News Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Follow the news on Pakistan News RSF_en News June 2, 2021 Find out more January 28, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder to go further Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists 28.05.2004The Peshawar high court has ordered the federal and provincial authorities to charge Afghani journalist Sami Yousafzai and his driver, Mohamed Salim, by 8 June or to give reasons to justify their arrest. During the hearing, a Peshawar police representative denied having any information about the detention of Yousoufzai, who works for Newsweek. In response to the refusal of the authorities to confirm that they are detaining Yousafzai and Salim, judge Dost Muhammad Khan asked them why they did not produce the two men in court if they had not committed any crime.________________________________________________________________14.05.2004Afghan journalist Sami Yousafzai, detained secretly in Peshawar since 21 April 2004, has been transferred to the Miranshah detention centre in the tribal area of North Waziristan, in the north-west of the country.The authorities have given no reason for the transfer nor even confirmed his arrest, but Reporters Without Borders said it feared it would mean he could be tried under the special Frontier Crimes Regulations, under which he is unlikely to get a fair trial. The organisation repeated its call for his release.The authorities have continued to refuse Yousafzai visits from his family and there is still no news of his taxi driver, Mohamed Salim.Lawyer Kamran Arif made a Habeas Corpus request to the Peshawar High Court on 13 May on behalf of the journalist’s mother. Maintaining that the life and liberty of Yousafzai and Salim were at stake, Arif asked the court to rule within two days.If his request is accepted, Yousafzai will be brought before the judges who will rule on the legality of his detention. The lawyer also called for the two detainees not to be removed from the jurisdiction of the High Court.Journalists organisations in Afghanistan have been campaigning for Yousafzai. On 10 May at a meeting organised by the Afghan Center for Promotion of Communication (ACPC) in Kabul, journalists urged the Pakistani authorities to immediately free their colleague.They accused the authorities of double standards since the American journalist Eliza Griswold, who was arrested with him, was released while the Afghan reporter was secretly detained. The largest Afghan journalists’ organisation also put out a statement calling for his release.Pakistani security forces have been holding Yusafzai since 21 April. He was arrested in the Pakistani tribal areas while working with his US colleague Griswold, who was expelled from the country. PakistanAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts April 21, 2021 Find out more May 14, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newsweek journalist Sami Yousafzai transferred to tribal areas Organisation News
View post tag: Republic of Singapore Navy Singapore Navy frigate visits Japan on way back from RIMPAC View post tag: RSS Steadfast Back to overview,Home naval-today Singapore Navy frigate visits Japan on way back from RIMPAC Authorities September 5, 2016 The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN)’s Formidable-class frigate RSS Steadfast made a port call at the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF)’s Yokosuka Naval Base from August 22 to September 5, 2016.During the port call, RSN Fleet Commander Colonel Cheong Kwok Chien called on Commander-in-Chief of the JMSDF Fleet Vice-Admiral (VADM) Yasuhiro Shigeoka and Commandant of Yokosuka District VADM Tetsuro Doshita.RSS Steadfast participated in a naval exercise with the JMSDF’s Takanami-class destroyer JS Takanami in conjunction with the port call. The exercise included tactical manoeuvres, communications drills and anti-submarine warfare procedures. As part of the professional exchanges between the two navies, ship visits and a naval aviation workshop were also conducted.RSS Steadfast recently completed the multinational Rim of the Pacific Exercise (Ex RIMPAC) in Hawaii and is currently on the return leg of its three-month deployment. Share this article
ATLANTA (AP) — Election officials in Georgia are investigating the residency of one of the biggest proponents of the claim that fraud cost Donald Trump his re-election. They’re trying to determine whether attorney Lin Wood already moved for good to South Carolina before voting in Georgia last fall. Wood announced his change of residency this week. He acknowledges buying property in South Carolina last April, and spending time in the state, but he says he considered himself a Georgia resident throughout 2020. He told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he voted in person in Georgia on Oct. 21 but didn’t vote again in the Senate runoffs in January.
LONG BRANCH – Artists will have their work on display from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20-21 on Festival Plaza at Pier Village to support Susan G. Komen For The Cure of Central and Southern New Jersey.All weekend long, restaurants and retailers within the luxury destination will be celebrating the fight against breast cancer in conjunction with the Susan G. Komen Fund For The Cure. Among activities will be Dine to Donate! at McLoone’s Pier House. The restaurant will be donating 20 percent of every check that includes food to Susan G. Komen For The Cure. Indulge Lounge and Food Bar will be donating $2 from every pink martini purchased to breast cancer awareness and Molly & Zoey will hold an after-party Saturday, Oct. 20 following the after Art For The Cure. Koi Boutique will have a display outside the store all weekend for a special promotion from Vera Bradley. All specialty products purchased during the weekend will benefit breast cancer research and awareness.Pier Village is raffling a pink Vespa that can be seen in Shoe Inn. Those who come to see the Vespa will get a free pink cupcake and free pink ribbon. Any Pier Village purchase gets one free raffle ticket for the Vespa.Additional information about Pier Village Goes Pink events is available at www.piervillage.com.
Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute Team Cownden with Team of the Week honours.No doubt this rink will be heard from as the curling season enters the home stretch of the season. The Nelson/Castlegar combined rink combined to capture the top prize at the Nelson Combined Bonspiel held recently at the Nelson Curling Club.Team Cownden, consisting of skip Deanna Cownden, third Marlo Tedesco, second Michelle Kooznetsoff and lead- Heather Gingras, took home the Ladies A Event crown.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — The nation’s largest meatpackers face a second class-action lawsuit alleging conspiracy to drive down cattle prices. The suit was filed in federal court by a Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based live cattle futures trader.The plaintiff, Michael Sevy, alleges in a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota that at least since January 2015, meatpackers have been conspiring to drive down prices.A similar lawsuit filed by the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF USA) in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois on behalf of four cattle-feeding ranchers in Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Wyoming, was voluntarily dismissed by R-CALF USA and then refiled in the Minnesota court.When contacted by DTN, R-CALF CEO Bill Bullard would not comment on why the lawsuit was moved. The attorney for R-CALF also did not respond to DTN’s request for comment.Both lawsuits allege the nation’s largest meatpacking companies engaged in fed-cattle price fixing, unjustly enriched their businesses, manipulated the prices of fed cattle and, as a result, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures and options, and committed a number of violations of the Commodity Exchange Act, among other allegations.Named in the lawsuits are Tyson Foods Inc., Tyson Fresh Meats Inc., JBS S.A., JBS USA Food Company, Swift Beef Company, JBS Packerland Inc., Cargill Inc., Cargill Meat Solutions Corp., Marfrig Global Foods S.A., and National Beef Packing Company LLC. In addition, the lawsuits also name 10 unidentified cattle futures and options traders who trade on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.According to Sevy’s lawsuit, he would be able to identify the 10 traders through trading records from the CME.In his lawsuit, Sevy claims that, as a live cattle futures trader, he “suffered damages from a manipulated live cattle futures and options market. Plaintiff suffered monetary losses by transacting in live cattle futures and options at artificial prices directly resulting from packing defendants’ conduct, including their suppression of fed cattle prices.”Similar to the R-CALF lawsuit, Sevy alleges that beginning on “at least” Jan. 1, 2015, and continuing today, “packing defendants engaged in a continuing agreement, understanding and conspiracy in an unreasonable and unlawful restraint of trade to allocate the market for, and artificially fix, depress, suppress, or stabilize the price of fed cattle.”His lawsuit alleges the companies’ conduct had the effect of “manipulating the prices of live cattle futures and/or option contracts traded on the CME” in violation of the Sherman Act.“Against this backdrop, fed cattle prices increased steadily between 2009 and 2014 in response to strong beef demand and a shortage of fed cattle following the droughts of 2011 through 2013,” Sevy’s lawsuit said. “After prices peaked in November 2014, the industry expected the price of fed cattle to stabilize in 2015 and continue at or around that level for a number of years.“This widely predicted price stability did not occur. Instead, packing defendants used their market power, price sensitivities, and the thin cash cattle trade to their advantage and embarked upon a conspiracy to depress fed cattle prices.”As is the case with the R-CALF lawsuit, Sevy’s action requests a trial by jury and seeks punitive damages and restitution.In a statement to DTN, Cargill said it denies the claims in Sevy’s lawsuit.“For many years, Cargill has served as a trusted partner to American cattle ranchers, committed to supporting their family farms and livelihoods,” the company said. “We believe the claims lack merit, and we are confident in our efforts to maintain market integrity and conduct ethical business.”A spokesperson for Marfrig told DTN the company would not comment, as it had not officially been notified of the lawsuit.Other companies named in the new lawsuit did not respond to DTN’s request for comment.In its lawsuit, R-CALF USA alleges the packers conspired to “suppress the price of fed cattle that they purchased in the United States,” beginning on Jan. 1, 2015, and continuing to the present, https://www.dtnpf.com/….Both lawsuits said fed-cattle prices increased steadily between 2009 and 2014, as a result of demand and a shortage in fed cattle following the droughts of 2011 through 2013.Then, after prices peaked in November 2014, the cattle industry expected fed-cattle prices to stabilize in 2015 and continue around that level for a number of years. Instead, that did not occur.Todd Neeley can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(AG/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks hangs on the rim after dunking the ball in the second quarter against the Charlotte Hornets during their game at Madison Square Garden on November 7, 2017 in New York City. ages/AFPNEW YORK — No Knicks player has ever started a season like Kristaps Porzingis.He won’t celebrate now, since he only cares about the finish.ADVERTISEMENT Doug McDermott added a season-high 20 points off the bench and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 19 for the Knicks, who have won six of seven after an 0-3 start. New York shot 60 percent from the field to catch up and eventually pass Charlotte.Asked what has keyed the Knicks’ turnaround, McDermott said: “Just unselfish play and having a guy like KP who is playing the best basketball in the NBA, borderline.”Kemba Walker, Dwight Howard and rookie Malik Monk each had 21 points in the Hornets’ third straight loss.The Knicks, who erased a 19-point deficit against Indiana in their last game, were down 15 in this one before mounting a charge in the fourth quarter with Porzingis on the bench. They cut it to four with about 7 minutes left, but Howard converted a follow shot and Walker banked in a 3-pointer to push the lead back to 109-100 with 5:34 to play.New York answered with four 3-pointers in a 14-2 run, with Porzingis’ clutch shot from straightaway making it 114-111. His drive to the basket with 11 seconds remaining made it 116-113, and Monk missed a 3-pointer before Walker lost the ball out of bounds on the sideline.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “Too many mistakes down the stretch,” Walker said. “We made some really bad mental mistakes at the end and they capitalized. This is stuff we’ve got to learn from. We’ve got to be better with our execution.”The Hornets were 7 of 9 from 3-point range in the first quarter and led 41-32. They increased the lead to 69-58 at halftime even with the Knicks hitting 61 percent of their shots in the first 24 minutes.TIP-INSHornets: Howard was listed as probable before the game with a sprained right foot, though coach Steve Clifford didn’t seem concerned that Howard would have to sit. … Walker snapped out a shooting slump by going 8 for 16 from the field. He was 8 for 27 during the Hornets’ losses to San Antonio and Minnesota.Knicks: The Knicks (6-4) are over .500 after 10 games for the first time since the 2012-13 season, when they won the Atlantic Division title. … Enes Kanter scored 14 points.COMEBACK KIDSThe Knicks have come from at least 15 points down in back-to-back games for the first time since Dec. 18 and 20 against Utah and Charlotte.STRENGTH OF SCHEDULEThe Hornets have not only had a tough schedule to open the season, but they had to play it short-handed. Nicolas Batum has missed all 11 games with a sprained left elbow, while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has missed five. Charlotte has played Houston, Minnesota, San Antonio and Memphis, some of the strongest teams in the Western Conference.“With the schedule that we’ve played, if you would have told me no Nic, really no MKG, missing Cody (Zeller) for a number of games, that we’d be 5-5 with this sked, I’d be fine with it,” Clifford said before the game. “We have a good team. This is by far the most talented team we’ve had since I’ve been there, and you can’t play without two starters. Not at the wing position or anywhere else.” Read Next View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Porzingis scored 28 points, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:48 remaining, and New York beat the Charlotte Hornets 118-113 on Tuesday night for its third straight victory.The Eastern Conference player of the week was held below 30 for only the third time in 10 games this season, but he delivered when it mattered, scoring seven points in the final 2:32.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThat gave him 300 points through 10 games, two more than Bernard King had to open 1984-85.“The sweetest thing for us, the best thing for us, would be to make the playoffs. 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The Games Vindicated The cover story, “Race Against Time” (June 30) pointed out rightly that it is not just the sportsmen who are the heroes of the Asian Games-it is also the people working behind the scenes. The article also proved that the huge expense incurred to hold the Games,The Games VindicatedThe cover story, “Race Against Time” (June 30) pointed out rightly that it is not just the sportsmen who are the heroes of the Asian Games-it is also the people working behind the scenes. The article also proved that the huge expense incurred to hold the Games is quite justified in the face of the tremendous gains that Indian sport has been making. Bombay Jaimin M. BhattDefending A FriendshipThe article, “Taming The Tigers” (June 30) mentions that relations between Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and President J. R. Jayawardene are “not all that friendly”. There is, firstly, no reason to doubt that the personal relations between these two leaders is anything but normal. Secondly, the history of international relations teaches us that the national interest of countries is of paramount importance. In this case, it is in the national interest of both India and Sri Lanka to cooperate closely in rooting out violent secessionist movements which challenge their national integrity and the Parliamentary democratic framework which these two friendly neighbours have preserved since their independence.T. B. Panabokke High Commissioner New Delhi of Sri LankaA Warning For AllThe cover story “Mid-Term Warning” (June 15) proved beyond a shred of doubt that the power of Mrs Gandhi’s charisma is on the wane. It is a pity that this has not been matched by a growth in the Opposition’s stature. But the most heartening thing we have learnt from the state elections is that the electorate has come of age-they use their franchise wisely and can no longer be taken for granted. Madras Geeta BalasubramaniamUntil the shameless horse-trading stops this country is not going to have any respite from its problems. One wonders for how long average citizens will put up with this terrible state of affairs. When their endurance breaks all hell will be let loose. Shillong T. O. PughThe election results should be regarded as a mid-term warning by the Opposition more than by the ruling party. It is ominous for them that though the Congress (I) is torn by dissensions it could still make a good showing. It is time our national opposition parties took lessons from the Marxists in West Bengal on how to keep the Congress (I) at bay. Madras C. T. VairavanHellish HaryanaAfter reading “Governor’s Disgrace” (June 15) I feel ashamed to live in a country of which Haryana is a state. People like Bhajan Lai have made a mockery of all democratic conventions and it is amazing that he has got support from New Delhi. Bombay L. V. RamchandraThough the ruling party’s conduct in Haryana has been contemptible one must also condemn the Opposition’s unseemly conduct. It is shocking that the Governor., no matter how deplorable his actions have been, should be manhandled by legislators. The office, if not the man, must be shown some respect. Isn’t it time to ponder where Indian democracy is headed to?Lusaka (Zambia) Dr S. DayalG. D. Tapase has violated every tenet of democracy as well as the spirit of the Constitution and has proved that he acts on the direct orders of the Centre. Today the politicians are the most corrupt segment of society and yet it is they who will administer the country though they are morally unfit.Rohtak Mukesh SharmaNumbers GameThe contention in “A Winning Combination” (June 15) that the BJP supported the Congress(I) is incorrect. The BJP fielded 69 candidates and supported two independents in constituencies where the UDF was also standing. To complete the evidence: the BJP put up candidates in both the constituencies where the Congress(I) leader, K. Karunakaran, was standing. And Dne of the leaders of the BJP has been quoted in the local press saying that the BJP would ather support the IDF to form a government. Ayroor Oonikrishnan NairExceptional MattersIn the article on the presidential elections (“A Tricky Choice”, June 15) it is stated that the vice-president invariably becomes the choice for the Presidency and this has only one exception – B. D. Jatti. This is not true as it occurred in the case of G. S. Pathak too. Rewa R. K. lndurkhyaThough this is strictly correct the difference lies in the circumstances. B.D. Jatti was not elected President although he still held the office ofvice-president and this was a deviation from precedent. G. S. Pathak and V. V. Giri retired at the same time. -EditorAs this report pointed out, the choice for the Presidency must be through consensus. We must have a President who will be above party politics and be a person that all sections of the country can respect. Madras K. S. Ganapathy SubramanvamA Grey WorldThe article “A World Apart” (June 15) on the Ranchi Manasik Arogyashala reinforced my belief that the real heroes of the place are the ones, who against all odds, have groped their way back to sanity. I have been a patient of three asylums, including this one, but now not only can 1 fend for myself but I am also able to support my family. In fact, today I work at the Arogyashala as a psychiatrist though I am an ophthalmologist. It would be easy to withdraw or be escapist but I have learnt to face the world with courage.Dr J.E. Jalil. Deputy SuperintendentRanchi Ranchi Manasik ArogyashalaThe conditions prevailing in Asia’s largest mental hospital reflect the plight of the poor in all developing countries where they remain forever at the mercy of callous and irresponsible governments. It is reports such as this one that are the only rays of hope in their “grey world”.Reading (UK) Jatin I. DesaiThe photographs were superb – each told its own story and could stand independent of the text.Ahmedabad Dr Bharat VakhariaLunatic asylums are plagued by governmental indifference, public apathy, outdated laws and misconceptions about mental health. The comments in the article on the elector-convulsive therapy (ECT) fit into the last category, ECT is a safe therapeutic measure and is the mainstay of doctors working under the terrible conditions in our mental hospitals, ECT cannot cause the death of brain cells nor can it coagulate enzymes. It only causes a subjective memory loss and confusion, both of which are transitory.Under conditions of careless administration it can cause the singeing of hair, superficial burns and worst of all, fractures or lung infections. Deaths are extremely rare.Dr D. Rum Institute of Psychiatry,Madurai Medical College &Madurai Government Rajaji HospitalFamiliar MethodsThe events described in “Quick Quacks” (June 15) are all too familiar. What is terrible is that all too often these quacks get patronage from local politicians and hence from the state Government. It is heartening that these cases are getting coverage in the national press. Calcutta Lt-Col Dr S.C. GhoshPleading A CauseThe article “Murdered For Asking” (June 15) was excellent. Rarely has a journal exposed the terrible conditions prevailing over here. The Government is deaf and dumb to our pleas-only the press can expose our misery. Dhanbad Prakash Kumar SinhaSettling ScoresThe Kashmiris riving in Pakistan are much better off than those in Kashmir (“The Resettlement Row”, June 15). It would be wiser if Sheikh Abdullah passes bills to root out corruption and if he would clear up the red tape that is paralysing the state Government offices. Sopore Salim RishiThere was no Delhi Agreement in 1948, that was the year of the accession. The Delhi Agreement took place in 1952.New Delhi Veena VasudevaWhose Sin?The article “Sins Of Bhagwan” (June 15) should have been titled Sins Of Bharat. Instead of crying over how Rajneesh left for the US without paying Rs 1 crore in taxes why did the authorities not stop him at the airport? Secondly, instead of raving about the criminal cases why doesn’t India extradite him? Instead of moaning over the depression that has been caused by his leaving, why was the fact that while he was here the Government got crores in foreign exchange brought in by his disciples not mentioned. Nairobi (Kenya) Kul BhushanThe article did not highlight certain facts and therefore misled many readers. The reasons why Bhagwan Rajneesh left the country, a decision that was forced on him, was the uncooperative stance of the Indian Government and the pressure exercised by his disciples to move trom the country as tie was in poor health. It has also been indirectly stated that Ma Anand Sheela has slowly taken over the charge of the administration. Nobody but Bhagwan Rajneesh takes such decisions.Bombay Niranjan PandyaThe article cleared up once and for all the entire Rajneesh affair. It shows what a farce this so-called godman was. He did nothing but capitalise on the whims of people from the West. The Indian public was never taken in by his duplicitous ways. Rourkela Rana DasguplaMisplaced CreditIn “The Long March” (June 15) on the trans-Himalayan expedition it has been mentioned that Sir Edmund Hillary said that he climbed Mount Everest because it was there. The remark was made by George Leigh Mallory. New Delhi Wilson JohnTip Of The IcebergThe article “Suppressing Dissent” (June 15) on the goings-on in BHEL just explored the tip of the iceberg. The engineers of the undertaking are badly demoralised by the management’s open divide and rule policy. The work conditions are dreadful and many talented people are being under-utilised. Bhopal Parvez AhmedMature CoverageThe article. “Dance Of Death” (May 31) brought us happiness. Though many newspapers and periodicals covered the Calcutta carnage, and many poured sympathy, none of the reports had the maturity of this piece. Bombay Acharya Rana jit BrahmachariLooks BeliedIn the introduction of “Nobody’s Stooge” (May 31) Mrs Gandhi has been described as “remarkably young looking”. “without wrinkles” and “out of a yogic asana”. The photographs of her on the facing page however prove quite the contrary. Pune J.D. AdhiaEscape RouteVasant Sathe has the right ideas. Fill up prime time on TV with celluloid extravaganzas and squeeze in the prime minister and the ruling party’s good works into the rest (“The Tedium Is The Message”. May 31). After spending the whole day grappling with insoluble problems, the least one can do for the population of India is to let them escape into fantasyland. Illinois (United States) Sucheta Murthyadvertisementadvertisementadvertisement
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Monaco midfielder Alan Dzagoev reveals open ended Chelsea offerby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMonaco midfielder Alan Dzagoev has recalled the open ended offer he had from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.The CSKA Moscow legend, 29, played in a trial game at the Blues early in his career, with former manager Avram Grant rejecting the chance to sign him.But club owner Abramovich told the Russian midfielder he would bring him to the club if he just said the word.Dzagoev recalled: “It’s true that Abramovich told us if we want to go to England, we just need to tell him.”But at the time, the situation was a very confusing one for me. So, I decided to stay with the club.”Dzagoev stayed in Moscow and has gone on to play over 300 times for CSKA – while adding 59 caps for Russia.The midfielder also revealed he was never approached by Arsenal or Tottenham, despite being linked with the two Premier League sides down the years.