Assange extradition appeal denied

first_img RSF_en London High Court rejected Assange’s extradition appeal on November 2nd. He has 14 days to consider an appeal to the Supreme Court before being sent to face trial in Sweden. Help by sharing this information November 2, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Assange extradition appeal deniedcenter_img Organisation Newslast_img

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RWB reiterates call for fair trial after journalist freed

first_img Receive email alerts News June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Belarus RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” December 10, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RWB reiterates call for fair trial after journalist freed BelarusEurope – Central Asia News Organisation May 28, 2021 Find out more Newscenter_img Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News RSF_en to go further “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says BelarusEurope – Central Asia Alyaksandr Alesin was granted a provisional release today subject to his being available for questioning and not leaving Minsk. The treason charge has been dropped but he is still accused of “collaborating with the intelligence services of a foreign government.”Reporters Without Borders reiterates its appeal to the authorities to respect his right to an impartial and open trial. Alesin spent two weeks incommunicado before the Committee for State Security acknowledged two days ago that it was holding him.————-09.12.2014 – RWB calls for immediate release of journalist held on spying chargeThe Committee for State Security (KGB) said yesterday that it has been holding journalist Alyaksandr Alesin since 25 November on spying charges that carry a sentence of five to 15 years in prison.Reporters Without Borders calls for Alesin’s immediate release and respect for his right to due process. The KGB yesterday told his family that he is charged under articles 356 and 356-1 of the Belarus penal code with “high treason” and “collaborating with the special security services or intelligence services of a foreign government.”The main suspect in the case is said to be a foreign diplomat which whom Alesin was having a drink in a Minsk café when they were reportedly detained by KGB agents.A state-appointed lawyer has requested that Alesin, who has heart problems, should be released on health grounds. Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities not to hold his trial behind close doors, the usual practice when journalists are accused of spying.——————————05.12.2014 – Where is journalist Alyaksandr Alesin?Reporters Without Borders is concerned for the safety of the Belarus journalist, a military affairs specialist, who disappeared last month and is believed under arrest for alleged spying.Alyaksandr Alesin, also an expert in economics, has disappeared from sight. According to information gathered by Charter97.org, an opposition website, the journalist was seized on 28 November by state security (KGB) agents at a cafe in central Minsk and accused of espionage.Charter97.org also reports that political figures unofficially confirmed KGB involvement. But the security agency has declined so far to issue a statement.“We are deeply concerned by the silence surrounding the disappearance of Alyaksandr Alesin,” said Lucie Morrillon, programme director of Reporters Without Borders. “We call on Belarus authorities, in particular the KGB, to disclose as soon as possible their possible involvement in this disappearance, as well as the possible charges of espionage against Alyaksandr Alesin.”The editor in chief of Belorusy i Rynok, the daily for which Alesin has worked for nearly 20 years, said on 4 December that the journalist had not come to the office since 28 November. But the editor made no further comment.According to other sources, Alesin has been out of reach since he vanished. His telephone is turned off. The Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ), a RWB partner organization and winner of the 2004 Sakharov Prize, as well as the Viasna Human Rights Centre, have also expressed their deep concern for Alesin. They published an appeal to the authorities to state where he is being held.Alesin also contributes to the BelaPAN news agency and the naviny.by and Nasha Niva websites. He is known for his professionalism and for work of high quality.The journalist’s disappearance coincides with charges against two Lithuanian citizens who are accused of spying for Belarus. Charter97 and Nasha Niva raise the possibility that Belarus authorities may be using Alesin as a means of reprisal. On 3 December, the Lithuanian prosecutor’s office accused a Lithuanian citizen of having transmitted information on the armed forces to a Belarus security agency. The previous month, on 10 November, another Lithuanian, a former airline company employee, was accused of having transmitted to Minsk information on sensitive Lithuanian infrastructure, including military installations.The Ukrainian crisis is aggravating tensions between Lithuania and Belarus. The latter country’s president, Alexander Lukashenko, has criticized Russia’s annexation of Crimea, but has also welcomed establishment of a Russian airbase in Belarus planned for 2015. Lithuania and the two other Baltic countries, for their part, have had the NATO presence in the region expanded.Belarus is ranked 157th of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders 2014 World Press Freedom Index.(Photo: www.svoboda.org) May 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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22 days agoStupid Spurs meltdown: Why can’t Eriksen just switch off his phone?!

first_imgStupid Spurs meltdown: Why can’t Eriksen just switch off his phone?!by Chris Beattie22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: Stupid. Moronic. Self-destructive. Pick one out – after all, Hugo Lloris had to do that seven times on Tuesday. But take one word to describe Christian Eriksen’s actions in the aftermath of the Bayern Munich humiliation…Ahh, remember the old days? Way, waaay back? Way back to 2017, when Prem players en masse, having delivered a performance as Spurs fans endured this week, would later admit wanting to stay in doors. Ashamed to show their face around the local haunts. Fearful of seeing the disappointment written across the faces of their most loyal and supportive fans. But today? Well today, at least if you’re a Spurs player, you’re straight onto your phone and your social media account. Not to offer an apology for the rank performance their fans have just witnessed. A humiliation. Something “historic”, as Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Bayern’s chief exec, described the 7-2 drubbing in London. Oh no, Eriksen was on his phone, on social media, reacting to some obscure, fantasist’s gossip about his girlfriend and teammate Jan Vertonghen. Gossip which hadn’t reached the press. Something that not only had just existed online – but in a tiny echo chamber. Though clearly an echo chamber Eriksen was aware of.And that gets to the crux of all this. In Eriksen’s world. In the player’s bubble. This social media account making these claims, matters. But beyond the scores of people (and that’s being generous) whom pay attention to this stuff, what matters is the last performance and the last result – in no particular order. That Eriksen, backed up by Vertonghen, should feel the need to address this garbage – and in the process bring it into the mainstream – is indeed stupid, moronic and self-destructive. Especially when the club is teetering as it is.Why even pick up your phone after such a result? Why switch it on and let all the abuse wash over you? Why not, just as players did not so long ago, do the electronic version of keeping their head down and simply switch the bloody thing off? Eriksen is a good pro and a good man. Those whom have been with this column long-term will be well aware of his attempts to move to a higher level. But he never made it obvious. He’s never kicked up a fuss or downed tools. Indeed, as we’ve covered here, the first hint of ambitions elsewhere didn’t come from him, but a former agent, Bayram Tutumlu – and that was over two years ago. But no matter the frustration, Eriksen has never let it influence his football.But with this one, he’s messed up. With Spurs being pulled apart like never before. From the chairman, to the manager and the players. To give oxygen to something that would’ve melted away in time was ridiculous. And delivering another negative angle to the storyline of this Spurs season is only half of it.With Chris Waddle ranting about a needed clearout. With manager Mauricio Pochettino accusing his players of “giving up” – and captain Hugo Lloris later admitting as much. With the headlines ablaze with stories about the commitment at Spurs, the last thing the fans want to see on the backpages of the biggest dailies is the stuff Eriksen volunteered to get in the middle of. At worst, for those who believe what they read on social media, all it’s done is fuel the talk that the players are at eachother’s throats. And for the others, Eriksen’s response only affirms the doubts about their focus this season.A week ago, Pochettino admitted the dressing room was fractured, stating: “Maybe performances are good but we need this mental connection, this energy to be all together, not to have different agendas in the squad. We need time again to build that togetherness.”And in response, this column was critical of the Spurs manager and his contribution to this disunity. However, it must now be said, what chance has Pochettino to turn things around when his senior players are allowing themselves to be manipulated like this?The timing was stupid. The reaction moronic. And the result self-destructive. Next time – and for the sake of Spurs fans you hope there isn’t a next time – just switch the bloody thing off. TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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ExUS Navy Officers Face Criminal Charges over Collisions

first_imgzoom The commanding officers of two US Navy destroyers, which were involved in fatal collisions in 2017, could face courts-martial and military criminal charges, US Navy said in a statement.The charges are a part of the navy’s efforts to address the problems that led to the collisions of USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain with merchant vessels in the Pacific Ocean on June 17 and August 21, respectively, in which 17 sailors lost their lives.As a result, the US Navy dismissed several senior officers, including the commander of the US 7th Fleet. The officials have now informed that investigative hearings would be held to review evidence supporting possible criminal charges against the commanding officers and several lower-ranking officers who served on the two destroyers.The commanding officer and three other officers on the USS Fitzgerald are facing charges including dereliction of duty, hazarding a vessel, and negligent homicide. Additionally, the commanding officer of USS John S. McCain faces charges include dereliction of duty, hazarding a vessel, and negligent homicide. Also, one charge of dereliction of duty was preferred and is pending referral to a forum for a chief petty officer, the US Navy said.“The announcement of an Article 32 hearing and referral to a court-martial is not intended to and does not reflect a determination of guilt or innocence related to any offenses. All individuals alleged to have committed misconduct are entitled to a presumption of innocence,” the statement reads.Additional administrative actions are being conducted for members of both crews including non-judicial punishment for four Fitzgerald and four John S. McCain crewmembers.last_img read more

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PEI artist honours deceased Cree activist

first_imgAPTN National NewsNew work by a stained glass artist will honour a young Cree activist who died in 2010.Shannen Koostachin fought for a new school to be built on her remote First Nation in northern Ontario.Koostachin was killed in a car accident at age 15.But her fight for equal education goes on .APTN’s Trina Roache has more.last_img

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Oil curtailment mistakes spawn costly Alberta rail plan Husky execs say

first_imgMike McKinnon, spokesman for Alberta Energy Minister Marg McCaig-Boyd, defended the curtailment plan in an email, noting that it is working to improve oil prices and save jobs.“The decision to temporarily limit production was applied fairly and equitably,” he said. “We know that limiting production is not ideal or sustainable. That’s exactly why we have a plan to move more oil by rail until new pipelines are built.”The province announced last week its plan to add 120,000 bpd in crude-by-rail capacity by next year. Opposition leader Jason Kenney has said he will cancel the deals with Canada’s two major railways if he is elected premier in the spring election.Husky’s fourth-quarter results were hit by suspended production following an oil spill at its White Rose oilfield off the coast of St. John’s, N.L., a longer-than-expected maintenance shutdown at its refinery in Lima, Ohio, and lower oil prices.Husky reported $216 million in net earnings in the last three months of 2018, versus analyst expectations of $257 million, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.That compared with a profit of $672 million in the same quarter a year earlier.Production averaged 304,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, off from 320,000 boe/d a year earlier.Husky says output this year is expected to average 290,000 to 305,000 boe/d, including oil curtailments and the loss of production from White Rose through at least the first quarter.The company’s stock closed down by about 7.5 per cent on the Toronto Stock Exchange at $14.77. CALGARY, AB – The Alberta government’s decision to spend $3.7 billion to move more crude by rail is an unintended consequence of its poorly considered production cut order, executives with Husky Energy Inc. charged on Tuesday.The Calgary-based company, which has opposed provincial curtailments as an unwelcome interference in the market, raised its level of criticism on a conference call to discuss its fourth-quarter results.The province imposed production quotas as of Jan. 1 designed to keep 325,000 barrels per day of crude off the market, supporting prices by opening space on full export pipelines and drawing down overflowing storage. Husky maintains that its integrated upstream and downstream operations and pipeline contracts had allowed it to continue to be profitable even when discounts on western Canadian crude reached record levels last November.“We are now seeing some of the unintended consequences starting to arise, like the rapid fall-off of rail shipments out of the province,” said CEO Rob Peabody on the call.“This curtailment punishes companies like Husky that have made investments in refineries and pipeline capacity while rewarding those companies that have not…. The Alberta government is now shutting in perfectly economic production.”He said an informal secondary crude market has been created in Alberta which has allowed Husky to buy small amounts of oil from other producers to send to market.Integrated companies like Suncor Energy Inc. and Imperial Oil Ltd. _ who had opposed the production cuts _ charge that lower discounts mean crude-by-rail is no longer profitable, although curtailment supporter Cenovus Energy Inc has said it would increase its crude-by-rail shipments this year.The province announced last month it would allow production quotas in February and March to rise by 75,000 bpd due to declining storage levels.center_img But chief operating officer Rob Symonds said on the call Husky is actually being hit harder now than it was in January.“In February and March … the province has said the curtailment is being reduced, but our quota went down,” he said. “So our curtailment went up when the provincial number went down. That’s why I’m a little confused as to how the math works.”He wouldn’t give Husky’s actual curtailment number, which he said is about 20 per cent of potential Alberta oil production.He said the company has shut in some conventional heavy oil wells that will likely be too badly damaged to be started up again when curtailment ends.last_img read more

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Shell urges CAPP to adjust emission policies to support carbon pricing

first_imgIn the report, Shell says CAPP is out of line because it doesn’t comment on the Paris accord, nor does it publicly support federal and provincial carbon pricing frameworks in Canada.It adds that it is aligned with CAPP, however, on support of Canada’s climate targets and policies that encourages technology and innovation to address climate change, as well as on the use of natural gas as an energy source and properly managing methane.Shell was a much bigger player in the Canadian oilpatch before it sold most of its oilsands assets to Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. in 2017.“Taking into account the broader value of our membership, we remain a committed member of CAPP. We will continue to engage with the association and closely monitor our alignment on climate-related topics,” the Shell report concludes. CALGARY, A.B. – Global energy giant Royal Dutch Shell is urging Canada’s largest oil and gas organization to get off the fence and support both the Paris climate accord and the pricing of carbon to encourage greenhouse gas emission reductions.In a new report, Shell says it has reviewed its relationships with 19 industry associations around the world and decided to leave one of them, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, because of “material misalignment.”It found some misalignment with nine others, including the Calgary-based Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.last_img read more

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Dhawan Bhuvneshwar dropped from highest category of central contracts

first_imgNew Delhi: The BCCI has dropped struggling opener Shikhar Dhawan and pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar from the highest category of central contracts but promoted young wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant to the second highest A category. The Indian cricket Board (BCCI) announced the annual contracts late on Thursday night with Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar, who no longer are certainties in all three formats, being dropped from the A+ category, where a player gets a retainer of Rs 7 crore. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together India skipper Virat Kohli, ODI vice-captain Rohit Sharma and pacer Jasprit Bumrah are now the only three players in the A+ category. It is not a surprise that Dhawan’s contract has been downgraded considering that he is no longer a part of the Test set-up and endured an ordinary last three months in the limited overs format. Pant, on the other hand, has been rewarded for his good show in Test cricket and has jumped directly into the A group after being ignored last year. The A category players get Rs 5 crore. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open The southpaw hit hundreds in England and Australia and seems ready to take on the mantle from Mahendra Singh Dhoni once the former captain retires. The other players in the A category are Dhoni, Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar, Mohammad Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane. Chinaman Kuldeep, who has become India’s frontline spinner in all three formats, has also been promoted to A from the B category. Murali Vijay, who was in the A category until last year, has been dropped altogether after a dismal Test tour of Australia. Pujara, despite his stupendous show in Australia, remains in the A category as he is only one-format player. All-rounder Hardik Pandya and opener KL Rahul continue to remain in the B category where a player fetches Rs 3 crore. The others in the same category are leggie Yuzvendara Chahal and pacer Umesh Yadav. The C category, where a player receives Rs 1 crore, comprises Dinesh Karthik, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Hanuma Vihari, Khaleel Ahmed, Kedar Jadhav and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, who missed the most of the season due to an injury and last played for India in January 2018.last_img read more

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Emotional MH370 families demand answers 5 yrs on

first_imgKuala Lumpur: Emotional relatives of those aboard Flight MH370 Friday demanded answers to one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries and called for the hunt to resume, five years on from the plane’s disappearance. The Malaysia Airlines jet vanished on March 8, 2014 carrying 239 people — mostly from China — en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. No sign of it was found in a 120,000-square kilometre Indian Ocean search zone and the Australian-led hunt, the largest in aviation history, was suspended in January 2017. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingA US exploration firm launched a private hunt last year but it ended after several months of scouring the seabed without success.Around 50 relatives of Chinese passengers travelled to Beijing from around the country to mark the anniversary and gathered outside the foreign ministry, with some weeping as police officers looked on. Hu Qiufang told AFP that family members had spent the past year pleading to see the foreign minister but they were only granted a meeting with a low-level official Friday, who told them there were no updates.last_img read more

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Mamata warns BJP against spreading hate politics

first_imgKolkata: Coming down heavily on the BJP, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee warned the party against spreading hate politics and in the same breath, urged people to preserve the country’s unity and integrity. She was addressing a gathering at Mahamilan Math of Jay Guru cult at Baranagar on Monday evening.”From time immemorial, the rishis in India had talked about religious harmony and peace. It is our tradition to love and respect the people belonging to other religions, cults and faith. Our parents, teachers and elders have taught us to respect our neighbours irrespective of their faith and religion. But over the years, things have changed in India. In the name of religion, hatred is being propagated and attempts have been made to weaken the society by spreading divisive messages,” she said, adding: “At times I become scared and ask myself whether we can save the country’s unity and integrity.” Recalling her experience in Puri, the Chief Minister said: “Some people belonging to a political party had raised slogans that I was not a Hindu and tried to prevent me from entering the temple. I was shocked. This is not Indian culture and tradition.” Without naming BJP, she warned the party and said in India the motive of dividing the country would not work. “Who are they to decide how I should dress, what I should eat or which religion I should follow? In the name of protecting cows, people were lynched. This is not Hinduism. This is the religion of some hooligans,” Banerjee added. Referring to ‘sanatan dharma’, Banerjee said: “Humanism and harmony are the basic tenets of Hinduism. Religion is intimately connected with service (seva) and when you offer service you do not see the person’s religion, caste or creed.” Contd on P7last_img read more

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