Two journalists killed, six wounded in Kabul double bombing

first_img September 6, 2018 Two journalists killed, six wounded in Kabul double bombing June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan RSF_en AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Protecting journalists Armed conflictsPredatorsViolenceJihadism March 11, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News News Help by sharing this information AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Protecting journalists Armed conflictsPredatorsViolenceJihadism to go further Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” May 3, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Afghanistan News At least two journalists were killed and six others were wounded in a double suicide bombing at a sports hall in the western Kabul district of Dashte Parchi on september 5, bringing to 13 the total number of Afghan journalists killed since the start of the year. News Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says Tolo News TV reporter Samim Faramarz and his cameraman, Ramaz Ahmadi were among the at least 25 persons killed by the two explosions, less than an hour apart, while six journalists were among the more than 70 wounded.Three of the injured journalists work for Khorshid TV, one for TV1 and one of the others is an Associated Press cameraman. The injuries sustained by Khalad Nikzad, one of the Khorshid TV journalists, were very serious.The media personnel were killed or injured by the second explosion, after arriving at the scene to cover the first one. This is the second time this year that reporters have been killed in a double bombing. The first was on 30 April, when the second of the two bombs deliberately targeted the journalists, killing nine and seriously injuring six others.Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has not yet been able to determine whether the journalists were deliberately targeted by yesterday’s second explosion.“Thirteen journalists killed in less than five months is the price that the Afghan media are paying to keep reporting the news despite the extremely grave decline in security conditions,” said Reza Moini, the head RSF’s Afghanistan-Iran desk. “Even if we pay tribute to the Afghan government’s commitment and involvement in the protection of journalists, it is essential that the authorities pursue their efforts on media safety and training.”RSF offers its condolences to the victims’ families and colleagues.RSF has produced Pashto and Persian-language versions of the new edition of its Safety Guide for Journalists, which is intended for reporters operating in troubled regions. The guide was produced in partnership with UNESCO.Afghanistan is ranked 118th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index.last_img read more

(UPDATED) Federal judge temporarily blocks Trump administration from cancelling Temporary Protected…

first_imgUpdate:  (October 5) A United States federal district judge has granted reprieve to tens of thousands of Haitians on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in the country.Judge Edward M. Chen ruled that the Trump administration could not immediately end special protections for undocumented immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Sudan, whose countries have been ravaged by wars and natural disasters.About 59,000 Haitians have been granted TPS, which does not offer them a path to permanent residency in the US.Judge’s ruling“It is hereby ordered that defendants, their officers, agents, employees, representatives, and all persons acting in concert or participating with them, are enjoined and restrained from engaging in, committing, or performing, directly or indirectly, by any means whatsoever, implementation and/or enforcement of the decisions to terminate TPS for Sudan, Haiti, El Salvador, and Nicaragua pending resolution of this case on the merits,” he ruled.Take action to preserve the status quo“It is further ordered that defendants shall take all administrative actions needed to preserve the status quo pending completion of discovery and a ruling on the merits of the case,” the judge said, adding that the defendants should report to the court within 15 days of this order on the administrative steps taken to comply with this paragraph and otherwise preserve the status quo.Effective immediately“The preliminary injunction shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect pending resolution of this case on the merits or further order of this court,” the judge said, adding that a case management conference will be held on October 26.Judge Chen said the parties shall file a joint case management conference statement by October 19,  “and shall address, inter alia, the expedited setting of trial or other means of adjudication of the merits.”In his ruling, Judge Chen noted that Haiti was originally designed for TPS on January 21, 2010 based on the 7.0-magnitude earthquake on January 12, 2010 that prevented Haitians from returning home safely. He said the Haiti designation was subsequently “extended and re-designated four times by the Obama administration and once by the Trump administration.”The judge noted that, although the Trump administration extended Haiti’s TPS designation one time, the extension was for six months only, in contrast to the customary 12 months.He ruled that TPS beneficiaries and their children “indisputably will suffer irreparable harm and great hardship.“TPS beneficiaries who have lived, worked, and raised families in the United States, many for more than a decade, will be subject to removal,” Judge Chen said.“Many have US-born children; those may be faced with the Hobson’s choice of bringing their children with them and tearing them away from the only country and community they have known or splitting their families apart.”Failed to establish real harm In contrast, the judge said the Trump administration has “failed to establish any real harm were the status quo, which has been in existence for as long as two decades, is maintained during the pendency of this litigation.“Indeed, if anything, plaintiffs and amici (court brief) have established without dispute that local and national economies will be hurt if hundreds of thousands of TPS beneficiaries are uprooted and removed,” he said.On January 18, this year, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had announced that current beneficiaries of TPS under Haiti’s designation, who wanted to maintain that status through the program’s termination date of July 22, 2019, must re-register before March 19 this year.Marleine Bastien, executive director for the Family Action Network Movement (FANM) in Miami, Florida, issued the following statement after U.S. District Judge Edward Chen recently granted a preliminary injunction stopping the Trump administration from terminating temporary protected status, or TPS, for immigrants Haiti and other nations. The original TPS expiration dates by the Trump administration were: Sudan, 11/2/2018, Nicaragua, 1/5/2019, Nepal, 6/24/2019, Haiti, 7/22/2019, El Salvador, 9/9/2019, and Honduras, 1/5/2020Judge Chen ruled that the government must continue TPS, and employment authorizations for TPS beneficiaries from those countries, while a lawsuit challenging the government’s decision to eliminate their protections proceeds. Bastien said, “This decision is tremendous news. I commend Judge Chen for his courage and thank him for the sign of relief he brought to hundreds of thousands of families, including their American-born children, from the specter of family separation that loomed over them. Make no mistake, the Trump administration’s decision to terminate TPS was based on racism and xenophobia. Our hope is that this decision will hold to allow us to continue our efforts toward a permanent solution for those 300,000 deserving families. These immigrants and their families deserve better and we thank Judge Chen for his sensible decision.” FANM will hold a press conference in reaction to the ruling today, Thursday, October 4 at 11 a.m. FANM’s mission is to empower low to moderate-income families socially, financially, and politically and to give them the tools to transform their communities.last_img read more

SBC Bookies Corner: Why Love Island will tear us apart….again!

first_img ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Related Articles Submit SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 This summer’s most important betting market is about to commence… Russia 2018 – No Chance! ITV2’s new season of Love Island will begin on Monday 4 June, with the reality show expecting to dominate all UK entertainment and social media coverage!SBC Bookies’ Corner gets the full lowdown on pricing and predicting Love Island 2018…_____________SBC: Is it harder to predict the winning couple of ITV2’s Love Island, than it is to predict the winner of World Cup Russia 2018? Amy Jones – Paddy PowerAmy Jones (PR & Mischief @ Paddy Power):  At present we’ve taken 90% more in ‘pre-event wagers’ on this season’s Love Island than on last year already, and what I would say is that with regards to the World Cup… There’s always previous form to go by.With Love Island, bookmakers have no idea who the stars of the show will turn out to be.In Russia 2018, while we don’t totally know, there will always be some recurring names and teams who pop up (Germany, I’m looking at you!). So, we generally have a better grasp on who has the better players and is more likely to win.At the moment, the Islanders entering the villa are totally anonymous to us, bar Danny Dyer’s daughter Dani Dyer (that is her actual name!), and that makes it tougher to predict who will win the eventual crown.Furthermore, Love Island is on for double the amount of time of the WC, so it’s more likely that things can change! Harry Aitkenhead – CoralSBC: As a bookmaker, what unique traits/dynamics are you looking for in Love Island contestants? What is in the make-up of a Love Island winner?Harry Aitkenhead (PR @ Coral): It’s difficult to say what will make a likely Love Island winner but we’ll be looking out for people who stand out early on through being a bit controversial as that will normally attract support with votes and betting.Dani Dyer seems a good example of this already who seems popular from her early clips, and new contestants who are prepared to come in and ruffle a few feathers are likely to prove popular.It’s also quite likely that people who couple up with a few different housemates through the series, it never seems to be that popular if things get repetitive and last year Kem winning was a good example of that. So the potential winner will certainly need a ruthless streak to stay in the villa throughout.Katie Bayliss – BetfairSBC: How do you monitor or price a market such as Love Island in which daily gossip and rumour are an integral part of the show’s coverage and public engagement? Katie Bayliss (Media Relations – Betfair):  Pricing up a market for a reality show like Love Island is based on quite a few factors and the gossip and speculation from fans of the show and the media contributes to what odds we set.Of course, we also watch the show and have our own opinions on the contestants and after years of many shows like Love Island, our novelties traders are very experienced at making a call on who the public will like and won’t like.I would go to saying that many of them are massive fans of the show, so they quite enjoy this time of year when watching reality TV is something they can do at their desks during the day – for work purposes of course.Tom Marriott – SiTASBC: What can betting markets and stakeholders learn from Love Islands success and engagement with the general public?Tom Marriott (Square in the Air – PR): It may not hold quite the same importance as the World Cup for the betting industry but when something catches the public’s attention like Love Island you’ve got to sit up and take notice.Newspapers, websites and social channels are set to be filled with Love Island stories over the coming weeks and that represents a potential window for bookmakers to display their offerings.Bookies’ odds provide the media with a source of information and guidance as to the chances of the show’s hopefuls and, just with the likes of The X Factor and I’m A Celeb… in years gone by, we tend to have a lot of success with increasing our clients’ exposure during these events.”________________________ Sharelast_img read more

Khris Davis walks off vs Twins, sets career-high to shrink A’s magic number

first_imgOAKLAND – Khris Davis tossed his helmet into the pile of A’s awaiting him at the plate as if he was Stephen Curry shooting a jump shot. He was drenched with sports drink from the cooler and sunflower seeds as he arrived to home plate. The next big celebration could be champagne and beer in just a couple of days.Davis walked off against the Twins in the 10th inning of Friday’s 7-6 victory, showered with “MVP” chants from the 27,558 fans in attendance as the A’s (93-61) shrunk their magic number …last_img read more

Warriors will face Rockets on Christmas Day, report says

first_imgIn what’s become an NBA tradition, the Warriors are playing on Christmas again in 2019.They’ll host the re-vamped Houston Rockets in San Francisco’s new Chase Center, according to ESPN’s Tim McMahon.It’ll be the seventh consecutive Christmas game for the Warriors, who lost to LeBron James and the new-look Lakers last season. James went down in LA’s 127-101 victory and missed several weeks with a groin injury, sinking the Lakers’ playoff hopes. The Warriors are 3-3 in their last six …last_img read more

Vanished plane not without precedent

first_imgFifty-four years before Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing another airliner vanished over the ocean. It just evaporated. To this day, just what happened to it is unknown, but speculation is rife – speculation fueled by the eyewitness report of those aboard a tanker who witnessed the craft’s destruction.March 15, 1962 a Flying Tiger Line L1049H Super Constellation, bound from Agana Naval Air Station in Guam to Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines simply ceased to exist. N 6921C, Flying Tiger Flight 739/14, disappeared at 13º13’ North Latitude, 140º00’ East Longitude – over an all but bottomless patch of the Pacific, an abyss called the Mariana Trench. This deepest of all depressions in the Earth’s crust is an astonishing 6.78 miles deep – this compared to the relatively shallow 300-feet or so along MH370’s original projected flight path.In all probability it’s the virtually bottomless depths of the Pacific that entomb the remains of “21 Charlie,” the call sign of the Flying Tiger Connie.21 Charlie, operating as a charter flight for the Military Air Transport Service, was ferrying American Army personnel from Travis Air Force Base, California to Saigon, to a country we once called South Vietnam. There were 107 people on board that airplane. One of them was my stepfather. He was the co-pilot.Bob Gazzaway was a pugnacious, plucky sort of guy who’d survived all that life could dish out – and that included being a Naval aviator during World War 11. In command of the Connie (the nickname of the Super Constellation), was Captain Gregory P. Thomas, one of Flying Tigers’ most experienced pilots.21 Charlie’s path across the Pacific was placid. An Aircraft Accident Report obtained by this reporter from the U.S. Civil Aeronautics Board (the predecessor of the National Transportation Safety Board) says the weather that night was good – broken cumulus clouds, no turbulence, and moonlit visibility of 15 miles – the kind of night airmen relish.At 22 minutes after midnight, 21 Charlie radioed its position. It was the last the outside world would hear from the crew. About an hour later the crew of the S/S T L Lenzen, a Standard Oil tanker, spotted an explosion in the sky. According to the CAB report, the crew spotted “a vapor trail, or some phenomenon resembling a vapor trail overhead…As this vapor trail passed behind a cloud, there occurred an explosion which was described by the witnesses as intensely luminous, with a white nucleus surrounded by a reddish-orange periphery with radial lines of identically colored lights.”What happened? The CAB couldn’t determine a probable cause.In the absence of hard physical evidence, rumors ran rampant, just as they have with Malaysia Flight 370. At the time people speculated about engine problems, sabotage, even the accidental shoot down of the Connie by an American missile, an inadvertent act that scuttlebutt said was covered up by an embarrassed Pentagon at the beginning of what would mutate into the most unpopular war in American history.Lending at least anecdotal credence to the shootdown and sabotage theories is a statement by Captain Duilio Bona. The late award-winning investigative reporter David Morrissey and I obtained a copy of his declaration after filing a Freedom of Information request with the United States government. In his declaration, Captain Bona said some fascinating things. Among the more intriguing: the witnesses aboard the Lenzen were “convinced [that the craft they saw explode was “a U.S. Airplane…on [military] exercise flights.”One of Bona’s crewmembers, a lookout named Scarfi said, “he saw a jet vapor track,” according to the captain. 21Charlie was a piston-engine airliner. Shortly after the vapor trial, Bona said Scarfi recalled, “a bright light illuminated, as a lightning, the bridge [of the ship].”Lenzen’s radio operator said there were no distress signals from the aircraft, a statement that led the CAB to conclude in its Accident Report “It can be reasonably assumed” that whatever befell 21 Charlie “happened suddenly and without warning.”Captain Bona said the radio operator of Lenzen tried “repeatedly” to contact Naval radio stations in Guam, Manila, Okinawa, and Iwo Jima – all to no avail. And that led to Bona’s conclusion “that what we saw was a troubled secret operation.”Troubled by what, or by whom, Bona never said. A missile? Sabotage perhaps? Remember, this was the Cold War, and Vietnam was just beginning to heat up. In its report, the CAB said when 21 Charlie was parked at Honolulu, Wake Island, and Guam just about anyone could access the aircraft “without challenge…the aircraft was left unattended in a dimly lighted area for a period of time while at Guam.”In a letter on the disaster the Federal Bureau of Investigation concluded the Bureau “did not anticipate [launching an investigation] unless substantial evidence of willful destruction is developed.”Then there’s a more mundane theory: engine problems. Three days before it disappeared, 21 Charlie had to return to Honolulu when number four engine developed “a significant power loss.”Shootdown, sabotage or something else? The odds are we’ll never know. 21 Charlie carried no flight data recorder, no cockpit voice recorder. The United States government says evidence of “willful destruction” was never recovered – this despite one of the most massive sea searches in history, a quest covering 144,000 square miles of ocean that employed 1,300 people, 48 aircraft, and 8 surface vessels. “Despite the thoroughness of the search,” concluded the Civil Aeronautics Board, “nothing was found which could conceivably be linked to the missing aircraft or its occupants.”And so it is, 54 years after the fact, that the fate of the Flying Tiger Connie and 107 souls on board remains a mystery – a mystery the answers to which are shrouded by seven miles of water.Now, we have a new mystery on our hands. Odds are it will be solved far before the passing of a half-century.last_img read more

Mobile Developers: It’s Not About The Money

first_imgTags:#Android#developers#HTML5#iOS#mobile#motivations#Open Source The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Apple iOS developers may make more money than their Android counterparts, but a new study from VisionMobile suggests that revenue is just one reason mobile app developers write for a particular platform. In fact, it’s not even the most important reason. Not by a long shot.Money, It’s A GasDespite Android’s overwhelming dominance of the mobile market, iOS developers still make more money. According to VisionMobile’s Developer Economics Q3 2013 report, iOS developers earn an average of $5,200 per month while Android developers pull down $4,700 per month. And despite there being more Android apps being downloaded, iOS still generates more money, as App Annie Intelligence data suggests: While this would seem to indicate a clear reason for developers to favor Apple over Android, the truth may not be quite so clear. Developers, it turns out, aren’t primarily motivated by money. Which is not the same as suggesting they’re a bunch of do-gooder Girl Scout types.Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Developer NeedsIn its new Developer Segmentation 2013 study, Vision Mobile highlights key developer types: Not surprisingly, so-called “Hunters” and “Guns for Hire” make up the bulk of the mobile developer population (42%), and contribute 48% of the app economy. Another 33% of app developers comprise the “Hobbyist” and “Explorer” segments, yet churn out only 13% of industry app revenues. These are the tinkerers who develop apps as a form of experimentation and personal enjoyment. The final group includes Enterprise IT and while only 29% of the market, it makes up 39% of app revenue.Both of these latter two groups favor HTML5 and Android. This isn’t surprising, given that they either need to be highly pragmatic (Enterprise IT) or they will choose a platform that allows them the most latitude (Android, HTML5) due to looser licensing constraints.Most interesting of all, none of the groups seems to have money as its primary motivation.Money drives just 28% of all developers, be they hobbyists or enterprise IT. Fun (40%) and creativity (53%) are much bigger motivations: What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … This won’t be surprising to anyone that has tracked developer motivations over time. As open-source software went mainstream, researchers grappled with understanding the motivations behind an outpouring of free labor into a wide array of open-source projects. Each found essentially the same thing as Karim Lakhani and Robert Wolf uncovered: developers express their creativity and derive personal satisfaction through code.Getting Motivations RightAs mobile ecosystems battle for developers, it’s worth keeping the fun factor in mind. The platform that best enables developers through documentation and tools, while making it easy to get started, will eventually win. Revenue potential matters, as few developers can afford to work for free full-time. But ultimately developers are impressed far more by how a platform enables them to express their creativity and enjoy development. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Matt Asay Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts last_img read more

New York attorney general launches probe of Weinstein Co

first_imgALBANY, N.Y. – State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a civil rights investigation on Monday into The Weinstein Co. following sexual harassment and assault allegations against its co-founder, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.As part of the investigation, the prosecutor’s office issued a subpoena seeking company records on harassment complaints and legal settlements to determine whether any civil rights and anti-discrimination laws were broken.“No New Yorker should be forced to walk into a workplace ruled by sexual intimidation, harassment or fear,” said Schneiderman, a Democrat. “If sexual harassment or discrimination is pervasive at a company, we want to know.”The New York City-based company fired Weinstein on Oct. 8 after The New York Times and The New Yorker exposed allegations of sexual assault and harassment spanning decades.More than three dozen women, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, have publicly accused the entertainment mogul of abuse. Weinstein has denied allegations of nonconsensual sex.A woman who answered the phone in The Weinstein Co.’s media relations office said the company had no comment on the subpoena or news of the investigation.One of Weinstein’s former assistants in London, Zelda Perkins, spoke to the Financial Times about what she said was repeated sexual harassment toward her. Weinstein walked around nude in front of her, asked her to be in the room when he bathed and the producer would often try to pull her into bed when she went into his room to wake him up.She told the paper she split a £250,000 settlement with another woman who she claimed was sexually assaulted by the producer.Perkins told the paper for a story published Monday that she was required to sign a non-disclosure agreement — a copy of which she was not allowed to keep.“I want to publicly break my non-disclosure agreement,” she said. “Unless somebody does this there won’t be a debate about how egregious these agreements are and the amount of duress that victims are put under. My entire world fell in because I thought the law was there to protect those who abided by it.”She sought legal advice after a colleague, who she did not name in the story, told her Weinstein sexually assaulted her at the Venice Film Festival in 1998.Perkins, who had declined comment to The Associated Press through her current employer, said the settlement agreement called for Weinstein to undergo counselling and called for a harassment reporting procedure to be set up at Weinstein’s then-company, Miramax.Emails seeking comment from the Walt Disney Co., which owns Miramax, and Weinstein’s representative Sallie Hofmeister were not immediately returned. Hofmeister has said Weinstein denies all allegations of non-consensual sex.Police in Los Angeles, New York City and London are also investigating Harvey Weinstein over allegations of sex abuse in those cities.The Oscar winner was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Producers Guild of America has started the process of expelling him.The allegations have prompted calls in Albany to use the power of the state to crack down on harassment. Democratic Assemblywoman Nily Rozic of Queens proposed legislation that would make designers, photographers, retailers and others liable for harassment experienced by models.Another lawmaker, Democratic Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal of Manhattan, proposed legislation that would make companies ineligible for state tax incentives if they fail to address chronic harassment problems in the workplace.Also Monday, ABC News said Ashley Judd will talk to anchor Diane Sawyer for Judd’s first TV interview since the actress-activist went public with allegations against Weinstein. The interview will air Thursday on ABC News platforms including “Good Morning America” and “Nightline.”Judd has described an incident two decades ago in which she said he invited her to his hotel room, greeted her wearing a bathrobe and asked if she would watch him shower.“Good Morning America” aired an interview with Matt Damon and George Clooney on Monday where both acknowledged they were aware of allegations Weinstein had slept with actresses, but not that he had assaulted them. Clooney described him in the interview as “a predator.”“I knew he was an (expletive),” Damon said. “He was proud of that. … I knew he was a womanizer. I wouldn’t want to be married to the guy, but it’s not my business really. But this level of criminal sexual predation is not something that I ever thought was going on.”In more Weinstein fallout, a fired Nickelodeon producer facing allegations of sexual harassment expressed regret over his behaviour. Chris Savino, creator of the animated series “The Loud House,” posted the apology Monday on his Facebook page.“I am deeply sorry and I am ashamed,” he wrote. “Although it was never my intention, I now understand that the impact of my actions and communications created an unacceptable environment.”Savino has been accused of sexual harassment by up to 12 women, according to the website Cartoon Brew, which reports on animation industry news.Last week, Nickelodeon said it took allegations of misconduct seriously and that Savino was no longer working with the children’s TV channel.___AP Television Writers Frazier Moore in New York and Lynn Elber and Film Writer Lindsey Bahr in Los Angeles contributed to this story.last_img read more

Both sides in Quebec ABI smelter lockout agree to resume negotiations minister

first_imgMONTREAL – Management at the ABI aluminum smelter in Becancour, Que., agreed on Friday to restart negotiations with its 1,030 locked-out employees.The announcement was made by Quebec Labour Minister Dominique Vien, who told reporters she had “satisfactory” meetings with both sides at her office in Quebec City.“Very good meetings, we are very satisfied,” she said. “Both sides are aware of the economic issues and they are ready to sit down again.”Management at the ABI smelter locked out its employees on Jan. 11. The smelter is 75 per cent owned by Pittsburgh-based Alcoa Corp. and 25 per cent by Montreal-headquartered Rio Tinto Alcan Inc.A mediator is expected to contact both sides and schedule a meeting, Vien said, adding the dispute is between a private company and its employees and the government can’t interfere.She said, however, that she asked both sides to choose representatives who are competent to negotiate and who have a mandate to reach a deal.The union said Friday it has never stopped wanting to negotiate.Alain Croteau, head of the Quebec section of the United Steelworkers, said “we have been waiting for a call for one month.”Local union president Clement Masse said “as soon as the employer says they are ready to return to the negotiating tale, we will return.”Masse said he’s ready to work on the company’s offer but he won’t submit the same one that was recently rejected by 80 per cent of his members.last_img read more