Opposition activist arrested for article posted online

first_img Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders today condemned the arrest of writer and political activist Andrei Kilmau on 3 April on a charge of “inciting the regime’s overthrow” in an article posted on the Internet in which he was very critical of President Lukashenko and looked at options for changing the political system in Belarus. The organisation is also concerned about a parliamentary committee’s bill that could require all online publications to register.While acknowledging that some of Kilmau’s comments were extreme, Reporters Without Borders stresses its opposition to any use of imprisonment as a punishment for the expression of opinions or for press offences.“This is the first time that an opponent of the Belarusian government has been arrested for an article posted online,” the press freedom organisation said. “The charge of ‘inciting the regime’s overthrow’ is being used to silence a dissident. Kilmau’s arrest highlights the almost total control exercised by the government over information in Belarus.” The organisation added: “We also fear that making websites register with the authorities will increase the pressure on independent online public publications, including blogs, and will encourage self-censorship.”Kilmau has been charged under criminal code article 361 for the essay he posted on the website of the Union for a Civic Party on 25 January. Article 361 punishes any “appeal for subversion or change of the constitutional system of the Republic of Belarus, or for accomplishment of crimes against the state, public appeals for violent seizure of power or change of the constitutional system of the Republic of Belarus, or betrayal to state, or accomplishment of terrorist act or sabotage, or distribution of materials, which contain such appeals realized with mass media usage.”Kilmau faces up to five years imprison. He has had several spells in prison in the past including a year and a half in 2005-2006 for organising a demonstration against the government.The Belarusian press freedom group BAJ held a news conference on 12 April to issue a warning about the parliamentary committee’s proposed law on Information, Information Technology and the Protection of Information, which proposes creating a system for registering all media, including online publications. It has not yet been made clear whether registration will be obligatory or just recommended. But such a law is very disturbing in a country such as Belarus, which is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “13 Internet Enemies.” RSF_en Organisation Newscenter_img April 20, 2007 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Opposition activist arrested for article posted online ———–Create your blog with Reporters Without Borders : www.rsfblog.org Reporters Without Borders today condemned the arrest of writer and political activist Andrei Kilmau on 3 April on a charge of “inciting the regime’s overthrow” in an article posted on the Internet in which he was very critical of President Lukashenko and looked at options for changing the political system in Belarus. The organisation is also concerned about a parliamentary committee’s bill that could require all online publications to register.last_img read more

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Lipton leads Stanhope to investment market

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Oklahoma City Thunder let one slip away against Los Angeles Clippers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Thunder is heading back to Oklahoma City, but it is not in a good place. The Oklahoma City Thunder were rolling, then they let one get away. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were still grooving after Durant’s MVP speech. They ran out to a big lead but let it unravel at the end of the first half and late in the fourth quarter.Sloppy defense, a couple of turnovers and somehow, some way, the Thunder is reeling all the way back to Oklahoma City.The Thunder led by as many as 22 points in the first quarter in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals. When the Clippers made a run in the second quarter, they never got closer than four points.center_img Darren Collison made the final two baskets for the Clippers, both on layups, as the Clippers rallied for a 101-97 victory Sunday at Staples Center. Oklahoma City got Blake Griffin in foul trouble, and he was on the bench with five fouls with 3:40 left in the third quarter. But Griffin made a big three-point play to tie the game at 94.Durant didn’t like a foul to the face by DeAndre Jordan as he went up for shot with 27 seconds left in the first half. Durant made the layup and flexed his muscles, too. The flagrant foul was downgraded to a personal foul, but the Thunder had a 55-44 lead and all the momentum in this game. And then they lost it. The Thunder thrived off much inspiration from Durant’s MVP speech. They’ll need to channel that again for Game 5. last_img read more

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Gouveia calls decision knee-jerk reaction

first_imgGCAA shuttling operations banBy Samuel SukhnandanThe Guyana Civil Aviation Authority’s (GCAA’s) decision to suspend all shuttling operations to the interior has been described as an unnecessary knee-jerk reaction.Commenting on the decision, Captain Gerald “Gerry” Gouveia, Managing Director of Roraima Airways, told Guyana Times on Thursday that he sees no basis for the suspension, nor was there any real analysis done.“I believe it was unnecessary. What this is doing is not hurting the operators, but the people in the hinterland; because these operations brought down the cost of living in the hinterland in Guyana tremendously,” he explained.Gouveia said shuttling, which is basically short flights to transport goods and fuel between interior airstrips, does not cause accidents. He said, “Pilots should obey and observe the same rules of flying, same technical operations of the plane, and same respect for safety altitudes.”Managing Director of Roraima Airways, Captain Gerry GouveiaDirector General of GCAA, Egbert FieldHe opined that instead of suspending the operations, there needs to be increased operational control and oversight, monitoring of pilots’ duty times, and establishment of a proper search-and-rescue system. In addition to the foregoing, he said, runways in the interior region should be improved, and there needs to be more training given in regard to air safety requirements.The businessman argued that the suspension should not have been triggered by the three recent planes crashes; GCAA needs to get to the root of the issue.In fact, a pilot attached to Roraima Airways had perished in one of those recent plane crashes, but Gouveia claims that each of the three crashes has its own peculiarities, and there is no correlation; a fact he said would be determined by at the GCAA the end of its process of investigations.Although concerns have emanated from certain sections of society regarding shuttle planes being overloaded during operations — which may have caused the recent incidents, Gouveia has said he doubts that is the case, because, based on the information he got, all three of the crashed planes were empty.Asked whether he thinks there are enough stringent measures in place to prevent accidents, he told this newspaper that the local aviation sector is right now safer than it ever was before.“Guyana has the most advanced and biggest domestic (aviation) sector in the Caribbean. Because of the size of our country, the operators and the private sector have responded not only to bring in more planes, but to bring relief to the people of the hinterland,” he pointed out.The GCAA on Wednesday ordered that all domestic shuttle operations be suspended until operators can provide Standard Operational Manuals and other documents showing how they conduct their business. These documents would have to be reviewed and approved by the GCAA before operations can be resumed.This move comes in light of the three recent crashes in the local aviation sector that resulted in the deaths of two pilots. All of the planes crashed while on shuttle operations. The GCAA met with domestic operators, but the decision to suspend shuttling did not go down “too good” with the operators.Director General of GCAA, Egbert Field, noted that the decision is necessary, since shuttle operations have expanded over the years, and this is the first time it is going to be fully regularised. The GCAA boss acknowledged the impact the decision would have on the mining industry as well as on some Indigenous communities.No specific period has been given for the ban to be lifted, but Fields has said he is hopeful the operators would submit their documents in a timely fashion. He added that some indicated that they were in the process of compiling those documents, and would be submitting them soon.This newspaper was told by a senior aviator that a meeting was held on Thursday evening with pilots from across the country, to put things in order to lift the suspension.That apart, a high level team from the Eugene F. Correia International Airport met with GCAA officials on Thursday to come to an amicable solution in regard to getting to the root causes of the recent accidents and to strengthen the safety system at the airport and with its operators.last_img read more

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Luthando Jackson is a mini music maestro

first_imgLuthando Jackson has been playing the guitar for only two years, and already he impresses all who hear him strum. The nine-year-old, who is the first in his family to show such prowess on the instrument, has a natural affinity for the guitar. Luthando Jackson is making his home town of Pietermaritzburg proud with his guitar skills. (Image: News 24) • Teen campaigns organ donation through social media • South Africa’s born-frees talk about life • South Africans making it big abroad • South Africans tell their stories • Pint-sized Zuriel Oduwole sets her cap for success Priya Pitamber Luthando Jackson has been playing the guitar for only two years, and already he impresses all who hear him strum. The nine-year-old, who is the first in his family to show such prowess on the instrument, has a natural affinity for the guitar.He is only nine years old, but if the past couple of years are anything to go by, guitarist Luthando Jackson may well eventually join the ranks of legendary players like Jimi Hendrix, BB King and Eric Clapton.But for now the self-taught musician, who goes to Merchiston Preparatory School, is making a name for himself in his town of Mountain Rise in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.His father, Oupa Jackson, told News 24 that Luthando got his first guitar from his mother for his seventh birthday. “She went and bought him a no-name brand guitar and he started playing from the first day he received his present,” Jackson explained. “He started listening to music and repeated what he heard.”Luthando’s natural talent is already getting him well-deserved recognition. He has appeared on a national news bulletin, received a cultural scholarship from his school, and has showed off his skill at public events. He is also just as happy to put on a mini concert for his family.Luthando Jackson!!! What a Guitarist!! @SABCNewsOnline this is a genius! Effortless at it! — Charles Muyembe (@mclwanga) June 1, 2015Luthando Jackson !! Talented #Izindaba — Hlumelo Fesi (@HFesi) June 1, 2015Talent gets you farThe school’s principal, Dave Beetar, told News 24 Luthando was a phenomenal guitarist. “He has shown an interest in music. I don’t think the family realises what a talented guitarist Luthando is.”Acclaimed South African classical guitarist James Grace, who saw the young player perform at a school assembly, is also was also taken with his talent.“I was very impressed with him then,” Grace told eNews Channel Africa (ENCSA). “And he played a nice song there and we thought it would be great to actually include him in a concert when I am next here in Pietermaritzburg.”Love for musicJackson said his son preferred playing Spanish and classical music.Watch Luthando play:Luthando’s passion for the guitar comes from a simple reason. “I love playing the guitar because it exercises my brain,” he told the state broadcaster, SABC. And he practices daily.He would like to teach other people how to play the guitar and his aim is to become a music teacher in the future. It’s an aim that has the support of his father. “He can be whatever he wants to be. To us he is a normal child with a special gift. At school he participates in all the activities. He plays rugby, cricket and basketball,” Jackson said.But it seems music is Luthando’s trump card.last_img read more

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Ohio Soybean Council announces Board of Trustees election

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) Board of Trustees has five district seats up for election this year. All eligible candidates interested in running for the OSC Board must obtain at least 15 valid signatures on the petition available at www.soyohio.org.OSC is the Qualified State Soybean Board for Ohio and manages state soybean checkoff dollars. The OSC Board is made up of farmer volunteers who direct the investments of checkoff dollars to improve the profitability of Ohio soybean farmers.Districts up for election are:District 1: Fulton, Henry, Lucas, and Williams Counties incumbent Todd Hesterman is eligible to run for another termDistrict 2: Erie, Ottawa, Sandusky, and Wood Counties incumbent Nathan Eckel is eligible to run for another termDistrict 5: Allen, Hancock, and Putnam Counties incumbent Bill Bateson is eligible to run for another termDistrict 9: Delaware, Marion, Morrow, and Union Counties incumbent Bret Davis is term-limitedDistrict 13: Adams, Brown, Clermont, Clinton, Highland, and Warren Counties incumbent Amy Sigg Davis is term-limitedAll petitions must be submitted to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) by mail, and must be postmarked no later than July 6, and received by ODA no later than July 13, 2018. To be eligible for election to the OSC Board, you must live in a county in the districts listed, and be a soybean producer engaged in the growing of soybeans in the State of Ohio, who owns or shares the ownership and risk of loss of soybeans at any time during the three year period immediately preceding November 15 of the current year.  Eligible producers who have contributed to the soybean checkoff and have submitted a petition with the signatures of 15 other eligible soybean producers who reside in the respective district shall be determined by ODA as candidates for election. OSC Trustees serve one term of three years, and may be elected to serve up to three consecutive terms.For questions, please contact Kirk Merritt, OSC Executive Director, at [email protected]last_img read more

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Asian Games: China ready to dazzle again

first_imgFor those who have still not got over the way New Delhi wowed the world at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, Friday is going to be a big surprise when Guangzhou showcases its culture, spirit and technical wizardry at the Asian Games opening ceremony.At 8:45 pm sharp local time (6:15 pm IST), on both sides of the Pearl River, the opening ceremony will begin and there is talk that this will be something even more pulsating than what Beijing had to show to the world at the Olympics in 2008.’Ever Onward’ has been the Asian Games slogan. In a literal sense, China will prove this on Friday as, for the first time, the opening ceremony will not be held inside a stadium but outdoors.Experts who have had a sneak preview of the show say that “nothing like this has ever happened before” as close to 14,000 athletes are expected to be paraded on the riverfront in boats.As if this is not enough, talk veers around to who will light the Games cauldron. As has been the case at the Olympics and Asian Games, lighting the cauldron is a big event. And who will do it is being debated. Apparently, six temporary stages have been erected on both banks of the river for the opening show. The grand show will also demonstrate the south China culture.Chen Weiya, chief director of the opening ceremony told the media that this opening ceremony will “break away from the confines of stadiums and use the city itself as background. You will see athletes parade into the ceremony on boats”.advertisementHuge LED screens will also be in place for people to see how China is ready to wow the world. Just to jog the readers’ memory, children have played a key role in opening ceremonies. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Nikki Webster had created a wave and in 2008 in Beijing, Lin Miaoke was the talking point.There is speculation that this time, too, the opening ceremony will feature talented children. In New Delhi, when traditional martial art forms were shown, people liked it. Wushu, a Chinese martial art, could be something big on Friday.That apart, explosive lighting, high-decibel fireworks and laser shows could turn out to be the talking point of the Asian Games.As far as the sporting events that begin a day later are concerned, China is set to retain the tag of the best country in Asia with a rich medal haul. As a nation which takes great pride in sporting excellence, the way China has emerged as a superpower is well known.What is even more surprising is they are keen to do well even in a sport like cricket, which they have taken to recently. Against such a backdrop, where Japan and Korea will also fight for overall supremacy, it will be interesting to see how India fares.After the highs of the Commonwealth Games (CWG), where India finished second in the medals tally behind Australia, it would be improper to think India will come up with a similar medal tally. At the last Asian Games in Doha, India finished with a tally of 53 medals (10 gold, 17 silver and 26 bronze).This time around, even though India did well in the CWG, expecting the athletes to again peak in such a short time span would be asking too much. Perhaps, in sports where only skill counts, one can hope the athletes will maintain focus. However, to expect India to shoot down the same number of medals in shooting, or expect Saina Nehwal to be a sure shot for gold in badminton, is unrealistic.The focus will be on men’s hockey in a big way, though making predictions will be foolhardy. If the CWG showing came as a surprise, one again expects that in cue sports, kabaddi, chess and golf, India can do well. But certainly not in tennis, where the depth is suspect.last_img read more

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Advani opens gold account, Alok creates history

first_imgStar cueist Pankaj Advani provided the first gold for India in the 16th Asian Games by clinching the title in billiards singles while Alok Kumar claimed a bronze in 8-ball pool event and the shooters accounted for a silver and bronze on the second day of competitions in Guangzhou on Sunday. MEDAL TALLYDefending champion Advani kept his reputation intact with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Myanmar’s Oo Nay Thway in the billiards final as India pushed their medals tally to one gold, three silver and two bronze to retain their fifth position on the table.Hosts China continued to rule the roost and maintained the top position on the medals table with a tally of 37-14-12 while South Korea (13-10-12) and Japan (8-20-15) were in the second and third spots respectively.The shooters were again in the spotlight with Heena Siddhu, Annu Raj Singh and Sania Rai claiming the silver in the women’s 10 m air pistol team event and Vijay Kumar bagging the bronze in the men’s 10 m air pistol at the Aoti shooting range.Alok became the first Indian to win an Asian Games medal in pool events by bagging a bronze though he lost his semifinal contest 5-7 against Kuo Po-Cheng of Chinese Taipei.Under rules of the event, both the losing semifinalists are awarded a bronze each instead of playing a third-place play-off.India’s men’s tennis team also assured itself of a bronze medal by securing a place in the semi-finals against top seed Chinese Taipei but the performance in other disciplines such as weightlifting, judo, swimming, cycling and triathlon left much to be desired on a day of mixed fortunes.advertisementThe day clearly belonged to the 25-year-old Advani who showed nerves of steel under severe pressure to clinch the first gold medal for India when he came twice from behind to edge out Myanmar’s Oo Nay Thway 3-2 and retain his title after a bitterly fought billiards singles final.Advani was down 1-2 after losing the first and third frames, but fought back in dogged fashion to clinch the fourth to take the match into a nerve-wracking final frame.A beaming Advani, who has won the world professional and IBSF titles in the past, said this was the biggest title of his career.”This feels great. This is Olympics for me as unfortunately we are not there in the Olympics. This time I made it a point to win the first gold for the country. It’s an absolutely emotional moment for me. I cant’t ask for more,” he said.After Narang’s exploits on the opening day, the Indian women shooters Heena Sidhu, Annu Raj Singh and Sonia Rai had their moment of glory as they won the silver medal in the 10m Air Pistol team event.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Belgium vs Panama Preview

first_imgAdvertisement(photo credits: SEKDRIVE)Belgium will kick start their World Cup campaign when they meet the tournament newcomers Panama in Fisht stadium in Sochi.Belgium under the Leadership of Roberto Martinez will look to get off to a winning start with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku under their ranks.Panama on the other end will not be expected to much to make an impact this time around. But they will be looking to add to the series of upsets that have taken place so far this world cup.Here are the teams for the following match.TEAM NEWS // #BELPAN Thoughts on the line-ups? pic.twitter.com/ZcBE3uYytK— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 18, 2018 Also Read: FIFA World Cup 2018: Stats of the Day – Day 4 Advertisementlast_img read more

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Aglukkaq announces new cash for Iqaluit airport

first_imgAPTN National NewsNunavut MP and Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq spends a lot of time flying back and forth between Ottawa and her home in Iqaluit.She must have been pleased to make Thursday’s announcement at Iqaluit’s international airport.Aglukkaq was joined by Nunavut Economic Development Minister Peter Taptuna and Premier Eva Aariak to announce new money for Iqaluit’s aging, cramped airport.Aglukkaq announced that over $77 million had been allocated under a federal infrastructure plan.Taptuna said the need for a bigger, better airport because the current on waes not designed for today’s Nunavut. It wasn’t even designed for Nunavut.last_img read more

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