Media urged to publish photo in homage to slain Afghan fixer

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first_imgNews News Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says May 3, 2021 Find out more RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan Reporters Without Borders today made available a photograph of slain Afghan driver and fixer Sayed Agha and called on the media to publish it as a tribute to his contribution to press freedom. The photo was obtained thanks to British journalist Thomas Coghlan, who worked with Agha.Taliban under the command of Mullah Dadullah falsely accused Agha of spying and cut his throat after taking him prisoner along with Italian journalist Daniele Mastrogiacomo, for whom he was working. The Taliban returned the body to his family on 24 March. Another Afghan journalist employed by Mastrogiacomo, Adjmal Nasqhbandi, is still being held by the Taliban.”The drivers, interpreters and fixers working for foreign journalists in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan have for years been paying dearly for the cause of press freedom,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is important to pay them homage, and one way of doing this is to put a face to those who have died while doing their job in dangerous conditions.”The organisation added: “We appeal to the Afghan and international media to pay tribute to Agha by publishing his photograph.” June 2, 2021 Find out more AfghanistanAsia – Pacific News RSF_en Newscenter_img March 11, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Organisation Receive email alerts to go further Follow the news on Afghanistan Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” AfghanistanAsia – Pacific March 28, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Media urged to publish photo in homage to slain Afghan fixerlast_img read more


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first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff Assemblyman Chris Holden said the protection of citizens against mentally disordered offenders and mentally disordered sexual offenders took a step in the right direction when the governor’s May revision of the state budget included language in a trailer bill largely due to his bill modifying prison realignment.“Assembly Bill 1065 requires individuals released from prison that were previously certified as a mentally disordered offender (MDO) or mentally disordered sexual offender (MDSO) to be subject to state parole supervision instead of post-release community supervision by the county,” said Holden in a news statement.“The Governor’s administration has changed course and heard our concerns about the MDO/MDSO population and the strain it is causing to cities and counties,” he said. “The Governor has included Assembly Bill 1065 into his budget proposal.”The assemblyman said individuals who have been certified as an MDO/MDSO represent a substantial danger of physical harm to themselves as well as others.“I look forward to working with the Governor’s administration to ensure the passage of these policies and am thankful for his willingness to revisit these issues to ensure that our communities are safe,” said Holden in the news statement. 30 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News center_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment Subscribe HerbeautyYou Can’t Wear Just Anything If You’re The President’s DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Gorgeous Looks That Have Been Classic Go-tos For DecadesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Is What Happens To Your Face After DermaplaningHerbeautyHerbeauty Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Government Assemblyman Chris Holden and the Prison Bill AB 1065 Published on Thursday, May 16, 2013 | 5:39 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimeslast_img read more


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first_imgHave you ever narrowly avoided a traffic collision thanks to a dangerous maneuver by another driver? Watched someone driving in a way that puts other drivers, cyclists and pedestrians in danger? Suspected you were following an impaired driver? Reporting violations gives an officer the tools to act on your report and is always more effective when accompanied with three required pieces of information.1.       License plate of the vehicle (partial plates can be useful when combined with 2 & 3)- Advertisement -2.       Description of the vehicle (make, color, model) and if possible, description of the driver3.       Where you’re located and the direction of travel“While the RCMP and the police department in general kind of drives the bus of safety in the community, we need everybody on board helping us,” says Cpl Jodi Shelkie, adding “We really need the eyes and the reports of people out there on the road.”Advertisement Traffic complaints should be reported to the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at 250 787 8100, but Shelkie reminds drivers to first safely pull over before using your cell phone.  “If you have dust on your dashboard, I always say to people, write the license plate number in the dust so that it’s always there and you won’t forget it because it’s always hard to remember something like that,” explains Shelkie.  In the case of a suspected impaired driver who is still behind the wheel, don’t waste time and imminently call 911 with a license plate, description of vehicle, location where it was seen and the vehicle’s direction of travel.last_img read more


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first_img8 May 2008Scientists and engineers from around the world met in Perth, Australia last month to launch the €22-million preparatory phase of the biggest project ever undertaken in radio astronomy, the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA).South Africa and Australia are the two countries shortlisted for hosting the massive radio telescope.The SKA will be 50 times more sensitive than any existing facility and will tackle some of the biggest questions in astronomy, including searching for earth-like planets and potential life, looking at the first objects in the universe, testing theories of gravity and examining the mystery of dark energy.PrepSKAThe SKA preparatory project, dubbed PrepSKA, will run through to 2011, pulling together international efforts from around the world to finalise a detailed, costed technical design and develop the governance and legal framework for the SKA.The PrepSKA programme will also conduct additional studies of the short-listed sites in Australia and South Africa that are being considered for the SKA.Funding will be provided by the European Union, which has committed €5.5-million, and the 12 participating countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA.“Once PrepSKA is complete, there should be an agreed design for the largest array of radio antennas ever built, allowing interested countries to decide on their involvement with the final SKA project,” SKA South Africa said.Professor John Womersley of the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), the co-ordinator of PrepSKA, said the SKA “has the potential to be one of the most exciting global endeavours in science, changing the way radio astronomy is done.“The PrepSKA project is a vital preparation stage that will allow the interested partners to bring together their different approaches and priorities and lay the groundwork for a world-class programme.”4 000 antennasConstruction of the SKA is due to start in 2013, subject to successful funding proposals, and to be conducted in phases over seven years. The telescope should start operating in 2015, once a significant portion of the array has been commissioned.The array will comprise approximately 4 000 antennas spread out over a total collecting area of a square kilometre. The antennas will be distributed in about 200 “stations” spread over approximately 3 000 kilometres.If South Africa wins the bid to host the SKA, the core of the telescope – consisting of approximately 3 000 antennas – will be located in the Karoo region of the Northern Cape province, approximately 95km north-west of Carnarvon. The other antenna stations will be distributed throughout South Africa and a number of African countries.South Africa will play a leading role in much of the PrepSKA study, thanks to the knowledge and experience gained in the design and construction of the MeerKAT, an SKA prototype or “pathfinder telescope”.According to SKA South Africa, SA’s report on the MeerKAT project “was very well received” by the nearly 200 delegates at the SKA Forum in Perth in April. These included the international agencies that will fund the SKA, as well as astronomers, industrialists and government officials.South Africa’s MeerKAT projectWork on the design, development and construction of the MeerKAT, located at the site selected for the SKA, began in 2004 and is due for completion and commissioning by the end of 2012.The MeerKAT has been designed by South Africans “in collaboration with the best universities and institutes in the world, including Cambridge, Oxford, Manchester, Berkeley, Caltech, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, Astron and others,” said SKA South Africa.The MeerKAT “is intended to be a world-leading centimetre-wave radio telescope for many years”, eventually comprising up to 80 12-metre antennas.A 15-metre prototype antenna has been built from composite materials at the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory in Gauteng province.“This is the first large antenna in the world to be manufactured from composites,” said SKA South Africa. “Tests on this antenna have improved the design, and an optimized 12-metre antenna will be constructed for a seven-dish array to be constructed in the Karoo by the end of 2009.“The final phase will see the construction of the array of up to 80 dishes by 2012.”SKA South Africa is a project of the Department of Science and Technology, managed via the National Research Foundation.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more



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first_imgAssam Civil Service officer Hitesh Dev Sarma has been appointed as the new State Coordinator for the National Register of Citizens (NRC). He has replaced Prateek Hajela, an IAS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre who ensured publication of the final version of register on August 31 under supervision of the Supreme Court.Mr. Hajela was transferred to his home State Madhya Pradesh by the Supreme Court on October 18. He will relinquish charge as the NRC State Coordinator on November 11.Inter-cadre deputation Following the apex court’s order, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has already approved the proposal of the Department of Personnel and Training for inter-cadre deputation of Mr. Hajela from the Assam-Meghalaya cadre to Madhya Pradesh cadre for three years, official sources said. The Assam government had also written to the DoPT stating that it did not have any objection to the transfer.NRC experience Until his new assignment, Mr. Sarma was the Secretary of the Urban Development and Finance departments. He had also handled the NRC exercise during its initial stages five years ago.Mr. Sarma has his task cut out as those who have been excluded from the NRC have 120 days to appeal against it at Foreigners Tribunals. If not satisfied with the verdict of the tribunals, they will have the option to move the High Court and the Supreme Court for redress.The updated final NRC, which validates bona fide Indian citizens of Assam, left out over 1.9 million applicants.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more


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first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, has warned that delinquent drivers may soon be required to clear outstanding traffic tickets before they are able to renew their driver’s licence.“The system is not working, and we have to find an alternative way, and we are going to find it, because all those tickets have to be paid,” he said.“ I am proposing… that all of those warrants, all of those unpaid tickets will be put against the driver’s licence of those individuals and be put against the vehicle that was being driven, so when that vehicle comes to be renewed, [it] can’t be renewed until the driver pays the fine,” Minister Chuck said.“We want to put in place those provisions, so those persons who feel they can collect tickets like confetti, must know that their day of reckoning is at hand,” he added.Emphasising the problem of unpaid traffic tickets, Minister Chuck noted that at the Kingston Traffic Court alone, 65,000 persons did not pay for the first six months of this year. He argued that with unpaid tickets sent to the courts after 30 days, that amounts to about 10,000 per month.“That’s about 500 warrants on average being issued every day,” Minister Chuck lamented.He pledged that “we are going to collect every single one. If you don’t think you breached the law, go fight it in court, but you can’t just ignore the law like that”.Minister Chuck pointed out that there have been three moratoriums to allow for persons with outstanding traffic tickets to pay, and there are no plans to have another.He is encouraging motorists with outstanding tickets to call the traffic headquarters at the Elleston Road Police Station. “They have data of every ticket that has not been paid,” he indicated.Minister Chuck was speaking at a Justice of the Peace (JP) training session at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Hayes, Clarendon, on Thursday (October 18).The session was held to hear the concerns of the JP and assist them with providing solutions for issues they face while they serve citizens. Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, has warned that delinquent drivers may soon be required to clear outstanding traffic tickets before they are able to renew their driver’s licence.center_img “The system is not working, and we have to find an alternative way, and we are going to find it, because all those tickets have to be paid,” he said.last_img read more


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first_imgThe great debate on Reorganisation of Jammu and Kashmir besides the scrapping of Article 370 in Lok Sabha yesterday emulated proceedings in Rajya Sabha a day before it. Turn by turn, members offered their insight on the move and brought up reasons for supporting/rejecting the government’s proposal. The reasoning offered by the supporters of the proposal outnumbered the rejectors as the bill was passed with an astounding majority in favour of the proposal. While the heated debate lasted the length of the day in the Lower House, Jammu and Kashmir reserved apprehensions around a fresh round of protests and violence that could erupt soon. Government’s proposal to change the fate of Jammu and Kashmir overnight did not draw much appreciation owing to the element of secrecy it carried. But while the government was at it, the emergency-like situation that had dawned over the Valley threw not only the residents of the Valley but their families across India in turmoil. As communications were shut down with Section 144 imposed, the government in its pursuit of a certain agenda for the welfare of the state did not do well enough when it came to the means. People felt helpless as they had to wait till communications could be resumed, eager to talk to their families, as they lived the unexpected moment that the government had impinged upon them. There is no apt justification as to why the government had to resort to this sort of methodology; which was the centre of criticism in the larger view. They did succeed in achieving their objective but at the cost of trust of people in the Valley, if not elsewhere. Now, as the fate of the state is unveiled to the residents, urging them to look on the bright side would be the expected notion. Stripping Jammu and Kashmir off its special status and further bifurcating it into two separate Union territories is a matter which may not have been possible without isolating the state considering the kind of protests and resulting violence that it would have brought along. But now that the deed has been done, all eyes will be fixed on the vision that the government has for J&K and Ladakh. It has to be understood that the bold step that the current dispensation took in the interest of the state was to realise the development that has always eluded it. It was important to take cognisance of the fact that Kashmir for long has been left at the mercy of its own decisions. Incessant episodes of terrorism and militancy had blemished the social fabric of society there while India stood and watched helplessly due to tied hands owing to Article 370. But now that India has made the grand move to truly integrate the state as per the government’s opinion, a similar understanding needs to be shared with the inhabitants as well as others who may see the government’s proposal as carrying an essence of authoritarianism. Unless people realise the status quo that J&K has been in due to Article 370, and understand the government’s intention to repeal it, the government will be at the receiving end of abject criticism. After all, it is the people that make up a place. The government definitely has the onus for the development of the two UTs but more than that, it has the responsibility of winning back the hearts of lakhs of people who they pushed into darkness while debating to bring in the light that the state needs. Unless genuine development takes place benefitting the Valley, the decision to bifurcate J&K besides stripping off the special status would always be held against this government by the disapproving people of the Valley. People of Ladakh will embrace the UT status for it has been forever ignored by J&K, causing even less development. While there is no doubt that the Union government through its bold steps has scripted history here, fruits of such steps would only be realised once the country witnesses the two Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh on a development trajectory along the lines of what was envisaged by the Union Home Minister. It must be kept in mind that people’s faith is riding on his vision.last_img read more


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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 16, 2017 – Nassau – Police have three suspects for a string of crimes – including rape and kidnapping – from the Summer which riled up residents and two of the men are charged and remanded to prison now.Chavez Musgrove, a 22 year old and 26 year old Andrew Parker – both of Blue Hills, Providenciales were arrested and charged in recent weeks for a dozen crimes, all committed in July 2017.The two appeared in court to answer to three (3) counts of kidnapping, two (2) counts of Robbery, three (3) counts of rape, three (3) counts of possession of imitation firearm with intent to cause fear and taking motor vehicle without authority.    Most of the charges were against Musgrove, the youngest of the two.There is a third man arrested, but he is not yet formally arraigned and is being held as a person of interest by Police.#MagneticMediaNews#2menchargedinforJulycrimes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#2menchargedinforJulycrimes, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more



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