first_img IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesReligious intolerance WomenJudicial harassmentImpunityViolenceFreedom of expression News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the Indian authorities to respect press freedomand to protect Swathi Vadlamudi, a journalist who is charged with blasphemy and is thetarget of a campaign of violent online harassment and death threats over a cartoon shedrew of two Hindu gods. June 10, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on India April 18, 2018 – Updated on August 23, 2019 India: Journalist hounded, charged over allegedly blasphemous cartoon India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media The threats against Vadlamudi on social networks have mixed extreme misogyny and vulgarity, with overtones of hatred towards Muslims. Indian journalists are often the targets of death threats when their reporting or views annoy the followers of Hindutva, the ideology behind Hindu extremism.At least 13 Indian journalists have been murdered in connection with their work since the start of 2015. India is ranked 136th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. News RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 Help by sharing this information April 27, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Swathi Vadlamudi, who works at the bureau of The Hindu newspaper in Hyderabad, the capital of the southern state of Telangana, is facing a possible three-year jail sentence as a result of an accusation of hurting religious sentiments under section 295 (a) of the criminal code that was brought against her on 16 April.Facebook users have predicted that she will suffer the same fate as Gauri Lankesh, a well-known newspaper editor who was gunned down last September, probably by Hindu nationalists. One post said she could be the target of a “Charlie Hebdo-style attack,” referring to the January 2015 massacre of journalists at the French satirical weekly.Vadlamudi’s cartoon, posted on Twitter on 10 April, alluded to recent far-right Hindu demonstrations calling for the release of Hindu activists and a member of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) held on suspicion of involvement in the rape of a minor and the gang-rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl from a Muslim nomadic community.The cartoon shows the goddess Sita holding a newspaper with headlines about these sex crimes and saying to her husband, the god Ram: “I’m so glad I was kidnapped by Ravan and not by your bhakts.” Her comment refers to the ancient epic poem Ramayana about her abduction by a demon, and to Hindu activists known as bhakts who support Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP.“Instead of aggravating the disgraceful online harassment with judicial proceedings, the Telangana authorities should be doing everything possible to ensure that Swathi Vadlamudi is protected,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk.“Amid all the current outrage about the tragedies that were the subject of this cartoon, a public debate is essential, including by means of cartoons. At the national level, with a year to go to parliamentary elections, BJP leaders and activists must demonstrate that they are ready to respect the freedom of expression of journalists who do not necessarily share their opinions.” to go further Organisation News News An Indian protester holds a placard saying “Hindutva Followers, Beware” during a “Not in my name” silent protest in New Delhi on June 28, 2017, following a spate of anti-Muslim killings (photo: Chandan Khanna / AFP). In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival RSF_en IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesReligious intolerance WomenJudicial harassmentImpunityViolenceFreedom of expression March 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

first_imgSeveral Indianapolis Schools are finding it hard to schedule football games because they are in lower classifications than their traditional opponents.  Schools like Chatard and Roncalli are forming alliances with larger schools such as Columbus North and Terre Haute North.What it boils down to is that the parochial schools in Indiana not only have to travel to play out of state opponents, but also find that there are not enough parochial schools available to fill their schedule. Locally, Oldenburg Academy fights this same problem.I find it hard to sympathize with schools like Chatard since they have dominated the football playoffs for years.  Most people will not sympathize with someone who has 7 or 8 state titles and their school has none.  It will be interesting to see how this alliance works.last_img read more

first_imgSAN JOSE — For a handful of young players, the Sharks’ game Tuesday against the Anaheim Ducks likely represents their last shot at leaving the type of impression needed to make the NHL roster once the regular season begins next month.For others, it’s a chance to reinforce the positive strides they’ve already made.Competition for the final few roster spots came into greater focus Monday when the Sharks trimmed their training camp numbers to 32 players — 17 forwards, 12 defensemen and three …last_img read more

first_img“During the 2010 Fifa World Cup, we showed that together, we can achieve anything. We showed that ubuntu is more than a word …” Brand South Africa’s latest video calls on South Africans to “keep wearing the flag with all your heart … keep making ours the greatest country in the world. Put your soul into it!”.Click arrow to play video.last_img

first_imgAvery johnsons smiles at alabama podium.avery johnson alabamaAvery Johnson turned in a pretty decent season in his first year as head coach of Alabama men’s basketball, leading the rebuilding Crimson Tide to an 18-15 record and an NIT berth. Johnson was previously a pretty successful NBA head coach, leading the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA Finals in 2006, competing against great head coaches like the San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich.After his first season in Tuscaloosa, Johnson thinks there are some pretty significant similarities between Alabama’s Nick Saban and Popovich, two of the great coaches ever in their respective sports. He discussed those similarities on ESPN’s Mike & Mike this morning. SEC Country transcribed the interview:“You look at Coach Saban, look at all the guys that are going in the first round this year,” Johnson told the show Monday morning. “Those guys, every single day — I’ve been on the practice field with those guys — Coach Saban gets after them really hard. But they listen, they take it and all of those guys are very competitive. Coach Saban and Coach Popovich, they have a lot in common.”…“They’re both about habits, and habits are formed in practice,” Johnson said. “When you look at what happens in the game, it’s a direct reflection on the discipline and details that their teams perform with in practice. Both guys are very, very competitive — I don’t think either of them wants to lose a game of checkers or chess — and they have a high level of expectation every single day with everything that they do.”At first glance, Saban and Popovich don’t seem that similar, but they definitely share a bunch of traits the more you think about it.[SEC Country]last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Scientists with the Geological Survey of Canada have confirmed that at least two earthquakes have occurred in the B.C. Peace Region since late Sunday.Earlier Monday, Moose FM received several reports of earthquakes that had been felt by area residents in the past 24 hours. The first earthquake reportedly occurred near Rose Prairie on Monday afternoon, while the second occurred near Farmington early Tuesday morning.A map of all catalogued earthquakes in Western Canada, Alaska, and the Western United States in the past 30 days. Photo by Natural Resources Canada. Seismologist Dr. Honn Kao with the Survey’s Victoria office confirmed that seismometers picked up a number of seismic events that occurred in the region in the past several days below magnitude 4. He confirmed that a M2.8 tremor occurred at 4:25 Monday afternoon just 12 kilometres north-northeast of Fort St. John at a depth of only 4.7 kilometres. Another smaller but even shallower quake occurred 25 kilometres west-northwest of Dawson Creek at 7:21 p.m. Sunday. That quake had a magnitude of only 1.9, but a depth of only 3.3 kilometres.Dr. Kao did not confirmed the other quake that reportedly occurred at around 6:45 Tuesday morning near Farmington, but that seismologists are still poring over data. He explained that earthquakes smaller than magnitude 4.0 are usually too small to be automatically pinpointed by the network seismographs in the Peace Region, meaning scientists don’t usually analyze such data immediately unless those smaller earthquakes are felt. Dr. Kao said that the shallow depth of the two confirmed quakes meant that scientists have alerted the BC Oil and Gas Commission to investigate whether there was any oil and gas industry activity occurring in the vicinity at the time of the quakes. At this point, there’s no word from the OGC about whether there was any industry activity occurring at the time.A list and map of all catalogued earthquakes that have occurred in B.C. and Alberta in the past 30 days can be found here: http://www.earthquakescanada.nrcan.gc.ca/recent/maps-cartes/index-en.php?maptype=30d&CHIS_SZ=bcwalast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The AAP has planned to reach out to the women at the ground level to gather a different support base from the women. Various surveys and internal study of the party also showed that the party has a strong voter base among the women in Delhi. Party’s women wing along with the leaders would go to the door to the women and talk to them. Here the party would focus on the issue of safety and also on education. “Our party believes in the empowerment of women. The chief minister from him rallies also promised that after we get the full statehood he will make Delhi a safe city. We will take these messages to the women,” said a leader. The party has also planned various door to campaign mostly by the local MLAs. ” In all these local meetings we see a huge number of women present. We believe that reaching to the women differently would help us,” the leader added. The party also launched a “Metro Campaign” at the heart of the capital, Connaught Place this week. In order to speed up the full statehood movement, the women wing of the party started the campaign from the Rajiv Chowk Metro Station. As a part of the campaign, a team of four women was deployed at all eight gates of the Metro station. The team was seen appealing to passersby to vote for AAP candidates.last_img read more

first_imgNEW DELHI: The star campaigners of Congress including its president Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, former prime minister Manmohan Singh and Shatrughan Sinha will blaze campaign trail for party candidates for Lok Sabha polls in Delhi. The party has drawn up a list of 40 senior leaders including Delhi Congress president Sheila Dikshit for the campaigning that will pick up pace in the coming days, according to party leaders.”We have sought permission of high command for a major road show of Rahul Gandhi or Priyanka Vadra, before May 6,” said a senior Delhi Congress leader. The Congress plans to hold a series of road shows of Gandhi siblings and other prominent leaders, rather than organising a big public rally, party insiders said.last_img read more

Global Olympic gold medals per capita are at their lowest point since the first modern Olympics in 1896.There are 306 events at the Olympics this summer, with one gold medal per event.1Though an extra gold or two could result from ties. Also, more than one athlete can share a medal in team and relay events, so the number of athletes earning medals is greater than the number of medals in the country-by-country medal table. There are more than 7.3 billion people worldwide. That’s fewer than 42 events for every billion people, and that ratio has been declining since the 2000 Sydney Games, when the Olympics grew to 300 events, up 11 percent from 1996 and 48 percent higher than in 1980.In 2002, an International Olympic Committee report warned that the games were growing too big. “Today, the Olympic Movement must contend with the reality that more sports want to participate in the Olympic Games, more athletes want to compete in the Olympic Games, more people want to attend the Olympic Games, and more media want to cover the Olympic Games,” the report said. As a result, the cost of hosting the games was increasing and some countries were being left out of the running in bids to serve as host, according to the report.The IOC has heeded the report’s warning and pressed pause on the Summer Olympics’ rapid growth rate.2The number of events in the Winter Olympics hasn’t stopped growing, in part because those games are so much smaller than the Summer Games. Population numbers for the per capita numbers in the text and chart are from the U.S. Census Bureau, which has annual estimates since 1950. For Olympics before 1950, I used United Nations 1999 estimates compiled by the Census Bureau for global population in 1850, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940 and 1950, interpolating for Olympic years for which an estimate wasn’t available by assuming linear growth between estimated years. Though events per capita were much higher in the first half of the 20th century, everything that surrounded those events has grown, including the number of security forces and members of the media. Also, many more athletes today compete per event, from far more countries, than did then. The number of events has not quite doubled since 1920, but the number of participating athletes is roughly four times higher today and the number of participating countries is about seven times higher.3Media reports put the number of athletes this summer at somewhere between 10,500 and more than 11,000, and the number of countries at 206 or 207; the organizing committee’s media office didn’t respond to a request for a count.The decrease in events per capita has meant more athletes are competing for a chance to win roughly the same number of medals. It also has meant that sports not yet in the Olympics have had a hard time breaking into the games, and when they have, it has usually come at the expense of others, such as baseball and softball. That will change in Tokyo, though, as yet another new Olympic philosophy on growth will bring five new sports into the fold. read more

Sophomore outside hitter Reese Devilbiss hits the ball over the net during the finalset of No. 3 Ohio State’s match against No. 8 Penn State on Jan. 28, 2018 in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes defeated the Nittany Lions in straight sets (25-19, 25-15, 25-17) to pick up their fifth win of the season. Credit: Aliyyah Jackson | Senior ReporterThe No. 5 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (11-2, 4-0 MIVA) added a fourth conference win  after defeating Quincy (8-6, 0-4 MIVA) in three sets (25-22, 25-15, 25-15).The first set began as a blowout for the Buckeyes, who started the set with a 10 point lead, 12-2. In the next 20 plays, however, the Hawks made a comeback through a series of kills by Quincy senior outside hitter Anthony Winter and sophomore outside hitter Omari Wheeler. The Hawks also capitalized on Ohio State’s errors and pulled within one point, trailing 18-17.“It was a little disappointing the way we came out and got a big lead in set one and then just kind of gave them some runs of points on our errors,” Ohio State head coach Pete Hanson said.The Buckeyes scored seven more points and kept the Hawks at bay to win the set 25-22. Ohio State senior outside hitter Maxime Hervoir hit a .556 and contributed six of the team’s 14 kills in the opening set. Redshirt junior middle blocker Blake Leeson came alive in the second set, helping out the team both in defense and offense with three blocks and two kills. Ohio State hit a .526 and won the second set 25-15.The third set of the match was another struggle for the Hawks, who hit .000 for the second-straight set. Quincy had a total of four kills compared to the Buckeyes’ 15 kills. Dominating the set, Ohio State spread out its offense with consistent attacks across the board, leading to another 25-15 win to seal the match.Hanson said he felt his team did well responding to the rough first set, bouncing back to dominate the final two sets of the match.“It was nice to see that the guys understood that’s not acceptable, and they played a much cleaner game in sets two and three and did what we’re capable of doing,” he said.Throughout the match, Hervoir and ’ sophomore outside hitter Reese Devilbiss stood out offensively. Hervoir led the team with 11 kills and Devilbiss had a team-high 13.5 points. Leeson topped the blocking leaderboard with four total blocks.The Buckeyes have not lost a conference game and Quincy has not won a conference game, so the Buckeyes had to deal with the threat of remaining focused despite the difference in the level of competition. “I knew it would be a team that if we fell asleep, it would be hard,” Hervoir said. “Like you have seen, in the first set, they came back. We were way ahead and they came back slowly just because we fell asleep. Because of that, I was ready to put energy on the court and help everybody to talk, talk, talk, talk.”Despite winning, Hervoir said Ohio State did not play as aggressively as he felt it should. read more