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first_img April 27, 2021 Find out more March 3, 2021 Find out more News In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival Receive email alerts RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media News IndiaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) has voiced deep concern at a report that a journalist kidnapped five months ago by Assam separatists has since been killed by his kidnappers. Indra Mohan Hakasam, correspondent for the daily Amar Assam published in Assam province in India’s extreme northeast, was kidnapped in June by the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA).”If the murder of Hakasam is confirmed, the political and military leaders of the ULFA must bear full responsibility,” said Reporters Without Borders. The local press report of his murder comes at a time of heightened violence with more than 50 people killed in the province in the past week. The international press freedom organisation has appealed to ULFA’s chairman Aradinda Rajkhowa and military leader Paresh Barua to explain the circumstances surrounding the death of the journalist. It also condemned the fact that once again a journalist should have fallen victim to Assam’s separatist conflict.Hakasam, correspondent at Goalpara for the Assam-language daily Amar Assam published in the provincial capital Guwahati, was abducted on 24 June by ULFA members. He was snatched at gunpoint from his home by two armed ULFA members Doleng Rava and Sanjib Rava. The journalist’s wife and two children had no news of him for five months, but recently the local press, citing rebel sources, has been reporting that he has been killed in captivity. His wife, Sabriti Hakasam, told Reporters Without Borders that she believed her husband had been kidnapped because of his independent and brave reporting. She would not believe he was dead until the UFLA provided some proof.The Journalists’ Union of Assam (JUA) held a public demonstration on 21 November to demand that the UFLA provide information about the fate of Hakasam.Journalists have often been caught in the crossfire in Assam’s violent conflict between security forces and separatist rebels, particularly the ULFA. At least five journalists have reportedly been killed in the north east of India in the past ten years. center_img to go further News News IndiaAsia – Pacific Organisation June 10, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on India November 24, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist kidnapped five months ago reportedly killed by Assam separatistslast_img read more

first_imgPredictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Linkedin WhatsApp TAGSGardaílimerickmobile phoneOperation Handsfree Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live NewsLimerick Gardaí team up with mobile phone suppliers to cut road deathsBy Staff Reporter – September 19, 2016 595 Phone suppliers and Gardai are urging Limerick motorists to “go handsfree”WITH almost 2,000 drivers found using mobile phones in Limerick during the first eight months of the year, the message from An Garda Siochana is clear, “put the phone down while driving – it could cost you your life”.Operation Handsfree was launched in Limerick on Monday as a joint initiative involving Gardaí and local mobile phone businesses who are introducing special offers to encourage drivers to purchase handsfree kits and to stop holding phones while driving.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Inspector Paul Reidy of the Limerick Divisional Traffic Corp said that the aim of the initiative is to reduce fatalities on the road and the number of serious collisions.“Unfortunately we are at ten fatalities on Limerick roads so far this year while last year there were four for the entire 12 months. We are very concerned about that and we want to do everything we can about that’” he said.From Monday, September 19 to October 1, associated local businesses will be running special offers on handsfree kits for drivers to install and use in their cars.“We want to encourage people to avail of the offers and to cease the practice of holding a phone while driving” Inspector Reidy said after he said that 1,996 people have been detected committing the offence so far in 2016.Chief Superintendent Dave Sheahan said that the Limerick divisional traffic corp had “carried out a number of blitz detections and were catching 40 or 50 people using their mobiles while driving.“That should not be part of our job. We want to get the message across but, for some reason, it is not getting out there.“The aim of the initiative introduced by Inspector Reidy and local mobile phone business affiliated to Limerick Chamber is to create awareness rather than having people getting caught.“We want people to have the information. It is important to convince people that the idea of using a mobile phone while driving is a non-runner and everyone knows how dangerous it is but yet people still try to do it.“If you look at some of the hard hitting advertisements on radio and television that are out there now, it’s hard to understand why the message isn’t getting through” Supt Sheahan said.“I know in my house some people turn the television off because the advertisements are so graphic and hard hitting. What we are trying to do with this initiative is to try and create that extra awareness. We are not out there to try and catch people using their mobile phone. We are out there trying to save their lives. End of story.” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads center_img Advertisement Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleLimerick is falling behind on Sport Capital Grant fundingNext articleCompetition winner Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebook Print Email Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

first_img Ecuadorean military personnel have destroyed around 1,100 coca plants that were ready for harvest in a jungle region on the border with Colombia, Colonel Francisco Narváez, the commander of an Ecuadorean Army battalion, announced. According to the Andes news agency, the officer indicated that the plants were located in the region of San Lorenzo, a town in the province of Esmeraldas inhabited by the Awá indigenous community. In early December, uniformed personnel also destroyed around 2,400 coca plants discovered in the San Lorenzo area. According to a report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), released on September 21, 2011, coca cultivation continues to be marginal in Ecuador, where 25 hectares were detected in 2010, compared to 61,200 and 57,000 in neighboring Peru and Colombia, respectively. “The incidence (of areas planted with coca) is at an incipient stage; there aren’t noteworthy tracts of land,” the UNODC representative for Ecuador and Peru, Flavio Mirella, said at the time, introducing the results of the monitoring conducted in 2010. Ecuador has traditionally been considered a transit country for drugs, although processing laboratories have been found in recent years, especially in the coastal regions. So far this year, the Andean country has seized at least 16.7 tons of drugs, chiefly cocaine, and has destroyed several laboratories for processing that narcotic, one of which had the capacity to produce two tons a month. By Dialogo December 20, 2011last_img read more

first_imgExperts predict this region to be the nation’s next property hotspot. Photo Lachie MillardSTAND aside Brisbane and Gold Coast, there’s a new boom market in town.Experts predict Sunshine Coast real estate prices will skyrocket on the back of rising infrastructure spending, industry growth, jobs and lifestyle.Analysis of region’s market over the past 12-months revealed 14 suburbs where housing achieved capital gains of 10 per cent or better, with Buddina, Forest Glen, Meridan Plains and Noosa Heads all breaking the 13 per cent barrier.Property research company Hotspotting released their quarterly National Top 10 Best Buys report and named the Sunshine Coast as a real estate winner.Hotspotting also chose the region as its National Growth Star in their most recent PricePredictor Index report which studies sale volumes across Australia.“While the Gold Coast has faded recently, the Sunshine Coast continues to rise,” the report said.Hotspotting founder, Terry Ryder, said there are opportunities from Caloundra to Noosa.“There are more growth suburbs on the Sunshine Coast than any other local government area in Australia,” Mr Ryder said.Mr Ryder said the region has evolved beyond its tourism tag.“It is transitioning to becoming a well-rounded regional economy and it is happening largely through infrastructure spending, some of which is creating new industries,” he said.Mr Ryder said the Sunshine Coast University and the $2 billion University Hospital were examples of regional game-changers.“We have this whole new industry now bringing lots of new people to the Sunshine Coast and many of them earning pretty good money so that is a big change to the economy,” he said.Mr Ryder said the Kawana precinct between Maroochydore and Caloundra would see demand from both owner occupiers and tenants ramp up while the airport expansions and the Maroochydore CBD renewal had driven prices.“If you add up all the projects, all the infrastructure projects and other developments, there is over $20 billion,” he said.Hotspotting created a list of national top 50 suburbs set to deliver strong price growth in the near future and housing at Coolum Beach, Golden Beach and Noosaville made the cut.Amber Werchon sales consultant, Stacey Downey, said suburbs around Kawana were running hot.“It’s the strongest I have ever seen it in this particular area,” she said.“It’s going to continue to rise, and rise quite substantially. People just want a change of lifestyle and, in the grand scheme of things, it’s very affordable in comparison to a lot of other areas,” she said.Ms Downey said purchasers included first homebuyers, families and professionals, with locations around Caloundra no longer considered a ‘retiree zone’.“A lot of older people who have held properties for a long time are now selling and moving on, which is allowing a whole new generation to come in,” she said.Ms Downey said some of the strongest demand was for houses between $800,000 and $1 million, and units around $500,000 to $700,000.Carlos and Belinda Zambrana will move their family from the Redcliffe peninsula to Warana in the next three years, but bought now to beat the price boom.Carlos and Belinda Zambrana, their sons Diego (11) and Marco (12) and dog Kiko. The family have bought on the Sunshine Coast and are stoked to have got into this growth market. Pic Mark Cranitch.The coupled paid $685,000 for their four-bedroom house, which is now tenanted.Mr Zambrana said the area’s lifestyle was the main attraction.“The end of the street is the start of the beach — so it’s a two minute walk,” he said.“We love the Sunshine Coast — there’s so much there,” he said.Mr Zambrana said recent value rises prompted him to buy sooner.“I was looking (at homes) over the last two years and from when we started looking to when we actually bought, I reckon its cost over $100,000 in the time,” he said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day ago“My only regret is not buying earlier … and I think the area has got a lot of growth in over the next five years,” he said.Top Sunshine Coast house price growth suburbsSuburb — Median Sale Price — Rise in Median Price (%)BUDDINA — $750,000 — 18.9%FOREST GLEN — $642,500 — 16.8%MERIDAN PLAINS — $525,000 — 14.2%NOOSA HEADS — $895,000 — 13.7%WARANA — $650,000 — 12.9%MOFFAT BEACH — $747,500 — 12.8%MOOLOOLAH VALLEY — $510,000 — 12.7%MARCOOLA — $585,000 — 12.5%COOLUM BEACH — $625,000 — 12.2%GOLDEN BEACH — $570,000 — 12.2%COORAN — $397,000 — 11.8%BATTERY HILL — $520,000 — 11.5%DOONAN — $785,000 — 10.6%SUNSHINE BEACH — $1,160,000 — 10.0%*Only suburbs with 30 or more sales in the periodAll data is to 12 months to July 2017Source: CoreLogicFollow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclairlast_img read more

first_imgKevin HagstromMascots represent team and school pride. Their actions and on-field performances can be humorous, but at sometimes they’re just plain annoying. Steely McBeam and Sluggerrr are terrible names for the Pittsburgh Steelers and punchless Kansas City Royals, and The Stanford Tree doesn’t make any sense. However, Dartmouth’s Keggy the Keg tops them all as the most annoying.I mean, seriously, an Ivy League school has a keg as its mascot? Those people rarely ever party, let alone worship kegs. The school’s mascot would be better off having a name like Smarty Pants, where a pair of pants with some Smarties (the candy) randomly assorted on them ran around. That’s how lame the name and how obnoxious the connection to the school is. Speaking of annoying, students were so displeased with Keggy that they kidnapped the mascot right after its creation and gave it a black eye. A member of ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption,” Michael Wilbon, once called Keggy “some stupid beer thing.”And in what was charged as “anti-keg racism” by Keggy’s creators, Dartmouth’s mascot was denied entrance to several sporting events. Worse than the actual negative reactions themselves is that if I’m wrong in my conjecture that Dartmouth students spend more time studying than partying, being taunted and tempted by a keg from which you cannot drink is torture. While a tree for the Stanford Cardinal makes no sense, at least nobody in his right mind yearns for its frothy, cool ale inside. So raise your glasses and toast to the most annoying mascot in sports, Keggy the Keg. Ben VoelkelMascots come in all shapes and sizes. Some are cuddly, some menacing and some don’t make much sense at all. But is rare to find a mascot who can break it down to some serious hip-hop jams. Enter Sebastian, the mascot of the University of Miami Hurricanes. The old saying is you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but apparently that doesn’t apply to all members of the animal kingdom. Sebastian, an oversized polyester Ibis, has been around “The U” since the late ’50s, but only lately has he added a new trick to his resume: the dance to the Soulja Boy’s “Crank That,” which has launched him into YouTube cult status. Now, this is not the space to debate the relative merits of crankin’ dat Soulja Boy, and I’m not the proper person to judge how best to Superman a ho, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that while it may be cool in some circumstances, having a giant bird do so is a little overkill. This is not to say that Sebastian is not nimble on his feet. He is a tremendous dancer and has better rhythm and moves than almost everyone I know (except for your humble columnist, of course). Mascots should just stick to fighting with each other and posing for pictures with little kids.How is a keg not an awesome mascot? If anything best represents collegiate life, it is, in fact, Keggy. Sebastian. Crank dat!last_img read more

first_imgEverton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson has been named in the Iceland squad for next month’s World Cup in Russia despite the midfielder missing the end of the league season with a knee injury.Sigurdsson, Everton’s record signing after his move from Swansea City last year, has not played since picking up the injury against Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on March 10.Johann Berg Gudmundsson, who enjoyed an impressive campaign with Burnley, and Cardiff City’s Aron Gunnarsson have also been included in the 23-man squad for the country’s first World Cup appearance by Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson. Iceland, with a population of 340, 000 and a pool of only around 100 professional footballers, is the smallest country to have qualified for a World Cup.The country made its debut at a major tournament at Euro 2016 where it defeated Austria and England and finally lost to hosts France in the quarterfinals of an extraordinary campaign.Iceland will kick off its campaign against 2014 World Cup runners-up Argentina in Moscow on June 16. Croatia and Nigeria are the other two teams featuring in Group D.THE SQUAD:Goalkeepers: Hannes Thor Halldorsson (Randers FC), Runar Alex Runarsson (FC Nordsjaelland), Frederik Schram (FC Roskilde).Defenders: Kari Arnason (Aberdeen), Ari Freyr Skulason (Lokeren), Birkir Mar Saevarsson (Valur), Sverrir Ingi Ingason (FC Rostov), Hordur Magnusson (Bristol City), Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson (Levski Sofia), Ragnar Sigurdsson (FC Rostov).Midfielders: Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Burnley), Birkir Bjarnason (Aston Villa), Arnor Ingvi Traustason (Malmo FF), Emil Hallfredsson (Udinese), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton), Olafur Ingi Skulason (Kardemir Karabukspor), Rurik Gislason (Sandhausen), Samuel Fridjonsson (Valerenga), Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).Forwards: Alfred Finnbogason (FC Augsburg), Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson (FC Rostov), Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (Reading), Albert Gudmundsson (PSV Eindhoven).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more