Report on seven Russian regions: as many reasons for hope as for concern

first_img Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing May 21, 2021 Find out more Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Organisation Follow the news on Russia Reporters without Borders releases a report today on the freedom of the press and media in seven of the Russian Federation’s regions. Entitled “Heroes and Henchmen. The work of journalists and media in the Russian regions“, it was researched and written by the organization’s German section in Berlin.The report offers a systematic analysis of the media situation in regions ranging from Arkhangelsk in the north to Sochi in the south, and from Perm in the Urals to Vladivostok in the Far East. The research was carried out by a team of five correspondents who looked at the pressures and dangers affecting local press. As a result, the report highlights the existing leeways and points at the regions where free speech is obstructed. Various factors were analyzed, including the pressure exerted by the local authorities and businessmen, the impact of the economic conditions prevailing in each region, and the level of self-censorship. The report also shows how some media owners and editors are able to create conditions for independent journalism through innovation and effective business development models. These crucial questions drove the researchers’ attention on such specific factors as the existence of monopolies, distribution, the impact of the financial crisis, and the relations and various connections between the media and the political and business world.The report looks at both the restrictions imposed on journalists as well as the leeway they still enjoy. It highlights the degree to which media is subject to the influence of local politicians and oligarchs in regions where control from Moscow is low. While some journalists are resigned to the growing threats to their profession, others find ways to maintain their independence and even dare to report on critical issues. The report offers as many reasons for hope as for concern. Most importantly, by drawing attention to the differences in the provinces, the freedom of the press in Russia will not just be evaluated by soley concentrating on the situation of the Moscow media. Read the full report in German: summary of the report in English: Receive email alerts Read summary of the report in Russian/Читать краткую версию на русском: News RussiaEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information RSF_en center_img June 2, 2021 Find out more Related documents CPRapportRussieRegions_ru.pdfPDF – 196.11 KBHeroes_and_Henchmen_gb-2.pdfPDF – 855.4 KBGeroi_i_Prispeshniki-2.pdfPDF – 573.44 KB May 5, 2021 Find out more to go further Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption News News Read in Russian/Читать на русском: News September 10, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Report on seven Russian regions: as many reasons for hope as for concern RussiaEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

Ethical brothel struggles to find staff

first_imgNZ Herald 14 May 2017Family First Comment: Good stuff“…her attempts to fill vacancies amongst her staff were being hindered by a refusal from Winz – as well as TradeMe and local Facebook job boards – to allow her to advertise for staff with them. She had been told by Winz that sex work was “unsuitable” for its job listings.”Politicians may deem it acceptable but, ironically, government departments and families don’t!The owner of Whangarei’s new ethical brothel has hit out at Work and Income New Zealand for blocking her efforts to find would-be sex workers from the ranks of the unemployed.Antonia Murphy opened The Bach, in Whangarei, four months ago.But she said her attempts to fill vacancies amongst her staff were being hindered by a refusal from Winz – as well as TradeMe and local Facebook job boards – to allow her to advertise for staff with them.She had been told by Winz that sex work was “unsuitable” for its job listings. But she disagreed, saying women should be free to make the choice for themselves.And what did Winz deem suitable?“A quick look at the Northland Winz job board answers that question: cleaning work, serving in restaurants, working at a call centre,” said Murphy.“These are entry level jobs, the vast majority of which pay within a few pennies of minimum wage. I am offering more than eleven times that pay rate.”Murphy paid up to $180 an hour, offered a flexible working schedule and free childcare.However, Ministry of Social Development associate national commissioner Annie Aranui said it was a long-standing policy to not list or refer job seekers to work in the sex industry.“This policy was confirmed immediately following the passage of the Prostitution Reform Act in 2003.”READ MORE: read more

Anichebe plans fitness drive

first_imgVictor Anichebe has revealed he will put himself through a personal boot camp to revive his season. The West Brom striker is ready for a fitness drive during the international break after his injury struggles. He had a hernia operation in September and made his first Barclays Premier League start since August in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Newcastle. Anichebe has scored once in eight appearances this term and is desperate to prove his worth at The Hawthorns. “For me it’s very difficult,” said the 26-year-old. “I had niggling injuries here and there and I have just come back from hernia surgery and I had some complications. That’s not an excuse or anything, it’s just normal. “I feel a lot better and hopefully, given the break we’ve got, I can go away, get myself right and come back and help the team.” Press Association The Baggies next go to Chelsea on November 22 and Anichebe is planning to return fighting fit. He said: “For me, over the international break, I need to go away, come back and be as fit as possible. I don’t feel as sharp and fit as I was at the start of the season but that will come. “I came back about a month or six weeks ago from hernia surgery, something which reoccurred after I did it a couple of years ago. “I need to go away, come back and take care of my own body and be fitter than I have been recently. “I have the medical team here, they have helped me a lot and I have guys in America I have worked with a lot. Between the two we have come up with a fitness regime which will help me to get to where I should be. “I will go away and I will do parts to try to get myself ready but I’ll also be with the team. We just need to come back after the international break and be ready for the difficult fixtures ahead of us.” The former Everton starlet has only netted four goals for Albion since his £6million move from the Toffees in September last year. He has also made just 16 starts for the Baggies in over 12-months after struggling with a series of minor injuries. last_img read more

Georgetown faces tough test vs No. 14 Nova

first_img March 5, 2020 Georgetown faces tough test vs No. 14 Nova For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, Associated Press center_img TEAM LEADERSHIP: Omer Yurtseven has averaged 13.2 points and 8.3 rebounds to lead the way for the Hoyas. Jamorko Pickett has complemented Yurtseven and is maintaining an average of 9.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. The Wildcats have been led by Saddiq Bey, who is averaging 16 points and 4.8 rebounds.SOLID SADDIQ: Bey has connected on 44.7 percent of the 170 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 16 of 37 over his last five games. He’s also converted 77.4 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: Georgetown is 0-12 this year when it scores 72 points or fewer and 15-3 when it scores at least 73.THREAT FROM DISTANCE: Villanova’s Samuels has attempted 110 3-pointers and connected on 28.2 percent of them, and is 4 for 16 over the past five games.DID YOU KNOW: Georgetown is ranked second among Big East teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 33 percent. The Hoyas have averaged 12 offensive boards per game.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 14 Villanova (23-7, 12-5) vs. Georgetown (15-15, 5-12)Capital One Arena, Washington; Saturday, 12 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: No. 14 Villanova presents a tough challenge for Georgetown. Georgetown has won three of its eight games against ranked opponents this season. Villanova won 79-77 at Seton Hall in its last outing.last_img read more

TENNIS : Orange’s increased intensity pays off with current winning streak

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_ After Syracuse was blown out in its first two matches, Luke Jensen saw the inexperience of his players hold them back. The Orange struggled to execute on the court and mismanaged finer points in the losses.So the Syracuse coach put an extra emphasis on cleaning up the mistakes and fine-tuning his players’ games.‘You don’t want to lose their confidence and lose their ear, but you just got to point out that the little details and the little specifics are the determining factors sometimes in just winning and losing matches,’ Jensen said.Rustiness and inexperience plagued the Orange (2-2, 1-1 Big East) against South Florida and Texas Christian, but for a team with only two upperclassmen, the problems are somewhat expected. Rookie mistakes, though, did produce some teachable moments for the coaching staff. The season-opening losses caused an increase in intensity in practice, eventually bringing the Orange two blowout wins of its own. Through the process, players have pushed one another, and Jensen feels his team has responded to his coaching.After opening its season with a pair of deflating losses, Syracuse has stormed through two dominating performances of its own. The Orange earned two 7-0 wins over St. John’s and Buffalo. With his team winless, Jensen said Syracuse became hungrier for success.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘This is the first time we’ve ever blanked out those two teams,’ Jensen said. ‘… You get their attention. They don’t like losing. It’s a bad taste in their mouth.’Earlier in the season, the team’s lack of experience was evident in the players’ little mistakes off the court. One player forgot her shoes while others have been slightly late for practice and the team van. Yet Jensen sees these mistakes as a chance to emphasize the team’s need to control the simple things.Though the coaching staff strictly emphasizes discipline, managing a young team is a balancing act.Senior Emily Harman chalked the opening losses up to underperforming but thinks the team’s early struggles have helped it move forward. Though Harman noted little change in the structure of practices, the defeats still affected the team.‘We push ourselves even more than we did before because obviously that wasn’t good enough,’ Harman said.Intensity has always been a part of the Orange’s mantra under Jensen, but for the underclassmen, the early losses showed that high expectation for the program.Freshman Amanda Rodgers said Syracuse worked harder after the losses, but they also brought a wake-up call to the rigors of college tennis.‘Now that the five freshmen have two really hard matches under their belt, we can kind of be ready for the next ones coming up,’ Rodgers said.The Orange takes on No. 55 Ohio State on Saturday before visiting Big East opponent Cincinnati on Sunday.Though many factors determine the success of a tennis team, for sophomore Aleah Marrow, the solution was simple. Syracuse fell back into a rhythm after the South Florida and TCU losses. The wins inevitably helped the team’s confidence, too.‘We got off to a slow start in the season, but we won the last two games, and we streamrolled the last two teams,’ Marrow said. ‘… I think we’re just back up to speed with the way we should be playing.’Ultimately, the players have put the two losses behind them and gotten back to work. An unspoken drive to improve has taken over the team, Harman said.Jensen has noticed his players’ new commitment to getting better since the losses.‘They’ve probably been the most intense since I’ve been here in six years,’ Jensen said.Despite the rough start to the season, the team still has its sights set on postseason play. Beating the superior teams on the way to Syracuse’s goal will require a consistent effort.The message came from Jensen, but it extends through the team. And Jensen and his players know bringing that effort will be key to making a run nationally this season.‘That’s always going to be the goal,’ Rodgers [email protected] center_img Commentslast_img read more

Sundowns goalie Mweene grateful to Ghana

first_imgMamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene is delighted with the reception given his team during their pre-season session in Ghana.Sundowns are due back home on Friday after spending 12 days in Ghana to prepare for the 2013/2014 Premier Soccer League season.The Brazilians played high profile friendly matches against Hearts of Oak which they drew 1-1 and recorded 2-0 wins over Asante Kotoko and Ebusua Dwarfs respectively.Mweene who will return to Ghana in September with the Zambia national team for the final 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier says he enjoyed his stay and can’t wait to return.“The reception has been well, Ghanaians are very nice people and they did receive us well,” Mweene said.“We just look forward and come back for pre season here again because we had a nice time here in Ghana. For me was the reception was overwhelming.”last_img read more

Dodgers have a plan for Blake Treinen’s bounceback season

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “He’s a pro as far as how he goes to work and prepares. And the stuff is electric,” Roberts said of Treinen. “Last year, talking to him, our guys kind of seeing some things were out of whack with his mechanics last year, kind of led to the inconsistencies. But this year, we kind of dialed those back in and he’s a real guy.“The sinker plays, the slider, and he can kind of run the 97 four-seamer to change eye level too. He’s going to be an impact for us in the ‘pen.”BETTS OFFMookie Betts was not in camp Saturday after being scratched from Friday night’s lineup with a stomach issue. Roberts said Betts had a doctor’s appointment Saturday morning and it was diagnosed as food poisoning. He is expected to participate in Sunday’s workout.“He was lobbying for tomorrow (to play in the game),” Roberts said. “That’s not going to happen. So now if he shows up tomorrow, goes through the day and feels good, Monday makes sense.”SANTANA RISINGRight-hander Dennis Santana made his major-league debut at age 22 two years ago. At the time, he was rising up the list of Dodgers pitching prospects. A shoulder injury slowed that rise, but this spring Santana has again stood out among the young pitchers in big-league camp.“I think that if you’re talking about standouts up to this point in camp, he’s at the top of the list,” Roberts said.Santana has thrown five scoreless innings in Cactus League games, facing 19 batters. He has nine strikeouts, one walk and just three hits allowed. Though the Dodgers still see a potential future for Santana as a starter, he could be pitching his way into consideration for a bullpen role with the Dodgers this season.“There’s a lot of layers with Dennis,” Roberts said. “Getting called up early at a young age, there’s immaturity – obviously, as expected. … The body wasn’t filled out yet. He’s grown up, emotionally, and physically he’s put in a lot of work in the weight room. So now he’s able to kind of finish his delivery with the strength of the front side, the lower half, the upper body and (he’s) really understanding what his pitch mix is supposed to look like and what gets big-league hitters out.“Now you see there’s a high percentage of quality pitches with the sinker, with the slider and everything he does now is for a purpose. To his credit, he’s watched the guys in that clubhouse and he’s really grown. Dennis is right there at the front of the conversation, really, for our club.”Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Treinen said he is healthy now and the Dodgers’ plan to “slow play” him this spring was not “a health thing.”The second part of the bounceback plan is all about the numbers. For a variety of reasons, he threw his sinker a career-low 66.9% of the time last season and his cutter a career-high 19.7% of the time. That imbalance might be the most significant change Treinen is making with the Dodgers.“That’s not me as a pitcher. I know that,” Treinen said. “That’s what’s frustrating. I ran into some tough tendencies and I’m trying to create better tendencies this year.“Just trying to mix pitches differently because historically you look at my charts and last year was something that I didn’t even know about until the end of the year.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has predicted the bullpen will be “a position of strength” this year in part because of anticipated bouncebacks from vetersans like Kenley Jansen, Joe Kelly and Treinen.center_img GLENDALE, Ariz. — When he was briefly on the free-agent market this winter, Blake Treinen was looking for a team that could help him recapture the form he had during the 2018 season.The Dodgers have a plan for that.“It’s nothing crazy,” Treinen said after making his first appearance in a Cactus League game this spring Saturday. “There’s two steps. Some of its mechanical. Some of its usage. That’s about the gist of it I’ll lay out there.”The mechanical adjustments were just “subtle tweaks” in his delivery, Treinen said. Some physical issues over the course of the 2019 season might have caused the changes – and helped produce the highest ERA (4.91) and WHIP (1.62) of his career on the heels of an All-Star season in 2018 (an 0.78 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 38 saves). ALSOJoc Pederson is scheduled to play five innings and get multiple at-bats in a minor-league camp game Sunday. It will be Pederson’s first game action of the spring due to an injured hip/side. …Right-hander Jimmy Nelson is scheduled to throw a 15-pitch bullpen session Sunday. He has been limited by a lower-body issue this spring. …Because the Dodgers are off Tuesday, Clayton Kershaw will pitch in a minor-league game Monday and Walker Buehler will pitchWednesday. Roberts has repeatedly said the team has decided on its Opening Day starter but is not ready to announce it. However, it currently lines up with Kershaw the most likely choice. 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