Authorities free journalist and human rights activist Tasneem Khalil

first_img BangladeshAsia – Pacific News Receive email alerts BangladeshAsia – Pacific News May 19, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Help by sharing this information Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention to go further May 12, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities free journalist and human rights activist Tasneem Khalilcenter_img News Tasneem Khalil, a CNN stringer and Human Rights Watch consultant, was released at around 11 p.m. on 11 May after being held for nearly 23 hours.Agence France-Presse said he had been questioned about messages that had been sent from his mobile phone and about comments he had posted on his blog (tasneemkhalil.com).Khalil was arrested at his home shortly after midnight on 11 May by plain-clothes officers, who confiscated his passport and professional documents.———————————————————-11.05.2007Call for release of leading journalist and human rights activist Tasneem KhalilReporters Without Borders today called on the head of Pakistan’s interim government, Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed, to do everything possible to obtain the immediate release of journalist Tasneem Khalil, who was arrested by soldiers at his Dhaka home in the early hours of today and who is now believed to be detained at a military camp next to the parliament building.An investigative reporter and deputy editor of The Daily Star, one of the country’s leading newspapers, Khalil is also a Human Rights Watch consultant, a CNN stringer and blogger (tasneemkhalil.com). “The arrest of a respected journalist and human rights activist in the middle night is a serious violation of the interim government’s undertakings to respect free expression,” the press freedom organisation said. “We fear Khalil could be mistreated. The government must quickly intercede with the army to obtain his release.”Khalil, 26, was arrested at his home shortly after midnight today by four soldiers in plain-clothes who refused to say why he was being detained but told his wife they were taking him to the military camp near the parliament. Daily Star publisher Mahfuz Anam said he was trying to obtain his employee’s release.Khalil has assisted with the research for several Human Rights Watch reports including one on extrajudicial killings by the Bangladeshi security forces. The organisation has issued a statement describing him as “a prominent voice in Bangladesh for human rights” and saying it is very concerned about his safety.Khalil has also written extensively about the human rights situation and the role of the army in his blog tasneemkhalil.com. RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage Organisation News February 26, 2021 Find out more February 22, 2021 Find out more Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists Follow the news on Bangladeshlast_img read more

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Heptathlete Osazuwa making strides in outdoor slate after All-American indoor season

first_img Published on April 13, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: [email protected] [email protected] Comments Until Saturday, Uhunoma Osazuwa hadn’t lived up to the hype.Tabbed an All-American following the conclusion of the indoor track and field season in February, Osazuwa was expected to do big things this spring.But in her first outdoor meet earlier this month at the four-day Texas Relays, Osazuwa was basically a no-show. Placing 43rd in the 100-meter hurdles, the Syracuse standout essentially used the event as a tuneup to prepare for the rest of the season. And at the 44th annual Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn., this weekend, the results showed.As the lone SU representative at the event, Osazuwa finisher higher than any other collegiate athlete, placing second behind only former heptathlon All-American Tammilee Kerr from Iowa. Osazuwa finished with a lifetime best and NCAA provisional-qualifying score of 5,378 points, placing her fourth in the NCAA for the heptathlon.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘Coming to Tennessee, I expected either to match my (personal record) or do better,’ Osazuwa said following the event. ‘I wanted to get a good enough score to get me into NCAAs early rather than having to worry about relying on a later meet. It feels great to (achieve my personal record), but to do it this early in the season makes me excited for what I’ll be able to do later on.’The meet, which joins the top NCAA qualifiers in the nation, is one of the top competitions of the season for multi-events. Osazuwa also earned fourth place in the javelin (34.56m) and finished first in the long jump (5.88 meters). The senior standout went into Thursday’s heptathlon events holding a slim first-place lead over Kentucky‘s Precious Nwokey, 3,358 to 3,349.Osazuwa’s teammate of four years, Bernard Bush, competed with her at the Texas Relays and has seen her grow and mature through the years. Her victory, though by herself, was shared with Bush and the rest of the teammates.‘We’re kind of a family,’ Bush said. ‘We’re all excited for her.’While Osazuwa was by herself in Tennessee, 17 of her track and field teammates were out west competing in the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Ariz. While there, the team put on one of its best performances of the season. The Orange took two first-place finishes and five top-five finishes at the event.‘For those competing on the national level, we want to see personal bests,’ head coach Chris Fox said.Osazuwa has lived up to her status as an All-American, an honor she earned at the end of the indoor season and one she hopes to receive at the end of the outdoor season as well.‘I want to start off well for the outdoor season,’ Osazuwa said before the event. Osazuwa doesn’t compete again until the Penn Relays in Philadelphia on April 22, but the rest of the team, fresh off its high-level performance at Arizona State, heads to Princeton this weekend looking to build on the strong results seen in Tempe.After facing stiff competition out west for three straight weeks, SU returns to the East Coast to participate in a familiar event, the Princeton Larry Ellis Invitational.The hope is that the familiarity and the importance of the event will lead to more top finishes.‘For some of the other athletes, at the very least we’d like to shoot for Big East qualifying marks,’ Fox said. ‘We want a lot of our (athletes) to treat these events like bowl games.’Although Osazuwa is not competing this weekend, her feats from last weekend, along with the rest of the team’s top performances last weekend, set the stage for the meet this Saturday.‘From this point forward, we’re just looking for big marks,’ Fox said. Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

The Inishowen Rabbit Catcher snares a new audience after documentary!

first_img“The Last Rabbit Catcher” a documentary highlighting the life and work of professional Rabbit controller & Inishowen man, Steven McGonigal aired on BBC 1 Northern Ireland recently.Produced by Northern Ireland company, Westway productions, the producers behind the fantastic Lesser Spotted Ulster presented by Joe Mahon, who is no stranger to our screens, the documentary was received fantastically well by the public.The programme followed Steven as he went about his daily work as a Rabbit controller and highlighted the traditional methods he uses and how everything goes back into the food chain. Steven discusses his work and life in depth and his disdain for the modern method of gassing rabbits, preferring instead the traditional methods used for centuries which are humane and environmentally friendly. Carndonagh veterinary surgeon, Anne Scott makes an appearance in the programme as well as Steven takes his dog Fudge for a check up at her surgery.Speaking on the documentary Steven said the film has gone down really well.“Working with the Westway team and Joe Mahon was a great experience, it gave me a great opportunity to show Country Sports in its true light and it has been received incredibly well.“My aim from the start was for our sports to be shown as they are and not how they are perceived, and I think the team did an outstanding job. “I received many, many messages of support from both inside the country sports community and well beyond, it has been truly amazing”.The programme is still available to view on BBC Iplayer for the next 30 days.The Inishowen Rabbit Catcher snares a new audience after documentary! was last modified: October 3rd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BBCdocumentarydonegalInishowenThe Last Rabbit Catcherlast_img read more

Augmented Reality Becoming More Like the Read/Write Web

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… As more tools like Augmentation lower the bar of entry for augmented reality, a flood of AR data will begin to fill platforms like Layar, junaio and Wikitude. This progression is not unlike that of the Web with the widespread popularity of blogs. With the Web, however, powerful search engines make finding relevant content much easier and Websites are (for the most part) browser agnostic.This is not the case with mobile AR, where content is limited to the browser it is built for. Efforts for standardization in AR will help ease this problem, but what is really needed is a new open mobile AR browser that can aggregate content from the other platforms. Looking forward, solutions like these will benefit the overall proliferation of AR, instead of fragmenting and limiting it.Hoppala’s Augmentation tool is a great next step for AR content creation, as it lets users focus on creating great content, not on the complex technical aspects of AR. That said, it signals the beginning of a new era for AR as content creation is as easy as hosting a blog. As augmented reality matures, the platforms through which we use it must mature as well. chris cameron 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… When content management systems (CMS) like WordPress and Blogger hit the Web several years ago, the Internet entered a new age where it became quick and easy for anyone with a computer to contribute content. This week, augmented reality (AR) took a significant step toward becoming more like the read/write Web with the launch of an online mobile AR CMS for creating content on the Layar platform.“Augmentation” – a Web-based tool for generating mobile AR content – was created by Layar Partner Network member Hoppala. With a Layar developer account, users of Augmentation can easily and instantaneously place their content in Layar with zero code and a few clicks on a map. Custom icons, images, audio, video and 3D content can all be added by way of a full screen map interface, and Hoppala will even host all of the data.The company has been providing content management solutions for Layar since launching a beta test of its Layarserver in August of 2009. This project, however, is new in that it provides a tidy user-friendly GUI for adding myriad AR data instantly to Layar. For a more detailed look at how the Augmentation Web app works, watch the video embedded below. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts Tags:#Augmented Reality#web last_img read more

Hockey World Cup 2018: India coach Harendra Singh lashes out at umpires after quarters exit

first_imgIndia coach Harendra Singh was critical of the umpiring in the Hockey World Cup 2018 quarter-final, which saw the home team lose 2-1 to the Netherlands and exit the tournament in front of a packed Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha on Thursday.A well-oiled Indian unit had raised the hopes of making the semi-finals for the first time since 1975 but the Dutch side broke a million hearts by coming from behind to knock out the hosts.India took the lead in the 12th minute through Akashdeep Singh before Thierry Brinkman drew parity for Netherlands five seconds before the end of the first quarter at the Kalinga Stadium. After a hard-fought third quarter, Netherlands scored the winner in the 50th minute when Mink van der Weerden converted a penalty corner.Harendra said after the match that the International Hockey Federation (FIH) needs to seriously address the quality of umpiring as his side has been on the receiving end of poor on-field decisions twice this year.India vs Netherlands, Hockey World Cup 2018: MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS”I would like to tender my apologies. We haven’t given what we had to. I am not going to stop today. If they [umpires] don’t want to improve, we will continue to face these type of results,” Harendra said at the post-match press conference.”Can anyone define Amit Rohidas’s 10-min yellow card? What about this gentleman [pointing at Manpreet Singh], when he was pushed from behind? Why not a yellow card there? We have lost two major tournaments [Asian Games] this year because of umpiring.advertisement”Two times we got a card when we hadn’t done anything. But when it happened against us, they [umpires] said nothing. They need to improve. We have lost two major tournaments,” he added.Harendra, however, ruled out lodging any complaint saying that the outcome of a protest “has never been good in my career.””99.8 percent the referral goes in favour of players. The outcome of a protest has never been good in my career. We accept this gracefully. We want neutral umpiring. I except both teams to be treated equally. One wrong decision can ruin your preparation of 4-6 years,” Harendra said.India captain Manpreet Singh too was utterly disappointed with the outcome and said there is no point in lodging a protest now.”What is the use? We lost. We are out of the tournament,” he said. India opened the scoring in the quarter-final vs the Netherlands but could not stop the Dutch from scoring. (Hockey India Photo)”The team had put in all the effort, but it didn’t happen. I am happy that all boys gave their 100 per cent and were not short on confidence.”Harendra said it was an equal contest but missed chances hurt India badly.”We had a couple of open chances. We missed, so did Holland. That was because both teams were playing high-tempo game. Sometimes your position is not there, or your stick is not there [in the right place]. The way the boys fought without the goalkeeper, in front of you I want to salute my players.”We played well in patches but I will give 7 out of 10 on temperament to my team.”Criticising the on-field umpires, Harendra further said he didn’t think the penalty corner from which Netherlands scored their winner, was right. “The penalty corner which they got, I don’t agree with it.”Netherlands coach Max Caldas, however, disagreed with his Indian counterpart and said it is not wise to blame the umpires after a defeat.”The team with most chances wins the game. We won the game. That’s the bottom line. In the end, the umpires didn’t play the game. We never discuss umpires after a game, we talk about our own performance,” he said.”We review games, not umpires. We review our own performance. It happened with us at the Champions Trophy when the call went against us and we had a draw against India. Umpires do their job. It’s a very fast-paced game,” Caldas added.The Dutch captain Billy Bakker too agreed with his coach on the umpiring issue.”I think we are pretty happy with the officials. In the end, India were asking for a penalty corner. It doesn’t matter if they had the referral. Sometimes in sports things don’t go like you want. Something you have to deal with it,” Bakker said.”I think the umpires did a good job.”(With PTI inputs)Also Read | Hockey World Cup 2018: Belgium beat Germany to reach semi-finalsAlso see:last_img read more

9 months agoMan City edge ahead of Chelsea for Barcelona youngster Ilaix Moriba – this week

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City edge ahead of Chelsea for Barcelona youngster Ilaix Moriba – this weekby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHighly-rated Barcelona youngster Ilaix Moriba is on the brink of signing for Manchester City.Sport says City could sign Ilaix after Saturday, when the exciting prospect turns 16.Moriba is considered one of the most promising talents to come out of the famous La Masia academy for years, and Barcelona have offered him a contract higher than what they normally offer players of his age.But the report says that deal is still not close to what City can offer, with Juventus and Chelsea also trying to secure his services.City reportedly feel they are in pole position to sign the midfielder. last_img read more

3 days ago​Robertson hails Liverpool teammate Lallana: A top, top professional

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Robertson hails Liverpool teammate Lallana: A top, top professionalby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool left back Andy Roberston was full of praise for midfielder Adam Lallana.The Englishman has not received too many chances to shine in the team this season.But when he came on for the Reds against Manchester United, he scored the Reds’ equaliser, which got them a point in a tight contest at Old Trafford.Speaking about Lallana after the game, Robertson told Liverpoolfc.com: “Amazing, because he struggled with injuries, he has come back and got injured again and stuff like that, so he has struggled.”Adam feels it as well because you can see when he is injured. Nobody likes it when you are injured, but he managed to pick himself up, he is now fit and he has been unbelievable this season in training. He has been giving 100 per cent.”In the changing rooms before games he is one of the loudest. He could easily be quiet as he is on the bench and not playing. But the way he has conducted himself – and, to be fair, [along with] all of the lads who haven’t played as much as they would have wanted – Adam is a top, top professional and a top, top guy.”I’m absolutely delighted for him that he could get on the end of it. “When he came on I thought he was brilliant and I thought he changed the game. To get that goal, it will do a world of good for him and his confidence and I think we’ll see a lot more from him.” last_img read more

Self first country last for Modi Shah Chandrababu Naidu

first_imgAmaravati: TDP president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu Friday latched onto veteran BJP leader L K Advani’s blog to attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying it was “self first and country last” for him. “Advani’s remarks in the blog reflected his anguish. For him, country came first, party second and self last. It’s reverse in the case of Modi. For Modi and (Amit) Shah, it is self first and country last. The ideals of Advani and Atal Bihari Vajpayee no longer have value in the BJP,” Naidu, an erstwhile ally of the BJP, said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details In his blog, Advani has said his party has never regarded those who disagreed with it politically as “anti-nationals” or “enemies”. Advani’s comments assume significance as top BJP leaders, including Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, have been attacking opposition parties with anti-national barbs in the aftermath of the Balakot air strikes. Addressing a sit-in in front of Ambedkar’s statue in Vijayawada and condemning recent Income Tax Department raids on some Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Congress, Janata Dal (Secular) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders, Naidu said such raids were being carried out in a planned manner. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday He claimed all liberties had vanished under Modi’s rule. “It’s a fascist regime. Unrest, insecurity and fear have gripped all sections,” the TDP chief said, adding that there was a need to protect democracy and the Constitution. Citing I-T raids on some TDP leaders in the last few days, Naidu warned department officials not to act according to the “diktat of the ruling party” in Delhi. “You will pay a heavy price if you continue with such acts,” he warned the officials, even as he maintained that the leaders would cooperate if they acted as per law. “These raids are a part of the BJP-YSRC-TRS conspiracy against the TDP. They are intended to demoralise our leaders,” he said. In a symbolic gesture, Naidu submitted a memorandum to Ambedkar’s statue, denouncing the I-T raids. As a mark of protest, he also released into the air black balloons with pictures of Modi, Telangana Rashtra Samithi president and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and YSR Congress (YSRC) chief Jagan Mohan Reddy attached.last_img read more