Follow the news on Italy July 7, 2016 RSF hails acquittal of journalists in VatiLeaks 2 case Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union News News Receive email alerts ItalyEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsProtecting sources Freedom of expression Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi. Help by sharing this information December 2, 2020 Find out more November 19, 2020 Find out more On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia ItalyEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsProtecting sources Freedom of expression Organisation to go further RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) hails today’s decision by a Vatican court to acquit Italian journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi, who were being tried for publishing leaked confidential information in their books about Catholic Church financial mismanagement.RSF nonetheless points out that, under the right to freedom of expression, they should never have been prosecuted.“This is an amazing decision and a great victory for the freedom to inform,” Nuzzi told RSF after the verdict. “Thanks to all those who waged this constant fight with us, journalists such as myself will be able to continue working.”“By writing Merchants in the Temple and Avarice, books about continuing Vatican mismanagement despite Pope Francis’ reform attempts, Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi simply exercised their right to provide information in the general interest,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s Europe-Balkans desk. “They should never have been treated as criminals, especially in a city-state that is supposed to respect media freedom.”The two journalists were tried under a Vatican law adopted in July 2013, after a previous leak of confidential information under Pope Benedict in 2012 dubbed the “VatiLeaks” case. The law says: “Whoever illicitly obtains or reveals information or documents whose publication is forbidden is punishable by a sentence of six months to two years in prison or a fine of 1,000 to 5,000 euros.”In the so-called “VatiLeaks 2” trial that ended today, the court imposed heavy sentences on the two people who leaked documents to the journalists. Both were members of a commission set up to examine Vatican finances.Msgr. Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda, a Spanish cleric close to Opus Dei who headed the commission, was sentenced to 18 months in prison, while Francesca Chaouqui, an Italian public relations consultant, was given a suspended sentence of ten months in prison. RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive News News November 23, 2020 Find out more
Actress, presenter and former model Linda Lusardi is to present the competition trophies at Bakers’ Fair Spring, so don’t forget to get your entries in.Taking place at Newbury Racecourse on Sunday 10 April, the new event for 2011 will play host to the National Association of Master Bakers’ Bakery Competitions – available to all bakers – consisting of seven classes for bakers and three classes held jointly with the National Federation of Meat and Food Traders.The bakers’ classes include: a celebration cake inspired by the Royal Wedding; cupcakes and hot cross buns.The joint categories will pit bakers against butchers in a contest to make the best hot crust pork pie, cold-eat meat pasties and six-inch sausage rolls.See www.bakersfair.co.uk for more information.
The Disco Biscuits kicked off the third and final night of their run at The Capitol Theatre with “Help On The Way” > “Slipknot” > “Franklin’s Tower”, paying homage to The Grateful Dead and their history at the iconic venue. Guitarist Jon “the Barber” Gutwillig rocked a tie-dye and played a custom Languedoc—on loan from the Soul Monde guys—for the second night in a row.Ever since Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart joined the band at Red Rocks in 2015, there has been an undeniable connection between the Biscuits and The Dead. In his book, Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with The Grateful Dead, Kreutzmann said that bands like the Disco Biscuits are keeping the spirit of The Dead alive in today’s scene of jam bands. As the Biscuits continue to grow—as individuals and as a band—their approach to jamming has transitioned into a more patient and mature style. It’s an idealistic cross between improvisational rock n’ roll and livetronica. Using space to their advantage, they’re able to capture the attention of live music enthusiasts both young and old. Last night was a prime example of that, and it’s only going to continue to evolve.Out of “Help > Slip > Franklin’s”, they jammed into “Spraypaint Victory”, then closed the segment with “Sound 1”. The “Shem-Rah Boo” > “Cyclone” > “Spraypaint” that followed to round out the first set was easily one of the best segments of the run. They hit their stride in a way that was cohesive and purposeful. They were listening to each other and keeping things simple, adding layers of sonic texture without stepping on each other’s toes. Drummer Allen Aucoin and bassist Marc Brownstein provided a sturdy canvas for Barber and keyboardist Aron Magner to illustrate melodies upon. Seeing them seamlessly jam into “Cyclone” was especially memorable, as they had complete control of the crowd and used dynamics to their ultimate advantage. It was as if they couldn’t miss, and the way they slid into the ending of “Spraypaint” was as flawless as it gets. They ended the first set with triumphant conviction, their passion and love for the music radiating from the stage.When the band walked onstage for the second set, the applause was electrifying. They dropped into “Voices Insane” with complete confidence. Wasting no time, they soared into an inverted “Shelby Rose” with glorious gracefulness. Once they hit the jam, they took the crowd for a ride with a smooth groove that was both invigorated and meaningful. Barber was switching guitars on the fly, from his custom green Stratocaster to his classic Gibson hollow body, and then to his new cream Stratocaster which he purchased at the end of 2018. The transition into the ending of “Voices Insane” was truly impressive.Next came “Little Shimmy in a Conga Line”, one of their most classic songs. From there, they went into “Humuhumunukunukuapua’a”, one of Brownstein’s best songs, then they jammed into one of his newer songs, “Miracles”. Since its debut, the song has produced some great improvisation—first at the Ogden Theater in 2017 and now at the Capitol Theatre, which is a good sign for fans of this band that want them to write new songs. The ending of “Little Shimmy in a Conga Line” is one of the best ways to close out a set—fierce and powerful. The crowd erupted as they hit the final notes with sheer dominance. From the rail to the rafters, the energy was otherworldly.The Disco Biscuits’ three-night run at The Capitol Theatre capped off a monumental run of shows that stretched from October to February. The Disco Biscuits have cracked the code. They have found out what works for them, and it shows in a manner that is unmistakably positive. All four of the band’s members are connecting in a way that is wise while still remaining youthful. At this rate, the Disco Biscuits aren’t going anywhere, so whether you love them or hate them, you cannot deny their impact and contributions to the world of live music. They are bridging the gap of yesteryear and tomorrow with laser-like focus and true love for one thing, and one thing only: the music. Long live the Disco Biscuits.Below, you can watch a full, pro-shot video of The Disco Biscuits’ last of three performances at The Cap:The Disco Biscuits – The Capitol Theatre – 2/2/19 – Full Pro-Shot Video[Video: The Disco Biscuits]Next up for The Disco Biscuits is a two-night stand in New Orleans during Jazz Fest on April 26th and 27th. For more information, head to the band’s website.Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 2/2/19I: Help on the Way-> Slipknot!-> Franklin’s Tower-> Spraypaint Victory-> Sound 1, Shem-Rah Boo-> Cyclone-> Spraypaint VictoryII: Voices Insane-> Shelby Rose (inverted)-> Voices Insane, Little Shimmy in a Conga Line-> Humuhumunukunukuapua’a-> Miracles-> Little Shimmy in a Conga LineE: Helicopters
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A Batesville High School graduate has been selected by Governor Eric Holcomb to lead the Indiana Economic Development Corporation as its president.Holcomb announced Elaine Bedel as his choice.Holcomb cites Elaine’s leadership and experience of her own financial consulting company as factors in his decision.Bedel will succeed Jim Schellinger in the role starting in February.Schellinger will become the Corporation’s chief executive officer and the Indiana Secretary of Commerce.Bedel is currently the president and CEO of Bedel Financial Consulting Inc.
A Long Island, New York woman is accused of killing her twin toddler daughters, according to authorities.Tenia Campbell’s mother called 911 on Thursday and told the dispatcher that her 24-year-old daughter was “threatening to kill herself and her twin 2-year-old daughters,” Suffolk County Police said.A written police statement shows that the mother, Vanessa McQueen, explained to the 911 operator that Campbell told her, “I killed them with my bare hands, “and that, “she was sorry, but she didn’t want to live anymore.”Officers found Campbell at a county park and took her into custody. They found the girls, Jasmine and Jaida, strapped in car seats inside a vehicle. Both were in cardiac arrest, according to Suffolk Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart.Despite CPR efforts, the twins were pronounced dead at a hospital. Homicide squad detectives have charged Campbell with two counts of second-degree murder.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Suggestions for a title that could best capture this Kobe Bryant reality series playing out during this 2014-15 season might start with “Survivor,” include “The Voice” and add in some “Fear Factor,” if none of them had already been taken.How about going with “Say Yes to Distress.”The enthrallment in witnessing the 36-year-old Bryant deal with personal highs like passing Michael Jordan on the all-time regular-season scoring list one night, counteracting against franchise low-blows of cursing out teammates and management on iPhone-quality video at the end of a practice, reminds us of what was missed most of last year as he was relegated to making sour faces from the bench during his Achilles tendon rehab.The perplexity of playing a season where he’s setting NBA career records for most missed shots and perhaps most missed opportunities to win games creates a narrative that almost invites more adversity. It provides a better sneak peek at how the league’s best player of the past decade has to deal with it. Five years ago, the Lakers’ megastar allowed director Spike Lee to chronicle a day in his life with 30 cameras called “Kobe Doin’ Work,” which ESPN aired. Bryant has lately been doing work on a cathartic Showtime documentary that will air in February called “Kobe Bryant’s Muse.”In a trailer released this week by the pay-network, Bryant says he’s got things “to get off my chest … I don’t have the patience to sit and write a book, so I’ll do it this way. … What I found in through the process it became more than a documentary. It became therapy on film.”He got more off his chest the other day to our amusement when writing a reflection on passing up Jordan, his apparent muse, for Derek Jeter’s ThePlayersTribune.com.So you wonder why these floundering Lakers would even be picked months ahead of time to make their 16th consecutive appearance on the TV-coveted Christmas Day slate next Thursday. Their contest in Chicago picked up by TNT does have a subplot of Pau Gasol playing against his former team for the first time.But seriously, it all filters back in the media to Bryant, who in his 19 seasons will be scheduled to make his 16th Dec. 25 game appearance. He’s likely to gain more national attention himself than how the Clippers-Golden State game will play out afterward at Staples Center. No matter what erratic ratings are generated by actual Lakers games played these days on TWC SportsNet, Bryant is the one who brings the buzz. Particularly when it comes to former NBA players now in the media who played against him who are allowed to marvel at what he’s still channeling on the network-sized multi-platform stage.“Now that he’s got legendary status, he does become a reality TV show, but I don’t think that affects him in terms of what goes on around him,” said Greg Anthony, the 47-year-old CBS/Turner sports analyst whose six of his 11 NBA seasons overlapped with Bryant.“It’s still a joy for me to watch him play, because he competes even when his team doesn’t have enough weapons.”Chris Webber, the 41-year-old NBA TV and TNT analyst who’ll be courtside for the Christmas Day Lakers-Bulls game, was a Bryant opponent for 12 NBA seasons. He had an acute appreciation being able to see video of the Bryant rough-edged outburst at the end of a recent Lakers practice that even brought about a possible endorsement deal from Charmin bathroom tissue.“I loved the rant,” Webber said. “I’m not sure why so many were so up in arms about it. He just cussed out a bunch of millionaires. I love the fact he still has the same intensity that he’s always had.“It’s not even a reality show. This is how Kobe’s always been. To me, seeing the frustrating times of one of the greats, his effort has to be impeccable. In this day and age, you love to see a guy hold others accountable, starting with himself.”This has been a media-based season, remember, that somehow got launched with a suspect ESPN Magazine piece filled with unnamed sources and recycled material that questioned Bryant’s character and teammate loyalty.“Here’s the thing,” said Reggie Miller, the 49-year-old TNT analyst who, in 18 Hall of Fame seasons, played 10 of them against Bryant from 1996 to 2005. “Kobe has said it himself, and so has MJ: (Being who he is) it’s a gift and a curse.“I had a lot of problems with all those anonymous sources in that story that claimed no one wanted to play with him. If guys are too thin-skinned and can’t play with him because he demands maximum effort, then don’t come to L.A.“The only thing Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird — Kobe — focused on was winning. If that’s holding your teammates accountable for that, so be it.“So, a reality show? Yeah, but in L.A., it’s a good reality show. They’ve got the No. 1 mega-huge star, and I have zero problems with what he’s doing. I encourage it … What’s the difference between what he’s doing and what any CEO of a Fortune 500 company would do behind closed doors? He wants the best. Isn’t that what any CEO would want? Why is Kobe held to another standard?”Because the media is involved in trying to set those standards of measurement? Even so much that some question why he’s leading the Lakers’ charge in wearing “I Can’t Breathe” protest warmup T-shirts.Miller and Webber each said Bryant moving into the No. 3 spot on the all-time scoring list is mind boggling to some degree, especially when they know firsthand just how difficult it is to get on any kind of all-time list. Webber pointed out it’s still vivid in his mind seeing Bryant, as a rookie, shoot three airballs in the final minute of a Western Conference playoff game loss against Utah.“It’s an unbelievable achievement,” said Miller, 17th on that NBA scoring list with just more than 25,000 points. “Think of the hundreds who have played this game on this level.“I’m still just more impressed at his work ethic and longevity. We all started on this same route. And now he’s passing guys who he’s idolized? What more do you want?”The Kobe Bryant Channel, maybe for starters.More media-related notes on Tom Hoffarth’s blog at www.insidesocal.com/tomhoffarth