Security forces abduct two journalists in Pakistan’s Sindh province

first_img Kamran Sahito, who works for the Sindh Express newspaper and BOL TV, was kidnapped in similar circumstances on 6 February in Hyderabad, the province’s second largest city. The police repeatedly denied holding him but his father filed a complaint with a Hyderabad court and, on 28 February, a judge ordered the police to produce him within three days.Although his colleagues emphasize his professionalism as a journalist, he is now charged with burglary.“The crude police behaviour and trumped-up charges border on the absurd,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “These reporters are clearly the collateral victims of the relentless harassment of independent journalism in Sindh.” “We call on the government to dispatch an independent commission of enquiry to shed light on these arbitrary arrests. The police must stop serving as the armed wing of private interests, as is so often the case in this province.”Investigative journalists are constantly harassed by the security forces in Sindh, a province still marked by feudalism and tribal conservatism. Jarar’s brother, fellow journalist Nasrullah Jarar, told RSF that his brother’s abduction was a reprisal for his investigative coverage of complaints by local cane sugar producers about their treatment by major landowners with links to provincial politicians.Sahito’s father said he was concerned for his son’s safety and feared that he could be used as an example to intimidate other journalists in the province.Another Sindh Express reporter, Ghulam Rasool Burfat, was reported missing on 5 August. Based in Jamshoro, a city 15 km west of Hyderabad, he is said to have been investigating the province’s separatist movements a little two closely. Four days after his abduction, masked gunmen abducted Badal Nohani, the secretary-general of the Jamshoro Press Club.Despite repeated demonstrations by their families and fellow journalists, the provincial authorities have said nothing about their disappearances.Pakistan is ranked 139th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Receive email alerts Follow the news on Pakistan News January 28, 2021 Find out more April 21, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of two Pakistani journalists held on spurious charges by the police in the southeastern province of Sindh. Both were initially the victims of enforced disappearances before the police eventually acknowledged holding them. to go further ————————————————————————–Update:The journalist Kamran Sahito was finally released on bail on 9 March after being held for more than a month. His release was ordered by courts in Hyderabad and nearby Jamshoro, where he has been the subject of separate police complaints. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) hails this decision by the Sindh province authorities and urges them to also free Rafaqat Ali Jarar, a journalist who was arrested in similar circumstances on 15 February.————————————————————————–Rafaqat Ali Jarar, the Daily Koshish correspondent in Tanda Bago, a small town 100 km southeast of Hyderabad, was kidnapped by gunmen on 15 February. It was only on 2 March that the police admitted having him in their custody.He is now charged with terrorism and, according to the Sindh security forces, was part of a group created by India’s counter-intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW). However, little is known about this group. Organisation News PakistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Conflicts of interestJudicial harassmentPredatorsImprisonedDisappearances News Help by sharing this information News Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists June 2, 2021 Find out more The Hyderabad police portray Rafaqat Jarar as a “terrorist” during a press conference (right). There are frequent demonstrations in Sindh, including in the provincial capital Karachi (left), in protest against arbitrary behaviour and violence by the security forces (photos: Archives – Asif Hassan / AFP). Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire PakistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Conflicts of interestJudicial harassmentPredatorsImprisonedDisappearances March 9, 2018 – Updated on August 23, 2019 Security forces abduct two journalists in Pakistan’s Sindh province Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder RSF_en last_img read more

Nintendo Download: Stand Brave Against Creatures From the Grave

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Twitter TAGS  Local NewsBusiness Twitter Relive the legacy of three Blizzard classics – Blackthorne, The Lost Vikings and Rock N Roll Racing with the Blizzard Arcade Collection.center_img By Digital AIM Web Support – February 25, 2021 WhatsApp Nintendo Download: Stand Brave Against Creatures From the Grave Pinterest Previous articleCobalt Iron Secures Patent for Automatic, Dynamic Data Collection in Response to Detected Events and ConditionsNext articleKRAFTON, Inc. Announces the Future of Battle Royale, PUBG: NEW STATE Digital AIM Web Support Facebooklast_img read more

Donegal has country’s 3rd highest rate of fuel poverty

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Previous articleUp to fifty children involved in school bus crash in Co TyroneNext articleCouncillor says those with bad water should block water meter installation admin Twitter By admin – September 22, 2014 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Google+ Pinterest Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Donegal has country’s 3rd highest rate of fuel poverty Figures published this morning show almost 22 thousand people in Donegal are in receipt of the winter fuel allowance.Only Cork and Dublin have higher figures.The figures were released by Energy Action ahead of its annual conference which will take place at Croke Park on 6th October 2014.Energy Action describes itself as a not-for-profit pioneer in the field for over 20 years.Jane Barry of Energy Action says people need to focus on saving fuel:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Facebook WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Wednesday May 26th WhatsApp Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme Facebooklast_img read more

Lough Swilly Ferry Service could return as early as next week

first_imgA Lough Swilly Ferry could soon be back on the water if negotiations between Donegal County Council and a potential new operator are successful.A previous round of tendering was unsuccessful, but when a second tender period expired yesterday, one proposal had been received.Discussions are now beginning, with Cllr Liam Blaney saying that while the summer is already half over, there could be a boat back on the water as early as next week…………..Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest Lough Swilly Ferry Service could return as early as next week 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Homepage BannerNews Facebook By admin – July 17, 2015 WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter Google+ WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Twitter Previous articleCouncil urged to take action to stop illegal dumping at Galliagh beauty spotNext articleInfection controls stepped up at Altnagelvin Hospital admin Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Texas energy executives face state lawmakers for catastrophic grid failure

first_imgCrackerClips/iStockBy JASMINE BROWN, HALEY YAMADA and RACHEL HUMPHRIES, ABC News(AUSTIN, Texas) — During a legislative hearing on Thursday, lawmakers expressed their outrage toward the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) after more than four million Texas customers were left without electricity and heat during a deadly cold snap this month.Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the energy agency, which manages 90% of the state’s power grid, is responsible for the devastation that resulted from the blackout. He said that it did not take the winter storm seriously.“They downplayed the severity of it, at the same time telling me and the public that they were fully prepared for it,” Abbott said at the hearing. “Texas suffered last week in ways they shouldn’t have to suffer.”ERCOT claimed that the scale of forced blackouts, the largest in Texas history, prevented an even larger energy failure.“We came dangerously close to losing the entire electric system,” ERCOT CEO Bill Magness said. “I’d say [ERCOT] worked from keeping us from going into a blackout that we’d still be in today, that’s why we did it.”According to ERCOT officials in an emergency board meeting Wednesday, the state was just four minutes and 37 seconds away from a complete blackout that could have left Texas without energy for weeks. ABC News has reached out to ERCOT for comment.Although, for some Texans like Tim Hammond, it wasn’t enough. The church he manages in Arlington, Texas, completely flooded after its pipes burst. He said that they’re focused on healing.“I hope that lessons will be learned from this whole experience,” Hammond told ABC News. “The shock is gone, and we just have to pick up the pieces and move on, we don’t have a choice.”State officials said many people died from carbon monoxide poisoning after some used cars or generators to keep warm during the massive power outage, ABC News reported Monday.President Joe Biden is scheduled to fly to Texas on Friday in his first visit to the state since the major disaster.Gov. Abbott said that he wants to make sure something like this never happens again. He called for the winterization of the power grid to be both mandated and fully funded.“Never again can we allow power to go out,” he said.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Bank of England cuts interest rate to 0.25%

first_imgThe Bank of England’s move to cut interest rates in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak has been welcomed by property experts.The Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee unanimously agreed to reduce the main bank rate by half a percentage point to 0.25% at a meeting on Tuesday.In a bid to encourage lenders to help small businesses, banks have also been given the green light to draw on the financial buffers they have been required to hold since the global financial crisis.The move will allow banks to offer an extra £200bn in credit to firms facing a cash-flow crisis as a result of the Coronavirus, and its potential effects on the economy.The Bank said the reduction in the base rate would help to support business and consumer confidence, bolster the cash flows of businesses and households, and reduce the cost and improve the availability of finance.In a joint statement, outgoing Bank of England governor Mark Carney and his replacement Andrew Bailey, who takes over on 16 March, said the measures were “a powerful and timely package to support UK businesses and households to bridge a temporarily difficult period and to mitigate any longer-lasting effects on jobs, growth and the UK economy”. Industry reactionIain McKenzie, CEO of The Guild of Property Professionals, said:“Over the last three years the housing market has proven to be remarkably resistant through all the political factors that have surrounded it, such as Brexit.“The latest interest rate cut by the Bank of England from 0.75% to 0.25% is only going to strengthen the housing market further because there is so much pent up frustration, and actually, through all the political and public challenges we have faced recently the safest place for your money has been bricks and mortar.“While the rate cut will have a lesser impact on those who have the cash to purchase a property outright, it will certainly help alleviate some financial pressure on those with mortgages, as well as those looking to get into the property market for the first time.”Dominic Agace, CEO of Winkworth,added: “This is welcome news and will help to underpin the market. It will be a great boost for many people with mortgages or about to take out a mortgage, particularly the self-employed, who may be concerned about the impact of current events on their income.” Business supportBoth RBS and Lloyds yesterday offered support to small businesses, which could prove vital for local agencies if the market falters, as they struggle to compete against the big chains.RBS has said it is putting aside £5bn to cover emergency loans and has contacted more than 5,000 business customers to offer support. Firms will be able to apply for loan repayment holidays of up to six months. cheaper loans interest rates mortgages mortgage rates Bank of England March 12, 2020Richard ReedWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Bank of England cuts interest rate to 0.25% previous nextHousing MarketBank of England cuts interest rate to 0.25%The rate cut of half a percentage point by the Bank of England as a monetary stimulus has been welcomed by property experts.Richard Reed12th March 20200697 Viewslast_img read more


first_img× ALTAR SERVERS, EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS, AND READERS — With Rev. Sergio Nadres and Deacon Michael are the altar servers, Eucharistic ministers and 9th grade readers Chris and Reagan for the recent family mass at St. Vincent de Paul Parish.last_img

National Cupcake Champions announced

first_imgDaniel Addy and Laura Morris took the top prizes at this year’s National Cupcake Championships. Addy, owner of Chef Dan’s Cakes, took the professional’s crown with a chocolate and amaretto cupcake, which also won the Made With Alcohol category while Laura Morris beat off competition in the amateur category with her chocolate banana fudge creation. It was based on a safari theme and topped with a giraffe decoration and also won the Themed Cupcake category.The sixth National Cupcake Championships, organised by British Baker, was held at Cake International in Birmingham with the awards presented by award-winning celebrity cake maker Mich Turner MBE.“I can’t believe that I’ve won,” said Addy. “I entered the competition with the same cupcake last year, but this year I changed the recipe of the sponge which I thought was too dry last year, filled it with ganache and changed the decoration too.”Morris, who reached the final in last year’s competition, said: “I am very happy and surprised to have won – so happy to see the ‘first’ rosette! I’ve been baking since I was six or seven as my mum was a huge inspiration and I bake about once a week. All my friends and family say I should bake professionally so I might look into pursuing a career in baking.”Morris adapted an existing recipe to make her safari cupcakes and each giraffe took around 30 minutes to make.National Cupcake Week, run alongside the awards, is partnered by charity Wellbeing of Women and sponsored by Cater For You and Barry Callebaut.Visit the dedicated National Cupcake Week website here.National Cupcake Championships Winners 2014Professional competition:National Cupcake Champion – professionalDaniel Addy of Chef Dan’s Cakes with a chocolate and amaretto cupcakeFree-From Cupcake of the YearWinnerAnn Gardiner of Mad Hatters Tearoom & Bakery with a gluten-free lemon cheesecake cupcakeHighly CommendedDebbie Mcfaul of CrumbsBakery with a Vintage Rose cupcakeClassic Cupcake of the YearWinnerSarah Profitt of Betty’s Craft Bakery with a mango and coconut cupcakeHighly CommendedSonali Hazell of Haze Cakes with a Chocomel cupcakeBest Cupcake Made with AlcoholWinnerDaniel Addy of Chef Dan’s Cakes with a chocolate and amaretto cupcake Highly CommendedDavid Moratto-Smith of The Apple Pie with a Limoncello Fun cupcakeThemed Cupcake of the YearWinnerAnn Gardiner of Mad Hatters Tearoom & Bakery with a Mad As A Hatter cupcakeHighly CommendedSonya Norris of Sweet Sonya’s Cupcakes & Teatime Delights Home Baking competition:National Cupcake Champion – home bakingLaura Morris with a chocolate banana fudge (Safari theme) cupcakeFree-From Cupcake of the YearWinnerFrancesca McCrohan with a Banoffee After Dark cupcakeHighly CommendedAngela Pettengell with a strawberry shortcake cupcakeClassic Cupcake of the YearWinnerChloe Valentine with a Classic Madagascar Vanilla Bean cupcakeHighly CommendedAngela Pettengell with a gluten-free gingerbread cupcakeBest Cupcake Made With AlcoholWinnerHilary Edwards with a ginger, honey and Glenfiddich whisky toddy cupcakeHighly CommendedGemma Ginn with a Cuba Libre cupcakeThemed Cupcake of the YearWinnerLaura Morris with a chocolate banana fudge (Safari theme) cupcakeHighly CommendedKairen Hind with a Love it or Hate it Cupcakelast_img read more

SiriusXM Jam ON Releases Broadcast Schedule For Suwannee Hulaween

first_imgThis weekend marks the exciting return of Suwannee Hulaween, coming to the Spirit Of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL from October 28-30. The festival has big plans for the weekend, including seven sets from hosts The String Cheese Incident and shows from groups like My Morning Jacket, Umphrey’s McGee, STS9, Greensky Bluegrass, The Motet, Snarky Puppy, and the newest jam super group Benevento, Russo & Burbridge.If you can’t make it down to Hulaween, fear not! SiriusXM Jam On will be streaming sets all weekend long, playing full audio from all of your favorite bands. Check out the full schedule below, and head to their site for more information.last_img read more

Tropical damage

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaTropical Depression Frances hurt many crops in Georgia, some worse than others. But Hurricane Ivan, now churning in the Caribbean Sea, could do much more damage.Pecan farmers along the Georgia-Florida border got hit hard, said Mickey Fourakers, the University of Georgia Extension Service’s Lowndes County coordinator.Pecans dropThere wasn’t an orchard in the county that didn’t lose limbs and many nuts from trees, he said. Shiloh Farms there had at least 500 pecan trees knocked down by Frances’ more than 40-mile-per-hour winds.To the east of Lowndes County, vegetable farmers in Echols County suffered a 30- to 40-percent loss in some fields, Fourakers said. Plants were knocked down by the winds or drowned by the 10-plus inches of rain.”There’s been a lot of damage in this area,” he said. “We need a chance to dry out a little for the rest of our crops.”But if Hurricane Ivan hits this area again, he said, and drops 5 to 10 inches of rain, the damage for crops will be severe across the board in south-central Georgia.(Thursday, Ivan was a category 5 hurricane. Some projected paths had it entering the Gulf of Mexico, making a landfall in the Florida Panhandle and stretching into Georgia.)Damage to pecan orchards around Albany, Ga., the hub of pecan production in Georgia, was spotty, said Lenny Wells, Dougherty Count Extension Service coordinator.”Some orchards were heavily affected while others got by in pretty good shape,” he said. “It’s hard to tell at this point just how much the overall crop will be affected.”Tropical worryGeorgia’s peanut crop was at a stage in its development to sustain only minor damage from Frances, said John Beasley, a peanut agronomist with the UGA Extension Service.Based on the maturity of the crop, experts predicted Georgia’s peanut harvest would begin this week, the week of Labor Day. But with the forecast of Frances’ arrival, many farmers may have postponed immediate harvest plans, Beasley said.Some peanuts in extreme southwest Georgia have been dug. Peanuts already dug could have some problems drying and being picked.But the arrival of Ivan within the next week could be much worse for Georgia’s peanut crop, Beasley said.Most of Georgia’s corn crop was already harvested and out of the way of Frances. About 70 percent of the crop has been picked. “But what was left was certainly hurt by the winds and rains,” said Dewey Lee, a corn agronomist with the UGA Extension Service.Georgia’s cotton crop “is vulnerable at this time,” said Steve Brown, a UGA Extension cotton agronomist.Most of the crop doesn’t need any more water to grow and mature, he said. Cotton lint that had already emerged from bolls will probably be damaged or dropped from plants, making it unable to be harvested. There could be a 10- to 20-percent decline in yields across the state, he said.”You don’t want much wind or rain when you get to this stage of the cotton crop,” Brown said. “If we get any more like we recently had, it could be seriously detrimental.”Charles Cowart, a muscadine farmer, figures he lost possibly 50 percent of the muscadine crop on his 160 acres of vineyards in Calhoun County in southwest Georgia.”We were picking as hard as we could up until Sunday night,” Cowart said. Until then, he was able to harvest 44 boxes a day. (A box of muscadines is about 1,860 pounds.) Cowart was able to get back into his vineyards Wednesday, only to find and harvest about 8.5 boxes for the day.Heavy winds broke support wires and slapped vines, he said, causing muscadines to drop to the ground.Cowart has about 40 acres left to pick. He hopes to get to them before Ivan possibly does next week.last_img read more