Journalists flee Swat valley en masse

first_img Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by the situation in the Swat valley as the Pakistani armed forces step up their operations against the Taliban there. Newspapers had already stopped publishing after the military imposed a curfew. Now journalists are fleeing to safer areas. The Khyber Union of Journalists today urged the government to allow the media access to Mingora, the largest city in the valley. “It is now impossible to get independently-sourced information about what is happening in the Swat valley,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Journalists are fleeing en masse. None of them wants to stay there anymore. We urge the authorities to issue journalists with permits that allow them to circulate during curfew hours. We also call for immediate measures to guarantee the security of journalists, so that they can return to the valley and resume working there.”Reporters Without Borders added: “The Swat valley has become a lawless area without news media and without journalists. This situation is unacceptable and must be remedied by the government at once.”At a news conference today, Khyber Union of Journalists president Mohammad Riaz said: “There is a complete blackout of news from Swat, Buner and Dir. There is no source of dissemination of news. No one is aware about the actual situation.”Swat press club president Salahuddin Khan told Reporters Without Borders yesterday that all the journalists had left the valley and that it was “now without any news media.”Veteran journalists such as Ghulam Farooq, the editor of Shamal, and Fayyaz Zafar, the editor of the online newspaper Zama Swat, left Swat on 7 May and moved to cities such as Peshawar. “I have just left with my family and I am staying with a friend a long way from Mingora as journalism is no longer an easy trade to practice,” Farooq told Reporters Without Borders by phone. A few journalists such as TV reporter Shireenzada had been holding on despite the danger. He told Reporters Without Borders a few days ago: “Let’s hope nothing serious happens.” He said he had stockpiled fuel and food for the difficult days to come. He was the last reporter to try to provide information about what was happening in the combat zone. Shireenzada finally pulled out for safety reasons yesterday. “I have also left Swat with my family because it is extremely hard to be a journalist in the current situation,” he said. “Swat is now without any journalists.”Shireenzada said there were still several thousand inhabitants trapped in Mingora waiting for the end of the curfew in order to leave for safer areas. He added that they would soon run out of water and food because of the lack of electricity and the curfew. PakistanAsia – Pacific News Follow the news on Pakistan Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire May 12, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists flee Swat valley en masse Help by sharing this information January 28, 2021 Find out more to go further Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalistscenter_img Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder News News April 21, 2021 Find out more Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more News PakistanAsia – Pacific RSF_en last_img read more

UI fraternity accused of holding party during virus shutdown

first_imgIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Officials at the University of Iowa are investigating the Sigma Chi chapter there after the fraternity was accused of holding a party in violation of the state’s order limiting gatherings to fewer than 10 people in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.The fraternity party allegedly took place March 28 with as many as 50 people and may have involved underaged drinking, the Press-Citizen reported. Iowa City police confirmed receiving a report of a party at the Sigma Chi house, but said no officer responded to the scene.Sigma Chi Fraternity International did not immediately respond Friday to an email from The Associated Press seeking comment.The university suspended in-person classes earlier in the month and ordered students to evacuate campus dorms by March 29.Fraternity houses, however, are not on campus or in the university’s authority, school officials said. In a statement, university spokeswoman Hayley Bruce said UI officials strongly encouraged Greek chapters to close their off-campus homes in March. To date, 12 fraternity chapter homes have closed and the remaining 14 chapters’ homes have been open only for members who have a need for housing, Bruce said.last_img read more

Cori “Coco” Gauff Of Delray Beach Makes a Historic Run at Wimbledon

first_imgIt’s easy to forget that Cori “Coco” Gauff of Delray Beach is only 15 years old. In her Grand Slam debut, Gauff beat Venus Williams, a five-time champion, in the first round at Wimbledon. Gauff is the tournament’s youngest player and has said in previous interviews that she is inspired by the Williams sisters.Friday was a rough match for Gauff who was up against Slovenia’s Polona Hercog. Gauff was down a set at and lost her mixed doubles match but then bounced back and won. In a press conference, Gauff stated that she was confident she could win even though she was behind in the second set.“I was like, ‘I can fight back—I just need to hold serve and then break,’ ” Gauff said in an interview after her big win.Gauff’s father, Cory, is the owner of Paradise Sports Lounge in Delray Beach. Many Delray Beach tennis fans would go to the lounge in support of Gauff. The lounge has hosted watch parties for each of Coco’s Wimbledon matches.last_img read more

Vote now for the Fuller’s London Pride Steward of the Year

first_img29 Jul 2014 Vote now for the Fuller’s London Pride Steward of the Year Does your golf club steward go that extra mile for customers at their bar? Then vote now for the Fuller’s London Pride Steward of the Year.Fuller’s and England Golf are looking for someone who offers the warmest welcome, the best service and a great knowledge of their products, as well as that ‘extra something’ which  makes them stand out from the crowd.Whoever wins the London Pride Steward of the Year will receive a weekend break in London, complete with accommodation for two nights in a Fuller’s Central London Hotel. They will also win advertising space in the local press to promote their golf club.Everyone who nominates a candidate will go into a prize draw to win a case of London Pride and an England Golf polo shirt.The 2013 winners were Simon and Karen Ward of Wilmslow Golf Club in Cheshire (Image © Gill Shaw) – the first couple to be crowned Fuller’s London Pride Golf Stewards of the Year.When the result was announced Simon commented: “This is such an honour and we can’t thank our members enough for their support. This has come from our members – and if they’re happy, we’re happy!”last_img read more

Shropshire’s Williams is England’s champion golf captain

first_img12 Aug 2015 Shropshire’s Williams is England’s champion golf captain Shropshire’s Malcolm Williams is England’s champion golf captain – claiming the title a year after he almost gave up the game.“I was thinking about giving up because I was so bad,” remembered Williams (image © Leaderboard Photography), who was the 2007 captain at Worfield Golf Club.The turning point came at the 2014 final of the England Golf Captains’ tournament when his caddy made a couple of suggestions which, he said, “made a tremendous difference to my game.”He confirmed it today in the 2015 final at Frilford Heath Golf Club, Oxfordshire, when he added 40 points to his opening 35 and won the championship by a point.“This means an awful lot, especially when there are so many captains taking part from all over the country,” said Williams.“I wasn’t expecting it all. Yesterday 35 points wasn’t really anywhere, but 40 points today made a big difference,” added the 16-handicapper.“I was just very steady, nothing dramatic, but it all seemed to come together.”The runner-up on 74 points was Martin Wainman from Wychwood Park, Cheshire; while third place was taken by Alan Brack of Crook, Durham, who had 73 points.The final was played as part of the new Golf Week, a five-day festival run by England Golf to celebrate team and handicap players.Click here for full scores.last_img read more

Temple women’s basketball outplayed on ‘both sides of the floor’ in loss

first_imgSophomore guard Marissa Mackins, who led the team with 19 points, said that the Eagles were playing aggressive, but the Owls largely beat themselves.  “They were doubling [junior forward] Mia [Davis], who is our go-to on offense,” Mackins said. “But like coach [said], we weren’t doing what we were supposed to be doing on either end of the court. So really it was on us.” “They have guys that can beat you off the dribble, and are capable of knocking in threes,” Cardoza said. “And they’re really quick, just stopping them in transition was really difficult.” Offensively, the Owls struggled to take care of the ball. The Owls finished with 15 turnovers, compared to just four from Florida Gulf Coast. The Eagles took the ball away 12 times, while the Owls recorded just one steal.  “I thought that we would compete a little bit better than we did today,” Cardoza said. “I thought on both sides of the floor they dominated us and made it difficult to defend them and difficult for us to score.” Redshirt-sophomore guard Ashley Jones dribbles the ball down the court during the Owls’ game against Florida Gulf Coast at McGonigle Hall on Dec. 22 | NICK DAVIS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Cardoza felt that the Owls were giving up too many wide-open threes, a shot that Florida Gulf Coast was capable of hitting. The Eagles’ balanced offense was difficult to defend, Cardoza said.  Redshirt-senior guard Davion Wingate gave the Owls trouble, in particular, scoring 31 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field. Wingate is currently shooting 50 percent from three on the season after making six threes out of eight attempts against the Owls. The Owls did not give enough attention to her threat, Cardoza said. center_img The Owls struggled all day to find their shot, while Florida Gulf Coast did not. The Eagles took more than twice as many three-pointers as the Owls did, hitting them at a 40.4 percent rate, compared to the Owls’ 27.3 percent shooting mark from three.  Temple University women’s basketball (6-6, 0-1, The American Athletic Conference) fell short to Florida Gulf Coast University (12-2) Sunday afternoon at McGonigle Hall, 93-67.  “It’s something that we just haven’t been able to focus on,” Cardoza said. “Knowing where the shots are coming from and knowing where we need to go.”  The Owls lacked intensity from the beginning of the game, coach Tonya Cardoza said. Florida Gulf Coast’s ability to grab offensive rebounds killed any type of comeback the Owls could have mounted in the second half. The Eagles took long-distance shots, which yielded longer bounces on rebounds. The Eagles grabbed six offensive boards in the last two quarters. The Owls’ next game is at La Salle (6-6) Dec. 30 at 7:00 p.m.last_img read more

Yolink’s Next Step Search Pulls Info from Behind Links and Inside Docs

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Product Reviews#search#web You’ve been there before: you’re searching on Craigslist for a used, two door Volkswagon Rabbit or a three bedroom apartment in Astoria, Queens, and each time you click, you wonder what the website could be thinking. You find yourself wishing that there was a way to peek behind each of those links without actually opening the page and now there is: Yolink.Yolink is a like a search engine within a search engine that can help not only fine tune your search results from sites like Craigslist or Google, but can even pull information from within documents offered in those search results.Yolink is making its search-within-a-search technology available in a number of ways, by API for web developers, widget for blog and website owners, and browser plugin for the average user.“Yolink technology enhances search and offers a smarter way to cut though the layers of unfiltered, extraneous information to find the exactly the information you are looking for,” said Brian Cheek, Director of Business Development, in a release. “What we’ve done is provide a way for people to step through links and inside documents to get the information they really need, quickly.”The concept here is simple: a list of links does little to help you find what your looking for, so Yolink expands those links to show you the parts of the result that contain the words your looking for. By clicking on the text shown, Yolink will open up that page in a preview window to the side, moving to the location of that specific text in that page. Beyond helping you find exactly what you’re looking for, Yolink also helps with sharing and bookmarking that information. A small set of icons gives users the ability to share information on a number of social networks or to copy and paste results directly into their Google Docs account, even appending text onto existing documents. A primary difference between Yolink and other search engines, such as Google Site Search, is that it operates on a logic-based approached rather than sorting search results by PageRank and popularity. The site currently offers a “labs” section to help show off what it’s capable of, previewing how it can be integrated into Craigslist, Google Patents, Yahoo search, Blogger and more. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market mike melanson Related Posts last_img read more

6 days agoReal Madrid boss Zidane defends Jovic slow start

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid boss Zidane defends Jovic slow startby Carlos Volcano6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has defended Luka Jovic slow start to his Bernabeu career.Jovic has struggled for minutes since his summer arrival from Eintracht Frankfurt.Zidane said, “He’s not demotivated. “He’s just arrived and he’s looking much better now than when he came in. He’s slowly learning Spanish and becoming part of the group. “I will be counting on him and he’s important despite the fact he hasn’t played much recently.” last_img

Alternative Keystone XL route gets approved in Nebraska

first_imgLINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska regulators approved an alternative route Monday for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. It was the last major regulatory hurdle facing project operator TransCanada Corp., though opponents say another round of federal approval may now be needed.The Nebraska Public Service Commission’s ruling was on the Nebraska route TransCanada has proposed to complete the $8 billion, 1,179-mile (1,897-kilometre) pipeline to deliver oil from Alberta, Canada, to Texas Gulf Coast refineries. The proposed Keystone XL route would cross parts of Montana, South Dakota and most of Nebraska to Steele City, Nebraska.The long-delayed project was rejected by President Barack Obama in 2015, citing concerns about carbon pollution. President Donald Trump revived it in March, approving a permit.The project has faced a barrage of criticism from environmental activists and some landowners for nearly a decade.Here are some things to know about the fight:___WHAT OPTIONS DID THE COMMISSION HAVE?The five-member Nebraska Public Service Commission was forbidden by law from factoring pipeline safety or the risk of spills into its decision because pipeline safety is a federal responsibility. So, it couldn’t take into account a spill of 210,000 gallons (790,000 litres) of oil on the existing Keystone pipeline in South Dakota announced on Thursday.The simplest choice was a yes-or-no vote on TransCanada’s “preferred route” through a dozen Nebraska counties. The commission had the option of including major caveats that would add years to the project’s timetable.Commissioners decided to approve an alternative route that would run farther north than TransCanada’s preferred route. Company officials have said their preferred route causes the least amount of disruption.No matter what the commission decided, any group that presented arguments at an August hearing could appeal the decision to a state district court. The case would likely end up before the Nebraska Supreme Court.The proposed Keystone XL would expand the existing Keystone pipeline, which went into service in July 2010. The current pipeline network runs south through North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas and extends east into Missouri and Illinois.___WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE DECISION?The commission’s vote could play a pivotal role in whether TransCanada moves ahead with the pipeline. After years of lobbying for the project, TransCanada acknowledged in a July conference call that executives won’t decide until late November or early December whether to begin construction.TransCanada spokesman Matthew John reiterated that timeline last week, ahead of the Monday vote.“We’re going through the process with every intention to get this project built,” John said on Wednesday. “But there are factors that we need to work out prior to making that decision,” including regulatory approval in Nebraska.John said the company also needs to finalize its contracts with shippers that want to use the pipeline.TransCanada has been working to line up long-term contracts for the pipeline, which can carry an estimated 830,000 barrels a day. The company has not announced the results of its open season bidding process, which ended Oct. 26.___WILL THERE BE PROTESTS IF THE COMMISSION APPROVES THE PIPELINE?Opponents in August vowed to stage mass protests against the pipeline if Nebraska regulators approve it, but say they will exhaust legal options first.Pipeline opponents have lined parts of the proposed route with obstacles, including trees, solar panels, sacred corn from the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska and a barn powered by renewable energy. Some opponents may try to physically block construction and have likened their resistance to the activists who protested the Dakota Access Pipeline in Standing Rock, North Dakota.___IS KEYSTONE XL STILL FEASIBLE?Despite low oil prices and repeated delays, TransCanada has a strong financial incentive to keep pursuing the pipeline, said Zachary Rogers, a Houston-based analyst for Wood Mackenzie, an energy research and consulting firm.Rogers said Western Canadian producers have been forced to ship their product by train, which is more expensive than a pipeline, and Keystone XL would reduce costs and improve their bottom line.At the same time, Texas refineries face uncertainty because of political instability in Venezuela, one of their top oil sources, and a slowdown in Mexican production.“Western Canada has been held captive by geography and hasn’t been able to cheaply access the markets,” Rogers said last week. “Any opportunity for them to get better access will buoy their margins.”___Follow Grant Schulte on Twitter at up for the AP’s weekly newsletter showcasing our best reporting from the Midwest and Texas: read more