An independent journalist in danger

first_img UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term to go further RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) called today on US secretary of state Colin Powell to use his influence to stop the Uzbek government “brutally repressing” the country’s independent journalists. It noted the physical attack on one of them, Ruslav Sharipov, shortly before he was due to go to the United States to testify about the worsening human rights situation in Uzbekistan.In a letter to Powell, RSF secretary-general Robert Ménard said: “The regime of President Islam Karimov is using the excuse of fighting terrorism to brutally repress any independent journalism in the country. We ask you to use your influence with the Uzbek authorities to stop them threatening the media and also to let them know that the United States is concerned about the fate of Mr Sharipov.”RSF learns that Sharipov, the Uzbekistan correspondent of the Russian news agency Prima, president of the Uzbek Independent Journalists’ Union and editor of an Internet web, was attacked on 5 February by three men, one of whom tried to strangle him. The next day he was attacked again by two men who hit him on the head and in the stomach and seized his passport and journalist’s card. Sharipov is due to travel soon to the United States at the invitation of the International Human Rights League to testify about the serious threats to journalists and defenders of individual freedom in Uzbekistan.He was previously attacked on the night of the 30th of January in Tachkent by two representatives of the police force. Ruslan Sharipov and the press agency Prima consider that this attack is tied to an article recently written by the journalist concerning the referendum of the 27th of January on the extension of the presidential mandate of president Islam Karimov. In 2001, Ruslan Sharipov and members of his family were already subjected to a number of pressures from the authorities. On the 12th of July, 2001 he was chased by employees of the security service (NSS) while on his way to the court of Tachkent where he was going in order to cover a trial. His assailants were about to hit him when passer’ bys intervened. The journalist managed to take refuge in the local headquarters of the Organisation for the Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). He had published, at the end of August, a series of articles denouncing the repression of Muslims in the country and was otherwise making an investigation on the suspicious deaths of a number of opponents. Following these incidents Ruslan Sharipov requested, in an open letter to the Uzbek president, an end to being tailed by the security services, an end to pressures being made on his family, and that he may be allowed to pursue his profession as an independent journalist. Organisation News News Follow the news on Uzbekistan Newscenter_img New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council May 11, 2021 Find out more News February 8, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 An independent journalist in danger More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption February 11, 2021 Find out more UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information October 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Amidst Fanfare, Special Olympics Nigeria Celebrates 2016 EKS Day

first_imgIn an effort to commemorate the 2016 Eunice Kennedy Shriver (EKS) Day, Special Olympics Nigeria yesterday organised a Healthy Communities initiative (HC) at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.The Healthy Communities initiative is meant to create communities where Special Olympics athletes and others with intellectual disability have the same access to health and wellness resources and can attain the same level of good health as all community members. The theme of this year’s Healthy Communities initiative was “special smiles and opening eyes”.The day was filled with activities including medical services such as free dental and visual screening for athletes and partners. Attendees invited took part in activities such as a table tennis, basketball, bouncing castles and food stands.Speaking at the event, the National Director, Special Olympics Nigeria, Naomi Saliu-Lawal,  expressed delight at the turn out of participants at this year’s event.She noted that “every year we at Special Olympics Nigeria make out time to celebrate this day. It is an important day for Special Olympics Nigeria because it offers an opportunity for us to share in the spirit and belief of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her commitment to engaging intellectually challenged persons through the power of sports. By committing acts of inclusion, acceptance and unity for and with people with intellectual disabilities, we will continue to build on Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s legacy”Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s Day is an annual celebration of her life and a global call challenging everyone to Play Unified, Speak Unified, and Live Unified. On this 7th annual EKS day, themed #playunified, Special Olympics Nigeria enjoins all to play unified and teach the world to live unified by bringing together people with and without intellectual disabilities in various activities to honor the inspiration, impact and indomitable spirit of Eunice Kennedy ShriverShe demonstrated an unrelenting indomitable spirit in action, that one person could make a difference and change the world. Her lasting legacy and commitment to improve and transform the lives of the nearly 200 million people worldwide with intellectual disabilities who still live with diminished opportunities and social disrespect, and are often neglected and hidden away is celebrated yearly.Special Olympics Nigeria is part of a worldwide movement (Special Olympics international) that is aimed at changing the misconceptions individuals have about people with intellectual disabilities (PWID). Its mission is to provide various sport trainings and athletics competitions in a variety of Olympic – type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing continuous opportunities to develop physical fitness and skills required to manage day to day life.While over 5.3 million Special Olympics athletes and millions of coaches, families, fans and friends live her legacy and lead our movement every day, the organisation unites on Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day in over 170 countries and thousands of communities to show the world the power of unity to create opportunities of acceptance.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Finding solace in golf – Barbara Mahama takes to the practice range

first_imgBarbara Mahama has taken to the practice range to find solace in golf following the sad and painful demise of her husband, Major Maxwell Mahama who was callously murdered in May 2017. The scourge of the cruel incident painted a grim picture of a young woman in pain who had to make time for the increasingly hectic family orientation and personal life.Nevertheless, recognizing golf’s intrinsic ability to improve wellbeing, Managing Editor of TheGolfer Online, Collins Kofi Oppong, initiated an arrangement that would provide some flexibility for Barbara to play golf and potentially develop a lifetime hobby. Afia Konadu Agyepong; an ardent lady golfer in Ghana, accepted to help Barbara make the necessary adjustments as she readied to confront the practice range and the fairways.It, therefore, came as a pleasant development when Barbara posted a short video on her Instagram page of her hitting a hybrid at the practice range. The video came with the caption; “With determination, nothing is impossible. Try new things. Push yourself. Challenge yourself.”   These words speak volumes of a woman who has had to wallow in life’s scorching maze in the most upsetting nature. However, after dusting herself off and dealing with the excesses, she has found the strength to carry on and challenge herself to a game that requires lots of determination, consistency and patience.Barbara nevertheless is excited to walk the fairways and take charge of the greens to discover herself on the course while she enjoys the thrilling and engaging qualities of golf. To make the best of her time on the course, Barbara will with the help of her trainer set attainable goals and follow it up with a schedule purely for playing golf. But more than anything else, Barbara will just go out there to play golf and simply enjoy the game. There may be few initial rusty rounds but with the right input and practice, Barbara will soon master her game and deliver incredible results. For now, take a look at the short video below of Barbara’s first day of practice. TheGolfer Online will follow up on Barbara’s progress on the golf course as she works towards becoming an all-round classic golfer. Barbara’s story should encourage all who are going through emotionally tough times to consider golf as an outlet and harness its therapeutic benefits.  —last_img read more

Emery’s impact puts Arsenal rebuild ahead of schedule

first_img“We felt we had the quality to play (against) the top of the league tonight,” said Lacazette.Even Emery admitted Arsenal are far from the finished article, even citing Liverpool’s gradual improvement in three years under Klopp as an example to follow.“It is not a bad point but we need more,” he added.“They can win the Premier League this season. They play the final of the Europa League three years ago and last season they were in the final of the Champions League — they are a very good example for us.”However, Emery’s rapid progress suggests Arsenal are well-placed to challenge for a return to the Champions League next season after finishing 12 points off the top four in Wenger’s final campaign.“We are giving extra intensity and you can see the manager demands a lot not just in games but on the training pitch and it is paying off,” said midfielder Alex Iwobi.While Wenger got the grand farewell he deserved for winning three Premier League titles in his first decade in charge, Iwobi’s words are an indictment of how standards had slipped towards the end of the Frenchman’s tenure.Emery finally has the Gunners firing again.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsenal are still waiting for a first statement win of the Unai Emery era, but the progress made by the Spaniard in his first three months in charge was clear to see as Liverpool left the Emirates content with a point from Saturday’s thrilling 1-1 draw.Despite a 14-game unbeaten run in all competitions, the Gunners remain four points off Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table and will end the weekend outside the top four courtesy of North London rivals’ Tottenham’s 3-2 win at Wolves.But much has changed since the opening day of the season when reigning champions Manchester City outclassed Arsenal on Emery’s first chance to make an impression as the man to succeed Arsene Wenger’s 22-year reign in charge.That sunny August afternoon the home fans bristled at the sight of veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech struggle to come to terms with the former Paris Saint-Germain coach’s instructions to play out from the back.On a brisk November evening, Emery lauded the part played by the supporters to roar Arsenal on to level eight minutes from time through Alexandre Lacazette after James Milner put Liverpool in front on the hour mark.“The spirit is like we want and also the atmosphere today was a very big atmosphere with the supporters pushing for 90 minutes,” said Emery. Already his mixture of tough tackling and passing ability in possession has made him a fans’ favourite.And up front it was Lacazette, who started the season playing second fiddle to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from the bench, who repaid Emery’s faith for keeping him on the field and sacrificing Aubameyang with his substitutions in the search for an equaliser.center_img Summer signing Bernd Leno has since replaced Cech as number one and shown he is far more adept with the ball at his feet as Arsenal moved the ball smoothly upfield despite facing the famed ‘gegenpressing’ that characterises Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.“The manager has a new philosophy. Many things changed, because Arsène Wenger was here for a long time,” said Leno.“It was clear we needed time but like you saw today, the movement and the confidence of the players is always getting better.“Today we controlled the game against a big club, against big players.”– Torreira a fans’ favourite –In midfield Lucas Torreira had to wait until late September for his first league start. But the Uruguayan international is the type of player Arsenal lacked in the final years of Wenger’s reign.last_img read more

March 16 – 20 is Fix a Leak Week

first_imgSubmitted by Springer Plumbing This week is Fix a Leak Week! Seven years ago the WaterSense division of the EPA launched Fix a Leak week to help remind Americans to find and take care of leaks in their plumbing and irrigation systems. From March 16 through 22 WaterSense and various organizations around the country sponsor activities that educate people about the importance of saving water.How much water is being lost?A projected 10,000 gallons of water each year is lost due to leaks in an average American home. These leaks can be from dripping faucets, running toilets, trickling irrigation systems and more. All of this wasted water adds up to over 1 trillion gallons of treated, potable water that is lost each year. The good news is that there are some quick and easy steps you can take to find and fix leaks in your home.Do you have a leak?If you live in the city, check your water bill. If you see a surprising spike in your usage most likely you have a leak.Keep your eye on your water meter for an hour or two. If all the water in your home is turned off and your meter moves it is time to search for leaks.One of the sneakiest culprits of wasted water is a running toilet. Put a couple drops of food coloring in your toilet tank, if there is a leak the color will show in the toilet bowl without flushing.And the most obvious: listen for dripping faucets around your home.How can you help?Of course we encourage you to fix any leaks you find. If you aren’t up to tackle the task we would be more than happy to help.If your faucets, showerheads or toilets are older, consider replacing them with newer WaterSense-labeled fixtures. These reduce the flow of water while maintaining first-class function. If you are on city metered water, the investment of purchasing these water saving faucets will pay off in a matter of months.Save Water, Save MoneyIf any of these leaks are in your hot water lines, a great deal of energy is spent heating this water. By repairing the drips, water AND energy will be saved which also saves money. A leak of one drip per second can cost $1 per month. Do yourself and the planet a favor and spend a few minutes this Fix a Leak Week finding and repairing those leaks.Learn about City of Olympia Fix a Leak week activities here.  Click here to contact Springer Plumbing for all your leak repair and plumbing needs. Facebook6Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Eng vs WI 3rd Test Day 2 Review: Bad light chimes in to hinder…

first_imgAdvertisement 7azbtNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vscb4hxbWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eb7xwzk( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) rq6Would you ever consider trying this?😱xpctCan your students do this? 🌚2k5xRoller skating! Powered by Firework England dominated the proceedings of the second day with both bat and the ball leaving the Windies a huge task to retain the Wisden trophy. Advertisement Resuming at 258-4, England were put to test by a fiery spell of fast bowling. Ollie Pope was dropped on his overnight score by Rakheem Cornwall in the slips off Shannon Gabriel.Advertisement Pope, however, could not make most of his reprieve and failed to upgrade his overnight score. Shannon Gabriel proceeded to castle the batsman in his very next over. Windies’ merry continued as the wickets kept on tumbling. The visitors scalped the wickets of Ollie Pope, Chris Woakes, Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer in the first four overs of the day.With the wicket of Chris Woakes, Kemar Roach became the 9th West Indies bowler to reach the figure of 200 test wickets and the first in 26 years.Advertisement All the hard work was undone as the visitors failed to deliver the final nail to the coffin. Stuart Broad and Dom Bess struck a frustrating ninth-wicket partnership of 76 runs, taking the first innings tally to over 350.Broad’s charismatic knock was a rare sight with the cherry being hurled. He brought up his fifty in just 33 deliveries and finished off with 62 off just 45 deliveries. England were eventually dismissed for 369.Windies’ struggling opening pair continued their unwanted streak of not putting up fifty runs for the first wicket. For the thirteenth consecutive innings, Brathwaite and Campbell failed to cross the fity run mark. Stuart Broad struck first after managing to get the edge of Brathwaite.James Anderson on the other end was unlucky after Ben Stokes dropped a chance off Campbell in the slip cordon. The England pace quartet refused the batsmen to get settled and came out on top at tea with the score reading 59-3.The downfall continued for the visitors with Anderson delivering the breakthrough right after the break. Chris Woakes got into the wickets column by shattering the stumps off Blackwood for 26.With just over an hour to go in the play, England looked firm favourites to bowl out the Windies. However, the play was stopped due to bad light for the second consecutive day.While Windies will look to avoid the follow-on, England would look to dismiss the Windies as early as possible on Day 3 with the weather forecast predicting rain on Day 4 and Day 5.Brief Scoreboard:West Indies 137-6 (47.1 overs) (J.Campbell 32; S.Broad 2-17)England 369 (111.5 overs) (O.Pope 91, S.Broad 62; K.Roach 4-72)If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also, follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comALSO READ:Eng vs WI 3rd Test Day 1 Review: Pope and Buttler help England claim bragging rights Advertisementlast_img read more

Temple Athletics announces affiliation with Nike

first_imgNike is now the official supplier of Temple University athletic gear and uniforms, the Athletic Department announced on Wednesday via Twitter.  The deal will officially start in July 2020 and last for three years, according to a release by Temple Athletics. All 19 varsity sports will receive new uniforms for their next season of competition.  Since 2010, the university’s official athletic sponsor had been Under Armour. Temple signed a 10-year extension with the brand in 2015.last_img

Men’s Basketball Returns To The Knapp Center Monday

first_imgDrake and SIUE have met twice, the last coming in 2009 with SIUE prevailing, 60-58, with a late rally. Buy Tickets Following Monday’s game, the Bulldogs will host Rider, Wednesday, Dec. 19, as part of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic. Live Audio Drake Game Notes  Print Friendly Version Fellow senior Nick McGlynn is averaging 20.0 points per game in the last four games with a pair of 23-point performances. Monday’s game is the Bulldogs’ first in the Knapp Center since Nov. 27. The Bulldogs are 3-0 at home this season and averaging more than 85 points per game in the Knapp Center this season. Live Stats The Drake University men’s basketball team continues a stretch of five games in eight days with Monday’s game against SIUE as part of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic. Tipoff against the Cougars is set for 7 p.m. in the Knapp Center and will be broadcast locally on Mediacom MC22 and ESPN+Drake begins the week with a 6-2 record after suffering just its second loss of the season Saturday to Iowa State. The Bulldogs led for nearly half that contest before Iowa State closed the game on a 19-5 run. Anthony Murphy matched a career high with 12 points in the loss. Story Links ESPN+ Senior Nick Norton returns to campus after amassing a 32-to-3 assist to turnover ratio in the last four games with a pair of double-figure assist games including a school-record 17 assists against North Dakota State that was part of a triple-double and 10 assists in his most recent outing.last_img read more

Winter meeting chatter: Sugar is sweet, prices are sour

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After the 2016 Winter Agronomy Meetings for Seed Consultants there were major parts of the discussion that resonated throughout Ohio, including the need to be creative in order to be profitable this year. As farmers at the meetings put sugar in their coffee, agronomists were suggesting putting sugar on their fields.“With commodity prices and input cost being where they are right now, growers need to find ways to increase yields while keeping overhead down,” said Mike Earley, Director of Replicated Testing for Seed Consultants. “Our years of testing show that farmers can get those results by applying foliar applications of sugar to corn and soybeans at for $2.50 an acre versus $30 to $40 for fungicide, and we are getting huge returns on investment.”This sugar application is done at the V5 to V6 stage on corn and R1 on soybeans at 5 pounds per acre.“Some do choose to put that sugar on with fungicide or you can put it on with your last application of herbicides,” Earley said. “Overall, it is a very economical way to increase yields.”During their testing of sugar as part of a field script, Seed Consultants has seen yield bumps up to 30 bushels to the acre in corn and a 3-4 bushel increase in soybeans. That’s still a nice return on a minimal investment and something more and more of Seed Consultants’ customers are willing take a look at, in a year when convincing farmers to add anything to the cost of production is a challenge.“Most of the farmers I am talking with are trying to find any way possible to trim the fat heading into planting season,” said Dan Fox, a seedsman with Seed Consultants. “Now that some comfortable years for income are well behind us, producers are really fine tuning their bottom line to try to keep their operations in the black.”Due to rising taxes on farm land, rent prices aren’t showing much mercy on that balance sheet and Fox said that some producers will want to cut fertilizer first, which may be the easiest thing to do but it is the wrong thing to do for a successful 2016 crop.last_img read more

New year, new hair, new Phoenix deal for Matthew Wright

first_imgTS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “It’s just a change of scenery, it’s hair, it’s going to grow back,” said Wright who’s also aware that his hair has been the subject of several memes. “If it looks ugly, in three or four months, it will be back to how it was before.”“It’s not really a big deal, even here in Phoenix they were teasing me, but I don’t mind. It’s just hair.”Aside from the new do, Wright also got a fresh contract with the Fuel Masters, who are eager to surpass last conference’s playoffs breakthrough this season. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View comments LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I just felt like it was a new year, this was my hair for a long time,” said Wright after the Fuel Masters’ Friday practice at Upper Deck. “I think it’s time for a change, a new hairstyle, I feel like I could just go out of bed and look more like a basketball player.”Wright has been wearing his hair the same since he entered the league in 2016 as part of the special draft from which the members of the Gilas program were taken.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion How hard is it to be a basketball player? Just take a look at June Mar Fajardo’s feet Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue It was essentially a fade cut that had a curly top, much like what Ryota Miyagi of the iconic Slam Dunk anime sported.Wright said he wanted to look different and that he’d end up looking the same as before in a few months.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matthew Wright sportinga  new haircut.MANILA, Philippines—New year, new hair.Phoenix star Matthew Wright finally ditched his curly tops to sport a new buzz cut as part of a new version of him for 2019.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more