Organisation UkraineEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information News UkraineEurope – Central Asia News Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media RSF_en Follow the news on Ukraine News to go further News The national supreme economic court ruled on 28 April that the broadcasting licence of the TV station NTN was valid, rejecting the prosecutor-general’s challenge to an appeal court decision allowing the station to expand its network in the country. The decision had been contested in late March by the national broadcasting council, which held that a licence could not be attributed by simple legal decision but only by a fair and open bidding process. – – – – – – — – TV station claims it is the victim of conspiracy2th April 2005Reporters Without Borders cautioned Ukraine’s new authorities against any attempt to seek revenge against news media with ties to the old regime today after journalists employed by the TV station NTN yesterday protested against the refusal of the Council on Television and Radio to let the station extend its broadcast network.NTN is controlled by Eduard Prutnik, a former advisor to Viktor Yanukovych, who was President Viktor Yushchenko’s main opponent in last year’s presidential election. The economic supreme court is to rule within a week on the proposed extension licence, which is highly controversial.”Reporters Without Borders is paying close attention to developments in the news media in Ukraine since President Yushchenko took office,” the press freedom organization said. “We remind the authorities of the undertakings they gave as regards press freedom. As soon as he was elected, the president said respect for press independence would be a priority for his administration. Journalists must not be held hostage to any possible attempt to seek political revenge.”Around 100 NTN journalists protested yesterday outside the president’s office against the pressure which they claim the new authorities are putting on their TV station.NTN, which has been operating since the start of November, has challenged the council’s refusal to approve its plans to extend its broadcast network to the entire country, which had previously received authorization from two courts. The office of the prosecutor general in Kiev has appealed, and a decision is due on 8 April.Council member Vitaly Chevchenko said NTN obtained its licence illegally when it was created. The licence allows NTN only to broadcast in Kiev and the surrounding region, but it is already broadcasting to 26 cities and has asked the council to let it broadcast to 76 cìties. “If the TV station wants to extend its broadcast network, it must be done as part of an official bidding procedure,” Chevchenko said.NTN editor in chief Natalia Katerynchuk responded: “We paid for our licence when the station was created and we have the receipt dated 15 November 2004. This is nothing less than a conspiracy against our station which has a completely independent editorial line.” Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV February 26, 2021 Find out more April 29, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court rules that NTN TV’s licence is valid Receive email alerts March 26, 2021 Find out more Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority September 7, 2020 Find out more
THERE CAN be few better ways of implementing international best practice than by giving senior management hands-on experience of rail operations in different countries. With Wisconsin Central Transportation Corp now running rail freight in the USA, Canada, New Zealand and Great Britain, that is precisely what WC President Ed Burkhardt is going to do. Giving the Sir Robert Reid lecture to the Chartered Institute of Transport in London on January 14, Burkhardt said he planned to switch managers between English Welsh & Scottish Railway, Wisconsin Central in the USA and Tranz Rail in New Zealand. There is much to be learned.We have remarked before that Tranz Rail carries wagonload and less-than-wagonload freight at a profit, flying in the face of conventional wisdom on many railways where wagonload is dismissed as a money-losing venture. Of course it will run in the red if archaic work practices stay in place, costs remain high, and negative attitudes pervade the business. The consequence of failing to tackle these issues is a spiral of decline – witness the agony that French National Railways is going through in the wake of the government’s cave-in to union demands in December 1995.Burkhardt says that the EWS ’Enterprise’ wagonload business ’is our strongest growth area … we are determined to provide a general service to British freight customers, and the single wagon market is much larger than the block train market.’ EWS is attacking costs on all sides, and it plans to seek authority from the Health & Safety Executive and Railtrack to introduce radio-controlled unmanned shunting – a practice common in New Zealand, Canada, Germany and elsewhere. It has, incidentally, reached ’handshake agreement’ with Railtrack over track access fees.Burkhardt wants best practice to travel both ways, and he is impressed by the number of trains run in Britain and New Zealand by a single crew member. WC operates about 10 trains a day with a driver only, and planned to run more until unions petitioned the Federal Railroad Administration to prohibit them. While awaiting the FRA’s ruling, Burkhardt is incensed that ’the large American railroads have kind words for our efforts in private, and are totally silent in public.’In Britain the success of EWS ’has used up all surplus wagons’, and new ones are needed quickly ’with the cost brought down to international standard … this will be an interesting and productive effort involving a melding of American, UK and European standards, engineering and material sourcing’, says Burkhardt.With EWS now preferred bidder for Railfreight Distribution, there is the intriguing prospect of exposing the railways of Continental Europe to ’international best practice’ in the Wisconsin Central style. Asked whether he saw RfD as a bridgehead into Europe with EWS as an open access operator under EU Directive 91/440, Burkhardt replied that ’we would prefer not to – we don’t like open access.’ He believes that rail is exposed to more than enough competition from road already. Unfortunately, too many of Europe’s railway managers have failed to respond in kind. Some management exchanges might be in order. o
A late pass put Ethan Dotson in the winner’s circle following Sunday’s Wild West Modified Shootout feature at Cottage Grove Speedway. (Photo by Melissa Coker, Melissa’s Out On A Limb Photography)By Ben DeatherageCOTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (June 25) – Another first-time tour winner made his way to victory lane following Sunday’s Wild West Modified Shootout main event at Cottage Grove Speedway.Ethan Dotson took the $1,000 checkers at an event contested by 45 drivers from Oregon, California, Nevada, Montana and Colorado, as well as the Canadian province of British Columbia.Collen Winebarger paced the field early. Several cautions kept the race close and Winebarger was challenged past midway.The leader had a close call late in the race. While navigating lapped traffic, he made contact with a slower car and nearly lost the lead before the yellow flag came out for separate incident.Not too long after the restart, he was passed on the inside by Dotson.The California charger made the maneuver on lap 31 and took off after that. He built a sizable advantage and won his first career Wild West Modified Shootout feature in only three starts. Dotson became the 17th different driver to have won with the series and the fifth Californian to do so.Winebarger was second followed by Grey Ferrando, John Campos and Jake Mayden, who had qualified for the feature by running second in his “B” feature.Feature results – 1. Ethan Dotson; 2. Collen Winebarger; 3. Grey Ferrando; 4. John Campos; 5. Jake Mayden; 6. Bricen James; 7. Curtis Towns; 8. Danny Lauer; 9. Craig Hanson; 10. Tyler Smith; 11. Brad Martin; 12. Matthew Drager; 13. Steven Sturdevant; 14. Joey Price; 15. Mark Wauge; 16. Ryan Gaylord; 17. Dustin Cady; 18. Jesse Williamson; 19. Randy Brown; 20. Aaron Sheelar.