International freedom of expression coalition launches website ahead of Eurovision

first_imgNews Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh Receive email alerts “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says RSF_en Organisation News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Azerbaijan AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia June 4, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News The International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan (the IPGA), coordinated by Article 19, has launched its website and Facebook and Twitter profiles ahead of this week’s Eurovision Song Competition, which will commence in Baku, Azerbaijan tomorrow 22 May.Looking behind the glitz of Eurovision, the IPGA website examines the alarming freedom of expression situation in Azerbaijan, where journalists and others face blackmail, intimidation, violence, and imprisonment for expressing critical views.As the stage is set for the 57th Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place this week in Baku, the Azerbaijani authorities are working hard to promote a positive image abroad. But at home they are severely restricting the right to freedom of expression and other fundamental freedoms.“As Eurovision approaches, our new website shows that the freedom of expression situation in Azerbaijan continues to worsen”, said Article 19 Executive Director, Agnès Callamard. “The broadcast media is completely dominated by the state, leaving no room for independent voices. The organiser of Eurovision, the European Broadcasting Union, must end its policy of silence and hold the Azerbaijani authorities accountable for their freedom of expression violations.””With seven journalists behind bars, Azerbaijan is among the top 10 global jailers of the press”, said CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova. “This crackdown comes in the run-up to the Eurovision Song Contest, which will gather journalists from more than 40 participating countries and fix the world’s eyes on Azerbaijan. The significant resources official Baku has poured to polish the country’s image abroad will be meaningless without implementing systematic reforms to improve press freedom conditions at home. The immediate and unconditional release of our colleagues would be a good start.””In Azerbaijan, journalists become the targets of violence when they stand up in the face of pressure from the authorities”, said Reporters Without Borders Director-General Olivier Basille. “These attacks have created a climate of intimidation that is all the more frightening because those responsible enjoy complete impunity. The murders of two journalists remain unsolved due to a lack of political will. The authorities must take action now to find their killers and bring them to justice”.Along with its website, today the IPGA is launching its Facebook and Twitter profiles, through which it will provide regular updates on freedom of expression developments in Azerbaijan.Note to editors: The IPGA is a coalition of international NGOs working to promote and protect freedom of expression in Azerbaijan. For more information about the Partnership, please contact Article 19 at +44 (0)207 324 2500 or [email protected] following IPGA spokespersons are available for interviews:- Rebecca Vincent, IPGA Coordinator, Article 19, on +44 (0)20 7324 2500 (London, UK)- Nina Ognianova, Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator, Committee to Protect Journalists, on +7 964 513 7267 (Moscow, Russian Federation)- Johann Bihr, Head of the Europe and Central Asia Desk, Reporters Without Borders, on +33 1 44 83 84 67 (Paris, France)To follow the IPGA on the web, please visit, or find us on Facebook at or Twitter at @AZfreeXpression. The IPGA will be tweeting live during the Eurovision Song Contest final on 26 May 2012. May 21, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 International freedom of expression coalition launches website ahead of Eurovision to go further AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia June 8, 2021 Find out more News RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan April 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

SOMBASE – Southern Ocean mollusc database: a tool for biogeographic analysis in diversity and evolution

first_imgDatabases and Geographical Information Systems are becoming increasingly popular tools for biogeographic analysis. The reliability of the analysis depends on the accuracy of the entered data and the ability to add changes in systematics and taxonomy. The main aim of the Southern Ocean Mollusc Database (SOMBASE) project is to set up a database linked with a GIS and user-friendly front end. This system allows for the inclusion of other taxa in the future. Currently the database consists of records for 950 shelled gastropod and 136 bivalve species and 2800 sites from the Southern Ocean. The database contains fields including: 1) Taxonomic authorship, synonyms, higher level classifications, diagnostic morphological characters, and ecological features; 2) Distributional information including substrate and depth; 3) Bibliographic information. The maps can display selected sites based on any query of any field or combination of fields in the database. An online version of the database is available with distribution maps for all taxonomic levels ( read more

Alabama Shakes and Ben Harper To Perform At Annual Tibet House Benefit At Carnegie Hall

first_imgThe annual Tibet House Benefit concert, curated by composer Philip Glass, which takes place at New York City’s Carnegie Hall, has announced the additions of both the Alabama Shakes and Ben Harper to its lineup. The event is set for Thursday, March 16th at the historic venue, and will feature performances from Glass (who will also be celebrating his 80th birthday), Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, New Order’s Bernard Sumner, Sufjan Stevens, Laurie Anderson, and more.This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the Tibet House, with all proceeds going to the non-profit organization, which was founded in 1987 at the request of the Dalai Lama. The mission of the Tibet House is to educate and advocate people about the plight of the Tibetan people.Tickets can be purchased at the Tibet House website.last_img read more

Shorthanded Leafs rally past Sicamous 6-3

first_imgNelson received scoring from an unlikely source as defenceman Patrick Croome had three helpers to lead the short-staffed Leafs to a 6-3 victory over Sicamous Eagles in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Sunday afternoon at the NDCC Arena.Croome led a Nelson team that was missing two key defenceman and team leaders, Robson Cramer and Darnel St. Pierrie, both out of the lineup due to suspension.“Coming out with a short bench we knew this was going to be tough, but it was awesome the way we were able to come out in the second and take control,” said Leaf captain Aaron Dunlap following the game.“Not only half of our defensive core was gone, but we were also missing a line so we were down to nine forwards,” Dunlap added.“We had a lot of guys injured but we were able to battle through and it showed out on the ice because no one was an individual out there . . . everyone was working as a team.”Not only did Nelson suffer its first regulation loss of the season Friday, a 4-2 setback to Kimberley Dynamiters at home, but the Leafs also lost Cramer and St. Pierre in the process to suspension.Cramer was whistled for a checking-from-behind penalty in the final 10 minutes of the game — an infraction that carries with it a 10-minute misconduct and a one-game suspension.Meanwhile St. Pierre was hit with another checking-to-the-head penalty. The infraction cost the heavy hitter a two-game suspension due to an accumulation of head infractions.The loss of two veterans saw the versatile Blair Andrews move back to the blueline to help the defensive core. The move didn’t pay early dividends as two giveaways by Leaf players led to a 2-0 lead for the visiting Eagles after 20 minutes on goals by Nathan Piessis and Tyson Taylor.However, in the second period Croome & Company were able to take advantage to mental errors by the Eagles to pump in six consecutive goals — three coming in the opening five minutes of the frame take a 6-2 lead into the second intermission.Sicamous, a team that opened witih eight shots in the first frame, was held to just four in the second period as Nelson outshot the visitors 26-4.“We knew we had to score the first goal in the second . . . it was huge for us,” said Dunlap, who was convinced by Leaf new coach Dave McLellan to return to the team before training camp.“If they would have scored . . .. Being down 2-0 we were kind of down on ourselves. But we were able to come in to the room, regroup and were able to take it to them in the second.”Matt MacDonald and Jay Sidhu, each with a pair, Austin Lindsay and Cody Paivarinta, scored for Nelson.Dunlap said Sicamous gave the Leafs life by taking so many penalties in the second frame.“We’ve got a new power play system for us this year and it’s working really well for us,” said Dunlap.In the third the Leafs held the fort, even though Eagles’ forward Korwin Shewchuk was able to score once on goalie Adam Maida, who had a bounce back game between the pipes for Nelson.The strong second period gave Nelson the edge on shots, 40-23 and a win for Maida in the Leaf nets.LEAF NOTES: Nelson dressed 15 players for Sunday’s contest. . . .The offensive performance of Patrick Croome earned the rearguard Nelson’s Player-of-the-game honours. — Despite the weekend split, Nelson, 4-1-1-1, maintains a one-point advantage in Murdoch Division standings over Spokane Braves. Spokane split in a weekend series against Grand Forks. The Bruins won 3-0 Friday in the Boundary City before Spokane won the rematch 8-0 at home Sunday. Sicamous defeated Spokane 3-2 Saturday in Spokane. . .  .The three points by Croome (three goals, five assists) moves the Calgary native into second spot in Leaf scoring, one point behind Rayce Miller (five goals, four assists). . . . Nelson, 3-1-1-1, completes its home stand Friday against Chase at the NDCC Arena. Game time is 7 p.m.last_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES TRAINER QUOTES             GARY STEVENS, CATCH A FLIGHT, WINNER: “Moreno was pretty sluggish leaving the gate and I out-broke him by about half a length. On paper and knowing these two horses’ records, it looked like a match race between the two of them and that’s how I wanted to ride it. It worked out where Big Cazanova went up there and kept Moreno occupied down the backside but they were running slow enough fractions for these kinds of horses. It looked like a match race and it was a match race until inside the eighth pole.“Ever since his first win here he’s shown me a lot of tenacity and it was just a question of if he was fast enough to win. He’s just now starting to figure out American racing, I think he’s still improving and I don’t think we’ve seen the best of him yet.”CORNELIO VELASQUEZ, MORENO, SECOND: “My horse, I gave him every chance and he stopped today. The other horse, Catch a Flight, he ran good. My horse, he ran OK.” -30- ERIC GUILLOT, MORENO, SECOND: “It’s typical Moreno fashion. As soon as he got the lead, his ears pricked. What are you going to do with a horse like that? You try and separate yourself, but it’s hard to separate when you’ve got a longshot setting 46 and change fractions. When you’re by yourself and you’re not pressed, it’s a little bit different breathing pattern. He ran good, but that’s why I hate running for 200 grand, but he runs just as good for two million with $400,000 for second as he does for second for $40,000. The plan is to run back in the Gold Cup unless something comes along with a little bit more money, a little bit more prestige. A mile and a quarter, I’ll separate myself a little bit more next time. Hopefully, there’s no cheap speed in there.” RICHARD MANDELLA, CATCH A FLIGHT, WINNER: “We figured he’d be off of those two (Big Cazanova and Moreno). Then it was whether he could catch them or not. When he (Gary Stevens) goosed him at the quarter pole, he responded pretty quickly. Gary knows him well enough. I didn’t try to tell him how to ride him . . . This was a step forward. The time of the race was good and he beat Moreno. Every step he’s made has been forward. We’ll look at the Gold Cup here next ($500,000, Grade I, 1 1/4 miles on June 27).” NOTES: The winning owner is Julio Bozano of Ocala, Fl, who races as Haras Santa Maria de Araras, Inc.last_img read more