Reporters Without Borders urges French president to raise case of journalist kidnapped in Ingushetia

first_img “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says RSF_en News Receive email alerts Organisation May 28, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information to go further BelarusEurope – Central Asia May 27, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” News BelarusEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Belarus April 2, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders urges French president to raise case of journalist kidnapped in Ingushetia Reporters Without Borders urged French President Jacques Chirac to raise the case of an Agence France-Presse (AFP) journalist kidnapped in Ingushetia, at his meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow on 2 April.Armed men snatched AFP correspondent for Ingushetia, Ali Astamirov, 34, a Chechen national, in Nazran, capital of the Ingush republic, on 4 July 2003 and drove him towards Chechnya. There has been no news of him since.No ransom demand has been made to the family or to AFP and the kidnappers have not made contact. Neither the detectives on the case in Moscow nor the prosecutor’s office in Nazran have made any significant progress in their investigations.In the months before his arrest the journalist, who is the father of two children, received several anonymous threats and had moved house for safety reasons. These threats and the absence of any ransom demand appear to confirm that Astamirov was kidnapped because of his work as a journalist. Newslast_img read more

North set to announce phased lifting of restrictions today

first_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 North set to announce phased lifting of restrictions today Northern Ireland’s set to announce a phased lifting of its restrictions today. The Stormont Assembly has held several meetings this week to discuss a gradual removal of the measures.And Finance Minister Conor Murphy says another meeting will be held today, before an announcement is made:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Facebook Twitter By News Highland – May 7, 2020 Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest Previous articlePeople urged not to let commitment to road safety slipNext articleGardai told they won’t be given priority testing News Highland Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Twitter Google+ AudioHomepage BannerNews FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

Other Sports China Open: Saina Nehwal Bows Out, P Kashyap Advances Into Second Round

first_imgFuzhou (China): Saina Nehwal’s lackluster run of form continued as the Olympic bronze-medallist crashed out of China Open on Wednesday following a straight-game opening-round defeat to local favourite Cai Yan Yan. The World No.9 Saina lost 9-21 12-21 in the women’s singles clash that lasted just 24 minutes to make an early exit from the USD 700,000 tournament.However, in men’s singles, Saina’s husband and personal coach Parupalli Kashyap registered a comfortable straight-game victory over Thailand’s Sitthikom Thammasin. The Indian outsmarted his Thai opponent 21-14 21-3 in 43 minutes. He will face seventh seed Victor Axelson of Denmark in the second round.The mixed doubles pair of Pranav Jerry Chopra and Sikki Reddy also made a first-round exit. The duo went down 14-21 14-21 to Wang Chi-Lin and Cheng Chi Ya of Chinese Taipei.The 29-year-old Saina has been going through a tough phase with regards to her fitness since claiming the Indonesia Masters in January. She made three consecutive first-round exits before reaching the quarterfinal of the French Open last month.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

The Plant Place Nursery Prepares for Sixth Relay For Life

first_imgSubmitted by The Plant Place Nursery The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life has raised nearly $5 billion to date to improve cancer survival, decrease the incidence of cancer, and improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their caretakers. More than 5,000 Relay For Life events are held in 20 countries and are organized and implemented by local volunteers.A Relay For Life event is organized under a volunteer Relay Planning Committee, and implemented by volunteers. It is often organized as a multi-day public gathering, spanning all day and night in a large outdoor space, and many people bring tents and camp out around the walking tracks. Currently, almost 4 million people take part in Relay events in over 5,000 communities in the United States.The Thurston County Relay For Life is a two-day event held at Timberline High School in Lacey. Participating teams place at least one team member on the school track at all times during the 24 hour event. Most team members walk in the memory of a loved one lost to cancer. The event raised more than $311,000 in 2014.One local team, The Plant Place, is typical in its roots and continuing support to the American Cancer Society.In 2009, Angie Dorian was a direct sales representative for Sensaria, a skin care company based in Shelton. She had booked a sales event to be combined with a fund raising effort in memory of a child who died of leukemia. In addition, she attended an Aberdeen Relay For Life vendor event, supported it by donating her sales commission, and began to think about becoming more involved with Relay, as she had lost her mother, her birthmother and birth grandmother to cancer.She invited her friends and Sensaria sales team members to join her in organizing a Relay for Life team in Thurston County to honor those lost to cancer while at the same time make a real effort against the disease that took her loved ones. “Instead of going off and being sad, I could turn my attention to helping fight back with all my energies being put to a good cause,” she said.As a result, the Sensaria Sisters Relay For Life team was launched and in six weeks had raised $2,000. The Plant Place Nursery signed on as team sponsor in 2010 and has renewed its sponsorship every year since the beginning.At the team’s first Relay for Life event appearance in June, 2009, Dorian received a phone call from her lifelong best friend, Marie Lehman, who told her that she had just been diagnosed with bile duct cancer. Despite an intense battle, Lehman passed away in January 2010.The loss of her best friend doubled Angie Dorian’s already strong commitment to Relay for Life.Now coming up on seven years, The Plant Place team has 25 members, ranging in age from 13 to more than 72.  As a team, they’ve raised more than $78,000 in six years. All team members have their personal stories about cancer and they all participate in Relay for those personal reasons.The Plant Place Relay For Life team welcomes anyone to join them and help raise funds in the fight against cancer. You can find them on Facebook, on their Relay website , or reach them by e-mail at [email protected] fundraising events for The Plant Place Relay For Life team:April 18 – Comedy NightMay 8 – Blooming Bunco at the VFW Hall in OlympiaJune 26-27 – Relay For Life at Timberline High School, Lacey Facebook28Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Solar Panels to Produce Revenue at Monmouth County Landfill

first_imgFreeholders have awarded a nearly 20-year lease to HESP Solar, one of the companies that had bid on the lease. The company will pay the county $37,500 a year for each megawatt of solar power that gets constructed at the solar farm. Payments will not start until the project is constructed, according to the county. “The project has the ability to be up to 10 megawatts, which would be $375,000 per year,” Teri O’Connor, county administrator, told freeholders at their work session meeting Oct. 24. “So this is something that we’ve very proud of because we think that that area of the former landfill…cannot be developed into housing or any other type of structure component,” said Thomas A. Arnone, freeholder director. By Philip Sean Curran The landfill, located at Lakewood Allenwood Road, is closed and otherwise could not be used except for a project like this. “So those processes take differing amounts of time,” Sean Brodie, HESP’s development manager, told the freeholders. “We hope that it can be done inside of a year, of the planning process, but that is ambitious.”center_img HESP Solar is headquartered in Suffern, New York. The company’s portfolio includes projects in Barnegat, Lakewood and other parts of New Jersey and in communities along the East Coast. A New York-based energy company intends to produce electricity with solar panels at a closed landfill that Monmouth County owns in Howell Township. HESP Solar will need to get zoning and other approvals to construct the project, including getting permission from the township. “Well, I think it’s a good use, a conversion, of property that would really just lay fallow,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry.last_img read more

Bantam Leafs ‘exceed expectations’ in Salmon Arm

first_imgThe Nelson Daily SportsThe Nelson Leafs managed to hold off a charge from some top competition to finish fourth overall at the Salmon Arm Minor Hockey Bantam Rep Tournament Sunday in the Shuswap Country.The Leafs dropped a semi final contest to the eventual champion from Aldergrove in the team’s final contest Sunday.“We are a Tier III team . . . and this was a Tier II (12-team) tournament so the boys performance exceeded our expectations,” said Nelson coach Jeff Hunt.“In addition, we had two defence injured and one recovering from injury so one forward (Nolan Percival, Grayson Reitmeier or Michael Viala) had to alternate to defence for the weekend,” Hunt added.The Leafs pulled out two come from behind wins over Williams Lake and Salmon Arm before dropping a close two-goal contest to a team from Vancouver.In the first three games Nelson allowed a minuscule seven goals thanks to some solid netminding.“Our goalies Adam Maida and Brayden Pompou were outstanding,” Hunt exclaimed.Brandon Sookro and Viala led the team in scoring. The Reps consist of 14 players and two goalies, with two of the skaters from [email protected]last_img read more

Saints ring up nine on Clan to knock SFU from the unbeaten ranks

first_img“We came out tonight with a ton of energy and desire, and we were rewarded on the scoreboard for the great number of offensive chances we created,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”We built a quick lead in the first period and we weren’t happy about the ease with which we gave it away, but our guys regrouped at intermission and played probably our best 20 minutes of hockey this season in the second period.””We had a point to prove tonight and got the job done, simple as that,” Dubois added.Cody Fidgett scored a pair of first period goals and assisted on three other later in the game to total five points on the night. His first goal opened the scoring midway through the first period when he broke in alone on Clan netminder Andrew Parent and scored on a deke to the forehand.Beau Taylor doubled the lead less than a minute later, followed by a quick reply from SFU. The wild scoring pace would continue for the remainder of the period, as Fidgett netted his second only to see Graham Smerek and Nick Sandor strike back for the visitors and send the game into the first intermission tied 3-3. The Saints regrouped and dominated the second period, however, outshooting the Clan by a 15-4 margin and striking for a trio of goals.Mason Spear got things started 2:43 into the frame when he took a cross ice feed from Markus McCrea and beat an SFU defender to the slot before beating Parent.And it took less than two minutes for Selkirk to take another two-goal lead, as Fidgett found Jackson Garrett at the top of the crease for a one-time finish. Spear then closed out the scoring with his second of the frame, tapping home a rebound on a Saints power-play. Thomas Hardy put the game out of reach early in the third on another Selkirk man-advantage, and the team went on to trade a pair of goals each over the reminder of regulation with Connor McLaughlin and Garrett Kucher tallying for the hosts. James Prigione started the game in goal for the Saints but was replaced by Chris Hurry after allowing three goals on four shots in the first period. Hurry picked up the win in making 14 saves over the remainder of the game. Andrew Parent took the loss for SFU, allowing nine goals on 41 shots. Saints captain Logan Proulx and centre Thomas Hardy each finished the night with three points each, while Garrett, McLaughlin, Spear and Scott Swiston all enjoyed two point nights. The loss was the first of the season for SFU, who had entered the night with a 6-0 record.Ironically, the nine goals scored by Selkirk on Saturday night were the most allowed by SFU in a BCIHL regular season game since February 16, 2008 — which also came against the Saints in Castlegar, albeit in an 11-9 Clan win. Selkirk is next in action on Friday, (November 22) when they open a two-game series on Vancouver Island against the University of Victoria. The Selkirk Saints sent a message to the rest of the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League the road to the title must come through Castlegar.Selkirk scored nine times en route to a 9-5 pasting of previously unbeaten Simon Fraser University in front of a raucous crowd Saturday at the Castlegar Recreation Complex.The win moved Selkirk into sole possession of top spot in BCIHL standings, two points ahead of Thompson Rivers and four in front of SFU.However, the Clan has played three less games than Selkirk.last_img read more

Tearful Jeremy Lin says he’s ‘hit rock bottom’ in free agency

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.Life moves fast in the NBA.Just last month, Jeremy Lin was celebrating a Raptors championship, flashing a wide smile as champagne mist filled the visitors’ locker room of Oracle Arena.This weekend on Taiwanese television, Lin said that he’s been far from that mountaintop of joy this July. “Free agency has been tough, ’cause I feel like in some ways the NBA’s kind of given up on me,” Lin said, crying.Three …last_img

Addition by subtraction

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Weaning time is an excellent time to evaluate your cow herd and decide which cows get to remain in your herd as productive females. If they are not being productive for you, they need to be replaced by heifer calves retained from within the herd or by purchased bred females.Cows and heifers leave operations for a variety of reasons. Ask a room full of cow-calf producers for the key reasons to cull a female from the herd and I would feel confident that the reasons would include any or all of the following factors.1. Age or bad teeth2. Pregnancy status (open or aborted)3. Temperament4. Other reproductive problems5. Economics (drought, herd reduction, market conditions)6. Producing poor calves7. Physical unsoundness8. Udder problem9. Bad eyes.While all of these factors are valid reasons for culling, I suspect that the first three factors listed who be the top reasons for culling in any given year.Beef producers are often disappointed when an animal has to be culled from the herd. While marketing these cull animals is commonly viewed as a loss, keep in mind that it is also a significant source of income for a herd. Surveys have shown that cull animals can contribute up to 20% to 25% of a herd’s gross income. Slaughter cow prices tend to be the highest and relatively steady from February to August with the lows coming in October through December. Recognize that a timely opportunity to market cull animals may be rapidly coming to a close. If you have adequate feed resources, marketing cull animals in early 2018 may be the best option.I encourage you to view a moderate level of annual level of culling as a potential positive for the herd. Besides a supplemental source of income for the herd, a few strategic subtractions from the herd can add to its overall quality.last_img read more

Iceland Passes Proposal to Become ‘New Media Haven’

first_imgmike melanson Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting If you’re looking to say something contentious on the Internet, then Iceland is the place to go. The Icelandic Parliament unanimously passed a proposal yesterday to make the country a “new media haven” in an initiative inspired and strongly backed by Iceland-based whistleblower website WikiLeaks.The proposal, entitled the “Icelandic Modern Media Initiative“, “resolves to task the government with finding ways to strengthen freedoms of expression and information freedom in Iceland, as well as providing strong protections for sources and whistleblowers.” According to the text of the initiative, Iceland hopes to become the international home of news organizations worldwide by way of providing these protections:The legislative initiative outlined here is intended to make Iceland an attractive environment for the registration and operation of international press organizations, new media start-ups, human rights groups and internet data centers. It promises to strengthen our democracy through the power of transparency and to promote the nation’s international standing and economy. It also proposes to draw attention to these changes through the creation of Iceland’s first internationally visible prize: the Icelandic Prize for Freedom of Expression. The proposal goes on to acknowledge that where a particular media is published has become irrelevant in many ways and that the creation of these laws could help create an environment that fosters quality journalism, unafraid of prosecution.“We can create a comprehensive policy and legal framework to protect the free expression needed for investigative journalism and other politically important publishing,” the initiative reads. When Al Jazeera covered the budding proposal last March, it said that “the idea behind IMMI is simple but it’s ambitious – bring together some of the most progressive media laws from many different countries to create one holistic law that will position Iceland at the forefront of the battle to protect journalists, whistleblowers and their sources from oppressive libel laws.”As both Al Jazeera, the Nieman Journalism Lab and others question, however, can laws in one country protect journalists from prosecution in other countries? The article on Nieman Journalism Lab suggests that the laws may not ensure protection from other countries laws, but “if nothing else, it would probably prevent your servers from being forcibly shut down”, were your content hosted in Iceland. For now, however, the effects of IMMI are yet unknown, as it is merely a proposal for laws that remain to be written and tested in international waters. There is also the question of whether or not Iceland has the bandwidth to support large media servers, although the IMMI clearly states that Iceland “has fast undersea cables to some of the world’s largest consumers of information”. Whatever the case, the passing of such a proposal is promising, if just in an altruistic and optimistic journalist’s point of view. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Tags:#Government#news#privacy#Real World#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more