Azerbaijani opposition website editor gets suspended jail sentence

first_img RSF_en Update: Anar Mammadov convicted to a suspended sentence of five and a half years for the sames charges as Mustafa Hajibeyli on 18 March 2019. February 22, 2019 – Updated on March 18, 2019 Azerbaijani opposition website editor gets suspended jail sentence AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses InternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment News AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses InternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment News Organisation Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts June 8, 2021 Find out more RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan to go further Follow the news on Azerbaijan Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says June 4, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the absurd suspended sentence of five and a half years in prison that Azerbaijani opposition journalist Mustafa Hajibeyli received yesterday in connection with his coverage of last July’s assassination attempt on the mayor of the western city of Ganja. His conviction must be quashed on appeal, RSF said.Convicting Hajibeyli on charges of calling for the government’s overthrow, abuse of authority and forgery, the court ruled that he will not have to serve the jail term if he commits no further crime for the next two years, during which he will be under judicial control and banned from travelling abroad. Hajibeyli said he will appeal.The editor of the Bastainfo.com news website, Hajibeyli was convicted over articles that took a critical look at the Ganja mayor’s behaviour prior to the July attempt on his life, and criticized the authorities for failing to intervene to prevent the ensuing violence.Because of these articles, Bastainfo.com was immediately blocked without a court order, although other media outlets had previously published them. During Hajibeyli’s trial, the experts and witnesses produced by the prosecution failed to identify what passages in the articles constituted a call for the government’s overthrow. Independent jurists insist that they contained no such call.Anar Mammadov, the editor of Criminalaz.сom, a website that has also been blocked, is meanwhile facing up to 12 years in prison on similar charges in a trial that is to resume on 12 March.“This absurd conviction is just another ploy to intimidate the few critical media remaining in Azerbaijan,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “We urge the international community to impose targeted sanctions on those responsible for this crackdown and to condition all financial support for Baku on respect for press freedom and human rights.”Azerbaijan is ranked 163rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. The leading critical media outlets have been silenced or have had to relocate abroad, the main independent websites are blocked, at least ten journalists are currently in prison, and the activities of NGOs that support the media have been criminalized. April 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Donkey’s Years / Desert of the Real

first_imgOxford and Cambridge are home, not only to dreaming spires, but also to aspiring drama. Donkeys’ Years is firmly fixed in college. It follows the return of a group of college friends, coming back twenty-five years to catch up and revisit their old haunts. As you’re escorted by a ‘college porter’ past the mocked-up college façade to take your seat, you may wonder why you are here. After all, your real college is much more, well, real. But this charming, witty play will sweep you along, reminding you why you sit up till the small hours writing essays, why you dash desperately from class to lecture, why you love Oxford in the first place.The characters certainly ring true to my college experience. They’re all here: the popular one who became a minister; the miserable one, still carping about the deficiencies of the college; the one you always thought was gay, but never had the courage to ask, and whose dog collar seems both shocking, and somehow just right. And the girl who married the wrong man, still hoping for a quick drink and a catch –up with the one who got away.Maanas Jain plays Headingly, a junior minister, perfectly evoking a politician with chummy confidence and slight desperation, while Holly Midwinter-Porter captures the haughtiness and insecurity of Lady Driver with a beautifully balanced and funny, performance. Jain and Dom Conte as a successful surgeon are wonderful from the moment they enter, evoking the stumbling awkwardness of two old friends meeting for the first time in years, and from the beginning the action and the dialogue are snappy and titillating. The protagonists find the sherry and their half-submerged student selves getting the better of their adult personas. Lady Driver’s assertion ‘I’m an entirely different sort of person now’ is not nearly as true as she thinks, or wishes. This is not so much a regression as a recognition that we never really move on. James Phillips’ Quine, who missed his opportunity to live in college the first time round, and is keen to get a second chance now. As he reminds us, while the world outside may provide you with kids, fame and fortune, the best years of your life happen behind these sandstone walls and dreaming spires.Desert of the Real is an unfocused but passionate new piece of student theatre. It mixes familiar Oxfordisms (KA, QI Bar etc.) with specific Middle Eastern terms. Set both in Oxford and Iraq, the play follows the fortunes of a student couple, Nick and Alice, when Alice decides to travel to Iraq.  We are thrown in medias res, and it takes a while to appreciate the eccentric Eastern characters who intermingle with typical Oxford types. The writing captures the tone and idiosyncrasies of Iraqi and Israeli English but tends towards the turgid at points. Even Oxford students don’t regularly philosophize with this intensity, an intensity that would make Montaigne blush. Yet there are some beautifully balanced scenes, notably when Alice, excellently portrayed as a student looking for a cause, breaks down somewhere in Iraqi Kurdistan. She sits by the roadside with the driver, who, between reflectively spitting and cursing the engine, reveals the difficulties inherent in being an ordinary man in modern Iraq. Based on Ben Judah’s experiences in Iraq, this scene palpitates with tension and an undercurrent of strained humanity and concealed violence. The scenes in Oxford are immediately livened up through the arrival of James Kingston as Ibrahim al-Ansar. Kingston not only captures the bravado of al-Ansar, but also the mystery and danger. His accent, and that of James Schneider as Dr. Regev, may seem incongruous at first, but their shrewdness is brought out by sensitive writing and performance. The play hides scene changes using news clips, and as all hell begins to break loose, the suspense mounts. Lacking though is a sense of humanity, of hope. We see shadowy and complex politic movements run through a very fast-paced piece of drama, but do not have enough sense of the people involved. As the apocalypse nears, political posturing overwhelms the concerns of the human heart.By Tim Sherwinlast_img read more

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Justices: Refusal To Submit To Chemical Test Depends On Circumstances Of Case

first_imgJustices: Refusal To Submit To Chemical Test Depends On Circumstances Of CaseJennifer Nelson for www.theindianalawyer.comThe Indiana Supreme Court declined to go as far as one Court of Appeals judge did in declaring that “anything short of an unqualified, unequivocal assent to a properly offered chemical test constitutes a refusal.” In affirming the administrative suspension of a woman’s driver’s license, the justices concluded that whether someone refuses to submit to a chemical test depends on the circumstances of each case.Kristy Burnell was pulled over by Carmel Police officer David Kinyon in July 2014 after she ran a stop sign and made an improper turn. During the traffic stop, the officer believed Burnell was intoxicated so he administered three field sobriety tests, which she failed. He then asked her if she would consent to taking a chemical test and if she did not, her license would be suspended for one year, two if she had a previous OWI conviction.Burnell told the officer she had a previous OWI conviction in Florida and repeatedly asked to speak to her uncle, who is a police officer. Kinyon kept asking if she was going to consent, to which she eventually said, “Well if I refuse, I’m going to jail either way. So, yeah, I guess I gotta can take it.”Later, she attempted to walk away twice from the officers, resulting in her being handcuffed.Burnell sought judicial review of the license suspension, which the trial court affirmed. So did the Indiana Court of Appeals in a divided opinion with each judge writing separately. Judge Rudolph Pyle wrote the lead opinion, in which the court held there needed to be an unqualified, unequivocal assent to the chemical test or else one has refused the test.Burnell cited several cases to support her argument that her behavior showed she didn’t refuse to consent to the test, but “the tie binding these cases together is that even without saying ‘no’ or “I refuse’ a refusal nonetheless may be established on the basis of conduct alone if the motorist has clearly been asked to take a test,” Justice Robert Rucker wrote for the unanimous court.But the justices also don’t embrace Pyle’s proposition, finding it could be problematic if a motorist doesn’t speak or understand the language or has a non-alcohol-related auditory impairment such that she doesn’t hear the officer.“Instead we think it more appropriate to adopt an approach that takes into consideration the facts and circumstances of each case. Hence, we hold a refusal to submit to a chemical test occurs when the conduct of the motorist is such that a reasonable person in the officer’s position would be justified in believing the motorist was capable of refusal and manifested an unwillingness to submit to the test,” he wrote.Here, Burnell had the burden to show she did not refuse to take the test and she failed to carry that burden based on the evidence presented. The case is Kristy Burnell v. State of Indiana, 29S02-1512-CR-707.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Medway takes time to settle down business

first_imgA three-month review is under way at new company, Medway Foods, the business formed from a £7m management buyout (MBO) of four of Canterbury Foods’ pastry and food ingredients plants.Medway was set up after Canterbury went into administration on January 3, having failed to agree new terms for its £15m debt with its main backer, Barclays Bank. Medway is headed by ex-Canterbury Foods chief executive Paul Ainsworth, who told British Baker he would spend the next three months “settling the business down”. He commented: “We are now well-financed by GE Commercial Finance and I am sure the business will be cash-generative going forward. We will be doing it slowly; we are not ambitious to grow too quickly. Having effectively saved 200 jobs, I want to take a long look and ensure the future business plan keeps everyone employed.”Ranges will remain the same while the review takes place, he added, with a new head office set up in Whitstable, Kent. AIM-listed Canterbury had a “difficult start to the year”, after financial backers unexpec-tedly called in the administrators, he said. “Getting the letter in my hand, saying the bank had withdrawn its backing, was quite a shock. We had contingency plans in place, including an MBO deal, since the end of November, and this seemed the best option.” The MBO covers three plants in the Isle of Sheppey, Whistable and Bridgend, and saves 200 jobs.Administrator PriceWater-houseCoopers is still looking for a buyer for Canterbury Foods’ remaining cooked meats business, in Yate, near Bristol.last_img read more

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Sayers places 149-strong estate on the market

first_imgSayers The Bakers, the north west-based bakery and café chain, which operates 116 outlets under its eponymous brand and 33 Poundbakery sites, has been placed on the market, with an asking price believed to be in excess of £10m.The chain, which is led by chairman Sandy Birnie, is said to have appointed specialist advisor Alaris Capital to oversee the sale process, according to British Baker’s sister title M&C Report.Founded in Liverpool in 1912, Sayers, which was once owned by Warburtons, was acquired in a management buyout from Lyndale Foods three years ago.The management team has since restructured the business and pursued a turn-around strategy to return the business to growth, including developing Poundbakery, its value brand and retail format aimed at the “eat now” market.The company operates bakery shops and combined bakery shop/café outlets under its eponymous brand and also owns a central bakery, which supplies all its current stores.M&C Report said that the company plans a further roll-out of the Poundbakery format, with 50 new sites over the next 18 months, which will push the group’s entire estate up to the 200 mark.The current management team are thought to be seeking a new owner that can provide additional senior management expertise and extra funding to support the roll-out of Poundbakery and understands the UK retail environment.The company was ranked 10th in the BB75 2011 list, the annual authoritative tracker of companies that sell baked products, compiled by British Baker.last_img read more

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Mia Michaels Enlisted for Rockettes’ Spectacular

first_imgMia Michaels(Photo by Bruce Glikas) Three-time Emmy winner Mia Michaels has been tapped to direct and choreograph the previously reported New York Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes. Douglas Carter Beane will pen the show, which will run at Radio City Music Hall from June 15 through August 7.New York Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes celebrates New York City in the summertime centered around the trip of a lifetime for two kids, who, while on a vacation in New York, are separated from their parents. The city magically comes to life to show them its many splendid wonders and helps to reunite their family in the end.Best known for her work on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, Michaels served as choreographer of “Welcome to New York,” the opening number of 2015’s New York Spring Spectacular and to Finding Neverland. Beane was Tony nominated for his work on Xanadu, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Lysistrata Jones, Sister Act and The Little Dog Laughed.The production will feature lighting design by Alain Lortie and video design by Moment Factory. View Comments NY Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettescenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 7, 2016 Related Showslast_img read more

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A class apart – season of success for English schoolkids

first_img1 Oct 2019 A class apart – season of success for English schoolkids The curtain has come down on the English Schools’ Golf Association season and the campaign – supported by England Golf – has been hailed a roaring success.With strong backing from England Golf, the ESGA successfully competed in international matches against Scotland and Wales as well as hosting individual Under 16 and Under 19 championships and a team event.A small army of volunteers at county level has enabled young golfers from all across the country to represent their schools at regional and national levels and enjoy the thrill of competition.The numbers of players and the skills on show at all the championships left an indelible impression on anyone fortunate enough to witness the matches and Steve Akrill, secretary of the ESGA, has been impressed with the levels of ability coming through the ranks.“It’s been a great season for both the boys and the girls and the events at regional and national level have shown we have a lot of strength in depth,” admitted Akrill.“In particular we had a lot of younger players emerging and more than holding their own against older players in their age bracket. That’s always great to see.”The season kicked off in July with the 42nd English Schools’ Championship which was held at Sherwood Forest GC in Nottinghamshire.The emergence of younger talent was never more evident than at this event as two 14-year-old competitors scooped the top prizes.Louise Burke from Lytchett Minster School in Dorset emerged triumphant in the girls’ event and Yorkshire’s Josh Berry was the boys’ champ.An additional bonus for the duo, pictured above, was the chance to captain English Schools in the international matches which followed later in the summer.Berry, from Campsmount Academy in Doncaster, has since gone on to represent England in Under 16 Home Internationals and is part of the England Golf Boys’ squad for the 2020 season.The English Schools’ team event was staged at the National Golf Centre HQ at Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire with 34 teams from 26 counties taking part.Dyke House Academy from Hartlepool took the trophy back to Durham with their three-man team of Jack Burton, Louis Westmoreland and William Skipp enjoying a three-point victory in the Stableford competition.The under 16’s championship was staged in West Yorkshire at Cleckheaton and District GC.A total of 65 girls and boys took part with Rachel Gourley and Finn Nelson, pictured below, claiming the honours.Rachel’s form has earned her a call-up to the England Golf set up and she will be part of the girls’ team – along with Louise Burke – for a challenge match against Ireland at Hunstanton GC on October 12-13.The two games against Scotland and Wales always brings an edge to proceedings with national pride at stake!The match against Wales was played at Luffenham Heath GC in August and saw England win 11.5 – 6.5.After travelling north to face Scotland on the links at Irvine GC, the match proved to be a real nail-biter.England’s form was excellent and it looked as if they were well on their way to victory before the Scots fought back to win the final three points available and secure a 9-9 draw.Akrill added: “Scotland had five players who were in their national set-up for Home Internationals.“But the team spirit for that match really shone through with the girls finishing their games and heading straight back out onto the course to lend their support to the boys.“When the girls faced Wales they were definitely underdogs. Our average handicap was three compared to Wales’ one, but the girls performed superbly with three wins in the singles helping the combined team to get over the line.“It’s been a really positive year with lots of good golf being played and the enthusiasm of the youngsters shining through.”Three venues for next year’s events have already been decided with the national championship taking place at Gog Magog GC in Cambridgeshire, the under 16 event going to Northamptonshire County GC and the away game against Wales set for the Rolls of Monmouth GC. Tags: English Schools’last_img read more

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Changes Across the Board at Westport Winery Garden Resort

first_imgSubmitted by Westport WineryWe have been busy at Westport Winery Garden Resort working to exceed our guests’ expectations. Beginning on October 27, we are increasing our restaurant hours from 11 a.m. every day until 5 p.m. We will continue to have expanded dinner service on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Part of the reason for this is to make it easier for those who want to pick up dinner to go on their w ay home from work or on their way to the beach.All of the items on our menu are available for take-out orders, especially our new homemade Chicken Pot Pie. This dish is chock full of our own herb-seasoned and roasted chicken breasts and farm fresh veggies topped with our signature Cougar Gold infused pie crust. We can have this ready for you in ten minutes so you can call ahead or order when you arrive. The Something Blue Garden near the greenhouse is shaping up as perfect place for wedding photos. The new blue bottle wall created by Beau Finley under a living roof topped with plants is a great place to sip a glass of wine. We’ve also added a Corkscrew Pasta with Marinara Sauce. It’s hearty and healthy with big chunks of Italian sausage and diced tomatoes topped with fresh Parmesan cheese. At dinner this is one of four side dishes selections along with Yukon gold baked potato, baked steak fries, or pasta with our Cougar Gold cheese sauce. We also added an exciting new option to our beverage menu for guests in our restaurant. You can select a Wine Flight with any five wines to be delivered to your table for just $5. To help you focus on what’s new, our tasting notes have stars next to our five latest releases. And finally, you will discover a delightful little water feature to enjoy near the Captain Gray sculpture on the western edge of the newBeauty From Ashes Garden.When you visit Westport Winery Garden Resort be sure to explore the unique sculpture garden, lavender labyrinth, musical fence, 9-hole executive golf course, giant chess set, outdoor scrabble game, and grape maze, all located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. You will see why four times this has been voted Best of the Northwest Wine Destination. These award-winning wines are exclusively available at the resort. The tasting room, gift shop, produce market, plant nursery, bakery and gardens, are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and with an expanded menu dinner on Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Westport Winery Garden Resort at 360-648-2224 or visit the website at www.westportwinery.com.center_img Near the new overflow parking is the area dedicated to our wedding and event facility. Our huge pavilion tent goes back up in the spring next to where our cute little changing cottage is already in place. These two structures are next to our new Victorian Wedding Lawn and White Wedding Garden (just west of our nine-hole orchard golf course). We are currently taking bookings for the 2016 wedding season. Facebook10Tweet0Pin0 We are currently taking reservations for holiday parties. With some redesign in our dining room we have created a separate space for small groups to get together with more privacy.On the outside of the winery, we have doubled the area for parking when visiting the resort and added some new features for your enjoyment.The overflow parking area is located at the driveway past our main entrance. It’s designed to better accommodate those towing trailers and boats. It has a spacious turning roundabout and easy pull-through parking. The gravel path entrance from this parking area to the winery is marked with our two new blue bottle tree sculptures. In our bakery we’ve created a dessert on par with our most popular wine — Duckleberry Grunt. The new Triple Berry Grunt features a raspberry, blackberry and blueberry compote under a hot lemon dumpling crust then topped with vanilla bean ice cream and whipped cream. When you order this you can’t help by say, “Wow!”last_img read more

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