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  • Kidnappers release Azadi reporter, but two others still missing

    first_imgNews to go further Organisation Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Follow the news on Pakistan Help by sharing this information News News June 2, 2021 Find out more January 28, 2021 Find out more March 10, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Kidnappers release Azadi reporter, but two others still missingcenter_img News RSF_en Receive email alerts PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists PakistanAsia – Pacific April 21, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders welcomes the release on 8 March of reporter Khalil Khosa of Azadi, a daily based in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province. Khosa had been missing for eight days, after failing to return from a news conference in Nasirabad, in the south of the province, on 29 February.Khosa has not described the circumstances of his abduction but he said his kidnappers told him, “Don’t practise this kind of journalism again.” He also told a fellow journalist in Quetta that they were looking for a photo he took during the recent parliamentary election campaign.His family said at the time of his disappearance that Khosa could have been abducted because of articles criticising certain Baloch nationalist parties.Azadi is still without news of two other reporters who are believed to have been kidnapped – Hameed Baloch, who went missing on 3 March, and Javed Lehri, who went missing on 30 November 2007.———————————————————-06.03.2008 – Two journalists kidnapped in Balochistan, a third missing since NovemberReporters Without Borders is very worried about two journalists employed by the Urdu-language Baloch daily Azadi, Hameed Baloch and Khalil Khosa, who went missing in the province of Balochistan within three days of each other, on 29 February and 3 March, and who were probably kidnapped.“The current deterioration in press freedom in Balochistan has become quite intolerable”, Reporters Without Borders said. “These abductions, coming on the heels of the 9 February murder of Chishti Mujahid, are part of the disastrous consequences of the fighting between government forces and Baloch separatist groups. We urge the authorities to do everything possible to protect journalists and to come to the help of those who are still missing.”According to the Balochistan Union of Journalists (BUJ), Baloch was kidnapped on 3 March in Taftan, near the Iranian border. “His disappearance may be due to the security services, tribal rivalry or political parties”, BUJ president Mujeeb Ahmed told Reporters Without Borders.Another BUJ member said : “In my view, influential tribes must be implicated, as was the case with Riaz Mengal (of the newspaper Intikhab), who we thought had been kidnapped by the security services but in fact had been kidnapped by tribal chiefs.”Khosa has not been seen since attending a news conference in the southern Baloch town of Nasirabad on 29 February. His family thinks he may have been kidnapped because of articles criticising Baloch nationalist parties that took part in the recent parliamentary elections while other Baloch nationalist groups boycotted them.Based in the Baloch provincial capital of Quetta, Azadi is still without news of its young reporter Javed Lehri, who has been missing since 30 November. Editor Muhammad Asif Baloch thinks he was kidnapped by the security services, who kidnapped the head of the Baloch Voice TV station, Munir Mengal, in June 2006. Mengal was eventually handed over to the police, who are still holding him despite court orders for his release. last_img read more

  • Help approved for laid off Ethan Allen workers

    first_imgThe U.S. Labor Department has approved trade adjustment assistance for Ethan Allen employees in Beecher Falls, Vt., Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) announced. The Vermont congressional delegation supported an application submitted by the Vermont Department of Labor on behalf of the employees for assistance after Ethan Allen announced up to 260 employees would lose their jobs at the company s Beecher Falls location.  Members of New Hampshire s Congressional delegation, Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas (R-Vt.) and New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch (D-N.H.) also supported the application.The Trade Adjustment Assistance program provides aid to workers who lose their jobs or whose hours of work and wages are reduced as a result of increased imports. It offers a variety of benefits and services to help unemployed workers prepare for and obtain suitable employment. Workers may be eligible for training, job search and relocation allowances, income support and other services. For decades Ethan Allen has been a major economic engine in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and the North Country of New Hampshire, they wrote to U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis on June 30. With few other employment opportunities in the area, TAA is critical in extending unemployment benefits and providing retraining opportunities to Ethan Allen s displaced workers.The program is administered by the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor. States serve as agents to the Labor Department in administering the program.For more information on how the program works, click here.Source: Vermont Congressional delegation. August 7, 2009last_img read more

  • Edu reacts directly to Arsenal fan asking for Everton Soares transfer update

    first_imgArsenal are confident of completing the loan signing of Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)Stopped by an intrepid Arsenal fan in America earlier this week, Edu replied ‘let’s see, let’s see’ when asked if Everton was any closer to joining Arsenal.The Gunners complete their US tour with a friendly against Real Madrid tomorrow in Washington ahead of this weekend’s Emirates Cup.Martinelli is likely to be the only new player on show, but Arsenal are confident they will have completed the transfer of William Saliba and a loan move for Dani Ceballos by the end of this week.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal by Metro Skip PLAY Full Screen Top articles Read More About Connatix V67539 Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Skip Ad Read More Edu reacts directly to Arsenal fan asking for Everton Soares transfer update Comment 1 min. story Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for Edu’s Brazilian compatriot Everton Soares (Picture: Twitter)Arsenal’s newly appointed technical director Edu has urged the club’s fans to remain patient amid speculation he is set to make Everton Soares his latest signing.Unai Emery has identified a pressing need for reinforcements in wide areas, with both Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan flattering to deceive last season.Youngsters Reiss Nelson and Bukayo Saka are likely to be handed opportunities to impress in the first team, but the Spaniard is hopeful of recruiting a more experienced winger.Arsenal have failed with several bids for Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha and are reportedly pursuing Brazil international Everton as an alternative target.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 23 Jul 2019 12:24 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kSharescenter_img / Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Advertisement Video Settings Edu played a role in bringing teenager Gabriel Martinelli to north London from Sao Paulo based Ituano and is expected to make further use of his South American contacts in his new role.Everton impressed during Brazil’s victorious Copa America campaign earlier this summer and is valued at around £36million by Gremio.The 23-year-old is already said to be learning English ahead of a potential move to the Premier League, with Everton also rumoured to be interested in his services. Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Read More Coming Next Read More 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 City🤷🏽‍♀️found the guy hopefully he tells me pic.twitter.com/BjU5xxm4Ed— Preciana Brown (@PrecianaBrown) July 22, 2019 SPONSORED Read More 1/1 Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Wellington Dillon Stores celebrate grand re-opening of remodeled store

    first_imgBy Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Officials at Dillon Stores of Wellington are celebrating the new Grand Re-opening of the grocery store today on 1111 W. 8th Street.After a couple of months of renovation, the Wellington store has completed its new makeover. A reception table with punch and cake has been provided to the customers passing through the grocery store today.There is an abundance of fresh foods at a great value, customer-friendly service, and convenient one-stop shopping. The construction project started on September 9. The remodel project marks the latest significant investment for the company. These investments continue to be attributed to Dillons’ steadfast commitment in Kansas, providing convenient shopping experiences for its customers. Dillons has been part of the Wellington community since 1957 and in this location almost 30 years.The newly remodeled Dillons features enhancements throughout the store:Fresh looks with new décor featuring vibrant colors and upgraded department markers to give the store a welcoming look and feel.Expanded Produce Department with new natural foods.New Beverage Center and Coffee Central.New energy-efficient refrigerated cases and freezers throughout the storeAccording to Sheila Lowrie, Dillons spokesperson, the renovated store will provide busy customers with a one-stop shopping experience.“We are sure customers will be thrilled with the new look and offerings, following our renovation,” said Lowrie. “These enhancements will allow us to focus even more attention on providing what our customers want — freshness, variety, service, and value — all at their neighborhood Dillons.”Dillon Stores, headquartered in Hutchinson, KS, is a division of The Kroger Company, one of the nation’s largest retail grocery chains.Dillon Stores operates 88 stores in Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska and employs more than 12,000 associates. Dillon Stores focuses its charitable efforts on supporting hunger relief, health and wellness initiatives, local schools, and grassroots organizations in the communities it serves.For more information on Dillon Stores, please visit our website at www.dillons.com.last_img read more

  • Betting firm, SportPesa eyes Brazilian Market

    first_imgKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Kenya’s betting firm, SportPesa, is planning to enter the Brazil’s gambling market following the South America’s decision to review its law to legalise online and on-land betting.SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri, however, told BusinessDaily that it is still too early to disclose further plans on the planned new market. It is said that the Brazilian Congress has two years to formalise the regulation that will open the market for firm such as SportPesa, Betway and Betin. President Michael Temer signed the Bill into law ending a 68-year period when the country banned all gaming activities to increase productivity during its industrialization period in 1946.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

  • Thunderbird beckons for Gough and Plumb

    first_img26 Apr 2017 Thunderbird beckons for Gough and Plumb Teenagers Conor Gough and Thomas Plumb will represent England in the Thunderbird International in the USA. The 54-hole tournament will be played on the Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club at Scottsdale, Arizona, from 26-29 May. Both players are members of the England Golf boys’ squad. Gough, 14, (Stoke Park, BB&O) won the 2016 English U14 championship and the Douglas Johns Trophy and was runner up in the Italian U16 open. He tied 12th in the recent Peter McEvoy Trophy. Last year, his older brother, John, represented England in the Thunderbird International. Plumb, 18, (Sherborne, Dorset) was an England U16 international who reached the match play stages of this season’s Spanish amateur and was fourth in the Bernard Darwin Salver. He shared 15th place in last weekend’s West of England amateur at Saunton.  Caption: Conor Gough (image © Leaderboard Photography).last_img read more

  • Facebook Acquires FriendFeed for $50 Million

    first_imgEarlier today, rumors started to appear that FriendFeed had been acquired by Facebook. We now have confirmation that this is indeed true. Neither Facebook nor FriendFeed released any exact details about the acquisition, but we’ll keep this story updated as we learn more details about this acquisition. According to a post by Bret Taylor on the FriendFeed blog, FriendFeed will continue to operate normally for the time being while the two companies figure out the long-term plans.The Wall St. Journal says the price was about $50m, $15m in cash and the rest in Facebook stock.Facebook had continually copied parts of FriendFeed’s feature set, including the ‘like’ feature and Facebook’s new focus on the real-time stream. Still, this acquisition took us by surprise. After all, while FriendFeed has been lingering in terms of users adoption, Facebook has been growing rapidly and doesn’t really need FriendFeed’s user base to continue this growth. On the technical side, however, FriendFeed has a lot of expertise, especially when it comes to aggregation and real-time updates. Given that Facebook is also moving in this direction, this move does indeed make a lot of sense, as Facebook gains access to FriendFeed’s talent pool. FriendFeed’s employees and founders will join Facebook.What Will Happen to FriendFeed?The question now, of course, is what will actually happen to FriendFeed. Will it continue as a separate service or will it be rolled into the Facebook ecosystem? For now, the two will operate as separate entities, but in the long run, chances are that Facebook will try to roll more of FriendFeed’s services into its own offerings. FriendFeed’s API will also continue to operate normally.FriendFeed’s Users: Mostly UnhappyThe first reactions from FriendFeed’s users have been relatively negative, as users are worried about what will happen to the service once it becomes more tightly integrated with Facebook. In an interview with Rober Scoble, FriendFeed’s Paul Buchheit stressed that the company will not just abandon its users, though he didn’t go into the company’s exact plans.Here is a copy of Facebook’s press release:Facebook Agrees to Acquire Sharing Service FriendFeedPALO ALTO, Calif. — August 10, 2009 — Facebook today announced that it has agreed to acquire FriendFeed, the innovative service for sharing online. As part of the agreement, all FriendFeed employees will join Facebook and FriendFeed’s four founders will hold senior roles on Facebook’s engineering and product teams.“Facebook and FriendFeed share a common vision of giving people tools to share and connect with their friends,” said Bret Taylor, a FriendFeed co-founder and, previously, the group product manager who launched Google Maps. “We can’t wait to join the team and bring many of the innovations we’ve developed at FriendFeed to Facebook’s 250 million users around the world.” “As we spent time with Mark and his leadership team, we were impressed by the open, creative culture they’ve built and their desire to have us contribute to it,” said Paul Buchheit, another FriendFeed co-founders. Buchheit, the Google engineer behind Gmail and the originator of Google’s “Don’t be evil” motto, added, “It was immediately obvious to us how passionate Facebook’s engineers are about creating simple, ground-breaking ways for people to share, and we are extremely excited to join such a like-minded group.”Taylor and Buchheit founded FriendFeed along with Jim Norris and Sanjeev Singh in October 2007 after all four played key roles at Google for products like Gmail and Google Maps. At FriendFeed, they’ve brought together a world-class team of engineers and designers. “Since I first tried FriendFeed, I’ve admired their team for creating such a simple and elegant service for people to share information,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO. “As this shows, our culture continues to make Facebook a place where the best engineers come to build things quickly that lots of people will use.”FriendFeed is based in Mountain View, Calif. and has 12 employees. FriendFeed.com will continue to operate normally for the time being as the teams determine the longer term plans for the product. Financial terms of the acquisition were not released. Tags:#Facebook#Features#news#NYT#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts center_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit frederic lardinois The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

  • In Maine, a Builder’s Vision of Green

    first_imgJason Peacock wants to build houses that impart the benefits of green building to the people who occupy them, and he took a major step in that quest last fall with the completion of a 950-sq.-ft. two-bedroom in Wiscasset, Maine, a village on the Sheepscot River, northeast of Portland.Peacock is a LEED Accredited Professional, and the house, which he hopes will be the first of at least four he wants to build on 36 wooded acres he owns in Wiscasset, includes a photovoltaic system and design, materials, and construction intended to conform to LEED for Homes Platinum criteria.Small house on a spacious lotCalled Souler House, it features a frost protected shallow foundation (a foundation system commonly used in Scandinavian countries; click here for a primer on the subject produced by the National Association of Home Builders Research Center), 2×6 exterior walls insulated to R-25 with open-cell spray foam. Peacock installed a VaproShield permeable moisture barrier and used fiber-cement board and a rain-screen wall.The ceiling is insulated to R-50 and the standing-seam roof is recycled aluminum. Air leakage is minimal: a blower-door test showed 1 air change per hour at 50 Pascals pressure difference. Peacock also used plenty of reclaimed material, including wood around the front door, which, notes a website called Green Homes of Maine, he salvaged from an airplane hangar.An air-to-air heat pump, Convectair electric heaters, and a Regency wood stove help keep the building comfortable in winter, and a 3.6 kWh Kyocera photovoltaic system supplements the home’s electrical needs.Looking aheadPeacock told Green Homes he plans to make photovoltaics, LEED Platinum criteria, and the performance level of the house standard for all of the other homes he builds at the Wiscasset site, adding that he might offer some of them for sale or rent them to seasonal visitors. In an email to GBA, Peacock noted that the weekly off-season rental rate will be $800, and the peak-season rate will be $1,200.So far, he told GBA, he has sold three lots on the site, although because of still-lagging economic conditions he doesn’t expect building on those lots to commence until 2013. But if the rental business on Souler House is robust enough over the summer, he might build another house for himself. Souler House, he added, was appraised last year at $195,000, including the 36-acre site.Like Souler House, the other houses he builds on Wiscasset likely will be small and solar-powered.“I do like the small-house movement and I strongly believe that life is better when you have less stuff,” he said. “So my next home will potentially be smaller with a large decks to enjoy outside spaces and views. It’s not a requirement for the community, but all the homes will probably be 1,000 square feet or less. I’ve been working on a design for a 650 square foot, two bedroom home that I’m excited to build. These houses will be great for people that believe that ‘Less is More…’ ”last_img read more

  • Blinded By Big Data: It’s The Models, Stupid

    first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Big Data#Black Swan#data science#Irving Wladawsky-Berger#Nassim Taleb 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting In the Gold Rush to accumulate and put to use Big Data, we may actually be making it harder to actually glean insights from that data. Yet the prospect of data solving all of our problems is so tempting that even the brightest minds of our generation seem confused.Take, for example, Irving Wladawsky-Berger, a strategic advisor to Citigroup and former IBM executive. Wladawsky-Berger is exceptionally bright, someone whose insights into open source helped me a great deal while he was still at IBM. But writing in The Wall Street Journal (“Spotting Black Swans with Data Science“), he “[gets] the Black Swan idea backwards,” as Nassim Taleb, professor at New York University’s Polytechnic Institute and author of The Black Swan, points out. Completely. Backwards.Predicting Black Swan EventsBlack Swan events are major events that take us by surprise, but afterwards yield clear explanations as to why they happened. Examples include the 9/11 attacks, the rise of the Internet and World War I.But they can also apply to business, and so there is a temptation to apply Big Data to spot such Black Swans before they happen. As Wladawsky-Berger writes:This [Big Data] ability to work across data sets and silos could help us get early clues to hard-to-predict, high-impact black swan events, so we can dig deeper into these clues and assess their validity.  When experts investigate catastrophic black swan events, be they airline crashes, financial crises, or terrorist attacks, they often find that we failed to anticipate them even when the needed information was present because the data was spread across different organizations and was never properly brought together.Unfortunately for Wladawsky-Berger’s analysis, Black Swans, by their very definition, cannot be predicted by analyzing the data. Yes, Black Swan events always look eminently predictable in hindsight, yet no one ever predicts them. More Data, More ProblemsEqually unfortunate, the more data we throw at the problem, the more impossible it becomes to predict such events, as Taleb highlighted on Twitter:The bigger the data set, the harder it becomes to sift through the noise to find the signal, because we’re more prone to fixate on incorrect correlations between disparate data sets. As Taleb goes on to note, “The world has today between 50K and 100K variables, hence >1 billion correlations. So the spurious will be used.” Or as Taleb writes in The Black Swan:In business and economic decision-making, data causes severe side effects – data is now plentiful thanks to connectivity; and the share of spuriousness in the data increases as one gets more immersed into it. A not well-discussed property of data: it is toxic in large quantities – even in moderate quantities.Which problem gets worse the more often we look at the data:The more frequently you look at data, the more noise you are disproportionally likely to get (rather than the valuable part called the signal); hence the higher the noise to signal ratio.So what to do?Better Models, Not More Data?Simon Wardley, an innovation researcher at CSC, suggests we should look beyond bigger data to better models, holding that “Historically, it’s been about relative balance and flow between unmodelled to modelled. The value is not the data but the models.”Yet as software engineer Simon Wart reminds us, before the Wall Street meltdown “even low-level IT peons knew the models were a joke [but] our tribal mindset blinded us to the consequences.”Which may well be the problem: we are human. All too human.Whether in our models, our collection of certain kinds of data, or our interpretation of that data, we bring personal biases to the analysis, which Microsoft Research’s Kate Crawford argues in Harvard Business Review. We cannot avoid this bias, and the attempt to look for correlation rather than causation in our data solves nothing.In fact, it arguably makes the problem worse, because it gives us too much confidence in our data.A Little Data Never Hurt AnyoneThe trick, then, is to approach our data with caution. It’s not that data can’t help us anticipate the future. It can. Just ask the City of Chicago, which has a very successful predictive analytics platform used to anticipate crime and health trends, among other things.But there is a reason most enterprises still use Big Data technologies like Hadoop to solve old problems like ETL, rather than analytics. We’re still early in Big Data, and enterprises rightly suspect that Big Data isn’t some magic pixie dust that immediately yields insights into how much to charge, where to market, etc. Big Data can help, but it’s not The Answer.And it’s certainly not the answer to predicting Black Swan events. To do that, you don’t need data. You need hindsight.Image courtesy of Shutterstockcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Matt Asay Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more