#HoldTheLine Coalition Condemns Third Criminal Cyber Libel Charge Against Maria Ressa and Rappler

first_img PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses WomenFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Receive email alerts Organisation July 9, 2020 Find out more to go further Follow the news on Philippines On 11 January, a new cyber libel charge and arrest warrant were filed against Rappler CEO and founder Maria Ressa in the Philippines, marking the 10th arrest warrant Ressa has faced in under two years. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) joined the #HoldTheLine Coalition in condemning the new case and calling for an end to pressure against Ressa and Rappler. RSF_en News Help by sharing this information #HoldTheLine campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa and independent media in the Philippines July 20, 2020 Find out morecenter_img News Maria Ressa waves to members of the media after attending a court hearing in Manila on July 22, 2020 (Maria Tan / AFP). December 3, 2020 Find out more News PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses WomenFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment #HoldTheLine Coalition calls for criminal tax charge to be dropped as Maria Ressa returns to court January 14, 2021 – Updated on January 15, 2021 #HoldTheLine Coalition Condemns Third Criminal Cyber Libel Charge Against Maria Ressa and Rappler #HoldTheLine Coalition calls for new cyber libel charge to be dropped and pressure ceased against Maria Ressa In reaction to the new cyber libel charge and arrest warrant brought against award-winning journalist Maria Ressa in the Philippines on 11 January, the #HoldTheLine Coalition issued the following statement:“The #HoldTheLine Coalition stands with Maria Ressa and Rappler as they stare down yet another criminal cyber libel charge amid escalating legal harassment in the Philippines. This state-enabled harassment campaign serves one purpose: to silence critical journalism aimed at holding power to account and exposing corruption,” said the steering committee.“The abuse of the Philippine legal system to go after Maria Ressa and Rappler with spurious cyber libel charges further emphasises the need to scrap criminal libel and let the news media get back to its job of reporting on the global health pandemic and other issues of critical public interest.”This latest move marks the third criminal cyber libel charge against Ressa, the last of which was filed less than two months ago, indicating an alarming new trend of the state exploiting the criminalisation of libel in the Philippines. The coalition of more than 80 groups led by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) stands with Ressa to #HoldTheLine and defend independent journalism in the Philippines. Sign and share the #HoldTheLine petition calling on the Philippine government to drop all charges against Ressa and Rappler.Note: This statement is issued by the #HoldTheLine steering committee but it does not necessarily reflect the position of all or any individual Coalition members or organisations. For further details, contact Courtney Radsch ([email protected]), Julie Posetti ([email protected]), and Rebecca Vincent ([email protected]). Newslast_img read more

Jurassic high heat production granites associated with the Weddell Sea rift system, Antarctica.

first_imgThe distribution of heat flow in Antarctic continental crust is critical to understanding continental tectonics, ice sheet growth and subglacial hydrology. We identify a group of High Heat Production granites, intruded into upper crustal Palaeozoic metasedimentary sequences, which may contribute to locally high heat flow beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Four of the granite plutons are exposed above ice sheet level at Pagano Nunatak, Pirrit Hills, Nash Hills and Whitmore Mountains. A new Usingle bondPb zircon age from Pirrit Hills of 178.0 ± 3.5 Ma confirms earlier Rbsingle bondSr and Usingle bondPb dating and that the granites were emplaced approximately coincident with the first stage of Gondwana break-up and the developing Weddell rift, and ~ 5 m.y. after eruption of the Karoo-Ferrar large igneous province. Aerogeophysical data indicate that the plutons are distributed unevenly over 40,000 km2 with one intruded into the transtensional Pagano Shear Zone, while the others were emplaced within the more stable Ellsworth-Whitmore mountains continental block. The granites are weakly peraluminous A-types and have Th and U abundances up to 60.7 and 28.6 ppm respectively. Measured heat production of the granite samples is 2.96–9.06 μW/m3 (mean 5.35 W/m3), significantly higher than average upper continental crust and contemporaneous silicic rocks in the Antarctic Peninsula. Heat flow associated with the granite intrusions is predicted to be in the range 70–95 mW/m2 depending on the thickness of the high heat production granite layer and the regional heat flow value. Analysis of detrital zircon compositions and ages indicates that the high Th and U abundances are related to enrichment of the lower-mid crust that dates back to 200–299 Ma at the time of the formation of the Gondwanide fold belt and its post-orogenic collapse and extension.last_img read more

Pope says gossiping is a ‘worse plague’ than coronavirus

first_imgPope Francis urged the faithful on Sunday to steer clear of gossip, calling it worse than the coronavirus and saying it could be used to divide the Roman Catholic Church.”Please, brothers and sisters, let’s make an effort not to gossip. Gossiping is a worse plague than COVID,” the pope said during his weekly address from a window above St. Peter’s Square.”The devil is the great gossip. He is always saying bad things about others because he is the liar who tries to split the Church,” Francis added in the off-the-cuff comments. The pope has regularly warned of the risks of gossiping and has also railed against Internet trolls.”If something goes wrong, offer silence and prayer for the brother or sister who make a mistake, but never gossip,” he said on Sunday. Topics :last_img read more

USC looks to make it three in a row against Arizona

first_imgAfter a Halloween win in the Bay over quarterback Jared Goff and the California Golden Bears, the Trojans will return home to the Coliseum to host Arizona. The Trojans are riding a two game-win streak to improve to 5-3 while the Wildcats are coming off of two straight losses, falling to 5-4.The last time these teams met, USC barely escaped a loss in Tucson, as No. 10 Arizona missed a last-second field goal that would have won the game. Since knocking off former No. 3 Utah, USC has moved up to third place in the Pac-12 South while Arizona is fifth, ahead of only Colorado.Since taking over, interim head coach Clay Helton has slowed his team down and strayed from former head coach Steve Sarkisian’s fast-paced offense. Last week against Cal, the Trojans held Goff and the Bears offense to a season-low 61 plays and will likely bring that same approach to the Coliseum on Saturday.“When you look at some of the teams that we are playing right now, these high-play teams, you’re trying to keep that ball away from them, steal a possession from them, limit a possession for them,” Helton said.The defense fell flat against Stanford, Washington and Notre Dame, but since switching to a more controlled tempo, has been unwavering against Utah and Cal. A fast-paced offense puts a lot of pressure on the defense since the offense is limiting its time of possession. Defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox said that reducing the amount of time the defense is on the field will greatly reduce the margin of error, especially against a high-scoring team like Arizona.“They are averaging over 500 yards of offense,” defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox said. “They have scored a lot of points. They have been in the 90s and 100s in the play count, so they get a lot of plays.”Arizona running back Jared Baker will try to capitalize on the defense’s Achilles heel — run game defense. Baker slowly grinds out yards on the ground and wears down defenses, something USC struggles to defend.Arizona quarterback Jerrard Randall started in place of an injured Anu Solomon, but now that Solomon is healthy again, head coach Rich Rodriguez seems to favor some variation of the two of them. Neither one has been outstanding, so as long as USC’s defense is able to stop the run game and play through the fourth quarter, the Trojans shouldn’t have a problem getting a win.“Our D-line and linebackers are playing lights-out right now,” said redshirt sophomore safety Chris Hawkins. “From here on out, we’re going to be needed a lot.”On the other side of the ball, redshirt senior quarterback Cody Kessler is coming off a game against Cal in which he did not throw a touchdown pass. Kessler has seemingly been a non-factor in USC’s past two wins but will need a big game to make up for the potential absence of his favorite target, sophomore wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.“Right now you’ve got to plan for him not to be there,” Helton said of Smith-Schuster, who had surgery to repair a fracture in his hand on Monday. “We’re not going to put a kid out there who’s not ready. If he’s ready, he’s ready. If not, we’ll save him for the next game.”Like Arizona, USC relies heavily on the run game under Helton, and especially if Smith-Schuster is out, the trio of tailbacks Justin Davis, Tre Madden and Ronald Jones will need to continue to exhaust the opposing defense. They haven’t met a defense who could stop them yet, and Arizona’s vulnerability isn’t likely to either.But many USC players have said that more important than offense and defense is playing together.“He has made us a real family,” Hawkins said.Wide receiver Darreus Rogers echoed Hawkins’s thought, and added that Helton has given the Trojans something to play for.“I believe in Coach Helton — we all believe in him — and we will do whatever it takes to win for him,” Rogers said.Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in the Coliseum. The game will be aired live on ESPN.last_img read more

D Day for Tipp Minors today

first_imgThis afternoon’s game throws-in at 1.15 in Croke Park and Tipp FM will have live commentary and analysis in association with Roscrea Express. Charlie McGeever’s team go into today’s final looking for revenge for their Munster final defeat in Killarney.Tipperary have defeated the Connaught and Leinster champions and now have their sights on Kerry.Dual minor star Stephen Quirke of Moyle Rovers says having played regularly in Croke Park throughout the summer will stand to Tipperary todaylast_img read more

Clippers’ injuries have forced Doc Rivers to adapt and adjust his game plan

first_img Clippers say quitting isn’t an option as they continue their playoff chase Others moved to reserve roles in order to give the Clippers more depth.It led to disjointed play at times this season, but the Clippers managed to stay within striking distance in a chaotic Western Conference playoff chase. They went into Thursday’s game against the Utah Jazz in 10th place in the conference standings, two games out of the eighth and final spot.“I just think we have different lineups all the time,” Rivers said. “It would be one thing if you had the same lineup for 30, 40, 50 games in the year, but this year we just haven’t had the ability to do that. We’ve got to make a choice every night, if we put our best players all on the floor at the same time.“Or do we want some kind of (strong) bench? I think having a bench helps us at well.”Rivers started his 35th different lineup Thursday, playing Sindarius Thornwell at small forward, Tobias Harris at power forward, DeAndre Jordan at center, Tyrone Wallace at point guard and Austin Rivers at shooting guard. Thornwell and Wallace are rookies. Avery Bradley underwent a similar season-ending surgery last month. Both procedures were performed by Dr. Bill Meyers at the Vincera Institute. Bradley played only six games for the Clippers after they acquired him in the late January trade that sent Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons.Bradley, Evans, Patrick Beverley (right knee surgery) and Milos Teodosic (plantar fascia injury in his left foot) each suffered season-ending injuries. Bradley was acquired to bolster the Clippers’ backcourt after Beverley’s season-ending surgery. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The Clippers’ resilience was put to the test again Thursday. If Doc Rivers has discovered nothing else about the Clippers, he’s learned they like a fight, they like to prove others wrong, and they like to wear their toughness like a badge of honor.“They’re really mentally tough,” he said. “The good thing about our guys is you have a bunch of guys who have been clawing and scratching just to make it into the NBA and so they’re not going to stop now. In a lot of ways that plays to our benefit.“A lot of these guys, not only are they G-League guys, they’re rookies, but they’re playing for their careers. Some of our guys in our locker room are trying to get to the playoffs and some of them are trying to get to the playoffs and start a career.“That makes everybody hungry and I think it’s good for us.”MEDICAL UPDATEJawun Evans underwent successful core muscle surgery Thursday in Philadelphia and will be sidelined for the rest of the season, the Clippers said. Evans, a rookie point guard, averaged 4.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 16.2 minutes in 48 games.Related Articles SALT LAKE CITY — When he had the lineup he wanted, when everyone was healthy and available to play, Coach Doc Rivers had an embarrassment of offensive riches on his hands. He could call a number of different plays for a number of different players, giving opponents a new look from past seasons.It didn’t last.Injuries ruined everything.Rivers and the Clippers had to adjust on the fly. They had to toss out some options and add others. Rivers had to shuffle his rotation, starting some inexperienced players who might have played limited roles or been stashed in the developmental league all season.last_img read more

Pochettino motivated by beating Man Utd, not joining them

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Mauricio Pochettino says his focus is solely on defeating Manchester United on Sunday to further Tottenham’s Premier League title chances rather than his own prospects of taking over at Old Trafford next season.The Argentine is the bookies’ favourite to take over as United’s next permanent manager despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s perfect record in five games as caretaker boss following Jose Mourinho’s sacking.Spurs, in third place, are 10 points ahead of their sixth-placed visitors and are just six points off leaders Liverpool.Pochettino’s men are still involved in four competitions despite working with a fraction of the budget on offer to Mourinho over the past two-and-a-half seasons.“Of course when you’re a manager or coach you cannot be focused on all the rumours,” Pochettino said on Friday, referring to his meeting with Solskjaer being billed as a head-to-head for the United job.“The most important thing is the motivation that we have to do our job in our best way. Of course Manchester is going to come on Sunday trying to win.“Of course for him (Solskjaer) it’s a massive motivation or challenge to manage Manchester United, like for me it’s a massive challenge to be in front for this football club, Tottenham.“Always the motivation is to win because we’re so competitive. We’re people that love to win and hate to lose, and always when you play a friendly game or a competitive game like Sunday always it’s about winning.”Pochettino’s achievements are all the more remarkable given Spurs have played in a makeshift home at Wembley for the past 18 months and did not sign a single player during the summer transfer window. Tottenham are again unlikely to do business in January, with the immediate concern more focused on ensuring some of their best players do not leave.Christian Eriksen has been in fantastic form of late but the Danish midfielder has yet to agree an extension on his contract that expires in 2020, sparking interest from a host of top European clubs.“Christian is a very clever person and of course there’s going to be a decision from him, from the club, from different parts and I hope he can be committed to the club long-term,” said Pochettino.“In football it’s about timings, negotiations, different parties and how they feel.“Of course, it’s his right to wait, to sign this week or in six months, to have different dreams and challenges. For me, it’s not a point to discuss. He’s committed to us, he’s playing so well. I’m so happy with him.”And Pochettino joked that he treats Eriksen in a similar way to his dog.“Christian is a very special person and you need to give him freedom, like on the pitch,” added Pochettino.“You cannot put him in a box. You need to give freedom and trust him. Like my dog, in the park. I trust my dog. I say, ‘Go, I trust you’”.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

A look into the bond Kevin Durant cemented with Spencer Hawes

first_imgSEATTLE – The fans kept cheering Kevin Durant and yelling out his name.Even as the Warriors’ star attempted to attend to every Sonics fan and luminary he could, nothing would stop him from connecting with someone that has meant the most to him. Shortly after his pre-game routine in his first stop here since his rookie season with the former Seattle SuperSonics, Durant spotted former NBA center Spencer Hawes.Durant gave him a big hug . Durant and Hawes then talked as if they are siblings. In …last_img read more

First students graduate from Rural Youth Corps

first_img17 April 2014Six thousand young people graduated from the four-year National Rural Youth Corps (Narysec) programme at Thaba Nchu College of Education in the Free State on Tuesday.South Africa launched its National Rural Youth Service Corps in 2010. The programme was established by the Department of Rural Development and is designed to complement the government’s job creation model.The Youth Corps aims to help transform young people in the rural areas from being job seekers to being job creators in their own right, as well as reducing their dependency on social grants.Speaking at the graduation ceremony on Tuesday, Gugile Nkwinti, the minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, said, “In the coming years, we will be talking about a changed and different rural [life] in South Africa.“It is equally reasonable to predict that because of skilling and creating employment for our young people in our rural areas through Narysec, [it] is bearing fruit.”Rural upliftmentThe long-term programme, which also aims to uplift rural areas with services and infrastructure, started out with 7 900 participants. There were now about 14 000 people enrolled in the programme, Nkwinti said.In 2012, the recruitment drive for the programme was increased from four to six people per rural ward and include residents aged between 18 and 35 who have completed Grade 10. They are trained in technical, artisan and social-work skills.“The Presidency is the developer of youth policy in the country,” Obed Bapela, the Deputy Minister in the Presidency: Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation, said at the ceremony.“Narysec is indeed becoming an intervention programme taking young people, who are unskilled and unemployed in the rural areas, and giving them a second opportunity to be able to get the necessary skills to either seek employment or start their own entrepreneurial opportunities.“It is a very good programme and it has been supported and sustained. We hope that other departments will develop their own programmes that are similar to Narysec to [counter the] challenge of youth skills development,” he said.‘Invaluable opportunities’A graduate of Narysec, Colbert Mabasa, 29, from Mukhomi village in Limpopo who was attending the ceremony, told SANews that the programme created invaluable job opportunities for young people.“My life has changed because of the construction and agricultural skills that I’ve acquired through the programme. I value this programme and I can see the difference the programme is making to young people’s lives, mostly in rural areas.“I know how to build, plaster and make roofing. Before I started with this programme in 2010, I was unemployed and unskilled.“Currently, I am building houses for people in my village. I’ve already registered my construction company and I’ve employed five local people,” he said.Mabasa was part of a group that visited China recently to learn agricultural skills. He also runs a two-hectare garden where he grows vegetables to sell to retailers.“I’ve been sitting doing nothing at home since I matriculated in 2008 as there was no money for me to further my studies. My results were also not good. But now this programme has changed my life for the better and I’m always working very hard so that I can also change the lives of other young people in my village,” he said.HeadquartersThe graduation ceremony was preceded by the handing over of Thaba Nchu College of Education to the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform by Free State Premier Ace Magashule.The college is now the headquarters of the Youth Corps programme. It will also be used as the permanent exhibition centre of the 1913 Land Act Exhibition.SAinfo reporter and SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

SKA South Africa unveils ‘First Light’ image from outer space

first_imgCD AndersonThe Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project, near the town of Carnarvon in the remote Northern Cape, revealed the first image of space taken using the project’s first phase of 16 fully-functioning MeerKAT receptor units.Named ‘First Light’, the image was presented at an onsite function held on 16 July 2016.SKA SOUTH AFRICA – Google Search https://t.co/rkUO4fplxv pic.twitter.com/PZ5Z7402uv— Sonia (@S_o_n_i_a) July 9, 2016The presentation formed part of a tour of the SKA facilities by other ministers and 11 government deputy ministers, invited by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor.Among the dignitaries was Ebrahim Patel, minister of economic development and member of the Presidential Infrastructure Co-ordinating Commission (PICC).Infrastructure investment is a key priority of the National Development Plan and the New Growth Path, and the SKA project is one of 18 strategic infrastructure projects identified by the PICC as a priority for national economic growth.The aim of the tour, said Pandor, was to create project ambassadors in the government to spread the message of SKA’s ground-breaking work in the field of astro-science that aided South Africa’s reputation as a global scientific player, as well as to highlight the positive impact of the project on the people of Carnarvon.Min Pandor and Dep Minister during the visit to the SKA tdy, NCape pic.twitter.com/8DfnhprdcU— tommy makhode (@tommymakhode) July 16, 2016‘First Light’SKA’s chief scientist, Dr Fernando Camilo, unveiled the ‘First Light’ image during the ministers’ visit, beginning with some background about how radio wave technology worked and how it was evolving as SKA itself advanced.Highlighting the differences between images taken with a conventional visual telescope – one in Chile – and a smaller radio telescope array in the United States, Camilo said the image captured by the 16-unit array – a quarter of its prospective capacity – was much clearer and lot more detailed than anything captured before. It revealed over 1 300 galaxies in a tiny corner of the universe where only 70 were known before.A particular highlight of the image shows what is known as a Fanaroff-Riley Class 2 (FR2) object: a massive black hole in the distant universe. In the image, matter can be seen falling into the black hole and producing the bright dot at the centre. The FR2 object launches jets of powerful electrons moving at close to the speed of light, emitting radio waves that are then detected with the array. (Refer to the images in the above tweet)Camilo called the SKA array, as it is now, operating on a quarter of its potential, a “remarkable image machine”. These latest image developments were “beautiful and far better than we could have expected”. Once the full array of 64 MeerKATs was completed, the possibilities for uncovering clearer and more noteworthy cosmic events was a very exciting prospect.Global infrastructure for the worldEarlier today, @dstgovza Minister Naledi #Pandor commissioned 16 dishes of the 64-dish MeerKAT completed so far #SKA pic.twitter.com/sLr1XDv80P— SA Gov News (@SAgovnews) July 16, 2016In her keynote address, Pandor, a passionate advocate of SKA, noted “the dedicated work of hundreds of engineers, scientists, managers and other staff, and South African and international industrial partners, as well as the support of the government and people of South Africa for more than a decade”.The project would turn innovation and development activities into real economic benefits for the people of the area and reputation of the country. Africa’s role in the global science community was vital and very much assured, she said. “We are building a global infrastructure for the world.”What is SKA?The Square Kilometre Array South Africa is a radio telescope project made up of a series of receptor dishes called MeerKATs that collect sensitive radio wave frequencies from outer space, detecting objects millions, even billions of light years away from Earth. The SKA facility then processes the huge amounts of data gathered from these radio waves to formulate images of the objects – including the birth of stars and the forming of new galaxies.Scientists use the information and images gathered by SKA telescopes to better understand how the universe evolved and continues to change.South Africa hosts the bulk of the SKA project, with investments by the government and private research partners totalling more than R3-billion ($205m).#MeerKAT #SKA #FirstLight(Infographic courtesy SKA Africa @SKA_Africa) pic.twitter.com/gSzqwzpXXe— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) July 18, 2016Currently the South African SKA site has 16 fully-functioning MeerKAT dishes, with the full array of 64 receptors expected to be completed by the end of 2017. This will make it part of the world’s most powerful radio telescope system.Set to be completed by 2020, the entire SKA system of 3 000 dishes in locations around the world, including in Australia, South America and the UK, will give astronomy, physics and a host of other sciences an almost limitless amount of data with which to advance human understanding of the universe.The South African section of the project alone has more than 500 global scientific groupsin line to use the Northern Cape array for research and discovery work over the next five years, bringing in much science tourism revenue.“What this will do is bring to South African and world astronomers the most astonishing and profoundly powerful instrument ever used before in radio astronomy,” SKA South Africa Project director Rob Adam said at the visit on Saturday.SouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

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