Main independent national media threatened with closure

first_img Organisation to go further November 21, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Main independent national media threatened with closure October 30, 2020 Find out more RSF_en News News KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia February 5, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Regional newspaper editor harassed after investigating real estate scandal (Picture: Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev. Credit: Viktor Drachev / AFP) News Follow the news on Kazakhstan Reporters Without Borders is appalled by today’s announcement by the prosecutor-general’s office that it has asked an Almaty court to ban the main independent and opposition national media.“We urge the court to reject the request, which is extremely dangerous for freedom of information in Kazakhstan,” Reporters Without Borders said. “If granted, pluralism would quite simply cease to exist in this country. The government is using the pretext of combatting extremism to launch an unprecedented offensive against its critics.“The international community must react very firmly to this latest demonstration of the government’s draconian tendencies. It will be too late when this regional giant has fully adopted the ultra-authoritarian model of its Uzbek and Turkmen neighbours. “It is particularly ironic that Kazakhstan is one of the 18 new members of the United Nations Human Rights Council elected on 12 November. If the Kazakh courts do ban independent news outlets, we will formally request Kazakhstan’s exclusion from the Human Rights Council.”The announcement was made at a news conference today by prosecutor-general’s office spokesman Nurdaulet Suindikov, who said the Almaty prosecutor’s office yesterday asked a court to recognize the “extremist” nature of the two main opposition parties, Alga and Khalyk Maydany, and to ban the main independent media.The prosecutor’s office is seeking a ban on the newspaper Respublika (and all associated newspapers), the newspaper Vzglyad, the satellite TV station K+, the news portal Stan.tv, and all of the websites linked to these media. Respublika appears under many alternative names because it has been the target of judicial persecution for years. The request follows an appeal court’s decision on 19 November to uphold a seven-and-a-half year jail sentence on Alga leader Vladimir Kozlov for his alleged role in rioting by striking oil workers in the western city of Zhanaozen, which was put down with a great deal of bloodshed in December 2011. For the past year, prosecutors have been trying to portray the riots as an attempted coup orchestrated by the opposition and supported by certain media. The ban on independent and opposition media is being sought on the grounds of alleged “extremist propaganda” under article 13 of the mass media law.The prosecutor-general’s office spokesman cited the verdict in the Kozlov trial: “The implicit content of what was published (…) was designed to foment social hatred (…) analysis of (their) content has demonstrated the presence of propaganda in support of seizing power by force and destroying state security.”There has been a sharp increase in harassment of Respublika, Vzglyad, K+ and Stan TV – Kazakhstan’s main independent news sources – in the period since the Zhanaozen riots, which has also been marked by social unrest and a war of succession within government circles.This harassment has taken the form of arrests, interrogation by the security services, “inspections” of all kinds and various threats.Ranked 154th out of 179 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, Kazakhstan is one of the countries “under surveillance” by Reporters Without Borders because of its growing use of cyber-censorship. The charge of “extremism” was already used in August 2011 as grounds for blocking access to LiveJournal, a blog platform very popular in Kazakhstan. News Reporters prevented from covering Kazakh parliamentary elections Help by sharing this information Kazakh reporter accuses police of attacking her January 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

NACTA Conference

first_imgFor more information about NACTA, please visit nactateachers.org.Founded in 1859, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia is the state’s home for cutting-edge research, student-focused instruction and Cooperative Extension public service and outreach programs. On three campuses across Georgia – in Athens, Griffin and Tifton – CAES offers courses of study in 22 majors, 18 minors and 28 graduate programs that cover the breadth of agricultural, environmental and food sciences. In each field, students are able to work directly with world-class researchers who are finding answers to tomorrow’s food supply and environmental questions. For more information, visit caes.uga.edu. More than 300 faculty and graduate students from agricultural colleges across the nation will gather at the University of Georgia this week to learn about the latest research in teaching and mentoring students in agricultural, food and environmental sciences. The North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA), a professional society that focuses on the scholarship of teaching and learning agriculture and related disciplines, is conducting its 2015 annual conference at UGA. The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), home to several nationally recognized instructors, is hosting the event. “At CAES, we strive to provide engaging, challenging instruction that prepares our students to become the next leaders in the world of agriculture and environmental sciences,” said Jean Bertrand, assistant dean for academic affairs at the college and chair of the 2015 NACTA conference planning committee. “Participating in the NACTA conference gives instructors the tools needed to lift their teaching effectiveness to the next level and keep an eye on the developments of the future.” Over the five days that NACTA members are at UGA, they will cover best practices for teaching agricultural sciences through skill-sharing presentations. Topics to be discussed range from curriculum for undergraduate research methods to teaching international extension programs through service-learning. Presentations will focus on service-learning strategies, curriculum development, student recruitment, experiential learning and other topics facing higher education instructors across the country. In addition to sharing oral and poster research presentations, the conference will include tours of UGArden, the UGA Campus Arboretum, The Trial Gardens at UGA and the State Botanical Garden of Georgia as well as local farms, historic sites and culinary landmarks. last_img read more

Tipperary will play host to 33 race meetings in 2018

first_imgThey will be split evenly between the counties three race tracks – Thurles, Clonmel and Tipperary.Powerstown Park in Clonmel kicks things off with a meeting on Thursday January 11th.Thurles get their season underway a few days later on Sunday January 21st. Photo: © clonmelraces.ie The first meeting of 2018 in Limerick Junction will be an evening meeting on April 10th.In all there will be a total of 363 fixtures at courses across the country next year – the highest number ever.last_img

Cars dented and keyed in Ballybofey attacks

first_imgThe Gardaí are seeking witnesses to two criminal damage incidents last Saturday at Carrick Crescent Estate in Ballybofey. One car was damaged as it was parked in the driveway of the owner’s house. There were a number of dents on the boot of the car as well as shoe marks left behind. Another car was also damaged at a neighbouring house where the car was keyed with additional damage. The crimes are believed to have taken place between 9pm and 11pm on the 18th of May.If anyone has any information in relation to these incidents then please call Gardaí in Letterkenny on 074-9167100 or the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111. Cars dented and keyed in Ballybofey attacks was last modified: May 21st, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare 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)last_img read more

Ohio Farm Bureau Centennial

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentDec. 6-7, Ohio Farm Bureau will hold its 100th Annual Meeting in Columbus, kicking off a yearlong celebration of our Centennial in 2019. Ohio Farm Bureau was founded Jan. 27, 1919 on the campus of Ohio State University.The centennial is a celebration of the people who have each played a part in Farm Bureau’s success over the years, and members are invited to participate in this milestone for our organization.Centennial Concert with Chase BryantDec. 78:30 p.m.Columbus Convention CenterFree admission for Ohio Farm Bureau members. This is a private, members only event. Tickets will be available in early October. Update your member profile to receive concert and centennial updates via email.Chase Bryant is a Texas native and was named named one of the “Best Things We Saw” at CMA Music Fest 2014‚ by Rolling Stone. His songs include “Room to Breathe,” “Little Bit of You,” “Change Your Name” and his debut single “Take It On Back.” Learn more about Chase at chasebryant.com.Thank you to exclusive sponsor, Nationwide   Keepsakes for purchase at the annual meetingHistory Book: Enjoy our story and photographs in this commemorative book. Promotional Items: Vintage T-shirts, pint glasses, hats, metal signsGun Raffle — A Henry Big Boy 44 magnum, a Henry Golden Boy 22 long rifle and a Ruger rifle–American Farmer Edition will be raffled, plus members can order a gun of their own, choosing caliber and type of gun. Raffle tickets go on sale in September and the drawing will take place at annual meeting. An additional Henry rifle will be sold at auction during the annual meeting. Tickets are $25 a piece or 5 for $100.Commemorative Artwork — Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson and Tuscarawas County Farm Bureaus have commissioned original artwork from Dave Barnhouse and prints will be available as well as the opportunity to meet the artist. The celebration continues throughout 2019 with activities such as: Launching a new Centennial beer from North High Brewing, a Farm Bureau group member. Placing a new historic marker on Ohio State University’s campus that commemorates our founding on Jan. 27, 1919. Painting our vintage inspired Centennial logo on Ohio barns across the state.A special Centennial exhibit at the 2019 Ohio State Fair.Throwback Thursday history highlights on social media.A limited release Centennial wine from The Winery at Wolf Creek.   Leave a Commentlast_img read more

How to Build an Insulated Cathedral Ceiling

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img UPDATED on August 31, 2018 with information on vapor diffusion ports.Although the GBA website already contains many articles on the topic, we continue to receive frequent questions about the best way to insulate a cathedral ceiling. It’s therefore time to pull together as much information on the topic as possible and publish it in one place, to clarify the building science issues and code requirements governing insulated sloped roofs.In this blog, I’ll attempt to answer the following questions:This article will discuss insulated sloped roofs. The methods described here can be used to build an insulated cathedral ceiling over a great room, a section of sloped roof above a kneewall, or any similar section of insulated sloped roof.This type of roof differs from an uninsulated roof over an unconditioned vented attic.Insulated cathedral ceilings are a relatively recent phenomenon. The craze for insulated cathedral ceilings (and great rooms) really took off in the 1970s and 1980s, when examples began popping up like mushrooms after a warm rain. In those days, most builders stuffed cathedral ceiling rafter bays with fiberglass batts. Sometimes they included flimsy Proper-Vents between the fiberglass and the roof sheathing, but often they just specified thin batts to ensure that there would be an air space above the batts for ventilation.The cathedral ceilings of the 1970s and 1980s were thermal disasters. In most cases, these ceilings leaked air, leaked heat, created monumental ice dams, and encouraged condensation and rot. In many cases, roofers tried to solve these problems by improving ventilation openings in the soffits and at the ridge; these “improvements” often made every symptom worse.Fortunately, most builders have learned a few lessons from these disasters.Energy codes establish minimum R-value requirements for roofs and ceilings. There are several possible code compliance paths;… last_img read more

Bank fraud case ED attaches assets worth Rs 92 cr of Kolkatabased

first_imgNew Delhi: The ED said on Tuesday that it has attached assets, including three luxury apartments, worth Rs 92 crore of a Kolkata-based firm in connection with its probe into the alleged bank fraud and money laundering by the company. The agency said a provisional order for attachment of the properties of the company, SPS Steel Rolling Mills Ltd, has been issued under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The company was known for producing ‘Elegant Steel’ brand and its control was taken over by another Kolkata-based firm in April after the alleged bank default was detected some years ago. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja “The attached assets consist of shares of an entity owning a 5-star hotel, three luxurious apartments, office building and 0.33 acres of land,” the Enforcement Directorate (ED) said in a statement. It filed a criminal case in the alleged bank fraud based on a CBI FIR against the company, the beneficial owner of the company, Bipin Kumar Vohra, and others for “defrauding a consortium of eight banks led by the Allahabad Bank in Kolkata for an amount of around Rs 550 crore”. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Investigation revealed that the bank loan amount was “fraudulently siphoned” through formation of shell companies. “The accused also diverted the loan amount in their various other existing business activities like running five-star hotels, security agencies and also for re-payment of earlier debts,” the ED said. The provisionally attached assets were found to be the “proceeds of crime” and hence, were attached, it added. Following continuous defaults, the SPS Steel Rolling Mills was referred to the NCLT about 22 months ago.last_img read more

Germany May Be the Best National Soccer Team Ever

Germany didn’t begin the World Cup as the favorite. That honor belonged to (ahem) Brazil. But that’s a slightly deceptive measure. This was a top-heavy World Cup; not only Brazil but also Germany, Argentina and Spain would have been the front-runners in many past editions of the tournament.By the end of the World Cup, Germany left little doubt it is the best team in the world. In fact, it may be the best national soccer team ever assembled.One simple way to compare World Cup winners is by their goal differential throughout the tournament. Germany, with 18 goals scored and four allowed, comes out at a plus-14. This is tied for the best goal differential ever for a World Cup champion; Brazil also scored 18 goals and allowed four in winning the 2002 tournament.No, the Germans weren’t flawless. They tied Ghana in the group stage and had a little more trouble than they should have with Algeria in the Round of 16. But few World Cup champions are perfect in every match. All but three eventual winners took a draw or loss, or required a penalty shootout, along the way (soccer statisticians usually count games that go to penalties as draws).And some of these teams were fortunate in other respects. Uruguay only needed to play four matches to win the inaugural World Cup in 1930. Uruguay also had the benefit of playing on home soil. Brazil, in 2002, had a favorable draw — China, Costa Rica and Turkey were in its group.The Germans, by contrast, did this against some tough competition. They took down Argentina and Brazil in the knockout stage, along with a French team that had been playing as well as anyone.The World Football Elo Ratings provide one way to account for all these factors: a team’s strength going into the tournament, its dominance during the tournament itself, the quality of its competition, and whether it was aided by playing at home.Germany’s Elo rating was high to begin with at 2046, which is stronger than a number of World Cup winners. But it gained 150 more points throughout the World Cup (about half of them by beating Brazil 7-1), finishing with a rating of 2196.This is the highest Elo rating ever for a World Cup champion. The 1962 Brazil team previously held the top spot.In fact, it’s the highest a national soccer team has ever been rated in the Elo system. Before Germany, the highest-rated team of all time had been Hungary in 1954. Hungary’s rating peaked at 2166 after winning the World Cup semifinal, but then it lost to West Germany in the tournament’s final match.I’ll be curious to see how this year’s German team is regarded in barroom arguments around the world, both now and with the benefit of hindsight. It doesn’t have a transcendent superstar, although it has a number of players who might rank in the top 20 or 25 in the world. It’s often said that the Germans didn’t have a distinctive style — although their relentless attacking play represents the new paradigm in world football, and it led to the highest-scoring and perhaps most exciting World Cup in many years.Other teams — notably Spain from 2008 to 2012, and Brazil under Pele — had longer sustained stretches at the apex of world football. But Germany is young and deep. Mario Götze, who scored the winning goal in the final Sunday, is 22. Thomas Müller and Toni Kroos are 24, and Mesut Özil is 25. The Germans have a good chance to go in as the favorites in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Still, the competition is going to be tough. At the start of the next tournament, Brazil’s Neymar and Colombia’s James Rodríguez will be just 26, and Lionel Messi — despite playing in his fourth World Cup — only 30. France is perhaps a player away from competing with the world’s best teams, and after having won FIFA’s Under-20 World Cup last year, it could make that transition soon. This is a great era for the international game, and that makes what Germany accomplished all the more impressive. read more