Imminent eviction of Russian Union of Journalists condemned as “crass harassment”

first_imgNews to go further Reporters Without Borders today condemned the government’s announced intention to evict the Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ), which represents more than 100,000 journalists, from its offices in central Moscow. RUJ secretary general Igor Yakovenko said the union received a letter from the Federal Property Management Agency on 16 May saying it would have to hand over its premises to the state-owned Russia Today TV station within a month.“This is a crude act of harassment by the authorities with the apparent aim of obstructing the union’s activities,” the press freedom organisation said. “The failure to give a reason for the eviction, the ridiculously short time the union is being allowed to vacate the premises, and their transfer to a state-controlled TV station created to promote Russia’s image abroad all indicate that this is crass attempt to disrupt the union’s activities.”Reporters Without Borders continued: “The fact that the RUJ is to host an International Federation of Journalists congress on the subject of press freedom in Russia on 28 May only reinforces this hypothesis.”The organisation added: “We appeal to the authorities to reconsider, and to let a viable solution be found within a reasonable period. Journalists and those who defend their rights and the rights of the public to independent news and information should be supported and not harassed. The climate currently prevailing in Russian for independent journalists and opposition members is oppressive. This must stop.”The RUJ trains journalists, defends their interests and promotes the development of an independent press. Its members include press freedom organisations such as the Centre for Journalism in Extreme Situations.An opposition demonstration was due to take place this afternoon in Samara, where a two-day EU-Russia summit began yesterday. The city authorities reluctantly gave permission for the march, but the main leaders of the movement – Garry Kasparov and Edouard Limonov of Other Russia and Lev Ponomarev of For Human Rights – were arrested at Moscow airport.A Moscow representative of Human Rights Watch, Alexandre Petrov, was also arrested and then released after the departure of the flight he had planned to take to Samara. “Dissenters’ Marches” organised in March and April in Nizhny-Novgorod, Moscow and St. Petersburg were broken up by anti-riot police, who arrested journalists covering the marches as well as hundreds of demonstrators. Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en BelarusEurope – Central Asia Organisation May 18, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Imminent eviction of Russian Union of Journalists condemned as “crass harassment” News “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF sayscenter_img Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown May 27, 2021 Find out more News News BelarusEurope – Central Asia May 28, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Follow the news on Belarus RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public”last_img read more

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USC takes on UCLA with conference crown at stake

first_imgWith just one final hurdle to clear before the postseason begins, the USC women’s tennis team, which sits at No. 5 in the nation, puts its perfect 9-0 Pac-12 record on the line today at Marks Stadium against crosstown rival UCLA.One last step · With the postseason right around the corner, USC senior Danielle Lao has the women’s tennis team focused on UCLA. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan“We’re doing great with everyone healthy and ready to go,” USC head coach Richard Gallien said. “We will be at our best and try to stay the hunter against the hunted. We love to beat UCLA, but we also love to beat Cal and Cal State Northridge, so we try to not make it too personal because that is when players start to get tight.”The Women of Troy have not lost since Feb. 23 against Cal and have steamrolled through conference foes ever since. But their 20-2 overall record will be put to the test against the No. 7 Bruins (16-4, 7-2 Pac-12). UCLA will be looking to exact revenge against USC after the Bruins’ 4-2 loss at home on March 8 extended the Women of Troy’s winning streak.Despite USC having wrapped up at least a share of the  regular-season Pac-12 title, this match takes on greater importance when you consider the bad blood between the two schools. USC has not defeated the Bruins in back-to-back matches since 2006, adding an extra incentive to play well in the season’s final regular-season match.The Women of Troy will look to extend their winning streak to a season-high 13 matches and keep their unblemished home record intact.Led by No. 2-ranked sophomore Sabrina Santamaria and No. 8-ranked senior Danielle Lao, USC faces an equally tough challenge across the net, as the Bruins boast five players ranked nationally in singles play.Santamaria’s likely opponent will be No. 3 Robin Anderson, and the two look to face off against each other on court one during both the singles and doubles’ portion of the match. Junior Kaitlyn Christian and Santamaria remain undefeated in doubles play, despite the fact that they recently dropped to No. 2 in the nation, and they will match up against the No. 19-ranked tandem of Anderson and Skylar Morton.Though Christian and Santamaria remain focused on playing rather than on their ranking, Gallien was displeased with the decision to drop them a spot.“[Their drop to No. 2] is inexplicable, and I think if you even ask the Georgia team that is ahead of them, they won’t have an explanation,” Gallien said. “Kaitlyn and Sabrina won two national championships this fall, though, and they will continue to play strong tennis and lead our doubles.”The top half of the singles lineup for USC will once again be depended upon to set the tone of the match, just as it did in the team’s 4-2 win earlier in the season. Santamaria, Lao and sophomore Zoë Scandalis, who is ranked No. 30 in the country, all won their matches handily in USC’s last meeting with UCLA.Junior Gabriella DeSimone also showed resiliency in her March 8 meeting, as she went on to defeat UCLA’s Chanelle Van Nguyen in three sets after losing the first set 6-0.In uncharacteristic fashion, USC dropped the doubles point in its last match against UCLA and may be looking to make a few changes heading into this bout.“We may tinker with our doubles lineups moving forward,” Gallien said. “But whoever we throw out there will be ready to fight and play hard.”With a win over UCLA, USC would clinch its second straight Pac-12 title after sharing the crown with Stanford last season. A victory would also give the team its first outright conference championship since 2009.After last year’s performance against the Bruins, which not only included losses in three of four matches but also saw UCLA knock USC out of the NCAA tournament, a sweep of the season series would be a boon for a USC team looking to build momentum as it heads into postseason play.“Our girls are excited, and I don’t need to throw fuel on the fire to get them excited for this match,” Gallien said.last_img read more

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Three thoughts ahead of the Athletics’ Wild Card showdown

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.The A’s won 97 games in the regular season, an incredible number when you consider that the team had the fifth-smallest payroll in baseball this year.And for that tremendous accomplishment after 162 contests, their reward is one more — a winner-take-all showdown against the team with the lowest payroll in baseball, the Tampa Bay Rays, winners of 96 regular-season games.It’s a battle of baseball’s best bootstrappers — …last_img

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Police investigating truck fire gun shots in Ocean Beach

first_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 5, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A pickup truck was set ablaze Thursday morning in Ocean Beach, gunshots were reported nearby about 30 minutes later and police and fire investigators were working to determine if the incidents were related.The flames from the pickup truck were reported just before 1 a.m. in the 2300 block of Etiwanda Street, according to a San Diego Fire-Rescue Department incident log.Firefighters quickly doused the fire, but about 30 minutes later, a shooting was reported about three-tenths of a mile away in the 4600 block of Muir Avenue, San Diego police Officer Sam Rodriguez said. It was believed someone fired at a vehicle in the area, but no injuries were immediately reported.Police detained at least one person, Rodriguez said.Investigators from the fire department’s Metro Arson Strike Team were on scene of the pickup truck fire for several hours this morning and police were working to determine whether the fire and shooting were in anyway related. April 5, 2018 Police investigating truck fire, gun shots in Ocean Beach Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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When human forms inspired three women artists

first_imgFascinated by human form, three accomplished artists – Anitta Sethi, Deepali Roongta and Shashi Tripathi have come up with ‘Surrealist Humanity,’ an art presentation showcasing their individual artistic statements. Anitta, being charmed by Renaissance period and inspired by the surrealist works of Salvador Dali has been deeply mesmerized by human anatomy; however, human body is greatly fascinating to Shashi as she conveys human emotions using the body parts in meaningful compositions and Deepali, believes in communicating through art as she interprets various aspects of human life in an expressive way. So, as a whole, ‘Surrealist Humanity’ is an exposition of humane ideas which proves to be a compassionate presentation for the viewers. This exhibition introduces excellent paintings from the trio joining the contemporary crusade of Indian art world. Though all of them started their artistic venture late, the passionate involvement and dedication added richness to the works. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe paintings are well composed and mature in colour distribution, which makes unique impact on quality of work. Anitta’s choice of earthy colours suggests trueness rather than illusion, there are other selective elements other than human forms juxtaposed in her paintings that create a notable fantasy. Anitta does not like to convey any specific message through her paintings. She believes in self-expression which naturally reflects artist’s thought process according to the time. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveShashi’s strong primary colours combined with rare shades and Deepali’s love for nature reflecting through natural forms and bright candid colour scheme make them outstanding among others. Deepali has participated in several national level group shows, art competitions and presented her solo art exhibitions at India Habitat centre. Some of her paintings convey the genuine struggle about being human beyond doubt, which is her true observation as an artist. Her works are distinctive, comprising contrast colour selection and assemblage of diverse forms. Deepali believes in communicating through art. Her real as well as surreal interpretation of various aspects of human life is expressive and dramatic as she creates her own world on her canvases using strange dispersal of light and shade. Whereas, Shashi’s creative insight easily connects with nature and human psychology; human body is greatly fascinating to her and it shows in her works. Her paintings conveys human emotions using the body parts in meaningful compositions. The elements of her paintings are carefully chosen and placed in defined and decisive manner. Her colours are strongly primary though she experimented with rare shades sometimes. Shashi likes to express her experiences of life, which comes from meeting people, encountering varied moods and also through relationships. Her works are basically figurative and contemporary in her own approach. Anitta, Deepali and Shashi continue their creative journey exploring the wider possibilities in their own style and ascertain to make a mark in Indian art scenario.last_img read more

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