Ukraine arrests second journalist on Interpol red notice

first_img Receive email alerts October 18, 2017 Ukraine arrests second journalist on Interpol red notice Fikret Huseynli, a journalist of Azerbaijani origin living in exile in the Netherlands, this week became the second foreign journalist to be arrested at a Kiev airport on the basis of an Interpol red notice in the past month. He follows Uzbek journalist Narzullo Akhunzhonov, who was arrested on arrival from Turkey on 20 September. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the Ukrainian authorities to free Huseynli at once and calls for an urgent reform of Interpol, whose red notice system is often abused by repressive governments in order to pursue dissidents after they have fled abroad. Huseynli was about to board a flight to Düsseldorf at Boryspil International Airport on 14 October when he was arrested under a red notice issued by Interpol at the Azerbaijani government’s request. It accused him of “crossing a border illegally” and “fraud.” Following his arrest, a Kiev court ordered him held for 18 days pending examination of his appeal. The fact that Huseynli was arrested when he left, and not when he arrived, would seem to reflect the political reasons behind the red notice’s accusations. His arrest appears to have been encouraged by Azerbaijani officials who were at the airport as he was about to leave and who wanted to take advantage of his visit to Ukraine to detain him. “Ukraine must not abet the attempts of regimes such as Azerbaijan’s to extend their persecution beyond their borders,” RSF said. “We call for Fikret Huseynli’s immediate release, as he would face politically-motivated charges. This latest case underlines the urgent need to reform Interpol’s red notice system in order to quickly end the pursuit of dissidents after they flee into exile.” Huseynli fled Azerbaijan in 2008 after being persecuted in various ways. He was badly injured in an attack by masked men in 2006, when he worked for the opposition newspaper Azadlig. After fleeing the country, he obtained political asylum in the Netherlands and now works for Turan TV, an Azerbaijani opposition TV channel based outside the country. The number of Interpol red notices has grown almost five-fold in the past decade, from 2,804 in 2006 to 12,878 in 2016, prompting criticism from civil society groups that has finally received some attention. Interpol began reinforcing its appeal mechanism in 2015 but much remains to be done, both as regards putting the reforms into practice and providing better filtering of requests from repressive states. This was stressed in an April 2017 resolution by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, which called on Interpol “to continue improving its red notice procedure in order to prevent and redress abuses even more effectively.” Azerbaijan is ranked 162nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. After eliminating the last vestiges of an independent press in the past three years, its authorities are now trying to extend their reach beyond its borders. Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia RSF_en Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says to go further News UkraineAzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentExiled mediaPredatorsViolenceImprisoned Organisation “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF sayscenter_img UkraineAzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentExiled mediaPredatorsViolenceImprisoned RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan June 8, 2021 Find out more June 4, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News News News June 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Alverno High School Presents a Beautiful Production of “Beauty and the Beast”

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it There was a packed house every night for Alverno High School’s recent production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” at the Lanterman Auditorium. The musical, the largest in Alverno High School’s history, featured over 40 cast members and 20 crew members!Rehearsals for the show began in January under the direction of Alverno High School’s Drama Director, Ms. Cynthia Cales P’12, who created a phenomenal cast composed of Alverno students as well as male cast members from St. Francis High School in La Cañada and Arcadia High School. Throughout the months leading up to the production, the cast and crew worked tirelessly to perfect every detail of the show—details that truly showed off during the run of the production.The main cast of “Beauty and the Beast” included senior Amy Aghajanian as Belle, sophomore Ethan Breaux (St. Francis High School) as the Beast, sophomore Neal Muir (St. Francis High School) as Gaston, senior Emma Andres as the Enchantress, senior Casey McCreary (St. Francis High School) as the Prince, junior Rain Villanueva as LeFou, senior Karl Lorenzo (Arcadia High School) as Maurice, junior Jillian Kislow as Lumière, junior Payton Emerson as Cogsworth, senior Ciara Madigan as Mrs. Potts, sophomore Riley Luna (St. Francis High School) as Chip, junior Marisa Dragos as Babette, junior Cathy Johnson as Madame de la Grande Bouche, freshman Julia Vallen as Monsieur D’Arque, and junior Arianna Muñoz, sophomore Sarah Lopez, and sophomore Leila Moreno as the Silly Girls.Members of the ensemble cast included freshmen Malik Gay Banuelos (St. Francis High School), Maritza DiRito, Caroline Dragos, Leanne Kuhn, and Claire Lewis; sophomores Ariana Micale, Vanessa Prata, Anica Quizon, and Kate Samaniego; juniors Alexis Baro, Etienne Barzallo, Cassidy Castillo, Lisa Costantino, David Frost (St. Francis High School), Allison Joseph, Naomi Jost, Moondera Rabb, Chandnee Raina, Haylee Robinson, Anna Sandoval, Vale Siess, and Cristina Webster; and seniors Cathy Bao, Gillian Cox, Cynthia Lee, and Alexxa Vasquez.“The entire cast and crew worked so hard on this production,” said Ms. Cynthia Cales P’12, Alverno High School’s Drama Director. “Our students truly worked as professionals on this show and when we closed on Saturday night, I know they were all pleased with the final product and the work they put into it.”“’Beauty and the Beast’ was an amazing show with an exceptionally hardworking cast and crew,” said Ms. Julia V. Fanara P’01, P’03, and ’05, Head of School. “Under the direction of our exceptional Drama Director Ms. Cynthia Cales P’12 everyone came together to create a production that is truly the largest and most impressive in Alverno’s history. We are grateful to Ms. Cales and for everyone who helped to provide this amazing experience for the entire cast. We look forward to next year and the new opportunities it provides to showcase our outstanding arts program at Alverno.”About Alverno High SchoolAlverno High School is an independent, progressive, Catholic college preparatory school for young women dedicated to preparing them to function in a society as informed, knowledgeable persons, who have the requisite skills to make and implement mature decisions about complex problems. Enlivened by the spirit of its Immaculate Heart Community sponsors, and mindful of the Franciscan roots of its founders, Alverno’s program—academic, spiritual, aesthetic, social, and physical—is shaped by the staff, trustees, and students in light of the world for which the students are being educated. Alverno’s mission is to empower each young woman to be exactly the person she wants to be and since 1960, Alverno has empowered more than 4,500 women to meet that goal. For more information about Alverno High School, please call (626) 355-3463 or visit www.alverno-hs.org. 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Gyan leads Ghana as Andre starts

first_imgAsamoah Gyan will lead the line for Ghana against Zambia in Friday’s World Cup qualifier after passing a late fitness test.The Black Stars captain will be partnered up-front by Majeed Warris against the Chipolopolo in the last Group D qualifier at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.Andre Ayew, who makes a return to the national team gets to start as the Black Stars need to avoid defeat to reach the final stage of the African qualifying.Starting line-up: Fatau Dauda, Daniel Opare, Harrison Afful, John Boye, Jonathan Mensah, Rabiu Mohammed, Andre Ayew, Kwadwo Asamoah, Abdul Majeed Waris, Asamoah Gyan, Mubarak Wakaso.last_img read more

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Lakers’ Luol Deng understands being placed on inactive list

first_imgEL SEGUNDO >> The move marked the latest sign on how Lakers coach Luke Walton has accelerated his shift toward developing his young players. It also marked the latest sign of the Lakers’ stock plummeting on reserve forward Luol Deng, whose four-year, $72 million deal has yielded only a 7.6 points per game average on a career-low 38.6 percent shooting in his 13th NBA season.Walton put Deng on the inactive list during the Lakers’ 115-95 loss to the Boston Celtics on Friday at Staples Center for a simple reason. As Walton put it, “We’re trying to get looks at all the young guys that we can.”“I totally understand what we’re doing,” Deng told Southern California News Group. “He wants the guys to be in situations where they learn and play minutes. It’s always about what we’re trying to do. Why am I going to be on the bench if I’m not playing?”Deng originally lost his starting spot on Feb. 6 against New York in favor of rookie forward Brandon Ingram. After averaging 4.1 points on 27.8 percent shooting in 21.3 minutes in seven games off the bench, Deng sat out Tuesday’s game against Charlotte because of a coach’s decision. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWalton cited the need to play Ingram, third-year guard Jordan Clarkson, newly acquired guard Tyler Ennis (from Houston) and newly acquired guard/forward David Nwaba (signed to 10-day contract). It is not clear what Deng’s status will be when the Lakers (19-43) host the New Orleans Pelicans (24-38) on Sunday at Staples Center, or if either Walton or Deng would be open toward him playing on even more reduced minutes. “He wants to play the young guys, so I’m not going to play,” Deng said. “So there’s no point of being on the active roster and sit on the bench. He’s got to keep all the guys he’s going to play and evaluate.” Different viewpointsThe words sounded puzzling, both for the substance and in how Lakers second-year guard D’Angelo Russell delivered them. Of all the factors that led to the Lakers’ double-digit loss on Friday to the Boston Celtics, Russell refused to chalk it up to the team’s youth. Instead, he cited something indicting for any professional sports team. “I feel like we stopped playing,” Russell said, “stopped competing.”center_img Walton and his players have occasionally lamented the team’s effort this season. But not against the Lakers’ heated rival. “I don’t agree with that,” Walton said of Russell’s assessment. “I thought our team did show up to play. I think Boston is a very good team and was executing and making their shots. When we hit adversity, that’s when we crumbled.”Walton pulled his starters three minutes into the second half after becoming frustrated with the team’s stagnant offense. Later, the Lakers’ reserves helped chip away a 31-point deficit down to 15 entering the fourth quarter. While the Lakers have occasionally lamented their effort this season, they frequently admit they have struggled with handling adversity. “When people go on runs, we can’t put our head down and start losing our minds and try to do it on our own,” said Clarkson, who scored all of his 20 points in the second half. “We have to come together and push through that. This league and these games, it’ll go up and down. You have to fight through those runs. That’s how you build yourself up.” last_img read more

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Things to know about NCAA antitrust ruling

first_imgIn this Sept. 18, 2010, file photo, former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon Jr. sits in his office in Henderson, Nev. Five years after the former UCLA star filed his antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA, it goes to trial Monday, June 9, 2014, in a California courtroom. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File)A federal judge has ruled that some college athletes can receive payments when they leave school for the rights to their names, images and likenesses, opening the door for them to get a fraction of the billions of dollars generated by collegiate athletics. The decision comes after a lawsuit launched by former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon, who was upset because his image was used in a video game, but he wasn’t paid.Here’s a few key questions to understand Friday’s ruling:Q: What does this ruling mean?A: It opens the door for football and men’s basketball players to get money once they leave school. But they likely won’t be in for huge windfalls, at least the way U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken envisions it. She said the NCAA can cap payments made to players for their names, images and likenesses, as long as that cap isn’t less than $5,000 a year. That would mean players on a roster for four years could potentially expect some $20,000 when they leave school.Q: Where does the money come from?A: The money would be taken from the billions of dollars flowing into major college athletics and schools would put it in trust funds that would be given to players only when they leave school. Individual schools could pay less than $5,000 if they want, but Wilken said they can’t unlawfully conspire among themselves to fix a certain amount to pay.Q: How will the money be paid?A: That’s anyone’s guess. Lawyers for the plaintiffs have set up a company to negotiate rights and dole out payments, or the schools themselves could do it. It’s really uncharted territory and no one knows exactly how it will play out.Q: Do swimmers or tennis players get the same money?A: No, this lawsuit was limited to football players in FBS schools and Division I basketball players.Q: What else can these players get? Can they endorse sports drinks or shoes now?A: No. Wilken ruled that all other NCAA regulations concerning extra pay, endorsements and other benefits will remain in effect. She also said the NCAA could also enact new legislation designed to prohibit players from using the promise of funds received when they leave school to get other money while in school.Q: Is this just the beginning of wholesale changes in college athletics?A: Not necessarily, though in shutting down the NCAA’s amateurism defense, Wilken may have opened the door for other challenges to the organization’s authority. She said in her ruling that any other changes in NCAA regulations should not be addressed in antitrust court cases but by schools, conferences and even Congress. Most observers believe the O’Bannon lawsuit and related union organizing efforts at Northwestern were the driving force behind the biggest five conferences this week moving to expand benefits they give their players.Q: When will recruits be offered this extra money?A: Not for a while. Wilken said it will not affect any prospective student-athlete who enrolls in college before July 1, 2016.Q: Will the NCAA appeal?A: Almost certainly. NCAA lawyers said earlier the issues are so important they will go all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary.last_img read more

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Relief for patients as hospital’s foot clinic reopens

first_imgA seven-month wait for patients in need of podiatry appointments at Letterkenny University Hospital has finally come to an end as the HSE confirms the appointment of a locum Podiatrist.Months of uncertainty surrounded the podiatry support clinic at LUH, which was forced to stop accepting any further referrals last April when the Podiatrist overseeing the service took maternity leave.The suspension of the service was labelled as a ‘scandalous situation’ by Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty and caused alarm for high-risk category patients such as those with diabetes who need important supports from the clinic. It has now been confirmed that a replacement Podiatrist was appointed earlier this month and services have resumed.Deputy Pearse Doherty said: “This announcement will come as a huge relief to many patients and their families after what has been a worrying and frustrating few months which began last April when the service was forced to stop taking any further patient referrals.“As many people will recall, the decision to suspend the service was made due to the clinician in charge going on maternity leave.“This was despite management at LUH having sought approval from the HSE for a replacement Podiatrist as far back as December 2018 in order to fill the vacancy during this period. “And while it’s my understanding that a candidate had been offered the role last February, their appointment was delayed due to a pause on recruitment within the HSE meaning that the post was among a number of vital positions which were put on hold. “This resulted in a scandalous situation whereby since last April, patients across Donegal have been unable to access important supports provided by the clinic, something which has caused particular alarm for high risk category patients such as those with diabetes who require regular monitoring given the threat posed by complications of the disease. “I immediately raised this issue with the Minister when I first became aware of the clinic’s suspension and, following months of delay, I am now glad to have received this news that appointments to the Podiatry service have now resumed.”The LUH foot clinic provides a broad range of hospital based supports including screening and diagnostic services and, for diabetes patients, it offers wound care management, as well as the provision, supply and fitting of footwear and support devices. Deputy Doherty added his frustration with the disruption in recent months: “It’s extremely regrettable that patients in Donegal have had to wait for months to see appointments resume once again at the hospital, and it’s clear that both the HSE and the Government are to blame for it and for abandoning these patients like this.  “Notwithstanding this, I am happy that the Podiatry Clinic at LUH is now operational once more and I sincerely hope that patients now begin to receive treatment in a timely and proper manner once again.”Relief for patients as hospital’s foot clinic reopens was last modified: October 31st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Yet another survey of MLB venues has something to say about the Oakland Coliseum

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceGuess what? Raw sewage stinks.And so does the most recent survey of major league baseball stadiums. Moneywise.com, piggy-backing on a Forbes report, published a ranking of MLB’s worst 30 venues, “taking into account design, amenities and the views.”Survey says: The Oakland Coliseum ranks next to last, one rung above Tropicana Field in Tampa. Among other things, Moneywise.com knocks the Coliseum for its aging …last_img read more

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Five things we learned Thursday at Raiders HQ

first_imgALAMEDA — Raiders running back Josh Jacobs didn’t practice again Thursday, but as he talked for a few minutes with the media, paused to put on a pullover hooded sweat shirt.Not exactly the same as taking on J.J. Watt in the hole, but enough for some optimism regarding the availability of the NFL’s leading rookie rusher Sunday when the Raiders visit the Houston Texans.Jacobs said he injured his shoulder in the Raiders’ 42-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers on his first run from scrimmage, …last_img read more

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Cape Town ‘needs Afcon 2013 matches’

first_img17 April 2012The Cape Chamber of Commerce has urged the City of Cape Town to host African Cup of Nations matches next year, saying football is good for business, it was reported on Tuesday.Chamber chairman Michael Bagraim told the Cape Times it would benefit the city in the long run.“Soccer is good for the city,” Bagraim said. “It puts us on the map, brings tourists from Africa especially, and brings money into the coffers of even the smallest businesses.”The city missed the deadline for the signing of host city agreements last Friday, saying the costs were too high and uncertain as the estimated R27-million could balloon to R40-million.It suggested that the organisers pay 25 percent of the costs and the National Treasury guarantee 50 percent.The city and the Western Cape government would cover the remaining 25 percent.Mayoral committee member for tourism, events and marketing, Grant Pascoe, told the newspaper the city was still interested in hosting matches.The South African Football Association is due make announce its decision on the host cities for the continental football showpiece on Thursday.Sapalast_img read more

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Brand South Africa hails discovery of Homo naledi

first_imgSome of the 1 550 fossil specimens of Homo naledi, which represent at least 15 different individuals. (Image: National Geographic)Johannesburg, Thursday 10 September 2015 – Brand South Africa applauds the team of scientists from the University of the Witwatersrand and other volunteers, on their discovery of a new species of human relative – Homo naledi – at the Cradle of Humankind.Brand South Africa CEO Mr Kingsley Makhubela, reflecting upon the significance of this find, for the South African brand in particular said, “This find of approximately 1 550 fossil elements emphasizes South Africa’s position as a global leader in the field of paleo-anthropology. The discovery has been described as one which will force us to rethink the origins of humankind as whole. While we cannot claim to have created what lies in our soil, we can celebrate this as a part of our heritage and as part of South Africa’s legacy to the world.”“South Africa is described as one of the most valuable pieces of real estate in the world because of our mineral wealth. The rich fossil and archeological remains in our soil is another reason why South Africa is so valuable to the world.”“We salute the team of scientists led by Professor Lee Berger, from the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand and a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence. We celebrate you today for unearthing and bringing to light this magnificent discovery, and for its significance to humankind as a whole and South Africa in particular.”“South Africa looks forward to welcoming the world to the Cradle of Humankind to view the fossil elements which will be on display from 11 September – 11 October 2015.”“We look forward to and eagerly anticipate your continued work in this field and wish you well in your future endevours,” concluded Mr Makhubela.Follow the conversation on #HomoNaledi and #AlmostHuman.last_img read more

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