RSF condemns murder of another journalist in northern India

first_img In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Organized crimeCorruptionViolence June 10, 2021 Find out more Navin Gupta had been working as a contributor with the daily Hindustan for eight years (photo: ANI). News RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 RSF_en A reporter for the Hindustan newspaper, Navin Gupta, 35, was riddled with bullets by four men on motorcycles as he emerged from a public toilet near the market in Bilhaur, a town 50 km north of the city of Kanpur. He died while being rushed to hospital, leaving a wife and 4-year-old daughter.The police have begun a hunt for the perpetrators but so far without success. For the time being, the motive for Gupta’s murder is unknown but Kanpur district journalists voiced concern about their safety after holding an emergency meeting.“We support the investigation launched by the police, who must not let this murder go unpunished, but we cannot forget that Navin Gupta was at least the fourth journalist to be murdered in India in just three months,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk.“The federal authorities must quickly adopt measures to guarantee the safety of media personnel. The Uttar Pradesh government also has a duty to provide better protection for journalists investigating sensitive subjects. With three journalists murdered in the past two years, this state has a significant history in this regard.”It was in Uttar Pradesh that the Jagendra Singh sustained fatal burns in June 2015 in connection with his investigative reporting on illegal sand mines; that local newspaper journalist Sanjay Pathak was beaten to death two months later, and that reporter Hemant Yadav was gunned down in October by a motorcycle hitman said to have been hired by the “mines mafia.”Recent media victims in other parts of India include Gauri Lankesh, a newspaper editor who was gunned down outside her home in the southern city of Bangalore on 5 September; Shantanu Bhowmick a reporter who was beaten and stabbed to death in the northeastern state of Tripura two weeks later, and Sudip Datta Bhaunik, a reporter who was shot dead in the same state just ten days ago. India is ranked 136th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Indian authorities to take concrete steps to protect journalists after a newspaper reporter was gunned down yesterday evening in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. At least three other journalists have been murdered in India in the past three months. IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Organized crimeCorruptionViolence Follow the news on India December 1, 2017 RSF condemns murder of another journalist in northern India Organisation India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media News March 3, 2021 Find out more to go further News April 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Shell Midstream Partners to acquire 79% stake in Mattox Pipeline from Shell

first_imgThe Mattox Pipeline, which is a 145km long crude oil pipeline, serves the Royal Dutch Shell-operated Appomattox platform Shell Midstream Partners to acquire stake in Mattox Pipeline and certain logistics assets at the Shell Norco Manufacturing Complex. (Credit: Pixabay/aymane jdidi) Shell Midstream Partners has agreed to acquire a 79% stake in Mattox Pipeline and certain logistics assets at the Shell Norco Manufacturing Complex from affiliates of its sponsor Royal Dutch Shell.Apart from the sale of the assets, Royal Dutch Shell has signed an agreement to scrap all incentive distribution rights (IDRs) and economic general partner (GP) interest in Shell Midstream Partners.Royal Dutch Shell will be issued 160 million newly issued shares of Shell Midstream Partners plus $1.2bn of Series A perpetual convertible preferred units, priced at $23.63 per unit.Details of the Mattox PipelineThe Mattox Pipeline, which is a 145km long crude oil pipeline, serves the Appomattox platform, which is operated by Royal Dutch Shell. The pipeline carries oil into the Proteus and Endymion pipeline systems, which eventually connect to onshore markets through a storage hub in Clovelly, Los Angeles.The 24inch Mattox Pipeline, which has a capacity of 300,000 barrel per day, is underpinned by a long-term contract with a monthly minimum quantity (MMQ) at a fixed transportation rate for the Appomattox field and also the Vicksburg field.The logistics assets to be acquired at the Norco Manufacturing Complex include crude, chemicals, intermediate and finished product pipelines, docks, storage tanks, truck and rail racks, and associated infrastructure.The deal is likely to be completed in the second quarter of this year. It will be subject to receipt of regulatory approvals and meeting of other customary closing conditions.The assets are supported by take-or-pay contracts with fully-owned subsidiaries of Shell with an initial term of fifteen years and an option to extend for an additional term of five years.Shell Midstream Partners CEO Kevin Nichols said: “This transaction positions the Partnership well for the future, simplifying our structure and lowering our cost of capital.“Our diversified portfolio continues to deliver sustainable growth – and I’m pleased with the addition of the Mattox Pipeline and Norco logistics assets, which will enhance our strategic position both onshore and offshore.”last_img read more

Subway asks customers to ‘Stay Picky’

first_imgSubway has launched a new brand campaign with the tagline ‘Stay Picky’.The fast food sandwich chain is encouraging customers to embrace their pickiness and tastes, to highlight the way each Subway sandwich can be tailored to the customer.This is part of a multi-million pound investment by the brand as part of the My Sub, My Way platform.Along with updated in-store branding, the ‘Stay Picky’ campaign will be supported by cross-channel advertising, including print advertising in key commuter and tabloid titles including Metro.Roger Cusa, head of marketing for the Subway brand in the UK and Ireland, said: “We want to encourage our customers to embrace their picky side, and take control of their food.“This new ‘Stay Picky’ campaign really highlights the key uniqueness that Subway stores offers to our customers. With our fresh ingredients to personalise their subs, flatbreads and salads, we really are the go-to place to get picky.”last_img read more

New Zealand to limit returning citizens as quarantine facilities fill up

first_img“We are seeing rapid growth in the numbers of New Zealanders coming home as the COVID-19 pandemic worsens,” Woods said.”The last thing we need are hastily set up facilities to meet demand.”The government is also talking to other airlines about managing flows, she said.New Zealand’s borders are still shut to foreigners, and citizens and permanent residents have to undergo 14 days of mandatory quarantine. The country has nearly 6,000 people in 28 managed isolation facilities and was planning to scale up more spaces to manage demand in coming weeks.Air New Zealand said it was pausing new bookings for the next three weeks, and would align daily arrivals with the capacity available at isolation facilities.The airline’s domestic services and flights from New Zealand to international destinations would not be affected by the restrictions, the airline said.New Zealand has 22 active cases of COVID-19, all from returning New Zealanders, with no known community transmission. It has recorded 22 deaths from 1,186 cases during the pandemic.Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared in early June that New Zealand had eliminated coronavirus but soon after, two women were allowed to leave quarantine early on compassionate grounds and later tested positive for the virus.Ardern quickly called in the military to manage the border facilities. Under pressure for the border blunders, the health minister resigned last week. New Zealand said on Tuesday its national airline will not take new bookings for three weeks as the country looks to limit the number of citizens returning home to reduce the burden on overflowing quarantine facilities.As the COVID-19 pandemic worsens globally, thousands of New Zealanders are returning to South Pacific nation, which is among a handful of countries to have contained the coronavirus, re-opened its economy and restored pre-pandemic normalcy.Bookings on Air New Zealand flights will be managed to ensure the government can safely place citizens into managed isolation facilities, Housing Minister Megan Woods said in a statement.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Courtois clarifies comments about Barcelona and La Liga title

first_imgThibaut Courtois has a bit of a knack for talking his way into trouble, and the Real Madrid goalkeeper has managed it again.Advertisement Loading… Last week he commented that it wouldn’t be fair to award Barcelona the title on the merit of games played so far, given that his side had beaten the Blaugrana in one of their matches and drawn in the other. Promoted Content12 Stars You Would Never Recognize Without Their Signature Look10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True10 Gorgeous Asian Actresses No Man Can Resist8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth8 Ways Drones Are Going To Change Our Lives5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson He’s had to row back from those slightly inflammatory comments in words quoted by Mundo Deportivo today.“I never said that they should declare Real Madrid champions if the league ends now,” the former Chelsea stopper said, before repeating his belief that his team could still lift the title:“If we play the eleven remaining games I have confidence that my team can win the league.”Thibaut Courtois of Real MadridRead Also: Spain needs football, claims Real Madrid starTo be honest he’s never said anything too controversial, and there would be plenty of people unhappy if this feeble Barcelona team were just given the title on a plate, not least Madrid fans who have seen their team look better for stretches of the season.But Courtois’ tendency to get trapped into saying things like this can lead to more pressure on him and his team, and given nobody knows how things will turn out in the next couple of months, he will have to hope he’s not eating his words.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Neanderthals Can’t Get No Respect

first_imgWill evolutionary paleontologists ever make up their minds about Neanderthals?  The story seems to change every year.  Just when they had been getting more respect as Homo sapiens brethren, another researcher is demoting them to outsiders.    An Argentinean anthropologist has measured anatomical features and concluded they were a separate species, reported PhysOrg.  Understandably, “Reconciling these diverse classifications from a tiny number of specimens spanning millions of years has led to lots of claims and counter-claims, as well as much confusion in the general public, about how we came to be here.”    Meanwhile, National Geographic News claimed Mr. Neanderthal had a big mouth.  A team of Israeli anthropologists believe Neanderthals could open their mouths wider than modern humans.  Perhaps all this proves is that they were good politicians.    The alternate spellings of Neanderthal and Neandertal seem to be equivalent, according to PhysOrg article has a picture of a Neanderthal thinker in a pensive pose.  He’s thinking, “I tell you, I can’t get no respect from evolutionary anthropologists.  One of them, he told me I was crazy.  I told him I wanted a second opinion.  He said, OK, you’re ugly, too.  I bet your mother fed you with a slingshot.  When I was born, he said, the doctor shoulda slapped your mother.  You are the sap in the family tree.  Better watch out for that saber-tooth cat over there – he’s likely to cover you up.  I tell you.  I got a PhD, a muscular physique, a wall covered with hunting trophies and a voice like Pavarotti, but I can’t get no respect.  The government taxed the shirt off my back.  At least I don’t have to worry about pickpockets.”    How should you read news articles like this?  Sadly, you must ignore them.  Science, a word that used to mean “knowledge,” has abandoned its respect for rigor and restraint.  It has become a playground for storytellers shooting off their gaping mouths to get a moment of fame in the news.  Anything you read today is likely to be overturned next month.    What does this Brazilian know about Neanderthals and their relationship to the human family tree?  Nothing.  He made it all up.  The article said as much.  “Various species of Homo have been put up for the crown of being our direct ancestor, only to find themselves dismissed by critics as failed branches of the Homo tree.”  So on what basis do they dismiss Neanderthal and promote Homo habilis today?  They could take any random sample of living humans and come up with dozens of theories of who is related to whom.  Undoubtedly some of us would be demoted from the human line.  Certain individuals demote themselves from the subspecies Homo sapiens sapiens by their own folly.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

IBM CEO on Lessons & Opportunities in Internet of Things

first_imgEarlier this month IBM CEO Sam Palmisano gave a speech in London, in which he discussed IBM’s products and services in the Internet of Things. He also outlined what IBM sees as emerging opportunities for “smart systems” over the coming decade. It was a significant speech, given that IBM has been probably the leading large tech company promoting the Internet of Things up till now. When you consider that trillions of sensors will be deployed worldwide in the coming decade and the interest in Internet of Things from such high-ranking officials as China’s Premier, IBM’s use cases so far and its evolving strategy is definitely worth taking note of.IBM’s ‘Smarter Planet’ campaign and accompanying Tumblr blog have been in operation since November 2008. This strategy is about connecting objects to the Internet and applying intelligence and services on top of that. Palmisano noted one of the key points about Internet of Things early in his speech – it puts computational power into “things no one would recognize as computers.” Things like “cars, appliances, roadways and rail lines, power grids, clothes.” He also mentioned processes and global supply chains, non-sexy markets that have proven to be early commercial successes for the company in Internet of Things. Finally, Palmisano pointed to implementation in “natural systems, such as agriculture and waterways.”He explained that “intelligence” can be gleaned off all of this data, “because we now have the processing power and advanced analytics to make sense of it all.”IBM claims to have developed 1,200 “smarter solutions” so far. Palmisano said that “in four cities where IBM has helped deploy congestion management solutions, traffic volume during peak periods has been reduced by up to 18 percent, CO2 emissions from motor vehicles were reduced by up to 14 percent, and public transit use increased by up to 7 percent.” He listed other examples from healthcare, banking, power metering and retailing. However, Palmisano cautioned that while the “technology may be ready, […] your culture may not be.” He talked about one of IBM’s customers, Rosenau Transport in Canada. That company took over two years to implement a new ‘smart’ trucking system.Another key thing to note about Internet of Things is the sheer volume of data that will flow through the Internet in the coming years. Palmisano remarked that “we are amassing an unimaginable amount of data in the world.” He claimed that in three years time, IP traffic “is expected to total more than half a zettabyte” (which equals a trillion gigabytes).He also said that “all this data is far more real-time than ever before” – which of course is another trend that ReadWriteWeb has been tracking closely.Palmisano didn’t neglect to mention the “disquieting implications” of the Internet of Things. In particular, privacy and security. However, he didn’t give any reassurances on this front – other than to say that IBM is part of several coalitions, such as the Global Intelligent Utility Network Coalition and the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative. He rather blandly added, “they [privacy and security] will require serious consideration and collaborative decision making across all the stakeholders of civil society.”Overall, we continue to be impressed by IBM’s commitment to Internet of Things. It is leading the way in technology and implementation. The privacy implications (in particular) will potentially be a roadblock in some areas, together with the continuing difficulties of implementing technology such as RFID. So it will be interesting to see how IBM deals with those two issues over 2010. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Internet of Things#NYT#Trends#web last_img read more

Already good for silver, Delarmino shoots for Muay Thai gold

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Cielo seals golden treble; Adeline still unbeatable To beat the highly favored Thai, Delarmino will need the same combative approach that propelled him to take all three rounds against Bayramdurdyyew, 30-27, Wednesday evening.On attack mode right from the start, Delarmino tagged his rival with a jarring right to the chin that floored the Turkmen 20 seconds into the first round.Taekwondo jin Francis Agojo, wrestler Jefferson Manatad and kurash grappler Al Rolan Llamas settled for bronze medals after bowing to their respective opponents in the semifinals.Agojo fell to 17-year-old Jang Jun of South Korea, 12-37, in the men’s -58kg finale while jins Christian Al Dela Cruz (men’s -80kg) and Rheza Aragon (women’s -49kg) were eliminated prior to the medal rounds.Following his stunning victory over Muhammetmyrat Gurbanow of Turkmenistan in the quarterfinals, Manatad saw his win streak end after a 5-0 defeat against Aidos Kulmanbetov of Kazakhstan in the men’s belt wrestling classic style -80kg category.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Philippine bet Phillip Delarmino throws the jarring right that floored Bayramdurdyyew in the first round. —JUNE NAVARROASHGABAT—Phillip Delarmino knows that an aggressive mind-set could change the complexion of the fight regardless of the odds.Using his tested ploy, the muay fighter from Iloilo City hurdled Rusdem Bayramdurdyyew of host Turkmenistan in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games here and silenced his foe’s sea of frenetic supporters to progress to the gold-medal match.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Already assured of the silver medal, Delarmino will engage in the most lucrative fight of his career yet in the men’s -57kg finals against Chotichanin Kokkrachai of Thailand, the country where the full-contact sport originated.“I will stick to our strategy of staying aggressive throughout,” said the 26-year-old Delarmino, whose claim to fame were a pair of silver finishes in the 2014 Asian Beach Games and 2013 Burma Southeast Asian Games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“He (Kokkrachai) is more of a technical fighter but we will not fight on his terms. We would rather be assertive and throw everything we have,” said muay coach Billy Alumno.More than the P2-million cash incentive that Delarmino can receive from the Philippine Sports Commission, beating Kokkrachai for the gold medal will jack up the Philippine medal tally of two gold, five silver and six bronze medals. View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad last_img read more

UC Irvine dubs assistant as its own ‘Sister Jean’ in NCAA

first_imgColombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants “Maybe I’m a little bit of a good luck charm. I’ve been to lots of these tournaments,” Taylor said. “If someone feels a little luckier or someone can show them what’s around the corner down the trail, that’s kind of a compliment. It’s been kind of a fun thing for us to joke around about.”Sister Jean Delores Schmidt became a national sensation last March as she watched from a wheelchair as the Ramblers ran through the tournament as a No. 11 seed and went all the way to the national semifinals before losing to Michigan.The team’s chaplain, unofficial scout and eternal optimist was a natural on TV. She joked that she gave up losing for Lent, had a bobblehead made of her and even got to throw out a ceremonial first pitch at a Cubs game.That’s a high bar for Turner to meet but one his players believe he can achieve.“I would agree with it,” guard Evan Leonard said of the comparison. “I’m not sure if he would. He has a great personality. The lady last year also had a great personality as well. It’s a great nickname for him.”ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss UC Irvine players and coaches celebrate during the second half of a first round men’s college basketball game against Kansas State in the NCAA Tournament, Friday, March 22, 2019, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SAN JOSE, Calif. — When UC Irvine made the NCAA Tournament, coach Russell Turner believed his team had many of the same ingredients that fueled Loyola of Chicago’s surprising run to the Final Four last year.The Anteaters had an experienced team with a gaudy record but was missing only one ingredient: the good luck charm that provided inspiration for the Ramblers.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Charlie Edwards keeps WBC flyweight belt with unanimous wincenter_img View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Google Philippines names new country director The Anteaters have a long way to matching the run Loyola made last year. They got off to a good start with the 70-64 upset of fourth-seeded Kansas State on Friday and are the lowest remaining seed in the tournament.They are underdogs again in the second round against Pac-12 tournament champion Oregon but bristle at the Cinderella label.“We don’t see ourselves that way,” guard Robert Cartwright said. “But we understand that might come with our seeding. But we look at ourselves as a high-level team that can compete with pretty much anybody, and that’s what we’re going to continue to show hopefully throughout the rest of the season.” With no elderly nun with an engaging personality hanging around at a public school like UC Irvine, Turner got creative.“They had a secret weapon that everyone remembers in Sister Jean and that we also have a secret weapon that no one knows about, and it’s Uncle Blaine,” Turner said. “It was a play on words, you know, as a way to entertain the crowd, but Blaine is special for our team and our staff.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Uncle Blaine” is UC Irvine assistant coach Blaine Taylor, who won 380 games and made six tournament trips as head coach at Montana and Old Dominion and four more as an assistant at Stanford before joining the Anteaters in 2016.After getting the nickname on Sunday, Taylor has heard from many old friends, amused that the 61-year-old basketball lifer is being compared to a 98-year-old nun. He was sent a picture of him and Sister Jean that he proudly showed off in the locker room on Saturday as the 13th-seeded Anteaters (31-5) prepared for their second-round game in the South Region against No. 12 seed Oregon (24-12). MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more


first_imgAn important message from NZ Touch regarding drug testing at the All Nations Championships… Touch NZ via the New Zealand Sports Drug Agency will be conducting a series of drug tests at the All Nations Tournament. Countries are advised that they need to ensure that their athletes are aware that this will happen and are aware of what substances are on the WADA prohibited list 2005 ( If you are unsure what drugs are banned you can also visit the New Zealand Sports Drug Agency website ( for further information. Attached is an outline of the testing procedures, please ensure that you have read and understand this prior to the tournament. If you have any questions please e-mail Simon Battrick Touch NZ International Development Manager at [email protected] DRUG TESTING- YOUR RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIESlast_img read more

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