Presidential candidates ignore serious breaches of freedom of information

first_imgNews RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story FranceEurope – Central Asia Have any of the presidential candidates said anything about the indictment of five journalists who were investigating a matter of public interest every bit as notorious as the Bettencourt affair? Have any of them responded to the detention of documentary maker Marie Maffre while she was making a film about the group Jeudi Noir (Black Thursday), which campaigns against homelessness, and the seizure of her equipment?Which of them has expressed concern about the withdrawal of an indictment against Philippe Courroye, the public prosecutor in Nanterre outside Paris, for infringing the confidentiality of journalists’ sources?Have any protested over the judicial harassment of Christophe Grébert, a local councillor in another western Paris suburb, Puteaux, who writes a blog on his commune?Who would dare to declare that the adverse reaction to the president’s proposal to punish anyone who visits websites promoting terrorism or violence is robust and courageous?As the election approaches, any of these issues could have allowed the candidates to show their support for freedom of information. This has not been the case. Any views expressed have been pusillanimous. Reporters Without Borders strongly regrets that freedom of the press has been almost completely absent from the election campaign. The series of recent incidents described above shows, however, that the freedom and independence of journalists is continually under threat and needs to be defended.Difficult relations with the judicial authorities and the police, violation of the confidentiality of journalists’ sources, confiscation of equipment, prosecution and demands for the withdrawal of content, intimidation by elected politicians – these are some examples among many that contradict the impression that freedom of the press is irreproachable in France. Litigation and prosecution of journalists have been an everyday occurrence in the past few years. For example, the indictments on 29 March of Franz Olivier Giesbert and Hervé Gattegno, respectively director and editor of the weekly news magazine Le Point, and on 5 April of Edwy Plenel and Fabrice Arfi, director and journalist with the investigative website Mediapart, and Fabrice Lhomme, now with the daily Le Monde, for infringing the privacy of an individual, are illustrative of a peculiarly French anomaly. “As soon as a journalist or a blogger touches on a sensitive subject, he or she must be prepared to tangle with the law,” Reporters Without Borders said.“Such harassment damages freedom of information and promotes a climate which, unfortunately, favours self-censorship. We are surprised at the silence of the candidates for the French presidency on issues that lie at the very heart of our democracy, while infringements and abuses are commonplace. Taken as a whole, this paints a worrying picture. Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information News May 10, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more June 4, 2021 Find out more to go further April 6, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Presidential candidates ignore serious breaches of freedom of information RSF_en FranceEurope – Central Asia “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Freedom of the press, which suffers from serious shortcomings and abuses in France, should be a source of greater concern for the presidential candidates. In a report on press freedom in France, Reporters Without Borders describes the main obstacles to independence of news and information in the country, which is ranked 38 of 179 countries in the 2011-2012 world press freedom index compiled by Reporters Without Borders. Little attention paid to editorial independence and journalistic freedomMost candidates have expressed opposition to the HADOPI law, under which illegal downloaders can be deprived of an Internet connection. Some have said they want to end the current system for appointing the heads of state broadcasting organizations. Others have suggested reforming the High Council for Broadcasting (CSA) or guaranteeing the independence of the news agency Agence France-Presse. Surprisingly, however, there are no clear proposals to reform the law protecting the confidentiality of journalists’ sources. References are made to certain international treaties, but little is said about the need to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on Access to Public Documents. Nor do any of the candidates mention in their programs the need for the police to be trained to respect the right to information, yet abuses are increasing at demonstrations, in the course of preliminary inquiries and over the issuing of summonses.No one has highlighted the difficulties encountered by journalists in getting access to detention centres for foreigners, although they are the subject of a current campaign and often make headline news. These topics must be tackled urgently. Organisation News Follow the news on Francelast_img read more

State of emergency declared for all counties on Florida’s east coast due to Hurricane Isaias

first_imgIn light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Florida Division of Emergency Management has a reserve of personal protective equipment available, including 20 million masks, 22 million gloves, 10 million gowns, and 1.6 million face shields.In addition, the state has purchased 50 generators to handle power outages throughout Florida.The state also has 9.4 million bottles of water and 2.6 million meals ready to be deployed.DeSantis said he does not anticipate that emergency shelters will be needed for Hurricane Isaias, but the state will be ready just in case. prepare On Friday, Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for every county on Florida’s east coast from Miami-Dade to Nassau County ahead of Hurricane Isaias.Hurricane Warning in effect for Palm Beach County, Treasure Coastlast_img read more

Dalvin Cook injury update: Vikings RB says leaving game vs. Seahawks was precautionary

first_imgVikings running back Dalvin Cook went to the locker room midway through the third quarter of Monday night’s 37-30 loss to the Seahawks and didn’t play another snap, but he said after the game he was held out for precautionary reasons. Cook had popped up on the Vikings injury report Thursday with a chest injury that he said occurred last week against the Broncos and limited him in practice. He practiced fully Friday and began Monday’s game without issue, but the injury was aggravated against the Seahawks. Dalvin Cook said he got hit on the chest injury he’d sustained against the Broncos, but added he could have gone back in the game, saying he sat for precautionary reasons. He said he’ll be good to go for Detroit.— Ben Goessling (@GoesslingStrib) December 3, 2019On his final play of the game, Cook was trying to recover his own fumble but had his arm pinned behind him by a defender. He walked to the locker room, was listed as questionable to return, came back to the sideline quickly but never put his helmet on or re-entered the game. The fumble gave Seattle a key possession late in the close game.  Minnesota wide receiver Stefon Diggs was also hurt on the play, but he quickly recovered and was in on Minnesota’s next drive.MORE: Updated NFL playoff pictureHere’s the Diggs & Cook injuries— Vikings Blogger (@firstandskol) December 3, 2019Without Cook, the Vikings relied on backup Alexander Mattison, a rookie with 394 yards on 82 carries entering Monday and added 22 yards on four rushes against the Seahawks.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 25, 2015)–Those wishing to spend the morning at Santa Anita’s Clockers’ Corner on Santa Anita Derby Day, Saturday, April 4, are advised that Baldwin Ave. will be closed to vehicular traffic between the 210 Freeway and Huntington Drive from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. in order to accommodate foot traffic related to Santa Anita’s annual Derby Day 5K Run and Walk.Accordingly, Santa Anita’s Gate 8, which adjoins the Westfield Shopping Mall on Baldwin Ave., and Gate 7, at the track’s northwest end, will also be closed to vehicles during the same time frame.Those wishing to visit Clockers’ Corner on Derby Day morning will be able to enter the track on Santa Anita’s northeast perimeter, through Gate 5, or on the track’s southern perimeter, through Gate 3. Gates 3 & 5 will be open for easy access to Clockers’ Corner beginning at 5 a.m. and will remain open throughout the day. Santa Anita’s main track will be closed for training at 7:30 a.m.Gate 3 is located at the intersection of Holly Ave. and Huntington Drive. Gate 5 is located at the confluence of Colorado Place and Huntington Drive.For additional information on the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby and on the Derby Day 5K Run and Walk, fans are encouraged to visit, or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Jeff Horn lets Manny Pacquiao know he’s ready for a May 2019 bout

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The problem, however, is that the other welterweight World champions have scheduled fights in March and April.Shawn Porter, a former sparring partner of Pacquiao’s, will defend the WBC title on March 9 while Errol Spence will stake the IBF championship on March 16.Terrence Crawford, who is with Top Rank, will go up against Amir Khan for the defense of the WBO belt.Keith Thurman, the owner of the WBA Super World welterweight belt, was just coming off a majority decision win over Josesito Lopez on January 26.This leaves Horn, who owns two regional titles from WBA and WBO, as a viable opponent for Pacquiao but the Filipino shrugged off his former foe’s wishes.“I was willing to do a rematch with them but they didn’t want to. And now that I am back on top and they are coming off a loss, they are asking for a rematch. No way,” said Pacquiao in the Manila Bulletin report.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “That’s a coincidence because May suits me perfectly also,” said Horn (19-1-1) in his Instagram account. MOST READ Horn does have the upper hand against Pacquiao (61-7-2) albeit through a controversial unanimous decision win to take the WBO World welterweight title back in July of 2017.Pacquiao has since bounced back from that shock loss with back-to-back wins, the first of which to take the WBA 147-lb title from Lucas Matthysse via knockout in July 2018 and the last one a unanimous decision victory over Adrien Broner in January 2019 to retain the strap.As per Manila Bulletin, Pacquiao told Premier Boxing Champions—the company that handles the best welterweights—that a May fight suits him since this is the time the Philippine Senate goes into recess to accommodate the 2019 midterm elections.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woescenter_img PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Jeff Horn of Australia, left, and Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines, right, lands a left to during their WBO World Welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. APMANILA, Philippines—Jeff Horn is ready to step up and face Manny Pacquiao for a potential rematch, if it what he teases comes to fruition.The Australian teacher-turned-prize fighter expressed through Instagram his willingness to fight the legendary Filipino with Pacquiao eyeing another match potentially in May.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Ex-NBA exec joins ONE Championship as new VP International SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woeslast_img read more

Targeted Growth Program Case Study – Rosalie Touch Association

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first_imgRelated LinksTGP Case Study – Rosalie If your affiliate is looking to grow its junior numbers, why not take inspiration from Rosalie Touch Association (RTA), who were a successful applicant in the 2012/13 Targeted Growth Program.For RTA, establishing a junior development program, a first for the club in its 25-year history, was reason enough to apply for funding for the Targeted Growth Program. And the result of involving juniors for RTA has been a massive success, as Dr Kit Frazer explains. “We wanted to run coaching clinics for the juniors to introduce them to the basic skills of the games through a number of fun games and drills progressing to modified games and then full games,” Frazer said. “We advertised the program through the local schools, public and private, local press and also local rugby clubs. Members of the committee also helped as community coaches in the local schools development program.”“We ran a Level 1 coaching course for our junior coaches and ensured all had working with children checks.”Frazer says that it was clear that the affiliate was suffering from an ageing demographic and that the infusion of youth every year from now on will rejuvenate the club. “We enrolled 145 children and commenced our program on Thursday, 18 October. The development phase ran for eight weeks until mid-December 2012 and we subsequently identified approximately 30 keen and talented kids to play in Mixed Under 12’s and Boys 15’s at the WA Junior State Championships (earlier this year).”“We also now have several of the older kids enrolled and playing in some of the senior teams at Rosalie,” Frazer said. Applications for the 2013/14 Targeted Growth Program (TGP) are now open and all affiliates are encouraged to apply. For more information, please click on the following[tt_news]=3893&cHash=ddf3ad2ae2 last_img read more

9 months ago’Secret’ Juventus medical today for Ramsey

first_img‘Secret’ Juventus medical today for Ramseyby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is set for a Juventus medical today.Gazzetta dello Sport says Ramsey is ‘set to have his Juventus medical in London on Sunday’ as the Italian giants look to finalise a deal for the Welshman. Ramsey’s contract expires in north London in the summer and as he is free to discuss terms with teams abroad, it appears Juventus are closing in on a smart free transfer. He will undertake part of his medical in secret in London, just a day after Arsenal suffered defeat to city rivals West Ham. Ramsey is expected to sign a five-year contract worth £140,000-a-week plus bonuses if he plays 50 per cent of all the games in a season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Livestreaming and the reinvention of Vine How social media changed in 2016

first_img2016 was a year of change and growth for many social media platforms. Some expanded their services, others met their demise, and many of the big players became obsessed with providing their users with the ability to livestream. But even with all the changes, one thing remained consistent. Topics Canadians cared about, whether it be Drake, the U.S. election or Pokemon Go, were sure to show up on social media platforms across the board.The death of VineOne of the biggest changes to the social media landscape in 2016 came when Twitter announced it was shutting down its short-form video service Vine in an effort to cut costs. Twitter Advertisement Vine, the platform that allows users to record and loop up to six seconds of video, surfaced back in 2013 (Twitter acquired it before it even launched) and, over the years, it helped produce several stars including Canadians Shawn Mendes and Ruth B. But with Twitter bleeding money, and struggling to find a buyer, the social media giant made the cut quite abruptly, much to the horror of “viners” everywhere. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

9 Story Media Group Acquires Out of the Blue Enterprises

first_img Facebook 9 Story Media Group (CNW Group/9 Story Media Group) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO – 9 Story Media Group is pleased to announce that it has acquired Out of the Blue Enterprises, a leader in children’s media across content creation, TV production, digital applications and consumer products. Founded in 2005 by Blue’s Clues co-creator Angela Santomero and former Nickelodeon executive Samantha Freeman, Out of the Blue is best known for the Emmy-nominated literacy series Super WHY; the Mister Rogers Neighborhood inspired Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood; and the interactive art adventure program Creative Galaxy for Amazon Studios. Out of the Blue also owns the legacy toy brand Colorforms, named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Greatest Toys of All-Time, and the company is in production on a new animated series based on the classic brand. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Login/Register With: Known for its full-scale production and international distribution capabilities, 9 Story Media Group employs almost 600 staff with facilities in Toronto, Dublin and Manchester. Its award winning animation studio, Brown Bag Films, is recognized around the world for hit children’s series such as Doc McStuffins, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Top Wing, Octonauts and The Magic School Bus: Rides Again. Out of the Blue is known for its in-house, award winning creative and full service management of licensing and merchandising.Vince Commisso, President & CEO of 9 Story Media Group, said: “Having worked with Angela and Samantha on Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Creative Galaxy, we have tremendous respect for their creative capabilities. Out of the Blue has a proven track record in developing unique and beloved brands for a preschool audience. Joining forces broadens our development capabilities, increases our consumer products reach and extends our presence in the U.S. We look forward to working with the entire Out of the Blue team and are absolutely thrilled to welcome them into the 9 Story Media Group family.”Angela Santomero said, “We have enjoyed working closely with 9 Story over the past decade, producing uniquely engaging entertainment offerings for preschoolers that also serve as valuable resources for parents, caregivers and teachers.”  Samantha Freeman added, “We are excited to join 9 Story’s expanding media platform and look forward to creating, producing and licensing current and new preschool properties together.”About 9 Story Media Group9 Story Media Group is a leading creator, producer and distributor of kids and family focused intellectual property. Its award-winning animation studio, Brown Bag Films, is recognized around the world for best-in-class brands such as Doc McStuffins, Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood, Octonauts, Wild Kratts, Peter Rabbit and The Magic School Bus: Rides Again.  The company’s international distribution arm, 9 Story Distribution International, represents 2,700 half-hours of animated and live-action programming, seen on some of the most respected international channels and platforms. With facilities in Toronto, Dublin, Manchester, the 9 Story Media group of companies employ almost 600 creative and corporate staff.www.9story.comAbout Out of the Blue EnterprisesOut of the Blue Enterprises is a leader in children’s educational media, with a portfolio of breakthrough, interactive and multi-platform, educational entertainment for television, video, mobile apps and consumer products.  Out of the Blue creates and produces Super WHY, the Emmy-nominated literacy series on PBS Kids; Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, for The Fred Rogers Co/PBS Kids; Wishenpoof and Creative Galaxy for Amazon Studios; and Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Room.  Out of the Blue also develops top-rated mobile educational game apps, including Super WHY and Colorforms, and handles all licensing and merchandising activity for Super WHY, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and the Colorformsbrand, which was acquired in 2014.  Led by Co-Founders Angela C. Santomero, Creator of the hit preschool entertainment franchise, Blue’s Clues; and Samantha Freeman, a former Nickelodeon and toy industry executive, Out of the Blue aims to engage kids and families with age-appropriate, entertaining and engaging learning experiences. Advertisement Out of the Blue, based in New York City, will become a wholly owned subsidiary of 9 Story Media Group with Managing Director Samantha Freeman staying on to lead the company and Co-Founder Angela Santomero continuing to serve as Creator and Executive Producer.9 Story and Out of the Blue have previously worked together on the hit animated series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, which 9 Story produces and distributes internationally with The Fred Rogers Company in association with Out of the Blue. The two companies have also worked together on Creative Galaxy for Amazon Studios, which Out of the Blue produces and 9 Story is the animation partner. Both series are currently in production on new seasons. 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Canadian banks wrap up solid quarter with TD bank beating expectations

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first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s biggest banks wrapped up another solid quarter of better-than-expected results, shrugging off hefty writedowns and worries about the domestic housing market with robust growth beyond the country’s borders.TD, the last of the big banks to report its results, said Thursday it earned $2.353 billion for the period ended Jan. 31, marking a seven per cent drop from the same period in 2017.But after adjusting for one-time items, TD Bank reported adjusted diluted earnings of $2.946 billion or $1.56 per share, a 15 per cent jump from the previous year, beating expectations.Collectively, the five biggest banks including Royal Bank of Canada, TD Bank, Bank of Montreal, Scotiabank and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, earned more than $10-billion for the three-month period. That marks a 4.4 per cent drop from roughly $10.46 billion in the first quarter of 2017.Earnings for lenders with a U.S. footprint this quarter were hit by one-time charges to adjust for a major U.S. corporate tax cut, which took effect Jan. 1.Yet, Canada’s largest financial institutions still exceeded analyst estimates, fuelled by their international operations.On an adjusted basis to remove one-time items such as the tax charge, Canada’s biggest lenders earned roughly $11.3 billion, up approximately 12.59 per cent from a year ago“You’re really seeing nice contribution coming from outside of Canada,” said Shannon Stemm, an analyst with Edward Jones, based in St. Louis.Scotiabank, which has focused its international expansion efforts on Latin America, reported net income of $667 million from its international banking division, marking a 16 per cent year-on-year increase.TD, one of the 10 biggest banks in the U.S., on Thursday reported a 19 per cent increase in net income to $952 million from its retail banking arm south of the border.BMO’s U.S. personal and commercial banking division reported net income of $310 million, up 24 per cent from a year earlier. Meanwhile CIBC, which purchased Chicago-based PrivateBancorp last summer, reported $134 million in profits, up roughly 362 per cent from the first quarter in 2017.RBC posted double-digit growth in their wealth management and capital markets divisions, helped by the U.S. corporate tax cut. Los Angeles-based City National, acquired by RBC in 2015, contributed US$114 million in net income in the latest quarter, more than double compared to a year ago.Meanwhile, in Canada, amid heightened worries over new, stricter underwriting rules for mortgages, the banks’ domestic businesses remained strong.TD’s domestic earnings were $1.76 billion in the first quarter, up 12 per cent from a year earlier. The other four lenders posted year-over-year first-quarter profit growth in their Canadian businesses ranging between nine and 19 per cent.The banks’ mortgage portfolios this quarter saw little impact from the federal financial regulator’s new underwriting rules for uninsured mortgages, as of Jan. 1.Under the new rules, would-be homebuyers with a downpayment of 20 per cent or larger must prove they can make their mortgage payments if interest rates rise. In general, the banks signalled it was too early to tell what impact these rules have had thus far, expect the additional requirements to pose a headwind in the quarters to come.“The Canadian operations remain solid,” said John Aiken, an analyst with Barclays in Toronto. “We’ve got steady cash and capital generation from that. But we’re starting to see signs that the strong run may be starting to ease.”The banks reaped the benefits of a strong Canadian economy in 2017.But the projected bump from President Donald Trump’s tax reforms are expected to help compensate the banks with even bigger future profits south of the border due to tax savings and increased economic activity.Scotiabank doesn’t have a significant retail banking presence in the U.S., but its chief executive Brian Porter said this week he is optimistic that the markets of Peru, Chile, Colombia and Mexico will still experience positive knock-on effects.RBC said this week it is expecting a benefit of roughly $250 million annually, while TD said it is anticipating a full-year benefit of US$225 million.“The macro environment in Canada and the U.S. remains supportive and developments over the past quarter have provided us with additional upside,” TD chief executive Bharat Masrani said on a conference call discussing its results.“While there are risks on the horizon, if these positive conditions persist, adjusted earnings growth for the full year may exceed our medium-term targets.”One such risk that does cloud the outlook is the potential dismantling of the North American Free Trade Agreement, as the latest round of strained talks commenced this week.RBC chief executive David McKay said this week that concern over the trade deal is weighing on its commercial customers’ longer term investment decisions.Companies in this story: (TSX:RY, TSX:BMO, TSX:BNS, TSX:TD, TSX:CM)last_img read more

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