CORONAVIRUS : We need reliable news more than ever – act now!

first_img Support RSF during the pandemic.Make a donationJournalists all over the world are doing a remarkable job to keep usinformed day in day out, despite all the logistic restrictions, thedanger of catching Covid-19, and the threat of reprisals in somecountries. This is the case in China, the origin of the pandemic, where massive censorship mechanisms have been put in place and where whistleblowersand journalists nonetheless continue to courageously denounce theshortcomings of the regime’s measure to combat the virus, althoughmany colleagues have disappeared. March 24, 2020 Find out more Organisation Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Covid19DisappearancesWhistleblowersFreedom of expression Help by sharing this information  >> Support RSF during the covid-19 crisis Amid all the anxiety caused by the global pandemic, our need for fast and reliable news reporting is greater than ever. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is launching a special donation appeal to support journalists that are under attack for their COVID19 coverage. News News>> Use Tracker-19 to directly follow all the Covid-19 news Help us now to pursue all our work in support of the journalists whocontinue to fight, sometimes at risk to their lives, to keep usinformed at this difficult time. In the constantly evolving newscycle, they fulfil an essential and vital social function. We needfact-basedjournalism tocombat the spread of the virus. Many authoritarian governments are using the coronavirus pandemic toimpose measures that would be impossible in normal times, takingadvantage of the fact that politics are on hold, the public isstunned and thepossibility of protests is limited. At the same time, it is becomingharder and harder for journalists to operate. Whenjournalists face barriers to freely and reliably report about theglobal pandemic, the consequences are deadly.  Newscenter_img RSF_en to go further Campaigns “If the Chinese press were free, the coronavirus might not be a pandemic,” argues RSF March 31, 2020 Find out more Coronavirus: The information heroes China silenced March 25, 2020 Find out more In response to this emergency, RSF created Tracker-19 to shed lighton all the obstacles to press freedom linked to Covid-19. Tracker-19directly documents all cases of harassment of journalists andwhistleblowers covering coronavirus-related news worldwide. It drawsattention to all serious cases of state censorship and deliberatedisinformation, and their impact on the right to reliable news andinformation. And it makes recommendations on how to keep helping thejournalists who are covering the pandemic. Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Covid19DisappearancesWhistleblowersFreedom of expression RSF launches Tracker 19 to track Covid-19’s impact on press freedom May 7, 2020 – Updated on May 8, 2020 CORONAVIRUS : We need reliable news more than ever – act now!last_img read more

Twiddle, Turkuaz, Nahko & More Highlight The First-Ever Tumble Down [Audio/Gallery]

first_imgLast weekend, Vermont jam band Twiddle hosted their inaugural Tumble Down festival at the Burlington Waterfront Park. The band brought tons of great music to the town, recruiting Nahko & Medicine for the People, Cabinet, Turkuaz, Holly Bowling and more for the experience. Of course, it was the hometown group Twiddle that pulled out all the stops, bringing big jams and some great guest stars to power their four festival sets.On the first night, the big surprise was an appearance from the full horn and vocalist sections of Turkuaz, who helped Twiddle conclude their show with a rollicking version of “Funky Town.”The guests continued on night two, as Holly Bowling performed between sets and stayed on to usher the return of Twiddle. During the musical interlude, Phish keyboardist Page McConnell made a guest appearance, dabbling with Bowling and Ryan Dempsey in “When It Rains It Poors.”Watch pro-shot footage of “When It Rains It Poors,” courtesy of Frendly Productions, below.The second night show also featured Scott Zwang of Dopapod, who joined in for “Lost In The Cold” towards the end of the second set. It was a great weekend full of music and fun. Check out some of Dave DeCrescente Photography‘s images from the night below, as well as setlists (via uTwiddle.net) and full audio recordings of Twiddle’s sets (via taper Mark Van Blunk), below! Load remaining images Setlist: Twiddle at Tumble Down, Burlington, VT – 7/29/16Soundcheck: Fire On HighSet 1: Blueberry Tumble, Brown Chicken Brown Cow[1], Amydst The Myst, Westcotton Candy, Zazu’s Flight, Beehop[2], HoneybursteSet 2: Fire On High, Blunderbuss, Tiberius, Every Soul, Beethoven and Greene, Carter Candlestick[3], The Catapillar > Funky Town[4]Show Notes: This show was a part of the “Festively Plump” 2016 summer tour. This was the first show of the inagural Tumble Down music festival. Annie In The Water replaced Kitchen Dwellers who had flight troubles and were unable to make their opening set. Turkuaz played prior to Twiddle and Holly Bowling played a tweener set. “Funky Town” was last played 2016-02-20 (41 Shows).[1] “Brown Chicken Brown Cow” featured Craig Brodhead (Turkuaz) on drums. [2] “Beehop” contained ‘Pawn Shop’ (Sublime) quotes from Mihali.[3] “Carter Candlestick” conained a “Get Lucky” (Daft Punk) tease and was dedicated to Mihali’s mom who was in attendance.[4] “Funky Town” featured Sammi Garett (Turkuaz) and Shira Elias (Turkuaz) on vocals. The lyrics were changed to ‘Won’t you take me to Tumble Down?’. The song also featured Chris Brouwers (Turkuaz) on trumpet/keys, Greg Sanderson (Turkuaz) on tenor sax and Josh Schwartz (Turkuaz) on brass sax.Setlist: Twiddle at Tumble Down, Burlington, VT – 7/30/16Set 1: Subconscious Prelude > Earth Mama, Brick Of Barley, Daydream Farmer, Second Wind, Indigo Trigger > Subconscious Prelude, Best Feeling[1]Set 2: Hatti’s Jam[2] -> When It Rains, It Poors[3], Dr. Remidi’s Melodium, Grandpa Fox, Lost In The Cold[4], Wasabi Eruption -> The BoxShow Notes: This show was a part of the “Festively Plump” 2016 summer tour. This was the second night of the inagural Tumble Down music festival. Cabinet opened the show followed by Nahko and Medicine For The People right before Twiddle. Holly Bowling played a tweener set.[1] “Best Feeling” contained a “Smooth Criminal” (Michael Jackson) jam.[2] “Hatti’s Jam” was started by Holly Bowling solo and slowly blended into a full band performance of “When It Rains, It Poors” featuring Holly. [3] “When It Rains, It Poors” featured Holly Bowling and Page McConnell (Phish) on keys. [4] “Lost In The Cold” featured Scott Zwang (Dopapod) on drums.All photos via Dave DeCrescente Photography; full gallery below.last_img read more

Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell, Nick Young make progress with rehab

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Nonetheless, Walton said he could schedule some 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 full-contact sessions for Russell and/or Young to evaluate their readiness to return.“We need to see them go live and competitive,” Walton said, “and really cut and fight over screens before we let them out there.”Though he has deferred to the Lakers’ training staff on how quickly both players will advance their workload, Walton observed on Friday whether Russell and Young favored their injuries while running, whether they hesitated before stopping on cuts and whether they could change directions. Walton reported that both Russell and Young “looked good.”Meanwhile, Lakers forward Tarik Black will miss his second consecutive game because of a sprained right ankle. Although Walton said Black informed him that “he’s better,” Black has not started any on-court work yet. Jose Calderon is also out for the next two to four weeks. That leaves Walton with another starting lineup to consider as the Lakers try to end a four-game losing streak. He said he does not plan to replicate the same starting lineup in Wednesday’s loss to Houston that featured Timofey Mozgov, Julius Randle, Luol Deng, Jordan Clarkson and Marcelo Huertas. Other than keeping Mozgov and Randle in the lineup, Walton said he and his staff will narrow various options that will include Deng, Clarkson, Huertas, Brandon Ingram and Metta World Peace.center_img LOS ANGELES>> The injury report stayed the same as the Lakers gear up for yet another game without their starting backcourt. But Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell and shooting guard Nick Young showed some progress by participating in all of Friday’s shootaround that included full-court non-contact work and 5-on-0 drills. In both drills the players showed progress with their cutting. Though Russell (left knee) and Young (right leg) are still sidelined for when the Lakers (10-14) host the Phoenix Suns (6-16) on Friday at Staples Center, both players could complete a full contact practice on Saturday.Both Young and Russell could return as early as Monday in Sacramento as part of the beginning of a seven-game trip. If both players cannot practice fully on Saturday or need more practices before receiving medical clearances to play, the Lakers face some logistical challenges. The Lakers will fly to New York on Tuesday before Wednesday’s game in Brooklyn. That leaves the Lakers with a possible practice on Thursday before Friday’s game in Philadelphia.last_img read more

Gautam Gambhir reluctant to play West Indies tour: Sources

first_imgThe Indian skipper for the forthcoming ODI series against West Indies, Gautam Gambhir, is reluctant to play the tour. The designated captain for the Caribbean is apparently worried about aggravating the injury to his shoulder, senior sources in the BCCI have told Headlines Today. Gambhir has told the BCCI that he is worried about a four-month injury lay off if he goes to the West Indies, which would mean missing the crucial series in England.  The BCCI is now awaiting the results of the physio report before they make a decision on Gambhir’s availability for the tour. They have confirmed that if Gautam is found to be unfit, he will not be sent to the Carribean. India’s cricketing body is unhappy that Gambhir continued playing for Kolkata Knight Riders as the skipper in the fourth season of the Indian Premier League despite the injury to his shoulder. Gambhir has not been sure of the extent of his shoulder injury as he was yet to know the result of MRI scan done on Tuesday evening. Club vs country Gambhir’s decision to play for Kolkata Knight Riders and risk his Team India role, has stoked the club versus country debate. Former chief selector Kiran More feels the BCCI needs to set its house in order. “Why blame cricketers? The BCCI needs to a take a big call over the issue. It must look into rules and regulations,” More told Headlines Today. South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs said as a professional cricketer ‘needs to know the extent of his injury’. “It is an important duty of a cricketer,” Gibbs said, adding country should come before the club, as there is ‘prestige’ involved. While cricket analyst Charu Sharma believed ‘avenues and options’ may force a cricketer to prefer clubs to the national call, senior cricket journalist Gulu Ezekiel said, “The BCCI has opened a Pandora’s box. You have players who will play the ILP but not the international matches.” The BCCI has created a situation, where ‘the rest of the world has to deliver’ and not Indian players, because the IPL happens in India, Ezekiel added.advertisementlast_img read more

Jagmeet Singh steps down as Ontario NDP deputy leader during federal bid

first_imgTORONTO – Jagmeet Singh is stepping down as deputy leader of the Ontario NDP while he runs for the federal party’s leadership, but he’s not resigning his seat in the provincial legislature.Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath’s office says in a statement today that she and Singh agreed that during his leadership run he’ll leave his post as second-in-command.While he’s running, his critic posts of government and consumer services, attorney general and anti-racism directorate will be split among caucus colleagues.After launching his leadership campaign Monday night, Singh said he would keep his Bramalea-Gore-Malton seat because he has had busy schedules before and has still been able to help his constituents.The Ontario legislature rises for the summer June 1 and returns in September, which is also when online voting starts for the federal leadership.Singh says he will later roll out a policy platform, but lists the major issues facing Canada as inequality, climate change, indigenous reconciliation and electoral reform.last_img read more

20K shortfall threatens heavily used Iqaluit Food Bank

first_imgKent Driscoll APTN National News Nunavut faces the highest grocery costs in the country. So, it probably comes as no surprise that plenty of people in the territory simply can’t afford to eat.Now, that problem is growing into a crisis.70 percent of Inuit families in Nunavut are food insecure, which is eight times higher than the national rate.A $20,000 shortfall in the capitol’s food bank could mean a hungry spring for some Iqaluit families in [email protected]last_img