NEWS DIGEST 26.04.2020: Telecoms and maritime industries feel the COVID-19 heat, but tech surges onwards

  Today’s bulletin comes from the official HEMNA ‘Informa Accounts’ list on Twitter. Digital TV Europe magazine reports on their ‘Top Story of the Week’ – Nordic telco and cable operator Tele2 has withdrawn its financial guidance for the year … Continue reading NEWS DIGEST 26.04.2020: Telecoms and maritime industries feel the COVID-19 heat, but tech surges onwards

B’TSELEM: Israeli politician calls for Gaza human rights group to be shut down

Jerusalem – VIJAY SHAH via the Jerusalem Post An Israeli politician has called on the country’s most senior government lawyer to dismantle a human rights organisation in the country after its leader spoke up on the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, the Jerusalem Post reports. Nava Boker, a member of the Knesset (Israeli parliament) allied with the secular centre-right Likud party, issued a request to the Attorney General, Aluf Avichai Mandelblit, to order the closing down of human rights group B’Tselem after its director-general, Hagai El-Ad, spoke on the Palestinian crisis in front of the United Nations Security Council … Continue reading B’TSELEM: Israeli politician calls for Gaza human rights group to be shut down

WATERFALL PHOTO DEATH: Tourist dies in fall while posing for photo

Koh Samui – VIJAY SHAH via GEORGIA DIEBELIUS and Metro A tourist has died after falling a hundred feet while posing for a holiday snap at a waterfall, reports the newspaper Metro today. Jiri Barta, a man aged 32 from the Czech Republic, was visiting the tourist spot on the popular holiday island of Koh Samui, Thailand with a group of eight fellow travellers. They had reached the Khun Sri waterfall, where Barta and another group member decided to sit at a cliff edge to take pictures. However, Barta lost his footing and tumbled off the cliff, falling 100 feet … Continue reading WATERFALL PHOTO DEATH: Tourist dies in fall while posing for photo

FIGHTBACK AGAINST DAESH: Syrian forces take back large areas of Manbij

Manbij, SYRIA VIJAY SHAH via The Jerusalem Post & Reuters   In breaking news, the Israeli English-language newspaper The Jerusalem Post reports via the Reuters news agency that Syrian forces, with backing from the American military have succeeded in taking back forty per cent of the city of Manbij, which was previously part of the self-declared ‘caliphate’ of Daesh (so-called Islamic State). The city lies in the Aleppo governorate, thirty miles from the Euphrates river in north Syria, and is around 40-50 kilometres from the Turkish border. Manbij had witnessed heavy fighting and casualties in the past few months as the … Continue reading FIGHTBACK AGAINST DAESH: Syrian forces take back large areas of Manbij

KUNDUZ TAKEBACK: Afghan hospital hit by US strike, three killed

Kunduz/Kabul, AFGHANISTAN VIJAY SHAH via Financial Times/Reuters As the Afghan armed forces seek to retake the northern city of Kunduz after a surprise invasion by the Taliban earlier this week, reports have come in of a possibly misplaced American air strike on a hospital, killing three people, the UK’s Financial Times and news agency Reuters have claimed. The US military, currently working alongside Afghan forces to hold back the Taliban, once Afghanistan’s rulers before the 9/11 attack, had acknowledged today that it may have been responsible for the attack on the hospital facility, which is managed by international medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). … Continue reading KUNDUZ TAKEBACK: Afghan hospital hit by US strike, three killed

VIRTUAL VEXILLOLOGY: Animated world flags with TLDs (Part 5 – Asia)

Asia is one of the most linguistically, ethnically and religiously diverse continents on the planet. Its kaleidoscope of nations and cultures is well reflected in its range of flags. Just like Africa and South America, which we explored earlier on in the Animated ccTLD Flags series, Asia was once part of foreign empires, but is also home to many countries which escaped colonialism and have a long and vibrant history. Asia is home to a wide variety of alphabets and writing systems, which makes it an interesting point to note in what comes next. While the first set of ccTLDs … Continue reading VIRTUAL VEXILLOLOGY: Animated world flags with TLDs (Part 5 – Asia)

SOUTHERN THAILAND: Soldier shoots two colleagues dead

A soldier in the restive south of Thailand has gunned down two of his armed forces colleagues, killing them both, Singapore’s Strait Times reports today. According to the report, received via the international news agency Agence France Presse (AFP), the soldier has now been charged with murder after shooting two other soldiers at an army barracks in the south of Thailand, home to a Malay minority and a religiously and ethnically inspired insurgency that has claimed 6,300 lives over the past decade. The majority of the victims have been civilians. Hundreds of Thai troops have been stationed in the southern areas which have seen the army and police battle against an agitation by rebels in … Continue reading SOUTHERN THAILAND: Soldier shoots two colleagues dead

ASEF: Journalism event on crisis reporting in November

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) is launching a special event for journalists this November to explore and share best practice on reporting global crises. The 10th ASEF Journalists’ Colloquium on Crisis Reporting is being held in Luxembourg over three days from the 4-6 November 2014, according to a source with ASEF’s branch in Singapore. The colloquium is being organised in conjunction with the 12th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM FMM12), an important regional political meeting being held at the same time also in Luxembourg. A specially selected number of 25 practicing journalists from Asia and Europe to come together to discuss and learn different approaches, … Continue reading ASEF: Journalism event on crisis reporting in November

PHOTO MOMENT: Chinese New Year 2015 – Year of the Sheep/Goat

This year, the Chinese New Year will fall on Thursday, February 19, and according to the hallowed annals of the ancient zodiac from which originated the animals and their associated years, we will see the dawn of the Year of the Sheep. The sheep in question is said to be specifically the female Wood Sheep, although some will say it is the Green Sheep. Whichever material or colour the sheep of 2015 will arrive as, the New Year will be a time of new beginnings, family reunions and much excitement. Embed from Getty Images The sheep is considered a lucky animal, … Continue reading PHOTO MOMENT: Chinese New Year 2015 – Year of the Sheep/Goat