Donegal TD Thomas Pringle is today calling for the establishment of a process to allow a Eurozone member state to voluntarily leave the Union, in a motion to be debated this evening in the Dáil.The Independent TD for Donegal is also calling for the initiation of a wide ranging public debate through civil society on the future direction of the European Union, as part of his motion to be debated this evening and tomorrow.“There is no doubt that there are big changes coming down the line in terms of our relationship with the Union and what it will mean for us as a nation, and indeed whether we will be a nation afterwards or not. “The government is content to allow the debate in Europe to move on to treaty change and the development of a full banking union. Most European commentators and politicians are calling for closer and closer integration, despite the Taoiseach stating in the Dáil last June that we were not heading towards a federal Europe.“Yet we see the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso saying that a federal Europe will soon become a ‘reality’ and has insisted that the fiscal union will lead to an ‘intensified political union’ for all twenty-seven member states. And more recently French President François Hollande has called for a European Government to deal with the financial crisis with full powers to deal with all the issues involved in solving the crisis. So are we really to believe the Taoiseach even when he gives a categorical answer?“There is an attitude amongst the European elite that we should not waste this crisis, that the crisis should be used to push on with European integration and the creation of a European Super State.“I think it is appropriate at this time during our six month presidency of the European Union and the fortieth anniversary of our joining that we should evaluate where we are and where we are likely to go in the future and to go beyond the debate of how much Europe has been good for us, to discussing how flaws in the Eurozone have been detrimental from an Irish perspective. “As has been observed by a prominent economist, ‘the drive for austerity was about using the crisis, not solving it’. What is needed here is a constructive debate based on what is best for Ireland and solving our financial crisis, and to move beyond pleasing those who don’t have our country’s best interests at heart,” he added. BRING BACK THE PUNT? DONEGAL TD WANTS IRELAND TO BE ABLE TO LEAVE THE EURO was last modified: May 21st, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BRING BACK THE PUNT? DONEGAL TD WANTS IRELAND TO BE ABLE TO LEAVE THE EURO
VANCOUVER – A British Columbia judge is expected to release his verdict on Dec. 20 in the case of a retired RCMP inspector charged with sexually assaulting a civilian employee in the workplace.Fifty-two-year-old Tim Shields, who was a high-profile spokesman for the RCMP in B.C., has pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault.The provincial court trial heard the assault was alleged to have occurred in 2009 in a ground-floor washroom of the force’s British Columbia headquarters.The complainant, who cannot be identified because of a publication ban, testified that Shields led her to a unisex washroom before kissing and groping her.Shields told the trial the woman enthusiastically participated in sex acts and then accused him of sexual assault.He was charged in May 2016, five months after he retired following a suspension in the middle of a code of conduct investigation.
The vast majority of the attention given to the Carmelo Anthony trade has focused on Oklahoma City, and rightfully so. The Thunder, coming off a campaign in which MVP Russell Westbrook was perhaps the NBA’s loneliest franchise player, have added two All-Stars this summer and possibly positioned themselves as the top challenger to the Golden State Warriors.Meanwhile, the Knicks — the league’s most valuable club and the team on the other end of the Anthony deal — have been an afterthought in all this. The swap was one New York badly needed to make so it could fully turn the page on an era in which the Knicks haven’t secured a playoff berth in four seasons. But this new chapter without Anthony figures to present an entirely new set of questions.Chief among them: Can 22-year-old Kristaps Porzingis — who averaged 18 points a night as a second or third option — step into Anthony’s role and become the Knicks’ leading man?At first glance, the answer would appear to be yes. This past season, Porzingis became a far more efficient scorer at the rim and from midrange. He improved from 58 percent at the basket as a rookie to 70 percent in Year 2 while also jumping from 41 percent from the 10-to-16-foot range to 48 percent. He managed to get better from the 3-point stripe, too, knocking down shots from the arc at a league-average clip. And it can’t be overlooked that the 7-foot-3 big man with the skill set of a guard actually managed to shoot better when Anthony (and former MVP Derrick Rose) was off the court than when they played together.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/kpfadeaway.mp400:0000:0000:08Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/kpdrive.mp400:0000:0000:09Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Still, that detail alone isn’t evidence that Porzingis will thrive without Anthony. In fact, when you look more closely, it appears that at least some of Porzingis’s success as a lead option stemmed from who his competition was. Specifically, he turned in some of his most accurate shooting during the first six minutes of second and fourth periods last season, per NBA Savant — times where he likely would’ve been feasting on second-string defenses.1Though it may be a coincidence, Porzingis has struggled most in his first two seasons during first quarters, when he’d likely be facing starting-level competition. By contrast, he’s shot nearly 50 percent for his career during the first six minutes of second periods, when he’d be facing backups, since the majority of NBA starters catch their breath for the first few minutes of the second quarter.That speaks to why the Knicks were just 2-16 without Anthony2And 2-11 when Porzingis played without Anthony. the past two seasons: No one else on the roster could generate offense as efficiently as Melo while also facing the sort of defensive pressure he was seeing.3While he generated a greater share of his own baskets with Anthony off the court, it’s worth noting that nearly 42 percent of Porzingis’s makes last season were assisted by Anthony, Derrick Rose or Brandon Jennings, all players who are no longer with the Knicks. That was especially the case in one-on-ones and post-ups, for which Melo has an affinity.New York scored on 47 percent of Anthony’s one-on-one plays and came away with at least one point when he was aggressively double-teamed in the post 43 percent of the time, according to Synergy Sports. The Knicks scored on just 34 percent of Porzingis’s one-on-ones and were successful just 23 percent of the time — for a measly 0.57 points per play — when opponents sent hard double-teams at him in the post. A lot can be attributed to Porzingis’s need to develop more lower-body strength and establish better position, as he often catches the ball way too far from the paint to back down his man.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/badearlyshot.mp400:0000:0000:14Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/porzingistoofarout.mp400:0000:0000:13Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.None of this is to suggest that Porzingis — the rare budding star who has as much defensive ability as offensive ability — isn’t capable of eventually being the centerpiece of a team. At this point, he should be the least of the Knicks’ worries; the club should be using this coming season to figure out who to slot next to him going forward.However, that open-tryout mentality will be complicated by the current roster configuration, as the Knicks are currently heavy on bigs they need to find playing time for. Enes Kanter (acquired in the trade), Willy Hernangomez and Kyle O’Quinn are all talented, but figure to create a logjam at center if they all make it to opening night. The presence of 32-year-old Joakim Noah, who has three years left on one of the NBA’s worst contracts, doesn’t help matters, either.A trade to move one of them — and possibly veteran swingman Courtney Lee, who deserves an opportunity to latch on with a contender rather than taking part in a rebuild — would make sense. Ideally, the Knicks would use those returns to get future draft picks and a young player or two who can defend, since Kanter, Doug McDermott (also acquired in the Melo deal) and Tim Hardaway Jr. are all solid scorers while being subpar on the other side of the ball. New York, which has ranked in the bottom 10 on defense for 11 of the last 15 seasons, will need to find some sense of balance — a process that will likely take the better part of the next few years as these players figure themselves out.But even if the next couple seasons are marked by growing pains, at least the Knicks can finally turn their attention to roster development instead of wondering how to make the failed marriage with Anthony work.
KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom December 29, 2017 Updated: 1:59 PM Posted: December 29, 2017 Imperial Beach city official shot and killed while vacationing in Mexico IMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI) — Imperial Beach city officials were shocked to learn of the murder of City of Imperial Beach Administrative Services Director Doug Bradley while on vacation in Ixtapa, Mexico, over the Christmas holiday.Bradley, who was born in Huntington Beach, California, was an avid surfer and was killed on the day before he would have turned 50 years old. He was on vacation in the resort town of Zihuatanejo.News sources from Mexico indicate the State Secretariat of Public Security (SSP) was informed at 8:00 AM, Thursday, December 28, that Bradley had been shot and killed during a robbery in Ixtapa. Bradley was killed after being chased by gunmen in the resort town of Ixtapa about 4 a.m. Thursday, according to news sources in Mexico.Police apparently did not learn of Bradley’s death until about four hours after the incident.“Doug Bradley was loved by all that knew him,” said Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina. “He was always positive, loved to surf, and had helped to turn around the City of Imperial Beach’s financial management as well as restructure city administration to make it more efficient and resident friendly. He will be missed by everyone who knew him and worked with him.”The City of Imperial Beach is working with the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City to help repatriate Bradley’s body back to the U.S.Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo is a resort region on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, 150 miles northwest of Acapulco and about 1,700 miles south of the U.S. border. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Smithsonian—the 2 million-circ. Smithsonian Media title—said it will partner with travel author and personality Rick Steves to create a special newsstand-only magazine focused on “culturaltravel.” Tentatively titled “Smithsonian Presents: Travels with Rick Steves,” the special issue is expected to have a distribution of more than 100,000, and will be written entirely by Steves [pictured]. Smithsonian staffers will edit the issue. According to Smithsonian Enterprises president Tom Ott, Steves and the Smithsonian brand are “perfectly aligned, as we aim to inspire, inform and add depth to our readers cultural knowledge and learning. With the launch of this magazine, and hopefully more collaborative efforts in the future, we can provide consumers and advertisers with a distinctive travel product created with a world-class partner who shares our authentic, culturally minded, trustworthy editorial voice.” With a $5.99 cover price, Smithsonian Presents will focus on cultural sites and destinations based on Steves’ personal experience. At the center of the issue will be Steves’ “20 favorite things to see and doin Europe,” along with service features, tips and advice, the publisher said. The issue is expected to hit newsstands May 4, 2010. It also will be available in digital format shortly thereafter. Smithsonian.com will develop companion online material for the productincluding audio guides, video and images from Steves’ travels, in addition to developing other channels for distribution.The special issue will be marketed directly to consumers via print and online properties associated with both brands, which include ads in Smithsonian Media publications, direct mail, through its digital network and the Smithsonian Channel.This fall, “experiential” travel magazine Afar was launched. It’s published in partnership between CEO Greg Sullivan, Joe Diaz and design and shelter title Dwell.
Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Now playing: Watch this: Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $299 at Amazon Rylo $999 Best Buy 1 See It $999 $999 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Mobile,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $833 See It Sarah Tew/CNET Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Angela Lang/CNET What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. The Galaxy S10’s batch of preinstalled apps will include Spotify. SOPA Images/ Getty Images If you buy a new Samsung phone, you’ll get the Spotify app too.Spotify said Friday that its app will come preinstalled on “millions” of new Samsung devices, including the Galaxy S10, S10 Plus and S10E released Friday. New Galaxy owners could also get six months of free Spotify Premium. Spotify noted that you’re ineligible if you’ve already used Spotify Premium or its Unlimited service or previously had a free trial. The offer is another piece of Spotify’s partnership with Samsung. The two companies started working together in August, and Spotify was deemed Samsung’s go-to music provider. The Spotify app will also come preinstalled on the Galaxy Fold, set to debut April 26, and the Galaxy S10 5G, set for release in the summer. See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $6 at Tidal Sarah Tew/CNET Turo Comments DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) How To • How to take badass car photos with your Galaxy S10 Plus $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Share your voice See It Sarah Tew/CNET The Galaxy S10 is fantastic $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Comment Read Google Home Hub review Sarah Tew/CNET Boost Mobile Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Best Buy Sprint See at Amazon Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $155 at Google Express Tags An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $59 at eBay Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Abt Electronics News • Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus to be used to film entire Tonight Show episode Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Read DJI Osmo Action preview Review • Galaxy S10 Plus braces for Galaxy Note 10 impact Tags Apple iPhone XS Chris Monroe/CNET Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $999 See it $210 at Best Buy $999 5:14 See at Turo Share your voice $60 at Best Buy $999 Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). 7 Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (128GB, prism black) Sprint Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus $520 at HP Read the AirPods review Read the Rylo camera preview See It See it Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. The Cheapskate Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Amazon
Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio may help Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communications (RCom) in paying up a liberalisation fee of Rs 5,384 crore for sharing its 800 MHz spectrum in 16 circles. The spectrum liberalisation fee is collected from telecom operators for all the circles where airwaves were not auctioned.The department of telecommunications (DoT) had, on 22 December, also asked RCom to pay a one-time spectrum usage charge of Rs 1,596 crore within a month, sources told Business Standard.”The company will submit a bank guarantee equal to the one-time spectrum usage charge of Rs 1,596 crore as the matter is sub judice,” the sources said.RCom, India’s fourth largest telecom operator by subscribers, plans to partner with Reliance Jio to offer 4G services. In September last year, RCom chairman Anil Ambani had said the company would enter into a “strategic partnership” with Reliance Jio for 4G spectrum sharing-cum-trading.RJio possesses 2,300 MHz in all circles, 1,800 MHz in 18 circles and 850 MHz in 10 circles. But, 800 MHz band provides good connectivity indoors and offers seamless voice services through Voice over LTE (VoLTE). The benefits of having 800 MHz spectrum has made the deal “critical” to roll out 4G services. The tie-up will enable RJio to provide 4G services over the 800 MHz band across 10 circles.On the other hand, the partnership will also be beneficial to RCom, as it can use Jio’s 4G network in the 10 circles without incurring any “incremental capex cost”.By the end of September, RCom had a huge debt load of Rs 39,800 crore, which it plans to reduce to Rs 20,000 crore by selling its tower business Reliance Infratel.Meanwhile, the merger of RCom and Sistema Shyam Teleservices (SSTL), which provides telecom services through MTS brand, will enable the former to gain access to liberalised 800 MHz spectrum in eight circles. MTS has a strong presence in non-voice segment and derives nearly half of its total revenues from the segment.Analysts said that increased competition in the data services will likely lead to further increase in capital expenditure by the operators to keep growth intact. Telecom companies are also expected to purchase spectrum from others at a higher price, resulting in increased debt levels.In November last year, Idea Cellular had agreed to buy spectrum for two circles — Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh (West) — from Videocon for Rs 3,310 crore, which is double the amount paid to acquire spectrum for those circles in the March 2015 auction.
Kapil Sharma, Kiku Sharda, Archana Puran Singh share views on ouster of Sunil Grover from TKSS.TwitterKapil Sharma Show that currently has Kiku Sharda as one of the star performers apart from Kapil Sharma himself, and Archana Puran Singh as the special guest, has been doing pretty well these days. However, Sunil Grover’s presence is still missed by a lot of fans, and probably by the makers of the show as well.In a recent interview with Pinkvilla, Kiku, Kapil and Archana shared their views on Sunil, previous guest Navjot Singh Sidhu, and some others’ ouster from Kapil Sharma Show.While neither of them said that they miss Sunil or any of the people who were once a part of the show, all of them asserted that the “changes” helped them and the show grow. Kapil specifically pointed out that he has learned a lot from his past mistakes, and he has become a more mature person.”I truly believe life goes on. And the kind of positivity the show brings to so many around the world, you can’t sit and pick one incident or one person, you need to see the totality, and make people laugh,” said Kiku.Expressing her views on the same question, Archana said, “Life means growth, and without change, there cannot be any growth. And that changes happen only when some ups and downs come. The show is touching heights because it underwent some changes. Some changes were good, some were bad, but as artists, we need to make a good show out of what we have. We cannot keep regretting things, as the show must go one”.When Kapil was asked to share his views, Kapil simply said he holds the same views as that of Archana. Talking about the bad phase he had faced when the show was at a setback, Kapil said that problems come in everyone’s life, but all need to learn from the mistakes, and not repeat those.He further said that earlier he used to reach instantly to certain situations, but now he has become mature enough to analyse things first, and then react accordingly.Watch the interview below:
A roadside vendor sells newspapers with headlines about the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, in Lahore. Reuters file photoPakistani prison authorities have moved the jailed doctor believed to have helped the CIA hunt down Osama bin Laden, his attorney said on Saturday, speculating it could be a prelude to his release.The continued imprisonment of Dr Shakil Afridi has long been a source of tension between Pakistan and the United States, which cut military aid over accusations Pakistan continues to shelter Taliban militants fighting US and Afghan soldiers across the border in Afghanistan.A jail official in the northwestern city of Peshawar told Reuters on condition of anonymity that Afridi had been transferred to Adiala prison in Rawalpindi, near the capital Islamabad, but said the reasons were unclear and could simply be security-related.Afridi’s lawyer, Qamar Nadeem, confirmed the transfer of his client but said he was not sure where he was now. Judicial officials could not be reached on Saturday, nor could embassy officials for the United States, which has for years called on Pakistan to release Afridi.Afridi was accused of treason after word spread he had helped the CIA collect genetic samples of the bin Laden family, paving the way for a US Navy SEAL raid in 2011 in the town of Abbottabad that killed the al Qaeda leader accused of plotting the 11 Sept 2001 attacks on the United States that killed nearly 3,000 people.He was arrested days after the U.S. operation – which Pakistan called a violation of its sovereignty – and charged with aiding terrorists.Afridi was sentenced to 23 years’ jail for financing terrorism. That conviction was overturned in 2013, but he is still serving time for other terrorism-related convictions, his lawyer said.He also faced a murder trial related to the death of a patient more than a decade ago.However, the layer said Afridi had recently had his latest sentence reduced to seven years in a clemency action, and had served about that amount of time already.“So I think he can be released very soon,” Nadeem told Reuters.There were no other immediate indications of any release in the works, however.A US State Department official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, called on the Pakistani government to ensure Afridi’s safety.“We are aware ýof reports that Dr. Afridi has been transferred to another prison, and call on the Government of Pakistan to take all necessary measures to ensure Dr. Afridi’s safety,” the official said.“We don’t have anything else at this time and would refer you to the government of Pakistan as to the reasons for his transfer,” the official added.In January 2017, Pakistan’s then-law minister said the country would not release Afridi under any U.S. pressure.“Afridi worked against the law and our national interest, and the Pakistan government has repeatedly been telling the United States that under our law he committed a crime and was facing the law,” Zahid Hamid was quoted as saying at the time.
Join Network for Developing Conscious Communities on June 20 at 8 am at the Gladys D. Greene Banquet located at 898 Airport Park Road, Glen Burnie, MD as the NDCC recognizes Dr. Anne Emery, Lela Campbell and Dr. Acklyn Lynch for their contributions. Tickets are $55 Contact Ron Hantz at 410-961-8697 or Charles Brown at 443-768-8251 for more information.