More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption Reporters Without Borders today voiced its concern about death threats received by Ismat Kushev, the editor of the education ministry’s weekly newspaper Milliy Talim, after he protested against the decision of the authorities to close it down.”These threats against Ismat Kushev must be taken seriously,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter to interior minister Zokirjon Almatov. ” We ask you to take the necessary measures to ensure that he is protected.” Kushev reported that he received several telephone calls warning him that he would be hanged if he continued to protest. Those making the calls included Rustam Qosimov, an assistant to the education minister. It was Qosimov who had announced at a press conference on 3 March that the newspaper was to be closed because of “grammatical errors” and a lack of funds just one month after it was launched.Kushev had publicly criticised this decision the same day, calling for the resignation of several senior officials and announcing his readiness to go on hunger strike. He said the authorities did not want an honest and independent editor to tackle the problems of the press and culture in Uzbekistan. Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council February 11, 2021 Find out more May 11, 2021 Find out more UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia News RSF_en Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Uzbekistan News October 15, 2020 Find out more to go further Organisation March 14, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A journalist gets death threats after objecting to closure of his weekly
Local News Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp President Joe Biden on Wednesday nominated three postal experts to the governing board of the U.S. Postal Service, a move that could alter the course of an agency grappling with delivery delays and rumored cuts under its embattled Republican leader. If confirmed by the Senate, the Board of Governors nominees would bring additional Democratic scrutiny on Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a major GOP donor whose tenure has been mired by slow service and politicization. The nominees are Ron Stroman, a former deputy postmaster general; Amber McReynolds, a mail voting advocate who leads the nonprofit National Vote at Home Institute; and Anton Hajjar, the former general counsel of the American Postal Workers Union. A White House announcement of the move came just after a long and sometimes tense congressional hearing with DeJoy about the agency’s ailing financial health. “President Biden is committed to the USPS’ success, and these experienced and tested leaders will ensure the USPS is running at the highest of service standards and that it can effectively and efficiently serve all communities in our country,” a White House statement read. Democrats have been pressing Biden to nominate a slate of potential governors who could oust DeJoy. The six members who currently comprise the board were nominated by President Donald Trump. A spokesman for the Postal Service said it “will welcome all qualified members to the Board of Governors.” DeJoy, a prominent supporter of Trump, has come under heavy criticism for a series of operational changes that slowed mail before the 2020 elections. The policy shifts fueled fears that DeJoy was attempting to sabotage the agency on the behalf of Trump, a vocal critic of mail voting, before it handled unprecedented numbers of mail-in ballots. Despite the worries, the agency said, it delivered more than 99% of ballots within five days. After the election, the Postal Service again came into the spotlight as it struggled to handle the holiday season surge of packages and mail, leading to additional condemnation. DeJoy and other postal leaders have acknowledged and pledged to attend to the delays, saying the agency fell short of expectations. DeJoy and the board are finalizing a 10-year plan to revitalize the Postal Service, an independent agency with roots to the 18th century. Asked about rumored cuts during the congressional hearing Wednesday, DeJoy told lawmakers that postal officials are “evaluating all service standards” but declined to offer many specifics. “We need to, frankly, confront the problems we face, be candid and realistic about the magnitude of the solutions we require, and embrace the few, crucial, elements of legislative help we need from the Congress,” DeJoy said. Mark Dimondstein, president of the American Postal Workers Union, praised the nominees and said they represent an experienced group who will oversee any potential changes to the agency’s operations. “The board has the right to hire and to fire postmaster generals, so DeJoy’s certainly going to have to function in a way that he keeps the support of the board,” Dimondstein said. “He’s going to be dealing with some changing dynamics on the board.” ——— Izaguirre reported from Lindenhurst, New York. ——— Associated Press coverage of voting rights receives support in part from Carnegie Corporation of New York. The AP is solely responsible for this content. Facebook Twitter Twitter Previous articleGlobal Anesthesia Gas Blenders Industry (2020 to 2027) – Key Market Trends and Drivers – ResearchAndMarkets.comNext articleGlobal Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia Market Insight, Epidemiology and Market Forecast 2021-2030 – ResearchAndMarkets.com Digital AIM Web Support Pinterest WhatsApp Biden nominates 3 to postal board as delays persist TAGS By Digital AIM Web Support – March 4, 2021
Side-by-side with Georgia’s bestMullis and UGA plant pathology researcher Alex Csinos arementoring Connell and Wright in the Young Scholars Program of theUGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.The annual program pairs students with CAES scientists insix-week summer internships on the UGA Athens, Griffin and Tiftoncampuses.”We wanted these two students to do something productive,” Mullissaid of the research project he and Csinos have guided. “I’vebeen extraordinarily impressed with their work. We may be lookingat getting their names on a refereed journal article.”Connell, a country boy, and Wright, a city girl, are studyingtomato spotted wilt virus. Specifically, they’re trying to findexactly how this devastating virus moves through tobacco plants.The scientists set up the experiment by screening 90 tobaccoplants for the virus. From those, they singled out 10 infectedand 10 noninfected plants.Twice a week since early June, Connell and Wright have been outin the tobacco field, observing symptoms and carefully samplingplant tissues throughout those plants to be analyzed in the lab.”I like this, but I don’t like the field work much,” said Wright,whose normal summer habitat is air-conditioned. “It’s a lotharder than I thought it would be.”But the work they’re doing may be groundbreaking. “They’ve runroughly 2,000 samples off those 20 plants so far,” Mullins said.”We’ve got a lot of good, hard data to analyze.” By Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaIt’s hard to imagine two less likely partners toiling in asteamy, south Georgia tobacco field than Summer Wright and ShaneConnell. The high school students’ studies, though, could catchscientists’ eyes worldwide.”This research has been done before, but not in this detail intobacco,” said Stephen Mullis, coordinator of the University ofGeorgia’s plant pathology virology lab in Tifton, Ga. More than 60 interns statewideThe Young Scholars Program has 14 students enrolled on the Tiftoncampus this summer, said Susan Reinhardt, YSP director in Tifton.Another 26 students are interning in Griffin, and 25 are inAthens.The interns are paid for up to 40 hours per week while workingside-by-side with UGA scientists. “The whole purpose is to getstudents involved in the science behind agriculture,” Reinhardtsaid.It’s working.”It’s different from what I expected,” said Wright, a junior thisfall at Tift County High. “I never thought of agriculture andscience together. I thought of agriculture as growing things andscience as high-tech work. But the two really go togetherhand-in-hand.”Wright was surprised at the work load in a science laboratory,too. “I pictured them sitting around a lot, but they don’t,” shesaid. “They really work.”Connell, a senior this fall at Berrien County High, feels rightat home in agriculture. “I’ve had a lot of ag classes,” he said.”And I live in south Georgia. Everything around me isagriculture. I’m naturally interested in it.”While Wright chose plant pathology because she knew the leastabout it, Connell was well acquainted with it, partly through hisFuture Farmers of America work. “I’ve been working on athree-year study on tomato spotted wilt virus,” he said.His experience hasn’t completely surprised him. “This is what Iexpected, for the most part,” he said. “But I’ve had a muchbroader look at how research is actually done, as opposed to thekind of science we do in the high school lab.”Like Wright, Connell is impressed by the volume of work in auniversity lab. “The most surprising thing,” he said, “has beenhow many samples run through this lab in a week. These guysreally have a lot to do.”Connell plans to attend Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College forcore classes and then UGA or the Medical College of Georgia.”I’d like to get into clinical pathology — people pathology,” hesaid. “But some of the basic principles of what we’re doing herewill apply in that field, too.”
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: South Africa have not enjoyed the current Test series in India, losing by big margins in the Vizag and Pune Tests to trail 0-2 down in the three-match series. For Dean Elgar, who had endured a nightmare tour in 2015, it has been a story of redemption as he became the first South African batsman in nine years to score a ton in India when he smashed 160 in Vizag. In the Pune Test, he looked confident and aggressive in his knock of 48 but just before lunch, he fell to Ravichandran Ashwin as the Proteas suffered a big loss. Speaking ahead of the Ranchi Test match, Elgar said a tour to India was always a tour of self discovery. “It’s a challenging tour. You get stretched as a person, you get stretched as a cricketer, I think you get to know yourself quite a lot as a person when you come to the smaller places where the hotels are maybe not as good, and you get challenged on the field. It’s always a good learning curve coming to India,” Elgar said.India have now won four out of four Tests in the ICC World Test Championships, having won two in the West Indies and two against South Africa. India are the first teams to get to 200 points and they are 140 points ahead of New Zealand, who are second on 60 points. South Africa will be determined to get on the board, with points available for all matches, ruling out the possibility of a dead rubber.”It’s no secret that it’s been a bit of a challenge for all of us. We haven’t played our greatest cricket, consistent cricket. But we are trying to be positive. The senior players are trying to keep the guys motivated. We are still representing our country which is an immensely proud moment for every player. We still motivate everyone within our squad. It has been a challenging few weeks but it’s still not too gloomy for us. We are upbeat, the morale in the camp is still very good. We still have one game and we can actually change quite a lot. We are still pretty hopeful and pretty positive going into the last Test,” Elgar said.Also Read | Dean Elgar Hits Maiden Ton Against India, South Africa Fight In Vizag TestThe third and final Test between India and South Africa will be played at the JSCA stadium in Ranchi. This will be the second Test at the venue after the 2017 match between India and Australia which was drawn.