to go further May 14, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders “extremely worried” as journalists expelled from Andijan Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term Organisation Follow the news on Uzbekistan Help by sharing this information More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption The agency also reported that Uzbek authorities’ crackdown against the rebels had already left hundreds of people dead.__________________________________________________________________________________13.05.05Start of an “information war” May 11, 2021 Find out more February 11, 2021 Find out more “When the authorities keep journalists away from a conflict zone it is most often to hide abuses committed there. We are very concerned and urge President Islam Karimov to allow our colleagues to cover these events”, the organisation said after foreign and local journalists were expelled from the city overnight on 13-14 May. Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders urged President Islam Karimov and insurgents in the eastern city of Andijan to respect press freedom at all costs, as foreign news broadcasts and websites were blocked.US, Russian and British cable channels, CNN, NTV et BBC were all cut on 13 May throughout Uzbek territory and news was replaced with culture programmes and music clips. Russian independent websites www.lenta.ru, www.gazeta.ru and www.fergana.ru, and several Uuzbek websites were also blocked inside the country. At the same time Uzbek state TV and the national news agency Ouza referred to “criminals and bandits” who took control overnight 12-13 May of the top security prison and regional council in Andijan, a city of 300,000 inhabitants.Urging respect for press freedom, the cornerstone of democracy, the worldwide organisation called for pluralism of information to be protected in this particularly chaotic situation in the country.”It is urgent to put a definitive end to all censorship so that the Uzbek people can be guaranteed impartial coverage of the events under way,” it said. “All violence against journalists will seriously jeopardise the establishment of political and social normalisation in Uzbekistan.”Uzbek authorities control the media with a hand of iron. Although 800 newspapers and magazines are officially registered with the information ministry, only a handful has any editorial independence. The country’s four national TV channels are subject to presidential censorship and only a few websites carry any critical news.A crackdown on independent journalists has been stepped up since April 2005. Sabirjon Yakubov, a journalist on the weekly Hurriyat (Freedom) which has a circulation of 3,500, was arrested in the capital Tashkent on 11 April 2005, charged with “upsetting the constitutional order” and “belonging to an extremist religious organisation” (Article 159 of the criminal code). He faces up to 20 years in prison.Elsewhere, Ulugbek Khaidarov, 42, an independent journalist and local leader of Ezgulik (Kindness), a human rights organisation, was beaten up by a thug near his home in Jizzakh overnight on 23-24 April. Marina Kozlova, Uzbek correspondent for the US news agency United Press International (UPI), was refused accreditation by the foreign ministry on 27 April.President Karimov travelled today to Andijan where insurgents freed some 2000 detainees from the top security prison overnight 12-13 May. Security forces have fired into the crowd of several thousand people gathered in the centre of Andijan to call for the resignation of the head of state. At least nine people have been killed since clashes began and 39 others have been injured. RSF_en UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia October 15, 2020 Find out more News UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia News News “When the authorities keep journalists away from a conflict zone it is most often to hide abuses committed there. We are very concerned and urge President Islam Karimov to allow our colleagues to cover these events”, the organisation said after foreign and local journalists were expelled from the city overnight on 13-14 May.Uzbek security services enforced the expulsions. Reuters news agency reported that its correspondent in Andijan was ordered to leave the city in half an hour, failing which police would be unable to guarantee his safety.The agency said that seven journalists had been made to leave, mostly working for foreign newspapers, but a reporter with local agency Ferghana and another working for an opposition website were also forced to leave.Agence France-Presse (AFP) said that several journalists including one of its correspondents had been arrested overnight, then released and taken out of the city. New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council News
Ashantigold CEO Cudjoe Fianoo seems to have reneged on his decision to part ways with the club.Fianoo is on record to have expressed his desire to quit the club after leading the side to annex this season’s league title. The powerbrokers of the club have since convinced the experienced club administrator to rescind his decision.“I met the board a couple of days ago and they asked me to stay on for a minimum of six months to re-align the club now we are going to Africa,” he told Joy Sports.“It’s not a done deal yet, they are still tightening the screws to keep me for at least another season.”“We are still talking but we haven’t reached any decision point yet.”Fianoo also hinted at the possibility of staying beyond the six months provided certain demands were met. “There is a possibility [of staying beyond six months], but they have to come with a lot on the table not necessarily financially but I think a lot of energy has been taken away from me on this club business that’s why I need rest. They’ve asked me to stay for six months, we’ll see what happens after the six months.Ashantigold will be Ghana’s sole representative at the CAF Champions League next season.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
After trying her hand at Navesink River Rowing, Vilardi found her sport. “I’ve been rowing and racing and having a fantastic new life after retirement.” “It’slike camping on water,” said Chuck Parker of Middletown about the 36- footsailboat the Helen Rita. “We don’t have a washer or dryer but we have everythingelse.” When KayVilardi retired from her job in software engineering 20 years ago she was 52and looking for a pastime. By Judy O’Gorman Alvarez In addition to opening up a world of friendship, camaraderie and a new community on the water, rowing has kept her fit. “It’s a whole-body workout.” A physical therapist’s suggestions for a running injury convinced Graham Wisdom of Lincroft to try yoga six years ago and he quickly made it part of his fitness routine. While taking classes at Ohanala in Fair Haven, owner and instructor Kristin Gould introduced him to SUP yoga. Whencasual paddles on the river turned to competition, she found results. “I wonthe first medal I ever won in my life,” she said. “I was thrilled.” THE ROWER Classesstart off slowly, Wisdom explains and credits Gould for instilling confidencein her students. “You’re sitting on the board, you’re twisting and it graduallygets harder – such as doing a downward dog – and it’s a little challenging. Butas you start trying stand-up poses, then the balance is more tricky. That’swhen you can wind up in the river.” “It’scertainly part of my life, I tried to incorporate my kids into that.” This article was first published in the May 23-29, 2019 print edition of The Two River Times. THE SAILOR In warm weather Chuck and his wife Helen, married 51 years, spend most of their free time on the water and share the sailing duties. “One individual can sail, but that’s not as much fun,” Parker said. As members of the Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club, the couple sails alone, but also with the club in group sails. Whatthey most enjoy is sitting on the deck, enjoying dinner as the sun is setting. THE STAND-UP PADDLE BOARDER If you’reholding a class, you anchor all the boards about 10 feet apart.” The waterhas always been a part of Thompson’s life. “My dad’s a lifelong surfer and hehad me in a lifejacket on the nose of a surfboard when I was 3 years old. Mymom works for Clean Ocean Action. They’ve instilled in me the importance of theocean environment and giving back – especially the area we live in surroundedby water.” “It’s sopeaceful on the river, especially in the morning,” Vilardi.The drawbacks of rowing on the river can be larger, sometimes aggressive boats.“We sit low in the water and we don’t make noise,” she says of the 30-poundshell she rows. “And you have to watch out for Jet Skiers and motorboats.”Navesink River Rowing, a nonprofit, offers lessons for adults and a robustyouth program. Among the club’s projects is an outreach program. “We want togive kids a chance to be on the water who can’t afford it,” Vilardi said.“This is sport that’s doable for any age – from 14 to 80,” she said. “It’sphysical and mentally clearing.” Holding aSUP yoga class depends on a few factors. “Look at the wind forecast. You wantthe water to be flat and calm,” he said. “You have to anchor in a shelteredarea. Scullingis a form of rowing with two oars, a narrow boat, called a shell, with a slidingseat. Vilardi, who now serves as president of the club, says after takinglessons, members can use the club’s fleet of singles, doubles or quads duringthe season: May through November. Launching from the clubhouse at the foot ofMaple Avenue in Red Bank, the club provides access to the Navesink River. “When I’msurfing, it brings a calmness. The waves are really good and we’re having fun,and as much as energy is involved it’s a relaxing activity as well. You go out,you decompress, you shake out the grime and grease of the day and any troublesand let it go at the shoreline and you focus on the task at hand – catching waves,literally being in nature.” THE SURFER Thompson and his wife have gained a horde of surfing friends, a basement full of surfboards and over the years, he has surfed all over the world, including up and down the East Coast, California, Hawaii, Australia, mainland Mexico, Fiji and South Africa. “It’s an individual sport – almost a selfish sport – but you’re doing it with your friends and there’s a community and there’s a lot of camaraderie.” Ohanalaholds SUP classes on the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers. As muchas Thompson enjoys surfing and a day at the beach, picking up a piece ofgarbage is just as important. You would be surprised how seldom that happens, Wisdom said, but admits the last time he was in a class, he took a tumble into the water. “I was standing on my head,” he explained. It’s a fun challenge but the best part is the relaxation at the end,” said Wisdom. “After you do a sequence of things, you typically lie down on the board and it’s gently rocking on the water. And you look at sky and birds are flying. It’s wonderful.” “Paddle boarding is surprisingly easy,” said Wisdom, a retired electrical and software engineer. “As long as it’s not a windy day, to paddle along the river is wonderful relaxation and you can be home in an “We goout for an hour or so and go to the Oceanic Bridge and back – 7 miles roundtrip,” she said. “We love the time to ourselves.” hour.”Wisdom said he especially enjoys paddling along the Navesink River and seeing thegrand homes along the banks. “When you live where we live it’s wonderful to seehow the other half lives.” Payingattention to the weather and the winds, Vilardi and fellow members, usually ina quad, make the most of a summer morning on the Navesink before temperaturesrise. “When Iwent to RBC (Red Bank Catholic), they only had softball for women who are myage now,” Vilardi said. Watching her nephew row crew in high school and collegewhet Vilardi’s interest. “Welive a mile from the harbor so in the morning when the sun’s out and it’s anice day, we’ll get out on the water,” Parker said. “It’sfun when we travel with other boats,” he said. After docking, the couples willvisit one another, dine, play board games or dominoes and enjoy the seabreezes.Don’t let the term “yacht club” fool you, said Parker. “We’re average peoplewho happen to have boats.” “We’re a private club but we’re heavily involvedwith the community,” he said. That includes programs for Special Olympicssailing for challenged athletes who may have Down syndrome or autism; a youth sailingprogram; the annual Ms. Race charity race that raises money for 180 TurningLives Around; and a new veteran program that Parker chairs. “We’re not therapybut it’s been found that recreational sailing can help people with PTSD,” hesaid (post-traumatic stress disorder).About once a month the club will have longer cruises to locations such asStaten Island or Sheepshead Bay. They’ve also gone on longer voyages, such asLong Island Sound, and some members will go to Boston or Block Island, RhodeIsland.Being dependent on the wind can make a journey slow, but that can be half thefun. Another key point with sailing is to watch the weather forecasts as stormscan be a sailor’s nightmare. “When it’s August and if we’re out, we don’t wantto be someplace where you can get into trouble. You have to be flexible,” hesaid. “We’ve stayed a night in Connecticut because the weather was bad.” “Surfinghas given me a lot of enjoyment,” said Tyler Thompson of Leonardo. “I try toget in the water as much as possible, not as much as I used to, having two kidsand a full-time job.” There arethose who enjoy SUP – or stand-up paddle boarding – and those who enjoy yoga.And then there are those who combine the two. “It’s relaxing being out on the water,” Wisdom said. “As long as you pick your day” and pay attention to the weather.
Embed from Getty ImagesScott Malone conceded two penalties in the first half to leave Fulham in trouble at the break.Graham Dorrans converted both spot-kicks after Malone first brought down Jacob Murphy and was later adjudged to have pulled Cameron Jerome to the ground.However, Fulham hotly contested the second decision, with Malone and skipper Scott Parker both booked in the aftermath.Norwich had twice gone close from corners, while at the other end Sone Aluko’s effort was tipped behind by Canaries keeper Michael McGovern.Malone’s first transgression came on 16 minutes, his foul on Murphy giving Dorrans the chance to open the scoring, and six minutes before half-time he was penalised again as Norwich doubled their lead.Fulham had a few half chances but were too often crowded out inside the box, although Chris Martin directed the ball on to the outside of the post. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The Vidisha district police have stepped up security at the railway station, government hospital and bus stand in Ganj Basoda, whose MLA Leena Jain received an anonymous letter on Monday threatening to blow up her and the Union Home Minister. “As a preventive measure, a bomb disposal squad reached Vidisha from Bhopal on Monday. Four to six officials with hand-held metal detectors are randomly screening people entering the public facilities. We have also deployed a tracker dog,” said Vinayak Verma, Vidisha Superintendent of Police.The hand-written letter was received by the BJP MLA at her office at 2.30 p.m. on Monday, she confirmed. Besides the leaders, it threatened to blow up public places. “I had filed a complaint with the police after receiving the letter. I don’t suspect anyone for the threat as I don’t have any adversaries,” Ms. Jain told The Hindu. ‘Writer clueless’ “Prima facie, the letter appears to have been written from within Ganj Basoda. Its ostensibly non-serious language indicates the writer is clueless about what he wrote. For instance, it has been undersigned by ‘Bomb bananey wala’, which doesn’t indicate anything. Yet, it could be a threat to public security,” added Mr. Verma. The police were coordinating with the State ATS , the GRP and the RPF to track down the accused. An FIR has been registered against unknown persons.
Paolo Taha vs Jackson Corpuz. PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO, Philippines – Columbian grabbed command late in the third quarter on Friday night and claimed another big fish in the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations after posting a 110-100 victory over NorthPort at Ynares Center here.The Dyip came roaring back from 10 points down in that quarter and took an 86-79 lead into the fourth, which they protected with much ferociousness on the way to handing the Batang Pier their first defeat in three games.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants 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 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem In tying their victims at 2-1, the Dyip survived a huge first half by Mo Tautuaa by getting him to pick up a fourth foul early in the third and holding down NorthPort’s prolific rookie Robert Bolick to just three points.Jackson Corpuz and pint-sized rookie point guard John Paul Calvo were big during the breakaway with the NorthPort coaching staff never finding ways to stop them when it mattered.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsStanley Pringle scored 14 points in the third quarter built around three triples that had NorthPort threatening to break the game wide open. But the lack of support later on–and with Tautuaa never getting back in the groove after 20 first-half points–sealed the Batang Pier’s doom.There were seven players in twin digits for the Dyip, whose first big victim was four-time defending champion San Miguel Beer two weeks ago. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Yeng Guiao unfazed by NLEX’s 0-3 start: ‘We’ll be okay if we gain momentum’ View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town
AC Milan coach Gattuso: My brief is to qualify for the Champions Leagueby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Rino Gattuso admits his brief is to qualify for the Champions League.Gattuso admits their midweek draw with Bologna was a setback.He said, “We could’ve strengthened our grip on fourth at Bologna but didn’t. We played like schoolboys and didn’t play.“We weren’t good technically, whereas they all sat back. I worry about the heads of my players as we’ve struggled in our last few games.“Since my first day here, the club have asked me to qualify for the Champions League. It’s difficult, but we’re fourth at the moment.“We must make as little mistakes as possible, but there’s no problem on my part. I’m not thinking about being hunted.“I’m calm and I just think about working. The exit from Europe was a blow and we all expected more at Bologna, but we must analyse the situation with clarity and only think about working to improve.“I have to keep improving the team. Everything else is just hot air for me.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd ponder Jan bid for Ajax ace Donny van de Beekby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are looking at signing Donny van de Beek in January.The Ajax star was close to joining Real Madrid this past summer.Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur have also shown an interest in the 22-year-old, who was part of Ajax’s run to the Champions League semi-final last season.Reports in Italy claim United want to bolster their options in midfield by bringing in the Dutchman.United, on nine points, have made their worst start to a league campaign in 30 years. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
REGINA – Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe is heading to Washington, D.C., next week to meet with officials about the United States imposing tariffs on Canadian-made steel and aluminum.Moe says the tariffs, which he calls troubling, will hurt the Evraz steel plant in Regina, which employs about 1,000 people. He adds that he doesn’t think any trade war is productive.“We’ve always been supportive of free and open trade and we continue to be, so we’ll be engaging next week in Washington on this file as well as the broader NAFTA file,” Moe said Thursday.The Saskatchewan government is to meet with senators, members of Congress and three senior members of the White House.Within hours of the U.S. announcement on Thursday, the federal government retaliated by imposing dollar-for-dollar tariff “countermeasures” on up to $16.6 billion worth of U.S. imports into Canada.The tariffs, which apply to a long list of U.S. products that includes everything from flat-rolled steel to playing cards and felt-tipped pens, are to go into effect July 1, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told a news conference.Moe said he’s also spoken with Conrad Winkler, the CEO and president of Evraz North America. The two plan to talk further over the phone in the coming days, he said.“Challenging time I’m sure for a company like Evraz that has plants on both sides of the border, and they’ll be assessing how that impacts them as well, I’m certain,” Moe said.Canada, Mexico and Europe had been exempted from import duties of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum when they were first imposed in March.Moe, who will be visiting Washington for the first time, talked to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday prior to the U.S. move to lift the exemption and praised the federal government for its work on North American Free Trade Agreement talks.The premier said that 55 per cent of the province’s exports go south of the border and 85 per cent of its imports come from the U.S.One in five Saskatchewan jobs are dependent on trade with other nations, including the U.S., he added.Moe said he’ll be making all those points during his visit.“I’ll be impressing the impact on our province, on the jobs of the province and on the strength that we have globally when we have strong arrangements across the border,” he said.— Follow @RyanBMcKenna on Twitter
Mumbai: Venture capital/private equity investments doubled in March to $7 billion on an annualised basis, boosted by a spurt in large transactions, says a report. Exits during the month were 34 percent lower at $465 million involving 13 transactions, a report by consultancy firm EY said Thursday. March was the best month ever for private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC ) investments, it said, adding that the $7-billion mark in the month was more than double of $3 billion in the previous year and over 30 percent higher than the previous high of $5.4 billion clocked in August 2017. Thirteen large deals of $100 million-plus adding up to $6 billion helped boost the numbers, and Brookfields $1.9 billion buyout of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL’s) East-West Pipeline was the largest deal during the month. On the back of a busy March, the March quarter has emerged as the best ever quarter for private equity/ venture capital investments, with investments worth $11.4 billion, up 37 percent over the same period a year ago. The month also recorded highest monthly value and number of buyout deals, aggregating at $2.8 billion across seven deals. Private investment in public equity investments rose to $1.9 billion, but massivley down from $3 billion a year ago. From a fund raising perspective, the firepower plunged to a low $40 million in March from $1.1 billion a year ago.