Armenian newspapers threatened by libel suits with sky-high damages awards

first_imgNews June 8, 2021 Find out more News ArmeniaEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders is concerned about all the libel actions being brought against Armenian newspapers and the disproportionate damages being demanded, which threaten their survival and create a climate that encourages self-censorship. This tendency to use lawsuits to throttle news media must be reined in. The repeal of jail sentences for libel and slander in April 2010 was hailed as a democratic advance but judicial harassment of the media continues. There were 12 defamation actions during the first quarter of 2011 alone. Independent newspapers are the leading targets. The daily Jamanak is currently the subject of three different lawsuits. Haykakan Jamanak and Hraparak are also being sued. In most cases the plaintiffs are politicians. On 18 April, Armenia’s highest appeal court ordered the news website Hetq, founded by the NGO Investigative Journalists, to pay Ijevan mayor Tavush Marz 450,000 drams (820 euros) in damages and publish a retraction. The suit was brought over a series of articles about embezzlement by local officials. Having exhausted all possibilities of appeal in Armenia, the NGO says it will take the case to the European Court of Human Rights.Former president Robert Kocharian’s family are frequent plaintiffs. His wife, Bella Kocharian, and son, Sedrak Kocharian, are suing Jamanak for 6 million drams (11,000 euros) over a September 2011 article implicating them in an alleged case of embezzlement. The newspaper Haykakan Jamanak has already been ordered to pay Levon Kocharian 3.5 million drams (6,400 euros) in damages.The former president himself recently sued Hraparak over a 2 February article describing him as “bloodthirsty” and subject to “fits of madness.” While there may have been grounds for a libel action, there were certainly no grounds for his request for a freeze on the newspaper’s assets, which was granted at the first hearing.The order was rescinded on 11 April, but the former president’s action is still dangerous inasmuch as it suggest that the real of goal of defamation suits is to bankrupt independent media. The OSCE, to which Armenia belongs, has a clear position on this: “The amount of the fine should not reach the ceiling of bankruptcy of the media outlets or individual journalists, nor should it endanger their normal work.”In most cases, the courts seem to do what the plaintiffs want, imposing the maximum amount of damages. On 7 February, Haykakan Jamanak was ordered to pay 2,440,000 drams (nearly 16,000 dollars) in damages to each of the three parliamentarians – Ruben Hayrapetyan, Samuel Aleksanyan and Levon Sargsyan – who sued it over a 14 October article quoting a list of Armenian officials and businessmen allegedly involved in criminal activity. Editor Hayk Gevorgyan said he was amazed by the court’s verdict and has decided to appeal.As well as the large amounts in damages demanded by plaintiffs, newspapers must also pay excessive lawyers’ fees. The abuses are such that the council of the Armenian Chamber of Lawyers has approved a proposed directive imposing a ceiling of 300,000 drams (6,400 euros) on fees in defamation cases. It has been submitted to the legal department, which will decide whether it should go into effect.Reporters Without Borders is following all of these cases closely. As well as those already mentioned, Reporters Without Borders will also attend the upcoming hearings in the parliamentarian Tigran Arzakantsian’s lawsuit against the newspaper Yerkir and the lawsuit that the company Glendale Hills has brought against Jamanak.Reporters Without Borders has urged participants in the forum on media freedom held by the human rights ombudsman in Yerevan to discuss ways to limit defamation suits. Media self-regulation should be developed and, when legal actions are brought, the courts should respect the principle of proportionality when awarding damages. ArmeniaEurope – Central Asia November 11, 2020 Find out more to go further News April 9, 2021 Find out more Receive email alertscenter_img Follow the news on Armenia RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Organisation News RSF_en Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh Help by sharing this information May 1, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Armenian newspapers threatened by libel suits with sky-high damages awardslast_img read more

D’Tigers’ Coach Targets Unbeaten Run

first_img“Since we don’t have all the players who took part in the last window who are familiar with the National team, we are still able to bring a couple of new players who have not played before to fill in the void.”Nwora has continued to enjoy a career as D’Tigers coach with just 2 losses in all competitive games (against Congo Democratic Republic and Tunisia) since taking charge in 2017. For him, keeping the flag flying and retaining the number one spot in Africa is the ultimate goal.The 2017 Afrobasket silver winning coach said the team will once again rely on some experienced members when they start their final round of games on Friday against host- Cote d’Ivoire at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Palais des Sports stadium.“I am fortunate to still have players like Ike Diogu, Deji Akindele, Ike Iroegbu and a couple of players who know my system and coaching philosophy which is giving your best to the great country Nigeria. We just have to make sure that when the light is on, we give it everything we have and show that we are the dominant team in Africa.”He praised the NBBF leadership under Musa Kida for changing the narratives and creating an atmosphere conducive for success.“Everybody wants to play for their country, they are very proud to be here and wear the green white green. With the new federation coming in and doing what they are doing, the players want to come back and play because the condition has been favourable and they are happy to be here,” he concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Despite the absence of some key players who took part in the last FIBA World Cup qualifiers, D’Tigers Head Coach, Alex Nwora is still determined more than ever to end the qualifying campaign on a high.With an unbeaten nine-game record in the series to become the first country in the world to qualify for the World Cup in China, Nwora said his mission statement is to lead the team out to represent Nigeria the best way they can.In the absence of key players such as Al Farouq Aminu, Stanley Okoye, Obinna Emegano, Ike Nwamu and Christopher Obekpa, Nwora said the technical crew had to dig deep for worthy replacements to fill the void created. D’Tigers Head Coach, Alex Nwora last_img read more

Third Annual Battle of the Peace Disc Golf Tournament happening this weekend at Lone Wolf

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – Lone Wolf Golf Club will play host to the Third Annual Battle of the Peace Disc Golf Tournament this weekend.The tournament will see close to 40 disc golfers competing from around B.C. and the Yukon. This year’s tournament will also be a part of the Professional Disc Golfer’s Association (PDGA) for the first time ever.“We’re doing a pro and amateur event, so it’s under the PDGA guidelines, rules and structure,” said tournament organizer Daniel Martin.- Advertisement -Martin explained the reason the event is now PDGA certified is due to the fact participants from Alberta and the Yukon wanted a closer venue to receive points in the World Disc Golf standings.“The big reason why we did that was because Grande Prairie folks and people from the Yukon wanted us to make it PDGA. For example, Whitehorse folks travel all the way to the badlands (Wayne, Alberta), a 27-hour drive because it’s a PDGA event.”Featured at the tournament will be free glow golf on Saturday night as well as practice rounds. Match play starts on Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and will see participants play 36 total holes of disc golf.Advertisement Registration for the tournament is still open and anyone looking to sign up can do so by clicking here. Registration costs $60 and includes lunch, prizes and a cart.Battle of the Peace Flyer. Photo by Daniel Martin.last_img read more

Want to dive into Donegal’s amazing coastline? Join the club!

first_imgLooking for a rewarding past-time that will bring you to places you’ve never seen before?Or how about getting an unparalleled view of underwater life and discovering incredible shipwrecks?The Sheephaven Sub Aqua Club is seeking new club members to join them in their thrilling dives around Donegal. The adventurous group is about to let everyone see what scuba diving is all about when they host a  Try A Dive on Tuesday 15th October in the Mevagh Dive Centre, Carrigart at 8.00pm. Entering this sport brings a host of benefits – you will gain the skills to meet the challenges of learning to dive and receive a world-recognised qualification.And this upcoming event is your opportunity to sign up and join a friendly community that is so valuable to Donegal.The Try A Dive event is free and all the participants need to bring is their swim gear, the club will supply the rest. In home waters around Donegal, scuba divers are treated to pristine waters that contain reefs which have abundant and diverse marine life and shipwrecks that chart both Irish and European history on our doorstep. In summer time, the waters around Donegal rise in temperature to 16 degrees Celsius and in-water visibility can extend to 20 metres at locations such as Arranmore, Tory Island and Horn Head. In the winter time when sea conditions are too rough Sheephaven divers have access to the shelter waters of Mulroy Bay and dives at Dunloan Rock, Pan Rock and Campbells Bed are available. Club members with Sheephaven SAC will have access to a purpose built clubhouse, dive boats and air bank, backed up by the Irish Underwater Council grade structure delivered by the clubs instructors. Starting as a Trainee a new entrant into diving will be coached in the theory and skills of scuba diving in the safety and comfort of a pool setting before taking to the open water, after which they can progress through the grades to whatever level they are comfortable with.  There is always some form of a Sheephaven activity 52 weeks of the year.Snorkelling is a big part of the Sheephaven diving scene and every Sunday morning there is snorkel in Portnablagh, followed by a social chat and cup of tea.Sheephaven club members have toured the world, from Scotland, Malta, Spain, Cuba, The Maldives, Galapagos Islands and numerous times to the Red Sea, all on the back of the qualifications achieved diving with the club. Club members give back to the community through their Search and Recovery Unit, where qualified divers who volunteer can receive additional training to provide assistance to the Civil authorities, should be they be called upon.  So for anyone interested in taking up a challenge that will reward them physically and literally take them to places they have never seen before – then their journey begins with the Sheephaven Try A Dive. For further information Anne Boyle can be contacted at [email protected] or Damien Kelly 086 8307020 and club activities can be followed on our Facebook page Sheephaven SAC. Want to dive into Donegal’s amazing coastline? Join the club! was last modified: October 9th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Divingsheephaven sacTry a divelast_img read more

2019 Sale of Champions results

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It is another fantastic Sale of Champions at the 2019 Ohio State Fair. Watch it live here.Here are the results!The Grand Champion Swiss Cheese exhibited by Pearl Valley Cheese represents the seven dairy champions including Grand Champion Ayrshire: Marissa Topp, Auglaize County; Grand Champion Brown Swiss: Madelyn Topp, Auglaize County; Grand Champion Guernsey: Aubree Topp, Shelby County; Grand Champion Holstein: Kayla Cring, Huron County; Grand Champion Jersey: Blake Greiwe, Shelby County; Grand Champion Red and White: Wyatt Schlauch, Holmes County; Grand Champion Milking Shorthorn: Aubree Topp, Shelby County; Supreme Showman
Week 1 – Exhibited by: Ashley Hawvermale, Wayne County; and Week 2 – Exhibited by: Molly Moffet, Ashland County. The Grand Champion Swiss Cheese sold to AG Boogher and Sons, S&S Volvo, Ohio Dairy Association Mideast, COBA/Select Sires Hills Supply, Brewster Cheese, Biery Cheese, Great Lakes Cheese, Cox Concessions, Burkhart Farm Center, Velvet Ice Cream, Prengers, Pearl Valley Cheese, Dairy Farmers of America, and Scioto Cooperative Milk Producers for $28,000.The Grand Champion Market Turkey set a new record. It was shown by Johnathan Woodward of Coshocton County
 and sold to Cooper Farms, Farmer Boy Ag, Sarka Electric, Dangler Excavating, and Kale Marketing for $16,500.The Grand Champion Market Goat exhibited by Jada Shroyer of Logan County sold to Mark Kvamme for $17,000.The Grand Champion Meat Chickens exhibited by Ava Hester of Clinton County sold to Gerber Poultry and Kroger for $15,000.The Reserve Grand Champion Meat Chickens exhibited by Jozie Jones of Clinton County sold to Tim Huffman for $14,000.The Grand Champion Market Lamb exhibited by Paige Pence of Clark County sold to AG Boogher and Sons and S&S Volvo for $36,000.The Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb exhibited by Grant Johnson of Wayne County sold to Meijer for a record-setting bid of $27,500.The Grand Champion Market Barrow exhibited by Elijah Keplinger of Clark County sold to Bob Evans, Ohio Farm Bureau, Tim Huffman, Ohio Harness Horseman’s Association, and Event Marketing Strategies for $33,000.    The Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrow exhibited by Riley Wendt of Union County sold to Kroger for a record-setting bid of $35,000.The Grand Champion Market Beef exhibited by Elizabeth Heintz Hardin County sold to Steve Rauch Excavation and Demolition for $50,000.The Reserve Grand Champion Market Beef exhibited by Delaney Jones of Allen County sold to Steve Rauch Excavation and Demolition, Mark Kvamme, and Meijer for a record-setting $56,000.last_img read more

Understanding Home Energy Performance Will Become a Key to Real Estate Success

first_imgBy DOUGLAS MILLERReal estate professionals play a pivotal role in the U.S. residential real estate market. Overseeing from start to finish the multiple steps and piles of paperwork involved with property transactions, they support both sellers moving forward with the next stage of their lives and buyers looking for a new place to call home. They provide trusted and influential guidance that affects the largest investment that most of us will ever make: our homes.Home energy performance is too often overlooked by buyers and sellers during property transactions, and buyers seldom have easy access to energy performance information. Even though U.S. homeowners spend on average about $2,200 per year on energy bills and increasingly indicate demand for energy-efficient homes, real estate professionals generally undersell (or are unaware of) the benefits of homes with strong energy performance.These benefits include improved comfort, health, privacy, programmability, and interconnectivity, as well as increased monthly affordability and — where relevant information is made available — resale value. Moreover, U.S. real estate listings generally lack details about a property’s energy performance, energy-efficient features, and estimated utility costs. This omission contributes to the unnecessary perpetuation of the invisibility of home energy upgrade investments, housing dissatisfaction, underinvestment in home energy upgrades, plateauing residential energy savings, and risks to U.S. real estate market stability. Changing consumer demandsReal estate professionals are under pressure to accommodate various evolving market trends. Consumer preferences are diverging based on generation, with baby boomers looking to age in place and millennials becoming the largest share of home buyers with their own demands. Numerous residential energy technologies — including rooftop solar, LED lighting, programmable thermostats and appliances, heat pumps, and battery storage — are becoming commonplace and sought-after in homes.State and local governments are also increasing standards for energy performance for new and existing homes. For example, California has a statewide goal for all new residential construction to achieve zero net energy status by 2020.Real estate professionals can embrace and profit from these market trends by making home energy performance a core component of the support they provide for buyers and sellers. Those who help clients identify where to start, which home energy upgrades can deliver the most value, and how to showcase these upgrades during property sales will be better situated to meet emerging consumer demands and ride the wave of market trends for profit. As such, real estate professionals who ignore insights about where the market is heading and fail to build their own energy performance capabilities should expect to fall behind. Giving Green Certification a Home in Real Estate Listings Q&A: I’m A New Real Estate Agent and I Would Like to Sell Energy-Efficient, Clean, Safe HomesGreen Home Appraisal WoesSeeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 1Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 2Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 3One Broker’s Take on the Selling Power of Green Opportunity is calling for all real estate professionals to tap the promising U.S home energy upgrades market by helping clients understand, prioritize, and invest in home energy performance during the property transaction process — when buyers and sellers already tend to make general home improvements. Real estate professionals who enhance their home energy performance capabilities can lead their competitors on market trends and improve the long-term prospects of their business. Gaining a green credentials advantageReal estate professionals with green credentials — namely, the National Association of Realtors Green Designation—maintain a higher standard of support for buyers and sellers. They understand why energy performance matters. They also know how to implement green data entry fields on multiple listing service (MLS) systems, promote the benefits of energy-efficient features, get enhanced property valuations from appraisers with sustainability credentials, and use energy performance to differentiate among properties.Until home energy performance capabilities become a general industry standard for real estate professionals, green credentials like the Realtors Green Designation offer a useful indicator for buyers and sellers seeking higher quality support and better outcomes during real estate transactions. Buyers and sellers who want homes delivering greater comfort, health, resale value, and affordability for their families should therefore seek out real estate professionals with such credentials.As more buyers and sellers seek the benefits that high-performance homes deliver and expect assistance finding them during the property transaction process, real estate professionals who embrace market trends and take the initiative today to make home energy performance central to their client support will be in an advantageous position to harness the markets of tomorrow.center_img Using home energy performance to get aheadIn the rapidly evolving U.S. residential market, real estate professionals can leverage home energy performance to achieve faster closing times and higher closing rates, larger commissions, and greater competitive advantage.To encourage and empower U.S. real estate professionals to understand and promote the multiple benefits of homes with strong energy performance, Rocky Mountain Institute’s Residential Energy+ team developed the “Home Heroes” infographic in partnership with the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) — a congressionally chartered organization with a vision to have 300 million Americans actively use environmental knowledge by 2022 (see Image #2, below).This shareable education tool describes how real estate professionals can support home buyers and sellers in the pursuit of homes that are better for their families, their pocketbooks, and the environment in order to gain competitive advantage in a real estate market that’s evolving to meet changing customer demands. More specifically, the tool links to leading research about the ways that real estate professionals can gain from making energy performance central to the support they provide buyers and sellers, along with specific actions they can take to better support their clients. RELATED ARTICLES © 2017 Rocky Mountain Institute. Published with permission. Originally posted on RMI Outlet.last_img read more

Neymar slams Barca bosses after PSG home debut

first_imgNATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul “I hope that things will improve for Barca and that they will become a team that can rival others.”However, former Tottenham flop Paulinho’s arrival has not been warmly received by Barca fanatical supporters at the Camp Nou.Over 80 percent of fans urged the club not to pay more than 20 million euros for Paulinho in a survey conducted by Barcelona sports daily Mundo Deportivo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Despite securing the massive fee for Neymar, Barcelona are struggling to replace him before the transfer window closes.The club have had bids in excess of 100 million euros for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele turned down.And the club have been criticised for splashing out 40 million euros ($47 million) for Brazil midfielder Paulinho, who has spent two years at Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande.But Neymar said he could not comment on what the club were doing before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.“I cannot speak now I am in another team. I don’t know what’s going on there, but I see my old teammates sad, and it’s that which makes me sad because I have a lot of friends there,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “I want to speak the truth, I’m very sad with them,” said the Brazilian star who cost the Paris club a world record 222 million euros ($261 million) to prise from Barcelona.“I spent four years there and I was very happy. At the start, I was happy. I spent four beautiful years there and I parted happy. But with them (the club’s directors), no.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“For me, they are not the people who should be there, for the direction of Barca,” said Neymar.“Barca deserve much better and the whole world knows it.” Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar applauses after winning the French L1 football match Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) vs Toulouse FC (TFC) at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on August 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / bertrand GUAYParis Saint-Germain’s world record signing Neymar launched a scathing attack on his former club’s directors, saying “Barca deserve much better”.The people in charge at the Catalan giants “are not the people who should be there, for the direction of Barca,” Neymar told reporters after scoring twice on his home debut as PSG thumped Toulouse 6-2 in Ligue 1 on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Uichico rues Gilas’ bad shooting in tough outing vs Thailandcenter_img Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more