Free Azerbaijani journalist Mehman Huseynov!

first_img Committee to Protect Journalists June 4, 2021 Find out more AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentViolenceFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeCitizen-journalists The imprisonment of Mehman Huseynov is another step by the Azerbaijani authorities to retaliate against him for his critical journalism and defiance, but also to deter others from seeking justice for police abuse, a persistent and well-documented problem in Azerbaijan. At least 5 other journalists and bloggers are currently in prison on politically motivated charges in Azerbaijan. Canadian Journalists for Free Expression Receive email alerts RSF_en Human Rights Watch On January 9, a group of plain-clothes officers attacked Mehman Huseynov, blindfolded and gagged him with towels, forced a bag over his head and took him to the Nasimi district police station, where police used an electroshock weapon on his groin, and punched him, bloodying his nose. The next day, officers took him before a court that found him guilty of disobeying police orders and fined him 200 manat (US$120). English PEN Front Line Defenders “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Human Rights First While authorities refused to conduct a credible investigation into Huseynov’s torture allegations, the Nasimi police chief brought a criminal lawsuit against him for defamation. After just two hearings, a court found Huseynov guilty and sentenced him to two years in prison. IFEX Golos Svobody Kyrgyzstan On a day when the world commemorates the fundamental importance of press freedom, we call on the Azerbaijani authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Mehman Huseynov and hold to account those responsible for the torture and other ill-treatment he was subjected to. This would mark an important step towards ensuring press freedoms and guaranteeing the right to freedom of expression in Azerbaijan. News People in Need Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan Follow the news on Azerbaijan Dignity May 2, 2017 Free Azerbaijani journalist Mehman Huseynov! News PEN International FIDH, under the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders April 9, 2021 Find out more Center for Civil Liberties Norwegian Helsinki Committee Human Rights House Foundationcenter_img Amnesty International Human Rights Club Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh Centre for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights ARTICLE 19 News Mehman Huseynov remained defiant, went public about the abuses he suffered at the station, and filed a complaint with the prosecutor’s office. The authorities formally opened an inquiry into Huseynov’s allegations, but swiftly closed the inquiry claiming the allegations were groundless. On April 27, an appeal court upheld the prosecutor’s decision to shut down the investigation. Barys Zvozskau Belarusian Human Rights House RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan As World Press Freedom Day is celebrated across the globe on May 3, we, the undersigned organizations, cannot forget the untenable price journalists pay for government criticism in Azerbaijan. The case of Mehman Huseynov is emblematic. Huseynov is a popular journalist and blogger in Azerbaijan who is known for his hard-hitting exposés of alleged corruption by senior Azerbaijani officials. In March 2017, a Baku court sentenced him to two years in prison on charges of defaming an entire police station, after he gave a statement in front of the courthouse in which he described the abuses he had suffered at that police station. International Partnership for Human Rights Regional Center for Strategic Studies Organisation Civil Rights Defenders AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentViolenceFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeCitizen-journalists Netherlands Helsinki Committee Help by sharing this information Freedom Files to go further Reporters Without Borders (RSF) June 8, 2021 Find out more International Media Support News Mehman Huseynov has been targeted by the government for years, since the authorities brought bogus criminal charges against the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS), founded by his brother, Emin Huseynov, who was forced to flee the country for his own safety. Since 2012, Mehman Huseynov has been under a travel ban and has been repeatedly harassed and intimidated by the police. Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and the Rule of Law Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), under the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders PEN Americalast_img read more

Prison warning for sulky racers and drivers

first_imgNewsLocal NewsPrison warning for sulky racers and driversBy admin – December 21, 2012 923 Email Twitter Previous articleTurkey for ChristmasNext articleHow Nanny Twinkerbell broke the mould admin Advertisement WhatsAppcenter_img Linkedin A CLEAR message has been sent out to people who engage in or facilitate sulky racing on public roads – you can expect imprisonment if prosecuted. Judge Eugene O’Kelly was the man with the message at Limerick District Court last week when he heard evidence in a case where “support cars” were blocking a public road and “engaging in an extremely dangerous activity”. His comments came when 26-year-old Ian Butler of Downey Street, Garryowen narrowly escaped a prison sentence on a charge of dangerous driving as a result of representations by his defence solicitor.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The court was told that his car was one of 30 vehicles bound for Limerick in support of a sulky race that had “commandeered the public road for a private race”on the main road to Boher at 8.30am last New Year’s Eve.Inspector Paul Reidy said that Mr Butler was “engaged in an extremely dangerous activity while he had no insurance”.When defending solicitor John Devane, said his insurance was “just shortly out of date”, Judge O’Kelly replied that “it was not going to be any good to an injured person in the event of an accident”.“It’s extremely arrogant of people to think they can commandeer a public road for a private race. Your client and his colleagues, were putting unsuspecting drivers in extreme danger. Someone could have been hospitalised”, he told Mr Devane.Mr Devane said that sulky racing was part of his client’s background adding that it was “genetically inbred into a horsey background” to which Judge O’Kelly replied that it was “no problem if they wanted to race around the fields, but not on the roadways”.Imposing a four month prison sentence suspended for 12 months, Judge O’Kelly said he wanted to send out “a very clear message that if you do this, you can expect imprisonment from now on.”The defendant was also disqualified for eight years for dangerous driving and for two years  for driving without insurance. Print Facebooklast_img read more

Emerson to supply monitoring technology for $3.3bn Tyra field redevelopment project

first_img Image: Emerson’s wellhead pressure monitoring technology will enhance safety during the Tyra redevelopment project. Photo: courtesy of Total E&P Denmark. Total E&P Denmark has awarded a contract to Emerson to provide wellhead pressure monitoring technology for the $3.3bn Tyra gas field redevelopment project in the Danish part of the North Sea.Under the contract, Emerson will provide more than 200 Rosemount wireless pressure transmitters for installation on the four riser platforms of the redevelopment project, which aims to extend the life of Tyra field, which has been in production for more than 30 years.According to Total E&P Denmark, the Tyra gas field is currently facing seabed subsidence, reducing the air gap between the sea level and the bottom of the platforms.In order to maintain production at the field, Total will install new and elevated topsides supported by 13m high jacket extensions on top of the existing jacket structures, replacing the existing wellhead platforms.Emerson’s technology will monitor wellhead casing pressuresAs part of the two-year redevelopment project, Total E&P Denmark will use Emerson’s technology to monitor wellhead casing pressures as a safety measure during the installation of replacement platforms and topsides.The Rosemount wireless pressure transmitters will transmit data to two Emerson DeltaV PK controllers that will be installed on the accommodation platforms.The transmitted data will be presented to construction workers locally and relayed to an onshore monitoring point, Emerson noted.Emerson Automation Solutions Europe president Roel van Doren said: “Emerson’s wireless technology has been successfully deployed within offshore applications around the world, helping improve the safety of people and operations.“The ability to offer a complete solution capable of providing real-time measurement and awareness to help Total monitor and respond to pressure changes safely was a key factor in the use of Emerson technology.”Emerson said that the lack of availability of power and cable infrastructure, a wireless and battery-powered solution will be needed to monitor the wellhead pressure.Earlier this year, Semco Maritime secured EPCI contract for the Tyra redevelopment project.Under the contract, Semco Maritime will be responsible for preparatory engineering work after which it will undertake system installation on five unmanned satellite platforms at the Tyra complex.Upon completion of the redevelopment project, the Tyra field is expected to produce more than 200 million barrels of oil equivalent. Emerson’s wellhead pressure monitoring technology will be used to enhance safety during the Tyra redevelopment project last_img read more

Julio Urias takes no-hitter into seventh inning; Dodgers win in 10th

first_img“I had the option of working with a fastball,” Grandal said, “and hoping that when I called the secondary pitch he was going to make a good pitch or at least be around the zone.”Urías still pitched the game of his life. In his brief career he’d never allowed only one hit in a start longer than three innings, or taken a shutout into the seventh. In fact, his 6-1/3 innings is his longest outing in the majors or minors. Only three other pitchers have taken a no-hitter into the seventh inning this season.The Dodgers’ coaches had implored Urías to throw more strikes after the left-hander walked four batters in each of his first two starts. Urías resisted, starting his first five at-bats Tuesday with a pitch out of the strike zone.But he only walked two of the 22 men he faced and struck out five. One batter reached on an error when Urías clasped his glove too quickly on a routine ground ball.“A no-hitter, I think, is just faith,” Grandal said. “If it’s your day for a no-hitter you’re going to do it whether you’re throwing just fastballs or all secondary pitches. I don’t really think about it. Once it starts getting into the eighth or maybe ninth inning, then we’ve got something else.”Said Urías, “I knew it was out of my hands.”By the seventh inning, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was getting nervous. He decided Urías would throw no more than 110 pitches; he’d never thrown more than 112 in a game. Urías needed 83 pitches to complete six innings.“Mexican Heritage Night, pitch count started creeping up there, I’ve got to take this young kid out of a no-hitter — I think 45,000 fans would’ve really come down on me,” Roberts said.When Andrew McCutchen led off the seventh inning with a ground-rule double against Urias, Roberts had larger concerns. The inning, and the Dodgers’ 2-0 lead, was about to unravel.Left fielder Andrew Toles couldn’t corral McCutchen’s hit and hurt himself crashing into the wall. He would leave the game with an injured right knee. An MRI is scheduled for Wednesday.Sergio Romo relieved Urías and gave up one run, in part the result of a poor defensive play by Kiké Hernandez — Toles’ replacement in left field. Luis Avilan relieved Romo and gave up another run. Suddenly the score was tied, 2-2.In the eighth inning, John Jaso pinch hit for the Pirates and hit a solo home run against Pedro Baez — only the second run Baez has allowed this season.Trailing 3-2 in the ninth inning, Corey Seager and Justin Turner singled for the Dodgers with two outs, putting runners on first and second against Pirates closer Tony Watson. Bellinger smoked a single to right field against the left-hander, tying the score, 3-3. Watson hadn’t blown a save opportunity in eight tries before Tuesday.The 10th inning presented a new challenge. Roberts was operating with a four-man bench. In the afternoon, he told pitcher Ross Stripling to prepare to pinch run, just in case the game went long.That’s how Stripling found himself on first base after Grandal led off the 10th inning with a single against Pittsburgh’s Daniel Hudson. Chris Taylor failed to lay down a bunt and struck out. Hudson struck out Yasiel Puig for the second out.Barnes then pinch hit for Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen (2-0), swung at the first thing he saw, and delivered the unlikeliest hit of them all: a double that split the gap in right-center field and rolled all the way to the wall. Stripling rounded the bases and scored without a slide.For Barnes, a seldom-used backup catcher, it was just his third RBI of the season.“I think you have to be ready to hit right away,” he said. “Giving away strikes, taking at-bats like you would when you’re starting, it’s tough. It’s one AB so be ready to hit.”Grandal hit a two-run home run off Pirates starter Ivan Nova in the fourth inning. It was his fourth home run of the season and his first since April 23.In the seventh inning, Grandal thought he had another home run until Gregory Polanco tracked the ball down in right field, 360 feet from home plate.Grandal finished 3 for 5, his second straight multi-hit game. Ten other Dodgers collected one hit apiece. Urías lost the no-hitter in the top of the seventh inning. The Dodgers very nearly lost the game before an RBI single by Cody Bellinger in the bottom of the ninth tied the score. In the 10th inning, Austin Barnes drove in pitcher Ross Stripling with the winning run in the Dodgers’ 4-3 victory.The universe of unlikely heroes gained a few new stars.Start with Urías. Catcher Yasmani Grandal said the left-hander “literally had no secondary pitches” in his third start of the season for the Dodgers. LOS ANGELES >> Sol De Mexico, an 11-piece mariachi ensemble familiar to generations south of the border, held a concert before the Dodgers played the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday. Had Julio Urías thrown a no-hitter, he might have insisted la banda warm up the crowd every time he pitches.Urías, 20, believes in superstition enough to skip over the third-base line every time he runs to and from the mound. He always wears his blue socks up to his knees. He stopped short of giving teammates the silent treatment for the first six innings Tuesday when the Pirates couldn’t get a hit.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Update:  Iraq Marshlands Recovering Quicker Than Expected

first_imgHow is south-central Iraq doing?  Recall that Saddam Hussein nearly obliterated, intentionally, one of the world’s premier wetlands (05/01/2003, 02/18/2005).  His fall from power enabled scientists to measure the damage and estimate hopes for recovery.  The outlook was pretty bleak at first.  Now, after two seasons of above-average rainfall upstream, fresh water has again been flooding large areas of the marshes.    A team monitoring the recovery provided an update in BioScience.1  Their assessment is guarded optimism: about a third of the vast acreage is recovering better than expected, but there is a long way to go.  Many birds and indigenous species have been spotted, giving scientists hope of their return from near extinction.    The main problems are lack of landscape connectivity between the reflooded areas, uncertainties about the sustainability of the freshwater sources, and doubts that the Marsh Arab culture will become re-established.  Many of those forced away may not return due to other opportunities, fear, uncertainty and other factors: the young, for instance, are being attracted to other ways of life.  It was not exactly the “Garden of Eden” lifestyle portrayed in the West, anyway: the paper states that warfare, rivalry and disease accompanied living in the region.1Curtis J. Richardson and Najah H. Hussain, “ Restoring the Garden of Eden: An Ecological Assessment of the Marshes of Iraq,” BioScience, Volume 56, Number 6, June 2006, pp. 477-489(13).Where are the activist environmentalists on this issue?  Have they forgotten that Saddam Hussein intentionally committed two of the worst acts of environmental terrorism in history, the burning of the Kuwaiti oil fields in the first gulf war, and the destruction of the Iraqi marshlands in the second?  Had not the international coalition under American leadership intervened in both cases, Saddam would have succeeded without consequence, and the land might never have recovered.  The dictator who machine-gunned civilians by the tens of thousands and bulldozed their bodies into mass graves now is getting some due process he denied his victims, while the land he ravaged has at least some hope of recovery.  Environmentalists tend to be predominantly leftist in ideology.  Can they at least give the two President Bushes a little credit here for taking the initiative, boldly, to do something about it?    While saving the ecology was not the primary mission of either military action, it has been a tangible by-product.  As in other lands ravaged by dictators, the return of freedom has provided incalculable environmental hope for this vital region.  Sin cursed the original Garden of Eden and continues to curse the land wherever evil triumphs.  Some day, according to the Bible, only the Creator’s intervention will avail to “destroy those who destroy the earth” (Rev. 11:18).  By then, a complete remake will be required by the Creator himself.  That does not mean, however, that we stewards should not work to conserve and fortify what we have now.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

US firm acquires SA call centre business

first_img18 January 2012US-based Interactive Intelligence Group is to acquire some of the contact centre assets of its South African-based reseller, Atio, enabling it to set up a Johannesburg office serving the entire sub-Saharan African region.The transaction sees a new company, Interactive Intelligence South Africa, being set up that will employ about 40 former Atio staff in serving nearly 40 Atio-Interactive Intelligence customers located throughout sub-Saharan Africa.According to ITWeb, Interactive Intelligence, which offers an “all-in-one” contact centre platform, has agreed to pay R54-million in cash for Atio’s assets.The acquisition “lays a strong foundation for planned investments in the region that support our rapidly growing cloud-based communications-as-a-service business,” Interactive Intelligence CEO Don Brown said in a statement on Friday.The statement quoted Birgitta Cederstrom of consultancy Frost & Sullivan as saying that Africa was “increasingly popular as a preferred destination of contact centres … South Africa specifically has been a natural choice for contact centres due to its large and articulate English-speaking population and service-oriented business culture.“Another strength is its expanding broadband connectivity, thus ensuring that the latest unified communications and collaboration tools will run efficiently.”Brown said that Atio, which has been an Interactive Intelligence reseller since 2002, “has ranked among our top revenue-generating resellers of all partners throughout Europe, Middle East, and Africa each year since it first began offering our solutions.“This successful track record, combined with a talented support and services team, mature infrastructure, and expertise in key industries such as financial services, telecommunications and government, makes Atio’s Interactive Intelligence business an ideal acquisition choice.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

In a crowded field, who is ahead in the autonomous car race?

first_imgIT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… The race to create the first fully autonomous car has a variety of competitors, from giant automotive firms like General Motors, software conglomerates like Alphabet, to newly minted startups like Chris Urmson’s secretive company.All of them have the end goal of creating some type of self-driving system, able to make it from point A to point B regardless of the conditions on the road. Some want to embed that software into a car, others simply want to license to manufacturers interested.See Also: Get ready for a thermonuclear autonomous ride-hailing warUnsurprisingly, most of the competitors are keeping their progress secretive. Google and Tesla both provide some data on their self-driving programs, but when it comes to how far we are away from full autonomy and driverless taxis, most remain tight lipped.That said, from the press releases and occasional boast from Tesla CEO Elon Musk, we can piece together where some of the automakers and tech firms are in developing a truly autonomous vehicle.To do this, we need to first calculate the strength of tests. Tesla has the most miles of actual road clocked, at 1.3 billion miles, but the vast majority is on highways and the tech is only semi-autonomous. Google has 1.1 billion miles of simulated tests, but only two million miles of real-world tests, however those were in metro areas like Mountain View and Phoenix.Uber has begun fully autonomous tests in Pittsburgh, which are around the same value as Google’s own tests, but it has only clocked a few thousand miles so far. We assume General Motors is in a similar boat, it has tested a few dozen autonomous Chevrolet Bolt cars in California and Michigan, but the firm is not as open with its data as competing tech firms.A lot of carmakers are in the runningFord, which announced its intention to have a self-driving vehicle on the road by 2021, remains tight lipped. BMW is also not providing data, but has Mobileye and Intel, two major players in the self-driving race, to build software and components for the iNext.Other automakers, like Honda, Toyota and Volvo, have started autonomous tests in Europe, North America, and Asia, but like the other two automotive giants, they keep most of their tests and data secret. Apple, the big dark horse, has not even confirmed if the car project is real.“Most car companies and tech companies don’t want to give away how far along they are,” said Nindhi Kalra, a senior information scientist at the Rand Corporation, to Bloomberg.Taking this information into account, it seems likely that Google and Tesla are the closest to building a fully autonomous car. However, Tesla has a fleet of cars already on the road, which we assume can be updated (or customized) to use the self-driving tech. Google, on the other hand, continues to test a small amount of cars on public roads, with a limited vision of how to commercialize the technology.Uber could be another dark horse in the race, due to its wealth of talent working on the self-driving program and dominance in ride-hailing. Most automakers expect a transition from car ownership to car rental or taxi service, as seen by Ford’s plan to launch a ride-hailing app in 2021 in major cities and General Motors’ interest in acquiring Lyft. Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Tags:#Apple#autonomous cars#BMW#featured#Ford#General Motors#Google#Self-Driving#Tesla#top#Uber center_img For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Related Posts David Currylast_img read more


first_imgSome changes are coming to Sioux City’s ambulance service.Siouxland Paramedics Executive Director Karen Van De Steeg says the company has started talks with the City of Sioux City to evaluate their options:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…… to the community. :08Van De Steeg didn’t comment on what those specific options might be, but that Siouxland Paramedics hopes to transition emergency medical ambulance services to a more sustainable model by January 1st of 2018.City Manager Bob Padmore says talks are in early stages, but one option could have the city taking over the service:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……… Sioux City. ;17Sioux City Fire Rescue operates an ambulance out of their Greenville station and responds to many medical calls.Fire Chief Tom Everett says his department may have a bigger responsibility to respond to medical emergencies:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..for the city. ;20Everett says his department has 32 paramedics, 24 Advanced EMTs and 54 EMTs staffing the city’s seven fire stations.They are often the first to arrive at the scene of a medical call:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………available to us. :18Siouxland Paramedics currently handles patient transfer calls for several rural communities.Sgt. Bluff Mayor Jon Winkel says he’s concerned about how that service will be handled if S-P-I is no longer providing it:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..rural areas. ;18Van De Steeg does not say that her company is going out of business at the end of the year or ending service.She says the healthcare financing environment in Siouxland and across the country has become increasingly difficult inferring there’s issues with medicaid reimbursements:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..taxpayer issue :19Over 10,000 individuals are served by SPI every year.last_img read more