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“Dictator’s daughter” loses libel suit against French news website

first_img Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term RSF_en News Organisation News News Receive email alerts For further information: – Read our previous statements on Uzbekistan- Read our 2011 report on “Uzbekistan, Internet Enemy”- Read independent information about this country on uznews.net or ferghana.ru Follow the news on Uzbekistan UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia May 11, 2021 Find out more to go further Two independent journalists, Vassily Markov and Ruslan Karimov, were arrested on 5 May while investigating the number of suicides in the southern province of Kashkadarya. Covering everyday life and social problems is a major challenge for Uzbek journalists.Censorship seems to know no limits and the Internet is not spared. The websites of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting and the Russian newspaper Russki Reporter recently joined the long list of sites that cannot be accessed inside Uzbekistan. Mobile phone Internet and communications, one of the last areas of freedom, were brought into line at the start of March, when operators were ordered to immediately report any mass distribution of SMS messages with a “suspect content.” The authorities can order them to cut Internet access at any time.The authorities fear nothing. They are not even afraid of looking stupid. A campaign was launched in the state media in March against rap and rock and roll, described as “satanic music” created by “diabolic forces” that are “advancing like dark clouds over the heads of Uzbek youth.”The sixth anniversary of a massacre in the eastern city of Andijan that left hundreds of dead was just five days ago, on 13 May. Many NGOs say that the human rights situation has worsened since 2006 and accuse the authorities of large-scale violations. The opposition has been eliminated and human rights activists can no longer visit the country.Despite many difficulties, Human Rights Watch managed to keep an office open in Tashkent for 15 years but the government finally forced it to shut down the office in March. According to Human Rights Watch, torture and ill-treatment are systematic in Uzbek detention centres.Little reference was made to human rights during the discreet visit that President Karimov made to Brussels on 14 January. Lola Karimova’s lawsuit will hopefully help to end the international community’s deafening silence about the widespread human rights violations in Uzbekistan. More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption News Reporters Without Borders hails today’s decision by a Paris court to reject the libel suit that Uzbek President Islam Karimov’s daughter, Lola Karimova, brought against the French news website Rue89 over an article describing her as a “dictator’s daughter” who used charity events to try to “whitewash her country’s image.”“This verdict was the logical outcome of a trial in which the plaintiff failed to prove that the article was defamatory,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We nonetheless regret that the court did not accede to the defence lawyer’s request to convict Karimova of bringing an improper lawsuit.”Karimova had demanded 30,000 euros in damages for the article by Augustin Scalbert, which was posted on the website in May 2010. In today’s ruling, the court described the article as “entirely true to reality”Two Uzbek women activists, Mutabar Tajibayeva and Nadejda Atayeva, testified eloquently to the court during the trial about the deplorable human rights situation in Uzbekistan.At least 11 journalists are currently detained in Uzbekistan, which is ranked 163rd out of 178 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.——————————————————————————————–18.05.2011-Lola Karimova, press freedom predator’s daughter, suing French news websiteA Paris court is due begin hearing a highly unusual libel suit against the French news website Rue89 tomorrow. It has been brought by Lola Karimova, the high-profile daughter of Uzbek President Islam Karimov, over an article describing her as a “dictator’s daughter” who was using charity events to try to “whitewash her country’s image.”“The lawsuit would be laughable if the human rights and media freedom situation was not so disastrous in Uzbekistan,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Lola Karimova would not have had to sue in order to silence an outspoken news outlet in her own country. Nor do the Uzbek courts offer the same judicial guarantees as those in France. The way despots and their relatives take advantage of the judicial system in democratic countries is outrageous.”The press freedom organization added: “This trial may nonetheless serve to turn the spotlight on this appalling dictatorship, which is too often forgotten. We will certainly use it to draw attention to the regime’s disgraceful record on respect for media freedom, which has worsened even more in recent months.” Karimova is demanding 30,000 euros in damages from Rue89 over an article by Augustin Scalbert on 20 May 2010 headlined “AIDS – Uzbekistan cracks down at home but puts on show at Cannes”. It reported that her elder sister, Gulnara, had co-hosted a “Cinema against AIDS” charity ball in Cannes, while a young activist had just been given a seven-year jail sentence in Uzbekistan for distributing HIV-prevention leaflets deemed to be “contrary to the people’s traditions.” As well as finding fault with the “dictator’s daughter” label, the lawsuit also objects to the article’s claim that the two sisters paid film actress Monica Bellucci to attend another charity event they organized. This was tantamount to accusing them of money laundering, the lawsuit suggested.His daughter may find it uncomfortable, but Islam Karimov has crushed all opposition and used fear to rule Uzbekistan unchallenged since 1989. This makes him a “dictator” in the sense of the term used by political scientists. He is also on the list of “Predators of Press Freedom” that Reporters Without Borders updates every year on 3 May (World Press Freedom Day). At least 11 journalists are currently detained in Uzbekistan in the most terrible conditions. The fall of several of Karimov’s Arab counterparts has clearly increased his paranoia because harassment of the media stepped up since the start of the year. The Uzbek media now have to notify the authorities before meeting with foreign officials.Independent journalists are constantly hounded. Two journalists working for a state-owned TV station, Saodat Omonova and Malohat Eshankulova, were fired in December after demonstrating in a square in central Tashkent against censorship and corruption at the station. It was an unprecedented act of courage in a country where silence is golden. October 15, 2020 Find out more February 11, 2021 Find out more (Picture: AFP) July 1, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “Dictator’s daughter” loses libel suit against French news website Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Listen To The Disc Jam 2017 Spotify Playlist With Break Science, Turkuaz, The Motet, TAUK, Dopapod, And More

first_imgWith this year’s Disc Jam Music Festival right around the corner, set to take place from June 8th-11th in Stephentown, NY, we decided to make a special Spotify playlist highlighting many of the 60+ acts featured on the lineup. Take a listen to Break Science‘s “Brain Reaction” (ft. Redman & Lettuce), “Nightswimming” by Turkuaz, the latest single from The Motet titled “Supernova,” the Manic Focus ft. GRiZ track “Life Goes On,” TAUK‘s “Program Select,” Dopapod‘s “Present Ghosts,” Aqueous‘ “Staring Into the Sun” from their latest live release Element Pt. I, and a plethora of other artists that are on the full lineup.Disc Jam 2017: From The Little Festival That Could To A Massive Summer AffairThis 40-song playlist is full of great tracks that deserves a listen, including Electric Beethoven, Ghost-Note, Congo Sanchez, Roots of Creation, lespecial, Swift Technique, Wild Adriatic, Teddy Midnight, Spiritual Rez, Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad, Consider the Source, and a number of acts on the rise and ready to make their way into your listening habitats. Press play below, sit back and enjoy!Tickets for Disc Jam are currently on-sale and can be purchased at the festival’s website. For event updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page, and check out the full 2017 Disc Jam Music Festival lineup below![cover photo courtesy of Sarah Bourque] 2017 Disc Jam Music FestivalBreak Science LIVE BAND featuring 5 members of LETTUCE – NYCDopapod – BROOKLYN, MATurkuaz – BROOKLYN, NYThe Motet – DENVER, COManic Focus – MINNEAPOLIS, MNTAUK – NYCKung Fu – NEW HAVEN, CTPink Talking Fish – BOSTON, MAGiant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad – ROCHESTER, NYGubbulidis – is Mihali Savoulidis and Zdenek Gubb of TWIDDLE – VTAqueous – BUFFALO, NYElectric Beethoven – is Jay Lane of PRIMUS, Reed Mathis of TEA LEAF GREEN, Todd Stoops of RAQ – LOS ANGELES, CAConsider the Source – BROOKLYN, NYCGhost-Note – featuring MonoNeon + members of SNARKY PUPPY – NYCSpiritual Rez – BOSTON, MAAgent Lockhart – is Jeffrey Lockhart, Lenny Stallworth, Kingston Taylor, Charles Haynes, Sam Kininger, Mister RourkeRoots of Creation – NEW HAMPSHIREHolly Bowling – Artist At LargeHayley Jane – Artist At LargeSophistafunk – SYRACUSE, NYThe Mallett Brothers Band – PORTLAND, MEHoneycomb – NORTHAMPTON, MAYheti – DAYTON, OHlespecial – BOSTON, MABen Silver of Orchard Lounge – MADISON, WIEsseks – BROOKLYN, NYBrightside – BROOKLYN, NYOf The Trees – PORTLAND, MEDELTAnine – BALTIMORE, MDStrange Machines – BOSTON, MACongo Sanchez featuring Jeff Franca of Thievery Corporation – D.C.Wild Adriatic – SARATOGA SPRINGS, NYAfter Funk – ONTARIO, CANFunky Dawgz Brass Band – BRIDGEPORT, CTFunk You – ATLANTA, GASwift Technique – PHILLY, PALITZ – BALTIMORE, MDCalliope Musicals – AUSTIN, TXEarphorik – CHICAGO, IL=========PRODUCERS===========Toadface – DAYTON, OHWill Saltus – BOSTON, MAUncle Bob – BOSTON, MAKlassik – BRITTISH COLUMBIA, CANLeila – ALBANY, NYDETØX – LONG ISLAND, NYtsimba – BROOKLYN, NYZeroGravity – RACINE, WIZoo Logic – NEW HAMPSHIREBunk Buddha – BALTIMORE, MDBells and Robes – FT. LAUDERDALE, FLIcculus – NEW HAMPSHIREEcho Mecca – COLUMBUS, OH=========BANDS ON THE RISE============Teddy Midnight – BROOKLYN, NYBearly Dead – BOSTON, MAWilliam Thompson Funk Experiment – WORCESTER, MAThe Mushroom Cloud – NEW HAVEN, CTEggy – NEW HAVEN, CTLord Electro – ALBANY, NYIn Flux – BROOKLYN, NYGoose – FAIRFIELD, CTStephen Lewis and The Big Band of Fun – CANThe Brighton Beat – BOSTON, MAMerther – PORTLAND, MEQwill – featuring Aaron Katz of PERCY HILL – SALEM, MAOogee Wawa – LONG ISLAND, NYKroma Kode – WORCESTER, MAThe Other Brothers – NEW PALTZ, NYHumble Digs – AMHERST, MAMonotronic – BROOKLYN, NYResin Headz – PROVIDENCE, RIBig Jon Short – WORCESTER, MAZack Slik – WORCESTER, MAPolitical Animals – HARTFORD, CTThe Schooley Mountain Band – BROOKLYN, NYCal Kehoe – NYC…and MORE to be announced.,2017 Disc Jam Music FestivalBreak Science LIVE BAND featuring 5 members of LETTUCE – NYCDopapod – BROOKLYN, MATurkuaz – BROOKLYN, NYThe Motet – DENVER, COManic Focus – MINNEAPOLIS, MNTAUK – NYCKung Fu – NEW HAVEN, CTPink Talking Fish – BOSTON, MAGiant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad – ROCHESTER, NYGubbulidis – is Mihali Savoulidis and Zdenek Gubb of TWIDDLE – VTAqueous – BUFFALO, NYElectric Beethoven – is Jay Lane of PRIMUS, Reed Mathis of TEA LEAF GREEN, Todd Stoops of RAQ – LOS ANGELES, CAConsider the Source – BROOKLYN, NYCGhost-Note – featuring MonoNeon + members of SNARKY PUPPY – NYCSpiritual Rez – BOSTON, MAAgent Lockhart – is Jeffrey Lockhart, Lenny Stallworth, Kingston Taylor, Charles Haynes, Sam Kininger, Mister RourkeRoots of Creation – NEW HAMPSHIREHolly Bowling – Artist At LargeHayley Jane – Artist At LargeSophistafunk – SYRACUSE, NYThe Mallett Brothers Band – PORTLAND, MEHoneycomb – NORTHAMPTON, MAYheti – DAYTON, OHlespecial – BOSTON, MABen Silver of Orchard Lounge – MADISON, WIEsseks – BROOKLYN, NYBrightside – BROOKLYN, NYOf The Trees – PORTLAND, MEDELTAnine – BALTIMORE, MDStrange Machines – BOSTON, MACongo Sanchez featuring Jeff Franca of Thievery Corporation – D.C.Wild Adriatic – SARATOGA SPRINGS, NYAfter Funk – ONTARIO, CANFunky Dawgz Brass Band – BRIDGEPORT, CTFunk You – ATLANTA, GASwift Technique – PHILLY, PALITZ – BALTIMORE, MDCalliope Musicals – AUSTIN, TXEarphorik – CHICAGO, IL=========PRODUCERS===========Toadface – DAYTON, OHWill Saltus – BOSTON, MAUncle Bob – BOSTON, MAKlassik – BRITTISH COLUMBIA, CANLeila – ALBANY, NYDETØX – LONG ISLAND, NYtsimba – BROOKLYN, NYZeroGravity – RACINE, WIZoo Logic – NEW HAMPSHIREBunk Buddha – BALTIMORE, MDBells and Robes – FT. LAUDERDALE, FLIcculus – NEW HAMPSHIREEcho Mecca – COLUMBUS, OH=========BANDS ON THE RISE============Teddy Midnight – BROOKLYN, NYBearly Dead – BOSTON, MAWilliam Thompson Funk Experiment – WORCESTER, MAThe Mushroom Cloud – NEW HAVEN, CTEggy – NEW HAVEN, CTLord Electro – ALBANY, NYIn Flux – BROOKLYN, NYGoose – FAIRFIELD, CTStephen Lewis and The Big Band of Fun – CANThe Brighton Beat – BOSTON, MAMerther – PORTLAND, MEQwill – featuring Aaron Katz of PERCY HILL – SALEM, MAOogee Wawa – LONG ISLAND, NYKroma Kode – WORCESTER, MAThe Other Brothers – NEW PALTZ, NYHumble Digs – AMHERST, MAMonotronic – BROOKLYN, NYResin Headz – PROVIDENCE, RIBig Jon Short – WORCESTER, MAZack Slik – WORCESTER, MAPolitical Animals – HARTFORD, CTThe Schooley Mountain Band – BROOKLYN, NYCal Kehoe – NYC…and MORE to be announced.last_img read more

Latest: Southampton 1 Chelsea 0 – Blues heading for rare defeat under Hiddink

first_imgChelsea were on the verge of the first league defeat of Guus Hiddink’s second spell in charge after Diego Costa missed a great opportunity to equalise.The Spain striker, who was also involved in some heated arguments during the second half, met Eden Hazard’s inviting cross with a volley but failed to keep it down.Hazard and Cesar Azpilicueta both drilled shots high and wide and John Obi Mikel nodded off target as Chelsea tried to get back on terms.At half-time, Hiddink brought on Kenedy to play at left-back and removed Baba Rahman, whose error had helped Saints take the lead a few minutes before the break.Pedro had to come off after just seven minutes after tweaking a leg muscle, and the Blues paid the price for a sluggish start shortly before half-time.He misjudged a header and Shane Long nipped in between Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill before poking past a hesitant Thibaut Courtois in goal.Pedro limped off in the opening minutes of the game, to be replaced by Oscar.He had the Blues’ first shot on target which was comfortably gathered by Fraser Forster, who broke a club top flight record of 667 minutes without conceding a goal.Southampton: Forster; Van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand; Cedric, Clasie, Romeu, Davis, Targett; Long, Austin.Subs: Stekelenburg, Yoshida, Martina, Ward-Prowse, Mane, Tadic, Pelle.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Baba (Kenedy 46); Mikel, Fabregas; Pedro (Oscar 7), Willian, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Begovic, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Oscar, Traore, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

More South African expats plan to return home

first_imgSouth African expats at a Homecoming Revolution event in London. Homecoming Revolution is a non-profit organisation aimed at reversing the brain drain from South Africa.Wilma den HartighAn increasing number of South African expats intend to exchange life abroad for home comforts. Research conducted by Homecoming Revolution, a non-profit organisation aimed at reversing the brain drain from the country, shows that South Africans mostly return for emotional and lifestyle reasons.“We are seeing that people in their early 30s, who went overseas in their 20s, are coming back because they have realised that this is where they want to live,” said Martine Schaffer, managing director of Homecoming Revolution.She said changing perceptions of South Africa are encouraging expats to return, despite negative news about the country.“When they come back for a visit their experiences here leave them pleasantly surprised,” Schaffer said.The in-depth online survey conducted by e-View was carried out in the UK, US, Canada, Dubai and Australia. Of the respondents, 72% said that they were likely or highly likely to return to South Africa. Those most likely to return were from the UK, US and Canada.Significantly, negative reports about South Africa from friends and family did not match expats’ experiences, nor did they deter them in their decision to visit the country. The survey found that although 61% of the communication received about South Africa was negative, 58% of expats still visited the country in the last year. These were mainly from the UK and Dubai.South Africans living in Australia last visited at least three to four years ago, with 78% having had a good experience. A full 100% of responses from the US were positive.The depressed global economy is also a strong factor influencing people’s decision to return to home. Although South Africa’s economy is also taking strain, the survey found that 50% of people living abroad are likely to come back.“This is a great opportunity, as we are gaining from international experience both in skills and entrepreneurship. For many, there is a conscious decision to be home and make a difference,” Schaffer said in a statement.She pointed out that South Africa needs more entrepreneurs who are willing to start businesses and provide employment. “South Africa is the kind of place where one can take more risks and what is exciting is that people are coming back with out-of-the-box business ideas. We need this in South Africa.”Stephen Hurter, a South African living in the UK, has noticed a significant decline in job opportunities. He agreed that South Africa holds much more opportunity for self-employment.“Here it seems there is less small business opportunity,” he said. “But South Africa is definitely a place where you need to be able to make your own job. I don’t think jobs in South Africa are necessarily better, but the quality of life certainly is.”He hopes to return home later this year and says the South African lifestyle is a big drawcard. “People try and recreate that atmosphere here but it just isn’t the same.”A South African couple living in the UK believe they have many good reasons to return. “The greatest selling point is that South Africa will always be our home,” said Ange Hayler.The Haylers left South Africa to travel and gain work experience, but they have every intention of coming back. “I think there are enough awesome things about the country to warrant making it our home and it has a lot of potential as a growing global economy,” she said. Crime in South Africa is still one of their greatest concerns.The survey profiling of South Africans in the UK found that 85% are positive about South Africa. They enjoy living abroad for the new job and travel opportunities, but dislike the weather, lack of space and miss their families. They are also concerned about finding employment and no longer earning a strong currency.South Africans living in Dubai, the US and Canada said that they struggle with cultural differences and the indoor lifestyle. Survey respondents in Australia said they don’t feel accepted in that country and are having difficulty in finding work in their chosen profession.Schaffer said 41% are likely to return, but are still worried if this would be the right decision. Employment, a high crime rate and political uncertainty in South Africa were their main grievances.The recession has made many international destinations less attractive. However, young people who still want to travel and take a gap year may consider destinations in developing countries.“There will definitely be a shift in the choice of destination,” Schaffer said. South Africans may have a renewed interest in countries such as Japan and China to teach English. Foreigners looking to travel may consider coming to South Africa.Schaffer said that this could be beneficial for South Africa as initiatives in need of volunteers to build homes, schools or teachers in rural communities could benefit from foreign skills, even if for a short period of time.Related articlesSA expats vote abroad SA passport made more secure South African banker soars in Australia Mrs Ball’s chutney comes home Useful linksHomecoming Revolution The South Africanlast_img read more

SA business mission heads for Benin

first_img7 September 2012 Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Elizabeth Thabethe will lead a South African business delegation on the country’s first outward selling and investment mission to Benin from 9 to 14 September. “The mission will also serve as an ideal opportunity for South African companies that would like to export value-added products and services, and for companies that are looking for investment opportunities in Benin,” Thabethe told journalists in Pretoria on Wednesday. Thabethe said the mission takes place within the context of South Africa’s strategic engagement with the rest of the continent, aimed at supporting Africa’s economic revival and promoting intra-African trade. Agro-processing, furniture and wood processing, infrastructure (rail, road and telecoms), built environment and mining and capital equipment are among the targeted sectors of the mission to the West African country. “It is important for South Africa to continue to pursue economic collaboration and partnership with African countries when crafting the way forward for sustainable economic development and the development of investment in the African region,” Thabethe said. “Benin, like most countries in Africa, presents a wealth of business opportunities for South African companies. By establishing their presence in this country, South African companies would be able to access other markets in the West African region and Africa at large.” According to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Benin’s domestic economy revolves around subsistence agriculture, which accounts for 35.5% of gross domestic product (GDP) and is the main source of income for over half of the population. Cotton is the main commercial crop, accounting for about 45% of the country’s foreign-exchange earnings. The hydroelectric potential of the Mono River, which forms Benin’s border with Togo, is being developed, with the construction of dams for power generation and irrigation. Mineral reserves, notably of marble, iron, and phosphate, have not been fully exploited, which also presents an opportunity for investment, the DTI said. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Allsorts® Navy Feather Comb Fascinator Ladies Day Royal Ascot Weddings – Lovely fascinator and great value for money, arrived quickly and packed well

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House offers changes to DeWine’s gas tax proposal

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The proposed “gas tax” by Gov. Mike DeWine in the State transportation budget would raise the state’s tax of fuel from the current 28-cents-per-gallon to 46 cents and generate $1.2 billion as part of the two-year, $7.4 billion transportation budget.The reason behind the proposed increase is significant shortfall in the state’s road and bridge maintenance budget — something the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) looks to quickly approach $1 billion by 2030 if unabated.Last week the Ohio House responded to the governor’s proposal with a 71 to 27 vote to raise the tax on gas 10.7 cents with a two-year phase in period, making the tax on gas $0.387 per gallon. In addition, the House:Increased the tax for on-road diesel by 20 cents over a three-year phase in period, making the tax on on-road diesel $0.48 per gallon.Added a provision putting compressed natural gas to the list of taxable motor fuels.Added an electronic vehicle registration fee of $200 and a hybrid vehicle registration fee of $100.Stipulated that 55% of revenue generated will be distributed to the state and 45% will be to local governments.Combined, the revenue increases in the House will generate $872 million.The transportation budget now heads to the Senate for consideration. It has to be signed by March 31.last_img read more

Product Announcement: Nikon D810

first_imgDisplay Screen3.2 inch LCD; 1,229,000 dots Nikon’s latest camera release focuses on video, but does it offer enough to justify the price tag?With 4K cameras sweeping the market and a camera that can shoot in near complete darkness, the camera world is extremely competitive. It will take a lot to impress modern day filmmakers, which brings us to the latest camera announcement from Nikon…the D810.The D810 OverviewWith over 50 new video features, the D810 was designed from the beginning with filmmakers in mind. The D800 serves as an updated version of the D800, however the camera lacks a few key features including RAW video recording and 4K, making it somewhat late to the party.Among the new video features, that Nikon is very proud of, is a new auto-ISO mode which locks off shutter speed and aperture while still allowing the ISO to automatically be adjusted by the camera. This new “feature” is said to help when going between different lighting scenarios.The D810 gives users the ability to shoot zebra stripes to help with peaking. Additionally, there is the inclusion of a brand new built-in microphone that can record in stereo. The camera also has the ability to change the audio EQ to focus more on voices or on the wider sound spectrum. Users can record dual audio channels, with one channel recording using the built-in mic and another using an external mic.The D810 allows users to record to one of two internal cards, while simultaneously outputting video signal to be recorded externally. This serves as a much needed improvement over the D800.The following video created by Nikon demonstrates some of the key new features:D810 Technical Specs View Finder17mm Pentaprism; 100% coverage FlashYes – Built-In Burst ShootingUp to 7fps Image StabilizationYes Sensor36.8 MP CMOS Sensor The following promotional film created by Nikon represents some footage shot on a D810. As a bonus, Nikon included a behind-the-scenes video as well. Video1080p @ 60,50,25,24fps, + 720p @ 60,50fps Shutter Speed30 Sec – 1/80,000 Autofocus51 focus areas, 15 cross type RAW VideoNo Sensitivity RangeISO 64-12,800 (Extended Mode to 51,200) Storage MediaCF, SD, SDHC, SDXC Pricing and AvailabilityYou can get your hands on a D810 for around $3,200 available today at most professional camera stores.What do you think of the D810? Is it worth the high price tag? Share in the comments below. Crop FactorNone (x1.0) BatteryEN-EL 15last_img read more

Akhmetov knows he’s in for tough challenge vs Eustaquio

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary “Geje Eustaquio is a good striker with decent takedown defense, and he has a good team behind him. I do not think he has a lot of weaknesses,” Akhmetov praised. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief “My advantage should be my wrestling and ground game, but I am not going to rely only on that. I am willing to test myself against him on the feet, and show what my hands can do,” said Akhmetov.“I envision every possible scenario, from a quick win, to a tough decision where I overcome adversity. Whatever he brings to me, I will be ready for it,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAkhmetov hopes to get back into title contention and he has to go through Eustaquio first before earning another shot.The Kazakh knows it won’t be a walk in the park. Photo from ONE ChampionshipWhatever the result and however the fight would turnout, former ONE flyweight world champion Kairat Akhmetov said he will be ready for anything.Akhmetov faces tough Filipino Geje Eustaquio in the main event of ONE: Total Victory on Sept. 16 in Jakarta, Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENT ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy PLAY LIST 01:27ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy00:50Trending Articles01:22Learning doesn’t stop for Geje Eustaquio—inside and outside ONE cage01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension How I strived for greatness—and failed—in front of LeBron James View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle offer Benitez new contract

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle offer Benitez new contractby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United have offered manager Rafa Benitez a new one-year contract offer.The Times says there has been fresh discussion about overcoming the current impasse, and a front runner is the possibility of a 12-month extension on the £6m-a-year deal the former Real Madrid and Liverpool manager signed in May 2016.Owner Mike Ashley, who is keen to sell the club and has called on would-be purchasers, including Peter Kenyon, to meet his asking price of between £280-£300m this month, remains unlikely to strengthen heavily during January without agreement.If Benitez agrees to the new deal then the tight hold on club’s finances is likely to be unlocked, although there remains a fundamental disagreement over how that money should be spent; Ashley wants young players whose value will rise and Benitez wants experience.However, without the confirmation of Benitez staying beyond the end of the season, Newcastle are unlikely to sanction the spending spree their supporters have been calling on for three transfer windows. last_img read more