June 12

Russian journalist, unable to stand, held for nearly three months

first_img RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentViolenceImprisoned Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of Alexander Batmanov, a journalist accused of stealing bread and sausage who has been held provisionally for nearly three months in Volgograd, in southern Russia, despite having two broken ankles. Читать по-русски / Read in RussianThis absurdity of the case is no laughing matter because Batmanov’s physical condition is very worrying. RSF regards the way the authorities have treated him as inhuman and disproportionate. The presenter of the Volgograd-based online TV channel NGO-TV, Batmanov was arrested on a shoplifting charge on 23 June, a Friday. After questioning him, the police locked him into a second-floor room in the police station with the intention of leaving him there during the weekend. No reference was made to a judicial authority. Desperate because he had been left without food or water, Batmanov tried to escape the next day by climbing out of a window but fell to the ground two storeys below, breaking both ankles. He was taken to a hospital where he was operated on and spent several days under police guard. Since then he has been in prison where he has not received appropriate medical care and has to spend most of his time horizontal in his cell, assisted by fellow detainees. His trial was due to be held in August but has been postponed because his physical condition prevents him from attending court hearings. He was on a stretcher when his lawyer first saw him. NGO-TV founder Temur Kobaliya said the real reason for Batmanov’s arrest was his work as a journalist. The TV station covers human rights and NGO news, and the authorities have long had it in their sights. “Why keep this journalist in prison when he cannot move and cannot flee?” asked Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “This cruel and disproportionate treatment reinforces the questions about the charge. Is it just a way to punish Alexander Batmanov and intimidate his colleagues? The lack of medical care just delays his trial and prolongs his detention. It is time to break this vicious circle.” The harassment of independent media outlets has grown steadily since Vladimir Putin’s return to the Kremlin as president in 2012. The increasingly oppressive climate at the national level has encouraged powerful provincial officials to deal more firmly with their media critics. Russia is ranked 148th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Related documents cp_bamanov_ru.pdfPDF – 269.1 KB RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentViolenceImprisoned Receive email alerts News RSF_en September 14, 2017 – Updated on September 18, 2017 Russian journalist, unable to stand, held for nearly three months to go further Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Russia Organisation Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing News June 2, 2021 Find out more Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption May 21, 2021 Find out more News Credit: Радио Свобода May 5, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

May 24

Fourth of July

first_img Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Print Article Fourth of July Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Published 11:00 pm Monday, July 4, 2011 Email the author By Jaine Treadwell Book Nook to reopen “Several thousand, give or take a few,” is the way China Grove resident and parade “committee” member Jimmy Messick said. “It’s a big crowd – about usual.”But there is nothing “usual” about the China Grove Parade.“Just decorate a ride or grab one” and parade along to the end of town. Then say, “thank you” for an ice-cold rasher of watermelon and stay around as long as you will to enjoy the fellowship of friends and neighbors. Where else is there a parade like that?“That’s what this parade is all about,” said Diane LaFountaine, a parade organizer. “It’s all about people. It’s all about community.” Sponsored Content Latest Stories By The Penny Hoarder Sheila Deverage laughing said the China Grove Parade is “Troy’s vacation.” However, that would be to limit the scope of the celebration. People come from all across Pike County and far beyond.Linda Thrash of Brundidge said the China Grove Parade is “just typical Southern fun.” “We’ve been coming for years and always look forward to it,” she said. “We’ve never been disappointed.”Norma Turner from the Tennille community was viewing the parade for the first time.“We usually stay around the house on the Fourth being lazy,” she said. “But we’d heard a lot about the parade and wanted to come see what it was all about. It’s a great way to celebrate and it was well worth getting out of the house.”Ella Grace Dicks covers her ears as motorcycles make their way by during the annual Fourth of July Parade in the China Grove community in Pike County, Ala., Monday, July 4, 2011. (Messenger Staff Photo/Thomas Graning)Mary Elizabeth Wilson had driven from “the other side of Montgomery” to come to the parade. “We really didn’t know where China Grove was and, boy, were we surprised when we got here,” she said. “It’s amazing that this many people could find this place. But, now that we know where it is and how much fun this parade is – well, not just the parade. The atmosphere. It’s like stepping back in time to a place you’d like to be. A great day to be an American.”People cut watermelon to eat after the annual Fourth of July Parade in the China Grove community in Pike County, Ala., Monday, July 4, 2011. (Messenger Staff Photo/Thomas Graning)Scott Flowers of Troy found a spot across from the old M.L. Grant store to watch the parade. And for good reason.“That old store belonged to my uncle M.L. Grant – Martin Luther Grant,” Flowers said. “When I was a boy, our mama would ‘farm’ us out in the summer and we’d spend a lot of time out here, walking barefoot everywhere we went.“We’d go down to the pond fishing, shoot rifles and we had chocolate pudding every day. It was a great way to spend the summer.”Flowers said he learned to drive on the lonely country road that was the busy parade route for the 12th Annual China Grove Parade.He shook his head in disbelief that there might be no 13th annual parade.“China Grove comes alive again on the Fourth of July,” Flowers said. “Why, half of Pike County is here. Not to have this parade? I hope that’s a false rumor. Too many people would be disappointed for that to be true.“This is the closest thing to a slice of Americana that there is. It’s down to earth, salt of the earth people coming together to celebrate America. There aren’t many places like this left anymore.”Peggy Faulk of Troy agreed that being at China Grove on the Fourth of July is to experience “real Americana.”“That’s what everybody says, and that’s what it is,” she said. “It brings us back to our roots.” An American flag is seen on the a car during the annual Fourth of July Parade in the China Grove community in Pike County, Ala., Monday, July 4, 2011. (Messenger Staff Photo/Thomas Graning)China Grove celebrates ‘slice of Americana’Whatever is said about “All roads leading to Rome” and everybody wanting to be Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day could be said about China Grove on the Fourth of July.On that day, all roads do lead to China Grove and everybody wants to enjoy the benefits of country living as they celebrate America’s independence. The usually sleepy little community of China Grove, population 26, swelled to overflowing Monday. The early cloudy skies and intermittent showers of blessings didn’t deter the paraders or those who came to cheer them on.Libby Freer smiles during the annual Fourth of July Parade in the China Grove community in Pike County, Ala., Monday, July 4, 2011. (Messenger Staff Photo/Thomas Graning)Estimating the crowd would be difficult at best as people lined the roadside for a mile or more, single file and five deep, in lawn chairs, on blankets, under tents and in the beds of pickup trucks.Downtown China Grove was packed on both sides and from city limit to city limit, if there would be such a thing in the northern Pike County community. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Skip You Might Like Parade honors China Grove’s ‘Hank’ The residents of China Grove will roll out the red, white and blue carpet Monday and invite everyone to celebrate… read more The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf 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 HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe 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. 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December 20

Photos: Top 10 moments in Oakland Raiders last home game at the Coliseum in Oakland

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.The Jacksonville Jaguars rallied for 17 points in the final 15 minutes to beat Oakland Raiders in their farewell Coliseum game.Jacksonville scored 17 unanswered points after halftime, including a 4-yard touchdown pass from Gardner Minshew to Chris Carson in front of the Black Hole with 31 seconds left, to hand the Raiders a 20-16 loss at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.Trying to ice the game up 16-13, Derek Carr …last_img read more

December 18

IDC funding approval near all-time high

first_imgMoving toward riskier investments Meer attributed the low jobs figures to some clients having cancelled their applications for finance with the onset of the recession, and to lower than expected uptake in distressed funding – with only R1.4-billion of the R6.1-billion allocated for distressed firms being taken up. Jobs target missed Support for manufacturing The IDC continues to hold significant shareholding in various companies, including fertliser company Foskor, where it holds a 59% stake, Hulett Aluminium (30%) and Mozambican smelter Mozal (24%). Source: BuaNews However, the IDC was running several promotional workshops and activities to boost the awareness of this funding. The IDC also approved R34-million to help abalone farms in the Western Cape to expand and allow black entrepreneurs to acquire a stake in the business. 21 October 2010 However, Meer said that setting up wind farms created very little jobs, so it was important that South Africa began manufacturing technologies for renewable energy, rather than importing these. Over a third of IDC’s total investments went into the capital-intensive mining sector, with the highest number of loans going to the agro-processing sector and to businesses in the trade, catering and accommodation sector. Financing suppliers A further R292-million in funding was approved to companies in the clothing sector to improve their competitiveness, which was expected to save or create 2 100 jobs. Briefing Parliament’s economic development portfolio committee in Cape Town this week, IDC executive Shakeel Meer said that R4.8-billion was disbursed last year, just short of the record R10.8-billion of 2008/09. These included R45-million to woman-owned business in upgrading commuter rail coaches and R30-million to a company manufacturing ducting for the Medupi power station. South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) approved R9.4-billion in funding in 2009/10, helping to save or create some 19 300 jobs as the country recovered from its first recession in 17 years. The 19 300 jobs created fell below the IDC’s target of 37 745 jobs, despite 9 651 of these being created in rural areas – above the target of 8 554 jobs targeted for rural areas. The IDC was also increasing its focus on green investments, targeting projects in wind and solar power, energy management and recycling. Among these were 11 wind projects, three concentrated solar power and four solar voltaic projects. Impairments increased from 10.2% in the 2006 financial year to 16.3% in the last financial year, in line with the IDC’s move towards riskier investments. Meer said the IDC last year approved R376-million to vehicle component and transport equipment manufacturers, which was expected to save 1 500 jobs. About two-thirds of loans went the way of Gauteng province, with about five percent of loans to the rest of the country. Operations in the Free State benefited from the least number of loans. Among its other funding commitments, the IDC was focusing on financing suppliers of rail equipment for the Passenger Rail Agency (Prasa) and Transnet, as well as suppliers to Eskom’s build programmes. Among its other results, the IDC funded 124 small and medium-sized businesses and approved R1.8-billion to fund businesses in other African countries.last_img read more

December 12

Learn to Not Crash Your New Drone: The DJI Flight Simulator

first_imgFlying a drone for the first time and terrified of crashing it immediately? Now you can hone your skills before takeoff by using the DJI Flight Simulator.Drones are expensive. They’re also extremely easy to destroy with one wrong movement of the joystick. That combo can cause incredible anxiety, which can make your hands shake, which can make you hit the wrong button, and—OH MY GOD MY DRONE IS IN THE LAKE. Does this come from personal experience? I won’t say. But yes.Your ability to pilot a drone used to come from just logging as many flight hours as possible, which required going out to a field with your drone and testing your limits. Even then, you were limited to your drone’s battery life and the conditions around you. Now, you no longer have that problem. DJI has released a brand new flight engine called “DJI Flight Simulator,” which allows you to connect a DJI-compatible remote to your computer and safely test your skills in the safety of your own home or office. Fly Your Drone at HomeJust like a pilot gets his training hours in a plane simulator, you can get your hours in at your own computer. This software comes with training programs that teach you the basics of drone flight through simple tracking challenges, all the way up to complicated maneuvers that you might run across in actual flight. The software comes with the ability to use any type of DJI drone in their lineup, which has the exact flight specifications of the corresponding model. With each model, you are able to change the flight mode to Position mode, Sport mode, and their new high speed “Attitude” mode. You can also change the weather, time of day, and even wind speeds to test out your skills in the conditions you might be flying in with your physical drone.Practice Makes Perfect“Free Flight Mode” in the DJI Simulator.To be honest, I wish this software came out sooner. When I first got my drone, flying it for the first few times was extremely nerve-racking. I had to get the feel for controls I had never used before, all with the risk of having an expensive aircraft floating 15 feet off the ground. I played it safe every time out of complete fear of ruining or losing my drone. If I’d had this software before I got my drone, I think I’d be a lot more comfortable flying the drone in real life.“Skills Training Mode” within the simulator. Having the ability to experiment and become comfortable with difficult tasks and runs without having to put your drone at risk is an amazing benefit of this software. I highly recommend it to any novice pilot trying to gain their bearings, or even a pro who wants to put their skills to the test without the fear of failure.You can find the download for this software at DJI’s website here.Top image via Golubovy. All other photos via DJI.Want to learn more about filmmaking? Check out these articles:191 Free Motion Graphics, Sound Effects, Action Elements, and More5 Reasons Why You Should Shoot Your Own Digital Web SeriesDaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — The Edit PageVideo Tutorial: Introducing Premiere’s New Lumetri CurvesStop Telling People to Shoot Their Films on an iPhonelast_img read more

November 27

FIFA World Cup 2014: Injury aside, Ronaldo ready to take on Germany

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo is ready to lead Portugal against Germany in one of the biggest games of the World Cup’s first week, saying his sore knee won’t be a problem.The Real Madrid forward, arguably the most recognizable player in the sport, said he wouldn’t risk his career by going into such a tough match with a serious injury. The match at Salvador features two of the top teams in the world, with Germany ranked No. 2 and Portugal at No. 4.In the other Group G match on Monday, Jurgen Klinsmann’s US team is aiming to reverse its record against Ghana, which has ended the Americans’ run at the last two World Cups. Nigeria and Iran meet in Group F. Full coverage: FIFA World Cup 2014Not All About The KneeRonaldo has been bothered by a left knee problem in recent weeks, but says he’ll be “100 percent” to take on Germany. He knows Portugal hasn’t fared well in recent matches against Germany at major events – the Germans beat Portugal for third place at the 2006 World Cup, and have won their head-to-heads at the last two European championships.But the world player of the year is confident some club form could be a good omen. He helped Real Madrid beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League semifinals and then clinched the title.”Maybe this will be the year to change the history and Monday would be the best day for it to happen,” said Ronaldo, Portugal’s all-time leading scorer. “It’s a new tournament, new players, our team is good, we have confidence.”advertisementRonaldo’s mantra this week has been “one player is not a team” – but Portugal does tend to struggle when he’s not available. Joao Moutinho will have to create opportunities in midfield and Manchester United winger Nani needs to find form and fitness to have any impact on the tournament.Germany coach Joachim Loew was keeping his starting lineup secret, but injuries will force some changes. Sami Khedira, goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, captain Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger are all coming back from injuries. Veteran forward Lukas Podolski could play an important role in what will be his third World Cup.last_img read more

September 17

Chula Vista Police City Hold its 8th Annual Night Out Against Crime

first_img Updated: 11:31 PM Posted: August 7, 2018 Dave Scott, KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCHULA VISTA (KUSI) – Earlier tonight, Chula Vista held its 8th annual “Night Out Against Crime.”Residents were invited to the police department to get to know the local officers and city leaders.Visitors toured police headquarters and received crime prevention tips.KUSI’s Dave Scott spoke to Chula Vista Police Chief Roxana Kennedy, earlierChief Kennedy then introduced us to a woman whose family member was murdered, and the body was found inside of a barrel in the harbor last October.The goal for National Night is to make the community safe and a more caring place to live. center_img Chula Vista Police, City Hold its 8th Annual Night Out Against Crime Dave Scott, KUSI Newsroom August 7, 2018last_img read more

September 17

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer There is no crisis at the border

first_img KUSI Newsroom February 22, 2019 House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer: “There is no crisis at the border” Posted: February 22, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN YSIDRO (KUSI)- “There is no crisis at the border!” said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. Hoyer is in San Diego county where he just completed a tour of the San Ysidro border crossing.KUSI’s John Soderman is in San Ysidro with the story.KUSI’s Dan Plante has covered border stories for years and had this to say in response to Hoyer’s comment:center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more