Help by sharing this information PalestineMiddle East – North Africa PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Organisation News to go further On the 40th day since BBC correspondent Alan Johnston’s abduction in Gaza, Reporters Without Borders today called on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to urge his kidnappers to produce evidence that he is still alive.“We continue to be worried about Johnston’s fate and we call on President Abbas and Prime Minister Haniyeh to coordinate their efforts to obtain his release as soon as possible,” the press freedom organisation said.Abbas yesterday said the Palestinian intelligence services had information indicating Johnston is still alive. “We want to obtain the release of Alan Johnston, who is our friend,” Abbas said. “We want him to be freed unhurt, without physical or psychological injury.”There are seven official security services in the Palestinian Territories. Four of them are directly dependent on the president. The other three take their orders from the prime minister. These groups have often clashed in the course of the rivalry between Hamas and Fatah.Kidnappers’ demands June 3, 2021 Find out more News RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes RSF_en News Six of the 14 abductions of journalists in the Gaza Strip since early 2005 have been claimed by various groups. When three journalists – Caroline Laurent, Alfred Yaghobzadeh and Yong Tae-young – were kidnapped on 14 March 2006 and held overnight, an armed group close to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and claiming to belong to the “Jericho Brigades” said their abduction was a reprisal for an Israeli army raid on a prison in the West Bank city of Jericho to capture PFLP chief Ahmad Saadat.A few months later, Fox News journalists Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig were kidnapped in Gaza on 14 August 2006. This abduction was claimed by a hitherto unknown group calling itself the Holy Jihad Brigades, which released a video showing the two captives and demanding that the United States release “Muslim prisoners” within 72 hours. Centanni and Wiig were finally set free after two weeks.There is still no official word as to the identity of Johnston’s kidnappers. Some Palestinian political leaders have said they have had no contact with them. But Prime Minister Haniyeh has said the kidnappers are not politically motivated and are making “personal demands” which he has refused to reveal. President Abbas has said he knows the group holding Johnston but has refused to say whether it is the “Monotheism and Jihad Brigades,” the group that claimed to have executed him in a statement sent to the press on 15 April. Reporters Without Borders calls on President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Ismael Haniyeh to coordinate their efforts to obtain kidnapped BBC correspondent Alan Johnston’s release as soon as possible. There has been no further word from the Monotheism and Jihad Brigades since their statement on 15 April claiming to have executed him. WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News May 16, 2021 Find out more April 20, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Forty days since BBC’s Alan Johnston was kidnapped in Gaza Receive email alerts Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists May 28, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Palestine
Kuzma/iStock(NEW YORK) — On day four of jury deliberations in Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial, the jury will hear a read-back of Annabella Sciorra’s full testimony — one of the most powerful and affecting accounts of the trial — leading to some speculation on where the jury stands in reaching a verdict. On Thursday, the jury sent a note to Manhattan Supreme Court Judge James Burke, requesting the court read to them the cross-examination and everything after Sciorra’s testimony.Sciorra described in wrenching detail in the courtroom on Jan. 23 about the night nearly 30 years ago that she alleges the disgraced Hollywood producer violently raped her at her apartment. Her allegation is not one of those being considered as a charge in this trial, but, rather, is one of four women’s testimonies made in support of prosecutors’ efforts to demonstrate a pattern of sexual predation.Weinstein has been charged with five counts of sexual assault related-crimes including predatory sexual assault and rape in the first degree, stemming from two women’s allegations. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges and claims any sexual encounters were consensual.While the jury’s request could signal they are still stuck on the first charge, it may indicate they’re working through the witnesses, and not the counts, a veteran law enforcement official following the trial closely told ABC News. The jury’s action could also mean they are trying to convince a holdout juror or two to come to a majority decision, according to the official.The jury is expected to spend most the day in deliberation, and with the judge ending court at 3 p.m., it appears unlikely they will return a verdict Friday. If you or someone you know experienced sexual assault and is seeking resources, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
A new arsenal of cleaner, quieter, and climate-friendly landscaping equipment will soon join the electric carts and hybrid police cars already traversing Harvard Yard. Campus Services is equipping crews in the Yard with electric, battery-powered leaf blowers, grass trimmers, and tree pruners. These tools are much less noisy than conventional equipment and emit no air pollution. The move follows last year’s successful pilot program on the Science Center Plaza where workers found the commercial battery-powered versions performed just as effectively as those using gasoline.“Our hope is that as technology improves we can expand the pilot to other parts of campus and incorporate battery-powered mowers and chainsaws,” said Wayne Carbone, Manager of Landscape Services. While some workers across campus still use gas-powered tools, they operate at a reduced decibel level and at limited times of the day.Implementing best practices in sustainable operations and acting on climate are two key commitments in Harvard’s University-wide Sustainability Plan, which is focused on enhancing the wellbeing of people and the planet. The Plan includes a commitment to develop Sustainable Landscaping Standards by 2020 based on Campus Services’ award-winning Organic Landscaping Program.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:The Queensland government has given development approval for a massive wind project of up to 1,200MW that will be located in state pine forest in the Wide Bay-Burnett region.The $2 billion project put forward by Forest Wind will comprise up to 226 turbines and would be located in state forest used as pine plantations between the towns of Gympie and Maryborough, in a similar way to that proposed by French renewable energy developer Neoen, which is looking at a 900MW wind project and battery hub in western Victoria.Construction could start as soon as the end of this year, pending the results of talks on off-take contracts and financial close. Forest Wind is a joint venture between global energy giant and turbine manufacturer Siemens and Queensland renewable energy company Clean Sight.“This is a major clean energy project for Queensland and will contribute to our target of 50 per cent renewables by 2030,” state minister for planning Cameron Dick said in a statement on Saturday.State energy minister Dr Anthony Lynham said Queensland currently has 5,500 megawatts of installed renewable energy capacity after more than $5 billion has been invested in almost 2500MW of new renewable generation, creating almost 5000 jobs. “More generation helps put downward pressure on power prices, and give Queenslanders have the lowest electricity prices on the eastern seaboard,” he said.[Giles Parkinson]More: Queensland approves massive 1,200MW wind farm in state pine forest Australian state government approves plans for 1,200MW wind project in Queensland
15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr What Is GETS and Why Does My Credit Union Need It?As you are already aware, communication is one of the most important portions of your Business Continuity Plan. Your Credit Union Crisis Communications Plan should include pre-scripted messages for employee and member notifications. Have you included GETS and WPS in your planning process as well?What are GETS and WPS, you ask? Government Emergency Telecommunications Servers (GETS) and Wireless Priority Service (WPS) are access numbers which provide priority calling in the event of emergency or crisis situations when landline networks are overcrowded. These services are managed by the Office of Emergency Communications to support national leadership, Federal, State, local, tribal and territorial governments and other authorized national security and emergency preparedness users. continue reading »
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