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

Keeping Patients Safer with Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics

first_img Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 2:53Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -2:53 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsen (Main), selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. The low-latency, high performance private cloud foundation integrates Dell EMC PowerEdge servers and Dell EMC PowerScale storage. The core of the system is a Hadoop cluster residing on Dell EMC PowerEdge R540 and R640 servers running demanding AI workloads including intensive machine learning and statistical algorithms. It also includes Kubernetes and machine learning workloads running on PowerEdge 740 servers with NVIDIA® GPUs. According to David, “Our partnership with Dell Technologies allows us to take advantage of the full breadth and depth of their compute, storage, networking and security solutions. Dell Technologies offers best-of-breed solutions in all these categories.”The team also uses VMware® vCenter™ and VMware vSphere™ Enterprise Plus to manage virtualized server resources and optimize server performance, along with Dell EMC OpenManage Enterprise and iDRAC.   The PowerScale OneFS distributed file system provides management for the storage infrastructure. This combination helps the team easily deploy, monitor and manage system updates and add new technologies. “OpenManage Enterprise offers a complete view of all the servers in our infrastructure,” David explains. “It’s an easy-to-use, centralized management tool that gives us the transparency to detect and address issues as soon as they occur. Through OpenManage Enterprise, we can ensure that our PowerEdge infrastructure is at the optimal firmware patch level. We maintain control not just over the operating system security patches, but over server security overall.”The ease of management also allowed Medacist to onboard more customers with minimal headcount increase. As David reports, “As we grew from 600 to over 2,000 clients, we were able to minimize growth in management overhead while delivering the scalability and performance our increased workloads required thanks to our Dell Technologies infrastructure.”  The complete solution has also reduced data processing lag time from 24 hours to just five minutes. It also provides 99.99% uptime, which has saved Medacist millions of dollars by upholding client service level agreements (SLAs). Delivering better accuracy with shorter processing timesMedacist specializes in drug-diversion analytics, a specialized healthcare service for identifying unusual patterns that could indicate possible abuse. The company’s Genesis healthcare data platform applies data analytics — including artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) — to vast amounts of data from a variety of sources throughout a drug’s lifecycle.Reliable, scalable and high-performing compute and storage solutions are mission-critical for Medacist. When the company needed to integrate multiple storage and analytics systems onto a shared data plane, David J. Brzozowski, Jr., Chief Technology Officer at Medacist, turned to Dell Technologies. By partnering with Dell Technologies for their infrastructure modernization project in support of the Genesis healthcare data platform, Medacist is now able to deliver new insights to more clients, faster than ever before.last_img read more

ET2000 TT tests the limits of innovation

first_imgINTRO: Deutsche Waggonbau AG has built a speculative prototype of this innovative low-floor articulated electric trainset with individual powered axles for German regional servicesIN RESPONSE to a request from German Railway for innovative trains to update regional services, Deutsche Waggonbau has built an experimental two-car articulated unit packed with innovative ideas and equipment. Called the ET2000 TT, it was assembled at DWA’s Ammendorf and Vetschau works and is currently being commissioned before trial running starts next spring.Apart from articulation, the ET2000 TT features short bodies using hybrid lightweight construction and end crumple zones, hydraulically powered tilting, single wheelsets with radial steering, and a section with the floor only 760mm above rail top. The 15 kV 16 2??3Hz traction equipment has an IGBT module feeding two three-phase asynchronous motors, each with a nominal rating of 250 kW. Tilting is powered from a central hydraulics unit that also handles other auxiliary functions: suspension, pantograph lift, radial steering, and disc braking. The 160 km/h ET2000 TT is intended as the forerunner of a family of modular trains for regional electrified routes. Using 2+3 seating in the ET2000’s wide bodies, DWA expects to accommodate 300 seated passengers in a train length of 100m.DWA shared development work with sub-sidiaries Institut für Schienenfahrzeuge Berlin GmbH and Fahrzeugausrüstung Berlin GmbH, as well as Dresden Technical University. oCAPTION: From next year DWA’ ET2000 TT will be tested on German Railway’s regional routes.Left: Fig 1. The articulated configuration is designed with a low floor in the central area where the entrance doors are located CAPTION: Reader Enquiry Number :DWA 103last_img read more