News Follow the news on Afghanistan Receive email alerts AfghanistanAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further May 3, 2021 Find out more News News News Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says Reporters Without Borders is appalled to learn that 27-year-old local radio host Kaled Aghah Yaghubi was gunned down in front of his children in his home in Mazar-e-Sharif, the capital of the northern province of Balkh, on 13 July. His murder comes amid a continuing wave of violence against journalists.“They rang on his front door at around 1 p.m.,” said Ahmad Fahim Hagh Bin, the manager of Radio Lahzeh, the local station that Yaghubi worked for. “As soon as his four-year-old son opened the door, the gunmen looked around the room for Yaghubi and then opened fire.”The police said he sustained a gunshot wound to the throat and died while being taken to hospital.Yaghubi had worked for the station since 2010 and had recently begun hosting a programme called Tak Tak (One by One) about social problems. Balkh provincial police chief Abdolrahman Rahimi said the police had begun their investigation and would find the murderers.“We offer our condolences to Yaghubi’s family and colleagues, and we urge the Afghan government to conduct a proper investigation into his murder in order to identify the perpetrators and instigators as quickly as possible,” said Réza Moïni, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Iran-Afghanistan desk.“We remind the authorities that the impunity enjoyed by those responsible for acts of violence against journalists is one of the reasons why this violence is currently on the rise.”Yaghubi was the fourth journalist to be killed in Afghanistan since the start of the year. In its latest report, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) noted a 24 per cent increase in the number of civilians killed or wounded in attacks or other acts of violence in the first six months of 2014.A wave of violence since the first round of the presidential election on 5 April has been claiming a growing number of victims, including journalists. Reporters Without Borders has registered 27 cases of physical violence or threats against journalists by local authorities, supporters of candidates, police or Taliban in Mazar-e-Sharif, Kandahar, Herat, Ghazni, Kabul and other regions.Six journalists were the victims of targeted or indirect violence from 2nd of July to 14 July. The latest victim was Seifolah Mafton of the independent news agency Pajhwok. He was attacked on 14 July by armed men, who beat him badly before taking his equipment. Bashir Ahmad Nadem, another Pajhwok journalist, was injured by a Taliban bomb attack on a police post in the city of Kandahar on 3 July. Edrice Amini of Saghi TV, a local station in the city of Herat, was attacked by two individuals on 2 July shortly after hosting several programmes on electoral fraud. Bodyguards of the governor of Ghazni province roughed up Rahmat Marjan Kheil of the local news agency Rana on 1 July. On the day of the second round, 14 June, supporters of one of the candidates attacked Mitra TV journalist Shamssoldin Shamss, in Mazar-e-Sharif. The authorities did not register his complaint against his assailants.Despite this wave of attacks, Afghan journalists continue to play an important and responsible role in covering the presidential election and the post-election crisis.At the same time, there have been two key decisions favouring freedom of information in Afghanistan. The parliament adopted a law on access to information on 30 June. And the Council of State advised against a proposal by certain politicians for censoring the Internet and social networks to prevent the political crisis getting out of control.Afghanistan is ranked 128th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. This year’s fourth fatal victim of a growing wave of violence against journalists RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan RSF_en Organisation Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” Help by sharing this information AfghanistanAsia – Pacific July 16, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio host gunned down in front of his children in Mazar-e-Sharif March 11, 2021 Find out more
Attorney Craig Goedde has filed his candidacy for Posey Circuit Court Judge. Craig has not previously sought political office, but felt motivated to enter the race for Judge to make a difference for the families of Posey County.Craig is licensed in Indiana and Kentucky and has been practicing law for nearly 20 years. During his 20 year tenure, he practices heavily in Posey and Vanderburgh Counties, but practices in several other Southern Indiana Counties as well. Although Craig practices in nearly every aspect of the law, except bankruptcy, he primarily focuses his attention to family, juvenile, probate, corporate, civil, and criminal matters. He also serves as a Certified Family Law Mediator.Craig is a member of the Posey County Bar Association, Evansville Bar Association, and Indiana State Bar Association. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Evansville Bar Association as Chair and Co-Chair of the Young Lawyers Section. He has also been a past member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Indiana Public Defenders Council, and Indiana Worker’s Compensation Institute – Evansville Division.Craig graduated from Mater Dei High School, Indiana University-Bloomington, and the University of Dayton School of Law. Craig makes his home in St. Philip, Indiana with his wife, Kelli, and three (3) children, Taylor, Zach, and Brooklyn.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
LOS ANGELES — What does the sudden irrelevance of 106 regular-season victories sound like?Try stunned silence. Try the oof! of a punch to the gut.Or try the sound of three devastating cracks of the bat.It is the sound of a season in which the Dodgers ended well short of their ambition, disturbingly so. It is the sound of second-guessing, which was loud and angry in the ballpark on Wednesday night and will be constant in the days to come, the questions including why Manager Dave Roberts gave Clayton Kershaw and Joe Kelly longer leashes than maybe they should have had. But this is the beauty of baseball, and also its curse. This is not European soccer, where the team that finishes first in the regular season gets the trophy. This is where the format of a short series can skew the talent differences between teams, where matchups become critical and where the team that won 93 games and survived the wild-card round can take down the team that won its division by 21 games and didn’t play a game of extreme urgency from May until the very last night of its season.Thanks for playing, Dodgers. See you at Camelback Ranch in February.The faithful among the 54,159 who filled Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night felt anticipation, anxiety, hope and stress all at once throughout their team’s 7-4 Game 5 loss to the Washington Nationals, a night when the Dodgers had a 3-0 lead, got 6-2/3 strong innings from Walker Buehler – their best pitcher, and let there be no argument about it – but let him down.It was a night when Kershaw’s agonizing postseason history added a chapter, with the back-to-back home runs he allowed to Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto on consecutive pitches in the eighth inning to fritter away a 3-1 lead. And it was a night when Kelly, who seemed to have turned a corner after early-season inconsistency, joined the Dodgers legacy of Ralph Branca, Tom Niedenfuer and Jonathan Broxton when Howie Kendrick, a former Dodger and Angel, hit a grand slam over the center field fence in the 10th to break it open.The early success – a two-run homer by Max Muncy and a solo shot by Kiké Hernández off nemesis Stephen Strasburg – turned out to be just a tease. The Nationals, the guys with the combustible bullpen and a pair of aces who needed to extend themselves to get their team through the wild-card game, stole the lunch money and then swiped the bike and rode away, laughing. And in the sudden silence of The Ravine, all of those folks who had tried to convince themselves that this October would be different – even as they winced and flinched every time a Dodgers relief pitcher gave up a hit or a walk or a run for six months – might have been thinking the same thing: “Why us?”Why? That’s baseball. It’s wonderful, but it can be so cruel.“That’s how this game is,” said Kenley Jansen, who pitched what was essentially a mop-up inning after Kendrick’s home run. “Winning 90 games is hard. But winning 106, that’s amazing. We’ve got to just keep our heads up, man. Things happen in baseball. They played better today. They took advantage of situations, and here we are today standing here.”Some numbers to chew on: Veteran scribe Joe Posnanski of The Athletic researched Game 5s since the division series format was born in 1995, and counting Wednesday’s games the visiting team is 20-11. Teams having to win a Game 4 to force a Game 5, which was the case in both the Dodgers-Nats and Atlanta-St. Louis series, are now 11-4.(Maybe that means fans of the Houston Astros, who face their own Game 5 on Thursday against Tampa Bay, should be a little nervous, too.)As for those second-guesses …Kershaw got the last out of the seventh on three pitches, getting Adam Eaton on a half-swing to bail out Buehler. He then went back out in the eighth to face Rendon (5 for 19 with no homers lifetime against him) and Soto (lefty vs. lefty, 0 for 1 lifetime).“I felt good about Clayton right there,” Roberts said. “The success that Clayton’s had against Soto with the two-run lead, I’ll take Clayton any day in that situation.”When it didn’t work, Roberts went to Kenta Maeda, who struck out the side. Roberts was booed as he came back to the dugout after replacing Kershaw.He was booed louder two innings later. Kelly pitched a clean ninth inning but said that when he came back out for the 10th, “I didn’t have the command from inning one to inning two … I just wasn’t locating.”It is worth noting here that Kelly had only four outings of more than an inning in the last three months, and none since Aug. 24. He said he was told after the ninth that he would go back out for the 10th, against the heart of the Nats’ order, and while he didn’t say so the impression was that it took him a little by surprise.He walked Eaton and gave up a ground-rule double to Rendon, and Roberts ordered Soto walked intentionally to load the bases for Kendrick. Kelly tried to get a fastball inside to get weak contact and a ground ball. Instead, he left it over the plate.And as Kelly joined Branca, Niedenfuer and Broxton (and, yes, Kershaw) in the ranks of Dodgers pitchers who gave up soul-crushing home runs, so did Kendrick join Bobby Thomson, Ozzie Smith, Jack Clark and Matt Stairs in the pantheon of hitters who ruined Dodgers seasons by hitting those homers.Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Still, none of this should be surprising. October baseball is not like facing the Rockies and Padres 18 or 19 times each. For the fan, wrapped up in the day-to-day struggle, the postseason can be a very pure form of torture. And for every team but one, it will not end well.Will the Dodgers ever be that one team?“It will happen,” Jansen said. “Trust me. That’s how the game is. That’s the beauty of the game. You’ve got to keep your head up, work even harder. You can’t give up, man. You have to come with a mindset to win a championship. Like I say, it will happen one day.”It might happen when their fans least expect it. After all, isn’t that how it went down in [email protected]@Jim_Alexander on Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire
Attorney General Bill Barr said in a statement Sunday that the Justice Department will use its network of 56 regional FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces to identify the “criminal organizers and instigators” of violence during the George Floyd protests, including antifa and similar groups.Barr said DOJ has evidence that antifa and others are behind the rioting. He said “The violence instigated and carried out by Antifa and other similar groups in connection with the rioting is domestic terrorism and will be treated accordingly.”Attorney General William P. Barr, FBI Director Christopher Wray, U.S. Marshals Director Donald W. Washington, BOP Director Michael Carvajal, ATF Acting Director Regina Lombardo, and DEA Acting Administrator Timothy Shea held a virtual press conference at the Department of Justice on Thursday.
Leeds Golf Centre, which offers golf for all, has won the England Golf Club of the Year Award, sponsored by HowDidiDo.Their success was announced at last night’s England Golf Awards, sponsored by Bridgestone, which highlighted all that’s great about golf in England.Guests at the glittering, black tie event at the Royal Lancaster London applauded the centre for its open-door policy which is designed to grow the game.The centre’s aim is to get more people into golf – and to look after them once they’re playing. Their efforts pay off with a growing membership and the judges commented: “Leeds Golf Centre demonstrate an enthusiasm for developing golf across all ages and abilities and successfully cater for what their customers want.“This is a continually improving club with some great initiatives to get more people playing golf, resulting in a big increase in membership.”What’s the secret of success? “We are open to everyone, that’s what is special about Leeds Golf Centre,” said operations manager Nigel Sweet, a former Yorkshire champion and now a senior professional. “We want to get more people into the game of golf.”Another factor is the team’s love of golf. “We’re all golfers, we all have a vision for golf and we are all passionate about it – and we think golfers know what golfers want,” said Sweet.The centre, which includes Wike Ridge Golf Club, has an 18-hole course, a 12-hole par three course and a driving range – and there’s plans to make it even better. The owners are set to invest £9m in developments including a two-tier driving range and 38 lodges providing golfers’ accommodation and the project is forecast to create 30 new jobs.Meanwhile, the work goes on to grow the game. Juniors are a big focus for the centre; the professionals take the game to schools and offer coaching opportunities to those who would like to learn more. As a result, there are many enthusiastic young players and every Sunday about 50 youngsters turn out for the weekly Tiger Cubs competition on the short course; some are members, some just pay their £3 to take part.Adults get their share of attention too. The centre has worked hard to understand its customers and developed options to keep people playing more often, such as weekday roll-ups, 9-hole competitions, member/non-member events and weekend competitions for womenA programme for novice golfers has proved hugely popular, offering an eight-week series of two-hour lessons which ends with a short-course competition – and a prize for the winner of a year’s membership. Other coaching opportunities are designed for groups such as students and people with disabilities.The centre also works closely with the Princes Trust, helping people aged 11-30 who are unemployed or struggling at school to transofrm their lives.In addition Leeds Golf Centre cares about the environment with features including water recycling, a remotely activated sprinkler system, lakes which provide wildlife habitats, electric golf buggies and eco-friendly lighting throughout the club.The award means Leeds Golf Centre goes one better than last year, when it was runner-up in the Most Welcoming Club category.This year’s runners-up for Club of the Year were: Burghill Valley Golf Club, Herefordshire, Garforth Golf Club, Yorkshire and Styal Golf Club, CheshireCaption: PGA professional Joe Feather (left) and operations manager Nigel Sweet with Leeds Golf Centre’s trophy. They were presented with their award by Richard Peabody, managing director of Club Systems International, from sponsors Howdidido.Click here to read more about Leeds Golf Centre Tags: Award, Club of the Year, Leeds Golf Centre 22 Feb 2018 Leeds Golf Centre wins England’s Club of the Year title
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Boy Scouts of AmericaThe Pacific Harbors Council of Boy Scouts of America is partnering with the veteran’s job program known as “Camo2Commerce” through the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council. Volunteers will be helping maintain the Boy Scout camp on Summit Lake for a day.“Camo2Commerce” (C2C) is beginning its first “Spouse Camo2Commerce Ambassador Cohort” as a part of is Veterans Outreach Program Initiative. The group is made up of eight local active duty military spouses interested in re-entering the workforce and learning about workforce development. Both organizations decided to host its first service project at BSA’s Camp Thunderbird just outside of Olympia, Washington.The camp occupies 200 acres along Summit Lake and is used year-round by young people across Western Washington for Scouting activities including campouts, leadership training and merit badge activities. The camp is currently undergoing improvements and renovations and the volunteers will be cleaning and maintaining the buildings, grounds and camp sites.The work project will occur June 16, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. C2C Spouse Ambassadors will spend their day completing a project to help prepare the property for several events including Cub Scout Resident Camp, National Youth Leadership Training, Friends of Scouting Thunderbird Competition and a “Scouting Boot Camp” for young people interested in joining Scouts USA.Camo2Commerce (C2C) supports transitioning service members and their spouses so that they can enter the civilian workforce. Through one-on-one career counseling services, C2C helps develop employment readiness skills and career opportunities for eligible spouses and service members based on their career interests and goals. C2C business teams build the connections between JBLM and business partners in our surrounding communities.The Pacific Harbors Council of the Boy Scouts of America serves nearly 10,000 Scouts across Southwest Washington from Chehalis north to Federal Way and from the Washington coast to the Cascade foothills. It was one of the first local councils started by the national BSA organization in 1910. In 2019, the Scouts name will be changed to Scouts USA. The Council has 4,500 adult volunteers who serve as Scouting leaders teaching young people to be responsible citizens and meaningful leaders. The mission of the Boys Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. The Pacific Harbors Council is proud to employ multiple Veterans and Military Spouses in the local Council.For more information, go to: www.pacificharbors.org
QPR missed the chance to go second in the Championship table as a below-par performance saw them beaten by fellow promotion hopefuls Derby County.See also:QPR beaten by promotion rivals DerbyQPR eye loan deal for West Ham’s MorrisonDerby v QPR player ratings Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Johannesburg, Friday 13 July 2018 – Brand South Africa congratulates Kevin Anderson after knocking Roger Federer out of Wimbledon and becoming the first South African to reach the semi-finals since 1983. Anderson successfully defeated defending champion Roger Federer in a five-set thriller that lasted slightly more than four hours.The 32-year-old is currently ranked world number 8 in men’s singles by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), having turned Pro in 2007. In 2016 -2017, he struggled with a series of injuries and having undergone ankle surgery, Anderson overcame all odds and fought back to seal a victory against Federer.Team South Africa continues to make the country proud as Raven Klaasen reaches the men’s doubles semi-finals as well.“We are proud of team South Africa and thank them for putting South Africa’s prowess in sport, in this case tennis, on a global stage”, said Brand South Africa’s Chief Marketing Officer Mrs Linda Magapatona-SangaretAnderson will play American ninth seed John Isner on Friday for a place in Sunday’s final.“I would like to acknowledge Kgothatso Montjane for breaking stereotypes and making history as the first South African Black woman to play at Wimbledon. We are so proud of you all”, concludes Mrs Magapatona-Sangaret.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Leave a CommentEditor’s Note: Below is an update from Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Adam Sharp regarding the next development in a Wood County farmer’s lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of the Lake Erie Bill of Rights: For several weeks your Farm Bureau has been making you aware of the possible threat of lawsuits against farmers after Toledo citizens passed an ordinance that would give Lake Erie rights in court. While there’s still a long road ahead, there is some positive news to share with you.On March 18, U.S. District Judge Jack Zouhary issued a preliminary injunction pausing enforcement of the recently passed Lake Erie Bill of Rights (LEBOR). This action stems from a lawsuit filed by a Wood County farmer the day after Toledo voters passed LEBOR in a special election. Farm Bureau stands with the farmer and his family and we appreciate that this injunction will prevent the law from taking effect while the case is litigated. The court decision brings us one step closer to protecting farmers in the Lake Erie Watershed from costly lawsuits brought on by LEBOR.Although Ohio Farm Bureau understands that this process will take time, a quick resolution is of the essence. Soon, the 2019 planting season will begin and it is our hope that our farmers in the Lake Erie watershed can get their seeds into the ground without the possibility of LEBOR lawsuits hanging over their heads.We will be watching all developments in Toledo as it pertains to this case and will keep you updated as new information becomes available.Sincerely,Adam J. SharpExecutive Vice President Leave a Comment