Russian journalist deported, banned from returning for five years

first_img BelarusEurope – Central Asia May 28, 2021 Find out more May 31, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Russian journalist deported, banned from returning for five years News Receive email alerts “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says to go further Russian TV reporter Rodion Marinichev was given 24 hours to leave the country after his arrest yesterday in Minsk and was banned from returning for five years. His deportation came just days after President Alexander Lukashenko urged his government to rein in news media which, in his view, have been “creating the panic” that is the cause of the country’s current economic crisis.“We condemn the government’s tendency to blame the media for every crisis,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The protests against the elections last December, the Minsk metro bombing and now the economic crisis have all been used as pretexts to crack down harder on the media. The expulsion of another foreign journalist fpr trying to cover events in Belarus is intolerable.”The correspondent of the Russian TV station Dozhd, Marinichev was arresting immediately after interviewing Irina Khalip, the Belarusian correspondent of the Moscow-based newspaper Novaya Gazeta, who was given a two-year suspended jail sentence on 16 May. His video recording of theinterview was erased.Andrey Bastunets of the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ) described Marinichev’s deportation as illegal. That fact that he did not have government accreditation was not grounds for expelling him, he said.Deporting foreign journalists is starting to become a habit for the Belarusian government. Alexander Loshmankin, a Russian journalist who founded the human rights website Svoboda, was arrested as he was about to cover an opposition demonstration on 24 March. After being held for three days, he learned that his accreditation had been rescinded and he had to leave the country.President Lukashenko, who is on the Reporters Without Borders list of Predators of Press Freedom, lashed out at the media during a meeting on the economic crisis on 27 May.“I won’t name any names to avoid giving them publicity, but the government must do everything it can to ensure they are no longer present in our country,” he said, going on to accuse the Russian media of being the most “hysterical” and of portraying Belarusians as “savages” with nothing in their shop windows. RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” News June 2, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Help by sharing this information RSF_en News BelarusEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Belarus News Organisation Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

British PM Johnson in intensive care with coronavirus

first_img“The focus of government will continue to be on making sure that the prime minister’s… plans for making sure that we can defeat coronavirus… will be taken forward,” he added.Johnson, who confirmed that he had tested positive for COVID-19 on March 27, was last seen in a Twitter video on Friday, saying he still had a temperature and was staying in self-isolation.He also tweeted from hospital at lunchtime on Monday that he was “in good spirits” and thanked the medical staff looking after him.He and his office have repeatedly maintained that he only had mild symptoms and had been in constant contact with his senior ministers and advisers, chairing meetings by videolink. Prime Minister Boris Johnson was in intensive care on Monday after his coronavirus symptoms worsened, prompting concern for his health and well-wishes from political friends and foes in Britain and abroad, as the country battles to control the outbreak.Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab — Johnson’s de facto deputy — was immediately appointed to take over his duties “where necessary”, Downing Street said.”The government’s business will continue,” Raab pledged, adding that Johnson was “in safe hands” at St Thomas’ Hospital, opposite parliament in central London. Persistent symptoms Trump said he was “hopeful and sure” Johnson would recover, calling the prime minister “a friend of mine” and a “great leader”.Johnson’s pregnant partner, Carrie Symonds, moved out of Downing Street after some staff fell ill. But she said on Saturday she had just spent a week in bed with symptoms, although she has not been tested.Johnson’s spokesman would not confirm a report in The Times newspaper reported that the prime minister had been given oxygen treatment. “Doctors will be monitoring important vital signs such as oxygen saturations,” said Rupert Beale, group leader at the cell biology of infection laboratory at the Francis Crick Institute.He said they would also check Johnson’s blood to “see what the immune response to the virus looks like, and to assess liver and kidney function”, and may also perform an electrocardiogram to check the heart. But his admission to hospital on Sunday, less than an hour after Queen Elizabeth II called for a united front to defeat the virus, prompted concern his condition was more serious.That was confirmed 24 hours later when Downing Street said his condition had “worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital”.The government said he was moved as a precaution, in case he needed to use a ventilator. Topics : Working non-stop Housing minister Robert Jenrick told BBC television that Johnson had been working “phenomenally hard” during the crisis, adding that he would be finding it “very frustrating” to be ill.Johnson is not known to have any underlying health issues, although he has struggled with his weight, but some questioned if he should have taken more time off.Junior health minister Nadine Dorries, who also had coronavirus but has recovered, added: “Many with #COVID19 are felled by fatigue/temperature and use isolation to sleep and recover. “Boris has risked his health and worked every day on our behalf to lead the battle against this vile virus.”James Gill, clinical lecturer at Warwick University medical school, said Johnson’s condition “must underscore for everyone, across the world, how indiscriminate this virus is, ignoring class, character, wealth and position”. Unprecedented Johnson is the most high-profile world leader with the disease that has spread rapidly across the globe, and his transfer to intensive care is unprecedented during a national emergency.US President Donald Trump led world leaders in wishing Johnson a successful recovery. Other messages flooded in from the European Union and NATO to the World Health Organization.Earlier on Monday, questions were raised about whether the Conservative leader could still run the country, and Raab said he had not spoken to Johnson in person since Saturday.The British government was criticized for initially refusing to follow other European countries in requiring people to stay home as the virus spread.Johnson himself said in early March that he was still shaking hands with people.But two weeks ago he ordered a nationwide lockdown and Britain is now in the grip of a serious outbreak. Over 50,000 cases and more than 5,000 deaths have been recorded so far, with a latest daily toll of 439.Health Secretary Matt Hancock and the heir to the throne, Prince Charles, have both been infected with coronavirus, although they have since recovered.The queen, 93, made a rare public address on Sunday night, evoking the spirit of World War II and urging Britons to stay united, just before Johnson went into hospital.”We will be with our friends again, we will be with our families again, we will meet again,” she said in a rare televised address watched by 23 million people.Buckingham Palace said she was being kept informed of developments.last_img read more

Jamaica’s Health Minister Orders Review of Security at Public Hospitals

first_imgHealth Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton says an audit of security protocols at some public hospitals will be carried out by the Jamaican government.According to Tufton, the audit, to be conducted shortly, will be done at several institutions located in areas where there are incidents of gang related violence.Reassure health workers “At the health care level, we have to do more to reassure our workers and to ensure you feel safe in carrying out your duties,” he told health workers at a recent event in the western parish of St. James.Tufton said while there are ongoing discussions at the policy level to resolve this issue, the audit is one of the initial measures being undertaken to ensure the safety of health workers in these facilities.“The reality is some locations are riskier than others. We have to assess what we already have in place and what we need to put in place to enhance the sense of personal security of the individuals who work in these institutions. We have to also ensure the security of the infrastructure that’s so critical to the citizens of the community,” he said.Over J$100m spent on hospital securityThe Health Minister said the government now spends over J$100 million annually on contracting private security for public health facilities and the audit will seek to provide a tailored ‘needs assessment’ for these public facilities.The hospitals include the Kingston Public Hospital, the Cornwall Regional Hospital, Savanna-la-Mar Hospital and St Ann’s Bay Hospital. The minister is urging healthcare workers undergoing psychological trauma to seek counseling. He said medical personnel in public facilities should at all times be able to function and make decisions uninfluenced by external forces.Between January and April of this year, the Health Ministry says hospitals treated close to 5,000 trauma cases. These included over 500 stab wounds, close to 280 gunshot wounds and 3,944 injuries due to road crashes.last_img read more

Golf Week will celebrate club golfers

first_img3 Aug 2016 Golf Week will celebrate club golfers It’s time for Golf Week – England Golf’s annual celebration of the handicap game for men, women and juniors Over 500 club golfers from all over the country will gather at Frilford Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire next week for the finals of a host of team and individual events. The five-day festival of golf runs from Monday, August 8 to Friday, August 12 and includes the finals of the Club Team Championship, the England Golf Captains’ tournament series, the women’s Grand Medal Final, the Junior Champion Club tournament, and the men’s Gold Medal Final. In addition, England Golf and Your Golf Travel ambassador Charley Hull will be at Golf Week on Tuesday for a Lady Captains’ event, which includes a Q&A, clinic and golf on the Blue course. Other events during the week include a competition for teams of county presidents and secretaries and a Rules school. Golf Week was held for the first time last year to highlight the grassroots game and was a huge success. It gave the full championship experience to club golfers who had qualified for the finals, many of whom were also entertained at gala dinners.  England Golf championship director James Crampton said: “We were absolutely delighted by the feedback we received. Players told us that they enjoyed the sense of occasion and the challenge of the three excellent golf courses at Frilford Heath. “We are really looking forward to our second Golf Week and the opportunity to share the championship experience with many more club golfers.” The schedule for Golf Week is: Monday 8 August – Club Team Championship, Blue course Tuesday 9 August – County Presidents & Secretaries, Green course  Tuesday & Wednesday, 9-10 August – England Golf Captains, Blue and Red courses Thursday 11 August – Grand Medal Final, Red course Thursday & Friday, 11-12 August – Junior Champion Club, Blue course Friday 12 August – Gold Medal Final, Red course Click here for more information Caption: Players at the inaugural Golf Week (image © Leaderboard Photography).last_img read more

Athletic group benching ref who told wrestler to cut dreads

first_imgIn this image taken from a Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 video provided by SNJTODAY.COM, Buena Regional High School wrestler Andrew Johnson gets his hair cut courtside minutes before his match in Buena, N.J., after a referee told Johnson he would forfeit his bout if he didn’t have his dreadlocks cut off.  (Michael Frankel/SNJTODAY.COM viavAP) BUENA, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s athletic association said Saturday that a referee who told a high school wrestler to cut his dreadlocks or forfeit, which drew ire from an Olympian, the state’s governor and many others, won’t be assigned to any matches until the incident is reviewed. Michael Cherenson, spokesman for the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, said the organization had reached out to groups that assign referees “and they’ve all agreed” not to assign Alan Maloney to any event until further notice.Buena Regional High School wrestler Andrew Johnson, who is Black, had a cover over his hair Wednesday night during a match. But Maloney, who is White, said that wouldn’t do. An SNJ Today reporter tweeted a video of Johnson getting his hair cut minutes before the match. Johnson went on to win but appeared visibly distraught.center_img In this image taken from a Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 video provided by SNJTODAY.COM, Buena Regional High School wrestler Andrew Johnson is declared the winner after his match in in Buena, N.J. (Michael Frankel/SNJTODAY.COM viavAP)The video was shared widely on social media, with users calling the incident “racist,” ″cruel” and “humiliating.”Jordan Burroughs, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist and four-time world champion, posted and spoke on social media early Saturday about the incident, saying he had never seen anything like it in a quarter-century of wrestling.“This is nonsense,” a message on Burroughs’ Twitter account said. “My opinion is that this was a combination of an abuse of power, racism, and just plain negligence.” In a video posted on Instagram, he criticized parents and coaching staff at the match for not intervening, calling it “absolutely shameful.”In this Aug. 26, 2017 file photo, United States’ Jordan Ernest Burroughs celebrates after defeating Khetik Tsabolov of Russia in the men’s free style 74 kg category during the final of the Wrestling World Cup at the Paris Bercy Arena, in Paris, France. Burroughs has reached out to a New Jersey high school wrestler who had his dreadlocks cut off minutes before his match after a referee told him to lose the hairstyle or forfeit his bout. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)Burroughs called Johnson “courageous” for his performance in the match despite “all of the adversity and racism that you were facing in the moment.” The fellow southern New Jersey wrestler said Maloney had been the referee for some of his high school matches growing up.Gov. Phil Murphy weighed in on the issue on Twitter, saying he was “deeply disturbed” by the story.“No student should have to needlessly choose between his or her identity and playing sports,” he said.The state attorney general’s office has confirmed an investigation by the Division on Civil Rights. The school superintendent said in a letter to the community that they support and stand by all student athletes.Maloney came under fire in 2016 for using a racial slur against a Black referee, according to the Courier Post newspaper. Maloney told the newspaper he did not remember making the comments. After the incident was reported, he agreed to participate in sensitivity training and an alcohol awareness program. A one-year suspension was overturned.A woman answering the phone Friday at a listed number for Maloney said the ordeal is being blown out of proportion and the referee was simply following rules.last_img read more

Afridi withdraws from CPL to rehabilitate knee

first_imgShahid Afridi has pulled out of the Caribbean Premier League 2018 in order to tend to a knee problem that first occurred during the Pakistan Super League, for which he will continue to undergo rehabilitation. Afridi made the announcement through a tweet, expressing his disappointment at missing out on the “biggest party in sport”.After sustaining the injury while playing for Karachi Kings during the PSL, Afridi turned out for Edmonton Royals in the Global T20 Canada league, besides captaining ICC World XI against West Indies in a T20 at Lord’s in July. Afridi’s only previous stint in the CPL was with St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in 2015, during the tournament’s third season.The latest edition of CPL 2018 will commence on August 8, with the Trinbago Knight Riders taking on St Lucia Stars at Port of Spain. Jamaica Tallawahs, led by Andre Russell, will play their first match on August 10, against Knight Riders in the same venue.last_img read more

Giants buzz: Kikuchi sweepstakes, plan for Posey, A’s trades

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–The Mets shipped out top prospects for All-Star closer Edwin Diaz and veteran hitter Robinson Cano. The Nationals shelled out $140 million for free agent starter Patrick Corbin. The St. Louis Cardinals completed a massive trade, acquiring Paul Goldschmidt in exchange for three prospects from the Diamondbacks.So what are the Giants waiting for?CLICK HERE if you are having trouble viewing the photos on your mobile device.That’s a loaded question that can’t be answered succinctly, …last_img

CJ McCollum breaks out of slump as Blazers dump 76ers

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TIP-INS76ers: Coach Brett Brown said Embiid was held out of Sunday’s game as a precaution. “It’s not anything we’re concerned about,” Brown said. … Replacing Embiid was Amir Johnson, who made his second start of the season.Trail Blazers: Forward Maurice Harkless (knee) didn’t play. Evan Turner replaced Harkless in the starting lineup. … The 34-point margin is Portland’s most lopsided win of the season.UP NEXT76ers: At Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night.Trail Blazers: At Sacramento on Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Several 76ers said the energy wasn’t there defensively. Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said the loss of Embiid was a blow.“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I think he’s a defensive player of the year,” Brown said. “Whether you look at points in the paint, whether you look at the rebounding margin. . The guys that we had, we just struggled defending them.”Early on, it appeared as though Philadelphia might get by without Embiid. The 76ers hit their first four shots and led 13-7. Nothing went right the rest of the first half for Philadelphia, however, as Portland quickly erased the deficit and ran away from the 76ers.The Blazers had runs of 12-1 and 8-0 to take a 31-20 lead after the first quarter. It was a warmup act for Portland’s 39-point second quarter, where the Blazers started by scoring the first 12 points. McCollum scored 19 of his 26 first-half points during the second quarter, as the Blazers built a 70-41 halftime lead.After making its first four field goal tries, Philadelphia hit just 4 of its next 27 shots. It was no match for Blazers, who shot 67 percent (29 of 43) during the first half.Portland’s defense that caught Stotts’ eye as much as the sharp shooting.“We didn’t let the fact that we were playing good offense take away from our defense. I thought the effort was consistent throughout,” Stotts said.NURKIC BREAKING OUTNurkic, Portland’s center, is on a dominant run in the post of late. During his past three games, including two against Golden State, Nurkic has made 25 of 43 shots and is averaging 20.7 points and 9.7 rebounds.“It’s very encouraging,” Stotts said. “It’s part of his growth. But he’s got to continue it.” BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Without LeBron James, Lakers rally in 4th quarter to beat Kings SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Trail Blazers weren’t concerned about guard C.J. McCollum’s recent shooting slump.McCollum broke out of a six-game funk on Sunday night, hitting 13 of 18 shots in a 35-point performance as the Trail Blazers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 129-95.ADVERTISEMENT In his six previous games, McCollum was 35 percent from the floor, while shooting 16 percent from 3-point range.“I don’t think there’s any question that he was going to break out at some point,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “Good for him. Good for us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionMcCollum’s white-hot night was felt throughout the team, as the Blazers shot a season-high 59 percent in routing Philadelphia. Al-Farouq Aminu had 16 points, Damian Lillard 15 and Jusuf Nurkic 14 for Portland.Ben Simmons scored 19 points to lead the 76ers, who were without center Joel Embiid due to soreness in his left knee. Embiid leads Philadelphia in scoring (26.5 points) and rebounds (13.3). Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting McCollum gave signs of a turnaround during a five-minute stint of the first quarter, hitting his first three shots. McCollum then played the entire second quarter and continued to sizzle, making 7 of 11 shots.From McCollum’s viewpoint, nothing changed Sunday from the previous six games — other than the ball going through the basket on a regular basis.“I’ve been getting some of the same looks I’ve been getting my entire life, and I wasn’t making them. But I understand how I approach the game, how much time I put in. . I figured the tide would turn eventually,” McCollum said.“I felt good the last few games. I just tried to get into a rhythm. I made some shots and that made it a little easier for everyone else.”McCollum’s shooting rebound was part of the puzzle for Portland. Without Embiid inside, the Blazers handled Philadelphia on the boards 59-36.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

TFA Member Protection Policy Update

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) has recently reviewed and updated the TFA Member Protection Policy, in line with Australian Sports Commission standards. It is a requirement by TFA that all State, Regional, and Affiliate entities formally adopt the TFA Member Protection Policy – June 2012 version of this policy, under the TFA constitution.For more information please click on the attachments.Related Filesmember_protection_policy_release_memorandum-pdfmember_protection_policy_june_2012-pdfRelated LinksMember Protectionlast_img