Release of Shakti Kumar Pun

first_img Organisation NepalAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts Security forces released Shakti Kumar Pun of the national daily Rajdhani on 12 January 2005.Although an official in Rukum district in western Nepal, Bambahadur Malla, asked him where he would be staying and ordered him not to leave town, the journalist returned to the Katmandu region and the head office of his newspaper.He told Reporters Without Borders that he still felt threatened both by the security forces and by Maoist rebels. He said that Malla had strongly advised him to give up journalism, but Pun said he was determined not to give way to the threats. “I will continue it despite all sorts of challenges”, he said. The rebels, who held him captive for three months between September and December 2004, refused to acknowledge his release.________________________________________________________07.01.2005Army challenged about the plight of journalist Shakti Kumar PunReporters Without Borders has called on the Nepalese Royal Army to come clean about the whereabouts of journalist Shakti Kumar Pun, of the national daily Rajdhani and to secure his release.Pun has been held since 13 December by police in Musikot in Rukum district in the west of the country and not in a military barracks in Pyuthan, as army spokesman Deepak Gurung has said.The worldwide press freedom organisation called on the army to explain reports given to the press and the management of his newspaper about Pun. The organisation is particularly concerned that the authorities have accused the journalist of collusion with Maoist rebels in what appears to be an act of revenge by a local official.Reporters Without Borders called on the army to get Pun released as quickly as possible. Five other journalists are currently being held in Nepal.Pun was kidnapped by a Maoist group on 13 September 2004 in Baphikot in Rukum district. Security forces “freed” him on 13 December. Military spokesman Deepak Gurung said recently that the journalist was being held in an army barracks in Pyuthan and that he would be released after investigation. He added that he could be brought back “at any time if necessary”.But Pun is in fact being held in the main police station in Musikot under an anti-terrorism law that allows suspects to be held for six months without trial. He is reportedly being held over accusations of collusion with the Maoists.The accusations were reportedly made by a local official, Chetprakash Upreti, in revenge for articles critical of him.Colleagues, who have managed to visit Pun, say police are treating him well and that he is in good health. RSF_en Help by sharing this information June 8, 2020 Find out more Nepalese journalists threatened, attacked and censored over Covid-19 coverage January 25, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Release of Shakti Kumar Pun to go further Newscenter_img NepalAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Nepal News News Under Chinese pressure, Nepal sanctions three journalists over Dalai Lama story May 29, 2019 Find out more News May 17, 2019 Find out more Nepal: RSF’s recommendations to amend controversial Media Council Billlast_img read more

Tab Baldwin asked for redemption game, Ange Koaume responds big time for Ateneo

first_img‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next With top guy Vic Manuel ailing, Alaska struggles in PBA Finals opener Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—When Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin asked for his team to redeem itself in Game 2, center Angelo Kouame dutifully delivered.Kouame was a  menace in the Ateneo interior putting up 22 points and 20 rebounds—a stat line that only Finals MVP Thirdy Ravena’s 38 points, six rebounds, and six assists eclipsed—in the Blue Eagles’ title-clinching Game 2 99-81 win.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The center’s performance earned him a nod of approval from Baldwin who demanded excellence from his players especially in the finals.“I asked the team for a redemption game because I wasn’t happy with our defenses,” said Baldwin Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “I’m not sure if we got it but we tried really hard but certainly Ange had a redemption game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBaldwin wasn’t far too impressed with how the Blue Eagles fared against University of the Philippines in their 88-79 win in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball finals and a large part of that was the nervous play of Kouame.Ateneo’s 6-foot-11 center looked rattled from the start of Game 1 and was then subjected to the UP crowd’s jeers when he accidentally became a cause to Bright Akhuetie’s hyperextended left knee.center_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Kouame, who is usually a massive ball of energy, looked flummoxed in Game 1 putting up a meager line of seven points and 12 rebounds due to his worry in getting involved with Akhuetie’s injury.Things, however, looked different for Kouame who got a bump of confidence not only from his own team but also from the MVP Akhuetie.“Bright reaching out to me was kind of motivational because he’s like an older brother to me and we’re both from Africa and we understand each other,” said Kouame who was also named Rookie of the Year.“When he texted me I answered that I’m really sorry for what happened and he told me ‘just go to your game, play the game, and don’t mind the crowd, thank you bro, and these things happen,’” added Kouame.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Standing Tall Despite high-rise demise on 9-11, cities like San Francisco are feeling urge to tower above

first_imgbased Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. The collapse of the World Trade Center “probably induced the largest introspective analysis of the whole typology that has ever happened – is this a viable part of our cities or is it not? And like it or not, that has resulted in a resounding yes.” Compared with the high-rises that were erected in the 1970s, the new crop of superskyscrapers are more likely to be residential or government-supported expressions of civic or even national pride than symbols of corporate wealth, according to Wood. The 150-story, 2,000-foot-tall Chicago Spire rising near the shores of Lake Michigan, for example, would be both the tallest skyscraper in the U.S. and the world’s tallest residential building. “Tall buildings are being used to project a certain status for a city on a world stage. That’s undoubtable,” Wood said. “For a city to be taken seriously on a local or domestic or international scale, they want to be seen to be keeping up with the times, and tall buildings are part of that.” Planners, real estate agents and sociologists say the trend shows that Americans are willing to trust recent engineering advances conceived to help buildings stand up to earthquakes and terrorist attacks – and that their fascination with all things oversized outweighs their fears of disasters, both natural and human-made. That especially became true as developing countries in the Middle East and Asia started putting up supertall skyscrapers that made the World Trade Center look average in comparison. “Everybody can be forgiven for having reactions after 9-11 that they want to reconsider today,” said Miami Art Museum Terence Riley, who as the architecture curator of New York’s Museum of Modern Art put together a 2004 exhibit on skyscrapers. “Many people who had opinions like that saw the push to invent ever more technologically sophisticated, ever more high, tall buildings pass away from the United States, or at least appear to,” Riley said. “One of the things that really bothered people was that it was evident that other people in Taiwan and Malaysia were going to take off where we left off, and in the end of the day they weren’t going to let terrorists be that successful.” Brenda Calvin, a Las Vegas real estate agent who specializes in high-rise living, said customers who visit the city often but are tired of staying in hotels and want the convenience of 24-hour concierge service are snapping up condominiums like the ones under construction at the seven-tower MGM Mirage City Center. At up to 60 stories, the project’s residential buildings would be nearly twice as tall as the condos considered high by current Strip standards. “I have never heard anyone say, `You know, now that I’ve been in this building I don’t think I can do this,”‘ said Calvin, who lives on the eighth floor of a 21-story building. “I guess you can live your life and not fly on an airplane and not experience all the great things in the world out of fear, but that just doesn’t make sense.” Last month, an Australian gaming company submitted plans for a 1,888-foot hotel/casino that would rank as the nation’s second-tallest building. The Federal Aviation Administration is opposing the Crown Las Vegas, saying its height would pose a hazard to planes flying in and out of McCarran International Airport. Supporters of the taller, denser neighborhood that has been proposed in San Francisco, a city known in architecture circles as much for its anti-development attitudes as its skyline, know they also have a future fight on their hands. A regional transportation agency is scheduled to pick the winning design for the tower that would anchor the transit center on Thursday. The shortest of the three finalists would rise 350-feet above San Francisco’s own Transamerica Pyramid. It would outreach the West’s reigning top story, the 1,018-foot U.S. Bank Tower building in downtown L.A. Anti-skyscraper sentiment has a long history in the city; voters passed a ballot initiative 21 years ago that created the country’s first annual limit on high-rise development and required the local government to make neighborhood character and small businesses two of its top planning priorities. To get around the height restrictions, city officials would have to rezone 25 blocks near the current downtown where much of the land is located on soft soil that is especially unstable during earthquakes. To overcome opposition, backers of the Transbay Tower and a pair of proposed 1,200-foot-tall buildings nearby that would also be among the nation’s 20-tallest buildings are playing the green card. They argue that concentrating so many jobs and apartments so close to mass transit would keep commuters from driving into the city and lessen the need for development elsewhere, a concept known as “eco-density.” “None of this is going to happen unless a majority of people in the community want it to happen,” Metcalf said. “My hope is that the environmental values of San Francisco will trump the conservatism of the city about change. And time will tell.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Lisa Leff THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN FRANCISCO – The rivalry between Los Angeles and San Francisco permeates life in California, infiltrating debates on everything from sports and weather to cuisine and water consumption. When it comes to competing for the West Coast’s tallest building, though, few would expect this city to enter the fray, much less end up on top. Yet here in the land of earthquakes and cafe culture, plans are unfolding for not just the loftiest skyscraper on the coast, but the three highest high-rises west of the Mississippi River. All are part of a proposed downtown neighborhood to be built around a regional bus and train terminal – a Grand Central Station of the West – that is being promoted as an environmentally sensible magnet for development. “What it will mean for San Francisco to have its tallest building be the Transbay Terminal tower is a statement that our highest value is ecology,” said Gabriel Metcalf, executive director of the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association, a local public policy think tank. “It will be this exclamation mark saying the most important location in our city is the transit center.” Six years after many architects and urban planners predicted the indelible images of Sept. 11, 2001, would stifle Americans’ enthusiasm for iconic skyscrapers, San Francisco is not the only U.S. city where the landscape is moving up. Instead, fueled by high land costs, disenchantment with suburban sprawl and urban one-upmanship, the nation is experiencing its biggest high-rise construction boom in decades. From Miami and Las Vegas to Chicago and New York, buildings that would either eclipse or stand spire-to-spire with the 1,250-foot- tall Empire State Building are promising to reshape skylines. The 1,200-to-1,375-foot-tall tower that is supposed to help finance and attract riders to San Francisco’s new public transportation hub is one of 11 buildings nationwide either planned or under construction that, if completed, would make the list of the 20 tallest buildings in the United States. “Many people thought 9-11 would sound the death knell for tall buildings, and it’s been the opposite,” said Antony Wood, executive director of the Chicago- last_img