Several attacks on journalists during parliamentary elections

first_img News Reporters Without Borders condemns the physical attacks on journalists that occurred in various parts of the country while they were covering parliamentary elections on 21 May. The victims included a newspaper reporter in the eastern region of Kakheti and two TV crews and a reporter in the western region of Megrelia.“We hope the authorities will take these attacks seriously,” the press freedom organisation said. “Journalists should not have to suffer because of the polarisation of Georgian society during elections. People should understood that journalists do not act on behalf of the government or the opposition, they are observers who act in the general interest.”Eliso Chapidze, a reporter for the Tbilisi-based daily Rezonansi, was attacked by several men who appeared to be ruling party activists while she was photographing a polling station in Kvemo Magaro, a village in Kakheti. “The accosted me when I began to take photos,” she said. “One twisted my hand. Another took my camera and my accreditation.”In an article in today’s issue of her newspaper, Chapidze said she was questioned for three hours at the local police station when she went to report the attack, and was threatened with reprisals if she wrote about the incident.Reporter Aleko Gabunia and cameraman Nikoloz Pataraya of the Mze television station and a Rustavi 2 cameraman were attacked while covering an incident in the village of Rukhi, in Megrelia, involving members of the electoral commission and a candidate, Koba Davitashvili. Unidentified individuals pushed the Rustavi 2 cameraman to the ground, causing his camera to break. The Mze crew filmed this, but they were then beaten by about 30 people. Pataraya sustained a gash to his hand, while Gabunia was hit on the head and legs. Gabunia said there was little left of their equipment.In a separate incident in the Megrelia region, reporter Nana Pajava was insulted and hit several times by electoral commission members when she asked about a complaint that had been made by a government opponent. She reported the attack to the authorities and said she knew the identity of her assailants.The police issued press statements about these attacks and said they would investigate. Organisation Concern about alleged plot to murder Georgian TV host RSF_en News Mounting pressure on Georgia’s media in run-up to elections Follow the news on Georgia Help by sharing this information GeorgiaEurope – Central Asia Newscenter_img News May 23, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Several attacks on journalists during parliamentary elections October 1, 2020 Find out more At least five journalists attacked while covering Georgia’s election campaign June 18, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts July 20, 2020 Find out more to go further GeorgiaEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

Aribo ruled out of Rangers’ Europa League tie

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ David Silva recovers from COVID-19 Joe Aribo vows to bounce back from injury Joe Aribo is likely to be unavailable once again when Rangers visit Young Boys today (Thursday).The 23-year-old sat out Saturday’s 5-0 win over Aberdeen after he sustained a head injury in last week’s Betfred Cup win against Livingston. And this game may come too soon for Aribo, who wore a protective skull cap in training on Wednesday.The 22-year-old needed 20 stitches to his head after being taken down by Livingston defender Ricki Lamie when the two sides faced off for a spot in the semi final last week.Aribo was seen bleeding profusely before he was taken off after half an hour of the match in West Lothian and missed Rangers 5-0 win over Aberdeen.At the time of the incident, Rangers manager Steven Gerrard was angry with the challenge.He said: “I don’t think Lamie has meant to do him. I don’t think he’s that type. But in my opinion, it was serious foul play.“There were a few head knocks and couple the last time we played this team as well.“Is it skirting close to dangerous play? You are the people who have to write about that and have an opinion on that. A boy has just gone off with 20 stitches in his head.“Now, I have watched Lamie long enough to know he is not that type of player. I’m not accusing him of anything out of order.“But that is serious foul play because he has led with the elbow and Joe has been caught.”Tags: Europa LeagueJoe AriboRangerslast_img read more

Nsibambi grabs late winner for Uganda’s KCCA

first_imgNsibambi (left) celebrates his last minute winning goal for KCCA. PHOTO KCCA MEDIAJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Derrick Nsibambi snatched a stoppage-time winner as KCCA of Uganda edged Al Masry of Egypt 1-0 Saturday in the first leg of a CAF Confederation Cup play-off in Kampala.Just when the tie seemed to be heading for deadlock, Benjamin Ochan launched a long freekick in the visitors’ box that found a charging substitute Nsibambi. He struck the ball from a tight angle past Ahmed Abdelhalim to win it for KCCA FC right at the death.This after close to 90 minutes in which KCCA FC kept on throwing all they had to the El Masry backline but the visitors had answers to the questions asked.KCCA FC travels to Egypt for the second leg next Saturday. Share on: WhatsApp Young Africans of Tanzania were another club from the east of Africa to build a 1-0 lead at home over opponents from the north as they beat Mouloudia Alger of Algeria.Zimbabwean Thabani Kamusoko scored the winner midway through the second half in Indian Ocean city Dar es Salaam.Wits of South Africa failed for a third time within two months to penetrate an Egyptian defence when held 0-0 by Smouha in Johannesburg.The South Africans lost 1-0 overall to Al Ahly in the CAF Champions League last month and were demoted to the second-tier Confederation Cup.Mounana of Gabon built a 2-1 lead over ASEC Mimosas of the Ivory Coast, whose hopes of overall success were enhanced when Fabius Dosso halved the deficit on 74 minutes.Louis Autchanga scored midway through the opening half in Libreville and Nic Zamble doubled the advantage soon after half-time.Njiva Rakotoharimalala salvaged a 1-1 draw for CNaPS Sport of Madagascar with a last-minute equaliser against Recreativo Libolo of Angola in Antananarivo.Julsy Boukama-Kaya from Congo Brazzaville had given the visitors a mid-second half lead.Highlight of 10 first legs Sunday is the clash between title-holders TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo and JS Kabylie of Algeria.Mazembe have won 10 CAF titles and Kabylie six, placing both clubs among the five most successful in pan-African competitions.The play-offs pit Confederation Cup last-32 winners against Champions League last-32 losers with 16 group places at stake.last_img read more

Real Valladolid’s president was the guest of honour at SPIA Asia 2019, a sports…

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Powered by Firework Ronaldo Nazario, president of Real Valladolid, was the most acclaimed figure present at SPIA Asia, an international congress held on 2 and 3 December in Manila and which brought together hundreds of representatives and speakers from the South Asian sports industry and other countries.Advertisement Ivan Codina, Director of LaLiga for Southeast Asia, Japan, Korea and Australia, Almudena Gomez, LaLiga Delegate for the Philippines, as well as representatives from Valencia CF,  RCD Mallorca and Real Valladolid were also present at the event. It is the fifth edition of this international sports industry conference, in which representatives of leagues and federations, renowned brands, associations and athletes exchange knowledge and experiences on sports marketing, international strategy, inclusion and innovation in sport, and other matters besides.Advertisement During the press conference organized by LaLiga, Ronaldo was enthusiastic about being invited to the congress and for being in the Philippines: “We are changing many things in our club, and one of them is our international reach. We are starting to work internationally; we want to be well-known and have people fall in love with our brand.” He was asked about his reason to remain connected to LaLiga and specifically to Real Valladolid: “I have history with LaLiga, I spent seven years playing in the competition. Valladolid is a very special LaLiga club, with history and a lot of potential. It’s a big challenge, and I’m delighted with the decision I took. We will fight hard to stay in LaLiga Santander.” Regarding LaLiga’s competitiveness, the Brazilian noted that the competition is more closely-fought than ever, saying “last season was tough, I suffered, we suffer, but we succeeded, but I hope this season we enjoy ourselves more and suffer less because LaLiga is more competitive than ever, the clubs are very evenly-balanced, so it’s not going to be easy. And yes, it’s the best league in the world,” he concluded.Advertisement “We have been working in Asia for two years and we are more than satisfied,” commented Ivan Codina, director of LaLiga in Southeast Asia regarding the strategy of the competition in the continent. “We carry this out through the three offices we have on the continent and a dozen international delegates. In these different territories we always work with the leagues and the local federations, we collaborate.” LaLiga’s representative participated in a presentation on the impact and strategy of football leagues in Asia.Representatives of the LaLiga Santander teams also participated in a panel on the international strategies of clubs in Asia last Monday. “Asia is a strategic continent for us, in fact we achieved an audience of 18 million viewers last season and we already have 1.4 million followers in Asia on our social networks,” Josep Borrell, commercial strategy coordinator of Valencia CF, told attendees. As for Albert Salas, director of RCD Mallorca, he noted in his presentation that “with Kubo joining the club we have opened up even more to the international market and especially to the Asian market.” The feat achieved by the club, climbing from Segunda B to LaLiga Santander, was also highlighted. He also explained the club’s close relationship with the NBA, as well as the achievement of having secured two consecutive promotions.As for David Espinar, director of the Cabinet of the Presidency of Real Valladolid, he explained to the attendees how the club had changed since the arrival of its new president, Ronaldo Nazario. “He is not only a shareholder and the president; he is a globally recognized figure who acts as our club’s ambassador. We want to continue to open up to the world, get people to know our brand, but we are not looking for business partners per se, we want to make friends who fall in love with us,” explained the representative of the Castille y Leon-based club. He told attendees about the club’s positive experience last season in the USA and Canada and reiterated its interest in continuing to work internationally.Once again, LaLiga’s great commitment to social responsibility projects was highlighted. Almudena Gomez, Delegate of LaLiga in the Philippines, participated in a presentation on inclusion and new strategies in sponsorships and establishing projects in which she explained the LaLiga Genuine Santander project, the official competition organized by LaLiga for people with disabilities and in which 36 of its clubs participate.This prestigious international gathering, SPIA Asia 2019, which takes place at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Manila, is part of the activities organised for the 30th edition of the South East Asian Games.As for LaLiga’s presence in Asia, it currently has three offices on the mainland (Singapore, China and India), as well as 12 delegates working permanently in the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Australia, among other territories. In addition to agreements with local sponsors and specific social networks in several Asian countries, LaLiga has also signed various agreements with local leagues and federations. 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Breesia Northern hit 3 free throws with no time on clock for epic Arcata win

first_imgThe Arcata High School girls basketball team hosted fellow Humboldt-Del Norte League Big 5 conference rival Del Norte in a matchup of the top two teams in the Big 5.Arcata didn’t lead until the final tenth of a second remaining in the fourth quarter. It was all they needed, beating Del Norte at the buzzer 66-65 off three free-throws courtesy of Bree Northern to take sole possession of first place in the Big 5.Early on, Del Norte (13-7, 4-2) controlled the game thoroughly and looked to be the …last_img read more

South African colours light up Paris

first_img29 May 2013The Eiffel Tower was lit up in the colours of the South African flag on Tuesday night to mark the opening of the South African Season in France, while will see over 800 artists showcasing the country’s vibrant diversity in hundreds of projects across France between May and December.Highlights of the opening week include a striking dance performance by Robyn Orlin and Moving into Dance at Paris’s National Theatre of Chaillot and the opening of a major exhibition focusing on Nelson Mandela.The multimedia exhibition From Prisoner to President, taking place at Paris’s Hotel De Ville, attempts to provide a layered glimpse of Mandela in all his various guises and incarnations ahead of his 95th birthday in July.Between May and December, in about 100 towns across France, the Season will feature roughly 250 dance and theatre performances, 100 musical concerts, 50 films, 40 residencies, 35 workshops and 30 exhibitions – with 150 South African wines available for the French to sample.This programme follows on the French Season in South Africa, which included more than 100 events around South Africa in 2012 – South Africa being the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to participate in reciprocal seasons with France.“We are most excited to launch the South African Season, which is a result of a bilateral agreement that aims to strengthen people-to-people relations between France and South Africa,” Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile said at Tuesday’s opening event.“This Season in France will offer our artists, scientists, academics and sports people an opportunity to showcase their work to French audiences and facilitate collaboration with their French counterparts. This we believe is critical in developing our local industries and the creative industries in particular.”Commissioner General Bongani Tembe described the Season as “a tribute to the struggle for freedom and the choice of reconciliation over racial division as embodied by many South Africans, including its most famous citizen, former president Nelson Mandela.“The French can expect a Season rich in terms of magnitude and diversity, with the inclusion of many different art forms and genres, as well as South Africans renowned in their field and those who represent a new generation of artists, thinkers, innovators and scientists.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Ohio State wrestling coach Tom Ryan wants just effort its simple

In the wake of a 25-9 setback against Minnesota Friday, Ohio State wrestling coach Tom Ryan might not have been able to detail the Buckeyes’ remedy any clearer. “(It’s) just effort,” he said. “It’s simple.” Ryan said he was disappointed with the way his team wrestled against the Golden Gophers. “I think at times, when our guys get tired, it appears to me that it doesn’t mean anything to them,” he said. “The bottom line is, at the five minute mark or the 5:30 mark in some of the matches, (Minnesota’s) pace was good and ours wasn’t.” In response to that notion and the Buckeyes’ (7-2, 1-2 Big Ten) loss, he posed a question. “If something means that much to you,” Ryan started, “then what are you willing to do to fight for it?” Redshirt sophomore Josh Demas said the lack of effort is something easily addressed. “I just think we need to go out there and get after it more,” Demas said. “We hesitate a little bit. But it’s a small thing we can fix. It’s not a big thing where it’s our strength or something where it’s going to take a while.” Redshirt sophomore and team captain Logan Stieber said the loss to the Gophers will not set the team back. “We just have to keep getting better,” said Stieber, who again won’t wrestle after suffering a strained muscle in his leg in early January. “We still are very young, but we have to keep our confidence and keep pushing forward. We don’t really need to change much. Obviously, just little areas, but we don’t have to change everything. We’re all here, and we’ve done all right in our careers.” The Buckeyes have another opportunity to prove themselves Friday against Indiana (6-4, 0-2 Big Ten), which, too, most recently fell victim to Minnesota, 41-3. Ryan said he’s been pleased with practice lately and that his team will have to build from its experiences. “The training has been good but we’ve only had a few days,” he said. “You know, we have (64) days until the national tournament, and I think Minnesota is a team who could win the national tournament. That team at full strength can win it, and we have to learn from it.” Ryan said that Indiana, while not perhaps as talented as Minnesota, brings plenty of toughness to the table. “They have a coach that’s a legend in Duane Goldman who won four Big Ten titles and is a four-time national finalist,” Ryan said. “He’s a competitive guy. You know, within a dual meet you always get a couple of guys where it’s going to be a battle.” Demas sees the match against the Hoosiers as a way to get back on track. “We’re going from Minnesota who, I think is like (No. 4) in the nation, to Indiana who I don’t even know if they’re ranked,” he said. “I think it should be a good dual meet for us. It’ll be a good way for us to bounce back and clear our heads for the upcoming Penn State and Wisconsin matches.” There will be several key matchups to watch as Indiana brings in three top-ranked wrestlers in their respective weight classes. OSU redshirt junior and 12th-ranked Peter Capone is set to square off against 11th-ranked Adam Chalfant, a redshirt junior, in a battle of the heavyweight class. The 157-pound weight class will feature 20th-ranked Demas against 13th-ranked Taylor Walsh, a redshirt sophomore. “I have a pretty good match,” Demas said. “I’m pretty confident that I should be able to beat him.” Freshman Mark Martin will face off against 14th-ranked Ryan LeBlanc, an Indiana redshirt junior, in the 165-pound weight class. “They have some good individual kids,” Martin said. “I know my weight’s kid is ranked in the top 20, so we all have to act like this is a No. 1 team.” Since Stieber – the defending NCAA champion and No. 1-ranked wrestler in the 133-pound weight class – will miss his fourth consecutive match because of injury, his replacement will be decided in a wrestle-off between redshirt freshman Kyle Visconti and redshirt sophomore Drew Stone. OSU will look to even up its Big Ten record against the Hoosiers at 7 p.m. Friday in Bloomington, Ind. read more

Opinion Handling of Shane Morris injury shameful embarrassing

Michigan sophomore quarterback Shane Morris (7) hands the ball off during a game against Utah on Sept. 20 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. Michigan lost, 26-10.Credit: Courtesy of MCTWhen you hear the word concussion, what comes to mind?From someone who has played quarterback just at the high school and college club level for seven combined years, I can tell you any sort of hit to the head is as painful as it looks.I do not want to speak for Michigan quarterback Shane Morris, but from the looks of his reactions immediately after the hit he took from Minnesota redshirt-junior defensive lineman Theiren Cockran, Morris was in significant pain — yet he stayed in the game. This decision has brought outrage upon the program and has warranted responses by the athletic director Dave Brandon and university president Mark S. Schlissel.Not only was he left in the game, he was left susceptible to at a minimum one more hit as Michigan coach Brady Hoke let the sophomore quarterback attempt one more pass, which was nearly intercepted.Hoke claimed after the game that he did not see the hit, which is why Morris was allowed to continue. Hoke also added that Morris is a tough kid and wanted to stay in the game, therefore, Hoke obliged.There is something Hoke needs to understand, and that is there is a difference between playing hurt, and playing injured.Football is without a doubt one of the most physical sports on the planet and it is inevitable that players will get bumps and bruises. As a football player, you are expected to play through it, as being sore comes with the job.However, being hurt is not the same as being injured. Morris was clearly already playing hurt on what appeared to be a sore ankle, but following the blow from Cockran, it seemed apparent that Morris was injured.Hoke, who has already been under fire for Michigan’s uncharacteristic 2-3 start to the season, is now fully in the fire, and rightfully so.Whether it’s in fact Hoke’s job to know if a player is injured, he should care enough about his players that he wants to know immediately whether a player is injured or not.Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said Monday that his training staff, along with his strength coach, are in charge of monitoring players constantly and added that he has a conversation on every series as to whether players are good to play.So why then did Hoke not have a similar conversation with his training staff who he claims its job it is to monitor his players? Why was a wobbly, blatantly injured Morris allowed back into the game?Even two days later, Hoke said he had no knowledge that Morris had suffered any sort of head injury and the only reason Morris had been held out of practice was because of an ankle injury.Then, nearly 12 hours after that, at approximately 1 a.m., Brandon released a statement saying that Morris had in fact sustained a mild concussion on the play.Yet Hoke still put Morris on the field, in a situation where he was free game for the Minnesota defense.Now, as I write this, Michigan students are rallying on their campus, calling for the resignation of Brandon. One student, who has been all over social media has been wearing OSU gear in protest.Morris and his family deserve better treatment than Hoke and his staff gave him Saturday at the Big House, and finally the school acknowledged that with Brandon’s early morning statement, followed by a statement from Schlissel.Schlissel, the only one from Michigan who has made any sort of sense during this unfortunate situation, released a statement shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday and said he has requested to be briefed with “a thorough review of our in-game player safety procedures, particularly those involving head injuries, and will involve experts from the University of Michigan Health System in assessing its medical aspects.”Schlissel is just the latest Michigan figurehead to throw the man below him under the bus, and would have never been put in this situation had Hoke simply showed the slightest interest for the well-being of Morris.No matter what your stance is as a fan, this is not a situation to laugh, smile or joke about. A young football player was put in a dangerous situation in which his well-being was, without question, put in jeopardy.No one, including Hoke, is taking responsibility for what happened at the University of Michigan and someone needs to be held accountable. read more