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Turkish journalists arrested for reporting Covid-19 cases

first_imgNews RSF_en Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor A specialist sprays disinfectant while sanitizing Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease, March 25, 2020 (photo : Umit BEKTAS / Reuters). Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Organisation TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesMedia independence Covid19ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment May 11, 2020 Turkish journalists arrested for reporting Covid-19 cases April 28, 2021 Find out more Newscenter_img News April 2, 2021 Find out more to go further Follow the news on Turkey Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns arrests of journalists covering the Covid-19 epidemic in Turkey, where the authorities have been tightening their grip on information since the start of the epidemic. Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesMedia independence Covid19ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Official information about the epidemic is proving very partial in Turkey and only the public health ministry is providing statistics about the spread of the virus. Several local journalists have been arrested and charged after publishing information about cases of infection in their region.In the northern province of Bartin, Mustafa Ahmet Oktay, the owner of the newspaper Pusula (Compass), and his editor, Eren Sarıkaya, were arrested on 18 March after reporting that a doctor had tested positive to the coronavirus. The judicial authorities accused them of “sowing panic and fear” under article 213 of the penal code and of not waiting for official information, a requirement imposed by the local authorities, before publishing anything about the epidemic. The two journalists are facing the possibility of between two and four years in prison.Night-time arrestsIn the southern province of Antalya, the editor of the news website Haberimizvar.net (News for You), Idris Özyol, and one of his reporters, Ebru Küçükaydin, were arrested in the middle of the night of 13 March and were taken before the local prosecutor’s office because of an article about a coronavirus case in Demre, one of the province’s towns. The article was subsequently deleted from the site.Ismet Çiğit, the news director of the news website Kocaeli Ses (Kocaeli Voices), was arrested at his home in Kocaeli, a city near Istanbul, on the night of 21 March after publishing an article headlined, “Two coronavirus-linked deaths in Derince hospital.” His editor, Güngör Arslan, also spent the night in the police station. Mesut Akbulut, the editor of the Kocaeli newspaper, was briefly detained two days before that for mentioning another coronavirus case in the city.In the western city of Izmir, Tugay Can, a reporter for the Iz Gazete website, was summoned by the local security directorate’s cyber-crime section on 26 March for reporting two new cases of Covid-19 among the city’s medical personnel.Two journalists in the eastern province of Van, Oktay Candemir and Rusen Takva, were summoned for questioning by the police simply for sharing Covid-19 information on social media.“The local media are among the leading collateral victims of the coronavirus in Turkey,” RSF Turkey representative Erol Onderoglu said. “The authorities were already harassing outspoken media outlets. Now local journalists, the leading witnesses of the public health crisis in the field, are also being undermined, at a time when the public’s right to information is crucial.”Turkey is ranked 154th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. News April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Report highlights growing concern of depression among footballers

first_imgIncreasing numbers of professional footballers are struggling with anxiety and depression having been forced out of action with the sport suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report by global players’ union FIFPro released on Monday. A study by global players’ union FIFPro has highlighted concern about the growing number of footballers suffering with depression with the sport having been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic FIFPro surveyed 1,602 players across 16 countries, including England, Scotland, France, Australia and the United States, with 468 female players featured in the study. It found that 13 percent of male players surveyed, and 22 percent of female players, reported symptoms of depression. Close to one in five of both male and female players reported symptoms of anxiety. “In football, suddenly young men and women athletes are having to cope with social isolation, a suspension of their working lives and doubts about their future,” said Vincent Gouttebarge, a French former player who is FIFPro’s chief medical officer. While many countries have gone into strict lockdowns in attempts to slow the spread of Covid-19, Gouttebarge pointed out that many professional footballers live in foreign countries without family, and in many cases suffer added anxiety because of being on short-term contracts. The FIFPro survey follows an identical study undertaken in December and January which found that the percentage of players reporting symptoms of depression were much lower – just 11 percent among females and six percent among males – although it involved only 307 players. “In us performing the study and publishing these results we are very conscious that what we are communicating here is a reflection of a problem in broader society that affects many more people than our members,” said FIFPro’s General Secretary, Jonas Baer-Hoffmann. Read Also: La Liga: Madrid plan to play remaining games at Alfredo Di Stéfano stadium However, Baer-Hoffmann sounded a note of caution and dismissed suggestions that the study provided any argument for rushing back onto the field. “If we were to pressure players back in an environment where they may feel their safety is being put in danger, then it would rather add to their anxiety and concern,” he said. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… “I think the emphasis should be more on understanding that football players in general are actually more similar to average society than most people think.” Footballers in many countries have been confined to their homes with competitions having been suspended since mid-March. Discussions are ongoing among federations and governing bodies about how and when the season can resume, with Europe’s biggest leagues hopeful of starting again soon with matches behind closed doors. Promoted Content6 Best Natural History Museums You Won’t Regret VisitingWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Nowlast_img read more

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Keane sits out training

first_img Interim manager Noel King and his players were due to fly out of Dublin on Wednesday afternoon to complete their preparations in Germany. The 33-year-old LA Galaxy frontman watched from the sidelines after taking a kick to the ankle. However, goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly later insisted Keane was not a doubt for Friday night’s Group C encounter in Cologne. Ireland skipper Robbie Keane sat out training on Wednesday morning just two days before the World Cup qualifier in Germany.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Virat Kohli a fantastic captain and his teammates follow him: AB de Villiers

first_imgAB de Villiers backed Virat Kohli as a captain to get a lot of success with Team India in the next few years, asserting the fact that he has enjoyed his time as a player under Kohli and he has seen him evolve from close quarters.Former England captain Mike Brearley recently said that Kohli’s “articulacy, his charisma, his presence, his skill, his fierce thoughtfulness could become tyrannical, a bit autocratic.”De Villiers, however, backed his good mate and said “he leads by example and his teammates follow him”.”Virat is a fantastic captain. We’re friends, I have seen him grow from strength to strength in the last few years and there’s no doubt that he’s a great captain. I really enjoyed playing under him, he leads by example and his teammates follow him. So, I’m expecting a lot of success for him and his team in the next few years,” de Villiers told indiatoday.in on the sidelines of Royal Stag Perfect Strokes event in New Delhi.Also read – You have to be honest with your fans: Mo Farah on how to find takers for distance runningDe Villiers was also very sure about the quality of Indian batsmen despite their failure in England during a five-match Test series. Barring Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, the others struggled to make an impact as India lost 4-1. AB de Villiers said failures are part of sport and so is criticism. (India Today Photo)The Indian batsmen faced a lot of criticism for their technique and temperament but de Villiers strongly believes that they are all match-winners and said failures are just part of the sport.advertisement”Every batsman in the world goes through phases, no matter who you are, and the minute you fail everyone goes like ‘but he was just exposed, oh wait, it’s in England so okay he’s bad in England conditions’. The Indian batting line-up is one of the best in the world if not the best so they didn’t play so well collectively in England and now everyone’s suddenly saying that they can’t play in England, they should be dropped and whatever. That’s the nature of sport and I have had 15 years of that.Also read – India took their eye off the ball: Ric Charlesworth on decline of Indian hockey in 1990s”The minute I fail people go like ‘alright, why has he failed? Probably because of the wicket and he probably can’t play on that kind of wicket. So I can’t play spin or I can’t play seam, which is quite funny.”There is nothing wrong with the Indian batting line-up, believe me. They are all match-winners, they are incredibly talented, gifted players. Whether they are backed by people above them or by the media, that’s a different beast but there’s no doubt they can all be no.1 players in the world,” de Villiers further said.Also read – You have to be honest with your fans: Mo Farah on how to find takers for distance runningDe Villiers, who announced a shock retirement earlier in the year after South Africa’s victory over Australia in a home Test series, explained the logic behind his decision.What prompted him to hang up his boots after he finished a triumphant series as the second-highest run scorer with 427 runs in eight innings.Did pressure play a big part?”Yes, part of, big part of it. It’s not really pressure, it’s nonsense.”People always see the best of me and not behind closed doors. Some of what is said gets to you and some stupid comments do bother you. Personally, I always have this fear of embarassing myself. All that travelling 12 months a year and the time away from family, it gets to you. I try to give time to the fans and to the media but it’s not always possible. But I have had good 14-15 years in cricket.” AB de Villiers said some negative comments do bother him. (India Today Photo)De Villiers very fondly spoke about his time playing international cricket for South Africa and how he kept driving himself to do better every time he stepped on the pitch.”You don’t say it often but like most guys on the pinnacle, you do believe you’re the best and can produce miracles. I have always had that inner belief and luckily, I have managed to do some cool stuff on the field and I have enjoyed my cricket.”I will always miss it [international cricket]. It has taught me everything but for me, the end was perfect, it may not be for the others but I liked it. I have two young boys at home and I want to spend time with them. And then I am still available to play in the league. So, I get to stay with my family and still play cricket all over the world.”advertisementDe Villiers went on to say that captaining was an extremely tough part of his career but it helped him perhaps become a better player.”Captaining was tough and initially it was difficult to man-manage. But somehow, it improved my performance, that extra pressure, it helped me find my feet. With captaincy, it is about getting the best from your players and getting everyone in the right system. The support system you have during captaincy is very important.”Also read – India took their eye off the ball: Ric Charlesworth on decline of Indian hockey in 1990sThe friendship between Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers is very well documented and so is the Indian public’s love for de Villiers. The South Africa said there was a time when he first visited India, he did not want to come back but the country eventually grew on him.”I have no idea [how I got so much adulation in India]. It is very humbling the way I’ve been accepted here. I remember it was a culture shock to me the first time I came here as a 19-year-old. It was that Christmas, New Year time and I was missing my family and we were staying somewhere around Faridabad.”As a 19-year-old, I thought I didn’t want to come back but then over the year, I began to love this country, the people, the culture. When I walked on to bat and heard the crowd chanting, I went like ‘is that my name that I’m hearing’? I was shocked at first but then I started to thrive under that love and cheer.”I have a very healthy friendship with Virat. We don’t talk about it but there’s a really good competitiveness between us where both of us want to be better than each other and that helps. It is certainly a lifelong friendship and there have been some great moments between us on the field.” AB de Villiers has said that he and Virat Kohli share a “lifelong friendship”. (BCCI Photo)AB de Villiers also called his friendship with Kohli a “perfect” one.De Villiers gave India a good chance in the upcoming 2019 ICC World Cup and said that the wrist spinners and having previously won the Champions Trophy in England, gives them a good edge.”In the World Cup, India have a good chance. They have some really good wrist spinners who are getting wickets around the world. They previously won the Champions Trophy when no one though a subcontinent side to win it in England and then this time Pakistan, another subcontinent team, won the Champions Trophy. Also England and Australia are always favourites.”advertisementThere is a constant debate on how Test cricket will survive in the age of Twenty20 but de Villiers said he believes Test is ultimate format of the game and he hopes it can survive.”I’m not sure [how Test cricket will be taken forward]. I personally believe it’s the ultimate format and I have seen incredible things happening in Tests. I really hope the people who are responsible find a way and hopefully, there’s a way for both [Tests and T20s] to survive.”De Villiers is an all-round sportsperson and he was also very good at academics. It was evident when he was asked about who he thought were the ‘perfect’ sportsperson and what would he have pursued if not cricket.”Rafael Nadal [perfect sportsperson] when he is at his best, that fierceness is what I like. I always feel Federer does not have the kind of fire I see in Nadal and Djokovic. I’m more of a Nadal and Djokovic-kind of a guy. Also Tiger Woods because of the kind of comeback he has had.”I have always had this affinity towards learning so if not cricket, medicine.”last_img read more

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10 days ago​Five Premier League clubs after Olympiakos defender Elabdellaoui

first_img​Five Premier League clubs after Olympiakos defender Elabdellaouiby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSeveral Premier League clubs are eyeing Olympiakos defender Omar Elabdellaoui.A report from the Daily Mailindicates that five sides from the English top flight are pondering a potential bid for the right back.The Norwegian is wanted by the likes of Bournemouth, Leicester City, Aston Villa, Burnley and Watford.Elabdellaoui has 41 caps for his country, while he is versatile enough to operate on the right wing as well.The 27-year-old would be available for a reasonable fee in January, which will be attractive to Premier League sides wanting to bolster their squads midseason. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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SpaceX launches 10 more Iridium Communications satellites

first_imgVANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Ten more satellites for Iridium Communications have been successfully launched into orbit.A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, at 4:39 a.m. Wednesday and released the satellites about an hour later.It was the seventh launch in Iridium’s $3 billion campaign to replace its entire fleet of globe-circling satellites and brought the number in orbit to 65. One more launch will increase the number to 75, including 66 operational satellites and nine spares.SpaceX says that despite challenging weather and sea conditions, the Falcon’s first stage successfully returned to Earth and landed on a “droneship” stationed in the Pacific Ocean south of Vandenberg.last_img read more

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Power is slowly being restored in Fort St John

first_imgBC Hydro continues to work to restore power with BC Hydro crews on scene, there is no estimated time of restoration of service, shared Gammer.To stay up to date with the progress of restoration Gammer directs customers to visit the BC Hydro website under ‘Power Outage’ then continue to either the ‘View List’ by clicking; HERE. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Since 6 am there have been multiple power outages in Fort St. John and surrounding areas.As of 12:47 pm, there are now 15 outages from the 22 that were listed at 9:57 am. Customers that are currently affected are now at 530 down from 8600 customers a couple of hours ago, shared Bob, Gammer, Community Relations for BC Hydro.last_img read more

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Malaysia exPM Najib goes on trial over 1MDB megascandal

first_imgKuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s disgraced ex-leader Najib Razak pleaded not guilty to all charges against him as he went on trial Wednesday over a multi-billion-dollar fraud, almost a year after his shock election loss. The 65-year-old faced the first of several trials over his alleged involvement in the looting of sovereign wealth fund 1MDB, a state investment vehicle established to develop the economy of the Southeast Asian nation. The former premier and his cronies are accused of plundering billions of dollars from the fund and spending it on everything from high-end real estate to artworks and a luxury yacht. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US He had been tipped to win another term in office easily last year and extend his coalition’s six-decade stranglehold on power, only to be soundly defeated by his former boss, Mahathir Mohamad, who rode a wave of public anger over 1MDB to the premiership. In the months that followed, once-dormant investigations into the controversy were relaunched and Najib was hit with dozens of corruption charges linked to the plundering of the fund. A small crowd of supporters was waiting for Najib as he arrived at the Kuala Lumpur court ahead of his trial, and he prayed with them for a few minutes before entering the building to shouts of “Long Live Najib”. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Looking relaxed in the dock, he denied seven corruption and money-laundering charges related to the alleged theft of 42 million ringgit (USD 10.3 million) from SRC International, a former 1MDB unit. It is just a fraction of the hundreds of millions of dollars that he allegedly stole. Opening the prosecution, Attorney-General Tommy Thomas told the High Court it was the “first trial in our courts against a former prime minister, who for nearly a decade occupied the most powerful office in the land and wielded near absolute power. “Such privilege carries with it enormous responsibility. “The accused is not above the law,” he added. After the first witness, an official from the Companies Commission of Malaysia, gave largely technical evidence related to corporate records, the trial was adjourned. The judge set the next hearing for April 15, and trial dates until May 10. Najib left without commenting, to cheers from his supporters waiting outside court. Far from being considered a pariah, the ex-leader has gained a following among members of the country’s Muslim majority as some are worried their long-held privileges are being eroded under the new government. He has become an unlikely social media phenomenon by attacking the new administration’s policies online. He was initially due to stand trial in February, but appeals by his defence team over procedural matters saw his case put on hold until a judge last week ruled the trial should finally proceed. It was a relief for the government, as there had been mounting public anger about the delay in bringing Najib to justice. Najib’s mentor-turned-nemesis Mahathir, now 93 and in his second stint in office, has pledged to bring the younger man to justice and recoup the huge sums of cash stolen from 1MDB. The US Department of Justice, which is investigating the controversy as money was allegedly laundered through the American financial system, believes USD 4.5 billion in total was looted from 1MDB. Malaysia has also charged Wall Street titan Goldman Sachs over the scandal, alleging the bank and its former employees stole billions of dollars from 1MDB. Goldman units and two ex-bankers are accused of misappropriating USD 2.7 billion, bribing officials and giving false statements in relation to bond issues they arranged for the fund. The bank has vowed to fight the charges. While many of Najib’s suspected accomplices have been caught and charged in Malaysian courts, the alleged mastermind behind the 1MDB scandal, playboy financier Jho Low, is still at large. On Wednesday the Malaysian government said a luxury yacht allegedly bought by Low with USD 250 million of stolen 1MDB money will be sold for around half that price. The yacht was returned to Malaysia after being seized last year in Indonesia.last_img read more

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USA asks its citizens to reconsider travel plans to terrorhit Pakistan

first_imgWashington DC: The US has advised its citizens to reconsider their travel to Pakistan due to terrorism and asked them not to travel to restive Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), identified as the most dangerous areas due to terror attacks. While Pakistan in general has been placed in “Level Three” category in the latest travel advisory issued by the US on Monday, several parts of the country, including Balochistan, KPK province, PoK and India-Pakistan border, have been placed in the most dangerous “Level Four” category, in which US citizens are asked not to travel due to high risk areas. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”Due to risks to civil aviation operating within or near Pakistan, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and/or a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR), the State Department said in the travel advisory. Asserting that terror groups continue plotting possible attacks in Pakistan, the State Department said that terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting transportation hubs, markets, shopping malls, military installations, airports, universities, tourist locations, schools, hospitals, places of worship and government facilities. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”Terrorists have targeted US diplomats and diplomatic facilities in the past, and information suggests they continue to do so, it said. Terrorist attacks continue to happen across Pakistan, with most occurring in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including former Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Large-scale terrorist attacks have resulted in hundreds of casualties, it said. Do not travel to Balochistan province, the State Department said, adding that active terrorist groups, an active separatist movement, sectarian conflicts and deadly terrorist attacks against civilians, government offices and security forces destabilise the province. Similarly, in the PoK, it warned that militant groups are known to operate in the area and the threat of armed conflict between India and Pakistan remains. “Indian and Pakistani military forces periodically exchange gun and artillery fire across the Line of Control (LoC), it said. Noting that India and Pakistan maintain a strong military presence on both sides of the border, the travel advisory said the only official Pakistan-India border crossing point for persons who are not citizens of India or Pakistan is in the province of Punjab between Wagah and Attari.last_img read more

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Commentary Bengals let defense running game do the talking in win against

LaDarius Green of the San Diego Chargers tries to make a catch during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Qualcomm Stadium Dec. 1. The Bengals won, 17-10. Credit: Courtesy of MCTThe Cincinnati Bengals increased their lead in the AFC North to two games with a 17-10 victory over the San Diego Chargers.Timely plays by the defense and a steady ground game powered Cincinnati (8-4) to victory against a San Diego team that was coming off an impressive victory over the Kansas City Chiefs one week before.The Bengals played conservatively against the Chargers (5-7) after having lost their last two road games in overtime. By not asking quarterback Andy Dalton to win the game, his mistakes were limited. Though Dalton failed to reach 200 yards for the second straight game, he only turned the ball over once and did not take a sack. Instead, the Bengals decided to let their defense and running game do the talking.With the game tied at seven in the third quarter, Cincinnati’s second-year cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick changed the game’s momentum when he outmuscled 255-pound tight end Antonio Gates for an interception. That play set up a 21-yard touchdown pass from Dalton to wide receiver A.J. Green.Leading 17-7 in the fourth quarter, Bengals safety George Iloka forced wide receiver Keenan Allen to fumble after a 14-yard reception. On its next drive, San Diego only managed to kick a field goal.The Bengals’ ground game would then seal the deal. With just under five minutes to play, Cincinnati ran out the clock with an 11 play, 61 yard drive behind a power running game. In the win, the Bengals totaled 164 yards on the ground.Sunday’s game offered a number of encouraging signs for Cincinnati fans. The secondary, which has not fared well on the road this season, was not daunted by the task of having to slow down the prolific Philip Rivers (23 touchdowns, nine interceptions and 3,633 yards passing). Dalton also seems to be learning that he gives his team a better chance of winning when he simply puts the ball into the hands of the team’s many playmakers. Running backs BenJarvus Green-Ellis (20 carries, 92 yards, one touchdown) and Giovani Bernard (14 carries, 57 yards) showed that they can carry the team to victory in close games.If last week’s bye accomplished anything, it allowed the Bengals to re-establish their identity, which is key for a young team heading into the stretch run before the playoffs begin.The Bengals head back to Cincinnati next weekend to host the Indianapolis Colts. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. read more

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