first_imgAs a result of a combination of ownership concentration and political alignment, all of Singapore’s mainstream media content themselves with repeating the government’s messages. The few bloggers or news sites such as New Naratif that try to provide reliable reporting are subjected to harassment and intimidation, often initiated by the prime minister himself. Follow the news on Singapore Singapore uses “anti-fake news” law to eliminate public debate Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Singaporean prime minister’s office to drop its absurd “illegal election activity” complaint against the New Naratif website over five Facebook posts in the run-up to last July’s elections, as a result of which the police have already interrogated the site’s managing director and searched his home. Help by sharing this information RSF_en RSF’s denounces Singapore’s disregard of press freedom ahead of its Universal Periodic Review April 10, 2020 Find out more New Naratif recognizes “boosting” a total of 13 posts during the run-up to the elections, but points out that that AsiaOne, a media outlet that is majority-owned by a government-controlled press group, “boosted” no fewer that 240 posts during the official campaign period alone (from 30 June to 10 July), of which at least 150 were about the elections and the ruling party. None of these sponsored posts were regarded by the authorities as “illegal election activity.” The SED got the five posts taken down on the grounds that they were “paid advertisements” and therefore amounted to “illegal conduct of election activity” that violated the Parliamentary Election Act, although the act contains no precise definition of what constitutes “election activity.” December 6, 2019 Find out more News “We call on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s office to immediately drop the pathetic charges it has brought against New Naratif,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “What credibility can his government claim if it was the result of elections in which the independent media were carefully prevented from doing their work. New Naratif’s only crime was providing Singapore’s citizens with independently-reported information instead of government propaganda.” News October 2, 2020 Singaporean website prosecuted over election coverage Coloured black on the map Organisation center_img After falling seven places in the space of a year, the Singaporean city-state is ranked 158th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index and is now one of those that are coloured black on the RSF press freedom map because the situation is classified as “very bad.” Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources The police acted in response to a complaint by the Singapore Elections Department (SED), a direct offshoot of the prime minister’s office, over five articles about the 10 July general elections that were posted on Facebook between 26  April and 6 July and were “boosted” financially by New Naratif to push them higher in subscriber news feeds. And the blogger Leong Sze Hian continues to face the possibility of a two-year prison sentence on a criminal defamation charge simply for sharing an article from the Malaysian website TheCoverage.my on Facebook in November 2018. News to go further Receive email alerts SingaporeAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesMedia independenceProtecting sources Conflicts of interestInternetJudicial harassment Pathetic charges SingaporeAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesMedia independenceProtecting sources Conflicts of interestInternetJudicial harassment October 15, 2020 Find out more It seems that covering an election campaign can lead to arrest in Singapore. This, at least, is the bizarre experience of New Naratif managing director Thum Ping Tjin. The police summoned and questioned him for four and a half hours on the morning of 21 September and then searched his home, seizing his mobile phone and laptop. New Naratif managing director Thum Ping Tjin was summoned and questioned by the police for four and a half hours (photo courtesy of Dr Thum). News An army of lawyers was deployed in September 2019 against Terry Xu, the editor of the independent news website The Online Citizen, over an article that supposedly caused “loss and damage” to the prime minister.last_img read more

first_imgnarvikk/iStockBy WILLIAM MANSELL, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 486,000 people worldwide.Over 9.6 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks. The United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 2.4 million diagnosed cases and at least 124,415 deaths.Here’s how the news is developing Friday. All times Eastern:5:30 a.m.: Alabama coronavirus cases soarThe number of COVID-19 cases in the state of Alabama continues to soar, which means the number of available ICU beds is dwindling.In a Federal Emergency Management Agency memo obtained by ABC News, hospitals in Montgomery, Tuscaloosa and Birmingham are now transferring patients from facility to facility because they are running out of ICU beds.In fact, 82% of Alabama’s ICU beds are now full, according to Dr. Don Williamson with the Alabama Hospital Association. He tells ABC News affiliate WBMA-TV that there are only 289 beds available in the state.Jeanne Marrazzo, director, Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama Birmingham, told the station that she worries what July will look like for the state.“If we are seeing this very big peak in cases right now, the hospitalization and death rates as we know, typically lag two to two and a half to three cases behind those case reports,” Marrazzo said.Alabama has more than 33,000 diagnosed cased of COVID-19 with at least 896 deaths. Just this week, it set a daily record with 1,100 new coronavirus cases.The concerning rise in cases it’s exclusive to Alabama. It’s just one of 15 states that have set a daily COVID-19 case record in the past week. The other states are Texas, Montana, Nevada, Mississippi, Missouri, Florida, Oklahoma, South Carolina, California, Arizona, Idaho, Georgia, Utah and Tennessee.There are now also 23 states with rising COVID-19 hospitalization rates, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgSpring break came early for the No. 7 USC men’s volleyball team (8-6, 6-5) these past nine days.But through a period that most college students would revel in, whether by sipping exotic drinks, tanning by the pool or just celebrating a few days of freedom, the Trojans spent their longest break of the season in a much different fashion.In fact, their nine-day layoff couldn’t have come at a better time. For a team that came into the season with such high expectations, these past few weeks have represented what appears to be rock bottom.A rock bottom that comes on the heels of dropping five of its past seven matches, losing every first set over the past month and faltering at a time when most elite teams would hope to be peaking.But for an experienced unit that knows all about the dog days of winter, a little time off from competition these past nine days was put to great use, as they used the break to regain something that has been missing for some time — their psyche.“The mood on the team has transformed from one of arrogance and disdain to enthusiasm and support,” senior middle blocker Hunter Current said. “We are fusing all our physical and intellectual strengths to combat any potential for weakness on the court.”So while their reprieve from the rigor of a physically draining conference schedule didn’t include any fun in the sun, a mental makeover could be just the thing the Trojans needed as they prepare to face Mountain Pacific Sports Federation foe, the No. 10 Santa Barbara Gauchos (9-8, 6-5), tonight at the Galen Center.With the Gauchos coming to town for the 7 p.m. clash, preparation will be paramount for USC, as UCSB comes in as the hottest team in the conference, winning four straight.The team’s recent success has been due in large part to the number of key contributors the Gauchos have been able to rely on throughout the year.From outsider hitter Jeff Menzel (already fourth on the all-time list for kills in a career) to opposite hitter Jake Rosener (leads team in digs), the Gauchos enter tonight’s match as one of the most balanced teams in the land. Despite an embarrassing 0-4 start to their season, UCSB looks like a team poised to make a run in the NCAA tournament.For the Trojans, the key to notching a third straight home victory over UCSB will be their poise and ability to play mistake-free volleyball. It sounds obvious, but these two factors have plagued the team throughout its current dry spell.“There has been ample time for us to rework our mind-set, the team dynamic and attitude towards the game of volleyball,” Current said.But tonight, as USC attempts to turn a page in its season it would rather not dwell on, the team is cognizant that the past cannot be changed, but how it competes from here on out has yet to be set in stone.“We lost to the three of the best teams according to their record, and, while we all want to win in a conference like this, a team is not going to go undefeated or even close to it,” sophomore outside hitter Tony Ciarelli said. “We just need to push on from here and look to the future rather than regretting the past.”last_img read more

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Austrian tax settlement overshadows bet-at-home’s growth momentum November 5, 2019 Share Scandal underlines OVWG calls for end of gambling monopoly November 22, 2019 bet-at-home maintains 2020 outlook despite dire opening  May 4, 2020 Submit The governance of Frankfurt Börse-listed bet-at-home AG has reported a ‘static corporate performance’ in its full-year 2019 results.Updating investors, bet-at-home recorded an all-time high in corporate turnover as wagering broke the €3.2 billion mark. However, despite its improved wagering metrics, bet-at-home could only replicate exact like-for-like FY2018 revenue results of €143 million. The operator delivered lacklustre corporate revenues despite the company matching its 2018 marketing outlay at circa €40 million, increasing its profile across European ice hockey, volleyball, and basketball leagues.Replicating 2018 trends, bet-at-home was able to sustain its FY2019 tax duties at €21 million, as it recorded a 2019 EBITDA result of €35 million (FY2018: €36m).Nevertheless, bet-at-home’s 2019 accounts absorbed a €14 million ‘tax back settlement‘ charge with Austrian and Maltese authorities, which was related to unaccounted subsidiary wagering charges.Hefty 2019 tax settlements saw bet-at-home declare underlying full-year 2019 profits of €18 million, a 45% decline on fiscal 2018’s €32.6 million.  Of further concern for investors, bet-at-home’s 2020 outlook detailed that the operator will face a year of regulatory disturbances across Swiss, German and Polish markets.  Core market disruptions will see bet-at-home reduce 2020 revenue projections, with figures expected to be between €120-132m mark. Meanwhile, EBITDA guidance is expected to improve to €23-27 million, dependent on key market regulatory outcomes.last_img read more

first_imgHerro wrote, in part, on Facebook: “Today we lost a Legend and a man I consider family. … Thank you for believing in me.”The cause of death wasn’t immediately clear.WWE tweeted a statement Tuesday morning saying it was “saddened to learn that King Kong Bundy has passed away.”WWE is saddened to learn that King Kong Bundy has passed away.https://t.co/SNrSunQYeQ— WWE (@WWE) March 5, 2019Listed at 6-4, 458 pounds and jokingly known as “the walking condominium,” he made his WWF debut in 1981, wrestling under the name Chris Canyon.He was best known, after changing his ring name to King Kong Bundy, for an iconic steel cage match he lost to Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania 2 in 1986.It was during that era Bundy wrestled with or against opponents who were a who’s who of one of the sport’s golden eras, including Hogan, Andre the Giant, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan and The Undertaker. Former professional wrestler King Kong Bundy, a WrestleMania star in the 1980s, died Monday, promoter and longtime friend David Herro said in a Facebook post overnight.Bundy, whose real name was Christopher Alan Pallies, was 61. Hogan tweeted Monday: “Overwhelmed by King Kong Bundy’s passing, only great memories. RIP big man until we meet again.”Overwhelmed by King Kong Bundy’s passing, only great memories,R.I.P. big man until we meet again. HH— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) March 5, 2019Another semi-retired WWF wrestler, Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake referred to Bundy as “a kind soul.”Although he had been semi-retired since 1995, he was planning to appear next month at WrestleCon in New York City, according to The Associated Press.last_img read more