Authorities shut down TV station and evict two newspapers and news agency in crackdown on independent media

first_img Help by sharing this information Stepping up their harassment of the independent and opposition media, the authorities have suspended the first independent TV station and have evicted two newspapers and a news agency from their premises. The independent press has been staging protests for several weeks against harassment and President Ilham Aliev’s authoritarian methods. News RSF_en Receive email alerts Follow the news on Azerbaijan “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 RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia November 27, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities shut down TV station and evict two newspapers and news agency in crackdown on independent media June 4, 2021 Find out more AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia News Organisation News Reporters Without Borders voiced deep concern today after police executed a court order evicting the opposition daily Azadlig, the news agency Turan, the newspaper Bizim Yol and the Popular Front of Azerbaijan from their premises in Baku on 24 November and the National Television Council forced the independent TV station ANS to stop broadcasting the same day by withdrawing its licence.“These measures show the Azeri authorities are taking a harder line towards the independent media despite the appeals from press freedom organisations, the European Union, the OSCE and the United States,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Although adopted by judicial and administrative authorities, the measures were clearly politically motivated as only opposition, independent or foreign media are involved.”The press freedom organisation added: “Azadlig, with a print run of 9,000, is the main opposition daily, while ANS TV, which recently celebrated its 15th anniversary, is the first independent TV station. It retransmitted the BBC, Radio Free Europe and Voice of America radio stations on its frequency. We call on President Ilham Aliev to use his authority to allow ANS TV to resume broadcasting and to permit media pluralism.”Around 100 policemen overran the premises of the main opposition party, the leading opposition daily and the news agency Turan in order to carry out the evictions. They were ordered by the State Committee for Property Control, which claimed that an 1992 accord with Azadlig allowing it to use the premises free of charge under article 291 of the civil code was no longer legal.During the removal of equipment to other premises assigned to the media, far from the city centre, which took place on the morning of 25 November, part of Turan’s archives and computer equipment was damaged. Azadlig’s staff found the premises they were assigned were already occupied by people who refused to move out. Deputy editor Ali Rzayev said Azadlig would continue operating from the premises of Yeni Musavat, another opposition newspaper.The independent and opposition media have been staging peaceful protests ever since the threats of eviction and loss of licence were made known. They have also been protesting against arrests, prosecutions, beatings and murders of journalists, as well as economic and administrative harassment of the non-governmental media.Several journalists and editors have been on hunger strike since 9 November, including Azadlig editor Ganimat Zahidov, who had to be rushed to a Baku hospital on 23 November and who is still in a serious condition. Rallies in the city centre have been dispersed by police, who briefly arrested around 70 demonstrators (only 25, according to the police). to go further June 8, 2021 Find out more News April 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Southridge, Heritage Hills, And Tell City Come Out On Top In Skills Competition

first_imgThree area high school students took home scholarships, tools, and trophies today following the 3rd Annual Ivy Tech Community College Automotive Skills Competition.Winners were:Dylan Jones, first place, Southridge High SchoolLogan Klueh, second place, Tell City High SchoolErnest Volz, third place, Heritage Hills High SchoolPrizes included one, $1,000 scholarship to Ivy Tech; two, $500 scholarships and tools from Snap-On, NAPA, and AutoZone.The competition among selected students from area high schools with automotive programs consisted of testing through a variety of scenarios one would find in an automotive repair setting such as alignment issues, no start, looking up service information, confirming customer complaint and diagnostic process, investigating check engine light and live data, multi-point inspection, and a 50-question ASE style test.Training sessions for students not participating in the skills challenge were provided by Snap-On, NAPA, and FCA Mopar Cap Fiat Chrysler Corp, AutoZone, and Technician Academy. Lunch was sponsored by Kenny Kent Toyota.Photos attached:FirstPlace.jpg : L-R Chris Satterfield, Southridge Instructor; Dylan Jones, first place, Southridge High School; Chris Kaufman, Ivy Tech Automotive Technology Program ChairSecondPlace.jpg : L-R Chris Kaufman, Ivy Tech Automotive Technology Program Chair; Logan Klueh, second place, Tell City High School; Glenn Goffinet, Tell City InstructorThirdPlace.jpg : L-R Carl Hall, Heritage Hills Instructor; Ernest Volz, third place, Heritage Hills High School; Chris Kaufman, Ivy Tech Automotive Technology Program ChairFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Stylish start for Camelot

first_img Winner of the 2000 Guineas and the English and Irish Derbys during a spectacular three-year-old campaign, he later recovered from colic, and was sent off the red-hot 1-3 favourite to take this Group Three prize on his comeback. Jim Bolger’s 2011 Dewhurst winner Parish Hall was expected to be the main danger. Camelot was settled last of the five runners, but Joseph O’Brien eased him closer once they straightened up for home and it was clear he was travelling far easier than his rivals. He was shaken up and found a nice turn of foot to overhaul his pacemaker Triumphant by a length and three-quarters, with Parish Hall slightly disappointing in third. O’Brien snr said: “I’m delighted with that. He had big colic surgery in the winter and you never really know what is going to happen, but he has all his class and speed still so it’s great. “It was major open surgery, and after the surgery is a massive time. He went to Coolmore and was not with us for months. I was surprised at the shape he was in when he came back – that surgery is massive and we are lucky to have him. “You take one race at a time, but the plan was always to start here, come back here for the Tattersalls Gold Cup (May 26) and then go for the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (at Royal Ascot). “He has a lot of speed – I know he got a mile and a half last year, but you saw the speed he has today, he has a lot of pace. Joseph said fitness-wise he was around 70 per cent.” The result completed a double for the Ballydoyle team after Michaelmas justified odds-on favouritism with a workmanlike victory in the Alfred Nobel EBF Race. Narrowly beaten on his debut at Leopardstown last month, the 2-9 favourite was sent straight to the front and while he had to be kept up to his work in the last of the five furlongs, he was good value for his winning margin of three-quarters of a length over Candy Apples, with The Organ Grinder similarly promising in third. O’Brien snr said: “He did it nicely. He was still green in front. There is a winner’s race in Naas (May 15) he might go for. He was lazy and idling away and that’s why he let him gallop along. I thought he won well enough.” Aidan O’Brien declared himself delighted after seeing his triple Classic winner Camelot make a perfectly satisfactory return to action in the High Chaparral EBF Mooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

James Wiseman’s five-figure donation may be tougher than NCAA suspension

first_imgHow, exactly, will Wiseman and/or his family will come up with the cash between now and whenever the NCAA wants the money to be paid?  It may be unwise to speculate, given that outsiders don’t know the Wiseman family’s finances. It’s not irrational, though, to think Wiseman will need to be careful with the sourcing, lest he again run afoul of the NCAA and put Hardaway’s program in further jeopardy.  The NCAA on Wednesday announced two penalties against Memphis freshman James Wiseman for his family receiving $11,500 from current Tigers coach Penny Hardaway in 2017, when Hardaway was coaching high school basketball in Memphis, and for playing in three games while ineligible.The first: Wiseman must sit out the Tigers’ next 11 games as part of a 12-game suspension (Memphis announced it was appealing the ban). The second, and perhaps the more Draconian one: Wiseman must repay that $11,500 in a donation to “a charity of his choice.” Memphis’ James Wiseman cleared to compete Jan. 12:— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) November 20, 2019DeCOURCY: Explaining Wiseman’s NCAA eligibility casePerhaps the NCAA will allow the 7-1 Wiseman to make the donation after he signs his first NBA contract next year. Wiseman is considered a lottery pick, and maybe even the top selection, so he would likely be able to afford it then. If the NCAA wants it done this season, however, that could be tough. (UPDATE: As SN’s Mike DeCourcy notes, pointing to NCAA rules, Wiseman has “through the duration of his eligibility.” The assumption, though, is that he will enter the NBA Draft next spring.)As always, the internet has some friendly advice, and a warning of sorts:He better donate it to the James Wiseman foundation— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) November 20, 2019Wiseman is going to need to make a longtime close family friend quick!— Joe Boggs (@joeboggs1) November 20, 2019I hope Wiseman takes out a loan from a family friend to pay for this mandatory donation punishment— Will Bracher (@WillBracher) November 20, 2019NCAA hoping Wiseman will borrow from a family friend like Chase Young so they can suspend him again is honestly next level. NCAA playing chess and we’re all playing checkers— Nick deVries (@Ndevries9) November 20, 2019last_img read more

Transit Honored For Green Practices: Intercity Transit Wins Top Award in…

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0Olympia/Thurston County, WA – Intercity Transit recently received a top honor for its green business practices as part of the fifth annual Thurston County Chamber of Commerce Green Business Designation Program.Intercity Transit won in the large business category, sharing the honor with O Bee Credit Union. The transit agency was recognized for meeting requirements in multiple categories including: waste reduction; transportation and commute trip reduction; water conservation; energy efficiency; pollution prevention; and buying/selling green. The award is based on efforts made prior to March 9, 2012. Intercity Transit has participated in the Green Business Designation Program every year since the program’s inception in 2007. This is the first time they have received the highest honor in their size category. More than 40 businesses received designations this year – the most in the program’s history. Top honorees are selected in small, medium, and large-business categories.The Thurston Green Business honor falls directly after Intercity Transit received the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Gold-level award for their significant efforts in support of the public transportation industry’s Sustainability Commitment. Intercity Transit, along with Sound Transit, is the first in the nation to receive this high honor.Intercity Transit has a history of practicing sustainability and places a strong emphasis on integrating sustainable practices into its organizational culture. The agency’s sustainability activities include: establishing a Sustainability Committee; implementing programs that reduce staff drive-alone commuting; expanding its recycling and conservation program; implementing anti-idling and operator training initiatives that reduce fuel use; and introducing the first hybrid, diesel-electric buses in the South Sound region. Intercity Transit was among the very first transit agencies in the nation to power its entire bus fleet with an eco-friendly biodiesel (B20) blend over a decade ago.Intercity Transit’s sustainability work relies on analysis and tracking of environmental metrics. Between 2007 and 2010, the agency’s initiatives saved 2700 metric tons of harmful CO2 emissions. In recent years, Intercity Transit’s sustainability efforts have:• Cut the agency’s total waste output by 5,480 pounds, a 4.8 percent reduction;• Cut total water us by 500,000 gallons, a 5.5 percent reduction;• Reduced Energy use per bus trip by 8 percent;• Reduced greenhouse gas emissions per bus trip by 5.4 percent; and• Increased ridership by 1.2 million boardings, a 31.9 percent increase.For more information about Intercity Transit’s sustainability efforts, visit or call 360-705-5842. To learn more about Thurston Chamber’s Green Business program, visit read more

Nubia Red Magic 3 is on sale now: A cooling fan and 90Hz display make it the coolest gaming phone to buy

first_imgGaming phones are an entirely new category in the world of smartphones and most companies are now trying to be a part of it. In 2019 alone, we have seen two gaming phones come to India bringing next-gen technology to ensure high performance. Black Shark brought its Black Shark 2 to India and Nubia soon followed up with its more affordable yet equally equipped Red Magic 3 to India. The Red Magic 3, in fact, brings one feature that has only been restricted to laptops so far – a fan-based cooling system.Yes, the Red Magic 3 has an actual fan to cool the system under intense loads. Apart from the fan, there’s also a gaming laptop-esque RGB LED light strip at the back and angular design. As much as the phone commands attention with its aggressive design, the Red Magic 3 also has muscles to deliver strong performance. The base variant starts from Rs 35,999 and you get 8GB RAM along with 128GB storage as standard. If you want more, you can go for the top-end variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage but that won’t be on sale for now.If the gamer inside you is tempted to invest in the Red Magic 3, then here are a couple of things the sensible you need to know.Nubia Red Magic 3: What you need to know–The Red Magic 3 is a purpose-built gaming smartphone and you can sense it from the moment you see it. Instead of a sensual design with delicate glass panels, the Red Magic 3 flaunts its rugged metallic build with a striking angular design. Like all gaming devices, there’s an RGB LED light strip at the back to enhance the feeling. The front sports a display with slightly thick bezels but the overall curvy design still makes it look good.advertisement–Gaming devices need to have a good display and the Red Magic 3 has a pretty good one. It has an OLED display with a refresh rate of 90Hz that measures 6.65-inch diagonally. The resolution is restricted to Full HD+ which is a bummer considering the massive display. Whether you are playing games or watching videos, the display delivers a smooth visual experience.–When it comes to performance, the Red Magic 3 is blistering fast. The Snapdragon 855 SoC offers the best performance for gaming. At the same time, the stock Android interface relieves the phone of unnecessary modifications – the only additions are the Game Space launcher and the custom additions for controlling the RGB lighting at the back. However, the interface isn’t polished and feels rough around the edges.–For cameras, the phone has a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor at the back and a 16-megapixel camera at the front. These cameras perform decently but for the hardware, the performance could have been better. The phone can record up to 8K videos at 15 fps, if you fancy that. You can check our review for a detailed insight.–Lastly, the Red Magic 3 is backed by a massive 5000mAh battery and it easily helps it last more than a day with heavy usage excluding gaming. And to fill it up fast, Nubia clubs in a 27W fast charging solution.Should you buy the Nubia Red Magic 3?The Nubia Red Magic 3 is an absolute beast of a phone when it comes to performance. If mobile gaming is something that you take seriously, this is the phone to buy right now. It plays games unlike any other phone in the market. The 90Hz display also adds to the fast and smooth experience, and the 5000mAh battery keeps it going even when you are busy in the virtual worlds. And when you consider the starting price of Rs 35,999, it starts to appeal unlike anything else in the market right now.ALSO READ | Nubia Red Magic 3 gaming phone launched in India, Snapdragon 855 and PC grade cooling for Rs 35,999ALSO READ | Asus ROG Phone 2 will come with 120Hz display, to launch later this yearlast_img read more