Two journalists killed, two missing and two wounded

first_img News News 23.3.03 – update at 20:00 GMT – The British ITV News (ITN) announced the death of its special correspondent Terry Lloyd. Australian freelance cameraman Paul Moran (see photo), working for the Australian TV network ABC, was killed in a car bomb explosion in Iraqi Kurdistan. Australian cameraman Paul Moran, 39, of the Australian ABC TV network, was killed on 22 March in a car bomb explosion in Iraqi Kurdistan. ABC correspondent Eric Campbell, who was with him, was wounded. The attack was at a checkpoint outside the village of Khormal, near the Iranian border. The journalists were waiting to enter the village to talk to refugees when a taxi appeared behind them and exploded.The border area, stronghold of the Kurdish Islamist group Ansar al-Islam, had been attacked by US missiles the night before. A photographer who witnessed the blast said the car bomb was aimed at the many journalists who were at the checkpoint.Another group of journalists, including a reporter and a photographer from Newsweek magazine, were caught in gunfire on the road to Basra on 22 March. None of them was hurt and they were picked up by US forces.Reporters Without Borders is shocked at these two deaths and the fact that two others are missing. The victims have paid a high price for their determination to inform the public freely and fully about the military operations in Iraq. In a war that also includes a fierce media battle, the task of seeking independent information is especially vital if world public opinion is to avoid being the target of manipulation and propaganda.”These tragedies must not be used by the warring parties as a pretext to further reduce the freedom of journalists to do their job in the war zone,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard.The organisation insists that the warring parties avoid all action that knowingly endangers the lives and safety of those in the media. It notes that four journalists were killed in the 1991 Gulf War. German photographer Gad Gross was executed by the Iraqi army in Iraqi Kurdistan and three British freelance journalists working for the BBC TV are thought to have been killed by their Turkish guide.These new deaths are more names on the long list of journalists killed while doing their job. Between 1992 and 2002, more than 500 were killed, nearly half of them in war zones and 73 per cent after being identified as journalists and killed in attacks or gunfire. Only 27 per cent of the deaths were accidental. Follow the news on Iraq to go further News December 16, 2020 Find out more News March 22, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists killed, two missing and two wounded Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistancenter_img RSF_en Help by sharing this information IraqMiddle East – North Africa War in Iraq – 23.3.03Update at 2000 GMTThe British ITV News (ITN) announced that its special correspondent Terry Lloyd had been killed, apparently in gunfire from US-British forces. Two other ITN journalists have been missing since 22 March and an ITN cameraman was wounded.The four were caught in gunfire at Iman Anas as they were driving towards Basra in two civilian vehicles, unconnected with any military convoy. ITN said the body of Lloyd (see photo), a 51-year-old Briton, was at Basra hospital. ITN cameraman Fred Nerac (French) and fixer Hussein Osman (Lebanese) were missing. Belgian freelance cameraman Daniel Demoustier, working for ITN, was wounded and reported hospitalised. February 15, 2021 Find out more December 28, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts IraqMiddle East – North Africa Organisation RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace”last_img read more

Caltech Builds Spacecraft to Speed Through Sun’s Atmosphere and Snag Solar Wind

first_imgScience and Technology Caltech Builds Spacecraft to Speed Through Sun’s Atmosphere and Snag Solar Wind Caltech scientists helped develop an instrument onboard NASA’s Parker Solar Probe By WHITNEY CLAVIN Published on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 | 11:18 am Top of the News Subscribe Community News Herbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Fashion Tips Are Making Tall Girls The Talk Of The TownHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCreative Ways To Burn Calories That Require Little EffortHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Jamie Rankin is seen holding a silicon detector similar to the ones onboard NASA’s Parker Solar Probe. She helped test the detectors, getting them ready for flight, at Caltech. Credit: CaltechA new NASA mission, set to launch on August 11, will whip through the sun’s sizzling outer atmosphere, or corona, flying closer to the sun than any spacecraft before it. Observations by the mission, called the Parker Solar Probe, will lead to better predictions of space weather and address fundamental mysteries about the sun’s dynamic corona.One of these mysteries has to do with high-speed solar particles that zip toward Earth at close to the speed of light. Scientists know the particles originate in the corona but they don’t understand how they are being accelerated. To address the question, a team led by Mark Wiedenbeck of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and including members from Caltech and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, developed one of several instruments onboard the Parker Solar Probe, called the Energetic Particle Instrument-Hi, or EPI-Hi. (The instrument has a partner, EPI-Lo, and both are overseen by the dual instrument’s principal investigator, David McComas of Princeton University.)“We will be exploring a region of space that has never before been visited,” says Wiedenbeck (PhD ’78), a Caltech alumnus who studied under Ed Stone—an investigator on the EPI-Hi instrument and the David Morrisroe Professor of Physics at Caltech.”We have ideas about what will be found, but the most important results may well come from observations that are completely unexpected,” says Wiedenbeck.The namesake of the mission is another Caltech alumnus, 91-year-old Eugene Parker (PhD ’51), who predicted, in 1958, the existence of a supersonic solar wind—a flow of charged particles that stream off the sun, accelerating at speeds faster than that of sound.“Many of his colleagues thought he must be wrong, but when Mariner 2 was on the trip to Venus in 1962, it revealed that a supersonic wind was always present,” says Stone, who is also the longtime project scientist for NASA’s Voyager mission, which includes Voyager 1 and 2—both launched in 1977 on tours of the solar system. The Voyager spacecraft each have instruments similar to EPI-Hi that are designed to detect charged particles from the sun, planetary radiation belts, and beyond our solar system.Stone, who worked across the hall from Parker in the early 1960s at the University of Chicago, says that Parker also correctly predicted that the solar wind would create a large bubble around the sun, now called the heliosphere. “In 2012, Voyager 1 finally left the bubble first predicted by Parker, entering interstellar space,” he says.The Parker Solar Probe will study the source of the solar wind: the sun’s blistering corona, with temperatures of several million degrees Celsius. When the solar wind slams into Earth’s atmosphere, it sometimes creates beautiful, glowing aurorae, but can also lead to harmful “space weather” that disrupts satellite communications and navigation systems.Of particular interest to the EPI-Hi team is the unsolved riddle of how a small fraction of the solar-wind charged particles reach near-light speeds.“When the sun is active, it can suddenly eject a billion tons of material that creates a shock wave traveling at speeds up to 10 million kilometers per hour. These shocks accelerate protons, electrons, and heavier ions that can reach Earth in less than an hour, creating space weather hazards to humans and hardware in space,” says EPI-Hi team member Richard Mewaldt, a research professor of physics at Caltech who has been studying high-energy particles in space for 47 years.“We believe that these solar-wind charged particles, the nuclei of atoms, get bounced around by shock waves like ping pong balls, gaining more and more speed,” says Stone. (A similar phenomenon is thought to happen outside our solar system, except there the particles are known as cosmic rays.) “We have been observing from a distance the effects of what is happening near the sun. Now we will fly through the region where it is happening. This should provide us with new clues about the process,” he says.The EPI-Hi instrument consists of stacks of silicon detectors designed to snag high-speed particles and measure their energies. Graduate student Jamie Rankin, who works with the EPI-Hi team, helped test the detectors at Caltech. “Some of the detectors are very thin, with the thinnest being about one-eighth the thickness of a standard sheet of paper. For the detectors to make the required measurements, we had to verify that their thickness only varied by no more than one-hundredth the thickness of a sheet of paper,” she says.The team says that figuring out how the sun accelerates particles to high energy will also rely on complementary measurements from other instruments onboard the Parker Solar Probe—instruments that will measure the solar wind, turbulent magnetic fields, radio bursts, and other phenomena.After launch, the Parker Solar Probe will swing by Venus for a gravitational boost toward the sun. The spacecraft, protected by a thermal shield, will ultimately circle the sun two dozen times over seven years. At closest approach, it will skim about 6 million kilometers above the sun’s surface; at that point, it will be the fastest spacecraft of all time, traveling fast enough to get from Los Angeles to New York in less than 20 seconds. The mission’s first batch of data is expected to arrive on Earth in December.The joint EPI-Hi and EPI-Lo investigation, called the Integrated Science Investigation of the Sun, is led by Princeton University. EPI-Hi was built largely at Caltech, with significant contributions from the Southwest Research Institute and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. EPI-Lo was built by Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. The Integrated Science Investigation of the Sun Operations Center is located at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. ShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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‘Exciting, but weak’ – Is the Bundesliga in decline?

first_imgBayern Munich crowned Bundesliga champions. PHOTO via @FCBayernENBerlin, Germany | AFP | Bayern Munich may have wrapped up a seventh successive Bundesliga title on Saturday, but their domestic dominance was severely tested in one of the most exciting German league campaigns in years.Perennial champions Bayern, who have romped to the title every season since 2013, finished just two points ahead of Borussia Dortmund, as the title race went down to the final day of the campaign for the first time in a decade.Yet while the excitement was higher than ever at home, German clubs fared surprisingly poorly in European competition, raising concerns the Bundesliga is a league in decline.Dortmund’s title challenge, though ultimately unsuccessful, provided welcome respite from the hegemony Bayern have enjoyed in recent years.Since 2013, the Bavarian giants had won six titles in a row by a margin of 10 points or more, and finished 25 points clear of Dortmund in 2013.Forced to claw back a nine-point gap to retain their crown, even Bayern welcomed Dortmund’s newfound strength.“We are happy to have such opponents, and I hope it continues next year because the Bundesliga and the fans in Germany need that,” Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic told broadcaster Sport1 after Saturday’s triumph.“It was nice to have an exciting title race for once.”Nor was it just the title race which provided entertainment until the end. On the last day of the campaign, three clubs were still in the running for Champions League qualification, while six sides still had hopes of a Europa League spot.For all the excitement, however, there is growing concern the Bundesliga cannot keep up with other major European leagues.Frankfurt-based FAZ newspaper wrote on Saturday the German top-flight was “exciting, but weak”, adding the league produced “masses of losers”.It was certainly true in the Champions League this year, as all four Bundesliga clubs were knocked out by the last 16.Bayern, Dortmund and Schalke were all convincingly beaten by English opposition, meaning there was no German team in the quarter-finals for the first time since 2006. Eintracht Frankfurt’s fairytale run to the Europa League semi-finals aside, it was a barren year for the Bundesliga in Europe.– ‘Internationally meaningless’ –In 2013, former Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld called the Bundesliga “the best league in the world” after both clubs reached the Champions League final.Now, many are warning it has become a “second-class” league behind Spain’s La Liga and the English Premier League.Last January, Bundesliga CEO Christian Seifert warned the league could soon become “internationally meaningless” if it did not adapt and keep the pace with its competitors.Most Bundesliga clubs run on a model of no debt and financial responsibility, and even mighty Bayern struggle to match the huge transfer sums paid out by Europe’s biggest sides.The “50+1” rule, which ensures fan power by guaranteeing club members majority voting rights, means most German outfits are unlikely to attract from wealthy foreign investors, as teams in England and France have done.The once sacrosanct rule has become increasingly contested of late, with calls for it to be reformed or even abolished.“I hope the league gives up on 50+1,” Bayern president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told GQ last year.“I think every club should be able to decide for itself whether it is open to investors or not”.League CEO Seifert, meanwhile, said in January that the Bundesliga had to find the balance between domestic and international success.“We need our top clubs to keep the pace in Europe while also offering exciting competition at home,” he said.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Flipkart Big Billion Days sale starts today: Top deals, offers and discounts on day 1

first_imgFlipkart’s annual online sale Big Billion Days sale is live from today. The sale will run for four days from today which means the last date to avail discounts and offers on Flipkart is October 14. The e-commerce company has partnered with popular names like Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika Padukone to promote the sale this year.Flipkart Big Billion Days sale will compete against the Amazon’s Great Indian Festival and Snapdeal Mega Diwali Sale that also start from today. The fight is going to be tough as all the three e-commerce companies are at their best to attract more and more buyers by announcing lucrative deals, offers and discounts.Coming to what Flipkart has up its sleeves to win this e-commerce sale battle, the company in its four days sale has each day dedicated to specific categories. On its first day of sale, the company is giving deals and offers across these categories- Fashion, TVs & Appliances, Home & Furniture, Beauty, Sports, Toys, Books, Smart Devices, Personal Care Appliances and similar.You will have to wait for a day more if you are planning to buy a smartphone from Flipkart during the ongoing sale. The second day of sale will see deals and offers on Mobiles and Electronic Devices & Accessories. The last two days of sale will have offers across all categories.Flipkart buyers can avail payment options like the no cost EMI, exchange offer, credit and debit cards, and the recent launched Cardless Credit that offers an instant credit of up to Rs 60,000. The process to apply for an instant credit takes not more than 60 seconds. Buyers heading to Flipkart today will see following deals and offers on the website.Televisions: These online sales are not only about smartphones or laptops. Buyers can also watch out for deals and offers across televisions. Talking about the televisions, Xiaomi has stirred this segment by launching its affordable Smart TVs. The Mi LED Smart TV 4A 32-inch is selling at Rs 13,499. It was launched at Rs 13,999. The 43-inch model is available at Rs 20,999 against its original price of Rs 22,999. The offers include no cost EMI and bank offer on HDFC Bank debit and credit cards.advertisementThere is 40 per cent off on Samsung 80cm (32 inch) HD Ready LED TV 2018 Edition TV. The TV is selling at Rs 15,999 instead of Rs 26,900. There is also no cost EMI and 10 per cent instant discount for HDFC card holders.LG Smart 32 inch HD Ready LED Smart TV is selling at Rs 19,999 instead of Rs 30,990 during the sale. There is up to Rs 4000 off on exchange. HDFC Bank card offer and no cost EMI options are also available.Vu 40 inch Full HD LED TV is available at Rs 16,499 during the sale instead of Rs 24000. HDFC bank offer, no cost EMI, and up to Rs 8000 off on exchange.Washing Machines and ACs: IFB washing machines are seeing huge price cuts during the sale. The 8kg front loading fully automatic is selling at Rs 31,499 instead of Rs 37,590. The 6 kg model is available at Rs 18,499 instead of Rs 22,590. The 6.5 kg model is selling at Rs 27,499. The 7Kg at Rs 25,699 with 19 per cent off. Samsung 6 kg fully automatic front loading is available at Rs 21,199 instead of Rs 25,600.Coming to the ACs, the Voltas 1.5ton 3 star split AC is selling at Rs 27,999 instead of Rs 50,990. The 1 ton model is available at Rs 24,999 instead of Rs 41,590 while the 1.2 ton 5 star is selling at Rs 29,999. Carrier 1 ton 3 star AC is selling at Rs 25,999 instead of Rs 41,050. The Samsung 1 ton 3 star is available at Rs 28,999 instead of Rs 40,300. There are price cuts on OGeneral, Hyundai, Hitachi and MarQ ACs also.Smartwatches: Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro is available at Rs 8,999 instead of Rs 13,999. There is up to 50 per cent off on Fitbit Charge 2 smart watches. Apple Watch series 3 is also on offer. The space grey and silver colour variants of 38mm Apple Watch Series 3 at a discount of 24 per cent bringing down the price from Rs 28,900 to Rs 21,900. The 42mm is selling at Rs 23,900. The Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular – 42 mm Space Grey Aluminium Case with Sport Band is selling at Rs 38,999 instead of Rs 42,999.Water purifiers: Water purifiers from Livpure, Kent, Hindware, Pureit, Eureka, and Bluestar are also on offer. Livpure LIV-PEP-PRO-PLUS+ 7 L RO + UV +UF Water Purifier is available at Rs 7,999 instead of Rs 15,500. The Kent ACE (11032) 7 L RO + UV +UF Water Purifier is selling at Rs 10,999 instead of Rs 19,000. Check out more such offers on Flipkart website.ALSO READ: Flipkart Big Billion Days sale: Best deals on Moto, Honor, Samsung smartphones advertisementlast_img read more