first_img Receive email alerts Organisation News KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia RSF_en February 5, 2021 Find out more Kazakh reporter accuses police of attacking her Help by sharing this information July 15, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist still facing up to seven years in prison for “inciting hatred” Reporters prevented from covering Kazakh parliamentary elections Newscenter_img News Follow the news on Kazakhstan to go further Reporters Without Borders is appalled by journalist and human rights activist Alexander Kharlamov’s detention on trumped up charges for the past four months for writing articles critical of the local authorities and judicial system in his hometown, the eastern city of Ridder.Aged in his 60s, he is facing a possible seven-year jail sentence on a charge of inciting hatred under article 164 of the criminal code. The prosecutor said he “spread atheist ideas” and “displayed a negative attitude towards religion.”“We strongly condemn the mendacious charges brought against Kharlamov, which constitute a violation of freedom of expression,” Reporters Without Borders said. “There is no evidence of any incitement to hatred by this journalist in anything he wrote.“As well as calling for the withdrawal of the charges against Kharlamov, we urge the authorities to amend article 164 of the criminal code (on inciting hatred) because, as it stands, it allows anyone to be imprisoned just for expressing an opinion.”Kharlamov has been voicing atheist views in a blog with a limited readership since 2005. He has also written two books that were published online. In September 2012, the security forces “revealed” that he was posting calls for religious hatred on his blog and was promoting a new religious current.Kharlamov has said his writing is just a hobby. He heads Secret Service, a small news agency that campaigns for human rights and against corruption, and writes articles critical of the local authorities for the newspapers Flash! and Ridderskiy Vestnik.Two official expert evaluations of Kharlamov failed to find evidence of inciting hatred but judges nonetheless ruled that “these actions could provoke religious hatred and the formation of a negative attitude towards religion, which will contribute to conflicts between persons.”Last January, Kharlamov wrote an article claiming that the trial of a policeman was conducted in a dishonest manner by the judge. He said he was “warned” several times to refrain from commenting on the case. Criminal charges were brought against him on 25 January and, on 6 February, the police searched his office, confiscating documents and two computers.He was arrested without a warrant on 14 March when he went to the police to reclaim the confiscated items and, three days later, was transferred to prison, where his partner has not been allowed to bring food parcels to him. After a psychological investigation that was carried out against his will, he was sent to a psychiatric clinic in the capital, Astana, for a month before being declared mentally fit.Kazakhstan is ranked 160th out of 179 countries in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Regional newspaper editor harassed after investigating real estate scandal News January 15, 2021 Find out more KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia October 30, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

first_imgNews As a result of a supreme court ruling on 30 September, Le Journal Hebdomadaire, one of Morocco’s few independent newspapers, was ordered to pay 250,000 euros in damages on 18 October in connection with a libel suit brought in 2006 by a think-tank based abroad over an article about Western Sahara. If the weekly is forced to pay, its survival will be in doubt. October 30, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter to Hillary Clinton to go further Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists RSF_en Taoufiq Bouachrine, the publisher of the Casablanca-based newspaper Akhbar al-Youm, and cartoonist Khalid Gueddar will be the targets of two parallel lawsuits on 30 October in connection with a cartoon of Moulay Ismaïl, a cousin of the king, that appeared in its 26-27 September issue. One of the actions, brought by the interior ministry, accuses them of “attacking an emblem of the kingdom.” The other, brought by Ismaïl himself, is demanding 266,000 euros in damages for “failing to accord due respect to a member of the royal family.” The newspaper’s headquarters have meanwhile been closed and are being guarded by police. Dear Secretary of State Clinton, April 15, 2021 Find out more Secretary of State Hillary ClintonUS Department of StateWashington DCUSA Prosecutions are being brought against news media and journalists, who are being sentenced to jail terms or to pay exorbitant damages awards as the judicial system deploys an arsenal of sanctions designed to intimidate and financially asphyxiate the independent press. Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Organisation On 26 October, a court in Rabat gave Ali Anouzla, the editor of the daily Al-Jarida Al-Oula, a one-year suspended jail sentenced and fined him 10,000 dirhams (885 euros) on a charge of publishing false information and “mendacious allegations and facts with the intention of causing harm” in a 27 August article that contradicted a bulletin about King Mohammed’s health. Bouchra Eddou, a journalist charged with complicity in the same case, got a three-month suspended sentenced and a fine of 5,000 dirhams (455 euros). Both say they will appeal. April 28, 2021 Find out more Ten years after Mohammed VI’s accession to the throne in 1999, the record is very uneven. The start of his reign saw real advances but they were followed by reverses and tension, especially from July 2009 onwards. Courts have ordered Moroccan newspapers to pay more than 2 million euros in fines and damages since 1999, while journalists have been sentenced to a combined total of 28 years in prison. June 8, 2021 Find out more News We thank you in advance for the attention you give to this matter. Sincerely, Reporters Without Borders urges you to use the opportunity offered by your visit to Morocco to talk about the difficulties that the independent media are facing and to raise this crucial issue with the Moroccan authorities. The aim of the Forum of the Future which the US government set up in 2004 is to promote democratisation in the Broader Middle East and North Africa region. Press freedom is an essential component of this democratisation. NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Help by sharing this information Paris, 28 October 2009 Receive email alerts RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Reporters Without Borders has just completed a visit to Morocco in which it met with journalists and representatives of Moroccan media in difficulty and publicly expressed its support at a news conference yesterday in Casablanca. Although fewer topics had seemed to be still off-limits in recent years thanks to the independent press’s tenacity and an apparent desire on the part of King Mohammed to ease restrictions, the Royal Palace has reaffirmed some of the taboos in recent months, especially those affecting the image of the king and members of the royal family. Reporters Without Borders, an organisation that defends press freedom worldwide, would like to draw your attention to the disturbing deterioration in the press freedom situation in Morocco on the eve of your official visit to that country on 2-3 November. News Jean-François JulliardSecretary-General News Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa At the end of a trial that did not respect defence rights, a Rabat court sentenced Driss Chahtane of the newspaper Al-Michaal on 15 October to a year in prison over an article about the king’s health. Two other journalists, Rachid Mahamid and Mustapha Hayrane, were given three-month jail terms in connection with the same article and all three were ordered to pay several thousand dirhams in damages. Chahtane was arrested and jailed that evening. Follow the news on Morocco / Western Saharalast_img read more

first_imgJust last weekend, Phish took to the stage at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park for three glorious nights of musical madness. The final three shows of Phish’s summer tours were as fiery as imagined, with the band bringing out some great jams to keep fans on their toes for an excellent weekend of music.Interestingly, some of Phish’s best musical moments come during soundcheck jamming. While the devoted crowd certainly adds a necessary energy to the band’s playing, there’s something to love about a good soundcheck jam. The pressure is off, giving a more light-hearted feeling, but it’s still four incredible musicians working off each other to perfection.Fortunately, thanks to YouTube user GratefuLSD25.5 and taper Ezra L, we have a full recording of all three soundcheck jams from last weekend! Tune in below, and prepare for some great musicianship.0:03 – 2016-09-02 – Soundcheck Friday (Mercury ~ Low Rider Jam ~ Camel Walk, Waiting All Night, Swingtown Jam)35:56 – 2016-09-03 SoundCheck Saturday (Dogs Stole Things, My Soul)49:43 – 2016-09-04 – Soundcheck Sunday (Dog Log, My Soul)last_img read more

first_imgThe home at 35 Constance Ct, Newport.THIS architecturally-designed, waterfront home is going under the hammer for the second time since it was built. Terry McGarry bought 35 Constance Crt, Newport, at auction by chance 17 years ago and has loved calling it home ever since. “I went along to the auction with some other people … and I ended up buying it,” he said. “When I told my wife I’d bought a house she said she quite liked the house we had, but I talked her around.“It’s been 17 years since then and a lot of fun with our three kids growing up there.”The north-facing, four-bedroom home is spread across two levels and has stunning canal views. On the ground floor there is an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area that flows out to the poolside entertaining area. The home has beautiful views out over the canal.Outside the covered entertainment area and swimming pool overlook the canal and there is a large, fenced front yard and a near-new pontoon. Mr McGarry said his favourite part of the home was the view from the upstairs bedrooms to the bay.“We look right towards the opening of the canals — it’s lovely when the morning sun comes across there,” he said. The property is being marketed by Adam Clark-Lynch from Kindred. The home will be auctioned on May 25 at 6pm. The living areas flows out to the poolside entertaining area.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The kitchen has stone benchtops, walk-in pantry and new Bosch dishwasher and oven. There is also a media room on the ground floor along with an office, the fourth bedroom, a laundry and a bathroom with a six-person cedar sauna. Upstairs is a huge north-facing master bedroom with walk-in robe, reading nook, ensuite with bathtub, shower and separate toilet, and a balcony with views over the swimming pool and canal. The two remaining bedrooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, water views and built-in robes. There is also a lounge room on the second floor and a family bathroom. last_img read more

first_imgLondero broke him, held at love and forced a tie-breaker, but Djokovic won five of the last six points thanks to Londero errors and then dominated the final set.“I want to congratulate Londero for showing a fighting spirit,” Djokovic said. “It was a real fight.”Five-time US Open winner Federer, who lost to Djokovic in last month’s epic Wimbledon final, started poorly but broke early in each of the last three sets and held serve to the end.“I buckled down and told myself I was going to hang tough and not get broken and that made a big difference,” Federer said.Next in Federer’s path is either French 25th seed Lucas Pouille or Britain’s 58th-ranked Dan Evans.– Nishikori, Barty win –Japanese seventh seed Kei Nishikori, the 2014 US Open runner-up, beat 108th-ranked American Bradley Klahn 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.Nishikori, who could face Federer in the quarter-finals, stumbled after seizing a 5-1 edge in the final set and needed five match points to win.“A little bit of lost focus after 5-1,” Nishikori said. “He started playing better too.”French Open champion Ashleigh Barty, the second seed from Australia, eliminated 73rd-ranked American Lauren Davis 6-2, 7-6 (7/2), saving a set point before dominating the tie-breaker.“I knew I was doing the right things,” Barty said. “It was just about execution. I’m glad I came through in the tie-breaker.”Czech third seed Karolina Pliskova, seeking her first Grand Slam title, ousted 202nd-ranked Georgian qualifier Mariam Bolkvadze 6-1, 6-4.Ukraine fifth seed Elina Svitolina defeated seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 and US 10th seed Madison Keys, the 2017 US Open runner-up, trounced China’s Zhu Lin 6-4, 6-1. Share on: WhatsApp Novak Djokovic fought through shoulder pain to reach the third round of the rain-hit US OpenNew York, United States | AFP | Top-ranked defending champion Novak Djokovic fought through shoulder pain to reach the third round of the rain-hit US Open on Wednesday while Roger Federer shook off another slow start to advance.Djokovic, winner of four of the past five Slam titles and 16 in all, was treated for a sore left shoulder throughout his 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 6-1 victory over Argentina’s 56th-ranked Juan Ignacio Londero.“It was definitely affecting my serve and backhand,” Djokovic said of his shoulder injury. “I was definitely tested.”Djokovic next faces 27th-seeded Serbian compatriot Dusan Lajovic or American Denis Kudla, but the injury casts grave doubts on his bid to be the first US Open repeat winner since Federer won from 2004-2008.“This is something I’ve been carrying for quite a while now,” Djokovic said. “It wasn’t easy to play with the pain, but you have to hope you will get some opportunities and some lucky shots.“It’s not the first time I’m facing this kind of adversity or challenge. It is what it is and I’m just grateful to be on the court.”Djokovic won’t play again until Friday and until then, “I’ll probably freeze my arm for 48 hours, not do anything with it and see what happens.”Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam winner seeking his first US Open crown since 2008, rallied to beat 99th-ranked Bosnian Damir Dzumhur 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4.The 38-year-old Swiss third seed, who also dropped the first set against Indian qualifier Sumit Nagal in his opener, answered the wake-up call after conceding the first set with 17 unforced errors.“When it happens like this, back-to-back matches, it’s just a bit frustrating more than anything, especially when the level is that low and there is that many errors and the energy is not kind of there,” Federer said. “But can only do better, which is a great thing moving forward.“I didn’t expect to hit 15 to 20 unforced errors, which is basically the entire set just sort of donated… I clearly have to play better from the get-go.”US eighth seed Serena Williams, seeking her 24th career Grand Slam title to match Margaret Court’s all-time record, faces 17-year-old US wildcard Caty McNally in a later match under the roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium.Only 10 of 32 singles matches were played as rain wiped out play except in enclosed stadiums, with Russian fifth seed Daniil Medvedev and three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka among those postponed to Thursday.“I definitely profit from everything I did in the game and my ranking to be put on center court on a day like this,” Federer said.Serbian star Djokovic broke on an errant Londero forehand to close the first set, then was broken twice in falling behind 3-0 in the second set only to win the next five games.“Somehow I managed to find my way back,” Djokovic said.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI) officially dedicated its newest greenhouse addition this past week, noting the top-of-the-line features and opportunities it looks to offer students and researchers.New and returning administrators, faculty, and all-around supporters of the Wooster campus turned out to welcome the long-awaited structure. Officials said it replaces hoop structures from a bygone era with features that keep ATI competitive in nursery management and other related majors.“It’s so important for us to provide these experiences to our students because then they go into industry so they need to be working with these state-of-the-art facilities,” said newly installed ATI Director Kristina Boone. “In addition, we have a new landscape construction building as well. One of the other things we’ve launched is we have a new greenhouse engineering technologies program. We have also just recently launched a bio-based, bioenergy program that’s also a two-year program and that will be accepting students this fall.Dean Cathann Kress, alongside students, cuts the ribbon at ATI greenhouse dedication ceremony.“I hope to grow even more. I think we have so many great opportunities, as we progress with our facilities, to look at more engineering, health and safety, environmental programs, as well as these wonderful hands-on opportunities.”The new greenhouse unit is made up of three chambers connected by a hallway with each having a unique focus. The first zone is known as a blackout house, having unique shading mechanisms that allow further custom control of the growth environment. Light regulation is important for certain plants, such as Poinsettias, which require a specific amount of sun to bring them into bloom.The second zone is a propagation house and the third area is mainly focused on hydroponics.Greenhouse manager Nathan Donley is particularly excited about the new mist system being employed.“Our environmental control system, Wadsworth Seeds, has settings that allow me to run my mist based on solar radiation,” Donley said. “So I can go in there and I can tell it that I want it to run a mist event every tenth of a mole. And then that will go in and it will cumulate it from the weather station we have on the corner of the greenhouse. Every time we hit that tenth of a mole, it will go through and create a mist event out in the greenhouse. Where that benefits me is that in Ohio, we can be sunny one minute, we can be cloudy the next minute, we could have snow the next minute, and then it could rain. With that running off of solar and not just solely time-based, it will make those adjustments automatically and I don’t have to be standing at the computer all the time putting in new time intervals.”Listen to the full interview with Donley.Nathan Donley, OSU ATI Greenhouse Manager 5-9-17Donley and Boone weren’t the only Buckeyes singing the praises of the greenhouse. The new Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, Cathann Kress, also spoke on the event. It’s been a busy couple of weeks to the start of Kress’ involvement at Ohio State, having officially started the job on May 1 and since then, attended two graduations and numerous other college activities.“The research being done both here at Wooster and down in Columbus are incredibly important to not only agriculture, but the peripheral and related industries,” Kress said. “So we really need to stay at the forefront of that work.“This greenhouse is very important. One because of the state-of-the-art technology that it brings. And in our portfolio of offerings that we have for our students, we always want to be at the forefront making sure that students are going to get the cutting edge and that when they leave us, they’re going to be able to step into the workplace and really be able to bring to that workplace the most technological savviness that is possible. So having a greenhouse like this is very important so that those students will have had hands-on experience getting to use this type of greenhouse, getting able to participate in the types of propagation that are and other things that are happening here.“We want to make sure our students have the hands-on experiences with that so when they walk out the door, they really are going to be able to bring to the workplace that level.”last_img read more

first_imgMonday, June 8, 2009CONTACT:Jerelyn Wilson802-257-7300 ext. [email protected], VT (June 8, 2009)—BuildingGreen LLC, the parent company behind GreenBuildingAdvisor.com, today announced a partnership with the NAHB National Green Building Program (NAHBGreen,) , the green building advocacy arm of the nation’s leading home builder association.This work brings together an independent source of residential green building information with one of the leading national residential green building programs. GreenBuildingAdvisor.com’s highly respected resources on green building will be the teaching platform for the advanced building science course, a key component of the curriculum for NAHB’s new Master Green Builder Remodeler designation.“It’s really gratifying to have GreenBuildingAdvisor.com selected as the source for the building science information for the NAHB Master Green Builder Remodeler (MGBR) Designation,” said Peter Yost, Director of Residential Services for BuildingGreen. “This means that all of our rich content—the Green Building Encyclopedia, the detailed Green Home case studies, and more than a thousand construction details—will be at the fingertips of students who wish to learn advanced green building principles as they connect key building concepts with real-world examples.”Two features make GreenBuildingAdvisor an especially appropriate choice for the MGBR program. First, both instructors and students can “build” course content using the “my GBA” project file folder tool, and second, the course material will continuously expand and deepen as new content is added by the GreenBuildingAdvisor team, which includes 15 nationally recognized green building experts.Don Ferrier of Ferrier Homes in Ft. Worth, Texas is a leading member of the NAHB Green Building Subcommittee working with NAHB and BuildingGreen on this new program. “I am very impressed with the GBA website,” says Ferrier. “Its depth and breadth is a good fit for the new Master Green Builder Remodeler designation, building substantially on the Certified Green Professional program.”NAHB is planning to offer the new Advanced two-day class in early 2010.For more information, visit http://www.nahbgreen.org/.About BuildingGreenBuildingGreen, LLC, at www.BuildingGreen.com, has provided the building industry with quality information on sustainable design and construction since its founding in 1985. Publications of the Brattleboro, Vermont company include Environmental Building News, the GreenSpec¯ Directory, and the residential design and construction resource GreenBuildingAdvisor.com. For information, visit www.BuildingGreen.com or call 802-257-7300.About the NAHB Green Building ProgramThe NAHB Green Building Program helps move the practice of green building into the mainstream, increasing the incorporation of energy efficiency, water and resource conservation, sustainable or recycled products, and indoor air quality in the everyday process of home building. The program includes the ANSI-approved ICC-700-2008 National Green Building Standard (NGBS), the NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines, the National Green Building Conference, and the Certified Green Professional designation. For additional information visit http://www.nahbgreen.org/ or call 877-624-2476.Media Contacts:Peter Yost, [email protected] Riedy, [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgAndy Mees, a video editor and post production tool maker, has just released three useful plugins for your favorite video editing application.There’s been a slew of new third party plugins and filters to hit the market since the launch of FCPX (due in part no doubt to the relative ease of building these in Apple Motion).  Although these effects are useful for adding style and pizazz to your video editing projects, it’s nice to see a unique set of new plugins that focus on editing utlity.  Andy Mees’ new plugins fit the bill.  Not only that, they’re free.Each of these FREE video editing plugins is now avaliable as a free download through FXFactory and can be used in Final Cut Pro 7, Final Cut Pro X, Apple Motion, Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects.Andy is active on Twitter and blogs often about video editing related topics.  Follow him here.A bit about each of the free plugins…Andy’s Region ToolA simple masking tool that allows you to only effect a certain area in the video frame.  Useful for creating vignettes, spotlighting action or selectively sharpening.Andy’s Elastic AspectGot 4:3 footage (or another ‘odd’ aspect ratio) that you need to put in a 16:9 frame?  This plugin will do it without having to enlarge the entire clip to fit.  See it in action here:Andy’s Safe GuidesAn easy to use set of video editing safe guide overlays so you can see what part of your image will actually be seen when distributed.Thanks to FCP.co, a great FCPX online resource, for the tip on these free and useful plugins!last_img read more

first_imgIt was one of those days when the script went horribly wrong for the hosts. And in the end, Malaysia beat India 3-1 to retain the gold medal in the badminton team championships at the Siri Fort Sports Complex here on Friday.Saina Nehwal’s hard fought 24-26, 21-17, 21-14 win over Wong Mew Chew proved to be the only silver lining for the hosts.The Indians got off to a disastrous start when the duo of Jwala Gutta and Velliavetil Diju went down to the Malaysian pair of Koo Kien Keat and Chin Ee Hui 21-14, 10-21, 21-10 in the mixed doubles.Diju-Jwala’s loss virtually killed India’s hopes as the Indian think tank had banked upon this duo to win a point.Jwala and Diju were not at their best in the first game which they lost 14-21. The second game proved to be a different story as Diju got his smashes working. Buoyed by the partisan crowd the Indian pair raised the level of their game to win the second 21-10.However, in the decider it was Koo and Chin who were the sharper pair as they came up with a series of amazing retrievals to seal the final game 21-10.In the second singles, Periapalli Kashyap gave his heart out but had to bow to the experience of the world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei.The talented Hyderabadi smashed and dribbled with elan as the crowd got behind him.It was Kashyap who led for major part of the opening game.advertisementTaking the shuttle early, he fooled Lee with his wristy flicks and flat retrievals which caught the Malaysian on the wrong foot.It was only the greater experience of the world No. 1 which saw him prevail in the first game. Realising the fact that his smashes were not working, he slowed down things and resorted to the drop and toss game. These change of tactics caught Kashyap totally by surprise and he went on to lose the game 18- 21.The second game proved to be a one sided affair as Lee stepped up the pace and went on to wrap up the match 21-7.Meanwhile, Saina had to dig deep before overcoming the challenge of Wong Mee Chow.The Malaysian stunned the capacity crowd by winning the opening game 26 24.But the world No. 2 showed her class in the second game when she made Wong move all over the court before scoring with her patent smashes. Despite the best efforts of the Wong it was Saina who won 21-17.The decider saw Saina at her best as she went on to win 21-14.”She (Wong) played very well.Also I felt the drift was affecting my game. But I tightened my game in the second and third games. It was a big relief to win,” she said.last_img read more