Another court sides with government against political cartoonist

first_img RSF_en Organisation February 22, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts Last week’s ruling by a Kuala Lumpur appeal court in a case brought by political cartoonist Zunar was a direct violation of freedom of expression and information, Reporters Without Borders says.In a decision issued on 1 November, the court rejected Zunar’s appeal against a high ruling on 21 July 2012 that his September 2010 arrest and the seizure of all the copies of a newly-published collection of his cartoons, called “Cartoon-o-phobia,” were carried out legally under the Sedition Act.“As we said last year, at the time of the original ruling, this sets a dangerous precedent for journalists,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We reiterate our call for the ban on Zunar’s work to be lifted, we deplore the way he is being persecuted, and we urge the courts to reach a final decision in this case that is impartial and respects freedom of information.”Zunar, whose real name is Zulkiflee Anwar Haque, was held for two days following his arrest on 24 September 2010. He subsequently filed a complaint accusing the police and interior ministry of acting illegally.The appeal court’s ruling upholds the government’s position that the publication of the book of political cartoons was an act of criminal subversion. Zunar has said he now wants to appeal to a federal court. News News Follow the news on Malaysia January 29, 2021 Find out more November 7, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Another court sides with government against political cartoonist News Record fine for Malaysian news site over readers’ comments Help by sharing this information MalaysiaAsia – Pacific to go further March 17, 2021 Find out more Malaysian cartoonist Zunar facing possible sedition charge again “In my view, all these episodes are just part of the government’s mechanism to stop me from drawing cartoons exposing their corruption and wrongdoings,” Zunar said.“Losing a case in appeal court against the government is common in Malaysia. But I think my case will set a new precedent because this is the first time a cartoonist has challenged the government on the Sedition Act and lost. Through this judgment, the courts are just giving the government more scope to act against cartoonists, artists, writers, bloggers and social media activists who are critical in their work and opinions” Zunar added.The authorities began trying to gag Zunar in 2009, when they seized around 400 copies of his book “Gedung Kartun” and threatened to withdraw the licences of printers and bookstores that produced or sold copies.The government subsequently banned the sale of five of his books on the grounds that they were liable to endanger public order, thereby sabotaging the accord he had reached with a major distribution company. For his next book, “The Pirates of the Carry-BN,” Zunar had to conceal the printer’s name and use online marketing.Malaysia is ranked 145th out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. New Malaysian ordinance threatens very concept of truth MalaysiaAsia – Pacific last_img read more

Fed: Taper Continues; Adjust Economic Projections

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Investment Fraud Scheme Nets 27 Months in Prison Next: RealtyTrac: Natural Disaster Risk ‘Very High’ for 10.6M Housing Units Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Fed: Taper Continues; Adjust Economic Projections Federal Reserve FOMC Janet Yellen Mortgage-Backed Securities 2014-06-18 Tory Barringer Tagged with: Federal Reserve FOMC Janet Yellen Mortgage-Backed Securities June 18, 2014 992 Views The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) concluded its June meeting with the announcement that members have once again voted to bring down the Federal Reserve’s stimulative monthly asset purchases.Taking a cue from improvements in labor market indicators, household spending, and general economic activity, the committee members voted to reduce the Fed’s monthly purchase of agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS) to a pace of $15 billion per month, while purchases of longer-term Treasury securities will be cut to $20 billion per month.Together, the cuts represent a scaling back of $10 billion in monthly additions, keeping with the committee’s pace so far. If the current course continues, the so-called “taper” could conclude by fall.However, as usual, the FOMC made a point that “asset purchases are not on a preset course, and … will remain contingent on the Committee’s outlook for the labor market and inflation as well as its assessment of the likely efficacy and costs of such purchases.”Despite seeing overall improvement in the economy, board members did readjust their economic projections in light of recent news of a downturn in the first quarter.For 2014, the committee now projects a 2.1–2.3 percent change in real gross domestic product (GDP), a sharp drop from March’s projection of 2.8–3.0 percent growth.On the other hand, labor forecasts were more favorable. By the end of the year, the committee—perhaps encouraged by recently improved jobs numbers—expects the unemployment rate to be as low as 6.0 percent.In a press conference following the release of the committee’s statement, Fed Chair Janet Yellen explained the revision comes as a result of better than expected payrolls, which have averaged 234,000 over the last three months.Yellen also addressed the role that the regulatory environment has played in this year’s slowdown in the housing market, admitting that banks have grown increasingly reluctant to lend to borrowers with lower credit scores.”They mention in meetings with us consistently their concerns about putback risk, and I think it is difficult for any homeowner who doesn’t have pristine credit these days to get a mortgage,” she said, adding that regulators now need to work to clarify mortgage lending rules “to create an environment of greater certainty for lenders to be willing to extend mortgage credit.”Markets responded largely positive to the announcement and to Yellen’s conference. As of 2:30 Central, the S&P 500 was up 0.6 percent for the day and was on pace for a record closing. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Fed: Taper Continues; Adjust Economic Projections Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

A dream realized, and paid forward

first_img Related Harvard Allston Education Portal opens doors to neighbors Each day when Jose Mendoza walks through the doors of the Harvard Ed Portal, he smiles. The Allston man knows he is living the dream his parents had for him when he was just a boy and the family was newly arrived from Honduras.It was a dream of good education and economic opportunity, and Mendoza has made it his own, with the help of the Ed Portal programs that have been part of his life since he was 9 years old.Now, a decade on, the Lesley University sophomore is an intern at Harvard, and he’s giving back to the place that he says helped shape him and continues to shape and benefit his community.“It’s hard to believe that I’m here, not just expanding my knowledge like I did all the years in the Mentoring Program, but actually participating and helping,” said Mendoza. “It’s amazing, like a dream come true.”Mendoza was just 6 in 2005 when his family moved to Allston and he enrolled in Thomas Gardner Elementary School (now Gardner Pilot Academy). It was while he was a student there that Mendoza became familiar with the Ed Portal.Mendoza signed up for the Mentoring Program, which pairs students from grades one through 12 with Harvard undergraduates who serve as role models. The mentors use visual art, music, and technology to bring creative learning to subjects such as math, science, and English.“I started the summer of fourth grade and came twice a week. I loved it,” said Mendoza. “It’s not like going to school. I was learning about things at the Ed Portal that I didn’t learn in school. And I had the opportunity to build a relationship with the mentor, like two friends working and learning together.”A 10-year-old Jose Mendoza learns from mentor Jennifer DeCoste in 2008, his first year in the program. Photo by Julie RussellEducation is important to Mendoza, whose drive earned him a reputation as an independent thinker and problem-solver early on, according to Ashley Jacobson, his high school math teacher and the dean of academics at Mary Lyon Pilot High School in Brighton.“Jose was always a very positive student and active member of the community. He was very motivated, wanted to do well,” said Jacobson. “He was one of the first students in my calculus class who took encouragement to do problem-solving outside the classroom. He utilized many resources and didn’t get discouraged by struggle. He was a collaborator and was always excited to help his peers move forward.”Student body president his senior year, member of the National Honor Society, and salutatorian of his graduating class, Jacobson said Mendoza set himself apart by his intrinsic motivation, his ability to identify strengths in others, and his self-confidence — all skills she believes will serve him throughout his life.But in addition his innate abilities, Mendoza stayed focused on the opportunities at the Ed Portal.Joan Matsalia, associate director of Public School Partnerships at Harvard, got to know Mendoza when, in his junior year, he connected Mary Lyon Pilot to the Ed Portal with various outreach programs.“Here’s this bright young man from Honduras, who was so deeply involved in the community and many important community projects, and he connected his high school and students from his high school to the Ed Portal. It’s incredible,” said Matsalia.He also connected his family to the Ed Portal. The oldest of three children, Mendoza was the first to attend the Mentoring Program; today, his younger sisters take part. “I used the Ed Portal throughout my life for academics and other resources, and now my little sisters are doing the same thing, it’s unbelievable,” Mendoza said.Regina Chrem (from left), Alison Lu, and Abigail Hill are taught by Jose Mendoza during “Soft Robotics for 6th-8th grade” a Summer Explorations program at the Ed Portal.Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerIn fact, last June, his sister Libby Cartagena participated in the Harvard Ed Portal’s “Magnificent Mosaics and Spectacular Self-Portraits: Works by GPA Third Graders.” The exhibition was part of an educational initiative in which Gardner Pilot Academy, the Harvard Art Museums, and the Harvard Ed Portal united to create an art-inspired learning experience for third-graders.Matsalia said when she saw Mendoza bring his sister to the Ed Portal for mentoring last spring, he joked with her about wanting to work there. That’s when she knew he would be a good fit for a summer internship.Mendoza’s supervisor, Renelle Lawrence, program manager for Public School Partnerships, said she could tell Mendoza was a leader from the moment she met him. His ability to offer clear initiatives, speak his mind, and share his opinions was evident.“Having Jose spend his summer with us has been a godsend, and he has really hit the ground running. He has been involved in all aspects of planning and implementation of our various programs, and has formed connections with many of the folks who utilize the Portal. In particular, he provided tremendous support to a resident in the workforce program, and has helped run many of our annual Summer Explorations program classes,” said Lawrence. “We are thrilled that he has agreed to return this fall as both an intern, homework coach, and S.A.T. tutor.”Mendoza said he’s fortunate his role at the Ed Portal is continuing, but he takes nothing for granted. As the first in his family to attend college, he said it was the Ed Portal’s College Conversations workshop that helped him and his mother both realize it was an attainable goal.center_img “If I can say one word about the Ed Portal, it’s a blessing,” said Mendoza’s mother, Yesenia Hernandez. “They contribute so much to the Allston-Brighton community and it just shows how much they care for the youth here.”“More than 10 years ago, when we first began envisioning the Harvard Ed Portal, we knew we wanted to offer residents a place where they could develop and nourish a passion for learning,” said Robert A. Lue, faculty director of the Ed Portal, Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, faculty director of HarvardX, and professor of the practice of molecular and cellular biology.“The Mentoring Program was our first offering, and it’s special in that it allows Harvard undergraduates the opportunity to come together with students from Allston and explore new and exciting ways to learn. Year after year we continue to be impressed with how well the program is going, how much both the Allston and Harvard students are learning from each other, and the ways in which both continue to give back,” Lue said. “Stories like Jose’s are exactly what we had hoped would happen. We’re thrilled he continues to be involved and we hope to see more and more outcomes like his going forward.”Although Mendoza is considering a career in health care administration after college, for the moment he is focused on helping the nonprofit learning center and the community it serves.“It’s neat to see all the behind-the-scenes of the Ed Portal, how much work and time and effort they put into all their events and programs. Not only that, they ask for my input and advice,” Mendoza said.“The opportunity to expand here is amazing.”last_img read more

Gauteng teams up with Renault

first_imgTammy O’ReillyThe ING Renault F1 team’s hugely successful visit to Johannesburg last year has prompted the Gauteng provincial government to form a partnership with the French Team to help raise the province’s international profile.More than 80 000 spectators flocked to the Sandton area in July 2007 to catch a glimpse of Renault’s Formula 1 drivers racing through the CBD – exposing not only the population’s interest in the sport, but also the country’s ability to pull off such an event. It was also the first time since Renault began their road shows in 2003 that the spectacle was seen outside Europe, Russia and Japan.And since professional motor racing generally attracts major international media attention, the province is hoping to jump on the bandwagon and use the opportunity to showcase its infrastructure, tourism attractions and sporting facilities.OpportunitiesAnnouncing the partnership on 22 January 2008, Finance and Economic Affairs MEC Paul Mashatile said the competitive sport sector had enormous potential to contribute towards increased tourism, job creation and higher economic growth.“This partnership is an opportunity to showcase our provinces competitive advantages on the international stage. It will also help to strengthen our efforts to promote Gauteng as an investment and tourism destination and will also consolidate our position as the home of competitive sports.“We are optimistic that this partnership will take us closer to the achievement of our strategic objective of increasing Gauteng’s share of the tourism market to 55% of all international arrivals,” he told journalists in Johannesburg.Competition and workshopsThe Renault F1 team will also host several workshops and other activities with youngsters aimed at raising the interest in motor sports and spotting talent.Perhaps the most exciting part of the partnership will be the rollout of the F1 Dream Competition, which will give one Formula 1 fan the opportunity to drive the Renault F1 Team 2007 race car.The partnership is set to stand for a year and fans can look forward to a second event through the streets of Johannesburg in July.Renault already has a strong presence in Gauteng, and has recently announced that the new Renault Sandero will be produced in South Africa from 2009.Related Links:Official Formula One WebsiteRenault South Africa Sandton Central Gauteng Provincial Governmentlast_img read more

International airlines face scrutiny over suspect pricing practice

first_imgAustralia’s competition watchdog will focus on international airlines whose booking sites continue to pre-check options such as travel insurance after the nation’s two major low-cost carriers today confirmed they were ending the practice.Tigerair Australia and Jetstar followed in the wake of Virgin Australia by announcing they were abandoning the practice after warnings against it from the  Australian Competition and Consumer Commission .The ACCC is  worried that the “opt out’’ model, which is not used by Qantas,  was leading consumers to unintentionally pay for unwanted extras that were “pre-ticked’’ on the airline websites.A survey by Australian consumer group Choice found families could save hundreds of dollars on travel insurance by unticking the boxes on some airline websites and buying their insurance elsewhere.The Australian action mirrors a similar campaign by the New Zealand Commerce Commission, which last year called on all New Zealand businesses to end “opt out” pricing and which has also pursued international carriers.However, the Australian airlines are moving at significantly different paces when it comes to axing the practice.Virgin stopped pre-selection travel insurance earlier this week and Tigerair said it had removed pre-selection of travel insurance and checked baggage from today (Friday).It vowed to continue to highlight available  options  throughout the booking process.“Tigerair Australia recommends that customers purchase travel insurance given its importance in the event of any disruption or change of circumstance,’’ the airline  said. “Additionally, Tigerair Australia gives customers the opportunity to purchase checked baggage at a cost-effective price during the booking process as it is always much higher to pay it for at the airport.’’Jetstar told the ACCC it would stop pre-selecting extras checked baggage, seat selection, travel insurance and charity donations on its online booking platforms from July next year.The commission said it would have preferred the Jetstar change to have been made earlier but it welcomed the decision as a positive move for Australian consumers. “Jetstar’s announcement is another step forward in the ACCC’s continuing effort to end pre-selection conduct in the Australian airline industry,’’ ACCC chairman Rod Sims said.“The ACCC will continue to engage with the remaining domestic airlines that still pre-select extras, and urge them to follow suit.“The ACCC will also turn its attention to international airlines operating within Australia which continue to pre-select extras.”last_img read more

The Pros and Cons of Upgrading to a Full-Frame Sensor

first_imgIs it time to consider upgrading to a full-frame cinema workflow? In this article, we’ll look at the advantages and disadvantages of upgrading sensor size.Canon, Sony, ARRI, and RED have all announced full-frame cameras in the last few months, and more and more filmmakers are shooting with them. Some of the cameras, particularly the Canon C500 Mark II and the Sony PDX, are under $16,000 and aimed at the independent filmmaker.DSLRsThe Canon 5D mark II kicked off the DSLR revolution in 2008 (image via Canon).First of all, there’s nothing that groundbreaking about full-frame as a cinema format. DLSRs have been shooting full-frame since the Canon 5D Mark II kickstarted the DSLR revolution in 2008. Most DSLRs still shoot full-frame as their default, and only crop down to Super 35 for slow motion and other specialty functions that need a higher data rate.It’s been rare, up to this point, for digital cinema cameras to shoot full-frame. Most were optimized for industry-standard PL mount lenses (which only cover a Super 35 mm sensor), even if they all didn’t use PL mounts themselves, more often sticking with the popular EF mount.ALEXA LFYou can see how small the difference is concerning edge distortion between the Canon C200 and the Canon C700 FF.The ALEXA LF was one of the first large-format cinema cameras to get widely used, probably because it was the first ALEXA with high enough resolution for Netflix’s camera requirements: a native 4K+ sensor. When large-format ARRI cameras won Oscars in 2015, and again in 2018 for cinematography, more working DPs became interested in shooting full-frame. Camera companies were only too happy to provide an upgrade.The difference between Super 35 mm and full-frame is approximately one lens length. This means that if you place two cameras side by side, with a 50 mm on a full-frame sensor and a 75 mm on a S35 sensor, you’ll get almost exactly the same image. When I tested this with the Canon C200 against the Canon C700 FF, I expected to see more of a difference in regards to edge distortion on the smaller frame camera, but because the S35 C200 only photographs with the center of the lens, there’s almost no discernible distortion.DistanceThe Revenant (20th Century Fox).The real difference between using the cameras like this is when you’re really close or really far from your subject. Emmanuel Lubezki used this to great effect on The Revenant. Lubezki used a very wide angle lens very close to his subject on a large format camera to get a feeling of intimacy — with less distortion and more light than he would’ve been able to get with a S35 sensor.The other big difference is in wide shots. If you can’t move the camera any further back from your subject, you often need to use a wider lens. Below 20mm, most lens sets drop in speed. The Canon CNE primes are T1.5 across the board, except the 14mm, which drops down to 3.1. If you’re shooting in a small, low-light environment, full-frame may be just the thing to give you the shots you want. The 2018 film The Possession of Hannah Grace used the full-frame DSLR Sony α7S II for precisely this reason.For most people in most circumstances, the step up to a full-frame digital cinema camera won’t be a game changer. Instead, it can a subtle improvement that may keep them ahead of the upgrade curve. For some use cases, like shooting super close or super wide in low light, it may be the thing that saves the shot.Cover image via Canon.Want more tips on video gear? Check these out.Hands-on Review: the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6KExciting New Prospects for Lighting Your Future SetGet Ready to Film with the Sony A7 III Using These SettingsTop Equipment Investments for Working FilmmakersTips for Getting the Smoothest Handheld Footagelast_img read more

Yilport on a Growth Course

first_imgzoom Port and terminal operator Yilport Holding, part of Yildirim Group, recorded a 9% year-on-year increase in container volumes in 2017.Volumes rose to 4.3 million TEU in 2017 from 3.93 million TEU handled in 2016.As explained, the increase was led by Yilport’s ten container handling terminals in Turkey, Scandinavia, Iberia and Latin America.In Turkey, the volume increase was attributed to strong exports. Yilport Gebze, the company’s home terminal, recorded 501,284 TEU for 2017, reflecting 26% YOY increase. Gemlik and Gemport terminals also closed 2017 with record-breaking volumes.Yilport’s Nordic terminals handled 13% more cargo in 2017 due to strong Swedish exports. In addition, the terminals absorbed volume from competitor’s corridors during labor disputes, Yilport said.In Yilport’s Iberian terminals, volumes surged by 5.8%.What is more, the company’s Latin America terminals displayed a 22.6% YOY growth.Yilport also owns a 50% stake in Malta Freeport whose throughput rose by 2% to 1.75 million TEU in 2017.The company revealed that 2018 will be the year of Yilport Turkey with a focus on development projects to increase its operational efficiency.“The year is expected to be bright in both container and general cargo volumes as regards to the consolidations of the alliances and increasing demand for the general cargo flow across Turkey,” Yilport concluded.last_img read more