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Helsinki summit: Europe urged to remind Russia of its human rights commitments

first_img Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News BelarusEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on Belarus News The EU-Russia summit opening today in Helsinki is meant to relaunch dialogue on a range of issues. Russia must be reminded that fulfilling the undertakings it has given to defend basic freedoms, including press freedom, is obligatory. Help by sharing this information News November 24, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Helsinki summit: Europe urged to remind Russia of its human rights commitments Receive email alerts May 28, 2021 Find out more Poland’s veto on talks about a new economic and energy partnership has not left the European Union and Russia without anything to discuss at the Helsinki summit that opens today, as the EU has a duty to remind Russia of its undertakings to defend basic freedoms, Reporters Without Borders said, condemning the tendency to regard human rights as secondary to economic issues.“Many converging factors point to a decline in press freedom in Russia, of which the latest and most dramatic has obviously been the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya in broad daylight in Moscow in October,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It brought to 21 the total of journalists killed for doing their job in Russia, in a climate of extremely disturbing impunity, since Vladimir Putin became president in March 2000.”The organisation continued: “Russian society must itself put a stop to this violence and we therefore urge Europe’s leaders to remind their Russian counterparts that the international community expects these murders to be solved. We ask in particular that no effort should be spared in identifying the perpetrators and instigators of Politkovskaya’s murder. Europe’s legitimacy and moral authority and the need to show support for Russia’s journalists and human rights activists are all at stake.”Reporters Without Borders added: “Russia is one of the signatories of the European Convention on Human Rights. It is also a member of the Council of Europe, and held its presidency until 15 November. It has therefore signed an explicit undertaking to respect and protect human rights. We urge the European authorities, as guarantors of respect for these values, to remind Russia that compliance with this undertaking is obligatory.”The EU-Russia summit was supposed to discuss the terms of a new economic partnership, as the current one expires at the end of next year, but Poland vetoed the opening of talks because of a Russian embargo on Poland’s meat and vegetable exports. Russia has responded by threatening to embargo all European meat from the start of next year, when Bulgaria and Romania join the EU. to go further Organisation “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says News BelarusEurope – Central Asia RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Arsenal’s provisional fixtures for Premier League restart announced

first_imgArsenal’s provisional fixtures for Premier League restart announced Comment The games will be played behind closed doors, but Premier League chief executive Richard Masters is hoping fans will be back in attendance soon.‘No one knows when matches will move away from the behind-closed-doors model and it is right to have contingency plans in place,’ Masters told Sky Sports.‘But there is optimism at the Premier League and at clubs that we will see fans back in the stadiums next season and it may happen on a phased basis.‘Hopefully it will be a huge morale boost and that is what we’ve been working towards.‘We’ve got some incredible fans in this country and we all know the Premier League as we know and love it won’t be fully back until we have fans back through the turnstiles.‘Getting it back on our TV screens for people to enjoy will hopefully give the whole country a boost.’MORE: Ian Wright was late for training ‘every single day’ at Arsenal, claims Tony AdamsMORE: Gary Neville highlights Arsenal’s big mistake with Pierre-Emerick AubameyangFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Mikel Arteta have a very tough task on their Premier League return (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal’s form improved significantly under Mikel Arteta following his appointment in December.Unai Emery’s disastrous reign left the former Gunners captain with an uphill task to salvage something from a desperate season. Despite the upturn in performances, Arsenal’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League remain remote at best, particularly given the daunting fixtures they still have left to play.Arsenal will recommence their campaign against Manchester City on June 17 and they still have to face the likes of Leicester City and champions-elect Liverpool, while there is the no small matter of a north London derby against Spurs who are of course now managed by their old nemesis Jose Mourinho.AdvertisementAdvertisementAll clubs have now been sent a provisional fixture list for the first three rounds of Premier League fixtures.ADVERTISEMENTArsenal’s fixture against Brighton on June 30 is due to be the first-ever live broadcast game shown at 3pm on a Saturday.The list, which also includes Arsenal’s FA Cup quarter-final tie against Sheffield United, is subject to change.Arsenal Fixturescenter_img ARSENAL’S PROVISIONAL FIXTURES Wednesday June 17Manchester City v Arsenal | 8pm | Sky SportsSaturday June 20Brighton v Arsenal | 3pm | BT SportTuesday June 23Southampton v Arsenal | 6pm | Sky SportsSaturday June 27Sheffield United v Arsenal (FA Cup) | 5pm | BT SportThursday July 2Arsenal v Norwich | 6pm | BT Sport Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 4 Jun 2020 5:32 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.5kShareslast_img read more

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Uganda’s She Cranes are Africa netball champions

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Ugandan champions. PHOTO VIA @UgandaMediaCentFINAL RESULTSUganda ??   67  Zambia ??  50Malawi  71 Botswana 39Zimbabwe 68  Namibia 37Uganda’s She Cranes are Africa netball champions.With five wins out of five, the She Cranes capped a memorable tournament by beating Zambia 67-50 baskets on the final day of the six-nation event at Lugogo, Kampala.Spurred by goal attacker Proscovia Peace, Uganda humbled Africa’s top ranked team Malawi Queens and defending champions Zimbabwe Gems  in the tournament as they scored a record 335 baskets.Malawi Queens are ranked 6th in the world, Uganda is ranked 13th,  Zimbabwe 16th and Zambia 15th.The She Cranes entered the final day walking tall, after they got a boost from Uganda President Yoweri Museveni, who gave them and the U-20 netball teams a sh96 million .Team       P  W  D  L   PTS     GOAL AVUganda      5   5   0   0     10        335Malawi      5    4   0    1    8           284Zimbabwe 5   3   0    2    6           273Zambia      5   2   0    3    4           266Botswana  5   1   0    4    2Namibia    5   0   0    5    0 Uganda She Cranes:center_img Lilian Ajio – Goal Defender, Stella Nafuka – Goal Keeper, Wycline Natwentwa –Wide Defender, Betty Kiiza – Centre, Halima Nakachwa – Wide Attacker, Stella Oyella – Goal Attacker and Peace Proscovia – Goal Shooter.****OTHER RESULTSDay 1Uganda 72 def Botswana 29(20-7, 42-14, 57-22, 72-29)Day 2Malawi 55 def Zimbabwe 45(17-9, 28-21, ..-.., 55-45)Uganda 69 def Nambia 31(15-11, 38-15, 56-24, 69-31)Zambia 57 def Botswana 42Day 3Uganda 66 def Malawi 43(13-11, 27-22, 48-29, 66-43)Zimbabwe 56 def Botswana 37Zambia 56 def Nambia 46Day 4Malawi 64 def Nambia 35(17-10, 35-19, 48-31, 64-35)Zimbabwe 59 def Zambia 58(19-11, 30-29, 44-45, 59-58Day 5Uganda ?? 61  Zimbabwe 45 ??Botswana  57   Namibia   38Malawi      51    Zambia     45last_img read more

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Local eye surgeon goes on medal run during the summer at Canadian Masters Kayaking Regatta in Regina

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsLocal eye surgeon, Dr. Neville Maytom has never attended the Canadian Masters Kayaking Regatta.After filling his vehicle with medals for the long ride home from Regina, Saskatchewan, the rest of the field may not want the Nelson paddler to return.The good doctor by day and kayak enthusiast by, well almost most of the time when he’s not working, earned two Canadian Masters titles during the championships on Wascana Lake in August.“I’ve never been to the Canadian Masters before so I really didn’t know what to expect,” Maytom told The Nelson Daily from his home on the North Shore.“I only went because friends I have in Vancouver asked me to come. They wanted to get as many B.C. paddlers there to have a chance at winning the overall title so I joined a team from Burnaby for the event.” It really didn’t take the 50-plus kayaker long to become a fan favourite with his new Lower Mainland teammates.Maytom, overcoming rough, choppy water conditions, was part of the gold medal team in the 500-meter K2 (two-man) with teammate Kurt Foellmer and 500 meter K4 (four-man) 55-59 age division. He added three silver medals, including a second-place finish in the prestigious 500-meter K1 (singles).Maytom finished a measly two seconds behind previous national sprint champion, Nick Natchev from Pointe Claire, Quebec. Third place went to Keith Major of Peachland.“We raced in heats and (Natchev) was in the other heat,” said Maytom, who thrives on hopping into his boat for a paddle in front of his house on Kootenay Lake. “I really wished we were in the same heat because it would have been nice to see how I’d do against him (head to head).”The Canadian Masters Regatta has been staged every year since 1986.The majority of the field, this year boasting more than 200 participants, hail from Eastern Canada known as the “heartland” of sprint kayaking.“The regatta helps to promote long-term health benefits, camaraderie and great memories of an event well worth attending,” explained Maytom, who made the trip to Regina with his wife.Maytom, a four-time World Masters Kayaking Champ, won the only other race he attended this season on Lake Okanagan.He teamed up with a four other friends to capturing the 100 kilometer Lake Okanagan Relay. The race starts in Vernon and ends in Penticton. Each person paddles 20 kilometers. Team Maytom won by 20 minutes.Maytom said the Masters event in 2011 is slated to be in Eastern Canada so the likelihood of attending appears remote.Which is good news to the rest of the [email protected]last_img read more

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Terry to start in final appearance for PL champions? Predicted Chelsea XI

first_img 5. Kurt Zouma (centre-back) 19. Diego Costa (forward) 6. Nathan Ake (centre-back) 11 4. Cesc Fabregas (midfield) 11 11 26. John Terry (centre-back) 11 15. Victor Moses (right wing-back) 22. Willian (midfield) 11 11 11. Pedro (forward) Chelsea captain John Terry must wait to learn if he will start or be a substitute in his final Stamford Bridge appearance.The 36-year-old defender, who will leave Chelsea this summer after 22 years, made his first Premier League start since September and 716th Blues appearance in last Monday’s win over Watford.But head coach Antonio Conte, who has no injury concerns, must decide whether to revert to his first-choice line-up to prepare for the FA Cup final with Arsenal next week.So who will start in Chelsea’s season finale? Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s predicted Xi in squad number order… 11 11 11 13. Thibaut Courtois (goalkeeper) 11 3. Marcos Alonso (left wing-back) – click the right arrow, above, to see Chelsea’s predicted XI (3-4-3) in squad number order… 11 21. Nemanja Matic (midfield) last_img read more

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