News Help by sharing this information VenezuelaAmericas Organisation New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets RSF_en August 25, 2020 Find out more The arrests of two well-known opponents of President Hugo Chávez for statements made in public, together with the government’s recently declared intention of regulating the Internet, have raised serious concerns about the future of free speech in Venezuela.Given the government’s tendency to treat any criticism or verbal attack as an act of “conspiracy against the state,” one wonders whether Venezuelans are still allowed to say anything at all about their country and their president.The first to be arrested was former Zulia state governor Oswaldo Álvarez Paz, who said during an 8 March interview on Globovisión, a privately-owned TV station critical of the authorities, that “Venezuela has become a drug-trafficking hub.” He has been held since 22 March and is facing two to 16 years in prison on charges of inciting crime, conspiracy and spreading false information.The second was Globovisión owner Guillermo Zuloaga, who criticised the government at the Inter-American Press Association’s annual meeting on the nearby island of Aruba on 21 March, condemning “the lack of free expression when a government uses its force to repress and close media, when there are more than 2,000 ‘cadenas’ and when the president uses his authority to manipulate public opinion”. Arrested on 25 March and granted a provisional release the same day, subject to his not leaving the country, Zuloaga is facing six to 30 months in prison on a charge of insulting the president (the penalty being increased by a third when the insult is voiced in public) and another two to five years in prison for “inciting collective panic by means of false information through the press.”The charges brought against Álvarez are doubly unfounded. How on earth could his comment be regarded as “inciting crime” or “conspiracy”? There are also absolutely no grounds for accusing Zuloaga of “inciting collective panic.” The charge of insulting the president – a monarchic heritage that has been abandoned or repealed in most democratic countries – results in an almost automatic conviction. It is also questionable whether Venezuela’s courts have jurisdiction over Zuloaga’s case as his comments were made in Aruba, a separate country. The prosecution should have been brought before an Aruban court.Zuloaga, who has other prosecutions pending, has a fraught past. Along with other media owners, he supported an attempted coup d’état against Chávez in April 2002 but was never tried in connection with his actions at the time although arguably they could have constituted grounds for a conspiracy charge. “Bombard the network”The government is meanwhile again using political score-settling as grounds for tightening its grip on the media at time when it is in difficulty and facing discontent. President Chávez now wants government controls to be extended to the Internet and is about to launch his own blog.A president has a right to start a blog but does he have to justify his initiative by vowing to “bombard the network”? A president is supposed to guarantee civil peace, but Chávez’s bellicose vocabulary sounds like the “incitement” that he has accused his foes of practising.The pledge of an Internet offensive was made in response to the posting of false information on the Noticierodigital website’s forum section. The information, which was quickly withdrawn, was posted by visitors to the site, not by the site’s staff, whose good faith has never been in question.There are no grounds for the heralded controls over the Internet, which reflect the government’s pointless and dangerous desire to establish its complete ascendency over the media. It is impossible to completely prevent false news and information from being disseminated. And what are the definitive criteria of truth anyway? VenezuelaAmericas March 26, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Curbing free speech still more, authorities arrest two opponents over comments made in public Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives to go further News Follow the news on Venezuela News June 15, 2020 Find out more January 13, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela
37 Quinn Street, Toowong.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019 37 Quinn Street, Toowong.Ms O’Neill said the buyers were from country NSW.“Their daughter will live in it and renovate it over time,” she said.Ms O’Neill said the home generated plenty of interest because there had not been many houses which exhibited “good bones” without additions.“People could start from scratch without paying for someone else’s modifications,” she said.“I believe it inspired peoples creativity, the position was gold as it is within proximity to lifestyle amenities and transport.” 37 Quinn Street, Toowong.An unrenovated three-bedroom circa 1920s Queenslander at Toowong has sold above the asking price.The home at 37 Quinn St sold for $724,000, above the price guide of $680,000 to $720,000.Byrony O’Neill, of Byrony O’Neill Estate Agents, said the property was one of the more untouched homes in the area and generated 58 inspections within one week, resulting in three offers. 37 Quinn Street, Toowong.The home, on a 405sq m block, had a 1950s kitchen and bathroom, with the toilet added in the ’70s. She said the exterior had no paint.The property was a single-level layout with storage space and a laundry underneath.
Matthew Stafford’s wife Kelly posted a message on Instagram in which she called out the NFL.Kelly Stafford shared her family’s struggles after her husband had a false positive test result for COVID-19. However, this news was announced after he was placed on the NFL’s COVID-IR list. So, for a while, many people speculated that the Lions quarterback wasn’t being safe, and had the coronavirus. @nfl @nfl @nfl I would also like people to know.. if you saw me out and about after this, it was because we already knew it was a false positive. We would never chance endangering anyone with this virus. If we have learned anything in the past two years, it’s that we know the value of health and the health of others.A post shared by Kelly Stafford (@kbstafford89) on Aug 4, 2020 at 1:52pm PDTKelly Stafford said her kids were kicked off a playground and a stranger approached her while shopping, saying she was “endangering others.” View this post on Instagram And she has a point. This is another case in which a player was put on the COVID-19 list despite not actually having the coronavirus. We saw the same thing happen with Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew. While Kelly Stafford has a point, it’s also important for the NFL to not get this wrong. The league should practice every precuation, and if a player tests positive (even if it’s a false positive), then it’s only natural for the league to put that player on the COVID-19 list. But people should not be harassing one another, as Kelly Stafford said she experienced.”I would also like people to know, if you saw me out and about after this, it was because we already knew it was a false positive,” Stafford wrote. “We would never chance endangering anyone with this virus. If we have learned anything in the past two years, it’s that we know the value of health and the health of others.” The Lions released a statement on Tuesday clarifying the situation.”Today we removed Matthew Stafford from the COVID-IR list and onto the Active Roster. As a result of a False-Positive test result, he was forced due to NFL/NFLPA protocols to sit out until he received two negative tests. His testing sequence for the Pre-Entry period was: negative, negative, False-Positive. The next three tests were all negative. To be clear, Matthew does NOT have COVID-19 and never has had COVID-19 and the test in question was a False-Positive. Also, all of Matthew’s family have been tested and everyone is negative.”MORE: Here’s a list of NFL players opting out of 2020 seasonBut in the mean time, Kelly Stafford said her family was “harassed” as a result of the false positive test, and she blames the NFL.”I don’t blame these scenarios on any of the people directly involved,” Stafford wrote. “I understand where they are coming from, but I do blame the NFL. I blame the NFL for not holding themselves accountable. These are people’s lives and livelihoods that are in those results in THEIR test sites.”
SANTA CLARA – Students at Cabrillo Middle School in Santa Clara have one less thing to worry about after San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman paid off their cafeteria debt.In a news release, Principal Stan Garber said Sherman pulled him from his Saturday shift as a docent in the 49ers Museum to give him a personal check for exactly $7,491.27.“Richard’s gesture created such good will for the 49ers that they went on to sack Aaron Rogers and the Green Bay Packers the next day on …
Brand South Africa successfully hosted the third Nation Brand Forum at the IDC in Sandton on Thursday 11th October 2018, under the theme: Inspiring excellence in sports and creative industry.Industry experts in their respective fields of arts, film, dance, music and fashion honoured their invitation and attended to engage, collaborate and find a cohesive approach to enhance the nation brand image.In her opening address, Brand South Africa’s Board Trustee, Ms Mudithambi Ravele, applauded the country’s strong brand image enablers for their hard work domestically and internationally.She emphasized the importance of an aligned vision, “to ensure the success of our country and for the betterment of all”.Deputy Minister of Communications, Ms Pinky Kekana delivered a message of encouragement saying that; “every country has to nurture its strengths. Similarly, South Africa is rated highly in the sports fraternity as well as in music, arts and storytelling. It’s been proven that strong brands are strongly associated with excellence in the delivery of its selling proposition”.Sylvester Chauke, Founder of DNA Brand Architects and one behind many successful brands, left the audience in awe, when he unpacked the Nation Brand reputation and image through case studies. One of these included the moving video of recording breaking middle-distance runner Caster Semenya #JustDoItThe Nation Brand Forum took a different approach this year and kicked off with a panel discussion focusing on how to leverage South Africa’s strengths to compete and advance South Africa’s reputation. Sports Commentator Thabiso Tema, moderated a panel that included; FNB Head of Sponsorship, Bonga Sebesho, Choreographer and award winning dancer Paul Modjadji, Musician Sibongile Khumalo, Fashion Designer, David Tlale, Film Producer, Harriet Gavshon.Taking to social media to share highlights from the discussion under the #NationBrandForum18. The audience shared;@the_sithe Oct 11 @DAVIDTLALE , says the Tlale brand had to 1) decide what it stand for, 2) what narrative to tell and 3)how do it stand out. South Africa has to have institutions that impart skills , wisdom of how to better compete as South African brands on a global front #[email protected] Oct 11Hope is not a strategy – @ThabisoTema #[email protected] Oct 11#NationBrandForum18 it’s necessary for all forms of art to be aggressively marketed. Highlighted the importance of partnership and local collaborations to grow each other’s industries. Maintain good quality products and service to be globally [email protected]_Senzo Oct 11“Meaningful Collaborations assist in taking our different brands into bigger audiences “ #PaulModjadji #NationBrandForum18Following which, the guests were afford one-on-one breakaway sessions under the tags and facilitators;Breakaway 1: Music – Facilitated by Zwai Bala @LeboLion_SA Oct 11 “What we do tends to be treated like a hobby and not a profession” – Mam’Sibongile Khumalo talking about how South African society tend to view creative professions. #NationBrandForum18 Breakaway 2: Sports – Facilitated by Kass Naidoo and KC [email protected]_SA Oct 11 In the Sport breakaway room, moderators @kassnaidoo and @kcmathoma have posed the challenge to delegates to, by the end of the session, come up with six insights on how we can use the Nation Brand to enhance sports. #NationBrandForum18 Breakaway 3: Arts, fashion & Heritage – Rosie Motene @Nto_B Oct 11 ‘Think global act local’ words from discussion happening in the breakaway session (Arts, heritage and fashion) led by @RosieMotene #NationBrandForum18 @Brand_SA Breakaway 4: Film & Broadcast – Facilitated by Eric Miyeni @matalane Oct 11 SA has a unique story to tell the world. Through our thriving & innovative film industry the SA narrative can educate the world about SA. #NationBrandForum18 @Brand_SA @EricMiyeniFeedback by these facilitators gave way to the understanding that despite the work under way, it is important to remember that the work never ends. The country’s image is the responsibility of all its citizens.As, radio personality, Ashraf Garda took to the mic, to reiterate that “Champion People Build Champion Nations. We need to link our personal successes to our country.”Brand South Africa’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, Ms Thembi Kunene – Msimang, gave a vote of thanks, she commended the team and said that continuous dialogues need to be had to represent ourselves as a strengthened Nation Brand.“Ladies and gentleman thank you so much on behalf of Brand South Africa, today was profound. We are competing with a lot of countries, but the best that we can do is really be who we are, naturally out there and representing our true selves to the world” said Ms Kunene – Msimang.Follow the conversation #NationBrandForum18
Chong Wei Lee of Malaysia was in total control as he swept away India’s rising star Parupalli Kashyap 21-19, 21-11 in the men’s singles quarter-final at the Wembley on Thursday.Close on the heels of Saina’s win, when Kashyap took the court, the crowd support was the same.However, the Hyderabadi was unable to match the seasoned Lee of Malaysia in fast paced rallies as the favourite stayed ahead.”This was my first Olympics and I am happy I go this far,” said Kashyap later.