Tajik reporter’s assailants get nothing more than fines

first_img TajikistanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityFreedom of expressionViolence #CollateralFreedom: RSF unblocks eight sites censored during pandemic News TajikistanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityFreedom of expressionViolence May 14, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Tajikistan imposes total control over independent broadcast media Journalist loses accreditation over report about Tajikistan’s president to go further News Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Tajikistan Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) hails the identification of three men who physically attacked a Tajik website reporter last week but deplores a court’s decision to fine them for nothing more than “misconduct” instead of trying them for “obstruction of a journalist’s professional activities.”At a trial held on 2 June, a Khuroson district court imposed fines of around 50 euros on each of the three men, who pleaded guilty to the administrative charge of misconduct for attacking Avazmad Gurbatov. A reporter for the Asia-Plus independent online newspaper, Gurbatov is better known by the pen-name of Abdullo Gurbati.The assault took place on 29 May when Gurbati went to cover a mudslide in Khatlon province, south of the capital, Dushanbe. He said the three men accosted him in a car as soon as he arrived, before he had time to begin interviewing victims of the catastrophe. Using crude language, they told him to stop provoking them, and then they attacked him physically.“Hitting a journalist and preventing him from working is a crime under article 162 of the criminal code, so we support Abdullo Gurbati’s lawyer, who wants to appeal against this ridiculous conviction,” said Jeanne Cavelier, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.“The sentences will contribute to a climate of impunity that encourages journalists to censor themselves, although the freedom to inform is theoretically guaranteed by the Tajik constitution and international treaties. We call on the competent authorities to retry this attack as an ‘obstruction of a journalist’s professional activities’.”Gurbati was subjected to a government smear campaign before the trial. In a statement published on 30 May, the interior minister accused him of “provoking the resentment of residents” and “provoking a conflict” by entering their homes uninvited and meddling in their private lives.This was the second physical attack on the 23-year-old reporter in the space of three weeks. He was beaten by masked men in Dushanbe on 11 May after being threatened in phone calls and on social media. In recent months he has been covering Tajikistan’s coronavirus outbreak, the existence of which was denied by the authorities until 30 April.Other journalists working for independent media outlets, such as Rajabi Mirzo and Daler Sharipov, have been attacked by unidentified assailants in the past 20 years.Ranked 161st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index, Tajikistan has fallen 45 places since 2015, above all because of massive online censorship and harassment of the few independent journalists who are still trying to work. November 6, 2020 Find out more August 25, 2020 Find out more News Organisation Credit : Asia-Plus June 4, 2020 Tajik reporter’s assailants get nothing more than fineslast_img read more

LIGHTING THE WORLD: LDS initiative celebrates Christ’s birth

first_img Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Sponsored Content Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… LIGHTING THE WORLD: LDS initiative celebrates Christ’s birth By The Penny Hoarder Skip Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By Jaine Treadwell Jesus fed the hungry and Hansen and Burbidge have helped at the Pike County Salvation Army Service in different ways, including assisting with the food pantry.“Our plans were to help with the Turkeys from Heaven program, but that conflicted a  scheduled event,” Burbidge said. “Jesus ministered to children and we helped with the Toys for Tots project that provides Christmas for children that probably would not have gifts at Christmas time.”The missionaries have worked with the Pike County Chamber of Commerce doing different chores around the office and, therefore, giving the staff more time to conduct chamber business.“Jesus prayed and worshiped his Father and read the scriptures and we continue to do that, of course,” Hansen said. “We look for the things that Jesus did in service to others so that we might do the same kinds of things.” Book Nook to reopen Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ “Light the World” Christmas initiative is a global effort celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ and is an encouragement to people to serve others during the Christmas season.Zach Hansen and Preston Burbidge, missionaries to the Troy area, said they are responding to the effort by being examples and lights in 25 ways over 25 days. “Jesus was a Light in the world in so many ways and we are following His example in an effort to serve as He did,” Hansen said. “Jesus lifted the burdens of others. We are serving by visiting with people who are sick and lonely in an effort to lift their burdens.”Burbidge said he and Hansen have found ways in and around Troy to be of service to others during the “Light the World” initiative.“We walked around town and looked for ways to be of service, like the way Jesus did,” he said. “We have raked leaves for those who couldn’t do the work themselves. We fixed a fence for a farmer who needed help. The more you look, the more ways you can find to be of service.” Email the author Published 3:00 am Saturday, December 24, 2016 Print Article Around the WebIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel In their efforts to bring light into the world by serving others, the missionaries said they have found that many people are lonely and desire the comfort that comes for something as simple as conversation.“Some people just need somebody to talk with,” Burbidge said. “Jesus made time for others, so can we. We visited the Troy Nutrition Center and spent time talking with the people there. It seemed to brighten their day and it did ours as well.”The missionaries said simple acts of kindness can mean so much to those who are lonely or sad and dejected. During the 25 days of the Light the World Christmas initiative, Hansen and Burbidge said they have committed themselves to being an example of Jesus’ service and a light to others. “We have come to know Jesus Christ better by doing what He did,” Hansen said.  “We want to serve others as Jesus did. If Jesus found ways every day to serve others, so can we.”Google “Light the World” to learn more about the Christmas initiative and to find encouragement to be a Light in the world.The missionaries can be reached at 334-434-9092. You Might Like Arts, education community mourn loss Eloise Kirk’s death on Thursday left hearts deeply saddened and a void in the educational and arts communities that cannot… read more Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Latest Storieslast_img read more

Saltire Patisserie to sell pies and tarts via delivery service

first_imgCatering firm Saltire Patisserie has made packs of its hand-finished treats available direct to the public.From this month, the Edinburgh-based business has adapted its operations as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, launching a delivery and click-and-collect service.Established in 2006 as Saltire Hospitality, the business described itself as the only caterer in Scotland to have its own patisserie and bakery.It supplies bakery items, desserts and associated products to major hotel chains, restaurants, cafés and public shows, such as Gardening Scotland and The Royal Highland Show, and is particularly known for its strawberry tarts and steak pies.Following the lockdown and the closure of many restaurants, cafés and events, the company has modified its offer and, this month, officially launched Saltire Patisserie To You.The range includes The Bread & Patisserie Breakfast Box and the Treat Box for Two, and Saltire plans to change its offering on a regular basis.Many bakery businesses have adapted and found new ways of trading during the coronavirus outbreak. For more on such activity see our feature here.last_img read more

Salina Speedway offers special ticket opportunity to Bombers fans

first_imgBy Dusty WiegertSALINA, Kan. (March 29) – Today’s news spread fast that the Salina Bombers were closing their doors early this season and dissolving the team effective immediately.As a result of the final home game this season being canceled (May 30), the Salina Speedway will offer one free adult grandstand admission to any fan presenting a ticket to that game when arriving at the speedway ticket window on Friday, June 5.The night’s racing program will feature the BSB Manufacturing NeSmith Late Models, 1st Class Chassis IMCA Modifieds, Coors Light IMCA Stock Cars, Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Northern SportMods, Auto House Mod Lites, and Budweiser IMCA Hobby Stocks.Admission prices are $10 for adults, while kids 15 and under are always free. Seniors also get a discount of $5, while all military, both current and retired, also always get in free. Pit passes are $25.Pit gates open at 5 p.m. with grandstand gates opening at 5:30 p.m. Cars hit the track for hot laps at 7:15 p.m. with racing to follow.last_img read more

Three New Physicians Join Providence Medical Group

first_imgDr. Potosek is now seeing patients at the Providence Regional Cancer System facilities in Lewis County and Lacey.Board certified in internal, hospice and palliative medicine, she is a graduate of Drexel University College of Medicine and did her internship and residence and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Her specialties include medical oncology and hematology.For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Potosek, in Thurston County call, 360-754-3934; in Lewis County call, 360-330-8939. Dr. Clay is now accepting patients at Providence East Olympia Family Medicine.Board certified in family medicine, she is a graduate of Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, and did her internship and residence at Madigan Army Medical Center in Fort Lewis.  She is experienced in the full spectrum of family medicine, including women’s health, pediatrics, and young adult to elderly care. She is experience in the care of military families, and was named the Family Medicine Faculty of the Year winner in 2011-2012 at Ft. Benning Martin Army Community Hospital.For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Clay, call 360-486-6777. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Providence Medical GroupThree providers joined the Providence Medical Group this month – Jamie Potosek, MD; Melissa Purtteman, MD; and Emily Clay, MD, FAAFP.Dr. Purtteman is now accepting patients at Providence St. Peter Family Medicine.She is a graduate of The Ohio State University and did her residency in Olympia. She believes a strong physician/patient relationship, with continued study and research, leads to providing the highest quality medical care.  Her medical interests include the full scope of family medicine, including obstetrics, procedures and end-of-life care.For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Purtteman, call 360-493-7230.last_img read more

Chelsea v Maccabi Tel Aviv: Terry, Costa, Matic and Ivanovic out, defender makes debut

first_imgChelsea have left skipper John Terry, Diego Costa, Nemanja Matic and Branislav Ivanovic out of their side for their opening Champions League tie with Maccabi Tel Aviv.Abdul Baba Rahman makes his debut for the Blues at left-back, with Cesar Azpilicueta switching to right-back.Ruben Loftus-Cheek makes his first Champions League start in midfield alongside Cesc Fabregas, with Oscar restored to the line-up.In Costa’s absence, Loic Remy is the lone striker as Radamel Falcao is resting a knock.Chelsea: Begovic; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Cahill (c), Baba Rahman; Loftus-Cheek, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Remy.Subs: Blackman, Terry, Ivanovic, Ramires, Matic, Traore, Diego Costa.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

NCS Playoffs: St. Bernard’s volleyball opens with straight-set win over Patten Academy

first_imgEUREKA >> The postseason run has begun for the senior-heavy St. Bernard’s volleyball team, and its quest to make it back to the Division VI state tournament has taken a step in the right direction.The Crusaders swept Patten Academy of Oakland in straight sets (25-8, 25-16 and 25-23) in the first round of the North Coast Section Division VI playoffs at Crusader Gymnasium on Wednesday night.For one of seven seniors, middle hitter Betsy Brown, just being in the playoffs in her last year of high …last_img

Richard Sherman, 49ers defense limp away wounded by Chiefs

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this video on your mobile device.)KANSAS CITY — Richard Sherman walked out of the 49ers locker room in an orthopedic boot, doing so after a left-calf injury flared up and forced him out of Sunday’s 38-27 loss by halftime.That was one of many sad sights among the 49ers defense against the high-scoring Chiefs.Sherman will undergo an MRI on Monday on his lower leg, in which he had bone spurs removed this past winter; it was a torn right Achilles last …last_img

5 Tech Companies Investested in Today: Which Will Change the World?

first_imgTags:#web Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting leela cyd ross In today’s lineup of companies that earned venture capital funding, we’ve got a site to manage buying and selling tickets to a large or small event, a mobile network focused on growing in developing parts of the world and a video production system for editing HD and standard definition video, among several others. As usual, we’re curious about which company you think will impact our lives the most? And, read on to find out about Friday’s poll winner.Friday’s Poll winner was RadiumOne, garnering %14 of participating RWW readers’ vote. RadiumOne, a digital advertising network which uses social analytics and data to target consumers, raised $21m on Friday. Today’s Companies:Pittsburg-based event-ticketing company, ShowClix, raised $1.65m in a Series B round of funding today. The aim of this company is to provide a ticketing platform for mid to large size promoters, venues and organizers for sales and management.Altobridge, a mobile network focused on emerging markets in developing parts of the world,raised $12m. Broadcast Pix Inc., a Massachusetts-based video-production equipment manufacturer, raised $810,000, according to an SEC filing. Digitili provider of online storage, raised $1.2m today, according to an SEC filing. UpNext Wireless sells an array of mobile devices, with a focus on bringing telecommunication technology to the people of the Hawaiian Islands. UpNext Wireless raised $556,800, according to an SEC filing.We want to know which company you think will change the world, place your vote in the poll below.center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Tourists throng Goa’s Curdi village that remains submerged for 11 months in a year

first_imgCurdi, a small village in Goa known for its scenic beaches and Portuguese-era structures, is attracting tourists this season for a different reason. Though the village remains submerged under dam water in the rest of the year, in the month of May, it would rise above the water level, making it visible. Tourists as well as the original inhabitants of the village would visit the place during May, when water recedes exposing the village and ruins of an old Lord Shiva temple to the outer world. Locals host a traditional festival in the temple’s remnants, much to the delight of domestic and foreign visitors. Once the monsoon rains pick up, the low-lying village gets submerged, making those displaced sad again. Nestled amid the Western Ghats in South Goa district, Curdi was once a flourishing village bustling with over 600 families. However, its natives agreed to “sacrifice” their homes in late 1970s when then Chief Minister Dayanand Bandodkar announced construction of a dam on the Selaulim river flowing nearby, an old local resident told PTI. As per official records, the dam construction started in 1976 and was completed in 2000. Prakash Kurdikar (60), who was earlier a resident of Curdi, recalled that by 1986, the village started going under water.“It was an emotional moment for the villagers who sacrificed their homes for the sake of Goa. It is the greatest sacrifice anyone can make,” he said. Its residents were rehabilitated in the nearby Vadden and Valkini villages.State Water Resources Department’s executive engineer K.K. Ravindran said streams around the village have started getting filled up due to the pre-monsoon showers.“If it rains properly for 10 days, then the village would be submerged. It will be visible only after 11 months next year,” he said. This year, the monsoon has been delayed in Goa and the rains have started picking up now, he said.“So, if it rains for next seven days, then by the end of this month, Curdi will disappear,” Mr. Ravindran said, adding that the village is located 5km away from the catchment area of Selaulim dam. Locals claim that before getting submerged, the village turns into an island for a few hours and then slowly disappears under water.last_img read more