Detained journalist’s health declines in psychiatric hospital

first_imgNews Receive email alerts UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Freelance journalist Jamshid Karimov, who has been held against his will in a psychiatric hospital since September 2006, has reported in a message smuggled out to friends that his health is declining and he attributes this to the psychotropic drugs he is being given and the harassment to which he is being subjected. He complains of memory loss, difficulty concentrating and a partial loss of vision.“Karimov should have already been released,” the press freedom organisation said. “He has been held illegally for more than 10 months. The inhuman and degrading treatment to which he is being subjected is outrageous. It constitutes a serious violation of his freedom and dignity as a human being. The authorities should at the very least let him be examined by an independent doctor as soon as possible.”Karimov, who is the nephew of President Islam Karimov, disappeared in September of last year after requesting a permit to leave the country. It emerged two weeks later that he had been interned in a psychiatric hospital in Samarkand and that a court in the provincial city of Jizzak, where he lives, had ordered that he should remain there for six months. A panel decided last March that he should stay for a further six months.Karimov began being harassed in 2005 after writing a series of articles for the Ferghana.ru news website about local government corruption and the plight of peasants in the Jizzak region.A friend said that in August 2005 Karimov was told to leave the region and not return until after the Uzbek independence day festivities in order “not to spoil the party.” He refused to comply with the order, which came from Jizzak governor Ubaydulla Yamankulov and the National Security Bureau (NSB). The following month, on 8 September 2005, a Zhiguli car came close to running him down twice while he was on the sidewalk. The driver was never identified. May 11, 2021 Find out more Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term ————————————————————-17.04.2007Journalist who is president’s nephew forced to spend another six months in psychiatric hospitalJamshid Karimov, the independent journalist who is President Islam Karimov’s nephew, is to spend another six months in the psychiatric hospital in Samarkand where he had been held against his will since 5 October 2006, the authorities have decided.Reporters Without Borders condemns this decision, which has not been accompanied by any attempt to justify it, and calls on the authorities to release him.A court in the provincial city of Jizzakh originally ordered that Karimov should receive treatment in the psychiatric hospital for six months, which were completed in mid-March. The decision to prolong his detention was made public on 13 April, although the hospital’s doctors have admitted that he is “stable, in good health, intelligent and educated.”Karimov’s colleagues say he was locked up in the hospital because of his journalistic work, and that he would have gone to prison if it had not been for his family ties with the president.———————————–6.10.2006Independent journalist gets six-years prison sentence, colleague committed to psychiatric hospital for six monthsAn “appalling, Soviet-style crackdown on journalists” is under way in Uzbekistan, Reporters Without Borders said today after learning that an independent journalist, Ulugbek Khaidarov, was sentenced yesterday to six years in prison and another one, Jamshid Karimov, who happens to be President Islam Karimov’s nephew, is to be kept against his will in a psychiatric hospital for six months.“The Uzbek government has launched a war on foreign and Uzbek journalists in a situation that has not stopped deteriorating since the Andijan uprising,” the press freedom organisation said, calling for the release of both detained journalists.“We hope the European Union will take account of the press freedom situation when, on 16 and 17 October, it is to reexamine the sanctions adopted against Uzbekistan including its decision to suspend the signing of a cooperation accord,” Reporters Without Borders added.The six-year prison sentence was passed on Khaidarov yesterday by a court in the provincial city of Jizzakh after it convicted him on a charge of “extortion and blackmail.” Meanwhile, it was reported yesterday that Karimov is to be kept for at least six months in a psychiatric hospital in Samarkand without any explanation being offered.Both Khaidarov and Karimov are former Uzbekistan correspondents of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, freelance contributors to the independent news websites fergana.ru and centrasia.ru and opposition supporters. And both have long been the targets of harassment by President Karimov’s government.Ever since the Andijan uprising in May 2005, the authorities have been forcing the foreign media out of the country and have been trying to silence the local independent media. As a result, many of the most outspoken journalists have gone into exile. August 13, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Detained journalist’s health declines in psychiatric hospital Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Uzbekistan News News More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council News October 15, 2020 Find out more RSF_en to go further February 11, 2021 Find out more Organisation UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

Bennie’s back, basketball’s better

first_imgComing off a knee injury that kept Boatwright off the court for eight months, the captain needed to get his rhythm and timing back, according to Enfield. Talking about the NBA at that juncture, he said, was pointless. The coach touted Boatwright’s rhythm, his feel, his rebounding and his defense, all of which flowed into his offensive game. It is all back, a far cry from when Boatwright struggled early in the season against top-25 opponents in Nevada, TCU and Oklahoma. Boatwright is averaging 21.3 points over his last seven games on 52 percent shooting, and his five 3s on Saturday were the most he has made in a game this season. Slowly, but surely, he is developing into the stretch-four prototype that NBA scouts drool over. That was apparent on Saturday. Boatwright stepped into jumpers with confidence, was assertive offensively and active on the glass with seven rebounds. He made shots that he missed earlier in the year. He made moves that he didn’t attempt in November. “I feel totally more comfortable now,” Boatwright said. “It took me a couple of games to get comfortable out there. I’m feeling a lot better.” Senior forward Bennie Boatwright celebrates after shooting a 3-pointer against UCLA on Jan. 19 at the Galen Center. (Josh Dunst/Daily Trojan) When asked about what the blowout rivalry win means for the team moving forward, Enfield did not hesitate to put the spotlight on Boatwright. “Bennie hadn’t played in eight months and you’ve seen, since mid-December, he’s a totally different player,” Enfield said. “Our team has improved, and [a] big part of that is Bennie Boatwright,” Enfield said.center_img “You can tell the maturity of the way he thinks about basketball and the way he sees things on the court is next-level,” Mathews said. “He’s changed tremendously. He’s changed his game, mentally, physically, so it’s great to see.” “I don’t think people understand how tough it is to come back from an injury,” Boatwright said. “When you don’t play basketball for a long time, it’s tough to get a rhythm. You’re not to go out there and score 20, 30 [points]. You’ve got to work your way up. It’s a tough process.” It might be time to start that conversation. Eighteen games into the season, Boatwright leads the Trojans in scoring at 17.3 points per game, shooting a career-high 39 percent from the 3-point range. After Boatwright dropped 21 points and five 3s in an emphatic 80-67 win over UCLA on Saturday at the Galen Center, the message was clear: “Bennie Buckets” is back. When men’s basketball head coach Andy Enfield was asked before the season about senior forward Bennie Boatwright’s NBA prospects, he was adamant in his response: “We don’t even discuss the NBA.” Junior guard Jonah Mathews, a fellow captain who played against Boatwright in high school, sees the difference in Boatwright’s game. The two talk about basketball daily, and he has seen Boatwright develop this season. Mathews is not surprised. Having been familiar with Boatwright’s game since high school, Mathews always knew he was talented. “But when you have a knee injury like that, it can mess with you mentally,” Mathews said. “He got through it … Now, he’s back to ‘Bennie Buckets.’”last_img read more

Kernans Bistro & Coffee House brewing up a storm in Letterkenny – Win a meal for two!

first_imgKernans Bistro & Coffee House is brewing up a storm in the Letterkenny Retail Park!Following on from the success of Kernans Coffee House & Bakery Newtowncunningham, The Kernan Group have introduced their Coffee House business into their existing Bistro at unit 3B Letterkenny Retail Park.Kernans Bistro & Coffee House, in the heart of the LK Retail Park, underwent extensive refurbishment recently to create a better all-round dining and coffee house experience. The Kernans Bistro & Coffee House teamCOMPETITIONTo be in with a chance to win a meal for 2 at Kernans Bistro & Coffee House please follow this link share the video and tag 2 friends to the post: https://www.facebook.com/1670034686609335/videos/488739808630890/Kernan’s is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a delicious meal with your family after a busy day shopping.Upstairs, you will find a barista bar serving Kernans House Blend and Shack Coffee served with a choice of homemade desserts and scones from Kernans Bakery. It’s a perfect place for meetings and a catch up with friends for a chat over a coffee.The Kernans Coffee House and Bistro team with ManagementThe new look Kernans Bistro & Coffee House LetterkennyThursday and Friday Evenings at the Bistro are open late until 8pm, serving mouth-watering steaks and their brand new burger range (from Kernans own butchers). A full menu is also available. You can relax and enjoy a glass of wine or a Kinnegar beer from the new drinks menu. Delicious desserts at Kernans Bistro & Coffee House100% Irish Sirloin Steak – locally sourced beef from our own butchers served with tobacco onions, mushrooms, pepper sauce and chips.Caribbean Chicken Curry at Kernans. Caribbean curry with chicken served with basmati rice/chips topped with a poppadum.Late-night dining at Kernans Bistro & Coffee HouseTo treat the kids, Kernans have their famous hot chocolates, waffles and pancakes served with a choice of toppings. Yum!Another favourite is Kernans big breakfast which is served from 8:45am every morning, Monday until Saturday and from 12 midday on Sunday.Emma Cole & Ciaran Haven with the famous big breakfast at Kernans Bistro & Coffee HouseCatriona Mc Brearty with the big breakfast waffles at Kernans Bistro & Coffee HouseProprietor Anthony Kernan and Managing Director Damian Daly are delighted about the refurbishment project.“The new look bistro is ideally located in a central, accessible area in the heart of the Letterkenny Retail Park,” they said.“On July 1st, 2018, The Kernan Group took over the running of the popular Bread & Butter Bistro at Unit 3B of the Letterkenny Retail Park. Over the past year we listened to customer feedback and are really pleased with exciting changes to the Bistro and the new barista upstairs to cater more for the emerging coffee trend amongst Donegal customers. “Many months went into the design, picking the right furniture, furnishings and colours to provide a high level of comfort our patrons expect. Kernans Bistro & Coffee House includes many new features to be excited about. Not only can you be relaxing / dining in total comfort, you will also benefit from their ideal location with hundreds of car park spaces right at their door.”Manager Paul Harkin with Emma Cole and customersEmma Cole & Ciaran Haven with some of their regular customersCiaran Haven & Kellie ShieldsSo what are you waiting for, call in TODAY to Kernans Bistro and Coffee House here at the heart of the Letterkenny Retail Park. Visit the Facebook page Kernans Bistro & Coffee House for daily specials and updates.Kernans Bistro & Coffee House brewing up a storm in Letterkenny – Win a meal for two! was last modified: September 11th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)Tags:CafédiningfoodKernans Bistro & Coffee Houseletterkennyrestaurantwhere to eatlast_img read more

Donegal man scoops over €160,000 on Winning Streak

first_imgA B&B owner from Co. Donegal spun the Winning Streak Wheel on last night’s (Sat) show and won €100,000 bringing his total haul from the National Lottery TV game show to €163,000.Hilary Keller from Buncrana, Co. Donegal navigated the game show, on RTÉ One, to perfection, winning an impressive €60,000 in cash from the show as well as a holiday to Venice, Italy worth €3,000.Hilary’s luck did not end there as he ended up being the lucky player that got the chance to spin the iconic Winning Streak Grand Prize Wheel. The latest winner comes as the gameshow producers revealed that people from Donegal were the luckiest lot in the last season.His spin resulted in the ball landing in the €100,000 segment after it took a few bounces either side, as the RTÉ studio audience fell silent in anticipation.Hilary spoke of how last weekend, while watching the show, he was left with his head in his hands as his wife, Margaret danced around the sitting room in excitement last Saturday evening as they watched on as Hilary’s three-star scratch card was pulled from the drum by Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy to appear on the show. Hilary and Margaret run the Clock Tower B&B in Buncrana, Co. Donegal.The couple, who are well travelled people, have three children living all over the world and even welcomed their daughter and grandchild home from Abu Dhabi for the Winning Streak occasion.Their daughter Louise, who works in Abu Dhabi, was so excited at her dad’s Winning Streak appearance that she booked a flight to come home to cheer him on from the audience alongside her son, Oliver.Hilary’s two sons Declan and Gerard were watching on the RTÉ player from their respective homes in Cape Town, South Africa and Perth, Australia.Hilary also has five grandchildren: Oliver (who watched on from the audience), Niamh and Eamon (who watched from South Africa) and Lily who watched from Abu Dhabi and Mia who is only a few weeks old in Perth. As well as his own children spread across the globe he also has sisters (Margaret and Genevieve) in London and Florida.Hilary and Margaret have run the Town Clock B&B in Buncrana for the past 27 years which is hugely popular in the peak summer months. The couple met in London, with Hilary moving across when he turned 16 to work in London. The pair returned to Ireland in 1977 to live in lovely Donegal. Hilary spent six years in South Africa as a child where the family moved when his father, a chef, got a job in a town called Hermanus. As fate would have it, his own son Declan now lives just a few miles from that town with his family. Hilary was reared in a town called Downings in Donegal but was born in Belfast.With his winnings from the show, Hilary and Margaret plan to do some more travelling and think Route 66 in the US may be on the cards.The National Lottery game show is co-presented by Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy and features some perennial favourite games including Play or Pay, Roll for Riches, WinFall and Electric Dream – where one player will win an electric car worth €25,000.As ever, one of the lucky five players will get the chance to spin the wheel and win up to €500,000. An exciting element of the show is that one €100,000 segment will be added to the Grand Prize Wheel every show if less than that amount was won in the previous show, improving players chances to win a massive prize. A brand new-look Winning Streak scratch card is available in the 5,900 National Lottery retailers all over the country. In addition to the chance to appear on the Winning Streak TV game show if you get three stars, players will also be in with a chance to win some great cash prizes up to €5,000.The odds for those who purchase a Winning Streak to win is 1 in 1.86 to win a cash or three-star prize. All players who purchase a scratch card can send their stubs into the National Lottery using grey envelopes, available in all National Lottery agents, where each week on the show, a player will be drawn as the winner of a Luxury Cruise for two valued at €5,000.Nearly 30 cent in every €1 spent on Winning Streak and all National Lottery games goes back to Good Causes in the areas of sport, youth, health, welfare, education, arts, heritage and the Irish Language.In total, more than €5.5 Billion has been raised for Good Causes since the National Lottery was established 32 years ago.In 2018 alone, more than €228 million was raised; the equivalent of almost €625,000 a day in support for local Good Causes in communities across Ireland.Donegal man scoops over €160,000 on Winning Streak was last modified: October 8th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Tuks crowned Campus Cricket World Champs

first_img30 July 2014South Africa’s University of Pretoria cricket team, Assupol Tuks, claimed the Red Bull Campus Cricket World T20 title in England on the weekend after going through the competition unbeaten.‘An excellent campaign’“Tuks deserve all the accolades for an excellent campaign,” Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Haroon Lorgat said in a statement.“Coming so soon after our Coca-Cola national under-19 side won the ICC World Title suggests that our pipeline programmes are running well and that our amateur cricket is in a pretty healthy state. Congratulations also to all our development personnel for the great work they do.“A significant feature of Tuks’ triumph was the depth in their squad. They had four of the top eight batsmen in the tournament, while Corbin Bosch and Ruben Claassen were the two leading wicket-takers.“I congratulate the players and team management on their well-merited triumph.”OppositionTuks were up against Leeds/Bradford MCCU (UK), the University of New South Wales (Australia), University of Liberal Arts (Bangladesh), Rizvi College (India), Karachi University (Pakistan), International College of Business and Technology (Sri Lanka) and Jamaica Inter-Collegiate Sports Association (West Indies) for the title.The current Momentum National Club champions won all five of their matches with their semi-final being the only one in which they were closely challenged.Group playThey opened their challenge in Group 2 with a big 114-run victory over the University of Liberal Arts, scoring 205 for 4 as Theunis de Bruyn bludgeoned an unbeaten 137 off only 60 balls, and then restricted the Bangladeshi team to just 91 for 7 in their 20 overs.Against Leeds/Bradford MCCU, Tuks triumphed by seven wickets with 22 balls to spare. They gave up only 109 for 8 to the English team and then reached 110 for 3 in the 17th over of their reply as South Africa under-19 captain Aiden Markram top scored with 42.In their final group game, Markram struck 76 at the top of the order to help the South African university team to 178 for 5 against the Jamaica Inter-Collegiate Sports Association. The islanders managed only 122 all out in response, with Markram and David Mogotlane picking up three wickets apiece, to record a 56-run win.Semi-finalsIn the semi-finals, Rizvi Mumbai made Tuks work hard for victory, despite making only 122 for 9 in their 20 overs. Johan Wessels, with 56, and Theunis de Bruyn, with 31, saw the Pretoria side to a five-wicket victory, however, with five balls to spare.Jamaica Inter-Collegiate Sports Association shocked the previously unbeaten University of New South Wales in the other semi-final clash, winning by 10 wickets, to set up another meeting with Tuks, this time for the World Campus T20 title.FinalBatting first at the Kennington Oval in London, Tuks posted 188 for 6, with Johan Wessels smashing 61 off 40 balls and Sean Dickson contributing 39 off 31. The Jamaicans, in reply, were restricted to 148 for 9, giving the South African champions victory by a convincing 40 runs.Wessels was named Player of the Match. Theunis de Bruyn picked up the Player of the Series Award.last_img read more

Rep Hughes memorializes fallen police officer during ceremony

first_img07Sep Rep. Hughes memorializes fallen police officer during ceremony State Rep. Holly Hughes today during a Sept. 11 ceremony in the Capitol honored a fallen Norton Shores police officer who died in the line of duty.Hughes, of Montague, read the name of Norton Shores Police Officer Jonathan Ginka, who died May 10 in a vehicle accident.“Officer Ginka served his community well, first as a member of the North Muskegon Fire Department and then as a law enforcement officer. He was the epitome of a selfless public servant,” Hughes said. “I hope honoring him in our annual ceremony will bring comfort to his family.”Hughes said the House began its Sept. 11 ceremony in 2011 to honor Michigan’s first responders and members of the military who died in the line of duty.“We honor these men and women who are heroes to us all for the selfless dedication they have to their communities and their nation,” Hughes said. “Just like the first responders and military members who rushed into the World Trade Center and Pentagon on that horrific day in 2011, these local heroes rush to the aid of people in their communities or defense of their nation.”PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Holly Hughes, of Montague, today was joined by Norton Shores Police Chief John Gale and Lt. Michael Kasher as her guests for the Michigan House’s annual Sept. 11 Memorial Service at the Capitol. The ceremony remembers first responders and members of the military from Michigan who died in the line of duty in the past year. Categories: Hughes News,Newslast_img read more

Rep Sheppard to lead House Government Operations Committee

first_img State Rep. Jason Sheppard today was appointed by Speaker Lee Chatfield to serve as chair of the House Government Operations Committee.Sheppard said the Government Operations Committee, which guides House discussions on a wide range of policy proposals, will be one of just four main committees with the authority to advance legislation to the House floor during the 2019-20 legislative session.“I’m honored to lead such a vital committee,” said Sheppard, of Temperance. “This position will allow me to play a key role as we craft and refine policies that better the lives of residents in Monroe County and the State of Michigan.”Additionally, Sheppard has been appointed to serve as vice-chair of the House Elections and Ethics Committee, which is responsible for considering all legislation pertaining to elections and campaign finance law.“Elections play a critically important role in our system of government,” Sheppard said. “We must continually look for ways to improve the security and efficiency of our elections.”Sheppard will also serve on the Transportation and Financial Services committees and as majority caucus whip, a job of critical importance in communicating key information among legislators.Residents may contact Sheppard’s office by calling (517) 373-2617 or emailing [email protected]### Categories: Sheppard News 16Jan Rep. Sheppard to lead House Government Operations Committeelast_img read more