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Bangladeshi reporter beaten nearly to death after covering local corruption

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first_imgBangladesh is ranked 151st out of 180 countries and territories in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. May 19, 2021 Find out more Disturbing level of violence Follow the news on Bangladesh Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention July 6, 2020 Bangladeshi reporter beaten nearly to death after covering local corruption BangladeshAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses CorruptionCovid19Violence News Members of the Bangladesh Ansar paramilitary group attacked photojournalist Rubel Rashid and broke his camera when he tried to photograph a scuffle between them and people seeking Covid-19 tests at Mugda General Hospital in Dhaka last week. Joyeeta Roy, another photographer, fled the scene when she was also attacked. “The UP chairman was angry that my son had published a report about his corruption and nepotism, and that’s why he orchestrated the attack,” he told RSF. Mial was arrested on the evening of 4 July but was released on bail yesterday. News News to go further February 26, 2021 Find out more Shariful Alam Chowdhury was taken in a critical state to Cumilla Medical Hospital (photo: The Daily Star). Newscenter_img Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists RSF_en “We call on the judges of the Cumilla court in charge of this case to do everything possible to ensure that the instigator of this unacceptable attack is tried and punished, along with the perpetrators,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “The level of violence targeting reporters in Bangladesh is reaching disturbing levels. We remind Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government of the urgency of overhauling the country’s legislation, including adopting a mechanism for protecting journalists.” They dragged him outside and proceeded to beat him with steel bars, machetes and hammers. At least seven of them took care to ensure that both of his arms and legs were broken in several places. After they left, he was taken to a hospital in the city of Cumilla where his condition has not yet stabilized. Help by sharing this information BangladeshAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses CorruptionCovid19Violence Receive email alerts Chowdhury’s parents and sister also sustained several injuries when they tried to intervene during the beating. When contacted by RSF, his father said the beating was clearly carried out at the behest of Shahjahan Mial, the chairman of the “union parishad” (village council) in the village of Darera. RSF and four other international and Bangladeshi organizations that defend the freedom to inform addressed an open letter to the prime minister last month in response to the surge in attacks on journalists. February 22, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the judicial authorities in the city of Cumilla, in eastern Bangladesh, to ensure that all those responsible for the severe beating that newspaper reporter Shariful Chowdhury received on the apparent orders of a village official are brought to justice. A reporter for the local Daily Samakal newspaper, Shariful Alam Chowdhury was nearly killed by the ten thugs who arrived at his home in Muradnagar, on the outskirts of Cumilla, 100 km east of Dhaka, at around midday on 4 July. RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage Organisation last_img read more

Pullela Gopichand: Tough scheduling reason for PV Sindhu’s recent troubles

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first_imgAdvertisement 7fnrrNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2medWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ebp0a( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) xpy7cWould you ever consider trying this?😱4xm84dCan your students do this? 🌚6iRoller skating! Powered by Firework The shuttler earned the World Championship title back in August but has been putting on a disappointing performance ever since. Sindhu has only been able to put up a fight in the French Open tournament, but Badminton coach Pullela Gopichand believes it is due to her tight schedule. Advertisement The badminton player has not been able to hold up against her opponents after the World Championship tournament. Her early exits from the championships have raised questions, to which coach Gopichand has responded. He gave a brief about her schedule ever since the World Championship ended. Sindhu has been flying to Denmark, France, Korea and China to participate in tournaments, while at the same time preparing for the upcoming Tokyo 2020. The hectic schedule has taken a toll on her, but Gopichand is sure that the country will witness World No 1 Sindhu in her zone again at the Tokyo 2020. Advertisement Other players, apart from Sindhu, are also preparing for the Olympics. He has reason to believe that every sports person representing India can bring back a medal to the country. Having been a fan of cricket ever since he was a child, he is extremely excited for the D/N Test match, that is to Kickstart at the Eden Gardens on Friday. He and Sindhu will be among the many players who will be felicitated at the event. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

SAN FELIPE STAKES QUOTES – SATURDAY MARCH 12, 2016

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first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES MIKE SMITH, DANZING CANDY, WINNER: “He warmed up great, he was on his toes. Our game plan was to put him on the lead unless he didn’t jump out of there well. We didn’t want to experiment. We wanted to play our hand, right off the bat. Let’s go to the lead and if they want to go with us, we’ll be probably be going too fast and if that’s the case, that’s the case. We were going to worry about it next time.“We did it. I left there very aggressive and he didn’t get away with anything. If you go twenty-two on this track today, you’re smokin’. And for him to hold off the caliber of horses he held off, was very impressive.“In the mornings we’ve been schooling with him and it doesn’t seem to be bothering him at all. I was pretty impressed with the caliber he showed today and the numbers that he put up. He’s flashy in the afternoon. He’s so easy on himself in the mornings and that’s a good thing. If he was a bit too aggressive in the morning it would probably take its toll on him.“He’s a big horse. He’s still carrying a lot of flesh on him. There’s room to trim him down as we get closer to the Derby and we’re doing it little by little. He’s handling everything. He’s a big, beautiful horse and he’ll start tucking up as we get closer.“We don’t do much with him. There’s room to tighten those screws, tighten him up.”             KEITH DESORMEAUX, EXAGGERATOR, THIRD: “He ran nice and steady. They were quick the first part of the race. He was sitting chilly and relaxed. I loved the way it set up, but he didn’t finish. I would like to think he’ll move forward off of this. He might be maxing out at a mile, too. That’s what’s going through my mind right now. But we’ll stay here for the Santa Anita Derby, try them again and try and prove me wrong.” NOTES: The winning owners are Ted Aroney (Halo Farms) of Carlsbad and Jim and Diane Bashor of La Jolla. The victory was worth 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points. Second was worth 20; third, 10; and fourth, five. 2/2/2/2 TRAINER QUOTES             BOB BAFFERT, MOR SPIRIT, SECOND: “He ran well. The horse that won is a pretty good horse. I wanted to run first, second or third. He’s coming on. A mile and an eighth will be more to his liking, but he got a lot out of it today. I’m happy with the way he went and we’re learning more about him. He’ll stay here for the Santa Anita Derby.”center_img -more- CLIFFORD SISE JR., DANZING CANDY, WINNER: “I expected him to be on the lead. We didn’t want to experiment in this race. Mike (Smith) just said, ‘I’ll let him come out the first few jumps and if he’s there, he’s there. If somebody sends, he’ll sit second.“He left much better today. He’s good now. We’ll stay for the Santa Anita Derby ($1 million, Grade I, 11/8 miles April 9). He’s three for three on this track. Why would we change now? I don’t see any reason to, but you never know. You’ve got to leave that up to the owners.” TED ARONEY, PART-OWNER, DANZING CANDY, WINNER: “I won’t make reservations (for the Kentucky Derby May 7) until the last minute! I had Hear the Ghost back in 2013. He won the San Felipe and was the favorite going into the Santa Anita Derby. I made my reservations too early and then we didn’t run (due to a minor knee injury) and they wouldn’t give me my money back! I made my mind up that I won’t be making any reservations this year!“I’m so excited with the way he ran today. I was disappointed after his first race but then his second and third race showed us how game he is. He gets to the lead and he’s so game. The whole thing today was not to experiment. If you have a speed horse you don’t want to experiment now. He’s got a front-running style that we didn’t want to experiment with and Mike bought into that. If we want to, we’ll leave that for later.” GARY STEVENS, MOR SPIRIT, SECOND: “I’m super happy, because he was way too keen in the early part of the race – he was really fresh, hasn’t run for a while. He was super sharp. As I was coming into the lane, I knew I wasn’t going to catch the winner, but I knew we had to get some (Kentucky Derby) points here. I like where we’re sitting for the Santa Anita Derby. I lost a battle today, but I like our position. Bob (Baffert) was happy, so I’m happy. We got a lot out of today’s race. He’ll settle a little better for me in the Santa Anita Derby.” -30-last_img read more

South African app brings out Madiba spirit in us all

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first_img8 July 2015An app has been developed to encourage citizens to make every day a Mandela Day by helping those in need.Brand South Africa has partnered with the GEM Project, or Go the Extra Mile, to develop the Play Your Part app that will get communities to help themselves.The marketing organisation promoted the app at the launch of the Play Your Part for Madiba campaign, held at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg on 6 July.Tsabeng Nthite, Brand South Africa communication officer, said the app contained a number of organisations that needed assistance from South Africans. The organisations included those which provided clothing, help with homework, job shadowing and skills development.GEM Project co-founder David Shields said the app was a social development drive that aimed to mobilise communities within themselves.Once an individual has helped a cause, they are eligible to receive a reward via the app, called a GEM. These GEMS can be converted into a number of products such as airtime, data, pre-paid electricity, or even movie tickets.“Volunteers are encouraged to donate their GEMs back to the needy causes during Mandela Month,” Shields said.To ensure continuity and mobilise support even beyond Mandela Month, corporates were also encouraged to donate GEMs so they could be allocated towards causes on an ongoing basis, he explained.GEM has been around for over a year, focusing on projects in Gauteng. Shields said that when the app grew, it would be rolled out across the country.Nelson Mandela International Day is an initiative dedicated to giving back to those less fortunate, the vulnerable and marginalised. It was declared an annual global day by the United Nations in 2009, and marks Mandela’s birthday on 18 July.In 2009, Nelson Mandela Day took place in just two cities: Johannesburg and New York. This year, the Nelson Mandela Foundation is hoping the campaign will be rolled out in 160 countries.last_img read more

Square Kilometre Array book published

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first_imgThe Square Kilometre Array (SKA) global radio telescope project – which includes a first phase site in South Africa – published a book this month on the project’s progress. It features photos and analysis from some of the best science, astronomy and engineering minds in the world. The first phase of the SKA radio telescope project, called MeerKAT, is being installed in the Karoo desert. It will eventually form part of the first phase of the SKA programme. By September 2015, seven of the 64 dish installations have been constructed and tested. The global SKA project is scheduled to be completed by 2024. (Image: SKA MeerKAT)• SKA: answering the big questions about the universe • SKA will boost Africa’s presence in science fields• SKA will drive growth of Africa’s human capital• Africa to co-host Square Kilometre Array A new, updated two-volume book on the history and the science of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) international radio telescope project was published in September 2015. South Africa is very much at the forefront of the SKA project; the MeerKAT telescope system, currently being constructed and tested in the Karoo desert, forms part of the first phase of the global SKA venture.The chapters in this new book reflect both the science undertaken with the SKA, including ground-breaking research in cosmology and the study of dark matter and dark energy, as well as the global efforts by engineers and the science community to co-ordinate and construct such a massive international project.Once completed, hopefully by 2024, SKA will interconnect a series of radio telescope systems in 10 countries in order to search space for a better understanding about the universe and solve some of the secrets of fundamental physics.  What is SKA? SKA is one of the largest global science projects ever undertaken, featuring a multinational representation of scientists, engineers and astronomers. The positioning of the African continent and the accommodating climate make South Africa a vital component of the project’s success. (Image: SKA/MeerKAT)The Square Kilometre Array project is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, led by SKA Organisation. The SKA will conduct transformational science to improve understanding of the universe and the laws of fundamental physics, monitoring the sky in unprecedented detail and mapping it hundreds of times faster than any current facility.The SKA is not a single telescope; rather, it is a collection of telescopes or instruments, called an array, to be spread over long distances. The SKA is to be constructed in two phases: Phase 1 (called SKA1) in South Africa and Australia; Phase 2 (called SKA2) expanding into other African countries, with the component in Australia also being expanded.With support from Australia, Canada, China, India, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, The Netherlands and the UK, the SKA project has on board some of the world’s best scientists, engineers and policy makers. And over 100 companies and research institutions across 20 countries are involved in the design and development of the telescope.SKA: the book With 135 chapters, 1 200 contributors and 2 000 pages on the science behind the SKA project, its official companion book is titled Advancing Astrophysics with the Square Kilometre Array. It is available to download free from the SKA website. (Image: SKA/MeerKAT) The book, titled Advancing Astrophysics with the Square Kilometre Array, consists of 2 000 pages in more than a hundred chapters, with contributions from more than 1 000 experts, scientists and members of the SKA organisation on astrophysics, cosmology and the search for answers in the universe, all within the context of radio telescope technology. Accompanied by a variety of photos and infographics covering the science and construction of the SKA system, the book is the authoritative guide on how this global initiative will work. It tracks the progress made on the project since 2004, highlighting the work being done in Australia, South Africa and other African countries including Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia.“The publication of the new SKA science book is the culmination of more than a year’s work by the SKA science team and the scientific community at large,” says Dr Robert Braun, the SKA science director in a release publicising the book. “It’s also a great testimony to the growing interest and scope of the SKA.”According to the publishers, the book deals with SKA’s search for life in the universe through the study of molecules in forming planetary systems and the search for potential radio signals from intelligent civilisations. The search for answers from “the cosmic dawn” – the first billion years of the universe’s existence – will not only inform the past, but also give the world a look at what might happen to the cosmos in the future.SKA and the NDP Construction of the South African SKA radio telescope project infrastructure, called MeerKAT, in the Karoo desert in March 2014. By September 2015, seven of the 64 dish installations have been constructed and tested. The global SKA project is set to be completed by 2024. (Image: SKA MeerKAT) The SKA project in South Africa fulfils the requisites for some vital pillars of the National Development Plan Vision 2030, including skills development through increased job opportunities and training during the construction of the MeerKAT facility, using local labour and top South Africa engineering and science talent.The project also addresses other NDP pillars such as creating efficient, world-class infrastructure networks and developing rural communities.  Construction of the South African SKA radio telescope project infrastructure, called MeerKAT, in the Karoo desert during March 2014. By September 2015, seven of the 64 dish installations have been constructed and tested. The global SKA project is set to be completed by 2024. (Image: SKA MeerKAT) A MeerKAT in the Karoo The first phase of the SKA radio telescope project, called MeerKAT, is currently being installed in the Karoo desert and will eventually form part of the first phase of the SKA programme. By September 2015, seven of the 64 dish installations have been constructed and tested. The global SKA project is set to be completed by 2024.  Infographic: SKA MeerKAT Further reading: Everything you need to know about the SKA project, including MeerKAT and the new booklast_img read more

Adidas Creators Contest Day 8

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Power Rankings: The 10 Best GIFs in Oklahoma State Football History

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first_imgThis is a tricky subject to rank, as the Internet is a vast wasteland of random and obscure material. That said, I did manual Google searches for hours in hopes of locating the best Oklahoma State football gifs available. I’d prefer to not discuss the amount of time I have on my hands.The list below contains my ten favorite gifs, but what’s great is you may have access to some I don’t know exist yet. Feel free to leave those in the comments and we’ll all marvel in wonderment at how I could have missed such a gem. It’ll be great.Without further a do…10. Pistol Pete’s Crazy Leg Move Volume 1Because Pistol Pete’s crazy leg move made headlines during last week’s Central Michigan game, I found it great this gif exists. This would be the Baylor game from 2013 – a game the Cowboys won by a score of 49-17.10The guy inside changes. The moves stay the same.9. Depressed Turkey Leg KidI was at Oklahoma State for 4 years…eh…4.5 years…and I can probably admit to doing some half-hearted wheat waving at times. But nothing will ever top this, right? Nothing ever could.9(This could also be the disclaimer for the excitement involved when you play Kansas.)8. Barry Sanders Heisman RaiseThis one is self-explanatory. The monumental level of cool this gif emotes is staggering. The dude doesn’t even crack a smile!87. The “I Can’t Even”I’m into this gif because we’ve all been there before, right? You’re watching the Cowboys, your outfit is on point…..and then the Pokes go and do something that leaves you with this facial expression. Classic.76. Don’t Trust Corso with a GunSeems pretty intuitive at this point, but we keep handing firearms to Lee Corso when he visits Stillwater. Kirk Herbstreit’s reaction pretty much says it all, although I’ve long doubted his toughness.65. WHAT IS THIS!?WHAT IS THIS AND WHY DOES IT EXIST?!5Confusion leading it all the way to number 5. Impressive.4. The “What the Heck, Bro?!”Pistol Pete is out there being cool, minding his business. Ball comes out of nowhere and goes straight into attack mode.4I like this gif because the arm toss says exactly what happened: “I can’t see anything coming with this gigantic Cowboy head on.”3. Gundy Breaks it Down – Volume 1We all know Big Mike is down to boogie – we know this. I love this for obvious reasons, one being the reaction of the guys around him. Use this gif in any situation that requires celebration.32. Barry Takes FlightNot to regurgitate my line about Mr. Sanders from earlier, but excuse me while I do:2The monumental amount of cool this gif emotes is staggering.1. Watch Me Whip, Watch Me GundyThis particular move from Mike Boogie is the one I think of when I think about him dancing. The erratic movements. The weird, drop it to the floor while creating a bridge with your body thing he does. This is peak Gundy Dance, folks. In gif form.1There you have it – my top 10 Oklahoma State football gifs. Like I said earlier, feel free to shoot me your favorites. We’ll compare.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Interior Design Superstars To Host Citywide Event Benefiting PAWSLA

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first_imgWorld-renowned Interior Designers based in Southern California will present the first-ever “Design the Night” on September 26, 2015.On this special evening, seven design superstars will create and host uniquely themed experiences presented in their private home, personal design studio or other exclusive venue located in Los Angeles. Each designer will provide unparalleled access into their private world and a behind-the- scenes look into their creative process. Guests will have the opportunity to interact with the forerunners of LA’s design community and get a “peek behind the curtain” to see what truly moves each designer’s own philosophy and personality.The evening’s celebration will take place in seven independent venues across Los Angeles – including the private home of actor and producer Sean Hayes – and will feature a special interactive presentation hosted by Honorary Event Chair Mark Cutler. All proceeds from “Design the Night” will benefit PAWS/LA and its Abigail Fund. For ticket information visit: www.pawsla.org/designthenight.“Like PAWS/LA, the Interior Design community is dedicated to creating homes that foster happiness and transform lives,” said Designer Mark Cutler, who will serve as Honorary Chair for the evening. “As designers, there are few opportunities to help change the world—the idea of “Design the Night” is to do just that. On this special night, some of Los Angeles’ best designers will create spectacular environments that are leveraged into a fundraising event that can forever change the lives of critically ill people and their pets.”Founded in 1989, PAWS/LA is a Los Angeles-based non-profit agency dedicated to preserving the healing benefits of animal companionship for low-income elderly and those debilitated by life-threatening illness. To that end, the agency provides a comprehensive range of services, including veterinary care, pet food & supplies and assistance for homebound clients, such as dog walking, pet food delivery and pet transport.The Abigail Fund is a special endowment that provides additional vital support to those pets with extraordinary need, such as emergency surgery, ongoing chronic disease and specialized care of life-threatening conditions. By giving to the Abigail Fund at PAWS/LA, you help keep people and pets together— no matter the cost.“It is an honor to be the beneficiary of the first-ever ‘Design the Night,’” says Pamela Magette, Executive Director of PAWS/LA. “What a privilege it is to be working with these amazing luminaries of the design community. We are delighted to be joining forces in hope of creating an unforgettable night filled with entertainment and generosity.”“I have a passion for all animals and believe they need us as advocates,” said Designer and Host David Dalton. “I will be hosting one of the evening’s dinners in my home to share my love for entertaining, and my passion for animals on the same stage.”“I am honored to be hosting a dinner for ‘Design the Night,’” said Designer and Host Annette English. “PAWS/LA is a wonderful organization that does such great things for the community. I am happy to host an intimate gathering at one of my favorite animal friendly restaurants, Crossroads Kitchen. It will be a lovely evening, supporting a great organization.”“Although I don’t have a pet myself, it is such a great cause for those who do, and who wouldn’t love the opportunity to enjoy some Mexican treats in Gibson’s atelier,” said Designer Gary Gibson.last_img read more

BC extra told Hallmark movies wont show interracial couples — parent company

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first_imgAdvertisement When a casting call hit the local newspaper, many Gibsons residents couldn’t pass up being part of a Hallmark Christmas movie.For one week in August, the Sunshine Coast community was transformed into the winter setting of A Carousel Christmas starring Kathie Lee Gifford, a film based on the popular Christian Godwinks book series.“It was very Christmas-y, very beautiful, very typical of a Hallmark movie,” said Lesley Horat, who signed up to be an extra with friends. Facebook Advertisement Filming was halfway through its first day when Horat said the movie magic ended with her being marginalized because of the colour of her skin.Horat said she was allowed to take part in a one scene that featured a crowd watching the lighting of a Christmas tree. When the next scene called for a number of couples to linger behind romantically, Horat was told to sit it out. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more