More journalists abducted in eastern Ukraine and Crimea

first_img to go further RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan News June 7, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by the continuing abduction of journalists in eastern Ukraine and Crimea and urges the Russian and Ukrainian authorities and all militias active in the region to respect and protect journalists regardless of the editorial policies of the media they work for.Two journalists kidnapped and beaten in CrimeaTwo journalists with the Centre for Investigative Reporting in the Crimean capital of Simferopol, reporter Sergei Mokrushin and producer Vladlen Melnikov, were arrested at around 8 p.m. on 2 June by members of a “self-defence militia,” who took them to their headquarters, beat them, and examined the contents of their mobile phones and social network accounts.Mokrushin received repeated blows to the abdomen and lower back while Melnikov’s head was smashed against a pane of glass. The journalists said two local politicians were present while they were being beaten. The mistreatment only stopped when policemen arrived and took them away to a police station.The editor of the Centre for Investigative Reporting said the militiamen accused Mokrushin and Melnikov of “hooliganism” without offering any details. The two journalists were released during the night after questioning by the police. According to preliminary diagnoses, Mokrushin has ribcage bruising and possibly broken ribs.The Centre for Investigative Reporting is one of the few remaining independent news outlets in the region, where several media were closed following the Russian intervention. A member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network, it posts its findings on its website as well as reporting them as part of a TV programme. It also provides training in investigative journalism.Two newspaper editors kidnapped in DonetskThe editors of two regional newspapers – Aleksandr Brizh of Donbas and Leonid Lapa of Vecherny Donetsk – were kidnapped in Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine, on 2 June by anti-Kiev militiamen, who stormed into their offices and took them away.After being released later the same day, they said their separatist abductors had demanded a change in editorial policies. They refused on the grounds that, if they complied, their newspapers would be “breaking Ukrainian law,” which penalizes inciting separatism, and said that, instead, they would stop working into further notice.Vecherny Donetsk belongs to Rinat Akhmetov, an oligarch who is very influential in the region and who recently announced his support for the government in Kiev against the separatists of the “People’s Republic of Donetsk.”Myroslav Rudenko, one of the separatist leaders, said the two editors were abducted in reaction to the publication in recent weeks of special dossiers paid for by Akhmetov, “each page of which denigrated the People’s Republic of Donetsk and the people’s choice.”Dmytro Litvinenko, a journalist with the Ukrainian TV station STB, reported on 2 June that he was detained at a “People’s Republic of Donetsk” checkpoint for 12 hours on 29 May. The rebels examined his equipment and did not like the tone of his SMS messages and his recent reporting on the Donbas Battalion (a pro-Kiev militia).Litvinenko, his cameraman and their driver were tied up and beaten, and then taken with bags over their heads to the main SBU building in Donetsk, where the head of the separatist unit ordered their release as soon as he learned of their detention.Citizen-journalist still missing There is still no word of Artem Laryonov, an anti-Kiev citizen-journalist who was reported missing on 10 May. Ever since the start of the unrest in eastern Ukraine in March, he had been filming the activities of the rebels and the effects of the fighting, and posting his videos on Ustream and YouTube.According to two friends, he was seen for the last time at a Ukrainian army checkpoint between the eastern cities of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk. The Ukrainian authorities say they known nothing of his whereabouts. Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about Laryonov and urges anyone holding him to provide information about his current situation and state of health.Follow the Reporters Without Borders news feed on the main media freedom violations in Ukraine.(Photos: Viktor Drachev / AFP, AFP Photo / Artem Larionov family archive) News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts UkraineEurope – Central AsiaRussia June 4, 2014 – Updated on February 27, 2017 More journalists abducted in eastern Ukraine and Crimea center_img RSF_en UkraineEurope – Central AsiaRussia News Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia Organisation Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says June 4, 2021 Find out more June 8, 2021 Find out more “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF sayslast_img read more

Marlee Matlin Will Lead Spring Awakening Revival on Broadway

first_imgOscar and Golden Globe winner Marlee Matlin will headline the previously reported Broadway revival of Spring Awakening. Directed by Michael Arden, the Deaf West Theatre incarnation of the Tony-winning tuner will begin performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on September 8 and officially open on September 27. The limited engagement is currently set to end on January 9.Matlin will play Adult Woman. She won the Oscar and Golden Globe for her film debut in Children of a Lesser God and was nominated for Emmys for Seinfeld, Picket Fences, The Practice and Law and Order: SVU. Additional screen credits include The West Wing, The Player, Hear No Evil, It’s My Party, What the Bleep Do We Know, Reasonable Doubts, Glee, Family Guy and Switched at Birth. This will mark Matlin’s Broadway debut.A re-imagining of Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play with music by Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Steven Sater, Spring Awakening depicts how young people navigate the thrilling, confusing and mysterious time of their sexual awakening. The story centers around a brilliant young student named Melchior, his troubled friend Moritz and Wendla, a beautiful young girl on the verge of womanhood. This production will feature choreography by Hedwig’s Spencer Liff and be performed both in American Sign Language and English.Spring Awakening opened on Broadway on December 10, 2006 and received eight Tony Awards including Best Musical. The Great White Way production ran for 859 performances before closing on January 18, 2009.Additional casting will be announced shortly. The Deaf West production starred Smash and Broadway alums Krysta Rodriguez and Andy Mientus (Arden’s fiancé), along with Joey Antonio, Hillary Baack, Miles Barbee, Sean Barna, Katie Boeck, Joshua Castille, Julian Comeau, Daniel N. Durant, Treshelle Edmond, Sandra Mae Frank, Kathryn Gallagher, Gabrielle Garza, Sean Grandillo, Karla Gutierrez, Amelia Hensley, Lauren M. Luiz, Daniel Marmion, Austin McKenzie, Natacha Roi, Howie Seago, Daniel David Stewart, Ali Stroker, Alexandra Winter and Alex Wyse.The Brooks Atkinson currently plays host to It Shoulda Been You, which will close on August 9. Related Shows Spring Awakening View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2016last_img read more

Donegal director makes the cut for major USA film festival

first_imgA hard-hitting short film by up and coming Donegal filmmaker Brendan McCallion will have its North American premiere this month.McCallion’s ‘Backwater’ will feature at the Newport Beach Film Festival on Sunday 28th April – an event which attracts over 55,000 people and the industry’s best and brightest filmmakers.Fresh from National Film School at IADT, McCallion said that having his film on the big screen at this renowned festival is a milestone beyond his wildest dreams. The Culdaff man directed and wrote Backwater as part of his final college project. Now, it will be showcased alongside the movers and shakers of new Irish-curated cinema, including Brendan Gleeson’s film Psychic.Backwater tells the story of Tommy, a young man who lives in the depths of rural Ireland, and who must look after his sickly father. All the while he has succumb to a life of loneliness and isolation. When his older sister Dylan returns home to help him, letting go of his father proves to be much more difficult than he had first imagined.Backwater, directed by Brendan McCallionMcCallion shot the film in Westport, in the family home and farm of producer and co-writer Frank O’Malley.Since May 2018, Backwater has been screened at the Galway Film Fleadh and the Camerimage Film Festival in Poland. Brendan McCallionLooking ahead to Newport, McCallion told Donegal Daily how he drew from personal experiences to create the stark short film. “This was an extremely personal film for myself, as there were many themes I wanted to explore,” he said.“I did my Leaving Cert in 2009 when the downturn in the economy happened. I remember how much that hurt people’s way of life living in rural Ireland, and know how difficult it can be when so many other people go off to work or study abroad. Rural Ireland lost a piece of itself around that time, and I wanted to explore that a little in Backwater. “But the biggest theme I wanted to explore was looking after family members who are sick or in need of care. My own grandmother had Alzheimer’s for several years, and she lived with me and my family 3 years before we had to move her into care home. “What was amazing was how determined we were to look after. It felt like defeat when we had to admit we could no longer look after her. She was beyond our help at that stage. This is something that a lot of families go through year after year, and it is tremendously difficult. And that is what Backwater focuses on, that accepting that it is OK to let go is a sign of strength and not defeat. “I always say through these moments memories are made, and through those memories stories are told. This is how I have chosen to remember my grandmother, by taking those memories and allowing them to inspire a story like Backwater.”McCallion credits the success of Backwater to his cast and crew, who managed to pull off the project in just five days, in freezing February weather.“Even though we had a small crew compared with the other graduation films, it was an incredible experience working with that many people, all doing their own jobs to make your vision come to fruition. The cast of the film really gave it their all, and I really asked a lot of them as a lot of the scenes were very difficult.“I am enormously proud of my cast and crew who all helped one another out when times were not easy,” he added. While he will be unable to fund a trip to Newport Beach this month, McCallion is looking forward to the opportunities that the US screening will bring. He said: “I am tremendously excited to have Backwater screen to an American audience at last, and couldn’t imagine a better festival to have our premiere at. It is something I will forever cherish, and the support from people at home has meant the world to me also.”Donegal director makes the cut for major USA film festival was last modified: April 20th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:backwaterbrendan mccallionfilmfilm festivallast_img read more

Top Fueler wrestlers place at Eastside Classic

first_imgThe Top Fueler wrestling team from Red Bluff placed third in Eastside Classic Tournament at Foothill High School in Redding recently. Placing in the tournament were Gabe Crump first, Jimmy Beckwith first, Jennifer Soto second, Gunner Bonner second, Blake Miller second, Hunter Bonner second, Jordan Doughty second, Brice Clinger second, Leland Gridley second, Bainan Dion second, Dakota Bunn third, Makenna Bunn third, Barett Byrne third, Seth Miller third, Tyler Peyerson third, Alex Eye third, …last_img

Ex-Man United winger Nani joins Orlando City of MLS

first_imgFILE – In this Jan. 24, 2018, file photo, Lazio’s Nani, top, and Udinese’s Bram Nuytinck go for the ball during a soccer match in Rome, Italy. Former Manchester United winger Nani has become the latest 30-plus star to join Major League Soccer after a career in Europe, agreeing to a three-year contract with Orlando City. The team said Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, that Nani was given a free transfer from Portugal’s Sporting Lisbon and will be a designated player who counts only partially against the team’s salary cap. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)ORLANDO, Florida — Former Manchester United winger Nani has become the latest 30-plus star to join Major League Soccer after a career in Europe, agreeing to a three-year contract with Orlando City.The team said Monday that Nani was given a free transfer from Portugal’s Sporting Lisbon and will be a designated player who counts only partially against the team’s salary cap.ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments Nani served as Portugal’s captain after Cristiano Ronaldo was hurt during the first half of the extra-time victory over France in the 2016 European Championship final. He has 24 goals in 112 international appearances, including a goal against the U.S. at the 2014 World Cup.He has played for Sporting Lisbon (2005-07, 2014-15 and 2018-19), Manchester United (2007-14), Turkey’s Fenerbahce (2015-16), Spain’s Valencia (2016-17) and Italy’s Lazio (2017-18). He won four Premier League titles and the 2008 Champions League with Manchester United.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Azkals give up two late goals, yield to Vietnamese Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more


first_imgWelcome to the last edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch for July 2005…the next edition will be August 1st…hard to believe how fast the year is going! The All Nations tournament is now exactly 3 months away, keep an eye on the website for all the latest news as the event draws closer… * We’re having a massive stocktake sale in an attempt to clear some of the piles of merchandise, hats, t-shirts etc that have built up in our storage over the last couple of years. There’s some great bargains, including clothes from the 2005 Youth World Cup, NTL gear and more. If you’re a coach or from a local association looking for some shirts that you could use for uniforms for your juniors, there’s plenty of options here. These shirts could be perfect for your kids to run around in at their park competition, could have numbers ironed on and are a cheap matching uniform! If you’re after some gear like hats, waist bags and beanies, there’s also plenty of sales, so make sure you get in quick. Stock is certainly limited, check out the following website for all of the prices, sizes, colours and styles on offer: TOUCH FOOTBALL SHOP- STOCKTAKE SALE Any orders can be purchased online or sent to Casey at [email protected] * Just so everyone knows we’ve now become Touch Football Australia (rather than Australian Touch Association) as we were previously known. TFA will replace ATA. (It will take a little getting used to for us all!) * The Southern Suns held their annual forum over the weekend, bringing together representatives from their region to Yass for discussion on all areas of the sport, technical area, AusTouch and more. One positive outcome of the forum was the response to the junior Touch Footy program AusTouch…the Suns are aiming to get an AusTouch leader accredited in each affiliate and have commenced with Goulburn, Yass, Leeton, Tarcutta, Moruya, Temora, Wollongong and Finley already achieving this goal. Courses are also planned for Griffith and Wagga to accredit people from Hay, Moama-Echuca, Coolamon, Junee, Albury, Ardlethan, Cootamundra and Gundagai as AusTouch leaders. The Coaching forum and Selctors forum were also very well received by attendees and the Referees forum covered a lot of topics which will continue to help the Southern Suns become a stronger and better region. Congratulations to Ross Freestone who has been appointed to replace Brian Smith as the Suns Director of Referees and the Suns would like to than Brian for the great job he did and wish him well in his move North. Suns director Rod Wise also indicated how great it was to see the smaller affiliates like Finley, Temora, Moruya, Jerrabomberra, Leeton and Tarcutta represented at the forum. * In other NSW news the Vawdon Cup held it’s second round over the weekend, with Cronulla, Penrith, Parramatta, Central Coast all coming out winners and Wests and Canterbury playing out a 3-3 draw in the Mens Premier League. In the Womens Premier League Canterbury, Newcastle Uni and Easts all grabbed wins. * In Queensland development officers Phil Gyemore and Terry McSweeney have visited the town of Charleville in Western Qld last week. Charleville is the largest town in the South West of Queensland’s outback region and Queensland Touch will be sending us a report of what’s happening in Touch for that region later this week. * For those of you who are wondering what staff changes have been taking place in the TFA (formerly ATA) office in recent times, here’s an explanation… CEO Bill Ker has now officially retired, although he continues to help the office staff with finalising several important matters. Kevin Thompson is now working his way steadily through the piles of daily work on his desk. Gwynne Ker, who organised international tours and also acted as Personal Assistant to the CEO has also retired and from her reports is busy at home spending more time with her beautiful grandkids and packing up their home for their upcoming move interstate. Maree Curran has taken over the work Gwynne was doing for the All Nations tournament, so please be patient as there is a lot of organisation and preparation to do for 10 Australian teams! Kristy McManus has moved from the receptionist role to be Kevin’s Personal Assistant and has also taken over organising National Travel and Accommodation for events such as AGM’s, staff trips, tournaments etc. Kristy has taken this Travel Management role from Rachel Moyle, who will continue her work in the field of Media and will also take over Gwynne Ker’s other role in the Merchandise area. Rachel will be organising the merchandise you see on sale on the internet shop and so forth. Casey Topp comes into the office after working for several months helping with odd jobs and data entry, taking over the role of receptionist for the office. Finally, Colm Maguire has come on board as the Elite Performance Manager, he’ll be based out of the Touch SA office for the next couple of months, after which he’ll be moving to Brisbane and continuing the role there. It will no doubt take us all a few weeks to settle into our new roles, so please be patient with us as we work together and of you’re unsure of who to contact for your query, check out the homepage with all the contact details * Remember all requests for assistance with writing media releases or gaining some coverage for upcoming events such as the Under 18 Championships and the All Nations tournament can be sent to Rachel Moyle at [email protected] * If you have any info for future editions of Sixty Seconds in Touch, send the details to [email protected] * The next edition of Touch-e-Talk is due out next week, already it’s looking choc full of more great articles, info and feature stories on our Open and Senior Australian representatives. To join the mailing list simply send your email address to [email protected] or jump on the website next Wednesday for the latest edition. * The National 18’s Championships are just 2 months away. Preparations are well underway with the teams being finalised and organisation for an Opening Ceremony getting started. We’ll be holding a big opening ceremony that combines welcoming all teams with sending off the 10 Australian sides heading to the All Nations. Plans are well afoot to send them off in style, presenting them with an Australian flag and allowing the National 18’s players to wish them all the best as they head off to face the other nations and especially as they reignite the rivalry with the Kiwis. By Rachel Moylelast_img read more

Australian Coaching Workforce Study

first_imgDeakin University is seeking your input to gain a better understanding of the work you do as a coach. Sport coaching researchers at Deakin University are interested in finding out what work goes into coaching individual athletes and teams. They want to know how much time, money, and resources go into preparing you and your athletes/teams each week, what you think about your development as a coach and are interested in seeking your views about how to best support you.The aim of this research is to help with the development of policies and management practices at national, state and community levels of sport that will better support and improve the way you coach.To participate in this research, simply click on the link to the Australian Coaching Workforce online survey below which will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. you would like more information about this research project please contact Dr Andrew Dawson by phone (03)92517309 or email [email protected] Related Filescoach_workforce_ad-pdflast_img read more

16 days agoBrahim Díaz told by Real Madrid to find loan club

first_imgBrahim Díaz told by Real Madrid to find loan clubby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrahim Díaz has been told by Real Madrid he must leave on-loan in January.The young midfielder is rated highly by coach Zinedine Zidane, but has been told there is no place for him in Real’s immediate plans.Brahim is yet to get on the pitch this season and he’s been told to find himself a loan club to step up his development.Both in January when he arrived from Manchester City and over the summer, Brahim refused to leave on-loan.But management are pushing him to change his mind leading up to the winter market. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img