July 9th, the information blackout in Italy : “A foretaste of what could happen in Italy…”

By on June 12, 2021

first_img News Prison sentences could also be imposed on journalists who are not members of registered journalists’ associations and who use hidden cameras or audio recorders in the course of their reporting. Organisation ItalyEurope – Central Asia RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive December 2, 2020 Find out more On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia “We hail this protest by the Italian media,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It shows that the protests raised against the bill are not motivated by any irresponsible caprice or desire to defend the interests of a profession. The newsstands will be empty, news websites will hardly be updated and Italians will be only partially provided with news on 9 July. This atypical situation is a foretaste of what could happen in Italy if the Chamber of Deputies fails to do its duty. Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Italy In an interview posted online, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard has voiced support for all the Italian journalists and media workers who will be on strike on 9 July in protest against a proposed reform law of phone taps and video interceptions under which they could be jailed for two months and fined up to 464,700 euros for publishing extracts of phone taps after a judge has ordered their destruction.Under the proposed law, which has been approved by a senate commission, the same sanctions could be imposed for the publication of certain public documents. The bill would also ban all news media from publishing any information about a judicial investigation until it has been completed and the case has been brought to trial. ItalyEurope – Central Asia “We reiterate our appeal to all the members of Italy’s Chamber of Deputies to refuse to vote for this bill. We hope that the parliament’s democratic culture will prevail. We also appeal to the European Parliament, which is holding a plenary session in Strasbourg, to intervene in this matter. A section of the MEPs have curiously refused to hold a debate on the press freedom situation in Italy. It seems that a bit more attention needs to be paid to the problems, which are persisting and broadening.”center_img News “This bill’s impact is not limited to Italy. It is vital that Italy’s parliamentarians take account of the international repercussions it could have in questioning the role of court reporters. The legalisation of censorship by means of an increasingly sophisticated legislative arsenal is growing. Foreign dictatorships have learned to imitate the ambiguities of European laws. Let us not offer them, under the false pretext of defending privacy, a new opportunity to justify their abuses. “As a founder member of the European Union, Italy has a permanent responsibility in the defence of civil liberties. This bill must not be allowed to undermine this commitment. If Italy turns its back on one of the bases of press independence, how can Europe expect to make its voice heard on the subject of media freedom? What credibility will the European Parliament be able to maintain if it rightly condemns the repressive practices in other countries while tolerating them in one of its own? November 23, 2020 Find out more RSF_en to go further July 7, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 July 9th, the information blackout in Italy : “A foretaste of what could happen in Italy…” Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union News November 19, 2020 Find out more “This bill is attacking judicial investigation. If the Italian parliament is ready to change what is the basis of a fundamental press right, why will it stop there? What are we to think of the bill that would require Web TVs to be licensed? How can it be acceptable for state TV stations to be unable to organise political debates during an election campaign? The Italian government is clearly not defending the public interest as regards news and information. We hope that this is not also the case with the parliament, and that Italians will not have to turn to the European Court of Human Rights to obtain protection for their right to free and independently reported news. Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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Canadian nat’l in Negros Occ. tests negative for nCoV

By on September 25, 2020

first_imgHe added the patient, who was admittedat the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH), wasdischarged from the hospital on yesterday. He also urged the public to alwaysverify information related to nCoV from the Department of Health website and torefrain from spreading fake news. As of Wednesday, the City HealthOffice reported two more PUIs – a 67-year-old male, a foreign national, who hada layover in Taiwan, and a 30 to 40-year-old Filipino male who traveled to HongKong. The remaining two PUIs were also atthe hospital waiting for the laboratory results from the RITM. BACOLOD City – A43-year-old Canadian national who was under investigation  for a possible 2019 novel coronavirus acuterespiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD) infection had tested negative for thevirus. One of the two is a 12-year-old with ahistory of travel to Hong Kong and Macau while the other is a 58-year-oldfemale. They are now confined in atertiary hospital, she addedcenter_img Dr. Julius Drilon, medical centerchief II, said in a statement that this was based on the result of theconfirmatory testing from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM). CHO Environment and SanitationDivision head Grace Tan said the swab samples of the latest two patients wouldbe sent to the RITM as soon as possible. “The CLMMRH is assuring the publicthat the hospital is implementing strict infection control measures inproviding treatment to these patients,” Drilon said. The Bacolod City Disaster RiskReduction and Management Council  has passed a resolution requesting for aP10-million budget that will be utilized by the inter-agency task force for theprevention and control of Novel Coronavirus (nCoV). (With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

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Japanese sumo vs Trump’s WWE: big differences in clash of big men

By on August 13, 2020

first_imgIn the WWE? Referees’ decisions are not only challenged, but the referees themselves are frequently clobbered by the wrestlers.– ‘Dominant champion’ –Trump loves the razzmatazz, the lurid spectacle and the money of WWE. He once body-slammed and shaved the head of an American wrestling bigwig during a televised event.And he has been inducted into the WWE’s Hall of Fame, not as a wrestler of course, but as a promoter and super fan.Many trying to understand the Trump phenomenon have gone further, tracing his love of outrageous showmanship and all-or-nothing political style to the influence of pro-wrestling.That’s not to say sumo is completely free from the WWE’s shadier practices, however.The hermetic world of the loincloth-clad wrestlers has been rocked by allegations of drug abuse, bout-fixing and links to organised crime. The bullying death of an apprentice wrestler in 2007 plunged the sport into crisis.And faux sumo matches have also been staged as part of WWE wrestling shows, with wrestlers such as Yokozuna (sumo term for Grand Champion) entertaining the crowd.Described on the WWE website as “one of the most dominant WWE champions of all time”, the Samoan weighed nearly 600 pounds (272 kilogrammes) but never actually competed in a sumo basho, or tournament.Share on: WhatsApp The President’s Cup. Trump will present this to the winner of Japan’s Sumo Tournament in Tokyo.Tokyo, Japan | AFP | President Donald Trump will be ringside Sunday for Tokyo’s big sumo tournament, but if he hopes his longtime love of US-style professional wrestling will give him special insight into the action, he better think again.Both sumo and the WWE involve enormous men wearing very little and trying to batter each other. Both are popular in their respective countries, drawing large excitable crowds.But that’s — almost — where similarities end.WWE wrestlers are out more to entertain than to wrestle. While there is a winner and a loser, the combatants are following a choreographed script that ends in a pre-determined outcome.Over the years of World Wrestling Entertainment extravaganzas, the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan and The Undertaker have stopped at nothing in pursuit of victory.Not only fists and body slams are used, but also chairs, ladders, snakes and fire — that’s right, the ring was once set on fire.However, all the action is rehearsed, then carefully meted out in a spectacle having more to do with theatre than sport. Done any other way, the televised bouts would quickly result in maimings and worse.Sumo also showcases powerful, near-naked men in primal confrontation, surrounded by shouting crowds in packed arenas.But these players are steeped in centuries-old Japanese traditions rooted in the Shinto religion, starting with the sipping of sacred water and the sprinkling of purifying salt before each bout.While crowds love the intensity of the fight, the wrestlers show little emotion, whether in victory or defeat — a far cry from the screams and insults of the WWE ring.In sumo, referees’ decisions can only be overturned by judges and the wrestler accepts the ruling. Even small gestures of dissent such as a tiny shake of the head could land a sumo wrestler in big trouble.last_img read more

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By on August 2, 2020

first_imgSMOKEY IMAGE WORKS TOWARDS SAN FELIPE            Undefeated California Derby winner Smokey Image worked four furlongs Monday morning in 47.20 under Victor Espinoza for Carla Gaines, who is preparing the son of 2004 Santa Anita Handicap winner Southern Image for a possible start against open company in the Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on March 12.In his first start for Gaines, Smokey Image smoked six rivals in the California Cup Derby on Jan. 30 by 8 ½ lengths, leading virtually throughout the 1 1/16-mile race against state-breds.The chestnut colt had previously been conditioned for Irvin Racing Stable by Bay Area-based trainer Greg James.“Very nice” is how Gaines termed the workout for Smokey Image, who was going two turns for the first time in the Cal Derby.Gaines said a future race for Arcadia Stakes winner Bolo was not firm, although the Grade I, $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf and the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap at 1 ¼ miles on dirt have been mentioned as possibilities.Both races are March 12. Martin Pedroza5664311%23%$164,095 JOCKEY PEREZ A RISING STAR IN CALIFORNIAGood luck and hard work are a successful combination.Just ask jockey Fernando Perez and his agent, Tommy Ball.The 29-year-old rider overcame serious injuries to capture the combined title at Los Alamitos last year when he won 105 races in 2015, and has managed to crack the top 10 at Santa Anita, one of the most competitive colonies in North America.“Fernando communicates well and we get along well,” said Ball, who has represented Perez since October 2014 and has been an agent since 1997. “Fernando is the hardest worker. He’s here early in the mornings. He’s a blue collar guy trying to get to the next level.”Through 31 racing days, Perez had 10 victories, his most important coming in the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes on Jan. 23 when he piloted $131.20 winner Lost Bus to a stirring nose triumph for trainer Gary Sherlock.“He’s a natural rider,” Sherlock said, “improving all the time.”Added Barry Abrams, who also has had success riding Perez:“He’s a very good rider. He’s learning about riding on the grass, because every track he’s ridden at before didn’t have a turf course, so he was years behind.“But he’s learning quickly. In a year or so he’ll be one of the leading riders in California.” David Lopez1132081618%39%$598,201 Peter Miller73104814%30%$384,255 Vladimir Cerin2792333%52%$291,125 (Current Through Sunday, Feb. 14) Bob Baffert631481022%51%$1,098,295 Jerry Hollendorfer85971311%34%$760,431 Richard Baltas65109815%42%$729,974 Doug O’Neill10313151813%45%$703,904 Edwin Maldonado1082010919%36%$726,865 Tyler Baze15516262310%42%$915,886 Mario Gutierrez11813201711%42%$807,866 Mark Glatt5467211%28%$282,455 FOLLOW ME CREV, PROSPECT PARK EYE BIG CAPUNBEATEN SMOKEY IMAGE PREPS FOR SAN FELIPEPEREZ GAINS A TOP 10 RANKING AT SANTA ANITA Martin Garcia74128816%38%$770,504 Fernando Perez1051091710%34%$555,354 Kent Desormeaux57915716%54%$763,894 Flavien Prat13424152018%44%$1,544,018 Gary Stevens4376516%42%$885,058 John Sadler4977414%37%$364,159 Santiago Gonzalez15330221720%45%$1,177,944 Philip D’Amato7918141223%56%$1,004,520 J. Keith Desormeaux2853718%54%$166,004 BIG CAP REMATCH LOOMS FOR ‘PARK’ AND ‘CREV’Streaking Follow Me Crev and Prospect Park could meet again in the Santa Anita Handicap on March 12 after running one-two in Sunday’s third race, a $65,000 overnight event at 1 1/16 miles in which Follow Me Crev won by 2 ½ lengths under Flavien Prat for his fourth straight victory.Prospect Park, the 4-5 favorite making his first start since last September, ran evenly in second throughout and could not hold off the late burst of Follow Me Crev, who closed from sixth and last at the half-mile pole to win.“If he comes out of it really good, we’ll try the big race,” said Vladimir Cerin, who trains Follow Me Crev for long-time clients David and Holly Wilson. “He’s just a big horse who’s a late-developer. He’s huge.“Flavien said he’s a really smart horse. He kind of picks his way through (the field).”Aside from not winning, trainer Cliff Sise Jr. was not disappointed in Prospect Park’s effort in his first race after a lengthy absence.“He came out of the race good but he got tired,” Sise said. “Yesterday’s race sets him up perfect for the Big Cap.” Joseph Talamo13615171711%36%$810,349 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Mike Smith63761011%37%$917,945 Peter Eurton579141016%58%$624,133 Agapito Delgadillo5085616%38%$201,302 Steven Miyadi3677519%53%$226,159 FINISH LINES: Santa Anita will be dark Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Racing will resume Friday, Feb. 19, at 1 p.m. . . . Agent J.R. Pegram said David Lopez will resume riding Friday after missing three days recovering from soreness suffered in a riding mishap in last Friday’s eighth race . . . Alonso Quinonez, who had ridden Follow Me Crev to three straight victories, missed Sunday’s winning ride on the four-year-old gelding when he was late getting back from the Middle East where he had ridden for Prince Faisal in Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia. “The trip took about 18 hours,” Quinonez said. “It was six hours from Riyadh to Frankfurt, Germany, and about 12 or 13 from Frankfurt to LA. But I was pretty comfortable flying first class, where I could convert my seat into a bed.” . . . Keith Desormeaux said 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red will continue working towards his return, “and if everything goes right, we might see him at the early part of Santa Anita’s next meet that starts May 5.” . . . Trainer Simon Callaghan reports Kentucky Derby runner-up Firing Line is jogging, and La Canada winner Taris remains on course for the Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes on March 19, although “she did have a little fever last week. I expect her to breeze in the next two or three days.” . . . Ziconic, second son of champion mare Zenyatta, is scheduled to make his debut in a maiden special weight race this Saturday, Feb. 20. The colt worked four furlongs Saturday under Zenyatta’s regular rider Mike Smith in 49.60 for John Shirreffs . . . Smith has been suspended three days (Feb. 20, 21 and 25) for careless riding aboard Crimson and Gold in Saturday’s fifth race . . . Los Angeles native and renowned artist Gayle Garner Roski will display her “Masters of the American West” paintings at The Autry Museum of the American West this Thursday, Feb. 18, with a reception starting at 6 p.m. For further information, RSVP to Melissa Foster at 323 495-4271 or via email at [email protected] . . . Jerry Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward will be at the Fair Grounds Saturday to saddle Point Piper in the Grade III, $125,000 Mineshaft Stakes at 1 1/16 miles. Julien Leparoux has the mount. Rafael Bejarano14730301320%50%$1,451,082 Carla Gaines3152216%29%$412,105 William Spawr2565324%56%$162,652 Kristin Mulhall2652219%35%$219,335 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Jeff Bonde2262327%50%$145,740 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won George Papaprodromou2652519%46%$121,290 Drayden Van Dyke83881210%34%$516,939 Patrick Gallagher2363526%61%$464,488last_img read more

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