Tribal journalist shot dead in mosque by Taliban

first_img Organisation Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists PakistanAsia – Pacific PakistanAsia – Pacific News Reporters Without Borders has learned with sadness of the death today of Mukarram Khan Atif, a correspondent for Washington-based Deewa Radio and a reporter for the Pakistani television station Dunya News who was shot dead in a mosque near Peshawar.“This is distressing news and we express our condolences to the family and friends of Mukarram Khan Atif,” the press freedom organization said.“The Pakistani authorities must at all costs take action to protect journalists, especially those who are subjected to threats. Otherwise, there will be no improvement in conditions.”Safeerullah Gul, Peshawar bureau chief for Dunya News, told Reporters Without Borders two unidentified gunmen shot the journalist who was at evening prayers in a mosque in Shabqadar, in the Charsadda district of the north-western province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.Wounded in the chest and the head, Atif was taken to Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar where doctors pronounced him dead on arrival.A tribal journalist from North Waziristan, Rasool Dawar, later told RSF that banned militant organization Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Ehsanulah Ehsan phoned him to “accept responsibility” for killing Mukarram Khan.The claim was made in a telephone call to the journalist in Peshawar. However, the militant organization’s spokesman did not elaborate why the journalist was target-killed.Atif’s colleagues said he had told them he sometimes received phone calls giving him directives on how he should cover events. He had moved to the Charsadda district from his home region of Mohmand for reasons of safety. “He was under threat from elements trying to take control of the tribal region,” tribal journalists, who asked no to be identified, told Reporters Without Borders.Atif, who was highly respected by his colleagues, reported on the Mohmand tribal region at great personal risk for Deewa Radio and Dunya News.The morning before his death, he spoke to a representative of Reporters Without Borders, Iqbal Khattak, to confirm his attendance at a training course next week on responsible reporting. The former president of the Tribal Union of Journalists, Safdar Dawar, said the murder took place against the backdrop of “unprecedented pressure” on Pakistani media as a whole.Atif was the first journalist to be killed in Pakistan this year. For the past two years, the country has been has been the deadliest in the world for media workers. Last year, 10 journalists journalist were killed as a result of their work. April 21, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Pakistan Receive email alertscenter_img News to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more January 28, 2021 Find out more Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire January 17, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Tribal journalist shot dead in mosque by Taliban Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder RSF_en Newslast_img read more

Braun: In-person Republican National Convention could happen, if done correctly

first_img Twitter Twitter By 95.3 MNC – June 21, 2020 0 262 WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Google+ Facebook Braun: In-person Republican National Convention could happen, if done correctly WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Previous articleTwo people hurt in shooting, crash near 7-Eleven in MishawakaNext articleRep. Banks: Bolton book a “betrayal of the president” 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Google+ (Photo supplied/Indiana Senate Republcians) WASHINGTON, D.C.–An actual in-person Republican convention could happen if people do it the right way, says Sen. Mike Braun, who says he will likely attend if his schedule permits.“If you’re willing to do that, have an inside convention with precautions, make sure the ventilation is working the way it should, I think it’s doable,” said Braun.The convention, which is scheduled for Aug. 24 to 27. It was moved from Charlotte to Jacksonville because the governor of North Carolina couldn’t guarantee the convention would be a go, if coronavirus restrictions became tighter.“The idea of shutting down our economies the way we did, one size fits all, without trying to do two things at once, I was against that from the beginning,” he said.Braun said the proper precautions must be observed by everyone who attends.“We’ll have to have that flexibility while adhering to the things we all need to do,” he said. “I think that for Jacksonville, if they do it correctly, it should be a good example of how maybe we could get back to having larger crowds in venues.”last_img read more

Competitor killed in Donegal International Rally tragedy

first_imgA competitor has been killed in a collision at the Donegal International Rally.Donegal Motor Club confirmed in a statement that they are liaising with the family of the competitor involved.Another man has been seriously injured in the crash. The Donegal Motor Club said the incident occurred at around 12.30pm.The accident occurred on Super Stage 15 on the Fanad Head Loop.The final stages of the rally have been cancelled following the collision.A full investigation has been launched into the incident and will be assisted by Motorsport Ireland and Donegal Motor Club. A statement from Donegal Motor Club said: “It is with regret that Motorsport Ireland and Donegal Motor Club announce that a fatality has occurred during the final day of the 2019 Donegal International Rally on Sunday 23rd June.“The Donegal Motor Club are liaising with the family of the competitor involved.“The three-day annual event takes place in June each year and attracts large numbers of spectators and in excess of 200 competitors took part in this years’ event.“The relevant authorities have begun a full investigation into the incident and will be assisted by Motorsport Ireland and Donegal Motor Club. Motorsport Ireland and its affiliated clubs are recognised internationally for operating to the highest standards of motorsport safety for competitors and spectators in line with the best practice of the FIA.“The entire motorsport community extends its fullest sympathy to the family of the bereaved. “More information may be released later.”Competitor killed in Donegal International Rally tragedy was last modified: June 24th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

49ers mailbag: 20 questions answered in hurry-up mode

first_imgSANTA CLARA – Fresh off a rare win, the 49ers next get a chance to spoil the Seattle Seahawks’ playoff pursuit. But first let’s answer 20 questions in hurry-up mode for this week’s 49ers mailbag, as fielded via Twitter and Instagram:1. Why didn’t they pass Kittle the ball in the second half? (@ortiz_a49)Kyle Shanahan gave a 375-word answer to this Monday. Simply put: He tried calling George Kittle’s number, the Broncos adjusted their scheme, and (stuff) happens when winning is the top …last_img read more

Jimmer Fredette leaves Warriors’ summer-league team

first_imgSACRAMENTO — After playing in only two summer-league games, Jimmer Fredette left the Warriors’ summer-league team to minimize the chance of injury while weighing various overseas options, league sources told Bay Area News Group.Fredette informed the Warriors about their plans after the team’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. He was not with the team for Wednesday’s game against Miami and will not travel with the Warriors for Las Vegas Summer League from July 5-15. Fredette also …last_img read more

Integration ‘key to Africa’s growth’

first_img9 May 2013 Closer regional integration will be crucial for addressing underlying weaknesses in Africa’s long-term competitiveness and ensuring that the continent delivers on its massive growth promise, according to the Africa Competitiveness Report 2013. The report, jointly produced by the African Development Bank, the World Bank and the World Economic Forum, was released on the opening day of the World Economic Forum on Africa meeting in Cape Town on Thursday. According to the report, despite the impressive growth strides made by many African economies, the continent’s competitiveness as a whole trails other emerging regions – especially in quality of institutions, infrastructure, macroeconomic policies, education and technological adoption – while large gaps persist between its highest and lowest ranked economies. “Africa’s growth needs to be seen in the wider international context, where encouraging gains in economic growth belie an underlying weakness in its long-term competitiveness,” WEF chief economist Jennifer Blanke said in a statement on Thursday. “Regional integration is key to addressing this weakness through the delivery of wider social and economic benefits, and should be prioritised by Africa’s leaders as they look to ensure that Africa delivers on its promise.” Regional integration, according to the report, will be a key vehicle for helping Africa to diversify its economic base and create enough jobs for its young, fast-urbanising population. Gaiv Tata, Africa region director for the World Bank Group, said that Africa had been enjoying an economic transformation, with growth rates of more than 5% annually over the past decade. “To turn its economic gains into sustainable growth and shared prosperity, Africa’s public and private sectors must work together to connect the continent’s markets, deepen regional integration, and adopt reforms that enhance national competitiveness.” According to the report, Africa’s share of world trade remains low, despite numerous regional economic communities and market liberalisation at the domestic level, with intra-African trade being particularly limited. The report identifies cumbersome and non-transparent border administration, limited use of information communication technologies, and a persistent infrastructure deficit as the major barriers to higher levels of regional integration. Africa’s infrastructure deficit is identified as a particularly serious impediment, made more pronounced by growth in consumer markets and urbanisation. “Developing adequate and efficient infrastructure will assist African economies to increase productivity in manufacturing and service delivery, contribute to improvements in health and education, and help deliver more equitable distribution of national wealth,” the report states. Mthuli Ncube, chief economist at the African Development Bank, said that sustained high economic growth “often occurs in an environment where there is a meaningful infrastructure development. “It is therefore imperative that planning for both national and regional infrastructure projects is coupled with the requisite legal and regulatory framework that will allow for increased involvement of the private sector in infrastructure development on a public-private partnerships model,” Ncube said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

World Bank to Launch Web-Based Platform for Urban Development

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… World Bank building photo from Wikimedia Commons | protest photo from Radio Nederland Wereldomroep Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Finance#Government#Non-Profits#NYT#politics#web center_img The World Bank has announced the launch of a Web-based urban development platform for July 1. In conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Institute for Urban Research, the Urbanization Knowledge Platform will link policy makers, academics, the Bank and other groups struggling to address the rapid increase in the size and importance of cities around the world. Urbanization Knowledge Platform The Knowledge Platform seeks to use online communications to make rapid exchange of information in the urbanization field available more quickly and leverage the power of conversation to solve policy questions. According to the Penn Institute the site will be shaped around a series of “knowledge exchanges.” curt hopkins “Topics for each knowledge exchange will center on the four core themes of Economic Development, Social Inclusion and Mobility, Environmental Sustainability, and Governance and will be proposed by members. These knowledge exchanges, and subsequent discussion and networking, will be conducted via cutting edge technology and online audio-visual meeting tools.”That technology includes fora, real-time conversation, live online meetings and presentations. Elements of the platform are currently being rolled out, with regional launches in June and the official debut in July. Who’s On Board?Already signed on, in addition to the Bank and Penn, are the Kinsey Global Institute, the Cities Alliance, the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, MIT’s Deptartment of Urban Studies and Planning and the Brookings Institution. Talks are also being held with Harvard, Cisco, the African Centre for Cities, the Global Development Network, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and a host of think-tanks around the world. The Penn Institute, devoted to the study of cities and their dynamics, is partnering with the World Bank’s Urban Sector, the bank agency responsible for developing its urban development policy. The World Bank, co-owned by 187 member countries, is a union of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Development Association, with a mission to “advanc(e) the vision of inclusive and sustainable globalization” and reduce global poverty.Criticism and ParticipationThe Bank has seen its share of criticism. This includes philosophical objections to its “free market reform policies” and practical objections to their implementation, which some have said is too quick and too jarring to native economies. The way it is governed has also come under scrutiny. It is said to be run more often than not by representatives from highly industrialized economies to the exclusion of those from developing ones. Given this criticism, the Knowledge Platform might be a great deal more valuable were the citizens effected by the Bank’s decisions able to watch, listen and even join in these discussions. Whether provision has been made for that is uncertain. We have asked the question and will update if we receive an answer. Related Posts last_img read more

10 Free E-Books on Ruby for Beginners

first_imgWhy You Love Online Quizzes Ruby may have lost some of its shine in recent months to JavaScript and Node.js, but it’s still one of the most popular programming languages out there, and it’s still growing.There are a large number of beginner’s Ruby resources out there, and the material is diverse. Here are a few places to get started.Hackety HackThis isn’t actually an e-book, but an interactive tutorial. It runs on Windows, OSX or Linux. It’s designed for kids, but anyone can learn to program using it. We covered it here previously.It was created by _why the lucky stiff, something of a legend in the Ruby scene. _why disappeared from the Web in 2009, and Steve Klabnik has taken over the project._why’s (Poignant Guide) to Ruby Check out the official Ruby documentation page for more. Another quirky beginner’s guide is Mr. Neighborly’s Humble Little Ruby Book by Jeremy McAnally. This one is a little more conventional than the Poignant Guide, but still contains a strong authorial voice.Programming Ruby: The Pragmatic Programmers’ GuideIf you’re tired of quirk and just want a big, meaty guide to Ruby check out Programming Ruby: The Pragmatic Programmers’ Guide from The Pragmatic Bookshelf, frequently referred to as “Pickaxe.” It’s considered by many to be the definitive guide to Ruby, and the first edition available for free. The updated second edition will cost you, however.Learn to Program Learn to Program by Chris Pine is a popular beginner’s book on programming that centers using Ruby as its starter language. If you want to learn Ruby and you’ve never programmed, or need a refresher, this is a good place to start. (If you want to learn to program, but want to use JavaScript or Python as your starter language, see here and here).How To Think Like a Computer Scientist: Learning With RubyHow To Think Like a Computer Scientist: Learning With Ruby by Elizabeth Wiethoff is a Ruby port of Allen B. Downey’s How To Think Like a Computer Scientist series. It’s not yet complete. Other variants can be found at Green Tea Press. The Python version of the book has been used by MIT for an introductory programming course.4 MoreThe Little Book of Ruby by Huw Collingbourne – A concise beginner’s guide to Ruby published for free by Sapphire Steel, the makers of the Ruby In Steel IDE for Visual Studio.RubyLearning.comRuby EssentialsRuby in Twenty Minutes 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Related Posts center_img klint finley Tags:#hack#How To How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Also by _why, this illustrated guide to Ruby may be totally engrossing to some readers and too outlandish for others. It’s straight-forward, and easy to read but contains many cartoons and completely unrelated sidebars. I’ve never seen a programming book like it._why deleted the book when he exited the Internet, but there are many mirrors. This seems to be the best place to find it.Mr. Neighborly’s Humble Little Ruby Book Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

TNT coach Bong Ravena says absent Terrence Romeo ‘just sick’

first_imgRavena did say that whatever’s going on with Romeo is beneficial to both the former Far Eastern University star and the whole KaTropa team.“As of now, wherever he’s in it’s maybe the best for him and the team,” said Ravena after the PBA Draft Sunday at Robinson’s Manila. “He did not go AWOL (absent without official leave) he had a flu so we let him rest first.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefRomeo was traded to TNT in April of 2018 after playing his first five years with NorthPort, then known as Globalport, and if a trade happens then the spitfire guard won’t even last a year with TNT.Ravena did not also confirm if whether Romeo is indeed being shopped in the trade market or not. Yeng Guiao ‘can’t confirm’ Poy Erram trade to NLEX yet “I don’t want to confirm it or deny it,” said Ravena.He added that there’s no problem with Romeo and that he’s just sick.“There’s no problem with him and he’s professional with dealing with teams,” said Ravena.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Bong Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—TNT head coach Bong Ravena beat around the bush when asked about the status of polarizing guard Terrence Romeo with the team.Romeo is reportedly on the trading block after being absent from the team for some time now, but Ravena did not say exactly if the guard will be traded or not.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:16Go goads Robredo to take ICAD post: ‘Tignan natin kung makakatulog ka pa’02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completioncenter_img LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

June Mar Fajardo sad to see Brian Heruela go, but hopes pal gets longer minutes at TNT

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—College pals June Mar Fajardo and Brian Heruela time as teammates in the PBA has come to an end after three years.ADVERTISEMENT It was a harmonious albeit polar partnership for the former University of Cebu Webmasters with Fajardo raking in two of his four MVPs in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 season while Heruela languished at the Beermen bench.San Miguel traded Heruela away with forward David Semerad and a 2020 first round pick to TNT for Terrence Romeo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionFajardo admitted that he was sad to see his pla go but he’s aware that the PBA is a business and no one player has full control of his career.“At first I was sad because I’ve been teammates with him for so long,” said Fajardo after the Beermen’s practice Wednesday at Acropolis Clubhouse. “But it’s always been said that we really don’t control our destiny in basketball. Whatever your team is now, you should cherish your time with it.” SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “I’m happy for him,” said Fajardo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issuecenter_img Fajardo, though, is happy to Heruela go to a new team that could use his talent unlike in San Miguel where the 5-foot-10 point guard had to wait behind Alex Cabagnot, Von Pessumal, and Chico Lanete,Heruela played the least among the Beermen during the 2017-18 season with an average of 9.7 minutes per game, but Fajardo hoped that his buddy could have a better individual career with the KaTropa.“I think it’s better that he’s there because he can play longer,” said Fajardo.Blackwater chose Heruela as the 26th overall pick of the 2014 Draft but the diminutive point guard was quick to prove his worth as he put up 10.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game in 25 games in his rookie season.These numbers caught the eye of Barako Bull, which then traded him to San Miguel.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Lassiter on Romeo’s arrival: San Miguel style ‘not going to change for another player’ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more