France and Greece submit resolution on protecting journalists to UN security council

first_img Organisation December 19, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 France and Greece submit resolution on protecting journalists to UN security council “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Help by sharing this information RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story News News French foreign minister Philippe Douste-Blazy (photo) said today that a draft resolution on the protection of journalists in war zones has been submitted to the UN security council. He made the announcement at a news conference organised by Reporters Without Borders and the French foreign ministry. Among the participants at the news conference was French deputy Pierre Lellouche of the ruling UMP party, who is a member of a parliamentary commission that has been looking at the issue. “Sometimes it is Christmas, sometimes French parliamentarians can do something useful such as helping international humanitarian law to evolve,” Lellouche said. “I am proud that the machinery of government has also been effective,” he added. “This resolution will not solve everything, but it will move things along.”Leading Algerian reporter Toufik Benaïchouche noted that 63 journalists have been killed in his country and called for the creation of a “European centre for journalists” so that journalists from other countries can have a brief respite when they are threatened in their own countries.Florence Aubenas of the French weekly Le Nouvel Observateur said there was “an urgent need to consider the implications of the new forms of conflict that endanger civilians more than the military.” She also said that journalists should not support the resolution just for reasons of self-interest: “We want to describe what happens to other people not what happens to ourselves. By protecting our own profession, we hope to protect others. This is our motive for wanting this resolution.”TV presenter Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, who is the acting head of news at the French TV station TF1, added that journalists need “to resist the temptation to just look after their own profession and to resist the temptation to stop sending people to dangerous areas.”In conclusion, Ménard thanked the French defence ministry for all its help and pointed out that Reporters Without Borders lends bullet-proof vests and helmets to freelancers and offers them insurance at a reduced rate. News June 2, 2021 Find out more Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EUcenter_img RSF_en FranceEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on France FranceEurope – Central Asia June 4, 2021 Find out more News The French and Greek governments have submitted a draft resolution to the UN security council on the protection of journalists in war zones, they announced today at a news conference organised by Reporters Without Borders and the French foreign ministry at the Press Club of France in Paris.French foreign minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said the resolution aimed to “remind all parties to conflicts of their obligations as regards the protection and safety of journalists.” It also “reaffirms that states have an obligation to prevent crimes against journalists and, when such crimes are committed, to investigate, arrest those responsible and try them,” he said.Voicing “optimism” about the rapid adoption of the resolution, which was submitted on 4 December, Douste-Blazy added: “It is now falls to the security council, which has considerable political authority, to take a stand on this central issue.”Greece’s ambassador to France, Dimitrios Paraskevopoulos, said: “There seems to be a need for this resolution calling on all states not to leave attacks on journalists unpunished.” To this end, “governments must sign the first additional protocol to the Geneva conventions,” he added, referring to its specific provision for guaranteeing the protection of journalists.Reporters Without Borders worked closely with the French foreign ministry on the drafting of the resolution. The organisation’s secretary-general, Robert Ménard, pointed out that 139 journalists and media assistants have been killed in Iraq since the start of the war in 2003 – more that twice the total killed in the Vietnam war – at least 81 journalists have been killed worldwide this year and 774 have been killed in the past 15 years, half of them in war zones. to go further May 10, 2021 Find out more Receive email alertslast_img read more

Seahawk Helicopter, HMAS Darwin Work Together in Middle East Area of Operations

first_img View post tag: work View post tag: Helicopter Training & Education May 5, 2014 View post tag: News by topic Share this article View post tag: Naval View post tag: Area View post tag: East View post tag: Middle Back to overview,Home naval-today Seahawk Helicopter, HMAS Darwin Work Together in Middle East Area of Operations center_img View post tag: Seahawk Embarked in Darwin is an S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter with a helicopter crew (known as a Flight) consisting of 16 personnel; six aircrew and 10 maintenance personnel, with most of the Flight living in the Nowra region.The members of the Flight have been working together since February 2013, undergoing readiness training prior to joining Darwin. The Flight joined Darwin in June last year to assimilate with the ship’s company and to conduct further training prior to starting their deployment at the start of this year. The embarked Flight’s main role is to extend the sensory capabilities of Darwin in detecting narcotics trafficking and piracy, usually conducted by small vessels. To enable early detection of these vessels, the helicopter conducts two flights a day. “Though we are away from families and friends for a long period, we know the role the Flight plays in Darwin’s mission is vital,” said the ship’s Flight Commander, Lieutenant Commander Chris Smith.Commanding Officer of Darwin, Commander Terence Morrison believes the role of the helicopter on this operation cannot be underestimated.“Without organic aviation, Darwin would be severely limited in her capacity to detect and track vessels that are key to success in our mission,” Commander Morrison said.“The dedication and professionalism exhibited by Flight 1 is excellent and has consistently delivered a safe and effective aviation platform throughout our deployment”The six member aircrew consists of four pilots and two aircrewman. The role of the aircrewman, also known as a Sensory Operator (SENSO), is to operate radars, acoustic systems and cameras and is also responsible for the weapons onboard the helicopter; being a 50 calibre machine gun or a general purpose machine gun. To be a SENSO, nine months of intensive aircrew training is undertaken, followed by the Sensory Operator course, which covers varying aircraft types and takes up to 18 months to complete.Though away from their families and friends, care packages and emails sent to Darwin make the absences a little easier to handle. Darwin regularly updates the families via its Facebook site, with information such as charity fundraising activities, brief profiles on ship’s personnel and short messages to loved ones.Darwin is assigned to the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) to conduct maritime security operations in the Arabian Gulf, Arabian Sea, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman and Indian OceanThe CMF is working to defeat terrorism, prevent piracy, reduce illegal trafficking, and to promote the maritime environment as a safe place for mariners with legitimate business.Darwin is the 57th Royal Australian Navy ship to conduct a rotation of the Middle East Area of Operations since the first Gulf War in 1990. This is the 33rd ship to deploy in support of Operation SLIPPER duties. Operation SLIPPER is the Australian Defence Force Contribution to the international campaign against terrorism, counter smuggling and counter piracy in the Gulf of Aden, and enhancing regional maritime strategy.[mappress]Press Release, May 5, 2014; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Darwin The men and women of HMAS Darwin are currently working hard conducting operations as part of Australia’s contribution to maritime security, counter-terrorism and counter-piracy operations in the Middle East Area of Operations. View post tag: Operations Seahawk Helicopter, HMAS Darwin Work Together in Middle East Area of Operations View post tag: together View post tag: HMAS View post tag: Navylast_img read more

Connecting the Orphans of Jhamtse Gatsal to the World

first_img“Seeing right there in the moment we changed their lives.”I can only hope that my words above capture the trip of a lifetime. My team and I set out on a journey with Mike Libecki of National Geographic.Mike is a long-time partner of Dell. He has used Dell’s Latitude Rugged Laptops and Precision Workstations on his journeys to remote areas of the world. Mike’s passion for exploring the unknown has carried down to his daughter Lillianna.With this passion, Lilliana and her father have created the Joyineering Foundation to provide technology to students in remote areas. As a true partner, Mike challenged the Dell team to become part of the journey to open a technology lab for an orphanage in a very remote area of Anruchal Pradesh, Eastern India. In January we agreed to put six members of my team on the ground with Lilliana & Mike.  Learn more about Jhamtse Gatsal and its founder Buddhist monk Lobsang Phuntsok in this special documentary.The students range from ages 4-18 and this would be the first time they would ever experience technology that would now open the world to them. The plan included providing twenty Dell Latitude Education devices that would be connected to the internet and powered by solar panels and a solar generator for the 80+ students at Jhamtse Gatsal. After days of hard work we were there, in the moment, to experience how Dell’s technology changed their lives.After some serious travel, we learned a little bit about what Mike likes to refer to as the “full-value” experience. That means, you’re in it with no turning back, “living the dream” and there isn’t good or bad… there’s just joy or “pre-joy,” that challenging part of life you push through until you hit the next great moment.Lilliana Libecki, Mike’s 14-year-old daughter, likes to say, “In a world where we can be and do anything, be kind and do good.”I don’t know that I can put it any better. On this trip, I saw a group of people work together to pull off a fantastic result. I’m more than pleased to say it was an overwhelming success, and the solar power gear we set up will not only support the school but also the surrounding homes in the village.It’s difficult to put into words the reward you experience on just such an outing. Similarly, while our project generated excitement and gratitude from those we came to help, our team was equally affected by the love and compassion that we watched these people pour out on the children they’ve taken in, and how they were equally welcoming of us in their village. What they had, they shared joyfully.I am so proud to work for Dell where there is such a strong focus on giving, and where we celebrate leaving behind a #LegacyofGood. Kudos and thanks to the Dell team that came to India which includes Shannon MacKay, Claudia Davila, Munira Baldiwala, Mark Rehmann, and Chris Ware… and to Jeff Morris and the extended team for assisting us from afar.This was one of the most inspirational and emotional experiences of my life. The spirit of everyone involved was lifted up and the reception and gratitude from the community was just overwhelming. We went to make a difference … we left with an experience of a lifetime touched by the students of Jhamtse Gatsal.All 📸 by @mikelibecki Read the story about Dell’s Solar Powered Learning Labs, a Dell Youth Learning program that helps deliver sustainable and affordable connectivity to schools in some of the most underprivileged areas of the world.last_img read more

Late comeback can’t hold off No. 5 Oregon

first_imgA late comeback attempt from USC was shut down by No. 5 Oregon Saturday night, as the Ducks topped the Trojans by a score of 81-70 at the Galen Center.With 2:40 remaining in regulation, junior guard Elijah Stewart knocked down a 3-point shot that pulled the Trojans within three points of the Ducks.Oregon responded by closing the game out on a 10-2 run over the final two minutes of regulation to clinch its 14th consecutive victory against USC. The Trojans have dropped their last seven games against the Ducks in Los Angeles, and they haven’t beat Oregon at home since the 2009 season. The Trojans finished the game by missing their last four shot attempts in the contest; USC made no field goals over the final 2:40 of regulation.“That was a tough game. We played hard, but not well enough to win,” head coach Andy Enfield said. “Our guards were off tonight in their decision making and shooting. To beat a top-five team in the country, you have to play better.”Poor shooting from the field was a struggle for USC all night Saturday. The Trojans finished the game shooting 22-for-59 (37.3 percent).USC’s shooting woes may have been most evident from beyond the 3-point line. In the first half, USC shot 2-of-15 (13.3 percent) from beyond the arc. Overall, the Trojans shot 6-for-27 (22.2 percent) from distance.“When you’re 6-for-27 from three and a lot were wide open and you miss three dunks, it’s hard to beat a team like this,” Enfield said.A layup from sophomore forward Bennie Boatwright gave USC its largest lead of the night against Oregon, as the Trojans led 49-46 with just over 13 minutes remaining.“Tonight shows our growth. It shows we can play with anybody,” said freshman guard De’Anthony Melton, who finished with nine points and two steals Saturday. “We need to learn how to close out games.”As was the case for many USC shooters Saturday night, Boatwright had his share of struggles from the field. Boatwright finished the game shooting 3-of-15 (20 percent), but he did hit all eight of his free throws to finish with 15 points against Oregon.Leading the way for the Trojans was sophomore forward Chimezie Metu, who recorded a team-high 16 points Saturday. Metu finished 6-of-8 from the field while reeling in four rebounds and dishing three assists.“We have to protect the ball. We had too many turnovers,” said Stewart, who totaled 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting.USC committed a total of 16 turnovers against the Ducks after averaging 11.1 turnovers per game entering Saturday. Oregon capitalized on Trojan mistakes, as the Ducks outscored USC in points off turnovers, 23-12.Oregon junior forward Dillon Brooks finished with a game-high 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting. Brooks was 3-of-5 shooting from deep against the Trojans.Brooks finished as the game’s leading scorer despite fouling out with 3:28 remaining in regulation.Oregon sophomore guard Tyler Dorsey scored 19 points (6-of-13 shooting) and recorded five rebounds. Ducks junior forward Jordan Bell finished with a game-high 14 rebounds; he recorded a double-double as he also scored 12 points Saturday.Overall, Oregon edged USC on the glass by a margin of 39-34.With the loss, the Trojans were unable to avenge their 84-61 loss to the Ducks earlier this season on Dec. 30. USC has never upset an opponent ranked in the top five nationally at the Galen Center.Saturday’s loss also put an end to the Trojan’s five-game winning streak in Pac-12 play.USC will look to rebound in conference play as it travels to Pauley Pavilion on Saturday to take on No. 10 UCLA. The Trojans will be looking for a big upset of a top 10-ranked opponent and its fifth consecutive victory over the Bruins.last_img read more

Luis Suarez hat-trick sends Barcelona into final of Club World Cup against Guangzhou Evergrande

first_imgBarcelona cruised into the final of the FIFA Club World Cup on Thursday, as Luis Suarez grabbed a hat-trick in a comfortable 3-0 victory over Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande.Luiz Felipe Scolari’s underdogs started the game brightly and initially dealt well with Barcelona’s threat but, once goalkeeper Li Shuai palmed Ivan Rakitic’s swerving shot into the path of the grateful Suarez towards the end of the first half, after going behind they never really looked like getting back into the match.Suarez, leading the line alone in the absence of Lionel Messi and Neymar, made it 2-0 midway through the second half after clinically dispatching Andres Iniesta’s smart through ball – before the Uruguayan completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot on 67 minutes after Munir El-Haddadi had been tripped. The final 15 minutes saw the European champions pass the ball around as if the game were an elaborate training exercise, with Guangzhou perhaps content simply to limit the damage.Luis Enrique’s side will now face River Plate in the final of the competition on Sunday.If the Club World Cup has long been all about the eventual showdown between the champions of Europe and South America, then this was a valuable warm-up game for a Barcelona side who found Guangzhou an obdurate, determined opponent for large stretches of the game. Without Messi, ruled out due to pain from renal colic” hours before kick-off, and Neymar, fit only for a place on the bench, Suarez was assisted in attack by Munir and Sergi Roberto; although it was Iniesta and Rakitic who provided most of the attacking impetus. The two midfielders assisted Suarez’s opening strikes – the Croatian firing a strike from 30 yards that Li could only parry into the path of the striker for the opener, before Iniesta provided the sumptuous pass in an elaborate one-two with the Uruguayan as he did the business inside the box. His late penalty was just icing on the cake, as he became the first player to score a hat-trick in tournament history.For Guangzhou the final result will be a moderate disappointment, with Scolari occasionally showing his frustration at his side’s inability to fully execute his tactical plans. They will now face Sanfrecce on Sunday in the third-place play-off – although they will be without full-back Zou Zheng, who was stretchered off in the first half after appearing to suffer a horrific broken leg in an innocuous off the ball accident.It was the one truly sour moment in an otherwise unremarkable game.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Brighton come from behind to beat Gunners 2-1

first_imgLondon, UK | PL | A stoppage-time strike by Neal Maupay helped Brighton come from behind to earn a 2-1 win over Arsenal and record their first league victory since 28 December.The Gunners started brightly and almost opened the scoring on eight minutes only for Bukayo Saka’s shot to come back off the woodwork.Five minutes before half-time, Bernd Leno was carried off on a stretcher with a serious-looking leg injury after landing awkwardly when collecting the ball on the edge of the area.Mikel Arteta’s team went ahead in the 68th minute, Nicolas Pepe curling superbly beyond Mat Ryan with his left foot.But Lewis Dunk equalised seven minutes later from close range. And Brighton won the contest in the fifth minute of added time when Maupay, who also scored the winner in the reverse fixture, lifted the ball over substitute goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.The Seagulls are in 15th place with 32 points, five points clear of the bottom three.Arsenal, now winless in five away league matches against Brighton, are ninth on 40 points.****PREMIER LEAGUEShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

North Thurston Public Schools wants your feedback!

first_imgFacebook7Tweet0Pin0Submitted by North Thurston Public SchoolsEvery year North Thurston Public Schools turns to our community at large, to ask for feedback on leadership, student programs, fiscal responsibility, safety, communication, and more.“It’s important for us to not only be accountable with how we invest public taxpayer dollars but to also get community feedback on what their values and priorities are when it comes to public education and their perception of how we are doing,” said Courtney Schrieve, Executive Director for Public Relations at NTPS.The district conducts annual surveys with staff, students and families each year, as well as the community. Results from all the surveys except staff (shared by principals at each school), are posted on school websites under the “About our School” sections. A highlight from this year was that more parents said their child felt “safe at school.” In addition, five percent more of students surveyed said their schools has activities to celebrate different cultures.Community results last year showed that the majority of those surveyed said that they believe the district meets or exceeds expectations for K-12 public education. Accelerated learning opportunities, well-maintained grounds and arts, athletics and activities access also received high ratings.“We are proud of our district – the largest in Thurston County – but realize we always have room for improvement,” Schrieve said. The district has nearly 15,000 students, 2000 staff (full and part-time) and an 85 percent graduation rate. Nearly 50 percent of students are students of color. Their free and reduced enrollment count, an indicator of poverty, is about 42 percent.Please take a moment to help us get better by taking this short online survey. Deadline is May 20. Thank you!last_img read more

Hard pitches and hard bods: Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah flaunt off their six…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Times Now NewsAdvertisement cqa5NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4hWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9grq( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ixpkjWould you ever consider trying this?😱9q0gd0Can your students do this? 🌚2jhRoller skating! Powered by Firework The Indian team are currently in the Caribbean preparing for their maiden outing in the World Test Championship. The first test is set to commence from the 22nd of August.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Times Now NewsWith the team set to experience their first feel of red-ball cricket in over 6 months, the squad opted for an outing on the shores of the Caribbean after training extensively for the past week.The highlight of the trip was the striking bodies of Jasprit Bumrah and Virat Kohli, who stood out from the rest of the pack. The Indian skipper has often addressed the importance of a fitness regime and the benefits of staying fit.Advertisement Jasprit Bumrah seems to have followed suit as the change in his body has evolved over the course of 3 years since his debut. Being a fast bowler, Bumrah’s impressive physique only adds to the benefit of the Indian team who are on the lookout for a complete sweep in the Windies after already claiming the ODI and the T20 series.Read Also:New Zealand Women’s Cricket team captain announces pregnancy with her teammateSteve Smith ruled out of third Ashes Test Advertisementlast_img read more

Captain Marvel: Sunil Chhetri on how India can fight Coronavirus pandemic

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/ANIAdvertisement jfoq95NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vstuh7Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8jmg( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) lqkWould you ever consider trying this?😱iya5Can your students do this? 🌚tlcxhRoller skating! Powered by Firework Ever since the novel Coronavirus pandemic had made its presence in India, several iconic sportspersons and celebrities have taken a step ahead to advise their fellow citizens on the necessary precautions and guidelines to curb the spread of the virus in the country. Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri is the newest stalwart from the sporting fraternity to join up on the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak, who has teamed up with Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for a campaign named ‘BreakTheChain’, which aims to tackle further contamination of the virus in the population.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/ANIAlong with Sunil Chhetri, the campaign also featured former Indian captain and legendary footballer Baichung Bhutia, Myanmar football team skipper Kyaw Zin Thet and Sun Wen, the vice president of Chinese Football Association (CFA) and one of the greatest players ever in women’s football. A total of more than 50 footballers and officials from Asia showed their support for the campaign.With the objective to “inspires hope and solidarity in these challenging times”, as stated by AFC, the ‘BreakTheChain’ was launched on Thursday and has outlined the basic guidelines provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and local governments, and is urging the citizens to abide by them.Advertisement “Everyone is struggling in these challenging times,” Chhetri was quoted by IANS at the campaign in Kuala Lumpur today, “I must urge you to follow the advice of the World Health Organization and the best medical practices put in place by your local governments. It is our responsibility to do our part by maintaining our hygiene and if necessary, to stay at home.”India, which has already seen the number of confirmed cases crossing the 1000 mark, with 25 deaths, is currently under a 21-day lock down until 14th April.Advertisement Chhetri, 35, encouraged his fellow citizens to work as a team to curb the further spread of the virus in the country’s population.“Let’s work together – as a team – to break the chain and stop the spread of COVID-19. I stand with everyone in India and around the world to put these challenging times behind us and hope that we can all return to our normal lives soon,” the striker added.However, this is not the first time that the veteran footballer has reached out to the Indian public. Last week, Chhetri uploaded a video on his official Twitter handle, urging the citizens to remain in their homes to fight the virus outbreak. Check it out below-Also read-See which Indian cricketer ICC is hailing for his efforts against CoronavirusRead which Indian cricketer just donated Rs 52 Lahks for the fight against Coronvirus Advertisementlast_img read more

Photographer Captures Iconic Image

first_imgIt was much more than another assignment for photographer Gary Gellman.Gellman was in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, on hand to photograph Pope Francis, capturing what posterity may eventually consider among the iconic images of the visit as well as allow him to get in touch with his spiritual side.“As a Catholic,” Gellman said, “being able to photograph the successor to St. Peter was really neat and a great honor.” Gellman, a Howell-based still photographer and videographer, was provided access to the tarmac for the plane’s arrival in Philadelphia, and captured the image of Francis blessing the 10-year-old disabled boy in his wheelchair. That photograph has already been widely distributed and seen.“It was very emotional,” Gellman offered.“And to me as a Catholic to be that close to the leader of the our church and to know I was selected and blessed to be selected to be there, the signature event,” he explained, “it was a wonderful experience.”Gellman has in the past photographed the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has taken portrait photos of Diocese of Trenton Bishop David M. O’Connell and knows Archbishop Charles Chaput, with Archdiocese of Philadelphia, who helped Gellman along the lengthy process of obtaining security clearance for the assignment. That process took the better part of 10 months, beginning last November, to secure security clearance to be a photographer for the World Meeting of Families event, according to Gellman.
“I like to say it was a 10 month process and a 27-year training period,” he said, referring to his time as a professional in his field.On the airport tarmac as the jet arrived and the pope and passengers disembarked, “It was something quite unique to be blessed to be so close,” with only about 200 people there and only a couple of photographers – “probably the smallest group surrounding the pope during his visit.”At the time “I was in work mode,” concentrating on the assignment. “Until that one point,” with Pope Francis “coming down those steps, I realized where I was, what I was doing,” and it having a profound effect on him, he acknowledged.Over the years, Gellman has photographed many, including such celebs as Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum, Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi and many others, especially in his role as photographer for the New Jersey Hall of Fame. “I’ve met a lot of cool people, many are special in their own right.“But this,” assignment, he stressed, “was one of a kind, really special.” By John Burtonlast_img read more