Press freedom still curbed amid growing lawlessness

first_img Follow the news on Nigeria August 28, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Press freedom still curbed amid growing lawlessness to go further NigeriaAfrica Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Organisation Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeria NigeriaAfrica News Nigerian investigative journalist forced to flee after massacre disclosurescenter_img June 10, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders expressed concern today about numerous attacks on press freedom in Nigeria and the growing climate of lawlessness journalists have to work in, especially beyond Lagos. The Akwa Ibom state house of assembly has ordered the expulsion of Haruna Acheneje, correspondent of The Punch newspaper in the southern state. Lawson Heyford, of The Source magazine, was arrested by police in the southern city of Port Harcourt and arbitrarily held by police for several days. And a Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) crew was attacked by police in Abuja while filming a clash between police and military officers. “We are appalled at this unacceptable expulsion order against a journalist whose only sin was writing an article,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “We demand its immediate cancellation and call on the federal government to strongly condemn it.”The press freedom organisation urged the authorities to ensure greater security for journalists working around the country and not to allow abuses and irregularities to go unpunished. “Investigations into physical attacks and arbitrary arrests must be thorough and those responsible for them must be identified and punished,” it said.Acheneje had reported in The Punch on 11 August that house of assembly members were complaining about the federal government because their allowances had not been paid. The members said this article was false and a bid to stir up trouble and summoned the journalist to explain. But Acheneje didn’t come and wrote them to contact the head office in Lagos. The assembly then ordered him on 15 August to leave the state within a week. On 22 August, when he failed to do so, it voted a resolution to expel him. On the same day, three armed men thoroughly searched his office while he was absent. The next day, he received two suspect packages at his home which he handed to police for fear they were dangerous. Dele Giwa, editor of the magazine Newswatch, was killed in 1986 when he opened a parcel bomb at his home.Heyford was arrested without explanation on 22 August and held at the office of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) in Lagos. He was freed four days later after interrogation about an article he wrote on tribal clashes that killed several people in the southern village of Ataba and in which he named several people as being responsible.Mohammed Labbo (reporter) and Abdullahi Abdullahi (cameraman), of the NTA, were attacked by police on 14 August as they were covering clashes between police and military officers. Abdullahi was hit on the head with rifle butts and his camera was damaged. The police affairs ministry has opened an enquiry into the incident, but without any results yet. January 28, 2021 Find out more February 8, 2021 Find out more News News Nigerian news site deliberately blocked, expert report confirmslast_img read more

Publicans want to reopen bars six weeks earlier than scheduled

first_img Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Publicans want to reopen bars six weeks earlier than scheduled Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Publicans want to reopen their bars six weeks earlier than scheduled in the government’s pandemic plan.Trade groups have offered up a “radical” plan that would limit the number of people on the premises, ban live music, and make pubs table service only.They hope to convince public health authorities to let them get back to work under those arrangements from the end of June instead of the 10th of August.Licenced Vintners Association chief executive Donal O’Keeffe says pub owners want them to be treated the same as cafés and restaurants:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Pinterest Twittercenter_img By News Highland – May 4, 2020 Twitter Previous articleMan in a critical condition following serious assault in DerryNext articleInclusion Ireland says new guidelines give clarity to medics during pandemic News Highland Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook AudioHomepage BannerNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

Boynton Beach Fires Two Officials After Mural Changed to Remove Black Faces

first_imgTwo Boynton Beach officials have lost their jobs, after an art project in the city was changed to replace the images of two black former fire chiefs with white faces.City Manager Lori LaVerriere said in a statement on Saturday that she has terminated public arts manager Debby Coles-Dobay, and has also removed Matthew Petty as chief of the Boynton Beach Fire Rescue Department.A few hours later, LaVerriere added that she and Petty “agreed that it is in the best interest of the city of Boynton Beach that we mutually separate employment.”The move comes after a public mural that showed the images of two black former fire chiefs in the city was painted over with white faces.“The decision made to alter the artwork that was approved by the Public Arts Commission was wrong and disrespectful to our community,” LaVerriere wrote.She continued, “Every employee in the city of Boynton Beach works for its community. As a leader, I have been very clear that I will not tolerate any employee to be disrespectful, in any shape or form, to any members of our community.”LaVerriere also said the decisions “difficult but necessary.”last_img read more

Google’s FTC Settlement Is An Epic Fail For Microsoft

first_imgTags:#FTC#Google#Mark Penn#Microsoft#search dan lyons 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Microsoft had a pretty lousy year in 2012, putting out a string of big products – Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and the Surface tablet – that all turned out to be be disappointing.But those pale in comparison to what may be the biggest disappointment in Microsoft’s history — its failure to convince antitrust regulators to take action against Google.After a 19-month investigation and despite much prodding from Microsoft, the Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with Google that basically amounts to a slap on the wrist.This is a crushing blow to Microsoft, which has spent millions of dollars on lobbyists and phony grassroots groups over the past several years hoping to land Google in hot water.Indeed, Microsoft’s obsession with Google doesn’t just border on crazy. It is crazy, and not just a little tiny bit crazy but full-blown, bunny-boiling, Ahab-versus-the-whale nutso.The Shadow WarFor years Microsoft has devoted massive resources and energy to waging a sneaky shadow war against Google, fielding an army of lobbyists and front groups that exist almost completely to spread anti-Google propaganda, including, the Association for Competitive Technology, FairSearch and SafeGov. They call themselves “industry groups,” and they have lots of members, but they’re basically Microsoft fronts devoted to hating on Google. Take a glance through ICOMP’s “newsroom” and “Voices” section and white papers and “ICOMP in the News” section. It’s pretty much all Google, all the time — and all negative. It’s a whole website devoted to bashing Google, and frankly it’s kind of incredible, in a twisted way.FairSearch does much the same. Its site is loaded with Google bashing. FairSearch’s spokesman is Ben Hammer, who works for the Glover Park Group, a lobbying and PR firm in Washington, D.C., that used to lobby for Microsoft. Before taking on his role at FairSearch, Hammer worked on the Microsoft account for Glover Park.FairSearch also hired Patrick Lynch, the former attorney general in Rhode Island, as a consultant —  and then Lynch began lobbying states to investigate Google and publishing op-ed pieces in newspapers bashing Google for “abusing its power,” among other things.Microsoft even hired Randall Long, a former FTC attorney who had worked on investigations into Google during his time at the commission. A watchdog group protested and called the hire “suspicious.”In 2009 Microsoft spent millions of dollars to kill a proposed deal between Google and Yahoo. Read this Wired story about what Microsoft did, and you’ll be flabbergasted.That battle was fought by an internal SWAT team that is devoted to hobbling Google. The team is led by a lawyer, John Kelly. (See his LinkedIn bio here.) Also on the team is Kate O’Sullivan, a former exec at Burson-Marsteller, a top Microsoft PR agency that has a hand in running ICOMP.The SafeGov ‘Grassroots’ CampaignMore recently, as Google started trying to sell Google Apps to government agencies – competing against Microsoft Office by offering much lower prices – Microsoft helped create a new group called, another so-called “grassroots” organization whose mission supposedly is to discuss issues around government computing policies, but really ends up being just another front for bashing Google.SafeGov’s “experts” include Doug Miller of Milltech Consulting, who used to work at Microsoft doing “competitive strategy,” and earlier this year disclosed a consulting relationship with Microsoft. There’s also Jeff Gould of Peerstone Research, another SafeGov expert who has disclosed his consulting connection to Microsoft in the Washington Post and on a site called The Open Enterprise, but not in his SafeGov bio. Finally there’s Bryan Cunningham of Cunningham Partners who co-founded a company called Polaris Consulting whose lobbying clients included Microsoft —  though again this connection is not mentioned in his SafeGov bio.SafeGov’s other experts include four people from the Chertoff Group — a lobbying organization run by former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff. They’ve done their part to bash Google. Chertoff criticized Google in the Wall Street Journal in July 2012. Richard Falkenrath, a principal at Chertoff and a SafeGov expert, criticized Google in the Financial Times in February 2012. Yet another SafeGov expert, Andrew Weis of Civitas, warned about Google and privacy in the Chronicle of Higher Education in February 2012.All For NothingAnd now all Microsoft’s plotting and scheming has come to nothing. Or almost nothing.The FTC has settled with Google on the allegations of search engine manipulation. As FTC Chairman Jon Liebowitz has stated, the investigation is closed and the FTC is satisfied that Google was not acting in anti-competitive fashion. “On balance, we didn’t believe that the evidence supported an FTC challenge to this aspect of Google’s business under American law,” Leibowitz said in a press conference on Thursday. There won’t be any protracted (and distracting) legal battle. There won’t be any embarrassing depositions. Google will just make a few little changes that it has already agreed to and the Feds will back off.Of course FairSearch is howling about the settlement and claiming the FTC “failed in its mission to protect American consumers.” Microsoft is still holding out hope that European regulators will do something to hobble Google. And that may happen.But here in the States, the whole campaign is starting to look not just evil but also ridiculous and even pathetic, a failed crusade that smacks of revenge and failure and sad psychodrama.Why Not Just Make Better Products?Microsoft has spent the past 10 years missing out on every big new trend — search, social, mobile. Instead of looking inward and trying to fix its own problems, Microsoft has become ever more obsessed with Google.The crusade extends to PR as well. Last year Microsoft hired Mark Penn, the pollster and PR guy who led Hillary Clinton’s 2008 train wreck of a campaign.Penn’s mission is to create smear campaigns about Google. One of his big brainstorms was the “Scroogled” campaign which tried to persuade people that Google’s search results are tainted by advertising. Microsoft ran full-page ads in newspapers and spots on Monday Night Football. It even created a site,, and urged people to complain about Google on Facebook.Then came the “Droid Rage” ploy, where Microsoft used its Windows Phone account on Twitter to ask Android users to send in Android malware stories to win a prize. The campaign backfired when Android fans used the hashtag to mock Microsoft.Going negative might work in politics, but when you’re selling products it’s probably wiser to tout the virtues of your own product. The risk Microsoft is taking is that by howling about Google, Microsoft starts to look like a company that can no longer compete, a desperate dinosaur that has toppled into the tar pit.Worse, Microsoft starts to seem a little unhinged. Nevertheless, don’t expect this freak show to end anytime soon. Supposedly Penn has been going around Washington trying to recruit consultants, telling them that Microsoft has armed him with a $50 million budget to go after Google.Imagine the kind of cool product that a team of great engineers could dream up with $50 million. Instead, we’ll get more negative ads and ineffective lobbying, while the Surface continues to post disappointing sales figures, and Windows Phone languishes in the cellar of the smartphone market, and while Android continues to gain market share in smartphones and tablets and the FTC can’t find a way, despite all of Microsoft’s finagling and pleading, to make a case against Google. Keep up the great work, Microsoft.See also: Google Escapes Unscathed From From FTC Settlement and Microsoft’s Fight Against Google Continues With YouTube App Complaint.Image by ReadWrite. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

2011 Vawdon Cup

first_imgClose to 80 teams will compete in the Vawdon Cup across nine divisions including the three Premier League divisions (Men’s, Women’s and Mixed), Men’s (divisions one, two and three), Women’s (divisions one and two) and Men’s seniors/masters. Round one of the Men’s Premier League will see newcomers the Bankstown Jets take on Wests Magpies, last year’s Vawdon Cup runners-up, the Penrith Panthers play the Manly Sea Eagles, 2010 champions, the Hornsby Lions versus the Canterbury Bulldogs, Easts Roosters play the Parramatta Eels, while the Central Coast Dolphins have the bye. Round one of the Women’s Premier League will see the 2010 Vawdon Cup grand final rematch, with the Wollongong Devils taking on Wests Magpies. In other games, the Penrith Panthers will play the Manly Sea Eagles, Easts Roosters will take on the Parramatta Eels, Wallsend Wolves will meet Taren Point, while the Varsity Stingers will play the Canterbury Bulldogs. Men’s Premier LeagueBankstown Jets v Wests MagpiesPenrith Panthers v Manly Sea EaglesHornsby Lions v Canterbury BulldogsEasts Roosters v Parramatta EelsBye – Central Coast DolphinsWomen’s Premier LeaguePenrith Panthers v Manly Sea EaglesWollongong Devils v Wests MagpiesEasts Roosters v Parramatta EelsWallsend Wolves v Taren PointVarsity Stingers v Canterbury BulldogsMixed Premier LeagueUNSW Bullets v Taren PointWests Magpies v Easts Roosters 2Penrith Panthers v Norths BearsEasts Roosters 1 – byeThe referee appointments for round one of Vawdon Cup can be viewed here: To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2011 Vawdon Cup, please click on the following links: read more


first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter My next option (which I thought would be the easiest thing to do), was to find a mentor to take me under their wing and allow me to observe their work in TV. I hoped I would be given the opportunity to network with their team (since this industry is all about who you know), but I hit another wall: shadowing a director is rare and coveted, and despite being unpaid, these are very tough gigs to get. I persevered but to no avail. Some programs offered the possibility of getting into TV, but you had to already have television experience, or at least shadowing experience. The chicken and egg conundrum was becoming real for me.That was when the Academy’s Apprenticeship for Women Directors came along. I initially decided not to apply since I figured that there must be some kind of catch. I managed, however, to fend off my skepticism long enough to read through the application guidelines and discover that this was it; this was the entry point. It was the exact opposite of most other programs. The Apprenticeship sought female directors who, like me, didn’t previously have access to being on the set of a TV show. The more experience you had, the less it worked in your favour … this program truly wanted to make a difference for emerging directors who wouldn’t otherwise have a way in.I sent in my application and, in what seemed like no time, received the incredible news that I had been accepted. The program started by introducing us to the industry during the Toronto International Film Festival. The media coverage alone raised my profile as a director. As our training began, we had online sessions with industry experts on a variety of topics. Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Being relatively new to Canada and having all of my film connections mostly in Egypt and the UK, I was eager to take part in any opportunity to get my foot in the Canadian industry’s door. Those opportunities made a remarkable difference in my understanding of the Canadian film landscape, allowing me to meet the right people and have calling card films that showcase my filmmaking style, ability, and voice: a voice with an Arabic accent.I have always been passionate about making films, but in recent years, I have become increasingly fixated on stepping into writing and directing for TV. I thought the transition from film to television would be seamless. After all, I have the education and a few successful short films as proof that I know what I’m doing. I was eager and ready. My plan began to falter though as I quickly discovered that television is a completely different beast; even if I had shot a feature, I would be starting my career all over again regardless to get into TV. I was perplexed…why did it have to be so difficult?last_img read more

Family releases police video of Clayton Willeys violent last hours

first_imgAPTN National NewsClayton Willey’s family still believes the RCMP is responsible for his death despite a report that affirms a coroner’s ruling that Willey died of heart failure due to cocaine overdose.The family doesn’t believe the testimony of officers involved in the 2003 violent arrest of the Prince George, B.C., man.They do believe that a surveillance video depicting his rough treatment has been altered and they plan to prove this in court.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has more.last_img

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,091.58, down 3.44 points). Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Up 24 cents, or 10.6 per cent, to $2.50 on 16 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 25 cents, or three per cent, to $8.00 on 4.9 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Up six cents, or 2.43 per cent, to $2.53 on 3.6 million shares.Crescent Point Energy Corp. (TSX:CPG). Energy. Up three cents, or 0.65 per cent, to $4.63 on 2.4 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Up 35 cents, or 1.63 per cent, to $21.77 on 2.1 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Down eight cents, or 0.68 per cent, to $11.61 on 2 million shares. Companies reporting major news:Royal Bank of Canada. (TSX:RY). Down 94 cents to $94.94. Canada’s financial consumer watchdog got the green light to probe how banking customer complaints are handled internally and by external complaint bodies. The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada said the new review is still in the planning stages but the government’s direction in the fall economic statement Wednesday officially kicks off the process. The review to be completed by June will take a closer look at disputes handled by the banks internally and financial industry complaints escalated to third-parties such as the Ombudsman for Banking Services (OBSI) and Investments and the ADR Chambers Banking Ombuds Office (ADRBO).The Canadian Presslast_img read more

PIO exGoogle staff got 45 mn exit pack after sex abuse charge

first_imgSan Francisco: Tech titan Google agreed to pay its former India-born top executive Amit Singhal a whopping $45 million as an exit package when he resigned from the company in 2016 after being accused of sexual harassment, according to a media report. The previously undisclosed amount was in the separation agreement for Singhal, a senior vice president who ran Google’s search operations until early 2016. The amount was revealed on Monday in a shareholder lawsuit accusing the board of directors of Alphabet, the parent company of Google, of shirking their responsibilities by agreeing to pay executives accused of misconduct instead of firing them for cause, the New York Times reported. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe lawsuit was part of the fallout over how Google has handled sexual harassment cases, it said. The lawsuit was filed in January in California Superior Court with redactions in the passages referring to board discussions. An amended version was filed on Monday without the redactions. According to the amended suit, Google agreed to pay Singhal $15 million a year for two years and between $5 million and $15 million in the third year as long as he was not employed by a competitor. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsHe agreed to take a job at Uber about a year after his departure, then resigned from the ride-hailing company a few weeks later when the sexual harassment claim at Google became public, the report said. Frank Bottini, an attorney for the shareholders, said the board-approved payments were an “abdication of responsibility”. A Google spokeswoman said Monday that the company had “made many changes to our workplace and taken an increasingly hard line on inappropriate conduct by people in positions of authority”. “There are serious consequences for anyone who behaves inappropriately at Google,” she said. Singhal left Google after an employee said he had groped her at an off-site event. Google investigated the allegation and found that Singhal had been inebriated. The company also concluded that the employee’s account was credible. At the time, Singhal said he wanted to spend more time with his family and focus on his philanthropy, the report said. Singhal did not respond to a request for comment, it said. Born in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh, Singhal received a Bachelor of Engineering degree in computer science from IIT Roorkee. He received an MS degree from University of Minnesota Duluth and was head of Google’s core search team for 15 years.last_img read more

TV journalist knifed in restaurant four detained

first_imgGuwahati: A journalist of a news TV channel was attacked with knives and seriously injured in an attack in a restaurant Ganeshguri locality here, police said Friday. Chakrapani Parashar, a journalist of satellite news channel News18/AssamNE, was stabbed by some workers of a restaurant adjacent to his office when he was on duty on Thursday night, police said. Police have detained four accused in connection with the attack. Parashar sustained serious injuries in various parts of his body and was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he is stated to be out of danger, the police said. Trouble began on Thursday afternoon when Parashar went with his unit to cover a fight between the main accused, who runs a restaurant in the same building as the news channel and some youths while playing Holi, News18 Assam/NE Deputy Manager (Operations) Aparup Barua said. “Though the news was not telecast, the restaurant owner started an argument with Parashar for covering the incident. In the evening when about five to six of our journalists, including Parashar, went to the restaurant to settle the matter amicably, the accused took out a dagger and stabbed him repeatedly,” Barua said. The accused has a criminal record and was arrested earlier too, he said. Various political parties – national and regional and journalists organisations have condemned the attack on Parashar. The Electronic Media Forum Assam (EMFA) has expressed concern over the attack and demanded stringent actions against the culprits. It also urged the state government to ensure security to media persons by enacting a special protection law at the earliest. In a statement here on Friday, EMFA claimed that increasing instances of physical assaults are being reported from various parts of the country and the Centre should take the matter seriously. It also appealed to all media persons across the country to be united over the issue.last_img read more