Journalist’s two sons gunned down, warning to media suspected

first_img News Receive email alerts PakistanAsia – Pacific News Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder to go further Follow the news on Pakistan Two sons of a leading local journalist were gunned down by men on a motorcycle yesterday in Khuzdar, in the troubled southwestern province of Balochistan, in a suspected reprisal for his reporting or act of intimidation against all journalists in the region.Siraj Ahmed Khan, 25, died on the spot while Manzoor Ahmed Khan, 22, died from his injuries this morning in a local hospital. Their father, Nadeem Gurjinari, the president of the Khuzdar Press Club and a reporter for the Daily Express and Express News TV, had received repeated threats and had recently stopped writing because of an increase in the frequency of reprisals against journalists.Reporters Without Borders calls on the authorities to conduct an independent investigation into the double murder without delay and to not rule out the possibility that it was a reprisal targeting the victims’ father, a well-known journalist.”If this possibility is confirmed, it will show that the enemies of freedom of information are resorting to the most extreme forms of cruelty and are displaying a complete contempt for the fundamental freedoms courageously defended by media workers,” Reporters Without Borders said. The Balochistan Union of Journalists (BUJ) has condemned the attack. “We reminded the government every time that this continuing wave of attacks against the journalists should be checked and every time the government disappointed us,” BUJ president Essa Tareen told Reporters Without Borders.”Balochistan is one of the world’s most dangerous regions for the media,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Caught between government forces and Balochi armed separatists, journalists are suffering the consequences of the impunity with which their colleagues have been attacked or killed in the past.”This just encourages an escalation in violence and self-censorship, now the only solution for journalists in this region who want to stay alive. We urge the government to react as a matter of urgency to their repeated attacks on media personnel.”The most recent previous media victim in Balochistan was Abdul Haq Baluch, a reporter for ARY News TV and two newspapers, the Daily Awan and Tawar, who was gunned down in Khuzdar on 29 September. At least eight journalists have been killed in Pakistan so far this year, of whom at least three in Balochistan.Ranked 151st out of 179 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, Pakistan was the world’s deadliest country for the media for the second year running in 2011 with 10 journalists killed. PakistanAsia – Pacific center_img Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists October 26, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist’s two sons gunned down, warning to media suspected Help by sharing this information RSF_en January 28, 2021 Find out more News April 21, 2021 Find out more Newslast_img read more

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Group seeks to improve cyclist safety, awareness

first_img Pinterest Pinterest Previous articleGOLF: North American One-Armed Golfer Association Championship completes first roundNext articleGospel concert admin The Permian Basin Bicyclist Association gathered Monday evening to present and develop possible plans to help make the roads safer for bicyclists in the Permian Basin.Bicyclists, business owners and city officials voiced their concerns and ideas and two separate groups were created: one for improving education and awareness of cyclists for drivers and one to discuss ways of making roads for bicyclist-friendly.This meeting comes more than a week after 39-year-old Brandey Ackerman of Midland was killed when she was hit from behind while riding her bicycle on the Highway 191 service road.On April 25, two more cyclists were killed, 42-year-old Camron Stotts and 47-year-old Michael Mestas, after being hit by a truck while traveling on Highway 158.Several ideas were presented on both sides. Suggestions included bicycle safety lessons locally in schools and driver education, billboards and advertising, group rides to spread awareness to drivers, as well as potential changes that could be made to local road laws and ways to make roads safer, such as Highway 191. Local News Group seeks to improve cyclist safety, awareness Twitter Facebook Facebook Twitter WhatsApp By admin – June 18, 2018 WhatsApplast_img read more

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Google shows how subsea cables can provide earthquake and tsunami warnings

first_imgFor several weeks the ocean floor was quiet, showing no SOP changes that would indicate an earthquake. Then, on January 28, 2020, it detected a magnitude 7.7  earthquake off of Jamaica. A plot of SOP over time showed a pronounced spike at a time stamp approximately five minutes after the earthquake occurred, correlating to the travel time of the seismic wave from Jamaica to the  cable, and the duration of the spike was about 10 minutes. Google’s global network of undersea cables makes it possible to share, search, send, and receive information around the world at the speed of light. These cables are built using optical fibers that carry data as pulses of light traveling at 204,190 kilometres per second. The pulsing light encounters distortions as it travels thousands of kilometres across the cable. Then, on March 28, a magnitude 4.5 earthquake occurred off the shore near Valparaiso, Chile, only 30 km away from one of Google cables at the closest point. The event produced a clear but short spike of SOP activity—the short duration was likely to due to a rapid decay in the vibration intensity along the cable for this relatively small event.  By analyzing the data, Dr. Zhan showed that not only can earthquakes be detected emanating from tectonic plates, but pressure changes in the ocean itself can also be detected, which could help predict tsunamis. Of course, this is just a first demonstration, not a working system, and much work remains to be done. First, scientists will need to better understand the deluge of complex data that will be generated by monitoring SOP. To create a robust earthquake monitoring system, researchers need advanced mathematics and data analytics, where advanced computing systems like Google Cloud can be instrumental. The technique relies on equipment that is present on the vast majority of the world’s existing fiber optic systems, so it is broadly applicable. There’s a long tradition of using optical fiber for sensing applications. But whereas most of these techniques are effective over distances of up to 100 km, Google has developed a technique that works over tens of thousands of kilometres. In the months following the Jamaica earthquake, the team also detected multiple moderate-size earthquakes, both at shorter and longer distances. center_img At the receiving end, the light pulses are detected, and the distortions are corrected by digital signal processing. One of the properties of light that is tracked as part of the optical transmission is the state of polarization (SOP). The SOP changes in response to mechanical disturbances along the cable and tracking these disturbances enables to detect seismic activity.    Google team shared the results with Dr. Zhongwen Zhan of the California Institute of Technology Seismological Laboratory, who confirmed the observations and provided additional insight into travel times of different types of seismic waves and the expected frequency ranges of SOP excursions.  In late 2019, Google began monitoring SOP on some of its global submarine cables. During the initial field trial, it observed that SOP was remarkably stable, even after the signal traversed 10,500 km. This approach is seen not as a replacement of dedicated seismic sensors but as a source of complementary information to enable early warnings for earthquakes and tsunamis. On March 22, 2020, there was a magnitude 6.1 earthquake on the East Pacific Rise. The team observed clear SOP activity with timing consistent with observations made at a seismic monitoring station in Tlapa, Mexico, which was located at a similar distance. “We’re excited by the early success of detecting seismic events with subsea cables, which can improve our ability to observe both the Earth’s structure and earthquake dynamics. But this is just the beginning,” Google team said. Google has shown how subsea fiber optic cables could be useful for earthquake and tsunami warning systems around the globe.  last_img read more

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Rooney relishing Christmas Day off

first_imgManchester United captain Wayne Rooney has welcomed manager Louis van Gaal’s decision to give his players Christmas Day off. Press Association Unlike his predecessors David Moyes and Sir Alex Ferguson, Van Gaal has instructed his players to stay at home on Thursday, even though they have a match at home to Newcastle 24 hours later. Christmas Day training has been cancelled and the players will report for duty the following morning at the AON Training Complex in Carrington. The 29-year-old is expected to play in midfield against the Magpies, with Radamel Falcao poised to continue up front alongside Robin van Persie. Falcao ended a two-month goal drought with a well-taken header at Aston Villa last weekend and Rooney hopes the Colombian will now start scoring on a regular basis. “It was great for Falcao to get on the scoresheet, and it was a great header,” the England skipper told MUTV. “I’m pleased for him and I hope he continues that into the next few games.” The 1-1 draw at Villa Park ended a run of six consecutive wins for Van Gaal’s team, who are now third in the Barclays Premier League. United will be without Ander Herrera, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw and Marouane Fellaini for Friday’s match. Chris Smalling faces a late test on his groin injury while Marcos Rojo is a big doubt due to the thigh problem that has kept him out of the last two matches. Alan Pardew will attempt to bring goals to Newcastle as he prepares for an intensely difficult start to the Christmas campaign. The Magpies travel to in-form Manchester United on Boxing Day on the back of three successive defeats, the last of them a 1-0 reverse at the hands of neighbours Sunderland, an unprecedented fourth consecutive derby loss. Just a few weeks ago, it would have been a fixture Pardew’s men might have approached with some relish having already dispensed with Tottenham, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea. Asked if his team had saved its best performances for the Barclays Premier League’s big boys, the 53-year-old replied: “Yes and no. “Some of the top clubs, we have not played so well – Arsenal, we didn’t play well, but Spurs we beat, Liverpool we beat as well. “We can raise our game, but we don’t score a lot of goals, and that’s something that is a concern, really, going into the second half of the season, how many goals we have scored. “That’s an area we are going to have to improve on against any team. “But when you play the top teams, you can keep it tight and one goal, two goals can sometimes be enough. But not always, and we need to score more goals.” Newcastle have fared reasonably well on their most recent league visits to Old Trafford, drawing 1-1 there in November 2011, losing by the odd goal in seven on Boxing Day the following year and finally ending a 41-year wait for a victory in December last year. Pardew said: “We have had decent performances at Old Trafford, I think, in the last three. We drew, we lost in the last minute – which was a cracking game – 4-3, and then we won last year, so we have done reasonably well there. “One of the reasons we have one well there is we have retained possession well, and that’s something we are going to have to do because you can’t turn possession over to Manchester United with the quality they have got up front. “They are going well at the minute. They are on a great run, and it’s a game that every time you play them, you have to look forward to it. I certainly do and I am sure our senior players and young players will too.” Playing on Boxing Day will be a new experience for Van Gaal and five of the six players he signed in the summer. Rooney feels they will benefit from being able to spend time with their families, rather than spend the day on the training pitch. “We’re not training on Christmas Day this year because we’ll be spending it at home, which will be good for the foreign players and those of us with children,” said Rooney, who has two sons. “It must be strange for the new players to have more games than ever over Christmas, having had the time off previously. “They have to adapt and be ready for it, while being aware of the fixture list. I’m sure they’ll be prepared for the upcoming games.” The omens look good for United ahead of the match. They have only lost once on Boxing Day – against Middlesbrough in 2002 – since the Premier League began. Rooney, however, has bagged just two goals in eight Boxing Day appearances for the Red Devils. last_img read more

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