Tonga gags state broadcaster two weeks before election

first_img RSF_en News It was the new chairman who then sidelined TBC chief editor Laumanu Petelō and news manager Viola Ulakai. They learned last week that he had transferred them to the marketing and sales department. RSF asks Nauru to let journalists cover Pacific Islands Forum TongaAsia – Pacific Media independenceProtecting sources Judicial harassmentFreedom of expression Release on bail for democracy activist accused of distributing banned publication March 5, 2004 Find out more October 31, 2017 Tonga gags state broadcaster two weeks before election The prime minister went on to say that the TBC’s operations would be “reviewed” in the coming months. The Pōhiva administration has initiated several legal actions against Petelō and Ulakai in the past three years, and Ulakai was suspended in April 2015 on the recommendation of the minister of public enterprises for asking the prime minister “too many tough questions.” “Ever since it took office in late 2014, the Pōhiva administration has been trying to intimidate those within the TBC who don’t toe the line,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. The state media, he noted, wanted to have the same freedom as all the other media in Tonga. “But,” he added, “they should understand there is a basic difference between a private media and government media. Their main role, to me, is to facilitate the work of the government.” Organisation “We are not your enemy,” Petelō told the prime minister during a press conference last March, in response to a comment he had made about the role of the state media. RSF condemns cancellation of Vanuatu newspaper editor’s work permit Receive email alerts The Kingdom of Tonga is ranked 49th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index, after falling 12 places in the space of a year. Follow the news on Tonga Reporters Without Borders (RSF) joins all those in Tonga who are criticizing a decision to deprive two senior public broadcasting journalists of all editorial responsibility, in an apparent government move to seize control of the state media two weeks before a general election. November 14, 2019 Find out more “The prime minister needs to understand that public service broadcasting does not mean government propaganda. If guarantees of media independence are not given quickly, international bodies, including the Commonwealth, will have to reconsider the aid they provide to Tonga.” The first step in the process came a month ago, when the authorities in this Polynesian archipelago appointed Tevita Tu’i Uata, an ally of Prime Minister Samuela ‘Akilisi Pōhiva, as the new chairman of the Tonga Broadcasting Commission (TBC), which oversees two state TV channels and two state radio stations. Their lawyer, Clive Edwards, says the transfer is not only illegal, because it violates their contracts, but also dangerous “because of the attitude of this chairman, who uses his position for campaigning.” Edwards accuses of the government of “trying to control the media” ahead of the general election called for 16 November. Viola Ulakai (left) and Laumanu Petelō (centre) have been harassed by Prime Minister Samuela ‘Akilisi Pōhiva for the past three years (Photos: RNZI / Twitter / Kalino Lātū – Kaniva Tonga News). News News TongaAsia – Pacific Media independenceProtecting sources Judicial harassmentFreedom of expression to go further News August 14, 2018 Find out more Help by sharing this information last_img read more

The 25th anniversary of the Croatian National Tourist Board was marked

first_imgLast night, the Croatian Tourist Board (CNTB) in Zagreb solemnly marked 25 years of work, during which it contributed to the recognition of Croatia as one of the world’s tourist destinations through promotional and other activities.Prime Minister Andrej Plenković was also present at the ceremony held in Zagreb’s Lauba, which brought together about 300 CNTB partners. In 25 years, the CNTB has significantly contributed to the recognition of Croatia as a tourist destination, its branding and promotion. Next year, I expect even better results in Croatian tourism, continued investments, and we should also think about the sustainability of Croatian tourism, said the Prime Minister and congratulated and thanked the CNTB and all tourism workers for their excellent results.The Minister of Tourism and the President of the CNTB Gari Cappelli and the Director of the Main Office of the CNTB Kristijan Staničić thanked everyone in the CNTB for their work and effort in ‘during the first 25 years’ and reminded of one of the CNTB’s slogans – Man – the key to success in tourism. ” This year was a record with more than 101 million overnight stays, investments grew, so the reputable ‘Financial Times’ ranked us seventh in the world in terms of the country’s attractiveness for investment in tourism, and we really have something to celebrate. ” Cappelli pointed out, announcing that Croatian tourism in 2018 will have a dynamic, challenging year in which it must be “ready for everything”.”The very beginnings of the work of the Croatian Tourist Board were marked exclusively by work and enthusiasm because it was necessary to compensate for the fact that at that time we did not have promotional brochures, tourist tickets, catalogs and other promotional materials. What we are all proud of today is the fact that the system came to life very quickly and that Croatia was unstoppably on its way to the top. Thus, during all these 25 years, the Croatian National Tourist Board has performed at the world’s most important tourism fairs, organized numerous presentations and workshops aimed at bringing Croatia’s tourism offer closer to foreign partners, created and distributed worldwide numerous promotional materials, and designed and implemented numerous promotional materials. campaigns, many of which later won numerous world accolades. 25 years of work of the Croatian National Tourist Board are behind us and it is indisputable that this institution, together with all its employees and colleagues from the system, was an important factor in positioning Croatia as one of the most desirable tourist destinations in the world.”, said director Staničić.The celebration brought together former tourism ministers, directors of the Croatian Tourist Board, numerous stakeholders in the tourism system who gave their maximum contribution to make Croatian tourism as successful and competitive as possible, members of social, economic and political life, as well as all those who have in their own way were involved in the creation of Croatia as one of the world’s most attractive tourist destinations.”Being competitive in the market among the countries in the region that are also rich in tourist attributes requires great creativity and passion, which Croatian tourism workers do not lack. I congratulate and thank the Croatian Tourist Board for presenting the best of Croatia in an attractive and original way for the last twenty-five years through a series of quality, thoughtful marketing activities and an increasing number of quality tourist offers. “, said Minister Cappelli, wishing the successful realization of common strategic goals for the benefit of the entire Croatian tourism. Former ministers of tourism and directors of the Main Office of the CNTB: Željko Tončinić, Pave Župan Rusković, Niko Bulić, Marijan Bulat, Ivan Herak, Meri Matešić, Darko Lorencin and Ratomir Ivičić were also present at the ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of the CNTB.The guests also had the opportunity to watch a special video edition that follows the development of the Croatian National Tourist Board from its inception to the present day. The video highlighted the strategic importance of the CNTB in the development of Croatian tourism, as well as its impact on the development of Croatia as an influential global destination brand.A rich music program, tasting of Croatian delicacies, as well as an exhibition were organized “Retrospective 25 years” divided into 3 periods: “A small country for a great vacation”, “Mediterranean as it once was”, and “Full of life”, and brought together the works of established local designers and photographers, longtime associates and partners of the Croatian National Tourist Board. Campaign #SuperBowl Croatia which won the City Nation Place Award in the Best Usage of Social Media category, campaign Out of Office which has won many international and domestic awards, the new communication platform “Full of Life” presented in London in 2015, are just some of the many successes of the Croatian National Tourist Board that are especially highlighted on this occasion.last_img read more

Sean Newcomb apologizes for racist and homophobic tweets posted as a teen

first_img“We are aware of the tweets that surfaced after today’s game and have spoken to Sean, who is incredibly remorseful,” the Braves said in a statement posted on Twitter. “Regardless of how long ago he posted them, he is aware of the insensitivity and is taking full responsibility.” Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching ATLANTA — Atlanta Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb apologized Sunday for racist, homophobic and sexist tweets he sent as a teenager, calling them “some stupid stuff.”“I definitely regret it, for sure,” he said.Newcomb, 25, spoke less than an hour after nearly pitching a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The tweets were sent in 2011 and 2012.“I just wanted to apologize for any insensitive material,” Newcomb said. “It was a long time ago, six or seven years ago, saying some stupid stuff with friends.” “We find the tweets hurtful and incredibly disappointing and even though he was 18 or 19 years old when posted, it doesn’t make them any less tolerable. We will work together with Sean towards mending the wounds created in our community,” the team said.Atlanta’s clubhouse had already closed to the media after he answered questions about his career-best moment, a 4-1 victory in which he came within one strike of pitching a no-hitter. Chris Taylor broke up the bid with two out single in the ninth inning.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Newcomb said he had forgotten about the tweets until he picked up his phone postgame and saw mentions of the posts. The Braves reopened the locker room about 30 minutes later — Newcomb said it was his idea for a team official to bring reporters back downstairs so he could address the subject.“This is something obviously that can’t be happening,” he said. “I feel bad about it. I don’t mean to offend anybody. It was six, seven years ago. I didn’t mean anything by it and I definitely regret it, for sure.”Newcomb said he doesn’t think the tweets will cause fallout among current teammates.“No, I don’t think so,” he said. “I think people that know me know that’s not the kind of person I am. It’s been a long time since then and at the same time I didn’t mean anything by it.”Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here. “I know I’ve grown a lot since then. I didn’t mean anything by it. It was just something stupid I did a long time ago and I didn’t mean anything by it, for sure,” he said.Major League Baseball dealt with a similar situation this month involving Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader on the night he pitched in the All-Star Game.“Such inappropriate comments have no place in our game. We are aware of this serious issue, Billy Bean will meet with Mr. Newcomb this week, and we will identify an appropriate course of diversity training for him in the Atlanta community,” MLB said in a statement.Bean is MLB’s vice president for social responsibility and inclusion. He is a former big league outfielder and openly gay.Hader apologized after offensive tweets sent when he was a teen came to light on July 17. The next day, MLB said the 24-year-old Hader will be required to go through sensitivity training and participate in diversity and inclusion initiatives. Hader also met with Bean. Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day last_img read more

Sharks score four straight to rally past Arizona Coyotes

first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz.  — The Sharks and Coyotes both had stretches playing their best hockey Saturday night. San Jose just kept its run going longer.Logan Couture scored twice and the Sharks got four unanswered goals to rally past Arizona 4-2 Saturday for their 11th win in 13 games.Couture bookended San Jose’s comeback, starting it midway through the first period and completing it with an empty-netter. He has five goals and 14 points in his past 10 games.Dylan Gambrell and Timo Meier also scored …last_img read more

Wireless networking and security for IoT devices

first_imgDavid Brook, marketing director with HCC Embedded, shares an update on two of the company’s main focus areas: wireless networking for IoT devices and security for those networked IoT devices. As the embedded industry continues its drive to connectivity, HCC provides comprehensive, high-quality networking solutions with emphasis on verifiable software quality to improve security. HCC introduced its EAP – Extensible Authentication Procotol – which is a widely used framework that ensures secure wireless communications;  and the HCC CryptoCore encryption suite, a complete end-to-end security solution focused on system-level design and software-quality issues  largely unaddressed in the industry.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Fluffing the CloudNext Module solution for Industrial Ethernetlast_img read more

Running Back Jahmyl Jeter Commits to Oklahoma State

first_imgOklahoma State is on the board at running back, as 2018 prospect Jahmyl Jeter announced his commitment to the Cowboys on Wednesday night.Jeter was previously committed to SMU but backed away from his pledge earlier this week.I’m officially committed to Oklahoma state for the next 4 years and 100% done with recruiting— Jete (@Teamjeter28) August 3, 2017The three-star running back chose the Pokes over other offers from SMU, Texas A&M, and others. He is the 17th commitment of OSU’s 2017 recruiting class, and fills a major need as the first running back pledge of the class.AdChoices广告 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Report: PSG 3 Marseille 0

first_imgParis Saint-Germain 3 Marseille 0: Di Maria at the double as holders put Neymar injury aside Nicholas McGee Last updated 1 year ago 06:02 1/3/2018 DiMaria-Cropped AFP Hit by the news of Neymar’s impending surgery on Wednesday, PSG cruised into the last four of the Coupe de France by beating Marseille. Paris Saint-Germain put the disappointment of Neymar’s foot surgery to one side to thump rivals Marseille 3-0 and reach the semi-finals of the Coupe de France.The Ligue 1 leaders announced on Wednesday that the world’s most expensive player will miss next week’s second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Real Madrid, which they trail 3-1, after the decision was made for him to have surgery on a cracked metatarsal.While Neymar’s prolonged absence may prove fatal to their Champions League hopes, PSG reaffirmed that it will have little impact on their domestic success as Angel Di Maria’s double saw them into a fourth successive Coupe de France semi-final. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Di Maria settled the contest with a pair of deflected strikes, the first a vicious shot from outside the box, either side of half-time.Deserved gloss to the scoreline was added courtesy of a wonderful team move finished off by Edinson Cavani, as Marseille again suffered at PSG’s hands having lost by the same scoreline in the weekend’s Ligue 1 meeting, where Neymar suffered his injury.The win keeps PSG firmly on course for a domestic treble and they will be one of just two top-flight teams in the last four after shock triumphs for third-tier Chambly and Les Herbiers, while a free-flowing second-half showing will perhaps give Unai Emery added hope they can fight back against Madrid even without their world-record signing.6 – Angel Di Maria has scored six goals in his last four starts with @PSG_English in all competitions. Revitalized.— OptaJean (@OptaJean) February 28, 2018PSG started very brightly and, after Yuri Berchiche had an effort beaten away by Steve Mandanda, Cavani wasted a gilt-edged chance to give them the lead.The Uruguay international met Di Maria’s pull back after the Argentina winger was sent clear down the left, but he only succeeded in fizzing a shot over the bar.Aymen Abdennour was then fortunate not to concede a penalty when the Marseille centre-back appeared to handle in the area.Most of the pressing was unsurprisingly done by PSG, but Marseille remained dangerous on the counter-attack and Florian Thauvin curled an effort well over the crossbar.Di Maria then showed Thauvin how it should be done as he bent one towards goal from the edge of the area, only to be denied by a brilliant diving save from Mandanda.But Mandanda could not replicate the same heroics on the stroke of half-time, the Marseille goalkeeper beaten as Di Maria unleashed a fierce half-volley that took a slight deflection off Adil Rami and flew into the bottom-left corner.Javier Pastore replaced Kylian Mbappe ahead of the restart and three minutes into the second half Di Maria effectively put the tie to bed – but in far less spectacular fashion.Marseille failed to deal with Yuri’s cross from the left, which eventually fell to Di Maria, and his side-foot effort deflected off Hiroki Saki and under Mandanda.Di Maria then lashed narrowly wide from long range and Julian Draxler went agonisingly close to scoring one of the goals of the season as his bicycle kick from Marco Verratti’s lofted pass was only just off target.A stunning reflex save saw Mandanda keep out Pastore’s diving header, but the final flourish came in style as Draxler nodded a Verratti chip down for Cavani to fire into the bottom-right corner in an illustration of the kind of football they will need to produce to deliver a Champions League turnaround next week.FULL TIME: See you in the @coupedefrance semifinal ! #AllezParis! #PSGOM— PSG English (@PSG_English) February 28, 2018 read morelast_img read more

Balotelli invites offers from Juventus & Napoli

first_imgTransfers Balotelli invites offers from Juventus and Napoli as he plots Serie A homecoming Chris Burton 02:06 4/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mario Balotelli Nice Lokomotiv Moscou UEFA Europa League 15022018 Gettyimages Transfers Juventus Napoli Nice Ligue 1 Serie A Mario Balotelli The enigmatic Italian frontman is running down his contract at Nice and has opened himself up to a summer switch back to his roots as a free agent Mario Balotelli is planning to head back to Italy as a free agent and has invited offers from Serie A title hopefuls Juventus and Napoli.The enigmatic frontman is running down his contract at Nice and is expected to have several options to consider at the end of the season.Balotelli has rebuilt his reputation in France following forgettable stints at AC Milan and Liverpool, with 39 goals netted across two seasons. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp He is now attracting admiring glances from leading clubs once more, with the 27-year-old intending to step back up the football pyramid by securing a return to his roots in Italy.“My agent Mino Raiola is taking care of my future. All I know is that I have matured and I am ready to come back to Italy,” Balotelli told Rai Sport show La Domenica Sportiva.“I think it’d be very difficult to come to Milan, as it would be the third time, but Juventus and Napoli are two teams that I like.”Raiola admits to having already spoken with those in Turin and Naples about a player he believes would demand a nine-figure transfer fee on the open market.The so-called ‘super agent’ told Rai Sport: “He is worth €100m, but he is a free agent so he is a bargain.”I’m already negotiating with many teams in England and Italy. I talked with Juventus, Roma, Napoli, Inter.”Making a decision on his next move can wait until the summer, with Balotelli having more immediate targets to hit in the present.He has forced his way back into contention for an international recall, with interim Italy coach Luigi Di Biagio having hinted that the former Manchester City and Inter striker could figure in his plans for upcoming friendlies against Argentina and England.Balotelli added on his Azzurri ambition: “Last season [Gian Piero] Ventura came to Nice before the game with PSG. We had a long talk, but I realised straight away that he wasn’t ever going to call me up for his team.“I deserved to be called up, though. Now he is no longer on the bench and I am ready to come back.”last_img read more

Salah: No fear of City for Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool v Manchester City ‘We’ve beaten them’ – Salah and Liverpool have no fear of City Sacha Pisani 10:34 18/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohamed Salah, Liverpool vs Watford, 17/18 Getty Images Liverpool v Manchester City Mohamed Salah Manchester City UEFA Champions League Liverpool v Watford Watford Premier League Liverpool The forward and team-mate will not be daunted by their Champions League quarter-final showdown with the Premier League leaders Liverpool sensation Mohamed Salah insisted the Reds do not fear runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City ahead of their blockbuster Champions League tie.It will be an all-English affair when Liverpool and Premier League champions-elect City go head-to-head in the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite club competition.City are 16 points clear atop the table and 18 ahead of third-placed Liverpool in the Premier League but Jurgen Klopp’s men are not daunted by the task ahead, having been the only side to beat Pep Guardiola’s team in the league this term. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Salah, who scored four goals in Liverpool’s 5-0 rout of Watford on Saturday, will likely have to play a big part if Liverpool are to advance past their Premier League rivals. The Egyptian’s goals on Saturday saw him pass  Fernando Torres’ record of 33 competitive goals for a player in his debut season at Anfield, and now has club legend Ian Rush in his sights along with runaway leaders City. “I don’t believe that City have always been ­superior to other clubs this season in the Premier League – despite what everyone says,” he said after Saturday’s showing. “We have beaten them for a start.”The Champions League always ­depends on the draw, but we don’t fear any rival, whoever they are.”We’re in the quarter-finals and have the same chances of winning as each of the other seven teams.”Salah, whose Liverpool host City at Anfield on April 4 before travelling to Manchester for the return leg six days later, added: “There are many big clubs still in the competition but you have to remember Liverpool are a great club in Europe too. In these knockout ties, ­anything can happen.”The 25-year-old international forward has been a phenomenon since arriving from Roma at the start of the season, scoring 34 goals in all competitions – 27 of those in the Premier League.The Reds have just one match, against Crystal Palace in the Premier League, before playing City in the first leg of their quarter-final.  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Mike Gundy on His Respect for T. Boone Pickens after Tulsa Victory

first_imgSaturday was the first time the Cowboys took to the field since T. Boone Pickens died.Oklahoma State topped in-state foe Tulsa 40-21 on Saturday, three days after Pickens’ passing. He died after donating $652 million to the university in his lifetime. He helped build OSU’s athletic program to what it is today without throwing a ball or calling a play. And helped is an understatement.It’s no secret Pickens and OSU football coach Mike Gundy didn’t always see eye to eye, but the two had a relationship built on respect, Gundy said after the Tulsa game.“It’s sad,” Gundy said. “Mr. Pickens and I went head-to-head a lot. He won most all of them. But I had a lot of respect for him, and I think he respected me. Between Mr. Pickens and President (Burns) Hargis, Coach (Mike) Holder, and myself, we won a hell of a lot of football games and been successful. He’s been his own boss for 70 years, and I’ve been mine for 15. So sometimes you have confrontation, but I have a ton of respect.”The Cowboys wore commemorative “BOONE” stickers on their helmets against Tulsa and will for the remainder of the season. The university is holding a public “Celebration of Life” on Sept. 25 at Gallagher-Iba Arena for Pickens.Pickens was mentioned on College GameDay on Saturday morning, and there was a moment of silence for Pickens before Saturday’s game despite OSU being on the road.The Pokes won’t be back in the palace that Pickens built until their Sept. 28 matchup against Kansas State. It’s sure to be an emotional day, just as Gundy said Saturday was.“It’s kinda sad, ya know,” Gundy said. “It’s sad knowing that he’s not there. It really is, and it feels weird. We’ll have a couple nice tributes to him, and them I’m sure we’ll have some stuff at Karsten Creek and on campus for him to remember his legacy forever.”Here’s @CoachGundy on @boonepickens and his legacy with @CowboyFB & @OSUAthletics. “It’s sad knowing he’s not here. We won a hell of a lot of football games and been successful.”— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) September 15, 2019 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more