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Three kidnapped journalists still held in Iraq

first_img IraqMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts IraqMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iraq News December 28, 2020 Find out more Organisation RSF_en Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” February 21, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three kidnapped journalists still held in Iraq News Reporters Without Borders is organising a week-long international campaign starting Tuesday 21 February in support of young US journalist Jill Carroll, her family and friends. On Sunday 26 February she will have been held hostage in Iraq for 50 days.The world media is urged to make a joint appeal for her release and the two Iraqi journalists Rim Zeid and Marwan Khazaal, also held hostage in Iraq.Reporters Without Borders activists launched the week by making a tour of major media offices in Paris in a special bus to lobby journalists and others about the plight of the three kidnap victims.The media outlets visited were the radio and TV network RTL, Radio Monte Carlo and Radio France International, radio stations France Inter, France Info and France Culture, and TV stations TF1 and France 2 and 3.The activists handed out tape recordings of Carroll’s father Jim and twin sister Katie calling for her release, as well as new written material about the two Iraqi hostages. They also give out badges with the slogan “Free Jill Carroll” on a white background, the colour chosen by Reporters Without Borders for the campaign. Everyone was urged to wear a badge in solidarity with the hostages and publicise their case whenever they could.The tape recordings, as well as photos of the Iraqi journalists, are available on the Reporters Without Borders website.The efforts of everyone will be vital. If we really believe it is essential for journalists to be reporting in Iraq, it is our duty to step up action to save the lives of the three hostages.All branches of Reporters Without Borders around the world will echo these efforts and invite the media in their countries to campaign for their release.38 journalists and media assistants have been kidnapped in Iraq since fighting began there in March 2003. Eight of them have been women.———————————————————————–02.11.06 – Jill Carroll’s abductors said to have issued a new ultimatum of February 26According to the Kuwaitian Al Rai-TV station, the armed group that has been holding Jill Carroll hostage in Iraq since January 7 has threatened to kill her if its demands are not met before February 26. The abductors of The Christian Science Monitor journalist are demanding the release of the Irakis who have been in prison since the military occupation by the Anglo-American coalition. Reporters without Borders heard the news with concern and vigilance.“A previous ultimatum made by her abductors against Jill Carroll was fortunately not carried out. However, we take this threat seriously in view of the very intense relations existing between Western and Middle Eastern countries at this time. We once again urge that every possible diplomatic effort be made to obtain the release of this innocent young journalist,” the organization declared._______________________________________________________________________________02.09.06 – Airing of new Jill Carroll videotape: Reporters Without Borders calls for a renewed mobilization effort to obtain the journalist’s release Reporters Without Borders called once again for the release of journalist Jill Carroll following the airing of a new videotape on Thursday, February 9, by a Kuwaitian TV channel. The human rights organization is asking the abductors to release Jill Carroll as soon as possible, stressing the fact that, as a journalist, she is merely a neutral observer of the conflict. “We remind Carroll’s kidnappers that she is a journalist who has just done her job, which is to describe the conditions in which Iraqis are living. She is not responsible for the US government’s decisions.”“At least these disturbing images give us some proof that she is still alive, which is truly encouraging. However, that falls short of calming our concern and anguish over Jill Carroll’s fate. The time has come to renew our mobilization effort. We urge members of the media around the globe-particularly those in the Arab world-as well as Muslim dignitaries, to continue to intervene on her behalf ,” Reporters Without Borders declared.In a new videotape aired on Thursday, February 9, 2006, over Kuwaitian station Al Rai-TV, Jill Carroll appeared with her face veiled, and seemed calmer than in the images seen at the end of January. She asked that everything possible be done to satisfy the abductor’s demands as quickly as possible, because “there is very short time left.”Carroll was seen veiled and weeping in a previous videotape aired on January 30 on the pan-Arab satellite TV station Al Jazeera. She appealed to her family, her colleagues and Americans throughout to world to ask the US military authorities and the Iraqi interior ministry to free all Iraqi women prisoners.The first videotape of Carroll was screened by Al Jazeera on January 17. Twenty seconds long and with no sound, it showed Carroll in a light grey sweat-shirt apparently talking to the camera. Only her face, neck and shoulders could be seen. Al Jazeera said her abductors, a hitherto unknown group calling itself the “Vengeance Brigade,” had threatened to kill her if all the female detainees in Iraq were not freed within 72 hours. The deadline passed without any news of Carroll.Carroll is a freelance reporter who has been writing for several Jordanian, Italian and US newspapers, including the Christian Science Monitor. She was kidnapped by gunmen at about 10 a.m. on January 7 in the west Baghdad neighbourhood of Adel, where she had gone to meet a Sunni politician, Adnan al-Doulaimi. The body of her interpreter, Allan Enwiyah, was found at the scene of the abduction. He had been shot dead.Thirty-seven media workers have been abducted since the start of the war in Iraq in March 2003. Five of the kidnap victims – four Iraqis and an Italian (Enzo Baldoni) – were killed by their abductors. The others were all released safe and sound. Twenty-three of these kidnappings have taken place in or near Baghdad.Carroll is the eight woman journalist to be kidnapped in Iraq. One, Iraqi national Raeda Wazzan, was killed by her abductors. The others were freed.Despite its name, the Boston-based Christian Science Monitor is not a religious newspaper. It is well known for the quality and thoroughness of both its domestic and international coverage. February 15, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information to go further RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Reporters Without Borders is organising a week-long international campaign starting Tuesday 21 February in support of young US journalist Jill Carroll, her family and friends. On Sunday 26 February she will have been held hostage in Iraq for 50 days. Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan News News December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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School buses from the Republic taken off the road in Derry

first_img School buses from the Republic taken off the road in Derry Facebook By News Highland – February 8, 2012 Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Three busses from the Republic used to transport pupils to and from schools in Derry have been found to be unfit for service.The spot checks were carried out at Oakgrove college.Nine vehicles in total were taken off the road in the city following a day of checks by the DVA.They say faults found during the inspection of 24 buses ranged from defective seat belts to problems with emergency exits. Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterest Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH WhatsAppcenter_img Google+ LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Previous articleRow between Killybegs fishing reps rumbles onNext articleDonegal CE leaders attend national talks over government cuts News Highland Pinterest Twitter Facebook Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey WhatsApp Newsx Adverts Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published last_img read more

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Alcoa Asks Judge to Block Boonville Mining Ordinance

first_imgJANUARY 26TH, 2018  BRITNEY TAYLOR INDIANA Alcoa is asking a judge to prevent the City of Boonville from trying to enforce an ordinance that blocks mining activity outside city limits. This filing seeks a ruling regarding Boonville’s restriction on a legal business activity.An expansion at the Liberty Mine is needed to provide fuel for the Warrick Power Plant, which provides all utility services to Alcoa’s Warrick Operations.The expansion plan for Liberty Mine, which has received preliminary approval from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, is not located in Boonville’s city limits or any incorporated town or city in Warrick County.Alcoa and its mining contractor conducted discussions with Boonville officials and the representatives from Save Our Homes to addres feedback from the county residents who live outside the city and closest to the mine’s expansion area.Alcoa even offered to take actions beyond what is required by increasing the 300-foot buffer zone to 800 feet and installing additional seismic monitors.Alcoa agreed to describe those actions in writing and publicly announce them at a Boonville City Council meeting, but Boonville refused to rescind its ordinance or schedule a meeting to do so.Previous StoriesNegotiations Underway for Liberty Mine Expansion – January 2018Coal Mining Controversy In Warrick County – December 2017Britney TaylorWeb ProducerMore Posts – WebsiteFollow Me:TwitterFacebook FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Rutland Regional Medical Center Earns Accreditation by the American Association of Blood Banks and the College of American Patho

first_imgRutland Regional Medical Center has been granted accreditation by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) and the College of American Pathologists (CAP), according to Mike Dowdy, Director of Public Relations.Accreditation for AABB follows an intensive on-site assessment by specially trained assessors and establishes that the level of medical, technical and administrative performance within the facility meets or exceeds the standards set by the AABB. By successfully meeting those requirements, Rutland Regional Medical Center joins approximately 2,000 similar facilities across the United States and abroad that have earned AABB Accreditation.“The AABB’s Accreditation procedures are voluntary,” Dowdy explained. “Rutland Regional Medical Center has sought AABB Accreditation because this program assists facilities around the country in achieving excellence by promoting a level of professional and medical expertise that contributes to quality performance.”Since 1958, the AABB has been engaged in the accreditation of blood banks and transfusion services. The Accreditation Program assists blood banks and transfusion services in determining whether methods, procedures, personnel knowledge, equipment and the physical plant meet established requirements. The minimum requirements for accreditation of blood banks and transfusion services are based primarily on the AABB’s Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion Services. These standards not only reflect the level of professional proficiency for blood banks and transfusion services in the United States, but also provide the basis for practice in similar facilities around the world.Established in 1947, the AABB is the international association of community blood centers, hospital blood banks and transfusion and transplantation services. Individual members include health care professionals in blood banking and transfusion medicine. Its member facilities are responsible for collecting virtually all of the nation’s blood supply and for transfusing more than 80 percent of the blood used for patient care in the United States. The AABB sets standards, assesses and accredits blood collection and transfusion facilities, and provides continuing education and information.RRMC LABORATORY RECIEVES ACCREDITATION FROM COLLEGE OF AMERICAN PATHOLOGISTSRutland Regional Medical Center’s Laboratory has been awarded an accreditation by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent on-site inspection.Dr. Victoria Bessinger, the laboratory’s medical director, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the “excellence of the services being provided.” Rutland Regional Medical Center Laboratory is one of the more than 6,000 CAP-accredited laboratories nationwide.The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960’s is recognized by the federal government as being equal to or more stringent than the government’s own inspection program. Participation is voluntary, and only a small percentage of all the medical laboratories in the country are CAP certified.Inspectors examine the records and quality control of the laboratory for the preceding two years, as well as the education and qualifications of the total staff, the adequacy of the facilities, the equipment, laboratory safety, and laboratory management to determine how well the laboratory is serving the patient.The College of American Pathologists is a medical society serving nearly 16,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the worlds. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The CAP is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective medical care.last_img read more

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India reports new H5N1 outbreak

first_imgDec 1, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Government officials in India recently confirmed an H5N1 avian influenza outbreak in the northeastern state of Assam, according to a Nov 28 report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).The virus struck backyard poultry in a small village, killing 324 of 391 birds, according to the OIE report. Testing on samples from the birds was conducted at the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory in Bhopal, which reported the positive H5N1 findings on Nov 27.India’s last H5N1 outbreak occurred in May, when the virus struck backyard poultry in West Bengal state. That outbreak signaled the end of a 5-month battle against the virus at several sites in West Bengal and Tripura states, both of which adjoin Bangladesh. On Nov 4 India filed a final report on the 42 outbreaks in those two northeastern states.In Assam, officials ordered the culling of all domestic poultry within a 5-km radius of the outbreak site and said owners would be compensated for their birds. The OIE report said authorities have closed poultry markets and curbed the sale and transport of birds in the zone near the outbreak.Manoranjan Choudhury, deputy director of Assam’s veterinary department, said that animal health workers have culled 40,000 of 60,000 poultry that were slated for culling, according to a report today from the Times of India. He said chickens and ducks are affected by the slaughtering activities, which will involve 48 villages. Twenty-two rapid response teams are expected to complete the operations within the next 2 or 3 days, Choudhury told the Times.Officials are investigating the outbreak and have not determined the source, the OIE report said.Despite several poultry outbreaks, India has never reported a human H5N1 case.See also:Nov 28 OIE reporthttp://web.oie.int/wahis/reports/en_imm_0000007566_20081128_154658.pdflast_img read more

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