RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan RSF_en Investigative journalist Mark Grigorian was attacked with a grenade in the centre of the Armenian capital of Yerevan on the night of 22 October. Grigorian, who is also Reporters Without Borders’ correspondent, believes the motive of the attack was to prevent publication of an article he is preparing about a commando assault on the Armenian parliament three years ago. Organisation to go further News Reporters Without Borders today voiced its outrage at a grenade attack that seriously injured investigative journalist Mark Grigorian in the centre of the Armenian capital of Yerevan on the night of 22 October. Grigorian, who is deputy director of the Caucasus Institute for Mass Media and Reporters Without Borders’ correspondent in Yerevan, believes the motive of the attack was to prevent publication of an article he is preparing about a commando assault on the Armenian parliament three years ago.”This exceptionally violent attack against our correspondent must be viewed as an attempt to silence an investigative journalist who was looking into a matter of national interest,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter to Interior Minister Hayk Haroutiounian. Ménard called on the minister to ensure that there is a thorough investigation and that Grigorian’s professional activity is considered as the likely motive. He also urged him to do everything possible to guarantee the safety of journalists in Armenia.Grigorian maintains that the grenade was clearly targeted at himself and that it exploded under his feet. He sustained injuries to his right lung, abdomen and legs, but his life is not in danger. He said he had no personal enemies or financial problems but that it was well known that he was preparing an investigative report on the 27 October 1999 commando attack on the Armenian parliament to be published on the attack’s third anniversary. Eight of the country’s political leaders died in the attack including the head of government, Vazguen Sarkissian and parliamentary president Karen Demirtchian. Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Armenia Receive email alerts News ArmeniaEurope – Central Asia November 11, 2020 Find out more News News October 24, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Grenade attack injures investigative journalist ArmeniaEurope – Central Asia Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” April 9, 2021 Find out more June 8, 2021 Find out more
The move followed a previous announcement from the airline that it had furloughed about 800 workers for three months starting on May 14 in a bid to maintain the company’s finances before resuming normal operations.The COVID-19 outbreak has forced Garuda to park 100 of its 142 aircraft as its daily flights have dropped 70 percent because of the government’s large-scale social restrictions (PSBB).Consequently, in the first quarter of 2020, the airline recorded a 31.9 percent annual drop in passenger and cargo revenue.APG said the laid-off pilots had their rights fulfilled by the company. National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has laid off 180 contract pilots, as well as hundreds of workers as the company continues to struggle financially amid a slump in demand for air travel, its workers association has said.The pilots, including senior and outsourced pilots working on a contract basis, have had their contracts terminated as the airline cuts back on flights, Garuda Pilot Association (APG) chairperson Muzaeni told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. “There are a total of 180 pilots affected, of which 150 are contract workers sourced internally, mostly retired seniors aged 60 to 65 years old,” Muzaeni said in a phone interview. “The other 30 are externally sourced contract workers.” Muzaeni also said that in addition to the layoffs, Garuda had offered early retirement packages with added benefits for existing senior employees.“The company is offering early retirement packages for employees who are over 50 years old. The package is worth about 35 times monthly wages, more than the usual retirement package, which is worth 30 times monthly wages,” he said.Garuda Indonesia president director Irfan Setiaputra acknowledged the layoffs in a press release on Tuesday, while stating that the company had fulfilled its obligation to the affected pilots.“We have been forced to terminate the contracts of our workers in order to align our workforce with the demand for our flight operations, which are significantly affected by the pandemic,” he said.“It was a tough decision to make. However, we believe that Garuda can improve its operational condition and survive these challenging times,” Irfan added.Previously, Garuda Indonesia took several measures to maintain cash flow amid plummeting demand for air travel. The measures included cutting employee and executive salaries, cutting production costs for efficiency and renegotiating obligations to partners and aircraft lessors.Garuda Indonesia booked US$3.25 billion in short-term liabilities last year, including $498.9 million in sukuk (sharia compliant bonds), according to its 2019 financial report.As the company struggles to stay afloat, the government is set to give Rp 8.5 trillion ($597.6 million) in a working capital guarantee for the airline as part of the economic recovery stimulus package to stave off the impact of the pandemic, including on ailing state-owned companies.Topics :
Duro IkhazuagbeAs reported by THISDAY monday, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has announced the appointment of Frenchman Paul Le Guen, 52, as the new Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles.The new Eagles’ boss Le Guen who steered the Indomitable Lions of Cameroun to the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa is to be assisted by Nigerian Salisu Yusuf, who takes the role of Chief Coach. Both appointments are subject to agreement of contract terms with the NFF Executive Committee. Le Guen is believed to be on a $40,000 per month pay while his assistant is expected to be on N1.5million monthly.Le Guen played for Brest, Nantes and Paris Saint Germain and won 17 caps for France, before coaching Rennes, Lyon, PSG (in France) and Glasgow Rangers (in Scotland). He also coached Oman.Yusuf, a former Ranch Bees star player was capped at Under-20 level by Nigeria. He is a former coach of both Kano Pillars and Enyimba of Aba.After Sunday Oliseh quit the Eagles job and Samson Siasia held forth for two games in the qualifiers for the AFCON 2017, Yusuf stepped in as an interim coach for two international friendly matches in Europe at the end of May, which Eagles won.Spokesman of the Committee, Paul Bassey, said after the meeting at the NFF secretariat yesterday that Enugu Rangers gaffer Imama Amapakabo and former Super Eagles’ goalkeeper and skipper Alloy Agu, who served as assistant coach and goalkeeper trainer for the games against Mali and Luxembourg in May, retained their places in the technical crew.The new crew’s immediate challenge is a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania in the first week of September – a dead rubber, but which would serve as ample preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match away to Zambia on October 3.The committee has also recommended to the NFF Board, the appointment of one-time Super Eagles’ assistant coach, Bitrus Bewarang as the new NFF Technical Director.Bewarang, who is president of the Nigeria Football Coaches Association, will replace the late Coach Shaibu Amodu.There is also a recommendation that former Super Eagles’ defender Nduka Ugbade be restored to the Under-17 national team as assistant to Coach Manu Garba.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
On my way to Soldier Field in Chicago, the home of the Bears, everyone who claimed Chik-a-go as their town and their team were hopeful that this game would jumpstart their miracle machine. As I settled into the press box, the first person I ran into was Lou Ransom, former Courier managing editor and current executive editor of our sister paper, the Chicago Defender. I was sworn to secrecy as I knew he was rooting for the Black and Gold. The mystique surrounding this game would stir up memories of Gale Sayers, Walter Payton, Mike Ditka and Dick Butkus. This was the Super Bowl in September for the Bruins from the Windy City. Pittsburgh lost the game 17-14 in an unlikely victory for the Bears.The first quarter and a half looked as if it was not going to be a game. The Pittsburgh defense appeared to be almost impenetrable and the Bears defense looked like Swiss cheese. And then came the unimaginable.The Steelers allowed the Bears to hang around and show they could be competitive. You could visibly see their confidence increasing. You could almost see them beginning to believe in themselves. With 6:56 left in the third quarter and the game still tied at seven, this seemed o be the optimum time for Pittsburgh to seize “Big Mo,” otherwise known as momentum. And they did just that. They only needed 1:30 and four plays to drive 69 yards, including a defensive penalty to take the lead once again.The third quarter ended and the Steelers were once again driving. Then the Bears and what seemed like the entire city of Chicago began to sing a fight song that sounded sort of Knute Rockne-ish. They also have a corny sort of rallying cry, “one city, one team.” I am reasonably certain that when all was said and done, Pittsburgh was the city and the team singing a sad and lonely ballad in unison when the clock struck midnight, this past Sunday.Bears headmaster Lovie Smith did not show a lot of love toward his fellow graduate and frat brother from Dungy University, Steelers head coach Mike Tomin. The mammals from the Windy City seemed as if they had a serious attitude and were ready for battle.Yeah, yeah, it was a rainy day, but ahh. There was, however, enough ineptitude to go around.Super Bowl XLIII MVP Santonio Holmes dropped two important almost sure catches. It looked as if he misplayed a sure TD completion from Big Ben Roethlisberger near the corner of the end zone. “You had to fight the elements. The rain did play a big part. You have to be professional about it.Everyone sharpened fingers to be pointed in regards to the Steelers defeat but Steeler kicker Jeff Reed was having none of it. There were many excuses offered, such as the rain and the slick turf but Reed seemed oblivious to the chatter. “There’s no excuse. I missed two kicks and basically what it was, I was trying too hard on both of them. That’s what happens to a right-footed kicker—you hook them. I’m just embarrassed because these guys fought their tail off to win the game. If there’s one player who can singlehandedly lose a game, I’ll take credit for it.”The Steelers defense at times appeared to be defenseless, allowing the Bears to go on the final game winning drive.Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler, who was about to be drawn and quartered after his four interceptions, helped the Green Bay Packers beat the Bears in their season opener, accounted for both of his team’s touchdowns with passes.He did not throw a pick and Pittsburgh could only manage to sack the nimble-footed QB just once. Tomlin had a positive assessment of Jay Cutler. “Jay Cutler was very good with the football in the face of pressure. He made very good decisions.”The Steelers defense found itself in a very unfamiliar position, having to stop the opposition from winning the game in the final seconds. “Usually, we find a way to pull it out at the end defensively, unfortunately for us, they pulled it out,” said Pittsburgh defensive end, Aaron Smith. James Farrior added, “It was a tough one today. We could have made some plays when we were supposed to, we just didn’t. Chicago’s got a good team and just hung in there to the end. That’s usually what we do.”At the beginning of the season everyone (including me) thought that aside from their opener against the Tennessee Titans the Steelers had a reasonable chance to be 4-1 after the first five games because of their supposedly easier schedule, especially in comparison to last year’s lineup.The Steelers up until now had been appointed and anointed to make the trip to Dolphins Stadium to compete for the NFL championship.They have now come home disjointed and disappointed. All the members of the Steelers Nation who have put their money aside in interest bearing accounts to pay for their Super Bowl tickets and their hotel rooms for Super Bowl XLIV in Miami in February, had better make sure their accounts are not debited prematurely.The loss to an emotionally charged Chicago Bears team in their home season opener will not prevent the Black and Gold from repeating as Super Bowl champions just as Pittsburgh’s opening victory against the Titans was no guarantee of professional football supremacy for the 2009 season.There is an old and overused saying—one game at a time. Pittsburgh should take it a step further and hold on to the concept of one play at a time.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] courier.com.)
Facebook1Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Business BankJon M. Jones, President and CEO, of Washington Business Bank announced that it has just become easier to own a piece of a successful community bank that was recently voted “Best Bank” in The Olympian’s Best of South Sound contest for the 5th year in a row. Washington Business Bank’s common stock has begun trading on the OTC marketplace under the symbol “WBZB”.“With the growth and financial success of the bank, our Board believes that having our stock listed on an active exchange is a natural next step in our evolution,” commented President and CEO Jon M. Jones. “Having an efficient way for our shareholders to trade our stock should provide both greater liquidity and higher visibility for our organization which are supportive to our plans for continued growth.”For more information about Washington Business Bank and how to purchase stock, please visit www.wabizbank.com.About Washington Business BankWashington Business Bank (WBZB) was founded in 2002 and is one of Washington’s premier community-owned financial institutions. The bank was voted “Best Bank” in The Olympian’s “Best of South Sound” contest for the fifth year in a row and is rated “5 Stars” by Bauer Financial. Headquartered in Olympia, Washington, Washington Business Bank’s mission is to provide financial services that enable their clients to become more successful. The bank is located at 223 5th Ave. SE (corner of 5th and Franklin) in downtown Olympia. Phone 360-754-1945. Fax 360-456-0252. www.wabizbank.com. Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender.
By Jay Cook |MIDDLETOWN – All signs are pointing to the summer of 2018 as the completion date for an intersection overhaul in the Middletown Village Historic District.After initial construction began on Feb. 1, work on the Kings Highway/Church St. intersection will extend through the new year with the project significantly picking up pace once the springtime weather arrives, said Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone.Arnone said there was no holdup as the county was waiting for utility companies to come in and upgrade underground infrastructure in the area. New Jersey Natural Gas broke ground to install 8-inch gas lines and Verizon was also on site to relocate a number of utility poles. That work was completed near the end of October, he said.“We have to coordinate them into one project, and that eliminates us coming in multiple times to do work on the same corner,” said Arnone.The remaining scope of work is designed to lessen the burden on motorists who use Kings Highway and Church St. as their main commuting route. The NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line’s Middletown station is on Church St.Lucas Brothers of Morganville was awarded the $389,389 construction bid in November 2016.The roadway on Kings Highway will be widened to allow for a left-turning lane onto Church Street. Four matte black traffic lights, as well as pedestrian crosswalks, will be added to the intersection.“There is no question you’ll see a dramatic difference,” Arnone said. “Even though the widening isn’t as dramatic, just that little bit will be good.”Preserving the feel of the historic district was important to Middletown elected officials and congregations in the immediate area. There are three historic churches along Kings Highway – First Baptist Church of Middletown (1688), Christ Episcopal Church (1702) and Dutch Reformed Church (1836).Utilizing matte black traffic signals is becoming common in New Jersey when upgrading historic districts. In an effort keep the historic feel of the area, Lucas Brothers will be bringing in 1,261 linear feet of peanut stone to line the roadways. That is the biggest single expense for the project at $39,091.Arnone said the county will look to coordinate the asphalt and paving work with nighttime construction so commuters and motorists aren’t disturbed. “You’ll get some sort of closing or detour, but it won’t be substantial,” he said.This article was first published in the Dec. 21-28, 2017 print edition of the Two River Times.
Will the Vancouver Canucks become the 2011 Stanley Cup version of the Boston Bruins?Canucks fans will find out Tuesday at the Rogers Centre after Ben Smith scored on a rebound at 15:30 of overtime to power the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-3 victory over Vancouver in game six of the Western Conference series Sunday in the Windy City. The series is tied 3-3 as Chicago rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the best-of-seven series.Smith, a rookie, followed in a long, hard shot from the point by teammate Niklas Hjalmarsson that bounced off goalie Roberto Luongo.Luongo, who didn’t start the game but was called upon in the third period when Cory Schneider had to be helped off the ice when he was injured as he tried to stop Michael Frolik’s penalty shot that tied it at 3-3, had very little work to do in the overtime period as the Canucks pressed for the winner.Daniel Sedin, Alexandre Burrows and Kevin Bieska scored for the Canucks. Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland added goals for the Blackhawks, who held off Vancouver dominating performance in the third and overtime periods when the Canucks appeared ready to win the game and end the series. NOTES: The goal by Alex Burrows was his first of the series. … Chicago captain Jonathan Toews is still without a goal. … Chicago is attempting to send the Canucks to the golf course for the third consecutive season. …Chicago’s Brent Seabrook, out for two games following a hard shoulder-to-head hit from Raffi Torres in Game 3, was back in the lineup for game six. …Vancouver played without the services of defenceman Sami Salo for most of the game.