Head of journalists’ union facing dismissal for criticising his newspaper

first_img RSF_en News MalaysiaAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders condemns the way that Hata Wahari, the president of the National Union Of Journalists Malaysia (NUJ), is being treated by his newspaper, the Kuala Lumpur-based daily Utusan Malaysia. The newspaper is owned by the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), a political party that has played a dominant role in Malaysia since independence.An internal enquiry by the newspaper’s top management concluded on 14 April that Wahari was guilty of damaging its image in a series of statements last year in which he accused the newspaper of failing to provide the public with objective news coverage and slanting its reporting in favour of the ruling coalition to which UMNO belongs.“As NUJ president, Wahari has every right to raise issues of journalistic ethics,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Although the newspaper’s management cannot sue this experienced journalist, his comments are liable to result in his dismissal. It shows that the management wants to take reprisals and that its relations with the government are too close. A free and outspoken press is incompatible with political interference in press matters.”The internal enquiry was carried out by a panel consisting of three senior members of the Utusan Malaysia management – the general manager of marketing, the head of internal audit and the finance manager.Reporters Without Borders tried to speak to senior representatives at Utusan Malaysia but they refused to make any comment. Wahari said his punishment would be decided by the executive chairman, the editor in chief and the executive director. He was “expecting the worst,” he said.Wahari added: “In Malaysia I’m protected by the law and they cannot sue me. Under the Industrial Relations Act, I have immunity. The only way they can get me is by means of a domestic or internal inquiry.”Wahari, who has worked for Utusan Malaysia since 1995, was elected NUJ president last September. The internal enquiry began in January and the punishment is due to be announced at the end of April.If he is fired, he will be the third Utusan Malaysia journalist to lose his job because of his union activities, the Asia Sentinel news website said. Former NUJ president Yazid Othman and the former head of the NUJ section at Utusan Malaysia, Amran Ahmad, were also dismissed.Malaysia is ranked 141st out of 178 countries in the 2010 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News Receive email alerts News News Organisation New Malaysian ordinance threatens very concept of truth to go furthercenter_img March 17, 2021 Find out more Record fine for Malaysian news site over readers’ comments Help by sharing this information February 22, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Malaysia MalaysiaAsia – Pacific April 19, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Head of journalists’ union facing dismissal for criticising his newspaper Malaysian cartoonist Zunar facing possible sedition charge again January 29, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Patterns of Holocene relative sea level change in the North of Britain and Ireland

first_imgTemporal and spatial patterns of relative sea level (RSL) change in the North of Britain and Ireland during the Holocene are examined. Four episodes, each defined by marked changes in the RSL trend, are identified. Each episode is marked by a rise to a culminating shoreline followed by a fall. Episode HRSL-1 dates from the Younger Dryas to early in the Holocene; HRSL-2 to HRSL-4 occurred later in the Holocene. There is extensive evidence for each episode, and on this basis the spatial distribution of the altitude data for three culminating shorelines and a shoreline formed at the time of the Holocene Storegga Slide tsunami (ca 8110 ± 100 cal. BP) is analysed. Ordinary Kriging is used to determine the general pattern, following which Gaussian Trend Surface Analysis is employed. Recognising that empirical measurements of RSL change can be unevenly distributed spatially, a new approach is introduced which enables the developing pattern to be identified. The patterns for the most widely occurring shorelines were analysed and found to be similar and common centre and axis models were developed for all shorelines. The analyses described provide models of the spatial pattern of Holocene RSL change in the area between ca 8100 cal. BP and ca 1000 cal. BP based on 2262 high resolution shoreline altitude measurements. These models fit the data closely, no shoreline altitude measurement lying more than −1.70 m or +1.82 m from the predicted value. The models disclose a similar pattern to a recently published Glacial Isostatic Adjustment model for present RSL change across the area, indicating that the overall spatial pattern of RSL change may not have varied greatly during the last ca 8000 years.last_img read more

Pro Kayaker Faces Long Road Back

first_imgControl is a fleeting thing.Being a kayaker, I should have known that, but as I charged the rapids in the GoPro Mountain Games Steep Creek Race in Vail, Colorado, I felt very much in control. I was in the best shape of my life, racing a specially designed boat that I helped create, as part of a career that I loved. The cable cam zipping above me, the crowd on the side of the river, and the announcer’s echoing voice made me feel like a rock star.As I powered past the halfway point in the course, I lined up an innocuous five foot drop. I wasn’t worried about this rapid after nailing the line in practice all week, but as I dropped in, my body twisted in a strange way. I lost balance and started rolling left, extending my paddle reflexively in an attempt to save the flip. As I braced, the end of my blade caught a rock, and jerked my arm violently. With the paddle lodged, my boat and body kept going, and I felt and heard my shoulder ripping apart as my arm rotated past where it ever had before.I knew how serious shoulder injuries were for kayakers. They almost never heal on their own, dislocating again and again, and even with surgery, they often still spell the end of a competitive career. As I rolled up with my other arm, the crushing disappointment of the situation quickly turned to primal fear in the face of a chaotic river. I was in the middle of an angry class V rapid with only one functioning arm. With my left shoulder grinding and shooting pain, I placed the paddle on my good side and realized that I was probably about to get mangled and much more hurt. I felt extremely vulnerable. Any semblance of control was long gone.Miraculously, I floated straight and true through all three heinous drops, waves and holes crashing over me from all directions, and popped out within sight of the finish line. As I doubled over and cradled my arm, the announcer went silent, and my friends who had just finished their runs stared at me in horror. There wasn’t much to say. The party was over.I slowly slipped back to consciousness in the surgery room to my girlfriend Ashley sitting beside me, and nonsensical words coming out of the doctor’s mouth. The world was hazy and the whole left side of my body was numb from my fingers to my chest. Ashley and I slowly walked out to her car, and I felt hollow and without purpose. That began a four week period where I needed a lot of help to get even basic tasks done. Taking a shower, cutting a steak, putting jeans on, or signing a check—every painful action required assistance.Chris_Surgery_FIXWhile I sat at home doing hours and hours of PT, my athletic relevancy slipped away. Friends stopped calling to go paddling or biking; they didn’t want to rub it in that they were having fun while I was hurt. The paddling community forgot about me. Silence can be deafening.The primary solace from these worries and the pain of my injury was drugs. I found myself looking forward to the high dosage of Percocet prescribed to me every day, and I can now see why these chemicals cause such big problems for people. I didn’t feel sorry for myself when I was high, but I also knew that road led nowhere good.Then, suddenly, it was as if the momentum of my life redirected.The endless physical therapy hours started to slowly pay off, with motion returning to the shoulder joint one agonizing degree at a time. My therapist approved me to go trail running. The endorphins of motion sparked my brain and filtered everything through a more positive lens.There are two ways to approach any setback in life: you can blame that event and let it defeat you, or you can acknowledge it as an opportunity to explore things in life that might have been overlooked. I did my best to shift to the latter as time went on. And the drug bottle stayed on the shelf.My injury was a reminder to have compassion for those who live their entire lives with challenges far greater than my petty (and temporary) discomfort. Best of all, the downtime gave me the opportunity to cement every important personal and professional relationship that I had, most especially my relationship with Ashley.ChrisAshley_Proposal_FIXI’ve experienced some very intense things in my life, but nothing that I have ever done on the river has come close to the intensity of kneeling in front of her on a panoramic mountain ridge just before sunset and asking her to be my bride.last_img read more

ExxonMobil to enact Church Commissioners’ climate resolution

first_imgEdward Mason, head of responsible investment for the Church Commissioners, said: “We welcome ExxonMobil’s commitment to implement the resolution passed earlier this year and disclose the impact of measures to combat climate change on its portfolio.“Climate change is one of the most significant long-term risks investors face, and it is essential that companies confront the challenge that it poses. We look forward to continuing to work with Exxon and others on this issue.”However, Alice Garton, lawyer with environmental campaign group ClientEarth, said: “Exxon is being sued and investigated across the US for disinformation campaigns that have delayed action on climate change for 30 years, and we continue to see Exxon obstruct strong climate policy across the world.” Garton continued: “Agreeing to publish a ‘plan for a plan’ on climate disclosure this late in the day is not going to cut it. We need to see rigorous reporting, transformational internal climate policy and an end to the lobbying that throttles international climate progress. Let’s face it – fossil fuel intensive business models do not exist in a 2º world. Will the plan say that?” Oil giant ExxonMobil will implement a shareholder resolution on climate change disclosure filed last May by the Church Commissioners for England and the New York State Common Retirement Fund.In a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission, ExxonMobil committed to provide information to shareholders on “energy demand sensitivities, implications of 2ºC scenarios, and positioning for a lower-carbon future”.The resolution – which called on the company to report on how its portfolio of reserves and resources would be affected by efforts to limit the average rise in global temperatures – was passed by shareholders in defiance of the ExxonMobil board’s recommendation to vote against. A similar resolution had been defeated the previous year.The 2017 resolution was backed by a coalition of institutional investors with a collective $12trn (€10trn) of assets under management, including Dutch pension managers APG and MN. ExxonMobil’s Ringhorne oil riglast_img read more

Allardyce to take first training session as Palace boss

first_imgThe former England boss will lead the team in his first match in charge against Watford on Monday.Palace assistant manager Keith Millen says his record of never being relegated from the Premier League will be vital in their bid for top flight survival.last_img

At The Finish Line…Spurs will beat The Heat in six!

first_imgMiami Heat guard Dwyane Wade sits on the sideline against the San Antonio Spurs during the second half in Game 1 of the NBA basketball finals on Thursday, June 5, 2014 in San Antonio. San Antonio won 110-95. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)Where Only the Truth Matters• Here’s “some truth” for ya!  “Pop” knows something we don’t know and “Duncan” knows something too.  All that being said, The Spurs will beat The Heat in six!• You know, I tried to send our President a message after the Russian invasion thing and again after the Benghazi tragedy.  Don’t be the guy they blame the end of the world on.  Well, he’s moving in that direction again.  And unless I’m missing something here, it looks like they didn’t do their homework on bringing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl  home after being a POW for five years.  And look, I want all the boys home too, but not how they say to do it.  I’ve got the big stick.  We’ll make the trade the way I say so or we’ll kill your guys.  “Nobody gives me my guns and tells me to ride, nobody!”Bill Neal• Here come the Bucs . . . Here come the Bucs . . . Here come the Bucs!  And I told you so.  Just be patient.  It’s a long season.  When the young boy comes up (xxxx) and the pitching kicks in . . . then the party starts.  Don’t worry, the bats are there.  That’s not the problem.• So you world Penguins haters gotta eat some words now don’t cha?  You know that Rangers team that kicked our butts, well, they’re in the Stanley Cup Finals now.  Just shut up and eat the words!• I’m telling you right now so you can book it in because I know you’re going to want to make plans.  The biggest par-tay of the year is coming Friday, July 4, 2014.  It’s a brand new thing . . .  Achieving Greatness Inc. will present The First Friday Fantasy plus . . . the summer’s first gala, all white party, featuring The United Rays Corvette Club Car Cruise at Brewstones in Monroeville.  BYOB – cash kitchen – free parking – 50/50 – The Legend Sly Jock – The Fabulous Allure Models – and surprise celebrity West – call (412) 628-4856 for more information.< You Have Just Crossed the Finish Line >last_img read more

Fire Balls, Innkeepers, Club Inter hold leads in City Soccer Leagues

first_imgDefending champion Lily Whites are third with Red Dog, Dirty Dozen and Goal Diggers rounding out the six-team field.Meanwhile, in the Leo’s Men’s Open League, Innkeepers posted its second win in as many games over defending champion Old Dogs FC to open a six-point lead in league standings.Kootenay Co-op is third followed by the U17 Nelson Selects.In the Jackson’s Hole Men’s Masters League, Club Inter is running away with the league after jumping out to a 10-1-0 record.Club Inter leads Jackson’s Hole and Real Nelson by 13 points in league standings.Bia Boro, Ted Allen’s and Red Dog hold down the remaining three spots.The regular season resumes in September with playoffs set for later in the month and early October. The only remaining on the Lakeside Soccer Fields is Canada Geese and City of Nelson maintenance workers as both youth and adult leagues take their summer hiatus.Nelson City Soccer was the last to pack it in for the summer as the league gears up for the second half of the campaign in September.In the Finley’s Ladies Rec League, the Fireballs own a two-point advantage over Selkirk Eyecare.last_img read more

LONGSHOT YIANNIS SURVIVES INQUIRY TO WIN $75,000 SAN PEDRO STAKES BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER ESPINOZA; SADLER TRAINEE GETS SIX FURLONGS IN 1:09.67

first_imgODDS-ON FAVORITE KENTUCKIAN STEADIES SHARPLY GOING TO FAR TURN AND RUNS THIRD ARCADIA, Calif. (April 12, 2015)–Longshot Yiannis showed good speed and motored to a 1 ¼ length win in Sunday’s $75,000 San Pedro Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by John Sadler and ridden by Victor Espinoza, Yiannis came out and brushed with runner-up Serbian Syclone approaching the sixteenth pole, but survived a stewards inquiry to get the win in only his second start.A nose maiden special weight winner going 5 ½ furlongs on Jan. 31, the Kentucky-bred ridgling by Midshipman was off at 7-1 in a field of eight sophomores and paid $17.80, $7.60 and $3.60. Owned by Hronis Racing, LLC, he was purchased out of a 2-year-old in training sale in March, 2014 for $560,000. With the winner’s share of $47,400, he increased his earnings to $81,000.“It looked like the other horse was getting a little a tired, so I didn’t think he was going by us,” said Sadler in defense of the stewards’ verdict. “The race he won has turned out to be a very productive race. We knew this was a pretty big jump in class, but the timing worked out well and he came into this a fresh horse.”Espinoza, who rode top Derby candidate American Pharoah to a sensational win in Saturday’s Arkansas Derby, notched his second win of the day aboard Yiannis.“He broke a step slow and I had to send him, but as soon as we had the lead, it was over,” said Espinoza. “I was a little nervous during the inquiry at one point, but then I watched the replay and I felt confident. It was a little close, but we didn’t have any contact with Serbian Syclone.Ridden by Tyler Baze, who had three winners earlier in the day, Serbian Syclone was off at 11-1 and paid $11.20 and $4.40.Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Kentuckian came off of an 11 length first out maiden score at Golden Gate Fields and was the solid 3-5 favorite with Rafael Bejarano and paid $2.40 to show.Breaking from post position two, Kentuckian layed third at the rail going into the far turn behind the winner and longshot Guy Code, had was forced to steady sharply at the three eighths pole and was shuffled back to fifth at that point.“He broke good, but he was a little intimidated by the rail and I had to take up when we got pressure from the outside,” said Bejarano.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday, with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.last_img read more

Fortuna football wins CIF Division 5-A state title with 54-33 win over Katella

first_imgBut now they can head to the … Anaheim >> The Huskies’ storybook 2017 season got its perfect ending.And they did it their way, too.A huge second-half performance, backed by the Huskies going to its beloved Ka-chunk offense and stellar defense, helped the Fortuna High football team capture the CIF State Division 5-A title with a thrilling 54-33 win over Katella of Anaheim at Glover Stadium on Saturday night.The Huskies planned to go to Disneyland no matter the day after the game.last_img read more

Planning for high yielding soybeans

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, CCA product manager, Seed Consultants, Inc.When planning for the upcoming growing season, it can be easy to focus more energy on corn production as it has traditionally been the more intensively managed crop. However, producers who put in the effort to manage their soybean crop have proven it is possible to attain high yields of 70+ bushels per acre. Below are some tips for planning to produce high-yielding soybeans in 2019.Quality seed: Planting the right seed sets the stage for the entire growing season. Growers should plant genetics with high yield potential. Choose varieties that have been tested at several locations and across multiple years. Growers should choose varieties adapted to their soil types and management practices. As with corn, choosing varieties with strong disease packages and agronomic traits with aid in achieving higher yields.Planting date: University research has proven that timely, early planting is one way to increase soybean yields. As with corn, planting soybeans by early May improves yield potential. This Ohio State University Study showed a 2.5-bushel per acre yield improvement when planting May 8 vs. May 29. Purdue University has also documented maximized soybean yields for early May plantings in this study.Seed treatments: Seed treatments are a critical component of a soybean management program, especially for growers who plant early or into no-till or minimum tillage situations. Early in the growing season when soils and weather conditions are cooler, germination and growth will be slowed down. Seed treatments provide protection from diseases and early season pests that can significantly reduce stands, decreasing yields and/or resulting in the need for replant.Fertility and pH: Adequate soil fertility is another important factor that allows soybeans to reach their maximum yield potential. Consulting soil tests and university recommendations for adequate levels of nutrients as well as crop removal rates will help determine how much potassium and phosphorus should be applied. When the proper pH range is maintained, soil nutrients will be available to the soybean plant for uptake. Generally, a pH range between 6.2 and 6.8 maximizes soybean yields. Adequate pH levels also improve the ability of Rhizobium bacteria to fix nitrogen.Inoculant: Inoculation of seed with Rhizobium will ensure that enough bacteria are present in the soil to fix adequate amounts of N. This is especially important in fields where soybeans have not been grown for multiple years.Row widths and seeding rates: Row widths and seeding rates go hand-in-hand. University research shows that narrower rows (15in or less) increase yields. Narrower rows allow for plants to canopy earlier and capture optimum levels of sunlight for photosynthesis. Seeding rates will vary based on row width, planting date, germ of soybean seed, and soil types. While some research recommends lower seeding rates, growers should take into consideration historical performance on their own farms. While seeding rates that are unnecessarily high, low seeding rates can result in reduced stands. Seeding rates may need to be higher in low yielding environments where emergence is a concern and plant stands can be diminished due to tough growing conditions. Proper seeding rates will improve emergence on the Eastern Corn Belt’s tight clay soil types where adverse conditions exist.Disease and pest management: Growers should plant soybean varieties with adequate disease resistance. Scouting throughout the growing season will also be important to determine if rescue treatments including fungicides or insecticides need to be made.While it can be tempting to try the latest technology or new foliar product to drive yields, it is important to start with the important building blocks first. This Checklist from the University of Kentucky agronomist, Chad Lee is another resource for putting together a plan for producing soybeans in the 2019 growing season. Growers who take time to properly manage their soybeans will move closer to attaining the high-yield potential of today’s soybean genetics.last_img read more

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