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

Social housing on the way to Dunfanaghy

first_img Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Google+ Twitter By News Highland – April 8, 2021 Previous article232 Covid patients in hospital – the lowest since before ChristmasNext articleLong awaited traffic calming measures for Twins Towns complete News Highland Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp It has been confirmed that Donegal County council has taken ownership of 8, 2 bed apartments in Dunfanaghy.The councils Housing Engineer will carry out checks on the premises over the next few days with they hopes they will be in a position to do the lettings next week.Local councillor Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig says this is encouraging news, but there is still a long way to go in solving the housing crisis in Donegal:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterestcenter_img Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Facebook Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Social housing on the way to Dunfanaghy Facebook FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Harps come back to win in Waterford AudioHomepage BannerNewslast_img read more

Electron precipitation from the outer radiation belt during the St Patrick’s Day storm 2015: observations, modelling, and validation

first_imgRecently, a model for medium energy (30–1000 keV) radiation belt‐driven electron precipitation (ApEEP) has been put forward for use in decadal to century‐long climate model runs as part of the Climate Modelling Intercomparison Project, phase 6 (CMIP6). The ApEEP model is based on directly observed precipitation data spanning 2002‐2012 from the constellation of low Earth orbiting Polar Operational Environmental Satellites (POES). Here we test the ApEEP model’s ability using its magnetic local time variant, ApEEP_MLT, to accurately represent electron precipitation fluxes from the radiation belts during a large geomagnetic storm that occurred outside of the span of the development dataset. In a study of narrow band sub‐ionospheric VLF transmitter data collected during March 2015, continuous phase observations have been analyzed throughout the entire St. Patrick’s Day geomagnetic storm period for the first time. Using phase data from the UK transmitter, call‐sign GVT (22.1 kHz), received in Reykjavik, Iceland, electron precipitation fluxes from L=2.8‐5.4 are calculated around magnetic local noon (12 MLT), and magnetic midnight (00 MLT). VLF‐inferred >30 keV fluxes are similar to the equivalent directly‐observed POES fluxes. The ApEEP_MLT >30 keV fluxes for L30 keV flux levels during a large geomagnetic storm, using three different techniques, indicates this flux forcing are appropriate for decadal climate simulations for which the ApEEP model was created.last_img read more

US Navy’s ‘Great Green Fleet’ Initiative Sets Bar High for Biofuels Industry

first_img View post tag: green US Navy’s ‘Great Green Fleet’ Initiative Sets Bar High for Biofuels Industry View post tag: Initiative View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: For Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Biofuels View post tag: Great View post tag: Industrycenter_img Industry news May 24, 2012 Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy’s ‘Great Green Fleet’ Initiative Sets Bar High for Biofuels Industry View post tag: High View post tag: bar The US Navy’s ‘Great Green Fleet’ initiative sets the bar high for the biofuels industry in May’s issue of Energy Digital.This month, Energy Digital checks in on the US Navy’s ambitious initiative to deploy a fleet of warships powered by alternative fuels by 2016. Touted as one of the most effective moves to jumpstart the use of renewable energy in the US military and reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, the Navy’s “Great Green Fleet” is expected to boost the biofuels industry in the greater commercial market as well.Along with the Air Force and Army, the Navy has tested and certified a number of ships and warplanes as biofuel compatible to run on a drop-in blend of conventional oil and green fuel that does not require engine modifications. With over $500 million invested in the biofuels industry, the Navy hopes to cut its use of fossil fuels in half over the next decade.Signs of success are already surfacing. In November, in the largest alternative fuel test in history, the Navy’s first biofuel-powered ship completed a trip along California’s coast, running on a 50-50 mix of petroleum and algae-based fuel produced from Solazyme. The fuel burned just like traditional fuel, using the same engines. Later, in March, the Navy’s USS Ford sailed over 12,000 miles on the fuel from Washington to San Diego, portraying similar results.Other companies are working on a wide range of alternative fuel options in the competition to win supplier bids with the DoD’s largest oil consumer. Besides San Francisco-based Solazyme, Dynamic Fuels is also one of the biggest players in the program. The Louisiana-based company sources its fuel from used cooking oil and non-food grade animal fats.Despite some backlash from Washington, the Navy continues to steadfastly pursue the initiative, insisting that the nation rises above partisan politics in an effort to strengthen the operations of its armed forces. It’s not about right vs left, the environment vs big oil; it’s about giving our armed forces the tools they need to protect America.“Alternative fuels for the Navy is not about being green, it’s about combat capability,” said Goudreau at a recent conference in D.C.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , May 24, 2012 View post tag: sets View post tag: US View post tag: fleetlast_img read more

Bruening gets best of Deery Series foes in 30th annual Late Model tour

first_imgTyler Bruening was champion of the 30th annual Deery Brothers Summer Series for IMCA Late Models. At right is IMCA President Brett Root. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)DECORAH, Iowa – Tyler Bruening admits that there were a few sleepless nights before the end of his Deery Brothers Summer Series dream season.Bruening and Jeff Aikey took their race to the 2016 IMCA Late Model tour title down to the final event. While engine issues sidelined the seven-time champion, Bruening rocketed from 21st starting to sixth at the finish to capture his career first crown.“This was a huge dream come true. When I started racing, my goal was to not get lapped so we’ve obviously come a long way. We have come leaps and bounds with our entire program,” he said. “I’m really proud of becoming the Deery Series champion. When my dad (Greg) raced, this was a goal of his. I’m very proud to have accomplished this feat.”From Decorah, Iowa, Bruening qualified for his first Deery feature in 2005 and has been a series regular since 2009.He won the Yankee Dirt Track Classis and $7,500 at Farley Speedway – all three of his career tour wins have come at the Yankee – and recorded another six top five finishes in 16 series starts this season.“The whole year was a highlight for us. Winning a third Yankee was definitely a huge feat. We’d gone through a dry spell and one year didn’t even make the show at Farley,” said Bruening. “When I went to Farley the first time, I loved the track. It’s super racy and had been one of the tracks we’ve gone to and had success.”Forced to take a provisional after mechanical problems sidelined him in both his heat and ‘B’ feature, Bruening proved his mettle in the 30th annual series’ finale at West Liberty Raceway.“It was nerve wracking, to be honest. I didn’t sleep well the couple nights before and with the way the night started it seemed like the cards were stacked against us,” he said. “I knew I had a good car and definitely raced well to get to sixth.”He celebrated his birthday and the Deery Series championship with a friendly get together in October. Friendly nemesis Aikey and his crew were among the guests.Starts: 16Wins: 1Additional Top Fives: 6HIS CREW: Father Greg and Zeb Holkesvik. HIS SPONSORS: Bruening Rock Products, Skyline Construction, Truck Country, Olson Explosives and Hovden Oil, all of Decorah; Bennett Explosives of Manchester; Minnowa Construction of Harmony, Minn.; Capital Race Cars of Woodstock, Ga.; and Clement Racing Engines of Spartanburg, S.C.last_img read more

Kevin Pietersen opts out of IPL 2017

first_imgKEVIN PIETERSEN will not play the 2017 season of the IPL, citing a busy winter as a reason for not entering the player auction scheduled for later this month.Pietersen, 36, was part of the Rising Pune Supergiants franchise in 2016 but played only four games before missing the rest of the tournament with a calf injury. He was released by the franchise in December last year and would have had to be bought at the player auction in February to play this year.“I won’t be going into the IPL auction,” Pietersen said on Twitter. “My winter has been too busy with all my travel and I don’t want to spend April/May away too!”Pietersen spent the winter playing the domestic T20 tournament in South Africa – 198 runs in five innings for Dolphins – and the Big Bash League in Australia, where he scored 268 runs in eight innings in Melbourne Stars’ run to the semi-final.He had played for Quetta Gladiators in the inaugural season of the PSL in 2016 and is set to be part of the team once again for the upcoming tournament from February 9 to March 5.IPL is scheduled to begin in the first week of April and end in the third week of May. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more