Israeli police throw stun grenade at photographer

first_img Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists RSF_en IsraelMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence Organisation A police spokesperson said,““media crews had been asked to move away from the area due to concern over loss of life.” The spokesperson added that the police would “continue to permit the journalistic activity of media personnel in Isawiyah.” May 28, 2021 Find out more News The Israeli police obstructed the media’s right to inform when they deliberately threw a stun grenade at one Israeli reporter and arrested another as journalists covered police raids in the Palestinian neighbourhood of Isawiyah in East Jerusalem on the night of 28 August, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said. News During the same police operation in Isawiyah, a Channel 13 crew was ordered to leave the area and then one of them, reporter Yossi Eli, was arrested. He was released half an hour later at the suggestion of a police officer who said: “He’s Israeli. Let him go.” He was nonetheless warned that he would be arrested again if he did not leave the neighbourhood.    News Follow the news on Israel “Deliberately targeting a photographer with a stun grenade – which could have injured him – on the grounds of protecting lives is both absurd and a violation of the right to inform.” RSF’s Middle East desk said, condemning this flagrant obstruction of the media’s work.   Israeli is ranked 88th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Emil Salman, a photographer for the Israeli daily Haaretz, was filming four policemen when, as his video recording clearly shows one of them pointed towards him and another then threw a stun grenade at him, although no other person was anywhere near him at the time. Salman managed to dodge the grenade, which exploded on the ground. ““The police saw that I had a large camera and also had seen me previously,” Salman is quoted as saying in Haaretz’s report on the raids. It was impossible to mistake [the fact] that am a journalist“, he added.  News IsraelMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists June 3, 2021 Find out more August 30, 2019 Israeli police throw stun grenade at photographer Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information May 16, 2021 Find out more RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes to go furtherlast_img read more

Gold Coast agencies win at ‘Oscars’ of real estate industry

first_imgREIQ award winner Dane Atherton in action. Picture: Jerad WilliamsFORGET the Academy Awards — two Gold Coast real estate agencies have scooped glittering accolades in the Queensland real estate industry’s biggest night. More than 700 real estate professionals gathered at the Brisbane Royal International Convention Centre on Saturday night for the REIQ Awards for Excellence. Catherine Chillemi, Phil Chillemi, Dane Atherton and Kym Atherton at REIQ Awards 2018.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa19 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoHarcourts Coastal beat seven finalists to take the top gong for ‘Large Residential Agency of the Year’.Managing director Dane Atherton said it was a “huge honour” to win the award, which was based on business performance, service to clients, marketing excellence and business development.“Our model of building a business that attracts and retains the best staff sets us apart from the rest,” Mr Atherton said.“To be acknowledged by our own industry’s governing body as the best agency in Queensland is a huge honour.”Meanwhile, Emily-Jane Megraw of LJ Hooker Nerang was awarded ‘Corporate Support Person of the Year’ at the black tie event. REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said finalists and winners demonstrated “enormous commitment”.“To achieve at this level requires enormous commitment, tireless work and incredible motivation and the finalists and winners here tonight have successfully demonstrated their ability to do that,” said REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella.The Awards also celebrated the REIQ’s centennial birthday, marking 100 years of shaping theQueensland real estate profession.last_img read more

Cardinals Split Battle With Bulldogs

first_imgThe St. Louis Cardinals came up short 46-37 in the hometown game versusBatesville Middle School.Coach Pierson did a nice job of putting together the right chemistry and firepower to nullify a great effort on the court by Thomas Raver and Abe Streator. Raver led in scoring followed by Streator and Cody Mohr.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Mohr.The St. Louis 8th grade travelled across town last night to play in the annual cross-town shootout against the host Batesville Bulldogs winning 61-34.It was a much anticipated game in front of a packed house as both schools were well supported by their fans. The Bulldogs came out and took an early lead as Calvin Sherwood knocked down a couple threes to start the game. However the Cardinals managed to fight back by going inside for their scoring and led the Bulldogs 12-8 at the end of the quarter. The second quarter was closely played by both teams until late in the quarter when St. Louis got a steal by Andrew Oesterling for an easy bucket. Then the Cardinals got another basket on an assist from Kurt Siefert to Wil Freeland as time was running out. St. Louis led 26-19 at intermission.The difference in the game came in the third quarter as St. Louis outscored Batesville 19-6. St. Louis maintained their lead in the fourth quarter and went on to win 61-34.The scoring for St. Louis consisted of Kurt Siefert with 4, Jack Forbeck 2, Lleyton Ratcliffe with 11, Wil Freeland 14, Sam Voegele 2, and Andrew Oesterling had a season high of 28 points. Batesville was led by R.J Powell with 12 and Calvin Sherwood had 10.The Cardinals’ next home game will be 8th Grade Night against St. Lawrence on Monday December 12th.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Oesterling.last_img read more

Arsenal legend to get new Nice deal

first_img “I hope that Patrick can finally live a normal season on the bench in Nice. His first season was disrupted, in part because of us. The second is extraordinary. Is an extension possible? When you are happy with a coach, you always try to keep him. We want to continue together, we like him. We all have to be better. read also:Vieira reveals Arsenal manager’s job admission after Arteta appointment “The ambition will increase, the requirement too, for everyone. The most important thing in the coach / manager relationship is the bond of trust. We had to rebuild this link. I can’t speak for Patrick but I feel he is deeply happy at OGC Nice.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content5 Reasons To Wait For The Solo Black Widow Movie10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go StargazingWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Celebrities Showing Support For George Floyd ProtestsThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist Loading… With the Ligue 1 season now abandoned, it’s been confirmed Nice will play in next season’s Europa League competition. The OGCN board is delighted with the work of Vieira and football director Julien Fournier said, “Will Vieira still be the Nice coach next season? Obviously. There is no debate.Advertisement Arsenal great, Patrick Vieira, is set to be handed a new contract by Nice.last_img read more

ESL African Championship to launch with Kwesé

first_imgEsports giant ESL has today announced its first championship on the African content. The two games of choice are Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Blizzard title Hearthstone.The ESL African Championship will be presented by Kwesé Sports, Econet Media’s premium sports content platform. The prize money on offer will total R2,000,000 (£116,000) for 2017 which is a considerable chunk considering the infancy of the scene.The inaugural series of the African Championship will run from April to June and then will be followed directly by the second series starting in July. The grand finals of series two will be held at the rAge Gaming Expo in the Ticketpro Dome of Johannesburg in October. Four top CS:GO teams and four of the best Hearthstone players will get their chance to take to the big stage and battle it out to be crowned champion. The format of the ESL African Championship (Credit: ESL)ESL’s Global Chief Operating Officer, Malte Barth commented in a statement: “We are excited to bring the ESL African Championship to the local esports community. By giving gamers the opportunity to compete at the leading global leagues and tournaments, we help them pave their way to create legendary moments within the ESL esports universe. Together with our partner Kwesé, we are committed to making the ESL African Championship a great success!”Joseph Hundah, President and Group Chief Executive Officer of Econet Media said: “Kwesé is incredibly proud to partner with the ESL to introduce such an exciting tournament to the African continent. We know esports are growing in popularity on the continent so it’s important for us put esports on the map, and make it accessible for participants and viewers through initiatives such as these. We pride ourselves in being innovative in our approach to entertainment, and have a keen interest in making non-conventional sports and entertainment formats available on our platforms.”Esports Insider says: ESL continues its good work on the grassroots scene around the world. There’s a substantial amount of prize money up for grabs here so it provides great opportunity for any aspiring players.last_img read more

Lakers to host first Pride Night on Oct. 4 vs. Sacramento

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersFans in attendance will receive a Pride Night-themed shirt. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The first Lakers’ Pride Night is coming to Staples Center this preseason.The franchise will host Pride Night on Oct. 4, in a preseason game against the Sacramento Kings. The event celebrating “diversity, inclusion and unity” with the LGBTQ community will feature a number of prominent guests, including Jason Collins, the first openly gay NBA player, and Violet Palmer, the first openly gay NBA referee.Collins will be receiving the “Laces of Unity” award in recognition for his work within the NBA and sport for LGBTQ acceptance and inclusion. Palmer will be the Lakers’ honorary team captain.The evening also features a performance by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, and a pregame exhibition by LAMBDA, an L.A.-based gay men’s basketball league.last_img read more

Former college basketball assistant Lamont Evans gets 3-month prison sentence in corruption case

first_img Former Arizona basketball assistant gets 3-month prison sentence in recruiting corruption case However, though the Jamaica-born Evans, 41, has lived most of his life in the U.S., he is not a citizen and likely faces deportation, according to Yahoo Sports.On Wednesday, former USC assistant Tony Bland avoided prison in the wide-ranging federal case stemming from a pay-for-play scandal. Bland was sentenced to two years’ probation and 100 hours of community service. Related News Evans was on Oklahoma State’s staff, reportedly making $600,000 a year, when he was arrested in September 2017. His arrest, like the other assistants’, was the result of being named in a far-reaching FBI investigation into corruption in college basketball recruiting that involved, among others, Adidas, several high-profile then-amateur players, runners for player agents and financial advisers.The coaches’ former universities have claimed in victim-impact statements to Judge Ramos that the coaches’ actions damaged the schools and athletic departments’ respective reputations and could result in serious penalties from the NCAA for the universities.The judge appeared to concur with the university, saying schools, students and players were victimized by a scandal that showed that the bribes were exchanged in order to manipulate young athletes. Former Oklahoma State and South Carolina men’s basketball assistant coach Lamont Evans, who pleaded guilty to accepting $22,000 in bribes to funnel top players to agents and financial advisers, was sentenced Friday in federal court in New York to three months in prison.U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos handed down the sentence a day after another former coach, Emmanuel “Book” Richardson, formerly of the University of Arizona, also was sentenced to three months in federal prison.center_img That leaves only Auburn assistant Chuck Person to be sentenced later this year among the four former high-profile assistant coaches who reached plea agreements in the Southern District of New York. Former USC basketball assistant avoids prison in recruiting corruption caselast_img read more

Wildcats roll out red carpet for Female Midget AAA Hockey tournament

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe Kootenay Wildcats play host to the first Super Weekend of the B.C. Female Midget AAA Hockey season beginning today at the Nelson and District Community Complex and Civic Centre Arenas.Wildcats open the five-team round robin tournament at 5:30 p.m. in the Civic Centre Arena against Vancouver Fusion.The teams split a two-game series last week in Nelson. The Cats, thanks to a strong third period, edged Vancouver 5-4 in the opener. The Fusion came back in game two to win 5-1.The tournament begins today at 10:45 a.m. in the Civic Centre Arena with Prince George Cougars meeting the Okanagan Rockets.Kootenay plays Okanagan Rockets at 8 a.m. Saturday in the NDCC Arena before battling Prince George Cougars at 2 p.m. in the Civic Centre Arena.Kootenay concludes the tournament Sunday with a game at 10:45 p.m. against Fraser Valley Phantom.
Ice cooled by CougarsThe Prince George Cougars pulled off a road sweep against the Kootenay Ice in B.C. Hockey Major Midget League action in Castlegar.The Cougars scored three first period goals en route to a 5-2 victory during game one. Derek Georgopoulos of Cranbrook and Joren Johnson of Nelson scored for the Ice.In game two the Ice once again exploded in the first period, this time scoring four times to dump Kootenay 6-1. Luke Bertolucci of Trail scored the lone goal in the second period for Kootenay.Kootenay takes to the road to meet the South Island Thunderbirds Saturday in Victoria. South Island is 3-3-4 on the season, good enough for fifth in the 11-team league. The 2-5-1 Ice are [email protected]last_img read more

Do You Need a Darwinian Doctor?

first_imgVisualize a cartoon of Charles Darwin as Hippocrates.  It accompanies a book review in Science by Peter T. Ellison (Harvard).1  Ellison realizes that the mass of material doctors need to master is formidable, but thinks that “Evolutionary biology, however, is no longer an expendable topic in medical education.”    The book is Principles of Evolutionary Medicine by Gluckman, Beedle, and Hanson (Oxford, 2009).  Ellison had only minor gripes about the book.  He was thrilled to see a new treatise on a topic he feels important.  “In 2009, the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species, evolutionary biology is still trying to earn a place in medical education,” Ellison said.  He was glad to see a book on this topic specifically designed as a medical school textbook, “and it succeeds brilliantly.”    What, exactly, does Darwinism have to offer?  Ellison summarized three parts of the book:Background: Part one introduces evolutionary theory “from ground zero to a sophisticated, contemporary level.”  Topics discussed are life history, game theory, intragenomic conflict, and human evolution.  “Side boxes present compelling examples drawn from current research literature that convey the excitement and relevance of research in human evolutionary biology,” Ellison said, but he did not cite any examples that would excite a doctor or encourage him to be a better help to patients.Explanation: Part two, Ellison said, includes four chapters that “showcase the power of evolutionary biology to organize and explain complex areas of human biology relevant to modern medicine.”  These include sex, “an evolutionary understanding of reproductive physiology and the forces that have shaped it”; nutrition and metabolism, “topics particularly pertinent in a time of increasing obesity and prevalence of metabolic syndromes that also demonstrate the potential of an evolutionary perspective in forging a synthetic understanding of genetic, developmental, environmental, and behavioral risk factors”; defense, e.g., “the evolution of virulence, antibiotic resistance, immunization strategies, and autoimmune disease”; and human behavior, “including mental illness as well as the influence of lifestyle factors on human health and disease.”  Again, though, Ellison did not explain why an evolutionary explanation is better than a design explanation when it comes to performing surgery.Understanding: Part three “presents a set of effective organizing principles for understanding the causes of human diseases from an evolutionary perspective.”  Ellison says this section can help doctors “internalize and readily apply” what they have learned about evolution.  He did not say how it would make their medical practice better. Medicine has apparently been advancing just fine without Darwin’s input.  Ellison began his review with a puzzling anecdote.  He noted that in 1870, Darwin’s Bulldog himself, Thomas Huxley, addressed medical students at University College London and yet did not mention evolution once.  Huxley’s point was that medical schools need to cut out extraneous material, because students already have too much to learn.  So if Darwin’s Bulldog did not include evolution as an essential element of medical education then, how can Ellison make the case that medical students need lessons in evolutionary theory now, with 140 years of additional complex material added to the curriculum?  Most of the major discoveries in anatomy and physiology at the metabolic, cell and tissue level have been made since then.    Ellison noted that a panel of deans and faculty from medical schools from around the world “endorsed the incorporation of evolutionary principles in medical curricula” last April, “And yet one can probably count on the digits of a three-toed sloth the number of medical schools currently offering such instruction.”  Ellison did not comment on whether that illustrates the survival of the fittest.1.  Peter T. Ellison, “Evolutionary Biology for Doctors,” Science, 4 September 2009: Vol. 325. no. 5945, p. 1207, DOI: 10.1126/science.1179152.The Darwin Party has been pushing this agenda for years (11/16/2002, 01/13/2003, 05/31/2004, 04/25/2007).  Thankfully med schools aren’t buying it – at least in the free market.  If government takes over medical care, Darwinism will undoubtedly become the central unifying theme of medicine, because it will justify eliminating the unfit to save costs.  Darwinism is all about selfishness, costs and benefits.  It is NOT about compassion and oaths to “do no harm.”    If you would avoid a charlatan trying to fix an ailment you don’t have, then run for your life from a doctor wearing a Darwin fish.  We don’t need the head of Darwin on the body of Hippocrates.  We need the opposite.(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

LoveLife to empower SA youth

first_imgFrom left: DED’s Jürgen Wilhelm, loveLife CEO Grace Matlhape, and Khanyisile Kweyama, Barloworld’s group executive for human resources and transformation, listen to a youngster relating his loveLifeexperience. (Image: Janine Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS• Fareed MohammedLoveLife public relationsTel +27 11 523 1000• Rebecca Morgan Barloworld media relationsTel +27 11 445 1333 USEFUL LINKS • LoveLife • Barloworld • Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst • Volunteer Service Enquiry Southern Africa RELATED ARTICLES• Loving life, fighting Aids • HIV-Aids in South Africa • Social development in South AfricaJanine ErasmusNational youth HIV prevention programme loveLife has signed a new partnership with the German Development Service (Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst or DED) and major South African corporate Barloworld.Lovelife’s new initiative named Connected! will be the main beneficiary of the partnership.Connected! is a strategy aimed at the thousands of young South Africans who possess leadership potential but have no chance to develop it.Barloworld has given a grant of US$120 000 (R1-million), to be spread over three years. DED will match the first year’s portion.DED director-general Jürgen Wilhelm, present at the signing with several other dignitaries, applauded the new initiative and the opportunities for development that it presented.“The DED believes that our support of innovative approaches to HIV prevention, such as this one, is key to halting the spread of the disease,” said Wilhelm. He added that the organisation was delighted to be able to contribute, through its association with loveLife, to this exciting new national strategy.Since it seeks to groom a new generation with a new outlook on life and renewed sense of responsibility, said Wilhelm, Connected! would serve as an example to the international community, especially within the Southern African region.Local innovatorsDr David Harrison, former loveLife CEO and now consultant and Connected! project manager, was confident that the initiative would fulfil its five-year goal of building bridges between mainstream South African society and the country’s poor communities.Explaining the three-part Connected! strategy, Harrison said the first step is the establishment of the network that will provide a platform for youth to make their ideas known. “Let their voices be heard, but in a way that is constructive and problem-solving, instead of just angry,” he commented.The second task is to change the mindsets of the youth so they see themselves less as recipients of public redress, and more as local innovators among their people.Lastly, the young innovators will be linked to opportunities. This, said Harrison, is what differentiates Connected! from a number of other leadership programmes, which often only benefit those who already have access to opportunities.“In this way they will show their peers that corruption and graft are not the only ways to get ahead,” said Harrison, “and that a risky lifestyle is simply not acceptable”.LoveLife CEO Grace Matlhape agreed, saying that many young people put themselves at risk not because they are ignorant, but because they feel they have little reason to protect themselves.“We hope to contribute to building leaders who will be inspired to work towards their dream, but will also serve the community and go on to find their place in the world,” said Matlhape.Breaking new groundConnected! will draw on youth who have participated in loveLife’s two volunteer leadership programmes, groundBREAKER and mpintshi (isiZulu, meaning friend), explained Harrison.GroundBREAKERs are the 18- to 25-year-olds who are already familiar with the loveLife mission and vision, have experience in mobilising their communities for good, and in many cases have become local leaders.To date, almost 10 000 youth have graduated from the one-year service programme.In addition, more than 20 000 youngsters between the ages of 12 and 25 have completed training as mpintshis, assisting their groundBREAKER team leader in implementing programmes in schools, clinics and community-based organisations.According to a 2008 survey conducted by Volunteer Service Enquiry Southern Africa, groundBREAKER graduates are powerful advocates for change, are tremendously positive about working with their communities, and often go on to hold leadership roles in community organisations.Furthermore, the survey revealed that groundBREAKERs have better prospects of education and employment. About 60% have found employment or started their own businesses. And almost 50% have enrolled in tertiary studies, compared with the national average of 30% of young people who study after matriculation.With careful nurturing, the partners believe, these will be the leaders of the future. By putting them in touch with an ever-growing country-wide network of similar-minded people, Connected! aims to encourage about 5 000 of these potential young leaders, located mainly in marginalised communities, to become public innovators.At the same time the programme will boost their management, analytical and innovation skills, giving them the tools to address pressing issues in their communities.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more