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Death threats and targeted physical attacks on journalists in Iraqi Kurdistan

first_img to go further IraqMiddle East – North Africa * 17 February- Radio Gorran was prevented from broadcasting.- Police prevented KNN reporters from filming the incidents.- Shwan Muhammad, the editor of the newspaper Awene, was insulted by Peshmergas.- Rahman Gharib, the head of the press freedom organization METRO and a reporter for Sumariya News, was attacked.- KNN programme director Namo Namiq was detained for several hours.- Radio Nawa reporter Bilal Muhammad was attacked and prevented from covering the incidents.- Saman Majed and Bwar Jalal, reporters for the PUK’s satellite TV station Gali Kurdistan, were attacked.- Sherko Salayi, a reporter for CNN in Arabic, was attacked.- Hemin Abdul Latif, reporter for the Destur news website, was badly injured while photographing demonstrators attacking the local headquarters of the KDP. – The Erbil headquarters of the KNN TV and radio station were set on fire.- Ari Muhammad, a photographer with the Metrography agency, was injured. News Help by sharing this information December 28, 2020 Find out more December 16, 2020 Find out more News February 28, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Death threats and targeted physical attacks on journalists in Iraqi Kurdistan *25 February, many journalists report receiving death threats- Niyaz Abdulla, an Erbil-based reporter for Radio Nawa, told Reporters Without Borders she was threatened by security forces while outside the Erbil governorate’s headquarters to cover a demonstration by young people in support of the Sulaymaniyah demonstrators. KDP supporters insulted her and threatened her with violence. When she left, she was followed by plainclothes officers until she found a taxi. “Nowadays there is no point filing a complaint against the security forces,” she said. She also said that security forces confiscated a camera from a journalist working for the newspaper Rudaw.- Latif Fatih Faraj, a journalist with PUK links who heads the Journalists Union in Kirkuk said: “I had just returned home after taking part in a live KNN programme on the demonstrations in Sulaymaniyah and other cities when I got a phone call. Describing himself as an important politician, the caller said he was going to kill me for criticising the KDP, which is led by Massoud Barzani, the autonomous Kurdistan region’s president. His number? 0770 39 705 98.”The head of the KDP in Kirkuk denied that his party could be responsible for such threats. “So I called the PUK, the Asayesh and the police,” Faraj added. “The police offered to put me under the protection of bodyguards but I refused. My brothers and cousins are with me, to protect me if anything happens to me.”- Members of a group of journalists based in Erbil were threatened after expressing support for the demonstrations in Sulaymaniyah. One of them, writer and political analyst Salah Mazen, wrote on Facebook: “Someone called me last night and clearly advised me not to participate in the demonstrations organized in Erbil. He said if I wanted to demonstrate, I should just go to Sulaymaniyah. He said, word for word: ‘If you value your life and love your children, stay quietly at home or leave Erbil for Sulaymaniyah.’” – Shawqi Kanabi, the head of the KNN bureau in Erbil, told Reporters Without Borders he had been warned that the station’s bureau could be attacked if it filmed the demonstrations in Erbil.- Freelance journalist Barzan Ali Hama was forced to leave Erbil after organizing a petition signed by a number of journalists that urged the region’s parliament to find a solution to the current crisis and to ensure that those responsible for shooting on demonstrators were brought to justice. Several of the signatories, who asked not to be identified, withdrew their support after receiving threats from KDP supporters.- Kaywan Hawrani, a freelance journalist based in Halabja, has also had to flee. One of his friends said: “Kaywan was one of the organizers of the 23 February demonstration in Halabja during which a policeman was injured. Soon after the demonstration, the police began to arrest the organizers. Kaywan fled the town. The police are looking for him.” – Meanwhile, a representative of the opposition party Goran said during a special parliamentary session on 23 February that six Peshmergas (Kurdish fighters) who were responsible for the arson attack on the privately-owned TV station NRT on 20 February were currently hospitalised because of the burns they sustained during the attack.“We now know the people who were responsible for this attack but we have obtained no clear response from the interior ministry and intelligence services.” He said. According some rumours, two of the Peshmergas involved were sent to Turkey for treatment because of the gravity of their burns. Reporters Without Borders wrote today to Massoud Barzani, the president of Iraqi Kurdistan, voicing deep concern about the deterioration in the situation of journalists in his autonomous region since 17 February.The letter:HE Massoud BarzaniPresident of the Kurdistan Regional GovernmentOffice of the PresidentErbilParis, 28 February 2011Dear President Barzani,In a report released on 3 November, Reporters Without Borders said there was more press freedom in Iraqi Kurdistan than in surrounding regions and that the situation had improved considerably in the past 10 years. However we would now like to share with you our deep concern about the deterioration in the situation of journalists in your autonomous region since 17 February.During the past 10 days, our organization has registered many physical attacks by the security forces on journalists covering the current demonstrations. Many journalists have also told us that they have received explicit death threats. Please find enclosed a list of these incidents, which is not exhaustive.As president of the autonomous regional government of Iraqi Kurdistan, Reporters Without Borders urges you to do everything in your power to end these media freedom violations and to ensure that the safety of all journalists is guaranteed. We would also like these incidents to be investigated, especially the arson attack on the privately-owned TV station NRT on 20 February.We thank you in advance for the attention you give to our request.Sincerely, * 19 FebruaryPolice prevented many journalists from covering protests at the University of Sulaymaniyah.- Asayesh beat Hawlati reporter Ara Ibrahim using batons.- Police attacked a KNN TV crew.- Aras Muhammad, the head of Arasta magazine and Sound Radio, was injured by members of the Asayesh.- Hardi Salami, a reporter for the satellite TV station Gali Kurdistani, sustained a leg injury.- Payam reporter Wrya Ahmed sustained injuries to the hands and legs when he was attacked by police.- The Sulaymaniyah security committee also demanded university academic and intellectual Faruq Rafeeq’s arrest after he said, while taking part in a demonstration in Sulaymaniyah on 17 February: “Massoud Barzani, the president of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, should apologize for the incidents and deaths caused by members of his party. Those who fired the fatal shots and those who gave them their orders should be arrested and brought to justice. And finally, the Peshmergas should leave the city.” * 18 February- Lutfi Doski, a Duhok-based KNN reporter, was prevented from filming the premises of the Gorran party in Duhok.- An NRT team was prevented from filming demonstrations.- Reporters for the newspaper Chatr were forced to delete the photos they had taken of the demonstrations.- Reporters for the newspaper Hawlati were prevented from filming incidents taking place in Sulaymaniyah. RSF_en A non-exhaustive list of incidents targeting media personnel during the past 10 days * 27 February – incidents at Erbilcenter_img Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Jean-François JulliardReporters Without Borders secretary-general * Incidents already mentioned in a previous release* 21 February- Ageed Saleem, an NRT reporter in Duhok, said he was threatened by a leading KDP member.* 20 February- Criminal raid of Naliya Radio and Television (NRT), a new satellite TV station based in Sulaymaniyah.- KNN reporter Bryar Namiq was badly injured by police and members of the Asayesh.- KURDIU reporter Balen Othman was attacked and his camera was destroyed.- Goran Othman, a journalist with the Islamic Group news website, was attacked.- Shaswar Mama, an NRT reporter in Raniya, was accosted by members of the security forces.- KURDIU reporter Mukhlis Ahmed was attacked in Raniya.- Following its coverage of the previous day’s events in Sulaymaniyah, staff at the newspaper Hawlati received a threatening phone call saying they should evacuate their Erbil office. News – Allan Sahebqrran, a reporter for the newspaper Hawlati, was attacked by men in civilian dress, who slashed his face. “I was outside the headquarters of the Erbil governorate with other journalists,” he said. “People in civilian dress ordered us to leave. At first they said they were police. Then they said they worked for the Asayesh (intelligence services). We also saw their cards. We were then followed by 12 plainclothes members of the security forces. When we got to the centre of Erbil, they hit me. Some of them filmed what was happening while the others kept on hitting me. I filed a complaint and was able to recover my camera from the Asayesh a bit later but I did not get my mobile phone back. My neck still hurts.”- Shwan Sidiq, a reporter for Civil Magazine, told Reporters Without Borders that a man in civilian dress prevented him from taking photos of a demonstrator who had been injured in Erbil.- Garmiyani Hamay Pur, a journalist with the satellite TV station KNN, said KNN cameraman Rahman Nariman was attacked in Kalar by members of the security forces of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), one of the two main parties that form the coalition government. His camera was taken and shots were fired at him. – Hemn Karim, the editor of Fshar, and Salman Kochari, a reporter for Standard Magazine, told Reporters Without Borders they had received death threats.* 26 February, a series of incidents, above all at Kalar (100 km south of Sulaymaniyah)- Garmiyani Hamay Pur, a KNN journalist based in Kalar, told Reporters Without Borders that the security forces banned him from filming. “I was told that the security forces had been ordered to hit journalists who covered the demonstrations. As a result, now only the partisan media can film during marches.”- Kawa Garmiyani, a reporter for the newspaper Awene, was physically attacked by masked gunmen who seized his camera and recorder while covering clashes between police and demonstrators earlier in the day in Kalar.- Speda TV journalist Sarkawt Salam and a photographer, Sangar Hamid, were attacked by gunmen. “We were attacked without any reason while covering the demonstration,” Salam told Reporters Without Borders.- Hawlati reporter Soran Ahmed was accosted in Sulaymaniyah by members of the counter-terrorist forces led by Pavel Talabani, the son of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, who heads the other main ruling party in Kurdistan, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK). “They confiscated my camera and mobile phone,” he told Reporters Without Borders. “They also took my press card and the card issued by the Union of Journalists.”- Irfan Ahmed, Anwar Arab, Salam Haji and Nasih Abdulrahim were arrested by security forces while covering a demonstration in Halabja (80 km east of Sulaymaniyah). They were taken to the mayor’s office and were released an hour and a half later.- Freelance journalist and writer Soran Omar said he had received many threatening SMS messages from different phone numbers after giving an interview on the TV station Payam. “I think even Sulaymaniyah is not a place for independent journalists,” he told Reporters Without Borders. He requested protection from the authorities and contacted the mobile phone company Asia Cell to request the identity of the owners of the SIM cards from which the threats were sent.- Bestun Jallayi, the Speda TV bureau chief in Kalar, said he received a threatening SMS message in the evening. “Wait for death’s flood,” the SMS said.- Someone hacked into the Facebook pages of two influential writers and intellectuals, Mariwan Wrya Qani and Aras Fatah, after they voiced support for the demonstrations. The Kurdistanpost.info news website was also blocked. Follow the news on Iraq February 15, 2021 Find out more Organisation News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” IraqMiddle East – North Africa Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Receive email alertslast_img read more

PCL 4-Day Tournament: Jaguars romp to 10-wicket win after Permaul’s 5-53

first_imgA DOMINANT Guyana Jaguars proved too strong for Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, as they won the fifth round Regional Four-Day Championship fixture by ten wickets yesterday at Guyana National Stadium, Providence.A handful of die-hard spectators watched as the tourists were bowled out for 235 in their second innings, with left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul again the principal tormenter, claiming 5-53, to earn match figures of 9-84.Fast bowler Keon Joseph (2-38), left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie (2-92), and left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer (1-29), all complemented Permaul, in a disciplined bowling effort for the two-time defending champions.Jaguars, meanwhile, collected 20.6 points to move to 67.4 points, clinching their first victory since the opening round when they crushed Jamaica Scorpions.The Jaguars had been given a victory target of just 20 runs after they established a first-innings lead of 216 on Sunday.The two openers Rajendra Chandrika (4 not out) and Shimron Hetmyer (17 not out) overhauled the target in just 2.4 overs to complete the match, which was dominated throughout by the Guyana Jaguars.Starting the day with 120 runs behind the Jaguars’ first-innings total of 378, the visitors progressed from their overnight 96-2, to 112 before rain interrupted proceedings, after 3.3 overs in the day’s play.Wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble about to take the catch offered by Steven Katwaroo off Veerasammy Permaul (not in picture).Opener Kyle Hope, who showed enough resilience to stay put at the wicket when play ended on the third day, added ten runs to his overnight total, including two sweetly-timed boundaries off Joseph, while nightwatchman Khery Pierre was on five.After 64 minutes, the game restarted. Skipper Leon Johnson introduced spin at both ends. However, the ploy brought immediate success as Motie sent back Pierre (5) off the third ball of his spell, as Johnson held on to a straightforward catch at first slip.Jason Mohammed joined Hope, and stalled the hosts’ progress for the next 15.3 overs, with Mohammed the more attacking of the pair, striking an array of boundaries.With the duo in command at the crease, Joseph returned for another spell and finally broke the promising 35-run stand when the 28-year-old Hope was caught at midwicket by Hetmyer from a miscued pull, ten minutes before lunch.The right-hander occupied the crease for 237 minutes, faced 189 balls and struck three fours and a six off Permaul in his 40.When play resumed 20 minutes into the post-lunch session, Mohammed, in company of Yannic Cariah collected a couple of boundaries off Motie, but his innings was shortlived when he was caught at the wicket off Reifer for 36. He faced 66 balls, with four fours and a six.Cariah and Yannick Ottley took the total to 207 before the left-hander Cariah, who stroked four boundaries in his 27 was trapped leg-before wicket to Permaul.It quickly became 221-8 with Ottley taken at the wicket, off Permaul for 21, and Roshon Primus was removed by Motie for 11.Permaul mopped up the innings with the wickets of Marlon Richards and Steven Katwaroo. Shivnarine Chanderpaul was named man-of-the-match for his first-innings 143.Scores in the match: Guyana Jaguars 378 &21; T&T Red Force 162 & 235.The tournament takes a long break for the Christmas/New Year’s holidays before the Regional Super50 Tournament sets in.SCOREBOARDT&T Red Force 2nd inningsK. Hope c Hetmyer b Joseph 40I. Khan lbw b Joseph 3I. Rajah c wkp. Bramble b Permaul 63K. Pierre c Johnson b Motie 5J. Mohammed c wkp. Bramble b Reifer 36Y. Cariah lbw b Permaul 27Y. Ottley c wkp. Bramble b Permaul 21R. Primus c T. Chanderpaul b Motie 11S. Katwaroo c wkp. Bramble b Permaul 7M. Richards c Hetmyer b Permaul 7JR Jagessar not out 0Extras: (nb-10, w-1, lb-1, b-4) 16Total: (all out, 95 overs) 235Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-96, 3-112, 4-147,5-168, 6-207, 7-216, 8-221, 9-228.Bowlers: Joseph 14-4-38-2, Reifer 9-0-29-1, Motie 36-11-92-2, Barnwell 6-1-7-0, Permaul 38-10-53-5, Johnson 2-0-10-0.GUYANA Jaguars 2nd inningsR. Chandrika not out 4S. Hetymer not out 17Total: (no wickets, 2.4 overs) 21Bowlers: Jagessar 1-0-15-0, Cariah 1-0-1-0, Rajah 0.4-0-5-0.Results: Guyana Jaguars won by 10 wickets.last_img read more

Boston Marathon winner returns his medal to city

first_imgBoston Marathon 2013 men’s winner Lelisa Desisa, left, of Ethiopia, greets Boston Marathon bombing victims Adam Davis, top right, and his wife Adrianne Haslet-Davis, Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)by Tracee HerbaughBOSTON (AP) — The champion of the men’s 2013 Boston Marathon returned his winner’s medal to Mayor Thomas Menino on Sunday to honor the city and those killed and injured in the bombings near the finish line of one of the world’s top running events.“Sport holds the power to unify and connect people all over the world,” Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia told the crowd through a translator. “Sport should never be used as a battleground.”More than 6,400 athletes gathered on Boston Common for the 10K organized by the Boston Athletic Association, the same nonprofit that handles the annual marathon. Spots for Sunday’s race sold out in 13 hours online.“Let me tell you: As mayor of this great city for the last several years, I have never seen Boston come together like it has after the attacks,” Menino told the crowd. “Thank you for making Boston stronger.”A moment of silence paid tribute to the three victims killed in the April 15 bombings and to Sean Collier, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer who was shot and killed April 18 in a search for the suspects.“The feeling here is a little weird,” said Jon Everitt, an MIT student who lives in Cambridge. He said the bombings are “definitely in the back of your head.”Melissa Blasczyk, of Boston, ran the 2013 Boston Marathon and was 1.5 miles from the finish line when spectators began telling runners the race was over.“Today I’m going to finish, run a strong race and take in the scenery,” she said. “Obviously, (the attack) is in the back of your mind, but you just have to live your life.last_img read more

Bad News Betties outlast Vendettas at License to Thrill

first_imgBad News Betties are one of the two expansion teams in the league this season.During exhibition action the Valley Vendettas put a thumping on the Betties.However, Saturday Silver City squad was able to outlast the Vendettas to steal the win.Meanwhile, Salmo’s Babes continue to get better every game out.Castlegar, the surprise from last season, has struggled this season — especially Saturday. Salmo started fast and never looked back.EXTRA JAM: The West Kootenay Women’s Roller Derby League is busy putting the finishing touch on organizing the Western Championship Klash in the Kootenays June 15-17 at the NDCC Arena in Nelson. Seven teams from Western Canada join host Kootenay Kannibelles in the eight-team, three-day tournament. The Bad News Betties of Trail avenged a loss from last season by dumping the Valley Vendettas 196-158 at the License to Thrill Women’s Roller Derby doubleheader action Saturday in Castlegar.In the other game Salmo’s Babes of Brutaility blasted the hometown Dam City Rollers 209-67.The doubleheader was the latest in the West Kootenay Women’s Flat Track Rolley Derby League.last_img read more

PROTEST TO BE HELD AS COUNCILLORS MEET IRISH WATER

first_imgCan’t Pay Won’t Pay will place a protest picket outside Donegal County Council’s office in Lifford on Monday when councillors will meet with representatives of Irish Water.Cllr Mac Giolla EasbuigSpokesperson Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig wants other councillors to join the protest instead of meeting with irish Water.He said, “As a councillor I see no value in meeting with Irish Water. I have been calling on people not to engage with Irish Water which includes not registering for their charges and not paying. Consistent with this, I will not be meeting with Irish Water in Lifford. This is a body which has wasted enormous resources in a chaotic, unnecessary and unwanted water meter installation programme instead of getting to grips with the real problems and waste in our public water supply. It should be disbanded and the council should resume responsibility in this area.” “I was heavily criticised by some councillors for not attending a previous meeting with Irish Water in Carrick-on-Shannon back in October. I said then it would be a complete waste of time. After the meeting those councillors who had been critical of me publicly admitted the meeting had been pointless. I would ask those councillors to now join with us on the protest rather than sitting down with Irish Water.”The public are invited to join the protest picket outside the Council offices at 10am on Monday.“Come along and let Irish Water know that we will not be registering with them, that we do not want their water meters and most importantly of all, we will not pay their charges,” said Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig.PROTEST TO BE HELD AS COUNCILLORS MEET IRISH WATER was last modified: January 23rd, 2015 by StephenShare 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:Donegal County CouncilIrish WaterprotestPubliclast_img read more

Barton could risk ban being extended to 14 games – report

first_imgJoey Barton’s 12-match ban has inevitably led to fresh speculation about his future.The Daily Mirror say he is facing the sack by QPR and is considering appealing against the FA’s punishment.The Daily Star also suggest Barton will lodge an appeal which, if unsuccessful, could result in the player’s ban being extended to 14 matches.Wednesday’s QPR quiz: Bad boy BartonDoes Barton deserve to be sacked by QPR? Click here to voteSee also: Hughes to respond to Barton verdictQPR legend urges club to sack BartonFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Lessons learned from 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc.The 2018 growing season was one of the most challenging for our customers in recent history. Although growers would rather move on from the frustrations and challenges thrown at us this year, there are several lessons that can be taken from 2018 to ensure success in the future.Timely field workWet spring weather has shown the importance of timely field work in the spring. Saturated soils create delays and pressure to complete field work in narrower windows of time. Although heavy rains and cool weather can cause extended delays, field conditions can turn around quickly as observed this spring. Our agronomists observed soil temperatures a few inches below the soil surface go from the upper 30s (Fahrenheit) to the mid 50s in just a few days in no-till fields where soils had been saturated. Having equipment ready to go when a favorable planting window arrives is imperative. While it is important to wait for soil conditions to be warm and dry enough for field work, it is equally important to avoid planting right before a cold snap that accompanies excessively wet weather. When planting is delayed growers should also minimize preparatory trips across the field (tillage, etc.) that will further delay planting.Varietal selection and placementThe 2018 growing season demonstrated the importance of varietal selection and spreading out risk across multiple varieties and maturities for both corn and soybeans. One important key to achieving high yields is choosing varieties adapted to each farmer’s unique growing conditions and management programs. The environment put crops through many different stresses this year including: a cool wet spring, excessive rainfall throughout the season, drought during pollination, heavy disease pressures, etc. Although growers have no control over the environmental conditions, they can make varietal selections to maximize yields and minimize risk. Because timing of stress and rainfall is unpredictable but critical to yield during reproductive and grain fill periods, planting a range of maturities in both corn and soybeans will minimize risk associated with major stresses throughout the season. Selecting varieties with strong defensive traits where there is a history of disease or disease infected residue present will offer protection from diseases that can significantly reduce yields. Selecting varieties and placing them in the field or soil type they are adapted to will ensure their best performance. Along with correct placement comes proper management of each variety from timing of nitrogen applications to fungicide applications when disease is present. Working with the sales or agronomic staff to place varieties where they have the chance for best performance will contribute to maximum yields.Field scouting and timely management decisionsThe challenges our customers faced during the 2018 growing season also reinforced the importance of scouting crops. Anyone who walked corn and soybean fields throughout the season saw indications early that several issues could create problems before harvest. Around the time of pollination nitrogen deficiencies were showing up in some corn fields where soils had been saturated and N was lost due to leaching or denitrification. Plants in these fields most likely cannibalized their stalks to fill out ears, resulting in weakened stalk tissue as plants matured and an increased risk of stalk lodging. The presence of diseases early in the season with weather conditions conducive to continued development justified fungicide applications in many areas. Disease pressure was so heavy in these areas that even corn and/or soybean varieties with above average disease tolerance exhibited moderate symptoms of disease. Timely scouting of these fields allowed growers to apply fungicides where warranted and protect their yield potential. Scouting of corn fields where nitrogen deficiencies and stalk rots were discovered allowed growers to make plans on which fields to harvest first to minimize harvest losses. Time taken to walk fields and observe what is going on can allow for timely action and better management of challenges throughout the season. Scouting may take a great deal of time but it is time well spent.Timely harvestAlthough some growers prefer to allow corn to dry as much as possible in the field, 2018 was not the year to delay harvest. With the many disease and agronomic problems 2018’s crop faced, delaying harvest increased the possibility of harvest losses and damage to grain. When stress, disease, and insects have caused damage to corn stalks, ear shanks, soybean pods, etc. harvest should be started as soon as crops mature to avoid losses and further damage. Scouting plays an important role in determining which fields need to be harvested first.Although most of the challenges growers face throughout the year are out of their control, it is important to focus on what can be controlled and prepare for these challenges to the best of their ability. It is impossible to predict when and where we will see a repeat of 2018’s agronomic challenges, but growers who learn from this growing season and use that knowledge in future years will continue to be successful.last_img read more

Opposition blasts Punjab govt. over drugs issue

first_imgThe Opposition in Punjab hit out at the Congress government on Friday, accusing it of not having any concrete policy to fight the drugs menace prevalent in the State. The criticism came a day after the State government brought back IPS officer Harpreet Singh Sidhu as chief of the anti-drugs Special Task Force, nearly a year after he was removed from the post following reports of a tussle between him and the then DGP. Leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party, the principal Opposition, said the State government’s decision of yet again change the STF chief shows lack of planning and concrete policy. “The Congress has been in power for over two years now, yet the problem of drugs continues unabated. It’s time for taking decisive action, but the government is busy in ‘cosmetic’ moves to save its face,” said senior party leaders Kultar Singh Sandhwan, Sadhu Singh and Gurdit Singh Sekhon in a joint statement here.CM targetedThe leaders also took potshots at the Chief Minister. “The government should give the reason why Mr. Sidhu was removed earlier and why now he is being brought back. While we do not question Mr. Sidhu’s determination towards his duty, the Chief Minister’s intentions are under cloud,” said the leaders.Punjab BJP chief Shwait Malik said that the purpose of setting up the STF was only to corner political opponents. “Replacing officers only proves that if anyone does not cooperate with the government’s whim and fancies, he or she should be moved,” he told reporters.last_img read more

Dodgers beat Astros 3-1, force World Series to Game 7

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Verlander prevented more damage when Turner fouled out and the right-hander fanned Bellinger, who struck out four times for the second time in the Series.Springer homered for the third straight game and fourth time in the Series, one shy of the record set byReggie Jackson in 1977 and matched by Utley in 2009.Brian McCann singled leading off the fifth and Gonzalez doubled past Turner and down the left-field line.Hill struck out Josh Reddick and Verlander, and Springer was intentionally walked to load the bases.Morrow relieved as the crowd booed manager Dave Roberts’ decision, and Hill slapped at four cups of liquid in the dugout, sending them spraying against the wall“With Verlander on the mound, that was going to be the game,” Roberts said.Appearing in his sixth straight Series game, Morrow got Bregman to ground to shortstop on his second pitch.Watson walked Reddick leading off the seventh, Evan Gattis pinch hit for Verlander and Maeda relieved. Gattis bounced to shortstop, just beating Utley’s throw from second to avoid a double play. Springer reached on an infield single that bounced off Seager’s glove at shortstop and into left field, and Bregman’s fly to deep center allowed pinch-runner Derek Fisher to tag up and advance to third, bringing up Altuve. Walking down the dugout steps after his groundout, Altuve slammed his helmet.“The pick is big,” Hinch said.Attention quickly turned to Wednesday.“I think it seems fitting,” Roberts said. “These two teams mirror one another.” But it served only to set up the 10th blown lead of the Series, the fifth by Houston, as Verlander fell to 9-1 with the Astros.Dodgers relievers combined for 4 1/3 scoreless innings. Brandon Morrow retired Alex Bregman on a grounder to strand the bases loaded in the fifth, winner Tony Watson got Marwin Gonzalez to fly out with two on and two outs in the sixth, and Kenta Maeda escaped two-on trouble in the seventh when third baseman Justin Turner gloved Jose Altuve’s grounder and made a short-hop throw that first baseman Cody Bellinger scooped just in time.After wasting a ninth-inning lead in Game 2 and losing Game 5, Kenley Jansen retired six straight batters (on 19 pitches) for the save and ended it by striking out 40-year-old pinch-hitter Carlos Beltran.This will be the third World Series Game 7 in four years. The road team has won the last two after home teams had won every one since 1979.Ten of the last 12 teams that won Game 6 to force a seventh game also won the title, but the Dodgers lost the previous six World Series in which they trailed 3-2. They have won just one of their six championships at home, in 1963.A heat wave over and the skies overcast, the temperature dropped to 67 degrees at game time from 103 for last week’s opener, and there was a slight drizzle in the middle innings.Los Angelenos with a laid-back reputation were on their feet for two-strike counts against Astros batters, a wave in Pantone 294 — also known as Dodger blue.“We feed off the crowd, for sure,” Taylor said. “We feel we have a huge home-field advantage.”Yuli Gurriel, who made a racist gesture toward Darvish in Game 3, was booed loudly during introductions and each time he batted, and Hill stepped off the rubber to allow the crowd extra time to jeer.Verlander has 11 postseason wins but dropped to 0-4 in the Series with Detroit and Houston, which acquired him from the Tigers on Aug. 31 to win on nights like this. He allowed just one baserunner before Austin Barnes singled leading off the sixth. Verlander bounced a pitch that hit Chase Utley on the front of his right foot, and Taylor sent a 97 mph fastball down the right-field line as Barnes came home. Seager followed with a sacrifice fly to the warning track, a ball that likely would have landed in the pavilion in last week’s hot air. 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No one is afraid,” McCullers said.Two nights after a 13-12, 10-inning slugfest under the roof at Minute Maid Park, pitching dominated.George Springer’s third-inning home run against starter Rich Hill had given a 1-0 lead to Verlander and the Astros, trying for the first championship in their 56-season history. On Halloween night, a title for a team with orange in its colors seemed appropriate.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Chris Taylor hit a tying double off Justin Verlander during a two-run rally in the sixth inning, Corey Seager followed with a go-ahead sacrifice fly and the Dodgers beat the Astros 3-1 on Tuesday night to push this dramatic Fall Classic to the ultimate game.Pederson homered in the seventh against Joe Musgrove, connecting off the right-hander for the second time in three games and making it a record 24 long balls that have been hit in this Series. Pederson pranced all the way to the plate, pointing at the Dodgers’ dugout and rubbing his thumbs and index fingers together to indicate what a money shot it was.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“You kind of black out in a situation like that. So I’m going to have to re-watch it to see what I did,” Pederson said.It was the third home run of the Series for Pederson, who was demoted to the minors from mid-August until early September, then left off the NL Division Series roster. He had hit just one previous big league opposite-field homer this season, and teammates offered to pay him to go the other way. View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson celebrates his home run off against the Houston Astros during the seventh inning of Game 6 of baseball’s World Series Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES— Joc Pederson sliced a drive over the left-field wall, pounded his chest and danced around the bases, taking as many twists and turns as this World Series itself.Of course, the Los Angeles Dodgers forced the Houston Astros to Game 7.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. 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