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
VERMONT COMMUNITY FOUNDATION HIRES STUART COMSTOCK-GAY AS PRESIDENT & CEOMIDDLEBURY, VT – The board of the Vermont Community Foundation announced that Stuart Comstock-Gay has been named the next President & CEO. Comstock-Gay comes to the Foundation with more than 20 years of experience in building the capacity, reach, and impact of institutions dedicated to bringing people together in the pursuit of community-minded goals.Rob Woolmington, the VCF’s board chair said that Comstock-Gay’s experience would be instrumental in continuing the work of the Foundation to help people, businesses, and organizations give effectively in Vermont. “The board was particularly impressed by Stuart’s understanding of how a community foundation can engage philanthropists and assist charitable partners in building healthy and vital communities. That is the core work of the Vermont Community Foundation. We believe Stuart will be an effective, thoughtful, and engaging leader, and we look forward to working with him.”Comstock-Gay started his career at the American Civil Liberties Union, including ten years as executive director of the Maryland ACLU. He has also served as vice president and chief operating officer at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and executive director of the National Voting Rights Institute in Boston. While at the latter organization, he facilitated its merger with Demos, a national non-partisan research and advocacy organization based in New York City.Most recently, as director of the Democracy Program at Demos, he has worked to strengthen inclusiveness and democracy in the U.S. by reducing barriers to voter participation and encouraging civic engagement. In that role he has worked with election officials, legislators, and advocates across the country to pursue policies that would encourage greater political participation.Comstock-Gay said that he sees great potential to harness the community-minded spirit of Vermonters. “America’s best traditions include civic engagement and community spirit. Vermont has a long and inspiring history of these traditions. The VCF has proven that it is an important part of Vermont life. I am eager to work with VCF donors, supporters, and partners to address some of the states’s most pressing issues.”Comstock-Gay holds a B.A. in Political Science from Bucknell University and a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He and his wife have three daughters.The Vermont Community Foundation helps individuals, organizations, and businesses cultivate their love of giving through opportunities to learn, lead, and grow as philanthropists. The VCF has more than 500 charitable funds, each of which was established to build healthy and vital Vermont communities. In addition, the VCF offers planned giving, nonprofit agency fund management, and other services that help charitable partners achieve their missions.###
– Advertisement – There are also some changes noted in the interface, for instance, “Archived Chats” may be moved at the top of your chat list once Vacation Mode is enabled for better visibility. In this update, WhatsApp is also working to introduce the ‘Archived Chats feature with a new banner that reads, “Move chats you want to keep muted here’ adding, ‘Chats with new messages won’t return to main chat list. This hints that the behaviour of archived chats function will change for all chats archived. For now, the tracker says that these new tweaks haven’t been enabled for users even on the latest beta.In 2020, will WhatsApp get the killer feature that every Indian is waiting for? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. WhatsApp is actively working on a ‘Vacation Mode’ feature to bring users the ability to keep archived chat in archive even when a new message arrives. Currently, WhatsApp unarchives chats when a new message comes in, and Vacation Mode looks to prevent that from happening. The latest WhatsApp for Android beta sees improvements to this Vacation Mode feature, and hints that WhatsApp is actively developing it, including UI tweaks to the Archived Chats section. The feature is still under development and hasn’t been enabled for public beta testing yet.The instant messaging platform has released the latest WhatsApp Beta for Android v22.214.171.124, and WhatsApp-watchers WABetaInfo dug into its code to see all the new features WhatsApp may be working on. The features tracker found WhatsApp is busy developing the Vacation Mode feature. This new addition, as mentioned, allows users to keep chats in the archive when new messages arrive. In the past beta updates, WhatsApp prevented muted archived chats to be automatically unarchived when new messages arrived, but this new beta release suggests that WhatsApp users need not mute chats to keep them in archive.- Advertisement –
Esports giant ESL and global telecommunications company Vodafone have announced an international esports partnership. The deal is set to cover a variety of ESL’s flagship events, including the Intel Extreme Masters, ESL One and the ESL Pro League.The first partnership between the two companies will be at IEM Sydney, where Vodafone will become a “Premium Partner” of the female esports challenge at the event. This will be the first step for the two companies as they’re set to support a series of initiatives that promote diversity and female participation in esports.Serpil Timuray, Chief Operations & Strategy Officer, Vodafone Group said: “We are delighted to launch this partnership with ESL and create one of the biggest international networks for esports at a time when audiences are growing rapidly and new technologies are poised to deliver better experiences. I look forward to joining our customers across 25 countries in viewing ESL’s exciting esports tournaments, both at home and on their mobile devices.”Ralf Reichert, CEO at ESL added: “We are thrilled to partner with Vodafone as our new telecommunication partner for various events. Together with Vodafone, we are looking forward to connecting even more people and create diversity in esports by ensuring better technological conditions for professional players, fans and ESL employees, fostering corporate responsibility projects and creating awareness around the esports industry to a broader audience. Vodafone is committed to supporting ESL with all their knowledge and strength and we could not be happier about that.”After IEM Sydney, Vodafone’s partnership will continue with ESL One Birmingham at the end of May and ESL One Cologne in July. Further events with their partnership will be announced in due course. Other aspects of the deal include a new segment titled “The Vodafone View”, as well as various branding related to the telecommunications company.Esports Insider says: Another big move for ESL, and good to see Vodafone expanding their partnerships into events as well. Considering that the vast majority of esports is consumed through the internet, it could be expected that more telecommunications companies would be set to get involved.