Frontier Post journalist threatened by Afghan commander

first_img June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Pakistan PakistanAsia – Pacific to go further Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire PakistanAsia – Pacific News Organisation News Receive email alerts February 24, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Frontier Post journalist threatened by Afghan commandercenter_img Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) expressed concern today about threats to journalist Syed Anwar, of the English-language daily The Frontier Post, by henchmen of an Afghan military commander and called on Pakistani authorities to ensure his safety.Two secret service officials from the eastern Afghan border province of Nangarhar threatened him with “terrible personal consequences” after he reported in the Peshawar daily on 15 and 16 February that Hazrat Ali, the province’s military chief, had been arrested by US forces for drug-smuggling, kidnapping and supporting members of Al-Qaeda in their escape from the Tora Bora mountains.Reporters Without Borders urged Pakistani Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali to guarantee the safety of all journalists covering Afghan affairs, especially those on the Frontier Post, where Anwar, an Afghan, heads the Afghan affairs desk.The two secret service men, one of them called Abdul Rehmen, went to the newspaper’s offices in Peshawar to deliver their threat. They also warned that they could ban all Pakistani journalists from Afghanistan’s three eastern provinces. Anwar says he has feared for his life since their visit.The authorities in Jalalabad banned the sale of The Frontier Post in Nangarhar province on 18 February. Help by sharing this information News News January 28, 2021 Find out more Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder April 21, 2021 Find out more RSF_en last_img read more

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Future of iconic Ritz Cinema in Twin Towns still in the balance

first_imgDonegal County Council has rejected the proposed demolition of the iconic Ritz Cinema in Ballybofey under the grounds of “its architectural and social value”.An application lodged in October by the local Butt Hall Committee to have the landmark demolished was met with heavy criticism, sparking an online petition which has since gained over half of the signatures needed to appeal the proposed demolition.The ‘Save The Ritz’ Campaign now say the ball is very firmly in the Butt Hall Committees court and Donegal County Council and are calling on the Butt Hall Committee to hold a meeting.Councillor Patrick McGowan says as it stands, the building would take millions to restore and as far as he’s aware no funding has been made available:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/patrickmc.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Google+ Pinterest Twitter Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twittercenter_img Future of iconic Ritz Cinema in Twin Towns still in the balance Previous articleKilcar Manager John Mc Nulty: “We were magnificent”Next articleEoin McHugh / Stephen McBrearty on Kilcar’s U21 C’Ship win admin 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North By admin – January 9, 2016 Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Homepage BannerNews Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

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Limited-overs matches dominate India’s cramped home season

first_imgMUMBAI, India (Reuters) – Limited-overs cricket will return to dominate India’s home season as the country hosts Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka between late September and December.India are ranked number one in Tests by the International Cricket Council and last year played 13 of the long-format matches during a bumper home season against New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia.Virat Kohli’s men, who won all four Test series, also played eight ODIs and three Twenty20 internationals in the last home season.The Indian cricket board (BCCI) has, however, not finalised the dates of the matches due to logistical reasons.“The dates of the matches have deliberately not been frozen,” BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary told reporters.“The logistics must factor in local factors such as festivals because as you know Durga Puja being what it is in the whole of eastern India and not only in West Bengal and other public holidays and logistics of distance.”The team will play 11 one-day internationals, nine Twenty20 matches and three Tests.Steve Smith-led Australia, who are embroiled in a bitter dispute between their players’ union and their national board over a new pay deal, will be first to arrive in India.Australia, who lost a four-Test series 2-1 away to India in February-March, will play five ODIs and three T20 matches. New Zealand will then play three ODIs and three T20 internationals.Sri Lanka, who are currently hosting India, will then play a full series comprising three Tests, three ODIs and an identical number of T20 matches.Kolkata, Nagpur and Delhi have been marked down to host the three Tests against the South Asian neighbours.India are scheduled to travel to South Africa for a full tour after the completion of the matches against Sri Lanka.INDIA’s 2017-18 home seasonAustralia: 5 ODIs in Chennai, Bangalore, Nagpur, Indore and Kolkata; 3 T20Is in Hyderabad, Ranchi and GuwahatiNew Zealand: 3 ODIs in Pune, Mumbai and Kanpur; 3 T20Is in Delhi, Cuttack and RajkotSri Lanka: 3 Tests in Kolkata, Nagpur and Delhi; 3 ODIs in Dharamsala, Mohali and Vizag; 3 T20Is in Thiruvananthapuram, Indore and Mumbai.last_img read more

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10 months agoDONE DEAL: Barnsley sign Fulham striker Cauley Woodrow

first_imgDONE DEAL: Barnsley sign Fulham striker Cauley Woodrowby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarnsley have signed Fulham striker Cauley Woodrow on loan until January, when the deal will become permanent.The 23-year-old scored eight times in 54 league appearances for the Craven Cottage side.The former England Under-21 international also had loan spells with Southend, Burton and Bristol City.Woodrow, who could make his debut against Scunthorpe on Saturday, will replace Tom Bradshaw after he joined Millwall on Thursday. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Race against time in Nunavut after TB vaccine recall

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe company that makes a vaccine for tuberculosis has announced a recall.It’s a big deal in the North. In Nunavut, every child receives a shot.People are not usually vaccinated in the rest of Canada.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll has this story from Iqaluit.last_img

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Why Huawei arrest deepens conflict between US and China

first_imgWASHINGTON — The arrest of a prominent Chinese telecommunications executive has driven home why it will be so hard for the Trump administration to resolve its deepening conflict with China.The arrest of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer, has heightened skepticism over the trade truce that Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping reached last weekend in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Stock markets tumbled Thursday on fears that the 90-day cease-fire won’t last, but regained their equilibrium in Europe and Asia on Friday.A bail hearing for Meng, who faces possible extradition to the United States after her arrest in Vancouver, Canada, last weekend, was set for later Friday.Huawei has been a subject of U.S. national security concerns for years and Meng’s case echoes well beyond tariffs or market access. Washington and Beijing are locked in a clash between the world’s two largest economies for economic and political dominance for decades to come.“It’s a much broader issue than just a trade dispute,” said Amanda DeBusk, chair of the international trade practice at Dechert LLP. “It pulls in: Who is going to be the world leader essentially.”Meng was detained on the same day that Trump and Xi met at the Group of 20 summit in Argentina and agreed to a cease-fire in their trade war. The Globe and Mail newspaper, citing law enforcement sources, reported she is suspected of trying to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran.Huawei is the world’s biggest supplier of network gear used by phone and internet companies and long has been seen as a front for spying by the Chinese military or security services. A U.S. National Security Agency cybersecurity adviser, Rob Joyce, last month accused Beijing of violating a 2015 agreement with the U.S. to halt electronic theft of intellectual property.Other nations are increasingly being forced to choose between Chinese and U.S. suppliers for next-generation “5G” wireless technology. U.S. critics are lobbying other countries not to buy the equipment from Huawei, arguing that the company may be working stealthily for Beijing’s spymasters.“There is ample evidence to suggest that no major Chinese company is independent of the Chinese government and Communist Party — and Huawei, which China’s government and military tout as a ‘national champion’ is no exception,” Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., wrote in October to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. They urged him to keep Huawei off Canada’s next-generation network.Still, a senior Japanese official cast doubt Friday over reports that his country was considering blocking Huawei and its biggest Chinese rival, ZTE Corp., from government procurement contracts. He said there had been no decision. Australia, New Zealand and Britain are among the countries that have moved to limit the Chinese companies’ involvement in their next-generation telecoms networks.In a sign Meng’s case might not derail the Trump-Xi truce, Beijing protested Meng’s arrest but said talks with the Trump administration would go ahead. Chinese Commerce Ministry spokesman Gao Feng said China is confident it can reach a deal during the 90 days that Trump agreed to suspend a scheduled increase in U.S. import taxes on $200 billion worth of Chinese products.Some analysts say China has deployed predatory tactics in its drive to overtake America’s dominance in technology and global economic leadership, such as forcing American and other foreign companies to hand over trade secrets in exchange for access to the Chinese market and engaging in cyber-theft.Washington also regards Beijing’s ambitious long-term development plan, “Made in China 2025,” as a scheme to dominate such fields as robotics and electric vehicles by unfairly subsidizing Chinese companies and discriminating against foreign competitors.Priscilla Moriuchi, a former East Asia specialist at National Security Agency now with the cybersecurity firm Recorded Future, said both ZTE and Huawei are wedded to China’s military and political leadership.“The threat from these companies lies in their access to critical internet backbone infrastructure,” she said.The Trump administration has tightened regulations on high-tech exports to China and made it harder for Chinese firms to invest in U.S. companies or to buy American technology in cutting-edge areas like robotics, artificial intelligence and virtual reality.Earlier this year, the United States nearly drove Huawei’s biggest Chinese rival, ZTE Corp., out of business for selling equipment to North Korea and Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions. But Trump issued a reprieve, perhaps partly because U.S. tech companies, major suppliers to ZTE, would also have been scorched. ZTE agreed to pay a $1 billion fine, change its board and management and to let American regulators monitor its operations.The U.S. and Chinese tech industries depend on each other so much for components that “it is very hard to decouple the two without punishing U.S. companies, without shooting ourselves in the foot,” said Adam Segal, cyberspace analyst at the Council on Foreign Relations.Dean Garfield, president of the U.S. Information Technology Industry Council trade group, said innovation by U.S. companies often depends utterly on product development and testing by Chinese partners and component suppliers.Still, the pushback against Huawei and ZTE is limiting their reach into the world’s richest markets. Nearly a year ago, AT&T pulled out of a deal to sell Huawei smartphones. Barred from use by U.S. government agencies and contractors, they’re mostly locked out of the American market.Derek Scissors, a China specialist at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, doubts that China will change its tech policies since it needs innovative technologies to keep its economy growing as its labour force ages and it confronts a huge stockpile of debt.“We’re not going to deal that away in 90 days,” he said. “I don’t see a way out of this.”Likewise, Rod Hunter, an international economic official in President George W. Bush’s White House and a partner at law firm Baker McKenzie, said, “I’m skeptical that the Chinese are going to want to say ‘uncle.’” U.S. and Chinese officials are “trying to tackle a problem that is going to take years, maybe a decade, to resolve.”___Bajak reported from Boston. AP staff writers Rob Gillies in Toronto, Joe McDonald in Beijing and Yuri Kageyama in Tokyo contributed to this report.Paul Wiseman And Frank Bajak, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Legislation introduced to address growing number of orphaned wells in BC

first_img“We are taking action to deal with the growing number of orphaned well sites by cleaning them up, as well as preventing this from happening in the future,” said Mungall. “Industry will continue to be responsible for their activities, as we provide additional tools for the BC Oil and Gas Commission to protect the environment.”The levy will be set by the BC Oil and Gas Commission board, with Treasury Board approval.Other amendments to the OGAA will increase the commission’s authority to protect public safety and recover the costs associated with these activities. For example, the OGC would be able to establish roadblocks, if necessary, when dealing with an emergency, and recover the cost of those activities from the permit holder responsible for the situation. Other amendments would improve the commission’s operations and strengthen their capacity to manage heritage resources. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Michelle Mungall has introduced legislation that, if enacted, would oversee improved restoration of orphaned oil and gas wells in B.C.If approved by the legislature, Bill 15, the Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Statutes Amendment Act, 2018, will amend the Oil and Gas Activities Act and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Act. Amendments to the OGAA would improve funding for orphan site restoration by replacing the current tax structure with a levy to be paid into an industry-funded program that addresses the cost of restoration and environmental clean-up. Additional amendments would also limit orphan sites by granting the commission the ability to require permit holders to conduct restoration work on inactive sites.The BC Oil and Gas Commission would also have the power to refuse permit requests if parties had a history of non-compliance.last_img read more

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Serena withdraws No 1 Osaka loses Federer wins at Miami

first_imgMiami: The new site for the Miami Open suddenly is missing a lot of star power.Serena Williams withdrew, blaming a previously undisclosed left knee injury. Less than two hours later, top-ranked Naomi Osaka lost in the third round to tour veteran Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3.Osaka’s departure matched the earliest ever in the tournament by a top-seeded woman and jeopardized her No. 1 ranking, depending on results next week. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I feel like I’ve dealt with the stress of people asking me do I have pressure because I have the No. 1 next to my name,” Osaka said. “I thought I was doing fine with that, but I guess I’m not.”Roger Federer briefly seemed headed for the exit but instead advanced to the third round by rallying past qualifier Radu Albot 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.”Radu put me through the ringer,” Federer said.No. 2-seeded Alexander Zverev double-faulted 12 times and lost to wild card David Ferrer, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterWilliams’ withdrawal was unexpected because she showed no signs of injury a day earlier while winning her opening match against Rebecca Peterson, 6-3, 1-6, 6-1.Williams didn’t mention any health issues during a news conference after the match, and the WTA had no information regarding when she was hurt.Williams’ victory Friday was her first at Hard Rock Stadium, the Miami Dolphins’ home and the Miami Open’s new center court.The tournament moved this year from Key Biscayne, where Williams won eight titles. “I am disappointed to withdraw,” she said in a statement. “It was an amazing experience to play at Hard Rock Stadium this year, and I would like to thank the Miami Open for putting on an amazing event. I hope to be back next year to play at this one-of-a-kind tournament in front of the incredible fans here in Miami.”Federer, a three-time champion, lost serve only once in the first game but was on the ropes until he swept the final three games, to the relief of an enthusiastic stadium crowd.”It was a great atmosphere,” Federer said. “It was electric. I think that’s why I played so well at the end.”While attendance in the stadium continued to be spotty, outer courts were jammed, and the day session drew a tournament record 32,831 spectators.Seeded losers on the men’s side included No. 10 Karen Khachanov, No. 21 Diego Schwartzman, No. 26 Guido Pella, No. 30 Stan Wawrinka and No. 31 Steve Johnson. In a game of inches, the 5-foot-6 Schwartzman lost to 6-foot-11 Reilly Opelka 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.Williams was next scheduled to play No. 18-seeded Qiang Wang, who advanced to the fourth round.Also reaching the women’s round of 16 was the 33-year-old Hsieh, who turned pro in 2001 but has achieved the two biggest victories of her career in the past nine months. Her only other win over a No. 1 player came against Simona Halep at Wimbledon last year.With two-handed groundstrokes from both sides, Hsieh was the steadier player from the baseline against Osaka. When Hsieh closed out match point with a forehand volley winner, she began to cry as the crowd applauded her performance.Osaka smiled when reminded it was the first time in 64 matches she lost after winning the first set.”I know it’s depressing,” she said. “I was thinking about it right after I lost.”Osaka, 21, has won the past two Grand Slam tournaments. Williams, 37, still hasn’t won a tournament since the 2017 Australian Open, before she took a break of more than a year to become a mom. She has played only eight matches this year.Williams’ stay at the Miami Open was also brief last year, when she lost in the first round to Osaka. Friday’s match was Williams’ first since she retired from Indian Wells two weeks ago because of a viral illness.last_img read more

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SC has accepted there was corruption in Rafale deal claims Rahul

first_imgAmethi (UP): Buoyed by the Supreme Court order allowing petitioners seeking a review of the Rafale judgment to rely on leaked documents, Congress president Rahul Gandhi claimed the SC has made it clear that Prime Minister Narendra Modi committed a theft . Rahul Gandhi then challenged Modi to a debate on the Rafale military aircraft deal, which the Congress claims involved corruption, a charge repeatedly rejected by the government. Gandhi recalled a recent interview by the prime minister, in which Modi had said the Supreme Court had given a clean chit to his government on the Rafale deal. Now the SC has made it clear that ‘chowkidarji’ (watchman) has committed a theft, Gandhi told reporters here after filing his nomination papers from the Amethi Lok Sabha constituency. He claimed the apex court has accepted that there is some corruption in Rafale . The apex court, which had earlier cleared the Modi government of accusations of corruption over the Rafale deal, Tuesday said it will hear a review petition on the basis of the new documents, referred to by the petitioners. But Gandhi appeared to interpret the order as an acceptance by the Supreme Court that there was corruption in the deal on the French aircraft. “I am happy and I have been saying so for months that Hindustan’s PM has given the air force money to (industrialist) Anil Ambani, and the SC has accepted it. The SC is going to investigate it,” he said. I want to directly challenge that the SC has said that you have indulged in corruption, he said. Come let’s debate… the country wants to know about corruption, the Rafale deal, demonetisation and Amit Shah’s son.” The reference was to Jay Shah. Last year, a newspaper portal had claimed that his firm recorded a huge increase in turnover after the BJP-led government came to power. Jay Shah had then filed a defamation suit against the news organisation. Gandhi claimed that Modi will not be able to look him in the eye if the two debate the Rafale deal. I want to thank the SC. It’s a very happy day. The SC has talked about justice. Justice has prevailed,” he added.last_img read more

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Qureshi Swaraj likely to interact during SCO meeting in Kyrgyzstan

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and her Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj are likely to interact during the upcoming meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Kyrgyzstan later this month, a top Pakistani official said Thursday.”The two foreign ministers would be present in the meeting and in all likelihood would interact amongst themselves and with other leaders,” Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal told the media here. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghBut he hastened to clarify that “no formal meeting is, however, envisaged”. The SCO Ministerial meeting will take place in Kyrgyzstan on May 21-22. The economic and security grouping was founded at a summit in Shanghai in 2001 by the presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. India and Pakistan became its members in 2017. In September, India called off a meeting between Swaraj and Qureshi at the UN citing the release of postal stamps “glorifying” a Kashmiri militant by Pakistan as one of the reasons. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe Indo-Pak tensions escalated in recent months after a terror attack in Pulwama by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group that killed 40 CRPF soldiers on February 14 and a subsequent aerial strike by India on a JeM training camp in Balakot on February 26. On February 27, the Pakistan Air Force retaliated by unsuccessfully targeting several military installations in Jammu and Kashmir. In the dogfight, Pakistan downed a MiG-21 Bison jet and captured an IAF pilot, who was handed over to India on March 1. Faisal also alleged that India was “causing an arms race in the region”. “India has been trying to bring the region into an arms race. Let me say that an increase in the defence budget is not the sole determinant of a nation’s strength,” he said.last_img read more

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