Authorities free jailed editor with brain tumour

first_img June 8, 2021 Find out more RSF_en ArmeniaEurope – Central Asia News Help by sharing this information RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan ArmeniaEurope – Central Asia November 11, 2020 Find out more April 9, 2021 Find out more July 31, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities free jailed editor with brain tumour to go furthercenter_img Reporters Without Borders hails newspaper editor Arman Babajanian’s release on 4 August after a state commission decided he should be allowed to receive treatment for a cancerous brain tumour in a public hospital. The founder and editor of the daily Jamanak Erevan, Babajanian was given a three-year jail sentence in 2006 for evading military service.“We are relieved by Babajanian’s release,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We had written to President Serzh Sargsyan urging him to pardon Babajanian. This decision suggests that the Armenian authorities do not always turn a deaf ear to appeals from civil society.”The press freedom organisation added: “Nonetheless, Babajanian’s condition would not have had so many complications if he had been freed when the brain tumour was detected a year ago/”The authorities had repeatedly rejected requests for his release until 4 August. As he left the Yerevan prison, Babajanian told waiting ——————————-31.07.2008 Authorities urged to pardon jailed journalist with brain tumourReporters Without Borders is outraged by the refusal of the Armenian authorities to release journalist Arman Babajanian(photo Armtown.com) on health grounds. Held since 2006, Babajanian has been diagnosed as having a brain tumour. His condition recently worsened and he is now in a prison hospital. He is in the process of losing his sight and needs urgent hospitalisation.“We are extremely shocked by the attitude of the authorities, who have turned a deaf ear to the appeals of doctors and human rights activists,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Babajanian has nearly completed his sentence so we fail to understand why they insist on keeping him in prison. His condition is serious and the tumour could leave him handicapped for life.”Reporters Without Borders has written to President Serzh Sargsyan urging him to pardon Babajanian.Babajanian has been held since 26 June 2006, when he was arrested on a charge of evading military service under article 327 of the criminal code. The three-and-a-half-year sentence he received was condemned at the time by Reporters Without Borders as “disproportionate”. He is due to complete it at the start of September. All of his lawyer’s requests for early release have been rejected.The founder and editor of Jamanak Yerevan, a daily published in Yerevan and Los Angeles. Babajanian was critical of the government. An article published in the newspaper on 13 July 2006, two and a half weeks after his arrest, referred to the highly sensitive subject of Armenia’s dispute since 1994 with neighbouring Azerbaijan over the Upper Karabakh region. It was headlined “Peace is the only solution.”An opposition demonstration was held under the banner of “Freedom!” in Yerevan on 29 July to demand Babajanian’s immediate release. Receive email alerts News Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” News Follow the news on Armenia News Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh Organisation last_img read more

#AFCONonCiti: Ayew brothers start against Benin, Gyan, Asamoah dropped

first_imgBlack Stars captain, Andre Ayew and his brother Jordan, will start for the team in tonight’s Group F match against Benin in the ongoing 2019 Total AFCON tournament in Egypt.The match will be the first official match for Andre since he was named captain for the tournament.However, deputy skipper, Kwadwo Asamoah, and general captain, Asamoah Gyan, will start on the bench for the match.The starting team was announced by the Ghana FA’s official Twitter handle on Tuesday afternoon.Coach Kwesi Appiah has named his team for this evening’s game against Benin. #BlackStars⏰ 20:00 GMT #GoGhana #TotalAFCON2019    #AFCON2019 pic.twitter.com/ggkFu3Liqa— Ghana Football Association (@ghanafaofficial) June 25, 2019The rest of the team has Richard Ofori in goal with Andy Yiadom, John Boye, Kassim Nuhu and Lumor Agbenyenu, completing the defense.In midfield, Mubarak Wakaso and Thomas Partey form a pivot with Jordan Ayew, Christian Atsu, and Thomas Agyepong playing behind Andre Ayew in what looks like a 4-2-3-1 formation.The match kicks off at 8pm Ghana time while the Cameroon vs Guinea-Bissau match will be played at 5pm Ghana time.last_img read more

Men’s Basketball returns to Heritage City as WKMBL tips off season at LVR Hangar

first_imgBasketball kicked off a little earlier than in past years as Men’s League hoops returned to the Heritage City for the first time in decades with the arrival of the West Kootenay Men’s Basketball League.Three Nelson teams — Empire Coffee, Kootenay Lake Electrical and Nelson Toyota — joined teams in Castlegar, Rossland, Trail and Northport, Wash., to form the eight-team league.“The Men’s League started because alumni wanted something more than the open gyms and (playing) games against the high school team at LVR,” said organizer Jeremy Phelan.“Something organized and competitive,” Phelan added.“It was easy to convince guys to come out one night a week and play basketball with against their friends.”The last time there was a Men’s League in Nelson was more than 20 years ago when the Nelson Basketball Association was up and running. In its heyday, the NBA had as many as six teams in the league. Phelan said, organizing games in Nelson was easy. It was convincing the well-established Trail Men’s League to form the West Kootenay League.“The Trail Men’s League was established and was able to provide good guidance on what needed to happen in order to organize the four team North Division of the Men’s League,” Phelan explained.The WKMBL consists of two four-team divisions.Three Nelson teams and Selkirk College play in the North Division while Rock Island, Flying Steamshovel, Mota and Northport, Wash., for the South Division.Games are played Mondays at L.V. Rogers Hangar in Nelson, Selkirk College Gymnasium in Castlegar and the former Rossland High School in the Golden City.“The Trail Men’s League organizers were excited to see expansion of their four-team league in order to see some diversity of competition week to week, and were very supportive as we worked together to book facilities, referees, and scorekeepers,” Phelan said.The league kicked off the season Monday in Nelson as Empire Coffee held off a late-charge from Kootenay Lake Electrical to post a 39-35 victory.Joel Devito and Clay Rickaby led the Empire Coffee attack with 11 and 10 points, respectively.In game two, Nelson Toyota looked to be in mid-season form as the club dumped Selkirk College 54-28.The league shifts to Selkirk College and Rossland for games next week before returning back to the Hangar Monday, November 21 with Nelson Toyota meeting Northport, Wash. at 6:30 p.m. and the Flying Steamshovel from Rossland meeting one of the other Nelson teams.last_img read more

Hart has no answers in loss to Jackrabbits

first_imgThe Indians trailed 8-4 twominutes into the game, but Poly (34-1), which faces second-seeded A.B. Miller of Fontana in the regional final at 6p.m. Saturday at Pauley Pavilion, scored the next 11 points over a three-minute span. Candice Nichols scored 10 of her 14 points in the quarter for the Jackrabbits, who forced 13turnovers and limited Hart to 1-of-4 shooting. “That’s the best our starting five has played the whole season,” Poly coach Carl Buggs said. “This is a big win because they’re a great team. But it will feel much better winning the state. That’s our goal.” The Indians, who received 13points from Oregon-bound senior Tatianna Thomas and 11points from junior Megan Ford, outscored Poly 13-11 in the second quarter. But junior Jasmine Dixon scored 15 of her game-high 24 points in the third quarter for the Jackrabbits, who won their 27th consecutive game since a December loss to the nation’s top-ranked team, Collins Hill of Suwanee,Ga. “When we saw the draw, our goal was to get to this game,” said Munroe, who finishes with a 385-114 record, 15 Foothill League titles and two Southern Section championships. “We wanted to play the best and see what they’re all about.” LONG BEACH – Dave Munroe could have gathered all the best players he coached during his 18-year tenure at Hart High of Newhall and they still might not have been enough to keep pace Saturday night with host Long Beach Poly. The Jackrabbits, the state’s top-ranked girls’ basketball team by Cal-Hi Sports and No. 2 nationally by USA Today, combined suffocating full-court defense with relentless rebounding and several easy transition baskets to make Munroe’s final game on the Indians’ sidelines an anticlimactic one. Long Beach Poly built a 17-point first-quarter lead and forced 32 turnovers to record a 71-41 victory over the fourth-seeded Indians in the Southern California regional semifinals of the Div. I state playoffs, bringing an end to the career of one of the area’s most successful coaches. “You’re going to lose your last game, unless you’re state champions,” said Munroe, who guided Hart (29-4) to two state playoff victories in the same season for the first time in the program’s history. “We have good players, but we’re not a state championship team, so you go in knowing you’re going to lose your last game. With Long Beach Poly, I don’t think they think that way.” center_img With two minutes left in the third quarter, one play typified Hart’s struggle to deal with Poly’s defensive pressure. Senior Amanda Ajdari had to throw an inbounds pass well into the backcourt from under her own basket to avoid a five-second call. “We came out very nervous. There’s definitely a little bit of intimidation involved (playing here),” Munroe said. “We dug a hole in the first quarter and that’s a tough deficit to come back from.” [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Video: Manchester City youngster scores stunning winner

first_imgManchester City are currently on an end of season your on north America, and their first match saw them take on Toronto FC.And that game was settled by this peiece of brilliance from youngster George Evans.last_img

Examinations: Marksheet woes

first_imgExam stress and pressure has hit Indian students hard. On 7th June, the ‘cut-off lists’ claimed their first victim of the 2012 admission season. 17-year-old Anjali Yadav killed herself in her Noida flat when she could not get into a ‘good’ college. In the past five years over 4000 students,Exam stress and pressure has hit Indian students hard. On 7th June, the ‘cut-off lists’ claimed their first victim of the 2012 admission season. 17-year-old Anjali Yadav killed herself in her Noida flat when she could not get into a ‘good’ college. In the past five years over 4000 students have taken the same course of action for the same reason every year. Instead of finding a solution, the pressure has now trickled down to younger age groups. On 11th April 2012, 14-year-old S. Stalin from Bangalore hung himself over a fight with his parents regarding his school marks. However, new avenues of escape are opening up. Schools, parents, colleges and authorities are realising the importance of non-academic activities. Studies have shown that even a weekly piano lesson or outing could reduce the overwhelming emphasis on ‘marks’.ILS Students take a break from classroom pressuresIndian Law School, PuneI was a topper in college. Getting good marks was important. Just like every other student in India, I wanted to get ahead in life. Our school system promotes the logic that studying is life. Marks is a deciding factor and that is an unavoidable truth. But that does not mean one spends 20 hours a day studying. I have realised that learning must be fun. When I was in school I did not know or understand this reasoning. I slogged but only got average marks. And I was always feeling unhappy or demotivated. All this changed at ILS.This college has made me realise that taking breaks in life is mandatory. Even if one was to study for four hours a day, a happy mind can make that learning more effective.During my time at ILS I found this theory to hold true. I took part in many extra-curricular activities, travelled, partied and volunteered. The environment was liberal and I felt at peace. In turn academics became easier for me. I started developing an interest in learning and not routine mugging. This all was possible to a great extent because of the college faculty. They encouraged us to not just be passive listeners. They demanded participation but at the same time stressed on the importance of activities outside the classroom.It is sad that many students miss out on the joy of helping another human being, the fun of playing a sport and the thrill of going on holidays. These should be indispensable parts of a student’s life at college, yet I have seen so many who have never experienced any of it. It is sad because they have missed out on a splendid opportunity to broad their horizon of knowledge. We need more academic instituitions that encourage students to have a life outside of class.All in a good causeILS students are encouraged to join CSR initiatives. Helping members of society and contributing to a good cause is both fun and informative.Taking a hike Nestled in the hills of Pune, the students feel a connect with nature. Frequent group hiking holidays and expeditions are planned over the course of the year. By Sonali Acharjee/Aspire ([email protected])advertisementlast_img read more

US 30year fixedrate mortgage rate slips to 393 per cent

first_imgWASHINGTON – The rate on 30-year fixed-rate U.S. mortgages slipped to 3.93 per cent this week.Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the benchmark 30-year home loan rate was down from 3.94 per cent last week and 4.16 per cent a year ago.The rate on 15-year, fixed-rate mortgages, popular with those refinancing their homes, was unchanged this week at 3.36 per cent. It was 3.37 per cent a year ago.The rate on five-year adjustable-rate mortgages rose to 3.36 per cent from 3.35 per cent last week and 3.19 per cent a year ago.On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve raised short-term interest rates for the third time in 2017. “The market had already priced in the rate hike, so long-term interest rates, including mortgage rates, hardly moved,” said Len Kiefer, a Freddie Mac economist.To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country between Monday and Wednesday each week. The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1 per cent of the loan amount.The average fee for a 30-year mortgage was unchanged at 0.5 point. The fee on 15-year home loans also remained at 0.5 point. The fee on an adjustable five-year mortgage was unchanged at 0.3 point.last_img read more

ADF Group reports Q2 loss revenue down from year ago citing tariff

first_imgTERREBONE, Que. – The head of steel fabricator ADF Group Inc. says the company swung to a loss in the latest quarter after tariffs imposed by the U.S. on steel weighed on business.“The loss of major contracts earlier this year, following the initial uncertainty resulting from the U.S. import duties announcement, played havoc on our fabrication schedule and manpower utilization,” said company CEO Jean Paschini on an earnings call Thursday.The company reported a loss of $532,000 in its latest quarter ending July 31, compared with a profit of $1.9 million a year ago. Losses for the last two quarters totalled $1.4 million compared with earnings of $2.3 million for the same stretch last year.ADF, which manufactures large complex steel structures, says the loss for the last quarter amounted to two cents per share compared with a profit of six cents per share a year ago.The U.S. imposed a 25 per cent tariff on imports of steel and 10 per cent tariff on aluminum at the end of May after initially giving Canada an exemption.ADF, which drew about 85 per cent of revenues from the U.S. in the last quarter, temporarily laid off 50 employees in March after losing out on major bids for U.S. projects due in part to the uncertainty over tariffs.In June, the company rolled out a work-share program that had employment insurance benefits make up for the reduced work hours for employees.Revenue for the last quarter totalled $32.2 million, down from $45.3 million in the same quarter last year.Paschini said the company expects better results in the second half of the year after securing more work despite the tariff uncertainties.The company’s order backlog stood at $141.1 million at July 31, compared with $85.5 million at Jan. 31.Companies in this story: (TSX:DRX)last_img read more

Horgans natural gas framework announcement meets praise criticism

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. — Officials on both sides of the political spectrum have reacted to B.C. Premier John Horgan’s announcement for a new provincial framework for natural gas development with both praise and criticism.The Independent Contractors and Businesses Association’s president Chris Gardner said his organization supported today’s announcement, calling it a positive step forward for the province’s Liquefied Natural Gas industry.“We are thrilled with this big leap forward for LNG,” said Gardner. “LNG Canada’s potential investment in the B.C. would be the largest private sector investment in the history of our province. At more than $40 billion in private capital, it would be one of the largest projects every undertaken in Canada, it would create thousands of construction jobs, and it would generate opportunities and positive economic spinoffs for communities across B.C.” Gardner pointed out that with the NDP and BC Liberals both on board, a provincial LNG industry has broad political support. “By unlocking our world class energy asset, B.C.’s LNG industry will play an important role in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions by helping many Asian countries transition off coal,” he  added.Meanwhile, the Wilderness Committee said that the province is giving a massive tax break and otherwise lowering corporate costs in a bid to lure LNG Canada into building a huge liquified natural gas facility in Kitimat.“Greenhouse gas emissions are going to go through the roof with a project of this kind,” said Wilderness Committee National Campaign Director Joe Foy. “From escaped methane at the drill sites to the massive carbon emissions required to cool the gas, to more escaped methane on the long trip across the ocean to Asia and then the emissions from burning the gas. It all adds up to a big bad climate changer. How would B.C. ever meet our climate commitments with this LNG plant chugging along?”The Wilderness Committee is concerned that the proposed LNG plant would be supplied by fracked gas. Over the past decade, the Wilderness Committee has spent time in northeast British Columbia, listening to First Nations and community members’ concerns over both the massive use of and risks to freshwater resources from the fracking industry.“How can B.C. commit to ramping up this dangerous, polluting industry when the province has just announced that they will be looking at the environmental impacts of the fracking process through their scientific review?” said Foy. “Why does the government keep consulting the public and experts if they plan to go ahead as is anyway?last_img read more