Mosul, cemetery for freedom of information

first_img Related documents iraq_mosul_report_-2.pdfPDF – 1.29 MBreport_mosul_arabic-2.pdfPDF – 4.36 MB Organisation February 15, 2021 Find out more October 27, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Mosul, cemetery for freedom of information Help by sharing this information English version of the reportArabic version of the report Journalists and other media workers have been among Islamic State’s priority targets since the jihadi group began its offensive in northwestern Iraq.According to JFO’s tally, 48 professional journalists, citizen-journalists and media workers have been abducted since June 2014 and at least 13 of them have been executed in Mosul.Some of the kidnap victims have been released, but there is no news of 10 other professional and non-professional journalists still held by IS. A total of 60 journalists and media workers have fled the city. Some who went back paid for this mistake with their lives.“We remind all parties to the war in Iraq that they are required by UN Security Council Resolution 2222 of 2015 and the Geneva Conventions to respect journalists, and we reiterate our appeal to the Security Council to refer the situation in Iraq to the International Criminal Court in order combat impunity for crimes of violence against journalists,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of RSF’s Middle East and Maghreb desk.“The JFO’s field investigation shines light on the terrible fate suffered by journalists since Islamic State took Mosul and the jihadi group’s determination to maintain absolute control over information coming out the city. This has also been seen in the way it treated the studios and equipment of local media outlets as the spoils of war, taking them over in order to pursue its information offensive.”Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul fell to IS on 10 June 2014. Since then, independent media activity has been non-existent. All media outlets have been taken over and are now used to put out the jihadi group’s message. All journalists still in the city have had to stop working to avoid being the target of reprisals.This joint report lists the names of each of Islamic State’s victims together with a short biography. For safety reasons, some of the journalists interviewed asked not to be identified. Although Mosul has been an information “black hole” since June 2014, RSF and JFO have together done everything possible to verify all the information in the report.Iraq is ranked 156th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and its partner organization in Iraq, the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory (JFO), are publishing a devastating report about media freedom in Mosul since Islamic State seized control of this northern city. News to go further News IraqMiddle East – North Africa December 28, 2020 Find out more RSF_en News IraqMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iraq December 16, 2020 Find out more RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News Receive email alerts Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security”last_img read more

Going out in style

first_imgSiberian cold in Maine. (Jane Knox)Winter berries look delicious. (Elizabeth (Stu) Mehlin)A partly frozen stream in the lovely, low light of winter. (Elizabeth (Stu) Mehlin)King survivor in Maine. (Jane Knox)Homing into this lovely contraption for food. (Jane Knox)A Welcome treasure. (Jane Knox)Braving the frigid winter. (Jane Knox)Little Chip was either catching snowflakes on his tongue, mid-grooming, or telling me enough was enough. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Little Chip checks the weather. No sign of real spring. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Hope springs eternal. It’s time for all little chipmunks to be snug underground until spring, but this odd behavior could be a case of not storing enough food for winter. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Perfect chipmunk posture. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Doe friends. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)When deer fly. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Ever watchful doe in Eustis. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Does grazing in Eustis. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Little Grey’s holiday portrait. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Little Grey takes off. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Mourning dove balancing act. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)What the heck? (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)The Bigelow Mountain Range rises up behind frozen Flagstaff Lake, the largest manmade lake in Maine. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Snow topped Tumbledown, The Jackson’s and Blueberry Mountain rises up behind Webb Lake (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Saddleback Mountain quietly waits for skiers. Next year, hopefully. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Rangeley Lake (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Rangeley Lake in frozen splendor. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Sunset, Rangeley Lake (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)The sun sets rapidly behind Rangeley Lake. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Step up to winter. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Flying Pond’s islands. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Let the sun shine in. (Photographed by Jane Naliboff)Sunrise on Porter Lake this morning. (Steve Muise)Sunset over Rangeley Lake, Rangeley, Maine. (Steve Muise)A Northern Shrike, photographed during the annual Christmas Bird Count. Shrikes are predatory songbirds that are winter visitors from the Tundra. They prey on small birds and mammals. (Steve Muise)The Moon and Venus at sunset, from high on Maple Avenue on Dec. 28. (Steve Muise)A pair of Bald Eagles in competition for some food, New Sharon, Maine. (Steve Muise)Bald Eagle flyover 1, Crowell Pond. (Steve Muise)Bald Eagle flyover 2, Crowell Pond. (Steve Muise)Bald Eagle flyover 3, Crowell Pond. (Steve Muise)Another perched Bald Eagle, Crowell Pond. (Steve Muise)A stack of 2 juvenile Bald Eagles. (Steve Muise)last_img read more

Uruguayan Air Force Conducts Exercises to Counter Transnational Crime

first_imgOn May 18th, the High Command sent instructions via the Aerial Operations Center to operate select reconnaissance flights in precise locations, which were given using coordinates. The operation was meant to disrupt the plan that the crews already had in place. The exercise tested the unit’s youngest pilots, who received logistical support by the Air Base Squadron from the 3rd Air Brigade. The National Aerial Police secured the airport. By Dialogo June 07, 2016 Narco-traffickers exploit Uruguay Uruguay’s Air Force (FAU) recently deployed 25 pilots and another 15 service members to the country’s northern region to search for illegal landing strips used by drug traffickers. The training strengthens airspace security, the country’s fight against drug trafficking, and the air squadron’s operational capacities. In addition to participating in aircraft interception operations, the 7th Air Squadron also conducts transfers of personnel, rescues, and humanitarian aid, as it depends on more than 50 aviators from all ranks with various levels of experience and training. “Since flight is our vocation and expectations center on a professional level, we must provide our crews clear ways to satisfactorily complete assignments that are not planned and in which one has to adjust and adapt,” Major Ocampo stated. Pilots log 50 hours of flight “What has been planned are territorial deployments in different parts of the country, spread out in such a way that the entire country is covered in order to protect Uruguayan airspace,” Major Ocampo explained. “Even beyond having professional training sessions, the fortification of each one of the squadron’s members is very important. Experience is very valuable, and the main thing is for them to be able to turn that experience onto those who come after them as well as on missions.” Pilots and navigators from the 7th Air Squadron (Observation and Liaison), which belongs to the FAU’s 3rd Air Brigade, departed in four Cessna C-206 H Stationair airplanes and a Beechcraft UB-55 Baron aircraft on May 17th toward Melo, the department capital of Cerro Largo, near the border with Brazil. The main objective of the deployment, which concluded on May 20th, was to look for landing strips, observe the dry border, control the air space, and evaluate the flight squadron’s capabilities – both in terms of crews’ operational plans and logistical support in an irregular environment, according to an FAU press release. center_img During night maneuvers, they used “beacons that ran on photo cells,” which lit up at night after being charged with sunlight. “One of the aims of the night flights is to be up to date in order to support the interception of illegal aircraft when so ordered by higher ups,” Major Ocampo explained. “This deployment is part of the training that a flight crew that flies in this squadron must have. The pilots are equipped with practice and training in how to combat drug trafficking and transnational crime organizations. One of our main missions is to provide support to organizations which are fully engaged in the fight against crime and drug trafficking.” “The Uruguayan officers have strengthened their ties of cooperation and teamwork, putting the accomplishment of their missions before all else,” Major Ocampo stated. One hundred thirty-five kilograms of cocaine were seized in Uruguay from January to May of this year, following 1.5 tons seized in 2013 compared to just 10 kilograms of the drug being confiscated in 1991, the newspaper El Observador reported . Conversely, the International Narcotics Control Board has reported Uruguay has the third highest rate of cocaine consumption in South America, bested only by Chile and Argentina. The next training sessions, which are planned a year in advance, will be held in September and November. “The primary challenges that the 7th Air Squadron’s members are facing are being able to complete missions satisfactorily, especially those that remove them from normal operational environments, and being able to overcome weather while operating safely,” Aviator Major Juan Ocampo, Commander of the 7th Air Squadron, told Diálogo. Uruguay is not a country that produces important narcotics, according to the U.S. government. However, international narcotrafficking groups take advantage of the country’s porous borders with Brazil and Argentina. Traffickers use the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo as a hub to transport cocaine that’s produced in the Andes, the website Espectador reported on March 2nd. During the training, in which pilots logged 50 hours in the air, the Uruguayan service members conducted day and night reconnaissance as well as night landings in unusual settings such as mountains, forests, and other areas that have been hard to reach for authorities in the fight against transnational threats. last_img read more

Keeping the competitive edge: Trends to consider for 2019

first_imgFor credit unions, 2019 will continue to be a trend-driven industry with a complete disruption and reshaping of the payment landscape. Credit unions, in general, are undergoing a paradigm shift with an influx of technology, analytics, and regulatory dynamics. The member-facing perspective continues to expand with innovation, where payments become faster, smarter, and more innovative, while service providers are still grappling with back-end infrastructure requirements.Today, members expect their credit union to deliver the same personalized, immediate, and convenient experience at their fingertips as when they use their mobile device to order a pizza, locate a ride share or purchase online with the appropriate coupon applied.With an intense margin pressure, disruptive technology, and stringent regulations, for credit unions to adapt and gain the most success in the coming year – they need to take a holistic view of their member base and apply simplicity, convenience, and instantaneous results.  Improve Service Focus While credit unions have always focused on member service, the greater prevalence of exponential technologies will decrease the value of traditional competitive differentiators, resulting in decreased product revenue. This means future revenue needs to come from other means; likely differentiated services or experience.  Delivering on this change demands a digitally-savvy workforce aligned together to be able to deliver a frictionless user experience that is both convenient and accessible. Data AnalyticsCredit unions fall short of the skills needed to compete in a data-driven economy.  To translate data into direct, meaningful actions at the most optimal time is still a mystery, and despite a personalization push, most credit unions are challenged to leverage insights on a member level in real-time.Improving the member experience requires analytical insight, in addition to applying disparate data across multiple systems. Start with simple segmentation of your members; understanding their purchase patterns to encourage the necessary behavior.Rewards 3.0Gone are the days of regular rewards or cash back programs. In 2019, credit unions need to focus on the use of member data to create sophisticated reward programs. With the influx of data, reward programs are becoming more and more pervasive as they integrate the member’s path to purchase and as such become more relevant to individual consumers and their unique needs.While our industry is changing in front of our eyes, to remain competitive, we no longer can afford to react and need to start looking beyond the obvious. To maintain relevance, we need to jump in front of emerging trends and understand what payment solutions we can and should offer our members at the appropriate moment in their journey. 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Aris Jerahian Aris is the AVP of Card Services at Orange County’s Credit Union.  A payment industry executive with more than 15 years of credit, debit portfolio management, consulting and operational … Web: Detailslast_img read more

North Morowali regent dies, buried according to COVID-19 protocol after testing negative

first_imgAptripel Tumimomor, the regent of North Morowali in Central Sulawesi, passed away on Thursday after receiving treatment at Wahidin Sudirohusodo General Hospital in Makassar, South Sulawesi. He was 53 years old.North Morowali administration spokesperson Heri Pinontoan said the late regent was previously treated at the regency’s Kolonadale General Hospital before being referred to the Makassar hospital on Wednesday for further treatment. “[Aptripel] was tested [for the coronavirus] with a rapid test kit at Kolonodale General Hospital but the result was negative,” Heri said on Friday. Read also: Regions start enforcing curfews to flatten Indonesia’s COVID-19 curveThe regent had taken a swab test in Makassar to confirm whether he had contracted the contagious virus, Heri said, but the result was not yet available at the time of his death.Central Sulawesi Provincial administration spokesperson Haris Karming said Aptripel had been laid to rest in a cemetery for civil servants in South Sulawesi’s Gowa regency on Friday morning in accordance with burial procedures for COVID-19 patients. The safety protocol to bury people with the coronavirus includes that the deceased be wrapped in plastic and placed in a coffin. Those who help burying the body are advised to wear protective gear, such as a hazmat suit and mask.Aptripel was elected regent in February 2016 and owned several businesses, namely plantation and construction businesses and hotels. He is survived by his wife HO Liliana and three children. (mfp)Topics :last_img read more

Umpire Kettleborough ‘spoken to’ by ICC’s ACU

first_img(ESPNCRICINFO) -Richard Kettleborough, one of the on-field umpires in the ongoing second Test between England and Pakistan, has been spoken to by the ICC’s anti-corruption unit (ACU) after taking to the field wearing a smartwatch.Kettleborough was seen wearing the watch during the first session of the match. ESPNcricinfo understands he soon realised his error, took off the watch and reported the incident to the ACU. He has not been seen wearing it after lunch on the first day.ESPNcricinfo further understands that the ACU consider the incident a minor violation of the regulations. They spoke to Kettleborough and reminded him of his obligations under the Player and Match Officials Area Regulations (PMOA). They are unlikely to take further action.In an effort to combat corruption in cricket over the last few years, players and officials have been obliged to hand over their phones (and any other transmitting devices) to anti-corruption officials ahead of the start of play. They are then locked away and returned to them shortly after stumps. The ICC also has the power to confiscate devices and download all material from them in order to monitor recent activity, but have chosen not to do so on this occasion.Kettleborough is not the first to make such an error. Pakistan’s players were spoken to by officials after taking the field wearing smartwatches during the Lord’s Test of 2018. While it was accepted the devices were disabled – they can be used, when disabled, to track fitness among other things – the players were reminded the regulations prohibited them being worn at all. Again, it was not considered anything more than a minor violation.Earlier this year, ECB tightened up its anti-corruption guidelines by banning players from wearing smartwatches on the field of play in all fixtures, on account of the growth of live-streaming services in county cricket.The incident will cause some embarrassment for Kettleborough and the ACU. Usually such devices are surrendered to the anti-corruption manager upon arrival at the ground on match days, and it is not clear why that did not happen on this occasion.last_img read more

Brewery Developer Takes on Second Fort Project

first_img“I personally have historic restoration experience, so I’m not uncomfortable doing this,” said Brooks, who revealed in an exclusive interview that a restaurant and a Showroom Cinema movie theater will be included in the renovated Barker’s Circle, which includes Kaplan Hall. OCEANPORT – Fort Monmouth’s Barker Circle complex, a 20-acre site located directly inside the Oceanport Avenue entrance to the former U.S. Army base, is now under a Purchase, Sale, and Redevelopment Agreement with Regional Development Group, LLC (RDG). The pending sale was unanimously approved by the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) at its Sept. 18 meeting. “It’s significant due to its location right on Oceanport Avenue,” said Robert Lucky, FMERA interim chairman. “It will give some sign to those driving by that things are happening there.” “The plan is really nice. It looks like a great project that will make a great statement,” said Bruce Steadman, FMERA executive director. “It will make a very welcoming entrance.” The mixed-use project will also include 75 residential units broken out as 60 market rate units and 15 affordable housing units for sale or rent, some slated for veterans. A structure on the property known as Building 282 is currently occupied by the Oceanport Police Department, which will vacate it upon completion of new headquarters, part of an adjacent 13-acre parcel being transformed into the new Oceanport Municipal Complex. “The fort offers us an exciting opportunity to not only expand our brand, but adaptively reuse a building that was originally a movie theater,” Sodano said. “It will tap into a community that will be building over the next 10 to 20 years and gets us a whole different audience in that area. We hope to have a design that is unique and have the ability to provide rental and event space, which is successful in Asbury Park. We’re also investigating ways to offer beer and wine service.” Fort Monmouth was granted a dozen liquor licenses by the state last year to help spur redevelopment. By Laura D.C. Kolnoski RDG’s investment in the project is expected to be $22.5 million. It’s estimated that 70 part-time or full-time temporary construction jobs will be created, with 25 permanent full-time and 15 part-time jobs to follow. As per FMERA rules, the purchaser must pay a penalty of $1,500 for each projected job not created. “We are rehabilitating the existing 16,000 square feet and adding 8,000 more,” Brooks said. Last week, at the local planning board’s request, RDG brought in an arborist to undertake a tree survey to determine the number, location and condition of trees on the parcel. Brooks said he expects to apply for permits within the next 30 days. The latest rendering of The Loft, a microbrewery and event venue in Fort Monmouth’s former Dance Hall, depicts gardens and outdoor space.Photo courtesy FMERA Located in the 100-year-old fort’s National Register Historic District, the parcel contains seven buildings totaling approximately 198,600 square feet. The buildings are considered “contributing historic resources subject to historic preservation covenants,” according to FMERA documents. “Four residential buildings, one office building, one restaurant and a three- screen movie theater. That’s the plan,” Brooks said, adding his proposal must go before the Oceanport Planning Board once the formal FMERA due diligence period is successfully completed, which can take 90 days or more. Required permits and approvals must be obtained within nine to 15 months of the end of the due diligence period. While Brooks confirmed a waterfront restaurant will be part of the revitalized Barker Circle, he said it is “too early” to discuss details. He noted the building intended for it has bay doors, 18-to-20-foot ceilings and second floor space with kitchen facilities from when it was used as a firehouse by the U.S. Army, making it “a unique space.” In August, Brooks’ firm received unanimous approval from the Oceanport Planning Board to move forward with The Loft, the microbrewery and event space on 4.2 acres being created in the 1940s former fort Dance Hall. Due to severe damage from Super Storm Sandy, the building had to be gutted and the roof rebuilt, Brooks said. A new front and two second floors are also being added. RDG, co-founded by Fuller “Trip” Brooks, purchased the fort’s former Dance Hall last year and is currently redeveloping that into The Loft, a microbrewery nearby in Oceanport due to open next summer. RDG prevailed as the highest ranked qualified bidder over four other proposals received for Barker’s Circle. The purchase price is $4.85 million. THE LOFT UPDATE “Kaplan Hall was a museum, but it was a 400-to-500-seat movie theater before that,” he said. “The original floor is still there. I thought of Mike Sodano of the Showroom Cinemas in Asbury Park and Bradley Beach. Mike was very interested in opening there and he became part of my proposal. It would be his third location, with three screens.” “We’re following the steps. It’s going well and we’re excited to get it going,” he said.last_img read more

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Microsoft takes on Oracle, opening up database software to Linux

first_imgMicrosoft Corp planned on Monday to announce its move into a new business, unveiling a database software that works with a rival to its Windows operating system, a move that takes aim at a market long dominated by Oracle Corp.Microsoft’s new database product will work with the Linux operating system. The move is the latest to show Microsoft’s increasing willingness to work with competing products, a radical change for the once fiercely protective company.Microsoft’s more open strategy has become a hallmark of Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella since he took over in 2014.In an era of exploding amounts of data, much of it used by companies trying to win more business and establish competitive edges, data management has become critically important.Overall database-software sales, well north of $30 billion, have kept rising even though spending in information technology has been generally lackluster, said Gartner analyst Merv Adrian.”If you look at the companies that are transforming and disrupting industries, it is often with data at the core,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president for cloud and enterprise at Microsoft. “All of them are using data in a much richer way now to understand their customers.”He cited electronic signature company DocuSign as a longstanding customer of SQL Server, the database product that is expanding to Linux. So is Renault Sport, which uses sensors that collect myriad data points to hone performance of Formula One racing teams.Microsoft’s SQL Server business ranks behind No. 1 Oracle, which has more than 40 per cent market share in database software and works with Linux, Adrian said.advertisementMicrosoft has 21.5 per cent of the market, he said, pushing International Business Machines Corp from second to third place in 2013. The product is one of Microsoft’s biggest business lines. SAP SE also competes in the area.Until now, Microsoft on-premises database software worked only with its own Windows operating system. Now it will work with Linux, which has gained significant traction in recent years.”Larry’s not going to lose any sleep,” said Adrian, referring to Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, “but yes, they’ll notice it. It’s a significant competitive threat they didn’t have before.”It was unclear how many customers Microsoft will win for its Linux product, which will be in preview mode until mid 2017.Under Nadella, Microsoft has made many products compatible with other systems, including Apple’s iOS. Late last year, it opened its cloud service, Azure, to customers of Red Hat, a company that makes a popular version of Linux.last_img read more

10 months agoIniesta happy to see Messi as Barcelona captain

first_imgIniesta happy to see Messi as Barcelona captainby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveVissel Kobe midfielder Andres Iniesta is happy to see Leo Messi as Barcelona captain.Messi took the armband after Iniesta’s summer departure.”I don’t think it’s a new thing for him,” said Iniesta.”He has been here a long time as the star player and at the centre of everything.The captain’s armband is an added stimulus for him.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more