Israeli enquiry unsurprisingly decides not to punish soldiers who killed Palestinian cameraman

first_img Follow the news on Israel to go further Organisation RSF_en News Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the findings of an Israeli investigation into the death of Palestinian cameraman Fadel Shanaa. “Israeli soldiers enjoy an impunity that endangers many journalists covering their operations,” the press freedom organisation says. “Only an impartial analysis of what happened would be able to prevent this kind of tragedy from recurring.” IsraelMiddle East – North Africa May 16, 2021 Find out more Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists IsraelMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the findings of an Israeli investigation into the death of Palestinian cameraman Fadel Shanaa, clearing the soldiers involved of any responsibility. The Israeli military advocate-general, Brig. Gen. Avihai Mendelblit, notified Shanaa’s employer, the British news agency Reuters, of the results of the probe in a letter today.Gen. Mendelblit said the Israeli tank crew that fired shells at Shanaa and soundman Wafa Abu Mizyed during an incursion into the Gaza Strip on 16 April respected the rules of engagement and will therefore not face legal action. Mizyed sustained only minor injuries.“The tank crew was unable to determine the nature of the object mounted on the tripod and positively identify it as an anti-tank missile, a mortar or a television camera,” the letter said. “In light of the reasonable conclusion reached by the tank crew and its superiors that the characters were hostile and were carrying an object most likely to be a weapon, the decision to fire at the targets was sound.”Gen. Mendelblit claimed that the soldiers were too far away to see the “Press” lettering on the car and flak jackets of Shanaa, 23, and Mizyed, who were filming the Israeli army incursion.Reporters Without Borders said: “The findings of the Israeli investigation are confusing and offer no convincing explanation of the circumstances that led to the Reuters cameraman’s death. The Israel Defence Forces never want to admit they are wrong in such cases. Israeli soldiers enjoy an impunity that endangers many journalists covering their operations.“Only an impartial analysis of what happened would be able to prevent this kind of tragedy from recurring. Instead of reassuring the press, the Israeli military is fostering an unacceptable climate of fear and danger.“If journalists are wearing flak jackets, keeping a reasonable distance from the belligerents and clearly displaying press markings, there should be a change in the behaviour of the soldiers in areas where civilians, including journalists, are present.”Shanaa and Mizyed were about 1 kilometre from the tank that fired shells at their car. Their flak jackets were not effective against the steel flechettes released by one of the Israeli shells.On the same subject:11.06.2008 – Israel/ European Union: Call for EU support for investigation into the death of cameraman Fadel Shanaa Receive email alerts June 3, 2021 Find out more WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes News Help by sharing this information May 28, 2021 Find out more News August 13, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Israeli enquiry unsurprisingly decides not to punish soldiers who killed Palestinian cameraman Newslast_img read more

Jewish Community Center celebrates religious holiday with carnival

first_imgVESTAL (WBNG) — This week, the Jewish faith is celebrating the holiday Purim, and in the Southern Tier the Jewish Community Center is getting in on the festivities. Cwinar’s friend, Cameron Smith, agreed. Cohen is from the area, and has been involved at the JCC from a young age. “I grew up with the J-C-C, I went to preschool here and remember doing this event as a kid so that’s why it’s very near and dear to my heart,” Cohen said. Adult and Youth coordinator at the J-C-C, Harrison Cohen, explained to 12 News the holiday is about Jewish freedom. The Purim celebration was carnival-style with a bouncy house, games, face-painting and food and prizes for children and adults to take part in. Now, he serves as an organizer of the event, and seeks to create an inclusive and welcoming environment.center_img “I believe it’s extremely important because not only do we have a bunch of Jewish families, we also have a lot of other ethnicities come as well,” Cohen said. “You don’t have to be Jewish to celebrate Purim. I like that because we’re really open to the community.” Attendees were able to dress in costumes of their choice, similar to a the Purim tradition where people dress up as figures from the Megillah, the book of Queen Esther, a religious icon in the story of Purim. “It feels nice here because everyone is having a good time, and we’re having a good time,” Smith said. “It’s really fun because it only comes once a year and last year I didn’t get to go so this year made up for it,” said attendee Ashton Cwinar. Cohen told 12 News the next big thing to hit the center will be J-C-C Camp, a six-week summer camp program including trips and fun activities throughout the building.last_img read more

Italy: Judge Orders Release of Captain that Docked Migrant-Rescue Ship

first_imgAn Italian judge has ordered the release of a German captain arrested on June 29 for docking the search and rescue vessel Sea-Watch 3 with 40 migrants onboard.Captain Carola Rackete was taken into custody after carrying the migrants and refugees that she had rescued off Libya into the Italian Port of Lampedusa, despite attempts by the Italian Coastguard to block the rescue boat from entering the port.Rackete’s arrest followed the European Court of Human Rights refusing a request to disembark the rescued migrants in Italy. Sixty hours after declaring a state of emergency on board, Rackete entered the port to bring the migrant crew who had been rescued 17 days earlier to safety, according to the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).“Although we acknowledge the political complexity migration issues in the Mediterranean, today we’re relieved that Captain Rackete has been released,” said ITF Seafarers Section Chair Dave Heindel.“The Italian authorities have quickly concluded that Sea-Watch 3 entered the port because of valid safety concerns for the people on board and that Rackete had been carrying out her duty to protect life, not as a deliberate challenge to the right of Italy to protect its borders,” Heindel added.#FreeCarola continued: “I would like to stress that the whole crew of the #SeaWatch3 made this possible. Even though the attention is on me, it was as a team that we rescued the people, took care of them and brought them to safety.” #DefendSolidarity ?— Sea-Watch International (@seawatch_intl) July 2, 2019The Sea-Watch 3 rescue set off an unprecedented political debate in Italy about immigration, the criminalisation of rescuing migrants and the nation’s obligation to rescue lives in danger at sea.The ITF has raised concerns over the European Union’s lack of direction to find a political solution to the issue of migrants at sea numerous times, and that Italy has been often left to deal with the issue as an individual member state instead of as part of the European community.last_img read more

11 Reasons You Should Start Eating Mango

first_imgMangos taste so good that you forget how healthy they are. Here are healthy reasons why you should stock up on this king of fruits.Nutrition by the numbers1 cup contains the following percentages applied to daily value103 calories75 percent vitamin C- antioxidant and immune booster24 percent vitamin A- antioxidant and vision12 percent vitamin B6 plus other B vitamins- hormone production in brain and heart disease prevention10 percent healthy probiotic fiber8 percent copper- a co-factor for various vital enzymes plus production of red blood cells8 percent potassium- balances out your high sodium intake5 percent magnesiumMango prevents cancerResearches have shown antioxidant compounds in mango fruit have been found to protect against colon cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancers and leukemia. These compounds are isoquercitrin, quercetin, fisetin, astragalin, methylgallat and gallic acid as well as the abundant enzymes.Mango decreases cholesterol levelsLevels of vitamin C, pectin and fiber found in a high level in mango help to decrease serum cholesterol levels, specifically LDL- the bad stuff.Mango clears the skinThis tasty and super flashy yellow- colored fruit can be used both externally and internally for your skin. A mango clears clogged pores and eliminates pimples.Mango for Eye health1 cup of sliced mangoes supplies 24 percent of the needed daily value of vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight and prevents dry eyes and night blindness.Mango alkalizes the whole bodyThe malic acid, a trace of citric acid and tartaric acid found in the mango help to maintain the alkali reserve of your body.Mango helps in diabetesLeaves of mango help normalize insulin levels in your blood. The traditional home remedy involves boiling leaves in water, soaking through the night and then drinking the filtered decoction after you wake up. Mango fruit also has a relatively low glycemic index so moderate quantities will not spike your sugar levels.Mango improves sexMangos are a great source of vitamin E. Even though the well known connection between vitamin E and sex drive was originally created by a mistaken generalization on rat studies, recent researches have shown balanced proper amounts as from whole food does help in this area.Mango improves digestionPapayas are not the only fruit that contain enzymes in order to break down protein. There are many fruits, including mango, which has this healthful quality. The fiber in mangos also helps elimination and digestion.Remedy for Heat StrokeJuicing the fruit from green mango and mixing with water and a sweetener helps to cool down your body and prevent harm to it. From an ancient medicine viewpoint, the reason people often get diuretic and exhausted while visiting equatorial climates is because the strong energy of sun is burning up the body, especially the muscles. The kidneys become overloaded with the toxins from this process.Mango boosts immune systemThe generous amounts of vitamin A and vitamin C in mango, plus 26 different kinds of carotenoids keep your immune system strong and healthy.By: Fitnae 55 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share HealthLifestyle 11 Reasons You Should Start Eating Mango by: – September 19, 2013last_img read more

Neotel launches broadband data card

first_imgFavourable speeds The NeoGo data card operates on CDMA Rev-A technology, with download speeds up to 3.1 Mbps and upload speeds up to 1.8 Mbps, which Neotel says compares favourably with the HSDPA connections offered by the country’s cellular networks. A South African study published in late 2007 by technology research firm World Wide Worx found that there was a steady move away from WiFi spots towards more affordable 3G or data card technologies, at least among corporate workers. “The data card offers consumers a simple and hassle-free method of connecting to e-mail and the internet,” Neotel’s Mukul Sharma said in a statement this week. NeoGo has two purchase options, the first of which allows consumers to purchase the data card over a 24-month period with a monthly service fee of R299. The second option allows consumers to purchase the data card upfront for R1 499, with a monthly service fee of R239. South Africa’s second landline operator, Neotel, has launched NeoGo, a data card that provides wireless broadband connectivity for consumers looking for a mobile solution. 29 July 2009 SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “The NeoGo data card, with its large data bundle at a competitive price, is just what the consumer needs, and we don’t hide our out of bundle rate which, at eight cents per megabyte, redefines market pricing for data cards,” Sharma said. Data card usage “It is compatible with multiple operating systems such as Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and Mac, and the attractive price range gives it an edge over existing data cards available in the market.” Both purchase options include 1.5-gigabytes of in-bundle data, a NeoMail Basic account, SMS capability and high-speed data. The study found that the proportion of South African corporations whose staff used data cards rose from 58% in 2006 to 82% in 2007. In contrast, the proportion that facilitate WiFi access by their staff fell from 74% to 66%.last_img read more

SA minister to head UN tourism venture

first_img3 June 2013 South Africa’s Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk has been selected to lead a new United Nations World Tourism Organisation commission on tourism and development, the department announced last week. The working group will examine how to leverage official development assistance (ODA) resources available globally towards tourism development. Members include France, Germany, Kenya, Jamaica, Egypt, Mexico, South Korea, Mauritania and Belgium’s Flemish community. “I believe it will be possible to unlock meaningful new financial resources to further our work in the tourism sector by dramatically scaling up our share of official development assistance,” Van Schalkwyk said at the UN World Tourism Organisation meeting in Belgrade, Serbia last Tuesday. He also identified four priority areas of the working group. They are identifying the reasons why ODA allocation to tourism is low; identifying priorities the development community will find attractive for sustainable tourism development; develop proposals to build on the group’s relationship with donor countries, development banks and UN agencies; and design a matchmaking mechanism to link bilateral donor support to ODA-eligible tourism projects. “There is a sweet spot at the intersection of the three policy imperatives of tourism development, social inclusion and green growth that we have been ignoring to our detriment and that could hold the key to substantial new resources,” Van Schalkwyk said. The group will also look at building good governance in tourism, fostering the poverty reduction impact of tourism and encouraging human resources development in the sector. “As a sector, we have a major task ahead of us to convince the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) development assistance committee, the World Bank, regional development banks, developed country donors and other United Nations agencies of our sector’s important contribution to poverty eradication, the green economy and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals,” he said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Using a Tankless Water Heater for Space Heat

first_imgYou can buy a gas-fired tankless water heater for $600 — or even $300, if you want a bare-bones model. These appliances are remarkable: they are compact enough to hang on a wall and can begin producing an “endless” flow of hot water almost instantly. Many people look at these small appliances and think, “Why can’t I use one to heat my house?”The answer is, you can. However, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.It’s true that a tankless water heater can easily heat most single-family homes. It’s also true that a tankless water heater is smaller and less expensive than a boiler or a furnace. So what’s the catch?There are several catches, and the issue is fairly complex. The basic problem is that tankless water heaters need a high firing rate — as high as 180,000 BTU/h — to quickly bring cold tap water up to 120°F or 140°F. These appliances work best when the incoming water temperature is relatively low (below 85°F). On the other hand, a space heating appliance for a single-family home or apartment needs a much lower firing rate — usually between 10,000 BTU/h and 20,000 BTU/h — and must be able to tolerate incoming water temperatures that are higher than the temperature of cold tap water.Trying to use an appliance designed for the instantaneous production of domestic hot water for space heating is possible, but doing so requires the system designer to accept certain compromises and to engage in several contortions.Before we can analyze the advantages and disadvantages of using a tankless water for space heating, we need to discuss three questions:Systems that use a single heating appliance for both space heating and domestic hot water are called combi-systems (or combo-systems).In theory, a tankless water heater can be… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

Money Monday

first_imgBy Debra PankowHow can service members take action to stop receiving credit card offers in the mail?To reduce unsolicited pre-approval credit card offers, service members can use the Opt Out Prescreen tool to opt out of credit and insurance ads for either five years or permanently. The service is free. To opt out for five years, visit the Opt Out Prescreen website or call 888-OPT-OUT. To opt out permanently, visit the Opt Out Prescreen and complete, print, and mail the form at the address provided on the printout.If service members want to reduce the number of calls from telemarketers, they can register their telephone number with the federal government’s National Do Not Call Registry. The service is free. Up to three telephone numbers can be registered at once using the online form.If service members want to control the amount of commercial e-mails received, they should visit the Direct Marketing’s (DMA) E-mail Preference Service. Registration is free and lasts six years. Three e-mail addresses can be added to the list at once.When a service member opens any credit account, the information disclosure brochure that they receive provides opt-out information. Companies routinely default to opt-in preference and require action for customers to opt out. To be certain that a service member’s opt-out preferences are followed, he or she should follow opt-out procedures specified in the brochure.This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on September 23, 2013.last_img read more

No sighting of Mr Obama… yet

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 26, 2017 – Providenciales – No report on a sighting of the man or his lovely ladies, but Magnetic Media is informed that former US President, Barack Obama is vacationing in the Turks and Caicos Islands and is hide out on Parrot Cay.   The news has islanders buzzing, as  the Grammy award winning, Nobel Peace Prize winning, rock star type president is a favorite of many islanders.The Obamas have been enjoying the world since leaving the White House and have even visited a private island, owned by billionaire tycoon, Sir Richard Branson in the British Virgin Islands.The reported visit reminds Magnetic Media of the invitation Barack Obama was extended when he was sitting president and taking questions from students at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica.  Turks and Caicos Islander, Katrina King-Smith asked Mr. Obama to drop into the Turks and Caicos and he promised her then, in 2015, that when he does go island hopping after his tenure as leader of the US, the Turks and Caicos would be one of his stops.We are all still hoping though for a sighting of the man, his wife Michelle, Malia, Sasha and maybe even their pet dog, Bo.#MagneticMediaNews#ObamasvacationingintheTCI Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #ObamasvacationingintheTCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more