RWB supports independent probe into brutal attack on reporter

first_img News Reporters Without Borders condemns the brutal attack on Tetyana Chornovil, an outspoken journalist with the Ukrainskaya Pravda daily newspaper, who was dragged from her car and badly beaten in Kiev on the night of 24 December.“We support the decision by the Institute for Mass Information, a Reporters Without Borders partner, to conduct an independent investigation to ensure that those responsible for this act of barbarity are brought to justice,” Reporters Without Borders said.“We are appalled by this violent attack, the gravest of all the many abuses against journalists in Ukraine in recent months. Such violations of the Ukrainian media’s safety and freedom of expression are intolerable.”Reporters Without Borders added: “Journalists must be able to work freely. We urge the Ukrainian authorities to guarantee respect for justice, freedom of information and fundamental rights.”A journalist who has become well known for her investigative reporting about senior government officials and politicians, Chornovil is also a leading activist in the “Euromaidan” protests in Kiev’s Independence Square against President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to back out of a partnership agreement with the European Union.She was driving in her car in a Kiev suburb on the night of 24 December when three unidentified men in an SUV forced her to stop, gave her a severe beating and left her at the side of road. Rushed to hospital with concussion and multiple facial fractures, she has undergone several operations and is still in intensive care.Chornovil attributes the attack to her latest article, posted on her blog on 24 December, in she wrote about a luxury villa owned by interior minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko.The attack has triggered a wave of outrage in Ukrainian civil society. Several demonstrations have been held supporting Chornovil and calling for the interior minister’s resignation, and many opposition leaders, including Yulia Tymoshenko, have condemned the attack.The police say they are investigating it as a case of “hooliganism” under article 296-2 of the Criminal Code and have arrested three suspects.There has been a sharp increase in violations of freedom of information since the start of the Euromaidan movement. At least 50 journalists have been physically attacked during demonstrations since the start of December and three opposition media were stormed on 9 December.According to the Institute for Mass Information, journalists have been the victims of a total of 101 physical attacks in 2013.Ukraine is ranked 126th out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. RSF_en Receive email alerts UkraineEurope – Central Asia March 26, 2021 Find out more UkraineEurope – Central Asia (Photo : Institute for Mass Information)(Slideshow: ABC) Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV News December 27, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RWB supports independent probe into brutal attack on reporter to go further Organisation February 26, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media Follow the news on Ukraine News Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority September 7, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Police Investigating Outside American Legion

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Police Investigating Outside American LegionAUGUST 28TH, 2017  CHELSEA KOERBLER EVANSVILLE, INDIANA One man is dead, three others are injured following an early morning shooting in Evansville.When Evansville Police arrived to the 1100 block of Chestnut Street shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday, they found one victim, Anthony Blaylock, laying on the side of the American Legion Building with multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to Deaconess Hospital, where he died from his injuries.While police were still on scene investigating the shooting, they were told two other victims arrived at Deaconess Hospital, and another arrived at St. Vincent.Police are still investigating this incident.An autopsy on Blaylock is scheduled for today.last_img

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SMC canoe race builds community

first_imgAs a part of Spirit Week festivities, Saint Mary’s Residence Hall Association (RHA) sponsored a canoe race Wednesday afternoon for SMC students to earn spirit points toward the “Hall of the Year” distinction for their dorm. This third annual event took place on Lake Marion, located at the center of campus. Junior Emily Murphy, national communications coordinator for RHA, said the event is intended to promote camaraderie among Saint Mary’s students. “We have Spirit Week to promote hall bonding and to increase the spirit of the different residence halls,” Murphy said. “We want to have pride not only in our class, but also [in] where we live.” RHA sponsored students to rent canoes from St. Joseph County Parks at a discount, Murphy said, and those with the best rowing skills won recognition for their dorm. “‘Spirit Points’ will be given to the different residence halls throughout the week based on [their] resident’s enthusiasm and participation in the events,” Murphy said before the race. “At the end of Spirit Week the points will be tallied and whichever residence hall collected the most points will be named ‘Hall of the Year.’” Duos competed in the regatta, which took the form of a tournament, Murphy said. Before the race, junior Katherine Wabler said she sought to regain the championship title she won freshman year.   “We are going to have to work out our arms before the race so they are in prime condition for rhythmic rowing,” Wabler said.   Wabler’s partner, Shanlynn Bias, said teamwork is important. “Communication and synchronization is the key to victory,” Bias said.     Classmate and rowing rival, Kirsten Bonnesen, said she competed with teammate Helene Tarnacki as one of the other 11 teams up against Wabler and Bias.   “Our confidence as first-time rowers is very high,” Bonnesen said.  “There will be some intense competition, but our eyes are on the prize.”   The first place team, consisting of Julienne DeLee and Krista Mathews from LeMans Hall, won $25 gift cards to Target. Spirit Week will conclude Friday with the first home meet in seven years for the SMC cross country team.   “We will be handing out free T-shirts, and would like to encourage everyone to come and show their support,” Murphy said.   The meet will begin 6 p.m. Friday at the Saint Mary’s soccer fields.last_img read more

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Cranes squad to Egypt out, Basena-Sekagya partnership continues

first_imgTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts Final Squad to Egypt that flies out on Sunday morning (4am) aboard Egypt Air;Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (GK), Ismail Watenga, Benjamin Ochan (GK)Other Squad Members: Nico Wakiro Wadada, Godfrey Walusimbi, Isaac Isinde, Murushid Juuko, Wasswa Hassan Mawanda, Khalid Aucho, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Faruku Miya, Derrick Nsibambi, Joseph Benson Ochaya, Bernard Muwanga, Ivan Ntege, Muzamiru Mutyaba, William Luwagga Kizito, Milton Karisa, Isaac Muleme and Geoffrey Serunkuma.FUFA President-Eng. Moses MagogoL.O.D-Hamid Juma-Executive Committee Member The entire starting XI for Uganda Cranes against Egypt at Namboole will be travelling to Alexandria on Sunday morning. PHOTO FUFA MEDIASEPT 5:  Egypt ?? vs Uganda ??Kampala, Uganda | FUFA.CO.UG |  Uganda Cranes Interim coach Moses Basena has named his final 20 man squad for the trip to Alexandria where they will play Egypt in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Russia on Tuesday night.Captain and Goalkeeper Dennis Onyango who made world class saves on Thursday at Namboole as Cranes edged The Pharaohs 1-0 thanks to an Emma Okwi superb goal, will lead his troops.The squad has three Goalkeepers including Isma Watenga and Benjamin Ochan.The final squad was released after a training session on Saturday morning at the Mandela National stadium, NambooleFUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo will also travel with the team to the North African Country for the match as will former Cranes captain Ibra Sekagya as part of the technical team. 2 Egypt320142+26 Share on: WhatsApp Technical: Moses Basena, Matia Lule, Fred Kajoba, Ibrhaim SekagyaMedical Team: Dr. Ronald Kisolo, Ivan Ssewanyana (Physiotherapist)Muyinda Cris-Team CoordinatorAhmed Hussein-Communications ManagerAbu Zikusooka-102.1 FUFA fmFUFA officialsTabu Santos (Northern Region FA Delegate), Deo Mutabazi (Beach Soccer Delegate/Chairman Uganda Beach Soccer Association), Sumaya Kiwanuka (PAP).Uganda Cranes starting XI Vs Egypt: Dennis Onyango (Goalkeeper & Captain), Nico Wakiro Wadada, Godfrey ‘Jajja Walu’ Walusimbi, Isaac Isinde, Murushid Jjuuko, Khalid Aucho, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Faruku Miya, Derrick Nsibambi, Joseph Benson OchayaGroup E 3 Ghana302113−220–06 Nov—1-1 4 Congo301224−206 Nov1–25 Sep— 1 Uganda321020+27 5 Sep—2–08 Oct —1–07 Oct1–0last_img read more

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Sen. Kamala Harris Laughs after Constituent Called Trump’s Actions “Mentally Retarded”

first_imgDemocrat presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris is apologizing for telling a man “well said” when he called President Trump’s actions “mentally retarded.” The California senator said now that she did not hear the man use the word “retarded” even though she responded, “well said.”Harris says that word is never acceptable. Meanwhile, it is back to work for Congress today after a long late summer recess. Democrats are expected to work on gun control, election security and of course impeachment of President Trump.last_img

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Fourth person indicted in 2017 killing of Boca Raton MMA fighter

first_imgA fourth person has been indicted in the 2017 murder of a local MMA fighter.Aaron Rajman, reportedly known as the only local Orthodox Jewish MMA fighter, was shot and killed during a home invasion in July of 2013.On Thursday, a grand jury indicted Cameron Burgess-Clark on charges of first-degree murder and armed home invasion.He was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail and is being held without bond following a hearing Wednesday morning.It is unclear at this time what role the 25-year-old Riviera Beach man is alleged to have played in the fatal shooting of Rajman.In August of 2017, three suspects, including a 16-year-old old girl, were indicted on charges of first-degree murder and armed home invasion in connection to Rajman’s death.The suspects, Summer Church, Jace Swinton, and Roberto Ortizstole, reportedly broke into Rajman’s Boca Raton home and stole multiple items, including swords, marijuana, a scale, narcotics, and money.Rajman was fatally shot while the robbery was in progress after engaging in a physical confrontation with several men who entered his home around 10:30 p.m, according to PBSO.In July of this year, Church, who was 16 at the time of the killing, and Swinton, who was 18, plead guilty to second-degree murder and were sentenced to 10 years in prison and another ten years of probation.A trial has not yet been set for the case against Ortiz, who was 18 at the time of Rajman’s death.last_img read more

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Navy Veteran’s body found in apartment 3-years after his death

first_imgThe body of a Navy Veteran was discovered in an apartment almost 3-years after he initially died.The discovery was made earlier this week by staff of the DeSoto Town Center Apartments in DeSoto, Texas.According to the report, the staff at the apartment complex decided to conduct a check on apartments that had not been using water for an extended period of time, and that’s when they found 51-year-old Ronald Wayne White deceased on the kitchen floor of his apartment.A Dallas County medical examiner later determined that White had been deceased for at least three years when his body was found.Staff at the apartment complex say that they were unaware that anything was wrong because White was a month-to-month renter and the payments were automatically being taken out of his bank account.White’s mother Doris Stevens, told reporters that her son was working for a defense contractor and that the job took him all over the world but that she would hear from him once or twice a month. Stevens says she began to worry when she stopped receiving his phone calls and couldn’t contact him herself. The mother says she got no response when she called him, his last known address was invalid and when she contacted the police, she was told that because he was an adult who is known to travel a lot, they could not pursue it as a missing person case.Stevens says she also looked into hiring a private investigator but did not have the money for it.“When the medical examiner told me three years, my knees gave away. Three years? And that’s what I can’t get past in my brain. I can’t get past three years,” Stevens told reporters at WFAA. “My biggest question is, how in the world could my son have been dead in that apartment and nobody knows anything?”While there has been no word on White’s cause of death, authorities did report that there was no indication of foul play and that they found several medications indicating that White had diabetes.last_img read more

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DNA Matches “Pillowcase Rapist” to 25 South Florida Women

first_imgProsecutors revealed on Thursday that a 60-year-old jailed sex offender’s DNA has been matched to at least 25 rape victims that date to the early- and mid-1980s.Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle named Robert Eugene Koehler as the Pillowcase Rapist at a news conference. He is believed to have sexually assaulted more than 40 women in South Florida between 1981 and 1986, and possibly longer.Rundle added that she believes numerous cases against him will be prosecuted and said, “This offender will never, ever be free again.”The break in the case happened after Koehler’s son, 29-year-old Robert Koehler, was arrested last September and charged with attempted burglary, domestic violence assault and criminal mischief in Melbourne, Florida.Since the charge was a felony, Robert Koehler’s DNA was taken and then entered in a national database, where it was connected to a 1983 Miami rape case.That led investigators to his father, who lived in Miami during the early 1980s, when the younger Koehler was not born yet.They tracked the 60-year-old in Brevard County and tailed him to a grocery store, where they collected evidence from a grocery cart he had used, as well as a door handle. The initial DNA provided enough evidence to give prosecutors probable cause to arrest Koehler last Saturday at his home in Palm Bay.He was moved to Miami on Wednesday, where a judge issued a search warrant to collect additional DNA from him. That DNA was analyzed and produced a 100 percent match to the DNA found on at least 25 of the women who alleged they were raped by the Pillowcase Rapist during the 1980s.The judge decided at Koehler’s first bond appearance that he will remain jailed without bond.UPDATED: Alleged South Florida “Pillowcase Rapist” was Caught and Freed in 1990last_img read more

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Feasibility Study Underway for a Microgrid in Middletown

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |MIDDLETOWN – In the wake of Super Storm Sandy much of the north side of the township went dark for at least two weeks, with others forced to live without power for nearly a month.It was a trying time, and with that in mind, last November the governing body moved toward establishing a more stable future by awarding a $150,000 grant from the State Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to Leidos Engineering for a 12-month feasibility study. The goal of the study is to test the viability of a waterfront location at Naval Weapons Station Earle in Leonardo for the installation of a community microgrid.So far, the study’s authors have found that a microgrid at Earle is technically feasible, but no further conclusive recommendations could be made until the final stages of the study are completed in December, said Paul Heitmann, an independent consultant contracted by Leidos, who spoke at a Sept. 27 public information session at the Middletown Township Public Library.Township administrator Anthony P. Mercantante said a microgrid could enhance the reliability of distribution, which would benefit public safety by eliminating the need for costly generators and diesel fuel to power critical community facilities.During a severe weather event, a community microgrid of this magnitude could be used to power critical community facilities like NWS Earle’s Waterfront Administration Area, the Township of Middletown Sewage Authority, NY Waterways Ferry Terminal, Middletown Public Works and CNG Fueling Facilities, Middletown’s municipal complex, Leonardo Elementary School, Bayview Elementary School, Bayshore Middle School, Monmouth County Highway Department, Middletown Fire Stations 3 (Belford Engine), 4 (Community, in Leonardo) and 7 (Belford Independent) and the Monmouth County Bayshore Outfall Authority.Traffic signals on coastal evacuation routes like State Route 35, 36 and Leonardville Road could also be powered by the microgrid, as well as the $110 million Port Monmouth Flood Wall, which is in Phase II of construction, and will serve as an important defense against severe flooding upon its completion, Mercantante said.In order to make a determination about the naval base site, Heitmann said the researchers will be seeking a better understanding of energy use at the facilities and roadways, the kinds of technologies at these sites – such as installed gas-powered generators – and what legislative hurdles, environmental restrictions and regulatory barriers must be overcome for such a project.In terms of these obstacles, Heitmann said the tide is turning in New Jersey thanks to a new regime led by Gov. Phil Murphy.“At least tentatively, overcoming all three of those is looking, to some degree, like a possibility,” Heitmann said in an Oct. 2 interview with The Two River Times. “Looking around the country, the biggest factor in overcoming these hurdles is the degree to which the utility is willing to cooperate and collaborate, rather than provide friction to slow the process in order to maintain their current business model.”In Middletown’s case, Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) is the service provider that would need to play ball, but Heitmann said it’s not a one-way street.“In areas where the utility has embraced the concept and realized that microgrids can be an asset for them, and where regulators work with utilities to ensure they stay whole on revenues while rewarding them for taking risks to transform their business model, these projects can work.”The Middletown effort is one of just 13 microgrid studies approved by the state and when it’s filed to the BPU in December, the study will be considered for further development. If selected, the project will be elevated from concept plan to design proposal and from that point actual cost estimates can be generated.“That’s when the big questions arise: Who’s funding this? How are we going to pay for it?” Mercantante said of the project, which he speculates will be a multimillion dollar endeavor. “Nobody knows that for sure. But it is well beyond the ability of any single town to finance.”Mercantante said the third phase of the process – funding the installation – is still very unclear. “It’s unknown whether the funding will come from private sector money, current utility companies or newly formed utility companies. It’s certainly not going to be the government.”This article was first published in the Oct. 4-10, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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Nelson Rep Teams bring home lone medal at BC Soccer Provincial Cup tournaments

first_imgMeanwhile the U14 played well, but finished eighth overall in the tournament after losing 1-0 to Terrace.The Selects lost to Vernon (2-0) and Cowichan Valley (1-0) before drawing against host Chilliwack Attack (1-1).It appeared a goal by Abby Beauchamp 10 minutes into the contest would be enough to secure a win for the Select against the Attack. But the host team scored in the final seconds of the game to pull out the draw.In Richmond, Terrace pulled out a 3-2 win over the U18 Boys Selects to drop the Nelson squad into sixth spot in the standings.The U18 Selects finished with a 1-1-1 record, narrowly missing a medal round game after drawing against division winning Kamloops Blaze 1-1 in the final game of the round robin.Nelson defeated Richmond 2-1 to open the tournament before losing 3-0 to CCB Elite.In the U15 Boy’s Division, Nelson lost 3-2 to RYSA Lightning to finish sixth overall.The Selects tied Terrace (1-1) to open the tournament before dropping a decision to Penticton (3-0). Nelson defeated Prince George (1-0) in the in final round robin game. Nelson Youth Soccer teams returned with one medal as the U17 Selects took bronze at the BC Soccer Girls Provincial B Cup and Les Sinnott Memorial Boy’s Tournament this past weekend in Chilliwack and Richmond, respectively.The 17 Selects dumped Chilliwack Attack 6-1 to claim the bronze medal.Other results had the Nelson U13 Girls scoring a 3-0 shutout of RGSA Riot to capture fifth spot in the eight-team field. The Select finished pool play with a 1-2 record after a win over Bulkley Valley Rapids (3-1) and losses to North Shore (4-0) and Powell River (2-0).The U15 Selects finished sixth overall after dropping a heartbreaking 4-3 decision to Aldergrove Vipers.The Selects lost to Langley (4-2) and to Chilliwack (4-0) before stopping Kootenay rival Storm from Trail/Castlegar 3-0.last_img read more

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