RWC 2015: Lies, damn lies and statistics…

first_imgNo way through: Sam Burgess is unlikely to let a lot of traffic past himThe Brad Barritt-Sam Burgess centre pairing, which is not going to miss many tackles might have been picked even if Jonathan Joseph had been fit. Chuck in another tough tackler at number 10, in Owen Farrell, and maybe Lancaster has been looking at the stats on the defensive front.The odd percentage point can make a difference so maybe Lancaster is looking to nudge the tackle percentage figures closer to the ones from Cardiff.But come 10pm on Saturday the only one that will matter to his future employment prospects will be the ones on the scoreboard. By Adam HathawayStuart Lancaster says he is not obsessed by statistics but you could hardly blame a former schoolteacher if he was a bit of a number-cruncher on the sly.Most modern coaches who use the maths wouldn’t dare admit to relying on them.I don’t know how much he really pores over the figures but a small improvement in some of the digits could help England beat Wales on Saturday. They also give a clue as to why it seems he is, according to reports, going to pick the ‘defence-is-key’ backline he is.If he has had a look at the stats from the Fiji game, one jumps out as below par, and that is the tackle count.Then there’s the three lost scrums out of nine, but Graham Rowntree has been on the case trying to fix that this week.Tightening up: England struggled to handle the imposing figure of Nemani NadoloThe rest of the stats don’t look too bad, compared to what England did in the Six Nations and are hardly the massive dip that will foreshadow a huge beating at Twickenham this weekend.All these numbers come from the same source so, hopefully, they are roughly in the same ball park as the one that Lancaster uses – because England have copped from flak over some of them.In the Fiji match, England, according to our man with the abacus and the anorak, conceded 16 turnovers and missed 16 tackles out of 96 for a success rate of 83 per cent. They also gave away 12 penalties, two more than Clive Woodward’s magic maximum of 10 per game, and lost 16 turnovers.Put that lot in the magic mixer and it spits out a 35-11 win described by most observers as stuttering. They might not have got away with them against other sides but hey ho.Or they might have. Judgement day: Stuart Lancaster will have assessed the numbers before picking his side for Wales Stats not everything: England weren’t perfect against France in March but ran out convincing winnersIn the last game of the Six Nations, the madness against France, England missed 25 out of 186 tackles, for a success rate of 86 per cent, gave away 12 penalties and were turned over 16 times. They won that one 55-35.In the 25-13 win over Scotland at Twickenham in March, Lancaster’s team missed 16 out of 137 tackles – up to 88 per cent – and gave away 10 penalties and 17 turnovers.The one day when there stats were better was that wretched evening in Paris last month when England lost 25-20 and never looked like winning the game. Apart from a couple of late tries, on the evidence of the eyes, they were given an utter pasting.Parisien nightmare: Despite England posting decent statistic against France they lost disappointinglyBut they made 90 per cent of their tackles, gave away 12 penalties and were turned over just 12 times. Lies, damn lies, and statistics.There were other factors at work that night and losing four line-outs did not help their cause.In losing to Ireland, in the Six Nations in Dublin, the figures were 87 per cent tackles, 13 penalties and a massive 23 turnovers. That led to a 19-9 defeat and a game that England were never in, just like Paris.But all this maths does give us a clue to why Lancaster has supposedly picked the team he has for Saturday’s game against Wales.The win in Cardiff in February, when England came through 21-16 was built on the back of a 91 per cent tackle rate, concession of just nine penalties and 14 turnovers against a team with Sam Warburton starting and Justin Tipuric coming off the bench.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS If England are reverting to defensive type for this weekend’s huge clash against Wales, it may be down to the statistics. Either way, England daren’t lose…last_img read more

Olympic sevens rugby set to continue into the 2024 Games

first_imgAll smiles: World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont“We now await the decision of the IOC Session and continue to be fully committed to the Olympic Charter and the highest standards of anti-doping as we look to what promises to be a spectacular Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and, hopefully, beyond.”The IOC are expected to announce where the 2024 Olympic Games will be held in an extraordinary IOC session in Lausanne over 11 and 12 July. They will decide which city out of Paris and Los Angeles will hold the games in 2024 – with the city losing out to be slated as the hosts for 2028. In a significant statement from the International Olympic Committee, their executive board have announced that they will retain all 28 sports that featured at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for the 2024 Olympic Games programme. The move means that Olympic sevens will go on beyond the 2020 Games in Tokyo.As they said in their statement today: “In another decision regarding the Olympic programme, the Executive Board approved the overall composition of the sports programme for the Olympic Games 2024 to include all 28 sports on the programme of the Olympic Games Rio 2016.”FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HERETalking of the announcement, World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said: “While the IOC Session will ultimately consider this recommendation, World Rugby, like the entire global rugby family, is very excited by today’s Executive Board’s recommendation. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Jumping for joy: Ellia Green scores for women’s Olympic sevens champions, Australia “I would like to thank the IOC President Thomas Bach and the IOC Executive Board for placing their continued trust in rugby, and our national member unions, players and passionate fans for making sevens the best it can possibly be.last_img read more

Apopka Police Department and OCSO partner for youth basketball week

first_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Orange County Police Athletic League holds first camp in ApopkaThe Orange County Police Athletic League held a basketball camp in Apopka this week, which attracted 57 Apopka students that are in 5th-8th grades. It was Pal’s first camp in Apopka – held at Apopka Memorial Middle School. The Apopka Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office partnered in the four-day event, which focused on basketball, but presentations were also given on crime prevention and safety programs.“This was our first year in Apopka and the first collaboration between APD an Orange County Deputies,” said OCSO Deputy Sal Saldano. “What you saw were all Deputies working with the kids during a four-day 9-3pm basketball camp. Officer (Barry)Brown of the APD coordinated all facility needs and registration. We could not have done it without him.  Our final count was 57 youth for the week with hopes of reaching 80 next June.  Keeping the registration fees low allows us to target low-income youth who otherwise wouldn’t be able to compete.”Brown is also the APD’s Resource Officer for Apopka Memorial Middle School.“This is an opportunity for us to reach out to the kids,” said Brown, who is also the Resource Officer for Apopka Memorial Middle School. “Most camps are hundreds of dollars. This gives the kids an inexpensive opportunity to learn the fundamentals of basketball and we have a chance to build relationships with them so they can grow and be a benefit to their communities.”The mission of the Orange County PAL is to provide athletic, recreational and educational programs for at-risk youngsters by using law enforcement officers as coaches, mentors, instructors and role models to influence children to avoid crime, drugs, gangs, and violence and truancy. Through grants, donations, and fundraising, PAL offers quality programs at little or no cost to families who can not otherwise afford them. These programs are made available to communities identified with high crime concerns, low-income households, and diverse populations.“We mainly do these programs in the crime corridors,” said Saldano. “This keeps these kids active and off the streets and into an inexpensive program to start the summer.”According to Saldano, through grants, donations, and fundraising, PAL offers quality programs at little or no cost to families who can not otherwise afford them. These programs are made available to communities identified with high crime concerns, low-income households, and diverse populations. The Apopka program cost $25 for the four-day program.“They’re not on the couch playing video games, and they’re not out causing trouble in their neighborhood, said APD Chief Michael McKinley. “Along with a week of basketball, these students receive mentoring on life experiences with law enforcement officers. It’s an important program.” You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! TAGSApopka Police DepartmentOrange County Sheriff’s OfficePolice Athletic League Previous articleSummer travel with kids made safe, fun, and easyNext article“Camari’s Day” at Wheatley Park tomorrow Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replylast_img read more

VIMOB / Colectivo Creativo Arquitectos

first_img VIMOB / Colectivo Creativo Arquitectos Photographs ArchDaily Photographs:  Felipe Orvi, Mauricio Sanin, Mauricio Carvajal Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Architects: Colectivo Creativo Arquitectos Area Area of this architecture project Save this picture!© Felipe Orvi+ 45 Share Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/777782/vimob-colectivo-creativo-arquitectos Clipboard 2015 Recommended ProductsMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensText description provided by the architects. VIMOB was born from the notion of creating a shelter in an area of difficult access; a place where building a traditional construction would be limited by transport of materials and labor. It is a modular housing solution, based on the concept of prefabrication and assembly, capable of holding the essential space of a traditional construction in a practical, flexible, attractive and modern prototype. It is structured from carefully studied modules, articulated with harmony and sobriety in a cozy atmosphere, allowing the enjoyment of the environment and providing an image of high standing.Save this picture!Axonometría Explotada+ 45This archetype of clean, simple lines, aims at being meticulous in the details, in the study of modulation, materials, characteristics and textures that architects differentiate with hues of earth colors. The resource to incorporate the volume is precisely this simplicity of design, the rigorous control of color palette and the sense of lightness, as if rising from the ground that seeks to harmonize with the large green backdrop behind this play. In the interior, it is predominant the use of wood, walls on OSB panel and pine ceilings. In the lounge area the transparency effect is achieved by openings, with large sliding glass doors that provide enjoyment of the environment as well as easy access to the front terrace, for a permanent relationship between the exterior-interior and an interesting effect of light and contrasts.Save this picture!© Felipe Orvi+ 45VIMOB was developed in our workshop, dismantled and sent to the construction site directly; the pieces allowed fast assembly on site, using a minimum of tools. Each component of the project was designed and constructed to be adapted and adjusted to the module frame, thus minimizing on-site finishing and labor, reducing waste in raw materials, carbon footprint, impact on natural site and unforeseen events.Save this picture!© Mauricio SaninFinally, ease of assembly and dismantling allows you to be from the top of the mountain where you can see the entire landscape or on the beach watching the sunset. With its design, both modern and sophisticated, that integrates itself with any field, it provides an experience of warmth from the simplicity.Save this picture!© Felipe OrviProject gallerySee allShow lessFun. Noodle Bar / Fanbo ZengSelected ProjectsJakarta Architecture Triennale 2015Festival Biennial Share Manufacturers: Arkos, Deck Mat, Etex Colombia, Holztek Doussie Planked, Madecentro, Moak Studio, Polylon Area:  37 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Houses “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/777782/vimob-colectivo-creativo-arquitectos Clipboard “COPY” Projects Colombia VIMOB / Colectivo Creativo ArquitectosSave this projectSaveVIMOB / Colectivo Creativo Arquitectos CopyHouses•Matapalo, Colombia CopyAbout this officeColectivo Creativo ArquitectosOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMatapaloTop100Colectivo Creativo ArquitectosColombiaPublished on November 25, 2015Cite: “VIMOB / Colectivo Creativo Arquitectos” 25 Nov 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsCompositesMitrexPhotovoltaic Solar Cladding – BIPV CladdingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BronzeBathroomsGeberitBathroom Series – ONESkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight F100 CircularMetal PanelsTrimoQbiss One in Equinix Data CentreSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Q-ClassAluminium CompositesAmerican MetalcraftAluminum Panels – Decorative Fencing for BridgesPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsWater Facade PanelDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Concealed Sliding Door | MareaWall / Ceiling LightsiGuzziniExterior Light – WalkyWoodPlycoWood Boards – Birch LaserplyMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?哥伦比亚VIMOB建筑/ Colectivo Creativo Arquitectos是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Migrant crisis in Europe: Who caused it?

first_imgBehind the horror stories about the treatment of migrants trying to reach Europe is the imperialist system of exploitation of their countries of origin, the policies exacerbating this exploitation and the imperialist wars that made their home countries unlivable for them and their children.Recently, these horror stories in the corporate media have focused on how migrant human beings are suffering during their journey through the Balkan peninsula. Most of these recent migrants are from Syria, Iraq and other countries of Southwest and Central Asia. The intention of most of these suffering people is not to stay in the Balkan countries that are themselves impoverished colonies of either Western Europe or the United States. The migrants want asylum in Germany or Britain where jobs are still available.Some who reached Germany wound up besieged by Nazis on the Aug. 20-21 weekend in the small city of Heidenau in Saxony in the East. “Nazis” is not just name calling. The so-called National Democratic Party of Germany, which organized the anti-immigrant riot and attempted pogrom, is the actual continuation of the Nazi Party. During that weekend the NDP mobilized its storm troopers, who nearly burned down the migrants’ temporary housing.As some working-class organizations in Germany have pointed out, the so-called democratic politicians in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government and party, as well as many Social Democratic Party politicians, have made the Nazis’ work easier. They’ve done this with their own vicious anti-migrant statements — similar to what politicians here say regarding migrants from Mexico and Central America. Think Donald Trump, who is only the worst of a reactionary pack in the United States.Now some of these government leaders in Germany are condemning the Nazi violence. But they created the atmosphere that allowed the Nazis to mobilize.The corporate media’s coverage omits the back story. Why? Because this story exposes the role of imperialism and the major imperialist countries.For example, when the International Monetary Fund imposes austerity on African countries to assure their debt payments, it results in less work and social benefits, which drives young workers out of Africa. A consequence is the drowning of hundreds, maybe thousands of people when boats capsize in the Mediterranean Sea.What drove this crisis to unprecedented heights was NATO’s bombing, invasion and subversion of Libya and Syria, starting in 2011.Libya’s economy had employed a million workers from sub-Saharan Africa before 2011. U.S.-NATO bombs and the arming of elements similar to the Islamic State overthrew the stable and relatively prosperous Libyan government of Col. Moammar Gadhafi, killing him and making the country hell to live in.In Syria, too, the U.S. and its NATO allies, especially Britain, France and Germany, as well as Turkey, provided arms to elements that consolidated into the Islamic State. To overthrow the Damascus government, the imperialists provoked a disastrous war that has torn apart the country, creating a mass exodus.The reactionary Hungarian regime, taking a page from the U.S. anti-immigrant book, is building an obscene fence on its borders to try to keep out the suffering migrants. As criminal as this act is, it is not Budapest that caused the crisis. Nor did the Greek, Macedonian and Serbian governments. The richer NATO countries and the U.S. government are to blame. They should be paying reparations to the Syrians and other migrants for the nightmare they, the imperialists, have caused. Such payments would not be charity, but reparations for their war crimes.Workers in Europe should not be misled by demagogues who make migrants scapegoats for the problems these workers face in their own countries. The European workers’ enemies are not their fellow workers who are forced to migrate, but the imperialists who have systematically undermined postcolonial governments that have been trying to exercise their independence and autonomy after at least a century of bondage.If all this sounds like a mirror image of what is happening regarding migrants to the United States from Mexico and Central America, this is no accident. Imperialism is the enemy of workers and farmers worldwide. There will always be reactionary politicians — Trump comes to mind, but he’s not alone — who try to play the demagogue and scapegoat migrants. Shut them down!The migrants are our class allies, and we should stand in solidarity with them, in Europe as well as in the United States.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Community leaders arrested in housing protest

first_imgNew York City, Nov. 2 — “Kill the deal!’ shouted a hundred angry protesters, mostly people of color, in downtown Manhattan this morning, led by tenant organizers, including the New York Communities for Change and the Crown Heights Tenants Union.For many, this demand is three years old since their struggle to demand affordable housing at Brooklyn’s Bedford-Union Armory. This is city property, which the community demands be 100 percent affordable.The developers, BFC Partners, anticipate cuts in housing subsidies from the Trump administration’s Department of Housing and Urban Development. Instead of having BFC make all the planned 330 apartments in this Bedford Avenue block site affordable, the city’s planning commission settled for an 80/20 plan. Thus, 67 units are called affordable, 99 units will be priced at $2,203 a month with another 164 units at $3,700 a month, pushing nearly all local residents out.Protesters marched to the office of their City Council member now responsible for the next step in making sure the armory is 100 percent affordable. Since an Oct. 30 vote, NYC’s Planning Commission will allow BFC Partners to increase the number of market-priced units. Council member Laurie Cumbo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, who for years have failed to denounce the displacement of low-income tenants, get the next say in the future of the armory.As today’s protest marched near city Councilwoman Cumbo’s office, it broke into the street. Chants became “Whose street? Our street!” Soon the New York Police Department broadcast orders for all to leave the streets or face arrest.Ten marchers stood their ground to the cheers of others present. Green Party candidate Jabari Brisport was among those who were soon arrested. He and Joel Feingold had already been arrested at last week’s vote by the planning commission! Brisport had campaigned against Cumbo in the last election for City Council.Most working-class New Yorkers now ask, “Affordable for who?” to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and other politicians they consider sellouts to the real estate industry. These politicians boast that they have made developers agree to having a small portion of new housing “affordable.” This, although even the subsidized rent for allegedly affordable apartments is far higher than can be afforded on the community’s average incomes.The working class of Crown Heights sees how capitalism doesn’t work and says, “Kill the deal!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Postcard for Equatorial Guinean cartoonist spending Christmas in prison

first_img The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Organisation Reports Campaigns RSF_en Equatorial GuineaAfrica Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentPredatorsImprisonedFreedom of expression News December 22, 2017 Postcard for Equatorial Guinean cartoonist spending Christmas in prison Receive email alerts Not even coronavirus escapes Equatorial Guinea’s extreme censorship May 18, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Equatorial Guinea News to go further Equatorial GuineaAfrica Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentPredatorsImprisonedFreedom of expression June 15, 2020 Find out more Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Known for his blog and his satirical cartoons about his country’s president, Ebalé has been detained illegally in Malabo for more than three months. Drawn by Ed Hall, a member of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, the postcard shows Ramon Esono Ebale drawing for freedom of information. By circulating the postcard online with the hashtag #FreeNseRamon and by asking social network users to share it, RSF and the other organizations want to remind the world that editorial cartoonists like Ebalé are still been harassed, persecuted and sometimes jailed just for doing their job.Arrested on 16 September in Malabo, Ebalé has been detained provisionally ever since and has still not been taken before a judge.”The accusations of counterfeiting and money laundering brought against Ramón Esono Ebalé are just a pretext to justify his arbitrary detention,” said Clea Kahn Sriber, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “These charges are out of all proportion for a cartoonist who simply returned to Malabo to renew his passport.”RSF and the 18 other organizations wrote a joint open letter to Teodoro Obiang Nguema on 15 November demanding Ebalé’s release.Equatorial Guinea is ranked 171st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. November 27, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and 18 other international organizations are launching apostcard operation with the hashtag #FreeNseRamon on social networks today to drawattention to the fact that Equatorial Guinean cartoonist Ramón Esono Ebalé is being heldillegally and is spending Christmas in prison. Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Newsweek journalist Sami Yousafzai transferred to tribal areas

first_img News Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Follow the news on Pakistan News RSF_en News June 2, 2021 Find out more January 28, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murdercenter_img to go further Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists 28.05.2004The Peshawar high court has ordered the federal and provincial authorities to charge Afghani journalist Sami Yousafzai and his driver, Mohamed Salim, by 8 June or to give reasons to justify their arrest. During the hearing, a Peshawar police representative denied having any information about the detention of Yousoufzai, who works for Newsweek. In response to the refusal of the authorities to confirm that they are detaining Yousafzai and Salim, judge Dost Muhammad Khan asked them why they did not produce the two men in court if they had not committed any crime.________________________________________________________________14.05.2004Afghan journalist Sami Yousafzai, detained secretly in Peshawar since 21 April 2004, has been transferred to the Miranshah detention centre in the tribal area of North Waziristan, in the north-west of the country.The authorities have given no reason for the transfer nor even confirmed his arrest, but Reporters Without Borders said it feared it would mean he could be tried under the special Frontier Crimes Regulations, under which he is unlikely to get a fair trial. The organisation repeated its call for his release.The authorities have continued to refuse Yousafzai visits from his family and there is still no news of his taxi driver, Mohamed Salim.Lawyer Kamran Arif made a Habeas Corpus request to the Peshawar High Court on 13 May on behalf of the journalist’s mother. Maintaining that the life and liberty of Yousafzai and Salim were at stake, Arif asked the court to rule within two days.If his request is accepted, Yousafzai will be brought before the judges who will rule on the legality of his detention. The lawyer also called for the two detainees not to be removed from the jurisdiction of the High Court.Journalists organisations in Afghanistan have been campaigning for Yousafzai. On 10 May at a meeting organised by the Afghan Center for Promotion of Communication (ACPC) in Kabul, journalists urged the Pakistani authorities to immediately free their colleague.They accused the authorities of double standards since the American journalist Eliza Griswold, who was arrested with him, was released while the Afghan reporter was secretly detained. The largest Afghan journalists’ organisation also put out a statement calling for his release.Pakistani security forces have been holding Yusafzai since 21 April. He was arrested in the Pakistani tribal areas while working with his US colleague Griswold, who was expelled from the country. PakistanAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts April 21, 2021 Find out more May 14, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newsweek journalist Sami Yousafzai transferred to tribal areas Organisation Newslast_img read more

RFE/RL website editor beaten unconscious in Almaty

first_img Receive email alerts News RSF_en News Help by sharing this information January 21, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RFE/RL website editor beaten unconscious in Almaty KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about harassment and violence against journalists in Kazakhstan after Ermek Boltay, a young journalist who edits the website of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Kazakh-language service, was beaten unconscious outside his home in Almaty on 18 January.“We urge the authorities to shed light on this extremely grave attack on Boltay, which comes less than two weeks after the abusive arrest of Ramazan Esergepov,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is inconceivable that a government that does not defend press freedom should take over the presidency of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe in the near future.”The attack on Boltay was carried out by group of men who hit him with a glass bottle and kicked him until he lost consciousness. His assailants have not so far been identified.Esergepov, the editor of the weekly Alma Ata Info, was arrested by members of the National Security Committee (KNB) on 6 January at an Almaty hospital where he had been receiving treatment for cardiac problems and high blood pressure since 25 December. He is now been held by the KNB in the south of the country and has reportedly been mistreated.The cases of Boltay and Esergepov bring the number of reports of harassment of journalists in Central Asia to four since the start of the month. Two contributors to RFE/RL’s Turkmen service, Dovletmurat Yazguliev and Osman Hallyev, reported two weeks ago that they had been subjected to threats and intimidation by local intelligence officers in neighbouring Turkmenistan.Ranked 125th out of 173 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, Kazakhstan is due to take over the presidency of the OSCE in 2010. Follow the news on Kazakhstan January 15, 2021 Find out more Reporters prevented from covering Kazakh parliamentary electionscenter_img February 5, 2021 Find out more Kazakh reporter accuses police of attacking her to go further News KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia Regional newspaper editor harassed after investigating real estate scandal Organisation News October 30, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Suspect at large after four cars struck by gunfire near Seattle airport

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) — Authorities are searching for at least one person who opened fire on four cars traveling down Highway 509 near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.The highway near the airport was shut down for more than five hours while Washington Highway Patrol searched for the shooter Wednesday afternoon.Seattle resident Mary Ertl’s windshield was one of those struck.“I heard a boom, and then glass all over my face,” Ertl told ABC affiliate KOMO-TV. “I thought it was a rock until I looked at the passenger side, and then I knew it was a bullet.”Although no one was hurt, the western-most runway at the airport also was temporarily closed as a precaution. The highway later fully reopened.Investigators told KOMO-TV the shooter likely was on foot, on the side of the highway, based on the trajectory of the bullets. Each vehicle was hit on the driver’s side.“When we’re arriving at things like this, we are putting on our active-shooter gear — which is a blessing to have — the heavier vests that stops rifles and helmets,” trooper Rick Johnson told KOMO-TV.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more