Shock and grief at human rights activist’s murder in Russian Caucasus

first_img Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption July 20, 2009 – Updated on June 8, 2019 Shock and grief at human rights activist’s murder in Russian Caucasus News Receive email alerts to go further Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing June 2, 2021 Find out more May 5, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Newscenter_img Organisation May 21, 2021 Find out more News RussiaEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders is appalled and saddened by the murder of former journalist Natalya Estemirova, the Russian human rights NGO Memorial’s representative in Chechnya. Her body was found on the afternoon of 15 July in the neighbouring republic of Ingushetia following her abduction in the morning in the Chechen capital of Grozny.Estemirova helped Reporters Without Borders conduct a fact-finding visit to Russia’s three Caucasian republics – Chechnya, Ingushetia and Dagestan – in March. The information and analyses she shared with Reporters Without Borders reinforced our conviction that the Caucasus is on the brink of chaos and that human rights activists like her are bravely filling the gap left by a dwindling independent press.“We salute the exemplary courage and commitment of this human rights activist and former journalist, we share the grief of her friends and family and we join them in honouring her memory,” said Reporters Without Borders, which participated in a demonstration in her honour in Paris on 17 July.“We remind the Russian authorities of the violence and abuses to which the population of the Caucasus has been abandoned and we urge them to take action,” the press freedom organisation added. “The authorities must publicly condemn this murder and demonstrate a real determination to combat impunity. A human rights activist’s abduction in the heart of Grozny and ensuing murder at a time when Chechnya is supposedly safe again shows that, despite the optimistic claims, the issue of the Caucasus has not been resolved.”Employed by one of Russia’s best known human rights NGOs, Estemirova specialised in exposing human rights violations in Chechnya and previously helped to cover the wars in this troubled republic as a journalist. She was awarded many prizes and was nominated for the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 2004.Oleg Orlov, the head of Memorial, claimed that Estemirova’s murder was ordered by Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, who had never hidden his hostility towards her and had even threatened her publicly. Kadyrov responded by describing Orlov’s allegation as “bizarre” and brought a libel suit against him. As a result, Memorial announced on 18 July that it was temporarily suspending its activities in Chechnya. Follow the news on Russia RussiaEurope – Central Asia Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown last_img read more

Bus Eireann clarify details on Donegal school transport

first_img Twitter Bus Eireann clarify details on Donegal school transport AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Previous articleOutdoor food market on the way for Donegal Town!Next articlePolice investigating video of child driving lorry in Tyrone News Highland Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Google+ Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – September 11, 2020 Bus Eireann confirmed that the portal to apply for a school bus ticket temporarily shut last month because they were overwhelmed with queries and needed to prioritise getting the scheme up and running. An estimated 10,000 pupils in Donegal use Bus Eireann’s school transport system on 540 routes right across the county.All eligible pupils in Donegal now have their tickets for this academic year with Bus Eireann now working through the non-eligible pupils who applied and paid by the deadline.Chief Communications Officer with Bus Eireann Eleanor Farrell says work is underway to roll out 50% capacity for post-primary:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

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Gov’t shuts down 5 establishments ‘polluting’ Manila Bay

first_imgThe Department of Environment andNatural Resources (DENR), Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA),Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Philippine NationalPolice Maritime Group (PNP-MG) served closure orders on four restaurants and anauto shop located at HK Sun Plaza along Macapagal Boulevard. Zhi-Brothers Restaurant, Ocean BayRestaurant, Da Rae Jung Korean Restaurant, Song Do Won Restaurant and BHP1Autoworks violated Republic Act 9275 or the Philippine Clean Air Act of 2004,authorities said. Environment Undersecretary for SolidWaste Management and Local Government Units Concerns Benny Antiporda criticizedthe errant establishments for jeopardizing the ongoing rehabilitation of ManilaBay. The law prohibits discharging ordepositing any pollutant to water bodies. It also requires businesses to eitherput up their own sewage treatment plant (STP) or connect to a wastewatertreatment facility authorized by the DENR or LLDA. “No matter how much effort we give incleaning the Manila Bay, nothing will happen if we allow these errant businessowners to do what they are doing,” he said in a statement. The Philippine government closes down five business establishments in Pasay City after they were found discharging untreated wastewater into Manila Bay. ABS-CBN The establishments’ sewer lines were notconnected to the STP of their lessor, HK Sun Plaza, the LLDA found during aninspection. HK Sun Plaza, which is owned by theSocial Security System Investment Property Department, built a P10-million STPin compliance with the closure order issued by the LLDA in February 2019 forits illegal wastewater discharge. The iconic bay, famous for its sunsetview, has been undergoing massive cleanup as ordered by President RodrigoDuterte to restore its former glory. Antiporda also reminded other businessowners to comply with existing environmental laws and regulations. The agencyis also willing to provide technical assistance or advice to businesses incomplying with environmental rules. Only wastewater that has passed throughthe STP can be discharged to Libertad Channel, which then drains into ManilaBay. THE Philippine government has closeddown five business establishments in Pasay City after they were founddischarging untreated wastewater into Manila Bay. Results of an earlier water sampling in thearea showed that Manila Bay’s average fecal coliform level was at 330 millionmost probable number (mpn), 3.3 million times above the standard 100 mpn thatis ideal for swimming. (ABS-CBN News)last_img read more

UEFA Champions League: Real Madrid CF’s aggression vs Juventus FC’s solidity after blockbuster semi-finals

first_imgThe two giants of European football, Real Madrid CF and Juventus FC have set up a historic meet as they take on each other in the final of the UEFA Champions League 2016-17 in Cardiff on June 3.While Real Madrid are on a mission to become the first club in the Champions League era to successfully defend their title, Juventus will want the glory after a 20-year wait despite reaching the final in 2003 and 2015.WATCH VIDEOWhile the final is sure to be exciting, the two semi-finals weren’t any less. Here’s a look at the five key points from the blockbuster Champions League semi-finals.CRISTIANO RONALDO HAT-TRICK:Coming from the high of scoring five goals against Bayern Munich across the two legs of the quarter-finals, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a scintillating hat-trick against Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the semi-final at the Santiago Bernabeu. It was this hat-trick that proved crucial for Real when they lost to Atletico 2-1 in the second leg but won the tie 4-2 on aggregate.OLD IS GOLD – GIANLUIGI BUFFON:The 39-year-old Italian goalkeeper Buffon is only getting better with age. He’s the last bit of the strong Juventus wall that have conceded only thrice in the entire Champions League campaign this season. His agility at this age and his crucial saves have kept Juventus safe.ATLETICO MADRID’S FIGHTING SPIRIT:Atletico Madrid’s coach Diego Simeone has made the less-fancied Madrid club a title challenger in La Liga and it is their ability to keep going till the final whistle which has made this team so endearing. Against Real Madrid in the second leg of the semi-final, they had a tough task of overhauling a 3-0 first leg deficit, yet they had enough energy and zeal to fight till the end.advertisementDANI ALVES:Dani Alves has been Juventus’ trump card this season. His pace, skillful work on the wings and accurate passing has been the key to Juventus’ attack. From his pin-point assists to Gonzalo Higuain in the first leg of the semi-final against AS Monaco to his goal in the second leg, he has been breathtaking.THE BBC OF JUVENTUS – BONUCCI, BARZAGLI AND CHIELLINI:Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini have been as firm for Juventus as the Real Madrid BBC trio of Bale, Benzema and Cristiano. They have been solid, ever-present and rearing to keep the Juventus wall unbreached.The final between Real Madrid and Juventus will surely be a cracker. It is a fight between the two teams that boast of solidity in the extreme sides of the pitch. While Real Madrid get going with their unstoppable attack, Juventus have an extremely compact defence that even stopped FC Barcelona in their backyard.On June 3, European football will either see the triumph of its most potent attack or their strongest wall of defence, and it is no thing to miss!last_img read more

Bedlam was College GameDay’s most watched ever

first_imgESPN released the viewer statistics from the 2015 football season on Thursday, revealing that this season was the network’s most watched ever – over 1,961,000 average viwers per episode.Of the most watched episodes this season, the three-hour broadcast from Stillwater was the most watched, receiving 2,267,000 average viewers, the most ever for a College Gameday broadcast.During the broadcast, you probably saw Lee Corse pick the Cowboys and nearly blow Rickie Fowler’s head off:This was INSANE. Corso almost lost his head, nearly shot Fowler.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguy) November 28, 2015Of course we all know the outcome of the game… The Sooners rolled in Bedlam and earned the No. 4 seed in the college football playoff.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more