Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says RSF_en “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says June 4, 2021 Find out more UkraineEurope – Central AsiaRussia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentArmed conflictsFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe Receive email alerts RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Читать по-русски / Read in RussianReporters Without Borders condemns yesterday’s decision by the National Radio and TV Council (NRTC) to ban Russian independent TV channel Dozhd from being retransmitted in Ukraine.Ukrainian broadcasters will have to comply with the ban within one month of its official publication, expected on 16 January.The NRTC, which regulates broadcasting in Ukraine, accuses Dozhd of violating the country’s territorial integrity by treating Crimea as part of Russia, and of violating a restrictions on advertising on certain foreign TV channels.Dozhd is nonetheless very outspoken in its criticism of the Kremlin and until now has been widely retransmitted in Ukraine, where it has as much as a quarter of its entire audience.“Even if the regulator has identified breaches of Ukraine’s laws, there are no grounds for such a drastic sanction as banning Dozhd,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “This is a media freedom violation, a measure that – judged by international standards – it is neither necessary nor proportionate.“Independent media have a key role to play in maintaining a link between population groups that have been separated by war and propaganda. We ask the Ukrainian authorities to rescind this decision without delay.”According to article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Ukraine has ratified, any restrictions on freedom of expression in a democratic society must not only be legal but also legitimate and necessary.Dozhd – hounded in RussiaRussia’s only independent national TV channel, Dozhd has been much persecuted in its own country. Dropped by the main Russian satellite and cable TV providers and evicted from its offices in 2014, it has lost a large part of its public and advertisers.Describing Crimea as Ukrainian territory is punishable by imprisonment under Russia’s recently toughened legislation on “separatism.” Dozhd had to comply, but that has not stopped it from referring to Russia’s “annexation” of the Crimean peninsula or continuing to provide critical coverage of Russian policy in Ukraine.Bihr said: “You cannot help smiling at the Kremlin’s virulent protests about Ukraine’s ban on Dozhd, given that this TV channel can no longer be viewed by most Russians. If Moscow really cared about media freedom, it would start by lifting the restrictions on Dozhd and all the other independent media outlets in Russia.”“Information war” abuses in UkraineRSF has often condemned media freedom violations in Ukraine that have been committed in the name of combatting Russian propaganda. Last week, uniformed members of the “Rapira” veterans association stormed into the offices of Klen, a cable TV provider in Chernomorsk, in the south of the country, and, using threats, forced it to suspend localretransmission of Dozhd’s programming.On 30 December, President Petro Poroshenko promulgated a law under which a prior permit is now required to import any Russian books. The law introduced the concept of “aggressor state promotion or propaganda” into Ukraine’s legislation.“We expect the Ukrainian authorities to defend media freedom against activist minorities, not to join them in their excesses,” Bihr added. “Combatting Russian propaganda is legitimate but does not under any circumstances justify intolerance or limiting pluralism.” Even when no longer available via satellite and cable TV services, Dozhd will still be available online in Ukraine to subscribers.Ukraine is ranked 107th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Russia is ranked 148th. Help by sharing this information January 13, 2017 – Updated on January 16, 2017 Ukraine bans independent Russian TV channel Dozhd June 7, 2021 Find out more to go further Related documents cp_dojd_ru.pdfPDF – 69.98 KB Organisation News News News News June 8, 2021 Find out more UkraineEurope – Central AsiaRussia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentArmed conflictsFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia
THE Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) will be holding a Midwest branch restaurateurs meeting on Tuesday March 3 in the One Pery Square Hotel at 10am. Among the issues covered will be the Governments plans to introduce calorie information on menus nationwide. Chief Executive Adrian Cummins believes that this proposal will have “devastating effects on the restaurant industry, costing €5,000 on businesses and will have a knock on effect in other sectors”. Other topics to be discussed at the meeting include the current allergens regime, The Irish Restaurants Awards 2015, the Governments proposal to increase the minimum wage, maintaining the nine per cent Tourism VAT Rate, new member benefits and services and many more. Registration takes place at 9.45am. Previous articleExtend retail scheme callNext articleLimerick Labour members attend party conference in Killarney Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsLocal NewsRestaurateurs meeting in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – March 1, 2015 588 TAGSlimerickOne Pery Square HotelRestaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Facebook Twitter Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Email Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Linkedin Advertisement Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: In an unprecedented development, a member of the India women cricket team was allegedly approached to fix matches earlier this year, prompting the BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit to lodge an FIR against two individuals on Monday. The alleged incident, which the player reported to the Board’s ACU, took place in February, ahead of the limited-overs home series against England.Ajit Singh Shekhawat, who heads the ACU, confirmed the development to PTI.”She is an Indian international cricketer so the ICC conducted an inquiry into it. The ICC warned the person who made the approach and informed us and acknowledged that the cricketer has done the right thing by reporting the approach,” Shekhawat said.The ACU has registered a first-information report (FIR) with the Bengaluru police against two individuals, Rakesh Bafna and Jitendra Kothari, for the alleged approach.”We followed that inquiry and it was much more than that. If we let that person off with a warning it doesn’t make any difference at all.””… So we went into his other links and connected the dots and we gave it to the police because we have no jurisdiction over them. We have jurisdiction only over participants. So they are going to investigate it,” Shekhawat added.The case has been registered under four sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) including Section 420, which pertains to cheating.The player is said to have also recorded the conversation she had with one of the accused over the telephone.It is learnt that the player was approached while she was undergoing recovery sessions at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru, with Kothari, who introduced her to Bafna, claiming to be a sports manager.The incident showed that women cricketers are also vulnerable to corrupt approaches like their male counterparts.
European football is a double-edged sword: on the one hand, you get to play the finest club sides in the world; on the other, they might humiliate you. Yes, you’re generally safe from humiliation by your domestic rivals; yes, they’re generally safe from humiliation by you. And on those rare occasions you meet, if you win it’s even worse for them; but if you lose it’s even worse for you. Is the upside worth the downside? Why, it’s exactly like life!Liverpool and Manchester United have played 194 competitive fixtures and racked up combined 79 seasons in European football, contesting the same trophy on ten occasions. In that time, they have yet to be drawn together – until now. There will be pennants, and there will be team photos.The recent past has seen a couple of near things, first in the Champions League of 2002 when a semi-final actually seemed likely. Liverpool were” ten games from greatness” in their bid to win the double and United were going to Glasgow, but then Liverpool met Bayer Leverkusen and were surprisingly beaten, and then United met Bayer Leverkusen and were surprisingly beaten. In those days, you see, most people in the world weren’t world experts on German football, so Lucio meant some larrikin girl and Ballack was the Moabite king found in the book of Numbers.In any event, the prize for victory would have been a final against Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid, at the far too small Hampden Park. Both clubs were fairly well out of that one.The other potential encounter, in the final of 2008, would have been something else entirely: a game for a trophy, bookended by both sets of supporters and the Russian police charging around Moscow in the pissing rain. The human brain is capable of some ludicrous thoughts, but respect if yours can conceive more so than that.A last-16 UEFA Cup tie does not have quite that resonance, though the haughtiness with which English clubs treat the competition shames their sense of morality and practicality. But no-one at Liverpool or United is bitching about it now. The two teams have not played under lights at Anfield since 1999, and this is probably the first and last chance for the United squad to experience a “famous European night”. Luckily for them, the relevant suits have attempted to dilute the atmosphere on their behalf, snidely inferring that a difference can be made to it if all away fans … wear the same clothing! As such, a group whose regular attire spans the full spectrum of dark to light black has been given free white Chevrolet shirts, delivered by DHL, to be seen on television in a high-profile, historic fixture; oh, the humanity! Away end tickets remain competitively priced at £38.Quite what’ll happen in the two games is not at all easy to predict, and it’s much easier to make a case against each side than it is for it. Van Gaal has no idea of his best eleven, his substitutions generally make things worse, and his only consistent player, the only one on either side with any serious status in the game, is a goalkeeper. No team in the Premier League top seven has scored fewer goals or entertained less; Van Gaal could not be getting less from his squad and his squad could not be getting less from itself. Roughly, they are a joke.And Liverpool are even worse. Without the players to play how Jurgen Klopp would like them to, they lack craft, class and a defence. Of the teams in the top 10, only Chelsea, in 10th, have conceded as many times, and things might even get worse now that Lucas – Lucas – is injured.Both teams, though, have a fair few half-decent players, which is why both teams occasionally produce passages of half-decency, before predictably yet abruptly regressing to the mean. They are fragile, but pathetically, not beautifully so.Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp celebrates with Dejan Lovren at the end of the match – ReutersThe current upswing is with Liverpool. After losing the League Cup final to Manchester City, they beat them well a few days later before contriving a last-minuter at Crystal Palace; yes, that is really significant enough to constitute an upswing, itself significant. United, meanwhile, recently powered past a murderers’ row of Shrewsbury, Midtjylland and Arsenal. But then Van Gaal felt compelled to interfere with the team he had previously been compelled to pick, and as such, the cycle of subsidence was reset at West Brom.Van Gaal has, though, done fairly well in the “big games” – he’s just made a mess of the piddling games that take place every time people pay to watch his team. The Liverpool players will know that they’ve lost four out of four against him, but with home and philosophical advantage in their favour, it won’t matter at the start; they’ll fly at United as best they can, looking to control the tie from the off, while United do nothing, looking to “control” the tie from the off.The likelihood is that the tie will be one we might politely term a “slow-burner” – except this is football where there is no polite, so instead let’s expect a “disgusting shambles of inane ineptitude and arm-waving entitlement”, compelling in the worst possible way – which is the best thing about it. Enjoy!–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. 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