India: Another reporter slain in Uttar Pradesh, second in a month

first_img Organisation News IndiaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalists Violence Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information News Vikram Joshi, a reporter for the Hindi-language newspaper Jansagar Today, died in hospital today from injuries he received on 20 July when he was beaten and then shot in the head by a group of men in front of his daughters aged 5 and 11 near their home in the city of Ghaziabad.Nine suspects have been arrested after being identified by means of CCTV camera footage, but not the man who shot Joshi, according to his family, which is refusing to recover his body until the killer is arrested. The family thinks Joshi was the victim of a reprisal for filing a complaint four days earlier against individuals who had harassed his niece.“All those responsible for Vikram Joshi’s shocking murder must be identified and brought to justice as quickly as possible,” RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk said. “We take note of the fact that an investigation is under way and we urge the police not to neglect the possibility of a link to his work as a journalist. Above all, we call on the Uttar Pradesh authorities to adopt substantial measures to reinforce protection for journalists as a matter of the utmost urgency.”The other journalist to be gunned down in the past few weeks in Uttar Pradesh was Shubham Mani Tripathi, a reporter for the Hindi-language Kampu Mail newspaper, who died on the spot when he was shot six times on 19 June in Lucknow, the state capital. He had said in a recent Facebook post that he feared he could be killed because of his investigations into illegal land expropriation by the local “sand mafia.”India is ranked 142nd out of 180 countries and territories in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. to go further RSF_en News Jansagar Today reporter Vikram Joshi died on 22 July from the shot to the head he had received two days earlier (photo: July 22, 2020 India: Another reporter slain in Uttar Pradesh, second in a monthcenter_img April 27, 2021 Find out more In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival IndiaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalists Violence June 10, 2021 Find out more India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media March 3, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on India News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is outraged by the second murder of a journalist in the space of a month in the state of Uttar Pradesh, in northern India, and calls on the state’s authorities to do everything possible to bring those responsible to justice, and to step up protection for media personnel. RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19last_img read more

The final journey: A terminally ill cancer patient’s nearly 2-year trek down the Mississippi River

first_imgFacebook/Kelly Phillips(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) — Kelly Phillips was going to die. That much was certain.The question was when.As the terminally ill cancer patient lay in bed, contemplating the few short months his doctors said he had left, he knew that this business of dying would not take place in hospice care in New Jersey.He would spend his final days on the brackish waves of the Mississippi River — free. Phillips said he called his brother who lives in Wisconsin and asked him if he could find him a houseboat on the Mississippi. He bought the boat from his hospice bed, packed up his belongings, his dog Sapphire and flew out to Wisconsin to spend his last days aboard his boat, the “Shameless.”The journey entailed traveling down a river that extends over 2,000 miles and across 10 states with zero sailing experience and only $214 in his pocket with his dog at his side.“I didn’t do anything to prepare,” Phillips said. “I learned as I went.” That was 20 months ago now and Phillips has made it to his final destination, Venice, Louisiana.His journey hasn’t always been easy.He was a small businessman, running various laundromats around New Jersey when he said he was diagnosed with cancer in his sinuses two years ago. He underwent chemotherapy at Morristown Medical Center, but he said the treatment left him with a stomach ulcer and was told he only had three months to live.He was then transferred to a local hospice center and it was there he said he decided that this was not the way he wanted to die.“I just knew I was going to stay there,” Phillips said. “I wanted to have an adventure and go do something.” His plan originally was to stay in Wisconsin on the river. However, three months passed. Then four, five and six months went by and he decided to extend his adventure downriver. He remembers traveling down the nearly frozen waters of Illinois.In Hickman, Kentucky, Phillips discovered his houseboat was sinking and had to call on a tugboat captain to get him and Sapphire to safety.Then he got to Memphis, Tennessee, one of the most memorable stops on his journeyWhen Phillips docked his boat in Memphis he said he let his dog Sapphire out play on the cobblestones while he did work on his boat. “I looked away for maybe two seconds and all of the sudden she was gone,” Phillips said.Phillips was overcome with emotion. Sapphire was his sole companion and confidant during his tumultuous trek down the Mississippi River.“That dog has been just wonderful to me,” Phillips said. He went looking for Sapphire but had no luck until the next day when he walked past a poster that said “Is she yours?” with a photo of Sapphire.Sapphire ended up in the hands of Diana Sanders, a digital marketing specialist at the Archer Malmo agency, and she was able to reunite the two, according to WREG Memphis. The reunion of Sapphire and Phillips touched Sanders and everyone at the Archer Malmo agency deeply.“Immediately she could smell him. She was so excited,” Sanders said to WREG Memphis. “To see the smile on his face and on Sapphire’s face when they were reunited, it truly brought me to tears.”Phillips was so grateful to have Sapphire back, as he promised that no matter what he would always take care of her on this journey.“I asked them how they found her, and they said,’Nobody found her, she found us’,” Phillips said. He also didn’t take any medication during his journey. By the time he made it to Memphis, he had virtually no money, had lost his phone and had been living without a generator for heat for two months.“I was ready to give up,” Phillips said. “I called my brother and told him to come if something doesn’t happen by the weekend.”Luckily, he said the next day the team at Archer Malmo were so moved by Phillips and his story that they came to his houseboat with a new generator and a phone for Phillips.“So the dog got me a generator,” Phillips said laughing as he recollected at how much Sapphire and the goodwill of strangers has meant to him on this journey.Phillips said these acts of kindness were common during his journey.“The Mississippi River people are what’s kept me going,” Phillips said. “You just can’t beat them.” He posts to his Facebook live videos almost daily updating people of his journey and has gained quite a following. People have been able to track his adventure and meet him along the way at his now over a dozen stops.“I’ve ran across people that have given me boat motors, they keep me fed,” Phillips said. “In Vicksburg they gave me so much food I had to call the shelter and have them come get some because it was too much.”Dominic Gencarelli was on a weekend trip to Memphis with his girlfriend when he met Phillips. Gencarelli was walking on the waterfront when he saw his houseboat and assumed he was a local. He went up to his houseboat to talk to him about river flooding and quickly learned that he was not from Memphis and about his story. Gencarelli said it was Phillips warm personality that stuck out to them the most and was the reason he and his girlfriend returned the next day with food and water for Phillips.“He has this way about him that’s real,” Gencarelli said. “I’ve never met anyone like him.”Some strangers along the way have even saved Phillips from extremely dangerous situations. Phillips said he was 16 miles away from New Orleans, La. when he hit a ship and his motor went out. “The wind blew me in front of the ship and the current took me right into it,” Phillips said. “I hit it, slid down the side of it and hit the harbor tug that was on the side.”He said he quickly put in a distress call for a tugboat to come help and once it arrived it pushed him over to the shore and into a tree. It was then he said something “incredible happened.”“I go on the front to tie the boat up to the tree so I can get my motor running and there was a Catholic rosary hanging in the tree,” Phillips said. “If that’s not a sign I don’t know what is.” Phillips’ daughter died seven years ago and said that prior to this trip he lost his faith in God. He said this trip has brought his faith back and he tries to stop every Sunday wherever his is and attend church.“He’s keeping me alive and keeping me going down the river, and I don’t know why,” Phillips. Now that Phillips is at the end of his journey, he’s not quite sure what is in store for him next. He said that the biggest thing he’s learned from this adventure is how many good people there are in this world.“There are a whole lot more good people than there are bad,” Phillips said. “Be yourself and if you’re not a jerk people will treat you good.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Weekend Poll: What Should Oscar Host Neil Patrick Harris Do Next?

first_imgMove over, James Franco—Neil Patrick Harris is making your life look boring. This year alone, NPH won a Tony Award, released Choose Your Autobiography and now he’s set to host the 2015 Academy Awards. But these are only a few of the things the stage and screen star has recently checked off his bucket list. He’s also hosted the Tony Awards four times, won a collection of Emmys (oh, and he hosted those twice too), met the president, appeared on How I Met Your Mother for nine seasons and donned drag in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. But wait, there’s more! He’s also a director, a producer and the proud father of twins. Phew! Is there anything NPH can’t do? No. He’s magical—wait, did we mention he also does magic? So we’ve dreamed up a few more things we think Neil Patrick Harris should add to his bucket list. What do you want to see him do next? Cast your vote below! View Commentslast_img read more

FARC Orders Ceasefire ahead of Peace Talks with Colombian Government

first_img The FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) ordered a unilateral ceasefire for two months to start at midnight on November 19, at the beginning of the peace talks with the Colombian government in Havana, in order to end the conflict that has extended for almost 50 years, declared their second-in-command Iván Márquez. “The FARC secretariat orders all guerrilla units throughout the country to cease all offensive military operations against the public force, as well as any sabotage actions against public and private infrastructures,” said Márquez while reading a press release. Several hours later, Colombian Minister of Defense Juan Carlos Pinzón, responded that the Army would maintain their operations against the FARC during the peace talks, as President Juan Manuel Santos had previously stated. The guerrilla leader announced the FARC’s decision moments before the peace talks began in Havana’s Convention Center, where the press was not allowed to attend. Márquez stated that this unilateral measure taken by the communist FARC “is a contribution to strengthen the necessary atmosphere of understanding, so that the parties can reach the goals desired by all Colombian citizens by means of the talks.” However, Minister Pinzón reiterated that the Army will maintain its counterinsurgency operations. “This is a very clear stand by the Public Forces: to continue working decisively to pursue these individuals that have violated all kinds of codes, standards, and that have threatened the lives and honor of Colombian citizens,” highlighted Pinzón in a press conference. “I hope they keep their word, but in reality, history shows that this terrorist organization has never been honest about anything,” he criticized. The government chief of negotiations, Humberto de la Calle, as well as President Santos, had declared repeatedly that the Army would keep its operations during the peace talks. By Dialogo November 21, 2012last_img read more

Arsenal plotting transfer move for Cesar Gelabert after Real Madrid midfielder impressed Mikel Arteta

first_imgThe Madrid youngster impressed against a strong Chelsea side (Picture: Getty)According to AS, Arteta – who was still with Manchester City at the time – kept a close eye on Gelabert’s performances as the youngster impressed against Chelsea before scoring against Tottenham.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe report suggests the Gunners are ‘in the hunt’ for Gelabert’s signature along with Borussia Dortmund and Lyon. It’s claimed Lyon have already made an offer for Gelabert which was swiftly turned down as Madrid view the Spaniard as a player capable of breaking into the first-team in the near future. Arsenal plotting transfer move for Cesar Gelabert after Real Madrid midfielder impressed Mikel Arteta Arsenal are scouring the market for Ceballos’ replacement (Picture: Getty)Earlier this week, the Madrid loanee admitted he was unsure about how the coronavirus crisis will impact his future.‘I finish my contract on June 30. I would have to play for Arsenal, I don’t know how [it would work],’ Ceballos told El Chiringuito.‘My future would be irresponsible for me to speak about. ‘The most important thing will be to be important for my new team.‘I came to Arsenal to be important and in less than a month it has disappeared.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal star Kieran Tierney makes Celtic admission and picks out his favourite memory of beating RangersMORE: Arsenal transfer boost as Jonathan David talks up Premier League move Arsenal are ‘in the hunt’ for Real Madrid wonderkid Cesar Gelabert (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are lining up a move for Real Madrid starlet Cesar Gelabert in the summer transfer window, according to reports in Spain. Gelabert is regarded as one of the most promising talents in Madrid’s academy and clubs from around Europe have been keeping close tabs on the 19-year-old attacking midfielder in recent months. The teenager is yet to make an appearance in Zinedine Zidane’s first-team but his outstanding displays in Madrid’s UEFA Youth League campaign made a real impression on Arsenal head coach Arteta. Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Advertisement Comment Gelabert scored against Spurs in Madrid’s UEFA Youth League campaign (Picture: Getty)Arteta is keen to bolster his options in midfield this summer, with Dani Ceballos set to return to the Bernabeu when his loan deal expires.Espanyol and Valencia midfielders Marc Roca and Carlos Soler are also firmly on Arsenal’s radar as potential replacements for Ceballos. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 4 Apr 2020 12:33 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.6kShareslast_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Friday, July 11 – Sunday, July 13, 2014

first_imgSaturday, July 12, 2014•8:51 a.m. Officers took a report of a found bicycle in the area of Sellers Park, Wellington.•9:56 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to mailbox in the 600 block. N. Poplar, Wellington.•11:50 a.m. Officers investigated a burglary of golf clubs in the 1900 block. N. H, Wellington.•1:35 p.m. Joshua M. Asbury, 21, Wellington was arrested and confined on a city of Wellington Bench Warrant for failure to appear.•2:31 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a vehicle mirror in the 800 block. W. 16th, Wellington.•8:21 p.m. Shellie D. Yura, 37, Wellington was arrested and bonded on a city of Wellington bench warrant for failure to appear. Wellington Police notes for Friday, July 11 to Sunday, July 13, 2014:Friday, July 11, 2014•7:00 a.m. Carri C. Ledesma, 30, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for failure to maintain single lane of traffic.•11:25 a.m. Non-Injury accident in the 200 block. N. Washington, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Robyn L. Koehn, 32, Wichita, and Martha L. Tracy, 69, Wellington.•1:43 p.m. Shaun R. McKellip, 45, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with driving while license is suspended and expired registration.•6:15 p.m., Amy L. Allan, 50, Wellington, was issued a notice to appear for expired registration and no proof of insurance.•8:20 p.m. Officers took a report of a lost wallet in the 200 block. N. Washington, Wellington.•8:47 p.m. Officers took a report of a public accident in the 100 block. S. Washington, Wellington. Sunday, July 13, 2014•3:05 a.m. Jason R. Wagoner, WM, 31, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with criminal damage to property in the 120 block. S. F, Wellington.•1:45 p.m. Janet L. Wall, 33, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 61 mph in a 45 mph zone.•2:20 p.m. Philip D. Burford, 69, Wichita, was issued a notice to appear for speeding 60 mph in a 45 mph zone.•6:25 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 100 block N. Woodlawn, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Reva L. Smith, 62, Wellington and Fabian M. Lucena, 38, Wellington.•6:30 p.m. Reva L. Smith, 62, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for inattentive driving.•8:03 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a cell phone in the 1100 block. W. Harvey, Wellington.last_img read more

Germany drinks to Oktoberfest rugby boost, Uganda finishes 10th

first_img– ‘Great crowds’ –Australia captain James Stannard, 34, hopes the World Series comes to Munich.“The crowd have been great, they are cheering everything, it’d be fun to bring the World Sevens Series here,” said Stannard, who has played for the Brumbies and Western Force.“A lot of the teams have sent young, development guys, which is great for building depth.“It’s good for Germany, they aren’t known as a rugby destination, but I was surprised by the standard — they’re going greats guns.”Germany lost 26-12 to Simon Amor’s England side in the quarter-finals, having enjoyed a shock win over the English in the group stage.But the Germans beat Argentina 19-17 in a play-off to finish fifth behind England, South Africa, Australia and Fiji.After scoring twice in Fiji’s 38-21 semi-final win against South Africa Banuve Tabakaucoro, a converted sprinter and 2015 Pacfic Games 100m and 200m champion, sees the potential in Munich.“This stadium has a 70,000 capacity, if we fill it up and win the hearts of German people, then this sport will grow here even more,” said the sprinter, who hopes to make Fiji’s World Series squad. (SEE FULL RESULTS PAGE 2)Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Pius Ogena of Uganda takles Ignacio Silva of Chile during the match Chile vs Uganda, at the Rugby Oktoberfest7s in Munich, southern Germany on September 30, 2017. Uganda beat Chile 17-12 and finished 10th overall, beaten by Spain 33-12 in the 9th place playoff AFP PHOTOMagnificent 7s – Germany drinks to Oktoberfest rugby boostMunich, Germany | AFP |  Australia hammered Olympic champions Fiji 40-7 to win the inaugural ‘Oktoberfest 7s’ in Munich on Saturday as Germany finished fifth in hosting the country’s first major international rugby tournament.A young Australian side brushed past the Fijians, who brought 10 development players.Ben O’Donnell claimed two of Australia’s six tries in the final after South Africa had earlier beaten England 42-7 to claim third.“It’s a great feeling, this squad has come together really quickly. It started in the camp and you saw it click in the final,” said O’Donnell.While Australia picked up the trophy, hosts Germany had plenty to cheer about as the squads headed to celebrate at the world-famous Oktoberfest beer festival.Organisers hope the inaugural tournament will lead to Germany being awarded a leg of the World Sevens Series within the next three years.Over the two days, 21,000 fans watched the action at the Olympic Stadium, the former home of Bayern Munich.Uganda beat Chile 17-12 in the 9th place semifinal but finished 10th overall, falling to Spain 33-12 in the 9th place playofflast_img read more

#JaVotes2016: Roberts complains of malfunctioning electoral machines

first_imgPatrick Roberts, the man who has been chosen by the People’s National Party (PNP) to unseat leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Andrew Holness in St Andrew West Central is very displeased. Both Holness and Roberts crossed path at the Dupont Primary School, located on Olympic Way in the constituency. As Holness did earlier, Roberts expressed concern about the slow pace of the electoral machines being used in seven of the 63 constituencies, complaining that they are frustrating the electoral process. But unlike Holness, Roberts was fuming. He charged that some of the machines are malfunctioning. This, he said, has slowed up the process considerably. As such, Roberts charged that persons administering the electoral process in the constituency are taking as much as half hour per voter.last_img read more

Kraemer Name PFL Offensive Player of the Week

first_imgThe Bulldogs concluded the season on a four-game winning streak, finishing third in the PFL with a 6-2 record and ended the year with a 7-4 overall mark. Print Friendly Version SAINT LOUIS, Mo. – Drake football’s Grant Kraemer was named Pioneer Football League Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced on Sunday, Nov. 20. Kraemer threw five touchdowns to help Drake end its 2016 season with a 45-17 PFL victory at Stetson, Saturday. He threw for a career-high 334 yards, completing 21-of-33 passes, and became the first Drake quarterback to throw for five touchdowns in a game since 2013. Kraemer threw for three touchdowns in a stretch of four consecutive second-half drives that each ended in a touchdown that broke the game open. His first touchdown pass was a 73-yard strike to tight end Eric Saubert that put Drake ahead in the second quarter. last_img read more

SA’s R9bn jobs fund open for business

first_imgPaul Kibuuka, who heads the DBSA’s development fund, said the fund aimed to create 150 000 jobs over three years, adding that each job funded should last for at least one year. South Africa’s R9-billion Jobs Fund, which aims to help the government create 150 000 jobs over the next three years, is now accepting applications from companies and non-governmental organisations with innovative job-creation projects. Enterprise development includes assistance to local procurement, marketing support, equipment upgrading or enterprise franchising. He said the fund aimed to target between 1 000 and 2 000 projects. These would either be in the form of matching grants, or grants where companies and organisations had committed a portion of funding to the respective project. He said the team had been given directives to process application timeously. The technical team, which processes applications, would meet weekly and the investment team, which makes the final selection, would meet monthly. Local infrastructure development included the funding of light manufacturing zones and communication links to market goods, he said. The fund will run for three years and is administered by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA). Source: BuaNews Business Trust CEO Brian Whittaker, who has been chosen as the fund’s vice-chair, said the fund was a bold new initiative that would release a degree of creativity on tackling unemployment. 8 June 2011 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan told a media briefing before his Budget Vote in Parliament in Cape Town this week that the aim was to give out R2-billion in grants this financial year to those in the private sector. Gordhan said the fund would target four areas, namely enterprise development, local infrastructure development, support for work seekers and institutional capacity building. The fund’s investment committee will be chaired by DBSA deputy-chairperson Frans Baleni, who said that investment would target poor and rural regions. The success of the jobs fund depended on strong co-operation between the private sector and the government, he said. Gordhan said his department chose the DBSA to administer the fund because of the development bank’s footprint – which covers over 200 municipalities across the country and its experience in funding community development projects. The National Treasury will continue to monitor and assess the performance and sustainability of projects funded through the initiative and all projects must be run for at least three to five years. Job creation possibilities The closing date for the first round of applications is July 31 and a large portion of applications will be processed electronically. Those interested, as well as applicants, can contact the Jobs Fund on 086 100 3272 or visit “We are expected to submit bi-monthly reports to the shareholder (the National Treasury), so there would be no time to relax,” he said. Support for work seekers would include setting up networks and projects that can provide training and career guidance, while improving institutional capacity would include funding internships and mentorship programmes. ‘A bold new initiative’ Gordhan said the level of urgency around the country’s high level of unemployment meant that the country required a new energy and infusion in the job creation process. The fund is targeted at established companies with a good track record and that plan to expand existing programmes or pilot innovative approaches to employment creation, with a special focus on opportunities for young people. These include the Small Enterprise Development Agency for business support; Khula, the National Empowerment Fund, the South African Micro-Finance Apex Fund and the Industrial Development Corporation for small business funding; and the Technology Innovation Agency for innovation funding. “There’s an opportunity here to do something innovative and that’s what excites me,” he said. He said the fund would not compete with other government initiatives, but rather complement them: “One hopes that this will inspire new forms of innovation, new forms of creativity and open new areas of job creation possibilities,” he said. Financial assistance for small or micro businesses is not covered through this fund, as the government has other programmes to assist entrepreneurs. Four target funding areaslast_img read more