Worldwide appeal by journalists and press freedom defenders against suicide bombings

first_img“They cannot claim that their suicide bombings are martyrdom operations and that they become the heroes of the Muslim umma (Islamic community),” Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri said. “No, they become the heroes of hellfire and they are leading towards hellfire. There is no place for any martyrdom and their act is never, ever to be considered jihad (holy struggle).” In April, two fellow-journalists working for Samaa TV were killed in the space of two days in suicide bombings in Pakistan. They were both covering stories at the time and paid with their lives for doing their duty to report the news. These bombings have made Pakistan one of the world’s most dangerous countries for the press. News PakistanAsia – Pacific News We, the undersigned journalists of Pakistan and defenders of press freedom around the world, condemn with the utmost firmness all recourse to suicide bombings in the middle of crowds of civilians that result in the deaths of innocent people including media workers. We appeal with the utmost urgency to the leaders of the Taliban in Pakistan, to the jihadist movements and to Al-Qaeda in Pakistan to put a stop to all further suicide bombings in public gatherings. PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists – PFUJReporters Without Borders – RSF May 10, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Worldwide appeal by journalists and press freedom defenders against suicide bombings Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more News As journalists, we have to cover official events first hand but that does not mean that we support this or that politician or public figure. By targeting large gatherings, the organisations that use suicide bombings are endangering the lives of innocent civilians and reporters. This is not acceptable Associação Brasileira de Jornalismo Investigativo (Brazil)Association of Caribbean Media WorkersBahrain Center for Human Rights (Bahrain)Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (Canada)Cartoonists Rights Network InternationalCenter for Media Studies & Peace Building (Liberia)Comité por la Libre Expresión (Honduras)Ethiopian Freepress Journalists’ Association (Ethiopia)Exiled Journalists NetworkIndependent Journalism Center (Moldova)Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (Azerbaijan)Institute for the Studies on Free Flow of Information (Indonesia)Institute of Mass Information (Ukraine)Journaliste en danger (RD Congo)Media Foundation for West Africa (Ghana)Media Rights Agenda (Nigeria)Media Watch (Bangladesh)National Union of Somali Journalists (Somalia)Observatoire pour la liberté de presse, d’édition et de création (Tunisia)Pacific Freedom ForumPacific Islands News AssociationPalestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (Palestinian occupied territory)Southeast Asian Press AllianceWorld Association of Community Radio BroadcastersWorld Press Freedom Committee Follow the news on Pakistan As the Pakistani Muslim scholar Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri said in March, there is no place for the martyr in Islam. In a 600-page fatwa, he did not hesitate to describe the perpetrators and instigators of suicide bombings as enemies of Islam. Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder to go further News Organisations that have signed this appeal: Receive email alerts We can no longer accept that our fellow journalists lose their lives. Organisation Help by sharing this information April 21, 2021 Find out more Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Roman Holiday: The Cole Porter Musical Eyeing B’way

first_img‘Roman Holiday’ Will this new tuner be easy to love? Roman Holiday—The Cole Porter Musical is aiming for Broadway in the fall of 2017. The show will premiere as part of SHN’s 2016-2017 season and is scheduled to play a limited engagement May 24, 2017 through June 28 at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theatre.Based on the classic 1953 film that starred Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, Roman Holiday—The Cole Porter Musical will feature Cole Porter classics such as “Night and Day,” “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye” and “Easy to Love.” The book will be by Kathy Speer, Terry Grossman and Paul Blake.In the midst of a whirlwind tour of European capitals, a young princess yearns to experience life—to explore the world beyond diplomatic dinners and Royal balls. Enter an American reporter, who, almost overnight, goes from covering the royal family to covering up her great escape. And in the span of 24 unforgettable hours, they discover the magic of Rome, the promise of love, and a secret they will share forever.   View Commentslast_img read more

Pertamina, South Korean consortium to develop Dumai refinery

first_img“We would like to express our gratitude to all parties who agreed to actualize the initiative. I hope the investment will have additional strategic value, as the oil price is currently under pressure,” Bahlil said.Pertamina, through Ignatius, stated that the Dumai refinery upgrade project was prioritized.“With this agreement, Nindya Karya and the South Korean consortium have become Pertamina’s strategic partners in conducting the study on the Dumai refinery upgrade. Our company hopes an important milestone can be achieved in December,” Ignatius said. The MoU, which commissions a joint study on the Dumai refinery upgrade project, was signed by Pertamina megaprojects director Ignatius Tallulembang, Nindya Karya president director Haedar Karim and a representative of the South Korean consortium, DH Global Holdings Co. Ltd. chairman Jung Sam Seung.The refinery upgrade is part of Pertamina’s Refinery Development Master Plan (RDMP) and Grass Root Refinery program.The RDMP lays out a road map for upgrading four refineries: one in Dumai, Riau, one in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, one in Cilacap, Central Java, and one in Balongan, West Java. The Grass Root Refinery program details the company’s plans to construct two new production facilities in Tuban, East Java, and Bontang, East Kalimantan.The upgraded refineries’ total installed capacity will increase 38.2 percent to 1.21 billion barrels per day (bpd), while the new refineries will have a combined capacity of 600,000 bpd. Topics :center_img State-owned oil and gas company Pertamina has agreed to join forces with state construction firm PT Nindya Karya and a South Korean consortium to explore business opportunities for a US$1.5 billion refinery development project in Dumai, Riau.The memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by representatives of the three parties on Wednesday marked progress in Pertamina’s plan to develop its major refineries as Indonesia works toward reducing oil imports and increasing domestic oil production.“This $1.5 billion project would increase the domestic oil and fuel production capacity, which would consequently reduce our dependence on oil imports and trade deficits in the future,” Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) chairman Bahlil Lahadalia said during the signing ceremony.last_img read more

Gold Coast villa is Australia’s most popular Airbnb

first_imgThe residence, complete with a spa, is hot property.The short-term rental website revealed the property from each country that appeared on users’ booking wishlists the most frequently in 2017.Topping the list for Australia, the Gold Coast residence is a “luxurious loft-style villa”, with room for 10 people, set on a sprawling four ha property and can be rented for $129 per night. You can book this Surfers Paradise penthouse on Airbnb for $550 per night.Some homeowners are facing the prospect of being able to fetch more money for a central Gold Coast property in a single night during the Commonwealth Games than what can be made in a week with a traditional permanent tenancy. How would you like to wake up to this view? It’s currently fully booked.The villa had over 500 views in the last week and has scored a five-out-of-five star listing out of 179 reviews.It’s listed in good company — the most popular listing in the UK was a Victorian castle, a sea cottage was Denmark’s ‘most wishlisted’, and a lakeside villa topped the travel bucket list in Switzerland.The top gong comes as the Gold Coast Bulletin reported an Airbnb boom, tipped to contract the tight long-term rental market further as fewer properties are available. This Mount Nathan Airbnb listing is the most popular in Australia.A STUNNING outlook over the lush green hinterland, a 25m lap pool set up for dive in movies, sunset views from the spa and you can bring your dog (or horse!).A luxury hinterland villa in Mount Nathan has been named Australia’s most ‘wishlisted’ Airbnb, beating out capital city hot spots. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours agoThe Gold Coast Hinterland proved more popular than any other location in Australia.There’s a “soothing, hot, outdoor spa” with open fireplace, a pool house pavilion with LG internet TV screen and entertaining area, and all the mod-cons of Wi Fi, heating and airconditioning.The host, former financial planner and Vanuatu expat, Kerri-Lea, is an equine enthusiast and there are horses on the property.“This family plays polocrosse, has horses and stables with daily commitments,” according to the listing. “The family home is the main house.” The villa is described as “loft-style”. It comfortably accommodates 10 people. Everything you need is there.Guests are invited to join in functions that may be held on the property at the time of booking, or can enjoy the privacy of their villa.They can also visit nearby award-winning Mount Nathan Winery, the Gold Coast’s theme parks, between a six to 10 minute drive away, or drive to our famous beaches in less than 30 minutes.last_img read more

Volleyball on prowl to Milwaukee tournament

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoThe No. 11 Wisconsin volleyball team takes to the road for the first time this season when they make the trek down I-94 to Milwaukee for the UWM Panther Invitational. During the two-day tournament, the Badgers take on Northern Colorado (3-3) Friday afternoon and Windsor Saturday morning before taking on rival UW-Milwaukee (4-2) in the nightcap.”Going to Milwaukee is going to be great for our players because we got a lot of players from that area,” head coach Pete Waite said. “But, at the same time, Milwaukee is a tough team and a tough environment. “It’s an in-state school that really wants to do great against the Badgers. I think this will be a good test for us.”This weekend will also be a homecoming for several Badgers, as juniors Jocelyn Wack and Maya Carroll, sophomore Audra Jeffers and freshman Caity DuPont all played for the Milwaukee Sting Volleyball Club in high school. Junior Amanda Berkley will also get a chance to play close to home, as she is from nearby Racine. Senior assistant captain Maria Carlini will also get to have a homecoming of sorts — her hometown of LaSalle, Ontario, is a suburb of Windsor. “Windsor is a team that comes out of Ontario, and they are team that Carlini knows a few members from their team,” Waite said.Wisconsin will also look to continue their four-match winning streak this week, but the team is not looking too far ahead on the schedule. “We just go one day at a time, one game at a time,” Carlini said. “Yeah, [a winning streak] is great for our record, but the main focus is to do well and play our game and focus on one game at a time.”When they play Northern Colorado Friday, it will be the first regular-season match-up between the two teams since 1981 and will be the first meeting where both schools are Division I teams, as the Bears just moved up from Division II at the beginning of the season. “Northern Colorado, we saw last year, and they returned five out of six starters from last year,” Waite said. “They are a kind of a team that we are not going to see much before we play, so we are going to have to figure them out when we get out on the court.”Northern Colorado is led by junior outside hitter Dulcie Stone, who is averaging 2.63 kills and 2.79 digs per game so far this season. Wisconsin’s second match of the tournament will see the Badgers play the Windsor Lancers, a team that went 24-12 last season in Ontario University Athletic Conference. This will be the first-ever meeting of the two teams, though it will be considered exhibition and will not count toward UW’s record because of NCAA stipulations regarding schools from Canada.The night game will be the feature game for Wisconsin volleyball fans as the Badgers take on the Panthers, who are lead by junior Jamie Gabrielsen with 3.37 kills per game. The Badgers will also have a little extra motivation going into the match.”You always want bragging rights in the state,” Waite said. “There is no doubt about.” According to Waite, this will be a good way to prepare for Big Ten play.”This a good test for us going on the road,” Waite said. “We are going to have a lot of Big Ten matches on the road in hostile environments, and they have to get used to it and know the opponents’ fans are going after us all the time just like our fans do, so we are going to have to play a good match.”last_img read more