first_img May 28, 2021 Find out more Organisation WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists IsraelMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information RSF_en May 16, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Israel Newscenter_img RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes IsraelMiddle East – North Africa to go further Reporters Without Borders today denounced improper security checks of journalists at Israel’s Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport and called for an enquiry into the seizure and disappearance there of a French reporter’s computer. “These security operations amount to harassment of journalists and also violate the confidentiality of journalists’ sources,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to the Israeli authorities.”We demand an enquiry into the confiscation and subsequent disappearance of the laptop computer used by Thierry Oberlé, of the French daily paper Le Figaro, to do his job, and that these checks, while necessary, be conducted with respect for the work of journalists.”Oberlé was leaving Israel on the night of 14 August after a reporting assignment there and in the Occupied Territories, when security officials confiscated his laptop computer during pre-flight search and questioning. The computer, which belongs to the newspaper and contained data about work done during his stay, has still not been returned to him. In a 28 August letter to the Government Press Office, Le Figaro protested against the methods and attitude of the airport officials and the disappearance of the computer.After strong protests by the journalist at the time the machine was confiscated, a senior airport security official told him that the computer was being seized “to check its hard drive.” As is the practice, officials refused to give the journalist a receipt for the confiscated machine, only an airline “accompanied baggage” receipt.Reporters Without Borders calls on the Israeli authorities to stop subjecting foreign journalists leaving Israel to intimidation and improper searches that violate the right to confidentiality. It also calls for greater openness during security checks and to urgently consider the following recommendations:-During questioning, journalists should be told of their rights (use of a translator, for example, and the right not to answer questions about private matters).-Security checks should not in any circumstances be an excuse to check up on the activities of journalists and get information out of them to help the Israeli authorities.-Once their electronic equipment (a computer or camera) has been proved not dangerous, these journalistic working tools must not be confiscated.-In the case of abuses, journalists must be able to formally complain at once to officials other than the airport security service. Receive email alerts September 12, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Improper security checks at Ben Gurion airport violate press freedom June 3, 2021 Find out more News Newslast_img read more

first_imgLive For Live Music Presents: The Inside Out With Turner And Seth podcast is slowly but surely earning a reputation for delivering some of the most unique and in-depth music interviews in cyber-land. The program serves up behind-the-scenes “industry” perspectives mixed with journalistic points of view and fan input to thoroughly tackle the vast world of organic music–with a pile of laughs mixed in for good measure.Keep an eye out for the newest episode coming soon, featuring exclusive coverage from Atlanta’s Sweetwater 420 Fest. You can view past episodes of the show in the “Features” tab on L4LM’s website, or check out the full archive via SoundCloud.[Cover photo via Dave Vann] Hampton 70: A Tribute To Col. Bruce Hampton at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre will go down as a legendary occurrence on the timeline of rock and roll. What started as a star-studded 70th birthday party for beloved jam scene elder statesman Col. Bruce Hampton turned into a surreal send-off, as the Colonel shuffled off the mortal coil onstage during the show’s encore, surrounded scores of friends, family, and fans, doing what he loved.Inside Out with Turner and Seth was on the ground at Hampton 70 to experience a magical night of music, talk to the performers (including Jon Fishman, John Bell, Jeff Sipe, and Rev. Jeff Mosier) about the guest of honor’s towering influence, and witness The Colonel’s stranger-than-fiction cosmic curtain call. You can listen to the podcast tribute below:Inside Out’s Rob Turner explained the sentiments behind this special installation of the show:This is not an episode. This is a tribute to the man who breathed Zambi life into this program and into just about every conscious person in the organic music world, Col. Bruce Hampton. Hosts Rob Turner and Seth Weiner were the only journalists set up backstage at the Hampton 70 tribute at Atlanta’s Fox Theater May 1, 2017. In cosmic keeping with the truly singular history of The Colonel, the event remains one of the most powerfully joyous musical evenings in Atlanta entertainment history, despite the fact that it ended with the death of the man being celebrated…[He] began his journey to the beyond in arguably his own ideal fashion: on stage with his favorite musicians, shining a light on an outstanding young player and goofing on just about everyone in attendance while the band played on.This program believes that whether you are a musician or a fan who was at The Fox Theater on that night, the best way to honor The Colonel is to remember the event and his death not with sadness, but with laughter. It was frightening and confusing that night. But as time passes, it should be increasingly revealed that it was a delightfully twisted final exclamation point on a joyfully “outside” life that touched an absolutely stunning array of people.  As Jeff Mosier says, “choose gratitude.”last_img read more

first_imgUNDATED (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets have hired Steve Nash as their coach, putting the Hall of Fame point guard in charge of the team that hopes to have Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving together next season.Nash is a two-time MVP as the engineer of the high-scoring Phoenix Suns teams under Mike D’Antoni. He had been a player development consultant with Golden State, where he worked with Durant. The Nets finished the season under Jacque Vaughn, who will remain on staff as Nash’s lead assistant.In other NBA news:— Memphis guard Ja (jah) Morant is the runaway winner of the NBA Rookie of the Year Award for 2019-20. He’s the first Grizzlies player to win the award since Pau Gasol (pow-gah-SAHL’) in 2001-02. Morant averaged 17.8 points and 7.3 assists this season, picking up three Western Conference rookie of the month awards along the way. Miami’s Kendrick Nunn was second and New Orleans’ Zion Williamson was third. — The Hornets have fired play-by-play radio broadcaster John Focke (FOH’-kee) after he used a racial slur on his Twitter account last month. The decision comes after the team investigated the matter in which Focke used the slur while Tweeting about the Jazz-Nuggets playoff game on Aug. 17. He has since deleted the tweet and apologized, saying it was a typo. Update on the latest sports September 4, 2020 NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSProvorov goal lifts FlyersUNDATED (AP) — The New York Islanders owned overtime periods while winning four straight Stanley Cups in the 1980s. Those days are over.The Philadelphia Flyers have forced a seventh game in their second-round series after Ivan Provorov (PROH’-vah-rahv) scored 15:03 into double-overtime to complete a 5-4 win over the Islanders. All three of Philadelphia’s series wins have come in OT.Carter Hart turned back 49 shots and was perfect after Mathew Barzal scored with 30 seconds left in the second period. MLB-NEWSMengden tests positive for coronavirusUNDATED (AP) — Oakland Athletics right-hander Daniel Mengden has tested positive for the coronavirus and is quarantined at home in Houston. He received the result that forced Oakland and Major League Baseball to postpone four games this week. A’s general manager David Forst said that Mengden is asymptomatic and was placed on the 10-day injured list. The A’s don’t know how Mengden contracted the coronavirus. MLB said the A’s will resume their schedule on Friday. In other MLB news:— The Mets paid tribute to Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver with a series of salutes before their game with the Yankees. Each Met had a smudge of dirt on their right knee. That’s a nod to how Seaver’s uniform looked when he pitched, with his knee dropping low to the mound for more power. Seaver died Monday at age 75. — Dick Allen’s No. 15 was retired by the Phillies in a ceremony prior to Thursday’s game against the Nationals. It’s a long overdue honor for one of the franchise’s greatest players who fought against racism during a tumultuous period with the team in the 1960s. Former teammate Mike Schmidt called him “an amazing mentor” who was wrongly labeled a “bad teammate” and “troublemaker.”TENNIS-US OPENSerena wins, Murray ousted…No. 2s Thiem, Kenin advance OG Anunoby (an-uh-NOH’-bee) grabbed a crosscourt inbounds pass from Kyle Lowry and drained a 3-pointer at the horn. It came just a half-second after Daniel Theis (tys) dunked to give Boston a two-point lead.Lowry played virtually the whole way, finishing with 31 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Fred VanVleet scored 25 points, Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) had 16 and Anunoby 12.Kemba Walker scored 29 points for Boston, which lost for the first time in seven playoff games.The Clippers had a much easier time winning the opener of their Western Conference semifinal series. Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard scored 29 points and the Clippers shot 57% from the field in a 120-97 trouncing of the Nuggets. Oxford study: Tokyo Olympics are most costly Summer GamesTOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics are already the most expensive Summer Games on record with costs set to go higher. That’s according to a wide-ranging study from Britain’s University of Oxford.The lead author of the study tells The Associated Press that the Tokyo cost overrun already exceeds 200%. This is even before several billion more dollars are added on from the one-year delay from the COVID-19 pandemic. NASCAR-COVID CONCERNSNASCAR drivers cautious of COVID-19 as playoffs begin But the Flyers blew a 2-0 lead and had to come back from 3-2 and 4-3 deficits before Provorov ended it with his second OT goal of the series. Michael Raffl (RAH’-ful) and Scott Laughton provided the tying tallies.Mathew Barzal (bahr-ZAL’) and Derick Brassard each had a goal and an assist for New York.Game 7 is Saturday.Like the Flyers, the Canucks have forced a seventh game after trailing 3-1 in their second-round series. Thatcher Demko stopped 48 shots for his second straight win as Vancouver stifled Vegas, 4-0. J.T. Miller and defenseman Quinn Hughes each had a goal and an assist for the Canucks, who carried a 1-0 lead into the final period. Jake Virtanen (vur-TAN’-ehn) and Bo Horvat also scored for the Canucks, who were outshot 48-23. The Clippers took charge in the second quarter, outscoring the Nuggets 38-20 to take a 69-51 lead. Los Angeles held Denver to 25% shooting into the second quarter.Paul George scored 19 points and Marcus Morris added 18 for L.A.Denver guard Jamal Murray was held to just 12 points on 5-for-15 shooting. He averaged 31.6 points in the Nuggets’ seven-game series against Utah.NBA-NETS COACHNets Steve Nash as coach Victoria Azarenka won the battle of the Belarusians with a 6-1, 6-3 win over fifth-seeded Aryna Sabalenka.There was a pair of top-10 upsets on the women’s side. Romania’s Sorana Cîrstea knocked off No. 9 Johanna Konta, 2-6, 7-6, 6-4 to earn her spot in the third round. Tsvetana Pironkova has reached Round 3 in her first tournament following a three-year maternity break, beating No. 10-seeded Garbiñe Muguruza (moo-gah-ROO’-thuh), 7-5, 6-3.NFL-NEWSNewton to start for PatsUNDATED (AP) — Cam Newton is officially the new starting quarterback of the New England Patriots. A person familiar with the situation said Thursday that Newton was announced as the starter during a team meeting. The move was expected after the 2015 league MVP outperformed second-year Jarrett Stidham and veteran Brian Hoyer during training camp. Newton signed with the Patriots in July after being released by Carolina. He succeeds Tom Brady following his departure to Tampa Bay in free agency.In other NFL news:— The Seahawks are bringing back Josh Gordon on a one-year deal as the talented wide receiver awaits reinstatement from the NFL after his latest suspension. Gordon was banned indefinitely by the league last December, his eighth suspension either by the league or his team. NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams’ drive for her 24th major championship continues at the U.S. OpenThe 38-year-old Williams has advanced to the third round with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Margarita Gasparyan.Williams improved her career record to 20-0 in the second round at Flushing Meadows and will play Sloane Stephens in the next round. Williams leads the series 5-1.Williams had 27 winners and seven aces to put away Gasparyan.Stephens continued her path toward a second U.S. Open championship with a dominant 6-2, 6-2 win over Olga Govortsova. Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray was beaten in his second-round match as he continues to work his way back from a pair of hip operations. Felix Auger-Aliassime dispatched Murray, 6-2. 6-3, 6-4.It was a successful day for the No. 2 singles seeds.Dominic Thiem (teem) earned a spot in the third round on his 27th birthday, posting a 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 win over over Sumit Nagal.American Sofia Kenin has won her second-round match at the U.S. Open against unseeded Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3. Kenin had more winners than unforced errors and never faced a break point.Daniil Medvedev beat Australian Christopher O’Connell 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the third round. Game 7 is Friday.RACIAL INJUSTICE-NHLNHL, players unveil series of anti-racism initiativesEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The NHL has unveiled a series of anti-racism initiatives more than eight months after Akim Aliu (ah-KEEM’ ah-LEE’-yoo) brought the topic to the forefront in the predominantly white sport.The league and NHL Players’ Association are planning mandatory inclusion and diversity training for all players at camp. They are partnering with the Hockey Diversity Alliance to launch a grassroots program for young players of color in the Toronto area They are also working together on several inclusion committees aimed at encouraging diversity among executives, pro and youth players and fans. Andrew Heaney allowed only three hits over seven innings to help Los Angeles deal San Diego its second shutout loss of the season.Andrelton Simmons and Justin Upton each had two hits and an RBI for the Angels, who snapped a three-game losing streak. In Thursday’s other MLB action:— Aledmys (ah-LEHD’-mees) Díaz belted a three-run homer and Michael Brantley added three RBIs to support Zack Greinke (GREHN’-kee) in the Astros’ 8-4 thumping of the Rangers. Greinke struck out a season-high nine in six innings, allowing three runs and six hits to get to 3-0. Brantley had three hits, capped by a two-out, two-run double in the eighth that pushed the lead to 8-4.— Luis Robert’s 458-foot home run capped the White Sox second-five-run inning in an 11-6 dumping of the Royals. Robert was one of three White Sox to homer in the contest, joining Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kahr-nah-see-OHN’) and Tim Anderson. Dylan Cease (sees) picked up the win, yielding three runs on four hits in five-plus innings. — The Titans have made a switch at kicker, agreeing to terms with veteran Stephen Gostkowski (gahst-KOW’-skee) and waiving Greg Joseph. Gostkowski is a four-time Pro Bowl kicker who has made 87% of his field goals with the fifth-best field goal percentage in NFL history. — The Browns have acquired safety Ronnie Harrison from the Jaguars for a fifth-round pick. Harrison has played in 28 games and made 103 tackles along with three interceptions.— All NFL and NFL Players Association facilities will close on Election Day, and the league and union will televise a one-hour program next week for players to highlight work being done to advance social justice. The league and the players’ union said Thursday they want to “ensure that every member of the NFL family has an opportunity to exercise the precious right to vote” on Nov. 3. — Giants co-owner John Mara reiterated his support for a player’s right to protest social issues. While he prefers the team to stand during the national anthem, he will support the rights of those who choose to kneel and make a statement. NCAA-FOOTBALL Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR has decided it will not grant COVID-19 relief during the playoffs, meaning a positive coronavirus test will end a driver’s championship bid. The playoffs begin Sunday at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina without a safety net for the 16 participants during the pandemic. It’s up to each driver to protect themselves from COVID-19, understanding there is no cushion for missing a race. — The Dodgers earned a 5-1 win over the Diamondbacks behind Clayton Kershaw, who allowed one hit while fanning eight over six shutout innings. Chris Taylor and Kike (KEE’-kay) Hernandez each had two hits and an RBI to help Los Angeles win for the 18th time in 21 games. AJ Pollock homered as a pinch-hitter for the NL West leaders.— Bryan Reynolds slammed a three-run homer in his return from paternity leave to lead the Pirates past the Cubs, 6-2. Reynolds also doubled leading off the second and celebrated by pretending to rock a baby to sleep. JT Brubaker picked up his first big league win by navigating in and out of trouble for five innings, allowing just one earned run despite seven hits.— Alec Bohm hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Phillies a 6-5 victory and a four-game sweep of the Nationals. Pinch-hitter Andrew McCutchen’s RBI grounder off Daniel Hudson tied it at 5 in the eighth. Trea Turner hit an inside-the-park homer and Michael Taylor went deep for Washington, but the defending champs suffered their sixth consecutive loss. — The Mets erased deficits of 4-0 and 7-4 before beating the Yankees, 9-7 on Pete Alonso’s two-run blast in the bottom of the 10th. J.D. Davis tied it with a solo shot in the ninth before Alonso came through with his first career walk-off homer. Amed Rosario had three hits and three RBIs as the Mets gained a split of the six-game season series.— Teoscar (tay-AHS’-kur) Hernández was the hitting star in the Blue Jays’ 6-2 win over the Red Sox, hitting a go-ahead, three-run homer in the 10th inning after breaking up Boston’s no-hit bid with a leadoff single in the seventh. Lourdes Gurriel (gur-ee-EHL’) Jr. added a two-out solo homer to cap Toronto’s four-run 10th. The moves come amid mounting pressure from current and former minority players for the league to take concrete steps to address systemic racism. MLB-SCHEDULEClevinger loses in Padres debutUNDATED (AP) — Mike Clevinger wasn’t bad in his San Diego Padres debut, but he wasn’t good enough to get a victory.Clevinger allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings of the Padres’ 2-0 loss to the Angels. He didn’t retire the Angels in order until the sixth and allowed the leadoff batter aboard in each of the first four innings. NCAA oversight has ideas for early enrolling freshmanUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA football oversight committee is recommending early enrolling freshman football players not be allowed to play games for teams conducting winter or spring seasons. West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons heads football oversight. He told the AP on Thursday night the committee worked on setting parameters for a 13-week winter/spring season that included an April 17 end to regular-season competition but no uniform start date.Lyons said the committee will send a report with its recommendation to the Division I Council for approval by next week.TOKYO-OXFORD COST STUDY Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFSAnunoby’s buzzer-beater lifts RaptorsLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — A buzzer-beating basket allowed the Toronto Raptors to beat the Boston Celtics, 104-103 and pull within two games to one in the Eastern Conference semifinals.last_img read more

first_img WATCH US LIVE COMMENT Last Updated: 23rd November, 2019 23:32 IST Gaurav Gill Snatches Lead In K-1000 Rally Ace rally driver Gaurav Gill exhibited his skills to take the lead in the Champions Yacht Club FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship here on Saturday on an incident-packed day, which saw crashes and breakdowns First Published: 23rd November, 2019 23:32 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US Press Trust Of India center_img FOLLOW US Ace rally driver Gaurav Gill exhibited his skills to take the lead in the Champions Yacht Club FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship here on Saturday on an incident-packed day, which saw crashes and breakdowns.The JK Tyre Motorsport drivers car too bore the brunt of the K-1000 Rallys punishing stages along with many other favourites, but he still managed to be ahead of the 50- strong pack, exhibiting caution and control, rather than speed and aggression as is his won’t.He and the wily Musa Sherif won SS1 and SS3 and finished fourth in SS2 and third in SS4 to garner a healthy lead of almost 50 seconds going into the second and final day.His teammate Karna Kadur (co-driver Nikhil Pai), after two disappointing rounds, showed his mettle to take the second position behind Gill in the INRC class.Arka Motorsports Karna even won SS4 with an impressive timing of 12:24.Championship leader Fabid Ahmer opted for the smart option, driving steadily in each of the four stages, with the finishing post in his mind.He was in the sixth position at the end of the day and could well go full throttle on the big day.If his strategy works, with a handy overall lead of 22 points over Gill, the INRC 3 contestant (with Sanath G as co-driver) can hope to go into the last round in Kochi next month as the championship leader.The Team Champions driver, however, would be watching another JK driver carefully: Dean Mascarenhas.The local lad (with Shruptha Padivel) was within striking distance of him, taking the third position after Day 1.Trailing by just 7 points to Fabids 49 in the race for the INRC title, another good run from him could see a change in the leader-board.Mascarenhas, meanwhile, continued to hold sway in the INRC2 category, although he had Dr. Bikku Babu (Milen George) breathing down his neck.The good doctor was the clear surprise package of the day, going past the winning post in SS2; he even left Gill in his wake in SS4, taking the second place to Gills third, and claimed the fifth position in SS3 and the 6th in SS1 to boast of the best show of the day.In the INRC 3 class, Chetan Shivram (Dilip Sharan) surprised the category leader Fabid, taking 54:28.The INRC 4 saw Vaibhav Marate suffering a setback, withdrawing from the first stage itself after a mechanical problem.He should, however, be back in action on Sunday to put his title aspirations back on track. LIVE TV Written Bylast_img read more