Journalists resign en masse after Ukrainian media group’s takeover

first_imgNews September 7, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media UkraineEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesMedia independence Council of EuropeFreedom of expression Follow the news on Ukraine UkraineEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesMedia independence Council of EuropeFreedom of expression The editorial independence of Ukraine’s news media needs urgent protection, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) warned today, after more than 400 journalists resigned from the TV channel ZIK and its sister news agency because the opposition parliamentarian who acquired them has radically changed their editorial policies.No fewer than 90 journalists and executives abandoned ZIK TV and the ZIK news agency within days of their acquisition by “Opposition Bloc” politician Taras Kozak on 14 June. Altogether, 420 employees have said they plan to leave, in an exodus that is without precedent in the history of the Ukrainian media.They are leaving because Kozak is allied with pro-Russian oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk, because ZIK is being combined with two other TV channels, 112 and NewsOne, within a single holding company, and because the new owner has imposed new editorial policies and red lines.Programmes that often criticized Medvedchuk have been suppressed, while members or allies of Kozak’s party have become regular commentators or even programme presenters. Several sources have told Detector Media, an organization that analyses the media, that the new editor in chief has circulated a list of people banned from appearing on the channel.The editorial policies of the leading Ukrainian media tend to serve the interests of their owners, who use them to shore up their political and business influence. The Media Ownership Monitor study of the Ukrainian media – carried out jointly by RSF and the Ukrainian Institute for Mass Information (IMI) – confirmed the high degree of media ownership concentration and lack of transparency. It also revealed that most national TV channels are linked to leading political figures.“The crisis within the ZIK group is yet another example of owners meddling in the editorial policies of the Ukrainian media,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “It is high time to stop oligarchs dominating the media outlets they own and to protect the editorial independence of their staff. We urge the new parliament to do everything possible to achieve this as soon as possible.”The new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has convened early parliamentary elections for 21 July. Ukraine is ranked 102nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. to go further February 26, 2021 Find out more Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TVcenter_img News News Help by sharing this information July 4, 2019 Journalists resign en masse after Ukrainian media group’s takeover Organisation RSF_en News Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority March 26, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Crispy seabass with crushed new potatoes and asparagus puree

first_img Previous article‘George Kimball touched the hearts of his Southill family’ – Fr Joe YoungNext articleFor the love of ‘Sausages’ admin This dish is light but packed full of flavour and the light asparagus puree acts as a sauce to compliment the fish and rich potatoes.What you needGreat quality new potatoes, seasoning and butter, seabass fillets, rock salt, asparagus, tomatoes and a dash of sherry vinegar, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up What to doSteam the new potatoes and crush them with a fork when cooked and add seasoning and a knob of butter. Meantime slow cook the tomatoes, seasoning, oil and both vinegars in a pot until the reduce to a pulp. Cook asparagus to done and puree then pass through fine sieve. Pan fry the seasoned seabass fillets and serve on top of crushed new potatoes with puree and reduced tomatoes. Twitter NewsCrispy seabass with crushed new potatoes and asparagus pureeBy admin – August 18, 2011 614 Email Linkedincenter_img WhatsApp Advertisement Facebook Printlast_img read more

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New Law Aims To Protect Students Boarding School Buses

first_imgBy Abrahm HurtTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS– Indiana children are heading back to school with a new state law in place to try to keep them safe as they board buses.The law was passed this year by the Indiana General Assembly in response to the deaths of three children in 2018 as they prepared to get on their school bus in Fulton County.Alivia Stahl and her twin brothers, Xzavier and Mason Ingle, were hit and killed last October. Alyssa Shepherd, who was on her way to work, failed to stop for a school bus that had its lights flashing and stop arm extended, striking the children as they crossed the street.Shepherd is scheduled to face trial in October on three counts of reckless homicide, one count of criminal recklessness and one count of passing a school bus with its safety arm extended.Indiana State Police Sgt. Tony Slocum, public information officer for the Peru district which contains Fulton County, sent out a Tweet recently warning motorists to pay attention.“Be ready in the early morning and early afternoon hours to stop for school buses. Watch for children walking to and from school/waiting on buses,” Slocum tweeted.  “Officers will have zero tolerance for those who disregard a bus stop arm or speed in school zones.”Senate Enrolled Act 2, authored by Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport,makes running a school bus stop sign a Class A misdemeanor, up from a Class B misdemeanor. If the action results in injury, it is a Level 6 felony, and if the action results in a death it is a Level 5 felony, which carries a penalty of one to six years in prison.The new law also adds school bus safety to the topics required on a learner’s permit or driver’s license exam, requires school buses to have reflective tape in certain areas and school buses must operate with daytime running lights.Others changes include that if a school bus is operated on a U.S. or state route, outside city or town boundaries, the bus driver may not load or unload a student at a location that requires the student to cross a roadway. The only exception is if there are no other safe alternatives.The law also says school bus drivers should load or unload students as close as possible to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway.The law mandates school corporations, charter schools and accredited nonpublic schools that provide transportation to annually review their school bus routes and safety policies.Rep. Terry Goodin, an Austin Democrat who also is superintendent of Crothersville Community Schools, said the school corporation had to make some changes to their bus routes but that they were already complying with the additional safety codes.“We changed up some routes to make sure we were picking up kids on certain sides of the road and on the door side of the bus,” he said.Goodin said their bus drivers are professional who do a “superb job” and are “always on the spot.”“They treat those kids that get on that bus just like they would their own,” he said. “They’re conscious about the safety procedures and habits.”Adam Baker, spokesman for the Indiana Department of Education, said the department has spoken to most districts and, so far, all have said they are able to comply.He said IDOE wrote and distributed guidance for the districts based on the new law.“We believe it should help,” Baker said, “but also understand some of the new law, such as where buses can load and unload students, only applies to state and U.S. highways. There are other locations where students can cross.”State law had already required motorists to stop, rather than simply proceed with caution, when a school bus is picking up or dropping off children, as signaled by its lights and the stop arm extended.But according to the Indiana State Police website, drivers do not have to stop if the road is divided by a physical barrier such as a guardrail, concrete barrier or grass median. On a divided roadway, only vehicles traveling in the same direction as the school bus are required to stop.Indiana law requires the State Police Department to perform an annual inspection on all buses and a semi-annual inspection on buses at least 12 years old to ensure they are safe to operate. The State Police website says these inspections help provide safe modes of transportation, prevent crashes and injuries and lower the cost of operation and maintenance for school systems.“The biggest thing that can be done to improve safety at bus stops is to drive home to motorists they have to be more attentive while driving,” Baker said. “While their vehicle may be a convenience to them, it quickly can become a two-ton weapon if they are not paying attention.”Goodin said he would like the General Assembly to stay involved in school bus safety.“What I would like to see the legislature do is to be a little more proactive and try to assume or try to figure out where problems might be to fix beforehand,” he said. “But, unfortunately a lot of the scenarios happen, and that’s what leads to the safety side.”FOOTNOTE:  Abrahm Hurt is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalists. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Dean Ween Invites Members Of Ween, P. Funk, & More For Wild Invitational Jam [Videos]

first_imgDean Ween & The Invitational Band, “When You Bomb” On Wednesday night, Dean Ween hosted another one of his famed Invitational Jams, which sees the Ween guitarist invite frequent collaborators to jam at John & Peter’s in New Hope, Pennsylvania. This week’s Invitational Jam saw performances by Deaner’s Ween bandmates Glenn McClelland and Dave Dreiwitz in addition to the likes of Bill Fowler, Keith Kenny, Mike Hampton (Parliament-Funkadelic), Eli Ward, John D’Angelo, Matt Setzer, Ray Kubian, Guy Heller, Chuck Treese, and Jonah Lloyd. You can check out videos from the night below.Dean Ween Group, “Exercise Man”Dean Ween Group, “Ritz Carlton”Dean Ween Group, “Sunset Over Belmar”Dean Ween Group, “Summer Wind”Dean Ween Group, “I’m Gonna Get High” Dean Ween Group, “Width Of A Circle” Dean Ween Group, “Transdermal Celebration” Setlists: Dean Ween Invitational Jam | John & Peter’s | New Hope, PA | 12/13/2017Set One: Dean Ween – Guitar/Vocals, Bill Fowler – Guitar/Vocals, Keith Kenny – Guitar/Vocals, Mike Hampton – Guitar/Vocals, Eli Ward – Bass, John D’Angelo – Drums, Glenn McClelland – Keyboards, ^Matt Setzer – Lead Vocals/Tambourine, %Ray Kubian & Matt Setzer – Backing Vocals, +Without Keith Kenny, =Without Dean Ween, *First Performance^Let’s Go Crazy (Prince), ^I Wanna Be Your Lover (Prince), ^Sexy Sexy (Dean Ween & Matt Setzer), +%Good Times Roll (The Cars), =The Man On Me (Bob Dylan), *When You Bomb (Dean Ween)Set Two:Guy Heller – Lead Vocals, Dean Ween – Guitar/Vocals, Bill Fowler – Guitar/Vocals, Mike Hampton – Guitar/Vocals, Dave Dreiwitz – Bass, Ray Kubian – Drums, •Glenn McClelland – KeyboardsWidth Of A Circle (David Bowie), •Transdermal Celebration (Ween), I’m Gonna Get High (Dean Ween Group)Set Three:Keith Kenny – Guitar/Vocals, Mike Hampton – Guitar, ? – Bass, Eli Ward – Keyboards, Chuck Treese – Drums, @Ray Kubian – Drums/[email protected] Chord (Keith Kenny), Jam , All Along The Watchtower (Bob Dylan)Set Four:Dean Ween – Guitar/Vocals, Jonah Lloyd – Guitar/Vocals, Bill Fowler – Guitar/Vocals, Dave Dreiwitz – Bass, Chuck Treese – Drums, Glenn McClelland – Keyboards~? – Guitar/Vocals & Without Bill Fowler, £Guy Heller – Lead Vocals, %Ray Kubian & Matt Setzer – Backing Vocals, ¥With “Mister Richard Smoker” Keyboard taster, $Without Dean Ween, €Keith Kenny & Mike Hampton join in during jam on guitar~%£Moonage Daydream (David Bowie), £Crystal Ship (The Doors), ¥On Christmas Day (Dean Ween), Summer Wind (Frank Sinatra), ~Green River (C.C.R.)> ~Susie Q (C.C.R.)> ~Green River (Reprise), ~$All The Small Things (Blink 182), $€Shotgun (Junior Walker)> $€Jam!Set Five:Dean Ween – Guitar/Vocals, Keith Kenny – Guitar/Vocals, Mike Hampton – Guitar/Vocals, John D’Angelo – Drums, Glenn McClelland – Keyboards, Chuck Treese- Bass, £Guy Heller – Lead Vocals£L.A. Woman (The Doors)Set Six:Keith Kenny – Guitar/Vocals, Mike Hampton – Guitar/Vocals, John D’Angelo – Drums, Dave Dreiwitz – Bass, Chuck Treese – Guitar, ++Bill Fowler – Vocals, ^^Matt Setzer – Vocals, @@Ray Kubian, Dean Ween, Matt Setzer – Lead Vocals, ? – Guitar/Vocals++Mr. Charlie (Grateful Dead), ^^Shape I’m In (The Band)> @@Highway Star (Deep Purple)(Kind Of)Set Seven:Jonah Lloyd – Guitar/Vocals, Keith Kenny – Guitar/Vocals, Eli Ward – Bass, Chuck Treese – Drums, ? – Guitar/VocalsJam 1> Jam 2> Jam 3>, Who Knows “Jam” (Jimi Hendrix)Set Eight:Bill Fowler – Guitar/Vocals, Eli Ward – Bass, Chuck Treese – Drums, Mike Hampton – GuitarBlack Napkins (Frank Zappa)> Jam!> Black NapkinsSet Nine:Dean Ween – Guitar/Vocals, Bill Fowler – Guitar/Vocals, Dave Dreiwitz – Bass, Ray Kubian – Drums, Glenn McClelland – Keyboards, ••Mike Hampton – GuitarSunset Over Belmar (Dean Ween Group), ••The Ritz Carlton (Dean Ween Group), ••Exercise Man (Dean Ween Group)[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

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Rodriguez named HGSE Convocation speaker

first_img Read Full Story Dean James Ryan and the Harvard Graduate School of Education Speakers Committee announced today that Roberto Rodriguez, Ed.M.’98, who serves on the White House Domestic Policy Council as deputy assistant to President Obama for education, will address graduates and their families at the 2015 Convocation ceremony on May 27.“I am delighted that Roberto Rodriguez, a 1998 graduate of HGSE, has accepted our invitation to deliver the keynote address at our annual Convocation ceremony. Since his time on Appian Way, Roberto has made significant contributions to federal education policy, working closely with both President Obama and the late Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy on key education issues,” Ryan said. “I look forward to hearing Roberto’s perspective on public service, education policy, and how his time at HGSE has prepared him for this important work.”“The Harvard Graduate School of Education is a beacon of higher learning and educational leadership for our next generation,” said Rodriguez. “The Ed School holds a special significance for me, and I look forward to joining the class of 2015 at Convocation later this month.”Rodriguez has a lengthy career working in various aspects of education policy and has been called a prominent and up and coming education policymaker.last_img read more

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Stephen Schwartz Departs Houdini Musical

first_img Among the other creatives who have bowed out from the project are Danny Elfman, who was originally attached as the composer, lyricist David Yazbek and librettist Kurt Andersen. Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin stepped in for Andersen, but withdrew from penning the book in January 2013 due to scheduling conflicts. Hugh Jackman announced his Houdini departure later that year in December. The project was first announced by producers Scott Sanders and David Rockwell in April 2008. Schwartz still has other projects in the works, including the animated Bollywood film starring Lea Michele, now titled The Monkeys of Mumbai, that inevitable movie about a belting green witch, and the stage adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which is currently playing San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse before heading to Paper Mill. While we’ll have to wait a little longer for some creative team to conjure up Houdini on the Great White Way, we’ll at least have The Illusionists to terrify us with their magic act on Broadway. View Comments Another Houdini creative has pulled off a vanishing act. According to the Hartford Courant, Stephen Schwartz has left the troubled project, which was initially to be led by Hugh Jackman. The Pippin and Wicked scribe did note that while his involvement is no more, “others may pursue it.”last_img read more

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Patriots rumors: New England works out 4 wide receivers after Julian Edelman’s injury

first_img There’s a ’40 percent’ chance Rob Gronkowski comes out of retirement, returns to Patriots, report says Hunter is the biggest name in that group as he has recorded 13 touchdown catches over his six NFL seasons with the Titans, Bills, Dolphins and Steelers.The Patriots worked out four wide receivers today, per source: Nick Williams (Titans), Justin Hunter (Steelers), Papi White (Jaguars) and Travin Dural (Saints).— Field Yates (@FieldYates) July 22, 2019The Patriots could be looking for depth at the position after news surfaced earlier in the day that veteran Julian Edelman will miss about three weeks of training camp with a finger injury. Related News Edelman signed a two-year, $18 million extension with New England this offseason. He’s expected to be quarterback Tom Brady’s top target after tight end Rob Gronkowski retired in the offseason.”I’m extremely excited for the new year. This is a new team,” Edelman said last week, via ESPN. “With training camp coming up, this is kind of like when school is back in session. We had summer break. You get to see all the fellas, and this is where you learn your team, learn each other and become accountable for each other, and create a consistency together. The Patriots may want to add an additional pass catcher.New England met with four wide receivers — Justin Hunter, Nick Williams, Papi White and Travin Dural — on Monday, according to a report from ESPN, which cites an unidentified league source. Sony Michel among 5 Patriots to open camp on PUP list, reports say Julian Edelman seen with brace on thumb, expected to be sidelined for camp “This is like the beginning shape form of your team, these next few weeks. It’s a crucial point. You put a lot of hard work in during the spring and it’s the next step until you’re playing with other teams.”Edelman was named the Super Bowl 53 MVP after he caught 10 passes for 141 yards in the Patriots’ 13-3 win over the Rams.last_img read more

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Dževad Poturak Is Ending His Career

first_imgOne of the best K-1 fighters Dževad Poturak, known by the nickname ‘BH Machine’, bid farewell to his career in front of the public in KSC Ilidža. At the competition ‘No Limit’, he fought with Belgian Mamadou Keteo. After 50 wins, Poturak took off the glove on his left hand and at the center of the ring officially confirmed that he put an end to his career. The public chanted his name along the way.‘’I am very happy with the fact that I put an end to my career. Regarding the last match, I would point out that it was not serious. Everything was fun for me, my friends and people who came to see me fight one last time. Simply, I decided to give my fans and friends three minutes of fun. I think that I repaid my fans and B&H many times’’, said Poturak.Poturak decided to end his career due to health problems, and he is expected to undergo heart surgery soon.‘’There were a lot of problems at the same time. I have health problems, and I am expected to have heart surgery soon. This is something that awaits me’’, added Poturak.In his career, Dževad Poturak had 75 matches. Out of that, 50 were wins (31 knockouts) and 22 defeats and three draws.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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