Azerbaijan – Renewed use of trumped-up charges censor journalists

first_img RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Follow the news on Azerbaijan Receive email alerts AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentInternet Organisation RSF_en Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan and predator of press freedom December 5, 2016 Azerbaijan – Renewed use of trumped-up charges censor journalists June 4, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) again calls on the Azerbaijani authorities to stop curtailing media freedom after they arrested three journalists and blocked two leading news websites in the space of a few days and tightened the already draconian legal provisions regulating online free speech. The first of the three independent journalists to be detained in recent days was Afgan Sadykhov, who was arrested on 22 November in the southeastern city of Jalilabad, where he edits a website ( specializing in public infrastructural issues in the region. He has been charged with “aggravated assault” in connection with an incident shortly before his arrest, when he was summoned by local officials and, on arriving at the meeting place, was attacked and punched by a woman who then filed a complaint against him. His mother says that the police tortured him and that her requests to visit him have been ignored. A similar pretext was used to arrest Teymur Kerimov, a journalist with the Kanal 13 website, who was arrested near the central city of Barda on 25 November while doing a report about water supply problems in a village for refugees from the troubled Nagorno-Karabakh region. An unidentified man began to harass Kerimov’s interviewees, telling them to “not speak to opposition journalists” and “not criticize the government,” and finally insulted and manhandled Kerimov. Kerimov was then escorted to a nearby police station where the same man accused him of insulting him and hitting him. When questioned, local officials corroborated the man’s account. The police finally released Kerimov after holding him for ten hours and taking his interview recordings. He says he is now the subject of a criminal assault investigation. Zamin Gadji, an opposition journalist with the newspaper Yeni Musavat, was summoned to a Baku police station on 28 November over a Facebook post in which he deplored the failure to solve four prominent murders – those of historian Ziya Bunyadov in 1996, air force commander Rail Rzayev in 2009, journalist Elmar Huseynov in 2005 and writer Rafig Tagi in 2011 – and asked, “How can we talk of government stability in this country if murders go unpunished.” The police accused him of “casting doubt on the country’s social and political stability” and asked him to delete the post, which he refused to do. He was eventually released a few hours later. Trumped-up assault charges are often used to imprison outspoken journalists in Azerbaijan. Seymour Khazi, who worked for the daily Azadlig and the exile TV programme “Azerbaycan Saati,” has been jailed on such charges since August 2015. Ganimat Zahid, the editor of Azadlig and producer of “Azerbaycan Saati,” was held for two and a half years, from 2007 to 2010, for an alleged attack on a woman. “The Azerbaijani authorities are so confident that they do not even take the trouble to vary their harassment methods,” said Johann Bihr, the head of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk at RSF. “We condemn the harassment of Afgan Sadykhov, Teymur Kerimov and Zamin Gadji, the latest victims of this constant persecution. The international community must stop allowing the Azerbaijani regime to act with impunity and ask it to address its systematic violations of the European Convention on Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.” Ever tighter Internet control Access to the websites of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) and Voice of America (VoA) were blocked in Azerbaijan between 28 November and 2 December, when Ilham Aliyev met with an American official. These leading sites had been among the few sources of news and information critical of the government still available within the country. Local FM retransmission of the broadcasts of RFE/RL and VoA has been banned since 2009. The authorities closed the RFE/RL bureau in Baku in 2014 and began a criminal investigation against its employees. Two legislative amendments increasing the penalties for online defamation and insults were adopted by parliament on 29 November. With use of pseudonyms henceforth regarded as an aggravating factor, offenders will now face the possibility of a fine of 1,000 to 1500 manat (540 to 810 euros – more than six times the minimum monthly wage of 130 euros). They could also be sentenced to between 360 and 380 hours of public service, the deduction of part of their salary or between one and two years in prison. If the president is insulted, the maximum jail term is three years. Azerbaijan is ranked 163rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. The President Ilham Aliyev is included in the list of predators of press freedom. AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentInternet “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says to go further News Help by sharing this information News News News June 8, 2021 Find out more April 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Schools merger will allow relocation of Gaelscoil

first_imgWhatsApp Linkedin by Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THREE primary schools on the Northside of Limerick city are to be merged to allow for the relocation of Gaelscoil Sairseal from Bridge Street to the current site of St Munchin’s CBS Boys School on the Shelbourne Road.Speaking to The Limerick Post on Wednesday morning, Education MinisterJan O’Sullivan said her department was happy to support and fully fund the extensive works needed to facilitate the two major educational projects in the city.At the end of the summer school term, St Munchin’s and St Lelia’s National School in Kileely will close and merge with the Convent Girls Primary School Ballynanty which will be renamed.The amalgamation and merger is set to realise greater resources and funds for the schools when they join as one.Minister O’Sullivan said that the amalgamation of the three schools and the subsequent relocation of Gaelscoil Sairseal was a major step in the right direction for primary school education on the northside of the city as it will bring student numbers to well over 200 at the new school.A committee has been set up to oversee the merger, deal with enrolments, decide on a name for the school and design a new uniform.Minster O’Sullivan said that the move was a great development for Gaelscoil Sairseal, who could finally look forward to having more than adequate accommodations to cater for their teaching needs.“We are happy to support this move and the separate merger and provide the funding for the extensive works and upgrades required”, she said.It is expected that the opening of the new school and the relocation of Gaelscoil Sairseal, will take place in time for the new school year next September. Print Advertisement NewsSchools merger will allow relocation of GaelscoilBy Staff Reporter – March 5, 2015 1019 center_img Twitter Email Previous article€12 million locum spend was for all Limerick hospitalsNext article218 repossession cases on court list Staff Reporter Facebooklast_img read more

Has Consumer Outlook for the Housing Market Changed?

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Has Consumer Outlook for the Housing Market Changed? The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Market Studies, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Print This Post tweet Consumer Expectations Federal Reserve Bank of New York 2014-03-12 Tory Barringer Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Consumer Expectations Federal Reserve Bank of New York Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: ‘Failing to Supervise Employees’ Nets SEC Charges for Investment Bank Next: Cold Weather Still Affecting Some Markets Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Has Consumer Outlook for the Housing Market Changed? The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribe The latest poll from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York shows consumer expectations stayed mostly flat in February, particularly on the housing side.According to responses in the New York Fed’s most recent Survey of Consumer Expectations (SCE), consumers last month indicated a median home price change expectation of 4.0 percent, reversing an increase to 4.6 percent in January.Price change expectations hovered around 4.5 percent for much of last year’s second half, coming down only when national reports indicated a slowdown.Meanwhile, median income growth expectations fell slightly, though responses in the bottom and top quartiles lifted. Household spending expectations were also down.On the topic of credit access, perceptions remained largely unchanged, though slightly more consumers said they think it is “somewhat” or “much” easier to get a loan.Looking at labor, median earnings growth expectations pulled back slightly to 2.3 percent from January’s high of 2.4 percent. While the median was down, though, the 75th percentile of responses rose to the highest level in the past nine months.If laid off, consumers projected an average chance of finding a job within three months at slightly more than 46 percent, down from January. It may be a small comfort, then, that the mean perceived chance of being laid off was also down slightly, particularly among older workers. March 12, 2014 830 Views Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articleslast_img read more

Sen. Shelby Requests Probe of FHFA

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago FHFA Government Accountability Office Senate Banking Committee Senator Richard Shelby 2016-04-18 Brian Honea Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Sen. Shelby Requests Probe of FHFA Tagged with: FHFA Government Accountability Office Senate Banking Committee Senator Richard Shelby Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Alabama), Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, on Monday wrote two letters to federal watchdogs asking them to conduct further studies on the activities of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.“Congress has a responsibility to conduct proper oversight over both the FHFA and the GSEs,” Shelby said. “It is my hope that GAO and CBO will provide the Committee with meaningful data regarding the market impact of FHFA’s decisions to ensure that Congress takes steps to protect American taxpayers from risk.”In a letter to Comptroller General Gene Dodaro, head of the Government Accountability Office, Shelby noted that the FHFA has recently taken steps to encourage a more active role for the GSEs in the mortgage market rather than a reduced role. Those steps include issuing proposed rules regarding the GSEs’ duty to serve, lowering down-payment requirements, making contributions to the National Housing Trust Fund despite having no capital, and creating principle write-down requirements, according to Shelby.Also, Shelby noted, the initial purpose of the common securitization platform created by the GSEs was to facilitate greater competition in the secondary mortgage market; however, he said, “it appears that the FHFA is no longer taking steps to enable the platform to be used by entities other than the enterprises.”Shelby requested the GAO to study and report the extent to which FHFA’s actions could influence the following:GSEs’ dominance in residential mortgage marketsPotential increase in the cost of entry for future competitors for the GSEsFinancial demands on Treasury, both future and currentPossible options for modifying the structure of the GSEsAny other areas deemed appropriate by the GAO to fully evaluate the issuesSen. Richard ShelbyThe senator requested all information from the GAO by November 1, 2016.Also on Monday, Shelby wrote a letter to Keith Hall, Director of the Congressional Budget Office, asking him to address several questions regarding the lack of capital holdings by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Shelby pointed out in his letter that in a speech in February 2016, FHFA Director Mel Watt himself had cited the GSEs’ lack of capital as a concern the longer the GSEs remain in conservatorship.“Director Watt’s concerns have led some in the mortgage industry to support amending the GSEs’ agreements with the Department of Treasury to allow the GSEs to increase capital levels by retaining more of their earnings,” Shelby wrote. “Others, however, have argued that this would allow the GSEs to be reconstituted without providing a commensurate reduction in taxpayer exposure to the multi-trillion-dollar housing finance market. Such an outcome could potentially reduce incentives for Congress to enact statutory reforms.”Shelby asked Hall to prepare a report that addresses the following questions:What the federal government’s obligations to the GSEs while they are in conservatorship of the FHFA?What are the implications for the budget and federal debt if Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were to retain more of their earnings?How would the risk borne by taxpayers be affected if the GSEs’ capital levels were to be increased?Could recapitalizing the GSEs have consequences for the operations of the GSEs, or on mortgage markets?Shelby asked Hall to complete the report by July 2016.Click here to view Shelby’s letter to the GAOClick here to view Shelby’s letter to the CBO.center_img Sen. Shelby Requests Probe of FHFA Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Print This Post Related Articles April 18, 2016 1,466 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Finally, Sanders Speaks Out on Housing Reform Next: DS News Webcast: Tuesday 4/19/2016 About Author: Brian Honea Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Woman airlifted from Errigal Mountain

first_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Previous articleCork double for Oisin OrrNext articleDonegal GAA Football Championship Results 07/08/2020 – 08/08/2020 News Highland Facebook Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows DL Debate – 24/05/21 center_img WhatsApp A woman was airlifted from Errigal Mountain yesterday evening after sustaining a lower leg injury.The Donegal Mountain Rescue Team received a call out at 8pm.The casualty was airlifted to hospital by the Rescue 118 helicopter. The remainder of the casualty’s group was walked off the mountain by the rescue volunteers.The team was stood down at 11pm. Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Woman airlifted from Errigal Mountain Google+ By News Highland – August 9, 2020 last_img read more

PIP Concert set for July 24 at Dublin

first_imgLatest Stories You Might Like Thomas named VP of APOA Pike County’s own Sheriff Russell Thomas is making a name for himself in one of Alabama’s most prestigious law enforcement… read more The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… By The Penny Hoarder PIP Concert set for July 24 at Dublin Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Book Nook to reopen Email the author By Jaine Treadwell Published 9:21 pm Wednesday, July 7, 2010 The “pasture” is the former site of the Haunted Hayride so parking space is readily available.“The pasture is a controlled area and it’s also a picturesque area in which to have an outdoor concert,” Brown said. “The concert will get started at 11 a.m. and end at 11 p.m. The bands will play almost non-stop with only 20-minute breaks to change bands.”Those who attend the PIP will need to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.“Because all of the funds raised will support SMAC, no coolers will be allowed but we’ll have food and beverages on sale at the PIP site,” Brown said.Advance tickets for the PIP are $25 online at and $35 at the gate.Brown said the first “P” in PIP can be changed to accommodate other events that are in the planning stages for the concert series.“If we want to have a bluegrass concert, we might call it ‘Pickin’ in the Pasture,’” she said.“Because we are Dublin, we’re also considering a concert during the St. Patrick’s Day celebration week. If this first concert is successful, it will be the encouragement that we need to make the PIP a concert series and keep it going in support of education.”center_img “Southern Traditions strives to maximize the ultimate concert experience by providing quality entertainment at an affordable price,” Brown said. “All funds collected at the PIP Concert will go directly to assist with any extra needs at South Montgomery County Academy.”The funds from the PIP Concert will help replenish funds that were made available through the popular SMCA Haunted Hay Ride.“For about 20 years, the Haunted Hay Ride brought money into the school but it was discontinued about two years ago,” Brown said. Print Article Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Sponsored Content Parties in the pasture may not be the norm in some parts of the country but, in the South, they are where it’s happening.“When you’re from the South, there’s nothing better than a Party in the Pasture,” said Lindsey Brown, publicly chair for Southern Traditions, sponsor of the PIP Concert that will kick off Saturday, July 24 in Dublin – Alabama, not Ireland.Southern Traditions is a non-profit committee that was organized in an effort to generate revenue for education. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave 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 Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration “The Haunted Hay Ride was sponsored by the school but the PIP Concert is sponsored by Southern Traditions in support of our school and is made up of 12 community members.”Southern Traditions invites everyone who enjoys country music to “ Git yo PIP on” and be a part of a pasture party like no other.“If you like county music, the PIP is where you’ll want to be on July 24,” Brown said.“We’ll have seven of the most popular country music bands in the region on stage — Tony Brooks, Wes Loper, Adam Hood, Chris Posey, JB Roberts, Brandon Self and Trotline. We can promise a good music and a good time.”last_img read more

Autopsy on a dead spreading center: The Phoenix Ridge, Drake Passage, Antarctica

first_imgNew bathymetric and magnetic anomaly data from the Phoenix Ridge, Antarctica, show that extinction of all three remaining segments occurred at the time of magnetic chron C2A (3.3 ± 0.2 Ma), synchronous with a ridge-trench collision south of the Hero Fracture Zone. This implies that the ultimate cause of extinction was a change in plate boundary forces occasioned by this collision. Spreading rates slowed abruptly at the time of chron C4 (7.8 ± 0.3 Ma), probably as a result of extinction of the West Scotia Ridge, which would have led to an increase in slip rate and transpressional stress across the Shackleton Fracture Zone. Spectacular, high-relief ridges flanking the extinct spreading center, mapped for the first time using multibeam swath bathymetry, are interpreted as a consequence of a reduction in spreading rate, involving a temporary magma oversupply immediately prior to extinction.last_img read more

Spatial distribution, habitat preference and colonization status of two alien terrestrial invertebrate species in Antarctica

first_imgThe introduction of invasive species is one of the greatest threats to Earth’s biodiversity, as they can reduce native biodiversity and alter ecosystem structure and function. Currently, the only two known non-native terrestrial invertebrates in Antarctica are the chironomid midge Eretmoptera murphyi and the enchytraeid worm Christensenidrilus blocki. These invertebrates were probably introduced to ground near Signy Research Station, South Orkney Islands, during transplantation experiments in the late 1960s. Between 2007 and 2009, this study surveyed the area around the introduction site for midge larvae and worms to assess any change over the last four decades in their spatial distribution, habitat preference and colonization status. Eretmoptera murphyi was found in concentrations up to 4.1 × 105 larvae m-2 (mean 2.1 × 104 larvae m-2) at distances of up to 220 m from the probable introduction site (c. 35 000 m2), while C. blocki was only found close to the introduction site in low numbers. Significantly more E. murphyi larvae were found in peat and dead organic material (3.34 × 104 m-2) than in stony soil and gravel (1.52 × 104 m-2) or living moss and other plant material (1.16 × 104 m-2). Eretmoptera murphyi can no longer be considered a persistent alien as it clearly expanding its distribution, while C. blocki remains a persistent alien species.last_img read more

Samson announces initial production results from two Frontier formation wells

first_img Image: Samson Resources announces production results from two frontier formation wells in the Powder River Basin, Wyoming. Photo: courtesy of skeeze/Pixabay. Samson Resources II, LLC (“Samson” or the “Company”) announced today that it recently turned to sales two additional operated horizontal Frontier formation wells in Converse County, Wyoming.The Bohlander Fed 3974-1720 2FH generated an IP 24 rate of 3,408 barrels of oil equivalent per day (“boe/d”) and an IP 30 of 2,248 boe/d (60% oil) from a 9,472-foot lateral length, or 237 boe/d per 1,000 lateral feet.The Allemand 21-2017 39-74FH produced an IP 24 rate of 3,044 boe/d and an IP 30 of 2,127 boe/d (57% oil) from a 9,677-foot lateral length, or 220 boe/d per 1,000 lateral feet.Joseph A. Mills, President and CEO of the Company stated, “The Bohlander and Allemand Frontier formation well results further illustrate the target rich nature of Samson’s 154,000 net acres in the Powder River Basin. Down spacing opportunities within the Frontier formation are encouraging as these two wells were drilled and completed at 2,500 foot spacing with minimal interference between wellbores. Over the past 12 months, Samson has turned to sales top performing Turner, Frontier, Shannon, Niobrara and Mowry formation wells, which illustrates the vast resource potential of the stacked pays over the Company’s acreage in the Powder River Basin. Samson’s current net oil-weighted production from the Powder River Basin is approximately 8,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day and anticipated to continue to grow over the next several months.” Source: Company Press Release The Bohlander Fed 3974-1720 2FH generated an IP 24 rate of 3,408 barrels of oil equivalent per day (“boe/d”) and an IP 30 of 2,248 boe/d (60% oil) from a 9,472-foot lateral length, or 237 boe/d per 1,000 lateral feetlast_img read more

Council Agenda: No to Rolling Chairs? Yes to Corson’s Boardwalk?

first_imgRed line indicates existing rail trail at Corson’s Inlet State Park.City Council has a full agenda for its public meeting 7 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 14) at City Hall, but here are a handful of items that might be of special interest:Boardwalk Rolling Chair Ban: Ocean City recently received an inquiry from a company interested in operating a rolling chair business like Atlantic City’s. But Police Chief Chad Callahan recommended against adding rolling chairs to an already chaotic mix on the summer boardwalk. City Council will consider the first reading of an amended ordinance prohibiting the use of rolling chairs on streets, alleys and the boardwalk in Ocean City.Corson’s Inlet State Park Boardwalk: City Council will consider a resolution that would approve of Ocean City co-signing an application for permits to build a small boardwalk connecting paved streets at 59th Street and West Avenue with an existing gravel rail trail in Corson’s Inlet State Park. The rail trail currently dead-ends in the marshes about 300 feet shy of Ocean City. The project would be on state property and funded by the state, but because it crosses rights of way controlled by Ocean City, the city’s support is necessary.Prettier Pilings: City Council will consider the first reading of an ordinance that would require “more aesthetically pleasing” screening of exposed structural pilings for elevated homes.Zoning Flood Elevation: City Council will consider another change to required elevation for new or substantially reconstructed homes. An ordinance proposes to measure “zoning flood elevation” from the bottom of the floor joists (and not from the top of the finished first floor). The change would help the city comply with “Community Rating System” requirements that help determine flood insurance discounts for communities as a whole.Return of the Community Services Department: City Council will consider re-establishing the Department of Community Services, which was merged last year into a new Department of Community Operations in a structural reorganization.For supporting documentation on all agenda items, see the agenda packet below:Download (PDF, 2.24MB)last_img read more