IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” RSF_en IraqMiddle East – North Africa April 13, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 CNN crew’s bodyguard fires back with automatic weapon when crew comes under fire December 16, 2020 Find out more News Receive email alerts to go further Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Reporters Without Borders has voiced its concern that a CNN crew’s security escort returned fire with an automatic weapon when the crew, travelling in several vehicles, came under fire today at the entrance to the northern Iraqi town of Tikrit. The use of firearms is a practice contrary to all the rules of the profession, the organisation said.”Such a practice sets a dangerous precedent that could jeopardise all other journalists covering this war as well as others in the future,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said. “There is a real risk that combatants will henceforth assume that all press vehicles are armed,” he warned.”Journalists can and must try to protect themselves by such methods as travelling in bulletproof vehicles and wearing bulletproof vests, but employing private security firms that do not hesitate to use their firearms just increases the confusion between reporters and combatants,” Ménard added.The US TV news network CNN has been using a private security firm to protect some its crews, including the one led by reporter Brent Sadler that came under fire as it approached a checkpoint at the entrance to Tikrit today. After a security guard in one of the vehicles returned fire, the convoy turned back. A CNN driver who was slightly hurt was taken to hospital. Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan News News December 28, 2020 Find out more Organisation Follow the news on Iraq A CNN crew’s security escort returned fire with an automatic weapon when the crew, travelling in several vehicles, came under fire today as it approached a checkpoint (photo) at the entrance to Tikrit. News Help by sharing this information February 15, 2021 Find out more
Hybrid tribute fusion band Pink Talking Fish settled into Nectar’s last night, playing the first of three shows at the famed Burlington, VT venue. For the occasion, Pink Talking Fish decided to keep fans in suspense for each night, not revealing the themes until they took to the stage. Night one was thusly revealed to be “PTF Is Bowie,” as the band worked songs by David Bowie into their familiar repertoire of Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish.They also welcomed some special guests for the occasion, as singer Hayley Jane helped out on lead vocals for a handful of songs, and the band also featured saxophonist Matt Dolliver. Below, you can see a couple of videos from the night, including a duet on “Under Pressure” with Hayley Jane and keyboardist Richard James. That song segues into the Talking Heads’ hit “Take Me To The River,” and you can also see a video of “Life On Mars?” with Hayley Jane on vocals, below. Videos courtesy of Benny Tucker.“Under Pressure > Take Me To The River”“Life On Mars?”Setlist: Pink Talking Fish | Nectar’s | Burlington, VT | 3/2/17Set 1:Let’s Dance>Twist>Thank You For Sending Me An Angel*Money**>Golden Years>Gotta JibbooShine On You Crazy DiamondUnder Pressure***Take Me To The River***David BowieSet 2:When The Tigers Broke Free>Mike’s Song>Slippery People>Fame>Slippery PeopleWish You Were Here/Space Oddity Mashup>I Am Hydrogen>What A Day That WasLife On Mars**One Of These Days>Heroes>Weekapaug GrooveE: All The Young Dudes****w/ Runaway Jim tease**w/ Matt Dolliver on sax***w/ Hayley Jane on vocals
Vulfpeck recently wrapped up a sold-out European tour that followed three nights at NYC’s Brooklyn Steel. The band’s success is palpable, and continued over the weekend with their first of two performances at Austin City Limits. To kick off their week in Austin, the funk quartet performed two late night performances at Emo’s. Billed Vulfpeck w/ Joey Dosik, the fivesome took the opportunity to perform their newest single “Baby I Don’t Know Oh Oh” from Vulfpeck’s upcoming seventh studio album, Mr. Finish Line.The original recording of “Baby I Don’t Know Oh Oh” is a methodically soulful ballad sung by featured guest pianist/vocalist Charles Jones, though it was sung live by featured guest Joey Dosik who frequents with the band for their live performances. Even better, keyboardist Woody Goss stood up to perform the saxophone solo–a rarity–surprising fans beyond belief. Watch the live debut of “Baby I Don’t Know Oh Oh” below, courtesy of Lefferson Jam:Watch the official music video for “Baby I Don’t Know Oh Oh” below:The excellent new track marks the second to be released by the band since the announcement of Mr. Finish Line, following the cover of Mocky‘s “Birds of a Feather, We Rock Together” sung by Antwaun Stanley that they released a few weeks back. The band hasn’t indicated whether the singles will be included on the upcoming album. In the past, they have released several covers and singles that have not made it onto official LPs.Vulfpeck Shares First Track, New Music Video Featuring Antwaun StanleyAccording to the video the band released along with the album’s announcement, Mr. Finish Line will feature “10 Indi Bangers from the band that recorded Newsbeat,” a nod to their 2014 Fugue State tune. The album will feature a long list of contributors, including Stanley, Jones, Christine Hucal, legendary session guitarist David T. Walker, Danish vocalist Coco O., legendary session drummer James Gadson, funk bassist/singer/songwriter and member of Parliament Funkadelic Bootsy Collins, drummer for Prince during The New Power Generation era Michael Bland, keyboardist/saxophonist Joey Dosik (who bandleader Jack Stratton recently revealed will be taking lead vocals for his first Vulf tune) and guitarist/honorary 5th member Cory Wong. These talented players will, as always augment the core Vulfpeck quartet (comprised of Stratton, Joe Dart, Woody Goss, and Theo Katzman).Vulfpeck has one more performance this Friday at Austin City Limits before concluding their scheduled shows for 2018.
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The aim is to cut implementation costs through the benefits of scale.However, the APF’s introduction has been postponed to 1 January 2016, as Jetta Klijnsma, state secretary for Social Affairs, needed more time to flesh out details of the legal proposals.Aegon pointed out that participating parties will not have to pay for a guarantee and claimed that the prospects for indexation were improved, although it acknowledged that the APF would be subject to the new financial assessment framework.Edixhoven said lower board costs would lead to an overall cost reduction for small and medium-sized pension funds of 30%. The APF – called Stap – will consist of three rings initially, each with its own indexation target and matching investment policy.TKP is to carry out administration for the APF’s clients, while TKP Investments will be responsible for fiduciary management, possibly together with several external asset managers.Aegon said the Dutch regulator would still need to screen the trustees, adding that none of them was employed by the insurer or TKP.Edixhoven added that Stap’s board would be entitled to change its administrator and asset manager if need be. Aegon and its asset management and pensions subsidiary TKP are to set up a ‘general pension fund’, or APF, in the Netherlands.Ten pension funds have already shown a “concrete interest’’ in joining the new vehicle, according to Maarten Edixhoven, director of pensions at Aegon Netherlands.He said five companies with insured pension arrangements were also considering the APF as an alternative, “as they face price increases of up to dozens of percentage points due to falling interest rates’’.An APF allows for multiple pension plans to be implemented within a single scheme, overseen by a single independent board, while ring-fencing assets.
• Who is the richest person that dares to claim a Los Angeles home address?It’s Elon Musk (Tesla Motors, Space X and Solar City), at No. 34 with $11.6 billion. That’s a billion more than when you combine the next two locals — computer hardware guys David Sun of Irvine and John Tu of Rolling Hills, both at $5.3 billion.What would it take to create Team Musk-Sun-Tu, paired up with pharmaceuticals king Patrick Soon-Shiong ($9.2 billion), and do a hungry, hungry hippo hostile takeover of the Buss Family Dollar Lakers? Then recruit Ed Roski ($4.9 billion, No. 110 overall) to erect them a long-overdue arena in the San Fernando Valley?• Did you know this Forbes’ list has 44 owners among the wealthiest Americans, compared to 32 in 2013? And that doesn’t even account for Sir Phil Knight, No. 18 at $25.5 billion, and his Nike-juiced influence on college football’s shoe and apparel market.How much longer can the Green Bay Packers’ fan-ownership model last in the 21st century?• Unclear about the definition of a stampede? It’s what the Coliseum will see this weekend, with Colorado’s Buffaloes on Saturday and Buffalo’s Bills on Sunday. Just remember to repair your divots and make sure all visiting mascots make their donations at the bins located throughout the stadium so the field can be properly fertilized.• Whether or not you want to believe a climate-changing weather pattern known as Hurricane Matthew will wreak havoc with Saturday’s college football schedule, this has to put the Miami Hurricanes in an awkward spot as they wonder if their ESPN prime-time showdown against Florida State in Tallahassee will take place.Here, a school boasting of a nickname that represents mayhem and the probable loss of lives and destruction of property also is the state of Florida’s highest-ranked football team.Are boosters required to put themselves at risk because of a hurricane to go see the Hurricanes? What say you, supporters of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes?• Why, again, might you hate Tom Brady?“It’s nothing personal,” says Jeanie Buss in a new BleacherReport.com story. “I just find him annoying. … Honestly, I’m sort of ashamed to admit it. Because he’s probably a nice guy. But I hate Tom Brady.”And as for your brothers … ?• Jim Mora has been reprimanded, based on comments he made on the UCLA football postgame radio show, questioning the officials after the Bruins’ 21-point win over Arizona last Saturday night.Because someone actually heard the remarks on their car radio driving out of the Rose Bowl and reported it to the proper authorities? It’s the third year in a row Baller Steve has magically topped the team owners’ Richie Rich list, sneaking up on the field from No. 21 in 2015 ($21.6 billion), and No. 18 in 2014 ($22.5 billion).You can’t stop all the macro-hard work he put into Microsoft, you can only hope he contains it with a long-term deal for Chris Paul, his new vision of televising Clippers games with technology we may not even have yet, and the construction of a new arena he promises to build somewhere, some day, and without your tax money.• How must this Ballmer stronghold continue to overshadow the existence of Punxsutawney Phil Anschutz?The Denver-content owner of the NHL’s Kings and MLS’ Galaxy comes in with $10.9 billion, which relegates him to No. 39 overall on the wealthy Americans list and No. 3 on the owners.His satisfaction must come in the fact he has a sizable edge over No. 4 owner (and No. 58 overall) Stanley Kroenke, whose sports arsenal includes your Los Angeles Rams as well as Arsenal FC. The Columbia, Mo., resident can write a check for $7.4 billion if he pleases, and it could be larger once his new Inglewood stadium and theme park — not yet dubbed StanleyLand — is fully realized. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The most loaded owner in all of pro team sports?Ask Chuck, the Clippers’ mascot, why he still exists. There’s your first clue.Forbes confirmed our greatest unfounded fears this week with its annual ranking of America’s wealthiest individuals. Breaking it off into a subset of those who also gleefully possess their own sporting tax writeoff, your own Steve Ballmer of Hunts Point, Wash., the 15th-richest in the Gates/Bezos/Buffett/Zuckerberg orbit, has what’s believed to be 27.5 billion reasons to make the Clippers great again.(Or, at least very above average. Which Donald T. Sterling found to be a comfortable way to exist among all his piles of gold).