Amid witch-hunt before second round, candidates urged to keep press freedom promises

first_imgNews Follow the news on Peru News There is no clear front-runner in the presidential election run-off between Ollanta Humala and Keiko Fujimori that is due to take place on 5 June but, with three weeks still to go, the campaign is already having a devastating impact on Peru’s media.The most serious case concerns César Levano, the editor of the daily La Primera, and Arturo Belaúnde, the president of its board. Wreaths for both were delivered to the newspaper’s Lima headquarters on 11 May. One bore the words “Rest In Peace” and identified the sender as the Lima-based Press and Society Institute (IPYS), Peru’s leading press freedom organization.Levano told Reporters Without Borders he received another death threat yesterday morning. An anonymous caller told his secretary: “Tell César Levano we are not joking about (the wreaths) and that next time we will kill him.”“La Primera’s editorial support for Humala is well known, as are IPYS’s activities, including its debate on free speech with the two second-round candidates on 29 April, at which firm pledges were given,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Attacking La Primera and smearing IPYS’s reputation is to insult the principle of editorial diversity and media freedom and pour scorn on those who embody and defend freedom of expression.”The press freedom organization added: “We hope that an investigation will quickly establish the sources of these threats. We also think it is important that the two candidates should publicly reiterate their promises to guarantee press freedom and respect for the editorial choices made by every news media, regardless of its political tendencies.”Hate and violenceIn another case, around 100 presumed Humala supporters attacked Jaime De Althaus, the producer of a programme on the TV station Canal N, in Lima on 6 May. Reporters Without Borders welcomes the immediate condemnation that was issued by David Abugatás, the spokesman of Humala’s party, Gana Perú. De Althaus nonetheless reports getting more telephone death threats on the night of 11 May.José Luis Lizárraga, who works for radio Súper Éxito, and José Mandujano, who works for radio Studio 99, were roughed up by Fujimori bodyguards in Satipo, in the central region of Junín, on 5 May, IPYS reports. The media have unfortunately helped to exacerbate the pre-election climate, with a spate of dismissals (or resignations) of journalist between the two rounds. Most of the dismissed journalists have reportedly been Humala supporters. They include Patricia Montero and José Jara, who were fired from Canal N after resisting pressure to support Fujimori. Canal N is owned by two newspapers, the pro-Fujimori El Comercio and the pro-Humala La República, but El Comercio has the controlling interest.In the southern city of Arequipa, Federico Rosado Zavala, Jorge Alvarez and Jesús Coa resigned from Radio Líder after the station’s management asked them not to criticize Fujimori because the station has signed an advertising contract with her party, Fuerza 2011. Two other journalists reportedly resigned from Perú 21, a daily owned by the El Comercio group. And the owners of América TV are reportedly planning to fire news director Laura Puertas and other journalists for the same reason after the election.“These forced or voluntary departures raise many doubts about the principle of fairness that is supposed to prevail during election campaigns,” Reporters Without Borders added. “Editorial preference for one or other candidate does not in any way prevent pluralist coverage of the campaign and certainly does not justify a witch-hunt. “By yielding to this temptation some media are encouraging the impression that the candidates themselves are pressuring the media although this has not been demonstrated. This situation is affecting the democratic debate. This is all the more reason for the candidates to keep the promises they made during the campaign.”Media freedom has been suffering serious setbacks of late in Peru. Radio Ollantay programme producer Julio Castillo Narváez was shot dead in the northwestern city of Virú on 3 May, World Press Freedom Day. In addition to this murder and many cases journalists being physically attacked or harassed, two journalists are currently in prison on criminal defamation charges. We call for their release. News Receive email alerts RSF_en December 4, 2019 Find out more Organisation February 10, 2017 Find out more PeruAmericas center_img News PeruAmericas China’s diplomats must stop attacking media over coronavirus reporting May 13, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Amid witch-hunt before second round, candidates urged to keep press freedom promises Latin America’s community radio – a key service but vulnerable to go further April 1, 2020 Find out more Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites Help by sharing this information last_img read more

PREMIUMBKPM, SOE Ministry join forces to facilitate government’s priority projects

first_imgThe State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Ministry and the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) have agreed to join forces to ensure the government’s priority projects continue amid the coronavirus pandemic.Under the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the cooperation, which was signed by SOEs Minister Erick Thohir and BKPM chairman Bahlil Lahadalia in Jakarta on Monday, the two agencies agreed to help each other in realizing the government’s projects, including those carried out by the country’s state-owned companies.The SOE Ministry and the BKPM agreed, for example, to exchange information and data related to investment projects, as well as to ease the issuance of required permits so that the projects could be implemented according to the plan.The two institutions also agreed to a joint promotion to promote investments that could involve the state-owned companies… Google Forgot Password ? Indonesia investment SOEMinistry BKPM MoU cooperation license priority-projects SOEs Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook Log in with your social account Linkedinlast_img read more

Inside the Dodgers blog: Watch: Yasiel Puig makes diving catch, turns inning-ending double play

first_imgCHICAGO — Dodgers center fielder Yasiel Puig made one of the best catches you’ll see this year in the fifth inning Saturday.Puig ran down a line-drive to the left-center field gap hit by the Chicago Cubs’ Jorge Soler, dove head-first to make the catch, then threw to second base to complete an inning-ending double play.(His right shoulder might not look OK, but he was able to bat in the top of the sixth inning and hit a stand-up double.)Viewing on mobile? Go here to see the full post with GIFs of the play. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

National Golf Month – The March Countdown

first_img There are only eight weeks until NGM begins. There are already thousands of events loaded ready to launch, but more are needed.Key Golf Club Activities NeededWe’re asking you to create events or deals to help Grow Golf, choose from:• Ladies’ Coaching Get Golfing Programmes for Ladies• Family Coaching Get Golfing Programmes for Families• Men’s Coaching Get Golfing Programmes for Men• Tee Times Play My Golf Course Deals with Special Offers to Attract Lapsed Golfers• Club Open Days Unique Days to Show Off Golf FacilitiesMobile Optimised WebsiteIt’s never been easier for your members to grow their business. The website www.nationalgolfmonth.com is now live. Golf Clubs and Golf Centres can sign up and post sessions (already pre-filled) through the link:https://www.mipins.com/national-golf-month/signup and PGA Golf Professionals can sign up and post sessions through the link: https://www.mipins.com/national-golf-month/pro-signup. It’s an easy journey – made even simpler by having the support of MiPins who have built the web operation. The website is also mobile optimised, making it easy to access from any device.Red Alien have kicked off the social media campaign. Please add [email protected]@hotmail.com to all your NGM2015 marketing and connect to the Facebook and Twitter Accounts.New for 2015 – 30ft Putt Challenge – Supporting Dementia UK., the 30ft Putt Challenge is a targeted non-skill event that everyone can get involved in. The most inventive will win a prize.Target Dates16.04.15 – The NGM Website will be fully populated with offers17.04.15 – Magazine advertising will be in full swing through Bauer Media’s supporting publications17.04.15 – Consumer radio advertising campaign will begin and run for 5 weeks (30 second slots on 30 radio stations across the UK)17.04.15 – Social Media consumer activity will be fully active17.04.15 – 30ft Putt Challenge will be launched20.04.15 – Website will be launched for the public to make bookingsPlease action all your events and deals now, so that when we start the marketing promotions you are ready to receive new players into our wonderful game.For more information contact Doug Poole at: [email protected] or visit the website www.nationalgolfmonth.com 10 Mar 2015 National Golf Month – The March Countdown last_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgW Connection bow outPORT OF SPAIN, TrinidadW Connection bowed out of the CONCACAF Champions League at the Group stage here Tuesday night, after going down 1-0 to Santos Laguna of Mexico in a contest at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.Entering the game needing to win in order to remain alive in the competition, the hosts were felled by a second minute strike from Andres Renteria and never recovered.W Connection produced a sustained assault on Santos Laguna’s goal early in the second half as they searched for the equaliser but the visitors held firm to come away with the result.The victory took Santos top of Group A alongside Deportivo Saprissa of Costa Rica, also on six points. The two teams will clash on October 20 to determine the group winners.Bacher hails DalmiyaJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, CMC – Affluent former South Africa Cricket administrator Ali Bacher has paid tribute to the late Jagmohan Dalmiya, praising him as the “ultimate Bengal tiger” and a “smart businessman”.Bacher, who served as managing director of South Africa Cricket and played an instrumental role in leading the country’s re-admission into international cricket, said Dalmiya had used his sharp business acumen to transform India into the financial powerhouses they had become.Dalmiya, the Indian Cricket Board president, died last Sunday night after being admitted to hospital three days prior complaining of chest pains.”I was very close to him in the early 1990s. I never met anybody who was so persistent in getting other administrators to support his point of view,” Bacher was quoted as saying.Ambrose for Dominica charity matchBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Fast bowling legend Sir Curtly Ambrose is the latest former West Indies cricketer to announce his involvement in an eagerly anticipated charity match in support of relief for water ravaged Dominica.Ambrose will line-up for the University of the West Indies Vice Chancellor’s Celebrity XI against West Indies Cricket Board President’s Celebrity XI at Kensington Oval on Saturday.”When I retired from cricket, I said I would never play again – any form of cricket,” said Sir Curtly.”I came back to play a few games here and there and now. Now, I have been asked to represent the UWI Vice Chancellor’s Celebrity XI and I immediately agreed to participate in aid of such a worthy cause.”last_img read more

Self-cleaning Surfaces Take the Lotus Position

first_imgPhotovoltaic cells and microelectromechanical systems have a problem: they collect dirt.  What to do?  Look to the lotus, says a EurekAlert article about research at Georgia Institute of Technology.  Dr. C. P. Wong and team took inspiration from the self-cleaning surfaces of lotus leaves.  “Despite growing in muddy conditions, the leaves and flowers remain clean because their surfaces are composed of micron- and nano-scale structures that –along with a waxy coating –prevent dirt and water from adhering,” the article says.  “Despite their unusual surface properties, the rough surfaces allow photosynthesis to continue in the leaves.”    Rain just beads up when it hits these amazing leaves, and any dirt gets carried off with the water as it rolls off.  How does it do this?  “The plant’s ability to repel water and dirt results from an unusual combination of a superhydrophobic (water-repelling) surface and a combination of micron-scale hills and valleys and nanometer-scale waxy bumps that create rough surfaces that don’t give water or dirt a chance to adhere.”    It took awhile to find a material that could mimic these properties and also survive UV radiation in sunlight.  They found a working prototype in “a combination of silicone, fluorocarbons, and inorganics such as titanium dioxide and silicon dioxide.”  While lacking the self-regenerating properties of the lotus leaf, this surface mimics the structural properties that prevent water droplets from adhering.  This could be a real boon for those large insulators on power poles that are difficult to clean, but can short out with dust accumulation.  Another application could save your life some day.  Lotus-imitative materials could be used by doctors to avoid clots from forming on prosthetic devices, such as stents.  Even when rushing to the hospital in the rain, you may not need windshield wipers if you have lotus-like glass installed (see 01/18/2005 and 10/27/2004 entries).    Dr. Wong commented, “The lotus plant is yet another example of how researchers can learn surprising lessons from what Nature has provided.”Articles like this typically fail to mention anything about evolution.  This was no exception.  One could argue that research like this is owned and operated, from conception to application, by intelligent design, inc.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

February Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your Comments

first_imgdu duintoppers nominees for featured Geocachers of the MonthTeam Bever.vw says, “In the Netherlands we have ‘De Duintoppers’ who are making very nice caches with for everybody, easy traditional geocaches, walking, biking and even boating Multi-Caches, mysteries and so on and so on. All this caches are in perfect condition. They are always helpful as well as for beginning Geocachers as long with experienced Geocachers. This team De Duintoppers adopted a lot of Geocachers and it always feels like coming home when we met Dick eand Ineke the De Duintoppers. They are the best promoters of Geocaching in The Netherlands. They have very good contacts with authorities in the area to place the Geocaches and it happens that they contacting them with the question to place something in a new nature part. They are an alternative tourist-information due to the good description in each Geocache. SharePrint RelatedJanuary Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsJanuary 9, 2013In “Community”March Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsMarch 15, 2013In “Community”Announcing the January Featured Geocacher of the MonthJanuary 29, 2013In “Community” Comment below to tell us who you think should be the February featured  Geocacher of the Month. A panel of folks from Geocaching HQ will use your comments to help decide which geocacher is awarded the honor. Each featured Geocacher of the Month will receive an exclusive special edition featured Geocacher of the Month Geocoin, along with a Geocacher of the Month hat, a Geocacher of the Month profile icon and a certificate acknowledging their contributions, signed by two of the founders of Geocaching. We will be accepting comments for February’s award through Sunday, March 3rd.Those whose nominees were not recognized here are encouraged to submit their nominations again next month. If you know an outstanding geocacher you would like to nominate to be a featured Geocacher of the Month, send an email to [email protected] and include the following information:Your name, the name of your nominee, their usernameA picture of the nomineeDescription (200 or more words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Geocacher of the MonthPlease inform your nominee that you’ve submitted them for the award.Nominations for the March Geocacher of the Month must be received by Friday, February 22nd. Once we have received all of the nominations, we will choose the top candidates and post them on the blog. You will then get a chance to champion your favorite. Our goal is to involve the entire geocaching community in this process so we might learn from each other.Share with your Friends:More CAMOURA and ankhesenamonCAMOURA and ankhesenamon nominees for the featured Geocachers of the MonthVICTOREMM writes, “I would like to suggest Mr. Carlos (CAMOURA) and his wife Carla Moura (ankhesenamon) to the Geocachers of the month. They are the greater ambassadors of Geocaching in Brazil. They hid together about 196 caches, about 23% of the caches in our state SAO PAULO, and 18% in all Brazil. In addition to several meetings and interviews that they gave to magazines and newspapers. CAMOURA’s last work was to create a Power Trail to help everyone from leaving Sao Paulo  to Intervales Park, where you will find the Project APE. They hide caches in a separate to be possible to one get the cache of the other because of few geocachers in Brazil. We have a very different reality here in Brazil, geocaching is not very popular, and their effort is enormous to keep this great adventure alive.de duintoppers As we approach the 2 millionth active geocache, the February Geocacher of the Month nominees help celebrate the geocache creators. This month’s nominees have collected hundreds of Favorite Points for their amazing hides in America, Africa, South America, Europe and beyond. Each is already a winner and will receive a prize package from Geocaching HQ.January 2013 Featured Geocachers of the MonthNow it’s your turn to help select one of them as the Featured Geocacher of the Month for February.Write a comment at the bottom of this blog about which of these geocachers you feel should be awarded the featured Geocacher of the Month title.In January, Tim a.k.a. The Weasel, was recognized for organizing Cache In Trash Out (CITO) events, helping guide local geocachers as a board member of the Iowa Geocacher Organization and spreading the word about proper geocaching etiquette by conducting and assisting with over 50 geocaching classes throughout the State of Iowa and abroad.Here are your nominees for the February featured Geocacher of the Month. Some testimonials have been edited for length.louwjtievdwlouwtjievdw nominee for featured Geocacher of the Monthlouise_gerhard and Henzz write, ” Uncle Louwtjie van der Watt AKA louwtjievdw… is a legend and cachers are travelling vast distances to find his unique and challenging caches. Uncle Louwtjie has at the time of writing 1178 finds. He also has 269 caches that he maintains vigorously. If a cache is gone then it will be replaced as quickly as possible. More important is his techniques of hiding caches. He does not use the normal conventional Tupperware or other commercial containers as a rule, but rather manufacture caches from household items found in the home. This technique is unique in South Africa and it creates a different feel for geocaches. His caches are high quality and it will challenge even the hardiest cache finder. Due to his unconventional technique of hiding these customised items cachers from all over the country at one stage or another does a sort of a pilgrimage trip to Bloemfontein. His logs, friendly advice, the cup of coffee at his home to anyone that wants to share some time with him and the willingness to contribute his time towards all of us is something that must be recognized.”last_img read more

Using Lighting Effects in Premiere Pro

first_imgLooking for more Premiere Pro tips? Check out these articles.The Secret to Working with Motion Blur in Adobe Premiere ProHow to Create Text Effects and Animations in Premiere ProHow to Speed Up or Reverse a Clip in Premiere ProMaster Premiere Pro’s Timeline with Source PatchingQuick Tip: Fixing a Crooked Horizon in Premiere Pro Here’s how to bring artificial light into your project with the Lighting Effects tool in Premiere or overlaying light leaks and lens flares.Using lighting effects in post-production can be a saving grace if you didn’t have the resources to pull off an effect in camera. While practical lighting effects are better, sometimes using the Lighting Effects tool in Premiere can save a shot. In this article, we’re going to dive into how you can use the Lighting Effects tool to create spotlights, directional light, or even do some cool color shifting in Premiere. As an added bonus, we’re also going to show you how to incorporate light overlays with opacity tools that you can download for free.Let’s get started!Lighting Effects Tool in PremiereOpen Premiere, and drag your clip into your timeline. In your Effects tab, go to the Video Effects tab, Adjust, then drag over Lighting Effects onto your clip. In your Effect Controls tab, you now have access to the lighting effects.There are many parameters that you can change, but let’s start with the major light types available in the Light Type menu: spotlight, directional, and omni.SpotlightObviously, this lighting effect looks like a spotlight you would find in a hard source on set. It creates a pointed artificial light that you can adjust using multiple parameters:Major Radius changes the size of the light source.Minor Radius changes the spread of the light.Angle changes where the light’s angle of approach.Focus adjusts the focus point of the light.Intensity changes the power of the light.OmniThe Omni light type provides a perfectly circular light shape. The Omni light has the same tools as the Spotlight, with the omission of angle, minor radius, angle, and focus.DirectionalThe Directional light type adjusts the actual light sources in your clip. You can adjust the light color here or even bring up the intensity. The Directional tool doesn’t seem to have the same power as the other two light types, but you can use it as a de facto exposure dial.Ambient Light AdjustmentsIf you would like to adjust the color of the light not being affected by the artificial light you have added, there are the Ambient Light adjustments available at your disposal. The Ambient Light color parameter will shift the color of the light outside of the source. You can also adjust the intensity of the ambient light and the exposure.If you want even more parameters to adjust your artificial light, shift around the Surface settings (Gloss and Material). These two settings adjust the power and feathering of the light source.Light OverlaysOutside of the Lighting Effects in Premiere, you can also use overlays to create artificial light in your project. This is light recorded in a studio over a black background and then placed on top of your source clip to add cool lighting effects. You then play with the opacity settings to make the light look like it’s actually a diegetic source in your clip.Todd Blankenship over at RocketStock has an excellent explainer video about how to incorporate light leaks and overlays into your project. To get started, download these 16 free volumetric lighting overlays available from RocketStock.last_img read more

Photo: Jim Harbaugh Recruiting Graduate Students For “Top Secret” Research Projects

first_imgjim harbaugh research flyerTwitter/@ByAZunigaIf we’ve learned anything about Jim Harbaugh in his first 18 months as Michigan head coach, it is that he’ll look for any advantage he can get. Based on a flyer posted to Twitter by Maize ‘N Brew‘s Alejandro Zúñiga, Harbaugh is recruiting “highly motivated” Michigan graduate students for top secret “applied research projects.”Michigan football is planning a top-secret project: pic.twitter.com/rBW5CCdoa9— Alejandro Zúñiga (@ByAZuniga) June 15, 2016It is impossible not to be intrigued by what the means, coming from Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan program. It could be anything.MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,094.25, up 37.16 points).RNC Minerals. (TSX:RNX). Metals. Up 10.5 cents, or 60 per cent, to 28 cents on 54.2 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 83 cents, or 10 per cent, to $9.09 on 30 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Down nine cents, or 0.41 per cent, to $21.61 on 11.7 million shares.HEXO Corp. (TSX:HEXO). Health care. Up 71 cents, or 9.17 per cent, to $8.45 on 10.6 million shares.Orosur Mining Inc. (TSX:OMI). Base metals. Up one cent, or 13.3 per cent, to 8.5 cents on 6.3 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Up 16 cents, or 4.6 per cent, to $3.65 on 6 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Canada Goose Holdings Inc. (TSX:GOOS). Consumer discretionary. Up $2.39 or 3.16 per cent to $77.98 on 356,000 shares traded. The luxury jacket maker is expanding its Winnipeg manufacturing operations by adding a third factory that will create about 700 jobs. The Manitoba government will spend up to $1.48 million to help the $15.8-million project.Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC). Consumer discretionary. Down 20 cents to $10.58 on 607,000 shares. The retailer struck a deal to merge its German department stores with its biggest rival in the European market. The Toronto-based retailer, which owns Galeria Kaufhof, announced an agreement with Signa Retail Holdings, the Austrian-based brand behind Karstadt, a competitor department store in the market. HBC says the $616 million earned will be funnelled into reducing debt.BRP Inc. (TSX:DOO). Consumer discretionary. Down $5.98 or 8.4 per cent to $65.13 on 416,000 shares. The recreational products company was the biggest loser of the day on TSX after it launched a marketed secondary offering for 8.7 million shares by its largest shareholders — Beaudier Group and Bain Capital — as it also filed to list its shares on the Nasdaq Global Select Market.last_img read more