Independent Siberian TV station’s forced closure imminent

first_img Receive email alerts December 31, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Independent Siberian TV station’s forced closure imminent News One of western Siberia’s few independent TV stations, Tomsk-based TV-2, will have to end over-the-air broadcasting at midnight tonight, after covering news in the region for 23 years, because the local branch of the state telecommunications network RTRS, which has an over-the-air transmission monopoly, has rescinded its contract.Thereafter, TV-2 will be limited to transmission by cable until early February, when it will probably have to end all forms of broadcasting. The past year has been marked by growing pressure on Russian media that are not under the Kremlin’s direct control. The pressure has above all been felt at the federal level, targeting such broadcasters as radio Ekho Moskvy, information website Russkaya Planeta and TV station Dozhd, but regional broadcasters have not been spared.RTRS notified TV-2 at the end of the November of the decision to end its contract – one that is tantamount to a death sentence. In a press release, RTRS said the decision was taken because TV-2 had “contravened” an agreement, alluding to TV-2’s reaction to a previous closure threat.When RTRS suspended transmission of TV-2’s signal for several weeks in April after a malfunction of the transmission equipment owned by RTRS, Roskomnadzor, the federal communications surveillance agency, threatened to strip TV-2 of its licence if broadcasting did not resume promptly.A wave of demonstrations in support of TV-2 prevented the threat from being carried out. But an RTRS representative told the business daily Vedomosti on 24 December that it could no longer contemplate working with a partner that turned a technical incident into a political issue and used it to mobilize social and media support.TV-2 said RTRS’s decision was “absurd” and “legally unfounded” because it had two valid licences.But, after RTRS’s decision, Roskomnadzor in turn rescinded its previously announced decision – confirmed in November – to extend TV-2’s licence until 2025, explaining that the earlier announcement had been due to a technical error. May 5, 2021 Find out more May 21, 2021 Find out more News RussiaEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further Follow the news on Russiacenter_img RussiaEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information As a result, after its over-the-air signal is turned off at midnight, TV-2 will have to terminate broadcasting by cable on 8 February if Roskomnadzor does not change its mind.TV-2 has filed a suit against both RTRS and Roskomnadzor. The first hearing in the case is scheduled for 21 January.“We condemn this unilateral and arbitrary decision, which threatens the existence of an independent regional news outlet,” Reporters Without Borders programme director Lucie Morillon said. “Disguised as an administrative dispute, it constitutes a grave violation of the right to information and endangers media pluralism. We urge the local authorities and the head of Roskomnadzor to stop persecuting TV-2 and to restore the necessary conditions for it to continue operating in the region.”Protests against TV-2’s imminent closure have been staged in Tomsk. More than 4,000 people took part in the first one on 14 December. Demonstrations in support of the station were held again in Tomsk and in Moscow on 21 December, each with several thousand participants.A TV-2 petition with 15,000 signatures, denouncing the station’s closure, was sent to the president’s office, which acknowledged receipt and undertook to respond by 21 February, thereby violating a legal obligation to respond with 30 days of receipt.TV-2 has received many awards – including 23 Russian Broadcasting TEFI prizes – for the quality of its regional news coverage and its respect for journalistic ethics since it began broadcasting in 1991. Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News RSF_en News Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Organisation last_img read more

MPR speaker meets with OJK to discuss guarantee schemes for insurance customers

first_imgPeople’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) Speaker Bambang Soesatyo has voiced his support for the Financial Services Authority’s (OJK) plan to create a policy guarantee agency (LPP) to protect insurance customers’ funds.Bambang, who had a meeting with OJK commissioners on Monday, said the establishment of the institution could help restore public trust in the insurance industry. This follows the recent investment mismanagement cases of state-owned insurers PT Asuransi Jiwasraya and Asuransi Sosial Angkatan Bersenjata Republik Indonesia (Asabri).Jiwasraya’s investment mismanagement led to the insurer incurring negative equity and being unable to pay its policyholders’ claims, which totaled Rp 16 trillion (US$1.17 billion) as of January. Although Asabri has still managed to pay its claims, its investment mismanagement led it to suffer a loss of Rp 10 trillion. Read also: OJK boss promises regulation, supervision reform amid Jiwasraya fiasco Bambang also said the LPP could create a sense of security for customers, like the Deposit Insurance Corporation (LPS) did for the banking industry by guaranteeing customers’ funds in times of crisis and when money exits the financial system.It would also help the OJK to reform the insurance industry as part of its efforts to reform the nonbanking financial services industry.“The Jiwasraya and Asabri cases could make customers afraid to put their money in the insurance industry, so the OJK must reform the industry immediately,” Bambang said.He said the institution could help the OJK to strengthen its supervision of the insurance industry, especially insurers’ investment management, as he deemed investment action plans and risk management to be at the heart of the industry.“A healthy industry could increase the circulation of money in the market and boost economic activity in the country,” Bambang added.Topics :last_img read more

Why Unai Emery has decided to sign Denis Suarez and where will he fit in at Arsenal

first_img Comment Unai Emery will be hoping that Suarez can provide a boost in the second half of the season (Getty Images)It is also an important move for the player. Suarez has long been talked-up as an exceptional young player but having recently turned 25, he is still yet to showcase his ability on a consistent basis, which part explains his one solitary cap for Spain.Following impressive campaigns with Sevilla and Villarreal and a promising debut season at Barcelona under Luis Enrique, Suarez’s career has stalled over the past 18-months with Valverde selecting him as a starter just four times in La Liga.Having earned moves to Manchester City and Barcelona and been a part of Spain’s victorious U19 European Championship winning team in 2012, Suarez is undoubtedly a gifted footballer. Now is the time for him to kick on and prove that on a consistent basis.With Arsenal also in a state of evolution, it is a move that could suit both parties down to the ground.More: SchoolMum finds girl, 6, rubbing talcum powder on her face to make herself whiteParents vow to homeschool son after headteacher bans face masks in classTrans boy, 17, waiting two and a half years to get an appointment at gender clinic Advertisement Denis Suarez (bottom row, second from right) worked with Unai Emery at Sevilla (Getty Images)Suarez’s move to Arsenal represents the second time in his career that he has swapped his homeland for England having previously spent time with Manchester City between 2011-13.That two-year stint in the North West as a teenager probably wasn’t the happiest period of Suarez’s career as he made only two substitute appearances in the League Cup for the club under Roberto Mancini.There are parallels to be drawn with Suarez’s experience to that of Brahim Diaz, who also returned to Spain as a 19-year-old after struggling to break into the first-team picture at City, bar the odd cup cameo.In a 2016 interview with the Guardian, Suarez claimed he failed to make the grade as more physical midfield players were preferred, saying: ‘I couldn’t understand it. There’s a guy two metres tall playing in my position because he’s stronger.’Unlike Diaz who signed for Real Madrid this month, Suarez was snapped up by the other of Spain’s ‘big two’ joining Barcelona in 2013 for an undisclosed fee and he was immediately registered for the club’s B team. Denis Suarez had a similar start to his professional career as that of Brahim Diaz (Getty Images)Following an impressive 2013-14 campaign in the Segunda Division in which he scored seven goals from midfield, Suarez was sent on loan to Sevilla for the 2014-15 season which is where he linked up with Emery.Suarez played 31 times in La Liga that season – 15 times as a starter – scoring four goals and providing two assists. He was also involved in the club’s Europa League success, although was an unused substitute in the final win over Ukrainian side Dnipro.A permanent move to Villlarreal that summer followed and once again Suarez clocked up over 30 appearances in La Liga in 2015-16 paving the way for a return to Barcelona for just €3.5 million in 2016.After moving back to Barcelona, Suarez won La Liga and two Copa Del Rey medals, but only started 16 of a possible 97 La Liga games for the club over the past two and a half years.Where does he play?Similar to other Spanish midfielders of his generation such as Isco, Koke and Saul, Suarez is positionally versatile and tactically adaptable, able to perform well in a variety of roles in a variety of systems.AdvertisementAdvertisementEmery tended to use him out wide during his season-long stint in Andalusia as he mentioned after Arsenal’s FA Cup win over Blackpool: ‘He was playing as a left or right winger for Sevilla when he was with me,’ Emery said.Ernesto Valverde has also utilised Suarez on the flanks in his favoured 4-4-2 system and with Arsenal lacking options out wide, that could be the role in which Suarez starts his career with the club. Emery has admitted his desire to see a wide midfield player join this month. Why Unai Emery has decided to sign Denis Suarez and where will he fit in at Arsenal Denis Suarez is close to a move to Arsenal (Getty Images)Unai Emery has completed his first signing of the January transfer window with Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez joining Arsenal on loan until the end of the season with an option to buy.The 25-year-old playmaker has found first-team football difficult to come by at the Nou Camp, featuring for a grand total of 17 minutes in La Liga this season and will be looking for greater opportunities in north London.Arsenal have been blessed with technically gifted Spanish playmakers in recent years with Cesc Fabregas, Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla all excelling in north London.Suarez will be looking to follow in the footsteps of his compatriots but what qualities will he offer the Gunners and where could he fit into Emery’s plans?AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWhat’s his background? Oliver Young-MylesWednesday 30 Jan 2019 5:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link676Shares Suarez was inspired by Andres Iniesta at Barcelona (Getty Images)It will be interesting to see, though, whether Suarez follows Cazorla’s path by gravitating infield into a deep-lying playmaker role from a position on the flank. Cazorla was regarded as a winger during his first spell with Villarreal and early days with the Spanish national team.Read More: Three ways Arsenal could line-up with Unai Emery’s January transfer target Denis SuarezSuarez seems to favour playing centrally himself, stating upon his return to Barcelona in 2016 that he wished to emulate Andres Iniesta, saying: ‘I’ve always watched Iniesta, who is an example to young people. His behaviour is exquisite.‘He wasn’t an undisputed starter but he’s gained that. He’s one of my idols and I can train with him, in his best position.’That Suarez was handed Xavi’s no.6 shirt at Camp Nou, also suggests that he was being primed to play in a central midfield position long-term when the club activated their option to re-sign him from Villarreal.Which player could he replace?Despite Emery insisting that signing a central defender and wide player this month were his priorities, it is unsurprising that the Gunners have made a move for a technically gifted attacking midfielder given speculation regarding Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil’s futures.AdvertisementRamsey will almost certainly leave Arsenal, either this month or in the summer, with his contract set to expire and an extension offer from the club withdrawn in September, while Ozil appears to have work to do to convince Emery of his worth.Suarez isn’t a like-for-like replacement for either in terms of his skill-set. The one-cap Spanish international thrives in tight spaces thank to his excellent close control and burst of acceleration and as you’d expect for someone schooled in the Barcelona way, uses the ball extremely efficiently. Advertisement Mesut Ozil has been in and out of the Arsenal team under Unai Emery (Getty Images)While Ramsey is more of a box-to-box player and Ozil an out-and-out No.10, Suarez is most adept as a deep-lying playmaker who helps to set the tempo of attacking moves and who operates in the half-spaces higher up the pitch.As he gets up to speed with the pace and physicality of the Premier League, Suarez could find himself predominantly used as an inverted winger off the left wing – a position that has generally been occupied by Alex Iwobi this season.However, long-term it is likely that Suarez will be deployed as a third central midfielder with license to cover wide areas and drift into advanced positions up the pitch or else as a mobile attacking midfielder at the centre of Emery’s favoured 4-2-3-1 formation.Is he a good fit?On the face of it, the deal looks risk-free from Arsenal’s perspective. Acquiring a technically gifted midfield player with his best years ahead of him, represents a gamble a worth taking for Emery and the club, especially as there isn’t a compulsory purchase option in the loan agreement.AdvertisementSuarez’s technical qualities and versatility should stand him in good stead under Emery while he also possesses good physical attributes – notably speed and dynamism – to thrive in the Premier League.Having spent part of his formative years with a Premier League club, Suarez also has experience, albeit limited, of the English game which could aid his adaptation and enable him to settle down quicker than other players might.last_img read more

Lake Santee postpones fireworks to Labor Day

first_imgGreensburg, IN—According to Shannon Gibbs, the Lake Santee Property Owners Association Board President, after carefully considering many possible options, the Lake Santee Property Owners Association Board of Directors has decided to postpone the Independence Day celebration activities, including the band and fireworks, due to ongoing COVID-19 social distancing and public health concerns.The Lake Association is planning to reschedule these events over the Labor Day weekend.Each year typically 8,000 – 9,000 members, their guests, and people from the surrounding community attend the fireworks. While the beaches, lake, and other amenities are not open to the public, the community has historically been welcome for the fireworks. The number of people (members and guests included) who choose to watch the fireworks from the amphitheater/main beach area is typically 500 – 1,000.last_img read more