Gunmen kill last surviving witness of TV reporter’s murder

first_img News News PakistanAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Organisation News to go further Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists November 19, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Gunmen kill last surviving witness of TV reporter’s murder January 28, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder News Reporters Without Borders condemns the murders of all six of the witnesses who had agreed to testify against the five defendants being tried for Geo News TV reporter Wali Khan Babar’s murder in Karachi in January 2011.The last surviving witness, Haider Ali, was shot dead in his home on 11 November. These cold-blooded murders could make it impossible for the authorities to successfully conclude the trial and could dash any hope of justice in this case.“Babar’s tragic murder could now go unpunished,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The Sindh provincial government is directly responsible for protecting witnesses and last year the Sindh high court said security personnel should be assigned to protect the witnesses and the lawyers handling the case. “But for nearly two years, the provincial government did nothing to protect the six witnesses who had agreed to describe what they saw on the day of the murder, and we therefore call for Sindh chief minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah’s immediate resignation.“We also call for a renewed effort to shed light on Babar’s death and render justice in this case. The fact that the witnesses were eliminated while the main suspects were in preventive detention suggests that those behind Babar’s murder are still at large. Everything must be done to ensure that this street ‘justice’ by force of arms is brought to an end.”A total of 23 people witnessed Babar’s murder but only six – the six who were eliminated one by one in the course of the past 22 months ¬– agreed to testify to Karachi’s Anti-Terrorist Court (ATC). The others refused, mainly for security reasons.The last surviving witness was Haider Ali, also known as Saleem, who had already identified four of the five suspects before a magistrate. On 11 November, two days before he was due to testify to the ATC, two men went to his home. His wife opened the door and they immediately shot him twice in the head.A Karachi-based TV reporter, Babar, 29, was gunned down on the evening of 13 January, a few hours after covering a police investigation in Pehlawan Goth, a district with a high level of violence in the eastern part of the city.Pakistan was the world’s deadliest country for the media for the second year running in 2011, with a total of 10 journalists killed. Eight journalists have been killed since the start of 2012.In the 2011-2012 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, Pakistan was ranked 151st out of 179 countries.Credits: ASIF HASSAN / AFP PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire April 21, 2021 Find out more RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Pakistanlast_img read more

Indiana, Michigan squarely in the middle of the pack when it comes to COVID…

first_img Facebook Indiana, Michigan squarely in the middle of the pack when it comes to COVID restrictions By Tommie Lee – June 9, 2020 0 435 WhatsApp Google+ Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleDowagiac home catches fire after child plays with lighter, sets pile of clothing ablazeNext articleIndiana BMV to resume walk-in service in mid-June Tommie Lee CoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNationalNewsSouth Bend Market Indiana National Guardsmen, local law enforcement and civilian personnel, partner together to conduct COVID-19 testing throughout north east Indiana on April 27, 2020. (Photo by Cpl. Hannah Clifton) It turns out Indiana and Michigan are right in the middle of the road among states when it comes to coronavirus restrictions.A number of different considerations went into the report, posted at WalletHub and using data reported through Monday.Both of the Dakotas and Wisconsin had the fewest public restrictions, with California and New Hampshire having the most.Indiana and Michigan were ranked 24th and 25th, respectively.The data included considerations like whether child-care programs and restaurants were reopened in the state, and the details of any shelter-in-place orders.You can view the full report here. Pinterest Twitter Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Credit unions: Stop contacting, start connecting!

first_img 94SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bryan Clagett Bryan is on the executive team and singularly focused on driving revenue growth through a variety of new initiatives that help financial services and fintech become ever more relevant to … Web: Details Too often I hear sales, service and marketing people state they wish they had more time and better ways to contact members, customers or clients. Well guess what? Contact is not enough and frankly, it’s not likely what any audience really needs or wants.If you are like me, you live in a fast-paced, multi-tasking world with a variety of demands that must be answered daily. Face it; you’re a little stressed out. By now, it would have been great if new technology made our lives a little easier. But has that been the case? Now that we’re all wired and on-demand, it just seems like we are getting busier and busier. Well perhaps, your members feel exactly the same way. And the last thing they want from you is more “contact.”“Contact” may be what we are all trying to escape. Seriously, do you want a salesperson to “contact” you? I think not. Like any of us, members have very specific needs, concerns and points of pain. I’d go as far to say that in the majority of cases, you likely have little idea as to what they are. That my friends, is a problem. I’d like to suggest that we stop “contacting” and start “connecting.” Connecting seems more meaningful, personal and perhaps emotional. For me, when I hear that someone wants to contact me, it implies that they want to do the talking. When they want to connect with me, it implies they want to do some serious listening. You can’t access member need without listening.In the commoditized world of retail banking, customer engagement has become a key differentiator. I love the word “connect” because it implies that there’s a connection occurring and it’s more meaningful and perhaps more emotional. Emotional connections often determine the strength and length of the member relationship and they drive passion, loyalty and advocacy. According to studies by Zappos, connecting with consumers on an emotional level is critical, because if you do, they will be 300% more likely to recommend you. You do want more growth, right?I believe that members require relevant engagement at appropriate times or moments. At Geezeo we often speak of “life infused financial experiences”, built around significant financial milestones, like getting married, having a child and buying a home. Yes, these are logical, important opportunities for credit unions to leverage via engagement and connection. But there are plenty of other ways to connect and many countless channels to leverage. Come to think of it, every transaction is an opportunity to genuinely connect, be it digital or face-to-face.  Let’s connect with members when they need us the most, on their terms.Stop contacting. Start connecting. Just keep in mind that the quality of your member engagements is much more important than the frequency.last_img read more

Dirty Birds earn useless win in meaningless game

first_imgAfter a three-year “drinking” streak, the Majestic Bird flies again. The Daily Cardinal beat its fulsome foes in flag football on the battlefields of Vilas Park Saturday. And for the first time in three years, it was a day of ULTIMATE GLORY.“This is the happiest day of my entire life,” head coach Grey Satterfield said as a cascade of tears streamed down his face, demonstrating to the world how to make ugly crying look beautiful.Despite a slow start for the Cardinal in the first half, the team went up 35-21 late in the game only to watch their lead evaporate via two quick Herald scores in the waning seconds of regulation, tying the score and catapulting the game into six overtimes.Officials are still debating the final score of the game, which was probably 49-42, or maybe 5-2, like every other week.“We could’ve ended it earlier,” defensive lineman Cameron “Killer” Kalmon said while chewing on what one could only guess was a Heralder’s leg. “But we weren’t finished with our beer yet.”Kalmon left early in second half because officials wanted to limit fatalities.“I sacked the quarterback!” sex columnist Alex Tucker said after bringing down Heralder Sean Zak in the fourth overtime. Tucker was later informed this was not a sexual reference.Claire Satterfield got another sack late into the overtime periods, and in an elaborate prance, or what some would call a frantic jump, she shouted, “I woke up in a new Bugatti!” The Cardinal gods were listening, and the next morning, she actually woke up in a new Bugatti.The Cardinal’s ruthless defense kept the game going, including an interception by safety and amateur twerker Vince Huth. Anonymous sources reported that Huth was spotted shaking his moneymaker on the Capitol Stage later that night.Assistant coach Sir Jonah Beleckis kept things frisky on the sidelines, offering the Herald camp a worthy distraction with his buns of steal, which were only scantily covered by his lucky Flash undies.Offensively, statisticians lost count of sports editor and MVP Brett Bachman’s rushing, receiving and passing touchdowns, but it was a quick pass to photographer Wil “one L” Gibb in the game’s sixth overtime that secured the Cardinal win.“I mean, if you can think of other ways to score touchdowns, let me know,” Bachman said during the sixth overtime.After storming the field in victory, the Cardinal staff went on to absorb the Herald’s keg in its all-encompassing, thirsty wake.Along the sideline, former Badger Herald editor Polo Rocha lamented his allegiance and was often spotted cheering for the opposing team, unable to deny how awesome they are.“Of course I have to support the Herald squad on the surface, but that doesn’t mean I’m not wearing my ‘Daily Cardinal or die’ bro-tank under this Herald shirt,” Rocha said.Although she “lost” the chug off, Daily Cardinal Editor-in-Chief Abby Becker stayed poised, not letting a single drop of beer hit the ground, unlike her competitor, who dumped her entire cup of beer on herself while trying to get it down her throat.“I am not sure what happened there,” Becker said about Herald Editor-in-Chief Katherine Krueger. “But I am guessing she thought that counted as her shower for the week.”After missing the game to go on a scouting trip for the Seattle Seahawks, Cardinal editor Jack Casey looked ahead to the future. “Be prepared for the same ass-kicking at the spring softball game, motherfuckers,” he said.last_img read more

Donegal school scoops €2,500 in national sticker competition

first_imgScoil Baile An Caislean, St Johnston has won €2,500 for sports equipment in the Aldi Play Rugby primary school sticker competition.Principal Liesel Toner and pupils were recently presented with the cheque by Seamus McDermott, store manager from Aldi Buncrana.School principal Liesel Toner receiving the cheque from Seamus McDermott, store manager from Aldi Buncrana alongside Rachel Wilson and Conor White, pupils from Scoil Baile An Caislean. ©INPHO/Bryan KeaneThe much-welcomed cash prize was won through a great show of teamwork by the school as they collected stickers from their local Aldi to fill an Irish Rugby poster. Each primary school that submitted a valid poster will receive an Aldi Play Rugby kit bag which includes rugby balls, water bottles and water bottle holders per completed poster.Pupils from Scoil Baile An Caislean with the chequeDue to the phenomenal success of the campaign, Aldi will be sending out over 16,000 rugby balls and over 24,000 water bottles to primary schools across the country.In the same competition, Scoil Naomh Treasa in Clonmany was one of two winners to be awarded the top prize of €50,000 to give their sports facilities a makeover.Donegal school scoops €2,500 in national sticker competition was last modified: May 28th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Scoil Baile An CaisleanSt Johnstonlast_img read more

What we learned from Raiders DC Paul Guenther at Senior Bowl

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceMOBILE, Ala. — Paul Guenther is three weeks removed from a season in which he oversaw the NFL’s worst defense, and he hopes to turn the page with three first-round picks and hands-on experience with potential future Raiders at the Senior Bowl this week.Guenther, entering his second season as the Raiders’ defensive coordinator, spoke with local reporters on Wednesday evening in Mobile.Here are a couple notable topics …last_img

BJP youth leader to take on Cong. veteran

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party has placed its bet on political greenhorn Bhanu Bhuria to throw a challenge for veteran Kantilal Bhuria in the Jhabua by-election, in a bid to halt the Congress waltz barely two steps away from a majority in the Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha.The 10-month tenure of the Congress government has laid bare the party’s competing power centres, which were cobbled up for convenience to shore up the government the party secured after 15 years. And now, an implosion within the State unit seems impending. Farmer distress BJP’s Bhanu Bhuria, 36, plans to take on five-time MP and former Union Minister Kantilal Bhuria, 69, by raking up festering fault lines within the State Congress, farmer distress, shoddy flood relief and loan waiver in the State, ahead of the contest on October 21. “Despite being a tall leader, he couldn’t get any scheme for the region’s poor tribals when he was a Minister at the Centre and the State,” Mr. Bhanu, district president of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, told The Hindu. The by-election became imminent after BJP MLA G.S. Damor wrested the Congress bastion of Ratlam in the Lok Sabha election. In both the Vidhan Sabha and the Lok Sabha elections, he embarrassed the Congress Bhurias — first Vikrant, and then father Kantilal. A win in the by-election could take the Congress just a step away from the majority mark of 116 in the 230-member House. Furthermore, it will help it ward off the persisting BJP offensive calling out its supposed minority in the Assembly. Mr. Damor’s resignation brought down the BJP’s tally to 108.“The youth have understood the Congress ploy of making false promises,” said Mr. Bhanu, whose sway in the Ranapur and Kalyanpur rural areas may help the BJP tide over the Congress stranglehold on villages. Recently, the BJP turned the campaign pitch shriller with Leader of the Opposition Gopal Bhargava terming by be-election a contest between India and Pakistan. Playing it safe, the BJP has dropped Bhopal MP Pragya Thakur from the list of star campaigners. And the Congress has stabled State Minister Umang Singhar and Jyotiraditya Scindia loyalists, although 40 leaders, including party interim president Sonia Gandhi and leader Rahul Gandhi and 10 State Ministers, are slated to lead the campaign trail. Mr. Singhar had earlier made the Congress nervous by accusing former Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh of trying to destabilise the State government. Despite his popularity among the Bhil tribe, Mr. Singhar has been given a short shrift. His aunt, Jamuna Devi, a former Deputy CM, galvanised tribals for the Congress. Meanwhile, Jai Adivasi Yuva Shakti, on organisation of tribal youth, has announced its support for the Congress. And even ticket expectant and former MLA Javier Medha has pledged support for Mr. Kantilal.last_img read more