President asked to intercede in detained journalist’s case

first_img TajikistanEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders and the National Association of Independent Mass Media in Tajikistan (NANSMIT) wrote to Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon today asking him ensure that detained journalist Makhmadyusuf Ismoilov gets a fair trial and an immediate conditional release pending the outcome of the trial. Ismoilov has been unjustly held in connection with his reporting since 23 November 2010. Tajikistan imposes total control over independent broadcast media Receive email alerts News Related documents pismo_prezidentu_rahmonu_ismoilov.pdfPDF – 122.25 KB Organisation News to go further Help by sharing this information Nuriddin Karshiboev, NANSMIT Chairman TajikistanEurope – Central Asia News November 6, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Tajikistan September 7, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 President asked to intercede in detained journalist’s case News #CollateralFreedom: RSF unblocks eight sites censored during pandemic Journalist loses accreditation over report about Tajikistan’s president Jean-François Julliard, Reporters Without Borders Secretary-General May 14, 2021 Find out more Dear Mr. President,The international press freedom organization Reporters Without Borders and the National Association of Independent Mass Media in Tajikistan (NANSMIT) would like to share with you their relief at BBC correspondent Urinboy Usmonov’s recent provisional release and we would like to thank you if it was because of your intervention. We are following his trial closely.On the eve of International Day of Solidarity with Journalists, we would now like to draw your attention to the case of Makhmadyusuf Ismoilov, a journalist detained in the northern province of Sughd since 23 November 2010, whose case has similarities with Mr. Usmonov’s. As guarantor of your country’s Constitution and the international conventions it has ratified, we urge you to do everything in your power to ensure respect for the presumption of innocence and a fair trial for Mr. Ismoilov.Mr. Ismoilov is charged with inciting religious and racial hatred (article 189 of the criminal code), blackmail (article 250), defamation (article 135) and insult (article 136) for what he wrote in various publications including the newspaper Nuri Zindagi about alleged corruption by local judicial and political officials. A Sughd provincial court ordered him detained for the duration of the investigation. But there are continuing doubts about the impartiality of the court and the impartiality of the investigation. The local judicial apparatus is acting as both judge and plaintiff in this case because it was the target of Mr. Ismoilov’s articles.We therefore urge you to intercede with the judicial authorities, within the limits of your powers under to constitution, so that an additional investigation can be conducted and so that Mr. Ismoilov’s trial can be transferred to a different location such as Dushanbe and can be heard by a court that is not directly involved.In order to respect the principle of the presumption of innocence, Mr. Ismoilov must also be granted provisional release without delay. Pre-trial detention is a serious measure that seems out of all proportion in this case. He is not in a position to put pressure on witnesses or eliminate evidence. Depriving Mr. Ismoilov of his freedom seems more like an act of personal revenge than an act of impartial justice.As president, you have a duty to ensure that Mr. Ismoilov is treated in a fair and equitable manner and that national and international rules of justice are respected. We trust that you will appreciate the important of our request and will take the appropriate action.Sincerely, RSF_en Read in Russian/ Читать по-русски: August 25, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

e-news in brief: Benefits calculation service from Zenith

first_img Zenith Vehicle Contracts has introduced an on-line service which calculates whether it is more beneficial for an employee to take a company car or a cash option. The site is accessed by clicking on the “freedom” button.www.zenith.co.ukFirst degree course offered on-line The University of Liverpool, in conjunction with Dutch education specialist KIT elearning, has launched the first on-line degree in Europe. Time taken to complete the degree will be about 18 months to two years.www.kitcampus.comJob seekers audit for venture capitalistsThe Human Audit is an initiative by recruitment sites Boldly-go and Careervitality to help venture capital companies and new media entrepreneurs assess the quality of their staff. The audit will carry out an in-depth background and personality assessment on job-seekers to ensure they have the right entrepreneurial spirit.www.boldly-go.com www.careervitality.comLabour and skills trends merge on-site Datasphere is a web site linking three of the biggest government databases on learning and skills trends and the labour market. The aim is to provide business professionals and those in education and training easy access to facts and figures about skills and employment for planning and decision-making at various levels.www.dfee.fov.uk/datasphereTraining on the Net with A1 LearnA1 Learn.com has introduced a range of 400 on-line training courses run over the Internet in real time, with ongoing assessment. The courses include Word, Excel, Lotus Notes and HTML (Hyper Text Mark-up Language), plus business development skills such as negotiating and time management. Six subscription plans are available.www.A1learn.comBuild an e-commerce site from scratchIT skills trainer Hemsley Fraser has introduced what it claims to be the first comprehensive Internet training programme. Aimed at non-technical staff, Professional Web Developer covers topics such as how to build an e-commerce site from scratch. A series of top-up courses is also available for Web developers, network administrators and programmers.www.hemsleyfraser.co.uk e-news in brief: Benefits calculation service from ZenithOn 4 Jul 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Chris Diamantopoulos to Join Sara Bareilles in Waitress

first_img There’s a new gynecologist in town: TV favorite Chris Diamantopoulos will join the cast of Waitress on March 31 as Dr. Pomatter opposite incoming leading lady and composer Sara Bareilles. Original star Drew Gehling is set to play his final performance at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on March 30, four days after Jessie Mueller departs the show on March 26.Diamantopoulos began his career in Broadway musicals, playing Marius in Les Miserables and Ethan Girard in The Full Monty. Other theater credits include the national tours of Music of the Night and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and regional productions of Evita and Forever Plaid. A familiar face on TV, Diamantopoulos can be seen in Silicon Valley and Good Girls Revolt. Other small screen credits include playing Robin Williams in Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Mork & Mindy, Episodes, About a Boy, The Office, Arrested Development, 24 and Frank Sinatra in The Kennedys. His feature film credits include Moe Howard in The Three Stooges, The Art of the Steal and Man VS. He received an Emmy nomination for voicing Mickey Mouse on the eponymous animated series.Waitress tells the story of Jenna (Bareilles), an expert pie maker in a small town, who dreams of a way out of her loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor (Diamantopoulos) may offer her a chance at a new life, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes to happiness. But Jenna must find the courage and strength within herself to rebuild her life. Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2020center_img Waitress Chris Diamantopoulos Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Imageslast_img read more

North Korean Visitors.

first_imgA University of Georgia agricultural delegation, after makinga historic trip to North Korea in October, hopes to host NorthKorean scientists this spring.The researchers, from the UGA College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences, were the first U.S. academic delegation to visit NorthKorea since the country closed its doors during the Korean War.Cycles of drought and flooding have brought widespread famineto North Korea. The UGA researchers visited the country with hopesof helping scientists there solve some of their agricultural problems.They hoped, too, to begin a cultural exchange that would benefitboth countries.Joint Research Projects May DevelopEd Kanemasu, coordinator of CAES international programs anda member of the delegation, said the trip may lead to collaborativeresearch projects between UGA and two North Korean organizations:the Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Pyongyang AgriculturalUniversity.”Our group met for three days with the vice-presidentof the academy and several of his institute directors,” Kanemasusaid. “They acknowledged the poor agricultural conditionsand need for assistance from the University of Georgia.”Kanemasu said the scientists discussed mutual areas of interest.In particular, they examined sweet potato and potato production,plant protection, soil and water management, biotechnology andpoultry management.To define the areas of research collaboration, CAES Dean GaleBuchanan and Academy Vice-President Sam Ryong Kim signed a letterof intent. Buchanan invited a delegation from the academy to visitthe UGA CAES campus this spring.”The purpose of the visit is to lay the foundation forprojects and long-term visits,” Kanemasu said. “It wasagreed that we should begin seeking funding opportunities forour collaboration from federal agencies and the private sector.”While in North Korea, the UGA delegation also met with scientists from Pyongyang Agricultural University. Their scientists werealso interested in working with UGA scientists, but made no definitecommitments.Planning and Funding are Next StepsThe UGA scientists’ next step will be to develop a strategicplan for the collaborative research projects and seek funding.”This is a timely activity,” Kanemasu said, “andit’s important that we proceed aggressively.”During their five-day visit in October, the UGA group was hosted by the Asia-Pacific Peace Committee. The APPC serves as intermediaries between North Korea and the Western world.last_img read more

Arkansas utilities agree: ‘No new coal’

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Arkansas Business:King Coal isn’t dead, but it’s being dethroned as the top fuel source for creating electric power in Arkansas.“Out of favor is probably a good term” for coal’s status, Entergy Arkansas’ Kurt Castleberry said this month, noting market forces and growing environmental awareness among consumers that have made lower-emission natural gas-fueled generation and renewable sources like wind and solar a bigger part of the mix. “We’re not planning to build any new coal plants, but our existing coal plants still have life in them, and they’re economical, large-scale, and clean,” said Castleberry, Entergy Arkansas’ director of resource planning and market operations. “We’ll run them until their useful life expires.”Entergy, the state’s largest electric utility with more than 700,000 customers, has seen coal fall from generating 20 percent of its power to less than 4 percent over the past few decades, partly a result of the utility’s continued reliance on its durable and emissions-free nuclear workhorse, Arkansas Nuclear One. That plant, in Russellville, carries some 70 percent of Entergy’s load.The state’s not-for-profit electric cooperatives took 54 percent of their power from coal last year, including a share from their part ownership of Entergy’s coal plants in Independence and Jefferson counties, as well as 50 percent of the Flint Creek plant near Gentry and 11 percent of the John Turk plant near Hope, Arkansas’ newest coal plant. Southwestern Electric Power Co. of Shreveport, which serves nearly 120,000 customers in western Arkansas, gets 45 percent of its generation from coal, including power from the 624-megawatt Turk plant, opened in 2012.“No new coal, I think we can make that declaration,” said Andrew Lachowsky, vice president of planning and market operations for Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp., echoing Castleberry.More: Power balance shifting in Arkansas: coal crucial but losing ground Arkansas utilities agree: ‘No new coal’last_img read more

Open public call for co-financing projects of professional associations in tourism and hospitality

first_imgWhen selecting projects, compliance with the Tourism Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia until 2020 will be taken into account. Priority in co-financing will be given to applicants who employ at least one young unemployed person of relevant profession and / or volunteer experience in a certain field (up to 30 years) and clearly define the work plan of the newly employed person during the project implementation, for the preparation and implementation of the project employ at least one unemployed person with a disability of appropriate profession and / or volunteer experience in a particular area and clearly define the work plan of the newly employed person with disabilities human resources strengthening projects for the purpose of cluster association and have one or more partners in the implementation of the project. The amount of requested funds can be from forty thousand kuna to two hundred thousand kuna per project and the applicant can claim a maximum of 70 percent of the project value. The applicant may submit a maximum of one program / project to the Public Tender. This is the traditional support of the Ministry of Tourism, which aims to raise the competitiveness of Croatian tourism by strengthening professional associations in tourism and / or hospitality. A total of one million and seven hundred thousand kuna from the program will be available for projects that contribute to raising the quality of human resources in tourism and hospitality; among other things for professional development and training projects, all with the aim of strengthening the Croatian tourist product and its recognition on the international market Public Call it is open to all interested professional associations from February 7 to March 7, 2019. Those professional associations in tourism and / or catering that have a statutory activity in the field of tourism and / or catering may apply. Today, the Ministry of Tourism announced a public call intended for professional associations operating in tourism and catering to co-finance projects of professional associations. The Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia, Gari Cappelli, during the announcement of the public invitation, reminded that increasing the competitiveness of the tourist product must be a common goal of all stakeholders in tourism, adding: “By co-financing projects of professional associations in tourism and catering, we strive to provide support to associations as important partners of the Ministry of Tourism who think creatively and in synergy with other stakeholders create new tourism products, raise the quality of human resources in tourism and catering and ultimately strengthen the entire Croatian tourism offer. In the past three years, we have co-financed forty-four projects to strengthen professional associations in the total amount of 6,3 million kuna, and I believe that the associations will show significant interest this year and thus encourage further development of innovation and quality destination management. Attachment: Public call intended for professional associations operating in tourism and cateringlast_img read more

The County of Istria has sent a public invitation to mark the World Tourism Day in Istria

first_imgThe Department therefore invites all legal and natural persons, ie providers of tourist and tourism-related services operating in the Istrian County, to get involved, in order to make the tourist offer more accessible to all citizens and visitors of Istria. After the successful implementation of the initiative to open the tourist year and start tourism in Istria, which in extraordinary circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic managed to attract over 100 attractions and 5.000 visitors throughout Istria in two days, the Administrative Department of Tourism of Istria marking World Tourism Day. The celebration of the World Tourism Day is scheduled for September 26 and 27 (Saturday and Sunday) in the entire Istria County. Among all applications received, those that fit into development priorities will be selected, especially those that operate in accordance with the principles of sustainable and responsible development, and which contribute to raising quality and extending the tourist season, creating experiences, employment and balanced development of Istrian tourism. World Tourism Day is celebrated on September 27, the day when the Statute of the UNWTO (UN World Tourism Organization) was adopted in 1970, which represents a kind of turning point in the history of tourism in the world. This year’s motto under which the day is celebrated is “Tourism & Rural development.” Find out more HERElast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Dec. 3

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAmerica needs an FDR, not a TrumpI watched the impeachment inquiry on Nov. 13 and became confused as to who it was that they were investigating, President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Vice President Biden or Trump.The Republicans really have to let the 2016 election go. They claim it is the Democrats having a hard time, but they continually bring it up.My son and I went to FDR’s home and museum, and in today’s world he would definitely be called a “liberal.” To me he represents what and who a president should be. This man took office during the Depression, Dust Bowl and aggression from Germany, Italy and Japan. Each and every one of them have benefited from the action he took to save our country.Most of it was done in the first 100 days of his term — Social Security, unemployment insurance, welfare, 40-hour work week, minimum wage, child labor laws, United Nations, just to name a few. After seeing what he accomplished, I looked at my son and said, “and Trump is what we have today.”If there ever was a president that deserved to be impeached, it is Trump. What ever became of men like FDR? Is there really one around? If there is, I am hoping we can find him or her in one of the candidates running in 2020.Patricia FialkowskiRotterdamClimate report cited was misleadingJames Homan’s Nov. 28 letter (“Don’t believe all you read about climate”)  led me to do some quick fact checking.What I soon found was criticism that only 10 of the “500 scientists” identified themselves as climate scientists, none actually doing active research. A significant portion of the co-signers are either engineers or professionals in non-technical fields.A majority of scientist reviewers said it relies on inaccurate claims about climate science that are very misleading. For example, Timothy Osborn, a professor at the University of East Anglia and director of research at the Climatic Research Unit, wrote: “This statement is unscientific. It ignores well-established understanding of climate and of what causes the climate to change. It makes cherry-picked statements, such as noting that some vegetation grows more with increased CO2 while ignoring the risks of serious damage arising from the climate change that is being caused by the same increase in CO2.“The authors of the statement appear to be very unfamiliar with climate science: for example, they do not know that the amount of global warming we have observed is very close to the amount predicted by climate models.”The truth is that the vast majority of climate scientists are in agreement that climate change is real, and it is an emergency.Even the U.S. military is preparing for its effects.Tom McCrossanNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Henshaw gets help from O’Driscoll

first_img The 21-year-old midfielder then revealed Ireland’s record caps holder O’Driscoll is doubling as a personal analysis coach to help him realise his rich potential. “Brian and I stay in contact by text and a couple of phone-calls here and there,” said Henshaw. “He gives me a couple of things to work on, he has a look and studies my games. “He is really helping me a lot and I have a lot of respect for him. He hasn’t been in camp, but he has been on the phone. “He has been studying the matches, having a look at them himself, giving me things to work on and telling me what I’m doing well. “I made sure to ask for him to keep helping me after last season. I kind of said to him ‘don’t leave me now!’ I said ‘give me a dig-out when you go and help me to improve’.” Ireland boss Joe Schmidt is yet to reveal his hand on exactly who will prove O’Driscoll’s long-term replacement, and Henshaw may ultimately wind up at inside centre. Gordon D’Arcy’s absence from the 29-15 victory over South Africa led Schmidt to pair direct outside-centre rivals Henshaw and Jared Payne in midfield. Former British and Irish Lions captain O’Driscoll anointed Connacht battering ram Henshaw as his great successor on his retirement at the end of last season. Henshaw held firm at outside centre as Ireland edged out Australia 26-23 in Dublin on Saturday to complete their first autumn Test series clean sweep in eight years. Press Association Henshaw’s physical presence helped Ireland subdue the Springboks, while Payne’s foot sprain ushered fit-again D’Arcy back into action for Saturday’s Australia battle. Schmidt can keep his midfield cards shielded until the Six Nations then, with Henshaw simply happy to be featuring. “I’m trying to grow into it now and keep improving,” said Henshaw. “I’ll keep the head down and work away down in Connacht, staying in touch with Joe (Schmidt) and Brian (O’Driscoll) to try to improve my game. “No doubt Mils Muliaina will give me a hand at the club as well, as he played a little bit of 13. “I’ll have a nice team around me so I’ll just try to keep improving. “There are a lot of serious contenders so nothing’s settled: Darren Cave had a good game for Ulster at the weekend and Jared Payne, as you saw against South Africa, he was amazing there as well. “There is serious competition, which will only make me want to improve even more.” Brian O’Driscoll is pulling out all the stops to mentor Robbie Henshaw through his bid to claim Ireland’s vacant 13 shirt.last_img read more

Michigan DNR Auctioning Off Several Parcels of Land in Northeast Michigan

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisMichigan- The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is auctioning off surplus land throughout the state, including several parcels of land in Northeast Michigan.80 Parcels will be featured throughout the state. Three parcels are in Alpena County, ranging from 2.4 to 40 acres. Three 40 acre properties are available in Montmorency County. There is also two parcels in Oscoda County. The bidding opens on December 12th and concludes on January 10th. All received bids will be opened on January 24th.For more information on the properties, minimum bid price, conditions, visit www.michigan.gov/landforsale.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious ACC Players Gearing Up For Comedy “The Actor’s Nightmare”Next Candle Light Vigil to Honor Children Who Have Passed Awaylast_img read more