Journalist imprisoned in Karshi amid mounting pressure on independent media

first_img Receive email alerts More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Organisation Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Uzbekistan Tulkin Karaev, a independent journalist and contributor to the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), was arrested in the southern city of Karshi on 4 June and has been imprisoned for a period of at least 10 days on a charge of hooliganism. Reporters Without Borders calls on the European Union and the United States to put pressure on the Uzbek president to release him. News New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council June 8, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist imprisoned in Karshi amid mounting pressure on independent media Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term News UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia RSF_en May 11, 2021 Find out more February 11, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today condemned as “abusive” the imprisonment of freelance journalist Tulkin Karaev, a contributor to the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), who was arrested in the southern city of Karshi on 4 June after being assaulted on the street and was then jailed on a charge of hooliganism without any form of trial.”President Islam Karimov is showing that he is still bent on keeping his country under the yoke of authoritarian rule from another age, despite last month’s terrible events in Andijan and although the social and political situation continues to be explosive,” the press freedom organisation said.”The government appears to have decided to silence all dissenting voices by waging a witch-hunt,” Reporters Without Borders continued. “This freelance journalist was just trying to report the dramatic human rights situation in Uzbekistan. We appeal to the European Union and the United States to put pressure on the President Karimov to release Tulkin Karaev at once and to end these unacceptable press freedom violations.”After Karaev was attacked by an unidentified person on a Karshi street on 4 June, the authorities accused him of hooliganism and order him imprisoned for a period of at least 10 days. Human rights activist Gaybulla Djalilov, who was with him at the time, said this kind of attack is a ploy often used by the authorities to detain dissidents.Karaev’s apartment had been constantly under police surveillance since the 13 May events in Andijan and some of his friends were interrogated in an attempt to get information about him.Married and the father of two children, Karaev is one of Karshi’s last independent journalists. He has written many articles on political and social issues in Uzbekistan for the IWPR, an international organisation that defends the news media.An article headlined “Defence of the national sovereignty of the Uzbek people” on 25 May in the state-owned daily Pravda Vostoka called for the writers and photographers contributing to the IWPR to be named on national television. The IWPR and other human rights groups have been the target of attacks in the Russian and Uzbek state press ever since they reported the massacre of hundreds of civilians by the Uzbek security forces. News News to go further October 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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DS News Webcast: Wednesday 5/29/2013

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Home / Featured / DS News Webcast: Wednesday 5/29/2013 DS News Webcast: Wednesday 5/29/2013 The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago May 30, 2013 586 Views center_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Subscribe in Featured, Media, Webcasts About Author: DSNews 2013-05-30 DSNews Previous: Waushara County Adopts Electronic Document Recording System Next: New York AG Presses for Passage of Two Foreclosure Bills Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more

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Royal London wins £250m credit mandate from South Yorkshire scheme

first_imgThe UK’s South Yorkshire Pensions Authority has awarded a £250m (€344m) fixed income mandate to Royal London Asset Management.The local authority pension fund had been looking for a manager for a buy-and-maintain portfolio consisting largely of sterling-denominated bonds, according to an EU contract award notice. The mandate could also include bonds from major markets abroad, as long as the currencies are hedged back to sterling and meet the overall aim of the mandate.The search was managed by consultancy Mercer. The portfolio, to be managed on a segregated basis, amounts to around 5% of the pension scheme’s total assets.The pension fund said at the time that the portfolio should have broad exposure across regions, sectors and company size bands, but that this diversification should be within set limits.In all, there were 33 offers as a result of the tender.last_img read more

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Rotarians celebrate positive year and awards at new amphitheater

first_imgLora Williams and Rob DuckworthGreensburg, IN—Greensburg Rotary Club #3437 in Rotary International District #6580 held its officer changer over meeting and awards presentation Monday at the new Amphitheater located at Rebeka Park in Greensburg. It was the first event to be held at the theater since it was constructed.Lora Williams, Greensburg Club President for the 2019-2020 Rotary year recapped the year by discussing a few of the highlights and achievements.President Lora assisted Rotary Foundation Chair Larry and Bev Moore with the presentation of Paul Harris Fellow Awards to members of the club, which include Courtney Crowe, Kelby Owens, Jenni Hanna, Nathan Vandrey, Dr. Mathew Gauck, Eric Raver and Doug Westerfeld. Also receiving a PHF award were multiple award winner Mandy Lohrum who received her seventh award with three of those awards being presented for her husband Micah, daughter Mackenzie and son Mason, while Jeff Emsweller received his second award. The Paul Harris Fellow Award recognizes individuals who have contributed $1,000 or more to the Rotary Foundation and is named after Rotary Founder Paul Harris.Likewise, the Greensburg Rotary Club presents Paul Harris Fellow Awards to deserving community members who are not Rotarians. Receiving awards at the ceremony on Monday were Rob Duckworth and Dick Reed. Duckworth served as the director of the Decatur County Emergency Management Agency until February 2018 where he accepted a position as the school resource officer for Decatur County Schools. Rob now works as the Director of Traffic Safety for the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. Rob was recognized for his efforts in working with local authorities which resulted in the expansion of the Emergency Management Operations Center in Decatur County. Those efforts lead to improved technology needed to help in coordinating emergency responses during disasters, converting the former Library mobile bookmobile into a mobile command center, assisting in establishing a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) in the county, and establishing the Nixel text alert system for use in the county. During Rob’s tenure as EMA Director, the county received more than $2.3 million in state, local and federal grants.The second Community Paul Harris Fellow Award was presented to Dick Reed of Kova Fertilizer. Dick has never been an official Rotarian buy has followed the standards set forth by Rotary International throughout his entire life. His actions follow closely in the footsteps of Founder Paul Harris, preferring to stay out of the spotlight and forgo public recognition. Dick helped bring many new technologies, products, and employees in the Decatur County community. He has served as the Decatur County Fair Board President and on the Indiana State Fair Board. In the early 1960’s, Dick helped establish the Indiana Plant Food and Agrichemicals Association and served on the first board of directors and as the organization’s third President. His achievements are many.Also, a Paul Harris Fellow presentation was made to Decatur County Memorial Hospital CEO Rex McKinney and other leaders for their cooperate sponsorship of the Greensburg Rotary Club.Williams and Mandy LohrumRotarian Barb Jakad was presented with a special President’s award for her continued dedication as the Club Secretary and weekly newsletter publisher.Mandy Lohrum also received the Jack Hurst Award, which is the Rotarian of the Year Award. Jack Hurst was a longtime member of the club, dedicated, and never having missed a meeting in all his years as a Rotarian.The evening concluded by President Lora turning the gavel over to 2020-2021 President Tami Wenning. Tami is the Executive Director of the Decatur County Community Foundation. Greensburg Rotarians thanked Lora Williams for her successful and courageous leadership during an unusual year marred by COVID-19 and the club looks forward to the 100th Anniversary Celebration Party in the future.last_img read more

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Syracuse breaks 3-week scoring drought in win against NC State

first_img Published on October 18, 2015 at 6:09 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+ Head Coach Phil Wheddon hadn’t even sat down yet, but he was already excited. After constantly citing his team’s need for a fast start — Syracuse hadn’t scored once in three weeks —Wheddon got exactly what he wanted. The Orange scored a less than a minute into the match.SU’s (5-10-1, 1-6-0 Atlantic Coast) offensive execution was the key component in the 3-0 win over North Carolina State (4-11-0, 0-6 ACC) on Sunday at SU Soccer Stadium.“It was great for the team to come out and get a quick goal like that,” Wheddon said. “…I was very happy for us that we were able to score the goal and settle down into a little bit of a rhythm.”Coming into the match, the Orange was in the midst of an offensive drought. The last time SU had scored was in a 3-1 loss to Virginia Tech on Sept. 27. The team’s goalless streak spanned over four games.Within 50 seconds on Sunday, that streak was snapped. Sophomore forward Eva Gordon took a pass and ran with the ball up the right sideline. She launched a ball toward the left goalpost and it landed at the feet of junior midfielder Emma Firenze, who fired it into the back of the net to give the Orange the early lead.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think we really came out very hungry and we wanted to score early, and that was one of our goals, and we did so,” junior forward Stephanie Skilton said.That early goal made Sunday’s game the first time that the Orange held a lead since Sept. 17 against Drexel. The issue that’s plagued SU for most of the season – having to play catch-up after giving up a lead – was nonexistent on Sunday.The Orange added on to its early lead. Junior midfielder Maddie Iozzi possessed the ball on the left side of the field near the Wolfpack baseline. She passed the ball toward the middle of the field that hit off a defender and found its way to Skilton, who rifled the ball in to make it a 2-0 game.Coming out of the half, the Syracuse players looked ecstatic. Goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan was grinning cheek-to-cheek in the team huddle before resuming play.The Orange got out to another fast start in the second half. Just over a minute into the half, Alex Lamontagne took the ball down the left sideline, made a nifty inside move and kicked the ball toward the goal. The goalie deflected the ball, but Eva Gordon recovered, turned and fired into an empty portion of the net for a 3-0 SU lead.“Coach told us to come out strong … put the third goal away early so we set the tone,” Gordon said. “We didn’t want a 2-1 game in the second half,” Gordon said.Two of the goals the Orange scored came off of deflections in the box. Being in the right place to capitalize on rebounds was something the practiced over the course of the week.“It’s happened to us consistently throughout the year where a ball is served into box and its not the first person, the first runner that often scores it, it’s the second or third,” Wheddon said. “… We’ve been really working on trying to get more numbers into the box, and I thought today we did a very good job at that.”With a six-game losing streak now over, Wheddon wants his team to focus on continuing to play well and win the final three games of the season. Still, he acknowledged that this win could help the team morale.“Today was definitely a good day to get the win,” Gordon said.“We needed it.” Commentslast_img read more

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CHESS: Uganda outwits South Sudan to win Zone 4.4 Youth U16 Team Chess Championship

first_imgUganda’s team poses for a picture after winning the 2019 Zone 4.4 Youth U16 Team Chess Championship. (PHOTO/Courtesy)Ugandan youngsters put up a dominating display in Kenya to win the 2019 Zone 4.4 Youth U16 Team Chess Championship.In an event played at Luke Hotel, Nairobi, Uganda garnered 6 points out of the available seven. The team, composed of Sharif Ssenabulya, Mathew Mwase and siblings Victor Kanyike and WCM Maria Nakanyike were unstoppable and deservedly clinched the championship.Uganda won their first five games with much ease and despite losing 3-1 to Tanzania in the penultimate round; the youngsters were declared clear champions following another enviable performance against South Sudan in the final round.The side coached by Farouk Fauza Kizza beat South Sudan 3-1 to make sure that they returned home with a Gold medal.Individually, Mwase was the best player in the team. The rated 1353, playing on board four won all his seven games. Not only did that performance make him the best on board four, Mwase ended the tournament as the overall best player.Kanyike with 4.5 points came 11th in the overall rankings, Nakanyike 18th with 3.5 and Ssenabulya 21st with 3.5 points. Substitute Janice Mubiru Namiiro played just one game and therefore was not graded.Kenya (Stormy Knights) came second with five points winning silver while Kenya (Blitzkrieg) completed the podium places with four points. The Blitzkrieg tied points with Tanzania, Kenya (MSA1) and Kenya (Nacha Sports Academy) but won bronze on a tiebreak.Comments Tags: 2019 Zone 4.4 Youth U16 Team Chess ChampionshipKenyaMathew MwaseSharif SsenabulyaSouth SudanUgandaVictor KanyikeWCM Maria Nakanyikelast_img read more

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All social partners agree on the need for policy consistency as well as the implementation of these policies

first_img• South Africa is committed to economic and fiscal policy certainty to ensure confidence in the South Africa economy, its people and its market.• This includes certainty around, amongst others, labour issues, priority growth sectors as well as the way in which challenges should be addressed.• To ensure policy certainty, effective 1 September 2015, all legislation will be subject to a socioeconomic impact assessment before being passed. This will improve policy coordination and highlight potential implementation risks or unintended consequences.• South Africa will look at its institutions and existing policy frameworks to ensure they are able to respond to the opportunities and challenges presented by current domestic and international conditions.last_img read more

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How Editor Paul Machliss Cut Baby Driver in Real Time on Location

first_imgDive into the real time production and post-production workflow of this tightly synced film.Top image via Paul Machliss / Avid.Editor Paul Machliss, ACE has cut some of the most ambitious film and television projects. Most recently, he cut the hit musical thriller Baby Driver.Image via TJ Maher.My brother and I were fortunate enough to stumble upon Machliss’s presentation at NAB 2017 at the Avid booth. He discussed Baby Driver being the most difficult edit he’s ever had to manage. He also talked about his previous experiences working with director Edgar Wright on Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The World’s End, and Spaced. You may also recognize his comedic editing style from other television series, like The IT Crowd.Cutting Baby Driver on SetThere’s a very good chance you’ve already heard plenty about Baby Driver and the film’s rave reviews. If not, here’s a look at the trailer.The film follows the story of a getaway driver, Baby. The main thing to note is that Baby has tinnitus, and to cancel out the hum in his ears, he is constantly listening to music. Thus the birth of an action film set to the soundtrack of the main character’s collection of iPods and mixtapes.That means the film is constantly set to the music, and much of the action unfolds to musical cues. In Paul Machliss’s presentation, he immediately came out and said “that [Baby Driver] was the hardest job I’ve ever worked as an editor.”Image via Working Title Films.While describing the film, he mentioned that Baby’s “life becomes regimented by music. That, he always seems to have the right track for the right mood.”The music “helps set everything up . . . We had to clear all the tracks first, because we only knew these scenes would only work with these songs. And of course the beauty of it, all the music is commercial . . . It’s commercial music roughly over a 40 year period.”Image via Working Title Films.As for the choreographed musical style of the film, Machliss is quick to comment that Wright had a very distinct vision that didn’t wait for audio cues; action would naturally fall to the beat: “I wouldn’t say it’s a musical, it’s a film full of music. But the integration of the two is quite unique.”The goal was “not make it feel like a musical where everything is heavily choreographed. We didn’t want you to notice that someone puts a bottle down on a chair. It may happen to be on the beat, but we don’t want you to think we are waiting for that moment.”Image via Paul Machliss / Avid.The distance between production and post-production on the film was seemingly non-existent: “Baby Driver is probably the ultimate expression of the way Edgar and I work together. Built from some reshoots we did on Scott Pilgrim, then to The World’s End we put together a lot of the action scenes together with me on set. To this film, where actually Edgar saying ‘Yeah, you know I think I might want you out there everyday’ basically…”For the film to work just right, Machliss had to be on set editing to verify that the timing of each shot was perfect: “To make it work you had to sort of be there at the moment of creation . . . I was there every day of every moment of every take. Edgar would do a take and yell ‘Cut!’ and then from the other side of the set go ‘How was that Paul?’ . . . and sort of wait until you went . . . ‘Yes it’s good.’ Then he felt he could move on. The advantage, of course being, we knew that six months down the line we weren’t gonna go ‘Ugh, we missed a trick here,’ ‘This didn’t work.’”Image via Paul Machliss / Avid.To keep up with the production, Machliss had to be mobile and fast. He managed to put together an editing cart, pictured above: “This was the edit cart, basically, which was loaned to me by the sound department when we very quickly learned that I had to be absolutely mobile.”The cart is pretty bare bones — a MacBook Pro, some external hard drives, “[Avid] Media Composer with an A-grade monitor which doubled either as a second screen for Media Composer, or as a full screen in its own right when Edgar wanted to come over and say ‘How does that look?’” Also, take note of the keyboard in the picture above. You’ll see it again once production wraps.If you look at the monitor on the cart, you’ll notice the film’s storyboards embedded in the edit. That’s because nearly every sequence underwent meticulous calculation in pre-production to properly sync the action and music. As Machliss recalled, “I had the storyboards running on a lower video layer, because . . . it’s very important to realize in things like this, you can’t do a shot that slightly runs over. Normally you go, ‘Oh, ok, the shot’s about a second longer,’ but when you start to put it together and you start to realize ‘Oh I’m now two and a half seconds out from the music track’ that becomes a problem.”Image via Paul Machliss / Avid.Since this film’s protagonist is a getaway driver, that meant Machliss would have to take his editing bay on the road: “Roadside editing, you know, this is anywhere, anytime basically. This was for a climactic chase sequence, and you could literally wheel it out of the main truck and be ready for Edgar in minutes.”In a unique setup, Machliss also found himself riding on the back of a process trailer editing the car conversations being shot behind him.Images via Paul Machliss / Avid.“Edgar said, ‘We’re filming on the road, I’d like you to be with me editing as we’re filming’ . . . So basically, we lashed up to an apple crate . . . and on this particular day, this is how it worked.”Image via Paul Machliss / Avid.“This was editing quite literally on the fly. Edgar sitting next to me yelling ‘Cut,’ I could immediately grab the shot from video assist, and we’d put this little sequence together exactly in this manner.”By the end of production, Machliss’s gear was worn by the elements. Remember the keyboard?Image via Paul Machliss / Avid.“This was the keyboard after we had taken it out on location after 15 weeks. Once we wrapped on this . . . I took it home . . . and framed it. It’s on the wall, retired. It’s the keyboard that did Baby Driver and nothing else.”You can watch Paul Machliss’s entire presentation on Avid’s website.Edit in the Style of Edgar Wright FilmsWant to follow in Paul Machliss’s steps and cut your own Edgar Wright-style films? Check out these video tutorials.Create Audio Swell TransitionsThis tutorial will show you how to manipulate SFX to build anticipation for the next shot. You can read more about the technique in this article from RocketStock.Create Custom Swipe Transitions in Premiere ProMuch like the transitions used in Scott Pilgrim and Hot Fuzz, you can easily create custom swipe transitions in Premiere Pro with some simple masking and keyframes. You can read more about the process here.Visual Comedy in the Style of Edgar WrightThis classic Every Film a Painting episode dissects Edgar Wright’s knack for visual comedy. A great video essay to help inspire better storytelling through editing tricks and transitions.Cut on Avid Media Composer FirstReally want to edit like Paul Machliss? You now have access to a free copy of Avid with Media Composer First. You can read more about the program in our review. Download it and take it for a spin.Have you ever edited in real time? 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Federer sets up title clash with Nadal in ATP Finals

first_imgRoger Federer set up a titanic final showdown with Rafael Nadal at the ATP World Tour Finals after defeating Novak Djokovic 6-1, 6-4 in the semi-finals on Saturday.Federer swept aside third seed Djokovic in emphatic fashion as the world number two produced his fourth successive straight sets victory at the end-of-year event at London’s O2 Arena.The Swiss star will try to land a fifth Tour Finals title on Sunday and, in the process, gain a measure of revenge over Nadal, who has been the sport’s dominant force at his expense this year.Nadal, who defeated Andy Murray in a three-set thriller earlier on Saturday, has already taken the Wimbledon and French Open titles from Federer this year, as well as stealing the number one ranking from him.Among their 21 career meetings there have been some incredible encounters, including the 2008 Wimbledon final won by Nadal. This is just their second match this year and it is the perfect way to finish the ATP season. Federer said: “It’s been a great tournament so far, having not lost a set and beaten so many good players. Today was another great match. I’m really looking forward to playing against Rafa tomorrow. Who wouldn’t?He’s a wonderful player. He’s proven himself that he can play on any surface now. The ones who still call him a clay court expert, they still don’t know much about tennis. I’ll try to take it to him, play aggressive, attack his second serve and see how it goes.”advertisementAfter holding serve to love, the Swiss won four successive points from 40-15 to break Djokovic. The last of those was a gift, a double fault from the third seed, who was battling just to get a foothold in the match. The sixth game brought four more break points for Federer. Djokovic dug deep to pull it back from 0-40 but a stunning Federer winner set up another chance, and this time the Serb netted a volley.Five points later the set was over, with Djokovic surely wondering what he could do to stop Federer in this form. The Serb could at least draw on recent memories of a superb fightback against the 16-time Grand Slam champion, when he saved two match points to triumph in the semi-finals of the US Open.BHUPAHI-MIRNYI IN FINALIndia’s Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi of Belarus cruised past Polish duo Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the year-end doubles title clash in the ATP World Tour Finals.Third seeds Bhupathi and Mirnyi will face second seeds Daniel Nestor of Canada and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia, the 2008 winners, who saved a match point to beat three- time former champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan 6- 3, 3- 6, 12- 10 in 71 minutes encounter on Saturday.Bhupathi and Mirnyi are chasing their second title of the season, having triumphed two weeks ago at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris- Bercy.They are through to the championship match at the season finale for the first time after failing to advance past the group stages on their previous two appearances in 2003 and 2004.The third seeds started brightly and broke through in the seventh game courtesy a forehand volley error by Fyrstenberg, before Mirnyi went on to seal the set with a service hold in the 10th game.The Poles were under pressure right from the start of the second set, with Matkowski forced to save three break points in the first game. Their resistance crumbled in the third game, though, as Fyrstenberg’s serve was broken and Bhupathi and Mirnyi established a 3- 1 lead.It is the fourth win in four meetings this season for Bhupathi and Mirnyi over their Polish opponents.last_img read more

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PM Declares Mount Salem First Zone of Special Operations

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has declared Mount Salem in St. James as the first Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO).Mr. Holness made the announcement at a press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister on Friday (Sept. 1).Major Godrey Sterling of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and Superintendent of Police, Kirk Ricketts are jointly in charge of operations in the Mount Salem special zone.Managing Director of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Omar Sweeny has been named Deputy Chairman of the Social Intervention Committee, which is to be established within five working days.Mr. Holness said the decision to declare Mount Salem as the first zone was based on police statistics, which show that the area is a major crime hotspot.He said no community will be allowed to operate as a safe haven for criminals and “we will establish and restore public order, citizen security, and public safety. We will make Jamaica safe again.”last_img read more

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