Journalist arrested in Tripoli

first_img to go further News RSF_en News June 24, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders has learned of the arrest on 16 March in Tripoli of Lofti Ghars, a journalist with joint Tunisian and Canadian citizenship who works for Al-Alam TV. Ghars was reportedly detained by pro-Gaddafi forces as he arrived in Libya from Tunisia. Lofti Messaoudi, a Tunisian journalist working for Al-Jazeera who was released on 31 March, said he heard Ghars’ voice while held in a Tripoli jail. Reporters Without Borders calls for his immediate release.On 3 April, the Libyan authorities asked the Daily Telegraph reporter Damien McElroy to leave the country without giving any reason. US journalist Michael Georgy of the Reuters news agency was previously expelled on 30 March, again without explanation.Three Al-Jazeera journalists who were arrested in early March – Mauritian reporter Ahmed Vall Ould el-Dine, Norwegian photographer Ammar Al-Hamdane and British photographer Kamel Al-Tallou’ – are still being held by pro-Gaddafi forces in the west of the country. A fourth Al-Jazeera journalist who was arrested at the same time, Tunisian Lotfi Messaoudi, was released on 31 March. Reporters Without Borders is also concerned about the whereabouts of Syrian journalist Rana Akbani, who has not been heard of since her disappearance in the east of the country on 28 March. In a televised interview on Al-Libya TV, a presenter accused her of spying. LibyaMiddle East – North Africa News LibyaMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts February 23, 2021 Find out morecenter_img On Libyan revolution’s 10th anniversary, authorities urged to guarantee press freedom Six imprisoned journalists to finally appear in court in Istanbul Follow the news on Libya News December 17, 2019 Find out more April 6, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist arrested in Tripoli Organisation Help by sharing this information Well-known Libyan journalist missing since his arrestlast_img read more

Guatemalan and U.S. Troops Team Up to Provide Health Services to Citizens

first_imgThe Mountain Operations Brigade is providing security, logistical support, and facilities to U.S. personnel, who are administering medical and dental services to thousands of Guatemalans via three Medical Readiness Training Exercises (MEDRETEs). The Guatemalan Military is also serving as the liaison to San Marcos’s residents throughout Beyond the Horizon 2016 , which will benefit 100,000 people in the Central American country. The MEDRETEs are providing free medical exams, which include pediatric, optometry, dermatology, gynecology, and cardiovascular services to patients in Aldea Villa Hermosa, Esquipulas Palo Gordo, San Pablo, La Blanca, and San Marcos. Doctors are aided by a clinical analysis laboratory. Guatemala’s Armed Forces and the United States also cooperate to fight organized crime by conducting joint training operations and maritime interdiction missions. The Guatemalan government, which views international cooperation as a key component of its national security strategy, is working with member countries of the Central American Armed Forces Conference, the Inter-American Defense Board, and the Organization of American States. “For these communities, poppy production represents their livelihood,” Maj. Gen. Bor stated. “As the state, we have to go in, attack the activity properly, and bring other satisfactory ways for them to be able to survive. It’s not an easy task.” Security and logistics Beyond the Horizon is also educational for Guatemala’s Armed Forces. “We are learning much as well. SOUTHCOM’s help allows us to take stock of what the communities’ needs are,” Maj. Gen. Bor said. “Reducing conflict and curbing illegal activity are essential to be able to satisfy the needs that these communities have. Education, health, and safety are equal to development.” History of cooperation By Dialogo May 16, 2016 “Brazil has Military personnel working in our country on education issues,” Maj. Gen. Bor explained. “A team of Colombian Military personnel deployed in Guatemala deals with questions of how to fight drug trafficking. Our allies are ready to cooperate.” Five hundred members from the Guatemalan Army’s Mountain Operations Brigade, which is based in San Marcos, joined 400 U.S. Military members from all branches of the Armed Forces for the exercise that will run from February 24th-July 3rd. The U.S. contingent is relieved every 22 days “as a display of support and commitment to our country,” the Mountain Operations Brigade’s Commander, Major General Byron René Bor Illescas, told Diálogo. This exercise gives U.S. Troops valuable training to hone the skills they rely on during combat. Troops receive training in engineering, medicine, and logistics by working on construction projects that include building community centers, schools, health clinics, and water wells in underdeveloped communities, Diálogo reported in March. center_img The civilian population has a high level of trust in the Armed Forces. “ The presence of the Army in the fields of public safety, humanitarian relief, and many other fields is accepted and appreciated by the civilian population,” Maj. Gen. Bor said. “Fortunately, we have 85 percent acceptance of Guatemalans.” Guatemala’s Armed Forces and U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) are working together to provide free health services to residents in the department of San Marcos through the humanitarian exercise “Beyond the Horizon 2016 . The joint exercise is part of SOUTHCOM’s Humanitarian and Civic Assistance (HCA) program, an annual initiative that provides medical, dental, and engineering services in Central and South American and Caribbean countries that need social and economic development. Guatemala has a close and ongoing cooperative relationship with the United States. “Relations are at the highest point in their history,” Maj. Gen. Bor stated. “We have open cooperation. It’s the best thing that could be happening to Guatemala through the modernization processes that has been implemented ever since the signing of the peace accords. Our action plan is focused mainly on respecting human rights.” Guatemala’s ministries of Education and Social Assistance, non-governmental organizations, and private organizations are also participating in the initiative. However, the Armed Forces of Colombia, Chile, Canada, and Trinidad and Tobago are participating as observers so they can all broaden their experience with these types of humanitarian relief missions. Guatemala’s Armed Forces and the United States have been cooperating on humanitarian operations since 1993. Beyond the Horizon was held in the departments of Jutiapa in 2001; San Marcos in 2007 and 2012; Puerto Barrios in 2010; Petén in 2010; Cobán in 2012; and Zacapa in 2014. The initiative has also been held in other countries, such as El Salvador. Fighting poppy production San Marcos borders Chiapas, Mexico, and its highland region, known as the “Golden Poppy Triangle,” is home to most of the poppy fields that are cultivated for the production of heroin. The drug has a value of about $30,000 per kilogram at the Guatemalan border with Mexico, El Universal reported on February 16, 2015. The U.S. government is also bolstering education in the Central American country by supporting the construction of two schools: one in Caserío Nueva Florida, in the town of Catarina, and another in the town of San Rafael Pie de la Cuesta. In addition, U.S. Troops are also constructing medical clinics in three villages and towns within the department of San Marcos. “Personnel have been participating during these medical campaigns and have been providing excellent Military-quality service,” Maj. Gen. Bor said. “The final objective is to provide humanitarian relief to people and give them the perspective that we as the Military are at their service. Guatemalan doctors are providing free external consultations in all specialties, including surgeries.” last_img read more

Health Officials: Florida Had Nearly 3,400 “Hepatitis A” Cases in 2019

first_imgOur state saw nearly 3,400 cases of hepatitis A last year, according to health officials.Statistics through Saturday reveal there were 3,395 cases, including 63 new cases reported last week.Florida totaled 1,175 reported cases of hepatitis A over the five previous years combined, with 548 of those cases occurring in 2018.Hepatitis A can cause liver damage. It is spread through such things as fecal matter. That could include transmission by people not properly washing their hands after going to the bathroom and by contaminating food or drinks.To that end, health officials urge people to get vaccinated against the disease.Pasco County had the most cases across the state in 2019, with 414.last_img

Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal bothered by left shoulder

first_imgYasmani Grandal was available to the Dodgers in Game 4, but his left shoulder was bothering him plenty after Game 3.“I knew at some point it would come back again,” he said after Monday’s game, his shoulder heavily wrapped. “Some days it’s going to hurt. Some days it’s not. You just take it one day at a time.”A.J. Ellis caught Kershaw in Game 4, as expected.“If he (Grandal) wasn’t going to be available, we would have made a move,” Mattingly said. “But we feel like he’s going to be able to play. We know he’ll be able to play tonight, and then moving forward we have to make a decision.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error NEW YORK >> last_img