Well-known journalist arrested on spying charge after deportation

first_img April 23, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Well-known journalist arrested on spying charge after deportation (Photo: Zerkalo) Help by sharing this information RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan News April 9, 2021 Find out more AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia News News Organisation RSF_en to go further June 8, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Rauf Mirkadyrov, a well-known columnist with the independent Russian-language newspaper Zerkalo, who was arrested on a charge of spying for Armenia on being deported back to Azerbaijan from Turkey, where he was based for three years.“By illegally expelling Mirkadyrov, the Turkish authorities have rendered themselves complicit in Azerbaijan’s persecution of this journalist,” said Johann Bihr, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.“The grave charges brought against Mirkadyrov are totally absurd and fool no one He is just the latest victim of the Azerbaijani government’s campaign to eradicate its media critics. How could this journalist have transmitted state secrets to which he did not have access?”The Turkish authorities stripped Mirkadyrov of his press accreditation on 9 April and, without any explanation, gave him two weeks to leave the country. Nonetheless, he was arrested in Ankara nine days later, on 18 April, and was put on a flight to Baku the following day, without being able to challenge his deportation or even contact a lawyer.Relatives and colleagues waited in vain for him at Baku airport on 19 April, learning the next day that he had been arrested on arrival on a spying charge. He was formally charged on 21 April under article 274 of the penal code (“high treason”) and was placed in pre-trial detention for three months.His lawyer, Fuad Agayev, was then finally able to talk to him. Agayev said Mirkadyrov rejected all the charges and had refused to sign a statement.Mirkadyrov is a seasoned journalist who won the Gerd Bucerius Prize for Press Freedom in Eastern Europe in 2008. A reporter for Zerkalo for many years, he is known for being critical not only of the Azerbaijani government but also the Turkish and Russian ones. He helped found the opposition newspaper Bizim Yol, and used to be deputy editor of the newspaper Monitor, whose editor, Elmar Huseynov, was murdered in 2005. He is also a member of the Azerbaijani opposition, running for parliament in 2005 and now a member of the political council of the Azerbaijan National Independence Party. Mirkadyrov has for years made a speciality of covering the troubled Nagorno-Karabakh region – a part of Azerbaijan with a mostly Armenian population that proclaimed its independence in 1991 – and has participated in various projects aimed at fostering dialogue among the parties to the conflict and finding a solution to a stalemate that has endured since 1994.The officials conducting the investigation into Mirkadyrov on spying charges have named two Armenians as his alleged “contact officers.” One of them is Laura Bagdasarian, the head of the NGO Region, with whom several Azerbaijani NGOs have cooperated in cross-border projects. These NGOs now fear that the Azerbaijani government intends to criminalize any contact with Armenian civil society. Agayev said: “The case may not be limited to Mirkadyrov, and other Azerbaijani politicians and civil society activists could also be persecuted.”Mirkadyrov’s deportation came just three days after a state visit to Azerbaijan by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The two countries have close relations. Another Azerbaijan journalist, Mahir Zeynalov, was expelled from Turkey in February after sending tweets deemed to have insulted Erdogan.Harassment of news providers has been increasing steadily in Azerbaijan, which is ranked 160th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Outspoken journalists and bloggers are being arrested, while the few remaining independent media are close to asphyxiation. Follow the news on Azerbaijan “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh June 4, 2021 Find out more Newslast_img read more

Coronavirus updates: Fauci warns reopening US too soon could ‘backfire’

first_img11:40 a.m.: 40 deaths among NYC homelessThe homeless are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus, and in New York City, at least 40 people experiencing homelessness have succumbed to the virus, according to the Department of Social Services.Those 40 people are among the 615 homeless individuals who have tested positive for the coronavirus in New York City. 11 a.m.: US, Canada and Mexico agree to keep border closed to nonessential travel for another 30 daysThe U.S., Canada and Mexico have agreed to keep their borders closed to nonessential travel for at least another 30 days, Homeland Security officials said Monday.In addition to the restrictions on legal travel, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is still refusing entry to unauthorized travelers and immediately removing those who cross illegally under an expedited process that largely cuts out the typical administrative review process.In March, federal authorities deported or “expelled” more than 6,300 unauthorized immigrants from the border “in the interest of public health.”10:05 a.m.: NYC cancels June events including Pride MarchIn hard-hit New York City, all nonessential permitted events for June — parades and concerts — have been canceled, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday. Among the annual June events in New York are the Puerto Rican Day parade and the Pride March. This would have been the 50th anniversary of the LGBTQ Pride March, which the mayor called a “very very big deal.”A lot of these events will be postponed, de Blasio stressed. Data out of New York City appears to be improving, which the mayor called “damn close to what we’re looking for.”The number of people admitted to hospitals on Friday was 317, and that fell to 212 on Saturday.The number of people in intensive care units stayed nearly flat, from 849 Friday to 853 on Saturday.The percentage of people who tested positive for the coronavirus citywide fell from 38% on Friday to 34% on Saturday.8:05 a.m.: Fauci warns reopening US too soon could ‘backfire’Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top medical expert on the coronavirus pandemic, warned Monday that reopening the U.S. economy too soon could “backfire.” “Unless we get the virus under control, the real recovery economically is not going to happen,” Fauci told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview on Good Morning America.“If you jump the gun and go into a situation where you have a big spike, you’re going to set yourself back,” he explained. “That’s the problem.”Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the United States is currently conducting about 1.5 to 2 million COVID-19 tests per week and is “certainly going to need more.” “We need to get up to at least maybe two times that, three times that,” he said. “But we will as we go into the coming weeks.” Fauci noted that tapping into “unused capacity” is equally important, so that states can identify and isolate cases as well as trace contacts. “What we need to do is make a better connectivity with the tests that are available as well as the capacity that in some cases is not used, through no fault of the governor or the local people,” he said. “There’s got to be a meeting of the two.”7:21 a.m.: New York state begins coronavirus antibody testing surveyNew York state on Monday began conducting antibody tests to help determine how many residents were previously infected with the novel coronavirus.The testing survey will sample 3,000 people across the state to help determine the percentage of the state’s population that is now immune to the virus, allowing more individuals to safely return to work, according to a press release from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.Shoppers at grocery stores in different regions of the state will be recruited to participate in the survey, and those who agree will provide a fingerstick blood sample that will be tested at the state-run Wadsworth Center in Albany using its IgG immunologic test.6:54 a.m.: Over 1,800 inmates test positive for COVID-19 at Ohio prisonMore than 1,800 inmates housed at a single Ohio prison have contracted the novel coronavirus, according to state officials.At least 1,828 inmates and 109 staff members at the Marion Correctional Institution in Marion, Ohio, have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.Earlier this month, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine confirmed that a 55-year-old corrections officer at the facility had died from the disease.Overall, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections has reported 2,400 positive cases of COVID-19 inside its prisons, according to Columbus ABC affiliate WSYX.5:38 a.m.: UN confirms death of Nigerian aid worker from COVID-19An aid worker on the frontlines of the novel coronavirus outbreak in Nigeria has died after contracting the virus, a United Nations official said Monday.Edward Kallon, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, said a Nigerian man working as a nurse in the country’s war-torn Borno state had died over the weekend. It’s believed to be the first COVID-19 death in the northeastern state.“Despite the risks, this Nigerian health worker was devoting his life to treating vulnerable internally displaced persons who have lost everything during the conflict raging in the northeast,” Kallon said in a statement. “He had no travel history outside of Borno state and made the ultimate sacrifice.”Kallon noted that officials are working to trace anyone whom the nurse may have been in contact with in Borno state, where nearly 1.5 million of people have been displaced from their homes in recent years due to violence from the Boko Haram insurgency and other conflicts.“The humanitarian community reaffirms it is working closely with Nigerian authorities. Together, all actors are doing their utmost to reinforce protection and prevention measures against COVID-19,” he said. “With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting many areas in Nigeria, it is essential for the most vulnerable to continue receiving humanitarian aid, including water and soap or substitute solutions.”So far, 627 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Nigeria and 21 of them have died, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.3:45 a.m.: US death toll tops 40,000 as stay-at-home protests continueThe novel coronavirus has now killed more than 40,000 people in the United States, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Nearly half of all deaths — over 18,000 — occurred in New York state.Meanwhile, opposition to stay-at-home orders has continued to build from coast to coast amid growing resentment against the crippling economic cost of confinement. Protests took place over the weekend in at least five states — Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Tennessee and Washington. Last week, other stay-at-home protests took place in California, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Utah and Virginia.Many of the demonstrations flout the social distancing guidelines put in place by the White House to stem the spread of the virus. Nevertheless, President Donald Trump has spoken out in support of the protesters, describing them as “great people” who “love our country” and “have got cabin fever.”“Their life was taken away from them,” Trump said at a press briefing Sunday. “They want to get back to work.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. narvikk/iStock(NEW YORK) — A global pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 166,000 people worldwide. Over 2.4 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks. Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected nation, with more than 759,000 diagnosed cases and at least 40,683 deaths. Many cities and states have begun counting probable deaths caused by COVID-19, including New York City, the U.S. epicenter of the disease. The number of cases in New York state alone is higher than in any single country outside the U.S.Here’s how the news is developing Monday. All times Eastern:last_img read more

Maghery Band make a thrilling Tattoo debut

first_imgThe Maghery Band from Donegal made their exciting debut at the Belfast International Tattoo in the SSE Arena earlier this month.20,000 spectators across 3 shows were introduced to the Donegal spectacle in the second half of the Belfast International Tattoo show ahead of the finale number and wowed the audience.Cliff Mason PhotographyThe audience were intrigued by the entertaining band whose innovative and masterful performances have advanced their status. The band themselves found this to be an inspiring experience. Despite having international and All-Ireland-champion status, members had, until now, mainly performed for thousands in passing. To experience thousands of spectators focused on you for an entire 15minute performance and embrace their reactions along the way was so exciting for the group.Cliff Mason PhotographyIt was an honour for the band to be embraced as they were at the Belfast International Tattoo.Local supporters and those from the Maghery and Dungloe community travelled to Belfast to also witness the band debut on the magnificent Tattoo stage. Messages of the locals’ pride in the band flooded in over the course of the four days that they were in Belfast.Brian Wilson and Colin Wasson, organisers of the Belfast Tattoo, made the Donegal band feel right at home on the grand Tattoo stage. This is the beginning of a great Tattoo career for the band who now plan to develop their routine for the Tattoo stage. Cliff Mason PhotographyThe band found this to be a great learning curve in performing and the memories and experience for the youth and adults alike involved is one that they will cherish for a lifetime. This has been an inspiring year for the performing academy known as Maghery Band and they show no signs of slowing down.Performing in the finale alongside the HM Royal Marines, Adest Musica, Churchill Flute Band, Ballywalter Flute Band, Mass pipe bands from Northern Ireland and Australia, dancers Stag and Thistle from Canada and Bicycle act Juliana Bicyle Team is held in great esteem.The Maghery Band are inundated at present with worldwide invites. As a voluntary and non profit group they will have to plan these invites as well as they can so they can undertake fundraising efforts all whilst representing Maghery, Dungloe, Donegal and Ireland as a whole.Information for new recruits and auditions for the academy can be obtained from Annemarie, chairperson, drill and drum major instructor on 0879247837.Cliff Mason PhotographyThey invite young and old who have a passion for music and performance and who would like to get involved to get in contact. The academy will be planning for the next few years for travel and performing and invite anyone who that may appeal to to enquire with them to see how to get involved. The academy are on a short break at present following their last parade of the Band year at Harvest Fayre in Glenties. The champions are currently planning their Annual Champions Ball which will take place this November but soon practise will commence as the band prepare for their 2020 commitments.At the end of every year, the band like to see that the future is bright, and for this impressive band the future appears extremely bright for years to come.Maghery Band make a thrilling Tattoo debut was last modified: September 27th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:belfast international tattooMaghery Bandlast_img read more

Environmental and economic rewards of Genome Project still emerging 20 years later

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Two decades ago, the corn plant got a huge boost with the announcement of the National Plant Genome Initiative (NPGI). The historic research effort to map the corn genome has resulted in significant economic and environmental dividends for farmers and society at large.The gene mapping effort, which ran parallel to the mapping of the human genome, opened up a new frontier for corn that is still being explored today, according to Pam Johnson, a Floyd, Iowa farmer who served as the Chairperson of NCGA’s Research and Business Development Action Team and later as NCGA president.“The NPGI didn’t just build a bridge between scientific discovery and real-world solutions for corn, it laid the groundwork for a new interstate highway of discovery,” Johnson said. “Corn continues to be one of the most important crops for our nation and this will likely continue given the vision of early NCGA leaders and the large coalition they helped forge.”NPGI has funded more than $1.5 billion of genomic research to date and the undertaking continues to send ripples through the scientific community and agriculture.“Corn became the primary focus of the broader plant genomics project because of its economic significance and because of its complexity. The theory is if we could crack the secrets of corn, the knowledge gained could be applied to many other plants,” said Rodney Williamson, director of research and development for Iowa Corn Growers Association. “The idea of sequencing the corn genome was considered an immense and daunting task because it has one of the of the most complex genomes of any known organism. But we continue to see the payoff.”At 2.5 billion base pairs covering 10 chromosomes, this genome’s size is comparable to that of the human genome which explains why the data generated from the gene mapping will keep scientists sorting and exploring for decades to come, says Williamson, who was part of the group in 1997 that threw down the gauntlet challenging the scientific community.The new, emerging picture of corn helps researchers better understand its evolution and history. The crop was domesticated from a Central American grass called teosinte some 10,000 years ago. Much of the genetic diversity of maize, however, reaches nearly five million years back.“Today we are still investigating what each of the genes does with a new initiative called Genomes to Fields. It’s a big puzzle that we don’t have a complete map for yet, but the potential benefits and advances are mind-boggling,” Johnson said. “The data we have contains answers like the best way to adapt corn to different climates, develop more efficient corn plants, use less energy growing it, sequester more carbon and increase the supply of food and feed.”Williamson says the people in the nondescript hotel meeting room in 1997 contended the completion of the maize genome sequence would change agriculture and it has. Things such as increased breeding efficiency, streamlined delivery of new traits, discovering enhancements of properties such as drought tolerance, and a better overall understanding of the crop has enhanced corn’s position as the ideal crop for food, feed, fuel and industrial uses.According to the USDA, corn production in the U.S. has grown from roughly 9 billion bushels in 1997 when NPGI began to more than 15 billion bushels today. At the same time, the value of the U.S. crop has grown from $25 billion to more than $51 billion.last_img read more

Kuldeep, Chahal will be more effective towards latter stage of World Cup: Michael Hussey

first_imgWrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal should be destructive towards the business end of the World Cup because pitches will be dry and it will put India in an advantageous position, reckons former Australia batsman Michael Hussey.Chahal has taken eight wickets in four matches while Chinaman Yadav, who came into tournament struggling for form, has managed to dismiss just three batsmen so far.However, Hussey said, it will change as the tournament progresses.”Looking at the Indian team, they are wonderfully balanced team. They have got all bases covered well and towards the back end of the tournament as the pitches (are)going to be dry and more used, the spinners would get to play more role,” Hussey told PTI in an interview.”And that is where India have got a big advantage over lot of other teams. They have got two quality wrist spinners (Kuldeep and Chahal), who can be match-winners. India are brilliantly placed at the moment, they have got lot of fire power in different departments and I expect them to certainly get to the semi-finals and possibly the final,” Hussey, an ESPN Cricinfo expert, added.Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s slow knock against Afghanistan drew flak from various quarters but Hussey, who has worked closely with him at Chennai Super Kings, did not read too much into it.”I think he (Dhoni) is crucially important to this Indian team. It’s difficult, coming in and trying to bat against these mystery spinners, rotate the strike, it is challenging. You are not sure which way the ball is turning.advertisement”On a slow pitch, it makes pretty tough (for) batting. The other batsman (Kedar Jadhav) was also struggling to rotate strike (in the Afghanistan) game. So I wouldn’t be stressing too much on it.”Dhoni plays the fast bowlers early in the innings, he can rotate them a little-bit easier. I think Afghanistan was one of trickier games for someone like MS,” he added.Hussey also said that defending champions Australia have a great chance to retain the title.”I think they have a great chance now because they have qualified for the semi-finals. The team is playing is playing well. The top order (skipper Aaron Finch and David Warner) is doing a great job with the bat and Mitchell Starc with the ball.”I have been little bit worried about the fourth and fifth bowling options for Australia, but they are starting to get better, with someone like (Jason) Behrendorff coming in, and who has done a good job in the last match. I thought Nathon Lyon also did a good job.”Australia have a proud record in history of World Cup and they want to keep that going, they know how to win those big games,” said Hussey, who played 79 Tests and 185 ODIs.Asked if Australia were too dependent on their opening pair, Hussey many teams including India depend on a couple of key players.”You look at New Zealand, it is dependent on (Kane) Williamson, India are very dependent on Rohit (Sharma) and Virat Kohli, so every team has its key players and it is about other guys pulling good performances when needed and Australian team can do that.”(Usman) Khawaja had a good knock, (Steve) Smith had a good knock, Glenn Maxwell has got that X-factor and we haven’t probably seen the power of Marcus Stonis yet but on his day he can be destructive.”They haven’t had to play big roles just yet because the likes of Warner, Finch and probably Smith to a lesser degree have done a good job so far,” he said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni will regret the way he started vs West Indies, says VVS LaxmanAlso Read | Virat Kohli 1st Indian captain to score four successive fifties in World CupsAlso See:last_img read more

a month agoEx-Real Madrid GM Mijatovic: Zidane doesn’t know what to do

first_imgEx-Real Madrid GM Mijatovic: Zidane doesn’t know what to doby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid GM Pedja Mijatovic has questioned whether Zinedine Zidane is capable of leading the club out of it’s slump.Mijatovic was reacting to their 3-0 Champions League humbling at PSG.He said, “I did not expect such a game. I expected to see another game, I was very confident and I hope that Madrid will present itself in a better way in a competition in which it has made history. “PSG has been better in every way. It is a worry. The season looks like last year.”From minute one, Madrid was not involved in the game. When a team lets you play they all seem like phenomena to you. Madrid has to improve a lot. They have to worry and look for solutions. I don’t see Zidane finding solutions or helping the team to improve.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Female Ward to be built at St. Ann’s Bay Hospital

first_imgA female ward is to be constructed at the St. Ann’s Bay Hospital, and the air conditioning unit is to be replaced at a cost of $10 million. This was announced by Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, who toured the institution on November 15, along with senior personnel from the Ministry. Dr. Ferguson told the staff and clients that Cabinet is to approve the $73.4 million for the female ward, and that despite the limited funds available, health facilities cannot operate below acceptable standards, and that the projects will be receiving urgent attention. “There are some minimum standards that must exist in our public hospitals, and we are moving with alacrity to ensure that this (air conditioning unit) project becomes a reality…and the unit can be up and running in the shortest possible time,” the Minister said. Regarding the female ward, Dr. Ferguson said that project will be going before the Infrastructure Committee and the Cabinet on the same day. “The project will significantly ease the pressure at the accident and emergency area, and will improve immediately, the quality of care in this institution,” he said. The Minister noted that the two operating theatres at the hospital are inadequate, and that a $17 million project will be effected to improve that area of the institution. “There is need for expansion and I am giving instructions to get those two additional theatres for the hospital. This will result in much shorter appointment time for elective surgery and other kinds of surgery,” Dr. Ferguson said. The Minister called for co-operation during the period of construction. “As the projects get underway, I appeal to patients, and to staff, to have some patience,” the Minister said.last_img read more

Mens Basketball Threestar prospect Justin Ahrens decommits from Ohio State

A day after former Ohio State men’s basketball head coach Thad Matta was fired, 2018 three-star small forward recruit Justin Ahrens has decommitted from the Buckeyes.“Due to coach Matta’s release, and after talking with my family, I would like to announce that I will be re opening my recruitment,” Ahrens said Tuesday in a tweet announcing his decision.He also mentioned that he will still consider attending OSU, and thanked Matta and the coaches for giving him the opportunity to play for the Buckeyes.Ahrens, a 6-foot-5 wing from Versailles, Ohio, is the No. 160 prospect in his class and the sixth-best player in the Buckeye State, according to 247Sports.One player in OSU’s 2018 recruiting class remains committed to the Buckeyes: four-star shooting guard Dane Goodwin. pic.twitter.com/aGZ8vUPlZS— Justin Ahrens (@ahrensjustin12) June 6, 2017 read more

Hughton focuses on the positives after Burnley loss

first_imgAfter losing 1-0 at Burnley on Saturday, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton says he’s delighted his team took six points from three games in a week.Brighton defeated Huddersfield away and Crystal Palace at home, before losing 1-0 to Burnley at Turf Moor, and Hughton feels they should not beat themselves up considering they won six points.“Overall I’ve got to be delighted. After the first two games, if we’d come here [Turf Moor] and not turned up, then it would have been a disappointing end to the week,” Hughton told the club’s website.“But I think we came here and had a go — I can’t accuse the players of not having a go — so we have to look at the week as not being bad.“We’ve played 16 games and nine of them have been away from home, so that’s also something to take into consideration.Pep Guardiola: “Aymeric Laporte’s injury doesn’t look good” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits Aymeric Laporte’s injury “does not look good” and fears the defender will be out for a long time.“What pleases me is that outside of that top six, most teams can give one another a run. We’ve probably proved that at our best we are a match for any team outside of the top six.“What Burnley did last season was a wonderful feat, but you’ve got to have so many things going for you. Can that happen in the future? Well, that’s the future.“Our thoughts are still about improving ourselves and trying to make sure the gap to the bottom three is as big as possible.“At the moment it’s just about establishing ourselves. I still like to see us as a developing club and we’ll see where that takes us.”last_img read more