Gunmen attack Tolo TV crew covering Kabul demonstration

first_imgNews Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” News AfghanistanAsia – Pacific to go further AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders today condemned a violent attack by a parliamentarian’s armed supporters on a crew sent by the privately-owned Tolo TV station to cover a demonstration in Kabul on 29 July.“News media such as Tolo TV have an essential role to place in helping Afghanistan’s young democracy to take root,” the press freedom organisation said. “We call for a full investigation into this attack and the punishment of those responsible. We also urge the authorities to take the necessary measures to ensure that this type of violence does not recur.”After going to Kabul’s Paghman district to cover a protest against the illegal appropriation of some land, the three-member Tolo TV crew were stopped by a dozen gunmen as they headed toward a nearby police station to seek an official comment. Reporter Noorullah Rahmani, cameraman Qais Ahamd and their driver were all beaten and thrown to the ground, and their camera was taken.Rahmani said police witnessed the attack but did not intervene. The local police chief refused to accept any responsibility, blaming it on “trouble-makers.” Rahmani said their assailants were supporters of parliamentarian Abdul Rab Rasul Sayyaf, who was allegedly involved in the illegal seizure of land. Sayyaf has refused to comment on the attack.This is the second physical attack on Tolo TV staff in the past three months. Cameraman Omid Yakmanish was attacked by legislators during a stormy parliamentary session in May. Tolo TV was awarded the Reporters Without Borders – Fondation de France press freedom prize in 2005 Help by sharing this information July 31, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Gunmen attack Tolo TV crew covering Kabul demonstration Follow the news on Afghanistan Organisation center_img Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en May 3, 2021 Find out more March 11, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News News RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistanlast_img read more

Criticism levelled at conditions in Limerick Prison

first_imgLinkedin Built for 185 prisoners but 322 detained in July 2010LIMERICK Prison came for criticism in the Irish Prison Chaplains Annual Report 2010, citing that it was originally built for 185 prisoners, but on July 23 last, 322 prisoners were detained. The report said that some Irish prisons were noted as “inhumane and degrading.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Email Print Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Advertisement The report says that “where in-cell sanitation is not available (Mountjoy, Limerick and Cork) overcrowding involves two, three, four or more prisoners in cells designed for one or two, in which prisoners have to defecate in a chamber pot in the presence of the other prisoners, in a confined space which is also their living and eating area.“Bed capacity in Limerick is 290, and structured activity is available for a maximum of 195 prisoners”.The Report, released last week, noted the escalating drug use, overcrowding and “degrading” conditions within the prison system.With such overcrowding prevalent, it describes Ireland’s prison policy as a disaster and is strongly critical of the Department of Justice, the Irish Prison service and Minister for Justice, Dermot Ahern.“Conditions are degrading, humiliating and completely unacceptable. It is not acceptable to cite cost factors, even in a recession, as an excuse to continue to incarcerate prisoners in such degrading conditions”.It adds that “conditions in many of our prisons are an insult to the decency of any human being and an affront to the basic tenets of decency,” and claims “a culture of conformity exists within the system which resists any criticism or challenge”.In addition, St Patrick’s Institution for young people and children (16 to 21) is highlighted as a cause of serious concern.It is further claimed that most prisons are drug-filled.In 2000, a national survey of prisoners found that 52 per cent had used heroin and five years later a subsequent survey found that 59 per cent of male sentenced prisoners had a drug dependency.27,227 random drug tests were carried out in Irish prisons in 2009 and 7,309 tested positive for heroin, 6,110 tested positive for cannabis 675 tested positive for cocaine, some testing positive for more than one drug.The report recommends the pressing need to explore non-custodial options for prisoners who have committed less serious offences.“Making our prisons safer and drug free is in everyone’s interest. The only obstacle is political will”. NewsLocal NewsCriticism levelled at conditions in Limerick PrisonBy admin – December 6, 2010 657 Previous article‘The dole would pay me more’ – HouriganNext article20 self-cocking crossbows seized in shop raid adminlast_img read more

Teddy Hall imposes blanket smoking ban

first_imgTeddy Hall have imposed a blanket smoking ban on college grounds without students’ consent. In an email sent to all undergraduates, JCR president Joshua Coulson stated, “ I’ve just come out of a governing body meeting (with all the college fellows), where the decision has been made to ban all smoking in college (at all sites). I don’t know exactly when this will come into practice, but the decision has been made. “I’d imagine that many people will either be happy or ambivalent about this news, but some of you will be furious, and I can see why. I was involved in the discussion, but this is ultimately something that is not in the JCR’s control.”The Bursar at Teddy Hall has declined to comment. The motion against smoking on college ground was passed with 17 in favour of the ban, two against and three abstentions. The governing body also resolved to place a CCTV camera which will be placed outside the night gate to help protect people smoking there.Some students registered their fierce opposition to the motion. Second year PPEist Alex Michie sent a letter protesting the legislation to college principal, Dr Keith Gull.The letter stated, “The only reasons put in favour of the smoking ban are completely irrelevant, as opposed to many sensible arguments against.“There has been no serious consultation with the relevant bodies – those people who it actually affects, and where there was consultation, it has been ignored.”A key reason made in favour of the ban in the meeting, according to Coulson, was that the designated smoking area in college had been ignored and smokers had been leaving cigarette butts around the graveyard, a grassy area at Teddy Hall. Michie slated this argument in his email, stating, “A small bin by the bar and by the library entrance, as repeatedly requested, would solve [the issue of litter] immediately. “Additionally, as a result of the ban, the mess will just be transferred to the entrance of college, along with a cloud of smoke – ruining the aesthetic of the college far more than at present – even without bins.“Ironically, Teddy Hall will now, as a result of the ban, be known as the college of smokers.”Michie also emphasised the welfare issue for students who would have smoke outside college late at night as a result of the ban. “There is a heightened risk to students, especially female… placing a CCTV camera outside the late gate will be able to record any attacks/rapes that happen. Brilliant.”Though this piece of legislation has proved controversial at Teddy Hall, proponents of the motion stated that a blanket smoking ban was the norm at most Cambridge colleges. Michie argued, “So what? Who cares what colleges in Cambridge are doing? This defense amounts to that of the five year old caught smashing windows: ‘all my friends were doing it.’ Besides, surely a more appropriate comparison would be other Oxford colleges, hardly any of which have a blanket ban.“Policies affecting those that live and work here should have significant input from those who are affected – the JCR, the MCR, and the SCR. I don’t think any of these democratic organisations were consulted in any serious way.’However, James Black, a student at Corpus Christi Cambridge stated, “Every one here seems in favour [of the ban].“Besides, there are always people who can dodge the ban if they try hard enough.”last_img read more

Press release: Military grade underwater cameras working to end illegal fishing for eels in the Fens

first_img Using boat mounted sonar equipment we can travel up to 10km per day, checking every inch of channel for illegal and submerged equipment. This is our greatest weapon in halting the illegal exploitation of eels and gives us a chance to completely rid waters of illegal instruments. The Environment Agency leads on the enforcement of permits for migratory species like eels, smelt and lamprey. Regular auditing of these fisheries is essential to ensure protection of these iconic and in the case of eel – a critically endangered species; but also to ensure that the activity is regulated and sustainable.With the eel stock in decline and exploitation of the stock being currently unsustainable, the EA work to protect their habitat, improve access for them further upstream and regulate other activities that might impact on each life stage of the species.In the East the fens provide excellent habitat for mature eels. Adult “silver” eels will return to the Sargasso Sea as their final life stage to spawn and much of the enforcement work protects this phase.Anyone fishing for eels should be permitted, be fishing within the conditions of the licence, and nets must include visible and valid tags, as well as being equipped with otter guards too.Any suspected illegal fishing activity should be reported to the Environment Agency’s Incident Hotline on 0800 80 70 60.Anyone wishing to fish for migratory species including eels should visit Permission to trap crayfish, eels, elvers, salmon and sea trout.All anglers need a valid Environment Agency rod licence which can be bought using a credit or debit card by calling the Environment Agency’s telesales line on 0344 800 5386. Alternatively, they can be obtained from any Post Office or visit: Buy a rod fishing licence Fisheries enforcement staff at the Environment Agency have been using innovative underwater sonar technology to help protect an endangered species.The sonar equipment is used to assess fish populations, especially where it’s hard to use classic methods like netting and electric fishing.It is also being used to regulate areas of illegal fishing, including poaching, netting and trapping, as part of the fisheries enforcement work, funded by rod licence money.A recent audit of a river near King’s Lynn resulted in a record illegal eel net seizure; 16 nets in total, capable of significantly impacting an emigrating eel population. The nets were removed, enabling hundreds of eels to be released, and Norfolk police is investigating the case.Kye Jerrom, Environment Agency fisheries specialist in East Anglia, said:last_img read more

Arizona utility to add 1,000MW of solar by 2025

first_imgArizona utility to add 1,000MW of solar by 2025 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Arizona Republic:Salt River Project will massively increase the amount of solar energy the utility uses by 2025, saving the company money and reducing its reliance on natural gas, officials said Thursday. SRP officials said they plan to add 1,000 megawatts of solar to the system over seven years, a big increase from the 200 megawatts on SRP’s system today.CEO Mike Hummel told the board members the amount is the maximum amount of solar energy SRP can put into service without major impacts on the grid and the company’s coal-fired power plants. “It is an aggressive move on renewables,” Hummel said. “It is an aggressive move on scale. But it is one I believe we can make work.”SRP also has about 180 megawatts of solar on its system that customers have installed, and that figure is expected to grow to about 300 megawatts over the same time, Hummel said.SRP came up with the plan after setting out to explore the maximum amount of solar energy it could accommodate on the power grid, he said. During the hottest hours of the hottest days, power demand from SRP customers peaks at about 7,000 megawatts.The plan means SRP will get 16 percent of its energy supply from renewable sources in 2025, with 11 percent of that from solar alone. It will get another 11 percent of its supply from energy-efficiency measures that encourage customers to use less electricity.SRP officials didn’t offer a cost estimate since the utility won’t construct plants, but Courtright said based on market prices today SRP should save money because solar energy is cheaper than power from natural gas plants.More: Salt River Project plans massive increase in solar power uselast_img read more

Lagging contenders: How credit unions can catch up in data and analytics – Part 1

first_imgThe message has been ringing load and clear throughout the credit union industry for years: make better use of data and analytics or lose “member share” to more progressive CU peers or (horrors!) banks and fintech startups.Despite the warning cries, the proportion of credit unions embracing this trend is (horrifyingly!) low.A recent McKinsey & Company report emphasizes the fact that many industries are achieving only a fraction of their “digital potential”. However, the report observes, “In the United States, the information and communications technology sector, media, financial services, and professional services are surging ahead…”. This means other players in the marketplace served by credit unions have a big head start.Credit unions that have been sitting on the sidelines can wait no longer. To get off the bench, these organizations need to ask:What are the basic questions about the organization’s strategic direction that cannot be answered today?How can existing data be better “generated, collected, and organized”?What data outside the organization would be useful?What skillsets are missing internally and to what degree can they (or should they) be outsourced?Once “insights” are uncovered from analytics, what are the practical steps to leveraging them to create value? continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Horoscopes by PsychicDeb for September 2016

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Aries – Mars in Sagittarius – don’t be too sensitive to remarks made by a good pal. You’re probably reading meaning into that person’s words. Your vivid imagination is better used this month in visualizing goals, improving skills and getting to know yourself better. Meditate. Number 7 is lucky for you.Taurus – Venus in Libra – you’ll be impressionable to the moods and needs of a loved one. Keep calm, cool and collected. Give logic equal time. A nostalgic type of entertainment will be enjoyed; former pleasures may be revived. Spend time with Cancer and Capricorn people.Gemini – Mercury in Virgo – now that you have the facts you need, its time to organize them. Focus on personal business and paperwork that requires detailed scrutiny. Don’t delegate tasks; someone you have in mind cannot handle them as you would. Be disciplined. Play it safe with number 4.Cancer – Moon in Pisces – this month’s accent is on money, possessions and purchases. Exciting news comes your way about a wonderful bargain. You may have to change plans at the last moment in order to take advantage of this sale. Someone of the opposite sex shows affection by assisting you with this.Leo – the Sun in Virgo – your domestic surroundings are highlighted. A parent or parental figure is touchy and needs reassuring. The money situation will be eased and a gift to help you in your work will be provided. Show relatives and neighbors your appreciation for recent help. Include a Libra.Virgo – Mercury in your sign – you’ll learn the inside story about a Pisces associate. Be sensitive to the words and feelings of others; you’ll be able to calm your fears and bring peace of mind to a loved one. Artistic expression is also encouraged. Your imagination works overtime.Libra – Venus in your sign – a serious commitment is on the agenda. You’ll see where you are going and who you want to take along. Someone who is reliable, ambitious and a long time associate plays an important role. If you make promises, be sure you are ready to honor those promises.Scorpio – Pluto in Capricorn – beautify your surroundings, make room for new acquisitions. A special celebration is called for to show your appreciation. Treat others, especially relatives, to a gourmet dinner or other festive occasion. Taurus is in the picture. The lucky number is 6.Sagittarius – Jupiter in Libra – you surge into a high lunar cycle. The accent is on going places, doing things and meeting someone who has just returned from a long journey. A question will be answered; be bold in going after the information you need. Your personal popularity is heightened.Capricorn – Saturn in Sagittarius – a brief trip in your local area adds to your prestige. You’ll meet someone with real clout who can help you climb the ladder of success. A signed and sealed agreement can be reached. Your romantic partner will begin to see you in a new light. The lucky number is 8.Aquarius – Uranus in Aries – a universal, big-hearted viewpoint is needed. Your hopes and wishes may have to give way to the good of all concerned. A relationship – or some phase of it – is concluding, but this is no cause for gloom. View the larger picture. Count on number 9 this month.Pisces – Neptune in your sign – a romantic aura surrounds your home base. Personal magnetism is increased; renewed vitality makes you glow with sex appeal. A new start can be made in a dramatic manner. A Leo will be involved; so will be your marital status. Number 1 is lucky for you this month.IF YOU KNOW YOUR RISING SIGN, CONSULT THE HOROSCOPE FOR THAT SIGN AS WELL.PsychicDeb has been a professional astrologer for over 25 yrs. Self-taught, she began her studies in astrology when she was 8 yrs. old learning what she could from her mother’s astrology magazines. As she got older and learned geometry, she searched for books on Astrology and taught herself how to construct a chart. She teaches Astrology for a nominal fee. PsychicDeb also uses the tarot to do psychic readings channeling her spirit guide Helen. Reiki is one of her obsessions. She is a Reiki Master and loves to teach others the benefits of Reiki. Namaste. You can find her at the Original Psychic Fairs on Sundays. A listing of the Fair dates can be found on her website at: or join the Facebook page: read more

Three players to consider transfer moves if Manchester United miss out on top four

first_imgThree players to consider transfer moves if Manchester United miss out on top four Comment David de Gea could leave Manchester United along with a number of stars (Picture: Getty)David de Gea, Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku will all consider leaving Manchester United this summer if the club fails to qualify for the Champions League, according to reports.The Red Devils were knocked out of Europe earlier in the month by Barcelona and, with four league matches remaining, find themselves sixth in the Premier League.Manchester United will need help from Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham to finish in the top four, particularly after Sunday’s woeful 4-0 defeat at Everton.Missing out on Champions League qualification will have major consequences, with The Guardian saying a number of senior players would then consider transfer moves from Old Trafford.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityIt is claimed goalkeeper De Gea, midfielder Pogba and striker Lukaku would all contemplate summer departures if United missed out on a top-four finish this term.Talks over a contract extension for De Gea have stalled and the Spaniard is believed to be interested in a move as he has aspirations of winning multiple trophies.Pogba was heavily linked with a move to Barcelona last summer and returning Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has expressed his admiration for the Frenchman this month.Lukaku, meanwhile, has lost his place in United’s starting line-up to Marcus Rashford and The Guardian say an absence of Champions League football could be the final straw for the Belgian. Metro Sport ReporterMonday 22 Apr 2019 11:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link752Shares Advertisement Paul Pogba could consider a move if Champions League football is not on offer (Picture: Getty) Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: We let the fans downTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:13FullscreenOle Gunnar Solskjaer: We let the fans down is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.After a difficult spell under Jose Mourinho, Manchester United rallied under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but results have dropped off since his permanent appointment.Solskjaer was forced to apologise for United’s dismal display at Goodison Park on Sunday and said: ‘From the first whistle, everything went wrong.‘I just want to apologise to the fans. They’re the only people with the badge on today who can hold their head high, because we can’t.’Manchester United will look to bounce back on Wednesday evening when rivals Man City make the short trip to Old Trafford.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Advertisementlast_img read more

Africa Youth Championships: Team Ghana cautiously optimistic about chances

first_imgThe Black Satellites are set for this year’s African Youth Championship in Senegal after wrapping up their preparations in Turkey on Wednesday.The team defeated Danish lower side Ringobing IF 2-1 in their final pre-tournament warm-up game played on Tuesday.The Satellites have been camping in Antayla, Turkey for the past two weeks and played their first friendly with Azerbaijan which they won 2-1.“We have enjoyed good hospitality since arriving here and I must say the players have really enjoyed the training tour here because everything was in order,” said Kingsley Osei Bonsu, Vice Chairman of the Black Satellites management committee.He told Joy Sports: “Now we are ready to travel to Senegal for the competition and I hope all we have done here can be replicated there. I believe people see as favourites because we are Ghana, but the truth is, it is our performance that is more important to me.”“We are going to Senegal with our own dreams and expectations and realising them will engage our focus, rather than whether we are favourites or not.” The Black Satellites will leave Antalya on Thursday and head to Senegal, where they open their campaign against South Africa on March 9 before facing Zambia and Mali.–last_img read more

Commentary: Keansburg – The Best Kept Secret

first_imgContributed by Cliff Moore |Keansburg has more to celebrate this year than its Centennial. There are over 50 new events planned to take place this year on the beach. The events include festivals, bull riding rodeos, free movies and concerts, beer gardens, food truck events, fireworks, and much more. Gratitude Migration is returning for its third year with an anticipated 3,500 attendees camping on the beach in a three-day festival in July. The NY/NJ Baykeeper will be offering free kayak rides on the Bay in August. Keansburg’s free beach was rebuilt since Sandy and the low waves from the Bay make it perfect for young families. Our Centennial Weekend in October will be three days of concerts, a parade, carnivals, a petting zoo, beer gardens, fireworks and many family-oriented activities throughout the town. Public transportation makes getting to the beach, amusement and water parks inexpensive and convenient.The newly formed Keansburg Business Alliance has reenergized the commercial growth with new restaurants, as well as a Muay Thai Gym and Wrestling Club.The Raritan Bay Brewery will be opening in the Fall of 2017 and the Pier 260 Restaurant is starting construction this month and scheduled to open by the summer of 2018. This $3 million project is a three-story restaurant and roof top bar that will have panoramic views of the Bay and New York skyline. There is currently over $70 million in projects under construction with $50 million on the drawing board. The Borough Council is also providing tax abatements and/or exemptions for the construction of commercial or industrial structures for five years.On July 5, 2016, The New York Post reported “Keansburg, NJ is the No. 1 Bargain Beach Town in the country, according to a report by RealtyTrac.” DrSketchy Asbury Park is spearheading the Keansburg Mural Project where six unique artists will be adding art and beauty by way of murals to Keansburg. The town has passed ordinances for more strict code enforcement to help improve and stimulate visual improvement to some of the Super Storm Sandy-affected areas still recovering.We are open for business and invite you to visit our town and see for yourself the tremendous opportunities and potential offered by our community. See why our once troubled community is becoming the best-kept secret and newest gem in the Bayshore. Subscribe to our blog, for more information, updates and opportunities.Cliff MooreKeansburg Economic Community Development CoordinatorThis Commentary was first published in the May 11-18, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more