Unacceptable police violence against journalists covering demonstrations

first_img News Follow the news on Greece December 9, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Unacceptable police violence against journalists covering demonstrations GreeceEurope – Central Asia RSF_en Organisation News News News to go further Reporters Without Borders calls on the Greek authorities to publicly condemn cases of police violence against journalists during the demonstrations of the past few weeks and to give the police clear instructions not to use violence against media personnel in the future. The press freedom organization also demands an investigation into the recent cases. The level of violence employed by the police has been outrageous. Journalists said they were thrown to the ground and beaten, or were prevented from working by use of physical force. The police have also forced some journalists, including the Reporters Without Borders correspondent, to delete the photographs they had taken.“Journalists have a duty to provide the public with coverage of newsworthy events including demonstrations,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The police should not treat them as if they were demonstrators. Furthermore, the police have no right to demand that they are not photographed while performing official duties. If they are behaving in a strictly legal manner, they should have nothing to hide.”In one of the latest cases, Belgian news photographer Maxime Gyselinck was thrown to the ground and repeatedly hit by police at around 7:30 p.m. on 6 December on Benaki Street in the Athens district of Exarchia. When Greek freelance photographer Vangelis Patsialos went to help him, he was treated in exactly the same way. The police finally stopped hitting them when they realised they were journalists. One of the policemen then advised them to go to a hospital. Gyselinck was diagnosed with a fractured arm that was put in a plaster and a cracked rib, and was told to stop working for two weeks.The Reporters Without Borders correspondent in Greece was physically accosted by police several times on 6 December while photographing the way anti-riot police were using violence against protesters. The police ordered to delete her photos but she refused to comply.In an earlier case, Agence France-Presse photographer Aristotelis Messinis was manhandled by police three times while covering a demonstration in Athens on 17 November. He filed a complaint.The demonstrations taking place on 6 December, which were dispersed by anti-riot police, were to mark the second anniversary of the death of Alexandros Grigoropoulos, a 15-year-old youth who was shot dead by the police in the Athens district of Exarchia in 2008.Greece was ranked 70th in this year’s Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, a sharp fall from last year, when it was ranked 35th.center_img Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Greece’s new guidelines for policing protests threaten press freedom GreeceEurope – Central Asia April 29, 2021 Find out more The Greek police must show journalists can trust it with their protection after one was murdered and another is threatened Receive email alerts February 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

USS Nicholas, Coast Guard Team Intercept Drug Shipment Worth More Than $6 Million

first_img Guided-missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47) with an embarked U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Law Enforcement Detachment Team (LEDET) employed airborne use of force (AUF) to stop a vessel suspected of transporting illegal drugs, June 19, in support of Operation Martillo. The interdiction operation recovered 275 pounds of marijuana and 500 pounds of cocaine, a combined wholesale value of more than $6 million. “This interdiction is a clear example of our commitment to produce a safer and more secure region where criminal organizations no longer wield the power to destabilize governments,” said Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F). “These organizations threaten national and regional security and public safety, so we need to prevent the entry and spread of illicit drugs, violence, and transnational threats to countries throughout the region and to the United States.” A U.S. Navy P-3 Orion initially detected the speedboat. The drug traffickers then began to jettison the contraband when the P-3 turned over tracking of the speedboat to Nicholas while USCG District Eleven assumed control of the interdiction effort. An embarked SH-60 helicopter was launched with an AUF gunner on board to intercept the speedboat and mark the debris field with a smoke float. In an attempt to get the vessel to stop, the gunner fired warning shots across the bow and aft of the speedboat. When the vessel did not stop, the gunner fired disabling rounds, bringing the speedboat to a stop. Nicholas then launched a rigid-hull inflatable boat with Coast Guardsmen from the LEDET and seized the speedboat. “More than 80 percent of the narcotics entering Central America and largely transiting through Mexico on their way to U.S. markets enter via maritime littoral routes, with the main conveyance being “go-fast” boats,” said Harris. “By teaming up with our partner nations and allied forces to scrutinize the littorals, we will deny transnational organized crime networks these routes.” Operation Martillo (Spanish for ‘hammer’) is a U.S., European, and Western Hemisphere partner nation effort targeting illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus. This joint service, interagency, and multinational operation is being led by Joint Interagency Task Force-South, a National Task Force charged with detection, monitoring, and supporting the interdiction of illicit trafficking in a 42 million square mile area primarily in the U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) area of operations. Operation Martillo is a component of the U.S. government’s coordinated interagency regional security strategy in support of the White House strategy to combat transnational organized crime and the U.S. Central America Regional Security Initiative. COMUSNAVSO/C4F supports USSOUTHCOM joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions. By Dialogo July 05, 2012 Good feature story, but unfortunately it does not specify the area off the coast of what country. They only mention Central America. The naval forces of some countries of Central America have boats donated by the United States, with the exception of Guatemala which still has old patrol boats, that usually are kept in repair. What is the problem against Guatemala? The internal armed conflict is over, so?last_img read more

Gold Coast house prices gradually climbing following market slowdown

first_imgThe Gold Coast’s median house price is on the up.HOMEOWNERS can breathe a sigh of relief as Gold Coast houses return to prices seen before the national property market slump.And industry players expect prices to continue to rise with more people moving to the city for its enviable lifestyle.Latest CoreLogic data to August shows the median house price jumped to $659,000 for the first time since February, when it briefly hit $660,000 then gradually declined in the lead up to the federal election.The only other time it reached $660,000 in the past nine years was between August and December last year. MORE NEWS: Best places to retire revealed MORE NEWS: Renewed push to sell Ashy Bines’ multimillion-dollar home “We have selling seasons but they are nowhere near as magnified as Melbourne,” he said.“You can sell the Gold Coast lifestyle in June because (the weather) is not as bitter.”He said there was still plenty of growth ahead for the Gold Coast yet.Ray White Broadbeach principal Mitch Palmer said the data reflected what was happening on the ground.“Money has never been cheaper so we’re definitely seeing buyer activity increase,” he said.“The prices being achieved are healthy.”While price growth was expected, Mr Palmer didn’t think it would climb as far or for as long as it has in previous years. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenTop tips for sellers in Spring00:50 The increasing prices are good news for homeowners.REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson was confident house prices would keep climbing, especially since backyards remained a big part of the Australian lifestyle.“I can’t see that changing,” he said.“The Gold Coast is one of those places that’s always going to grow as people are always going to move here.”He said a lack of supply to meet current demand and limited land to build would also bump prices up, but he didn’t think it would push people out of the market.“On a national scale, I think we’re still relatively affordable,” he said.“We’ve still got plenty of townhouses and apartments and we’ve still got the opportunity to build up.”Harcourts Coastal managing director Dane Atherton said the market was showing signs of a strong recovery while gradually shedding its reputation for seasonal sales periods.He said the climate was responsible for its year-round consistency.last_img read more

Shoah starts new web application

first_imgThe United Nations and the USC Shoah Foundation Institute launched iWitness, an interactive Internet application that allows students and educators to retrieve more than 1,000 video testimonies from the Holocaust, on Monday.The application has been in progress since the Shoah Foundation was founded in 1994 by Steven Spielberg to preserve the testimonies of Holocaust survivors. The institute gained more than 50,000 archived testimonies, but developing a plausible method to share the information was its biggest challenge, said Kim Simon, managing director of USC Shoah Foundation institute.“We were founded on the premise by Steven Spielberg after Schindler’s List to gather 52,000 testimonies of survivors and witnesses, and to videotape their life stories before the war, during the war and after the war,” Simon said. “The question of how to get access was a quest, but as the Internet became more prominent and important to education, we saw that it would be a responsible and appropriate educational setting.”The development allows students to gain an extensive understanding of the Holocaust that would be limited by learning solely through a textbook.“By searching and receiving, the student will have the ability to operate or engage in an intersection of the story and the video,” Simon said. “They are adding their own voice because they can record their narration that expresses what it means to them.”Through the video testimonies, the viewer is given a different perspective on the history of the Holocaust.“The video is an immediacy that allows them to not only see the faces but also hear the voices,” Simon said. “It’s from a personal point of view because they are connected with something that is very human, and that’s unique.”Currently iWitness focuses on the Holocaust, but the institute is already planning to add testimonies from the Armenian, Rwandan and Cambodian genocides to the archive.“We are interested in broadening and expanding the scope of testimony,” Simon said. “The archive will continue to expand.”last_img read more

NFL standings: Updated AFC, NFC playoff picture post-Week 10

first_imgHere’s an updated look at what each conference field would look like if the playoffs started in Week 10.NFL POWER RANKINGS:49ers, Saints jump Patriots; Ravens, Seahawks pass Packers for Week 10NFL standings for Week 10AFC playoff pictureWho would be in?1. Patriots, first place, AFC East (8-1) — The Patriots stay here a game ahead of the Ravens during their Week 10 bye. They draw a tough NFC opponent, the Eagles, in Week 11, followed by the Cowboys, Texans and Chiefs. So the No. 1 seed is far from secure despite a perfect first half.2. Ravens, first place, AFC North (7-2) — The Ravens beat the Patriots in Week 9 to grab the key head-to-head tiebreaker. They kept the momentum going against the Bengals with the Texans, Rams and 49ers around the corner.3. Texans, first place, AFC South (6-3) — The Texans also enjoy a bye in Week 10 after a big win over the Jaguars in London in Week 9. They need to rev up for the Ravens in a critical game next and didn’t fall out of first place because the Colts, who beat them earlier, didn’t take care of business against the Dolphins.4. Chiefs, first place, AFC West (6-4) — The Chiefs got a much-needed win without Patrick Mahomes against the Vikings in Week 9 but failed to pad their AFC resume with him back against the Titans, with their division lead down to a game and a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Raiders. They have yet to play the Patriots but have a win over the Ravens and losses to the Texans and Colts that may affect them later.5. Bills, second place, AFC East (6-3) — The Bills got a key win over the Redskins in Week 9 to maintain their breathing room for this spot over the losing Colts and winning Steelers and Raiders. They didn’t take care of the Browns, but they have a favorable schedule to keep holding off heated competition.6. Raiders, second place, AFC West (5-4) — The Raiders lost to the Chiefs or otherwise they would be in first place in the division, not a half-game behind. But the big development was the Steelers’ loss to the Browns on Thursday night, to put Oakland in position to hold this spot over Indianapolis with a win over Cincinnati on Sunday.Who can get there?7. Colts (5-4), 8. Steelers (5-5),  9. Titans (5-5), 10. Jaguars (4-5), 11. Browns (4-6), 12. Chargers (4-6)The Steelers dropped here behind the Raiders after losing on Thursday night to the Browns to open Week 11. The Colts dropped here after losses to the Steelers and Dolphins in back-to-back weeks and the Raiders beat them, too.Who’s likely out?13. Broncos (3-6), 14. Dolphins (2-7), 15. Jets (2-7), 16. Bengals (0-9)The Browns and Jets are massive disappointments. Everyone expected the Dolphins and Bengals to be down here, however.NFL PICKS WEEK 10: Straight up | Against the spreadNFC playoff pictureWho would be in?1. 49ers, first place, NFC West (8-1) — The 49ers fell from unbeaten status with their home overtime loss to the Seahawks on Monday night but still hold a half-game lead in the division. They failed to keep pace with the winning Packers and didn’t take advantage of the losing Saints.2. Packers, first place, NFC North (8-2) — The Packers get their shot at the 49ers in two weeks, only on the road. They do not play the Saints. The first order of business was taken care of, getting well after the AFC loss to the Chargers with the tough NFC win over the Panthers in Lambeau.3. Saints, first place, NFC South (7-2) — They have a comfortable lead to repeat as division champs in a weaker than expected group but their eyes of course are on getting another NFC championship game in the Superdome. The shocking home loss to the Falcons didn’t help as it put them behind the Packers given the conference-record tiebreaker. They get a direct shot at the 49ers at home on Dec. 8.4. Cowboys, first place, NFC East (5-4) — The Cowboys lost at home to the Vikings on Sunday night in a mild upset but they still hold the division lead by virtue of their home win over the Eagles.5. Seahawks, second place, NFC West (8-2) — The Seahawks didn’t take over first place with that win in San Francisco but they got a whole lot closer. They also were able to stay ahead of the winning Vikings for the top wild-card spot.6. Vikings, second place, NFC North (7-3) — The Vikings couldn’t make up ground on the Packers but got the Cowboys win they needed on Sunday night with several teams in hot pursuit of a playoff berth behind them.Who can get there?7. Rams (5-4), 8. Eagles (5-4), 9. Panthers (5-4), 10. Bears (4-5), 11. Lions (3-5-1)The Rams are still very dangerous to potentially make it three teams out of the NFC West and everyone is aware of how the Eagles tend to finish strong. The Rams still hold the tiebreaker over the Eagles and Panthers because of a better conference record despite the AFC loss to the Steelers. Who’s likely out12. Cardinals (3-6-1), 13. Buccaneers (3-6), 14. Falcons (2-7), 15. Giants (2-8), 16. Redskins (1-8)The Buccaneers have played better than their record indicates but that’s not much consolation now. The Falcons and Redskins are as bad as their record indicates defensively. Week 10 means we’re past the halfway point of the 2019 NFL season, but there still is plenty to be determined over the final two months in terms of the standings and which teams will end up making the playoffs in the AFC and NFC.It’s time again to check in on where every team stands to know where they all might finish later, from top playoff seeds to postseason also-rans who have top draft picks in mind.last_img read more

David Wahl, 73, Wichita: May 3, 1942 – Nov. 19, 2015

first_imgDavid Wahl, formerly of Arlington, Virginia, died Thursday, November 19, 2015 at Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita, at the age of 73.David was born the son of Jacob and Olga (Rosenau) Wahl on Sunday, May 03, 1942 in Harvey, North Dakota. His parents precede him in death.On May 29, 1964, David and Christine E. Withrow were united in marriage in Los Angeles, Calif. Survivors include his wife, Christine Wahl of Wichita; brother, Bruce Wahl and his wife Betty of Harvey, North Dakota; sister, Joyce Snyder of Leesburg, Florida and large extended family.  No services are planned.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.cornejodayfuneralhome.com.Arrangements are by Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.last_img read more

PSG power shows how far Man Utd have fallen

first_imgIn the past eight years, United have won just one knockout match in the Champions League — at home to Olympiakos during David Moyes’s short-lived tenure in 2013.“You can see that we’ve not played games at this level for a while and we’ll have to learn from this experience,” said Solskjaer. “It’s not going to be a season-defining one for us. It has to be one that we’re going to learn from.”By contrast, PSG’s campaigns are now defined by Champions League success or otherwise.Without two-thirds of their star-studded forward line, Kylian Mbappe alone was still too good for United’s defence, while Angel di Maria — on his return to Old Trafford — and Julian Draxler also shone.For United’s own French World Cup winner, it was a very different night as Paul Pogba was sent off late on and will miss the return leg in his homeland.“You can see their strength they have when they put those players in (Di Maria and Draxler), but then again, that’s the level we want to get to,” said Solskjaer.“We are looking to strengthen the squad then again we have to learn with so many young players that we have, to make the step up next season.”How much of a blow failure to progress is to Solskjaer’s chances of being in charge next season on a permanent basis remains to be seen.But the lack of a response to losing Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard in quick succession to injury towards the end of the first half underlined why planning on overhauling the squad needs to start straight away.Juan Mata and Alexis Sanchez made little impact off the bench, with the Chilean’s anonymous display again raising doubts over his future after a return of just five goals in more than a year since joining from Arsenal.“I can’t do anything about Alexis Sanchez,” Solskjaer said. “When he plays he needs to find himself because we know there is a quality player there.”Share on: WhatsApp Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first two months as caretaker manager have rekindled memories of Manchester United’s glorious past but the defeat against Paris Saint-Germain shows the tough path back to the top of European football.Barring an incredible comeback in the French capital in three weeks’ time, United will miss out on the Champions League quarter-finals for the fifth straight year.Even with the injury-enforced absences of the world’s most expensive player Neymar and the prolific Edison Cavani, PSG were simply too good for Solskjaer’s men, with the 2-0 scoreline at Old Trafford on Tuesday only kept respectable by United goalkeeper David de Gea’s efforts in the second half.“This is a level up from what we’ve played against with the games we’ve had,” admitted Solskjaer.The man who scored the winning goal when United won the Champions League in 1999 had won 10 and drawn one of his first 11 games in charge to lead United back into the top four of the Premier League — the passport into next season’s Champions League.But as a player under Alex Ferguson, Solskjaer was used to regularly being in contention to win the competition, not just taking part.“There is a reason for them being one of the favourites for the Champions League. Then again, that is the level we need to aim for at this club,” the Norwegian said.“We’ve been talking about top four. Top four is one thing but we want to be at the top.“Man Utd should be at the top and this is a top, top team we are playing against. Our players today are disappointed after the game of course, but I also think they know we need to step up our level to get to the level we want to get to.”– Pogba sees red –The reality of where United stand among the European elite did not just bite on Tuesday — the defeat was further evidence of their struggles since they reached a third Champions League final in four years in 2011.last_img read more

Position Vacant – Sport Operations Manager (Northern Territory)

first_imgAre you looking for a thrilling career in the sports industry?  Touch Football Australia is seeking suitably qualified applicants for the key leadership position of Sport Operations Manager – Northern Territory, based in our NT branch office, Darwin.  To view the Position Description, please click on the attachment below. Applications for this opportunity close at 5pm CST, Friday, 22 May 2015.  For further information or to lodge your application for this career opportunity, please email [email protected] Filespd_sops_sport_ops_manager_updated_format-pdfRelated LinksPosition Vacantlast_img read more

10 months agoMerson: Liverpool can end title race in week’s time

first_imgMerson: Liverpool can end title race in week’s timeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal hero Paul Merson says Liverpool can win the Premier League title in a week’s time.Merson believes if Liverpool win at the Etihad Stadium next month, a seven-point lead would be too much for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to overturn.He said, “Leicester vs Manchester City is a big game and a must-win game for City, who are in trouble now as they are four points behind Liverpool.”I mean it has now got down to the situation whereby if Liverpool win at City in a week’s time – it is all over.”So this is a big game for City and a hard one as Leicester can cause you problems But because they have to win, I think they will, but Saturday’s result will have knocked the stuffing out of them and Man City have now lost two of their last three league games.”And before that it looked like they would never ever lose a game, but I see them just winning this one to stay on the coat tails of Liverpool.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Texas Safety Commit Jamile Johnson Seems Unphased By Tim Irvin’s Flip To Auburn

first_imgTexas lost All-American Tim Irvin to Auburn after an official visit to the SEC power over the weekend, but one of the Longhorns’ other highly touted defensive back recruits doesn’t think it’s a big deal. Jamile Johnson, a three-star safety from Dallas, tweeted about Irvin’s flip, and doesn’t seem worried about the loss.So Tim Irvin is Gone Huh ! Cool ! #HookEm— Badger Jr. #⃣3⃣ (@MilJohnson) January 18, 2015Johnson’s also been retweeting numerous Texas fans’ words of encouragement after the news. miljohnsonRTTexas’ recruiting class is currently ranked 12th in the nation, even after the recent string of decommitments. All things considered, Charlie Strong is doing a good job of replenishing the talent in Austin.last_img read more