RSF asks Nauru to let journalists cover Pacific Islands Forum

first_img AustraliaFijiSamoaTongaNew ZealandSolomon IslandsAsia – Pacific International bodiesEvents Economic pressure AustraliaFijiSamoaTongaNew ZealandSolomon IslandsAsia – Pacific International bodiesEvents Economic pressure Follow the news on Asia – Pacific June 10, 2021 Find out more News News Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom “The grounds given by Nauru’s authorities are completely specious, so we urge them to rescind this decision and to provide ABC with press accreditation,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. August 14, 2018 RSF asks Nauru to let journalists cover Pacific Islands Forum When asked about the ban on ABC, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull simply described it as “regrettable,” making it clear that his government was not going to try to persuade Nauru to allow journalists to work there freely RSF_en Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists June 7, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Nauru to rescind its decision to bar Australia’s public radio and TV broadcaster, ABC, from covering the Pacific Islands Forum that is to be held in this small Micronesian island country at the start of September. Journalists must be able to work with complete freedom, RSF says. Australia is ranked 19th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival News Australian artist and curator Arielle Gamble poses beside a painting by Amani Haydar in the exhibition “All We Can’t See.” As journalists cannot go to Nauru, it is a way of giving voice to the refugees held there (photo: William West / AFP). Receive email alerts Journalists are clearly unwelcome in Nauru. As RSF noted in its recent report on the obstacles to media coverage of refugee routes, Nauru charges 8,000 euros for a visa application that is not refundable even when the visa is denied, which is usually the case. And to further limit media attention, Nauru found another radical solution – blocking access to Facebook for three years. Organisation A three-member Australian press pool had been envisaged, with ABC providing the TV coverage, until the Nauruan authorities announced that no ABC representative would be allowed into the country because of the broadcaster’s “continued biased and false reporting about our country.” This small island nation is often described as a “Pacific gulag” or “Australia’s Guantanamo” because it allows Australia to operate a refugee detention centre there in exchange for millions of Australian dollars. The UN has often criticized conditions in the camp. to go further “This island has become a news and information black hole because of the refugee processing centre it hosts for the Australian government. We also condemn the hypocritical silence from the Australian authorities, who have not lifted a finger to defend their public broadcaster.” Help by sharing this information News Nauru’s government has cited “harassment” and “lack of respect towards our president” as grounds for banning ABC from covering this annual meeting of 18 South and North Pacific island nations, which usually receives a great deal of media coverage. June 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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A movie as a mirror

first_imgDamien Chazelle ’07 says he believes in “somewhat unrealistic plans.” After all, they’ve served him well.The onetime Visual and Environmental Studies (VES) concentrator drove to Los Angeles after his graduation, and made his filmmaking debut with the warmly received “Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench.” He took gigs writing pithy horror scripts and, unable to launch another project he’d been working on, turned to his own experiences.In New Jersey, Chazelle had attended Princeton High School, where he was a jazz drummer, was involved with the school band, and came under the direction of a harsh music teacher who’d eventually become the inspiration for J.K. Simmons’ portrayal of a blistering, abusive music teacher named Fletcher in Chazelle’s critically acclaimed and Oscar-nominated film “Whiplash.”“It will always be a fresh memory, a somewhat traumatic memory,” Chazelle said of his days drumming.Making “Whiplash” was both serendipitous and stressful. Chazelle earned the backing of two other Harvard grads, co-producers Helen Estabrook ’03 and Nicholas Britell ’03, who believed in his script and talent. But they needed money, and to get it Chazelle took a scene from his script and made an 18-minute short, which screened at Sundance. It won second place — and investors. With a still-meager budget, the cast and crew worked long hours, with only 19 days to film the movie.Oscar Wilde famously said that “life imitates art far more than art imitates life,” and that could be said of “Whiplash.” The film draws on Chazelle’s biography. Much like the film’s character Andrew, who is in a car crash en route to a performance and crawls from the wreckage to make it to the stage in time, Chazelle was in a serious car accident during the final week of shooting. He was hospitalized — but he turned up on set the next day to make the film’s deadline.Some things you can’t make up.The alumni were introduced by President Drew Faust, who said the film “raises questions about art and performance, about learning and teaching, about the pursuit of perfection and the mania that pursuit can engender.” Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerChazelle returned to Harvard Wednesday afternoon alongside Estabrook and Britell for a talk at Farkas Hall moderated by his former teacher Robb Moss, professor of visual and environmental studies and chair of the VES Department. They were introduced by Harvard President Drew Faust.“‘Whiplash’ provokes,” said Faust, a strong supporter of the arts in learning. “It raises questions about art and performance, about learning and teaching, about the pursuit of perfection and the mania that pursuit can engender.”While the film was the key topic of discussion, Moss also quizzed the trio about how they ended up in Hollywood. After graduation, Estabrook had headed to New York, where she continued working in theater, but she always knew she wanted to produce. Los Angeles beckoned.“I ended up getting a job trading currencies by day while writing music for short films at night,” said Britell. “But I realized that I really wanted to be doing music, and music for film.”Moss praised the craftsmanship behind “Whiplash” — not only Chazelle’s direction, but the lighting, the camera work, and the sound.“I knew the music world firsthand,” explained Chazelle. “When it came to putting these things on screen — more so than if I’d been doing anything that didn’t directly reflect experiences of my own — I had a barometer of what was right. I knew I would be as harsh on how to make those things seem accurate as anyone else.”The result is a cacophony of sound mirroring the intensity of Andrew’s struggle to please Fletcher, who abuses him both mentally and physically. And at the 2014 Academy Awards, the film won three Oscars — for best sound mixing, best film editing, and best supporting actor for Simmons.“It was vindicating to us,” said Chazelle, “because the entire idea behind the approach to this — within our narrow budget, and the location, and within the insularity of the music — was to make something that felt like a big populace action movie, or war movie.”Estabrook called the film a “parking lot movie,” something people would argue about while exiting the cinema.“One of the greatest joys in my life over the past two years,” said Estabrook, “is sitting with my friends arguing about the ending of this movie.”last_img read more

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NBBF Holds AGM, Awards Dinner in Abuja

first_imgThe Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), will on January 30, 2017 in Abuja hosts its Annual General Meeting to give stakeholders an account of its stewardship in the year 2016.On January 31, 2017, the federation will also hold an Awards Dinner to recognise, appreciate and honour deserving athletes, administrators, technical officials, sponsors, partners, contributors as well as the media for their meritorious service and outstanding contribution to the development and growth of the game in Nigeria.Prominent among those to be honoured are two former presidents of the NBBF, His Royal Majesty, the Gbom Gwom Jos, J.D. Buba and Senator U.K. Umar. There are also going to be post-humous awards to a late Vice President of the federation, Dr Segun Erinle, late FIBA Referee, Chris Obojememe and late national coaches, Danjuma Lemmy Harry and Danjuma Dan Azumi.Expected to attend the events are the Youth and Sports Minister, his Information, Culture and National Orientation counterpart as well as members of the National Assembly.In addition, the annual Refresher Course for all technical officials expected to participate in the federation’s activities for the 2017 season will hold at the NIS Conference Room at the Package B of the Abuja National Stadium from January 31 to February 3, 2017.At the end of the Course, the officials are expected to undergo an examination with which to grade them in readiness for their effective contribution to the development of the various activities of the federation this year and beyond.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Irish government reviewing tax options on smaller players

first_imgShare Submit Irish bookmakers demand clarity on reopening orders June 17, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Irish bookmakers to reopen on 29 June May 28, 2020 Paddy Power to reopen English & Irish betting shops in Royal Ascot week June 10, 2020 Related Articles Seeking to protect smaller industry incumbents, the Irish Ministry of Finance is reported to be considering removing tax duties on bookmakers who generate a turnover below the €2.5 million a year mark.The Irish Times reports that Finance Minister Paschal Donohue is prepared to listen to the concerns presented by the Irish Bookmakers Association (IBA) with regards to taxation and its impact on wider Irish stakeholders, in particular, those working within horseracing and breeding disciplines.In previous Dáil updates, Donohue has detailed that the Fine Gael government will maintain its much protested 2% turnover tax on bookmaker revenues, despite warnings of significant job losses across the Irish betting sector.Countering criticisms of Ireland’s new gambling regime, Fine Gael is reported to be considering introducing a new tax-free turnover threshold of €2.5 million.New betting tax brackets would see the Irish treasury introduce a ‘1% turnover tax on bookmakers with a turnover of €5 million a year’. However, the government would maintain its controversial 2% turnover on bigger operators generating €750 million in wager annually.Treasury calculations report that the introduction of the €2.5 million tax-free threshold, would cut industry tax collections by around €3.5 million.Supporting industry reforms and the sustainability of Irish betting, the IBA has propositioned a revamped betting tax regime that would involve online operators paying twice the tax paid by bookmakers.However, an assessment of the IBA’s tax proposal indicates that it would breach EU common market rules on competition and state aid funding of businesses.last_img read more

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Dodgers make it 10 in a row — again — with victory over White Sox

first_imgPitching for the first time since he closed out the first half with a complete game against the Kansas City Royals nine days ago, Kershaw looked both rested and rusted.He didn’t retire the side in order until the fifth inning and stranded runners in scoring position in three of those first four innings. He had to work out of another dangerous situation in the sixth when Corey Seager’s throwing error on an infield single put Avisail Garcia at second base with one out.Matt Davidson singled, moving Garcia to third. But Tyler Saladino bunted Kershaw’s first pitch right into the air at home plate for an out and Kevan Smith grounded out softly to third base to end the inning.“Obviously I was a little rusty tonight,” he admitted. “Fastball command wasn’t great the first few innings. It got a little better as it went. Nine days off is definitely not something I’m used to. So I’m thankful to get out of that unscathed and get this win.”Kershaw (15-2)  allowed seven hits in his seven innings, the most he has given up in a start since May. But the White Sox were 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position against him, Davidson’s harmless (as it turned out) single being the only success.The Dodgers’ offense had similar issues against White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez. Three of the first four Dodgers reached base against Gonzalez and they scored a run on Cody Bellinger’s RBI single. But that was all the damage they could do against Gonzalez despite 11 baserunners — five hits, five walks and a hit batter — in his six innings. The White Sox turned three double plays in the first five innings.They turned a fourth in the eighth inning when the Dodgers loaded the bases with no outs but came away without a run.“Tonight, I just thought when we had guys on base I didn’t think we had the right approach at the plate,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “There’s the result of having success but there’s also the process. I just didn’t think we were good.“I just think it’s getting better pitches to hit and understanding the situation. You’re looking to get a pitch you can drive. I think we were a little too aggressive in certain situations.”That gave Pedro Baez and Kenley Jansen no margin for error when they took over for Kershaw after his seven innings.Yasiel Puig, who bounced into a double play with the bases loaded, made up for his part in the unproductive offense by making a diving catch in right field to start the eighth. Taylor had to go back to the wall in left field to corral Davidson’s long fly to start the ninth. But Baez and Jansen closed it out. “It does feel like every night we just find a different way to win,” Kershaw said. “Tonight, usually we capitalize on those situations. My run support has to be one of the best in the league. Tonight that didn’t happen and we still found a way to win.“We just keep finding different ways to win.”This one was different indeed. But nonetheless, the win was the Dodgers’ 10th in a row and gives them two winning streaks at least 10 games for the first time since the 1955 team had streaks of 10 consecutive wins and 11 consecutive wins.It was also the Dodgers’ 30th win in their past 34 games. No team has ripped off a 30-4 stretch since the 1977 Kansas City Royals and no National League team had done it since the 1936 New York Giants.“I think the formula is just finding a way to win,” Taylor said. “We’ve been pretty good at that.” CHICAGO >> The Dodgers are doing the equivalent of riding a bicycle with their feet on the handlebars, yelling “Look — no hands” to the rest of baseball.Tuesday night in Chicago, they went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position. They hit into four double plays. They managed to load the bases with no outs and not score. They had two players get on base four times each — Chris Taylor (four hits) and Cody Bellinger (two walks, two hits) — and 16 baserunners in all but only scored one run.And still they won.Left-hander Clayton Kershaw went seven scoreless innings as the Dodgers added a pair of 10s to their ace with a 1-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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