Guinea: two reporters injured while covering Conakry protest

first_img @VisionGuinee RSF_en @RSF_Inter Organisation News Guinean journalist finally freed after being held for nearly three months Guinea is ranked 107th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Follow the news on Guinea Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Guinea’s authorities to guarantee the safety of journalists in the field after two reporters were injured when police used force to break up an opposition demonstration in the Guinean capital, Conakry, on 14 November. News Fofana told RSF that he also tried to flee the police advance but was unable to run because he was “almost suffocated by the teargas” and fell when a policeman reached him. “He hit me in the face and then struck me violently in the thigh. Other policemen joined in and they beat me with their batons.” After taking Fofana’s phone, the police left him lying unconscious on the ground. A knife had been used to deliver the blow to his thigh. He had been easily identifiable as a journalist because he was wearing a vest with the word “Press.” News Journalists are often the victims of attacks and violence during political demonstrations in Guinea, but those responsible are rarely punished. Receive email alerts Newscenter_img May 19, 2021 Find out more Guinea : RSF and AIPS call for release of two imprisoned journalists November 16, 2019 Guinea: two reporters injured while covering Conakry protest “Such violence against clearly identified journalists is unacceptable,” said Assane Diagne, the head of RSF’s West Africa office. “The police must guarantee the safety of journalists and not obstruct them or attack them when they are doing their work. Impartial investigations must be carried out, and those responsible for these attacks must be identified and punished in accordance with the law.” GuineaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsEvents EnvironmentWomenImpunityViolence GuineaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsEvents EnvironmentWomenImpunityViolence April 15, 2021 Find out more to go further Guinean journalist’s continuing detention is “incomprehensible,” RSF says Help by sharing this information Mamadou Djiwo Bah of the LoupeGuinee news website and Alhassane Fofana of the MosaiqueGuinee news website were covering a protest organized by the National Front for the Defence of the Constitution (FNDC) against a third term for President Alpha Condé when police advanced on the protesters firing massive amounts of teargas. April 9, 2021 Find out more Bah lost consciousness as a result of the teargas and, after she fell to the ground, other demonstrators trampled on her in the scramble to flee the advancing police and the teargas.last_img read more

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Keirsey Chosen in 4th Round by Minnesota Twins

first_imgJune 5, 2018 /Sports News – Local Keirsey Chosen in 4th Round by Minnesota Twins Tags: Bill Kenneberg/DaShawn Keirsey/Minnesota Twins/Seacaucus N.J./Utah Baseball Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSEACAUCUS, N.J.-Tuesday, Utah baseball standout DaShawn Keirsey was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 4th round of the MLB Draft which runs through Wednesday at Seacaucus, N.J.As the 124th overall selection, Keirsey is Utah’s highest draft selection since Tyler Wagner went in the 4th round of the 2012 draft by the Milwaukee Brewers.Utah has had 11 total players selected in the first 10 rounds in head coach Bill Kenneberg’s tenure. The most prominent are C.J. Crom in 2011, Wagner and Stephen Fife in 2008 with Keirsey having a chance to join them.Keirsey is also one of 11 former Utes currently participating in Major League Baseball organizations.Keirsey leaves the Utah program having batted .334 for the Utes for his career, while netting 148 starts in 154 games.He goes down in Utes history as the first player in program history to be selected to the Pac-12’s all-defensive team back in 2016 while he also became a freshman All-American that year. Written bylast_img read more

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Movie Robots In Everyday Life

first_imgBy Dialogo May 18, 2009 The co-existence of mankind and robots gifted with “silicon souls” at home, at school, or at work is no longer science fiction, but happens in the present with the Hispano-Emirati Reem-B Humanoid, the Dutch Delfly dragonflies, and the Spanish astronaut Topolino. Their creators spoke with Efe at the Science Museum of the La Caixa Foundation in Alcobendas (Madrid), which hosted the “Silicon Souls” conference to discuss their research and development (R&D), the degree of automation, and the materials of these intelligent machines. Reem-B, the robot created in Barcelona, does not speak Catalan, but currently it can walk and pick up a can of soda, and what makes it “unique in Europe” is that its “battery lasts two hours,” it is “able to lift 14 kilos,” and “it can create maps of its environment,” David Faconti, of the company PAL Technology (www.pal-robotics.com), told Efe. Weighing 60 kg and 1.6 meters tall, the robot – funded by a company based in Abu Dhabi – can recognize faces, moves with an ease “comparable to the Japanese state of the art” in robotics, and, most interesting, it is capable of carrying 14 kilos with ergonomically-articulated arms. Reem-B, which resembles the famous R2D2 and C3PO from the movie “Star Wars,” still cannot help with domestic chores but, said the Italian Faconti, he hopes that a robot “son or grandson (of Reem-B)” will be able to act with a greater degree of autonomy, a key issue in robotics. On another level, the Spanish-Emirati firm is investigating “less humanoid, cheaper robots,” for what is known as the “mobile manipulation, that is to say a robot with wheels that develops risk tasks” “in pollutant discharges” or “deactivating bombs.” On the other hand, the Russian Vladimir Shirokov and the Belgians Bart Bruggeman and Bart Remes, researchers at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft, in Dutch), demonstrated for Efe their Delfly II robotic dragonflies and the micro Delfly, whose design is based on nature and the work of inventors such as Leonardo Da Vinci. This research began in 2005 with the first prototype ornithopter Delfly I, said Efe Bart Remes, and his academic goal is to “learn aerodynamics with all Delfly prototypes” (named after of “Delft,” the university, and “fly,” hence the web address: www.delfly.nl). For now, the three Delfly models have wings made of a transparent plastic and wire structure – Delfly I (2005), Delfly II (2006), and his latest invention, Delfly micro (2008) – which flies in enclosed areas because, as Remes commented, they are “very light and may have problems with wind.” The goal that has been set for this pioneering Dutch center is “the creation of robots (with the anatomical structure of dragonflies) that are very small and light, and that can go unnoticed and record videos,” which would be ideal for espionage. The optimization of the prototype’s weight is remarkable: from Delfly I’s 22 grams to 17 for Delfly II (with 15 minutes of flying time) and now Defly Micro weighs just 3 grams, and flies for 3 minutes carrying a minicamera which weighs less than 1 gram. In the near future these robotic dragonflies will be directed by remote control – like remote-controlled toy cars – and are being upgraded to become “smaller and smaller” and “fly automatically in either direction,” that is to say, vertically and horizontally. In contrast, the Spanish Topolino robot, which was designed by Javier Baliñas and Diego Salazar, two young students from the University of Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), to travel to Mars, has not yet been signed by NASA, which has two robots on the Red Planet: Spirit and Opportunity, Diego Salazar joked with Efe. The appealing Topolino (which means “little mouse” in Italian and is Mickey Mouse’s name in that language) won the Best Concept Award in the “Mission to Mars” contest at the EUROBOT 2008 international robotics competition. And what is the purpose of this robot? It is designed, said Salazar, “to take samples of Martian life, refrigerate them, and bring them back to Earth in good condition.”last_img read more

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