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first_img The Turkish authorities pushed measures through parliament on 15 May tightening official control over the national radio and TV monitoring council RTÜK, allowing army representatives to be part of it, increasing fines for media offences, encroaching freedom of expression on the Internet and risking a further narrowing of media ownership. May 17, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Revised media law – Reporters Without Borders deplores repressive turn by Turkish regime News April 28, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia to go further TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Help by sharing this information Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor RSF_en Organisation Follow the news on Turkey Receive email alerts News News April 2, 2021 Find out more The Turkish authorities pushed measures through parliament on 15 May making the media law even more repressive than before.Reporters Without Borders deplores the amendments that tighten official control over the national radio and TV monitoring council RTÜK, allow army representatives to be part of it, increase fines for media offences, encroach freedom of expression on the Internet and risk a further narrowing of media ownership.”These measures fly in the face of the commitments to freedom of expression Turkey has made to the European Union,” said RSF secretary-general Robert Ménard. “We deplore this seriously repressive turn by the Turkish regime in this domain.” The amendments are the first reform of RTÜK since it was set up in April 1994:- RTÜK will now include representatives of the National Security Council (MGK, which is chaired by the head of state and made up of the country’s military chiefs), the state-controlled High Council of Education (YÖK), the prime minister and government members. The presence of the two main media organisations does not counterbalance the clear tightening of state control of RTÜK.- The new measures expand further the scope of RTÜK as a full-scale media police by adding to the weapons it can use against radio and TV stations, such as warnings, fines, censorship of programmes and suspension of broadcasting. The fines are on average 1,000 times higher than before. Operators of media that continue to broadcast in defiance of RTÜK will face between six months and two years in prison, as well as very heavy fines. The assignment of broadcasting frequencies is now the job of the Telecommunications Council.- The area of freedom that the Internet represents for journalists is under threat from RTÜK, which is now authorised to monitor it, especially news portals. Defamation on the Internet and the dissemination of “false news” there will be subject to heavy fines of up to 100 million Turkish pounds (about _70,000). RSF notes that last December, Istanbul’s no.2 magistrates’ court prosecuted the website ideapolitika.com (site of the magazine Idea Politika) and ordered it to close for having “insulted the armed forces.” In February this year, Coskun Ak, the moderator of an Internet forum, was fined € 5,000 for “mocking and insulting state institutions” because he did not remove a message posted on the forum about human rights violations in southeastern Turkey.Many observers say clauses of the amended law concerning media ownership may narrow control down further.RSF calls on the European Union to inform the Turkish authorities that this repressive turn away from freedom of expression seriously jeopardises Turkey’s efforts to get closer to the EU. News Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more


first_imgAmerican civil rights activist Diane Nash — who led the first successful campaign to desegregate lunch counters, was a part of the Selma voting rights movement and co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee — shared her personal experiences with racism and her integral efforts in the civil rights movement Tuesday.Nash was first exposed to the full extent of overt, state-sponsored racial segregation as a college student at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, she said. During the fall of 1959, Nash said she was shocked into the reality of Jim Crow laws in the south. Originally from the south side of Chicago, she said she was always aware segregation existed but did not know its severity until she moved to the south. “When I obeyed segregation rules, it felt like I was agreeing that I was too inferior to go through front doors or [to] restaurants, swimming pools and other public accommodations,” Nash said.In downtown Nashville, African Americans could only purchase food in restaurants on a take-out basis, she said. When she walked down the streets during lunchtime, African Americans lined the curbs and alleys, eating the lunches they brought from home or bought as take-out, she added.Nash said she was dissatisfied with the word “nonviolence” as it pertains to the civil rights movements of the 1960s.“Nonviolence means absence of violence,” she said. “[I] wanted a term that encompassed more than the absence of violence.”Nash’s dissatisfaction led her to coin the phrase “agapic energy,” meaning energy produced by a love for humankind. Inspired by Mohandas Gandhi’s way of observing love energy, as well as the Greek word “agape” — which means brotherly love or a love of humankind — Nash said agapic energy was an improvement on the term nonviolence.“Agapic energy is not passive — it’s active,” she said. “Users are not pacifists — we are activists.”Nash said she discovered the basic principles of agapic energy in the 1960s and has used them over her lifetime. An important principle of agapic energy is to realize people are not your enemies, she added.“Unjust political systems, unjust economic systems, attitudes, racism, sexism, ignorance … are enemies,” Nash said. “If you recognize that people are not the enemies, you can love and respect the person [and] at the same time, attack the attitudes of that person.”Nash said she slowly helped desegregate the restaurants in Nashville by targeting six establishments at a time. Eventually, Nashville became one of the first southern cities to desegregate lunch counters.“We changed ourselves into people who could not be segregated,” Nash said. “That presented a new set of options to Southern white racists. They could either shoot us or desegregate because they could no longer segregate.“Very often, we give away our power. If you understand that concept, you are going to save yourself a lot of time and effort trying to change other people.”Nash said there are six phases in an agapic energy campaign: investigation, education, negotiation, demonstration, resistance and insurance that the problem does not reoccur.“The purpose of the demonstration phase is to focus the attention on the community,” she said. “Resistance is when the oppressed withdraw their participation from the oppressive system. Whatever the issue that you’re working on, you would have the oppressed withdraw their participation. During the sixth phase, you might institutionalize an education in your community or establish a museum.”Nash said the movement of the ’60s provides a legacy that people can use in 2017. She said people today have an opportunity to move a step higher into their evolvement as an improved species, and demonstrations today and the people who participate in them must know the rest of the strategy.“We must understand that elected officials have not and will not do what’s necessary to protect the interest of this country and of American citizens,” she said. “The only way this country will make it through this frightening period and survive with citizens having a reasonable measure of rights is that we citizens must take the future of this country in our own hands.”Nash said if they had waited for officials to desegregate lunch counters and give African Americans the right to vote, “we probably would still be waiting.”Nash was arrested for her protesting efforts in the 1960s. When she and others marched, they very often knew they faced the risk of being killed or injured, she said. She said their fears were understandable, but their actions were necessary.“I’d like for you to know that although we had not yet known you, we loved you, and we were trying to bring about the best society for you to be born into and for you to come of age in,” Nash said. “Future generations will look to you to do the same.”Tags: Civil Rights Movement, Diane Nash, Diversity, Jim Crow, Jim Crow laws, race, Racismlast_img read more


first_img“Blocks A, B, F and G are now open,” Arief said on Monday. He added that the market resumed operations under COVID-19 prevention protocols, with a limited number of shoppers and vendors allowed each day. Everyone is required to wear protective masks, with vendors having to also wear face shields and one main entrance accessible to visitors.“We already distributed 80,000 face shields to the sellers,” Arief said as quoted by kompas.com.Read also: Indonesian wet markets carry high risk of virus transmission The largest textile market in Southeast Asia, Tanah Abang Market in Central Jakarta, fully reopened on Monday after being closed for around three months with COVID-19 mobility restrictions in place in the capital city.The president director of Jakarta-owned market operator Pasar Jaya, Arief Nasrudin, said all areas of the market, which had to suspend operations during large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), are now allowed to operate. The market also implemented an odd-even policy for vendors to operate every day as an attempt to limit the number of sellers and shoppers during the so-called new normal period.Arief explained that vendors whose kiosk number was odd would only be allowed to operate during odd dates and vice versa. Vendors who own more than one kiosk with odd and even numbers are required to only open one kiosk and take turns operating them.The Jakarta administration is set to implement this policy in other markets. All traditional markets operated by Pasar Jaya will gradually implement this system starting on Monday.Pasar Jaya personnel will be deployed to monitor the markets’ operations. Vendors who are found violating the rules will be given a strict warning and asked to close their store. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more


first_imgAfter 12 games, Fulham sit bottom of the pile with just five points and one win from 12 games.Ranieri, who famously led Leicester to a fairytale Premier League title in 2016, was a free agent after being sacked by French Ligue 1 club Nantes one game before the end of last season.He has been given a “multi-year” contract by Fulham chairman Shahid Khan.“It is an honour to accept Mr Khan’s invitation and opportunity to lead Fulham, a fantastic club with tradition and history,” Ranieri told the club’s official website.“The objective at Fulham should never be to merely survive in the Premier League. We must at all times be a difficult opponent and should expect to succeed.”Khan thanked Jokanovic, the first managerial casualty of the season in the Premier League, for his work at the club.“I wasn’t anticipating having to make this announcement related to Slavisa and wish the circumstances were such that I didn’t have to, but our path this season has led me to make what I know is the correct decision, at the right time, for our players, the club and our supporters,” said the Fulham chairman.“Slavisa will always have my appreciation and respect for everything he did to return Fulham to top-flight football.”– ‘Capable of better’ –Ranieri’s appointment comes only weeks after his former boss at Leicester, club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, died with four others when his helicopter plummeted into a car park outside the King Power stadium shortly after a match against West Ham.“I was terribly shaken by the news,” Ranieri told Sky Sport Italia two weeks ago.Slavisa Jokanovic has taken just five points in 12 Premier League matches © AFP / Lindsey PARNABY“He was a good man and always had a positive word for everyone.”Italian journeyman Ranieri has previously coached Napoli, Fiorentina, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Valencia, Juventus, Roma, Inter Milan and the Greek national team.But winning the title with Leicester two years ago remains the affable 67-year-old’s biggest career achievement.Leicester started that 2015-2016 league campaign on odds of 5000-1 to win the Premier League crown. Ranieri faces a similarly formidable challenge if he is to lift Fulham out of the doldrums.But he believes the Londoners can be competitive again. He will take charge of his first game in 10 days’ time when Fulham welcome fellow strugglers Southampton to Craven Cottage.“This Fulham squad has exceptional talent that is contrary to its position in the table. I know this team is very capable of better performances, which we will work on straight away as we prepare for Southampton at the Cottage,” added Ranieri.Ranieri will then face former clubs Chelsea and Leicester in successive games.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Claudio Ranieri during his ill-fated spell with French Ligue 1 side Nantes. © AFP/File / LOIC VENANCELONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 14 – Fulham appointed Italian veteran Claudio Ranieri as manager on Wednesday after sacking Slavisa Jokanovic in a bid to beat the drop from the Premier League.Jokanovic led Fulham back into England’s top flight in May 2018 but the 50-year-old Serbian has struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League.last_img read more


first_imgNo, the real story is how Draymond Green and Kevin Durant’s spat at the end of regulation Monday led to a one-game suspension for Green and a legitimate concern around the organization that what was said in that huddle in Los Angeles cannot be unsaid and that it could bring about the end of the Warriors’ dynasty, with Durant being a … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceThe Warriors beat the Hawks on Tuesday night.Not that any of that matters.last_img


first_imgThese easy to follow timelapse tips will get you on your way to shooting breathtaking, eye-grabbing footage.With the explosion of DSLR cameras over the last few years, timelapse has seen a surge in popularity and accessibility. When executed with skill and a healthy dose of patience, timelapse video can be an incredible way to bring visual interest to your projects.How do I create a timelapse video?Practically speaking, there are two different ways to shoot timelapse – either with a DSLR camera or video camera. In this post, we’ll explore tips and techniques for shooting with both. First, let’s take a look at a great timelapse example from pro timelapser Randy Halverson:There are two basic approaches when shooting a timelapse. A ‘real’ timelapse would be shot with a DSLR or point-and-shoot camera taking hundreds (or thousands!) of images with longer exposure times. The second approach would be to use a video camera. However, as you can imagine, this technique can take up a lot of space on your memory card and computer in post.DSLR? Point-and-shoot? Video camera?When shooting a timelapse, you will have better luck with a DSLR camera than any other point-and-shoot camera. As far as video cameras are concerned, GoPros have become popular choices for their compact size. You can literally film a timelapse anywhere! The image image quality of a DSLR will be superior to that of a point-and-shoot camera. More importantly, you have more control over the quality of your image. Typically A JPEG file format is better to use than Camera RAW, as it will take up less room on your memory card.Filmmaker Rob Hawthorn put the GoPro HERO3 Black up against the Canon 60D to show the differences between the cameras in timelapse situations. Here’s what he found:What equipment will I need to bring?There are some obvious pieces of gear that you’ll need for timelapse projects.Tripod/stable mounting surfaceIntervalometers (DSLRs) or time controller device (remote control)Extra memory cardsExtra batteries (or A/C power)Preston Kanak, a well-known timelapse pro, says, “One of the biggest challenges when shooting a time-lapse is gear management.” Check out this video where he goes over his timelapse kit piece by piece, and then head over to Kanak’s website, where he goes even more in-depth on the subject.Timelapse Pro in ActionNow that we’ve covered some basic ins and out of timelapse, let’s watch Spanish cinematographer and Shutterstock contributor Enrique Pacheco put it all into action.Here’s a great video from Shutterstock that follows Pacheco behind-the-scenes during a shoot.Pacheco is full of good timelapse advice. Here are his ten tips for aspiring timelapse photographers and filmmakers.  Want to learn more about shooting timelapses? There’s a lot of information out there. Check out a few of the following resources:How to Create a Timelapse Dolly ZoomTimelapse Basics and Inspiration8 Jaw Dropping Night Sky Timelapse VideosHave any other timelapse tips for shooting great footage? Please share them in the the comments below.last_img read more


first_imgThe Himachal Pradesh Assembly passed a Bill on Friday against conversion by force, inducement or through marriages solemnised for the “sole purpose” of adopting a new religion. The Opposition supported the Himachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Bill, 2019, which was passed unanimously with a voice vote. Replying to the discussion, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said a new stringent legislation was required as “forced conversion”, especially in Rampur and Kinnaur, was “on the rise.”The Bill seeks to repeal the Himachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act, 2006, which is on similar lines. The new Bill proposes stringent punishments — up to seven years in jail compared to the three years under the existing law.The Bill prohibits conversion by misrepresentation, force, undue influence, coercion, inducement, marriage or any fraudulent means. Any marriage for the sole purpose of conversion will also be declared null and void under Section 5 of the Bill. While participating in the discussion on the Bill, Congress legislators Asha Kumari, Sukhvinder Sukhu, Jagat Singh Negi and lone CPI(M) MLA Rakesh Singha sought changes in some clauses. Answering Mr. Sukhu’s suggestion, Mr. Thakur said the 13-year old act was not so effective. The government decided to bring a new legislation instead of amending the already-existing Act as it has only eight sections and it would have not better to add about 10 more sections to it, the chief minister said.As per the Bill, anyone seeking to convert will need to give a month’s notice to the district magistrate, stating that the person is converting on his/her own. The provision figured in the 2006 law as well and was challenged in court. The priest who performs conversion ceremony will also give a month’s notice in advance. Those reconverting to their “parent religion” are exempted from this provision. Replying to Mr. Negi’s suggestion, the chief minister said everyone was worried about untouchability, but provisions in the Constitution against untouchability were already there. According to the new Bill, if Dalits, women or minors were made to convert, the jail term will be between two-seven years. Law Minister Suresh Bhardwaj, Rakesh Pathania and Rakesh Jamwal from the treasury bench also participated in the discussion. Section 10 of the Bill states that no person or organisation violating the provisions will be allowed to accept any donation or contribution of any kind from within or outside the country. The Bill will become an Act after its notification following assent by the Governor.last_img read more


first_imgWith two weeks of the Monsoon Session having passed without much significant business, Leader of the House in Lok Sabha Pranab Mukherjee and the Parliamentary Affairs Minister on Friday reached out to the BJP top brass, including L.K. Advani, to discuss smooth passage of pending bills in the House.In a meeting lasting more than 30 minutes in Advani’s office in Parliament House, Mukherjee and Pawan Kumar Bansal requested the BJP top brass, including leaders of opposition in both houses, to help the government pass crucial bills.The government is concerned as almost half of the 28 day Monsoon Session is over.Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj described the meeting as a “routine courtesy call” by the two ministers. A meeting between the BJP top brass and the ministers had taken place earlier on the eve of the session.Swaraj said the controversy caused by senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha’s comments during the debate on Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Ajay Maken’s statement on CAG leaks did not figure in the meeting.Advani had earlier complained to Mukherjee over the lathicharge on BJP youth wing activists by Delhi Police during an agitation against corruption and told him that it could not have happened without a nod from the higher-ups.BJP had forced an adjournment of Parliament on the issue.- With PTI inputslast_img read more


first_imgzoom Malaysian shipping group MISC Berhad (MISC) has posted a net profit of RM 680.5 million (USD 160.8 million) for the third quarter of 2017, more than quadrupling last year’s equivalent of RM 134.2 million.Group revenue for the quarter came at RM 2,315.8 million, a 1.0% higher than the last year’s corresponding quarter’s revenue of RM2,292.8 million. The increase in revenue was contributed to the lease commencement of three new LNG vessels delivered in October 2016, January 2017 and August 2017.The company’s offshore segment also contributed to the increase with the favorable adjudication decision on Gumusut-Kakap Semi-Floating Production System (L) Limited (GKL) variation works and construction revenue from Floating, Storage and Offloading Vessel (FSO) Benchamas 2 that commenced construction in January 2017, MISC said.The revenue growth was, however, dampened by the lower earning days and freight rates reported by MISC’s petroleum arm as well as lower revenue from heavy engineering segment as most on-going projects are nearing completion.“Petroleum shipping demand continues to be affected by global production cuts in response to high crude inventory levels and low oil prices. This has also been exacerbated by the delivery of new tankers during the year. Nonetheless, seasonal demand during peak winter months will end the year on a firmer note for the petroleum shipping sector,” MISC said.Group revenue for the nine-month period stood at RM 7,603.2 million, 7.4% higher than last year’s equivalent.MISC’s profit before tax for the 9 months reached RM 1,961.5 million, down by 15.1% year-on-year.On the LNG shipping front, spot charter rates remain sluggish as a result of the tonnage oversupply driven by higher vessel deliveries and older vessels coming off charter, the company noted. However, spot charter rates are expected to pick up as countries start building up inventories to meet the winter heating demand.MISC said that long term charters in its LNG shipping business along with long-term contracts secured by its offshore business division will continue to support the financial performance of the group.In July, MISC took delivery of its new LNG Carrier, Seri Cempaka from Hyundai Heavy Industries. The 150,200 CBM Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) carrier is the third in a series of five MOSS-Type LNG carriers ordered at HHI.In addition, Seri Camellia has joined MISC’s LNG fleet as the 27th active LNG carrier.Meanwhile, in its heavy engineering business segment, the group is working on cost management and improving operational efficiency to combat the challenging environment.“Replenishment of orderbook from the marine segment and offshore services is progressing and remains a priority. While the segment has successfully secured several offshore fabrication projects during the period, the majority of the contribution will only be realised in 2018 and beyond,” MISC said.“MISC will continue to pursue sustainable growth guided by MISC2020, our 5-year masterplan, with emphasis on advancing the growth of our core business segments,” MISC’s CEO Yee Yang Chien said.“We continue to accomplish notable milestones during this quarter and the recent months which includes MISC becoming a Strategic Partner of the Global Maritime Forum, a platform that is dedicated to unleashing the potential of the global maritime industry and is committed to shaping the future of global seaborne trade. MISC was recently acknowledged as the Tanker Operator of the Year at the Lloyd’s List Asia Pacific Awards 2017, highly regarded as a global mark of recognition within the shipping industry.”last_img read more