Escalation in threat campaigns against Indian journalists

first_img IndiaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expressionUnited Nations Organisation March 3, 2021 Find out more to go further News Indian journalist wrongly accused of “wantonly” inaccurate reporting April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 Follow the news on India Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by a campaign of death threats against well-known anti-establishment TV journalist Ravish Kumar by trolls linked to the Hindu nationalist right, which has escalated dramatically in the past month, a year ahead of general elections. The escalation in harassment of TV journalist Ravish Kumar coincided with the publication of his book The Free Voice (photos: Speaking Tiger Publishing). center_img News RSF_en India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media IndiaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expressionUnited Nations May 30, 2018 Escalation in threat campaigns against Indian journalists It would seem from Ravish Kumar’s revelations last week that fear is now an integral part of the life of outspoken journalists in India. The NDTV anchor reported on 24 May that the threats he has been getting on his phone since 2015 have increased sharply in number and virulence since the end of April. “It is all well organized and has political sanction,” he told The Hindu newspaper. He said the latest threats included a video message from a former member of the military who said he would shoot Kumar in his office. A message from a person claiming to be a member of the Bajrang Dal, a right-wing Hindu nationalist youth group, included details of Kumar’s home address and the route he takes to go to work, and threatened to rape the women in his family as well as kill him. The many complaints that Kumar has filed with the police in Ghaziabad and Greater Kailash, in the outskirts of New Delhi, have had no effect. “Everything must be done to protect Ravish Kumar,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “It is also high time that the Indian government took concrete measures to stop these waves of threats against journalists who dare to question the authorities. These insidious mass intimidation methods foster a noxious climate of self-censorship that undermines the foundations of Indian democracy. By supporting these actions, the ruling party bears a heavy responsibility in the decline in press freedom in India.” “Republic of Fear” The start of this wave of threats against Kumar coincided clearly with the publication of his book, The Free Voice, in which he describes the disturbing decline in the Indian media since Narendra Modi became prime minister in 2014. He writes that the “new India” has become of “Republic of Fear” with the help of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s “IT cell” and its troll army. In the eyes of these BJP “goons,” as he calls them, any critical coverage of the government is anti-Modi, anti-Hindu and anti-national, and must be met with death threats. This is exactly what happened to Rana Ayyub, a freelance woman journalist who was the target of an unprecedented harassment campaign in April. After RSF referred the case to Agnès Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, she and four other UN special rapporteurs issued a joint statement last week calling on the Indian authorities to protect Ayyub. But so far nothing has been done, so RSF wrote today to Prime Minister Modi urging him to take the necessary action and to do everything to identify those responsible for this mass harassment. Nightmare Any kind of journalist can now be the target of hate and threat campaigns. Life for film critic Aparna Prasanthi in southern India became a nightmare after she panned Naa Peru Surya, Naa Illu India, a film released at the start of May that lauds nationalist feelings. Her Facebook account was flooded with rape and death threats after her review was published. India is ranked 138th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index, two places lower than last year. Receive email alerts News News February 23, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

‘Widows’ Paradise’ to be first play in Cross Hall for 30 years

first_imgTICKETS are selling fast for the hilarious play ‘Widows’ Paradise’ which will be staged in the Cross Hall, Killygordon on Friday 4th, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th of November.This three-act comedy by Sam Cree features a cast entirely made up of locals, most of whom are new to the stage and all proceeds will go towards the Christmas lights for the Cross.Priced at €10/€8, tickets can be purchased at the parochial hall on 20th, 24th, 25th, 31st of October and 1st of November between 6 and 7 pm each night. Tickets are also available in all shops, bars and cafe in the village. Almost 30 years since the last play in the area, this farcical comedy is set in the 70s and the action takes place in a seaside caravan with five ladies embarking on a strictly Women Only holiday.All goes well until a case of ‘mistaken caravan’ puts five males into the mix – can the widowers cope with the male invasion or will all hell break loose? Directed by Kathleen Browne and Paddy Mc Menamin, both from Ballybofey, this is certainly a show not to be missed.The cast is Dean Gillespie (Harry), Majella Sweeney (Ruby), Olivia Kelly (Lucy), Jessica Kelly (Sylvia), Jacinta McCarron (Vanessa), Eloise Gillespie (Rachael), Maurice O’Donnell (Ernie), John Kelly, Dromore (John), Troy Devaney (Wilfred) and Aidan Mullan (Alan).‘Widows’ Paradise’ to be first play in Cross Hall for 30 years was last modified: October 17th, 2016 by StephenShare 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

Giants-Rockies preview: Williamson reportedly set to return after another hot streak

first_imgDENVER — At the end of a long and challenging spring training, Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi elected to designate outfielder Mac Williamson for assignment.The decision marked the probable end of the road for Williamson in the Giants’ organization, as the 2012 third round draft pick was placed on waivers and available to be claimed by 29 other clubs.Each franchise passed on the opportunity.Six weeks later, Williamson is set to rejoin the Giants as Alex Pavlovic of NBC …last_img

D’Angelo Russell’s return no help to Warriors in Charlotte

first_imgRussell played 25 minutes and did most of his damage in the first half, scoring 15 points. He started to heat up in the second quarter, scoring eight points on three straight possessions. He beat Devonte Graham with a quick drive from the wing and drew a foul for a three-point play, knocked down a 3 from the top of the key and then scored on another drive down the middle of the lane to help the Warriors claw back to within four at halftime.Russell said he felt fine physically on the floor.“I felt solid from the jump,” Russell said.Eric Paschall finished with 16 points and has now scored in double figures in 12 consecutive games, the longest such streak by a Warriors rookie since Klay Thompson posted a 14-game streak with double-digit points from April 4-26, 2012. Paschall leads all rookies this season with 380 total points.Graham made 10 of 16 3-pointers and scored 33 points to lead the Hornets. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — D’Angelo Russell returned to the Warriors lineup on Wednesday and led the team in scoring.What he couldn’t prevent was the Warriors’ fourth loss on their current five-game trip.The Charlotte Hornets beat the Warriors 106-91 to sweep the season series. Russell, who missed the past nine games with a thumb sprain, led the Warriors (4-19) with 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting. The Warriors also got Draymond Green (heel) back after he sat out Monday against Atlanta.“Well, he looked good,” coach Steve Kerr said of Russell. “Looked better in the first half than the second. I think he got a little tired maybe in the second half but he had it going and he is a naturally gifted scorer and playmaker. I think that he will be fine, and it won’t take him too long.” Graham also dished out nine assists and had seven rebounds for the Hornets (9-14), who stopped a two-game slide. Backcourt mate Terry Rozier added 25 points, seven assists and seven rebounds as the Hornets built a 19-point, second-half lead and hung on.Graham is averaging 20.8 points and 7.7 assists this season, helping to fill the scoring load that was created when three-time All-Star Kemba Walker signed with the Boston Celtics.Graham said his growth is about opportunity and confidence.“The coaches have a lot of confidence in me and we sit and watch film and we talk, and they just say all good things about me and tell me they want me to have the ball in my hands and making plays,” Graham said. “It gives me that confidence to go out and play that way.”Alec Burks added 15 points for the Warriors, his fifth consecutive game with at least 15 points.• The Warriors have lost six consecutive road games.• Charlotte hit 21 of 48 from 3-point range, tied for the fourth-most 3-point field goals ever in a regular-season game against the Warriors.• The Warriors are now 0-8 this season when scoring fewer than 100 points, which they’ve done in three consecutive games.last_img read more

Soft Tissue Fossil Treasure Trove Found in China

first_imgLive Science announced a major new fossil find in China with some 20,000 fossils.  It was found in a 50-foot thick layer of limestoneThe fossils are exceptionally well-preserved, with more than half of them completely intact, including soft tissues.  Apparently they were protected across the ages by mats of microbes that rapidly sealed their bodies off from decay after death….    Ninety percent of the fossils are bug-like creatures, such as crustaceans, millipedes and horseshoe crabs.  Fish make up 4 percent, including the “living fossil” known as the coelacanth, which is still alive today nearly 250 million years later.  Snails, bivalves (creatures including clams and oysters), squid-like belemnoids, nautilus-like ammonoids and other mollusks make up about 2 percent of the fossils.Other major fossils found include marine reptiles and “dolphin-bodied ichthyosaurs” (see photo accompanying the article with amazing detail evident).  Reporter Charles Q. Choi did not elaborate on whether the “soft tissues” included original material or, more likely, impressions of anatomical parts in rock.  The site, named the Luoping Site, is in southwest China.Once again, a fossil graveyard is found, indicating rapid burial and exquisite preservation.  What they didn’t mention about coelacanth is that it is a classic living fossil that was thought to have gone extinct at the end of the Cretaceous (65 million years ago), only to be found in 1938 swimming comfortably off the coast of South Africa.  And that’s not the only case of so-called “Lazarus taxa,” rising from the dead.  Who can really believe that (1) coelacanths never left another fossil for 65 million years, and (2) the soft tissues in these fossils were never disturbed for 250 million years?    Evolutionists keep the fogma machines (05/14/2007) running to distract the real message of the bones.  They bring in imaginary dinosaur feathers, slowly migrating continents, mass extinctions and hundreds of millions of years.  If we had not been so brainwashed into accepting this weird stretched-out chronology founded by Sir Lyell Lot and his cronies, we would laugh at such notions.  Look past the Darwin promissory notes (06/26/2010, 02/24/2010) and reckless drafts on the bank of time (07/02/2007), and let the collateral earn its own interest.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Severe air turbulence could triple due to climate change

first_imgThe chances of being tossed around an aircraft cabin by severe turbulence could triple in coming years due to climate change, a new study has found.The study by University of Reading researcher Dr Paul Williams is the first to examine the impact of climate change on turbulence and the results should make even the most brazen of passengers buckle up.Although technology that allows aircraft to detect unexpected turbulence has improved, clear air turbulence remains difficult to distinguish and there are still incidents where passengers and cabin crew are injured.It is already estimated to cost US carriers $US200 million annually and Increased turbulence has implications for aircraft insurers and for the efficiency of airline operations.The study, published in the journal Advances in Atmospheric Sciences, used super computer simulations to look at how a doubling of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere would affect wintertime turbulence levels on trans-Atlantic routes at about 39,000ft. it said that level of CO2 was widely expected to occur later this century.The results showed the average amount of light turbulence in the atmosphere will increase by 59 per cent with light-to-moderate turbulence rising by 75 per cent, moderate by 94 per cent, moderate-to-severe by 127 per cent and severe by 149 per cent.The reason for this, according to the study, is that climate change is generating stronger wind shears within the jet stream and that these are a major cause of turbulence.“Our new study paints the most detailed picture yet of how aircraft turbulence will respond to climate change,’’ Williams said.“For most passengers, light turbulence is nothing more than an annoying inconvenience that reduces their comfort levels, but for nervous fliers even light turbulence can be distressing.“However, even the most seasoned frequent fliers may be alarmed at the prospect of a 149 per cent increase in severe turbulence, which frequently hospitalises air travellers and flight attendants around the world.”Williams said his priority now was to investigate other flight routes around the world.“We also need to investigate the altitude and seasonal dependence of the changes, and to analyse different climate models and warming scenarios to quantify the uncertainties,” he said.Conservative estimates show the busy North Atlantic flight corridor experiences about 790 turbulence encounters a year resulting in 687 minor and 38 serious injuries to flight attendants as well as 120 minor and 17 serious injuries to passengers.However, the Reading researchers believe actual injury rates are higher with other estimates indicating that there are over 63,000 encounters with moderate-or-greater turbulence and 5,000 encounters with severe-or-greater turbulence annually.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast – October 21, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rain totals from our front later today through tomorrow.A strong cold front is working its way into the area today. Any sunshine this morning will be replaced quickly by clouds in the west, but may last longer in the eastern part of Ohio. Rain arrives in western Ohio early this afternoon, and slowly we see it work eastward. However, the eastern half of Ohio may not see anything until after sunset tonight. the moisture continues to move through overnight and into tomorrow. Western areas likely see clouds break up in the afternoon, but clouds and moisture hold over eastern Ohio on through until closer to sunset. Rain totals from this event will be from .25″-1.25″ over 100% of Ohio.Sunny, cooler and drier for Wednesday and Thursday. As mentioned some parts of western Ohio may actually see that tomorrow afternoon, but it will be limited to the western half to third of the state.On Friday we have a minor trough sagging through that may brings some light rain. WE can see a few hundredths to a few tenths from I-70 northward, but that action falls apart as we move toward sunset, leaving southern Ohio without. WE will be partly sunny and dry on Saturday.The remains of a tropical system will be working through the Deep South late this week, and on Sunday some of that moisture lifts into the eastern corn belt. Right now we will put a few showers in our forecast for Sunday, but the amount and duration really depends on the track and strength of the storm remains.Dry Monday-Tuesday and the first part of Wednesday. Next Wednesday afternoon our next front is on the way, and may bring scattered shower for overnight Wednesday into next Thursday.last_img read more

Beermen hold off Picanto behind Fajardo’s 41 points

first_imgPBA IMAGESJune Mar Fajardo was unstoppable in the fourth quarter and San Miguel Beer edged Kia, 118-112, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.The reigning three-time MVP scored 20 of his 41 points in the final frame as the Beermen bolstered their bid for a top four finish after climbing to 6-3.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight La Salle outguns NU for 2-0 start Read Next Johnson fired 42 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists to offset his 10 turnovers but the Picanto just had no answer for Fajardo as they dropped their 10th consecutive game. Fajardo came two points shy of matching his career-high he set in a loss to Alaska in the 2016 Philippine Cup.Terrence Watson added a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds while Chris Ross collected 15 points, six assist and five steals for the Beermen, who trailed by six at the end of the third period.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 shutoutThe Picanto had lost their first nine games but played nothing like a winless team against the Grand Slam-seeking Beermen.Kia, led by its explosive import Geron Johnson, kept itself in the game until Alex Cabagnot made a layup to put San Miguel ahead by six, 116-110, with only 15 seconds left. View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending 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 Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

CWG, Asiad gold medallists Ashwini Akkunji and Priyanka Panwar fail dope test

first_imgThe doping scandal in Indian athletics grew in proportion on Monday with two more athletes, including the country’s new golden girl Ashwini Akkunji, testing positive for anabolic steroids hours before the departure for Japan for the Asian Championships.Apart from Akkunji, quartermiler Priyanka Panwar also returned positive for anabolic steroids in the dope tests conducted on June 27 by NADA at NIS Patiala, taking the tally of dope offenders to eight in the last few days.The development is all the more shocking as Akkunji, who had won gold in Commonwealth and Asian Games last year, and Panwar were to leave for Japan for July 7-11 Asian Championships by an 11:30 pm flight from Delhi along with 35 other athletes.Athletics Federation of India has provisionally suspended both the athletes pending a hearing by a NADA disciplinary panel.”It is sad to announce that two more athletes — Ashwini Akkunji and Priyanka Panwar — tested positive for anabolic steroids. We have provisionally suspended them. Next, they will be called for ‘B’ sample tests and then the necessary procedure will be followed,” Dogra told reporters.Akkunji and Panwar were named in the 4x400m relay team for the Asian Championships and Dogra said two other athletes in the 37-member team will take their places.”We cannot send any replacement of the two athletes now but we will field a relay team in Japan. Two other athletes (besides Tintu Luka and Mrudula Korada) from the team will run in the relay,” he said.Both Akkunji and Priyanka tested positive for metabolites of methandienone, which were found in the samples of other CWG and Asian Games gold-winning relay quartet members Mandeep Kaur and Sini Jose as well another qaurtermiler Jauna Murmu.advertisementAnother qaurtermiler Tiana Mary Thomas had tested positive for anabolic steroid epimethandiol.Long Jumper Hari Krishnan Muralidharan and shot putter Sonia were the other athletes who have tested positive in the last few days.Interestingly, Akkunji and Priyanka’s dope flunk came from the tests on 30 samples conducted by NADA for the Asian Championships bound athletes on the request of AFI.Ashwini was a member of the 400m relay quartet that won gold in the Commonwealth Games. She had returned with two gold in the Asian Games, winning the yellow metal in 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay.Panwar’s best international result was the bronze she won in the South Asian Federation Games in Dhaka last year. She had won a bronze in the 100m sprint in the National Games in Ranchi in February. She made it to the relay team after finishing fourth in the National Inter-state meet in Bangalore.With the dope flunk of Akkunji, three members of the Indian 4x400m relay quartet that won gold in the Commonwealth and Asian Games last year have tested positive.Mandeep Kaur and Sini Jose had returned positive for the anabolic substances in the tests conducted by IAAF on May 25 and by NADA during the National Inter-state Meet in Bangalore this month respectively. Only Manjeet Kaur remained out of the dope net.There had been speculation that Akkunji and Panwar could test positive as they shared the same vitamin supplements used by Mandeep and Sini.Today’s dope results will further put Ukrainian coach Yuri Ogrodonik under the scanner as he is the coach of the 400m and 400m relay teams with two other Indians.Mandeep, Sini and Murmu had said that they had used vitamin supplements bought from the market on the recommendation of their coach and without approval from the AFI.Stating that the food supplements could be the reason behind their dope flunk, they had written to the AFI Anti-Doping Committee to test the supplements.Earlier in the day, Sini Jose also demanded that the vitamin supplements be tested by the NADA.”We want the vitamin supplements to be tested. I have not taken any banned substance knowingly. I will prove that I am innocent,” said Sini who was here to receive the letter notifying that her ‘A’ sample had tested positive.The ‘B’ sample tests of all the five athletes who had tested positive on June 30 will be done of Wednesday.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Several vehicles from Tata Motors to be launched by 2020

first_imgTata Nexon compact SUVTata Motors, which has been facing troubled times in the past, except for the success of Jaguar Land Rover sales, is now looking at a makeover for itself. The company has not launched any new products for a while, and with the Zest now, it aims to bring on an onslaught. With contribution from Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), Tata Motors will look to enter new segments as well as phase out some of its existing products, as per their vision till 2020.Tata Motors aims to launch two new products every year till 2020, a move which has already been initiated with the Zest. Similar to Tata Zest, the Bolt (hatchback) will also be launched later this year. Zest is a sub-4 metre compact sedan with cutting edge design and technology, built to compete against heavyweights Honda Amaze, Maruti Swift DZire and Hyundai Xcent.Girish Wagh, Senior Vice President, Program planning & Project Management said, “We have a clear plan, either there will be a product intervention on the existing product or it will get repositioned, or some of the products will get phased out. From customers perspective, it should be almost new products.” He further explained that Tata Motors was looking to enter into segments where it had been lacking presence in the past. Models launched would be a mix of new products, mid-cycle enhancements, facelifts etc.    Known for building a majority of Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs), Tata Motors’s future products will include a mix of compact SUVs with traditional ones. The Nexon, a futuristic compact SUV showcased at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo, can be expected either later this year or early 2015. Giving information about this segment, Mr. Wagh said, “You will see a lot of action in the SUV segment. In UVs over the last two years, customers have migrated from traditional SUVs to soft roaders or on-roaders, and that has doubled the market for the segment.”advertisementThe comp[any recognises that perception of its brand is definitely an issue in India, which will be addressed strongly. To change this perception, Pratap Bose, Head of Design for Tata Motors said that with the design perspective in mind, his team and himself are working very hard. But with the current crop of competition, we are quite sure that this journey will not be easy.last_img read more