Two journalists conditionally freed, but a third stays in labour camp

first_img to go further Follow the news on Belarus News Ivaskevich has been serving a sentence of two years hard labour since 16 December 2002. He was convicted of defaming the president in an article in an election special in the summer of 2001 which was headlined, “A thief’s place is in prison” and which accused the president of corruption. “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown May 27, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts BelarusEurope – Central Asia News BelarusEurope – Central Asia June 3, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists conditionally freed, but a third stays in labour camp The administration of the Baranovichy labour camp announced on 3 June thatViktar Ivaskevich’s sentence has been reduced as a result of an amnesty. Hisrelease date is now 16 December, a year earlier than scheduled. He can nowalso request to be released on bail on 16 June.______A court in the southern town of Zhlobin on 21 March ordered the release for good conduct of Pavel Mazheiko, of the opposition newspaper Pagonya, and he returned at once to his home in Grodno. He was convicted of libelling President Alexander Lukashenko in a September 2001 article headed “Come and vote” and since 1 September 2002 had been serving a sentence of a year at hard labour in Zhlobin. Last month, the supreme court declined to review his conviction.______Reporters Without Borders today welcomed the release on parole of Nikolai Markevich, editor of the opposition newspaper Pagonya, on 4 March but stressed that it was unacceptable that there were still constraints on his freedom and reiterated its calls for the release of Pagonya reporter Pavel Majeiko and Viktor Ivaskevich, editor of the opposition newspaper Rabochy, still serving sentences of hard labour for “insulting and defaming” President Alexander Lukashenko.”Letting Nikolai Markevich go home was the least they could do,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said. “Neither he nor any other journalist should ever have been given a prison sentence for expressing their opinion,” Ménard said, protesting that two other journalists were still imprisoned in Belarus just for doing their job because the authorities do not respect press freedom.”Nikolai Markevich should not be on parole but fully free to his job as an editor, just as Pavel Majeiko and Viktor Ivaskevich should be released immediately and without conditions,” Ménard said, demanding the repeal of articles 367, 368 and 369 of the criminal code under which they were jailed. These articles, which provide for up to five years in prison for “insulting and defaming the president” were an “aberration,” he said.A court in Osipovichi (south of Minsk) ruled on 4 March that Markevich could return to his home in Grodno, near the Polish border, subject to his submitting to regular judicial controls, finding a job and paying 15 per cent of his salary to the state for 12 months. He had been serving a sentence of 18 months hard labour in internal exile in Osipovichi since 1 September 2002. He was convicted for carrying reports in the 4 September 2001 issue of Pagonya accusing President Lukashenko of involvement in the disappearances of government opponents including journalist Dmitri Zavadski.Since 1 September 2002, Majeiko has been serving a sentence of one year of hard labour in the southern city of Zhlobin for criticising the president in an article published in Pagonya in September 2001. The supreme court upheld his conviction in February. RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” News Organisation May 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en last_img read more

A bright future on the cards for nine-year-old Afton from Limerick

first_img Previous articleWorld famous German band to compete in Limerick championshipNext articleTraveller halting site dispute escalates as accusations fly at Limerick council Staff Reporter Email NewsA bright future on the cards for nine-year-old Afton from LimerickBy Staff Reporter – March 15, 2017 1014 Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Advertisement Twitter WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Afton Purtill hard at work on her homemade cardsONE of Limerick’s youngest entrepreneurs has shown that creative flair can spark some unusual business opportunities.Nine-year-old Afton Purtill has elevated her love of arts and crafts to launch her very own company, the appropriately named Afton’s Handmade Cards.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A third class pupil at Scoil Dean Cussen in Bruff, Afton has produced greeting cards for every occasion and they are now moving into the public arena as she landed her first order from a local store.“I have always been into making things through arts and crafts and with the help of my mom (Ellen Twomey Purtill), we started making some cards to send to family and friends.“I was thrilled to make them and for them to be sent out for other people to enjoy” the Bruff schoolgirl said.“I commissioned her so to speak,” Ellen told the Limerick Post, “as I thought it would be just nicer and add that personal touch to give a handmade card.“Afton has a real flair for it now and she has taken it on with a real passion.Ellen said that she showed some of the cards to her friends and colleagues, “the next thing I know, people were asking me to get her to make the cards for them too.“That very first day, she got more than 50 orders for cards”.Such is the success and popularity of Afton’s Handmade cards, that she is now supplying shops in Limerick city.It’s plain to see that there is a bright future on the cards for this enterprising nine year old. See her Facebook page Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live center_img Facebook Linkedin Print WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” TAGSAftonAfton’s handmade cardslimerick Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

Dempsey, Zardes lead US over Ecuador 2-1, into Copa semis

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares SEATTLE (AP) — Another benchmark for the United States. Another huge goal for Clint Dempsey.As unlikely as it seemed a few weeks ago, the U.S. is in the semifinals of the Copa America.Dempsey scored for the third straight game and set up Gyasi Zardes for a tap-in goal, boosting the United States into the Copa America semifinals with a wild 2-1 win over Ecuador on Thursday night.“Clint is special,” U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. “He showed that tonight. He showed that the last couple of weeks. He showed that throughout his entire career.”Playing before a boisterous and almost completely partisan home crowd of 47,322 in the soccer-mad Pacific Northwest, the U.S. won a knockout game against a nation outside its region for only the second time and will play Argentina or Venezuela on Tuesday in Houston.United States players celebrate at the end a Copa America Centenario quarterfinal soccer match against Ecuador, Thursday, June 16, 2016 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. United States won 2-1. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)And the Americans did it on the back of Dempsey, their fiery 33-year-old striker whose place on the U.S. team was debated early this year. Dempsey’s 52nd international goal, five behind Landon Donovan’s American record, put the U.S. ahead in the 22nd minute. Zardes guided Dempsey’s cross into the net in the 65th for his sixth goal and a 2-0 lead.“I’ve been blessed that I was able to step up and, hopefully, I can keep going,” Dempsey said. “I thought we played well. I thought we created some good chances in front of goal. We were unlucky not to score more.”Michael Arroyo scored for Ecuador in the 74th minute, making for a tense ending, and Enner Valencia missed a pair of great chances moments later on a pair of headers.It was a chippy game that became costly for the U.S. American midfielder Jermaine Jones was shown a red card during a 52nd-minute confrontation that also saw Ecuador winger Antonio Valencia sent off after a second yellow card for a harsh tackle on Alejandro Bedoya along the sideline .U.S. players immediately rushed in to the scrum after Valencia’s tackle, and Jones raised an arm at Arroyo. Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan immediately showed a red card to Jones.Klinsmann was irate at the red card, blaming the decision on fourth official Wilton Sampaio on the sideline.“It was an absolute joke,” Klinsmann said.Jones will be suspended for the semifinal along with Bedoya and Bobby Wood, who both got their second yellow cards of the tournament.Ecuador coach Gustavo Quinteros also appeared to be sent off late in the match.The only previous knockout win for the U.S. over a non-CONCACAF team was against Spain in the 2009 Confederations Cup semifinal. The only other U.S. appearance in the Copa semifinals was in 1995, when it advanced to the final four by beating Mexico, then was eliminated by Brazil.The Americans are now assured two more games in the tournament: the semifinal and either a third-place match or the final. The Argentina-Venezuela game is Saturday night, so the U.S. will have two extra days of rest.United States forward Clint Dempsey, lower right, gets an assist past Ecuador goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez, left, so that United States forward Gyasi Zerdes, second from left, could tap the ball in for a goal in the second half of a Copa America Centenario soccer match, Thursday, June 16, 2016 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. The United States beat Ecuador 2-1. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)After using the same lineup in the first three games — the first time the U.S. did that in three consecutive matches since 1930 — Klinsmann had to make a shift due to the red card picked up by right back DeAndre Yedlin against Paraguay that caused the speedy youngster to miss a chance to play back in his hometown. Klinsmann inserted Matt Besler at left back and flopped Fabian Johnson to fill Yedlin’s spot on the right side.Dempsey appeared energized playing in the home stadium of his Seattle Sounders, and his header provided the U.S. a chance to relax. Wood was tremendous all night, getting behind the defense and holding the ball up to provide chances on the attack.On the first goal, Dempsey played the ball ahead to Wood, who dribbled and then passed to Jones. He crossed into the penalty area, where Dempsey had completed his run from midfield and beat Juan Paredes to the ball, directing it to the corner of the net past goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez from 8 yards.The second goal was also a result of Wood playing the ball back. Brooks sent a long ball to Wood, and his pass to Besler was crossed to Zardes in the area. His headed pass found Dempsey, who was able to slide the ball across the mouth of the goal for Zardes to poke in.“I had to bury it, just to make sure,” Zardes said. “It’s that striker mentality.”After that, the Americans tired in the wide-open play, and Ecuador turned up pressure. Arroyo’s goal came off Walter Ayovi’s free kick from a flank. Enner Valencia had two great chances in the 76th and 77th minutes, and Brooks nearly had an own goal in the first minute of stoppage time, only to see the ball deflected wide by goalkeeper Brad Guzan.“At that point, every guy needed everything they had on the field, ready to do whatever it takes and just play with a collective willingness to suffer and just make sure we’re walking off the field winners,” said U.S. captain Michael Bradley, who wore a rainbow armband in honor of those killed in the Orlando, Florida, nightclub shooting last weekend. “That’s certainly what pulled us through.”last_img read more

City celebrates 90th birth anniversary of Kishore Kumar

first_imgKolkata: The 90th birth anniversary of Kishore Kumar was observed with great enthusiasm in Kolkata.The statue of Kishore Kumar with Sachin Dev Barman on Southern Avenue was garlanded on Sunday morning. SD Barman considered Kishore to be his elder son. The statue, the only of its kind in the country, was installed by the Amit Kumar Fan Club. The space was provided by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation. Kishore’s statues at Naktala and Baisnabghata Patuli were also garlanded. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaChief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is a great fan of Kishore Kumar, tweeted: “Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana…Fondly remembering Kishore Kumar, legendary singer, on his birth anniversary.” Meanwhile, the state government organised a programme at Rabindra Sadan, where singers like Rupankar, Raghab, Sriradha Bandyopadhyay and Haimanti Shukla took part, among others. Indranil Sen, minister of state for Information and Cultural Affairs and himself a well known singer and Vivek Kumar, principal secretary, Information and Cultural Affairs, also took part in the gala show. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe legendary singer’s fan following is ever growing, even after one and a half decades of his death. He had sung two immortal Rabindrasangeets, namely Ami chini go chini tomare and Bidhir badhon katbe tumi in Satyajit Ray’s Charulata and Gharebaire. Ei to hethae kunja chayae sung by Kishore Kumar in Lukochuri over five decades ago is still very popular among the music lovers. In the 1970s, Ei je nodi jae sagore and Noyono sarasi kano sung by him were instant hits. Sei rate rat chilo purnima sung in his inimitable style remains a treasure in Bengali music. Kishore’s songs in Uttam Kumar’s lip like Ki ashae bandhi khelaghor in Amanush and Prithibi bodle gache in Anandashrom remain popular tunes even today. The Kishore Kumar and Rajesh Khanna duo which started in Aradhana, opened a new chapter in Hindi cinema. The two along with RD Barman presented some immortal songs. His acting in Chaltika Naam Gaadi with his two elder brothers Ashok Kumar and Anup Kumar and his second wife Madhubala, showcases the talent of Kishore as an actor.last_img read more