Heavy-handed treatment of media as opposition politician tries to return from exile

first_img Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) lambasted Pakistan for its heavy-handed treatment of the media as journalists tried to cover an attempted return from exile by opposition politician Shahbaz Sharif, brother of ex-Prime minister Nawaz Sharif.Intense official pressure was brought to bear on private ARY Digital TV, a CNN journalist was arrested and police reacted violently to journalists trying to cover the event in Lahore, it said.”The way in which the Pakistani authorities tried to hide the return of this opposition politician shows the Pakistan governments’ lack of openness in free expression and democracy in general,” the international press freedom organisation said in a letter to information and broadcasting minister, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed.The organisation demanded an explanation for the pressure applied to the privately-owned media to stop them covering the event and called for punishment of police who manhandled journalists in Lahore.ARY Digital TV at the last moment on 9 May pulled an interview with Shahbaz Sharif, president of the opposition PML (N) party, intended to mark his return from exile. Executives of the British-based channel said the decision was the result of “huge government pressure”. The presenter gave no explanation but said, “We believe in freedom of expression.”Police on 11 May placed producer Syed Mohsin Naqvi, of the US cable channel CNN in Pakistan under house arrest to prevent him interviewing Shahbaz Sharif. The security forces used the pretext of a bomb alert to enter his Lahore home without permission.Also on 11 May police prevented journalists from reaching Lahore international airport in the east of the country to witness the politician’s return. Reporters, including a BBC crew, who travelled in the same plane with Sharif, were arrested, questioned searched or roughly treated by commandos who surrounded the plane after landing.Police manhandled Zafar Abbas, BBC correspondent in Islamabad, and took his passport and journalistic equipment. He and a BBC cameraman were then put into a police van for one hour. Police also seized a video cassette. to go further A journalist on an English-language daily and a reporter from an Urdu daily were beaten at a police checkpoint at the airport entrance. Secret service agents deployed to pick out journalists in the airport zone. Security forces also checked and harassed opposition supporters in Lahore to forestall any pro-Sharif demonstrations. Sharif himself was expelled to Saudi Arabia after spending less than two hours in Pakistan. Follow the news on Pakistan PakistanAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts PakistanAsia – Pacific Organisation Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists News News Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire January 28, 2021 Find out more April 21, 2021 Find out more Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder May 12, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Heavy-handed treatment of media as opposition politician tries to return from exile Newslast_img read more

Coronavirus patients in isolation in University Hospital Limerick

first_img Previous articleEmma drops title track of her second albumNext articleCouncil strategy to bring new life to city centre Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitter Print Designed by FreepikUL Hospitals Group and HSE MidWest Community Healthcare has confirmed they are working closely with public health colleagues in tracing contacts of four confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus).In a statement issued to the press, a spokesperson said the patients were “currently isolated in hospital and receiving appropriate care”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The cases were confirmed on March 4, and public health are now working rapidly to identify any contacts this small cluster may have had in the days prior to this positive result, this work will be completed as quickly as possible.“Public health colleagues are in the process of informing the relevant contacts and advising on any relevant follow-up actions that may be necessary to protect their own health, that of their families and the community at large.“The contacts include patients who attended Zone A (minors) of the Emergency Department in UHL between the hours of 10am and 2pm on Wednesday last, February 26 and they are being contacted directly.“Patients in any other area of the Emergency Department or the wider hospital are not considered to be contacts,” the statement reads.Patients who attended a small number of other health services are also being contacted by public health in line with procedure.Emergency Department operating as normalThe Emergency Department at University Hospital Limerick is operating as normal today, Friday, March 6. The University Hospital Limerick (UHL) Emergency Department was “put off call” for a three-hour period on Wednesday night.“We can confirm that the Emergency Department was put off call for a three-hour period on Wednesday night to facilitate a precautionary deep clean of affected areas,” the spokesperson said, adding, “Patients arriving by ambulance were diverted to Galway University Hospitals during this interval in line with established national protocols.”Staff who were in close contact with one of the confirmed cases have been advised not to report for duty and to follow the guidance of public health and occupational health colleagues.Staff at UL Hospitals Group and in HSE Community Healthcare have been preparing for positive cases of COVID-19 for a number of weeks now and are closely following the plans established by the HSE and the Department of Health and in line with the WHO and ECDC guidance.We remain in the containment phase in relation to COVID -19 and as long as this remains the case, it is important that members of the public follow the most up-to-date advice from the HSE.General advice and information on COVID-19  for members of the public is available on www.hse.ie\coronavirus  and the vast majority of people in the MidWest can access all the relevant information here. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Numbers of Limerick hospital group staff sidelined by COVID-19 reduces by 162 in past 7 days WhatsApp “There is extreme overcrowding in UHL this morning” – UHL Government announces phased easing of public health restrictions center_img Limerick health chiefs urge public not to withhold information on virus contacts, as they investigate “complex and serious outbreaks” across midwest region Email Advertisement NewsHealthCoronavirus patients in isolation in University Hospital LimerickBy Staff Reporter – March 6, 2020 946 Annie Lynch is the first person to receive the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Ireland Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students Facebook TAGSCoronavirushealthLimerick City and CountyUHL last_img read more

Man charged with methamphetamine delivery

first_img Twitter Previous articleFalcon students working out details for space experimentNext articleDAILY OIL PRICE: Jan. 30 admin 1 of 2 WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest After admitting the vehicle belonged to him, officers searched the vehicle and found around 53.26 grams of methamphetamine, marijuana, as well as multiple scales and narcotics pipes, the release said.Officers also made contact with a woman inside Juarez’s apartment, 27-year-old Jordan Alise Sawyer, who had reportedly placed the shotgun underneath the blanket of a child’s bed to hide it from officers, the release detailed.Juarez was charged with delivery of methamphetamine, a first-degree felony, and possession of marijuana, a class B misdemeanor, while Sawyer was charged with tampering with physical evidence, a third-degree felony.Jail records show Juarez and Sawyer were taken to the Ector County Detention Center Sunday. Juarez has two bonds totaling $50,500 and Sawyer has a $15,000 bond. WhatsApp After finding a bag of methamphetamine in clear view inside his vehicle, police charged a man Sunday night with delivery of methamphetamine, a first-degree-felony.Officers first responded to Jackson Square Apartments, 1120 N. Jackson Ave., around 11:21 p.m. Sunday about a disturbance, an Odessa Police Department press release stated.The complainant told officers he had been threatened by a man with a shotgun, the release detailed. Police then made contact with the suspect, 33-year-old Joseph Montez Juarez, who said he had placed the shotgun inside the apartment.While speaking with Juarez, the release detailed, officers noticed a white Ford Explorer parked in front of the apartment, with a bag containing a crystal-like substance and a black digital scale inside. Joseph Montez Juarez Jordan Alise Sawyer Pinterest Local NewsCrime Facebook Facebook By admin – January 30, 2018 Man charged with methamphetamine deliverylast_img read more

Shimmers appearing at CU ATMs, sources say

first_imgATM skimmers have become an unfortunate part of life for many credit unions, but another threat is now hitting CUs as well: illicit EMV card readers called “shimmers.”A shimmer, when inserted into the mouth of an ATM card-acceptance slot, sits between a card’s EMV chip and the ATM’s chip reader, allowing criminals to read the chip and steal card information. They are a generation ahead of skimmers, which steal information from mag stripes rather than EMV chips.Though shimmers are relatively young members of the crime world — reports of them began circulating widely in late 2015 — credit unions haven’t been able to avoid their wrath, according to Ashley McAlpine, who is a fraud prevention manager at CO-OP Financial Services. McAlpine said she’s aware of around 10 to 20 credit unions that have been hit with shimmers, and the incidents often result in, among other things, card reissuances — something many credit unions were hoping to get away from with the advent of EMV chips. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Rick: Expect an economic slowdown

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Steve Rick Credit unions can expect slower loan growth, accelerated savings growth, and a sluggish economy in the months ahead, says Steve Rick, chief economist for CUNA Mutual Group.During a presentation at the 2019 CUNA Lending Council Conference Wednesday in New Orleans, Rick made these observations about the economy and its effect on credit unions:The U.S. economy remains strong due in large part to low unemployment, rising wages, and strong consumer confidence. However, the U.S. trade war with China, declining business spending, uncertainty over Brexit, a possible recession in Europe, and slowing growth in China are hindering economic growth.Rick forecasts 2.3% economic growth in 2019 and 0.5% growth in 2020, before the economy “comes roaring back in 2023” with 3% growth.center_img continue reading »last_img read more

Arsenal Women 1 – 1 Chelsea Women

first_imgBut Emma Hayes’ side responded almost immediately as Pernille Harder’s cross from the right looped off Wubben-Moy and deceived Manuela Zinsberger to find the far corner of the net.The result ensures Manchester United remain top of the WSL, a point ahead of Arsenal having both played seven games, while Chelsea sit third – three points off the leaders but with a game in hand.More to follow shortly…- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Arsenal were denied top spot in the WSL after a 90th-minute own goal from Lotte Wubben-Moy salvaged a 1-1 draw for Chelsea at Meadow Park.Beth Mead looked to have ended Arsenal’s six-game losing streak against Chelsea when she met Vivianne Miedema’s cross to tap the hosts in front with four minutes of normal time remaining.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Lady Pirates Battle Lady Cubs In Soccer

first_imgThe Lady Pirates traveled to Madison and fell to the Lady Cubs 2-1.Madison passed and possessed the ball well and utilized a direct kick and a late breakaway to earn the victory. Maddi Hellmich scored the lone goal off an assist from Julia Pacilio for Greensburg with 25 minutes to play giving the Lady Pirates a 1-0 advantage. The late surge and constant hustle of the home team lead them to victory with their goals at the 17 and 4 minute marks.The Lady Pirates outshot the Lady Cubs 20 to 10 in the contest and McKella Lynette made 8 saves. Taking shots for Greensburg were: Maddi Hellmich, Abby Bailey, Keirsten Lynnette, Emma Hellmich, Michaela Myers, Julia Pacilio, Emma Overmyer and Abby Easley. The loss drops the Lady Pirates to 3-3-1 for the season.The JV Lady Pirates played to a 0-0 tie for the second straight match.Emily Lowe secured the shut out with 9 saves and Sara Brown also made a kick save. Easley, Katelyn Hall and Holly Reed all shots on goal for the Lady Pirates.Both teams will be in action next Tuesday as they host the Lady Owls from Seymour with a 5:30 Varsity kickoff and JV half after.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Mike Myers.last_img read more

Trojans drop eighth straight game

first_imgIt wasn’t exactly the start the USC men’s basketball team had hoped for.In it together · Junior center James Blasczyk and freshman guard Byron Wesley were unable to lead the Trojans to their second Pac-12 win. – Luciano Nunez | Daily TrojanFacing first-place Washington, the Trojans (6-24, 1-16) gave up a season-high 40 points in the first half before eventually falling by a score of 80-58 — their eighth consecutive loss and 16th in the last 17 games.The Huskies, who clinched a share of the Pac-12 regular season title on Thursday, started the game on a 13-4 run, silencing much of the announced crowd of 2,763 at the Galen Center. USC would, as a result, struggle to recover.“They have too much for us,” USC coach Kevin O’Neill said. “Top to bottom, they have experience. If I was going to be in the NCAA tournament, I wouldn’t want to play those guys. They’ve gotten better. They’ve improved.”Despite the discrepancy in talent, the Trojans would whittle away at the Huskies’ 14-point halftime lead — at least somewhat in the early goings of the second half. Following a made free throw from junior center James Blasczyk with 13:03 left in game, they trailed by just nine, the lowest since the 13-minute mark of the first half.But on its next three possessions, the Huskies amassed seven points, ballooning its lead to a near-insurmountable 16-point-advantage midway through the final period.“We needed to get it to five to have a chance,” O’Neill said. [They] stretched it out and made it hard for us.”Guard Terrence Ross, who finished with a team-high 18 points started the 7-0 run with a 3-pointer, followed by a pair of baskets from guard C.J. Wilcox and center Aziz N’Diaye.Making things even tougher for the Trojans’ comeback hopes was rebounding, or more so a lack thereof, as they were out-rebounded 49-23.“We miss so many shots that people get more defensive rebounds,” O’Neill said. “And tonight, they’re just bigger and stronger than us at every position. That’s all there is to it. We don’t have the capability to outrebound people right now.”One player who didn’t miss much was freshman guard Byron Wesley, who notched a career-high 23 points — the second straight game he finished with more than 20.“There’s definitely some positives of our situation,” said Wesley, who hoisted 18 shot attempts. “I’m getting lots of minutes and touches. But at the end of the day, we want to win games.”Over the last three games, he has averaged 21 points.“I really like how he attacks the basket,” O’Neill said. “If he becomes a knock-down shooter, he’ll be a guy who can play for a long, long time.”Wesley was among three Trojans to finish in double-figures. Sophomore forward Garrett Jackson finished with 14 points, the seventh time in his last 12 starts he has finished with more than 10 points, and Blasczky had 10 — a career-high. Sophomore guard Maurice Jones also chipped in with four assists.The Trojans conclude the regular season on Saturday against Washington State at the Galen Center. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 3 p.m. and will be streamed on       USCTrojans.com. O’Neill’s squad has not won since Jan. 28 and will look to notch what would be its second win in conference play.“Nobody is enjoying this, let’s face it,” O’Neill said. “But it is what it is.”USC lost to the Cougars (14-15, 6-11) 60-53 earlier this season in Pullman, Wash.last_img read more

Florida Doubles One-Day Coronavirus Record

first_img(Tallahassee, FL) — Florida is surpassing the previous one-day coronavirus record.The state announced nearly 9000 new COVID-19 infections today with 39 deaths.The new numbers eclipse the record of more than 5500 on Wednesday. Over the last week, Florida has recorded 29,163 new infections, which is nearly a quarter of the state’s total number of confirmed cases since the pandemic began more than three months ago, according to the Miami Herald. The state’s total number of confirmed cases now stands at 122,960.Deaths in the peninsula are also skyrocketing with 137 new deaths reported Friday, the Department of Health announced, bringing the statewide death toll “north of 3,400,” the Herald reported.The number of deceased patients nearly tripled overnight. On Thursday, just 46 deaths were reported.In an effort to curb the recent spike, the drinking of alcohol at bars has been suspended by the state’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation.last_img read more

Fast-finishing Tree denies Dick in Welsh playoff

first_img England international Toby Tree (Golf at Goodwood, Sussex) fired a closing round eight-under-par 64 in the weather-hit Welsh Open Amateur at Conwy then needed a playoff to deny Jamie Dick (Forest Hills, Gloucestershire) the title. Both players tied on 202, 14 under par, for the 54 holes played after the first round had been abandoned because of heavy rain. However, the Conwy greens staff are to be congratulated for making the course playable despite the weather. “It was a tough week, but they kept the course playable,” said 19-year-old Tree. “It was the same for everyone and it was just a question of keeping under the umbrella as much as possible. “They managed to keep the course dry, but it was soft for a links course which I didn’t mind. You could pitch it at the flag much more and play it like a parkland course. “In the last round I played well and kept making the putts. I wasn’t nervous going into the playoff because it was just a question of carrying on doing what I was doing well – you cannot control the outcome of a playoff so I just tried to control my own game. “It was a good win for me to start the summer off. I put the event in my schedule as a links course to prepare for the St Andrew’s Links and British Amateur.” Tree (image courtesy Golf Union Wales) began the final round five strokes behind Dick, who returned 64 in round two, but the Sussex teenager covered the front nine in 31 shots to close the gap to three. But for his only bogey on the par-four 16th, Tree would have come home in less than 33, his 64 containing nine birdies. Dick recorded five birdies in his 69 and two bogeys, one coming at the last in an inward 36. They halved the first playoff hole but a par at the second was good enough to see Tree to the title. Two more England internationals, Michael Saunders (Dartford, Kent) was equal third on 207, and Ashley Chesters (Hawkstone Park, Shropshire & Herefordshire) fifth on 209. 29 May 2014 Fast-finishing Tree denies Dick in Welsh playoff last_img read more