Anchor and three other senior staff resign from Ren-TV

first_imgNews December 7, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Anchor and three other senior staff resign from Ren-TV to go further News BelarusEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more News May 28, 2021 Find out more Organisation Olga Romanova, the anchor of the Ren-TV news programme “24,” Elena Fedorova, the station’s news director, Tatiana Kokova, the “24” producer, and Olga Chorina, its editor, all finally resigned yesterday in protest against censorship and systematic programming control by the station’s new management.In an interview for Gazeta.ru, Fedorova criticised the new management’s lack of professionalism and its use of spurious arguments to justify pulling “24.” She also complained in an interview for the radio station Ekho Moskvy (Moscow Echoes) about “a new system of access cards to the production offices and new criteria for choosing experts to come and speak in the studio.”Romanova is to become the presenter of two weekly programmes on Ekho Moskvy, “Bolshoy Dozor” and “Ekonomika.”——30 November 2005Olga Romanova says she fears for her safetyStar news presenter of Ren-TV, Olga Romanova, told a press conference in Moscow on 29 November that she fears for her safety and that of her two children.She said that since she began a lawsuit, after security guards prevented her from going on air, she was being constantly followed by a black Audi car.She added that she did not want “to suffer the same fate as Paul Khlebnikov”, editor of the Russian edition of Forbes magazine, who was gunned down on a street in the capital on 9 July 2004.The management of Ren-TV on 28 November banned its staff from giving the presenter any information about what was going on at the station. BelarusEurope – Central Asia ——-28 November 2005Censorship fears as last independent television station sidelines outspoken presenterReporters Without Borders condemned a decision by the management of Ren-TV to prevent a star presenter on the news analysis programme “24” from broadcasting. Olga Romanova was told on 24 November that she was not going on air that night. Three security guards, none of them employed by the station, physically stopped her from entering the studio after she refused to accept the ban.“Today in Russia, the government controls virtually every media in the country“, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “Ren-TV is the last TV station still seen as independent.“Romanova specialised in reports critical of the authorities and in particular the Kremlin’s policy towards the broadcast sector, making this case particularly worrying.”Reporters Without Borders said it was anxious about the future of the station. “It was the last bastion of the independent broadcast media and we fear the Russian media landscape will be the poorer for it”.A few days before being ousted, Romanova was banned from presenting two topics by the head of programming. The first related to the end of the trial of a son of the defence minister, Sergey Ivanov, who killed a woman in a car accident, and the second was about the construction of a 15-million dollar crystal chapel by the architect Zurab Tsereteli, who is close to the government.The new managing director of Ren-TV, Alexander Ordjonikidze, explained the ban on the journalist by the need to boost the channel’s ratings by trying out new programming and new presenters and not to allow Olga Romanova to monopolise the evening schedule.Ren-TV management changed in July and the Russian steel company Severstal and oil group Surgutneftegaz, both close to the government, now share 70% of its stock. The third owner is German company Bertelsmann.Ordjonikidzé said that Romanova would resume work on 28 November. The presenter has meanwhile decided to take legal action against the security guards who prevented her from getting into the studio. Follow the news on Belarus Receive email alerts “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says News Help by sharing this information Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” RSF_en May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK St. Anthony senior Cole lives up to…

first_imgBecause Cole was the lone returning player from last year’s undefeated 32-0 Friar team that captured the school’s 10th NJSIAA Tournament of Champions crown, Hurley needed the do-everything guard to basically do everything.“We knew that scoring 12 points and getting six assists per game just wasn’t going to be enough,” Hurley said of Cole. “We needed somewhere around 20 points per game every night. We needed him to go after the other guys and force them to score. It was a tough deal for him, but if we were going to try to maintain a stable of excellence with one player back, then the responsibilities fell on that one player.”Cole didn’t shy away from the responsibilities. In fact, he embraced them.“I took it as a challenge to be the best player I could be,” said the smooth shooting southpaw. “I had to basically prove myself every game. Sure, there was a lot of pressure, but if you’re willing to do it, then it’s just another obstacle.”Cole began to take on the challenges of being the Friars’ leading man during summer league games and fall workouts.“Whenever we played teams where he was able to dominate, then we were able to play with anyone,” Hurley said. “I think his performance inspired the others to step up their games.”Although Cole was playing the role of point guard, which is generally to pass first and shoot second, Hurley gave him the carte blanche to look to score early and often.“I didn’t mind that,” Cole said with a laugh. “I like to score. I could be a scoring point guard. I know how to get my shots up and how to make sure they’re good shots. I knew I could be that guy every day if I put in the effort.”However, that constant stress of having to be consistent had to weigh a lot on the 5-foot-11 Cole.“With the roster we had, we had a lot of guys who missed games,” Hurley said. “We had our share of injuries. But R.J. had to be the consistent one. We had to make sure he was going to be able to do it every night.”Hurley credited assistant coach Tom Lalicato, the former long-time head coach at St. Mary’s of Jersey City, for dealing with Cole’s mental approach.“Tommy was the one working with R.J.’s psyche,” Hurley said. “We had to make sure we got through one game and moved on to the next one with him there all the time.”Cole knew that consistency was going to be a key.“I tried to be as consistent as possible,” Cole said. “I knew how important it was. I embraced that challenge all season long.”Remarkably and almost unthinkably, Cole has been able to score in double figures in each of the Friars’ 28 games this season. His high point total for the season was 31 – and he reached that total in consecutive games in the Skyline Classic tourney in December. His low point total was 13.For the season, Cole is averaging close to 23 points per game, which is the highest point per game total for a Friar since Charles “Mandy” Johnson’s senior year in 1981, before he headed off to Marquette.Traditionally, St. Anthony doesn’t have prolific scorers – except for Cole this season. He’s done everything Hurley asked of him before the season – and more.“He’s never been able to take a day off,” Hurley said. “He’s been averaging about 30 minutes per game and it’s been that way the whole season. We’ve played the toughest schedule in the state, so we’ve needed him to be out there every single game.”And Hurley doesn’t pull punches when it comes to singing Cole’s praises.“I think he’s been the player of the year in the state,” Hurley said. “He’s absolutely the best guard in the state. The consistency of his performance has been outstanding. He’s just been dominant.”With the season winding down to the precious few games, it’s only fitting that Cole has been playing some of his best basketball.In the NJSIAA Non-Public B North playoffs, Cole had 26 points in a win over Montclair Immaculate and 20 in a win over Morristown-Beard, helping the Friars advance to the sectional title game against local rival Hudson Catholic.For his efforts, Cole has been selected as The Hudson Reporter Athlete of the Week for the past week.Cole was impressed when he was compared to former St. Anthony all-time greats like Johnson and David Rivers, the rare Friars who averaged 20 points or more.“They’re legends at the school,” Cole said. “I watched films of David Rivers [the Notre Dame All-America and first round draft pick of the Los Angeles Lakers] and he was awesome. Just to be named with them is a great honor.”Not only is Cole a great player, but he’s also an exceptional student. Cole is among the top students in the Class of 2017 with a 4.2 grade point average. He’s already signed his national letter of intent to attend Howard University in the fall.“I take a lot of pride in my schoolwork, because without education, there’s no basketball,” Cole said.Cole has a chance to be the valedictorian of this year’s graduating class, which would be continuing a recent tradition of the top student of the class coming from the boys’ basketball team, joining Josh Brown (Temple) in 2013 and Jagan Mosely (Georgetown) and Shyquan Gibbs (NJIT) last year.Cole believes that his intelligence has helped him become a better basketball player.“I know when to make the right play,” Cole said. “I can understand what defense the other team is playing against us. Then I understand what I have to do. It’s definitely made me become a better player. Rather than just being a shooter, I’m more of a complete player.”Cole didn’t know what to expect from the Hudson Catholic game or what lies ahead after.“It’s a big deal for us,” Cole said about playing Hudson Catholic. “We had their number all season. We have a young team, but we’re the underdog. We’re going to go out and prove everyone else wrong. This season has been a lot of fun. I learned a lot and learned how to deal with adversity. I think it all made me tougher and made me become the best player I could be.”It’s one thing to have expectations. It’s another to reach those lofty goals and then another to surpass them. R.J. Cole has had a senior year to remember and it’s one that people involved with St. Anthony basketball will remember for a long time, even if it does turn out to be the final year of St. Anthony basketball. – Jim HagueJim Hague can be reached via e-mail at [email protected] In his nearly five decades as the legendary boys’ basketball coach at St. Anthony High School, Bob Hurley has perhaps not placed a bigger responsibility on one player’s shoulders than what the Hall of Fame coach put on senior guard R.J. Cole before this season began.Hurley basically put the entire fortunes of the Friars’ chances this year on Cole and asked him to handle the colossal responsibilities. ×St. Anthony senior point guard R.J. Colecenter_img St. Anthony senior point guard R.J. Colelast_img read more

Ronaldo handed five-match ban for ref push

first_imgCristiano RonaldoMadrid, Spain | AFP | Cristiano Ronaldo was hit with a five-match ban by the Spanish football federation (RFEF) on Monday for pushing the referee after being sent off in Real Madrid’s 3-1 Spanish Super Cup, first leg win over Barcelona.The World Player of the Year received an automatic one-match ban for his dismissal on Sunday and an extra four games for his reaction towards referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea.Ronaldo was also fined 3,805 euros ($4,500) and has 10 days to appeal the ban.Should any appeal fail, Ronaldo will miss Wednesday’s Super Cup, second leg and Madrid’s first four La Liga games of the season against Deportivo la Coruna, Valencia, Levante and Real Sociedad.However, Ronaldo will be free to feature when Madrid start their defence of the Champions League on September 12 or 13.Madrid had already signalled their intent to appeal Ronaldo’s second yellow card shown for diving eight minutes from time when he went down inside the area under pressure from Samuel Umtiti.“Ronaldo’s sending-off annoys me because even if it is not a penalty, the card is harsh,” said Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane after the game. “We will see if we can do something so that he is available on Wednesday.”Ronaldo was only on the field for 24 minutes after he was introduced as a second-half substitute and fired into the top corner 10 minutes from time to give Madrid a 2-1 lead.He received his first yellow card for removing his shirt in celebration before being shown the 10th red card of his career two minutes later.“Once shown the red card, said player (Ronaldo) pushed me lightly as a sign of his disapproval,” De Burgos Bengoetxea wrote in his referee’s report.According to the RFEF’s rules, such offences are met with a suspension of anything between four and 12 games, but previous cases also resulted in four-game bans.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

Bahamian Officials: 2,500 People Still on “Missing” List After Dorian

first_imgMore than a week after Dorian destroyed thousands of homes on the Grand Bahama and Abaco islands, the official death toll stands at 50 and is expected to rise, as search-and-rescue crews continue to make their way through the devastation.While power has already been restored to much of Grand Bahama, Smith says the electrical infrastructure around Marsh Harbour, which is Abaco’s largest city, was completely destroyed. Bahamian officials say about 2,500 people remain on a list of those missing in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. However, the names have not been cross-checked against the lists of people who evacuated from the islands following the storm, and those who are still in shelters.Carl Smith, a spokesman for the emergency management agency in the Bahamas, expects the list of potentially missing persons to shrink as it is checked in the coming days.last_img read more

The Alpine Experience Donates Socks To Local Charity

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Alpine ExperienceOLYMPIA, WA – The Alpine Experience, South Sound’s Premier Outdoor Retailer located in the heart of Downtown Olympia, has announced the donation of 500 pairs of socks to area charity, the Downtown Ambassadors.“Investing in our community has always been a core value of our business,” said Joe Hyer, Founder and Co-owner. “We are glad that the community recognizes this and shops locally.”“Over the years, The Alpine Experience has been an engaged community partner, reaching out to those in need, in order to improve the quality of their lives, and in doing so, improving the quality of our community as a whole,” said Rob Richards, Program Manager for the Downtown Ambassador Program.The City of Olympia’s Downtown Ambassador Program creates a safe and welcoming environment for all downtown users. The program is part of the City’s Downtown Project that aims to revitalize downtown Olympia through a variety of approaches. The City of Olympia is funding the ambassador program with their parking services budget.Rob Richards, Housing Program Coordinator at Capital Recovery Center (formerly known as Capital Clubhouse), serves as Program Manager for the Ambassadors.About The Alpine ExperienceThe Alpine Experience is a locally and family owned outdoor retail shop located in Olympia, Washington. Since 1996 we’ve prided ourselves on our superior customer service, high quality products, and being active contributors to our community. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.alpinex.com.last_img read more

It didn’t take Tom Renney long to find a new job, joins Detroit Red Wings

first_imgRenney had also been courted by the San Jose Sharks of the NHL but signed a three-year deal with Detroit.The Red Wings had a spot open on their staff when Jeff Blashill was named head coach of their American Hockey League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins.Before arriving in Edmonton, the 57-year-old Cranbrook native was let go from the Rangers in February 2009 after 61 games, following three full seasons and 20 games in another when he took over from Glen Sather, who remained as general manager.Renney was also release from Vancouver in 1997-98 after his first full season with the club.Renney got his start in hockey in the KIJHL. He won the league championship as skipper of the Columbia Valley Rockies before moving to coaching in the Western Hockey League and winning a Memorial Cup with Kamloops Blazers.In two season with the Blazers Renney compiled a 101-37-6 record for a .714 winning percentage, which ranks as the all-time highest winning mark in CHL history.Before coaching in the NHL, Renney guided Canada to a silver medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.Renney and wife Glenda own a summer home near Nelson on the North Shore overlooking Kootenay Lake. It’s didn’t take former Kootenay International Junior Hockey League coach Tom Renney to find a job back in the pros.The Columbia Valley Rockies skipper, who took the one proud franchise to a KIJHL title, accepted an offer earlier this week with the Detroit Red Wings as associate coach.Renney fell out of favour with his last team, Edmonton Oilers, which elected not to re-sign the coach after his third season with the NHL club.Instead, the Oilers decided to go with Renney’s right-hand man, Ralph Krueger, into the head coaching post.Ironically it was Renney who cohersed Krueger to join the Oilers from Europe.last_img read more

Back from the dead, Aces stay in playoff hunt

first_imgMOST READ That mentality was in full display in the game against the Picanto as Alaska pulled itself back from 10 points down.Abueva was at is best, doing a little bit of everything including getting into Kia import Geron Johnson’s head.With Johnson losing his focus, Alaska capitalized with its import Buck Henton and starting point guard JVee Casio coming through down the stretch.Abueva admitted that Johnson’s aggressiveness caught the Aces by surprise.“We were rattled,” he said. “We knew we needed a win, but we struggled getting any momentum in the first three quarters. But in the fourth quarter, everything clicked and that was when we were able to show our energy and hustle. All we wanted was to win.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City However, if there’s one positive thing their slump gave the Aces, it’s that they can’t take any team lightly.“Before, we’re a bit overexcited. We felt that we could beat anyone, but we were wrong. We realized that it’s not going to be easy,” said Abueva. “Now, I think we’re being more solid. We’re getting our momentum back and I hope we continue this.”Alaska stakes its three-game winning streak against Meralco. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Calvin Abueva. PBA IMAGESAfter Alaska’s 0-6 start in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, the players know that they have no choice but to play like there’s no tomorrow.Not only are the Aces’ campaign this conference is hanging in the balance, but so are their careers as well.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “Our captain (JVee Casio) said that a lot of us have expiring contracts. So if we want to get extended, get a raise, we have to make it to the playoffs,” said Calvin Abueva in Filipino.That explains the heightened sense of urgency of the Aces for the past three games as they snapped their inglorious 14-game losing skid dating back to last conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlaska has now won three straight games with its latest victory at the expense of Kia, 102-94, on Sunday.“We’re willing to die just for us to play well and make it to the playoffs,” the energetic forward said. View comments San Miguel ends Ginebra’s 7-game run Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more

Keys to victory: Ateneo-La Salle Finals series

first_imgRead Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion And with that being said, here are INQUIRER’s keys to victory for this year’s UAAP Finals.Share the orangeRoster-wise, La Salle has arguably the better bunch.Ateneo, though, moves the ball better than the Green Archers with the Blue Eagles racking up an average of 17 assists in their previous two meetings.The Green Archers registered just 11.5 assists in the two elimination games played against Ateneo.ADVERTISEMENT Chot Reyes gets back at old foe MOST READ And those are the intangibles.Ateneo has a bone to pick with La Salle and not just because the two schools are archrivals in basketball.The Green Archers are the ones who derailed the Blue Eagles’ potential sweep of Season 80 and Ateneo still wants revenge from its Finals mishap in Season 79.La Salle, meanwhile, are hell-bent on taking its second straight title and prove that it’s still the ruling party despite having a worse eliminations record than Ateneo. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101center_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Both teams got one win each in the eliminations against each other but expect the Blue Eagles to veer away from isolation sets in order to counter the Green Archers’ sheer physical might.And speaking of physical might…Power!There’s no question that Ben Mbala is the most dominating player in the UAAP for the past two seasons and his two MVP trophies attest to that.Mbala averaged 23 points, 16 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks against the Blue Eagles in the eliminations and quite frankly nobody on that Ateneo roster can stop the big man one-on-one.La Salle can afford to just throw the ball down to Mbala and leave him to work out against Ateneo’s defense, which usually gives him double and sometimes triple teams.When that happens, Mbala has the luxury of finding four open shooters or sometimes one big man open inside.Big men can shootThere was a time in the first round that Mbala fell in love with shooting the triple but against Ateneo he came away with four blanks.Ateneo’s bigs, however, have started to get comfortable with the long ball and Isaac Go, Chibueze Ikeh, and Vince Tolentino showed that in the Final Four against Far Eastern University. It’s that time of the year once more when families flock outside wearing matching-colored t-shirts as they catch-up with other families who are wearing the same clothes as they do.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Mom and dad jump in jubilation and the kids cheer with joy in their smiles and happiness in their eyes.Oh, this is not Christmas. It’s the UAAP Finals and it’s Ateneo vs. La Salle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe most ballyhooed rivalry in all of Philippine sports, the Blue Eagles face off against the Green Archers for the sixth time in the championship round and both teams have something to prove.La Salle wants to get its second straight title while Ateneo want to avenge its loss in Season 79. The Blue Eagle trio went a collective 5-of-12 from deep in Ateneo’s 88-84 win over the Tamaraws with Go getting owning three of those conversions.Go also proved that he can shoot the three in dire situations when he sent the game to overtime with a clutch triple.Ateneo’s newfound three-point touch can spell trouble for La Salle as it will force the likes of Mbala, Santi Santillan, and Justine Baltazar to close out in the perimeter leaving the paint open to cuts and drives.Press it and push itBoth teams have shown they can pressure the ball for the full 94 feet of the basketball floor and run it off for easy scoring opportunities.The Green Archers have the Mayhem defense while the Blue Eagles have whatever they call their pestering scheme.Ateneo has the slight edge in turnovers and points off turnovers in the two previous meetings against La Salle with the Blue Eagles turning the ball over 16.5 times while the Green Archers gave the rock away an average of 19.5 times.The Blue Eagles are also more adept at scoring quickly off their opponent’s miscues with 16.5 points off turnovers while the Green Archers are at 13 points.The unseen statsSure the stat sheets show just how much the two teams play, but there are far many aspects of the game that those legal-sized papers don’t show.last_img read more

a month agoChelsea attacker Willian wanted by Juventus

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea attacker Willian wanted by Juventusby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea attacker Willian is wanted by Juventus.The Telegraph say the Turin club intends to move for the Brazilian next summer, when his contract with the Londoners expires.Willian’s agreement with Chelsea expires in the summer of 2020 – and so far negotiations for its extension have not been successful .The 31-year-old striker moved to Chelsea in 2013 from Anzhi. During his time with Chelsea, Willian has played 203 matches in the Premier League and scored 28 goals. last_img read more

NGO Calls On Maersk to Become True Leader for Safe Recycling

first_imgImage Courtesy: MaerskAfter the Danish shipping company Maersk admitted to duplicity in vessel recycling, the NGO Shipbreaking Platform’s Executive Director Patrizia Heidegger has called on “the world’s leading ship owner to become a true leader for clean and safe ship recycling.”In order to do so, Heidegger said that the company should opt for “investing in and working with modern ship recycling yards off the beach that can guarantee the highest standard of environmental protection, hazardous waste treatment and occupational health and safety for workers.”She explained that, by practicing duplicity in vessel recycling, Maersk “created strong financial incentives for their business partners to scrap old ships in the beaching yards of Bangladesh and India.”“Maersk sorted out its fleet by selling older vessels to other ship owners, chartered the ships back immediately to keep them in their fleet as long as convenient – and then motivated the other owners do the dirty job,” according to Heidegger.Maersk earlier admitted that its own contracts from divestments “have not always guaranteed the intention” of the company’s recycling policy.The ship owner has thus tightened its procedures and contract requirements while also realizing that the solution “does not lie with clever contracts and that it may take a long time for a global agreement to become effective,” according to Annette Stube, Head of Maersk Group Sustainability.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more