Receive email alerts Credit SERGEI SUPINSKY / AFP News The latest victims include Kastus Zhukouski, who was fined 1,150 roubles (510 euros) on 11 July on a charge of working for a foreign media outlet without accreditation with the ministry of foreign affairs.This was the 26th fine to be imposed on a journalist since the start of the year under article 22.9 of the Code of Administrative Offences, which penalizes the “illegal production and/or distribution of media content.” Combined, the 26 fines amount to 19,849 roubles (9,000 euros).The most frequent targets have been journalists working for Belsat TV, a satellite TV channel that covers Belarus from a base in neighbouring Poland. Zhukouski is one of 12 Belsat TV journalists who have been fined under this article since the start of the year.Belsat TV has had to operate from outside the country since 2007. It has repeatedly tried with out success to open a bureau in Minsk, the Belarusian capital. As a result, its correspondents in Belarus have to work without accreditation.“The sole aim of this new campaign of intimidation is to step up the existing pressure on independent journalists in Belarus,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “The European Union must remind President Alexander Lukashenko’s regime that respect for media freedom is an essential condition for rapprochement between Minsk and Brussels. Minsk must stop denying the facts. Its officials claim that the country enjoys media pluralism. It is time to turn this claim into reality.”Crackdown despite official denialsIn an opening address to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s annual session in Minsk on 5 July, President Lukashenko said, “Belarus’ mass media space develops vigorously” and likened the “alleged infringement of mass media freedom in Belarus” to a “cliché from the old arsenal.”The reality is very different. Amid major anti-government protests, the persecution of independent journalists and media has intensified in recent months, and more than 100 journalists and bloggers were arrested in March. Police raided one of Belsat TV’s unofficial bureaux in Minsk on 31 March, seizing equipment. The TV station’s journalists thought the raid was designed above all to prevent coverage of the protests.Economic pressureThis year’s wave of fines follows a relative let-up in 2016. In addition to the 26 fines for “working without accreditation,” there have been at least 13 other abusive fines on charges of “hooliganism,” “participating in an unauthorized demonstration” or “resisting the police.” In most cases, the size of the fine is more than the journalist’s monthly earnings.So far this year, Belsat TV jounrnalists have accumulated nearly 7,900 euros in fines and more than 30 days in detention. This economic pressure is all the more worrying after the Polish government’s announcement in May that it plans to cut more than two-thirds of Belsat TV’s funding.According to the Belarus Association of Journalists (BAJ), an RSF partner, there have been at least 147 violations of journalists’ rights in Belarus since the start of the year. Belarus is ranked 153rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. BelarusEurope – Central Asia Media independence Judicial harassmentEconomic pressureExiled mediaImprisonedFreedom of expression May 28, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a campaign of intimidation of independent journalists in Belarus, in which the victims are being fined for working for media outlets based outside the country, and calls on the government to put a stop to this judicial harassment. News Follow the news on Belarus Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Organisation RSF_en to go further News News June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” July 14, 2017 New wave of fines for Belarusian journalists “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says BelarusEurope – Central Asia Media independence Judicial harassmentEconomic pressureExiled mediaImprisonedFreedom of expression May 27, 2021 Find out more
NewsLocal NewsAssisted suicide for ill people is ‘slippery slope’By admin – January 22, 2012 546 A REVIEW of laws which would allow doctors to assist seriously ill patients to die could lead to people who cannot make the decision for themselves being euthanised, a Limerick TD has warned. At a recent conference in Cork, Dr Adam McCauley, senior lecturer in medical and international human rights law in UCD, said that Irish law relating assisted suicide should be reviewed. Dr McCauley claimed that people with serious medical conditions are taking their lives “behind closed doors,” and sometimes with the assistance of medical practitioners.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He was speaking in the wake of the publication of British report which describes current law on assisted suicide as “inadequate and incoherent”.But Fine Gael Deputy, Dan Neville, said that any liberalisation of the law on assisted death or euthanasia could have serious consequences.“It has been the experience elsewhere when euthanasia is legalised under very specific circumstances that although the criteria may be set tightly at the start, those criteria tend to loosen over time and a more liberal approach to euthanasia is taken”.Deputy Neville, who is president of the Irish Association of Suicidology, fears that older people who are ill and those severely handicapped, who do not have their full faculties, may be open to suggestion and pressure.“If someone is very ill or suffering from a disease such as Alzheimer’s, you have to ask whether they have the mental capacity to make a decision to end their own lives”.The British Commission on Assisted Dying recommended in it’s report, published last week, that a person who has a severe condition and less than a year to live, should be allowed to ask medical practitioners to assist them to die.But Deputy Neville said that this would constitute “a slippery slope.It started out tightly controlled in places like the Netherlands but that has all changed. There is a documented case recently of a woman in her fifties, who tragically lost both of her sons and she was considered a fit case for assisted suicide, even though she was in good physical health. And suicide rates generally increase in countries where euthanasia has been legalised. The attitude to all suicides changes”. Advertisement Email WhatsApp Linkedin Print Previous articleUnfinished estates may escape chargeNext articleBookmaker tells family ‘too late at starting gate’ for Euro draw admin Facebook Twitter
Mapache, the Californian duo of Clay Finch and Sam Blasucci, creates a sound that transcends time. There is a charm to Mapache’s music—it’s simple, but in the best way. Their folk songs paint pictures, deliver listeners back to a simpler time, and create a softness that lingers, offering stripped-down and beautiful cowboy-esque tunes about love left somewhere else.Recently, the group released their self-titled debut album on the Spiritual Pajamas label. While some of the songs on Mapache whisper the delicateness of love and pleasure, others like “Mountain Song” evoke playfulness and a sense of youth. As a whole, the album offers a feeling of effortless “chill” that could have only been born in California. These vibes paired with their nostalgic crooning is a surprising and authentic combination.Listen to Mapache’s self-titled debut album, and read our interview with Clay and Sam below.<a href=”http://mapachesounds.bandcamp.com/album/mapache”>Mapache by Mapache</a>Live For Live Music: Tell me a little bit about Mapache and the band’s history?Sam Blasucci: We met in high school. We had a couple different projects we worked on together, but we eventually parted ways. Clay went to school in Northern California and then I spent two years in Mexico. Clay and I regrouped two years ago when we started Mapache.L4LM: What are some of your musical influences?SB: We listen to a lot of old country and old bluegrass stuff, plus the kind of psychedelic country stuff. Eventually, other influences started to come in, like the California stuff, like The Grateful Dead and The Byrds, Gram Parsons and The Flying Burrito Brothers, Jefferson Airplane. We also listen to a lot of Latin music too.Clay Finch: There’s a lot of stuff too that doesn’t come through in the music as much. Some of my favorites are Stevie Wonder, Leon Russell, and people like that who are a different genre than our stuff but still big influences.L4LM: Your new album just came out, and your music is refreshingly simple. What gave you the confidence to keep it simple? SB: To me, it just feels really good to play that way. It’s easy and doesn’t take much production. We have our guitars, and we sing. It’s a really rewarding way to make music, and it feels really good. People dug it so we kept doing it.CF: When we play, it’s just to two of us, so we wanted to make a record that was somewhat similar to our live performances. We didn’t want to trick it out with too many bells and whistles. We didn’t need too.L4LM: Where did you record your new album? How long did it take and what was that process like? SB: It took a lot of time for it to come full circle, and it actually took a lot longer than I thought it would. We did half of the album in three days at Valentine Recording Studio here in Los Angeles. We spent a long time mixing and overdubbing and doing other things at Lone Palm studio in L.A. with Dan Horne, who is the producer. He is a very sweet man. That whole experience was one for the books.L4LM: Is there a song on the album that is very representative of you guys as a band? SB: That’s a hard question. They all kind of represent us in their own way. The song “Chico River” is about the time Clay spent in Chico, the time we both spent there. The song “Saltillo” is very representative of when I lived in Saltillo, Mexico. Yeah, so they all kind of express different parts of our lives in different ways. It’s hard to pick one.L4LM: How do you know Chris Robinson?SB: We played a couple shows with Chris through (((folkYEAH!))) Events. He booked us on a couple things, and we got along with him really well, so he’s been helping out a lot too.L4LM: Why is music important to you guys? CF: Well, I think if I weren’t playing music I would probably be doing something that makes me sadder than I am right now, so it’s important for my own wellbeing. But also, any sort of groundbreaking or spiritual experience, any sort of light that has come into my brain, has been through music or inspired by it, and that’s something I’ve tried to pay attention to.SB: I think it is important too because it’s a sophisticated art form. People use music to express more sophisticated ideas. People can try to do that other art forms, but music is extra accessible. Elements of the fine art world can keep people out, and these other types of art can be exclusive. Music has always been something that is super human and doesn’t leave people out.L4LM: Sam you spent time in Mexico did you learn anything musically there?SB: For the most part, what is well-known down there is totally different than what I grew up listening to here, so there was a wide range of things to learn. Even the things they sing about are so different than what we would hear in a pop song here. A lot of old Boleto music and Mariachi music, the lyrics are so intense and so romantic in a way. For example “I have been crying my entire life, and now that you left me, I will be crying for eternity.”L4LM: That sounds like a Pablo Neruda poem. SB: Totally! It’s totally that vibe, and I really like him. I mean, if you listen to our modern pop music here, the topics are very different.L4LM: Have there been any moments where you’re like, “Wow, this is happening”?CF: I mean being so young and inexperienced, kind of everything that’s happening has been like that. On this last tour with the Allah Las, they played bigger theaters and stuff. When you walk out and people clap and it’s full, it’s pretty mind-blowing.L4LM: What’s next for you guys?SB: We are going to Colorado next week and play a couple cities there. We’re going to Utah and Idaho and Seattle. It is a week-long run with Mandolin Orange.
Silhouettes of laptop users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/DADO RUVIC/ILLUSTRATION/FILE PHOTO Seeking to stir support ahead of aparliamentary election expected within months, the Singapore Democratic Party(SDP) posted articles in recent months on its website and Facebook, arguingthat an increasing number of white-collar workers were losing their jobs. The Ministry of Manpower ordered theSDP to place a correction notice on these posts because it said jobs forprofessionals, managers, executives, and technicians had been steadily risingsince 2015. SINGAPORE – A Singapore oppositionparty has corrected online posts critical of the government following an orderby the labor ministry under a new “fake news” law that rights groups said wasbeing used to chill dissent. The government said the city-state isvulnerable to misleading and inaccurate news because of social sensitivitiesarising from its mixed ethnic and religious population, and widespread internetaccess.(Reuters)
A bill that would allow the chemical castration of those found guilty of sexual offenses against children is now being considered in Alabama.The bill titled House bill 379 has passed in both the House and Senate and is now headed to the Governor of Alabama’s desk for consideration.Under the bill, those found guilty of a sex offense involving a person under the age of 13, will be required to undergo a chemical castration as a part of their parole. The procedure will begin within a month of the offender’s release from prison and will continue until the court orders the process completed. The convicted will also be required to pay for the procedure that would be administered by the Department of Public Health.If the convicted refuses to complete any part of their parole, they will be arrested and brought back to jail for violating their parole.State Rep. Steve Hurst who introduced the bill told reporters that the accused has “marked this child for life and the punishment should fit the crime.”While the bill has been passed by the House and the Senate, Attorney Raymond Johnson told reporters at WIAT that the bill would likely be challenged under the Eighth Amendment which protects against cruel and unusual punishment.
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The historic city of Sagamu will be agog this weekend as top athletes from across the world converge to participate in the maiden edition of the ValueJet Ultra Modern race .Speaking ahead of the race, ValueJet Head of Operations Mrs Yewande Cole, said the race is one of the company’s numerous ways to create bond among Nigerians and the world at large.“The Ultra-Marathon is first of its kind in Africa and we are elated that our company is responsible for bringing youths together to harness their talents. I’m confident that we all are in for a good time on Saturday.“Our Chairman, Honorable Kunle Soname is a sports inclined personality who is very passionate about the race, so participants and fans alike would witness a world class event,” she stressed. On whether the race would be sustained, she assured stakeholders that adequate plans are in place to stage the marathon yearly.The winners of the 50km ultra-race in both foreign and local categories will pocket $2,000, while the second and the third placed runners will get $1,500 and $1,000respectively.For the Nigerian local 5km run, the winner will receive N500,000, runner-up N300,00,00, while the second runner-up will take home N150,000.Meanwhile, rave of the moment and hip hop artiste Afeez Fashola, a.k.a. “Naira Marley” along with other top music artistes will perform live at the 50km race in Sagamu.According to the Project Director, Seyi Johnson, Naira Marley would perform alongside the winner of “City People Music Award” Slimcase.About 4,000 athletes from 35 countries are expected to participate in the 50km road race which is reputably the largest in the series.Johnson said Naira Marley, Slimcase, CDQ and others would spice up the event as part of the side attraction at the Sagamu International Stadium.“The marathon will be spiced up with lots of entertainments because we don’t want it to be boring.“Artistes such as Naira Marley, Slimcase, CDQ and others will be performing and everybody will be greatly entertained because we are expecting a full house.“The race will be plug and play starting from the stadium with the marathoners rounding the route five times.“We are look forward to seeing athletes conquer the 50km race because the route is different from what we are used to,” he concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The Women of Troy welcomed highly regarded midfielder Morgan Andrews from long-time rival Notre Dame this past Thursday.After playing her freshman and sophomore seasons with the Fighting Irish and leading the team in scoring both years, Andrews will have have two years of eligibility remaining with USC.The addition of Andrews is a huge pick-up for second-year head coach Keidane McAlphine, who is ecstatic about the acquisition of Andrews.“We are excited to get such an extremely talented player to add to our roster,” McAlphine said. “Through this process, I have been equally as impressed with her as a person. This is a win for the Trojans, but also a win for the Pac-12.”In 2014, Andrews started all 22 games for Notre Dame and led the team in points for the second consecutive season after netting six goals to go with five assists on her way to a second-team All-ACC selection.This stellar performance comes after her standout freshman season when she tallied a team-high 19 points, catapulting her to be named to multiple all-freshman teams and the ACC Freshman of the Year.She also played a key role in propelling the Irish to a third-round NCAA Tournament appearance.McAlphine is likely hoping that Andrews can help do the same at USC after the Women of Troy fell in the first round of last year’s tournament to Pepperdine in heartbreaking fashion, losing in penalty kicks.Andrews also brings years of U.S. national team experience, having played with U.S. soccer since she was just 14 years old. She was a notable member of the the American squad that won the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.The two-time Gatorade National High School Player of the Year should prove to be a tremendous asset on the field for a team that is looking to build on its success from last year.After holding a 12-6-3 record during the regular season in McAlphine’s first year as head coach in 2014, USC clinched its first tournament appearance since 2010 and the program is hoping to reach even greater heights in its 2015 campaign.