Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists January 30, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Malala Yousafzai book launch censored in Peshawar Reporters Without Borders regrets that the launch of 16-year-old blogger Malala Yousafzai’s memoir “I am Malala” at Peshawar University’s Area Study Centre in northwestern Pakistan on 28 January was cancelled as a result of pressure from local officials, who cited security reasons.“We deplore this politically-motivated manoeuvre, which violated freedom of information,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific Desk.“Claiming an inability to protect the book launch in order to prevent it taking place was totally specious. The provincial government’s opinion of this book should be of no consequence and should certainly not result in any form of censorship. We hope the rescheduled event goes ahead without interference on 5 February.”The organizers were forced to cancel the book launch after the police told them that they were unable to provide security for the event.Khadim Hussain, one of the organizers, said two members of the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province (of which Peshawar is the capital) – information minister Shah Farman and local government minister Inayatur Rehman ¬– intervened personally to prevent it going ahead.On the day scheduled for the Malala book launch, the government said it did not oppose the event but rather the university’s use by the organizers “for political ends.”The book’s complete title is: “I am Malala: the story of the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban.” Its author, who has written a blog on the BBC Urdu website since 2009, has lived in Britain with her family since the October 2012 shooting.Still threatened by the Taliban in Pakistan, Yousafzai had not been due to attend the launch, which was organized by the Bacha Khan Education Trust, an NGO called Strengthening Participatory Organization and the university’s Area Study Centre.Pakistan is ranked 159th out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Follow the news on Pakistan Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder News PakistanAsia – Pacific News PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire to go further News June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Organisation January 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts April 21, 2021 Find out more
NewsCommunityVal’s wonderful windows are a Limerick traditionBy Bernie English – December 3, 2018 3107 Val Holmes checking his handiwork at Brown Thomas.Photo: Cian ReinhardtIF THERE is an opposite to the Grinch who stole Christmas, it is Val Holmes.For 44 years, Val has been creating whimsical worlds of wonder to delight generations of children who have stood at the windows of Todds and now Brown Thomas, their eyes aglow, all words lost in a tumble of teddies, lights, fairies and snow scenes.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Val took up work as the store window dresser on December 16, 1974 and that has been his job ever since, the Christmas windows the highlight of his – and his team’s – year.This year will be his last window as he is retiring with every intention of travelling the world.“The year we did all the windows fully animated is the one I remember best,” Val tells the Limerick Post. “That was Christmas, ’79, the Year Of the Child. We usually had one animated window but people thought we were doing especially for that year but that was luck.“There was a great buzz about those windows. People come night and day to look at the Christmas windows because there’s something very special about the windows after dark and they just stand and look for ages”.Working in retail wasn’t originally his idea of an easy life, Val admits.“When I got the job and I was told that I would work Monday to Friday I thought all my birthdays had come together – no Saturdays. I was delighted. And I’ve loved every minute since – you couldn’t do this and not love it”.Val and the team are also responsible for all the other window displays during the year and the in-store displays. In the early days, planning for Christmas and the retail year started in April with a trip to London with the manager and merchandising manager to check out the big stores there for inspiration.Then it was on to Warrington, where many of the props for the coming year are bought, no doubt raising a few eyebrows at customs over hammer-wielding ailing and prancing reindeer.More lately, the travelling salespeople come to Dublin where Val and key members of staff from all of the Brown Thomas stores gather to lay plans for the year’s displays.Currently, the themes for the windows travel between the BT stores each year, with each store pulling their individual fashions and merchandise together in a Winter wonderland on the common theme.With no formal training whatever, Val’s eagle eye misses nothing.“You have to go outside and see what the public are seeing. There might be a mannequin posed the wrong way or something that isn’t quite in the right spot and needs to be moved. You just know when it’s right and when it’s not and you keep at it until it’s right”.Do things ever go wrong?Val admits there have been some bumps in the night.“You might come in and find a load of stuff has fallen down but the public never get to see that. The first job in the morning is to check the windows and the last job at night is to do a sweep and make sure everything is okay”.Another of Val’s favourite times are the sales.“At one stage, when it was Todds, the slogan was to wait for the real sale. And we would pile every window high with sale goods – household, fashion, you name it. They would queue from early morning for the 9am specials – it was like Black Friday in America long before that ever came here”.The father of two sons and a daughter and grandad to four boys and a girl is originally from Hyde Road in Prospect and has delighted in bringing his own family to see his handiwork at Christmas over the years.A spot of ill-health has seen Val off work in recent months but as well as being the man who puts Christmas front and centre in BTs he is is also the store ambassador, meeting and greeting customers during the Christmas period with a tilt of his top hat.“I’m looking forward to coming back for Christmas to do that – everyone knows me from the windows because at one time, there weren’t any blinds and people would wave to you when you were in the window getting a new display ready.“Now, being the ambassador as well is great. One woman asked me ‘are you the real Mr Brown Thomas?’Val is the longest-serving member of staff to hold the same position in the store. “Both my sisters worked here before me and we’re like a big family here in BTs,” he says.“I don’t think of myself as being in charge of windows – I’m part of a great team”.Val clearly has passion for his job, but does he have another passion, the Limerick Post wonders?“Rugby. What else?” Advertisement Print Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Twitter Unstoppable Sean shows that all things are possible Previous articleWATCH: Andrew Conway believes there is plenty more to comeNext articleWATCH: Dreams snippet – reaction to Nickie’s save against Cork Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. TAGSCommunityFestiveInterviewLimerick City Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Facebook Vicky calls for right to die with dignity New parklet changes Catherine Street dining experience RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Thefts of catalytic converters on the rise #crimeprevention Email WhatsApp
Johnson, the highest-profile leader tocontract the virus characterised by high fevers and coughing, voiced confidencethat Britain would beat the pandemic in a candid video message after he wasdischarged from a state-run National Health Service hospital. “We will defeat this coronavirus and defeat it together,” Boris Johnson vowed, thanking medics he said saved his life “no question.” LONDON – Virus-stricken British PrimeMinister Boris Johnson thanked medics for saving his life after leavinghospital on Easter Sunday, as hundreds of millions of Christians observed theholiday under lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. “I hope they won’t mind if Imention in particular two nurses who stood by my bedside for 48 hours whenthings could have gone either way,” said 55-year-old Johnson, who wasadmitted on April 5 to a London hospital where he spent three days in intensivecare. (AFP)
Lawrenceburg’s Billy McCool passed away last month form heart failure at the age of 69 at his home in Florida. Billy developed heart disease in his early 40’s and fought it the rest of his life. Billy McCool pitched 3 no-hitters while still at Lawrenceburg High School in the early 60’s. He was drafted right out of high school by the Cincinnati Reds and pitched for them until the expansion draft in 1969 when he was claimed by the newly formed San Diego Padres. His last game was with them during the 1970 season when arm problems forced him to retire.McCool, a left-handed pitcher, was an early version of Aroldis Chapman. In those days, no one heard of the radar gun, and it certainly didn’t appear on major league scoreboards. However, if you ever saw Billy pitch you knew it was a 90+ mph fast ball that was hurled toward the plate. Before his death, he was inducted into the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame.Billy, his wife, and 3 children spent most of his non-baseball career living in Centerville, Ohio. One of his boys didn’t think dad had anything left in his arm when he was tossing to him in the back yard. Even though his major league career was over at this time, he threw one pitch to his son and almost took his glove off. After that, the son knew that what others told him about his dad’s bullet arm was true.
They’ll do that with a win over Bohemians at Oriel Park.The action kicks off at 7.00pm.