Official secrets decree threatens press freedom

first_img AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia September 3, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Official secrets decree threatens press freedom to go further News Receive email alerts RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh RSF_en Organisation Follow the news on Azerbaijancenter_img News AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia June 8, 2021 Find out more News June 4, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about a presidential decree on official secrets that tightens government control over news content.”The decree hampers the work of journalists, violates their right not toreveal their sources and paves the way for self-censorship,” ReportersWithout Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter toPresident Heidar Aliev. “It is even more unacceptable because you havepledged to the Council of Europe to respect European standards on freedom of information”, the letter added, calling on the government to withdraw the decree.The 28 August decree requires the media to check if a news item involves state security before putting it out. In cases of doubt, a presidential commission has seven days to decide whether or not it can be published. If the item is deemed to involve state security, the commission can demand access to the journalist’s sources. News Help by sharing this information April 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Phil Lesh And The Terrapin Family Band Keep The Dead Alive At Hollywood Forever [Videos]

first_imgNext month, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band will regroup in Portland, OR for two nights at Roseland Theater on February 1st and 2nd. The next night, they will perform at Showbox Presents in Seattle, WA. On March 7th and 8th, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band will head to Chicago, IL for two shows at Thalia Hall. Then, during New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, they’ll spend two nights at the Joy Theater on April 25th and 26th. On May 29th, they’ll get together again for a headlining show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO with The Infamous Stringdusters. There are certain splits of bands in the music world that leave fans wondering “Why?”—or, really, “Why not?”—more than the rest. Two of those great divides took center stage during the second weekend of January, courtesy of Led Zeppelin and the Grateful Dead.The former came to the fore with the 50th anniversary of Led Zeppelin I, along with the solemn reminder that Robert Plant remains opposed to a reunion with Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones. The latter found renewed life above a celebrity-sodden burial ground, of all places, when Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band took the Dead’s catalogue out for a stroll inside the Masonic Lodge at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.The two-night stint, which tipped off the group’s 2019 tour, was jam-packed with classics from end to end. Night 1 got rolling with the killer combo of “Bertha”, “China Cat Sunflower”, and “Mr. Charlie”. Similarly, the band came out strong on Night 2 with “Tennessee Jed”, “Pride of Cucamonga”, and “Jack Straw” before mixing in Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s “Teach Your Children Well”. Whether plucking out “Ramble on Rose”, “Estimated Prophet”, “St. Stephen”, and “Uncle John’s Band” on Saturday or calling up “West LA Fadeaway”, “Playing in the Band”, “He’s Gone” and “The Other One” on Sunday, the Terrapin Family Band had no trouble filling the seemingly endless time and boundless space inside a standing-room-only upstairs room populated by a characteristically crunchy crowd.Fittingly enough, Phil and his friends spent a good chunk of that time on Sunday winding through a rendition of “New Speedway Boogie” that featured a venture into Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love.” But where modern mentions of those British legends bring back bittersweet memories for those fortunate enough to have them, seeing Phil share an ethereal stage with, among others, Alex Koford, Jason Crosby, Ross James and, of course, his son Grahame Lesh did no such thing in relation to the Dead. Even without the benefit of Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart—not to mention the ghost of Jerry Garcia—Phil and his band expertly evoked the Dead’s grateful soul.Maybe it was the eery locale, set between elaborate headstones in the middle of Old Hollywood. Maybe it was the bone-ringing reverberation brought on by the Masonic Lodge’s white spackled walls. Maybe it was the smell of a certain kind of smoke filling a space that would otherwise be too somber and stolid to allow for that sort of celebration. Maybe it was a combination of those factors and more.Whatever the case may be, Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band made it feel as though those in attendance were watching the original lineup, irreverently reincarnate in a place that, contrary to convention, is plenty capable of revelry.So no, there’s no reason to mourn for the Dead, which last saw its living members on stage together for the Fare Thee Well shows in 2015. Rather, it’s incumbent upon fans and music lovers to enjoy and appreciate—nay, be grateful for—the many renditions of the legendary group’s music that are on offer across the current live landscape.And with Phil and his band already on the road, and Dead and Company soon to do the same, those who live for the songs of the Grateful Dead, and all that come with them, will have that many more opportunities to bask in their recreation by some of their aging originators.Thanks to Deadheadland, you can watch both sets from Sunday night below:last_img read more

The Latest: Aston Villa players agree on 25% pay cut

first_imgNewcastle is the other top-flight club to turn to the job retention program while Liverpool, Tottenham and Bournemouth made U-turns on their decisions to furlough staff following heavy criticism.“The decision we made was in the best interests of the club and its staff. We’ve been very transparent that we’re run in a self-financed manner,” Norwich chief operating officer Ben Kensell told BBC Radio Norfolk. “Ultimately, if we had the available cash flow to not have to take up schemes then, like other football clubs have, we would.”Last-place Norwich, which has nine games remaining, is reportedly budgeting for a loss of between 18-35 million pounds due to the coronavirus pandemic.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Aston Villa players will take a 25% pay cut to help the English Premier League club during the coronavirus outbreak. ___The British government is increasing planning with sports bodies about the resumption of events once the coronavirus national lockdown is eased.Government medical officials are involved in the talks about the logistics and health procedures required to allow sports competitions to restart.The Premier League last played a game on March 9 and has plans to try to restart from June 8 once pandemic social distancing regulations are relaxed to allow training to resume for teams and there are sufficient COVID-19 tests available.The national lockdown is currently in place until May 7. Cricket authorities have already said their sport won’t resume until July, but horse racing is currently only suspended until June. British Horseracing Authority chair Annamarie Phelps tweeted Saturday about “very welcome support for the resumption of live sport incl horseracing” from Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, linking to a front page report from The Sun newspaper about plans for events to be staged again.Dowden updated legislators earlier this week on his talks with sports governing bodies.___Despite high-profile reversals by Liverpool and Tottenham, Norwich has defended its decision to place some non-playing staff on furlough during the coronavirus outbreak.The Canaries are one of only two English Premier League clubs using the scheme. Employees receive 80% of wages from the British government up to 2,500 pounds ($3,000) although, in this instance, Norwich is making up the remaining 20%. English Premier League team Chelsea says it will not impose a pay cut on its first-team squad and instead will ask players to continue their support for charities during the coronavirus pandemic.Chelsea also said it will not be furloughing any full-time staff, and casual workers and match day employees are being compensated by the club through to June 30.The Blues have been in negotiations with their players about a salary reduction, reportedly around 10%, in an effort to save money during the current crisis. That is lower than the Premier League’s suggestion of 30% for all clubs but Chelsea has now decided to take a different approach.Highlighting the PlayersTogether initiative launched by Premier League players earlier this month which aims to raise and distribute funds for National Health Service charities, Chelsea told its stars to focus their efforts on other causes.“Representatives of the Chelsea board have recently held extensive talks with the men’s first team to discuss how they can contribute financially to the club during the coronavirus crisis,” a statement on the club website said. “At this time, the men’s first team will not be contributing towards the club financially and instead the board have directed the team to focus their efforts on further supporting other charitable causes.” April 25, 2020center_img “First-team players, first-team coaches and senior management have all agreed to defer 25% of their salaries for four months to assist the club during this period of uncertainty with a further review taking place at the end of this period,” club chief executive Christian Purslow said in a statement.It was also announced that a National Health Service trust is to offer maternity care at Villa’s home ground in Birmingham following the success of a similar tie-up with nearby West Bromwich Albion.The Sandwell and West Birmingham Trust said Villa Park’s North Stand would host weekday clinics for expectant mothers and new parents from Monday.___France rugby player Mohamed Haouas will be free to resume playing after lockdown ends by serving his three-week suspension during it. The prop was suspended for hitting a Scotland player during their Six Nations encounter on March 8 at Murrayfield — the last match to be played in the competition.The French rugby federation says Haouas “can serve this punishment during confinement and can thus play again once the sporting season resumes.”France is in lockdown until May 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic.It is uncertain if and when the Six Nations matches can be completed.___ Associated Press The Latest: Aston Villa players agree on 25% pay cutlast_img read more

BH Athlete Abedin Mujezinovic won the Second Place at the Meeting in Italy

first_imgThe young Bosnian athlete Abedin Mujezinovic yesterday performed at the meeting in Italy, where he won the second place with a personal best 1: 48.66 in the race at 800m.Mujezinovic is currently in Italy together with Amel Tuka, and good results that are the product of quality work in good conditions are more visible every day.“I feel great, I am in form. I want to thank Amel Tuka and my coach Gianni Ghidini. And of course, if I have not been this persistent and worked like this, none of this would happen,” said Mujezinovic for the official website of the Athletic Federation of BiH.The next race for Mujezinovic will be in three days in Italian Rovereto.(Source:

2016 National Touch League

first_imgAustralia’s best Touch Footballers will converge on the beautiful Coffs Coast region next week to compete in the 2016 Touch Football Australia National Touch League (NTL).The event at C.ex Coffs International Stadium will feature 118 teams spanning the breadth of the country across 15 divisions, all striving for national championships honours; commencing on Wednesday, 9 March through to finals day on Saturday, 12 March. The Elite Eight Series, which was first played in 2011 and which is now in its fifth installment, will feature the best-of-the-best Men’s and Women’s players in Australia.  2,000 participants will participate, with divisions ranging from T League through to Men’s 55’s, with teams from every state and territory in Australia participating in the event.The NSW Government, through Destination NSW, is proud to partner with Touch Football Australia to secure major Touch Football events in NSW. This event is part of the NSW Government’s support for Touch Football, including the 2016-2018 NTL events.  Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news, information and results from the 2016 National Touch League:Website – and www.ntl.mytouchfooty.comFacebook – – (#NTL2016)Instagram – (#NTL2016)YouTube – read more

10 months agoPuel tightlipped on Leicester job pressure after Chelsea shock

first_imgPuel tightlipped on Leicester job pressure after Chelsea shockby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Claude Puel refused to discuss his position after victory at Chelsea.Puel was under scrutiny prior to the match, with reports suggesting the Foxes manager might be fighting for his job over the festive period.”I have nothing to justify,” Puel said. “I am the manager of my team and try always to do my best to get the right balance to protect some players, get the best out of other players, and put a team on the pitch with the ability to win the game.”Asked if the players’ performance at Stamford Bridge showed he had their support, Puel said: “I have no comment about this.”I made my work. It’s not all the time easy. But, all the time, it’s important to analyse the games and not just to look at the ranking in the table.”If we analyse it since the beginning of the season, we’ve had fantastic games and performances sometimes without consistency.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoMan Utd defender Harry Maguire won’t change his style

first_imgMan Utd defender Harry Maguire won’t change his styleby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Harry Maguire says his style fits well with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s system.Maguire will not be changing is his willingness to bring the ball out from the back and link play with the midfield and forwards.”I definitely feel like it’s the modern game, bringing it out from the back and it’s something I do thrive on,” Maguire told United Review.”I want to step in and help the team going forward by starting attacks well and threading balls through the lines, to try and get people on the half-turn to play forward.”I think it’s a big part of the game now, for centre-backs not just to defend, but to have a big part in keeping the ball, controlling the game and starting attacks.”My game will improve the more I know my team-mates and the more I experience I have of playing with them, the position they take up, the way they want to receive the ball and the areas in which I receive the ball so I know where my team-mates will be without having to look and try to find them.”It will improve and I’m sure I’ll improve throughout the season, playing with my team-mates more and improving my relationship with Vic (Victor Lindelof). We will improve as a team as well and we’ve got to improve.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Flash mob hits Iqaluit airport

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt is usually a bit of a mob scene at the Iqaluit airport at lunch time, but on Monday it was a little crazier than usual.All of a sudden, a dance mob erupted.Around 40 people ambushed travellers with their moves and APTN National News was there.last_img

Alberta pipeline incident rate fell in 2017 energy regulator reports

first_imgCALGARY – The Alberta Energy Regulator says there were hundreds of pipeline safety incidents in the province last year but the rate has improved significantly in the past decade.In its annual report on pipeline performance, it says incidents fell by nearly half, from 800 in 2008 to 417 in 2017, despite the total length of provincially regulated pipelines growing by 11 per cent to 426,000 kilometres.Twenty-six of the incidents in 2017 resulted in high consequences — which could include more than 200,000 litres of liquids released, the release of poisonous hydrogen sulphide gas, impacts on flowing water or injuries to wildlife.That’s down from 29 in 2016, as the total number of incidents dropped by six per cent in 2017 from the previous year.About 80 per cent of incidents had low consequences, which means less than 20,000 litres of liquid spilled and it affected less than 100 square metres of land and no water bodies.Incidents are defined by the AER as leaks from faulty fittings or installation, releases from auxiliary equipment, damage from something hitting the pipeline even if no leak results, minor leaks and ruptures.The AER says nearly two-thirds of pipeline incidents resulted in less than 1,000 litres being released.It says internal corrosion remains the leading cause of pipeline failure.last_img read more

Jamia Millia university as shooting destination becoming favourite among filmmakers

first_imgNew Delhi: With its huge campus and large auditoriums, the Jamia Millia Islamia is increasingly becoming a favourite option for filmmakers to shoot their projects. While the Delhi University continues to be a favourite with Bollywood, the filmmakers say they usually avoid going to the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) as securing permissions there is a tedious process. According to sources, the reason behind the JMI opening its doors for shoots can also be attributed to fund cuts by the government. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plastic They said the varsity administration has become lenient with shoots and that has helped the filmmakers. Professor Majid Jamil, the secretary of Jamia Teachers’ Association, said the varieties have been asked to generate their own funds and efforts are underway to generate own fund resources. “For the last two years, the varsity has been facing issues in paying salaries of teachers. The varsity had to even break its fixed deposits to pay the salaries of teachers. Every university is facing these issues and most of the research and development activities are being hampered,” he added. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder The grand finale of ‘Bigg Boss 12’ was shot in one of the auditoriums of JMI, while a film titled ‘Doordarshan’ starring Mahie Gill was recently shot in the campus. An advertisement of Subway India was also shot in one of the classrooms of the varsity where the makers spent close to Rs 2-2.5 lakh in renovating the classroom according to their requirement, the sources said. Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali recently visited the campus for a recce for his film ‘Love Aaj Kal 2’ since he wanted to shoot a scene in a science laboratory but since the varsity’s lab did not fit his requirements, he will now be shooting that particular portion in Mumbai, the sources added. The varsity will soon play host to Kangana Ranaut starrer ‘Panga’, the sources said. A Malayalam film was also recently shot in the campus. “The campus of JMI is huge and we do not have to worry about procuring additional security as we can shoot without worrying about our actors getting mobbed. The varsity has a strong security in place,” said Line Producer Javed Khan. He secured permission for shooting the film ‘Doorsdarshan’ and also the commercial for Subway India. Khan said the varsity provides several options through its auditoriums, classrooms and lawns. “Every centre of the varsity has a different look. We can even recreate government offices in the varsity,” he added. While Khan did not talk about the rates charged by the varsity, he said the JMI offers an economical option for shoots. He said the Delhi University is more expensive than the JMI. The sources claimed that shooting in the JMI costs Rs 50,000 per day and the varsity gives concession if the film has a social message. The Delhi University, with its ambience, despite the high rates has been a favourite with Bollywood. Shahid Kapoor starrer ‘Kabir Singh’ was recently shot in Miranda House while Amazon Prime’s web series ‘Breathe 2’ featuring Abhishek Bachchan and Amit Sadh was shot in Kirori Mal College, the sources said. “In the Delhi University, one mostly has to shoot during vacation time as there is always a threat of the actors getting mobbed but if there is an urgent requirement, the colleges give permission even on working days,” said Line Producer Navmeet Singh. Singh said colleges like Kirori Mal, Hansraj and Miranda House are quite open for allowing shoots while it is difficult to procure permission to shoot in the St Stephen’s College. The sources said the cost of shooting in Kirori Mal college, Hansraj college and Miranda House is anywhere between Rs 2-2.5 lakh. Arjun Kapoor-Shraddha Kapoor starrer ‘Half Girlfriend’ was shot in the St Stephen’s College and the sources claimed that the makers had to shell out Rs 3 lakh for each day they shot in the college. The sources claimed that the JNU is not very open to the idea of film shoots and even filmmakers prefer to stay away from shooting there. “We have applied for permission to the JNU earlier but have not got a response. The perception of the varsity is that it is very political and filmmakers prefer to stay away from shooting there,” said Singh. Even for the film ‘Raanjhana’, in which Sonam Kapoor and Abhay Deol played JNU students, the varsity was recreated in some other university in Noida.last_img read more