Journalist gunned down in Rawalpindi, TV station attacked in Quetta

first_img April 21, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Pakistan January 26, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist gunned down in Rawalpindi, TV station attacked in Quetta Reporters Without Borders urges the Pakistani authorities to adopt energetic measures following the murder of a journalist and an attack on a privately-owned TV station in the past 48 hours. On 24 January, Aamir Wakil, 40, a married man with four children, was murdered close to his home in Rawalpindi, near Islamabad. Today, an angry crowd ransacked the studios of Samaa TV in the southwestern city of Quetta.The press freedom organisation offers its condolences to Wakil’s family and colleagues, including his brother Kamal Asfar, who is also a journalist.“We strongly condemn Wakil’s murder,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Although there is so far no evidence that it was linked to his work as a journalist, we call for the deployment of additional resources for the investigation and the prosecution of those responsible. Similarly, the authorities must consider new measures to protect privately-owned media after the attack on Samaa TV in Quetta.”The press freedom organisation added: “If the climate of violence is not quickly brought under control, the government will not be able to say it is doing everything possible to ensure that Pakistani journalists can work in free and safe environment.”Three journalists have been killed in Pakistan since the start of January, while seven were killed last year, making it the deadliest country in the world for the media after Iraq.Wakil, who worked for Awami Inqilab (People’s Revolution), a regional daily based in Kohat, south of Peshawar, was shot in the back, near the neck. “He was just a few metres from his home when he was killed,” his brother, Kamal Asfar, told Reporters Without Borders.“Aamir told me two hours before he was murdered that he had received threats from unidentified persons,” Asfar said. “It was a targeted murder. I do not think the authorities did it. His killers were not government people.”Rawalpindi-based journalists told Reporters Without Borders that Wakil was a “professional journalist” and that “there was no rivalry.” Their comments contradicted initial claims by the police that Wakil’s murder was linked to “personal disputes.” The National Union of Journalists of Pakistan has begun its own investigation in an attempt to identify the motives.The police officer in charge of the investigation said he had questioned a witness and was confident the killer would be arrested. The police are also investigating the murder of a young man in the same neighbourhood on the same day. The other victim was killed by two unidentified individuals who tried to take his money and mobile phone.Today’s attack on Samaa TV’s premises in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, was carried out by a crowd that was angered by the murder of a local politician. The Samaa TV bureau chief told Reporters Without Borders the protesters fire shots and threw stones at the building, damaging a vehicle and equipment. Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists RSF_en PakistanAsia – Pacific News to go further News News June 2, 2021 Find out more On 24 January, Aamir Wakil, 40, a married man with four children, was murdered close to his home in Rawalpindi, near Islamabad. Today, an angry crowd ransacked the studios of Samaa TV in the southwestern city of Quetta. PakistanAsia – Pacific Organisation January 28, 2021 Find out more Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfirelast_img read more

CUNA partners with FASB for Dec. 19 CECL webinar

first_img CUNA will partner with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) for a Dec. 19 webinar on the current expected credit loss (CECL) standard, one of several CECL implementation workshops hosted by credit union organizations. FASB recently approveddelaying CECL implementation for credit unions to January 2023.CECL is a new accounting standard that uses an “expected loss” measurement for the recognition of credit losses.The CECL Implementation Workshops are a series of 90-to 120-minute interactive sessions presented by FASB staff experts at various conferences and other venues around the country. The workshops focus on credit loss reserve estimation techniques, including the weighted average remaining maturity (WARM) method, answers to frequently asked questions and other common implementation issues credit unions may face.The California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues will also conduct a workshop Oct. 28 at its REACH 2019 Conference. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img CUNAlast_img read more

Men’s basketball: Wanting even more, Wisconsin seeks second championship with Big Ten tournament title

first_imgAfter a 28-3 record and the program’s first Big Ten regular season championship since 2008, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team is out to accomplish their next goal: a Big Ten Tournament title.The tournament kicks off Wednesday afternoon, but the Badgers will have a double bye as the No. 1 overall seed. The double bye comes as a result of this Big Ten Tournament being the first with 14 teams.UW’s first game will be Friday morning against the winner of No. 8 Illinois and No. 9 Michigan.This tournament not only serves as a final tune-up for Wisconsin as they head into the NCAA Tournament hoping for a return trip to the Final Four, but also as a way to secure their position as the best team in the Big Ten.A regular season championship is nice, but for redshirt senior guard Josh Gasser, it is not enough to be considered the best team in the conference.“There are two champions, so you don’t really want to split it,” Gasser said. “We would like to win this one by ourselves, but that’s a tough thing to do. It’s going to be a tough journey.”But tough may be an understatement. Since senior guard Traevon Jackson went out with a foot injury, Gasser and the rest of the UW starters have had to log plenty of minutes as a result of the lack of depth and production off the bench.The starters for Wisconsin have all played at least 30 minutes each in 11 of the team’s last 13 games. The two games they didn’t were double-digit wins over Ohio State last Sunday and Northwestern on Feb. 7.Now, with postseason tournaments and playing multiple games in a short amount of time, those minutes may start to catch up to the players. However, Gasser, who holds the Wisconsin record for most minutes played at 4,411, says this team knows how to take care of their bodies and will be ready for the challenge.“The national championship is in four weeks, so if we can’t handle four more weeks, then we don’t deserve it,” Gasser said. “We’re young kids, and we can play hard every night if we need to. We are taking care of our bodies, resting a lot and doing all the little things like that to make sure we are okay.”An impressive showing in the tournament, with a little bit of outside help, could assist in Wisconsin landing a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. The No. 1 seed would be the first in UW basketball history and help the Badgers avoid a potential matchup with undefeated Kentucky in the Midwest Regional Final.However, according to senior forward and Big Ten Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky, that No. 1 seed is not exactly what is on this team’s mind.“We are just trying to go out there and win,” Kaminsky said. “We are not playing for a No. 1 seed, we are playing to win a championship.“We just want to make the tournament,” he joked. “I think we have made a strong case to make the tournament so far.”The Badgers have made quite the case, as their 2014-15 campaign could end up as the best campaign ever by a Wisconsin team.A majority of the players on this team have played and grown together over the years, and to be the best Wisconsin team ever is something that is definitely on their minds.But this team isn’t going out and playing well just to be considered the best.“We just want to be good for each other and we take good pride in that,” junior forward Sam Dekker said. “We want to win for each other, and if we end up doing that, then I think we could be regarded as the best team ever at Wisconsin. But we aren’t going to look right now at ourselves as the best ever. We still have a lot of work to do.”Dekker ended up putting it even more simply, as nine straight wins and a national championship will be the ultimate criteria if this team is going to consider themselves the best.“You’re not the best ever if you lose,” he said.The Badgers will continue their journey to be the best Friday, with tip-off for their first Big Ten Tournament game scheduled for 11 a.m. at the United Center in Chicago against either Illinois or Michigan.Potential matchups for Wisconsin:Quarterfinals – 11 a.m. Friday, ESPN: (8) Illinois, (9) MichiganSemifinals – Noon Saturday, CBS : (4) Purdue, (5) Iowa, (12) Nebraska, (13) Penn StateFinals – 2:30 p.m. Sunday, CBS: (2) Maryland, (3) Michigan State, (6) Ohio State, (7) Indiana, (10) Northwestern, (11) Minnesota, (14) Rutgerslast_img read more