Azerbaijani reporter facing possible life sentence on treason charge

first_imgNews June 4, 2021 Find out more AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of EuropeCorruptionImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Follow the news on Azerbaijan Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the trumped-up treason charge on which Polad Aslanov, an Azerbaijani reporter who often covers corruption, is now facing the possibility of life imprisonment.The editor of the Xeberman and Press-az news websites, Aslanov was placed in pre-trial detention on 14 June, two days after being arrested at Azerbaijan’s border with Iran, where he was heading for a wedding with his wife and daughter. In a search of his and his mother’s homes after his arrest, security agents seized a camera and computer equipment.The State Security Service (DTX) accuses Aslanov of providing a foreign country with sensitive information, defaming the state in his reporting, and putting other Azerbaijani journalists in touch with foreign intelligence agencies.Aslanov denies all the charges, insisting that he is a victim of a reprisal linked to his reporting. As part of his coverage of corruption, he has been working on a story allegedly implicating members of the DTX in extortion.“Everything indicates that Polad Aslanov is the latest victim of Azerbaijan’s constant persecution of critical journalists,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “We call for his immediate release and the release of the six other journalists who are unjustly imprisoned in Azerbaijan.”Aslanov’s lawyer was able to visit him on 14 June but they were not allowed to talk alone. According to his wife, he was originally declared unfit for military service only to be ordered to report for military service last year, at the age of 29, shortly after he first began criticizing the authorities in his reporting.Aslanov was arrested on the same day that another journalist, Ikram Rahimov, was sentenced to five and a half years in prison on an embezzlement charge for which no convincing evidence was produced at his trial. The editor of the Realliq.info news website, he was arrested in October 2018, shortly after publishing an open letter criticizing the financial assistance that presidential chief of staff Ali Hasanov provides to “loyal” media outlets.Azerbaijan is ranked 166th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. The leading critical media outlets have been silenced or have had to relocate abroad, the main independent websites are blocked and at least seven journalists are currently in prison. Help by sharing this information News News June 21, 2019 Azerbaijani reporter facing possible life sentence on treason charge April 9, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says News AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of EuropeCorruptionImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment June 8, 2021 Find out more to go further RSF_en Organisation Facebook RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakhlast_img read more

Gazette missed the boat with victims story

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The issue of gun crime is serious, but local protestors aren’t serious about solving the problem, either wanting attention more than a solution or they’re totally clueless about the problem.If students walked out of class to protest abortion, bring our troops home from the Middle East, or anything else, would the Gazette print articles about it and the school treat them like heroes? What good does a League of Women Voters bus to Washington D.C. accomplish, other than giving them an outing and a chance to preen?The Gazette ran a truly sad story about 16 tragic gun deaths that impacted Schenectady over the last several years. The victims and their stories deserve to be remembered and mourned. But the Gazette failed to identify the common factor in each of those murders: the victims were all killed by persons not licensed to own or use guns.JOE GRYGASSouth ColonieMore from The Daily Gazette:Albany County warns of COVID increaseEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Walsh salutes peerless Mullins

first_img “He’s an incredible trainer and he brought Simenon down for the Melbourne Cup a few years ago and finished fourth, he is more renowned as a jumps trainer but he can mix it with the Flat as well. “At the moment, he has probably assembled the best team of horses that he has ever had, so it is a great place to be working at and he is a great man to work for.” The peerless County Carlow handler carried all before him last season but Walsh is adamant there might be even more to come. “I have worked with him for 20 years,” the jockey told www.racing.com. Ruby Walsh believes Willie Mullins could have “assembled the best team of horses that he has ever had”.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

CHAN 2014: Referee Lamptey to officiate Group D game between DR Congo and Gabon

first_imgGhanaian referee Joseph O. Lamptey will be the centre official in Saturday’s game between DR Congo and Gabon at the ongoing CHAN tournament.The professional Immigration Officer will be assisted on the lines by Balkrishna Bootun of Mauritius and Theogene Ndaguimana of Rwanda in the Group D game being played in Polokwani.Referee Sylvester Kirwa of Kenya will play the role of the fourth referee in the game, which is expected to determine the fate of the two sides in the group.The Ghanaian was last week handed the role of the fourth referee in the game between Uganda and Burkina Faso.last_img

Liberia Maintains Seat on IMO Council

first_imgLiberian delegation to the IMO along with other IMO officials.Liberia has again been reelected to the Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the 2018-2019 biennium. The election was held as part of the 30th session of the Assembly of IMO, convening in London.An IMO dispatch said Liberia has consistently maintained a Category ‘C’ seat on the IMO Council since 2012. The Council is the Executive Organ of IMO that takes decision in the absence of Assembly. Between sessions of the Assembly, the Council coordinates all activities of the Organs of the Organization.Other than Liberia, other African countries elected to the Council are South Africa, Kenya, Morocco, and Egypt.Liberia’s Permanent Representative to the IMO, Isaac Jackson, who spoke shortly after the election, expressed gratitude to member states of the IMO for the vote of confidence in Liberia’s leadership in this global organization, which he described as a very wise decision.He said, “the sheer size of the tonnage under Liberia’s flag points at our deep interest in the maritime industry, thus our determination to play a role in the more substantive aspect of guiding the IMO.”The Liberian-flag fleet currently comprises 4,170 ships aggregating more than 150M gross tons, representing 12 percent of the global ocean going fleet. Jackson said, working along with its Corporate Registry Agency, Liberian-flagged vessels meet the highest level of safety, security and environmental standards promulgated by the IMO.Earlier making the case for Liberia’s election, the Commissioner of the Liberia Maritime Authority (MA), Dr. James Kollie, recalled Liberia’s “rich history in facilitating the international maritime industry through a favorable framework within which ship-owners compete in global trade and commerce.”He informed the conference that, “Liberia has consistently played both far-reaching and pivotal roles in regulating the public dimension of uniform global maritime transport standards.”Dr. Kollie also cited the well-being of seafarers, reminding the conference of Liberia’s principal role in ratifying the International Labor Organization, Maritime Labor Convention (MLC), 2006, better known as the “fourth pillar” of the international regulatory regime for quality shipping, which complements the key Conventions of the IMO and provides comprehensive rights and protection at work for the world’s more than 1.2 million seafarers.Liberia is represented at the 30th Assembly of the IMO by Deputy Foreign Minister Elias Shoniyin; Maritime Commissioner James Kollie; Chairlady, Board of Directors, Cllr. F. Jauh Lawson; Liberia’s Charge d’Affaires at the Court of St. James, Ibrahim Nyei; Liberia’s Permanent Maritime Representative, Isaac Jackson; and Nya Gbaintor.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Woman airlifted to hospital after fall at Malin Head

first_imgA successful rescue operation took place this Friday afternoon to help a woman who fell while walking near Banba’s Crown at Malin Head.The casualty was airlifted to hospital after suffering a suspected broken ankle.The rescue was co-ordinated by Malin Head Coast Guard, who received a call from a member of the public at 12.30pm. The Rescue 118 helicopter was tasked to transfer the woman to Letterkenny University Hospital, with assistance from the Greencastle Coast Guard.Woman airlifted to hospital after fall at Malin Head was last modified: August 2nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

Camp Fire aid coming from San Jose Sharks, holiday events

first_imgWhen San Jose resident Ryan Brown brought his nephew, Dillon to see his first Sharks game at SAP Center, he took home a hat as a souvenir of the visit, which took place on his seventh birthday. Sadly, that hat — along with all of Dillon’s and his family’s other possessions — was lost when their home in Paradise was destroyed in the Camp Fire about a week later.When the Sharks heard what happened, the team sent Dillon a letter signed by his two favorite players, Brent Burns and Brenden Dillon, …last_img

Evolution Ag outlook meeting Dec. 11

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Evolution Ag LLC will be holding its 4th annual Outlook Meeting on Friday, Dec. 11 at their recently opened corporate headquarters and training center on US 42 between Delaware and Plain City. Doug Loudenslager said that this year’s event will allow producers to hear some of the latest research on agronomic practices, technology and data management.Bill and Missy Bauer of B & M Crop Consulting will be one of the headliners for this year’s meeting. The program is free and open to all producers. Loudenslager said that the Bauers will be presenting their research and recommendations on matching hybrid characteristics with corn planting populations. They will also be making a presentation on the creation and utilization of growth management zones. During the final session participants will hear Bill Bauer discuss aerial imagery, fine-tuning yield monitor data and how drones are providing management opportunities. Missy Bauer is an associate field agronomist for Farm Journal and has made presentations at previous Outlook meetings.Scott Shearer and Andrew Klopfenstein from the Ohio State University Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering will also be featured. They will be presenting the latest research on multi-hybrid planting and the results from this summer’s compaction studies. Ohio State has been using the Case IH Early Riser Planter with Precision Planting row units and will be sharing their observations. A similarly equipped planter will be on display at the meeting.Loudenslager said that one of the benefits of having the Outlook meeting at the new dealership is that it allows for the inside display of many pieces of agricultural and lawn and garden equipment. Product specialists from many of the manufacturers that Evolution Ag represents will be on hand to answer questions and discuss changes for the upcoming year.Management of data continues to be a hot topic and a concern for many producers. Britney Salmon, Case IH Product Specialist will be demonstrating some of the desktop software that is currently available. Salmon will also be answering questions on aspects of precision farming, data ownership and management.The day-long program will provide an opportunity for attendees to receive product updates and meet with Case IH product specialists on the new Magnum Rowtrac tractors, Patriot Sprayers, Precision Farming, Early Riser Planters and tillage equipment.  In addition, representatives from Great Plains, MacDon, Unverferth, Geringhoff, Kioti, Kubota, Grasshopper and Gravely will be in attendance.“The Outlook meeting is one way that we are working to help provide our customers the information they need to make critical business decisions,” Loudenslager said. “Our new corporate headquarters and training center provides a unique opportunity for producers to not only learn about some of the latest agronomic research but also kick the tires and try out the technology. We have an excellent line-up of presenters and topics and there will be ample time to talk with industry experts throughout the day.”The program is free and includes a continental breakfast, lunch and all presenter handouts but reservations are requested. If you want to attend, contact one of the Evolution Ag locations in Circleville, Delaware, Plain City, Lisbon, Upper Sandusky or Utica or by calling 1-800-421-2374. The program on Dec. 11 kicks off with registration and breakfast at 8:00 a.m. Evolution Ag is located 8 miles south of Delaware or approximately 10 miles north of Plain City on US 42 North.The companies that make up Evolution Ag LLC have been serving Ohio farmers for over 225 years. More information about the company can be found at www.evolutionagllc.com.last_img read more

Notre Dame’s Malik Zaire Drops Cryptic Tweet About Upcoming QB Battle

first_imgMalik Zaire pictured in a kitchen.Notre Dame will have a quarterback competition this off-season between redshirt sophomore Malik Zaire and incumbent Everett Golson. Both players played well in the program’s Music City Bowl win over LSU, and each candidate brings a different skill set to the table. In order to play a high-profile position such as quarterback at Notre Dame, one needs to have an abundance of self-confidence. If his Twitter this morning is any indication, Zaire is very confident in his own abilities.Never apologize for being confident in yourself.— Malik Zaire (@LuckyLefty8) March 5, 2015If you think you should have my spot. Play me for it. -KD— Malik Zaire (@LuckyLefty8) March 5, 2015The second tweet is a quote from NBA superstar Kevin Durant in regards to criticism that he was unworthy of a starting spot in this year’s All-Star game after missing time due to injury. Zaire seems ready to bring it on the field, and he should be a formidable competitor for Golson at the very least.last_img read more

Old Fort Residents still without power no estimate on when it will

first_imgResidents can use the water taxi to transport fuel to the Old Fort but will need to organize transportation to the boat launch.Hydro crews did start the work to restore the outage, but crews were told to evacuate due to the area they were working was now under an evacuation order.  There is no estimate on when B.C. Hydro will be allowed back into the area to try and restore power. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Residents of the Old Fort are still without power, and there is no estimate on when power will be restored.The power went out at approximately 6 p.m. Saturday night, and B.C. Hydro crews were trying to restore power but were evacuated due to the landslide.  In a post to Facebook on Sunday, the Peace River Regional District said they would not be providing generators to residents of the Old Fort.last_img read more