Reporters Without Borders is appalled to learn that Nasrullah Afridi, a leading journalist in the Tribal Areas, was killed yesterday in the northwestern city of Peshawar by a powerful bomb planted in his car, which he had parked in an area where many news media are located. Normally based in Bara, in the Khyber Agency tribal area, Afridi had moved to nearby Peshawar after being threatened by militants.“We offer our condolences to Afridi’s family and friends,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This targeted bombing has yet again highlighted the dangers that journalists run in Pakistan, even when close to their news organizations. We urge the authorities to carry out a thorough investigation and to do everything possible to end the vicious cycle of impunity.”The press freedom organisation added: “The violence to which journalists are exposed, regardless of the region where they work, is making it impossible for the media to function properly. If journalists are not killed when out reporting, they are exposed to reprisals after their stories are published, and those responsible are almost never caught.” News PakistanAsia – Pacific News Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Organisation Police said the bomb was set off by remote control when Afridi returned to his car, which he had parked outside the Khyber Super Market. This was confirmed by eye-witnesses questioned by Reporters Without Borders. The blast shattered the windows of several news media that have offices nearby.The correspondent of the Urdu-language daily Mashriq, Afridi had made a lot of enemies by writing articles critical of certain political groups in the Bara area of Khyber Agency. No group claimed responsibility for the bombing but colleagues told Reporters Without Borders they suspected the militant group Lashkar-e-Islam, which had threatened him several times. RSF_en Follow the news on Pakistan Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists to go further Video report about Nasrullah Afridi’s murder (by Iqbal Khattak): April 21, 2021 Find out more News Yesterday’s bombing came just nine days after two journalists – ARY News correspondent Jehangir Aslam and Abdul Wahid Baloch, who works for the provincial government’s press office – were wounded by shots fired by two men on a motor-cycle in an apparent murder attempt on 1 May in Turbat, in the southwestern province of Balochistan.“We had not received any threats,” Baloch said, adding that Aslam, who sustained gunshot wounds to the chest, was now out of danger. No group has claimed responsibility for the shooting. Balochistan chief minister Nawab Aslam Raisani condemned the attack and ordered the police to quickly identify and arrest the gunmen.Four journalists – Samar Abbas and Asif Mirza of Dawn News and Wasim Malik and Liaqat Abbasi of Samaa TV – were meanwhile beaten in Islamabad on 27 April by the security guards of Zarei Tarakiati Bank Ltd (ZTBL), one of Pakistan’s biggest banks, when they went to cover an attempt by the staff of a pension fund to recover funds owed by the bank. The attack on the reporters was allegedly ordered by ZTBL president Zaka Ashraf in person. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani ordered information minister Firdos Ashiq Awan to carry out a thorough investigation into the incident. Two bank officials and three security guards have been arrested.When the prime minister passed through Paris on 5 May, Reporters Without Borders handed him a report on press freedom violations in Pakistan and told him that the safety of journalists should be a priority for his government.Ranked 151st out of 178 countries in the 2010 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, Pakistan has seen many cases of violence against journalists in the past year. Afridi’s murder brings to 15 the number of journalists killed in the past 14 months. June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News May 11, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Tribal Areas journalist killed in Peshawar by bomb planted in car Help by sharing this information PakistanAsia – Pacific January 28, 2021 Find out more
View post tag: Monday Sailors and Marines from the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (KSGARG) and 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26 MEU) will deploy from Norfolk , Va., and Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 11.The KSGARG departure, originally scheduled for March 8, has been rescheduled due to forecasted high winds and a potentially heavy sea state.The deployment is part of a regular rotation of forces to support maritime security operations, provide crisis response capability, and increase theater security cooperation and forward naval presence in the U.S. Navy’s 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation.The KSGARG is commanded by Capt. John B. (Brad) Skillman, commodore, Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 4, and is comprised of multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) and amphibious transport dock USS San Antonio (LPD 17), both homeported at Naval Station Norfolk, and amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) homeported at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Va.The 26th MEU is commanded by Col. Matthew G. St. Clair and is comprised of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which includes a Ground Combat Element, Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment; Aviation Combat Element, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266; Logistics Combat Element, Combat Logistics Battalion 26; and its command element.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 8, 2013; Image: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Kearsarge ARG Departure Rescheduled for Monday View post tag: Navy USA: Kearsarge ARG Departure Rescheduled for Monday View post tag: Naval View post tag: Departure View post tag: Defence View post tag: Defense View post tag: Rescheduled Training & Education View post tag: News by topic Share this article March 8, 2013 View post tag: Kearsarge View post tag: ARG
9 Sep 2014 PING Grand Final glory for Sheila and Pam Cheshire golfers Sheila Mcdonald and Pam Wiseley birdied their way to victory in the 2014 Grand Final of the PING Women’s Fourball Betterball at Gainsborough Golf Club in Lincolnshire.Pam chipped in once and Sheila holed from off the green as the Houldsworth pair (Image © Leaderboard Photography) amassed three birdies on their way to 43 points – and a one-point win in the competition.Their win was especially sweet because they came sixth in this event in 2011 and longed to do better. “We said it would be just brilliant if we could win it,” said Sheila. “We have such a tiny ladies’ section, of just 26 women, that it’s fantastic.”Pam, who is ladies’ captain for the second time, added: “We’re not getting any younger so to do something like this at our age is a dream come true!”They topped a packed leaderboard with the remaining prizes decided by countback. Three pairs scored 42 points and the runners-up were Debbie Birtwistle and Emma Kight of Brookmans Park, Hertfordshire; third place was taken by Zoe Hartley and Charlotte Heath of West End, Halifax; and fourth went to Samantha Steward and Jane Gurney-Read of Weston Park, Norfolk.Fifth place was claimed by Lorna Morris and Mechell Di Matteo of Kilworth Springs, Leicestershire who scored 41 points, while defending champions Denise Page and Sarah Dawson of Willow Valley, Yorkshire, were sixth on the same score.The PING Fourball Betterball attracted an initial entry this year of about 16,000 women from over 900 clubs, which is a tournament record. The top 60 pairs in the country qualified for today’s Grand Final while the next 60 pairs went through to yesterday’s Plate Final.Over the two days, the handicaps of the players ranged from scratch to 34 and the pairings included identical twins, mothers and daughters, and a mother and daughter-in-law.One player took on the Grand Final challenge alone after her partner was unwell. Rebecca Watkin of Castle Eden in County Durham didn’t want to miss the day and she did herself proud with 35 points on her own account – beating almost half the field!The age range was wide, starting with today’s youngest competitor, 12-year-old Charlotte Heath of West End in Yorkshire. Her partner, Zoe Hartley praised her play – which helped them in to third place – and said: “It’s the first time our club has entered and we’ve had a really, really good day. We’ve loved it.”Most competitors wore their club colours and the most used word at registration was ‘Wow!’ when all the finalists were presented with a PING golf bag. The Grand Finalists also received a pair of Ecco shoes and a voucher for PING Collection clothing, as part of their goody bag. “Can I kiss you now?” joked one competitor as she signed in for the Grand Final. “It’s Christmas come early!”In addition there are also prizes for the leading six pairs on each day, with the winners of both finals each receiving goods to the value of £400. The winners of all club rounds each received a PING umbrella and the runners-up won a PING towel.New champion Sheila commented: “This competition is really nice, there aren’t a lot of things for women and it’s brilliant that PING and England Golf do this – and the prizes are fantastic.”Caption: Sheila McDonald (left) and Pam Wiseley with their trophy
Facebook168Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Northwest BalletBallet Northwest’s The Nutcracker, Olympia’s holiday favorite for over 30 years, is returning to The Washington Center in December with breathtaking new sets for the Snow and Land of Sweets scenes, brilliantly created by local artist, Jill Carter.Photo courtesy: Jill CarterCarter’s first job in the theater was working backstage at Ballet Northwest’s 1987 production of The Nutcracker. She fell in love with live performance and attributes the magic of The Nutcracker as the inspiration for her career in theatrical design. She has been a part of Ballet Northwest’s production ever since and has done several scenic designs for them, including the previous Land of the Sweets set in 1996.According to Carter, art nouveau and French ironwork designs heavily inspired the new Land of the Sweets design. “The looping shapes and fluid curves were very inspiring and lent themselves naturally to be recreated into candy swirls. After playing with hundreds of design combinations and colors pallets, I finally settled on a colorful but very muted palate, one that looks lush, romantic and fantastical but is hopefully not so bright that it won’t overshadow the dancers. The main backdrop is a cut drop to look like a large gate in the palace, overlooking the snowy valley, to add a sense of depth to the stage,” she said.To create the Snow Kingdom, Carter studied the painting style of Japanese winter wood prints. “There was a simplicity to the style of painting the snow on the trees, and the trees were more pine then the typical northwest fir trees in most Nutcracker snow scenes, leaving a more open and lacey design to the snow-laden branches. I also wanted to add in the Land of the Sweets palace with its decorative iron gates, visible in the distance in the snow scene, the Prince and Clara’s destination,” said Carter.Photo courtesy: Jill CarterTo create all of these Snow Kingdom and the Land of the Sweets backdrops, Carter and her team used approximately:12,200 square feet of cotton muslin fabric10,300 square feet of plastic to protect the floor to lay out the drops67 gallons of paint615 hours to design both scenes and create all the paint elevations, drafting, and build the models.1,900 hours to paint it all, using 16 local professional scenic artists and hundreds of volunteers.Over two-hundred people make up the cast, which features local dancers as young as 8 years old plus Ballet Northwest company dancers. Ballet Northwest’s dance company is comprised of over 70 dancers age 12 and older, drawn from Thurston, Pierce, Mason, and Lewis counties. Dancers from the company recently studied at the summer programs of prestigious institutions such as American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Oregon Ballet Theatre, among others.Ballet Northwest’s Artistic Directors Ken and Josie Johnson choreograph the production and it is sponsored by The Olympian, Andrew Kapust DDS, Kell-Chuck Glass and 94.5 ROXY.Photo courtesy: Ballet NorthwestWhat: Ballet Northwest’s The NutcrackerWhen: 7:30 p.m. on December 8, 9, 15, and 16; 2:00 p.m. on December 9, 10, 16, and 17.Where: The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsHow: Ticket Office – 360-753-8586 or order online at www.washingtoncenter.org/bnwAbout: Since 1970, Ballet Northwest has been a community-based group dedicated to promoting, teaching, and preserving the art of dance in Southwestern Washington. The company offers educational opportunities for local dancers as well as outreach throughout the community.
Facebook94Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Federal SavingsOlympia Federal Savings is proud to announce Sara Wojdyla, Loan Servicing Specialist, as Employee of the Quarter.Sara Wojdyla, Loan Servicing Specialist. Photo courtesy: Olympia Federal SavingsWojdyla was selected for the honor because she has established herself as the go-to resource in the Loan Origination group, always willing to take on additional work to assist her colleagues. When customers have complex questions or needs regarding the servicing of their loan, Wojdyla is there answering their calls and providing the comfort and help they need.“Sara has a kind and compassionate heart, going the extra mile to help customers in a warm, respectful and thoughtful manner,” Lori Drummond, Olympia Federal Savings President & CEO said. “Sara embodies the vision and values of OlyFed and lives them out each day in support of her teammates and our customers.”