Murder of Elmar Huseynov : The investigation should not stop at finding the killers

first_img May 18, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Murder of Elmar Huseynov : The investigation should not stop at finding the killers April 9, 2021 Find out more to go further Organisation AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Azerbaijan “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Reporters Without Borders released an investigation report showing that the murder of Elmar Huseynov, editor of the independent weekly Monitor was a contract killing ordered because of his work as a journalistThe organisation, which was in the capital Baku from 6-9 April, met head of state, Ilham Aliyev, interior minister, Ramil Usubov, deputy prosecutor-general Ramiz Rzayev, as well as the wife, colleagues and lawyer of the murdered journalist. It also spoke to editors of the main independent and opposition newspapers, the Norwegian and French ambassadors and the representative of the Council of Europe.The only two leads now being followed by the authorities are that the 2 March 2005 murder was linked to Huseynov’s work and that it was instigated from abroad, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. June 8, 2021 Find out more Reports Help by sharing this information June 4, 2021 Find out more “The official investigation, aided by the American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Turkish police, is procedurally satisfactory. The head of state expressed his desire for light to be shed on this atrocious crime as rapidly as possible”, said Robert Ménard, Secretary General of Reporters Without Borders.”We expect the authorities to punish all the guilty parties, that is to say the killers but also the instigators of this murder”, he said. An Azeri citizen of Georgian origin, Turgai Bairamov, aged 29, was charged in connection with the murder on 22 April. He had been living in Baku since 1990. Security services said on 4 May that the “number one suspect” was a Georgian citizen, Tahir Khubanov, whom they were now looking for.The solving of the Huseynov case, the first murder of its type for many years, represents a test for the Azeri president in the run-up to key legislative elections in November. Since President Aliyev came to power, on 31 October 2003, journalists have experienced a persistent and disturbing decline in the state of press freedom in the country. No fewer than eight journalists have been arrested since January 2004 and six have been briefly detained and threatened.Among its recommendations, Reporters Without Borders calls on the head of state to provide protection for journalists who ask for it, so that such a tragedy will not happen again. RSF_en Related documents Download the english versionPDF – 774.11 KBDownload the russian versionPDF – 1.07 MB RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan News News Receive email alerts AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia News Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh Reporters Without Borders today released its investigation report showingthat the editor of the weekly Monitor, shot seven times in a cold-bloodedkilling on 2 March 2005, was indeed murdered because of his work as ajournalist.last_img read more

Ellsworth boys take 3rd place at indoor track states

first_imgLEWISTON — The Ellsworth boys’ indoor track team earned a third-place finish in Saturday’s Class B championship meet at Bates College.The Eagles recorded 41 points to finish behind first-place York (51 points) and second-place Greely (46 points) in the 30-team field. The result followed Ellsworth’s first-place finish in the Penobscot Valley Conference Small-School championships a week earlier.Ellsworth got an individual state title from Beck Deeny, who recorded a distance of 42 feet, 5 1/4 inches to win the triple jump. His winning mark was 2 inches farther than that of the second-place finisher, Jon Duso of Belfast.Prior to battling for the title in the triple jump, Deeny and Duso had fought for first in the long jump. Deeny’s distance of 20 feet, 4 1/4 inches was just 3/4 of an inch shy of Duso’s winning mark.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Ellsworth boys also got third-place finishes from Henry Scheff (55-meter hurdles) and Tulas Weaver (200-meter dash). For Mount Desert Island, Stephen Grierson took second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 5.80 seconds.On the girls’ side, Bucksport got a second-place finish from Addie Morrison (400-meter dash) and a fourth-place finish from Johanna Stiles (200-meter dash). MDI’s Zoe Olson placed third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:02.41.Qualified athletes will compete in the New England championships Feb. 29, at Roxbury Community College’s Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Boston.last_img read more

Biden offers closing argument to Iowa Caucus-goers

first_imgDES MOINES — In six days, Iowa’s Caucuses will kick-off the 2020 presidential campaign. This past weekend, former Vice President Joe Biden began traveling the state with well-known Iowa Democrats like Attorney General Tom Miller.“He’s the most electable,” Miller told a crowd in Ankeny Saturday night.In a Saturday night conversation with Radio Iowa, former Vice President Joe Biden began by describing a down-to-the-wire race.“I think it’s going to be close, but I feel good,” Biden said.Biden said he’s not surprised so many Iowans are undecided this close the Caucuses.“You fly-speck everything out here,” Biden said.Biden suggested this 2020 race is similar to 2004. That’s when John Kerry wound up being the consensus choice in the closing days of that Caucus season.“I really believe that there are a different set of assets that are required in different elections,” Biden said. “I think what people know what we have to do. We can’t just beat Trump. We have to take back the Senate and keep the House and increase the numbers.”Without prompting, Biden responded to critics who say he will lose the party’s liberal wing.“If I get elected and do what I’m talking about, it’ll go down as one of the most progressive administrations in history,” Biden said. “The question is: ‘Who can get something done?’”Biden, who spoke with Radio Iowa before the impeachment trial resumed, suggested whatever happens this week will have little to no effect on Caucus Night.“So far it hasn’t. I mean they’ve beaten the living hell out of me…I’m not saying this is going to be fun or whatever,” Biden said. “But you know whomever the nominee is, this administration is going to go after them lying like the devil.”Biden has occasionally mentioned to Iowa audiences that February 3 would have been his late son 51st birthday. The former vice president sometimes says Beau Biden, who died of brain cancer, should be the one running for president. Biden told Radio Iowa his son’s political advice was always “to remember homebase.”“Don’t be intimidated by the moment. Don’t want the office more than you want your integrity. Don’t do anything that you are going to regret,” Biden said. “That’s one of the things I worry about some of my friends in the Republican Party on this impeachment. I don’t think they understand their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren are going to read about this.”last_img read more

Arranmore man 26.2 miles from completing all World Major marathons

first_imgDenis O’Donnell has once again embarked on a trip halfway around the world to take part in the Boston World Major Marathon.He completed the gruelling marathon in a time of 4 hours 22 minutes, an impressive feat when you take into consideration how many hills are in the route.It nows means the Arranmore man has completed five out of the six World Major marathons challenges after Boston, London, New York, Chicago and Tokyo. Denis O’Donnell competing in the Boston Marathon 2019O’Donnell, who has completed 11 marathons in total, now aims to take on his final World Major marathons challenge in Berlin in September.In 2018, Denis had taken on the challenge of the Tokyo Marathon in memory of his mother Frances who passed away in April 2017, while also raising vital funds for the Irish Heart Foundation.Speaking to Donegal Daily at the time, O’Donnell said: “I’d like to do all six, that’s been the target since I started running.“I wasn’t big into fitness as a child or adult, it’s been in the last seven years I have progressed from the treadmill at the local gym, to doing local 5k and 10ks. When I got into it I started thinking more about what I was eating and started tweaking things.” Since he endeavours on America’s east coast, O’Donnell has returned to the Island to organise the Darkness into Light event for the fourth straight year.Denis is the driving force behind Arranmore’s Darkness into Light walk, which raises vital funds for Pieta House.This years event takes place on May 11th at 4.15am starting at the community centre, with a late ferry at 3am coming to the island for the event and returning afterwards.“Running brings about other things, it can bring everyone together,” O’Donnell said.“Darkness into Light became the whole community’s thing and everyone has a part to play in it. It brings everyone out at a crazy time in the morning and everyone gets a really good buzz from it.” Arranmore man 26.2 miles from completing all World Major marathons was last modified: April 28th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

South Africa upgrades birth certificates

first_img5 March 2013 Nkosinathi Dludla and his wife Patricia on Monday became the first South African parents to receive an unabridged birth certificate for their new baby boy, Sakhile. Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor visited the young couple at Netcare Park Lane Hospital in Johannesburg to hand them an unabridged birth certificate for their four-day old son. South Africa’s new birth certificates contain details of both parents along with added security features that will make duplication much more difficult. Pandor said her department would no longer issue abridged birth certificates, as part of a move to secure the integrity of South Africa’s National Population Register, and to eradicate identity book theft and fraudulent birth registrations. “This initiative will really give us a chance of having a national population register that we all trust and which we can use for planning service provision,” Pandor said. “As from today, all [newborn] babies will be receiving unabridged certificates, and our wish is to issue them on the spot, but at the most it will be within 30 days.” The certificates will be issued at no cost to first-time applicants. Existing abridged certificates will, however, continue to remain legal documents. Speaking to SAnews at her hospital bed, Patricia Dludla said: “Being the first mother in the country to receive these new birth certificates, it is a real honour to me. I feel so special.” Pandor also issued an unabridged certificate to Silulami Libalele, whose baby girl, Dala, was born on Saturday. “Together with my wife, we are very excited by the department’s move to issue this new birth certificate to our baby without us travelling to their offices,” said Libalele, adding that his daughter’s name, Dala, means “to create”. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Mandela: world leaders pay homage

first_img6 December 2013 Across the globe, tribute is being paid by the world’s leaders to Nobel Peace Prize laureate and statesman Nelson Mandela, who passed away at his Johannesburg home on Thursday night. He was 95. Mandela was courageous and profoundly good – US President Barak Obama US President Barack Obama described Nelson Mandela as a “profoundly good” man who “took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice” in a televised statement on Thursday night, broadcast soon after the announcement of Mandela’s death. Obama said Mandela symbolised the fight for freedom and dignity throughout the world. His commitment to reconcile with those who jailed him had set an example for all humanity: “The fact that he did it all with grace and good humour, and an ability to acknowledge his own imperfections, only makes the man that much more remarkable.” Obama said he was one of the millions of people around the world who drew inspiration from Mandela. “I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set, and so long as I live I will do what I can to learn from him.” “We will not likely see the like of Nelson Mandela again,” Obama said. “So it falls to us, as best we can, to forward the example that he set – to make decisions guided not by hate, but by love; to never discount the difference that one person can make; to strive for a future that is worthy of his sacrifice.” A great light has gone out – British Prime Minister David Cameron David Cameron said “a great light had gone out” following Mandela’s death as flags flew at half-mast at his Downing Street Office. “Nelson Mandela was a towering figure in our time; a legend in life and now in death – a true global hero. Across the country he loved they will be mourning a man who was the embodiment of grace.” “Meeting him was one of the great honours of my life. My heart goes out to his family – and to all in South Africa and around the world whose lives were changed through his courage. A great light has gone out in the world.” Mandela was a giant for justice – UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon “Nelson Mandela was a giant for justice and a down-to-earth human inspiration,” United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said at the UN’s Headquarters in New York on Thursday night. “On behalf of the United Nations, I extend my deepest condolences to the people of South Africa and especially to Nelson Mandela’s family, and indeed our global family.” Ban noted that many people worldwide were greatly influenced by Mandela’s selfless struggle for human dignity, equality and freedom. “He touched our lives in deeply personal ways. At the same time, no one did more in our time to advance the values and aspirations of the United Nations. “Nelson Mandela showed what is possible for our world and within each one of us – if we believe, dream and work together for justice and humanity,” said Ban. The world has lost one of its finest human beings – former US president Bill Clinton Former US president Bill Clinton, who was in office when Nelson Mandela took power in South Africa, released a statement on behalf of his family, calling Mandela a “champion for human dignity and freedom”. “Today the world has lost one of its most important leaders and one of its finest human beings,” Clinton said. “History will remember Nelson Mandela as a champion for human dignity and freedom, for peace and reconciliation.” Mandela taught the world the way to peace – World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim “We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. On behalf of the World Bank Group staff, I convey my deepest sympathies to Graca Machel, Nelson Mandela’s family, and the South African people,” World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim said in a statement. Madiba’s gifts to humankind would remain, Kim said. “He taught the world that no matter the sins of the past, no matter the horror of apartheid, the way ahead toward peace was to forgive but not forget, to remember what happened but also to offer a hand in order to start anew.” A man of deep principles, skilful diplomacy – IMF managing director Christine Lagarde Mandela “enabled his country to confront its past and inspired its people to address an extraordinary set of challenges”, International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde said. “He was a man who brought deep principles, skilful diplomacy and quiet dignity to the task of national reconciliation and nation building. His modesty in the face of greatness will always be remembered and, moreover, will continue to inspire us all.” SAnews.gov and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Last.fm Outage Continues – Did You Notice?

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#music#news#web 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Music streaming service Last.fm has been experiencing one of the most serious system outages it has ever encountered. It is just now returning to normal after being down for 24 hours. According to Last.fm database architect, the service has been “experiencing an extended period of downtime in all user-facing services,” and it could take some time before those services return to a fully stable state.While this was obviously a major problem for the company to solve, I wonder: did you notice? I can’t say that I did. I haven’t scrobbled in months on end. I can’t remember the last time I even streamed music from Last.fm. I’ve moved on to bigger and better things…have you?What Happened at Last.fmAccording to the Last.fm blog post, the issue was caused by a hardware failure. Yesterday afternoon, a fault in a blade chassis in one Last.fm’s datacenters broke, and took down the power supply for its rack with it. The onsite teams couldn’t resolve the issue with the chassis, but managed to restore power to the rest of the rack. However, the chassis had contained several critical components of the top-level load balancing systems, which are used to evenly distribute traffic across Last.fm’s data centers.Because the remaining data centers were then running under a higher than usual load, outages began to occur. There were problems not only with the radio service, but also with scrobbling and the website itself.Now, it’s a matter of waiting for fresh DNS information to propagate around the Internet. When that occurs, the service will be up-and-running for everyone. Last.fm users should know that scrobbles are safe in the meantime, thanks to client caching.So, Did You Notice?Obviously, plenty of regular Last.fm users did notice the outage, and were tweeting about it over the past day. But for me, the outage only served to remind me that the service existed at all. I no longer care for streaming radio services like Last.fm – or Pandora, for that matter – I’m using a subscription based music service instead, where I can access (nearly) any song I want on demand, create my own playlists and browse through playlist suggestions from others. You want “cloud iTunes,” you say? Well, you can have it now.In my case, I’m using MOG, a subscription-based streaming music service preferred by a couple of us here at ReadWriteWeb. However, ?Rdio, a similar service from Skype, KaZaA and Joost creators Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, is the better choice, according to many whom I’ve spoken to.It comes down to what features you really need. Rdio, for example, will match your iTunes catalog with its own, providing easy access to your favorite tunes. It also offers better social networking features for sharing recommendations via Twitter and Facebook. And its mobile applications are well-designed and easy to use.MOG suffers a bit in the design aspect of its apps, and according to some reports, their stability too, but its catalog is currently larger: 10 million tracks to Rdio’s 7 million. However, these numbers change regularly, as record deals are brokered.  If you start to feel like you’re missing the serendipity that services like Pandora and Last.fm offered, both MOG and Rdio provide a “radio” option that lets you stream music, but MOG’s more configurable, much to the disappointment of someRdiofans.Although neither of these services are free, like Last.fm is, they’re both definitely worth the money. And frankly, since the time I started using subscription music, I haven’t been back to Last.fm at all.But I wonder where the rest of the early adopters are with this. What are you using these days for streaming music? Are you still a Last.fm fan? Or have you also moved on to MOG, Rdio, or – if you’re fortunate enough – Spotify? Or maybe you still prefer iTunes? 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Appcenter_img sarah perez 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

OFFICIAL Girona accepts to play against Barcelona in the USA

first_imgThe club is the first team in the Spanish La Liga tournament to accept to play an official match in the United States this seasonAfter all the polemic caused by La Liga’s decision to take at least one official match to be played at the United States, teams are starting to respond.And the first club to accept this opportunity is Girona FC.The team accepted the proposal to play Barcelona in the USA, thinking it could be a great benefit to their fan growth.“The club confirms that it has received this proposal from LaLiga and is working in this line together with La Liga and Barca, although there is no official confirmation that the game is will be played in Miami,” a statement read on Girona’s website as reported by Sportskeeda.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“The club has accepted the proposal understanding that it is a great possibility of expansion and growth, not only for Girona but also for our city and our territory.”“A little over three years ago, the club fought against disappearing entirely and now our goal is to consolidate ourselves in La Liga,” the press release added.“This action would be another step within the idea of competing in the elite of football after the effort we have all made in recent years and that has led us to La Liga.”There has not been official confirmation by the Spanish league or Barcelona yet.last_img read more

Elano is still grateful to Manchester City

first_imgThe former Citizen says the English Premier League club has a special place in his heart after the two years he lived with the teamBrazilian playmaker Elano played with English Premier League club Manchester City from 2007 to 2009.And the Citizens star is very grateful to his former EPL team.“Manchester City is a special club to me and I will always be grateful to the Club and to the city of Manchester,” Elano told the club’s official website.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“City are world class now and the fans deserve it as they are very special.”“I came at a transitional phase but we made the fans happy and believed we could win titles like the Premier League,” he added.“I was happy to play my part and to be here was a joy.”“I just want to thank you all. I am one of you and playing for this club is something I will remember for the rest of my life,” he concluded.last_img read more