Local authorities take over Osh TV after national security raid and director’s dismissal

first_img October 9, 2020 Find out more August 26, 2020 Find out more KyrgyzstanEurope – Central Asia Organisation News News RSF calls for the immediate release of Uzbek journalist Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Kyrgyzstan News Reporters Without Borders is worried about the provisional government’s takeover of nearly all of Kyrgyzstan’s TV stations and the procedures being used to nationalise them. Osh TV, an Uzbek language station based in Osh, the capital of southern Kyrgyzstan, is a case in point. The government has acquired a controlling interest in its shares and has arbitrarily fired its director.All of the country’s major broadcasters have been “temporarily” nationalised since May under a law that was passed on 7 April. Fifth Channel, Pyramida TV, NBT and NTS have all already been nationalised in a similar fashion to Osh TV, which stopped all broadcasting a week ago.Osh TV and Mezon TV provided live coverage (without comment) of a meeting of the Uzbek community in Jalal-Abad (a city near Osh) in May at which the participants discussed their representation in Kyrgyzstan’s governing bodies and the possibility of creating an autonomous Uzbek republic in the south of the country.The meeting enraged the Kyrgyz community, prompting the provisional government’s decision on 20 May to send troops to curb the rioting. After covering the attacks and pogroms in Osh, Osh TV was shut down for two weeks by the city’s mayor, Melisbek Myrzakmatov. Other privately-owned stations such as Mezon TV, Pyramidy and DDD were also suspended, while the national broadcast media were able to continue broadcasting without any problem.Osh TV had just resumed broadcasting when it was raided by armed members of the State Service for National Security (GSNB) on 9 July. After a thorough search, they seized some its computers and archives (disks containing video recordings). They also arrested Khalil Khudoybedyev, who has run the station for the past 20 years, interrogated him for several hours and confiscated his mobile phone.He was released later the same day and no charges (such as “inciting inter-ethnic hatred”) were brought against him. He said the authorities just asked him questions about the size of his family and ages of his children. No explanation was given for his subsequent dismissal and his current location is being kept a secret for security reasons.A new director, Kamil Sydykov, has been appointed but Osh TV has yet to resume broadcasting. The Fergana.ru news website said the city authorities, including Mayor Myrzakmatov, would participate in the “transfer” of control from the previous director (an ethnic Uzbek) to its new director (an ethnic Kyrgyz).Reporters Without Borders is shocked by Khudoybedyev’s interrogation, which seems above all to have been designed to intimidate, and condemns the raid by GSNB agents, who cited no charges or investigation that would justify the search and seizures, and who did not have any warrant authorising them to detain and interrogate the station’s director. As no charge was brought against him, his mobile phone and the confiscated equipment must be returned.After meeting with Interim President Roza Otunbayeva, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s media freedom representative, Dunja Mijatovic gave a news conference in Bishkek yesterday in which she mentioned the problems encountered by journalists in the south of the country but refused to give her evaluation of the press freedom situation, saying the country was currently experiencing one of the darkest moments in its history.Reporters Without Borders regrets that Mijatovic did not say whether she had raised the murders of Kyrgyz opposition journalists during her meeting with the president. She did however mention this important issue when she addressed an OSCE commission meeting in Helsinki on the subject of threats to press freedom in OSCE member countries.center_img RSF_en to go further RSF asks authorities, opposition to guarantee reporters’ safety during Kyrgyzstan protests KyrgyzstanEurope – Central Asia August 14, 2020 Find out more July 20, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Local authorities take over Osh TV after national security raid and director’s dismissal RSF is concerned about the fate of an Uzbek journalist extradited by Kyrgyzstan News Receive email alertslast_img read more

Pasadena Christian Church: “Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart”

first_img More Cool Stuff Just Bill‘Give thanks With a Grateful Heart, ‘ is a favorite hymn of mine. Gratitude sets forth a firm backdrop for ministry as I begin partnership with you. The moment I stepped into the Pasadena pulpit, you welcomed me with gracious and loving hearts. I felt this in the depths of my soul. Your energy and your compassionate spirits burst with eagerness and readiness to envision … ‘how we do church!’ A new chapter in our journey of faith has begun – – indeed.First, a few lines of my history! As you know, our ministry is not quite new. I’ve been here before! You may remember when my family and I first arrived in Pasadena in February of 1978. You called me from pastoral ministry with First Christian Church of San Jose. For the next twelve-plus years you became my church home.Since those beginning days in ‘78 and now my return in ‘14, the clock has moved forward – – beyond our imaginings. We live in a world of change, dramatic change. The technological explosion has especially impacted the way in which we live, the way we dress, the way we eat, the way in which we communicate – and even in the way we do church!I return with confidence that together, our ministry in mission here on our sacred corner of Altadena Drive and Loma Vista will stretch forth ‘upon doorsteps to the ends of the earth!’ For empowerment of this call, let’s each one ‘give thanks with a grateful heart’ coupled with faith and conviction . . . blessed by the Holy Spirit!!BillPasadena Christian Church, 789 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena, (626) 798-0591 or visit www.pasadenadisciples.org. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  22 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Herbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe Make a comment Faith Essays & Inspirations Pasadena Christian Church: “Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart” Article and Photo courtesy of PASADENA CHRISTIAN CHURCH Published on Friday, November 21, 2014 | 11:49 am Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimeslast_img read more

UK government halts work on collective DC, defined ambition

first_img“The time is not right to ask the pensions industry to absorb the new swathe of regulation that would be needed to make such further reforms work effectively.”Altmann, appointed pensions minister after the May general election saw the Conservative party win a majority, added: “The market needs time and space to adjust to the other reforms underway, and these areas will be revisited once there has been an opportunity for that to happen.”Webb, who joined Royal London Asset Management after losing his parliamentary seat, previously argued that defined ambition was not simply an academic exercise.Asked by IPE in June if the new government would still pursue the agenda set out during his five years in office, he said: “It may not be the first priority – there are more pressing ones. But departments can do things in parallel.”Collective DC funds, made possible in the UK by the Pensions Scheme Act 2015, have not enjoyed widespread support.The cross-party work and pensions select committee argued in March that the Department for Work & Pensions should suspend any future work on defined ambition until after the rollout of auto-enrolment.Defined ambition, and the eventual introduction of collective DC, was one of Webb’s key policy goals, first articulated in 2011 when he spoke of the need to “facilitate” the re-introduction of risk-sharing in DC. The UK government has put on hold any further attempts to introduce collective defined contribution (DC), bringing to an end reforms championed by former pensions minister Steve Webb.In a written statement, Webb’s successor Ros Altmann cited the need to work through the new pensions freedoms – which allow savers to draw down their pension from age 55 – and other recent regulatory changes as the reason for moving away from defined ambition.Altmann said it was important that focus remained on the new pensions freedoms, and the bedding in of the state pension reform overseen by Webb, to ensure they were a success.“That is why we have decided the time is not right to implement defined ambition, collective benefits and automatic transfers,” she said.last_img read more

RIDEM Announces $6.8 Million for Rhode Island’s Climate Resilience

first_imgImage source: BehanbrosThe Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) yesterday announced the award of $6.8 million in matching grants for 33 projects, spread across the state, to mitigate water pollution from stormwater and nonpoint sources, reduce flooding, and strengthen Rhode Island’s climate resilience. The grants are made possible through funding from the Narragansett Bay and Watershed Restoration Bond Fund and the federal Clean Water Act Section 319 Nonpoint Source Pollution program.“Climate change is real, and is poised to uniquely affect Rhode Island as the Ocean State,” Governor Gina M. Raimondo said. “We need to take action to safeguard our natural resources and our communities. These grants help prepare cities and towns to deal with our changing climate, while creating jobs for Rhode Islanders in engineering, construction and landscaping.”According to RIDEM, $2.69 million was awarded for 11 flood mitigation and prevention projects to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flooding in coastal or inland areas and enhance natural ecosystem functions.The grants support solutions to flooding problems using environmentally-beneficial techniques; for example, projects that resolve road and property flooding through culvert reconstruction will result in improved stream passage and habitat of fish and wildlife.Projects in Portsmouth and Middletown will target actions that abate road flooding while also restoring and better protecting valuable coastal habitats including salt marsh.last_img read more

Desmond test for Tamadhor

first_imgTamadhor drops back in trip for the Invesco Pension Consultants Desmond Stakes in a bid to regain the winning thread at Leopardstown. The Kevin Prendergast-trained three-year-old reverts to a mile for the Group Three prize having failed to see out the 10-furlong trip in the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh last time out. The daughter of Arcano had previously landed a seven-furlong contest at Fairyhouse on the back of finishing a creditable sixth on her seasonal comeback in the Irish 1,000 Guineas. Prendergast said: “Tamadhor is in good form and she gets a good weight allowance in this race. “She ran a very good race in the Irish 1,000 Guineas, she just didn’t stay in the Pretty Polly. A furlong out she was probably the only one on the bridle. “We had her in a few times since then, the ground didn’t suit her but looks good for her this time. “She won well at the track over seven furlongs on Champion Stakes day last year and that worked out quite a good race, while she was only just beaten by Legatissimo on her first start and look how good she has turned out to be. “She is an absolute lady at home, she is a little bit funny at the start but as long as she goes in last she is fine. I think she will run a big race.” Cougar Mountain will bid to make the most of a significant ease in class and hand his trainer Aidan O’Brien his fifth win in the race and his first since the victory of Beethoven in 2010. Although making his seasonal bow at Listed level the four-year-old has been set some stiff tasks since having been kept to Group One company on his four subsequent starts. The Ger Lyons-trained Convergence bids for back-to-back Pattern wins at the track having landed the Group Three Ballycorus Stakes when last seen, while Raydara, who comes from the yard of Michael Halford, is out to try and claim a first success since the Debutante Stakes at the Curragh last August. The field is completed by the Ken Condon-trained eight-year-old Bold Thady Quill who was successful in a mile handicap at Naas on his most recent outing. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more