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

VCU fraternity under investigation after death of freshman student

first_imgCourtesy Courtney WhiteBy DEVIN VILLACIS and IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(RICHMOND, Va.) — Virginia Commonwealth University said it shut down a fraternity and the police are investigating after a freshman student was found dead this weekend.Adam Oakes, 19, was found dead at an off-campus residence early Saturday morning by authorities, the university and the Richmond Police Department said in statements. The medical examiner’s office is working to determine the cause of death, according to Richmond Police.“This is a tragic loss for Adam’s family and members of our community, and we encourage any students in need of support to contact University Counseling Services,” the school said in a statement.Oakes’ cousin, Courtney White, told ABC News that the teen had rushed the university’s Delta Chi fraternity, and this weekend was the night of his “big little reveal.”The national office of Delta Chi said in a statement it suspended its VCU chapter Saturday afternoon and extended its condolences to Oakes’ family.“We encourage all members to cooperate with law enforcement, investigative efforts and all directives of the University Administration,” the national fraternity organization said in its statement.The university said it also took “similar action” against the chapter.White, 39, said Oakes was an only child and the youngest of all of the family’s cousins. She said her cousin pledged with the fraternity because “he was just trying to be accepted and find his place.”“Adam was a kid who loved life and was just coming out of his shell,” White told ABC News.The university instructed students to contact the Richmond Police if they have any information regarding Oakes’ death or this weekend’s incident. Richmond Police said anyone with information is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Michael Gouldman at (804) 646-3915 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.White urged her cousin’s classmates and fraternity members to speak up and help find answers.“Don’t be afraid, be brave,” she said. “There is no healing from this, but it would give us a sense of what happened.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Foundation set up to pursue investor claims against VW in Dutch court

first_imgIt intends to do so by using the Dutch Collective Settlement Act, which allows a foundation, supported by representative investors, and a defendant company to petition the Amsterdam Court of Appeals jointly for approval of a settlement.If approved, investors that do not opt out receive payment, while the defendant receives a release of claims.  Investors that have opted out are free to pursue their individual actions.The Act can be applied to resolve securities claims of non-Dutch investors against a non-Dutch company.The court’s decision is enforceable throughout the European Union and several other European nations.The foundation, since its launch last week, has attracted a rapidly growing number of supporting investors, including some European pension funds, according to Anatoli van der Krans, senior adviser for European investor relations at Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann (BLBG), the US law firm financing the foundation.A San Francisco judge has already appointed BLBG lead counsel in the consolidated class action involving Volkswagen’s American depositary receipts in the US.But Germany, in contrast with the US, has no opt-out class action system, said van der Krans.He told IPE: “While there is an opt-in group model procedure – KapMuG – this is a lengthy process, does not solve all procedural aspects, and comes with a ‘loser pays’ rule.“Furthermore, any settlement will only apply to the group, not to all other investors.”The VISF’s board includes Huub Willems, the former president of the enterprise chamber of the Amsterdam Court of Appeals; Jean Frijns, former CIO at the civil service pension scheme ABP; Frans van der Wel, professor in accounting at VU University of Amsterdam; and Rob Okhuijsen, an expert in mass claim resolution and former board member of the Royal Dutch Shell Foundation.Investors can join at: http://volkswageninvestorsettlement.com.Meanwhile, third-party litigation funders Bentham have appointed lawyers Quinn Emanuel to pursue legal action against Volkswagen in Germany, using the KapMuG model process.They are currently putting together a list of investor plaintiffs.Jeremy Marshall, CIO at Bentham, said: “Dutch foundations are not the silver bullets they are portrayed to be. The danger is that investors are effectively in a subservient position – if VW says ‘You’re not getting anything out of us’, you’re stuck.”Marshall added: “With the certainty of litigation in Germany, it is hard to see how a defendant would come to a settlement with a Dutch foundation before that German litigation is itself compromised.” An independent entity – the Volkswagen Investor Settlement Foundation (VISF) – has been set up to pursue investors’ claims against Volkswagen in the Amsterdam Court of Appeals.The claims centre around revelations last year that the car manufacturer used “defeat device” software on thousands of diesel vehicles sold in the US, enabling them to violate emissions standards.The revelations provoked a collapse in the share price, with €25bn wiped off the company’s market capitalisation on German exchanges in two days.The VSIF is seeking compensation for economic loss on all Volkswagen securities, including equities and fixed income stocks, that were publicly traded outside the US, and purchased or held by investors worldwide between 23 April 2008 and 4 January 2016.last_img read more

Unemployment insurance fraud on the rise

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, MICH — Unemployment Insurance task force is collaborating with state and federal agencies to investigate and prosecute nationwide unemployment fraud.Since March 15, the Unemployment Insurance Agency has received more than 50,000 reports of unemployment fraud and identity theft.Criminals are using previously stolen or false personal information from data breaches involving Equifax and others.According to Attorney General, Dana Nessel, this unprecedented public health crisis has created an opportunity ripe for abuse by people exploiting the system.The UIA has since developed further fraud protections including additional identification verification.UIA Director, Steve Gray, said their focus remains on doing everything they can to quickly validate authentic claims.If you feel you are a victim of identity theft, visit Michigan.gov/UIA and go to the identity theft link.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Insights Preview: Alpena County Airport Manager discusses plans for CARES Act fundingNext Blue Cross Blue Shield extends benefits for memberslast_img read more

Gayle, Russell named in Windies T20 squad

first_img TOP PLAYERS BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Batting sensation Chris Gayle and all-rounder Andre Russell have both been included in the 15-man West Indies squad for the Twenty20 World Cup in India. Some media reports yesterday announced the squad without Gayle and Russell, sparking some speculation on social media, but CMC Sports understands that the Jamaican pair is definitely part of the Windies campaign for the March 8 to April 3 tournament. The squad, which is yet to be named officially by the West Indies Cricket Board, includes embattled off-spinner Sunil Narine, who is currently banned from bowling internationally. However, Narine is expected to undergo testing on his action at Loughborough University in England next month, before confirming his spot on the side. All eyes will be on Gayle, however, especially after he sparked controversy during the recent Australia Big Bash with his now infamous ‘Don’t blush, baby’ live television interview, where he appeared to openly flirt with Channel Ten’s Mel McLaughlin. The 36-year-old left-hander has played in every T20 World Cup since the inaugural tournament in South Africa eight years ago, when he announced himself in the format with a stunning hundred against the hosts in Johannesburg. He has since become arguably the most valued commodity on the global T20 circuit, and his presence will ensure West Indies will be installed as one of the early favourites. Only recently, he blasted a 12-ball half-century in the Big Bash to equal the record for the fastest ever fifty in T20s. Russell, meanwhile, has become one of the most sought-after T20 players and last year plied his trade in the Indian Premier League, South Africa’s Ram Slam, the Caribbean Premier League, the Bangladesh Premier League, and the Big Bash. He emerged as one of the leading players for Sydney Thunder as they wrapped up the BBL title last week, scoring 185 runs at a strike rate of 186 while taking 16 wickets with his pace bowling. The Windies squad also sees the return of combative left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn, who has not played for West Indies since last April after being dropped following England’s Test tour of the Caribbean. Benn, 34, had an outstanding campaign with the ball in the Regional Super50 which wrapped up on Sunday in Trinidad and Tobago, taking 15 wickets to be the tournament’s leading bowler. All-rounder Darren Sammy, who led West Indies to the T20 World Cup title four years go in Sri Lanka and into the semi-finals in Bangladesh in 2014, has been re-appointed skipper. West Indies are set to play in Group One alongside reigning champions Sri Lanka, South Africa, England and yet-to-be determined qualifier. WEST INDIES – Darren Sammy (captain), Lendl Simmons, Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Keiron Pollard, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin, Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn, Sunil Narine, Andre Fletcher, Jason Holder, Jerome Taylor, Andre Russell.last_img read more

REVEALED: CHRISTINE BLEAKLEY IN DONEGAL FOR TV SHOW WHICH WILL BE SEEN BY MILLIONS

first_imgChristine with FrankTOP telly presenter Christine Bleakley is in Donegal – filming a new TV series which will be seen by millions of people in Britain.The fiancée of soccer star Frank Lampard says she’s delighted to be back here, because she spent many childhood holidays in Ireland’s most beautiful county.The Co Down celebrity is fronting a six-part series on the Wild Atlantic Way which will be broadcast on a prime time ITV next spring. The show is set to help bring thousands of extra tourists here next year.The series is a new initiative by Tourism Ireland.Filming for the new TV series is under way right now; it will highlight the spectacular Wild Atlantic Way to millions of viewers – or potential holidaymakers – across Britain.Christine said: “It’s brilliant to be here in Ireland filming for this great new ITV series. “Growing up, we always enjoyed holidaying in Donegal and Galway and drives along the stunning Atlantic coast – so, this is a dream job for me.”Supporting this series is just one element of Tourism Ireland’s extensive programme of promotions to highlight the Wild Atlantic Way around the world.The Wild Atlantic Way is being promoted by Tourism Ireland across a range of platforms including TV, print and online advertising; on Ireland.com and through social media channels; at major international consumer and trade fairs; through familiarisation visits for influential travel agents, tour operators, as well as travel and lifestyle journalists and bloggers from around the world; and through Tourism Ireland’s promotional material and brochures. REVEALED: CHRISTINE BLEAKLEY IN DONEGAL FOR TV SHOW WHICH WILL BE SEEN BY MILLIONS was last modified: September 4th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Christine BleakleydonegalITVtourismlast_img read more

FREE Animations for Adobe After Effects

first_imgWant to add some sizzle to your After Effects projects?  This free After Effects animation pack is full of customizable elements to give your AE projects sleek motion design.Our friends over at VFXBro.com have just released a FREE After Effects animation pack that all AE editors and motion designers will definetily want to snag.  Composed of 64 unique shape layers, these effects can be added in any composition to give your project a fun, youthful feeling.The benefit of the shape layers, is that the elements can be scaled at any size and retain their quality.  Also, with the exception of only one, none of these animations require the use of third party plugins – very cool.  Most of them have modifiable parameters (including size, color, width, repetitions, etc), so you can make them customized for your project.These FREE After Effects animations will work in AE CS5 and above.Head over to VFXBro.com to download the free AE animations pack!last_img read more

Wanderlust: 17 Free LUTs to Use on LOG Footage

first_imgDownload Wanderlust: 17 Free LUTs for LOG FootageTo download the Wanderlust free LUTs, click the button below. These LUTs are free to use in any personal or commercial projects. By downloading, you agree not to resell or redistribute these free assets. DOWNLOAD 17 FREE LUTS FOR LOG FOOTAGEUsing the 17 Free LUTs for LOG FootageUnzip the PB-Wanderlust Free Luts.zip file in your download folder. The following steps are for Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017, FCPX, and DaVinci Resolve. Please consult your manual for other programs.Using the LUTs in Premiere Pro CC 2017In the Lumetri Color panel, open the Basic Correction tab.Under Basic Correction , select the Input LUT dropdown menu, and click on Browse…Go to the PB – 17 Free LUTs folder and select the LUT of your choice.Using 17 Free LUTs in FCPXTo use LUTs in Final Cut Pro X, you will first need to download a LUT plugin. For a great free plugin, consider mLUT from Motion VFX.Download and install the mLUT plugin from Motion VFX.Restart FCPX.In the Final Cut Pro X timeline, drag the mLUT effect to your clip.In the Inspector, navigate to the mLUT interface, and click Load Custom LUT.Go the the 17 Free LUTs folder and select the LUT of your choice.Using 17 Free LUTs in DaVinci Resolve 12.5Open your DaVinci Resolve project.Click the Project Settings cog wheel in the bottom right corner.Go to the Color Management tab and click Open LUT Folder.Drag and drop the 17 Free LUTs .CUBE files into the DaVinci Resolve LUT Folder.Close the folders, and select Update Lists in DaVinci Resolve.The 17 Free LUTs are now available to select under the 3D Input Lookup Table dropdown menu.Select the LUT of your choice, click Save. Download 17 FREE look-up-tables for color grading LOG footage. Inspired by the search for creativity, these LUTs quickly add vibrance to your videos.Wanderlust: the desire to travel. Get these 17 free LUTs for LOG footage, perfect to accentuate your footage from abroad — or even from near home.These 17 .CUBE files are compatible with a variety of NLEs and color grading programs, including Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017, FCPX, and DaVinci Resolve. This tutorial will cover these three programs; please consult your manual for other programs. Bonus: 35 more free LUTs for Rec 709 footage!GET 35 FREE LUTS FROM ROCKETSTOCKlast_img read more

Tyson Fury urges UK Anti-Doping for resolution

first_imgMOST READ View comments Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:24Sotto urges Robredo to accept antidrug post01:37Protesters 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 LATEST STORIES Fury, who admitted last October to taking cocaine to alleviate depression, was told by the British Boxing Board of Control in May his license was suspended “pending further investigation by UKAD into anti-doping and medical issues”.Fury beat Klitschko on points in a world title fight in November 2015 and once held both the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Association (WBA) belts now held by compatriot Anthony Joshua.But mental health problems forced him to relinquish his titles, while his license to box was subsequently suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  London, United Kingdom — Britain’s troubled former heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury challenged the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) body to either hurry up and ban him for taking an illegal substance or clear him to resume his turbulent career.The 29-year-old, who has not fought since his shock defeat of Wladimir Klitschko to win the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles in November 2015, is waiting to appear in front of a UKAD hearing after being charged with a doping offense over a year ago.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  UKAD postponed the original hearing in May — because of a potential conflict of interest involving a member of the panel— and have yet to announce when it will be held.“How long must I be held up and kept out of action?” tweeted Fury on Monday.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“It’s been 15 months since I’ve been under investigation, you’re keeping an innocent man from fulfilling his destiny and from providing for his family.”UKAD refused to comment on Fury’s case, adding there is no timescale for its investigation. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Lady Chiefs fuel F4 drive Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fury, whose cousin Hughie takes on WBO heavyweight world champion Joseph Parker in Manchester this Saturday, said UKAD were denying him his human rights.“Everybody else is dealt with in a few months, why must I be treated any differently?” he tweeted.“Surely there must be a human rights law preventing this from happening to people!“Either ban me or set me free as I’ve been in limbo for a long time! I want to move on with my life!“Clear my name and let me return to my former glory.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarylast_img read more

a month agoDONE DEAL: Burnley sign HIK goalkeeper Lukas Jensen

first_imgDONE DEAL: Burnley sign HIK goalkeeper Lukas Jensenby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley have completed the signing of young goalkeeper Lukas Jensen.The Dane has completed his move to the Clarets after the player’s international clearance went through.Jensen was named in the U23s side who faced QPR two weeks ago.He has most recently played for Danish club HIK. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img