Two Japanese journalists and their Iraqi interpreter killed

first_img News Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan IraqMiddle East – North Africa Organisation RSF_en News Two Japanese freelance journalists, Shinsuke Hashida, 61, and his nephew Kotaro Ogawa, 33, and their Iraqi interpreter were killed late yesterday in an attack on the road between Mahmoudiya and Latifiya, 30 km south of Baghdad. Hashida was an experienced war correspondent.They had just left the Japanese military base in the town of Samawa, south of Baghdad, and were heading towards the capital when their vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade fired by an armed group. The vehicle caught fired and exploded. Only the driver, who was injured, managed to get out in time.The director of the hospital in Mahmoudiya, Imad al Maleki, told the news agency Reuters that their bodies were very badly burned. The Japanese authorities have not yet been able to officially identify the bodies of the two journalists.The area around Mahmoudiya has seen repeated attacks and fighting between armed groups and US troops and is one of the most dangerous places in Iraq. Two journalists working for the Polish public television station, TVP, Waldemar Milewicz (a Polish citizen) and Mounir Bouamrane (an Algerian), were killed there on 7 May by gunfire of unidentified origin.Two Iraqis working for the US television news network CNN, Duraid Isa Mohammed (an interpreter) and Yasser Khatab (a driver) were also killed there in an ambush by unidentified armed men on 27 January.Iraq is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for the press. At least 30 journalists and media assistants have been killed there since the start of the war in March 2003. Sixteen of them, including 12 Iraqis, have been killed since the beginning of 2004. News Receive email alerts Follow the news on Iraq February 15, 2021 Find out more Two Japanese freelance journalists, Shinsuke Hashida, 61, and his nephew, Kotaro Ogawa, 33, and their Iraqi interpreter were killed late yesterday in an attack on the road between Mahmoudiya and Latifiya, 30 km south of Baghdad. Ogawa was an experienced war correspondent. A total of 30 journalists and media assistants killed since the start of the war. IraqMiddle East – North Africa News Help by sharing this information Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” December 28, 2020 Find out more May 28, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two Japanese journalists and their Iraqi interpreter killed to go further December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Contractors see no cause for concern at UHL site

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NewsHealthPoliticsContractors see no cause for concern at UHL siteBy David Raleigh – August 22, 2019 342 Groundwork gets under way on the site of the new 60 bed unit at UHL last April.A NEW 60-bed unit at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) is expected to be completed by next April, the company behind the €19.5 million project has confirmed to the Limerick Post.This follows confirmation earlier this week that the HSE awarded the contract for the building to Western Building Systems, which built 42 schools, all of which it is claimed have been found to have structural defects.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Western was awarded the tender earlier this year and signed off on the contract last May.The Department of Education is pursuing legal action against the firm for the cost of remediation of defects discovered at the schools.A UHL spokesman said the 60-bed unit “will be fully compliant with the building regulations”.“The proposal to provide a fast track ward block at UHL was initiated during 2018. Following a public procurement process by the HSE, the successful bidder was Western Building Systems. Funding to progress the project was subsequently included in the HSE Capital Plan 2019,” they said.The contract is “underway and progressing well” and is “anticipated to be completed by Quarter 3 2020 with the new beds envisaged to be operational in time for winter 2020”, the spokesman added.“Strict EU public procurement guidelines” were followed, and, Western “was entitled to bid for the contract and met all the contract criteria”.As the project is “a rapid build”, specialist work of this nature would have precluded some contractors from bidding. The work is being supervised and monitored by a HSE-appointed “technical advisor team” as well as “local HSE Estates staff”.UHL is consistently the most overcrowded hospital in the country, providing the only 24-hour emergency cover for the mid-west region and the spokesman said that the 60-bed unit “will go some way towards addressing the acknowledged lack of bed capacity in the region”.There is as yet no firm commitment to fund a proposed 96-bed unit at UHL.“This project is some years away from delivery”, the UHL spokesman said.Limerick Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan said: “It is very concerning that a company who is currently being sued by the Department of Education have been awarded the contract for the new ward at University Hospital Limerick.”“We don’t yet know to what extent Western Building Systems was responsible or not, for the building defects found in the 42 schools they built for the State over the past number of years.”“Until these facts are established, I would have assumed current tenders from this company would be under review, and new tenders not accepted, until the full facts are established.“I am extremely concerned that this news could result in delays for the new ward, which is critically needed at UHL,” Deputy Quinlivan added.Former Mayor and current Fianna Fáil general election candidate James Collins, said he felt there were many questions that needed to be answered about the situation.“I’m conscious that the company went through a tendering process and won the contract, but were those adjudicating on that contract fully aware of the issues which have arisen at the 42 schools. We have seen hundreds of schoolchildren nationwide disrupted,” Cllr Collins said.“In some cases, schools have had to shut down. There are outstanding questions in relation to the structural integrity of the work carried out by this company, so we must ask is it right to give them this contract?”“At the very least, the tender award should be reviewed given the large amount of public money at stake, and the significant public interest and public safety issues involved.”A UHL nursing source said they did not want to comment on the circumstances surrounding the awarding of the contract but that they “hope it won’t delay the unit”.A spokeswoman for Western Building Systems said the company, which has operated to 35 years, “continues to be awarded and deliver important public and private contracts in Ireland and the UK including University Hospital Limerick which is set for completion in April 2020”.“These tenders were awarded following extensive procurement processes.” She said that Western had “recently completed work and / or are currently working on other projects, including, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda; a psychiatric inpatient unit at Beamount Hospital; Roslyn Park College; Greystones National School; Colaiste Cois Life and a number of housing projects”.“We note comments from the HSE last year when it stated ‘there are currently no safety concerns regarding the integrity of its buildings in relation to construction works carried out by Western Buildings Systems at this time’”.“We welcome engagement and cooperation with public contracting partners in respect of all such projects, not least to ensure we avoid a situation whereby projects which are deemed to have met contractual requirements and certified as such by Government Departments and agencies are subsequently not deemed to be.”“We will work with the contracting authorities such as the Health Service Executive in respect of whatever structures they deem appropriate as we have also done up to this point in respect of the school building with the Department of Education.”“In parallel, we will continue to engage with the Department of Education and Skills to ensure the independent report it promised into the schools building programme is delivered with a firm deadline for the publication,” the spokeswoman concluded. 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Bob Weir Shares New Single From Upcoming “Blue Mountain” Album [Listen]

first_imgWith Bob Weir‘s Blue Mountain coming out at the end of this month, fans of the Grateful Dead guitarist await patiently to find out what the full-length album of originals will sound like. Following his previous release, “Only A River”, Weir shares a new track, “Gonesville”, from his new cowboy album.You can listen to the song, which premiered on Rolling Stone today, below:“Gonesville” was collaboratively written by Bob Weir and Josh Ritter and will appear on Blue Mountain on September 30th, which marks Weir’s first solo album in over 10 years, and his first batch of songwriting in over 30 years. The record features The National’s Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner, and Scott Devendorf as contributors.According to Rolling Stone, the full list of contributing musicians also includes: Ray Rizzo (drums, harmonium, harmonica, backup vocals), Joe Russo (drums), Jon Shaw (upright bass, piano), Rob Burger (keyboard, accordion, tuned percussion), Sam Cohen (electric guitar and pedal steel), Nate Martinez (guitars, harmonium, backup vocals), Jay Lane (drums, vocals), Robin Sylvester (upright bass, vocals, hammond organ) and Steve Kimock (lapsteel). The Bandana Splits – comprising Annie Nero, Lauren Balthrop and Dawn Landes – sing backup on the album.Check out the full tracklist and tour schedule below.Blue Mountain Tracklist1. Only A River2. Cottonwood Lullaby3. Gonesville4. Lay My Lily Down5. Gallop On The Run6. Whatever Happened To Rose7. What The Ghost Towns Know8. Darkest Hour9. Ki-Yi Bossie10. Storm Country11. Blue Mountain12. One More River To CrossBob Weir Tour DatesSan Rafael, CAMarin County Civic CenterOctober 7, 2016Oakland, CAFox Theatre OaklandOctober 8, 2016Los Angeles, CAThe WilternOctober 10, 2016Upper Darby, PAThe Tower TheatreOctober 12, 2016Brooklyn, NYThe Kings TheatreOctober 14-15, 2016Port Chester, NYThe Capitol TheatreOctober 16, 2016Nashville, TNRyman AuditoriumOctober 19, 2016[via Rolling Stone]last_img read more