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Papua New Guinea: Government minister calls for two reporters to be fired over Covid-19 coverage

first_img News August 12, 2020 Find out more News Police minister Bryan Kramer, Loop PNG reporter Freddy Mou and Post-Courier PNG journalist Gorethy Kenneth (sources: PNG National Parliament / Twitter / Loop – image: RSF). Receive email alerts August 23, 2019 Find out more RSF_en Melanesia: Facebook algorithms censor article about press freedom in West Papua Papua New GuineaAsia – Pacific Media independence Covid19InternetFreedom of expression Papua New GuineaAsia – Pacific Media independence Covid19InternetFreedom of expression Follow the news on Papua New Guinea Newscenter_img Help by sharing this information News reporting hit by Internet blackout in West Papua November 21, 2018 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a call by a member of Papua New Guinea’s government for the dismissal of two journalists who simply served the public interest by providing helpful coverage of the measures it is taking in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. News Freddy Mou, who covers politics and business for the Loop PNG news website, and Gorethy Kenneth, a reporter for the English-language Post-Courier PNG newspaper, “can’t be trusted” and should be fired, police minister Bryan Kramer said in a post on his “Kramer Report” Facebook page on 11 April.Kramer accused Mou of writing a “mischievous and misleading” article in which comments by the treasury minister about government funding for measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic were “taken out of context and misreported,” as reported by Pacific Media Watch. Kramer also took issue with the fact that the video of the interview with the treasury minister that Mou posted in support of his article was shared by Kenneth on a Covid-19 discussion group for media outlets on WhatsApp.“It is not up to a government minister to decide whether journalists should be fired, and especially when it is because of a report he didn’t like,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “This constitutes an unacceptable meddling in the media’s necessary work. We call on police minister Bryan Kramer to immediately withdraw his accusations against Freddy Mou and Gorethy Kenneth, who simply provided public interest reporting that was particularly helpful during the pandemic.”Papua New Guinea is ranked 38th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. to go further Papua New Guinea: Chinese delegation excludes journalists from three side events during APEC summit Organisation April 16, 2020 – Updated on May 6, 2020 Papua New Guinea: Government minister calls for two reporters to be fired over Covid-19 coveragelast_img read more

Ryan, Wisconsin gearing up for rematch with Iowa this weekend

first_imgThe Badgers will travel to Iowa this week in hopes of extending their four-game winning streak, as the Hawkeyes seek revenge from a 75-71 loss at the Kohl Center in January.The last time the teams battled, Wisconsin (21-5, 8-5 Big Ten) was ranked fourth and on its way to tying the best season start in school history, while Iowa (19-6, 8-4 Big Ten) trailed in the rankings at 22nd and had already suffered 2 losses. Now the Hawkeyes, ranked 15th, hope to defend their place on the AP Top 25 Poll at home against the No. 16 Badgers.Head coach Bo Ryan addressed the teams’ switched placements in a press conference Tuesday.“From the time when I was an assistant, I’ve never seen [the conference] as competitive,” Ryan said. “That top-half, bottom-half can change.”The Badgers’ will need to shut down the Hawkeyes’ offense, which had four players score in double digits in its last game against Penn State. Wisconsin will need to watch for Iowa seniors Roy Devyn Marble and Melsahn Basabe, who racked up 16 and 15 points, respectively, against Penn State.In their last match up, the Badgers held Basabe to a scoreless game, but Marble was the leading scorer with 32 of the Hawkeyes’ 71 points. Marble is the only player in the Big Ten to score more than 10 points in each conference game this season.While discussing his mentality for the upcoming match-up in Iowa, Ryan said, “As coaches, we always respect our opponents. To not respect your opponent only causes you problems. [The Hawkeyes] are aggressive to the glass and they’re deep.”Iowa has no easy battle when it comes to defending Wisconsin. In their last four games, the Badgers have had four different leading scorers in Sam Dekker, Nigel Hayes, Ben Brust and Frank Kaminsky. This leaves the Buckeyes in the tough position of covering all aspects of the floor.“Michigan was really concentrating on eliminating any of our outside shots,” Ryan said, addressing how his team attacks opponents’ weak spots. “Therefore, the driving lines were wide open, and Frank recognized that.”Ryan was referring to Kaminsky’s performance against Michigan on Sunday with 25 points and 11 rebounds, his best since November. However, 7-foot junior forward Kaminsky will be matched against 7-foot-1 sophomore center Adam Woodbury, coming off a win against Penn State with 14 points and seven rebounds.The last time the two faced each other, Kaminsky dominated with 15 points compared to Woodbury’s two. Kaminsky, who averages 13 points per game and is known to sink three-pointers, has a distinct advantage over Woodbury’s average 5.7 points per game. Another notable presence, Hayes averages 7.9 points per game. The Badgers will need to work it in the paint as they did in Michigan to expose the Hawkeyes’ weakness.Regarding the Badgers hitting the road for Iowa, Ryan did not seem concerned.“We’ve been a decent road team year in and year out. I don’t see our guys going on the road and not feeling that they can get it done,” he said. “It’s a state of mind. It’s how you prepare, and if you believe then you have a chance.”The Badgers and Hawkeyes will tip-off at 11 a.m. Saturday in Iowa City, Iowa. The game will be broadcast by ESPN2 and Badger Sports Network.last_img read more

Falcarragh water off yet again

first_imgThere are further water disruptions to the town of Falcarragh again this morning.Yet another burst water pipe in the ailing system means that businesses and householders will be without water until at least this afternoon.The entire water system locally is due to be upgraded by Irish Water in September. However, retailers and locals now face a summer of water disruptions because of the ageing pipe network.Falcarragh water off yet again was last modified: May 29th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Newfoundland gets ready for wave of tourists who Come From Away

first_imgAdvertisement ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — As the hit musical “Come From Away” takes Broadway by storm, Newfoundlanders are getting ready for a potential wave of tourists drawn to the place where those true stories happened. ——— “No doubt we’re going to be expecting an influx of people,” said Debby Yannikidis of the Gander and Area Chamber of Commerce. “There’s a common thread of human kindness and caring throughout the Newfoundland culture that most do experience when they come to visit,” he said. Exit surveys typically indicate that hiking, birds, icebergs and whales initially drew guests to the island — but encounters with Newfoundlanders were the trip highlights, he added. Advertisement “The majority of people say their best experience was with the people. When people come to Newfoundland, they’re taking a cultural adventure. Advertisement The extraordinary 9/11 hospitality of Gander and nearby communities is celebrated in the big-hearted musical now selling out tickets and racking up accolades — including seven Tony Award nominations. Beulah Cooper, a Gander resident and 9/11 volunteer portrayed in the play, said there’s also talk of her and other locals meeting with visitors who’d like to hear their stories first-hand. The North Atlantic Aviation Museum on the highway through Gander houses a piece of World Trade Center steel donated by firefighters on Long Island, N.Y., as thanks for the province’s generosity. It’s part of a larger 9/11 memorial display. Yannikidis said there are plans for tours that will include locations featured in “Come From Away.” It recounts what happened when the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, closed U.S. air space. Gander nearly doubled in population as 38 planes with almost 6,600 passengers and crew suddenly diverted to the sprawling international airport on the edge of town.Gander and its neighbours in Gambo, Appleton, Lewisporte, Norris Arm and Glenwood donated food, clothing, prescription drugs and anything else their unexpected guests needed. Churches and a school became makeshift shelters and many residents welcomed “the plane people” into their homes. “The town is preparing. Is it preparing to the degree it should be? We hope so. But we really won’t know until we get through this season.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “The scenery is the main attraction, but that soon becomes the backdrop.”BY SUE BAILEY “Come From Away” has been praised for acknowledging the pain that resonates from 9/11 as it also provides a cathartic look at how compassion for strangers helped restore some faith in humanity.Yannikidis said Gander wants to welcome visitors who will arrive as a result. But people are keenly aware that the musical and any resulting economic opportunity stem from tragedy, she added. “I think that’s why it’s important that the aviation museum, a not-for-profit organization, is taking the lead on being able to provide tourists some sort of an experience.” Facebook If You Go… Disoriented, frightened passengers from around the globe were simply taken into the communities over the next five days. For tips on travel to Newfoundland and Labrador: https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/B2046/IMG9905.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more

Inside the NBA Shaqtin A Fool Vol 3 Episode

Shaquille O’Neal and “Inside the NBA” are back with a new season of “Shaqtin’ A Fool.” Take a look at this week’s nominees in the first episode of the what has to be the funniest NBA show on TV.In its debut episode, “Shaqtin’ A Fool” regulars Kendrick Perkins and JaVale Magee make an early appearance. Perkins does what he does best, and on a fast break attempts to lob an alley-oop pass to a teammate, but throws the ball out of bounds.  Magee, who some believe is trying to get on  “Shaqtin’ A Fool,”  somehow ends up on a player’s back during a fastbreak.Two rookies made their “Shaqtin’ A Fool” debut, who probably won’t be segment regulars like Magee and Perkins.Later, a cameraman made it on the list because he tries to play it cool after his leg falls asleep resulting in a funky two set dance.Watch the video above and vote for your nominee for the Best Foolish Moment here. read more

From the coast of Italy

first_imgWould it not be nice to have an authentic slice of Italy in your mundane life in the Capital? Sorrento, the award-winning Italian restaurant at Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel, is offering its patrons an authentic Italian experience titled ‘Barefoot in the Sand’, a handcrafted menu of the signature dishes of Michelin Star Chef Riccardo Sculli. Having long been captivated and driven by the flavours of the pristine waters and the sandy beaches of the Ionian coast, the richly evocative menu enthrals for style, taste and the very quality of the raw materials itself. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA special a-la-carte menu has been curated for lunch, featuring some of Chef Riccardo’s signature dishes such as – Carpaccio di Aragosta e verdure (Lobster carpaccio with seasonal salad and tomato gelè) and Risotto allo zafferano con mud granchio e ribes rosso (Saffron risotto, mud crab and red currants). For dinner, a special degustation menu has been designed by Chef Riccardo, starring culinary masterpieces such as Costoletta di agnello con carciofi e liquirizia (Rack of lamb with artichokes and liquorice) and Pollo ruspante con peperoni e arancia (Free-range chicken with peppers and orange). Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKeeping in line with the traditions and rich culinary heritage of Calabria, some of Sorrento’s best wine selection have been paired with the stunning menu which is on till today.Chef Riccardo Sculli has especially flown down to curate this experience for the culinary enthusiasts of Delhi. He is the first chef from the Reggio Calabria province to have received a Michelin star, and is currently the head chef at Ristorante Gamberro Rosso, Marina di Gioiosa Jonica RC, Italy. Chef Riccardo is on a perpetual quest to keep educating himself about the extensive gastronomic legacy of Calabria, and to pay homage to this legacy through meticulously prepared and skillfully presented dishes.last_img read more