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Government urged not to adopt decrees on radio and TV stations

first_imgNews Reporters Without Borders is very concerned at the determination of Information and Communication Minister Sofyan Djalil to adopt a series of decrees that will ban Indonesian TV and radio from broadcasting foreign programmes.These new regulations, due to come into force on 6 February 2006, would also give the government the power to licence radio and television.It is particularly aimed at radio programmes in Indonesian on the BBC World Service, put out by around 80 FM radios, and TV broadcasts by Voice of America, which are relayed by several Indonesian stations.”These decrees mark an evident setback for press freedom in Indonesia,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “Nothing can justify depriving millions of Indonesians from programmes the quality of which is rarely contested.””In a region where press freedom is too often trampled underfoot, the Jakarta government should protect rather than obstruct it. We strongly urge the government not to go ahead with these decrees,” it said.The information minister announced to legislators on 30 January 2006, that the decrees would come into force on 6 February, saying “this regulation will mean avoiding anarchy in the broadcast industry”. The previous week he announced that programmes produced by foreign media could be broadcast as long as they were edited in advance.Contradictory official statements have successively suggested that all foreign programmes would be banned then that programmes could be put out, but never live.”This will turn the media into the mouthpiece of the government”, said one member of the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI), who saw the move as a return to the dictatorial methods of the Suharto era. He was also concerned that the decrees will remove the power to grant licences from the KPI, a role that it has been carrying out under the broadcast law adopted in 2002. The KPI says it will take the case to the Supreme Court.”The proposed regularisation constitutes a violation of the 2002 law which set out quotas on foreign media broadcasts and not a complete ban on them,” said Sinansari Ecip, vice-president of the KPI.A complete ban on foreign programmes could deal a fatal blow to some foreign media, particularly the Indonesian service of the BBC that employs around 40 people. The BBC programmes, available to Indonesians since the fall of Suharto, are believed to attract more than 8 million listeners.Indonesian TV and radio also put out programmes from Radio Australia, Deutsche Welle and Radio Hilversum, in the Netherlands. On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia RSF_en February 3, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government urged not to adopt decrees on radio and TV stations IndonesiaAsia – Pacific News Organisation News Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img Follow the news on Indonesia November 19, 2020 Find out more IndonesiaAsia – Pacific August 21, 2020 Find out more August 12, 2020 Find out more Melanesia: Facebook algorithms censor article about press freedom in West Papua News Help by sharing this information Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five yearslast_img read more

Garda awarded €45,000 after fatal Donegal car crash

first_img Previous articleSurvey of Buncrana parents on School patronage underwayNext articleStrabane suspicious device declared a hoax News Highland WhatsApp Garda awarded €45,000 after fatal Donegal car crash Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th By News Highland – January 15, 2013 News Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Twitter Google+center_img Facebook Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp Google+ Tribute has been paid by a High Court judge to a young garda who attempted to save the life of his “colleague and best friend” who died shortly after their patrol car had been rammed in Burt.Garda Bernard McLoughlin told Ms Justice Mary Irvine that after finding a pulse, he held his colleague Garda Gary McLoughlin’s head in a recovery position in their wrecked car until emergency services arrived.Tragically Garda Gary McLoughlin died hours after the crash.Garda Bernard McLoughlin, who, since the crash on December 13, 2009, has taken educational leave to study in Australia, was awarded a total of €45,000 compensation for injuries. Pinterestlast_img read more

Monkeypox that hit US was milder of 2 strains

first_imgJul 22, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Genetic mutations in monkeypox viruses of West African origin might have spared the lives of people infected with the virus in the United States, according to a recent report. The source of the outbreak was traced to infected rodents from Ghana. Gambian rats and other imported African rodents were housed with prairie dogs, which acquired the virus and passed it along to humans when they were sold as pets. Now, a research group from St. Louis University Health Sciences Center has published a genetic study that may explain why none of the people infected that summer died. The results were published online Jul 13 in the journal Virology. The study was funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease and Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. Though primarily a disease of rodents and nonhuman primates, monkeypox can occasionally spread to humans and cause a smallpox-like illness. In the summer of 2003, an outbreak of the disease occurred in six Midwestern states. Having confirmed a stark difference in virulence, the group then sequenced the genome of three West African monkeypox isolates and compared these sequences with the known genome of a single Congo basin isolate. They determined that the West African isolates were genetically distinct in important ways. Although the West African and Congo basin isolates differed at dozens of genes, the researchers identified one gene in particular thought to determine the difference in virulence. Chen N, Li G, Liszewski MK, et al. Virulence differences between monkeypox virus isolates from West Africa and the Congo basin. Virology 2005 (published online Jul 13) [Abstract] Jul 10, 2003, CIDRAP News story on US monkeypox outbreakcenter_img See also: This genetic difference could explain why none of the 71 people infected with monkeypox in the United States died of their disease. The virus isolated from patients in the outbreak was determined to be of West African origin, like the less virulent isolates in the study. The VACV-COP-C3L gene, which is important in helping the virus evade the body’s immune response, was present in the Congo basin isolate, but absent in the three virus isolates from West Africa. In addition, the researchers found that the gene in the Congo basin virus corresponded closely to a similar gene in the smallpox virus. Without this gene, the authors hypothesized, cells infected with the West African strains would be “more susceptible to antibody and complement lysis, which could diminish virus spread, and lead to less severe disease.” R. Mark L. Buller and colleagues first infected cynomolgus monkeys with one of two doses of either a Congo basin or West African monkeypox virus. The monkeys receiving Congo monkeypox showed signs of disease at 7 days after infection, and all of the monkeys infected at the higher dose died (none died at the lower dose). In contrast, none of the monkeys infected with West African monkeypox appeared ill or died, even at the higher dose. The authors also propose that their findings could shed light on epidemiologic data in Africa. Previous studies have showed similar prevalence of antibodies against monkeypox among people in the Congo basin and West Africa. However, more than 90% of human cases of monkeypox, including all fatal cases, occurred in the Congo basin. The new genetic information provides an explanation for this difference in morbidity and mortality.last_img read more

All Africa Games: Mercy Tagoe-Quarcoo thrilled with golden Queens

first_imgFormer Black Queens player Mercy Tagoe-Quarcoo has praised the Queens for winning Gold at the just ended All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville.The Queens put up an impressive performance with striker Portia Boakye scoring Ghana’s only goal against Cameroon in the final to bag gold.Tagoe-Quarcoo, a member of the Black Queens team that qualified Ghana to its first appearance at a Women’s World Cup in 1999, recognizes how big this latest feat is – especially as it is the ladies’ first ever gold medal at the All Africa Games.Now assistant coach for men’s Division One side Amidaus Professionals, she exuded excitement in her interview with Adom Sports.“[The Queens] played good football especially in the second half. And I was not surprised they scored within the regulation time to kill the game.”Cameroon have, in recent times, become Ghana’s bogey side and the victory was an emphatic statement of superiority over the Lionesses. The Central Africans had, in August, denied Ghana a place in the 2016 Olympics after a two-legged victory over the Queens. “And the players did a good job with determination and I am happy. Of course, in every game we can do better but the most important thing is to continue in the atmosphere and the spirit they played in the All Africa Games”.Tagoe-Quarcoo is a former FIFA referee who retired in 2012 to concentrate on coaching. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Andy Thompson gets the spotlight as his Michael Jordan documentary finally airs

first_img“Every year for the last 20 years, it’s like, ‘When is this gonna be released? I’ve heard so much about this documentary and have been hyping up for 20 years,” he said. “My brother is so good at his job, as good as Giannis (Antetokounmpo) is at his job. It’s good to see him finally get some recognition for it.”The filmmakers had a guiding agreement with the principals of the documentary, which  included Phil Jackson, Scottie Pippen and the other larger-than-life figures and egos on the Bulls: If they wanted them to leave a room, they would. But Andy Thompson’s goal was to be a fly on the wall, capturing critical scenes while minimizing his own presence, and more times than not, he and his crew were allowed into the Bulls’ inner sanctum.One of the moments that stands out the most to him is the visiting locker room before Game 6 of the NBA Finals: They filmed as Pippen was receiving treatment on a serious back injury, and Jordan quietly mentally prepared to play without him before a game where he would score 45 points to clinch the title. They captured a whisper between Jackson to Pippen, who would fight through physical anguish for 25 minutes of the one-point win.“The anxiety and tension of that locker room was so palpable,” Thompson said. “I hope they run that scene in its entirety, because it was riveting.”What a lot of younger NBA fans will witness for the first time is a different generation with different habits: Drinking and smoking in the locker room would be a once-in-a-blue moon occurrence in the modern NBA, but back then, it was part of the culture. As Thompson has detailed in other documentaries he’s filmed, Jordan was a night owl — when Team USA went to Europe in 1992, he played golf during the day, stayed out gambling at night, and still steamrolled opponents the day after on who knows how little sleep.But these nocturnal activities — and on the ‘98 Bulls, any of Jordan’s bohemian tendencies were dwarfed by the hard-partying Dennis Rodman (which the series will capture) — don’t seem to be Jordan’s biggest reported concern with the documentary. While urban legends of his withering ruthlessness to his own teammates have been passed along down the years, “The Last Dance” is going to be the most unvarnished and complete video evidence of his domineering presence — how he lashed out at those closest to him along the way.“I think a lot of people knew Michael’s persona could be very demanding leader,” Thompson said. “It’s one thing when you hear about it, it’s another thing when you see just how salty he could be, just how demanding. It takes on new meaning, more than just telling people how he was, it’s going to show just how much he wanted to win.”The COVID-19 outbreak had the unusual effect of speeding up the release of the documentary, which Thompson said is actively being edited by a team of people to complete on an expedited schedule — not all the episodes are yet finished: “It boggles my mind how they’re pulling it off.”The slightly demoralizing part of the pandemic is that a red-carpet-worthy documentary is instead being celebrated at Thompson’s home in New Jersey. But he saved a bottle of wine from his brother which he planned to split with his wife.“I’ve been watching all these episodes for the last year and a half on my laptop, sending notes back to the producers,” he said. “I’ve got a 70-inch screen in my basement, and I can’t wait to see this in big-screen format.”At last.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Believe me: we didn’t have this grand plan,” Thompson said this weekend, on the eve of the documentary’s debut for the first of 10 episodes. “This was one of the most historic, iconic teams, who guarded their privacy and their space with fierceness. We just tried to get to a place where they could feel us out, then let the rest play out as the season develops. I’m not sure there are many coaches or organizations who would want that thrust upon them today.”It’s a work more than two decades in the making for Thompson, now the vice president of NBA Entertainment who dreamed up the idea of following Jordan for what many thought at the time would be his last NBA season. Thompson was granted unprecedented access for the time to the world’s biggest sports celebrity, captured more than 500 hours of the season on film, and then spent much of the time since wondering when the world would see his work.For Thompson, the brother of former Laker Mychal Thompson and uncle to Golden State star Klay Thompson, it’s his own moment in the spotlight — perhaps the most ambitious project of a storied and well-traveled career chronicling the NBA’s biggest stars. Thompson first gained Jordan’s trust as he followed the 1992 Dream Team, and leveraged that relationship into a pitch for a documentary — pushed into life by Adam Silver, who then led NBA Entertainment.The footage has long been captured on Super 16 film that translates well to the HD era — in fact, “The Last Dance” probably includes a vast majority of the times Jordan was filmed at an HD quality. But the film itself was hibernating in New Jersey for years before Mike Tollin, a film executive, helped resurrect the project and get Jordan’s approval to air the footage. In the last few years, ESPN has conducted interviews of those closest to Jordan’s legacy to supplement the film Thompson captured of the end of the Bulls dynasty — which verged on legend.In this June 10, 1998, file photo, Cicago Bulls’ Michael Jordan reaches high above teammates Dennis Rodman, left, Scottie Pippen, and Scott Burrell (24) for a rebound against the Utah Jazz in the second half of Game 4 in the NBA Finals in Chicago. (AP Photo/Michael S. Green, File)Mychal Thompson is one of those people who has been privy to the insights his brother gleaned all those years ago, and he’s happy that Andy is finally getting to see them brought to an audience. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs It was a morning in May when Andy Thompson caught the smell of cigar smoke wafting down the hall. It was the unmistakable scent of Michael Jordan, brooding.It wasn’t the cigar that was surprising; it was the timing. The Chicago Bulls had lost Game 2 of the 1998 Eastern Conference semifinals the night before to the Charlotte Hornets, a far lesser team, on two free throws by Glen Rice. A morning practice was scheduled before the Bulls were to fly to North Carolina, Jordan’s home state.His Airness, smoking a cigar before practice? Thompson wanted to get it on film. But he was intimidated enough that he sent his camera and sound men ahead of him to the locker room, guinea pigs to see if Jordan would permit them. Minutes later, he followed in behind them, and began to ask Jordan questions: if he was pissed, if he wanted revenge, what he thought of B.J. Armstrong (his former teammate) talking trash after the Hornets tied up the series.To this point, history knows what Jordan did — his Bulls knocked off the Hornets in the next three games on the way to storming to a second three-peat and his sixth and final NBA title. But for the first time, audiences will get to see what Jordan thought in his private moments as “The Last Dance” airs this week.last_img read more

SUMMER FRONT, ZA APPROVAL, RING WEEKEND & HOME RUN KITTEN ALL MAJOR CONTENDERS IN WIDE OPEN GRADE I, $400,000 FRANK E. KILROE MILE ON SATURDAY; FIELD OF 12 TURF SPECIALISTS SET TO GO

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 5, 2015)–Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile (turf) has attracted a wide open field of 12 older horses, headed by multiple graded stakes winners Summer Front, Za Approval, Ring Weekend, Home Run Kitten and last year’s Kilroe winner, Winning Prize.Idle since running a close fourth in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Mile Nov. 1, Florida-based Summer Front has an outstanding 8-5-1-1 record at one mile on turf and will no doubt be plenty competitive off the bench Saturday. Trained by Christophe Clement, the 6-year-old horse by War Front will be ridden for the first time by Victor Espinoza. Owned by Waterford Stable, he’s 21-8-5-3 overall with earnings of $994,140.Trainer Mark Casse’s Za Approval, who was second, beaten 1 ¼ lengths in the Grade II, one mile turf Arcadia Stakes Jan. 31, will be ridden back by Mike Smith, who had the 7-year-old Ghostzapper gelding rolling late in his last out. Bred in Kentucky by his owner, Live Oak Plantation, Za Approval is 25-8-8-1 with earnings of $1,264,371.Trainer Graham Motion’s well regarded Ring Weekend, who’s been idle since running sixth, only beaten 1 ½ lengths as the 8-5 favorite in Santa Anita’s Grade II Twilight Derby Oct. 31, made $842,150 from 10 starts last year and appears poised for another productive campaign beginning with the Kilroe on Saturday. Twice second in as many tries at a mile on turf, the 4-year-old Tapit gelding will likely be on the early lead or close to it under new rider Drayden Van Dyke. He’s owned by St. Elias Stable and West Point Thoroughbreds and is 13-4-3-2 overall with earnings of $855,410.Third, beaten two lengths in the Grade II Arcadia Stakes Jan. 31, trainer David Hofmans’ Home Run Kitten is 5-2-1-2 at a mile on grass and can either press the pace or take back and make a run. Owned by Tarabilla Farms, Inc., the 4-year-old Kitten’s Joy colt has raced primarily on the Santa Anita turf, winning four of his nine starts here. With an overall mark of 12-4-2-3, he has earnings of $281,800 and will be ridden for the first time by Gary Stevens on Saturday.Trainer Neil Drysdale’s Winning Prize, who won the Kilroe a year ago, has been idle since running a disappointing sixth as the 2-1 favorite in Woodbine’s Grade II, seven furlong turf Play the King Stakes on Aug. 10, but has proven effective when fresh and will get the services of Rafael Bejarano, who is a perfect two for two aboard the 6-year-old Argentine-bred horse and will likely position him close to the early lead. Owned by Heerensperger and Nelson, Winning Prize has an impeccable 7-5-1-0 mark at one mile on turf and is 15-8-1-1 overall with earnings of $612,913.French-bred Talco, who proved competitive in all five of his stateside starts (four of them graded stakes) for trainer John Sadler, comes off a close second as the even money favorite in a 1 1/8 miles turf allowance Feb. 5 and will try to “break through” on Saturday when ridden for the first time by Santiago Gonzalez. A 4-year-old colt, Talco is owned by Hronis Racing, LLC, and would be well served by a fast pace.Trainer Phil D’Amato’s English-bred Hay Dude comes off a close second at 7-2 in the restricted Clockers’ Corner Stakes, run at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course Jan. 25 and has two seconds and a third place finish from four stateside starts. Owned by Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino, he’ll be ridden for the fourth time in a row by Kent Desormeaux and would appear best suited in the role of deep closer. He’s 10-2-2-2 at a mile on turf and is 16-3-4-4 overall with earnings of $115,249.Second, beaten a nose in the 2013 Kilroe, trainer Gary Mandella’s classy Silentio was fifth, beaten two lengths, by Winning Prize in last year’s renewal and will hope to fire fresh on Saturday after being idle since well beaten in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on Nov. 1. A winner of Hollywood Park’s Grade II, 1 1/16 miles turf Citation Handicap in November, 2013, 6-year-old Silentio has two wins from 10 starts on turf and is 15-4-1-7 overall. Owned and bred in Kentucky by Wertheimer and Frere, he’s 15-4-1-7 overall with earnings of $711,960. He’ll be ridden for the first time by Flavien Prat.Fresh off a pair of downhill turf sprint wins, trainer Jim Cassidy’s Holy Lute will try two turns for the first time on turf and would appear to be the speed of the field. Owned by Class Racing Stable, the 5-year-old horse by top sprinter Midnight Lute is 12-3-2-3 overall with earnings of $243,672.The complete field for the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile, to be run as the 10th race on an 11-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Talco, Santiago Gonzalez, 118; Hay Dude, Kent Desormeaux, 118; Winning Prize, Rafael Bejarano, 120; Holy Lute, Tyler Baze, 118; Mr. Commons, Martin Garcia, 118; Silentio, Flavien Prat, 118; Mega Heat, Corey Nakatani, 118; Summer Front, Victor Espinoza, 118; Home Run Kitten, Gary Stevens, 118; Ring Weekend, Drayden Van Dyke, 118; Za Approval, Mike Smith, 118, and Dimension, Joe Talamo, 118.                There will be special early first post time at 12 noon on Saturday, Santa Anita Handicap Day. Admission gates will open at 10 a.m. IDLE SINCE AUG. 10, DEFENDING CHAMP WINNING PRIZE REUNITED WITH TOP JOCK BEJARANOlast_img read more

Chelsea v Southampton line-ups: Terry back, Pedro benched, one change for Saints

first_imgChelsea have restored captain John Terry to the starting line-up for the game with Southampton.He replaces Kurt Zouma, who drops to the bench, in one of four changes from the side which drew at Newcastle in the last Premier League match.Ramires replaces Nemanja Matic, Willian comes in for Pedro and Radamel Falcao gets the nod up front ahead of Loic Remy.Southampton name former Blues Ryan Bertrand and Oriol Romeu in their starting line-up, with on-loan Fulham keeper Maarten Stekelenburg in goal.Romeu replaces James Ward-Prowse in the Saints’ only change from the side which beat Swansea last weekend.Chelsea: Begovic; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Falcao. Subs from: Blackman, Zouma, Baba, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Remy.Southampton: Stekelenburg; Cedric, Fonte, Van Dijk, Bertrand; Wanyama, Romeu; Mane, Davis, Tadic; Pelle. Subs from: Davis, Martina, Yoshida, Ward-Prowse, Juanmi, Long, Rodriguez.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

3 Free iPhone Apps to Improve Your Color Grading Skills

first_imgImprove your grading skills on the go with these FREE color grading iPhone apps.The easiest way to get good at something is just to practice. They say to master something you need about 10,000 hours of practice at it to really know your stuff, whatever your area of interest. As we all know, finding those 10,000 hours is another matter.If you want to improve your color grading skills and knowledge, then these three apps will help you fill in some of those spare moments on the train, in the waiting line at the supermarket or just in those idle moments in life.  Great practice for any photographer or video editor!SnapSeed – Photo Grading AppVoted Best Mobile Photo App of 2012 and Best iPad App of 2011, Snapseed is without a doubt an excellent app.  Now, thanks to being purchased by Google, it is available for free! The reason that this app will help you improve your color grading is in the way it allows your to explore the effect of contrast, saturation, color balance, applying grain, making spot adjustments and much more.  Yes, it has all the ”Instagram” style filters but more importantly you can create individual adjustments and learn how different images and lighting scenarios respond to your grading choices.Mill Color – A Technical Color Grading AppCreated by The Mill (a post production company with offices in London, New York and Los Angeles) this free color grading app provides a ‘technical’ interface to your grading choices that is more similar to the interfaces in fully fledged video grading apps.  So although Snapseed is more fun and a far better designed app (as it was previously a paid-for app), I’ve included Mill Color here because it allows for much finer adjustments to your image and in each RGB channel. So if you want to explore more complex color adjustments or the effect of contrast adjustments in the Lift, Gamma and Gain (Shadows, Mids and Highlights) areas of your image, this app is for you.The Digital Intermediate DictionaryAlthough less of a ‘fun’ app, this free DI Dictionary from Company 3 lets you quickly look up all manner of technical grading terms in an easy to use A-Z format. If you’ve ever wanted to know what ‘interocular’ means or how ‘step printing’ works then this app will fill you in. Its probably not the kind of information that you’re going to sit and read through, but it does provide an excellent reference for improving your technical lingo. Best of all, it’s free.last_img read more

Enbridges McMahon Gas Plant requires a complete shutdown

first_imgFlaring is a common and safe process monitored continuously by highly trained personnel. There is no risk to the public as a result of this activity.For more information, please contact Michaela Bjorseth at 250-262-3538 UPDATE – Media representative says there was a pipe marked for further inspection, shutting the plant down and flaring is the safest way to remove the gas from the plant in order to inspect the pipe further. This was not due to an incident.TAYLOR, B.C.- A process concern that requires immediate attention will have Enbridge’s McMahon Gas Plant taken offline today to investigate.To facilitate safely, the plant requires a complete shutdown and operations personnel will begin flaring this afternoon expecting completion later on this evening.last_img read more