Journalists on hunger strike in protest against press freedom violations

first_img Help by sharing this information News AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh News April 3, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists on hunger strike in protest against press freedom violations June 4, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Azerbaijan Receive email alerts April 9, 2021 Find out more Organisation center_img Reporters Without Borders supports the hunger strike that a group of journalists have been staging for the past week in protest against violations of free expression and the imprisonment of three of their colleagues. Human rights activists and opposition politicians have joined in the protest, which was launched by imprisoned newspaper editor Eynulla Fatullayev on 26 March.The press freedom organisation hopes the authorities will heed their call for the release of all political prisoners, including journalists. The hunger strikers are also calling on international organisations such as the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the Council of Europe (of which a delegation is currently in Baku until 5 April) to intercede and help to put a stop to violations of free expression in Azerbaijan.“We regret that journalists have been driven to this extreme in order to draw the outside world’s attention to the constant persecution of the press and we urge the international community’s representatives to raise this issue in each of their meetings with Azerbaijani representatives and to remind them of the undertakings their country gave when it joined the Council of Europe and OSCE in 1992 and 2001.”The editor of the opposition dailies Gundalik Azerbaijan and Realny Azerbaijan, Fatullayev was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison in October 2007. He began his hunger strike in his cell on 26 March to demand the reexamination of his case and to demand the release of Ganimat Zahidov, the editor of the daily Azadlig, who was sentenced to four years in prison on 7 March, and the release of Sakit Zahidov, an Azadlig reporter who was sentenced to three years in prison in October 2006.Journalists with the newspapers Yeni Musavat, Gundalik Azerbaijan and Bizim Yol are among those who have joined the hunger strike. Human rights activists such as Arzu Abdullayeva and politicians such as Liberal Party president Avaz Temrikhan and Popular Front party vice-president Fuad Mustafayev are now also on hunger strike. RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan News June 8, 2021 Find out more to go further News “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia RSF_en last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: Swift Technique Premieres New Music Video For Latest Single, “Reason To Be”

first_imgSwift Technique, Philadelphia’s self-described “fiery funk extravaganza,” is sprinting into their ninth year at full speed. With the powerhouse vocal tandem of Chelsea ViaCava and Nik Greeley backed by the group’s bombastic horns, thunderous bass and drums, and driving guitar and keys, Swift Tech’s live performances are unmatched in energy, musicianship, and pure feel-good fun. Plus, with their recent appearance on the award winning Netflix series, Orange is the New Black, Swift Technique is commanding national attention.PREMIERE: Swift Technique Defines Contemporary Funk With “Lucky Bump” Music VideoIn the last year, the nine-piece outfit’s unique blend of funk, soul, rock, and hip-hop, along with their relentless showmanship including more dance moves than you can shake a booty at, has propelled the group into their most successful period to date. The band has already made waves with the release of their single “Lucky Bump” and the Soul Train-style music video that came along with it.Recently, the band also a second single, “Reason To Be,” off their latest studio effort. Says trombone player Ian Gray, “‘Reason To Be’ is an inspirational soul anthem with vocal performances that will surely uplift your spirit and put a smile on your face. Never getting too far from their roots, the tune also features the band’s signature tight horns and heavy funk-rock riffs. The message of this track can’t be denied and fits right alongside all the classic soul songs it draws influence from.”Today, Live For Live Music is excited to premiere the new video for Swift Technique’s “Reason To Be.” You can check out the video below. You can see a list of upcoming Swift Technique tour dates below. For more information, or to purchase tickets, head to the band’s website. Plus, keep an eye out for Swift Technique’s upcoming New Year’s and 10th anniversary plans, which will be announced in coming weeks.Upcoming Swift Technique Performances:7/28 Camden, NJ – XPonential Music Fest8/12 Fairfield, CT  – The Warehouse at FTC *8/26 Boston, MA  Rocks – On Concert Cruise10/7 King of Prussia, PA – KOP BeerFest Royale* – with Lettucelast_img read more

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Berbice Zone Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’

first_imgEast vs West to decide the best of BerbiceIN a classic case of East versus West, Berbicians on both sides of the river will have the opportunity to see which side of the divide will come away with bragging rights when the final of this year’s Berbice Zone of the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ competition kicks off this evening at the New Amsterdam Ferry Stelling.Defending champions Trafalgar are still strong favourites to retain their crown, but East Berbice teams, New Amsterdam Kings and East Bank Gunners, will want to have a say in disrupting their reign at the top.Champs Trafalgar will first have to get past Lichfield in the first semi-final, while NA Kings will face East Bank Gunners in the other encounter. The winners will then meet in the final.All four semi-finalists have displayed impressive form to date and while predicting which two teams will survive the respective semi-finals, fans are virtually assured of two riveting games, before the championship showdown.Trafalgar have players the quality of Kevin Layne, Olvis Mitchell and Delwyn Fraser to lead their quest for a final spot, while the same could be said of Lichfield, whose pursuit of victory will be spearheaded by Allan Garnett, Shelton George and Carlos Grant.In the other semi-final, Kings will be hoping that Quinn Hazel and Jamal Butts produce the kind of performances that will result in victory.Conversely, East Bank Gunners’ quest for a place in the final will depend on how well Sherwin Nicholson and Joseph Giddings combine in offence.The winning team will receive $300 000 and the championship trophy, while second-, third- and fourth-place finishers will take home $150 000, $100 000 and $75 000 respectively.It is expected that a number of Banks DIH officials, along with media representatives, will be on hand to witness the final of this year’s tournament.The other sponsor on board is Colours Boutique of Robb Street.last_img read more

SBC’s on the ball: Reds set to top the Deloitte Football Money League

first_img From sponsorship to the ever-expanding world of football media coverage, when it comes to the business of football, SBC has you covered. This edition breaks down the financial results of Manchester United, and looks at why the amount of football broadcast on television will almost certainly increase.____________________Record revenue and record costs in latest Manchester United financial results Announcing financial results for the 2018 fiscal first quarter, Manchester United revealed not only record incoming revenue, but also record outgoing costs. Heavily aided by a return to the Champion’s League, United recorded an increase in TV rights revenue which increased by 31 percent to £38.1m.Staggeringly, the revenue of United in just the first quarter of the financial year was greater than the yearly revenue recorded by five Premier League teams. Furthermore, the transfer spend of the club has increased rapidly since the departure of legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson, with United spending more in the four years since the Scotsman’s departure, than they did in the 27 years he was at the helm. In the corresponding results of last year, the Brexit vote had played a key part in the club’s increasing levels of debt. However, in the latest set of results the club reported that the debt fell to £268.1m, a 20.6 per cent decrease compared to the same period in 2016, down from £558.9 million when the Glazer family first brought the club, although it shouldn’t be disregarded that the figure reached a peak high of almost £800 million in 2015, something that at the time sparked mass protests amongst the club’s fans. United also retained status as a dominant force in social media, reporting an 11% increase in overall social media interactions and remaining as the most interacted with club on Twitter,  with 16.5m likes and retweets in this period. Following on from the release of the results, United extended the already extensive portfolio of partners the club boasts, with the announcement of its 65th official club partnership, with Melitta becoming the Red Devils official European coffee partner.Extending the football feast to Saturday nightAfter a unanimous agreement by the League’s chairmen, within the next Premier League broadcasting deal the number of games shown live on TV is likely to increase from 168 to a possible 210 games, with the the league contemplating the idea of Saturday night football. The expansion means the Premier League will almost certainly strengthen its spot as the richest league in the World, with it having already confirming to Ofcom that the number of games would increase to at least 190 as part of the next deal. The meeting that led to the agreement over the increase in games broadcast represents the first time that all 20 Premier League clubs have come together since the dispute over whether the big six should be granted a greater share of foreign TV money. Price of Football proving problematic for young fans, BBC study findsA Price of Football study, conducted by the BBC, found that four in five young football fans viewed cost as an obstacle to attending football matches in the UK – despite the fact that the majority of ticket prices have either been frozen or reduced.BBC Sport asked more than 200 clubs across the country for information on ticket prices and found almost two thirds of price categories have been reduced or remained the same across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.In a separate poll, 1000 18-24 year-old UK-based fans were asked how they engage with football, with 82% claiming the cost of tickets was an obstacle to them going to more matches.PSG chairman implicated in ongoing FIFA trialParis Saint Germain Chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi was in secretive negotiations to take over a sports marketing company accused of paying football officials millions of dollars in bribes, a federal court in New York heard on Tuesday.It was revealed that Al-Khelaifi was in negotiations to buy out the firm, but the deal was abandoned after the owners had been indicted in the US after a dramatic police raid on their Zurich hotel.The trial began on 14 December, with three former South American football officials accused of corruption as part of a major US inquiry. The men – Jose Maria Marin, Juan Ángel Napout and Manuel Burga – have been charged with racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering.Everton outlines ambitious new stadium plansAfter securing a 200 year lease for the land at Bramley Moore Dock, Everton look set to go ahead with plans to build a new  state-of-the-art 50,000 seat stadium. A statement on Thursday stated: “Everton Stadium Development Limited (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Everton Football Club) and Peel Land and Property (Ports) Limited have formally signed an agreement for the Club to lease land at Bramley Moore Dock, Liverpool Waters.“The lease, which is conditional upon gaining planning consent for the proposed new stadium and securing funding for its construction, will run for a period of 200 years at a peppercorn rent.“The signing of the agreement is a significant milestone in the project and means Everton effectively now controls the land upon which a new stadium would be built. This follows several years of searching for a new site and is the culmination of an exhaustive search across the city.”_________________The Betting industry’s relationship with Football and its wider stakeholders will be discussed at the ‘Betting on Football 2018’ (#bofcon2018) conference. Click on the below banner for more information… Share Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 Related Articles GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

Modric tipped to pip French stars to Ballon d’Or and end Ronaldo and Messi era

first_imgParis, France | AFP | The winner of the 2018 Ballon d’Or will be revealed at a glittering ceremony in Paris on Monday evening, with Croatia’s Luka Modric and a host of French World Cup winners all hoping to finally end the 10-year duopoly of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.Ronaldo and Messi have dominated the award for the last decade, claiming it five times each, but the expectation is that a new name will be read out as this year’s winner at just after 10pm (2100 GMT) at the Grand Palais, just off the Champs-Elysees.While Ronaldo won another Champions League with Real Madrid in a typically prolific year, and Messi continues to mesmerise for Barcelona, both are now in their 30s and neither really stamped their authority on the World Cup in Russia.That could be crucial. As FIFA president Gianni Infantino said recently: “You could give the Ballon d’Or to half the France team for what they did at the World Cup.”Six members of the France side that triumphed in Russia are among the 30 nominees for the award, which is organised by France Football magazine and voted for by 180 journalists from around the world.Among them are Paris Saint-Germain’s dazzling teenage forward Kylian Mbappe, Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann and Madrid’s Champions League-winning defender Raphael Varane. Hugo Lloris, Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante are also in the running.The last Frenchman to win the Ballon d’Or was Zinedine Zidane in 1998, on the back of France’s World Cup victory on home soil that year.– New women’s award –But perhaps the lack of one standout French candidate has cleared the path for Modric, who heroically helped drag his country to the World Cup final before being beaten by France in Moscow.The 33-year-old was also brilliant in the Real side that retained their Champions League crown for the second year running, and the Spanish club would love to see him succeed 2016 and 2017 winner Ronaldo, who has since left the Bernabeu for Juventus. Club influences aside, Modric would be a worthy winner, even if he lacks the incredible statistics of Ronaldo and Messi.Recent evidence also goes in favour of the little playmaker, who won the Golden Ball for the best player at the World Cup before claiming UEFA’s prize for player of the season and FIFA’s best player award in September, beating Mohamed Salah and Ronaldo to the latter.“Modric is an exceptional player. He has shown that throughout his career, not just at Real but also at his former clubs and with his country,” said Real coach Santiago Solari of a player who grew up during Croatia’s independence war.“He must have grown up in a very hard context and I wonder if that helped him to have the character he has.”With Modric emerging as the most likely winner, France coach Didier Deschamps was even asked this weekend if his country’s World Cup triumph could be somehow devalued by the lack of a Ballon d’Or to go alongside it.“I don’t want to get into that debate. I don’t vote. I just hope it is a Frenchman. Whoever wins it will deserve too,” he said.In any case, the gala — which will be presented by a former France player in David Ginola — will include a prize for the best player aged under 21, the Kopa Trophy.Mbappe, who turns 20 later this month, seems a certain winner of that award, voted for by 33 living former Ballon d’Or winners.There is also now a women’s Ballon d’Or prize, voted for by 45 journalists. The 15 nominees include seven players from Lyon, the Champions League winners, and Brazil great Marta, who won the recent FIFA prize.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Olympia Resident Contributes To New Edition Of Alice In Wonderland

first_imgOrcas Island, WA, July 23, 2012 –   It was July 4, 1862, and Charles Dodgson, known to us as Lewis Carroll, was on a boating party that set out from Oxford, traveling to Godstow.  The party included three little girls, one of whom was named Alice.  As the person in charge of entertainment, Dodgson decided to tell one of his imaginative stories.  Dodgson created a world set in a fairyland full of magic and danger.  Alice was so captivated by the story that she later asked him to write it down for her, and Alice in Wonderland was born.Coinciding with the 150th anniversary, eNotated Classics is releasing a sesquicentennial edition, The eNotated Alice in Wonderland, though in a format that Lewis Carroll would never have dreamed of, an enhanced ebook.  This edition has been “eNotated” by Pam Sowers, and contains notes from scholars and critics as well as illustrations crafted by Sir John Tenniel, the first illustrator of both Alice books, supplemented by later artists.“The idea is to make classic literature more accessible by using e-book technology, which adds an additional layer of information,” said John Ashenhurst, President of eNotated Classics. “No one else is doing this.” He came up with the idea while reading James Joyce’s Ulysses in e-book format.  It was awkward to go back and forth between web-searches on a laptop and his KindlePam Sowers is a free-lance writer and researcher living in Olympia, Washington. The E-Notated Alice in Wonderland is her first book, although she has written many magazine and newsletter articles.“This book is for adults as well as children.  Alice in Wonderland is not simply a sweet children’s story set in dreamland.  It is much more complex.  Themes include death, racism, politics, anger, confusion, logic and women’s role.  Carroll wrote in a world controlled by Victorian sensibilities,” Sowers says.Sowers hope is that by reading Alice, the reader will be able to, for a while, become a child again.The eNotated Alice in Wonderland is available at,, and more at Facebook5Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Comedy Event to Assist The FoodBank

first_imgLocal comedian Kevin Israel will host a comedy benefit at Park East Restaurant, 3352 State Route 35 in Hazlet, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, to help The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.The FoodBank has been operational since the day after Super Storm Sandy, providing more than 33,000 meals in the first four days after the storm, when most other member pantries and agencies were unable to provide assistance due to power outages or flooding. Since the storm struck, The FoodBank has distributed food for more than 1 million meals, including hot meals prepared in the organization’s kitchen, military rations (MREs), shelf stable food, disaster boxes, and fresh and frozen items for organizations cooking for victims and rescue workers.“I grew up in Monmouth County and I live here now, this storm really affected everyone but we all came together so quickly to help one another,” said Israel who has been performing stand up for over 12 years. “I’ve worked with The FoodBank in other capacities and I know how much immediate good they do. This benefit will help them continue to assist those who need it the most in the coming months.“Everyone could use a laugh after the past few weeks and we’ve assembled an incredible group of comics. As soon as I approached Park East with the idea of a comedy benefit show, the folks there were immediately receptive,” Israel said. “We have Robin Fox from NickMom Night Out, Chris Covert who recently performed with Artie Lange at the Count Basie Theatre and Joseph Anthony, a finalist on TV’s Last Comic Standing. These are all Jersey comics and they’re all donating their time for this show.”Tickets are $25. Reserva­tions and additional information are available by calling (732) 739-2002 or contacting Israel at [email protected] read more

Proline host Dove FC as FUFA Big League continues

first_imgProline defeated Kireka 2-1 in their last gameFUFA Big league (Match Day 5):Thursday, 29th November 2018 Matches:Rwenzori Group:Proline Vs Dove – Star Times Stadium, LugogoKabale Sharp Vs Kiboga Young – Kabale Municipal StadiumKireka United Vs Kira United – Mandela National StadiumKitara Vs Bumate United – Kigaya Ground, HoimaElgon Group:Entebbe F.C Vs Doves All Stars – Mutesa II Wankulukuku StadiumKyetume Vs Bukedea Town Council – Mukono Bishops play groundNebbi Central Vs Amuka Bright Stars – Nebbi play groundKataka Vs UPDF – CRO Stadium, MbaleLight S.S Vs JMC Hippos – Amuria High School play groundLUGOGO – Proline FC will host Masindi based side, Dove FC at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo as the FUFA Big League resumes on Thursday afternoon.Shafick Bisaso’s side who are bidding to make an instant return to the Uganda Premier League after relegation last season, have been impressive so far, winning one and drawing the other of their first two games of the season. They defeated Kireka United 2-1 in their last game at Namboole.However, despite the good start, Bisaso is still concerned by the nature of opposition going into the game on Thursday but maintains his side will do all they can to defeat Dove.“The Big League one of the strongest around, said Bisaso in an interview before Thursday’s game.“Here, you head into the game with little knowledge about the opposition which makes it a whole lot complicated.“Us being Proline, other teams are informed about us but we are not and going up against Dove, it will be a learning process for us but most importantly, we will try to beat them.Proline go into the game minus up to six first team players. Ssaka Mpima, Emmanuel Asiku and Nassar Owomunda are yet to be cleared by the Federation to play the game. Egaku and Joshua Okir are both nursing injuries while Isaac Owori is currently suspended by the club for indiscipline issues.For the visitors, who head into the game also still unbeaten in their first four games after winning one and drawing the other three, they know they must give their best against one of the favourites in the Rwenzori group.“I expect a balanced game but we shall strive to win it, said Dove head coach Mark Twinamatisko.“Both clubs have good players but we are determined to give our best in the match.Other matches in the Rwenzori group will see Kabale Sharp host Kiboga Young at the Kabale Municipal Stadium. Kireka United entertains Kira United at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole and Kitara plays host to Bumate United at the Kigaya Ground in Hoima.In the Elgon Group, there are five games lined up on the day.AllanKabonge’s Entebbe F.C face Doves All Stars at Mutesa II Wankulukuku Stadium, Alex Isabirye’s Kyetume hosts Bukedea Town Council at Mukono Bishops playground and newly promoted Nebbi Central will face Amuka Bright Stars at their Nebbi play groundElsewhwer, Mbale based Kataka will host Steven Bogere’s UPDF at the CRO Stadium in Mbale. While in-form Light S.S host JMC Hippos at the Amuria High School playground.Wednesday Result in the Big League: Ntinda United 1-1 Water  Comments Tags: Dove FCfufa big leagueproline fctoplast_img read more

Reports: QPR fall short with striker bid, Zamora faces pay cut

first_imgAjax reportedly want more money from QPR for Icelandic striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson.West London Sport revealed this week that Rangers were in talks with the Dutch club and subsequently that they offered £5m for Sigthorsson.But Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf  has reported that Ajax are unimpressed and that the two clubs are a long way from a deal.Meanwhile, the Sunday People say Bobby Zamora has been told he must take a £50,000-per-week pay cut to stay at QPR.It is claimed that Zamora, whose late goal in the play-off final took Rangers back to the Premier League, has been offered a £15,000-per-week deal.The People also say Andy Johnson, recently released by QPR, has been offered £300,000 to play in the Indian Premier Soccer League for three months.Johnson is said to be choosing between a move to India or Sheffield Wednesday.Finally, it is suggested in the Mail on Sunday that R’s boss Harry Redknapp will sign Rio Ferdinand but failed with an attempt to take Frank Lampard to Loftus Road.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more