Italian journalist’s family fears his army killers will be pardoned

first_img Organisation News ThailandAsia – Pacific Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom A Bangkok criminal court investigating Italian freelance journalist Fabio Polenghi’s death during clashes between security forces and “Red Shirt” demonstrators in Bangkok on 19 May 2010 ruled yesterday that a soldier fired the bullet that caused his death.After talking to Polenghi’s sister, Elisabetta Polenghi, Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities not to pardon those responsible for the fatal shot.“We take note of the court’s ruling, which comes three years after Polenghi’s death, and we urge the government to allow the judicial system to operate by refraining from granting a pardon to those responsible,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Those responsible must be identified and brought to justice, so that this journalist’s death, whether accidental or not, does not go unpunished.”The court found that Polenghi was killed by a .223 calibre high velocity bullet of the kind used by the army, and that the only army unit present at the time was the Second Cavalry Division of the King’s Guard, which was tasked with dispersing demonstrators.Although the court concluded that this unit was responsible, it did not identify the soldier who fired the shot or determine the orders that the unit had been given at the time. A journalist, Robert Cox, and a police lieutenant colonel attached to the justice ministry’s Central Institute of Forensic Science, Watcharat Chalermsooksant, testified that the shot came from the direction of the soldiers.The Polenghi family’s lawyer said that Polenghi’s sister, who gave a news conference outside the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand on Wednesday evening, intended to bring a legal action against Abhisit Vejjajiva, who was prime minister at the time, and Suthep Thaugsuban, who was his deputy for security affairs.”The court’s conclusion that the bullet that killed Fabio came from the army side is very important,” Elisabetta Polenghi told Reporters Without Borders. “But it should be just the first step. We still don’t know who fired the shot. For the time being there is no accountability. I’m very worried the government will vote an amnesty.”The Bangkok Post quoted Gen, Prayuth Chan-ocha, the head of the army, as saying the court’s ruling could lead to a criminal prosecution. The case could end up going to appeal and then to the supreme court, he added.Department of Special Investigation chief Tharit Pengdit told Agence France-Presse in September 2011 that the army was responsible for the shot that killed Japanese cameraman Hiro Muramoto during clashes between government forces and “Red Shirt” protesters in Bangkok on 10 April 2010.Read the Reporters Without Borders report on violence against the media during the unrest in Bangkok in 2010. Photo : Receive email alerts ThailandAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Thailand News May 12, 2021 Find out more News August 21, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years May 31, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Italian journalist’s family fears his army killers will be pardoned Help by sharing this information to go further News June 12, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Oxford students rally for Ferguson

first_imgOxford students joined international voices supporting protesters in Ferguson, Missouri today with a large demonstration in the city centre.The fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man, by white police officer Darren Wilson has sparked outrage against racism and police brutality across the United States.After this week’s grand jury decision not to indict Wilson, massive demonstrations have been held around the world in support of on-going protests in Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. On Wednesday, hundreds gathered outside the American embassy in London to commemorate Michael Brown and protest police brutality against ethnic minorities in the US and UK.Today’s Ferguson demonstration organised by Oxford students is one of the largest in the UK to date.Approximately 250 students and locals marched down Cornmarket and Broad Street chanting slogans associated with the protest movement, including “Black lives matter” and “Hands up, don’t shoot!”. A small police escort looked on as the crowd moved through the city.[mm-hide-text]%%IMG%%10652%%[/mm-hide-text] The demonstration concluded outside the Radcliffe Camera with speeches, poems, a list of names of people of colour killed by police in the US and UK in recent years, and 4.5 minutes of silence representing the 4.5 hours Michael Brown’s body lay in the street after he was shot.The protest was organised by American Oxford students Josh Aiken and Nicole Nfonoyim de Hara, who both addressed the crowd before and after the march.Aiken, who is from St. Louis, spoke to Cherwell outside the Rad Cam in the aftermath of the demonstration. He was extremely happy with the significant turn-out, he said. “I think it’s always amazing to see people come out to show solidarity,” Aiken commented. “I think it’s really easy, if something doesn’t feel like it directly impacts you, to say ‘Okay, I see that on the news, I know that it’s happening, but this isn’t related to me at all’.”“From the very beginning, we tried to make this demonstration not just about what’s happening in Ferguson, Missouri, but the fact that it’s related to so many struggles around the world for communities that are marginalised. Wherever people are from, seeing so many people come out in the context of Oxford is unbelievable.”“This is not the first place people I know in St. Louis and Ferguson would think of where people were showing solidarity with them,” Aiken continued.“But there are people in the most elite academic institution in the world who see this injustice for what it is. For my friends and family to feel they’re not alone on this is, I think, all we can ask.”[mm-hide-text]%%IMG%%10653%%[/mm-hide-text]Though the majority of speakers were American students, several linked the message of the demonstration to police brutality in the UK, including the 2011 killing of Mark Duggan.Brian Kwoba, a history student at Pembroke, addressed the crowd about the pervasiveness of racial oppression in the United States, as well as the importance of recognising the struggles of black women.“I was really moved and pleasantly surprised by the tons and tons of people who came,” Kwoba told Cherwell. “It made me a feel a lot better coming back to Oxford having been in the US doing research.”“Oxford is the intellectual seat of British power, not only here but in the world,” Kwoba said. “As such, we have a responsibility to raise our voices here, because we have the privilege to do it and we have so many monuments, like the Cecil Rhodes House, that continue to symbolise the violence of the British government.” [mm-hide-text]%%IMG%%10654%%[/mm-hide-text][mm-hide-text]%%IMG%%10655%%[/mm-hide-text] The protest, which was peaceful and well-organised, was generally well-received by the Oxford community. Many students had condemned the Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson earlier this week. Nada, a St Antony’s student, expressed surprise that so many people had shown up.“It says a lot about students and breaks the stereotype of Oxford students being stuck in their own bubbles,” she said.Others stressed the significance of the day’s demonstration to inspiring future action. “It’s amazing to have so many people standing in solidarity,” commented Miriam, another St Antony’s student.“This case shows the complex ways racism persists at all levels in America. One protest isn’t going to change that, so we need to keep up the pressure, especially as this case is going to be going on for a while.”last_img read more

Lakers’ Julius Randle leaned on mentors, faith to overcome injury

first_imgA restless nightKyles held onto Randle’s hand as they viewed the x-rays that confirmed Randle had a fractured tibia in his right leg. Kyles held onto Randle’s hand shortly before he was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. And Kyles held onto Randle’s hand by his bedside hours before having surgery. Through that night, Kyles continuously prayed with her daughter, Nastassia, and Randle’s girlfriend that they remain calm. “He’ll start crying if he sees us crying,” Kyles recalled, thinking. “We have to look strong for him.”As a single mother, Kyles raised Randle by issuing both comfort and tough love. Kyles enrolled Randle at Prestonwood Academy in seventh grade after he breezed through school with straight A’s. Kyles, who once played basketball at the University of Texas-Arlington, trained Randle during his childhood. She signed Randle up for the Texas Titans, an AAU basketball team that both traveled around the country for top competition and devoted time toward Christian studies. Kyles also worked overtime to support Randle financially.Kyles soon saw her latest investment paying off. Randle may have nursed pain and frustration amid what he called “a very tough and a very emotional” episode. But when his spiritual advisor, Antonio McKenzie, called, Randle sounded stoic. “There’s no time for a pity party,” said Randle, mindful that her mom had been preaching the same thing. McKenzie joked that Randle may have felt fine after medication dulled his pain and frustration. But in reality, Randle’s tears dried up within hours partly because he never saw Kyles shed one. “It was one of those things where when you’re in that situation, you can’t do anything about it,” Randle said. “It’s not going to change with you feeling sad for yourself.”Keeping the faithRandle then had surgery the following morning. But his progress featured obstacles far more challenging than the Lakers’ recent struggles. He stayed stuck at home unable to do almost anything.“The injury and not being able to play basketball is tough enough,” Randle said. “But I couldn’t get up and go to the bathroom. I couldn’t go get some food for myself. I couldn’t get up and walk. It’s just frustrating being stuck on a couch.” So Kyles stayed at Randle’s residence. She encouraged Randle to vent with as much ferocity as when he has overpowered opponents. She remained on call to pick up groceries or deliver his walker so he could go to the bathroom. Kyles coordinated with the Lakers’ support staff on helping Randle with trips to physical therapy sessions. Kenny Troutt, who founded the AAU’s Texas Titans, also checked in frequently and sent care packages. Friends from Prestonwood Christian Academy sent get-well cards, too. McKenzie then spent a week with Randle in early Dec. 2014 both to help Kyles’ workload and to keep Randle’s spirits high. They rekindled a childhood pastime with marathon sessions of NBA2K.“He was killing me as usual,” McKenzie said, laughing. “He knows all the trick moves. He may have been cheating a little bit.”McKenzie then turned serious. As they spent the rest of their free time reading the Bible and discussing their faith, McKenzie warned against relying on that for just a form of therapy. “I told him to stay true to God’s Word not just to get him through this injury,” McKenzie said. “‘Don’t just go to God when things aren’t working out. Have a relationship with him through the good and bad in life.”The next stepRandle soon adopted that growth mindset elsewhere. He changed his diet and lost weight. Randle stayed patient with the monotony of rehab drills. Randle watched countless games and produced written reports for Kupchak. His love for the game blossomed. “I hate that this all happened to Julius, but I wouldn’t change it for nothing in the world,” Kyles said. “It matured him and helped him grow.”Kyles will watch that growth unfold on Friday as she sits courtside with Troutt and his wife. He will host a 19-person suite for some of Randle’s other hometown friends, too. Then, Randle will try to make them all proud, proving his sturdiness stems from the strong foundation around him.“When things are good or bad, I know what to lean on,” Randle said. “I know not to get too high or too low. Not much can really shake me.” DALLAS >> The seconds felt like minutes. The minutes felt like hours. As each moment passed, Lakers forward Julius Randle remained motionless. Randle’s mother, Carolyn Kyles, had just watched in horror as her son’s NBA rookie season ended only 14 minutes after it began. Randle drove into the lane. His right leg buckled. And then Randle lay on the court, screaming in pain that he broke his right leg while the Lakers’ training staff and paramedics attended him.Kyles raced from her seat nearly adjacent to the entrance tunnel into a Staples Center hallway. Moments later, Kyles saw Randle from afar on a stretcher where she began hearing his cry for help.“He sees me and starts screaming, ‘Mom!!! Get my Mom!!!” Kyles recalled in a recent interview with Los Angeles News Group. “I dropped my purse and ran to him so I could hold his hand. I needed to make him strong.” Nearly a year later, Randle showed as much strength mentally as he has demonstrated physically with his 6-foot-9, 250-pound frame. He has represented one of a few bright spots for the Lakers (1-7) entering Friday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks (4-4) at American Airlines Center. Randle has averaged 11.9 points and a team-leading 8.3 rebounds, an NBA best for second-year players. The Lakers have gushed about Randle’s strength and versatility, while admiring his thirst to expand his mid-range game. And after spending nearly 11 months rehabbing his surgically repaired right leg, Randle has since stayed healthy. The 20-year-old Randle has credited his success to various Lakers, including Kobe Bryant, coach Byron Scott, James Worthy, general manager Mitch Kupchak and the team’s training staff. But Randle views his family and close friends with unique affection for strengthening him during most vulnerable moments.Randle views the Lakers’ upcoming game against Dallas as “special.” After starring at Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas, Randle will have about 19 friends and family attending the game. They will provide Randle with a visual reminder of what ensured a successful comeback.“They kept me grounded,” Randle said in an interview with Los Angeles News Group. “They were making sure I did what I was supposed to do. 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South Puget Sound Habitat For Humanity Sets Olympia’s Gingerbread Cottage Competition

first_imgSubmitted by South Puget Sound Habitat For HumanityYou really won’t want to miss South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity’s 5th annual Gingerbread Cottages Competition. Generously sponsored by TwinStar Credit Union, Greene Realty Group and Olympia Federal Savings, and together with the Olympia Downtown Association’s “Downtown for the Holidays” festivities, this year’s event will take place November 24th and 25th in the Olympia Ballroom (above the Urban Onion) at 116 Legion Way SE in downtown Olympia. Over 30 fantastic gingerbread entries will be on display for you and your family to enjoy.Viewing of the entries will take place Saturday and Sunday from 12PM – 5PM. Volunteer judges will choose 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, as well as a youth winner, at the opening of the Competition. Admission to the event is free, and each visitor receives a ticket to vote for his/her favorite entry! Additional voting tickets are available for a donation of $1 per ticket. The entry with the most number of votes wins a “People’s Choice” award. All donations support South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity.South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity is deeply grateful to the event sponsors for supporting the Gingerbread Competition. The popularity of this sweet community celebration has grown each year, and Habitat anticipates a great turnout this November. Bring your friends and family and help kick-start the holiday season!Questions? Please email [email protected], or call 360-956-3456 ext 4. Facebook30Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

On this day: Virat Kohli’s men conquered the land Down Under with a famous…

first_imgImage Courtesy: ESPNcricinfo/BCCIAdvertisement id41NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3b4Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ey9x( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) jvg28Would you ever consider trying this?😱8n2r2Can your students do this? 🌚9bb3xRoller skating! Powered by Firework Australian cricket team- the game’s undisputed heavyweights, and the squad that was undefeated on their home soil in Test cricket, until this exact day last year, when India created history. In the 71 year long history of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, they suffered their first defeat as the hosts as Team India successfully defeated them in a four day test series, on 7th January 2019, and also became the first Asian country to do so!Advertisement Image Courtesy: ESPNcricinfo/BCCIEven before the implementation of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 1996, both the countries had been touring each other since 1947, but India had never registered a win as visitors. The final day of the series saw a draw between the teams due to bad weather conditions, but India were already leading the series 2-1, and made history as the first Indian squad to thrash the Aussies on their home soil, which is also colloquially known as Down Under, for its location in the Southern hemisphere.Following a 37 run victory on the first test, Team India suffered a defeat by Tim Paine’s squad on the second test, as Australia won by 146 runs. Virat Kohli and co bounced back on the third test by a decisive 137 run victory, and made a staggering 622 runs for 7 wickets in the first innings of the fourth and final test.Advertisement In the post match interview, Kohli expressed his excitement on his team’s historical victory: “By far, this is my biggest achievement. It’s at the top of the pile. When we won the 2011 World Cup, I was the youngest member of the side. Saw everyone emotional there, but I didn’t feel it.”“Here, after coming three times, this win means something else. The series win will give us a different identity, and what we’ve been able to achieve… something to be proud of,” the Team India skipper added.Advertisement The Men in Blues’ first innings saw an impressive 159 not out score from the young Rishab Pant, and an astounding knock of 193 from Chetewshwar Pujara.“Special mention to Pujara, he’s been outstanding in the series, especially after his last time out in Australia. He’s one guy willing to accept things, he works on his game, he’s the nicest man around, and we feel happy for him.” Kohli added on his compatriot, who became the highest scorer (521 runs) and the player of the series.The Aussies lost all their wickets by 300 runs in the first innings, thanks to a majestic 5 wicket haul from Kuldeep Yadav, who was on his debutant game of the test series. The hosts opened up their scoreboard with only 6 runs in the second innings, just before light rain and clouds covered up the Sydney Cricket Ground.Also read-Aus vs Ind- 4th Test Day 2 Review: Pant-Jadeja carnage leaves the Aussies batteredJasprit Bumrah reveals the secret to send Steve Smith to the pavilion! Advertisementlast_img read more

Baker wins again, this time captures Balfour Ladies Open title

first_imgIf this keeps up the ladies won’t want to invite Cherie Baker to play in any of their tournaments.The Creston golfer topped the Balfour Ladies Open at the picturesque course on the first of September.It was Baker’s third tournament win of the season, having also won the Tournament of Roses at Granite Pointe in Nelson and the Creston Blossom Open.Although this time Baker was pushed to the wall, edging out Mary Anne Gaschnitz of Granite Pointe by a single shot. Baker finished with an 80.Kim Phillips of Balfour took home the low net prize with a 70.Phillips edged out Marg Hopkins by retrogression.Gaschnitz won First Flight low gross while Violet Ward, with a 74, took home the low net prize.Betty Farenholtz  shot 91 to capture Second Flight honours while Hopkins claimed low net.Linda Krall and Barb Renaud shared Third Flight, low gross and low net prizes, respectively while Linda Bobic topped low gross in the Fourth Flight.Norma Boyle won low net.KP Winners were Maureen Elliot and Phillips.Gaschnitz, Farenholtz, Renaud and Kathy Baker were Long Drive [email protected]last_img read more

“Toy Model” of Planetary Migration Partially Explains Neptune,but Not Uranus

first_imgWhen we last saw Hal Levison (Southwest Research Institute), the genius-at-work was going crazy in fairyland over the difficulties of explaining Uranus and Neptune (see 05/30/2002 headline).  He’s been recovering sanity slowly; he thinks he has a working hypothesis for why Neptune stopped migrating at 30 AU (astronomical unit = sun-earth distance).  Uranus, though, is still enough to drive a sane man nuts.    Levison concluded last time that the two blue water giants could not have formed where they are; the protoplanetary disk would have been too sparse.  This fact and observations of Jupiter-class extrasolar planets orbiting very close in has raised consciousness of the need to consider a wild and crazy idea: planetary migration.    Classical (i.e., simplistic) nebular/planetesimal hypotheses considered primarily orbital motion, the around-the-racetrack vector.  These days, planetary physicists have to add the radial vector, the inward vs. outward component.  They suspect a planet forms at one radius, then somehow moves closer in or farther out from the parent star.  There are some physical laws to support these notions: gravitational interactions between two large bodies can perturb orbits, gas drag and disk instabilities can cause angular momentum exchange, and asymmetric collisions with minor bodies can produce net motions in certain directions.  But migration has multiplied the complexities of explaining planets from a rotating disk.  Even a three-body problem is notoriously difficult to solve, to say nothing of one involving billions of objects ranging from dust particles to gas giants.  Of necessity, planetary scientists use models to simulate what might have happened.  Typically, when the simulation solves one condition, others fly off the chart.  Then there is always the tedious necessity of having to match one’s pet idealized model against the hard, cold realities of the observed planets.  Planetary migration models are new; how are they coming along?    “Despite the importance of planetary migration,” he says, “not much work has been done up to now to study the migration process per se.”  In a new paper in the August issue of Icarus,1 Levison and two colleagues try a “back-of-the-envelope analytic ‘theory’ for migration in planetesimal disks,” which they describe as “an intuitive, easy to understand toy model, intended to be a guide for interpreting the range of behaviors observed in our numerical simulations.”  It must be a tinker toy model.  The authors tinker with pirouettes around Jupiter, square dances with Kuiper Belt Objects and other fancy footwork, with some hand waving along the way.  One excerpt:We have not been able to identify any dynamical reason for why, in some cases, Neptune sometimes reverses direction.  Thus, we believe it is a matter of chance.  If so, this whole effect may be the result of the fact that our simulations contain a relatively small number of massive bodies compared to the real early Solar System.  Perhaps an ideal system with a nearly infinite number of planetesimals with infinitesimal mass would behave differently.  We will address this issue again in future work….They get Neptune all the way out to 120 AU, but then the simulation reveals a runaway inward migration, so they try various ways to get it to stop at its observed radial distance without ejecting out all the KBOs and comets in the process.  Phrases like “not obvious” or “not clear exactly how” and “we cannot rule out the possibility” season the entree.  After examining many scenarios, they decide “Therefore, we believe that the current location of Neptune and the mass deficiency of the Kuiper belt imply that the proto-planetary disk possessed an edge at about 30 AU,” which is where Neptune stalled out in its migration.    Uranus, however, is the stick in the mud that puts the simulation in doubt.  Clearly, explaining planets from a rotating work is, at best, a work in progress:So far in this paper, we have focused on the evolution of Neptune.  Unfortunately, we find that we have a significant problem with Uranus.  In all simulations starting from a compact planetary configuration where Neptune is initially inside 20 AU, Uranus always stopped well before its current location at ~19 AU.  This is because in these cases the planetesimals scattered by Neptune interact with Saturn almost at the same time as they interact with Uranus, so that Uranus effectively ‘sees’ only a small portion of the total disk’s mass.  This may indicate that Uranus and Neptune formed at 17-18 and 23-25 AU, respectively (see Hahn and Malhotra, 1999), despite of the apparent difficulty of accreting planets at large heliocentric distances (Levison and Stewart, 2001 and Thommes et al., 2003).  Alternatively, it may indicate that the migration process was triggered by some instability in the originally compact planetary system, something similar to what was proposed by Thommes et al. (1999).  This will be the subject of future investigations.Till next time, happy travails.1Gomes, Morbidelli and Levison, “Planetary migration in a planetesimal disk: why did Neptune stop at 30 AU?”, Icarus, Volume 170, Issue 2, August 2004, Pages 492-507; doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2004.03.011.The word planet is from the Greek root for “wanderer” because, to the ancients, the planets in their orbits appeared to wander against the fixed stars in mysterious ways.  Kepler’s and Newton’s laws only temporarily removed the mystery: once again, the planets wander in mysterious ways.  At least now we know the lyrics to the music of the spheres: The Happy Wanderer.  I love to go a-wandering along the radial track / And as I go, I love to fling the KBOs out back.    Hal is fun because he is so brutally honest and able to laugh at himself.  (He looks like a biker or cowboy on the Science Channel Planets series, not your typical white-lab-coat science geek.)  Keeping a sense of humor is one way to keep your sanity: another is to keep working on the details and don’t let the big picture get you down.  Whether these strategies lead one to the truth is a different question.  For anyone having delusions about planetary scientists being able to explain the origin of our solar system through natural processes alone, papers like this should provide a reality check.  Everyone, sing!  Valderi, valdera, valderi, valdera-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha / Valderi, valdera / Beneath God’s clear blue sky.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Activities of ISIS being closely monitored: Govt

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 24 (PTI) A close watch is being kept on terror group ISIS by security agencies which have been also directed to identify potential recruits and keep them under surveillance, Rajya Sabha was told today.Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary said the ISIS or ISIL or Daesh uses both positive and negative imagery to attract recruits around the world.”However, it has influenced/attracted very few youths from India,” he said in his reply to a written question.The National Investigation Agency and police in a few states have registered cases and arrested some active members, he said, adding that the government is closely monitoring the situation.”Intelligence and security agencies are directed to identify potential recruits and keep them under surveillance, if necessary. The cyber space is being closely monitored,” he said.Central agencies and state governments are assessing the threat posed by ISIS/ISIL and devising strategies to deal with it, he said. PTI ACB KKM SK KKMlast_img read more