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Well-known Pakistani reporter narrowly escapes kidnap attempt

first_img Follow the news on Pakistan Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists June 2, 2021 Find out more Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Organisation Taha Siddiqui was on his way to the airport when, at around 8:20 a.m., a vehicle swerved in front of his taxi and forced it to stop. Ten or twelve gunmen got out of this and another vehicle, pointed a Kalashnikov at the taxi driver and pulled Siddiqui from the taxi. They then threw him to the ground, beat him and threatened to shoot him if he continued to resist.Siddiqui nonetheless managed to get away by running across the expressway and flagging down another taxi in which he rode for a few kilometres and then sought refuge in a police station.“This kidnap attempt is extremely worrying in a country where the lack of security for journalists and impunity for crimes of violence against them is a structural problem,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk.“Although Siddiqui has been harassed and threatened for months, he is a courageous journalist whose investigative reporting has never hesitated to implicate the military when appropriate, although criticizing the armed forces is very dangerous for journalists in Pakistan. We urge the authorities to make every effort to guarantee his safety.”Last May, Siddiqui received several threatening phone calls from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), an interior ministry offshoot, in which he was repeatedly ordered to report to the FIA’s counter-terrorism department for questioning. Siddiqui refused to go, fearing that he might be kidnapped – a fear that today’s events show was well-founded.A very well-known reporter, Siddiqui is the Babel Press bureau chief in Islamabad, a position that includes being the correspondent of France 24 and World Is One News (WOIN), an Indian TV channel. He also freelances for the New York Times, the Guardian and Der Spiegel, often covering stories involving terrorism, persecuted minorities and corruption.But the army is a state within the state in Pakistan and it is often impossible for the media to cover a story properly with mentioning the military, resulting in frequent cases of intimidation of journalists.After five citizen-journalists went missing for three weeks last January, three of them later made it clear that they had been kidnapped by members of the military, who had interrogated them and tortured them in connection with their reporting.Pakistan is ranked 139th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. to go further News January 28, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Pakistani authorities to do whatever is necessary to guarantee the safety of Taha Siddiqui, a well-known and courageous freelance journalist who narrowly escaped a kidnap attempt this morning in the capital, Islamabad. April 21, 2021 Find out more RSF_en center_img His clothes still stained with blood, Taha Siddiqui tells fellow journalists how he managed to escape from the gunmen who tried to kidnap him today (photos: Aamir Qureshi – Banaras Khan / AFP). News PakistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsProtecting sources PredatorsViolenceFreedom of expressionDisappearances Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder January 10, 2018 Well-known Pakistani reporter narrowly escapes kidnap attempt PakistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsProtecting sources PredatorsViolenceFreedom of expressionDisappearances Help by sharing this information News News Receive email alertslast_img read more

Holy Family Church: Family Silent Film Screening And Picnic

first_img Community News Top of the News 6 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week 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. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * What could be better than a summer evening picnic with friends and family? One with Buster Keaton! Please bring the family and join Holy Family Church for a delightful outdoor screening of Keaton’s hilarious silent film “Steamboat Bill, Jr.” This very special screening will be shown on film by classic cinema projectionist David Slaughter with live music by acclaimed silent accompanist and big band leader, Dean Mora!Doors open for picnics at 6:30 pm on August 4, and the pre-show festivities and screening start at 8 pm. On the lovely grounds of Holy Family’s historic church! Tickets may be purchased at the door at $25 per family or $7 for adults, and $5 for children ages 4 – 12. Free for children 3 years old and younger. All proceeds from the event will benefit the theater program of Holy Family School.Only low chairs and blankets will be allowed in the screening area, but picnic tables will be available in the back on a first-come-first-served basis. Concessions will also be available for purchase. Please contact Jennifer Harnsberger with any questions at [email protected] or (323) 229-8084.Holy Family Church, 1501 Fremont Avenue, South Pasadena, (626) 799-8908 or visit www.holyfamily.org. Business News Community News Faith & Religion Events Holy Family Church: Family Silent Film Screening And Picnic Published on Friday, August 3, 2012 | 4:41 pm Make a commentcenter_img Herbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Massage Techniques That Will Make You Return For MoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & 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 Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Self-driving electric water taxi – the future is here, are we part of it?

first_img// MATE RIMAC AS THE AMBASSADOR OF OUR TOURISM. THE SECOND PART An ingenious solution that can be ideal for transporting tourists to relieve traffic in our sea destinations, and is interesting to all cities on rivers and lakes. For example, Paris is developing a “flying water taxi” or SeaBubbles along the Seine. And the first Danish electric ferry started operating last year in this homeland of diesel marine engines. Norway is a pioneer in the production of driverless electric water taxis, and these electric ferries could be a revolution in the age of fighting climate change. Photo: Screenshot zeabuz.com TOP SENSORS PROVIDE SAFE DRIVING We have everything, we just have to be proactive and start dealing with market development. Opportunities are around us and the only question is whether Croatia will be the leader of the trends or we will again stay on the sidelines and miss another opportunity. Why drive around the cities when you can by river or sea and take an electric taxi. They have no drivers and are small, do not produce carbon dioxide, and tourists can call them at the touch of a button. As we know, nautical is the first to open and the last to close the tourist season in our tourism, and with a fleet of over 4.300 vessels, more than 140 nautical tourism ports, over 17.000 berths and over a million cruise passengers, Croatia is certainly nautical superpower and one of the most important nautical destinations not only in the Mediterranean but also globally. The cars will be used all the time, they will cover more than 250 thousand kilometers a year, and one robo-taxi, Rimac believes, and reports Index.hr, and adds that robo-taxis will be able to replace 20 traditional vehicles. This means that four million such taxis will be able to replace half of the one hundred million vehicles in the United States. Namely, the movement is ensured by the use of state-of-the-art sensors with which these self-driving ferries will be able to detect everything around them and safely move around bathers, other boats and other immovable objects in the water such as buoys. The sensors send the data to the control system, which makes a decision on the place of landing so that passengers can safely reach their destination. In order to be user-friendly, the docks will be placed in the places that best suit the passengers, and as it is a small and compact vessel, it will travel under all bridges with ease. In addition to selling Zeabuza to cities in Norway, the company also wants to help international partners design and build similar ferries in places with numerous waterways such as New York, Sydney, Istanbul, London, Amsterdam and Hong Kong. Many places have already launched sustainable public water transport projects. NUMBER OF CITIES LAUNCHED SUSTAINABLE WATER TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS Can we take advantage of the current situation, knowledge and all resources and make ships (small or large) that will be electrically powered? It is only a matter of time before that transformation will take place. In fact, it is already happening. Why not have electric water ferries in a country where tourism is the most important industry. Zagreb is our capital on the water along the Sava with huge traffic problems, maybe this solution is also for the transport of passengers through our metropolis?center_img And where is Croatia? We have great designers and innovators, we have the best electric car in the world. By revitalizing the city’s waterways, Zeabuz announces that it will reduce harmful emissions, noise pollution, but also traffic jams in cities, while protecting human health and the environment. These electric self-driving ferries in Norway will connect and integrate with existing land public transport infrastructure to provide people with a more sustainable and environmentally friendly way to travel. In Croatia, HT has introduced a 5G network, which is a prerequisite for autonomous vehicle driving, acceleration of digitalization as well as in general for the development of the IT scene and various other implications for the modern economy. For example, as an incentive for the further development of health tourism. We are introducing visas for digital nomads, and this narrative and direction of development would certainly attract digital nomads, but also attract various IT companies that would move offices to Croatia. Also, we could activate the sea electric highway with the aim of relieving road traffic, which is a big problem visible to us as soon as we get off the highway. We need to better connect the islands. Also, this would increase the daily migration of tourists to visit as many destinations as possible, and thus would directly increase the tourist consumption and overall satisfaction of tourists with the entire destination. Zeabuz will thus transport passengers on batteries by waterways in Norway in towns and villages along the coast where boat trips are frequent, with an emphasis on minimal environmental impact. Given that these taxis are driverless, this technology could cause insecurity and discomfort to users, but this start-up emphasizes that all safety standards have been met and extensive checks have been made. Also, many IT companies are already working with the auto industry, such as Infinum, a leading Croatian software design and development company, which in partnership with Porsche Digital founded a new company Porsche Digital Croatia. For a couple of years now, there has been constant talk about the activation of the green electric highway, which would be a great stimulus for tourism, the economy, as well as for positioning and branding Croatia. We as a state must put ourselves in an entrepreneurial mindset Source: Lonelyplanet.com, Index.hr The goal is to merge all points (ideas, resources, potentials, knowledge) into one story through a clear vision of strategic development. This is the idea of ​​a Norwegian start-up Zeabuz who announced that in 2021 he will launch his “self-driving” ferry or water taxi. The capacity of this electric vehicle is 12 passengers, and the suburban ferry passengers call at the touch of a button on their phones. Emission-free public transport was first developed by researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 2018, and Zeabuz is well on its way to “throwing it out on the water” and starting to transport passengers for a year. Absolutely logical and natural, with all the above potentials and stories. Also, this is an opportunity for Croatia to be the leader of the 3rd generation wave of investment and development of the automotive industry. An opportunity we must not miss. On the other hand, we have a story about Tesla, there is Mate Rimac who said a few days ago that in ten years most vehicles will be autonomous, connected, electric and shared, which is an opportunity for Croatia because new business models are being created. “Everything will totally change, the complete picture of the automotive industry”, Said Rimac, calling for the initiative for Croatia to be a center for electric and autonomous vehicles. Photo: Screenshot zeabuz.comlast_img read more

Peters stuns field to claim javelin gold for Grenada

first_imgANDERSON Peters became only the second athlete in history to claim a gold medal for Grenada at the IAAF World Championships in Doha after claiming gold in the men’s Javelin on Sunday.Peters joined 400m specialist Kirani James in the country’s history books after throwing the implement 86.89, in the end finishing comfortably in the top spot. Magnus Kirt of Estonia, who get injured while competing, did enough to finish second with the mark of 86.21. Germany’s Johannes Vetter, one of the favourites heading into the event, never seemed to find his best form and in the end settled for silver in 85.37.Peters set the stage with a big 86.69 to open the competition, a mark which proved to be the second-best of the competition.  The winning throw from the Grenadian was recorded with his fourth attempt.The gold medal was the second gold medal for the country and third World Championship medal overall.  James, who was responsible for winning the country’s first gold medal in the men’s 400m metres at the 2011 Daegu World Championships, was also responsible for winning bronze in the same event at the Beijing World Championships.“This is a great moment for me,” Peters said. “Now I am looking forward to Tokyo 2020.” Trinidadian Keshorn Walcott, the other Caribbean athlete in the event, finished 11th with a best of 77.47.last_img read more

FA Cup 5th round – Aston Villa 2 – 1 Leicester: Villa through to FA Cup quarter-finals

first_imgTim Sherwood saw his new Aston Villa side edge into the FA Cup quarter finals with a 2-1 win over Leicester at Villa Park.Sherwood had a watching brief but after a goalless opening 45 minutes, his half-time team-talk seemed to galvanise Villa and goals from Leandro Bacuna and Scott Sinclair settled a scrappy game.Andrej Kramaric netted an injury-time consolation for the Foxes but they could not force a replay.First-team coach Scott Marshall took charge of Villa after ex-Tottenham boss Sherwood was appointed as Paul Lambert’s successor on Saturday.Marcin Wasilewski hit the post for Leicester and Shay Given denied Matty James while Christian Benteke and Andi Weimann had goals ruled out for offside for the hosts.But Villa reached the last eight for the first time since 2010 despite their late scare.Benteke, Bacuna, Ron Vlaar, Tom Cleverley and Given all returned for Villa while Leicester replaced the cup-tied Robert Huth with Wasilewski. Foxes boss Nigel Pearson was also in the stands and would have been worried by the Foxes’ slow start.Eager to impress, Villa opened well and Weimann blazed over from 16 yards but their attacking threat waned, showing Sherwood the immediate problem he needs to fix.While there was plenty of endeavours the hosts lacked quality with Benteke isolated and unable to seriously trouble the Foxes defence.It gave Leicester encouragement and Wasilewski glanced James’ corner across goal and to the face of the far post after 12 minutes.advertisement        Slowly, the Foxes began to assert themselves and Kramaric went down under pressure from Vlaar before Wes Morgan headed over.Leicester were on top and Villa needed to roll back the years after 31 minutes to deny James.Jeff Schlupp’s pass was dummied by Esteban Cambiasso for James to arrow a shot towards the top corner, only for Given to produce a wonderful fingertip save.Villa did not need another warning and thought they were ahead a minute before the break when Benteke swept into the corner, but his strike was ruled out for offside.Seemingly buoyed by Sherwood’s half-time words, the hosts began the second half well and Fabian Delph’s mis-hit header flew over before Mark Schwarzer saved at Benteke’s feet after Vlaar’s header caught out the Leicester defence. The Foxes looked ragged and Benteke headed wide before Villa finally made their dominance count after 68 minutes.Vlaar slipped a cute ball through to Bacuna and the midfielder cut inside to unleash a curling effort into the bottom corner from 18 yards.Two minutes later Weimann had the ball in the net, only to be pulled up for offside, and Benteke fired over after outpacing Matthew Upson.A dour game had come to life and Leicester almost hit back when Kramaric failed to force the ball in after Given had spilled a cross.Vlaar then denied Riyad Mahrez with a last-ditch tackle and Kramaric headed over. But Villa made it 2-0 in the 89th minute when substitute Sinclair wriggled free. His weak shot was straight at Schwarzer but the keeper spilled it into his own net.Leicester immediately hit back in stoppage time when Kramaric headed in Schlupp’s cross but Villa held on.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016

first_imgWellington Police notes: Wednesday, February 24, 2016:•1:59 a.m. Shawn S. McGhee, WM, 43, Independence, Mo was issued a notice to appear for no proof of insurance.•3:30 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the Wellington.    •3:04 a.m. Brandy R. Severson, 27, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 42 mph in a 30 mph zone (radar) and no proof of insurance.•7:59 p.m. Officers took a report of a violation of protection order by known subject in the 800 block N. Woodlawn, Wellington.•9:10 p.m. Stephen G. Seibel, 47, Wichita, Ks was issued a notice to appear for fail to signal and no proof of insurance.last_img read more

Winner of DP Foods’ Christmas dinner prize revealed…

first_imgLast week we announced a competition run by DP Foods where you could win your entire Christmas dinner for free simply by liking and sharing a post on DP Foods’ Facebook page.We’re delighted to announce the winner is Celine Doohan from Gortahork.Celine wins a 6kg turkey, 4 kg gammon, 3kg duck, 2kg breadcrumbs, a bag of Yorkshire pudding, 1 kg of sprouts, and 2 kg prawns. Not to forget about dessert, which is arguably everyone’s favourite part of dinner, Don is also throwing in a large cheesecake and a huge four liter tub of ice-cream for Celine and her family to enjoy!DP Foods, owned by Don Pearson, is one of Donegal’s biggest and best food suppliers. Supplying companies such as Mc Gettigan’s hotel chain, the Silver Tassie, Rosapenna Hotel, Arnold’s Hotel, An Grianan Hotel, as well as shops and butchers throughout the North West.The Pearson family have been producing the finest turkeys in Donegal for over 30 years, and in the lead up to Christmas Don is shifting his market to cater for the general public along side all his catering customers. DP Foods have built up a reputation for having the most delicious and succulent turkeys in the North West“I would like to thank everyone for taking the time to take part and for all the positive response to the new page. Check out the Facebook page now for a complete stock list available for Christmas.”“All our turkeys are processed here in our farm in St Johnston and I take great pride in the fact that year on year we produce some of the best turkeys to be found anywhere in the country.”“Our order book is proof of this, with not just the numbers but the number of returning customers year on year.”Get your Christmas dinner sorted out early by checking out DP Foods’ Facebook page to view their extensive stocklist where you will find everything to suit any and every size of household. Don accommodates for all catering needs; large and small, with a wide range of products and services available, so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment!Fancy a hassle free Christmas with no last minute Christmas dinner kerfuffle? Get in touch with DP Foods on 087 2119099 to see how they can help.DP Foods provide everything from starters to desserts!Winner of DP Foods’ Christmas dinner prize revealed… was last modified: November 15th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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)last_img read more

DeGale ready for North American debut

first_imgJames DeGale says he is determined to make a statement on his North American debut this Friday.Harlesden’s former Olympic champion will defend his WBC Silver super-middleweight title against Sebastien Demers at Casino Lac-Leamy, Gatineau, Canada.It will be his first fight since a points victory against Fulgencio Zuniga in Hull back in December.A clash with Alexander Brand, set for March, was postponed.“I just want to show my fans what I’m made of, show them what I’ve got and show them what I’m about,” he declared.“I’m feeling good, very good, I haven’t been out of the gym since the beginning of the year.“Obviously I’ve had a couple of fights cancelled on me and postponed, but I’m a true professional – I’ve been in the gym training hard.“It means a lot to be making my debut in North America. I travelled a lot as an amateur, travelled the world, but I haven’t done too much as a pro to be honest.“With [promoter] Mick Hennessy and Hennessy Sports’ contacts out in Canada I’ve got this opportunity, so I’m really looking forward to it.“I want to put on a great performance out there – slick, skilful, showcase my skills and put on a fantastic show.”Canadian Demers, 33, unsuccessfully challenged Arthur Abraham for the IBF middleweight title in 2007 and boasts 31 wins from 36 contests.His last fight was against another former world champion, Allan Green, who beat him on points in November.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

A’s new closer Liam Hendriks earns All-Star nod

first_imgBy Evan Webeck/CorrespondentSEATTLE — Trading in a weekend in Big Sur for one in Cleveland might sound like a downgrade. But for Liam Hendriks, it was just the call he was waiting for. He’s even willing to eat the nonrefundable deposit.These are the sacrifices one has to make when he gets his first All-Star call as Hendriks did Friday afternoon, as a replacement for the Rays’ Charlie Morton.Despite leading all American League relievers in ERA and earning the AL Reliever of the Month honor for …last_img read more

Ten things to know heading in to Raiders’ first practice of training camp

first_imgNAPA — Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock performed the warmup act on reporting day, but the real action begins Saturday morning when the Raiders hold the first of 16 scheduled practices on the grounds of Redwood Middle School behind the Napa Valley Marriott.The Raiders coach and general manager fielded questions on a variety of topics Friday, keeping to themselves the fact that wide receiver Antonio Brown would wind up on the non-football injury list and miss some practice time — one estimate was …last_img read more