“We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says News News June 8, 2021 Find out more AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Organisation News to go further Reporters Without Borders today gave a cautious welcome to a decision by the National Radio and Television Council (NTRC) provisionally lifting a ban on the privately-owned television station ANS TV, which resumed broadcasting today. It was also announced that two independent newspapers, Realni Azerbaidjan and Daily Azerbaijan, will be able to resume publishing in January.Local retransmission of the BBC, Radio Free Europe and Voice of America will also resume, they will broadcast on 101.7 FM. But ANS TV could be forced off the air again in February if the government reassigns its frequencies.“We hail these encouraging developments, which are the result of international pressure on the Azeri government, but we fear that these concessions are just a temporary ploy by the government to appease its critics, and that a new crackdown could follow,” Reporters Without Borders said.A NTRC statement said that “thanks to the president’s goodwill,” ANS TV was authorised to broadcast until February, when it would be known who had been granted its frequencies, which were put up for bid. “If another media wins, ANS TV will be closed down again,” the NTRC said. ANS TV was ordered to stop broadcasting on 24 November when its licence expired.Meanwhile, Rafiq Taghi of the fortnightly Sanat (“Industry”) and his editor, Samir Sadaght Oughlo, were charged yesterday with “inciting racial hatred” under article 283 of the criminal code over an article entitled “Europe and Us” in which Taghi argued that European values were superior to Muslim ones. They are being held pending trial. An Iranian ayatollah issued a fatwa on 25 November calling for them to be killed because of the article. Help by sharing this information December 12, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Restrictions provisionally lifted for independent media, but their future still in doubt News RSF_en June 4, 2021 Find out more RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh Receive email alerts AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Azerbaijan April 9, 2021 Find out more
Illustration by Wade MickleyChina is not only one of the worst human rights offenders in the world, but its leaders are also just as horrible toward the environment.A boycott would be an effective way to send a message to the Chinese government from countries like ours, who will be the source of billions of dollars worth of tourism and commercial profit.—W. Loy, Richmond, Va.—————The Chinese Government is not only severely repressive toward its own citizens, but it is also incredibly apathetic to human rights. The Darfur genocide is being funded directly by the Chinese government’s purchases of oil from Sudan. Over 400,000 Darfuris have been murdered, yet China is continuing to fund the paramilitary regime’s atrocities for economic gain. I cannot shut my ears to the oppressed, and I will not take part in anything glorifying China and its government until they remove their funding of mass murder. Then perhaps we can celebrate their achievements for humanity.—Drew Miller, Johns Island, S.C.—————The only reason I support a boycott of the opening ceremonies is in order to bring attention to the freeing of Tibet. If we truly want to free Tibet, now is the time to press the Chinese government. I don’t believe the extra attention to the boycotting of the Olympic Games or ceremonies will actually free Tibet, but the attention will give viewers worldwide a better idea of what Tibetans have had to endure for way too long.—Brian R. Davenport, Charleston, S.C.—————There are times when human rights trump the importance of large-scale sports sponsored by global corporations. The Olympics has already been taken away from the athletes and turned into a platform for commercialism. The issue of freedom for peaceful Tibet has greater moral weight than does participating in a spectacle that has already been politicized by China. However, each athlete has the personal freedom to decide what is right.—Freeman Allan, Crozet, Va.—————Words mean nothing to the Chinese government. Only actions that express our willingness to place our values of democracy and freedom of expression ahead of our desire for personal success or profit will send a message to China that their actions will have real consequences. Who wants to watch a sanitized, government-edited version of the Olympics anyway?—Thomas Schaad, Arlington, Va.—————The Olympics are not supposed to be political. If the U.S. government, other governments, or other groups have a concern about China, they should voice it directly to them rather than through an international celebration of sport.—Mark Wenger, Williamsburg, Va.—————We shouldn’t boycott anything. The spirit of the Olympics is to put aside those differences and celebrate our citizens and their abilities.—Danielle Cain, Charleston, S.C.—————The Olympic movement was founded on peaceful celebration among nations. Dragging politics into this arena is disgusting to me. I hate to see athletes used as pawns in some political game. Let sport be sport; let politics be politics.—Mike McCall, Hudson, N.C.—————The games are about the athletes and the sport…not the place the people go to compete in the sport. How do China’s politics and our view of them ruin the sprinter that has trained hard or the diver that just made the team? Don’t let our politics ruin our athletes’ dreams of gold!—Matt Marcus, Atlanta, Ga.—————You can’t punish those who have worked all of their life to achieve the goal of being Olympic athletes because of the abuses of the country sponsoring the games. We did that when the games were in Russia, and what did it change?—Joe McAlister, Greer, S.C.—————The U.S. needs to quit meddling in foreign affairs that don’t directly affect us. I think the world is a little sick of us playing global cop when it suits us.I don’t think we should turn a blind eye to China’s human rights violations by any means, but an Olympic boycott is over the top. To insult China on the world stage would have terrible consequences in terms of future relations with the emerging superpower.—Frank Palmieri, Charlotte, N.C.—————Our government singlehandedly destroyed the hopes and dreams of our athletes in 1980 with the boycott of the Moscow Olympics. Even something as simple as boycotting just the opening ceremonies could backfire on our kids. I want us to stay out of the fray.—Joan Haney, Dingmans Ferry, Pa.ONLINE RESULTS: 55% NO | 45% YES
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NCUA Chairman Rodney Hood continue reading » NCUA Chairman Rodney Hood Thursday called on the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) to exempt credit unions from the current expected credit loss (CECL) standard. Since 2016, when the standard was issued, NAFCU has continuously urged FASB to exempt credit unions from the standard due to their unique capital framework and the negative impact the standard could have on the industry.“We applaud NCUA Chairman Rodney Hood for urging the Financial Accounting Standards Board to exempt credit unions from complying with FASB’s CECL standard,” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “NAFCU has pushed hard for credit unions to be exempt from this onerous and costly accounting standard as it could place significant strains on credit unions’ capital levels, particularly amid the coronavirus pandemic.”NAFCU has worked closely with the NCUA to reduce CECL’s burden on the industry, most recently asking the agency to press FASB for more relief for credit unions in a discussion with NCUA Board Member J. Mark McWatters last week. NAFCU also reiterated its CECL concerns to Hood during a February meeting; NAFCU has consistently shared these concerns with Hood since he took office last year.
The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that they have arrested a 22-year-old man with several tattoos on his face after he and another suspect allegedly robbed a victim near a Circle K.The incident occurred in Sebring around 3:30 am Thursday near Hammock Road.According to the report the department was able to identify one of the suspect as Shane Jacob Ozzy Shears and track him down to a home on Jacklin Avenue.Authorities reported that Shears is a convicted felon who was out on bond after an April arrest for battery, domestic battery, aggravated battery, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.He is now facing a robbery charge.The other suspect has not been located.