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RWB responds to smears by two Turkish conservative dailies

first_img April 2, 2021 Find out more Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Receive email alerts Read in Turkish / TürkçeReporters Without Borders firmly condemns the absurd accusations that were levelled against it this week in articles in two conservative Turkish newspapers, Star and Yeni Akit.Two articles in the 28 January issue of Star accused Reporters Without Borders and the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists of being influenced by the MLKP, a Marxist-Leninist armed group, and of financing some of the MLKP’s alleged members.Carrying Zafer Kütük’s by-line, the articles were headlined “They really know no borders” and “The ‘Without Borders’ guide in Turkey is a terrorism convict.” Yeni Akit published a similar article by Yener Dönmez the same day that was headlined “RWB provides financial support to MLKP.”“The allegations made against us by Star and Yeni Akit are not only completely baseless but also grave, disgraceful and absurd,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “Insinuating that RWB is linked to terrorist organizations is a violation of the most elementary truth and honesty. “Such slanderous methods are typical of the most idiotic and wicked propaganda. They suggest a veiled threat to our local associates and sadly recall behaviour that should have been a thing of the past. In view of the precedents, we are taking this seriously and we will be on the alert to see what follows.“In fact, we are proud that Yeni Akit is going after us in the same way that it goes after intellectuals who are well known for their commitment to a peaceful resolution of the Kurdish issue and reconciliation with the Armenian community. We are also proud of the protest that we carried out at Saint-Lazare station in Paris in 2002, for which we are criticized by Yeni Akit, and we are proud of campaigning for the release of Ahmet Sik, Nedim Sener and OdaTV’s journalists, one of whom is still detained.”Reporters Without Borders will now rebut the allegations point by point.• “Strong criticism of Turkey by CPJ and RWB is the result of lobbying by illegal terrorist organizations” – FALSEReporters Without Borders’ findings and recommendations are based on the constant monitoring and analysis that it has been doing since 1985. Its public positions are determined by its International Secretariat in Paris in a manner that is completely independent of any outside pressure.Reporters Without Borders has no “hidden agenda” nor any political, religious or partisan affiliation. It has defended freedom of information in Turkey in a consistent manner regardless of the government in place, from the military regime until the present Justice and Development Party administration. RWB is transparent about its sources of funding and work methods.In recent years, RWB has thoroughly investigated the grave deterioration in the situation of freedom of information in Turkey. As a result of the constant work of its representative in Turkey and frequent visits by representatives of its International Secretariat, it has been able to document this situation by interviewing journalists, experts of all kinds and officials and by examining legislation and court documents.On the basis of this research, RWB was able, inter alia, to publish its report entitled “A book is not a bomb” in June 2011 and update its “press freedom barometer” in December 2012. As a result of its thorough research and on the basis of very specific criteria (identified here), RWB concluded that Turkey is currently the “world’s biggest prison for journalists.”• “RWB’s representative in Turkey is a convicted MLKP member” – FALSERWB’s sole representative in Turkey is Erol Önderoglu, the former head of the human right web portal Bianet. He is an internationally renowned journalist whose work is recognized in Turkey and abroad for its quality and impartiality. He has never been convicted of MLKP membership. Reporters Without Borders condemns the attempts to put pressure on Önderoglu, who has its unwavering support.• “Necati Abay is a member of RWB, which pays him a monthly salary” – FALSENecati Abay, a former journalist of the newspaper Atilim, was portrayed as “RWB’s representative in Turkey” and “the guide of international organizations” in Turkey. In fact, he has absolutely no role within RWB and, as the spokesman of the Platform of Solidarity with Arrested Journalists (a Turkish group with no links to RWB), he has criticized RWB on several occasions.Like any association, RWB has members who pay an annual membership fee and are given information about its activities. Like more than 3,500 other people worldwide, including a growing number of Turkish citizens, Abay became an RWB member. But his decision to join RWB in October 2012 did not confer on him any responsibility within the organization.What is the origin of the allegation that RWB “pays a monthly salary to Necati Abay and financially supports” other journalists accused of being MLKP members, such as Nadiye Gürbüz, Sedat Senoglu and Arzu Demir? This claim has no basis in fact. RWB has never paid a penny to these journalists, who have a right to be presumed innocent. A tendency to treat critics as “terrorists” is unfortunately one of the major faults of the Turkish judicial system.RWB expresses its support for its CPJ colleagues and, under its right or response, calls on Star and Yeni Akit to publish this denial. Read CPJ answer to Star and Yeni Akit Follow the news on Turkey Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Help by sharing this information News April 28, 2021 Find out more to go further RSF_en News TurkeyEurope – Central Asia News February 1, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RWB responds to smears by two Turkish conservative dailies TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Organisation News April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more


Griezmann earns Barcelona 1-1 draw at Napoli

first_imgNaples, Italy | AFP | Antoine Griezmann struck to give Barcelona a 1-1 draw at Napoli in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Tuesday.Frenchman Griezmann struck just before the hour mark for Barca in Naples after Dries Mertens had put the hosts ahead in the 30th minute with his 121st Napoli goal, equalling club top scorer Marek Hamsik.Barca lost Arturo Vidal late to a red card after the Chilean lost his head. Share on: WhatsApp The second leg will be played at the Camp Nou on March 18.last_img read more


Callahan, Tampa Beat Rangers, 4-3

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. — Ryan Callahan downplayed stealing the spotlight in Martin St. Louis’ homecoming.Callahan scored twice against his former team for the second time in 10 days, and Tampa Bay beat former Lightning captain St. Louis and the New York Rangers 4-3 on Nov. 26.“It’s about the two points,” Callahan said.St. Louis played in Tampa for the first time since requesting a trade and being dealt to the Rangers for Callahan last March in a rare swap of captains. A video tribute in the first period that started with boos from the fans turned into mostly cheers by the conclusion.“It was expected, but I understand,” St. Louis said of the boos. “They care. They’re good fans. I was very flattered by the ovation, and I wanted to give them the proper thank you.”Some fans booed each time St. Louis touched the puck. A key member of Tampa Bay’s 2004 Stanley Cup championship team, St. Louis left the bench after the video and skated in a small circle to salute the sellout crowd of 19,204.“You definitely knew he had the puck,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said.Tampa Bay went ahead 3-2 when Steven Stamkos skated behind the net and got his second assist of the night setting up Callahan, who beat Henrik Lundqvist from in close at 10:17 of the second.“It was cool to come out and play,” Stamkos said. “It was as close as you’re going to get to a playoff atmosphere during the regular season.”Callahan, who had an assist of his own, also notched two goals in Tampa Bay’s 5-1 win in New York last week.Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov had the other Tampa Bay goals, and Ben Bishop improved to 7-0-0 against the Rangers.New York got goals from Mats Zuccarello, Dan Boyle and Rick Nash. St. Louis, who did not have a point, was minus-5 in the two games against the Lightning.“In my estimation, they’re probably one of the best teams in the NHL,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “We were ready for this game. Our guys knew what to expect. They made a couple more plays defensively and offensively than we did, and at the end of the night that was the difference.”Stamkos opened the scoring at 5:25 of the first. The goal ended the Rangers’ scoreless streak at 128 minutes, 16 seconds. They had shutout wins over Philadelphia and Montreal following the Nov. 17 loss to Tampa Bay.After Zuccarello scored from the slot 9 minutes in, Boyle put the Rangers up 2-1 with a power-play goal 2:04 later.With Nash serving a double minor, Callahan pulled the Lightning even at 2 with 2:26 left in the first. Shortly after St. Louis failed to score on an in-close chance, Kucherov made it 4-2 at 9:38 of the third.Nash cut the Rangers’ deficit to 4-3 with 7:11 left.(MARK DIDTLER)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


Official release of ‘Our Value Proposition’ research

first_imgWhat is the value proposition for playersand what is the optimal customer experience? Over the last 18 months, Touch Football Australia (TFA) has undertaken a significant body of research, analysis and investigation towards knowing ‘What is the Value Proposition’ for our sport for participants.The value proposition of membership is central to our Strategic Plan and achieving objectives. The research has been focused on the following two areas: What is the value proposition for providers and how should this be commercialised?The value proposition research provides understanding of attitudes, opinions and perspectives on how Touch Football is experienced by players and delivered by affiliates.Download your copy of the Value Proposition summary now to discover what participants value most about our game, what affiliates think about TFA and State Bodies and what affiliates think about fees and a standardised model to delivery. Touch Football Value Proposition SummaryBelow are some recent affiliate and competition successes in 2016. These are living examples that demonstrate the positive path we are already on towards affiliate and competition growth. Based on the learnings from these successes and the valuable research we now have, future affiliate competition improvement and growth is going to be achieved.ACT: Developments and Improvements to Women’s CompetitionIn 2016, TFACT conducted a simple yet effective survey approach to find out more about the barriers and impacts on why female competition participation was in decline.  The survey revealed results that focused on impacts such as location, scheduling and formatting. TFACT responded to this, implemented changes based on participant feedback and now have an additional 18 Women’s teams participating in Season 2 2016 Competitions in Deakin and Southwell Park Competitions. VIC: Pakenham Rugby League Club – Touch Football CompetitionAs a joint venture between Touch Football Victoria (TFV), NRL and VIC Health, in its first year the partnership has generated Touch Football participation for Pakenham Rugby League Club. This has resulted in wider community participation in the non-contact form of the sport for Rugby League members. This initiative has also supported Robinvale Rugby League Club to establish a Touch Football competition in Victoria.We can’t wait to see the further development and growth of the NRL and TFV partnership in 2017 and beyond! SA: Onkaparinga AffiliationIn August 2016, Onkaparinga joined the TFSA affiliate network, becoming the 2nd largest affiliate in South Australia. In Season 2 2016, Onkaparinga has grown in participation, conducted referee training and development and positively embraced TFA affiliate management process.The growth achieved clearly demonstrates the result of adopting TFA’s affiliate servicing approaches. Further growth is inevitable for this affiliate in 2017 and beyond given how successful Season 2 2016 has been.TAS: Southern Touch GrowthAs the largest affiliate in Tasmania, Southern Touch engaged in TFA’s Competition Benchmarking Analysis. This process has been conducted through TFA’s centrally managed competition network since 2015. Southern Touch is one of the first affiliates to work with TFA to conduct a Competition Benchmark Report. In Season 2 2016, key areas were identified for improvement and for the first time in over 10 years there has been an increase in adult team numbers!This is a great example of how an affiliate has proactively worked with TFA in a collaborative way to achieve competition improvement and growth. Well done Southern Touch! A great outcome.QLD: Ipswich Super 8sIn early 2016, Ipswich Touch Football conducted the ‘Ipswich Super 8s’. This is the first time the 5-week competition has been offered with teams being competiting in double headers each week. This involved teams from Gold Coast, Brisbane and Toowoomba.The concept was successful due to early release and organisation of nominations (3 – 5 months prior to competition commencement), well developed marketing material and a the offering of a different participation experience at the affiliate level.WA: Perth BrothersThe Perth Brother affiliate in Western Australia has created an awesome community based approach to developing Touch Football participation. Through subtle innovation and effective positioning of the competition on Saturday mornings, this  â€˜whole of community’ fomat has seen the competition grow from 20 teams in 2015 to 35 teams in 2016.Touch Football competitions that are positioned as family oriented, social and community based are exactly what the value proposition research is telling us. The weekend offering is also a key recommendation of the research.NSW: Parramatta Eels and West Tigers MOUsIn 2016 NSWTA entered into two significant partnerships by signing MOU’s with NRL Clubs Parramatta Eels and West Tigers.   These are direct and collaborative approaches towards future affiliate growth for Western Suburbs, Balmain, Hills Hornets and Parramatta Touch Football.  By providing a ‘place on the field for everyone’ in one of Rugby League’s heartlands in NSW, the opportunities for NRL Clubs to conduct Touch Football is a major opportunity for the sport in 2017 and beyond.NT: Junior Competition EstablishmentDarwin and Palmerston Competitions both conducted their first ever junior competitions in Season 2 2016.  A targeted approach to conducting these competitions within school term periods, the use of individual registrations (with recommended price points) and positive engagement through TFA’s Sporting Schools Programs have contributed to this result.This creates significant opportunities for future junior participation growth within the NT and is an example of a range of junior competitions being created throughout the national network.TFA will be implementing a number of affiliate servicing and competition strategy approaches ongoing to ensure we support and lead the way to growing our sport into the future and ensuring a positive player/official experience. We have recently developed strategies with national managers to provide immediate and ongoing support. Please see TFA national managers to contact details below for more information:Participation – Mathew [email protected] Miles [email protected] – Anthony [email protected] LinksValue Proposition Researchlast_img read more


Goswami credits IPL experience for growth in life

first_imgMumbai: Shreevats Goswami is yet to get a game in this season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) but the Sunrisers Hyderabad wicketkeeper feels the overall experience in the cash-rich league has helped him to grow as a person. The 29-year-old cricketer made his IPL debut over a decade ago. “The (overall IPL) experience has been amazing. Apart from cricketing experience, it has made me grow as a person. Speaking to legends of the game, being involved in the team meeting, it has made me grow in life. “It has helped me to have a right discipline and all those things have helped me,” Goswami said when quizzed about his experience in the cash-rich T20 league. “Obviously rubbing shoulders with the legends of the game has helped develop a kind of friendship which will last long (and) so a combination of all of these has helped me,” elaborated the Kolkata-born left-handed batsman. Goswami, who had been earlier with the Rajasthan Royals and the Royal Challengers Bangalore, made his T20 debut against Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) in 2008 in Bengaluru. Goswami wants to make most of the opportunities that would come his way and for that he is keen to be game-ready. “I want to make the most of it (opportunity). I’m not playing right now, so right now my focus is to prepare myself, be game-ready and be ready to perform,” said Goswami, who has played 45 First Class matches. According to Goswami, whatever the coaching staff tells him about the game during the net sessions, he takes in his stride and tries to improve on those aspects. Sunrisers, who are currently fifth on the points table, next take on Delhi Capitals in Hyderabad on Sunday.last_img read more


FY19 CIL coal allocation to power sector dips 6

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned CIL allocated 27.14 million tonne coal to the power sector under special forward e-auction mechanism last fiscal, registering a decline of six per cent from the previous year. According to the latest monthly report by the coal ministry prepared for the Cabinet, Coal India (CIL) allocated 28.93 MT of the dry fuel to the sector in 2017-18. In March 2019, the allocation stood at 1.12 MT in comparison to nil in the year-ago period. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraRecently, a World Bank report said India is still facing challenges to meet its growing demand for power and reliable supply remains low in the country. Last year, CIL said it would put on offer a little over 45 MT coal under the special forward e-auction mechanism in 2018-19. In an attempt to reach out to its consumers, CIL had earlier announced a special forward e-auction calendar for 2018-19 to facilitate power plants to systematically plan the lifting of coal. Coal India accounts for over 80 per cent of domestic coal output. The PSU produced 606.9 MT coal in 2018-19 against 567.4 MT in 2017-18.last_img read more


Commentary Bitter losses make victory taste sweeter

Like a lot of Buckeye fans, I went through the five stages of grief during the men’s basketball team’s loss to Kentucky. Denial: “William Buford will hit a shot.” Anger: “It’s a good idea to launch a dozen napkins across this Buffalo Wild Wings.” Bargaining: “I will give up a year of my eligibility to give David Lighty a sixth year.” Depression: “Why was I born in Cleveland?” It took me a while to get here, but consider this column my final step: acceptance. It’s been a rough year for me as a sports fan. My teenage dream, LeBron James, stabbed my city, and me, in the heart. My favorite childhood team, the Cleveland Indians, is a disgusting representation of what it used to be. The best hope for Cleveland is the Browns. Enough said. Even my favorite shirt, my “In Tressel We Trust” tee, loses its meaning by the day. I leaned on the Ohio State basketball program, but naturally that didn’t work out. As I sit here in anguish, my delusional mind came to the conclusion that I’m better off for this in the long run. My loyalty continues to grow, and the abuse my teams take makes me even more defensive of them. Plus, if any of my teams can overcome all this adversity to win a championship, that’s a big middle finger to the karma gods — even bigger than the middle finger I gave that Kentucky fan Friday night. The epic way my teams falter makes me feel like a higher power has a clear agenda against them. As if the crippling economic depression, burning rivers, lack of sunlight and Lady Gaga concerts weren’t bad enough for my cities, it had to afflict the sports teams as well. Yet, it all emboldens me. After all the heartbreak, you’d think I would have learned not to latch on to every glimmer of hope. That’s just not how I operate. The Cavaliers have two lottery picks on the way. Derrick Williams and Kyrie Irving would look breathtaking in wine and gold. Fear not, as Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert are here to rescue the Browns. The Indians might finish 81-81, baby steps. Of course, I always have the utmost confidence in OSU athletics, which are like a combination of Red Auerbach’s Boston Celtics and John Wooden’s UCLA teams relative to Cleveland. All it took was the football team’s 2002 national title to reach that level. To all the believers: When our day comes again — especially if it’s a Cleveland team winning — it will be a glorious celebration that would make the ancient Romans jealous. To all the nonbelievers: We should all follow your lead and get out while we can. I pray my stubbornness pays off down the line. read more

Striking Ferry Workers Union State Reach Tentative Deal

first_img11:28 a.m. State officials confirm that they have reached a tentative agreement with the union representing striking ferry workers. Department of Administration Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka says in a release that a new three-year deal was reached Thursday night. Tshibaka says terms will be released after union members ratify the agreement. Voting was ongoing Friday afternoon. Robb Arnold, a spokesman for the Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific, tells the Anchorage Daily News that an agreement was reached Thursday night in its employment contract negotiations with the state. The Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific union members went on strike July 24 over wages, health care and over a lack of communication of how budget cuts would affect them. Arnold would not disclose terms of the agreement which still needs to be approved by union members. Neither Arnold nor state officials immediately returned messages to The Associated Press. Union president and chief negotiator Marina Secchitano is quoted in the state’s release saying the new agreement addresses many concerns of union members. The Alaska Marine Highway System is preparing to bring ferries back online. Officials say the earliest ships could sail would be Saturday.center_img 12:05 p.m. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on a tentative agreement being reached by the state and striking ferry workers (all times local): A tentative agreement has been reached between ferry workers and the state of Alaska that could end a week-old strike that left some passengers and vehicles stranded. Union members went on strike July 24, halting a network that serves many coastal communities not connected to the road system. ___ The union represents about 430 workers, according to the state. It is one of three unions representing ferry workers.last_img read more