first_imgIn a surge of public support for Malaysiakini after the trial, a crowdfunding campaign brought the website enough money to cover the fine in less than six hours. News Organisation to go further News Malaysian cartoonist Zunar facing possible sedition charge again Receive email alerts A website renowned for investigating corruption, Malaysiakini was fined 500,000 ringgits (nearly 100,000 euros) by a federal court on 19 February after being found guilty of contempt of court because of five small comments criticizing the judiciary that readers posted at the foot of an article published in June. In a new development today, prosecutors opened a sedition investigation into Gan’s comments after the 19 February hearing, in which he criticized the court’s decision. A sedition charge carries a possible three-year jail sentence. Against all logic, presiding judge Rohana Yusuf ruled that Malaysiakini failed to moderate the “reprehensible” and “spurious” comments correctly, ignoring the fact that its moderators took them down as soon as the police drew them to the website’s attention. The record fine imposed by the court was more than twice what the prosecution requested. Malaysiakini editor-in-chief Steven Gan, who was also accused of contempt in the case brought by attorney general Idrus Harun, was nonetheless acquitted. RSF denounces Malaysia’s harassment of Al Jazeera journalists “We condemn this absurd verdict and sentence that is out of all proportion to Malaysiakini’s alleged offence, and we call on prosecutors to immediate terminate the sedition investigation, for which there are absolutely no grounds,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “This case will have a major impact on independent media and their way of interacting with readers, and will inevitably end up affecting the quality of the public debate in Malaysia. It is also liable to reinforce the climate of self-censorship that has taken hold in the media since Muhyiddin Yassin became prime minister a year ago. We urge this government to fully commit to upholding press freedom.” Help by sharing this information August 7, 2020 Find out more January 29, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Climate of self-censorship February 22, 2021 Record fine for Malaysian news site over readers’ comments Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the record fine imposed on Malaysiakini, one of Malaysia’s leading investigative news sites, for readers’ comments critical of the judiciary, and the subsequent sedition investigation into its editor for criticizing the court’s decision. This is liable to result in more self-censorship in the media, RSF warned, reiterating its call for the government to show that it is determined to defend press freedom. Malaysiakini editor-in-chief Steven Gan outside the palace of justice in Malaysia on 19 February (photo: AFP). March 17, 2021 Find out more After Malaysians voted to remove Najib Razak as prime minister in 2018, the country rose 44 places in two years in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index. But, since a new coalition government led by Muhyiddin Yassin took office in March, press freedom violations have surged and Malaysia’s current ranking, 101st out of 180 countries, is unlikely to be maintained. News MalaysiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesOnline freedomsMedia independence InternetEconomic pressureJudicial harassment New Malaysian ordinance threatens very concept of truth News RSF_en Speaking to journalists after the 19 February hearing, Gan said: “The hefty fine against us is really an attempt not to just shut us up but to shut us down.” He added that it would have “a tremendous chilling impact on discussions of issues of public interest.” Follow the news on Malaysia MalaysiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesOnline freedomsMedia independence InternetEconomic pressureJudicial harassment last_img read more

first_imgSecond, the country needs to create a much more flexible labour market. Sharma argues that the Modi government, despite having the first majority in 30 years, still repeats the mantra that labour law reform is subject to the unions’ approval, and that it must not be biased towards the employer. The problem is that, with very inflexible labour markets, employers fear they cannot make staff redundant easily, even if the companies are facing losses that deter investment in industry in large parts of the country.Modi, it seems, has dismissed ‘hire and fire’ as a “Western concept”, not in keeping with Indian culture. Such an attitude, while great for those already in employment, is not so good for those seeking it. It is also arguably one of the reasons why the UK and US are experiencing more vibrant economies than many European countries such as France, which also has more rigid labour laws.Third, Sharma argues that the country needs genuine administrative reform. It is the incapacity and inefficiency of the state, he says, that poses the greatest hurdle for the economy – as anyone who has experienced Indian bureaucracy can testify. In particular, ministries need to become policy-making, not rule-making, centres, with independent agencies and regulators empowered to make the rules instead.Fourth, Sharma argues that India needs to reform its budget and expenditure mechanism. Making the Union Budget use accrual-based accounting instead of a cash-based one, he says, would increase transparency while cutting the Union government out of the process of disbursing monies to the states for schemes they are implementing and evaluating.What irks Sharma most is the government’s astounding timidity on reform. In principle, any major reform creates losers as well as winners, yet the economy as a whole is better off. What should be a worry is whether Modi’s administration becomes hijacked by vested interests that thwart the promises of change that swept him into power.Joseph Mariathasan is a contributing editor at IPE The prime minister’s timidity in the face of much-needed reform is astonishing, writes Joseph MariathasanIndia’s growth rate is now comparable with China’s, but it still lags far behind in many respects, most notably in the state of its infrastructure. India’s current prime minister, Narendra Modi, came into power in May 2014 on a wave of optimism and hope that his administration would finally produce the changes required to transform the economy. More than two years later, there has certainly been some changes, accompanied by much hype, but many commentators are disappointed and frustrated by his inability to create the “Big Bang” changes the economy requires.Economist Mihir Sharma argues there are four key problems the Modi administration has failed to tackle.First, he says, India should be privatising those businesses that governments should not be in. The most notable example is the national carrier, Air India, which Sharma describes as a national disgrace in terms of service quality. It is seen as a bottomless sink for taxpayer rupees and a constant source of undercutting and instability in the aviation sector. He, along with many others, argue that dozens of Indian public sector units are a drain on public resources and productive capacity, and should be sold off.last_img read more

first_imgBack to “being us every night,” as Clippers forward Moe Harkless said after practice Friday, when the Clippers prepared for the slumping Minnesota Timberwolves, who showed up at Staples Center toting a 10-game losing streak.“It’s a difference when we’re the aggressors and when we’re kind of playing lackadaisical, a little,” said Harkless, who changed his jersey number last week to 11 from 8, out of respect for Bryant. “When we’re the aggressors, it’s a beautiful thing to watch for us.”A 40-point first quarter was a good look, but the prettiest sight of all for Rivers was the healthy roster at his disposal.“It was nice,” said the Clippers coach, who had all of his players at his disposal in Saturday’s 118-106 victory for the first time since Christmas and for just the second time all season – although Paul George’s minutes were limited in his second game back from a hamstring strain that cost him nine games.Even with limited doses of George, the Clippers (34-15) improved to 15-4 when George and Kawhi Leonard both play. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES — The Clippers recently diagnosed themselves with a case of the slow starts, a malady they sought to remedy Saturday afternoon at Staples Center, where the previous night the Lakers held an emotional tribute to Kobe Bryant before their game against the Portland Trail Blazers.On Saturday afternoon, Bryant’s retired jersey Nos. 8 and 24 remained visible in the rafters and 8 and 24 jerseys spotted the arena, often paired by fans with a Clippers’ hat or jacket, as the Clippers avoided losing a second consecutive game after stumbling Thursday against Sacramento.“I thought they had a better focus,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “And honestly, just being honest, going through this last week, I didn’t know if it was focus. It was a tough one as a coach to hold anyone accountable.“But now you can feel it. The game last night was important for the league, I think, and now you can feel everybody, we can get back to basketball.”center_img And they improved to 29-8 when at least Leonard plays – and 7-2 in the past nine games, when Leonard has been a tear, scoring 30 or more points in each.Hours before returning to San Diego State for a day in his honor and a jersey retirement ceremony, Leonard extended that streak Saturday with 31 points in 24 minutes. He now has the second-longest 30-point scoring streak in franchise history.“He’s playing as well as anyone in the league right now and he’s doing it all around,” said Rivers of Leonard, who also had six rebounds and four assists. “It’s not just scoring, he’s doing it with his defense, with his passing. The best part of it, it’s coming in the flow. It’s not a forced 30. It’s just ball movement, he’s going downhill, he’s getting his shots and it doesn’t stand out some nights. You’re looking at a box score like, ‘Wow, he had 30?’ That’s a great sign.”The Clippers – who shot 45.9% (45 for 98) and limited Minnesota to a 17.9 (7 for 39) 3-point percentage – fended off Karl-Anthony Town and his T-Wolves with substantial first- and third-quarter outputs, before resting Leonard for all of the final period.George scored seven of his 21 points – and of the Clippers’ 20 – in the fourth quarter. He logged 25 minutes.Four other Clippers finished in double figures, including Lou Williams (17), Montrezl Harrell (16), Patrick Beverley (12) and Landry Shamet (10). Shamet has scored in double figures for the nine consecutive game.Towns finished with a game-high 32 points for the Timberwolves (15-33) on 11-for-22 shooting.last_img read more

first_imgBy John BurtonFAIR HAVEN — Tuesday’s Borouch Council meeting was a homecoming for Dwayne Reevey Jr.Reevey, who has lived most of his life here, was sworn in on Tuesday as the newest member of the borough police department.“I grew up here,” said Reevey. “My family has been here over 80 years. I know a lot of people here.”Reevey, 26, will be the thirteenth officer in the borough police department, which is not adding to its staff but maintaining its existing force, said Chief Darryl Breckenridge.“We’re very fortunate to have a home grown candidate,” for the department, Breckenridge said.Reevey attended Rumson-Fair Haven High School, where he excelled at sports. He continued his education at Rowan University, majoring in Criminal Justice. He is currently working for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and is expected to begin work for the Fair Haven Police on Nov. 7.“We’re getting an excellent young man,” said Mayor Michael Halfacre, and one who “has very, very deep Fair Haven roots.”Reevey, who was engaged recently, currently lives in Red Bank but hopes to relocate to Fair Haven sometime in the future.last_img read more

first_imgFREEHOLD – Monmouth County residents are reminded that consumer possession of fireworks is illegal in New Jersey and that fires started by fireworks put further strain on emergency services throughout Monmouth County.“With the Independence Day holiday upon us, it is important to understand the risks of illegal fireworks,” Free­holder John P. Curley said. “Our professional and volunteer firefighters and emergency medical responders already have enough on their plates. Let’s help them remain focused by avoiding creating fires through the use of fireworks.”Recently, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released its fireworks report that explores fire and injury dangers related to consumer fireworks. The report shows that in 2011, 9,600 fireworks-related injuries were treated in hospital emergency rooms in the United States.“Residents should be staying clear of fireworks,” Sheriff Shaun Golden said. “Law enforcement will not tolerate the use of fireworks by consumers. Be safe and be smart: leave the fireworks displays to the trained professionals.”The NFPA report shows that an estimated 17,800 reported fires were started by fireworks in 2011. These fires resulted in an estimated 40 civilian injuries and $32 million in direct property damage.Fire Marshal Henry Stryker III says, “Let’s have a great July 4th holiday and enjoy the community fireworks celebrations that will be held in many Monmouth County towns.”last_img read more

first_imgBut Portugal, who trail the Swiss by three points, can pip their opponents to first place with a victory as they have a vastly superior goal difference.“It was our first game and we didn’t have our best player, our talisman Cristiano Ronaldo,” Pepe, now at Besiktas but formerly of Real Madrid, told a press conference.“I know Ronaldo, and I know how much he wants to go to the World Cup,” said Pepe. “Tomorrow will be completely different.”While one side will seal a World Cup berth, the other is at least guaranteed the consolation of a place in next month’s play-offs.Portugal coach Fernando Santos is also counting on his captain to lead the way to Russia.“Any team in the world would be a better team with Cristiano Ronaldo in it, he’ll make our job much easier,” Santos said.In their last game Portugal struggled for long periods in Andorra, needing the rested Ronaldo to come on as a half-time substitute and help them stumble to a 2-0 win and set up Tuesday’s winner-takes-all showdown.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000“I know Ronaldo, and I know how much he wants to go to the World Cup,” said Portugal’s defender Pepe © AFP / FRANCISCO LEONGLISBON, Portugal, Oct 9 – Portugal defender Pepe warned Switzerland that Tuesday’s decisive World Cup qualifying clash in Lisbon would be “completely different” with Cristiano Ronaldo available for the European champions.Switzerland have won all nine Group B qualifiers so far, including a 2-0 victory over Portugal in their opening match when Ronaldo was out injured, and need just a draw to secure a place in next year’s finals.last_img read more

first_imgGymnast Bianca Zoonekynd grew up in her mother’s gym in Port Elizabeth. She is now preparing — under the tutelage of her mother, Mandy Zoonekynd — to represent South Africa in The World Games in Poland.It can get boring to practise the same thing over and over again, says gymnast Bianca Zoonekynd. But her reward is being able to represent South Africa in international competitions. (Image supplied)Melissa JavanBianca Zoonekynd started doing flick flacks when she was three. Now 25, she is looking forward to representing her country as South Africa’s top female gymnastics tumbling athlete. “I spent most of my time upside down,” Zoonekynd says about her childhood.She is hard at work practising her tumbling, double mini trampoline and trampoline routines and hopes to take part in The World Games 2017, to be held in Poland on 20-30 July this year. The national gymnastics team that will attend this international event has not been announced yet.“I currently hold the record for the most difficult routines,” says Zoonekynd. “I like to push myself in this discipline and I hope to break my own record this year.” She brought home a bronze medal in February after winning third place for tumbling at the World Cup gymnastics in Baku, Azerbaijan.“I only missed second by 0.1 point. I know I can do better routines and didn’t do my most difficult ones today, but I did finish two good clean routines,” she told the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) at the time.Watch Bianca Zoonekynd in a competition:She bagged two gold medals in women’s open tumbling and double mini trampoline at the Coimbra Cup in July last year in Portugal. Then, in September, she was named African Champion in the women’s open double mini tumbling and was placed in trampoline at the 13th African Gymnastics Championships held in Walvis Bay in Namibia.Zoonekynd finished third in the ladies tumbling finals at the 2011 Trampoline Gymnastics World Cup in September 2011 in Salzgitter, Germany.In the South African Games, she is the Olympic development trampoline champion. Zoonekynd is also the World Games development double mini champion in the country and the South African Double Mini and Tumbling Champion.She is also the South African Tumbling and Trampoline Athletes representative.Watch:Brand South Africa journalist Melissa Javan spoke to Bianca Zoonekynd.Melissa Javan: Tell me about your family and their involvement in gymnastics.Bianca Zoonekynd: My mother, Mandy Zoonekynd, was an elite artistic gymnast and Eastern Cape springboard diver. She started coaching at Penny Anderson’s club when she was young. My mom was then asked to open a club at one of the local schools in Port Elizabeth and from there it grew.My two brothers and I grew up in the gym — all three of us started with artistic gymnastics. My mom then decided to move on to coaching tumbling and trampoline, in which all of us excelled. My oldest brother, Damon Budler (34), was an Eastern Cape champion. Lee Budler (32) and I competed internationally from the age of 10.MJ: How many hours a day do you practise?BZ: Three hours a day.MJ: When did you starting doing flips in the air, and how long did it take you to learn tumbling gymnastics?BZ: I was doing flick flacks at the age of three; I spent most of my time upside down.MJ: How did you feel when you finally could do that on your own?BZ: It feels pretty cool being able to do things most people can’t.MJ: Tell us about the training you give at your mother’s gym, your community work.BZ: I have a group of about 10 kids whom I coach in tumbling, double mini trampoline and trampoline. My mom sponsors community gymnasts in our classes at the club.MJ: How many hours a week do you coach?BZ: My class comes in twice a week for an hour and a half. I am unable to do more classes at the moment because of my training schedule.MJ: What have you learned while training others?BZ: All children are different and require individual attention. They have also taught me to have lots of patience.MJ: How do you train yourself mentally, especially ahead of a tournament?BZ: I do a lot of visualisation — seeing myself do my routines and then going through them over and over again. In this sport you never know what can happen, no matter how many times you have done it mentally and physically.MJ: You have said that gymnastics is about repetition and it can get quite boring. How do you stay motivated?BZ: It’s difficult to keep motivated, especially when I have to do the same thing over and over again. It’s about the reward at the end — when you get to stand on the competition floor with the best in the world representing my country.Also, being a role model to the children I coach and (who) train with me is a motivation for me.MJ: Your worst injury was a broken hand, which you got while playing around on an exercise ball. When was that?BZ: We were practising for our end of year display in December 2015 and I was playing on the ball doing back somersaults off the ball.It was an easy thing to do as I played with it often, and for some reason I didn’t get the pop off the ball and rolled off and landed on my hand. Obviously, everyone laughed at me. I then got shouted at for messing around and told I must back into my place for the display.MJ: How did that affect your gymnastics?BZ: Luckily it was the end of the year and I was able to take some time off. When we got back to training it wasn’t really a problem because I don’t really use my hands and could work around it.When Zoonekynd is not in the gym, she works as a bartender on some weekends. Her other love is being a horse riding instructor.Sources: Sascoc, Mandy’s School of Tumbling & Trampoline, The World Games 2017, G-Sport4Girls, and the South African Gymnastics Federation.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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first_imgWith technology changing daily, the question of renting vs buying equipment is a tough one. Let’s explore these options in the context of today’s video production industry.We are at a point where technology is changing faster than we can take advantage of it. As soon as 4K video technology jumped onto the scene, word of 5K, 6K & 8K was on the tips of many tech gurus’ tongues. So, taking into account the rapid acceleration of technology, filmmakers and video producers have to decide the best option for obtaining equipment: renting or buying? First lets look at some of the most important questions, and depending on your answers, this alone may tell you which way you should go.What type of project is it and how long will it take?Is this a small project where you can shoot and edit it in a day, where the income potential is relatively low? Or, is this a project that could weeks to produce, where the income potential is fairly substantial. Let’s explore this a bit…For smaller projects, renting equipment is often the most economical, especially when they require that you won’t be needing on a consistent basis. Sites like Lens Pro to Go and Borrow Lenses have streamlined the rental business through online ordering, and offer relatively inexpensive pricing. For instance, at Borrow Lenses you can currently rent a Canon 5D Mark III for $143 for 7 days. Then add another $70 to cover insurance and shipping and you’re looking at $213.  Most rental companies will throw in some camera accessories with the rental purchase. If it doesn’t come standard be sure to enquire about this!Ensure whatever project you’re working on the cost of the camera rental is built into the quote for your client.If you’re working on a longer project, say, a feature film or television series, it may make the most sense to purchase the equipment and then sell it upon completion of the project. Many reality television projects (that require tons of cameras) work this way. Depending on the amount of usage you may be able to sell the camera for close to what you bought it for (that number will likely be even closer if you bought the camera used originally). If you do buy used be cautious! There is not a shutter actuation count for video (like their is with DSLR photo usage). Be sure to inspect the camera for any scratches, check for dead pixels, ask about the repair history and ALWAYS test shoot with it before handing over money!The other option would be to buy a camera and hold on to it, but you’ve got to factor in how many times you plan on using it a year to see if it’s a worthwhile investment…To help in finding rental options here is a list of rental providers. How many projects are you producing in a year?Lets say that you’re a filmmaker who does commercial work and you produce 3 to 4 projects each month over an entire year. Is renting still your best option? If you’ll be using the same camera in most projects it would obviously make sense to purchase – renting that Canon 5D Mark III once a month would cost you much more than it’s $3,000 purchase price.  There is an old saying that “If you have to borrow a tool more than once, you should probably go ahead and buy one.” The most important thing is to be realistic. For instance, if you’re on an elaborate campaign for a client, don’t immediately run out and rent or buy the equipment just for that campaign. Look ahead and ask yourself, ‘how often will I use this equipment?’ Don’t ‘anticipate’ that you’ll need the camera often until you start renting and shooting with it consistently. Then, make the leap.Be Responsible About Your InvestmentEach option has its strengths and weaknesses. When you rent you’ll get the most current equipment that likely comes insured through the rental provider (be sure to check this!) Additionally, the rental company should be able to quickly find you a replacement camera if the equipment is defective for some reason. With renting you’ll have the freedom to switch cameras, but just like any rental setup, you won’t have any equity in the equipment.When you buy, you don’t have to travel to pick it up or wait for it to ship. Protect your camera and gear investment by insuring it. Don’t assume it is covered under your normal homeowner’s insurance. You may require a “personal articles” policy or even a business insurance plan (some insurance companies require this if you are making money off your equipment). This additional cost may pay for itself in spades if your camera takes a bath or goes missing. Lens [email protected](901)754-9100 Rental ProviderCustomer Service EmailContact Phone Number [email protected](800)-683-5690 MP&E Equipmentcontact Borrow [email protected](650)508-3370 Pro Photo Rentalcontact Lens Pro to Gocontact Rent [email protected](913)732-4781 Abel [email protected](888)223-1599last_img read more

first_imgHow much power do you need on set? Find out how to calculate it so you never run out.If you’re like me when heading to set, you’ll throw pretty much every battery you have in your camera case. But how much are you going to need, and wouldn’t it be great to know how much your camera consumes before you start?Knowing how much power your camera (and all its accessories) consume is as important as knowing how much it weighs. It would be crazy to put your rig on a crane or a gimbal without knowing if you’ll overload it. By the same token, it’s a little crazy to arrive on set hoping that you have enough power instead of simply knowing that you do.CalculateSo, how do you go about doing this? You add up the power consumption of all the devices you’ll use and work out how much power you’ll need. If you’re running the whole system from one power source, like the V-Mount battery system that I use, it’s a simple issue. You could do all this with individual batteries and devices, as well.Cine batteries are rated in watt hours. A 98 watt hour battery will run a 98 W device for one hour. If you’re curious about why it’s 98 and not 100, it’s because the American FAA states that you can only pack batteries of less than 100 watt hours in luggage, so most manufacturers makes them a little less than that for easier travel.Let’s start with the camera body: go to the specs page of the camera, and look at its power page. (I use B&H because they do a good job of finding and posting specs on their product pages.) For the Canon C200, I had to find it on the Canon Europe website. You can just google power consumption and the name of your device.Image via Canon.I see that the C200 is 18w in 4K Raw mode. This doesn’t tell me if it’s recording or standing by, but it’s safe to guess this is the maximum draw. Below, it tells me that the BP30 battery that comes with the camera, which is a 31 watt hour battery, will run the camera for approximately 130 minutes, or just over two hours. So, 31 divided by 18 is 1.7, making that a 130-minute estimate — probably assuming that you’re not going to be recording with the camera the whole time.So, if I power the camera with the 150 WH battery, I’m going to be able to record for eight hours, but that’s before we’ve added any other accessories.Next, we’ll add the TVLogic F7h, which has a power draw of 19 watts. Yes, that’s more than the camera and probably has an at-max brightness of 3600 nits (which I only use in bright sun outside). But, if we calculate the max draw of all these devices, we’ll have a margin of safety.Image via TVLogic.Next, the Teradek bolt with a much more modest 7 watts. If I added a second monitor, or a wireless follow focus motor, I’d add that in as well.Adding 18, 19, and 7 gives us 44, so I’m going to need 44 Watt hours to run the camera for a single hour. Again, that’s at full capacity so you’ll get more run time than this, but it gives you a margin of safety.For a 10 hour shoot, I’m going to need 440 watt hours. I add up the capacity of my batteries and know if I have enough to get through the day.If I’m shooting with two cameras, I’m going to need twice that, and so on. If I have four cameras, and lights that take 100 watts, you can quickly see how you get to a 100 battery set up.Cover image via Janaka Dharmasena.Looking for more filmmaking tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Set Tone and Atmosphere by Mastering the Establishing ShotFirst-Time Filmmakers: How Do You Build a Cast Without a Budget?The Four Most Dangerous and Avoidable Accidents on a Film SetOn the Market: Five Great Key Lights for Five Different Budgets10k Vs 100k Vs 500k: Feature Film Budgets Comparedlast_img read more