Journalist gunned down in Assam, second to be killed on northeast in past week

first_img Organisation News News November 24, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist gunned down in Assam, second to be killed on northeast in past week IndiaAsia – Pacific In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival Follow the news on India Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders is shocked to learn of the fatal shooting on 22 November of Jagajit Saikia, the correspondent of the regional daily Amar Asom in Kokrajhar, in an area where separatist groups are active in the west of the state of Assam. He is the second journalist to be killed in the past week in the northeast of India. News News RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 IndiaAsia – Pacific June 10, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more to go further India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media RSF_en Reporters Without Borders is shocked to learn of the fatal shooting on 22 November of Jagajit Saikia, the correspondent of the regional daily Amar Asom in Kokrajhar, in an area where separatist groups are active in the west of the state of Assam. He is the second journalist to be killed in the past week in the northeast of India.”The security situation is very worrying in the northeast,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is unacceptable that journalists should be made to pay for refusing to relay propaganda for the different parties to a conflict. This latest murder must not go unpunished. We call on the authorities in New Delhi to order the Central Bureau of Investigation to carry out an exhaustive investigation to determine the motives and arrest those responsible.”Saikia, 30, was talking with several people outside his office in Kokrajhar when two men on a motorcycle stopped beside him and fired six times at close range, a police spokesman said. One of the shots hit him in the head. The other five hit him in the chest. He was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. His killers have not yet been identified.The leaders of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), a pro-independence group which dominates the Kokrajhar region and which signed a cease-fire with New Delhi in 2005, denied any role in the shooting. There are other armed groups in the region, above all the Bodo Liberation Tigers.Saikia’s brother told Reporters Without Borders he did not understand the motive for the shooting as, to his knowledge, Saikia had no enemies. Saikia leaves a wife and a daughter aged two and a half.The Assam Journalist Action Committee has decided to state a protest on Tuesday at the Press Club in Guwahati, the capital of Assam.Fellow journalist Konsam Rishikanta was shot dead in Imphal, the capital of the neighbouring state of Manipur, on 17 November. March 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Online estate agents lose significant market share in London and East of England

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Online estate agents lose significant market share in London and East of England previous nextHousing MarketOnline estate agents lose significant market share in London and East of EnglandThe latest market snapshot from TwentyCI shows online agents’ share of the property market dropped by nearly 20% year-on-year within outer London and by nearly a quarter within its central postcodes.Nigel Lewis17th July 201901,376 Views The share of property sales held by online estate agents is beginning to fall away dramatically in London and the East of England, latest research from data firm TwentyCI has revealed.Within inner London online agents now hold 4.83% of the sales market, down 23.6% year-on-year, while in outer London their share is down 18% to 6%.The East of England is the other region to see online estate agents’ share drop away, by 11% to 4.48% of all property sales.But market share growth in the lower-priced and northern regional housing markets means online agents’ share of the market is ‘holding steady’ at 7.3%, albeit down marginally from 7.5% during the first three months of the year.“Online agent popularity continues to typically resonate with the lower-value end of the housing market and from primarily northern regions of the UK where more properties of this nature are located,” says Colin Bradshaw, Chief Customer Officer at TwentyCI (left).His firm’s data supports this view. Online agents are gaining market share in the sub-£200,000 property market within which they account for 9.01% of all sales, up from 8.86% a year ago.Withdrawn salesThe TwentyCI research also shows that nearly 900,000 houses for sale were withdrawn from the market over the past 12 months as frustrated vendors changed estate agent in a bid to secure a sale.TwentyCI also reveals that 212,000 sales fell through over the past 12 months, or approximately 20% of all transactions.London house prices London online estate agents TwentyCi July 17, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

NBA Draft: How Rakeem Christmas fits into Cleveland Cavaliers rotation

first_imgFormer Syracuse forward Rakeem Christmas was selected 36th overall in Thursday’s NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, but was shipped to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a trade involving former Duke point guard and Final Four MVP Tyus Jones.Here’s a look at the Cavs’ current payroll situation from Basketball-Reference.com and how Christmas may fit in.Christmas will join the defending runner-ups and fight to make an already crowded frontcourt. Cleveland has Kevin Love – if he returns to the Cavs in free agency – and Anderson Varejao returning from injury down low and Tristan Thompson and Timofey Mozgov already established as a one-two post presence that anchored the Cavs’ defense in the NBA Finals.Veteran big man Kendrick Perkins will be a free agent this offseason, and Brendan Haywood likely won’t be a threat to knock Christmas off the 12-man roster despite having another year on his contract.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on June 25, 2015 at 11:43 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidmancenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Mark Cuban fined $50K for leaking information during NBA Board of Governors meeting, report says

first_img Mavericks will ‘certainly’ load manage Kristaps Porzingis, Mark Cuban says Cuban immediately admitted to sharing confidential information to reporters after Kings owner Vivek Ranadive “expressed concern that information about the vote to allow coaches’ challenges was being reported,” according to ESPN. The fine was handed down because it is deemed a violation of league rules to discuss the information shared in the meeting to outsiders. NBA approves coach’s challenge, instant replay for 2019-20 season The report noted the NBA has issued a memo to inform other teams, but have not yet publicly announced Cuban’s punishment.”I appreciate the irony of your reporting on a fine that someone should, but won’t, get fined for leaking to you,” Cuban told ESPN. Related News The NBA didn’t take kindly to Mark Cuban’s admission.The Mavericks owner said he leaked information from last week’s Board of Governors meeting to a media member, and according to a report from ESPN — which cited unidentified league sources — the league’s front office fined Cuban $50,000. Adam Silver: Trade demands by NBA players ‘are disheartening’ This isn’t the first time the NBA has cut into Cuban’s pockets.He has now been fined more than $2 million since 2000 when he began his long tenure as owner.last_img read more

Life by Design: Jill McFarland, Landscape Architect

first_imgFacebook25Tweet0Pin0Submitted by SCJ AllianceAfter nearly two decades as a landscape designer, Jill McFarland is now a landscape architect.“Most people already thought I was one,” she laughed. “Even my kids!”Jill went to architecture school at the University of Minnesota and earned her master’s in landscape architecture at the University of Virginia in 1998.Jill McFarland with her two children. Photo courtesy: SCJ AllianceBack when she started architecture school, Jill hadn’t yet heard about landscape architecture. But when she did, it was an easy choice.“I like dirt,” she said, “and I don’t like making things exactly rectangular.”For 19 years, she used that down-to-earth nature and preference for softer lines to balance her career and family life, waiting until her kids outgrew the tiny stage to start taking her exams.“I actually passed all my tests three years ago,” she said. “My longtime coworker Trent Grantham was the one who really kept on me and encouraged me to get all my stuff sent in.”Nationally, landscape architects take four exams to earn their license, and in Washington state, applicants must answer additional questions regarding the Growth Management Acts, State Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, and Shoreline Management Act.“Jill has been in the business for a long time and has a great eye for the profession,” SCJ Principal Landscape Architect Jeff Glander said. “We’re all proud she stuck with it and followed through on her dream to get her license.”“Everyone here has been so supportive,” Jill said. “But no one is more proud than my dad. He wants me to send him a copy of my certificate to hang on his wall.”SCJ is a multidisciplinary consulting firm specializing in civil engineering, transportation planning and design, environmental and urban planning, landscape architecture and design, and public outreach. The dynamic company has locations in Lacey, Centralia, Vancouver, Seattle, and Wenatchee, Washington.The privately-held, majority women-owned firm is nationally recognized and the recipient of two top places to work awards in the recent years. For more information, visit the SCJ Alliance website.last_img read more

Newcastle looking to snap up Murphy, Mirror say

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Newcastle are trying to tie up a deal to sign Jacob Murphy from Norwich City, the Daily Mirror say.Magpies boss Rafael Benitez is said to be closing in on the £8m signing of the 22-year-old from Wembley.However, the Mirror also say Crystal Palace and Southampton are also trying to sign Murphy, who was previously linked with Everton.There has been speculation about his future, particularly since he impressed for England’s Under-21s at the recent European Championships.Embed from Getty ImagesNewcastle, Palace and Southampton are all willing to meet Norwich’s £8m asking price, the Mirror say.Murphy has been with Norwich since the East Anglian club snapped him up along with his twin brother Josh in 2006.last_img

The Biggest Surprises Of WildCard Weekend

The Biggest Surprises Of WildCard Weekend

For all the effort that’s gone into developing sophisticated statistical measurements of football, it remains a highly unpredictable sport. As my buddy Chase Stuart once wrote about the NFL, “we don’t know anything and we never will.” And yet, while we may not know anything for certain, we’ve learned enough that from week to week, we can make sense of some of the chaos (though not all).With that in mind, let’s take a look at what transpired over wild-card weekend. How much did it differ from what the advanced stats would have predicted before the game? Some outcomes were easy to see coming; others illustrated just how little we can predict about a single NFL game.What the stats saw comingThe Chiefs ran the ball all over the Texans. KC came into its game against Houston with the league’s top rushing attack according to Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric, and the Texans boasted a decent but not great rushing D during the regular season. So it shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise that the Chiefs ran for 141 yards during their 30-0 annihilation of the Texans. The Chiefs destroyed Houston on special teams. Special teams play is notoriously difficult to predict — and that’s at the season level, let alone in a single game. So although the league-worst Texans specialists were facing the seventh-ranked Chiefs, that should have granted only a razor-thin edge to KC. Instead, Kansas City’s special teams were worth almost a full touchdown by EPA on Saturday, giving KC the 18th-best playoff special teams performance of the past decade. KC’s passing game was good, not great. As well as Kansas City played in other phases of the game, its passing attack was not the most crucial element of its win. Alex Smith averaged 5.9 adjusted net yards per attempt against a team that allowed 5.4 during the regular season, so the Chiefs pretty much passed to expectations, despite the lopsided win. Minnesota’s run defense stuffed Seattle. The Seahawks get a little leeway here because they were playing on the road, in frigid conditions, with neither Thomas Rawls nor Marshawn Lynch. But they also had the NFL’s fourth-best rushing DVOA during the regular season — with a lot of the way paved by their offensive line — and they were facing a Vikings team that ranked 18th in rush defense. So it was extremely unlikely that they’d be held to 3.5 yards per carry and -5.9 expected points on the ground Sunday. Cincinnati’s special teams played well. The Bengals lost in excruciating fashion, but you can’t blame the special teams, which outplayed their Steeler counterparts by 1.2 expected points added (EPA) in the game. During the regular season, Cincy ranked ninth in special teams DVOA while Pittsburgh was dead-average — so in at least one regard, the game played out exactly as expected.The biggest surprisesHouston’s passing was horrific. The Texans ranked 22nd in passing DVOA during the regular season and the Chiefs had the NFL’s fifth-best defense against the pass, so this matchup looked lopsided before the opening toss. But Houston’s quarterback was Brian Hoyer, who had more passing success than the other three QBs the team used during the regular season. The hope was that the Texans would outplay their regular-season numbers; instead, Hoyer had the fourth-worst passing game in postseason history, an outcome no metric could have predicted. The Packers’ ground game delivered against Washington. For all the pregame chatter about Green Bay’s offensive struggles of late, the Pack ranked 10th in rushing efficiency during the regular season, closing the year with 100 or more yards in three of its final four games. Helping matters, Washington was the 11th-worst rushing D in football by DVOA. Sure enough, after 141 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground, Green Bay had run its way into the divisional round. Cincinnati’s passing game struggled badly. This comes with an injury-related asterisk as well: Cincinnati had the league’s best passing offense during the regular season, but most of that was done before quarterback Andy Dalton was injured. However, backup QB AJ McCarron had been doing a reasonable impersonation of Dalton down the regular-season stretch, and on Saturday, he was going up against an average Steeler pass D. If McCarron hadn’t helped Cincinnati post the 34th-worst playoff passing game of the past decade by EPA, Cincinnati’s defense wouldn’t have been put in a position to hold a 1-point lead on the game’s fateful final drive.One final note: These unlikely performances are also the most valuable. Of the 10 cases this weekend where a team added 5 or more expected points in a single phase of the game, all had less than a 30 percent probability of happening based on the teams’ regular-season numbers. Eight had a 15 percent chance or less of occurring; four had a 10 percent probability or less. Some of this can be attributed to randomness and game-to-game volatility, and some is due to individual matchups and planning.In other words, the performances that fuel victory are often also the toughest to see coming. And with the playoff field’s Super Bowl odds becoming more tightly bunched than ever this weekend, don’t expect that to change anytime soon.Read more: After Wild-Card Weekend, There Is No Super Bowl Favorite read more

Frenkie De Jong so excited about playing with Messi

Frenkie De Jong so excited about playing with Messi

first_imgNew Barcelona signing Frenkie de Jong has revealed he’s buoyed by the prospect of playing alongside Lionel Messi.The Dutch midfielder completed a £65million move to the Catalan club on Wednesday but will spend the rest of the campaign on loan with former club Ajax Amsterdam.De Jong, who was wanted by top clubs across European football including Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain opted for the Spanish champions after visiting the Camp Nou.De Jong insists he spoke to other suitors about a potential move, but also revealed Messi wasn’t the only deciding factor about choosing Barcelona.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).For me that will be very special,’ said the Netherlands international, according to the Metro.“Everyone knows that I think he’s the best. But it has not been a decisive factor. That does not work.”“I also do not have to look at him as a kind of tourist. I’ll just be his teammate later.”last_img read more

I nearly quit football – New Chelsea signing Higuain reveals

I nearly quit football – New Chelsea signing Higuain reveals

first_imgThe Blues January signing Gonzalo Higuain claims his mother’s life-threatening illness almost made him quit football.Higuain moved to Stamford Bridge few days ago and will now have to join former boss at Napoli Maurizio Sarri for exploits.He acknowledged that he almost retired from professional football in 2016, following his mother’s health condition who has now recovered.“I decided immediately that I must stop playing football so that I could look after my mum,” Higuain explained to the Mirror.“I suspected something was wrong at home during the Copa America, but it was still a huge shock when I was told the truth.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I felt guilty, because I played in that final without knowing. My whole world came crashing down in that moment. I was not interested in anything else but my mum.“I told her I was finished with football and if it had been down to me I would have stopped playing.“Her reply was that when I played football it made her happy. She told me that she would not allow me to give up something I loved. She asked me to carry on for her — and I knew I had to grant that wish.“My family and friends are everything to me. After that, comes football. People need to understand that. They see you kick a ball and they don’t think you have anything to think about outside the game.”last_img read more