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

College students to make trip to see Stacey Abrams at University of Illinois at Chicago

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL), gender and women’s studies, political science and Career Crossings departments are sponsoring a trip to the University of Illinois at Chicago Saturday to hear Stacey Abrams speak about her book, “Leading from the Outside.“Sophomore Grace Clucas said she decided to attend the event because of Abrams’ inspirational political career.“I am attending because women in power in our government really interest me. It is a dream to one day maybe find myself in a similar position within politics,” Clucas said. “But [Abrams] specifically is pretty cool, and since I am currently in this American South class where we are talking about the civil rights movement, an African-American women representative from Georgia, her accomplishments are definitely to be admired.”Abrams, who served for 11 years in the Georgia House of Representatives, was the first black woman to win the gubernatorial nomination for a major party in the United States and was the 2018 Democratic nominee for governor of Georgia. Clucas said Abrams’ success is a model for the professional careers of young women.“I think Belles should attend things like this because seeing women … in positions of power remind us our potential,” she said. “Most of us are probably attending college in order to better ourselves and seeing examples of women who did the work is always good to see.“[Abrams] in particular has her book about being on the outside, and while I have to acknowledge my privilege as a white individual, as women sometimes we have to work harder for what we want” Clucas added. “ … Ultimately that’s why SMC and being a Belle is so beneficial; because we are awarded opportunities like this where we are shown our potential is pretty much limitless.” Abrams’ book is a sort of how-to guide for women, people of color, people from the LGBTQ community and “other” future leaders. Clucas said those future leaders are fortunate to live in a time with so many opportunities available to them.“I think we are very lucky to be growing up in this time period honestly. For me, being a history and political science major, it is evident that what I aspire to accomplish in my life hasn’t always been possible or greeted with support. I mean my grandma needed a man’s signature to take out a loan like only 40 years ago,” Clucas said. “I think it is important to recognize our power as individuals. It is easy to be an observer in many aspects of our lives. Sometimes that is really scary to think about, but even here at SMC we are surrounded by many passionate, talented women who are ready to take on the world in a few short years.”The trip is scheduled for the evening of April 27 at the University of Illinois. Saint Mary’s will be providing a round-trip bus ride and a ticket to the event. Clucas said she was initially reluctant to make the trek to Chicago, but eventually realized how important the experience was to her personal growth.“I was reflecting on my week and reminding myself maybe I should just miss this trip due to the never-ending amounts of homework, yet I was reminded of the opportunity this truly offered,” she said. “For me, especially through SMC, having a community is almost essential and very beneficial and fun to have. The people you surround yourself with and learn from help shape who you are and if there is anything this world need mores of is collaborating, communicating and being open-minded, not being afraid to be wrong and trying to better oneself through our experiences.”Tags: Empowerment, Future Leaders, Leading from the Outside, Stacey Abrams, Women in Politicslast_img read more

Empower younger members during COVID-19 with Biz Kid$

first_imgMany of your members (and even staff) are facing uncharted waters when it comes to providing education at home for their kids during the COVID-19 pandemic. Suddenly becoming home-school teachers was not on the radar for most Americans, and it can be daunting to try and plan out ways to educate and entertain kids at home.The Foundation wants to help! Biz Kid$ is a youth education program fully funded (and branded) by America’s credit unions and teaches kids about money management and entrepreneurship. Made from the same producers as Bill Nye the Science Guy, Biz Kid$ teaches kids about money in the same fun, goofy, up-beat manor as Bill Nye taught kids about science.But it is SO much more than just a TV show. Not only is Biz Kid$ an Emmy-award winning TV series for kids ages 9-16, but it includes a website with free activities and lesson plans that go along with each episode and provides interactive games (perfect for younger kids) to keep kids engaged with the content.As the national champion for Biz Kid$, we wanted to help the credit union movement share these resources with staff and members. We have created a Biz Kid$ community/group that we hope you can join or share.Here’s what we’ll be sharing in the Biz Kid$ group:Weekly themes such as credit & debt, financial planning, entrepreneurship and more.Episodes that pair with those themes (Seasons 1-3 available through Amazon Prime).Accompanying activities and lesson plans for each of those episodes.A common place for dialogue, sharing ideas and best practices for users.What better time to reinforce or introduce the importance of personal finance to kids than now? Our hope is we can make your staff and members lives a little easier by providing a one-stop-shop for educational learning resources during this extra time at home.We hope you’ll engage in our group and aid in empowering the next generation to care about their financial futures! 86SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lacey Yasick Lacey is the Communications Manager for the National Credit Union Foundation. She works to develop and execute all communication efforts that support the Foundation’s national programs and engagement strategy.Lacey … Web: www.ncuf.coop Detailslast_img read more

IU Health Slashing 900 Jobs From Workforce

first_imgIndiana University Health is upping the number of people it plans to layoff.Officials said in September they would eliminate 800 positions from six hospitals, but announced Tuesday it would be more than 900.IU Health said in September, it plans on reducing the number of employees at the following locations:IU Health Methodist Hospital (Indianapolis)IU Health University Hospital (Indianapolis)Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health (Indianapolis)IU Health North Hospital (Carmel)IU Health Saxony Hospital (Fishers)IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital (Muncie)Affected employees are being notified this week.last_img

Evans Mensah delighted to have picked up lessons from Black Stars

first_imgInter Allies winger Evans Mensah is delighted to have picked up invaluable lessons with the Black Stars after his debut call up with the team.The winger was called up as a late replacement for the injured David Accam and despite not playing a single minute, he is delighted with the experience gained.“I was very happy because seeing different players and top class player in a different environment made me learn more from there,” he told Adom FM Sports“I was very happy because I have been watching them on television but now I had the chance to mingle with them.”“It was one of the best moments in my career.” “I have to prove what I have in our upcoming matches especially because Inter Allies is not in a good place.”“I have to be on top of my game to help the team get more victories.”Mensah has won three man of the match awards in seven matches he has played for Inter Allies this season.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

European Youth Winter Olympic Festival 2017 is a strategic project for the entire BiH

first_imgJoint organisation of European Youth Winter Olympic Festival (EYWOF) 2017 which will be organised by City of Sarajevo and City of East Sarajevo is a very important event for BiH, and 3000 participants from all over Europe will participate.Coordinator of this project Miroslav Živanović said to FENA that this event will wake up the Sarajevo Olympic spirit, and in the case of good and successful organisation it will bring back the confidence of citizens of Sarajevo, that BiH is a community which is capable of organising such an event.Živanović said that this will be the opportunity to light up the Olympic flame for the second time, and this is a unique opportunity to improve the infrastructure, and to promote Sarajevo as a unique urban area surrounded by Olympic mountains.The opening ceremony of EYWOF 2017 will be held in Zetra, snowboard competitions and parallel slalom on the Bjelašnica, hockey and skating in Zetra and in Skenderija, while Nordic disciplines will be held on the Igman Mountain.Slalom and Giant slalom will be held on the Jahorina, and skating will be held in the new hall in Pale, while in the hall in East Sarajevo, the closing ceremony will be held.Olympic habitat will be built in Lukavica as a part of Student Centre with capacity of 900 to 1 100 people.President of Pale municipality Assembly Miroslav Brčkalo said that this is one of the most important events in the period to come.City of East Sarajevo already planned the money which will be allocated for this event, in order to rehabilitate sports infrastructure.last_img read more

Good, bad and ugly for African footballers in Europe

first_imgParis, France | AFP | African stars were involved in the good, bad and ugly across the major leagues of Europe at the weekend.Naturalised Malian Fousseni Diabate bagged a brace on his debut for Leicester in a 5-1 FA Cup rout of lower league Peterborough.Want-away Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Gabon was booed by Borussia Dortmund fans as he performed poorly on his Bundesliga recall.Democratic Republic of Congo and West Ham defender Arthur Masuaku was hit with a six-match ban after spitting at an opponent in a shock 2-0 cup defeat by Wigan.ENGLANDARTHUR MASUAKU (West Ham)It is questionable how much longer the left-back will be at the club after being sent off and receiving a six-match ban for spitting in their 2-0 defeat by third-tier Wigan. The 24-year-old France-born defender-cum-midfielder — who has opted to play for the Democratic Republic of Congo despite being capped at age-limit level by France — was described as “despicable” by Hammers manager David Moyes after spitting at Nick Powell.FOUSSENI DIABATE (Leicester)Diabate, 22, made an immediate impact for his new club after signing from second-tier French outfit Gazelec Ajaccio this month. The France-born Mali under-23 international grabbed a double in their 5-1 dismantling of third-tier Peterborough on his debut.KELECHI IHEANACHO (Leicester)The Nigerian international finally made an impression after failing to catch the eye since his move from Manchester City last August. A superb double — the second an excellent volley — may have given the 21-year-old the confidence boost he needed as there is no question of his talent.MOHAMED SALAH (Liverpool)Found himself an unwitting participant in one of the several prolonged video assistant referee (VAR) incidents that overshadowed the Reds’ 3-2 home defeat by West Brom. The Egyptian forward went down under slight contact from Jake Livermore and, after prolonged VAR study, referee Craig Pawson awarded a penalty. Following a delay of more than three minutes, Roberto Firmino’s spot-kick thundered off the crossbar and bounced clear. The focus on VAR obscured the fact that when Salah pounced to give Liverpool hope of a draw 12 minutes from time, it was his 25th goal in just 32 appearances for the Merseysiders.WILFRED NDIDI (Leicester)Iheanacho’s international team-mate produced a solid display after coming on as a 64th-minute substitute and the 21-year-old midfielder was rewarded with a goal right at the end.SPAINTHOMAS PARTEY (Atletico Madrid)The Ghanaian international is enjoying his best season in an Atletico Madrid shirt and the 24-year-old capped a fine second-half display from Diego Simeone’s side by tapping in the third in a 3-0 beating of lowly Las Palmas. Partey has become a fixture in the Atletico first team this season after coming through the youth system, and the goal was his fifth in all competitions. ITALYIBRAHIMA MBAYE (Bologna)Senegalese defender Mbaye accidently turned the ball into his own net after failing to clear off the line to gift Napoli an equaliser after Bologna had taken the lead. Bologna lost 3-1 to stay 12th with Napoli going back to the top of Serie A.JOEL OBI/MBAYE NIANG (Torino)Nigeria’s Obi and Senegal’s Niang scored in the first half as Torino eased past 10-man bottom club Benevento 3-0. Forward Niang scored his third league goal of the season on 40 minutes with midfielder Obi sealing the win just before the break.KWADWO ASAMOAH (Juventus)Ghana midfielder Asamoah was at the centre of the action in the champions’ 2-0 win over nine-man Chievo, whose Samuel Bastien was sent off on 36 minutes after two yellow cards in just two minutes, both for fouling Asamoah. Coach Massimiliano Allegri substituted the Ghanaian after he was yellow-carded.GERMANYPIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG (Borussia Dortmund)The want-away Gabon striker was booed by home fans each time he touched the ball in a poor display as Dortmund laboured to a 2-2 draw with Freiburg. Aubameyang returned to the starting line-up after being dropped for the last two games amid speculation of a move to Arsenal. He headed over with his only goal attempt.AMINE HARIT (Schalke 04)The Morocco midfielder claimed his third goal of the season by slotting home a first-half penalty in Schalke’s 2-0 win at VfB Stuttgart. Harit drilled home a 19th-minute spot-kick after Bayern Munich-bound midfielder Leon Goretzka was fouled.KEVIN-PRINCE BOATENG (Eintracht Frankfurt)The Ghana midfielder nudged home Timothy Chandler’s cross from close range to give Frankfurt the lead in a 2-0 win at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach. It was his fourth league goal this season.FRANCEKEITA BALDE (Monaco)Senegal international Balde struck in only the fourth minute for Monaco in their 2-2 draw with fellow Champions League hopefuls Marseille with a cool finish after latching onto a loose ball outside the area. It was the 22-year-old’s sixth league goal for the French champions since joining from Lazio in the close season, as he looks to secure a place in Aliou Cisse’s Senegal World Cup squad.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Saint Martin’s University Announces $3.5 Million in Support of Creating Labs…

first_imgFacebook256Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityThe Bruno and Evelyne Betti Foundation has made a commitment of $2.8 million to Saint Martin’s University to support the renovation of the first floor of Old Main to create dedicated facilities for the University’s nursing programs, which include the BSN program and the RN-to-BSN program. The foundation’s commitment includes $2.5 million to cover the costs of the remodel and $300,000 to establish an endowment in support of nursing scholarships. In addition, Saint Martin’s Abbey has made a gift of $750,000 to support the renovation. This totals $3.5 million raised to ensure the success of the University’s nursing program. This summer, the University will begin remodeling 12,000 square feet of space within Old Main to create an eight-bed nursing learning lab, two-bed simulation suite, classroom, faculty offices and equipment storage rooms.Abbot Neal Roth, O.S.B., major superior of the Saint Martin’s Abbey and chancellor of Saint Martin’s University, spoke about the significance of the Abbey’s gift. “Saint Martin’s University is the principal mission of Saint Martin’s Abbey, and we will always do what we can to support it. Supporting the nursing program means that future nurses will be serving thousands upon thousands of people during their lifetimes of service, which certainly reflects our Benedictine values.”For fall 2019, Saint Martin’s will admit 25 first-year students for its four-year BSN program and will begin admitting upper division transfer students in fall 2020. When fully enrolled the BSN program will have two cohorts of 24 each year, graduating 48 students annually. The Saint Martin’s RN-to-BSN program will continue to provide an option for local nurses with an associate’s degree or diploma to complete their BSN in a year.“The BSN program at Saint Martin’s will fill a critical need for nurses at a time when the nursing workforce and patients are aging. The generous gifts from the Bruno and Evelyne Betti Foundation and the Abbey will allow us to build state-of-the-art nursing learning and simulation labs for our students to learn and practice their skills,” said Teri Moser Woo, Ph.D., RN, ARNP, CPNP-PC, CNL, FAANP, director of nursing at Saint Martin’s.In summer 2018, the Saint Martin’s nursing programs received a boon in the form of the nursing equipment that the University won in an auction from St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Oklahoma. St. Gregory’s, a Benedictine university, closed in fall 2017 due to financial difficulties, and Woo, Jeff Crane, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and interim dean of the School of Business, Philip Cheek, director of grounds and facilities and Jeremy Fleury, maintenance technician, traveled to the St. Gregory’s campus to pack the equipment and bring it back to Saint Martin’s.The original nursing program at Saint Martin’s, the RN-to-BSN program, began in 1986, with Maddy deGive, Ph.D., as the director. In the 1990s, the program added master’s degrees for family nurse practitioners and for health policy. These nursing programs were phased out in the late 1990s when enrollment declined. In 2010, Washington set a goal for academic progression in nursing for 80 percent of RNs to obtain BSN degrees or higher by 2020, which led to a decision to reinstate Saint Martin’s RN-to-BSN program. In 2012, Saint Martin’s admitted a new class of RN-to-BSN students into the program. The program is accredited through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The RN to BSN program has graduated 82 students since 2012.Nursing is just one of the strong and growing science programs at Saint Martin’s, which includes biology, chemistry, environmental studies, exercise science, mathematics and physics.Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 13 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 29 majors and 11 graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,300 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and more students to its extended campus located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu.last_img read more