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 further 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
David Moyes jokingly suggested Ryan Giggs’ Manchester United team-mates might be trying to usher him out of the players’ dressing room by buying him a coach’s watch for his 40th birthday. Press Association And given Giggs’ outstanding contribution to Wednesday’s 5-0 hammering of Bayer Leverkusen, it is unlikely the United squad would want to be without the man who has now played an incredible 953 games for the Red Devils. “When I came I expected to see someone who must be dropping off, must be fading,” said Moyes. “I thought it would be obvious and I heard a lot of pundits thinking that as well. “I came with the idea that maybe he is not quite the same. “But I can honestly say he has been fantastic. “For Ryan to be playing so well at his age is terrific and a great example to young players about how you should dedicate yourself throughout your career. “Also to players who get into their early to mid-30s and think things are coming to an end it shows if you really look after yourself and train well, you can go on for a lot longer.” One of Moyes’ first decisions after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer was to appoint Giggs to his coaching team. He does make a contribution behind the scenes. But once training starts, he is in the thick of it, not on the outside watching, exactly as it has to be. “When you get older you have to train as hard as the young ones,” said Moyes. “He has been great for me. I have used him to settle into my job. “He is involved in all the stuff we do regarding the team but once we have decided what we are doing, and who is doing what, he will go and train with the players, just as he has done for the past 20 years.” In his wide-ranging discussions with Ferguson before his own appointment was confirmed, it was suggested to Moyes that Giggs would come into his own a few months into the campaign, when the pitches became softer. It was a point reinforced by the man himself on his first encounter with Moyes in the summer. The reality turned into something completely different. “I knew Ryan would be the dictator of it,” said Moyes. “He said he took a bit longer to get ready and didn’t tend to start the season. “But he played a lot of pre-season. I felt he was ready to start and we needed him. He has shown he was capable of that.” Giggs’ overall contribution has been remarkable. He may still be waiting for the Premier League goal that would extend his record of scoring in every season the competition has existed but few would bet against it happening at some point. And Giggs remains the man most likely to keep his cool in the maelstrom of an important game and deliver the right pass at exactly the right time. “We always have a discussion about when is the best time to use him and we also get a feel from him,” said Moyes. “Last Saturday, before we went to Cardiff, he was fantastic in training and if I had my way I would have played him. “One of his presents was a coach’s watch – I think they are beginning to think about pushing him out of the dressing room. “It is not a problem for him to play in two or three games but I had it in my mind Marouane Fellaini was suspended for the European game and I didn’t want to risk Ryan so quickly.” That suggests Giggs will not start at Tottenham on Sunday at the White Hart Lane ground where he confirmed his class with a sensational solo goal in 1992, when he was only 18. He has gone on to become the most decorated player in English football history, setting records it is impossible to imagine will ever be matched. “He’s undoubtedly at the top,” said Moyes, of Giggs’ standing in the modern game. And as for the future, bearing in mind speculation is already starting over an additional year’s contract extension. “When you get to this age you wait until the end of the season before making a decision,” said Moyes. “It is based on how you feel, how you have done over the year and what your body is telling you. “There are no quick decisions.” The Scot also admitted when he arrived at Old Trafford he expected to find a fading force in the veteran Welshman, no longer capable of having an impact, as so many critics have suggested down the years. Moyes accepts he could not have been more wrong.
CEDAR RAPIDS — It was the largest gathering yet of the candidates who’re seeking the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nomination. Many of the 1500 activists and party leaders who were in Cedar Rapids Sunday to hear from 19 candidates aren’t ready to choose one yet.Early this morning, cheering sections for some of the candidates started to assemble along the sidewalks outside the Cedar Rapids hotel where this afternoon’s event was staged. People encountered bagpipes, free breakfast burritos and lots of chanting. Seventy-year-old Rosemary Picher of Waterloo, who hasn’t chosen a candidate, walked around taking photos of the chaos.“I hope we’re smart enough about it and we pick a winner,” she said. “I’m thrilled that there are many women running and I want to live long enough to see a woman president, so I’m excited this year.”Michelle Meyer of Cedar Rapids got stopped as she walked through the mayhem by people asking where she bought her t-shirt. It read: “You can’t buy happiness, but you can indict Trump.” Meyer said she will only vote for a candidate who’s taken that stand.“There’s so many great ones, it’s hard to decide,” Meyer said, laughing. “We have time yet.”Marcia Fulton of Creston had already seen four of the candidates in person before she arrived in Cedar Rapids Sunday, but she’s undecided, too.“It’s just not quite time yet. I love Joe Biden, we’ll have to see,” Fulton said. “I’m more of a moderate than a liberal, so I’m more comfortable in the middle.”Marcia and Scot Hughes of Cedar Rapids have one thing in mind as they evaluate the candidates.“In the end, whichever one can beat Donald Trump, they have my support wholeheartedly,” Marcia Hughes said.Scot Hughes added: “I do have about five or six that I’m looking at pretty closely.”Anthony Jensen of Cedar Rapids is another undecided Democrats. He and two friends took a few laps outside the venue to get a glimpse of some of the candidates.“I’m looking for somebody that offers new ideas,” Jensen said. “I probably am not supporting any of the early-on favorites, the names that everybody knows.”Shortly after one o’clock, Iowa Democratic Party chairman Troy Price stood on the sidewalk outside the hotel ballroom and took in the scene.“This is awesome and this is really what the campaigns want and what events like this bring out is the ability for campaigns to show their organizational strength, how much support they have on the ground,” Price said, “how well they can organize stuff like this.”Price and the party staff organized a Sunday afternoon event that lasted just under three hours, honoring a few long-time party activists and rising stars — and featuring five-minute speeches from the 19 candidates. They began speaking less than 24 hours after a Des Moines Register CNN “Iowa Poll” showed Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg have emerged as the top tier candidates here. Kamala Harris, who registered at seven percent, was the only other candidate to register above one percent.Jason Frerichs of Des Moines was living in Red Oak in 2016 and served as the rural outreach chair for Sanders. He’s narrowed his choices for 2020 to Sanders and Warren.“Whoever looks like they have the best trajectory, the best chance to beat Donald Trump,” said Frerichs. “If you look the latest polling here in Iowa, they’re both neck-in-neck.”Sanders rallied with McDonald’s workers lobbying for a $15 minimum wage on Sunday morning. During his remarks at the party fundraiser, Sanders said a “status quo” candidate will not defeat President Trump.“I understand that there are some well-intentioned Democrats and candidates who believe that the best way forward is a middle-ground strategy that antagonizes no one, that stands up to nobody,” Sanders said, “and that changes nothing.”Warren told the crowd she aims to make government work for all, not just the “thin slice” at the top.“Right now in America, there is a real hunger. There are people who are ready for big, structural change in this country,” Warren said. “They’re ready for change and I’ve got a plan for that.”Buttigieg told the crowd Democrats won’t win by playing it safe or promising voters a return to normal.“We are where we are because normal broke,” Buttigieg said, “and we Democrats can no more promise a return to the ’90s than Republicans can deliver on a promise to return us to the 50s.”Harris suggested her background as a prosecutor has best equipped her with the skills to take on Trump.“He said he was for working people and then he passed a tax bill benefitting the top one percent and the biggest corporations in this country. That’s tax fraud,” Harris said. “…And then he claims to be the best president we’ve seen in a generation. Well I say let’s call Obama, ’cause that’s identity fraud.”One of the candidates who registered at less than one percent in the “Iowa Poll” joked that the crowd had been “speed dating” with him and the other 18 candidates this afternoon.
GEELONG, Australia (CMC):Rain marred West Indies’ final match practice for the critical Melbourne Test, starting Boxing Day, when it allowed only 58 overs on the final day of their two-day tour match against a Victoria XI here yesterday.The tourists declared their first innings at their overnight 303 for eight, but hopes of giving their fast bowlers an extended work out were scuppered by the adverse weather.Victoria XI ended on 169 for three with Jake Hancock unbeaten on 80. Tom Donnell made 34 and captain Ian Holland, 29.There was time enough, however, for Devendra Bishoo to pick up two for 60, to be the Windies’ best bowler.West Indies started brightly when fast bowler Kemar Roach claimed Travis Dean for three to a catch by Jermaine Blackwood at point, fending off a short ball with the score on 13.STUBBORN PARTNERSHIPThe Caribbean side was then held up by two stubborn partnerships. Opener Hancock, without a first-class game to his name, then added 73 for the second wicket with Donnell and a further 46 for the third wicket with Holland.Hancock, who faced 173 balls and struck seven fours and three sixes, was missed at 22 when Jerome Taylor missed a catch at fine leg.West Indies clash with Australia in the second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in six days, hoping to atone for their miserable outing in the first Test at Hobart which they lost by an innings and 212 runs inside three days.SCOREBOARDWEST INDIES 1st Innings 303-8 decl.VICTORIA XI 1st InningsT Dean c Blackwood b Roach 3J Hancock not out 80T Donnell lbw b Bishoo 34*I Holland st Hope b Bishoo 29A Ayre not out 17Extras (lb3, w1, nb2) 6TOTAL (3 wkts, 58 overs) 169Did not bat: M Doric, S Grimwade, J Coleman, J Hart, +D Kight, J Koop, B ThomsonFall of wickets: 1-13, 2-86, 3-132.Bowling: Taylor 9-4-14-0, Roach 7-1-21-1, Holder 5-1-19-0 (w1, nb2), Brathwaite 8-1-35-0, Bishoo 18-3-60-2, Warrican 11-5-7-0.Result: Match drawn.Toss: Victoria XI.Umpires: S Brne, D Shepard
Indian senior womens hockey team here on Wednesday went down fighting 2-3 to New Zealand in their third clash of the five-match series.Defender Sunita Lakra completed the milestone of playing 100 International matches.Lakra made her international debut in 2009 and since has been a backbone of the Indian team.She leads India’s defence in New Zealand along with Deep Grace Ekka, Namita Toppo, Sushila Chanu, Udita and Gurjit Kaur.Born in Odisha, Lakra has climbed the ranks in Indian hockey with significant performances in the 17th Asian Games, 2016 Rio Olympics and was also instrumental in India’s successful outing at the Fourth Women’s Asian Champions Trophy and Women’s Hockey World League Round 2 in Canada.For New Zealand, Ella Gunson (13th minute), Deanna Ritchie (15th) and Shiloh Gloyn (39th) scored the goals while Deep Grace Ekka (9th) and Monika (59th) found the back of the net for India.On a losing streak in the series so far — having gone down 1-4 in the series opener and suffering a 2-8 loss in their second game, the Indian looked a dangerous unit initially on Wednesday.They put up a structured performance with good attack, strong long drives, cross-field passes that put the hosts on the backfoot and constantly kept them in the hunt. The visitors played aggressively right from the word go and their strategy paid off in the first quarter when they found an early 1-0 lead in the ninth minute.Deep Grace Ekka converted a hard-hit penalty corner in the ninth minute after her first attempt found the foot of a New Zealand defender.advertisementThe hosts, however, were quick to equalise with Ella Gunson converting a penalty stroke in the 13th minute.The Black Sticks ended the first quarter with a 2-1 lead with Deanna Ritchie scoring a 15th minute field goal. She was well assisted by captain Stacey Michelsen in scoring New Zealand’s second goal.India found two good opportunities in the second quarter to score an equaliser when they earned back-to-back penalty corners in the 26th minute — but both went abegging.The higher-ranked New Zealand came up with textbook defence strategy to clear Indian skipper Rani’s strike on both occasions.Rani played a crucial role for India as she made space in the striking circle on several occasions, going for her trademark reverse-hit on goal but New Zealand keeper Sally Rutherford denied the Indian skipper success.New Zealand scored their third goal through Shiloh Gloyn in the 39th minute and India keeper Savita was kept busy by Kiwi strikers throughout the third quarter.Savita did well to keep the New Zealand strikers from taking further lead. With three minutes remaining in the third quarter, Savita made a crucial save when New Zealand bagged a penalty corner.Unlike their second match against New Zealand on Tuesday when maximum goals were scored by the hosts in the last quarter, the Indian defence was rock solid to deny any goal in the final 15 minutes of the match.With little less than two minutes remaining for the final hooter, India won a penalty corner in the 59th minute.A cleverly planned and executed variation saw Rani pass the ball to Monika who made no mistake in sending the ball inside the goal.The dying minutes of the match saw Indian women make desperate attempts to find space and go for a draw but with time ticking away, they had to settle for a 2-3 result.Hosts New Zealand are 3-0 up in the Series.The two teams will play the fourth match on May 19.