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Do guilty verdicts in double murder mark beginning of end for impunity?

first_img Follow the news on Russia May 2, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Do guilty verdicts in double murder mark beginning of end for impunity? to go further News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders welcomes the guilty verdicts that a Moscow court has handed down in the trial of two ultra-nationalist activists for the January 2009 double murder of human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov and Novaya Gazeta trainee reporter Anastasia Baburova.“For once a serious investigation has been carried out into the killings of a human rights activist and a journalist in Russia,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This is very rare and deserves to be hailed. Are the authorities finally going to end impunity for murders of journalists in Russia in the wake of President Medvedev’s confident pronouncements?The press freedom organization added: “They must nonetheless take care to ensure that investigators do not rush to prosecute suspects at the expensive of establishing the truth. In this case, the investigation seems to have been satisfactory although light still needs to be shed on some aspects.”After deliberating for six hours at the end of a three-month trial, the jury issued their guilty verdicts at 10 p.m. on the evening of 28 April. They decided that Nikita Tikhonov fired the shots that killed Markelov and Baburova, and that Yevgenya Khasis, his partner, helped him to obtain the murder weapon and plan Markelov’s murder, and followed Markelov on the day to help choose the right moment to strike. The jury did not find Khasis guilty of complicity in Baburova’s murder on the grounds that the intention had been to kill only Markelov, and that Tikhonov shot Baburova solely because she had seen him shoot Markelov and could have identified him.They were gunned down in central Moscow on 19 January 2009, shortly after Markelov gave news conference to condemn the early release of Yuri Budanov, a former army colonel who had been serving a 10-year jail sentence for the murder of a young Chechen woman. Markelov had acted in other sensitive cases involving Chechnya, nationalist groups and the defence of Moscow’s Khimki forest. The families of the victims told Reporters Without Borders they were satisfied with the verdicts. Baburova’s mother, Larissa, said she was convinced of the defendants’ guilt. Markelov’s brother, Mikhail, said “the trial was conducted in an open and honest manner.” The fact that the jury found the couple guilty of Markelov’s murder by 8 votes to 4, and Tikhonov guilty of Baburova’s murder by 7 votes to 5, “shows there was a serious discussion and that the decision was not taken unanimously, far from it,” Mikhail Markelov said. Novaya Gazeta editor Dmitry Muratov said he trusted the jury and thought the evidence produced by the prosecution was “convincing.”The evidence against Tikhonov and Khasis consisted above all of the statements of witnesses near the scene of the murder, surveillance video camera recordings and the murder weapon, which was found at their home along with many other firearms. Other ultra-nationalist activists also testified against the couple. Khasis’ alibi was contradicted by his mobile phone’s geolocation record.The jurors accepted the prosecution’s claim that the couple’s motive was to avenge Markelov’s support for anti-fascist activists and, in particular, the fact that it was at Markelov’s initiative that Tikhonov had been wanted for his presumed role in the 2006 murder of the anti-fascist activist Aleksandr Ryukhin. This allegedly forced Tikhonov to go underground, falsify identity documents and get involved in arms trafficking (two other charges on which he was convicted). In an initial confession, Tikhonov had nonetheless said he shot Markelov because he had “defended Chechen women suicide bombers and got the Russian army officer Yuri Budanov convicted.”Several aspects of the case have yet to be clarified, above all the fact that the jurors found that Tikhonov had been helped by Khasis “and other unidentified persons.” The existence of other accomplices was mentioned several times by the prosecution. Who were they and what was their degree of involvement? And, in particular, what role did other members of the “Russky Obraz” ultra-nationalist group play?The trial was marked by retractions. Tikhonov himself retracted his initial confession, which he said he gave because he had been tortured and pressured by the police. One of the key witnesses, “Russky Obraz” leader Ilya Goryatchev, fled to Germany during the trail and withdrew his statement, claiming that it had been obtained under coercion. The judge refused to take account of his original statement on the grounds that it had not been given to the court.Several of the original jurors resigned during the trial. One of them, Anna Dobrashyova, told Moskovsky Komsomolets that the jury had been under pressure to find Tikhonov and Khasis guilty. She said one of the jurors had been deliberately “brain-washing” his colleagues. The judicial authorities did not respond to her comments. The case is not over. The court will issues its sentences on 5 May and the defence has already announced its intention to appeal against the conviction. If the case goes to appeal, Reporters Without Borders hopes the hearings will shed light on the aspects that have not been clarified.This case is a test. The Russian authorities have clearly realized this. We hope this verdict marks the end of the double-game the government has been playing with ultra-nationalist groups and the start of a determined fight against impunity in Russia. A lot remains to be done. The murderers of Anna Politkovskaya, Natalia Estemirova and dozens of other journalists are still at large. 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ICSA describe proposed changes third level maintenance grants as “lunacy”

first_imgNews Pinterest Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Google+ ICSA describe proposed changes third level maintenance grants as “lunacy” WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – August 9, 2012 Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Twitter Facebookcenter_img Twitter Previous articleDonegal IFA:Grant reforms could see a 60% drop in those going on to 3rd levelNext articleRow between Ceann Comhairle and Flanagan “political banter” – Deputy Doherty News Highland Pinterest WhatsApp Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association has described as “lunacy” proposed changes to the assessments of third level maintenance grants.It’s thought that the changes may see productive assets, such as farmland and machinery, being included in the means testing of the grants.The I-C-S-A says it’s worried such changes could result in children from low income farm families being excluded.President Gabrielle Gilmartin says farmers simply won’t be able to send their children to third level if this happens:[podcast][/podcast] Facebook Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Google+last_img read more

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Dixie State Men’s Basketball Picked To Finish Fourth in RMAC; Westminster 6th.

first_img Brad James October 24, 2018 /Sports News – Local Dixie State Men’s Basketball Picked To Finish Fourth in RMAC; Westminster 6th. Tags: Andre Wilson/Austin Montgomery/Cal Poly Pomona Broncos/Dason Youngblood/Dixie State men’s basketball/Dub Price/Jack Pagenkopf/Jon Judkins/Juien Ducree/NCAA Division II/Quincy Matthews/Regis Rangers/RMAC Men’s Basketball/Utah Valley/Wade Miller/Westminster Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailDENVER-Tuesday, Dixie State men’s basketball, a new member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, was expected to finish fourth in the RMAC, per a preseason coaches poll. Westminster was picked to finish sixth overall.The Trailblazers return five letter winners and three redshirts from last season’s Pacific West Conference team that set a school record at the NCAA Division II level in program history for wins with 23.The defending RMAC Tournament champion Regis Rangers were projected to win the title, netting 8 of a possible 16 first place votes.Dixie State also received two first-place votes from the coaches around the conference.Dixie State commences its season Tuesday October 30 with an exhibition game at Division I Utah Valley.Their regular season begins November 17 at the Burns Arena in St. George against the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos for a 7:30 pm tip-off.The Trailblazers are once again led by head coach Jon Judkins in his 14th year at the helm in St. George.Judkins is 244-117 (.675) at Dixie State and 224-129 (.680) in the Division II era of the program’s history.Judkins will have a tall task as he had all five of last season’s starters graduate.The returning letter winners for the Trailblazers include forwards Julien Ducree of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Quincy Matthews of St. George’s Desert Hills High School, Austin Montgomery of Lilburn, Ga., Dub Price of Draper’s Alta High School and guard Wade Miller of Tremonton, Utah and Bear River High School.Newcomers to the Dixie State program include junior college transfers in guard Jack Pagenkopf of Brooklyn, N.Y., Andre Wilson of Moreno Valley, Calif. and Dason Youngblood of South Jordan, Utah.last_img read more

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Cotton quality

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaDespite an arid midsummer and tropical storms in early fall, Georgia’s 2004 cotton crop is surprisingly good. But the quality still needs improving for farmers to consistently sell their crop on the competitive world market.About 200 farmers, specialists and industry representatives met in Tifton, Ga., Dec. 14 to learn more about Georgia cotton at the University of Georgia’s 2004 Cotton Production Workshop.Weather mixedWeather in early summer was good to Georgia’s crop, said Steve Brown, a cotton agronomist with the UGA Extension Service. But July and August turned hot and dry, generally bad for cotton.Then September brought four tropical storms, all carrying strong winds and heavy rain — 15 to 20 inches around southwest Georgia, Brown said.At the time, farmers were just about ready to harvest a crop that was near maturity and didn’t need more rain. The winds knocked some cotton to the ground, making it unharvestable.Early losses from tropical storms alone were estimated at 20 percent. But farmers expect to make about 686 pounds per acre, about 15 percent less than last year’s good harvest. Georgia will produce about 1.8 million bales.”The crop turned out a lot better than we expected,” Brown said. “It appears we dodged a bullet in 2004.”The United States is expected to produce 22.8 million bales, a record, Brown said. Nine out of 17 cotton-growing states will have record cotton production this year.Quality better?Overall, Georgia’s 2004 cotton quality was good, especially in color and strength, he said. The state’s farmers sprayed to control stinkbugs this year. CAES research has found that stinkbugs can damage fiber development.Timely defoliation and harvest of the crop, Brown said, seemed to improve the crop’s quality.But Georgia’s cotton still fell short in one important grading category: uniformity, the length and consistency of the fiber.Since 1999, textile mills have complained that Georgia’s cotton doesn’t run well through newer, high-speed mills. It was reported last year that some mills will stop buying it because of this.”There is a perception out there that Georgia cotton will perform worse in the mills than other cotton,” said South Bryan, who buys cotton for Avondale Mills.Avondale hasn’t run enough of Georgia’s 2004 crop through its mills to know how it will perform, Bryan said. But if it runs poorly, Georgia’s stigma for poor cotton will only get worse.World cottonThe U.S. textile industry continues to dwindle. Two of every three bales of cotton produced in the United States now have to find a foreign buyer, said Don Shurley, a UGA Extension cotton economist. Just a few years ago, only one of three bales was sold abroad.China continues to need foreign cotton to supply its growing textile industry. But farmers there expect a large crop this year, about 30 million bales.This and other global factors have dropped cotton prices to around 40 cents per pound, down from 68 cents per pound in January, he said.”But with the size of this crop,” Shurley said, “it could be worse.”If the world produces as much cotton next year as it did this year, prices will likely be worse, he said. But if they don’t, prices could be at least 10 cents per pound higher.Not all of Georgia’s cotton is of questionable quality, said Phillip Jost, UGA Extension Service cotton agronomist. Some is excellent.The UGA cotton team and Georgia Cotton Commission will begin giving the Georgia Quality Cotton Award annually next year. Cotton ginners will nominate farmers in three categories related to the number of acres grown. The award is sponsored by Bayer Crop Sciences.last_img read more

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a month agoAC Milan coach Giampaolo admits ‘much to improve’ after beating Verona

first_imgAC Milan coach Giampaolo admits ‘much to improve’ after beating Veronaby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Marco Giampaolo refused to get carried away after their 1-0 defeat of Hellas Verona.Mariusz Stepinski saw red in the first-half, but Milan only edged the game thanks to a Krzysztof Piatek penalty.“The team is working well, is finding its balance and I know there are some strengths and weaknesses, but I work to improve the individuals and the teams,” Giampaolo told Sky Sport Italia.“Everyone has strengths and weaknesses, there is no perfect side. I like the effort and passion we put into the game, then errors can happen.“The team played well in the second half, with the right approach and precision. A team that defends with 10 men in their final third are difficult to break down. Verona played their honest defensive game and we were constantly pushing forward. We didn’t do it perfectly and of course there is plenty to work on and improve, but the victory helps us to work.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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9 days ago​Man Utd tell Mandzukic to decrease wage demands

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Man Utd tell Mandzukic to decrease wage demandsby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United want to sign Mario Mandzukic from Juventus in January, but not at any price.The Red Devils are on the lookout for an experienced striker who could add a physical presence and goals to the team midseason.Mandzukic was a summer target, but the clubs could not agree on a fee late in the transfer window.ESPNsays United want to sign the player, but they want to ensure the 33-year-old reduces his wage demands first.Another report suggests United will offer Mandzukic £85,000-a-week, which is almost equivalent to his existing salary at the Italian club.But the Croatian could be looking for a pay rise in what would be his final major contract as a footballer. last_img read more

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Pedestrian struck while crossing 100 Street

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At approximately 2:00 pm on Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 a pedestrian was struck at 100 Street and 99 Avenue while crossing the street.What we know, Fort St. John RCMP has only said the following, that it is confirmed a pedestrian has been struck at the crosswalk on 100th Street and 99th Avenue by a pickup truck and the police investigation is ongoing.The pedestrian confirms they are alive and the incident is still under investigation.last_img

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Torrance Gibson suspended for 2016 season

Torrance Gibson checking into the team hotel before 2016 fall camp. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Lantern PhotographerJust a week after OSU coach Urban Meyer announced redshirt freshman wide receiver Torrance Gibson had practiced for the first time in 10 days, Gibson has been suspended for the entire 2016 season for a violation of team rules.Gibson took a redshirt last season after injuring his ankle. It was rumored another key factor in the decision to redshirt the former No. 6 athlete in the class of 2015 was problems with Gibson in the classroom.Gibson played in the 2016 spring game for the Gray team scoring twice in his first action in Ohio Stadium. read more

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Ohio state mens basketball bags Big Ten honors

Sophomores ruled the day Monday for Ohio State men’s basketball as the Big Ten Conference announced its all-conference selections and awards. Buckeyes’ sophomore forward Jared Sullinger was a first-team Big Ten selection by the coaches and media while sophomore guard Aaron Craft was named Defensive Player of the Year by the conference’s coaches. Sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas was named a second-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches, and the media and coaches named senior guard William Buford to the second team. Sullinger, who averaged 17 points and nine rebounds per game, was a unanimous selection to the first team for a second consecutive year. Craft’s selection as the defensive player of the year is the first for OSU since 2007 and the fourth in the history of the program. Craft, who was also given a Big Ten Sportsmanship award, told the Big Ten Network that his defensive game benefitted from playing against his older brother as a child. “I couldn’t score on those guys,” Craft said. “I could frustrate them a lot on defense. I got in a couple fights with my brother and some of his friends. So it kind of started back then. Just growing up, (defense) is just something that I’ve enjoyed and I really like doing and understood that that is what is going to help the team the most.” Thomas and Buford both averaged 15 points and five rebounds per game. The Buckeyes (25-6, 13-5 Big Ten) jumped three spots in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll to the No. 7 spot. OSU defeated Michigan State, 72-70, Sunday on a last-second 2-point shot by Buford. With the win, OSU clinched a three-way tie for the conference’s regular season title with the Spartans and Michigan. Though it conceded an outright regular season conference title with the loss to the Buckeyes, the MSU program came away with some major Big Ten hardware Monday as possible consolation. Spartans senior forward Draymond Green claimed the Big Ten’s Player of the Year award, as well as a unanimous first-team honor from the coaches and media. MSU coach Tom Izzo was a unanimous Coach of the Year honoree. Other award winners include Michigan freshman guard Trey Burke who split Freshman of the Year honors with Indiana forward Cody Zeller. OSU will begin postseason play on Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind., as the No. 3 seed in the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes will play the winner of Thursday’s Purdue-Nebraska opening-round game. OSU’s postseason will tip at about 9 p.m. read more

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Football Ohio State defensive line adapts to depleted depth

Ohio State freshman defensive end Tyreke Smith (11) moves in to tackle a Rutgers player during the second half of the game on Sept. 8. Ohio State won 52-3. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorThe Ohio State defense is one unit. Despite the different jobs defensive lineman and defensive backs may have on the field, each position’s success defines the success of the positions around them. The way redshirt junior defensive lineman Robert Landers puts it, getting to the quarterback as a lineman makes a defensive back’s job much easier. But also, if a defensive back shuts down an opposing wide receiver, not giving the quarterback a target to hit, the defensive linemen have more time to get to the quarterback in pass rush. However, the Ohio State defensive line may have another man down as the team prepares for Minnesota on Saturday. Junior defensive end Jonathon Cooper was taken off the field on a cart during the game against Indiana. Head coach Urban Meyer said that both Cooper and junior linebacker Malik Harrison were in concussion protocol and did not have any updates on their status ahead of Saturday. For an already depleted defensive line, with junior defensive end Nick Bosa out with a core muscle injury since Sept. 15, Landers reiterated a message the line has held since the beginning of the season: next man up. “Getting a little banged up here and there is a part of the game, so that’s why we all prepare the exact same way, we take the amount of reps and we take what we do seriously,” Landers said. “When it’s time to work on your craft on a day-to-day basis in practice, we try and enhance it as much as we can so if someone does go down or gets hurt or that situation, we have guys ready to play.”  Along with redshirt junior Jashon Cornell entering into the starting lineup, facing his hometown team, true freshman defensive ends, like Tyler Friday or Tyreke Smith could get increased playing time with the loss of both Bosa and Cooper. Landers said the focus in the room has been building the culture of the defensive linemen despite the injuries, calling for players like Smith and Cornell to step up in the absence of Cooper and Bosa. The junior defensive lineman had suffered his share of injuries during the 2018 season. Even though he did not specify what type of injury he had, Landers said he was “100 percent” heading into the Minnesota game. However, in the time he was sidelined, he took on a new role for his fellow defensive linemen. “I knew, at that moment in time, my job was to become a coach,” Landers said. “As I go throughout the game, whether I am playing or sitting on the sidelines or what, I’m doing everything I can to pick up one little thing, little indicators and help some of the guys who are in the game work on what they might be doing wrong or giving them tips to help them enhance their game, so they are a little bit more comfortable with playing.” One of the things he did pick up was how opposing quarterbacks face a Bosa-less defensive line. In the first half of Ohio State’s 49-26 win over Indiana, Landers said Indiana redshirt sophomore quarterback Peyton Ramsey was getting the ball out remarkably fast, giving the Ohio State defensive front no time to really pass rush. Instead, he said the line tried to limit his throwing lane, closing the pocket as quickly as they could to limit his success. As Ohio State prepares for the Golden Gophers, Landers said it’s going to be a different look, a look that they might not know until the game actually begins. However, like the Ohio State defensive line has to do with the injuries the unit has suffered, Landers said the unit will have to face whatever it is dealt. “It’s going to be one of those things where we have to adapt to the game on the fly,” Landers said. Adaptation has been a main theme of the Ohio State defensive line this season. However, even with depleted depth, that does not change the responsibility the line has to the rest of the offense. read more