Appeal court refuses to free Khayal TV journalists held since March


first_img RSF_en AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Organisation June 8, 2021 Find out more April 9, 2021 Find out more News “Despite the dismissal of the head of the local government the day after the uprising, they persist in their search for the source of the video recording of his inflammatory remarks. Confidentiality of sources must be respected and those who work in the media must not be made scapegoats. “These arrests have no legal foundation and we demand that the journalists be released as soon as possible.”The four journalists were arrested in Quba then taken to the capital, Baku, where they are being held in custody. According to information gathered by Reporters Without Borders, they have yet to be charged. Mammadli’s home was reported to have been searched. The arrests took place two weeks after a popular uprising broke out in Quba on 1 March. Thousands of demonstrators gathered to demand the resignation of the local government head Rauf Habibov, after a video was posted on YouTube showing him making derogatory remarks about residents at a team meeting.Clashes broke out as the protesters were being dispersed, during which several journalists were beaten up. Rashad Aliyev, a video cameraman with the local NGO Institute of Freedom and Safety of Reporters, was hit on the head several times. AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information July 20, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Appeal court refuses to free Khayal TV journalists held since March News to go further Receive email alerts June 4, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Azerbaijan A Baku appeal court has rejected an appeal by two journalists, Khayal TV director-general Vugar Gonagov and editor-in-chief Zaur Guliyev, who have been detained arbitrarily since 13 March for allegedly causing rioting in the northern town of Quba.Presided by Etibar Huseynov, the appeal court issued its ruling on 18 July, confirming an 11 July decision by a court in the Baku district of Nizami to prolong their detention for another two months. The next hearing in their case will be held on 17 September.In a separate decision on 18 July, an appeal court presided by Mirpasha Huseynov rejected the complaint that the two journalists brought against the police officers who arrested them. Its aim was to get the police and judicial authorities to recognize that they had indeed been arrested rather than “detained as a preventive measure.”Gonagov and Guliyev are charge with “intentional destruction of property” and “organizing public disorder” under articles 186 and 233 of the criminal code.—————————————————————27.03.2012 – Two-month detention order for two journalists arrested in northern townReporters Without Borders condemns the two-month pre-trial detention order that a court in the Baku district of Nasimi issued on 22 March for two of the four journalists arrested in the northern town of Quba on 13 March over a YouTube video that triggered major protests and clashes with the police in Quba (see below). The two journalists – Vugar Gonagov, the executive director of Khayal TV, and Zaur Guliyev, the station’s editor in chief – are facing up to three years in prison on charges of violating public order and abuse of authority under articles 233 and 309.2 of the criminal code.They are currently being held at the interior ministry’s general directorate for organized crime, where they have still not been allowed to receive a visit from their lawyer, Elchin Sadigov.Little information is so far available about the investigation. From the initial interrogation sessions, it seems the police are trying to identify the person responsible for the video recording of the inflammatory remarks by the head of the Quba government that sparked rioting after it was posted on YouTube.The two other journalists who were arrested on 13 March – Zaur Mustafayev, camera operator at Khayal TV, and Jamil Mammadli, a reporter with the Polygon news agency – were released on 22 and 23 March respectively without being charged. Mustafayev declined to answer any questions.——————-17.03.2012 – Four journalists arrested over Quba riots Reporters Without Borders deplores the arrests on 13 March of three employees of the television station Khayal TV — the executive director, Vugar Gonagov, the editor, Zaur Guliyev, and Zaur Mustafayev, camera operator — as well as Jamil Mammadli, a reporter with the Polygon news agency. All are accused of being implicated in the riots in the northern town of Quba in early March. “These arrests highlight the predicament the authorities find themselves in over the disturbances in Quba,” Reporters without borders said. RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan News Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF sayslast_img read more

Turkuaz Dominates Denver With Powerfunk Performance [Photos]


first_imgLoad remaining images For Night 2 of their Colorado run, Turkuaz had the pleasure of playing for a rowdy Saturday night Denver audience in a packed Ogden Theater. Having rocked a sold-out show at Boulder’s Fox Theater the night before, the crowd had understandably high expectations and was ready to get down.Turkuaz Shines Bright At Sold-Out Boulder ThrowdownNew York based indie-rocker Sinkane kicked off Saturday night’s party, filling the Denver club with his infectious synth pop choruses and tasteful blues guitar solos. Seemingly able to create an impressively tight rock groove out of any lick they choose, the band was completely locked in. The combination of synth driven jams, disco drums, and extended psychedelic rock solos delivered by a fantastically glitter-laden guitar had the entire audience bobbing their heads. A dubby cover of Bob Marley’s “Wake Up and Live” closed Sinkane’s set, with frontman Gallab beaming in response to the enthusiastic audience.After a brief interlude, the lights dimmed and 1994 Beastie Boy’s hit “Sabotage” pumped over the house speakers as the 9-piece Brooklyn outfit took the stage to deliver their unique brand of bass-heavy powerfunk. Turkuaz, absolutely dressed to the nines, wasted no time getting the crowd moving by opening with a lively rendition of “Coast to Coast” from their 2011 self-titled album. Soon there was not a stationary body in the venue as the band powered through “Digitonium” favorites such as a jam-heavy “Nightswimming” and “Percy Thrills, The Moondog.” As the band settled in, the jams got deeper. “Holy Ghost” featured beat-boxing from saxophonist Joshua Schwartz over an electric drum beat which brought the song into spacey territory. The opening notes of crowd pleaser “Bubba Slide,” the introductory track from 2014’s “Future 86” brought cheers from the raucous dance floor. Guitarist Craig Brodhead was given some space to show off his chops with a multi-peaked roaring rock guitar solo that had the rest of the band exploring an improvised groove before bringing the jam back for a final chorus.After a quick intermission, the band opened the second set with “Doktor Jazz” setting a party vibe before delving into the funky “Digital Love” which featured Brodhead crooning through a keyboard vocoder to the delight of the crowd. “The Generator” picked the dance party back up and featured saxophonist Greg Sanderson soloing on an EWI (electric wind instrument). Phonetically fun rocker “X.Y.Z.” followed, raising the temperature of the dance floor by a solid 10 degrees. A funky cover of The Band’s “Don’t Do It” belted out by female vocalists Sammi Garett and Shira Elias, was a whole venue singalong before Brodhead’s jazzy and patient guitar solo brought the jam back to its peak. Now fully locked into the second set, the band churned through favorites such as “Future 86” with its uplifting chorus and fast paced “Back to Normal” which saw Sammi and Shira running vigorously in place, prompting the crowd to do the same. The band slowed things down a little bit with “Gogo Mr. Dodo” which had the entire Ogden Theater getting down in unison to the deep groove. A lively “Monkey Fingers” had the theater vibrating with pulsating bass as the crowd sang along with the chorus, “monkey fingers, gonna slap you in the face”.After a short encore break, the band came out to play one more song for the extremely excited and enthusiastic crowd and capped the night off with an explosive rendition of Talking Heads favorite “Take Me To The River.” The end of the outstanding cover contained a brief acapella singalong to the chorus before launching right back into the raging chorus. With energy levels astronomically high, the band waved goodbye and the grinning audience traded hugs and high-fives before spilling into the brisk Denver fall night.See below for a full gallery from photographer Bill McAlaine, and head to the band’s website for their tour schedule.Turkuaz | Denver | 9/30/17 | Photos by Bill McAlainelast_img read more

Dudley House Jazz Band to perform rarely heard “Zodiac Suite”


first_imgThe Dudley House Jazz Band and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) are proud to present Mary Lou Williams’s classic, rarely heard Zodiac Suite on Friday, Dec. 17, at 8 p.m. in Harvard’s Paine Hall. The concert will mark the first large ensemble performance of the work in 65 years. The event is free and open to the public.Born in 1910, Mary Lou Williams was among the most influential of early jazz composers, arrangers and pianists. Her work ran the gamut of jazz styles, from her classic big band performances with Andy Kirk, Benny Goodman, and Duke Ellington, to her influence on the bebop generation of the 1940s, to her later work with sacred musical themes. In a jazz world that wasn’t always receptive to the contributions of women artists, Williams rose to a position of prominence through her singular abilities as a writer and performer.The Zodiac Suite is one of Williams’s most ambitious compositions. Written in the mid-1940s, the piece is a landmark in the history of extended jazz composition. Scored for chamber orchestra with jazz rhythm section, the suite combines elements of jazz and classical music in twelve unique musical portraits, each inspired by a different sign of the Zodiac. After early performances with a piano trio, the fully orchestrated suite premiered on December 31, 1945, in New York’s Town Hall. Despite the concert’s success, these arrangements were never performed again.In celebration of her 2010 centennial, the Dudley House Jazz Band — an ensemble of graduate students from GSAS — is proud to present the first large ensemble performance of Williams’s suite since its debut. The performance will feature new big band orchestrations of all twelve movements, based closely on Williams’s original 1945 parts. By using archival copies from the Mary Lou Williams Collection at the Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies, the concert will even include movements omitted from the original 1945 performance, allowing listeners to hear Williams’s full musical vision for the first time.This concert is made possible through the permission of the Mary Lou Williams Foundation, which carries her legacy into the 21st century.last_img read more

Roberson Museum taking struggles ‘day by day’


first_img“Those kinds of programs from the federal and state government are just so important to our survival, not to just bridge the gap that we are currently experiencing, but an ongoing plan for some kind of sustainability so we can get back to normal,” he said. Grasso also said the pandemic caused a 100 percent reduction in school trips, and other community events the museum hosts. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – The Roberson Museum and Science Center is calling to attention the struggles of museums locally, nationally and globally due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Roberson has been talking to other organizations like them to find out ways to move forward. Additionally, programs like the Paycheck Protection Program made it easier to retain staff. It’s programs like these that Grasso wants to see benefit museums now and later. center_img Executive Director Michael Grasso said when the Roberson closed for three months earlier this year, it created a serious financial hit. However, he thanked the community and others for donations to help keep the museum afloat, and mentioned those funds were part of emergency money the Roberson used to offset costs. Grasso said the museum is taking it one day at a time.last_img read more

Spaulding ends absence from victory lane at Oshkosh


first_imgBy Dave Panske OSHKOSH, Wis. (May 30) – Travis Spaulding moved into the top spot on lap nine and following a fi­nal caution on lap 11, settled in for a long run to the end of Friday’s Automotive Supply Company IMCA Modified feature at Oshkosh SpeedZone Raceway.Sean Jerovetz, Chris Engels, Brian Drexler and Eddie Muenster ran behind the leader to the fin­ish.This win by Spaulding was his first here since Aug. 3, 2010. The Karl Chevrolet SportMods started off with Bernie Miller grabbing the lead and Cory Wegner, Brekken Kleinschmidt, Kevin Bethke and Jeff Schmuhl close behind. After a lap two caution, Bethke took the lead for one lap before Ryan Besaw took charge. A final caution on lap seven gave Colten Van Hierden a shot at the lead with Schmuhl, Besay and Steve Schneider behind. For the rest of the contest Van Hierden held off all challenges until lap 19, when Schmuhl was able to work into the top spot and drove to his first-ever feature win at the Speedzone. Besaw was also able to sneak by to take the runner-up spot with Van Hierden taking third. Brock Saundes and Jon Schulz rounded out the top five. Jake Linderby took the Total Power Sales IMCA Stock Car lead followed by Harley Simon, Dylan Heilmann, Justin Jacobsen and David Hoerning. A flat tire forced Simon out of the running on lap seven as point leader Travis Van Straten moved into second. Following a caution on lap eight, Van Straten overtook Lunderby, settled into the lead and pulled away from the field. A late caution on lap 17 bunched the field but Van Straten was able to collect his third straight feature win. Dustin Lowberger took second from Lunderby after the last restart and followed Van Straten to the checkers. Lunderby took his best finish so far with third. John Heinz was fourth followed by Hoerning.last_img read more

ICC Women’s World Cup : England beat India by nine runs in thrilling final at Lord’s


first_imgENGLAND completed a stunning fightback to beat India by nine runs and win the Women’s World Cup at an ecstatic Lord’s.Chasing 229, India looked set for victory at 191-3, but Anya Shrubsole pinned Punam Raut lbw for 86 to spark a collapse of seven wickets for 28 runs.The seamer finished with 6-46 – the best figures in a World Cup final – as India were bowled out for 219 with eight balls unused.Even as Shrubsole was in the middle of a stunning spell of 5-11 in 19 deliveries, India were within touching distance of the highest successful chase in a World Cup final and a first major trophy.Fears that England may have missed their chance were raised when Jenny Gunn dropped a sitter at mid-off to reprieve Poonam Yadav.But Shrubsole bowled Rajeshwari Gayakwad next ball to spark joyous scenes on the pitch and among the majority of fans in a sell-out crowd.Natalie Sciver made 51 and Sarah Taylor 45 in England’s 228-7, which proved enough for a fourth World Cup crown.It ended a wait for a global trophy that went back to 2009 and vindicated the approach of coach Mark Robinson, who dispensed with former captain Charlotte Edwards after defeat in the semi-finals of the 2016 World Twenty20.India needed only 33 from 39 balls with five wickets in hand, but Shrubsole, charging in from the Pavilion End, was irresistible.She removed the dangerous Veda Krishnamurthy, who top-edged a swipe to Sciver, bowled Jhulan Goswami and ran out Shikha Pandey from point.Deepti Sharma spooned to Sciver at mid-wicket as Shrubsole completed the first five-wicket haul in a World Cup final and, after Gunn’s error, Shrubsole cleaned up Gayakwad to seal victory in style.(BBC Sport)last_img read more