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

High temperatures and drought conditions cause ‘extreme fire risk’

first_imgNew parklet changes Catherine Street dining experience Linkedin The Fire Service has already been called out on a number of Occasions over the last few days and your cooperation would be appreciated to protect the Environment and Public Health.”Read the full notice here. Whiff of trouble lingers over gasworks RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSEnvironmentLimerick City and County Councilweather Twitter Limerick centre needed to tackle environmental issues Facebook Call to extend Patrickswell public sewer line WhatsApp NewsEnvironmentHigh temperatures and drought conditions cause ‘extreme fire risk’By Staff Reporter – June 29, 2018 1507 Print Email O’Donnell Welcomes Major Enhancement Works for Castletroy Neighbourhood Park Limerick’s O’Connell Street Revitalisation Works to go ahead THE Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM) have issued a ‘condition red’ extreme fire risk “arising from current prolonged high-pressure weather patterns, high temperatures and effective drought conditions”.In a notice issued earlier today, the DAFM advised people to avoid all outdoor use of “fires, barbeques, and other open ignition sources” in forest lands and other high-risk areas until further notice.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick City and County Council issued the following statement:“Due to the ongoing Hot and Dry weather there is an extreme risk of fire. Limerick City and County Council are not permitting any burning of Agricultural Vegetation and that the General Public should be particularly vigilant with Cigarette butts and Barbecues or any other potential fire source during these exceptional weather conditions. Previous articleHigh skilled jobs at KEMPNext articleLimerick Golf Notes Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Advertisementlast_img read more

Binghamton University Students react to SUNY chancellors ‘uniform sanctions’

first_imgYou can read the original copy of the list here. The list provides specific consequences which include suspension, de-recognition, or even loss of scholarship if a student, athlete, or organization were to violate the rules. The letter comes at a time where coronavirus cases are on the rise in some parts of New York — like right here in Broome County. 12 News spoke with Binghamton Students to see their reactions to the news and check in with how they feel the university’s response has been in general. Binghamton University told 12 News, “we do hope the Chancellor’s policy helps to convey the seriousness of the responsibility we all share to follow COVID-19 safety standards.” VESTAL (WBNG) — Last week SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras sent out a comprehensive list of sanctions to all of the university’s presidents in an effort to have all SUNY schools on the same page when it comes to COVID-19 violations. While the list lays out punishments, it also states that everyone in the SUNY system is allowed due process.last_img read more

Rodgers would prefer impact signing

first_imgLiverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists any January signing has to be able to make an immediate impact and he is not interested in “squad players”. “It is one where the agent of the player and the clubs were talking but if the deal can’t be done, the deal can’t be done. “He’s a boy that is a talent. He is 21 years of age and people saw his qualities in the games against Chelsea and Tottenham in Europe. “But you need to have that list (of targets) because if it doesn’t work out then you are hoping there are one or two others.” Illness and injury meant the Reds manager had a training group numbering just 15 this week but that will not force his hand in the transfer market. Rodgers holds out a forlorn hope primary target Mohamed Salah’s move to Chelsea may still collapse but that seems unlikely with the Stamford Bridge club announcing on Thursday a deal had been agreed subject to personal terms and a medical. Considering the Londoners substantially outbid Liverpool for the Egypt international and can offer a significantly better financial package, it appears only a matter of time until the transfer is confirmed. That would leave Rodgers looking for other options, but with a week left of the transfer window it is more than probable there will be no new arrivals. “I know the club has been working very hard to get players in. I’ll leave that to them and see how they get on,” he told talkSPORT. “January is a very difficult market. It is hard to bring in players that can improve the team, especially in this window. “This is a brilliant club and we try to get players in for the now, we need players who can come in now and help us. “I’d rather wait and look at our young players than bring in one or two squad players.” On Salah, Rodgers added: “I’m not sure whether that deal (to Chelsea) is definitely done yet or not. “The young guy is a good player. We have tracked him for a number of months, the club has been watching him and I have been to watch him. Press Associationlast_img read more

New bill would require FL couples to read marriage guide before wedding

first_imgNew proposed legislation would require Florida couples to read a marriage guide before tying the knot.Republican Senator Dennis Baxley, of District 12 filed the proposed S.B. 682 legislation on Oct. 28 in an effort “to combat the rising cost of divorce to Florida’s citizens.”The bill would create a Marriage Education Committee within the Department of Children and Families.The committee would then publish the ‘Florida Guide to a Healthy Marriage,’ a book covering marriage topics such as communication skills, parenting, conflict management, financial issues, and domestic violence.Under the bill, couples would have to sign an affidavit under oath, saying they’ve read it.“The facts are mounting, and the high cost of divorce impacting Florida’s Families in human and public costs must be addressed,” Sen. Baxley said in a statement. “This marriage handbook can help Florida Families build healthy families, giving them a guide to building a strong foundation.”The ‘Florida Guide to a Healthy Marriage’ would fall under the current ‘Florida Family Law Handbook.’ State law requires couples to read that handbook or other marriage-related information before receiving a marriage license.The Marriage Education Committee would consist of six marriage education and family advocates.Furthermore, the ‘Florida Guide to a Healthy Marriage’ would be paid for through funding from private sources, not taxpayer money.The funds would cover the costs of creating the book, as well as printing and distributing copies.If passed by the Florida Legislature, the law would go into effect on July 1, 2020.last_img read more

Iowa, Michigan battle injury bug

first_imgThe start of Big Ten Conference play had the usual array of highlights, miscues, excitements, disappointments and, most notably, surprises.Six undefeated teams started last weekend’s matchups, but only four will enter week two of the conference season, including a head-to-head battle of two undefeated teams when Michigan State visits Wisconsin.The Spartans are the only team yet to play a conference game, and MSU will look to prove the strength of its 4-0 record Saturday.”This will define [the season],” Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio said. “We may be underdogs for a lot of people, but our players know they’re expected to win.”Confidence sets the tone for a game before the coin is even flipped. After starting the season with two losses, Michigan has strung together two wins, including upsetting then-No. 10 Penn State last weekend. Replacement quarterback Ryan Mallett stepped up his performance to effectively rekindle a spark in Michigan’s offense.”[Mallet] did the things he needs to do,” Wolverine head coach Lloyd Carr said. “He executed extremely well.”Michigan starting quarterback Chad Henne has been cleared to play this weekend against Northwestern, but a doctor’s note alone won’t put Henne back in the driver’s seat of the Wolverines’ offense.”The doctors will leave [playing Saturday] up to Chad, how he feels, and of course, it will depend on what I see and what I think,” Carr said. “We want to make sure that when he comes back that his mobility is there. … We’re not going to do anything that’s going to jeopardize Chad and his ability to react to the pressure that comes with the position.”Injuries, unfortunately, are an unavoidable burden to any team or player. Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz has had to rewrite his depth chart numerous times already this season due to injury and suspension. Imposing an earlier curfew — a step he took earlier this season — has cleaned up the athletes’ night lives, but there is little he can do to ensure a healthy starting lineup.An already injured Iowa lineup made its way to Madison Saturday, but the Hawkeyes left with even longer list on the injury report.Junior tight end Tony Moeaki will miss the next few weeks of action for Iowa after he dislocated his elbow and broke a bone in his hand on Saturday. Moeaki was joined by wide receiver Andy Brodell on the injury report. But while Moeaki will probably return in a few weeks, Brodell will likely miss the entire remaining season after suffering a torn hamstring.Returning home after a brief road trip in which his team went 0-2, Ferentz is happy to be back among the Hawkeye faithful.”It feels good to be home,” Ferentz said. “It’s going to be a heck of a challenge for our football team, one, getting off the mat, and secondly preparing for a very, very good [Indiana team].”Indiana crosses into Iowa territory this weekend after suffering a loss to Illinois last weekend. “It’s been a couple of days since the game, I’ve had a chance to review it and get on with Iowa,” Indiana head coach Bill Lynch said. “We’re anxious to get going here, practice and get ready for a typically good, tough, hard-nosed Iowa football team.”Lynch is most worried about the Hawkeye defense, including defensive lineman Mitch King.”[King] is really an active player. He’s really good,” Lynch said. “He didn’t play against us last year … but he is a player.”The Iowa fans, 70, 000 strong, are part of the atmosphere Lynch wants for his team and for the college game in general.”It’s 70,000 loud fans in a really tight stadium. The fans are right on top of you,” Lynch said. “It is a great college environment.”Injuries are a severe blow to a team’s confidence on and off the field, but losing a close game has similar effects. Penn State Coach Joe Paterno took all the blame for his team’s 14-9 loss to Michigan, causing a fall from No. 10 to No. 21 in the Associated Press poll. “When you lose a game like that, you can only point the finger at one person. You’ve got to point at the head coach,” Paterno said. “It starts with me. I have to get across to the kids that we’re going to get better, and we are going to get better.”Penn State will look to for that motivation on Saturday when the team takes on Illinois.last_img read more

OVERTIME

first_imgBILL NEAL :10 RRRRiiiinnnngggg… RRRRiiiinnnngggg… Ring damn it! Oh my bad… Hello, Smitty’s Bar and Grill. You know how we call it, you stab-um and we’ll slab-um! Smitty here. Who? Mike who? Naw, nobody here named Mike Brown. No. I’m telling you, I am looking at the whole joint right now and the only ones here are a bunch of drunk Notre Dame dudes. Chris Rainey in the corner talking to hisself, Lance Armstrong and Oprah (No, my man, you don’t wanna know). Oh wait, you talking bout “Coach Brown.” We don’t know his first name. We just call him Coach. He came in here a few months ago with a clipboard talkin’ bout somebody named Jerry Buss did him wrong. But you know the strangest thing happened last week. He came in with “Mrs. Rudolph.” You know, the voo-doo lady from round the way and they both kept saying something about, “Who’s sorry now you S-O-Bs?” Alright, hold on, I’ll get him. Yo, “Coach Brown,” you wanted on the phone man… some cat named “Kobe.” Said he needs to talk to you right away and he said to tell Mr. Rudolph he got “A Goose and Turkey!”:09 To me it’s real simple. The baseball players used PEDs. PEDs weren’t illegal. The league knew they were using them while they were knocking the cover off the ball and making a zillion dollars. That means everyone on the list goes in the Hall of Fame. Bonds, Clemons, Sosa… they’re all in! Like I said, real simple. (For you late to the dance Peabody grads, that’s performance enhancing drugs…PEDs).:08 I saw Ruthie Walker at my favorite writing spot (and yes, I only go there for the wings). Anyway, if you think she’s not one of the best girls Middle School coaches in the city league, you try winning 5 championships in six years. Yea, that’s what I thought! Hey Ruthie, you’re now In The Locker Room.:07 Well, Fred and Booker and, yeah, my old man too. The fat lady may not be singing, but she’s warming up her pipes on the Lakers. But I am a true fan. I am going down with the ship. Give it a few more weeks before I pull the plug. (Hey LeBron… LeBron… wait up my man… what’s up?).:06 Lance Armstrong, WILL – YOU – PLEASE – JUST – SHUT – UP! And don’t start that crying with Oprah. Take it to the grave with ya. Follow the Barry Bonds, Roger Clemons plan. If you didn’t see it, I didn’t do it! C’mon man!!:05 How does a KFC close up in Homewood and East Liberty? A chicken joint that can’t stay open in the Hood, I’m just saying!?!?!last_img read more

Razor Clam Dig Set For Mid-December

first_imgFacebook12Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeOLYMPIA – Clam diggers can look forward to some of the best tides of the year during a six-day razor clam dig set to begin Tuesday (Dec. 11) at Twin Harbors, then expand to include openings at Long Beach, Mocrocks and Copalis beaches later in the week.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig after marine toxin tests at all four beaches confirmed the clams are safe to eat.No digging will be allowed at any of those beaches until after noon.“The position of the moon in December always generates favorable tides for digging razor clams,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. “Unfortunately, the weather isn’t always as cooperative, so diggers should dress for cold, wet conditions.”The dig at Twin Harbors will run six days, extending from Tuesday (Dec. 11) through Sunday (Dec. 16). The three other beaches will open for digging on the following schedule and evening low tides:Dec. 11, Tues., 4:51 p.m., -1.1 ft., Twin HarborsDec. 12, Wed., 5:40 p.m., -1.6 ft., Twin HarborsDec. 13, Thurs., 6:29 p.m., -1.9 ft., Twin HarborsDec. 14, Fri., 7:15 p.m., -1.8 ft., Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long Beach, CopalisDec. 15, Sat., 8:01 p.m., -1.6 ft., Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long Beach, CopalisDec. 16, Sun., 8:47 p.m., -1.0 ft., Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long BeachAyres noted that the best digging occurs one to two hours prior to low tide.Clam diggers are limited to 15 razor clams per day, and are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2012-13 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.Information about beach locations and additional digs proposed in the weeks ahead is available on WDFW’s website at http://goo.gl/ooxEO.last_img read more