Sergei Duvanov sentenced, on appeal, to three and a half years in prison – Reporters without Borders denounces what it considers a parody of justice

first_imgNews Kazakh reporter accuses police of attacking her March 11, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Sergei Duvanov sentenced, on appeal, to three and a half years in prison – Reporters without Borders denounces what it considers a parody of justice Follow the news on Kazakhstan KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia News February 5, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Organisation KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia RSF_en to go further October 30, 2020 Find out more Reporters prevented from covering Kazakh parliamentary elections Regional newspaper editor harassed after investigating real estate scandal News On 11 March, the regional court of Taldy-Korgan (350 km from Almaty) confirmed that Sergey Duvanov, chief editor of Bulletin-a magazine published by the Kazakhstan International Bureau of Human Rights-has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison for the alleged rape of a minor.According to our information, international observers who had asked permission to attend the hearing were denied admittance at the time that the verdict was rendered. Evgeni Zhovtis, one of the journalist’s lawyers, stated that the case file had never actually been re-examined. Reporters without Borders strongly objects to the Kazakh judicial authorities’ refusal to allow international experts to attend the trial and to the unsubstantiated way in which the sentence was upheld, despite the many irregularities that had been observed throughout the inquiry and the constant violation of defence rights during the trial.”By denying the international observers access to Sergey Duvanov’s trial, Kazakh authorities have publicly demonstrated their contempt for judicial openness and equity. If the repression which Sergey Duvanov, as well as all members of the independent and opposition press, have had to endure in Kazakhstan has already led many to conclude that this sentence was politically motivated, such lack of transparency can only strengthen the suspicion that the charges were unfounded,” stated Robert Ménard, Reporters without Borders’ General Secretary.The European Parliament passed a resolution on 13 February demanding Duvanov’s immediate release and voicing deep concern about the investigation, prosecution and sentence. On 30 January, the US government also expressed its disquiet about the sentence. The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on 28 January criticised the legal irregularities and lack of evidence supporting the charges and urged the appeal court to take account of these shortcomings when it considered the case.The editor of Bulletin, an opposition magazine published by the International Bureau for Human Rights, Duvanov was arrested on 28 October last year and accused of raping a 14-year-old girl. He had been due to fly the next day to the United States to present a report on democracy and human rights in Kazakhstan. He went on hunger strike for 10 days to protest his innocence. At a press conference at the European Commission in Brussels on 29 November, President Nursultan Nazarbayev said Duvanov’s guilt had been proved. When Duvanov’s trial opened on 24 December, his lawyers were not allowed to examine the entire case file. Viewing the proceedings as a farce, Duvanov dismissed his lawyers on 23 January, the day after the court rejected their motion for the charges to be dropped for lack of evidence and because of the many legal irregularities.Duvanov is one of the government’s most outspoken critics and regularly denounces the harassment of the independent media and opposition. He is also being prosecuted for “affront to the honour and dignity” of President Nazarbayev. On 28 August last year, he was beaten up by thugs and badly injured.During a fact-finding mission to Almaty in July last year, a Reporters Without Borders representative met several times with Duvanov. He spoke of the intimidation and harassment to which he had been subjected by the authorities and predicted that they would probably accuse him in a sex or drugs scandal. “I’m still free and in good health,” he said, “but this cannot last.”Kazakh human rights groups and opposition journalists say the security services often try to implicate the government’s opponents in scandals in order. News A regional court confirmed that Sergey Duvanov has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison for the alleged rape of a minor after an investigation and trial marred by many irregularities and violations of his rights as a defendant. International observers who had asked permission to attend the hearing were denied admittance. Help by sharing this information January 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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‘It’s who you know that counts here’

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No longer the Fresh Prince of Milan: What has happened to Boateng?

first_imgOne of the great mysteries surrounding AC Milan’s horrible start to the 2012-13 season has centred around the poor form of Kevin-Prince Boateng.While Stephan El Shaarawy remains the Rossoneri’s one ray of light, the pressure only increases on the Ghanaian to return to the heights which made him a fans’ favourite.Boateng was the revelation of 2010-11 after his transfer from Portsmouth via Genoa, so much so that perhaps the biggest cheer at the San Siro Scudetto party came after he performed a moonwalk complete with Michael Jackson garb on a specially constructed stage. But, while he largely continued to enhance his reputation amongst Milanisti last season, this campaign has begun in a very different vein for the ex-Tottenham man.Formerly cocksure, powerful and inspirational, Boateng now appears uncomfortable, insular and short of the kind of big-match qualities with which he surprised many over his first two years in the famous red and black. The explanations for his lack of form have varied depending on who you speak to, with some going as far as blaming his girlfriend Melissa Satta.“I’m not the problem for Boateng. I am a normal girlfriend and he will regain his form soon. I have always supported him and AC Milan,” Satta said in response to the spotlight being cast on their relationship. “I read the Gazzetta dello Sport’s report on Boateng’s form but it is not my fault.”Satta once told Vanity Fair that she believed she was the reason for the number of injuries her man had suffered at the beginning of 2012, but it is surely more likely that the answer to the Boateng conundrum lies closer to the football field. With Milan having lost so many big names and influential faces during the summer, Boateng was thrust into the role of talisman which he was perhaps not ready for. The No.10 shirt carries a huge responsibility in Italian football, but the decision by Massimiliano Allegri to give him such an accolade-cum-burden was an example of the high regard in which he had become held around Milanello.However, for a player who arrived at the club as an orthodox midfielder but quickly developed into the kind of powerful presence in the final third that few Italian clubs can boast, it was expected that the transition would be easy. That has not been the case.last_img read more

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WHS Daily Bulletin: PEO members to go over scholarship information for students next week

first_imgThursday lunch: Chicken leg, savory rice, baby carrots, corn, hot roll/jelly, chilled peaches.Friday lunch: Chicken patty/bun, oven fries, baked beans, oatmeal cookie, mandarin oranges.Today’s News*SENIOR GIRLS: PEO members will be here during the three lunches in the commons on Tuesday, Feb. 17 to give out information regarding a scholarship. Please be sure to stop by their table and get the application form.*FCA will NOT be meeting this Friday.*Leadership and SADD will be hosting a Dodge ball Tournament the afternoon of March 4th for $10 per team; 5 on a team.  We will also be hosting a talent show on that same day – $5 for an individual to perform; $10 for a group to perform.  Deadline to sign up for both of these events is February 25.  Students wishing to watch either event may do so for $1.  Sign up sheets for the talent show are outside the Choir Room, outside room 208, outside Officer Yunker’s office and in the main office.  The Sign up sheet for the dodge ball tournament is in the main office.*Classic Movie Club will be showing the movie “Dead Poet’s Society” today.*Circle of Friends needs your help: Their video has an opportunity to be shown at the Wichita Thunder Hockey game. Just go to the Arc’s Circle of Friends page on Facebook and like the Wellington Video. Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015:Thursday• Wrestling at WHS vs. Circle- Senior Night 6Friday• Basketball at WHS vs  Andale, 6 p.m.Saturday• State Scholars’ Bowl at WHS 12 p.m.• JV Wrestling at Valley Center 9 a.m.last_img read more

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Howard triumphs by six in Colombia

first_img International Paul Howard ensured the South American Amateur title stayed in English hands when he won the ninth Championship at the Barranquilla Country Club in Colombia, succeeding Callum Shinkwin, now a professional, who won the event a year ago. In a week where English players were always to the fore, Lancastrian Howard (on left, image copyright Colombian Golf Federation)  carded a closing round of 69 for 284, four under par and a six-shot winning margin from home-based Ricardo Celia with Devon’s Jimmy Mullen third on 291. Howard, from the Southport & Ainsdale club, who made his England debut in last year’s Home Internationals at Ganton, led at the halfway mark after his first 69 and he shared top spot with Mullen on 215 going into the final day. But while the Devon man slipped back with a closing 76, Howard raced away to claim his maiden overseas title and the biggest of his career. “It’s unbelievable. I cannot have asked for a better ending to this great week,” he said “It was my first time here and I loved it. We played in difficult conditions and I am delighted to have won,” added the 23 year old. Howard ‘s bid for the trophy was soon apparent. Four pars and two birdies in his first six holes saw him out in front and he added another a third successive birdie on the par-five seventh. “On the fifth I hit a good second shot to less than two feet. That was the first of three birdies I had on the front nine “he said. A bogey on nine slowed his pace and another shot went on 11, which gave compatriot Mullen hope. However, Howard struck a great second shot on the par-four 14th for another birdie while he closed with his fifth at the long 18 for his 69 and a comfortable six-shot cushion from Colombia’s Ricardo Celia, who finished with a fine 68. “I think what gave me hope was what I did in the second round when I played very solid. That gave me a good boost to finish the job, “said Howard, who will seek to add to this success in Portugal and Spain in the coming weeks. Mullen emerged as the first round leader after a sparkling 66, which included an eagle and five birdies, but was unable to consolidate his position. In the final round, the Devonian was out in 39 with just one birdie but found four in a homeward 37 along with two bogeys and a triple-bogey seven at the 12th. Yorkshire’s Nick Marsh finished equal ninth on 297 after a closing level-par 72, while Ashley Chesters from Shropshire & Herefordshire, who was hoping to add the title to his European crown, carded 303. The R&A has supported the South American Amateur since it started in 2005 and has offered subsidies to up to 30 non-South American players, including the England squad, which helps with flights and entry fees. The R&A’s Executive Director – Working for Golf, Duncan Weir commented, “Paul Howard’s tremendous win was achieved in difficult hot and windy conditions and should boost his confidence for the domestic season ahead. This was the second successive year that The R&A had supported the participation of players from each of the four home countries and with Scotland’s Gemma Dryburgh finishing second in the women’s event and everyone from GB&I making a positive impression, on and off the course, the entire exercise was a huge success.” Leading final scores: 284 P Howard (Eng) 71 69 75 69 290 R Celia (Col) 75 74 73 68 291 J Mullen (Eng) 66 77 72 76 292 J A Miranda (Ecu) 75 72 72 76 293 J Garcia (Ven) 74 73 74 72 Other England scores: 297 N Marsh 76 73 76 72 303 A Chesters 76 80 72 75 26 Jan 2014 Howard triumphs by six in Colombia last_img read more

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Rossland/Trail 1 cruises to Bantam House Hockey Title

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsBoth Nelson teams were shut out of the medals at the West Kootenay Minor Hockey Bantam House Championship during the weekend in Nelson.Nelson 1 and Nelson 2 failed to make it into the medal round after round robin action.Rossland/Trail 1 proved to be too much for the rest of the field as the squad dumped Beaver Valley 6-1 to capture the West Kootenay Minor Hockey Bantam House Championship Sunday at the NDCC Arena.In five games Rossland/Trail 1 out scored the opposition 37-6.Nelson 2 felt the sting of the Rossland/Trail 1 offence after the Silver City squad bounced its regional rivals 10-2 Thursday to open the 10-team tournament.Austin Meehan gave Nelson 1 a 1-0 lead before Rossland/Trail 1 scored the next seven goals. Jacob Timmermans scored the final goal for Nelson 2.Saturday, Nelson 2 saw the West Kootenay Wildcats score the winning goal in the final minute of the game to post a 3-2 victory. Spencer Szabo and Justin Willness scored for Nelson 2.Later in the day, Nelson 1 tried to play spoiler but fell victim to a few late goals as Beaver Valley skated away with a 6-4 victory.Szabo scored twice with Cole Sutherland and Peewee House call up Kyle Hall adding singles.Beaver Valley snapped a 4-4 tie with two goals in the final five minutes of the game to pull out the win.Nelson 1 suffered the same results at their crosstown rivals.Nelson 1 lost 5-3 to Rossland/Trail 2 to open the tournament. Micah May scored twice with Jentry Bojey adding a single for Nelson 2.Grand Forks then stole a 4-3 win Saturday before Nelson 1 routed Castlegar 8-1 to close out the tourney with a 1-2 record.Nathan Moore and Lucas Rangust scored three and two goals, respectively, to lead Nelson 2. Bojey, Liam Sharelove and May also scored for Nelson 1.May scored all three goals during loss by Nelson 1 to Grand [email protected]last_img read more

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Dictionaries for all 11 languages

first_img10 June 2005It’s official: there are now bilingual dictionaries for all of South Africa’s 11 official languages.The chief executive officer of the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB), Cynthia Marivate, told Parliament’s portfolio committee on arts and culture on Tuesday that the “minority languages” of isiNdebele, siSwati, Xitsonga and Tshivenda now had their own bilingual dictionaries.“Ten years down the line, all official languages have a formal dictionary,” Marivate said.Previously, only the more widely spoken indigenous languages of isiZulu, isiXhosa, Sepedi, Sesotho and Setswana had bilingual dictionaries. English and Afrikaans have long had both monolingual and bilingual dictionaries.Marivate said that producing comprehensive monolingual dictionaries, a key aim of PanSALB’s national lexicography units, remains an ambition for the department, but added that by 2050 multilingual dictionaries for the indigenous languages would have doubled in size.She also said that electronic dictionaries – or e-dictionaries – of South Africa’s indigenous languages will soon be available for schools to download.Khoe and San languagesMarivate told the parliamentary committee that, due to capacity problems, the Khoe and San languages were under-represented on PanSALB’s national language bodies – but said one key achievement was the recording of the N|u language of the Khomani San.According to PanSALB’s Angie Netshiheni, Khoe speakers insisted, during research conducted in 2001-2002, that the word be spelt “Khoe” and not “Khoi” as was previously the case.One of the world’s most endangered languages, N|u was recorded from one of the last surviving N|u speakers in the Northern Cape.Marivate said the related Khoe and San languages of !Xam and Koranna still needed to be recorded.No to tsotsitaalFinally, Marivate responded to a concern raised by a committee member that some young South Africans, encouraged by a popular radio station, were touting for a youthful slang known as tsotsitaal (gangster language) or isicamto to be recognised as an official language.Marivate said there was “no way” that PanSALB would ever approve of tsotsitaal becoming South Africa’s 12th official language.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Dredge material in Lake Erie being addressed

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With so much focus on agriculture as the source of excess nutrients in Lake Erie, it seems like the challenges associated with what to do about large quantities of dredging material being dumped into the Maumee Bay have been comparatively ignored.Well, if it was being ignored as a part of the problem, it is not any more. Around 800,000 to 1 million cubic yards of dredge material collected to keep the Port of Toledo clear is dumped into the open lake each year. There the material is re-suspended in the water where it can potentially provide nutrients to harmful algae.The challenges of dredge material were addressed under Senate Bill 1 that was implemented this summer. The bill bans the disposal of dredge material into Lake Erie in Maumee Bay after July 1, 2020 unless authorized by the director of the Ohio EPA.In addition, there is some experimental work being done in Toledo to better learn how to handle the challenging material.“At the Port of Toledo there is a 16-acre site which we’ll be doing construction work on this fall,” said Scudder Mackey, chief at the Office of Coastal Management with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. “We are going to create four cells where we are going to perform experiments using dredge material in terms of its suitability for agricultural use. We are going to try to manage the water in this sediment in a better way and also see if we can get the types of material that that ag community would be interested in. We think that taking material from the lake that came off the fields and placing it back on the land could be the most common sense thing to do.”The material that is dredged is largely comprised of potentially agriculturally valuable soils.“Typically the sediments coming down the Maumee River are very fine grained clays and silts. Phosphorus and nitrogen are often bound with that sediment,” Mackey said. “We are concerned about those nutrients, but we are also concerned about the sediment loading as well. We are talking about perhaps 70,000 cubic yards being placed initially in these experimental sites. This is a very small percentage of the total dredged material, but if we find larger areas to place this material we could reduce the amount of material we are putting into Lake Erie by a significant percentage and it could be used for agricultural applications. We need to learn to treat dredged materials as a resource not a waste product.”last_img read more

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Tri State Small Ruminant Summit

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Kentucky Sheep and Goat Development Office, Indiana Sheep Association, and Ohio Sheep Improvement Association are proud to present the 2016 KIO Tri State Small Ruminant Summit – Let’s Grow Together conference, aimed at herd improvement for sheep and goat producers.The Summit is an event that brings together producers and experts from different states all with similar goals and obstacles.  The topics, spoken on by experienced university professors, veterinarians and Extension specialists, specifically target how to integrate health, genetics and nutrition to enhanced efficiency and productivity. There will also be hands on workshops and live demonstrations. “This provides a great opportunity to create connections between small ruminant producers and the academic types,” said Robert Van Saun of Penn State University who is speaking at the conference.  “It is a chance to learn new, reliable scientific information as these industries begin to grow.”The Summit aims to expand and improve the industry for consumers as well.“Being exposed to new developments in technology that will directly benefit sheep producers is a must,” said Mike Corn, vice president of the American Sheep Industry speaking of the conference. “We must all be willing to make changes as needed to provide exactly what our consumers are asking for on a continuously changing consumer base.”The event will be held at the Boone County Enrichment Center in Burlington Kentucky on Oct. 1, 2016.  Registration begins the morning of at 8 a.m. with the Summit going until 4 p.m.  Pre-registration is available online now through Sept. 19. More information can be found at the Kentucky Sheep and Goat Development Office’s website- www.kysheepandgoat.org.The KSGDO, ISA, and OSIA aim to improve the sheep and goat industries of within their states through promotion and education.last_img read more

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Studio Binder: The Call Sheet You Won’t Throw Away

first_imgStudio Binder is the intelligent call sheet creator you never knew you needed.I’m going to go ahead and say it… call sheets are a pain. Nonetheless, they are a necessary part of the film production process. If you’re not already familiar with the term, a call sheet is simply a form designed to communicate important production information to your crew.A typical call sheet will have call times, emergency contact information, parking info, and more. It answers most of the routine questions that crew members may have about a production location so you, the director/producer/AD, can focus on other areas of the production process.Practically speaking, there’s nothing incredibly complex about a call sheet; they just take time to fill out. However, the time spent filling out your call sheet could be used to focus on other areas of your production.A screenshot of the free call sheet template found here on PremiumBeat. Traditionally, call sheets have been filled out by hand or computer, then emailed as a PDF to the crew. A simple search will yield hundreds of free PDF call sheet templates including our very own free call sheet template here on PremiumBeat. But all of these documents have the same problem — you must fill them out by hand. This is the problem that Studio Binder looks to fix.What is Studio Binder?Studio Binder is an online call sheet creator that optimizes the creation, organization, and distribution of call sheets. Studio Binder makes creating call sheets easy through a sleek and minimal interface. The service allows you to easily create projects and assign contacts to various roles in the production. Studio Binder will save your contacts into their database. This will easily allow you to assign crew members to future productions.After assigning roles and creating your contacts, it’s time to begin filling out the call sheet. The call sheet works almost like filling out an online survey. You will be prompted to fill out various fields like title, location, and nearest hospital, but unlike traditional PDF call sheets, Studio Binder is intelligent. When you begin typing in a location, the address will autofill using, presumably, an online address API.The same is true for nearby hospitals. Instead of having to lookup the hospital address or phone number, Studio Binder will autofill the hospital name as soon as you begin typing the name. Studio Binder will even automatically show what the weather will be like for your location at the time on the call sheet.After you fill out necessary fields, it’s time to create the daily schedule. Studio Binder makes scheduling a breeze. Using their easy calendar system, you can drag and drop cards for scenes, important events, and moves. It’s incredibly easy to use. In fact, I find it much easier to use than similar calendar services like Google Calendars.Studio Binder also allows you to send personal messages to individual crew members in their call sheet email. After you complete the call sheet, Studio Binder will automatically send a custom email to the cast and crew in your list. By far the best feature is the email tracking inside of Studio Binder. As the creator of the call sheet, you can monitor who has opened their email and who has confirmed to be there. No more “I didn’t see the email!”What We (Honestly) ThinkWe aren’t paid to write reviews here on PremiumBeat. We choose to review tools if they look promising to the industry. Studio Binder is one such tool. Studio Binder has the power to radically improve your production process. Through sleek design and a wonderful user experience, Studio Binder doesn’t just make creating call sheets not boring… it actually makes it fun.The only negative that we can see with Studio Binder is the price. You can only send 15 call sheets a month using the free plan. They have paid plans that range from $5 a month (35 call sheets), all the way up to $285 a month (800 call sheets). They are also offering PremiumBeat readers 25% off a 3 month subscription if you just use the code ‘PREMBEAT’ at checkout.I highly recommend at least checking out the free version to see if Studio Binder might be a good fit for your next production. Studio Binder has also let us know that they’ll bring online file sharing to their service in the near future.What’s your experience with Studio Binder? Do you know of any other helpful tools for creating call sheets? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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