Journalists targets of sickening and growing violence

first_img News Reporters Without Borders urged the authorities to do their utmost to investigate growing attacks and threats to journalists including one in which three men marched a journalist to a cemetery at gunpoint and tried to bury him alive.”It is essential that the instigators of these abuses should be punished so that journalists can again work in safety,” said the worldwide press freedom organisation.On 17 May 2005, Syed Monjur Morshed, editor and publisher of the English language bi-monthly The Horizon, was attacked by four men as he returned to his home in Gora near the capital Dhaka. They rushed at him and stabbed him in the abdomen with a knife. He was taken to hospital bleeding heavily and underwent an operation on 19 May.Security forces who were at the scene failed to intervene during the attack. Morshed therefore decided not to report the incident to the police, since it seemed pointless.He had received constant threats in the days leading up to the assault after he wrote an article in which he exposed fraud on the part of estate entrepreneur, Iqbal Sazzad. The journalist had also tipped off several major national dailies about the cases of embezzlement that, once revealed in the press, led to the agent’s arrest.Reporters Without Borders said it was deeply shocked by a sickening attack on GM Shahid, editor of the weekly Aparadh Barta and correspondent for the daily Dainik Khobor Patra, on 21 May in Rupganj, close to the capital.The journalist was returning home in the evening in a rickshaw when he was jumped by three men, who threatened him with a gun and stuck sticky tape on his mouth to prevent him from shouting for help. They marched him to a cemetery where they beat him with a hammer and tried to bury him alive.The journalist managed to fight back and to shout out, so that the three assailants finally fled leaving him there. It was only three hours later that local residents came to assist him and take him to a doctor where he received first aid. The attack was very probably linked to his work as a journalist.In Golachipa in the south of the country, Sumit Kumar Dutta, of the daily Dainik Ittefaq, received death threats from a criminal known in the area, Hye Gazi, angry at the journalist’s articles on his embezzlement in the area. Gazi also threatened other journalists if they wrote articles about his activities. Kumar Dutta reported the threats and asked for protection from the local authorities. Help by sharing this information News Organisation Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists BangladeshAsia – Pacific RSF_en May 26, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists targets of sickening and growing violence Receive email alerts BangladeshAsia – Pacific center_img February 22, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Bangladesh Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention News to go further February 26, 2021 Find out more RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage May 19, 2021 Find out more Newslast_img read more

Deadline for Riverfest’s new Busking Competition extended

first_imgNewsDeadline for Riverfest’s new Busking Competition extendedBy Staff Reporter – April 28, 2015 767 Previous articleFunding appeal for earthquake victimsNext articleJan to get Limerick kids running Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Calling Limerick’s Creative Kids! TAGSartsBuskers competitionDolansDolans Warehousegigsgreat limerick runlimerickmusicRed door productionsriverfest2015Steamboat music Advertisement Limerick Artist Receives Arts Council Next Generation Award worth €20,000 Belltable:Connect invites applications for Translating Live to Online Workshops this Autumn Facebook Mick Flannery’s Virtual Tour of Ireland in Dolan’s tonight Printcenter_img by Aoife [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THE deadline for application to the Busking Competition, , has been extended to Wednesday evening April 29.  The competition will host some of Limerick’s talented street musicians as they sing their hearts out, performing for some top quality prizes. Buskers will be located throughout Limerick’s pedestrianised streets, through designated pitches on Cruises street, Todds Bow, Chapel Street and Denmark Street. Music from the buskers will kick-off at 6pm on Sunday May 3, with judges visiting each pitch, adjudicating on performance, instrumental, vocal skills, passion and interaction with their audience. Two finalists will then be chosen to perform on stage at Upper Denmark Street, where the winner will be announced. Prizes include €500 worth of recording time with Red Door Productions, €750 worth of vouchers towards music equipment from Steamboat Music and opportunity to play in Limerick’s award winning music venue – Dolans Warehouse. To apply got to www.limerick.ie/festivals/riverfest/whatson/2015-05-03-riverfest-busking-competition to download an application form. Linkedin Twitter Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Post Show | Ham Sandwich Arts Council congratulates three Limerick artists on Covid-19 award WhatsApplast_img read more

High-Altitude Thrills Begin for Ocean City’s Air Show Weekend

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiAt exactly 12 noon Saturday, the spectators peered overhead and began pointing to what appeared to be three tiny white clouds that looked like fluffy cotton balls.As the seconds ticked away and the white objects moved closer to earth, it became clear that they were actually the billowing parachute canopies of three skydivers descending on the Ocean City Municipal Airport for its annual air festival.“That guy has a double one. Do you see it?” one woman excitedly asked her companion, referring to a skydiver who had two parachutes.Then two more skydivers were spotted, both whirling around in circles while releasing a patriotic-themed red, white and blue trail of smoke to entertain the crowds below.Spectators look overhead to watch the Team Fastrax skydivers perform their aerial stunts.After the first five parachutists had landed amid cheers and applause from the spectators, one more skydiver, Larry Compton, floated overhead, tethered to a gigantic American flag fluttering majestically in the wind.As he prepared to touch down, Compton fought some wind gusts while picking out his landing spot. The flag, 125 feet long and 63 feet high and weighing a whopping 200 pounds, dangled just below his feet.“It’s beautiful. I got to see the entire coast, all the way to Atlantic City,” Compton, 52, of Bowling Green Ky., said moments after he was welcomed on the ground by the cheering airport crowd.Compton and the other parachutists are part of the Fastrax professional skydiving team based in Middletown, Ohio. They were the highlight of the airport festival on Saturday, the first day of Ocean City’s Air Show Weekend.Team Fastrax is also one of the scheduled performers for Sunday’s air show. The Boardwalk Aerobatic Air Show will bring some of the best stunt pilots and aerobatic champions in the world for a spectacle over the beach and Boardwalk between Sixth Street and 14th Street beginning 1 p.m.Airplane buffs Bill and Linda Parker, of Galloway Township, take photos of a plane on the airport tarmac.Some of the spectators at Saturday’s airport festival said they planned to attend the air show on Sunday to make it a full weekend of aerobatic and skydiving thrills.“I like airplanes. Any airplanes,” Bill Parker, 85, a resident of Galloway Township, said while he was snapping photos of the planes lining the airport tarmac.“I just love it,” Parker’s 76-year-old wife, Linda, said of the air festival.An airplane buff from another generation, 10-year-old Sawyer Booth, marveled over an old Piper Cub. His father, Warren Booth, of Doylestown, Pa., said his son has developed a keen interest in aviation at such a young age.“Do you want to become a fighter pilot?” Booth asked his son.“Yeah, that or become an airline pilot,” Sawyer replied.Warren Booth, of Doylestown, Pa., and his 10-year-old son, Sawyer, stop to admire an old plane.A love of planes, it seems, runs in the blood in the Booth family. Warren Booth, 44, who has a summer home in Ocean City, is a pilot for JetBlue Airways. He learned to fly in 1996 by mastering the types of small planes now admired by his son.“I want to fly the sleeker, more maneuverable planes,” Sawyer said.“Yes, we’re a couple of airplane geeks,” Warren Booth said, smiling.Glen Mills, Pa., residents Susan and Roger Church, who were celebrating their 28th wedding anniversary Saturday, stopped on the airport tarmac to check out a 1941 Waco biplane operated by Red Baron Air Tours.The Churches, who have a summer home in Ocean City, peeked inside the open cockpit of the historic red plane and thought about taking a ride with the Red Baron pilot.“We love the Red Baron. We see this plane flying over our house all the time,” Roger Church said.The Churches decided not to take one of the quick excursion flights that Red Baron was offering on Saturday during the festival, but promised to be back in a few weeks for a longer trip in the biplane.“See you in October,” Roger Church called out to the Red Baron pilot.Susan and Roger Church, of Glen Mills, Pa., peer inside the cockpit of a 1941 Waco biplane operated by Red Baron Air Tours.Aircraft Contest Winners:Best of Show: Dave Shuster1946-1955 Classic: Joe Flood1955-1970 Contemporary: Scott ClarkCustom Built: Hobart SanzoPeople’s Choice: Nelson BakerBest of Show aircraft winner Dave Shuster, center, is joined by Ocean City Municipal Airport manager Todd Dwyer, Little Miss Ocean City Stevie Wright, Miss Ocean City Megan Keenan and Junior Miss Ocean City Julia Wilson.Antique Car and Truck Contest Winners:Pre-War: 1929 Stutz, Robert Praetoris of Petersburg, N.J.Post-War: 1957 Ford Thunderbird, Nick Careyote, of Columbus, N.J.Drivers Choice: 1935 Chevy Hot Rod, Ted Gooding, Galloway Township, N.J.Remote-Controlled Aircraft:People’s Choice: F-86 Sabre Jet, Bob Haldis* Additional highlight photos can be seen on our Facebook page. Skydiver Larry Compton prepares to touch down at Ocean City Municipal Airport while tethered to a gigantic American flag.last_img read more

Heung-Min Son gives Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino food for thought

first_imgBoss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Heung-Min Son charmed his new Tottenham colleagues with Korean food ahead of his matchwinning display in Sunday’s 1-0 Premier League defeat of Crystal Palace. Son, signed towards the end of the summer transfer window for a reported £22million from Bayer Leverkusen, concluded a fine week by scoring the only goal of the game, in the 68th minute, to seal victory against Palace just four days after his first two goals for the club in their 3-1 Europa League win over FK Qarabag. His purpose and confidence had provided Tottenham’s biggest threat, at least until the introduction of substitute Christian Eriksen, though the manager will likely be concerned at Harry Kane’s latest struggles to score. “For us after playing Thursday in the Europa League it was a tough game but we played well and fully deserved the win,” Pochettino said. “Son scored twice in the week and now again, the performance was fantastic, the energy he showed was amazing and for that I think the supporters are very happy with him. “Son is a player that we followed for a long time, he can play No 9, 10, 7, 11, all different attacking positions, when you sign a player like this it is big. I’m happy because he scored three goals now in two victories and I’m very pleased with him. “Maybe you can’t see, he is a very friendly guy, after one week with the team he brought very good korean food to the training ground, and showed he is a humble, friendly guy. He also had some Japanese, Chinese. I had a big dish, I liked it a lot.” Concerns persist that Son will prove too lightweight to have a long-term future in English football but his desire and athleticism highlighted the qualities that would have tempted Pochettino, a manager whose preference is for a high-tempo, aggressively-pressing style of football, to bring him to White Hart Lane. “His character is to run a lot, I wanted to sign him because of his profile, he has energy, can press high with a high tempo,” the manager said. “The way we play, we dominated the game, more than 60 per cent of the ball, more chances than the opponent. I’m very pleased, we gave a big effort. The players showed very good energy after a tough game against Qarabag.” Pochettino’s visiting manager Alan Pardew, meanwhile, explained that his decision to substitute Wilfried Zaha at half-time, in place of Fraizer Campbell, was inspired by the forward’s lack of desire. “I didn’t think Wilf played very well to be honest,” he said. “The issue with Wilf is that he is a fabulous footballer. I am trying to get him to understand that every game, every moment in every game, is very, very important. “It is about concentration, and having that same desire, to defend, to attack, movement and everything, that top players produce. “He had 45 minutes to show me he was up to speed on all of those areas. And he wasn’t. So therefore he needs to take that away and be a lesson. “He’s not the first player, by any stretch of the imagination, who didn’t do their job. He was perhaps unlucky to be taken off, because one or two others were just below their level. But he was probably the worst of the pack.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Blast at president rally in central Afghanistan kills at least 24

first_imgKabul: At least 24 people have been killed and 32 wounded after a suicide blast outside a campaign rally being held by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in central Parwan province on Tuesday, a hospital official said. “The toll includes women and children,” Parwan hospital director Dr Abdul Qasim Sangin told AFP. Interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said the bomber had been on a motorbike and had detonated at the first checkpoint leading to the rally. Ghani was unhurt. The toll emerged as a second blast rocked central Kabul, the latest to hit the Afghan capital, with an interior ministry official stating he would give more details later.last_img read more