Journalist seriously injured and four others get death threats from Islamic fundamentalists

first_img to go further RSF_en Receive email alerts News February 26, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) and the Bangladesh Centre for Development, Journalism and Communication (BCDJC) have expressed their grave concern about an attempt to kill journalist Belal Chowdhury and about death threats made to four other reporters by Islamic fundamentalists in Faridpur, west of Dhaka.”Fundamentalists seem to hold sway in the city and journalists who try to openly defend the right to free expression are hounded and attacked without any reaction from the authorities,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard and BCDJC president Nayeemul Islam Khan in a letter to interior minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury.The organisations called on the minister to take all necessary steps to end the violence and threats by fundamentalists against journalists. The two organisations which, along with other journalist groups, will go to Faridpur on 30 and 31 October on a assessment and solidarity mission, also urged police to move quickly to arrest those involved in the attempt to murder Belal Chowdhury.Chowdhury, a reporter on the local newspaper Dainik Thikana, was physically attacked and beaten unconscious in a Faridpur market on 24 August by five people armed with machetes and axes. He was taken to the city hospital with 15 serious wounds and then transferred to a hospital in Dhaka, where his condition remains worrying.His brother has filed a complaint with Faridpur police accusing three local criminals of the attack. Police have not so far made any arrests.The attack on Chowdhury followed death threats by the Tuhidi Janata fundamentalist group against journalists supporting a local theatre group being harassed by fundamentalists and local authorities. The Islamic militants persuaded local officials to ban the performance of a play called Khatha Krishnakhali on grounds of blasphemy and after street demonstrations by fundamentalists, the author and producer of the play were arrested.  The actors have gone into hiding for fear of being detained also. People convicted of blasphemy risk the death sentence. Follow the news on Bangladesh Organisation On 23 August, the fundamentalists began targeting journalists from the national dailies Janakantha, Bhorer Kagoj, Prothom Alo and Ajker Kagoj, who had reported these events and voiced support for the theatre group. Chowdury had criticised in his paper the call by the leaders of the fundamentalists for members of the theatre group and their journalist supporters to be hanged.Prabir Shikder, Janakantha’s correspondent in Faridpur, has filed a complaint on behalf of the journalists who have been threatened.  Shikder escaped an attempt to kill him in the centre of Faridpur in April last year but had to have his right leg amputated because of a bullet wound. He was attacked a few days after writing that businessman Musa-bin-Shamsher had been a “war criminal”. Police did not complete their investigation of the attack and no-one was brought to trial. News Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists News February 22, 2021 Find out more Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention Help by sharing this information BangladeshAsia – Pacific RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage News BangladeshAsia – Pacific August 27, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist seriously injured and four others get death threats from Islamic fundamentalists May 19, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Abbott appoints judge Hays to state commission

first_img Facebook Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Abbott appoints judge Hays to state commission Twitter WhatsApp By admin – June 12, 2018 Facebook Twitter Local NewsGovernment Debi Hays Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed new Ector County Judge Debi Hays to the Commission on State Emergency Communications for terms through to 2023.The commission is charged with administering the state’s 9-1-1 service program and the statewide poison control program, detailed a Tuesday release from Abbott’s office.Hays was sworn into her position as county judge just Monday at a commissioners’ court meeting, after former county judge Ron Eckert resigned from the post.Hays, a businesswoman of Odessa, won the Republican primary for the post in March, and immediately became the de facto next county judge as no Democratic challenged to run in November.Cathy Skurow, mayor of Portland, Texas, was also named to the communications commission per Abbott’s release. Previous articleBoy Scouts host flag ceremonyNext articleBOXING: Odessa’s Alday Jr. has in-ring return scheduled for July 20 adminlast_img read more

RSVP reaps from United Way

first_imgLatest Stories Print Article Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By Jaine Treadwell Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Email the author The 2010 Pike County United Way fundraising campaign is underway, and 17 local agencies will benefit from the funds raised.The dollars allocated by the Pike County United Way to the different agencies depend on the generosity of the community and on the needs of the agencies.Tammy Lockley, Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) director, said her agency depends on the dollars from the United Way to keep the RSVP transportation program going and to help pay insurance on the volunteers while they are volunteering with the program. The RSVP is sponsored locally by Troy University and receives funding through a Corporation for National and Community Service federal grant.“We depend, too, on the generous support of the Pike County United Way for the specific use of funds for transportation and insurance. The United Way funds are vital to our program,” Lockley said.“The United Way is just as important to other agencies in Pike County so by supporting the United Way campaign, you are supporting 17 local agencies that serve friends and neighbors.”The campaign will end in mid-November but donations throughout the year are always needed and appreciated.To learn more about the RSVP and volunteer opportunities, call Lockley at 566-6158. Next UpThe only requirements to be an RSVP volunteer are that one must be 55 years or older and willing to give at least one hour a quarter to the volunteer service program.“Our volunteers choose the number of hours that they want to volunteer and we place them with an agency of their interest,” Lockley said.“The bulk of our volunteers participate in community service programs. They visit their neighbors and assist them with their needs. We have our telephone assurance ladies who call a list of shut-ins each day just to check on them. And, we do have a limited transportation program for doctor’s visits.”center_img Sponsored Content The local RSVP program currently has 350 active volunteers serving 11 agencies in Pike County.The agencies served include Troy Regional Medical Center, Troy Health & Rehabilitation Center, American Red Cross, the Colley Senior Complex, the Pioneer Museum of Alabama, the nutrition centers around the county and other community service agencies.Each year, the RSVP hosts a recognition banquet for the volunteers in appreciation for their service to the community.The banquet is funded through donations. This year’s banquet will be held on Nov. 5 at the Pike County Fairgrounds. By The Penny Hoarder Book Nook to reopen Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day RSVP reaps from United Way You Might Like Hussey leads ‘Walk to remember’ In 1995, Ann Marie Hussey participated in the Alzheimer’s “A Walk to Remember” in honor of her dad, Ray Hickman…. read more Published 7:59 pm Wednesday, September 2, 2009 The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies…last_img read more

Bluesky thinking on aerial mapping

first_imgHome » News » Bluesky thinking on aerial mapping previous nextProptechBluesky thinking on aerial mappingThe Negotiator21st December 2020065 Views Aerial mapping company Bluesky is releasing its entire catalogue of geographically referenced oblique aerial images of UK cities via a new subscription-based streaming service.Working with Geoxphere, a specialist in cloud-based geographic information systems, Bluesky will offer the MetroVista imagery via an easy-to-use web viewer which also includes measurement tools for detailed analysis of building features, façade details and street furniture locations.“Oblique imagery offers an unparalleled view of the built environment revealing real world features simply not present in any other type of aerial image or map,” commented Rachel Tidmarsh, MD of Bluesky. “The MetroVista imagery can be used to inform decision making with time-stamped intelligence, and even evidence, as well as improving engagement with colleagues through better communication of ideas. All of this without even leaving your desk!”With a Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution powered by Geoxphere’s XMAP geospatial cloud technology, the MetroVista Oblique Viewer is a fully managed subscription service meaning there is no need to download or store large volumes of data locally. Captured using the world’s first large format imagery and LiDAR hybrid airborne sensor, Bluesky MetroVista imagery collection includes simultaneously captured oblique and vertical aerial photography.Bluesky has already captured MetroVista data for cities such as London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Bournemouth and Nottingham.bluesky-world Oblique imagery time-stamped intelligence Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution Geoxphere’s XMAP geospatial cloud technology MetroVista Oblique Viewer LiDAR hybrid airborne sensor Aerial mapping company geographically referenced oblique aerial images of UK cities Geoxphere MetroVista imagery Rachel Tidmarsh MD of Bluesky Bluesky proptech aerial photography December 21, 2020Jenny van BredaWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Upmarket in Upminster

first_imgWhere do you go for the taste of authentic Parisian artisanal bread? Middlesex would not be many people’s number-two destination on this front. But in Upminster, you will find a self-proclaimed sourdough “mini revolution” under way. (Any sightings of Frenchmen roaming the countryside wielding their baguettes in an aggressive manner are purely coincidental.)Wholesale baker Boulangerie de Paris is the brainchild of Amar Chibane, who has spent the last 11 years training and baking, with tutelage under a master baker in Paris, as well as work in London. “I’m not really pretentious, but I’ve taken all the knowledge I need from Paris, learning every day, day after day, and my experience has improved. I have a lot of ambition here in London to explain my little revolution in bread, which is the philosophy of Boulangerie de Paris – to change people.”Now he wants to be the baker of choice for the capital’s top restaurants. The breads have a minimum eight-hour fermentation for each piece, which are made using organic French flours, some stoneground; all water used is filtered.With a 30-strong list of sourdoughs, isn’t that a nightmare to manage daily? “Not at all. When you have good organisation, it is nothing,” he shrugs. He even insists the process doesn’t have to hit the price tag: the bakery’s launch price list included an 800g rye raisin loaf at a bargain £2.10.”I am not going into business to make lots of money,” he reasons. “If I wanted that, I’d open a small shop in London.” And he’s not going to be shipping French reserves over to fill the skills gaps – the idea is to train people up and spread the word. “If you are motivated to learn, then I say, ’Come, my friend, and you will work and you will learn’.”—-=== Going it alone ===The business: Boulangerie de Paris, 26 Riverside Way, Uxbridge UB8 2YFOwnership: three partners, with the bakery run by Amar ChibaneBrief: to be the number one bread supplier into top London restaurants, with the likes of Bacchus and Sketch already signed upCost of start-up: £100,000Biggest outlay: a Spanish-made wood-fired oven at E50,000 (£39,733). “The bread takes the calcium and magnesium from the wood,” says Chibane. “It makes a difference with the colour of the bread and a really thin crust. The taste is totally beautiful.”Other kit: a spiral mixer will raise the temperature of the sourdough, but the slow-motion Axe Oblique mixer keeps it closer to 24?C, which Chibane claims is the ideal temperature. “If you are working a sourdough with a spiral mixer, it is pointless, because you will kill your sourdough.”Breads: 100% sourdough baguettes, fruit and nut breads, rye and French/Italian speciality breads. One of the most requested loaves in the UK has been a Fig Campagne, made with organic figsCapacity: “The biggest fear from customers is that our bread is so good,” says partner Fouahde Belaid, “that we’ll end up making much more bread and lose the quality; but we’ve pledged we won’t make more than 2,000 pieces a day. If we do grow we’ll have to be sure we’ll keep the quality. Otherwise, we’ll stay small and open a shop.”Contact: 07882 164860—-=== The pros and cons ===Niggling headachesPutting together the marketing materials: “I am only 26 years old, and I am very passionate. But it is really hard for me because my English is really bad! My business partner works in PR – he got on the phone and delivered samples and we had 20 restaurants taking our bread straight away. We’re staying really focused about the organisation, and we’re growing bit by bit, step by step, because I want to keep this quality of bread.”Grand ambitionsInstigating a revolution: “I want to take fresh bread to the people. With a lot of bread in London, you think it’s fresh but it’s frozen. I want a mini-revolution. Because I really love my job, I’m a proper baker, I take these breads home and I break my teeth – it makes me upset! I really want to explain my philosophy, to scream it!”last_img read more

Obama Says Gaddafi’s Exit From Libya Is Inevitable

first_img Acting under a UN mandate, NATO allies, including France, Great Britain, and the United States, are conducting air attacks with the aim of preventing Gaddafi from using military force against civilians. Muammar Gaddafi will inevitably leave power, U.S. President Barack Obama said after NATO intensified its bombing campaign against government objectives and announced that it had sunk eight Libyan warships. “Time is working against Gaddafi. He does not have control over his country. The opposition has organized a legitimate and credible Interim Council,” Obama said in Washington. Obama’s statement was part of a speech addressed to the Middle East, where a series of uprisings this year has overthrown the governments of Tunisia and Egypt and inspired a three-month-old revolt in Libya that is seeking to overthrow Gaddafi. Alliance planes sank eight warships in nighttime attacks on the ports of Tripoli, Al Khums, and Sirte, NATO said in a statement. By Dialogo May 23, 2011 His comments echoed the words of NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who said that military and political pressure is weakening Gaddafi and will eventually lead to his fall. center_img “When Gaddafi inevitably leaves or is forced from power, decades of provocation will come to an end, and the transition to a democratic Libya can proceed,” the president said, defending his decision to engage in military action against the Libyan leader’s administration. “Given the escalating use of naval assets, NATO had no choice but to take decisive action to protect the civilian population of Libya and NATO forces at sea,” said Rear Adm. Russell Harding, the deputy commander of the alliance’s mission in Libya. Libyan officials took journalists to the port of Tripoli, where a small vessel was burning and giving off smoke, and cast doubt on whether the ships attacked by NATO were involved in clashes. Mohammad Ahmed Rashed, general manager of the Tripoli port, said that six vessels were struck by missiles. The ships, five of which belonged to the coast guard, together with one larger vessel, had been undergoing maintenance since the conflict began, the official told the press, adding that the port was still operating and could handle commercial traffic.last_img read more