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Authorities arrest two TV presenters in Kabul

first_img Reporters Without Borders is disturbed by yesterday’s arrests in Kabul of two commercial TV presenters, Fahim Kohdamani of Emroz and Ajmal Alamzai of Ariana TV. Alamzai was released late last night but Kohdamani is still being held.“We call for Kohdamani’s immediate and unconditional release,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The Afghan government has again failed to respect press freedom, arbitrarily arresting journalists who have done nothing wrong.”Kohdamani was arrested at the behest of the Kabul prosecutor for broadcasting music and hosting the programme called “Biya wa Bibin” (Come and See). The prosecutor has accused him of broadcasting “anti-Islamic” and “vulgar” programmes.His arrest appears to be linked to letters which clerics sent to President Hamid Karzai accusing Emroz of failing to respect “religious values” for broadcasting music on 7 January, the day of the commemoration of the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, regarded by Shiites as the Third Imam.The head of Emroz, Najeebullah Kabuli, told Reporters Without Borders he thought the arrest was a reflection of political interests including the involvement of neighbouring countries. Other TV stations have broadcast Indian music and TV series without encountering such problems.The host of Ariana TV’s programme Didadgah, Alamzai was arrested by the National Directorate of Security in connection with a report consisting primarily of interviews with former Taliban representatives in Kabul in which he made a direct call to a Taliban spokesman to ask for his reaction. He was freed at around midnight last night.The head of Ariana TV, Ehsanollah Aryanzai, told Reporters Without Borders: “The programme dealt with Barak Obama’s comment about ‘dialogue with the moderate Taliban’ and did not endanger Afghanistan’s security. The arrest was illegal because the journalist was virtually kidnapped on the street and no one was told. Furthermore, the opinion of the Commission for Verifying Media Misconduct is necessary before arresting any journalist.”For more information about press freedom in Afghanistan, see the recent Reporters Without Borders report entitled “What gains for press freedom from Hamid Karzai’s seven years as president?” Follow the news on Afghanistan RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan March 24, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities arrest two TV presenters in Kabul News Organisation News News Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report sayscenter_img Help by sharing this information AfghanistanAsia – Pacific to go further March 11, 2021 Find out more RSF_en May 3, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News June 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more


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Warsaw returns

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Brisbane builder’s Balmoral home hits the market for the first time

first_img45 Olive Grove, BalmoralMr Gloftis said entertaining was a breeze with a built-in barbecue and in-ground pool surrounded by a low maintenance garden.He said given the location, the property was in a sought-after suburb.Families will appreciate the layout of the top level as it includes the main bedroom and ensuite, as well as two large bedrooms sharing a spacious bathroom. 45 Olive Grove, BalmoralA dark concrete exterior is softened by warm veins of stained timber panelling wrapped around a double-height void and used in the construction of the oversized front door.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020 45 Olive Grove, BalmoralA substantial glass-framed deck attached to the master sleeping quarters overlooks the pool with views to the north of the city.Mr Gloftis said there was enough yard space to keep a pet.He said the property would best suit a big family. 45 Olive Grove, BalmoralBrisbane builder Jason Gloftis’ Balmoral masterpiece is brand new and ready for sale.The property, at 45 Olive Grove, was in the design stages for a good eight months before the dirt was cut in April, according to Mr Gloftis from Gloffy Constructions.He said the three-level home worked well with the 622sq m block and accommodated a large protected fig tree in his neighbour’s backyard.From there, we just stepped it up, Mr Gloftis said.“Internally, it’s like a bridge from one end to the other,” he said. 45 Olive Grove, BalmoralThe hardwood extends to the towering interior staircase, punctuated with a feature of three soaring posts, as well as the flooring which has been treated with a sophisticated matte finish.Burleigh Designs and Gloffy Constructions collaborated to create this recently completed five- bedroom masterpiece.last_img read more


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Kedrowitz found competent to stand trial as an adult for murder

first_imgVersailles, IN—After a series of lengthy court proceedings in Ripley County, a fifteen-year-old accused of double murder will stand trial as an adult. Defendant Nickalas Kedrowitz, Osgood, was charged with two counts of murder of his 2-year-old sister and 11-month-old brother. In an affidavit, submitted by Indiana State Police detectives, its states that Kedrowitz waited over a month after the first killing before committing the second. It continues by stating Kedrowitz committed both murders by placing a towel or blanket over the noses and mouths of the children to stop their breathing. Autopsies performed by the Hamilton County Coroner ruled both deaths as “Homicide”. ​After being charged as a juvenile, Kedrowitz’s attorneys argued he was incompetent to stand trial. To determine whether a defendant is competent, Indiana law requires a judge to determine whether a defendant understands the nature of the proceedings and can assist in his own defense. A judge determined Kedrowitz competent after several days of testimony from multiple psychologists who evaluated Kedrowitz. Based on this testimony, the judge ruled that Kedrowitz clearly understood the proceedings and was assisting in his defense, based on his statements and behavior during the evaluations. The court found that ​Ripley County Prosecutors successfully proved that Kedrowitz should be waived from juvenile court and tried as an adult. Indiana law permits juvenile defendants as young as 12 to be tried as adults in murder cases. At the waiver hearing, prosecutors proved there was probable cause to believe that Kedrowitz committed both murders and that Kedrowitz was 13 at the time of the allegations. After the prosecution proved their case, Kedrowitz’s defense team tried to persuade the judge that it was in the best interest of both Kedrowitz and the safety and welfare of the community for Kedrowitz to remain in the juvenile justice system. Prosecutors responded by admitting evidence that Kedrowitz has allegedly also mutilated small animals, and made threats to a classmate and teacher even after Kedrowitz was alleged to commit the murders. Prosecutors argued that those additional facts demonstrated Kedrowitz’s continued danger to the community.last_img read more


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David De Gea: ‘I felt like Captain America’

first_img De Gea thinks every aspect of his game has improved since he moved to Old Trafford. “I have been here for four years now and I think that every aspect of my goalkeeping has improved,” De Gea told ManUtd.com. “It is hard to single out one area because we have worked and improved on everything. “I think the fact that I have started to do interviews in English has really helped as well, it has helped me to learn more of the language as well.” Despite his recent displays, De Gea thinks he can still improve. “Again, no matter how excellent your form is, you can always get better and there are always aspects of your game that you can improve,” he said. “You can improve everything. No matter how well people think you are playing, or how well you think you are playing yourself, it is always a case of working on every facet of your game. There is hopefully more to come.” Such has been De Gea’s form, that Real Madrid have become interested in signing the 24-year-old as a replacement for Iker Casillas. De Gea has 18 months left on his United contract, but the club are confident the goalkeeper will remain at United despite interest from the 10-time European champions. David de Gea says he felt like comic book super hero Captain America following his remarkable transformation from skinny youngster to hulking goalkeeper. Press Association Much was expected of De Gea when he signed for Manchester United from Atletico Madrid in 2011, but the then 20-year-old struggled for form straight away, making several costly errors. The teenager’s scrawny, gangly frame did not help matters. The Spaniard was unable to deal with the physicality of the Barclays Premier League and his confidence was low as a result. Fast-forward three and a half years and De Gea has turned into one of the best goalkeepers on the planet, thanks partly to a more robust physique, which he attributes to a strengthening programme he embarked upon shortly after joining United. So impressed was the Spain international that he likened his transformation to that of Marvel comic book character Steve Rogers, a weak Irish immigrant who morphed into muscular soldier Captain America after taking a serum administered by the US Army. “I was like Captain America in one year,” De Gea said with a smile on United’s website. “I still do the programme, although not as much as before. “It is more of a reduced programme now but certainly I did a lot of gym work at the start and it did have a big impact.” De Gea has saved United on several occasions this season. His latest goalkeeping master class came on Sunday when he kept Tottenham at bay in the 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane. At the end of October the former Atletico Madrid stopper won United all three points against Everton with fine saves to deny Bryan Oviedo, Leon Osman and Leighton Baines from the penalty spot. last_img read more