French TV crew arrested while covering environmental protest in Australia

first_img“The link between our arrest and this ban is the Adani Group, which runs the mine,” Clément told RSF. “The police went straight for us this morning. They clearly didn’t want us filming the protest. And now we are banned from covering this story, which says a lot about the influence that big private-sector corporations wield.” Receive email alerts News July 22, 2019 – Updated on July 23, 2019 French TV crew arrested while covering environmental protest in Australia Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Adani launched the Carmichael mine in 2014 with the support of the federal and Queensland governments with the aim of turning it into the world’s biggest coal mine. It would take a heavy environmental toll because it includes the construction of a channel leading to Abbot Point that would destroy part of the Great Barrier Reef. The French crew was covering the story for “Sur le Front,” a France 2 series on environmental issues. Major violations June 2, 2021 Find out more The journalists – reporter Hugo Clément, producer Guillaume Dumant and cameramen Clément Brelet and Victor Peressentchensky – some of whom were handcuffed the time of their arrest, were charged with “trespassing” on the rail line although, unlike the protesters themselves, they were not on the line. “The France 2 journalists were doing their job in a completely legal manner in a public space, so their arrest on this spurious charge was the kind of arbitrary procedure more typical of an authoritarian regime,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. News June 2, 2021 Find out more The France 2 journalists were released on bail at around 2 p.m. pending a hearing scheduled for 3 September. The release order specifies that they are banned from being within 100 meters of any property owned by the Adani Group, the Indian transnational that owns the rail line and coal terminal, and within 20 km of the Adani Group’s Carmichael coal mile, 500 km south of Abbot Point. News French TV reporter Hugo Clément (right) and his crew were arrested while filming a protest near the Abbot Point coal terminal. A protest was already held there on 1 May to draw attention to the threat that the Adani Group’s coal mining project poses to the Great Barrier Reef (photos: H. Clément – Peter Parks / AFP). Australia is ranked 21st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index, two places lower than in 2018. Press freedom in Australia has been badly undermined in recent years by the concentration of private media ownership in ever fewer hands, impacting pluralism. It was dealt two major blows last month in the form of federal police raids on the home of a political journalist in Canberra and on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s headquarters in Sydney, in unrelated cases. Follow the news on Asia – Pacific RSF_en The four journalists, who work for the French public TV channel France 2, were held for seven hours after being arrested at around 7 a.m. while filming two women protesters who had chained themselves to the rail line leading to the Abbot Point deep-water coal port in north Queensland. to go further Reporting ban “We call on the Queensland authorities to immediately drop these absurd charges against the four journalists. Recent repeated press freedom violations in Australia raise questions about respect for the rule of law. If nothing changes, Australia has every chance of falling several places in RSF’s next Press Freedom Index.” AustraliaFranceAsia – PacificEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImprisonedJudicial harassment Help by sharing this information Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom June 7, 2021 Find out more Organisation News AustraliaFranceAsia – PacificEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImprisonedJudicial harassment Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Australian authorities to drop all charges against four French TV journalists who – in an unacceptable attack on investigative journalism – were arrested today while filming environmentalists protesting at a coal terminal near the Great Barrier Reef in northeastern Australia. And it was reported earlier this month that the federal police had demanded that the Australian airline Qantas surrender its records of an ABC journalist’s travel arrangements as part of its investigation into a leak. China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prisonlast_img read more

Wolf Administration Highlights STEM Success, Careers in the Commonwealth

first_imgWolf Administration Highlights STEM Success, Careers in the Commonwealth SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Education,  Innovation,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Wolf Administration officials, including Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Secretary Pedro A. Rivera and Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) Deputy Secretary Eileen Cipriani, today joined students, employers, lawmakers, partners from Pennsylvania’s five STEM ecosystems, and others to highlight the work Pennsylvania has done with STEM education and careers over the past few years.“Pennsylvania is home to many innovative and cutting edge businesses and our schools and workforce training programs are adapting to ensure students and workers have the skills for today’s high-demand jobs,” said Governor Wolf.  Today, we are among the nation’s best in STEM education and the number of graduates with STEM-related degrees in fields like robotics, computer science, engineering, and business. This powerful combination is creating a workforce to drive the economy and attract business to Pennsylvania.”“We know that there are current and future workforce needs in the commonwealth that can provide multiple pathways to success for students and workers alike, and I am proud of the work Pennsylvania has been doing in the realm of STEM education to fill those gaps,” Rivera said. “It takes collaboration, attention, and investment in these programs to facilitate meaningful school-to-workforce partnerships, and I am confident that those partnerships will only foster additional opportunities for Pennsylvanians in years to come.”Pennsylvania has been named a national leader in STEM education, as:The commonwealth is home to five nationally-recognized STEM ecosystems, four emerging ecosystems, and other informal partnerships in place across the commonwealth;Pennsylvania ranks 4th nationally in the number of STEM graduates and ranks in the top 10 of states for technology and innovation, and is in the top 10 of states for STEM jobs; andPennsylvania was recently highlighted as a promising state by the White House through its Computer Science for All (CSforAll) work.“Bolstering the STEM workforce in the commonwealth remains a top priority of the Wolf administration,” Cipriani said.  “Encouraging students to pursue in demand, STEM-related occupations provides them with an opportunity to explore jobs in various science and technology fields that lead to family-sustaining jobs. Additionally, encouraging STEM education and training provides employers with a pool of highly-skilled job seekers prepared to meet future employment needs.”STEM education in Pennsylvania is built on the foundational belief that all students are capable of STEM literacy; that iteration and reflection are an important part of the STEM learning process; that STEM education transcends the classroom walls, integrating into the community; and that STEM education success depends upon the partnership between educators, students, families, postsecondary providers, legislators, business and industry.STEM ecosystems encompass schools, businesses, community settings including after-school and summer programs, science centers, libraries and museums, and other environments that provide learning opportunities in STEM fields.Rivera noted that by 2018, there will be approximately 300,000 Pennsylvania jobs that require STEM skills or content knowledge, and over the next ten years, 71 percent of new jobs will require computer science skills. Recognizing this need, PDE highlighted STEM education in its recently submitted Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan. The plan provides insight on the work Pennsylvania is already doing and the work that is yet to come.Pennsylvania has made early and important progress in delivering more resources to schools and classrooms, and fostering collaborative, cross-sector dialogue to support STEM education, work-based learning, career pathways, and college access and completion. Since 2009, the number of graduates from Pennsylvania’s 14 public four-year universities earning degrees in STEM and Health majors (STEM-H) has increased 37 percent. Today, nearly one in four bachelor’s degrees awarded by the State System are STEM-H degrees.center_img September 26, 2017last_img read more

Byron Scott working on filling out Lakers coaching staff

first_imgEyen also had scouting jobs with the New York Knicks (1996-97, 2003), was an assistant coach at the University of California-Santa Barbara (1984-88) and served as a consultant for professional teams in the Netherlands, Germany and Japan. Eyen is also the son-in-law of Bill Bertka, the Lakers’ current special assistant and basketball consultant to general manager Mitch Kupchak. ESPN Los Angeles first reported the Lakers’ likelihood to add Eyen to Scott’s staff. Scott will likely have four people on his coaching staff. Possibilities include Lakers assistant Johnny Davis and player development coach Larry Lewis, both of whom are still under contract. It is widely expected that Scott’s son, Thomas, will join his staff after coaching with the D-Fenders, the Lakers’ Development League affiliate. There appears to be some clarity on how Byron Scott will fill out his coaching staff. Mark Madsen is expected to stay, according to league sources, after spending the past year as a player development coach for former Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni and an associate head coach with the team’s Las Vegas Summer League team. Madsen also played a heavy role with the Lakers’ drafting efforts, attending both the NBA pre-draft combine and participating in various draft workouts. Madsen had played nine years in the NBA and was on the Lakers’ 2001 and 2002 championship teams. It is not currently clear what Madsen’s title will be under Scott. Scott is also expected to add veteran assistant Jim Eyen to his staff, according to league sources. Eyen has spent 23 years as an NBA assistant coach in various capacities, most recently with the Sacramento Kings (2009-2013). Such stops also included the Lakers (1989-92), Clippers (1988-89, 2003-09), Milwaukee Bucks (1992-96) and Portland Trail Blazers (1997-2001). Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016

first_imgWellington Police notes: Tuesday, February 2, 2016•8:07 a.m. Brian K. Larzelere, 40, Avery, Texas was issued a notice to appear for speeding 58 mph in a 40 mph zone.•2:24 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 500  block N. Jefferson, Wellington by known subjects.•4:17 p.m. Officers investigated a domestic battery in the 1000  block S. C, Wellington by known suspect(s).•4:45 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 100 block S. Plum, Wellington.•5:22 p.m. Non-Injury accident at U.S. 160 and Boundary, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Carol S. Brown, 71, Wellington and Rustan K. Carpenter, 38, Oxford.•5:22 p.m. Carol S. Brown, 71, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for failure to yield right of way.•7:59 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 500 block N. Jefferson, Wellington.•9:06 p.m. Officers investigated driving while license is suspended and defective headlight in the 1900 block N. A, Wellington.•9:15 p.m. Charles B. Slater, 67, Wichita, was arrested, charged and bonded with driving while license is suspended and defective headlight.•10:37 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 2000  block E. 16th, Wellington.last_img read more

Why NFL players don’t want a 17-game schedule: Richard Sherman’s explanation details league’s ‘hypocrisy’

first_imgWhen and if the NFL Players Association executive committee gets a chance to meet with NFL management next week, one of a few things will happen. The NFLPA might accept the negotiated terms on a new collective bargaining agreement proposed Thursday by NFL team owners, or it might convince the league to agree to altered terms. Or the NFLPA could reject the proposal as it stands.The third scenario would send the two parties back to the negotiating table, and one of the primary causes likely would be the disconnect between the league and its players on a 17-game schedule for the regular season. Speaking to media on the Wednesday before Super Bowl 54 in Miami, the 49ers cornerback and NFLPA executive committee member explained why the 17-game schedule is a sticking point for players in CBA negotiations. Here’s what he had to say:”I don’t think it’s something that players are interested in, honestly. And if that’s the point they’re negotiating on, I think these negotiations are going to go on a lot longer than anticipated.”It’s odd to me — and it’s always odd — when you hear player safety as their biggest concern. They’re really standing up for player safety, player safety, player safety. But it seems like player safety has a price tag. Player safety up to the point of, ‘Hey, 17 games makes us this much money. So we really don’t care how safe they are, if you’re going to pay us this much money to play another game.'”That’s the part that’s really concerning for us as a union and us as players, because they think that players have a price tag on their health. And I don’t think we’re in the same ballpark in that regard. Players have been more aware of player safety and longevity and just life after football. And the league kind of pretends that they’re interested in it, pretends that they care about it, makes all these rules and fines all these players, but then still proposes for players to play an extra game.”And not just 17. They’re really just saying 17 so they can get to 18. So that’s two more opportunities for players to risk their bodies and put their bodies on the line. That’s what’s so ridiculous about it, and nobody calls them out. Nobody calls out the hypocrisy.”I’m hoping that one day people will be brave enough to call out the hypocrisy of saying, ‘Hey we really care about player safety, but hey we also want you to play an extra game, put your body on the line and risk your career.’”The NFLPA on Thursday released a fact sheet that lays out the key details of the league’s proposed CBA. It includes the possibility of “guaranteed 48 percent share of revenue in 2021, with ability to increase the percentage to 48.5 percent share through a media kicker which applies in any season the league plays 17 games.”Many players have expressed on social media a desire to make that revenue split an even 50/50 if they’re going to have to play 17 regular-season games. From Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio: “The proposal that the league accepted represents the culmination of months of negotiation. Starting several weeks ago, the NFL Players Association presented the proposal to its 32-member board of player representatives. There was, as of three weeks ago, unexpected pushback, with plenty of player representatives still resisting the basic concept of playing 17 games.”MORE: Pros and cons of NFL playoff expansionBased on the terms of the proposed CBA, a move to a 17-game schedule for the regular season would come with two additional playoff games (one extra wild-card game per conference), according to ESPN. Playoff expansion reportedly isn’t an issue for the players, though, compared to the idea of an extra week of regular-season play.The NFL’s motivation behind its push for a 17-game schedule is obvious, especially considering nobody (not even the fans) is asking for regular-season expansion. If the league can tout 17 games as opposed to 16 games in its upcoming negotiations with potential broadcast rights holders, it can and will charge more for those rights.Yes, the players would earn a game check for that 17th regular-season contest, but the terms of the proposed CBA reportedly would limit that check to $250,000 per player, a laughable deal to the many players who make more per game. Yet, according to the sentiments expressed by Richard Sherman almost a month ago, the players’ pushback against the idea of a 17-game schedule is rooted deeper than compensation.last_img read more

Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo reveals how he ALMOST joined Arsenal

first_imgAdvertisement NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vscm8wWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7q3( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 03gWould you ever consider trying this?😱rmw5v7Can your students do this? 🌚4v0Roller skating! Powered by Firework Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest players in world football and his actual steps to stardom began at Manchester United. However, history could have been different as in Ronaldo’s own words : “I was one step from joining Arsenal.”Advertisement In Piers Morgan’s interview with Cristiano Ronaldo for iTV, Ronaldo reveals some big secrets to his fans and the world. A segment of the interview consists of Piers Morgan wanting to know how close Ronaldo was from joining Arsenal.Advertisement Morgan being an incredible Arsenal fan gifts Ronaldo an Arsenal jersey as a symbol of what-could-have-been.Watch the snippet from the interview here :Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more