Concern at possible obstruction of news coverage on eve of Olympics

first_img Help by sharing this information RSF_en News News Receive email alerts News A three-member crew with the Mexican TV station Televisa was arrested, insulted and hit by members of the coastguard on August 2 as they were filming the port of Piraeus. “Security measures are legitimate and necessary but they in no way justify aggressive behaviour that is utterly reprehensible,” Reporters Without Borders said. Reporters Without Borders today said it was “outraged” that two journalists with the Mexican TV station Televisa and their interpreter were arrested, handcuffed, insulted and hit by members of the Greek coastguard on 2 August as they were doing a report on Piraeus, the main port of Athens, where eight ships, including the Queen Mary II, are to serve as hotels during the Olympic Games.”We welcome the fact that an investigation is under way and we call for it to be fast and thorough,” the organisation said, noting that the Greek authorities had made contradictory statements about the incident, and that the exact circumstances needed to be clarified as quickly as possible.Reporters Without Borders added: “Security measures are legitimate and necessary but they in no way justify aggressive behaviour that is utterly reprehensible. We hope that security procedures will not unnecessarily obstruct journalists in their work as this would tarnish the image of the Olympic Games.”The merchant marine ministry claimed in press release yesterday that reporter Eduardo Salazar, cameraman Russel Vaquiero and interpreter Fernando Kalligas “tried to flee by car,” forcing police to detain them. The port police has roundly denied the allegations of violence, humiliation and insults.The two journalists and their interpreter have denied trying to escape. Kalligas said they were at a spot overlooking the port where there was no sign saying filming was prohibited. They were about to leave when a military jeep arrived. Three uniformed men got out and confiscated their IDs and accreditation, along with their telephones and equipment. The officials then searched them in such a violent way that one of them fell to the ground. At the same time, they were insulted and threatened.According to Kalligas, they were then handcuffed and take to the headquarters of the port police. Vaquiero was ordered to put his hands on a table. When he did not comply quickly enough, a policeman banged his head against the table.Kalligas said that when an official from the 2004 Athens Games organising committee came to verify their accreditation, their handcuffs were removed. But they were put back afterwards. They were then led to a kind of gymnasium while being administered kicks to make them walk quickly. There, with their heads bent and legs wide apart, they were again insulted and threatened. When a policeman began to lower the trousers of one of the journalists, an officer came in and said: “None of that here.” The behaviour of the policemen changed completely when senior military officers arrived.The journalists were only able to telephone their TV station when the Mexican ambassador arrived. They filed a complaint today.The Greek news media yesterday just reported the Mexican TV crew’s arrest without mentioning their claims that they had been subjected to violence. When the international news agencies reported the allegations that they had been hit, threatened and insulted, the local media just used the statement issued by the merchant marine ministry.The day following the incident, four Mexican journalists were detained near a military base in Tatoi, north of Athens. Previously, a photographer with Agence France Presse (AFP) who was taking photos in the tourist quarter was detained for several hours on 28 July. Another AFP journalist was forbidden from photographing the site of the marathon although he was in the street, not inside any Olympic installation. to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more News February 2, 2021 Find out more The Greek police must show journalists can trust it with their protection after one was murdered and another is threatened April 29, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Greece Organisation GreeceEurope – Central Asia Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU August 4, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Concern at possible obstruction of news coverage on eve of Olympics Greece’s new guidelines for policing protests threaten press freedom GreeceEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

G8 summit coming to Co Fermanagh next year

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest The British Prime Minister says he couldn’t think of a better place than Co. Fermanagh to stage the G8 Summit next year.Earlier he confirmed that leaders from some of the world’s biggest economies will attend the event at the Lough Erne golf resort in 2013, as it is the UK’s turn to host.The North’s First Minister Peter Robinson has welcomed the announcement.Prominent world leaders including Angela Merkela and US President Barrack Obama – as well as their advisors and a media pack – will now begin planning their trip.It’s prompted speculation that President Obama will be approached to make a second Southern visit either before or after the summit.David Cameron explains why he chose Fermanagh as the venue:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/15came1.mp3[/podcast] News Google+ Facebook Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published By News Highland – November 20, 2012 LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Google+ Twitter Facebookcenter_img G8 summit coming to Co Fermanagh next year Twitter Previous articleAlcorn’s ratification deferred as new Udaras board is announcedNext articleMinister McGinley says Udaras decision regarding Cllr Alcorn is on hold News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Pinterest Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margeylast_img read more

Ulrick & Short maintains non-GM status

first_imgClean label ingredients business Ulrick & Short has pledged to retain its non-GM status for its customer base.The firm which produces additive-free starches, fat replacers, functional flours and bakery glazes, said that it will remain committed to delivering GM-free products for the foreseeable future.Adrian Short, director  at Ulrick & Short, said: “Our aim is to reassure food manufacturers. If GM is introduced we will continue to supply GM-free ingredients so that producers can offer consumers choice. The majority of the public still remains unconvinced about GM foods and with so many conflicting messages and scare stories as regards to the impact on health GM foods will have, it is difficult for people, as well as manufacturers to gain a true perception of what GM means for them.“Consumers are unlikely to fully support GM until businesses understand what it means for them and how the switch will affect their business; not just in financial terms but also considering how GM ingredients may alter existing product formulations and required pack declarations. Only then will practices be able to deliver clear messages to consumers. Until then the food industry will need give consumers the option and continue to supply GM-free products. Our aim is to ensure that our customers have a continued supply of non-GM ingredients to achieve this.”last_img read more

Peru Picks Last Russia 2018 Ticket

first_imgThe qualification of Peru in the early hours of Thursday (in Nigeria) meant all 32 finalists for the 21st FIFA World Cup finals taking place in Russia between June 14 and July 15, 2018 are now known.Playing in Lima, the Peruvians defeated New Zealand 2-0 to pick the last ticket, following a 0-0 stalemate by the two teams in Wellington last week. Russia 2018 will be Peru’s first World Cup since 1982 in Spain.All 32 teams have been drawn into four pots of eight teams each, ahead of the Final Draw at the State Kremlin Palace on Friday, 1stDecember 2017. POT 1: Russia; Germany; Brazil; Portugal; Argentina; Belgium; Poland; FrancePOT 2: Spain; Peru; Switzerland; England; Colombia; Mexico; Uruguay; CroatiaPOT 3: Denmark; Iceland; Costa Rica; Sweden; Tunisia; Egypt; Senegal; IranPOT 4: Serbia; Nigeria; Australia; Japan; Morocco; Panama; Korea Republic; Saudi ArabiaHost Cities: Moscow; Ekaterinburg; Saransk; Rostov-On-Don; Kazan; Kaliningrad; Sochi; Samara; Saint Petersburg; Volgograd; Nizhny NovgorodShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Neymar’s Fate to Be Known This Week After Marseille Brawl

first_imgNeymar’s punishment for being one of five players sent off following a brawl at the end of Paris Saint-Germain’s home defeat by Marseille will be revealed on Wednesday, the French Football League (LFP) announced yesterday.The world’s most expensive footballer was shown the red card in stoppage time of the 1-0 loss at the Parc des Princes alongside teammates Layvin Kurzawa and Leandro Paredes, as well as Marseille’s Dario Benedetto and Jordan Amavi.Neymar insisted Alvaro Gonzalez called him a “monkey” in a series of furious tweets late on Sunday after he was dismissed for slapping the Marseille defender on the back of the head. “Look at the racism. That’s why I hit him,” Neymar, who was returning from coronavirus quarantine, said as he left the pitch. Gonzalez later denied making a racist comment.“The only regret I have is not hitting this idiot in the face,” Neymar then posted after the game, before replying to a Gonzalez tweet to call him a “racist”.The LFP’s Disciplinary Commission, which will decide the punishments, could investigate the Brazilian’s accusations against Gonzalez, who Marseille claim was spat on by Angel Di Maria.Any racist behaviour carries a maximum suspension of 10 matches.Spitting directed at another player can lead to a ban of up to six matches.Kurzawa meanwhile could be suspended for up to seven matches for violent conduct after aiming a punch at opposition full-back Amavi.3 AttachmentsShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Haloti Ngata announces retirement atop Mount Kilimanjaro

first_imgNgata shared a photo of himself on Instagram proudly holding a banner that read, “I’m retiring from the NFL on top.” View this post on Instagram LOOK: Eagles DE Chris Long summits Mount Kilimanjaro Just a man standing on top of the world with a heart full of gratitude. Thank you Lord for letting me play the game I love for 13 unforgettable years. I’m retiring on top. I might be finished playing football, but I’m holding tight to the friendships, memories and wisdom I’ve gained along the way. “Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.” Walking away with no regrets, just peace in knowing I gave it my all and had a helluva lot of fun doing it. 💪🏽 #kissestotheskyformomanddad @ravens @detroitlionsnfl @philadelphiaeaglesA post shared by Haloti Ngata (@hngata92) on Mar 18, 2019 at 3:00am PDTNgata was accompanied by Eagles defensive end Chris Long and Waterboys, an organization founded by Long that partners NFL athletes and fans to provide clean water for communities in East Africa. Related News Haloti Ngata ended his career on a high note — literally.The 35-year-old defensive tackle announced on Monday his retirement from the NFL on top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania after successfully summiting the highest peak in Africa. Long had tweeted a photo of himself on top of Mount Kilimanjaro last week.center_img View this post on Instagram Thanks to The Chris Long Foundations and the Water Boys. I have the opportunity to use my platform for good. Please visit the link in my profile to donate. The picture with the bucket of water is what the school uses for water. Students walk about 500 yards to a river and get buckets for their classrooms. If water isn’t running in the river then they’ll go without. This year I’m with a team of players and retired veterans trying to raise money to put a well pump near this school for clean water. Water boys has funded 55 wells since 2015. Please help me to continue funding wells. Please visit the link in my profile to donate. #waterboys #conqueringkili #bigmanhiking #kilimanjaro #tanzania #chrislongfoundation #lotilovethekids #africaA post shared by Haloti Ngata (@hngata92) on Mar 4, 2019 at 7:23pm PSTNgata was selected by the Ravens with the No. 12 overall pick of the 2006 NFL Draft and remained in Baltimore until he was traded to Detroit in March 2015. After one year with the Lions, he signed a one-year deal with the Eagles last March.He finished with 17 tackles, a sack and three quarterback hits over 13 games with Philadelphia in 2018.In addition to five Pro Bowl selections and a Super Bowl 47 victory with the Ravens in 2013, Ngata was the only defensive tackle to record over 500 tackles, 30 sacks and four interceptions over his 13-year career. View this post on Instagram What a trip. Thanks to @laflamablanca95 and the @waterboysorg I’ve crossed off a bucket list item. I’m so blessed and thankful for the opportunity to accomplish something so tough physically, mentally and spiritually. I love all the guys that participated in this trip and will always consider them brothers. We did this climb for a purpose and it is to bring awareness to the water problem in Africa. Please follow @waterboys and @laflamablanca95 to see what you can do to help. I’ll always be a part of this charity and foundation. And it has now become my mission to help. Thanks again my guy CLong. Much love brother. #africa #waterboys #tanzania #chrislongfoundation #veterans #proball #mountkilimanjaro #mtkili #godemperor #mafia #suckthatsweetair #hike #justawalk #justupthehill #nightwalk #heaviestmantoclimbmtkiliA post shared by Haloti Ngata (@hngata92) on Mar 14, 2019 at 8:05am PDTlast_img read more

England Golf trio ready to blossom in Rose Ladies Series

first_img Lottie Woad has admitted it will be a thrill to kickstart her 2020 season by competing alongside many of her golfing idols in the first event of the Rose Ladies Series.The England Girls’ squad player (pictured above left) is one of three amateurs taking part in tomorrow’s 18-hole professional event at Brokenhurst Manor Golf Club in Hampshire.England Golf ambassador Justin Rose is sponsoring eight such events between now and August.England women’s squad player Mimi Rhodes (pictured above centre) – winner of the Justin Rose Telegraph Junior Golf Championship in Portugal last year – has also been invited to the star-studded tournament.Under 16 international Louise Burke (pictured above right) from Dorset is the third England Golf representative in the field of 51 players.This is the first post-lockdown event for players predominantly earning a living on the Ladies’ European Tour.It’s an exciting return to action for the women’s game – with stars such as Charley Hull, Meg Maclaren, Alice Hewson and Dame Laura Davies top of the bill.The 2013 US Open winner and reigning Olympic champion Rose has sponsored the seven-event series and grand final with backing from retail outlet American Golf. Sky Sports will provide TV coverage.Woad has spent the past few months practising solidly in her garden eagerly anticipating the day when she could return to competitive golf.The fact that her comeback is in such a landmark event just makes the prospect even more exciting for the 16-year-old from Surrey.“It’s my first ever pro event and my first competition of the year,” admitted Woad.“I’ve not played an event since October when England took on Ireland at Hunstanton.“I read on Twitter that these ladies’ events were starting up and I got in contact with the organiser, LET player Liz Young,  to ask about amateurs being involved.“Then Justin Rose came on board as a sponsor and last Thursday I heard back that I was one of three amateur invites.“It’s a brilliant way to start the season and I found out on Monday that I was paired with Meg Maclaren which is really exciting.“Meg (pictured below) was speaking to England players during an online session a few weeks ago and it was great fun and very helpful so I’m looking forward to getting the chance to now play with her.”As with all sporting events during the COVID-19 outbreak, the safety of the players, staff and organisers is of paramount importance with no spectators allowed and appropriate health checks and social distancing rules all in place.Although there may be some butterflies on the first tee for the England trio, Woad is just eager to get back on the course with a card in her hand.“I won’t overthink things and just try to play my own game and not get caught up in the event itself,” added Woad who will have dad Nick on the bag.“I was down at Brokenhurst at the weekend to play a practice round – its less than an hour’s drive from where I live so really easy to get to.“It’s a beautiful course and we even had a herd of deer join us on one of the holes!“I feel my golf is in good shape as I’ve spent most of lockdown practising. My GCSE exams were cancelled, but fortunately I had good mocks to fall back on.“I was playing at Farnham Golf Club the first day golf was allowed back and birdied the first hole and shot two-under which was a good start.”Woad also made a splash on Twitter with regular posts of her attempting a flop shot in her back garden. Her exploits were picked up by the LET, Sky and The R&A and showcased skills that Rose himself (pictured above) would be proud of.“If I need to hit a flop shot then I should be ok,” joked Woad who last year became the youngest ever winner of the Surrey Ladies’ County Championship.“I started hitting over a fence, then progressed to hit over a netball stand into a bowl. There’s no grass left in that bit of the garden now!”Good luck to Lottie, Mimi and Louise for this event with more exciting golf to follow in the course of the Rose Ladies Series.Check out England Golf’s social media platforms and website for news of Thursday’s tournament.After the Brokenhurst Manor event, the series moves to the following venues:June 25: Moor Park Golf ClubJuly 2: Buckinghamshire Golf ClubJuly 9: Royal St George’s Golf ClubJuly 16: JCB Golf and Country ClubJuly 23: Bearwood LakesJuly 30: The Shire, LondonGRAND FINALAugust 6: The Berkshire Golf ClubAugust 7:  Wentworth Golf Club (West Course) Tags: Lottie Woad, Louise Burke, Mimi Rhodes, Rose Ladies Series 17 Jun 2020 England Golf trio ready to blossom in Rose Ladies Series center_img Main Photograph credit: Leaderboardlast_img read more

Inslee Announces Easing of Outdoor Restrictions

first_imgFacebook641Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Governor Jay InsleeGov. Jay Inslee announced today a partial re-opening of some outdoor recreation activities.As of Tuesday, May 5, some outdoor recreation will be allowed with appropriate safety precautions, including: fishing; hunting; playing golf; and day use at state parks, state public lands managed by the Department of Natural Resources and at state Fish and Wildlife areas.“Outdoor recreation is one of the best things we can do to promote physical, mental and emotional well-being for Washingtonians during a time of great stress and isolation,” Inslee said. “And springtime in our state is Washington at its best and people want to be out enjoying outdoor activities in a safe and responsible way.“If we see a sharp uptake in the number of people who are getting sick or are not following appropriate steps, then we won’t hesitate to scale this back again. This is not a return to normal. This is only a beginning phase of relaxing outdoor recreation restrictions.”Public gatherings, events, team sports and camping, among other things, are not resuming at this time.Read the full plan on the governor’s Medium page.last_img read more

Ice goalie invited to Hockey Canada National Women’s Goaltending Camp

first_img Newell,a standout in net for the Ice, will be completing high school early to attend Princeton University. The camp will include U18, U22 and Senior aged athletes and is the next phase of Hockey Canada’s summer program following the strength and conditioning camp in May. The Goaltending Camp is being held this weekend, beginning Thursday, in Calgary. Kootenay Ice netminder Kimberley Newell has been invited to the Hockey Canada National Women’s Goaltending Camp. Newell of Burnaby, who spent last year in Nelson as a member of the B.C. Hockey Major Midget team, is joined by Michaela Logan of North Vancouver.center_img “We look forward to welcoming many of our top young female goaltenders from across the country to our brand-new training facilities in Calgary,” said Kalli Quinn, director of female national teams for Hockey Canada.“This camp is an incredible opportunity for them to develop their skills with our top-notch instructors, and will help prepare them for their upcoming seasons.” Instructors for the camp include Matt Cockell (Winnipeg, Man./Brandon, WHL), Joe Johnston (Lower Sackville, N.S./Dalhousie University, CIS), Andy Nowicki (Red Deer, Alta.), Perry Wilson (Windsor, Ont./University of Windsor, CIS), and Canada’s National Women’s Team alumna Danielle Dubé (Vancouver, BC).last_img read more

Isaiah Thomas on trade to Cavaliers: ‘It still hurts’

first_imgLacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 2017 PLAY LIST 03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201700:50Trending Articles01:17DTI to cemetery goers: Buy candles and bottled waters in grocery stores, supermarkets01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next “This was the first place, the first organization, the first group of fans in the league that didn’t take one look at me, take one look at my size, and put me into the same role as always,” Thomas wrote. “The Boston Celtics let me have a chance to be great. And I’ll never forget that.”But an expiring contract — coupled with a desire for a new, maximum deal — and a hip injury that itself almost derailed the trade led Celtics boss Danny Ainge to trade Thomas to Cleveland along with Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a first-round draft pick. Irving had asked for a trade to a team where he wouldn’t have second-billing.Thomas said he is excited about playing with James, a four-time MVP, and Kevin Love, a former AAU teammate .“I’mma just say this here, point-blank, to get it over with — and then you can go ahead and post it on whatever bulletin boards you want to: You are not going to want to mess with the Cavs this year,” he said.“Me on the Cavs is a match made in heaven. If you’ve watched any Celtics games last year, then you know how many times I would have to go through double and even triple teams, just to get my shot off. … But this year . man, it’s not even going to be a thing. You really going to throw three guys on me, when I’m sharing a court with the best basketball player on the planet? Nah, I don’t think so.”ADVERTISEMENT After moving from the Celtics to their top rival in the East, Thomas said his job is now to destroy the team he helped build.“It’s sad, man. It’s just sad,” he said. “But I didn’t come to Cleveland to lose.”Among the messages Thomas received after the trade was one from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wishing him luck and telling him “You’re gonna do great.” That was bittersweet, Thomas said: He had hoped to build a Brady-like career as an unheralded draft pick who went on to become an all-time Boston great.“In my mind, I wanted to be the Celtics version of Brady and (Red Sox slugger David) Ortiz,” he wrote. “So when I got that text from Tom, you know, there was part of me that felt a little down.“But then I thought about the text some more,” he wrote. “Tom Brady isn’t sending a text like that to guys who played in Boston for only two and a half years — unless they did something very special. So maybe, I don’t know … maybe that’s something to be proud of. And maybe, my time here . even if, in the end, I guess it wasn’t quite what I’d dreamed it would be — maybe it still meant something to some people.” E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics talks with LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers after the Cavaliers defeated the Celtics 135-102 in Game Five of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 25, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Boston Celtics 4-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals to advance to the 2017 NBA Finals. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Adam Glanzman/Getty Images/AFPBOSTON — Isaiah Thomas’ two sons had different reactions to his trade from the Celtics to the Cavaliers.His older son, James, is excited that his dad will get to play alongside LeBron James. Thomas’ younger son, Jaiden, had fallen in love with Boston and was afraid that Cleveland won’t have any skate parks.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “Everything about that trade, everything that I was feeling in my heart in those moments — they got it down to the only two things that mattered,” Thomas said in a 3,500-word post on The Players Tribune about the deal that sent him to the Cavaliers for fellow All-Star Kyrie Irving.“And so when I say this hurts, man — just know that it isn’t because of anything anyone else did. It’s only because of something I did,” he said. “I fell in love with Boston.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutA 5-foot-8 point guard who was the final pick in the 2011 draft, Thomas was a role player for three teams before he came to Boston at the 2015 trade deadline.He developed into a two-time All-Star and a fan favorite with the Celtics, leading them to the No. 1 seed in the East and an Eastern Conference finals matchup with Cleveland in last season’s playoffs. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Del Potro stuns Federer at US Openlast_img read more