Call for international inquiry into triple murder of Russian journalists in CAR

first_imgThe three journalists – Orkhan Dzhemal, Alexander Rastorguyev and Kirill Radchenko – went to the CAR to make a documentary about the activities of mercenaries working for Wagner, a private Russian security linked to the Kremlin. The CAR and Russian authorities insist that their triple murder on 29 July was simply the result of an armed robbery that went wrong. June 8, 2021 Find out more The Russian authorities have issued a statement saying they will continue to work on the theory of an armed robbery that was facilitated by the negligence of the journalists’ employer, meaning Khodorkovsky. Without addressing the facts revealed in the report, they accuse Khodorkovsky of simply trying to exonerate himself. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for an independent international inquiry into last July’s murder of three Russian journalists in the Central African Republic following the publication of a well-documented report by a centre for investigative journalism indicating that a CAR police officer and Russian military advisers were involved. Follow the news on Africa January 15, 2019 – Updated on January 16, 2019 Call for international inquiry into triple murder of Russian journalists in CAR “The CAR’s investigators and their Russian counterparts have failed to shed light on this triple murder in the nearly six months since it took place,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “The facts revealed by these phone records and many other documents deserve closer examination. At this point, only an independent international inquiry would be able to establish how these three journalists came to be murdered.” This is not so, according to the report published by Dossier, a centre for investigative journalism funded by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a former Russian oil industry magnate and Kremlin opponent now living in exile, who had hired the three murdered journalists to go to the CAR and make the documentary. June 10, 2021 Find out more On the basis of phone records and interviews, the Dossier investigation has established that a CAR police officer linked to Russian military advisers was in constant contact with the journalists’ driver and followed all their movements. Receive email alerts June 7, 2021 Find out more Time is pressing, 20 years after Burkinabe journalist’s murder The phone records also show that he was in constant contact with Alexander Sotov, a Russian military adviser who was himself in frequent contact with Valery Zakharov, the CAR president’s national security adviser. According to other investigative media reports, both Soto and Zakharov work for Wagner. RSF_en Central African RepublicRussiaAfricaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityFreedom of expressionViolence Reporters Without Borders rallies former hostages in Paris, following the kidnapping of journalist Olivier Dubois. Organisation Credit: Vasily MAXIMOV / AFP News News Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeria The Dossier investigation also established that the mobile phones used by the driver and by the journalists’ fixer, known only as “Martin,” were registered in false names and with false passports in the days and weeks prior to the Russian journalists’ arrival in the CAR. Help by sharing this information to go further Central African RepublicRussiaAfricaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityFreedom of expressionViolence The Central African Republic is ranked 112th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index while Russia is ranked 148th. News Newslast_img read more

Authorities foil terror plot for multiple targets in Southern California

first_imgFedorovekb/iStock(LOS ANGELES) — Federal authorities have foiled a terror plot for multiple targets in Southern California, two federal sources confirmed to ABC News.The case involves the FBI, Los Angeles Police Department and the U.S. Attorney’s office.The case, currently under seal, includes a charge of domestic terrorism.A news conference is scheduled in Los Angeles on Monday afternoon.This is a developing story. Please check back for updatesCopyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img

Guiding discoveries to the public

first_imgIt’s tough to know everything. Harvard faculty members are authorities in their fields, and are adept at teaching and communicating with students and the public. But not all faculty members benefit from an innate business sense.That’s why the University established the Office of Technology Development (OTD) five years ago, overhauling how Harvard handles transferring technology from the laboratory to industry and, ultimately, to the public.Headed by Isaac Kohlberg, senior associate provost and chief technology development officer, OTD employs a staff of professionals who advise faculty members and promote ties to industry to ensure that the fruits of Harvard’s research don’t just languish in the lab and grace the pages of academic journals, but flow to the public.OTD has special teams dedicated to business development, intellectual property protection, and transactions. It secures patent protection on new inventions by the faculty. It structures and negotiates licensing agreements with industrial partners, and helps to make connections with venture capital firms that fund start-ups. It works to generate new sources of research support from industry, and it negotiates industry-sponsored research agreements, like the chemical giant BASF’s collaboration with the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).Since 2006, Harvard faculty members have participated in starting 39 companies. The number of new inventions reported by faculty members has risen from 180 in 2006 to 301 in 2010. Hundreds of patents have been issued in that period, and 134 licenses have been negotiated with companies covering new technologies invented at Harvard.David Weitz, the Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and of Applied Physics, has created dozens of inventions, many of which were patented by OTD. His ideas have given rise to four start-up companies. He said OTD’s help has been key to those successful ventures, providing industry contacts and introductions, structuring and negotiating agreements, and lending a receptive ear for ideas.“OTD, you can’t ask for anyone better. They’re just fantastic,” Weitz said. “They’re doing a huge service.”Andrew Myers, the Amory Houghton Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, echoed Weitz’s praise, saying OTD has helped him at all stages of the translation process.“The staff of the Office of Technology Development at Harvard has been enormously helpful to my laboratory at all stages of the process, leading from the patenting of new technologies through the identification of interested business partners to commercialization,” Myers said. “Isaac Kohlberg has assembled an extremely talented and hard-working team that makes each step of the process easy, interesting, and even enjoyable.”OTD also has a special Technology Accelerator Fund to help faculty members develop ideas beyond the point where traditional academic research funding ends. The fund provides support until a promising idea reaches the point at which a company is willing to invest in further development efforts.Junying Yuan, professor of cell biology at Harvard Medical School, said Accelerator Fund resources helped her advance her search for small molecules that interfere with cell death pathways revealed by research in her lab. These natural processes of cellular death are believed to play a role in some diseases, including the neurodegenerative ailments studied by Yuan.In addition to gaining support for continued development, Yuan said OTD has been very helpful in helping with licensing her lab’s discoveries.Kohlberg said the Accelerator Fund is an expression of OTD’s commitment to fulfill Harvard’s public service mission and ensure that promising discoveries don’t languish due to the development gap.Lawrence G. Miller, partner and founder of Mediphase Venture Partners, a Newton-based venture capital firm, has financed two start-ups based on Harvard advances. The first, Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals, grew out of advances from Myers’ lab. The second, Mednetworks, is based on the work of Professor Nicholas Christakis on social networks and health.“My experience [with OTD] has been quite good. They’re responsive, attentive, and the terms negotiated were reasonable for both sides,???? Miller said.At SEAS, Weitz heads a collaboration called the BASF Advanced Research Initiative at Harvard. In the research program, negotiated between BASF and OTD in 2007, the company provides up to $20 million in funding over five years to support Harvard researchers in the applied sciences, engineering, and chemical and systems biology. BASF is working on a dozen research projects with Harvard scientists and Harvard has filed a first set of patents from the work, according to Jens Rieger, a visiting scientist and BASF senior vice president of polymer research.“What’s special about Harvard is its broad-based mix of disciplines such as chemistry, physics, biology, and medicine, and its outstanding, world-renowned scientists,” Rieger said. “This is what we think will deliver not just any solution, but something unexpected, something completely new.”last_img read more

Purple & Bold: Former Laker Josh Hart sounds off after trade to Pelicans

first_imgNow Ball, Ingram and Hart have seen that realized, and while a video surfaced of Ball reacting to the trade, saying it was “good,” Hart has been the most outspoken of the trio. The weekend the deal became known, Hart showed up to a video game event wearing a New Orleans Pelicans shirt. It’s a good bet that Hart has a great deal on his mind. Throughout his podcast with Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley, he inserted little digs at his Lakers tenure. When Gurley talked about how rich Los Angeles is in business opportunity (a huge reason none of the young core wished to be traded), Hart muttered back: “I think New Orleans might be better.”But whatever those feelings might be that he’s tamping down, Hart had plenty of warm words for L.A., too. In an Instagram post and on the podcast, he thanked Jeanie Buss, Magic Johnson and the Lakers for drafting him in 2017.“It was a dream come true,” he said. “I wish them nothing but success.”Note that General Manager Rob Pelinka wasn’t one of the listed parties – it’s a pretty good bet that Hart won’t be sending him a Christmas card this year.NBA AWARDS AHEADThe NBA offseason is its own never-ending show, and that continues tonight with the NBA awards.The Lakers don’t have any nominees, but you can tune in to see the winner between the closely contested MVP candidates James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo, as well as a teammate battle for Sixth Man of the Year between Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams. Luka Doncic and Trae Young staged a fun Rookie of the Year battle.While we’re not as likely to see the drama last year when Dwane Casey won Coach of the Year after being fired by Toronto, there are probably some worthwhile moments ahead.The show is being aired on TNT starting at 6 p.m. PDT. You can check out our coverage as well.— Kyle GoonThanks for reading the Monday, June 24 edition of the Purple & Bold newsletter. To get the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Lakers links galoreHow AD will play: A look at the schematic factors that the new Laker brings to the court.Third-team trade options: The Lakers are believed to be trying to find ways to open up a third max salary slot before free agency.Lottery luck run out: The Lakers never had as many lottery picks as they got in the last five years. Here’s how they’re all gone now.Lakers being led by LeBron? Mark Heisler says the leadership has looked inept while James has helped engineer moves.How will they get help? Mark Whicker considers the wisdom of trying to build a group around LeBron and AD instead of a third star.Fans stay vigilant: Jim Alexander writes about the unwavering confidence fans had that Anthony Davis would one day arrive.Free agency storylines: If you need a primer on what’s about to go down on Sunday, here it is.Lakers trade back into the draft: What could’ve been a quiet night ends with a second-round pick.Who is Talen Horton-Tucker? Here’s what we know so far about the Iowa State product, the first Laker born in the 2000s. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“There’s a lot of stuff I want to say right now,” he said, laughing at one early point in the podcast.But instead of going in on the Lakers, Hart has mostly taken the high road after the trade that shook up his career, as well as several other young Lakers who will now start anew in New Orleans.In the wake of the Anthony Davis trade, a lot of focus has been on what the Pelicans received in draft assets, how the deal affects the cap space, and how Davis will pair with LeBron James next year. But there’s also the futures of Hart, Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram to consider.One of the tensions that affected the team last year was how the youth was under pressure to blend with James. That wasn’t just on an on-court level – players were aware well before the Davis trade demand in January that James wished to be on a winning team, and that they were possible trade assets to bring in the alluded “second star,” whoever that might be.It was awkward: Certain young players on the team didn’t want to be the stick in the mud, the person who said or did the wrong thing to get himself traded away. As actual trade discussions ramped up in February, this tension ratcheted up to disruptive levels that, at times, made it hard for the Lakers to play well together.  Editor’s note: This is the Monday, June 24 edition of the Purple & Bold newsletter. To get the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Josh Hart is the kind of man who doesn’t hide when he has something on his mind.Through two years with the Lakers, the 24-year-old guard became a sure bet in the locker room to speak candidly. As far back in December, he made the intriguing comments that an opponent played “the right way” after a night in which LeBron James took a barrage of shots. He revealed when he was feeling the ill effects of knee tendinitis, and didn’t lie when asked if platelet injections had helped: “Not really.” As the clock ran out on the Lakers’ playoff hopes, Hart was among those openly discussing the chemistry issues and trust problems that were getting in the way.So imagine Hart, a week removed from being traded, in front of an open mic for an hour. In the opening episode of his new show, the LightHarted Podcast, there was a thread of tension that had been pulled taut, and several times Hart appeared ready to go into it.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Conor McGregor says he’s retiring from the UFC again because he’s ‘bored of the game’

first_imgConor McGregor says he retired again from fighting because “the game does not excite” him and that he is frustrated over being offered “stupid fights” by UFC.The Irishman took to Twitter immediately after UFC 250 on Saturday to make the announcement. “I would go in there and put him away, and then what would happen? They’d say he’s old and he’s over the hill and he’s past his prime and all.”I don’t know. It’s just crazy. I was cutting to 155, and then because I asked for 155, they wanted to show power and stomp all over me. I don’t know why they do this. But it was taken from me and then pushed back. “So then I’m thinking I don’t want to be cutting if I’m fighting at 170. I have to be careful here. My body has to be correct to the weight. And then the 176 [Silva] talk. I’m just over it, man.” The post was met with skepticism given this marks the third time in the space of four years that McGregor — one of UFC’s all-time biggest stars — has said he is calling it quits.MORE: Dana White responds to Jorge Masvidal’s ‘Let me go’ pleaMcGregor had spoken of plans to fight three times in 2020, which started with an emphatic win over Donald Cerrone in January, though the coronavirus pandemic threw a wrench into the works.Things were further complicated in the lightweight division when Khabib Nurmagomedov’s title defense against Tony Ferguson was canceled and Ferguson then going on to lose a bout for the interim strap to Justin Gaethje.McGregor, in an interview with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, said those factors had dampened his enthusiasm.”The game just does not excite me, and that’s that,” McGregor said. “All this waiting around. There’s nothing happening. I’m going through opponent options, and there’s nothing really there at the minute. There’s nothing that’s exciting me.”They should have just kept the ball rolling. I mean, why are they pushing [Nurmagomedov-Gaethje] back to September? You know what’s going to happen in September, something else is going to happen in September, and that’s not going to happen. “I laid out a plan and a method that was the right move, the right methods to go with. And they always want to balk at that and not make it happen or just drag it on. “Whatever I say, they want to go against it to show some kind of power. They should have just done the fight — me and Justin for the interim title — and just kept the ball rolling.”I’m a bit bored of the game. I’m here watching the fight. I watched the last show — the [Tyron] Woodley-[Gilbert] Burns show — I watched the show tonight [UFC 250]. “I’m just not excited about the game. I don’t know if it’s no crowd. I don’t know what it is. There’s just no buzz for me.”The Billi GOAT— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 28, 2020It was reported the company wanted McGregor, UFC’s first dual-weight champion, to fight again in July, but while money was not an issue, finding an opponent has been.Anderson Silva challenged McGregor to a catchweight bout, which interested the 31-year-old, but there is seemingly little clamor to book the showdown.”I had my goals, my plans, the season. I had everything laid out,” added McGregor. “Obviously the world has gone bleeding bonkers at the minute. There’s f— all happening at the minute. They want to throw me up and down weights and offer me stupid fights. I don’t really give a f—. I’m over it.”There’s nothing there for me. I’m trying to get excited. I’m trying my best. And when the Anderson one came along, I was like, ‘Yeah, s—, that’s a mad fight.’ And then everyone said he’s old and over the hill. I was, like, what? Fighting a former light heavyweight and the middleweight GOAT, and the actual GOAT in my eyes, that’s not a rewardable fight? And you know, you’re actually right. It wouldn’t be rewarded. last_img read more

Clear Lake council to adopt FY 2020 budget tonight

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — The Clear Lake City Council tonight will consider adopting the budget for the city’s next fiscal year.The proposed tax rate for the budget that starts on July 1st of this year is proposed to remain at its current rate of $9.70 per $1000 taxable valuation. The city’s share of the tax rate has either declined or remained constant over the last four fiscal years, dropping from a rate of $10.04 in Fiscal Year 2017 to the current $9.70 rate.The proposed Fiscal Year 2020 budget has total expenditures of $14.3 million. $8.7 million is directed toward operations and maintenance; $5.1 million toward capital; and about $500,000 to debt service.The council meets at 6 o’clock tonight at City Hall.last_img