Four journalist killed since announced withdrawal of U.S. combat forces

first_img RSF_en February 15, 2021 Find out more November 22, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Four journalist killed since announced withdrawal of U.S. combat forces Follow the news on Iraq to go further Organisation News Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts December 28, 2020 Find out more Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” News IraqMiddle East – North Africa The press freedom organization calls for a proper investigation that results in both the perpetrators and instigators being brought to justice. It would be regrettable if this case went unpunished, like 99 per cent of the 230 murders of journalists that have taken place since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003.Without an exemplary trial, those who murder journalists will continue to sow terror among the media throughout the country. Guaranteeing the safety of civilians, including journalists, who have been particularly exposed to the violence in Iraq since 2003, is a major challenge for the government.Al-Baghdadi was slain by three armed men who arrived at his family’s home in the east Mosul neighbourhood of As-Sadiq at around 6 p.m. and introduced themselves as members of the Iraqi army’s intelligence service.“They said they absolutely had to see Mazen,” the journalist’s father told an Iraqi press freedom NGO (Society to defending press freedom in Iraq). “I went into the house and called Mazen. As soon as he stepped out of the house, they shot him with a pistol.” The gunmen left immediately after fatally shooting Al-Baghdadi in the head.He had worked for Al-Mousiliya for the past seven months, presenting “Mosul fi-l Usbu” (A week in Mosul), “Sabah al-Kheir” (Good Morning) and other programmes. He was the second Al-Mousiliya journalist to be killed this year. A privately-owned station covering the northern province of Ninawa, Al-Mousiliya was created in April 2005.Al-Baghdadi was the sixth journalist to be murdered in Iraq since the start of the year and the fourth since the announced withdrawal of the last U.S. combat forces at the end of August. Tahrir Kadhem Jawad, a cameraman employed by the U.S. Arabic-language TV station Al-Hurra, was killed by a bomb in Jasr Al-Korma, in east Fallujah, as he was about to leave for work on 4 October. The bomb had been placed underneath his car.Safaa Al-Dine Abdul Hameed, the presenter of the Al-Mousiliya programme “Our Mosques,” was gunned down outside his home in Mosul as he was leaving for work on 8 September, just one day after Al-Iraqiya TV news presenter Riad Al-Saray was gunned down outside his home in Baghdad. Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns yesterday’s murder of 18-year-old TV presenter Mazen Mardan Al-Baghdadi in the northern city of Mosul. Al-Baghdadi, who worked for Mosul-based satellite TV station Al-Mousiliya, was gunned down outside his home by men claiming to be military intelligence officers. RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News December 16, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa Newslast_img read more

Toll of climate change on workers

first_img Study suggests mid-Atlantic is getting lower, which may exacerbate effects of sea-level rise No laughing matter Related Red flags rise on global warming and the seas Naomi Oreskes’ latest book lays out an argument for why the process of proof is worth trusting Defending science in a post-fact era And now, land may be sinking As water temperatures increase, so does risk of exposure to toxic methylmercury Simply put, said Patrick Behrer, the world is getting hotter “and that heat imposes large costs on people.” In particular, those who work outdoors or in factories lacking air conditioning or ventilation are most at risk for the ill effects of on-the-job heat exposure such as sun stroke, impaired cognitive function, and possibly even death.Behrer ’09, an environmental and developmental economist and Harvard Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, emphasizes the looming scale of the crisis with a little math. Given the nature of climate change, he said, the shifts in the number of very hot days will be greater than those in the mean temperature.For example, a uniform, global temperature increase of 2 degrees Fahrenheit would shift Boston’s mean temperature from roughly 52 to 54 degrees Fahrenheit. On its face, not a catastrophic jump.“But what that does mean in a place like Boston where we currently have periodic hot days, is that you are moving the tails of the distribution and dramatically increasing the number of extremely hot days,” said Behrer. “From the mid ’80s to the early 2000s Boston averaged somewhere between five and eight days above 90 degrees. Taking some of the median projections up to 2050, Boston’s projected to see somewhere between 30 and 50 days above 90 degrees a year, even though the mean temperature change is only going to be a few degrees.”And those extra-warm days would take a dramatic toll on the nation’s workforce. In the past, the climate-change narrative has tended to highlight negative environmental outcomes: the loss of crops, more frequent and more violent storms, increased flooding, and sea level rise. But experts have long been aware of the negative health effects of exposure to heat. Studies have shown a substantial increase in deaths as the temperature exceeds 90 degrees, said Behrer, who hopes his work can help shine a light on how rising temperatures are affecting workers in vulnerable jobs.,In response to rising worries over climate change, Harvard pledged in 2008 to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2016, a goal it achieved. The University is now working to become fossil-fuel-neutral by 2026 and free by 2050. It is also funding numerous research efforts in the field.With the support of a grant from Harvard’s Climate Change Solutions Fund, Behrer and colleague Jisung Park, an assistant professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who earned his Ph.D. at Harvard, are tracking the health effects of working in a hot environment and the ripple effects on the economy, including reduced productivity and pay.The study builds on Park’s earlier Harvard research that examined heat stress on student performance. Using new data from both the U.S. government and California, Behrer and Park will examine the impacts of heat on workplace safety across the entire country, as well as on a more granular, “finely resolved” state level.“Relative to the other damages of climate change, the impact of any given hot day is small, both in absolute and relative terms; some of our other work suggests that just one additional hot day removes a fraction of a percent of your annual take-home pay,” said Behrer, referring to lost time on the job that is heat-related. “When you start talking about going from eight extremely hot days to 50 extremely hot days, then that that adds up very quickly. It also adds up very quickly when you’re taking a fraction of a percent of pay away from large parts of the United States.”Behrer thinks his research could help experts as they continue to revise the process used to calculate the social cost of carbon — the measure in dollars of the long-term damage done by a ton of carbon dioxide emissions in a given year. Currently the figure is roughly $50 per ton. Adding heat, especially its mortality impacts, into that calculation “could increase that number by 25 to 50 percent, or possibly more,” said Behrer.He also hopes his work will inform policy and contribute to the conversation around a national standard for workplace heat exposure. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has published criteria for a recommended standard for on-the-job heat stress, which includes recommendations for employers about how to prevent heat-related illnesses. Three states, California, Washington and Minnesota, have adopted their own standards for workplace heat exposure, but a federal requirement doesn’t yet exist.Behrer said such a national code could be costly to firms that already comply with workplace heat recommendations, and that regional humidity levels could mean a state-by-state regulatory approach is more efficient. “We’re still uncertain a national standard is the best approach,” said Behrer. “That’s one of the questions we are aiming to answer with our research.”Shining a light on the nation’s rising inequality is another important dimension to Behrer’s work. Lower-wage workers such as landscape, construction, and agricultural laborers are set to suffer disproportionately as the planet warms, he said, and it’s not only those required to spend eight hours a day outside who are at greater risk.“Manufacturing is also one of the other big industries in which large parts of the working population are exposed to heat, because a lot of a lot of large-scale manufacturing installations are just simply too large to be air conditioned,” said Behrer. “So you’re inside in a very real sense, but the building is not climate-controlled in any way. It can actually be hotter inside the building than outside of the building. And so there’s a question about whether the standards should be targeted specifically at those working outside or just written more broadly.”Behrer, who loves the outdoors, said he always knew his professional life would be in “the environmental space.” He had intended to apply to law school after college, but early in his first year he found himself returning to a conversation he’d had with his father, a general contractor in Pennsylvania who had watched roofers adjust their start times to 3 a.m. to avoid the brutal afternoon sun. “We talked about how it seemed like the front in the environmental movement was shifting from the legal space to the economic space.”So he concentrated in economics, a field where he felt he could make the biggest impact. He sees his current research as vital in the effort to help mitigate the harmful effects of climate change.“I wouldn’t be working on this,” Behrer said, “if I didn’t think it was a huge, huge problem.” The warming Arctic permafrost may be releasing more nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas, than previously thought Former Obama science adviser says somber intergrovernmental panel report may understate the urgency Mercury levels in fish are on the rise The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

Pre-K Students Thank Governor Wolf for $75 Million Increase for Early Childhood Education in 2017-2018 Budget

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Pre-K Students Thank Governor Wolf for $75 Million Increase for Early Childhood Education in 2017-2018 Budget $100 million increase in Basic Education Funding. Following $415 million in basic education and Ready to Learn Block Grant funding increases over the past two fiscal years, this increase will be distributed through the Basic Education Funding Formula, providing an equitable and predictable allocation to school districts across the commonwealth.$25 million increase in Special Education Funding. This increase, allocated to school districts through the formula adopted by the bipartisan legislative Special Education Funding Commission, builds upon a $50 million increase over the last two years.$75 million increase in high-quality early childhood education. Children who participate in high-quality pre-k programs perform better in school, graduate at higher rates and earn more throughout their lives compared to peers without access to early learning programs. Building upon $60 million in additional investment over the past two years, this nearly 40 percent increase in funding will allow more than 8,400 additional children to enroll in Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts and the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program.$8.9 million increase for the 14 universities of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The governor will continue to work with PASSHE to develop individual college plans that address performance, affordability, and accountability, while partnering with employers to create structured career pathways. Budget News,  Education,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf was joined by members of the Pre-K for PA Campaign to discuss his early childhood education investments and was presented with Valentine’s Day cards from pre-kindergarten students as a sign gratitude for his dedication to education. Over the past two years, Governor Wolf has made a new way for Pennsylvania.  Instead of allowing schools to become the first casualty of our budget deficit, Governor Wolf has made them our first priority.  In just three years, Governor Wolf will have increased funding by nearly two-thirds of those short-sighted cuts to our public school system.“These children, and thousands of young people like them across the state, are counting on us in Harrisburg to have their backs – and to ensure that high-quality pre-kindergarten programs are available to them, in their communities,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “Last week, I proposed a budget that invests an additional $75 million in high-quality early childhood education programs which will allow for more than 8,400 additional children to enroll in Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts and the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program. When children are given this right – and have the support they need – all our lives are enriched.”The Principal Partners of the Pre-K for PA organization lauded Governor Wolf for his commitment to expanding access to high quality pre-k to more Pennsylvania three- and four-year-olds:  “The Pre-K for PA Campaign is grateful that Governor Wolf is standing up for kids in his 2017-18 budget proposal. Serving more kids with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will reap strong cost savings in the future in the form of less public spending on special education, social welfare programs, and crime. ”Studies show that children who participate in high-quality pre-kindergarten perform better in school, graduate at higher rates and earn more throughout their working lives compared to peers that do not have access to early learning programs. Additionally, children who were previously enrolled in Pre-K Counts outperform their economically disadvantaged peers in third-grade math and reading.Fair and increased education funding for all Pennsylvania schools continues to be one of Governor Wolf’s top priorities to ensure students are college and career ready.The future of Pennsylvania depends on making investments in what matters most. In this year’s budget, Governor Wolf is proposing an additional $209 million increase in education funding. Our commonwealth is facing a serious budget deficit, but by reducing government bureaucracy and finding cost-savings, we can continue to invest in our children’s futures so we can make Pennsylvania stronger.The 2017-18 budget investments in education include:center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter February 14, 2017last_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

Tipp hoping to claim camogie crown second time round

first_imgBill Mullane is the Tipp manager hoping to claim the Premier County’s first title at this grade for five years.He says his side showed enough first time out to suggest they have every chance of claiming the title this afternoon.Tipp FM will have regular updates on the match during the course of the afternoon.last_img

U-23 AFCON: What Ghana’s Black Meteors need to do to qualify from their group

first_imgThe Black Meteors’ 3-2 loss to hosts Egypt in Tuesday night’s U-23 AFCON encounter has put the team’s chances of progressing from the group in a very precarious situation.With the Meteors now third in their group, with only one point from their two games so far, Ghana will need a huge matchday three to make it out of the group.The added benefit of the top three teams making it through to the Olympics in 2020, a competition Ghana have been absent from since 2004, should make progression from the group even more crucial for the Black Meteors.So what do the Black Meteors need in order to make it out of Group A?The ContendersEgypt are already through to the semis after two wins from two games. A draw in their final game against Cameroon would help them qualify top of the group. Cameroon are in a comfortable position and only need a point to qualify along with the hosts. Ghana are in third and need to beat Mali and hope results go their way in the other group game. Mali are already out of contention after losing both of their opening two games.The RulesCAF’s rules for the U-23 AFCON tournament state that should two sides finish level on points in the group stages, they will be separated based on the following criteria, in order.The team that obtained the most points in the match between the teams in questionThe goal difference in all group matchesThe largest number of goals scored in all group matchesA drawing of lots conducted by the Organising CommitteeThe PermutationsWith the match between the Black Stars and Cameroon having ended in a draw, the deciding factor might be goal difference or goals scored.Current Group A goal differencesEgypt          –            2Cameroon   –           1Ghana          –         – 1Mali             –          – 2Current Group A goals scoredEgypt          –            4Cameroon   –           2Ghana          –          3Mali             –           0If Black Meteors beat MaliEgypt go through as group winners with a win over Cameroon. Cameroon or Ghana go through depending on which side has a better goal difference after the final round of games in the group.Egypt go through as group winners with a draw with Cameroon. Cameroon go through as runners-up. Ghana and Mali go out.Cameroon go through as group winners with a win over Egypt. Egypt join them as runners-up. Ghana and Mali go out.If Black Meteors draw with Mali Egypt go through as group winners with a win against Cameroon. Cameroon join them as runners-up. Ghana and Mali go outEgypt go through as group winners with a draw with Cameroon. Cameroon go through as runners-up. Ghana and Mali go out.Cameroon go through as group winners with a win over Egypt. Egypt join them as runners-up. Ghana and Mali go out.If Black Meteors lose to MaliEgypt go through as group winners with a win against Cameroon. Cameroon join them as runners-up. Ghana and Mali go out, with Ghana finishing bottom of the group.Egypt go through as group winners with a draw with Cameroon. Cameroon go through as runners-up. Ghana and Mali go out, with Ghana finishing bottom of the group.Cameroon go through as group winners with a win over Egypt. Egypt join them as runners-up. Ghana and Mali go out, with Ghana finishing bottom of the group.last_img read more