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Israeli army issues raid threat to Palestinian TV station

first_img Organisation News PalestineMiddle East – North Africa News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders is dismayed and alarmed to learn that Michael Sfard and Noa Amrami, lawyers for the Ramallah-based Palestinian TV station Wattan TV, have been served with a notice by the Israeli army threatening the station with another raid unless it stops broadcasting.In a letter dated 24 April, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) legal department said the station’s new frequency was allocated illegally, was in breach of an interim agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and jeopardized security in the area.“The letter is the umpteenth threat couched in violent language from the Israeli army against Wattan TV, even though the station has complied with a request from the High Court of Justice last December to obtain a new broadcasting frequency from the Palestinian telecommunications ministry,” said Lucie Morillon, Reporters Without Borders head of research.“It seems clear that whatever steps the station takes, the Israeli army will do everything it can to put it off the air. Will they go as far as carrying out another raid, like the one in February 2012?”Moammar Orabi, the station’s director, told Reporters Without Borders that it was another form of pressure by the Israeli army against the station. “But we are not going down that road,” he said. “The Israeli army’s order is illegal since the station has a permit to broadcast issued by the Palestinian telecommunications ministry.”He added: “Furthermore, we have filed a complaint against the Israeli army over the threatened raid.”Interviewed on the website Amad, Orabi said he had “consulted several experts in the field of frequencies and they all told us the station was causing no interference or jamming and there was no danger to security as they have claimed. These allegations are false and are designed to interfere with the work of Palestinian news organizations, which amounts to an attack on freedom of expression.”Reporters Without Borders notes that Wattan TV has been the target of harassment by the Israeli military authorities for several years. The army stormed the station’s offices in February 2012, seizing all its transmission equipment and administrative files dating back to 2002.The Israeli High Court of Justice decided last December not to overturn the army’s decision to seize Wattan TV’s transmission equipment. The court postponed a final decision in the matter until Wattan TV tried to obtain a new frequency from the Palestinian Authority which did not interfere with IDF communications systems. This was done, according to Orabi: “We obtained a new frequency about a month ago.”Despite repeated requests by press freedom organizations and the station’s lawyers, the court accepted, after an ex parte review of secret material, that the broadcasts interfered with some security communications and the seizure of the transmitters was thus legal. Wattan TV asked the court to allow time for it to try to obtain a licence using a different frequency. The army objected as it wanted to make the seizure permanent and take over ownership of the transmitters. The court granted extra time, which has since been further extended. Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority has allocated a new frequency to Wattan TV but the Israelis have refused to give their consent, although they should have done so under the interim agreement.In light of this, Wattan TV has asked the court to order the army to hand over the transmitters and it has promised not use them until the new frequency is authorized. Wattan TV is awaiting a final decision by the High Court.The Israeli authorities also ordered the management of the station Al-Sheraa Al-Mahalli TV in Tulkarem to suspend broadcasting temporarily in February this year or face the seizure of all its equipment. They used the same excuse, namely that the station’s signal was disrupting Ben Gurion airport and communications inside Israel.According to the station’s director Mohamed Zaydan, quoted in the newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida: “We brought in a committee of experts from the telecommunications ministry as well engineers from Al-Najah university. After checking all devices and equipment belonging to Al-Sheraa Al-Mahalli, the experts concluded that the station was operating in accordance with official standards.” PalestineMiddle East – North Africa WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists May 28, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists Follow the news on Palestine June 3, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information May 21, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Israeli army issues raid threat to Palestinian TV station May 16, 2021 Find out more RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes Newslast_img read more

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Homeless man ’emotionally exhausted’ by life on the streets

first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Advertisement Twitter Email Linkedin Previous articleAustria tourists Shannon boundNext articleAnd Still, We Work Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live NewsLocal NewsHomeless man ’emotionally exhausted’ by life on the streetsBy Alan Jacques – October 8, 2015 839 center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Vedran Kohut a homeless man and his dog in their former camp near Westfields.By Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Vedran Kohut a homeless man and his dog in their former camp near Westfields.A HOMELESS Croatian man living rough on the streets of Limerick feels he has been left behind by society and now feels “emotionally exhausted” by the experience.Vedran Kohut and his canine companion, Evelyn, have slept in 29 cities across Europe since 2013. The 36-year-old arrived in Limerick in March 2015 and had, for a time, been living in a makeshift camp along the banks of the River Shannon.In the last three years, Vedran and his faithful companion have been homeless in France, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Slovenia, Italy and Bosnia and Herzegovina.Since arriving in Limerick, he claims that none of Limerick’s homeless shelters would accommodate his pet, which he refers to as a therapy dog to help him deal with his mental health issues. He told the Limerick Post that he has been attacked and had his tent burnt down during his time in the city, which lead to a breakdown and a period in hospital.“I was doing my best to keep myself healthy, mentally and physically. I feel I have been completely left behind by some public services, especially when I was dealing with the council’s homeless team,” Vedran said.“I am now emotionally exhausted and probably in need of another recovery period in hospital. I only managed to get a little bit of work since March, mostly because nobody would employ me with my current situation. I have had to borrow money from family and friends and I have been living for at least six months with less than €5 a day in my pocket.”Earlier this year, Vedran had his passport and other documents and valuables including a laptop stolen while travelling by train from Galway to Dublin. He now feels desperate, is in need of support, and does not know where to turn.“I am grateful for all the help I have received from people in Limerick but what I really need is to be treated fairly by public services such as the social welfare office,” he concluded. Facebook TAGSAlan JacqueshomelesshomelessnesslimerickVedran Kohut Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Print WhatsApplast_img read more

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Outdoor Updates: Conserving Carolina awarded $6.4 million for proposed Ecusta Trail

first_imgKnoxville man dies while hiking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a $6.4 million dollar grant to Conserving Carolina to purchase the rail corridor known as the TR Line, the potential future site of the Ecusta Trail. Conserving Carolina, Friends of the Ecusta Trail and other partners must now raise $1.6 million in matching funds.  American singer and songwriter Mike Posner, 31, has been documenting his walk across American on Instagram. Posner’s walk began in April in New Jersey. The singer’s mission during his cross-country walk was to release a new song each time he crossed a state line.  Mike Posner bitten by rattlesnake during walk across America Harold Thompson, 58, of Knoxville, was hiking the Injun Creek manway with his brother on Friday when he began experiencing cardiac distress. Thompson’s brother, an EMT, and park authorities began delivering CPR but attempts to revive Thompson were unsuccessful. Conserving Carolina awarded $6.4 million for proposed Ecusta Trail Thompson had worked for Knox County as a paramedic since 1996. A Facebook post by the International Association of EMT’s and Paramedics Local R5-421, which shared the news of Thompson’s passing, said that, “while not working on the ambulance, Hal enjoyed hiking in the mountains around East Tennessee. He was an amazing friend, brother, father, co-worker and provider. He was a respected mentor and loved by all the great men and women who know him throughout his 40 years of EMS service.”  The proposed Ecusta Trail will be built in the shuttered rail corridor, which begins at Kanuga Road in Hendersonville and runs to the old Ecusta Plant property in Brevard. “This is a very big next step for the Ecusta Trail,” said NC House Rep. Chuck McGrady. “There is still a lot of work to be done and a lot of processes to work through that will take time, but this is a large step forward.” The Grammy-nominated singer had clocked 1,800 miles of his 2,833-mile journey when a baby rattlesnake bit him in Colorado. Posner was airlifted to a hospital where he received anti-venom. The singer reports he will not be able to walk for a few weeks. “I knew walking across America was going to be dangerous,” Posner said in a social media post. “I knew I could die doing it. I still might. So don’t feel sorry for me. I’m proud I’m in this hospital after chasing my dream and not sitting on the couch watching Netflix. I’m proud of this pain.”last_img read more

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Gävle Doubling Its Container Capacity

first_imgzoom Sweden’s Port of Gävle is set to double its container capacity by the end of 2019 with an ongoing expansion project that will enable the port to welcome more and larger containerships.A joint venture of the Port of Gävle and Yilport Gävle worth SEK* 700 million is building a second dock with cranes and depth to accommodate larger boxships. The expanded container port will be able to handle four ships simultaneously.The expansion, which increases the capacity to 600,000 TEU annually, is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2019.As explained, the move comes in an effort to achieve continued growth as the Port of Gävle has reported large volume increases in its container traffic almost annually since its inception ten years ago.“Within a 250 kilometer radius of Gävle 17 million tonnes of steel, paper, and timber are produced every year. A lot of it is already being exported by sea, containerized and through us, and that volume will definitely grow,” Eryn Dinyovszky, General Manager of Yilport Nordic, noted.“Apart from the fact that the port will attract more export business, the Port of Gävle and Yilport also expect increased imports,” the duo said in a statement.“With stricter requirements for more environmentally sustainable transportation solutions, we are in an optimal location. The Port of Gävle is just two hours from Stockholm… Our extensive new investments generates a completely new environment for what I like to call The Northern Port of Stockholm,” Fredrik Svanbom, CEO of Port of Gävle, commented.Earlier this year, Gävle Municipality approved a SEK 200 million investment to expand Gävle Container Terminal (GCT). COB Inger Källgren Sawela stressed back in June 2017 that the municipality aims to create growth and jobs, while Yilport will invest in cranes under this project.Yilport Gävle has operated the port since 2014. In 2016, Yilport acquired 100% of shares in GCT and Baltic Sea Gateway (BSG), in Gävle Port. Under the 30+10 year concession agreement with Gävle Municipality which awarded Yilport Holding the rights to operate container, bulk, general cargo, rail and CFS services in Port of Gävle terminals.* SEK 1 equals USD 0.12last_img read more

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MPA Revokes Southernpecs Bunker Operator Licence

first_imgzoomIllustration. Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has revoked the bunker craft operator licence of Southernpec (Singapore) Pte Ltd, with effect from May 8, 2019.The company will no longer be allowed to operate as a bunker craft operator in the Port of Singapore.An investigation undertaken by the MPA revealed that Southernpec had engaged in a bunker malpractice involving the use of a magnet during a bunkering operation.Southernpec had also failed to inform MPA on the appointment of its cargo officers to work on all the bunker craft operated by Southernpec.As the company also holds a bunker supplier licence issued by MPA, the authority is currently investigating Southernpec for breaching the terms and conditions of this licence.last_img read more

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Giada De Laurentiis Stands Up To Cancer

first_imgStand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), and the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) have collaborated on a new television and radio public service announcement starring Emmy Award-winning celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis, who tragically lost her brother to melanoma.Video: Giada De Laurentiis Stands Up to MelanomaThe PSA is designed to increase awareness about the life-saving benefits of protecting oneself from harmful exposure to UV rays that increase the risk of being diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest of all skin cancers, as well as the importance of early detection. It is the latest element in an ongoing “Protect Your Skin” campaign.Melanoma is the fastest growing cancer globally, and its incidence has tripled in the U.S. over the past three decades. While prevention is the first step, early detection of melanoma is key to survival. Through the PSA, SU2C and MRA encourage people to always use sunscreens and to check regularly for persistent blemishes or moles along with other changes in their skin. When caught early, the five-year survival rate for melanoma is 92%. Most melanomas arise in the skin, but they can also occur in the eyes and other parts of the body.De Laurentiis, an SU2C celebrity ambassador, says that the death of her younger brother Dino from melanoma at age 31 made her realize that everyone is at risk for melanoma. “Early detection can truly save your life,” said De Laurentiis. “You don’t have to die from melanoma or any other kind of skin cancer. My brother didn’t have to die. Had we caught the melanoma early on, he would no doubt be fine today. He could have been cured.”“We need to check ourselves and be attuned with our bodies,” added De Laurentiis. “If there’s any change at all in your skin, no matter how small it is, go see your doctor.”Melanoma Research Alliance is the largest private funder of melanoma research. To date, MRA has awarded $38 million to 96 research programs to make transformative advances in the prevention, diagnosis, staging, and treatment of melanoma, with plans to award at least $8 million in new grants in 2013. Its global support includes research in biological causes of carcinogenesis, skin screening, biomarkers, imaging, immunotherapy, molecularly targeted therapy, and combination therapy. MRA’s ultimate goal is to find a cure by funding the most promising melanoma research worldwide that will accelerate progress and improve outcomes for patients and the many at risk for the disease.“We are thrilled to team up with Giada De Laurentiis and our friends at Stand Up To Cancer to increase awareness about melanoma and the importance of early detection through this PSA,” said Debra Black, co-founder, MRA. “Giada’s willingness to share her family’s story underscores that melanoma can happen to anyone, and sends a powerful message. We hope this PSA campaign encourages people to take the necessary steps to protect themselves and saves lives.” Black is a melanoma survivor.In December 2011, SU2C announced its first jointly funded Dream Team in collaboration with the Melanoma Research Alliance. The SU2C-MRA Melanoma Dream Team Translational Cancer Research Grant provides $6 million during a three-year period.The Dream Team, led by Jeffrey M. Trent, Ph.D., president and research director at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) in Phoenix, and Patricia M. LoRusso, director of the Eisenberg Center for Experimental Therapeutics at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, is exploring “Personalized Medicine for Patients with BRAF Wild-Type (BRAFwt) Cancer.” The team’s members are working to identify new therapeutic targets to treat patients with BRAFwt metastatic melanoma, an area where historically there has been little progress.“The essence of Stand Up To Cancer is collaboration,” said SU2C Co-founder Sherry Lansing. “We are excited to continue our work with the Melanoma Research Alliance and are grateful to Giada De Laurentiis for helping shed light on melanoma prevention. Working together, we are making meaningful progress in the fight against this deadly form of cancer.”To learn more, visit www.curemelanoma.org/protectyourskin or www.standup2cancer.org/protectyourskin.last_img read more

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