April 21, 2021 Find out more The motive for the protest was an article in Dawn about the London Bridge attack in the United Kingdom on 30 November in which three people were killed including the man who murdered the other two. Quoting the London Daily Telegraph, Dawn identified the killer as “a British citizen born in the UK and of Pakistani origin.” Dawn has been subjected to repeated acts of harassment by members of the ruling Pakistan Movement for Justice (PTI) ever since one of its former journalists, Cyril Almeida, wrote an exclusive article in 2016 about the links between civilians and military at the highest levels of the Pakistani state. Incitement to violence Organisation Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire News This simple, widely verified piece of information was regarded by the protesters as an insult to Pakistan and, to judge by their chants, grounds for demanding that Dawn be banned outright. After more than three hours, and long negotiations, the newspaper’s management managed to get the crowd to disperse, but not without being threatened and warned. The police did not intervene. June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Pakistani authorities to issue a public and unequivocal condemnation of last night’s siege of the Islamabad headquarters of Pakistan’s oldest English-language daily, Dawn, by an angry crowd of demonstrators calling for it to be banned on completely spurious grounds. “This show of force, which was clearly orchestrated, constitutes yet another absolutely unacceptable act of intimidation towards Pakistan’s leading daily,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “The information we have obtained indicates that the federal government was, at the very least a passive accomplice if not the actual instigator of behaviour that is unacceptable in a democracy. We call on Prime Minister Imran Khan to publicly condemn these excesses, failing which he will be held personally responsible for this alarming press freedom violation.” PakistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesMedia independence Violence RSF_en to go further Receive email alerts PakistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesMedia independence Violence Help by sharing this information Fare from being spontaneous, the siege was the result of a series of ambiguous tweets by leading figures close to the ruling party and government. News News The entrance to the building that houses the newspaper and its sister TV channel, Dawn TV, was occupied by the protesters, who prevented anyone from entering or exiting, threatened any employees who tried to enter, and demanded written apologies for Dawn’s purported offence. Pakistan is ranked 142nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2010 World Press Freedom Index. News Follow the news on Pakistan A photo taken from the Dawn building by a member of the newspaper’s staff, who were trapped inside for three hours (photo: Pervez Banbhan – Dawn.com). Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists December 3, 2019 Pakistan: Pro-government activists besiege Dawn building in Islamabad Science and technology minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, for example, told Dawn in a tweet that he was “shocked on your cheap attempt to link a British terrorist to Pakistan,” while human rights minister Shireen Mazari tweeted that “Dawn has its own agenda.” The ambiguity of this phrase alone sufficed to elicit calls from thousands of trolls for Dawn to be attacked and ransacked. Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder January 28, 2021 Find out more
President Rodrigo Duterte is seen riding a scooter of Sen. Bong Go Thursday night at Bahay Pagbabago. SEN. BONG GO “Rider naman po si PangulongDuterte so sanay po yan pero at hisage dapat alalay na po. Kaya lang umiiralyung hilig niya sa motor kaya di maiwasan,” Go said. Despite complaints of hip pains, the 74-yearold Duterte has not consulted with a doctor since the accident. Duterte was reaching for his shoe whenhe fell off the parked motorcycle resulting in “light bruises and slightscratches,” Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said. Duterte fell off his 650 cc dirt bikelate Wednesday after he made a sharp turn, landing on his left elbow, Go said. “Siyempreworried po kami kaya lang sabi niya,‘Okay lang ako. Do not worry, I’mokay’,” Go told reporters. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte is“okay” after figuring in a “motorcycle accident” in the Malacañang compound,according to his former Special Assistant, Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go, whowitnessed the incident. The President was trying out motorcycleswhen he bumped into an “obstruction” on his way out of a garage in thecompound, Presidential Security Group commander Brigadier General Jose Niembrasaid. As of Thursday morning, Duterte isresting at Bahay ng Pagbabago in Malacañang, Go said. (ABS-CBN News/PN)
The Daily Observer has been told that there are fewer than 10 law enforcement officers in Vahun District, Lofa County. Three Police and four Immigration (BIN) officers provide security for a population of 17,137 in the district comprising three clans.Vahun District is so close to the border with Sierra Leone that most of its residents conduct a majority of their daily business activities with the Sierra Leonean border town of Kenema.Most of the inhabitants have the Sierra Leonean accent and are predominantly of the Mende-speaking tribe. The Sierra Leonean currency is also legal tender in that part of the country and it is exchanged at 100 Liberian dollars to 5,000 Leones.Our reporter, who recently travelled with Vice President Joseph Boakai to the district, found time off to speak with both the police and immigration officers.A police officer (named withheld) revealed that they are only three officers assigned to the entire district. A look around in the police cell, housed within the head office at the far end of the city, took journalists by surprise and drew a question for the police officer.What happened that the cells are empty and the doors are open? They are even very clean.The police officer responded, “This is a very lawful district. We don’t have any trouble here. We work along with the youth leader who helps us to keep the peace among the young people. They respect him a lot and don’t cause trouble for us and themselves.”Further down the road toward the main border post with Sierra Leone, is the BIN office. It is housed in a thatched hut, which leaks profusely when it rains. The hut is at least a mile and half away from the main demarcation line dividing Sierra Leone and Liberia. At the time of the visit, Wednesday, May 20, only two BIN officers were on duty and one of them revealed that they were only four assigned in the district, which has more than 10 illegal entry points and at least one international crossing point.One of them stated: “We need good space to operate from. We are operating from this makeshift place as national security officers. This does not look presentable at all for us as a country.”He stated that they usually abandon their post whenever it begins to rain because the hut leaks.VP Boakai was last week in Vahun to tell Lofaians thanks for working together to flush Ebola out of the county. He promised “personally to fix” a particular bad spot on the only road that links the district with the rest of the country.During most of the 15 years of civil war, the district was completely cut off from the rest of Liberia, except by bush paths.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The new Food and Farm Facts Junior edition, produced by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, is now available.“We’re pleased to announce this exciting addition to the popular Food and Farm Facts series,” said Christy Lilja, executive director of the Foundation. “Questions about agriculture are not always easy to answer. The new Food and Farm Facts Junior edition explains farming practices to young learners in an age-appropriate way.”Questions explored in the 12-page full-color book, which was developed for kindergarten through third-grade students, include:Who is a farmer? What is agriculture? How do farmers use the land and take care of it? What is food safety? Does chocolate milk come from brown cows? What is the difference between wool and cotton? What happens when I flip on a light switch? Where does my pizza come from? Who works on the weekends? Who is driving the tractor? Who will I be in agriculture?Copies of Food and Farm Facts Junior may be purchased for $3.00 each. A price break is available for purchases of 25 or more ($2.00 each). Visit http://bit.ly/FFFJR18 for more information and to order copies.The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture helps learners of all ages understand agriculture and the important role it plays in our daily lives.
Transfers Heynckes: I would give De Bruyne the shirt off my back Nicholas McGee 05:01 1/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty Images Transfers Bayern München Manchester City Premier League Bundesliga Kevin De Bruyne The Belgium international has no desire to leave Manchester City, but one top coach would go to extremes in order to bring him back to Germany Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has described Kevin De Bruyne as “the outstanding player in Europe”, saying he would give the shirt off his back for the Manchester City star.Attacking midfielder De Bruyne has been in scintillating form for runaway Premier League leaders City this season, the Belgium international scoring six goals and providing nine assists in the top flight.De Bruyne has insisted he has no desire to leave City and, given the recent signings of Neymar for €220million and Philippe Coutinho for a fee that could rise to £142m (€159.5m) by Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona respectively, it would likely take an eye-watering offer to prize him from the Etihad Stadium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Asked by Kicker if Bundesliga leaders Bayern were in need of a “super transfer” of over €50m, Heynckes – who took over from Carlo Ancelotti until the end of the season – replied: “What does super transfer mean?”Paul Pogba cost Manchester United €105million. Does he play like this? Many alleged top players can and have still to learn. Bayern have to go their way with [Niklas] Sule, [Joshua] Kimmich, [Corentin] Tolisso or [Kingsley] Coman.”For sure there has to come a player again for €40million or €50million, but today for €50million you don’t get a finished player.”For example Kevin De Bruyne. He did not play this well last season, but for him I would give shirt off my back. On this position you need such a player. De Bruyne is clearly the outstanding player in Europe at the moment.”
It looks like Touch Football is about to produce another potential Rugby League star, with the Northern Territory’s former Under 18 representative player Michael Fairweather, chosen for the North Queensland Cowboys Young Guns squad for 2005. Michael and his family are from Katherine, although he has been boarding in Yeppoon for the past two years and represented Central Queensland at the recent National 18 Years Championships. His brother Willy has also represented the Northern Territory at the Under 18 Championships and the Barbarians (combined NT and WA side) in the Mixed division at the National Touch League. No doubt all involved with Touch Football wish Michael all the best as he follows in the footsteps of other players such as Benji Marshall, Joe Williams and Matt Bowen, all past Touch representatives creating a name for themselves in Rugby League. While we hope he continues to excel in the sporting arena, we are also hopeful that we will see him back on the Touch field in the not-to-distant future! Please note: The following story comes from the Queensland Rugby League Website, www.qrl.com.au : NORTH Queensland speedsters Matt Bowen, Matt Sing and Ty Williams could be left choking on dust in future years, with the Cowboys’ set to unveil one of the code’s fastest talents. Plucked from Katherine in the Northern Territory, Michael Fairweather will join the club at the end of the year, following the completion of his studies. Presently attending school at St Brendan’s Yeppoon, 18-year-old Fairweather created a frenzy of excitement on the weekend when he beat Olympic sprint hopeful Wagui Anau in a 100m scratch race. Anau, 26, himself a former rugby league player, boasts a personal best over the distance of 9.94sec wind-assisted. The untimed race between the pair was a highlight of the two-day Ted Mosby Memorial Indigenous Challenge in Cairns. Initially, Fairweather’s pace came to the attention of the Cowboys at a pre-season development camp, when school teacher Terry Hansen bet $10 his student could beat all comers. Cowboys officials Peter Jones, Adrian Thomson and Dave Roberts placed their hard-earned on a more well-credentialed athlete, but came up with empty pockets. “The first time they raced, Michael won by about 10m,” laughs Hansen. “The others were complaining that their runner didn’t get a fair start so we re-ran the race. I think he beat him by 12m the second time and I collected.” Originally placed on a scholarship, Fairweather had his status upgraded after an impressive performance at the 2004 Confraternity Shield. St Brendan’s walked away as champions of the prestigious carnival and Fairweather was ear-marked for the North Queensland Young Guns squad of 2005. His accomplishments have an undeniable fairytale ring about them. Back in Katherine, Fairweather’s father was one 50 police responsible for a 22,500 sq km district, roughly 20 times the size of Brisbane. Michael’s ticket to the Eastern Seaboard came when good friend Mitch Jones was recruited by St Brendan’s and requested that he be able to take a friend. In the long run, the school was forced to release Jones, while Fairweather went on to make the most of his opportunities. Even for this year’s Confraternity success, the team undertook special fund-raising to get their cash-strapped speedster his ticket to Townsville. “He was selected in the Capricornia athletics team for just about everything as well, but he chose not to go to that because of his financial background,” says teacher Hansen. “It’s funny to think he came here by mistake. His mate brings him and he’d probably played two games of rugby league before in his life. “Michael’s been like a duck to water; just learning, learning, learning. Here’s a kid with not much money and he’ll be on $25,000 in his first year out of school.” Prior to the weekend’s victory against Anau, Hansen timed Fairweather running 11.1sec into a headwind, on grass, wearing sneakers. Story written by QRL.
dan patrick texas shaka smartThis past Thursday, Texas officially hired Shaka Smart away from VCU to replace Rick Barnes, who spent 17 season in Austin. In the days since, Smart has been on a bit of a media tour to talk about the move, along with how he plans to turn the Longhorns into an elite squad. Monday, he joined Dan Patrick to chat about his experience so far.In the below clip, Smart talks about how he was offered the job, how he plans on succeeding at a “football school”, and how he’s willing to eventually develop a hatred for Oklahoma. Check it out:Smart inherits a team that underachieved a bit this past year, so he’s going to need to restore faith in the program. It sounds like he’s up for the task.
keyshawn young USCThe B2G Elite Camp is taking place this weekend in Thousand Oaks, Calif., featuring some of the top high school talent in the country. Miami (Fla.) Senior wide receiver Keyshawn Young is in attendance, and he left quite an impression on a particular defensive back during today’s 1-on-1 session. Here’s the video of Young juking the backpedaling corner so bad, he falls to the ground.WR Keyshawn Young shook a DB to the ground at B2G Elite Camp. pic.twitter.com/VJZfrYWbkL— Luke Stampini (@LukeStampini) June 13, 2015That’s nasty. A three-star prospect, Young has a bevy of big-time offers, and it looks like he’ll be a nice pick up for whichever school lands him.
Video: Memphis Ties Game Against Bowling Green With Ridiculous Double-Reverse Flea Flicker Touchdown
Twitter/@Tom_Schad The early games of this college football Saturday haven’t been great, but group of five powers Memphis and Bowling Green are putting on a show. With BGSU up 41-35 early in the fourth quarter, the Tigers drew up a double reverse flea flicker for a game-tying 50 yard touchdown pass. You’ll want to watch this one a few times.Memphis and Bowling Green are trading TDs on @ESPN3 (41-41!). None prettier than this incredible flea-flicker. WATCH: http://t.co/7lOOFLAhzS— ESPN (@espn) September 19, 2015Memphis’ double-reverse-flea-flicker: pic.twitter.com/wICN50r7au— Tom Schad (@Tom_Schad) September 19, 2015Memphis has tacked on a go ahead field goal, and leads Bowling Green 44-41 midway through the fourth quarter. This could go down as the day’s best game.
New Delhi: Former Congress chief and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi on Friday spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking help for people affected by flood following incessant rain in Kerala over the past two days. Modi assured him of all necessary assistance. “Wayanad MP Rahul GandhiA spoke to the Prime Minister seeking all possible assistance for the people severely affected by the floods and landslides in the state, especially in Wayanad. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “The Prime Minister has assured to provide any assistance required to mitigate the effects of the disaster,” Gandhi’s Wayanad MP office tweeted. On Thursday, the Wayanad MP spoke to Kerala Chief Minister P. Vijayan to seek assistance for the flood affected people in his parliamentary constituency and other parts of the state. Gandhi had decided to postpone his trip to Wayanad as he felt it would affect the rescue operations. Incessant rain in Kerala have claimed 23 lives in the past two days. Over 22,000 people have been shifted to some 315 relief camps across the state, officials said. Till late on Thursday the toll was eight, but Friday’s count put the number at 23. Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur, Wayanad, Kasargode and Idukki were the worst affected. There has been 260 mm of rain in Wayanad — the parliamentary constituency of former Congress President Rahul Gandhi. A huge landslide has marooned around 2,000 people in Meppadi in the district.