Social Media Round-up 2018-19 Season: Week One

first_imgSo one round of league matches done, but there’s plenty more action to come between now and May.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. They play South Africa in the Rugby Championship third round this weekend. Vereniki Goneva Denied Try After Footwork TrickeryThe first weekend of the 2018-19 season is done – and what a weekend it was. So we’ve put together this round-up of the social media goings-on.The final game of the opening round of the Gallagher Premiership provided the biggest talking point.Midway through the first half, Newcastle wing Vereniki Goneva touched the ball down on his boot rather than the ground when over his own try-line, then proceeded to run the length of the field past bemused Saracens defenders to touch down at the other end of the pitch.Yet the referee had blown for a 22m dropout having not seen what Goneva had done and ruled the try out.The decision caused plenty of debate on Twitter, with BT Sport pundit Ugo Monye backing Goneva’s trickery… Interestingly, there was a little controversy towards the end of the Connacht-Glasgow Guinness Pro14 game over a 22m dropout, with officials failing to spot Stuart Hogg carrying the ball over his own line before touching it down. A 22m dropout was awarded but it should have been a 5m scrum to the hosts, who lost 27-26. Further west, George North marked his return to Welsh rugby with two tries in the Ospreys’ win over Edinburgh. Here’s one of them… On Friday night Bristol marked their return to the English top flight with a derby victory over Bath and the repartee between the two clubs continued on Twitter after the final whistle… In the southern hemisphere, New Zealand took a break from their preparations for this Saturday’s match against Argentina to visit All Blacks fans around the country. One of the highlights included second-row Sam Whitelock trying his hand at the ‘floss’ dance… And there was some unusual footwork on show for Edinburgh Accies in the Tennent’s Premiership… The Pro14 clash between European champions served up a treat. Challenge Cup winners Cardiff Blues hosted Champions Cup and Pro14 winners Leinster in a game that ebbed and flowed before a late Bryan Byrne try secured a victory for the visitors. Watch that winning play here…center_img Over in France, Racing 92 may have lost 40-17 to Clermont but Donnacha Ryan made his presence felt with this tackle… Yet Rugby World’s Alan Dymock felt it was the right call because the referee had already blown his whistle… In Australia, the Wallabies had a few unexpected fans watching training… Related: Watch Danny Cipriani’s Wonder PassAhead of their first Premiership highlights show of the season, Channel 5 also put together these brilliant packages with a young stand-in for David Flatman. Not sure the players knew what to make of his questions… From Vereniki Goneva’s ‘dummy’ to Bristol banter and All Blacks dancing – we wrap up what’s been happening on Twitter this weekend On the run: Vereniki Goneva breaks for a try that was then ruled out (Getty Images) While hooker Dane Coles made the boarding announcement for a flight…last_img read more

Presiding Bishop’s delegation to attend 24th UN climate change conference

first_img This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Martinsville, VA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Environment & Climate Change, Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Pittsburgh, PA Presiding Bishop’s delegation to attend 24th United Nations climate change conference Submit an Event Listing Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Submit a Press Release Episcopal Church Office of Public AffairsPosted Nov 28, 2018 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 An eight-member delegation representing the Episcopal Church’s Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will attend the 24th United Nations Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland, December 2-14. This is the fourth Episcopal delegation to attend this climate change meeting.Known as COP24, the United Nations Climate Change Conference is an annual intergovernmental meeting to focus on global dialogue and action around the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. This conference produced the 1997 Kyoto Protocol and the 2015 Paris Agreement, which serves as the current basis for global standards on climate action and lowering carbon emissions.Called by Presiding Bishop Curry and led by Bishop Marc Andrus of the Diocese of California, the COP24 delegation will advocate for the environmental priorities named at the Episcopal Church’s 79th General Convention and promote the Church’s ministries and activities to address ecojustice in both United Nations and public events.“What I have found in participating in the United Nations climate summits from Paris onwards is that the thousands of national representatives from virtually every country on Earth are also local climate activists. These remarkable COP representatives are updating the adage from the 1970s, ‘think globally and act locally’ to be ‘think and act globally and locally’,” said Andrus. “Thinking and acting, globally and locally is what we in The Episcopal Church are about. At General Convention 79 in Austin we passed 19 pieces of environmentally-related resolutions, and we also heard compelling stories of local action. Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams once said, ‘It takes a global body to confront global problems.’ The Episcopal Church is a global body doing climate and environmental work at the world and the local levels.”The delegation will bring the voice and perspective from Episcopalians around the globe to the diplomatic community gathering in Katowice. It will also coordinate with Anglican Communion, interfaith and civil society partners in their presence at the conference.“Resolutions coming out of the 79th General Convention have given the Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations additional tools to advocate for care of creation – from allowing us to be engaged around advocacy for our earth’s oceans to recognizing the need to address carbon emissions,” said Rebecca Linder Blachly, Director, Office of Government Relations. “We look forward to partnering with organizations and governments around the world to work for an earth that will sustain us for generations to come.”“Following the Presiding Bishop’s call for life-giving, liberating, and loving care of creation, our witness at COP24 informs our ministry and helps us safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth,” added Melanie Mullen, the Episcopal Church’s director of reconciliation, justice, and creation care.How to participateFollow the delegation on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using #EpiscopalClimate:@EpiscoClimate on Twitter will provide the most up-to-date tracking at [email protected] on Facebook and Twitter will provide more UN-specific updates.The Episcopal Public Policy Network will highlight opportunities for action around policy. Find them @TheEPPN on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.The Episcopal Church primary accounts on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter will share videos, Facebook Live feeds and periodic summary updates about the conference. When engaging on social media, submit your prayers for climate action and stories about what your faith community is doing to protect the environment.Share this release in parish announcements and on social media.DelegationBishop Curry has named a bishop representative, a clergy representative, and a lay representative to represent him at COP24. They will be accompanied by other Episcopalians and members of the Presiding Bishop’s staff. Episcopalians with accredited observer status are:The Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California (bishop representative)Dr. Sheila Andrus, ecological entomologist and science manager, Episcopal Diocese of CaliforniaMr. Jack Cobb, domestic and environmental policy advisor, Episcopal Church Office of Government RelationsThe Rev. Lester Mackenzie, rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Laguna Beach, California (clergy representative)Ms. Lynnaia Main, Episcopal Church representative to the United NationsDr. Andrew R. H. Thompson, visiting assistant professor of theological ethics, School of Theology, University of the South (lay representative)The Rev. Melanie Mullen, Episcopal Church director for reconciliation, justice and creation careMr. Alan Yarborough, communications coordinator and office manager, Episcopal Church Office of Government RelationsObserver status allows each of these team members the ability to brief UN representatives on the Episcopal Church’s General Convention climate resolutions and to attend a variety of meetings in the official zone.“The continuity fostered by our COP delegations’ attendance at the annual UN Climate Change Conferences has a multiplier effect for our broader Episcopal and Anglican influence at the United Nations,” said Lynnaia Main, Episcopal Church representative to the United Nations. “Our actions in Katowice will strengthen a broader base of UN ministry that includes eradicating poverty through the Sustainable Development Goals, supporting migrants and refugees, defending indigenous peoples, mainstreaming gender and protecting rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”More information on this year’s meeting can be found here.For more information contact Lynnaia Main at [email protected] Featured Jobs & Calls Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Curate Diocese of Nebraska Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Bath, NC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Albany, NY Submit a Job Listing Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group center_img Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Tampa, FL Episcopal Office of Public Affairs, Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Back to Press Releases Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Washington, DC Rector Shreveport, LA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Collierville, TN Youth Minister Lorton, VA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Smithfield, NC Featured Events Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Hawai’i August 1969: Pentagon at the Crossroads as soldiers resist war

first_imgAirman Buffy Parry, the first sanctuary member, here in Waikiki Beach Park.One thousand people hushed as Airman 1st Class Louis “Buffy” Parry announced his act of conscience.  He would end his “complicity with the U.S. military and its crimes against humanity” in the war against Vietnam, then at its height, and take sanctuary at Honolulu’s Church of the Crossroads.It was Sunday, Aug. 10, 1969. Parry and I were keynote speakers at the Nagasaki Day anti-war rally at Waikiki Beach Park in Honolulu.Even had it remained an individual act, Parry’s stand was powerful. But following the rally at Waikiki Beach Park, seven other service members left the military for the sanctuary. It was becoming a mass action.For the preceding two years, I had been working in the GI anti-war movement. The Honolulu protest’s rapid growth presented an opportunity to stop the Pentagon in its tank tracks.A mile east of Waikiki Beach Park was Diamond Head Monument, a volcanic crater and symbol of Honolulu with views of all of Oahu island. Volcanic eruptions had given birth to all the islands.The park was filled with palms and 12-foot-wide Banyan trees whose many trunks, intertwined like great serpents around a central column, support one tree’s branches and leaves. The anti-war civilians and GIs sought similar mutual support.We marched parallel to the Pacific beaches along Waikiki and Ala Moana parks, and then another two miles through Honolulu’s city center, quiet on Sunday, to the Church of the Crossroads. That evening, we counted eight service members in the sanctuary. We all slept at the church.The next day, we learned that Black Marines at the nearby Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station had torn apart the mess hall to protest prejudicial job assignments and racist harassment. This rebellion added another dimension to volcanic movements shaking the military.An accident of timing put me on Oahu. The anti-war movement in Hawai’i, urged by a student at the University of Hawai’i, had invited Andy Stapp, the chairperson of the American Servicemen’s Union, to speak. Stapp’s spouse, Deirdre Griswold, was about to give birth, so he sent me from New York in his place.The ASU was an anti-war and anti-racist organization of low-ranking GIs. As of mid-1969 it had some 8,000 active-duty members. Tens of thousands of GIs read its monthly newspaper, The Bond.I had nothing like Stapp’s charisma to keep an audience spellbound, nor his skill with media. My realm was the union office, writing letters to GIs on a manual typewriter, doing headquarters and logistics work as circulation manager for The Bond. Now suddenly I was on point at the front lines and the only ASU organizer on site.The Hawai’i Resistance, the church elders and the ASU had a tiger by the tail. The tiger was growling. My job as ASU organizer was to make the tiger grow.To the Marine officers at Kaneohe MCAS, what the Black troops did was a mutinous riot. To the ASU it was a righteous uprising. The rebellion presented a challenge to the anti-war movement.Solidarity with Black MarinesCould we unite the military resistance at the Crossroads church with this outbreak of the Black Liberation struggle that was sweeping the U.S. in 1969, in this case right nearby at the Marine base?After a night sleeping on the church floor with some 50 young anti-war people who might have been at home at the iconic Woodstock, N.Y., concert that took place a week later, I proposed we hold a demonstration picket at the gates of Kaneohe in solidarity with the Black Marines.The night after this symbolic action, a group of Marines from Kaneohe brought food they had liberated from the mess hall to the church to help feed those taking sanctuary.These Marines were not yet willing to risk open resistance and disobedience, but they still donated under the table something we could put on the table at the Crossroads.Maybe my vision was too optimistic, but the seeds of a widespread rebellion were there. To even conceive of it now, 47 years later, you have to recreate the mood of August 1969. You also have to know what a military center Oahu was.Leading to this struggleAs early as January 1968, the Tet Offensive of the Vietnamese National Liberation Front inflicted heavy casualties on U.S. troops, demoralized U.S. government leaders and began to turn the U.S. population against the war. Democratic President Lyndon Johnson, identified with the war, was forced to withdraw from the 1968 election.Richard Nixon, the new Republican president, promised to end the war. Yet he still increased the number of U.S. troops in Vietnam until it peaked at 543,400 on April 30, 1969. Up to that time, 33,641 U.S. troops had been killed there.In June 1969, Nixon announced plans to gradually remove U.S. troops. The U.S. forces were to be replaced by expanding the puppet army of South Vietnam in a plan known as “Vietnamization.”Meanwhile, the majority of the U.S. population had turned against the war and the anti-war movement had grown both broader and more combative. To the anti-war movement and the GIs, Nixon’s steps were too little, too slow and too easily reversed.Anti-war resistance also grew within the military. For the GIs, the war was an immediate life-and-death issue. The troops’ hostility mounted year by year. Some Pentagon officers worried the war machine would fall apart.Marine Col. Robert D. Heinl Jr., a military historian, described this development: “As early as mid-1969, an entire company of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade publicly sat down on the battlefield. Later that year, another rifle company, from the famed 1st Air Cavalry Division, flatly refused — on CBS-TV — to advance down a dangerous trail.” (“The Collapse of the Armed Forces,” Armed Forces Journal, June 7, 1971)Hawai’i: Pentagon in the PacificEver since a 1893 planters’ uprising led to the U.S.’s illegal annexation of the Hawaiian nation in 1898, the Hawai’i Islands and especially Oahu have been a center for the U.S. military in the Pacific.It is 30 miles from Haleiwa, on the northern coast of Oahu, to the Church of the Crossroads in central Honolulu. On the island of lush tropical forest and superb beaches, five major military bases of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines were located.On our 30-mile drive to Haleiwa to pick up leaflets, my host pointed out the warships in Pearl Harbor, which housed 60,000 sailors, and nearby Hickam Air Force Base. He pointed out the gap in the mountains where the Japanese planes first appeared beyond a cloudbank before bombing Pearl Harbor in December 1941 in the battle of two imperialist powers for the Pacific.We continued along the Kamehameha Highway past Wheeler Airfield and Schofield Army Barracks, which housed 15,000 Army troops. And then to the east of Honolulu, on the windward coast of Oahu, was the Kaneohe Marine base.In 1969, tens of thousands of U.S. troops, among the more than half a million doing a year’s service in Vietnam, were rotated out for “rest and recreation” in Hawai’i. If you wanted to reach out to U.S. troops, including those in Vietnam, the place to do it was Oahu, Hawai’i.The American Servicemen’s Union had a friendly working relationship with the anti-war movement in Honolulu, known as the Hawai’i Resistance, and shipped them hundreds of copies of The Bond each month to distribute to the troops.The Church of the Crossroads congregation itself resolved to “provide moral support and such other assistance as may be appropriate to persons whose conscience is in conflict with requirements of the state,” including “sanctuary for those who engage in nonviolent forms of resistance as a matter of conscience.”‘Break chains of military injustice’It’s with that background that the Hawai’i Resistance announced and promoted the GI-Civilian Walk for Peace set for Sunday, Aug. 10, 1969, to commemorate the atomic massacres of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The American Servicemen’s Union co-sponsored the action.“Leaflets urging men to ‘Break the Chains of Military Injustice’ were distributed on bases and in Waikiki and emphasized the ASU’s demands, focused on winning a bill of rights for GIs, especially the right to refuse orders to participate in the illegal war in Vietnam.” [Source of quotes, unless otherwise noted, is Hawai’i Resistance report, 1969]As the sanctuary movement grew, the ASU approach was to define the gathering of GIs at the church as a “union meeting.” In the vision of the ASU organizers, none of the actions of the rebellious GIs should be considered illegal. It was the war that was illegal, unconstitutional, had never been declared, and its prosecution meant further Pentagon war crimes against the Vietnamese people.The GIs were like other workers, who had the right to come to the Church of the Crossroads simply as an act of forming their own organization.Based on my reports of the initial few days, the ASU office in New York, with the support of Workers World Party, sent a delegation of four organizers to Honolulu, including two AWOL soldiers who joined the GIs in sanctuary. I reluctantly returned home to less dramatic support tasks with The Bond.On Sunday morning, Aug. 17, the 18 GIs then in sanctuary received a standing ovation from 350 people at the church. The church elders, however, acted worried that Parry’s act of conscience had expanded to become an open confrontation with the U.S. Armed Forces.The ambivalent church elders enforced a moratorium against seeking new sanctuary members. Nevertheless, the number of GIs in sanctuary grew to 35 in the next three weeks.Meanwhile, the military surrounded the sanctuary with police and intelligence units that prevented GIs from entering and arrested those who left the church. Unless the movement could be constantly expanded, it would be weakened by the constant confinement and tension among the GIs and their civilian supporters.Finally, on Sept. 12, about 40 military police stormed the grounds at Crossroads, kicking in all locked doors including those to the church. Many GIs had already slipped out. The MPs found and arrested only eight of the men, but the police action ended the sanctuary.Throughout the five weeks, the focus of the ASU delegation was this: “How can we continue to expand this movement until it affects the entire Armed Forces, from Western Europe to Vietnam?” To move in that direction one needed to have the attitude and the ideology that looked upon the collapse of the U.S. imperialist Armed Forces as both positive and possible.The Crossroads was another chapter in this struggle, even if it fell short of its apparent potential.The Hawai’i Resistance continued its work with anti-war GIs for the next six years. The ASU’s AWOL Pvts. John Lewis and Greg Laxer avoided being sent to Vietnam and continued organizing at Fort Dix, N.J. Both later became leaders at the ASU office.Susan Steinman, a student at the University of Hawai’i who initiated the invitation to the ASU, became the Hawai’i organizer for the ASU and later a national field organizer working out of the ASU national office in New York City. Later, she became a lead organizer for the Communication Workers; her work led to union representation for 18,000 women telephone operators.While continuing to bomb Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia for the next six years, the Nixon administration kept withdrawing U.S. troops. On April 30, 1975, the Vietnamese liberated their country.Based on a chapter in Catalinotto’s forthcoming book, “Turn the Guns Around: Mutinies, Soldier Revolts and Revolutions.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Fourth blogger on radical Islamist hit-list hacked to death

first_img February 22, 2021 Find out more BangladeshAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Bangladesh August 7, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Fourth blogger on radical Islamist hit-list hacked to death Receive email alerts RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage News RSF_en February 26, 2021 Find out more BangladeshAsia – Pacific Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention to go further News News Organisation Niloy Neel’s body was found with the head and hands severed. His wife was at home at the time but was confined to another room while the murder took place. A friend of Neel’s who was visiting was also removed to another part of the house by the killers.Neel, whose real name was Niloy Chkrabarti, was on a hit-list of bloggers that a Bangladeshi Islamist group released on 15 November 2014.“We are shocked by this act of incredible barbarity and violence and offer our heartfelt condolences to Niloy Neel’s wife and friends,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk.“He is the fourth secularist blogger to be murdered in Bangladesh, following Avijit Roy, Washiqur Rahman and Ananta Bijoy Das. How many more shocking murders will be needed before the authorities act? We have repeatedly urged the government to respond by taking concrete protective measures. And we have already said that their passivity is tantamount to giving a blank cheque to those responsible for these extremely violent crimes.”Ismaïl added: “Today we would like to tell the authorities that, as well as sharing much of the blame for Neel’s murder, they must answer for their failure to bring those responsible for the murders of the other bloggers to justice. And we will keeping reminding them that the lack of protective measures is unacceptable.”A member of the Shahbag movement, Neel criticized Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist fundamentalism in his blog posts. The holder of a master’s in philosophy from Dhaka University, he was described as a “free-thinker” by Asif Mohiuddin, a Bangladeshi blogger who found refuge in Germany after surviving a similar attack in 2013.The first secularist blogger to be killed this year was Avijit Roy, who was hacked to death near Dhaka University on 26 February. Washiqur Rahman was killed in a similar manner on 30 March. Ananta Bijoy Das was murdered in the northeastern city of Sylhet on 12 May. All three criticized fundamentalism and defended toleration, free speech and freedom of opinion.Responsibility for the murders of these bloggers, referred to as “blasphemers,” was claimed in May by the Indian branch of Al-Qaeda and the Bangladeshi extremist group Ansarullah Bangla Team.Bangladesh is ranked 146th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders is appalled to learn that Niloy Neel, a secularist blogger and activist who had been threatened by Islamist militants, was hacked to death today in his Dhaka home by five intruders armed with machetes. He is the fourth blogger to be murdered in Bangladesh since the start of the year. May 19, 2021 Find out more Newslast_img read more


first_img Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives RSF_en Receive email alerts News Organisation Help by sharing this information New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets VenezuelaAmericas Follow the news on Venezuela President Hugo Chávez, who is systematically covered by all traditional media, could not resist the temptation to increase his exposure on the Internet and to try to regulate this space over which he had previously eluded his grasp. He succeeded in 2010, amidst increasing tension between leaders and the opposition media. Although there is still free Internet access in the country, tools for controlling access are in place and self-censorship is on the rise. Discussion forums are being closely monitored by the authorities. VenezuelaAmericas August 25, 2020 Find out more Almost one-third of the population are connectedAlmost one third of the population is connected in Venezuela, making it the Latin American country with the fourth highest number of Internet users after Argentina, Colombia and Chili. Social networks are popular there. As of March 2010, Facebook had 5.3 million registered users, compared to Twitter’s 500,000 in that same period.The government facilitated the population’s access to the Internet by setting up state-sponsored access centres. In 2009, the Canaima Project was launched with the aim of providing every primary school student with his or her own computer. To date, more than 60% of the 8.8 million Internet users originate from the working classes.Venezuela’s leading telecom operator and Internet service provider, CanTV, which is state-owned, has a monopoly on the provision of ADSL services. Its 2007 nationalisation marked the first stage of the government’s efforts to tighten its control of the Internet. 2010: Chávez’ much-touted entry into Web 2.0Not satisfied with his coverage in the traditional media, President Hugo Chávez threw himself wholeheartedly into Web 2.0 in 2010. Last April he created his own blog,, “a page for communicating with the world.” In this blog, he reports on his interviews with foreign leaders and the latest government statistics confirming a drop in the homicide rate, or presents commentary on sports events. The site also features speeches by the Head of State, videos, photos and a form which visitors can use to contact the president’s staff.In April 2010, he also created his own Twitter account @chavezcandanga, which had over 1,150,000 subscribers as of January 2011. Chávez even publicly urged Cuban and Bolivian leaders to join Twitter!Many Venezuelans have ridiculed the Head of State, wondering how such a verbose man – one so accustomed to making speeches several hours long – could limit himself to 140-character posts. Chávez justifies his presence on social networks by stating his intention of becoming a “cybernetic activist of the Bolivarian revolution” in order to “counter the opposition’s influence on the social networks.” He joyfully announced that “the people are taking over the Internet,” stating that conspirators use the Web to try to spread false information and stir up coup d’états against him.The President still has a long way to win netizen support. Seven out of the ten most popular accounts in Venezuela are critical of Chávez, while his most fervent supporter is ranked 66th. The presidential account was allegedly hacked in September 2010.In February 2010, the hashtag #freevenezuela used by the opposition in response to Chávez attacks against freedom of the press, was the 4th most-commented-on subject on Twitter worldwide, with over 60,000 entries. The Facebook page “Let’s see if I can find a million people that hate Chávez” has a total of nearly 750,000 fans, while pro-Chávez pages have only a few tens of thousands of subscribers .Both the president and the opposition have been making extensive use of social networks, particularly Twitter, trying to induce Venezuelans to vote in the September 2010 legislative elections.Chávez had accused social network users of being “instruments of capitalism.” Now accused in turn of being a capitalist, his response is that “This isn’t capitalist or socialist, technology depends on how you use it.” Relentless attack on Noticiero Digital On 13 March 2010, President Chávez called for criminal sanctions to be imposed on the news and opinion portal Noticiero Digital, accused of having posted false information. Two Internet users had incorrectly announced on Noticiero Digital’s forum that Infrastructure and Telecommunications Minister Diosdado Cabello had been assassinated. According to the President, the information remained online for two days. The website managers admitted that two new members of the forum had posted these false news items and pointed out that the latter had been removed a few hours after they were notified of it. The website applies a standard procedure to all Internet forums: it does not a priori censor them, but does so if its terms of use have been violated. The website managers’ good faith is thus not in question. The forum has over 120,000 members.After this episode, Hugo Chávez asked Minister Diosdado Cabello to “regulate the Internet.”On 8 June 2010, acting under a presidential order, the Venezuelan Public Prosecutor’s Office (Fiscalia) initiated proceedings against Noticiero Digital for allegedly “attacking constitutional order” and “supporting a coup d’état.” These new proceedings were prompted by an opinion piece posted on the Noticiero Digital website on 2 June by Roberto Carlos Olivares that discussed mobilisation efforts being made by “retired military officers and patriots” with a view to engineering a “civil-military transition” at the head of government, possibly in 2011. In this extremely vehement text, the author obviously expresses his wish to see such a “transition” succeed. However, voicing this opinion was meant to induce others to make comments and no conclusion can be made that the Noticiero Digital media was “supporting a coup d’état.” In an interview granted to Reporters Without Borders, Noticiero Digital’s director, Juan Eduardo Smith, deplores the fact that the government’s “ever more forceful reaction to any views contrary to its own vision of the world.”Premises of censorship? Blockings, closings and self-censorshipIn the wake of the proceedings initiated against Noticiero Digital, several Internet websites decided to tighten their forum’s controls in order not to expose themselves to any judicial problems. Such is the case, for example, of Noticias24 – one of the country’s leading news websites – which has set up a system to review in advance all comments to be posted, which it reserves the right to delete, as stated in its terms of use. The website explains that it will not tolerate insults, personal attacks, racist or sexist slurs, incitements to violence or anything else which violates applicable laws.In addition, from 26 to 27 September 2010, the leading Internet access provider, CanTV, blocked without notice some blogs hosted on the WordPress platform. The bloggers @alfrediux, @ConIdayVuelta and @elena_victoria then stated on that their blogs were nonetheless accessible from Spain or Venezuela via proxy servers. During the same period, the National System of Telematic Incident Management (VenCERT) allegedly carried out a special surveillance operation involving 1500 Internet websites in order to supervise the publication of electoral-related contents. According to VenCERT, 48% of the sites reviewed did post illegal electoral content. The blocking of certain media and blog Web pages therefore was done “to protect the integrity and availability of public information on the official pages of the national authorities’ and ministries’ media.” VenCERT did not indicate which websites are concerned, nor what they are being charged with. Some Twitter users targeted to set an exampleJesús Majano, an engineer with Corpoelec, Venezuela’s National Electricity Corporation, was arrested on 8 September 2010 for having circulated some tweets “instigating a murder” and “inciting the commission of a criminal offence” against President Hugo Chávez. After being released on parole, he now must continue to appear before the court every fifteen days.Two other Twitter users, Luis Acosta Oxford (@leaoxford) and Carmen Cecilia Nares (@carmennares), who reside in the State of Bolivar (in southeastern Venezuela), over 500 km from Caracas, were arrested on 8 July 2010 and charged with “spreading false news” with the intent of destabilising the banking system and damaging the country’s economy, by virtue of Article 448 of the 2001 Banking Law.Following a hearing on Monday 12 July 2010, the two individuals were granted parole in anticipation of a future trial. They must continue to appear before the court every fifteen days. They are also prohibited from circulating any messages on the bank issue, as provided for in Article 256 of Venezuela’s Criminal Code, under penalty of an eleven-year prison sentence. On 30 June 2010, Luis Acosta Oxford (@leaoxford) posted the following message on his Twitter account: “Ladies and Gentlemen, so you may not say no one warned you … leave today. I assure you that there are very few days left.” (Señores para que no digan que no se les dijo retiren hoy de… quedan pocos días, se les dijo.)Since November 2009, more than a dozen banks have been closed or placed under government control. Inquiries into the spreading of rumours and false news about the banking system began in March 2010, when the police detected the presence of a number of postings warning the public about a so-called “financial crash.” Until 12 July 2010, Luis Acosta Oxford had 225 subscribers and had posted 201 messages, while only six people were following Carmen Cecilia Nares, who had not posted a single tweet. Their obviously limited influence on the Web belies the government’s theory that these two individuals could have been engaged in efforts to undermine the national banking system. Instead, they seem to have been assigned the role of scapegoats, while the authorities were publicly railing against their detractors’ use of the social network.The various accusations which the government has been making against certain Internet users, the proceedings brought against Twitter users and the non-stop harassment targeting Noticiero Digital are so many phases of what appears to be an impending government strategy to take control of the Net: a prelude to imposing presidential rules.A gag law for the InternetOn 11 July 2010, former vice-president José Vicente Rangel stated that certain Twitter users in Venezuela were devoting themselves full-time to spreading rumours. Hugo Chávez had announced during a televised speech on Saturday 13 March: “The Internet cannot be something open where anything can be done and said. No, every country has to impose its rules and regulations.” It was in this frame of mind that, under pressure from the government, the National Assembly delivered a new blow to freedom of expression and information on 20 December 2010, by approving two bills amending the Organic Law on Telecommunications (Lotel) and the Social Responsibility in Radio, TV and Electronic Media Law (Resortemec). The latter’s aim is to facilitate Web control and surveillance, notably by setting up an Internet filtering system.The Resortemec Law provides for stiffer fines and the suspension – which could mean definitive closure for repeat offenders – for media which circulate messages (including Internet user postings) that:1 – incite or promote hate and intolerance for religious or political reasons, on the basis of a gender difference or because of racism or xenophobia;2 – incite or promote criminal activity;3 – engage in war propaganda;4 – cause panic or disturb public order;5 – discredit legitimately constituted authorities;6 – incite murder;7 – incite or promote non-respect for the laws in force.Although points 1 and 6 are admissible and valid in any legislation, point 3 – which is also admissible – will presumably not be applied to the government’s often bellicose propaganda. Points 2, 4 and 5 represent a major threat to freedom of expression and information because they are too broadly and vaguely defined. It appears that website moderators will inevitably have to close their discussion forums. Point 5 regarding the “legitimately constituted authority” also concerns the next National Assembly, which was elected on 26 September 2010. One positive aspect of the new Resortemec Law is that it no longer contains the controversial provision for a single Internet access point.Still pertaining to Article 28 of the Law, Internet access providers will have “to establish mechanisms for restraining the circulation of messages” concerned by such prohibitions without specifying the technicalities involved. This provision is an open door for introducing a Net filtering system.The application of this law, as well as the self-censorship momentum which could result from it, must be kept under close watch in the months ahead. Some are rightly concerned about sanctions being tailored in such a way that the electronic media and websites with close ties to the government will receive special treatment, while those of the opposition will experience a much harsher interpretation of the law, thereby extending to the Net the extremely polarised opinion already evident among the traditional media. Considering his experience with the so-called “traditional” media, President Chávez’ latest enthusiasm for the electronic media while he is endowed with full powers may well cause concern about the future of online freedom of expression. News News January 13, 2021 Find out more Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela March 11, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Venezuela June 15, 2020 Find out more to go further Newslast_img read more

Military police arrest blogger for criticizing armed forces

first_imgNews February 6, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff February 1, 2021 Find out more Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution EgyptMiddle East – North Africa News Follow the news on Egypt News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa center_img News to go further March 31, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Military police arrest blogger for criticizing armed forces Organisation Reporters Without Borders is shocked to learn that Maikel Nabil Sanad, a blogger and conscientious objector, had been arrested by the military police for allegedly defaming the armed forces in his blog.“How can one trust an institution that promises a democratic transition with civil society’s participation and then jails a pacifist blogger and conscientious objector at the first sign of any criticism?” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard asked. “This arrest raises questions about the reality of free speech in Egypt and whether the armed forces are ready to respect it.”Sanad, 25, was arrested by military police on the night of 28 March. The next day a military court ordered him held for 15 days for investigation. He is facing a possible three-year jail sentence on charges of “insulting the military institution and publishing false news about it” and “disturbing public security.”According to the blogosphere, he was arrested because of a blog entry in which he criticised the lack of transparency in the armed forces since President Hosni Mubarak’s departure.Sanad has already had two spells in prison, during which he said he was tortured. Concerned about the treatment he could be receiving right now, Reporters Without Borders urges the military authorities to free him at once and to make a greater effort to respect fundamental freedoms.Egypt went from being an “Enemy of the Internet” to a “country under surveillance” in the annual Internet report that Reporters Without Borders released on 12 March. Help by sharing this information January 22, 2021 Find out more Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison RSF_en last_img read more

UP Police Disregarding Supreme Court’s Shreya Singhal Verdict By Registering FIRs Under Section 66A IT Act

first_imgNews UpdatesUP Police Disregarding Supreme Court’s Shreya Singhal Verdict By Registering FIRs Under Section 66A IT Act Ashok Kini26 Nov 2020 12:16 AMShare This – xThe Uttar Pradesh Police seems to be still ignorant of the 2015 Shreya Singhal judgment by the Supreme Court which quashed Section 66A of the Information Technology Act as unconstitutional, despite repeated reminders by the Allahabad High Court.Last week, the Allahabad High Court, quashed yet another such FIR (registered last year) under Section 66A against a person. The bench comprising…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Uttar Pradesh Police seems to be still ignorant of the 2015 Shreya Singhal judgment by the Supreme Court which quashed Section 66A of the Information Technology Act as unconstitutional, despite repeated reminders by the Allahabad High Court.Last week, the Allahabad High Court, quashed yet another such FIR (registered last year) under Section 66A against a person. The bench comprising Justices Ramesh Sinha and Samit Gopal observed that the court is encountering  many such challenges against First Information Reports lodged under Section 66A. “The authorities concerned in spite of the clear mandate of the Hon’ble Apex Court in the Case of Shreya Singhal (Supra) declaring the same as ultra-vires and later on in the case of Peoples’ Union for Civil Liberties (Supra) having reminded the said situation through a specific order have become inresponsive and insensitive to the issue. Time and again reminders have been issued by this Court for effective and actual enforcement of it and of the fact that Section 66-A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 has been declared ultra-vires and also in spite of the fact that the said judgment declaring it to be so, has been ordered to be circulated amongst the officers concerned, there appears to be no regards for the same and the situation remains as earlier as is the said section is well in force. The present situation prompts us to take up the issue again. In this writ petition also, we find that the FIR has been registered for the said offence and the State has not taken corrective measures in pursuance of the order of the Hon’ble Apex Court to direct its officials/officers not to register First Information Reports for the said offence as the same has been declared ultra-vires.”, the bench said in the order.Recently, in another case, a division bench headed by Justice Ramesh Sinha had directed the Senior Superintendent of Police, Mathura to file his personal affidavit explaining as to how the F.I.R. has been registered under section 66A. The case was later closed as infructuous after the police officer reported that the offence under Section 66A was deleted.In July, Live Law had reported about two orders of the Allahabad High Court refusing to quash the FIR under Section 66A. In one case, a Journalist Shiv Kumar (Amar Ujala), had approached the High Court seeking to quash the FIR registered against him under section 188 and 505 of Indian Penal Code read with section 3 of Epidemic Act and Section 66A of Information Technology Act. Disposing of his petition, the Court found that ‘it is apparent that cognizable offence is there for which investigation is in process, hence no ground for indulgence is made out.’ In the other case, the court had refused to quash the F.I.R. registered against a person named Rohit Singhal under Section 66A Information Technology Act even though the counsel cited the Supreme Court judgment in Shreya Singhal.Shreya Singhal JudgmentThe Supreme Court had struck down Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, for being violative of Article 19(1)(a) and not saved under Article 19(2). Section 66A was introduced in the Information Technology Act by virtue of an Amendment Act of 2009. The said provision penalised any person who sends, by means of a computer resource or a communication device,— (a) any information that is grossly offensive or has menacing character; or (b) any information which he knows to be false, but for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience, danger, obstruction, insult, injury, criminal intimidation, enmity, hatred or ill will, persistently by making use of such computer resource or a communication device; or (c) any electronic mail or electronic mail message for the purpose of causing annoyance or inconvenience or to deceive or to mislead the addressee or recipient about the origin of such messages. The offence was made punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and with fine.SC’s Reminder in 2019In January 2019, the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), approached the Apex Court highlighting the continued use of Section 66A of the Information Technology Act. Agreeing with the suggestion mooted by the Attorney General of India, the Supreme Court disposed of this application by directing all High Courts to make available the copies of the Supreme Court judgment in ‘Shreya Singhal v. Union of India’ to all the District Courts with eight weeks. The court had also directed the Chief Secretaries of all states to sensitise the police departments in this country by sending copies of this judgment to the Director General of Police in each State. Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Millennium employees turn up for the big night

first_imgStaffing arrangements for millennium night went off without a hitchaccording to major employers contacted by Personnel Today.Aintree hospital in Liverpool paid triple time plus time off in lieu. It hada smooth night with only a handful of staff out of 1,400 calling in sick.Personnel director Lew Swift said the prior planning enabled the hospital tocope with a busy night. “We allocated a special ward for receiving drunksand divided accident and emergency into two parts so minor injuries went to oneand major to the other,” he said.Despite fears of staff staying away at some Scottish councils, after threeoffered higher rates than the rest, Stirling Council reported a full turnout.It paid a bonus of £100 or £50 for standby and £50 for call out as agreed withunions.Aberdeen City Council, which paid bonuses 75 per cent higher, insisted itwas right to pay the extra. It could not risk stewards not turning up for dutyas police would have closed down the street celebrations.Some pubs were reported to be overstaffed due to a low turn-out ofcustomers.Bass Leisure said it had expected city centres to be quiet and had notopened 700 of its pubs. It had the right level of staff in the remaining 2,300mainly local pubs. Tickets were sold in advance so it knew how busy each onewould be and how many staff to book.Staff were paid three times the usual rate plus a £25 bonus, or four timesthe rate depending on the type of pub. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Millennium employees turn up for the big nightOn 11 Jan 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more


first_imgA mass of Christian burial was offered March 23 at St. Ann’s RC Church, Hoboken, for Joseph Romano, Jr., 53. He passed away suddenly at his Hoboken residence on March 17. A lifelong Hoboken resident, Joe worked for many years as a security officer for the Old Navy Company, mostly in Union City. He was an avid Oakland Raiders fan as well as the New York Rangers hockey league. He enjoyed and spent much time with video game challenges. Predeceased by his parents Mildred (nee) DePalma and his father Joseph F. Romano, he is survived by his only brother, Anthony G. Romano. He will be missed by his cousins, members of the Sacci family and the Kickey family.Services arranged by the Failla-McKnight Memorial Home, Hoboken.last_img read more

Cape May County Reports Nine New Coronavirus Cases

first_img17 LOWER TOWNSHIP222553621224 CAPE MAY POINT0 TOTAL RECOVERED AVALON07 DENNIS TOWNSHIP62151262 NORTH WILDWOOD47 WEST WILDWOOD31 UPPER TOWNSHIP17372 OCEAN CITY92301 TOTAL DECEASED CAPE MAY CITY13 WEST CAPE MAY12 MIDDLE TOWNSHIP21460204 COVID-19 testing in Ocean City will be done at the Community Center’s parking lot. The Cape May County Health Department reported Tuesday that there are nine new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number to 530, including 41 deaths.No new deaths were reported Tuesday.Cape May County Health Officer Kevin Thomas emphasized the importance of social distancing to slow the spread of the virus.“It’s important that everyone continues to practice good hand hygiene, social distancing (at least 6 feet apart) and staying home as much as possible,” Thomas said in a press release. “These strategies will best help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community.”Following is a breakdown of the number of coronavirus cases and deaths in each municipality of the county:center_img WILDWOOD2129 SEA ISLE CITY02 32 TOTAL ACTIVE96 257 9 STONE HARBOR1 MUNICIPALITYACTIVE CASESREPORTED TODAYOFF QUARANTINEDEATHSLONG TERM CARE ACTIVE CASESLONG TERM CARE OFF QUARANTINELONG TERM CARE CENTER DEATHS WILDWOOD CREST29 TOTAL CASES IN CAPE MAY COUNTY530 WOODBINE771316 119 County health officials recommend the following safe practices:Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (only if soap and water are not available).Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.Stay home when you are sick.Avoid contact with sick people.Avoid non-essential travel.Call your healthcare professional if you have concerns about COVID-19 and your underlying health conditions.Stay up to date on the current situation as it evolves. Some reliable sources are the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System hotline at 211 or 1-800-962-1253, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at, the World Health Organization at and the New Jersey Department of Health at additional information, visit read more