Australian courts unconcerned by press freedom, protection of sources

first_imgNews April 16, 2020 Australian courts unconcerned by press freedom, protection of sources Disturbing legal precedent News News RSF_en AustraliaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsProtecting sources WhistleblowersJudicial harassment The court nonetheless said the federal police could keep and continue to use the documents seized during the raid, the real aim of which was to identify a source. Worse still, the court only took a position on the way the warrant was worded. None of the judges expressed an opinion on the legality of a raid carried out with the aim of identifying a reporter’s or news organization’s sources. The decision was therefore a Pyrrhic victory. The court’s seven judges ruled that the warrant used by the federal police to search reporter Annika Smethurst’s home in Canberra on 4 June 2019 was invalid because if failed to properly specify the alleged offence justifying the raid. The decision was issued in response to a challenge by Smethurst’s employer, News Corp. February 22, 2021 Find out more Undermined Help by sharing this information January 21, 2021 Find out more This in effect means that police officers can at any time and with complete legality swoop on any Australian journalist’s home and search it from top to bottom because of an article they wrote. News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst, whose home was raided by federal police. (photo: courtesy of Dominic Lorrimer / SMH). The legal precedents set by both of these cases are especially fraught with consequences because Australia’s constitutional law contains no guarantees for press freedom. Australia is ranked 21st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index.center_img In response to ABC’s legal challenge, a federal court finally ruled on 17 February that the warrant used in this raid was legal, thereby further undermining the legal guarantees for the protection of journalists’ sources in Australia. Receive email alerts Follow the news on Australia AustraliaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsProtecting sources WhistleblowersJudicial harassment November 19, 2020 Find out more to go further Reporters Without Borders (RSF) deplores the fact that, although Australia’s high court ruled yesterday that the warrant used to search a reporter’s home in 2019 was invalid, its judges continue to recognize that the police have a right to violate the confidentiality of journalists’ sources. RSF condemns Facebook’s blocking of journalistic content in Australia Bastard added: “In the light of this particularly disturbing judicial precedent, it is high time that Australia’s legislators established clear legal guarantees for press freedom and the protection of whistleblowers.” Google experiments drop Australian media from search results “In its ruling, the high court made no reference to press freedom and the protection of sources although they are at the very core of this case,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “The judges told the federal police they did their job badly but, at the same time, they have given them the right to violate journalists’ sources again.” The search of Smethurst’s home was followed the next day by a federal police raid on the Sydney headquarters of the national public broadcaster ABC , in which the police searched computers, email accounts and data storage devices in an attempt to identify the sources that two journalists, Sam Clark and Dan Oakes, used for report about the alleged role of Australia’s Special Forces in the deaths of civilians in Afghanistan. News Organisation On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabialast_img read more

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Odds & Ends: See Emma Thompson’s Sweeney & More

first_img Tony Winner Michael Grandage’s Debut Film to Star Jude Law, Laura Linney & More Stage Vets We’re getting excited about renowned theater director Michael Grandage’s debut film already. Variety reports that stage and screen stars Jude Law, Laura Linney, Nicole Kidman, Dominic West, Guy Pearce and Colin Firth will all appear in Genius. Based on A. Scott Berg’s book, the script has been adapted by playwright and screenwriter John Logan and follows the true story of the relationship between distinguished editor Max Perkins and literary legend Thomas Wolfe. Broadway buffs will note that both Grandage and Logan won Tonys when they collaborated on Red. The movie will begin filming in October. Too soon to start predicting the 2016 Oscar race? Watch Emma Thompson’s Sweeney Are you ready to see Emma Thompson do her worst with those pies? The Oscar winner, along with Bryn Terfel, will appear on PBS’ Live from Lincoln Center tonight, September 26, in New York Philharmonic’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Watch the teaser below as the boys in the production, including Terfel and Christian Borle, talk about what it was like working with the British stage and screen star. Desperate to see the show live? All is not lost: Thompson and Terfel are set to reprise their roles in London next spring. View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Jason Robert Brown & Kelli O’Hara Talk Bridges’ Beginnings This is fascinating. Listen below as Jason Robert Brown talks about his Tony-winning score to A Bridges of Madison County and how Kelli O’Hara came to star in the show. The composer calls his former leading lady the “most expressive voice and most versatile performer in musical theater,” while O’Hara reveals that the music “fell right into my heart.” Ours too. We’re all missing the tuner, but we do, at least, have the original cast recording.last_img read more

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Governor Wolf, Mayor Kenney Joint Statement on Hahnemann University Hospital

first_img July 11, 2019 Governor Wolf, Mayor Kenney Joint Statement on Hahnemann University Hospital Press Release,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Mayor Jim Kenney released a joint statement regarding Hahnemann University Hospital:“The situation at Hahnemann University Hospital, caused by CEO Joel Freedman and his team of venture capitalists, is an absolute disgrace and shows a greed-driven lack of care for the community. The hospital has $300 million in debt that is growing daily. Now the owners want a bankruptcy proceeding to protect the profits they extracted from the hospital and community. This mounting debt means a short-term solution is simply not viable.“We continue to stand in solidarity with the workers, patients and community. For months, the commonwealth and city have been working aggressively to protect patient care at Hahnemann and find solutions to maintain current medical services at the hospital. We want to thank the doctors, nurses and staff, along with the temporary management, that have ensured continued high-quality care despite their owner’s abdication of responsibility.“While it is clear that the hospital’s current operation is no longer financially viable, we are both committed to working with potential investors to find support for the restructuring of Hahnemann and for protecting St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Maintaining a level of medical services at Hahnemann and ensuring St. Christopher’s never faces a similar fate is critically important to saving jobs and lives, as well as meeting the needs of Philadelphians.“We urge any willing or interested parties to contact either of our offices to discuss how we can help mitigate the damage done by Joel Freedman and his firm.”center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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New businesses in North West ‘crippled’ by insurance costs

first_imgBusinesses in the North West are failing or struggling to get off the ground due to rising insurance costs, a local TD has said.Deputy Marc MacSharry has warned that high premiums are proving to be a barrier to entry for new businesses and are costing jobs in the region.A Fianna Fáil motion was debated in the Dáil this week on the developing crisis facing businesses, sporting clubs and community organisations across the country as a result of the cost of employer and public liability insurance. Deputy Mac Sharry commented, “Small and medium sized businesses have been the strength behind rural Ireland. In counties Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, and South Donegal we are reliant on local businesses in our communities.“However, the lack of action from the government to stem the rising tide of insurance costs are seeing many businesses go under and this is preventing new businesses from starting up.”Mr MacSharry hit out at the government’s lack of solutions.The Sligo-Leitrim TD said: “It is now nine months since the completion of the final report of the Personal Injuries Commission (PIC). The PIC confirmed that the level of damages for soft-tissue (whiplash) injuries in Ireland runs at a multiple of 4.4 times to that of our nearest neighbours England and Wales. “There has been no movement on its central recommendation – the establishment of a Judicial Council which would compile guidelines for appropriate general damages for various types of personal injury.“Similarly, we are over two years on from the recommendation to establish a dedicated insurance fraud unit within An Garda Síochána and again there has been no movement on this. Fraudulent and exaggerated claims are a significant problem in my view and this problem needs to be tackled.“There appears to be no political will from government to take substantial action on reducing insurance costs. The government needs to understand that failure to tackle the insurance crisis facing certain sectors is costing jobs in the north west region,” concluded Deputy Mac Sharry.New businesses in North West ‘crippled’ by insurance costs was last modified: March 14th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Deputy Marc MacSharryfianna failinsurancelast_img read more

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Before the Cock Crows, the Biological Clock Strikes

first_imgAt Easter time, people recall the story of Peter denying Jesus three times before the rooster crowed. Some scientists tried to figure out what clicks the rooster’s clock alarm.A trio of Japanese scientists wanted to know if rooster crowing is triggered by external cues (such as brightening before daybreak) or an internal clock. Describing their findings in Current Biology, they found that roosters kept in steady dim light continued to crow before the dawn hours, but over days, the timing tended to scatter. This suggests that crowing is primarily triggered by an internal clock – but that its accuracy wavers without external cues.Those who live around chickens know that roosters will crow in response to external cues, too, such as car headlights, and often crow throughout the day. That reliable morning call, though, provides a natural alarm clock for country folk (but one without a snooze button).  Science Now and PhysOrg reported on the findings.“We still do not know why a dog says ‘bow-wow’ and a cat says ‘meow,’” one of the authors said. “We are interested in the mechanism of this genetically controlled behavior and believe that chickens provide an excellent model.”So here is an everyday phenomenon, observed anecdotally for thousands of years, that scientists still don’t understand. But you can be sure they understand completely how hydrogen evolved into people.  Would that scientists focus on experiments like this that rest on observation, testing, and repeatability instead of imagination.Jesus’ foreknowledge of Peter’s denials provides evidence for His deity. He could foretell the final denial just seconds before the natural rooster alarm went off.  That by itself would be remarkable, but so much more evidence makes the conclusion unavoidable: Christ was the Son of God.  Consider the prophecies written centuries before He came, as in Isaiah 53.  Then there is the resurrection evidence: the empty tomb, 500 eyewitnesses of His resurrection at one time, the dramatic turnaround of the fearful disciples into faithful witnesses unto martyrdom, and more.  For Easter, treat yourself to two excellent documentary films, The Case for Christ and Prophecies of the Passion. (Visited 26 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Nelson Mandela casts his vote

first_img22 April 2009 Voting came to a temporary halt at the Killarney Country Club in Houghton, Johannesburg as South Africa’s favourite citizen, former president Nelson Mandela, cast his vote in the country’s 2009 general elections. Wearing his famous Madiba shirt in a bright yellow, and a black overcoat to ward off the morning chill – with his trademark 46664 Aids awareness badge pinned to it – Mandela walked into the voting station with the help of his cane, assisted by Gauteng Premier Paul Mashatile. Over 100 journalists, photographers and voters witnessed as he cast his vote in the presence of Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chairperson Brigalia Bam. After casting his vote, Mandela cast a glorious smile and waved at the cheering crowd. Mandela, now 90 years old, could have qualified for a special vote on Monday or Tuesday, but chose to brave Wednesday’s chilly weather to make his mark, an inspiration to all citizens that if he could do it, so could they.Jacob Zuma’s daughters Meanwhile, outside the voting station, a queue of hundreds of voters snaked its way around the block. Among those present at the venue were African National Congress (ANC) president Jacob Zuma’s daughters, Duduzile and Phumzile. “It feels fantastic to witness Madiba casting his vote,” said Duduzile, who voted earlier that morning at the Holy Family Convent – where former president Thabo Mbeki also voted. Duduzile joked that her sister Phumzile, 22, who was a first-time voter, couldn’t find the ANC block on her ballot. “She could not recognise her own father,” laughed Duduzile. Speaking to BuaNews after Madiba had cast his vote, Bam said that initial reports were that the voting process was going “amazingly well” countrywide. At some voting stations, she said, voters had started queuing from before dawn. Bam said the IEC expected as many as 20-million South Africans to visit the polling stations countrywide before they closed at 9pm. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Softball Ohio State clobbered by Northwestern in pair of mercyrule losses

Second basemen Emily Clark makes an off-foot throw to first during the Sep. 24 gameagainst Wright State. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternThe Northwestern softball team needed just 12 innings to outscore Ohio State 24-8 and dispatch the Buckeyes in both games of the abbreviated series.What was supposed to be a three-game series ended up being just two short games due to the weather.Game OneNorthwestern rolled over the Buckeyes with a 10-2 win Friday in the weekend series opener.The Wildcats entered the fifth inning tied at two, but reclaimed the lead with a three-run frame. But with a three-run fifth inning and a five-run sixth inning, Northwestern stormed ahead and ended the game with an eight-run lead.Northwestern’s first batter in the sixth inning walked and Ohio State junior pitcher Kat Duvall struck out the next batter. But the Buckeyes walked the following four hitters, scoring two runs. Despite just one hit in the frame, the Wildcats scored five runs.Senior first baseman Ashley Goodwin led Ohio State with two hits.Senior pitcher Shelby McCombs knocked in both of the Buckeyes’ runs with a home run in the fourth inning.Game TwoOhio State got off to a hot start by scoring four runs in the first inning, but it was all downhill from there with the Wildcats running away to a 14-6 victory Sunday in another six-inning game.Goodwin launched a three-run home run in the first inning after one run scored on a throwing error. But Northwestern then scored six unanswered runs over the next three innings, kicked off by a solo home run from Lewis in the bottom of the first.Ohio State scored two more runs on an RBI single from junior shortstop Lilli Piper, but Northwestern piled on eight more unanswered runs over the next three innings before the game was called for mercy rule.Northwestern did not exactly beat up on Ohio State’s pitching staff. Rather, the Buckeyes proved to be their own worst enemy, walking 11 Wildcats and allowing just nine hits. McCombs, along with her seven walks, also hit a batter while Ray walked four and uncorked three wild pitches.Ohio State, on the other hand, managed just six hits and four walks against Northwestern freshman Kenna Wilkey in her six innings of work.Senior catcher Sammy Nettling and Lewis each tied for the team lead with three RBIs. Goodwin was matched the two Wildcats with three RBI while Piper had two.Up NextOhio State will look to get back on track when it hosts Ohio University in a double header at 5 p.m. Tuesday. read more

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Mens Basketball Kaleb Wesson CJ Jackson lead No 15 Ohio State to

Ohio State senior point guard C.J. Jackson (3) dribbles the ball down the court during the second half of the game against Minnesota on Dec. 2. Ohio State won 79-59. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorKaleb Wesson has played an important role for Ohio State through the first 11 games of the season. The sophomore forward is averaging 16.5 points per game, scoring a career-high 31 points against Youngstown State on Tuesday. He is averaging 6.6 rebounds per game, recording 10 boards on Dec. 15, his first career double-double. For opponents like UCLA, Wesson is someone to plan the team’s defense around, which the Bruins did, showing a 2-3 zone for the majority of its contest against the Buckeyes, something Ohio State struggled with against Syracuse, its only loss of the season on Nov. 28. After struggling with the zone in the first half, shooting 36.1 percent from the field, Ohio State showed a faster pace in the second half, scoring 47 points and shooting 48.4 percent from the field to secure, a 80-66 win against UCLA, the Buckeyes’ 11th win in 12 games. Wesson had something extra to focus on: 7-foot-1 freshman center Moses Brown, who averages 9.4 rebounds per game, recording three games of at least 10 rebounds in the first 11 games of his collegiate career. Wesson won the matchup down low, recording six rebounds, including four offensive boards, in the first half, outrebounding Brown, who had one in the first half. Wesson finished with a career-high 12 boards, recording eight offensive rebounds while Brown had two rebounds. The sophomore forward also had 15 points, shooting 45.4 percent from the field in 27 minutes after fouling out late in the second half, giving Wesson his second double-double of his career and second in the past three games. With Wesson focused on Brown, the rest of the Ohio State defense stepped up, forcing 12 turnovers in the first half, recording nine points off turnovers despite allowing the Bruins to shoot 48.3 percent from the field. But the Bruins struggled from deep in the second half, connecting on two of nine from 3, giving Ohio State the 14-point victory. Offensively, Ohio State struggled to find a consistency from the floor early, making only five of its first 24 shot attempts. Ohio State connected on six of their final 12 attempts from the field, ending the half with a 33-30 lead after freshman guard Luther Muhammad connected on a jumper with 29 seconds left. Much like the Ohio State offense as a whole, senior guard C.J. Jackson struggled in the first half, making only one of his five attempts from the field with two points. And like the Ohio State offense in the second half, Jackson heated up, making 6-of-11 attempts from the field, ending the day as the Buckeyes’ leading scorer with 20 points. Jackson also finished with seven rebounds and six assists. The Buckeye offense found some holes in the Bruins’ zone early in the second half, running a quick offense and finding open layups for both sophomore forward Kyle Young and redshirt senior guard Keyshawn Woods, who earned his third start of the year while Young came off the bench. Junior forward Andre Wesson stepped to his right after a UCLA defender outran him on an attempt to defend the fastbreak Ohio State offense, hitting an open 3 to give the Buckeyes a nine-point lead. With 6:12 left in the game, Woods lobbed the ball up to Young from behind the half-court line, finishing with the dunk and giving Ohio State a double-digit lead, a lead that would remain for the rest of the game. While Jackson heated up, UCLA sophomore guard Kris Wilkes, who had 13 points in the first half, scored five points in the second, connecting on 7-of-18 attempts overall from the field.  Ohio State will return to Columbus on Dec. 29 to take on High Point at 12 p.m. read more

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