June 12

Relief at release of Fox News journalists but dismay at Israeli air strike on Reuters vehicle in Gaza

first_imgNews May 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Help by sharing this information August 27, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Relief at release of Fox News journalists but dismay at Israeli air strike on Reuters vehicle in Gaza PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders voiced relief at the release today of Fox News journalists Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig in Gaza City after nearly two weeks in captivity but condemned an Israeli missile attack on a clearly-identified Reuters press vehicle in Gaza that seriously injured a local news website journalist. Receive email alerts May 16, 2021 Find out more June 3, 2021 Find out more Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists News RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes News to go further WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Organisation Reporters Without Borders voiced relief at the release today of Fox News journalists Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig in Gaza City after nearly two weeks in captivity but condemned an Israeli missile attack on a clearly-identified Reuters press vehicle in Gaza that seriously injured a local news website journalist.“The release of the two US network journalists is very good news but the Palestinian authorities must still take concrete measures to protect media workers,” the press freedom organisation said. “As for the journalists targeted today by Israeli aircraft, we call on the Israeli military to carry out a thorough investigation to find out who was responsible for this blunder – unfortunately far from the first of its kind – and how it happened.”Centanni and Wiig were kidnapped on 14 August in Gaza City by a previously unknown group called the Holy Jihad Brigade. Shortly before freeing them today, the group released a video in which their hostages said they had converted to Islam. After being set free, the two journalists said they had made these statements at gunpoint. Ten journalists have been kidnapped in the Palestinian Territories in the past 12 months.“Hostage-taking is becoming more and more frequent in Gaza, and the hostages are being held for longer periods,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We expect the Palestinian authorities to seriously tackle this problem before one of these adductions ends tragically.”Palestinian website reporter Sabbah Hmaida was injured in the leg and Reuters cameraman Fadel Shana briefly lost consciousness when Israeli aircraft fired two missiles early this morning on their armoured Reuters vehicle as they were following an Israeli incursion into the Gaza Strip. Reuters said signs on the roof and sides clearly showed it was a press vehicle. The Israeli military told the Associated Press the journalists were not targeted intentionally but “they should not have been there” during the operation. “There was no sign on the vehicle, at least we didn’t see any,” an Israeli military spokesman added.Reporters Without Borders has repeatedly condemned the poor judgement shown by the Israeli military during their operations. An Israeli tank seriously injured Palestinian public TV journalist Ibrahim Atla on 26 July.“We propose that the Israeli government should involve third parties – human rights NGOs or the news organisations concerned – in the investigations into this type of blunder because, despite our repeated appeals, no serious investigation has ever been conducted into the many mistakes made by the Israeli army on the Palestinian Authority’s territory,” the organisation said. News Follow the news on Palestinelast_img read more

June 12

Pasadena Rotary Club Sponsors 10 High School Students for a Weekend at Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Camp

first_img Subscribe First Heatwave Expected Next Week Albert Hernandez, Pasadena Rotary Club RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) co-chair pictured with Giselle Salas of Blair High School at the camp.On the weekend of April 17, over 300 high school juniors from the Rotary District 5300 gathered at Thousand Pines Camp in Crestline, CA for a 2 and half-day camp entitled RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards).The Pasadena Rotary Club interviewed candidates from public and private high schools, and sponsored ten local junior high students to participate. These students included: Emily O’Connor, La Salle High School; Juharah Worku, Marshall Fundamental High School; Giselle Salas, Blair High School; and from John Muir High School were Adrian Valencia, Anthony Izaguirre, Diego Obregon, Elsy Alvarado, Kylee Sharp, Melissa Herrera, and Prakash Dass. The weekend included activities such as the Trust Fall, Decision Dilemma, Cultural Walk, Egg Drop, and a surprise dance. The teens learned about working in a group, cultural diversity, and discovered their own leadership style and how to work with others of various styles.There were over 50 Rotarians there setting the example, leading groups, leading activities, and educating the teens about community service. According to Pasadena Rotary Club RYLA Co-Chair Albert Hernandez, “It was our goal that each teen learn about them selves and go back to their high school and implement projects that would benefit their community, in the name of Rotary”.Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. It is comprised of 1.2 million members working in more than 33,000 clubs in 200 countries and geographic regions.The Pasadena Rotary Club has over 200 members that meet at a weekly at the University Club Pasadena with amazing, dedicated members contributing to the well-being and growth of the community, region, and world. Pasadena Rotary will host a fundraiser on 5/21 open to the public to help raise funds to support its programs, some include: Happy Feet (providing shoes at the start of a school year for PUSD elementary school students); Adopt-A-School; Done In A Day; Toy Drive; RYLA -Teen Leadership; Rotoract; Interact; and Teachers of Excellence to name a few. More information on Rotary Club of Pasadena visit www.pasadenarotary.com or (626) 440-0908. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS HerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Simple Steps To Catch Your Crush’s Eye On InstagramHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop Important Things You Never Knew About MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News Business News Community News Make a comment More Cool Stuffcenter_img Giving Back Pasadena Rotary Club Sponsors 10 High School Students for a Weekend at Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Camp From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, April 27, 2015 | 11:59 am Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News 7 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it last_img read more

March 1

Promising therapy for stroke patients

first_imgA noninvasive electric stimulation technique administered to both sides of the brain can help stroke patients who have lost motor skills in their hands and arms, according to a new study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC).Described in the Nov. 10 online issue of the journal Neurology, the findings showed that stroke patients who received bihemispheric transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), coupled with a regimen of physical and occupational therapy, had a threefold greater improvement in motor function compared with patients who received only physical/occupational rehabilitation and a placebo form of stimulation.“We think that the key to this therapy’s success in improving stroke patients’ motor function is based on its ability to affect the brain activity on both the stroke-affected side of the brain and the healthy side of the brain as patients work to relearn lost motor skills,” says senior author Gottfried Schlaug, the director of the Stroke Service in BIDMC’s Department of Neurology and associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School (HMS).In the brain of a healthy individual, the left and right sides of the motor cortex work in tandem, inhibiting one another as needed in order to successfully carry out such one-sided movements as writing or teeth-brushing. But, explains lead author Robert Lindenberg, an HMS instructor of neurology at BIDMC, when a person suffers a stroke (as might happen when an artery to the brain is blocked by a blood clot or atherosclerotic deposit) the interaction between the two sides of the brain involved in motor skills changes.“As a result,” he explains, “the motor region on the unaffected side of the brain begins to exert an unbalanced effect onto the motor region of the brain’s damaged side.” And, as Schlaug and Lindenberg further explain, this leads to an increased inhibition of the stroke-damaged motor region, as the remaining intact portions of this region try to increase activity in the motor pathways to facilitate recovery.tDCS is an experimental therapy in which a small electrical current is passed to the brain through the scalp and skull. Because previous studies had determined that tDCS could improve motor function if applied to either the damaged or undamaged side of the brain, Schlaug’s team hypothesized that applying tDCS to both sides — while simultaneously engaging the stroke patient in motor skill relearning activities — would further speed the recovery process.“tDCS works by modulating regional brain activity,” explains Schlaug. “In applying this therapy to both hemispheres of the brain, we used one direction of current to increase brain activity on the damaged side, and used the reverse current to inhibit brain activity on the healthy side, thereby rebalancing the interactions of both sides of the brain.”Schlaug and his collaborators studied 20 patients who had suffered an ischemic stroke at least five months prior to the onset of the study. Participants were separated into two groups: Half of the subjects received a 30-minute daily treatment session of electrical stimulation, while the other half received a “sham” placebo treatment designed to mimic electrical stimulation. Both groups of patients concurrently received 60 minutes of occupational and physical therapy. The treatment was repeated daily for five days.By using sophisticated MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) techniques, the researchers were able to “map” the positions of the stroke lesions in relation to the brain’s motor system. “This helped us to very closely match the two patient groups,” notes Schlaug. “Not only did the two groups of patients outwardly exhibit similar motor impairments, but we could tell from the MRIs that their lesions were positioned in similar areas of the brain. This novel approach strengthens the results, since no other between-group factor could explain the therapy’s effects.”The results showed that the patients treated with tDCS exhibited a threefold improvement in motor outcomes, such as an improved ability to grasp or perform wrist and finger movements, compared with patients who underwent physical and occupational therapy coupled with placebo stimulation. In addition, functional brain imaging showed that the therapy’s effect was correlated with increased activity of the brain’s nondamaged motor parts on the side of the stroke hemisphere.“This is the first time that stimulation therapy has been administered simultaneously to both brain hemispheres and coupled with physical/occupational therapy,” explains Schlaug. “Both sides of the brain play a role in recovery of function [following a stroke], and the combination of peripheral sensorimotor activities and central brain stimulation increases the brain’s ability to strengthen existing connections and form new connections. It is a testament of just how plastic the brain can be if novel and innovative therapies are applied using our current knowledge of brain function.”This study was supported, in part, by grants from the National Institutes of Health.last_img read more

December 21

Convoy Community Park to offically open today

first_imgThe Convoy Community Park is set to have its official opening today at 11am and it is being greatly received by the community. Funding for the park was sanctioned following an application to the council through the Town and Village Renewal Scheme.Cllr Liam Doherty, who is on the Convoy Environmental Committee, was among the Environmental Committee members Liam Mailey, Caroline Mailey, John Toner, Brian Duffy and Josephine Cowan gave Sinn Fein TD Pearse Doherty a tour of the beautiful newly opened community park. Commenting on the park, Councillor Doherty said he was delighted with how it turned out for the local community.He said: “I am so happy with our beautiful park here in Convoy, it gives me great pride to see such a wonderful development here in my home town and I know the local people who share my pride will get great enjoyment out of the park.“I would like to thank Donegal County Council for funding this project, all councillors who supported it and everyone involved in the development of the park.”Convoy Community Park to offically open today was last modified: May 18th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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) Tags:convoylast_img read more

December 18

Young South Africans speak out against Gender-Based Violence

first_imgYoung South Africans speak out against Gender-Based Violence. The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children is an international awareness raising campaign that runs from 25 November to 10 December every year. During this period, the South African government, through a series of dialogues and activations, encourages active participation of citizens in the fight to eradicate Gender-Based Violence.This year’s 16 Days of Activism campaign takes place under the theme, #HearMeToo: End Violence against Women and Children!According to United Nations Women, more than one in three women worldwide have experienced physical violence; one in 10 girls have experienced forced intercourse or other sexual acts; and while at least 140 countries criminalise domestic violence, not much is done to enforce these laws.Young women across the country are using their voices to raise awareness and take a stand against the abuse of women and children. One such is scholar and teen activist Zulaikha Patel, who recently lead a silent protest at the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court. Zulaikha and other young activists conducted a silent protest against acts of gender-based violence, sending out a strong message of solidarity against the social ill.Messages on their placards read: “Stop victim shaming”, “rape is rape, stop sugar-coating” and “rape is never the victim’s fault, clothing is not consent ”.                Zulaikha first made headlines two years ago when, at age 13, she pioneered the #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh movement, leading a protest to challenge her school’s rules on African hair.In a previous interview, she told Drum Magazine: “I’m an activist for anti-racism and anti-sexism. It’s important for people to stand up for what they believe in, and that’s what I’m doing.”Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part ambassador, Olwethu Leshabane is another young South African woman who makes her voice heard when it comes to discrimination against women. Earlier this year, she spoke out against sexual harassment that takes place in cyber spaces, making references to some of her own experiences. She posted a message on Instagram, saying: “Many times sexual harassment is classified as rape and other horrific experiences like that. But we forget that calling a woman out on the street or saying something offensive also is classified as sexual harassment,” Leshabane said.As an advocate for women’s rights and protecting children, Olwethu is the founder of The Red Wings Project, an initiative that highlights the lack of sanitary products for disadvantaged women. She recently joined forces with India’s SafeCity to help reduce incidents of rape and sexual harassment in South Africa. The presence of SafeCity in South Africa creates awareness around sexual harassment and violence in public spaces. ‘Remember, there are many ways to fight the scourge of violence against women and children. Technology, social media, the arts, journalism, religion, culture and customs, business and activism platforms give us a voice that echoes, Count me in.’ says Leshabane.You can also play your part by volunteering at NGOs and community groups who support abused women and children.last_img read more

December 17

Farmers squashed by labor shortage

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Without access to an adequate and stable workforce, many farmers are being forced to leave fresh produce to rot in the fields. Farmers and ranchers across the country are calling for long-overdue reform to the current guest worker visa program that would create flexibility and provide stability in the agricultural workforce.As Washington state farmers Burr and Rosella Mosby explain in a new video from the American Farm Bureau Federation, the farm workforce is dwindling, and even with higher wages, it’s hard to find enough workers for harvest. The Mosbys were forced to abandon a field of zucchini squash on their farm just south of Seattle when their workforce came up 25 percent short this season.“I think we need more options,” Rosella Mosby said in talking about the guest worker visa program. She said there is an availability of foreign workers ready to come work in agriculture, but the current system does not give farmers or workers the flexibility needed to fill farm jobs.“It’s supposed to be that you work hard and produce something, and you’re getting paid at the end of the day,” Burr Mosby said as he watched the 20-acre field being plowed under. “Here we produced something. We grew it, and I don’t have enough hands to pick it, put it in boxes, and sell it to the grocery store. That’s what hurts.” The Mosbys estimate that their workforce shortage this year will cost them $100,000 in lost profits and productivity.The video can be downloaded here. The page also includes several different options for broadcast purposes.last_img read more