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RSF’s denounces Singapore’s disregard of press freedom ahead of its Universal Periodic Review

first_imgNews A request by the New Naratif website to be registered as Singaporean company was rejected outright by the authorities in 2018. December 6, 2019 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has sent its evaluation of the current situation in Singapore to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva ahead of Singapore’s next Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the council’s other members in May. RSF’s evaluation deplores the Singaporean government’s complete disregard for the basic principles of press freedom. SingaporeAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesReports and statisticsMedia independence United Nations The government also arbitrarily decides whether a foreign media outlet may or may not be distributed within the city-state. Under several laws, including the sedition law and criminal code articles, publishing information that, for example, “promotes feelings of ill-will and hostility” within the population is punishable by imprisonment. The wording of these laws gives judges considerable leeway and, as a result, fosters a great deal of self-censorship within the news media. SingaporeAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesReports and statisticsMedia independence United Nations News Five years later, the situation is even worse, notably as a result of the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA), which took effect in October 2019. Also known as the “anti-fake news” law, it grants every member of the government the right to “correct,” delete or block access to any online content in order to “prevent a diminution of public confidence in (…) the government.” The blogger Leong Sze Hian, for example, continues to face the possibility of a two-year prison sentence in a criminal defamation case brought by the prime minister just because he shared an article from the Malaysian website on Facebook in November 2018. Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources Bastard added: “Singapore boasts of being an economic development model but, as regards the freedom to inform, it is a model of what not to be. Democracies should not tolerate this state of affairs.” Receive email alerts RSF_en A handful of news sites and blogs try to provide Singaporeans with reliable and independently reported information but those who run them are often the victims of judicial harassment by the government. April 10, 2020 Find out more Never out of power since the city-state’s independence in 1965, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s People’s Action Party has passed legislation that allows the government to oversee the appointment of those who run the leading media outlets, including their editors and the members of their boards of governors. News Follow the news on Singaporecenter_img Singapore uses “anti-fake news” law to eliminate public debate Self-censorship Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaks in the United Nations General Assembly Hall September 23, 2019 (photo: Timothy A. Clary / AFP). News Help by sharing this information The government rarely has to carry out the threat of judicial harassment against journalists working for any of the country’s mainstream media, whether print, broadcasting or online media, because they either belong to the MediaCorp group, which is owned by a state investment company, or they are owned by Singapore Press Holdings, whose bosses are appointed by the ministry of communications and information. Organisation After falling seven places in the space of a year, Singapore is ranked 158th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index and is now coloured black on the RSF press freedom map because the situation is classified as “very bad.” Related documents RSF’s evaluation ahead of Singapore’s 2021 Universal Periodic ReviewPDF – 185.24 KB Singaporean website prosecuted over election coverage The city-state’s authorities accepted 117 recommendations at the end of the council’s last UPR of the situation in Singapore in 2016. Absolutely none of them concerned press freedom although several member states had urged Singapore to amend laws criminalizing defamation, end media censorship by the state apparatus and allow the emergence of independent media not held back by self-censorship. Bad model “We urge the representatives of Human Rights Council member countries to challenge Singapore’s representatives about their complete disregard for the basic principles of press freedom,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “It is unacceptable for a member state to refuse to discuss this absolutely central issue with its peers, no matter how briefly.” to go further October 2, 2020 Find out more October 15, 2020 – Updated on October 19, 2020 RSF’s denounces Singapore’s disregard of press freedom ahead of its Universal Periodic Review Judicial harassmentlast_img read more

Abbey gets into the habit of looking for extra space

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Syracuse goalie Drake Porter to return for 5th year

first_imgSyracuse starting goaltender Drake Porter announced he will return for a fifth year, using an extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA due to the canceled 2020 season. Porter was the second graduating senior to announce his return, following face-off specialist Danny Varello on Wednesday. “My teammates and I will do whatever it takes to bring a National Championship back to ‘Cuse,” Porter said in a statement. “Hartford or bust.”  Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 16, 2020 at 2:01 pm Contact Mitchell: [email protected]center_img AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPorter was a member of the preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference team in 2020 and posted 64 saves and an ACC-leading .577 save percentage across five games. Porter became the first two-year starter in the cage since Evan Molloy. In 2019, Porter led the ACC in save percentage and saves-per-game and was a member of the All-ACC team.The Aurora, Ontario native was ranked as the fourth goalie in the 2020 Premier Lacrosse League draft class by Paul Carcaterra.Earlier Thursday on a Zoom call with the media, teammate Nick Mellen hinted that Porter could possibly return. When asked about the team’s potential for next season, Mellen said, “the roster of guys we have coming back is ridiculous, like extremely deep.” “We got our starting goalie coming back, pretty much our whole defense, pretty much our whole team from last year is coming back,” he said. Other graduating members of the 2020 team that could return with NCAA eligibility include Peter Dearth, Jamie Trimboli and Stephen Rehfuss, all of whom have yet to announce their decisions. Commentslast_img read more

Byron Scott’s third interview with Los Angeles Lakers ends without offer

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Lakers returned back toward continuing their coaching search Wednesday after putting it on a brief hiatus amid the NBA draft and free agency. But the Lakers still did not provide clarity on who they will hire. Byron Scott’s 3 1/2-hour interview Wednesday with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and executive Jim Buss involved plenty of detail surrounding the team’s assembled roster since free agency began over two weeks ago. But the meeting at an undisclosed location ended without an offer, according to a league source familiar with the situation.The Lakers indicated they still planned to fill out the rest of the roster, agreeing to a two-year deal with free-agent forward Ed Davis worth $2 million, according to a Yahoo! Sports report. Davis, who reportedly has an option for his second season, will likely play behind rookie forward Julius Randle after averaging 6.9 points and 5.9 rebounds in 20.8 minutes per game with Toronto (2010-12) and Memphis (2012-14).The rest of the Lakers’ roster includes Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Robert Sacre, Randle, Jeremy Lin, Nick Young, Jordan Hill, Kendall Marshall and Jordan Clarkson. But the Lakers did not indicate how long that process would take or if Scott would need to come in for what would mark his fourth interview, said a league source. “I thought, ‘Maybe I might end up being somewhere else,” Young told this newspaper this week at Lure Nightclub, which hosted an ESPN-sponsored red-carpet event commemorating its recent Body issue. “I knew if Melo signed here, I would pretty much have to go somewhere else.”Before Young could become too giddy about staying in his hometown, he received an important phone call from Bryant. “He was telling me to get in the gym and work hard,” Young recalled. “They’re already counting us out.”The Lakers are not just coming off a 27-55 record last season, the team’s worst in L.A. franchise history. The Lakers lost in the LeBron James and Anthony sweepstakes. Pau Gasol, who guided the Lakers to two NBA titles in his 6 1/2 seasons here, left for Chicago. “We’ll be fine; they got me,” Young said. “We’re a playoff team. Don’t count us out.”Whether the Lakers live up to Young’s bold prediction largely depends on Bryant’s health and play. Also, can Young duplicate last season’s team-leading 17.9 points on 43.5-percent shooting? How will Young handle Bryant’s infamous death stares?“Oh, man,” Young said, smiling. “I can handle them though. A lot of them can’t handle Kobe’s looks.”Safe to say those interactions will continue, with Bryant’s early offseason phone call setting the tone.“Kobe puts more pressure on me,” said Young, who likely play at backup small forward. “Ever since he gave me that phone call, I’ve been in the gym every day.”center_img The Lakers expect to make their hire within the next one or two weeks. But a league source familiar with the team’s thought process also added that the hiring “could happen within a couple of days.” The Lakers have also interviewed Mike Dunleavy, Lionel Hollins, Kurt Rambis and Alvin Gentry, but Dunleavy remains the lone candidate already interviewed without a job. Hollins accepted the Brooklyn Nets job after Jason Kidd hastily left for the Milwaukee Bucks. Gentry and Rambis took assistant coaching gigs with Golden State and New York, respectively. Veteran NBA coach George Karl also talked informally with Kupchak, but he has not had a formal interview.Scott has been considered the favorite since the Lakers coaching search started after Mike D’Antoni resigned April 30. Scott is believed to be the only candidate who has had multiple interviews. Bryant recently voiced his approval. Scott also appears to be favored among the Lakers’ fan base considering his experience playing for the Lakers during the Showtime Era.Tough loveA sense of joy and relief filled Young’s emotions as he processed the Lakers’ securing him to a four-year, $21.5 million deal.The joy entailed basking in relative riches after his gamble to opt out of his $1.2 million player option paid off in securing a longer and more lucrative contract with the Lakers. The relief reflected Young’s uncertainty on whether the Lakers would keep him amid their hope to maintain financial flexibility and their continuous pursuit of Carmelo Anthony.last_img read more

Barca knocked out, Atletico and Bayern into Champions League semis

first_imgBayern progressed with a 2-2 draw in Lisbon seeing them beat Benfica 3-2 on aggregate, Arturo Vidal and Thomas Mueller getting the goals for the German side. Atletico and Bayern join Real Madrid and Manchester City in the draw for the last four.Share on: WhatsApp Messi was toothless against Atletico Madrid. PHOTO BY AFPParis, France | AFP |Atletico Madrid ousted holders Barcelona from the Champions League at the quarter-final stage on Wednesday while Bayern Munich also advanced to the semi-finals by eliminating Benfica.Atletico overturned a 2-1 first-leg deficit with a 2-0 win against Barca at the Vicente Calderon secured thanks to an Antoine Griezmann brace.last_img read more

Update: Two men hospitalised in suspected assault

first_imgGardaí are investigating a suspected assault outside a nightclub on Main Street Letterkenny last night.Two men were hospitalised following the incident, which occurred at around 3am on Monday morning.The scene is sealed pending forensic examinations. Gardaí were first alerted to two men unconscious outside a night club on Lower Main Street in the early hours of this morning, Monday 29th April. Both men were removed to hospital.A Garda spokesperson has confirmed that it appears an assault occurred. Update: Two men hospitalised in suspected assault was last modified: April 30th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

49ers vs. Steelers: 5 keys to winning the home opener

first_imgSANTA CLARA – Only one way exists to turn corporate-centric Levi’s Stadium into a true home-field advantage. As Year 6 kicks off Sunday, that elusive route seems absolutely possible.“You have to win,” 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman said.By opening with wins at Tampa Bay and Cincinnati, the 49ers are poised for their greatest win in Levi’s Stadium history, if they indeed get past the Pittsburgh Steelers (0-2) and their well-traveled fans.San Francisco 49ers’ Richard Sherman (25) gestures …last_img read more

CITES approves two ivory importers

first_img10 October 2008The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) standing committee has confirmed Japan and China as suitable importing countries for South Africa’s stockpiled ivory, says the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism.South Africa has been authorised by CITES to make a once-off sale of 51 121 metric tons of raw ivory.“The announcement follows the conclusion of a trip to both countries by officials from the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism and South African National Parks,” the department said in a statement this week.“This accreditation follows the CITES standing committee decision that both countries have sufficient measures in place to prevent re-exporting of the ivory as agreed by the CITES conference held in the Netherlands in July 2007.”The department decided in July to send a delegation to both countries to assess enforcement capacity, the ivory registration process, and general CITES compliance, in order to satisfy the South African government. The officials went on their trip to the two countries between 22 September and 2 October.Artworks and musical instrumentsIn China, ivory is used primarily in the ivory carving industry for cultural artworks, while in Japan the ivory is used largely for the production of musical instruments and hanko seals, which are used to sign official documents. Both countries also produce figurines, jewellery, and ornaments from ivory.Both China and Japan have computerised registration systems in place, which entails the registration of tusks and ivory products.In China all products have identifying certificates which provide a description of the item and indicate that it cannot be exported. Similarly in Japan, an identifying CITES sticker accompanies all worked ivory pieces and a registration certificate is issued for whole tusks.Ivory cannot be re-exportedInformation is readily available at airports and stores selling ivory products to inform the public and tourists that ivory cannot be re-exported.“The delegation was informed that China and Japan have strict enforcement and control at ports of entry and exit. This includes advanced ivory detection equipment,” the department said.“Both countries have been included under category I of the CITES legislative process. This means that CITES has approved their national legislation on the implementation of CITES as fulfilling the requirements of CITES.”Harsh penaltiesIn addition, the CITES cecretariat reported that China’s legislation contains some of the most severe criminal sanctions for CITES-related violations of all parties and the courts have not hesitated to impose very substantial upon those who attempt to smuggle ivory into mainland China.Both China and Japan have also met one of the conditions of sale, which stipulates that potential buyers must be registered with a national association which has been registered with the CITES authorities in that country.“South Africa has familiarised itself with the enforcement capacity and compliance with CITES regulations in both China and Japan,” said the department’s deputy director-general for biodiversity and conservation, Fundisile Mketeni.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

In and around your city

first_imgA checklist on where to eat and what to shop for.New in town BejewelledArguably Bangalore’s most creative jewellery designer, Pallavi Foley has launched her new collection in 18k gold, diamonds, rubies and fresh water pearls called By The Lombok Moonlight. Inspired by the historic jewellery traditions of South-east Asian islands,,A checklist on where to eat and what to shop for.New in townBejewelledArguably Bangalore’s most creative jewellery designer, Pallavi Foley has launched her new collection in 18k gold, diamonds, rubies and fresh water pearls called By The Lombok Moonlight. Inspired by the historic jewellery traditions of South-east Asian islands, Foley has put together 21 limited edition sets of necklaces, bracelets and earrings. The motifs used on each piece include shapes of various elements.Price: On Request.At: Leela Galleria.RestaurantHome touchThe spirit of Coorg comes alive at this new restaurant serving traditional home-style cuisine from the lush green area of Karnataka which is nestled in the Western Ghats. The two-floor restaurant with a rooftop (set to open soon) has an indoor air-conditioned section, an outdoor smoking section and a party area alongside. The rooftop is slated for outdoor grills with music dedicated for a younger crowd. The menu has a huge variety for non-vegetarians with a handful of options for vegetarians to choose from. Start with the mutton broth and some Pandi Chops or a choice of meat that can be prepared in a variety of styles. The main course is served with a variety of rice like steamed string hoppers or rice balls. The dcor is swathed in yellow and natural light with photographs of gorgeous Coorg as well as relics native to the culture like traditional weapons and rifles used for hunting mounted on the wall.Average meal for two: Rs 1,000 plus taxes (without alcohol).At: 29, 80 Feet Road, Indiranagar, Bangalore.Tel: 30412940.-Ayesha AleemTaste of AsiaSavour the flavours of the Far East with delectable treats. Chinese Master Chef Thi Giang from the award winning Li Bai restaurant at the Sheraton Saigon in Vietnam has been invited as a special guest for this event. The menu has on offer lotus root, sweet corn soup, wok-fried flat noodles, Szechuan-style braised tofu and Chinese mushrooms.Price: Rs 995 (lunch buffet); Rs 1,145 (dinner buffet) plus taxes.At: Feast, Sheraton Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway.Tel: 42521000.EventsadvertisementSweet delightsChef Manu Chandra and pastry chef Girish Nayak bring you a selection of sugary creations. Start with their berry amuse bouche, a strawberry consomme followed by the orange meringue filled with passion curd. Also recommended is the inevitable chocolate course followed by toffee.From: October 5-15.At: Olive Beach, Wood Street, Ashok Nagar, Bangalore.Tel: 41128400.Classic collections Back with its ninth edition, the Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival celebrates the greatest playwright of all time-William Shakespeare. Inspired by the Globe to Globe festival that recently concluded in the UK, theatre enthusiasts in the city will be treated with productions from around the world as well as two from India.From: October 27 to November 11.At: Ranga Shankara, Bangalore.Tel: 9742478886.ProfileMedic AidIndiritta D’mello’s Initiative hospital guide connects you to the best doctors in your city.Finding a doctor at a time when your body, or that of a loved one, is battling against itself can be confusing. Even if you find what you are looking for, you are likely to be preoccupied with thoughts of whether you are being prescribed the best treatment possible or being overcharged. This is where Hospital Guide, a nonprofit service that is currently available online, helps. Since they do not charge for their service, they are unbiased in their recommendations to patients.Started in 2010 by Indiritta Singh D’mello, the initiative is active and has a visible component on Facebook. Their forum on the social networking website with currently more than 20,000 members, is meant to serve as a guide with the vision to revolutionise healthcare in India. Apart from being a platform for people to share their experiences with hospitals and doctors, Hospital Guide is useful if you are looking for a doctor to help you find aid for a specific ailment. The guide helps a patient connect with reputed doctors who have been chosen for maintaining a stellar record and offer support in cases of negligence.Indiritta Singh D’mello is the daughter of Rajkumari Priti Singh Kuchaman and the late Rodolf D’mello. She pursued a bachelor’s degree in philosophy at Delhi University after which she went to Oxford University for higher studies. “I was always interested in social development,” she says. She soon realised that India was home to the best doctors but it did not always translate to the best health services. She also realised that healthcare was a goldmine as it was immune to recession as a result of which, quality was an element that was often compromised upon. Moreover, with super speciality setups emerging in the medical sector, many patients were becoming skeptical of doctors, a situation that some doctors would take advantage of. With a desire to learn more about this sector, Indiritta began working with hospitals in Delhi and Bangalore. “When I started Hospital Guide, it was built with the intention of enhancing the services of healthcare in the country,” says Indiritta. This allied service, which is free of cost, is meant to start a movement through engaging people online and discussing their experiences with doctors.Indiritta relates the story of a man based in the United States who needed care for his mother in India who had breast cancer. “A hospital that his mother consulted in India recommended chemotherapy and radiation therapies, both of which are expensive procedures and have drastic side effects. However, when they came to Hospital Guide, we made sure they got a second opinion from a top hospital in Delhi which stated that just radiation would be sufficient.” Therefore Hospital guide was able to lower the medical cost of the patient as well as avoid unpleasant health repercussions. Her long-term vision is to make Hospital Guide available to all sections of society with a point based system instating rewards and recognition for good doctors. “I would also like to establish an R&D division and perhaps open a hospital someday,” she shares, Hospital Guide has over 300 doctors across India registered in its database and is active in Delhi and Bangalore, although it functions on an emergency basis in cities including Mumbai, Jaipur and Hyderabad among others.-Ayesha AleemGadgetsadvertisementAsus S & F SeriesThe new Asus S Series Ultrabooks, S56CA-XX030R and S56CA-XX056R, are aimed at the budget-consciousbuyer. With options of Intel 2nd and 3rd generation iCore processors, the S series Ultrabooks have a 15.6-inch HD LED Backlight Glare display and a hybrid SSH+HDD storage to ensure instant resume. 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Price: Rs 1,599.Available at Second Floor, Koramangla, Tel 64518820; Gk Vale, MG Road, Tel 41232098; Computer Warehouse, Barton Centre, MG Road, Tel 4173972; Sennheiser Elctronics India, Cumingham Road, Tel 49037800; Sony Centre, 100 ft. Road, Indiranagar, Tel 42116677Gadget reviews by India Today G&G www.gadgetsngizmos.inadvertisementlast_img read more

Part of river bridge in Murbad washed way traffic suspended

first_imgThane: A part of a river bridge linking Murbad to Kalyan in Maharashtra’s Thane district got washed way in the early hours of Sunday due to heavy downpour in the region, an official said.Murbad Tehsildar Amol Kadam told PTI that a part of a bridge on the Ulhas river in Rayta village got washed away and stretches of the road were damaged in heavy rains, in the process affecting traffic on the highway linking Mumbai to Ahmedabad in neighbouring Gujarat. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Traffic on the route has been suspended till further orders. The Ulhas river has been overflowing since the past two days and has caused flooding in Badlapur, Titwala and Kalyan,” he said.Kadam informed that 370 houses have got submerged in the floods, and rescue teams working overnight shifted families to higher places.On Saturday, over 1,000 people were rescued by NDRF, Army, Navy, Air Force and Railway teams after floods caused by the Ulhas river breaching its banks led to the marooning of the Mumbai-Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Express in Vangani near Badlapur in the district.last_img read more