Journalists killed, injured as security situation worsens

first_img News News Help by sharing this information Organisation United Nations: press freedom situation “deeply worrying” in Yemen, according to RSF A TV presenter was killed and a cameraman was wounded when the Saudi-led coalition carried out air strikes that shook the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, on 20 April, a day before Saudi Arabia announced the end of its Operation Decisive Storm in Yemen. to go further February 26, 2021 Find out more April 24, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists killed, injured as security situation worsens RSF_en Follow the news on Yemen February 11, 2021 Find out more YemenMiddle East – North Africa News The air strikes targeted a Houthi-controlled missile base in the south Sanaa district of Fajj Attan located near Al-Yemen Al-Youm TV, a TV station linked to former President Saleh. The missile base also contained arms and munitions depots.Four Al-Yemen Al-Youm TV employees were killed and around ten were injured. Those killed included Mohamed Rajah Chamsan, who was one of the station’s presenters and was also a presenter on Yemen FM. The Al-Yemen Al-Youm TV building sustained damage forcing the station off the air for more than an hour.According to local hospitals, more than 30 people were killed and around 350 were wounded in the air strikes.Chamsan was struck in the head by shell fragments while near the Al-Yemen Al-Youm TV building with cameraman Abdallah Al-Chakry, who was seriously injured.In a video posted on YouTube, Al-Yemen Al-Youm TV journalist Nabil Al-Ayani said Chamsan was in a car about 100 metres from the building when it was hit by a missile.Reporters Without Borders is extremely worried by the decline in the political and security situation in Yemen. In recent months, many journalists have been the targets of threats, physical attacks or abduction by Houthi rebels or unidentified persons. Rebels have also stormed many media outlets.“We call on the authorities and all parties to the conflict to respect the work of media personnel,” Reporters Without Borders programme director Lucie Morillon said. “Targeting journalists involved in reporting activities constitutes a grave violation of the Geneva Conventions.”According to the International Federation of Journalists and its partner, the Yemeni Journalists’ Syndicate, Al-Yemen Al-Youm TV had to evacuate its headquarters in late March for security reasons after a phone call from a coalition member warning that it was regarded as a military target.A military spokesman for the coalition had moreover warned that media groups linked to the Houthi rebels or to former President Saleh constituted legitimate targets.According to local sources, the explosion at Al-Yemen Al-Youm TV was one of the biggest in Sanaa since the Saudi-led coalition launched its offensive against the Houthi rebels on 26 March.Yemen is ranked 168th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News Yemeni journalist killed, nine wounded in Aden airport explosions Receive email alerts January 6, 2021 Find out more Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five months YemenMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

USI Foundation, Romain College of Business To Dedicate New Campus Installation, Celebrate Honor Society

first_imgThe University of Southern Indiana Foundation and the USI Romain College of Business will hold a ceremony honoring the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society and revealing and dedicating a Beta Gamma Sigma key at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 22 in the O’Daniel Atrium of the Business and Engineering Center.Beta Gamma Sigma recognizes outstanding academic achievements of students in business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The key, a bronze sculpture weighing approximately 135 pounds, is the gift of Dr. Victor V. Schriefer, Jr., a longtime friend of the University, USI Foundation board member and 2008 honorary degree recipient.WHO: USI President Dr. Linda L. M. Bennett; Dr. Mohammad Khayum, dean of the USI Romain College of Business; Dr. Brian McGuire, associate dean of the Romain College of Business; USI Foundation representatives, donors and guests; Beta Gamma Sigma representatives; USI student inductees of Beta Gamma SigmaWHAT: Ceremony celebrating Beta Gamma Sigma and dedication of Beta Gamma Sigma keyWHERE: Rosemary L. and D. Patrick O’Daniel Atrium of the Business and Engineering Center. A map of campus featuring the BEC can be found at USI.edu/map.WHEN: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 22. The ceremony will last approximately 30 minutes.PARKING: Parking is available in Lot J adjacent to the BEC. All available parking lots can be found at USI.edu/map.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Solvay quartet bowls at Section III Shootout

first_imgIt was Fulton’s Alexis Ingersoll (1,350) and Liverpool’s Ashley Hardy (1,315) advancing to the state tournament on the girls side, joined on the boys side by another Fulton bowler, Mitch Donaldson, who had a 1,395 series, just behind along the 1,410 from Cicero-North Syracuse’s Tyler Dottolo.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: bowlingSolvay Having already engineered a breakthrough campaign by finishing second in their respective Onondaga High School League races, four Solvay bowlers went to Rome’s King Pin Lanes for the last Thursday’s Section III Shootout.In all, 38 girls and 40 boys bowlers took part in the tournament, where only the top two finishers would advance to Strike-N-Spare Lanes (Solvay’s home lanes during the regular season) for the March 14 state championships.Ethan Bigelow had the best finish for the Bearcats, taking 18th in the boys event. He opened with a 244 to get into contention, following with 148 but then rebounding with a 234.center_img After a 158 fourth game, Bigelow closed with 203 and 207 to get to 1,194, better than more than half the field and topping teammate Alex Gallardo.With a blistering 264 in his first game, Gallardo actually took the lead, but fell back with games of 154, 144, 163 and 193 before closing with a 204 to get to a total pinfall of 1,128 and 28th place.On the girls side, Solvay’s Caitlin McCann finished 26th, peaking with a 196 third game during her 910 series. Anastasia LaFlair had a 167 and two games of 158 on her way to an 836 set and 33rd place.last_img read more

A Weed Is a Nice Plant at the Wrong Party

first_imgHow do weeds go wild?  That is a question investigated by Science Now on Feb. 20.1  A complex relationship between a plant and its microbial partners may keep it in check.  Transplant that species to an unfamiliar territory, and it may go out of control because it no longer has its restraining pathogens, or “natural enemies” (if that metaphor is useful: see 07/03/2003 entry).  Experiments on knapweed have shown two processes at work:Enemies clearly matter, and that’s especially true in the old country.  When the researchers grew knapweed in French soil, it fared better in soil that had been previously planted with bunchgrass than with knapweed–presumably because the bunchgrass soil had not accumulated knapweed-specific pathogens.  But it appears that enemies aren’t the whole story.  Montana soil showed the opposite pattern: Knapweed planted in soil that had grown knapweed did better there than in once-grassy soil, the team reports in the 19 February issue of Nature.  They think that invasive knapweed has not only escaped its natural pathogens in Montana but is modifying the soil to its own advantage, perhaps by cultivating helpful mycorrhizal fungi.“This suggests that the contribution of soil organisms in invasiveness is two-fold: [Invasives] escape from the bad guys and [get] help from the good guys,” notes Wim Van der Putten of the Centre for Terrestrial Ecology in Heteren, The Netherlands.1Erik Skogstad, “How Weeds Go Wild,” Science Now Feb 20, 2004.The article starts with the language of warfare, but is it misleading?It may not make great action footage for nature documentaries, but plants are in constant battle with each other–for space, light, water–and with soil pathogens that threaten to kill or stunt them.  Now it’s becoming clear just how important this subterranean struggle can be.  Plants that escape their natural soil-borne enemies, and strike up alliances with friendly microbes, can become aggressive invaders.This Malthusian, dog-eat-dog imagery may be opposite the truth (see 07/04/2003 entry.)  If the plants and their soil organisms are in a balance of growth and regulation, that can be a picture a peaceful homeostasis just as much as the regulation that goes on inside a single cell: agonist and antagonist, on-switch and off-switch, accelerator and brake.    Imagine instead a post-Fall and post-Flood world.  After a worldwide flood and ice age, the ecology was radically changed with continents having drifted apart and land bridges vanished under rising seas.  New groups of organisms, now isolated from one another, settled into new levels of mutual regulation suitable for their climate.  The more isolated the environments became, the more “damage” an invasive species could cause.  Increasing human migrations accelerated the upsets to ecologies that had become established over thousands of years (e.g., the importation of tumbleweeds to the western United States by Russian immigrants, Dutch elm disease, etc.).  An original worldwide balance in nature was replaced by islands, each balanced internally, but out of balance with each other.    All human investigators have the same data available for study.  Darwinian struggle, Biblical paradise lost – your metaphor will affect how you look at the data, and what questions you will find interesting.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

All-new BMW M2 Competition launched in India for Rs 79.90 lakh

first_imgThe all-new BMW M2 Competition was launched in India today. The BMW M2 Competition will be available at all BMW dealerships across India as a Completely Built-Up (CBU) model from today onwards.The BMW M2 Competition is available in a petrol variant at an ex-showroom price of INR 79, 90,000.The M2 Competition is available in Alpine White (non-metallic) and in the following metallic paintworks: Sunset Orange, Hockenheim Silver, Long Beach Blue, and Black Sapphire.The range of fine upholstery combinations in the M2 Competition includes Leather Dakota Black/contrast stitching Blue | Black and Leather Dakota Black/contrast stitching Orange | Black. The optional perforations in either blue or orange will only be available with optional M Sport Seats.The exterior of the M2 Competition gets enlarged air inlets and the high-gloss Black kidney grill with an M2 badge.The characteristic coupé silhouette extends from the bonnet to the muscularly sculpted rear. The Adaptive LED headlights to complete the dynamic look.BMW Individual High-Gloss Shadow Line with extended content accentuate the sporty appearance. M side gills with M2 model designation and M wing mirrors underline the motor racing character. In the rear, the M rear spoiler and the sports exhaust system with four tailpipes in Black Chrome signal sporting ambitions in top form.The interior design of the all-new BMW M2 Competition has a consistent driver focus. The M2 Competition logo on the door sill emphasizes the vehicle’s athletic ambitions. The optional M Sport seats with an illuminated M2 badge and standard M Seat belts not only offer a powerful look but also perfect support. The BMW Individual headliner in Anthracite with interior trim finishers in black high-gloss with highlight trim finisher Pearl Chrome complete this expressive and prestigious ensemble.advertisementThe new instrument cluster in black panel design sports M style dials, red needles, and an M2 Competition welcome staging in white illumination. The multifunction M leather steering wheel is also optimized for peak performance. The driver can also use the M Drive M1 and M2 buttons to select the desired settings whilst driving. A new red start/stop button underlines the motorsport character of the car.The M TwinPower Turbo three-litre six-cylinder in-line petrol engine in the all-new BMW M2 Competition leaves nothing to be desired. The high-revving power unit delivers its exceptional output of 302 kW/410 hp at 6,250 rpm and a tremendous peak torque of 550 Nm. The boost in performance pushes the all-new BMW M2 Competition from 0 to 100 km/hr in just 4.2 seconds with a top speed of 250 km/hr.The seven-speed M dual-clutch transmission with Drivelogic is an innovative dual-clutch system specially designed for the high-revving BMW M engine. It enables extremely fast gear changes without any loss of traction. The shift paddles on the M leather steering wheel put the seven gears at your fingertips for absolute control.The M Servotronic with three driving modes (Comfort, Sport, and Sport+) lend the all-new BMW M2 Competition unique handling characteristics. The standard Active M Differential on the rear axle and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) have likewise been configured to match the upgraded dynamics.The exhaust system comes with an innovative flap concept. The electrically controlled flaps positioned just before the rear silencer, minimize exhaust backpressure for optimized efficiency and create a distinctively unmistakable BMW M sound across the entire rev range.The all-new BMW M2 Competition comes with a package of intelligent safety features aimed at minimizing risk with airbags, Active M Differential, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) including M Dynamic mode and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS).Maximum driving pleasure coupled with an outstanding performance/fuel consumption ratio thanks to EfficientDynamics measures such as Intelligent Lightweight Construction, Automatic Start/Stop function, Brake Energy Regeneration, Electric Power Steering, 50:50 Weight Distribution and many other innovative technologies.The BMW ConnectedDrive services onboard the all-new BMW M2 Competition provide the driver with a wide range of information, entertainment and service feature such as an iDrive controller, Radio BMW Professional, 7 loudspeakers with 205 Watts HiFi loudspeaker system, a 16.5 cms colour display with AM/FM Radio, Connectivity through Bluetooth and USB connectivity. Park Distance Control (PDC) rear and front along with rear view camera come as standard. The optional features include the next generation BMW iDrive (the on-board Driver Information System) with touch controller, BMW Navigation Professional (integrated Global Positioning System GPS) with 22.3 cm color display and 3D maps, 12 loudspeakers with 360 Watts HiFi loudspeaker system from Harman Kardon, BMW Apps, and Apple Car Play.last_img read more