Opposition journalist abducted and threatened by soldiers

first_img February 3, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Opposition journalist abducted and threatened by soldiers News RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan RSF_en June 4, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Azerbaijan Organisation AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders said it was appalled by the abduction and threats to a journalist on the opposition daily Monitor, Akper Hasanov, who was held for almost five hours on 2 February at Baku military headquarters.Soldiers in plain clothes forced him to write a refutation of one of his articles carried by the Monitor on 29 January that reported on horrifying conditions endured by a military unit in the Geranboy region. “We are appalled at the crude methods of intimidation used by government employees towards a journalist,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said in a letter to the defence minister. ” The fact that defence ministry officials can kidnap an opposition journalist on the streets of Baku in broad daylight with complete impunity is a disturbing indication of the deterioration in press freedom in Azerbaijan,” it said, calling for an independent investigation to establish the full facts of the case.Hasanov’s ordeal began when he was approached by a man who described himself as a teacher who had been unfairly dismissed. He said he had proof of his allegations and invited the journalist to follow him to Icheri Sheher (army headquarters) to show him some documents.Several people then seized the journalist and took him to the office of the Baku military command where he was held from midday until 4.30pm. His kidnappers forced him to put in writing that his article headlined « if war was tomorrow », carried in Monitor on 29 January 2005, was in fact written by the newspaper’s editor, Elmar Huseynov, against whom the authorities were already taking legal action. They threatened to sack his uncle who works for the defence ministry and frightened him by saying that they knew his telephone number and address. In the face of relentless psychological harassment, he finally wrote a letter saying that his editor was the author of the article. The soldiers seized his dictaphone and listened to all his recordings. They then called the defence ministry and said that their job was done.Elmar Huseynov, editor of Monitor described the incident as a brutal violation of the law and of press freedom. “It is an obvious sign of the lamentable state of free expression in our country and ignorance of the demands of the international community in relation to press freedom,” he said.The daily has been hounded through the courts since October 2003 and sentenced to pay heavy fines after several defamation actions brought by people close to the government. Members of the military abducted Akper Hasanov, journalist on opposition daily Monitor, and held him for nearly five hours for writing an article on an army unit that had evidently angered them. They held him at Baku military headquarters where he was forced under threat to write a refutation, accusing his editor of being the author of the article. June 8, 2021 Find out more to go further April 9, 2021 Find out more News News Receive email alerts Newslast_img read more

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Ohio class submarine launches Trident II D5 missiles

first_img View post tag: SSBN Authorities A U.S. Navy Ohio class ballistic missile submarine from Submarine Group 10, which has not been named, launched three Trident II D5 missiles completing a Follow-on Commander’s Evaluation Test (FCET).This test (FCET) is undertaken to obtain, under operationally representative conditions, valid reliability, accuracy, and performance of the missile system for use by Commander, Strategic Command and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.The last one was designated FCET-52 and spanned a three-day period. The operation marked the 158th, 159th, and 160th successful test flights of the Trident II D5 missile.The U.S. Navy said the safety of the public was of highest importance throughout the mission. Missiles were therefore unarmed and all launches were conducted from the sea and landed in the sea.The Trident II D5 is the latest generation of the U.S. Navy’s submarine-launched fleet ballistic missiles, following the highly successful Polaris, Poseidon, and Trident I C4 programs, as Lockheed Martin, the American defence company that produces the missiles, explains.First deployed in 1990, the Trident II D5 missile is currently aboard Ohio-class and British Vanguard-class submarines. View post tag: Trident II D5 Missile Ohio class submarine launches Trident II D5 missiles View post tag: US Navy Share this article March 17, 2016 Back to overview,Home naval-today Ohio class submarine launches Trident II D5 missiles last_img read more

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HHS Secretary Azar says FDA will move ‘as quickly as possible’ to OK Moderna and Pfizer’s vaccines

first_imgThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration will move “as quickly as possible” to clear Pfizer and Moderna‘s coronavirus vaccines for emergency use, the top official at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Monday.HHS Secretary Alex Azar told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that the “incredible” interim results from Moderna, which announced on Monday that its vaccine candidate is more than 94% effective in preventing Covid-19, paired with similar results from Pfizer last week make for a “historic day in public health.” Azar, who heads the federal agency that oversees the FDA, said the agency has dedicated teams working with both companies to “remove any unnecessary bureaucratic barriers” and are completing their authorization applications “as we speak.”- Advertisement – “We hope those applications from both Pfizer and Moderna will get in as quickly as possible,” Azar told CNBC. “We will independently call those balls and strikes on the data and evidence, but we’re going to do so as quickly as possible, consistent with just making sure the science, the evidence and the law support authorization.”The U.S. has already invested more than $2 billion in Moderna’s vaccine, which it developed in collaboration with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases as part of the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed. The program is led by several departments within the federal government to accelerate the development, manufacturing and distribution of vaccines.In August, Moderna announced that it had reached a deal with the U.S. government to supply 100 million doses of its vaccine. The deal gives the federal government the option to purchase up to 400 million additional doses.- Advertisement – The U.S. also struck a near $2 billion deal with Pfizer in July for 100 million doses of its vaccine. Under the agreement, the U.S. can acquire 500 million additional doses.There should be roughly 40 million doses of coronavirus vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer produced by the end of this year, enough to inoculate about 20 million people since both vaccines require two shots, said Azar, who oversees OWS.The federal government also has supply agreements for Covid-19 vaccines from Johnson and Johnson; Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline; Novavax and AstraZeneca. The goal is to provide enough coronavirus vaccine doses to all Americans who want to be vaccinated against the disease by the second quarter of 2021 once all the drugs are authorized, Azar said.“The product will role off the production lines — tens and tens of millions of doses each month — and we’ll vaccinate as we get them and as they’re quality controlled and released,” he said. – Advertisement –center_img Alex Azar, secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), speaks during a news conference at the CDC Roybal Campus in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020.Elijah Nouvelage | Bloomberg | Getty Images – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Hearts threatens to withdraw from 4-club Tournament

first_imgAccra Hearts of Oak has threatened to withdraw from the upcoming 4-club Africa Community challenge Cup if they do not receive their appearance fee of $20,000 before the Tournament kicks off on Friday.Sources from  Tthe Crystal Touch Company limited, organizers of the 4-club Africa Community challenge Cup have hinted sportscrusaderonline.com that the Phobians made their intentions known on Monday afternoon during a meeting with Hearts of Oak at the club’s secretariat.The source stressed that “Hearts of Oaks General Manager Hackman Aidoo made it clear to us that Hearts will only play in the Tournament if they receive the $20,000 appearance fee before Friday. Instead, he said Hearts will want to play another friendly outside Accra if they do not receive what is due them ahead of time”.“Hearts also made it clear to us that their decision was based on several of such instances where they play Tournaments and yet still do not get what is due them. They want to guard against such occurrences so not to be fooled again” the Crystal Touch source said.last_img read more

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RFH Senior Shares Love of Dance By Teaching at Sisters Academy

first_imgThe Sisters Academy in Asbury Park NJ is an all-girls middle school (grades 5 through 8) that provides its students an academically challenging and highly disciplined learning environment. Just as with all other schools, there are specials, or opportunities to take non-academic classes as well. At the Sisters Academy, one of their electives, Hip-Hop Dance class, is taught by R-FH’s own Sydney Ringer (class of 2012).This past summer, Ms. Ringer participated in a “Leaders for Social Change” course housed at Yale University. The program, offered by Academic Study Associates (ASA), was a three-week-long summer program offered to high school sophomores and juniors with a focus on developing future leaders. Students attending this program identify a global issue of concern to them (such as global climate change or health care access), then develop skills that are applicable to developing strategies for change: leadership skills, problem solving, finance, volunteer strategies and more. Participants of this program then develop an action plan to make a difference in their community back home.“Back home,” Sydney remarks of her fellow students, “is a lot of places. This program was highly international, and home was Lebanon, Brazil, Italy, and beyond. It was interesting to work towards finding common ground with my fellow students. We had to accept things about each other; we had to agree to disagree.” This ability to work together is a hallmark of the young participants. In the end, these students – Sydney included– had to take their action plan home and make it work.Sydney, who has been dancing competitively for 9 years, built her idea around her talent, dance and choreography. Ms. Ringer’s plan was to bring some of her knowledge to students who had a desire to learn dance, but probably didn’t have the resources. But the location? The students? Those questions had yet to be worked out upon her return.An introduction to the Sisters of Mercy in Asbury Park was all she needed. Sydney began teaching a dance class at Sisters Academy, and now is in the middle of the first full semester of her class. Sydney works with half of the seventh grade students during their school day in the fall semester, and the other half in the spring semester. Each class progresses from warm-ups to new moves, and then works on a sequence and routine. Sydney hopes to find a performance space for the students to hold a recital at year’s end.Ms. Ringer keeps on learning. She says that teaching as a skill is less mysterious to her now; she has come to understand an educator’s focus on students and providing them an opportunity to succeed.These leadership skills dovetail nicely into Sydney’s future plans. She is interested in politics and finds herself attending to the many different points of view that exist in the world. As she waits to hear from the colleges to which she has applied, Sydney Ringer continues to dedicate herself to her community and her art.last_img read more

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Bringing Style & Confidence to Cancer Patients

first_imgBy Michele J. KuhnRED BANK – Michele K. Lawson isn’t the type of person who volunteers for a short time and then goes onto something else.Lawson, a hair stylist at the Hair Company on White Street, has been a volunteer for the American Cancer Society (ACS) since 2001, giving her talents to women needing wigs and a lesson in makeup for the organization’s Look Good …Feel Better program. Last year, she was awarded the cancer society’s Sunshine Award, which recognizes an individual in the state who has “displayed exceptional dedication and outstanding volunteer leadership” with the program. She was lauded for “going the extra mile” to meet with patients at the ACS office, hospital and the salon where she works and enthusiastically promoting the program which helps patients learn beauty techniques to manage “appearance-related” side effects of cancer treatment.Michele K. Lawson, an American Cancer Society volunteer since 2001, uses her talents as a hair stylist for the Look Good … Feel Better program.The impetus for Lawson to become a volunteer came about while she was visiting her stepmother in Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City when her stepmom was being treated for colon cancer. Lawson saw a session of the Look Good…Feel Better program being held and knew immediately she could help others. She contacted ACS in Monmouth County and began first as a program facilitator and then – putting her talents to use – as a wig stylist. She now holds wig clinics on a regular basis, helping women keep their wigs in good condition and in style and stresses that every female cancer patient should know that they can get a free wig through the ACS.The 45-year-old attributes her longevity in the program to the deep emotion she felt when her stepmother, who was “like a mother” to her, died at age 55. “It totally changed my life forever. Cancer has made a great impact on my family,” Lawson said.Lawson said she felt “completely out of control” when her stepmother was diagnosed with cancer. “I couldn’t help her. I couldn’t change anything … This is where I can help.”Even though she is a single mother of three boys, ages 18, 16 and 14, “works every day in this economy” and doesn’t really have extra time to volunteer, Lawson “can’t imagine quitting … I can’t imagine not helping these people,” she said. “Instead of volunteering less, I think I actually volunteer more now.“Personally, I love what I do as a hair stylist and makeup artist … It’s my forte. Being able to help people with my craft is an easy way of giving back,” Lawson said.Her sons also give back to the American Cancer Society. They have been volunteering their time for many years, loading or unloading trucks, participating in Making Strides For Breast Cancer walk and doing whatever they can to assist.The salon where Lawson works also is in involved in the fight against cancer. The Hair Company is one of the Red Bank businesses that supports the Paint the Town Pink effort by Meridian Health Systems, Lawson said. The salon’s windows are decorated to help women remember to get their mammograms and a pink piggy bank is located in the shop to accept donations to help fund the diagnostic tests for those who are uninsured or underinsured.In the next few weeks, when she is scheduled to get her mammogram, Lawson expects to be one of the people helped by the Paint the Town Pink campaign. “I have my doctor’s appointment coming. I don’t have health insurance and I will be using one of those vouchers for my next mammogram,” she said. “I have to or I will be skipping my mammogram and I don’t want to do that.”last_img read more

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Community unites for events to support local mum Sonya Hamilton

first_imgA major fundraising drive is underway in the St Johnston and Finn Valley region to support Sonya Hamilton in her battle with illness.The ‘Sonya’s Struggle’ campaign was launched this week to raise money for Sonya Hamilton McCloskey, a mother of five who was recently diagnosed with cancer.More than €41,000 has been donated in recent days to assist the 35-year-old and her family in their hour of need. Several events, coffee mornings, cake sales, raffles and collections have been set-up for the cause in the coming weeks.Sonya’s story has moved an entire community to get behind her and her family. Originally from St. Johnston, Sonya now lives in Ballybofey with her husband Michael and their five young children.She was diagnosed with aggressive cancer in April 2019, following two years of illness. But the strong young woman has been researching into alternative treatment options, which has sparked the funding appeal.Sonya has returned to Letterkenny University Hospital today after undergoing surgery in Galway. Every step of her journey is now being supported by thousands of well-wishers through the ‘Sonya’s Struggle’ campaign. If you would like to donate to the GoFundMe page, please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/qap9y-sonyas-battleEveryone is welcome to support the upcoming fundraising events, which are:COLLECTION (22 June -29th June)McElhinneys Ballybofey are collecting at the door & all till points from Saturday morning 22nd June and for the rest of the week.COLLECTION (24th June )Sessiaghoneill NS end of year Mass Monday morning 24th – Collection before and after.COFFEE MORNING (25th June )McElhinneys Ballybofey are running a coffee morning in store Tuesday 25th June. CAKE SALE ( 28th June )Kavanagh’s Supervalu BallybofeyFri 28th June 11-3.For Goodness Cakes Donegal is sponsoring a cake to be raffled in store after the cake saleTEA AND COFFEE MORNING ( 29th June )Finn Valley Centre11am-3pmCOFFEE MORNING ( 6th July)Maggie’s TavernSt Johnston11am-2pmTABLE QUIZ (12th July)The Finn Valley Bar & BistroFri 12th July @ 9pm NIGHT AT THE RACESVenue to be confirmed20th JulyRaffles are also underway in McElhinneys, Brenda Doherty Hair & Makeup, Eadaoin’s Nail and Beauty Room, and Villa Rose Hotel. Check their social media pages or call into the businesses for details.Community unites for events to support local mum Sonya Hamilton was last modified: June 23rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:fundraisinggofundmesonya hamiltonsonya’s strugglelast_img read more

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McGrady, Lobo, Self and McGraw headline Hall of Fame class

first_imgFormer Chicago Bulls general manager Jerry Krause, and former Globetrotter and New York Rens player Zack Clayton were honored posthumously.McGrady had earlier told reporters his celebration was being tempered by the impact of Hurricane Harvey on his family and neighbors in Texas.His estate in Sugar Land, Texas, suffered only minor damage from the storm, allowing him and his wife to take in the families of five relatives and friends for three days after mandatory evacuations. He also put on a Labor Day feast at a church in the Houston area for about 800 victims of the storm.“My sister was at the house, and I was trying to take her home and driving to her house. Just seeing cars under water and you don’t know if people are in there — it’s real,” he told reporters. “I’m being as vocal and proactive as I can.”Other inductees were vocal about other issues Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Jackson talked about being born in a box car in Missouri and rising to become a player and later a successful business executive and owner of the Globetrotters. His was the most political speech of the night, calling for unity in a divided nation, saying he does not believe the country can endure if it does not cast indifference, hatred and bigotry aside.“If basketball can be a showcase for non-discrimination, for integration, for performance-based emotions, why can’t we do that over in every part of our society?” he asked.Lobo and McGraw celebrated the growth of women’s basketball. McGraw became just the sixth women’s coach to be enshrined.“I’m grateful for Title IX and the opportunities that it’s given to women like me, who dreamed of a future where we could do the same job as a man, where playing a game could lead to a 40-year career,” she said.Lobo told a story about when her oldest daughter, Siobhan, was 5 years old and saw her father watching a UConn men’s game. She said to him, “I didn’t know boys play basketball too.”Self, 54, told The Associated Press he feels a little uncomfortable being enshrined in the middle of his career, which includes nine 30-win seasons and an NCAA championship in 2008“I hope it doesn’t mean that I’m on my last leg yet,” he said. “I think this will be motivation to try and validate it, always. I’ll work harder now that ever to validate being thought of with these other fraternity members.”Self spent part of his speech listing the Kansas basketball coaching greats in the Hall of Fame.“James Naismith, Phog Allen, Larry Brown, Roy Williams and me; what is wrong with that picture?” he joked.Jernstedt, credited with overseeing the growth of the Division I men’s tournament and the creation of the women’s tournament, acknowledged to reporters that his class doesn’t include a superstar name like Michael Jordan or Shaquille O’Neal, but said he is impressed with what this class has meant to the sport. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Pau Gasol becomes career scoring leader in EuroBasket “I didn’t know three of four of these people very well at all before, but the contributions they’ve made are so impressive,” he said. “Hopefully now, more people will understand that and reach out and learn more about them.”center_img E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES MOST READ Tracy McGrady raises his fists as he takes the stage for his enshrinement into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in Springfield, Mass. McGrady is a seven-time NBA All-Star and a two-time NBA scoring champion who played for seven NBA teams in his 16-season pro career. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Tracy McGrady says his wife, Clerenda, has been trying to get him to say that he deserves to be in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.The seven-time NBA All-Star and two-time league scoring champion couldn’t bring himself to do that, until Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He went to the podium during his induction pumping his fists in the air as the crowd chanted “T-Mac,” then celebrated his 15 years in the league.“On this day, I can finally say, ’Yes I deserve to be here,’” said McGrady, who played for seven teams, starring with Toronto, Orlando and Houston. “I am truly humbled. I’m grateful and proud to be in the class of 2017.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMcGrady was among 11 basketball greats enshrined Friday night.The class also includes former ABA and NBA star George McGinnis, former UConn and WNBA star Rebecca Lobo, Kansas men’s coach Bill Self, Notre Dame women’s coach Muffet McGraw, former Texas high school coach Robert Hughes, former Harlem Globetrotters player and now owner Mannie Jackson, NCAA administrator Tom Jernstedt and former European star Nick Galis.last_img read more

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