Militants butcher four members of journalist’s family, kidnap three others

first_img June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Pakistan RSF_en April 6, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Militants butcher four members of journalist’s family, kidnap three others News News PakistanAsia – Pacific News Organisation Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists to go furthercenter_img Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire News Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders voiced shock today on learning that militants killed four members of the family of Din Muhammad, a journalist based in the northwestern Waziristan region, and kidnapped three others on 27 March. A reporter for the Urdu-language newspaper Inkishaf, Muhammad is one of the few journalists working in this mountainous region next to the Afghan border.“We urge the appropriate authorities to carry out a thorough investigation and render justice to the Muhammad family,” the press freedom organisation said. “We also call on them to do everything possible to free those family members still being held by their abductors. This journalist performs a valuable service in the high-risk Tribal Areas.”Unidentified militants went to the Muhammad family home on 27 March and killed Muhammad Islam, the journalist’s 15-year-old brother, Muhammad Amir, his father, and his cousin. They also kidnapped four other close relatives including his uncle, who they killed soon afterwards. The journalist had meanwhile managed to flee. He found refuge and is unhurt, his editor, Syed Fayyaz Hussain Bokhari, said.The attack took place two days after Muhammad accompanied a group of national and international journalists to meet with tribal commanders in Wana. It was the first time news media had entered that war-torn area in several years.Mustaq Yousafzai, a reporter for the English-language daily The News, told Reporters Without Borders: “Muhammad played a key role in our trip to Wana.” April 21, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

BNest creates social impact with Limerick entrepreneurs

first_imgEmail Kasia Zabinska and BNest, Eamon Ryan, BNest Founder (centre back) with some of the participants from the 2017-18 BNest social enterprise incubator. Picture: Cian ReinhardtBNest, the first dedicated Social Enterprise Incubator Programme in Ireland held a free Ask&Advise evening at the Bank of Ireland Workbench space, O’Connell Street Limerick.The Ask&Advise evening allowed organisations with an aim of making a positive social impact to share advice, tips, and useful contacts with organisations and people making a social impact in our communities.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Eamon Ryan, founder of BNest said, “Our idea was simple – gather together in one room those who work on making a positive social impact and anyone willing to help them and give them advice.“Events like Ask&Advise shows the power of people’s minds when they let themselves loose and share problems with other like-minded people. There is nothing more powerful.”Chris MM Gordon, Founder of the Irish Social Enterprise Network and Managing Partner of Collaboration Ireland was the host of the evening.Mr Gordon said the evening is beneficial for social enterprises who often find themselves “caught between two stools,” as they are trying to make profits selling products and services but are also trying to achieve the social aspect.BNest is an initiative created specifically to help social entrepreneurs nurture their start-ups, it aims to bridge the gap between achieving social impact and running a business, while also supporting its participants on their personal journeys.Applications for the 2018/2019 BNest annual six-month programme will open July 1, 2018. The programme teaches emerging social entrepreneurs how to get their new organisations off to the best start by focusing on key areas related to developing their enterprises, in terms of business, social and personal aspects. Previous articleWin cinema ticketsNext articleEVA tour and talk Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] Kasia Zabinska of BNest says, “We want BNest to be the go-to place for social impact businesses and Ask&Advise events help to increase connectively amongst them and anyone willing to help, because together we can achieve so much more!” adding, “What we’re doing here, is bringing people closer together. Every question asked received great, outside-of-the-box, practical suggestions, and so many useful contacts were shared.”While a third AskAdvise evening is being planned for the second half of the year, BNest encourages everyone interested in this space to attend their event, ‘Social Entrepreneurship – A Path For Me?” which will take place on Saturday, June 9 from 10am to 3pm at the Nexus Innovation Centre at University of Limerick. The event is a half-day interactive and practical workshop to give you insights into the reality of social impact business. It will let you explore the social enterprise space using actual stories of local businesses, non-profits, and community enterprises and help to understand a little more of the possibilities it might offer you. While the workshop is free, they are asking all participants to contribute €25 towards a local charity, Milford Hospice. For more info contact [email protected] the Limerick Post Business section for similar stories. WhatsApp Facebook Advertisement Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 29 | Levelling Up NewsBusinessBNest creates social impact with Limerick entrepreneursBy Cian Reinhardt – May 11, 2018 2139 Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Linkedin TAGSBank of IrelandBNestbusinessCommunitysocialWorkbench Limerick businesses urged to accept Irish Business Design Challenge Print TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! last_img read more

A transformative trip

first_imgI’d never thought that a spring break jaunt could change a person. But sometime during the Classical Studies 112 class trip to Sicily, I became a true classicist.Maybe it was the hills and fields of Mount Etna, the rural landscapes Pindar wrote about in his epinician odes. Maybe it was our visit to Palermo, Marsala, Siracusa, Piazza Amerina, and the Egadi Islands. Whether all or one, the effect was transformative.A required course for classics concentrators at Harvard, “Regional Study of Sicily” is unlike any other class I have taken. Just as important as the all-expenses-paid trip was the chance to get to know my classmates and professors on a personal level, while getting physically and intellectually closer to the sites and monuments we have studied for years.Our first stop was Palermo, Sicily’s largest city, and the Norman Palace with its famous Palatine Chapel. While the overwhelming mosaics commanded our attention, one of our professors pointed out the polychrome marble floor: Its design elements, like the purple porphyry discs, he told us, were spolia — reused building stones stripped from a Roman structure dating even further back in the city’s history. The Capuchin catacombs were just as intriguing. Beginning in 1599, Palermo’s elite mummified their dead and displayed them inside the maze of the catacombs, where their relatives and friends could visit them.The interior of the Ear of Dionysius, a cave famous for its acoustic properties. Photo by Matthew DeShaw ’18On day three, we arrived in Segesta, a site famous for its unfinished Greek-style temple. Segesta was a settlement of Elymians, an indigenous group who served as intermediaries between the dominant powers in Sicily — the Carthaginians, Greeks, and Romans— at any given time. The temple was apparently built to appeal to the Greeks, but left unfinished to appeal to the Carthaginians.From Segesta we traveled to Trapani, and from there to the Egadi Islands, the site of an instrumental naval battle between the Romans and Carthaginians. While the history is fascinating, some of us were more taken with the ruined castle on the hill overlooking the city. After an arduous, steep climb, the view from one of the towers rewarded us with the most remarkable vista in all of the islands.Our next stop was the capital of Sicily’s wine country, Marsala. While the wine was sweet, the island of Motya, a Carthaginian city destroyed in 397 B.C., was sweeter. Its ruins, some now below the tidewater, hinted at its former grandeur, and a few of us waded through the icy water to walk on the sunken causeway. At Selinunte, a ruined Greek seaport with five temples, we had the amazing experience of climbing the ruins of Temple C, traversing it like an obstacle course from one end to the other.The Greek Theatre in Siracusa (Syracuse), once the most powerful Greek city on the island of Sicily. Photo by Matthew DeShaw ’18A four-hour bus ride, with coastline giving way to fields and farms, took us into Sicily’s interior and the town of Piazza Armerina, known for its isolation and its more than 100 churches. At the Villa Romana del Casale, we saw its famous mosaics, like the Great Hunt, firsthand.Our last stop was the site of my class presentation, Siracusa (Syracuse). Founded in either 734 or 733 B.C., Syracuse was once the most powerful Greek city in Sicily. It was amazing to stand in the land I have studied for so long. We stayed on the island of Ortygia, the old city center. Looking out over the Great Harbor, I remembered that this was the site where the Syracusan navy trapped the Athenian fleet at the end of their disastrous Sicilian expedition.The morning after, I presented the famous sites of the Syracuse Archaeological Park to the class: the gardens; a former stone quarry; the Ear of Dionysius, a cave famous for its acoustic properties; the Greek and Roman amphitheaters; and the Altar of Hieron II, a massive Hellenistic altar with no parallels in the classical world.The trip was finally capped as we made our way to Catania Airport at 3:30 a.m., and saw lava and smoke spilling from Mount Etna, which had erupted earlier. It was a fitting end to a transformative trip, in which a Harvard class was changed from classics scholars to classicists.last_img read more

Fred Hoiberg’s illness swayed Kevin Warren, but commissioner would have canceled Big Ten Tournament, anyway

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren told the assembled media Thursday morning at Bankers Life Fieldhouse — about the only remnants of the canceled 2020 Big Ten Tournament — the sight of visibly ill Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg on the Huskers bench the night before did impact his decision to abandon the league’s men’s basketball championship event.”The answer is yes, quite naturally, when it happens in your environment,” Warren said. “But that was one piece of the decision-making process. I feel confidence that I would have come to the same decision this morning with or without that. “That was an element of it, but it was so much bigger than that. I think the biggest thing for me was to make sure that we had time.”MORE: Tracking coronavirus cancellations in sportsWarren indicated he did not want to rush such a consequential decision, to abandon the tournament because of concern about the COVID-19 virus, and thus consulted university presidents and chancellors and athletic administrators from the 14 member institutions before coming to this decision. He also placed a brief phone call to NCAA president Mark Emmert to inform him of his decision, although he got no sense whether Emmert would take similar action regarding the NCAA Tournament.As a result, the players for Michigan and Rutgers briefly warmed up in advance of their scheduled noon tip before being ordered off the court and informed they would not play.The Big Ten had determined Wednesday to play the tournament with no spectators aside from family members and the media, after the NCAA had announced it would contest the 2020 edition of March Madness under similar parameters.Wednesday’s first-round doubleheader went on as scheduled, with fans watching Minnesota defeat Northwestern and then Indiana beat Nebraska.In the latter game, though, Hoiberg was in obvious distress and left before the finish, then was taken to the hospital to be examined. After it was determined he was not ill with the coronavirus, the decision was made to go ahead with Thursday’s four second-round games. Warren said to his knowledge no one affiliated with the tournament has tested positive for coronavirus.So what changed?“I don’t think anything changed. Quite naturally, this is something I have been evaluating over the last six weeks,” Warren said. “One of the great things that we did, some time a week or so ago, we formed a Big Ten infectious disease committee. We have 14 incredible academic institutions. One of the things I want to make sure that I do is rely on the information and guidance from individuals in our conference and also is just to make sure we’re thinking about what’s best for our student-athletes.” Warren said it bothered him, when asking questions about how best to cope with this threat, to hear the same response so many times about what might be next.“I think the biggest thing is the uncertainty. I’m a big believer in asking a lot of questions, gathering information and making decisions based on the best information that I have,” Warren said. “And this was one of those situations that a lot of people were telling me, ‘I don’t know.’ And I get concerned when I hear ‘I don’t know a few too many times.’ I want to make sure I don’t have any regrets and I want to make sure, as a conference, we do the right things. Because if something had gone awry here, I don’t want to be in a position, looking back, saying, ‘If only we would have canceled this tournament.’“I know we all love college athletics. We all love basketball, men’s and women’s basketball. This is a great time of the year. It’s part of the fabric of our country. These are not easy decisions.”last_img read more