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RSF condemns raids on two independent Belarusian media outlets


first_img Organisation Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News Ever since major anti-government demonstrations in the spring of 2017, the Belarusian authorities have stepped up efforts to control media coverage, blocking leading news websites, adopting an even more draconian media law and subjecting independent journalists to an unprecedented wave of fines. “It’s a shame that the authorities are using BelTA to prevent our independent news agency from doing its work,” BelaPAN editor-in-chief Iryna Lewshyna told RSF. “BelaPAN has legally used BelTA information available in open access and always cited it with references and hyperlinks to the state agency’s original reports.” RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says August 7, 2018 RSF condemns raids on two independent Belarusian media outlets Receive email alerts The Investigative Committee accuses people working with these two media outlets and the scientific publishing house Belarusskaya Nauka of illegally accessing the dispatches of the government news agency BelTA by using a subscriber’s account and password. Access to BelTA’s dispatches are reserved for subscribers for the first 15 minutes after being posted online. Follow the news on Belarus “These raids, which compromise the confidentiality of journalistic sources, are out of all proportion to the charges,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “It is hard to see them as anything other that attempts to intimidate leading independent media outlets at a time of growing harassment of critical journalists. We urge the Belarusian authorities to allow these journalists to work freely.” BelarusEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionInternet May 28, 2021 Find out more Belarus is ranked 155th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. At least four journalists were taken into police custody for questioning: Tut.by editor-in-chief Maryna Zolatava, Tut.by journalists Hanna Kaltyhina and Halina Ulasik, and BelaPAN reporter Tatsyana Karavyankova. Both media outlets reported that further arrests were made in the afternoon.center_img RSF_en RSF_EECA Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns today’s police raids on two leading independent media outlets in Minsk – the news agency BelaPAN and the news website Tut.by – which paralyzed their operations for several hours. to go further News She added that BelaPAN had to use BelTA’s reports because it does not have the same access to official news about the president and governmental agencies. BelaPAN and Tut.by logos May 27, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more Staff members of the two media outlets and of Belarusskaya Nauka are being investigated on a charge of “illegally accessing online information,” which carries a possible two-year jail sentence. The police also searched Karavyankova’s country home and the apartment of one of Tut.by’s editors, Ulyana Babayed. News BelarusEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionInternet Newslast_img read more


Two Norwegian journalists turned back on arrival in El Aaiún


first_img RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Help by sharing this information Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa News April 28, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today accused the Moroccan authorities of “administrative manipulation” after two Norwegian journalists were turned back on their arrival on 24 October at El Aaiún airport in Moroccan-controlled Western Sahara because they did not have press visas.Anne Torhild Nilsen and Radmund Steinsvag had requested visas at the Moroccan embassy in Oslo in January without getting a response. Instead of openly refusing to give journalists visas, the Moroccan authorities often sit on applications indefinitely.“These two journalists, who are known for their coverage of Western Sahara, have once again been the victims of the Moroccan government’s bad faith,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Any pretext will do in order to obstruct their work. They were prevented from working more than a year ago when making a documentary about the human right situation in the region.”When contacted by Reporters Without Borders, the Moroccan embassy in Oslo said it sent their visa applications to Rabat and was still waiting for a reply. The embassy said the decision whether to issue a visa to a journalist “depends on many criteria” but did not say what they were.Nilsen and Steinsvag arrived in El Aaiún, the capital of Western Sahara, on a flight from Las Palmas in the Canary Islands but were stopped by immigration officials, who checked with their superiors and then told them to return to Las Palmas on the same plane and submit a visa request there. The plane’s departure was delayed until the two journalists had reboarded.Nilsen said: “The Moroccan ploy of not responding to journalists’ visa requests is very clever. There is little you can do when they do not respond. We cannot denounce them because they have not told us were are banned from entering Morocco. A definitive ‘no’ would clearly show that impartial observers are not welcome and that the regime has things to hide.” to go further October 25, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two Norwegian journalists turned back on arrival in El Aaiún News Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Newscenter_img Receive email alerts Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara RSF_en NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say June 8, 2021 Find out more News Organisation Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists April 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more


Centre Appoints Ex-IFS Officer YK Sinha As New Chief Central Information Commissioner


first_imgNews UpdatesCentre Appoints Ex-IFS Officer YK Sinha As New Chief Central Information Commissioner LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK29 Oct 2020 8:29 AMShare This – xFormer IFS Officer, x-IFS Officer YK Sinha has been appointed as the next Chief Central Information Commissioner. He was sworn in as an Information Commissioner in the CIC on January 1, 2019. Prior to this, he has served as a High Commissioner of India to the UK and Sri Lanka. He was also the Ambassador of India to Venezuela and a Minister at the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi. The…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginFormer IFS Officer, x-IFS Officer YK Sinha has been appointed as the next Chief Central Information Commissioner. He was sworn in as an Information Commissioner in the CIC on January 1, 2019. Prior to this, he has served as a High Commissioner of India to the UK and Sri Lanka. He was also the Ambassador of India to Venezuela and a Minister at the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi. The office of CIC has remained vacant since August 27, 2020, with retirement of Mr. Bimal Julka. Recently, an application for urgent hearing was filed in the Supreme Court, seeking timely and transparent appointment of Information Commissioners in the Central Information Commission under the Right to Information Act, 2005. Also Read: Paralysis In Hearing Of RTI Appeals Without Chiefs & With Increasing Vacancies The new Chief, Mr. Sinha, has also held the following posts: Additional Secretary, (Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran), MEA, New Delhi Joint Secretary, (Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran), MEA, New Delhi Consul General of India, Dubai Counsellor, Permanent Mission of India to UN, New York Counsellor (Political), High Commission of India, Islamabad Deputy Secretary (Pakistan)/Director (SAARC Summit), MEA, New Delhi First Secretary (Commerce), Embassy of India, Rome Second Secretary/First Secretary (Political & Information), Embassy of India, Riyadh Third Secretary, Embassy of India , Cairo Attache (Non-Aligned Movement Summit and Commonwealth Heads of Govt. Meeting), MEA New DelhiNext Storylast_img read more


Rajasthan High Court Grants More Time To Centre To Respond On Plea For Issuance Of Temporary Ration Cards, Extension Of Visas For Pakistan Minority Migrants


first_imgNews UpdatesRajasthan High Court Grants More Time To Centre To Respond On Plea For Issuance Of Temporary Ration Cards, Extension Of Visas For Pakistan Minority Migrants LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK1 March 2021 4:49 AMShare This – xThe Rajasthan High Court has granted three weeks’ time to the Central Government to file its reply on grievances raised by Pakistan Minority Migrants regarding non-issuance of ration card and extension of period of VISA. The Division Bench comprising Justice Sangeet Lodha and Justice Rameshwar Vyas noted that the Additional Advocate General has already filed a counter affidavit on…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Rajasthan High Court has granted three weeks’ time to the Central Government to file its reply on grievances raised by Pakistan Minority Migrants regarding non-issuance of ration card and extension of period of VISA. The Division Bench comprising Justice Sangeet Lodha and Justice Rameshwar Vyas noted that the Additional Advocate General has already filed a counter affidavit on behalf of the State Government. However, the counsel appearing for the Union of India has sought some more time to file its reply. “Learned counsel appearing for the respondent-Union of India seeks three weeks’ further time to file counter to the additional submissions filed on behalf of Pakistan Minority Migrants. Time prayed for is allowed,” the order stated. The case pertains to a suo moto case registered by the High Court in the year 2017, concerned by the plight and predicaments of persons belonging to minorities in Pakistan as well as Bangladesh, being discriminated for socio-economic and political reasons, who migrated to India seeking shelter in India. The case revolves around issuance of temporary ration cards and extension of NORI (no objection to return to India) visa for such migrants. [NORI visa, migrants are permitted to visit their country for a period of 60 days.] In the case at hand, the issue is that many migrants are not being permitted to return to India as their visas have expired. Related developments It is significant to note that during the pendency of the petition, the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act came into force on January 10, 2020, liberalizing the grant of citizenship for non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who had entered India before December 31, 2014. Pursuant to this, the Amicus curie argued before the Court that ‘minority refugees’ should either be provided temporary ration cards or they should be allowed free ration until framing of Rules under the CAA. Meanwhile, Government has extended the time period stipulated for framing of the said rules. Case Title: Suo Moto v Union of India & Anr. Click Here To Read OrderNext Storylast_img read more


Exploration of Ellsworth Subglacial Lake: a concept paper on the development, organisation and execution of an experiment to explore, measure and sample the environment of a West Antarctic subglacial lake


first_imgAntarctic subglacial lakes have, over the past few years, been hypothesised to house unique forms of life and hold detailed sedimentary records of past climate change. Testing this hypothesis requires in situ examinations. Thedirect measurement of subglacial lakes has been considered ever since the largest and best-known lake, named Lake Vostok, was identified as having a deep water-column. The Subglacial Antarctic Lake Environments (SALE)programme, set up by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) to oversee subglacial lakes research, state that prior exploration of smaller lakes would be a ‘‘prudent wayforward’’. Over 145 subglacial lakes are known to exist in Antarctica, but one lake in West Antarctica, officially named Ellsworth Subglacial Lake (referred to hereafter as Lake Ellsworth), stands out as a candidate for early exploration. A consortium of over 20 scientists from sevencountries and 14 institutions has been assembled to plan the exploration of Lake Ellsworth. An eight-year programme is envisaged: 3 years for a geophysical survey, 2 years for equipment development and testing, 1 year for field planning and operation, and 2 years for sample analysis anddata interpretation. The science experiment is simple in concept but complex in execution. Lake Ellsworth will be accessed using hot water drilling. Once lake access is achieved, a probe will be lowered down the borehole and into the lake. The probe will contain a series of instruments to measure biological, chemical and physicalcharacteristics of the lake water and sediments, and will utilise a tether to the ice surface through which power, communication anddata will be transmitted. The probe will pass through the water column to the lake floor. Theprobe will then be pulled up and out of the lake, measuring its environment continually as this is done. Once at the ice surface, any water samples collected will be taken from the probe for laboratory analysis (to take place over subsequent years). The duration of the science mission, fromdeployment of the probe to its retrieval, is likely to take between 24 and 36 h. Measurements to be taken by the probe will provide data about the following: depth, pressure, conductivity and temperature; pH levels; biomolecules (using life marker chips); anions (using a chemical analyzer); visualisation of the environment (using camerasand light sources); dissolved gases (using chromatography);and morphology of the lake floor and sediment structures (using sonar). After the probe has been retrieved, a sediment corer may be dropped into the lake to recover material from the lake floor. Finally, if time permits, a thermistor string may be left in the lake water to taketime-dependent measurements of the lake’s water column over subsequent years. Given that the comprehensive geophysical survey of the lake will take place in two seasons during 2007–2009, a two-year instrument and logistic developmentphase from 2008 (after the lake’s bathymetry has been assessed) makes it possible that the exploration of Lake Ellsworth could take place at the beginning of the next decade.last_img read more


Scoreboard roundup — 5/15/19


first_img Beau Lund Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Wednesday’s sports events:MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLINTERLEAGUESan Francisco 4 Toronto 3Tampa Bay 1 Miami 0Boston 6 Colorado 5, 10 InningsAMERICAN LEAGUEMinnesota 8 LA Angels 7NY Yankees 5 Baltimore 3NY Yankees 3 Baltimore 1Houston 5 Detroit 1Texas 6 Kansas City 1NATIONAL LEAGUEArizona 11 Pittsburgh 1Cincinnati 6 Chi Cubs 5, 10 InningsMilwaukee 5 Philadelphia 2Washington 5 NY Mets 1Atlanta 4 St. Louis 0LA Dodgers 2 San Diego 0NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFSEASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS, GAME 1Milwaukee 108 Toronto 100NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFSOT San Jose 5 St. Louis 4 (San Jose leads 2-1)WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFSPhoenix 87 Seattle 84MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCERD.C. United 0 Toronto 0Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img May 16, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 5/15/19last_img read more


Top News of the Week Sept 30 – Oct 5, 2013


first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Top News of the Week Sept 30 – Oct 5, 2013 View post tag: the Authorities View post tag: Navy View post tag: Sept US Navy’s New Submarines Go Electriche next-generation US Navy’s submarines will be outfitted with an electric propulsion system, as reported by the Engineering news portal.   The Ohio-class submarines currently in use will be replaced with the new submarines in 2029. These new submarines, also called Ohio Replacement Programs’ (ORP) subs, are going to enter fabrication in 2021.Australian Ships Enter into Sydney Harbour, International Fleet Review Kicks OffAustralian Minister for Defence Senator David Johnston today announced the entry of the Royal Australian Navy Fleet into Sydney Harbour for the International Fleet Review.Indian, Chinese Warships Exercise near Australian CoastIndian and Chinese warships are taking part in a multilateral exercise off Australian coast, Deccan Herald reports.   The exercise, which started on Monday in Jervis Bay, involves INS Sahyadri and People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) Luhu-class destroyer Quindago. USS Gerald R. Ford Gets 30-Ton PropellersHuntington Ingalls Industries announced yesterday that the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) has put on significant weight in the dry dock at its Newport News Shipbuilding division with the installation of four 30-ton bronze propellers.Commanding Officer of USS Bonhomme Richard RelivedThe commanding officer (CO) of USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) was relieved of his duties on Oct. 2 due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command.   Capt. Daniel Dusek was relieved by Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group Seven, Rear Adm. Hugh Wetherald. Russian Navy’s New Ship LaunchedThe Russian Navy’s new ship Yury Ivanov was launched by Severnaya Verf in St. Petersburg two days ago, according to RIA Novosti.   The ship is going to conduct sea trials and join the Northern Fleet. The Yury Ivanov is a combination of an intelligence ship / communications vessel / training ship. View post tag: 30% View post tag: 5 View post tag: 2013 View post tag: Defense Share this article October 6, 2013 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: week View post tag: Defence View post tag: Oct. View post tag: Top Top News of the Week Sept 30 – Oct 5, 2013 View post tag: Navallast_img read more


Iffley Road sports hall named after Olympian Acer Nethercott


first_imgAcer Nethercott, regarded by some as the best British cox of his time, will have phase one of the new Iffley Road Sports Centre named after him.He coxed three Oxford crews to victory over Cambridge in the Boat Race, steering the women’s boat in 2000, and the men’s boat in 2003 and 2005. He also won an Olympic silver medal and two World Championship bronze medals.Glynis Evans, Dr Nethercott’s mother, said, “The idea of naming the new Sports Centre building after Acer is awesome – to use a word that he himself would have used.”“It is a lasting source of comfort, as well as one of huge pride, to continue to hear of Acer’s lasting impact and I am deeply touched that the new Sports Centre will be named after him.”Dr Nethercott, who died 2 years ago, was not only a successful sportsman. He also excelled in his studies, gaining a first class degree in Physics and Philosophy before pursuing a masters and then a doctorate in philosophy of language.Professor Andrew Hamilton, Vice-Chancellor of the University, commented, “Acer was the model of a ‘scholar-athlete’, as he not only achieved incredible sporting success but also excelled in his studies at Oxford.”“Acer always strove hard no matter what he was aiming for. Consequently he succeeded on many levels, personal, academic and sporting,” said Andrew Triggs-Hodge, a friend and teammate of Dr Nethercott.“I knew him through his endeavour to be the best cox he could be, a restless mission of self-improvement. He was respected for his work ethic, admired for his skills, and loved for his humanity. He brought out the best in those around him, who in turn helped him to get the best from himself. A true role model sportsman.”Acer had been preparing for London 2012 when he was first diagnosed with brain cancer. “He’ll never receive recognition for the work he put into London 2012,” said Triggs-Hodge.“However, through the gifts towards the Acer Nethercott Sports Hall he will be remembered, an inspiration and role model. He will continue to be a guiding light, the role he felt was most rewarding.”The Acer Nethercott Sports Hall will be the first building to open as part of the £60 million redevelopment of the University’s Iffley Road Sports Complex.The project will expand the space currently available for the University’s nearly 90 sports clubs, as well as providing better facilities for members of the local community.Iain Dunn, a Univ fresher, told Cherwell, “First and foremost I’m thrilled that there’s going to be a much-needed redevelopment of the facilities at Iffley Road. It’s even better that Acer Nethercott’s achievements are being recognised in the process. Sports men and women should receive more recognition around the university. College halls are filled with alumni portraits, but so few of them are sports people.”Subsequent phases of the project will include an indoor tennis centre, a combined rugby and rowing training centre, and a new grandstand incorporating a cricket school.William Tilston, Merton Sports Captain, commented, “I think it’s a very fitting move by the University. Oxford churns through new students each year, but it is comforting to know that its brightest sparks, and those tragically lost too soon, don’t get forgotten. He has set all Oxford sportsmen and women a fantastic example of what can be achieved both in the boat and in the library.”Construction work on the new sports centre will begin once the University has completed its fundraising efforts. It is hoped that the building will be completed in 2016.last_img read more


Rowing Olympian and 3-Time World Champion Mike Wherley Coming to OC Library


first_imgMike Wherley celebrates after his Oxford University Crew defeated Cambridge in the 2008 edition of the “Boat Race”, one of the sport’s oldest traditions. Photo credit Reuters National Rowing Hall of Famer Mike Wherley is coming to the Ocean City Free Public Library to talk about his sport, display memorabilia from his career – including two trips to the Olympics, and discuss the best-seller “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown.The event, free and open to the public, will take place on Sunday, September 4 at 2 p.m. in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall.Wherley’s appearance is just one aspect of the OC Reads program, designed to being community members together to encourage them to read the same book and exchange perspectives on it.“We thought this book was a good fit for Ocean City given the great crew teams we have had and the interest in the sport,” said the Library’s Julie Brown. The Boys in the Boat examines the unlikely Olympic gold medal-winning performance of a group of Rowers from the University of Washington.On Monday, August 29th, Ocean City resident Bob DelBene will lead a lively discussion of the book to take place in children’s activity room. The Ocean City High School boys and girls crew teams will be coming to the Library (at a date to be announced) to meet members of the public, and on Sunday 18th at 2 p.m. there will be a screening of the PBS film “The Boys of ‘36” a documentary about the gold-medal winning Olympic crew team.There will also be a video presentation of author Daniel James Brown’s thoughts about the book on August 22 at 6:30 p.m.Putney, GREAT BRITAIN, Oxford’s Mike WHERLEY, 2008 Varsity Boat Race, Weigh in at the Hurlingham Club, London , 25.03.2008 {Mandatory Credit Peter Spurrier/Intersport Images}Wherley’s appearance will be a highlight of the events. The 44-year old native of Waconia Minnesota was a member of the U.S. National Men’s 8-plus coxswain crew that won three consecutive world championships from 1997 through 1999.  He also placed fifth in the Men’s 4 at the Sydney, Australia Olympiad of 2000 and 10th in the Men’s 4 in Athens, Greece in 2004. Following g his career at the University of Minnesota, Wherley raced for the Penn A.C. of Philadelphia, which he currently serves as its President.In 2008, Mike achieved another career high point when he was a member of the Oxford University’s winning crew over Cambridge in the 154th edition of their fierce rivalry, known simply as the Boat Race.  Wherley was the oldest rower in the history of the event.In 2014, he was elected to the Rowing Hall of Fame.“We are looking forward to gaining his insights into the sport and the Olympics, but also to hear his impressions of The Boys in the Boat,” Brown said.People are encouraged to read the book as soon as possible, to join in the fun of the discussions and films, Brown said. The book is available for loan at the Library and for purchase at The Bookateria Two, 1052 Asbury Ave., and Sun Rose Words and Music, 756 Asbury Ave.For more information on OC Reads, contact Brown at 399-2434, extension 5222 or visit www.oceancitylibrary.orglast_img read more




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