Afghan journalists fall victim to both bombings and Covid-19

first_img News June 4, 2020 Afghan journalists fall victim to both bombings and Covid-19 “We call for a thorough investigation so that those responsible for this attack are identified, located and brought to justice,” said Reza Moini, the head of RSF’s Iran-Afghanistan desk. “The government’s disengagement from the fight against violence against journalists and impunity for press freedom’s predators must end at once.” RSF_en This not the first time that Khurshid TV has been targeted. Five of its employees were injured when an explosive device concealed in a bicycle was set off near their vehicle on 4 August 2019. AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflictsCovid19ImpunityViolence News One of the consequences of the peace accord that the United States signed with the Taliban on 29 February has been to reduce the number of bombings targeting the media, compared with previous years. But violence against journalists has not declined.  RSF is aware of at least 27 cases of threats, attacks and other forms of aggressive behaviour towards media personnel since 1 January. Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says Receive email alerts AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflictsCovid19ImpunityViolence to go further March 11, 2021 Find out more May 3, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Afghanistan Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” Soliman Yousefi, a driver with privately-owned Ariana News, and Nassir Ahamad Sapi, a reporter for the national RTA TV channel in Nangarhar province, died this week from Covid-19. Meanwhile, nearly 50 journalists in the Kabul region who are infected with the virus say they are not being treated properly, either for lack of money or lack of medical supplies. News Organisation RSF’s Reza Moini added: “Afghanistan’s journalists are exposed to a range of evils, and practicing their profession is becoming more and more dangerous. Such a dramatic increase in the number falling victim to bombings or afflicted by disease is unacceptable. The government, media and union organizations are all partly responsible and must do everything possible to protect journalists.” Last week was deadly for media workers in Afghanistan, with two killed by a roadside bomb and two killed by Covid-19, which continues to spread among the country’s journalists. Media workers must be protected from both violence and the pandemic, says a concerned Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Speaking on a condition of anonymity, an Afghan security official said: “Several investigations have shown that bombings claimed in Islamic State’s name are in fact the work of Taliban. This ‘label’ is used by both domestic forces and foreign countries for political reasons – the Americans to absolve the Taliban and the Iranians to reinforce their presence and influence in Afghanistan.” Help by sharing this information At least 70 journalists with Covid-19 Islamic State has claimed responsibility for bombings and attacks that have killed a total of 15 journalists and media workers in Afghanistan since 2015, and some branches of the Taliban sometimes carry out attacks against the media in Islamic State’s name. News RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan Afghanistan’s journalists are not falling victim to terrorism and violence alone. According to the information gathered by RSF, at least 70 Afghan journalists have been infected by Covid-19 since the end of March, when the virus was officially declared to have reached the country. This means that Afghanistan’s journalists have been hit harder by the coronavirus pandemic than any other media community in the world. Madineh Morovat, one of the injured journalists, said: “The explosion happened a few minutes after our departure. There was a deafening noise, the minibus was hurled in the air and we were thrown from our seats. I saw colleagues covered in blood and then I lost consciousness, waking up in hospital.” Speaking on condition of anonymity, a Kabul-based journalist with suspected Covid-19 said: “We are getting no help from either the government, the media or the journalists’ unions. Most government aid is useless because of incompetence or corruption. The media have few resources and cannot even pay our salaries. And the unions and associations say they are broke, that their funding comes from membership dues that journalists are no longer paying. I’ve been going to the hospital for five days for a test, but the hospital says it has no tests. I cannot get hospitalized and I cannot afford to buy medicine.” Two of privately-owned Khurshid TV’s employees – economy reporter Zamir Amiri and technician Shafiq Zabih – were killed on the spot and four others were injured when a minibus carrying members of the TV channel’s staff was the target of a roadside bomb in Kabul on 30 May. June 2, 2021 Find out more Afghanistan is ranked 122nd out of 180 countries and territories in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. The bombing, which occurred near the TV channel’s headquarters in the city’s 4th district, was claimed later the same day by Islamic State. In a press release on 2 April, RSF published recommendations for protecting journalists against the spread of Covid-19.last_img read more

Pasadena is the New Host to the Miss California USA 2013 Pageant

first_imgBeauty Pasadena is the New Host to the Miss California USA 2013 Pageant The city of Pasadena has been selected as the new host to the Miss California USA and Miss California Teen USA 2013 Pageant Published on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 | 1:55 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Make a comment The city of Pasadena will welcome the Miss California USA and Miss California Teen USA Pageant for the first time in their history on January 12-13, 2013 at the Pasadena Convention Center. Last year, the pageant made international headlines by featuring two openly lesbian contestants. This year, the pursuit of the crown has expanded to inlucde the first transgender competing for a state title and the chance to represent her state at Miss Usa (for more information, please contact us).Co-Executive Director of Miss California USA and Miss California Teen USA, Keith Lewis, states, “Our pageant has always been a celebration of California’s diversity. There is no language on the planet that is not spoken by someone living here and no race or nationality that is not represented in our cities. I am proud of all of our contestants and the boundaries that many continue to challenge as they strive for acceptance in a changing world.”In 2011, the state of California was fortunate enough to see its reigning Miss California USA winner, Alyssa Campanella, move on to win the Miss USA crown and to be a top 16 semifinalist as the Miss Universe 2011 pageant. Working with the producers of the largest pageant in the 62 year history of Miss USA, California has had three 1st runner-ups and a Miss USA over the last 8 years under K2’s leadership. Not to mention, the Pageant has generated over 275,000 online viewers.The Miss California USA and Miss California Teen USA pageants are judged by well-known celebrities and respected industry professionals on three main categories: interview, swimsuit and evening gown. All contestants are also reviewed on vital judging criteria including: character, poise, confidence and personality. The winner of Miss California USA pageant will go on to compete in the Miss USA pageant, the precursor to the Miss Universe pageant.For tickets visit or click here to purchase directly. 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Herbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Vietnamese Stunners That Will Take Your Breath AwayHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Yoga Poses To Overcome Stress And AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty18 Ways To Get Rid Of HiccupsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Subscribe 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. More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimeslast_img read more

[Breaking] “Confidence Of People In Judiciary At Stake”: Plea In SC Against Andhra Govt’s Press Conference Accusing Justice NV Ramana And HC Judges

first_imgTop Stories[Breaking] “Confidence Of People In Judiciary At Stake”: Plea In SC Against Andhra Govt’s Press Conference Accusing Justice NV Ramana And HC Judges Sanya Talwar12 Oct 2020 8:22 AMShare This – xA plea has been been moved against Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh Government’s press conference revealing his complaint to CJI SA Bobde against Supreme Court Judge Justice NV Ramana and judges of AP High Court.Filed on behalf of Sunil Kumar Singh, a practicing lawyer, through Advocate on Record Mukti Singh, the plea seeks a stop on such press briefings by the Chief…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA plea has been been moved against Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh Government’s press conference revealing his complaint to CJI SA Bobde against Supreme Court Judge Justice NV Ramana and judges of AP High Court.Filed on behalf of Sunil Kumar Singh, a practicing lawyer, through Advocate on Record Mukti Singh, the plea seeks a stop on such press briefings by the Chief Minister against judges and to issue “show cause notice” to him as to why suitable action should not be taken against him.Averring in the grounds, inter alia, that the act and deed of the respondent is an attempt to tarnish the Majesty of the Highest court of the country, the plea states that the Press Conference by the Chief Minister made unsubstantiated allegations against an honourable judge of this Hon’ble court.The petitioner contends that Reddy has “crossed the limit” which has been prescribed by the Constitution.”….alleging corruption and bias is prohibited by the clear provisions and mandate of the Constitution of India as provided under Article(s) 121 and 211 of the Indian Constitution. Wherein it has been mandated by the Constitution that no discussion shall take place in Parliament or in state legislature with respect to the conduct of any judge of Supreme Court or the High Court in the discharge of his duty” – Plea In SCFurther, it is averred that freedom of speech and expression guaranteed under Article 19(1)(a) of the constitution is subject to reasonable restrictions in relation to contempt of courts and defamation. “In the society of today, where the discussion in the media and on social media can go wild within days or within hours, it can affect the image of judiciary and hence the confidence of the general public in the judiciary,” the plea reads.”What is at stake is the confidence which a court must inspire in the public in the democratic society.”In this context, the plea stipulates that the Chief Minister is under oath and allegiance of the Constitution and is thus bound by it to respect the Judiciary. Furthermore, the selection of a time like this of making such allegations is highly suspicious and doubtful as the honourable Judge is in the service of Indian judiciary and public since long. “in the present scenario our country is going through various socio-economic challenges as well as external disturbance also…. The respondent has totally failed to understand and appreciate that by this irresponsible statement and behaviour he is trying to destabilise the faith of public at large in system which is not permitted,” the plea states.On October 11, Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, wrote a complaint to the Chief Justice of India, S A Bobde, alleging that some High Court judges are attempting to protect the interests of the major opposition party, Telugu Desom Party, in politically sensitive matters.A striking feature of the complaint – details of which were revealed to the media in a presser by Ajaya Kellam, the advisor of the CM, on Saturday evening – was that it had accused senior Supreme Court judge, Justice N V Ramana, who is next in line to be the Chief Justice of India, of influencing the administration of justice in the High Court.Next Storylast_img read more

Dealing With Deer.

first_imgWhitetail deer are beautiful creatures. But what they do to gardens and farm fields isn’t pretty at all. To help prevent the damage they can do, University of Georgia experts have planned a pair of programs on building deer fences in June.The deer-fence seminar and workshop for south Georgia will be June 15 at the UGA Attapulgus Research Farm a mile north of Attapulgus, Ga., on Highway 27.The other program will be June 22 at the UGA Georgia Mountain Experiment Station 3 miles south of Blairsville, Ga., on Highway 129.Participants will get a set of plans for building deer fences. And they can get hands-on experience as UGA and industry experts erect fencing at the UGA stations.Each program will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided, and registration is free.If you’d like to attend, please call Kay Dunn at (912) 386-3410 so planners can know how much lunch to prepare. If you’d like to work with the fencing, bring a shovel, hammer and gloves.last_img read more