RSF_en Follow the news on Russia Receive email alerts March 8, 2019 – Updated on April 17, 2019 Russia: Duma makes “disrespecting” the state punishable by imprisonment News News May 5, 2021 Find out more Credit: Yuri Kodobnov / AFP Читать на русском / Read in RussianReporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Russian parliament to abandon its headlong pursuit of increasingly draconian legislation after the Duma (lower house) passed a package of laws yesterday with harsh penalties for “fake news” and “disrespecting” the state.In a day in which it lived up to its nickname of the “mad printer,” the Duma adopted laws that make “disrespect towards the state or society” punishable by up to 15 days in prison and “dissemination of fake news” punishable by astronomical fines, and allow the authorities to block such content immediately without reference to a judge. The new laws will serve as additional weapons for use by Russia’s prosecutors and judges – whose lack of independence is notorious – in silencing criticism. The laws still need to be approved by the upper house and signed by President Putin, but this is just a formality, and they will take effect as soon as they are published in the official gazette.“By constantly trampling on fundamental freedoms, Russia’s legislators are themselves at the forefront of disrespect for society and the state,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “Protecting the constitution would require dismantling the arsenal of repressive legislation, not reinforcing it. If nothing stops this headlong advance, the Duma will soon have revived the Soviet penal code.”Two of the four new laws target content that “expresses a manifest disrespect for society, the state, its official symbols, its constitution or its organs of power (…) in an unseemly manner that offends human dignity and public decency.” This new offence will be punishable by fines of up to 100,000 rubles (1,350 euros) for first offenders, and 300,000 roubles (4,000 euros) or 15 days in prison for repeat offenders. And the offending content will have to be taken down or blocked within 24 hours if so required by the prosecutor’s office.The two other new laws penalize “the dissemination of patently inexact information of general interest” that could be “prejudicial to citizens, their property, safety or public order or disrupt the functioning” of infrastructure. The penalties range from fines of up to 400,000 rubles (5,400 euros) for individuals to fines of 1. 5 million rubles (20,000 euros) for entities. Offending content will be subject to “immediate” removal or blocking.The broad wording of the new laws and the automatic nature of the content blocking give the authorities a great deal of leeway to use them selectively and politically. Far from responding to a legal void, these provisions will just contribute to an already well-stocked repressive legislative arsenal.The laws on insult and defamation have also become steadily harsher in recent years and “insulting a state representative” is heavily penalized. Although recently eased, the anti-extremism legislation is widely used to silence critics of how Russian society and state are currently organized, and control of the Internet has become much tighter since 2012.Russia is ranked 148th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Help by sharing this information RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Council of EuropeFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Council of EuropeFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Organisation News News June 2, 2021 Find out more Related documents cp_russie_lois_sur_lirrespect_envers_letat_et_les_fake_news_rus.pdfPDF – 104.09 KB Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption May 21, 2021 Find out more Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing to go further
Russ Anderson at the southern terminus of the A.T.On his quest to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, Russ Anderson of Linville, N.C., has endured hypothermic conditions, Army rangers with machine guns, and bears that know how to get food bags out of trees. Not bad for a 71-year-old retiree who’d never spent a night on the A.T. before deciding to hike it from end to end.How much of the A.T. have you hiked so far? I’m 178.5 miles in. I started in Springer, made it to the Nantahala Gorge, then skipped the Smokies and hiked into Damascus. This summer, I hope to start in Damascus and head north, then come back to do the Smokies in the winter.Is it as tough as everyone says? It’s like six or seven hours of extreme manual labor. Even if you’re 25 years old, it’s difficult. Those first days in Georgia were tough. Foggy, drizzling rain, cold, hail, sleet, freezing winds. Once I arrived at a shelter, I stripped off my rain gear and got into my sleeping bag. It took two hours to get warm again. But it’s worth it. The trail itself, the people I’ve met…it’s worth it.What does your wife think about you thru-hiking the A.T.? She doesn’t like it. A person my age is supposed to be the leader of a family. I’m not supposed to disappear for six months. In a sense, I feel like I’m cheating the people in my lives. My wife and I are empty nesters, so she’s alone when I’m out there hiking. Even my friends think I’m crazy. They say I’m going to get eaten by a bear or fall off a cliff.What made you decide to undertake this hike? I’m a retired naval officer. My life has been filled with unusual adventure. I just need more of that. Only 11 people over 70 have ever thru-hiked the A.T. And none of them had tried hiking it for the first time over 70. So that got me interested.What’s been your most memorable moment on the trail so far? My second night out, I was sleeping in a shelter with 10 other people. All of a sudden, I hear a big explosion. Then machine gun fire. Then I hear yelling and shouting. None of us knew what was going on. Everybody was wicked scared, thinking the Russians were coming or something. Turns out, we were in the middle of an Army Ranger training exercise. We sat there for two hours while things blew up all around us. 1 2
Bar panel encourages minority attorneys to get more involved Bar panel encourages minority attorneys to get more involved Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Florida Bar officials and representatives from minority and speciality bar associations agreed recently that more needs to be done to draw a broader cross- section of the Bar’s membership into its activities.The best ways to do that occupied much of the discussion at the recent meeting of the Membership Outreach Committee. The panel, chaired by Bar President-elect Alan Bookman, was created by President Kelly Overstreet Johnson to work on recommendations from the Bar’s Diversity Symposium held last April.The symposium made recommendations pertaining to the judiciary, law schools, the legal profession, and the Bar, and set an overall goal of having the Bar membership reflect the state’s diverse population by 2014.“What I’d like this committee to do is review this report [from the symposium], see how it fits within this committee’s structure, and make recommendations on what other sections and committees should look at this,” Bookman said at the start of the meeting.Johnson noted that the Bar’s Student Education and Admissions to the Bar Committee and the Law Related Education Committee will be studying part of those recommendations, as will the Equal Opportunities Law and the Public Interest Law sections.Bookman added he saw the committee’s role as looking at the symposium recommendations affecting the Bar, and coordinating the work of the other sections and committees.Johnson reiterated her frustration — expressed in other venues — with not getting enough minorities to apply for Bar positions.“I basically put a minority on every committee that I could, but I had to go out and recruit people,” she said. “We have to have people willing to volunteer and then we have to have people actually willing to come and participate.”Committee member Allison Bethel, who works in the Ft. Lauderdale Attorney General’s Office, suggested the Bar compile a list of minority and speciality bar meetings, including their special functions such as scholarship dinners. Then Bar leaders, including Board of Governors members, should be encouraged to attend as many as possible.“Make your presence known,” she said. “You need to know what’s going on. It’s got to be a concerted effort where you see white people from the Bar at all of the events you have. People then say, ‘Hey, you’re really sincere.’”Bookman agreed, adding, “This applies to all bar associations, not just black bar associations.”Johnson noted she and Bookman are already attending as many speciality Bar functions as they can as a show of their commitment to improving diversity in Bar operations. She also said she wants to reach out to other segments of the Bar, such as rural, small town, and government lawyers.Among suggestions made at the meeting:• Leon County Judge Judith Hawkins noted that African Americans have had trouble winning contested elections to the Board of Governors. She said having “protected” spots on the board would encourage more minorities to run and participate.• After Johnson said the Bar has had trouble attracting minority applications for judicial nominating commission openings, National Bar Association Florida Chapter President Ben Crump agreed with the president that communication needs to be improved from both sides. He said the NBA would arrange for applicants from every circuit where it has members. Added committee member Ardyth Walker of the Equal Opportunities Law Section, “A lot of the problems and hurt feelings on both sides came from a lack of communications. If you really want to be serious about increasing diversity, this is the sort of miscommunications you cannot afford.”• There is a need to get better demographic information about Bar members. Bar Executive Director John F. Harkness, Jr., said Bar information indicates that membership on its committees generally reflects the ethnic and gender makeup of the Bar membership as a whole. But he noted that the Bar does not have demographic information on more than 23,000 of its members, and those are mostly younger members who tend to be more diverse in gender and ethnicity.Several committee members said they would like to get that information, but Harkness noted it’s not an easy process. He said the Bar sent e-mails requesting that data to about 30,000 members without demographic information. About 9,000 members sent the info, but several expressed hostility that the Bar would ask for such data, he reported.The Bar is also considering asking the Supreme Court to allow the Bar to get the information from the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, something the court has rejected in the past. Harkness noted that if the Bar did get some demographic information, it would be public record. That would mean anyone could request the gender and ethnic background of any Bar members, or ask for a list of all Hispanic or African American members, he said.As of September 30 the Bar’s data showed 62 percent of its membership are white males; 25 percent are white females; 4 percent are Hispanic males; 3 percent are Hispanic females; 2 percent are African American females; and 1 percent are African American males. On committee memberships, 57 percent are white males; 30 percent are white females; 4 percent are Hispanic males; 3 percent are Hispanic females; 3 percent are African American females; and 1 percent are African American males.Both Johnson and Bookman said they plan to hold follow-up diversity symposiums during their presidential years, but also that they want to do more than just repeat the discussions of the first one earlier this year, convened by immediate past Bar President Miles McGrane.Bookman also said the committee will meet again in January at the Bar’s Midyear Meeting, and may hold a teleconference meeting before then. November 1, 2004 Senior Editor Regular News
Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS) has completed a 14-day seabed clearance project on the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd project, located approximately 13km off the Caithness coast.ESS deployed its SCAR2 Seabed System from the Siem Ruby vessel on behalf of client Siem Offshore Contractors.Several hundred boulders were removed over a 15km route in water depths of between 38-60 metres, over terrain which was predominantly sand and gravel overlying stiff clay.Beatrice offshore wind farm will consist of 84 turbines and is expected to power approximately 450,000 homes on completion in 2019. It is being developed by Tier 1 contractors Subsea 7 (Seaway Heaving Lifting), Siemens Wind Power, Nexans and Siemens T&D.“We are delighted to have safely completed another seabed clearance operation on a major windfarm construction project,” ESS managing director Mark Gillespie said.”Our SCAR2 system is now well established as a highly efficient and economic method of clearing and preparing the seabed as the first stage of major wind farm construction projects. The Beatrice workscope adds further to SCAR2’s credentials and puts ESS on a firm footing for winning similar clearance and trenching contracts on key renewables and infrastructure projects in Europe and other territories.”
ICC World Cup West Indies play 800th ODI in ICC Cricket World Cup clash against Australia in Trent BridgeSeptember 19, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: mtxrtiwaj.
West Indies became the fifth team to play 800 ODIs.India has played the most ODIs with 967.Australia has a negative win-loss ratio in World Cups only against West Indies. New Delhi: West Indies have been the darlings of cricket due to their flair and aggression. After winning the 1975 and 1979 World Cup, West Indies were the original gold standards when it came to success. A decline in their fortunes in the 90s which extended well into the 21st century saw their aura diminish. However, a resurgence in the recent series has seen West Indies once again become the darling of the cricket world. During the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash against Australia in Trent Bridge, the West Indies entered a special list of nations to achieve a historic feat in ODIs.The match against Australia was the 800th ODI for the West Indies and they became the fifth team to reach the landmark. India tops the charts with a record 967 ODIs followed by Australia with 934. Pakistan is the other side to play more than 900 ODIs with 919 while Sri Lanka is the fourth side on the list with 839 matches. Out of the top five, only Sri Lanka has a negative win-loss ratio, losing 416 and winning 381 games. Out of 800 ODIs, West Indies have won 393 and lost 368. Australia has won the most games with 567 while India recently joined the list when they won their 500th game in the ODI in Nagpur. Australia is not only the five-time World Cup champions but they are the only side in history to play over 1000 Tests.West Indies got their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 campaign on a high with a brilliant win against Pakistan thanks to a combination of aggressive bowling and attacking batting. Australia, on the other hand, started their campaign on a clinical note with a superb win against Afghanistan. This was the first encounter between Australia and West Indies in the World Cup since 2007.West Indies will be aiming to break their 23-year jinx against Australia, having last won in 1996 in the ICC World Cup league encounter in Jaipur. Australia has a 4-5 head-to-head record against West Indies in this tournament, having lost the first four encounters from 1975 till 1987. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
SCIOSCIA’S BOBBLEHEADThe Angels announced an addition to the promotional schedule: Mike Scioscia bobbleheads, given to the first 30,000 fans on Sept. 29.The news certainly feeds the notion that this will be the end of Scioscia’s tenure as Angels manager, although there’s still no official word.Speaking about his bobblehead on Wednesday to reporters, including those representing Spanish and Japanese outlets, Scioscia quipped: “I’m going to try to say ‘ugly’ in three languages.”The bobblehead includes Scioscia holding a lineup card filled with players he managed in his 19 years with the Angels. It has Mike Trout hitting leadoff, followed by Vladimir Guerrero (the DH), Garret Anderson, Tim Salmon, Troy Glaus, Bengie Molina, Andrelton Simmons and Howie Kendrick.There is no pitcher, however. Pressed for his opinion of the best pitcher from his tenure, Scioscia waffled and then said: “We’re not doing any retrospectives.” Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter ALSOThe Angels are having a bullpen game on Thursday, which allows them to give an extra day of rest to Matt Shoemaker and Andrew Heaney, who will pitch on Friday and Saturday, respectively. …When the Angels came five outs away from a no-hitter in a bullpen game on Tuesday night, it brought back memories of their only combined no-hitter, pitched by Mark Langston and Mike Witt in 1990. Langston, who threw the first seven innings, said “it was a bizarre scenario” and it felt “almost like a glorified spring training game.” The game was in April, just after a spring training that was shortened because of the lockout, so Langston wasn’t stretched out enough to go nine innings.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Odrisamer Despaigne, 2-2, 6.40 ERA) vs. Mariners (RHP Mike Leake, 9-9, 4.11), Thursday, 7 p.m., Thursday, Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM)Related Articles When last we saw Bridwell in the majors, he was giving up six runs in 1-2/3 innings of a start against the Oakland A’s on April 6. He was returned to the minors, and then he developed some discomfort in his elbow.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.It wasn’t so much pain, but swelling that robbed him of his range of motion. He went on the disabled list twice, and the second time, in July, he had arthroscopic surgery to have bone chips removed.Bridwell then rehabbed in Arizona and threw four simulated games. The Angels haven’t said when Bridwell will pitch, but it’s possible that he’ll work in Thursday’s bullpen game.When asked if he sees this month as the chance to get himself back on the map – reclaiming the spot he held when he was a surprising 10-3 with a 3.64 ERA in 2017 – he said he’s just happy to be back pitching.“I can’t do anything but go out and do what I know how to do, fill up the strike zone,” he said. “I feel like I don’t have anything to lose. That’s the way I go about it every day. It’s worked out for me in the past. I’ll see how it goes again.” Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone ANAHEIM — Parker Bridwell is clearly a glass-half-full kind of guy.Upon returning to the Angels on Tuesday, after five months spent in the minors and dealing with injuries, he did not lament the missed opportunity to follow-up last year’s breakout.“It’s just one of those things,” Bridwell said. “It’s life. It’s not going to be fun every day. I’m alive. I’ll come back and see how it goes.”Bridwell added that he’s “happy with where I’m at right now. I couldn’t be happier to be back this season.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Carla Viktor, 25, will be competing for the crown of Miss Earth in Austria. The pageant winner is to be crowned on 5 December 2015. (Images: Miss Earth South Africa)Well wishes are pouring in for Carla Viktor, the 2015 Miss Earth South Africa, who will soon be competing for the Miss Earth crown, the international beauty with a cause pageant.Some 92 contests from around the world will compete in the 2015 Miss Earth pageant. They will gather on 18 November in celebration of Miss Earth’s Crystal Year in Eco-Friendly in Vienna, Austria to promote environmental awareness. Viktor, who grew up in Hartbeespoort in North West, and her fellow competitors will focus on climate change through the 5Rs, namely: re-think, reduce, reuse, recycle and respect.The finals of this 15th annual event will take place on 5 December in Vienna. The host country is home to the Austrian alps, which cover 62% of Austria’s total land area. It is also on this continent that COP21 will take place in Paris, at the same time.Watch why Carla Viktor is an environmental warrior:GLOBAL TREE CAMPAIGNMiss Earth South Africa spearheaded a global challenge to the Miss Earth contestants around the world, the local group said. The South African office launched the #BigO2Challenge internationally ahead of the United Nations COP21 conference.This initiative started as a local semi-finalist campaign by Carla Viktor, Milanie Cilliers and Celetia Reynders. Through the tree-planting campaign, individuals, corporates, schools, and the general public were encouraged to get involved and plant trees, with the message: No Trees = No Humans. Miss Earth South 2015 Africa Carla Viktor (in middle) lends a hand to plant trees to show her care for Earth.Ahead of the biggest climate change conference to date, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP21, Miss Earth South Africa challenged Miss Earth ambassadors around the world to plant 21 trees on 9 November, marking 21 days before the opening session of the conference.“Climate change will be the biggest challenge we face in our lifetimes,” said Catherine Constantinides, the executive director of Miss Earth South Africa and a Play Your Part ambassador, “and it’s up to us to realise that we will be the catalysts for change that will push our countries towards a greener tomorrow. Planting a tree might seem like a simple act, but in effect it’s about being part of a global movement to secure a future for the generations to come.” Miss Earth South Africa 2015 Carla Viktor says deforestation can be combated by planting trees and building awareness about the environment.Miss Earth South Africa planted 21 trees with Wildlands & Wildroot Environmental Consultants in Mamelodi, Pretoria East and 21 trees with Thornbirds Conference & Wedding Centre in Eikenhof, South of Johannesburg.Willowridge High School planting 21 trees in support of the @missearth_sa #BigO2Challenge #missearth2015 pic.twitter.com/F0UOauI58G — Milanie Cilliers (@Milanie_C) November 9, 2015 Potchefstroom Municipality in North West pledged to plant 21 trees, as did the George Campus of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, and Kuilsrivier and Durbanville in Cape Town, all in Western Cape. “Not only does (the challenge) combat deforestation, it creates a sense of active participation and raises much needed awareness for this important cause,” Viktor said.Thousands of trees were planted in one day in over 40 countries for the #MissEarth2015 #BigO2Challenge! pic.twitter.com/SyPBv7uHNo — Miss Earth (@MissEarth) November 10, 2015 The campaign was a success, with people joining in and planting 21 trees in countries as diverse as Angola, Austria, Australia, Belize, Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Denmark, Democratic Republic of Congo, El Salvador, Fiji, France, Guatemala, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Kosovo, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Nigeria, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Reunion Island, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Ukraine, USA and Venezuela.PLAY YOUR PART AMBASSADORS Carla Viktor wears her dress for the international 2015 Miss Earth competition.Having won three consecutive gold awards for National Costume, Sonwabile Ndamase of Vukani Fashions was again asked to produce a unique garment that expressed what it was to be South African. Ndamase, who is a Play Your Part ambassador, said his objective had been to create the vision Viktor had of what it meant to be South African.Her wardrobe was styled by designer Vohni Muthubi. Muthubi grew up in Venda in northern Limpopo.“I want to create a range that is elegant and fun, that expresses youth and appeal, and that is uniquely Miss Earth South Africa, Carla Viktor,” said Muthubi. “This opportunity presents me with an organic opportunity to create something natural, with an environmental message.”WELL WISHESViktor is ready to champion the Earth with a stamp of approval from Minister Edna Molewa of the Department of Environmental Affairs. “Through your international work, you continue to make our country proud. I wish you success in the future and thank you for partnering with government and business, to make a better world,” Molewa said.Commentators on social media also rooted for Viktor ahead of the international competition:@carlaviktor farewell breakfast. Wishing you all the best in Austria. #MissEarth2015 pic.twitter.com/m9ipm4l4RR — Imperial_Toyota (@Imperial_Toyota) November 10, 2015 @lead_sa @missearth_sa @carlaviktor @ChangeAgentSA @Abramjee @EllaBellaC @Derek_Hanekom @BEMolewa @CityofJoburgZA bring home the world title — Paballo Katleho (@kp_paballo) November 10, 2015 You’re going to rock it @missearth_sa @carlaviktor Have a blast and know we’re behind you every step of the way! X https://t.co/HXGeeOKfW9 — Thobile Chittenden (@ThobileITT) November 14, 2015 Good luck to @carlaviktor @missearth_sa as she leaves for Austria for the 15th International #MissEarth pic.twitter.com/2OyBvEl36b — Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) November 10, 2015 To learn more about Carla Viktor, read her biography here.
9 December 2015Consensus on how all media, including online, can play a vital role in encouraging more gender equality and understanding not only in the global media but also in promoting general social cohesion by the year 2030, is the aim of the first General Assembly of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s Global Alliance on Media and Gender (Gamag).Gamag is a global movement to promote gender equality in and through the media.The First GAMAG General Assembly will take place on 9 – 10 December in Geneva. @UNESCO #GenderInMedia pic.twitter.com/8cnrJn63ql— GAMAG (@tweet_gamag) November 29, 2015The South African team will be led by the acting director-general of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), Johannes Rantete. The team will join other global government media departments, as well as private media organisations, civil society and media academics in Geneva from 8 to 10 December to discuss practical ways to achieve the desired outcomes.South Africa would use the platform to encourage media houses across the world to involve women in the sourcing, production, delivery, analysis and broadcasting of news to create a global media that better reflected the voices and interests of women, said GCIS.The objectives of Gamag align closely with the aims of the National Development Plan’s Vision 2030 to actively encourage gender equality through job creation, education and social and health welfare.The Gamag assembly takes place during 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence.Topics to be discussed in presentations and roundtables include the structure and details for a global development co-operation framework on gender and media. The gathering will also look at the effect and importance of the relationship between emerging online media and youth in achieving the goals of Gamag.Also under discussion will be gender and media as a business and development model, and the strategic link between policy and research on gender and media.An International Development Co-operation meeting will precede the Gamag gathering, hoping to outline and provide useful indicators on the direction of supporting, enabling and financing gender equality in and through the media.Both events will aim to provide a platform for dialogue and establish an International Development Co-operation Framework on Gender and Media.According to Unesco and Gamag, the conference objectives include initiating processes to:Expand the mandate and reach of key stakeholders to promote gender equality through the design of an International Development Co-operation Framework on Gender and Media that can give support to actions at the national, regional and global levels – in particular the activities of the Global Alliance on Media and Gender;Recognise the critical area of concern of the Beijing Declaration, the resolution adopted by the UN in 1995 to promulgate a set of global principles concerning the equality of men and women;Analyse and discuss the declaration’s Platform for Action, as well as the Women and the Media Diagnosis element of the declaration as central to all other critical areas of concern, in order to endorse and build Gamag as a mechanism to accelerate implementation and systematic follow-up; and,Encourage commitment to mainstream or strengthen gender and media objectives in the programmes and budgets of the development partners as well as through their communication strategies of their own media services.Millennium and Sustainable development goalsThe Gamag assembly is an answer to the call for global partnerships as stated in the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goal 8. Also, the mission statement of the conference resonates with the proposed Sustainable Development Goals 16 and 17. These are to target 10 concerning measures to promote public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, as well as strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development by the year 2030.Addis Ababa Action AgendaThe Gamag meeting will also seek to advance the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and Action Plan on Transformative Financing for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment.Women are underrepresented in media staffing at all levels. This is fact, but we must change it. #GenderInMedia pic.twitter.com/Xc78Ls0OeT— GAMAG (@tweet_gamag) November 30, 2015Decades of research has shown that despite many advancements in gender equality, there remains much work to be done. “Women remain consistently under- represented in media staffing at all levels, in particular in executive decision- making and technical areas, and [are] often misrepresented in editorial content,” GCIS said in a statement about the meeting.The South African government holds that women are under-represented in media regulatory and professional organisations. It is determined to help the media, traditional and emerging, to promote women’s full participation in the industry. “Media houses and government communications wings have [the] potential to promote editorial policies in favour of gender equality in media content, eliminating stereotypes and portraying a fair representation of men and women.”GCIS highlighted the need to bring more online access to women in general, around the world, allowing them a voice to speak about what mattered most to them, including health issues, human rights promotion and overall gender equality. In addition to allowing them the platforms to speak, the media, GCIS said, should offer women the information needed to promote their participation in every aspect of life and in achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment.“Media can give women a voice in news and current affairs, in all types of coverage and in all subject segments, including news on war and peace making, finance, science, technology and politics.”Ultimately, GCIS concluded, the media, working together with governments, the private sector and academia, “must enable time or space for women to express themselves and promote coverage and awareness of gender equality in work, working conditions, and property rights. A high priority [is] the situation of women in conflict zones, as well as violence against women.”Media can give women a voice in news and current affairs, in all types of coverage. #GenderInMedia pic.twitter.com/xtfoBfHScH— GAMAG (@tweet_gamag) December 2, 2015Source: South African Government News Agency
The ARRI SkyPanel is one of the most versatile LED lights available.I remember using LEDs during their infancy. They offered very little output, but they had a promising future. At the time, I couldn’t commit to using them heavily on set, especially as primary key sources.I shoot a lot of documentary-, corporate-, and interview-based material, so I need a great key light for these setups. For the last few years, I was still using HMIs that would get extremely hot and require a lot of modification. Then, sometimes, I needed to gel those HMIs to match color with tungsten sources. This would then increase the size of the setup and the grip package and increase my budget.Within the last year, LEDs finally started to catch up with HMIs in terms of output and quality. A big step in that direction was the release of ARRI’s SkyPanel S120, S60, and S30. Since their release, I’ve begun using these lights quite heavily — as have many other DPs. The equipment rental house I use in Atlanta recently had to double their inventory of SkyPanels in order to keep up with the demand.The SkyPanels offer a ton of amazing features. These lights will definitely increase your workflow and help you produce better (and more efficient) videos.Image via ARRI.Strong Output The best feature of the ARRI SkyPanel is strong output that is still soft. This is a combination that has never really existed in a package this small. The S60 has roughly the equivalent of a diffused 400-watt HMI. With this level of output, you can easily use this light in almost any situation that requires a soft area light. It provides enough output that you can even use a frame of diffusion, like Lee‘s Opal or 250, to make it even softer. However, even without extra diffusion, the light still casts beautiful, soft shadows, so you can feel comfortable using it to light a face. Here are some photometrics at five meters to give you some reference on the light’s output:At 3,200KWith standard diffusion: 393 lux/37 fcWith light diffusion: 462 lux/43 fcWith heavy diffusion: 320 lux/30 fcWith intensifier: 511 lux/47 fcAt 5,600KWith standard diffusion: 416 lux/39 fcWith light diffusion: 489 lux/45 fcWith heavy diffusion: 338 lux/31 fcWith intensifier: 541 lux/50 fcColors and Gel Library The SkyPanel features an exceptional library of Lee and Rosco gels. If you want the exact color of Lee 1/4 CTO, for example, it’s programmed directly into the light, and you can correct the light color exactly to that gel. The light also allows you to adjust hues. If you want party gel colors, you can tune those directly into the LEDs without having to use and sort gels in front of the light.Overall, the ARRI SkyPanel is a very versatile light that you can use in most settings. As far as soft source LED lighting, it’s now my go-to choice on pretty much any set.Have you used the ARRI SkyPanel? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Jwala Gutta and Ashwini PonnappaThey are a formidable force. Fresh from the crowning triumph at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Jwala Gutta, 27, and Ashwini Ponnappa, 21, are determined to be to the badminton world what the Williams sisters- Serena and Venus-are to tennis. Power and pizzazz, style and sport,,Jwala Gutta and Ashwini PonnappaThey are a formidable force. Fresh from the crowning triumph at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Jwala Gutta, 27, and Ashwini Ponnappa, 21, are determined to be to the badminton world what the Williams sisters- Serena and Venus-are to tennis. Power and pizzazz, style and sport, gloss and grit, the duo hope to bask in the renewed interest that badminton has attracted after the winning ways of their more famous compatriot, ace shuttler Saina Nehwal.It hasn’t been easy. Gutta, born to a Chinese mother and Andhra father, has been battling both the Badminton Association of India as well as the buzz of divorce from fellow player Chetan Anand for the past year. Both refuse to talk about it but all is over between them. And the occasional presence of ex-cricketer Mohammed Azharuddin and his sons Ashaduddin, 19, and Ayazuddin, 18, in her company in public has only fuelled speculation. “Personally, I have gone through a tough phase and to come out of it to win a gold is an unforgettable experience,” says Gutta candidly.Ponnappa has been luckier, coming from a Coorgi family, with working parents who have had to relocate to Hyderabad. Together though they make up for each other’s flaws. “We are distinctly different. Ashwini is a very hard hitter and I am very good at the net. She too plays well on the net, so even if I go back, she can take care of things. That makes ours a deadly combination,” explains Gutta, on why she split from her former partner Shruti Kurien.Ponnappa couldn’t be happier, though she did have her initial reservations. She was quite in sync with her former partner and childhood friend, Nitya Sosale. For the last 10 years, the two, beginning in the juniors category, had won four national championships. Gutta, on the other hand, was a senior, far more experienced. “I was taken by surprise when Jwala asked me. I could not make up my mind and so turned to my coach Vimal Kumar who asked me to go ahead,” recalls Ponnappa.The advice of the former national champion worked for both. Playing together for the first time two years ago, they discovered that they clicked. “On court she is constantly talking to me-always motivating. And if I have something to tell her, she’s very receptive too. It’s a two way communication, which is very important especially when playing doubles. It’s all about the partnership,” says Ponnappa.Indeed. Gutta is an experienced doubles player, having played mixed doubles as well with Valiyaveetil Diju. “It is technically a totally different game for I have to face a man in the mixed doubles. There is a change of role from that in the women’s doubles,” points out Gutta. “What is common is that both have to combine and play in tandem. I am used to that.” Apart from their amazing equation with each other, they have also had the advantage of the Indonesian coach Atiq Johari that the government brought in to improve the fitness of the Indian badminton players in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games.Now, eyeing brighter prospects beyond the gold they just won, the two are keeping to a strict training regimen. What also works for them is that both are based in Hyderabad, as they can practise and train for at least three hours, six days a week at the wellequipped Pullela Gopichand Academy. The Chinese, Korean and Indonesian players who they face on the Asia, Super Series and World circuits offer a daunting challenge. “But they are not always unbeatable,” says the flamboyant Gutta, with a wave of her hand, confident of overcoming odds with their strategic mix of offensive and defensive play. The demure and soft spoken Ponnappa agrees.For the duo, there is a lot of fun and drama in life besides badminton. They get along well off court as well, hanging out and even shopping together. Gutta does have a higher public profile though Ponnappa, who moved from Bangalore to Hyderabad only two years ago, is as she admits “rather on the quieter side”. Ponnappa reads fiction, “mostly the romantic kind and occasionally serious, substantive stuff”, listens to Western music, and is in the final year of her B.Com. course at the city’s St. Mary’s College.For Gutta, life begins and ends at badminton. “I do not have time for anything else except family and friends. I love sleeping and it’s crucial for my game too. The only other thing that I love to do but don’t have time for is going out shopping with my mother,” says Gutta who works as an executive officer at Bharat Petroleum. “They have told me to treat badminton as work and to visit the office occasionally as a hobby,” she says laughing.Mothers are important to both. “My mother, Yelan, left her family in China and came with her grandfather who was staying at the Sevagram Ashram, Wardha, to study and translate the works of Mahatma Gandhi. It was here that she met my father, Kranti Gutta, and is now very much part of Indian culture. Here for the last 30 years, she has learnt the language and the way of life in India,” says Gutta, who has a younger sister Insi, now doubling as a ‘notso-efficient’ manager. Her unusual name comes from IN for India and SI for Sino. “My father found it to be a catchy one,” smiles Gutta.Ashwini is also the elder sibling-her brother Appanna is a first year engineering student in Bangalore. Sports runs in the family. Her father, M.A. Ponnappa, who works at the Reserve Bank of India, played hockey for Karnataka. Her mother, Kaveri, is employed with New India Insurance in the city. “She handles a lot and that has made her strong. She’s very much my role model,” says the adoring daughter, who works as a grade one assistant with the Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC).Perhaps it is the inspirational influence of their mothers that has also raised the duo’s awareness about gender bias which is pronounced particularly in the badminton bureaucracy. “I am not from a modern family but a typical Telugu one. My father faced a lot of criticism when he used to take me for training in the early days. Some called him crazy,” says Gutta. Things have improved but there is still a lot of discrimination-women still get half the opportunities that men do in sports. “What makes it worse is the favouritism irrespective of your performance. It’s unfair,” says Gutta.For Ponnappa, it’s all about learning from others. “I have not faced gender inequity like girls have in the North. That is possibly because I was brought up in Bangalore. But my mother is wary about sending me out alone and things like that,” she says with the guilelessness of someone who has just stepped out of her teens. “Women everywhere are breaking barriers while we as a team are putting our heart and soul into the game.” You can hear the sound of yet another glass ceiling shattering. Double takeJwala on Ashwini: She is fearless, smashes hard, learns fast as her grasping power is very good. But needs more tours as she is new to the international circuit.Ashwini on Jwala: She is extremely confident and shows it on court. She is also powerful at the net. and an effective communicator, an asset during doubles play.Perfect holidayAshwini: Relaxing at a resort or going out on the beach. Spending time with animals. I will run a horse orphanage after my badminton years.Jwala: Lazing around. I love sleeping. Check into a nice hotel, order room service and enjoy its spa. That’s my dream vacation.advertisementadvertisementadvertisement