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Brazil falls in Press Freedom Index, now 104th

first_img RSF_en News RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America April 15, 2021 Find out more Organisation Brazil is now ranked 104th out of 180 countries, a position clearly unworthy of a country meant to be a regional model. It was ranked 58th in 2010. Why has this happened? The most important reason is increasing violence against journalists and a lack of political will at the highest level to protect journalists effectively. As well as the fall in the rankings, Brazil’s performance indicator, which measures the level of media freedom violations, rose from 25.78 in 2014 to 31.93 in 2015 – a significant deterioration.The Latin American giant nonetheless remains ahead of some of its regional neighbours such as Ecuador (109th), Guatemala (121st), Colombia (134th), Venezuela (139th), Mexico (149th) and Cuba (174th). In Brazil, an economic recession and political instability have reinforced the main obstacles to media freedom and the climate of hostility towards journalists. At the same time, media ownership continues to be concentrated in the hands of leading industrial families linked to the political class.The problem of Brazil’s “colonels,” which RSF described in 2013 in its report, “The country of 30 Berlusconis,” has continued unabated. The so-called “colonels’ are usually major landowners or industrialists who are also legislators or state governors and who control opinion-making in their regions because, directly or indirectly, they own several local media outlets. As a result, the media are heavily dependent on the centres of economic and political power.Brazilian media coverage of the country’s current political crisis has highlighted the problem. In a barely veiled manner, the leading national media have urged the public to help bring down President Dilma Rousseff. The journalists working for these media groups are clearly subject to the influence of private and partisan interests, and these permanent conflicts of interests are clearly very detrimental to the quality of their reporting.Brazil’s fall in the Index is also the result of the lack of a national mechanism for protecting journalists in danger and for combatting the prevailing impunity for crimes of violence against journalists, which is facilitated by the ubiquitous corruption.With seven journalists murdered in 2015 alone, Brazil continues to be the western hemisphere’s third deadliest country for media personnel, after Mexico and Honduras. All of them were investigating sensitive subjects such as corruption and organized crime.Organized crime’s firm hold on certain regions far from any major city makes covering these subjects particular complicated there, while the failure to punish most murders of journalists encourages their recurrence.Finally, there has been no let-up in the growing problem of military police violence against journalists during street demonstrations, a problem that began in 2013. Both Brazilian and foreign journalists covering demonstrations are often insulted, threatened or arbitrarily detained. They are also often directly targeted by demonstrators, who identify them with the owners of the media they work for.Published annually by RSF since 2002, the World Press Freedom Index measures the level of freedom available to journalists in 180 countries using the following criteria – pluralism, media independence, media environment and self-censorship, legislative environment, transparency, infrastructure, and abuses.Go to the RSF website to find out more about the 2016 World Press Freedom Index and the method used to compile it. Follow the news on Brazil News BrazilAmericas Condemning abusesMedia independence ImpunityViolence 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies May 13, 2021 Find out more to go further Reports April 20, 2016 – Updated on November 3, 2016 Brazil falls in Press Freedom Index, now 104th Receive email alerts News Continuing conflicts of interest in the Brazilian media and a very disturbing level of violence against journalists have caused Brazil to fall another five places in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index, published today by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). April 27, 2021 Find out more BrazilAmericas Condemning abusesMedia independence ImpunityViolence Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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Hanfmann named the Pac-12 Player of the Week

first_imgFor the second time in his young collegiate career, freshman Yannick Hanfmann earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors for helping the USC men’s tennis team tally two more Pac-12 wins last weekend.In No. 1 USC’s (25-0, 6-0) back-to-back victories against No. 11 Stanford and No. 12 California, Hanfmann posted two straight set singles wins and two doubles wins alongside sophomore Emilio Gomez.Hanfmann, who is ranked No. 43 in the nation in singles, has been a force for the Trojans, who are undefeated this season and have won 45 consecutive matches since last February.On Saturday, Hanfmann and Gomez started off the day with an 8-6 victory over Cal’s Gregory Bayane and Andrew Scholnick. Hanfmann then defeated Christoffer Konigsfeldt 7-5, 6-2 in singles to establish USC’s 3-0 lead over the Golden Bears.The day before, Hanfmann and Gomez clinched the doubles point over Stanford with an 8-2 finish over John Morrissey and Robert Stineman.Hanfmann then took on Stineman in singles play and emerged with USC’s first singles win of the day with a 6-2, 6-0 win, paving the way for the Trojans’ second sweep over Stanford this season.In the spring dual match season, Hanfmann now stands at 19-3 in singles and 10-1 in doubles.Earlier in the season, Hanfmann also paired up with senior Steve Johnson. Together, they hold a 10-2 record in doubles overall as the No. 7 duo in the nation.Hanfmann last earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors Feb. 20 after his 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Ohio State’s Devin McCarthy, which secured the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Indoor Championships for the Trojans for the first time in 24 years.The Trojans now have a total of seven Pac-12 Player of the Week selections this season. Seniors Daniel Nguyen and Steve Johnson and freshman Roberto Quiroz are one-time winners this season, while sophomore Ray Sarmiento also has two in the books.USC will conclude the regular season with a home matchup against No. 6 UCLA (20-2, 6-0) on Friday at 3 p.m. and looks to finish with its second straight undefeated Pac-12 run.last_img read more

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Worth County supervisors vote to pull out of mental health region

first_img(Below is from the minutes of Monday’s meeting)RE: PROPOSED 28E AGREEMENT TO FORM A NEW MENTAL HEALTH AND DISABILITYSERVICES REGION TO MORE EFFICIENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY PROVIDE THE MENTAL HEALTH& DISABILITY SERVICES MANDATED UNDER IOWA CODE SECTIONS 331.388 THROUGH 331.398.WHEREAS, Worth County, Iowa, is currently part of a 22 county region identified as County Social Services(CSS), which was formed pursuant to a 28E agreement executed on March 25, 2014; andWHEREAS, Worth County, Iowa, has for the past year been embroiled in a contentious disagreement with CSSover an alleged delinquency amount owed to CSS by Worth County, Iowa; andWHEREAS, as a result of said contention, Worth County, Iowa, has provided notice to CSS, in accordance withthe 28E agreement, of its intent to withdraw from CSS effective July 1, 2019; andWHEREAS, the Worth County Board of Supervisors believes that a new region, comprised mostly of ruralcounties and significantly smaller in size, is not only capable of providing all of the required and necessary coreservices for the residence of these counties, but, in addition, would be more transparent and better able tomanage the funding so that it more appropriately reflects a fair distribution of taxpayer money spent for servicesused; andWHEREAS, Worth County, Iowa, and several other contiguous counties have agreed that a new region couldbe created, if legislation is passed that would allow for the formation of new regions, which would satisfy all ofthe requirements set forth in Iowa Code Section 331.389; andWHEREAS, attached hereto is a proposed 28E to form a new region.NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Worth County Board of Supervisors hereby acknowledges itswillingness to sign the proposed 28E agreement attached hereto for the formation of a new mental health anddisability services region to more efficiently and effectively provide the mental health and disability servicesmandated under Iowa Code Sections 331.388 through 331.398, if legislation is passed that would allow for theformation of new regions,. NORTHWOOD — The Worth County Board of Supervisors this week unanimously approved a resolution to withdraw from the mental health and disability services region it currently is in.Worth County is part of a 22-county region identified as County Social Services, which provides financial support for mental health and disability service programs to individuals in a majority of north-central Iowa’s counties. A number of those counties in the last year have raised concerns about rising costs and quality of services.The supervisors in the resolution passed at their meeting on Monday state that for the past year, they’ve been embroiled in a contentious disagreement with CSS over an alleged delinquency amount owed to CSS by Worth County, and as a result of that contention, the county has provided notice to CSS of its intent to withdraw from their 28E agreement effective July 1st.The supervisors state that they believe a new region, comprised mostly of rural counties and significantly smaller in size is not only capable of providing all the required and necessary core services for the residents of those counties, but would also be more transparent and better able to manage the funding so it more appropriately reflects a fair distribution of taxpayer money spent for services used.The Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors last year had explored the idea of joining a different established mental health region but ultimately decided to stay with CSS. It was on motion by Supervisor Abrams, and seconded by Supervisor Stone, that the foregoing Resolution beadopted as read. Motion carried. Vote thereon resulting as follows: Ayes: Supervisors Smeby, Stone, Abrams;Nays: Supervisors – None. Resolution declared adopted this 22 day of April, 2019.Mark Smeby, Chairperson ATTEST: Jacki A. Backhaus, AuditorBoard of Supervisors Worth County, IowaWorth County, Iowalast_img read more

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Five matches, one goal, as Uganda Premier League starts at snail’s pace

first_imgUPL opening day resultsSC Villa 1-0 SoanaBright Stars 0-0 Vipers SCBul 0-0 Mbarara CityKCCA 0-0 MaroonsMasavu vs. Police (called off)Onduparaka 0-0 ProlineWednesday, September 13, 2017URA v UPDF 4:00pm LIVE ON AZAM TV TVExpress v Kirinya Jinja SSS  4:30pmKampala, Uganda | UPL.CO.UG | Vitalis Tabu came off the bench to score the only goal of day one of the Azam Uganda Premier League (AUPL) on Tuesday. Goals were elusive in the four other AUPL opening matches, and it took up to the 72nd minute before Tabu’s strike marked the breakthrough in Masaka. The goal meant SC Villa were the only winners as well on AUPL day one.Villa, beat Soana 1-0 at Masaka Recreation Ground to top the table as only other teams started the season goal-shy.Among those included defending champions KCCA who squeezed a point off a spirited Maroons, who could have easily won it but for Charles Lukwago’s inspired display in goal and some half-hearted finishing from the visitors’ forwards.Elsewhere, no goals were scored between Bright Stars and Vipers – which game saw the hosts’ player, Jimmy Kakoza, sent off on 13 minutes, Bul and Mbarara City, and Onduparaka and Proline.Last season kicked off with eight goals scored across six stadiums, while the campaign before that saw the same number of goals in four matches.READ FULL STORIES HERE (click)SC Villa XI: Samson Kirya (GK), Musa Mukasa, John Adriko, Henry Katongole, Ibrahim Kiyemba, Bernard Muwanga, Godfrey Lwesibawa, Abel Eturude, George Ssenkaaba, Allan Kyambadde, Simon SserunkumaSubs: Farouk Musisi, Joseph Nsubuga, Mahad Kakooza, Ambrose Kirya, Vitalis Tabu, Martin KizzaSoana XI: Meddie Kibirige (G.K), Siraje Turyamuheebwa, Dalawusi Kiwalabye, Ibrahim Kizza (Captain), Misi Katende, Emma Kalyowa, Willy Kavuma, Baker Buyala, Paddy Muhumuza, Baker LukooyaSubs: Joel Mutakubwa (G.K), John Muwanguzi, Abdallah Nyanzi, Osman Wejjuli, Owen Kasule, Allan Kayiwa, Anthony BongoleShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Juju: Africa doping

first_imgYoung footballers dream of places far away and are ready to migrate at all costs. Photo courtesy Uroš KovačHow African athletes challenge Western notions of dopingKampala, Uganda | UROS KOVAC | The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has expanded the power of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), making it a central authority in the “fight against cheating”. WADA defines doping as the use of prohibited substances and methods designed to enhance athletic performance.But are prohibited substances defined only by their chemical makeup? Not according to West African athletes, many of whom take spiritual methods to enhance their performances very seriously.Football in West Africa is often associated with witchcraft. In Nigeria and Cameroon, these practices are referred to as “jars” or “juju”. Athletes use them to enhance their performance in ways that are similar to doping as WADA defines it, and even to sabotage opponents. The key to these practices, however, is not the chemical content of the substances, but the spiritual powers they carry.Spiritual dopingAccording to Cameroonian footballers among whom I conducted my fieldwork, the spiritual world is superimposed on the material world, and actions in the former have direct and far-reaching consequences on the latter.In West Africa, accusations of spiritual performance-enhancing practices can be much more serious than those involving materials and chemicals. The concept of “jars” is difficult to pin down, largely because it is shrouded in secrecy and is constantly changing. Information about these practices can be extracted principally from rumours and accusations. Stories allude to small pieces of particular herbs, pieces of tree bark, or small threads that the players acquire from healers who imbue them with supernatural powers.Aware of the fact that Cameroonian referees would sanction them if they were caught, the footballers hide them under their shin guards, in their boots, or in the rubber band sockets of their shorts. Others are concoctions of herbs prepared by healers that footballers drink, or wash their face, hands or feet in.These objects and herbs are performance enhancers and allow the players to accomplish miraculous feats on the field. When some FIFA officials have expressed concerns about these supposed African forms of doping, they have been suspicious of their chemical content, but neglected their more important spiritual properties.One could simply discount “jars” as a psychological delusion or as superstition. But the fact that athletes regularly scrutinise and accuse other players of using it indicates that it means much more. When Cameroonian footballers demonstrate extraordinary skills on the field, their opponents and even teammates closely scrutinise them for any evidence of “jars”.One player told me that, during a match, his opponents forced him to strip down to his underpants in the middle of the field, insisting that he was hiding a spiritual token. Users have also been detected because of the distinct smell of the potions they wash in.Just as with doping, most footballers in Cameroon are very critical of the use of “jars”, arguing that athletes should do away with it once and for all.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

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