Editor dies from religious sect shooting injuries

first_img IndiaAsia – Pacific News News November 26, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Editor dies from religious sect shooting injuries RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières) today voiced its dismay at the death on 23 November of journalist Ram Chander Chaterpatti from the injuries he received when shot by a religious sect member a month ago in Sirsa (Haryana state).The organisation called on Haryana chief minister Om Parkash Chautala to ensure that all those involved in Chaterpatti’s killing are identified and brought to justice and that the sect’s practices are thoroughly investigated.Chaterpatti, 52, was the editor of a Sirsa-based, Hindi-language newspaper called Poora Sach (The Whole Truth). He died in a New Delhi hospital where he was being treated for his injuries. He was hit four times when gunned down outside his home in Sirsa on 24 October by an alleged member of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect.The shooting was apparently linked to articles Chaterpatti wrote on alleged sexual abuses and other illegal activities by members of the sect and its guru, Sant Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji. According to his family, Chaterpatti had been writing about the sect for some time, and had been threatened on several occasions.Aditya Arora, a sect representative, confirmed that Chaterpatti was “warned several times to stop his attacks against the sect because he was upsetting its members.” At least four persons including one of the sect’s directors were arrested in the course of the investigation carried out after the shooting.Chaterpatti is survived by three children. IndiaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Follow the news on India February 23, 2021 Find out more Indian journalist wrongly accused of “wantonly” inaccurate reportingcenter_img RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 April 27, 2021 Find out more Organisation India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media News to go further March 3, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Newslast_img read more

Israel Suspects Venezuela and Bolivia of Supplying Uranium To Iran

first_imgBy Dialogo May 26, 2009 Venezuela and Bolivia are supplying Iran with uranium for its nuclear program, according to a secret Israeli government report obtained Monday by The Associated Press. The two South American countries are known to have close ties with Iran, but this is the first allegation that they are involved in the development of Iran’s nuclear program, considered a strategic threat by Israel. “There are reports that Venezuela supplies Iran with uranium for its nuclear program,” the Foreign Ministry document states, referring to previous Israeli intelligence conclusions. It added, “Bolivia also supplies uranium to Iran.” The report concludes that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is trying to undermine the United States by supporting Iran. Venezuela and Bolivia are close allies, and both regimes have a history of opposing U.S. foreign policy and Israeli actions. Venezuela expelled the Israeli ambassador during Israel’s offensive in Gaza this year, and Israel retaliated by expelling the Venezuelan envoy. Bolivia cut ties with Israel over the offensive. There was no immediate comment from officials in Venezuela or Bolivia on the report’s allegations. The three-page document about Iranian activities in Latin America was prepared in advance of a visit to South America by Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, who will attend a conference of the Organization of American States in Honduras next week. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is also scheduled to visit the region. Israel considers Iran a serious threat because of its nuclear program, development of long-range missiles and frequent references by its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to Israel’s destruction. Israel dismisses Iran’s insistence that its nuclear program is peaceful, charging that the Iranians are building nuclear weapons. Iran says its nuclear work is aimed only at producing energy. Its enrichment of uranium has increased concerns about its program because that technology can be used both to produce fuel for power plants and to build bombs. Israel has been pressing for world action to stop the Iranian program. While saying it prefers diplomatic action, Israel has not taken its military option off the table. Experts believe Israel is capable of destroying some of Iran’s nuclear facilities in airstrikes. Iran, under Ahmadinejad, has strengthened its ties with both Venezuela and Bolivia, where it opened an embassy last year. Its alliance with the left-led nations is based largely on their shared antagonism to the United States but is also a way for Iran to lessen its international isolation. The Israeli government report did not say where the uranium that it alleged the two countries were supplying originated from. Bolivia has uranium deposits. Venezuela is not currently mining its own estimated 50,000 tons of untapped uranium reserves, according to an analysis published in December by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The Carnegie report said, however, that recent collaboration with Iran in strategic minerals has generated speculation that Venezuela could mine uranium for Iran. The Israeli government report also charges that the Iran-backed Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon have set up cells in Latin America. It says Venezuela has issued permits that allow Iranian residents to travel freely in South America. The report concludes, “Since Ahmadinejad’s rise to power, Tehran has been promoting an aggressive policy aimed at bolstering its ties with Latin American countries with the declared goal of ‘bringing America to its knees.'” The document says Venezuela and Bolivia are violating the United Nations Security Council’s economic sanctions with their aid to Iran. As allies against the U.S., Ahmadinejad and Chavez have set up a $200 billion fund aimed at garnering the support of more South American countries for the cause of “liberation from the American imperialism,” according to the report. Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor refused to comment about the secret report.last_img read more

Cops: Drunken Driver Struck Police Vehicle, Fled

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An alleged drunken driver fled in his vehicle and later on foot after striking a police cruiser during a traffic stop in Commack early Saturday morning, Suffolk County police said. Wymann Wiggins, 26, of Amityville, was arrested for driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest, among other charges, after police deployed stop sticks, a tire deflation device. A Fourth Precinct sergeant initially performed a traffic stop on Wiggins’ car in a parking lot on Route 25 and Kings Park Road in Commack at 4:05 a.m. When the sergeant stepped out of his vehicle, Wiggins allegedly backed into the police cruiser several times and then fled the scene, police said. Officers attempted to pull over the vehicle a second time, but Wiggins allegedly fled, police said. Officers later deployed stop sticks on Route 25 and Manor Road, puncturing the tires on Wiggins’ 2008 Toyota Avalon, police said. After the car crashed on Longfellow Drive in Huntington Station, Wiggins attempted to flee on foot, but was apprehended, police said.Wiggins was also charged with unlawful fleeing a police officer, leaving the scene of an accident, criminal mischief, and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Wiggins will be held overnight before his arraignment Sunday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba Man Utd prediction made by Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit

first_imgAdvertisement Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba Man Utd prediction made by Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 28 Mar 2020 1:12 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.9kShares Bruno Fernandes joined Manchester United in January (Picture: Getty)Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba have been backed to form a successful midfield partnership at Manchester United by Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit.Portuguese midfielder Fernandes joined the Red Devils in January from Sporting and has made an instant impact at Old Trafford.Petit rates Fernandes as the ‘best buy’ from a Premier League club during the winter window and says he can form a formidable partnership with Pogba.Pogba has not featured for Manchester United since Boxing Day due to an ankle injury and there have been suggestions he could leave Old Trafford following Fernandes’ arrival.ADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveAdvertisementAdvertisementBut Petit is excited to see the French World Cup-winner play alongside Fernandes, telling Mirror Sport: ‘Fernandes has made a huge impact.‘In the space of two months he is the best buy in the winter market. He has made such a big impact. It’s like he’s been at the club for six years.‘He’s changed the mentality inside the dressing room. It’s hard for a player to come in mid-season and do that. Comment Paul Pogba can play alongside Fernandes, according to Emmanuel Petit (Picture: Getty)‘Paul Pogba was meant to be doing this at Manchester United. It’s what he should have done in terms of leadership on the pitch.‘But I’m looking forward to seeing them together on the pitch, I want to see if that can work, and I’m pretty sure it can work.’Before the Premier League season was suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak, Manchester United had climbed to fifth in the English top-flight.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMORE: The three things Manchester United need to offer Jadon Sancho to secure summer moveMORE: Manchester United raise contract offer to Chelsea target Angel Gomes Advertisementlast_img read more

Lambert keen to keep focus on pitch

first_img Anticipation, therefore, was high that Lambert would be able to reveal more about the surprise removal of two of his long-term lieutenants when he appeared at a weekly press conference ahead of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Southampton. But, in an occasionally tense exchange, he was committed to keeping his counsel. “You need to appreciate that due to it being a legal investigation I can’t really comment on anything,” he said in a brief opening gambit. Pressed for further information, he went on: “I’ve given a comment and I hope you respect that. I respect you asking the question and I think you have to respect my answer. “If you want to talk about the football side of things and results I’m happy to answer.” Enquiries continued to focus on the elephant in the room, rather than the club’s relegation battle or the arrival of Saints, but Lambert stuck resolutely to his chosen path. “I’m expecting you to give me a question, but the statement I’ve given there is end of. If you want to ask me about the game, everything going on with the game and results, I’ll happily answer.” When asked, finally, whether victory over Southampton and an upturn in form following four straight defeats would make the week’s events worthwhile, he said: “I don’t think anything’s worth all this.” Villa announced this week that assistant boss Culverhouse and head of football operations Karsa had been suspended, but no explanation was given. Instead a brief statement focused on the temporary promotion of youth coach Gordon Cowans and out-of-favour goalkeeper Shay Given to Lambert’s backroom team. Press Association An ongoing internal investigation means Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is unable to shed further light on the suspension of Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa, though the Scot confirmed he has no intention of leaving the club himself. Whether he was referring to the suspensions, the investigation or simply the combative media conference was unclear. While unable to elaborate on the situation involving Culverhouse and Karsa, Lambert was in a position to reflect on his own future. A second disappointing season at the helm would be reason alone to place him on rocky ground, even without the uncertainty over his backroom team. But owner Randy Lerner came out with a rare public comment on Wednesday hailing Lambert’s “loyalty and commitment”, apparently strengthening his position as boss. And while he admits life at Villa Park has hardly been all he imagined when he arrived in June 2012, the former Norwich boss is planning on seeing the job through. “My whole intent is to be here next year and the year after,” he said. “You’ve got to do the job day to day and go from there, and that’s what I’m here to do. “(Lerner) is the owner of the club and the chairman – it’s his club and he can do what he wants – but I still have a good relationship with him. “I love it here, it’s a great club and a great fanbase. I never came here to Villa to be like this, no chance. The club’s too big to be where it is – I recognised from day one when I walked through the door. “This club should never be in the position it has been in for the last four years – never.” last_img read more

Kwesi Appiah thanks President Akufo Addo for Black Stars job

first_imgFormer Black Stars head coach, Kwesi Appiah, has expressed his gratitude to the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo Addo, for the chance to handle the senior national football team, the Black Stars.Appiah’s thoughts were captured in a statement released on Sunday evening.Appiah’s contract with the national team expired on December 31 but all hopes of an extension were ended  in January 2020 after the Ghana FA announced the dissolution of the technical teams of the nation’s football teams. GFA President, Kurt Okraku, said that the decision was taken to give the teams a new direction and a new lease of life for the future.In the statement, Kwesi Appiah said he was appreciative of the chance to lead the Black Stars and expressed his thanks to the President for the opening.“It has been  an absolute honour to to have had the opportunity and privilege to coach the Black Stars.Throughout the years, I worked with my backroom staff to lay the strong foundation required for others to build on towards a better future and success for the team.I thank the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, for the opportunity to serve the nation.”Appiah went to thank the players, his backroom staff, the Sports Ministry and the Ghana FA for their support during his time in charge of the national team.In his second stint in charge of the national team, Appiah led Ghana to a Round of 16 place in the 2019 African Nations Cup in Egypt where they lost to Tunisia on penalties.last_img read more

Mandatory curfew for Palm Beach

first_imgA mandatory 9 pm to 6 am curfew has been placed on the town of Palm Beach.Officials announced the news Monday to help with efforts to combat the Coronavirus.The curfew is slated to go into effect on Tuesday and remain until further notice.The CDC is also asking businesses, night clubs, restaurants, and places of worship who wish to continue operations to scale back their capacity level to 50 people at a time.The president, however, is suggesting that businesses scale back their capacity 10 people.Access to public buildings is being limited and it is suggested that if you are planning a trip a public building that you call ahead.All public beaches on Palm Beach, however, have been shut down.last_img read more

GFI: Grand Forks to be taken by the Storm

first_imgThe Storm have enjoyed success internationally beyond Grand Forks. In 2009 they travelled to the Dominican Republic to play their professional teams in Winter-League competition and won three out of four games. They also travelled to Cuba in 2003 and became the first international team to beat Cuba at home in 17 years. The team has a remarkable winning percentage of .797 and at least 100 professional players have been part of the organization.In 2007 Leiderman launched another highly effective venture, the Junior Storm Travel Baseball Program. It has quickly developed into one of the most successful youth baseball organizations in the Long Island/New York Metro area with over 16 teams ranging in ages from 8 to 18. He says, “The Storm organization is all about the kids and our goal is to make every individual the best player and person he/she can be.”Beyond baseball, Mike Leiderman runs the Atlantic Group in Manhattan, a commercial furniture distributor which he owns and founded. He is regarded as one of the most influential and respected business furniture experts in America.  Jim Rose, the president of the Long Island Stan Musial Baseball League in describing the Storm said, “They are the New York Yankees of amateur baseball.” The GFI organizing committee is excited to announce that this outstanding baseball team from the Big Apple, on the occasion of their 25th anniversary year, have accepted an invitation to compete in the 2012 tournament.So “start spreading the news and plan to be part of it”, the Storm will be back to once again play ball at beautiful James Donaldson Park in Grand Forks. To slightly paraphrase the lyrics of that popular song from the late 1970s, New York, New York, “Start spreading the news, they are leaving soon, I want to be part of it, New York, New York.”The New York Storm will be making their first appearance at the Grand Forks International (GFI) since 2005. This organization was founded in 1987 by Mike Leiderman, and he continues to be the owner and manager of one of the most successful semi-professional baseball programs in the United States.His teams have won 43 national tournaments and 11 national championships in addition to capturing the 2005 title at the GFI. A year after their win in Grand Forks they added the coveted Stan Musial World Series crown to their long list of achievements on the baseball diamond.last_img read more

Hughes waits for news on Zamora

first_imgQPR boss Mark Hughes is hopeful Bobby Zamora will be able to join the squad for Sunday’s crucial game against Reading.Zamora has had an injection in his hip in order to boost his chances of being passed fit for the game.He was able to train on Friday and will be assessed before Hughes names his side for the match at Loftus Road.“Bobby trained but we’ve got to make sure there’s no reaction from that,” said Hughes.“Hopefully he will be available. He’s still a bit stiff though, so we’ll have to wait and see.”See also:QPR striker a doubt for Reading game Click here for the QPR v Swansea quizYTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTE2OTIyMzMiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoxMzA6IlRoYW5rIHlvdS4gUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cyBpdCBtYXkgYmUgaW4geW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Top female chefs dice it out for Mzansi honours

first_imgThe festival will also create a platform to support women in small, medium and micro enterprises, development and mentorship. (Image: The Mzansi International Culinary Festival)• Ncami SitholePR ManagerThe Mzansi International Culinary Festival+27 82 293 [email protected]• South African food • Africa’s green revolution ready to grow. Just add investment • The extraordinary real meal revolution of Tim Noakes • As South African as biltong • The simple palate of Nelson MandelaRomaana NaidooA fusion of African and European cuisine will be a feast for the eye and a temptation for the taste bud at the inaugural Mzansi International Culinary Festival, taking place from 7 to 10 August. It has been planned to celebrate the culinary expertise of female chefs from across the globe – Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia.Festival public relations manager Ncami Sithole says: “The aim is to open dialogue around the lack of women in culinary leadership; create opportunities for young women in the food industry and those who wants to get into the industry; facilitate skills development and transfer; identify an authentic South African cuisine; and acknowledge and celebrate the culinary arts.”It will also provide a platform for women in Africa. “It’s crucial to discuss the role of women in the food industry from farm to fork,” she adds.There will be four food talks daily at the festival. Topics will include food security and sustainability, feeding the nation especially its children, and women in food media. It is expected to “air challenges that women face in the hospitality industry, take these and present them to the minister in the Department of Small Business Development and UN Women, who may assist us with issues of policy and advocacy”.The festival will also create a platform to support women in small, medium and micro enterprises, development and mentorship.In an attempt to promote South African cuisine internationally, the festival began with an exchange programme between Johnson and Wales University in New York and Africa Meets Europe, facilitated by the South African Consulate in New York City.In June, the festival hosted 20 students and held four lecturers, introducing them to the country’s culinary aspects, schools and food in Western Cape and Gauteng. It will be followed by a programme taking 20 aspiring African female chefs and caterers to New York in November to participate in a two-week exchange course facilitated by Johnson and Wales and the Black Chefs Alliance, among others.The line-upTwo distinct events will take place on day one, 7 August: a Culinary Industry Talk will be held at the University of Johannesburg’s School of Tourism and Hospitality; and a competition for female student chefs. The first will be open to industry professionals, lecturers, caterers and those looking to get into the food scene.The second will be a closed event. It will be aimed at creating the best South African-inspired recipe and is scheduled to take place at the Prue Leith School of Food and Wine, in Centurion, Tshwane. Three female students will be selected from Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Limpopo, Western Cape, Free State, Northern Cape, Mpumalanga and/or North West to compete.Judges will include Black Chefs Alliance chef Danielle Saunders; chef Kimberly Brock Brown from South Carolina, UN; and chef Darina Allen of Ballymaloe Cooking School, Ireland; as well as three sommeliers hosted by head sommelier Welile Botha. The winner will be announced at a gala dinner on 8 August at the Mayoral Reception Hall in Johannesburg.Day two of the Mzansi International Culinary Festival will be the official start of the festival. Doors will open at 10am and close at 5pm. The event will be held at the Braamfontein Recreational Centre in Johannesburg, and will be followed by the gala dinner. Various food discussions will take place; in one, panellists Allen, Mpume Mqwebu and Ska Mirriam Moteane from Lesotho, and chef Rougui Dia from Paris will talk about food security and sustainability.Other food discussions on the day will be on feeding the nation and its children; training and funding for the food industry; and culinary tourism.These will be followed by the gala dinner. Starting at 6pm, the theme will be “Cooking for Change”. Some of the keynote speakers will include Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the head of gender equality organisation at UN Women and the former deputy president of South Africa, as well as Elizabeth Thabethe, the deputy minister of small business development.On day three there will be an Edible Art Exhibition by pastry chef Janice Wong. Tasting stations will be set up and a Hot Kitchen session will be hosted by Dia. The last day of the festival will be largely focused on women in business and women in food media.Tickets can be bought via Computicket. Gates at the Braamfontein Recreational Centre will be open from 10am to 5pm.last_img read more