Receive email alerts News RSF_en Organisation Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media Follow the news on Ukraine Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority UkraineEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Disappearances Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV February 26, 2021 Find out more UkraineEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Disappearances Help by sharing this information News News Related documents cp_aseiev_ru.pdfPDF – 47.33 KB Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is very worried about Stanislav Aseyev, a journalist and blogger based in the eastern city of Donetsk who has been missing for more than ten days. His family fears he is being held by the pro-Russian separatists of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). RSF calls for his immediate release. News March 26, 2021 Find out more to go further June 14, 2017 Journalist missing in separatist eastern Ukraine Читать по-русски в PDF / Read in RussianAseyev, 27, who writes under the pseudonym of Stanislav Vasin, was due to have sent a report to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on 3 June but it never arrived and neither his colleagues nor his mother have been unable to locate him. His mother last spoke to him on 2 June. Relatives who went to his apartment said it had been searched and his computer was missing. A formal investigation into his disappearance was opened on 8 June. His family and colleagues fear that he is being held and possibly tortured by members of the DPR’s “ministry of state security.” “Stanislav Aseyev’s situation is extremely worrying,” RSF said. “We hold the DPR’s self-proclaimed authorities responsible for his fate and for his safety. And we urge all of the region’s political actors, including the international organizations that have a presence there, to help obtain his immediate release.” Yehor Firsov, a former parliamentarian who is a friend of Aseyev’s, says he is being held by the pro-Russian separatists who control the Donetsk region. The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has said it knows where he is but has not provided any further information. As well as blogging about daily life in separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine, Aseyev works for several Ukrainian media such as Ukrainski Tijden, Ukrainska Pravda and Dzerkalo Tijnia. He uses a pseudonym because of the sensitive nature of what he covers and the fact that he works for independent media outlets. As well as being lawless, the separatist-controlled, pro-Russian territories in eastern Ukraine are also in the process of becoming news and information “black holes” to which critical journalists and foreign observers are now rarely admitted. Ranked 102nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index, Ukraine continues to be the scene of an “information war” with Russia. September 7, 2020 Find out more
kali9/iStock(ROCHESTER, N.Y.) — An 82-year-old award-winning female bodybuilder turned the tables — literally — on a home intruder and beat him so badly after he broke into her house that he had to be taken to the hospital.Willie Murphy says she was getting ready for bed in her home in Rochester, N.Y, at around 11 p.m. when she heard pounding on her front door.“[A man] was outside saying please call an ambulance because I’m sick, I’m sick,” Murphy told ABC Rochester affiliate WHAM.Murphy ended up calling police to get the man the help he requested but she didn’t let the man inside, which caused him to become angry, she said.“I hear a loud noise, I’m thinking, ‘what the heck was that,’” Murphy said. “The young man is in my home. He broke the door.”Murphy, who said she can deadlift 225 pounds and recently won a weightlifting competition earlier this year, was shocked but unperturbed.“He picked the wrong house to break into,” she said.She grabbed the first thing she could — a table. “I took that table and I went to working on him and guess what? The table broke!” she said.The intruder immediately fell to the floor but the beat down didn’t stop there. “When he’s down I’m jumping on him,” Murphy told WHAM, as she demonstrated how she stomped on him.She then ran into the kitchen and grabbed a bottle of baby shampoo next to the phone where emergency dispatchers were still on the line.“There’s a bottle of baby shampoo on the table,” said Murphy. “I grab the shampoo and guess what? He is still on the ground. In his face. All over it. The whole thing. He’s trying to get up and he’s pulling and I got the broom and he’s pulling the broom and I’m hitting him, I’m hitting him with the broom, hitting him and guess what? He wants to get the heck out of there … I had really did a number on that man, I’m serious. I think he was happy when he went in the ambulance.”When police officers finally arrived a few minutes later, the suspect was apprehended and Murphy was applauded by the first responders.“The officers that came wanted to go on my front porch and take selfies with me,” she said. “I’m alone and I’m old but guess what? I’m tough.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Patterns of marine bacterioplankton biodiversity in the surface waters of the Scotia Arc, Southern Ocean
Spatial patchiness in marine surface bacterioplankton populations was investigated in the Southern Ocean, where the Antarctic Circumpolar Current meets the islands of the Scotia Arc and is subjected to terrestrial input, upwelling of nutrients and seasonal phytoplankton blooms. Total bacterioplankton population density, group-specific taxonomic distribution and six of eight dominant members of the bacterioplankton community were found to be consistent across 18 nearshore sites at eight locations around the Scotia Arc. Results from seven independent 16S rRNA gene clone libraries (1223 sequences in total) and fluorescent in situ hybridization suggested that microbial assemblages were predominantly homogeneous between Scotia Arc sites, where the Alphaproteobacteria, Gammaproteobacteria and the CytophagaFlavobacteriumBacteroidetes cluster were the dominant bacterial groups. Of the 1223 useable sequences generated, 1087 (89%) shared =similar to 97% similarity with marine microorganisms and 331 (27%) matched published sequences previously detected in permanently cold Arctic and Antarctic marine environments. Taken together, results suggest that the dominant bacterioplankton groups are consistent between locations, but significant differences may be detected across the rare biodiversity.
Photo © Pixabay There’s an all Spanish men’s quarter-final at the French Open tennis today.9-time winner at Roland Garros Rafa Nadal goes up against Pablo Carreno-Busta.Defending champion Novak Djokovic faces Dominic Thiem. Djokovic won the meeting between the players in the semi finals of the Rome Masters last month.Venus Williams’ conqueror Timea Bacsinszky takes on home favourite Kristina Mladenovic in the women’s quarters.Caroline Wozniacki plays just her second-ever quarter-final where she’ll play unheeded Latvian Jelena Ostapenko.