News June 7, 2021 Find out more “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says News September 9, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Death threats made against the editor of an independent media group RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Europe – Central Asia Europe – Central Asia Veran Matic, editor of the media group B 92, has been sent a letter containing death threats against him, members of his family and associates. He received the letter, signed by „the Serbian Liberation Regiment‰ on 5 September 2005. A similar letter was sent to a member of the student movement, Otpor, Momcilo Veljkovic on 3 September. Matic immediately lodged a complaint with the prosecutor‚s office in Belgrade.Serbian Investment Minister Velimir Ilic and his press adviser Petar Lazovic, publicly issued death threats against Matic at a Belgrade press conference on 15 August this year. to go further – – – – – -Dismay at minister’s insults and threats against journalists 18 August 2005Reporters Without Borders voiced dismay today at the insulting comments which Serbian investment minister Velimir Ilic made to journalists working for the independent media group RTV B92 at a press conference on 15 August. Ilic has a history of such behaviour.”We are appalled at the way the minister and his aide insulted and threatened journalists in public,” the press freedom organisation said. “If politicians react like this to questions they do not want to answer, it shows how fragile press freedom is in Serbia-Montenegro.”B92 reporter Ana Veljkovic asked Ilic about his role in the decision to drop charges against Marko Milosevic – the son of former Yugoslavian president Slobodan Milosevic – who was accused of kidnapping and beating Zoran Milovanovic, a member of an anti-Milosevic youth group, in 2000.Instead of answering the question, Ilic and his press adviser, Petar Lazovic, responded with a torrent of abusive and sexist remarks about Veljkovic. They then turned on all of RTV B92’s journalists, insulting and slandering them and even making death threats. They were especially scathing about the group’s managing director and editor in chief, Veran Matic.Created in 1989, Radio and Television B92 is one of Serbia’s leading independent media groups.Ilic has insulted journalists in the past, often using obscene remarks. On 1 June 2003, when he was mayor of the central city of Cacak, he attacked journalist Vladimir Jesic during an interview broadcast by TV Apolo. Although the TV station filed a complaint, Ilic was not charged. Before that, in 2001, he was accused by breaking the windows of radio Ozone in Cacak.Matic has filed a complaint against Lazovic, Ilic’s press adviser, accusing him of making death threats. RSF_en Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia June 8, 2021 Find out more News News Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts June 4, 2021 Find out more Organisation
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York People are buzzing about the upcoming show that some are calling “the greatest folk concert Long Island has seen in decades!”On Nov. 20, the Hillwood Recital Hall at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on the Brookville campus of LIU Post will host “David Amram’s 84th Birthday Concert: Remembering Pete Seeger.”Not only is it a birthday bash for a world-renowned artist and a musical celebration of perhaps one of the world’s most influential folk artists, it’s also a benefit for the nonprofit Gold Coast Arts Center, an organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach—something that Amram has done throughout his own long career.Topping the bill is the octogenarian birthday boy himself, David Amram, and his quintet, featuring Kevin Twigg, Rene Hart, Robbie Winterhawk and Adam Amram. Also scheduled to appear are Amram’s close compatriots who’ve also shared the stage over the years with the late, great Pete Seeger, including Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary fame), Tom Chapin, Holly Near, Guy Davis, Garland Jeffreys, Kim & Reggie Harris, Joel Rafael, The Amigos, The Chapin Sisters, Bethany & Rufus and the Connecticut State Troubadour Kristen Graves.“This family of musicians feels honored to mark David Amram’s 84th birthday with a celebration of the life of our mutual friend, Pete Seeger,” said Rafael on his website, adding that they still feel Seeger’s presence today.Seeger was 94 when he died in January of this year.“We credit Pete as a great organizer and musician who blazed a path for so many by indelibly linking his music and activism,” said Rafael. “We thank him for bringing songs like ‘Guantanamera’ and ‘Wimoweh’ to the United States; for turning the traditional song, ‘I Will Overcome,’ into ‘We Shall Overcome,’ and teaching it to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pete Seeger brought American Folk Music into the homes of millions of Americans and those in countless countries around the world.”David Amram (left) performing with the late, great Pete Seeger (Photo courtesy of Econosmith.com)David Amram is another trailblazer, whose musical journey as a composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist and author has bridged classical, jazz and world music. He’s performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Willie Nelson, Leonard Bernstein, Tito Puente, Odetta, Allen Ginsberg, Nina Simone, Betty Carter and even Jack Kerouac, to name a few of the diverse talents with whom he’s performed for seven decades and counting.Read about Jeck Kerouac’s time on Long IslandWho but Amram can claim Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Aaron Copland, Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning as some of the influential mentors that helped him find his unique path? He continues to travel the world as a composer, conductor, soloist, bandleader, visiting scholar and narrator fluent in five languages. But on Nov. 20, he’ll be coming to Long Island’s North Shore: 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville, to be exact. The tantalizing evening kicks off at 7 p.m. at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. It promises to be a truly legendary night of great music.The Gold Coast Arts Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach. For more than 20 years, they have been bringing the arts to tens of thousands of people in our area free of charge. They also sponsor artist-in-residencies at schools, after-school art programs, special assemblies, teacher-training workshops, as well as parent-child workshops to students, senior citizens, teachers and others in underserved communities throughout our region. An affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: Partners in Education Program and the National Gallery of Art, the Gold Coast Arts Center has also sponsored the Gold Coast International Film Festival, now in its fourth year, which has furthered their outreach.Tickets went on sale Oct. 2, for $55 in advance, and can be purchased by visiting movementmusicrecords.com. For an additional $45, concertgoers can meet and greet the performers at a special VIP event backstage.Hillwood Recital Hall at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Long Island University at CW Post (aka LIU Post), 720 Northern Blvd, Brookville. 516-299-2752. For more information about this legendary gig, visit tillescenter.org. To learn more about the Gold Coast Arts Center, go to goldcoastarts.org.
Number two Federer put Nadal under the cosh immediately on the Spaniard’s serve, breaking him in the first game — to roars of approval from the majority inside the arena.Another break to 36-year-old Federer in the pivotal fifth game of the second set put him in reach of a second Shanghai Masters crown — and a sixth title in 2017.“We didn’t think maybe we were going to have the year we did, I definitely didn’t,” Federer said on court afterwards, looking at Nadal, reflecting on their continued success even at this late stage of their careers.“It’s nice to share this court with you today and I hope there are more to come in the tournaments we’ve got left.“It’s been a pleasure playing against you here today.”Federer, fondly known as “Cow” in China for his laid-back personality, had started the better in grabbing the break and he then rattled through his own service game for 2-0. Federer, a 19-time Grand Slam champion, was in full flow under the Qizhong Tennis Center roof, which was closed because of downpours in Shanghai.Nadal, 31, fresh from winning the US Open and China Open, groaned while lashing many of his shots; Federer was all quiet efficiency.Somewhere in the stadium somebody rattled a cow bell.Federer rapidly made it 4-2 with two booming aces in a row, drawing huge cheers from much of the stadium. Roger Federer kisses his trophyShanghai, China | AFP | Roger Federer got one over his old rival Rafael Nadal to win the Shanghai Masters 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday in a showdown between the two best players on the planet.It was a 94th title for the Swiss legend, drawing him level with the great Ivan Lendl, and was a fifth victory in a row against world number one Nadal.Nadal was ahead in their overall record down the years, with 23 wins to Federer’s 14, but he was up against it almost right away. In contrast, Nadal — a 16-time Grand Slam winner but who had never won the Shanghai Masters — was labouring through his service games. – ‘Emotional year’ –There were suggestions that Federer might not be quite as fresh as his old foe, having been pushed to three sets a day earlier in the second semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro.The timeless Federer rubbished that notion as he seared his way to a 5-3 first-set lead.Nadal sent down his fourth ace for 5-4, only for Federer to seal the set with his seventh ace of the match.There was little between the great rivals in the early exchanges of the second set until the fifth game.Nadal saved the first break point but could not survive the second one to put Federer in reach of the title. Nadal, for whom defeat sees Federer close the gap at the top of the world rankings as the year approaches its climax, has nevertheless enjoyed a remarkable season.His triumph in Beijing last weekend was also his sixth of the year as he continues to defy doubts about his fitness following repeated injury.The Spaniard called it “an emotional year”.“Today you played a fantastic match so well done, may congratulations,” he told Federer.Share on: WhatsApp
SANTA CLARA — Rookie left tackle Justin Skule could know more about you than you know about him.Summoned to fill in for Joe Staley and start in the 49ers home opener Sunday, Skule has a family background that should help him devour scouting reports, specifically those of the upcoming Pittsburgh Steelers.Joshua Skule, Justin’s father, is the FBI’s assistant executive director for intelligence.“We make an effort to talk at least once or twice a week, just to see how things are going,” Justin …
7 February 2014 South Africa’s move to modernise its administration of social grants, involving the live certification and re-registration of grant beneficiaries and the introduction of a biometric card payment system, is saving the country hundreds of millions of rands annually, says South Africa Social Security Agency (Sassa) CEO Virginia Peterson. Presenting the agency’s 2012/13 annual report to the National Council of Provinces’ (NCOP’s) select committee on social services in Cape Town on Thursday, Peterson said that over 150 000 grants had been voluntarily cancelled between June 2012, when the re-registration process began, and June 2013, amounting to an annual saving of R150-million. The number of voluntary grant cancellations had since increased to 299 837, she said. Interviewed by Business Day following the NCOP briefing, Peterson said that in total more than 650 000 social grant recipients had been removed from the grants register, saving the fiscus almost R2-billion, while an additional R800-million in service fees had been saved in this financial year alone.Electronic grant payments, biometric cards Sassa’s new system aims to minimise fraudulent grant applications and collections and reduce administration costs by distributing grant payments electronically. It involves the mass collection of data of existing and new beneficiaries, children receiving grants, and procurators. The Sassa grant card’s biometric functionality identifies grant recipients using unique identifiers such as fingerprints, voice and other personal information, which means that the cards cannot be used by any person other than the approved beneficiary. “A total of 18.9-million people were successfully re-registered onto the new system by end of the financial year,” Peterson told the NCOP committee. “The number has since increased to 20.7-million.” She noted that the biometric payment cards allowed beneficiaries to access their grants through various payment gateways, including ATMs, pay point stations and retail points of sale – effectively incorporating beneficiaries, many of whom were previously “unbanked”, into the country’s banking community. At the same time, she said, the new payment system almost halved the cost to the agency of each transaction, from an average of R30 to R16.44 per transaction – while giving Sassa, for the first time, automated intelligence on all payment activities. Sassa is currently paying approximately 16-million social grant benefits monthly to approximately 9.5-million recipients.Fraud: focus shifts to agency staff Peterson told the committee that, in its fight against fraud, Sassa’s focus had shifted from grant beneficiaries to agency staff members who colluded with beneficiaries and crime syndicates to defraud the system. Against a target of investigating at least 50% of fraud cases identified, she said, 78% of cases identified to date had been investigated, with 98% of suspicious grants verified as valid. “Efforts to clamp down on corruption in specific regions resulted in arrests and convictions of 10 current agency officials, three former agency officials and 15 agents,” Petersen said. “Fifty-two Sassa officials were suspended from duty, 25 dismissed, and seven resigned prior to the completion of their disciplinary cases. The monetary value related to cases finalised amounts to R59.4-million.” Other successes, she said, included the arrest of 50 individuals in the Mahlabathini area within the Ulundi District who were found to be in possession of 127 unregistered Sassa cards, three CPS registration machines and R47 000 in cash. Five of these suspects remain in custody. Petersen said that money lending had also became a focus, with 29 individuals arrested and 1 008 agency cards and R82 156 in cash confiscated. She acknowledged that the implementation of its fraud management strategy was one of the challenges facing Sassa, adding that the agency had had to “close-out some offices due to the number of officials that were implicated in fraudulent activities.” SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporter
Misbah-ul-Haq is yet to take a decision on his Test future and as of now wants to focus on Pakistan’s crucial tour of England.”Right now I am just focusing on the four Tests in England because if we want to show everyone our top three ranking in Test cricket is not based around our wins in the UAE we need to put up a good show against England,” Misbah said before the team’s departure.There were anticipations that Pakistan’s longest serving Test skipper may take a call on his future before the team’s departure to England on Friday. It is believed that Misbah had talks with PCB officials regarding his future plans.The 42-year-old was compelled by PCB last year to continue as Test skipper till the tour of England.”He has informed the PCB he will decide on whether he will continue to play Test cricket after the series in England,” a source said.Misbah said the series in England would be a challenge for the batsmen since they had hardly played outside the UAE in the last few years.”But we have prepared hard for this series on similar pitches and I am banking on the fact that all our batsmen are now hardened Test campaigners,” he said.Misbah said that the batsmen had been told to take their time in England and play a waiting and patient game.”Conditions do vary a lot in England and one session turns everything upside down so we are going to take it session by session. What we have achieved against England in the UAE in 2012 and 2015 does not matter now for us,” Misbah said.advertisementMisbah’s critics and supporters believe that the tour to England will define his place in Pakistan cricket history as Pakistan in the last four to five years have played their home series in the United Arab Emirates on generally flat pitches.Misbah was not part of the Pakistan squad that went to England in late 2010 for a tour which saw the infamous spot-fixing scandal erupt in the fourth and final test at Lords. But it was after that tour that the PCB decided to appoint Misbah as Test captain, a position he has held until now and become Pakistan’s most successful Test captain.(with PTI inputs)
Related Items:#EuropeanVillage, #magneticmedianews, #WineandFoodFestival Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 28, 2017 – Nassau – It’s been 22 years now for the International Culture Wine & Food Festival and the organizers are announcing that the event, chiefly sponsored by JetBlue is set for October 14 and 15 at the Botanical Gardens and will feature music by Visage. There will be the traditional showcases including The Bahamian Village, the Caribbean Village including newcomers Bermuda and with regional nations like Jamaica and Cuba having their own villages.The #EuropeanVillage will feature popular Greece, but new is Belgium and Germany. All three nations of North America will be present, USA, Canada and Mexico and from South America, Belize will make a debut with an amazing display touted for China and sponsored by the Chinese Embassy; even Australia will have a spot at the two day event in Nassau.The concert featuring Visage will happen on Saturday, the festival continues to be a cashless event thanks to special festival dollars provided by Bank of the Bahamas. It is said the festival attracts some 30,000 people.#MagneticMediaNews#WineandFoodFestival
Wolves defender Jonathan Castro sustained a knee ligament damage during Spain’s 1-0 friendly win against Bosnia on Sunday and is set to miss up to six weeks.Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta came on in the 51st minute to replace Castro after he collided with Mo Besic during Spain’s friendly match against Bosnia & Herzegovina at the Gran Canaria Stadium on Sunday evening.The 24-year-old was later seen leaving the stadium on crutches and his MRI scan results came in on Monday morning.According to Sky Sports, the Spanish national team then released a statement: “[He] has suffered a partial tear of the internal lateral ligament of his knee. His estimated timeout is five to six weeks.”Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.Castro, a loanee from Atletico Madrid could be laid off for a lengthy period of time and will likely miss the busy Christmas and New Year English fixtures, which includes Wolves matches against Chelsea, Liverpool, and Tottenham.