Media involved in several incidents since start of Israeli offensive against Gaza Strip

first_img WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists IsraelMiddle East – North Africa News Organisation Help by sharing this information News June 3, 2021 Find out more RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes Follow the news on Israel May 16, 2021 Find out more to go furthercenter_img Receive email alerts IsraelMiddle East – North Africa News RSF_en December 30, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Media involved in several incidents since start of Israeli offensive against Gaza Strip May 28, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is concerned about several incidents affecting the news media since Israel began its air strikes on the Gaza Strip on 27 December, including the bombing of the headquarters of the Hamas TV station Al-Aqsa TV, as well as Israel’s ban on all international news media entering the territory.Al-Aqsa TV’s five-storey headquarters in Gaza City was completely destroyed when it was bombed by the Israeli air force on 28 December. Several people were injured but no deaths were reported in the bombing. The station has managed to continue broadcasting.Reporters Without Borders condemned the bombing of Al-Aqsa TV as a “flagrant violation of humanitarian law” in a letter today to Israeli defence minister Ehud Barak. “The television station’s use as a propaganda outlet by Hamas does not make it a legitimate military target,” the letter said.“If the State of Israel openly legitimises military attacks on news media, even propaganda media, this should be clearly and officially expressed and established by the civilian authorities so that everyone knows that they dispute that international humanitarian law applies to the conflicts in which they are involved,” the letter added.Reporters Without Borders also deplores Israel’s decision to deny the international media access to the Gaza Strip by declaring it a “closed military zone.” Closed since November, the Erez border crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip was reopened for a few hours before the start of the offensive only to be closed again.Reporters Without Borders has also learned that three so far unidentified journalists were injured in the bombardment of the Hamas police headquarters on the first day of the offensive. Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists Newslast_img read more

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Jean Dominique case

first_img Violence against the press in Haiti: RSF and CPJ write to Minister of Justice April 17, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Jean Dominique case Organisation RSF and Damocles also called on Aristide, as head of the Fanmi Lavalas party, to ensure that the senate’s overwhelming Lavalas majority voted to lift the parliamentary immunity of Sen. Dany Toussaint (photo AP), the leading suspect in the case. “Once again, it is not a matter of the senate deciding whether the senator is guilty or not, but simply to allow justice to take its course,” they said. The two organisations stressed that not lifting his immunity would prevent publication of the formal order ending the inquiry stage of the case and thus oblige the judge to remain officially in charge of it “at the risk of his life.” Finally, Ménard and Getti called for an end to obstruction of the investigation by police failure to execute arrest warrants issued against witnesses and suspects. They urged the arrest of Richard “Cha Cha” Salomon, regarded as Toussaint’s right-hand man, and Franck Joseph, the senator’s bodyguard, who have both refused so far to appear before the judge. Judge Gassant’s mandate was renewed on 1 April by President Aristide four months after it expired on 3 January and two days before the second anniversary of the 3 April 2000 murder of Dominique (photo RSF), who was head of Radio Haiti Inter. The next day, a presidential spokesman announced the case would again be assigned to Gassant. HaïtiAmericas Receive email alerts Follow the news on Haïti News HaïtiAmericas Help by sharing this information June 11, 2019 Find out more to go furthercenter_img News News RSF_en November 14, 2019 Find out more Journalist shot dead amid anti-government protests in Haiti News Reporters Without Borders and the Damocles Network call on President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to give assurances to Judge Claudy Gassant and hope he will resume work on the Dominique case. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Damocles Network today welcomed the reappointment of Claudy Gassant as investigating judge in the Jean Dominique murder case but warned that it would be futile if he was obliged to work under the same conditions as before. The two organisations called on the authorities to give the judge guarantees. “Reassigning him the case but with the same problems of personal security and obstruction by the senate and the police is not only pointless but would put his life in danger again,” RSF secretary-general Robert Ménard and Damocles vice-president Jean-Pierre Getti said in a letter to Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide (photo AP). The two organisations also wrote to Judge Gassant (photo HPN) saying they hoped he would agree to take up the case again. “The courage and independence you showed during the 16 months you conducted the investigation, in the face of threats and obstacles, is proof for us that you will tackle the case diligently,” they said, adding that he could once again count on their unfailing” support and efforts to help. Ménard and Getti said however that if Gassant “regrettably” decided not to take the case, he would still enjoy their “total support.” The judge’s decision was a “supremely personal one that should be respected by all,” they said, noting the “obvious risks such a sensitive investigation still entailed.” The case was “extremely important for Haitian society,” they added and hoped that if the judge decided not to resume work on it he would explain why. It was important that the case was not put aside and they hoped the judge would make his decision within a “reasonable” time. In their letter to President Aristide, the two organisations said they were waiting for Gassant to be given guarantees on four points. First, that the authorities respect the rules for assigning the case “so that later procedural errors cannot be used against the judge.” Second, that he be given enough funds for his security and to conduct the investigation. “Failure to do this when the case is so very delicate would effectively block the enquiry and once again put the judge’s life in danger,” they said. Another journalist murdered in Haiti October 11, 2019 Find out more RSF and the Damocles Network call on President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to give assurances to Judge Claudy Gassant and hope he will resume work on the Dominique case.last_img read more

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Are agents nervous about handing appointments control to Rightmove?

first_imgHome » News » Marketing » Are agents nervous about handing appointments control to Rightmove? previous nextMarketingAre agents nervous about handing appointments control to Rightmove?Just 2.3% of its agents are using the tech, although it is proving popular with tenants looking to book viewings directly via the portal.Nigel Lewis27th April 20210444 Views Rightmove says 430 agents have signed up to use its rental Viewings Manager tool which it launched five months ago to enable house hunters to book appointments directly from its property listing pages.The tool, which comes as standard as part of agents’ membership, constitutes approximately 2.3% of its total estate agent client list and indicates that it’s going to take the portal some to win around significant portions of the property industry to its new tech.Rightmove says it has upgraded the tool following feedback from agents and although agents may be wary of handing their bookings management over to the portal, 86% of tenants are using the tool when using the portal.The announcement is not its only tech upgrade.Rightmove has also rebuilt its draw-a-search tool and says the improvements have lifted usage by 37% since it quietly introduced the changes last month, helping deliver some 78 million specific search alerts to house hunters.TweaksOther tweaks include integrating its stamp duty calculator into the portal’s property details pages, a good tactical move given the current wave of SDLT-prompted home moves taking place at the moment.“We know that the frenzied market is quickly depleting agent’s stock levels, so much of our product innovation is centred around keeping home-movers more engaged and giving them more reasons to consider why now might be a good time to move, as well as developing tools to help agents save time,” says Rightmove’s Chief Product & Technology Officer Tarah Lourens (pictured).Read more about Rightmove’s viewings manager.rightmove viewings manager tarah lourens April 27, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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The public health case for gun control

first_img Read Full Story In the wake of the shooting of two journalists on live television in Virginia on August 25, 2015, several news stories have referenced gun violence research by David Hemenway, professor of health policy at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center.In his 2006 book “Private Guns, Public Health,” Hemenway summarizes the research on the relationship between guns and injuries and describes the public health approach to reducing firearm-related violence. Among the statistics he cites: Children in the U.S. are 14 times as likely to die from guns as children in other developed countries.“Within the United States, a wide array of empirical evidence indicates that more guns in a community leads to more homicide,” Hemenway wrote.last_img read more

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Ozias-Akins Honored

first_imgThe University of Georgia Research Foundation (UGARF) has named Professor Peggy Ozias-Akins a Distinguished Research Professor, a title awarded to UGA faculty recognized internationally for their contributions to knowledge and whose work promises to foster continued creativity in their discipline.In 2015, she was awarded a Creative Research Medal by UGARF and the D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professor Award by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES)Ozias-Akins, a CAES professor of horticulture, applies advanced biotechnology and molecular biology tools — tools she developed herself in some cases — to improve crops like peanuts.She is an expert on apomixis, the asexual production of seeds in plants. Even though it was studied for decades, there was little to show for these efforts until Ozias-Akins took a pioneering approach and applied a combination of forward genetics, genetic engineering and genomics to the problem. She was among the first to localize apomixis to a chromosomal region. She later found the first plant gene associated with it. Her work lays the foundation to begin research into the systematic application of apomixis in plant breeding, which could have an enormous impact on agriculture in both advanced and developing nations.Working with the federally funded Peanut and Mycotoxin Innovation Lab project based at UGA, Ozias-Akins and her colleagues are seeking genetic markers that indicate resistance to aflatoxin, a cancer-causing chemical produced by molds that grow in soil, decaying vegetation. This could have a global impact on the peanut industry.Ozias-Akins serves as director for the UGA Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics.She and other institute faculty create new and improved plant varieties that are higher yielding, more disease resistant, more nutritious or have greater ornamental value.She also co-chairs the Peanut Genome Sequencing Consortium, an extension of the International Peanut Genome Initiative. As an integral member of the initiative, she helped to sequence the commercial peanut, which will jumpstart breeders’ ability to identify genes or areas of genes with particular advantageous traits such as disease resistance or oil chemistry.In her research program, Ozias-Akins studies crops that benefit the economy in Georgia and globally.“The peanut is one of the crops I work on and it’s a fascinating crop. It flowers above ground while it fruits below,” she said. “There are a lot of challenges growing peanuts from both foliar and soilborne pathogens.”In her research program at UGA, Ozias-Akins has helped to create peanut lines that are resistant to fungal contamination and produce fewer allergens. She has also introduced several genes into peanuts, including one that reduces the allergens in peanuts.“Some of the proteins in peanuts can cause severe reactions in humans. We were able to knock down the production and, in some cases, almost eliminate those proteins,” she said. “Unfortunately, no companies want to push a genetically modified peanut because it takes a lot of money and years to get it through the system.”Peanut and other crop yields have increased steadily through plant breeding. “(Breeding methods) really need to change with an expected 9 billion population. Scientists need to be able to use all the tools in our toolbox to keep those yield gains going up,” Ozias-Akins said. “Genomics is one of those tools. Globally, peanuts are an important oilseed crop in China, India and Africa. China is the top producer. In many developing countries, small peanut farmers are often women. It’s very important to improve the crop genetically.”Over her more-than-30-year career at UGA, Ozias-Akins says it has been very rewarding to see classical and molecular breeders come together.“We use molecular tools in our crop breeding programs and we pass this knowledge along by working with students,” she said. “Agriculture students are the scientists of the future and they need to know about both methods — classical and molecular breeding — in order to be successful.”A native of Tifton, Georgia, her interest in science goes as far back as third grade, when she entered a science fair with a project on trees. She went on to win first-place ribbons in numerous science fairs throughout her formative years, including a first-place award for a project on bacteria on plants.Ozias-Akins left south Georgia to earn an undergraduate degrees in biology and botany from Florida State University (FSU) and a doctorate in botany from the University of Florida (UF). She returned to Georgia in 1986 to join the UGA faculty at UGA-Tifton. She credits her mentors, UF scientist Norris Williams and FSU researcher Margaret Menzel, for encouraging her interest in genetics.last_img read more

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Gold Coast’s top 10 sales of 2019

first_img MORE NEWS: Is this the Coast’s wackiest house? 3. 126 and 151 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters 5. 60 Sophie Ave, Broadbeach Waters 67 and 69 Hedges Ave on “Millionaires Row” at Mermaid Beach were a packaged pair that fetched a handsome sum.An interstate buyer splashed $10.3 million on the two Hedges Ave properties earlier this month, making it the second highest sale of the year.The beachfront blocks belonged to drilling business veteran Peter Mitchell and his wife Dee.Property records show the couple paid $200,000 for No. 67 in 1981 and $5 million for No. 69 in 2005.They listed the properties earlier this year with the option of buying them separately or together. 7. 2-6 Riverbend Ave, Carrara 10. 99 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach 1A Yacht St, Southport, sold at auction.The Hamptons-style home fetched $7 million under the hammer in June.About 70 people gathered for the auction where bidding started at $4 million before climbing to $7 million when the hammer came down.The impressive residence has a seemingly endless list of luxury features, including a formal pillared lounge, Quantum Quartz kitchen benchtops, a wine cellar, rumpus room with adjoining media room, waterfront pool and private beach with pontoon.Property records show several agents tried their hand at selling the house after it hit the market in March last year. 6. 311 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters 2. 67-69 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach Barry Sheene’s former house at 2-6 Riverbend Ave, Carrara, fetched more than $7 million.The riverfront house built by former motorcycle champion late Barry Sheene and wife Stephanie 30 years ago fetched $7.05 million in July.Adrian Puljich, general manager of an over-50s lifestyle resort company, and wife Jessica bought the 1.2ha property.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoThe traditional English-style house has nine bedrooms and seven bathroom and includes a guest wing with a two-bedroom guest cottage on the grounds.Mrs Sheene, whose two-time world 500c champion husband died of cancer in 2003, put the property on the market in April. Take a look at the Gold Coast’s biggest residential sales of 2019.CASHED-up buyers have not been scared off by the tough conditions that plagued the Gold Coast property market this year. Here are the top 10 residential property sales for 2019, which total more than $82 million and include trophy homes, prime positions and future income sources. MORE NEWS: Coast’s hottest homes of 2019 9. 45 Knightsbridge Pde West, Sovereign Islandscenter_img The Penthouse at 3533 Main Beach Pde, Main Beach, broke a few records.The luxurious Main Beach penthouse was snapped up for $8.25 million in February and held the top spot until September.The two-storey residence tops the boutique Sea building and was designed by acclaimed architect Bayden Goddard.It has four-bedrooms and four-bathrooms as well as a rooftop pool. Its sale broke multiple records, including being the third highest apartment sale and highest beachfront apartment sale on the Gold Coast. 37-39 Brittanic Cres, Sovereign Islands, was the Gold Coast’s crowning property of 2019.The palatial mega-mansion claimed the city’s top spot when it sold for $11 million in September.A Sydney buyer snapped up the six-bedroom, eight-bathroom residence, which is on a 2168sq m north-facing double block.It’s the epitome of opulence with soaring ceilings, feature lighting and luxury detailed finishes.It also has a ‘Gold Lounge’ cinema room, wet bar and outdoor entertainment pavilion with a pool. 4. 7/3533 Main Beach Pde, Main Beach 1. 37-39 Brittanic Cres, Sovereign Islands 8. 1A Yacht St, Southport It took a while but 60 Sophie Ave, Broadbeach Waters, eventually fetched an eye-watering price.A family splashed $8.1 million on the waterfront mega-mansion in September after more than 500 days on the market.The residence, known as The Palms, spans 1363sq m and has five bedrooms and six bathrooms.Among its standout features are an Art Deco-inspired theatre with starlit ceiling, wine cellar, internal lift, eight-car underground garage and multiple terraces and balconies overlooking the manicured gardens, pool and Nerang River.It was built by Dr Michael Kazacos over two years from 2008. He lived on the property since 1988, previously in another house. The sale of 311 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters, was a big deal early in the year.The six-bedroom mansion set the bar for eye-watering sales in 2019 when it changed hands for $7.5 million in January.It features a fully-equipped gym, expansive formal and informal living areas, an outdoor kitchen, double pontoon and state-of-the-art technology throughout.A local buyer outbid a string of others to claim the waterfront home.It hit the market in August last year and attracted hundreds of house hunters with more than 300 inspections in the five months it was on the market. 45 Knightsbridge Pde West, Sovereign Islands, will be one impressive holiday home.The Sovereign Islands mansion fetched $6.98 million after spending almost 200 days on the market.The buyers bought the six-bedroom, six bathroom house in March as a holiday home.It spans four levels with multiple entertainment terraces, two pools, a theatre room and 10-car garage among its highlights.It also has 24m of water frontage and panoramic Broadwater and Hinterland views. 126 & 151 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters, is one pricey patch!The neighbouring vacant blocks sold as a package for $9.4 million in November.The Gold Coast buyer planned to build their dream home on the 3369sq m waterfront site at the end of Commodore Drive.CoreLogic records show the parcel last sold for $9.2 million in 2016. The sale of 99 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach, rounds out the list.The beachfront home on arguably the Gold Coast’s most illustrious street sold to a local buyer for $6.395 million in July.Know locally as “the yellow house on the corner”, the Hamptons-style home was snapped up within weeks of hitting the market.It was initially listed with a $6.495 million asking price.The three-bedroom house had been a holiday home to 1984 Olympics super heavyweight gold medallist and South Australian tuna fisherman Dean Lukin for almost six years. 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