17 November 2009Property issues were once again the focus as Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders met today to continue United Nations-backed reunification talks. Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat held “good and friendly discussions,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Cyprus, Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, told reporters after the meeting.The leaders will meet again on Friday to take up organizational matters, and then again next Tuesday, to discuss citizenship, immigration and asylum, Mr. Zerihoun added.Last year Mr. Christofias and Mr. Talat committed themselves to working towards “a bicommunal, bizonal federation with political equality, as defined by relevant Security Council resolutions.”That partnership would comprise a Federal Government with a single international personality, along with a Turkish Cypriot Constituent State and a Greek Cypriot Constituent State, which would be of equal status.Full-fledged power-sharing negotiations have been taking place since September 2008.
Over 2,000 job seekers head to Telus Convention Centre for career fair AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Sep 18, 2013 3:22 pm MDT Calgary’s economy may be strong, but the turnout at the Telus Convention Centre shows there’s still lots of work to be found.Over 30 employers set up at the Calgaryjobshop.ca career fair Wednesday, with 2,000 job seekers registered and 2,500 expected to come through by the end of the day.Companies ranging from finance, the oil and gas sector, hospitality, security, auto and more were handing out business cards and taking resumesCalgaryjobshop.ca Regional Account Executive Katherine Gaulin said lots of the job seekers fit into a specific category.“A passive job seeker is someone who is already working and maybe wants to change careers or they want to move for various different reasons,” she said. “It is very, very busy for employers, they are doing everything they can to try and find job seekers that want to work, but there just isn’t that many people that are sitting at home in Calgary right now.”Others like photographer Ron Hill are trying to find work for a specific time of year, such as the holidays.“I found a couple of places that’s actually looking for a photographer, how cool is that?” he said. “I was just looking for part-time work for Christmas anyway, I think it’s a fantastic thing.”Many employers say the main advantage of the job fair is speaking to potential and qualified employees face to face, a luxury that isn’t always possible with online applications.“You can overlook some resumes because maybe some people just don’t write a great resume, but you meet them face-to-face and you see a lot of potential with the way that they carry themselves,” said Len Patkau, regional manager for Abell Pest Control.
TORONTO — Mike Babcock mused about potential line combinations moments after the Maple Leafs signed star centre John Tavares in free agency on July 1.Toronto’s head coach will finally put the plan he envisioned into action Thursday against the Detroit Red Wings.William Nylander, who ended his contract impasse by signing a six-year deal with the Leafs over the weekend, will make his season debut on a line with centre Auston Matthews and fellow winger Patrick Marleau.Tavares, meanwhile, is set to take up his usual spot between Mitch Marner and Zach Hyman to give Toronto a potent top-6 forward group.A restricted free agent until he signed just before Saturday’s 5 p.m. ET deadline, Nylander should also add even more punch to the Leafs’ third-ranked power play with the second unit.“He’s just got to keep his shifts short, he’s got to be detailed and work — everything else is a bonus,” Babcock said following the morning skate. “It’s going to take him some time, there’s no question about it.“If it’s not working we’ve got lots of guys to move around and go with different options, but that’s where we’d like him to start.”Nylander, who skated Tuesday and Wednesday on his own, has yet to take part in a full practice with his teammates. Thursday’s brief morning skate was his first appearance on the ice at Scotiabank Arena.“It’s been fun watching them play, but you want to be there as well,” said the 22-year-old. “I’m excited to start on home ice and get the season going.”Nylander is coming off back-to-back 61-point campaigns and is yet another weapon for a team sitting second in the NHL’s overall standings heading into Thursday’s action.Babcock said he doesn’t expect it to take Nylander long to find his legs.“He’s an intelligent player,” said the coach. “Once he gets up to speed he’ll be real good. We expect him to have energy tonight.“He should be the freshest guy in hockey.”“It’s his first game of the year, no pre-season, no anything,” added Matthews, who played on a line with Nylander the last two seasons. “There’s going to be that rust there, but knowing him I think it’s not going to take him too long to get back and feeling comfortable.”Toronto’s 20-8-0 record is even more impressive when taking into account the club has done it without Nylander for 26 games — plus the two since he signed — while Matthews missed 14 with a shoulder injury.Marner sits fourth in the league with 39 points, Morgan Rielly ranks second for defenceman with 30, Tavares is tied for ninth in goals with 17, and Matthews has found the back of the net 15 times in the 14 games he’s played.“That’s just the depth and also the approach from the group and the guys — just staying focused on the way we need to play to have success,” Tavares said of the Leafs’ excelling minus two big pieces. “It’s a great opportunity for everyone to be able to make a bigger impact.”No. 1 goalie Frederik Andersen gets the night off after facing 40 shots or more in his last four starts as part of Toronto’s six-game winning streak. Garret Sparks gets the call against Detroit with the Leafs set to open a five-game road trip Saturday in Boston.But all eyes Thursday will be on Nylander’s return.“It’s not like he just came out of the blue,” Babcock said. “We know him pretty good and he’s been with us. We’re just going to put him in. No different than when you add an injured player. It’s not like trading for a guy or anything like that. It’s a guy that’s been here, he understands, knows what’s going on, fits in good in the room.“We’ve got lots of good players. We’ve got to figure out how to give them all ice time and look after them the right way so they’re all important.”___Follow @JClipperton_CPJoshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press
DEPUTY LUKE ‘MING’ Flanagan has told the Dáil that he is to appeal for fines and points due to him for driving while using a mobile phone on two occasions.He said this evening that on June 3 he was in his car travelling to a Dáil meeting when he was stopped by a garda car. He had been using his phone and was told that he would receive a fine because of this.He said he thanked the garda for doing his job well, and told him that his actions may have saved his life. Flanagan said that he received a fixed penalty notice in the post. A few days later he met a garda sergeant who said he had heard what happened, and told Flanagan he was covered under a rule regarding travelling to the Dáil.Flanagan said the Sergeant insisted he write to the station and explain. The deputy did so and did not receive any points on his licence. Flanagan did not name the Sergeant in the Dáil.On another occasion on the way to a council meeting in Roscommon, he was stopped by gardaí and told he was going to get a fixed penalty notice as he was using a mobile phone again. Flanagan said he told a senior council official what had happened, and later that evening was contacted by this person, who said he had ‘sorted out my penalty points issue for me’.He has not received any points in relation to that case.CancelledThe Deputy told the Dáil: Not only is there a cohort of gardaí who are going around asking people do they want penalty points cancelled, it appears there is a franchise system going on whereby if you are cosy with the senior garda then you too can have people’s offences quashed.He said that the Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan and Minister Alan Shatter may not believe this is true, with the commissioner saying “that there is no question of what has been described as a culture of non-enforcement of penalties being tolerated by an Garda Síochana”.How can you explain my experience then? I did not ask the garda sergeant in question to get involved, but he insisted he should. I do not believe it was an attempt to trip me up, I believe it is a culture that has festered for years, all the garda was doing was what he had learned along the way.Flanagan said he did not release the information before the press released it, as he believed it was illegal for the gardaí to release such information, and he intended to release it on publication of Minister Shatter’s internal review.He said this was to show there is systematic abuse, which he believed the report would “whitewash” over. He said he has contacted the fines office in Clare and asked how can he get his points and fines back.Deputy Flanagan also called on the reported 15 members of the Dáil and Seanad who are said to have had penalty points removed “to come out and tell us were they approached by the garda or did they go in proactive way go to see could they have their points removed”.Read: Flanagan to address Dáil amid claims he denied penalty points were wiped>
THE IRISH TRICOLOUR is to be raised in a military flag raising ceremony in Waterford today, at the same spot where it was first unveiled 165 years ago.This year will mark the third year of the The 1848 Tricolour celebration, which commemorates the first time that the national flag was unveiled by Thomas Francis Meagher at 33 The Mall.The address still exists and, in a first for the ceremony, a Meagher will be there to preside over it. California-based Gilbert Meagher, the great great grandson of the Irish nationalist and leader of the Young Irelanders, is coming to Ireland for the event.A spokesperson from the organising committee told TheJournal.ie that today’s ceremony it part of a celebration that saw the Australian, American, and Canadian ambassadors to Ireland make the trip to the city.Australia and America are two countries that have a history with Thomas Francis Meagher. Having being convicted of sedition (insurrection against the established order), Meagher was sentenced to a life of hardship in modern-day Tasmania.Before long, however, he had escaped and was bound for America.Locating living relative Gilbert Meagher came as a bolt out of the blue, and a fortuitous one at that. “It was a member of the organising committee that traced him, after realising that he too was related to him,” the spokesperson said.In addition to the flag raising ceremony, the naval vessel LÉ Ciara will be docked in the city for the weekend, and will be open for public tours.Read: Anthem composer and tricolour creator honoured at Glasnevin >
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The coalition’s leadership was seeking to head off a series of potential mini-rebellions by government lawmakers over troika-mandated reforms after five conservative MPs threatened to vote against an amendment revoking cuts to the income of judges unless similar reductions in the incomes of other civil servants are also reversed.The Finance Ministry submitted an amendment to Parliament abolishing cuts to the salaries and pensions of judges that have been enforced since August 2012 as part of Greece’s commitments to international creditors. The move came a day after a court ruled that retroactive cuts to the judges’ pensions were unconstitutional.However, in a joint statement on Wednesday New Democracy MPs Ilias Vlachoyiannis, Iordanis Tzamtzis, Theodoros Soldatos, Pavlos Voyiatzis and Dimitrios Kyriazidis threatened to vote down the amendment unless cuts to the wages of police and armed forces employees are also revoked.High-ranking government officials noted that measures have already been taken to lighten the burden on police and armed forces staff who were among the beneficiaries of the so-called “social dividend” distributed last month after Greece recorded a primary budget surplus. The same officials noted that, unlike the court decision regarding the judges, which was issued late last year, a Council of State ruling ordering salary cuts for police officers and armed forces staff was issued this year and therefore has not been budgeted for.There were fears meanwhile that other rulings could prompt similar reactions by other lawmakers. Another ND MP, Evripidis Stylianidis, called on the government to honor a court ruling issued in May and rehire hundreds of Finance Ministry cleaners who have been put into a mobility scheme for civil servants.Commenting on the case of the cleaners, Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that rehiring them in the absence of a final decision by the Supreme Court, which is expected in the fall, would challenge the foundations of a mobility scheme which Greece has promised the troika it will enforce.Interior Minister Argyris Dinopoulos, for his part, emphasized that Greece would honor its pledges to the troika to lay off civil servants.
Carlo Ancelotti was impressed with the character of his side Napoli in their 3-2 victory over Bologna after the recent setback in Milan.Arkadiusz Milik’s double were levelled up by two headers from set pieces until Dries Mertens netted the winner to seal three points for his side.“It’s a rather unusual period of the season and we haven’t seen any great performances this weekend,” the Coach told Football Italia.“I thought we above all didn’t keep our game under control, as we allowed Bologna to equalise twice from set plays. It should also be noted that Bologna played well and made life difficult, so we had to show character to win this.“Bologna look very motivated and caused us a lot more problems than other teams who faced us at the San Paolo this season.”At the midway stage, Napoli are nine points adrift of leaders Juventus.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“We’re on track, I’d say, with expectations. We had some good results that have only been watered down by an extraordinary Juventus run.“We should be optimistic, as we are closer to the top than we are fifth place. We did everything we could in the Champions League, but this team has not yet expressed its full potential. We can do more and we will improve.“It’s a healthy group with real professionals, so that makes my job easier. We changed a few things from last season and they adapted very well.“There are players like Simone Verdi, Piotr Zielinski, Arkadiusz Milik and Fabian Ruiz who still have more to prove and I expect them to reach another level.“Squad rotation is complicated if you have more than 20 outfield players. Right now, we have 21 and Vlad Chiriches is also coming back from injury.”
Most Publishers have at least one thing in common: the greatest costs come from printing, personnel and promotions. But as many struggle to stay afloat, they are in search of cost-savings methods that don’t tap into their indispensable resources. Both Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Serendipity Publishing and Topeka, Kansas-based Ogden Publications have experienced no layoffs these past few months; in fact, they have continued to hire through the downturn. How have they managed to keep staff on board and operate business as usual? Creative savings and upfront investment, allowing both publishers to cut back on non-essentials and money drains in order to hold onto their most important resources.1. Invest in E-Commerce“The single biggest thing that we’ve invested in heavily is e-commerce on our Web site so we can sell more print subscriptions via the Web,” says Bryan Welch, publisher and editorial director of Ogden Publications. Welch cites the company as taking a risk in 2008 by “eliminating about $650,000 from our direct mail budget and investing that money into expanding and improving e-commerce capabilities.” In 2009, Welch says that Ogden plans to up this ante in the hopes of replacing direct mail-sold subscriptions with a more efficient source. Since this move to the Web, subscription circulation, as well as sponsor rates and new subscribers, have gone up in spite of Ogden spending less money on circulation and promotion. E-commerce functions, including pop-ups on Ogden’s own Web site, as well as SEM, have “probably saved [us] between $500,000 and $750,000 in 2008 just from the conversion of direct mail sources to online sources,” says Welch. There is no question, he says, that they will experience more savings in 2009.2. More Printers Can Cost Less MoneyWhile some production departments consider meeting with printers on an annual basis to be a drain on time and money, Serendipity’s president and publisher Kasie Smith swears by it. Every June, she makes a trip to meet with her printer. Why? “We’ve been using the same printer for about three years now, but it’s still always good to get different bids,” she says. While the company values its relationship with its long-time printer, after some negotiation, they recently decided to stray from their sole printer and farm out work to multiple partners. Smith says that by doing this, the company reduced its print bill by 20 percent. “While we love our relationship with them [single printer], in times like these, dollars and cents can really make the biggest impact,” she says. 3. Automatic RenewalIt’s no secret that publishers mail out multiple renewal notices—on average, it can take as many as 14 notices before a subscriber responds. For Welch, Ogden’s “Earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan” has not only given the company a new environmental initiative, but saved between $100,000 and $150,000 in 2008. While a normal acquisition price for new subscribers is $12.95, Ogden’s online offer sets a price of $10 annually, in exchange for a credit card that the company can automatically renew. While the number of subscribers via automatic renewal is only about 15 percent of the total subscriber base, it is growing every day, says Welch. The savings in paper, postage and shipping costs far outweigh the discounted subscription price that the company offers through this program.SIDEBAR Going Green, Saving GreenMany companies are enthusiastic about going green—at least until they realize that many green initiatives will cost more than their normal business process (and take place on the back-end where no one else will give them props). However, some publishers, like Ogden Publications, have developed easy, low-cost green practices that also save money. Follow Ogden’s model, and you can have your environmentally-friendly solution and bank a few bucks too.What: Adding skylights to the building (in 2005); changing all company computers over to the most energy-efficient settings; adding insulation to the roof. The payoff: Ogden estimates that its 2008 savings on its utility bills was about 10 percent through these three efforts combined. Given increased energy rates, the roof insulation installation might take a little longer than its initially expected two to three year pay off, the company says. However, savings are dependent upon the publisher’s type of building structure, and could potentially add up to larger percentage in savings.What: Reusing incoming packing materials for outgoing shipments and filing boxes according to size for easy access. The payoff: The publisher estimates saving a total of about $3,000 in 2008. Ogden also shreds its old issues that would otherwise be recycled to use as packing materials, which helps save on overall shipping materials.What: Replacing disposable cups and Styrofoam with glass mugs office-wide.The payoff: With anticipated savings of about $500 for Ogden in 2008, reusable mugs can also be a plus to publishers that host many on-site client meetings.What: Using a PDF comment system for group editing, and doublesiding printed docs.The payoff: This application allows editors to collaboratively comment and edit a story projected up onto a large screen. Adobe’s PDF comment system saves the company in paper and printing costs. The group editing process, as well as doublesided printing and copying, was expected to save Ogden $1,200 last year.
Kakinada: Aditya Degree college students, staff and NSS coordinator Tejeswara Rao on Tuesday paid floral tributes to great Indian freedom fighters Lokmanaya Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Chandra Shekhar Azad on their 163rd and 113rd birth anniversaries. At the programme organised, the students remembered the active participation of the two leaders in the Indian freedom struggle, College principal C Subrahmanyam asked the students and youth to emulate these two leaders in their determination and dedication and influencing masses to march towards in Indian freedom movement. Students of the decree college, faculty participated.
This is the exact position of cyclone Fani.Regional Meteorological CentreAs the cyclone storm, Fani was intensifying into a ‘Severe Cyclonic Storm’ over the south-east and adjoining south-west Bay of Bengal, the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) is on high alert to render necessary humanitarian assistance, a Navy spokesperson said on Tuesday.Indian Naval ships at Visakhapatnam and Chennai are on stand-by to proceed to the most affected areas to undertake Humanitarian Aid Distress Relief (HADR), evacuation, logistic support including providing medical aid. TwitterThese ships are embarked with additional divers, doctors, inflatable rubber boats and relief material that include food, tents, clothes, medicines and blankets.Naval aircraft are also on standby at the Naval Air Stations INS Rajali at Arakkonam, Tamil Nadu and INS Dega at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, to undertake reconnaissance, rescue, casualty evacuation and airdrop of relief material to the stranded if required, the spokesperson added.The ENC is closely monitoring the developments in the Bay of Bengal and Flag Officer Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Naval Area (FOTNA) and Naval Officers-in-Charge (Andhra Pradesh) and (Odisha) is in constant communication with respective state administrations.As of Monday evening, Fani was about 770 km east-south-east of Chennai.
Register Now » 2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global November 1, 2013 Oft-exposed Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have slapped YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley with a lawsuit for exposing a bit more of their private lives than they wanted.West and Kardashian — who, one recalls, had her own career launched because of her, um, performance on an amateur video — are suing Hurley for allegedly leaking a video of their marriage proposal online through his new video-app project called MixBit.The duo claim techie Hurley wasn’t even invited to the Oct. 21 event, though in attendance were Alison Pincus, owner of shopping website One Kings Lane and wife of Mark Pincus, in addition to Rap Genius co-founder Mahbod Moghadam and VC Ben Horowitz. But Hurley gained access after signing a non-disclosure agreement forbidding him from posting videos or images of the extravaganza. The court filing even shows a picture of Hurley holding up the signed agreement.Apparently, Hurley took his chances.Related: YouTube Co-founder Announces New Video Service The two-and-a-half-minute video titled “PLEEESE MARRY MEEE!!! Congrats Kim and Kanye!” shows West proposing to his baby momma at AT&T Park in San Francisco, as a 50-piece orchestra plays Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful.” (It was reported Del Ray flat our rejected West’s request to perform at that event). Hurley tweeted out the clip to his more than 500,000 followers, which has managed to rack up more than 1.6 million views.So this happened last night. Congrats Kim & Kanye! https://t.co/o1FKsB87He— Chad Hurley (@Chad_Hurley) October 23, 2013Kimye’s lawyer claims Hurley did this out of desperation, to save Mixbit.”Following a lackluster launch and unsuccessful ensuing debut, Hurley sought to salvage MixBit from its dour beginning,” the lawsuit states. “An opportunity to do so appeared to Hurley when he learned of the October 21, 2013, event featuring West and Kardashian,” it continues.Related: YouTube Founders Launch MixBit Video App to Rival Vine and Instagram It seems unlikely that the lawsuit stemmed from privacy concerns but rather they, not Hurley, wanted to cash in on the event, as The Keeping Up with the Kardashians crew was there filming every precious moment.Kardashian and West are seeking unspecified damages.
August 25, 2016 2 min read Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. This story originally appeared on PCMag Did you buzz your neighbor’s shrubs or crash into your garage with a drone? Good news: it might not be your fault!Researchers at Australia’s RMIT University’s School of Engineering and Edith Cowan University found that many drone accidents are due to the gadgets themselves rather than human error. Dr. Graham Wild and Dr. Glenn Baxter from RMIT and John Murray of ECU studied 150 civil incidents involving drones and found that 64 percent occurred due to technical problems. The study, published in the journal Aerospace, pointed to “broken communications links” between the operator and the drone. As a result, the researchers think commercial aircraft-type regulations should be applied to the communications systems of drones.”Large transport category aircraft, such as those from a Boeing or Airbus, are required to have triple redundant systems for their communications,” Dr. Wild said in a statement. “But drones don’t and some of the improvements that have reduced the risks in those aircraft could also be used to improve the safety of drones.”Exceptions can be made for drones under 55 pounds, he said, though pilots should have licenses. “It’s essential that our safety regulations keep up with this rapidly growing industry,” Dr. Wild argued.The team started its research after reports of a drone collision at Heathrow Airport, though authorities later said it was “not a drone incident.” Still, collisions do occur (see the video below), hitting everything from ferris wheels and the Empire State Building to the White House lawn (and there are certainly some dumbasses flying drones who should not be).
Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project “The situation is worsening day by day,” Baluchistan’s chief minister, Mohammed Aslam Raisani, told The Associated Press in the Pakistani capital Islamabad. “Of course I am concerned.”Last month police in the eastern Punjab province arrested a leader of Lashkar-e-Janghvi, Malik Ishaq, for inciting hate. But on Monday, he was freed on bail.That only fueled Shiites’ believe that the government has little interest in going after those who attack their community.“From law enforcement, government or any institution we are 100 percent disappointed,” Abdul Khaliq Hazara, leader of the Hazara Democratic Party, said at his home in Quetta.“We also blame elements with the intelligence agencies that support them (Sunni militants) and give them shelter, show them the routes. It has become a policy it seems for them to bring religious extremism to this area,” he said.The Baluchistan government’s move to call in the paramilitary Frontier Corps reflects their struggle with dealing with the violence.“We decided to call them in for two months because we didn’t want to take a chance on human lives,” Baluchistan’s top bureaucrat and Chief Secretary Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammed told The AP. “Right now sectarianism is our biggest threat. We have made some progress. But have we succeeded? No.” Sponsored Stories In a strong and rare rebuke, the judges slammed the security agencies’ record against militant activities in Quetta.“The result is zero. There has been zero accomplished, not against suicide bombings, not against target killings,” Chaudhry said.So far, the intelligence and security agencies have not responded.Shiites make up around 15 percent of Pakistan’s 190 million people. They are scattered around the country, but the southwestern province of Baluchistan has the largest community, mainly made up of ethnic Hazaras, easily identified by their facial features which resemble Central Asian features. They number some 300,000 in Quetta, a city of 1.2 million people.Sunni extremists consider all Shiites as heretics, and militants have long carried out attacks against the community. But the sectarian campaign has stepped up in recent years, fueled mainly by the radical group Laskar-e-Jangvhi, aligned to Pakistani Taliban militants headquartered in the tribal regions. The violence has pushed Baluchistan in particular deeper into chaos. The province was already facing an armed insurgency by ethnic Baluch separatists who frequently attack security forces and government facilities. But the secessionist violence has been overtaken by increasingly bold attacks against Shiites. Militants have packed cars with explosives and driven them into buses carrying Shiite Muslim students to universities and pilgrims returning from holy sites in Iran. Gunmen have walked into shops in Quetta’s busy bazaars and slaughtered storekeepers as they tended to customers. They have picked off prominent Shiites as they left their homes for work. They have taken out newspaper ads telling Shiites to leave Quetta and Pakistan and vowing to kill any Sunni who calls a Shiite a friend.More than 300 Shiites have been killed in Baluchistan alone the past two years, the community here says. Thirty-eight Shiites were killed in just two weeks in Quetta earlier this year, said a liberal political party representing Hazaras. When were these two weeks?As a result, many Shiites in Quetta have pulled their children from universities, shuttered their shops and rarely step out of the two enclaves in the city where their numbers dominate. There have been a few revenge attacks killing Sunni Muslim clerics.Lashkar-e-Janghvi, headquartered in Pakistan’s Punjab province, has carried out attacks elsewhere in the country as well. On Monday, a car bomb killed 12 Shiites in the Kurram tribal region, the only tribal area where Shiites outnumber Sunnis. The powerful agencies have often been linked to the murky world of militancy, accused of using hardline Sunni Muslim militants against enemy India in the disputed Kashmir region and against U.S. and NATO soldiers next door in Afghanistan.But the rise in the bloodshed and worries over security slipping out of control are bringing pressure for action. Fearing an all-out sectarian war, the Baluchistan government last week called in the paramilitary Frontier Corps to help the understaffed and underequipped local police.The judiciary has also become unprecedentedly vocal in pointing the finger at the intelligence agencies. Last week, a panel of three Supreme Court judges, led by Pakistan’s Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, told a packed Quetta courtroom that it had heard testimony that militants were getting weapons and unregistered vehicles from the intelligence agencies. At least two suicide attacks this year in Quetta involved unregistered vehicles, according to the police. The court ordered the government to produce a list of all weapons and ammunition permits issued on the orders of the intelligence agencies, as well as vehicles brought into Pakistan duty free by the agencies. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement “We know it is Lashkar-e-Janghvi and we have to attack them. … There is no reluctance to conducting a big operation or to going after them in a big way but so far we have not had very useful information,” he said.The Frontier Corps and the police have provided security to Shiite Muslims travelling in Quetta, escorting school buses and local merchants. Few arrests have been made and Hazara said his political party wants the Frontier Corps and the police “to go after everyone involved in the killings.”____Kathy Gannon is AP Special Regional Correspondent for Pakistan and Afghanistan. She can be followed on http://www.twitter.com/kathygannon Top Stories (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Patients with chronic pain give advice Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center ErrorOK ErrorOKHussain was just leaving Quetta’s Ayub Stadium when a motorcyclist drove by and gunned him down last year, said Bostan Kishtmandi, a local Shiite politician, as he strolled past the graves. He “was retired and teaching our young boxers. We loved him,” Kishtmandi said.Pakistan’s Shiite minority is feeling under siege as Sunni militants who view them as heretics step up a campaign of sectarian attacks, targeting them with shootings and car bombings. More than 300 Shiites have been killed so far this year, according to Human Rights Watch. The province of Baluchistan, where Quetta is the capital and which has the country’s largest Shiite community, has borne the brunt, with more than 100 killed this year, on the way to surpassing the 2011 total of 118.“I am afraid of terrorists everywhere in Quetta, except here with the dead,” said Gulbar Abbas, an elderly man who spends every day in the graveyard, living off donations from visitors as he sits on a dirty quilt on a stone slab and reads the Quran from morning to night.The sectarian bloodletting adds another layer to the turmoil in Pakistan, where the government is fighting an insurgency by the Pakistani Taliban and where many fear Sunni hardliners are gaining strength. Shiites and rights group say the government does little to protect Shiites and that militants are emboldened because they are believed to have links to Pakistan’s intelligence agencies. Comments Share Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Associated PressQUETTA, Pakistan (AP) – In the Shiite Muslim graveyard of this provincial Pakistani capital, entire sections are dedicated to the hundreds killed by Sunni militants over the past two years, their portraits line the cobblestone entrance, some garlanded with wilted flowers.There’s Abid Ali Nazish, a popular movie star executed by gunmen in the summer. Nearby are the portraits of two brothers who were dragged out of a bus and shot to death on the road as they returned from pilgrimage in June. An Olympic boxer, Ibrar Hussain, has a large portrait, and then a smaller photo on his grave showing him sitting proudly next to American boxing great Mohammed Ali.
Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Butt did exactly that, publishing the statement, “The Punjabis have captured our lands and we will kill the Frontier Corps and Police . . . We will continue our struggle until Baluchistan is liberated from Pakistan.”Aryan Khan, another journalist in the Baluchistan capital Quetta, said Lashkar-e-Janghvi militants even dictate the language newspapers and broadcasters should use in their normal news reports whenever they report on the death of a Shiite, whether in an attack or from natural causes.Rather than the respectful, euphemistic terms usually used by Urdu-language press for a person’s death, “they say we should use the same word we use if an animal dies,” he said.In recent years Pakistan’s Baluchistan province has been shattered by relentless bloodletting by the separatists and by Sunni militant killings and suicide bombings against Shiites. Human rights activists and international aid workers operating in Baluchistan have also been attacked. The international Red Cross suspended its operations in May after one of its workers was killed in Quetta.“For us Baluchistan has become a source of great concern,” said Bob Dietz, Asia Program Coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists. “The situation in Baluchistan looks set to continue for a long time _ the issues are deep seated and don’t lend themselves to easy solutions. For media support groups, the region has emerged as a new front line.” Pakistan is one of the most dangerous places in the world to work as a journalist, according to the U.S.-based Committee to Protect Journalists. In the last six years 41 journalists have died violently in Pakistan, although 12 of those deaths are still under investigation to determine whether their deaths were linked to their jobs as journalists, according to the CPJ site.Many of the multiple militant groups and armed factions in Pakistan _ such as Lashkar-e-Janghvi, behind many slayings of Shiites _ operate with impunity, with police too weak to take much direct action against them. So they are only emboldened to threaten journalists into being their mouthpieces.“If I want to live in this city I have to write what they say,” Butt said.The statements can often be cruel and explicit, detailing those who have been killed, he said. Sunni militants’ messages are laced with vitriolic attacks against the minority Shiite Muslims they revile as heretics.Just last week, he was called by a member of the violent Baluchistan Liberation Army, a self-declared secessionist group fighting for an independent state for ethnic Baluchis against what they see as domination from ethnic Punjabis. The group has already claimed responsibility for the deaths of three journalists. The caller had a message and added, use it verbatim or die. But the late-night calls put the journalists in a bind. If they don’t print the messages, they could be killed. If they do print them, they could face three years in prison under Pakistan’s anti-terrorism laws. It’s no surprise which risk they’d rather run. At least 20 journalists have been killed in Baluchistan the past six years, their bullet-ridden bodies sometimes found stuffed into sacks.“If you are a journalist here in Baluchistan you have a choice: Either a bullet in the head or a jail sentence,” said Ashiq Butt, a stocky bureau chief with the News Network International (NNI), a Pakistani news agency that feeds its reports to newspapers.But authorities are putting pressure from their side as well, trying to stem spiraling violence in the province.Last month, the Baluchistan provincial government for the first time charged 21 news organizations, their owners and several journalists under the anti-terrorist law, which provides for three years in jail if convicted of carrying messages, reports or information supplied by outlawed militant groups. The charge sheet filed by the government accused the news organizations of “spreading panic.” Comments Share Associated PressQUETTA, Pakistan (AP) – The telephone call to local journalists generally comes in the late evening. The voice on the other end is harsh. He has a statement he wants printed, and he prefaces it with a terse order: “Report our messages without making any changes or we will kill you.”The messages they deliver warn of upcoming violence or assassinations, sometimes naming an intended victim, or claim responsibility for atrocities already committed. The calls come from Sunni militants notorious for violence against minority Shiites or members of secessionist groups that routinely blow up police stations and attack government facilities in the southwestern Pakistani province of Baluchistan. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Escalating violence is making vast parts of Baluchistan inaccessible, said Dietz.That, he contended, seems to suit the government.“The government seems to be quite happy that there is little or no independent monitoring of the situation,” he said. He also criticized the Baluchistan provincial government for laying charges against journalists and news organizations covering both sides in the conflicts ravaging the region.In an interview in Quetta, provincial police chief Omar Ibne Khitab justified the charges, saying the anti-terror law was clear. He also said his force does not have the equipment to trace the threatening telephone calls to journalists and locate the culprits.The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan issued a report last month criticizing the government for inaction on what? as well as national media outlets for neglecting coverage of events in Baluchistan. The report said local journalists feel threatened from all sides and neglected by the government.“Journalists in the field felt threatened from the security forces, militants and insurgents,” said the report released Aug. 30. “If they said one thing they were traitors to one side and if they did not they were traitors to the other side. From within the HRCP’s heavily guarded office, Shamsul Mulk said rights workers risked their lives investigating the killings of journalists as well as the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of scores of people, many linked to the separatist movement. Many rights workers have left the organization out of fear for their lives.“I wouldn’t be here if there wasn’t a guard outside the door,” he said. “People are afraid. They are not even attending our meetings anymore.”____Kathy Gannon is The AP Special Regional Correspondent for Pakistan and Afghanistan. She can be followed on www.twitter.com/kathygannon..(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. 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