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Local TV station staff could get a year’s forced labour for play on words on Putin’s name

first_img Reporters Without Borders condemns a decision by prosecutors in Vladimir (200 km east of Moscow) to charge several employees of local television station TV 6 Vladimir with “insulting a public official” under article 319 of the criminal code for referring on the air to supporters of President Vladimir Putin as “Putinists” and to a meeting they held as a “Puting.”The charge carries a maximum penalty of one year’s forced labour and a fine of 40,000 rubles (1,100 euros). Local prosecutor’s began questioning the station’s staff on 14 January as a result of a complaint by Mikhail Babich, a local parliamentary representative of the ruling United Russia party, about a report referring to a local pro-Putin meeting that was screened on 30 November as part of the station’s “Without Comment” programme.In response to a request by the prosecutor’s office for an expert opinion, Mikhail Grachyov, a Russian language professor at Nizhny Novgorod Linguistic University, said the play on words used by the TV station could, in a “certain context,” be offensive to President Putin.One of TV 6 Vladimir’s journalists, Sergei Golovinov, said he and his colleagues thought the complaint was an attempt by United Russia to force a station that was neutral and objective to toe the party line. But the prosecutor in charge of the investigation, Yury Yevtukhov, insists that the case is not politically motivated. The investigators were careful to question everyone involved and obtain expert opinion, he said.This is not the first time that this charge has been brought against a news media. The Saratovskyi Reportyor, a newspaper based in Saratov (850 km southeast of Moscow), faces closure for publishing a cartoon consisting of Putin’s face imposed on the photo of a fictional Soviet spy in an old TV series. And in October 2006, journalist Vladimir Rakhmankov was fined 20,000 rubles for referring to Putin as the “nation’s phallic symbol” in a column in the online newspaper Kursiv. to go further Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown May 27, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more BelarusEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Belarus Help by sharing this information News News Organisation center_img RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” January 22, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Local TV station staff could get a year’s forced labour for play on words on Putin’s name RSF_en News “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says News May 28, 2021 Find out more BelarusEurope – Central Asia Receive email alertslast_img read more

Student loans: Help members manage their debt

first_img“Making an investment in higher education can lead to greater opportunities with larger income potential,” notes Steve Pounds, personal finance analyst at Bankrate.com, in a recent article at TheStreet. “However, with the current tuition prices people need to [be] mindful of the return on their investment and making sure they can manage any debt incurred.”Higher education often comes with a big price tag and lasting repercussions: The average bachelor’s degree debt is $35,051, currently held by 70.9% of graduates.This is an increase from average debt of $12,759 20 years ago. Then, 54% of students carried such a financial burden.Federal Reserve Bank of New York data show student loan debt equaled $1.26 trillion in June, a $69 billion increase from the prior year. This debt comprises the second biggest reservoir for debt after mortgages—currently $8.36 trillion, up from $246 billion last year. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

England dream of ending 44 years of World Cup hurt

first_imgBy Amlan ChakrabortyNEW DELHI, India (Reuters) – England’s relationship with the Cricket World Cup (CWC) has been one of frustration, disappointment and even embarrassment but they host this year’s tournament as the top-ranked 50-over team and favourites to lift the trophy for the first time.From hosting the first three tournaments and reaching the final in 1979, 1987 and 1992, England slid downwards and reached its nadir four years ago when they unceremoniously exited at the group stage in Australia, the last straw being a humbling by an upstart Bangladesh.Since then, however, the limited-overs caterpillars have transformed themselves into white-ball butterflies, acquiring an enviable assortment of big-hitters who routinely post 300-plus scores.The single group, round-robin format of this year’s tournament also substantially reduces the risk of an exit and should ensure the strongest teams reach the last four – good news for the game’s powerhouse India.Those two look nailed on to reach the last four but any from South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and even a revitalised West Indies could easily join them.With all 10 teams playing each other once to determine the four semi-finalists, the big teams will have plenty of opportunities to recover from any giant-killing act they may be subjected to by outsiders Bangladesh and Afghanistan.England’s spectacular rise is due to a change in their approach to one-day cricket and Jonny Bairstow reflected that when the opener was recently asked to choose between winning the World Cup and regaining the Ashes.“I am going (to pick the) World Cup because it’s been so long since we’ve had an opportunity to win one,” said Bairstow.“I think that the amount of work that has gone into this group of players over the last couple of years, building and building, I firmly believe we’ve put an amount of effort in, that gives us the best chance.”With home advantage comes home expectation as Eoin Morgan leads arguably the strongest England side in the history of the tournament which has seen a co-host triumph in the last two editions.INDIA EXPECT No burden of expectation, however, can be heavier than the one resting on the shoulders of Virat Kohli and his team mates out to win India’s third ODI World Cup.It is especially so after their performance in the last two global events on English soil where India won the 2013 Champions Trophy against the hosts and finished runners-up to arch-rivals Pakistan in the next edition four years later.A modern batting great himself, Kohli headlines a formidable top order, while India have also acquired a potent pace attack, spearheaded by death-overs exponent Jasprit Bumrah.Emotions will run high during their June 16 match against Pakistan following a further souring of relations between the nuclear-armed neighbours in recent times.Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, however, cannot afford to get distracted by the hype around the Manchester match-up as he seeks consistency from a notoriously fickle side.“It’s annoying for us to keep being unpredictable, but it’s true,” former ODI captain Azhar Ali told the ICC website recently.“We have done well in World Cups, even though no one rates us that highly in the build-up. We always produce good performances so hopefully this will be a special one.”Holders Australia face their own struggles as they try to put a ball-tampering scandal behind them for a successful title defence.Captain Aaron Finch’s own battle with poor form provided the microcosm of the turmoil Australian cricket endured before series victories against India and Pakistan.Former captain Steve Smith and opener David Warner returned from their year-long bans over the ball-tampering incident to bolster a side who endured their longest sequence of consecutive ODI defeats in 2018.Apart from their scoring duties, the duo, who made a successful return from elbow surgeries at the Indian Premier League (IPL), will also assist Finch in leading the side.New Zealand will hope the collective experience of skipper Kane Williamson, batting pair Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill, and paceman Tim Southee will help the 2015 finalists secure a semi-final spot.South Africa under Faf du Plessis are desperate to shed their “chokers” tag but find themselves already grappling with injuries to their pacemen, with Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje all nursing niggles.Once-invincible West Indies had to come through the qualifiers but could be a surprise element with the return of opener Chris Gayle and all-rounder Andre Russell.last_img read more

Denny Morrison gets a silver in Vancouver

first_imgCanada’s Denny Morrison has captured his second medal at the world single disatances speedskating championships in Richmond, B.C. The native of Fort St. John, B.C., won a silver in the men’s 1,000 metres, finishing with a time of one minute nine seconds. American Trevor Marsicano took gold in 1:08.96 while teammate Shani Davis was third in 1:09.02. Davis set a world record in the distance at last week’s World Cup in Salt Lake with a time of 1:06.42. The same three skaters were on the podium following the 1,500 metres Thursday with Davis taking gold, Marsicano silver and Morrison bronze. The 1,000 was Morrison’s most productive event this season, with six World Cup medals, two of them gold. – Advertisement -The competition is being held at the 2010 Olympic venue.last_img read more

Will Jordy Nelson’s big game for Raiders come this weekend?

first_imgALAMEDA — Jordy Nelson was Jon Gruden’s big-name signing this offseason, the 33-year-old who supposedly still had the jets and hands to be an effective wide receiver in the NFL.Through two weeks – yes, it’s only two games – he’s yet to live up to that billing.While Jared Cook (nine catches for 180 yards in Week 1) and Amari Cooper (10 catches for 116 yards in Week 2) have already posted big games, Nelson has caught only five passes for 53 yards over two weeks. On Sunday alone, Nelson caught …last_img read more

36 Hair Grips 4, A standard product

first_imgThere isn’t much to say about these. They are very standard and easy to use and a staple of many hairstyles but so difficult to buy at the supermarket. It does what it says on the packet. Arrived promptly to correct address.Key specs for 36 Hair Grips 4.5cm Long Brown Hair Styling Bobby Pins:Pack of 36 waved metal hair pinsProtection to pin endsMeasure 4.5cm longAll measurements approximate across widest pointsComments from buyers“A standard product, keeping my hair up., Last minute item, Exactly what I needed, As expected make light work of buns for “ There is very little to say about hair pins, but these are good quality ones that arrived quickly and are completely fit for purpose. They are very standard design and size, almost identical to the ones i used to be able to buy in tesco, but they have stopped stocking them (what’s that about?), although they are very dark brown. If you have never used proper hair pins before, practise a little – don’t just push them in, you need to sweep it a bit of other hair to gain purchase. These are smaller hairpins than i usually buy,; they are okay, but have to use more than i would if longer. Still my fault not ordering the larger ones. Price and packaging with delivery were good. Exactly what i ordered very pleased with this item. Would recommend helps with straightening and curling so multi uses for this product. Great set of bobby pins for my daughter to use for dancing hairstyles. Sturdy pins that are fit for purpose. Ordered these almost at last minute, was recommended to get bun pins rather than kirbys. Needed these for my daughters dance show, arrived on time, undamaged. Best for thick hair, people please note these are not normal grips so those who aren’t used to them may have some difficulty but their easily gotten used to. Great for keeping hair in place in up doo’s or in thick hair. Just what i needed, thank you. Arrived quickly and as described, would use again. As expected make light work of buns for. Make light work of buns for ballet 🙂 quick delivery too, arrived well before due.last_img read more

Coal Production Hits 35-Year Low

first_img RELATED ARTICLES Coal companies hope the situation will changeA number of coal producers are taking cover behind bankruptcy laws as their profits sink, including Peabody Energy, the world’s biggest private-sector producer.But coal producers are holding out hope for an economic reversal of fortunes. For example, a spokesman for Cloud Peak Energy, a major producer in the Powder River Basin, said that the winter’s warm temperatures were a fluke and that demand would once again pick up for coal.“Eventually, things are going to turn around,” Rick Curtsinger told the newspaper. “The U.S. and the world will continue to use significant amounts of coal going forward.”Jim Thompson, an analyst, said that the industry was “rapidly shrinking,” but added that coal would continue to be an important industry and there “will continue to be success stories.”Coal executives recognize that they will command much less of the market than they did a decade ago, but they still see opportunities for well-positioned producers to make money. “I see a future, but it’s going to be a greatly reduced industry and you have to be very competitive in that industry or you won’t survive,” Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray told one newspaper in mid-May. In early 2008, The Times notes, coal accounted for roughly half of the electricity generated in the U.S. That’s now fallen to about 30%. At the same time, photovoltaics are on the rise: In the first quarter of the year, the Solar Energy Industries Association reports, 1,665 megawatts of solar capacity were installed in the U.S., more than coal, natural gas, and nuclear combined. Will Taxpayers Get Stuck With Coal’s Cleanup Tab?Sierra Club’s Anti-Coal Campaign Hits a LandmarkCan Solar Power Solve the Coal Problem?Coal is No Boon for U.S. Treasury, Report Says Bankruptcies, a move toward cheap natural gas, and increased pressure from renewable energy all are eating into the production of coal, bringing it to a level not seen in the last 35 years.Coal consumption peaked in 2007, and since then has declined by nearly one-third, The New York Times reported. Total U.S. production in the period from January through March was 173 million short tons, the lowest of any quarter since 1981, and a 17% drop from the previous quarter. That’s the sharpest quarter-to-quarter drop in almost 32 years.The newspaper cited a report from U.S. Energy Information Administration, released last week, which said that the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming showed the greatest drop since the previous quarter.Above-average temperatures last winter, which decreased the demand for electricity, and big inventories of unused coal among electric power plants resulted in lower rail shipments in the first three months of the year.But the EIA report also points to several underlying reasons for a continued drop in coal mining and coal consumption.“Coal production has declined because of increasingly challenging market conditions for coal producers,” the EIA said. “Electricity generation accounts for more than 90% of domestic coal use. In addition to complying with environmental regulations and adapting to slower growth in electricity demand, coal-fired generators also are competing with renewables and with natural gas-fired electricity generation during a time of historically low natural gas prices.”last_img read more

Seizing an Air-Sealing Opportunity

first_imgThe number one thing you need to do to protect a building is control water. As the Canadian building scientist Gus Handegord said, “The three biggest problems in buildings are water, water, and water.” So, with the 1961 house I bought this year, one of the first things I discovered was the failure at the edge of the roof. The gutters weren’t working well, resulting in water getting into places it shouldn’t be and rotting out the soffit and fascia boards in multiple places around the house.Last week, we had a contractor out to begin fixing the water problem by replacing the soffits, fascias, and gutters. The first step, of course, was removing the old stuff.  And that’s when an air-sealing and insulating opportunity arose for me. Let’s take a look.What is behind those boards?When the soffit space was opened up, I learned a few things. First, the sheathing behind the brick veneer on our 1961 house is gypsum board. I was expecting asphalt-impregnated fiberboard, like I found behind the brick veneer on the 1970 condo I owned before moving here. That gypsum raises a host of questions that I won’t explore here, but the second thing I learned is that the electricians took the easy way out because of this material choice.In the photo below, there are two wires coming from the attic, going across the top plate, and then into the wall through a hole punched in the gypsum. Hey, it’s a lot easier to knock a hole through gypsum than drill through three inches of wood top plates, right? In addition to the wire holes, the gypsum sheathing, which is where the continuous air barrier should be, was broken in other places, too. See that big hole between the two wires?Air leakage sites behind the soffit and fascia.The third thing I learned is that when spray foam installers are encapsulating an attic, they can miss insulating and air-sealing over the top plate of the exterior wall. I wrote about this problem in my article last week. The photo below shows what happens.The spray foam installer can’t get a good angle to make the foam stick in that open gap and they usually don’t put blocking in there. So the foam overshoots the gap, which is clearly evident below. Note the spray foam shadow where the end of the ceiling joist is. (See that article, Spray Foam Insulation at the Edge, for more details.)Air leakage sites in the sheathing and at the top plate.Also to be noted in the photo above is the seam between the pieces of gypsum sheathing. There’s no tape or other kind of sealant to cover that gap, so there’s another place that air can go into or out of the walls.How to fix itSince this attic is encapsulated with spray foam, the solution is easy. I got myself a couple of two-part foam kits (photo below).Two-part foam kit for sealing and insulating.The next photo shows one of the rafter bays after spraying. I did three things there:Filled the end of the cavity with foam. That provided insulation over the top plate of the exterior wall and sealed any penetrations in the top plate as well as the gap between the top plate and ceiling drywall.Sealed the top edge of the gypsum sheathing.Sealed the seam between two sheets of exterior sheathing.There were no cable penetrations in this bay, but I sealed those up wherever I saw them, too.Spray foam from a two-part foam kit sealing and insulating the sheathing and the top plate.If I were dealing with a vented attic instead, things would have been more difficult.  I still would have sealed all the seams, edges, and penetrations in the gypsum sheathing, but I wouldn’t have filled the rafter bays with spray foam. That would eliminate venting from the soffits. To keep the attic vented and get the top plate sealed and insulated from outside would be important but tricky.  I’m interested to hear what others have done in that situation.Understanding the air barrierWhen the contractor’s workers got the first part of the soffit opened up, I missed some of the sealing. I had a foam gun and three cans of foam as well as a two-part foam kit, but that first kit didn’t work. I did the best I could with the gun, but it wasn’t up to the task. It killed me to do it, but I had to leave about 20 feet of the rafter bays and sheathing incompletely sealed and insulated.I was talking to the contractor and lamenting having to watch his workers cover up that one part of the house without sealing it up first. He said, “That doesn’t matter. It’ll be sealed up once we put the soffits and fascias back up there.”He’s a smart guy and does really good work. He doesn’t often have to think about where the air barrier is, though. In this case, what he said was incorrect because that space in the soffit is connected to other places. It’s connected to the vented attic over the garage. The fascia isn’t sealed at the top edge, which will be covered—but not sealed— by the drip edge. The soffit and fascia are not the air barrier.With the soffits and fascias replaced, that part of the air barrier is again inaccessible.The soffit crew is just about done with installing the new stuff. The photo above shows the front of the garage. Soon we’ll have the painters come do their thing and then have the soffit company come back and install the new gutters. At that point, we will have made a big stride in solving the problems of water, water, and water. And I snuck in and helped with the problems of air and heat, too!Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. 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Delhi Belly team launches wacky t- shirts

first_imgIt has released wacky Tshirts with bizarre tag lines. Delhi Belly boys Imran Khan, Vir Das and Kunaal Roy Kapur launched an interesting range of tees on June 20, 2011, backed by public popularity. Imran disclosed to everyone that it was his mamu Aamir’s idea to have such innovative tees. They will be available at stores shortly. The trio was seen sporting the tees which have tag- lines based on hit songs such as D.K. Bose and Switty Switty from the movie. The movie has been in the news for quite some time now for its bizarre songs.last_img read more

Hundreds Put to Work Under Farm Road Project/JEEP

first_img The Farm Road Maintenance Project was financed through the Petro Caribe Fund Approximately 800 Jamaicans received employment opportunities Approximately 800 Jamaicans received employment opportunities through projects associated with the Farm Road Maintenance Project.The work, which was carried out through the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) in partnership with the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) saw a total of 68 kilometres of rural roads being rehabilitated under the project.Speaking with JIS News, Director of Corporate Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, RADA, Shawn Baugh said the project, while creating employment prospects, also formed efforts to increase market access for rural farmers.“We did approximately two roads per parish across the entire island…Our target was to employ just around 400 rural folks in this process, we surpassed that and we managed to employ just over 800 persons directly through our farm road intervention,” he said, adding that some 30 kilometres of roadway were initially targeted for rehabilitation under the first phase of the project.The Farm Road Maintenance Project was financed through the Petro Caribe Fund in the amount of $78 million, of which $24 million was spent on the initial phase of the work.The Director noted that prior to the project the farm roads, which were in a dilapidated state, are now accessible to vehicular traffic allowing farmers easier access to markets for their produce.He noted that the rehabilitation work has also spurred economic activities in many of these farming communities.“We see in some areas where the economic activities have been taking place as a result of the intervention and also we’ve been able to enhance a lot of the programmes that we’ve been trying in these areas, one of them mainly being…looking on the whole issue of climate change and climate related activities,” he said.The JEEP is one of the Government’s strategies geared at countering chronic unemployment among some Jamaicans, particularly those in lower socio-economic groups. It also seeks to provide employment for persons with special needs, as well as those with low skill levels. Story Highlights The work saw a total of 68 kilometres of rural roads being rehabilitated under the projectlast_img read more