Khadija Ismayilova’s release is just the start!

first_img Follow the news on Azerbaijan June 8, 2021 Find out more Arshad Ibrahimov, a contributor to the Moderator.az and Avrupa.info news websites, arrested 18 June 2014. There is no limit to the harassment of journalists in Azerbaijan who work for “Azerbaycan Saati,” a TV programme produced abroad, and Meydan TV, a TV station based abroad. As they cannot touch their editors, Ganimat Zahid and Emin Milli, the authorities persecute members of their families inside Azerbaijan. Several have been jailed on trumped-up charges while others have been forced to publicly disownZahid and Milli.Azerbaijan is ranked 163rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. RSF_en AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses WomenJudicial harassmentExiled mediaPredatorsImprisonedCouncil of EuropeInternet June 4, 2021 Find out more RSF also took part in a similar demonstration yesterday in Washington and today in Berlin. And many other activities are being organized throughout the world today as part of the Sport for Rights coalition, which groups the leading human rights organizations involved with Azerbaijan.On the day Ismayilova was freed, 25 May, the photographer Elnur Mukhtarov was arrested and was sentenced to ten days of administrative detention. He had covered an anti-government protest and had posted his photos on Facebook. He joins the other journalists and bloggers held in connection with their reporting. They include: Seymur Khazi, a reporter for the daily Azadlig and the TV programme “Azerbaycan Saati,” arrested on 29 August 2014. RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information News Nijat Aliyev, the editor of the Azadxeber news website, arrested on 20 May 2012. Newscenter_img Abdul Abilov, a blogger arrested on 22 November 2013. Rashad Ramazanov, a blogger arrested on 9 May 2013. Shaig Agayev, a blogger arrested on 9 May 2013. Araz Guliyev, the editor of the Xeber44 news website, arrested on 8 September 2012. Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh to go further Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) staged a demonstration outside Azerbaijan’s embassy in Paris today to celebrate Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova’s 40th birthday and to tell her government that her release two days ago is just the first step towards ending media freedom violations in Azerbaijan.Ismayilova was freed after a court suspended her jail sentence but she continues to be subject to judicial control and cannot leave the country. At least eight other journalists and bloggers are still detained in connection with their reporting while independent media outlets are forced to operate in exile and are still hounded. News May 27, 2016 Khadija Ismayilova’s release is just the start! “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says News “In releasing Khadija Ismayilova after 537 days of arbitrary detention, the Azerbaijani government has given a bit of ground but is still far from behaving as it should towards media freedom,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “The international community must keep up the pressure until Baku stops harassing independent media, restores pluralism and frees all imprisoned journalists.” AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses WomenJudicial harassmentExiled mediaPredatorsImprisonedCouncil of EuropeInternet April 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Saradha Scam : SC Seeks Centre’s Reply On Media Tycoon Ramesh Gandhi’s Bail Plea

first_imgTop StoriesSaradha Scam : SC Seeks Centre’s Reply On Media Tycoon Ramesh Gandhi’s Bail Plea Sanya Talwar17 April 2020 3:20 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Friday in a bail plea of Media Tycoon Ramesh Gandhi directed the Union to file its reply within two weeks.A bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul & B.R. Gavai heard the petition for regular bail of Ramesh Gandhi, who has been in custody for 4 years and 8 months basis charges levied against him for his alleged complicity in the Saradha scam.Senior Advocate Vikas…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Friday in a bail plea of Media Tycoon Ramesh Gandhi directed the Union to file its reply within two weeks.A bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul & B.R. Gavai heard the petition for regular bail of Ramesh Gandhi, who has been in custody for 4 years and 8 months basis charges levied against him for his alleged complicity in the Saradha scam.Senior Advocate Vikas Singh appeared for Ramesh Gandhi & submitted that the CBI’s stand of his client’s involvement in the scam as “kingpin” was wrong and misconcieved. Singh further added that his client had been in custody for a long time, yet a trial had ensued against him. Therefore, he was eligible for grant of bail, argued Singh.Senior Advocate Natrajan appearing for the Union of India on the other hand rebutted Singh’s argument(s). “He is the recipient of many transactions. He is the main Kingpin in the entire scam” stated Natrajan.At this juncture, the bench inquired about the charges that had been levelled against the media tycoon.The Union of India sought time to file a reply in this regard which was allowed by the bench and the matter was listed for May 4, 2020.The present petition comes as an “of-shoot” of the Saradha Scam for which Ramesh Gandhi was arrested for his alleged involvement by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).According to the agency, Gandhi was closely associated with the Saradha boss and scam kingpin “Sudipta Sen” and huge funds were allegedly transferred to his own and his company bank accounts.The scam came out in public in early 2013. It involved the Kolkata-based Saradha Group, which was alleged to have collected deposits of up to Rs 2,500 crore from the public, but defaulted when it came to payments.Ramesh Gandhi was looking after the corporate affairs department of Saradha Group.Advocate Yunus Malik also appeared for the Petitioner in the Supreme Court and gave Live Law inputs. The hearing was conducted via Video Conferencing. The plea was filed by Advocate-on-Record Samir Malik.Next Storylast_img read more

The busy weekend it was in Wellington…

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Sumner Newscow report — Those people who say there is not enough to do in Wellington are not looking hard enough. Here were three events just this weekend. Our community reporter Amber Schmitz was there on the scene to capture the images.On Friday, Washington Elementary held its annual Jog-A-Thon fundraiser at the school. Funds were raised to purchase iPads and Chromebooks for the students. Click here for all the action at Washington Elementary on Friday afternoon. Mike Castaneda of Wellington held a block party in Heritage Park and served the community free chick and waffles as part of his filming for a MasterChef Audition on Saturday afternoon. Check out all the pictures of this event here.Then on Sunday, Ballet Wichita held a free show at Sellers Park for the skit “Snow White.” The event was hosted by the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce. Click here for more photos of this entertaining event.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Conservatives rail against ‘activist’ judges, hail GOP lawmakers’ plans for courts

first_imgDES MOINES — Conservatives who oppose Iowa Supreme Court rulings legalizing same-sex marriage and overturning abortion restrictions are urging the Republican-led legislature to strike back.“Iowa has one of the most activist Supreme Courts in the country,” Chuck Hurley, legal counsel for The Family Leader, said Wednesday afternoon. “You name it and the Iowa Supreme Court is to the left on almost every issue currently.”Public hearings were held at the state capitol today on a plan to reshuffle the commission that nominates judges as well as a bid to amend the Iowa Constitution to specify that it does not “secure” the right to an abortion. Isabelle Barrett of Des Moines accused Republicans of pursuing a “crazy ideology.”“It is about wanting to control bodies,” Barrett said during a news conference organized by a Democrat in the state senate. “It is about wanting to make people’s choices for them.”Keenan Crow of One Iowa, representing Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Questioning Iowans, said Iowa’s courts are giving everyone a fair shot at justice.“The response to that should not be to politicize the court in order to get decisions that we want,” Crow said.Representative Sandy Salmon, a Republican from Janesville, said it’s time to give Iowans a “larger voice” in who gets to be a judge.“Out in rural Iowa, everybody sees that politics is part of the judiciary,” Salmon said during a House subcommittee meeting today. “There’s no getting around it.”Iowa lawyers currently vote on which lawyers should serve on the Judicial Nominating Commission alongside people selected by the governor. David L. Brown of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers argued against undoing that process, which was set up in 1962.“If you talk to people who actually are still alive who were here at the time…they’ll tell you how bad it was before they changed to this merit-based system,” Brown said.Bill Gustoff, a Des Moines attorney who unsuccessfully sought a spot on the commission in 2011, said trial lawyers are choosing the judges they’ll face in court.“The current system is unelected lawyers, who nobody knows and they don’t account to any voters, basically controlling the system,” Gustoff said.A bill that instead would have the top four legislative leaders appoint half of the members of the Judicial Nominating Commission cleared House and Senate subcommittees today.The other abortion-related proposal — a constitutional amendment to block future court rulings upholding abortion rights — advanced out of a Senate subcommittee. Kimberly Laube of Lutheran Family Service said the Iowa Supreme Court has overstepped its authority.“This amendment became necessary when a handful of unelected members of Iowa’s Supreme Court…chose, in essence, to create law rather than interpret it,” Laube said during a Senate subcommittee hearing.Jamie Burch Elliott of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland said constitutional amendments usually expand rights rather than take them away.“At what point can we acknowledge that there are different views on this issue and understand that our own personal views should not infringe on the private medical decisions of others?” she asked.A district court judge recently ruled Iowa’s six-week abortion ban was unconstitutional. Last year the Iowa Supreme Court nullified the state’s 72-hour waiting period for abortions.last_img read more

Where does Alfonzo McKinnie rank among Warriors’ greatest finds?

first_imgEleven games does not an NBA career make. And no one believes the crazy launch angle on Alfonzo McKinnie’s career path is sustainable.But if he becomes nothing more than what he is today, a trusted part of coach Steve Kerr’s rotation, the Warriors have struck gold. Again.We are tempted to believe the 6-foot-8 McKinnie could some day find himself high among a long list of under-the-radar discoveries in Warriors history (list below). How did we get here?Three years ago, he was …last_img

Depressed? Believe in a Caring God

first_img“Belief in a Caring God Improves Response to Medical Treatment for Depression, Study Finds.”  That’s what Science Daily said.  The statement assumes, of course, that psychiatry knows what depression is.  Another story on Science Daily worried that “Psychiatry’s Main Method to Prevent Mistaken Diagnoses of Depression Doesn’t Work.”    It makes sense that diagnosis must precede treatment.  The psychiatry industry’s manual, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or DSM (see 02/17/2010) contains the criteria for diagnosing depression.  A patient needs 5 of 9 listed symptoms to be diagnosed.  “However, these symptoms can also occur in normal responses to loss and stress.”  Because of false positives resulting from the old DSM criteria, the new DSM-IV tried to correct them with a Clinical Significance Criterion (CSC), in order to reduce over-diagnosis (some studies suggested that 33% of the population suffer from depression).  A new study, though shows that the CSC does not reduce false positives.    Even if the dividing line between clinical depression and normal distress or sadness is fuzzy, there is no question that many people are afflicted with grief, sadness, and feelings of despair that can be debilitating.  A study of 136 adults at Rush University Medical Center tried to quantify the effect of belief in a caring God on medical treatment for depression.  Science Daily said the doctors used “the Beck Depression Inventory, the Beck Hopelessness Scale, and the Religious Well-Being Scale” to assess the depth and intensity of depression, and “feelings of hopelessness and spiritual satisfaction.”  According to the article, “the study found that those with strong beliefs in a personal and concerned God were more likely to experience an improvement.”  Therefore, “clinicians need to be aware of the role of religion in their patients’ lives.”Articles like this might encourage some readers, but it is questionable whether “scientific” assessments by secularists can state anything meaningful on questions of this sort.  If they can’t even decide what depression is, how are they going to measure the “religious well being” of a patient who claims he or she is depressed?  Is hopelessness measured in ohms or centimeters?  There are so many variables in the human soul, and so many differences between souls, it seems hopeless to try.  Information of this sort is usually conveyed soul-to-soul, not by means of brain scans or arbitrary scales.    Not all “caring God” beliefs are equivalent, either.  Suppose somebody believes in Elvis, or in the Force, or in Jupiter, or has false beliefs about “the man upstairs” without any basis for them other than subjective feelings.  Assuming there is a true God for the sake of argument, would you rather have depressing beliefs about a true God, or comforting beliefs in a false god?  Would you rather have a false hope that makes you feel good, or a true hope that tugs on your conscience?  Better get that question settled first.  If feeling good is your highest priority, then there is no point in reading further; you’re irrational.    Of the possible contenders for true God who is also a caring God, not many options are available.  Buddha doesn’t care; he didn’t even want to be a god.  Hinduism has thousands of gods; which are you going to pick?  Which one really cares about you anyway, seeing you are obligated to follow your own karma?  Confucianism is a system of teachings without a personal God.  It’s doubtful readers of these pages will take seriously animism, polytheism, or any of the defunct religions of history.  Dittos for recent man-made cults like Scientology that made its founder filthy rich; who thinks for a minute that L. Ron Hubbard cares for you?    Of the religions with a personal God, there’s Islam, but imams teach it is impossible to know Allah, because his will is capricious.  There is no peace or assurance.  A Muslim never knows if Allah is satisfied. He can only hope at death he has done enough good works to make it.  That is the problem, too, with cults and misrepresentations of the God of the Bible.  If peace with God is based on our works, there is never a way to have assurance of salvation.  Judaism, having rejected Jesus Christ, keeps looking for a Messiah that never comes.  Without a temple or sacrificial system in place, it has no assurance of pleasing God.  Post-Christian Judaism has devolved into another religion of works, rituals and moral teachings.  Jews today do not “love” God.  They try to obey him, but they don’t generally have a sense of God as a caring father.    As a religion that tells of a caring God, Christianity stands alone and uncontested.  “For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but has everlasting life.”  That’s the most favorite and well-known Bible verse on God’s care for His creatures (see it in every tongue), but it is certainly not the only one.  He so loved us that He did that.  Knowing that we could never reach up to Him, God reached down to us.  Knowing we could never do enough works to please Him, He did all the work himself.  While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5).  Now he offers reconciliation as a free gift (Romans 6).  We receive that gift by receiving Christ himself (John 1).  We receive Christ by acknowledging our sin and turning from it, and confessing Him as the Lord (Romans 10).  Confessing Christ means saying He is Lord, trusting that what He did for us when he died on the cross and rose again was for our salvation.  By receiving Christ, we are born again (John 3, Romans 1-10) – saved from eternal death, and started on a new life.    If that were not enough care for the hopeless and broken-hearted, look at what else God’s gift provides: a full pardon from all our sin (Isaiah 55); a new nature capable of pleasing God (II Corinthians 5); the Spirit of God to live within us (Romans 8); access to God at all times through prayer (Luke 18), illumination to understand his Word (John 16); a family of believers to encourage and build us up, (Ephesians 2, Hebrews 13), a real purpose for life (I Corinthians 10) and the sure hope of heaven: a new, uncorrupted creation, beyond anything we can imagine (Revelation 21).  Talk about a cure for depression!  That kind of caring God can provide a peace that passes understanding (Philippians 4), and inner joy, confidence and assurance of His care even in trials (Romans 5, II Corinthians 4).Of course, you can play the pompous scientific elitist if you choose to.  You can reject all this, and mock belief in a caring God as superstitious nonsense.  Fine.  Depressed?  Who cares?  Tough luck.  Stuff happens.  Get over it.  Evolve, and may the farce of Darwin bewitch you – that is, till your protoplasm becomes manure for something else just as meaningless until the ultimate vanity – the heat death of the universe.Godless philosophy, pointless for me,None to cause us, but Cosmos–All that is, was, and ever shall be.From the big bang, to the slime soup,To the heat death, dark and old:Godless philosophy, it leaves me cold;Godless philosophy, it leaves me cold.Oh, and what was that issue about sense and nonsense again?  No comprendo, bud.  Get outta my way.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

An update on nitrogen recommendations for wheat

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Do we have any wheat left in Ohio? I would like to see more acres. It makes our other two crops better and reduces weed, insect and disease problems for them, too. The new Ohio Agronomy Guide has just a bit of an update on spring nitrogen (N) recommendations for wheat in Ohio.We still suggest following the Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations for N rates in wheat, with an update on the discussion of why. We do rely on yield potential of a field to make the recommendation. Once you have set a realistic yield goal, the recommendation may be based on the following table. These recommendations are for mineral soils with adequate drainage and 1% to 5% organic matter.Nitrogen rate for wheat by yield potential.Yield potentialTotal N ratebu/Alb/A60607075809090110100130 We do not give any credit for the previous soybean or cover crop, since we do not know if that organic N source will be mineralized for the wheat crop. The recommendation does suggest that you subtract from the total (spring N) any fall applied N up to 20 pounds of N per A.last_img read more

Yuvraj Singh sleeps off during Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Mannequin Challenge

first_imgThe Indian Premier League is the perfect amalgamation of cricket and entertainment and the players participating in the cash-rich league make sure to constantly entertain their fans with action on and off the field.Defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad recently took up the Mannequin Challenge, which is quite a rage on the internet these days. The Mannequin Challenge is a viral internet video trend where people remain frozen in action like mannequins while a moving camera films them.SRH posted a video on their Twitter page with captain David Warner leading the charge here as well.Warner can be seen standing still pointing towards the drawing board where most of the strategies are chalked out. While the rest of the cricketers – Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra and Naman Ojha are all looking in the direction of their captain, one player on the table is least interested in all this and strikes a completely different pose.Yuvraj Singh is seen nodding off while holding the pose for the Mannequin Challenge as the camera pans towards him. SRH have challenged former champions Kolkata Knight Riders for the Mannequin Challenge [email protected], have you guys seen a better #KingfisherMannequinChallenge? 😛 @KKRiders, ebar tomra dekhao! #OrangeArmy send in your videos now! pic.twitter.com/UoUObA5dYY- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 12, 2017The Sunrisers have won both the matches they have played so far, beating Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opening game by 35 runs and hammered Gujarat Lions by 9 wickets in the next.SRH will next face former champions Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede stadium on April 12.advertisementAlso Watch:last_img read more