to the Iraqi authorities to finally guarantee a safer work environment for all media personnel.”Toll of employees killed in attack on new TV station rises to 11The toll of employees left dead by the targeted attack on 12 October on the new Iraqi TV station Al Shaabiya has risen to 11. The dead include director Abdel Rahim Nasrallah Al Shumari, deputy director Nawfal Al Shumari, technicians Hussein Ali, Dhakir Hussein Al Shuwaili and Ahmad Shaaban, and head administrator Sami Nasrallah Al Shumari. Five security guards were also killed, while journalists Mishtak Al Maamuri and Mohammed Kazem Al Finiyin are still in a critical condition in hospital.The attack was carried out by masked gunmen who pulled up outside the TV station’s new premises at 8 a.m., shot the security guards outside and then went inside looking for any journalists they could find. One journalist had time to call a colleague and ask him to alert the police. After dialling the emergency number, 130, without success, he got through to an operator on a different emergency number, 104. Despite the urgency, the operator asked him to file a report with the police because, he said, it was impossible to send out a patrol each time an attack took place.Two Al Irakiya journalists killed, cartoonist shot and woundedRaid Qais Al Shammari, a journalist working for the TV station Al Irakiya and the radio station Sawt Al Irak, was shot dead at the wheel of his car on 13 October in the Baghdad district of Al Dora. Another Al Irakiya journalist, Ali Halil, was murdered by gunmen yesterday in the Baghdad district of Al Hurriye.Dhiaa Al Hajjar, a cartoonist working for the newspaper Al Sabah, was meanwhile shot and wounded by gunmen in Baghdad on 13 October. His condition is reported to be stable.The TV station Al Irakiya and the daily Al Sabah are part of the Iraqi Media Network (IMN), which was created by the coalition forces after they had taken Baghdad in 2003. Many journalists working for these media have received letters warning they will be killed if they do not give their jobs.Journalist freed by kidnappersWe have just learned that Ali Karim, the editor of the weekly Nadb Al Shabab, was released on 11 October after his family paid a ransom of 30,000 dollars. Karim was tortured for three days and still has burns on his hands and back.A total of 123 journalists and media assistants have been killed and 51 have been kidnapped since the start of the war in 2003. Four of the kidnap victims are still being held hostage. RSF_en News News News Organisation Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” to go further Follow the news on Iraq Reporters Without Borders reiterates its condemnation of targeted attacks on the media after the total of journalists and media assistants killed since the start of January reached 48, making 2006 the deadliest year for the Iraqi press since the war began in 2003. The organisation again calls on the Iraqi authorities to take the necessary measures to guarantee a safer work environment for all media personnel. February 15, 2021 Find out more December 28, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Rising CO2 poses significant threat to human nutrition

first_imgAt the elevated levels of atmospheric CO2 anticipated by around 2050, crops that provide a large share of the global population with most of their dietary zinc and iron will have significantly reduced concentrations of those nutrients, according to a new study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Given that an estimated 2 billion people suffer from zinc and iron deficiencies, resulting in a loss of 63 million life years annually from malnutrition, the reduction in these nutrients represents the most significant health threat ever shown to be associated with climate change.“This study is the first to resolve the question of whether rising CO2 concentrations — which have been increasing steadily since the Industrial Revolution — threaten human nutrition,” said Samuel Myers, research scientist in the Department of Environmental Health at HSPH and the study’s lead author.The study appears online May 7 in Nature.Some previous studies of crops grown in greenhouses and chambers at elevated CO2 had found nutrient reductions, but those studies were criticized for using artificial growing conditions. Experiments using free air carbon dioxide enrichment (FACE) technology became the gold standard as FACE allowed plants to be grown in open fields at elevated levels of CO2, but those prior studies had small sample sizes and have been inconclusive.The researchers analyzed data involving 41 cultivars (genotypes) of grains and legumes from the C3 and C4 functional groups (plants that use C3 and C4 carbon fixation) from seven different FACE locations in Japan, Australia, and the United States. The level of CO2 across all seven sites was in the range of 546 to 586 parts per million (ppm). The researchers tested the nutrient concentrations of the edible portions of wheat and rice (C3 grains), maize and sorghum (C4 grains), and soybeans and field peas (C3 legumes).The results showed a significant decrease in the concentrations of zinc, iron, and protein in C3 grains. For example, zinc, iron, and protein concentrations in wheat grains grown at the FACE sites were reduced by 9.3 percent, 5.1 percent, and 6.3 percent, respectively, compared with wheat grown at ambient CO2. Zinc and iron were also significantly reduced in legumes; protein was not.The finding that C3 grains and legumes lost iron and zinc at elevated CO2 is significant. Myers and his colleagues estimate that 2 billion–3 billion people around the world receive 70 percent or more of their dietary zinc and/or iron from C3 crops, particularly in the developing world, where deficiency of zinc and iron is already a major health concern.C4 crops appeared to be less affected by higher CO2, which is consistent with underlying plant physiology, as C4 plants concentrate CO2 inside the cell for photosynthesis, and thus they might be expected to be less sensitive to extracellular changes in CO2 concentration.The researchers were surprised to find that zinc and iron varied substantially across cultivars of rice. That finding suggests that there could be an opportunity to breed reduced sensitivity to the effect of elevated CO2 into crop cultivars in the future.In addition to efforts to reduce CO2 emissions, breeding cultivars with reduced sensitivity to CO2, biofortification of crops with iron and zinc, and nutritional supplementation for populations most affected could all play a role in reducing the human health impacts of these changes, said Myers. “Humanity is conducting a global experiment by rapidly altering the environmental conditions on the only habitable planet we know. As this experiment unfolds, there will undoubtedly be many surprises. Finding out that rising CO2 threatens human nutrition is one such surprise,” he said.Other HSPH authors include Antonella Zanobetti, Itai Kloog, and Joel Schwartz.last_img read more

Fatal Hit-and-run Suspect Accused of Cover-up

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sylvestro LiottaAuthorities said a fatal hit-and-run suspect who was caught at the Canadian border last week had tried to cover-up his crime by walking back to the scene and pretending to be a Good Samaritan.Sylvestro Liotta pleaded not guilty Tuesday at Suffolk County court to charges of leaving the scene of an accident, driving without a license, perjury and offering a false instrument for filing.“The evidence shows that after running the victim over, Liotta left the scene in his damaged work vehicle only to return on foot to implement a cover-up,” Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota said. “He walked back to Caleb’s Path where he struck [the victim] and dialed 911 to report that he found a seriously injured man in the roadway.”Prosecutors said the 45-year-old Central Islip man fatally struck Orlando Marquez, 38, on Caleb’s Path near the victim’s Brentwood home on Feb. 18 and fled the scene.The victim was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore where he was pronounced dead. Liotta was arrested by New York State Police as he tried to cross the border into Canada.“The defendant had a plan in place to flee to Europe and rendezvous with a friend he’d made online,” Spota said.Bail for Liotta was set at $400,000 bond or $200,000 cash. He is due back in court May 22.last_img read more

Hurricane Matthew: Credit unions close branches

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Because the deadly Hurricane Matthew is expected to hammer Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas over the next few days, nearly 40 credit unions in these states have publicly announced branch closings for Thursday and Friday and Saturday.Florida Governor Rick Scott signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency for every county in the state as the eye of the hurricane was just less than 200 miles from Florida’s coast on Thursday morning. When the storm system reaches the state late Thursday night or early Friday morning, it is expected to gain strength as a Category 4 hurricane, according to national media reports.Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for 30 counties and order mandatory evacuation for six coastal counties Thursday. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley Wednesday ordered an evacuation of coastal areas in and around Charleston and Beaufort. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has not declared a state or emergency or ordered evacuations as of Thursday afternoon though state officials are monitoring the storm’s track. continue reading »last_img read more

Philips Pensioenfonds shares in $400m class action payout

first_imgPhilips Pensioenfonds, the €17.8bn pension scheme of the Dutch electronics giant, will share in a total payout of $400m (€365m) to be made by Pfizer, after the US pharmaceutical company settled a securities fraud class action by investors who claimed it made false statements to them.After nearly five years of litigation, both sides reached a tentative agreement last January to settle the case for $400m plus accrued interest.The deal was finally approved by the district court for the Southern District of New York last week.Claims from class members are still being processed, so the precise amounts to be allocated to investors are not yet known. But Philips Pensioenfonds, as lead plaintiff in the lawsuit, is likely to be one of the biggest beneficiaries.In a class action in the US, the lead plaintiff is appointed by the court, which generally chooses the party that has suffered the greatest economic loss. And, according to Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd (RGRD), lead counsel for the class of Pfizer investors, not all class members are likely to claim, resulting in higher per-share distributions.In the lawsuit, investors alleged that Pfizer had illegally promoted Bextra, an anti-inflammatory drug, and several other drugs ‘off label’ to boost sales.Off-label marketing is the promotion of pharmaceutical products for uses unapproved by the US Food and Drug Administration.Pfizer and its officers were alleged to have concealed from investors that the company was earning substantial revenue from this illegal promotion, and was subject to an extensive government investigation.Materially false and misleading statements were claimed to have been made to investors between January 2006 and January 2009 (the ‘class period’).Furthermore, investors claimed that false financial results and reports were filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission that did not sufficiently account for, or disclose, probable loss contingencies resulting from Pfizer’s off-label marketing, as required by Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.Three days after the end of the class period, Pfizer announced it had agreed to pay $2.3bn to settle allegations by the US Department of Justice that it had engaged in off-label marketing.That day, Pfizer’s share price dropped from $17.45 to $15.65.Mike Dowd, partner at RGRD, said: “We are very pleased the court approved the settlement providing a $400m recovery for Pfizer investors. “In granting the approval, the court found that the settlement and the plan of allocation – i.e. the formula for how the recovery will be shared among the class of Pfizer investors – was fair and reasonable.” The precise allocation to class members will be determined over the next few months.last_img read more

Mike Tyson may die in comeback fight, Whyte warns

first_imgDillian Whyte has blasted “silly” suggestions that Mike Tyson could challenge Tyson Fury for the heavyweight title during his comeback. Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WaySuper Recognizable Outfits That Actors Wore In The Famous MoviesMost Popular Movies With Sylvester StalloneLaugh, Cry, Or Just Relax With The Best Series Streaming On HBO7 Reasons Why You Aren’t Getting The Tasks DonePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes Loading… Iron Mike has been training for the last month as he prepares to fight for the first time in 15 years, revealing his return will only be for charity. And despite the several clips of Tyson rolling back the years on the pads, Whyte fears the reformed Baddest Man on the Planet could “get seriously hurt”. He said: “It’s all good watching someone do a one-minute clip on Instagram. “Getting back in the ring and fighting 12 three-minute rounds… don’t get me wrong he’s probably still got the power to chin a lot of guys, but at that age your mind tells you stuff when your eyes see stuff but your body won’t allow you to do it. “You can think you’ve got it and you’re still this and that and you’re going against these young guys. “We’ve seen it happen time and time again with older guys coming back and fighting for a long time. It’s just like, what’s the point? read also:I can never fight Mike Tyson, says Joshua “You’re a legend, you’re a living legend. Be that and leave it alone. But we don’t know people’s financial situation, what they’re doing or what they’ve been through. “He might just feel like he wants to test himself, but there are easier ways to test yourself than coming back and fighting with these young, hungry guys. “He might get seriously hurt and that’s the biggest worry for me.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 It comes after WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman publicly backed Tyson’s proposed comeback and even said he would support the 53-year-old making a run for Fury’s belt. But Whyte – the current mandatory for the famous green and gold belt – hit back at the boxing chief for irresponsibly encouraging Iron Mike to challenge the reigning champion. He told talkSPORT: “It’s silly. If they can’t sanction a fight with me for three years, why the hell are they going to sanction a fight with a 53-year-old man and a 31-year-old man? “It makes no sense. That’s silly. Mauricio and I are cool, but it’s a very silly thing to say. He shouldn’t be encouraging it. “What if he comes back and dies in the ring? What’s going to happen then? “We’ve already got enough darkness and enough mud thrown on the sport as it is, we don’t need anymore.” Fury, who dethroned former WBC king Deontay Wilder in February, claimed he accepted an offer to box Tyson in an exhibition bout, but admitted talks had not materialised. Mauricio are I are cool, but it’s a very silly thing to say. He shouldn’t be encouraging it. What if he comes back and dies in the ring? What’s going to happen then? Whyte On WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman Backing Mike Tyson’s Comebacklast_img read more