European rights court faults Russia over website blocking

first_imgEurope’s top rights court said Tuesday that Russian authorities had thwarted freedom of expression by blocking several websites in recent years, including some run by critics of President Vladimir Putin.In four separate cases, the judges ruled unanimously that moves by the telecoms regulator Roskomnadzor “had amounted to interference with the applicants’ right to impart information and the public’s right to receive it.”One of the cases was filed by Garry Kasparov, the former chess champion who has become one of Putin’s most vocal critics. His opposition website was blocked in March 2014 after prosecutors accused it of promoting “mass disorder or extremist speech,” the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said.Five other applicants alleged unfair or indiscriminate moves to shut down their sites, including Daily Newspaper, a site critical of the government, and a website that explained how to bypass internet content filters.In each case, the court found, “the provisions of Russia’s Information Act used to block the websites had produced excessive and arbitrary effects.”It ordered Russia to pay each applicant 10,000 euros ($11,300) in damages.Kasparov had already won two cases against Russia at the ECHR in 2016, when judges condemned the government for unjustified arrests while attending opposition protests in 2007.Topics :last_img read more

Novavax to deliver 60 mln doses of COVID-19 vaccine candidate to UK for trial

first_imgThe Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies site in the UK is expected to produce about 180 million doses annually, it added.The United States and United Kingdom are leading a rush to strike deals with drugmakers to reserve supplies of experimental coronavirus vaccines, as the race to develop a safe and effective vaccine reaches the final stages of testing.There are currently no approved vaccines for COVID-19, with over 25 candidates being studied in humans.In an early-stage trial, Novavax’s vaccine candidate, NVX-CoV2373, has produced higher levels of antibodies in healthy volunteers after two doses than those found in recovered COVID-19 patients and the vaccine was “well tolerated” overall. Novavax would partner with Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies for manufacturing the antigen component of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate in the UK, it added.The company is also gearing up to deliver 100 million doses to the United States by January after it was awarded $1.6 billion to cover testing and manufacturing of its potential vaccine in the country.Novavax has received $2 billion in funding so far for its coronavirus vaccine, including $384 million from the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI).Novavax will supply the NVX-CoV2373 doses to the UK beginning as early as the first quarter of 2021, while phase 3 trial is expected to begin in the third quarter of this year, the company said. US drug developer Novavax Inc said on Friday the UK would buy 60 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine candidate, NVX-CoV2373, for a phase 3 clinical trial in the country.The company and the UK government will collaborate for the trial to assess the efficacy of the vaccine in the UK population, Novavax said in a statement, but did not disclose any financial details of the agreement.The trial will be a study in about 9,000 adults between 18 years and 85 years of age.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Ethiopia is embarking on a journey of space exploration

first_imgEthiopia’s ambitious space program has been growing in recent years. Based in Addis Ababa, it’s the country’s first space programme, and has only been officially operational for the last few months.last_img

Tridents notch first win after Lamichhane, Walsh hurt Patriots

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – Barbados Tridents crippled St Kitts and Nevis Patriots with spin, bringing them back down to earth with a 18-run defeat, to claim their first win of the Caribbean Premier League here Wednesday night.Playing at Warner Park just 24 hours after producing the highest-ever successful run chase in franchise cricket, the jaded Patriots found Tridents’ target of 187 too much to overcome, and subsided to 168 for nine off their 20 overs.Englishman Laurie Evans stroked 64 off 41 deliveries but no other Patriots top-order batsman passed 13 as leg-spinners Sandeep Lamichhane (3-22) and Hayden Walsh (2-33) scythed through the innings.Fast-bowling captain Jason Holder supported well with two for 37, claiming the wickets of in-form openers Devon Thomas (1) and Evin Lewis (12) cheaply.Rookie left-hander Leniko Boucher had earlier top-scored with 62 off 47 balls as Tridents did well to get up to 186 for two off 20 overs after being sent in.Former West Indies opener Johnson Charles gave the innings early impetus with 52 off 43 deliveries while South African star JP Duminy provided the late flourish with an unbeaten 43 off just 18 balls.Englishman Alex Hales never quite got going and eventually edged seamer Rayad Emrit behind for 18 at 28 for one in the fifth over.The 21-year-old Boucher then arrived to anchor two key stands, first putting on 85 for the second wicket with Charles before adding a further 73 in an unbroken third-wicket partnership with Duminy.Boucher smashed four fours and three sixes while Charles, dropped on eight by Shamarh Brooks at point off Emrit in the fifth over, counted four fours and three sixes.Boucher also survived a chance on 15 in the ninth over to notch his maiden T20 fifty off 39 deliveries and after losing Charles to a catch in the deep, joined forces with Duminy, who hit a pair of fours and four sixes, to ensure Tridents gathered 79 runs from the last five overs.In reply, Patriots stumbled early when Holder removed Thomas to a catch at the wicket in the second over and then had Lewis skying to cover in the fourth over.Wobbling on 28 for two, Patriots were steadied by Evans who posted 36 for the third wicket with Jason Mohammed (12) and a further 33 for the fourth with Brooks (13).But Man-of-the-Match Lamichhane turned the game on its head when he removed both Evans and Brooks in the 13th over, and then trapped captain Carlos Brathwaite lbw for one in his next over.In-between, Walsh bowled the dangerous Fabian Allen without scoring, as Patriots capitulated losing six wickets for 22 runs.Dominic Drakes’ created some fireworks late on, belting three fours and sixes in a 14-ball unbeaten 34 but his effort was too little too late.last_img read more

Wilson: Syracuse needs to clean up penalty problem before it comes back to bite

first_img Published on November 11, 2013 at 12:13 am Facebook Twitter Google+ COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Maryland’s offense is bad. Really bad. Maybe Syracuse’s defense is really good, too, but without either starting wide receiver or either starting tackle, the Terrapins could only move the ball when the Orange was moving it for them.It took a Lewellyn Coker kick-catch interference, Julian Whigham pass interference and Robert Welsh facemask to bring UMD into field-goal range and its only three points of the day.“We shoot ourselves in the foot a lot with penalties,” quarterback Terrel Hunt said.Syracuse committed 12 penalties for 115 yards, or 25 fewer than it passed for. Maryland committed just two illegal formation penalties for 10. They only cost SU (5-4, 3-2 Atlantic Coast) those three points at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium on Saturday in a 20-3 win over Maryland (5-4, 1-4), but for a team with solid defense and subpar offense, penalties will eventually come back to bite Syracuse.SU is the sixth most penalized team in the nation this year with 74 penalties for 619 yards. That’s a whole bunch of uncontrolled controllables.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Saturday, self-inflicted wounds singlehandedly ended the Orange’s impressive 113:22 shutout streak.Riley Dixon punted away in the third quarter and Coker set up too close to the Terps’ return man. Fifteen yards. Kick-catch interference.On the very next play, quarterback C.J. Brown lofted a pass down the right sideline to wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo. Whigham leapt backward and appeared to haul in an interception, but a flag came in. Fifteen yards. Pass interference.Without completing a single pass, Maryland moved the ball 30 yards.“Sometimes you get away with those things,” defensive backs coach Fred Reed said, “but on that one it was pretty clear that it was (pass interference).”Two plays later it was Welsh’s turn. He reached in to make a tackle on a second-down play. Flags flew. Fifteen yards. Facemask.Penalties have been a persistent problem for SU this season.For a hard-nosed nosed squad like the one that head coach Scott Shafer envisions, it’s a glaring concern. The Orange has been quick to buy in to Shafer and adopt his mentality and mannerisms, but the penalty situation is still a major work in progress.“Penalties get us upset,” linebacker Marquis Spruill said with a smile, “so we just pin our ears back, get on the ball and get ready to play.”Some of it has to do with all the overturn, especially on offense. SU has a new head coach and offensive coordinator. Syracuse has been through a quarterback change, has Ashton Broyld learning a new position and Brisly Estime’s role is growing.In a 13-0 win over Wake Forest a week ago, it led to a pair of illegal substitution penalties from Broyld. On Saturday, he committed a false start on the third play of the game. As a team, the Orange took four pre-snap penalties on the day.The penalties won’t hurt them against Florida State — Jameis Winston will do enough of that on his own — but Syracuse will, in all likelihood, need to win one of its last two games against comparable foes to qualify for a bowl game. One hundred-plus yards of penalties won’t help.During the Terrapins’ lone scoring drive, Syracuse piled up half that total. Three 15-yarders and an offside near the end of the drive gave Maryland its only points of the day. The Terps’ offense couldn’t do anything else, though, and Syracuse survived again.“Unfortunately, we haven’t done a good enough job taking care of the penalties, but it’s a great victory,” Shafer said. “Nothing like fixing something after a win.”David Wilson is the sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at or on Twitter at @DBWilson2. Commentslast_img read more

Boom! Lightning Strikes Washington Monument

first_imgLightning struck the Washington Monument during a thunderstorm in the city Thursday night and it was caught on a Washington, D.C. news station’s sky camera.The stormy weather came as protesters continued to call for an end to police brutality after the death of George Floyd, a black man killed by a white officer in police custody, continued to demonstrate near the White House.Many commenters compared the lightning symbolically to tensions between protesters and the White House.“It might be George Washington raining down brimstone and fire cos’ he’s angry about the state of the union,” one user wrote.last_img

West Kootenay Cats score draw in final game at provincials against Prince George

first_imgJulie Sidoni of Trail scored the lone goal as West Kootenay Wildcats played to a 1-1 tie Wednesday at the B.C. Hockey Bantam Female Championships in Vernon.The game was the final contest of the Championships after the Cats finished were eliminated from the playoffs with a 0-2-2 record.West Kootenay lost 5-1 to Tri Cities earlier in the day.North Shore meets Juan de Fuca and Tri Cites battles Terrace in semi final action Thursday.The winners play for the provincial title at 8 p.m. Thursday. The last game of the championship for West Kootenay and Prince George was a very physical game with more than 30 minutes in penalties West Kootenay had 18 minutes and Prince George had 29.Earlier against Tri Cities, West Kootenay got off to a rough start falling behind 3-0 early.The Wildcats got on the board in the second period with a goal by Reese McCrory, assisted by Emilie Tebulte.However, Tri Cities added two more goals to complete the scoring.West Kootenay opened with a 3-3 draw against host Greater Vernon before dropping two straight games to Juan de Fuca 3-0 and Tri Cities.The tournament concludes the season for West Kootenay, consisting of players from throughout the region — including Castlegar, Trail, Rossland, Fruitvale and Nelson.See previous: read more