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

Challenger portal reveals first major third-party lettings suppliers

first_imgChallenger portal OpenBrix has lined up its first list of services to join the platform including satellite giant Sky and the Lettings Hub as it limbers up to launch, most likely at the same time as rival Boomin.OpenBrix hopes its offering will rival the Bruce brothers with its unique blockchain technology, democratic membership model, multi-listing service capability and services plug-in.This will enable agents to connect their existing providers and automate much of their third-party sales and administration, making it easier to onboard sales and lettings instructions into their fee-paying networks.Other companies to sign up to this include credit referencing and rent reporting service CreditLadder, know-your-client identity platform Yoti and mortgage and insurance broker Lea Financial.OpenBrix CEO Adam Pigott says dozens more leading industry suppliers are about to be announced including deposits, lead management, lettings software and inventory platforms or services.“So far no one has said no to joining OpenBrix,” says Pigott (left). “And we’re also about to sign up one of the industry’s leading training platforms.”The company’s most recent sign-up is white goods replace or repair service Product Care.“As an ex-property manager, I was immediately impressed with Product Care and the super-slick, effortless nature of their product,” says Piggott.“Not only do they provide convenience and speed, but their price point is infinitely lower than the big retail names.”Read our interview with Adam Pigott about his looming launch including why Countrywide big beast John Hards is helping launch the business.Product Care Adam Pigott openbrix productcare The Lettings Hub Sky creditladder September 15, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Challenger portal reveals first major third-party lettings suppliers previous nextProptechChallenger portal reveals first major third-party lettings suppliersCEO Adam Pigott says first big names to join the platform include Sky and The Lettings Hub as his company prepares for public launch.Nigel Lewis15th September 202001,200 Viewslast_img read more

Cricket News Mike Hesson parts way with Kings XI Punjab, speculation grows on India coach job

first_img New Delhi: Mike Hesson, who is best remembered for turning around New Zealand’s cricketing fortunes in six years, has parted ways with the Kings XI Punjab franchise. Hesson, who helped New Zealand reach the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup for the first time during the 2015 edition, was part of the Kings XI Punjab franchise for just one year. Although the reasons for his departure are unknown, there are strong indications that he is in the race for the post of head coach in both India and Pakistan. There are strong reports that Ravi Shastri could once again be at the helm after the end of the West Indies tour as he has strong backing from the Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli. Other reports in New Zealand reported that Hesson has applied for the top job in both India and Pakistan. Former Australian all-rounder Tom Moody is one of the big international names in a long list of applications the BCCI has received for the chief coach’s job in India.In a statement on his Twitter handle, Hesson said, “I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Kings XI franchise and wish to thank them for the season I had in charge. Whilst disappointed not to be able to build on the work we did this year, I’m sure success isn’t too far away for them. I wish them all the best for the future,” Hesson said. India’s coach will be chosen by a three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) headed by the legendary Kapil Dev, ex-coach Anshuman Gaekwad and former India women’s captain Shantha Rangaswamy. The current support staff comprising incumbent head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, batting coach Sanjay Bangar and fielding coach R Sridhar were given a 45-day extension following the World Cup, covering the West Indies tour from August 3 to September 3. The BCCI advertised the posts after India’s World Cup semifinal defeat to New Zealand. highlights India lost in the semi-final of 2019 World Cup to New Zealand.Ravi Shastri has gotten an extension as coach until the end of West Indies tour.Mike Hesson was at the helm of Kings XI Punjab for just one year. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Trojans ready for Cougars

first_imgAs the USC men’s basketball team returns to the friendly confines of the Galen Center for a two-game homestand, the Trojans will first play host on Thursday to a team that has encountered much of the same success as the Trojans.Addition · The Trojans have compiled a 5-2 record since sophomore forward Lenoard Washington returned to the team just before Christmas. – Avi Kushlan | Daily Trojan While the Washington State Cougars (13-5, 3-3) still have the opportunity to play in the postseason, its up-and-down performance in conference play mirrors that of the Trojans’ (11-6, 3-2) thus far.Sitting in fourth place in the Pac-10, the Cougars have bolstered their record with wins over Arizona and Stanford but have failed to perform against some of the more successful teams in the conference, falling to California at home and getting blown out by Arizona State on the road.USC can certainly relate; only days after sweeping the Arizona schools at home, the team faltered on the road, losing to Stanford at the buzzer and to Cal by eight points. They recently rebounded by overwhelming UCLA at Pauley Pavilion 67-46, which moved the Trojans into a two-way tie for second place in the conference.“We only have 13 games left to play, and we need to give our best effort every single time we play those games,” O’Neill said. “We’re 3-2 in the league, and we’re just trying to get to 4-2. Take it one game at a time and see where it goes.”The key to the Cougars’ success this season has come in the form of sophomore guard Klay Thompson ,who averaged 22.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, and freshman guard Reggie Moore, who averages 13.4 points and 4.6 assists. They will square off against the Trojans’ experienced tandem of seniors point guard Mike Gerritty and guard Dwight Lewis, who have played increasingly vital roles since Gerrity’s introduction to the team one month ago.“We played a lot of good offensive teams … we’ve got to do the same job against [the Cougars] tomorrow as we did against them,” O’Neill said. “They are a team that generates a lot of offense out of early stuff and second shots. It’s a necessity that we play great defense. Because of the way we’ve competed and played hard, we’ve put ourselves in a position to be a good team that way.”Despite the similarities between the teams, the location of the game seems to play into USC’s favor beyond simply having the home crowd behind it.The Cougars have had major struggles playing on the road, and it seems to be a deeper problem than their 2-3 record indicates: Washington State has been beaten by a total of 47 points in its three losses, and its best road win was a two-point victory over 9-9 Arizona.Meanwhile, the Trojans have found continued success at the Galen Center and now have a 7-2 record that includes wins over then-No. 8 Tennessee and Arizona State.Nevertheless, O’Neill sees every game as equal, stressing that the absence of a postseason for the Trojans has only made games more significant.“I’m approaching every game for us like its a postseason game, because we don’t have a postseason,” said O’Neill. “For us, what’s important is we don’t waste any days, cause this group’s only going to play together for 13 more games.”last_img read more

Ferrari’s struggles unlikely to end at home race at Monza

first_imgLast Updated: 3rd September, 2020 22:27 IST Ferrari’s Struggles Unlikely To End At Home Race At Monza Last year Charles Leclerc was cheered by thousands of passionate Ferrari fans at Monza after he ended the team’s nine-year wait for victory at its home circuit. Written By FOLLOW US Last year Charles Leclerc was cheered by thousands of passionate Ferrari fans at Monza after he ended the team’s nine-year wait for victory at its home circuit.Fast forward 12 months and things will be very different at Formula One’s Italian Grand Prix and not just because of the lack of fans because of the coronavirus pandemic.Ferrari’s bad year is getting worse as each race goes by. Leclerc finished 14th at last weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, just behind teammate Sebastian Vettel. Both were over a minute behind race winner and championship leader Lewis Hamilton.“No miracles expected this weekend but hopefully we can be a bit better than we were at Spa,” Leclerc said at a news conference on Thursday.Vettel is a four-time champion but has not even finished in the top five this season — and has been 10th or lower in four races.“I’m not going to lie it’s not going to be an easy weekend for us,” Vettel said. “I think it’s very difficult to expect a big change from last weekend. Having said that though, last weekend we were a little bit worse off than normal so I hope we can be back to normal.“But we also know that these type of tracks do hurt us by nature so we will see. We’re here to fight and we’re here to fight for the tifosi (fans) as well and we are doing the utmost we can.”Team principal Mattia Binotto seems at a loss on how to turn things around at the once-dominant Ferrari and said recently that it could take years before it is back in a winning cycle.Vettel will not be there for that as he is leaving at the end of the season but Leclerc is under contract until the end of 2024.The promising 22-year-old was asked whether he had the patience to wait for Ferrari’s return to the top.“On the one hand I don’t really have the choice,” he said with a small laugh. “But yeah surely it will take some patience and I’m ready to wait but its also my job to try and make this process as short as possible and for us to come back where we deserve to be.“It’s not going to be easy, it will take time but I’m ready for this.”Leclerc and Vettel are both more than 100 points behind Hamilton in the standings after the British driver cruised to his fifth win in seven races on his inevitable march towards equaling Michael Schumacher’s record title haul.Hamilton and his all-conquering Mercedes machine are in a class of one this season, and his emphatic victory at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit marked the 89th of his career, taking him to within two of Schumacher’s victory record. He is on course to win a sixth championship title in seven years, and seventh overall.Hamilton is now 47 points clear of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and 50 ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.Verstappen managed to beat the Mercedes duo at last month’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone but admits his chances of doing the same at Monza are slim.“It isn’t normally our best track with all the long straights but last year in practice we were quite competitive in practice before taking a penalty so let’s hope that it is going to be the same again this year,” he said. “Spa was my sixth podium in a row so hopefully we can keep this streak going and soon fight for first instead of second and third but that might not be the case here. Of course we keep pushing and we don’t give up but we have to be realistic that Mercedes are still the favorites.”(Image Credit: AP) First Published: 3rd September, 2020 22:27 IST LIVE TVcenter_img COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News last_img read more

Zack Greinke leads Dodgers to 5-2 victory over Phillies

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Dodgers fretted about their defense going into their series against the Philadelphia Phillies, enough for Don Mattingly to address the issue with the team. Then they booted the ball around the field in back-to-back losses.On Wednesday, the Dodgers played error-free ball, thanks in large part to a seven-inning, 11-strikeout performance by Zack Greinke.The result: A 5-2 win that snapped the Dodgers’ losing streak in front of an announced crowd of 40,776 at Dodger Stadium. “Today was one of those days,” Greinke said. “It wasn’t like everything was incredible, but I could use any of (my pitches) in or away at any time. For the most part, throughout my whole career, I’ve had at least two. There have been very few games where I don’t have two pitches working, and usually there’s three.” The Phillies saw all five. Greinke (4-0) threw his fastball, sinker, curveball, slider and change-up for strikes and got at least one swing and miss out of each.It was the 17th consecutive start for Greinke in which he’s thrown at least five innings and allowed two or fewer runs, the longest such streak since 1914. He’s 11-1 in those starts. “There’s nights Zack doesn’t have one pitch but he has another,” Mattingly said. “He seems to find a way every time.”Greinke said a good defense helps.“Some games are bad and I’ve just been lucky,” he said. “It’s a good defense behind. There’s zero unearned runs (during the streak). It takes more than just pitching good.”center_img The game was tied 1-1 in the seventh inning when the Dodgers got a pair of RBIs from Yasiel Puig to take the lead for good and hand Cole Hamels (0-1) the loss in his 2014 debut.Left fielder Carl Crawford, who dropped a fly ball in the 10th inning that led to Tuesday’s loss, wasn’t in the starting lineup. Neither was Dee Gordon or Adrian Gonzalez — for the first time all season — as the Dodgers deployed a lineup laden with right-handed hitters against Hamels. The move worked. The Dodgers collected 12 hits, including five doubles, a triple by Puig and a solo home run by Hanley Ramirez in the eighth inning.Ramirez, Puig, Matt Kemp and Scott Van Slyke each went 2 for 4. J.P. Howell and Kenley Jansen pitched scoreless frames in the eighth and ninth inning, respectively. Jansen collected his eighth save of the season.Hamels was making his first start after missing the first three weeks with left biceps tendinitis. In six innings Hamels allowed six hits and two runs, walked one and struck out five.The Dodgers struck first in the bottom of the second inning. Kemp lined a stand-up double to left field and went to third base on a single by Van Slyke. Juan Uribe’s sacrifice fly drove in Kemp for a 1-0 lead.Philadelphia got the run back in the fourth inning when Jimmy Rollins doubled and Ryan Howard drove him in with a single.“One of the keys, where Rollins hit that leadoff double, I didn’t even try to keep him from scoring,” Greinke said. “It would be really tough. As long as you just limit it to that one run, it’s not that big of a deal. That’s kind of the mindset. It’s been working.”In the fifth inning, the Dodgers staged a two-out rally when Drew Butera singled and Greinke walked. Puig ripped a single to left field that scored Butera with the go-ahead run.Right-hander Jeff Manship took over in the seventh inning and ran into trouble again with the bottom of the Dodgers’ batting order.Greinke, hitting for himself with two outs, raised his average to .200 with a double into the left-field corner. That brought up Puig again and he delivered with an RBI triple high off the right-field wall.Ramirez’s solo home run against left-hander Mario Hollins was his first since April 16. He began the homestand in a 1-for-20 slide. Van Slyke doubled and Justin Turner singled in a run off right-hander Shawn Camp for the Dodgers’ final run.The teams close out the four-game series tonight at Dodger Stadium.last_img read more