Government targets opposition papers

first_img Reporters Without Borders strongly protested today at official harassment of the opposition media, including four newspapers that printed allegedly “unprofessional” articles about President Heidar Aliev. It said it feared legal, propaganda and physical attacks on journalists and the media would increase in the run-up to presidential elections in October.The state prosecutor’s office today warned the papers -Yeni Musavat, Hurriyet, Azadlig and Milliyet – that they had violated the press law by publishing the articles. Also today, police refused to investigate a 4 May attack on the staff of Yeni Musavat in which several of them were injured. “So far the opposition press has mainly been a target of systematic legal harassment aimed at bankrupting it, with Yeni Musavat facing as many as 14 libel cases,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to interior minister Ramil Usubov. “But the latest warning, just two days after the attack on the paper, and the police refusal to investigate, is much more serious. We ask you to open an enquiry into the attack and see that all harassment of the opposition press ceases.”A gang of about 30 men attacked the offices of Yeni Musavat on the evening of 4 May, threatening to kill editor Rauf Arifoglu, who was not there, and causing extensive damage. Assistant editor Gabil Abbasoglu and journalists Elshad Pashasoy, Samir Azizoglu and Khalid Kazimli were injured. One journalist called police, who later arrested four people but did not charge them with anything.The attackers told journalists not to write any more about Aliev’s precarious state of health and to stop criticising the authorities. Arifoglu said police protection of the office, begun three days before, was withdrawn two hours before the attack. The journalists had anticipated the attack and asked for a police guard after government officials had called for the paper to be “punished” and after articles appeared in the government press accusing Yeni Musavat of being an “enemy of the nation” for calling on Aliev to resign for health reasons. Police seized 1,800 copies of the paper’s Russian-language edition at the Viza-Media printers in Baku on 2 May and arrested four journalists – including Azer Aykhan, Firdovsi Akhmedov and Sayyad Gadirli – and the head of the printing works, Aliovst Talishkhanly, and two other workers there for publishing “anti-government” material. The authorities have been harassing firms distributing newspapers in the Baku subway system since 21 April. Sakit Hasanli, head of the organisation Press Development Aid, subway officials have refused to sign a new three-month distribution contract with the Said and Mars-3 companies if the four opposition papers are included. News News Organisation to go further June 4, 2021 Find out more June 8, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia center_img RSF_en Follow the news on Azerbaijan April 9, 2021 Find out more May 7, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government targets opposition papers “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says News AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijanlast_img read more

All hail Woods! Trump, Serena, Nicklaus join Tiger Twitter frenzy

first_imgAugusta, United States | AFP |  President Donald Trump and Barack Obama were among those hailing Tiger Woods on social media after his 11-year major drought was ended by a thrilling and emotional Masters victory on Sunday.“Congratulations to @TigerWoods,” tweeted the US president Trump, who played a round of golf with Woods earlier this year. “A truly Great Champion!”“Congratulations, Tiger!” former president Obama tweeted. “To come back and win the Masters after all the highs and lows is a testament to excellence, grit, and determination.”As Woods went on a charge on the back nine at Augusta National with birdies at 13, 15 and 16 to win by a stroke and claim his 15th major and fifth Masters, social media lit up in a frenzy of congratulations.“I am literally in tears watching @TigerWoods this is Greatness like no other,” tweeted 23-time Grand Slam tennis champion Serena Williams.“Knowing all you have been through physically to come back and do what you just did today? Wow Congrats a million times! I am so inspired thank you buddy.”Fellow golfers and former greats of the game were also quick to hail Woods’ achievement in returning to the summit of the sport after multiple surgeries and a string of off-course problems since his 14th major win at the 2008 US Open.Just two years ago his back pain was so bad Woods thought he might never play again, let alone win another major.“Very few people really know what @TigerWoods has been thru to get back to this point,” tweeted four-time major champion Rory McIlroy, who finished in a tie for 21st on Sunday.“So cool seeing him with Tida, Sam, Charlie, Erica and the rest of the team behind 18 green. Couldn’t be happier for him! What a great day for golf!” added McIlroy after an emotional Woods hugged his mother, children and partner Erica Herman after his winning putt.– ‘Simply unbelievable’ – Aged 43, Woods became the second-oldest Masters winner, trailing only Jack Nicklaus who won 46 in 1986.“A big ‘well done’ from me to @TigerWoods!,” said Nicklaus on social media. “I am so happy for him and for the game of golf. This is just fantastic!”Woods also set a record for the longest gap between Masters triumphs, the 14 years since his last win in 2005 eclipsing the old mark set by South African Gary Player who won his second Augusta crown in 1961 and his third in 1974.“For most an impossible task. But not for you,” said South African legend Player on Twitter. “Congratulations Tiger. So special for you and your family. So great for the game of golf. Simply unbelievable.”Other US Sports stars were quick to join in on Twitter. “A big BIG congratulations to @TigerWoods for winning the Masters!!” NBA icon Magic Johnson tweeted. “The roar of the Tiger is back!”“Congrats Tiger! What a performance,” the New England Patriots’ six-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady said.“Greatest comeback story in sports!” said three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry. “Congrats @TigerWoods Let me hold one of those 5 jackets one time!”Woods finally found time to respond to all his well-wishers late on Sunday night.“I can’t thank my family, friends and fans enough for their support. Having my family by my side today is something I will never forget,” he posted on his Twitter feed, @TigerWoods, along with a picture of him wearing his newest of five green jackets.“To not only be able to play again, but to be able to win again, is something I will forever be grateful for.“This jacket sure is comfortable.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Team Kootenay unlucky not to finish in medals at BC Summer Games

first_imgNeeding a win Saturday to advance into the medal round, Team Kootenay lost a heartbreaking 2-1 decision to Fraser Valley Delta.Once again Team Kootenay had a lead on a goal by Keywood before a controversial call gave Fraser Valley Delta a penalty kick in the final minutes of the game.Team Kootenay then pushed everything forward, exposing the backline Fraser Valley Delta took advantage of by scoring the winning marker.Fraser Valley Delta finished second in the tournament, winning the silver medal.”The boys were heartbroken as we all knew we deserved more,” Spendlove said. “That made it so the highest we could finish was 5th place.”Team Kootenay was able to rebound, blasting Team Cariboo 4-1.Trailing 1-0, Team Kootenay scored four consecutive goals to pull out the victory.Hutt, with a shot from just over the half way line, Nick Jenner, Caney and Keywood scored for Team Kootenay.”(Coaching staff) were extremely proud of the professionalism in which the boys conducted themselves and of course the excellent soccer they played through the weekend,” Spendlove said, adding a thanks to Scott and Randa Hutt for organizing the team and Kootenay Smiles for providing the kit for the team.Team Kootenay, coached by Kerry Dyck of Nelson and Clemente Miranda-Trevino, placed seventh in Girls Soccer.Fraser Valley Delta finished the games with the most medals (207), edging out Vancouver Island Central Coast, which finished with 183.Team Kootenay athletes finished in sixth spot with one goal, nine silver and 13 bronze for 23 medals.The next BC Summer Games is set for 2016 in Penticton. Heiko Ihns, Fynn Keywood and Moss Caney each scored to pace Team Kootenay to a 3-1 victory over Vancouver Island in Boy’s Soccer at the BC Summer Games Sunday in Nanaimo.The win powered Team Kootenay to a fifth-place finish in the eight-team tournament.”All together it was a fantastic showing from our guys,” said Jamie Spendlove of Soccer Quest, who along with Yuro Ihns of Kootenay South Youth Soccer formed the coaching tandem for the Games.”We impressed a lot of people down there who thought we would be pushovers and I believe it is the highest a Kootenay team has ever finished in the games.”After seeing a goal being called back by the official after Oliver Arcuri rocketed a shot that appear to go into the net, Ihns scored a stunner from outside the box off the post and in to give Team Kootenay a 1-0 lead in the consolation contest Sunday.In the second half Team Kootenay put the game away with two quick goals from Keywood and Caney, both supplied by midfielder Callum Cutler, to secure the 3-1 victory.The rest of the game saw the boys do some great defending especially from the smallest boy on the field Andreas Rentke-Watkins winning challenge after challenge to finish off the island and secure 5th spot for the boys.Team Kootenay opened the tournament Friday with a pair of draws against Thompson/Okanagan (1-1) and Vancouver Island (5-5).Team Kootenay got a late goal by Hardy Hutt to draw against Thompson/Okanagan while it was a crazy game as the Island and Kootenay scored a total of 10 goals in the 5-5 tie. Linden Jones and two each by Keywood and Caney provided the goal scoring for Team Kootenay in a game Kootenay led by as many as three goals.last_img read more

FAVORED SAM’S SISTER RALLIES WIDE TO WIN MONDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 SANTA MONICA STAKES BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS; HOLLENDORFER, TRUJILLO TEAM FOR SEVEN FURLONG VICTORY IN 1:22.42

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2015)–Favored Sam’s Sister rallied wide-out to take Monday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes by 1 ¼ lengths at Santa Anita, as the Jerry Hollendorfer trainee covered seven furlongs in 1:22.42 under Elvis Trujillo.By 2006 Santa Anita Derby winner Brother Derek, Sam’s Sister employed tactics similar to those used in an upset win in the Grade I, seven furlong La Brea Stakes on Dec. 26. Fourth into the far turn behind a three-horse duel comprised of eventual runner-up Sweet Marini, Dancinthenightaway and My Sweet Addiction, Sam’s Sister pounced on the leaders midway around the turn and wrested the lead from Sweet Marini inside the sixteenth pole.“It was the perfect trip,” said Trujillo, who has been aboard for all six of Sam’s Sister’s career starts. “I knew there was going to be a lot of speed in there and I knew it would be fast early-on (22.10, 43.87 and 1:08.71). But I knew that sooner or later they would have to stop. She’s a nice filly.”Off at 6-5, Sam’s Sister paid $4.40, $2.60 and $2.20. Owned by Mark Dedomenico, LLC, Hollendorfer and George Todaro, she picked up her fifth win and with the winner’s share of $120,000, increased her earnings to $427,450.“We got a 22 and 43 (quarter and half mile fractions), so it makes it a little easier to close ground,” said Hollendorfer, who registered his meet-leading sixth stakes win. “We thought that might happen, but then when Dancinthenightaway kind of shook loose a little bit, it looked a little bit risky. But we were able to sustain and run her down in the end.“I’m just taking these races one at a time (when asked if she might stretch out next time). We thought she would run long (entered and scratched out of this past Saturday’s La Canada Stakes at 1 1/16 miles), but we thought this was a more advantageous race, so that’s why we went here.”Ridden by Martin Garcia, Sweet Marini slugged it out on the front end and was second-best, finishing 2 ¾ lengths in front of Harlington’s Rose. Off at 5-1, Sweet Marini paid $3.40 and $2.80.Off at 10-1, Harlington’s Rose ran from well off the pace under Joe Talamo and paid $4.60 to show.Live racing resumes at Santa Anita on Friday, with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.last_img read more