Pakistan: a month of silence for journalists in Balochistan

first_imgNews November 23, 2017 – Updated on November 24, 2017 Pakistan: a month of silence for journalists in Balochistan As in the rest of Pakistan, where the army functions as a state within the state, coverage of security issues is off limits for the media. Journalists who cross this red line are liable to be harassed, arrested or murdered. News “This situation might appear absurd if it were not for the level of violence,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “The freedom to inform is essential for starting a dialogue and for conflict resolution. Like intelligence agency intimidation, preventing the distribution of newspapers can only make the situation worse. We urge all parties to let journalists do their work because it is vital for the public interest in the province.” Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder PakistanAsia – Pacific Activities in the fieldCondemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflictsPredatorsViolence June 2, 2021 Find out more A month after armed groups began silencing the press in the southwestern province of the Balochistan when their ultimatum expired on 24 October, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) appeals to the province’s separatist rebels and to the Pakistani intelligence agencies to leave journalists out of the conflict. Organisation Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists News Pakistani journalist carry a bed to move the body of a news cameraman after a bomb explosion in Quetta on August 8, 2016 (Banaras Khan / APF). Newscenter_img Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Pakistan to go further Receive email alerts PakistanAsia – Pacific Activities in the fieldCondemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflictsPredatorsViolence At the start of the year, Pakistani intelligence agents began contacting Balochi journalists and ordering them to stop covering any statements by the province’s armed separatist groups. Balochistan’s armed groups have been on RSF’s 2013 list of “Press Freedom Predators”. Pakistan’s intelligence services were added to the new list published in 2016. Pakistan is ranked 139th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. In retaliation, two rebel groups said they would respond with violence against local newspapers if they had not resumed covering the separatist struggle by 24 October. RSF and its partner in Pakistan Freedom Network launched a security fund in order to provide assistance to journalists in imminent danger. But the situation is even tenser in the unstable province of Balochistan, where around 40 journalists have been killed in the past decade. Death threats by both rebel groups and intelligence agencies are frequent. April 21, 2021 Find out more RSF_en No newspapers have circulated in almost half of Balochistan’s districts for the past month. Grenades have been thrown and building facades have been raked with bullets. Journalists have closed 23 press clubs for fear of reprisals. Reporters, media workers and newspaper vendors are all now potential victims of these rebel groups. January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Former Finnish president to receive 2010 Great Negotiator Award from HKS

first_imgA highly respected world leader and peace negotiator is the recipient of the 2010 Great Negotiator Award, co-sponsored by the Future of Diplomacy Project at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and Harvard University’s Program on Negotiation.This year’s honoree is Martti Ahtisaari, former president of Finland and recipient of the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize, for his work on diplomacy and negotiation throughout his career.  Ahtisaari will receive the award during a visit to Harvard on September 27.Ahtisaari played a pivotal role in negotiations for Namibian independence from South Africa in the late 1980s, served as the chief U.N. negotiator on Kosovo from 2005 to 2006 and helped end hostilities between the province of Aceh and Indonesia that claimed as many as 50,000 lives over the years of conflict. Among the eight previous recipients of the award are U.S. Senator George Mitchell, United Nations Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi, and Ambassador Richard Holbrooke.last_img read more

PSG forward Neymar cleared of Covid-19, returns to training

first_imgPARIS: Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) forward Neymar has declared that he is “super happy” to return to training which implied that he has recovered from coronavirus and moved out of isolation.The 28-year-old striker was one of seven players in the PSG squad who had tested positive recently. The other infected players include Kylian Mbappe, Mauro Icardi, Angel Di Maria, Leandro Paredes, Keylor Navas and Marquinhos, reports Xinhua news agency. “I went back to training, supper happy #CORONAOUT,” the Brazilian posted on his Twitter account on Friday. The absence of these key players had weakened Thomas Tuchel’s side significantly as the Ligue 1 defending champions launched their title defence with a shocking 0-1 defeat at newly-promoted Lens on Thursday. The shorthanded German coach had to field several youngsters like 18-year-old league debutants Kays Ruiz-Atil and Arnaud Kalimuendo and 20-year-old goalkeeper Marcin Bulka in the starting line-up in Wednesday’s match. PSG on Friday also announced to have signed right-back Alessandro Florenzi on a one-year loan from Italian Serie A club Roma, adding that they have a purchase option when the loan ends next summer. Tuchel’s team will face a busy schedule in the coming week with a clash against last season’s runners-up Marseille on Sunday, followed by Metz at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday. IANSAlso watch: Rain Water Floods Barpeta Roadlast_img read more

Uganda Silverbacks knocked out of World Beach Games

first_imgHowever, Uganda handed over of two of their scheduled games (walk-over) to Latvia and Brazil as Uganda could not proceed with the game with only two players of the required three.The Ugandan delegation had only three players for the men’s team and four in the women’s team due to the inability for them to meet all the costs for travel URN has learnt.The defeat to Russia means the silver backs are out of the competition.The Women team, the Gazelles are seeded with China, Togo and Indonesia and are scheduled to play on Monday.The women’s team include Ritah Imanishimwe, Sarah Ageno, Priscilla Abey and Melissa Akullu.******URNShare on: WhatsApp Uganda Silverbacks. PHOTO via @AWBG2019Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda Silverbacks on Sunday lost to Russia 14-11 in the inaugural 2019 ANOC World Beach Games in Doha, Qatar.The inaugural international beach multi-sport event was organized by the Association of National Olympic Committees.In their first game of the day played on Sunday, the Silverbacks lost to a better Russian side 14-11 by the end of the 10 minutes of the game.Daniil Abramovskii was the man of the match as he scored 8 points. Cheburkin Dmitrii added 3 points for Russia and Ivan Khramov added 2.Uganda’s Henry scored 7 points converting three of four attempts, while Bbale Fayed added 3 points for team Uganda.However Uganda’s Jonathan Egau injured his left knee six minutes in the game and scored only 1 point for Uganda.Following Egau’s injury and inability to return to the court, it left Uganda with only two players on the court.In a gesture of sportsmanship, with four minutes remaining to the end of the game, the Russian side decided to play with only two players despite having a total of four players in good condition.last_img read more

Little Silver Seeks To Replace Cellphone Tower

first_imgBy John Burton |The Borough Council will be asking wireless providers, “Can you hear me now?” as it looks to partner for a new communications tower that would also provide additional cell service.The council will be seeking requests for proposals from communications companies in an effort to partner with one of the companies to erect a new 90foot structure in the area of the existing outdated communications tower, located behind borough hall, 480 Prospect Ave., according to borough officials.“At the end of the day, this is something we’ve needed for some time,” Mayor Robert Neff Jr. said about replacing the existing tower to ensure public safety and provide needed additional cellphone coverage for the community.Borough Councilman Donald Galante said the existing 50-foot aging tower, which dates back to circa-1966, provides inadequate coverage for local police, fire, emergency management services, State Police and county hotline services, which rely on it for communications.There are cellphone coverage dead spots in some areas of the borough, creating a possible public safety concern and could “prevent as rapid a response as possible,” in the case of an emergency, Neff noted.The thought, officials said, would be to have a private carrier construct the tower on borough-owned property, for which it would receive a rent abatement for a yet to be determined period of time for the use of the property and save taxpayer money. The cost to construct a new 90-foot tower could be anywhere from $150,000-$200,000, according to officials.In addition, the site could be used by other wireless providers, increasing those companies’ coverage for area users and earning the municipality some revenue, they said.“Doing this makes financial sense and it certainly makes good safety response sense,” Neff said.“This is the perfect opportunity to bring everything together,” Galante said.State Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), is a borough resident (and former borough councilman) who has headed up FSD Enterprises for about 20 years. The Red Bank-based firm works with municipalities to negotiate with wireless communications providers for the placement of towers and other equipment. O’Scanlon is volunteering his services, working with local officials as they explore their options.These installations are a fact of life today and “We all have a voracious appetite for bandwidth,” O’Scanlon noted. “And if that is going to function the way we all want it to we’re going to need the infrastructure.”This discussion came about when the telecommunication company Verizon appeared before the borough planning board about three months ago seeking a variance to place a number of antennas on top of downtown commercial buildings to improve service. The borough has an ordinance that makes this equipment a permitted use only on municipal property, thus requiring a use variance to place it outside of the permitted zones.“I wasn’t really excited, aesthetically, about buildings down-town having these antennas,” Galante acknowledged. But that opened the door for discussions for a new tower, he said.The council voted on June 8 to authorize borough administrator Kimberly Jungfer to work with O’Scanlon to address specifications and advertise to begin the bidding process. No time frame has been established for a decision.– By John Burtonlast_img read more

Cinema 4D Video Tutorial: Quick Topographies

first_imgLearn how to easily create detailed topographies using this quick Cinema 4D technique.Working with generators can be extremely taxing on your computer, especially when the objects generated are all 3D. Typically when rendering objects with topographic landscapes you can expect the process to be long, but not with the following effect created by Greyscalegorilla. In the following tutorial you’ll learn how to build quick topographies using the hair generator built into Cinema 4D. The whole process is surprisingly easy and the results are absolutely stunning. The tutorial covers:Using the Material EditorWorking with ProjectionsOptimizing Materials in PhotoshopLightingNotice how much more compelling the scene looks when using complex materials. If you want to learn more about manipulating materials using the new material editor in R16 we highly recommend checking out our post on the ‘14 R16 features you should know about‘.This tutorial was first created by Chris Schmidt of Greyscalegorilla. Thanks for sharing guys!Know of any other cool ways to make this effect? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Tomorrow Starts Today

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now If you don’t know what you were going to do first thing Monday morning, you are beginning the week with a poor start. Because you have not defined your top two or three most important objectives and blocked time to complete them, you are already in reactive mode.Odds are, if you don’t know what you need to do and haven’t defined that work, you will go to the one place that feels like work but isn’t, your email inbox.Working harder doesn’t make you more productive. Neither does working smarter. You can work very hard on things that don’t move you any closer to your goals. That isn’t going to make you any more productive than watching television. You can also spend time trying to hack productive by working smarter. Nothing is gained by applying greater efficiency to activities that aren’t aligned with your goals and objectives.The only thing you can do to increase your productivity in a meaningful way is to do the most important work you need to do each day.If you want greater productivity, you have to do your most important work each day. Being able to do that work is going to require some preparation.First, you are going to have identify your priority. The word “priority” is singular. What is the most important outcome or objective you need to achieve? You no doubt have multiple priorities competing for your time. But before you can decide what is your second most important outcome, you have to decide what is most important. You can make progress on two or three priorities each week, not two dozen.Second, after you know what you need to do, you have to block time to do that work. Your calendar is a reflection of your priorities. A calendar with too much white space means you are working in reactive mode. The world will fill that time for you, if you let it.To keep small things from preventing you from spending time on big things, you have to crowd out small things. Being productive is a matter of focus and discipline.The reason I get up at 4:30 AM every day is so I have two and a half solid hours for my priorities every day. No one wants your time and attention at 4:30 AM. What could you do with 17.5 hours each week?last_img read more

Kentucky’s Players Given Custom Kobe 10’s For SEC Tournament, NCAA Tournament

first_imgA behind-the-basket shot of Rupp Arena during a game.LEXINGTON, KY – NOVEMBER 14: A general view of the Kentucky Wildcats game against the Grand Canyon Antelopes at Rupp Arena on November 14, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Saturday, Kentucky capped off an undefeated regular season with a victory over rival Florida. As the team continues to march toward the goal of a 40-0 campaign, the players will be sporting some new gear in the postseason. Monday, Kentucky’s equipment Twitter account unveiled a photo of the new Kobe 10’s that the Wildcats will be wearing for both the SEC Tournament and the NCAA Tournament. They’re customized with “Kentucky” written on the inside.Players are getting custom Kobe 10s for the @KentuckyMBB post-season run from @nikebasketball! #31notdone #WeAreUK— UK Equipment Staff (@UKequipment) March 9, 2015Duke was also given customized versions of the same shoe earlier this week.Friday, Kentucky, which earned a double-bye in the SEC Tournament, will get the winner of Alabama vs. Florida.last_img read more

Cong Working Presidents appreciate party manifesto

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee Working Presidents on Tuesday appreciated the Party Manifesto ” Ham Nibhayenge” released by Congress President Rahul Gandhi. It is clearly spelt out the demands and aspirations of the people of the country and how to fulfill them.The Working President Haroon Yusuf said that the manifesto has given full attention to the needs of all sections in respective of category, caste, religion and believes of the people, as well as that of the common people, poor, labour, farmers, women, youth, students and the unemployed. Another Congress working President Rajesh Lilothia said that the manifesto clearly shows that the Congress party works for the interest and welfare of the people, and nothing has been left out for the fully integrated developments and progress of the country. The Congress senior leader Mangat Ram Singhal said that the manifesto has also noted that to give relief to the traders, the GST would be simplified, 33 per cent quota would be reserved for women in Parliament and State Assemblies to protect their interest.last_img read more

Delhi BJPs Purvanchal Morcha to explain govts schemes to parkgoers

first_imgNew Delhi: Purvanchal Morcha workers of the Delhi unit of the BJP will hold interactions with the city park-goers telling them about Modi government’s schemes for their benefit while “exposing” AAP government in Delhi.The teams of Purvanchal Morcha will visit parks across the city, specially in areas dominated by people from Bihar and eastern UP (Purvanchalis) settled in Delhi, and explain to them how Modi government has worked for their welfare Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderin the past five years, president of the Morcha, Manish Singh, said. “The campaign will begin from Thursday with Purvanchal Morcha visiting 15-16 major parks in each of the 14 districts in the national capital to popularise schemes and work of the Modi government,” Singh said. The planning for the park visits by Morcha workers was discussed in a meeting on Wednesday, attended by Singh, vice president of the outfit Jagdamba, general secretary Rahul Ranjan, and district presidents. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”We will focus on those areas where Purvhanchali population is concentrated in the city,” Singh said. Singh claimed the community, comprising 44 per cent of the Delhi voters, is “disillusioned” by the Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) which they “wholeheartedly” supported in the 2015 Assembly elections. The Morcha has so far held over 1,200 meetings in different parts of the city having sizeable Purvanchali population. It has set a target to hold 2,000 such meetings by April 20 in the run-up to the general elections, he said.last_img read more