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Two months detention for Russian photographer on Greenpeace vessel

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first_img RussiaEurope – Central Asia to go further Organisation Reporters Without Borders is appalled that a court in the northwestern city of Murmansk today ordered that Denis Sinyakov (Денис Синяков), a well-known Russian freelance photographer who was aboard a Greenpeace vessel intercepted in Russian Arctic waters on 19 September, be placed in preventive detention for two months.“Sinyakov was arrested while working as a journalist and his detention constitutes an unacceptable violation of freedom of information,” Reporters Without Borders said. “By investigating this photographer and the Greenpeace activists he was accompanying on such an absurd accusation as piracy, the Russian Investigative Committee is criminalizing both journalists and environmental activism.“If Russia’s constitutional guarantees have any meaning, neither Greenpeace’s peaceful protest nor, even more so, Sinyakov’s journalistic coverage of the protest constitute a crime. We urge the authorities to release this photographer at once and to drop this investigation.”The Greenpeace vessel Arctic Sunrise set off in late August for Russian Arctic waters to draw attention to the potential environmental consequences of oil exploration in the region. On 18 September, members of its crew tried to scale the Prirazlomnaya offshore drilling platform, which is owned by the Russian gas company Gazprom.The next day, Russian special forces seized control of the Arctic Sunrise and began towing it to Murmansk. On 24 September, all 30 people aboard were placed in police custody in the Murmansk area and the authorities announced that they were being investigated for “piracy,” which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.Sinyakov was one of the first to appear in court today. Noting that he “often travels abroad” and might try to elude the authorities, the court ruled that he should be held for two months pending the outcome of the investigation.Sinyakov told the court: “This ‘criminal activity’ is journalism and I will continue to practice it (…) Greenpeace is an organization with a 40-year history and is well known for its activities. But I don’t work for it. I am a journalist. You can see my photos in the media in Russia and all over the world. All my equipment has been seized. My only weapon is my camera.”Employed on a freelance basis by such news agencies as Reuters and AFP, Sinyakov also does occasional reporting assignments for Greenpeace and it was in this capacity that he was aboard the Arctic Sunrise. He took most of the photos of the Arctic Sunrise being boarded by Russian special forces that have appeared in the press.Reporters Without Borders supports the call issued by Russian journalists for a demonstration at 5 p.m. today outside Investigative Committee headquarters in Moscow to protest against Sinyakov’s detention.To go further: Sign Greenpeace petition to demand the release of all who were aboard the Arctic Sunrise.Main photo: Denis Sinyakov / Greenpeace Courtroom photo: Blogger51 RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News Follow the news on Russia September 26, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two months detention for Russian photographer on Greenpeace vesselcenter_img Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption Help by sharing this information News May 5, 2021 Find out more Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing May 21, 2021 Find out more News RussiaEurope – Central Asia Newslast_img read more

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Variable rates are variable again

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first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mike Tanner Mike Tanner is director of card compliance for PolicyWorks. As such, Mike is responsible for advising on various compliance concerns related to card products offered by PolicyWorks clients. His diverse … Web: www.policyworksllc.com Details While the term may suggest otherwise, variable-rate loans have been far from variable for nearly a decade. Month after month, year after year, variable rates remained unchanged – until December 2015, that is.For the first time in eight years, the Federal Reserve made the decision to increase the Fed funding rate at the end of 2015. The increase resulted in an upped prime rate, an index commonly used to determine the rate on a range of variable-rate loans, from home equity lines to credit cards.I imagine alarms bells and sirens sounded at lenders across the nation when the Fed made their announcement back in December. Why wouldn’t they? With so much time between rate changes, the event likely triggered a great deal of questions from lending staff who had never dealt with the like.By now, lenders – both novice and tenured – have survived the first rate change. However, the recent hike is just the first of what is predicted to be several changes to the prime rate in the coming months and years.The past eight years of rate stability were far from normal. Historically, the prime rate has not been consistent. If you look at the 10 years prior to December 2008, you get a clear picture of the fluctuation. During that particular decade, the prime rate changed 46 times. In 2001 alone, it changed 11 times. Go back even farther in time, and the peaks and valleys of the prime rate graph look like the Rocky Mountains.With history as a reference, it’s clear rate changes will occur more frequently in the future. How can your credit union prepare? Four critical areas of focus should be reviewed immediately: Procedures, marketing materials, UDAAP concerns and training.First, review your procedures to ensure you have a good process for managing future rate changes. There are quite a few details that, if overlooked, could leave you out of compliance and generate exam findings.Second, review any and everything you put in front of a member to understand whether or not it includes a rate. This may include advertising, disclosures, web banners, websites, signs, pamphlets and/or billboards. Regulations do give some leeway to update rates after a change. However, they are short-lived and vary based on the item and how it is delivered.Another area of focus for your credit union involves Unfair, Deceptive or Abuse act or Practices (UDAAP). Is your cooperative changing rates in a timely and consistent manner? An example of a practice that could raise the eyebrows of regulators is rate increases implemented in shorter timeframes than rate decreases. Consistency is the key to ensuring you are treating members fairly.Training is another area of focus. Are all staff members who will be answering member questions about rate changes prepared to provide thorough and accurate answers? Well-trained staff increases the chance of provide clear and consistent information. A well-intentioned, but untrained employee can easily give inaccurate or confusing details that set the credit union up for trouble.These are just a few of the items that need to be considered in your variable rate process. When you are designing the plan for how your credit union will process these changes, be sure to include your trusted compliance professional.Rate changes are going to occur on a more consistent basis than we’ve become accustomed. A well-thought out plan on how to address the inevitable ups and downs around the bend will be a crucial step to ensuring they are traversed smoothly and correctly for all involved parties.last_img read more

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr says Stephen Curry is ‘at his peak’

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first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO — On the heels of Stephen Curry scoring 40 points in 25 minutes in the Warriors preseason win against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Steve Kerr said Sunday that “everything is coming together” for the two-time MVP.“He’s had an incredible camp,” Kerr said. “To me, he’s at his peak.”With the losses of Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala to free agency and Klay Thompson to injury, the Warriors may need more games …last_img

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49ers aftermath: Blair tears ACL, Staley considers finger surgery

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first_imgSANTA CLARA — Here is the updated injury fallout from the 49ers’ 27-24 overtime loss Monday night to Seattle:Left tackle Joe Staley (fibula): A fractured and dislocated finger could prompt Staley to undergo surgery and miss a couple games, coach Kyle Shanahan revealed Tuesday in a media conference call. Playing for the first time since his left-fibula fracture in Week 2, Staley’s leg checked out OK as he played all 88 offensive snaps, albeit struggling at times, especially against Jadeveon …last_img

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Qantas the safest airline

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first_imgWorst CrashesDate                 Aircraft                                     Airline                       Fatalities           Location          Jan 29             CRJ                                           SCAT                         21                     Almaty Airport. KazakhstanJuly 7              DHC-3T Turbine Otter               Rediske Air               10                     Soldotna Airport, USAOct 3               Embraer Brasilia                        Associated                  16                     Lagos, NigeriaOct 14             Cessna 208B                             AereoServicio              14                     Loreto Airport. MexicoOct 16             ATR-72-212A                             Lao Airlines                49                     Pakse Airport, LaosNov 17             Boeing 737                               Tatarstan                   50                     Kazan Airport. RussiaNov 29             Embraer ERJ 190                     LAM                            33                     Bwabwata NP Zambia Ten Best Airlines *Qantas                                  Air New Zealand            Emirates                      Etihad                         Cathay Pacific              Singapore Airlines        Virgin Atlantic              EVA Air                       All Nippon Airways                 Royal Jordanian          * Rated seven stars for safety and product. AirlineRatings.com the world’s only safety and product rating website has announced its top ten safest airlines for 2013 from the 448 it monitors.Top of the list is Qantas which has a fatality free record in the jet era (since 1951). Making up the top ten with seven stars for safety and in- flight product are in alphabetical order: Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Eva Air, Royal Jordanian, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.AirlineRatings.com’s rating system takes into account a number of different factors related to audits from aviation’s governing bodies and lead associations as well as government audits and the airline’s fatality record.Of the 448 airlines surveyed 137 have the top seven-star safety ranking, but almost 50 have just three stars or less.Over its 93 year history Qantas has amassed an extraordinary record of firsts in safety and operations. In 2008 in its successful defence, to the British Advertising Standards Association, of its claim that it is the world’s most experienced airline Qantas was able to list almost 30 notable industry leading achievements.These included the war time operation from Perth, Australia of what was then, and still is, the world’s longest air route by elapsed time from Perth to Colombo, Sri Lanka giving passengers an award dubbed “The Order of the Double Sunrise.”This service, using Catalina Flying Boats, took about 28 hours non-stop and was performed in radio silence to avoid the Japanese. When the flights ended on July 18 1945, the aircraft had made 271 crossings and had carried 858 passengers more than one million miles without a single accident.Qantas was the first international airline to operate around world service with its Lockheed Super Constellations in 1958 and the first to take delivery of the Boeing 707 outside the US in 1959.The Australian airline was also amongst the first to pioneer technical breakthroughs such as long range operations for twin-engine planes and the development of the Future Air Navigation System. Qantas was a leader in using the Flight Data Recorder to monitor plane and later crew performance in 1962. Only six parameters were available unlike today’s FDRs which monitor 500 on the most advanced planes.Qantas has also been a leader in a wide variety of recent cockpit innovations such as automatic landings using Global Navigation Satellite System as well as precision approaches around mountains in cloud. Dubbed GLS and RNP these technologies are cutting edge.Qantas was the lead airline with real time monitoring of its engines across its fleet using Satellite Communications, which has enabled the airline to detect problems before they become a major safety issues.And 2013 was the safest for flying since 1945, with only 269 deaths from 29 accidents.According to the Aviation Safety Network the results are well below the 10-year average of 32 accidents and 719 fatalities.The worst accident was the crash of a Tatarstan Boeing 737-500 operating Flight U9-363 from Moscow to Kazan, which killed all 44 passengers and six crew aboard. The 737-500 was on its second approach to land in strong winds on November 17 and was about to go around for a third time when it hit the runway and exploded in flames.Tatarstan, a small regional airline from central Russia has not completed the critical International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit (IOSA). Airlines that have completed IOSA have a safety record 77 per cent better than those which have not.On October 17, 49 passengers and crew lost their lives when a Lao Airlines ATR72 crashed while on approach to Pakse in Laos. Flight QV301 left Vientiane almost four hours late because of bad weather at the destination airport. It took off at 2.45pm local time and on descent to land hit a severe rain squall associated with tropical storm Nari which had battered the Philippines.Like Tatarstan, Lao Airlines was only rated as a four-star (out of seven) airline by AirlineRatings.com in part because it had not completed IOSA. Other major airlines in SE-Asia that have not completed IOSA include; Air Bagan; Cebu Pacific; Lion Air and Merpati Air.The most miraculous escape was for the 304 passengers and crew that walked away from the spectacular crash of the Asiana Boeing 777 at San Francisco International Airport in July. Only three passengers died, when the Boeing 777 hit the runway sea wall and flipped over.center_img Lowest Ranked Airlines  One StarKam Air                                Scat                                        Bluewing Airlines                       Two StarAfghan Airways               Daallo Airlines                Eritrean Airlines              Lion Air                         Merpati Airlines              Susi Air                         Air Bagan                      last_img read more

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As Technorati Falters, PostRank Launches New Blog Ranking Tools

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first_imgDisclosure: PostRank is a sponsor of the forthcoming ReadWrite Real-Time Web Summit. It’s also one of our favorite services on the web. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#news#web Blogsearch data has been a consistent problem for PostRank, both Technorati and Google Blogsearch data has been inconsistent for the company. PostRank says it will be launching its own trackback discovery service shortly.While some meme-tracking services struggle with niches where blogs don’t heavily link to eachother, PostRank says that by tracking multiple forms of user interaction it has captured data that closely resembles what can be found from services tracking absolute web traffic to individual sites.Last month PostRank released a new analytics tool that displays social media engagement on top of Google Analytics data. The new APIs will allow 1000 requests a day for free for noncommercial use, commercial licenses are available as well. Social media analytics firm PostRank has released two Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that will alow developers to track reader engagement in any group of blogs or around any single link with just 15 seconds of latency. Technorati’s announcement last week that it is scaling back and changing its blog ranking activities, and putting new emphasis on in its blog advertising network, prompted PostRank to launch their APIs now.The same API used for ranking by the AdAge 150 and the Atlantic Monthly’s new political blogger leaderboard is thus now generally available. Determining the most-closely watched bloggers on niche topics is something a lot of people want to do for a wide variety of reasons – when that determination can be made programatically you can jump into the center of a conversation quickly.PostRank looks at any RSS feed it’s given and scores all the items in those feeds for number of comments left, inbound links, times bookmarked in Delicious, being shared on Twitter and several related metrics. The company says it has agreements with many services to have data pushed to them and queries the Delicious endpoint themselves every 1 second, for example.Some good sample lists are Postrank CTO Ilya Grigorik’s favorite a href=”http://www.postrank.com/user/igrigorik/topic/cloud”>cloud computing blogs or the general list of top design blogs. The new APIs will make it easy to build lists around any topic or group and display that data on other sites.center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

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NBA: Ever improving DeRozan looks to further develop ‘much better’

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first_imgView comments Read Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Ched looking to improve teaching of ethics course in univs, colleges PLAY LIST 01:43Ched looking to improve teaching of ethics course in univs, colleges03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win01:37Protesters 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief With the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics expected to rule the East once more this coming season, DeRozan understands that his improvement will be vital if the Raptors will be contenders once more.“It’s great to have this opportunity to carry a franchise, and just show them that I come back every year much better,” he shared.  Khristian Ibarrola /ra Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses This year, the 6’7″ athletic specimen aims to become a better playmaker and a more accurate three-point threat.He recently posted an Instagram story of his midnight shooting session, which was posted on Twitter by Raptors beat reporter Josh Lewnberg.DeMar DeRozan hit 64% of his 700 3pt attempts during a late-night workout, according to his IG story pic.twitter.com/why2crAqoQ— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) July 25, 2017ADVERTISEMENT Mayweather-McGregor is a pay-per-view smash WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan, right, shoots past Denver Nuggets’ Wilson Chandler during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Toronto.  APToronto Raptors superstar DeMar DeRozan has made significant strides in his game since entering the NBA in 2009.The 28-year-old shooting guard has blossomed into a three-time NBA All Star, displaying incredible foot work and a mid-range arsenal seldom used in today’s game.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES After averaging a career-best 27 points per game last season, the former USC Trojan expressed his desire to keep improving on other aspects of his craft.“Continue to get better, continue to win,” DeRozan told ESPN’ Carl Champion when asked of his goals for the upcoming season.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 shutout“Continue to grow as a player, as a leader, and keep pushing the envelope. Understand my flaws from the year previously and come back better this year.”Entering the league primarily a slasher and a dunker, DeRozan worked hard on his ball-handling skills, which eventually translated into a formidable mid-range game.last_img read more

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WWE star Enzo Amore fired after rape allegation

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first_imgMOST READ ‘Everybody’s team’: Tigresses ready to operate without Laure, says Reyes RELATED STORIES:Exhibit of rape victims’ clothes shows clothing choice isn’t to blame for sexual assaultWWE legend asks internet if it’s OK to have sex with ‘daughter’ ADVERTISEMENT Enzo Amore. Image: WWEPHOENIX (AP) — WWE star Enzo Amore has been fired by the wrestling promotion after a woman alleged on Twitter that he raped her and police opened a sexual assault investigation.The company said in a statement that Amore, whose real name is Eric Arndt, was fired Tuesday after initially being suspended.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Police told Phoenix television station ABC-TV that Arndt is being investigated in an alleged assault at a downtown hotel in October. Police say the accusation was reported to authorities from a local hospital several days after the alleged assault but did not release other details.A lawyer representing Arndt says he denies the accusations and is cooperating with authorities.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWWE said in its statement suspending Arndt that it has zero tolerance for matters involving sexual harassment or sexual assault.The woman who made the accusation shared a graphic account on Twitter, saying she was plied with drugs and left alone with the wrestler by his friends. NVG Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 View commentslast_img read more

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ROUND 9: Manny Pacquiao rocks Adrien Broner with killer left

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first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? ROUND 8: Manny Pacquiao carries momentum The champion lands a stiff left straight to the jaw of Broner that saw the challenger backpedaling to the corner.Broner, obviously stunned, clinches to Pacquiao in the final 10 seconds of the fight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars Manny Pacquiao, right, fights Adrien Broner in the WBA welterweight title boxing match Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)MANILA, Philippines—Adrien Broner continus to use that left for separation leaving Manny Pacquiao to again get creative to shorten the distance and create his offense.Pacquiao then takes Broner to the corner only for the challenger to cling on to the champion’s right leg in what almost looked like a single-leg takedown in MMA.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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New York Post Under Scrutiny For Ridiculous Article Title

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first_imgNew York Post article says Johnny Manziel receiver admits to randomly killing jogger.new york post title johnny manzielIt’s become common practice for online publications to beef up article titles in an attempt to lure in readers. What you’ll see below is a little beyond the realm of what’s considered acceptable, however.Monday, reports surfaced that former Texas A&M wide receiver Thomas Johnson – who played for the Aggies for one year – had admitted to murdering a man in Dallas on a jogging trail. Tuesday morning, the New York Post went with a very questionable title for its version of the story.I mean, come on @nypost. pic.twitter.com/DEsvuU9DyU— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) October 13, 2015Johnny Manziel, obviously, has nothing to do with the story.So far, the publication hasn’t backed down and changed its title. But it hasn’t been getting a very favorable response on social media.last_img read more

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