Hamas bans press conferences in Gaza City

first_img May 16, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists to go further News PalestineMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en Reporters Without Borders condemns a police raid on the headquarters of the Ramattan News Agency in Gaza City on 10 November that prevented the National Action Commission from holding a news conference there. Members of the Hamas government also prevented another press conference from taking place in Gaza City the same day.“Such practices are violations of both the law and freedom of the press,” said the management of the privately-owned Ramattan News Agency, which decided immediately after the raid to close all of its offices in protest until further notice.“This is a policy aimed at restricting independent journalistic work in Gaza,” Ramattan News Agency added. “Our agency can no long operate normally. This is the first time that we have been the victims of such a violent raid by the security forces since Ramattan News Agency was created 10 years ago.”Reporters Without Borders said: “This violence and this obstruction show that the Hamas-led government is trying to restrict media coverage of events in Gaza that could undermine its political message. We would like to express our support for this independent news agency, which has managed to provide news coverage in Gaza despite raids, threats and attacks from all quarters.”The National Action Commission had planned to hold a news conference at the headquarters of Ramattan News Agency in order to announce the cancellation of an event to mark the fifth anniversary of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat’s death. But police officers attached to the Hamas government’s internal security service burst in and prevented it from going ahead.Gunmen said the news conference was “illegal” because no permit had been requested from the Hamas authorities. They demanded that Ramattan News Agency and Al-Qods TV surrender the footage they had filmed, and then they ordered everyone to leave.Hamas members also prevented independent journalists from giving a news conference in Gaza City that had been organised the same day by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). Journalists in the West Bank city of Ramallah were to have participated by means of videoconferencing.Last September, Reporters Without Borders published “Gaza, the Black Book,” while in February it published “Operation Cast Lead: news control as a military objective,” a report on press freedom violations during the Israeli military offensive against the Gaza Strip in January 2009. News June 3, 2021 Find out morecenter_img PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Organisation November 13, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Hamas bans press conferences in Gaza City May 28, 2021 Find out more Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Palestine RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimeslast_img read more

Age determination in squid using statolith growth increments

first_imgGrowth increments have been reported to occur in the squid beak, radula, gladius and statolith. Of these, the statolith, which is part of the organ responsible for detection of linear and angular acceleration, has proved most promising for age determination. Growth increments in the statolith are formed from aragonite crystals in an organic matrix. They are best viewed after sectioning the statolith or after decalcification in weak acid. The statolith grows in concert with the rest of the squid. Experiments with squid in which chemical markers have been incorporated at a known time in the statolith, and experiments with cultured squid of known age, appear to confirm the hypothesis that growth increments in the statolith are laid down daily. Increments are produced in the laboratory in the absence of tidal, feeding or temperature cycles, which suggests that there is a firmly entrained endogenous circadian rhythm associated with their formation. However, the possibility that increment formation can be disrupted by environmental factors, or that rings in the statolith are produced coincidentally at the rate of approximately one per day, should not be fully discounted without further experimental corroboration. Data on squid age, derived from growth increments in the statolith, clearly have value in fisheries investigations, but they should be treated with caution until they have been validated.last_img read more

LLOG Exploration sanctions Taggart development in US Gulf of Mexico

first_imgThe Taggart discovery is located on Mississippi Canyon Block 816 in around 5,650 feet of water Initial development plans at Taggart include the completion and tieback of two wells. (Credit: Pixabay/Keri Jackson) LLOG Exploration Offshore has sanctioned its Taggart discovery and finalised the plans to develop via the Devils Tower Spar in the US Gulf of Mexico.The firm has signed a production handling agreement for the development via tieback to the Williams-owned Devils Tower Spar in Mississippi Canyon 773.Devils Tower Spar is located 140 miles (225.3km) southeast of New Orleans in the Mississippi Canyon area of the Gulf of Mexico.The Taggart discovery is located on Mississippi Canyon Block 816 in around 5,650 feet of water.In 2013, the Mississippi Canyon 816 #1 discovery well was drilled to a depth of 11,562 feet and encountered 97 feet of net pay in two Miocene objectives.Taggart development is wholly owned by LLOG and its affiliatesLLOG said that the two subsequent appraisal wells were drilled in 2015 and 2019 and respectively encountered 147 feet and 84 feet of net pay.Initial development plans at Taggart include the completion and tieback of two wells. First production is anticipated in 2022.LLOG president and CEO Philip LeJeune said: “LLOG is pleased to announce the sanctioning of our Taggart discovery, and we look forward to the successful development of this deepwater asset.“Williams will provide the infrastructure necessary for the efficient and economic development of the Taggart discovery which has reserves totaling approximately 27 million barrels of oil equivalent.“We believe this partnership is a perfect match due to both companies’ experience developing deepwater assets and commitment to operating with excellence, integrity, and safety.”The Taggart development is wholly owned by LLOG and its affiliates.Recently, US-based midstream company Williams signed a tieback agreement for the Taggart development.The tieback agreement includes the provision of offshore natural gas and oil gathering and production handling services for the Taggart development at Williams’ Devils Tower Spar.last_img read more

Construction worker hit on SR 3

first_imgLetts, IN —Saturday morning the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office responded to a construction site accident involving a semi-truck driver and construction site worker on State Route 3 and 700 South.  When responders arrived on the scene, they discovered that a semi-truck driver struck a construction site flagger. An INDOT paving project is currently in progress along SR 3 from SR 46 South to Westport.  The worker was transported to Decatur County Memorial Hospital, then was flown out by Stat Flight to a trauma center. The condition of the worker is unknown at this time.  The crash is still under investigation by DCSO.last_img read more

CARICOM joins Japan in mourning flood deaths

first_imgThe Caribbean Community has expressed condolences to the Government and People of Japan in the face of the tragic loss of life, widespread destruction and continuing suffering wrought by torrential rains and floods in Central and Western Japan.“The Caribbean Community conveys its heartfelt sympathies to the families of those who lost their lives and the families of the missing. The Community also sympathizes with those displaced by the disaster,” CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said in a message of condolence to Japanese Prime Minister  Shinzo Abe.“The Caribbean Community expresses its solidarity with the Government and people of Japan at this moment of national grief, and is confident that the innate strength of the people of Japan will fortify them as the task of recovery and rebuilding begins,” the Secretary-General added.Japan’s worst floods in three decades have left about 200 deaths and forced millions to evacuate as more than 500 millimeters of rainfall fell on the weekend.last_img read more

Italian signs for Spurs

first_imgFormer England assistant manager Franco Baldini has been appointed as the new technical director at Tottenham.The 52-year-old Italian has recently resigned from his post as general manager at Roma to take over the scouting and transfer policy at White Hart Lane.Boss Andre Villas-Boas has been keen for the club to go down a more continental route having worked under the same sort of management structure at Porto so he will be delighted with the appointment.Chairman Daniel Levy Levy said on the club’s official website, www.tottenhamhotspur.com: “Franco is extremely well respected in the industry, possessing an extensive knowledge of players around the world. “He will strengthen our football management team, particularly in the field of recruitment, working closely with Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood across all levels on the playing side.”last_img read more