Call for end to hostage-taking after Iran frees two Azerbaijani journalists

first_imgNews AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia News Organisation RSF_en September 5, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for end to hostage-taking after Iran frees two Azerbaijani journalists Receive email alerts RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Follow the news on Azerbaijan Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia center_img June 4, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders is relieved by yesterday’s announcement that Farid Huseyn and Shahriyar Hajizade, two Azerbaijani journalists and poets who had been detained arbitrarily in Iran for the past four months on spying charges, have finally been released.”We are delighted that Huseyn and Hajizade are finally free as their ordeal had dragged on too long,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The outcome, which has more of the hallmarks of a Cold War prisoner swap than a sober judicial decision, emphasizes the absurdity of the charges brought against them.”We reiterate our call for the immediate release of Anar Bayramli, a correspondent for several Iranian media who is detained in Azerbaijan, and Said Matinpour, a journalist with an Iranian Azeri-language newspaper who is detained in Iran. It is unacceptable that the Azerbaijani and Iranian government use journalists as bargaining chips.” Huseyn and Hajizade are currently in the Azerbaijani consulate in Tabriz, in northern Iran, and are expected to return to Baku in the course of the next two days. After they went missing in Tabriz on 2 May, while on their way back from a news conference in Tehran, the Iranian government took a month and a half to confirm that it had arrested them. They were subsequently charged with spying.Employed by two Iranian government media, Fars News and Sahar TV, Bayramli was arrested in Baku on 17 February and was given a two-year jail sentence on the trumped-up charge of possessing drugs. His sentence was halved last month.Matinpour, who worked for the Azeri-language weekly Yarpagh, was sentenced to eight years in prison on charges of anti-government propaganda and “maintaining relations with foreigners” following his arrest on 11 July 2009.——22.05.2012 – Two Azerbaijani writers missing in IranReporters Without Borders calls on the Iranian authorities to quickly explain what has happened to two young Azerbaijani poets and journalists, Farid Huseyn and Shahriyar Hajizade, who went missing on arriving in Tabriz, in northwestern Iran, on 2 May on their way home from a brief visit to the Iranian capital.According to the editor of the Azerbaijani newspaper 525, Rashad Majid, they were “kidnapped by eight men in civilian dress when their bus arrived in the city”. “We are worried,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The Iranian government must shed light on the situation of Huseyn and Hajizade. We demand to know who has been holding them for the past 20 days and why. “Other journalists are already being held hostage in the diplomatic stand-off between Iran and Azerbaijan and doing the same with Huseyn and Hajizade is out of the question. The two countries must stop making the media pay for their mutual hostility. Such behaviour is unacceptable and incompatible with their international obligations.”Azerbaijani foreign ministry spokesman Elman Abdullayev said at a news conference on 16 May that the two poets were being held by the Iranian security forces. The Iranian authorities had so far failed to provide any information on their whereabouts but had promised to do so within a week, he said. Hajizade’s father said he had received no news of his son since 2 May.Huseyn, 24, covers cultural, social and literary subjects for 525 and another Azerbaijani daily newspaper, Kaspiy. Hajizade, 22, writes much commented articles on the social networks about youth issues and the highly sensitive issue of Iran’s Azeri minority.They went to Tehran at the invitation of Iranian writer Bahran Surgun for the presentation of an Iranian edition of Huseyn’s writings. They entered Iran on 29 April, attended the presentation in Tehran on 1 May, and were arrested on their way back the next day.There is increasing tension between Iran and its neighbour over territorial disputes and geostrategic interests linked to the routing of major oil and gas pipelines. Tehran accuses Baku of manipulating northern Iran’s sizeable Azeri minority, while Baku has been cracking down on pro-Iranian religious sectors in Azerbaijan, accusing them of colluding Tehran.Iran continues to hold the Azeri journalist Said Matinpour while Azerbaijan continues to hold Ramin Bayramov, the editor of the Islamazeri.az website, and Anar Bayramli, a correspondent for various Iranian media. Ramil Dadashov, a driver for Iran’s Sahar TV who was arrested at the same time as Bayramli, was released on 16 May. Help by sharing this information to go further “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says News June 8, 2021 Find out more April 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Sligo Councillor to replace Midlands NW MEP Matt Carthy

first_img Pinterest Sligo Councillor to replace Midlands NW MEP Matt Carthy WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twittercenter_img WhatsApp By News Highland – March 2, 2020 Previous articleClones to host Donegal Tyrone Ulster FinalNext articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Monday March 2nd News Highland Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Homepage BannerNews A Sligo-based councillor is to replace Matt Carthy as the MEP for the Midlands North West constituency.Chris MacManus, has served as a councillor for over 20 years and steps into the role after Matt Carthy was elected as a TD for Cavan Monaghan in the recent general election.Mr MacManus says the focus continues to be, rightly, on Brexit and the potential fall-out for Ireland and has vowed to ensure there is no hardening of the border and ensure that Irish interests are strongly and robustly defended in the trade talks.last_img read more

Longtime Two River Times Music Writer ‘Uncle Mike’ Dies

first_imgBy John Burton |The Two River Times has lost one of its earliest and most influential voices.Michael Lisa, 68, who for many years wrote the rock and roll music column “Night Grooves” under the byline “Uncle Mike,” died on Thursday, Sept. 28, after a lengthy battle with cancer.Lisa’s column, which he wrote until retiring a few years ago, became a must-read for the denizens of the Jersey Shore music scene and those simply interested in live music. Starting not long after the weekly community newspaper was founded in 1990, Lisa began writing his column, detailing who was playing and where, but also offering reviews of recently released recordings by area artists and live performances, in both large and small venues, and sitting down with those singers, songwriters and musicians to provide insight into their creative process and influences on their work.Over the years his work gained attention in the music orbit, with artists seeking out Lisa’s attention for his reviews, sometimes strongly worded but never cruel.“I think what he did was keep live music alive,” said Norman Seldin, a veteran performer and recording artist who said he considered Lisa a friend. “If you were into live music, you knew who Uncle Mikey was.”Pat Guadagno is a singer/musician long on the Jersey Shore scene and noted for his annual “BobFest” tribute show to Bob Dylan. Early in Guadagno’s music career, his work came to the attention of Lisa’s Night Grooves, “at a very crucial time, when I had serious doubts about my musical career,” Guadagno said.“With just one stroke of, what we used to jokingly refer to as his ‘poison pen,’” Guadagno recalled, “Mike assured you that someone was listening and enjoying what you do.”Singer/songwriter and recording artist Karen Mansfield recalled her first mention in Night Grooves, when Lisa offered a tough assessment of her performance at an Asbury Park nightspot in 1993. Mansfield came to realize shortly that Lisa’s review was on the money and the two developed a friendship that lasted until his death. “He had a great passion for the musicians and participants on the scene and helped us in ways that are just immeasurable,” Mansfield said, noting she has kept many of the columns containing references to her. “He made me feel like a million bucks.”“I’ll always remember him. He was a friend. He was a comrade in music,” said Bobby Bandiera, a guitarist who has played with Bon Jovi, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes and Bruce Springsteen during benefit concerts, as well as fronting his own band.Claudia Ansorge, who founded The Two River Times and served as its first publisher, considered Lisa a friend “who had a lot of great qualities,” not the least being his generosity. “He was also the hippest thing about the paper from the time he came on,” she noted.“I feel I lost a member of my family – my TRT family,” said Eileen Moon, former managing editor of The Two River Times.This article was first published in the Oct.5-12, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Legendary Rock Group Foreigner Taps Trinity Hall Choir for Basie Show

first_img“We wanted the reaction to be organic. So rather than lead with news of the opportunity, we just played the song and watched the reaction,” Kiernan said. “Ten seconds in we had 250 girls singing, swaying and dancing together.” “When we were presented with the opportunity, obviously I was excited, as was the administration, because we know Foreigner and we’re big fans. But we really didn’t know how relevant the band was to the kids,” Kiernan said. For years the Foreigner stage show had included support from an adult choir, Jones said, but on recent tours, through partnerships with the Grammy Foundation and Shriners International, the band has been coordinating with younger vocalists to help inspire and advance music programming in schools and communities around the world. Tickets for the event are still available at the Count Basie Center for the Arts Box Office or by visiting thebasie.org. To gauge their interest, Kiernan said Trinity Hall administrators called for a community meeting in which faculty, staff and students gather in the school’s common area to keep up with school and student happenings. He shaped the vision as a child in his Portsmouth, England bedroom, losing himself in the records of his heroes; revolutionary songwriters from across the pond like Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry and Eddie Cochran. “I listened to these true pioneers playing what my favorite kind of rock ’n’ roll was and I thought maybe it could be possible for me to make this my life, too. It was a dream and I’ve been lucky enough to live it out,” Jones, the band’s cofounder, primary songwriter and lone remaining original member, said. When Foreigner presents its May 7 “Hits on Tour” performance at the Count Basie Center for the Arts, Jones said he hopes to nurture the dreams of a group of local vocalists from Trinity Hall who have been tapped to support the band during one of its biggest hits, “I Want to Know What Love Is.” Nearly 35 years since the song’s worldwide release, and more than four decades since the band first charted with tunes like “Feels Like the First Time” and “Cold as Ice” in 1977, Jones said it’s an emotional experience to see today’s youth connecting with music he wrote so long ago. center_img According to Theresa Kiernan, Trinity Hall’s director of advancement and admissions, about 25 members of the all-female Tinton Falls private school’s choir have been training for the last six weeks to back the band on its massive 1984 single, which topped the pop charts both here and in the United Kingdom. RED BANK – The glowof a white hot spotlight anda wall of sound so large itphysically removed fansfrom their assigned arenaseating was a dream forMick Jones, guitarist for theclassic rock band Foreigner. “It’s not just our singers who are excited for the opportunity, but the community at large. There’s definitely a buzz around campus that’s been growing as we’ve been getting closer to the date. It’s a really unique opportunity and so many of our families have already gotten their tickets,” Kiernan said. “We’re ready to rock.” Kiernan said the singers, who learn music under the direction of Andrew Bogdan, are excited to represent their school community and will be buoyed by a large contingent of Trinity Hall students, parents and faculty when they hit the stage May 7. “We’ve been joined by young choir groups quite a bit lately, and even when you look out into the crowd and see young faces singing along with you and pumping their fist, it’s a time warp that very often brings tears to my eyes. I see them and it says that the music has survived. And it’s not only carrying on, but reaching people of all ages and denominations. That’s a powerful thing and it’s very moving,” Jones said. “We want to encourage schools and community groups not to ignore the importance of music opportunities and music education for young people,” Jones said. “And having them up on stage with us is a pretty cool way of demonstrating where your dreams can take you. So often they’re nervous when they get up there. But when the music kicks in, the nerves fade away, because they’re in a dream.” This article originally appeared in the May 2-8 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Red-hot Ice battle Blazers

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsLuke Bertolucci, who will represent B.C. at the Canada Games next month in Halifax, leads the Kootenay Ice back into action as the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League resumes play following the Christmas break.Bertolucci and the rest of the Ice play host to the Thompson Blazers Saturday and Sunday at the NDCC Arena.The Ice has been on fire of late, undefeated in four games.Leading the Ice is Nelson’s Dryden Hunt and Bertolucci. Hunt leads Kootenay in scoring with nine goals and 19 assists.Bertolucci, scoring for Team B.C. during an exhibition game during the holiday break, is right behind with 10 goals and 17 assists.Kootenay currently sits in tenth spot in the 11-team league with 5-13-6 record, but is only eight points out of six spot.The teams open the two-game set Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The series concludes Sunday beginning at 11:15 [email protected]last_img read more

Danny Kingad: student by day, fighter by night

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I am still studying, but I learned how to manage my time with the help of my coaches and senior teammates,” the Team Lakay member said. “I love this sport, I love to compete because this is my passion.”Kingad (5-0) is in his second year of his Physical Education major and he had to lessen the units he takes per semester so he can properly juggle his time training and studying.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd in the process of finishing his degree, the 22-year-old plans to disprove the stereotype that professional fighters don’t put a premium on education.“I am giving everything I have in training for this fight and bringing home the belt will be a testament that pursuing your passion is not a hindrance in securing your future through education,” said Kingad. MOST READ Kia pleads for understanding: ‘Give us a chance to prove our philosophy’ Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion PHOTO FROM ONE CHAMPIONSHIPThere are two things that Filipino mixed martial artist Danny Kingad wants, the ONE Flyweight title and his college diploma from University of the Cordilleras.Kingad is set to face ONE Flyweight champion Adriano Moraes for the title on November 10 at Mall of Asia Arena and as he hits the bags at night preparing for the fight, he does the same thing on his books in the morning.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “It is also a way of breaking the stigma that fighters have in our society.”Kingad is aware that being a professional fighter is not a lifetime job and having a college degree will open avenues for him in the future.“Education is very important because my career as a fighter will not last for long time,” said Kingad who had his first professional fight in 2014. “By the time I reach 38 or 40-years-old, I need to retire and have another job to support my family.”ADVERTISEMENT Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad PLAY LIST 01:04Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

Zaheer leads India comeback after Watson’s slow ton

first_imgAustralia’s strong start gave way to an Indian comeback on Day 1 of the Mohali Test. Opener Shane Watson’s fortuitous, sedate hundred was followed by Zaheer Khan’s fine old-ball spell.Scores – India vs AustraliaBrief Scores: Australia 224-5Dropped on zero by Virender Sehwag at gully off the day’s second ball off Zaheer, Watson was let off again on 37 by MS Dhoni off Pragyan Ojha.After the fall of Ricky Ponting (71) and the end of their 141-run stand, Australia slowed down as Watson crawled to his second Test hundred off 258 balls. The dull finish to the day was spiced up only by Ponting’s spat with Zaheer.Ponting, having elected to bat, had some luck himself. He was caught down the leg-side off a no-ball from Ishant Sharma, who was wayward, bowled plenty of no-balls and then left the field in the noon session after a knee problem.Ponting’s run-out, thanks to a direct hit from Suresh Raina, turned things around. Australia’s scoring rate slipped dramatically, from a little under five runs in the morning, to under two in the evening.After Ponting’s fall, at 154-2 in 41.4 overs, Australia made 90 runs today at 1.86 runs in 48.2 overs. Watson too slowed down near his hundred, partly since he’s been out three times in the 90s.Zaheer had earlier in the day trapped Simon Katich in front with the in-swinging ball. The delivery would be used again with the old ball to remove Mike Hussey and Marcus North, all left-handers.Hussey played inside the in-coming ball and was hit in front, while North left a similar delivery which gently dislodged the off-bail on its way.advertisementThis is Watson’s third hundred in a week, having made two in Australia’s warm-up game against Board President’s XI at the start of this tour.While Pragyan Ojha continued to be economical, Harbhajan Singh, like Ishant, was off-colour but made up with the wicket of Michael Clarke in the evening session. World No. 1 India had had the better of Australia when the two had last met in a Test series, in India in 2008.The hosts had won 2-1 the series in which Anil Kumble and Sourav Ganguly retired from Test cricket.The Mohali wicket, normally known for pace and bounce, is expected to get slower and lower as the game progresses.India have left out Murali Vijay, Amit Mishra, Sreesanth for this game. Cheteshwar Pujara too would have to wait longer for his Test debut.Raina and Ojha have been retained, while Gautam Gambhir returns to the team after a break.Australia are playing by their strengths, going in with three pacers and Nathan Hauritz as the lone spinner.  Teams:Australia (Playing XI): Simon Katich, Shane Watson, Ricky Ponting (c), Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey, Marcus North, Tim Paine (w), Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Hauritz, Ben Hilfenhaus, Doug Bollinger.India (Playing XI): Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, MS Dhoni (w/c), Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Pragyan Ojha, Ishant Sharma.last_img read more

Video: Auburn DC Will Muschamp Got A 15-Yard Penalty For Losing His Mind On An Official

first_imgAn angry Will Muschamp after penalty.Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp is known for his sideline intensity. That intensity boiled over and got him in trouble just now during the Iron Bowl showdown with Alabama. After Auburn defender Jonathan Ford was penalized 15 yards for a late hit, Muschamp lost his mind on the official and was docked an additional 15 yards. Muschamp wasn’t done either. After the drive ended in an Adam Griffith field goal to give the Tide a 22-13 lead, Muschamp sought out the ref he previously blasted and gave him another earful. WATCH: Auburn DC Will Muschamp goes ballistic, has to be held back as he tells the ref: “I want a fair game.” pic.twitter.com/LE8VdhY3zj— Alex Byington (@abyingtonTD) November 28, 2015He’s clearly very unhappy.last_img read more

Natural Resources Minister fires back against critics after federal funding announcement

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi has responded to some of the critics of Tuesday’s massive funding announcement for the oil and gas sector in Alberta.He actually agreed with some of his critics, specifically the idea that this funding is not a long-term solution.Just spoke with the Natural Resources Minister @SohiAmarjeet. He agreed with some critics of yesterday’s announcement that this isn’t the long-term solution to Alberta’s energy woes. He says pipelines are still the answer, but something had to be done in the meantime @660NEWS— Kenny Mason (@krmason7) December 19, 2018Sohi argues that while the regulatory processes for building pipeline projects like Trans Mountain move forward, something needed to be done in the meantime.“What we’re focused on is that as we move toward building pipelines, how (can we) support industry now,” he said.He added this funding will allow companies the breathing room they need to survive in these tough times, similar to programs which were announced with the Business Development Bank of Canada and Export and Development Canada. Sohi said close to $1.5-billion was allocated in 2016, and the vast majority of that was used by businesses because they needed that support at that time. Now, he believes companies could use that support again.READ MORE: Experts weigh in on the federal investment into Alberta oil and gas “So what we announced (Tuesday) $1.6-billion will provide loans to get those businesses through these difficult times so they can make their payroll commitments,” he said. “This support is very meaningful for those businesses who need this support.”While there was no promise to get Trans Mountain started again in 2019 he says the work is being done to get it approved and built.“I am very confident that through our consultations with Indigenous peoples that we will be able to move forward on this project,” he said.Sohi retorted against some of the criticisms of the much maligned Bill C-69 saying it will actually help projects get built.“The current system is not working, you know, you can talk all about what’s wrong with Bill C-69, but I think what we need to do is fix what’s not working now,” he said.Some industry analysts asserted this bill, as it stands, would mean no pipeline project would ever be built in Canada. He does say he is open for changes to that bill.“Are there amendments to make Bill C-69 better? Absolutely we will look at those amendments, if they’re appropriate and allow us to actually achieve what we want to do, which is create certainty for businesses, and create certainty for, you know, Canadians that we will have a process in place that allows us to grow our economy, build pipelines, at the same time protect our environment, and allow Canadians to participate in the process.”last_img read more