Beirut riot police use violence against journalists

first_imgLebanon is ranked 98th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.->http://index.rsf.org/#!/index-details/LBN] LebanonMiddle East – North Africa September 2, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Beirut riot police use violence against journalists News Lebanon : Violence against reporters becoming more frequent in Lebanon Help by sharing this information In the latest case, reporters covering yesterday’s occupation of the environment ministry were forcibly ejected by riot police when force was used to clear the building of protesters, who blame the minister for the crisis. Journalists inside and outside the building were hit by policemen, who either confiscated their equipment or rendered it inoperable.“It is utterly unacceptable for the Lebanese police to use this kind of violence against journalists,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Middle East and Maghreb desk.“Journalists are not trash and they should not have been targeted. They were there just to report the facts and do what journalists are supposed to do. We condemn these attacks, which show that the authorities are bent on stopping media coverage of the use of unprecedented violence to crack down on demonstrations.”Foutoun Raad, an LBCI TV reporter who was inside the environment ministry with about 15 demonstrators, was threatened and hit by the policemen who forcibly escorted her out of the building. In a report filmed later outside, she said she had to use her telephone to continue providing coverage after her cameraman’s transmission cable was deliberately cut.The demonstrations have been growing in intensity for the past month. In the protests held on 22 and 23 August, around ten journalists were attacked by members of the security forces, who manhandled them, hit them with batons and threw stones at them, as well as deliberately damaging their equipment.A video showing LBCI journalist Nada Andraos being beaten and manhandled has gone viral online. Organisation to go further News Receive email alerts Newscenter_img LebanonMiddle East – North Africa News Reporters Without Borders condemns the many cases of violence against journalists by security forces in recent weeks in Beirut during demonstrations in protest against the collapse of garbage collection. January 14, 2021 Find out more RSF_en February 4, 2021 Find out more Lebanese journalist found shot dead in car Follow the news on Lebanon Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” November 11, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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On the blogs: U.S. coal has not flourished as advertised under Trump

first_imgOn the blogs: U.S. coal has not flourished as advertised under Trump FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ThinkProgress.org:Newly released data shows the coal industry is doing worse today than it was when President Barack Obama was preparing to leave office in January 2017. Coal production is still on the decline. Coal-fired power plants are still closing. And Trump’s own Department of Energy doesn’t see these trends reversing anytime soon. In other words, Trump hasn’t reversed the downward financial trajectory of the industry that started years ago.New forecasts from the Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) show coal production will decline by 1.1 percent in 2018 and drop by another 1.8 percent in 2019. Despite an increase in coal exports, according to the report, declining domestic consumption is making it unprofitable for coal producers to keep mining.By next year, exports won’t be picking up the slack like they did in 2017. The EIA, in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook released Tuesday, projects that both coal exports and domestic coal consumption will decrease in 2019.As a generation fuel, EIA forecasts that coal’s share of U.S. electricity generation will steadily decline from 30 percent in 2017 to 28 percent in 2018 and 27 percent in 2019. In 1997, the average share of electricity generated from coal had reached 52.8 percent.Natural gas has been the leading fuel used for electricity generation since 2015 when it surpassed coal in the generation mix. The shale gas boom started flooding the market with natural gas in the late 2000s, making it cheaper as a generation fuel source than coal.At the same time, renewables continued to boom. In 2017, wind supplied 6.3 percent of electricity generation and utility-scale solar made up 1.3 percent. Meanwhile, 2017 was the first time a reduction in U.S. power sector carbon emissions could be attributed more to renewable energy and energy conservation than the nation switching from coal to natural gas to generate electricity.Since 2010, at least 50,000 megawatts of coal-fired generating capacity have been retired. “Those millions of tons of lost coal production aren’t coming back. We see an additional 15,000 megawatts of coal-fired capacity closing this year, with more retirements on the horizon in coming years,” the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) wrote in a report released in March.Speaking at an American Coal Conference in New Mexico on Monday, Luke Popovich, former vice president of communications for the National Mining Association, said “the coal industry learned there is life after death” after Trump’s surprise election victory, according to Taylor Kuykendall, a coal reporter for S&P Global Market Intelligence.At other events, industry officials have applauded Trump’s announcement, made on June 1, that he had ordered the Department of Energy to look into a way to prop up coal and nuclear plants. Chris Hamilton, vice president of the West Virginia Coal Association, exuded optimism upon learning that Trump and West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R), a coal industry magnate, were coming to the industry’s rescue.“Without question, this is the best news in my 40-year career in the coal industry,” Hamilton said at a coal industry meeting in West Virginia. “It’s bigger than big. Never before in the history of mining has our state and federal political leadership been able to achieve the benefits to coal that are embodied in the Trump-Justice plan.”But few people outside the coal and nuclear industries support the plan. And few experts believe that anything Trump might have up his sleeve will restore the coal industry back to its glory days.More: Coal industry on steady decline under Trump’s leadershiplast_img read more

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Paraguay to Host Fuerzas Comando 2017

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo July 25, 2017 For the second time since its founding, the Paraguayan Armed Forces have hosted the top soldiers from across North and South America, who competed for one of the Western Hemisphere’s most prestigious military trophies: Fuerzas Comando. The special forces of North and South American partner nations have been participating in the military exercise every year since 2004. For 2017, the competition’s slogan was “The Force that Brings Us Together.” From July 17th-26th, around 500 personnel, including military, police, special agents, and civilian personnel from 20 countries gave it their all in tests at various Paraguayan Army units, including the Infantry Training School (in Vista Alegre), the Special Forces Facilities (in the department of Presidente Hayes), and the Artillery Command (in the department of Paraguarí). Paraguay organized Fuerzas Comando for the first time in 2006. The competition is sponsored by U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and run by the U.S. Army Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH). It promotes relationships between military members, increases interoperability, and improves regional security. “Thanks to the excellent coordination and the joint work of our armed institutions and SOCSOUTH, partner armed forces are participating in a competition involving demanding military skills that strengthen the preparedness of special forces in the fight against transnational organized crime, terrorism, and all these crimes that have a connection to each other,” Paraguayan Army Brigadier General Héctor Alfredo Limenza Ríos, the general coordinator of Fuerzas Comando 2017, told Diálogo. “The competition allows the participating teams to obtain recognition as elite forces representing their country,” U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Ángel Martínez, the deputy director of training and exercises for SOCSOUTH, told Diálogo. He is in charge of the U.S. delegation participating in the competition. “Also, they acquire knowledge that benefits all members of the region so they can work in a more integrated manner to address regional security challenges.” On this occasion, commandos from Argentina, Belize, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, the United States Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay “are competing in ground and environmental conditions that they have never dealt with before, including obstacle courses that challenge members of each team with physical and mental tests and tests of teamwork, as well as tests that require a high level of technical skill,” Lt. Col. Martínez said. Brazil rejoined the competition after a two-year hiatus. Each command is composed of four troops of an assault group, two snipers, and an alternate. The combined assault groups compete in physical fitness tests, a confidence course, combat, a march, an aquatic event and an obstacle course. The sniper teams face each other in a series of events including marksmanship and mobility tests, transfers in hostile territory, hostage-rescue simulations, obtaining photos, stress tests, and obtaining distances based on data from the operations center. The most grueling military competition The premier special forces troops are getting ready mentally and physically for different tests established by SOCSOUTH. “The competitor goes to the competition prepared and ready to carry out tasks in events that simulate uncommon and unexpected situations in an unknown, risk-filled environment,” Lt. Col. Martínez said. “With the goal of obtaining the best results in our most strenuous military competition, we train in an intensive, progressive manner on techniques and procedures that should be followed in the fight against terrorism, drug trafficking, and guerrilla organizations,” First Lieutenant Joel Velázquez, Paraguayan Army Special Forces Course instructor, told Diálogo. This is his third time participating in the friendly event. The main challenge for the competing elite commandos is to react and obtain the highest level of proficiency, and the highest scores in the tasks assigned to them during events that are, for the most part, unknown to the competitor up until only a few seconds before the test begins. “The most stressful test is the 20-kilometer off-road march with a rucksack of approximately 30 kilograms, along with aquatic exercises, and an obstacle course,” 1st Lt. Velázquez said, vividly recalling experiences from previous competitions. “Because it doesn’t just put the soldiers’ [physical] resistance to the test but also their psychological resistance and spirit; it requires a lot of willpower to finish.” To ensure a fair competition, the assigned tasks are scored and evaluated by judges from each participating country. These judges competed in previous editions and subjected to the same tasks. The series of evaluations will conclude with an airborne operation test, also known as a friendship jump. Goals with a minimum of errors “In any competition, a winner emerges. The country that obtains the Fuerzas Comando trophy not only wins pride and prestige but also the responsibility to redouble their efforts and training for the next competition,” Brig. Gen. Limenza said. Colombia holds the record for having won the hemisphere’s military competitions eight times. “Competition is always healthy, we all win,” 1st Lt. Velázquez stressed. “The tests also allow the participants to identify how to improve their collaboration with each other and to reach their goals in a more effective way and with as few errors as possible, thus developing their internal methods for a more effective performance of their work,” Lt. Col. Martínez added. The force that brings us together While the teams measure their knowledge and skills, senior military commanders and government representatives from the competing countries simultaneously conducted a seminar called the “Distinguished Visitor Program” (DVP) in the capital city of Asunción. The special meeting was geared towards issues concerning how to counteract current transnational and transregional threats in the Americas, according to the website of the Paraguayan Ministry of Defense. The DVP program focused on improving military and political relations and multinational military cooperation. “In addition, and maybe much more valuable, are the relationships that are established and strengthened among participants from across the hemisphere, who share a common goal of being prepared to protect the stability and security of our hemisphere,” Lt. Col. Martínez said. “This is the force that brings us together to improve our cooperation, mutual trust, training, our recruitment levels, and the capability that the special forces across the Americas can have, since the crimes that plague us are transnational,” Brig. Gen. Limenza added. “What happens today in Paraguay or in another partner nation also has an influence in other places,” he concluded.last_img read more

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The power of a promise kept

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr There are those who make promises and then don’t follow through. And then there are those who make—and keep—promises.The world needs more of the latter, says a nationally respected thought leader who uses a business card-sized piece of paper to record promises and hold people accountable.“It’s universally true that commitment is needed everywhere in life,” says Alex Sheen, founder of Because I Said I Would. “We all understand the importance of a promise and it’s something that is needed to make the world a better place.”Sheen will highlight the power of keeping promises during his keynote address at the America’s Credit Union Conference June 26-29 in Seattle. continue reading »last_img read more

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Froggatt takes up Abercrombie & Kent leadership role | News

first_imgOldereasyJet makes further capacity cuts as Covid-19 restrictions hit Europe Froggatt takes up Abercrombie & Kent leadership roleAbercrombie & Kent has appointed Martin Froggatt to the role of executive vice president, destination management and as a member of the global management board.He will take up the role on Monday, November 9th.- Advertisement – The job encompasses global leadership across Abercrombie & Kent’s destination management companies; of over 55 offices in more than 30 countries, and its luxury riverboat and lodges brand, Sanctuary Retreats.Froggatt joins the business with over 25 years’ experience in the travel industry with leading brands such as Walt Disney Attractions, TUI and Travelopia in both the UK and the USA. While at Travelopia, he managed the education, events and expeditions portfolios delivering record customer satisfaction scores, revenue growth and profitability. – Advertisement – “As a renowned travel industry executive with a strong people focus, it’s great to have him on our global leadership team who continue to innovate exceptional travel experiences for our clients.”center_img – Advertisement – Under his leadership, the expeditions portfolio that included Quark Expeditions and TCS World Travel became market leaders through an unwavering focus on delivering the best customer experience. He was also instrumental in the delivery of several mergers and acquisitions, including the sale of Travelopia into private equity.Michael Wale, chief executive, Abercrombie & Kent, commented: “During these incredibly challenging times for the industry, I’m delighted to have Martin join us. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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How to freshen up your Gold Coast house: Style it in a sea of blue and white

first_imgMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North3 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa23 hours ago8 Wallaby Place was designed for a big family “It was basically a white wash throughout to freshen everything up,” Mrs Sly said. “We changed all the dark kitchen cabinets to white.” New carpet and a fresh lick of paint were also part of the “white wash”.“The first thing we changed when we moved in was the gardens,” Mrs Sly said. The outdoor entertaining area seats up to 20 people around the long timber table. 8 Wallaby Place, Sorrento.AWASH in coastal style this home has had its own sea change. Homeowners Gina and Tony Sly spent the past 12 months renovating the house to channel a coastal style. A wave of coastal style is washed throughoutcenter_img The entertaining area is perfect for Christmas lunch“We always host Christmas lunch so when we were renovating the entertaining space was high priority,” the mother-of-two said.“My husband is a builder and I love decorating, so it works out well for us.” last_img read more

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Chinese Super League gets return date

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians The Chinese Super League will start on July 25 in two locations: Suzhou and Dalian, the Chinese Football Association confirmed.The Chinese top-flight football league’s 2020 campaign was slated to kick off on February 22, 2020, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first phase of the season will be played in tournament style among 16 teams behind closed doors in the two locations.Further plans have yet to be unveiled.Though no further detail like fixtures as well as how games will be played was revealed in the CFA announcement, thanks to the follow-up reports of multiple press outlets, at least a vague picture of how the CSL will happen can be drawn.First, the division of the 16 teams will go as the following, according to Tencent Sports:Division A in Dalian: Guangzhou Evergrande, Jiangsu Suning, Shandong Luneng Taishan, Henan Jianye, Dalian Professional, Guangzhou R&F, Shanghai Greenland Shenhua and Shenzhen. Division B in Suzhou: Shanghai SIPG, Beijing Sinobo Guoan, Wuhan Zall, Tianjin TEDA, Chongqing Dangdai Lifan, Hebei China Fortune, Qingdao Huanghai and Shijiazhuang Ever Bright.According to Xinhua, the CFA will discuss the specific game plan with the teams in Shanghai on July 6. Xinhua’s source said that each team will play 14 games in the first state and finish all of them in late September. Then the season will be suspended for the Chinese national team to prepare and attend the last four games of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) in October and November.All games in the first stage will happen behind closed doors.Tags: Chinese Super LeagueCOVID-19last_img read more

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BREAKING NEWS: PADRAIG HARRINGTON WELCOMES €1BILLION GOLF TRADE CONVENTION TO DONEGAL

first_img“We in Fáilte Ireland will also have our own experts on hand to promote all areas and activities available besides golf throughout Ireland. We hope to persuade these operators to sell Ireland to their clients and to significantly increase the number of inbound golfers along with the revenue they can generate for Ireland.” Welcoming IAGTO’s decision to come to Ireland, Padraig Harrington – in his capacity as Ireland’s Golf Ambassador – emphasised what the delegates would find here. Keith McCormack, Head of Fáilte Ireland’s Golf Division, explained: “This is big news for the golf industry. As many of these tour operators do not feature or sell Ireland as a golfing holiday destination at the moment, they represent rich potential for significantly increasing visitors to our shores.“To achieve this, it is important to give them an opportunity to sample, for themselves, exactly what is on offer in Ireland and to get them to meet with a wide range of our golf clubs, accommodation providers, transport providers and local tour operators. Golf plays a big part in Irish tourism. There are more than 400 golf courses throughout Ireland, many set against backdrops of spectacular scenic landscapes.  Indeed, Ireland is famous for having a third of the world’s links courses. Mr McCormack added: “The arrival of our guests from the International Association of Golf Tour Operators is in keeping with our plans for the future development of the Irish golf industry. We need to be sharp in how we present our golf product and how we sell it abroad. “Ultimately, we need to fight hard alongside our overseas competitors for a significant share of the international golfing market and the event in Donegal this week will help us towards that.” The golfing industry has faced a number of significant challenges in the last few years.  To address these, Fáilte Ireland has been working with the golf industry, through a national Golf Forum, to put in place a number of initiatives that will support the industry and help it back towards growth. President and Chief Executive of IAGTO, Peter Walton, welcomed the opportunity for IAGTO members to visit Donegal. He said: “This is by far the largest and most important international golf tourism event to have been staged in Ireland and it is taking place at a crucial time when outbound golfing markets are recovering, at different paces, from the economic downturn.“This event will allow buyers and suppliers to fine tune this summer’s product and offers, whilst planning ahead for the 2012 season.” He said today: “Ireland is world-renowned for the high quality and wide choice of golf courses.“However, there’s much more than just fantastic golf. There’s award winning accommodation, a range of outdoor activities to complement a golf tour, and a unique culture and heritage that can only be found in Ireland. Ireland has been chosen to host a succession of international professional golf championships over the past number of years – from the hugely successful Ryder Cup in 2006, to the Smurfit European Open (1995-2007), The American Express WGC Championship (2002 and 2004) and the Seve Trophy in 2002 and 2007.In 2011, the highlight of Ireland’s sporting calendar will be The Solheim Cup.  This event, the ladies’ version of the Ryder Cup, will be hosted in Killeen Castle, County Meath, between 23rd and 25th September.Fáilte Ireland will continue to support and capitalise on the recently rejuvenated Irish Open, which remains a key event on the annual European Tour Calendar. These spectacular links are complemented by an array of parkland courses which combine high-quality facilities and scenic beauty and offer a challenge to every golfer from beginner up to championship level.  IRELAND’S STAR golfer Padraig Harrington today welcomed a convention to Donegal – with tour operators with a billion euros worth of business attending a convention at the luxurious Harvey’s Point Hotel this Friday.The world’s top golf trade organisation visits Ireland for the first time this Friday – and Donegal is the place they have chosen to stay.Delegates from IAGTO (The International Association of Golf Tour Operators) will be attending a special Fáilte Ireland workshop at Harvey’s Point Hotel  where they will learn first-hand from Irish golf industry members and Fáilte Ireland representatives all about what Ireland has to offer the overseas golfer. IAGTO is the global trade organisation for the golf tourism industry.  Established in 1997, IAGTO’s membership comprises almost 400 of the top specialist golf tour operators in over 50 countries.It is estimated that IAGTO’s operators control over 80% of golf holiday packages sold worldwide (outside of Asia) and turnover of more than €1 billion per year. The Irish golfing community meets and welcomes almost 150,000 visitors annually.  Golf is one of Ireland’s greatest tourist attractions, contributing an estimated €110 million to the economy.  IAGTO hosts several workshops for their members around the world each year but this is the first time Ireland has hosted one.The workshops allow golf destinations, such as Ireland, an opportunity to give the world’s most important tour operators and buyers an experience of what this country has to offer – golf and otherwise. “The Irish people really make Ireland stand out amongst other golf destinations, it’s the friendly welcome that makes a tour to Ireland memorable and will make any golfer want to return.” Fáilte Ireland has significantly increased its golf budget for 2011.  A new golfing brand has been developed – “Golf Ireland – Time to Play” – which is designed to rival competing destinations such as Scotland and Wales. A new national quality assurance scheme for golf courses in Ireland has also been introduced. This new quality standard will ensure that golfing visitors are assured of the consistency and quality of services they will experience in golf courses throughout Ireland.The move is a major coup for Deirdre McGlone and the staff at Harvey’s Point.BREAKING NEWS: PADRAIG HARRINGTON WELCOMES €1BILLION GOLF TRADE CONVENTION TO DONEGAL was last modified: March 29th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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These Liverpool, Arsenal and Man City fans were loving Eric Bailly’s first-half

first_img It’s looking like another bad day at the office for Jose Mourinho silverware smart causal United fans think Eric Bailly is better than van Dijk hahahahaha— Michael (@mxkes_) August 19, 2018 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes 2 How can you say Eric Bailly is a slimer Titus Bramble #BHAMUN pic.twitter.com/JT7QAPCZGW— Tomiwa Ojo (@10Qmedia) August 19, 2018 Below you can see some of the best tweets mocking Bailly. ALTERED It’s no secret there are problems at Manchester United with the club’s inability to recruit as many players as they would have liked in the summer, while there is a lot of insecurity surrounding Paul Pogba’s future at the club.And despite United’s opening day weekend win over Leicester in the Premier League, it seems these behind-the-scenes problems are transferring to the pitch as United were well off the pace on their trip to Brighton. 2 Eric Bailly is playing a sport on that pitch and it obviously isn’t football.— Sosæ (@Aiso_sa) August 19, 2018 If Dejan Lovren was putting in the performance that Eric Bailly is now, @GNev2 would be absolutely slaughtering him.— Tom Davey (@tomdavey13) August 19, 2018 Latest Premier League News possible standings center_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade The Red Devils went 3-1 down at half-time with goals from Glenn Murray, Shane Duffy and Pascal Gross.Romelu Lukaku’s header and Paul Pogba’s penalty saw United get on the score-sheet twice but it was not enough as they lost 3-2 at the Amex Stadium.At the centre of this awful performance was United centre-back Eric Bailly – who could have done better for the first goal while also giving away an unnecessary penalty for the home side’s third goal.And there were some Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City fans who didn’t hesitate when mocking Bailly’s calamitous performance. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Eric Bailly is massively overrated. Anytime I watch him, he defends casually and makes mistakes. If he is deemed United best defender then big trouble— Osman (@OsmanZtheGooner) August 19, 2018 Bailly gave away a silly penalty which resulted in Brighton going 3-1 up Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener gameday NEW ERA REVEALED Eric Bailly – PL most overrated CB.— Sam (@VintageSalah) August 19, 2018 REVEALED How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? last_img read more

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