Separatist threats against cable TV operators in Kashmir

first_img Help by sharing this information News February 23, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on India May 15, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Separatist threats against cable TV operators in Kashmir Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about threats by separatist groups against cable TV operators in Kashmir during the past week that led operators to suspend some entertainment channels.“Over the years, armed separatist groups have become more and more threatening towards the media in Kashmir,” the organisation said. “We call on all the separatist movements to stop intimidating journalists and let them work freely. We also urge the authorities to ensure that the equipment and premises of cable TV operators are protected.”The latest wave of threats began on 9 May when operators suspended four channels – Star Movie, Star World, AXN and Reality TV – as a result of pressure from a rebel group called the al Madina Regiment, which described them as “obscene.”Other militant groups visited the offices of operators in Srinagar over the next few days and threatened them, prompting them to suspend 40 stations on 10 May. They nonetheless resumed service the next day after receiving support from the police and certain organisations such as Hizbul Mujahideen, the leading militant group in Kashmir.Operators suspended service again on 12 May after being threatened with suicide attacks and after complaining that they were not getting enough police protection.After more than 150 media workers staged a demonstration against the threats in Srinagar on 13 May and several militant groups voiced support for the operators, distribution of most of the cable stations resumed yesterday.At least five journalists were injured in indiscriminate bombings by radical separatists last year, while 10 others were physically attacked by police. Organisation March 3, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Receive email alerts Newscenter_img IndiaAsia – Pacific India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 to go further News Indian journalist wrongly accused of “wantonly” inaccurate reporting News IndiaAsia – Pacific April 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Council could lease ghost estate houses

first_imgNewsLocal NewsCouncil could lease ghost estate housesBy admin – March 31, 2011 748 Linkedin Email Facebook WhatsApp SOME houses lying vacant on unfinished estates in the city could be used for social housing, says Cllr Tom Shortt.He told a meeting of Limerick City Council this week that with 3,500 on the city’s waiting housing list, a special case could be put to the Department of the Environment that vacant properties be allocated to the council.“We should be negotiating for the sale or lease of some of these properties – some of them could be used for social housing – we should pursue this,” he urged.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr John Gilligan pointed out that the council did not create the problem of ghost estates.“Water and sewerage is essential but we do not have the capacity to go in and finish all of the estates, but Cllr Ger Fahy said that Waller’s Close, which has 10 houses, requires just “some outside works remaining to be completed“As it is, we have vacant houses there which attract anti-social activity and become targeted”.Cllr Joe Leddin recommended that where there is a genuine problem with the provision of water and sewerage, the estates concerned should be categorised in terms of priority and value of the bonds outstanding, which in many cases, would not cover the costs involved.“We must ensure that we, as a local authority, are not out of pocket on this. Is there, I wonder, any provision for us to go in to these estates and carry out emergency works because as it is, we have people living on building sites, with fencing and hoardings torn down, and one unfinished estate has no bond – I thought this was essential to secure planning permission”.center_img Twitter Print Advertisement Previous articlePlea to bulldoze Hyde Road ‘eyesore’Next articleThomond Park to miss out on Inter Milan adminlast_img read more

Broadford pupils use body and mind to slay Dragon

first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash WhatsApp Facebook Print TAGSBizWorldDragons DenGaelscoil SáirséalJanesborolimerickOur Lady Queen of PeaceScoil Mhuire National School in Broadford NewsLocal NewsBroadford pupils use body and mind to slay DragonBy Alan Jacques – May 20, 2016 830 Linkedin Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live center_img A TEAM of fifth class pupils from Scoil Mhuire National School in Broadford entered the ‘Dragon’s Den’ with a board game that gives both the mind and body a workout to claim first prize in this years BizFactor student enterprise competition.Young entrepreneurs Daragh Lynch, Jack Cremin, Muireann O’Callaghan, Hannah Cremin, Yvonne Stack and Sinead Reidy had participated in a BizWorld workshop earlier this year and were selected to participate in the national finals because of the high quality of their ‘Body and Mind’ idea.The Broadford students pitched their idea ‘Dragon’s Den’ style to a judging panel of high-profile figures from the world’s of enterprise and education including entrepreneur and investor on the RTÉ television show Gavin Duffy.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “’Mind and Body’ is a shining example of a creative business idea, and the BizFactor judges were clearly impressed with how the Broadford team developed their business and presented their pitch,” said BizWorld Ireland chief executive Fiona McKeon.“The pupils who participated in the competition demonstrate all the characteristics of future business leaders: they are naturally curious and are bursting with ideas, imagination and creativity. Clearly, primary school is an ideal time to get children thinking about entrepreneurship and to start equipping them with relevant skills so that, in the future, they might take the courageous decision to start their own business,” she added.The competition was organised by BizWorld Ireland, the not-for-profit organisation that delivers free workshops to primary schools where pupils learn enterprise skills by developing a business idea and taking it from company formation to marketing to final accounts.Limerick was well represented at the competition with teams from Our Lady Queen of Peace, Janesboro and Gaelscoil Sáirséal also Alan [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Previous articleSAFE jump to international platform via Cannes and Crypt TVNext articlePolish man converted Limerick houses to grow cannabis Alan Jacques Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Email Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live last_img read more

Trail Mix | The Americans

first_imgIf ever there was a time for The Americans to blow up, this it.The band – Patrick Ferris, Zac Sokolow, Jake Faulkner, and Tim Carr – is celebrating the release of its latest record, I’ll Be Yours. This foursome has toured with Ryan Bingham, Nick Cave, and Lucinda Williams, twice appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, and were featured in American Epic, a documentary produced by T Bone Burnett, Jack White, and Robert Redford that featured, among others, The Avett Brothers, Taj Mahal, and Willie Nelson.With a hefty resume like that, this new record – which is fantastic – should be just the thing to bring new ears to what is truly a great band well versed in the heritage of real American music.I recently caught up with Patrick Ferris to chat about blending old time music with rock and roll, the new record, and the band’s killer National guitars.BRO – Your band came together due to a common interest in old time music. That is pretty standard here in Virginia, but how does it happen in California?PF – Surprisingly, there’s a vibrant old time scene here in Los Angeles. Early on, we met Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton and Frank Fairfield, both of whom are in American Epic with us. The California Feetwarmers are another great act out of L.A.BRO – You are just as likely to feature clawhammer banjo as you are electric guitar during a live set. Is it difficult to do that kind of genre hopping during a show?PF – We don’t think of it as genre hopping, but of course our perspective is warped by being in the band and writing the music. The banjo comes out for our longer, lyrical songs, like “Gospel Roads” and “I’ll Be Yours.” Live, I used to preface them apologetically as “long story” songs, until Jake, our bassist, finally told me one day, “You know, you don’t have to actually call it a ‘long story’ . . . ”BRO – You guys have one of the coolest collections of guitars that I have seen in a long while. What can tell me about those National guitars?PF – All of us love old instruments. Who doesn’t? We’ve done some after-market work on those guitars. Zac sawed off a few of the tuners on his so he could add some Scruggs banjo tuners, and I rewired his pick ups to make it twice as loud.BRO – Who are some of the vintage artists you dig that I should check out?PF – Blind Willie McTell, Robert Wilkins, Johnny Burnett Trio, Memphis Jug Band, Dennis McGee & Sady Courville.BRO – We are featuring “The Right Stuff” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?PF – It’s a song about taking a shot at something and looking back once you’ve whittled down your options. It’s about quitting, and not necessarily gracefully, because it’s the only option left. Not autobiographical, ideally.You can see The Americans over the next week during a run of shows throughout the Pacific Northwest. The band will be in Washington, Vancouver, and Oregon before returning to it’s native California later in the month.For more information on The Americans and the brand new record, I’ll Be Yours, surf over to the band’s website.And be sure to check out “The Right Stuff” on this month’s Trail Mix.More from the Trail Mix blog:last_img read more

Schulte hopes losses to stronger programs pay off

first_imgThus far, the Wisconsin softball team has had to endure 21 non-conference games this season without competing in a single Big Ten bout.Some good news for the Badgers: the Big Ten season is finally here, and now the competition may begin.”I think it’s going to be up for grabs,” said UW head coach Chandelle Schulte of the conference title, a quest that begins for her squad this Friday at No. 17 Northwestern. “I want to get started. … I think there’s a huge opportunity this year for a lot of teams to beat each other. There’s going to be a lot of movement [that] people don’t expect.”Schulte has good reason for her optimistic outlook this conference season. The Badgers took on the most ambitious non-conference schedule in the history of the program this spring — “we continued to go into the fire,” said Schulte — traveling across the country to play games against teams like No. 3 Texas, No. 23 Fresno State, No. 12 Arizona State and No. 5 Stanford.While Wisconsin did not post upset victories against those traditional western powerhouses, the team’s confidence has grown by competing with them. The Badgers now know what they need to do to succeed against top-level competition.Recently, the Badgers have drawn upon their reservoir of early-season experiences and have turned their season around in the last two weeks. Since March 15, the Badgers are on a five-game winning streak in which they have vastly outscored opponents, 30-6.While ambitious scheduling is surely attractive to the fans — how many times have you wished the Badgers’ football team would (just once) play Texas or Notre Dame in September — there is a delicate balance that needs to be attained for every college squad. Teams would like to challenge the best programs possible, but at the same time, coaches are caught worrying about establishing confidence in their team. Wisconsin has been able to find a happy medium between playing the top teams to gain experience while continuing to schedule games in which they can fuel their confidence by posting victories.”You have a Michigan State and you have a Penn State that are leading the Big Ten now in wins,” explained Schulte. “But their competitive schedule hasn’t been what Michigan’s, Iowa’s or Wisconsin’s has been. So, it’s a give and take; the question will be do we have enough confidence to beat you, or did you play the competition that you need to beat [us]?”The Badgers face a daunting task this weekend when they try to steal a victory or two in their doubleheader against conference foe Northwestern. The Wildcats, who have been ranked all year long, recently traveled to Los Angeles, where they unseated No. 1 UCLA, knocking them from the top of the national rankings. However, because of the Badgers’ early-season experience against quality teams, they are not worried about this weekend’s matchup.”In my experience, anyone can beat anyone on any given day,” said freshman pitcher Theresa Boruta. “I’m not discrediting them at all — they’re a great team — but you don’t look at past records to judge how you are going to do against them. … I’m not really worried about them [just because they] beat UCLA.”Coach Schulte echoed Boruta’s comments.”I don’t think [the players] are intimidated,” said Schulte. “This team doesn’t seem to worry about too many other [teams].”The coaching staff is certainly wary of the dangerous lineup that Northwestern puts on the field. Coach Schulte thinks that they will be tops in the Big Ten this season, as does assistant coach Martha McCall.”I don’t think that [Northwestern has] quite hit their peak yet,” said McCall. “Last year, Michigan was the team [to beat] in the Big Ten, and we took them to the last inning. So I don’t think we’re really scared or intimidated by anybody because, in softball, anything can happen on any given day.”last_img read more