“We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia An Azerbaijani court is finally due to issue a verdict tomorrow in the trial of Rauf Mirkadyrov, a leading independent journalist who has been detained since April 2014. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its condemnation of the trumped-up charge of high treason and calls for his immediate release.Held behind closed doors in the capital, Baku, this sham trial is finally reaching its conclusion. The prosecutor requested a sentence of seven years in prison at the previous hearing on 16 December.“Like the trials of Khadija Ismayilova, Hilal Mammedov and so many others, Mirkadyrov’s trial has nothing to do with justice,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “This journalist is the latest victim of President Ilham Aliyev’s witchhunt against his regime’s critics. We again urge the authorities to end this persecution and to free Mirkadyrov.”Based in Turkey for the previous three years, he was arbitrarily stripped of his residence permit and deported on 18 April 2014 to Azerbaijan, where he was jailed on arrival. Although his health declined in prison, he continued to be held pending his trial, which finally began in the middle of last month, 18 months after his arrest.A co-founder of the opposition newspaper Bizim Yol, Mirkadyrov was also deputy editor of Monitor, a newspaper whose managing editor, Elmar Huseynov, was murdered in 2005. At the time of his arrest, Mirkadyrov was a correspondent for Zerkalo, a newspaper that was forced to close a few months later after being economically throttled by the regime.For years, Mirkadyrov covered the troubled Nagorno-Karabakh region – a part of Azerbaijan with a mostly Armenian population that proclaimed its independence in 1991 – and participated in various projects aimed at fostering dialogue among civil society groups and finding a solution to a stalemate that has endured since 1994. The authorities decided that these efforts constituted grounds for accusing him of “spying on behalf of Armenia.”Ranked 162nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2015 press freedom index, Aliyev’s regime has been conducting an unprecedented crackdown on independent media outlets and human rights defenders for the past two years. News Organisation Help by sharing this information April 9, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Azerbaijan June 4, 2021 Find out more to go further News News Receive email alerts June 8, 2021 Find out more News AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia RSF_en RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan December 22, 2015 – Updated on March 8, 2016 Rauf Mirkadyrov must be acquitted!
He wants to create a lookout bulletinfor the dissemination of information relative to pursuit of the perpetrators. City Ordinance No. 531, provides thatthe littering of plastics, papers, or any other refuse in open or publicplaces, water ways and recreational areas shall be prohibited, Lopez added./PN Lopez, who heads the SangguniangPanlungsod’s Committee on Environment, passed a resolution enjoining thePhilippine National Police (PNP), Land Transportation Office (LTO), BacolodTraffic Authority Office (BTAO), and other line agencies to conduct a thoroughinvestigation and manhunt operation for the perpetrators who dumped garbage inthe Reclamation Area. “It is highly requested that the PNP,LTO, BTAO and other line agencies to conduct a thorough investigation andpursue charges against perpetrators to give our laws some teeth to it and wouldinstill a sense of discipline to be observed by the residents of the City topromote ecological justice and sustainable development,” Lopez said. According to Lopez, a white pickup truckwas seen unloading wastes matters in bulk at reclamation area recently. Thiswas caught in a photograph that went viral on social media. BACOLOD City – Councilor Carlos JoseLopez is seeking probe into the alleged illegal dumping of garbage at thecity’s Reclamation Area in Barangay 10. Lopez cited that Section 48 of RepublicAct 9003 or known as the “Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of2000” provides that the littering, throwing, dumping of waste matters inpublic places, such as roads, sidewalks, canals, parks, and establishment, orcausing or permitting the same is prohibited. He further said the transport anddumplog in bulk of collected domestic, industrial, commercial, andinstitutional wastes in areas other than centers or facilities prescribe by lawshall upon conviction, be punished with a fine not less than P10,000 but notmore than P200,000 or imprisonment of not less than thirty (30) days but notmore than three years, or both.
19 Apr 2017 England Golf welcomes world handicap plan England Golf has welcomed plans unveiled today to develop a single World Handicap System for the sport. The USGA and The R&A have announced they are working with golf’s handicapping authorities to develop a universal system which will apply all over the world. Firm proposals will be made later this year. Currently there are six different systems around the world, providing handicaps for over 15 million golfers in more than 80 countries. Handicaps reflect a player’s skill and mean golfers of different abilities can play and compete together on equal terms. England Golf Chief Executive Nick Pink said: “We are delighted by today’s announcement and fully support this plan, which recognises that golf is a global game. Simplifying the system is very good news for golfers and will increase their enjoyment in the sport and, hopefully, encourage many more players to get a handicap and play regularly.” The announcement follows an extensive review of existing handicap systems administered by Golf Australia, the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) in Great Britain and Ireland, the European Golf Association (EGA), the South African Golf Association (SAGA), the Argentine Golf Association (AAG) and the United States Golf Association (USGA). Golf organisations from different parts of the world have also been engaged with the current handicap authorities for the past two years to help shape the proposed system, which takes into account the many different golf cultures and most common formats of play. Research conducted to date has also reviewed systems and best practices inherent to handicapping, such as course rating and administration. A joint committee led by the USGA and The R&A has been formed, including representatives from each handicap authority as well as the Japan Golf Association and Golf Canada. The joint committee plans to announce its proposals later this year. Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “We have been concerned for some time that many golfers find the handicapping landscape to be complicated and can be frustrated when it is not always applied in the same way in different parts of the world. “We are working closely with the existing handicapping bodies to benefit from their insights as we try to formulate a system that will be easy to understand and can be applied consistently on a global basis. We very much appreciate their support for this initiative.” Mike Davis, Executive Director and CEO of the USGA, said, “One wonderful aspect of golf that separates it from other sports is the ability of players of differing abilities to play on an equitable basis through handicapping. With one global system, golf courses will be rated and handicaps calculated in a like manner everywhere in the world. Reducing borders or barriers to provide an easy way for all to play together is great for the game and golfers everywhere.” Bob Carrick, Acting Chairman of CONGU, said: “The Council of National Golf Unions welcomes the R&A/USGA’s initiative to develop a single Worldwide Handicapping System for the sport. We think that this is an exciting opportunity for standardising the system and for more players to obtain an official handicap. We will be delighted to work closely with other handicap authorities to ensure a smooth implementation.” Frequently Asked Questions answered by the R&A and USGA What are the key objectives of this initiative? To unify 6 different handicap systems into a single World Handicap System that will: • enable golfers to play and compete anywhere around the world on equal terms • be easy to understand and implement, without sacrificing accuracy • meet the needs and expectations of golfers, golf clubs and golf authorities all around the world. Why would this be a good change? Each of the existing handicap systems is well received in the areas where it operates. However, because they all calculate handicaps differently, the result can be players of the same ability having different handicaps. A World Handicap System would mean that a handicap of 6.0 in Lima should be the same as a handicap of 6.0 in both London and Los Angeles. What are the other benefits of a World Handicap System? As the world becomes a smaller place with a much greater frequency of international play, we believe that the game of golf will benefit from a unified handicap system, where handicaps are portable from country to country. It would result in less confusion, easier administration of international events and, potentially, it could allow national associations more opportunity to focus attention on golf development and strategic planning to support the game. A single world handicap system would also provide the opportunity to aggregate data to help ensure the game remains healthy. Where are the existing systems currently used around the world and how do they differ? The attached map and tables show the current handicapping landscape around the world and compares the key components of each system. When did work on this project begin? During The Open Championship at Royal St Georges in July 2011, The R&A and USGA met informally with the other handicap authorities to put forward an embryonic idea of a world handicap system and to ascertain whether there was any interest in pursuing this initiative. That meeting marked the inception of the project, and progress has been steadily gathering pace since that time with the following key milestones: • May 2012 – first formal meeting between The R&A, USGA and the handicap authorities • April 2013 – presentation by USGA’s CEO and Executive Director, Mike Davis, at The R&A’s Working for Golf Conference. • March 2016 – Joint Committee structure established and operational. Why is The R&A involved? Prior to 2011, The R&A had no direct involvement in handicapping matters since the 1920s, and its role in this project began as an independent facilitator. However, as discussions continued, it was recommended that a World Handicap System be positioned under the USGA/R&A governance umbrella along with the Rules of Golf, the Equipment Rules and the Rules of Amateur Status. The R&A has since formed a handicapping department to help facilitate this governance function along with the USGA and will do so together throughout the world. The day-to-day management of handicapping will continue to be the responsibility of individual national associations and handicap authorities. Is it possible to have one identical handicap system the world over? It is true that there are variations in how golf is played around the world and it is not our intention to try to force a cultural change in the way that golf is played. Through collaboration with national associations around the world, the goal is to try to accommodate those cultural differences within a single World Handicap System. Does the project have the support of National Associations around the world? A series of briefing sessions was conducted all around the world in 2015, which aimed to cover as many National Associations as possible. The reaction was very positive. It is also worth stressing that the work that is being done to develop a World Handicap System is very much a collaborative effort and all of the National Associations who are directly involved in the process are very supportive of the initiative. When will details of the proposed new system be made available? After additional collaboration around the world, we plan to share the details of the World Handicap System later in the year. Why are you saying something now? We wanted to make a short statement at this time, to jointly confirm that this project is moving forward and to allow National Associations to begin to communicate with their constituents. As the project continues to receive support, preparations for change will be required everywhere around the world, which requires time. Until now, the project has been treated as confidential, and messaging has been restricted primarily to National Associations. This communication will also serve as notice that further details will be forthcoming later in the year. What is the timeline for implementation? Details of the proposed timeline will be made publicly available later in the year, but the proposed World Handicap System will not be implemented before all the necessary consultation, testing and education has been carried out and the necessary infrastructure has been put in place. What will the system be called? It is proposed that the Rules of Handicapping and the Course Rating System together will be jointly referred to as the World Handicap System (WHS). Have you consulted with golfers on this proposal? Until now, consultation and feedback has been mostly restricted to National Associations. However, we will be embarking on a communication effort with golfers and handicap administrators during the summer of 2017. Does this have impact on the current technology infrastructure? While the installation of a World Handicap System will invariably impact upon the different technology systems and structures currently in use around the world at various levels, it is hoped that any disruption will be kept to a minimum. We aim to develop a cohesive and cost-efficient structure which, at the very least, provides a smooth transition. Image © Leaderboard Photography
Facebook11Tweet0Pin0 The opening of Olympia Family Theater’s seventh season, With Imagination Anything is Possible, starts with the adaptation of the classic picture book, Go, Dog. Go! Playwrights Steven Deitz, Allison Gregory and composer Michael Koerner transformed P.D. Eastman’s popular children’s story in to a comic romp with music and hilarity for the whole family. Go, Dog. Go! opens Friday night, October 12, 2012 at 7pm, and runs through Sunday, October 28, 2012. Performances take place at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts Black Box Theater. Directed by Artistic Director Jen Ryle.Six colorful dogs bustle, frolic, and dance across the stage as they move through their days. Whether working, picnicking or preparing for bed, their playful antics will engage the youngest theater-goers while delighting older ones, as well.Featuring the acting/singing/dancing talents of OFT veterans Terri Charles, Kate Ayers, Heather Christopher, and Harrison Fry, joined by newcomers Evan Hirsch and Ashlen Hodge. Musically directed and accompanied by Stephanie Claire, with Rich Sikorski and Scuff Acuff providing underscoring throughout.A veteran actor and director, Kate Ayers was most recently seen in OFT productions as The Old Lady in Goodnight Moon, and in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Terri Charles has performed in numerous OFT productions, including Alexander and the…, A Year with Frog and Toad and Rapunzel. Their comic timing and accomplished physicality make this duo an animal odd couple of epic proportions. Heather Christopher has been seen in numerous Olympia productions, including several for OFT: Animal Farm, A Christmas Story, and Alexander and the…Harrison Fry grew up engaged in many Capital Playhouse productions, and has also been in many OFT shows, including Alexander and the…, A Year with Frog and Toad.Director Jen Ryle is co-founder of Olympia family Theater, and has directed numerous plays for OFT, including: The Phantom Tollbooth, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, and Rapunzel.OFT would like to express its appreciation for its Season Sponsors: Visionseed Publishing, MIXX 96, and Ch2o.Olympia Family Theater, in its 7th season has produced over twenty-five plays for family audiences, and is highly regarded as a provider of quality entertainment for children. In addition to producing performances for thousands of people each year, OFT provides camps and workshops for children of all ages.What: An imaginative musical adaptation of the picture book. Full of physical humor, simple language, and colorful characters and sets. Recommended for ages 3 and up.Where: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Black Box Theater. 512 Washington St SE, Olympia, WA 98501.When: Opens Friday, October 12, running through Sunday, October 28.Performances Thursday and Friday nights at 7pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm, with additional 4:30 matinees on Saturday, October 20 and 27.Tickets: Children, 12 and under – $9, Students/Seniors/Military $12, Adults $16 (Plus $3 WA Center Service Fee). Available online at www.olytix.org, by phone at (360) 753-8586, or at the WA Center Box Office. Discounts available for season tickets, and groups of 10 or more. Discounts only available by phone, or in person at the box office.Thrifty Thursday (Pay What you Can) performance on Thursday, October 18.Info: Blue Dog, Yellow Dog, Red Dog, Spotted Dog, M.C. Dog, and Hattie dance, scoot, drive, work, sleep, play, and party together, bringing to life a book that has been delighting children for 50 years.
The Children’s Mandela offers a uniqueperception of the former SouthAfrican president. Author Tyne Doyle and publisher IainBryant at the book launch.(Images: Future by Design) MEDIA CONTACTS • Iain Bryant CE, Future by Design +27 83 445 1111 RELATED ARTICLES • Mandela quotations book published • Mandela a free man 21 years ago • Mandela’s old offices restored • Mandela message to spread • New Mandela book releasedShamin ChibbaChildren possess a perspective of the world that can be more profound than those of adults. This is certainly true in The Children’s Mandela, a glossy coffee-table book that collects children’s anecdotes about former president Nelson Mandela.According to Iain Bryant, CE of publishing company Future by Design, the idea of compiling children’s thoughts came about just before Mandela’s 80th birthday, 13 years ago.The author, Tyne Doyle, was conducting an advertising campaign during which she asked children a series of questions about a particular fuel company.Doyle was astonished by the answers and wondered what children would think of someone like Nelson Mandela.“She visited various schools asking children, aged between six and 12, 25 questions and got some amazing answers,” said Bryant.Doyle chose 1 300 of the best answers out of a possible 40 000. Accompanying the text are 250 pictures created by some of the pupils who were quoted in the book.The Childrens Mandela is Doyle’s first foray into writing. The Johannesburg-born copywriter has won numerous awards in the local and international advertising industry, and has also been a finalist at the London International Advertising Awards.The Children’s Mandela is available at all leading booksellers at R345 (US$48) each and to higher volume corporate buyers at R260 ($36).SA’s future leaders share their thoughtsBryant said that though the book has insights by children, it is targeted at the adult reader.He added the book will not only provide the reader with a unique perception of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate but also a glimpse into the minds of the future leaders of South Africa.“Children are conscious about a lot of things,” said Bryant. “Adults underestimate how much children know and take to heart. It is not just one child who knows about things but a whole lot of them. We should not treat them like children. They are like little adults.”He said the book subtly reveals the impact of the former president’s moral conviction on South Africans.Bryant further stated that instilling a strong moral foundation in children at home is not enough and instead everyone, including government and business, should contribute to a moral society.Children’s minds simple yet profoundSimple questions such as “What was Madiba like when he was your age?” “Why did he go to jail?” and “If he was an animal which one would he be?” conjured some of the most original and thoughtful replies.“When asked what politics was, the answers ranged from ‘People fighting a lot’ to ‘It means driving around in a Mercedes-Benz’ and even ‘I want to cry when I hear that word’,” said Bryant.Twelve-year-old Kate said politics is about “Fat people who wear expensive suits and argue all day and get paid for it”.For the question “What did Mandela do on Robben Island?” 11-year-old Bruce said: “He broke rocks but his spirit was never broken, never broken.”Themes that inadvertently surfaced in the answers were crime, striking, litter and child molestation; topics that Bryant said children should not be exposed to.“It makes me angry to think children are exposed to these things,” he said.Reaching bestseller statusIn its first month of publication in November 2010, the book sold almost 3 000 copies and it’s currently on its way to becoming a bestseller.With backing from financial provider Nedbank’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme, Future by Design was able to plan a print run of 7 500 copies for South African readers. However, Bryant believes the international market could demand much more.The marketers have taken to promoting the book on popular social media websites Facebook and Twitter, with one quote tweeted on the latter website each day.
11 November 2013 South African President Jacob Zuma has expressed his condolences to President Benigno Aquino, the government and the people of the Philippines in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan. The typhoon struck the Philippines on Friday, killing at least 10 000 people and leaving hundreds of thousands displaced. “During this time of pain and suffering, particularly in the case of those who have lost loved ones, please be assured that the government and people of South Africa share in your sorrow,” Zuma said in a statement on Sunday. “We trust that the resilience of the people of the Philippines, that has seen them through very difficult times in the past, will help them overcome this great loss and devastation.” According to reports, Typhoon Haiyan is one of the most powerful storms on record to make landfall and is now bearing down on Vietnam, where tens of thousands of people are currently being evacuated. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation said on the weekend that its consular services were keeping in contact with South Africa’s embassy in the Philippines for regular updates. Source: SAnews.gov.za
California, Texas, Florida and Ohio.These four states are synonymous with historically dominant high school football, but three have a leg up on the other: Ohio is the only state out of the group that does not allow spring practices for high school football teams. It is time for that to change.As someone who played high school football in Ohio and has seen the game through the eyes of a coach, I know spring practice could be more than beneficial for the Ohio High School Athletic Association.I understand the health of the players is a concern, but even allowing non-contact practices at this time of year would help players get acclimated to a playbook and to each other.There is no arguing that California, Texas and Florida produce some of the best, if not the best, pro prospects coming out of college and I have to believe the extra practices have something to do with it.If Ohio wants to be a part of that conversation, adding just 10-15 spring practices could give it the boost it needs.California allows 10 practices, Texas allows 15, and Florida allows 20 practices while Ohio high school football players are either playing another sport or living in the weight room.According to multiple studies, Ohio ranked fifth in players born in the respective states behind California (224), Florida (186), Texas (147) and Georgia (91) that are currently in the NFL with 78.If you were wondering, Georgia also allows spring practice.I’m not saying that if Ohio allowed spring practice it would instantly produce more NFL players, but I am saying it would give more players a chance to shine on the field and get noticed.It would also give coaches — especially incoming coaches — a chance to see what their new team is capable of and develop a depth chart going into summer practice.I never had a chance of playing on the varsity squad as a sophomore in high school, but I was behind the eight-ball to begin with when I had to learn an entirely new playbook in just weeks before two-a-day sessions began in August.This is the dilemma that high school football players all over Ohio have to deal with, and if there is a player who is talented enough to get varsity time as a sophomore or even as a freshman, spring practice would get them ready to make an impact in the fall.For now, Ohio high school coaches will need to continue to prepare their teams as best they can in the weight room in the spring while other coaches in the football hotbeds are allowed to blow their whistles on the field and install their playbooks.Make the change, OHSAA. It’s for the kids.
England defender Joe Gomez has today penned down a new long-term contract with Liverpool Football Club.Gomez, 21, committed his future to the Reds by signing a fresh deal at Melwood on Monday morning, extending his three-and-a-half-year stay with the club.The rising star originally arrived on Merseyside from Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2015 and is happy with the progress he has made.Gomez told Liverpoolfc.com: “Signing this new deal means the world to me.Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…“I’ve been at the club a few years now and have had the pleasure to play for Liverpool and experience what that means, so I am delighted to get the chance to extend my contract here.“I love the club, I love playing and learning here, and I am happy for that to continue.”Gomez is currently facing another spell on the sidelines due to a lower-leg fracture picked up against Burnley last week, though thankfully he’s set to return sooner rather than later in the New Year.