A witness said the attack was premeditated. Two people waited for Kashin at the door of his apartment building. When he arrived, they beat him with a blunt object without taking his money, documents, iPhone or any other personal effects. Under interior minister Rashid Nurgalyev’s control, the Moscow prosecutor’s office opened an investigation into attempted murder. News Reporters Without Borders is deeply disturbed to learn that two other journalists were the victims of physical attacks this past weekend, in addition to Kommersant reporter Oleg Kashin, who was very badly injured in an assault outside his Moscow apartment. Sergei Mikhailov, the editor of the local newspaper Saratovsky Reporters, was beaten by unidentified assailants on 5 November in the southern city of Saratov. His attackers fled at the approach of passers-by and he was not badly hurt. Anatoly Adamchuk, a reporter for the local newspaper Zhukovskiye Vesti, was assaulted near his office in the south Moscow suburb of Zhukovsky on the night of 7 November and was hospitalized with concussion and bruising. Like Kashin, who had recently written about opposition to plans to route the new Moscow – St. Petersburg freeway through Khimky forest, Adamchuk had covered protests against a planned freeway through Tsagovsky Forest.The attack on Kashin has prompted a large number of Russian news media to jointly urge the government to guarantee the safety of journalists and ensure that Kashin’s assailants are arrested and brought to justice. An open letter to President Dmitry Medvedev posted on the Openspace.ru website has been signed by more than 2,000 people.President Medvedev yesterday pledged that those responsible for the assault on Kashin would be punished regardless of their status or position in society. He also said the Russian state would henceforth pay more attention to journalists. The United States, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the European Union have all urged the Russian authorities to make good on these promises.Reporters Without Borders hails President Medvedev’s statements and joins all those who are pressing the authorities to protect journalists and bring their attackers to justice. Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Organisation May 21, 2021 Find out more “By saying ‘the criminals must be found and punished,’ President Medvedev seems to be taking the matter seriously,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said. “We hold him to his word and we urge the authorities to put all the necessary conditions in place for the police and judicial authorities to be able to work independently and get results.” Julliard added: “The culture of impunity has prevailed for too long. No crime of violence against journalists has been solved since the start of the past decade. A month ago, we marked the fourth anniversary of journalist Anna Politkovskaya’s murder and we sadly noted that the investigation has gone nowhere. We hope the president’s statement will be transformed into action. News November 9, 2010 – Updated on November 6, 2018 Two other journalists attacked, Medvedev promises to protect journalists RussiaEurope – Central Asia Kommersant editor Mikhail Mikhailin said the attack was without doubt linked to Kashin’s work as a journalist. Vladimir Markin, the spokesman of the prosecutor’s office investigating commission, confirmed that this would be the working hypothesis. May 5, 2021 Find out more Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown 7.11.10 – Famous Kommersant reporter brutally attacked outside his Moscow home Russia is ranked 140th out of 178 countries in the 2010 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News “We are awaiting signs of a real political will on the part of the Russian authorities to defend and ensure respect for the independent press. They should begin by bringing those responsible for acts of violence against the press to justice. They should begin by respecting the rule of law. Kashin is clearly one of his generation’s most brilliant and courageous journalists. Our thoughts are with him and his family.” to go further Reporters Without Borders is horrified and appalled by a brutal attack on leading journalist Oleg Kashin outside his Moscow home on the night of 5 November, in which he sustained fractures to the jaw, legs and fingers, and concussion. Kashin, who works for the Moscow-based daily Kommersant, underwent emergency surgery and was placed in an artificial coma. Kashin was recently threatened by the pro-Kremlin youth movement Molodaya Gvardia, whose website called for him to be “punished” for interviewing one of the young men involved in ransacking the Khimki municipal administrative building in July. After the attack on Kashin, Molodaya Gvardia voiced support for him. Mikhail Beketov, editor of the Khimki-based newspaper Khimkinskaya Pravda and outspoken critic of local municipal corruption and the irregularities surrounding the Khimki forest freeway project, was himself attacked and severely beaten outside his home in 2008. He lost a leg and the use of his hands and has irreversible neurological damage. June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Russia RSF_en Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption News One of Kommersant’s most influential journalists, Kashin has written a many articles about politics and social issues, taking a particular interest in opposition movements such as Oborona and NBP and the pro-Kremlin youth movements Nashi and Molodaya Gvardia. He recently covered the dispute between environmentalists and officials who want to build a freeway through Khimki forest on the Moscow outskirts. An environmental activist was beaten with a baseball bat in Khimki last week. RussiaEurope – Central Asia
Today, in the midst of his enormous “Us + Them” tour, Roger Waters has unveiled his powerful new video for “Wait for Her,” a song off the former Pink Floyd bassist’s new LP Is This the Life We Really Want? Check Out Spectacular Photos And Fan-Shot Videos From Roger Waters’ Georgia ShowThe video features footage Waters and his band performing the song in the studio interspersed with moving footage of a scarred flamenco dancer haunted by her memories as she prepares for a performance in her dressing room. Actress/dance Azzura, who also starred in the moody visual for Waters’ previous single, “The Last Refugee.“Wait For Her”‘s lyrics and the music video both drew influence from the late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish‘s “Lessons From The Kama Sutra (Wait For Her).” According to Waters’ Film and Creative Director Sean Evans in a statement to Rolling Stone. “”When Roger wrote this song, his adaptation of the poem took on a sensual yet melancholy tone, and the video needed to represent that,” Evans said. “It needed to show femininity and sexuality but also needed to have an air of loss and pain, and longing for a time that was. We met Azzura, the actress/dancer, while doing a casting for the part in ‘The Last Refugee.’ That part called for a woman who was an experienced flamenco dancer and who could convincingly have a mother/daughter interaction with a child actress. Azzura was perfect: she’s a trained dancer and when not dancing, she works with kids. She did such a fantastic job during the filming of ‘The Last Refugee,’ that Roger and I wanted to include her in ‘Wait for Her.’ The song has a yearning that we felt a band performance alone wouldn’t quite address.”Evans also explained the dancer’s noticeable scar in the video: “That mark was important to the video – it is a symbol of the physical torment refugees endure.” He also referred to “Wait For Her” and “The Last Refugee” as companion pieces, saying that they were intentionally made with similar approaches “but are not mean to live in linear time with each other. Both were intentionally created that way and are meant to be open to interpretation.” He also hinted that he and Waters have further ideas for subsequent chapters in this “story.”You can watch the new video for “Wait for Her,” as well as the video for its companion piece, “The Last Refugee,” below via Roger Waters VEVO:“Wait For Her”“The Last Refugee”You can catch Roger Waters on the road throughout this year on his “Us + Them” 2017 tour. For a full list of upcoming tour dates, head to his website.[Cover photo via Carol Spagnuola][h/t – Rolling Stone]
Australian utility exec: Baseload power era is over FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:[Australia’s] Origin Energy says the cost of wind and solar farms has fallen so far it is now cheaper than the marginal cost of coal generation, and the company is moving on from the concept of “24/7 base-load”.The assessment was made by Greg Jarvis, the company’s head of energy trading and operations, in an interview for Renew Economy’s popular Energy Insiders podcast, published on Tuesday.“I have been in this game for so long … the one thing I have seen is just the cost of renewables really change the game,” Jarvis says. “It is amazing what we have been seeing. Renewables are cheaper than the marginal cost of black coal at the moment. They are very cheap.”Jarvis puts the cost of solar in the mid $40s/MWh and the cost of wind at the low $50s/MWh. That cost of solar is around half the average price of wholesale electricity in most states this year. And with the falling cost of storage – this is likely to enable “firm” renewables to emerge as a serious contender to existing fossil fuel plants.Jarvis also made it clear that Origin Energy has moved on from thinking about new generation in terms of “base-load”, which stands in sharp contrast to current government thinking and the conservative commentariat. Asked if Origin Energy had moved beyond the idea – promoted by the federal government and many in mainstream media – that reliability depended on 24/7 base-load power, Jarvis said: “Oh, a long time ago. The idea of base-load power stations is well and truly gone.”He cited Origin’s recent investment in its last coal fire generator Eraring, and its efforts to make it more flexible so it can power down in the middle of the day so Origin can focus on cheap renewables, before turning up the power at peak times.More: Origin says solar cheaper than coal, moving on from base-load
A young deer and a rabbit were recently caught on camera getting to know each other in front of a YMCA in Estes Park, Colorado. If this doesn’t help push you over Hump Day into the the downward slope toward the weekend, nothing will.
By Yubelin Mariel/Diálogo October 17, 2016 In a show of solidarity with the Haitian people, Dominican President Danilo Medina traveled to Haiti to meet with his Haitian counterpart, Jocelerme Privert, on Sunday, October 9th and to offer humanitarian assistance in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew. The Dominican government assembled a humanitarian response team that included the Armed Forces, the Administrative Ministry of the Presidency, the Ministry of Public Works, and the Ministry of Public Health, among others. Hurricane Matthew took a heavy toll on country, especially in South department, with a population of around 2 million people. Between 80 percent and 98 percent of homes were destroyed, leaving the population to face famine and poor sanitary conditions. Response of the Armed Forces Dominican Defense Minister, Lieutenant General Rubén Darío Paulino Sem, is overseeing the Armed Forces’ efforts to provide humanitarian aid to Haiti, as ordered by Pres. Medina. This response is part of the Strategic Plan of the Dominican Armed Forces, which includes enhancing disaster and public emergency services such as search-and-rescue and transporting at-risk citizens to shelters. Military personnel escorted the convoys that left for Haiti on Tuesday, October 11th with food, medicine, mattresses, sheets, mosquito netting, safe drinking water, water purification products, construction materials, machinery for repairing roads, etc. Twenty engineers were also deployed to assess and quantify the damage. Lt. Gen. Paulino visited the border to supervise the progress of the humanitarian mission. “The Dominican Navy sent two patrol vessels to the Pedernales area and an additional one to the Manzanillo area,” Lt. Gen. Paulino told the media at the Jimaní and Malpasse border crossing. José Ramón Peralta, Administrative Minister of the Office of the President and spokesperson for the effort to Haiti, highlighted the participation of the Dominican Armed Forces as a key pillar of the response. He gave special mention to the Dominican Navy, which provided a vessel to ferry cooked food along the southern coast of the country to the most devastated area in South department. “The Armed Forces, specifically the Navy, has provided a ship that will travel by sea directly to the affected area. The vessel will be stocked with food cooked in Pedernales to be brought every day to the South department, where Les Cayes, Nippes, Grand’Anse and other cities are located.” According to Minister Peralta, “Haiti needs the help and solidarity of the entire world, of the international community, of businesses, but it especially needs us to lend them a hand, as has been the custom in our country. Helping Haiti also means helping the Dominican people, because outbreaks of malaria and other diseases are beginning to occur.” Matthew’s impact on the Dominican Republic Matthew inflicted minor damage on the Dominican Republic. On October 1st, the Armed Forces, in coordination with the Emergency Operations Center (COE, per its Spanish acronym), set in motion the Plan Relámpago (Lightning) for responding to natural disasters over concerns that Matthew would move through the Caribbean. Flooding from Hurricane Matthew cut off 46 communities, and the storm caused three bridges to collapse. Around 3,500 dwellings were affected, some of them being completely destroyed. During rescue operations, 20 roads were cleared by removing downed trees and power poles. “This is unprecedented. In my 12 years at the institution, this is the first time we have had the cooperation and constant presence of the ministers of Defense, Public Health, and Public Works,” said General Manuel Méndez, director of the COE. In praise of the inter-agency cooperation, he added that the authorities shared information with various institutions nationwide. “All of the sectors worked in close collaboration. I especially want to commend the response capacity of the Dominican Republic’s Armed Forces. The people felt our presence and were grateful for it.”
17th Circuit Board Candidates Platform Statements I am seeking election to the Board of Governors because I think it is vitally important to the integrity of The Florida Bar to have a board of qualified individuals that is reflective of the Bar and the community at large. I believe the experience that I have gained over nearly 20 years of practice and the multitude of leadership positions that I have held give me unique insight into the diverse issues and interests we must address in order to make The Florida Bar the “Big Tent” of inclusion.As lawyers we are facing significant challenges to the absolute foundation of our profession: state and national legislative initiatives impacting the practice of law and each citizen’s access to the court; efforts to weaken the Bar’s self-regulation; the widespread perception and in too many cases the reality of an erosion of professionalism within our ranks and with the public at large; political efforts designed to attack the independence and funding of our judiciary; and the obvious and long overdue need to diversify the board both racially and in gender. There is no doubt that I have the skills to meet the challenges and the obligations bestowed upon the Board of Governors. Most important, I deal with all of these issues daily in developing and maintaining my private practice.In order for The Florida Bar to reach its greatest potential, it must serve a true purpose in the professional lives of each member. The most important purpose the Bar serves is maintaining professionalism, integrity, and a spirit of inclusion. Inclusion must encompass large firms and solo practices, established lawyers and those that are just finding their way, and women and men of all demographics, ages, and races. Our priority should be making sure that our joint effort leaves the next generation of lawyers a profession as strong as ever.In all of my professional and civic endeavors I strive to provide focus and dedication to the organization’s mission. If elected to the Board of Governors, I will commit to those responsibilities with the same balanced approach striving to solve the critical issues in the best interests of all members of the Bar who are dedicated to “the principles of duty and service to the public.”I would be honored to have your support and look forward to serving you on The Florida Bar Board of Governors. Ballots will be mailed on April 1 in a special election to replace 17th Circuit Board of Governors member Henry Latimer, who was killed in a car crash earlier this year.Four candidates have filed, and their platform statements are below.Lawyers in the 17th Circuit will have the option of voting online or via paper ballot, and instructions will be in the ballots they receive in the mail. All ballots must be received no later than midnight April 21. If no candidate receives a majority of the vote, the top two vote getters will be in a runoff, and those ballots will be mailed around May 1.Allison K. Bethel I am Keith Grumer, and I am running for The Florida Bar Board of Governors seat vacated after Henry Latimer’s unfortunate death. All of the candidates seeking the seat are highly qualified and recognize the responsibility of assuming Mr. Latimer’s place. The Bar will be fortunate to have any of their contributions.My experience stems from 20 years as a business litigator in Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade counties. My firm’s diverse practice draws us into trials, both jury and non-jury, in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts. This intense view of the judicial system at work offers a unique perspective of the court system, the people who operate it, the “civilians” who seek justice from it, and the witnesses drawn into its tempest.In drafting my platform, I recalled a movie, which expressed then why I wanted to become a lawyer, and today why I seek to be a member of the Board of Governors. While sitting for LSATs 25 years ago, “And Justice for All” was the courtroom drama du jour, but Al Pacino’s message still resonates the truth: The whole system is out of order. The judicial system is a bureaucracy run by well-intentioned individuals, stressed by the demands of the day, the pressures of the job, and their own agendas. All of us need to be conscious of the ever-growing frustration that our society experiences when they encounter our system, and the disappointment, and sometimes anger, the encounter can engender.As the father of three daughters, my toughest advocacy often occurs at home. But my greatest challenge is explaining to my children how formidable and risky the judicial system can be, how haphazard events can cascade into life altering consequences, and how great a challenge it is to accomplish justice. I remind them that we are fortunate to live in a society where there is a system, which strives for such lofty goals, and they see how much hard work it takes to achieve it.As a member of the Board of Governors, my goal would be to remind members of the judicial system of the power they have, the impact of their roles on peoples’ lives, and their capacity and obligation to make a difference. Each person needs to leave our system believing they have been heard, and it is that perception of fairness that sustains us. Eugene K. Pettis I find myself in the uncomfortable position of seeking election to Henry Latimer’s seat on The Florida Bar Board of Governors. He was a great man, and I hope that I can live up to the example that Henry set for all of us. I don’t have a resume because I have worked for myself for 15 of my 16 years as a Bar member. I am not running for this seat for the purpose of any self-aggrandizement, so I find myself in the unusual position of telling you all why I am qualified to serve. I hold a bachelor’s degree in health services administration from FAU in Boca Raton, and I graduated from Nova Law in 1988 after interning in the 17th Circuit Public Defender’s Office. I have practiced trial law in small firm and solo practice in the 17th Circuit for my entire career.I’m involved with the Bar and various trial lawyer’s organizations because it’s the right thing to do. It’s time to give something back to the profession. I have served as a chair of Bar Grievance Committee 17D, and I currently serve on the Bar’s Judicial Evaluation Committee. I am the immediate past president of the Broward County Trial Lawyers Association, where I have been an officer for years. I have served several terms as a director of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, and I’ve spent some time in Tallahassee lobbying the legislature almost every session for the last 10 years, observing the machinations of state government (and it’s not pretty).I’m AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and I’ve been recertified by The Florida Bar as a civil trial lawyer. I am running for this seat on The Florida Bar Board of Governors because I can contribute valuable rank-and-file experience to our governing body. Bench and Bar should be defended from the repeated assaults on the independence of the judiciary which have lately come from the governor, the legislature, and the federal government. Lawyers’ interests in that regard are best represented by a Bar governed by folks that represent the great majority of practitioners across the state. I know what it’s like to run a practice, run a business, and balance the needs of a family and a professional life at the same time. If you select me to represent the members of the Bar, that’s what I will do, and I will justify your trust. Bradley Winston Keith Grumer April 1, 2005 Regular News I am running for the seat on the Board of Governors made vacant by the untimely death of my beloved friend and mentor, Henry Latimer. If elected, I hope to continue Henry’s legacy of service, professionalism, and excellence.I received my undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in 1980 and my law degree from the University of Florida in 1984. While in law school, I received the university’s Best Oral Advocate Award, Best Brief Award, Outstanding Member Award, Presidential Recognition Award, and was inducted into the Order of Barristers.I enjoy being a lawyer and have been active in bar associations all of my professional life, serving as president of a statewide bar association (1997-1998) and an officer and director of voluntary bars in West Palm Beach, Broward, and Dade counties (1984-1996). I am past chair of The Florida Bar’s Equal Opportunities Law Section (2001) and former board member of state FAWL. I am currently a member of several Bar committees and the Broward County Bar Association. These years of local and statewide service enable me to begin my term as your representative with a good understanding of the issues facing our profession.Likewise, my experience in government and private practice would bring a unique and useful perspective to the board. I have served as the director of Civil Rights for the Attorney General’s Office since 2000. In that capacity, I have litigated precedent setting cases throughout the state and written and successfully lobbied for historic changes to Florida’s Civil Rights Act. Prior to entering government service, I was in private practice, specializing in civil litigation, first with Cone, Wagner, et. al., in West Palm Beach (1984-1989) and then with Becker & Poliakoff, P.A., in Ft. Lauderdale (1990-1996). When I joined the Attorney General’s Office in 1996, I was senior trial counsel in our eminent domain division for two years. I am AV rated. No other candidate has this depth of legal experience.My background demonstrates an ability to work across practice and political lines to build the consensus necessary for effectuating constructive change. Our similarities are bigger than our differences. All lawyers suffer when the independence of the judiciary is threatened, the court system is inadequately funded, or when the integrity of the profession is challenged by negative public perception. I want to help the Bar protect the core values of our profession and make the Bar more effective for us all. 17th Circuit Board Candidates Platform Statements
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 30-year-old man was found dead in a camper that caught fire while parked in the driveway outside of his Bohemia home, Suffolk County police said.Officers and firefighters responded to a 911 call reporting the fire on Bourne Boulevard at 4:10 a.m. Tuesday, authorities said.When the fire was extinguished, Thomas Gangi was found dead inside the camper, which he was sleeping in at the time of the fire, police said.Homicide Squad and Arson Section detectives are continuing the investigation. Investigators said the cause of the fire is undetermined but appears non-criminal.
2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Brian DayMobile payments in the U.S. are set to nearly triple, expected to total $142 billion in five years, according to Forrester research. That’s up from $52 billion in mobile payment spending in 2014. Specifically, in-person mobile payments are anticipated to grow faster than peer-to-peer transfers and remote payments, reaching $34 billion in five years at a compounded annual growth rate of 56 percent.Forrester attributes the expected growth of in-person mobile payments to new digital wallet offerings, including Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and the outcroppings of Android Pay’s API.Of course, this amounts to a drop in the bucket when compared with total U.S. consumer spending, which is forecast to reach $16 trillion by 2019. Nevertheless, consumers’ increasing reliance on and expectation of deliverables from their digital devices are leading to continued opportunities for significant mobile growth. Forrester concludes 66 percent of U.S. consumers now own smartphones, up from just 19 percent in 2009.Further, a new Juniper Research report indicates more than 2 billion people will complete a mobile transaction via their smartphone or tablet by the end of 2017. continue reading »
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Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers Fans went wild at the Los Angeles Lakers’ Draft Day party in El Segundo, as the Lakers selected Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 pick Thursday. Mark Medina and Jonathan Khamis of the Southern California News Group discuss the Lakers newest player. (Video by Jonathan Khamis).See video.