Four journalists arrested, one radio station closed

first_img News PakistanAsia – Pacific to go further Follow the news on Pakistan PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Organisation April 21, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts November 15, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Four journalists arrested, one radio station closed News Help by sharing this information Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire RSF_en Reporters Without Borders is concerned at a wave of arrests of journalists and closure of one of Pakistan’s few privately-run radio stations. January 28, 2021 Find out more Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists The worldwide press freedom organisation has written to the prime minister Shaukat Aziz urging the release of the journalists who are still behind held and for FM Radio 103 to be reopened.Police arrested Farhat Abbas Shah and Afaq Shah, journalists on FM Radio 103 on 10 November at their radio’s studios in Lahore, Punjab province in the east of the country. They were released on bail the next day.Two days later, around 20 police raided the station and seized equipment, making it impossible for it to continue broadcasting. They also arrested two staff members, reportedly Abdul Ghafoor and Nauman. The radio chiefly broadcasts programmes from the BBC World Service Urdu-language service.According to the Pakistan Press Club, the two radio journalists were arrested for broadcasting a report on a scandal at the Punjab cardiology institute. They were reportedly maltreated in the first hours of their detention.Police accused them both of taking part in a demonstration in front of a public building but the station director said that Farhat Abbas Shah had not been involved in the demonstration. On 6 November, Qazi Muhammad Rauf (picture), correspondent for the Urdu-language daily Express in the north-eastern Khyber Agency tribal zone, was seized by armed men and held for 24 hours by members of Sheikhmalkel tribe angry at what they saw as a biased article.Rauf had reported on clashes between the tribe and a fundamentalist religious organisation Amr Bill Maroof Wa Nahee Anil Munkar in the tribal area. Around a dozen armed men abducted Rauf took him to a private detention centre where they beat and then chained him.The authorities intervened following a tip off from his colleagues in the Tribal Union of Journalists and persuaded the tribal leaders to release him, on 7 November.Police in Skardo in the north-east arrested editor of a banned magazine Kargil International, Ghulam Shehzad Agha, on 4 November. The authorities reportedly accuse the journalist and political activist of backing autonomy for the Pakistani part of Jammu and Kashmir. The Pakistani interior ministry banned the magazine that he ran on 8 September 2004, charging that it carried seditious and unpatriotic news.Elsewhere, Sarwar Mujahid, correspondent for the conservative Urdu-language daily Nawa-I-Waqt in Okara district in the east of the country was freed on 12 October 2004. He was arrested and detained on 31 July 2004 at Sahiwal prison in Punjab province.Mujahid was held under the Maintenance of Public Order law. His detention appeared to be linked to his articles about a conflict between Pakistani paramilitaries and tenant farmers who have for years farmed land belonging to the army. Newslast_img read more

A Ton of Cocaine Seized in the Colombian Caribbean

first_img The Colombian Coast Guard seized 956 kilos of highly pure cocaine valued at about $ 30 million, after intercepting a boat in Caribbean waters, in which four men were traveling with the drug, reported the Colombian Navy on September 11. The boat, Pez Caribe, was intercepted at four nautical miles to the east of the Colombian island of San Andrés, after a chase in which the crewmembers tried to escape and threw some packages of the alkaloid (cocaine) into the sea. The Coast Guard counted on the support of a Navy patrol plane, according to a statement from the Force. The four crew members, along with the cocaine and boat, were handed over to the authorities of San Andrés. By Dialogo September 13, 2012last_img

Indian Premier League IPL 2019: Had to break the target down with high asking rate – Kieron Pollard

first_imghighlights Mumbai Indians secured their highest run-chase at home in the IPL.Kieron Pollard’s knock included three fours and 10 sixes.Mumbai Indians secured their second straight win after beating Sunrisers Hyderabad. New Delhi: Mumbai Indians looked all but out of the contest against Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede stadium on Wednesday. The needed 54 runs off the last four overs and Kings XI Punjab was heading towards victory but Kieron Pollard, who was captaining the Mumbai Indians in place of Rohit Sharma who had suffered a leg injury, played a sensational knock by blasting 83 off 31 balls and the knock included three fours and 10 sixes. The knock by Pollard helped Mumbai Indians secure a thrilling three-wicket win off the last ball to register their highest successful chase at the Wankhede. Speaking after the end of the match, Pollard outlined what was going through his mind when playing the knock“When I saw we needed 104 off 48, I knew we had to break it down. We got two big overs. We had a couple of bowlers whom we had to target and we did that and got the much needed two points chasing down 198. The guys rallied really well. That’s why it’s a team sport,” Pollard said. When asked whether this was his best knock, Pollard had mixed reactions but said the start provided was good in the big chase. “You can say yes, you can say no (whether it was his best knock ever). It’s more important that we won the game. I stayed calm under pressure. I wanted to finish off the game. Keeping that calm head, in the end, was good. We got a start, 50-1 in power play at ten runs (actually a shade over 8) an over. We knew what we had to do. Well done boys. It was a very good batting track, brilliant (track),” Pollard said.Pollard said Rohit Sharma being rested was precautionary and that he would be back for the next game. The knock by Pollard was described by Mumbai Indians all-rounder Hardik Pandya as ‘legendary’.“Heart is pumping pretty fast. Pollard is a legend! One guy who could do this, it was Kieron Pollard. That time and situation needed, both of us had to go for it but I could not connect much. Pollard was backing himself and for the first time in my life while sitting outside I thought 17 per over is a par score. It was still better from the situation we started off from. If Polly was there, he could have finished it off one ball and obviously we didn’t have any set batsman. Four runs, four balls I thought we got this game,” Pandya said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Action needed following Tina Fontaine report FN advocate

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsAn Indigenous organization says more investments need to be made at the grassroots level.This comes after Manitoba’s children’s advocate says there are hundreds of at-risk youth with stories similar to Tina Fontaine.In her report on the death of Fontaine released this week, Daphne Penrose wrote that her office is working with 17 youth needing treatment.But Cora Morgan, who is the First Nations Family Advocate, says work is already being done to support at-risk youth, the government just needs to recognize [email protected]@bhobbs22last_img

Canadian employers content to avoid costs and headaches of providing childcare

first_imgCALGARY – One of the keys to Jenna Pickering’s return to work at the Suncor Energy Inc. head office in downtown Calgary was making sure her son Luke had a place at the affiliated daycare in the same office tower — even before he was born.“I think I was about six months along and I put ‘Baby Pickering’ on the wait list,” the 33-year-old recalled with a laugh.When her husband Shea, 34, got a job at the Suncor building two years ago and their 18-month-old daughter, Hannah, started going to daycare last year, the daily grind truly became a family affair.Each day, they drop Luke, now 4, and Hannah off at the daycare on the third floor before mom and dad head up to their respective floors.The Pickerings know they are among the lucky few in Canada to have childcare at the office.Despite the rising number of women in the workforce and a federal government push to help even more join — an effort it says will add billions of dollars to the country’s economy — few Canadian employers offer childcare in the workplace.In 2000, a federal government study found 338 work-related childcare centres operating in the country. The survey counted on- and off-site daycares supported by an employer, a group of employers, a union or an employee group, that sought to meet the needs of employees.Employment and Social Development Canada said it could not find more recent figures, while the Childcare Resource and Research Unit, whose 1992 study identified fewer than 200 employer-related daycares, stopped collecting data on employer centres years ago because of their rarity.Even when offered financial incentives by government, employer apathy persisted.In last year’s otherwise childcare-friendly budget, the Liberals quietly axed a Harper government initiative that provided employers a 25 per cent tax credit to a maximum of $10,000 per space on costs incurred to build or expand licensed childcare facilities.The goal of the program implemented in 2006 was to create 5,000 new workplace daycare spaces annually, but fewer than 100 individuals and 20 corporations were claiming the credit each year, according to Finance Canada.Employers’ lack of interest in childcare in Canada is disappointing, said Tanya van Biesen, executive director for Catalyst Canada, whose mission is advancing women’s progress in the workplace.Many parents have no choice but stay home to watch their children because they would be “breaking even or falling behind” financially if they had to pay full fare for daycare, she said.“For many years, people didn’t really think about or care about the fact that women were exiting stage right because they didn’t have any other options,” she said.Employers recognize childcare is a major factor in attracting and retaining female employees, but balancing the costs and matching needs with resources is difficult, said Peter Dugandzic, CEO of Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of Alberta.“I think that’s the issue for most companies. One, there’s the cost, and secondly, the physical layout,” he said.While some employers advertise daycare access to attract staff, most — if not all — refer to third-party services. Some subsidize certain costs or provide the space to daycare operators for free in return for preferred access.For example, when Mediacorp named BASF Canada as one of its Top Family-Friendly Employers for 2018, it cited the chemical company’s programs including salary top-ups and extended leave for new mothers and fathers — and mentioned the private onsite daycare at its Mississauga, Ont., head office.But the company has no formal relationship and doesn’t financially support the daycare on the ground floor, said Terri Howard, director of human resources.Among the few employers that do provide childcare services, many of them are public institutions, such as universities and even Parliament Hill.At Simon Fraser University’s Burnaby, B.C., campus, a daycare centre that has operated for at least 50 years is run by a non-profit operator with preference for its 315 spaces given to employees and students.The university provides space on its grounds rent-free and subsidizes the salaries of two employees, at an annual cost of about $500,000, said Sandi de Domenico, associate vice-president of human resources.The benefits in recruiting and retention of staff justifies the cost, she said. However, the university’s two other campuses in the area don’t offer childcare and de Domenico couldn’t say why.Canada could add $150 billion to its economy by 2026 by employing more women in technology and taking steps like providing better access to childcare to boost women’s participation in the workforce, McKinsey Global Institute estimated last year.In the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields — areas that Canada is focused on strengthening due their potential contributions to economic growth — women represent just 20 per cent of jobs in the field.“Tech doesn’t traditionally support parents,” said Amanda Munday, an advocate for women-identified rights who works at technology startup HiMama in Toronto.“When you think about evening workshops, beer and ping-pong night-time activities, long hours, those things are not conducive to the parent lifestyle.”Munday estimates it costs $3,400 per month for good-quality daycare for her two kids, a bill she recognizes is unaffordable for her startup employer.Her return to work after having her daughter four years ago, therefore, involved compromises. She negotiated a flexible schedule, including sometimes working from home, and unlimited sick days for her and her children. Her daughter attends preschool three days a week and Munday’s mother watches her son to save on daycare costs.Daycare at work is a major perk of working at Suncor for the Pickerings. The company doesn’t subsidize their daycare costs, but the fees are competitive.Jenna Pickering said the children thrive there, excited by fire drills and enjoying regular walks through downtown.“I went into having children knowing I wanted to go back to work,” she said.“It’s still a hard choice, but I like having them close by and this is the best of both worlds.”Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version did not include the full name of the Childcare Resource and Research Unit.last_img read more

Swallowing 16B purchase of Flipkart Walmart cuts outlook

first_imgBENTONVILLE, Ark. – Walmart trimmed its profit outlook citing this year’s $16 billion acquisition of the Indian online retailer Flipkart, its biggest deal ever.The company also said on Tuesday that U.S. online sales growth would slow to 35 per cent, from last quarter’s 40 per cent growth.Since buying Jet.com for more than $3 billion two years ago, Walmart has been bulking up online, buying companies such as Bonobos and ModCloth. It’s also tried to speed up deliveries while expanding same-day grocery delivery.The company says its online grocery pickup service is attracting new customers and shoppers are adding more items to their cart because of it.Walmart also announced a partnership with Advance Auto Parts, which will create an automotive specialty store on Walmart.com. The online store is expected to be rolled out in the first half of next year. In a joint release, the companies said they plan to work together to explore such services as home delivery and same-day pickup in a Walmart or Advance store. The Roanoke, Virginia-based Advance Auto Parts operates nearly 6,400 stores.Walmart Inc. now expects 2019 adjusted earnings of between $4.65 and $4.80 per share, down from $4.90 to $5.05.Shares rose more than 2 per cent, or $1.93, to $95.75 in afternoon trading.last_img read more

Accidental shot from colleague kills lady Home Guard in Krishnanagar

first_imgKolkata: A lady Home Guard of Nadia District Police died after a bullet was fired ‘accidentally’ from another Home Guard’s pistol while cleaning the weapon. The deceased, identified as Debashree Ghosh (35), was posted at the police line in Krishnanagar.However, Biplab Ghosh, the elder brother of Debashree, filed a complaint on Thursday, alleging that she was murdered and her death was not accidental as three bullets wounds were found on her body. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAccording to sources, Ghosh was performing duty along with another Home Guard identified as Mithun Mir on Wednesday morning at the armory of Nadia District police lines in Krishnanagar. At around 8 am, her colleague was cleaning his service pistol. While doing so, Mir’s finger pressed the trigger accidentally and a shot was fired. The bullet hit a wooden bench and then pierced Ghosh’s abdomen. Immediately, she was rushed to the Krishnanagar District Hospital, where doctors declared her brought dead. Ghosh, a resident of Shantipur, had joined the police force approximately a year ago. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaShe was posted at the police lines just a month ago after being transferred from Chopra police station which was her first posting. Before losing consciousness, Ghosh had requested her colleagues to look after her 11-month-old son. Later, her family members arrived at the hospital and demanded an inquiry into the incident. “We heard that a bullet had hit her accidentally. We want a proper investigation on this,” said one of her relatives. Sources informed that the Superintendent of Police (SP), Nadia has already ordered a probe in this regard. Questions have arose on whether Mir was trained enough to operate a firearm. Also, while cleaning a firearm, the magazine is detached to avoid any accident, which was not followed in this case. Mir is currently being interrogated.last_img read more

Naresh Goyal pledges 26 stake in Jet Airways for loans

first_imgNew Delhi: Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal has pledged 26 per cent stake in the ailing airline as security for loans from Punjab National Bank, according to a regulatory filing. Last month, Goyal and his wife Anita Goyal quit the board of cash-strapped carrier as part of a debt resolution plan. Jet Airways Thursday informed the stock exchanges that Goyal has pledged over 2.95 crore shares or 26.01 per cent stake with Punjab National Bank. The pledge was created on April 4 as “security for existing/ new borrowings taken by Jet Airways (India) Ltd,” the filing to the BSE said. On the same day, over 5.79 crore shares held by him were released. Those were kept under “non disposal undertaking” as security for borrowings taken by the airline, as per the filing. Goyal gave up the chairmanship of Jet Airways, which he founded more than 25 years ago, under a debt restructuring plan wherein lenders have taken control of the carrier.last_img read more

Charting a way forward

first_imgThe world may miss the Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDG) target by a wide margin if the human civilisation does not pull up its socks and promptly acts to protect the natural order. This was made clear by Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services’ (IPBES) in its Global Assessment Report. The report, showcased how human activities, were devastating nature — one million species face extinction — called for “transformative changes across economic, social, political and technological factors”. Else 80 per cent — 35 out of 44 — assessed targets of the UN-mandated SDG’s would remain unmet, the report warned. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyThe current trajectories used for conserving and sustainably using nature and achieving sustainability, such as those embodied in the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, cannot be met. Although there has been progress in the implementation of various policies and actions to conserve nature and manage it more sustainably, they are not sufficient to stem the direct and indirect drivers of nature’s deterioration. Also Read – The future is here!”Nature is essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. However, taking into consideration that the Sustainable Development Goals are integrated and indivisible, as well as implemented nationally, current negative trends in biodiversity and ecosystems will undermine progress towards…goals related to poverty, hunger, health, water, cities, climate, oceans and land (Sustainable Development Goals 1, 2, 3, 6, 11, 13, 14, and 15),” revealed the summary of the report. Nature can be conserved, restored, and used sustainably through urgent and concerted efforts fostering transformative change. This includes taking into account climate change impacts in the definition of future goals and objectives, the report suggested. To curb direct drivers of nature’s deterioration, implementing societal goals – including those for food, water, energy, health and the achievement of human well-being; enhancing international cooperation and linking locally relevant measures can help. On the other hand, “five main interventions (“levers”) can generate transformative change by tackling the underlying indirect drivers of nature deterioration: (1) incentives and capacity-building; (2) cross-sectoral cooperation; (3) pre-emptive action; (4) decision-making in the context of resilience and uncertainty; and (5) environmental law and implementation,” the report said. While trajectories of transformation will vary across contexts, with challenges and needs differing, especially in the developing and developed nations, integrative, inclusive, informed and adaptive governance approaches can reduce the risks. Other measures include collaborating the knowledge, innovations and practices, institutions and values of indigenous peoples and local communities; coordinated mix of interventions on land, in freshwater and in the oceans; land-based climate change mitigation activities and nature-based solutions like use of green infrastructure — maintaining green spaces and biodiversity-friendly water bodies, urban agriculture, rooftop gardens — could be crucial for meeting Sustainable Development Goals. (The views expressed are of Down To Earth)last_img read more

Pogba sends Mourinho a timely reminder

first_imgPaul Pogba played a starring role for France in their 3-1 win over World Cup hosts Russia with the star assisting Kylian Mbappe and grabbing a goal of his ownThe midfielder has found himself on the fringes at Manchester United this season with Pogba having only started four of the club’s last ten matches and found himself benched for both legs of their defeat to Sevilla in the Champions League.However, Pogba produced an outstanding display for France with the 25 year-old assisting teenage sensation Mbappe for the opening goal of the match with a defence-splitting assist.Pogba’s inch perfect pass releases Mbappe for a fine finish #RUSFRA #France ?? #mufc #psg pic.twitter.com/NiMN5LhXba— Grimandi’s Vids (@footbolvids) 27 March 2018Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…Pogba then got on the score-sheet himself by curling home a brilliant free-kick for France’s second goal of the match.Pogba’s free-kick goal for France! #MUFC pic.twitter.com/DZcPPr7HvW— RedReveal (@RedReveal) 27 March 2018Pogba will now return to United on the back of a welcome return to form during the international break. Jose Mourinho’s side will next face Swansea City in the Premier League this Saturday.last_img read more