Presidential election: concern about violence against journalists

first_img Follow the news on Armenia Organisation ArmeniaEurope – Central Asia to go further Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders today urged Armenia’s electoral authorities to ensure that tomorrow’s presidential election run-off is not marred by incidents similar to those in the first round on 19 February in which journalists were the targets of violence and obstruction.”We ask you to do everything possible to ensure that such incidents are not repeated in the second round on 5 March,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter to Artak Sahradian, the president of the electoral commission. “We point out that, while the media must adhere to strict rules to avoid favouring any candidate during an election, the authorities for their part must ensure that journalists are free to cover the polling,” Ménard said.Goar Vernizian, a correspondent of the weekly Aizhm, which is published by the Democratic National Union Party, was thrown against the wall of the Shirvanzade school polling station by unidentified individuals on 19 February as she was covering violations of the electoral rules. Her assailants also seized the audio cassette on which she was recording. Two journalists with the TV station Shant were hit and their video tapes were taken as they filmed a man stuffing ballots into a ballot-box in the same polling station.The same day in Yerevan, a member of the parliamentary commission of voting station No. 356/16 in Nar-Dos school seized the camera of freelance journalist Susanna Pogosian and injured her hand as she was accompanying Gedeon Lichtfield of the British weekly The Economist. Lilit Vardanian, the person in charge of electoral commission No. 26/073 in Echmiadzin (20 km. from Yerevan), refused to allow Karina Asatrian, a reporter with the independent TV station A1+, and her cameraman Robert Kharazian to film. The two journalists were then physically attacked by young men who damaged their camera and chased them out of the polling station. June 8, 2021 Find out more Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” News News Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakhcenter_img News ArmeniaEurope – Central Asia RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan News RSF_en April 9, 2021 Find out more March 4, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Presidential election: concern about violence against journalists Help by sharing this information November 11, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Suspend water charges and bonuses at Irish Water – Collins

first_imgAndrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up WATER charges should be immediately suspended until there is a complete review of the workings of Irish Water and how it is to be funded, according to Fianna Fail TD, Niall Collins.The Limerick deputy said this Wednesday that Fianna Fáil will force a special debate on Irish Water during its private members business in the Dáil this week.The opposition party is calling on the Government to fully review the funding model at Irish Water and immediately cease the payment of bonuses at the company.“There must now be a full and frank debate on the future of Irish Water. Since its inception there have been a number of high profile controversies at the organisation, including highly damaging revelations about the bonus system being constructed within the company.“Any public trust with the operation of Irish Water has been broken. People I talk to in Limerick are enraged at the bonus culture in the company along with the utter confusion as to what families will actually have to pay when the first bills land in January. The series of damaging mishaps – from the outrageous set-up and consultancy costs that only emerged under media questioning to revelations about five figure bonuses for senior managers – have left people in Limerick frustrated and angry.“Disgracefully, when Fine Gael and the Labour Party forced through the legislation setting up this quango, they did not allow any debate in Dáil Éireann. Indeed, at that time Fianna Fáil led a walk-out from the Dáil in protest at the Government’s strategy.“It is clear that the time has now come for an honest and fundamental debate about the role of this quango and what part it is going to play in the country’s future. We are using our Private Members’ time to call for a full review of Irish Water, with a full suspension of charges while that review is ongoing.“Fine Gael and Labour rejected debate in the past and we can now see the full damaging impact of their decision to push ahead with flawed Irish Water plans. This week they have the chance to press the pause button on that process and facilitate a fundamental review of the organisation. I would urge FG and Labour backbenchers in Limerick who privately claim to despair at the damage Irish Water is causing to take a stand and support Fianna Fáil in our attempt to force honest debate.” Linkedin Facebook WhatsApp Email Twittercenter_img Print Advertisement NewsSuspend water charges and bonuses at Irish Water – CollinsBy Staff Reporter – October 22, 2014 717 Previous articleOvercrowding crisis at animal sanctuaryNext articleLimerick woman in LGBT top 100 business leaders Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

From Cats to School of Rock! Check Out New Marquee

first_img Related Shows School of Rock – The Musical View Comments Ready to take a trip down “Memory” lane? Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony-winning musical Cats first opened at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre in 1982, where it played more than 7,000 performances over 18 years. Now, a new ALW musical is back at the Winter Garden: School of Rock! Directed by Laurence Connor, the adaptation of the hit movie begins performances November 9 and opens officially on December 6, starring Alex Brightman as substitute teacher Dewey Finn and Sierra Boggess as no nonsense headmistress Rosalie Mullins. Check out this Hot Shot of both ALW marquees side-by-side, then follow Broadway.com on Instagram for more snapshots from the Great White Way! Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 20, 2019last_img read more

Kings Park Woman Killed in Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 49-year-old woman was killed after she crashed her car in her hometown of Kings Park on Wednesday evening.Suffolk County police said Anna Devecchis was driving a Nissan Rogue westbound on Route 25A when her vehicle veered off the roadway and struck a tree at 6:20 p.m.The victim was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.Fourth Squad detectives impounded the vehicle, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on the crash to call them at 631-854-8452.last_img read more

IMCA Modified regional, series champs and special events winners earn Ricochet awards

first_imgBRUSH, Colo. – Drivers winning Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified regional and special series championships are among recipients of contingency awards from Ricochet Race Components again this season.The Brush, Colo., company, in its third year as an IMCA marketing partner, gives sets of three shock guard covers to the top drivers in standings for each of the five Modified regions and in 10 special series for the open wheeled division.Shock guard cover sets also go to feature winners at each event in the Hawkeye Dirt Tour and the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour; to the winner of 10 other Modified specials; and to the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod national champion.Ricochet is owned by Modified veteran John Hansen and information about the company’s shock guard covers is available on Facebook.“We know how valuable shocks are to a racer’s weekly program,” Hansen said. “ Our goal at Ricochet is to help teams protect their investments.”“The Ricochet covers are a great way to protect your shocks from the wear and tear of a night at the dirt track, and the volume of them we’re able to give away through this program is a testament to the confidence John and Ricochet have in the IMCA market,” added Kevin Yoder, director of marketing for the sanctioning body.last_img read more

Becker slates younger generation’s inability to challenge ‘big three’

first_img(REUTERS) – Boris Becker says younger players on the men’s tour do not have the right mindset to challenge the “big three” of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the Grand Slams.The trio have won every Grand Slam since 2017, with 33-year-old Nadal claiming the latest title at Roland Garros on Sunday, dispatching 25-year-old Austrian Dominic Thiem in the final for a second straight year.Becker, who won Wimbledon aged 17 and went on to win six Slams, said it was the mental aspect of the game more than anything that set Nadal, Federer (37) and Djokovic (32) apart.“I was just reading a stat that no active player outside the big three under 28, apart from Thiem, has been in a Grand Slam final,” Becker, a pundit with Eurosport, said looking ahead to Wimbledon which begins on July 1.“That’s not good, that’s not a compliment for anybody under 28. And don’t give me that ‘the others are too good’. We should question the quality and the attitude of everybody under 28; it just doesn’t make sense.”Other players to reach men’s Grand Slam finals in the past three years were Juan Martin del Potro, Kevin Anderson, Marin Cilic and Stan Wawrinka – all aged 30 and above.“As much as I respect Roger, Rafael and Novak, young players should show up,” Becker added. “Eventually, they will be too old, but you want to see the passing of the torch while they are still in their prime.“There’s a certain mentality that they (younger players) don’t have, that the three others do have. It’s not the forehands, it’s not the fitness. It’s mindset – attitude – that makes the difference between winning and losing.”last_img read more

Trojans fail to come back against Oregon

first_imgThe No. 21 USC men’s basketball team could not overcome a double-digit second-half deficit as they fell 89-81 on the road in Oregon to the Ducks Thursday night.USC came into the game riding an impressive 15-3 record and their first appearance in the national poll since 2008.They were able to rest up following an eight-day break after dominating UCLA, but it did not seem to pay off with many fouls, turnovers and a 3-point shooting percentage of under 29 percent. Oregon continues its strong season, improving to 4-2 in the Pac-12 and tying the Trojans for second in the Pac-12.Neither team could put together a run as the second half began, with the Men of Troy unable to close the gap and the Ducks unable to pull away.Oregon jumped out to another nine-point lead at the 13:56 mark of the second half following a Chimeze Metu offensive foul and a Katin Reinhardt turnover. After a USC timeout, Oregon went on a 7-1 run to extend its lead to 71-56.The Trojans were unable to mount a strong comeback in the second half but continued keeping it just close enough to keep everyone interested. Julian Jacobs’ two free throws with just under seven minutes left, followed by standout freshman Bennie Boatwright scoring two of his 23 points cut the lead down to eight at 74-66. Their effort was not enough, though, with the Trojans unable to make key shots and defend down the stretch and ended up taking an 8-point defeat.Jordan McLaughlin has been a key player this year but had a disappointing game with just three points on one-of-five shooting. Boatwright had another great game, with 12 rebounds to go with his 23 points. Jacobs also performed well, scoring 18 points, grabbing six rebounds and dishing out five assists.The overall team effort was not there in the end, with late turnovers, fouls and a couple of goaltending calls costing them dearly. It was a stark contrast to the start of the game, as the Trojans started out hot but could not maintain the pace.USC jumped out to a quick 10-4 lead after threes by Katin Reinhardt and standout freshman Bennie Boatwright. The exciting start continued for both teams, with 20 points being scored in under three minutes to begin the game. Oregon battled back to even the game at 12 after a couple of USC misses. The teams traded baskets until the score was still locked up at 21, when Elijah Stewart broke the tie with an emphatic dunk.The Trojans controlled the game until Oregon took its first lead of the game at 27-26 with a dunk at just under the nine-minute mark in the first half, to which the Men of Troy countered with a Boatwright jumper.Oregon heated up shooting, and, coupled with several USC misses took a 36-30 lead before coach Andy Enfield called a timeout. USC responded quickly with a three-pointer by McLaughlin and a dunk by junior Jacobs. Oregon jumped out to a 9-point lead thanks to 3-pointers by forward Dwayne Benjamin. USC was able to get a few points back and headed to the locker room at halftime, down 46-41.USC looks to rebound when they travel down the road to play Oregon State this Sunday at noon. The Beavers were one of the Trojans’ three conference wins last year, so this much improved team will look to repeat that success.Oregon State has been disappointing with a 2-4 record so far in conference play, but boasts a strong 9-2 non-conference record, so it will not be an easy matchup. They are led by Gary Payton II — son of former Seattle Supersonic Gary Payton — who is averaging 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists per game.USC will look to finish even on the road trip before coming back to Galen Center next week to play Washington State and Washington. The Trojans still have 12 conference games remaining, and while they will likely lose their spot in the Top 25 with the loss on Thursday, they have plenty of opportunities to climb back up the rankings.last_img read more