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TV station’s cars riddled with bullets by unidentified gunmen

first_img News Receive email alerts The attack took place at the head office of ASTV at the Baan Chao Phraya building, on Phra Athit Road in Bangkok. The damage was not spotted until the following morning when ASTV journalists arrived at the premises. Four cars were riddled with bullets, believed to be from a .22 calibre gun.After checking video surveillance footage, police said a man dressed in black was seen approaching the scene about 3:25 a.m. General Kamronwit Thoopkrachang, chief of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, said the motive for the attack was not known.The ASTV group is close to the People’s Alliance for Democracy, which groups opponents of the current government and who are popularly known the “yellow shirts”. A few days ago soldiers held a demonstration outside the group’s headquarters in protest at its criticism of the head of the armed forces, General Prayuth Chan-ocha. Gen. Prayuth denied that any soldiers were involved in the attack on ASTV. Help by sharing this information to go further News Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar ThailandAsia – Pacific RSF_en January 30, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 TV station’s cars riddled with bullets by unidentified gunmen Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom Follow the news on Thailand Reporters Without Borders condemns the shooting attack on four cars belonging to the television station ASTV carried out in the early hours of 26 January by one or more unidentified people. An investigation is under way and should enable the perpetrators to be identified. “Spraying a news organization’s vehicles with bullets is a serious act,” the press freedom organization said. “The attack is a reflection of the current hostile climate for journalists and those who work in news and information in the country. The investigation being carried out by the authorities must be concluded quickly so that those behind the crime are held to account for their actions.“The authorities must also take action to stem the tide of violence and threats against the media and to protect the right to information.” News Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years June 12, 2020 Find out more ThailandAsia – Pacific News May 12, 2021 Find out more Organisation August 21, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Virat Kohli & boys focus on strength & conditioning, rehab amid lockdown

first_imgNEW DELHI: The sporting world might have come to a standstill due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the Indian cricketers are looking to keep up their fitness game despite the virus-induced break. In fact, strength and conditioning and injury rehabilitation has been the focus for the players as they look to stay ready for live action once normalcy returns.Speaking to IANS, sources in the know of developments in the team management said that Virat Kohli and boys have been focusing on maintaining their fitness standards and the duo of trainer Nick Webb and physio Nitin Patel have also ensured that those — who had injury issues like Rohit Sharma, Deepak Chahar and Ishant Sharma — focus on their rehabilitation in this break. “The idea is to keep the players fit and raring to go. Strength and conditioning classes are on and as you are aware, the performance of the boys are checked by Webb and Patel through the Athlete Monitoring System (AMS). The duo give the players the required input after checking their progress on AMA. Apart from this, focus has also been on rehabs and treating niggles. “As you are aware, we had a couple of players who were injured before the coronavirus outbreak put an end to our series against South Africa. So, the physio has also been checking the progress that those players have made and ensuring that they reach the standards that a professional athlete must achieve before returning to live action. “In fact, when you are playing non-stop cricket and travelling like the Indian players have to, you also get niggles and that is not just restricted to the fast bowlers. It can also happen to batsmen and that is also an area that the support staff has been working on, to treat those little areas to make sure that the boys are not only fresh when they return to action, but also supremely fit,” the source pointed. Skipper Kohli had recently spoken about how he has been looking to maintain optimum fitness levels even while staying indoors. “Fortunately, I have all my gym equipment at home, so I am able to train and that’s not a problem for me. As far as the game goes, luckily, I am someone who has always been very keen on improving my mental state and not really focused on practising long hours in the net over a period of time,” he said on Star Sports. IANS Also Read: Virat Kohli tops Sachin Tendulkar when it comes to chasing: de Villierslast_img read more

Wales Cop cautioned husband and wife without witness – jury hears

first_imgBoxing Night fatal stabbingThe High Court trial of Nyron Thakurdyal and his reputed wife, Vishawantie Ragnauth, commenced before Justice Sandhill Kissoon on Wednesday, where the 12-member jury heard that when murder allegations were put to the duo, Constable Kevon Bennett was the lone Police rank present. This means that it will be his word against theirs, as he admitted under cross-examination by lawyer for the two defendants, Nigel Hughes.Ragnauth, the number one accused; and Thakurdyal, her common-law husband and an alleged accomplice are on trial for the murder of Ragnauth’s 39-year-old uncle, Sunil Ramsundar on December 26, 2014, at Patentia, West Bank Demerara. Reports were that Ramsundar allegedly attempted to settle a dispute between his sister, niece and his niece’s reputed husband.During Wednesday’s hearing, Constable Bennett who was stationed at the WalesDeceased: Sunil RamsundarPolice Station during the murder investigation, said after he received instructions, he went to Skull City, Patentia, where the murder occurred and told the accused persons of their alleged crime. Bennett later noted that Thakurdyal responded saying “Big man, me just part them.”Under evidence-in-chief led by Prosecutor Orinthia Schmidt, the Police witness claimed that the duo appeared nervous and shaking while in custody, though he later admitted in court that he never included that in his statement nor disclosed those descriptions to the Magistrate.Under questioning by Attorney Hughes, Bennett said he could not recall why he did not ask the two accused if they wanted to put anything in writing. During questioning, he also said only he was present with the accused when he spoke with them while they were in custody.Eta Lakram of Patentia Housing Scheme was the deceased’s mother-in-law. In her testimony, she said after she was told that Sunil was stabbed around 22:00h, she went to the area and saw his body braced against a fence.“When I look at he, from he neck come down is share blood,” the woman told the court.Police investigator Amir Riknauth also testified. He took three images of the murder scene but only two were presented. He said the other was blurred. However, under cross-examination, he admitted that half of one of the printed pictures was distorted, leaving Attorney Hughes to declare that the Policeman presented one and a half a picture to court.According to the State’s cases, Sunil Ramsundar’s sister was reportedly being assaulted by her daughter Vishawantie and reputed husband Thakurdyal. At that time, reports stated that the now deceased man enquired from his sister why she was crying, and upon learning that the couple had physically assaulted her, the man approached his niece for an explanation. However, this reportedly turned into a heated argument, during which Ramsundar was stabbed about his body. He collapsed on the spot and was pronounced dead on arrival to the West Demerara Regional Hospital.last_img read more

The Parts List for Hearing

first_imgMake Like a BatIf you have good high-frequency hearing, you can use echoes to “see” your way around with sound, like a bat does. Researchers at the University of Southampton found that the high-frequency response gives the best results. This is a way blind people can compensate for loss of sight by leveraging the precision audio response of the ears.Bats, like dolphins, use biosonar for locating food. A paper in PNAS describes how they adjust the gape of their mouth to act as a zoom lens when they emit clicks. The prey have their ways for fighting back. Another paper in PNAS says that hawkmoths emit ultrasound to “jam” the bats’ sonar. The article claims that this jamming ability evolved separately two times in the moths.Update 5/13/15: Science Daily says that eardrums evolved independently in mammals and reptiles/birds; “convergent evolution can often result in structures that resemble each other so much that they appear to be homologous,” the evolutionist says.Ignore the evolutionary stories (good grief, convergent evolution again). Focus on the main thing: Ears are amazingly intricate organs. Talk about irreducible complexity! Imagine Darwinian luck getting even two proteins to work together, let alone 300 to a thousand. Look at the illustration. As elegant and lovely as it is, it would be useless without an even more complex brain able to receive the electrical impulses and interpret them.Things this complex, with such high performance specifications, do NOT just happen. The design is so over-the-top beautiful and functional, why do we even pay attention to mere humans who make up stories, saying it evolved? Get real; get intelligent design science. Image: Courtesy of Nelson Kiang, MEE(Visited 178 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Want to hear what goes on when you hear sounds? Hair cells wave in the fluid, responding to specific frequencies, and hundreds of proteins go into action.Talk about splitting hairs. Harvard Medical School begins a press release with some gee-whiz facts about the hair cells involved in hearing:For balance, five separate patches of hair cells sense movement and tell the brain where the head is in space while translating the pull of gravity.For hearing, a five cell-wide ribbon of 16,000 hair cells spirals inside the cochlea, the snail-shaped structure where hair cells vibrate in response to sound waves. Every cycle of sound waves sends microscopic cilia on the tips of these cells back and forth, riding a trampoline of cells suspended between two fluid-filled spaces.The movement opens pores in the cells, allowing electrical current to flow inside.  This conversion of mechanical to electrical signals sends nerve impulses to the brain, which then “hears” the sound.In their efforts to understand the causes of hereditary deafness, researchers at HMS have tried to first identify a “parts list” of players. Working with mice, they have identified about 300 genes involved in hearing so far, but they think only one-third of proteins are known.The cutaway diagram of a cochlea in the article looks like a highly structured, well-organized array of cells. (Image: Courtesy of Nelson Kiang, MEE). The hair cells are colored green. This array, resembling the keyboard of a pipe organ, tapers in the coils of the cochlea, with each rank of hair cells responding to specific frequencies.last_img read more

‘BEE fuelling economic revolution’

first_img29 May 2006South Africa’s drive to bring the long-excluded majority of its people into the mainstream of its economic life is paying healthy dividends. It is pushing the growth rate – nearly 5% last year – on to a higher trajectory. It has helped the 12-year-old democracy move ahead of India as a destination for foreign direct investment. It was a factor in the 47% total return on equities traded on the JSE last year.Broadly defined, the black economic empowerment strategy hammered out between government and business is helping fuel an economic and social revolution as millions start to enjoy disposable income and upward mobility for the first time. This is making SA an exciting place to do business and one that holds the promise of long-term stability.How real is the transformation? Consider this. Just over 20 years ago, South Africa’s most famous newspaper, the Rand Daily Mail, closed because its readership was increasingly black and of no interest to advertisers. Today, SA’s most successful newspaper is the Daily Sun, a three-year-old start-up targeted at the black working class. Its circulation is 450 000 and rising, and advertisers are clamouring for space.Nearly half a million black adults moved into the middle income bracket last year, according to the South African Advertising and Research Foundation. The number of black people in the upper brackets grew 30% and the proportion of blacks in the top income bracket is now 20%, up from close to zero a decade ago. The rise of black consumers can be seen in surging sales of consumer goods, financial services, property, cars and tourism. This is strongly tied to empowerment. Factors driving it include the rapid increase of black people in white-collar public- and private-sector jobs and the growth of black-owned business.There has been understandable criticism that empowerment in its narrowest form – the encouragement of business to put a more representative share of ownership and control in black hands – has in some instances simply served to enrich a small elite. This was perhaps inevitable as businesses scrambled to find what they considered to be bankable and “connected” partners as a new era dawned.Naturally, some of the brightest black brains, who would have had few other choices other than to embrace the political movement for change during the apartheid era, later might be attracted into business once the opportunities arose. The threat of so-called crony capitalism is being replaced with the promise of building an entrepreneurial culture. The government’s recently published empowerment codes are a step forward. The corporate sector is also climbing the learning curve.The private sector likewise has a responsibility to ensure that empowerment really does undo the horrifying distortions left by apartheid so that a just and prosperous future can rise from its ashes. Empowerment deals such as the ones announced by De Beers, Merrill Lynch and my own company over the past year are increasingly the norm. Beneficiaries will own a growing stake in these companies’ South African subsidiaries. They include employees, customers, emerging businesses as well as strategic black business partners who bring real bottom-line value to the table and are rewarded accordingly.The authorities deserve credit for deliberately avoiding a prescriptive approach to empowerment. Having set broad objectives, they left it to industry sectors to work out how to achieve them.Consultations continue on the details of the scorecard system government proposes to use in awarding contracts, licences and mineral rights.Under the system, companies will earn points for meeting equity ownership targets, appointing black people and women to management positions, developing skills and talent and procuring from small business. The government is sensitive to reservations some foreign companies have about selling equity in their South African subsidiaries and is willing to consider awarding points for “equity equivalents” that advance the common objective.Black economic empowerment is a shared endeavour. What we are trying to achieve is difficult. There are no perfect models to follow. But even with the mistakes we have made, the rewards of getting it right are already manifest in our dynamic economy.And we will get it right. South Africans are pragmatic problem-solvers who listen and strive to build consensus as the foundation for lasting solutions. That is one very good reason anyone wanting to do business in SA would want to find local partners – they add real value.Jim Sutcliffe is the chief executive officer of Old Mutual. This article originally appeared in the Financial Times.last_img read more

PVL: FEU tramples San Sebastian in straight sets

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES With the All-Star Game over, CJ Perez quickly shifts focus on 2nd round San Sebastian, which went to two straight NCAA finals, will now make do without the lethal Grethcel Soltones, who carried the Lady Stags for the past couple of seasons.“So far so good, and I told them to we have to start this tournament on a good note so we can end this on the same level,” said new FEU head coach George Pascua, who replaced Shaq Delos Santos. “They have to release their maximum potential in the games.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Of course our goal is the championship because it’s still a different when you win a championship, that’s the objective of the team.”Nikka Dalisay led the Lady Stags with 10 points. View comments Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding FILE PHOTO – FEU’s Bernadeth Pons (2) celebrates with her teammates. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University gored through rebuilding San Sebastian in three sets, 25-17, 25-21, 25-14, in its first match in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Team captain Bernadeth Pons led the Lady Tamaraws with 13 points while Toni Rose Basas added 11.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:08Two elephants trample crowd at Sri Lankan pageant, injuring 1701:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more

Valverde hails Arnaiz debut

first_imgBarcelona Valverde hails Arnaiz after impressive Barcelona debut Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 06:59 10/25/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) jose arnaiz - cropped Twitter @FCBarcelona Barcelona Real Murcia v Barcelona Real Murcia Copa del Rey Ernesto Valverde Jose Arnaiz’s goalscoring debut for Barcelona against Murcia left his manager very impressed Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde was delighted with the performance of debutant Jose Arnaiz in his side’s Copa del Rey win at Real Murcia.The 22-year-old marked his first start for the club with the third goal in the 3-0 win over the Segunda B side at the Nueva Condomina on Tuesday.Barca 1/2 to beat Bilbao with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Arnaiz has impressed for Gerard Lopez’s Barcelona B team since arriving from Real Valladolid and looked dangerous throughout on the left-hand-side of the attack, in the absence of rested senior stars Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.Valverde believes it is an encouraging start for the forward and was pleased to be able to give him game time, along with midfielder Carles Alena and Marc Cucurella, who also made his debut.”He’s a player with self-assuredness,” Valverde said of Arnaiz. “He has the goal in his head. I believed he could help us in this game and that it’s good for them [the B team players] to come and face a situation like this.”He scored a great goal, he has a powerful shot. It’s a first step. We’ll see if we can help us more.”8 – José Arnaiz has been involved in 8 goals (five goals & three assists) in nine games played for @FCBarcelona (Segunda & Copa). Promise pic.twitter.com/airfi1xT5B— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 24, 2017The victory puts the Copa holders in pole position to progress to the last 16 and maintains Barca’s fine form this season, with the Catalans having won 12 of their 13 matches in all competitions since their Supercopa de Espana loss to Real Madrid.”It was a typical day in the cup. The opponents had a lot of enthusiasm,” said Valverde.”In the first half, we weren’t too clear. In the second, we managed to get two more goals. “It’s true they played well at times but I’m happy because the B players made their debut, we won and we have to keep going.”last_img read more

2016 NBA Mock Draft: First Round 2.0

first_imgNBA DraftTwitter/@NBADraft NBA DraftTwitter/@NBADraftWe’re only one week away from the 2016 NBA Draft. The draft order has long been set, and the Philadelphia 76ers have been on the clock deciding who they will take with the No. 1 pick. As the date gets closer, all of the potential picks begin to crystallize and the draft starts to take shape. Last month, we brought you our first NBA Mock Draft, but now we decided to take an updated crack at prognosticating how the draft will play out. Note, there are no draft-day trades in our scenario. We predicted what every team would do if it stood pat and picked in its designated slot.Without further ado, let’s kick things off.   Get Started: Picks 1-5Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7last_img