US – #WeeklyAddress August 7 – 13: New Trump campaign targets media as “enemies” of the White House

first_img RSF_en August 14, 2017 – Updated on August 15, 2017 US – #WeeklyAddress August 7 – 13: New Trump campaign targets media as “enemies” of the White House Organisation News News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Trump re-election campaign targets “enemies,” including members of the media President Trump released a re-election campaign advertisement on Sunday, August 13, calling out the media for attacking and obstructing the president’s efforts. “The President’s enemies don’t want him to succeed, but Americans are saying, ‘Let President Trump do his job,'” the ad said, including video clips and photographs of journalists and his other “enemies.” White House Correspondent April Ryan responded to the ad, which was published a day after the Charlottesville protests turned fatal: “Sad day I am singled out as an enemy of the White House as this racial hate is going on just for asking real questions and speaking truth.” Trump calls out the “#Fake News” on Twitter President Trump took to Twitter early on Monday, August 7, accusing The New York Times of being “totally inept” and calling several media outlets “#Fake News.” These tweets came amid complaints from Trump that the media is not doing an adequate job reporting on his successes. In an afternoon tweet, Trump wrote: “How much longer will the failing nytimes, with its big losses and massive unfunded liability (and non-existent sources), remain in business?” According to The Times’ second-quarter report, which was released on July 27, The New York Times Company saw one of its strongest quarters in recent years, with a rise in digital advertising revenue and online subscriptions. Trump took questions from the press four times in two days After almost six months without a press conference, President Trump made himself available to the press four times on Thursday, August 11, and Friday, August 12, in Bedminster, New Jersey. Prior to this, Trump had not held a press conference since February 16, and rarely took questions from the White House press corps. On Friday, Trump promised a “pretty big press conference” for Monday, August 14, though his public schedule for Monday shows no mention of a press conference. ABC pays historically large sum to settle defamation lawsuit ABC News paid at least $177 million to settle a defamation lawsuit earlier this summer. The payment, which was included in a financial release from its parent company, Disney, that was just made public, is related to a years-long dispute between the network and South Dakota-based meat processor Beef Products Inc. BPI sued ABC for more than $1 billion over the network’s 2012 reporting on BPI’s “lean finely textured beef product,” which ABC said critics refer to as “pink slime.” While the report made clear that the product was not unsafe to eat, BPI said it negatively affected their business. $177 million is likely equal to about a year’s worth of ABC’s evening news program’s advertising revenue, according to CNNMoney. Dan Webb, an attorney for BPI, told CNN this will be the largest amount ever paid in a U.S. media defamation case. Eric Bolling sues Huffington Post reporter who covered sext scandal Fox News host Eric Bolling has sued the Huffington Post reporter whose reporting he claims led to his suspension. After Yashar Ali, a contributing writer for the Huffington Post, reported that Bolling sent lewd text messages to his female colleagues, Bolling was suspended from the network “pending the results of an investigation, which is currently underway.” The investigation is being conducted for Fox News by the law firm Paul Weiss. Bolling filed a summons Wednesday in New York Supreme Court against Ali, seeking $50 million for defamation. Bolling accused Ali of trying to harm his reputation through his “highly reckless publication of actionable false and misleading statements about the plaintiff’s conduct and character.” Coal executive makes headway in defamation lawsuit against John Oliver, NYT In the midst of an ongoing legal battle with The New York Times, HBO, and HBO host John Oliver, coal executive Bob Murray won some small victories this week. A federal judge in the Northern District of West Virginia agreed with the Murray Energy Corp. CEO’s motion to move the case from federal to state court, and denied The New York Times’ request to dismiss the case. The lawsuit argues The Times, HBO, and HBO host John Oliver wrongfully accused Murray of violating safety rules in his coal mines, focusing on the 2007 mining disaster that Murray says was caused by an earthquake, but that federal officials blame on him. The suit stems from a June episode of “Last Week Tonight” during which Oliver criticized Murray and his company, and an April New York Times editorial that said Murray “falsely insisted” the 2007 incident was caused by an earthquake. Austin Tice turns 36 in his fifth year in captivity in Syria August 14 marks five years since American freelance journalist Austin Tice was taken captive in Syria. Just days before, on Friday, August 12, Tice’s family and the international community celebrated his 36th birthday by sending him messages to be opened upon his release. Tice was spending the summer in Syria reporting on the budding civil conflict for news outlets including The Washington Post and McClatchy when he was captured in 2012. He is the last U.S. journalist still held abroad. The United States ranks 43rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index after falling 2 places in the last year. For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en.Read next: RSF condemns the violent assaults on journalists covering Charlottesville protests June 7, 2021 Find out more WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists United StatesAmericas Follow the news on United States to go further Help by sharing this information United StatesAmericas News June 3, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Below are the most notable incidents regarding threats to press freedom in the US during the week of August 7 – 13. A separate statement on the incidents that took place at this weekend’s protests in Charlottesville is forthcoming: April 28, 2021 Find out more News Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF sayslast_img read more

Farmington board approves $6.85 million budget

first_imgFARMINGTON – While selectmen approved of most of the proposed fiscal 2021 department budgets without much discussion on Thursday night, the one facing the most contention from board members was that of the Fire Rescue Department.The fire department’s budget proposal totaling $771,154, represents an increase of $204,603, or 36.11 percent over the current 2020 budget.“Our biggest problem is manpower,” Fire Chief Terry Bell said. “Places like Rumford are the same size as us, but their budgets are bigger than ours.”Included in the increases for salary, overtime and workers compensation, the proposed 2021 budget includes funds for adding one per-diem firefighter five days a week to help with the labor shortage.Selectman Joshua Bell asked about the students enrolled in Foster Tech’s firefighter program at the Mt. Blue campus as a way to increase the roster number and fill in the gaps in the department.“I know this year’s attendance is down. In the long run, I would hope so,” Bell said.The lack of new recruitment tactics to help solve the labor shortage left some board members concerned that the extra cost for a per-diem firefighter would eventually lead to even more costs to fill the need for a full-time position. Bell agreed that this was a possibility.Selectman Scott Landry proposed an alternative to the substantial budget increase, suggesting that seeking help from other areas might be successful and save the town some money.“I’d like to see not regionalization, but just some support from surrounding towns,” Landry said.At the end of the discussion, the proposed fire department budget passed with a split 3-2 vote.The board also approved all the proposed budgets for the remaining town departments, resulting in a total budget of $6.85 million for the 2021 fiscal year. A public hearing is tentatively scheduled for April 12. The town meeting vote on warrant articles at the polls will be held on April 26.last_img read more

Wellington girls complete tennis season with 3 state medalists and 8th place team finish

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Scott · 303 weeks ago Congrats to all the girls. What an honor! Keep the tradition going. Report Reply 0 replies · active 303 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down WHSMOM · 303 weeks ago Congrats to all Report Reply 0 replies · active 303 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Mother Judy Fink gives her daughter Maggie Fink a hug after the state tournament (photo by Coni Adams)By Brian Aufdengarten, Wellington head girls tennis coach — It was a bittersweet ending to the tennis season, We sent both of our varsity seniors out making the Class 4A State Tennis Tournament in Winfield with a medal.After playing three years in doubles, Wellington High School senior Peyton Adams made the switch to the singles side.Peyton Adams finishes 11th place to finish her senior career.We’ve had two goals all year. Let’s make state and let’s get a medal. A state medal has eluded Peyton for the past two years.  Day one didn’t start real well for Peyton when she dropped her opening round match to Muller from Hayden 6-4, 3-6, 11-13.  The loss dropped Peyton to the backside where she found her game and beat Nisley from Nickerson 9-2, then beat a hard hitting Gibson from Bishop Miege 9-2.  The win qualified Peyton for day two and a guaranteed medal spot.  Peyton had to open up Saturday with the state runner up last season Ediger from McPherson.  Peyton dropped the match 9-2, then pitted her against Muller from Hayden again.  Muller got the upper hand again winning 9-7.In Adams last match she found another Hayden player Coleman but Peyton played outstanding winning 9-3. Adams placed 11th overall and accomplished the two goals set at the beginning of the year.Maggie Fink serves during her first match of the tournament.Wellington’s other senior Maggie Fink also set a goal at the beginning of the year after being one match away with then partner Madison Adams, to make state.  This year she paired up with freshman Mekenna Adams and the pair had an amazing weekend going 5-2 overall.  The pair opened with a win over Baldwin 6-3,6-1. Their next match was against regional winner Independence and the Wellington pair nearly pulled off an upset but lost 6-2, 3-6, 3-10.They also fell to the backside of the bracket and also pulled off two matches in a row beating Wamego 9-0, and Pratt 9-3.  On Saturday the pair also had to open up with the best backside team Mcpherson and lost 0-9.  We told them the score didn’t show the closeness of that match with around 5 games going to deuce and we didn’t win.Mekenna Adams is the first freshman in Wellington High tennis history to have medalled at state.Fink and Adams then put that match behind them and beat Smoky Valley 9-5 then beat Chanute 9-2.  For Fink she surpassed her goal of getting to state but she and Adams finished with a 9th place medal to cap off a great season.Wellington’s doubles of Madison Adams and Ryleigh Buck just narrowly missed playing on day two.  The pair had the longest wait of any team in the tournament because of their first round bye.  The pair waited from 9 a.m. until they finally got on the court after 1:30 p.m.That long wait probably hurt us we started slow against a team that already had a match played in Independence.  Wellington dropped the first set 3-6, but then came alive and won 6-1.  In the third set tiebreaker Independence came out on top 10-3.Ryleigh Buck returned to tennis this year as a junior after not playing in 2013.Adams and Buck then beat Parsons on the backside 9-2. In their next match the Wellington pair played Hayden and it was an even match throughout ties at 5-5, but after a close line call against Wellington, we became a little flustered and gave Hayden an extra game.  Adams and Buck battled back after being down 8-5 to send the match to a tiebreak, but Wellington lost the heartbreaking match 7-4.Madison and Ryleigh played so good for us all year and played a tough No. 1 doubles schedule, at one time out of 29 matches they had played 19 state qualifiers.I’m very proud of these two for making to state for the first time. They didn’t play their best this weekend and ran into a tough bracket.  What is great is all the girls contributed to our team scores.  Wellington placed 8th out of 23 teams.Madi Adams is a junior this season and will return as of the top tennis players.I’m very proud of our team this year, the girls supported each other so well and it was a fun team to coach.  A big shoutout to many Wellington students and to all the parents, grandparents, and friends that came out to support the team and to Crusader Club.For more pictures or to see the one’s above at full size click here.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Thursday November 21st Local Sports

first_imgIOWA CITY — Iowa’s seniors hope their final game in Kinnick Stadium ends with a victory when they host Illinois. Offensive lineman Levi Paulsen says it will be an emotional day for him.Quarterback Nate Stanley says the key will be to focus on the outcome.Kickoff between Iowa and Illinois on Saturday is scheduled for 11 o’clock, with the pre-game at 9 o’clock on AM-1300 KGLO — Today’s other championship games10:00 — 8-Man — #1 Audubon vs. #3 Don Bosco7:00 — 3A — #1 Solon vs. #2 Epworth Western Dubuque TODAY:AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — Class A football state championship game — West Hancock vs. Grundy Center — pre-game 1:00, kickoff 1:30AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa men vs. North Florida — pre-game 5:00, tipoff 6:00 IOWA CITY — The Iowa Hawkeye men’s basketball team plays host to North Florida later tonight. The Hawkeyes are 2-1 while North Florida is 4-1 and made 21 three pointers in its last game.That’s Iowa coach Fran McCaffery who would like to see sophomore Joe Weiskamp get it going offensively. Weiskamp is averaging just over 10 points per game and is just three of 11 from three point range.Tipoff is scheduled for 6 o’clock tonight, with the pre-game at 5 o’clock on AM-1300 KGLO. IOWA CITY — Kathleen Doyle scored 21 points and the Iowa Hawkeye women erased a 13 point deficit to edge Princeton 77-75 in overtime in Iowa City. Hawkeye coach Lisa Bluder,Iowa is 3-1 and heads to the Puerto Rico Classic next week.Mason City native Makenzie Meyer played 39 minutes, scoring 19 points, grabbing seven rebounds and handing out three assists. Megan Meyer did not play. You can hear Iowa’s two games at the Puerto Rico Classic next Wednesday and Thursday on KGLO, with Wednesday’s game against Cincinnati starting at 2:30 and Thursday’s game against Townson starting at noon. AMES — A senior class that has helped turn Iowa State into a consistent winner will play its final game in Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday when the Cyclones host Kansas. Linebacker Marcel Spears is part of a class that endured a coaching change shortly after getting to campus.Spears says a winning attitude has been installed in the program.Kickoff at Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday is scheduled for 11 o’clock. CEDAR FALLS — West Hancock faces Grundy Center in the Class A state football championship game this afternoon at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls. It’s the first trip to the state title game for the Eagles since 2011, who have had a perfect 12-0 season after falling in last year’s semifinal round to Hudson. Coach Mark Sanger says his team had a bad taste in their mouth after that loss to Hudson and have been working hard since the first week of practice to get to the championship game.Sanger says Grundy Center is a very athletic ballclub that will give his team a challenge.Grundy Center is 11-1 after beating St. Ansgar in last week’s semifinals. You can hear live and local coverage of West Hancock football today on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.com, with the pre-game show starting at about 1 o’clock, with kickoff at the UNI-Dome scheduled for shortly after 1:30. CEDAR FALLS (AP) — Trae Berhow had 20 points as Northern Iowa rolled past Cornell College 88-66 on Wednesday night.James Betz had 16 points for Northern Iowa (6-0), which earned its sixth consecutive victory to open the season. AJ Green added 15 points. Spencer Haldeman had 11 points for the home team.Marcus Quirk had 12 points for the Rams. Devin Davis added 11 points. Jordan Magnani had 10 points.Northern Iowa takes on West Virginia on Tuesday. MASON CITY — 2nd-ranked NIACC won seven of ten matches to down 19th-ranked Iowa Western 26-15 in a conference dual last night at the campus gym. Christian Minto at 165 pounds scored a 19-3 third-period technical fall win over Noah Rutjens, with Holtan Truax the other wrestler for NIACC scoring bonus points with a pin at 197. Other winners by decision for NIACC were Clarence Lee-Green at 125, Brock Luthens at 133, Hunter Luke at 141, Tony Mendoza at 149 and Rendon Miller in overtime at 184. NIACC is 2-0 in duals this year and will wrestle at the Coe College Invitational on Saturday in Cedar Rapids.last_img read more

Curry ‘off the leash’ in leading Warriors past Pelicans

first_img“I think Coach did a great job though of just giving him a little bit here and there and tonight really just letting him go,” Kevin Durant said. “You see when you let the dog off the leash what happens.”Durant scored 24 points and Klay Thompson added 23 for the Warriors, who with a 15th straight home playoff win tied Chicago for an NBA record. The Bulls did so from April 27, 1990 to May 21, 1991.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownDavis had 34 points and 19 rebounds for a Pelicans team that overcame the loss of DeMarcus Cousins to a season-ending torn Achilles tendon three months ago to make this strong run. The Pelicans shaved the lead to seven points with two minutes left on a basket by Davis before Draymond Green’s turnaround fadeaway moments later.The Warriors advance to play the top-seeded Houston Rockets in what has long been an anticipated Western Conference finals matchup — with a Finals feel, perhaps. The series starts Monday night in Houston. The teams didn’t meet during the 2017 postseason, but the Warriors won a five-game series in the first round of the 2016 playoffs. Houston eliminated Utah in its Game 5 earlier Tuesday. View comments “It feels like he’s back now,” coach Steve Kerr said.On a side note, he went 0 for 5 on his signature tunnel shots before the game.TIP-INSPelicans: Rajon Rondo dealt with a sore groin that limited his time in the second half. … New Orleans made 6 of 9 3s in the first and finished 10 for 24 from long range. … New Orleans got back in it with an 11-0 run in the second.Warriors: Green is the first Warrior to ever average a triple-double in a playoff series. … Durant scored 20 or more points in a 17th straight postseason game. His first five points moved him past two players — Chris Mullin (685) and Harrison Barnes (687) — into 10th place all-time for the Warriors in postseason scoring. … Curry (366) passed Paul Arizin (364) for second place on the franchise postseason list for made free throws. … Durant received the Al Attles Community Impact Award in a pregame ceremony. The Warriors Community Foundation will donate $15,000 to the charity Durant chose, Oakland Elizabeth House, which provides residences to women and children who have been homeless or faced violence or addiction.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Recycling efforts for Olympic medals far from finish line In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Curry, who returned for Game 2 after nearly six weeks out with a knee injury, knocked down an open 3-pointer midway through the third and raised his hands to get the crowd going, then made another less than two minutes later. He converted three free throws at the 6:25 mark following a hard foul by Jrue Holiday.In the second quarter, Holiday shoved Curry hard into the basket, enraging the two-time MVP who let the officials know how upset he was by the push and no call.Holiday contributed 27 points and 11 assists, but even with better shooting, New Orleans couldn’t stay with deep, score-at-will Golden State.“No matter what the score is, no matter the time, whatever it is, we play desperate,” Holiday said.The defending champions are serious about a repeat title and took one step closer to that goal.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastcenter_img P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames MOST READ So far this postseason, with Durant and Green leading the way, the Warriors have admirably defended the slower San Antonio Spurs and now the imposing, push-the-pace Pelicans.Green had another superb all-around night on both ends with 19 points, 14 rebounds, nine assists, three steals and two blocked shots.The Warriors came out of halftime with a 10-0 run over the opening 1:54, forcing two Pelicans timeouts and taking control for the rest of the game.Thompson hit back-to-back 3-pointers midway through the first to put Golden State up 17-10, the second right in front of his own bench as teammates erupted in celebration. He began 6 for 9 and had 14 points by the 4:10 mark of the first.Durant became irate when Nikola Mirotic made a late, hard bump on a 3-point try with 5:23 left in the first — a play that was reviewed and Mirotic received just a common foul.As Durant took free throws, Green tried to listen in on the Pelicans’ huddle before official Josh Tiven pulled him away.“I don’t have a reaction, that’s Draymond,” New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said. “Should that surprise me?”CURRY’S SERIESCurry went 10 for 16 in 37 minutes playing his fourth game back from a sprained left knee he hurt March 23. His minutes have increased each game he plays, up to 31 in Game 4 and 37 on Tuesday. He added eight assists and seven rebounds in Game 5.He was 32 for 67 with 15 3s in the series. Confetti falls as Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry walks off the court at the end of Game 5 of the team’s NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. Golden State won 113-104 to win the series. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry is back doing everything with fire and flair — and without fear after impatiently spending a month and a half on the sidelines.Curry played his most minutes since missing nearly six weeks with a knee injury, finishing with 28 points and helping the Golden State Warriors advance to the Western Conference finals for a fourth straight year by dismantling Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans 113-104 in Game 5 on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’last_img read more

Chelsea must ‘exploit’ their win over Tottenham, says Conte

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesBoss Antonio Conte says Chelsea must use their FA Cup victory over Tottenham to spur them on in the title race.The Blues have seen their lead over their London rivals cut to four points following defeats against Crystal Palace and Manchester United in recent weeks and face a crucial match against Southampton on Tuesday.But having ended Tottenham’s eight-game winning run with the 4-2 victory at Wembley, Conte says it is vital his team back up that victory when the Saints visit Stamford Bridge.“We have to exploit the momentum for sure after this win,” Conte said. “It is really important win against a team fighting with us for the title.“But also we have to know that on Tuesday we have to play a really tough game because Southampton are a strong team with some good technical players.“The FA Cup and league are two different competitions. It is important to be focused. We have to rest and recover and prepare very well.“We have a very tough game and we must know Tottenham want to fight until the end for the title. They have all possibilities to do this.”See also:Chelsea beat Spurs in semi-final clashPochettino insists Spurs will ‘move on’Conte: Strong decisions were neededChelsea v Tottenham player ratingsExperience will help Ake and Batshuayi – ConteChelsea’s Wembley triumph over Spurs – in picturesFixtures give Spurs an advantage – ConteConte wants Blues fans to recreate Wembley noiseCahill in line for Chelsea return   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Lifetime award for NoFinish

first_img15 October 2002As the focal point of Ngqoko, a group of traditional bowsingers from the Eastern Cape, NoFinish Dywili took the traditional music of the abaThembu people from obscurity to local and international renown.At the 2002 Arts and Culture Trust Awards, Dywili, the founder of the Nggoko Women’s Cultural Group, was posthumously honoured for her contribution to traditional forms of South African music with a Lifetime Achievement Award.Dywili recognised that the musical traditions of her village Ngqoko – between Queenstown and Engcobo in the Eastern Cape – and surrounding areas were dying and, in a personal 40-year crusade, kept the music and the customs associated with it alive through a core group of singers, the Ngqoko Women’s Cultural Group.Considered a national treasure of South Africa, the performers of Ngqoko encompass the richness and depth of a centuries-old art form, including a range of gentle bow patterns, soft overtones, astonishing musical scale, rich harmonies and a unique, highly-developed form of overtone singing.The Ngqoko Women’s Cultural Group has performed extensively both locally and internationally, recording a CD – Le Chant des Femmes Xhosa – for the Musee d’Ethnographie de Geneve in 1995.Presenting the award to Dywili’s daughter Thulisa, Professor Andrew Tracey, director of the International Library of African Music, highlighted Dywili’s passion for sustaining traditional Xhosa music: “She was outstanding in her own way, but also representative of many, many other outstanding, unsung women who can be found in every small community in South Africa – people who have the courage and the power to live their life as they know it should be lived, and to influence others to do the same.”Tracey emphasised the significance of Ngqoko at a time that South Africans are rediscovering their artistic heritage. “They have made a tremendous impression. It’s not only their music, the polyphonic singing, the three types of bow they play, the umngqokolo overtone singing.“It is also their presence, their dignity, their gaiety and their seriousness, the sure knowledge they give to an audience that they are part of an ancient tradition which means something to them, and something of this meaning comes across to every audience.”The Ngqoko Women’s Cultural Group specialised, among other things, in the typical married woman’s style called umngqungqo, danced at the time of intonjane, girls’ isolation and initiation.According to Tracey, the Khoisan had a big influence on the western Xhosa people, and although it is now almost impossible to trace any relicts of original Khoisan culture in the Eastern Cape, “it’s still there to hear in song-dances like umngqungqo“.NoFinish’s music might have remained unknown forever, Tracey said in his presentation speech, if it had not been for a chance meeting in about 1979 between NoFinish and the Rev Dave Dargie, who was working on Africanising the music in the Catholic liturgy.Once Dargie heard NoFinish with her uhadi gourd bow, “he knew right away that he’d better learn something about the real traditional Xhosa music before going any further”, Tracey related. “So, late in her life, she was ‘discovered’, as they say, and her group began to be invited to perform, close to home at first.“But soon they were getting invitations much further afield, all over South Africa, then to Europe several times, and [in 2001] I took them to Reunion, that was NoFinish’s last trip.”NoFinish was the focal point of the music of the Ngqoko Women’s Cultural Group, “their gravitas, their isithunzi“, Tracey said.“In presenting this award to NoFinish’s daughter Thulisa for her mother, I would like to think this is also in recognition of all other women in South Africa who know their own mind, who know who they are, and have confidence in themselves and in their culture.”Source: Arts & Culture Trustlast_img read more

PRISM Fallout: U.S. Internet Companies Stained By Intelligence Actions

first_imgServerless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … It was bound to happen sooner or later: faced with mounting global criticism on its use of Internet data to monitor international denizens for intelligence reasons, the U.S. is now starting right up there with China as safest places to store data on the Web. If trust in U.S. web and data services continues to erode, the future of global cloud computing will be a much different place than what is currently envisioned.The AP is reporting today that German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich is warning anyone on the Internet to avoid using U.S.-based services such as those from Facebook, Google or Microsoft.… Friedrich told reporters in Berlin on Wednesday that “whoever fears their communication is being intercepted in any way should use services that don’t go through American servers.”Germany is only one of several nations that are particularly angered by revelations that the U.S. apparently is engaging in wide-scale intelligence gathering using data collected directly from private Internet firms via the so-called PRISM project. If the allegations implied by the leaked PRISM documents are true, then PRISM would seriously jeopardize business relations between the U.S. and other countries. The European Union may be the first relationship to get damaged.See also: PRISM Fallout: In Cloud We Don’t Trust?In order to comply with strict E.U. data laws, which essentially prevent data being stored outside an E.U. member nation’s borders, the E.U. and the U.S. have established a Safe Harbor agreement that enables data to be stored in U.S.-based cloud services so long as the U.S. service providers self-regulate themselves to maintain strict standards of privacy protections.Recent assertions show that U.S. intelligence services may actually have on-site equipment on PRISM participants’ property, despite repeated denials from those services, which also include Yahoo, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube and Apple. If the information from the leaked PRISM documents is true, this would be a serious breach of their Safe Harbor agreement.Even if PRISM turns out to be fictitious, just the hint that something like PRISM could exist could evaporate a large amount of trust and business for U.S. cloud vendors—even ones not named in the PRISM documents.Friedrich’s comments today are a sharp reminder of just how fast the relationship between E.U. and U.S. companies could deteriorate.Bound by law not to discuss what they are doing to help intelligence services, the named PRISM companies and services are facing a P.R. nightmare, where all they can do is deny and hope the problem goes away.International policy makers are growing increasingly angered at what they see as U.S. arrogance. (Yesterday’s search of Bolivian President Evo Morales’s plane by Austrian authorities in Vienna for Edward Snowden, the self-identified leaker of the PRISM documents, probably does not help that perception.)We may very well be heading for a new geo-fenced world of data isolationism, where the storage of data across international borders will not be so commonplace as it is today. If that becomes the case, how will the Internet landscape work then? Will apps that sell on an international scale be forced to maintain separate Balkanized data collections for each nation served?Or will any Internet-based company now be forced to lock down their data in direct defiance of state-sanctioned data collection operations?Neither choice seems palatable, but to regain the trust and business of a global audience, any Internet company may have to take such drastic measures. What’s your picture of a post-PRISM Internet future?Image of German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich courtesy of Wikipedia. brian proffitt How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Related Posts center_img Tags:#cloud computing#cloud storage#Germany#Prism Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

US gymnastics gold medalist reveals abuse by team doctor

first_imgPH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 “It happened in London before my team and I won the gold medal, and it happened before I won my silver (in vault in London),” Maroney wrote.Maroney posted her statement with the #MeToo hashtag, the campaign encouraging women to denounce experiences of sexual abuse that has swept across social media in the wake of the wave of allegations targeting Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.“Everyone’s words over the past few days have been so inspiring to me,” Maroney said in the statement on her Twitter account @McKaylaMaroney.“I know how hard it is to speak publicly about something so horrible, and so personal, because it’s happened to me too,” she said.‘Not just happening in Hollywood’Maroney is the most high-profile US gymnast to speak out so far about sexual abuse by the former team doctor.ADVERTISEMENT More than 350 gymnasts were reportedly abused according to an investigation by the Indianapolis Star.In a statement, USA Gymnastics praised the “courage” of  Maroney and others “who have come forward to share their personal experiences with sexual abuse.”“Because of their strength in coming forward, predators can be held accountable for their actions,” USA Gymnastics said. “We, like so many others, are outraged and disgusted by the conduct of which Larry Nassar is accused.“We are sorry that any athlete has been harmed during her or his gymnastics career.”USA Gymnastics added that it was “strengthening and enhancing our policies and procedures regarding abuse” and was committed to working to “keep our athletes as safe as possible.” /cbb Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP LATEST STORIES “Dr. Nassar told me that I was receiving ‘medically necessary treatment that he had been performing on patients for over 30 years,’” Maroney wrote.“It started when I was 13 years old, at one of my first National Team training camps, in Texas, and it didn’t end until I left the sport.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 shutout“It seemed whenever and wherever this man could find the chance, I was ‘treated,’” she said.She said the abuse even occurred during the London 2012 Olympics, where Maroney was a member of the “Fierce Five” US squad which won the team gold medal. Chicago Bulls ban Portis 8 games for breaking teammate’s jaw US Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Mckayla Maroney (left) revealed on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, that the team’s former doctor, Larry Nassar (right), molested her from when she was 13 years old until she left the sport in 2016. AFP FILE PHOTOSWASHINGTON, United States — Olympic gold medal-winning US gymnast McKayla Maroney, inspired by the “Me Too” movement, revealed on Wednesday that she was molested for years by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.Maroney, 21, said in a statement on Twitter that Nassar, who is facing trial on more than 20 counts of sexual assault, began molesting her at the age of 13 and it continued throughout her gymnastics career.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next “People should know this is not just happening in Hollywood,” Maroney said. “This is happening everywhere.“Wherever there is a position of power, there seems to be a potential for abuse,” Maroney said.“I had a dream to go to the Olympics, and the things that I had to endure to get there were unnecessary and disgusting,” she said.Maroney, from Long Beach, California, said one incident of abuse occurred during the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo.She said Nassar gave her a sleeping pill “and the next thing I know I was all alone with him in his hotel room getting a ‘treatment.’”“I thought I was going to die that night,” she wrote, adding that she hoped her statement would encourage others to speak out.“Silence has given the wrong people power for too long, and it’s time to take our power back,” she said.Nassar was involved with USA Gymnastics for nearly three decades and worked with the country’s gymnasts at four separate Olympic Games.His case was part of a wide-ranging scandal which forced the resignation of USA Gymnastics chief Steve Penny last year.Penny was accused by victims of failing to quickly notify authorities about abuse allegations. 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