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Israeli soldiers arrest six Palestinian journalists in past week

first_imgNews RSF_en Organisation Help by sharing this information The columnist Lama Khater was arrested by Israeli soldiers at dawn on 24 July in a wave of arrests of Palestinians regarded as Hamas supporters. In arresting Khater, the Israeli security forces kept a promise to detain her if she continued writing, Al Jazeera said. “Palestinian journalists held solely for political reasons must be released at once,” said Sophie Anmuth, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “In the absence of any proof to the contrary, these journalists have committed no crime justifying their detention, which is therefore completely arbitrary.” to go further They include four journalists working for the Lebanon-based Al Quds satellite TV channel – Ramallah bureau chief Alaa Rimawi, reporters Mohamed Hamdan and Qoteiba Hamdan and cameraman Hosni Injas – who were arrested at dawn on 30 July. Mouna, the Al Quds Press agency journalist arrested yesterday, was already arrested several times by the Israeli military in recent years and, according to the MADA, was questioned about his journalism and about his alleged political activities, which he denied. RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance IsraelPalestineMiddle East – North Africa Protecting journalists Imprisoned The ban imposed by the Israeli authorities on Al Quds is supposed to concern Israeli territory but the arrests were carried out in the West Bank, a procedure often used by the Israeli security forces. Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 August 1, 2018 – Updated on June 14, 2019 Israeli soldiers arrest six Palestinian journalists in past week The Israeli TV channel I24 said they were arrested on suspicion of inciting hatred via Al Quds, which the Israeli defence ministry effectively banned at the start of July, describing it as the “propaganda wing” of Hamas – the movement that controls the Gaza Strip – and as a platform for disseminating messages for this “terrorist organization.” Mohamed Anwar Mouna, a journalist with the pro-Hamas Al Quds Press agency who also manages a local radio station in Nablus, was arrested by Israeli soldiers at his home yesterday. Israel is ranked 87th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Follow the news on Middle East – North Africa Mohamed Hamdan, one of the Al Quds reporters arrested on 30 July, was already detained in an Israeli prison for several days last February after filming a demonstration in support of Palestinian prisoners, while Rimawi, the bureau chief, was imprisoned for 12 years in Israel. News News News June 9, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Israeli authorities to release Palestinian journalists held solely for political reasons, after six journalists working for reputedly pro-Hamas media were arrested by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank in the past week. June 11, 2021 Find out more Al Quds IsraelPalestineMiddle East – North Africa Protecting journalists Imprisoned According to the MADA, an NGO that defends Palestinian journalists, the Israeli military closed a total of 17 Palestinian media outlets last year, accusing some of them of providing video footage to pro-Hamas TV channels such as Al Aqsa and Al Quds. The closures were accompanied by arrests of journalists, some of whom were held for several months. Receive email alerts Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election June 8, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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On the sixth anniversary of Jean Dominique’s murder, Haiti’s new president urged to reopen the case

first_img Receive email alerts News Organisation Another journalist murdered in Haiti On the eve of the sixth anniversary of radio Haïti Inter director and political commentator Jean Dominique’s murder on 3 April 2000 in Port-au-Prince, Reporters Without Borders today added its voice to all the tributes being paid to Dominique and urged President-elect René Préval, who will be sworn in on 14 May, to give a solemn undertaking to reopen the case.“The scandal about the way the Dominique murder case has been handled for the past six years is all the greater as his suspected killers have been identified but none of them has been brought to trial and three of the alleged hit-men are currently on the run,” the press freedom organisation said.“This case highlights the scale of the police and judicial reforms that will have to be tackled by the government that emerges from the second round of the parliamentary elections on 21 April,” Reporters Without Borders continued. “Meanwhile, we call on Préval to pledge to reopen the case, especially as he was a personal friend of Dominique. The victory of justice over impunity is at stake.”The investigation into Dominique’s murder concluded on 21 March 2003, three years after he and Haïti Inter caretaker Jean-Claude Louissaint were gunned down in the radio station’s courtyard . It resulted in six men being charged and arrested: Dymsley “Ti Lou” Milien, Jeudi “Guimy” Jean-Daniel, Philippe Markington, Ralph Léger, Freud Junior Demarattes and Ralph Joseph. The charges against the last three were dropped on 4 August 2003, after they appealed against the indictment.Former Port-au-Prince deputy mayor Harold Sévère and Ostide “Douze” Pétion were arrested on 14 March 2004 as the suspected instigators of the murder. Annette Auguste, who was already being held in connection with other criminal activity, was also accused of involvement on 10 March 2005. But none of these three has ever been interrogated. There has never been any attempt to verify presumed hit-man Ti Lou’s statement that he was paid 10,000 dollars to murder Dominique. And the death of two witnesses in suspicious circumstances has never been explained.Ti Lou, Guimy and Markington managed to escape during a prison mutiny in February 2005. Markington fled to Argentina, from where he contacted Reporters Without Borders to insist on his innocence. During a visit to Port-au-Prince in September 2005, a Reporters Without Borders delegation was told by several sources close to the Dominique case that Ti Lou and Guimy were circulating with complete impunity in the Port-au-Prince neighbourhood of Martissant, where they were running a gang.After a previous Reporters Without Borders visit to Port-au-Prince, the supreme court ordered the case reopened on 29 June 2004. But it took nearly a year for a new investigating judge to be appointed, on 3 April 2005, exactly five years after the murder. The new judge has not had access to the files and has not been given the necessary resources, so absolutely no progress has been made with the reopened investigation. Violence against the press in Haiti: RSF and CPJ write to Minister of Justice Six years have elapsed since radio Haïti Inter director and political commentator Jean Dominique was gunned down in the radio station’s courtyard in Port-au-Prince on 3 April 2000. Reporters Without Borders appeals to President-elect René Préval, who will take office on 14 March, to ensure that his friend’s murderers are brought to justice. March 31, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 On the sixth anniversary of Jean Dominique’s murder, Haiti’s new president urged to reopen the case RSF_en News News to go further November 14, 2019 Find out more News Help by sharing this information HaïtiAmericas Journalist shot dead amid anti-government protests in Haiti October 11, 2019 Find out more HaïtiAmericas Follow the news on Haïti June 11, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

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Abuse survivor angered by Bishop’s response to media claims

first_img Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Abuse survivor angered by Bishop’s response to media claims WhatsApp A survivor of abuse in Donegal has said he is angry at Bishop Philip Boyce’s response to media claims that a new report will show that hundreds of children in Donegal were abused by 20 priests numerous times.Dr Phillip Boyce said the claims in the  Irish Independent were inaccurate, misleading and not in the public interest.A report is due this month from The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church.’Brian’, who was abused by Eugene Green said on the Shaun Doherty Show that Bishop Boyce should not be concerned with numbers:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/bri1omabuse.mp3[/podcast] Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ Google+ Pinterest Facebook Twitter Previous articleDonegal’s Fire Service fairs well in new Government reportNext articleIncrease in bottlenose dolphins off Donegal coast News Highland center_img News WhatsApp Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th By News Highland – August 12, 2011 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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Donegal Minister defends Government approach to restrictions

first_img Previous articleAnswers sought over rejected NEPHT advice two weeks agoNext articlePeople urged to continue to shop local during lockdown News Highland A Donegal Minister says the decision to move to Level 5 wasn’t taken lightly but it is a decision that’s in the best interest of the country. Minister Charlie McConalogue has too defended the Government’s approach not to move to the highest level of restrictions two weeks ago, stating it as a reasonable move to see first if Level 3 would work.Last night the Taoiseach said that a “meaningful” Christmas is possible, but it will all depend on people’s behaviour for the next six weeks.Minister McConalogue says its the primary objective to reopen the country to some degree on December 1st, but it’s going to take everyone to play their part:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/charlie-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp Facebook Donegal Minister defends Government approach to restrictionscenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – October 20, 2020 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterestlast_img read more

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Shell fishes for fresh ideas

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Shell fishes for fresh ideasOn 1 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today PhilipWhiteley looks at why the oil producer is encouraging its young talent to offerguidance to senior managersItis the newcomer who gives the freshest observations, for example, a newemployee will be astound-ed at the idiosyncrasies of an established team.Basedon this principle, Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell has arranged a scheme in whichyoung employees give feedback on the leadership capabilities of seniorexecutives. Thescheme has been running since February, and involves 22 senior executives atShell Expro, headquartered in Aberdeen. It involves a ‘shadow’ coach, who is ayoung high-flier, giving feedback on performance and behaviour to an executivewhom he or she is shadowing. The idea is to capture the fresh insight from arelatively untutored, intelligent individual.Shellhad wanted to develop more authoritative and innovative leadership styles toaccompany its restructure. Margins had been falling in North Sea oil productionand, with heavy-fixed overheads, the firm needed to drive stronger performancewith existing resources. It needed more teamwork and innovation acrossdepartments. It wanted more rounded leaders, with strong motivational skillsand self-awareness. “Youcannot just say ‘We’re going to look like this, with cross-functional teams’and have it just happen on paper,” says Linda Rich, coach at DeltaPartnership, which has been running the programme. “You have to havepeople who have the vision and courage to say ‘No, we are going to do thisdifferently’.”ExperimentManagingdirector Tom Botts recalled a positive experience, also with Shell, where hehad been shadowed by a much less experienced individual as an experiment. Hefound this contributed greatly to his self-awareness.Hedecided to implement a structured process for all the executive team. He foundthat an inexperienced person is less likely to think politically and morelikely to give honest feedback on behaviour.Itis more than just a case of giving a few impressionistic observations. Eachexecutive has developmental objectives, and the shadow coach is briefed todiscuss the relevant behaviours with the leader. If someone is working oncommunicating vision to staff, then the shadow will attend staff meetings andcomment on how the individual comes across, judging the communication directlyand trying to gauge reactions of the team.Thetwo individuals – manager and shadow coach – will sit together to discuss theskills that are to be developed. Delta provides the coaches with agendas andquestionnaires.Thereis an initial meeting between the two to discuss overall objectives, andone-to-one meetings are held before and after key events such as a staffbriefing or a board meeting.Theshadow coaches are Shell employees, which the company says is an advantage inthat both shadow and the executive are learning simultaneously, so there is adouble advantage for the company. But there is the complication that, no matterhow you prepare and equip the younger individuals, they are still junioremployees at the same firm. Does this not hamper the extent to which they cantruly speak their mind?”Whenyou are first asked to be a coach it does put the fear of God into you,”says shadow coach Elaine Harrison, offshore supervisor on the Leman Alpha gasplatform in the southern North Sea. “To go into their world and sit thereand talk to them and tell them what they have done or how they have behaved ina meeting is scary; it made my heart race at the first couple of meetings. “Butit is a thrilling feeling to be part of the scenario that you would neverotherwise see,” she added.Whathas intrigued her about the life of the executive? “I have been surprisedat: how quickly they have to change one topic to another; the amount ofinformation that they have to absorb and the speed with which they do so; thedemands on their time and how they have to have such stringent time management;and how to prioritise workloads.”Also,the company arranges for an experienced supervisor to be available for theshadow coaches. They can bring any issue to the supervisor such as whether theyfeel intimidated.”Youare able to talk to someone at a higher level than you would usually be allowedto do,” says Harrison. “As a member of the audience – I am like wallpaper– I can observe purely what they are doing.”Harrisonshadows Allan Hart, general manager of the gas supply group in Lowestoft. Hartsays that her forthrightness gives him ‘pinpoint feedback’ on specific moments,which he can use to improve performance. ForIan Silk, an asset leader in the oil division at Shell, based in Aberdeen, themost useful feature of having a shadow coach is the focus on his realindividual performance. “It better prepares you for the assessments. Itgives you a degree of preparation and professionalism that you take to everyother meeting. “Iwould go into sessions trying to introduce new concepts and get people engaged.If it had been just me, I might have thought that I was communicating my visionbecause I spent plenty of time talking about it, but the shadow coach might seeit differently. “Thenext time you would change the formula to something more participative. It isextremely practical. It made me think about an event in leadership terms,rather than a process of information flow.”KeypointsThecost: Main cost was consulting time, designing the process and supporting theprogramme. Managers’ and coaches’ time for preparation and debriefing.Theoutcome: After three months, coaches are surveyed on their leaders’ progress:–50 per cent report high progress; 50 per cent, moderate progress–75 per cent of coaches indicate significant value for own development; 25per cent, said moderate valuelast_img read more

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Transcriptomic response to shell damage in the Antarctic clam, Laternula elliptica: time scales and spatial localisation

first_imgMollusc shell is built up by secretion from the mantle and is the result of a controlled biological process termed biomineralisation. In general mollusc shells are well characterised however, the molecular mechanisms used by molluscs to produce shell remain largely unknown. One tractable method to study molecular biomineralisation mechanisms are shell damage-repair experiments, which stimulate calcification pathways. The present study used the Antarctic clam (Laternula elliptica) as a model to better understand when and where molecular biomineralisation events occur in the mantle. Two approaches were used: one experiment used high-throughput RNA-sequencing to study molecular damage-repair responses over a 2 month time series, and a second experiment used targeted semi-quantitative PCR to investigate the spatial location of molecular mechanisms in response to damage. Shell repair in L. elliptica was slow, lasting at least 2 months, and expression results revealed different biological processes were important at varying time scales during repair. A spatial pattern in relation to a single drilled hole was revealed for some, but not all, candidate genes suggesting the mantle may be functionally zoned and can respond to damage both locally and ubiquitously across the mantle. Valuable data on the temporal and spatial response of shell damage-repair provide a baseline not only for future studies in L. elliptica, but also other molluscslast_img read more

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Glovers to hold bread open day

first_imgLancashire’s Glovers Bakery is to showcase its new range of speciality and healthy breads by holding its first open day on Saturday.The firm has linked up with ingredients supplier Zeelandia for the event. It hopes to inspire and educate shoppers about artisan breads, with demonstrations, tastings and displays on 19 May, at its Leyland shop.The range of breads includes Fiesta Corn, Exakt Ciabatta, O’mega – enriched with Omega 3 fatty acids, and Prokorn – a multigrain bread.last_img read more

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Hey, good looking

first_imgNow that the main wedding cake season has come to an end, it’s a great time to think of new ways to boost sales before the festive period gets into full swing. Appealing to your customers’ indulgent side is key to boosting sales of baked goods in a recession.The UK food sector has previously fared better in an economic downturn than many other markets: cakes, biscuits and other confectionery are considered relatively low-cost treats, so any reductions in the market tend to be less severe than in other sectors. In addition, the food market as a whole benefits from consumers choosing to take a more indulgent approach to spending in this sector, as they cut back in other areas.Bakers can benefit from the trend towards indulgence in the food sector by introducing a range of top-quality cakes, which not only taste fantastic but look fabulous. Well-decorated, eye-catching cakes attract customers who are prepared to spend more and you may find that your current clients will be more willing to treat themselves if you improve your offering. Look at your top-selling lines and think what you could do to make them appeal to a wider market.Good-looking cakes should live up to expectations by tasting good too; it’s worth paying more for better ingredients to encourage return visits and word-of-mouth promotion for your business. You don’t have to make classic French patisserie to draw new customers in; the simplest lemon drizzle cake made with the freshest ingredients (organic if you can find them) offers the perfect indulgent treat. Place some small pieces of edible gold leaf on top and you have created a premium product, for which you can charge customers a premium price.Take inspiration from traditional recipes: classic favourites such as Battenberg can be given a facelift simply by using new ways to flavour and decorate them to set your bakery apart from the rest. Make a lemon and orange Battenberg and cover the cake with a delicious new flavour of marzipan, such as hazelnut and orange, or make a chocolate and mint version, covered with chocolate marzipan (excellent-quality instant marzipan mixes are available to help you save time). Quick ways of decorating are important in a busy bakery, but that doesn’t mean you cannot stand out from the crowd. Top-quality fondant icings, which use real fruit to give them a delicious natural taste and colour (a great selling point), are incredibly versatile and will help you to create tempting cakes and cookies quickly and easily. Ready-made chocolate roses in milk, white, dark, pink and red can be placed on a cake in a second, but add a wow factor that your customers would be happy to pay for. For the ultimate decoration and a premium sale, use crystallised real flowers, such as roses, jasmine and violets. Cupcakes are ever-popular and can be dressed up with colourful dotty or baroque cases, and you can appeal to younger generations with ready-made piped sugar animals, figures or pretty flowers.Start with just three or four products and upgrade your ingredients and decorations. Keep a special area in your shop for more luxury and upmarket products and think about investing in a few new and unusual-shaped tins or silicone bakeware. It’s worth displaying something new in your window on a regular basis, even if you just take ’special orders’ for those items. A traditional English teatime display with your goods on pretty china cake stands will tempt customers in and attract an impulse buy that perhaps an ordinary doughnut will not.www.squires-shop.comlast_img read more