Harsh new crackdown on journalists in Belarus

first_img Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News RSF_en BelarusEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses EnvironmentFreedom of expressionExiled mediaJudicial harassment June 2, 2021 Find out more With the arrival of spring, protests against the disputed re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko in August 2020 have resumed. The crackdown has intensified as the security forces are clearly attempting to prevent media coverage of demonstrations.  BelarusEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses EnvironmentFreedom of expressionExiled mediaJudicial harassment News News Nicholas Connolly, correspondent of the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, was arrested twice in the space of a few days as he filmed a protest in Minsk on 27 March. He was wearing a press vest at the time and showed his official accreditation and his passport. He was taken to the police station and was released five hours later after intervention by the German embassy.  The authorities forced him to unlock his phone, threatening to place him in detention and confiscate his equipment.  Organisation News Follow the news on Belaruscenter_img May 28, 2021 Find out more April 2, 2021 Harsh new crackdown on journalists in Belarus At least six other journalists were arrested in the Belarusian capital on the same day before they even reached the location of the rally in Bangalore Square. Among them were Hanna Kaltyhina and Halina Ulasik, reporters for the news site Tut.by, who were arrested as they were eating in a local café. Yahor Martsinovich, editor-in-chief of the independent weekly newspaper Nasha Niva, and photographer Nadzeja Buzhan were arrested in their car.  Two days earlier on Freedom Day, the unofficial holiday commemorating the declaration of independence by Belarus, at least four other journalists were arrested and released after a few hours. They included two accredited Russian correspondents, Kirill Krivosheev, of the financial daily Kommersant and photographer Pavel Volkov of the daily Izvestia. Both were questioned as they covered rallies in the main street of Minsk. In Brest, freelance journalists Milana Kharytonava and Ales Liauchuk were picked up by the police outside the building where they live. “The authorities are trying to suppress all independent voices and to strike fear into the hearts of journalists,” said Jeanne Cavelier, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “RSF hails the courage of those who continue to report on the crackdown in Belarus and calls on international organisations to take action to prevent such harassment and to secure the release of journalists jailed for doing their job.” The anti-government protests in Belarus may have lost steam this winter but there has been no let-up in the crackdown against journalists. Many reporters – including those indicted during protests after the election in 2020 – have been targeted in a series of raids and some have been prosecuted. Dzianis Ivashyn, known for his stories on the Belarusian police, was accused of “interfering in the activities of a police officer” and could face three years’ imprisonment. He is held in pre-trial detention at an administrative detention centre. Andrzej Poczobut, a journalist with the Polish state television network TVP Polonia, had his home in Hrodna searched on 25 March and was placed in pre-trial detention pending a criminal case for “incitement to hatred” and a possible five-year sentence. A total of eight journalists are behind bars awaiting trial and three have already been sentenced, on 18 February and 2 March.At the same time, the authorities are preparing amendments to the media law. According to a document obtained by Tut.by, news sites that report on subjects considered “extremist” could be blocked and news organisations could be stripped of their media status without recourse to the courts. Journalists found to have broken the law, for example by defamation or discrediting public institutions, could lose their accreditation. The draft also provides for a ban on the publication of information considered false or harmful to government interests, or opinion polls without prior authorization, on pain of prosecution. Ruled by Alexander Lukashenko since 1994, Belarus is ranked 153rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. to go further As new protest demonstrations sweep Belarus, preventive detention and lawsuits against journalists have escalated. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on international organisations to take action. Credit: STRINGER / AFP RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” Receive email alerts “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says Help by sharing this information May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Beyond Bollywood to Follow Cats at the London Palladium

first_img The production is written, choreographed and directed by Rajeev Goswami, with lyrics by Irfan Siddiqui and features an original score by Salim-Sulaiman. Beyond Bollywood brings the fire, heat and desire of Indian dance direct to the heart of London, taking audiences on an authentic cultural tour of India. In the quest of fulfilling her mother’s dying wish Shaily Shergill leaves behind her home in Munich to journey India. Will her mother’s dream turn into reality? Those recently extended and Broadway-bound pussy Cats will be moving out of the London Palladium after April 25. Beyond Bollywood will make its U.K. premiere at the West End venue, beginning previews on May 8. The theatrical experience, starring Ana Illmi as Shaily and Moht Mathur as Raghav, will play a limited run of 60 performances, with opening night set for May 11.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Keane issues rallying cry

first_img Press Association But asked if the players needed to show their support for the 74-year-old by producing a rousing display, Keane said: “It’s for everybody, it’s for us as a country to be proud to wear that green jersey. “Whether that’s doing it for the manager or doing it for the country or doing it for yourselves, it doesn’t really matter. “As long as we are all pulling in the same direction, as long as we are going to go out on to that field and give 110 per cent – you always do that for the manager and you always do it for the players around you. “We are all in this together. We started together, so we will certainly finish together. “Everyone is behind everybody, and hopefully tomorrow we can show that by giving 110 per cent on the field.” Trapattoni has insisted the debate over his future has not proved a distraction in the run-up to a key encounter, and Keane is equally adamant that the players cannot allow it to affect them either. He said: “Whatever happens beyond these few games, that’s out of our hands and the players’ hands. “As professionals, we have to stand up and be professional in the job that we do, and make sure we give as much as we can to that green jersey and the people back home who are watching us. “All you can do in life is try your best and do everything you can possible to try to make people happy and do your best for the team, and if that’s not good enough, then that’s something that other people are going to have to look at.” Ireland’s home form has been a particular concern during the current campaign – only the Faroe Islands to date have lost at the Aviva Stadium, with Trapattoni’s side collecting just a single point from the visits of Germany, Austria and Sweden to Dublin. However, their results on the road remain hugely impressive – they are yet to lose a qualifier on foreign soil under Trapattoni – and an extension of that record could hardly come at a better time as they look for a response. Keane said: “I would be disappointed if there wasn’t a good response. I think because of the importance of the game – at the end of day, if we don’t get anything out of this game, we can forget about it. “If that doesn’t give you that extra bite in your belly, there’s certainly a problem.” Anything other than victory over Austria at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna on Tuesday night will effectively end Ireland’s hopes of rescuing a Group C campaign which was dealt a major blow by Sweden’s 2-1 victory in Dublin on Friday. That reverse piled the pressure on manager Giovanni Trapattoni amid speculation that he could be relieved of his duties within weeks once the final die is cast. Robbie Keane has called for a united front as Ireland attempt to salvage their World Cup dream.last_img read more

Other Sports MC Mary Kom remained undefeated on her return to 51kg category

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. MC Mary Kom remained undefeated on her return to the 51kg category.The 48kg category is not part of the Olympic roster.Mary Kom 2012 Olympic bronze medal came in the 51kg division. The 36-year-old Manipuri credited her coach Chhote Lal Yadav, who is also an assistant coach in the national camp, for the success she has enjoyed.”He keeps me on my toes and his inputs are valuable to my training,” she said.The mother-of-three enjoyed a stellar 2018, winning gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, the India Open, the world championships and a tournament in Poland.  highlights New Delhi: Six-time world champion M C Mary Kom remained undefeated on her return to the 51kg category, winning all her three bouts during a training trip to Berlin, Germany. Mary Kom, who claimed her sixth world title in November last year is making a transition from the 48kg category to 51kg in pursuit of a second Olympic medal. The 48kg category is not part of the Olympic roster. Her 2012 Olympic bronze medal came in the 51kg division.In Berlin, Mary Kom defeated Ukraine’s Daria Sierhieieva Germany’s Ursula Gottlob and Norway’s Veronica Losvik for a confident start to the season. All her victories were unanimous 5-0 triumphs. She would be returning to the country on Saturday morning.”It is never as easy as the score-line suggests. But I am feeling good about my body and also very confident about my abilities. Let’s see how it goes from here,” Mary Kom told PTI from Berlin.last_img read more

Mavericks want to keep Kristaps Porzingis, Luka Doncic together for ’20 years,’ owner Mark Cuban says

first_img Knicks executives explain decision to trade Kristaps Porzingis Mark Cuban hopes Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Doncic remain in Dallas for the foreseeable future.The Mavericks acquired Porzingis, along with three other players, from the Knicks last week in exchange for a package centered around Dennis Smith Jr. as well as the expiring contracts of DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews. New York also received two first-round picks in the deal. Cuban, the Mavericks long-time owner, discussed the future of Porzingis and rookie star Doncic at a press conference Monday.“Our goal is to be able to keep those two together for the next 20 years,” Cuban told reporters. Related News Kristaps Porzingis tells Knicks fans ‘the city deserves better than that’center_img “Our goal is to keep these two (Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis) together for the next 20 years”- @dallasmavs owner @mcuban#MFFL | #NBA pic.twitter.com/Hg1tivjziZ— FOX Sports Southwest (@FOXSportsSW) February 4, 2019Porzingis suffered a torn ACL in February 2018 and has not played this season. Cuban said the current plan is to hold him out the rest of 2018-19. He will then become a restricted free agent this summer. “I feel great but, as I said, we’re taking our time,” Porzingis said about the rehab process. “There’s no rush. I’ve been patient this whole time and I’m going to keep staying patient, which is one of the hardest things for me to do. We’re going to make the right decisions.”Porzingis has averaged 17.8 points and 7.1 rebounds over 186 career appearances. Meanwhile, Doncic is the frontrunner for the Rookie of the Year award and is tallying 20.7 points, along with seven rebounds, per game this season.last_img read more

Underdogs sweep WPIAL championships

first_img“We watched them on film,” said Green. “And we knew they were not a good as some of the other Rochester teams.”Rochester scored a touchdown late in the fourth quarter and decided against overtime, instead choosing to go for the two-point conversion and the win. The two- point conversion failed.“At Rochester, when you get to the championship game, you come here to win,” senior 1,000 yard running back Trey Johnson said. “It wasn’t just coach’s decision to go for it. We told him we wanted to go for the win.”In boxing they say to beat the champ, you have to knock him out. David Miller and Trent Hurley were the 1-2 punch by Greensburg Central Catholic that clearly KO’d defending WPIAL Class AA champion Aliquippa, 33-7. 2009 CLASS A CHAMPS —The Clairton Bears celebrate after beating Rochester 14-13 in the WPIAL Class A championship. 2009 QUAD A CHAMPS— Woodland Hills players celebrate at Heinz Field after shutting out Gateway 10-0 for the WPIAL AAAA championship. The new wave is here. Like Moses parting the Red Sea, the time has come to make way for the new generation of WPIAL’s finest running backs. Woodland Hills’ Dom Timbers is a Syracuse recruit, Clairton’s Deontae Howard has rushed for more than 4,000 career yards. Greensburg Central Catholic’s David Miller and West Allegheny’s Mike Caputo both have rushed for over 2,000 yards this season. Hopewell super sophomore Rushel Shell, arguably the greatest back in WPIAL history, has rushed for over 2,700 in 2009 and has 4,300 yards in only two seasons.Clairton, Greensburg Central Catholic, West Allegheny and Woodland Hills all entered Heinz Field Nov. 27 as underdogs, but all were able to pull off the upset with their running style.To win the war you have to win the battles.Clairton dedicated Friday’s WPIAL Class A championship game to their former linebackers coach, the late Demonje Rosser. Rosser was shot and killed outside his home in March and the team wears a patch on their jerseys in his honor.The Bears were able to knock off the Rochester Rams 14-13 behind playmakers Desimond Green and Deontae Howard. Green, a 6-5, 220-pound junior, has blossomed into one of the WPIAL’s most dangerous quarterbacks. He has excelled defensively and is considered one of the best quarterbacks in the state. SUPER SOPHOMORE— Rushel Shell, Hopewell’s record breaking running back, rushed for 274 yards and four touchdowns but it was not enough as the Vikings fell to West Allegheny 36-28. Shell went over 4,000 career yards and now has 4,255 yards in two years. “There is no quit in this team,” said Aliquippa coach Mike Zmijanac. “We didn’t get to be who we are by quitting. They wore us down. Last year we were big up front, this year we have young babies.”David Miller rushed for 203 yards and three touchdowns including a 79-yard run where he pulled away from all the Aliquippa speedsters. It looked as if the battle-worn soldier would falter, but he dug down deep and refused to surrender. He continued pumping his legs and breaking tackles. “I was dead tired. It was a ‘26 power.’ We run that about 35 times a game,” said Miller. “It’s the only play Muzzy really knows.”Miller broke a school record for touchdowns in a season with his last score. He has 37 touchdowns and has gained 2,143 yards this season.“David is a great running back. He reminds me of Don Nottingham,” said coach Muzzy Colisimo. “I have an offensive coordinator but I call all the plays. If I’m going to get fired I want to make sure I have all the control. I got some great kids here. I got fired from Hempfield and I got fired from Franklin Regional. But the kids here buy into our system. If we would have lost today we would have been in the weight room on Monday. That’s how quickly we go from one year to the next.”When ask what colleges are recruiting him.“I have not had any offers yet. I would love to go to Bowling Green with my quarterback, Trent Hurley. When I was in junior high school I played fullback and I love to block, but then one day I got really fast and Muzzy moved me to tailback.”Bowling Green needs to recruit this bowling ball.Hopewell and West Allegheny have become accustomed to playing against each other every year in their annual conference game.The game featured the WPIAL’s two leading rushers in Rushel Shell and Mike Caputo, who combined for 452 yards and eight touchdowns in Friday night’s WPIAL Class AAA championship and West Allegheny was able to hold on for the 36-28 upset victory. It was West Allegheny’s fifth WPIAL Class AAA title in five tries,Despite his greenhorn status, Shell, Hopewell’s super sophomore, is already in the discussion as the greatest runner in WPIAL history. His 274 yards shattered the WPIAL championship game record and his 4,300 career yards are the most ever by a sophomore.Losing the WPIAL last year sent Gateway coach Terry Smith back to the drawing board and filled him with a level of obsessive vengeance that consumed his every waking moment, but Woodland Hills was able to knock off the Gators 10-0 in their Backyard Brawl.Woodland Hills has been one of the WPIAL’s most successful programs since the school opened in 1987.Sam Scifo’s opening kickoff went out of bounds, and the Wolverines were forced to re-kick after a 5-yard penalty. Scifo squibbed his second try, it bounced off Orne Bey’s chest near the Gateway 40, and Caprara recovered for the Wolverines at the 37. That set up a 24-yard field goal by Scifo, giving Woodland Hills a 3-0 lead with 6:46 to go in the first quarter. Jayron Polk ran a reverse up the left sideline for a 14-yard touchdown to extend their lead to 10-0.The Wolverines walked into Heinz Field, but they limped home.The Wolverines were shutout in the second half, because Gateway linebacker Delbert “The Hitman” Tyler played like a man possessed. He is another character guy who is coming in from the shadows. Delbert played one terrific football game. His run stuffing at the line of scrimmage after the first half kept the Wolverines off the scoreboardStuffing ball carriers is the only way he knows how to celebrate Thanksgiving.Delbert put out four of Woodland Hills top players, tight end Richard Gray, running back Lafayette Pitts, fullback Cameron Thompkins and Syracuse recruit Dom Timbers.“We were down to our fourth tailback,” said coach George Novak. “But they just kept gutting it out and never gave up.”After losing three straight WPIAL championship games in a row, the Gators will probably never buy another bottle of Heinz ketchup.Gateway opened the season as the “People’s Champion.” And if Coach Smith continues on the path he is on now, eventually he and his Gators will be WPIAL champions as well.last_img read more


first_imgBILL NEAL :10 Neal…Neal…Hey Bill Neal…c’mon man you can’t hide in there all day, you have to face “The Heat,” oh my bad. I mean just come out and tell everyone you were wrong. That you underestimated LeBron (aka The King), “D” Wade, Bosh and “The Others.” What? Aw please man ain’t nobody gonna laugh at you because you picked the Lakers…and San Antonio…and Chicago…and Boston…wait, you know what you may be right they might laugh at you for all those teams you picked! Tell ya what, I’ll tell’um for you, but keep in mind I won’t do this for just anybody, but here goes. Hey everybody this is Charles Barkley and I just want to say on behalf of my boy Bill Neal that he knows he was wrong (actually down right stupid if you ask me.) Anyway, that he admits that Fred Crawford and Big “D” were right and he’ll pay you when he sees you. What else? Oh, and that he forgives LeBron for “The Decision” and all is forgiven now let’s move forward (ya’ll know Cleveland ain’t forgiven nothin’) “All hail the king” …. King James that is. Ok, now where was I? Oh yeah, “Ernie”…you, “Shack” and “Kenny” the so called “Jet” …. let’s go, pay up!!!!:09 All that said. Lakers please send Bynum and whoever you want to Orlando and bring Dwight Howard to Showtime and let’s get crackin’ for 2013.:08 I’ve tried to watch the WNBA games. I really have, no honest I have.:07 Have you lost your natural Black mind? (No offense to my fair skin brothers) please go put on Isaac Hayes—Live at the Sahara Tahoe and just remember how great that was…that as we used to say was “The Stuff”…Black Moses baby!:06 Here’s your movie review for “That’s My Boy” now I am telling you straight up this movie is rude, crude and should be sued! It breaks all the rules and crosses all the lines. Matter of fact it double crosses the lines. But you are going to die laughing. But this movie is Rated R for a reason…oh shut up, you watch worse than this when you’re in your basement home alone, yes you do!…yes you do!!! I give it 3 1/2 basketballs.:05 Ok, ok you want sports talk cause this is a sports column, or it’s supposed to be. HHHHHEEEEEEERRRRREEEE we go:—The Steelers go to training camp in 5 weeks.—There’s a Golf Tournament coming. That all I got!—The Pens lost their 2nd best player (don’t ask you know I don’t know his name).—The Pittsburgh Power are done.—The Pittsburgh Passion are coming to Heinz Field.Now there’s your sports, and you can take that to the bank!:04 Speaking of sports stuff and I was. You all need to take some time out and stop and watch a little league baseball game. They’re all around you. A better more relaxed fun filled time can’t be had. Old School Baby!:03 Yea but what about all those bad calls against the Thunder? Neal…let it go!:02 So that she can smile again and have peace for the moment… ya’ll need to know that former Truly Yours Model and director…“Darnella”…is still super fine! (Don’t worry R.C. knows I mean well.) Much love for the loss of your mother.:01 Darryl Gissendanner was laid to rest with tremendous respect by his family and friends. Wonderful words were said about a man whose life ended much to soon and was loved by everyone. Congratulations Clarion, PA., once again you stood tall and showed the world why you are truly the City of Champions. “Giss” would be proud and honored. The ultimate compliment and praise anyone can receive in their home coming celebration is what great things are said about you, and how you will be remembered. That should be your legacy. Here’s The Champions saluting a Champion. A Who’s Who if you will: Sam “Bam” Clancy (Pitt Basketball Super Star and NFL Star), “Rockin’” Ron Carter (L.A. Lakers/Past Pres. Clinton Administrator), Kirk Bruce (Pitt Player/Coach), Dwayne “Hot Dog” Wallace (Pitt Teammate), Jennifer Bruce (Pitt Basketball Star), “Flyin’” Myron Brown (NBA/CBA Star), “Big John” Marshall (European Basketball/Connie Hawkins League Legend), John “Shang-Hi” Matthews (Gannon University/Playground Legend), Cammy Gissendanner (Penn State Basketball Star), Tyus Nedd (Amazing Keynote Speaker), Eric “Truck” Johnson (Clairton Legend), and Davlin “Mushy” Mullen (NY Jets), just to name a few. And no star shined brighter than that of “Peach” his daughter. Like I said when Armon Gilliam died, a huge disappointment to those of you from the basketball and sports circle that weren’t there, if you could have been you should have been! And you know who you are! We Love You and Will Miss You “Giss”~ DOUBLE OVERTIME ~:00 You know it’s Double Overtime, ya just know it!If you don’t have your “Sandy Greene and the Guys” live in concert featuring Jerry Williams ticket by now you’re probably going to have to listen from the parking lot. We’re looking at the first sell-out for Jazz on the Green…you know the rest—Cash Bar—Cash Kitchen (good food too!)—Free Parking—50/50 Prizes and Surprizes—Dress to Impress—Indoor and Outdoor Seating (under cover)—Proceeds to Benefit Champions Safe Summer Programs and The New Connie Hawkins Youth Development Summer Basketball League.—And you ain’t coming ??? Man, that’s messed up!*** “Nicole”, you are now in the Locker Room~ Game Over –Finally ~ Hey Jerry you just had your trial, where you going now??? Well it sure won’t be Disney Land. I’m going to jail for the rest of my life! (Jerry Sandusky you don’t make my Overtime Top Ten) I put you on the outside cause you’re a bad man, a very bad man!!!last_img read more