May 13, 2021 Find out more May 17, 2016 – Updated on November 3, 2016 RSF decries new interferences in the administration of the Brazilian Public Broadcaster (EBC) to go further 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Receive email alerts News April 27, 2021 Find out more News RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America BrazilAmericas Media independence Conflicts of interestJudicial harassment RSF_en Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil Reports BrazilAmericas Media independence Conflicts of interestJudicial harassment News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) deplores Acting President Michel Temer’s decision today to issue a decree arbitrarily firing Ricardo Melo as head of the Brazilian Communication Agency (EBC). ————————————————————————–Update/ 2 september 2016On 2 September 2016, the Brazilian government imposed a decree establishing a series of changes in the administration of the Brazilian Public Broadcaster (EBC). The Provisional Measure, signed by the lower house speaker, Rodrigo Maia, who is currently the acting President of Brazil while Michel Temer is attending the G20 meeting in China, dismissed the EBC’s Conselho Curador (Curator Council), a internal body mostly made up of civil society representatives, with the attribution to ensure the autonomy of public communication. The decree also states that all members of the directors board can now be dismissed by the President of Brazil. The EBC’s current chief executive officer, Ricardo Melo, was replaced by Laerte Rímoli. This was the second attempt to fire Melo since he started his mandate this year. On 17 May, Michel Temer dismissed him, but he was later reinstated on appeal by a Supreme Court’s decision that highlighted the importance of keeping EBC’s independence.“We condemn the changes imposed to the Brazilian Public Broadcaster by the government,said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America desk.Instead of reinforcing the autonomy of public communication in the country, these new measures are weakening it further”.————————————————————————Melo, who is a journalist, was legally appointed to the position of EBC director-general two weeks ago by Dilma Rousseff before she was suspended as Brazil’s president for her impeachment trial.According to the law that created the EBC, its director-general is appointed for a four-year term that is not linked to elections or changes of government. Brazil’s president does not have the power to fire an EBC director-general and name a new one. This is supposed to guarantee the impartiality and autonomy of the agency, which is in charge of all state communication. “We condemn this decision by President Temer, which is both arbitrary and contrary to Brazilian law,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America desk. “It is a clear attempt to interfere in public communication in Brazil. Information must be produced in an autonomous manner, without interference or manipulation by politicians. The EBC’s credibility is at stake.” According to the latest reports, Temer has already chosen the journalist Laerte Rimoli to replace Melo. Rimoli was the press officer of Eduardo Cunha, the former speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, during the proceedings that suspended Rousseff. He was also part of the campaign team of Aécio Neves, Rousseff’s main challenger in the last presidential election. Brazil is ranked 104th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Help by sharing this information Organisation Follow the news on Brazil April 15, 2021 Find out more
Ron Hunter’s celebratory fall out of his chair proved to be a somewhat costly one – it was clearly worth it, though. On Thursday, the Georgia State coach dropped to the floor after his son, R.J. Hunter, hit a game-winning 3-pointer against Baylor in the NCAA Tournament’s Second Round. Ron Hunter, who was sitting on a rolling chair because he tore his Achilles celebrating his team’s NCAA Tournament berth, cracked his cast as he fell to the ground. A doctor is on his way to Jacksonville to re-cast the foot. Ron Hunter told CBS Sports’ Jamie Erdahl about the situation Friday morning. What would you do for an NCAA Tournament victory?Georgia State is set to face Baylor on Saturday at 6:10 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on TNT.
Tim Tebow/Twitter.Today is the day Tim Tebow tries to become a major league baseball player.Tebow, 29, is set to work out for 20-plus MLB teams in Los Angeles. The former Florida Gator and NFL quarterback has been working out with a baseball career in mind for a year-plus. He already has a contract offer from a Venezuelan winter league team.Scott Miller, an MLB columnist for Bleacher Report, is out in Los Angeles for the workout.He tweeted out a photo of the plan for Tebow’s MLB showcase.Tebow will be:Running a 60-yard dashThrowing to bases from the outfieldShagging flyballs and groundballs in the outfieldTaking batting practiceTaking “live” BP from two AAA pitchersHere’s the schedule:Almost showtime pic.twitter.com/dBvSnT0j0N— Scott Miller (@ScottMillerBbl) August 30, 2016Tebow’s showcase is taking place at USC.Tim Tebow warming up for his showcase. pic.twitter.com/5RhJ3saXRl— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) August 30, 2016Updates to come.
zoom Danish liner Maersk Line has offered commitments to the European Commission aimed at removing potential competition related impediments to its acquisition of shares of German counterpart Hamburg Süd.The commitments were submitted on Monday, March 20th and the Commission is to decide on the case by April 10.“On 20 March 2017 Maersk Line submitted its proposed commitments to the European Commission regarding the proposed acquisition of Hamburg Süd. This follows standard procedure for cases under the EU Merger Regulation,” Maersk Line said in a statement to World Maritime News.The company, however, did not disclose what remedies were offered as those were “available only for the market participants addressed by the European Commission in its current remedies market investigation.”“Maersk Line expects clearance by the European Commission on 10 April 2017 in which information about any agreed commitments will also be communicated.”Furthermore, Maersk Line added that, subject to regulatory approval, it expects to close the transaction by the end of 2017.Maersk Line signed a sale and purchase agreement for the acquisition of the German carrier on March 14.The latest move comes on the back of an agreement reached between the Danish container carrier and the Oetker Group at the start of December 2016.With the acquisition of Hamburg Süd, Maersk Line will grow its global capacity share to approximately 18.6% (now 15.7%), its nominal capacity to around 3.8 million TEU (now 3.1 million TEU) while decreasing the average age of the combined fleet of more than 700 vessels to 8.7 years compared to Maersk Line’s present vessel age of 9.2 years.World Maritime News Staff
Barbra Streisand, co-founder of the Women’s Heart Alliance, is in the nation’s capitol this week to raise awareness among senior members of Congress and federal officials about women’s heart health and cardiovascular disease (CVD), which kills more women each year in the U.S. than all cancers combined.Streisand delivered the prestigious Rall Lecture at the National Institutes of Health, where she spoke about the urgent need for sex-specific research and health equity for women to reduce preventable deaths from heart disease. In the afternoon, she met with a group of senators to discuss the critical role of raising awareness about women’s cardiovascular disease, which claims the lives of nearly 400,000 women each year.“For too long cardiovascular disease has been considered a man’s disease — not just from a patient perspective, but also in the way it’s approached in prevention, treatment and research. Yet a woman is dying of CVD roughly every 80 seconds,” Ms. Streisand says. “I urge our policymakers to ensure that women’s heart disease, the number one killer of women, is treated as a national priority. “The noted singer, actress, director and philanthropist co-founded the Women’s Heart Alliance in 2014. Through the organization, she has built on the work she embarked on with her founding of the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles in 2012.“The WHA has worked tirelessly to empower women to take their heart health into their own hands through education and awareness-raising,” says CEO British Robinson. “But there is still more work to do. We want to change research practices to ensure women are represented in the lab and the clinic; ensure that women receive quality care, and that every health care provider knows how to provide it; and increase the odds that women will survive a heart attack or stroke.”The Women’s Heart Alliance (WHA) was formed to raise awareness, encourage action and drive new research to fight women’s heart disease. It is a unique collaboration between two of America’s leading medical institutions — the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center — and two major philanthropists and leaders in business and entertainment, Barbra Streisand and Ronald O. Perelman.
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress on Thursday gave a big push to its social media campaign before the ensuing Lok Sabha elections, with its new music video titled Ma Mati Manush. The video was launched by party supremo Mamata Banerjee on her Facebook page.”I am very happy to share the new music video Maa, Mati, Manush for the forthcoming #LokSabhaElections2019,” Banerjee wrote in the Facebook post, sharing the 2 minute 38 second video on all her social networking pages. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe video presents the picture of a peaceful and harmonious Bengal and at the same time, takes a dig at the Narendra Modi government by claiming that it has not been able to fulfill its promises. The title of the video Ma Mati Manush (literally translating to Mother, Motherland and People), is a Bengali political slogan coined by Banerjee herself. It depicts the development that Bengal has witnessed under the leadership of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. More than 8.5 lakh people are getting rice at the rate of Rs 2 kg under the Swastha Sathi scheme. The several people-friendly schemes of the state government like Kanyashree, Rupashree, and Sabuj Sathi have also been highlighted through the video. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt also lambasts BJP for creating an atmosphere of anarchy and riot in the country, through their efforts of trying to create division among people on religious grounds. It further reiterates that Bengal is a place where people of all caste, creed and religions live amicably. The video is a visual treat with beautiful imageries of rural Bengal, a man rowing a boat with a smile on his face, a group of Bengali women praying by the riverside, schoolgirls riding on bicycles and dancers performing wearing Chhau masks. A cheerful tune plays in the background. The song sung by Rupam Islam and Somlata Acharya has already gone viral on social media, through several shares with comments and likes pouring in abundance. It may be mentioned that TMC has already launched a web series called Pradhan Mantri Hisab Dao on social media recently, which compares various welfare schemes of the Narendra Modi government with those launched by Trinamool Congress in the state. It points out the failures of the Modi government in these schemes and demands an explanation from the Prime Minister regarding the same.
New Delhi: Indian capital market outperformed several major global markets, including the developed ones like the US and the UK as well as developing economies such as China and Brazil, with double-digit returns in the fiscal ended March 2019 despite numerous global and domestic headwinds, data shows. The Indian market benckmark indices also improved on their own performance in the previous fiscal, with the BSE’s Sensex (17.3 per cent) giving relatively better returns than the NSE’s Nifty (14.9 per cent) in 2018-19. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThis is much better than the equity market returns recorded in the US (7.6 per cent), the UK (3.2 per cent), China (minus 2.5 per cent), Brazil (11.8 per cent), Japan (minus 1.2 per cent), South Korea (minus 12.5 per cent) and Hong Kong (minus 3.5 per cent) in 2018-19. An analysis of equity market returns for these countries shows that the Indian benchmark indices had underperformed those in the US, Brazil, Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong in 2017-18, though the performance was better than the UK and China even in that year. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostWith positive performance by benchmark indices and increasing fund raising from the market, the size of the capital market in India also continued to expand during 2018-19, with the market capitalisation rising by over 6 per cent to over Rs 151 lakh crore. Besides, mutual fund asset under management grew by 11.4 per cent to nearly Rs 24 lakh crore and Foreign Portfolio Investors’ asset under custody expanded by 8.6 per cent to close to Rs 30 lakh crore. This is despite the fact that 2018-19 was relatively a difficult and challenging year on account of global and domestic headwinds. Fundraising from the capital market also continued its positive trend during 2018-19, with funds raised through debt and equity rising by 5.3 per cent to nearly Rs 9 lakh crore. The double-digit returns came in despite subdued sentiments at times in view of certain negative developments since September 2018, particularly on the fixed-income securities front. On the mutual fund front, debt-oriented funds witnessed net outflows on the back of certain developments in debt market since September 2018. But, equity-oriented mutual funds continued to receive positive net inflows across all months during 2018-19 and other mutual funds received positive net inflows in 10 out of 12 months of the financial year. Net fund inflows in equity-oriented and other types of mutual funds together were to the tune of Rs 1.58 lakh crore in 2018-19 as against Rs 2.84 lakh crore in 2017-18 and Rs 1.30 lakh crore in 2016-17. The year also saw the much-awaited REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) finally taking off in India. REITs have been used worldwide as a vehicle for monetisation of assets by real estate developers. As an instrument class, it provides to investors stable and predictable returns, matching those and often exceeding returns from other alternative investments. Capital market regulator Sebi had issued REIT regulations in 2014 to give impetus to this instrument and, in turn, to the real estate sector in the country. The government has also provided pass-through tax status to REITs registered with Sebi. In March, the first REIT public offer came and it has listed units worth about Rs 4,750 crore. The issue was well received with oversubscription of two times in institutional category and upwards of three times in retail category. This is the largest listed REIT in Asia in terms of area of assets. pti
New Delhi: Following the trend of many years now, once again girls outperformed boys in the CBSE examination and this year also, it’s a girl who has topped CBSE.Hansika Shukla and Karishma Arora topped the CBSE Class 12 results, three students share the second rank with a score of 498 out of 500. Hansika Shukla is from DPS Ghaziabad and Karishma Arora is from SVM Muzaffarnagar. Both toppers secured 499 out of 500 marks (99.8 percent). Girls outperformed boys by 9 percent this year. While 88.70 percent of girls passed, 83.3 percent of transgenders cleared the exams and 79.4 percent boys passed. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThe total pass percentage for the country is 83.4 percent. The region with the highest pass percentage is Thiruvananthapuram at 98.2 percent, followed by Chennai at 92.93 percent and Delhi at 91.87 percent. The percentage of students who passed in international schools is 95.43 percent. Kendriya Vidyayala Schools had a pass perentage of 98.54 percent, Tibetan schools were at 96 percent, government-aided schools were at 88.49 percent and private schools were the lowest of the lot at 82.59 percent. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe board had conducted the Secondary Examination (Class 10) and Higher Secondary Examination (Class 12) for the academic session year 2018-19 in February-March 2019. Around 13 lakh students appeared for the Class 12 examination conducted by the CBSE. The results have been announced within 28 days of the last date of the examination. In the year 2015, the CBSE announced the results on May 25 and that year also, Delhi Girl M Gayatri secured 496 out of 500. Not only that, she came in the top category of pass percentage and bagged the top position across the nation. Also, last year, the pass percentage of girls was 87.57 as compared to that of boys, which was 77.77 per cent. Around 10, 65,17,9 candidates were registered for Class 12 examination this year. This amounts to an increase of about 2.38 percent candidates over that of last year.
Washington: Hollywood actress Felicity Huffman has pleaded guilty to paying $15,000 to a fake charity that facilitated cheating when her daughter took the SATs for college admission. When she appeared in court in Boston on Monday, prosecutors recommended a sentence of four months prison time for the 56-year-old “Desperate Housewives” TV star for her role in the college admissions scandal, CNN reported. They also suggested a $20,000 fine and 12 months of supervised release for the charge, which is a felony. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger She is slated to be sentenced on September 13. The charity was associated with Rick Singer, who has confessed to helping wealthy parents cheat on standardised tests for their children. Singer also bribed college coaches to falsely designate students as recruited athletes, smoothing their path to admission, a criminal complaint says. “I had no knowledge of Singer paying (others),” Huffman said on Monday before she broke down in tears. “Everything else (prosecutors) said I did, I did.” Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap up Huffman and Singer exchanged emails on how to provide her daughter with extra time to take the SAT exam, prosecutors said, and arranged for the girl to take the test in a location controlled by an administrator whom Singer had bribed. Huffman’s daughter received an SAT score of 1420 out of a possible 1600 — about 400 points higher than her Preliminary SAT exam a year earlier. The actress agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud in April. She was among 13 parents who have said they would plead guilty in the scam, reports CNN. Seventeen other parents, including “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin, submitted not guilty pleas. Singer pleaded guilty in March to racketeering, money laundering; conspiracy to defraud the US, and obstruction of justice. He is scheduled to be sentenced on September 19. Huffman’s husband, actor William H. Macy, is not charged in the case.
The opening matches of the 2014 CONCACAF Championship were played on Wednesday, marking the start of the nine-month countdown to next summer’s Women’s World Cup. Although the focus Wednesday night was on the United States (six-time CONCACAF champions and the tournament’s host), the spotlight quickly shifted to the U.S. women’s opponent, Trinidad and Tobago. The Trinidadians managed to hold the Americans scoreless until the 55th minute, when Abby Wambach headed in her 171st international goal (the all-time record for any American player, male or female). The U.S. won 1-0.Up to five teams from the North American, Central American and Caribbean football associations might appear at next year’s World Cup. Only three CONCACAF teams played in the 2011 tournament (the U.S., Canada and Mexico). As next year’s host, Canada receives an automatic bid, which in turn allows for an “extra” CONCACAF spot. The top three teams from the CONCACAF Championship will automatically qualify. The fourth-place team will play in a two-game series against Ecuador, who placed third in the 2014 Copa América Femenina, to determine who goes to the World Cup.All of this to say that an otherwise unlikely CONCACAF team, like Trinidad and Tobago, could make its World Cup debut in 2015. But just how likely are the Soca Princesses to be one of the top four CONCACAF tournament teams?To calculate the expected wins and various probabilities for each team in the tournament, we used the FIFA Women’s World Rankings, which are based on a variant of our old friend the Elo ratings. FIFA provides a nice explanation of how to turn their ratings into win probabilities for a given matchup (though for group stage matches we had to adjust the formula a bit to account for the possibility of draws). Once we had the ratings and probabilities, we programmed a Monte Carlo simulation to run 1,000 simulations and track how well each team performed in the group stage, as well as how far it advanced in the knockout round.Despite last night’s disorganized formation and lack of finishing from the U.S. side, the Americans are still far and away the CONCACAF favorites, with a 95.5 percent chance of winning the tournament. Mexico is the next most likely team to win, but it has only a 3.8 percent chance. Trinidad and Tobago, on the other hand, has a less than 1 percent chance of winning.Below are the expected group points and win probabilities for every CONCACAF tournament team:Fortunately for Trinidad and Tobago, reaching the knockout round of the tournament is enough to give the team a shot at going to the World Cup, and it has a 51.2 percent chance of doing just that. Wednesday night’s quality performance, including 11 saves by Trinidadian goalkeeper Kimika Forbes, may bode well. Haiti sits just behind Trinidad in Group A, with a 45.3 percent chance of reaching the knockout round. Haiti also edged past Guatemala last night 1-0, despite going down a player in the 17th minute after goalkeeper Cynthia Chery was issued a straight red card.The Group B matches start Thursday night, with Costa Rica taking on top-seeded Mexico, and Jamaica playing Martinique (Martinique can’t qualify for the World Cup because it is not a member of FIFA, so we threw out the two simulations we ran where Martinique advanced). Mexico is the most likely team to advance from Group B, with a 94.4 percent chance, but Costa Rican standout Shirley Cruz Traña (who plays for the French club Paris Saint-Germain in one of the top women’s leagues) will likely be a major threat in Thursday’s game.The next Group A matches take place Friday, when the U.S. will resume play against Haiti. After Wednesday night’s performance, newly appointed head coach Jill Ellis may be looking to tweak a rather chaotic formation. The U.S. players veered from their typical 4-4-2 formation against the Trinidadians; Wambach sat in an attacking midfield spot but she often drifted forward, creating what looked almost like a 4-1-3-2 at times. Similarly, Trinidad will need to break from Wednesday night’s defensive 4-5-1 formation to put some points up against Guatemala.We’ll be updating our predictions periodically throughout the CONCACAF tournament.Oliver Roeder contributed analysis.CORRECTION (Oct. 24, 4:37 p.m.): A previous version of this post included a table with an incorrect column header. The table lists the chances of placing third, not reaching the third-place game.