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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_img The INLA is expected to confirm later today that it has decommissioned its weapons.The republican paramilitary group is believed to have been responsible for 111 murders from its formation in 1975 until its ceasefire in 1998.It was behind one of Northern Ireland’s worst atrocities when it killed 17 people in a bomb attack on the Droppin’ Well pub in Ballykelly inDerry, in 1982.In February 2009, the INLA claimed responsibility for the murder of a man the group claimed was drug dealer in Derry.Four months ago the INLA used a graveside oration outside Dublin to confirm its “armed struggle is over” and vowed to end its 35-year campaign of violence in Northern Ireland.That is expected to be confirmed today. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Google+ INLA to confirm it has decommissioned its weapons Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Previous articleLetterkenny town council urged to support purchase of army barracksNext articleUp to 25 job losses to be confirmed at Medisize News Highland Pinterest Twitter Facebookcenter_img News Google+ WhatsApp Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey WhatsApp Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH By News Highland – February 8, 2010 Facebook Pinterest Twitterlast_img read more

first_img continue reading » Coined by author James Truslow Adams in his 1931 book The Epic of America, the “American dream” is described as,“‘[T]hat dream of a land in which should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement… It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.”Everyone’s path to reach the American dream is different. Yet there’s always some common ground — namely, that through hard work we hope to retire comfortably and on our own terms.Five basic principles to help you achieve the American dream Unfortunately, as we’ve seen from a number of recent polls, Americans’ finances aren’t necessarily on solid footing. U.S. personal savings rates are pretty poor, debt levels among middle-class families are high, and distrust of the stock market still exists following the credit bubble and mortgage crisis that precipitated the Great Recession. Now more than ever the American dream appears to be on the brink of disappearing. 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgKNOXVILLE, Iowa (July 14) – IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods return to Knoxville Raceway for the 23rd annual Harris Clash on Thursday, July 17.Top prize for the Modifieds is $2,000 while Northern SportMods run for $1,000 to win. The Clash is also the fifth event on the XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour schedule. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, home region, Allstar Performance State and special series points will be awarded for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational bal­lot qualifier. Twenty-four cars will qualify for the Modified main event; one past champion’s provisional will be given to the most recent winner who is licensed and competing in weekly IMCA events but who does not qualify. The Modified feature will be 25 laps and pay a minimum of $250 to start. The Northern SportMod feature is 20 laps.Pit gates open at 3 p.m., the draw closes and the drivers’ meeting starts at 6 p.m., hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7:15 p.m. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $8 for stu­dents, $4 for kids ages 6-12 and free for children five and under. Pit passes are $25. Anyone between the ages of 12 and 17 must have a waiver, signed by a par­ent or guardian, to get into the pit area. That waiver form can be downloaded from the Knoxville Raceway web­site and must be printed in color. The person the waiver is intended for must be present at time of sign-in.More information is available by calling event promoter Bob Harris at 515 231-1748 and at the www.harrisclash.com and www.knoxvilleraceway.com web­sites.The Clash is the final event of IMCA’s Hawkeye State Modified Speedweek.last_img read more

first_img-President assures at Upper Mazaruni GamesPresident David Granger, this afternoon, told athletes and residents of the Upper Mazaruni that Government will continue to invest in sports as it remains a critical part of the development of young Guyanese.He was at the time delivering the feature address at the 22nd Annual District Games being held at Jawalla Village, Upper Mazaruni in the Cuyuni-Mazaruni Region (Region Seven).The Head of State noted that Government, with its expected oil revenue, will continue to enhance the lives of Guyanese across the country by bridging the gap between hinterland and coastland.In this regard, President Granger iterated that Government will restore free education from nursery to tertiary so that young people have more opportunities to advance. He reminded that it is a constitutional right to have access to free education in Guyana.“Residents of Upper Maz., sport is very important to us in the Government. Sport is part of our culture and here in the Upper Maz., you have led the rest of the country in terms of village sport and organisation.Sport is important for building self-confidence, sport is important for discipline, sport is important for fostering leadership, sport is important for the hinterland because our Government is trying to erase the differences between the hinterland and coastland,” he said as he congratulated the Upper Mazaruni District Sports Council.President Granger said there are four Cs associated with sports: cooperation, competition, commitment and Cohesion. He said sports represents cooperation between the sixteen villages which are participating in the games.“Cooperation is the first C and over the last two decades or more, you have been able to bring about the level of cooperation from the villages in the Upper-Mazaruni that would be the envy of the other regions in Guyana. This cooperation builds team spirit, builds pride in your village, pride in your Region and pride in your nation- Guyana,” the President who was accompanied by First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger, their daughter Ms. Afuwa Granger and granddaughter Miss Faraa Gaskin said.President David Granger receives the salute from participants of the Upper Mazaruni District Games to his left, Minister of State Ms Dawn Hastings-Williams accompanies the Head of State and Regional Chairman Mr Gordon Bradford on his right. Also pictured is Regional Executive Officer Mr Kerwin Ward and District Sports President Mr Rudolph WellingtonThe Second C the President referred to is competition. “Competition, yes, is about winning or losing but it is not about hating. Competition is about improving your performance through friendly rivalry. Competition is about creating captains and leaders and this is what I see coming out of these games, year after year when I come here,” he said.The third C, President Granger said is the athletes’ commitment. He said he is always astonished to see the pride demonstrated by the athletes.“Sport is not about hatred… Sport is about the commitment to higher ideals,” the Head of State said while stating that Cohesion is also an important element demonstrated through the annual games.He said the Upper Mazaruni District games sees both young and old, boys and girls as well as people from near and far attending. This, he said, is indicative of social cohesion.“Upper Maz., your games are a model for the rest of the nation. This is not a political forum but this is a national forum and Guyana is proud of you, wherever you are from. This is a model I would like other regions and districts to emulate,” President Granger said as he congratulated the athletes and organisers for a job well done.The Head of State noted also the improvements made to the Jawalla Sports Complex highlighting the installation of flood lights and the erection of new buildings.This year marks the seventh Upper Mazaruni District Games that the President Granger would have attended.Minister of State, Mrs. Dawn Hastings-Williams; Regional Chairman, Region Seven, Mr. Gordon Bradford; Toshao, Jawalla Village, Mr. Harold Brown and President of the Upper Mazaruni District Sports Council, Mr. Rudolph Wellington also attended the opening ceremony.The games will conclude on August 11 and will see participation from the villages of Jawalla, Waramadong, Phillipai, Quebanang, Imbaimadai, Kako, Chinoweing, Kaikan, Waxcrrek, Arau, Paruima, Isseneru, Kamarang, Abbau, San Juan and the District Sports Council (DSC) in the disciplines of football, track and field, volley ball, archery, cricket, blowpipe, swimming and table tennis.last_img read more