Number of journalists seeking asylum at embassies in Baku increases to 24

first_imgNews June 13, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Number of journalists seeking asylum at embassies in Baku increases to 24 RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan April 9, 2021 Find out more June 4, 2021 Find out more ————————————————————Fifteen journalists seek political asylum in protest against closure of newspapersReporters Without Borders today condemned constant government harassment of the opposition media, which has led 14 journalists working for two dailies, the Azerbaijani-language Gundelik Azerbaijan and the Russian-language Realny Azerbaijan, to seek political asylum in the past four days after their newspapers were closed last week. The editor of the newspaper Nota Bene has also requested asylum because he fears for his safety. “First the offices of Gundelik Azerbaijan and Realny Azerbaijan were shut down for alleged fire safety violations then, on 26 May, the owner of their premises suddenly rescinded their lease and they had to vacate immediately,” Reporters Without Borders said. “They would have us believe this is just a coincidence. These are the methods of an authoritarian regime.”The press freedom organisation added: “If President Ilham Aliev wants to protect the press, he should help these two dailies find new premises. The 41 employees and contributors to these newspapers are now without any source of income, some of them feel threatened and the country’s press is all the poorer.”The 14 Gundelik Azerbaijan and Realny Azerbaijan journalists submitted their political asylum requests to the US, German, British and Norwegian embassies and the office of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). They include Gundelik Azerbaijan editor Uzeir Jafarov, who said they were seeking asylum because of persecution, and because arrests and attacks made it impossible for them to work as journalists.Jafarov was attacked and beaten on 20 April after given evidence at the trial of Eynulla Fatullaev, the founder of Gundelik Azerbaijan and Realny Azerbaijan, who received a 30-month prison sentence the same day for “defaming” and “insulting” Azerbaijanis in an article about Armenia.The satirical website www.tinsohbeti.com, whose editor, Habib Muntezir is based in Germany, has meanwhile been inaccessible again since 21 May because of a hacker attack on the Site5 server that hosts it. Muntezir is convinced the attack was deliberately targeted. It is not the first time that the site has been attacked. June 8, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh to go further Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today at the increase in the number of Azerbaijani journalists seeking asylum in western embassies in Baku in reaction to the arbitrary closure of their newspapers and the 30-month prison sentence imposed on newspaper editor Eynulla Fatullayev. The number of journalists who have taken this step in the past two and a half weeks now stands at 24. The embassies at which asylum requests have been made include those of Germany, Britain and the United States.“The recourse to this measure highlights the difficulties that independent and opposition journalists have been encountering for many years despite their repeated appeals for help,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The international community must now get to grips with the issue of press freedom in Azerbaijan.”None of the journalists has so far received a response from the embassies. The German and British authorities have nonetheless told them their requests would be considered. AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts News AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Azerbaijan RSF_en Organisation Newslast_img read more

The Goods: Fly Fishing Gear

first_imgThe best fall fly fishing gear for 2013:1. Sage Bass II Smallmouth Fly RodWarm water abounds in the Southeast and when you are targeting bucketmouths, bronzebacks, toothies, or old pajamas, you need to wield a big stick with a stiff backbone to show them who’s boss. These rods are engineered specifically for different types of bass, from bluegill to peacock, and they have the power to huck big streamers and poppers all day while still being accurate enough to cast into deep cover.  If you are into bass fishing, the Sage Bass II is a must-have for your quiver.$550; sageflyfish.com 2. Cheeky Ambush 375 ReelThe latest, and definitely boldest, entry into the high-end reel market is Cheeky Reels. Founded by four anglers who quit their lucrative day jobs to pursue their obsession for fly fishing, that passion is reflected in their products: the flashy colors belie the top-notch quality of these reels. The Ambush 375 ranges from 5-7 weight, making it the perfect reel for everything from Blue Ridge trout streams to big water bass fishing. The sealed disk drag will stop any fish in its tracks and the MAX arbor will bring them to net faster. Don’t let the price scare you off, this reel will last a lifetime.$360; cheekyflyfishing.com3. Costa Prop ShadesCosta makes sunglasses for fishing, it’s their specialty and they are very good at it. New for 2013 is the Prop, an homage to the 1950s with retro styling in a medium fit. These shades are lightweight so you can wear them all day, and feature a no-slip nose pad to keep them on your face as you cast. Cut even more weight with the 580p scratch- and impact-resistant plastic lenses.$150; costadelmar.com4. Simms Down Under Zip TopDuring the fall, temps can drop in a hurry at the golden hour, that time right before sunset when fish go into a feeding frenzy. Then you still have to hike back to the car. Carry the Down Under mid-layer for extra warmth; the wool will still keep you toasty even when wet and provides an outstanding weight to warmth ratio. Plus, it fights off body stench so you can fish in it all day, then rock it to the bar. Only your fish stories will turn people off.$99; simmsfishing.com5. Umpqua Ledges 650 Waist PackUmpqua Feather Merchants jumped into the pack market with both feet in 2013, producing a product line that garnered rave reviews, and the Ledges 650 may be the cream of the crop. This hip pack has enough room to store any fly you will ever need, and is packed with innovative features like a high wear tool sheath and weather proof pocket to hold your camera for that “grip and grin” shot. This pack also features a suspended back panel to keep you comfortably fishing all day.$129; umpqua.com6. Patagonia Ultra light Wade BootsOne of the most challenging aspects of fishing in the Blue Ridge is getting to that secret spot. Whether you are trekking high into the mountains for brook trout or walking down the tracks to your favorite smallmouth shoal, doing it in waders can be a bear. At just over two pounds, these wade boots are lighter than anything on the market and are comfortable enough for the long slog up the trail, because you know what they say: less people, more fish.$179; patagonia.com7. E-Case Protective CaseThese days, it’s almost impossible to leave the cell phone in the car. A smartphone is now a fish finder, camera, life line, and map all in one, but can cost a pretty penny if you drop it in the drink trying to get the hero shot. E-Case allows you to store your phone or tablet in a waterproof sleeve, while also allowing you to swipe, talk, and take photos without exposing your device to the elements.$25; e-case.com8. Loon Streamside KitWhether you are just starting out or looking to upgrade your gear, having the right tool for the job is essential, especially on the river. Loon provides you with everything you need in their Streamside Kit. Whether you are trying to keep a fly afloat, make it sink, see it better, cut it off, or keep it close, this kit has you covered. It even includes UV wader repair in case something comes out of the water to burst your waterproof bubble.$70; loonoutdoors.comlast_img read more

Ruto’s Sh50m added into Stars AFCON budget

first_img0Shares0000Deputy President William Ruto listens to Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa as Sports PS Kirimi Kaberia and Sports Kenya Chairman Fred Muteti listen in at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani on October 12, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 13 – The ministry of sports has surprisingly included Deputy President William Ruto’s Sh50mn African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualification promise to Harambee Stars in the team’s final approved budget for the preparation of the biennial championship.The Deputy President made a promise to the team that qualification to the 2019 showpiece will attract a hefty reward from the government but now, it appears the ministry has included this as part of the Sh244mn approved budget for the team towards the biennial championship. This promise was made on December 19, 2017 when Ruto hosted the team at his official residence in Karen after their triumph in the CECAFA Senior Challenge trophy held here at home where he also rewarded the team with Sh5mn.RECAP: Harambee Stars promised Sh50mn for AFCON qualificationAccording to Football Kenya Federation (FKF) boss Nick Mwendwa the amount will be deducted from the entire approved budget which they hope to get by end of week.Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama hands over a jersey and signed ball to Deputy President William Ruto when he paid the team a courtesy call at the Kasarani Stadium on Friday October 12, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“We had forwarded a budget estimate of Sh244mn for AFCON beginning from the Ghana game to the tournament in Egypt. We also had a separate budget for the team that plays in the Olympic qualifiers but the ministry through the Principle Secretary told us that in football, all we are getting is the Sh244mn until July 1,” Mwendwa said.He added the Federation will keep its promise of giving the team 70pc of the Sh50mn to divide among themselves while the federation keeps the remaining 30pc to aid in preparations. With this, the players are set to receive Sh35mn to divide amongst themselves.“We had a deal with the players and we will stick to it. Once they come in to camp next week we will give them the money hoping it comes into our accounts early and they will divide it among themselves,” Mwendwa noted.This means that the team will now have a sum total of Sh209mn to facilitate all their plans for AFCON 2019 including the final qualifier against Ghana and the intended three-week training camp in France as well as the final tournament in Egypt.The federation however received a Sh20mn boost from betting firm Betin of which Sh15mn will go towards the preparation kitty. FKF boss Mwendwa also noted they are set to unveil two more partners by next week to boost their finances.Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa and Betin Marketing Director Carlo Buttaci exchange documens after signing a Sh20mn sponsorship deal for the Harambee Stars on Macrh 12, 2019“We want to give the coach and the team everything they ask for. This money will go into preparations of the team as well as settling bills from last season including Starlets’ unpaid allowances. The team will camp at Safari Park this time and so will the Under-23 Olympics team,” Mwendwa explained.“It is expensive to undertake all these things and that is why we want to bring on board more sponsors. The camp in France is expensive, we will play two or three friendly games there and it is also expensive to have them,” he further stated.At the same time, the FKF boss has estimated a cash reward of Sh7mn for the team for any win they pick in Egypt and if, against all odds they go all the way and lift the title, then the team will earn a whooping Sh120mn reward.“That is what the coach has proposed and that is what other teams do. We have tried to negotiate a bit with the players but that is just about the estimate of what they will earn with one win. This money is not in the Sh244mn budget and that is why we need more partners on board,” Mwendwa noted.According to plans, the team is set to travel to France on May 15 for the training camp at a location selected by the coach in Paris.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Dragic, Ellington lead slow-starting Heat past Bulls

first_imgCayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Jordan Spieth finishes with an eagle at the Australian Open The Heat started slow again in the third quarter, prompting Spoelstra to leave his second- and third-leading scorers, Dion Waiters (four points) and Hassan Whiteside (11 points, nine rebounds), on the bench down the stretch as the Heat pulled away after Chicago cut Miami’s lead to 83-81 with five minutes, 40 seconds to play.“I don’t think we look at it like Dion or Whiteside or Dragic,” James Johnson said. “We have a lot of weapons on this team. We have a lot of guys who could do it. We’re all trying to play our roles and master that.”Justin Holliday added 15 points for the Bulls, who lost their fifth in a row following an 0-4 West Coast trip.TIP-INSHeat: Whiteside (knee) was in the starting lineup after missing Saturday’s practice to receive treatment. … F James Johnson had at least five rebounds and five assists in a game for the fifth time this season. … Miami (10-9) exceeded the .500 mark for the first time since winning two of three to open the season.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Miami Heat’s Josh Richardson (0) drives against Chicago Bulls’ Kris Dunn (32) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)CHICAGO — Goran Dragic and the Miami Heat followed the lowest-scoring first quarter in team history with the highest-scoring one of the season to beat the Chicago Bulls.After scoring seven points in the first quarter, Miami had 38 in the second to take a 45-42 lead en route to a 100-93 victory Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Bulls: Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg said he’s “hoping” G David Nwaba will return to practice on Monday. Nwaba (sprained right ankle) missed his ninth consecutive game. … The home game was just Chicago’s seventh of the season, tied with Toronto for fewest in the NBA. … Grant scored 62 points in Chicago’s past three games. His single-game high was 13 prior to this stretch.FROSTY FIRST QUARTERThe Heat shot 2-of-19 from the field in the first quarter but only trailed 13-7 because the Bulls managed to make just 4-of-24 shots, including 1-for-15 inside the 3-point arc.The 20 combined points were the fewest in any quarter in Bulls history.DESIGNATED SHOOTEREllington continued his hot 3-point shooting, going 5-of-8 behind the arc.The veteran reserve made multiple 3-pointers in each of the Heat’s past four games, going 20-for-35 in that stretch, and at least one in 11 straight. Ellington is shooting 44.2 percent for the season.UP NEXTHeat: At Cleveland on Tuesday night.Bulls: Host Phoenix on Tuesday night. Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice PLAY LIST 01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments MOST READ Dragic scored 24 points, Wayne Ellington had 19 points and five 3-pointers off the bench and the Heat’s four reserves outscored their five starters. James Johnson added 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and fellow reserves Tyler Johnson and Kelly Olynyk scored 10 points apiece as the Heat bench produced 54 points to extend the team’s winning streak to three.Jerian Grant led Chicago with a career-high 24 points. Denzel Valentine had 14 points and career highs of 13 rebounds and seven assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“They (the bench) inspired the whole team,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We were looking for some kind of energy, some kind of separation. We understand that it was going to be a 48-minute game and they played some inspiring basketball, not only in the fourth quarter but in that second quarter. That’s what really changed the momentum and brought us back into it.”Ellington ignited the Heat after the 2-for-19 first-quarter from the field, scoring 10 points and hitting three 3-pointers as Miami shot 68.4 percent in the second quarter.last_img read more

Buta Singh gets sports portfolio, Ghani Khan Chowdhury appointed railway minister

first_imgButa Sigh (left) and C.P.N. Singh: PromotionIt was the hour for preening and basking in the gentle glow of self-importance. Bhagwat Jha Azad, the minister of state who got independent charge of the prestigious civil aviation portfolio, took exactly 48 hours to mouth his first policy pronouncement. He hit out,Buta Sigh (left) and C.P.N. Singh: PromotionIt was the hour for preening and basking in the gentle glow of self-importance. Bhagwat Jha Azad, the minister of state who got independent charge of the prestigious civil aviation portfolio, took exactly 48 hours to mouth his first policy pronouncement. He hit out at the system of the executive class on the Airbus fleet of Indian Airlines, described it as “inconsistent with our avowed socialistic principles”, and declared his intention to abolish it. Cost of introducing the system three months ago: Rs 11 lakh. Cost of abolition: Rs 3 lakh.A.B.A. Ghani Khan Chowdhury, the newly-appointed railway minister, took four days to make his first policy statement. He travelled to Calcutta and drove unannounced to Howrah station, where, in the presence of awed officials, he mingled with passengers and listened to their complaints. The same afternoon, he addressed his first press conference as railway minister, and announced that he wanted to give complete autonomy to the general managers.The others who should feel happy at least avoided making public statements. P.C. Sethi, whose appointment as home minister upset bookmakers’ calculations, attended the Assam talks as his first engagement in office. But he made it a point to take with him R. Venkataraman, the defence minister, who had been acting as the home minister, and requested him to carry on as chief negotiator. P. Shiv Shanker, the fat-cat among the ministers, stuck to his smaller office as petroleum minister at Shastri Bhavan, while the larger chunk of the staff now under him sat at the Energy Ministry housed in Shram-Shakti Bhavan.advertisementN.K.P. Salve (left) and H.K.L. Bhagat: InductionMixed Rewards: Buta Singh, the only Sikh in the Council of Ministers, was elated to assume Independent charge of the glamorous sports portfolio on the eve of the ninth Asiad in the capital. C.P.N. Singh, who had slid down the hierarchical steps last year when he was transferred from the powerful Defence Ministry to the backroom Department of Science and Technology, notched up a gain this time as he became the minister of state for the newly-created and ponderously named Department of Non-conventional Energy Sources. Singh was too enthralled at the prospect of getting a bonus foothold to complain about the fact that he now has to shuttle between two bosses, Mrs Gandhi, who is the minister for science and technology, and Shiv Shanker, who holds the charge of energy, conventional and otherwise.Heady excitement marked the two older men entering the ministry this time – N.K.P. Salve and H.K.L. Bhagat. Salve, a seasoned lawyer, proved his skill at treading cautiously in the very first week when he described himself as a “former journalist” but hedged his bets when called upon to comment on the Bihar Press Bill. Bhagat laboriously went round the Asiad construction sites, tramping with commendable diligence over the raw cement, but as in Salve’s case, caution prevailed and he refrained from making any public pronouncements.Vasant Sathe (left) and A.P. Sharma: DemotionAmong the dispirited back-benchers were Vasant Sathe, whose transfer from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, right under the arc lamp of glamour, to the seedy corridors of the Chemicals and Fertilizers Ministry, was archly termed by his critics as the shift from “culture to agriculture”. To make the best of a bad bargain, three rooms were being pulled down in one corner of Shastri Bhavan to set up a new chamber for Sathe. No doubt, all care is being taken to ensure that the suave minister’s aesthetic sensibilities are not hurt in the least.A.P. Sharma divested of his twin empire of civil aviation and tourism, sulkily avoided the press. As the new communications minister, the first gift he received for the house-warming party was the depressing news of the failure of the much-touted Indian communication satellite INSAT-1A. Hopefully, his future at his new ministry will not be as ill-starred as his beginning.last_img read more

Video: Braxton Miller Hauls In A Football One-Handed While Holding 5 Other Footballs

first_imgBraxton Miller making an amazing one-handed catch.Braxton Miller One-HandedUpdate: Miller posted a video on his own account from a different angle. Earlier: Any concerns over Braxton Miller’s hands following his move to wide receiver could likely be alleviated by watching this video from the Ohio State football Instagram account. In the clip, Miller fields a ball launched from a JUGS machine while holding five other footballs. Ohio State deleted the post for some reason, but For The Win put it on YouTube. Yea, looks like he’s going to adjust just fine. [ For The Win ]last_img

Nova Scotia education reform eliminating school boards passes final reading

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s sweeping education reform bill has passed final reading in the legislature, only one week after it was introduced by Education Minister Zach Churchill.The governing Liberals used their majority to pass Bill 72 by a vote of 25-21.The legislation dissolves the province’s seven regional school boards as of March 31 and replaces them with a 15-member provincial advisory council, while keeping local school advisory councils in place along with board administrations.In another contentious move it takes principals, vice-principals and senior supervisory staff from the Nova Scotia Teachers Union and rolls them into a new association affiliated with the union.Premier Stephen McNeil says he believes the changes will give communities a stronger voice because they will get direct access to the minister.NDP education critic Claudia Chender calls the notion “absurd” and says the concerns of parents will end up falling to members of the legislature.The legislation is largely based on recommendations contained in a report by consultant Avis Glaze.last_img read more

Alipay partners with Canadian tech firm to expand presence in Canada

first_imgTORONTO – Chinese online payment platform Alipay has partnered with tech firm SnapPay Inc. to enable Canadian retailers to accept Chinese currency from Chinese shoppers through a mobile wallet.Alipay North America president Souheil Badran says the company wants to offer Canadian merchants the opportunity to access the Chinese market.He says 700 Canadian merchants already accept Alipay.But the partnership gives the payment platform an opportunity to aggressively explore opportunities for expansion in the education, winery, restaurant and retail sectors.The company touts the increasingly lucrative role Chinese consumers could play for Canadian businesses, given the country’s growing middle class.Alipay, originally created by Chinese online shopping giant Alibaba.com, was launched in 2004 and has more than 520 million active users. It is now owned by Ant Financial Services Group, a “related company” to Alibaba.“We want to continue offering Chinese consumers visiting Canada the ability to pay as they would in China. But we also want to offer Canadian merchants the opportunity to access the Chinese market,” Badran said.The launch comes as Alibaba gears up to host heavy hitters including the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor John Tory at its Gateway ’17 Canada conference Monday in Toronto.Trudeau will take the stage with Alibaba executive chairman and founder Jack Ma at the conference aimed at promoting e-commerce opportunities for Canadian businesses in China.Ma hosted Trudeau, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Canadian business representatives at the company’s campus in Hangzhou, China last September.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version based on information in a press release, said Alibaba owned Alipay.last_img read more

Hodgson lends support to Zaha over Twitter abuse

first_imgCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson condemned those racists who targeted Wilfried Zaha on TwitterThe Ivory Coast international revealed on Monday that he had received racists abuse and threats after winning Palace a penalty in last Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal.While Zaha was a no-show in Palace’s 1-0 Carabao Cup fourth round loss to Middlesbrough on Wednesday, he has the full support of the entire club.“It’s fairly obvious that at my stage of life, I don’t have any sympathy for people who use these platforms to abuse other people. I can’t say anything other than that,” said Hodgson, according to Sky Sports.Joel Ward, Crystal PalaceHow Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“As far as Wilf is concerned, the club will do everything they can to support him in this way.“I don’t think there are many people out there except perhaps the odd Twitter troll who knows no better who believes that racially abusing people or threatening people is the right way to go.“Of course all our sympathy is with our player and the club will do everything we can to show him that support and help him get through the situation.”Palace will next face a daunting trip to fellow London side Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday in the Premier League.last_img read more