Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Radio Journalist Arrested, Beaten In Turkmenistan



New York,  NY (CPJ)—Turkmen authorities should release radio journalist Khudayberdy Allashov and cease retaliating against journalists with trumped-up charges, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police in the Dashoguz region of northern Turkmenistan on December 3 arrested Allashov, a contributor to the U.S.-government-funded broadcaster Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Turkmen service, and charged him with possessing a banned substance. His employer learned about the incident yesterday.
According to RFE/RL’s Turkmen Service, locally known as Radio Azatlyk, police took the journalist, his mother, and his wife from his home to a nearby police station, where he was beaten and forced to confess to possessing 11 kilograms (24 pounds) of nasvay, a smokeless tobacco product, still widely consumed in Central Asia despite an official 2008 ban. Radio Azatlyk reported that a woman whom police alleged had sold Allashov the product said she had seen the journalist at the police station severely bruised and unable to hold up his head or to speak. The broadcaster said several other witnesses confirmed the woman’s account. The journalist’s wife told RFE/RL that Allashov had confessed under duress, and could face up to seven years in prison.

Monday, November 28, 2016

#NYNeedsUber ::: MISSING FROM NEW YORKERS’ THANKSGIVING FEAST: UBER!



On Thanksgiving eve, more than 43,000 NYers outside of NYC opened the Uber app looking for a ride

New York – On Thanksgiving eve, one of the busiest drinking nights of the year, more than 43,000 New Yorkers outside of New York City opened up the Uber app looking for a ride, only to find themselves in one of the last places in the country without access to ridesharing. In cities across the world, millions use Uber to get a safe and reliable ride at the touch of a button, which is especially important during the holiday season, when drunk driving spikes and roads are more dangerous. But because Albany failed to pass common sense ridesharing legislation last session, New Yorkers traveling outside of NYC this holiday season continue to be left behind.

“This Holiday season, millions of Americans have access to a safe, reliable ride home while New Yorkers continue be left stranded by Albany dysfunction,” said Josh Mohrer, General Manager, Uber NY. “In cities and towns where Uber operates, it has proven to help reduce drunk driving incidents. Albany leaders must take action to make New York roads safer and arm people with better transportation options.”


Monday, November 21, 2016

World’s Most Valuable Pokémon Card Sold at Public Auction Brings $54,970 at Heritage Auctions



Pokémon "Pikachu Illustrator" Trainer Promo Hologram Trading Card sold Nov. 18

DALLAS — A mint condition example of the elusive Pokémon "Pikachu Illustrator" trading card sold for a world record $54,970 during a public auction of comics and comic art held by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills, California, November 18, 2016.

“The Pikachu Illustrator Card was given in January of 1998 to winners of the CoroCoro Comic Illustration Contest,” said Barry Sandoval, Director of Operations for Comics at Heritage Auctions. “Only 20-39 copies of this card were released, 10 of which are graded in top condition and it is unknown how many still remain with the public.”

30th anniversary screening and celebration of IRONWEED at UAlbany



The film IRONWEED, adapted for the screen by William Kennedy from his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, will be shown on Friday, December 9, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, on the University at Albany downtown campus. The screening is a 30th anniversary celebration of its filming in Albany, NY. Prior to the screening at 6:30 p.m. Kennedy will offer film commentary and reminiscences of the film's production. The celebration will also include raffle giveaways and a reception following the screening.
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