Weekly journalist on Pakistani paper beaten with cricket bat

first_img Receive email alerts Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” CanadaAmericas November 19, 2020 Find out more Organisation Reporters Without Borders today condemned an assault on journalist Jawaad Faizi on Urdu-language community weekly The Pakistan Post, in Mississauga, Ontario province, south-eastern Canada by two men who threatened further violence unless he stopped writing “against Islam”. His family has also suffered harassment.Faizi was attacked on 17 April as he was leaving the home of the editor of The Pakistan Post, Amir Arain. He was getting into his car when one of them smashed the windscreen and then beat him with a cricket bat.They threatened further violence if he continued writing “against Islam” and criticising the Islamic aid organisation Idara Minhaj-ul-Quran. The organisation, which has its headquarters in Lahore, Pakistan, has offices in 17 countries and a representative in Toronto, the capital of Ontario.Faizi, who was left with an arm injury, was unable to work for two days. He told Reporters Without Borders that he was “certain Idara Minhaj-ul-Quran was behind the reprisals” against him. He added that the day after the assault, he received a phone call from the administration of the school attended by his three children asking him to keep them at home. He said he was “worried” for his family.The evening before the attack, Faizi and his editor had reported to the police that they had received threatening phone calls. Amir Arain had already received threats in December 2004, when he exposed the alleged involvement of some leading members of the Pakistani community in Canada in a drugs case.“The blows and threats against Jawaad Faizi give rise to fears for the safety of foreign journalists in the very heart of their own community,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “Freedom of expression cannot be compromised and no community, cultural, ethnic or religious justification can excuse violating it. We urge the authorities in Ontario to take this case seriously and to quickly punish those behind this assault,” it added.The Pakistan Post was founded in 1993 by Mahammad Faruqi and serves the Pakistani residents of North America. It sells 50,000 copies a week in Canada and 25,000 in the United States. CanadaAmericas RSF_en Follow the news on Canada Help by sharing this information Newscenter_img News News January 15, 2021 Find out more “We must impose democratic obligations on the leading digital players” News November 11, 2020 Find out more April 23, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Weekly journalist on Pakistani paper beaten with cricket bat to go further On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabialast_img read more

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List of Ocean City Beaches Protected by Lifeguards After Labor Day

first_imgThe Ocean City Beach Patrol will be guarding the following beaches Tuesday (Sept. 2) through Sunday (Sept. 7):St. Charles Place (between First and Second streets)Brighton Place (between Fourth and Fifth streets)Eighth StreetNinth Street10th Street12th Street34th Street58th StreetThese beaches are protected weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.The Ocean City Beach Patrol strongly urges bathers to swim only at guarded beaches. If you have any questions, please call 609-525-9200.Ocean City Beach Patrol lifeguards typically work into the third week of September, but the number of patrolled beaches might be further decreased after Sept. 7.The ocean water temperature was 76 degrees on Monday (Sept. 1), and there were no named tropical storms in the Atlantic basin. September is the most common month for hurricanes and the rough surf that accompanies them.For more information on guarded beaches, refer to radio 1620 AM or Ocean City TV information channel 97.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Press release: UK-LATAC trade in the spotlight: Exports Minister visits Brazil and Argentina

first_imgMinister of State for Trade and Export Promotion, Baroness Fairhead, travelled to Brazil and Argentina last week (8-10 April) to meet with key Brazilian and Argentinian businesses and government ministers to discuss the UK’s commitment to trade and investment in both countries and the wider Latin American and Caribbean (LATAC) region.Baroness Fairhead met with businesses across a range of sectors including finance, life sciences and energy to reflect on both the challenges and opportunities available between the countries.Trade with Brazil, the world’s 9th largest economy, increased by 4.7% in 2018, reaching £5.8bn, while UK exports to Argentina rose by 4.1% to £807m. With trade with the two countries at healthy levels, there are significant opportunities for UK businesses to establish and build on strong trading ties far beyond Europe.Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion Baroness Fairhead said: Visit to ArgentinaIn Argentina, the Minister met with businesses and government officials to discuss ways in which the two countries can improve market access for business. While in Argentina the Minister highlighted the UK’s capability in a number of sectors including infrastructure, mining, agriculture, energy and financial services.The Minister also co-chaired the fourth meeting of the UK-Argentina Commercial Dialogue. Established in Spring 2017, it is the main forum for bilateral trade discussions between the two nations, and the latest talks focused on addressing market access issues faced by companies trading between the UK and Argentina. The meeting was hosted by Mariano Mayer, Secretary for SMEs and Entrepreneurship, on behalf of the Ministry of Production and Labour.Following the meeting, a new Better Regulation forum was agreed between the UK and Argentine governments, promoting direct regulator-to-regulator exchanges to share best practice and promote regulatory reform. These efforts will assist UK firms to enter the Argentine market, and support the Government of Argentina in its mission to modernise and streamline the Argentine regulatory environment, as well as improve Argentina’s standing as a destination for international business.Visit to BrazilMinister Fairhead visited Sao Paolo between 9-10 April, to attend an International Green Bond Market event. The Minister gave opening remarks at the event, highlighting the City of London as the global capital for Green Finance and reaffirm the UK government’s commitment to working with Brazil to improve trade and investment flows.The event was followed by a visit to Life Sciences company Aché’s manufacturing plant in Guarulhos to learn more about the Brazilian Life Sciences sector and potential opportunities for further collaboration with the UK.LATAC engagementBaroness Fairhead’s visit follows on the back of a week-long LATAC Roadshow across the UK that was promoted by DIT, which aimed to drive more UK businesses to export opportunities in the region. The roadshow engaged with more than 600 companies, visiting five cities in five days.The visit also follows the launch last week of DIT’s a dedicated Latin American Investors Club, created to help support Latin American and Caribbean companies invested in the UK. Roughly 100 investors attended the event.Latin America and the Caribbean combined is equivalent to the world’s third largest economy after China and the USA, offering vast potential for UK businesses across sectors such as food and drink, oil and gas, infrastructure and financial services. Home to over 650 million people, LATAC includes 48 countries and territories with a growing middle-class population, resulting in greater demand for high-quality products and services. This visit is a great opportunity to meet with businesses and members of government in both Brazil and Argentina to discuss how we can work together to improve our trading relationship and support more UK firms secure success in the region. Brazil and Argentina are significant markets in their own rights, and while British businesses are seeing increased demand from these vibrant economies, there is still more to do to ensure our leading sectors capitalise on the many opportunities and the growing demand for British brands across both countries. The Department for International Trade is committed to supporting British businesses of all sizes export more and break into new markets, as outlined in the government’s Export Strategy.last_img read more

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Christians best in Shawano barnburner

first_imgThe four quickly closed to the back bumper of Snellenberger. Michonski ran the high side with the oth­ers working the low side. Lap after lap, positions were swapped between the challengers with Snellenberger maintaining a slight lead. Marcus Yarie was the IMCA Modified winner and Sawyer Haese topped the Karl Kustoms North­ern SportMod main. By Dave Buss  Rod Snellenberger took command of the race in the first few laps but was soon joined by Dan Michonski and Eric Arneson as Christians fought through traffic. With multiple four-wide battles behind him Snellenberger, seemed to be on his way to the win. Michonski, Arneson, Christians and Mike Schmidt, however, had other plans.  On lap 19, slight contact between Christians and Snellenberger caused a tire to begin going down on Snellenberger’s ride. Christians pounced on the opportunity and in a drag race down the front stretch edged out Michonski. Snellenberger held onto third with Schmidt fourth. Jeremy Christians prevailed in the Saturday night IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature at Shawano Speedway. (Photo by Turn 2 Photos) SHAWANO, Wis. (June 22) – Some on social media were calling Saturday’s IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature at Shawano Speedway one of the best they have seen. Winner Jeremy Christians wouldn’t disagree.last_img read more

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Dickey gets 20th win, leads Mets over Pirates 6-5

first_imgA 37-year-old knuckleballer who had never won more than 11 games in any previous season, Dickey (20-6) overcame an outstanding, climbing catch by Travis Snider more than 2 feet above the right-field wall that robbed Mike Baxter of a tying home run in the second inning.Dickey, throwing his hard knuckler at about 78 mph, fell behind 2-0 and 3-1. Former Texas teammate Rod Barajas doubled in a run and homered, but the Mets clawed back in their final home game of the season and took a 6-3 lead on Wright’s homer in the fifth and held on in a nervous ninth.Dickey allowed three runs and eight hits in 7 2-3 innings, walking two and reaching double digits in strikeouts for the seventh time this season. He leads the NL with 222 Ks.He is the first 20-game winner for the pitching-proud Mets since Frank Viola in 1990 and the first knuckleballer to accomplish the feat since Houston’s Joe Niekro in 1980, according to STATS LLC. Viola also reached 20 with a win over the Pirates.The crowd of 31,506 — the Mets offered $10 tickets to boost attendance for the matinee — gave Dickey large ovations when he walked to the bullpen to warm up, when he came back to the dugout, when he took the mound and each time he batted. When he came out after walking Snider in the eighth, he tipped his cap to the excited fans, exchanged high-fives with teammates in the dugout and took a seat on the bench.Jon Rauch, pitching on his 34th birthday, followed Dickey and allowed Alex Presley’s two-run homer in the ninth. Bobby Parnell retired Josh Harrison on a groundout and Jose Tabata on a flyout for his fifth save.Pittsburgh, which led the NL Central at the All-Star break, lost for the 20th time in 26 games and dropped to 76-80. The Pirates must win five of their last six games — against Cincinnati and Atlanta — to avoid their 20th consecutive losing season. Pittsburgh’s streak of futility already is a record for North American major professional leagues.Snider gave the Pirates a memory with one of the best defensive plays of the season. He dug his cleats into the chain-link fence, hooked his left arm on top of the wall in front of the Mo’s Zone seats, hoisted himself up and grabbed Baxter’s drive in the webbing of the glove on his right hand well about the 8-foot wall.NL batting leader Andrew McCutchen left the game in the seventh inning with discomfort in left knee after attempting to make a diving catch.McCutchen trapped a soft fly into short center by Daniel Murphy and threw to second to force Ruben Tejada, who began the play on first base and wasn’t sure whether the ball was caught. The Pirates star then was taken out of the game.McCutchen was 0 for 4 with two strikeouts, dropping his average to .332, just ahead of San Francisco’s Buster Posey (.331) and St. Louis’ Yadier Molina (.320).Kevin Correia (11-11) gave up six runs and seven hits. Given a 3-1 lead, he allowed Scott Hairston’s RBI single in the fourth and Murphy’s tying single in the fifth before Wright hit an opposite-field drive to right for his 21st home run this season.Barajas hit an opposite-field RBI double that hopped the right-field wall in the second, and Jordy Mercer following with a run-scoring infield single to Wright at third.Ike Davis led off the bottom half with his 31st homer. Barajas boosted the lead to 3-1 when he homered on an 0-2 pitch in the fourth, a drive over the old 16-foot wall in left.NOTES: The Mets drew 2,242,803 to Citi Field this year, down from 3.15 million in 2009, 2.56 million in 2010 and 2.35 million last year. This is the team’s lowest home attendance since 2.19 million at Shea Stadium in 2003. … Mets broadcaster Keith Hernandez shaved off his mustache before the game in a charity fundraiser. … Pirates 2B Neil Walker missed his third straight game because of a lower back injury. by Ronald BlumAP Sports WriterNEW YORK (AP) — R.A. Dickey became the first knuckleballer to win 20 games in more than three decades, tying his career-high with 13 strikeouts and leading the New York Mets over Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 Thursday behind David Wright’s tiebreaking, three-run homer. INJURED PIRATE—Pittsburgh Pirates Andrew McCutchen ducks a high pitch from New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey during the second inning of a baseball game at Citi Field in New York, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) last_img read more

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Brainstorming A New Oceanic Bridge

first_imgPhoto and story by Joseph SapiaAll ideas are on the table as the county seeks the public’s views on how to deal with the deteriorating 77-year-old Ocean Bridge, spanning the Navesink River between Rumson and Middletown.Overhaul it or build a new bridge? If a new bridge is built, should it be built in the same footprint? Should it be a low, movable bridge like the current one or a fixed, high span?What do motorists, boaters, bicyclists, walkers, those with a view have to say? Should people be allowed to fish off the bridge?“The most important thing is people fill out those (Monmouth County) surveys,” said Todd Thompson, president of the Friends of the Oceanic Bridge. “We’re back to square one.”The county, which owns the 2,700-foot, steel and concrete bridge, is now in the midst of a federally funded $1.2 million concept development phase. This includes collecting the public’s comments over a 30-day period ending Nov. 25.The county hopes the federal government will fund a rehabilitation or new bridge. It began talking to local government officials about a bridge project in April. Work on a bridge rehabilitation or replacement – with a replacement estimated to cost between $100 to $130 million – would run from winter 2023-24 to winter 2026-27.Kim Robinson, 56, a Rumson resident who was at work in Fair Haven, prefers a low, movable bridge – “I think they’re part of the Shore heritage,” she said. “It just blends in with the landscape.”But Robinson questioned if rehabilitating the current one would be feasible.“I love when the bridge is open,” Robinson said. “It makes you pause to look at the scenery. The kids get out of the car.“High bridge, yeck,” Robinson said.“I don’t want a tall bridge,” said Denise Kelleher, 58, who lives in Rumson and owns the Cups and Cakes Bakery there. “The Oceanic Bridge is just special to me. There’s something, just the beauty. I just think a tall bridge would be inappropriate.”Pat Raphael of Fair Haven, who was at the Navesink River waterfront with her family, preferred a new movable, low bridge as well.“I agree, not a big, high bridge,” said Raphael’s husband, Rich. “It changes everything.”Rich Raphael has used the bridge for five years in his work commute. Generally, he does not mind if he has to stop when the bridge is open for boat traffic. Perhaps a drawbridge could be built higher than the current one, which sits 25 feet above high tide, he suggested.Pat Raphael would like to see it built parallel to the current bridge site, so there would not be a need for a months-long, 8-1/2 mile detour – the same length no matter if detouring through Red  Bank or Rumson-Sea Bright.The current bridge is two lanes with no shoulders, with a sidewalk along one side.Jim Jaroschak, 44, of Rumson bicycles over the bridge and said it would “be nice to have a bike path.” Now, bicyclists are to dismount and walk their bikes across the bridge.Jaroschak, who was at the Navesink River waterfront in Rumson, prefers a low, movable bridge. “The aesthetics are important,” he said.“Boats going through, it’s not that often,” Jaroschak said. “It’s not a big traffic backlog when they do open it.”“The view is important to a lot of people,” said Steven Krog, 62, a landscape architect from Westchester County, New York, who works on properties along the river. “People like the bridge.”Krog, who was shopping in Fair Haven, figured those people would want a lower, movable bridge for aesthetics, something Frank Giblin, 54, who lives in Middletown’s Locust section near the bridge, favored.“The bridge that’s there now has aged itself,” Giblin said.But Harvey Shooman, an owner of Fair Haven Hardware, said he prefers a high, fixed-span bridge, either in the same footprint or parallel to the current bridge site. A parallel bridge would eliminate the need for months of a detour, he said.“Aesthetic-wise, it would be fine,” said Shooman, 65, who was at work.Shawn Rubin, 46, of Rumson prefers a high, fixed bridge, too.“You need to build a new one, high enough not to open it all the time,” said Rubin, who was at the Navesink River waterfront. “Make it lasting.”Sure, there is a nostalgic feeling for today’s bridge or style, “it’s a beautiful thing, because it’s from a time gone past,” Rubin said. But he prefers a high bridge, one built parallel to decrease detours.Ryan DeVesty, 35, working in his yard in the Navesink-Locust area of Middletown near the bridge, was leaning toward a tall, fixed bridge.“I guess a bridge in the same spot like the (Route 36) Highlands Bridge, where it doesn’t have to open,” DeVesty said.When the bridge was closed a few years ago for repairs, “it certainly affected our business,” Shooman said.“Even when they do work on the bridge and it’s closed for a short amount of time, it really hurts the community,” Rubin said.“I drive that bridge two or three times a week,” Krog said. “I’m on it frequently. That bridge is really important to the organization of my day. You don’t even think about it until it’s not available.”Thompson, 63, lives on one side of the bridge in Fair Haven and is an owner of Guaranteed Plants and Florist on the other side of the bridge in the Locust section of Middletown.“We’d like to see what’s exactly there now, built to contemporary safety standards,” Thompson said. “To have a high, contemporary bridge there would not be conducive to the area. We’re very quick to get rid of our past, we don’t savor our history.”Thompson wants to see the new bridge built just east of the existing bridge.Some are undecided at this point.Michele Peters of Middletown was undecided about a low or high bridge, but she had her priorities.“Safety, and, then aesthetics, and then, practicality,” said Peters, saying the practical aspects should consider motorists, boaters and bicyclists. “I do enjoy the view, I look at it several times a day. It’s a focal point.”“It’s going to be an inconvenience, no matter what,” Krog said. But, Krog added, something has to be done with the bridge.Information on the Oceanic Bridge, including survey forms, is available at monmouthcountyoceanicbridge.com.Comments on the bridge may be directed to Inkyung Englehart, project manager, Monmouth County Division of Engineering and Traffic Safety, Hall of Records Annex, 3rd Floor, 1 E. Main St., Freehold, 07728; [email protected]last_img read more

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Corey Gamble spotted with mystery blond

first_imgLos Angeles, Jun 4 (PTI) In the midst of rumours of his break-up with Kris Jenner, Corey Gamble was photographed stepping out for lunch with a mystery woman at Nobu in Malibu.Corey, 33, and the blonde beauty were seen sharing a hug before heading to the famed restaurant to eat together, reported Ace Showbiz.He went low key in a grey tee, short pants, a hat and sunglasses, while the woman, whose identity is yet to be revealed, sported a denim jacket over her navy dress.Its still unclear if Corey did split from Jenner. PTI JCH JCHlast_img

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