Five journalists freed by presidential decree

first_imgNews Follow the news on Azerbaijan Receive email alerts Organisation April 9, 2021 Find out more News to go further News AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says January 7, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Five journalists freed by presidential decreecenter_img Reporters Without Borders welcomes a decree signed by President Ilham Aliyev on 28 December freeing 119 prisoners including five journalists – Samir Sadagatoglu, Rafik Tagi, Yashar Agazade, Rovshan Kabirli and Faramaz Allahverdiyev. Their release has also been hailed by Miklos Haraszti, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s representative on freedom of the media, who has nonetheless pointed out that Azerbaijan still has laws restricting press freedom.“While welcoming this decision we must stress that three journalists are still detained in Azerbaijan and we call for their immediate release,” Reporters Without Borders said. Those still held are Realny Azerbaijan editor Eynulla Fatullayev, the poet and journalist Sakit Zahidov, and his brother, Azadlig editor Ganimat Zahidov. Sadagatoglu, the editor of the weekly Sanat, and Tagi, one of his journalists, were convicted of “inciting racial, national and religious hatred” under article 283.1 of the criminal code in an article critical of Islam, entitled “Europe and Us,” that was published on 6 November 2006. Sadagatoglu was sentenced to four years in prison, and Tagi to three years. A Baku appeal court confirmed these sentences on 6 July 2007.Agazade and Kabirli, who worked for the daily Mukhalifat, were serving 30-month prison sentences for libelling the president’s uncle, Djalal Aliyev, in an article about his alleged corruption.Allahverdiyev, who was arrested on 30 January 2007, was serving a two-year sentence for libelling interior minister Ramil Usubov in a story about his alleged lack of loyalty to former President Heydar Aliyev. He sowed up his mouth and went on hunger strike in July 2007. News June 4, 2021 Find out more June 8, 2021 Find out more RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh RSF_en last_img read more

The story of the ban on tyramol in Croatia among the top 5 untruths about the European Union

first_imgYou can read the statement of the European Commission in the attachment. Under the prism of the EU asking us to comply with the laws of the European Union, some cities such as the islands of Mljet and Šolta, Rijeka, Kaštela… have made a ridiculous and insane decision to ban the washing of clothes at home. This year, a lot of media dust has been raised by the insane decision to ban the hanging of laundry on the facades of buildings and houses in some of our cities and municipalities on the coast. Photo: EK Side dish: European Commission / Fact or fiction? The most far-fetched Euromyths of 2019 And this is exactly where the story of the ban on tyramol in Croatia lies, as a deliberate misinterpretation of EU regulations or as untruth. Instead of preserving and nurturing our authentic way and culture of living, we forbid it. Totally against the very essence of tourism and the main motive for travel, where authenticity plays a major role. Photo: European commission However, as it was immediately clear that this is not about harmonization with EU laws, but about a decision based on the law on communal economy means a decision on communal order, it was this decision that the European Commission “laughed” at in its statement. listed the top 5 biggest untruths about the EU this year. last_img read more

49ers to be without second-leading receiver vs. Buccaneers

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Coach Kyle Shanahan said the 49ers will be without receiver Pierre Garçon and guard Joshua Garnett against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and that linebacker Reuben Foster is questionable to return.Foster has not played since he suffered a hamstring injury in the first half of the 49ers’ 18-15 loss to Arizona on Oct. 28 and Friday marked the third straight day he’s been limited in practice.“He’s looked better each day,” Shanahan said. “This has been his first week of practice, but …last_img read more

A Travel Bug Dream 29,157 Miles in the Making

first_img SharePrint RelatedThe Center of the Trackable UniverseSeptember 15, 2011In “Community”Geocaching Travel Bug “WeeHawk” Predicts Football’s Biggest Game?January 31, 2014In “Community”2 Steps to Help Keep Your Travel Bug TravelingOctober 8, 2014In “Community” “Riding with Judi” Travel BugYou don’t know Judi Nordgren, but at the same time she’s probably as familiar as a favorite aunt. She’s described as a loving second mother to many, a woman with a heart as big as all outdoors and an avid motorcyclist. While you may know someone who fits Judi’s description, you’ll never have the pleasant opportunity to meet Judi. She passed away unexpectedly in 2005. She was 42.Even though you can never meet her, Judi’s family wanted you to know her. They created a Travel Bug, “Riding with Judi.”Netherlands- Team FriedeljanIts mission is to do what Judi had only dreamed. The Travel Bug wished to go around the world. The directions were simple, the message powerful and the act of those who helped “Riding with Judi” travel 29,157 miles can only be described as beautiful.It took more than four years and 60 stops. But riding with Judi is now in the same state where the Travel Bug started its journey. All those who touched “Riding with Judi” with their hands, they also felt it in their hearts. Judi’s family felt it too.They tell me they’re excited Judi has returned home and her wish to see the world honored by those who never meet her, but now know her.Australia – RottenWood Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

U.S. Wind Energy Prices Hit an All-Time Low

first_imgDeclining costs for utility-scale wind turbines are one factor that has helped drive the price of wind-generated electricity to its lowest point ever, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory says in its annual Wind Technologies Report.The report said that utility purchasers were offered an average price of less than 2.5 cents per kilowatt-hour in contract negotiations in 2014, a year in which wind installations reached 4.9 gigawatts of new capacity. New projects were valued at a total of $8.3 billion.“Wind energy prices — particularly in the central United States — have hit new lows, with utilities selecting wind as the low-cost option,” Berkeley Lab Senior Scientist Ryan Wiser said in a written statement. “Moreover, enabled by technology advancements, wind projects are economically viable in a growing number of locations throughout the U.S.”Wind energy has equaled 33% of all new energy additions in the U.S. since 2007, and now meets almost 5% of the country’s total electricity demand, the report says. In nine states, wind accounts for more than 12% of total generation; in three states it’s more than 20% of demand. Better turbines, better pricingThe U.S. Department of Energy said there were several key findings:Wind turbines are getting bigger and more powerful. The average capacity of wind turbines has increased by 172% since 1998-1999, to 1.9 megawatts, and the average turbine hub height has gone to 83 meters (272 feet), an increase of 48%. The average rotor-tip diameter is now 99 meters (325 feet), more than double what it was just six years ago. These increases have allowed developers to build projects economically on sites with lower wind speeds.Wind turbines cost less than they used to. Prices for turbines have fallen by as much as 40% from their peak in 2008, and that means lower costs for wind farms. Projects constructed in 2014 had an average installed cost of $1,710/kW, a decline of nearly $600/kW from their peaks in 2009 and 2010.Wind energy is more competitive in cost. With prices falling for turbines and wind installations, the average levelized long-term costs of the power they generate has come down, too. Prices dropped to an average of 2.35 cents/kWh in power sales agreements signed in 2014. That’s the lowest it’s ever been, but the report notes that’s based on a sample of projects chiefly in the central part of the country where costs are less (see the chart below). Wind energy contracts signed in 2014 also “compare very favorably” to cost projections for gas-fired plants extending through 2040.Wind keeps a lot of people employed. Jobs in the wind sector increased sharply between 2013 and 2014, from 50,500 to 73,000, while the number of companies that supply turbines also has reversed years of declines and also is on the rise. U.S. manufacturers produced 90% of the nacelle assemblies (the box-like structure that sits on top of the tower), between 70% and 80% of the towers and as much as 65% of the blades and hubs. But only about 20% of the components inside the nacelle were manufactured in the U.S. Exports of wind-power components hit $488 million in 2014, up from just $16 million in 2007.Uncertainty lies ahead. “Far more” domestic manufacturing facilities closed their doors in 2014 than opened. An uncertain domestic market because of changes in U.S. tax law after 2016 has made some manufacturers uneasy and hesitant to commit long-term resources to the U.S. market.last_img read more