Philippine journalist forced to apologize for criticizing coronavirus “inaction”

first_img Joshua Molo is the editor of UE Dawn, the student newspaper at Manila’s University of the East (image: Ralph de Jesus / Far Eastern University Advocate).. Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa Organisation Their victim was Joshua Molo, the editor of UE Dawn, the student newspaper at Manila’s University of the East, who had posted criticism of the government’s “inaction” on Facebook. Molo was summoned before the “barangay” (community council) in the San Fernando Sur district of his hometown, Cabiao, 95 km north of Manila, for a “mediation” meeting at midday on 5 April in response to a complaint by three of his former high school teachers, who are Duterte supporters. RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled to learn that supporters of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte pressured a student newspaper editor into issuing a public apology and, in effect, renouncing his right to free speech after he criticized the government’s handling of the coronavirus epidemic. PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Online freedoms Covid19Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment May 3, 2021 Find out more Totalitarian practice News to go further Molo said the teachers threatened to sue him for libel, while barangay officials threatened to have him arrested if he did not issue an apology and pledge not to criticize the government again. Unable to afford the legal costs of defending himself in a lawsuit, he gave a public apology in a video posted on Facebook at around 1:30 pm. Two other journalists, Mario Batuigas and Amor Virata, are facing the possibility of up to two months in prison as a result of charges brought by the police on 28 March under a new law penalizing “false information” about the coronavirus crisis although “false information” is not legally defined. “It is absolutely intolerable that a student journalist has been harassed by his elders in this way to the point of having to renounce his right to freedom of expression,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. February 16, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information April 7, 2020 – Updated on May 6, 2020 Philippine journalist forced to apologize for criticizing coronavirus “inaction” Receive email alerts “Forcing dissidents to make public apologies is the prerogative of totalitarian regimes. That this practice is taking place in the Philippines today speaks volumes about the current state of democracy in this country under President Duterte.” News News June 1, 2021 Find out more Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago The Philippines is ranked 134th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Online freedoms Covid19Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped News Follow the news on Philippineslast_img read more

Turkey acts to address auto-enrolment opt outs

first_imgOf the 11.9m pension savers, 6.9m are saving for pensions within the voluntary individual pension scheme (BES), and 5.2m have auto-enrolled via the OKS system, which started operating in January 2017.The reform was a part of the New Economic Plan presented by treasury and finance minister Berat Albayrak in September. The plan stated that the regulation on the individual pension system would be restructured to make it more sustainable.High opt-out rateAutomatic enrolment of all Turkish public and private sector employees into pension saving vehicles launched in 2017. It increased the total number of pension savers in the individual savings system from 6.6 million in 2016 to 10.3 million in 2017.Auto-enrolment applies to all employees under the age of 45. It was initially applied only to firms with more than 50 employees, but from July 2018 companies with 10-49 employees were included. From this month, the OKS will cover companies with between five and nine employees.However, some 54% of those who were brought into the system during the first year exited the system during the two-month opt-out period. The three most common reasons given for opt-outs were high expenses or indebtedness (71%), lack of affordability (56%), and lack of confidence in long-term investment (35%), a report from the Insurance Association of Turkey (TSB) stated. In addition, during 2018 the number of participants in the voluntary system declined from 6.92m at the end of 2017 to 6.87m.At the end of December 2018, Turkey’s private pensions system had TL86.7bn (€14.4bn) in assets under management, invested in 406 funds by 18 pension insurance companies, according to TSB data.Between January and November 2018, assets in the sector achieved a return of 8.7%. Funds investing in precious metals yielded the best returns, gaining 28.2%.Expanding membership in the system is necessary as Turkey’s pension system is expected to face new pressures in the next decade. According to the OECD, while Turkey is one of the few of its member countries that still enjoys a “demographic window” – the working age population is growing more rapidly than dependent age cohorts – this window is rapidly closing.“Even if the current trend increase in labour force participation – notably by female workers – and the increase in effective retirement age will partly alleviate the immediate impacts, both pension and health systems will face new pressures within less than a decade,” noted an OECD survey in July .Further reading The Turkish government has updated rules for its auto-enrolment pensions system in an attempt to reduce the high proportion of workers opting out of retirement savings.The country’s Resmi Gazete reported on 27 December that, employees who have used their right to exit from the auto-enrolment system would be automatically re-enrolled into it within three years.In addition, Turkey’s finance ministry reserved the right to either reduce the period before re-enrolment to one year, or extend it to five years.The measure aimed to maintain and grow the membership of the country’s private pensions system, which currently covers only 11.9m of Turkey’s 81m population.   Credit: silebezi Istanbul, TurkeyTurkey: Rethinking auto-enrolmentSeda Peksevim – a PhD student at Boǧaziçi University in Istanbul and a researcher at its Center for Applied Research in Finance, as well as a recent recipient of a grant from the IPE Pensions Scholarship Fund – explores the background to Turkey’s relatively new auto-enrolment system and the challenges it has faced so farIreland: Drive is on for auto-enrolmentAuto-enrolment is one of the main goals of the Irish government’s pension reform plans. Gail Moss delves into the country’s ambitious planAuto-enrolment still faces acid testMillions of workers have joined workplace pension schemes under auto-enrolment but there is still some way to go before full adoption, reports Gill Wadsworthlast_img read more

Wade ton in vain as England force Ashes draw

first_imgAUSTRALIA  2nd Innings Harris b Broad 9 Warner c Burns b Broad 11 Labuschange stp Bairstow b Leach 14 Smith c Stokes b Broad 23 Wade stp Bairstow b Root 117 Marshc Buttler b Root 24 Paine lbw b Leach 21 Cummins c Bairstow b Broad 9 Siddle not out 13 Lyon C Root b Leach 1 Hazlewood c Root b Leach 0Extras                            21 (b2, lb 12, nb 2, pen 5)Total                263 all out (77 overs)Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-29, 3-56, 4-85, 5-148, 6-200, 7-244, 8-260, 9-263, 10- 263Bowling: S. Broad 15-1-62-4, J.Archer 16-2-66-0 (1nb), S. Curran 8-3-22-0, J.Leach 22-8-49-4, C.Woakes 7-1-19-0 (inb) J. Root 9-1-26-2. By Ed OsmondLONDON (Reuters) – Matthew Wade’s defiant century proved in vain as England bowled Australia out for 263 to win the final Test at The Oval by 135 runs on Sunday and ensure the first drawn Ashes series since 1972.Wade had looked set to take the match into the final day but he was dismissed for 117 and England grabbed the last two wickets in quick succession to level the series at 2-2.England had appeared to be on course for a comfortable triumph when they dismissed Steve Smith for 23 just after lunch but Wade dug in to post his fourth Test century and Australia, who have retained the Ashes, fell short in their bid for a first test series win in England since 2001.“I thought we were brilliant,” England captain Root said. “To bounce back from a very difficult emotional week, to come and play in the manner we have, the team has character in abundance.”Australia, chasing a stiff target of 399, lost the wickets of Marcus Harris, David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne in the morning after England had added 16 runs to their overnight score of 313 for eight.Harris was bowled by Stuart Broad for nine and Warner’s miserable series was completed when he edged Broad to Rory Burns at third slip for 11.The in-form Labuschagne, on 14, was drawn forward by a flighted delivery from spinner Jack Leach and wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow whipped off the bails with the right-hander narrowly out of his crease.Australia took lunch on 68 for three and their victory chances plummeted further with Smith’s dismissal.The prolific right-hander was caught by Ben Stokes at leg slip off Broad, the first time in 11 test innings against England that he had failed to pass fifty.STANDING OVATION Smith left the field to a standing ovation from the crowd in recognition of an extraordinary run of form which brought him 774 runs in the series including a double century and two hundreds in seven innings.“I am proud of the way I have played throughout the series and to help Australia bring the urn home,” Smith said after being named Australia’s man of the series.“We came to win the Ashes and unfortunately… it is not the fairytale finish we were after.”Wade reached his fifty before Mitchell Marsh perished for 24, caught by Jos Buttler at short leg off the part-time spin of Root.Australia captain Tim Paine, on 21, was trapped lbw by Leach but Wade, shaken up by a fiery spell from Archer, maintained his concentration and punched the air with delight after reaching his second century of the series.Pat Cummins departed for nine, edging Broad to Bairstow, and Wade’s resistance was finally broken when he was deceived by Root and Bairstow completed his second stumping.Nathan Lyon swept Leach low to Root at square leg and Josh Hazlewood chipped his first ball to mid-wicket where Root took a brilliant one-handed catch to spark wild celebrations among the England players.“It is Ashes cricket,” Root said. “Every game you turn up and you are playing for your country. It means so much to everyone.”ENGLAND 1st innings 294AUSTRALIA 1st innings   225ENGLAND 2nd innings(overnight 313 for 8) Burns c Paine b Lyon 20 Denly c Smith b Siddle 94 Root c Smith b Lyon 21 Stokes b Lyon 67 Bairstow c Smith b Marsh 14 Butler c Labuschagne b Siddle 47 Curran c Paine b Cummins 17 Woakes c Smith b Marsh 6 Archer c Paine b Cummins 3 Leach c Hazlewood b Lyon 9 Broad not out 12Extras:  (b-7, lb-11, nb-1)     19Total:  329 all out 95.3 overs)  Fall of wickets: 1-54, 2-87, 3-214, 4-222, 5-249, 6-279, 7-305, 8-305, 9-317, 10-329.Bowling: P. Cummins 21- 5-67-2, J. Hazlewood 19-5-57-0 (nb-1). N. Lyon 24.3 5-69-4-65-4, P. Siddle 13-4-52-2, M. Marsh 11-1-40- 2, M. Labuschagne 7-1-26-0.                         last_img read more

I’ve been underutilized with the Black Stars – Duncan

first_imgGhana international midfielder, Alfred Duncan, believes he has been underused so far in his time with the Black Stars.Duncan, made his debut for Ghana under Kwesi Appiah in 2012, and has gone on to make 9 appearances for the senior national team.However, his involvement with the team has seen him being deployed in a number of different roles, and sometimes, out of position, something he’s not too happy with.”It’s something people have noticed from a distance. When you watch me in my club and see the kind of contribution I make, you’d notice there’s a difference,” he told Citi TV in an exclusive interview.”I’ve  been made to understand that I must be able to adapt to any role required in order to help the team.“But sometimes it’s very frustrating when you’re asked to play a role you’re not used to. You don’t get to enjoy the game in the way you want.”I’m a player who loves to get a lot of touches on the ball, so it becomes problematic when I’m deployed in a role that doesn’t allow me to do that,” he added.Duncan was part of the Black Satellites team that represented Ghana at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2013.last_img read more

‘Break a Leg’ 5K a Success Thanks to Alpena

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisJeffrey Mindock of the Thunder Bay Theatre stopped by Tuesday to thank residents of Alpena for their out pouring love during Saturday’s ‘Break a Leg’ 5K run. Mindock said over 80 people participated in the family fun. The theatre is now prepping for some upcoming plays for the summer.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: 5k Fundraiser, Break a Leg 5k, Thunder Bay TheatreContinue ReadingPrevious City of Alpena Parking Lot ClosedNext New Grant Approval For MPClast_img

Asus 6z to launch in India today: Flip Camera, specifications, pricing, and everything else you should know

first_imgIt’s been over a month since Asus announced the ZenFone 6 – its latest flagship smartphone globally. India Today Tech was able to have a brief hands-on with the device back then and it easily managed to amaze with its unique Flip Camera module. Asus at the time said that it will bring the Zenfone 6 to the Indian market and today, it will be commercially available in India. However, due to legal restrictions, Asus has changed its name and will be calling it the Asus 6z in India.The Asus 6z will be available exclusively on Flipkart as the teasers suggest. Technically, the Asus 6z is expected to be the same ZenFone 6 launched globally. Hence, it will carry over all the features and highlights of the device from the international version. The Asus 6z is expected to made available in at least three variants, with the base version sporting at least 6GB RAM and 64GB storage.The launch event will begin from 12:30 pm and Asus will stream it live on YouTube. You can watch it here ( 6z features at a glanceThe Asus 6z is primarily known for its Flip Camera module that helps Asus eliminate the display notch. The module houses a 48-megapixel the primary camera with the Sony IMX586 sensor and a secondary 13-megapixel wide-angle camera, both of which can be used as a front camera when required. The Flip Camera is controlled by a mechanized motor and Asus said that it has built several safety mechanisms to make it more durable.advertisementThe Flip Camera makes for a notch-less narrow-bezel display with a slim chin. The phone sports a 6.3-inch IPS LCD panel with Full HD+ resolution. There’s a capacitive fingerprint sensor at the back. Like all 2019 flagships, the phone is equipped with a Snapdragon 855 chipset that comes with a choice of 6GB or 8GB RAM and 64GB, 128GB or 256GB storage. The phone also offers a triple card slot that can accommodate two SIM cards and a micro SD card at the same time. To keep the phone alive, it uses a 5000mAh battery with support Quick Charge 4.0. It also comes with a Smart Key that can be customised either to launch the Google Assistant or custom functions.Asus 6z expected India priceThe Asus 6z is aimed at this year’s flagship killer phones. In India, there are chances that Asus could price it competitively against the OnePlus 7 series. The base version with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage could be priced closer to the OnePlus 7, i.e. under Rs 37,000. On the other hand, the prices for the top-end variants could reach the low-end variant of the OnePlus 7 Pro, i.e. close to Rs 50,000.ALSO READ: | Asus ZenFone 6 launched globally: Price, specifications, cameras and all you need to knowALSO READ: | Asus ZenFone 6 launched with innovative 48MP Flip Camera, Snapdragon 855: Starts from Rs 39,000ALSO READ: | Asus ZenFone ban case: Asus says it will resolve issue with court, sales remain unaffectedlast_img read more

10 months agoJuventus move for wantaway Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus move for wantaway Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luisby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus are moving for wantaway Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis.It emerged this week that Luis and Atletico have agreed this will be his last season in Madrid.After having a summer move to PSG blocked, Luis has been left frustrated over his treatment by Atletico’s management.Tuttosport says Juve have been watching developments closely and are ready to take Luis on a free transfer next summer.The Bianconeri see the Brazilian as a potential replacement for Alex Sandro. last_img

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Black soybean farmers returning to court in seed lawsuit

first_imgMEMPHIS, Tenn. — Some black farmers from Mississippi and Tennessee are returning to federal court for a hearing on their lawsuit claiming a seed company sold them faulty soybean seeds because of their race.Stine Seed Co. has denied accusations that a salesman sold thousands of dollars’ worth of defective seeds to the farmers because they are black. The farmers allege the seeds were much less productive than expected and the salesman misled them with claims of good yields from soybean plants grown in fertile Mississippi Delta fields.U.S. District Judge John Fowlkes could rule Thursday on lawsuits to dismiss filed by Stine and salesman Kevin Cooper. They’ve called the allegations irresponsible.The suit claims the good seeds the farmers thought they had bought from Stine were replaced by inferior seeds before delivery.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Stop Assange extradition to US Labour to UK PM

first_imgLondon: Key figures in Britain’s opposition Labour Party said Friday the government should oppose the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States. Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said in a tweet that the U.S. is trying to extradite Assange because he exposed “evidence of atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan.” Diane Abbott, Labour’s spokeswoman for domestic affairs, told the BBC the government should block the extradition on human rights grounds, adding that much of the information that he brought into the public domain was in the public interest. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAbbott said the US case against Assange is about the “embarrassment of the things he’s revealed about the American military and security services.” Police arrested the WikiLeaks founder Thursday at the Ecuadorian embassy in London after Ecuador withdrew his asylum. He is in custody awaiting sentencing for jumping bail in 2012, and is also facing what is expected to be a lengthy extradition proceeding initiated by the United States. US Justice Department officials seek to put Assange on trial for allegedly conspiring to break into a classified government computer at the Pentagon. The charge was announced after Assange was taken into custody. If found guilty, Assange faces a maximum five years in prison. It is also possible that Assange, 47, will face an extradition request from Sweden if prosecutors there decide to pursue allegations of rape and sexual misconduct against him. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAssange took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012 after he was released on bail in Britain while facing extradition to Sweden on the allegations. He had stayed inside the embassy building for seven years. Swedish prosecutors dropped the case against Assange in 2017, saying at the time there was no prospect of bringing him to Sweden because of his protected status inside the embassy. Assange received a verbal rebuke in his first court appearance Thursday afternoon when District Judge Michael Snow found him guilty of breaching his bail conditions. “Mr Assange’s behavior is that of a narcissist who cannot get beyond his own selfish interests,” Snow said. Assange’s next court appearance was set for May 2 via prison video-link in relation to the extradition case, a process that involves several layers of appeal that could take years.last_img read more