RSF_en Reporters Without Borders today firmly condemned a shooting attack on 1 November on radio Sawt al Shaab, a station affiliated to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (FPLP), in which presenter Shadi Shamiya and one of his guests were injured while taking part in a live broadcast. The attack was believed to have been prompted by the broadcast of an incorrect report about a government reshuffle that was picked by many other media.“Palestinian journalists have once again fallen victim to local political rivalries,” the press freedom organisation said. “We are stunned by the disproportionate nature of this attack. It is senseless to raid a news media and fire on its journalists for disseminating a wrong report.” It was the third attack in less than six months on a Gaza media without any security measures being taken by the authorities.Around 10 gunmen took part in the afternoon attack on the radio station, located in the central Gaza City neighbourhood of Al Sabra. They ransacked computer equipment, destroyed the station’s only transmitter and fired on employees before departing.Dozens of journalists gathered outside the station yesterday in protest against the attack and the climate of violence to which they are exposed.Al Aamal, a Gaza radio station operated by the Workers Union, was invaded on 12 October by gunmen who smashed equipment and then set fire to the premises. In June, gunmen overran the studios of the national Palestinian TV station in the south of the Gaza Strip, attacking staff and ransacking the premises. May 16, 2021 Find out more Organisation News PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Palestine WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News to go further RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes June 3, 2021 Find out more May 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News News Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists November 3, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Presenter injured in latest attack on a Gaza radio station
Though it was a long road trip for a weekend, many Notre Dame students traveled to New Jersey to see the Irish defend their undefeated record against Syracuse on Saturday.The Irish continued their win streak with a 31-15 win against the Orange. During the game, Irish senior quarterback Everett Golson recorded 25 consecutive completions, which broke the University record and fell one short of tying the Football Bowl Subdivision record for most consecutive completions.Wei Lin Despite the new record, senior Andrew Winterstein said he thought the Irish didn’t play up to their potential.“I thought the defense played pretty well last night and held the Orange to a number of three-and-outs, even though they still gave up a number of deep balls,” he said. “At times the offense looked strong, but on the whole, there were a ton of turnovers, making for a sloppy game.”The game was played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey rather than at Syracuse’s stadium in New York. Sophomore Joey Ganyard said seeing the game at MetLife made the experience that much better.“MetLife was awesome,” he said. “I had never been to the stadium before. I was extremely impressed.”Ganyard said he and his friends braved an 11-hour drive to watch the game in person.“We stuffed a car full of people and road tripped out for the game,” he said. “It was a squeeze, but it added to the experience.”The distance from Notre Dame to the game didn’t stop fans from providing strong support for the Irish, sophomore Warren Kraemer said.“Notre Dame has a strong connection in the tri-state area, so it didn’t feel like an away game,” Kraemer said. “There was plenty of Irish green in the stadium to cheer against the Syracuse Orange.”The energy from Notre Dame fans even overpowered that of the home team, sophomore Zach Winterstein said.“Overall, the energy from the Notre Dame fans was incredible,” he said. “There is no doubt in my mind that there were more Notre Dame fans at the game than Syracuse fans, and that fact was made quite apparent whenever a Syracuse fan would try to start a chant and quickly get drowned out by louder Notre Dame chants.”Andrew Winterstein agreed that Notre Dame fans easily overpowered the energy shown by Syracuse fans at the game.“I could always hear ‘Let’s go Irish’ chants over anything Syracuse-related,” he said. “It was pretty clear that Syracuse didn’t even sell out their student section.”Despite the energy from the fans in New Jersey, there is truly no experience like seeing a football game at home, Ganyard said.“There was a good amount of energy from the fans [at MetLife Stadium], but not the same as Notre Dame Stadium,” he said. “It makes a big difference not having the student section there. It was really cool to be in a new environment for the game, but it wasn’t quite the same energy.”Overall, though, traveling to New Jersey to see the Irish play was worth it, Zach Winterstein said.“My overall experience this weekend was great,” he said. “I got to see my family, tailgate with my friends and see the Irish play. I can’t ask for much more than that.”Tags: completions, football, Golson, MetLife Stadium, New Jersey, Orange, record, Syracuse
NEWS SCAN: Avian flu, tainted Baxter samples, HHS secretary nomination, H5N1 vaccines, polio warning
Mar 2, 2009Egyptian toddler critical with H5N1 infectionEgypt’s health ministry yesterday reported that a 2-year-old boy from Fayoum governorate is hospitalized in critical condition with an H5N1 avian influenza infection, according to a report today from the World Health Organization (WHO). The boy got sick on Feb 28 and was admitted to the hospital 3 days later. The boy had close contact with sick and dead poultry before he became ill. The WHO lists the boy as Egypt’s 56th case-patient, of which 23 died. His illnesses raises the WHO’s global H5N1 case count to 409 cases, 256 of them fatal.[Mar 2 WHO statement]Baxter samples combined live H5N1 with H3N2The H5N1-contaminated virus samples that were sent from a Baxter facility in Orth-Donau, Austria, contained a live version of the H5N1 avian influenza virus mixed with human H3N2 seasonal influenza virus, according to a Feb 27 report from the Canadian Press (CP) that cited an official from Baxter. The company said it supplied the “experimental virus material” to an Austrian research company, which then shipped it to subcontractors in the Czech Republic, Germany, and Slovenia, the CP report said. A WHO official in Europe told the CP that authorities are trying to determine what went wrong at Baxter’s facility and that the public health risks from the incident are currently minimal.[Feb 27 CP story]Japan finds H7N6 at another quail farmJapanese officials said yesterday that laboratory studies have determined low-pathogenic H7N6 avian influenza was responsible for an outbreak at a quail farm in Aichi prefecture and that authorities have detected the virus on a second quail farm in the same area, Kyodo News reported today.Obama nominates Sebelius for HHS secretaryPresident Barack Obama today nominated Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius as secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She has been governor since 2003, and from 1994 to 2002 she was the state’s insurance commissioner. Obama’s first choice for HHS secretary was Tom Daschle, who withdrew his nomination on Feb 3 because of problems with back taxes. No information is available yet on confirmation hearing dates for Sebelius.[Mar 2 White House press release]H5N1 vaccine built on smallpox-vaccine backbone effective in miceLong-time flu researchers in Hong Kong and Japan and at the National Institutes of Health have successfully tested in mice an experimental vaccine against avian influenza H5N1. The researchers inserted flu-virus proteins and an immune system–regulating protein called IL-15 into vaccinia, the virus that is the basis of smallpox vaccine, and say the result could be manufactured cheaply around the world.[March Journal of Immunology abstract]VLP vaccine protected mice against H5N1An intranasal virus-like particle (VLP) vaccine provided strong protection against the H5N1 virus in mice, which bolsters support for studying the efficacy of VLP vaccines in other animal models that more closely resemble the human immune system, according to a study that appears today in Public Library of Science One (PLoS One). VLPs are engineered from baculoviruses, which infect only insects, and are grown in cell culture. They are noninfectious but trigger a strong immune response. Scientists hope the VLP technology can offer vaccine manufacturers a way to avoid handling live influenza viruses and a quicker method for producing vaccines, crucial in a pandemic setting.[Mar 2 PLoS One article][Feb 27 Emory University press release]Polio in Sudan prompts WHO warningA recent spread of a prolonged outbreak of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) prompted a warning from the WHO today about a “very high” risk of international spread, along with a request that countries heighten their surveillance. The WHO said the outbreak had been contained to southern Sudan and western Ethiopia, but two cases had recently been detected in northern Sudan. Particularly worrisome is the detection of WPV1 in northern Sudan’s Port Sudan, which was a launching area for an outbreak that between 2004 and 2006 spread to several other countries, infecting at least 1,200 people and requiring an emergency response that cost about $150 million.[Mar 2 WHO statement]
The East Central Lady Trojans defeated The Batesville Lady Bulldogs 11-0 in Varsity Softball action.Batesville vs. East Central Varsity Softball (4-14)EC JV was leading 4-0 when the game was called at the top of the 3rd inning due to the weather.Batesville vs. East Central JV Softball (4-14)Batesville Varsity now 0-4 and 0-3 in EIAC Play.The JV is 0-3 and 0-2 in conference action.The Lady Bulldogs will be hosting The Franklin County Lady Wildcats this Thursday (4-17). Varsity 1st Pitch at 5:30 PM.Submitted by Batesville Coach Jody Thomas.