June 4, 2021 Find out more July 10, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Toulouse gunman recordings – let the media do their job! News Reporters Without Borders deplores the disproportionate and repressive reaction from the French authorities to the television channel TF1’s broadcasting of parts of the gunman Mohammed Merah’s recorded phone conversations with the police from his Toulouse apartment before he was killed in a shootout on 23 March.In particular, the media freedom organization condemns the raid carried out on the headquarters of the company that produces the TF1 programme “Sept à Huit” and the decision by the Broadcasting Council (CSA) to summon the heads of all the stations that broadcast extracts of the recordings.“Despite the January 2010 law protecting journalists’ sources, this principle has again been jeopardized,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We unreservedly support the refusal by Emmanuel Chain’s production, Elephant et Cie, to surrender the recordings to investigators. We point out that the European Court of Human Rights recently ruled against France for violating the confidentiality of sources in a case in which the authorities wanted to identify the origin of leaks about an investigation.”Investigating a “violation of the confidentiality of a judicial investigation,” members of the National Police General Inspectorate (IGPN) went to Elephant et Cie yesterday with the aim of seizing all of its recordings of the phone conversations. The day before, TF1 broadcast a number of short extracts from the conversations but said it possessed a total of four hours of recordings.“We fully understand the emotional reaction from the relatives of Merah’s victims,” Reporters Without Borders said. “But although the views of victims and their families are important, they should not obstruct the right to information in a case that has attracted a great deal of public interest. It is up to each media to take its own decision on whether or not to broadcast extracts from Merah’s conversations with the police. There is certainly nothing illegitimate about broadcasting them.“The extracts broadcast by TF1 were of undeniable news value. It was the first time the siege of Merah’s apartment was seen from anything other than the official viewpoint. The recordings offered a fuller picture of the killer’s profile and help to refute the conspiracy theories that have been circulating of late. Contrary to the CSA’s claim, they contain nothing that adversely affects the memory of the victims. And as Christophe Bigot of the Paris bar association said, they do not jeopardize the investigation.“From the legislative viewpoint, this episode has underlined the need to amend the law on the confidentiality of sources and to specify the circumstances in which exceptions are acceptable. We take note of the government’s statements on this subject and we hope it will act quickly. It is a matter of urgency. We have already voiced our concern about the abuse of searches, which need more detailed legislation.“The latest developments in the Merah case have also highlighted the difficulty of covering judicial matters in France. It is time to abolish the crime of ‘complicity in the violation of the confidentiality of a judicial investigation,” which imposes excessive restrictions on the right to information and contradicts article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.”(Picture: AFP Photo / France 2) RSF_en FranceEurope – Central Asia Organisation FranceEurope – Central Asia to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts May 10, 2021 Find out more “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says News Follow the news on France News News RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Help by sharing this information
– Advertisement – Tropical Storm Eta, the 28th named storm of this year’s busy hurricane season, has strengthened and is expected to bring strong winds, heavy rains and dangerous storm surge to the Florida Keys and South Florida by late Sunday, the National Hurricane Center said.Eta devastated portions of Central America, where it started Tuesday as a Category 4 hurricane, leaving more than 50 dead in its wake before weakening to a tropical depression. The storm passed over the Cayman Islands and the northwestern Bahamas on Saturday and made landfall on the south-central coast of Cuba early Sunday morning.- Advertisement – Eta made landfall in Nicaragua as a Category 4 hurricane, bringing devastation to portions of Central America with winds of up to 140 m.p.h. and heavy rainfall that reached 35 inches in some areas.Flooding and mudslides contributed to at least 57 deaths in Guatemala, the country’s president, Alejandro Giammattei, said at a news conference on Thursday. One mudslide buried 25 houses with dozens trapped inside, according to The Associated Press.Two miners were killed in mudslides in Nicaragua, The A.P. reported. In Honduras, a 12-year-old girl was killed when she became trapped in a mudslide.The storm was downgraded to a tropical depression as it traveled over mountainous terrain, Mr. Feltgen said, but by Saturday it had strengthened again into a tropical storm.With Eta, the unusually busy 2020 season tied the record for the most storms with 2005, when Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma battered the Gulf Coast. That year, so many storms grew strong enough to be named that meteorologists had to resort to the Greek alphabet after exhausting the list of rotating names maintained by the World Meteorological Organization. A tropical storm warning was in effect for South Florida, from the Brevard and Volusia County line to Englewood, including Florida Bay and Lake Okeechobee.Dennis Feltgen, a meteorologist and spokesman at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, said the storm had expanded since it hit Central America. Eta’s zigzag path, steered by high and low pressure systems, was not uncommon for storms that form later in the season, he said.Forecasters predict six to 12 inches of rain, with isolated instances of 18 inches possible, in parts of South and Central Florida. Tropical storm force winds were expected to arrive in Florida by Sunday night.- Advertisement – It was expected to bring tropical storm conditions, including heavy rains and dangerous flooding, as it approached the Florida Keys and South Florida, according to a National Hurricane Center advisory issued on Sunday morning.The storm could reach hurricane strength by the time it hits Florida, the center said.A hurricane watch was in effect for the Florida coast from Deerfield Beach to Bonita Beach, and for the Florida Keys, from Ocean Reef to the Dry Tortugas, including Florida Bay. “We always say there’s no such thing as just a tropical storm,” Mr. Feltgen said. “You can get some very serious impacts from a tropical storm. This is a very big, very serious rainfall event.” “We had some pretty heavy rain on the grounds here in October, so the ground is already pretty saturated,” Mr. Feltgen said. “We’re looking at the potential for a lot of urban flooding around here.”On Sunday morning, the storm was 60 miles southwest of Camaguey, Cuba, and 280 miles south-southeast of Miami. It was traveling northeast at about 12 miles per hour with wind speeds of 60 m.p.h., the advisory said. – Advertisement –
Kempen Capital Management has decided to stop investing in tobacco, it announced today.The €60bn Dutch asset manager will exclude all investments in the tobacco industry from its funds, although the policy does not apply to mandates, bespoke investment portfolios and multi-manager funds.Kempen has said its funds will be “tobacco-free” by the end of this year. Narina Mnatsakanian, director of impact and responsible investment at Kempen, said: “Tobacco has a proven negative impact on society and many international standards support this position. “In the experience of Kempen’s investment staff, active shareholder engagement with the tobacco industry alone is not enough to drive the fundamental change required.”A spokesman told IPE the policy would impact two funds, “the credit fund directly and the fund of hedge funds indirectly”, with excluded stocks equating to roughly 1% of the index.BNP Paribas and Robeco have also excluded tobacco investments this year, extending existing bans on tobacco investment for sustainable funds to their mainstream funds.The €3.4bn pension fund of Dutch technical research institute TNO recently announced it would divest its tobacco holdings because it did not fit with its policy for responsible investment.Other pension funds to have turned their back on tobacco include major Dutch schemes PFZW and ABP, and French funds FRR and Ircantec.In the UK, defined contribution master trust NEST recently announced its first steps into commodity investment, with its £200m (€226m) segregated mandate excluding companies focused on thermal coal, palm oil, uranium and tobacco.
Published on November 24, 2019 at 6:08 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @CraneAndrew Facebook Twitter Google+ By the time Digna Strautmane flashed toward Oregon’s Satou Sabally in the right corner, an offensive rebound had already extended the possession. One quick whistle pierced the air as the two tumbled toward the ground, Sabally still holding out her shooting form. A foul on Strautmane’s closeout would follow, but Satou’s shot still looked promising.To that point in the third quarter, Syracuse’s tight defense had worked. It limited Sabrina Ionescu, the reigning Wooden Award winner who averages a triple-double. It held Ruthy Hebard, Oregon’s leading scorer, scoreless in the first half. But it was a matter of inches, the difference between a successful defensive possession and potential four-point play, that emerged during the second half for Syracuse. Inches late on closing passing lanes. Inches short on converting layups. Satou’s shot went in, as did Ionescu’s after the ensuing free throw rebound. Two offensive rebounds by the Ducks turned a baseline foul by Gabrielle Cooper turned into seven-point swing, and turned Syracuse’s deficit into 16 during the quarter’s final minute.“They got their energy and I think we folded,” Strautmane said. For the first two frames, No. 17 Syracuse (3-1) held its own with No. 1 Oregon (4-0). The 2-3 zone worked how it was supposed to and stifled the Ducks to an uncharacteristic 25% shooting percentage from the field. A spurt from Kiara Lewis in the second quarter had inched the Orange toward a double-digit lead — something Oregon hadn’t faced all season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThen Oregon’s shots started to fall and Syracuse’s didn’t. The Ducks’ shooting percentage and point totals neared normalcy and so did the Orange’s. In Syracuse’s 81-64 loss, the Orange showed they could compete with the country’s top teams. But after allowing 31 Oregon points in the third quarter, a potential upset sulked toward a double-digit defeat.“We gave up 31 points in the first half, gave up 31 points in the (third) quarter,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “You cannot beat the No. 1 team in the country like that.”Twelve months ago, though, this was a matchup that the Orange almost won. Instead of a blowout as the clocked ticked under a minute in the fourth quarter, Syracuse held a six-point lead. They both had the integral playmaker needed to facilitate or take over an offense — Oregon’s Ionescu and SU’s Tiana Mangakahia — and sculpted a roster backed with secondary help.In the time since then, Oregon’s completed its journey to the top of women’s college basketball. Syracuse’s lost its top two players and is looking for answers to ignite its offense. The Ducks had gone 34-5, graduated only two players and three weeks ago beat the USA national team.But during the first 20 minutes, a gap that large didn’t surface. A Lewis steal on the first possession provided a glimmer of hope. A Gabrielle Cooper 3-pointer to give Syracuse its first lead of the game at 12-9 injected more. Oregon missed open looks it usually made — the Ducks shot 9-for-34 in the first half — and after missing open looks of their own, the Orange finally found a way to take advantage. By the time Lewis (23 points) hit three consecutive 3-pointers to open the second quarter and put the Orange up nine, even Hillsman and SU assistant Cedric Solice rose three fingers in the air.Ionescu resorted to head shakes when lanes she wanted closed. She had perched near the free throw line as an entry point into the zone, but quickly returned to the wings. At one point, she swung a no-look pass out on the wing to Taylor Chavez, who took two steps in and missed a jumper. Thirteen missed 3-pointers in the first half eliminated Oregon’s source of offense.“It was pick-a-shot,” Graves said. “I mean we got the shots that we wanted — those are practice 3s, but we had practice misses.”As the half closed, though, problems that plagued the Orange in their opening three games started to re-emerge. Ionescu finally found her cutting lanes through the zone. Oregon’s man-to-man defense finally forced disruptions on passes. Erin Boley started to swish shots from behind the arc. The Orange only trailed by one at halftime, but the Ducks had manufactured a 16-6 run to close the second quarter and create that.Over the final 20 minutes, those same falterings caused that early hope to evaporate completely. Strautmane got around a ball screen for an Ionescu 3 on the wing, but picked up a foul anyway, setting up a Boley 3-pointer off the next set. Then, Ionescu drove past Cooper for a layup and Hillsman thrust his arm on the sidelines begging for a push-off foul.“We were not hustling for balls,” Strautmane said. “We just let them get in the game.”Even a switch to man defense midway through the fourth quarter couldn’t create the disruption present early on. The differences hidden by a productive Syracuse first half shone — one program still trying to claw to the top of women’s college basketball, the other already there.Back in the third quarter, after a 10-point Syracuse deficit extended to 13, Satou corralled her own free throw miss and rotated the ball back. It’s all about spacing after offensive rebounds, she said after the game, so with the clock ticking under five seconds Ionescu popped open on the wing. Cooper got caught in a screen and Taleah Washington was late on a closeout, allowing a 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded. Ionescu immediately pumped her first and yelled. Cooper snuck through an Oregon pack chest-bumping toward the Syracuse bench and dropped her head. Sparks of a comeback would still emerge during the fourth quarter — an Emily Engstler steal, two layups that followed — but didn’t combine to collapse Oregon’s lead.Underneath the Carrier Dome bleachers postgame, Hillsman redirected questions that hinted at moral victories and dodged claims looking for glimmers of hope. “I don’t know,” he said about the third quarter. Maybe it was a lack of communication. Maybe a lack of focus, too. After Ionescu’s shot, the “D” and fence poster cutouts that swung through the stands dropped. So did the orange and white pom-poms. Hillsman simply crossed his arms, strolled out to mid-court and shook his head. Comments