Journalist Genka Shikerova target of second arson attack

first_imgNews Help by sharing this information BulgariaEurope – Central Asia Bulgarian below.The company car of bTV journalist Genka Shikerova was set on fire outside her home in Sofia shortly after midnight last night and investigators believe it was deliberately set. In September last year, the journalist’s private car was set on fire, and she later gave an interview to Reporters Without Borders. “This second attack increases our fears for the safety of Genka Shikerova, a political journalist known for her uncompromising interviews,” said Lucie Morillon, head of research at the organization. “These repeat crimes are a cause for concern and must be stopped by the police, who must do all in their power to find those responsible and bring them to justice.” Receive email alerts to go further Bulgaria: RSF condemns refusal to investigate reporter’s violent arrest April 2, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist Genka Shikerova target of second arson attack RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Bulgaria’s general election: RSF publishes 10 proposals to rescue press freedom Follow the news on Bulgaria March 10, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Related documents Журналистката Генка Шикерова е обект на нов криминален палежPDF – 196.21 KB RSF_en News News News February 11, 2021 Find out more Shikerova, the host of the morning show Tazi sutrin (This Morning), told Nova TV she was sure the arson attack was in no way connected to her private life. She added that she had not received any threats in the weeks before the fire. Sofia police chief Ivailo Spiridonov said on bTV the attack was most probably linked to her work as a journalist.Referring to the earlier investigation, Spiridonov said it was possible the crime was committed to order by contract criminals. Unfortunately the police investigation into the first attack was inconclusive and was closed at the end of 2013. So far neither the person who gave or the order nor the perpetrator of the attack has been identified.Photo: bTV Organisation BulgariaEurope – Central Asia December 2, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

GCC beat GDF by an innings and 142 runs

first_img…Johnson hits second consecutive centuryTHE Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) produced a clinical performance to whipped GDF by an innings and 142 runs in the latest round of the GISE/Star Party Rental/Trophy Stall First-Division two-day match yesterday at the Georgetown Cricket Club, ground Bourda.Scores in the match: GDF 87 and 94; GCC 323-4 declared.Earlier, play was delayed by almost three hours due to rain. However, when the second days play resumed, the hosts took their overnight 274-2 to 323-4 declared, an overall first innings lead of 236runs.Overnight batsmen, former West Indies batsman and current Guyana Jaguars Captain Leon Johnson and Mavindra Dindyal took the total to 322, a third-wicket stand of 176 runs during which the left-handed Johnson registered his century. It was his second consecutive century since the tournament resumed.On the other hand, Dindyal, who was one of three Guyanese who toured with the West Indies Under-16 squad recently to the UK, took his overnight, from 60, to 68 before he was trapped leg before to Joshua Jones. Ronaldo Ali-Mohamed was then stumped off Leon Andrews without scoring.His dismissal triggered the declaration, leaving Johnson unbeaten on 108. His innings lasted for 123 balls with seven fours and six maximums.At that point, the visitors’ temperament and mental toughness to perform with the bat was always going to be under pressure. However, against a good bowling attack, GDF batsmen failed for a second time in two days.They succumbed to off-spinner Stephon Wilson, who ripped the heart of their batting lineup, claiming 5-45, to follow up his first innings figures of (3-38).\Damion Waldron (22), former Guyana Under-19 all-rounder, Jones (20) and Randy Lindore (19), reached double figures for the Soldiers. Timothy McAlmont, Johnson and Zachary Jodah all clamied a wicket apiece in the commanding win.last_img read more

Hazard Penalty Hands Chelsea FA Cup Victory over Man United

first_imgEden Hazard’s penalty Saturday secured Chelsea the FA Cup for the eighth time as they beat Manchester United in what could be Antonio Conte’s final match in charge. Hazard sent goalkeeper David de Gea the wrong way at Wembley, having won the kick when brought down by Phil Jones.United, having offered minimal attacking threat in the first half, were much better in the second. Alexis Sanchez had a goal ruled out for straying just offside – referee Michael Oliver using VAR to confirm the call. Thibaut Courtois later denied Marcus Rashford, before Paul Pogba headed wide with a clear chance from a corner. Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial, who had both been doubts for the final because of injury, appeared as substitutes for the final 17 minutes, but United were unable to find an equaliser.Conte has been widely tipped to leave Chelsea at the end of the season, teasing the media when asked about his future on Friday.Victory in the cup final provided a positive antidote to a disappointing Premier League season, with Conte’s side failing to qualify for the Champions League after finishing fifth.For securing the trophy, last season’s Premier League champions can thank Hazard, who has cast doubt over his own future at Stamford Bridge in recent days. The Belgium forward, making his 300th appearance for the club, was the game’s key player, shrugging aside United manager Jose Mourinho’s attempt to nullify him by using Ander Herrera in a man-to-man marking role.That plan had worked to perfection when United beat Chelsea 2-0 in the Premier League in April 2017, but Hazard responded at Wembley by dragging Herrera back towards United’s defensive line, unbalancing Mourinho’s side in the opening 45 minutes. Herrera was nowhere to be seen in the build-up to the winner as Hazard ran clear on to Cesc Fabregas’ through pass, and was brought down for a penalty by Jones, who was shown a yellow card.There was plenty of debate on social media after Oliver’s decision to show a yellow card to Jones for conceding the penalty.The referee’s decision was dictated by a law change in 2016 that was intended to abolish ‘triple punishment’ in such circumstances.Before the change, any denial of a clear goalscoring opportunity inside the area resulted in the offender receiving a red card and a suspension, as well as conceding a penalty.Under the amended Law 12, which relates to fouls and misconduct, a player judged to have made a genuine attempt to win the ball is shown a yellow card instead.The law states: “Where a player commits an offence against an opponent within their own penalty area which denies an opponent an obvious goalscoring opportunity and the referee awards a penalty kick, the offending player is cautioned if the offence was an attempt to play the ball.“In all other circumstances (e.g. holding, pulling, pushing, no possibility to play the ball etc.) the offending player must be sent off.” Mourinho’s side threw off their defensive shackles after half-time, and may well have saved the match had they been more ruthless in front of goal.Sanchez was judged – correctly – to have strayed just offside as he turned in the loose ball, after Courtois had saved Jones’ header from a Rashford free-kick, and the Chelsea goalkeeper was alert to beat away a Nemanja Matic shot.Yet it was Pogba, perhaps, who had the best chance to equalise, putting his head into his hands in frustration after nodding wide from just seven yards following a set-piece.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Dougherty: Gutsy Cooney lifts Syracuse past No. 9 Notre Dame for statement victory

first_imgSOUTH BEND, Ind. — After 34:42 of game time, it finally happened.After avoiding drivers for the entire second half and tentatively contesting shots, Rakeem Christmas got a little too close to Bonzie Colson. The Notre Dame crowd erupted as if Christmas’ fifth foul decided the game right then and there, even with Syracuse up eight points and plenty of basketball to play.And if it weren’t for Trevor Cooney, it probably would have.As Christmas walked to the bench, the Fighting Irish student section yelled “Left! Right!” every time his shoes touched the floor. During an SU timeout, Michael Gbinije called over Cooney and told him that without Christmas, the pair would have to put the finishing touches on a win the Orange has coveted all season.Cooney listened. Then he delivered.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNine of the junior’s 11 points came down the stretch and were the difference maker in SU’s (18-10, 9-6 Atlantic Coast) 65-60 victory over No. 9 Notre Dame (24-5, 12-4) at Purcell Pavilion on Tuesday night. With no postseason to play for, the Orange rode the sprained back of its wounded sharpshooter to its most impressive win of the season in front of 9,149 shocked fans.It was a result capable of pushing Syracuse into the NCAA Tournament bubble, provided by the mercurial Cooney — who blocked out the pain and countered his recent shooting drought with the gutsiest individual performance of SU’s season.“I thought it was amazing,” SU assistant coach Mike Hopkins said. “… He’s one of the toughest guys ever, to ever play here. You get those opportunities and you take them. Shooters believe in themselves.”By the end of the first half, it was as if Syracuse and Notre Dame were fighting to be the oddest team on the court.Without Cooney, Christmas or Gbinije on the court, the Orange ran its offense through B.J. Johnson — who finished with a game-high 19 points — and the Fighting Irish shot an uncharacteristic 2-of-13 from 3 to send Syracuse into halftime with a 27-22 lead.Then out of the break, UND shifted its offensive approach to attack the rim and get Christmas out of the game. It was unsuccessful for most of the half, but Christmas’ final walk to the bench at the 5:18 mark of the second half spurred a small run that drew the Fighting Irish within four points of the reeling Orange.“We just made some mistakes but we kept battling,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said of Christmas fouling out. “We kept fighting and in the end we just wanted to use as much of clock as we could and then get the ball to (Gbinije) or (Cooney).”And twice, Syracuse milked the shot clock to the last few seconds before Cooney kept his team moving.At the end of a broken possession, Cooney found himself double-teamed in the corner but drained a fadeaway prayer. Two minutes later, Cooney sized up Steve Vasturia and hit a 3 in the guard’s face before turning, clenching both fists and screaming in celebration. It was his only make of six attempts from deep but it bumped the Orange’s lead to five at a critical moment.Finally, Cooney rushed down the court on the next possession and finished a layup to all but seal the win.“Once you’re in the heat of the game and everything it goes away,” Cooney said while beckoning to his back. “Especially when you win, you don’t really feel it.”When the game seemed lost as Christmas exited the court, Cooney gathered the pieces and willed Syracuse to its first win over a Top 10 team this season. In doing so, he buried his 4-for-23 3-point shooting stretch in the Orange’s last three games. And with it all — a performance that dragged at first before hitting warped speed — he showed that he and his team is going to make Syracuse’s absence from the postseason a decision by the university.Not a product of the team’s play.“There’s a lot of pride on the line here. We’re playing for a lot more than just trophies and medals, really,” Cooney said. “We’re playing for each other and we’re playing for everybody else before us. That’s what we’re really doing now.“And as you can tell we’re not giving up.”Jesse Dougherty is a staff writer for The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @dougherty_jesse. Comments Published on February 25, 2015 at 12:09 am Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more