Organisation News Help by sharing this information News December 2, 2020 Find out more Bulgaria’s general election: RSF publishes 10 proposals to rescue press freedom to go further BulgariaEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Bulgaria BulgariaEurope – Central Asia February 11, 2021 Find out more News Bulgaria: RSF condemns refusal to investigate reporter’s violent arrest RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive March 10, 2021 Find out more September 8, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ex-minister brings criminal libel case over unemployment benefit fraud story News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders calls on the Bulgarian judicial authorities to immediately abandon an investigation into a politically motivated criminal libel complaint by a former government minister over a 2013 newspaper report that he fraudulently claimed unemployment benefit in France in 2004 and 2005.Journalist Atanas Chobanov was stunned to learn few days ago that he is the target of a complaint brought by former planning and investment minister Ivan Danov. He has already been questioned once by the police as a result of the investigation that the prosecutor’s office quietly opened on 26 June.According to an article that Chobanov wrote for the investigative news website Bivol.bg in June 2013, Danov was collecting 1,800 euros a month in unemployment benefit in France while holding down two jobs in Bulgaria. The story aroused the interest of the French newsweekly L’Express, which dedicated a series of articles to the case. When the French TV channel M6 dedicated one of its “Zone Interdite” broadcasts to the story in November 2014, the Bulgaria media picked it up and gave it a great deal of coverage.“This criminal libel prosecution is manifestly designed to intimidate,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “It is clearly a political case, one brought by a man taking advantage of his status as a former government minister.”“It is perfectly legitimate for a journalist to inform the public about known cases of fraud by politicians. We call on the Bulgarian judicial authorities to close this investigation and to abandon the proceedings against Atanas Chobanov.”Bulgaria is ranked 106th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom. This is the worst ranking of any European Union member. Receive email alerts
Colorado’s own Magic Beans have announced the initial artists for their seventh-annual Beanstalk Music & Mountains Festival at Bond, Colorado’s Rancho Del Rio, set to take place on June 27th–29th, 2019.Magic Beans will play three shows throughout the weekend’s festivities, along with a headlining performance from Ghost-Note, the musical brainchild of multi-Grammy Award-winning artists Robert “Sput” Searight and Nate Werth. The seven-piece ensemble is comprised of Dywane “MonoNeon” Thomas Jr. (bass), Xavier Taplin(keys), Vaughn “V-Keys” Henry (keys), Peter Knudsen (guitar), and Jonathan Mones (alto sax & flute) alongside Snarky Puppy cohorts Werth and Sput.Beanstalk staples lespecial and Yak Attack round out the current initial artist announcement, after having both made huge moves in the last year. Both bands will be performing late-night sets, as well as a special set from Yak Attack. Last year, the Oregon-based live electronic trio treated fans to a late-night pop-up set on Saturday night following Magic Beans’ grand finale festival-closing set, so expect something extra-special from the Jedi musicians. Yak Attack drummer Nick Werth is the younger brother of Ghost-Note leader Nate Werth, presenting a nice opportunity for the brothers to potentially share some stage time.The remainder of Beanstalk Music Festival’s 2019 lineup will be announced onstage this weekend at Magic Beans’ 2nd-annual Snowstalk Festival, taking place at Frisco, CO’s newly opened 10 Mile High Music Hall on Friday, February 8th and Saturday, February, 9th. Tickets are currently on sale here for Beanstalk Music Festival’s 2019 event.For more information on Beanstalk 2019, ticketing, and the upcoming full-lineup announcement, head to the festival’s website here.
With the aim of further encouraging all tourist stakeholders in the destination to contribute to raising the quality of service with their work, responsibility and creativity, the Tourist Board of the City of Mali Lošinj is starting to implement the project IQM- Integrated quality management in the destination.IQM is a project of related destination quality management which aims to bring together and connect the best tourism stakeholders in the destination. According to the decision of the Tourist Board, the first participants in the project will be private renters, after which the goal is to include other employees in tourism (shops, catering and accommodation facilities, taxi carriers and others). At the trainings and workshops that started in 2016, it was shown that in the area of the City of Mali Lošinj there is a significant number of renters who meet high quality standards, and this project aims to further highlight and improve the quality and services of private accommodation.The head of the family accommodation counseling Interligo doo Anamarija Cicarelli is holding presentations of standards and business education through full-day workshops for more than 7 interested private renters on November 8 and 2017, 50 at the Tourist Office.Participation in the IQM project is free of charge for renters, and renters who sign the Agreement are required to meet the standards prescribed by the Book of Standards for Private Accommodation. Benefits that renters receive by participating are ‘welcome packages’, especially highlighting on the website of the Tourist Board of Mali Lošinj and promotion through the promotion channel TZG, then media promotion and discounts in certain stores, on certain services, both for participants and guests of project participants . “Precisely with the aim of creating recognition and raising quality, but also in order to network the best in the ‘circle of excellence’, we decided to start implementing the IQM project intensively. Considering the considerable number of interested people who already largely meet the required standards, I believe that Lošinj will soon be able to boast of a high quality tourist offer. The goal is for this offer to be followed by other stakeholders in the destination, which ultimately raises the quality and visibility of the entire destination. ” expires Director of the Tourist Board of the City of Mali Lošinj Dalibor Cvitković.By the way, the management of the quality of the destination (Total quality management – TQM), the City of Mali Lošinj and the Tourist Board in 2006 imposed itself as a new challenge in which the tourist infrastructure is developing in a qualitative direction. Even then, the importance of implementing destination standardization, ie destination quality management in all segments, was recognized.The concept of making a Master Plan for the development of “bike” tourism on the island of Lošinj was presentedPhoto: Lošinj, Siniša GulićWith the aim of developing cycling tourism and creating a ‘Bike friendly’ destination on Lošinj, on October 5, 2017 in the Bellevue Hotel in Mali Lošinj, the representative of the Swiss company BikePlan – Mountain bike specific planning and destination development Adrian Greiner, presented the concept of creating a Master Plan tourism of the island of Lošinj.The participants, including the Mayor of Mali Lošinj Ana Kučić, representatives of the Jadranka Group, councilors of the Tourist Board of Mali Lošinj, city councilors, representatives of Lošinjska plovidba – Turizam doo and other interested parties were presented the concept of developing a Master Plan consisting of several steps: analysis and construction of the concept, design, spatial planning and implementation of the Master Plan on the example of the destination Zermatt and Visp region in Switzerland. These are examples of how to take care of sustainable development and involve all entities in the destination, especially the population, in the project.The development of the Master Plan is a one-year process, and the implementation is divided into short-term goals (1-3 years) which include solving current problems in the destination, then medium-term goals (3-6 years) which include the construction of trail centers and new bike paths / route, while long-term goals (6-10 years) include the expansion of trails in the area of the entire island of Lošinj (Ćunski), the southern part of the island of Cres (Punta Križa-Belej), smaller islands (Unije, Susak and Ilovik), with the possibility of opening ‘outdoor’ center in Osoršćica.The presented concept of making a master plan will be officially presented to the City Councilors and the Councilors of the Tourist Board on the basis of whose decisions the development of the Master Plan for 2018 would start.
Comments Published on January 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: [email protected] | @mark_cooperjr Facebook Twitter Google+ Fab Melo failed to record a block for just the third time this season. He was mired in foul trouble from the opening minutes.The stage was set for a disastrous night for the Syracuse center. Yet he remained valuable defensively. Melo took four charges in a six-minute span in the first half, a foundation of the Orange’s 18-point halftime lead.‘He changed the game for us in the first half,’ SU guard Scoop Jardine said. ‘… We need him on the floor because when he’s on the floor our defense is so different when you got a guy back there who’s taking charges, blocking shots, getting the crowd into it defensively.’It didn’t appear as if Melo was going to have a successful performance against Marquette when he picked up two fouls and was out of the game less than two minutes after it began. In a 21-second span, he fouled Davante Gardner when the MU forward rose for a shot, and then again as they fought for a rebound on SU’s offensive end. Yet the sophomore displayed his ongoing maturation process in the Orange’s (17-0, 4-0 Big East) 73-66 win over Marquette (12-4, 1-2) on Saturday. Melo did foul out, but it wasn’t until there was 11 seconds left and the win was secured.And while he entered the game averaging six blocks per game in SU’s three Big East games and had none Saturday, he found other ways to contribute.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘He’s got to draw charges, it’s as simple as that,’ SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. ‘You’re less likely getting in foul trouble than trying to block it, in a charge situation.’Before picking up any fouls, Melo took a charge from Gardner on Marquette’s first possession of the game. But the second time the 6-foot-8, 290-pound Gardner barreled down the lane, Melo didn’t get in front of him in time and Gardner converted a three-point play.Fortunately for Melo, backup center Baye Keita returned after missing Wednesday’s game at Providence with a hip injury and anchored the center of SU’s 2-3 zone while Melo sat.Still, Syracuse needed Melo on the floor. Melo returned with SU leading 16-12 and 11:57 left in the first half.About a minute after Melo reentered, Marquette guard Darius Johnson-Odom slashed into the lane and dished to Gardner. Melo was in good position to take the charge, though.‘I’m moving well now, so it’s just if I’m moving well it’s just what I’m going to do,’ Melo said. ‘I knew that last year, I just wasn’t in shape enough to get there on time. And now I’m in good shape so I can get there on time and get the charge.’Jae Crowder tried to drive baseline against the zone, and he got as far as the left block. There was Melo, taking another charge with 9:27 left in the first half.Todd Mayo was next. Fourty-nine seconds after Crowder committed a foul, Mayo got into the lane with the ball. The referees blew the foul on the MU guard, and Melo jogged down the court laughing.Watching Melo, it was difficult to imagine he was playing with two fouls.‘They knew we were in foul trouble so they tried to take me out with five fouls,’ Melo said. ‘But I think I did a good job.’He came out with seven minutes remaining in the first half, still with two fouls and with the Orange outscoring Marquette 10-3 while he was in the game.He picked up his third foul 1:29 into the second half, and again took an early seat on the bench as Keita took his place. He didn’t take any more charges in the second half, but still maintained an aggressive presence while being careful at the same time.In one moment, he was too aggressive. After the referees reviewed the play, Melo’s fourth foul was determined to be flagrant for elbowing Johnson-Odom. Melo said he didn’t see or feel the play, but saw Johnson-Odom on the ground and the foul was eventually called.Melo sat from that point, with 9:41 remaining in the game, but returned with about four minutes left.With Syracuse leading 63-57, Melo rose highest for a rebound off a missed 3 by Crowder. Moments later, he watched Johnson-Odom sink a 3 to make the score 66-60. He quickly hustled up court and answered by receiving a lob from Jardine for an alley-oop.No blocks, sure. But six points, eight rebounds, and perhaps most importantly, four charges.‘That’s four turnovers,’ SU guard Brandon Triche said. ‘We get the ball. You get a blocked shot, sometimes they get the ball back, they score. Charges, we automatically get the ball back.’[email protected]
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros HOUSTON — By the time the Angels’ 11-2 loss to the Houston Astros on Sunday was over, it had become so lopsided that it was easy to forget how well Jaime Barria had pitched or how much a timely hit or two by the Angels early could have changed the game.Instead, it ended up as an embarrassing loss, the third straight against the Astros and sixth in seven games on this two-city trip through Texas.Barría held the Astros to two runs in 5-1/3 innings, but came out of the game trailing 2-1 because the Angels couldn’t convert their opportunities against left-hander Framber Valdez.Valdez walked two of the game’s first three hitters, but then Justin Upton hit into a double play. In the third, the Angels loaded the bases with no outs, but Shohei Ohtani and Upton both struck out and Albert Pujols hit a tapper in front of the mound. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Barría allowed a double to José Altuve to lead off the game, followed by a walk to Michael Brantley, but he minimized the damage and allowed just one run. In the fourth, right fielder Goodwin helped him out by making a perfect throw from the corner to nail Yuli Gurriel at second on a would-be double.“Barria was tough today,” Astros infielder Alex Bregman said. “He threw a lot of sliders and we were able to get to the bullpen a little bit. Give Barria a lot of credit. He was good.”Barría retired six of the final seven hitters he faced before he was pulled at 90 pitches, in the sixth inning. It was the first time since April 16 that Barría had started a game and made it into the sixth inning.“I thought Barría threw the ball well,” Ausmus said. “He did a real nice job using his changeup vs. both lefties and righties, which is something we had been talking about. It was effective.”Added catcher Kevan Smith: “I think he had a better understanding of the game plan and where to attack these guys. I think he had a good understanding of where to locate the fastball, and he just trusted all his off-speed. There were just a couple times where we kind of repeated pitches too many times instead of changing it up, just keeping them a little more off-balance. But he did a great job. It’ll help him build a lot of confidence, and he’s going to take a lot of momentum into his next start.”The game was still 2-1 at the seventh-inning stretch, but then Martín Maldonado hit a two-run homer against Ty Buttrey and the Astros blew the game open with seven runs against Taylor Cole in the eighth.Cole has allowed 33 runs this season, and 20 of them have come in three innings over four outings.Related Articles “Valdez will go through stretches where you think he’s having trouble with his command and trouble throwing strikes; the tough part is when he starts throwing strikes his stuff is good enough to get swings and misses,” Ausmus said. “He’s got a good breaking ball and he can throw up to 95. He went through a stretch where he was having trouble throwing strikes and we load the bases on him, but all of the sudden he’s more around the zone and he can get a swing and miss. That’s kind of what happened.”After that, the Angels didn’t even get a runner into scoring position over Valdez’s final three innings.Their only runs came on solo homers by Andrelton Simmons in the second and Brian Goodwin in the ninth. They had just four hits all afternoon.That was not nearly enough, even though Barría continued his success against the tough Astros lineup. After Sunday’s game, Barria has a 2.39 ERA in 26-1/3 innings against the Astros in five career starts. Barria also gave up one run in five innings against the Dodgers last month.“It gives me a boost of confidence, knowing I’m able to pitch against the top teams, like Houston and the Dodgers,” Barria said through an interpreter. “It gives me a ton of confidence about it.” Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros