Reporters Without Borders deplores the risible fine of 15,000 vatu (120 euros) that a court in Port Vila, the capital of the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, imposed on infrastructure and public utilities minister Harry Iauko on 8 July for a physical attack on Daily Post publisher Marc Neil-Jones in March.“It is unacceptable that a government minister should get off with such a small fine for assaulting a journalist who criticized him,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The fine is not commensurate with the gravity of the crime and sends the wrong signal to all of Vanuatu’s journalists. We call on the courts to review this sentence in order to protect the media. Failure to do so would encourage journalists to censor themselves.”Neil-Jones was attacked in his office on 4 March by a total of eight men including Iauko. According to Neil-Jones, the minister accused him of writing “bad things” about him, alluding to articles criticising the minister’s handling of various issues and alleged embezzlement by Airports Vanuatu Ltd, an aviation company that works closely with the government.The seven other men involved in the attack were given fines of up to 1,000 dollars. ————Helped by thugs, cabinet minister beats up newspaper publisher07-03-2011Reporters Without Borders condemns a brutal attack on Daily Post publisher Marc Neil-Jones in Port Vila, the capital of the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, on 4 March. Neil-Jones accuses infrastructure and public utilities minister Harry Iauko of organizing and participating in the assault, which was took place in the journalist’s office.“Threats and acts of violence against a journalist who is just doing his job are unacceptable,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We warn Prime Minister Sato Kilman that his credibility will be questioned if this goes unpunished. We urge the police to carry out an exhaustive investigation without delay and we urge the prime minister to do everything possible to ensure its success. Otherwise he will be regarded as an accomplice to violence by a member of his government.”Neil-Jones said he was attacked and beaten in his office by a total of eight men including Iauko, who accused him of writing “bad things” about him. His newspaper has published articles criticising the minister’s handling of various issues. It has also raised questions about Airports Vanuatu Ltd, an aviation company that works closely with the government.After leaving Neil-Jones unconscious on the floor, Iauko went to editor Royson Willie and said to him: “Do you want me to break your face?”Neil-Jones has filed a complaint against the minister. Yesterday he said: “I can’t think of many countries where a minister of state would survive long if he marched into a national newspaper with a gang of thugs employed within the ministry and assaulted the publisher of a national daily paper because he didn’t like the valid criticism he was getting from all quarters, including the newspaper, members of the public through letters to the editor and Transparency International.”The publisher was previously attacked on 17 January 2009 by four police officers employed by the prison department. They were arrested but the investigation never established who was behind the attack. News News to go further June 10, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival News Follow the news on Asia – Pacific June 7, 2021 Find out more Asia – Pacific Receive email alerts News Organisation Asia – Pacific Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom RSF_en Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists June 2, 2021 Find out more July 12, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Risible fine for minister who assaulted newspaper publisher
On Wednesday night, Gary Clark Jr. stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform a track off his stylistically diverse new album, This Land, officially released last Friday. For his Tonight Show performance, Clark pulled out This Land‘s defiant blues-rock anthem, “What About Us”. You can watch the high-energy performance below:Gary Clark Jr. – “What About Us”[Video: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon]Gary Clark Jr.’s Tonight Show appearance is the latest in a recent string of late-night TV performances in support of This Land. Last Saturday night, Clark made his debut as the Saturday Night Live musical guest, performing renditions of “This Land” and “Pearl Cadillac”. He also hit The Late Show with Stephen Colbert back in January to preview “Feed the Babies” with help from Jon Batiste ahead of the album’s release.Related: Gary Clark Jr. Officially Releases Stylistically Diverse New Album, ‘This Land’ [Listen]Fans will get the chance to hear all the new material featured on This Land when Clark heads out on his 2019 spring tour beginning with an opening night at the Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami, Florida on March 9th. Tickets for the tour are available on Gary Clark Jr.’s official website here.
AFROBASKET FALLOUTZenith Bank Plc on Tuesday put smiles on the faces of the victorious Nigeria Women basketball team, D’Tigress, after rewarding them with cash award during a brief reception organised for the team at the corporate headquarters of the organisation.In the past 15 years, Zenith Bank has been the official sponsors of the Women basketball League in the country and has been on the forefront of supporting the women national team. Speaking during the reception, the Group Managing Director/CEO of Zenith Bank, Ebenezer Onyeagwu, expressed his excitement on the feat achieved by the girls.“I am extremely happy to receive the victorious and elegant queens with the trophy,” he said.“One is for you to be a champion, but another thing is to defend the title which you (D’Tigress) have done in grand style. You didn’t just do that, but you defeated your major rival at their bedroom to lift the trophy.“This result is a source of joy to us at Zenith Bank that all our investment in the last 15 years is not in vain. To appreciate your victory, we will send a token put into individual accounts including the players, the officials and the backroom staff.”While reacting to the reception and cash rewards given to the team, the Captain of the D’Tigress, Adaora Elonu, appreciated the bank for its support as she appealed for more supports towards the Olympic Games qualifiersIn his own words, the President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Musa Kida, applauded the winning mentality of the team.He added: “What the players went through to win the trophy cannot be said with the words of mouth.“They played against a better prepared team which was the host, against over 20,000 Senegalese supporters who were rooting for their team to lift the title, but they came out unscathed.“The NBBF thank Zenith Bank for its support of over 15 years, and I am happy you promised to continue to support the federation and also decision to use your office to bring in more sponsors so as to develop basketball more from the grassroots.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
It was the final press conference before Claressa Shields faces Ivana Habazin for the vacant WBC and WBO junior middleweight titles Friday night, and the latter took the podium with an amendment to make.“Claressa Shields is not the greatest woman of all time,” Habazin said Tuesday, referring to Shields’ self-proclaimed “GWOAT” nickname. “But she is the greatest bully of all time.” Shields, seated just a few inches to her right, gave the remark a thumbs down.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearHours later, she sat in Sporting News’ office in Lower Manhattan and was further irked by Habazin’s assertion.“I don’t bully nobody,” Shields told SN. “I don’t even know why she said that. I haven’t had any interaction with her since the fight got cancelled in Flint.”The fight in Michigan was supposed to happen last Oct. 5, but it was canceled at the weigh-in when Habazin’s trainer, James Ali Bashir, 68, was attacked and hospitalized with head and facial injuries. Shields’ brother, Artis Mack, was charged with one count of assault in connection with the altercation. Following the ugly incident, Shields has publicly offered statements not condoning the attack.A little over a month later, the fight was rescheduled for Friday, Jan. 10 at the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. From that point until now, Shields hasn’t appreciated Habazin’s insinuation that Shields herself was involved in the assault nor the Croatian fighter’s remarks about her family.“After I made a statement, I think a day later she made her statement, and her statement was she called me a thug and said my family was thugs and that I need my thugs to protect me,” Shields said. “I just blocked her on all social media because I don’t take stuff like that lightly.”Habazin has claimed that the “thug” remark was for Shields’ brother and not Shields, but other comments from the former welterweight champion piqued “T-Rex” in all the wrong ways.“She’s just using the situation that happened in Flint to build her own career and to build herself up,” Shields said. “Yeah, you can care about your coach and use him for motivation, but for her to keep saying that — oh, now she’s saying I’m a bully, at first I’m a thug and then I’m stupid, I don’t know how to read and all this crazy stuff, she is embarrassing herself.“Whether we have bad blood or not,” Shields added, “I’m still going to kick her ass.”On Wednesday morning, Shields upped the ante by promising to channel WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder’s knockout artistry on Friday night.Bringing all my @BronzeBomber Vibes this Friday. Gonna sleep this weak ass girl 😈💪🏾— ClaressaT-rexShields (@Claressashields) January 8, 2020Despite what Shields deems as attacks on her character, she says this fight is more about making history. Or “herstory” as she calls it.Shields already stands as the only American boxer to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals. A win Friday, and the 24-year-old would reign as a three-division world champ faster than any boxer — male or female — in history, beating out Vasiliy Lomachenko, who accomplished the feat in 11 fights.“It would mean a lot to become the fastest boxer to claim three divisions,” said Shields (9-0, 2 KOs). “It’d mean a lot because women can fight, women can box, and the fact that I’ve taken the same challenges that Lomachenko has taken and I’ve done it faster, I feel like it puts me … if they ever talk about this, he’ll always be second on the list.“It’s about a woman being first ahead of the men.”That’s not to say that Shields isn’t already. When asked where she thinks she falls on the pound-for-pound list, Shields said “Top 10” without any hesitation. As she sat and pondered it a bit more, Shields only bolstered her case for a higher standing.“I don’t know if you want to put me at No. 10 because it makes men comfortable, or I don’t know if you want to put me at No. 5 or No. 6,” Shields commented, “but I know that I got a lot of skills and I can do everything inside the ring.”Shields says that skill set includes being able to box like Muhammad Ali, throw combinations like “Sugar” Ray Leonard, offer great head movement like Lomachenko — all equipped with the defense of Floyd Mayweather Jr.That’s why she feels she’s at least Top 10.“(The list) got some men who are on people’s top 10 who don’t have better skills than me,” Shields added for good measure.✅ Box around like @MuhammadAli✅ Thow combinations like @SugarRayLeonard✅ Hand movement like @VasylLomachenko✅ Defense like @FloydMayweatherJust a few reasons why @Claressashields believes she is a Top 10 pound-for-pound fighter regardless of how men feel about it. pic.twitter.com/zVgDCwltJL— Sporting News Fights (@sn_fights) January 8, 2020Following this bout against Habazin, Shields intends to have a small training camp with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Shields hopes the GWOAT-GOAT meeting lays the groundwork for eventually training herself up in MMA and clashing with UFC women’s double champ Amanda Nunes in the octagon someday.For Shields, it’s all a part of her New Year’s resolution of refusing to compromise — both professionally and personally — so that she could keep her laser-like vision 20/20.Despite becoming the undisputed middleweight champion in 2019 — just the second women ever to be crowned with that glory — Shields says she wasn’t her happiest last year.“I do a lot for my family and friends, and I do a lot of compromising just because of their feelings,” Shields said. “I’m not worried about my feelings. I’m worried about everybody else.“From me doing that, it kind of made me unhappy,” she continued about her 2019 mood. “I didn’t travel to where I wanted to travel to, I didn’t do stuff I wanted to do just because I was looking out for other people, or listening to other people or trying to make everyone else comfortable.”Entering 2020, Shields made a conscious decision to change that. “It’s like my life is about making me comfortable,” Shields said. “It’s about me being happy. It’s about me feeling like I’m doing what I need to do. And not just having a great boxing life, but a great personal life also.“It all has to kind of mesh together and it wasn’t last year, so I’m cutting that this year,” she said. “Probably every year after that too.”Shields’ fighting herstory should be better off for it, beginning Friday night.
LONDON (AP):The IOC advised national Olympic committees yesterday to follow the World Health Organization’s (WHO) guidance on dealing with the Zika virus ahead of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, asserting its confidence that the games will be safe.Brazil has been hit hard by the mosquito-borne virus, which has been linked to severe birth defects in infants, raising concerns about the outbreak’s potential impact on South America’s first Olympics in August.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) sent a note to all national Olympic committees outlining the latest medical advice concerning the Zika virus, the most recent problem for a country already dealing with a severe economic crisis and a sprawling corruption scandal.”All parties are taking action to address this topic, and are following developments closely,” the IOC said.The two-page note from the IOC medical commission repeated advice for travellers to take precautions against mosquito bites and for women who are planning to become pregnant to assess the potential risks of travelling to areas infected with the virus.”The IOC remains in close contact with the WHO to ensure that we have access to the most up-to-date information and guidance, from now through to Games time,” the IOC statement said. “At the same time NOCs should consult with their national health authorities to get advice and guidance.”The IOC did not say the Olympics were threatened in any way and made it clear that it expects the Aug. 5-21 games to be secure for athletes and visitors.”We remain confident that there will be a safe environment for successful and enjoyable games in Rio de Janeiro,” the statement concluded.
Full Schedule Roster HTML Box Score Listen Live Preview The in-state battle featured numerous runs by both teams, but it was Drake who was able to hold off Iowa to claim the victory. Iowa trailed by 13 points (75-62) with 4:28 left in the game, but pulled to three points at 77-74 with :31 seconds left in the game. However, a resilient Bulldogs team made four of six free throws to close out the game and claim the victory. Photo Gallery Four Bulldogs, led by senior Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) with a team-high 20 points, finished in double figures Sunday. Senior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) added 15 points while freshman Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) recorded her first career double-double with 14 points and a career-best 10 rebounds. Redshirt sophomore Becca Jonas (Independence, Mo.) rounded out the group with 12 points and added five rebounds. Drake improved to 63.6 percent shooting in the fourth quarter, but committed five turnovers that helped Iowa climb back into the game. Going into the final period, the Bulldogs had just nine turnovers as they finished with 14 in the game. PDF Box Score Photo Gallery The Hawkeyes held their final lead on the day just a few minutes into the game, but the Bulldogs answered to lead 24-17 after one quarter. Ingle’s scoring performance matched her season-high in a game this year (Creighton, Nov. 17), and she handed out seven assists and snagged three rebounds. Ingle paced the Bulldogs scoring attack in the first quarter with a game-high nine points. Six different Bulldogs scored for the Bulldogs in the opening period as the team shot 52.9 percent. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team defeated Iowa, 81-76, Sunday afternoon in front of a crowd of 3,307 fans in the Knapp Center on a bone-chilling cold day in Des Moines. vs. Auburn 12/21/2016 – 3 PM Live Stats 1350 ESPN DES MOINES Jonas opened the second period with a basket, but Drake struggled to score the basketball shooting just 31.6 percent in the period and led by just five points at halftime (38-33). In the third quarter, Iowa trimmed its deficit to three at 44-41 at the 6:41 mark. However, the Bulldogs ripped off a 7-0 scoring run that was capped by a layup from sophomore Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.). Photo Gallery Next Game: The fans who braved the elements witnessed Drake (6-3) snap a 14-game losing streak in the in-state series with Iowa (8-4). Prior to Sunday, the Bulldogs’ last victory over the Hawkeyes was Nov. 25, 2001 in a 75-72 decision that went to overtime in Iowa City. Story Links Following Sunday’s game, Drake travels to New Orleans, La., to play in the Tulane Classic. The Bulldogs open the tournament against Auburn on Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. Drake will then play Eastern Washington or Tulane on Dec. 22 with game time TBA. Print Friendly Version
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Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “I think our confidence kind of went down,” said Baldwin after a 80-67 loss to the Tamaraws Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“I hate to see that because with young kids you don’t ever want to see their confidence erode a little bit.”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 shutoutAteneo shot 26-of-71 from the field good for 37 percent and nearly half of those attempts were 3-pointers.The Blue Eagles chucked up 32 attempts from long distance and made just 10, but what made things difficult for the top seed were missing open shots. “Can’t really tell you how, we just shot the ball badly,” said Baldwin, whose team went 3-of-10 in uncontested shots. “I thought we executed well in the first half.”And as Ateneo failed to find the bottom of the net on a consistent basis, the Tamaraws had a field day.FEU shot 31-of-63 from the field for 49 percentand converted 8-of-19 from deep.The Tamaraws also went 28-of-60, 47 percent, on their contested shots.“The big issue was our defense, FEU’s confidence was really great,” said Baldwin. “Almost all of their shots were contested and I don’t think our contests had any sort of vigor to them.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo rarely saw its shots fall against Far Eastern University in their Final Four of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.What did go down was, as head coach Tab Baldwin said, the team’s collective confidence.ADVERTISEMENT “Our defense seemed to lack the last 10 percent of effort that it needs to have an impact on a good offensive team and tonight FEU was a good offensive team. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Ex-Blue Eagles Tolentino, Cani star for FEU in Final Four Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8003:16UAAP Season 80 Preview: Ateneo Blue Eagles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 View comments
The government on Thursday hit out at the civil society members, led by anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare, over the Lokpal bill saying they go to public after every meeting “which is not right”. Law Minister Veerappa Moily said, “I am the convenor of the Lokpal drafting committee. We are keen to bring the bill. It is our genuine intention to bring the bill in Parliament in the monsoon session. But we observe that after every meeting is over, the civil society members go to public attacking us. This is not right.” On Wednesday, the seventh Lokpal drafting committee meeting ended in a deadlock, with Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal saying another meeting would take place on June 20, where the members ‘will try to arrive at a consensus’. RTI activist and panel member Arvind Kejriwal had said on Wednesday the meeting was not good and nothing would come out of it. “Out of forty issues, we had agreement on 34 issues and disagreement on six issues,” Moily said on Thursday. “They wanted a big Lokpal, we agreed. We agreed to every demand, but are we drafting a legislation or redrafting the Constitution for the Lokpal? They want changes in Constitution. Do they want to rewrite their Constitution? We want to bring a legislative bill, not a constitutional amendment,” Moily added. Attacking the government a day after the breakdown of talks over Lokpal draft bill, Hazare threatened to go on a hunger strike again accusing it of being uninterested in a strong bill. Referring to the government announcements on two drafts in case of disagreements, Hazare stated that he was not optimistic about expecting anything from the government anymore. advertisementFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
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