News News RSF_en Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” News AfghanistanAsia – Pacific News Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says Follow the news on Afghanistan Reporters Without Borders is deeply saddened to learn that the Afghan journalist and intellectual Mohammad Qasim Akhgar, founder of the prestigious 8 sobh (8 a.m.) daily newspaper and winner of the 2012 Reporters Without Borders press freedom prize, died aged 62 yesterday after a long illness. A staunch defender of democracy, justice and free speech, he was a symbol of democratic resistance first to the Soviet occupation and then to the Taliban’s Islamic fundamentalism and obscurantism.“My writing was censored and destroyed firstly by the Soviet Union’s self-styled democratic regime, then in Iran when the Revolutionary Guards forced me into exile and finally during the civil was between the Mujahedeen, but I always continued to write,” he told Reporters Without Borders in 2011.“A real icon of freedom of expression has passed away,” said Reza Moini, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Iran-Afghanistan desk. “We offer our heartfelt condolences to his family and to all his colleagues and we address a special message of support to all his friends.”A visiting Reporters Without Borders fact-finding team was received by Akhgar at his newspaper’s Kabul headquarters in June 2011. As a tribute to this journalist and ardent advocate of freedom of information, we are publishing an extract of the interview he gave us:“The duty and goals of 8 sobh have always been clear. We are committed to peace and democracy. Between the Taliban threat on the one hand and government pressure on the other, we have a duty to resist, to set an example to intellectuals and above all to the youngest generation. We are critical of both the government and the foreigners and we defend our independence.“We are in favour of peace but President Karzai’s proposal to reach out to the Taliban is shameful, if not to say an act of treason. Peace with the Taliban under the announced conditions would have no meaning. It’s a surrender, a submission to Taliban rule, and we don’t want that. We have clear positions on fundamental freedoms and rights. We will not stand for these rights being trivialized.“For example, women’s rights as defined by the government are an enormous lie. When you see that no government official is accompanied by his wife on an official trip, you realize it is not sincere. You have to be sincere to defend human rights and democracy. These two concepts mean nothing without the people’s participation. “Part of the government talks about democracy but does not want the people to participate. In their eyes, the people are sculptures with no awareness. They want to create more sculptures while we want to create a nation state. For our newspaper and its journalists, the key issue is democratic elections. They must be free and obtain the participation of an aware electorate. Our newspaper has chosen to inform the people so that they can have knowledge and can make an informed choice.”More information about 8 sobh: here May 3, 2021 Find out more January 29, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper editor, symbol of democratic resistance, dies in Kabul Receive email alerts to go further AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more March 11, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan
Ascension St. Vincent Orthopedic Hospital is the first hospital in Southern Indiana to offer patients an innovative approach to hip and knee replacements with potential for less pain and faster recovery timesWith the goal of helping patients achieve improved mobility and decreased pain during the activities they most enjoy, Ascension St. Vincent Orthopedic Hospital recently became the first hospital in Southern Indiana to offer robotic-arm assisted technology for hip and knee replacements – an innovative new approach for the way joint replacements are performed.While robotic-assisted approaches have been used for quite some time to address hernia repairs and the removal of gall bladders and cancerous tumors, this recent development marks a new application where robotic-arm assisted technology is now being used to help bring relief for patients experiencing hip and knee pain.Ascension St. Vincent Orthopedic Hospital is now proud to offer the robotic-arm assisted technology as an option to individuals seeking a total hip replacement, total knee replacement, and partial knee replacement.How does this robotic-arm assisted technology work for hip and knee replacements?Surgeon-controlled system. With this system, the orthopedic surgeon remains in control of the robotic-arm during the entire procedure. A virtual boundary provides tactile resistance to help the surgeon stay within the boundaries defined in the patient’s surgical plan.Tailormade approach for each patient. This robotic-arm assisted system uses patient-specific data from CT scans in advance of an operation to develop a three-dimensional pre-operative plan and tailormade implant alignment and positioning unique to each patient’s anatomy.Detailed feedback for precise results. The system provides detailed, real-time feedback to the surgeon during the operation, which helps to enhance surgical precision.What are the potential patient benefits of this new robot-assisted approach? Patients may experience the benefits of:Improved surgical outcomesLess post-operative painFaster recoveryGreater precision in alignment and placement of joint implantMore “natural” joint movementImproved joint flexibility and implant durabilityLower incidence of follow-up surgeries FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
The South Ripley Raiders defeated The Southwestern Rebels 9-8.Down 8-1 in the 4th, the South Ripley Raiders mounted an epic comeback, highlighted by Lane Sparks’ walk-off base hit in the bottom of the sixth, to defeat the previously undefeated Southwestern Rebels 9-8.In their last at-bat, down 8-4, two outs and nobody on, the Raiders started their rally: Jon Adkins singled; Cody Samples walked, Eric Vickers reached on a error – Adkins scored; Brady Linkel singled – Samples and Vickers scored; Aaron Greiwe and Dillon Binion drew back to back walks; that set the stage for birthday boy Sparks, who lined a hit over third, allowing Binion and Greiwe to score and setting off a celebration for the home team.Sparks was also the winning pitcher, coming on in relief to pitch three and one-third innings. Adkins paced the offense with three hits and a run scored; Greiwe was on base all four times with two hits and two walks, scoring three times; Linkel had a base hit, 2 RBI, and a run scored; and Sparks finished with a hit, walk, and 2 RBI. The Rebels were 11-0 coming into the game.The 3-1 Raiders next play at home Thursday, May 19 against the Greensburg Titans.Courtesy of Raiders Coach Jeff Greiwe.