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Media ban on return of dead soldiers

first_img Help by sharing this information RSF_en CanadaAmericas Receive email alerts April 27, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Media ban on return of dead soldiers January 15, 2021 Find out more CanadaAmericas News to go further Organisation Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics”center_img On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia “We must impose democratic obligations on the leading digital players” November 11, 2020 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders has protested against the April 22 ban imposed by the federal government on TV coverage of the return of soldiers killed in Afghanistan. On the evening of April 25, the media were not allowed into the military airbase at Trenton, near Toronto.“The Canadian government is following the bad example set by the U.S. administration if it thinks it can hide the facts from the population. Respect for the grief of the families is of course necessary, but it should not be used as a pretext that is tantamount to censorship,” said Reporters Without Borders.On April 22, four Canadian soldiers were killed in Afghanistan. Defence Minister Gordon O’Connor almost immediately banned all media coverage of the return of the soldiers’ remains. On April 25, Cyberpresse reported that the media were denied access to the military airbase at Trenton, near Toronto. “If they brought my son home from that war in a body bag, I’d shoot the first media that come on site,” Conservative MP Myron Thompson is quoted as saying in the Montreal Gazette.In the House of Commons, opposition parties unanimously criticized the decision of the new Harper government. According to Cyberpresse, Liberal leader Bill Graham said the government sought to “reduce the impact of such incidents on the population”. Mr Graham drew a parallel with a similar move by the Bush administration, which since the beginning of the war in Iraq banned media coverage of soldiers’ caskets returning from that country. Not all Conservatives are behind government censorship however, and even less so are some of the military families. Although the government has said that it is imposing this measure “out of respect for families’ grief”, Defence Minister O’Connor acknowledged that he never consulted the families in question. Some of them did however complain to Stephen Harper. The Prime Minister Office and the Defence Department have not responded to requests by the Canadian Section of Reporters Without Borders. November 19, 2020 Find out more News News Follow the news on Canadalast_img read more

Center for Jewish Studies awards seniors

first_imgThe Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University has announced the recipients of the 2011 Norman Podhoretz Prize in Jewish Studies and the 2011 Selma and Lewis Weinstein Prize in Jewish Studies.Emily Shire ’11 won this year’s Norman Podhoretz Prize in Jewish Studies for her essay “Interwar Kosher Cookbooks: Recipes for Jewish-American Identity.” This award is given to the student who submits the best essay, feature article, or short story on a Jewish theme. A tribute to Norman Podhoretz, editor of Commentary magazine from 1960 to 1995, the prize is sponsored by the Ernest H. Weiner Fund at the American Jewish Committee.Benjamin Lerner ’11 and Avishai Don ’12 both won this year’s Selma and Lewis Weinstein Prize in Jewish Studies. Lerner’s entry was “On the Origin of the Jewish Defense League: How the Holocaust, Counterculture, and Identity Politics Shaped an Aberrant Jewish Group” and Don’s entry was “Slaying Goliath at Camp David: An Analysis of Camp David I and Camp David II.”  The Weinstein Prize is given to the student who submits the best undergraduate essay in Jewish studies, and was established by Lewis H. Weinstein ’27, LL.B. ’30.last_img read more

Interpol launches hunt for fugitives in Americas

first_imgBy Dialogo September 08, 2010 The United States and several other countries have launched a new operation to hunt down and capture international fugitives wanted by Interpol in the Americas, US officials said. The initiative, called “Operation Far Away,” is “an intelligence-driven operation designed to target, locate and arrest criminal aliens believed to be hiding in the United States and in other Western Hemisphere countries,” US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said. The operation is expected throughout the month. Interpol will coordinate the operation with participation from Bahamas, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles, Peru and the US territory of Puerto Rico. In 2009, Interpol issued more than 5,000 “red notices” for wanted criminals or suspects.last_img read more

Boylesports expands terminal partnership with Playtech PBS

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit BoyleSports signs Coventry City sponsorship August 21, 2020 Share Dr Armin Sageder,Industry omni-channel sports betting solutions providerPlaytech BGT Sports (PBS) has informed that it has secured an extended distribution arrangement of its existing self-service betting terminals (SSBTs) with Irish independent bookmaker BoyleSports.The agreement will see a further 325 of PBS terminals deployed within the Irish operator’s 225-strong estate, doubling its number to over 1,000 in the last 12 months.Moving forward individual shop SSBT density will increase once the additional terminals have been installed, with many of the operator’s best-performing shops hosting in excess of five SSBTs as they look to build upon their operating objective to offer their customers an all-encompassing service through a variety of modern mediums.A pleased Dr Armin Sageder, CEO of Playtech BGT Sports commented on the partnership expansion: “Our partnership with BoyleSports has been very successful since our initial deployment, and our second extension to the deal this year proves the strength of the product for the Irish customer base.“Many shops will host more than four terminals, which illustrates that customers are seeing the tangible benefits of the machines, which have been shown to greatly add incremental revenue and increased margins, without the threat of cannibalisation to the over-the-counter product.”Jenna Boyle, Head of Retail at BoyleSports, backed PBS as lead terminal supplies: “Customer feedback for the increased offering provided by PBS’ SSBTs has required us to greatly increase the number of them across our estate to keep up with demand.They have helped us generate record-breaking SSBT football betting turnover, and the significant incremental revenue each one generates has led to us making the decision to further increase the average density in our shop in order to further enhance our market leading retail offering.”This agreement comes just four months after a similar deal extension, which saw PBS provide an additional 200 terminals to BoyleSports. BoyleSports closes Irish retail estate in response to COVID-19 March 17, 2020 Countdown to Cheltenham: Wednesday racecard ‘not a worry at the moment’ says BoyleSports March 6, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

South African Nation Brand continues to rise as a globally competitive Nation Brand

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 28 September 2016 – Brand South Africa today welcomed South Africa’s rise of two places in the annual World Economic Forum’s Global Competitive Index. South Africa now stands at 47 of 138 – up from 49 in 2015 – countries measured on 12 pillars.According to the 2016 study, South Africa has demonstrated sustained improvements in its performance from 2015. The Nation Brand has improved in 10 of the 12 pillars:1. Goods & Market Efficiency – 10 positions (28/138 countries)2. Labour Market Efficiency – 10 positions (97/138 countries)3. Higher Education & Training – 6 positions (77/138 countries)4. Macroeconomic environment – 6 positions (79/138 countries)5. Innovation – 3 positions (35/138 countries)6. Infrastructure – 4 positions (64 of 138 countries)7. Health & Primary Education – 3 positions (126 of 138 countries)8. Business Sophistication – 3 positions (30 of 138 countries)9. Financial Market Development – 1 position (11 of 138 countries)10. Technological Readiness – 1 position (49 of 138 countries)South Africa declined in the area of market size, down to 30 from 29 in 2015 and institutions down to 40 from 38 in 2015.Brand South Africa’s CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela says that South Africa’s improved performance in the Global Competitive Index is positively correlated with the policies and programmes being implemented by the Nation Brand to strengthen the economy and the way in which it is able to respond to contemporary social issues.“The results in the 2016 WEF Global Competitiveness Index indicates that South Africa is indeed resilient in the face of global headwinds and a range of other challenges. More importantly, these results confirm that we are on the right path as a nation in terms of the solutions we are implementing to strengthen our economy. The strides we are making in collectively executing the National Development Plan and 9 point plan for economic development are yielding positive results for the country and our people.”“Brand South Africa expresses its appreciation to all citizens of the country for your steadfast commitment to ensuring that the Nation Brand strengthens its value proposition for citizens in particular and the international community in general,” concluded Dr Makhubela.According to the World Economic Forum, “South Africa slightly improves both its score and ranking (47th, up two). It has been relatively less affected by commodity price falls than other economies in the region, and has registered marginal improvements in almost all aspects of competitiveness. Most significant areas of progress include enhanced competition, both locally (up 13 places) and internationally (up 16 places); better use of talent in terms of how pay reflects productivity (98th, up 29 places); and a small but important upgrade in the quality of education (up five places), with primary school enrolment also now passing 97 percent.”This is the latest in a series of international instruments which highlight the strengthening of the Nation Brand’s competitiveness. The Institute of Management Development’s Competitive Index and the World Bank’s Logistics Index are amongst the indices where South Africa has improved in its performance.last_img read more

Frank Lampard haunts Chelsea, steals 1-1 draw for Manchester City

first_imgFrank Lampard scored the equalizer for Manchester City against his former club ChelseaFrank Lampard scored a late equalizer against his former club Chelsea to earn 10-man Manchester City a 1-1 draw in the Premier League on Sunday and end the leaders’ winning start to the season.Lampard, who was released by Chelsea this summer after scoring a club-record 211 goals in 13 years, held his arm out and refused to celebrate after his side-footed shot deflected in off John Terry in the 85th minute.City right back Pablo Zabaleta was sent off in the 66th after picking up a second booking, and Chelsea capitalized by opening the scoring five minutes later when substitute Andre Schuerrle tapped in Eden Hazard’s low cross.Chelsea dropped points for the first time in five games but still holds a three-point lead over Southampton and is five clear of City – arguably its biggest rival for the title.It was a typical late surge into the box by Lampard, who had only come on as a substitute seven minutes earlier as City fought back after going a man and a goal down. He looked emotional as he walked off, head down, after the ball hit the net and didn’t want to celebrate with his joyous teammates.”I’m a bit lost for words – I didn’t expect to score like that,” Lampard said. “I’m a bit stuck in the middle.”Chelsea fans had been singing Lampard’s name throughout the match, hailing one of the club’s greatest servants who was allowed to join New York City in the summer. Lampard is spending the first half of the season on loan at City, the parent club of New York City.advertisementAndre Schurrle scores the opening goal for Chelsea against Man CityCity is now winless in four games in all competitions but came back well after losing Zabaleta, who lunged at Diego Costa near the halfway line and became entangled with the Spain striker.Chelsea did the double over City last season, with its win at Etihad Stadium in February widely hailed as a tactical clinic from Jose Mourinho. And the Portuguese coach was happy to ditch the flamboyance that had helped his team claim four straight win for what will probably be its toughest match of the campaign.It made for a tense, edgy and physical battle that was dominated by defenses, with Eliaquim Mangala enjoying a strong starting debut for City after his big-money summer move from Porto.Neither goalkeeper was seriously tested in the first half and Costa, who had scored seven goals so far and at least one in every match, was a peripheral figure.City started the second half well, with Sergio Aguero forcing a save out of Thibaut Courtois and Edin Dzeko denied on the rebound by a lunging tackle from Ramires.But the game turned on Zabaleta’s sending off and within five minutes Costa led a counterattack by Chelsea and Hazard crossed for Schuerrle to tap in at the far post.Lampard had the last say, though.last_img read more

THUNDERBIRD ENTERTAINMENTS KIMS CONVENIENCE TO BE DISTRIBUTED IN ASIA

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement VANCOUVER, Jan. 3, 2019 – Thunderbird Entertainment Group Inc. (TSXV : TBRD) (“Thunderbird” or the “Company”), is pleased to announce it has reached a distribution deal for the first three seasons of Kim’s Convenience with distributor Yoon & Company, who have already confirmed a Cable TV release in Korea early 2019. This high-profile partnership follows other major distribution deals for the award-winning Canadian series, including with Netflix for global streaming rights, and with Amazon for VOD rights in the United States and United Kingdom.Kim’s Convenience is the funny, heartfelt story of the Kims, a Korean-Canadian family running a convenience store in downtown Toronto. It’s a comedy that is real, colourful and urban—a diverse landscape of people and places, with the Kim family at the heart of it all.  The series stars Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Appa, Jean Yoon as Umma, Simu Liu as Jung, Andrea Bang as Janet, Andrew Phung as Kimchee and Nicole Power as Shannon.“If you miss when Modern Family was good, try this” – New York Times“All of us at Thunderbird are thrilled by the continued international interest and acclaim that Kim’s Convenience has been receiving – with our Yoon & Company distribution deal being the latest example,” remarked Jhod Cardinal, Director of Distribution, Thunderbird Entertainment. “The wit, charm and heart of the series is connecting with audiences regardless of where they live, or what language they speak.” Season three of Kim’s Convenience is scheduled to premiere in Canada on CBC Television on January 8, 2019. A fourth season has also been green-lit. The series is based on the award-winning play by Ins Choi, who co-created the series with Kevin White. The series is produced by Ivan Fecan, who is also the executive producer along with Choi and White.“Kim’s Convenience has proven popular with fans at home in Canada and now around the world through our successful global streaming partnership with Netflix,” says Fecan, who is Thunderbird’s Executive Chair of the Board. “We are thrilled that this new agreement will enable Thunderbird to share this heart-warming, character-driven comedy with new audiences in Asia.”About Thunderbird Entertainment Group Inc.Thunderbird Entertainment Group is a Vancouver-based global multiplatform entertainment company with offices in Vancouver, Los Angeles, Toronto, Ottawa and London. Thunderbird creates award-winning scripted, unscripted and animated programming for the world’s leading digital platforms, as well as Canadian and International broadcasters. Thunderbird’s vision is to produce high quality, socially responsible content that makes the world a better place.  The Company develops, produces and distributes animated, factual and scripted content through its various divisions, including Atomic Cartoons, Great Pacific Television, Thunderbird Productions and Thunderbird Releasing Limited.Thunderbird Social Media LinksFacebook:  www.facebook.com/tbirdent Twitter: @tbirdentInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/tbirdent/ Website:  www.thunderbird.tv LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Group demands immediate action to clean up Mount Polley

first_imgAPTN National NewsA press conference was held in Vancouver Monday with a grassroots movement that set up a camp at the entrance of the Mount Polley mine.It’s been just over a month since the mine’s tailings pond breached its wall and spilled millions of cubic metres of waste and sludge into local waterways.The group is demanding immediate action to clean up the mess.APTN’s Tina House was there and has the story.last_img