June 12

Gas contracts but no press freedom

first_img Organisation TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia News (Photo AFP) #CollateralFreedom: RSF now unblocking 21 sites in 12 countries Help by sharing this information News March 31, 2020 Find out more Ogulsapar Muradova, the Turkmenistan correspondent of Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, died three years ago, on 12 September 2006, after being severely beaten by guards in Ovodan Depe high security prison, to the north of the capital Ashgabat. Today, the Turkmen government is waging an all-out charm offensive while still holding two other journalists, Sapardurdy Khadjiyev and Annakurban Amanklychev, who were arrested and convicted at the same time as Muradova.Dependent on its income from the export of gas, Turkmenistan is actively trying to diversify its outlets and improve its international image. President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov recently met with the leaders of several of its Caspian Sea neighbours, sealed the renewal of ties with Russian president Dmitry Medvedev on 13 September and met with Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko. President Berdymukhamedov appealed to all potential partners in a speech on 12 September, mentioning a gas pipeline to China that will be opened by the end of the year, a proposed pipeline to carry Turkmen gas to the Indian Ocean and, above all, his country’s determination to join the European Union’s proposed Nabucco pipeline.“The Turkmenbashi’s successor has been preparing this diplomatic offensive for some time but one should not pin any hopes on his government’s change in tone,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The Turkmen regime is hoping to woo the international community with a new approach, but we urge its potential partners to look at the realities of a country that is ranked 171st out of 173 countries in our press freedom index.“The dismissal of two important government censorship officials at the start of 2009 raised hopes of liberalisation, but nothing has really changed behind the façade and Turkmenistan continues to be one of the world’s most repressive countries for journalists. There is absolutely no criticism of the regime in the media. Internet cafés are allowed but access to opposition websites is blocked, email is monitored and visiting alternative websites can be very dangerous. How can the regime’s declared reform intentions and its calls to local journalists to follow the international media’s example be taken seriously while at the same time it arbitrarily refuses to let journalists and students go abroad?”Anyone helping foreign journalists risks serious problems. There is so much intimidation that local journalists usually lose no time in declining any invitation to work for foreign news media. The example of Khadjiyev and Amanklychev helps to keep things this way. They were sentenced to six and seven years in prison respectively in August 2006 on a trumped-up charge of “possession of illegal munitions” after helping the French production company Galaxie-Presse prepare a report on Turkmenistan for the French TV station France 2.According to recent reports, their health has deteriorated and they have ailments affecting the stomach, kidneys, legs and joints. Their access to treatment is very limited and no international organisation, not even the International Committee of the Red Cross, has been allowed to visit them. Their relatives, like Muradova’s relatives and all those who have been in contact with them, are forbidden to leave the country, their phones are tapped and their access to work and higher education is obstructed.“If President Berdymukhamedov wants to turn his words into actions, he should release Khadjiyev and Amanklychev,” Reporters Without Borders added. “On the sad anniversary of Muradova’s death, we urge the European Union’s members to clearly accept that any commercial and diplomatic opening towards Turkmenistan cannot overlook the situation of human rights and press freedom.” News September 16, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Gas contracts but no press freedom Four-year jail term for independent website’s correspondent in Turkmenistan TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia Coronavirus off limits in Turkmenistan to go further December 18, 2020 Find out more News Receive email alerts RSF_en Follow the news on Turkmenistan March 13, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

October 18

Gary Neville predicts when Chelsea will sack Maurizio Sarri

first_imgGary Neville predicts when Chelsea will sack Maurizio Sarri Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 3 Feb 2019 11:50 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link758Shares Advertisement Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri (Picture: Getty)Gary Neville says he would be ‘surprised’ if Maurizio Sarri was still in charge of Chelsea at the start of next season.Sarri blasted his players following Chelsea’s defeat to Arsenal last month, claiming the team was difficult to motivate.The Blues were subsequently smashed 4-0 by Bournemouth, although Sarri’s side returned to winning ways this weekend, putting five goals past struggling Huddersfield Town.Sarri is the 13th managerial appointment by Roman Abramovich but Manchester United legend Neville cannot see the Italian remaining at Stamford Bridge over the summer.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHe told Sky Sports: ‘I don’t think Chelsea will sack him during the season but the warning signs are there which make you think it would be surprising if it went past the summer.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Not because I want him to leave – I think he’s doing a good job – but looking at it he probably realises the job he is in.‘He’s had a look at the players and sees the players are not doing what he wants them to do.‘They never probably will. The maximum any manager gets out of those Chelsea players is one year. That’s the nature of the club.center_img Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville (Picture: Getty)‘No manager can maintain that job for a long time. No manager has control. The manager should have control and be the voice of the football club. But there’s so much politics going on.’New signing Gonzalo Higuain scored two goals in Chelsea’s thrashing over Huddersfield in only his second appearance for the west London outfit.On the Argentine striker, Sarri said: ‘Higuain is improving. He wasn’t physically at the top when he arrived, because he had a back problem and wasn’t involved, so only played a few matches.‘He is a great player. Apart from the goals, he is really very suitable to play very close to Eden.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Chelsea 5-0 Huddersfield: Maurizio Sarri press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 8:05FullscreenChelsea 5-0 Huddersfield: Maurizio Sarri press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/chelsea-5-0-huddersfield-maurizio-sarri-press-conference-1855162/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. Advertisementlast_img read more

September 24

Where Are The Ladies?

first_imgIt became apparent when we were scheduling Coaches Corner for the winter months that there are no women coaching high school varsity basketball in this area except for Coach Marlow at Rushville.  I was wondering what the reason for this might be.I am sure one of the reasons is the time factor.  Coaching basketball is now a 12-month a year job.  A lot of ladies with young children do not have the time (or want to take the time) to fulfill this commitment, unless there is a stay-at-home dad.  I do not think that Melissa Marlow of Rushville is married which gives her the additional time.I hope that another reason is not that school boards are reluctant to hire ladies to fill this job.  In the past, coaches like Cinda Lee Brown (Rushville), Donna Hoeing and Connie Dickman (Batesville) were very successful as head coaches.  It will be interesting to see if in the near future more ladies fill these jobs.last_img read more

December 22


first_imgCouncillor Mac Giolla Easbuig with Frances Boyle, manager of the centre.A local county councillor has hit out at the delay in addressing erosion affecting a local community centre.Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig has said that it is a disgrace that it has taken so long to deal with the issue of erosion that is affecting the Maghery community and especially its community centre.Sand coming from the local sand dunes is blowing across towards the community centre.“I called out today again to Maghery to speak to some people within the community and to see how I can best support a resolution to this.“I have been in contact with the Donegal county council again today and have been informed that there is a number of meetings scheduled between roads section, environment and also the Maghey community.“As well as this I have been told that Coleraine University will conduct a study of the situation on Maghery Strand in conjunction with the community. I always believe that it is best to involve all parties affected to find the best solution.“In my capacity as local representative I will continue to support and work alongside the People of Maghery.” BLOWING SANDS CAUSING HAVOC AT LOCAL COMMUNITY CENTRE was last modified: July 7th, 2015 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

December 20

Warriors share their favorite memories at Oracle Arena

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.Klay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – The memories will stay vivid for the rest of their lives. And how can it not? Those moments marked the times the Warriors felt their ears popped.That experience will happen again when the Warriors (55-24) play the Los Angeles Clippers (47-35) on Sunday at Oracle Arena. Not only do …last_img read more

December 18

Gallery: Urban splendour in Sandton

first_imgPhotographs by Bongani NkosiA walk along the streets of Sandton’s upmarket corporate district reveals a range of high-rise banks, hotels, firms and living apartments, each boasting the very best in contemporary design.This is one of Johannesburg’s major investment destinations – and one that’s expanding all the time, as the many bustling construction sites show.Click on a thumbnail for a larger low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below each thumbnail to download a high-resolution image.   • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image  • Download high-resolution image MORE GALLERIESlast_img read more

December 17

2016 “Agriculture is Cool!” winners announced

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Governor John R. Kasich and Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels announced the winners of the 2016 “Agriculture is Cool!” visual arts contest.  Ohio children enrolled in school or home schooled during the 2015-2016 academic year shared their personal interpretation of why Ohio agriculture is “cool” for their chance to win a trip to the Ohio State Fair.Entries, which included photographs, drawings, and paintings, were judged in four different age categories: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Ten entries were selected as winners in their respective categories.K-2 Photography:        Abigail Davis, Wadsworth, Medina County, age 7K-2 Drawing:                Grace Lucas, West Portsmouth, Scioto County, age 83-5 Photography:         Madilyn Johnson, Newark, Licking County, age 8 ½3-5 Drawing:                 Ella Bowman, Archbold, Fulton County, age 116-8 Photography:         Riley Yunker, Mount Gilead, Morrow County, age 116-8 Drawing:                 Regan Draeger, Lindsey, Sandusky County, age 149-12 Photography:       Mackenzie Allen, Aurora, Portage County, age 179-12 Drawing:               Katelynn Fetters, Hillsboro, Highland County, age 179-12 Painting:               Sydney Hales, Oregon, Lucas County, age 15Director’s Choice         Jo Bailey, Wooster, Wayne County, age 10The winners were honored by Governor Kasich, Ohio Agriculture Director Daniels and Ohio State Fair Manager Virgil Strickler at a ceremony at the Ohio State Fairgrounds.“The Ag is Cool! program does a great job keeping our youth interested in agriculture,” said Director Daniels. “It is our hope that by sparking that interest, these outstanding kids will have a better understanding of this industry and will be moved to consider a food or agriculture related career in their future.”This year marks the sixth year of the contest, and the sixth year of the “Ag is Cool!” educational program that is featured at the Ohio State Fair, July 27-Aug. 7.last_img read more

December 12

The Best Royalty Free Music for Training Videos

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