Acid attack on prominent journalist

News Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” News “Reporters Without Borders calls on the Afghan authorities to conduct a thorough inquiry and to guarantee the safety of the journalist,” the press freedom organization says. “We have already identified a dozen or so cases of violence against Afghan journalists for 2011. The authors and originators of this barbarous act must be swiftly identified and arrested.” Kabul police chief Zaher Mohammad told reporters that there had been no arrests in the case but the police were following up serious leads. “An acid attack is quite an unusual attack on journalists,” said Sediqolah Tohidi of the Afghan organization for the protection of journalists NIA.“This event is very worrying. The government must react at once. To leave this act unpunished is to allow independent censorship and fear.” News Receive email alerts RSF_en Organisation News AfghanistanAsia – Pacific AfghanistanAsia – Pacific May 3, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Afghanistan “I was deeply shocked,” deputy culture minister Mobarez Rashedi told Reporters Without Borders.“I at once went to the hospital. Several journalists were already there. I think this attack has a negative impact on journalists and free speech in Afghanistan. The government is doing all it can to ensure the successful outcome of the investigation and arrest the authors of this attack.” RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan to go further Reporters Without Borders condemns the assault yesterday on a leading journalist and writer who was the victim of an acid attack as he left his home in the Afghan capital Kabul.Razaq Mamoon, who works for several media outlets and presents a program on the independent station Tolo TV, was taken to the military hospital in the capital. Doctors say though he is suffering from first-degree burns his injuries are not life-threatening and that his sight is not in danger. January 19, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Acid attack on prominent journalist Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information March 11, 2021 Find out more read more

The Best Winter Paddling Gear

first_imgWhen the temperatures drop and the snow starts to fall, many paddlers choose to hang up their skirts for the season to hit the slopes or take to the trails; after all, being wet in near- or below-freezing temperatures isn’t exactly what most would consider pleasant. With the proper gear, though, you can beat those winter paddling blues and keep on boofing through the season. Check out these 10 products that will make you actually enjoy, not just survive, your next winter paddling experience.On the Water Winter Paddling Gear1. NRS WaveLite™Made from Polartec® Power Stretch® fleece, this line of base layers is perfect for cold weather paddling. Warm, stretchy, and moisture-wicking, the form fitting shirt and pant combination retains its original shape throughout years of use and abuse.Top – $74.95, Bottom – $64.95; nrs.com2. Bomber Gear Bomb Dry SuitA must-have for kayakers serious about year-round paddling, this dry suit does it all. The four-layer suit offers protection with reinforced shoulder panels and abrasion-resistant oxford nylon where you need it most. Durable gaskets and double-stitched, taped, and patched seams keep the water out while breathable Toray™ 4-ply Entrant HB fabric allows the suit to breathe when you’re busting out that hairy ferry.$899; bombergear.com3. Astral RasslerSure, it might not be the best idea, but summertime paddling means minimal footwear in my book (i.e. a pair of sandals permanently stashed in the stern). But when winter rolls around, flip flops just don’t make the cut. The Rassler is the best option for wintertime paddling, creeking, or expedition adventures. With high ankle support, shoe drainage, and a durable Cordura upper and Stealth outsole, this shoe protects and functions like none other and looks way cooler than those raunchy neoprene booties you’ve had one-too-many bootie beers out of.$119.95; astraldesigns.com4. Bomber Gear Pogie Paddling MittAlso from Bomber comes another must-have: the pogie. Made from durable, water-repellent, super-stretch neoprene, these mitts withstand the elements while offering enough insulation and protection to keep your extremities functioning. Extending just past the wrist, these pogies are easy to slide on and off if you need to push off a rock or wipe the snot from your face.$33; bombergear.com5. Buff BalaclavaGiven that the majority of your body heat can be lost through your noggin, it’s probably best to cover it up when you’re out on the water. Buff’s merino wool balaclava is perfect for wearing underneath a helmet or when you’re off the water setting up camp. For bitterly cold days (or if you’re going for the ninja look), scrunch the fabric up beneath the eyes to protect those rosy cheeks.$31; buffusa.comOff the Water Winter Paddling Gear6. Ibex Woolies 220Multi-day paddling excursions mean mindful packing. If you’re looking for a warm and durable yet lightweight base layer option to slide into when you reach camp, these Ibex Woolies are for you. Made from 18.5 micro Merino wool, these layers are naturally odor resistant and can double as paddling base layers if it’s just too darn cold to change into the frozen set you put out last night to “dry.”Top – $95, Bottom – $85; shop.ibex.com7. Stanley SS Flask Adventure While we don’t necessarily condone drinking and paddling, we know that sometimes, swims happen. When you could use a little spirit to warm your sodden soul, reach for the most rugged 8oz flask on the market.$20; shopstanley-pmi.com8. Mountain Hardwear Thermostatic JacketMore durable and water repellent than fleece alternatives, this synthetic mid-layer can withstand the elements on its own or serve as an extra layer underneath a heavier jacket. Made from ThermalQ™Elite insulation, this lightweight jacket packs down small like its goose down relatives but still provides just as much warmth.$200; mountainhardwear.com9. Big Agnes Shovelhead Hooded JacketFilled with 700+ goose down, this incredibly warm and lightweight puffy has one great attribute that sets it above the rest: water repellency. If you’re setting or packing up camp and the weather starts to turn, take comfort in knowing that your super snazzy down jacket can take a little moisture, no problem.$249.95; bigagnes.comlast_img read more

Riverside retreat hits the market

first_img8A Riverwood Drv, IdaliaTHIS split-level home in Idalia has no shortage of views from the river to the golf course and Mount Stuart.8A Riverwood Drv, Idalia has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, two car spaces and is on the market for offers over $650,000.The house has architectural details throughout and multiple indoor and outdoor living areas.Elite Properties Townsville principal Glenda Worrall said the home was perfect for families wanting a low-maintenance property with plenty of room to spread out. 8A Riverwood Drv, IdaliaThere is also a media room, a kitchen that overlooks the deck and it is fully airconditioned.Owner Lesley Woodall has lived in the house for the past five years with her husband and said she fell in love with the property straight away.“I was looking for something a bit different to the usual Townsville house and when I walked in the door the first thing that caught my attention was the magnificent view of the river and the golf course. It was just beautiful,” she said.“My favourite room was always that back veranda but my husband loved the media room because he could go in here and just shut the door. 8A Riverwood Drv, Idalia“It’s very different and it’s designed for people who don’t want a large yard they have to maintain,” she said.“Today you can’t say that all families want a yard because a lot of people are time poor, and you’re right on the river, and a stone’s throw away there are parks, with equipment and swings.“One of the bedrooms and a bathroom is on the bottom floor, so if you have elderly parents come to visit they don’t have to climb the stairs.“The floor plan is really flexible for families.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020The house has a plunge pool to cool-off in, a large deck to enjoy the river views, and more than enough room for a large family.center_img 8A Riverwood Drv, Idalia“My granddaughter used to love coming around and going in the pool.“It’s my dream home and I love it.“I would stay there forever but we’ve decided to do some travelling and we’ve bought a caravan.”The house has a gatehouse entry with intercom and keypad. It also has a dusted vacuum maid, 5kw solar and automatic blinds to the back deck. Timber floors feature throughout the home while the kitchen has stone bench tops.It has also been freshly painted.last_img read more

Footy star turned property flipper sells New Farm stunner

first_imgThis home at 21 Hawthorne St, New Farm, has sold. He and wife Nicky, who owns designer fashion boutique, Calexico, spent a year renovating the jawdropping property at 21 Hawthorne Street. RELATED: Meet the footy star who now tackles property flipping This house at 21 Hawthorne St, New Farm, was owned by Jamie Charman.The Charmans bought the property in December 2016 for $1.15 million when it was just a rundown worker’s cottage, and set about transforming it into a four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom architectural masterpiece.Mrs Charman said the couple had originally bought and renovated the home with the aim of it becoming their forever home.“Everything in the house was based on our family, but I suppose towards the end we just thought we’d prefer to live where we,” she said. Former AFL player Jamie Charman with his wife Nicky and their children Joe, 18 months, and Lenny, 3, at the New Farm house they have just sold. Picture: Tara Croser.FOOTY star turned property flipper Jamie Charman has sold his amazing New Farm home for $2.275 million.Once regarded as one of the toughest tacklers in the AFL, these days, Charman sells houses for Ray White in Brisbane’s affluent inner north, but in his spare time, the former Brisbane Lions player designs and renovates his own. The view of 21 Hawthorne St, New Farm, from the back.The Charmans have lived in their current home in Teneriffe for the past six years.The home’s features include a large outdoor entertaining area with Travertine tiles, a pool, professionally landscaped gardens, a built-in barbecue, two separate large living spaces, American Oak flooring, a gourmet kitchen with Miele appliances and a butler’s pantry, and a 200-bottle wine cellar. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoIt is the ninth property Charman has flipped.“I’ve always had a passion for real estate,” Mr Charman told The Courier-Mail recently.“I’ve mainly renovated old Queenslanders, so this one’s probably more modernised than what I’m used to doing.”last_img read more

Calls about poisonings from fake marijuana edibles, candy triple

first_imgNews4Jax 22 September 2020Family First Comment: “Poison Control takes emergency calls every day and more of them from people — or parents of teens — who have eaten one of the fake candies. Workers there told News4Jax such calls have tripled. On Monday, a woman told News4Jax her daughter was given gummies not knowing they were laced with a drug. The girl ended up in a hospital within hours.” (‘Medicinal’ mariuana edibles are legal in Florida )The Florida Poison Information Center in Jacksonville has a warning for parents: The number of people poisoned by fake marijuana edibles and candies has tripled and experts say there is little you can do to identify the real thing from the imitation.There are legal, legitimate marijuana edibles from licensed dispensaries, then there are fakes sold on the street. Experts say if you don’t know the source, there’s little you can do to tell them apart.Poison Control takes emergency calls every day and more of them from people — or parents of teens — who have eaten one of the fake candies. Workers there told News4Jax such calls have tripled.On Monday, a woman told News4Jax her daughter was given gummies not knowing they were laced with a drug. The girl ended up in a hospital within hours.The doctors told the family it was possibly synthetic THC in the gummy candy. THC a common component in marijuana, but there is also fake or synthetic THC.“You never really know what you’re getting with a gummy or a cookie,” said Anthony DeGelorum, a clinical toxicology fellow at Poison Control.Nurses and doctors at the center get calls about everything from snake bites to alcohol poisoning to edible marijuana poisioning.READ MORE: says daughter was given drug-laced candy & ended up in hospitalNews4Jax 22 September 2020A mother is speaking out after she says candy laced with a drug put her daughter in the hospital.According to the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, investigators discovered that a teenager gave the candy to the 10th grade student. An arrest had not been announced as of Monday.The incident was reported at Bartram Trail High School.Beth Richards said she was in the ambulance as her daughter, Autumn, was rushed to the hospital. She wasn’t sure what was happening to her.Doctors told Richards it was a synthetic THC. THC is a chemical component in marijuana.The Sheriff’s Office said it was reported Thursday and that deputies sent the gummies to be tested at a lab.READ MORE: read more