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

Communities in fear highlights need for garda stations

first_imgNewsLocal NewsCommunities in fear highlights need for garda stationsBy admin – January 29, 2013 651 Email AS GARDAI withdraw from the talks on a proposed extension to the Croke Park deal, and as fear begins to show throughout the country in light of the murder of det garda Adrian Donohue last week, TD’s, local representatives and the public at large are calling on Minister Alan Shatter to put a halt on the closure of 100 garda stations in Irleand, and six in Limerick.  Willie O’Dea, Fianna Fail TD, has slammed the closure of Mary Street Garda station this week calling it “a dreadful decision by the Government. The fact that this is one of the oldest Garda stations in the country and is located in the heart of a regeneration area, parts of which in the past have been unfortunately associated with gangland activity, makes the decision all the more ludicrous.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Previously, councillor John Gilligan, said that the “garda retreat from the inner city is a worrying development”. Niall Collins, FF spokesperson on Justice has again called on Minister Shatter to “put aside his plan to close the garda stations, to cut resources and to further cut the member numbers. On Budget Day last December, as part of the Garda Consolidations programme, it was announced that districts would be merged and stations would close including six in Limerick. Galbally, Kilfinnane, Castletown/Conyers, Kilmeedy, Tournafoulla and the city centre station at Mary Street. Niall Collins said that; “The Minister sneakily announced this slash and burn on Budget day, hoping it seems that people wouldn’t pay too much attention.  He is sorely mistaken.  Removing the garda presence from our communities on such a large-scale at a time when the rate of burglaries has increased makes absolutely no sense.  The presence of a local garda station, however small, acts as a deterrent to criminals who target vulnerable households. “Limerick has fared one of the worst in Minister Shatter’s hit list. We will have 6 less garda stations and many of our communities will have lost their local station. Minister Shatter countered that; “It is, of course, previous Fianna Fail led Governments which are responsible for the financial disaster that has impacted on the State and has so severely effected the lives of everyone who resides in the State”, adding that it was the previous Government that agreed with the Troika the expenditure reductions and reductions in Garda numbers.“If I were Deputy Niall Collins, I would refrain from making hypocritical comment and engaging in self-serving disingenuous political rhetoric based on the assumption that the general public is suffering from amnesia.  It is time that he acknowledged that it is his Party that is responsible for the position in which we find ourselves”.But as the political football continues to be kicked around, Deputy O’Dea reminded that the fear of gang reprisals and an upsurgance is still very real according to his information. “As I have stated previously, it is my understanding that some of the remnants of the gangs in Limerick are getting together in an attempt to re-establish themselves to their former strength and with the closure of Garda stations like Mary Street combined with the reduction in overall Garda numbers, this could bring the gangland problem right back to where it was a few years ago.“Lets not forget, that it was as a result of long hours of painstaking policing by Gardai, including those based at Mary St, that the problem has thankfully abated in recent times, but as we witnessed with the callous murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe in Louth last weekend, gangland crime is a constant threat to society.“Since 2011, Limerick has lost 40 members of An Garda Síochána who have not been replaced and there are no Detective Inspectors at all in the Limerick division and there is a reduction of 18 in the number of Sergeants.”Deputy O’Dea concluded, “The closure of Mary street Garda station is another open invitation from Minister Alan Shatter to potential gangland kingpins to takeover where predecessors left off. The underhand, dishonest way in which these cuts are being foisted upon An Garda Síochána tells us all we need to know about Mr. Shatter and his priorities. At a time when we should be maintaining all Garda stations and Garda strength in Limerick, we are now facilitating criminals to once again potentially gain the upper hand.” Facebook Advertisement Previous articleLimerick models launch new Gathering stampNext articleUL well beaten in Sigerson Cup admincenter_img Twitter Print WhatsApp Linkedinlast_img read more

3 things every credit union should know about benefits pre-funding

first_imgTo say that employers have had a difficult task in planning for employee health benefits is an understatement. Between the landmark passage of the Affordable Care Act, the increasing costs of benefits, and the residual effects of a recession, today’s health care spectrum has become riddled with complexities and unprecedented challenges.Like many other employers, credit unions aren’t immune to these economic concerns, specifically the rising costs of benefits. According to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research and Education Trust, the average annual premium for employer-provided family health care coverage in 2014 was $16,834, which is about 69% higher than the average of $9,950 from 2004. Not to mention, these increasing costs are being aggravated by another challenge: falling investment returns.These trends would be unsettling to any credit union. But, could there be a viable solution? Yes, and it’s called benefits pre-funding. In a nutshell, pre-funding allows credit unions to increase their investment returns to help offset the cost of employee benefits. How exactly is pre-funding an option? continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more