Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder News PakistanAsia – Pacific News Follow the news on Pakistan January 28, 2021 Find out more September 23, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists still barred from South Waziristan RSF_en April 21, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information to go further PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Organisation Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire News Receive email alerts News Reporters Without Borders today condemned a continuing ban on journalists entering the South Waziristan Tribal Area adjoining the border with Afghanistan, although the Pakistani interior minister undertook a week ago to let journalists into the area.”Despite the government’s promises, the Pakistani armed forces maintain an unacceptable de facto news blackout in South Waziristan,” the organisation said.A group of journalists consisting of Sailab Mehsud, the president of the Tribal Union Journalists, Alamgir, Anwar Masood and Irfan Siddiqui of ARY TV, and Sheikh Rehmatullah, Irfan Khan and Shaukat Khattak of Geo TV was denied entry to the Tribal Areas at the Jandola checkpoint on 21 September. After being turned back, they staged a protest sit-in at the checkpoint for several hours.At a news conference on 16 September, interior minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao had promised that the government would allow Pakistani and foreign journalists to enter South Waziristan’s Wana area.Since March, it has been virtually impossible for the news media to cover Pakistan’s military operations against Al-Qaeda and the Taliban in South Waziristan.
Christmas Tree LightingsBayonne lit its first Christmas tree at a street festival on November 21. Another tree at Bayonne Medical Center will be lit on Monday, December 4 at 4 p.m. Another at Dr. Morris Park on Broadway and 47th Street will be lit at 6:30 that evening. The next day, December 5 at 4:30 p.m., the tree at Fitzpatrick Park on Avenue C and 26th Street will be lit. Then on Saturday, December 9 at 5:30 p.m., a tree in Bergen Point at Trinity Parish will be lit.Christmas carolers will sing on Broadway between 17th and 30th Streets on Friday, December 8 from 6 – 8 p.m. Should the PATH run to Newark Airport? Let the Port Authority know!The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will hold two public hearings regarding a possible PATH extension near Newark Airport.The first hearing will take place Nov. 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Weequahic Park Sports Authority Community Center in Newark. The center is at 92 Carmichael Dr.The second hearing will be Nov. 30, also from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Hilton Newark Penn Station’s Garden State Ballroom. The hotel is at 1048 Raymond Blvd.If everything goes as planned, the new station will be on off-airport property east of Frelinghuysen Avenue (at Noble Street), according to the Port Authority website. It would also be near the Newark Liberty International Airport New Jersey Transit station and PANYNJ monorail station in Newark.“The purpose of the proposed project is to improve transit access to employment centers in Newark, Jersey City, and New York City for New Jersey commuters and increase transit options to EWR for air travelers and airport employees,” the expansion website says.For more information, contact the project team at (917) 933-7440, or email [email protected] residents on Murphy’s transition teamGov.-elect Phil Murphy named more than 500 people across 15 committees to submit reports and recommendations that will inform the new administration’s legislative and regulatory agenda.Ray Greaves, State Council Chair of the Amalgamated Transit Union and aide to Mayor James Davis, will sit on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Mike Embrich, a Navy veteran from Bayonne, will sit on the Military and Veteran Affairs committee. Michael Cranston, President of Bayonne Dry Dock, will sit on the Labor and Workforce Development committee.Morris Canal Greenway moving aheadThe Morris Canal was once the main mode of transporting industrial goods across NJ’s diverse geography to the ports along the region’s waterways. The canal, which passes through Jersey City and the most northern section of Bayonne, fell into disuse as innovations in rail and road transportation rendered canals mostly obsolete. Some pieces of the original 102-mile canal remain, and the state’s goal is to create contiguous hiking and biking parks that stretch across six NJ counties, from the Delaware River in Phillipsburg, Pennsylvania, to the Hudson River in Jersey City, reports James M. O’Neil for The Record.The Jersey City Redevelopment Authority is moving forward with developing a portion of the Morris Canal Greenway by purchasing several vertical tracts of land from the City of Bayonne, from the Route 440 near Wonder Bagels to West 63rd Street near McGovern Park. The land is within Jersey City municipal borders and has been mostly vacant since the canal’s closing. When complete, 8.5 of the 102-mile Greenway will be in Jersey City, according to Jersey City’s Morris Canal Greenway Plan. Executive order restricting funds to sanctuary cities blocked by federal judgeA federal judge in San Francisco permanently blocked the enforcement of President Donald Trump’s executive order on Monday, November 20,that called to restrict federal grant money from so-called “sanctuary cities.”U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick ruled the order unconstitutional for violating separation of powers and due process of law because the President does not have the authority to deprive local jurisdictions of funds allocated by Congress.A “sanctuary city” is not legally defined, but is generally considered to be a local jurisdiction that does not comply with requests from federal Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in detaining undocumented persons unless they are involved in serious crimes. Over 200 localities refused to cooperate in 2015, according to congressional testimony from the Director of ICE.Jersey City and Union City adopted sanctuary city ordinances in 2017, while other Hudson County leaders have voiced opposition to the President’s rhetoric and actions.Mayor Steven Fulop said in January, “Jersey City was founded as a city of immigrants, and we are unwilling to be part of orders that break families apart or harm immigrants who are in this country.”When Union City passed an ordinance declaring sanctuary city status in February, Mayor Brian Stack said in response to a resident’s concerns that the ordinance “will putan x on the back” of Union City. “I don’t believe that the president of the United States could make local police enforce immigration laws that are supposed to be federally enforced. Second, I don’t believe the court system will allow it. I think that common sense will prevail, and they won’t allow it.”The litigation over the executive order will continue in federal appellate court, and possibly the U.S. Supreme Court, if either case makes it that far.Could legalized marijuana bring higher car insurance rates?If Gov.-elect Phil Murphy succeeds in his pledge to legalize marijuana in New Jersey, car insurance rates could rise. The Highway Loss Data Institute, a nonprofit research organization financed by auto insurers, says that after marijuana was legalized in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington, collision claims rose about 3 percent higher than would have been expected without legalized marijuana. NJ already has the 14th highest average car insurance premiums in the country, according to Insure.com, and Hudson County has some of the highest car insurance rates in the state. Scientists urging NJ to set strict limits on chemicals in drinking waterNew Jersey scientists are urging the state to strictly limit a chemical that has been linked to cancer, developmental problems, and changes to the human immune system in the drinking water supply. NJ Spotlights reports that the Drinking Water Quality Institute is considering a recommendation to set a limit of 13 parts per trillion for perfluorooctane sulfonate, or PFOS, as the level at which human health would be protected over a lifetime of exposure. The limit would be the strictest set by any state. ×Ray Greaves, State Council Chair of the Amalgamated Transit Union, poses with former Vice President Joe Biden and Governor-elect Phil Murphy. Greaves was appointed to Murphy’s transition team. Medicare Open Enrollment Forum Nov. 29, open enrollment runs through Dec. 7A Medicare Enrollment Forum will be hosted at city hall at 630 Avenue C on Wednesday, November 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to help prepare residents for the open enrollment period for healthcare coverage starting in January. Open enrollment runs through December 7.At the presentation, residents will be able to view their current Medicare coverage and compare plan options. Those options include Part D prescription drug plans and lowering premium costs in 2018. The presentation will also provide information about PAAD and Senior Gold Discount programs. Staff from the Bayonne Office of Aging will offer one-on-one appointments. Refreshments will be provided. Call the Bayonne Office of Aging for more information at (201) 858-6119. Ray Greaves, State Council Chair of the Amalgamated Transit Union, poses with former Vice President Joe Biden and Governor-elect Phil Murphy. Greaves was appointed to Murphy’s transition team.
Renovator and developer Simone Burke had a new kitchen and floor put in at her Sippy Downs investment house on the Sunshine Coast. Picture: Liam Kidston.ALMOST half of all property investors now were women, but many were still being short-changed out of millions because of the “blokey” nature of builders.Latest industry data showed that higher levels of working women, lone person and single parent households, divorce and longer lifespans were seeing almost as many females own property as males, 47 per cent according to the Property Council Australia.According to specialised female property investment advisory group Build in Common, the top five perceived main reasons why more women were not developing or renovating were “finding a builder, architect or tradespeople”; “lack of expertise or no previous experience”; “perceived as being too expensive”; “I don’t know where to start” and “not knowing if I can trust what a tradesperson tells me”.BIC co-founder and former commercial lawyer Pia Turcinov said women were capable of more than just painting and buying soft furnishings. “We want to help women project manage the trades for their renovation, or even have the confidence to co-ordinate an entire subdivision or commercial development.”The data showed that the top three projects being considered by women developers were kitchen renovation, new builds and subdivisions, with the top three calls for help being around budgeting guidelines, timeline examples of building projects and explaining what trades were needed for a project.Her fellow BIC co-founder and CEO of commercial construction firm Rodine Australia Justine Teggelove said techspeak impeded many women from building higher equity levels in real estate.“The construction sector is the most male dominated industry in the country. It has a jargon that often locks women out of the conversation,” she said.Demand for ways to break through that was so high BIC has created a toolkit to “designed to take the uncertainty out” of renovation and development projects.“A kitchen renovation can add significant value to a property, but if you outsource every aspect of the development you can easily over capitalise. Our toolkits will give women the confidence to optimise every improvement they make to their property.”The majority of women who were using the toolkits were in the 40s (40 per cent) followed by women in the 30s (25 per cent) and those in their 50s (21 per cent).Sunshine Coast resident Simone Burke was now mid-renovation for an investment property in which she “ripped up the floors and laid the vinyl planks herself”.When she first began developing and flipping properties, there was nothing available to break through the jargon of male tradies who made her feel like she was asking “dumb questions”.Ms Burke was influenced by her parents, who she said had made some really smart property purchases while she was growing up.She bought her first investment at 26 and was empowered by it. She did some basic cosmetic renovations on it, “even though I had no idea how’’.After meeting her husband and starting a family, the couple decided to put their money into property.Ms Burke said she started off with just small cosmetic renovation projects and tried to do as much as she could herself.“You have to be sensible with things like electrical and plumbing and always seek help from professionals.’’More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoShe would “absolutely’’ recommend property development to women.“Although feeling intimidated at first by the huge financial out lay, it has been really empowering,’’ she said.“This has encouraged me to continue on with further properties and take on more renovations on each one.’’ Top Tips for Renovating/Building/Developing: Have a plan Sit down and take stock of your current financial situation, so that you know exactly what your starting point is as far as your assets and liabilities go … The level of your risk exposure will affect not only your sleep cycle, but also likely timelines and levels of return. Understand the numbers Become financially literate. Know the terminology and what specifically to ask of your financial advisers … No question is a dumb one when it comes to your money and your property. Understand the players Research upfront who you are likely to be dealing with and in what context (financial advisers, banks, accountants, developers, real estate agents, lawyers, government agencies, and the list goes on). Know their roles. Back yourself to get started Map out a rough plan and understand the principles of the process. Don’t wait until you feel that you know it all. Embrace the fact that you may never feel completely ready. (Source: Build in Common)