Bombing of journalists “may have been a war crime”

first_imgNews April 9, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Bombing of journalists “may have been a war crime” IraqMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information to go further RSF_en Organisation Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Reporters Without Borders called today on the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission to urgently investigate the bombing of journalists in Iraq which it said may have been a war crime under international law. Follow the news on Iraq December 16, 2020 Find out more News Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” News February 15, 2021 Find out more December 28, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders calls for an impartial, objective and independent enquiry by the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission.It said the “unsatisfactory” explanations given by US officials for attacks on journalists in Baghdad this week underlined the need for the Commission to look into such violations of the Geneva Conventions on treatment of civilians in wartime.”We asked you on 1 April to investigate the bombing of Iraqi TV headquarters but we received no reply,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to the Commission’s president, Sir Kenneth Keith.”We are now approaching you again to urge you to carry out your duty to investigate these attacks and others on journalists and media covering the war in Iraq. Attacks on civilians, which include journalists, and on civilian property are war crimes and serious violations of the Geneva Conventions,” he said.”The neighbouring Baghdad offices of the Arab TV stations Al-Jazeera and Abu Dhabi TV, as well as the Palestine Hotel – both known to US forces as places where journalists were living and working – were attacked deliberately and without warning by US forces on 8 April, killing three journalists.”The bombing of the TV station offices could not have been an error.  Al-Jazeera has told US forces where all its offices in Iraq are and has hung large banners outside them marked “TV.””US officials said a US tank fired on the Palestine Hotel because rockets were being fired from it.  None of the journalists there saw any such thing and said that in fact things were very quiet in the area when the tank took several minutes to adjust its gun and then fired.  Film by the French TV station France 3 confirmed this version of events.”These conflicting versions require an impartial, objective and independent enquiry by the Commission you head,” Ménard told Sir Keith. “These events are too serious to be left solely in the hands of an investigation by US officials, who have already refused to give any details about the killing of a British TV journalist under British-US gunfire in Basra on 22 March and the disappearance of two of his colleagues caught in the incident.”US Col. David Perkins, commander of the 2nd Brigade of the Third Infantry Division, said yesterday US troops had now been told not to fire on the hotel, even if shots came from it.A spokesman for the Spanish defence ministry (one of the dead journalists was Spanish) said US-British forces had declared the hotel a military target on 6 April on grounds that Iraqi leaders were meeting there. He said US-British forces had told journalists at the hotel about this.No media or journalist appears to have been warned of the attack, contrary to the obligation set out in the Geneva Conventions to give due and effective warning.The International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission was set up in 1991 (based in Bern, Switzerland) under the First Additional Protocol of the Geneva Conventions and has the job of investigating any alleged serious violation of international humanitarian law. To date it has received no cases to investigate.To have jurisdiction, it has to be petitioned by one of the parties to a conflict or by one of the countries that have recognised its jurisdiction.  To conduct an investigation, all the belligerents must accept its authority.  Among the countries involved in the Iraq war, only Australia and the United Kingdom have formally recognised it, allowing an investigation to go ahead as far as they are concerned. The United States and Iraq have not yet accepted the principle of such an enquiry. Receive email alerts RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Newslast_img read more

Cheltenham fundraiser for JT

first_imgWhatsApp FAMOUS faces from the world of horse racing will attend a fundraising evening at Cheltenham Racecourse in the UK this Saturday June 15  for injured Limerick jockey JT McNamara.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The 37-year-old Croom man suffered a serious neck injury which resulted in paralysis at the Cheltenham Festival on March 14. He is receiving treatment at the spinal unit of Dublin’s Mater Hospital.Companies, race courses and high-profile horse owners have donated prizes for the night. The fundraiser will take place in the Gold Cup Suite at Cheltenham Racecourse. For more information or to donate e-mail [email protected] Previous articleSchoolchildren escape Limerick bus fireNext articleGeraldines AFC Awards Night Guest Writer Print Twitter Limerick’s All Ireland winning champions return to action Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Emailcenter_img Sod turned on €15 million Croom school campus Croom festival highlights plight of Maigue crayfish Dawn of a new era for education in Croom Common sense would light up Croom TAGSCheltenham fundraiserCroomLimerick jockey JT McNamara NewsCheltenham fundraiser for JTBy Guest Writer – June 11, 2013 551 Advertisement ETB announces appointment of main contractor for construction of new Coláiste Chiaráin, Croomlast_img read more

Repsol acquires 40% stake in United Oil Company

first_imgThe deal represents a third regional manufacturing hub to the ones Repsol already has in Spain and Mexico Image: Repsol boosts its Asian expansion with the acquisition of 40% stake in United Oil Company. Photo: courtesy of Repsol. Repsol signed the purchase agreement for a 40% stake in the Singapore-based lubricants manufacturer United Oil Company, which will manufacture and supply Repsol’s brand of products in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam.The agreement will allow Repsol to increase its presence in Southeast Asia, one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing lubricants markets with sales of 3 million metric tons per year and an annual growth rate of 4%.Southeast Asia, and particularly Indonesia, are key target markets for growth, fitting in with the Strategic Plan 2018–2020 goals to increase the international expansion of the Downstream Unit. Repsol aims to be a top-five player in Indonesia thorough the capabilities incorporated in this partnership.The deal represents a third regional manufacturing hub to the ones Repsol already has in Spain and Mexico. United Oil Company has two lubricants plants, in Singapore and Indonesia, with total capacity of 140,000 metric tonnes.The joint venture unveiled today plans to upgrade United Oil Company’s existing manufacturing plant in Indonesia and expand the network of dealers and distributors though a targeted sales and marketing drive. The alliance with United Global Limited will provide immediate access to new customer segments due to the complementary nature of both companies’ brands and product lines.The partnership in Asia adds to the joint venture created last year with Bardahl of Mexico, completing the foundations for the company’s immediate strategic growth goals. Repsol aims to double its lubricants sales volumes to 300,000 metric tonnes, with 70% sourced from international business units.Repsol has allocated 1.5 billion euros in investments for the period 2018–2020 for the growth of its Downstream unit, specifically its service stations, petrochemicals and lubricants businesses.The agreement signed today is subject to the fulfillment of standard authorizations for this type of transaction. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Full Audio Of Greensky Bluegrass’s Set Of All Songs That Phish Covers Has Emerged [Listen]

first_imgLast weekend, Greensky Bluegrass got the Halloween festivities going with a matinee performance at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, playing an afternoon set before Phish at the MGM Grand. Knowing their audience was quite Phish influenced, Greensky opted to play a set that was filled entirely with songs that Phish has covered.Whether it was the regular Phish covers like “Funky Bitch” or “Rock And Roll,” or the more obscure selections like Pink Floyd’s “Time” or Grank Funk Railroad’s “We’re An American Band,” there was no denying that this was a show for the ages. Fortunately, taper ToddHodulik has offered up a full stream of the performance for our listening pleasure.Check out the full audio from the GSBG’s Phish cover show below![Photo taken by On The DL Photography, via Greensky Bluegrass’s Facebook Page]last_img read more

Young Scholars

first_imgThis year, 60 students from across the state and two from outside of Georgia joined the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) Young Scholars research program and broke new ground in the agricultural sciences.For more than two decades, the CAES Young Scholars Program has paired the college’s researchers with high school students to foster students’ love of science and introduce them to the breadth of study that forms the foundation of agriculture, Georgia’s largest industry.During the Young Scholars Program, students are paid to work as research assistants in laboratories across the college to complete real research projects alongside faculty mentors.“Each year, we are pleased with the level of research students are able to accomplish in six weeks,” said Victoria David, director of the CAES Office of Diversity Affairs. “Many Young Scholars alumni who got their initial exposure to science in this program currently work in labs across this campus and in industry.”The students worked in some of the most advanced laboratories on UGA’s Griffin, Tifton and Athens campuses during the six-week program. They assisted in research projects led by UGA faculty and, at the end of the program, presented their findings in a research symposium. Some students may be listed as co-authors on these studies when they are published in academic journals, which is rare for students who have not completed high school.Ten graduating Young Scholars will have the opportunity to continue their research work when they enroll at CAES in fall 2019.Former Young Scholar Kristen Dunning, now a sophomore studying agricultural communications and horticulture at CAES, told this year’s Young Scholars that her time doing research at UGA helped change her college goals and refine her career plans.“This college encompasses everything I want to do and more, and my heart is truly rooted in it,” said Dunning, who wants to work with a company that makes natural beauty products after graduation. “If nothing else, I hope this year’s students walk away with knowledge about agriculture, and I hope they decide to attend the University of Georgia and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”Sam Pardue, dean and director of CAES, urged the Young Scholars gathered for the program’s closing ceremony on July 12 to find career paths that spark passion in their lives.“I hope that whatever dream you have, you will strive to reach it,” Pardue told the students and their parents. “And even if you fall a little short, it is in that effort that I think you will find a great sense of accomplishment and achievement. Life is too short to do things that you are not passionate about, that you’re not enthusiastic about. And I hope this experience here has given you a glimpse of what that may be.”The precursor to the Young Scholars Program began at UGA-Griffin in 1989. The program was originally intended to provide a collegiate experience to students who were not planning to attend college. Since then, the program has expanded to include scientists at UGA-Athens and UGA-Tifton.Students selected for the program are truly ready to engage in real-world research. Because of this experience, many Young Scholars continue their research careers while studying at UGA through the college’s undergraduate research program.For more information about the program, visit or email David at [email protected] The application period for next year’s program will begin this fall.This year’s Young Scholars:UGA-AthensRon Adams, Shiloh High SchoolEmma Grace Brewer, Camden County High SchoolKyle Brown, Marietta High SchoolCatrina Chamberlain, Woodland High SchoolKhyathi Chava, Eagles Landing High SchoolAynslee Conner, Morgan County High SchoolMikaela Dallas, Oconee County High SchoolDanielle Davis, Academy of Holy AngelsJoan Deitsch, homeschoolAshlyn Donaldson, Eagles Landing Christian AcademyColes Ehlers, Clarke Central High SchoolMikayla Frierson, Buford High SchoolAnia Funny, Union Grove High SchoolSteviana Griffin, Dutchtown High SchoolHenry Huang, Tift County High SchoolAbhinav Iyer, Denmark High SchoolMorgan Lee, Druid Hills High SchoolOlivia Lee, Open Bible Christian High SchoolMatthew Li, Stephenson High SchoolMarin Lonnee, Oconee County High SchoolElizabeth McDonald, Athens Christian SchoolHaley McMillan, Archer High SchoolAdonis Merritt, Newton College and Career AcademyChristian Ona, Oconee County High SchoolCollin Pannell, North Oconee High SchoolPaul Patterson, North Oconee High SchoolShaan Prasad, North Oconee High SchoolAlexis Rooks, Oconee County High SchoolCarson Smith, Eastside High SchoolJ. Mason Taylor, Northview High SchoolUGA-GriffinJada Brunson, Luella High SchoolAustin Clark, Strong Rock Christian SchoolAndrew Collins, St. George’s Episcopal SchoolSamuel Cross, St. George’s Episcopal SchoolJulianna Dalrymple, Eagles Landing High SchoolTamara English, Dutchtown High SchoolEdward Huang, Whitewater High SchoolRachel Ibbetson, Haralson County High SchoolStella Johnson, Flint River AcademyMatthew Kim, Mill Creek High SchoolToni Miller, Griffin High SchoolNyla Neal, Dutchtown High SchoolMadison Riggins, Pike County High SchoolReid Robertson, McIntosh County High SchoolParker Scott, Rock Springs Christian AcademyEmily Shi, McIntosh High SchoolMackenzie Thames, CrossPointe Christian AcademyJolie Turner, Pike County High SchoolUGA-TiftonSam Aultman, Tift County High SchoolCody Beasley, Citizens Christian AcademyAudrey Conner, Tift County High SchoolJordan Daniels, Tift County High SchoolJacob Davis, Westover Comprehensive High SchoolClifton Edwards, Pelham High SchoolAshleigh Hurst, Cairo High SchoolAbbigail Toews, Tift County High SchoolAudrey Young, Tiftarea AcademyLydia Connell, Tiftarea AcademyKirsten Flinn, Tift County High SchoolPorter Hill, Deerfield-Windsor SchoolWalt Sanders, Tift County High SchoolLuis Torres, Tift County High Schoollast_img read more

Football News Kylian Mbappe reveals he played World Cup finals with a back injury

first_imgParis: France striker Kylian Mbappe has revealed he played the World Cup semifinals and final with a back injury he hid from his rivals.In an interview with France Football magazine, Mbappe says he displaced three vertebrae in his back during the tournament in Russia three days before France defeated Belgium 1-0 in the semifinals.France won the World Cup with a 4-2 victory over Croatia in the final.“It was essential not to alert our opponents, otherwise they could have taken advantage of that and targeted this sensitive area,” said Mbappe, who scored four goals in the tournament including one in the final.“That’s the reason why with the staff and the players we kept it hidden, even for the final’’.The 19-year-old Mbappe was one of the stars of the tournament and picked up the award for the best young player at the World Cup.He became the youngest player to score two goals in a World Cup game since Pele in 1958, and also became the first teenager since Pele to score in a World Cup final.Mbappe, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain in the French league, also told the magazine he hopes he can be a contender for the Golden Ball award alongside his PSG teammate Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Football News Struggling Schalke search for new director ahead of game against Manchester City

first_img New Delhi: Bundesliga strugglers Schalke 04 are hunting for a new sports director, following Christian Heidel’s resignation, with their Champions League return leg at Manchester City looming. Having lost 3-2 at home to City in last week’s last 16, first-leg in Gelsenkirchen, Schalke wants to replace Heidel before the return in Manchester on March 12.Heidel quit in the wake of Saturday’s demoralizing 3-0 thrashing of Mainz in the Bundesliga. Despite having reached the knock-out stages of the Champions League, Schalke is enduring a dire domestic season and the defeat at Mainz was their 12th in 23 league games.”Even though a lot of things have gone against us this season, I have the overall responsibility for this,” said Heidel, who walked away after three years in the job.He recruited Domenico Tedesco – the club’s 17th head coach since 2001 – for 2017/18 and under the 33-year-old Schalke finished behind Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga last season. Bundesliga strugglers Schalke 04 are hunting for a new sports director.Bundesliga lost 3-2 at home to City in last week. Schalke wants to replace Heidel before the return in Manchester on March 12. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Now with Heidel gone, Tedesco is no longer safe – unless results improve. Schalke’s chairman Clemens Toennies has said they want to “briskly, but not hastily” find Heidel’s replacement with Michael Reschke, who was recently released as sports director by Stuttgart, linked to the role. Former Belgium head coach Marc Wilmots, ex-Schalke boss Mike Bueskens and ex-Royal Blues midfielder Ingo Anderbruegge, have also been mentioned as possibilities.The trio was part of the legendary Schalke team, nicknamed ‘Eurofighters’, which won the UEFA Cup in 1997 after a dramatic semi-final win over Tenerife before beating Inter Milan on penalties in the two-legged final. Toennies, up for re-election on June 30, is under pressure with the club suffering their worst results since 1983 when they were relegated from Germany’s top flight.The team currently are seven points above the bottom three. The 65-year-old also reportedly likes the idea of a former player being promoted from within, which would make ex-Germany international Gerald Asamoah, currently manager of Schalke’s U23 team – a candidate. highlightslast_img read more