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_imgUniversity of Vermont,Vermont students are not just attending the University of Vermont in near record numbers, they’re staying and graduating at historically high rates, the university announced today.Diversity enrollment also reached an historic milestone this fall, officials announced.First-year retention — the percentage of students who return to college after their freshman year, a widely accepted indicator of student engagement and success — is 91 percent for in-state sophomores this fall at UVM, tying last year’s all time high. In 2000 first-year retention of Vermont students was 83.8 percent.A total of 644 Vermont students enrolled at UVM in the fall of 2009, the second highest incoming class in the last 15 years. Total Vermont enrollment is 3,277, one of the highest totals since the mid 1990’s.Six- and four-year graduation rates for Vermonters also set records this year. The six-year rate for students graduating in May 2010 was 80.5 percent, up from 67.9 percent in 2000. The four-year rate was 64.8 percent, compared with 51.4 percent ten years ago.”This is a high water mark for UVM,” said UVM president Daniel Mark Fogel. “Student quality has never been higher, our faculty are setting new records in research productivity, unrestricted annual giving is up, and we’ve significantly upgraded our physical campus. But nothing is more important that student success. Our higher education institutions need to do more than simply attract young people to college, we need to help them succeed once they get here. At UVM, we’re doing exactly that.”UVM’s in-state first year retention of 91 percent would rank it 23rd compared with overall retention rates in 2009 at the nation’s 163 public doctoral universities, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). The vast majority of students at those schools come from in-state, and out-of-state students tend to raise overall averages.The in-state six-year graduation rate of 80.5 percent would rank it 17th compared with overall six-year rates on the same list of 163 schools.The average six-year graduation rate at public doctoral universities in the U.S. is 57 percent.While Vermonters outperform their out-of-state counterparts in both the retention and graduation rate categories, overall rates at UVM have also risen sharply in the last decade. First-year retention for the fall of 2010 was 86.9 percent, the second highest total in university history, up from 79.9 percent a decade ago. The six-year graduation was 76.3 percent, also the highest in university history, up from 66.8 percent in 2000.A first in diversity enrollmentUVM’s recently completed report on fall enrollment, which will be presented to the university’s Board of Trustees on Friday, contains another important first. For the first time in UVM history, enrollment of ALANA (Asian-American, Latino/Latina, African-American, Native American, and multi-racial) students reached 10 percent of the overall undergraduate class this fall. The ALANA enrollment of 1,376 students, a 21 percent increase over last year, is more than three times higher than 10 years ago, when 445 ALANA students made up only 4.4 percent of the undergraduate population.”Reaching an ALANA enrollment of 10 percent is a very significant milestone,” said Fogel, “especially in a state like Vermont, which is among the least diverse in the nation. It’s my strong belief that we have turned a corner and will see increasing numbers of students of color enriching our campus in coming years.”ALANA students also set a record for first-year retention, with 91 percent of last year’s first-year students returning to UVM this fall.”We aren’t just attracting growing numbers of ALANA students to UVM,” Fogel said. “We’re making good progress toward creating a welcoming and academically engaging environment that is enabling them to succeed.”UVM also has an enrollment of 318 international students, according to the enrollment report, up 28 percent over last year and another record.UVM’s advance comes at a time when the federal government aims to halt a slide in its global rankings related to college completion. Since the 1990s, the United States has dropped from first place among developed nations in the percent of its young workers with a college degree to 12th. Last year, President Obama set a goal of returning the U.S. to the number one spot by 2020.Ambitious goalsFogel credited UVM’s success in improving retention and graduation rates to a host of programs the university has put in place over the last decade, all of which — research has shown — impact student engagement.Since 2000 UVM has added five new residential learning communities, boosted undergraduate research opportunities, offered significantly more service learning courses, expanded first-year seminars, piloted writing-intensive programs, and promoted more collaborative assignment and projects in the classroom, all “high impact activities” promoting student success and satisfaction, according to George D. Kuh, director of the Center for Postsecondary Research Faculty at Indiana University and a leading expert on factors that effect retention and graduation rates.UVM has also significantly raised the academic quality of its student body over the last decade, with SAT scores rising an average 50 points at the 25th and 75th percentile for incoming first-year students, another factor that affects retention and graduation rates.Even more is planned for the future. Building on a report the First Year Experience Task Force presented to the Board of Trustees last May, UVM has begun a comprehensive process that, by the end of the academic year, will yield a multi-faceted plan to help the university achieve its ambitious goals: a first-year retention rate of 92 percent and a six-year graduation rate of 83 percent for all students by 2020.”It will be a challenge to reach our goals,” Fogel said. “But given the success we’ve had this past decade, I think they are very much within reach.” Source: UVM. 10.29.2010###last_img read more


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first_imgIn that hour we spent w/him, David Carr showed all the traits that made him beloved: idiosyncratic, hilarious, so authentic & deeply human.— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 13, 2015 “I think working in journalism beats having a real job” — David Carr #RIPDavidCarr @nytimes— Sarah Walters (@SWaltersTV) February 13, 2015 In an email to the Times staff, executive editor Dean Baquet called Carr “the finest media reporter in his generation.” Very few will argue that point.Carr, an incredibly talented writer, had a knack for measured—and sometimes searing—critiques of the industry in his weekly column, “Media Equation.” He was also one of journalism’s fiercest defenders. In a world filled with instant outrage, Carr was a calming influence. Carr’s column was considered required reading for everyone from media moguls and Hollywood executives to little-known journalists, politicians and regular readers drawn to his intellect and beautiful prose.Upon learning of his death, journalists took to Twitter to espouse widespread praise about Carr’s work and his life.Brian Stelter, who worked with Carr at the Times before becoming CNN’s senior media correspondent and host of the Sunday morning media show “Reliable Sources,” said he viewed Carr as a father figure.My heart is broken.— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 13, 2015 There was no one whose criticism of my work I trusted more than @carr2n, and no one whose praise meant more to me.— a. o. scott (@aoscott) February 13, 2015 I loved David so much. He’s been the closest thing I had to a dad. About girls, bosses, life — he always knew what to say, what to do.— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 13, 2015 We all looked to @carr2n to make sense of the media revolution & to contemplate the future. A future without him is terrible to contemplate.— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 13, 2015 Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York For journalist David Carr’s legion of fans (Press reporters among them), Mondays will never be the same.Carr, the revered media columnist for The New York Times whose must-read weekly column in the paper’s business section each Monday served as a critique of the industry he loved, died unexpectedly Thursday. He was 58.Carr reportedly collapsed in the Times newsroom, according to the Times. He was pronounced dead at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, the paper reported. Carr had hosted a much-anticipated “Times Talk” earlier in the evening with documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras, journalist Glenn Greenwald and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.David Carr was a great journalist & a great person. He introduced us to his daughter after the event, who he was always praising. So sad-RIP— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 13, 2015 There’s so much to say about the life and career of David Carr. Here’s a start: http://t.co/uVobSZjUaq pic.twitter.com/hYByyHUbcT— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 13, 2015 A world without David Carr is a worse world.— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 13, 2015 If only more journalists were as honest about their craft, and themselves, as David Carr…RIP, maestro.— Jose Antonio Vargas (@joseiswriting) February 13, 2015 David Carr vs Vice: The video that shows why Carr was such a force in journalism http://t.co/HMgTVaedjD via @Max_Fisher— Max Fisher (@Max_Fisher) February 13, 2015 David Carr was the journalist every reporter wants to be when they grow up. And rightfully so. RIP— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) February 13, 2015 Carr was born in Minnesota. Before rising to prominence at the Times, Carr worked at two alternative weeklies, Twin Cities Reader and Washington City Paper.When it came to his reporting, nobody was off limits, including Carr himself. In his brutally honest memoir “The Night of the Gun,” Carr wrote about his battle with drug addiction. He was also a cancer survivor.Carr’s career at the Times began in 2002. His star grew brighter in 2011 when the Times documentary “Page One” was released.“He was our biggest champion,” Baquet said in his memo to staffers, “and his unending passion for journalism and for the truth will be missed by his family at The Times, by his readers around the world, and by people who love journalism.”Journalists React to Carr’s Death:last_img read more


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first_imgTopics : Linkedin Google Amid competition concerns, local universities have urged the government to ensure a level playing field following a plan by Australia-based Monash University to establish a campus in Indonesia.Private Universities Association (APTISI) chairman Budi Djatmiko said the presence of foreign universities in general would affect competition among top local universities, both private and state-run, that targeted students from middle to upper income families. This would consequently drive those universities to target lower-income students, further affecting smaller universities, he said.”They [foreign universities] should only offer study programs that aren’t commonly available in Indonesia, so that there won’t be head-to-head competition […] otherwise, there will be [market] shifts and consequently, smaller universities won’t have students anymore. That’s probably … Facebook Log in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? university Monash-University Education higher-education private-universities state-universities Competition free-tradelast_img read more


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first_imgTopics : Multi-service app Grab has collaborated with dozens of its restaurant partners to provide 1,000 food packages to medical workers in Bandung and Cimahi, West Java, in an initiative to help frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19.Grab West Java partner engagement strategy lead Mawaddi Lubby said the program sought to express the company’s appreciation for health care providers who were risking their lives on the frontlines of the COVID-19 fight.”While other people are staying at home, they are working hard while facing various health risks. We want to express our gratitude,” Lubby said in a written statement recently.In addition to collaborating with 40 restaurant partners, Lubby said, Grab was cooperating with Intrafood and the Orang Tua Group to distribute 1,000 instant ginger drinks and 1,500 immune-boosting supplements to health care providers.The company distributed food packages to five COVID-19 referral hospitals in the province on Tuesday: Hasan Sadikin Hospital, Rotinsulu Lung Hospital, Advent Hospital, Dustira Hospital and Santosa International Hospital. The food packages were also donated to personnel from the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) and the local police. PT Makindo, which owns the Ngikan food chain restaurants, also donated 1,000 food packages to medical workers in several COVID-19 referral hospitals in Jakarta last month.”To show our huge support for health care providers who have sacrificed their time and energy during the COVID-19 outbreak, we are going to donate 1,000 food packages to medical workers,” the company announced on its official Instagram account on March 27.Since March 25, several Jakarta residents have also been participating in a food donation program for medical workers called Lunch 4 Paramedic.”Under the program we provide free healthy and nutritious lunches for paramedics in Jakarta,” Titi Rusdi, the program’s founder told Tempo.co earlier this month. (nal) Advent Hospital director Roy D. Sarumpaet expressed appreciation for the donations, saying that any form of moral or material support for medical workers was essential as they had very challenging jobs during the pandemic.”It could help lift the medical workers’ spirits to treat patients during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Roy said. Before Grab, several restaurants and communities had taken part in food donation programs for healthcare providers.On March 26, United States-based restaurant chain Pizza Hut gave free pizzas to medical workers in several COVID-19 referral hospitals and community health centers (puskesmas) in Jakarta.”We have cooperated with the Jakarta Health Agency to deliver free pizzas to COVID-19 referral hospitals and puskesmas. We gave the pizza not only to medical workers but also to all the staff working at the hospitals as they also contribute to stopping the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak,” a representative from Pizza Hut chain operator PT. Sarimelati Kencana TBK told kompas.com on March 31.last_img read more


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first_imgAC Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned to Italy on Monday after two months in his native Sweden, as Serie A prepares to resume group training in a week’s time.Ibrahmivoic was photographed arriving in Milan wearing a facemask and gloves before being driven to the team’s training centre at Milanello.The Swede is expected to spent two-weeks in quarantine before joining his teammates who got back to individual training last week with group training set to start again on May 18. The 38-year-old returned to Sweden on March 12 days after Serie A was suspended as the coronavirus pandemic swept through Italy and Europe.Ibrahimovic has been busy training in Sweden with players at Hammarby, a first-division club, which he part owns.Unlike much of the rest of Europe, where containment has limited or prevented athletes training, in Sweden restrictions to contain Covid-19 have been more flexible. Serie A stars have all returned to the peninsula with Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo flying back to Italy last Monday from his native Portugal. Topics :last_img read more


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first_imgTopics : The companies said they expect to be ready to seek some form of regulatory approval as early as October, if the ongoing studies are successful.Pfizer and BioNTech currently expect to manufacture up to 100 million doses globally by the end of 2020, and potentially more than 1.3 billion doses by the end of 2021, subject to final dose selection from their clinical trial.Pfizer’s shares rose 4%, while BioNTech’s US-listed shares were up about 6% before the bell. More than 150 coronavirus vaccines using a variety of technologies are in development globally, with some two dozen already in human trials. Governments have signed deals with drugmakers to secure the supply of various vaccine candidates.The aim is to produce vaccines that can end the pandemic by protecting billions of people from infection or severe illness.Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine candidate is among those that are set to be tested in a large trial. The vaccine has shown promise in early-stage small studies in humans.Pfizer will deliver the doses if the product receives Emergency Use Authorization or licensure from the US Food and Drug Administration, after completing demonstration of safety and efficacy in a large Phase 3 clinical trial.center_img Pfizer Inc and German biotech firm BioNTech SE will get $1.95 billion from the US government to produce and deliver 100 million doses of their COVID-19 vaccine candidate, the companies said on Wednesday.The agreement allows the US government to acquire an additional 500 million doses, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense said.The Trump administration has agreed to spend billions of dollars for the development and procurement of a potential vaccine. The administration launched ‘Operation Warp Speed’ — a joint HHS and Department of Defense program — to accelerate the development of coronavirus vaccines, treatments and diagnostics.last_img read more


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first_imgHONG KONG – Five people were injuredin a knife attack during a pro-democracy protest at a mall in Tai Koo districthere.  Witnesses said the Mandarin-speakingattacker drew a knife after a political argument with people in the mall onSunday.    Authorities said four men and onewoman were injured, with two in critical condition. One of the injured, local councilorAndrew Chiu Ka-yin, had his ear partially bitten off by an unidentified maleattacker, who was subdued by passersby.center_img Andrew Chiu Ka-yin receives first aid after he was attacked in Hong Kong on Nov. 3. REUTERS Hong Kong has experienced five monthsof sometimes violent demonstrations by pro-democracy activists, who first tookto the streets to protest against a bill that would have allowed extradition tomainland China, but evolved into a broader revolt.(BBC)last_img read more


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first_imgNew car stickers have been launched in memory of the late Manus ‘Mandy’ Kelly in support of his beloved charity – Donegal Down Syndrome.The stickers, created by Paddy McLaughlin at Signz Donegal, were created with permission from the Kelly Family in honour of Manus, who tragically died while competing in the Donegal International Rally in June.Proceeds from the memorabilia will be donated to Donegal Down Syndrome – a charity which was close to Manus’ heart. Manus Kelly Memorial Stickers Vinyl Decal. Copyright Signz Donegal. Designed & printed by Signz.ieThe sticker launch was met with overwhelming demand on Thursday night with orders flooding in from all over the world. The packs sold out within hours as hundreds of people visited eBay to buy a piece of memorabilia to remember the three-time rally champion.Paddy has said that sales will reopen again soon, as soon as the website will allow it.Signz Donegal was the company that created a touching memorial design for Manus’ Subaru Impreza WRC in the days following his death. The car was driven by Declan Boyle on the day of Manus’ funeral to lead the cortège through Glenswilly.“We’ve been asked since day one to do something for him (Manus), so we looked into making the stickers public,” Paddy said. “We got approval from Bernie and the family to launch the stickers. We wanted to do it through a charity too. Donegal Down Syndrome is a great cause and Manus was always very supportive of them.”Paddy has advised those who want to buy the sticker sets, which are priced €12 for two, to keep an eye on the Signz Facebook page and eBay account for new sales releases.UPDATE: The Manus Kelly Memorial Stickers are now being sold by Signz.ie on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/ie/listing/712065814/manus-kelly-memorial-stickers-vinylOverwhelming demand for Manus Kelly charity stickers was last modified: August 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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) Tags:Manus ‘mandy’ kellymemorial stickersSignzlast_img read more


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first_img(Visited 36 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The secret of the archer fish’s powerful spits has been discovered, and it isn’t powerful muscles.The fish that shoots bugs out of the air uses physics, a paper in PLoS ONE declared.  By letting physics amplify the momentum in the drop shot out of the water, the fish achieves six times the wallop its own muscles can attain.  Nature News posted a video of the fish and described how it works:The researchers found that the first section of the water to leave the fish’s mouth was traveling about two meters per second. But as the fish continued to expel water into the jet, the speed increased. This back-end power forced more water and momentum into the “head” of the jet. “As a result, the power that the head of the jet can deliver upon impact increases during shooting,” the authors explained in their paper.Vailati and team found that this is similar to a mechanism used by on-demand inkjet printers.  In a strange symbiosis of biomimetics, printer engineers may be able to improve their designs by studying how the fish accomplishes what they came up with independently.Nature News also quoted the authors’ evolutionary inclinations from their paper:The fish’s strategy is evolutionarily clever. “This advantage would come without the evolutionary cost for the development of highly specialized internal structures dedicated to the storing of mechanical energy,” the authors noted.See also PhysOrg and BBC News.   Source: Vailati A, Zinnato L, Cerbino R (2012) How Archer Fish Achieve a Powerful Impact: Hydrodynamic Instability of a Pulsed Jet in Toxotes jaculatrix. PLoS ONE 7(10): e47867. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0047867.Evolution is not clever.  Evolution does not calculate the cost of development.  Evolution does not design specialized internal structures dedicated to the storing of mechanical energy.  Once again, we see evolution tacked on to a design story like some kind of vestigial organ from the 1800’s.The archer fish was one of the illustrations of design used by early films from Moody Institute of Science.  It remains a good illustration today, in fact, even more so.   There’s much more than muscle involved.  The fish has to correct for distortion at the air-water interface, have a perfect aim, calculate the height, and know the energy required to get the bug to release its strong grip on the twig.  All these things must work together for the fish to eat.  How many archer fish had to die before the right mutations came along?  Get real; get intelligent design.last_img read more


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