RSF calls for release of blogger who criticized Russian policy in Syria

first_imgNews Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption News March 27, 2017 – Updated on March 28, 2017 RSF calls for release of blogger who criticized Russian policy in Syria RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeCitizen-journalistsInternet Читать по-русски в PDF и ниже / Read in RussianReporters Without Borders (RSF) urges Russia’s supreme court to release Siberian blogger Alexei Kungurov tomorrow when it begins hearing his appeal against the 30-month jail sentence he received last December for criticizing Russia’s military intervention in Syria.A military court in Tyumen, Western Siberia, imposed the sentence on Kungurov in a trial held behind close doors on 20 December, after finding him guilty of “justifying terrorism” in a blog post entitled, “Who are Putin’s hawks really bombing?”Posted on the LiveJournal blog platform in October 2015, the article doubted that the Russian air force would solely bomb Islamic State military targets or that Russia would immediately be invaded by hordes of Jihadis in the event of an IS victory.The authorities nonetheless did not open an investigation into Kungurov until March 2016, shortly after another blog post in which he criticized Russia’s action in Ukraine, in a shift from his previous position of support for Ukraine’s pro-Russian separatists.Only one phrase in the October 2015 post was cited in support of the “justifying terrorism” charge, namely that Islamic State was “neither the most bloodthirsty nor most insane.” This was tantamount to saying that IS “poses no threat,” according to the philologist used as an expert witness by the prosecution.The expert witness subsequently acknowledged that he had “mistakenly” ignored the use of the superlative “most,” but insisted that this error did not affect her conclusions.“It is deeply shocking that such a heavy sentence was issued for a political post that simply expressed criticism of Russian foreign policy,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “We urge the supreme court to free Alexei Kungurov and to ask an independent and neutral professional to provide a new expert analysis of the post.”The blogger’s lawyer, Alexander Zyrianov, points out that the prosecution also failed to demonstrate that it was Kungurov who posted the article online, and that it was posted from his hometown, Tyumen, while he was out of town.Kungurov is regarded as a political prisoner by the Russian human rights group Memorial, which says: “Kungurov is not an ideological ally of (…) Islamic State or any other terrorist organization operating in Syria and (…) his persecution is solely prompted by the criticisms he has expressed of Russian foreign policy.”Persecution of Internet users has increased significantly in the past two years in Russia. Jail sentences are often imposed for comments, photos or videos posted on social networks, or even just reposts. According to the human rights group Agora, at least 29 people were sentenced to imprisonment in 2016 in connection with their online activity.Russia is ranked 148th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index.Два с половиной года тюрьмы за публикацию о Сирии28 марта 2017 Верховный Суд России изучит апелляционное дело блогера Алексея Кунгурова, приговорённого к двум с половиной годам заключения за критику действий российской армии в Сирии. Репортёры без границ (РБГ) требуют верховную судебную власть России освободить блогера. to go further RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeCitizen-journalistsInternet Organisation Related documents cp_kungurov_rus.pdfPDF – 70.58 KB Follow the news on Russia Help by sharing this information center_img Верховный суд вновь изучит дело Алексея Кунгурова 28 марта, спустя три месяца после приговора к двум с половиной годам заключения в лагере. 20 декабря 2016 года суд города Тюмень в ходе закрытого процесса признал находящийся под арестом с 15 июня блогера, виновным в “пропаганде терроризма” который, якобы, содержится в аналитической статье озаглавленной “Кого на самом деле бомбят путинские соколы?”, которая была опубликована в его блоге.Статья, которую ему ставят в вину, была опубликована в октябре 2015 года в “Живом Журнале”. В ней ставится под сомнение утверждения о том, что российская авиация бомбит в Сирии лишь военные цели “Исламского Государства”, и что, в случае победы последнего, Россия окажется немедленно захвачена полчищами джихадистов.Следует отметить, что следствие в отношении Алексея Кунгурова началось в марте 2016 года, сразу после публикации другого его текста, в котором критиковалась деятельность России в Украине. Это было новой для блогера позицией, который ранее высказывался скорее в пользу пророссийски настроенных сепаратистов.Обвинение Кунгурова “в пропаганде терроризма” было основано на одной-единственной фразе из его публикации, в которой говорится, что ИГИЛ не является “самой кровавой и самой безумной” организацией. Эксперт-филолог, которой следствие поручило проанализировать текст, написала в своем заключении, что его предполагаемый автор таким образом утверждает, что “ИГИЛ не представляет никакой угрозы”. С тех пор она признала, что в своём заключении, что она “по ошибке” не приняла во внимание наличия в обороте превосходной степени. Но, тем не менее, она считает, что это не ставит под сомнения общий результат экспертизы.“То, что за статью на политическую тему, в которой всего лишь высказывается критический взгляд на российскую внешнюю политику, был объявлен столь суровый приговор, глубоко шокирует, – заявил руководитель отдела РБГ по Восточной Европе и Центральной Азии Йоханн Бир, – мы призываем Верховный Суд освободить Алексея Кунгурова и призываем к проведению новой, профессиональной, независимой и нейтральной экспертизы текста”.Адвокат Кунгурова, Александр Зырянов, подчеркивает, что следствию так и не удалось доказать, что текст был размещен в сети его клиентом, так как его публикация была произведена из его родного города Тюмени, в то время как сам он путешествовал.Российское правозащитное общество Мемориал признало Алексея Кунгурова политическим заключённым. Мемориал считает, что “Алексей Кунгуров не является сторонником идеологии группы “Исламское государство” ни какой-либо другой действующей на территории Сирии террористической организации. И что он подвергается преследованию исключительно за критику российской внешней политики”.За последние два года в России значительно возросло количество репрессий против пользователей Интернета. Регулярно выносятся приговоры к реальным тюремным срокам за комментарии в социальных сетях, изображения или простые репосты. За 2016 год правозащитная организация Агора насчитала 29 подобных обвинительных приговоров с наказаниями в виде лишения свободы.Россия занимает 148 место из 180 во всемирном рейтинге свободы прессы за 2016 год, опубликованном РБГ. 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Get Hands-On with Our Latest Open Solutions at OCP Summit

first_imgHow to Find Dell at OCP SummitDell EMC will be in Booth B24 in the exposition area. Come by to learn more about open management with RedDrum and to fully experience the latest in Modular Data Center and Rack Scale technology.You can also follow us on Twitter at @DellEMCservers for news from the show. Share your experience using the #OCPSummit2018 and #PowerEdge hashtags. Dell EMC is a strong proponent of open industry standards because we believe customers win with non-proprietary solutions based on open solutions. As part of this commitment, we have participated in the Open Compute Project (OCP) since its inception. The annual OCP Summit, happening this week (March 20-21) at the San Jose Convention Center, brings together more than 3,000 key decision makers that help grow, drive and support the open hardware ecosystem in the data center and beyond. To help drive the adoption of an open ecosystem, our Extreme Scale Infrastructure group will be showcasing two demos at this week’s OCP Summit that highlight our open solutions. Join us in booth B24 in the exposition area to get hands-on with our experts.Open Source RedDrum Redfish DemoOur latest contribution to the open source community, RedDrum, is a python-based implementation of a Redfish service that includes a recipe for backend integration with OpenBMC. RedDrum allows client system management software to use standard Redfish APIs to access the capabilities provided by OpenBMC.OpenBMC is an open software framework for a Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) that connects to sensors in a system to read and control environmental conditions (i.e., temperature) and provide other system management functions (i.e., power control, monitoring and logging of CPU and memory).We will be demonstrating RedDrum working with both a live OpenBMC-based server as well as a backend simulator that is included in our contribution. The simulator will be a valuable tool for developers who need to work on software even when they have limited access to hardware.The RedDrum contribution shows our continued leadership and commitment to improve developer and interoperability tools to enable the Redfish ecosystem. Read more about RedDrum in our recent Tech Center blog.Virtual Reality: Modular Data Centers and the DSS 9000 Rack Scale InfrastructureWe will also be running a great VR demo that we just debuted at Mobile World Congress.This experience allows attendees to explore a typical modular data center installation in a virtual space, giving them a realistic sense of how an MDC can fit to their particular IT environment.The demo features a fully equipped DSS 9000 rack scale infrastructure solution, and attendees will be able to pull out and closely examine each of the DSS 9000’s three sled types.Customers at Mobile World Congress found this demo to be tremendously informative – and fun!last_img read more

Court Approves Sen. Sherman’s Medical Travel to U.S.

first_imgSenator Varney Sherman, Grand Cape Mount County – Advertisement – Two letters in the possession of the Daily Observer have established that Associate Justice Philip A.Z. Banks, the Justice in Chambers at the Supreme Court, mandated Criminal Court ‘C’ to approve defendant Varney Sherman’s medical trip to the United States.Justice Bank’s action was prompted by a letter dated May 18 from lawyers representing Cllr. Sherman and signed by both Counselors Cyrus Jones and Moses Paegar that partly reads, “The John F. Kennedy Memorial Center administration and attending physicians have advised our client Varney Sherman to seek urgent advanced medical intervention abroad.”The  letter further reads, “Accordingly, and predicated upon the attached report/communication from the said hospital, we hereby requesting for permission from this Supreme Court to enable Sherman to travel to the US for urgent foreign medical intervention.”In a letter of approval, the Criminal Court ‘C’ granted Cllr. Sherman’s request but stated that he must “return to the country after the medical intervention.”The two letters were as a result of a medical report from the John F. Kennedy Memorial Center where Sherman was taken after he collapsed at the Capitol Building on May 11.The medical reports were signed and approved by three medical doctors, Ian Wachekwa, Senior Medical Resident; Prof. Joseph Njoh, Head of Internal Medicine Department; and Billy Johnson, Chief Medical Officer.In their report they said Sherman was admitted on May 11, after he slumped to the ground at a meeting and probably had a seizure.“He vomited once prior to admission. He appeared to be well prior to this incident and he had not complained of any symptoms prior to the incident. There was no prior history of seizure,” the report indicated.“On admission he was noted of comatose with an elevated blood pressure and slightly constricted reactive pupils,” said the report.The report also said that on May 17, Sherman was flown to the Jackson F. Doe Hospital in Tapita, Nimba County for a brain CT scan which revealed “a huge intracranial mass in the left frontal lobe with compression of the left anterior horn of the left lateral ventricle and a midline shift as well as oedema around the mass.”The report also said Sherman was noted to have “impaired memory and had great difficulty comprehending simple instructions.”“He, however, left the hospital against medical advice in the company of his relatives and security details. His wife and relatives were advised to have him taken abroad immediately for further evaluation and management,” the report maintained.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No takers for Taarabt

first_imgChelsea have reportedly been told they can land Brazillian superstar Kaka for a cut-price £22m.QPR await offers for Taarabt. Again.The Daily Star say Real Madrid are ready to sell the midfielder and that his move to Stamford Bridge could be partly funded by the sale of Florent Malouda to Russian club Anzhi for £6m.Metro say Serbia winger Milos Krasic has emerged as Chelsea’s top attacking transfer target after being told he has no future at Juventus.Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror suggest Fulham are leading the race to sign Chris Gunter from Nottingham Forest.Blackburn and Norwich are also believed to be interested in buying the Wales defender.A transfer window wouldn’t be a transfer window without Adel Taarabt being linked with a host of top clubs only for not a single bid to materialise.And the Daily Mail say QPR are struggling to drum up serious interest in the Moroccan, who was said to be close to a move to Paris St Germain.This page is updated throughout the day. Follow West London Sport on Twitterlast_img read more

Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training will continue

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are still getting a lot of questions about Fertilizer Certification from farmers.As a reminder, your legislators recently passed two laws regarding the application of fertilizer and manure. Remember, our legislators are in place to represent the voting public of the state of Ohio. Ohio State University is not a regulatory agency; our goal is to deliver unbiased, fact-based information. We were invited by the Ohio Department to conduct the training for your fertilizer certification. We have been delivering research-based information on managing nutrients for 100 years.Before 2014 we had laws in place only for large animal feeding operations to set manure application limits, and for fertilizer we only counted the tons used in the state. Since 2014 we now have a law based on Senate Bill 150 outlining the requirement to be certified to apply fertilizer — fertilizer meaning nutrients with an analysis. In 2015 legislators passed SB 1 (apparently it was their first priority of the year) to limit fertilizer and manure applications in northwest Ohio. This bill also brought state-wide requirements for certification if you apply manure from a concentrated animal feeding operation.A third change legislators brought in House Bill 64 — the budget bill of 2016-17 — was to move the Soil & Water Conservation Districts to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The former SWCDs are now within ODA as the Division of Soil & Water Conservation. This places an office of the Department of Agriculture in every county in the state.Senate Bill 150 gives Ohio farmers until September 30, 2017 to become certified to apply fertilizer. We are now in April of 2016, and at the end of the winter meeting season, meaning you have next winter to become certified. This site gives more details on the legal issues: http://aglaw.osu.edu/blog-categories/environmental.Ohio State University Extension is delivering the educational programs. We have delivered more than 150 programs around the state for over 10,000 attendees so far. From estimates within OSU Extension, we think perhaps about 20,000 may need fertilizer certification. From a conversation with Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Daniels last week, there are probably many more who need the certification.Record keeping requirements start when you receive your yellow Fertilizer Applicator Certificate. If you are a farmer you maintain the records for three years. If you are a dealer and apply the fertilizer, you maintain the records for three years and supply a copy of the record to the grower who purchased the nutrients.Within 24 hours of any nutrient application, record: Name of fertilizer certificate holder Name of applicator working under direct supervision of certificate holder (if any) Date of application Location (field ID, farm) Fertilizer analysis (such as 11-52-0) Rate of fertilizer application (in pounds per acre) and total amount applied Fertilizer application method (surface-applied, incorporated, etc.) Soil conditions For surface applications only: is ground frozen or snow covered? Temperature and precipitation during application Weather forecast for day following applicationOne very good place to get and print weather records and a forecast is http://weather.gov. I had a call last week from a grower who forgot to record the weather information for his nutrient application in February when we had that dry spell. One site I have found to look at for past weather forecasts is on Weather Underground. Go to www.wunderground.com, click on “More” near the top of the page and then choose “Historical” to see past weather information. But I am not sure this is a “good” record; remember the intention is that you will gather this information before the application.One other item almost buried in SB 150 was the development of nutrient management plans. To me this may be the best way to manage our nutrient loss concerns — consulting with a nutrient management planner at the Soil & Water office, with a consultant, with Extension, with NRCS or a retailer can find those most likely areas of loss and help to reduce them.last_img read more

“Cavers Plunge (an extreme cache)” (GCRVXB) GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK November 8, 2010

first_imgDecent into “Cavers Plunge (an extreme cache)”There are just five words in the name of this geocache. It’s the fourth word you should pay attention to most. It’s the word “extreme.” The geocache is rated a terrain five, for a heart-pounding, jaw-dropping reason.“Cavers Plunge (an extreme cache)” (GCRVXB) challenges experienced and prepared vertical cavers to geocache in the deep recesses of a nearly forgotten Kentucky cave.Cache owner Moonsovrbend warns this cache is only for the most competent vertical cavers, accomplished at repelling and then ascending  a free-hanging rope.The cache was published in January of 2006. More then twenty extreme geocachers logged a smiley on the cache and enjoyed the thrill of underground exploration. One geocacher described the cache as “a beautiful experience.” This cache, and many of the most extreme caches, require extensive planning and organization. Cache owners, like Moonsovrbend, are often more than happy to assist in preparation for the cache.At the bottom of “Cavers Plunge (an extreme geocache)”Geocaches range from easy to extreme. The rating system for “difficulty” and “terrain” ranges from one star (most accessible) through five stars (most difficult). Be aware of the terrain and difficulty ratings before you attempt a geocache.Continue your exploration with some of the most engaging geocaches from around the world. Explore all the Geocaches of the Week on our blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedRubik’s Cache (GC5YGFM) – Geocache of the WeekJuly 30, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”How to have a ball when creating a geocache: Interview with cache owner Bouncebounce!April 23, 2019In “News”Klettersteig Mürren – Gimmelwald GC1DDQ5 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK July 18, 2011July 18, 2011In “Extreme Geocaching”last_img read more

UAE FTA ITF to Work on Solving Crew Abandonment

first_imgzoom The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Federal Transport Authority (FTA) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) have agreed to work together to tackle abandonment cases in UAE waters.FTA and ITF officials met this week to discuss the increasing number of abandonment cases faced by the UAE and the Gulf State’s desire to bring an end to the problem.Both parties agreed to develop a protocol to govern a closer working relationship, including increased cooperation and information exchange.The FTA officials announced that they would push for the UAE to ratify the Maritime Labour Convention 2006, and the ITF committed to provide advice, training and expertise to assist with this. “The scourge of shipowners who think that they can dump their ships and leave their crews without pay and essential supplies must be brought to an end. It is good to know that the FTA is taking the initiative and have already banned the vessels of one shipowner who repeatedly abused seafarers’ rights. This is setting a good example to other states in the region and I hope they will follow suit,” David Heindel, chair of the ITF seafarers’ section, said.The move comes on the heels of FTA’s ban on Varun’s ships from calling the UAE ports earlier this month.India-based LPG shipowning company is a repeat offender when it comes to seafarer abandonment cases in UAE ports and waters.The latest instance of crew abandonment involves the company’s 1991-built ship Maharshi Vamandeva.The ship’s crew has been abandoned and left without basic provisions and fuel as well as lack of medical care. The seafarers have also been denied their salaries.Separately, Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) today called for renewed and reinvigorated international efforts to deliver faster solutions, effective remedies and repatriation for all stranded and abandoned seafarers in the global shipping industry, and a greater focus on naming and shaming owners who otherwise revel in their impunity from being held accountable.According to HRAS, the shipping community, as a body, lacks firm leadership and effective tools to end owner’s impunity from prosecution, provide effective sanctions, and fails to provide an effective remedy for the very human beings which provide the lifeblood of the industry, and its profit.Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) said in June of this year, that amid industry concerns and the media coverage about unreported crew abandonment cases IMO, along with ILO, the International Chamber of Shipping and the International Transport Workers’ Federation have been working hard to address these matters, adding that ILO’s database on abandonment cases has been updated.Over the last five years, 12 to 19 crew abandonment incidents were reported annually and 1,013 seafarers were involved in total, the International Labour Organization (ILO) told World Maritime News.Furthermore, figures from this year, as of July 31, show that 28 abandonment cases were reported, involving 339 seafarers.However, HRAS claims that this is not true as many cases being tackled by the charity have not been included in the database.Furthermore, the ILO database, originally supported by the International Shipsuppliers & Services Association and established on 1 April 2005, is said to have been handed over to a commercial company, Right Ship.A question is being raised if UN bodies cannot achieve what is needed with senior diplomatic intervention, what real hope is there?“Progress on this issue continues to be painfully slow and the true reality is that the industry really does not care despite what is postured and articulated by retained media teams keen to keep positive messaging flowing,” HRAS said.According to the charity, a potential way forward should include identifying the weaknesses and individual failures to address impunity at state-level, and holding port and flag states accountable, where applicable.“Get the issue on the table as a long-term priority at the IMO and ILO and provide a long-term solution, not soundbites, and certainly not have it undertaken behind closed doors thereby exacerbating the current lack of transparency in the shipping community.“In the meantime, the evidence being submitted to our charity tells a compelling story of owners who continue to revel in their impunity. Further, it appears that crews around the world increasingly realize that other routes for reporting their plight are being quietly suppressed, are overseen and funded by entities with vested interests in controlling the narrative and the data, and as a consequence, their stories are rarely told,” HRAS said.As an example, Human Rights at Sea pointed to the case of Indian seafarers stranded on the MT Dharma, a vessel abandoned off the UAE coast in Ajman anchorage for the past ten months.“The state of the MT Dharma vessel reportedly owned by Alco Shipping Services, … is factually terrible. From the presented evidence, it appears unseaworthy and despite the pleas of an experienced Master, his voice has been left unheard, until now,” HRAS said.last_img read more

Evening News Break – April 29th 2016

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppEvening News Break, April 29th, 2019Listen Now **Tomorrow morning you can support a cook out to aid in the ‪#‎medical‬‪#‎expenses‬ of Roshara Williams at ‪#‎CIBC‬ FirstCaribbean, Leeward Highway branch.**New insurer in the country shared what research exposed are factors for the ‪#‎Caribbean‬ people not securing insurance for their properties.**‪#‎Security‬ ‪#‎companies‬ have little to no ‪#‎legislation‬ to support their own, personal security. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Gas prices rise in San Diego County to highest amount since July

first_imgGas prices rise in San Diego County to highest amount since July 2015 KUSI Newsroom May 2, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose three-tenths of a cent today to $4.092, its highest amount since July 28, 2015, one day after increasing four-tenths of a cent.The average price is 2.9 cents more than one week ago, 45.8 cents higher than one month ago and 43 cents greater than one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.“Price averages in the region have not moved up too much in the last several days but they are not coming down either due to continued refinery production problems,” Marie Montgomery of the Automobile Club of Southern California said. “Once refineries start coming back online, the prices should start to come down. The expectation would be that refineries would be up and running at full capacity sometime in May, but that all depends on the extent of needed repairs.” Posted: May 2, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more