French journalist’s expulsion signals official nervousness

first_img Receive email alerts May 21, 2021 Find out more Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Follow the news on Russia RSF_en to go further News RussiaEurope – Central Asia February 13, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 French journalist’s expulsion signals official nervousness Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption Help by sharing this information RussiaEurope – Central Asia News Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing News Reporters Without Borders is dismayed to learn that French freelance journalist Anne Nivat was forced to leave Russia today after spending 10 days gathering information about opposition groups in the provinces.“It is very disturbing that that the federal immigration authorities cited political as well as bureaucratic reasons for withdrawing Nivat’s business visa.” Reporters Without Borders said. “Does this mean that it is a crime in Russia to interview representatives of the legal opposition, including ones who are well-established?“It is also shocking to learn that the immigration officials knew everything about her movements during the preceding days in a remote region. The authorities seem to be getting more and more nervous in the run-up to the presidential election, when there is every chance that things may not run according to plan. How far are they prepared to go?”Nivat was escorted to a police station in Vladimir (200 km east of Moscow) at around 7 p.m. on 10 February and was interrogated for about four hours by members of the Federal Immigration Department. Referring to an “administrative offence,” they finally cancelled her business visa and replaced it with a transit visa requiring that she leave the country within three days.At the same time, they clearly told her that her meetings with opposition representatives in Vladimir and the far-north region of Karelia were “not appreciated.”A respected specialist in Russian and Caucasian issues who has visited Russia many times in the past, Nivat had arrived in Russia on 31 January to investigate the opposition in the regions. It is not easy for freelance journalists to obtain a press visa.She told Reporters Without Borders: “It particularly bothered me after visiting Russia for 10 years to have proof that the authorities knew all about my meetings. This incident is evidence of a tougher line being taken on the eve of a presidential election whose outcome is unpredictable.”The political and media climate accompanying the campaign for the 4 March presidential election is unprecedented. Ever since last December’s disputed parliamentary elections, demonstrations of a size not since in the Soviet Union’s fall have been taking place to demand “fair elections.”The opposition has managed to get some coverage on the governmental TV stations. Several newsrooms seem to be swinging between a return to relative outspokenness and sudden dismissals. Political clashes are also widespread on the Internet, accompanied by DDoS attacks, email hacking and propaganda campaigns. May 5, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Ice Damage.

first_imgThe winter storm that swept across north Georgia last week covered trees with an icy overcoat. Now homeowners are cleaning up fallen trees and broken limbs. “The pine resin starts to come out and sends an open invitation to bark beetles,” Moorhead said. “They’re extremely hard to control, and there aren’t any really effective sprays.” “If the ice storm caused your pine trees to lose a big section of the top or the main stem, you probably don’t have many alternatives other than taking the tree out,” Moorhead said. “Pine trees don’t store a lot of food in the root system. So when they get injured, they don’t have as much to fall back on.” Pines Not So Lucky Some insecticides can control bark beetles, Moorhead said. “First you’d have to cover the entire tree to the point of wetting, and it will provide some protection,” he said. “But with large trees that’s not very practical.” Pine trees are another story. Beetles Big Problem Thousands of trees are lost each year as a result of ice, wind and lightning damage, says a University of Georgia forester. The resulting annual property value loss in Georgia is estimated at more than $10 million. This doesn’t include future liability costs. Broken Branches Less a Problem Bark beetles fly in, bore through the tree’s bark and lay eggs underneath. There the larvae form feeding galleries and introduce a fungus called blue stain. This causes the tree to dry out and eventually die. Besides injuring the tree’s structure, a large break in a pine tree’s top opens a virtual buffet for harmful insects. “When hardwood trees are injured, a branch will break off, there will be some decay and maybe a weak insect attack,” said David Moorhead, a professor of forestry with the UGA Warnell School of Forest Resources. “The damage usually won’t kill hardwoods because the trees have such a good reserve in the root system.” If the winter ice storm left your pine trees with just broken branches, the prognosis is much better. “Properly prune the branches back to the whorl or main stem,” Moorhead said. “Then you can do a good job of keeping that tree healthy. You’ll need to clean up and prune off any broken branches without destroying the form of the tree.” Bark beetles are active year-round, but more so in warmer weather. “As soon as it warms back up and we get days in the 50s and 60s, we’ll start to see the bark beetles coming out,” Moorhead said. To learn more about trees and storm damage, contact your county Extension Service office. Or check the UGA Extension Forest Resources publication, “Storm Damaged Trees,” at .last_img read more

$250 Sunoco bonus awaits IMCA Late Model winner at 34 Raceway

first_imgSunoco bonuses will be presented at Late Model sanctioned tracks this year. Drivers are eligible for one bonus during the 2020 racing season. Jeff Aikey was the winner at Independence Motor Speedway last Saturday night. The second $250 Sunoco Race Fuels bonus of the season will be paid to the May 30 Late Model winner at 34. While the grandstand will be closed, fans will have the opportunity to watch the night’s racing action by logging on to or affiliate The live streaming service will carry a one-time charge and will not require a membership to watch from the comfort of your living room. IMCA will announce mid-week before the dates bonuses are to be awarded at each track. center_img WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa – The payday got even better for the winner of Saturday’s main event for IMCA Sunoco Late Models at 34 Raceway.  Hot laps are scheduled to take to the track at 6:15 p.m. with racing to follow.last_img read more