Investigative reporter held arbitrarily in northeastern city

first_img News Help by sharing this information KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Kazakhstan Reporters prevented from covering Kazakh parliamentary elections RSF_en KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia Regional newspaper editor harassed after investigating real estate scandal Receive email alerts to go further Reporters Without Borders condemns investigative reporter Yaroslav Golyshkin’s arbitrary detention for the past month in a prison in the northeastern city of Pavlodar and calls on the judicial system to guarantee his right to due process.Everything indicates that the regional authorities are trying to make him the scapegoat for a scandal allegedly involving Pavlodar regional governor Kanat Bozumbayev’s son.Arrested by the National Security Committee (KNB) on 14 May, Golyshkin is being held on blackmail and extortion charges brought by the governor and is currently subject to a pre-trial detention order valid until 16 July.Golyshkin was investigating a rape that allegedly took place in the governor’s residence on the night of 19 February. The regional prosecutor’s office conducted a criminal investigation into the rape that was closed on 16 April after an out-of-court settlement between the victim and perpetrator.Pavlodar had been abuzz with rumours about the rape since late February but the authorities refused to provide any information to the local media, which tried to establish the facts on their own.Golyshkin, who has done well-researched stories on corruption and criminal cases in the past, managed to contact the young victim and film her account of the assault. But he decided not publish the video, partly because he did not want cause her problems and partly because he wanted to get additional evidence.The authorities nonetheless knew he was investigating the case and, in mid-April, he was summoned for questioning by the KNB and learned that the governor had accused him of blackmail on the basis of the video, which reportedly implicated his son.Subjected to repeated interrogations sessions without being charged, Golyshkin surrendered all copies of the video to the authorities. According to his lawyer, he was finally arrested when he refused to make a false statement clearing the governor’s son of any blame.“Golyshkin has been in prison for the past month but no one has been charged for the rape he was investigating,” said Johann Bihr, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.“The many inconsistencies and contradictions surrounding this case give the impression that trumped-up charges have been brought against Golyshkin and that he is just a scapegoat. We urge the authorities to free him at once and to transfer the case to a different jurisdiction.”Golyshkin’s lawyer, Dmitry Kuryachenko, was himself detained for four hours in early June for trying to give Golyshkin a letter from his mother.The rape victim and a girl-friend are currently being held by the KNB in what the authorities call “judicial protection.” But this is disputed by her family, who are being denied any contact with her. Internet access to most articles about the case is blocked within hours of their being posted online.Renowned for his professionalism, Golyshkin writes stories that are often critical of the local authorities for Versya, a local newspaper. He was physically attacked in April 2006 after reporting the abduction of a member of the financial police who had been investigating organized crime.Kazakhstan is ranked 160th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. All of the leading independent national newspapers were closed in 2012 and all attempts to create new ones have been quickly suppressed. A handful of independent regional newspapers struggle to survive.Sign the petition in support of Golyshkin launched by Kazakh NGO “Legal Media Centre” (in Russian) center_img June 13, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Investigative reporter held arbitrarily in northeastern city News Kazakh reporter accuses police of attacking her News Organisation January 15, 2021 Find out more News February 5, 2021 Find out more October 30, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Press release: Welsh Secretary to outline his vision for a “Western Powerhouse”

first_imgThe time has come to maximise the many strengths of a natural economic region that has been frustrated by tolling for over 50 years, Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns will say today when he delivers a speech on his vision for the “Western Powerhouse” concept at the Policy Forum Wales seminar in Newport.Speaking to an audience of leaders from local government, education, private and academic sectors from both sides of the Severn Estuary, the Welsh Secretary will lay down the gauntlet and challenge the experts to come forward with their ideas on how to bolster existing relationships and develop new partnerships across the nations.At the end of 2018, one of the greatest economic barriers to Wales’ prosperity will be consigned to history when the UK Government removes the tolls to use the Severn Crossings.Companies on both sides of the border are already benefitting from the removal of VAT on the tolls in January.When the tolls are abolished completely, the UK Government wants to see businesses pool their expertise to deliver the ideas and projects that will not only benefit the cities of Swansea, Cardiff, Newport, Bristol and Bath but the wider South Wales and South West England regions as well.Opening the Policy Forum for Wales seminar, Alun Cairns will say: He will also lay down the challenge to business leaders to come forward with ideas on how the ‘Western Powerhouse’ can become a reality.He will say; The cities on the western side of the UK are individually strong, but collectively, we are not strong enough. We need to light the blue touch paper and make a real step change to the way businesses, people and industry from the cities and towns from both sides of the Severn work together when the tolls are removed. And I’m not talking about one city taking the lead, but a collection of cities, of communities, of businesses, sufficiently close to each other that, combined, they can take on the world. Able to provide jobs and opportunities to the many people who live in or are looking to invest in this region. So we need to seize the opportunity to create an ecomomic region on the Western side of the UK that can compete with the Northern Powerhouse, the Midlands Engine and with the economy of the South East.center_img This is not a marketing campaign or a one-off event. It’s got to be a serious, long-term strategy to make this part of the UK greater than the sum of its parts. For far too long, the physical barrier of the Severn tolls have prevented businesses and people in Wales and the South West from working together in a way that they could have been. Whilst differences to our own cross-border region exist, it is clear that we can learn lessons and benefit from each others’ experience. This has got to be driven by you, the experts. It’s got to be about your attitude and about your ideas.last_img read more

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SMC panel educates students on landing internships

first_imgCaitlyn Jordan Organized by the Career Crossings Office and department of business and economics, an internship panel presented on Wednesday to educate students on landing proper internship positions.Wednesday, the Career Crossings Office (CCO) and the department of business administration and economics sponsored an internship panel to help Saint Mary’s students find the right internship to spearhead future career goals.The panel consisted of five members, including director of talent management with INTERNsjc for the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce Kate Lee, Sunburst Races Coordinator for Beacon Health System Theresa Fry and Saint Mary’s students, senior Sara Bauer and juniors Maddie Gibbs and Megan McCullough.Stacie Jeffirs, director of the CCO and mediator for the event, said she hoped the panelists would provide students with the information they need to find and participate in an internship occurring during the summer months or during the school year.“Students should [learn] more about what employers seek in interns, how to stand out in the application process and how they can make the most of their internship experiences,” Jeffirs said.During the panel, both McCullough and Bauer recommended scheduling a meeting with the CCO to the attendees of the panel.“My first piece of advice would be to go to the Career Crossings Office because they will help guide you to getting the internship that you want,” Bauer said.“We assist students by helping them identify their interests and how these connect to possible internship opportunities, providing information on how to research and locate internships and applying for opportunities, which includes assistance with writing resumes and cover letters, networking and interviewing,” Jeffirs said.The panel revolved around questions concerning what employers are looking for in an internship applicant.“Show that you are organized. Always be on time or a little early, and show that you have communication skills,” Frye said. “It is very important for me to know that you are going to be able to pick up the phone and talk to people.”Lee said along with flexibility in a candidate, she also looks for professionalism in a candidate’s e-mails and resumes. She stressed the importance of always using spell check and professional language in the work environment.“You must also dress for the position that you want for yourself because you have plenty of time to press your pants if you do not have a job,” Lee said.The panel also discussed the importance of responding to e-mails from employers with promptness.“If you want [an internship], you have to show them that you want it,” Gibbs said. “You need to be prompt, because if you make [the employer] wait, they will lose their interest in you.”Frye said employers will also assume that you have lost interest in pursuing an internship with their company if you do not respond to their e-mails or calls in a timely manner.“I have a hard time with delayed responses to e-mails,” Frye said. “We have smart phones and computers that we are always on. If you cannot respond in 24 hours, I will assume that you are just not that interested.”McCullough said it is essential for students to show their potential employer that they have confidence.“You cannot be afraid to go into something that you have never done before. Be courageous and be confident because an employer will notice,” McCullough said.Tags: Career Crossings Office, internship, Internship Panel, panel on internships, SMC internship panel, stacie jeffirslast_img read more

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Slick and hazardous road conditions reported throughout the tri-state

first_imgBatesville, In. — Law enforcement officials are reporting slick and hazardous conditions throughout southeastern Indiana. State Road 350 is closed near Hillcrest due to a crash involving entrapment, State Road 129 between Versailles and Batesville is reportedly very slick and hazardous and Indiana State Police are working a multiple vehicle crash at mile marker 123 on the westbound side of I-74. Click here for up to the minute traffic information.Also, A serious accident has been reported on State Road 46 east of Batesville near Indian Lake.Numerous callers have reported very slick and hazardous conditions on I-74, State Roads, 350, 129 & 46. There are also numerous slide-offs on I-74.last_img read more

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Aussie great Adam Gilchrist believes Rohit Sharma can open in Test cricket

first_imgAdvertisement 4k6fygNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3m5xWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ecp( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7d4Would you ever consider trying this?😱63cz22Can your students do this? 🌚4j8jRoller skating! Powered by Firework Former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist reckons Rohit Sharma can easily open for India in Test matches at home. However, he also mentioned that the ODI opener will face a huge challenge in foreign conditions. Rohit, who was in the squad for the West Indies tour was not included in the playing XI in both the tests. The Mumbai Indians captain has been selected ahead of KL Rahul in the upcoming test series against South Africa.Advertisement “At home, Rohit can most definitely play as opener,” Gilchrist told The Hindu in an interview on Wednesday.Advertisement “But it might be more challenging when touring Australia, South Africa and England,” he added.Gilchrist was once Rohit’s teammate in the IPL during their stint with the Deccan Chargers and mentioned that the Indian batsman deceives people with his class.Advertisement “I love Rohit. We’ve played together for Deccan Chargers in the IPL,” said the 47-year-old.“I think Rohit deceives people. I mean, since he is a laidback (kind of) guy, people think he is not working hard enough. In reality, he is world-class,” he added.Earlier this week, chief selector of BCCI, M.S.K. Prasad, stated that K.L. Rahul’s form in the Tests was a concern for both the team and the board and that Rohit might play as an opener in the five-day format as well.Rahul who scored 44, 38, 13 and 6 in two Tests against West Indies, hasn’t managed to score beyond 50 since his 149 against England at the Oval last year. While former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly had also asked for Rohit’s inclusion in the Test squad. Advertisementlast_img read more

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OPINION: Three more reasons to love the Canucks

first_imgReason number three, Trevor Linden and the NHL Players’ Association.Trevor Linden is regarded as a Vancouver Canucks hero.  In 2008, his jersey was retired as a symbol of how meaningful his career as a Vancouver Canuck has been to the fans and franchise.  Linden not only led the Canucks to game seven in the Stanley Cup Finals with a work ethic that legends are made of, he also worked on behalf of all players in the NHL Players’ Association.In the two countries where NHL teams are located, the U.S. (24 teams) and Canada (6 teams), the disparity between the rich and poor is growing considerably.  Right now in the U.S., the top one-hundredth of one percent make an average of $27 million per household, while the average income for the bottom 90 percent is $31,244 (6).  Similarly, within the past 12 years in Canada, there’s been a 444 per cent salary increase for the country’s top CEOs.  The top 10 earners collected $330.3 million in 2007 from $60.7 million in 1995 (7).Hockey players go on the ice every night and give 100% for their teammates, their communities, and the millions of fans that look up to and draw inspiration from them.  Just like working class women and men, hockey players deserve a fair wage. Trevor Linden’s work on behalf of NHL players in the NHL Players’ Association is tantamount to his work on-ice as the Canuck’s captain.  During the 2004-05 NHL lockout, Linden worked tirelessly to ensure a fair deal between players and the owners was reached.  As the disparity between the rich and poor continues to grow, we can look to the hard work of the Vancouver Canuck hero Trevor Linden as an inspiration to work towards a more egalitarian society, where wealth is more evenly distributed. The work of these players off the ice, compounded with their hard work, skills and determination demonstrated on the ice, gives us even more reason to celebrate the Vancouver Canucks.  For their work with international solidarity, sick children, collective bargaining, positioning, passing, hitting, saving, and scoring, we have many reasons to love the Vancouver Canucks.Michael Scott is an activist and blogger from Robson, BC. This article originally appeared in his blog.References:1.…2.…6.…8. As I write this, the Vancouver Canucks are in the number one spot in the National Hockey League (NHL).  Canucks forward Daniel Sedin currently has the most points in the league, and his twin brother Henrik has the third most points (Henrik won the Hart Trophy for most points in the NHL last season).  The Sedins are not the only reason why many feel the Canucks have a great shot at the coveted Stanley Cup this season, the Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo is fresh off leading Team Canada to a gold medal in Vancouver last year, and continues to have an extraordinary winning record.  With the additions of Keith Ballard and Dan Hamhuis, the depth of the Canucks defense is impressive.  Also, the Sedin brothers are not the only forwards finding the back of the net: many forwards, including Ryan Kesler, are having an outstanding season.There is no question about it, the Vancouver Canucks are an exciting team to watch this season based solely on their on-ice achievements.  However, I am going to give fans of hockey and social justice three more reasons to love the Vancouver Canucks.Reason number one, Dan Hamhuis and Haiti.In 2004, Canada helped back a coup against Haiti’s democratically elected President, Jean-Bertrand Aristide.  This was an unfortunate decision, as it helped to further destabilize Haiti politically, instead of allowing Haiti to address the country’s immense poverty (Haiti is the second poorest country in the western hemisphere). Thus, on January 12, 2010, when a massive earthquake struck Haiti, the country suffered greatly due to the magnitude of the natural earthquake, as well as the country’s political turmoil and extensive poverty.Again, Canadian politicians were offside in responding to Haiti’s plight.  Instead of sending emergency rescue teams trained to deal with disasters like earthquakes, Canada militarized its aid to Haiti.  If I was ever trapped under a building, I would want an expert in search and rescue, backed by acute health care professionals sent to help me, not experts in hand to hand combat and the use of firearms (1).  Thus, when the Vancouver Canucks’ Dan Hamhuis visited Haiti in June 2010, half a year after the earthquake, the country was still in ruins (2). Unlike the armed soldiers Canada sent to Haiti, Dan Hamhuis went to Haiti armed with sports equipment donated by local stores from his home town of Smithers, BC; Hamhuis went down with an open mind and a good heart to show solidarity with the Haitian peoples and to raise awareness to their ongoing struggle.  Canadian politicians can learn a lot from the Vancouver Canucks blue liner, Dan Hamhuis.Reason number two, the Sedin brothers and Vancouver Children’s Hospital.Vancouver is world-renowned.  It consistently gets voted one of the world’s most livable cities.  Nevertheless, Vancouver has its problems.  It is the largest city in the province of British Columbia and BC has the country’s highest child poverty rate (one out of every ten children live in poverty) and the lowest minimum wage in the country: $8 and it hasn’t increased in ten years (3).Health Canada states that income is the number one determinant of health (4), as such, one out of every ten children in BC have the odds stacked against them for maintaining good health status; however, where the politicians and policy makers of British Columbia have failed the children of BC, good people like the Sedin brothers have helped.In March 2010, Daniel and Henrik donated $1.5 million dollars towards the new B.C. Children’s Hospital (5).  This money was donated quietly, with not too many people knowing about it (there was no “Sedin action plan” sign plastered for all to see following the donation).The Sedins came to Vancouver ten years ago, and they have ignited the province on and off the ice.  On the other hand, the province’s politicians have stagnated the minimum wage for ten years, compromising the health of the province’s people, including children.  BC politicians and employers can learn a lot from the compassion of the Vancouver Canucks elite forwards, Daniel and Henrik Sedin.last_img read more

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