Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh

first_imgSince last February, at least ten foreign journalists have been denied entry by the Russian peacekeeping troops controlling access to Nagorno-Karabakh from Armenia via the so-called Lachin corridor. RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan AzerbaijanArmeniaRussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Armed conflictsCouncil of EuropeFreedom of expression June 8, 2021 Find out more “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says RSF_en June 7, 2021 Find out more Читать на русском / Read in RussianAn enclave populated by Armenians that is located in Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh is now at peace after last autumn’s six weeks of bloody fighting, and is secured by Russian peacekeepers, but control over journalistic activity has been stepped up.  At least seven journalists were injured during the Nagorno-Karabakh war from 27 September to 9 November. Three journalists who were injured when missiles were fired on the town of Martuni on 1 October – Armenia TV’s Avetis Harutyunyan and Aram Grigoryan and the Armenian news agency’s Sevak Vardumyan – and the brother of a fixer who was killed the same day filed a case against Azerbaijan at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg on 26 March. The cease-fire agreement that the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia signed under Russia’s aegis on 9 November 2020 has no specific provision for the entry of journalists. Press accreditation is issued by the consulate of Nagorno-Karabakh’s unrecognised Republic of Artsakh or by the Armenian foreign ministry but it is the Russia peacekeepers who grant or refuse entry to foreign citizens, who are notified of the decision on the eve of their planned visit. Armenians and Russians just need to show their passports in order to enter. Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia Credit: KAREN MINASYAN / AFP Cavelier added: “Without international media, Nagorno-Karabakh is liable to become a news and information ‘black hole.’ We call on the Russian authorities to allow journalists access, regardless of their nationality. And we call on the UN and Council of Europe to ensure respect for the right to the freedom to inform, which is all the more essential in a conflict or post-conflict situation.” Access to Nagorno-Karabakh is also restricted via Azerbaijan, which is ruled by the authoritarian President Ilham Aliyev. TV crews from France 24 and the European channel Arte made highly controlled visits from Azerbaijan and were not able to report freely. With some difficulty, reporters Jonathan Walsh and Mohamed Farhat from the French TV news channel France 24 managed to get in at the start of March thanks to a privileged contact on the spot, but they are among the very few journalists to have succeeded. AzerbaijanArmeniaRussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Armed conflictsCouncil of EuropeFreedom of expression They include the French photographer Christophe Petit-Tesson, who said: “I spent several days there in January but the rules have changed since then.” Vincent Prado, a reporter for the Enquête Exclusive current affairs programme on the French TV channel M6, has had his requests to visit the territory refused several times by the Russians without any explanation.Similar unexplained refusals have been received by Neil Hauer, a Canadian freelancer for the Guardian and CNN, and Mark Stratton, a British journalist who described his frustration in an interview for the BBC. The photographer Kiran Ridley received permission to visit the enclave but was turned back at the Russian checkpoint on 4 April. center_img News “A growing number of foreign journalists are being systematically refused entry by Russian soldiers,” said Jeanne Cavelier, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “There are no objective grounds for this obstruction. The reporters do not pose a threat to the territory’s safety, which is guaranteed by peacekeeping troops.”  Help by sharing this information Organisation News Receive email alerts Related documents Читать на русском / Read in RussianPDF – 131.83 KB to go further News June 4, 2021 Find out more Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Russia, whose peacekeepers have controlled access to Nagorno-Karabakh from Armenia since the end of last autumn’s war between Azerbaijan and Armenia over this disputed territory, to stop denying entry to foreign reporters. RSF also urges the UN and Council of Europe to ensure respect for the right to the freedom to inform. News Armenia is ranked 61st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index, Russia is ranked 149th and Azerbaijan is ranked 168th. April 9, 2021 Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakhlast_img read more

Guest Opinion | In 2011, PUSD was Thinking About its “Georgia issues” with Student Testing Cheating

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  We weren’t the first to recognize that Pasadena Unified School District test cheating has similarities to the Atlanta, Georgia, testing scandal that sent 11 educators to jail.Yesterday’s Pasadena Now op-ed titled “Student testing cheating – Does PUSD have Georgia issues?” compared the Georgia cheating scandal to PUSD’s ignoring evidence that Roosevelt Elementary School cheating was more pervasive than admitted. But PUSD’s now-retired Chief Technology Officer Dr. Gary Carnow saw that parallel 5 years ago. Dr. Carnow was PUSD’s point man in 2011 who “investigated’ cheating at Roosevelt and Sierra Madre elementary schools. In his September 2, 2011, email to 6 PUSD administrators, Dr. Carnow told his fellow administrators “State of California dropped the part of the contract with ETS regarding Erasure Detection in 2009 to save money. There will be no Georgia issues found in California.”Why did Dr. Carnow have a sigh of relief that the CDE dropped Erasure Detection in 2009?The “Georgia issues” that Dr. Carnow says won’t be found because erasure detection is no longer in use in California refers, of course, to the test cheating scandal in Atlanta. “ETS” is the Educational Testing Service, a test development and testing company. The “Erasure Detection” program detects cheating by scanning answer-sheet erasures, identifying the first and second marks on paper test sheets. This cheating-discovery method’s premise is that a high percentage of wrong-to-right erasures deviating from the statistical norm probably indicates testing irregularities such as school employees prompting students to correct mistaken entries. The California Department of Education contracted with ETS for statewide erasure detection before 2009 and from 2012-2013. For budget reasons, it dropped statewide erasure detection between 2009-2011 – the period during which Roosevelt Principal Juan Ruelas showed remarkable test score increases at Madison. Erasure detection became an unnecessary cheating-detection method beginning with 2015 SBAC testing because paper tests were eliminated in favor of secure electronic testing.Dr. Carnow’s email suggests a PUSD culture tolerating cheatingA school administrator who seriously intended to address cheating in PUSD’s schools and who knew that the CDE stopped erasure detection would likely say something like “We’re going to have to buy ETS’s Erasure Detection program in order to investigate the extent of the cheating.” Dr. Carnow’s comment communicates that cheating won’t be detected rather than asking “what do we do to discover the extent of cheating? He is saying that PUSD won’t get caught cheating coaching students to erase and replace wrong answers because the cheating-detection measures aren’t in place – so celebrate and give a sigh of relief that California dropped erasure detection! The PUSD culture reflected by his remarks is an attitude that cheating should be ignored when it can be. It suggests that the 2011 cheating scandals may have only been the tip of the iceberg, with 90% of the problem ignored because it wasn’t on the surface.Additional statistical test-score analysis indicates the need to rigorously investigate Roosevelt’s test scoresYesterday’s graphic chart was a macro-summary of Roosevelt’s test scores which suggests test score statistical patterns consistent with Roosevelt’s cheating opportunities, or lack thereof, from 2009-2015. Just like PUSD’s Board President Elizabeth Pomeroy, PUSD’s Board Member from the Madison District, Patrick Cahalan, dismissively rejects that such data can validly suggest that undetected cheating was going on at Roosevelt. Cahalan offers no alternative explanation for the data. He just says that you have to look at smaller data sub-sets to draw valid conclusions. But the first suggestion in the U.S. Department of Education’s 2013 “Testing Integrity Symposium: Issues and Recommendations for Best Practice” section on “Test-score analysis” is to do macro-examination and it suggests then drilling down to look at “individual student-level data as well as classroom or school-level results to identify unusual trends.”The Roosevelt cheating that Dr. Carnow’s 2011 investigation identified was in the 2nd grade. Statistical analysis of a 2011 class from the 2nd grade is useful to determine whether it is likely that there was a failure to investigate other 2011 cheating at Madison. Statistical analysis of Roosevelt’s 2011 3rd grade testing at “proficient” or higher is thus revealing. Despite having a high English-second-language population, Roosevelt in 2011 tested that a remarkable 97% of its 3rd grade class were “proficient” or higher in English – a statistic that invites suspicion. 2011 was also the last year in the 3-year interval that the state did not conduct erasure testing. What would likely happen If Roosevelt took advantage of the 2011 opportunity to cheat when the CDE was not doing erasure detection but then curtailed cheating in 2012 when it had to avoid getting caught again because the CDE re-instituted erasure detection? The 3rd grade class would likely have significantly lower percentages of proficient and proficient-plus English ratings when the 3rd grad became to 4th grade in 2012 the 5th grade in 2013. This chart shows that happened. 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GRONEMEIER and SKIP HICKAMBOTTOM Published on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 | 7:19 pm Community News Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 3-YEAR CLASS PROGRESSION CHARTPUSD’s Roosevelt “investigation” records are inexplicably missingDr. Carnow’s attitude seems to reflect a PUSD culture tolerating student test cheating. Statistical analysis of both the macro-scores at Roosevelt and the micro-2011 3rd grade class both suggest cheating. With indications of much more systematic Roosevelt cheating than with just 3 students in Roosevelt’s 2011 2nd grade class, we suspected that Dr. Carnow’s attitude would lead to a cover-up investigation rather than a rigorous investigation. So we reached out to Dr. Carnow by email and voicemail to ask him about whether his investigation was sufficiently rigorous, He ignored our requests to talk to him. So our next step was to ask for PUSD’s investigation records to determine how rigorous Dr. Carnow’s investigation was. Instead of getting investigation records, we got a rude surprise.In December, we made the public records requests to PUSD Superintendent McDonald for all documents showing testing cheating investigations at Roosevelt while Ruelas was its principal. McDonald’s January 22 response, through PUSD’s attorney Jeff C. Marderosian, admits that such PUSD files that should exist cannot be found, saying that “[a]fter being unable to locate a file that should exist, I instructed staff this week to contact the California Department of Education (CDE) and request a copy of the Department’s entire file regarding the testing issue at Roosevelt in the 10-11 school year. Staff has made the request to CDE and I will advise you when it is received. From the documents you were sent early in the week, it appears that Dr. Carnow handled the matter and that it involved 3 students at Roosevelt. I have no explanation as to why the file could not be located.” It turns out that the CDE also has no files on Madison’s student test cheating except for a single letter acknowledging that PUSD reported cheating concerning the testing of the 3 students.PUSD needs to hire an independent investigator to systematically analyze Roosevelt’s testing under RuelasThe issue now is not just whether Superintendent McDonald’s rationale for imposing Ruelas on Madison can any longer be defended. His rationale is in tatters and plainly cannot reasonably be defended. There are now broader issues as to whether PUSD has a culture of tolerance for cheating and has been ignoring systemic cheating issues. PUSD’s continuing to bob and weave to protect Superintendent McDonald for his disastrous Roosevelt decision is a recipe for disaster for a public school system that requires transparency and accountability. Dr. McDonald and PUSD’s Board need to end their ostrich-like evasion, face up to the problem by hiring an independent and reputable professional knowledgeable about cheating detection to do a thorough investigation and publicly disclose the complete investigation report, and remove Ruelas as Madison’s principal.Dale Gronemeier and Skip Hickambottom are local civil rights attorneys who represent the Madison grassroots coalition, the Citizens Council for Empowerment and Justice at Madison. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Fascinating online insight into city’s records

first_imgNewsLocal NewsFascinating online insight into city’s recordsBy admin – July 7, 2011 533 Advertisement Previous article‘Until Bill produced, we’re debating a press release’ – Cllr KennedyNext articleBye week for Limerick FC admin Facebook Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img INVALUABLE information for local historians, researchers and the men and woman interested in researching aspects of Limerick city’s past, is available from the Limerick Archives Department, which has responsibility for the records of the city council.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The City Archives, which also collect donations of material relating to the city, its people and organisations, including Limerick Chamber, Limerick Harbour Commissioners and Limerick Union Board of Guardians, has now made these collections freely available on“Each year new collections are added to the website – for instance in 2010 the council’s Health and Welfare records, dispensary records, allotments and turf production records were added, as were a selection of collections from Limerick’s Christian Brothers School and other bodies,” says a spokesperson for City Hall.A fascinating insight into the Quaker community in Limerick was recently made available through the donation of a microfilm copy of the Quaker Papers at a launch in the Quaker Meeting House.The papers contain records of meetings, records of births and marriages and of grievances when their goods were seized in lieu of tithes due to the Established Church.A fascinating series of diaries, documents and photographs of the Limerick man, DCC Mercier, who worked as a mill manager in Ranks Flour Mills from 1922 to 1961, was donated to the archives in October 2010.The papers document Mr Mercier’s working life in one of Limerick’s key industries.A reception to mark the donation was held in City Hall and former Ranks’ workers and their families were invited to attend. Linkedin Email Printlast_img read more

Shooting Stars Go on Indefinite Strike source said the players are insisting on being paid all their entitlements before returning to the pitch for the all-important match at Niger Tornadoes on Sunday.“The players said pointedly that they are fighting for their right to be paid salaries, allowances and match bonuses.“They are insisting on not calling off the strike or returning to the training ground until every indebtedness owed to them is fully paid by the management.“They feared that the management will not pay the outstanding entitlements once the on-going league season comes to an end on Sunday.“They appeared not to trust the management any longer as previous promises to off-set the bills have gone unheeded.“They reasoned that if the management value their welfare and the interest of the team they could even break bank to pay knowing fully well that anything short of three points at Niger Tornadoes will spell doom for the team,” said the source to unnamed member of the coaching crew said though the players have the right to demand for their salaries they should be considering the precarious state of the team on the top-flight log.“The players are right to demand for the payment of their entitlements but the method, timing and state of the team should be put into consideration.“I think there is always a better way to fight for one’s legitimate right especially when it comes to salaries.“Of course, we will always insist that the players should be well-motivated at all times so that they can give us their very best and make our job a bit easier.“Right now the players are putting the coaches and team into a very tight corner knowing the daunting task on our hands.“God forbid the players failed to have a changeShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) players are on an indefinite strike to press home for the payment of their salaries ahead of their final day make or mar clash at Niger Tornadoes on Sunday.The players who are being owed salaries, allowances and match bonuses by the management practically stayed away from their training ground at Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan on Tuesday.The team is scheduled to depart Ibadan today for Lokoja to face Niger Tornadoes in Sunday’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matchday 38 clash at the Confluence Stadium in Lokoja.last_img read more

Los Angeles Clippers, still experiencing lapses of solid play, host Golden State Warriors

first_imgThe Clippers led the Atlanta Hawks 57-50 at halftime on Tuesday night and by 13 points (72-59) with 7:07 left in the third quarter. But they lost 107-104. In one sense, there is no shame losing on the road to a team that is now 21-7 and in second place in the Eastern Conference standings. On the other, the Clippers still don’t seem to be able to sustain their play.When you’re up by 13 and lose by three, that’s a 16-point turnaround during the most important part of the game.“Until we put it all together, this is going to keep happening,” said Chris Paul, whose team plays host to the Golden State Warriors (23-4) on Christmas night at 7:30. “It’s just little lapses. (Coach) Doc (Rivers) always tells us that during the game, ‘Those small plays may seem small, but in the end, they’re big plays when you lose by two or three.’”Second-year coach Rivers said he wasn’t too concerned and that he didn’t want to “over analyze” back-to-back close losses; they lost by seven points Monday at San Antonio. Nonetheless, he was bummed out about coming home empty. “Our defense has to be better, especially in the beginning of the game,” he said. “I think right now, we’re just trying to outscore teams. That starts with me. I think we gave up 31 in the first quarter. That’s been consistent for us. When teams start out the game like that, they really start to get their confidence.”The rematchThe Clippers, who have lost three of their past four, will be looking to avenge an embarrassing Nov. 5 loss at Golden State, when the Warriors led by 27 points after three quarters on their way to a 121-104 victory. Afterward, Rivers said his team was “soft.” Interestingly, one has to wonder if perhaps the Warriors were looking ahead because they found a way to lose by 10 points (115-105) to the Kobe Bryant-less Lakers on Tuesday.One thing’s for sure, Paul is looking forward to it — in more ways than one.“It’s pretty special,” he said of playing on Christmas, “because you have to be an elite team in order to get that opportunity. When I came into the league, I wanted to play. When you get kids, you’re not sure. It’s an honor and a privilege. I’m just happy we’re at home.”Golden State’s Draymond Green was philosophical about his team’s loss to the Lakers, who are just 9-19.“Of course, out of 82 games, you’re going to have one of those,” said Green, whose team has the league’s best record. “We really haven’t had one of those all season. I’m not saying it’s OK, but we just have to bounce back Thursday.”This and thatWarriors post Andrew Bogut has missed the past seven games with a knee injury, and will be out again. He leads the team in rebounding and blocks with respective averages of 9.3 and 2.2. … Golden State’s Steph Curry averages 23.4 points, sixth in the league. Right behind him is the Clippers’ Blake Griffin at 23.1 points per game. “It’s disappointing because you lost two close ones where you had a chance to win the game,” he said. “We just keep having these stretches at some point where teams are making runs. We’ll get it figured out. I actually like the way we’re playing.“I think we’re very close to going on an amazing run. I can feel it, I can see it.”Defensive woesThe Clippers (19-10) lost Tuesday mostly because they did not shoot the ball well — 40.2 percent from the field, 67.9 percent from the free-throw line — and because Atlanta shot better on both fronts. The Hawks shot 44.7 overall, and a whopping 52 percent (12 of 23) from 3-point range. They also made 77.7 percent of their free throws.Paul believes his team’s defense is still not getting it done.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more