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

Cape May County Recommends Campgrounds Delay Opening

first_imgAs part of the precautionary measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus in Cape May County, Health Officer Kevin Thomas is recommending that local campground owners and operators delay the opening of countywide campgrounds until May 11.“In the best interest of the patrons and residents, we are recommending campground owners and operators hold off opening local campgrounds until May 11, as a way to reduce and discourage the number of visitors to the county during this outbreak,” Thomas said in a press release.He continued, “I’m asking them to also advise out-of-state visitors to adhere to the Governor’s executive order and not travel to the shore at this time. Now is the time to remain vigilant by following the recommendations for social distancing and isolation.”The Cape May County Department of Health is working jointly with the Office of Emergency Management and all local partners along with the New Jersey Department of Health to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep residents safe.“I want to assure everyone that we are all working diligently to prevent the spread and flatten the curve to protect our residents. With 25 percent of our year-round residents over 65, we are talking about more than 23,000 people that fit within the ‘most vulnerable’ category,” said Freeholder Jeffrey Pierson, liaison to the County Health and Human Services Departments.He added, “It is imperative at this time that we make every effort to especially protect our aging population. We all must follow the CDC guidelines and practice social distancing and stay indoors. This is our individual obligation to stem the spread of this virus.”Due to the seasonal nature of the county’s tourism industry, most of the lodging sector does not open until closer to the middle of May.Businesses that remain open are urged to follow CDC recommendations for sanitizing common areas as well as limit the number of people gathering to 10.“The recommendations that are being made are difficult and will temporarily impact many of us, we ask for your understanding and cooperation for the good of all of our citizens,” Pierson said.Updated information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic can be found on the county webpage at www.capemaycountynj.gov. Cape May County’s coronavirus precautions include the campgrounds. (Photo courtesy of capemaycountynj.gov)last_img read more

Goodbye Winter

first_imgPut on some jean shorts and your bikini top, grab your downhill skis and head to your favorite resort to kiss winter goodbye with some spring skiing. Mountains all across the region will be hosting their end of season parties that include classics like pond skimming, rail jams, and the occasional bikini contest. Timberline’s Snowy Luau could be the best thanks to the parade of torch-baring skiers that descend the mountain like lava. Even if you can’t make one of these resort-sanctioned parties, you can still hold your own Viking-funeral to mourn the passing of winter.These end-of-season rituals are important. They give you a chance to say goodbye to your favorite liftees, throw one last bra on the “tree of debauchery,” and count your total number of days on the hill (my number is never as high as I want it). Spring is right around the corner and pretty soon we’ll all be drinking hefeweizens and planting herb gardens. But I say wallow in winter one last time. After a day of making turns on slush in 50 degree temps, head home and pop the cap on that big, burly winter beer you’ve been saving for the right occasion. Maybe it’s an imperial stout, or a gingerbread porter. For me, it’s a killer barleywine from Starr Hill — the Bandstand Barleywine, which is part of their limited All Access series of big beers.Starr Hill ages this beer in used bourbon barrels from Smooth Ambler in West Virginia. Barleywines are typically on the sweet side of things and always high in alcohol content, and Bandstand does not disappoint on either note. The beer is full of caramel and vanilla and boozy as hell, with a thick, almost slick mouthfeel. This is classic winter beer territory–the sort of thing that you only drink when you’re not worried about how your abs look at the beach.You can start doing crunches and eating carrot sticks next week. For now, enjoy the slush at the resort, and indulge in the dark side of beer one last time.last_img read more

Petrobras’ oil and gas production flat in May

first_imgBrazil’s Petrobras said that its oil and natural gas production, including natural gas liquids (NGL), was 2.67 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed) in May remaining flat for the second month in a row. The state-owned energy giant said that 2.57 million boed were produced in Brazil and 96 thousand boed were produced abroad.The production of natural gas in Brazil, excluding the liquefied volume, was 81.0 million cubic meters per day, 2.4 percent higher than the previous month.This increase is mainly due to the higher gas demand for thermoelectric generation in the state of Amazonas and the end of the maintenance stoppage of Peroá field platform in the Espirito Santo Basin.Natural gas production abroad was at 6.4 million cubic meters per day, 0.8 percent higher compared to the volumes recorded in the month of April, boosted by the higher gas demand in Bolivia, the company said.last_img read more

Paddy Power Betfair – Breon Corcoran leaves ‘fine-tuned machine’ for Peter Jackson

first_img Submit Taking on his last investor conference call as Paddy Power Betfair CEO, outgoing leader Breon Corcoran details that PPB’s executive team has achieved its enterprise year 2 ambition of securing ‘structural advantages’ within the firm’s enlarged operations.Closing a solid Q3 performance, in which PPB governance ups its 2017 year-end guidance to an EBITDA range of £450-465 million. Corcoran details that PPBs enlarged structure is beginning to function as a fine-tuned machine.Particularly pleasing to Corcoran has been the accelerated growth of its Sportsbet Australia division which grew 29% during the period. Sportsbet Australia is reported to have outranked legacy Australian betting operator Tabcorp in online wagering turnover for the first time.Corcoran would label Sportsbet Australia, as the group’s ‘shining star’ for its international ambitions, which further focuses on regulated European markets and US expansion projects.Closer to home PPB is on track to deliver its integrated group technology platform, led by Betfair development. The system is currently being tested on select Paddy Power customers, with PPB governance targeting a January 2018 rollout.Speaking to analysts Corcoran emphasises the ‘combined structural advantages’, that have been developed and embraced by PPB executives in order for the company to ‘enable future growth and overcome potential regulatory adversities’.Seeking to develop further assets beyond Paddy Power and Betfair, Corcoran states that combined group dynamics and efficiencies will aid PPB operations, international projects and group marketing.Questioned by analysts on PPB’s reaction to the UK government’s delayed decision on FOBTs wagering levels, Corcoran simply states that his views are in the ‘public domain’. As a betting industry leader, he was disappointed that the government did not deliver on long-term clarity and certainty for the industry on the divisive matter.Closing the Q3 conference call, Corcoran wished incoming Group CEO Peter Jackson and all Paddy Power Betfair executives good luck, stating that he was fan of the company and that he would be ‘cheering from the sidelines’. UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articleslast_img read more