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first_img November 19, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Italy News Organisation November 23, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF_en November 22, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RAI suspends satirical programme after lawsuit by Berlusconi-owned company RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive News to go furthercenter_img December 2, 2020 Find out more On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union News Reporters Without Borders today questioned the decision of the Italian state-owned broadcasting company RAI to temporarily suspend the RAI3 television channel’s satirical programme “Raiot” on 19 November and to view the programme’s next five editions before deciding whether to broadcast them.The decision followed the broadcasting on 16 November of an edition of “Raiot” focussing on the mass media in Italy, which brought a lawsuit for defamation from the commercial television company Mediaset, owned by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.”It would be simply too much if a programme about press freedom in Italy, which quoted the Reporters Without Borders worldwide ranking that put Italy in 53rd place, were to be sanctioned for content deemed overly critical,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said.”We hope that RAI’s board of directors reinstates ‘Raiot’ in the RAI3 programming as soon as possible in order to dispel any doubts about the motives for this suspension,” Ménard added.In a statement on 19 November, the RAI board of directors said “Raiot” was being suspended because of the possibility of legal consequences stemming from comments made during the programme.Mediaset has said that “lies and very grave accusations” were made during the programme that damaged the reputation of a company quoted on the stock exchange, and that this was all the more serious as it came from direct competitor.Presenter Sabrina Guzzanti said in the course of the programme that all of the Italian news media were experiencing losses from advertising with the sole exception of Mediaset, which was showing positive results. ItalyEurope – Central Asia ItalyEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts Newslast_img read more

first_imgA few years ago, Charley was the one to really sit with me at Gorilla (of the Green River Narrows) and meticulously pick apart and explain the line through that beast. I felt so inspired that I ended up running Gorilla for my first time that day! (Thanks again, Charley!) And here he was, the first time I’ve seen him since, excited to show me down Raven Fork for my first time.I was beyond happy to have him there. I had met Paul during our hike out from our previous attempt but did not yet know Clay or Andy. The whole crew was more than patient with Sean and I as we hopped out of our boats to scout pretty much everything. They were extremely encouraging, and because they were willing to take the time to pick apart the rapids and explain the lines, Sean and I were able to complete our personal first descents of the Raven Fork.What a day! The rapids lived up to every little bit of their reputation. There were fast slides, tight slots, boofs, intricate maneuvers, combinations of all of the above stringed one after another and pretty much anything you could really ask for from a one mile stretch of river. We had perfect sunshine and one of the first warm days of the year. The stars aligned for an absolutely perfect day. We spent the rest of our break resting, recovering and getting skunked on the Narrows – not quite the full action packed week we had imagined, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything! It’s Friday afternoon, but not just any Friday afternoon… It’s the start of my last ever Spring Break. While most of my peers have plans to swarm the beaches of Panama City, Florida, my friends and I have a very different intent. We are going to venture north into the mountains in anticipation of a full week of action packed, world-class whitewater kayaking.Our first destination – the infamous Raven Fork, known among Southeastern paddlers as one of the highest quality creeks around. This river packs 15 Class 5.0 rapids—as well as a handful of refreshing Class IV’s—into its one-mile plunge down a steep valley in the Great Smokey Mountains.I’ve had my eye on this gem for about a year now, but for some reason or another never caught the right rain at the right time with the right mental preparation. But that was all about to change. This was my chance. Sean, John, and I loaded up boats Friday night in anticipation of getting an early start Saturday morning and meeting Burton in Cherokee. Our goal was to make the most of the daylight and leave plenty of time for scouting the many steep bedrock slides of the Raven Fork.On the drive up there is nothing but mist and light rain, just enough to taunt paddlers hoping for levels to bump. When we arrived in Cherokee we got a visual of 15 inches on the bridge gauge.“That’s higher than I was hoping for, but I think I can make that work. It’s still doable,” I say to myself as the other members of the group voice the same concern almost verbatim. The immediate area had not gotten much rain, so none of us were expecting the level to rise much more.When we get to Manny’s place, the unofficial take out, we happen upon a small group of enthusiastic paddlers. It’s an intimidating bunch with a majority of the faces belonging to the renowned, top-notch paddlers of the southeast. My group and I get geared up and head up the mountain as quickly as we can. I’m hoping my Jeep Cherokee can make it up the notoriously rough put-in trail, but we have no such luck. Still full of excitement and anticipation we show no regret towards the idea of having to shoulder our boats from here.“How long can the trail stay this steep?” I think to myself as we ascend towards the put-in, trying not to psych myself out thinking about all the gradient we are ascending.After all, what goes up must come down, right? After an uncomfortable eternity of hiking through the world’s sloppiest, muckiest, and slipperiest mud, we can see a few trucks ahead.“Made it!”, I thought, but I was wrong…very wrong. About this time we hear a large truck powering it’s way through the slop as it comes up behind us.Paul Butler parks among the other trucks as we arrive to the ‘parking lot’ on foot. Wouldn’t it have been nice to score a ride on that thing!Photo Courtesy of Clay LucasWe meet many of the faces we saw at Manny’s at the parking lot. They were fortunate enough to catch a ride to the top, and thus still have enough breath for laughing and joking. My group and I seize the opportunity for a much needed breather.Eventually, the group begins to move again up, down, and across what I assumed would be a very short final approach to the water. I should have known that would not be the case, as there was no water in sight, save for a tiny mountain spring trickling across the footpath.We spend the next mile and a half or so ducking under a seemingly endless number of fallen trees on a narrow footpath, often having to improvise a new path where the existing path disappears under deadfall.Along the way I spent a couple moments catching my breath and taking in the scenery. To our right was a steep ascent to the very crest of the ridge, and to our left was a steep, narrow gorge blanketed in fog. Sounds of cascading water rise from below, but the fog cover hides the origin; I am forced to use my imagination to picture the rapids below.Soon my imagination is interrupted. We’ve reached what Burton refers to as the “Hillary Step,” comparing our hike to the final stretch climbers must conquer before summiting Everest. Here we scramble over a patch of rocks obstructing our path, squeezing between bushes and pulling aside branches to maintain some visual of what lies ahead.After immerging, the path more or less disappears, and it’s every man for himself for the final 100 yard descent over a mess of moss covered boulders before reaching the water.When we reach the water we take a minute to collect ourselves. We all agree we are going to portage the Class 5.2 “Anaconda” and seal launch into the water below. We regroup in the river’s left eddy above Headless Horseman, a Class 5.1, and line up single file to take a stab at it.albo 2Photo Courtesy of Chip AlboWe agreed that we had all seen enough photos and videos of the iconic rapid to know the line, so we elected to run it blind. Burton went first, then it was my turn. I line up for the standard line, moving towards the right wall, and just before going over the plunge I notice how much bigger the hole below is compared to any video I had seen before.I end up getting flipped over my stern and ride the remainder of the sluice on my head – there was plenty of flow to pad it out. At the bottom I roll up and take my spot in the eddy and watch John and Sean follow.John had just about as much luck as I did, but Sean has a clean line. In the eddy we commented on how much water there was pumping through the river bed and elected to get out to scout the next set of drops: a small Class IV+ with some poorly placed wood, Right Right (Class 5.0), and Razor Back (Class 5.1).As we are hopping out of our boats we get word from Raven Fork regulars that the level has risen to something more similar to 20 inches.“That’s a lot more water than I bargained for!” I thought to myself, but decided to put eyes on the next set anyway.We were able to scout Right Right but couldn’t find any real way to put eyes on Razor Back without first having to run Right Right.It looked doable; however, Sean, John and I made the call to get out while we could. We were confident that we could run what we were able to see right now, but the further we went down the river the further we got from the trail and the bigger the rapids got. It’s difficult to shake what I assume to be the paddler’s equivalent of “Summit Fever.”We were so close to achieving something we had dreamed about for a year. We were right there! I kept reminding myself that the rapids would only get bigger and the trail only further, and made the decision to hike out. Abandoning the closest I’ve ever come to reaching my dream of experiencing the Raven Fork.We returned to Atlanta that night and took a full day for rest and recovery from our hiking excursion. I was slightly disappointed with having to walk off, but at the same time, I was highly energized and excited about having seen the rapids and knowing they were within my reach when the time came.Sure enough, later that day we saw a gauge visual posted on Facebook. The water level had begun to subside after reaching a reported 24 inches and would be prime for a second attempt on Monday.Sunday night Sean and I loaded up the car again and headed north. We camped out near the Chattooga and made it to Cherokee as early as we could on Monday morning.This time Burton was not going to be with us to show us down, but we lucked out. We got to Manny’s and by a stroke of luck joined a crew consisting of Charley Bartlett, Paul Butler, Clay Lucas, and Andy Hobson. They agreed to show us down for our first time, and Paul’s truck made getting to the put-in a heck of a lot easier.Photo Courtesy of Chip AlboPhoto Courtesy of Chip Albolast_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 24-year-old Wyandanch man was killed Wednesday afternoon after his bicycle collided with an ATV in his hometown, Suffolk County police said.Inoe Dejesus Padilla was riding his bike around 4:15 p.m. when he steered into the path of an all-terrain vehicle traveling east on Davidson Street which struck him, police said.Padilla and the operator of the ATV were both transported to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip. Padilla was pronounced dead at the hospital. The 26-year-old ATV operator was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, police said.The ATV was impounded for a safety check, and the investigation is continuing, police said. Detectives ask anyone with information about the crash to call the First Squad at 631-854-8152.last_img read more

Support the rule of law, Constitution

October 20, 2020 | pelzfibj | No Comments

first_imgThere is an old adage that happens to be biblical that states: “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” This statement is predominant in our very First Amendment to the Constitution; freedom of religion and freedom of the press. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Consider this fact: If truth sets us free, how can there be a “free” press that is full of lies and innuendo? How can “religion” be free if also filled with lies? To go further, how can our country be free if liars rule us? The truth must be upheld by the rule of law and the willing hearts of those involved in it. It was written, near our founding as a nation, that the Constitution was written for a God-fearing people who would “regulate” themselves — not for those who would not. How can that be?  If truth is not adhered to by the heart of the people, we get the chaos and law breaking that we see predominant in the Unites States today. Men are falling just by accusation and you have wicked women, unmarried but “living with a man” (or even another woman), passing judgment on sexual improprieties of others causing their fall without even a trial. “People are to be considered innocent until proven guilty” is another bedrock of our Constitution. The truth is being trampled just as it was in the time of the crucifixion of Christ who, before Pilate, was found not guilty. But the mob mentality called for his death and was appeased. There are evil people who are destroying the foundation of our nation by disavowing the rule of law (our leaders here in New York amongst them). Do not be as they are. Support the police, and I can vouch especially for the Schenectady Police Department, and support the rule of law.Barry GroatSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashlast_img read more

Hearts appoint Yaw Preko as assistant coach

August 28, 2020 | rfunaawx | No Comments

first_imgHearts of Oak has agreed a two year deal with Yaw Preko as deputy coach of the club, according to the club’s official newspaper.The former Hearts winger who tormented defenders with his pace back in the ’90s will join the Phobians for the upcoming 2015/2016 season after almost 20 years away from the club.This move is part of the Phobians’ plans to strengthen their technical bench after a woeful showing in the just ended season.Yaw Preko will join Nii Sabahn Quaye with Black Stars goalkeeper’s trainer Nassam Yakubu set to join after Eddie Ansah resigned from that role.Preko will join the long list of ex Hearts players such as Sam Johnson, Jacob Nettey and Amankwa Mireku who have at one point or the other joined the technical bench of the Phobians.Preko will be assistant to a yet to be named coach but reports indicate Swedish coach of Medeama Tom Strand is most likely to take the job. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

first_imgPresident Trump is speaking out against some proposals to reduce or defund police departments saying it will never happen.But, defunding the police is a rallying cry for protesters and some Democrats including Representative Ilhan Omar who represents Minneapolis in Congress.Calls to defund police departments are growing here in South Florida including in Broward County as well.Protesters in Fort Lauderdale yesterday rallied at Holiday Park and marched into Wilton Manors.An organizer says police violence has not stopped despite more de-escalation training, so she’s hoping city officials will cut ten million dollars from the police budget. She says she wants that money redirected into social programs that fight discrimination.John Kazanjian, President of the Palm Beach County PBA spoke with Jen and Bill this morning on the South Florida Morning show about the prospect of defunding the police. He said it would be “very dangerous” and the police unions will fight it.Listen to the full interview here.https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/John-Kazanjian-interview-6-9-20.mp3last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement h42NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsevWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ec0a3v( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5ng6oo0Would you ever consider trying this?😱90snCan your students do this? 🌚j2qRoller skating! Powered by Firework Pugilist Manish Kaushik (63kg) became the ninth Indian boxer to qualify for Tokyo Olympics after beating Harrison Garside of Australia 4-1 in a box-off bout at the Asian/Oceanian Olympic Qualifiers in Amman on Wednesday. This victory also ensured India their highest-ever haul of Olympic quotas in a single event, surpassing the previous record of eight which was at the 2012 London Olympics.Advertisement Picture Credit: AFPFollowing a setback in the quarter-finals, Kaushik was given another chance to secure his place in this summer’s Olympics and the army-man didn’t disappoint his country this time. In a brutal bout which was a repeat of the 2018 Commonwealth Games final, the 24-year-old suffered a nasty blow on his ribs; but went on to beat his opponent (who also endured a bloodied face) by a margin of 4-1 through some fantastic moves.“It was my dream to play at the Olympics and today it has finally come true for me and my family. My coaches have made a huge contribution in this,” the Haryanvi boxer said after the match.Advertisement Meanwhile, Ajay Singh, the President of the Boxing Federation of India also expressed his delight with India’s performance saying, “It is a moment of pride for Indian Boxing. For the first time ever, 9 Indian pugilists have qualified for the Olympics and that too at the first qualifying event. We still have the World Qualifiers in May and I am confident that India will qualify in all 13 categories,” “Our mission is to win Olympic medals and these 9 qualifications are an indication of the potential that Indian boxers possess. Having qualified in the first qualification event will give them a big boost and will motivate them to work harder. On our part, we along with the Sports Ministry and SAI will ensure that we provide them with the best possible infrastructure and support to meet the end objective.” he added.The other 8 Indian pugilists to qualify for the quadrennial showpiece are Mary Kom (51kg), Amit Panghal (52kg), Pooja Rani (75kg), Ashish Kumar (75kg), Simranjit Kaur (60kg), Satish Kumar (+91kg), Vikas Krishan (69kg) and Lovlina Borgohain (69kg).However, the Indian boxers who failed at the Asian Qualifiers including Sachin Kumar (81kg), will get one final opportunity to represent the country at the Tokyo Games, through the World Qualifiers in May. You may also like:Boxer Amit Panghal reaches historic world number 1 spot ahead of Tokyo 2020Read why the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games could be postponed to the end of the year! Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgLITTLE SILVER- Red Bank Regional Creative Writing Majors in the Visual & Performing Arts Academy once again earned a bounty of awards in the prestigious national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, which is sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. Four students won national awards with Jordan Fleming of Red Bank winning a gold medal. Silver medals went to: Skylar Ebe, Willow Martin, and Mya Nunnally. Selected students will be invited with their teacher, Dr. Gretna Wilkinson, to attend the award ceremonies at Carnegie Hall on June 2. National winners represent less than 1 percent of nearly 320,000 works of art and writing submitted. Student works are submitted from all over the nation. Fleming and other gold medalist winners will have their work displayed at the National Exhibition at the New School Parsons School of Design, and Pratt Institute’s Pratt Manhattan Gallery from June 2 to 12.last_img read more

first_imgSome local volleyball keeners got an early start high school season by refining their skills at the Kootenay Volleyball Camp held at Mount Sentinel in the South Slocan. Staff and management at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to add to the volleyballers head start with Team of the Week accolades. The contingent includes, back row, L-R, Lauren Spurge , Erin Turner, Jaden Roch, Sahara Aburaneh, Jessica Paulson, Malin Chernoff, Jessie Rehwald and Lynnea Carr. Middle, head coach Joe Moreira, Kyra Makortoff, Paige Paulson,  Zahra Askary, Madia Rehwald, Rebecca Argue ,Kelly Ludwar and Hannah Holitzki. Front, Abby Bouchier-Willans, Breanne Minor, Kaitlin Minvielle, Makayla Ambrosio, Lexi Tarasoff, Riley Sherbinin and Abby Sebastian.last_img

first_imgInjury list reportThe list of players on the Leafs injury continues to be very long for a team wanting to make a long trek into the post season.A quick scan of the defence sees Dash Thompson questionable while Aigne McGeady-Bruce and Max Daerendinger are both out for the series.Daerendinger was injured during Friday loss to Spokane Braves.Forward Blair Andrews is day-to-day while defenceman Smith and forward Eamonn Miller are both expected back in the lineup Tuesday.Major Midgets to the rescueTo fill out the Leafs lineup, DiBella has put in a call to Kootenay Ice coach Brian Jones to ask for the services of defencemen Brendan Mckay and Kaleb Comishin and forward Riley Swiscoski.Williams to start Game oneDiBella is happy with the play of netminder Josh Williams to give the former Alberta Junior Hockey goalie the start in Game one.Williams came to the Leafs at the January roster deadline from Bonnyville Pontiacs.Williams, 18, was injured for most of the latter part of the season, playing in only three games — two against Creston and Spokane the last week of the season.DiBella said no decision has been made on which goalie — Williams or Patrick Ostermann — would start Game three. Following the decision to forfeit their final game of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League 2015-16 regular season Sunday against Grand Forks, the Nelson Leafs now turn to face a humungous task as the Heritage City franchise prepares to face the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the first round of the Murdoch Division playoffs.The banged-up Leafs face a Broad-Street-Bully-like Nitehawk team that won the season series against the Green and White, finishing 33 points ahead of the fourth-place club with a 34-11-4-0-3 mark.Still the Leafs refuse to back down heading into Game one of the best-of-seven series that begins Tuesday in Fruitvale.“We have to use our team speed to chip pucks past them and rely on the refereeing to look after the clutching and grabbing and late hits,” said Leaf coach Mario DiBella on the eve of the series.Of course it’s been well documented the Leafs plight over the past few weeks icing a lineup.Playing a schedule down the stretch that saw the team play eight games in 15 days in February, the Leafs saw player after the player spend time with the training staff.However, the coaching staff is optimistic the Leafs can give the Nitehawks a run provided key players return to the lineup.“I think if we get these (injured) players back in the lineup, some who are impact players who might take a game to shake out the cobwebs, but I know this team is a very competitive group that are excited about starting the playoff run,” DiBella explained.Game two of the series goes Wednesday in Fruitvale with the series shifting back to Nelson Friday and Saturday for games three and four at the NDCC Arena.last_img read more