Former Playboy editor does not deserve to be in prison

first_img Melanesia: Facebook algorithms censor article about press freedom in West Papua IndonesiaAsia – Pacific Organisation News News Receive email alerts November 19, 2020 Find out more IndonesiaAsia – Pacific Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia News Follow the news on Indonesia “They have imprisoned me but my thoughts, my mind and my ideas are still free,” Arnada wrote in a Twitter post (http://twitter.com/#!/erwinarnada) after his arrest.Indonesia is ranked 117th out of 178 countries in the 2010 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. November 9, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Former Playboy editor does not deserve to be in prison RSF_en News August 21, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders calls for the release of Erwin Arnada, the former editor of the Indonesian version of the magazine Playboy, who was arrested a month ago to begin serving a two-year sentence for indecency that was imposed under pressure from an Islamist organization.“The vision of a serene democracy and modern Islam hailed by visiting US President Barack Obama must be accompanied by religious tolerance and respect for every kind of sensibility,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Erwin Arnada has no place being in prison as he obtained a publication licence for the magazine and did not break the press law.”The press freedom organisation added: “We deplore the fact that the police and courts acted under pressure from a religious group that is trying to impose its moral views on Indonesia’s criminal code. It is the press law, not the criminal code, that should be applied in this case. This mistake must be quickly righted.”The police arrested Arnada on the island of Bali on 9 October 2010 to start serving the jail sentence which Indonesia’s supreme court imposed in August despite the fact that a lower court had acquitted himA Jakarta court has been hearing an appeal against supreme court’s sentence since 26 October.“I don’t have any witness or new evidence in this case,” Arnada’s lawyer, Todung Mulya, said when the hearing began. “The base for the appeal is a mistake by the high judges in deliberating the sentence,” he added, explaining that Arnada should have been tried under Indonesia’s press law, one of the most liberal in the region. Launched by the Velvet Silver Media group in 2006, the Indonesian version of Playboy contained no photos of nudes. It nonetheless triggered a wave of protests by radical Muslim groups and stopped publishing in 2007. to go further August 12, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Aqueous and Mungion Rage NYC With Post-Phish Throwdown [Gallery/Videos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Here’s a video of Aqueous covering “Fame” by David Bowie in the deep hours of the night:Check out the gallery below, courtesy of Jeremy Scott Photography. Last night after the Phish show let out of Madison Square Garden, fans headed over to DROM for some late-night action. Aqueous and Mungion made up the incredible double-bill, blasting fans with pure rock and roll to the umpteenth degree. The first of many after-parties packed the room with high energy, taking in deep breaths of excitement and letting out sighs of gratitude for both up-and-coming bands.Mungion kicked the late-night off properly, blending elements of Rock, Jazz, Latin, Metal, Bluegrass, Jam, Electronic, Classical, World Music, and Funk, to create a sound that is truly their own. Afterwards came Aqueous, who muscled their innate ability for both composition and improvisation by balancing their impressive songwriting with their natural tendencies to jam. Craig Brodhead from Turkuaz even joined in for their original tune “Origami”.Here’s a clip of Mungion closing out their incredible set, before Aqueous took the stage:last_img read more

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Nuns offer applied communications experience

first_imgAssociate professor of communications Marne Austin took a new angle on her Introduction to Communications course last fall, requiring her 40 students to travel to the convent of the Sisters of the Holy Cross in order to speak to local nuns.If students are not actually doing communication, there is no point in studying it, Austin said.“Even though we are Saint Mary’s, founded by the sisters and have the convent right here, it is often the case that young women can go through all four years of college without ever knowingly interacting with the sisters, which is a huge bummer,” Austin said. “Whether you identify as a Catholic or not, it’s important to understand our history and legacy being at this school.“The three young sisters who founded the College did so when the odds were against them, and to have the courage to do what they did is pretty remarkable and should be a story of empowerment for the women here.”Students met with their assigned sisters five times over a five-week period, Austin said. Their assignment involved gathering oral histories from the sisters on their experiences in faith and service with plans to eventually compile a video documentary for the College and congregation.Austin said she plans to use this practice in all of her introductory courses because it is a great way to engage both the ideal of interpersonal communication and understanding history.“I think every moment is a moment of intercultural and interpersonal growth. So often we get stuck in our heads some idea of what ‘normal’ is, and there’s no such thing,” she said. “We think that people are the same and there’s this assumed homogeneity. “Even when we live in a place like South Bend or like Saint Mary’s, where we look around and think we know these people, we all have such different diverse stories to tell. There’s always those people in our communities who we overlook, including those right across the street from us or our neighbors who we see all the time, but we really have no idea who they are.”The majority of the students were apprehensively excited about connecting with the sisters, but by the end of the five visits, all had gained invaluable stories to share with others, Austin said.“But that isn’t to say that they didn’t have some hard times with it,” she said. “We did have a few sisters who had problems with Alzheimer’s, so a lot of the women in the classroom had to cope with that. They learned some awesome lessons from this and had to work in handling ethical issues.”First-year student Kathryn Mathews said the experience completely changed her ideas of nuns since she is not Catholic and previously believed nuns spent their entire days in prayer and reflection. Matthews was paired with Maura Brannick, a retired nurse from St. Joseph Hospital. “When she [Brannick] saw all the poverty in town, she wanted to set up a free clinic for patients but didn’t have much money,” Matthews said. “So while working at the hospital, she met some interesting characters who eventually helped her fund her project, like one Notre Dame student who was volunteering there.”Mathews said Brannick discovered this Notre Dame student donated money toward her goal years later.“The student told Sister Brannick that she would be the first one he’d see when he makes his millions,” Mathews said.Sister Brannick formed friendships with a local motorcycle gang, who also helped her clinic get started. “They told her to let them know if anyone messed with her,” Mathews said. “She still goes to the clinic once a week. She wants to help the community as long as she lives.”Mathews said over the five weeks, she and Sister Brannick grew very close, and though she had never met a sister before the class, she really enjoyed building their friendship.Sophomore Lauren Wells also thought the project was an amazing idea, though she was initially hesitant to ask a stranger personal questions.“I was partnered with Sister Mary Elizabeth Loughran, and she was a joy to work with,” Wells said. “I began to look forward to my afternoons with her because they became a highlight of my week.“It added so much peace and clarity to my life to talk with her and share our experiences. As our relationship continued to grow, the interviews were almost like therapy sessions. It was a time that all my anxiety from student teaching, homework and other extracurricular [activities] just went out the window, and Sister Mary Elizabeth helped me gain perspective on life.”Wells said her pairing was an act of fate, as the two women had so many things in common.“I’m studying to be an English teacher, and she spent years of her sisterhood doing the same thing,” Wells said. “Also, I’ve attended several mission trips to Belize, and in the same way, Sister Mary Elizabeth spent over 20 [years] working in Brazil to spread her mission and teach in schools there.”Austin hopes her students will continue to engage with people around the College who have such great stories to share.Currently, Austin is teaching an introductory course where the students will meet younger sisters in the convent and shadow them on a day where the sisters work in the local community. “It’s our ethical imperative to understand each other’s stories in building our community,” Austin said. “That’s why I embark on such projects. It’s the only way we’re going to grow.”Tags: Marne Austinlast_img read more

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Government mulls introducing more measures to curb imports

first_imgThe government is planning to impose several measures to reduce imports in the short and medium term and strengthen the local manufacturing industry.The planned measures included imposing restrictions, raising tariffs, adding new trade remedies and implementing more technical barriers, Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita said Tuesday. He proposed, for instance, to impose restrictions in the form of an import license requirement and minimum import price and quota application on 28 commodities.However, he stopped short of naming the commodities. “It is way too easy for foreign products to enter Indonesia,” Agus said in a virtual discussion held by news outlet Bisnis Indonesia.Read also: Indonesia books $1.27b trade surplus in June as economic activity resumesThe plan emerged as President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration gears up to reduce imports of raw materials by 35 percent to US$82 billion in 2022 by nudging local companies to produce import substitutes.It also came at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic brought down global trade, which was projected by the World Trade Organization (WTO) to decline by between 13 percent and 32 percent this year. In the first half of the year, Indonesia booked a trade surplus of $5.49 billion. While its exports declined by 5.49 percent year-on-year (yoy) to $76.41 billion, imports fell faster, namely by 14.29 percent yoy to $70.91 billion.Agus said he was also seeking to reduce “imports that flooded Indonesia” by implementing more trade remedies, arguing that Indonesia had imposed fewer safeguards, antidumping and countervailing duty measures than China, Thailand, the Philippines and India.China, which is Indonesia’s largest trading partner, imposes a total of 1,020 safeguard measures, while Indonesia imposes only a total of 102 safeguard measures, according to data compiled by the ministry.The European Union, Indonesia’s third-largest source of imports, imposes 4,004 technical barriers, equivalent to Indonesia’s national standard certificate, in total. Meanwhile, Indonesia imposes just 172 technical barriers.Indonesia has been hit by trade remedies involving nine trading partners that launched an investigation into alleged unfair practices by the country, resulting in potential foreign exchange losses of up to Rp 26.5 trillion (US$1.9 billion), Trade Ministry acting director general of foreign trade Srie Agustina said in June.Read also: Indonesia’s horticultural products more expensive than neighbors, says Japan’s NanyangTrade remedies are trade defense measures against imports to protect a country’s domestic industries from unfair practices, such as dumping and subsidies, or to cope with a sudden surge of foreign goods, according to the WTO.The three tools accepted by the WTO are antidumping, countervailing and safeguard measures.Agus also proposed a special arrangement on entry points at seaports in Eastern Indonesia for certain commodities.“This is to curb the flows of imported products that are already flooding Indonesia’s market,” he said.Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data show that Indonesia’s imports of consumer goods grew by 37.15 percent yoy in June due to a sharp increase of garlic shipments from China and frozen meat from Australia, among other items. Imports of raw materials plummeted by 13.27 percent, while imports of capital goods grew by 2.63 percent, driven by higher demand for laptops from China.Trade Ministry national export development director general Kasan Muhri said Tuesday the government also had made a plan to push Indonesia’s exports amid the pandemic.The plan included boosting products that are growing in shipment, such as processed food and beverages, healthcare goods, agriculture and fishery products as well as commodities expected to benefit from the pandemic, like pharmaceutical products.The government will focus on tapping into countries that have somewhat curbed the coronavirus pandemic, like Australia and Germany.Read also: Govt seeks to renegotiate trade, investment deal with JapanKasan also said the government was reviewing both tariff and nontariff barriers slapped by other countries on Indonesia’s products as his office started receiving reports that Canada and China were requiring certificates declaring food products to be free from the coronavirus.“This is among the non-tariff barriers that emerge and are related to the handling or situation of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Kasan.With the pandemic having slowed economic activity in many countries, Indonesia might see a further decline in trade, as its main trading partners, such as Japan and Singapore, were expected to fall into recession, said Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) chairman Rosan Roeslani in the same discussion.“Six of our 10 main trading partners are projected to fall into recession. This will hit our trade going forward,” said Rosan.Singapore, the fifth-largest export destination for Indonesia, entered recession in the April-June period as its economy contracted by 12.6 percent yoy.Topics :last_img read more

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Russell Westbrook trade rumors: Heat continue to discuss deal for Thunder star

first_img Paul George-to-Clippers official as Thunder GM drops subtle hint at tampering The two teams have talked about “potential combinations of players,” according to the report. Miami is hoping to hold onto center Bam Adebayo and guard Tyler Herro — who it selected with the No. 13 pick in the 2019 draft — the report says.Westbrook “welcomes the idea” of the Thunder trading him, according to an earlier report from ESPN, and the Heat are a destination that “appeals” to him. Related News The Thunder finished 2018-19 with a 49-33 record and fell to the Trail Blazers in five games in the first round of the playoffs. The Rockets have also been linked to a potential deal for Westbrook.The Heat acquired wing Jimmy Butler in a sign-and-trade with the 76ers this summer, as well. The Heat appear to still be pursuing Russell Westbrook.Miami and the Thunder continue to discuss a deal for the 30-year-old star, according to a report from the Miami Herald. The sides, however, have “competing financial interests,” which could hold up a trade, the report says. The Thunder seem to be entering a rebuild after sending Paul George to the Clippers last week in exchange for five first-round selections, two pick swaps, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari. Kawhi Leonard then signed a max deal with Los Angeles.Oklahoma City also traded forward Jerami Grant to the Nuggets earlier this week and received another first-round pick in return.🎥 COMING SOON TO PEPSI CENTER… #MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/WVb2JMpLQQ— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) July 8, 2019Westbrook was originally selected by the Thunder with the No. 4 pick in the 2008 draft and he has spent all 11 of his NBA seasons with the franchise. He has made eight All-Star teams and averaged 23.0 points over 821 career games.Westbrook agreed to a five-year, $205 million extension with Oklahoma City in September 2017.last_img read more

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Kyle Larson suspension timeline: Why was he banned from NASCAR & when can he return?

first_imgLarson has been allowed to return to the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, but he has not been given a date for when he’ll be allowed back in the Cup Series circuit.Here are all the details you need to know about Larson’s use of a racial slur and the fallout from the incident:When did Kyle Larson use a racial slur?Larson used the N-word when talking to fellow drivers during an iRacing competition on a virtual track on April 12. His language, caught clearly on Twitch, quickly went viral that Sunday night.Larson didn’t know he was speaking to the entire group of drivers on the online simulation rather than just his spotter when he said, “You can’t hear me? Hey, n—.” His fellow streamers responded with shock.”Kyle, you’re talking to everyone, bud,” Anthony Alfredo said as the reality of the situation set in.By the next morning, a series of consequences for his actions were handed out.Why did NASCAR suspend Kyle Larson?In a statement issued April 13, the day after Larson used the slur, NASCAR wrote that it would “not tolerate the type of language used.”Statement from NASCAR, which has indefinitely suspended Kyle Larson: pic.twitter.com/tRSDGnwV8R— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) April 13, 2020Lost sponsorshipsAll of Larson’s main sponsors ender their relationships with him, including McDonald’s and Credit One Bank.ApologyLarson issued an apology via Twitter video the morning after using the slur.”I just want to say I’m sorry,” Larson said. “Last night I made a mistake and said the word that should never, ever be said, and there’s no excuse for that. I wasn’t raised that way. You know, it’s just an awful thing to say.”pic.twitter.com/RPsp7ARIea— Kyle Larson (@KyleLarsonRacin) April 13, 2020Reactions from other driversBubba Wallace, one of the few non-white drivers in a sport with a negative reputation on racial issues, said Larson apologized to him after the incident. NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson will not appear when the sport returns this Sunday at Darlington Raceway.He was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR and fired by Chip Ganassi Racing last month after he used the N-word in a Twitch live stream while competing in the iRacing simulator. He also lost his primary sponsors due to the incident. While Wallace said he believed Larson eventually deserved a second chance, he was unequivocal in his condemnation of the slur.”I told him it was too easy for him to use the word and that he has to do better and get it out of his vocabulary,” Wallace said. “There is no place for that word in this world.”When can Kyle Larson return from his suspension?Larson is suspended indefinitely, leaving his possible return date up in the air. NASCAR has said it wouldn’t comment further on his status until it’s ready to bring him back.last_img read more

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Botswana fans set to back Uganda in final Pool C game

first_imgBatswana celebrate their victory Saturday in the World Youth netball cup. They will be fully behind Uganda today.TODAY 6PM: Uganda   vs  Jamaica ?? (live updates bottom)Gabarone, Botswana| THE INDEPENDENT REPORTER | Uganda’s She Pearls will be assured of home support at the UB Indoor Sports Arena when they take on fancied Jamaica in a Pool C decider on Wednesday.After Uganda tamed the hosts on Monday, Botswana put themselves back in the race for a quartefinal place by shocking Jamaica 48-46 on Tuesday in the ongoing Netball World Youth Cup. Victory for Uganda over Jamaica will guarantee the hosts a place in the quarterfinals.At six points, Botswana and Uganda are in the driving seat for a place in the quarters, but a victory for Jamaica will complicate Pool C.A victory for Jamaica will see three teams tied with six points, and according to the rules the goal ratio would determine who advances.  Uganda have a huge goal difference already and are favourites to top the group, and depending on the margin of victory for Jamaica, the result could still see Botswana through.The She Pearls look good bets to make it as it is unless they suffer a massive collapse against Jamaica. Jamaica on the other hand have to beat Uganda by more than 6 goals to deny Botswana.The winner of the Group will take on Group D runners-up Fiji on Thursday at 1pm,  with the Group C runner up to face Group D winners England.The Netball World Youth Cup is the pinnacle of netball competition for emerging players who are under 21 years of age and the INF has held an U21 international competition every four years since 1988.The African countries competing are Uganda, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana.This is the first time the  International Netball Federation (INF) is holding an international event on the African continent.POOL C 0Grenada300380268-1880 15Uganda3300179102776 2017Botswana 1988Canberra, AustraliaAustralia Position in WYNC2013FlagTeam NamePLWDLGFGAGDPTS POOL D 0Botswana4301212159536 1992Suva, FijiNew Zealand 4England3300242751676 9Fiji330017786916 1996Toronto, CanadaAustralia 8Trinidad and Tobago200255130-750 YearLocationWinnercenter_img 0Cook Islands3003121145-240 2005Fort Lauderdale, USANew Zealand Position in WYNC2013FlagTeam NamePLWDLGFGAGDPTS 2009Rarotonga, Cook IslandsAustralia 2000Cardiff, WalesAustralia 6Wales3102130147-172 2013Glasgow, ScotlandNew Zealand 0Malaysia300369224-1550 3Jamaica3201159111484 Tweets about @IntNetballPreliminary roundPOOL C VIDEOS RELATED Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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