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RSF_en Greece’s new guidelines for policing protests threaten press freedom © ANGELOS TZORTZINIS / AFP The Greek police must show journalists can trust it with their protection after one was murdered and another is threatened Organisation Follow the news on Greece June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns yesterday’s powerful explosion that badly damaged the facade of the headquarters of the commercial radio and TV station Skai, one of Greece’s leading broadcasters, without causing any injuries. GreeceEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence GreeceEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence February 2, 2021 Find out more December 18, 2018 – Updated on January 9, 2019 RSF condemns bomb attack on TV station in Athens April 29, 2021 Find out more Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News News to go further The improvised explosive device was detonated outside the Skai building in the early hours, shortly after anonymous warning calls were made to two other media outlets. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.“We firmly condemn this shocking attack on a TV group that had reported being the target of repeated threats and the fact that it was not receiving sufficient protection,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s European Union desk.“Every government must pay a great deal of attention to threats against media outlets, including media that are critical of the government. Regardless of the motive for this act of terrorism, it must not deter journalists from doing their job to report the news.”For the time being, the anti-terrorist police are assuming that it was the work of an extremist group, possibly the Popular Fighters Group (OLA), which has been responsible for at least five similar bombings since 2013*.Greece’s far-left anarchist groups have for years been using bombs made with small gas canisters to attack businesses, banks and diplomatic offices. A month ago, police defused a bomb left outside the Athens home of the court of cassation’s deputy prosecutor.Greece is ranked 74th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index.*[Updated on 9 January] The far-left group OLA today claimed responsibility for the 17 December bomb attack on a TV channel in Athens, condemning the allegedly corrupt links between the media and politicians in Greece. News Help by sharing this information News
Pedro Alvarez (24) warms up on deck during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Pittsburgh Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Hamilton kept creating havoc on the bases. A record-setting basestealer in the minors, he is 12 for 12 on swipe tries since his late-season promotion from Triple-A.Hamilton doubled and scored twice. He is 6 for 14 and has scored nine times as a major leaguer.Bruce had four RBIs and Chris Heisey added three hits while driving in two runs.Jeff Locke (10-7) was tagged in the first inning and didn’t come out for the second.After morphing from fifth starter to improbable All-Star, Locke fell to 2-5 with a 6.12 ERA in the second half of the season.Locke’s next turn in the rotation is scheduled for Saturday in Cincinnati, but an off-day on Thursday gives the Pirates some flexibility with their rotation for a series that could have serious playoff implications.After Bruce doubled to the gap in left-center field, Frazier followed with his 18th homer, a two-run shot to the deepest part of PNC Park.Cincinnati pushed its advantage to 7-0 in the second on an RBI double by Heisey and a sacrifice fly from Brandon Phillips off reliever Jeanmar Gomez.Staked to such a huge cushion, Arroyo worked quickly if not exactly effectively. Walker hit his third homer in four games leading off the third and pinch-hitter Travis Snider did the same in the fifth.Pittsburgh’s best chance to make it close came later in that inning when Walker’s double put runners in scoring position with no outs. Arroyo surrendered only a sacrifice fly by Justin Morneau that made it 7-3. The veteran right-hander gave up three runs on five hits in five innings, walking two and striking out three.Pittsburgh begins a three-game set in Chicago against the Cubs on Monday while Cincinnati heads home to face the New York Mets. The rivals will reconvene at Great American Ball Park on Friday with home-field in the wild card game likely at stake, perhaps even more if the Cardinals falter.NOTES: Pirates C Russell Martin left the game in the fifth with soreness in his left knee … Cincinnati pitchers struck out six to lift their season total to 1,249, a club record … Reds manager Dusty Baker said RHP Johnny Cueto will have a 100-pitch limit when he starts on Monday against the Mets. Cueto missed more than two months with a strained right lat before returning to pitch five scoreless innings last week against Houston … Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said Jason Grilli is back as the full-time closer. Grilli picked up his first save since July 21 when he recorded the final three outs of a 4-2 win over the Reds on Saturday night. Grilli missed more than six weeks with a strained right forearm … A sellout crowd of 38,699 showed up for the final regular season game at PNC Park. The 23 sellouts this season are the second-highest total in the stadium’s 12-year history, as is the total attendance of 2.26 million. Andrew McCutchen (22) sits on the bat rack with his game-worn jersey on his shoulder while waiting to give his jersey to a fan as part of end-of-season fan appreciation after a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Pittsburgh Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. The Reds won 11-3. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Rookie Billy Hamilton got three hits and stole two more bases, and the Cincinnati Reds routed Pittsburgh 11-3Sunday to tie the Pirates for the NL wild-card lead.The Reds and Pirates each have magic numbers of two to close out Washington and clinch a playoff spot. Cincinnati and Pittsburgh trail NL Central leader St. Louis by 2 1-2 games, pending the Cardinals’ night game at Milwaukee.Jay Bruce hit a three-run double and Todd Frazier followed with a homer that capped a five-run burst in the first inning. Bronson Arroyo (14-11) made it stand up, lasting five innings to win for the first time in nearly a month.Neil Walker hit his 13th homer of the season, but Pittsburgh stumbled in its home finale.The Reds took two of three this weekend, and have won five of six overall. The Pirates went 5-6 in their final homestand.
17 October 2005German industrial group MAN Ferrostaal is to make two major investments in South Africa, together worth about R1.8-billion, Business Day reports.According to Business Day, Ferrostaal will invest in a stainless steel precision strip mill at Coega in the Eastern Cape and an oil rig manufacturing plant at Saldanha Bay in the Western Cape.The investments will be made in fulfilment of the company’s “offset” obligations under the SA government’s industrial participation programme, which requires any multinational company that wins a government tender worth more than US$10-million to spend roughly 30% of the value of the contract on local investment.In terms of the offset programme, major arms contractors, including Ferrostaal, are committed to investing US$4-billion in South Africa in return for arms deal contracts.According to Business Day, $1.5-billion of this has been committed and invested so far.The newspaper reports that Ferrostaal has approved a €80-million (R640-million) investment for the first phase of a stainless steel precision strip mill at Coega’s industrial development zone, with €120-million (R960-million) envisioned in a second phase.And last week, Business Day reports, the company presented the SA government with details of a R200-million oil rig manufacturing plant at Saldanha Bay and a repair facility in Cape Town harbour.Both projects are expected to get under way in March 2006.SouthAfrica.info reporter
QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort That was not the only record Dimitrov set. After winning all five of his matches at the O2 Arena, he became the first player to win the elite tournament on debut since 1998, when Alex Corretja of Spain triumphed in Hanover.“I was a little bit tired,” said Dimitrov, who beat Goffin for the loss of just two games when they met on Wednesday. “I had to play a few matches obviously back-to-back against solid opponents. I knew that David is going to try something new. He had to be aggressive in order so he doesn’t let me play my game.”Goffin’s adjustments paid off early as he broke Dimitrov’s first two service games either side of losing his own, before settling down to control the opener.However, Dimitrov fought his way back. He leveled in the eighth game before breaking once more in the 12th to snatch the set, despite Goffin hitting eight more winners.Dimitrov’s confidence carried into the second set, where he brought up the first break point in the sixth game, only for Goffin to produce a stunning cross-court backhand winner to save it. The momentum back with him, Goffin broke the following game for a 4-3 lead and calmly closed out the set.ADVERTISEMENT Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports 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 Tams rip Eagles, force do-or-die Read Next Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria lifts the trophy after beating David Goffin of Belgium in their ATP World Tour Finals singles final tennis match at the O2 Arena in London pn Sunday, November 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)LONDON — Grigor Dimitrov’s talent took him to the brink of his biggest career win, but he needed more than that to get over the line.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ The sixth-seeded Bulgarian claimed the title at the season-ending ATP Finals on Sunday, prevailing on his fifth match point to beat David Goffin 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in the final.“I felt I had a good mental toughness throughout the whole year,” Dimitrov said. “So when my body’s allowing me to do this kind of preparation, I feel I already have an advantage over any other player. And right now those are the moments that I rise up to.”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 shutoutIt was not the Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal matchup many fans had hoped for, but they were left satisfied as the two 26-year-olds delivered the longest final since the tournament returned to a three-set format in 2008.Dimitrov won in 2 hours, 30 minutes, 15 seconds, adding 11 minutes to the mark set by Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2011. Having become the sixth player to beat Nadal and Federer at the same tournament — the latter from a set down in the semifinals — Goffin had every reason to be confident after drawing level. But he wasted four break points in the opening game and they would turn out to be his only chances in the decider.“I think after this week I’m a better player mentally,” said Goffin, who ends the season at a career-high No. 7 ranking. “I proved to myself that I can do it.”Dimitrov was more clinical, striking in the sixth game to take control of the third set. However, the Bulgarian has had problems closing matches out this season — losing three times after holding match points — and had cause for concern when Goffin saved his first three to hold from 0-40 down at 2-5.Dimitrov served his way to 40-15 but saw another chance drift away, before Goffin finally netted a backhand volley to end the match.“I was a little bit tired in the third,” Goffin said. “It’s the only game maybe I didn’t serve well. I didn’t put a lot of first serves in that game … He was really solid.”Dimitrov claimed his first Masters title in Cincinnati in August, and having risen to a career-high No. 3-ranking with victory in London, his next target is a Grand Slam.“I don’t want to get too hyped up because I’ve done well, now I’m No. 3 in the world,” Dimitrov said. “Of course, one of my main goals is to win a Grand Slam tournament. This has always been, again, a dream of mine.” /kga Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC
The success of the recent Trans Tasman Test Series held at WIN Stadium, Wollongong in April 2009 has many anticipating the return clash in New Zealand. The series was televised on FOX Sports in Australia and Sky TV in New Zealand with commentary provided by Rugby League identities Andrew Voss and Benji Marshall.The 2010 Trans Tasman Test Series will be held from Friday, 22 January 2010 to Sunday, 24 January 2010 at the wonderful facilities at The Trusts Stadium Waitakere, Auckland, the same venue that held the 2009 Youth Trans Tasman.With Australia claiming both Open and Youth titles they will be looking to continue this feat as they progress towards the 2011 World Cup in Scotland. But they will face stiff opposition from the determined Kiwi teams.Joe Sprangers, Chief Executive Officer of TNZ is optimistic about the future. “New Zealand’s goals are now to win to the next Trans Tasman Series and ultimately to go on to win the World Cup in Scotland in 2011.”New Zealand bled many young players onto the international scene in the April series and are well positioned for World Cup glory. The Men’s teams in particular took it to the more fancied Aussie opponents and will only gain from the experience of the well fought series. The traditionally strong Mixed team will bounce back from a surprising loss and the Women’s team continues to show promise with limited preparation.Australia will need to compensate for the retirements of some outstanding servants of the game including Men’s captain, Gavin Shuker and Women’s captain, Sharyn Williams who retired on a winning note in Wollongong.Colm Maguire, Chief Executive Officer of TFA, said “We look forward to the return clash and it will continue to greatly improve the marketability of the sport and ensure higher representation for our elite players to strive for”.More information will be provided in due course, but if you have any enquiries, do not hesitate to contact your respective national sporting organisation.Related Filestrans_tasman_-_media_release_01-pdf
Wijnaldum tempers Liverpool pressure: We’re not champions yet!by Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum has tempered expectations around the club this season.The Dutch midfielder does not want fans to get carried away with talk of winning the Premier League.While it is only October, the Reds have an eight point lead and have not dropped a single point in their domestic campaign. But Wijnaldum knows that things can change very quickly.The Dutch midfielder told Sky Sports: “We don’t want to think we are already champions. That would be a really wrong thing to do.”I’m sure the manager will keep us with our feet on the ground and say that we just have to think about ourselves, and try to play good and try to give 100 per cent every week.”We just have to do what we did before and look at ourselves and not look too much to other teams because we don’t have influence on other teams – we can’t control the performance of other teams.”We just have to make sure we are ready for the games that are to come and to make sure we are ready and try to have good results because we know that it can change quickly.”Then at the end of the season we will see where we stand.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Ohio State Quarterback Braxton Miller ShoulderLast week, it was reported that Ohio State senior quarterback Braxton Miller had been “fully cleared” for football activities with no limitations. Miller, who missed all of last season with a torn labrum in his shoulder, has been making very good process with his rehabilitation this offseason. He’s added some muscle and his body looks great. His arm looks pretty good, too. Here’s some footage of the two-time Big Ten MVP throwing the ball a bit this afternoon. It’s not much, but that has got to be something Ohio State fans will love to see.
New Delhi: The government’s fiscal deficit touched Rs 4.32 lakh crore for the June quarter, which is 61.4 per cent of the budget estimate for 2019-20 fiscal. In absolute terms, the fiscal deficit or gap between expenditure and revenue was Rs 4.32 lakh crore during at June-end, as per the data released by the Controller General of Accounts (CGA) on Wednesday.The fiscal deficit was 68.7 per cent of 2018-19 budget estimate in the year-ago period. The government estimates the fiscal deficit to be at Rs 7.03 lakh crore during 2019-20. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe government aims to restrict the fiscal deficit at 3.4 per cent of the GDP in the current fiscal, same as the last financial year. The CGA data showed that revenue receipts of the government during April-June, 2019-20 was 14.4 per cent of the Budget Estimate (BE). It was 15.5 per cent of BE in the year-ago period. In absolute terms, revenue receipts stood at Rs 2.84 lakh crore at June-end 2019. During the entire year, the revenue receipts has been pegged at Rs 19.77 lakh crore. The capital expenditure was 18.8 per cent of the BE. This compares with 29 per cent in the year-ago period, the CGA said.
TORONTO – A partnership led by Aecon Group Inc. has been chosen as the preferred proponent by BC Hydro for a Site C generating station and spillways civil works contract.The work is expected to include civil works associated with the powerhouse, penstocks, spillways and power intakes, plus related ancillary construction work, the company says.The full contract award is expected to take place early next year, with work to begin in the spring.Aecon holds a 30 per cent stake in the partnership, while Dragados Canada Inc. has 27.5 per cent, Flatiron Constructors Canada Ltd. has 27.5 per cent and EBC Inc. holds 15 per cent.The B.C. NDP government announced last week that it would complete the controversial hydroelectric dam rather than cancel the project.The province’s independent energy regulator concluded in a report last month that the dam is over budget and behind schedule.
Immigration, in the words of historian Roger Daniels, is a fundamental human activity. Can it be restricted? Most immigrants use air routes to enter foreign countries, and these routes are almost entirely controlled by authorities in both the sending and receiving countries. The land and sea routes are somewhat less easy to monitor but, given modern surveillance technology, not entirely outside the realm of enforcement.Yet only a few island nations such as Australia and Singapore claim to micromanage immigration flows with success. Elsewhere, immigration enforcement is littered with failures, including in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, France, and Italy—countries that should by now be veterans in the enforcement business. With modern surveillance technology, these countries could, if they chose to allocate the required resources, monitor each and every entry and exit. It would be a messy and costly exercise. Also Read – Torpedoing BengalTake Donald Trump’s January 2017 executive order to restrict refugees and travelers from seven Muslim countries. Together these countries constitute a tiny slice of the overall number of international travelers to the United States. Even so, the executive order caused chaos at international airports, protests in major American cities, complaints from friendly governments around the world, and lawsuits from American corporations, universities, and local and state governments. Imagine the anarchy and economic effects a major restriction on travel and immigration would create! Also Read – Educational model of coexistenceWelcome to the twenty-first-century global economy. Crossborder mobility is integral to its functioning. The economic, administrative, and humanitarian toll of any major immigration restriction would be enormous, and nations contemplating these notions have to ask whether they are willing to pay the price. The simple fact is that, as I document below, restricting immigration in the twentyfirst century is not possible without substantially depressing overall cross-border mobility. Effective restrictions on immigration require controls on other types of international travels for tourism, schooling, business, and employment. Yet in the current paranoia when Marine Le Pen of France, Viktor Orban of Hungary, Matteo Salvini of Italy, Geert Wilders of Netherlands, Nigel Farage of the United Kingdom, Donald Trump of the United States, and other right-wing leaders demand restricting immigration and expelling immigrants, they do so without reference to restrictions on international travel. Advocates of anti-immigration policies generally want to restrict immigration but not international travel for business and tourism, in particular of their own citizens. Such travel not only greases the wheels of the global economy but also directly contributes substantially to global economic output. Yet failure to acknowledge the link between immigration and other kinds of cross-border mobility reflects incomplete understanding of immigration in the twentyfirst century. The New Immigration Critics argue that if immigration restrictions did not have a disastrous effect on the world economy a century ago when the United States clamped down on immigration with a series of laws culminating in the Immigration Act of 1924, why would it be any different now? The answer lies in the difference between immigration today and one hundred years ago; the differences in global interdependence and globalization today and one hundred years ago. Let’s start with the differences in immigration over the past century. Immigration in the 2010s is a tiny fraction of cross-border mobility. The World Tourism Organization periodically publishes estimates of international tourists. By these estimates, in 2016 there were 1.2 billion international tourist arrivals. This statistic pertains to the number of individual trips, not travelers. A tiny minority travels across national borders ten or more times a year, but the vast majority engages in international travel for tourism just once or twice a year. I asked a number of immigration historians, demographers, economists, and political scientists for a reasonable estimate of the average number of trips per international traveler. The response: it’s difficult to guess. But they unanimously agreed that it would be fewer than five. Assuming that on average each international tourist makes three trips a year, that would be 400 million international tourists; assuming that they make five trips a year, the number goes down to 240 million. To this must be added other nonimmigrants, such as students, scholars, and individuals traveling for work, if we are to arrive at an estimate of the overall size of annual cross-border movement. Compare that to the number of people who emigrate globally: about five million a year, according to data from the International Organization for Migration. The number of individuals engaged in international travel is at least fifty times the annual immigration, and possibly even larger. By contrast, in the early decades of the twentieth century crossborder mobility for tourism and business was modest. The cost, time, risk, and sheer uncertainty of long-distance travel were major impediments to international mobility. On average in 1900 it took four to six months via sea to travel from Bombay to London, a journey that can now be completed in just eight hours by air. There were no designated ships leaving Bombay for London every day or even every week. In January 2017 every day there were at least seven nonstop flights between the two cities, and eighty flights with one or more stops in other cities. Then, thousands of rich Chinese, Korean, and Japanese tourists just did not fly to Paris or London or New York for a weeklong vacation or for an extended weekend as they do in the twenty-first century. Then, cross-border travel for tourism and business was not as big a driver of economic growth as it is in the twenty-first century. In 2016 international tourism was a $1.5 trillion industry globally; China had 120 million inbound and 130 million outbound tourists. The United States received 74 million international tourists, and about the same number of U.S. citizens traveled abroad, of which about half traveled outside North America. Immigration in the 2010s is far more global than it was in the early 1900s, in terms of both origins and destinations. In the early 1900s most immigrants were from Europe, and most headed to the Americas. In the 2010s immigrants come from all across the globe. In 2016 the top regions of origin were Asia (49 percent of global immigration), Latin America (18 percent), Eastern Europe and Central Asia (16 percent), and the Middle East and North Africa (14 percent). Then, all the leading countries of origin were in northern and southern Europe. In the early decades of the twenty-first century all the top ten sending countries are outside Europe. The geographic landscape of immigration has reversed in many places: immigrant origin nations of the early twentieth century (Italy, France, Ireland, Spain) have become destinations, and countries that were once destinations (Brazil, Argentina, Chile) are now origins. Demographic projections suggest that by 2050, Africa will emerge as one of the biggest sources of emigration to Asia, Europe, and North America. (Excerpted with permission from Blaming Immigrants; written by Neeraj Kaushal; published by Columbia University Press. The excerpt here is a part of the chapter titled ‘The Costs and Benefits of Restricting Immigration’.)