first_img Help by sharing this information News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison ChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Protecting journalists PhotoreportageJudicial harassmentViolence The prohibition on face-covering using a colonial-era Emergency Regulations Ordinance was proclaimed and came into force on Saturday October 4th despite widespread criticism. According to the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA), journalists that carry a protective mask are at risk of being arrested, detained and prosecuted under the law, although they may invoke professional motives as their defence. Footage of reporters being requested by police to remove their gas-mask have already surfaced on social media.“Over the past four months, journalists in Hong Kong have been exposed to massive doses of tear gas, pepper spray and fumes that pose a direct threat to their health,” says Cédric Alviani, head of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) East Asia Bureau, who urges Hong Kong authorities to “ensure that reporters are formally exempt from the ban and effectively free to protect themselves while carrying on their mission.”Officially presented as a response to the violence that erupted during the pro-democracy demonstrations over the past weeks, the ban prohibits the wearing of full or partial facial covering, including face paint, at any public assembly, whether legal or not.Since the beginning of the demonstrations in June, journalists have been under tremendous pressure in Hong Kong and many of them have also been victim of abuse, leading RSF to publicly address Chief Executive Carrie Lam in an open letter that received a canned answer without commitment.In the RSF World Press Freedom Index, Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China, plummeted from 18th in 2002 to 73rd this year. RSF_en Organisation PHOTO: PHILIP FONG / AFP Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom June 2, 2021 Find out more News ChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Protecting journalists PhotoreportageJudicial harassmentViolence center_img Hong-Kong’s face-covering prohibition implemented last Saturday threatens journalists’ right to protect themselves while reporting, denounces Reporters Without Borders (RSF). October 8, 2019 – Updated on October 16, 2019 Hong Kong: mask-ban endangers journalists to go further June 7, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists News Follow the news on Asia – Pacific Receive email alerts Newslast_img read more

first_imgWhatsApp Linkedin Limerick are the Allianz National Hurling League Champions!Watch the GAANOW Full-Time Highlights here— The GAA (@officialgaa) March 31, 2019 Email Advertisement Pure class by Aaron Gillane to find the net for @LimerickCLG— The GAA (@officialgaa) March 31, 2019 Declan Hannon with an inspirational point for @LimerickCLG— The GAA (@officialgaa) March 31, 2019Shane Dowling and Seamus Flanagan also made impressive cameos from the bench as Limerick cruised to an eight point victory.Scorers – Limerick: Aaron Gillane 1-9 (4f), Gearoid Hegarty and Peter Casey 0-3 each, Cian Lynch and Shane Dowling (1f) 0-2 each, Darragh O’Donovan (1 s/l), Tom Morrissey, Graeme Mulcahy, Declan Hannon and Seamus Flanagan 0-1 each.Limerick: NickieQuaid; Tom Condon, Sean Finn, Richie English; Diarmaid Byrnes, Declan Hannon,Dan Morrissey; Cian Lynch, Darragh O’Donovan; Gearoid Hegarty, Kyle Hayes, TomMorrissey; Aaron Gillane, Peter Casey, Graeme Mulcahy.Subs: Mike Casey for Condon (h-t), Seamus Flanagan for Mulcahy (57), Barry Murphy for Gillane (64), Shane Dowling for T Morrissey (64), Paddy O’Loughlin for Hannon (69). Limerick are the Allianz National Hurling League Champions of 2019!— The GAA (@officialgaa) March 31, 2019 Limerick’s dominance continued in the second half with Casey, Gillane and Declan Hannon all on target in the early stages. Twitter Declan Hannon of Limerick lifting the cup following the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Final match between Limerick and Waterford at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/SportsfileLimerick are Allianz Hurling League Division 1 champions for the first time in 22 years after a comprehensive 1-24 to 0-19 win over Waterford at Croke Park.Aaron Gillane top scored for John Kiely’s men with a scoring total of 1-9, five of which came from play.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick led by five points at the end of a pulsating first half and continued to dominate proceedings after the break with Peter Casey, Gillane and Gearoid Hegarty proving too much for the Waterford defence to handle. Facebook Print Stephen Bennett was Waterford’s scorer in chief and proved a big danger in the opening 35 minutes, but was well marshalled by Sean Finn in the second half.Limerick made a fast start to the game with Gillane helping his side into a 0-7 to 0-2 lead after just 13 minutes.Bennett helped Waterford reduced that lead to two points by the 20 minute mark, but Gillane’s sensational flick from a Tom Morrissey delivery saw Limerick go in 1-12 to 0-10 ahead at the break. The post WATCH: Limerick cruise to Allianz Hurling League Final win over Waterford appeared first on Sporting Limerick. NewsWATCH: Limerick cruise to Allianz Hurling League Final win over WaterfordBy John Keogh – March 31, 2019 1228 Previous articleLimerick consultant appeals for more organ donorsNext articleGoal set for 10,000 Darkness Into Light participants in Limerick City for 2019 John Keoghlast_img read more

first_imgABC News(WEYMOUTH, Mass.) —  A Massachusetts police officer, Army veteran and father of two who died this weekend after being shot by his own weapon would have marked his six-year anniversary on the force Monday, authorities said.Weymouth police officer Michael Chesna and a local resident died in the incident Sunday.The alleged gunman, 20-year-old Emanuel “Manny” Lopes, is in police custody but has not appeared in court.The deadly shootings just outside Boston took place after Weymouth police responded to a report of an erratic driver and found a crashed BMW, the Norfolk District Attorney’s office said. The BMW driver had fled on foot, prosecutors said.Officers, including Chesna, were searching for the driver when they found Lopes vandalizing a home, according to prosecutors.Chesna drew his gun and issued commands to Lopes before Lopes then allegedly hit Chesna in the head with a rock, prosecutors said.When Chesna fell to the ground, Lopes allegedly took his gun and repeatedly shot the officer in the head and body, prosecutors said.Another officer arrived and shot Lopes in the leg, prosecutors said.Lopes then fled with Chesna’s gun to a nearby home where he allegedly killed a woman, prosecutors said.Authorities did not release the slain resident’s name, but The Boston Globe identified her as Vera Adams, 77.“She was just a wonderful, wonderful person. Do anything for you,” Sandra Boucher, a sister of Adams’ late husband, told the Globe.Chesna, 42, an Army veteran, leaves behind a wife and two children ages 9 and 4, Weymouth Police Chief Richard Grimes said Sunday.Monday would have marked is six-year anniversary with the department, Grimes said.Chesna was a native of Weymouth but, according to ABC Boston affiliate WCVB-TV, had no concerns about enforcing the law among old acquaintances.“I have a job to do,” the slain officer had said, according to WCVB-TV.The on-duty officer’s death has left the community in mourning, with an outpouring of support from the governor, FBI, state police and local district attorney.“This is an awful day for Weymouth and for Massachusetts,” District Attorney Michael Morrissey said in a statement Sunday. “Our hearts are very much with the surviving families of these victims.”Col. Kerry Gilpin, superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, said in a statement, said, “I offer our deepest condolences to the family of Officer Chesna, the family of the Weymouth woman who was also killed, and the Weymouth Police Department.”She added: “The State Police Detective Unit for Norfolk County, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, and the State Police Ballistics Section, and our State Police Crime Lab will work tirelessly alongside District Attorney Morrissey and the Weymouth Police Department to speak for these two victims by holding the defendant accountable for these horrific crimes.”Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said, “I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Officer Chesna and an innocent bystander today and my thoughts and prayers are with their families, loved ones and the Weymouth [Police Department] after this tragic loss.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgvzwer/iStock(MEBANE, N.C.) — An 11-year-old boy, who was home alone when three people broke into his family’s North Carolina residence, turned the tables on the alleged criminals when he got ahold of a machete and whacked one of them in the head, officials said.But now the boy’s family is demanding answers from the Orange County, North Carolina, Sheriff’s Office about how the alleged home invader slipped out of their grasp when he walked away from a hospital after being treated for injuries caused in the confrontation with young Braydon Smith, who authorities described as a local youth baseball star and a “very tough kid.”“It was infuriating,” Braydon’s mother, Kaitlin Johnson, told ABC station WTVD in Durham, North Carolina. “This guy that could have killed my child…”The suspect, Jataveon Dashawn Hall, 19, was arrested just after 1 p.m. on Sunday in Burlington, North Carolina, more than 40 hours after he was spotted on surveillance video walking out of the University of North Carolina Medical Center in Chapel Hill with his head heavily bandaged and wearing a hospital gown, authorities said.The terrifying ordeal occurred about 11 a.m. Friday, when Braydon was alone in his home in Mebane, North Carolina, about 20 miles northwest of Chapel Hill.Johnson, who lives in another state, was on the phone with her son when someone knocked on the front door of the Mebane house. Johnson told WTVD that she heard one of the intruders say the house was empty.Sheriff’s officials said that when the alleged robbers entered the house they discovered Braydon alone. Hall allegedly picked up a pellet gun he found in the house, took Braydon’s phone and forced the boy into a bedroom closet before he and his accomplices allegedly proceeded to ransack the residence, according to a statement released by the sheriff’s office.“The juvenile, who is a star baseball player on several area teams, left the closet and was able to gain access to a machete. He entered the living room behind the intruder, swung the machete, and struck the man in the back of the head,” the statement reads.Hall responded by kicking the boy in the stomach and knocking him against a couch, authorities said. But Braydon quickly scrambled to his feet and charged after Hall again, swinging the machete but missing.“The intruder then kicked the child in the side of the head and turned to grab several items, including a television and a PlayStation. At this point, the intruder realized he was bleeding significantly from the machete strike. He dropped the electronics, exited the residence, and all three suspects fled the home,” according to the sheriff’s office.Johnson said she managed to hear about 12 minutes of the confrontation on her phone, then called a relative in North Carolina, who in turn called 911.“It was horrifying. There’s no other way to put it,” Johnson said of hearing the confrontation on the phone. “I didn’t know that he [Braydon] would be OK.”Sheriff’s deputies raced to the home and found Braydon safe. They quickly put out an all-points bulletin and alerted local hospitals to be on the lookout for the wounded suspect.“Not only did this youngster thwart the larceny attempt, he created blood evidence that very well may lead to a conviction in this case,” Sheriff Charles Blackwood told reporters on Friday before Hall escaped. “This is a very tough kid who kept his wits about him. At the same time, I want to reflect that this youngster, his family, and indeed this community, are very lucky this event did not have a tragic ending for the child.”Hall showed up at the UNC Hospital in Hillsborough about 1 p.m. on Friday. Hospital staff treated him for a gash on the back of his head and alerted the sheriff’s office, hospital spokesman Phil Bridges said in a statement.When Hall’s condition worsened, he was transferred to the UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill for further treatment.“This patient was admitted to the ED [Emergency Department], but was in the legal custody of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department which did not place an officer with him,” Bridges said. “In similar situations, hospital staff will often alert law enforcement personnel when a suspect patient is discharged, but they remain the legal responsibility of law enforcement.“It is the responsibility of law enforcement to closely monitor the status of suspects in their custody while those patients are receiving medical treatment,” Bridges added. “UNC Hospitals personnel are working with the Sheriff’s Department to offer them assistance in this matter.”The sheriff’s office said in a statement on Sunday prior to Hall’s arrest that it notified the hospital police to alert them prior to discharging Hall. Deputies planned to “pick Hall up and take him before a magistrate where warrants would be served,” according to the sheriff’s department statement.But Hall allegedly walked out of the hospital at 8:23 p.m., and vanished.Sheriff Blackwood said in a statement on Sunday that his agency wasn’t notified that Hall left the hospital until 6:26 a.m. on Saturday. He said a nurse wrote on Hall’s medical chart that he left the hospital against medical advice, but apparently never told hospital police.Blackwood said Hall, according to a hospital police officer, told the nurse he “needed to leave because the police were going to be looking for him.”“I am concerned about the amount of misinformation I am reading regarding this case,” Blackwell said in his statement. “First of all, Jataveon Hall was never in the custody of our office.”He said that when his agency was initially alerted that Hall was at the Hillsborough hospital, no warrant had been issued for him at that time.“Hall was only a suspect and there was no legal authority to hold him in custody,” Blackwell said.Later Friday, a magistrate issued multiple warrants stemming from the break-in, charging Hall with breaking and entering, second-degree kidnapping, interfering with emergency communications, and assault on a child younger than 12.The other two suspects have not been arrested, and investigators are trying to identify them.Braydon’s aunt, Ashley Matthews, told WTVD that no one seems to be taking responsibility for Hall’s escape.“Who is responsible for allowing this criminal to walk out of UNC Hospital?” Matthews said. “We want to know who it is, and we want somebody to take responsibility.”Chief Deputy Jamison Sykes defended his agency, echoing Sheriff Blackwood’s statement that the agency was never told Hall left the hospital until hours after he departed.“Our agency is very concerned about the events in this case. Effective immediately, we will institute policy changes necessary to protect the public in situations like this,” Sykes said in a statement. “We expected to be notified prior to Hall’s discharge. When Hall left the hospital Friday evening against medical advice, we certainly should have been notified. But most concerning of all is that hospital police did not even know Hall had left the premises almost ten hours prior. Indeed, Hall’s absence was only discovered when we placed a phone call to them.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more