News India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 Follow the news on India Photo : tripura4u.com Organisation News RSF_en Receive email alerts May 22, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three newspaper employees murdered, police urged to act quickly Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders is appalled to learn that three employees of Dainik Ganadoot, a local Bengali-language daily based in Agartala, the capital of the northeastern state of Tripura, were stabbed to death at the newspaper’s headquarters by two unidentified intruders on 19 May.“We are shocked and horrified by this targeted triple murder of news professionals and we call for immediate measures to protect the victims’ colleagues and families,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We also urge the police and judicial authorities to pursue their investigation with the aim of quickly identifying the perpetrators and instigators of these awful murders and then bringing them to justice without delay.”The police said two men entered the newspaper at around 3 p.m., stabbed proof-reader Sujit Bhattacharya and driver Balaram Ghosh and then went upstairs and stabbed office manager Ranjit Chowdhury.No arrests have so far been made and no measures have been taken to protect the families of the victims, who fear for their safety.According to the Times of India, three individuals forced their way into the home of the office manager’s widow, Bina Chowdhury, on 20 May, refusing to identify themselves to her. The next day, two other unidentified youths went to her home to “investigate.”Dainik Ganadoot owner Sushil Chowdhury has announced that he will give the family of each victim 100,000 rupees (1,400 euros) in compensation. He has also offered a reward of 1 million rupees for information about the killers.The opposition called a 12-hour general strike yesterday in Agartala in protest against the murders. The Communist Party of India (Marxist), which heads the Tripura state government, did not oppose the strike. March 3, 2021 Find out more to go further IndiaAsia – Pacific News IndiaAsia – Pacific April 27, 2021 Find out more News Indian journalist wrongly accused of “wantonly” inaccurate reporting February 23, 2021 Find out more
Advertisement IRISH people are in danger of underestimating their own ability to speak their native language, according to research carried about by a Mary Immaculate College (MIC) researcher. Previous articleMunster’s Gavin Coombes Called Into Ireland CampNext articleCall for innovative ideas to make Limerick city ‘energy positive’ Meghann Scully TAGSGaeilgeIrishKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostMary Immaculate College Indeed, the same study suggests that lack of confidence in the cúpla focal could be linked to an absence of quality feedback in school.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Shane Barry, an Applied Linguistics doctoral student at MIC has drawn the conclusion based on his interviews with current civil servants who were asked to rate their own Irish language proficiency.In his study, he asked participants to evaluate their own ability to speak Irish in a current conversational setting. The research found that 60% of respondents would generally downplay their own abilities but would answer more favourably to specific questions, such as their ability to order a cup of coffee in a Gaeltacht area.Barry suggests that those who claim to have low Irish self-efficacy have generally experienced a ‘lethal combination’ of experiencing poor performances and a lack of feedback during school.Barry explains that the Official Languages Act of 2003, which requires public bodies within the Irish state to provide services through both Irish and English, served as the inspiration behind the study.“A recent official report where sixteen Government departments were surveyed, of which there are over 21,000 employees, revealed that only 2.62% of staff are recognised as having a competence in the Irish language – or in other words, capable of interacting with the public through Irish when required.“The most important implication emerging from my research is that these misaligned self-efficacy beliefs are a more accurate predictor of performance than actual ability when it comes to the Irish language.“There appears to be a much larger number of civil servants, and generally the wider population, that are completely misrepresenting their Irish knowledge by declaring themselves as non-speakers of Irish. This results in a general withdrawal from using the language with a belief that the Irish language is ‘gone forever’ or ‘forgotten’.“This research is unique in that it is the first study to investigate Irish language self-efficacy beliefs, or perceptions, in current civil servants. What is striking is how those that have studied Irish in school, even to a high standard, are so quick to declare themselves as non-speakers, despite contrary evidence.“The findings in this research suggest that the Irish population possesses a knowledge of Irish language that is often unacknowledged or dismissed due to negative experiences from our school days.“What may be needed, not just for the population in general, but for the civil service in performing its obligations under the Official Languages Act, is a form of refresher training to unlock this knowledge and build people’s self-efficacy beliefs in their Irish language abilities.“By doing this, we may finally change our emotive relationship with the Irish language to a more positive one, where hearing our native language on the street or in shops could become less of a surprise to us.”Shane Barry is a departmental assistant and current PhD student in Applied Linguistics in the Department of English Language and Literature at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. The full paper, ‘Irish language self-efficacy beliefs and the Official Languages Act 2003’, appears in the 2020 edition of Teanga, and is free to access at https://journal.iraal.ie/index.php/teanga/article/view/213 Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Print Email Linkedin LimerickNewsIs fearr Gaeilge bhriste ná Béarla clisteBy Meghann Scully – February 3, 2021 451 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick
Jeff Swensen/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) — The man who allegedly opened fire on worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue in what is likely the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in U.S. history acted alone, authorities said.Eleven people were killed and six more were injured, including four police officers, when authorities say the suspect opened fire at the Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha congregation in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. An assault rifle and three handguns were found on the suspect, Bob Jones, FBI Pittsburgh special agent in charge, said during a press conference Saturday afternoon.The suspect has been identified Robert Bowers, who is 46 years old. Bowers has several firearms and hunting licenses registered in his name and has addresses in the Pittsburgh area.“This is the most horrific crime scene I’ve ever seen,” Jones said.“The suspect’s full motive is unknown but we believe he was acting alone,” Jones added.The Anti-Defamation League condemned the attack in a statement, saying it was “unconscionable for Jews to be targeted during worship on a Sabbath morning.”“This is the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States,” the ADL said in a statement.The suspect is in fair condition with multiple gunshot wounds at a local hospital after being taken into custody, Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich told reporters during the press conference Saturday afternoon.At 9:54 a.m. Saturday, police received reports of an active shooter at Tree of Life, where a service was taking place, Hissrich said.There was also a morning Shabbat service scheduled from 9:45 a.m. to noon, according to the synagogue’s website.After entering the church, Bowers allegedly killed at least 11 people, Jones said, and exchanged fire with officers, some of whom were injured. Bowers was also shot.He was taken into custody and brought to the hospital, Hissrich said.Bowers had not been charged as of Saturday afternoon.Law enforcement is looking closely at a social media account believed to be linked to the suspect. A counterterrorism official briefed on the probe says they are looking at Bowers’ social media profiles, looking at what he allegedly posted and his conversations.Since the incident happened at a synagogue, it is being treated as a federal hate crime and will be handled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) with the assistance of local, county and state police, he added.Upon arriving in Indiana for a speech before the Future Farmers of America, President Donald Trump called the attack an “anti-Semitic crime.”“This wicked act of mass murder is pure evil, hard to believe, and frankly something that is unimaginable,” Trump said at the start of the event. “Our nation and the world are shocked and stunned by the grief. This was an anti-Semitic act. You wouldn’t think this would be possible in this day and age but we don’t seem to learn from the past.”“The vile, hate-filled poison of anti-Semitism must be condemned anywhere and everywhere it appears,” he added.Speaking to reporters before boarding his flight to Indiana earlier in the day, Trump called the suspected shooter “a wacko” and a “maniac.” He also said the suspect should “pay the ultimate price” and be subjected to the death penalty.
BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF VERMONT ANNOUNCES DISTINGUISHED EMPLOYEE FOR MAY AND JUNE 2006Berlin, VT Becky Law, a resident of Northfield, VT, and Rus Franswick, a resident of Johnson, VT have been chosen as distinguished employees for the months of May and June 2006 respectively.Ms. Law is a mail/micrographics processor II in the mail and micrographics unit and has been with Blue Cross and Blue Shield since 2002. She is cited for her leadership qualities, her dedication, and her willingness to help her co-workers. A co-worker states, She takes the time to make sure everybody knows what they are doing and that everything is running smoothly.Mr. Franswick is a communications specialist in corporate communications. He has been employed at Blue Cross and Blue Shield since 1988. He is cited for his extensive knowledge, his dependability, and his outgoing personality. A co-worker states, Rus is dependable, reliable and constant.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont employs about 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and its branch office in Williston. A committee of employees recognizes an employee each month in honor of Carol L. Goodrich, the winner of the first-ever Employee of the Year award in 1992. This program awards individuals who demonstrate extraordinary effort above and beyond the scope of their current responsibilities. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.(End)
The awards keep rolling in for National Player of the Year candidate and Wisconsin men’s basketball forward Frank Kaminsky.Kaminsky was announced as a unanimous selection to the 2014-15 Associated Press All-American team Monday. He is currently averaging a team-high 18.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, shooting 54.9 percent overall and 41.5 percent from beyond the arc. Kaminsky’s 99 assists and 54 blocks lead the team as well.“It’s cool to be named first-team All-American. It’s something you dream of as a kid,” Kaminsky said in a statement. “To finally be able to do so, it’s a good thing and it shows how hard I’ve worked in my career. To be up there with Alando Tucker is a pretty cool thing.”The seven-footer, who was previously named the Big Ten Player of the Year, has started all but one of Wisconsin’s game this season, scoring in double figures in 36 of his 37 games. Kaminsky scored 20 or more points 15 times this season, including 29 against Arizona in the Elite Eight Saturday in Los Angeles. He has logged 12 double-doubles in his 37 games.Guiding the Badgers to a second-consecutive Final Four, Kaminsky is averaging 22.8 points and 8.3 rebounds in four NCAA tournament games.Kaminsky is just the second Wisconsin player to be named to the AP All-American team, joining Alando Tucker who made the team in 2007.“Not to be overly patriotic, but we’re an American story, that you can do that in this kind of a system,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said in a statement. “Sometimes where it looks like the privileged, the ones that are identified as being great players and can’t-miss-type guys, where there can always come that guy from behind in the race and then cross the tape first.“Frank is that guy who got a little bit later start as far as people noticing his abilities, but that’s just a great accomplishment on his part. … He took advantage of a chance and has made the most of it.”Kaminsky is joined on the All-American team by Duke’s Jahlil Okafor, Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant, Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell and Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein – whom the Badgers will face in the Final Four Saturday.Kaminsky and Wisconsin will face-off against Cauley-Stein and Kentucky for the second-straight season in the Final Four. Saturday’s game will tip-off at 7:49 central time from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Could Madison Bumgarner be on the move?A guy who’s as identifiable in the Bay Area as a trolley shouldn’t be moved. Simply put, trading Mad Bum seems Mad Dumb. PadresThe Padres aren’t ready to compete just yet, but rumors have had them attached to top-end starters for a year or so, Mets starter Noah Syndergaard among them .Would the Giants send him to a division rival? Well, if they could dip into the Padres’ farm system deeper than a Chicago pie, potentially. The Giants’ rebuild is going to take a little bit of time, and they likely wouldn’t feel “threatened” by the return of Bumgarner, especially given his impending free agency after the 2019 season.But the Padres haven’t been averse to spending big bucks in years past — see Eric Hosmer and Wil Myers — and getting an opportunity to bring in Bumgarner and maybe extend him as a rock of the rotation for the next few years makes a lot of sense. But that’s the challenge for new Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi — how do you move a San Francisco legend? There’s no denying that when Bumgarner is on, he’s on, and he’s one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball.MORE: MLB free agent tracker — See who goes where this winterWhile all 29 other teams would love to have Bumgarner snarling and snot-rocketing every fifth day, here are five that make the most sense.BrewersWhile the Brewers’ rotation performed above expectations — especially deep into the postseason — there’s no denying that Milwaukee could use a horse’s ace at the top.Jimmy Nelson missed the 2018 season, recovering from a shoulder injury he suffered at the tail end of the 2017 season. Jhoulys Chacín carried the load for the Crew for most of 2018, but it’s difficult to see him replicating that success in 2019. Even if he does, that shouldn’t deter the team from wanting Bumgarner.The Brewers’ farm system isn’t as loaded as it once was, ranking in the bottom third of most farm rankings since promoting some players and trading others, but Milwaukee could still have the trade capital to get it done.MORE: MadBum and more — who could be dealt this offseason?While the Brewers and SN Co-Manager of the Year Craig Counsell are ahead of the curve when it comes to bullpen usage — something that was exceedingly evident in the playoffs — the team needs to keep its ‘pen fresh for another potential October run.Until the last two injury-shortened seasons, Bumgarner had six consecutive seasons with 200-plus innings pitched. In 2018, 16 of Bumgarner’s 21 starts were six innings or more. That’s the length the Brewers could use, and given that Bumgarner’s recent injuries have been of the freak variety — a dirt bike incident in 2017 and a fractured hand in 2018 after being struck by a line drive — his left arm isn’t a concern.PhilliesThe Phillies are attached to every free-agent and trade target on the market this offseason, including stadium vendors and janitors, so there’s no surprise that Bumgarner was on their Christmas list.Bumgarner would fit seamlessly into the Phillies’ rotation, an excellent 1A to No. 1 Aaron Nola and a Jake Arrieta, who showed signs of decline amid an overall good 2018. Not to mention, Bumgarner would slot in as the sole lefty in the rotation.There’s something about Bumgarner that would make him fit very, very well in a Phillies uniform. Maybe it’s the snarl, or the attitude, or the beard. Who knows? But if the Phillies are serious about making a jump and challenging for a National League pennant, they’re going to need to shore up the rotation. YankeesFrom the Bay Area to Madison Avenue?The Yankees need help at the top of their rotation even after their big-time trade for James Paxton. To go toe-to-toe with the Houstons and Bostons of the world — the past two World Series winners, one a division rival — you need a really good rotation, and the Yankees have been searching for a really good rotation for a long time.MORE: Grading the trade: How did the Yankees make out in James Paxton deal?You have to go to 2013 to find a Yankees starter who eclipsed the 200-inning mark, though some have come close. In fact, the Yankees have perpetually searched for another impact lefty in the rotation to pair with CC Sabathia since the days of Andy Pettitte. Jordan Montgomery was a surprise for the team in 2017 but is recovering from Tommy John surgery and won’t be back until the middle of 2019.If the Yankees want to get creative, they can avoid spending money on Patrick Corbin, acquire Bumgarner in exchange for prospects, and reallocate that money for a potential Bumgarner contract extension. That’d be the best option for the Bombers.Red SoxImagine a world where the defending World Series champions roll out Chris Sale, Madison Bumgarner and David Price at the top of their rotation.The Red Sox shouldn’t rest on their laurels, considering the Yankees are still a very real threat in the AL East. One can also assume that the Rays will take a step up as well, especially given their surprising, pesky second half.While a move for Bumgarner would make the Red Sox rotation lefty-dominant — Sale and Price would be the main cohorts, with Eduardo Rodriguez and Drew Pomeranz as two more left-handed options — those top three guys can get anybody out, and between two Cy Young winners and a perennial Cy Young candidate in Bumgarner, that would be a devastatingly good one-through-three.While the Red Sox’s farm system is barren at the moment — third baseman Michael Chavis is the sole representative on MLB Pipeline’s list of the top 100 prospects — that has never stopped team president Dave Dombrowski before. If a starter the caliber of Bumgarner is on the trade market, expect him to at least make the call.