Grenade attack on TV station Rustavi 2

first_img October 1, 2020 Find out more July 20, 2020 Find out more News Concern about alleged plot to murder Georgian TV host to go further Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders voiced concern about a grenade attack early today that shook the Tbilisi headquarters of the TV station Rustavi 2 and damaged its facade but caused no injuries, although 15 journalists were inside at the time.”We fear that this attack was meant to put pressure on the TV station that was a mouthpiece for the opposition in the 2 November legislative elections and gave the most extensive coverage to the protests that led to Edvard Shevardnadze’s resignation as president at the end of November,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said.Ménard noted that this was the second attack against a TV station in Georgia in a month. The state TV company building was also damaged by an explosive device on the evening of 3 December.”It is vital that the press should be able to work freely in the run-up to the presidential election on 4 January, and we call on the authorities to guarantee the safety of the news media and journalists who cover the election, whatever their editorial position,” Ménard added.In a statement, Rustavi 2 said the police found an anti-tank rocket-launcher about 200 metres from the TV station. The police are reportedly treating the attack as act of “sabotage.”Transmission of Rustavi 2 has meanwhile been blocked for several weeks in the Adzhara region, which is an autonomous republic. Adzhara disputes Shevardnadze’s departure and does not accept the legitimacy of Nino Burjanadze, the interim leader who took over on 23 November. GeorgiaEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts GeorgiaEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Georgia A rocket-propelled grenade was fired today at the headquarters of the TVstation Rustavi 2 in the Georgian capital, but caused no injuries. ReportersWithout Borders called on the authorities to protect journalists coveringthe 4 January presidential election. News News Organisation December 29, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Grenade attack on TV station Rustavi 2 Mounting pressure on Georgia’s media in run-up to elections June 18, 2020 Find out more At least five journalists attacked while covering Georgia’s election campaign RSF_en Newslast_img read more

Gold thieves are targeting Limerick’s Asian community

first_imgEmma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Cllr Daniel ButlerA GROUP of Indian and Pakistani residents in the Dooradoyle/Raheen area claim they are being targeted by burglars who are under the mistaken impression that they are hoarding quantities of gold.Members of the Asian community believe they have been specifically targeted by thieves in a spate of burglaries hailed by local councillor Daniel Butler as “a seriously concerning racial profiling by local criminals”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up At least six homes of Indian and Pakistani residents in the Dooradoyle/Raheen area have been broken into in recent months with members of the Asian community putting these crimes down to racial stereotyping.“This is totally unacceptable in our modern community that is now multicultural in nature,” commented Cllr Butler (FG).“There has been at least six reported cases in recent times with a recent lull in this activity but not a cessation and with easy access to cash for gold facilities we do not expect this to go away. It seems that the Asian community are being targeted by criminals because of what is perceived as their tendency to have more gold in their homes than their fellow community members. This is completely unfounded,” he said.As part of Asian traditions jewellery and gold are often purchased to celebrate special occasions such as weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and cultural events like Diwali. The price of gold has rocketed in recent years with the upsurge in cash for gold outlets throughout the city and county. Asian gold is also thought to be of a higher purity with a higher resale value making it more attractive to criminals.Late last year a group of up to 60 Asian residents from the Dooradoyle/Raheen area signed a petition in relation to this issue and submitted it to the Gardai.According to local resident, Dr Khan of the University Hospital Limerick, there was no further action after they met with Gardaí. TAGSCllr Daniel ButlerMusic Limerick WhatsApp #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Previous articleLimerick school bans vending machinesNext articleThree Tenors and two local choirs Alan Jacques Email #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Printcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsLocal NewsGold thieves are targeting Limerick’s Asian communityBy Alan Jacques – March 20, 2014 610 Facebook Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Happy ever after for Limerick’s last Metropolitan Mayor Advertisement Twitter Linkedinlast_img read more

OPD seeks assistance after hit-and-run

first_img OPD seeks assistance after hit-and-run Twitter By admin – March 20, 2018 WhatsApp hit and run.jpg Odessa police is seeking the public’s assistance after a hit-and-run incident was reported on March 9.A dark SUV backed into a 45-year-old man and struck him in a parking lot in the 1100 block of South Dixie at around 4 p.m. that afternoon, a release stated, before the driver left the scene without meeting legal requirements. Facebook Pinterest Previous articleSuspects sought after refrigerator theftNext articleDeputies arrest 6 juveniles after pursuit admin Local NewsCrime Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more


first_imgMAYOR Ian McGarvey will travel to New York for St Patrick’s Day.Sinn Fein today opposed plans for the March trip – but all other councillors refused to oppose the trip.The mayor, an independent councillor, will be joined on the trip costing €5,000, by the deputy Mayor Cllr Michael McBride. Councillors insist representing the county in the Big Apple is good for business and tourism.However Sinn Fein say the money would be better spent here in Donegal. MAYOR McGARVEY TO GO TO NEW YORK FOR ST PATRICK’S DAY was last modified: January 27th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalIan McGarveyMayornew yorklast_img read more

Echoes of Historic Supernovae Observed

first_img 1Armin Rest et al., “Light echoes from ancient supernovae in the Large Magellanic Cloud,” Nature 438, 1132-1134 (22 December 2005) | doi:10.1038/nature04365. It’s interesting that there are no supernova remnants claimed to be tens or hundreds of thousands of years old or older.  One of the most distended SNR’s in our galaxy, the Veil Nebula, is believed to be only 5,000 years old (see 02/16/2001).  Even so, all things being equal, the light from such an event would be expected to take some 160,000 years to arrive at earth.  Why are there no older remnants reported?  Is the same true for novae?  Here is a good research project for someone who likes to catalog things and think about their implications.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Astronomers using telescopes at the Cerro-Tololo observatory in Chile were able to detect the faint light echoes of supernovae (see EurekAlert, and original paper in Nature1).  They found three light echoes for six of the smallest previously-catalogued supernova remnants (SNR) in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a small irregular galaxy visible from the southern hemisphere.  Assuming the shock wave moves out less than 10,000 km/sec, and calibrating against the echoes from the known 18-year old remnant of SN1987A, they estimated the ages of two of them at 410 and 610 years.  They believe surveys could uncover many more, now that they know what to look for.  The light echoes provide a method for fixing the ages of supernova remnants. last_img read more

Cameras in hand, boys find their way

first_imgUplifting Hillbrow youth through photography, Bernard Viljoen will feature on Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part TV series, to be aired on SABC2 this Sunday 29 June at 9pm. Bernard Viljoen is an urban artist with the heart of a philanthropist, he is the founder of I Was Shot In Joburg, which provides a platform for youth at risk to learn skills and generate an income. (Images: I Was Shot In Joburg)• Bernard ViljoenFounder and mentorI Was Shot In Joburg+27 82 922 [email protected] Jane CookBernard Viljoen is interested in people living on the periphery of society, people who don’t have a voice but who have experienced much in their lives.An urban artist with the heart of a philanthropist, he is the founder of I Was Shot In Joburg, which provides a platform for youth at risk to learn skills and generate an income. The project is based on using images of Joburg city taken by children living in shelters to help them uplift themselves. Using disposable cameras, 15 intrepid amateur photographers and Joburg as an inviting canvas, Viljoen ventured into the unknown.Little previews of city life are exposed in the photographs; they are glimpses into lives unfamiliar to suburbanites. Shadows reflecting off a leg or a sign are fragments, enticing viewers to look deeper and be witness to a transformation, an invisible human being becoming a person with a voice. In 2013, I Was Shot In Joburg moved to a permanent space at Arts On Main. It is also a skills development centre and a retail outlet, allowing the youngsters to be part of the economy. Participants are also able to share their skills with others, showing them a way out of hopelessness. Viljoen’s journeyViljoen grew up in Parys, a small town an hour’s drive from Johannesburg, and he absolutely loved it. “I studied architecture in Bloemfontein at the University of the Free State from 1994. I also travelled extensively overseas, and I went to London in between my studies over two years on a working holiday. After finishing my studies, I went to live in Taiwan for a-year-and-a-half teaching English to little kiddies, and then I went to Chicago to do my Master’s degree at the School of Art Institute of Chicago.”He is the creative director of a company in Cape Town, Grand Africa, which has a chain of restaurants, and is working on projects in Zimbabwe, Portugal and the Caribbean. But as I Was Shot In Joburg has expanded so rapidly, Viljoen thinks it is where he may dedicate all his time.The birth of I Was Shot In JoburgWhen he had been in Chicago for three months, Viljoen says, he was given a brief for a project entitled “Chicago issues for the new millennium”. He sat there and thought: “I have no desire to resolve any American issues; we have enough of those in South Africa.” And so he left school and returned to his homeland.The shooting movementThe project started simply: “I said to the boys, ‘Let’s walk out the doors, and find beauty where you thought there was none.’ And that is how the first exhibition came about,” he explains.“They were a little sceptical in the beginning about the project, but soon got into the rhythm of things. We had our first exhibition at Arts on Main, and I was very overwhelmed by the kind of imagery that we got back from the disposable cameras. After the exhibition, the guys were so afraid that the project wouldn’t continue that we had to find a way to make [it] sustainable.“It then dawned on me one morning when I called my sister and said; ‘I am going to call this project I Was Shot In Joburg,’ because if I branded it as slightly controversial but still very relevant and site-specific to Johannesburg, then that is enough platform for us to build a business.”It uses cameras as a metaphorical brush to “write our own futures”, according to the campaign. The first exhibition was held in 2009, and the group went on to create a product range to sell at Market On Main, in the Maboneng Precinct, a privately developed urban neighbourhood on the east side of the Johannesburg CBD. The products and skills evolved and in 2013, I Was Shot In Joburg moved to a permanent space at Arts On Main, in the same district. It is also a skills development centre and a retail outlet, allowing the youngsters to be part of the economy. Participants are also able to share their skills with others, showing them a way out of hopelessness.Watch Bernard Viljoen and I Was Shot In Joburg:Weapon of choiceThe business has reached a point where it is starting to sustain itself, but it still receives funding to help it grow further. The project aims to enrich the lives of street children who have found their calling through a lens. Viljoen wants to further their opportunities, developing a skills transference division to create opportunities for economic growth, social development, and job creation.“It has been an incredible journey; we are a part of South Africa’s joys, beauties, challenges and vibrancies. We are a part of South Africa’s reality and it has always been important to me to be part of the new struggle, which has nothing to do with race, but rather equality for all. Grace Jones says it so beautifully when she sings, ‘This is my voice, my weapon of choice’, and for me, I Was Shot is my voice regarding Johannesburg and South Africa as a whole.”last_img read more

Uttar Pradesh adds 17 OBC groups to Scheduled Castes list

first_imgThe Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has included 17 communities belonging to the Other Backward Classes in the Scheduled Castes list. A decision to this effect was taken late Friday night and authorities have been directed to issue certificate to families belonging to these 17 castes.The additions are — Nishad, Bind, Mallah, Kewat, Kashyap, Bhar, Dhivar, Batham, Machua, Prajapati, Rajbhar, Kahar, Pottar, Dhimar, Manjhi, Tuhaha and Gaur.This move is seen as an attempt by the Adityanath government to provide these socially and economically backward classes with the benefits of reservation after removing legal irritants that have stalled the issue in the past. The move will leave greater space in the OBC quota for the remaining OBC caste groups.15-year-old demandThis is also the fulfilment of a 15-year-old demand by these 17 caste groups.Coming before the by-elections to 12 Assembly seats in the State, the move is likely to benefit the BJP and further erode the vote base of Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party.This, incidentally, is the third time that the State government will be making an attempt on the issue. Previously, both, the SP and BSP governments had attempted to include these groups in the SC category but failed to do so due to legal intervention.The first attempt was made by the Mulayam Singh Yadav regime when it brought a resolution in 2004. The then SP government amended the U.P. Public Services Act, 1994, to include as many as 17 OBC communities in the SC category. Since the power to declare any caste as SC rests with the Centre, the then State government’s decision, taken without the Centre’s consent, proved futile.The Allahabad High Court later quashed the decision declaring the move unconstitutional and void.Another attempt was made in 2012 when Akhilesh Yadav came to power and a high-level committee, headed by the then Chief Secretary Jawed Usmani, sought details from the Department of Social Welfare in this regard. The circular from the Chief Secretary on March 28, 2012, spoke about the government’s priorities, including the inclusion of as many as 17 OBC sub-castes within the SC category. The matter, however, was rejected by the Centre.The BSP, however, vehemently opposed the idea and demanded increase in SC quota from the present quantum in the changed scenario. It also termed the move as a “conspiracy to dilute the reservation quota for Dalits”.last_img read more