Reporters Without Borders in Rome as Berlusconi gets closer to being declared a “Predator”


first_img Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union October 2, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders in Rome as Berlusconi gets closer to being declared a “Predator” RSF_en Help by sharing this information RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive At a news conference today in Rome with Viva Zapatero director Sabina Guzzanti, Reporters Without Borders called on Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to put a stop to his attacks and lawsuits against the press and voiced its support for the media the Italian leader has targeted.“Berlusconi is on the verge of being added to our list of Predators of Press Freedom,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said. “This would be a first for a European leader. We are also about to release the latest version of our press freedom index and Italy has every chance of being ranked last among the European Union member countries.”Berlusconi has been stepping up his harassment of the media and his attacks on press freedom in recent weeks. He has brought a 1-million-euro libel action against the newspaper La Repubblica because it has been pressing him for two months to respond to questions about his private life, in particular his relationships with a teenage girl and female escorts who say they have attended parties at his villas in Rome and Sardinia. At the same time, the daily L’Unità is being sued for 3 million euros over its coverage of alleged corruption in connection with receptions organised for the prime minister.Not content with trying to impose a positive and upbeat coverage of his activities on the state-owned media and the media owned by his Mediaset press empire, Berlusconi is now trying to dictate the coverage of the independent Italian media and international media. Lawsuits have been brought against the Spanish daily El País over photos of one of his parties and against the French weekly Le Nouvel Observateur over a report headlined “Sex, power and lies” about the Russian mafia’s alleged infiltration into the leadership of the Italian government.Berlusconi is also considering suits against Rupert Murdoch’s English-language newspapers, which could add to the conflict of interests arising from the fact that he is Italy’s premier and a media magnate at the same time.“The European Union must clearly repudiate the abuses currently taking place in Italy and in other member countries,” Julliard said today. “We hope that the next EU summit on 29-30 October will be used to issue a reminder to everyone that Europe must be a space that is free of all press freedom violations.”At the initiative of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe and Niccolò Rinaldi, an Italian MEP affiliated to this group, the European Parliament has scheduled a debate about freedom of the press and information in Italy for its 7 October plenary session. The European Parliament’s leading political groups intend to use the debate to make it clear that the situation in Italy is of concern to the entire Union. It could result in a draft resolution that would be put to a vote at the plenary session in Strasbourg on 19-22 October.Julliard and the Italian section of Reporters Without Borders will attend a demonstration in defence of press freedom tomorrow in Rome. The press freedom organisation urges journalists and all citizens to come and express their support for media freedom and independence. On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia December 2, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts (Picture Marcello Paternostro/AFP/Getty Images) ItalyEurope – Central Asia News Follow the news on Italy Leggere in Italiano : Italia – Basta Cosi’ : Silvio Berlusconi si avvicina alla lista dei predatori della libertà di stampa Organisation Related documents Basta_cosi_-2.pdfPDF – 194.56 KB ItalyEurope – Central Asia to go further November 23, 2020 Find out more News News News November 19, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Pelicans balancing Anthony Davis’ playing time with future concerns


first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “Obviously, it’s a business,” Davis said. “I know their standpoint on it and I was prepared for that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But after Thursday’s trade deadline passed without a deal to move Davis, the Pelicans had to decide if they were willing to defy NBA rules by shelving their healthy six-time All-Star. For now, they’ve put him back in the starting lineup, albeit on reduced playing time as he works his way back from a sprained left index finger that had sidelined him since Jan. 18.On Friday night, Davis was kept on the bench in a tense fourth quarter despite the teams being separated by as little as one basket several times in the waning minutes.Gentry said he limited Davis’ minutes because it had been weeks since he played.“I was not going to have him — first game back — play 38, 40 minutes,” Gentry said. “I thought he played well the minutes that he was in there and did a great job. He was typical Anthony.”Gentry is hoping to find a balance that allows Davis to play — and hopefully stay healthy — while allowing other front-court players like the resurgent Jahlil Okafor and third-year pro Cheick Diallo to get meaningful minutes.ADVERTISEMENT New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) takes the court to warm up for the team’s NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, his first game since injuring his left index finger last month, in New Orleans on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld)NEW ORLEANS — Even with one foot out the door, Anthony Davis is showing he can still produce prolific statistics for the New Orleans Pelicans.He only needed 25 minutes to score 32-points in his first game for New Orleans since requesting a trade nearly two weeks ago. Davis also had nine rebounds and three blocks in a 122-117 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT “We talked about that a lot. Some kind of way, we have to keep those guys in the rotation and keep them available,” Gentry said. “Obviously, they may not play the amount of minutes that they’ve been playing … but I do think that we have to keep them in the rotation and put them in situations where we can see how their development is going and see how they are against the better players in the league and playing with our better players.”The Pelicans have made Holiday the face of the franchise since Davis’ trade demand. The veteran guard, who is in the second year of a five-year, $126 million contract, said he understands the inherent conflict between focusing on players who are committed to the franchise long-term and playing Davis. But he added, “I think we’re still trying to win. Having Anthony on our team and Anthony on the court, in my opinion, is our best chance of winning.“So I guess maybe there’s a little give and take,” Holiday continued. “Maybe you don’t play him 38 minutes or whatever. … But if you want to develop guys, we can probably find different slots.”Gentry said he wasn’t concerned that his players might be distracted during home games by boos directed at Davis.“We’re in a hell of a lot of trouble if we’re going to let boos determine if we play hard or not,” Gentry said.The coach also sounded confident that team chemistry would not be undermined.“When you’re a competitor, when you step out between the lines, you’re going to play basketball and you’re going to try to do the best you can with your other teammates to try to win the basketball game,” Gentry said. “I think that’s where we are right now. The shock of the whole thing is over. Obviously he said he doesn’t want to be here; he wants to be traded. All that has been known. Now what we’re trying to do is bring back some normalcy to the whole situation and what can we do as coaches and what can we do as teammates to try to win basketball games.”Davis said he has no regrets over how he’s handled the matter.“I never regret anything I do,” he said.He also said he would have understood if the Pelicans insisted on not playing him. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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I know that he loves us as players, and he’s going to go out there and play as hard as he can,” Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday said. “If Anthony’s out there, that’s the best chance of us winning.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Pelicans entered their game at Memphis on Saturday night at 25-31, five games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the Western Conference’s final playoff spot with 26 games left.When Davis initially made his trade request public through his agent, Rich Paul, Davis’ image was largely removed from the Pelicans’ website and promotional material. Gentry also started providing more playing time to younger players the club wants to develop. 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St. Bernard’s girls soccer claims NCS D-III championship


first_imgCrusaders claim section titleMarayah Tomlinson netted a hat-trick when it matted most and No. 2 St. Bernard’s girls soccer team defeated No. 1 Technology-Rohnert Park 3-2 in the North Coast Section Division-III championship match, Saturday afternoon in Rohnert Park.St. Bernard’s was familiar with its opponent Saturday as the Crusaders fell to Technology 1-0 in last season’s title match.Tomlinson, the Crusaders’ leading goal-scorer, made sure her club’s season wouldn’t end with another loss …last_img

Non-host venues eye slice of 2010 pie


first_img Over the years, there have been many examples of towns and cities which have been transformed overnight by the World Cup and Olympic Games. In 2006, the small Swiss town of Weggis found itself in the international spotlight during the World Cup in neighbouring Germany when Brazil set up its base camp there. Thousands of supporters and a large contingent of foreign media representatives followed the preparations of the world’s most famous team. Sapporo in Japan doubled its population and established itself as a major conferencing and sporting destination after the 1972 Winter Olympics. And South Korea, which co-hosted the 2002 World Cup with Japan, saw its economic growth double from 3.1% in 2001 to 6.3% one year later. There have been many other success stories. Barcelona saw the number of international visitors to the city increase by 90% in the years following its successful hosting of the 1992 Olympic Games. And visitors to Sydney grew by around 50% after it hosted the 2000 Olympics. In a thesis on the economic and socio-economic perspective of the 2010 World Cup, Professor Elsabe Loots of the University of the Free State says the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles was “the watershed event that changed the financial landscape of mega-events”. Loots says the success of that event provided key lessons for the first African hosts of the quadrennial showpiece of international soccer. Creative Communications SA notes that when the World Cup has left these shores and everything returns to normal, “normal” would have been redefined, “and those who have best read and exploited the dynamics around the event will be the long-term winners”. It’s a powerful message, and one that many of the smaller cities and towns in South Africa – and the rest of the region – are taking to heart. Irrespective whether they are planning to host visiting teams, fan parks or just a few thousand World Cup visitors who are looking for something uniquely African, the 2010 World Cup provides them with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to grow their profile. Urquhart is a former Fifa World Cup media officer and the current editor of Project 2010 Mossel Bay on the Western Cape coast and Buffalo City in the Eastern Cape coast are among those preparing to play an important role by hosting visiting teams while, across the border in neighbouring Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls is undergoing a major face-lift in anticipation of a 2010-induced surge in tourism 17 August 2009 While South Africa’s nine 2010 host cities are in the news on a daily basis as a result of their World Cup preparations, dozens of smaller cities and towns are quietly positioning themselves for the key role they will play during the month-long event.last_img read more

‘I Can’t Find a Contractor to Do That’


first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in GBA articles usually assume that readers share the author’s primary goal: an energy-efficient house with a low rate of air leakage. That’s why many GBA authors take it for granted that builders involved with a residential project will understand basic building science principles, and won’t be confused by expressions like “the stack effect” or “thermal bridging.”If you hang out at GBA long enough, you internalize these assumptions. It’s easy to forget, however, that there are broad swaths of the United States where energy-efficient building practices are still uncommon. As Craig Savage, a former general contractor and JLC editor, recently noted, many builders, upon learning that new codes mandate blower door testing, respond with a “deer in the headlights” look.If you’re a GBA reader who is planning to build a custom home in Arizona or Alabama or South Dakota, and you describe construction methods you’ve learned about on GBA to your local builder, you may be met by a quizzical expression and the simple response, “We don’t build it that way around here.”Most U.S. builders haven’t had a chance to study building science basics. In much of the U.S., residential construction is lightly regulated (if it is regulated at all). In fact, it’s legal in  many states for almost anyone with a pickup truck to call themselves a builder. Most U.S. builders begin earning a living without having undergone any classroom training in construction topics and without completing any job-site apprenticeship program. Unfortunately, it’s fairly common to discover that residential builders aren’t even familiar with local building code requirements.That said, a subset of U.S. builders is highly competent. You’re looking for one of the builders in this subset.Here are some… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more