to go further “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Organisation News June 4, 2021 Find out more June 8, 2021 Find out more RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan RSF_en Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia BelarusEurope – Central AsiaRussia Media independenceEvents An RT vehicle in the streets of Minsk on 26 August (credit : people.onliner.by) BelarusEurope – Central AsiaRussia Media independenceEvents Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the use of “Russian specialists” to replace employees who resigned from the Belarusian state TV and radio broadcaster BT after a strike in support of nearly month-old protests against fraudulent presidential election results. They are being used to maintain strict control over the state media, RSF said.The Russian TV broadcaster RT (the former Russia Today) was warmly thanked for its help by President Alexander Lukashenko on 1 September. “Russian specialists” began replacing employees at BT the day after the strike began on 17 August.Around 300 BT employees participated in the strike and a hundred or so resigned in support of the protesters. Other state-owned TV channels, Stalitsa, ONT and STV, have also been hit by these departures. The lack of cameramen, editors and IT specialists has paralysed the news channels.BT producer Alyona Martinovskaya said she was prevented from working on 19 August, after expressing support for the protests, and was replaced by Russian workers. These “specialists” are reportedly working in TV newsrooms, handling production, editing and transmission. Lukashenko himself confirmed on 21 August that “two or three groups of Russian journalists” had been invited to help Belarusian TV channels.This is also what BT employees have told the Russian daily RBC on condition of anonymity. The first RT team was seen on 18 August and consisted of five technicians and IT specialists, plus Konstantin Prydybaylo, a former BT employee who is now an RT correspondent in Belarus. The team returned to Russia a few days later but was immediately replaced by another.The close links between RT and BT can even be seen in the content broadcast since the start of the strike. BT often uses video shot by the RT team based in Minsk, and prefers studio interviews with Russian and Ukrainian “experts” to actual news coverage, according to an analysis by the Belarusian consultancy Sense Analytics.“Former BT chief Gennady Davydko said on 27 August that ‘state media are working to stabilize the situation and foreign media are working to destabilize it,’ but a double-standard applies to the Russian teams who have come to prop up the government’s propaganda,” said Jeanne Cavelier, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “These strike breakers are broadcasting biased content with new techniques, and are refusing to provide objective coverage of the developments taking place in Belarus.”Ruled since 1994 by Lukashenko, who has been reelected in the first round every five years, Belarus is ranked 153rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. News September 3, 2020 Russian specialists fill gaps left in Belarusian state broadcaster Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says June 7, 2021 Find out more News News Receive email alerts
FARLEY, Iowa (Sept. 13) – Jason Schueller led most of the way and pulled ahead late in winning Friday’s Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour presented by XSAN feature at Farley Speedway. The $1,500 IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified series victory came during the Yankee Dirt Track Classic and put Schueller on the ballot for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. Mark Elliott qualified from his “B” feature and advanced 15 spots to second while new series point leader Mike Van Genderen was third. Mark Schulte and Jerry Luloff rounded out the top five. Schulte drew the outside front row start and led the first two circuits. The third starting Schueller was alongside and ahead by the width of his bumper when the next lap was scored, then began to pull away before a lap seven caution tightened the field back up. Elliott was up to fourth by lap 10 and got by Schulte for second on lap 15. A series of yellow flags interrupted the race after midway before Van Genderen set his sights on second.Elliott held off that challenge but neither driver was able to make any progress in reeling in Schueller before the end of the 30-lapper. Van Genderen, however, took over the top spot in the standings when Ronn Lauritzen was relegated to 21st place.The championship of the fourth annual series will be decided in the tour finale Saturday evening, Sept. 14 at Farley. That event pays $2,000 to win. Schueller’s victory was his Hawkeye Dirt Tour first. Forty-four Modifieds were entered at Farley for the 10th series event of the season.Feature results – 1. Jason Schueller, Dubuque; 2. Mark Elliott, Webster City; 3. Mike Van Genderen, Newton; 4. Mark Schulte, Delhi; 5. Jerry Luloff, Independence; 6. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 7. Kurt Kile, Nichols; 8. Matt Gansen, Zwingle; 9. Ron Barker, Dubuque; 10. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 11. Dakota Hayden, Wilton; 12. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D.; 13. Bob Moyer, Dubuque; 14. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 15. Mitch Morris, Eldridge; 16. Zach Less, Hopkinton; 17. Steve Stewart, Burlington; 18. Scott Hogan, Vinton; 19. Jerry King, Waterloo; 20. Chris Horn, Cedar Rapids; 21. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup; 22. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 23. Shawn Ryan, Waterloo; 24. Jason Roth, Hazel Green, Wis.1st heat (top four) – 1. Schulte; 2. Moyer; 3. Van Genderen; 4. Roth; 5. Elliott; 6. Kile; 7. Tyler Madigan, Peosta; 8. Matt Werner, Colona, Ill.; 9. John Gartner Jr., Bismarck, N.D.; 10. Tyler Droste, Waterloo; 11. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids.2nd heat – 1. Morris; 2. Hayden; 3. Barker; 4. Stewart; 5. Less; 6. Kenny Kostenbader, Freeport, Ill.; 7. Dennis Betzer, Central City; 8. Justin Rix, Olin; 9. Jeremy Gengler, Lancaster, Wis.; 10. Keith Pittman, Waterloo; 11. Gustin. 3rd heat – 1. Schueller; 2. Gansen; 3. Luloff; 4. Cordes; 5. Shryock; 6. Mike Burbridge, Delhi; 7. Dugan Thye, Burlington; 8. Pete Bonin, Platteville, Wis.; 9. David McClain, Potosi, Wis.; 10. Steve Vannatta, Platteville, Wis.; 11. Shaun Slaughter, Iowa City.4th heat – 1. Ryan; 2. Carter; 3. Lauritzen; 4. Horn; 5. Hogan; 6. King; 7. Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill.; 8. Wolla; 9. Wade Steinmann, Monroe, Wis.; 10. Mike Weidemann, Dubuque; 11. John Campbell, Dubuque;1st “B” feature (top three) – 1. Elliott; 2. Shryock; 3. Kile; 4. Werner; 5. Gartner; 6. Thye; 7. Bonin; 8. Olson; 9. Madigan; 10. Vannatta; 11. Burbridge; 12. Droste; 13. Thompson; 14. Slaughter; 15. McClain. 2nd “B” feature – 1. Hogan; 2. Gustin; 3. Wolla; 4. King; 5. Gengeler; 6. Betzer; 7. Kostenbader; 8. Campbell; 9. Steinmann; 10. Less; 11. Pittman; 12. Waterman; 13. Weidemann; 14. Rix.Provisionals – Less and King.
A triumphant Steve Bruce left Wearside wondering if Sunderland fans might finally accept he did a decent job for them after masterminding Hull’s fourth successive victory over the Black Cats. The former boss at the Stadium of Light saw his team recover from a dreadful start – they fell behind with just 30 seconds on the clock – to run out 3-1 winners and in the process end a 10-game winless Barclays Premier League run. Victory lifted the Tigers out of the bottom three ahead of Sunday’s home clash with fellow strugglers Leicester and handed their manager some welcome respite. Asked about his recent record against his former employers, Corbridge-born Bruce said with a smile: “I take no real pleasure in that. “Of course I get abused from the moment I walk in here until I go home, but the vast majority might just have a little look and think, ‘Do you know what it is? He didn’t do a bad job after all here’. “It’s the way it is. In some people’s eyes I’m black and white, and today I am pleased to be.” Victory came despite the most unpromising of openings as Adam Johnson fired the the home side into a first-minute lead after Hull skipper Curtis Davies left his back-pass woefully short and then failed spectacularly to redeem himself as he attempted to shield the ball back to keeper Allan McGregor. However, the visitors showed commendable powers of recovery and were back in it 12 minutes before the break when Gaston Ramirez’s long-range effort took a wicked bounce in front of keeper Costel Pantilimon and flew inside the post. Sunderland were furious not to be awarded penalties when first Alex Bruce and then Stephen Quinn appeared to handle inside the box in a late first-half flurry, and their misery was compounded after the break when James Chester and then substitute Nikica Jelavic struck, the latter again with the help of what looked like an unpunished handball offence, to wrap up the win. Black Cats head coach Gus Poyet said: “Look, I have got a great life and I am not going to give the FA one penny [for talking about] the referee because he doesn’t even need to have my respect, unfortunately. “I am not going to give anything about him because he doesn’t take anything from me or from this club. He needs to look after himself. “For me, if the hands are not next to your body in the penalty box, it’s a penalty, see you later, and the last one before the third goal is a handball as well from Quinn in the middle of the park. “Until the penalty incidents it was a normal game, I don’t think there was too much in it. There were two strange goals in the game and after the penalty incidents,the game changed completely, the atmosphere in the stadium and the emotions of the players. “If you are there and you play and you care it’s difficult to cope with those decisions, so it was a little bit strange after. We spent too much energy thinking why they were not given and not playing the game.” Bruce, however, did not agree with his opposite number. He said: “Look for me, the referee has got it right. They are difficult but Quinn’s in particular, his hand is up by his face, he is trying to protect his face and he does take it on the chin. When it’s close to you like that how are you supposed to get out of the road of it? “For me, the referee showed common sense.” Press Association
BREAKING NEWSAustralia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced on Thursday afternoon that a Royal Australian Air Force Orion was being diverted to check on two objects that may be the wreckage of MH370 which disappeared on March 8 on a flight to Beijing.Mr Abbott said that three more aircraft including the P8 would be over the area later on Thursday.Mr Abbott said he has informed Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak of the developments.However he warned against drawing any premature conclusions or hopes on the search. “We must keep in mind the task of locating these objects will be extremely difficult and it may turn out that they are not related to the search for flight MH370,” Mr Abbott said. One of the objects is 24m in length.Here is the statement from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority:The Australian Maritime Safety Authority is coordinating the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft, with assistance from the Australian Defence Force, the New Zealand Air Force and the United States Navy. AMSA’s Rescue Coordination Centre Australia has received satellite imagery of objects possibly related to the search for the missing aircraft, flight MH370. RCC Australia received an expert assessment of commercial satellite imagery on Thursday. The images were captured by satellite. They may not be related to the aircraft. The assessment of these images was provided by the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation as a possible indication of debris south of the search area that has been the focus of the search operation. The imagery is in the vicinity of the search area defined and searched in the past two days. Four aircraft have been reoriented to the area 2500 kilometres south-west of Perth as a result of this information. A Royal Australian Air Force Orion aircraft arrived in the area about 1.50pm. A further three aircraft have been tasked by RCC Australia to the area later today, including a Royal New Zealand Air Force Orion and United States Navy P8 Poseidon aircraft. The Poseidon aircraft is expected to arrive at 3pm. The second RAAF Orion is expected to depart RAAF Base Pearce at 6pm. The New Zealand Orion is due to depart at 8pm. A RAAF C-130 Hercules aircraft has been tasked by RCC Australia to drop datum marker buoys. These marker buoys assist RCC Australia by providing information about water movement to assist in drift modelling. They will provide an ongoing reference point if the task of relocating the objects becomes protracted. A merchant ship that responded to a shipping broadcast issued by RCC Australia on Monday is expected to arrive in the area about 6pm.
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Blogging#conferences#news#SXSW 2011#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… mike melanson 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Over the last year, blogging platform WordPress has nearly doubled in size growing from 10.5 million blogs last March to 18 million today. With more than 10% of the Web powered by WordPress – according to founding developer Matt Mullenweg – it has become increasingly important for the company to support more interfaces and today it has done just that with iPad-optimized themes.The company announced today that an iPad-optimized view would be immediately available, bringing “swiping, rotation, and many other features of the iPad” to all 18 million blogs on WordPress.com.When Mullenweg spoke at this year’s SXSW, he described WordPress as increasingly becoming a platform. Not only is WordPress used as a blogging platform, but as a content management system. WordPress.com and WordPress.org handle more than 520 million unique visitors per month, said Mullenweg. Now, many of those blogs will be more accessible to iPad users.According to the announcement, the iPad version of WordPress.com blogs will be powered by HTML5 and OnSwipe, bringing an “app-like” functionality to iPad users. Already, about 750,000 daily pageviews come from iPad users and the company says that “with the launch of Apple’s iPad we have seen the future of computing and it is touch.”The addition of an iPad-optimized view will allow blog owners to customize background images, logos, fonts and skins for iPad visitors, as well as disable or enable the iPad view entirely. For those who run WordPress on their own server, the iPad view is available as a separate plug-in. Watch the video below for a bit more on where Mullenweg sees the future of WordPress.
oregon bill simmons failed trollFormer ESPNer Bill Simmons – now the owner and operator of The Ringer – attended college at Holy Cross, which landed a 16-seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament. Friday, the Crusaders take on 1-seed Oregon for the right to play in the round of 32. As such, Simmons attempted to poke fun at the Ducks’ program – but somehow failed miserably in the process.Simmons took to Twitter this morning, posting a photo of the 1947 Holy Cross squad that won the national title, asking Oregon fans to show him a photo of their national championship team. Clearly, he didn’t they they’ve ever had one. Except they do – Oregon won the first NCAA Tournament, back in 1939. Simmons quickly admitted defeat.Where is Oregon’s NCAA championship team photo? pic.twitter.com/BP12ahS4kE— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) March 18, [email protected] Here it is. See you at 4:27 PST. Game On!! pic.twitter.com/TnRhcz6mOd— William (John) Moore (@akajtg) March 18, 2016Touche!!! 1939 vs. 1947 – tonight at 7:30! RT @akajtg: @BillSimmons Here it is. See you at 4:27 PST. Game On!! pic.twitter.com/wYfchlL2Tt— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) March 18, 2016The two programs may have the same number of national championship teams, but we don’t think tonight’s game will be anywhere close to even. Simmons probably should have done some quick research before firing off his tweet.
Men’s Tennis falls in indoor championships The No. 3 Ohio State men’s tennis team advanced to the championship match in the ITA National Team Indoors after defeating No. 2 Virginia, 4-1, Sunday, but fell to No. 1 USC, 4-3, in the final match. The loss was the Buckeyes’ first of the season as their record drops to 12-1 overall. OSU returns home to face Kentucky for a match scheduled for Feb. 25. Baseball’s Dezse named Big Ten Player of the Week Ohio State sophomore first baseman and pitcher Josh Dezse was named the Big Ten Player of the Week for his performance in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge. Dezse went 7-for-14 overall including a home run, five RBIs and four runs. In all three games Dezse had at least two hits as OSU won two out of the three contests. Many publications named Dezse a preseason first-team All-American. This is the third time in Dezse’s career that he’s been named the conference’s player of the week. The baseball team will travel to Atlanta, Ga., for a three-game series against No. 10 Georgia Tech this weekend. Spooner in contention for player of the year honors in women’s hockey Senior forward Natalie Spooner is one of 30 final candidates for the 2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, which is given to the top player in women’s college ice hockey. Spooner helped lead the Buckeyes to a 16-14-4 regular season record while averaging 0.94 goals per game. Men’s Lacrosse upsets No. 5 Denver The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team beat Denver, 10-9, Sunday to bring their record to 3-0 on the season. Junior attackman Logan Schuss had five goals in the contest which helped him earn ECAC Lacrosse League Offensive Player of the Week honors. Schuss has had at least one point in every game of his collegiate career. He has totaled 15 points and 10 goals on the season, which brings him to 123 points in his career. That total makes him 20th in Ohio State history. Dean earns Big Ten Co-Gymnast of the Week honors Junior gymnast Colleen Dean was named Big Ten Co-Gymnast of the Week along with Nebraska freshman Jessie DeZiel Monday. Dean won first place in the all-around competition in a dual meet with Denver Saturday. The team combined for a program record 197.625 points. The team next competes at home against Penn State Saturday at 4 p.m.
Junior center Amir Williams (23) reaches up for a shot. OSU beat Illinois, 48-39, Feb. 15 at the State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill. Courtesy of Brenton Tse / The Daily IlliniAs March approaches and college basketball teams look to build their résumés, perhaps the most important thing any team can have is a short memory.Just four days after having a three-game winning streak snapped at home by archrival No.15 Michigan, 70-60, the Ohio State Buckeyes got back to their winning ways against Illinois, beating the Fighting Illini, 48-39.Despite a tough first half where the Buckeyes trailed by as many as six points — including a three-point margin at halftime — No. 22 OSU (20-6, 7-6, fifth in the Big Ten) would manage to fight its way back in the second half.Five points from junior forward LaQuinton Ross — who finished the game with nine points — followed by a 3-pointer from senior guard Aaron Craft was enough for OSU to take a 28-25 lead with 15:14 remaining. The Buckeyes would never trail again.Although the Fighting Illini (14-12, 3-10) would cut the lead to one at 30-29 with 12:19 left, OSU would score the next 12 points and secure its 20th win of the season. It is the ninth consecutive season OSU has won at least 20 games.Despite not playing in the final 10:13 of the first half, Craft finished the game with a game-high 14 points.Freshman forward Marc Loving and sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle would contribute for OSU off the bench, scoring eight and five points respectively.Illinois junior center Nnanna Egwu continued to hurt OSU on the glass, recording a career-high 13 rebounds on the night to go with six points.OSU’s 48 points were its lowest total of the season, but managed to hold Illinois to just 16 points in the second half. The 39 points by Illinois were the second fewest allowed by the Buckeyes this season, with only the 35 scored by Marquette Nov. 16 being less.Next up, OSU is scheduled to return to the Schottenstein Center for a matchup against Northwestern (12-13, 5-7, seventh in the Big Ten) Wednesday at 7 p.m.