Malala Yousafzai book launch censored in Peshawar

first_img 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 furthercenter_img 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 morelast_img read more

No. 5 Syracuse’s reliance on Ben Williams costs it in 16-15 overtime loss to No. 11 Duke

first_img Published on March 26, 2016 at 5:15 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossman DURHAM, N.C. — Ben Williams leaned into the game’s last faceoff in a familiar spot. Game tied. Overtime. His chance to permanently turn the game’s momentum with one clamp of his stick.His final faceoff last week against Johns Hopkins came on the heels of a game-tying goal by the Blue Jays with 38 seconds left in regulation. Williams had his chance, but the ball never touched an SU stick after he let Hunter Moreland scoop up the faceoff. Game over.On Saturday SU’s junior faceoff specialist kneeled on the dirt patch at midfield for the 28th time — the four-minute overtime period ready to start at the flinch of his stick after the Orange blew a four-goal, fourth-quarter lead. Williams had his chance, but Kyle Rowe streaked away from the X with the game-winning goal in his stick. Game over.Williams still won 12 faceoffs in his toughest test of the season, but once again couldn’t grab ahold of the game when it stared back at him on the X.“That’s a great question,” head coach John Desko said when asked about Williams’ ability to win a game-changing faceoff. “He gets us the ball early and puts us in that position.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We’ve got to learn to play when we don’t have the ball.”That was the paramount issue for a Syracuse team that watched Duke win 19-of-34 faceoffs, by far the most of any opponent the Orange has faced this year. SU didn’t have the ball when it mattered most, and No. 11 Duke (7-4, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) scored five unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to eventually topple No. 5 Syracuse (5-2, 1-1), 16-15, in overtime on Saturday afternoon in Koskinen Stadium.Blue Devils midfielder Deemer Class punished the Orange for a career-high seven-goals. Three of those came in a 12-minute, fourth-quarter scoring drought for SU that foreshadowed the game-ending shot placed in by Chad Cohan less than a minute into overtime.“Very much like last week,” Desko said, “we didn’t learn how to close it out.”“(Duke) started to win some faceoffs, especially after goals … We’ve got to learn to play like that.”The scoreless stretch was the product of nearly a winless fourth quarter at the X. Williams lost four of his five opportunities, and in a last-ditch effort to inject life into the offense, backup Cal Paduda lost his only real chance after a Duke faceoff violation gave SU the ball earlier.Williams’ sustained success over the last year and a half has allowed Syracuse to flourish offensively, freely taking a high volume of shots knowing he was a sure bet to get the ball back on the faceoff. On Saturday the Orange instead had to rely on groundballs, which it was beat 35-32 on, and turnovers to create offensive possessions.After picking up a groundball on a clear attempt, Derek DeJoe ended the scoring drought with a low-slung laser that Blue Devils goalie Danny Fowler appeared to stop, then tap in as he turned around to see where the ball was. It knotted the score at 15 in the last three minutes, with a four-goal lead 12 minutes prior a distant memory.“When you tend to have a lead, some people mentally might feel a little more relaxed,” senior defender Brandon Mullins said. “I guess we just have to do a better job keeping the foot on the gas.”Williams had his chance to freeze the meltdown, but let the ball, and Rowe, slip out of his reach. All game he was sandwiched between Duke’s physical wings, a repeated beating that didn’t lend itself kindly to his performance at the end of the game.Syracuse blew it’s chance to win on the final possession of regulation, and despite a fitting end to disastrous fourth quarter, the ledger reset when Williams took a knee for the opening faceoff in overtime.But the lifeblood of the Orange offense, even with only three goals to his name this season, couldn’t score where he had the chance. At the X.“Ben’s a great player,” SU’s points leader, Dylan Donaue said. “He’s going to have a couple of off days.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Sans starting guards, LA Clippers fall to Pacers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I thought we kind of weathered the storm, to be honest,” Doc Rivers said. “When J.J. went down, I think we got down by 11. We made a nice charge, came back and even took the lead for a little bit.“I thought the beginning of the fourth quarter killed us, that little stretch where they got their cushion.”DeAndre Jordan had a game-high 15 rebounds, but he scored just two points, missing his only four shots and shooting 2 of 8 from the free-throw line.“It was a slow-paced game in a lot of ways with two fast teams,” Doc Rivers said. “It was strange. A lot of fouls were called tonight and there were a lot of touch fouls early, so I thought that kind of set the tone.“Without CP and without J.J., we had no ball movement and I think DJ is one of those guys it affects the most.”Small forward Paul George led the Pacers with 31 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. He came in averaging 27.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists. This after playing just six games this past season after severely breaking his right leg in August 2014 playing in a Team USA Blue-White game.Before tip-off, Pacers coach Frank Vogel admitted he could not have imagined the 6-foot-9 George starting the season this strongly after everything he went through.“Not really,” Vogel said, “certainly not when he was going through the rehab process. But as he worked this summer and seeing how hard he worked and how much he had developed, getting stronger and more confident in the leg each month, I did feel like this style of play (small-ball) would help put him in position to have his best year of his career.“But I don’t think anybody expected this.”After the game, George talked about his journey.“I really put in a lot of work this summer and preparation to be ready night in and night out,” he said. “I knew there was going to be a moment where the game is not going my way and I am going to struggle. That is going to happen.“But for the most part, I have become a student of the game and I really put a lot of time into my craft.”The Pacers played strong defense in this one, limiting the Clippers to 38 percent shooting — 22.2 percent (6 of 27) from 3-point range. But again, that was sans Paul and Redick.The Clippers’ Josh Smith contributed nine points, five rebounds and four assists off the bench.Rodney Stuckey had 18 points off the bench for Indiana and Ian Mahinmi scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Chris Paul was already out for the Clippers on Wednesday with inflamed rib cartilage. When J.J. Redick went down with a right ankle sprain just 17 seconds into the game against the visiting Indiana Pacers, it appeared the Clippers had absolutely no shot at victory.The Clippers hung in as long as they could and trailed by just five points with 2:59 to play after being down by 16 with 8:28 left. But L.A. could not execute down the stretch and was defeated by the Pacers 103-91 before a sellout crowd of 19,060 at Staples Center.The Clippers (10-9) had won three in a row and four of five. The Pacers (12-5) have won six consecutive games.Paul and Redick average a combined 31.2 points, so their absence made things more difficult for leading scorer Blake Griffin. Griffin scored 19 points, but he shot just 6 of 18. He had six assists, but pulled down only four rebounds. Griffin didn’t have a rebound until there were just five minutes left to play.center_img “It hurts,” Griffn said of playing without Paul and Redick. “But we have guys that are capable of stepping up and playing well, and they did. We just have to be better. I have to be better.”Lance Stephenson had 19 points off the bench on 8-of-11 shooting, Jamal Crawford scored 16 points but shot 5 of 16. He took Redick’s spot. Austin Rivers, who started for Paul at point guard, scored nine points on 4-of-11 shooting from the field. He had only one assist in nearly 35 minutes.He was not happy.“It was a very winnable game for us, but they still won,” he said. “We did not execute at all and we did not play good defense.”It was going to be hard enough to compete with a hot team without Paul. When Redick went down, the mission for victory seemed impossible. But coach Doc Rivers thought his team handled Redick’s departure well at first. The Clippers were down 16-5 early, but led 50-47 at halftime.last_img read more

Southwest soars on fuel gambit

first_imgDALLAS – Southwest Airlines Co. reported a 54 percent jump in fourth-quarter profit as the bets it made on fuel prices allowed it to dodge for a little longer the spiraling costs that led to a $604 million loss for the parent of American Airlines, the nation’s biggest carrier. Revenue increased at both airlines, as planes were more crowded and average fares rose. Airline stocks rallied, led by American’s parent, AMR Corp., which rose 47 cents, or 2.5 percent, to close at $19.33 in trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Southwest shares added 89 cents, or 5.6 percent, to $16.76. Ray Neidl, an analyst with Calyon Securities, said the stocks were lifted by a decline in oil prices but said AMR also may have been rewarded for the strength of American’s route network and a slightly smaller-than-expected loss. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Light, sweet crude for February delivery fell 58 cents to close at $65.73 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Tuesday, the contract leapt $2.39 a barrel amid supply concerns spurred by possible sanctions against Iran, OPEC’s second-largest producer, and political unrest in Nigeria. Southwest said it earned $86 million, or 10 cents per share, in the fourth quarter, compared with $56 million, or 7 cents per share, a year earlier. Excluding one-time items, net income was $98 million, or 12 cents per share. Analysts had expected a gain of 13 cents per share, according to a survey by Thomson Financial. Revenue rose 20 percent, to $1.99 billion from $1.66 billion a year ago. Southwest again cashed in on a winning bet it made several years ago on the direction of fuel prices. The carrier bought options that locked in prices on most of its fuel needs through 2009, softening the blow of higher fuel costs. As a result of this hedging, Southwest paid about $1.20 per gallon for fuel – its second-biggest cost after labor – in the fourth quarter. But beginning this year, Southwest has less of its fuel hedged and at higher prices. For that reason, the carrier expects its average cost of fuel to rise to $1.45 a gallon in the first three months of this year. Still, Chief Executive Gary Kelly said the company has a favorable outlook on the first quarter and still expects profit to rise 15 percent this year. American Airlines was too weak financially to buy fuel options in recent years, and it paid the price in the fourth quarter – $2.02 per gallon. Parent AMR, which also owns the American Eagle commuter line, spent about $400 million more on fuel in the fourth quarter than it did a year earlier. That helped push Fort Worth-based AMR to its loss, which equaled $3.49 per share, after a loss of $387 million, or $2.40 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2004. Excluding $191 million in net one-time costs, AMR said it would have lost $413 million, $2.39 per share. On that basis, Thomson Financial said analysts were expecting a loss of $2.50 per share. Revenue rose 13.8 percent, to $5.17 billion from $4.54 billion a year ago, but that was below analysts’ consensus forecast of $5.24 billion. “We need to do more on both the cost and revenue sides of the ledger to return our company to sustained profitability,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Gerard Arpey. Michael Linenberg, an analyst for Merrill Lynch, said AMR did a good job of controlling costs other than fuel. The airline permanently grounded 27 jets at the end of the year. Both American and Southwest reported their planes were fuller than they were the year before. American’s average occupancy rate rose 3.6 points, to 77.9 percent, while Southwest’s gained 4.6 points, to 69.6 percent. Airline executives and analysts are counting on financially troubled carriers to cut back on flights, which could make planes even more crowded and push fares up. Yet there are signs that might not happen. A new airline, Virgin America, plans to begin flying between San Francisco and New York. And on Tuesday, Houston-based Continental Airlines Inc. hinted it may increase flights to combat rivals such as JetBlue Airways Corp. Southwest’s Kelly said high fuel costs made it an “enormous risk” to start a new airline. “Look at the results here for the fourth quarter and you may find that we are literally the only airline to make a profit,” Kelly said. “That to me sort of sums it up about starting a new airline.” American’s Arpey said he worried that carriers will respond to rising revenue by adding too many flights, which could depress fares and add to the industry’s financial troubles. “I’m very concerned that an industry that is chronically destroying capital is continuing to pour investment into the business,” he said. “I’m scratching my head over that.” However, that’s exactly what a few analysts, such as Neidl, and others like Robert Mann, an airline industry consultant in Port Washington, N.Y., are predicting. “If Continental does expand, we’ll see a me-too response,” Mann said. “It’s great news for travelers – more low prices,” he said. For all of 2005, Southwest earned $548 million, or 67 cents per share, compared with $313 million, or 38 cents per share, in 2004. Revenue rose to $7.58 billion from $6.53 billion. At AMR, the full-year loss was $861 million, or $5.21 per share, after a loss of $761 million, or $4.74 per share, in 2004. Revenue rose to $20.71 billion from $18.65 billion. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Spurs boss Pochettino turns into Cantona with bizarre claim about cows

first_img Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Mauricio Pochettino offered up a bizarre ‘cows and trains’ analogy ahead of Tottenham’s trip to Inter Milan.The Spurs boss was asked if he was feeling confident heading into the Champions League campaign and evoked memories of Eric Cantona’s famous speech about seagulls in 1995 with his response. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move silverware 2 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won smart causal possible standings Mauricio Pochettino wasn’t making much sense ahead of Tottenham’s clash with Inter Milan REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Latest Football News Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions “But we need to work harder and be more competitive and improve. The last two defeats are so good but it is a wake-up call and we have to try and improve and we have time. It is only the start of the season.“We have to show our best and show we deserve to be a contender. We need to be consistent to be a contender.“It is important for them to see the reality if they are going to improve. And if we are going to be a contender then we need to improve a lot. A lot. If not we will be a good team, we will win some and lose some, but a contender is different.“In my mind if you want to be a contender you need to show much, much more. We won three games in a row and after went to Watford and Liverpool and were not capable to win, it is difficult to be considered a contender.”Spurs travelled to Milan without injured trio Hugo Lloris, Dele Alli and Moussa Sissoko, while Pochettino has also chosen to surprisingly leave Kieran Trippier and Toby Alderweireld in London.On the pair’s omission, the Argentinian said: “It’s a technical decision. What does it mean? It’s a technical decision. You can look it up, find it in the dictionary. A technical decision. Tactical is on the pitch. “Yeah, maybe tactical is outside of the pitch too. But it’s technical decision, tactical decision, it’s a decision in the end.“You cannot bring 25 players. You can only play 11 players with seven on the bench. That is the reason.“You are clever enough to try to understand. This is my fifth season, I never punish players because you win or lose.“It’s the plan. The plan is keep them (in London) and use different players to play tomorrow.“There’s nothing behind the decision. It’s only that we’re going to play with different players tomorrow.“Like when you play with Toby or Kieran, it’s another player out. The best position is to play with different players.” Tottenham have lost successive matches 2-1 impact Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RANKED BEST OF Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade MONEY REVEALED ADVICE Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Pochettino said: “Experience is experience but you need to apply it, plus the hunger, plus the motivation, plus being clever. If you are not clever it is not going to help you in the future.“It is like a cow that for every single day for 10 years doesn’t see the train cross at the same time and if you ask the cow what time the train is going to come, he is not going to have the right answer.“Football is the same, motivation, circumstance, many things in football are so important. If you show the same hunger, same motivation, if you fight in the right way, there are many things that can keep you in the same way as the experience.”Pochettino went on to insist his side cannot currently be considered realistic contenders for the Champions League – or any other competition – this season.Spurs have lost their last two Premier League games, to Watford and Liverpool, and the Argentinian says they must improve considerably to challenge for major honours.He said: “We are not realistic contenders in any single competition, that is my view.“If we show the same face as against Watford, it’s impossible to be a contender. If we show the face (we showed against) Liverpool, it will be so difficult.“If we show some of what we did against Manchester United then maybe yes. I explained after Old Trafford it was difficult to keep the feet on the grass and believe that the job was done. 2last_img read more

Athletics swept by Astros to close homestand with five straight losses

first_imgOAKLAND — Houston is a problem the Athletics may not be capable of solving.The Astros got run-scoring singles from Michael Brantley and Yuli Gurriel against Lou Trivino in the top of the 12th inning Sunday to send the Athletics to their fifth straight defeat and sweep a three-game series before a crowd of 23,144 at the Coliseum.At 29-30, the Athletics are 10 1/2 games behind the two-time defending American League … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

Urban Meyer Says Braxton Miller Position Change Story “Jumped The Gun”: “I Haven’t Made Those Decisions Yet”

first_imgBraxton Miller wears his helmet during warm-ups at Rutgers.PISCATAWAY, NJ – OCTOBER 24: Braxton Miller #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during warmups before a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images) braxton miller urban meyer 2012 ohio state spring gameTwitter/@StephDEpifanioSports Illustrated dropped a late news bomb on the college football world earlier, with the news that Braxton Miller will be moving to wide recevier/h-back for the coming season. The move has been met with praise from Buckeye fans, and members of the team. One key member of the program isn’t ready to fully commit to the move, however: head coach Urban Meyer. The three-time national champion told The Columbus Dispatch that reports of the official position change are a bit premature.“I haven’t made those decisions yet,” Meyer told The Dispatch. “It’s a little bit jumping the gun here. Braxton came to see me. He’s been talking to me about it (the switch). We’ve been working at it, but I’m not ready to say exactly how we’re going to use him yet.”Considering Pete Thamel’s SI report was based on a conversation with Miller, we have to imagine the move is, in fact, happening. Meyer is probably not thrilled that it was announced in July, giving Virginia Tech and others more than a month to prep for a J.T. Barrett or Cardale Jones-led offense, as well as figure out how to defend Miller as a skill guy. Otherwise, this would be a pretty crazy redirection by members of the Buckeye program.[Columbus Dispatch]last_img read more

Gov’t Looking to Create Integrated Higher Education System

first_img “This integration is expected to be supported with policies and systems to support greater autonomy, greater alignment to industry and a flexible approach to funding to support the needs of the institutions, while ensuring that students are being trained in areas that are required by industry and will ultimately impact the economy,” he said. Portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, made the disclosure while addressing the opening of the Ministry’s inaugural Higher Education Summit on May 10 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston. The Government is looking to create an Integrated Higher Education System for Jamaica (IHES-J) aimed at better aligning training to industry demands. Story Highlights The Government is looking to create an Integrated Higher Education System for Jamaica (IHES-J) aimed at better aligning training to industry demands.Portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, made the disclosure while addressing the opening of the Ministry’s inaugural Higher Education Summit on May 10 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.“This integration is expected to be supported with policies and systems to support greater autonomy, greater alignment to industry and a flexible approach to funding to support the needs of the institutions while ensuring that students are being trained in areas that are required by industry and will ultimately impact the economy,” he said.He said that despite deliberations over the years, limited progress has been made in addressing the need for greater integration of education and training.“Our hope is that coming out of these discussions (at the summit) we will be able to agree on the needed and significant steps forward together,” he said.The two-day summit, under the theme ‘Education 4.0: Disrupting Tradition…Transforming Jamaica’, provided a platform for stakeholders to discuss and provide feedback on a number of issues critical to the development of the higher education sector.From the consultations, the Ministry will seek to establish a declaration, which will encapsulate the core principles around which the Government will be able to define and pass legislation with regards to matters of governance, quality assurance and regulation of higher education.In his address, Senator Reid highlighted the importance of higher education to the development of the country.He said that among the national imperatives are (a) to increase the percentage of eligible cohort holding the minimum of a bachelor’s degree from 15 per cent to 80 per cent; (b)  remove barriers to access; and  (c) ensure that institutions are responsive to the changing dynamics and requirements of the labour market.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dean-Roy Bernard, in his contribution, stressed that a key objective of the deliberations is to ensure that higher education is supporting the economic growth agenda.“We hear many times of the 67 per cent of our workforce that are untrained and uncertified. This summit is to ensure that we are reducing those numbers rapidly,” he said.Over the two days, experts in education and industry made presentations on a range of topics, including ‘Higher Education, Governance and the Oversight Framework’; ‘Autonomy within the Higher Education Sector’; ‘Funding the Higher Education Sector’; and ‘Relevance, Innovation and Leadership’.Among those in attendance were members of external quality assurance body, University Council of Jamaica (UCJ); regulatory body, Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission (J-TEC); the Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica (CCCJ) and their member institutions; and student representatives.last_img read more