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  • Opposition journalist’s death – was it suicide or murder?

    first_img “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says AB: Firstly, all those who knew Oleg Bebenin, his colleagues and friends, say he was someone with a very optimistic personality. They have all said he was a very stable person, with a love of life and no depressive tendencies at all. His character and personality completely contradict the official position that it was suicide.Secondly, Oleg Bebenin had no reason to take his own life. Everything was going well at his work, which he liked, and where he was appreciated and respected. There was no problem in his private life. Everything was going well with his wife and his two children, whom he loved. There was nothing at all to suggest that he might have wanted to kill himself.Finally, Oleg has arranged meetings for the day of his death and the following days. He had many plans for the imminent future and displayed a lot of optimism. All these factors cast serious doubt on the official position that he committed suicide.RWB: How have the authorities reacted to the opposition’s refusal to believe the official version? RSF_en Reporters Without Borders: Oleg Bebenin’s family and colleagues dispute the police claim that it was suicide. Do you think his death was the result of his activities as a journalist and founder of the Charter 97 news website, or his intention to join the team of Andrei Sannikov, who will probably run against President Alexander Lukashenko in the next presidential election?Andrei Bastunets: The official version, that of suicide, does indeed fuel doubts and raises many questions which are unfortunately likely to remain unanswered. The Charter 97 news website is a very influential opposition site. Oleg Bebenin and those who worked with him have published criticism that could have irritated the authorities. They were often harassed because of their journalistic activities.But it is extremely difficult at this time to identify the reasons for Oleg’s death, whether it was a suicide – and if it was, it is incomprehensible – or whether it was a murder in reprisal for his journalistic activities or perhaps his cooperation with Andrei Sannikov.RWB: What are the factors that contradict the suicide theory? News News BelarusEurope – Central Asia BelarusEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts September 8, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Opposition journalist’s death – was it suicide or murder? to go further Follow the news on Belarus Читать на русском: http://en.rsf.org/belarus-delo-olega-bebenina-suicid-ili-08-09-2010,38313.html Oleg Bebenin, a journalist and outspoken government critic, was found hanged in his country house near Minsk on 3 September. He had been due to go to the cinema with friends that evening. The police say there is no reason to doubt that he took his own life, but his relatives and colleagues insist that the circumstances of his death were very strange.Natallya Radzina, the editor of the opposition website that Bebenin founded, Charter 97, told Reporters Without Borders: “We doubt that it was a suicide for many reasons. He was a happy and stable person. Shortly before his death, he joined the campaign team of Andrei Sannikov, who is going to be a candidate in the next presidential election. His relations with his family were fantastic. He loved his work. No suicide note was found…”The Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ), a Reporters Without Borders partner organisation and winner of the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize in 2004, has written to the interior minister and attorney general calling for an objective and transparent investigation into Bebenin’s death.Reporters Without Borders interviewed BAJ president Andrei Bastunets about the case: AB: The news of Oleg’s death has shocked and upset many people. His fellow journalists cannot believe he is dead. He was a great journalist. His death has been reported everywhere. Even the pro-government media, which usually do not react to criminal cases involving independent journalists, have reported Oleg’s death. But only the independent and opposition media have drawn attention to the doubts being expressed about the official version that it was suicide.RWB: And finally, what is your personal reaction?AB: I would just like to say that if the theory that it was a murder aimed at intimidating journalists and civil society is true, then it definitely has not worked. It has not caused fear, just a deep sadness. AB: I should point out that the suicide theory is the one being put out at all levels of the state and by the police although the forensic investigation is not yet over. The investigating committee said that all hypotheses would be considered but it is unfortunately probable that, like other cases of journalists who died or disappeared in suspicious circumstances, Oleg’s death will never be really clarified.RWB: How have the local media reacted to the case? Organisation RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” News June 2, 2021 Find out more Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown May 28, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is itself deeply saddened by Bebenin’s tragic death and offers its full moral support to his family and colleagues. It urges the authorities to carry out an objective investigation that does not rule out the possibility that he was killed because of his work as a journalist. His professionalism, courage and determination as a journalist deserve to be honoured. He continued to fight for independent journalism in Belarus despite being kidnapped in 1997 and physically attacked in 1999. Help by sharing this information News May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

  • Over 20 Countries Will Meet in Colombia for Expodefensa

    first_imgBy Dialogo October 30, 2012 On October 25, Colombia’s Deputy Defense Minister for the Social and Enterprise Defense and Wellbeing Group, Yaneth Giha, introduced EXPODEFENSA 2012, a specialized fair for the industry of national and international defense and security that will be held from October 31 to November 2 in Bogotá. “For Colombia, this fair is an additional confirmation of the position we enjoy in the field of defense and security; it is a vote of confidence that countries and companies in this arena are giving us,” said Giha. The Deputy Minister revealed that delegations of Armed Forces from 20 countries, such as China, Romania, Israel, United States, United Kingdom, Chile, Brazil, Spain, and Central American nations, among others, will attend the event. She also stated that over 100 national and foreign companies will showcase their most recent products and advances in individual and collective weaponry, vehicles, vessels, boats, planes and helicopters. Finally, Deputy Defense Minister Giha indicated that the event will have a space to unveil technology, which consists of showing in detail the required parts for a product that is currently being imported, so national companies can assess and potentially express their interest to build them. “Colombian companies, such as the Corporation for Science and Technology for the Development of the Naval, Maritime and Riverine Industry, and the Colombian Aviation Industry Corporation will have the chance to deploy technologies that are currently being imported, so national companies can evaluate their potential to offer them,” indicated Giha.last_img read more

  • Pre-season football in Leinster and Ulster this evening

    first_imgIn the Bord Na Mona O’Byrne Cup, there’s eight second round matches down for decision tonight – including another outing for defending All Ireland champions, Dublin.With Parnell Park deemed unplayable, Jim Gavin’s men will host IT Carlow at the all-weather pitch at the St Brigid’s club in Blanchardstown.Elsewhere, Wexford will host DCU in Enniscorthy, Laois clash with Carlow, UCD visit Meath, Westmeath take-on Longford in Mullingar and Wicklow go up against Maynooth University. Those matches will all throw-in at half-past seven, while there’s two matches in the O’Byrne Cup that will get underway at 8 o’clock.Kildare will face Louth in Hawkfield, while DIT go to Dunganny to take-on Offaly.In the McKenna Cup in Ulster, there’s two matches tonight – both of them with 8pm throw-ins.There’s a first round match-up between Fermanagh and St Marys in Garvaghey, while Antrim and Queens will go head-to-head in their second round tie.last_img read more

  • Jewelry Loans at Kluh Jewelers: A Safe Alternative to Pawn

    first_imgSubmitted by L. Jeanette Strole Parks for Kluh JewelersMatt Kluh, owner of the Lacey locationThe Reality TV world has made much of pawn shops lately, and while there are better and worse pawn shops, another proposition for local residents is to do a jewelry-collateral loan at Lacey’s Kluh Jewelers. Located in the Kohl’s and Target Plaza on Sleater-Kinney, Kluh Jewelers will happily assist you in getting maximum value for your valuable items, whether you opt to outright sell the jewelry, or just do a temporary loan.So what is the difference between a pawn shop and a jewelry loan? “Kluh Jewelers specializes as a jewelry pawn shop and handles personal cash loans for jewelry, diamonds, Rolex watches, gold, silver flatware, or solid gold coins used as collateral. We are a licensed pawnbroker and members of the Washington Pawnbrokers Association.”In other words, when you sign up for a loan contract with Kluh, you retain ownership until you pay off the loan, at which point you can claim your jewelry.  Getting a loan at a reputable store means you will have a pleasant and trustworthy experience with trained jewelry professionals, versus with a pawn shop  also filled with lawnmowers, stereos and rifles.  You can rest assured that Kluh will give you a good price for your aunt’s cameo brooch.“You are merely leaving it with us as collateral in case you fail to pay for the loan in accordance with the terms of the loan agreement.” Using state of the art technology they can evaluate the quality of metals, gems, and carat or gram weight of stones and metals and pay you a fair market value right on the spot.  Your jewelry will be cleaned free of charge upon pick up.As you can imagine, this is considerably safer than mailing off your jewelry to an unknown destination, hoping that they won’t keep your items, and stiff you on the fair value. In addition to that, the jewelry is not harmed in any way, whereas many other places will melt your gold and silver down to weigh it and check for purity, and then you no longer have an option to change your mind. As far as the interest rates go on a jewelry-collateral loan, a $100 loan has an interest rate of 3%. This is much cheaper then a what disruption in utility services may cost.The advantage to doing a jewelry-collateral loan is that there is no credit-check involved and you can quickly get money and have the option to come back to fetch your valuable items. The cost is less than a “pay-day loan” and cheaper than service charges or late fees on bills that you might be struggling to pay.Of course, you also have the option to sell the items outright, or get a second opinion about the value of your item if you have already received an offer from a competing jewelry store.The following is a condensed list of what Kluh Jewelers will buy from walk-in customers:Photo by Alaina Lynn PhotographyGold and platinum,Diamond jewelry,Gemstone jewelry (sapphire, emerald, ruby and tanzanite)Designer jewelry such as Cartier, and Tiffany and Co.Gold watchesSolid-gold coinsAntique and estate jewelrySilver tea sets, flatware, hollow ware, and serving pieces.If you have any questions, stop in and ask. Kluh Jeweler’s customer service is most agreeable, professional and helpful.So, the next time you feel a little strapped for cash, consider what jewelry items might be laying around in your house that could float you through a lean month and take a trip to Kluh Jewelers in Lacey. Facebook18Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

  • Fraser Named “City Champion” by Association of Washington Cities

    first_imgFacebook34Tweet0Pin0Submitted by the Washington State LegistlatureSen. Karen Fraser, D-Thurston County, has received the “City Champion” Award from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) in recognition for her distinguished legislative career in service to cities and local governments. Fraser received the award during the October 11 AWC Regional Meeting at Lacey City Hall.“It is a great honor to receive this award,” said Fraser. “Being able to bring my experience as a mayor of Lacey, a city council member and a county commissioner into the Legislature has been invaluable. Our cities and towns play an essential role in our government and help strengthen our communities.”Senator Karen Fraser was awarede the “City Champion” Award on October 11. Photo Credit: Washington State LSSThe City Champion Awards are a part of AWC’s Strong Cities, Great State campaign that brings cities and towns together to achieve greater results and deliver stronger services. This is the third year that AWC has presented the award to select legislators who played key roles in advocating on behalf of issues that are important for the creation of strong communities.Fraser has dedicated her life to public service. She spent two and a half years as a Lacey City Council member, five years as the mayor of Lacey, eight years as a Thurston County commissioner, four years as a state representative, and the last 24 years as a state senator. Fraser will be retiring at the end of her Senate term in 2017.The AWC serves its members through advocacy, education and services. Founded in 1933, AWC is a private, non-profit, nonpartisan corporation that represents Washington’s cities and towns before the state legislature, the state executive branch, and with regulatory agencies.last_img read more

  • Sports Briefs

    first_imgReal are top moneymakers LONDON (AP): Real Madrid are football’s biggest moneymakers for the 11th straight year, while Bayern Munich dropped to their lowest position in eight years. Madrid’s revenue of US$628 million in 2014-15 kept them top of the Football Money League compiled by accountancy firm Deloitte. The revenue of the world’s top 20 clubs, which are all European and include nine from the Premier League, grew 8 percent year-to-year to US$7.2 billion. European and Spanish champions Barcelona regained second place by generating US$609 million, displacing Manchester United, who made US$560 million while still struggling on the pitch in the post-Alex Ferguson era. French champion Paris Saint-Germain climbed to fourth by generating US$522 million, followed by Bayern on US$515 million. Napoli coach Sarri banned MILAN (AP): Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri has been banned for two Italian Cup matches and fined US$22,000 for “directing extremely insulting epithets” toward his Inter Milan counterpart, Roberto Mancini. Sarri was sanctioned after making anti-gay slurs to Mancini during Napoli’s 2-0 loss in the quarterfinals on Tuesday. Napoli says yesterday’s decision “formally clarifies” that Sarri’s comments were delivered in anger but were not driven by racist or anti-gay discrimination. The club says it hopes Mancini “can accept the apologies which have repeatedly been offered.” Mancini was fined US$5,422 for “an intimidating attitude toward the coach of the opposing team, who had insulted him” and for being “disrespectful” toward the fourth official in the dressing room after the match. Chelsea player joins Werder Bremen on loan BREMEN, Germany (AP): Chelsea defender Papy Djilobodji has joined Werder Bremen on loan until the end of the season. The Bundesliga club announced the deal yesterday without giving financial details. Werder Bremen are 16th in the Bundesliga and face a struggle against relegation when the campaign resumes this weekend after the winter break. The club needed a defender after the departure of Assani Lukimya for China. Djilobodji could make his debut on Sunday at Schalke. He arrived in Chelsea last summer from the French club Nantes and made only one brief League Cup appearance in September.last_img read more

  • Birmingham eyeing swoop for former Arsenal youngster

    first_img Jay Emmanuel-Thomas [right] 1 Birmingham are poised to make a move for Bristol City striker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.The former Arsenal striker only started ten league games this season but still played his part in helping Steve Cotterill’s side gain promotion into the Championship.Emmanuel-Thomas is out of contract this summer and seems unlikely to stay at Ashton Gate.Birmingham are looking to strengthen their forward line during the summer and Gary Rowett could be set to make a move for the 24-year-old.Emmanuel-Thomas hinted that he could be set to leave the League One champions when he tweeted: “What a fantastic day today all round, love these boyz to da max. Going to miss them.”last_img read more

  • a month agoWest Ham captain Mark Noble: Special to beat Man Utd

    first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham captain Mark Noble: Special to beat Man Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham captain Mark Noble was delighted with victory over Manchester United.The midfielder was outstanding for the 2-0.“It’s not just consecutive home wins over Manchester United, but consecutive home wins this season too, as we played a really good Norwich team last time out here, so the feelgood factor around the club at the moment is high,” Noble told Sky Sports.“It makes it that little bit more special when you beat Manchester United at home and you perform like that, with another clean sheet – I think that’s three in a row now – and another three points for us.””That result gives us belief that we can compete with the top teams with the players we’ve got here,” said the No16, who was making his record 353rd Premier League appearance. “The feelgood factor around the Club is real and to get another clean sheet and another three points is special.” last_img read more

  • Gov’t Committed to Seven-Year High-School Expansion Programme

    first_img Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says that the Government is committed to a seven-year programme for the expansion of high-school space across the island. Story Highlights He was speaking to JIS News following a tour of construction projects at Nain High in St. Elizabeth and New Forest Primary and Junior High in Manchester. He noted that while a number of institutions have been built and upgraded over the years, more places are needed to meet needs. center_img Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says that the Government is committed to a seven-year programme for the expansion of high-school space across the island.He noted that while a number of institutions have been built and upgraded over the years, more places are needed to meet needs.He was speaking to JIS News following a tour of construction projects at Nain High in St. Elizabeth and New Forest Primary and Junior High in Manchester.Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid (left), makes a point about the new classrooms being built at New Forest Primary and Junior High school in Manchester during a recent tour of the project site. Listening (from second left) are Project Manager, Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), Everold Simms; Principal of the school, Arnaldo Allen; and Regional Director, Ministry of Education’s Region 5, Dr. Nadine Leachman. Senator Reid noted that a number of primary and junior high schools in the neighbouring parishes have been upgraded to full secondary institutions, and rehabilitation work is under way at Sydney Pagon Academy in St. Elizabeth.In Manchester, new classrooms are being added at Mount St. Joseph Catholic High, a new school will be built at Mile Gully, and Holmwood Technical High will be expanded.Senator Reid said that the Ministry has built 69 classrooms and accompanying amenities in primary and secondary schools across the island, in order to ease overcrowding and take students off the double-shift system.“The plan is to remove all of them (from shift) eventually,” he noted.The Ministry is partnering with the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) to build new classrooms at New Forest Primary and Nain High.Forty-foot containers are being utilised to construct two-storey structures, which are reinforced with concrete walls, slab roofs and concrete flooring.Nain is transitioning into a technical high school and will have new and more modern laboratories, an auditorium, a canteen and proper sports facilities.Minister Reid said that students will have two additional years of secondary education, “so that they will be ready for a more competitive job market which now requires people with higher skill levels”.The CMU has employed the same building technique in the construction of classrooms at Bryce Primary in Manchester and Inswood High in St. Catherine.last_img read more