Pakistan

first_img Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder June 18, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Pakistan The Pakistan Press Foundation Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire The major daily Dawn For the time being, Pakistanis are enthusiastically using cybercafés, which are everywhere in the cities. In Peshawar, a new one opens nearly every day.Use of the Internet during the Pearl caseThe Daniel Pearl murder showed how the Internet can exacerbate rising tensions in Pakistan. The Musharraf government supported the Taliban in Afghanistan until the 11 September attacks and has to cope with Islamic fundamentalists in Pakistan itself. The Internet can also be used by these extremists to their advantage. The kidnapping of Wall Street Journal reporter Pearl on 23 January 2002 and his murder by a Pakistani fundamentalist group was an example. The kidnappers made great use of the Internet, logging on with their personal computers and in cybercafés to announce the kidnapping, put out political statements and generally publicise their crime.The case could perhaps hamper growth of the Internet in Pakistan. The US government regularly complains about how Al-Qaeda militants use the Internet, often from Pakistan, to put out their messages, organise themselves and launch operations.In January 2003, the Federal Investigative Agency (FIA) was put in charge of fighting cybercrime and cyber-terrorism and with US money and staff support, the government set up a system of surveillance of the Internet. Until then, Pakistan police had only three officers trained in combating cybercrime. The authorities have not said whether the FIA will monitor e-mail messages. Military regime targets South Asia Tribune siteThe information ministry indicated in a special announcement on 2 November 2002 that newspapers reproducing articles from the Washington-based South Asia Tribune website (www.satribune.com) could be prosecuted under a new libel law that came into effect a month earlier and provides for up to three months in jail, a fine of about 50,000 rupees (850 euros) and an obligatory public apology by those found guilty.The South Asia Tribune was founded in July 2002 by Shaheen Sebhai, a former senior editor of the daily The News, who has been exiled in the United States since March 2002. The website has reported several corruption and human rights scandals involving the government and gets about 100,000 visitors a month. Pakistani papers have also reprinted material from it. The information ministry announcement did not mention Sebhai or his website by name, simply referring to a Pakistani journalist it said had gone into voluntary exile and launched a campaign to defame the government and its officials.Since he has been in exile, Sebhai has been targeted by the government. An army employee filed a complaint against him for a burglary supposedly committed in February 2001 and several of his friends were arrested and held several weeks in Islamabad in connection with it. Journalist colleagues have been threatened by intelligence agents for publicly defending him. Attempts to control the InternetThe South Asia Tribune site reported in November 2002 that the PTA had in July that year ordered ISPs and cybercafé owners to keep a record of the names, connection times, numbers called and computer identities of their customers. Senior PTA official Col. Nayyar Hassan said the order to ISPs to keep this data for a month was justified by the rise in cybercrime. Cybercafé owners were required to keep such records for two weeks. The South Asia Tribune said the PTA had issued a reminder in August that the data should collected and kept. However, Col. Hassan himself admitted the order was being disregarded.The Pakistan Telecommunication Company (PTCL) announced on 2 April 2003 that 400 new sites with “indecent” content had been added to an earlier list of 100 banned websites and asked Internet operators to block access to them. ISPs said the move would slow down Internet access. A senior PTCL official, Zahir Khan, said on 6 April that access to nearly 1,800 pornographic sites had been banned and that the PTCL was thinking of importing software to make it easier to do. Also targeted were “anti-Islamic” and “blasphemous” sites. The PTCL admitted the blocking would temporarily slow down Internet navigation but said it was necessary because of what it called the great threat to society from such sites. Mairajul Huda, a leader of the Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami party, welcomed the moves and said the electronic media had to be reformed to bring them into line with the country’s culture and religion so young people would not be tempted by such evil.Cyberwar between India and PakistanThe Pakistani government set up a special interministerial committee in May 2003 to counter increasing attacks on government websites by Indian hackers who were making them inaccessible. Information technology minister Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari said that if the attackers were identified, the government would take the matter to the relevant international authorities to seek their punishment. The previous month, he had said the government was thinking of hiring its own hackers to fight the attacks. The daily paper The News said the government’s working group on Internet security was responsible for protecting the country’s cyber-security. News April 21, 2021 Find out more Links:The US-based South Asia Tribune News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Pakistan The country’s main ISP PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more With only a half a million Internet users, Pakistan is quite behind with new information technology. This is mainly because of the country’s large size and low level of economic development, including only a few million private phone lines, mostly in big cities. Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s government appears to favour its growth, even though on the day he seized power, 12 October 1999, the army cut off all Internet connections for several hours, and in July 2002, the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) tried to force cybercafés owners to record the names of their customers.Gen. Musharraf says his government has invested more than 100 million euros in communications and sharply reduced the cost of connections and services since 1999. Pakistan has since launched a programme to boost digital technology, the Information Technology and Telecom Policy.Slow and difficult developmentThis policy has led the government to cut Internet connection costs and invest in telecommunications infrastructure, while putting the Internet under the direct supervision of the PTA. The state’s monopoly in the sector ended in December 2001 but big Internet operators such as AOL are reluctant to invest in a country where scant profits are to be made. The Internet is not yet widespread and is still mainly accessed through cybercafés. It does not seem to be especially censored. But the Daniel Pearl kidnapping and murder case showed how it could be used by extremists. The military regime has made every effort to block access to a US-based investigative journalism website. 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Woman Charged After Officials Find Emaciated Pitbull in Flooded Apartment

first_imgA West Palm Beach woman is facing animal cruelty charges, after allegedly abandoning her dog in a flooded apartment.According to the arrest affidavit, 32-year-old Brittany Hansen was evicted from her apartment on West Tiffany Drive, where officials with Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control (ACC) found an emaciated pitbull named Cash on January 8 of this year.Hansen had apparently turned on all of the faucets so the apartment would flood.ACC launched an animal cruelty investigation after a woman called them to report that she had found a thin black and white dog.When animal control officers scanned the dog for a chip, they identified him as Cash, a male pitbull registered to Hansen at the same address.Maintenance workers informed ACC officers that they been called to the residence due to water leaking, according to the arrest document. They were initially unaware that a dog was inside, until they heard movement from another room. That is where they discovered the dog sitting on the bed and trying to eat a shoe. The maintenance workers also reported finding mounds of feces in the home.When ACC contacted Hansen, she told them she had given the dog away to a man named John who lives in Lantana, although she did not provide them with a a number or current address for him.Several neighbors confirmed that Hansen was the person living in the apartment. She has been charged with one count of cruelty to animals and one count of confinement of animals without sufficient food, water, or exercise, as well as a count of abandonment of animals.While in the care of ACC, Cash was provided with basic nutrition and treatment of internal and external parasites. He has since gained 29 pounds, the report states.last_img read more

Chihuahua drives owner’s car into busy road

first_imgWell it seems we have entered the era of the driving dog.The latest incident occurred Friday evening at a gas station on Gause Boulevard in Slidell, Louisiana.According to the report, the owner of the vehicle put the vehicle in park as she got out to pump gas. Suddenly she noticed her vehicle rolling backwards and into a busy street.The owner attempted to stop the SUV but could not get inside of it before it entered the roadway. Thankfully there was a break in traffic at the time the vehicle crossed into the street. As the vehicle rolled into another parking lot, the woman was able to gain control of the vehicle.Investigators later found that the woman’s 5-pound Chihuahua somehow managed to shift gears in the vehicle which caused it to drive in reverse.It was also reported that the vehicle has a mechanical defect that allows it to switch gears without your foot needing to be on the break.last_img read more

21-year-old intentionally runs over Vietnam veteran

first_imgAuthorities have arrested a 21-year-old man who told them that he ran over a veteran because he wanted to know what it left like to kill someone.Justyn Pennell was arrested in Pasco County Thursday after he called the sheriff’s department to report that he intentionally ran over an elderly veteran.Pennell told authorities that he left his home with the intention of running someone over and spotted the 75-year-old victim walking down the street with a walking stick. He then made a U-turn and accelerated in the Vietnam veteran’s direction to run him over.During the police interview, the 21-year-old also told investigators that he had been having thoughts of killing someone for months and that he was laughing and smiling as he ran over the victim.When asked why he contacted police, Pennell the car sustained too much damage and was immobile so he could not leave the scene.Pennell has since been charged with first-degree homicide.last_img read more

Puerto Rico Hit By Another Strong Earthquake

first_imgA 5.2 magnitude earthquake rattled Puerto Rico Wednesday morning. It’s the latest of a series of constant earthquakes that have struck the region this month. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the latest earthquake occurred near Guanica. Seismologists in southern Puerto Rico are studying recently buried sensors they hope will reveal answers behind the constant and unusual shaking in the region that has terrified residents.More than 1,280 earthquakes have hit Puerto Rico’s southern region since Dec. 28, more than two dozen of them magnitude 4.5 or greater, according to the USGS.Among them is a 6.4 magnitude quake that hit on Jan. 7, killing one person and injuring nine others.last_img

Government lawsuit says Jeffrey Epstein trafficked underage girls in the Virgin Islands

first_imgA civil lawsuit has been filed by U.S. Attorney General of the Virgin Islands, Ms. Denise George, after she authorized an investigation into Epstein months ago.The lawsuit claims that Jeffrey Epstein and his accomplices trafficked young women, ages 12-17, throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands.The lawsuit seeks forfeit of Epstein’s private Caribbean islands, which are worth an estimated $86 million, as well as unspecified monetary damages and the breakup of corporate entities that Epstein allegedly used to provide him with girls who sexually serviced him three times each day.Anyone who may have been trafficked by the “Epstein Enterprise” in the Virgin Islands is asked to call the U.S. Attorney General’s Office at (800) 998-7559.last_img

Op Ed: “Canada is Not a Halfway House for Royals”

first_imgPrince Harry made his first public appearance since he and Meghan Markle announced their plans to step back from senior royal duties.The Queen has given her blessing for the couple to live in Canada part-time during the transition.Canada’s biggest newspaper, The Globe and Mail, out with a scathing editorial, reading in part, “Canada is not a halfway house for anyone looking to get out of Britain while remaining a royal.” The article goes on to say: “If they were ordinary private citizens, plain old Harry and Meghan from Sussex, they would be welcome. But this country’s unique monarchy, and its delicate yet essential place in our constitutional system, means that a royal resident – the Prince is sixth in the line of succession – is not something that Canada can allow. It breaks an unspoken constitutional taboo.”The Royal Family issued a statement on Monday that said there would be a period of transition as the Prince steps back. His wife Meghan Markle is already in Canada with their son, Archie. The Prince also issued two video statements today on mental health and the Invictus Games.The editorial arguing it isn’t appropriate for the country to house senior royals as a member of the Commonwealth, the family of nations where the Queen is head of state. But that might be exactly the reason why it makes sense: in 2018 she made Harry Youth Ambassador for the Commonwealth.By the way Meghan and Harry picked a great place to put down roots because a new global survey says Canada is the world’s best country in which to live behind Switzerland. Canada has moved up to number two in this year’s survey, and Japan has slipped down to number three.last_img read more

Westport Winery Earns Four Medals at Great Northwest Wine Comp

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Westport WineryThe Great Northwest Wine Competition was held on March 25 and 26 at the Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Ore. This year set a record of 1,204 entries from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho, with more than twenty West Coast wine professionals as judges.Bella and Jetty Cat, two of Westport’s most popular red blends, earned silver medals. And two white wines from Red Willow Vineyard, Lighthouse White and Elk River Riesling, earned bronze medals.Westport Winery’s award-winning wines are exclusively available at the winery. The tasting room, gift shop, produce market, plant nursery and bakery are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Westport Winery at 360-648-2224 or visit the website at www.westportwinery.com.Launch spring at the winery’s unique sculpture garden, lavender labyrinth, musical fence, 9-hole executive golf course, giant chess set, outdoor scrabble game, and grape maze, all located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. You will see why Westport Winery was named Best of the Northwest Wine Destination.last_img read more

High School Students Work to Clean Up Navesink Bacteria

first_imgBy Joseph SapiaFAIR HAVEN – Tyler Lubin and Noah Tucker, both 17, grew up on the Navesink River – boating, fishing, kayaking and rowing. “What makes these towns great is you have the river,” Tyler said. “The identity of Fair Haven is this river.”A few months ago, they got talking about the river’s deterioration. “We wanted to do something about it,” Noah said. So, the two young men – borough residents and juniors at Rumson-Fair Haven High School – did some online research and developed a “Save the Navesink River” plan. Their idea was to raise money and place tube-like booms around storm drains and filter out the fecal bacteria in water runoff before it enters the Navesink River and its tributaries.They went to an online fundraising site Friday, April 22, and set a goal of $6,500, and reaching the halfway point four days later. Their initial aim is to boom 100 storm drains, with 9 feet of boom per drain, upstream of Fair Haven to the Swimming River area.That would leave about $1,100 left over to pay for shipping and hidden costs, they said.Call this putting the cart before the horse, but their plan is to begin raising money before getting formal approval.Tyler said he thought the funding demonstrated that “people care.”“If we went with no funding, they” – meaning the authorities – “likely wouldn’t take it so seriously,” Noah said.The two said they will update the funding website and donors can get their money back if they do not approve. The two expect to meet with a representative of the Monmouth County Division of Planning in the upcoming days, according to both sides.Tyler Lubin, left, and Noah Tucker at a storm drain at the Navesink River in Fair Haven. The debris buildup on at the drain shows what can flow into the river.“It’s nice to see young adults are interested in the environment,” said William D. Kastning, executive director of the Monmouth Conservation Foundation. “I like the fact these guys are kind of entrepreneurial go-getters to help the Navesink.”“The fecal coliform levels are increasing,” Tyler said. The polluting of the river with fecal bacteria, whose origins are human and animal, is caused by water runoff carrying animal droppings and waste from poorly operating septic systems into the river.How much of an impact will the storm drain booms have?“Technically, not the most effective solution,” said Hendrik F. “Rik” van Hemmen, a borough resident who is vice president of the Navesink Maritime Heritage Association.Yet, van Hemmen applauded Noah and Tyler’s enthusiasm. “I think it’s thrilling there’s kids willing to do this,” van Hemmen said. He added the project may have a greater impact than realized:  “The biggest impact of their work will increase the public awareness of the existence of this problem.”Kastning had similar thoughts.“It, hopefully, creates an awareness,” Kastning said. “Any little effort that creates an awareness is a good thing.”The filters are pliable composite material covered in a mesh sock, the sock clipped at each end. Then, the filter is secured in place around the grate. The filters will continue working for perhaps two years, they said.“If it’s making a noticeable difference cleaning out the river, I’d say it’s well worth it,” Tyler said. “We’re very confident our plan can work.”After they got talking, the boys researched pollution and solutions to controlling it, then found a place to buy the filters. If fecal bacteria can be cut off from flowing into the river, the river will clean itself of the bacteria already there, they said.For now, the fecal bacteria keeps creeping in.“It keeps getting replenished every time it rains,” Noah said.last_img read more

Saskatchewan First Nations group releases suicide prevention plan

first_imgWHITECAP DAKOTA FIRST NATION, Sask. – Saskatchewan’s painfully high Indigenous suicide rates call out for a co-ordinated, community-run approach to bring them down, says a plan from the organization that represents the province’s First Nations.The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations released its suicide prevention strategy on Thursday.“It’s going to be a great tool to address some of the issues around mental health,” said vice-chief David Pratt. “It’s the first of its kind in our region.”Indigenous people in Saskatchewan — especially northern Saskatchewan — are afflicted with some of the worst suicide rates in Canada.Overall suicides are four times higher in the Indigenous population than in the province’s general population.For males between the ages of 20 and 29, the rate is 10 times higher. First Nations girls between 10 and 19 kill themselves almost 30 times more often.From 2005 to 2016, 508 lives were lost.“We feel like something has to be done,” said Pratt. “We can no longer sit back and allow our young people to lose hope.”The plan says current efforts to fight suicide in Saskatchewan are failing, beginning with how the problem is understood.The province doesn’t compile regional suicide breakdowns. Nor does it have information on substances found in people who have taken their lives or even numbers on suicide attempts.The strategy draws on previous efforts from Quebec, Nunavut and U.S. Indigenous communities that have shown promising results.It emphasizes community-based prevention through grants to fund locally developed projects.It suggests that programs rooted in traditional activities be developed. Elders and others should be engaged to share stories and traditional teachings relevant to each First Nation.It also calls for heavy investment of resources in early childhood development and parental support, as well as in teaching kids how to bounce back from bad experiences.More mental-health care is needed, says the strategy, including better screening of and followup with those at risk of suicide. Programs to address family violence are also required.The plan suggests economic development is also key.“Substantial reduction in the rate of death by First Nations peoples in Saskatchewan will not occur without multifaceted targeted suicide prevention measures and fundamental and profound improvements in social and economic conditions.”The strategy quotes documents that show the government has known about the high suicide rate for nearly 40 years.“The failure of the federal and provincial governments to take actions commensurate with the high burden of suicide-related loss and suffering among Saskatchewan First Nations communities since at least the 1970s is a powerful example of systemic racism,” it says.The strategy calls for immediate funding to put the report into action over the next five years.That’s just the start, said Pratt.Better housing and education, as well as improved services such as better internet, are all tied into the problem.“We need a major investment,” he said. “I’m confident the government’s going to do what’s right.”In Nunavut, where suicide rates are highest, funding for mental health and suicide prevention grew to almost $34 million in the most recent budget from $9 million in 2011. Since 2014, rates have fallen 13 per cent.Federal New Democrat MP Charlie Angus tabled a bill Tuesday calling for a national plan on suicide prevention.Pratt said Saskatchewan can’t afford not to deal with the problem. He points out that Indigenous people could make up half the province’s population by the end of the century.“We’re the fastest-growing demographic in the province. If we don’t start addressing these issues today, this province is on the verge of a social and economic catastrophe.”— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow @row1960 on Twitterlast_img read more