January 27, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Draft laws mooted on defamation and phone-tapping. Journalist confidentiality menaced BulgariaEurope – Central Asia February 11, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News to go further RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Bulgaria: RSF condemns refusal to investigate reporter’s violent arrest News Organisation December 2, 2020 Find out more BulgariaEurope – Central Asia Bulgaria’s general election: RSF publishes 10 proposals to rescue press freedom March 10, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Bulgaria RSF_en News Reporters Without Borders says today that it is worried by proposals put forward by members of the ruling party Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) to reform the law relating to defamation. The press freedom body also notes an alarming explosion in the amount of telephone- tapping carried out in Bulgaria and the absence of respect for the legal framework of procedures by Bulgarian bodies and in particular the police and prosecuting authorities.At the start of this year Krasimir Velchev, the vice-president of the CERB parliamentary group, said he wanted to see a new law adopted on defamation, saying he thought that sanctions envisaged by the existing legislation were “absurd.”“We need new legislation by virtue of which any citizen, and not just politicians, can exercise their rights,” he said.“You cannot spit on institutions and people with impunity. You cannot have a strong state if everyone can libel and slander everyone.”Under the legislation in force defamation is punishable by fines ranging from 1,500 euros to 3,000 euros, and from 2,500 euros to 7,500 euros if it appears in the press. “We call on members of parliament of the majority not to modify the existing legislation relating to defamation “Reporters Without Borders said.“The decriminalization of press offences should be absolutely encouraged, especially in member states of the European Union, which should necessarily set an example.“A possible toughening of the sanctions in respect of defamation could only constitute a major step backwards as far as press freedom in Bulgaria is concerned. We are keeping a close eye on t developments in this key area.”The press freedom body also condemns the huge increase in phone intercepts in Bulgaria. The Sofia prosecution service says that requests for telephone taps has almost doubled in the space of a year, from 1,459 in 2009 to 2,214 in 2010.In major cities such as Plovdiv in the south or Shumen in the northeast the increases have been respectively 500 % and 67 %. In early January Prime Minister Boyko Borisov acknowledged that the phones of senior government officials were periodically tapped as part of the campaign against corruption. He justified the practice in the name of transparency.In this context Kalin Georgiev, the head of the Bulgarian police saw fit to say that he did not see any problem in listening into journalists’ calls. He said there were “rubbish and bandits” among representatives of the press.“We are amazed by the statements and attitudes of Mr. Georgiev, which demonstrate how little progress has been made by the Bulgarian police in this field since 2008,” Reporters Without Borders said.“We remind the head of the police that under the law phone tapping can only be carried out as a last resort and in the context of serious crimes or attacks on national security. The agreement of the prosecuting authorities remains essential.”The press freedom body added that it feared that routine phone tapping, as had happened in the past, could extend to journalists and restrict the right to confidentiality of discussions. “The freedom given to the police services in the matter is as unacceptable as it is worrying,” Reporters Without Borders said.“Mr. Georgiev’s statements must be followed up. We call on the interior minister to impose the necessary sanctions or run the risk of encouraging a dangerous laxity among all the services.” In 2010 Reporters Without Borders expressed alarm about the upsurge in requests from the interior ministry for details of mobile phone bills and access to information exchanged by Internet users.In a report published in 2008 the organization also condemned the illegal phone tapping of several journalists by the national security agency (DANS), the Bulgarian secret services. At the time Bulgaria was governed by the GERB’s present political opponents. Receive email alerts
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A dead man’s body was found floating in the Atlantic Ocean south of Long Island on Friday morning, Nassau County police said.A group was fishing when found the body floating face down in the water 1.5 miles south of Lido Beach at 11 a.m., police said.The U.S. Coast Guard responded along with the Marine Bureau and Aviation Unit officers to recover the body, which was taken to the Nassau County Medical Examiner’s office, where an autopsy will be conducted to determine the man’s cause of death and identity.Police said the unidentified man was black, about 55 to 60 years old, average build, balding with black and gray hair. He was wearing a blue pattern buttoned shirt, red plaid pajama pants and black slip on shoes was recovered.Fourth Squad detectives request anyone with information regarding this person to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.
Tamadhor returned to winning ways when producing an impressive display to land the feature race at Fairyhouse, the Book Tickets On-Line @ Fairyhouse.ie Race. Coming into this on the back of a promising sixth-placed finish in the 1000 Guineas at the Curragh, the daughter of Arcano was sent off the 9-10 favourite and duly justified those cramped odds, readily leaving her rivals behind at the two furlong marker on the way to a two length success from Slipper Orchid who finished well to pick up the silver medal. Trainer Kevin Prendergast is now targeting a return to Group One company: “They went no pace and it turned into a bit of a sprint from the top of the home straight. “She will go now for the Pretty Polly if the boss agrees. That was the plan we had for her, and after that we will see what happens. She is pretty smart and she wants a mile and a quarter.” Mick Halford looks to have another smart juvenile on his hands in Vitello who opened her account at the second time of asking in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden. The 1-1 favourite shaped with an abundance of promise when third on her introduction at the Curragh last month and had clearly benefited from that initial experience, breaking quickly from the gates before recording a cosy pillar-to-post half a length success. Halford said: “She jumped smart and Shane said she was idling a bit in front and he just kept her up to her job. “She likes the ground, is very straightforward, with a good temperament, and could go for the fillies Group 3 (Balanchine Stakes) at the Curragh on Derby weekend.” There was a cracking finish to the Whole Lotta Voltage @ Fairyhouse July 1st Handicap as long-time leader Madame Nobel just failed to deny late challenges from eventual neck winner Ishebayorgrey (7-2 fav) and Split The Atom while 2-1 market leader Stop And Linger continued a good night for favourite backers when running out a two and three quarter length winner of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden. Press Association
MORE: Watch March Madness games live & on-demand with fuboTV (7-day trial)Sporting News will keep you updated with scores and schedules throughout the entire tournament, from the First Four to the national championship game.That said, here’s everything you need to know to tune in to the latest edition of March Madness:SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQLive NCAA bracket | Live scoreboard | Full TV scheduleMarch Madness TV channels, live streamThe NCAA Tournament will be broadcast across several stations, including truTV, CBS, TNT and TBS. TruTV will broadcast the First Four (March 19-20). CBS, truTV, TNT and TBS will all broadcast portions of the first- and second-round games from March 21-24. From there, the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight (March 28-31) will be covered exclusively by CBS and TBS. CBS hold broadcast rights for the Final Four (April 6) and national championship game (April 8).MORE: How to watch, stream every NCAA Tournament game onlineThe primary outlet for live-streaming 2019 NCAA Tournament games is March Madness Live, the NCAA’s digital platform available on desktop and by downloading the mobile app. You can also stream games live by signing up for fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery and Tracy Wolfson are CBS’s lead broadcast team and will call the Final Four national semifinals and championship game.Printable 2019 NCAA Tournament bracketYou can get an updated, printable NCAA Tournament bracket here to fill out before the tournament begins. Sporting News will continue to update the bracket as games are played.BRACKET TIPS: KenPom | Play the odds | Idiot’s guide Download a printable NCAA Tournament bracket (PDF) above.NCAA Tournament schedule 2019(all times Eastern)RoundLocationDateTVFirst FourDayton, OhioMarch 19-20truTVFirst, second roundsHartford, Conn.March 21, 23CBS, truTV, TNT, TBSFirst, second roundsSalt Lake CityMarch 21, 23CBS, truTV, TNT, TBSFirst, second roundsDes Moines, IowaMarch 21, 23CBS, truTV, TNT, TBSFirst, second roundsJacksonville, Fla.March 21, 23CBS, truTV, TNT, TBSFirst, second roundsTulsa, Okla.March 22, 24CBS, truTV, TNT, TBSFirst, second roundsColumbus, OhioMarch 22, 24CBS, truTV, TNT, TBSFirst, second roundsColumbia, S.C.March 22, 24CBS, truTV, TNT, TBSFirst, second roundsSan Jose, Calif.March 22, 24CBS, truTV, TNT, TBSSouth RegionalLouisville, Ky.March 28, 30CBS, TBSWest RegionalAnaheim, Calif.March 28, 30CBS, TBSEast RegionalWashington, D.C.March 29, 31CBS, TBSMidwest RegionalKansas City, Mo.March 29, 31CBSFinal FourMinneapolisApril 6CBSNational championshipMinneapolisApril 8CBSSN’s BRACKET GUIDES: SOUTH | EAST | WEST | MIDWESTFirst FourTuesday, March 19MatchupTimeTVFairleigh Dickinson 82, Prairie View A&M 766:40 p.m. ETtruTV/ fuboTVBelmont 81, Temple 709:10 p.m. ETtruTV/ fuboTVWednesday, March 20MatchupTimeTVNorth Dakota State 78, N.C. Central 746:40 p.m. ETtruTV/ fuboTVArizona State 74, St. John’s 659:10 p.m. ETtruTV/ fuboTVMORE BRACKET PICKS: DeCourcy (Duke) | Bender (Duke) | Fagan (Duke)First roundThursday, March 21MatchupTimeTV(10) Minnesota 86, (7) Louisville 7612:15 p.m. ETCBS/ fuboTV(3) LSU 79, (14) Yale 7412:40 p.m. ETtruTV/ fuboTV(5) Auburn 78, (12) New Mexico State 771:30 p.m. ETTNT/ fuboTV(4) Florida State 76, (13) Vermont 692:00 p.m. ETTBS/ fuboTV(2) Michigan State 76, (15) Bradley 652:30 p.m. ETCBS/ fuboTV(6) Maryland 79, (11) Belmont 773 p.m. ETtruTV/ fuboTV(4) Kansas 87, (13) Northeastern 533:50 p.m. ETTNT/ fuboTV(12) Murray State 83, (5) Marquette 644:20 p.m. ETTBS/ fuboTV(10) Florida 70, (7) Nevada 616:50 p.m. ETTNT/ fuboTV(2) Kentucky 79, (15) Abelene Christian 447:10 p.m. ETCBS/ fuboTV(6) Villanova 61, (11) Saint Mary’s 577:20 p.m. ETTBS/ fuboTV(1) Gonzaga 87, (16) Fairleigh Dickinson 497:27 p.m. ETtruTV/ fuboTV(2) Michigan 74, (15) Montana 559:15 p.m. ETTNT/ fuboTV(7) Wofford 84, (10) Seton Hall 689:30 p.m. ETCBS/ fuboTV(3) Purdue 61, (14) Old Dominion 489:45 p.m. ETTBS/ fuboTV(9) Baylor 78, (8) Syracuse 699:55 p.m. ETtruTV/ fuboTVFriday, March 22MatchupTimeTV(10) Iowa 79, (7) Cincinnati 7212:15 p.m. ETCBS/ fuboTV(9) Oklahoma 95, (8) Ole Miss 7212:40 p.m. ETtruTV/ fuboTV(3) Texas Tech 72, (14) Northern Kentucky 571:30 p.m. ETTNT/ fuboTV(13) UC Irvine 70, (4) Kansas State 642:00 p.m. ETTBS/ fuboTV(2) Tennessee 77, (15) Colgate 702:30 p.m. ETCBS/ fuboTV(1) Virginia 71, (16) Gardner-Webb 563 p.m. ETtruTV/ fuboTV(6) Buffalo 91, (11) Arizona State 743:50 p.m. ETTNT/ fuboTV(12) Oregon 72, (5) Wisconsin 544:20 p.m. ETTBS/ fuboTV(9) Washington 78, (8) Utah State 616:50 p.m. ETTNT/ fuboTV(1) Duke 85, (16) North Dakota State 627:10 p.m. ETCBS/ fuboTV(3) Houston 84, (14) Georgia State 557:20 p.m. ETTBS/ fuboTV(12) Liberty 80, (5) Mississippi State 767:27 p.m. ETtruTV/ fuboTV(1) North Carolina 88, (16) Iona 739:15 p.m. ETTNT/ fuboTV(9) UCF 73, (8) VCU 589:30 p.m. ETCBS/ fuboTV(11) Ohio State 62, (6) Iowa State 599:45 p.m. ETTBS/ fuboTV(4) Virginia Tech 66, (13) Saint Louis 529:55 p.m. ETtruTV/ fuboTVSecond roundSaturday, March 23MatchupTimeTV(3) LSU 69, (6) Maryland 6712:10 p.m. ETCBS/ fuboTV( 2) Kentucky 62, (7) Wofford 562:30 p.m. ETCBS/ fuboTV(2) Michigan 64, (10) Florida 495:15 p.m. ETCBS/ fuboTV(4) Florida State 90, (12) Murray State 626:10 p.m. ETTNT/ fuboTV(1) Gonzaga 83, (9) Baylor 717:10 p.m. ETTBS/ fuboTV(2) Michigan State 70, (10) Minnesota 507:30 p.m. ETCBS/ fuboTV(3) Purdue 87, (6) Villanova 618:30 p.m. ETTNT/ fuboTV(5) Auburn 89, (4) Kansas 759:30 p.m. ETTBS/ fuboTVSunday, March 24MatchupTimeTV(2) Tennessee 83, (10) Iowa 7712:10 p.m. ETCBS/ fuboTV(1) North Carolina 81, (9) Washington 592:30 p.m. ETCBS/ fuboTV(1) Duke 77, (9) UCF 765:15 p.m. ETCBS/ fuboTV(3) Texas Tech 78, (6) Buffalo 586:10 p.m. ETTNT/ fuboTV(4) Virginia Tech 67, (12) Liberty 587:10 p.m. ETTBS/ fuboTV(1) Virginia 63, (9) Oklahoma 517:30 p.m. ETtruTV/ fuboTV(3) Houston 74, (11) Ohio State 598:30 p.m. ETTNT/ fuboTV(12) Oregon 73, (13) UC Irvine 549:30 p.m. ETTBS/ fuboTVSweet 16Thursday, March 28MatchupTimeTV(1) Gonzaga 72, (4) Florida State 587:09 p.m. ETCBS/ fuboTV(3) Purdue 99, (2) Tennessee 947:29 p.m. ETTBS/ fuboTV(3) Texas Tech 63, (2) Michigan 449:39 p.m. ETCBS/ fuboTV(1) Virginia 53, (12) Oregon 499:59 p.m. ETTBS/ fuboTVFriday, March 29MatchupTimeTV(2) Michigan State 80, (3) LSU 637:09 p.m. ETCBS/ fuboTV(5) Auburn 97, (1) UNC 807:15 p.m. ETTBS/ fuboTV(1) Duke 75, (4) Virginia Tech 739:39 p.m. ETCBS/ fuboTV(2) Kentucky 62, (3) Houston 589:59 p.m. ETTBS/ fuboTVElite EightSaturday, March 30MatchupTimeTV(3) Texas Tech 75, (1) Gonzaga 696:09 p.m. ETTBS/ fuboTV(1) Virginia 80, (3) Purdue 758:49 p.m. ETTBS/ fuboTVSunday, March 31MatchupTimeTV(5) Auburn 77, (2) Kentucky 712:20 pm. ETCBS/ fuboTV(2) Michigan State 68, (1) Duke 67 5:05 p.m. ETCBS/ fuboTVFinal FourSaturday, April 6MatchupTimeTV(1) Virginia 63, (5) Auburn 626 p.m.CBS/ fuboTV(3) Texas Tech 61, (2) Michigan State 518:30 p.m.CBS/ fuboTVNational championshipMonday, April 8MatchupLocationTV(1) Virginia vs. (3) Texas Tech9 p.m.CBS/ fuboTVMarch Madness features from Sporting News”40 Minutes of Hell” to Hog Heaven: Nolan Richardson’s 1993-94 Arkansas team will go down as one of the most fun SEC title-winning teams of all time. It was something he built, one minute at a time.How to stop Zion Williamson: Opposing coaches dish on their strategies to deal with Duke’s freshman phenom and, with some luck, beat the Blue Devils.A barrier-breaking title: The 1961-62 Cincinnati Bearcats made history when they started four black players in their NCAA title game win over Ohio State. 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(AP) — Actor-singer Kenny Rogers, the smooth, Grammy-winning balladeer who spanned jazz, folk, country and pop with such hits as “Lucille,” “Lady” and “Islands in the Stream” and embraced his persona as “The Gambler” on record and on TV, died Friday night. He was 81.He died at home in Sandy Springs, Georgia, representative Keith Hagan told The Associated Press. He was under hospice care and died of natural causes, Hagan said.The Houston-born performer with the husky voice and silver beard sold tens of millions of records, won three Grammys and was the star of TV movies based on “The Gambler” and other songs, making him a superstar in the ’70s and ’80s. Rogers thrived for some 60 years before retired from touring in 2017 at age 79. Despite his crossover success, he always preferred to be thought of as a country singer.“You either do what everyone else is doing and you do it better, or you do what no one else is doing and you don’t invite comparison,” Rogers told The Associated Press in 2015. “And I chose that way because I could never be better than Johnny Cash or Willie or Waylon at what they did. So I found something that I could do that didn’t invite comparison to them. And I think people thought it was my desire to change country music. But that was never my issue.”“Kenny was one of those artists who transcended beyond one format and geographic borders,” says Sarah Trahern, chief executive officer of the Country Music Association. “He was a global superstar who helped introduce country music to audiences all around the world.”Rogers was a five-time CMA Award winner, as well as the recipient of the CMA’s Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013, the same year he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He received 10 awards from the Academy of Country Music. He sold more than 47 million records in the United States alone, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.A true rags-to-riches story, Rogers was raised in public housing in Houston Heights with seven siblings. As a 20-year-old, he had a gold single called “That Crazy Feeling,” under the name Kenneth Rogers, but when that early success stalled, he joined a jazz group, the Bobby Doyle Trio, as a standup bass player.But his breakthrough came when he was asked to join the New Christy Minstrels, a folk group, in 1966. The band reformed as First Edition and scored a pop hit with the psychedelic song, “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In).” Rogers and First Edition mixed country-rock and folk on songs like “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town,” a story of a Vietnam veteran begging his girlfriend to stay.After the group broke up in 1974, Rogers started his solo career and found a big hit with the sad country ballad “Lucille,” in 1977, which crossed over to the pop charts and earned Rogers his first Grammy. Suddenly the star, Rogers added hit after hit for more than a decade.“The Gambler,” the Grammy-winning story song penned by Don Schlitz, came out in 1978 and became his signature song with a signature refrain: “You gotta know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em.” The song spawned a hit TV movie of the same name and several more sequels featuring Rogers as professional gambler Brady Hawkes, and led to a lengthy side career for Rogers as a TV actor and host of several TV specials.Other hits included “You Decorated My Life,” “Every Time Two Fools Collide” with Dottie West, “Don’t Fall In Love with a Dreamer” with Kim Carnes, and “Coward of the County.” One of his biggest successes was “Lady,” written by Lionel Richie, a chart topper for six weeks straight in 1980. Richie said in a 2017 interview with the AP that he often didn’t finish songs until he had already pitched them, which was the case for “Lady.”“In the beginning, the song was called, ‘Baby,’” Richie said. “And because when I first sat with him, for the first 30 minutes, all he talked about was he just got married to a real lady. A country guy like him is married to a lady. So, he said, ‘By the way, what’s the name of the song?’” Richie replies: “Lady.”Over the years, Rogers worked often with female duet partners, most memorably, Dolly Parton. The two were paired at the suggestion of the Bee Gees’ Barry Gibb, who wrote “Islands in the Stream.”“Barry was producing an album on me and he gave me this song,” Rogers told the AP in 2017. “And I went and learned it and went into the studio and sang it for four days. And I finally looked at him and said, ‘Barry, I don’t even like this song anymore.’ And he said, ‘You know what we need? We need Dolly Parton.’ I thought, ‘Man, that guy is a visionary.’”Coincidentally, Parton was actually in the same recording studio in Los Angeles when the idea came up.“From the moment she marched into that room, that song never sounded the same,” Rogers said. “It took on a whole new spirit.”The two singers toured together, including in Australia and New Zealand in 1984 and 1987, and were featured in a HBO concert special. Over the years the two would continue to record together, including their last duet, “You Can’t Make Old Friends,” which was released in 2013. Parton reprised “Islands in the Stream” with Rogers during his all-star retirement concert held in Nashville in October 2017.Rogers invested his time and money in a lot of other endeavors over his career, including a passion for photography that led to several books, as well as an autobiography, “Making It With Music.” He had a chain of restaurants called Kenny Rogers Roasters and was a partner behind a riverboat in Branson, Missouri. He was also involved in numerous charitable causes, among them the Red Cross and MusiCares, and was part of the all-star “We are the World” recording for famine relief.By the ’90s, his ability to chart hits had waned, although he still remained a popular live entertainer with regular touring. Still he was an inventive businessman and never stopped trying to find his way back onto the charts.At the age of 61, Rogers had a brief comeback on the country charts in 2000 with a hit song “Buy Me A Rose,” thanks to his other favorite medium, television. Producers of the series “Touched By An Angel” wanted him to appear in an episode, and one of his managers suggested the episode be based on his latest single. That cross-promotional event earned him his first No. 1 country song in 13 years.Rogers is survived by his wife, Wanda, and his sons Justin, Jordan, Chris and Kenny Jr., as well as two brothers, a sister and grandchildren, nieces and nephews, his representative said. The family is planning a private service “out of concern for the national COVID-19 emergency,” a statement posted early Saturday read. A public memorial will be held at a later date.