April 21, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Pakistan January 28, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Help by sharing this information RSF_en August 17, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government drops plan to toughen libel laws Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder PakistanAsia – Pacific Dear Honourable Members of the National Assembly,Reporters Without Borders, an international organisation that defends press freedom, would like to draw your attention to a governmental bill (the Defamation Amendment Act 2004) that was submitted to you on 29 July. We call on you to reject this amendment, which will come up for vote in the coming days.This bill would amend the Defamation Ordinance 2002 and sections 499 to 502 of the criminal code, increasing the penalties for persons found guilty of defamation. It proposes a penalty of one year in prison and a fine of up to 300,000 rupees (4,500 dollars), instead of three months in prison and 50,000 rupees (900 dollars), as is currently the case. These penalties are clearly excessive and violate free expression.While it is legitimate for every country to sanction libel and slander, the punishments imposed must respect the principle of proportionality and should under no circumstances result in a year’s imprisonment.The penalties proposed in this bill disregard international standards on free expression, according to which imprisonment for offences such as libel, insult or disrespect for a head of state “constitutes a serious violation of human rights” (report issued on 18 January 2000 by the United Nations special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Abid Hussain).The promulgation of the Defamation Ordinance 2002 already constituted a serious violation of free expression in Pakistan. This law states that any publication or circulation of false information, made orally or in writing or by image, that insults a person’s reputation may be regarded as defamation. It calls for sanctions against the editor, managing editor, journalist and distributor of the media that carried the defamation.For these reasons, Honourable Members, we urge you as guarantors of Pakistan’s fundamental rights, to reject this amendment which is contrary to democratic principles.Yours truly,Robert MénardSecretary-General Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire News Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists June 2, 2021 Find out more News PakistanAsia – Pacific to go further News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders today welcomed the Pakistani government’s decision to drop its plan to increase penalties for libel, including up to a year’s imprisonment instead of the present three months.The final version of an amendment to the Defamation Ordinance 2002 published on 13 July did not contain the earlier-proposed heavier jail sentence and new fines of up to 300,000 rupees ($4,500).The worldwide press freedom organisation however condemned the 2002 law, which remains in force, stressing that any imprisonment for libel was excessive punishment________________________________________________________17.08.2004Bill to increase penalties for defamation Reporters Without Borders urges legislators to vote against a governmental bill that could aggravate the repression of journalists by raising the penalty for defamation to a year in prison.Honourable Members, National Assembly of Pakistan, Islamabad, PakistanParis, 11 August 2004
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Duro IkhazuagbeKelechi Iheanacho’s 87th minute missed chance on Monday night to level scores for Leicester City and put spanner into Manchester City’s ambition to retain the English Premier League title back-to-back has received backlash from angry Liverpool fans on social media.If Iheanacho had scored that begging chanced deep into the Premiership game at Etihad, the Citizens would have been trailing Liverpool on 93 points going into Sunday’s final round of matches rather than the edge of 95 points they enjoy now. But most of the fans who pilloried the former Manchester city forward for his tepid play that went wide off mark insinuated that Iheanacho may have done his former club the favour to enable them win the trophy.Iheanacho who moved from City in 2017, was put through clear on goal in the dying moments by Hamza Choudhury but he dragged his effort well wide of the post with just Ederson in goal for City to beat.He could have come back to haunt his former side but instead City go into the final round of fixtures ahead of Liverpool in the title race with that stunning 30-yard kick by Vincent Kompany.After that enthralling match, football fans – including those from Liverpool – flocked to social media to poke fun of Iheanacho.One Liverpool supporter, devastated by the last-gasp miss, joked on Twitter: “That must be Iheanacho’s best game for Man City.”Another social media user wrote: “Iheanacho should receive a Premier League medal after his shocking miss.”Another football fan said on Twitter: “Petition to investigate Iheanacho’s miss incoming.”But the teasing didn’t stop there, with plenty more fans taking to Twitter to voice either their frustration or delight depending on which camp they sit in.Longclaw (@somtozil) May 6, 2019 noted: “City selling Iheanacho for him to miss a sitter to help them win the league 2 years.”One Manchester United fan, Scott Banks (@Twatots) May 6, 2019 clearly pleased with the result, joked: “Iheanacho couldn’t bear the thought of listening to Liverpool supporters for the next 40 years either. Good lad.”“Someone needs to investigate that, Iheanacho didn’t want to score there,” another football fan alleged following the final whistle.Iheanacho’s miss allowed Pep Guardiola’s men to hold on to their crucial advantage and they will be confident of securing the Premier League title on Sunday.Man City is to travel to Brighton needing a win to defend their top-flight crown, while Liverpool host Wolves at Anfield in what should be a brilliant finale to the season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
ARCADIA, Calif. (October 28, 2016) – Today Breeders’ Cup announced that Maddie Stevens, the 7-year old daughter of 10 time Breeders’ Cup Champion jockey and acclaimed actor Gary Stevens, will host a series of all access interviews with several of horseracing’s most influential figures. A horseracing aficionado, Maddie has spent her entire life deeply involved in the horseracing community. Ahead of and during the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Maddie will conduct interviews with some of the sport’s most influential names, including leading Breeders’ Cup jockeys, partners, executives and horses. In the weeks leading up to the Breeders’ Cup, Maddie will meet with famed jockeys Victor Espinoza, winner of the first ever Grand Slam title, and Mike Smith, the winningest jockey in Breeders’ Cup history, to get their insight on the sport of horse racing and their take on this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Maddie will also meet with Goodie Girls Cupcakes to exclusively unveil the Breeders’ Cupcake and pay a visit to California Chrome, Tepin, Songbird, Beholder, and Stellar Wind, five of this year’s leading contenders. About Breeders’ CupThe Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 grade I races with purses and awards totaling $28 million, will be held November 4-5 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube To follow Maddie and stay up-to-date with news from the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, click here and hereMedia Contact:Jim Gluckson, Breeders’ Cup, 212-230-9512, [email protected] Hayley Karlan, Nike Communications, 646-654-3445, [email protected] Maddie Stevens, Daughter of Hall of Fame jockey, Gary Stevens, to Conduct “All Access” Interviews with Leading Breeders’ Cup Participants, Executives, and Partners “We are excited that Maddie will be joining the Breeders’ Cup team this year,” said Peter Rotondo, Vice President of Content for Breeders’ Cup. “Maddie has more horse racing knowledge than many in the industry and is the perfect person for the job, her subjects better be ready for any and all questions!” -30- Days ahead of the Breeders’ Cup, Maddie will also be on-site at several of the most exciting events, including the post position draw for both the Classic and the Longines Distaff and the highly anticipated Taste of the World event at Warner Bros. Studios. Additionally, she will conduct a one-on-one interview with Bob Baffert, one of horseracing’s most renowned trainers whose past horses include 2015 Triple Crown and Grand Slam winner American Pharaoh.
austouch.com.au caught up with East Arnhem Land’s Cameron Adams, who has been responsible for getting the team together and getting them to the event.How long did it take you to get here and what did you have to do to get here?We had to travel from Ramingining to Darwin, which in the end ended up taking us 10 hours, because we had a few flat tyres and a few problems. The road was deemed impassable so we weren’t supposed to drive it, but we drove it. We passed most of the big rivers and we got to one big river before we hit the bitumen and I actually sunk my car in the river so it wasn’t very fun. Fortunately the car didn’t stop and the boys were able to push it out and we just opened the doors and flush the water out and keep driving. That was a bit of an adventure. We spent two nights in Darwin, and we just literally arrived off the plane and drove straight to the game (before their first game). A lot of them had never been on a big plane before and their plane landed and it didn’t land properly and so it took off again so that was another experience. It has been an adventure to get here but the boys were really excited and it’s going to be a great tournament.You had problems getting to the Northern Territory State Championships earlier this year as well, it was quite an effort to get there too wasn’t it?That was probably not as bad as this one, but that was pretty shocking as well, with all the roads and catching boats and crocodile infested waters.What made you want to come to the event? What was the background behind that?I’m from Perth and I’ve been out in Ramingining, East Arnhem Land, for 18 months now and I’ve played Touch here for a long time, represented Western Australia and the Barbarians and I just wanted to come down and bring the boys and give them a bit of exposure to what my life is like after sharing theirs and exposure to life outside Ramingining.Is this a similar team to the one that played at the NT State Championships?We’ve changed about four players. They’ve just improved but a lot of them had never played before May and this is the first time they’ve played.How good is it for them to get this exposure?It’s good, they love it, they are all smiling. They’re excited. When you moved to the Northern Territory, how did you get these players involved?It’s just in my nature to want to play Touch so I just got them together to give them an opportunity to play something other than AFL, that’s kind of like the only sport out there, so it was a chance to play something different.What was the reception like? Did you get people onboard straight away?As soon as you tell them that there was a possibility of going to Darwin, any opportunity to get to Darwin, they are up for it. They were pretty much committed from day one. The Western Australia trip, we got commitment three months ago and we’ve been training three nights a week since then.How good is it just to see them here?It’s amazing, it’s good for the competition, as you can see they’re having a few jokes and mucking around, and there are going to be a lot of teams that turn their heads and have a good look at them and that’s what it’s all about, encouraging more people to come.How exciting is it for you to come back and play at this event?I love it, especially playing my old club straight up, they are my very best friends, Tompkins Park, and to play them first, I spoke to one of my mates the other day and said that it couldn’t have happened any better. We are happy and as long as we keep improving, it doesn’t matter about winning it’s about getting better and maybe having the opportunity to come back next year. How proud of them are you?100 per cent, I love them, they’ve got an amazing sense of humour, they really have become my close mates and they all call me their family, I’ve actually been adopted by them, if you ask each and every one of them I’m related to them somehow. That’s what it’s all about, it’s just one big family. To see a story written by the Northern Territory News on the side, please click on the following link:http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2010/11/02/191191_ntsport.html
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Mourinho insists luck was with Liverpoolby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Jose Mourinho insists luck was with Liverpool for Sunday’s 3-1 defeat.Sadio Mane had put the hosts ahead on 24 minutes, but a mistake from Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker allowed Jesse Lingard to equalise soon after. However, further strikes followed for Jurgen Klopp’s men after the break, with substitute Xherdan Shaqiri netting two deflected efforts to seal the hosts’ 3-1 victory.Mourinho said, “They had a strong team and showed they are the strongest team. It’s hard to concede two goals in the moments we conceded and even harder the way the goals happened [with the deflections]. I think our difficult period in the game was the first 20 minutes when we couldn’t cope with their fantastic intensity and speed and pressing. After that we were quite calm in the game and the game was controlled. “We can say of course they attacked much more than us, they had corners, they had more play in our half than we had in their half, but it was exactly the moment when the game was going into the dynamic when they were really frustrated. “You had centre-backs coming with the ball and shooting from 30 yards into the stands – that was a period when the game was more under control and we felt that we could win, even a little bit undeservedly, but it was the moment when sometimes teams that are dominating a game can lose matches. But that was when we conceded two goals. David [De Gea] was saying in the dressing room afterwards that they [Shaqiri’s shots] would have been two easy balls for him, but because of the deflections he had no chance.”Mourinho insisted luck was with the hosts, “If you want to speak about fortune, then speak about their second and third goals. Our goal was a good move by the side, I think [Romelu] Lukaku got in the space behind the full-back with a good cross and then Jesse [Lingard] arrived in a dangerous position and the goalkeeper made, what I used to call, half of a mistake. To speak about luck and goals we have to speak about the second and third goals.”
“Billions of dollars of shareholder value would have been saved if Kinder Morgan had done a better job of anticipating, assessing and mitigating the sustainability risks to its business,” Lindsley said.In 2016, Ottawa approved plans to triple the capacity of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C. But the $7.4-billion project has faced significant opposition and legal challenges from environmentalists, First Nations and B.C.’s NDP government.Kinder Morgan suspended all non-essential spending on the expansion earlier this year, saying ongoing opposition in B.C. and the threat of legal delays was making investors wary of proceeding with the project. The company set May 31 as the deadline for the federal and provincial governments to reach an agreement that would allow the expansion to go ahead.Wilson said the fact shareholders voted for the sustainability report proposal shows they want the company to be more socially and environmentally responsible, but that won’t stop opposition to the Trans Mountain expansion because it threatens Indigenous culture, spirituality, identity and way of life. “That means fundamentally more to us than anything that they could offer us,” she said. “This means that there will be further delay and risk and uncertainty for the overall project. And we wanted to carry that message to the shareholders today.”As the general meeting took place, protests against the expansion project continued in Burnaby, with opponents blocking access to the company’s marine terminal on land and in the water.About 200 people have been arrested since the middle of March while protesting outside Kinder Morgan’s facilities in Burnaby, the RCMP have said.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) HOUSTON, TX – Kinder Morgan’s shareholders have asked the company for more disclosure on its sustainability after a presentation Wednesday by a First Nations chief from British Columbia.Neskonlith Chief Judy Wilson said she told the company’s annual general meeting in Houston that environmental, social and governance issues can pose significant risks to business and without proper disclosure, shareholders won’t know if they are vulnerable.Wilson said she also explained the legal risks if Kinder Morgan proceeds with its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion on Indigenous land without consent from First Nations. “We do not believe the risks of the project have been accurately evaluated nor fully disclosed and we wanted to point that out to the shareholders,” she told a news conference after the meeting.Wilson put forward a resolution proposing that shareholders ask Kinder Morgan to issue an annual sustainability report describing the company’s analysis of short- and long-term risks, along with plans for mitigating them.Another resolution from a U.S. asset management company proposed that Kinder Morgan create a report looking at how commitments various countries have made under the Paris climate change agreement will affect the pipeline builder’s portfolio in the long term.A Kinder Morgan spokesman said both resolutions passed, but neither is binding. Executive chairman Rich Kinder said in a statement the board will “carefully consider the proposals and the information contained in the supporting statements in determining what actions to take with respect to them.”Because the resolutions are non-binding, shareholders should follow up to show the company that they’re watching and expect their wishes to be expressed, said Lisa Lindsley with advocacy group SumOfUs.Kinder Morgan could have foreseen issues with its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion if the company had previously committed to putting out sustainability reports, she added.
Washington: Scientists in the US are developing artificial intelligence (AI) systems that could help robots assist soldiers in the battlefield in future. For the research, published in the journal Science Advances, team looked at soldier brain activity during specific tasks for ways to incorporate AI teaming to dynamically complete tasks. According to Jean Vettel, a senior neuroscientist at the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) in the US, technologies that can predict states and behaviours of the individual soldier may help create a more optimised team. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe work between ARL and the University at Buffalo is looking at ways the dynamics and architecture of the human brain may be coordinated to predict such behaviors and consequently optimize team performance. “In military operations, soldiers perform multiple tasks at once. They’re analysing information from multiple sources, navigating environments while simultaneously assessing threats, sharing situational awareness, and communicating with a distributed team,” said Vettel. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”This requires soldiers to constantly switch among these tasks, which means that the brain is also rapidly shifting among the different brain regions needed for these different tasks,” he said. “If we can use brain data in the moment to indicate what task they’re doing, AI could dynamically respond and adapt to assist the Soldier in completing the task,” he added. To achieve this future capability, the researchers first sought to understand how the brain coordinates its different regions while executing a particular task. They used a computational approach to understand how this may be characterised to inform the behavioral prediction. To complete the study, researchers mapped how different regions of the brain were connected to one another in 30 different people via tracts of tissue called white matter. Scientists converted these maps into computational models of each subject’s brain, and used computers to simulate what would happen when a single region of a person’s brain was stimulated. They then used a mathematical framework, which they developed, to measure how brain activity became synchronised across various cognitive systems in the simulations. “While the work has been deployed on individual brains of a finite brain structure, it would be very interesting to see if coordination of Soldiers and autonomous systems may also be described with this method, too,” said Javier Garcia, an ARL neuroscientist. “Much how the brain coordinates regions that carry out specific functions, you can think of how this method may describe coordinated teams of individuals and autonomous systems of varied skills work together to complete a mission,” Garcia said.
On Jan. 28, Columbus Blue Jackets fans, who have only witnessed postseason hockey once in the team’s 12 years of existence, received the best news from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman since the team’s inception. The city of Columbus would be hosting the 2013 NHL All-Star Game, or so they were told. At midnight Sunday,the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement expired, and with no new deal in place, players were locked out by the owners for the second time in nine years. Bettman met with owners and members of the NHL Players Association last week in New York City with the bleak hope of agreeing on a new deal that would have allowed for the season to start on it’s scheduled date, Oct. 11. With both sides still “far apart in talks” according to The New York Times, the season’s original start date is very much in jeopardy. While the owners and the players might be in disagreement over a number of issues, both sides realize that the biggest concern is how revenue will be split. Under the old collective bargaining agreement, players received 57 percent of the league’s revenue, and owners received 43 percent. Reportedly, Bettman’s most recent offer to the players would leave them with 47 percent of revenue, roughly a 17.5 percent pay cut. The NHL has experienced its seventh straight year of economic growth, according to Forbes. Another major issue that the two sides are clashing over is owners wanting to limit contract lengths to six years. Currently, there are no term limits on contracts. According to capgeek.com, there are 16 players signed to deals of 10 years or longer. While negotiations might continue informally throughout the month, the likelihood of the season starting on time is very slim. While Ohio natives might cringe at this, I suspect that the savior to Columbus’ All-Star Game could come from Ann Arbor. In April 2011, the NHL signed a massive deal with NBC to be their exclusive broadcasting partner. Part of this agreement was rights to broadcast the annual Winter Classic, an outdoor hockey game on New Years Day that, according to Sports Business Daily, generated $22 million dollars when it was played in Pittsburgh in 2010. This year’s game will be at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor and, if played, will set the record for largest attendance at a professional hockey game. NHL Players Association Executive Director Paul Kelly said that the league does have an opt-out clause with the University of Michigan, but they would stand to lose millions from skipping the annual event, and with pressure from NBC, I believe this should give fans a small piece of hope. According to the News Observer, last year’s NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, N.C., generated an estimated $11.4 million in spending from out-of-town visitors. The city of Columbus, which according to the most recent U.S. Census, boasts a larger metropolitan area than Raleigh, could stand to make even more than $11 million on the event. During the 2004-2005 locked-out season, Atlanta was scheduled to host the All-Star Game, but did not do so until 2008. If the entire season is lost and the NHL chooses to reschedule the game in Columbus, the earliest it would be played is 2015, because the Olympics are scheduled for February 2014.