Website owner’s last words to his editor: “Roza, they are taking me away”

first_img Help by sharing this information More on the situation in IngushetiyaChronology : “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says News Magomed Yevloyev, the site’s owner and a government opponent, was murdered while held by the security forces in the new capital, Magas, on 31 August. He was arrested by interior ministry officials who were waiting for him as he disembarked from a plane at Magas airport. He managed to call Malsagova and tell her: “Roza, they are taking me away.” He was found dead a few hours later.The authorities say his death was an accident, that he was killed when he tried to grab a gun from one of the policemen and it went off. A criminal investigation is under way into the possibility that his death was a case of “murder through negligence.”Malsagova, who fled to France with her three children seeking political asylum a few weeks ago, is convinced the authorities are lying. “This is a political murder that was masterminded by President Murat Zyazikov,” she told Reporters Without Borders.Since exchanging those last few words with Yevloyev,” she says she no longer sees “any way forward.” The two had met in Paris on 26 August to discuss the future. Ingushetiya.ru is the only local website covering the unrest and violence in Ingushetia, but a Russian court ruled in June that access to the site should be blocked because of its “extremist” content.As the website’s owner and editor, Yevloyev and Malsagova were also being prosecuted, while contributors to the site who are still in Russia are threatened. Some have gone into hiding or keep changing their place of residence. Although he knew he was in danger, Yevloyev decided to make a brief trip to Ingushetia. President Zyazikov happened to be on the plane that he took from Moscow to Magas, and according to an unconfirmed report, they got into an argument during the flight.As Yevloyev was being buried on 1 September, a street protest was launched at the request of Magomed Khazbiyev, one of the opposition leaders, to demand the president’s resignation and an impartial investigation into Yevloyev’s death. Special troops dispersed the demonstration the following morning.Listen to Magomed Yevloev (in Russian) Roza Malsagova, the editor of the Ingushetiya.ru website, Ingushetia’s only source of independent news and information, has just lost an ally in her struggle against the government’s determination to suppress all coverage of human rights abuses in this southern Russian republic, which adjoins Chechnya and which is contaminated by the region’s conflicts. News RSF_en Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Related documents ChronologyPDF – 72.38 KB BelarusEurope – Central Asia BelarusEurope – Central Asia News Around 20 people including Malsagova demonstrated outside the Russian embassy in Paris yesterday to press the authorities to shed light on Yevloyev’s death and all the other violence taking place in Ingushetia. The protesters asked to speak embassy officials, who said it would not be possible today but suggested they ask again another day.Ingushetiya.ru was founded in 2001 with the support of Zyazikov, a former KGB general. But all links between Zyazikov and the website’s staff were severed after he became president in April 2002 and gradually began to systematically crack down on all those who challenged his rule.Financed by Yevloyev, the site continued to post reports about disappearances in Ingushetia and photos of the places were civilians kidnapped by the Russia army were held or executed. In an attempt to combat Ingushetiya.ru’s reports, Zyazikov created a pro-government website in March of this year with a very similar web address: http://ingushetiyaru.net.Ingush ISPs were ordered to block access to Ingushetiya.ru in April, as a result of which the website’s journalists began publishing their articles in leaflets that were distributed on the streets of Nazran, the former capital. In July, they obtained a list of members of the FSB (the successor to the KGB), who were allegedly involved in the disappearances of civilians. After the list was published, Yevloyev was threatened and Malsagova’s phone was tapped. The site was definitively blocked on the order of a Russian court order on 12 August.Ingushetia’s civilian population is paying a high price for Zyazikov’s attempts to put down an ongoing Islamist rebellion. The threat of reprisals is used to ensure that nothing is said about the kidnappings, summary executions and torture. With anti-terrorist operations, bombings and raids by unidentified armed groups, the horrors taking place in Ingushetia are comparable to the worst moments of the war in Chechnya. June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further News September 4, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Website owner’s last words to his editor: “Roza, they are taking me away” Organisation May 28, 2021 Find out more RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” May 27, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Belarus Receive email alerts Roza Malsagova, the editor of the Ingushetiya.ru website, Ingushetia’s only source of independent news and information, has just lost an ally in her struggle against the government’s determination to suppress all coverage of human rights abuses in this southern Russian republic, which adjoins Chechnya and which is contaminated by the region’s conflicts.last_img read more

GPS Technology

first_imgStudents in the University of Georgia Tifton Campus’ “Principles of Precision Agriculture” class are learning GPS technology. In doing so, the students helped to map out two south Georgia corn mazes.“The corn maze is an opportunity to have a little fun while applying some of the things we’ve learned in class,” said George Vellidis, class instructor and agriculture engineer on the UGA Tifton Campus. “The class involves learning how to use research-grade GPS and precision farming mapping software.”Students used the software to establish the maze and GPS to assist in mowing two corn mazes during the class. One maze is at the Center of Agricultural Study and Excellence farm at Irwin County High School in Ocilla, Georgia, and the other is at Rutland Farms in Tifton, Georgia.Both of the farms sent maze designs that were drawn on paper to Vellidis, along with information about the field in which they wanted their mazes to be constructed. Students input the design into the mapping software to assign coordinates.“’Rubber sheeting’ is a term we use,” Vellidis said. “We take a design that doesn’t have any GPS coordinates associated with it, and we wrap it onto the shape of the field. We use our GPS receivers to trace the lines in order to cut the paths into the corn that make up the shape.”After the design was assigned GPS coordinates, the students followed the map through the field with a mower behind them, cutting the path for the corn maze. William Hinson, a junior agriscience and environmental systems major, said he learned how powerful and accurate GPS by making the mazes.“In the field, it seems like the GPS isn’t working and you’re going all over the place, but actually, the GPS works almost flawlessly,” Hinson said. “I enjoyed seeing the final product and that the work we did actually looked good.”Rutland Farms’ maze design for this year commemorates the 100th year of the farm’s existence. Last year’s maze was a tribute to former UGA head football coach Mark Richt’s 15th season with the team and was featured on ESPN.Vellidis said that making corn mazes is a great way to help students learn how GPS technology is an integral part of agricultural practices worldwide.“It’s hard to imagine agriculture without GPS technology, at least in the developed world,” Vellidis said. “We use it for pretty much everything these days, including guiding farm vehicles that are autosteered and knowing where to apply more or less fertilizer. GPS is a principle of precision agriculture.”Hinson said he thinks precision agriculture is important to learn because it is so widely used.“Precision agriculture is important because efficiency is key in farming,” Hinson said. “Precision agriculture brings a level of efficiency that has never been achieved before.”last_img read more

Wranglers wrestle Keystone Cup away from Knights

first_imgA goal at 12:39 of the third period by David Jantzie snapped a 1-1 tie and powered the Wranglers to the title.Sherwood Park held a 1-0 lead after one period before Blackfalds tied the contest in the second.Sherwood Park outshot the Wranglers 44-34 but goalie Tanner Schalin stood tall in the nets to lead Blackfalds to the victory.In the bronze medal game Saskatchewan’s Pilot Butte Storm scored four times in the final 40 minutes to knock off the Panthers from Victoria 5-3.Richmond Sockeyes and 2010 KIJHL champion Revelstoke Grizzlies had won the Keystone title the past two years.The Arborg Ice Dawgs of Manitoba and Thunder Bay of Ontario were the other teams at the tournament. There will be no three-peat for B.C. at the Keystone Cup, emblematic of Western Canada Junior B Hockey supremacy.Cyclone Taylor champ, Peninsula Panthers of Victoria, lost out in the bronze medal game to the Pilot Butte Storm. The Panthers finished the round robin in third spot with a 3-2 record.In the final, Blackfalds Ford Wranglers of Lacombe defeated Alberta rival and host Sherwood Park Knights 2-1 in the final to claim the Keystone Cup.last_img read more

Bombers need shootout to capture West Kootenay Girl’s Fieldhockey title

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers realized early in the season the road to the West Kootenay Girl’s Fieldhockey title would not be an easy one to travel.The Bombers needed shootout to dispose of the Stanley Humphries Rockers 3-1 to capture the West Kootenay Girl’s Fieldhockey Championship Thursday afternoon at Pass Creek Park in Castlegar.Captains Naomi Perkins with a nice deke and Allie Zondervan scored in the shootout to give LVR a 2-0 advantage after the teams played to a 1-1 regulation and overtime tie.Tara Yowek stopped every one of the Rockers shooters to power the Bombers.”Field conditions were horrible puddles and lakes everywhere,” said Bomber head coach Val Gibson. “It was truly disappointing to have to play such a fast paced game (normally) at a snail’s pace today.”LVR gained a bye into the final after claiming the regular season title.The Rockers upset defending champion J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail 1-0 in the semi final Tuesday.LVR opened the scoring when Grade 9 sensation Hanna Quinn scored for the Bombers.Stanley Humphries tied the game later sending the contest into extra time.Nothing was decided in two 10-minute overtime periods.”The players were amazing and both sides were totally soaked and frustrated,” Gibson said.The Bombers now advance to the Provincial Tournament in Oliver on November 6-8 while the Rockers have a chance to gain a wild card spot in the 16-team tournament in a play-in game Tuesday in Kelowna.Thursday game was the fina home game for 2014 grads,  Abbie Bourchier-Willans, Hailee Gerun, Anna Goeppner, Sarah Wade, Lauren Walgren, Jena Wheeldon and Tara Yowek.last_img read more

San Jose Sharks begin new era without a franchise icon

first_imgSAN JOSE — Tomas Hertl knows someone’s missing when he looks over to his left inside the Sharks’ dressing room.“It’s weird to see the stall without him,” Hertl said of former Sharks captain Joe Pavelski, who has started training camp with the Dallas Stars. “It for sure (stinks). He was a great friend to me over the last six years.”A new era in San Jose officially began Friday as the Sharks — for the first time in well over a decade — began a training camp without Pavelski, who after 963 …last_img read more

Transforming the Electric System

first_imgElectricity markets around the world are transforming from a model where electricity flows one way (from electricity-generating power plants to the customer) to one where customers actively participate as providers of electric services. But to speed this transformation and maximize its environmental and cost benefits, we need to understand how customer actions affect the three distinct parts of our electric system: generation, transmission, and distribution. GenerationGenerators — or power plants — convert an energy source such as natural gas, coal, wind, or sunshine into electricity that flows across wires and into your building, allowing you to turn on lights and use appliances. Although the electricity is no different whether it is generated by solar or coal, the environmental and economic costs associated with different energy sources vary significantly.Not all generators are created equal in terms of efficiency, pollution, and how much they cost to build and run. Some generators produce electricity very cheaply and with fewer carbon emissions, but are expensive to build and maintain. Other generators are more polluting than clean energy alternatives and cost more per unit (or kilowatt-hour) of electricity generated, but can be turned on when demand for electricity skyrockets (for example, during heat waves). As demand increases, a variety of generators are used to provide the needed electricity — relying first on the cheapest generators (such as wind and solar) in order to keep costs low, and only turning on expensive and inefficient “peaker” generators (such as natural gas-fired power plants) during periods of high demand. Analysis Sees Little Benefit in Off-Grid EconomicsSolar Energy Can Make the Grid More ResilientWhen Will Rooftop Solar Be Cheaper Than the Grid?New York Utility Finds Big Payoff in New IdeasRethinking the GridThe Cheapest Way to Scale Up Renewable Energy?An Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems TransmissionElectricity is transported from power plants to local communities via transmission lines. In addition to exporting energy from traditional power plants, transmission lines also allow communities to “import” clean and cheap energy from distant areas. But long transmission lines are expensive, and as more electricity flows through them, power is lost through heat, requiring greater amounts of electricity to be produced. Thus, different areas in the same state can face different prices for electricity depending on that area’s overall demand and distance from the generation sources.Again, reducing demand and increasing local sources of generation helps control these transmission costs. The less electricity needed from large, distant power plants, the less electricity needs to be moved. Beia Spiller is a senior economist with the Environmental Defense Fund. Kristina Mohlin is an economist with the EDF. This blog post is part one in a four-part series that takes a deep dive into economics of the electric system and the role pricing can play in accelerating the clean energy economy. It originally appeared at the website of the Environmental Defense Fund. For example, the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative in New York and the Public Utilities Commission-mandated Distribution Resource Plans in California require utilities to consider alternatives to traditional infrastructure investments to deal with peak demand. These initiatives encourage customers to install rooftop solar or adopt energy efficiency, storage, and demand response to reduce their use of grid-supplied electricity at peak times.And, in Texas, the Distributed Resource Energy and Ancillaries Market Task Force (DREAM TF) is working to guarantee that customers who generate electricity are able to actively participate in the Texas electricity market. This will ensure distributed energy resources are paid appropriately for the benefits they provide to the system.These efforts in New York, California, and Texas are on the right track. Reducing the amount of electricity that needs to be generated by traditional power plants, transmitted long distances, and distributed locally, reduces the overall cost and environmental impact of our energy system. That’s not just clean, it’s smart.center_img RELATED ARTICLES Reducing demand for utility-provided electricityConsider how residential rooftop solar affects the entire system. Each home equipped with solar panels requires less electricity from its local utility. Thanks to this reduction in demand and its related costs, the utility can use funding it would have needed for new transformers or substations to invest in improving energy efficiency or incentivizing more customers to generate their own electricity.Consolidated Edison is currently pursuing this type of effort in the Brooklyn-Queens area by identifying multiple alternatives to try to avoid the billion dollar substation investment. Other utilities are also experimenting with home energy batteries, which can store excess solar energy during daylight hours for use at night, further reducing each customer’s daily electricity use and impact on the distribution system. And because solar reduces demand for utility-provided electricity, less electricity has to be generated at power plants and transmitted from distant regions, reducing generation, transmission, and environmental costs. Many initiatives across the country are attempting to capture the opportunities offered by these technologies to change the fundamental way we interact with the electric grid.A simplified illustration of the electric grid Because higher demand for electricity from power plants drives up cost and pollution, reducing demand for power plant-generated electricity can reduce both the overall cost of the system and harmful environmental impacts. DistributionFinally, local utility companies distribute electricity via the traditional electric wires we’re used to seeing on city streets. Some utility costs, such as billing and metering, are not affected by customers’ usage of electricity. However, very expensive grid infrastructure — including substations, transformers, wires, and poles — is significantly affected by how much electricity customers demand.Local utilities also must conduct costly maintenance and operations on this infrastructure to avoid blackouts and meet safety requirements. Importantly, as local demand peaks, the system needs to expand accordingly, causing distribution costs to increase even further. For example, New York City’s local utility (Consolidated Edison) foresees a billion-dollar investment in a new substation to accommodate increased demand in the Brooklyn-Queens area.last_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle keen on Rennes fullback Faitout Maouassa

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle keen on Rennes fullback Faitout Maouassaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United are continuing to work the French market.The Daily Mail says Newcastle have asked about taking Faitout Maouassa on loan from Rennes.The 20-year-old left-back is currently on loan at Nimes and is expected to be called up to the France U21 squad for the European Championships this summer.Newcastle have also discussed a move for Marseille forward Clinton N’Jie but face competition from Crystal Palace. The 25-year-old former Tottenham man who is available on loan with option for a permanent deal. last_img read more

9 months agoJuventus coach Max Allegri satisfied after Coppa win over Bologna

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus coach Max Allegri satisfied after Coppa win over Bolognaby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus coach Max Allegri was happy with their Coppa Italia win over Bologna.Federico Bernardeschi and Moise Kean struck the goals at the Stadio Dall’Ara for a 2-0 result.“I am satisfied with qualification, as it wasn’t easy to win at Bologna in our first game after the winter break,” said Allegri.“Kean is young, he needs to grow, but he did well. Leonardo Spinazzola also had a good performance after a long injury lay-off.“Bernardeschi was visibly back in shape both physically and psychologically during training. With Mandzukic out at the moment, all these players become important.” last_img read more

The Latest In AP tally 21 states confirmed hacking targets

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Latest on the federal government’s notification to 21 states about election hacking (all times local):8:50 p.m.A 50-state tally by The Associated Press shows election officials in 21 states confirm their election systems were targeted by hackers last year.The states are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.Federal officials said they reached out to election officials in 21 states on Friday but did not name the states.U.S. Sen. Mark Warner praises the government’s notification to the 21 states but says it should have come sooner. The Virginia Democrat says it’s unacceptable it took almost a year after the presidential election to notify states their elections systems were targeted.The Department of Homeland Security says it’s working to refine its processes for sharing information.___8 p.m.A 50-state tally by The Associated Press shows election officials in 19 states confirm their election systems were targeted by hackers last year.The states are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.North Dakota was the only state that failed to provide answers. Republican Secretary of State Al Jaeger says he “can’t be specific at this time what the situation is.” He says he’s trying to get more information from Washington.A response also isn’t available from the District of Columbia.The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says it recognizes state and local officials should be kept informed about cybersecurity risks to election infrastructure.___7:10 p.m.Virginia U.S. Sen. Mark Warner is praising the federal government’s notification to 21 states about election hacking attempts last year but says it should have come sooner.The Democrat says it’s unacceptable it took almost a year after the presidential election to notify states their elections systems were targeted. He says he’s relieved the Department of Homeland Security is finally informing the top elections officials in all 21 affected states “that Russian hackers tried to breach their systems in the run up to the 2016 election.”States that told The Associated Press they had been targeted include Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. In most cases, they had not known until notified Friday by the Department of Homeland Security.Warner says Homeland Security needs to notify state and local governments in real time of attempts to attack voting systems.Russia has denied hacking the election.___5:05 p.m.The federal government is telling election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems last year, although in most cases the systems were not breached.States that told The Associated Press they had been targeted include Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. In most cases, they had not known until notified Friday by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.Homeland Security officials tell the AP that in September hackers believed to be Russian agents targeted voter registration systems in more than 20 states.The disclosure to the states comes as a special counsel probes whether there was any co-ordination during the 2016 presidential campaign between Russia and associates of Donald Trump.Trump won the election and calls the Russia story a hoax.last_img read more