At least nine journalists beaten up in crackdown 17 days ahead of presidential election

first_img Police in plain clothes beat up at least nine journalists who covered the arrest of main opposition candidate, Aleksandr Kozulin in the capital Minsk on 2 March. Reporters Without Borders said it was outraged by a violent crackdown in Belarus in the run-up to presidential elections, due in less than three weeks. News BelarusEurope – Central Asia “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says RSF_en to go further News “These incidents are unacceptable and fuel fears of a presidential election in a climate of terror, without a shred of freedom or democracy”, said Reporters Without Borders. “The international community should react to ensure that the poll is not marred by further brutality against the press and opposition,”Plain clothes police arrived in a bus to disperse the crowd as demonstrators and journalists gathered in front of the police station in Kastrychnitsky where Kozulin was being held. Several agents seized Oleg Ulevich (photo), Russian correspondent for Komsomolskaya Pravda v Belorussii, while he was taking photos of the arrests of activists in front the of the police station.They threw him to the ground and kicked him where he lay. He was then taken to the Leninsky police station with a broken nose and numerous bruises to his face. He is currently in No. 9 hospital and is expected to stay there for at least four days for observation.Yulia Darashevich, Aleksandr Grits and Vasily Fedosenko, respectively photographers for the weekly Nasha Niva and news agencies AP and Reuters, were detained and then released after police examined the pictures they tried to take during the arrest.Andrey Maksimov, journalist for Aleksandr Kozulin’s press service and Dzmitry Brushko, journalist on weekly Belgazeta, were both also arrested for several hours.Plain clothes police tried to snatch a camera from a journalist working for the ByMedia.net agency before colleagues came to help.Sergei Pulsha, correspondent for BelaPAN agency was struck in the face by a police officer. Finally, Dmitry Madorsky, cameraman for Reuters, was also kicked and struck in the face and was taken to the city’s hospital no 10. Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders said it was outraged by a violent crackdown in Belarus in the run-up to presidential elections, due in less than three weeks.Police in plain clothes beat up at least nine journalists who covered the arrest of main opposition candidate, Aleksandr Kozulin in the capital Minsk on 2 March. Opposition activists were also arrested. Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown May 28, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Belarus In another incident, three Ukrainian journalists of TV channels 1+1, Tonis and 5Kanal were refused entry to Belarus after arriving at the airport in Minsk. They had come to cover a demonstration in support of one of the opposition candidates, Aleksandr Milenkevich. News June 2, 2021 Find out more BelarusEurope – Central Asia RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” May 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information March 3, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 At least nine journalists beaten up in crackdown 17 days ahead of presidential election Organisation last_img read more

Shannon Dev best for cost of new jobs

first_imgAdvertisement NewsLocal NewsShannon Dev best for cost of new jobsBy admin – September 22, 2011 515 THE cost to the taxpayer of each job created by Shannon Development is almost half that of each job created by the IDA or Enterprise Ireland.New figures show that for every job which Shannon Development creates, the exchequer hands over €7,552. That’s in comparison with a cost of €14,287 for each job created by IDA Ireland and €12,254 for any job created by Enterprise Ireland.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The official figures were supplied to the Dáil Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education on foot of a request by Deputy Willie O’Dea, who is a member of the committee.Concerned that a section in the current Programme for Government states its intention to examine whether there is a role for the development body in the future, Mr O’Dea said:“This just goes to prove that Shannon Development is a very efficient body.“It would be foolish in the extreme to consider abolishing a job creation agency which is getting people into employment at such a low cost – the figures speak for themselves.“You can’t argue with the facts. It’s creating jobs at half the cost to the taxpayer when compared with the bigger agencies. It would be ludicrous to abolish this small agency which does a fantastic job.”The cost per job is a figure calculated by Forfás and is arrived at after taking into account the job-creating agency’s spend. The figure is calculated over a seven year period.Responding to the deputy’s comments, Enterprise Ireland said that while that figure is correct for the period 2004 – 20010, their cost per job for the seven years to 2008 was “€7,794, which is comparable to other agencies during that period.” Factors affecting the rise in cost were the extra supports provided by Enterprise Ireland to help companies withstand the worst recession in decades and the fact that Enterprise Ireland administers schemes such as dairy beef and sheep funds for third parties.The lower number of jobs sustained in that period by the agency was also due to the recession and particularly affected by the fact that Enterprise Ireland works with one of the worst hit industries, construction.There was no comment available from IDA Ireland at time of going to press. Linkedin Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Email Print Twitter Previous articleGilmore criticised for ‘U turn’ on Shannon investigationsNext articleNurses warn of further action adminlast_img read more

Ecuador’s Minister Of Defense To Go To Russia To Seek Military Assistance‎

first_imgBy Dialogo March 19, 2009 Javier Ponce, Ecuador’s Defense Minister, ‎will travel to Russia to launch an agreement for military assistance, according to a ‎statement provided Wednesday to AFP by a source from within.‎ ‎”The minister will proceed with the military assistance plan signed by both countries,” ‎stated a top military official, who requested to remain anonymous.‎ The official reported that Ponce’s visit to Russia will last four days, and that during this ‎time he will talk to the country’s military leaders.‎ Last November Russian chancellor Sergey Lavrov visited Quito for the first time, an ‎occasion in which the governments improved their relations by establishing a series of ‎commercial, military, and nuclear energy assistance commitments.‎ ‎”We have already discussed extensive commercial, financial, and military ‎cooperation. They have great, high quality military equipment,” said President Rafael ‎Corres, a harsh critic of the United States who is organizing the removal in 2009 of the ‎North American troops operating an antidrug base in the Ecuadorian coast.‎ Since 2008 the Executive Branch has been pushing for modernization of the Armed ‎Forces through the purchase of Brazilian combat aircraft, Chinese radar, and Indian ‎helicopters, as well as used fleets from Chile. ‎last_img read more

Paternity leave and pay ‘should be doubled’ (UK)

first_imgThe Guardian 15 June 2014Statutory paternity leave should be twice as long and paid at almost twice the present rate to encourage more fathers to spend time with their newborn children, a thinktank has said.The proposal is one of a number to be unveiled by the centre-left thinktank the IPPR in what is being billed as a groundbreaking report, The Condition of Britain, designed to examine the social issues that have left Britain fractured.The Labour leader, Ed Miliband, will launch the report on Thursday, endorsing its themes, but will not embrace all its proposals.The IPPR proposes that fathers should automatically qualify for four weeks’ leave after the birth, paid at the minimum wage.The cost to the taxpayer is likely to be £150m in 2015-16 and it would ensure that up to 400,000 fathers each year got at least £252.40 a week.The thinktank said one of the main reasons only 55% took off the available fortnight was because they felt they could not afford the loss of pay. Under existing rules fathers qualify for a statutory £138.18 a week, equivalent to £3.45 an hour for a 40-hour week, with employers encouraged to make up the shortfall.http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/jun/15/paternity-leave-pay-doubled-fatherslast_img read more

Rangers Get N1m Per Goal Boost as they Depart for Algeria

first_imgThe Flying Antelopes who are due to depart Lagos for Algiers this morning were promised this mouth-watering bonus by a staunch supporter of the team, Charles Ugwu, during a send-forth meeting Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, had with the players and officials yesterday.Ugwu stressed that he is moved to make the promise to the players to boost their chances of progressing in the competition “because Rangers is not just a team but also a movement that has united Ndigbo over the years.” He further assured the governor to mobilise supporters of the club for the task before Rangers.Earlier, Ugwuanyi charged Rangers to display their professionalism and commitment to be able to win the match.The governor also assured the club of the blessings, best wishes and prayers of the whole nation “as ambassadors and flag bearers of our great country Nigeria in this competition”.He said that the state remains grateful to God for bringing Rangers to the competition as Champions of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL), adding that with “God on our side, we are confident that you will come back from this competition as Champions of Africa in Jesus Name.“Having lifted the NPFL trophy after 32 years in the wilderness, we have revived the famous Rangers spirit; the spirit of commitment, industry, ingenuity and brotherhood; the Never-Say-Die spirit of Rangers – the true champions.“And as you depart for Algeria today, we pray that the Almighty God will grant you divine protection, guidance and a resounding victory against your opponents”, Gov. Ugwuanyi concluded.In his remark, the captain of the team, Mathew Etim, pledged that the players were determined and going for business in Algeria to make Enugu State proud once again, calling for the support and prayers of the people of the state and fans.The club led by its General Manager, Christian Chukwu, arrived Lagos yesterday en-route Algeria for the match on Friday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Christopher Isiguzo in EnuguAhead of Friday’s first leg, preliminary round game of this year’s CAF Champions Leaguebetween Rangers International Football Club of Enugu and the J.S Saoura of Algeria, the Nigerian champions have been boosted with promise of N1million for every goal scored against the north African team.last_img read more