Iraqi cameraman working for Reuters shot dead in unclear circumstances

first_img December 28, 2020 Find out more The fatal shooting of Dhia Najim, a freelance cameraman working for the news agency Reuters, brings the total number of journalists and media assistants killed since March 2003 to 46. Reporters Without Borders calls on the US defence department to carry out a thorough investigation in order to clarify the troubling circumstances in which he died. RSF_en December 16, 2020 Find out more RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Organisation Follow the news on Iraq to go further Help by sharing this information News February 15, 2021 Find out more Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan News November 1, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Iraqi cameraman working for Reuters shot dead in unclear circumstances IraqMiddle East – North Africa News Reporters Without Borders today called on the United States to carry out a proper investigation into the death of Dhia Najim, an Iraqi freelance cameraman working for the news agency Reuters who was shot dead in disputed circumstances yesterday in the town of Ramadi, west of Baghdad.”As Dhia Najim’s family accuses US soldiers of being responsible, we call on the US defence department to carry out a thorough and honest investigation in order to clarify the troubling circumstances in which he died,” the organisation said.At least nine journalists have been killed by US gunfire since the start of the war in Iraq in March 2003 without any serious investigation ever being conducted to establish how they died. They were Tarek Ayyoub (Al-Jazeera), Taras Protsyuk (Reuters), José Couso (Telecinco), Mazen Dana (Reuters), Ali Al-Khatib (Al-Arabiya), Ali Abdel Aziz (Al-Arabiya), Assad Kadhim (Al-Iraqiya), Hussein Saleh (Al-Iraqiya) and Mazen Al-Tomaizi (Al-Ekhbariya).Najim’s death brings the total number of journalists and media assistants killed since the start of the war to 46. Iraq today is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists, who run many kinds of risks there. In addition to US military gunfire, they are the targets of organised crime and groups of armed combatants. The latter have above all targeted Iraqi journalists working for foreign news media.A US army communique said that Najim, 47, was filming clashes between US marines and Iraqi rebels in the Andulus district of Ramadi when he was shot in the neck. The US military authorities said they had looked at the footage he had taken and claimed that it showed rebels preparing to attack coalition forces.Reuters said it had seen video footage of Najim’s death. The agency, which did not identify the source of the footage, said it indicated that he was killed by a sniper shot without any signs of fighting going on at the time.A Reuters dispatch also noted that press photographs taken on 31 October showed US marine snipers taking up position in Ramadi. Reuters ruled out any possibility Najim being linked to the rebels and called for a thorough investigation by the US army. Najim’s colleagues and family believe he was killed by a US sniper. Receive email alerts News IraqMiddle East – North Africa Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security”last_img read more

Xcel Energy Sets Another Single-Year Record in Carbon Reduction

first_img Facebook TAGS  By Digital AIM Web Support – February 22, 2021 Local NewsBusiness Pinterest Twitter Xcel Energy Sets Another Single-Year Record in Carbon Reduction MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 22, 2021– For the second year in a row, Xcel Energy has hit a significant milestone in its quest to deliver 100% carbon-free electricity to customers by 2050. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210222005590/en/ Xcel Energy Fuel Mix 2019-2020 (Graphic: Business Wire) The company broke its own record for a single-year drop in emissions in 2020, cutting carbon emissions company-wide by approximately six million tons, a 12% reduction over 2019 levels. That’s equivalent to taking nearly 1.2 million cars off the road for a year. In 2019, Xcel Energy achieved a 10% reduction over the previous year. Since 2005, the company has reduced carbon emissions by 51% as it leads the nation’s clean energy transition. Xcel Energy’s 2020 carbon reductions outpaced the industry, which is ahead of any other part of the economy. At the end of 2020, it is estimated the U.S. electric power sector had reduced carbon emissions just under 40% from 2005 levels, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. “We’re making tremendous progress towards delivering on our clean energy goals,” said Ben Fowke, chairman and CEO of Xcel Energy. “Even after factoring in the effect of the global pandemic on our operations, we are well on our way to achieving our goal of reducing carbon emissions 80% by 2030 and are more than halfway to delivering 100% carbon-free electricity to our customers, all while keeping their service reliable and energy bills low.” Several factors contributed to the 2020 carbon reduction results. Xcel Energy continued to significantly increase wind generation on its system, becoming one of the first energy providers in the United States to reach 10,000 megawatts of wind energy capacity online for customers in the states it serves. The company added more than 800 megawatts of new wind projects in late 2019, in addition to bringing nearly 2,200 megawatts of new wind projects online in 2020. By the end of 2021, Xcel Energy estimates that approximately 35% of its energy will be from wind. Through the company’s wind expansion, it has delivered approximately $430 million in fuel savings to its customers from 2017 to 2020. Thanks to having more wind and solar on its system, the company recorded a 12% reduction in megawatt hours from coal and natural gas generation. To support its growing renewable energy portfolio, it is using cleaner natural gas as backup and pushing the envelope in operating its remaining coal plants to follow the wind and sun. Xcel Energy’s two nuclear plants in Minnesota had another excellent operating year, providing a steady supply of 100% carbon-free power. The pandemic also played a role in reducing the company’s electricity sales by an estimated 3% for the year and contributing to lower carbon emissions. About Xcel Energy Xcel Energy (NASDAQ: XEL) provides the energy that powers millions of homes and businesses across eight Western and Midwestern states. Headquartered in Minneapolis, the company is an industry leader in responsibly reducing carbon emissions and producing and delivering clean energy solutions from a variety of renewable sources at competitive prices. For more information, visit xcelenergy.com or follow us on Twitter and Facebook. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210222005590/en/ CONTACT: Xcel Energy Media Relations (612) 215-5300 www.xcelenergy.com KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA MINNESOTA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: ALTERNATIVE ENERGY ENERGY UTILITIES ENVIRONMENT SOURCE: Xcel Energy Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/22/2021 10:00 AM/DISC: 02/22/2021 10:01 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210222005590/enCopyright Business Wire 2021.Xcel Energy Fuel Mix 2019-2020center_img WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleIn Israel and beyond, virus vaccines bring political powerNext articleJuniper Research: Smart Traffic Management to Significantly Reduce Congestion and Emissions; Saving Cities $277 Billion by 2025 Digital AIM Web Support Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Bulldogs Fall To Spartans In Middle School Hoops

first_imgThe Batesville Middle School 7th Grade team lost a heartbreaker to Connersville on Monday night, 35 to 33.The Bulldogs were plagued early by foul troubles, which also came back to bite them late in the 4th quarter, with 2 players fouling out for Batesville. The Bulldogs left everything on the floor against a tough Spartan team, but in the end it wasn’t enough to come away with a victory. Batesville was led by Mason Barker with 7 points, RJ Powell, Calvin Sherwood and Trey Peters each scoring 6 points, Bristol Davies with 4 points, and Austin Cornn and Ethan Brewer each adding 2 points.With this loss, the 7th grade Bulldogs fall to 2-3 on the season. Batesville will be back in action Tuesday night at home when they take on the North Decatur Chargers at 5:30.Score By Quarter:Batesville- 1st-6, 2nd-8, 3rd-10, 4th-9, Total-33Connersville- 1st-6, 2nd-10, 3rd-4, 4th-15, Total-35Individual Shooting:Mason Barker- 2FG-2, 3FG-1, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-7; Calvin Sherwood- 2FG-3, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-6; RJ Powell- 2FG-2, 3FG-0, FT-2 for 2, Total Points-6; Bristol Davies- 2FG-2, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 1, Total Points-4; Austin Cornn- 2FG-1, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-2; Damon Grieshop- 2FG-0, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-0; Pros Moorman- 2FG-0, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-0; Trey Peters- 2FG-0, 3FG-2, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-6; Matthew Meyer- 2FG-0, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-0; Jaden Peetz- 2FG-0, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-0;Nathan Villani- 2FG-0, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-0; Alex Siefert- 2FG-0, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-0; and Ethan Brewer- 2 FG-1, 3FG-0, FT-0 for 0, Total Points-0.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Luke Williams.The Spartans win the 8th Grade contest 54-33.Score by quarters.1st Bville 12, Cville 162nd Bville 21, Cville 253rd Bville 23, Cville 42Final Bville 33, Cville 54Batesville Team Stats:14/28 2pt FG0/16 3pt FG5/9 FTBatesville Individual Stats:Dempsy Bohman 10 pts, 5 rbs, 1 ast, 1 stl, 3 blocks.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Chris Bradford.last_img read more

Non-tenure track faculty file petition to unionize

first_imgUSC non-tenure track faculty filed a petition Tuesday with the National Labor Relations Board, seeking to join the Service Employees International Union Local 721. Faculty at the Dornsife College of Letters Arts and Sciences, the Roski School of Art and Design and USC International Academy all filed separate petitions.The move is the first major step toward a unionization process that faculty began exploring in earnest last spring. Those involved with the effort said they hope a union will help address issues of job security, transparency and compensation of non-tenure track faculty.According to a survey and examination of offer letters conducted by the SEIU, the average salary for non-tenure track faculty at USC is $5,044 per course. Additionally, many faculty say their contracts are semester-to-semester or year-to-year and they are unsure if they will be renewed until a few days prior to the end of their contract.Kate Levin, a part-time professor in the writing program who has taught at USC since 2011, said faculty at USC are joining a nationwide movement to address growing problems within higher education.“This is part of a larger groundswell on college and university campuses throughout the country that’s challenging the current model of doing things,” Levin said. “I see students and faculty joining together to say ‘you know what, I think this current model of running a university like a business is not really working well for the people who are at the heart of what a university does.’”In California, Whittier College and Otis College of Art and Design have formed unions, as have larger research universities nationwide including Tufs and George Washington University.In order for SEIU to become the bargaining agent for contract negotiations at USC, the National Labor Relations Board requires a petition filed showing support from at least 30 percent of employees in each school that has chosen to file.Next, the NLRB will survey employment conditions at USC and determine who is able to participate in a vote to elect the union. The survey will likely take place within the next week. USC will then have an opportunity to respond with whom they think should be included in the bargaining unit.In a letter to faculty in March of this year, Michael Quick, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, warned faculty of the potential pitfalls of union representation.“If the SEIU has its way, your right to represent yourself concerning pay, benefits and working conditions would be transferred to the SEIU, and you would have to pay dues to the SEIU as a condition of employment,” Quick wrote in the letter.But faculty counter that the university does not give non-tenure track faculty enough of a voice or provide effective recourse to address concerns. Levin is on the part-time faculty subcommittee, part of the committee for non-tenure track faculty in the Academic Senate. She said she believes the Senate serves an important function as an advisory body, but emphasizes it has no voting power.Alexis Disselkoen, a part-time faculty member at Roski said she loves her job and her students but her course load has continued to fluctuate in the four years she has taught here. The uncertainty, she said, has made the job more difficult.“I believe that USC has the resources to really be a leader in this effort and in bringing back the idea of being a college professor as an amazing job,” Disselkoen said. “It hasn’t been an amazing job for quite a while for quite a lot of people. Whereas once it was this coveted position that held a lot of cultural importance, now it’s daunting going from job to job just trying to make ends meet.”Disselkoen said to supplement her income, she has an office job on the side. In addition to increased transparency and job stability, Disselkoen said she hopes the union might help argue for health benefits for more non-tenure track faculty.She said she appreciates that the organizing effort has allowed her to meet faculty from across the University and hear their concerns. The filing does not mark the end of the faculty organizing campaign, but rather it is a first step in a much larger process and she hopes other schools within USC will follow suit. Like Disselkoen, Levin said she is pleased with the results of the organizing campaign thus far but she has already begun to examine what’s next.“Even though it can sometimes seem like the election is a big event, really the event is beyond that,” Levin said. “What comes next is the bargaining process. I think it’s more important to look down the road and say okay what are the issues that we want to bargain for.”last_img read more