Afghan correspondent for Radio Free Europe brutally attacked in Moscow

first_img to go further May 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News May 28, 2021 Find out more Organisation News BelarusEurope – Central Asia “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown center_img Russian versionFarid Omar, correspondent for the Afghan service of the American Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE) in Moscow was left in a critical condition after being stabbed at the entrance to his apartment block on 2 July 2004.Reporters Without Borders, which is deeply concerned about this second attack against an RFE journalist in the Russian capital, called on interior minister Rashid Nurgaliev to ensure that a possible link with his profession was not ruled out of the investigation. His attackers did not take the money that he had on him.Omar had been reporting on clan rivalries in Afghanistan and within the diaspora as well as political events in Russia. The journalist highlighted the lack of democratic progress in Russia. He was critical of the Russian government’s attitude towards civil society and the independent press.Close colleague Amin Matin said there were two likely scenarios. One that it had been a racist attack and the other that it was in reprisal for the journalist’s critical stance towards the Russian authorities.On 30 April 2004, Mukhamed Berdiev, correspondent in Moscow for the Turkmen service of the same station was beaten up by thugs at his home. He was found three days later with injuries to his head, eyes and ribs. Russian version News June 2, 2021 Find out more July 8, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Afghan correspondent for Radio Free Europe brutally attacked in Moscow Receive email alerts RSF_en BelarusEurope – Central Asia News Follow the news on Belaruslast_img read more

Former State Sen. Owen Johnson, 85, Dies

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island’s veteran lawmaker, the former State Sen. Owen Johnson, who spent 40 years in public service until his retirement in 2012, has died at the age of 85, it was announced today.“Owen Johnson was beloved by his constituents and respected by his colleagues on both sides of the aisle, including eight governors who served during his career in the Senate,” said Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), the co-leader of the State Senate whose Republican majority counted on Johnson’s continuing support.Johnson had represented the people of Suffolk County in the State Senate from 1972 to 2012, when he finally decided not to run for re-election. At the time he was facing a challenge from long-time Democratic legislator, Rick Montano (D-Brentwood). Instead, Assemb. Phil Boyle became the Republican candidate and won the Senate seat.“Owen Johnson’s leadership helped countless citizens far beyond the boundaries of his senate district,” said Sen. Boyle (R-Bay Shore). “I am proud to say that Owen was not just my senator but he was my mentor and friend. He will be sorely missed.”Up in Albany, Johnson, or “O.J.” as he was known by his colleagues and friends, was the long-time leader of the Senate Finance Committee. “He was a staunch advocate for a state spending cap, which we have strictly adhered to in the past four enacted budgets,” said Skelos in his statement. “Senator Johnson sponsored the original legislation to create the state’s Environmental Protection Fund and the first bill to provide drivers with an insurance discount or a reduction in points for successfully completing a defensive driving course, among many other legislative accomplishments.”Back in his district, Johnson was known for his helping his constituents with their concerns, as well as promoting tourism, strengthening the local economy and boosting the marine fishing industry, as well as preserving the area’s natural resources, which included hosting his annual beach clean-up days. Johnson attended West Babylon Grade School and Babylon High School, according to his official bio, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps and then graduated from Hofstra College in 1956.He reportedly died of natural causes, at home with his family, according to his former chief of staff, Rory Whelan.“Owen Johnson left an indelible mark on the Senate and forged a legacy of extraordinary service to the people of Suffolk County,” said Skelos.He is survived by his wife Christel; two children, Owen and Christen; his son-in-law Dan Tymann; and his granddaughters Eliza and Scarlett.last_img read more

Whicker: Can Brewers star Christian Yelich stay hot for one more month?

first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire “I guess that shows how smart I am,” McDonnell said.Yelich has spent 2018 making his believers look smart and the Marlins look otherwise.He led the league in hitting (.326) and slugging (.598) and was second in home runs (36) and third in RBIs (108).After the All-Star Game, Yelich traded his pedestrian wood bat for a lightsaber. He cranked 25 home runs in 65 games and hit .367, slugged .770 and fashioned a 1.219 OPS. Thus he simplified the debate over who should be NL Most Valuable Player.Milwaukee might well designate Jan. 25 a civic holiday. That’s when General Manager David Stearns got Yelich from Miami for Lewis Brinson and three minor leaguers, and when he signed center fielder Lorenzo Cain, a former Brewer who had helped the Royals win a World Series. The Brewers tied a club record for wins (96) and open the National League Championship Series at home against the Dodgers on Friday night.Miami’s self-defoliation made even less sense when one considers Yelich’s neat contract. This year, he made $7 million for all that damage. His $49 million, seven-year deal expires in 2021, when he will make $14 million.But McDonnell felt a familiar ambivalence.In 2017, the NL MVP was Giancarlo Stanton, also signed by McDonnell out of Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks, also traded by the Marlins.Miami made Yelich its first-round pick, 23rd overall, in 2010. Catcher J.T. Realmuto, former Dodgers reliever Grant Dayton and Oakland hitter Mark Canha all came in that draft. The Marlins’ personnel shop has always found players, almost as quickly as its management team trades them.“Obviously I’m happy for Giancarlo and Christian,” McDonnell said. “I just wish they were still playing for us.”Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.McDonnell used to sneak into Notre Dame’s ballpark like a safecracker until he realized he was the only scout there. At Westlake, the scouts always gathered. That was a complication.Tom Battista was a scout for the Red Sox. He now works for the Braves. He is McDonnell’s friend, and he was also seeing Alecia Yelich, Christian’s mom, whom he later married. McDonnell tried to blend into whatever crowd Westlake had. He didn’t want anyone, particularly Battista, to know the Marlins were so enamored with Yelich.“I had a lot of people tell me, later, that we picked their pocket,” McDonnell said.“Team Yelich has really done a great job,” said Zach Miller, Westlake’s coach at the time. “Alecia had a plan for Christian and it’s come to life.“I remember a bomb he hit off Tyler Skaggs (Santa Monica) at Westlake,” Miller said. “That one wound up on second base on the JV field. There was one at St. Paul that hit a car in the parking lot beyond center field. But he always wanted what was best for the team. That’s why he played all those positions.”“I’d seen the ability, but I hadn’t seen the fire, the leadership,” McDonnell said. “One day, they played El Dorado and Christian slid into home and the catcher got a little rough, and Christian came up ready to go. He wasn’t having any of it. That answered that question.”Maybe the football genes came out. Alecia’s grandfather was Fred Gehrke, a former L.A. Rams receiver for Bob Waterfield who became the general manager of the Denver Broncos when they won their first AFC championship.But Gehrke’s real legacy is the curling horn on the Rams’ helmet. He designed that, primarily because all the NFL helmets were blank at the time.Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies He was a left fielder when he was a freshman. He was a first baseman as a sophomore.Shortstop beckoned him as a junior. He finished his Westlake High career as a third baseman.“That was the only question anybody had,” said Tim McDonnell, the Miami Marlins’ scout. “Did he have a position?”So Christian Yelich won the National League Gold Glove award for left fielders in 2014, the youngest Marlins player ever to win one. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Christian’s uncle Chris was an offensive lineman at UCLA when Rick Neuheisel was quarterbacking.At 26, Christian has already pocketed history. He hit for the cycle on Aug. 30 and Sept. 20, both against the same team (Cincinnati), which was unprecedented. He was 6 for 6 the second time.“I saw the ball in the air (that became a triple) and thought, no way this has just happened again,” he said.Yelich hit .310 at the 2017 World Baseball Classic, the first one Team USA ever won, and was all-tournament.But now that Yelich spent 2018 daring himself to beat whatever he’d done yesterday, he officially says goodbye to shadows.Instead, he will be followed wherever he goes. As will Tim McDonnell. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco last_img read more