Ever tighter grip on media in Russia, despite small rise in Index

first_img News April 20, 2016 Ever tighter grip on media in Russia, despite small rise in Index Harassment of independent media outlets continues to increase in Russia although it has risen four places to be ranked 148th out of 180 countries in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index published today by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). RSF_en News to go further News Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Russia Russia’s rise is due to the worldwide decline in respect for media freedom. The Russian authorities have in fact stepped up their pressure on independent journalism. This is confirmed by the deterioration in Russia’s country score, which rates the level of media freedom violations and which is an absolute measure, unlike the country ranking, which can be affected by developments in other countries.Ever since a major wave of protests in 2011 and 2012, President Vladimir Putin has been clamping down on civil society and restricting the space for debate. And he has been tightening his grip even more as a result of the Ukrainian crisis, international sanctions against Russia and the economic crisis.The Duma (parliament) has been adopting draconian laws at such a furious pace in recent years that it has been dubbed the “mad printing press.” The space for freedom of expression is shrinking while drastic curbs on foreign investment in news organizations have undermined the independence of certain leading media outlets.While the leading TV channels continue to inundate viewers with propaganda, the climate has become very oppressive for those who question the new patriotic and neo-conservative discourse. A witchhunt is being waged against independent media, which are increasingly branded as a “fifth column” seeking to destabilize the country.Dozhd TV, the only independent national TV channel, is again available on certain satellite and cable services but is still subject to many forms of harassment while the leading media defence NGOs have been declared “foreign agents.”Relatively unrestricted until recently, the Internet is now being reined in. The list of blocked websites, created in 2012, keeps on getting longer. Influential bloggers are now required to register under their real names and to comply with requirements similar to those imposed on the media.Countless social network users have been arrested just for “liking” or posting links to comments regarded as extremist, while the authorities are currently filling the remaining gaps in the SORM Internet surveillance system, said to be as effective as anything used by the NSA.The increasingly oppressive climate at the national level has encouraged powerful provincial officials far from Moscow to deal more firmly with their media critics. The closure of the Siberian independent television station TV2 and the persecution of opposition bloggers in Rostov-on-Don and Izhevsk are just some of the recent examples, while the Chechen dictator Ramzan Kadyrov skilfully maintains a climate of terror in his republic.The enduring features of the situation in Russia include the impunity enjoyed by those responsible for violence, including sometimes deadly violence, against journalists. But they also include the stubborn resistance of many journalists – both Glasnost veterans and Twitter generation members – who keep finding new ways to report the news. Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Organisation May 21, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more RussiaEurope – Central Asia Freedom of expression RussiaEurope – Central Asia Freedom of expression Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News Receive email alerts May 5, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Gunmen rob technician of motorcycle, cash

first_imgA 52-year-old maintenance technician was on Monday night robbed of his motorcycle among other valuables when he was attacked by two armed men while making his way home.Kurt Garner of Meadowbrook Drive, Georgetown was attacked just before midnight by two men who were armed with handguns.Guyana Times understands that Garner was pushing his motorcycle into his yard when the men pounced on him from behind.They reportedly held him at gunpoint and demanded that he hand over the keys to his motorcycle, and also ordered that he hand over his valuables.The victim, however, did not comply with this request, and the bandits assaulted him before pushing him into his yard and ordering him to lie on the ground. They then reportedly dealt him several blows to the face before confiscating his motorcycle, his mobile phone, and $10,000 cash. In escaping, the armed men discharged a round in the air.The victim reported the matter to the East La Penitence Police Station, and an investigation has been launched.last_img read more

World’s Strongest Animal Discovered

first_imgScientists at the Technical University of Denmark announced the world’s strongest animal.  The strength of this animal is 10 to 30 times that of any other species.  Before revealing what it is, here are some additional hints:It is the most abundant multicellular animal on earth.It has the world’s strongest muscles, and outperforms man-made motors.It jumps so quickly, it seems to vanish.It can accelerate to over 100 mph in a few thousandths of a second.It can jump thousands of times its body length per second.If a man could jump as fast as this animal, he would have to go 3,800 mph.It has two separate propulsion mechanisms.It has finely-tuned legs for swimming.It has an optimized hydrodynamic shape.It has an exceptionally rapid nerve transmission system.Even more amazing, this animal jumps with this amazing strength and speed while blind, and while swimming in what feels to it like heavy syrup.  What is it?  Read Science Daily or PhysOrg or Live Science to find out.  You can also watch the slow-motion video provided on Live Science.  Incidentally, it’s only about 1 millimeter long.The authors tried to sneak in evolution into this story, but they can’t get away with it without the Baloney Detector going off.  One scientist said, “The copepods’ evolutionary success should be seen in relation to their ability to flee from predators.  Their escape jump is hugely powerful and effective.”  This is a royal non-sequitur.  Suppose I made up a theory called gribbleflix that states that organisms will come up with what they need to survive.  How would you feel if anything you presented, no matter what it was, I could explain by saying the reason it survives was because of its gribbleflixary success?  If it is fast, it’s because of gribbleflix.  If it stays in one place, it’s because of gribbleflix.  Pretty soon you would be pretty frustrated at me.  Why, then, do we let the evolutionists get away with this trick?    You probably did not expect these tiny, little, shrimpy, insignificant, primitive nothings to win the World’s Strongest Animal Contest.  Sounds like evolution was all downhill from there, and now all we have are weightlifters and sprinters trying to earn a distant honorable mention.(Visited 108 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Success Is Found in Older, Deeper Truths

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Human beings are novelty seeking creatures. We are infinitely creative, and equally resourceful. We are always seeking ways to improve things. Right now, technology is delivering these improvements at a blisteringly fast pace. What’s new may offer improvements in some areas, but success is often found in older, deeper truths.Last week I was forwarded an email from a salesperson. She wrote, “You would appreciate this guy’s persistence.” The only problem with her email was that there was no “guy.” Instead, the string of emails was an automated campaign pretending to be communication.There is nothing wrong with automating some communication, but there is something missing when that communication needs to create a human connection, to create a preference, and to allow the salesperson to gain an appointment. Imagine if your spouse called the florist and ordered flowers to be delivered to you every year on the same date. There would be a certain efficiency, but a massive lacking of effectiveness.In human relationships, trust is the currency. Efficiency, in many cases, is the elimination of caring and the exclusion of intimacy when it comes to relationships.The technologies we use allows us to communicate over great distances. Being able to use hardware and software for meetings has made meetings easier—and in many ways—more effective. Distance is no longer a barrier. The ability to see one another has improved communication.But your digital presence, while being much greater than an email or phone call, is no match for your physical presence. Presence, showing up, actually being in the room with people is still far more powerful, still more effective, still creates a greater connection and intimacy, and still creates a preference.Stay aware of the new technologies and use them where and when they make sense. But don’t lose sight of the fact that over the long term, the advantage you gain is far greater when you focus on older, deeper truths. Things like integrity, character, trust, intimacy, resourcefulness, determination, and accountability will do far more to improve your overall results where human beings are concerned.last_img read more

Talks with Pakistan won’t change stand on 26/11: Govt

first_imgTaj hotel after the 26/11 attack.The foreign ministry is hardpressed to explain that the Indian government is not putting the 26/11 issue behind it while reviving talks as well as sports ties with Pakistan.A day after foreign minister S.M. Krishna pointed to the infamous 2009 Sharm-el-Sheikh statement to stress that action against the 26/11 perpetrators and talks with Pakistan were different issues, the external affairs ministry on Thursday issued a statement saying India’s concerns on 26/11 would definitely figure in the talks with Pakistan.A government source said this implied that India now wanted a dialogue to deliver what dozen-odd dossiers to Pakistan on 26/11 have not been able to do in two years.Earlier this month, Home Minister P. Chidambaram clearly said Pakistan hadn’t delivered on our demands. On Thursday, the external affairs ministry’s statement said: “The government has embarked on a dialogue with Pakistan with the aim of normalising relations.This dialogue will naturally seek to address our terrorism-related concerns, particularly with respect to the Mumbai attack. This issue figured in the recent home secretary-level talks as also in interactions with the Pakistan government. Clearly, there is no dilution of our position in this regard.”The international community, particularly those countries whose nationals were killed in the attack, wanted the 26/11 perpetrators brought to justice expeditiously, the ministry said.Retired diplomats, such as the former high commissioner to Pakistan G. Parthasarathy, however, believe that although dialogue is understandable, India’s overtures to Pakistan undermine the point of terrorism which India made a cornerstone issue post-26/11.advertisement”We have allowed Pakistan to get away from its responsibility which involves seeking out, trying and punishing those responsible for 26/11,” Parthasarathy said.Former foreign secretary Lalit Mansingh also questioned the utility of the dialogue at the highest levels when Pakistan hadn’t delivered on India’s demands.”I agree with the PM’s (Manmohan Singh) strategic vision. His logic is impeccable – that we have to look at our growth prospects and for that, India needs to come to terms with Pakistan and normalise ties. But our primary concern is terrorism and 26/11. We have made demands on Pakistan and the answers have not been forthcoming. Time and again, we have said that continuation of dialogue depends on how well Pakistan delivers on our terror concerns. So if that has not happened, there is a question mark on the utility of these high-level meetings,” Mansingh said on Thursday.Some government sources said the dialogue process with Pakistan would not be rolled back unless there was another Pakistan-sponsored terror attack on India.They added that Krishna’s remark pointing to the Sharm-el-Sheikh statement was significant in this regard.Parthasarathy pointed out that PM Singh had to backtrack from the statement later in Parliament. The PM had said: “I wish to reiterate that the President and PM of Pakistan know, after our meetings, that we can have a meaningful dialogue only if they fulfil their commitment not to allow their territory to be used for terrorist activities against India.”last_img read more

10 months agoBarcelona fullback Jordi Alba admits new contract frustration

first_imgBarcelona fullback Jordi Alba admits new contract frustrationby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona fullback Jordi Alba has again expressed frustration over a lack of progress regarding new contract talks.He has a contract until the summer of 2020, but would like to move forward with talks on a new deal.”It doesn’t just depend on me, as it also depends on the club,” he said after victory over Celta Vigo.”When I signed for Barcelona it wasn’t for money.”I came here for the feeling and because it is my home.”In the end, it’s not enough to say that I’m a great player, as actions also matter.”A deadline? When the contract ends.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Syracuse’s Michael Gbinije Hits Last Second Jumper To Beat Virginia Tech

first_imgGeneral view of court at Carrier Dome.SYRACUSE, NY – NOVEMBER 8: General view of Syracuse Orange basketball game against Cornell Big Red on November 8, 2013 at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)The 2014-15 Syracuse basketball team has seen a number of games due to poor late-game execution this season, leaving it squarely on the bubble with Selection Sunday just 39 days away. A loss to lowly Virginia Tech at the Carrier Dome could have been disastrous to SU’s tournament hopes, but instead, the Orange flipped the script on the Hokies tonight.With 6:33 left in the game, a Justin Bibbs jumped gave Virginia Tech a 63-50 lead. After that play, Syracuse outscored Virginia Tech 22-7 to end the game, with Michael Gbinije scoring seven points in that stretch. Gbinije, who has struggled from the free throw line all season (46.7%), hit both shots from the line to tie the game at 70 with 19 seconds left. After Trevor Cooney baited Tech into a turnover on the ensuing inbound, Gbinije hit a floater to give SU a two point lead, leaving just 0.1 seconds on the clock. At 15-7, with one of the hardest stretches of games in the country approaching, Syracuse needs to finish strong to go dancing this March, but the Orange will live to fight another day after Gbinije’s shot.[Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician]last_img read more

MPC Container Ships Gets Listed on Merkur Market

first_imgzoom MPC Container Ships AS, the recently formed subsidiary of MPC Capital AG, has received the approval for admission to trading of its shares on Oslo Børs’ Merkur Market. Trading is expected to commence on May 31, 2017, under the ticker symbol “MPCC-ME”.“This listing reflects the company’s strategy for its shares to be listed on a reputable stock exchange and to provide its shareholder base an appropriate platform for trading,” MPC Container Ships AS said in a statement.As informed, no new shares are to be issued in connection with the admission to trading on Merkur Market.Established in April 2017, MPC Container Ships’ main activity is to own and operate a portfolio of container vessels with a focus on the feeder segment between 1,000 and 3,000 TEU.Last week, the Oslo-based company acquired seven boxships with capacities ranging between 966 TEU and 2,824 TEU for USD 38 million. Five of the vessels have already been taken over, and the remaining two are slated for delivery by the end of June 2017.In addition, MPC Container Ships has agreed to add one 1,200 TEU, one 2,500 TEU and four 2,800 TEU vessels to its fleet.last_img read more

The NFL Games To Watch With The Playoffs On The Line

BUF0.00.0MIA0.00.00.81395 NO74NO67NO 31, PIT 28-6.6– TEN73TEN74TEN 25, WSH 16-1.4– CAR62%CAR51%ATL 24, CAR 10+9.5– DAL75DAL72DAL 27, TB 20-3.2– DEN0.00.0LAC100.00.01.01518 MIN72.0%+/-31.6CHI100.0%+/-0.063.41597 CHI68CHI73CHI 14, SF 9+0.9– KC100.00.0OAK0.00.00.51492 GB57GB59GB 44, NYJ 38-0.3– TEN62.147.1IND37.847.094.71552 It’s the last week of the NFL’s regular season, and that means it’s time to game out all of the fun playoff scenarios facing each team.Here at FiveThirtyEight, we like to measure the most important games of the week based on how much they swing every team’s odds of making the postseason (across every team in the entire league). And by that standard, you can’t top Sunday night’s game between the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans, which will shift around nearly 95 total points of playoff probability. (Really, that’s for the two teams involved — the winner will make the playoffs and the loser won’t, which effectively makes it a play-in playoff game.) Oddly, it’s only the third time ever that the Titans will play in NBC’s flagship Sunday night game (the last was in 2009), while for the Colts, it will have been exactly 60 years and two days since they beat the New York Giants for the NFL title in the Greatest Game Ever Played, which helped make TV-spectacle games like this one possible.That may not be the best game of Week 17, however. We also like to include an element for team quality, and Titans-Colts is still just the No. 13 team in our Elo ratings against No. 14. When the Minnesota Vikings face the Chicago Bears, it will be No. 6 vs. No. 11 in Elo, and it’s a game that has plenty of playoff significance in its own right. The Vikings wouldn’t automatically miss the playoffs if they lose, but they would not be in great shape (35 percent), while they would clinch with a victory. And the Bears have plenty to play for as well; a win and a Rams loss would help them get a first-round playoff bye. Of course, fans of the Philadelphia Eagles will be watching this game closely: A Vikings win would end Philly’s season, while a Bears win would give the Eagles a chance to play their way in. (Both games kick off at 4:25 p.m. ET.) The best matchups of Week 17Week 17 games by the highest average Elo rating (using the harmonic mean) plus the total potential swing for all NFL teams’ playoff chances based on the result, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions DAL100.00.0NYG0.00.00.91488 ATL0.00.0TB0.00.00.91470 MIA61MIA61JAX 17, MIA 7-2.2– LAR77LAR83LAR 31, ARI 9+0.7– LAC66LAC67BAL 22, LAC 10-3.5– HOU100.00.0JAX0.00.01.21489 Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. CLE60CLE66CLE 26, CIN 18+2.6– IND74IND75IND 28, NYG 27-1.4– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 16Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 16 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION Playoff %Playoff % Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total ChangeGame Quality MIN55MIN63MIN 27, DET 9+4.4– CIN0.00.0PIT15.85.411.01491 DET0.00.0GB0.00.01.41456 BAL84.325.4CLE0.00.051.11524 PHI28.020.0WSH0.00.040.81512 PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS There are a few other games with playoff probability on the line. As mentioned earlier, the outcome of the Eagles’ game with Washington is very much of importance to the Vikings, who would clinch with a Philadelphia loss. The Cleveland Browns’ matchup with the Baltimore Ravens has done the unthinkable — made Pittsburgh Steeler fans root for the Browns — since a Baltimore win would eliminate the Steelers from the postseason picture. Baltimore could still make the playoffs with a loss, but the Ravens would need Pittsburgh to lose its game against Cincinnati, which is also happening simultaneously at 4:25 p.m. ET. (In related news: Are you ready for a completely insane Sunday afternoon of football?)Although other games could determine seeding, and there are a few stray percentage points of playoff odds’ difference at stake around the league, those are basically the games that will carry the most weight in Week 17, and we can’t wait to see how they all play out.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersWhile you’re prepping for the playoffs, be sure to check out FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings using our NFL prediction interactive, which simulates the rest of the season 100,000 times and tracks how often each team should make the playoffs and win the Super Bowl. Did you know you can also pick against the Elo algorithm in our prediction game? Maybe you can also climb up our giant leaderboard.Here are the games in which Elo made its best — and worst — predictions against the reader picks last week: NE84NE83NE 24, BUF 12-2.0– DEN61DEN62OAK 27, DEN 14-3.1– LAR100.00.0SF0.00.01.21499 NE100.00.0NYJ0.00.00.81467 PHI66PHI51PHI 32, HOU 30-14.7– Game quality is the harmonic mean of the Elo ratings for the two teams in a given matchup. Total Change adds up the potential swing in playoff odds for every team in the league (not just the two teams listed).*Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: ESPN KC54KC56SEA 38, KC 31-5.0– CAR0.00.0NO100.00.00.51587 ARI0.00.0SEA100.00.00.61451 After a shellacking at the hands of our algorithm in Week 15, readers rebounded slightly this week, losing by an average of 25.3 points. Philadelphia’s last-second win over Houston may have kept the Eagles in the playoff hunt, but it cost readers 14.7 points on average in our game. Readers did pick up 9.5 points on average in the Atlanta-Carolina game; though they incorrectly picked the Panthers to beat the Falcons, they did so by a smaller win probability than Elo.Congrats to Scott S, who led all users in Week 16 with an even 300 points, and to Greg Chili Van Hollebeke, who maintained his No. 1 ranking on the season with 1,075.4 points. Thanks to everyone who has been playing — and if you haven’t, be sure to get in on the action! You can make picks now and still try your luck against Elo, even if you haven’t played yet.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Official Fenerbahce deny interest in Moussa Sissoko

first_imgFenerbahce have denied suggestions that they are looking to sign Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa SissokoThe France international is yet to make another appearance for Spurs after playing the full 90 minutes of their opening day 2-1 win at Newcastle United.Sissoko was again absent in Monday night’s shocking 3-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford.But Fenerbahce, who have been heavily linked with a move for the 29-year-old, have now moved to deny the speculation.“In the public opinion, the news that we are attempting to transfer Moussa Sissoko…does not reflect the truth,” read a statement, via Sky Sports.Christian Eriksen, Tottenham, SpursPochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.“Regarding a transfer of Moussa Sissoko to our club, there has been no contact with the player, the manager or the club.”Sissoko joined Spurs in 2016 for £30m, but has struggled to establish himself under manager Mauricio Pochettino.25 Premier League starts in two years and 35 more as a sub is what he has to show for in two years.Although, Sissoko still has just under three years remaining on his current contract at North Londonlast_img read more