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Newspaper editor killed in bomb attack in Khulna

first_img Receive email alerts June 28, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper editor killed in bomb attack in Khulna May 19, 2021 Find out more February 26, 2021 Find out more Organisation Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists News Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention to go further Help by sharing this information BangladeshAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Bangladeshcenter_img February 22, 2021 Find out more Humayun Kabir Balu, editor of the regional daily Dainik Janmabhumi, is the second journalist to be killed in Khulna since the beginning of the year. His son, a journalism student, was also injured in the bomb attack for which a banned Maoist party has admitted responsibility. RSF_en BangladeshAsia – Pacific News The editor of a regional daily in south-western Khulna has been killed in a bomb attack, less than six months after the murder there of a BBC World Service local correspondent. A far-left armed group admitted responsibility.Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) and the Bangladesh Centre for Development, Journalism and Communications (BCDJC) joined in expressing their revulsion at the 27 June killing of Humayun Kabir Balu, 57, editor of Dainik Janmabhumi.Manik Shaha, of the daily New Age and a BBC correspondent was murdered when a bomb was thrown at his head in Khulna on 15 January. At least 13 journalists have been killed in south and south-west Bangladesh in the past ten years.  Balu was the second Khulna press club president to be killed in 2004.While the government continues to claim there is no press freedom problem in Bangladesh, armed groups and criminals of every stripe hold sway in entire regions of the country, the organisations said. They both called on the government, particularly the home affaires minister, to do everything possible to find and punish those behind the killing.Attackers threw two bombs at Balu as he got out of his car in front of the Dainik Janmabhumi offices. He suffered serious stomach and leg injuries and died in hospital one hour later. His son, Asif Kabir, a journalism student, was seriously injured. Police sealed off the neighbourhood but failed to catch his attackers, who escaped on a motorbike. They found two intact metal bottles filled with explosives at the scene. RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage News A man calling himself “Ripon Ahmed”, the regional head of the Janajuddha (ML) faction of the clandestine Maoist Purba Bangla Communist Party, admitted responsibility in a telephone call to the Khulna press club of which Balu was president, calling him a “class enemy”.Several Khulna-based journalists said that Balu had received death threats in the previous weeks from criminals who demanded that he paid them the equivalent of 700 euros. The journalist had informed press club officials about the threats on 22 June.Khulna journalists announced a week of demonstrations to call for justice and to pay tribute to their colleague, a veteran of the 1971 war of independence.A Reporters Without Borders and BCDJC delegation went to Khulna in March 2002, in response to warnings from press club leaders, including Manik Shaha and Humayun Kabir Balu, about the constant threat to the local press from far-left movements, which after years of armed struggle, had really turned themselves into criminal gangs. Newslast_img read more

New water connections to eliminate leakage

first_imgLinkedin Print Twitter WhatsApp OVER 1,900 new water connections are about to be made to Limerick households that previously were serviced by a communal lead supply.Confirming that the works will eliminate poorly performing water mains that had a history of high levels of leakage, Limerick City Council’s senior executive engineer, John O’Shaughnessy, said that due to the age of the network, many of the pipes, which are in poor condition and prone to bursts, leaks and low water pressure, have to be replaced.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick City Council, in association with the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, have engaged contractors, Shareridge Ltd to carry out a Mains Rehabilitation Project within  the city.Pointing out that the project was set up to assist in reducing leakage by identifying and replacing old water mains that have outlived their usefulness, Mr O’Shaughnessy said it is estimated that up to 50 kilometres of the water mains network is over 80 years old.“A budget of €7m has been provided by Central Government through the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government and by the city council to be invested over the period 2010 to 2013,” he said.Phase one of the project will involve the replacement of up to seven kilometres of water mains  and will provide approximately 1,900 new individual water connections to households. “It is expected that further packages will be tendered shortly, depending on the approval of the Department of Environment Community and Local Government,” said Mr O’Shaughnessy, who adds:“The Limerick City Water Main Rehabilitation Project demonstrates the commitment of both central and local government to the ongoing conservation of water in the region, which is essential to our sustainable economic and physical development”.It is estimated that the first phase of this project will be completed within nine months. NewsLocal NewsNew water connections to eliminate leakageBy admin – September 13, 2012 695 center_img Facebook Advertisement Email Previous articleSteve Spade will attempt burning at stake escapeNext articleSheehan murder investigation continues adminlast_img read more

Staying grounded

first_imgIn the first week of her College life, Eva Ballew ’22, who grew up in a rural town of 3,000 in southern Wisconsin, promised herself always to stay grounded and to do everything she could to blaze a trail for others.Ballew was admitted to 10 colleges, including Dartmouth, Princeton, Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, and Northwestern. To decide among them, the first-generation college student displayed a maturity and perspective beyond her years.“When I was accepted to Harvard, I felt it was the first step to the rest of my life,” said Ballew, the daughter of a Native American man and a Hungarian-American woman. “I thought about all the doors that could open not just for me and for my family, but for the Potawatomi children.”A descendant of the Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi tribe, Ballew feels strongly tied to her indigenous heritage. Among her dearest memories is attending pow-wows in southwestern Michigan, where the tribe of 5,000 has had its headquarters since it was federally recognized in 1994. On her cellphone she has an app to learn the Potawatomi language.While Ballew credits her family and her high school academic adviser for supporting and inspiring her to do well in school, she recognizes that her path is uncommon given the high dropout rates among Native Americans. According to the U.S. Department of Education, only 67 percent of Native American students graduate from high school. “College is not an outlet for most Native Americans,” Ballew said. “Our high schools need to do a better job in helping native students think about college.”At Harvard, Native Americans make up almost 2 percent of the student body, said Shelly Lowe, executive director of the Harvard University Native American Program. Ballew’s arrival here, Lowe said, is part of a recent trend among some Native American students.“We’re seeing more Native American students applying to 12, 15 colleges, including top institutions, and that was never done before,” said Lowe. “The fact that Eva got admitted to 10 top colleges is remarkable and shows a shift in how families and students are thinking about college.“There is a lot more information for Native American students, but also for high school counselors, tribal communities, and community members, who are being educated on how to encourage students to look at colleges,” she said.Ballew hopes other Native American students follow in her footsteps and defy the statistics that show her peers lagging. Centuries of hardship and generational trauma have marked the lives of indigenous people in the U.S., and, “I don’t think our society recognizes that the trauma still continues,” she said. “Until it’s recognized, I don’t think we’ll be able to progress as a nation.”Ballew’s family’s story is no exception to trauma. When Ballew’s grandmother was 4 years old, she was taken from her family and placed in a boarding school as part of the government’s attempt to assimilate indigenous children. At the federally run school, Ballew’s grandmother, who had been named Zada, was renamed Elizabeth. Years later, when Ballew’s older sister was born, her parents named her Zada to honor the matriarch.“They suppressed the native side in my grandmother,” said Ballew. “My father never knew about his native heritage until he was 20 years old. There was a fear of being Native American, of feeling proud of your indigenous heritage.”To some extent, times have changed. Over the past decade, there has been a revival of Native American culture and pride, which was galvanized by the 2016 protest movement to prevent the Dakota Oil Pipeline from being built on indigenous land. Tribes are pushing to reclaim and preserve their languages and to change the narrative that portrays them as victims, mired in poverty and despair.“We have endured many hardships, generation after generation, and we’re still here, even though many people, including some of my high school mates, don’t believe we exist,” Ballew said. “We’re still here, fighting the good fight.”In her high school in the town of Raymond, Ballew was the only Native American student, and many of her friends didn’t know about her background until she shared it with them. “People have a depiction of what a Native American person looks like,” she said. “When people saw me, they saw me as white.”At Harvard, Ballew plans to concentrate on government or history, an interest sparked by a trip to Montenegro in high school. She hopes that her education will help her community, and Native Americans more broadly, find better educational opportunities.“I want to help my community to get to a place where success is a possibility and education is a real opportunity,” said Ballew. “I want to be the same person that I am, but wiser and better prepared to take on the world and fix the injustices I see. I promise myself to never forget where I came from.”last_img read more

Credit union HR answers: Revamping reviews

first_imgIt’s no surprise that forced rankings impose unrealistic limitations. Like the infamous bell curve, standards for assessment can become shaky at best, neutralizing both your high and middle-of-the-road achievers.Some HR experts prefer the “long-tail” curve, which infers there are many more talented employees than a bell curve would imply. “Forced rankings can also make people feel frustrated, angry and even helpless,” says Gary Markle, founder and CEO of Energage, Ellijay, Ga., and author of Catalytic Coaching: The End of the Performance Review.After spending 20 years in corporate HR, Markle became disenchanted with the review process and his inability to make meaningful change. “For years, companies have gone through the review process under this illusion of objectivity, with the fallacy that an annual evaluation is better than nothing at all,” says Markle.“In truth, something bad is worse than nothing. When you evaluate employees at the lowest common denominator or judge only according to the attributes of someone else, it can be demoralizing. It does nothing to identify an individual’s strengths or real areas for improvement.” To fight the one-size-fits-all strategy, Markle developed Catalytic Coaching, where staff are engaged with the process and coached for performance. continue reading » 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

ICC World Cup Ben Stokes had asked not to award 4 overthrow runs in World Cup final: James Anderson

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. “The etiquette in cricket is if the ball is thrown at the stumps and it hits you and goes into a gap in the field you don’t run. But if it goes to the boundary, in the rules it’s four and you can’t do anything about it. I think, talking to Michael Vaughan who saw him after the game, Ben Stokes actually went to the umpires and said, ‘Can you take that four runs off. We don’t want it’,” James Anderson said while speaking on the BBC’s Tailenders podcast.“But it’s in the rules and that’s the way it is. It’s been talked about for a while among the players, potentially that being a dead ball if it does hit the batsman and veer off somewhere.“It was truly an incredible question to ask of the umpires, considering the gravity of the situation and the fact it would have left England struggling to force a tie after 50 overs of batting,” he further added.Thanks to those four overthrow runs, England managed to tie the match and then scored 15 runs in the super over. New Zealand too scored 15 in and the super over score also tied. However, England were announced winners as they had hit more boundaries than New Zealand. New Delhi: The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final between England and New Zealand saw one of the most dramatic contest and the hosts eventually announced winners on boundary counts after the match tied twice – first in the full game and then in the super over. The New Zealand, which looked certain to win the match after the first two dot balls in the final over with 15 needed on just four balls. However, the luck was clearly not in their favour and Ben Stocks who was on strike hit Trent Boult for a six which left England needing 9 runs off just three balls.On the fourth ball, something dramatic happened that left New Zealand hearts broken. Stokes hit the ball towards deep midwickets for two runs. However, a throw from Guptil accidentally hit the bat of diving Stokes and deflected to the third man boundary for four runs. The England was awarded 6 runs and that is where the entire match slipped out of New Zealand’s hands. Unlucky there were but Ben Stocks had reportedly told umpires that they don’t want those four runs. England Test Cricketer James Anderson has claimed that the umpires ignored his request as they made the decision as per the rules.last_img read more