NATO force blacklists French journalist at US army’s behest

first_img Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” News AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders has asked the US ambassador in Afghanistan, William Wood, to intervene on behalf of Claire Billet, a French journalist working for the independent Hamsa Press agency, who was notified by email on 17 May that she has been blacklisted by NATO’s International Security Assistance Force. Last month, she was arrested by private security guards and interrogated by US soldiers in Kabul.”Afghan and foreign journalists are already working in extremely difficult conditions without the international forces adding to their problems,” the press freedom organisation said. “We call on the US ambassador to intervene with the US-led Coalition and ISAF so that Billet can be accredited again.”A staff correspondent with Hamsa Press, Billet has been reporting in Afghanistan since January. Her work has been used by the European TV stations France 24 and Arte.Billet was arrested on 7 April while filming civil vehicles close to the ISAF headquarters in the Shashdarak district of Kabul for a report on security in Kabul that she was preparing for France 24. Those who arrested her were Afghan employees of a privately-owned security company contracted by the US army. They handed her over to US soldiers who interrogated her for four hours. Although she had ISAF accreditation, her footage and accreditation card were confiscated.Hamsa Press founders Emmanuel Razavi and Eric de Lavarène were themselves arrested by the US army in Afghanistan in September 2005 and September 2006. The first time, they were interrogated by CIA officers about their work in the country.Several journalists have told Reporters Without Borders that it is getting more and more difficult to film on the streets of Kabul because they are regarded with suspicion by the ISAF and Coalition troops and Afghan security company employees. Filming is completely banned in certain sectors of Kabul where special security measures are in force. AfghanistanAsia – Pacific RSF_en to go further Organisation Newscenter_img News RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan Receive email alerts Follow the news on Afghanistan May 23, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 NATO force blacklists French journalist at US army’s behest May 3, 2021 Find out more News Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says March 11, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Oteil Burbridge & Marco Benevento Cover Grateful Dead, Allman Bros With Tom Hamilton [Watch]

first_imgThis past Sunday night, Tom Hamilton brought along his American Babies for what turned out to be a rocker of a Dead & Company after-party at Boulder, CO’s The Fox Theatre, with some great special guests keeping the place electrified for a night of music.Grahame Lesh and his Midnight North cohorts played a solid opening set of original Americana rock tunes, which included their own “Phoenix Motel” from Scarlet Skies, and a cover of Crosby, Stills, and Nash‘s “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” (they will be playing special tribute shows to CSNY at Brooklyn Bowl on July 29th and in San Fran on Aug. 12th). The group invited Hamilton out for a rousing cover of the Grateful Dead‘s “Viola Lee Blues,” and finished the set strong on “The Highway Song,” which featured beautiful vocals from singer Elliott Peck.With a packed house ready to keep the party going, American Babies did not disappoint. Their set began with original Babies songs “Fever Dreams” and “What Does It Mean To Be” from their latest release, An Epic Battle Between Light and Dark, before digging into T-Ham’s back catalog with Brothers Past‘s “Too Late To Call”, which turned the venue into a veritable dance party. If one thing is for certain, the current lineup of Hamilton on lead guitar/vocals, along with guitarist Justin Mazer, drummer Al Smith, acoustic guitarist/vocalist Raina Mullen, and bassist Mark Sosnoskie is a force to be reckoned with and completely locked in at this point in time. Will Trask from Denver-based funk act RunniKine joined the group on this special night for some additional help on percussion.Tom Hamilton Talks Almost Dead, American Babies & An Epic Battle Between Light And DarkAs billed, Hamilton’s fellow Joe Russo’s Almost Dead bandmate Marco Benevento joined the fray on “Old Time Religion” which led into his own “At The Show” from the mad scientist’s 2014 album Swift. Later on in the set, Dead & Co bassist Oteil Burbridge joined the group for a beautiful cover of The Allman Brothers Band‘s “Blue Sky,” which had everyone in the audience elated, and featured a sweet solo from Justin Mazer, along with great interplay between him, Hamilton, and Burbridge.With both Burbridge and Benevento sticking around on stage, the ensemble played an inspired “Eyes of the World” which kept the positive vibes going inside The Fox. A “Deal” encore brought the show to a successful end as everyone made their way out on the streets of Boulder. This was certainly the icing on the cake for what was an epic weekend in Colorado.[all photos courtesy of Joshua Elioseff – Dancer Productions Photography]Setlist: Midnight North at The Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO – 7/3/16One Night Stand – EPRoamin – AllWind & Roses – GLPhoenix Motel – EPSuite: Judy Blue Eyes – AllEveryday – GLViola Lee Blues – All w Tom HThe Highway Song – EPSetlist: Tom Hamilton’s American Babies at The Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO – 7/3/16Fever DreamsWhat Does It Mean To BeToo Late To CallSynth Driver Old Time Religion* >At The Show*^Blue Sky*%#Eyes Of The World*%Encore: Deal*%* with Marco Benevento^ Marco Benevento original (first time played)% with Oteil Burbridge # Allman Brothers original (first time played) Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Bolton Valley extends season pass deadline through its ‘Extra Innings’ weekend

first_imgBolton Valley Resort,In conjunction with its Extra Innings Weekend this weekend, Bolton Valley Resort has announced  that it is extending its early-bird season pass purchase deadline until Sunday, April 10 as well. The resort, just 30 minutes from Burlington, currently is offering the lowest prices on next year’s All-Access Season Pass until the new purchase deadline.‘The Extra Innings weekend has become a quick hit, and we felt that extending the season pass deadline through until the last day of this season made sense,’ said Bolton Valley President George B. Potter. ‘With extra days to purchase your season pass, the ‘extra’ them will be running wild at Bolton Valley this weekend for sure!’On Saturday and Sunday, April 9-10, skiers and riders wearing the logo of their favorite baseball team will pay just $25 for a lift ticket (regular lift tickets will be $29, all ages). The Vista Quad to the summit will run from 10 a.m. ‘ 5 p.m. both days. Timberline, Wilderness and all other lifts will be closed so terrain is for intermediate and advanced skiers and riders only. The Deli and the James Moore Tavern will be open, with specials in the Tavern. Half price deals on rental equipment and select retail items will be available as well. Season passes also will be honored.The 2011-2012 All-Access Season Passes now will be on sale through April 10 for $449 for adults and $159 (when purchased with a parent’s adult season pass) for youth ages 7-17. After the deadline, the pass prices will increase.A 2011-12 Bolton Valley All Access Season Pass includes: unlimited alpine skiing and riding; a 20 percent discount on rentals, retail shop purchases, group ski and ride lessons, and lodging (includes condos, suites, or hotel rooms); a Sports Center Membership including access to an indoor heated pool, hot tub, and sauna; and access to 6km of groomed Nordic and snowshoe terrain.Bolton Valley Resort is Vermont’s most convenient and affordable big mountain skiing. Less than 10 minutes from I-89 and less than 30 minutes from Burlington, the family-friendly mountain offers skiers and riders of all abilities three mountain peaks with 71 trails and 6 lifts, plus 3 terrain parks including the Burton Progression Park. Bolton Valley is one of only two ski resorts in the U.S. to implement wind power as an energy source and is the recipient of the National Ski Areas Association’s 2010 Silver Eagle Award for environmental initiatives. A complete Sports Center and Indoor Amusement Center plus Vermont’s most extensive top-to-bottom night skiing and riding are just a few of the extras available to guests.BOLTON VALLEY, Vt. (April 6, 2011)last_img read more

Crowder Celebrates Neon Steeple at The Space at Westbury

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York For those of you who might never have heard of him, David Crowder, aka Crowder, is a folktronica musician and former lead singer of the now-defunct David Crowder Band.The latter was an acclaimed Christian rock/modern worship band from Waco, Texas whose final album—Give Us Rest—debuted at No. 1 and No. 2 on the Billboard 200 charts, respectively. The group released nine albums between 1996 and its 2012 breakup, as well as a compilation, All This For A King: The Essential Collection, the following year.David Crowder Band was known for its incorporation of unconventional, often homemade instruments into its sound, created by the band’s drummer Jeremy Bush. These instruments ranged from a modified Speak & Spell to a silver box with switches and blue lights to a guitar-shaped controller from Guitar Hero, among others.Click here to learn about more concerts and events taking place at venues across Long Island in The Island Ear!Besides singing, Crowder played acoustic guitar, theremin, piano, keytar, electric guitar and programming in his namesake band. After its spit in 2012, he went solo.With his signature uber-long and bushy brown goatee, frizzly fro hairdo and Buddy Holly-esque eyeglasses, Crowder is much more than a musician and has a powerful connection to not just the sounds he creates but its message. David Crowder band has its origins with Crowder’s realization that nearly half the entire student population at Baylor University, a Christian university, were not attending church. So he did what any other inspired rocker/believer would: He co-founded a new university—University Baptist Church in Waco, Texas in 1995. (He was still a student!)Crowder became the pastor of worship at his new institute of higher learning, of course, and led worship throughout the year. This is where Crowder’s musical passions and religious devotion collided. He began to write songs specifically to incorporate into the church’s worship sessions.This led to an independent CD released by the church, 1996’s Pour Over Me, and then All I Can Say two years later, and eventually, invitations to play the music at festivals and events. The band got signed and began to tour extensively—returning, as band legend has it, to their home church for most Sundays.As mentioned earlier, Crowder is more than just a musician, and David Crowder Band was more than just your typical group. Not content on merely creating Christian rock with standard instruments and sounds, David Crowder Band merged the realms of folk, alt-rock, bluegrass, electronic ambiance and worship.David Crowder Band’s music was constantly evolving, constantly being reshaped, forever in a state of growth yet somehow also firmly rooted in Crowder and band members’ unwavering faith.Now solo, Crowder takes those visions and gives them new wings, new purpose, new meaning. Don’t miss this inspiring opportunity to catch him live at The Space at Westbury and experience all his music’s wonder, all its splendor, all its life, for yourself!Originally slated for a February 2014 release, his debut solo work Neon Steeple dropped just this May, and its lead single “I Am” rose to No. 3 on the Billboard Christian Songs chart!So come on down and let’s experience Crowder and his moving, inspirational, revelatory notes, together!The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. With Capital Kings and Ellie Holcomb. General Admission $25/VIP $55. Doors 7 p.m./Show 8 p.m. October 9last_img read more

Spring (and year-round!) training

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Now that the Super Bowl is over (congrats, Broncos!), the normal flow of the universe is to direct our attention to spring training. And that got me thinking…spring training…training…compliance… compliance training! (Hey, it’s how a compliance geek’s mind works – you know what I’m talking about!)Surprisingly, there aren’t very many training requirements specifically stated in law or regulation. However, even when training isn’t specifically required by statute or regulation, it’s still critical that your credit union provide job-appropriate training for staff and board members. While staff members are responsible for carrying out many of the day-to-day requirements contained in regulations, and board members have the broad responsibility for directing and controlling the affairs of the credit union, both groups have a shared responsibility to ensure that your credit union complies with all applicable laws and regulations. In order to do so, they need to know the “what” and “why” of those laws and regulation.So, on to training that is specifically stated in law or regulation:Bank Secrecy Act [Section 5318(h)] — Requires financial institutions to have an anti-money laundering program that includes an ongoing employee-training program.NCUA Rules and Regulations §748.2(b) — Requires all federally-insured credit unions to have a Bank Secrecy Act program in writing, approved by the board of directors of the institution, and noted in the minutes. The program must provide training for appropriate personnel. However, while no interval is mandated for providing that training, from a practical standpoint (i.e., what examiners or auditors are looking for) you would be foolish to conduct training less than annually. continue reading »last_img read more

Long Island Press Wins Top Journalism Awards & Honors

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Long Island Press brought home nearly two dozen honors at recent local, state and regional journalism awards competitions, earning top prizes and dominating the best website categories at the Society of Professional Journalists’ Press Club of Long Island Media Awards, New York Press Association‘s Better Newspaper Contest and CUNY Graduate School of Journalism Center for Community and Ethnic Media‘s Ippies Awards.The Press won honors across a broad range of categories at the 2016 Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Press Club of Long Island (PCLI) Media Awards, held June 2 at Woodbury Country Club, with five additional prizes awarded in addition to clinching the top award in the highly competitive Best Website category for the second year in a row—testament to the outstanding efforts of Press New Media Director Michael Conforti and the Long Island Press staff.The annual contest and awards gala recognizes excellence in journalism across media outlets throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties and the region: in print, on radio, television and online. PCLI is the local chapter of SPJ, the largest journalism organization in the country.Press Managing Editor and PCLI Board Member Timothy Bolger received one of the group’s highest honors, its Phil Spahn Memorial Award, presented to a PCLI member demonstrating leadership, ability and outstanding service to journalism, PCLI and the community.Press Publisher and parent company Morey Publishing President Jed Morey clinched First Place honors in the Narrative Profile category for his in-depth portrait “Shamar Thomas Freed From Northport VA After Controversial Detention; Marine’s Stay Highlights Plight Of Fellow Vets,” documenting in colorful detail the Iraqi War veteran-turned-Occupy Wall Street hero’s dubious stay at the medical facility.The Press sports department once again took home First Place honors in the Narrative Sports News category with Press Multimedia Reporter Rashed Mian’s detailed “After Missed Opportunity, Cosmos Get Second Shot At Cuba.”Press Senior Editor Spencer Rumsey took home Second and Third Place honors in the Narrative Travel and Non-Local News/Feature categories for his emotionally moving reflections on his trek to France in the wake of the January 2015 Charlie Hebdo terror attack and his time in Nepal years before its devastating April 2015 earthquake, respectively—“Thinking About Veterans Day, D-Day & The Liberation Of France Today” and “What Nepal Has Lost Is A Lesson For Humanity.”The same evening as the SPJ PCLI Awards, Press staffers were being honored for their journalistic endeavors at a gathering of academics, elected officials and veteran and fellow journalists from throughout New York City held at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism Center for Community and Ethnic Media Ippies Awards.Originally awarded by the Independent Press Association of New York, the annual Ippies Awards are now presented by the school’s Center for Community and Ethnic Media (CCEM), and are the only journalism awards in NYC given to ethnic and community media outlets to recognize reporting in English and other languages across print, photography, video and both print and online design.Mian’s comprehensive portrait of the history, congregation and significance of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church in the wake of the June 2015 racially motivated mass slayings at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C.—“Borne Out Of Racism, Defiant AME Church Preaches Social Justice Through Gospel”—clinched First Place in the Best Story About a Community category.Press New Media Director Michael Conforti and the Long Island Press Staff won Second Place in the Best Overall Design Of An Online Publication category for staffers earned 10 awards at the annual New York Press Association (NYPA) Better Newspaper Contest, held during the group’s Spring Convention at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs on April 8 and 9.The awards competition, held each year since 1930, recognizes journalistic excellence across newspapers and media outlets throughout New York State—the Press sweeping its 2010 and 2012 contests and claiming its highest honor, the Stuart C. Dorman Award for Editorial Excellence.This year’s contest included 2,836 entries submitted by 177 newspapers vying for accolades across 64 categories, in addition to the Dorman award, Newspaper Of The Year and the John. J. Evans Award For Advertising Excellence, among others. Submissions were judged by members of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association.Despite solely publishing online, the Press ranked fifth overall, with inclusion in “The Top Five—Single Flag Newspapers” in total contest points.Conforti and the Press staff again earned the top spot for, scoring First Place honors in the Best News Web Site category, with a lengthy, gushing analysis from judges:“Wow, what a beautifully designed site. Form and function work effectively side-by-side on this well executed website. A hierarchy of dominant images and headlines and smaller clusters of descending significance plays just as well on the digital platform as it does in our print editions,” they gushed. “This coupled with the clean layout swaths a clear path for the eyes to follow, free of distraction and clutter. Each item is illustrated with impactful images to draw the visitor in.“But this site isn’t just a pretty face, the thought-provoking insightful writing is complemented by the stylish presentation,” the judges continued. “The range from in-depth analysis and news articles, to entertainment guides, to news of the weird provides quality content for a broad variety of site users. The advertising, from site sponsors, is tastefully presented in large format with enough space to express their messages. Site navigation is easy and intuitive. Newsletter sign-up is simple too.“Overall excellent job.”Press staffers also received First Place honors in the Best Interaction With Readers category.“Clever and engaging,” declared judges. “A great laugh for those of us in the industry.”Mian’s aforementioned “Borne Out Of Racism, Defiant AME Church Preaches Social Justice Through Gospel” clinched First Place for Coverage Of Religion, with judges proclaiming:“Great narrative storytelling delving into profiles of those who have made a difference at a local AME Church and a comprehensive look [at] its history.”Press Staff Writer and Education Reporter Jaime Franchi earned Second Place honors in the Coverage Of Education category for her in-depth, masterfully crafted series of articles regarding the ongoing controversy surrounding Common Core education reform policies, including “Common Core Critics Blast Cuomo’s Latest Comments On ‘Deeply Flawed’ Program” and “L.I. Teacher Refuses To Administer Common Core Tests, Urges Others To Join Her.”“Really good writing and the stories are very compelling and pull the reader along,” noted judges.Franchi and Press Publisher Jed Morey combined forces to bring home Second Place honors in the Feature Story category, with an entry package that included Morey’s aforementioned “Shamar Thomas Freed From Northport VA After Controversial Detention; Marine’s Stay Highlights Plight Of Fellow Vets.”“Wow,” exclaimed judges. “Now this is a story. Well written and intense, vivid. Interesting. This piece stood out. Thank you for writing it. The subject was difficult, but the piece was easy to read. Again, this was a difficult division to judge. It feels, frankly, like there are many, many top-notch publications in New York. There are so many talented writers. Great job.”Franchi and Mian brought home Second Place honors in the Sports Feature category, continuing a tradition of wins for the Press sports department that spans years.“Interesting and well-written story about a novel approach to baseball that I’d never heard of before,” commented judges.Team Press was also awarded Second Place honors for Best Overall Use Of Social Media.“Around the clock updating of local news, keeping their tens of thousands of followers responding and engaged.”Rumsey, Bolger and Press contributors Kaitlin Gallagher and Sylvia Durres brought home Third Place honors in the Coverage Of The Environment category for their series of articles including, among others: “With Brown & Red Tides In Full Bloom, Experts Strategize Solutions,” “Down In The Dumps: How The Islip Garbage Barge Compares To The Town’s Toxic Dumping Scandal” and “Controversial Mute Swans ‘Management Plan’ Public Input Period Ending.”“This is how you turn what might be considered routine breaking stories into information-rich resources for local readers,” judges swooned. “Writers’ versatility, knowledge, and keen interest in the subject matter show through in an impressive variety of topics and issues.”Press staffers received Third Place nods in the Best Use Of Technology On The Web category, with judges saying about its popular “Best Of L.I.” program:“Great best of content with a lot of great information, easy expansion to the topics that are important, excellent use of the readers ability to vote and the business ability to partner with you.”Bolger and Rumsey also garnered Honorable Mention nods in the Coverage Of Business, Financial & Economic News category.“Serious, well-researched and—most importantly—relevant coverage of Long Island business,” praised judges.last_img read more

Gerindra politician under fire for ‘entrapping’ prostitute for morality campaign

first_imgGerindra Party lawmaker Andre Rosiade’s efforts to catch a prostitute in flagrante has drawn criticism from rights activists and watchdogs, who said that the West Sumatra politician’s stunt did little to address underlying social problems.On Jan. 26, Andre told West Sumatra Police that a sex worker was meeting a client in a Padang hotel room. The police’s cybercrime unit raided the room, where they arrested a 27-year-old woman, identified only as NN, who they suspected of being a prostitute. The police did not, however, arrest NN’s alleged client, who NN said had “used” her sexually.Saya bersama aparat kepolisian, membongkar kegiatan praktek prostitusi online di salah satu hotel di Kota Padang.Ini kedepan harus menjadi pelajaran dan bahan evaluasi bagi kita. Ini bukan PR polisi saja. Namun PR kita semua.— Andre Rosiade (@andre_rosiade) January 27, 2020Andre recorded the aftermath of the raid and posted it to his Twitter account the following Monday, saying that the he and the police had “exposed the practice of online prostitution” at the hotel. He later said that a local resident had been the one to order NN’s services but that his aide had provided the hotel room where she was eventually arrested.He went on to say that the raid was important because online prostitution was rampant in Padang, and many people believed that it was one of the reasons why natural disasters hit the area.”Do we want earthquakes in Padang? Do we want tsunamis in Padang?” he asked on Wednesday, as quoted by everyone appreciated Andre’s accomplishment, however. The National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas PA), for example, condemned the raid and accused Andre of acting as a “morality police” and using NN for his own political benefit. “Sacrificing a prostitute automatically makes someone’s image look better by comparison,” Mariana Amiruddin, a Komnas PA commissioner said on Tuesday, as quoted by “[Andre’s] goal is not to overcome the real problem of prostitution, but rather it is to improve [his] image.” Fellow Komnas PA commissioner Siti Aminah Tardi echoed Mariana’s comments, adding that the Criminal Code’s article on prostitution was aimed at pimps rather than the sex workers themselves. “It’s odd that NN was arrested on a prostitution charge, because Article 298 [of the Criminal Code] is aimed at people who benefit from prostitution, and that means the pimps,” she said. Indonesian Ombudsman official Ninik Rahayu agreed with Siti, saying that the police should investigate whether or not the raid followed the proper procedures. “We are all agreed that we should eradicate human trafficking, but we shouldn’t forget about victim protection, and there certainly shouldn’t be any arbitrariness in the process,” Ninik said in a statement on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Padang women’s group Nurani Perempuan Women’s Crisis Center created an online petition calling for the West Sumatra Police to free NN.“NN is a victim and we support her,” the petition said.Andre, however, denied “trapping” the woman and said that the raid had followed the proper procedures.“The police will not name a person a suspect when there is not enough evidence,” Andre said, as quoted by, who is still in West Sumatra Police custody, said she hoped she would soon be free as she had left her child with her neighbor before she went to the hotel. (hol/kmt)Topics :last_img read more

Premier League braced for TV losses as player protests mount

first_img“We were able to update our clubs today on our situation with broadcasters, which is obviously confidential,” said Premier League CEO Richard Masters.”Whatever happens, there’s going to be significant loss of revenue for clubs. That is inevitable.”We were able to paint a picture today about what would happen in various scenarios, playing out the season and not playing out the season, to allow them to have a picture of that as we stand in the early part of May.”The rebate to broadcasters would surge to an estimated £760 million if the season cannot be completed. Masters has previously warned of a £1 billion loss once the absence of gate receipts is taken into account. Player fears However, England internationals Raheem Sterling and Danny Rose are the two latest high-profile players to raise their concerns over a return to contact sport when the rest of society is being advised to follow social-distancing guidelines. “The moment we do go back it just needs to be a moment where it’s not just for footballing reasons, it’s safe for not just us footballers but the whole medical staff, referees,” Sterling told his YouTube channel.”[I am] not scared, but reserved and thinking what the worst outcome could be.”I’ve had friends whose grandma has passed away, I’ve had family members as well that have passed away.”British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in parliament on Monday that the return of sport on TV would “provide a much-needed boost to national morale” in a country that has been one of the worst hit by the global pandemic, with the government officially recording more than 32,000 deaths from COVID-19.”People’s lives are at risk,” Rose, who is on loan at Newcastle from Tottenham, told an Instagram live.”Football shouldn’t even be spoken about coming back until the numbers have dropped massively.”But Gordon Taylor, the chief executive of England’s Professional Footballers’ Association, said many of his members would be open to playing again provided “everything that can be done is being done” to assure their safety. “We’ve got to try it, see if we can do it and see if we can return to some form of activity,” Taylor told the Mirror.”But it’s also being as careful and having as many assurances as possible that it’s achievable.” Premier League clubs face having to pay a huge refund to broadcasters even if they manage to complete the coronavirus-disrupted season behind closed doors.Broadcasters would be reimbursed for matches not being played as scheduled and the lack of atmosphere in empty stadiums is also a factor.The BBC reported the bill facing the English top-flight, which continued talks on “Project Restart” on Monday, could be as high as £340 million ($420 million). For the first time on Monday, the 20 Premier League clubs discussed models that may have to be used to decide final standings if it is not deemed safe to resume.New government guidelines have paved the way for elite sport to return behind closed doors in England from June 1. Complications The Premier League are due to meet the PFA and the managers’ union later this week to discuss protocols for a return to group training. A further complication for Project Restart is where any matches would be played, with the clubs opposed to a proposal for a limited number of neutral venues to be used.The UK’s national football policing lead, previously stated resuming matches on a home-and-away basis would “present challenges” to the emergency services.But Mark Roberts said on Tuesday that police, government and football authorities were working together on a plan “which minimizes any risks to public safety and unnecessary pressure on public services, but facilitates a sensible restart to the season.”London Mayor Sadiq Khan has come out against the idea of playing matches in the capital at this stage, with the city having been particularly badly hit by the pandemic.Five of the 20 Premier League sides are based in London.”With the country still in the grips of this crisis, and hundreds of people dying every day, he believes that it is too early to be discussing the resumption of the Premier League and top-flight sport in the capital,” Khan’s spokesperson told the Evening Standard.Topics :last_img read more

ASEAN expects commitment to regional stability in upcoming ministerial meetings: Retno

first_imgASEAN expects members to commit to regional political and economic stability during a series of ministerial meetings next week, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said on Friday.Retno said at least 19 virtual meetings, including the 53rd ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and the Post Ministerial Conferences (PMCs), would take place from Sept. 9 to 12, under the chairmanship of Vietnam led by Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh.“In this series of ASEAN meetings, several outcome documents are planned to be adopted, including the joint communiqué of the AMM to emphasize the commitment of the foreign ministers to maintain regional political and economic stability,” Retno said in a virtual ministry press briefing on Friday. “The ratification of the Plan of Action between ASEAN and dialogue partners, as well as several other outcome documents, are still to be negotiated,” she added.Retno further said that on the sidelines of the meeting, ASEAN foreign ministers would also attend several other meetings, including the Dialogue on Strengthening Women’s Role for Sustainable Peace and Security, the AMM Interface with AICHR Representatives and the ASEAN Coordinating Council Special Meeting on Sub-Regional Cooperation.The ASEAN Ministerial Meeting is an important forum for the ten-nation bloc, underpinned by the issuance of the joint communiqué, a policy document that lays out the collective regional stance on various issues of common concern.Topics :last_img read more

More firefighting tugs en route to container ship burning off Nova Scotia

first_imgHALIFAX — More help is on the way for a Halifax-bound container ship that has been burning off Canada’s East Coast since Jan. 3.A spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard says two more fire-fighting tugs, the Atlantic Enterprise out of New York and the Union Sovereign out of Rotterdam, N.Y., are en route to the Yantian Express.Chief Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Canup says the ship remained about 1,700 kilometres southeast of Halifax early Monday and it’s not clear when the new tugs will arrive because of “heavy weather.”Two tugs have been on the scene for days, and the German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd says the fire involving multiple containers aboard the Yantian Express is “widely contained and under control.”The 320-metre ship was travelling to Halifax from Colombo, Sri Lanka, via the Suez Canal when a container caught fire on the forward deck on Jan 3.The ship was evacuated after the fire spread to other containers, but five crew members returned last Wednesday.Canup says the company is making plans for what they will do next.Hapag-Lloyd spokesman Tim Seifert said in an email there was no estimated time of arrival to Halifax, “or any other port,” for the Yantian Express.He says it is still not yet possible to estimate the damage to the container ship or its cargo.Canup said Monday the ship is not posing a hazard to other traffic.“It’s 930 nautical miles southeast of Halifax — rather open water,” he said.The Canadian Presslast_img read more