Prison for press law violation in EU founding member

first_img Follow the news on Italy September 27, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Prison for press law violation in EU founding member News to go further RSF_en Leggere in ItalianoReporters Without Borders denounces as outrageous the sentencing of an Italian journalist to 14 months in prison on a libel conviction.The 5th chamber of the Cassation Court upheld on 26 September the sentence of Alessandro Sallusti, for having authorized the publication of a February, 2007 article in the daily Libero, concerning an abortion performed on a 13-year-old girl. Signed under a pseudonym, the article was deemed libelous in regard to a judge in Turin.Sallusti was the newspaper’s editor. At the time of the latest judicial decision he was editor in chief of Il Giornale (a daily owned by a brother of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi). He resigned following the court action. However, the Milan prosecutor’s office then suspended the sentence.“Suspending the sentence is by no means sufficient,” Reporters Without Borders said in its response. “Whatever the nature of the article, the simple fact that a journalist can be sent to prison for violating press law is unacceptable.” That action violates Italy’s constitution, the press freedom organization said, as well as international conventions that Italy has ratified. These include the European Convention on Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. “The European Court of Human Rights has ruled consistently that press law violations must be sanctioned by limited and proportionate penalties. Imprisonment is prohibited, due to its intimidating effect on journalists,” the press freedom organization said.The effects of the Sallusti case have international repercussions, the organization added. “What credibility can the European Union have in requiring that countries applying for membership or associate status follow European press freedom standards, when a founding state tramples on them?,” the organization said. It demanded judicial withdrawal of the sentence. Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union ItalyEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts November 23, 2020 Find out more (Picture: Il Giornale) ItalyEurope – Central Asia On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia News RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive News Organisation News December 2, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information November 19, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Harvard student, Mexican politician

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.For the past year, Lilia Aguilar led a double life.Every week, Aguilar flew to her native Mexico to resume her political campaign to become a national congresswoman. She sold her house there to finance her whirlwind plans, while balancing studies for a master’s in public administration at the Harvard Kennedy School.“As soon as I got back to Cambridge I was the student, with a lot of papers to write, discussing issues with amazing people like Amartya Sen,” said Aguilar. “Two days later, I was in Mexico, wearing heels and suits, speaking in the media. … But I believe in putting theory to practice, so I was doing both things because I thought it was possible to bring great change to my state.”Born and raised in the northern state of Chihuahua, Aguilar grew up in cramped quarters without running water with her mother and 20 other children, whom she knew as siblings. Aguilar was one of the younger ones (“the pets,” she said), and her duties involved feeding the roosters that her mother’s husband used in cockfights. Aguilar and her siblings “carried water for two kilometers to take a shower in a tub in the middle of the street,” she said. “So I hated showering.”Then one day when Aguilar was 10, she arrived home from school and faced two strangers — who turned out to be her real parents. Aguilar had been unknowingly living in hiding since she was an infant. A family friend had taken in Aguilar and her five blood siblings because their real parents were outspoken political activists involved with Mexico’s burgeoning labor party, and “it was not safe for us to be with them.”“I didn’t know anything about my real parents. They came and took me away from what I knew as my family since I could remember. They were highly educated, and I went from doing all these physical chores. But with my real parents, there were only intellectual chores,” she recalled.They demanded nothing short of academic excellence from Aguilar, who was being groomed to follow in their political footsteps. “My mother was a teacher, she was very rigorous, and she was a feminist,” said Aguilar. “She told me, ‘You need to excel because you’re a woman.’ That’s all I ever heard: ‘You are going to change the world, because when you’re educated, you need to give back.’ ”Aguilar, who graduated at the top of her class, relinquished scholarships to local universities. She moved to El Paso, Texas, to live with an aunt and uncle, and enrolled at the University of Texas, El Paso, vowing to become, of all things, an astronaut.“I studied physics and math, and then I discovered that I didn’t want that for my life. I came back, but I was reluctant to get into politics. I was doing a lot of activism in youth groups, though,” she said. She enrolled at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education to study financial administration. After graduating, Aguilar was hired by a financial consultancy company.While on an assignment installing financial software for state governments, Aguilar said, she was asked to hide some shady dealings. “I worked with two different governments, and all they asked us to do is to cover up their big mess. I was really disappointed, and I wanted to do something,” she said. “So, I quit and went home, and said, ‘OK, dad, now I’m going to be a politician.’ ”At age 23, she became a state representative for conservative Chihuahua. Aguilar’s youth and open character deterred many people from taking her seriously. But she had big ideas about reforming the state’s outdated constitution, and successfully helped to establish new laws for youth, women’s equality, and government transparency. “In politics, everyone likes to be in the media, but no one likes to do the work. So I took advantage of that,” she said. When she finished her term, journalists and fellow congressmen recognized Aguilar as the most productive representative.In December, Aguilar returned to Mexico and got the offer to run for Congress. “It was not easy … there’s a lot of people scared of women, and women coming from Harvard especially.” Now she’s second in her party’s proportional representation list (the number of seats won by a party or group of candidates is proportionate to the number of votes received), and is likely to win a seat in the Mexican National Congress during the July 1 election. Still, leaving Cambridge will be bittersweet.“What I like most about Cambridge is the energy. But above all, I love the river. It’s where everything happens in this town. I live in Peabody on the 19th floor in front of the river. So I have a view of all sunsets, and I can see the rowers and how they are yelled to push and push harder, the runners, the college kids having picnics when it’s warm, and the couples walking hand in hand. The river is for me the view of peace, the example of the unknown, and an example of the extra mile that Harvard is.”last_img read more

Notre Dame coaches, athletes comment on recruitment process in light of admissions scandal

first_imgObserver File Photo Kris Ganeff, pictured, is an associate coach for Notre Dame softball.Though it’s rare for a recruit to be barred from admission for academic reasons, it’s not unheard of, Brooks said.“I’ve known girls who’ve gotten their scholarship dropped from a university and basically had to drop their verbal commitment because they were not going to be eligible to get into that university,” she said.Brooks said she was not worried about admission after she committed and applied only to Notre Dame.“There was no doubt in my mind — I mean, they have your transcript, they’re in communication with Compliance and Admissions,” she said.Director of admissions, operations and management Brian Lohr said the Office of Undergraduate Admissions also clears all prospective athletes for recruitment. The office receives forms from coaches detailing information about each recruit’s high school, their intended major, current GPA, class rank and test scores, he said.“They will also identify the athlete’s ability and will give us a blurb on how this student-athlete would potentially impact their team,” he said.Lohr said the primary role of his team is to evaluate the student holistically.“As far as their athletic talent, we rely strictly on the coaches to make that determination,” Lohr said.After reviewing this information, coaches are told whether or not the office recommends the student for admission.“We might say, ‘The student-athlete is tentatively approved for recruitment, but we’ll need additional information in a certain area,’ ‘Not approved for recruitment,’ or ‘Totally approved for recruitment,’” Lohr said.After being cleared for recruitment, the student will undergo the same standard admissions process for all undergraduate applicants, Lohr said. He said Admissions relies on the Athletics Compliance Office to confirm the students’ athletics records are authentic.“When they put forward an athlete for us to evaluate, we’re making an assumption that they’ve looked at this person from a professional judgment standpoint and said they’re a student-athlete that they want to admit,” he said.The Athletics Compliance Office declined a request for comment.Tags: admissions scandal series, athletics, Athletics Compliance Office, college cheating scandal, recruitment, student-athletes Eight universities are thought to have participated in March’s college admissions scandal and now face investigation by the U.S. Department of Education. According to federal prosecutors, William “Rick” Singer, the man behind the scam, bribed college coaches and other officials to illegally secure admission for his clients’ children. Singer pled guilty to racketeering, among other charges, in mid-March.It appears Notre Dame was never a target for Singer — according to a column from the Los Angeles Times, he refused to bribe athletics officials at the University because he believed its standards for recruitment and admissions to be too strict. Prospective student-athletes at Notre Dame must “meet academic thresholds and have authentic athletic records,” the column said. At Notre Dame, the Athletics Compliance Office is the primary body responsible for monitoring athletics recruitment. The office works to ensure athletes, coaches and other athletics staff follow guidelines put forth by the NCAA, the organization that governs athletics for most colleges and universities. In addition to general regulations for college athletics, these rules outline each part of the recruitment process, including when students may be recruited and how recruiters can communicate with prospective athletes and their coaches.Associate softball coach Kris Ganeff said the office supervises athlete and coach activity throughout recruitment. The office often enforces coach compliance by checking travel records and other documents, she said.“They check our phone logs — they know we’re following the rules. … Any time you make a contact or an evaluation, that’s put into a system,” she said. The Athletics Compliance Office also verifies prospective athletes’ records meet NCAA and University standards, she said.“What kind of school are they in, where are they at, class rankings, where does their school rank — all those things matter,” she said. Students who fail to meet the University’s academic standards are either turned down or, if already recruited, asked to drop their verbal commitments, Ganeff said.“We’ve only had to [do] that a couple times, where, you know what, they weren’t just making the grade, and we had to make a switch,” she said. “But the kids knew that upfront.”Senior pitcher Cait Brooks said after athletes commit, coaches will monitor their recruits’ academic performances closely.last_img read more

Big and Little

first_imgAnother high school football season is already in its third week.  The largest and smallest schools playing football locally are East Central and Milan.  After two weeks, the Indians are 1-1 and East Central is 0-2, but that is not the story.Even though Milan has a new coach, they are off to another good start.  Their game with Batesville is always a measuring stick for how well their program is going.  It is amazing to me how this small school puts one good football team on the field after another.  It speaks well for the school and the people they hire to run the program.East Central had their first losing season in a long time last year.  As a result, their head coach decided over the off-season to bring back some past help to run the current program.  Tim Behlmer, a two-time head coach for the Trojans, is again coaching the line.  John Roth is helping out one day a week, and Don Stonefield, another past head coach and current athletic director at ECHS, is acting as a consultant for the program.Both schools have had many more winning seasons than losing seasons over the years.  Don’t let the Trojans slow start fool you too much.last_img read more

Cricket News Harbhajan Singh will rethink twice before slapping Sreesanth again. Here’s why

first_img@harbhajan_singh bhajji sreesanth coming,😂😂😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/eDXTk9SCp2— Srinivasan Anderson (@SrinivasanAndre) July 5, 2018#Harbhajan -> I dare you to slap #Sreesanth now 😂 #FitnessChallenge pic.twitter.com/Wtar0wdd3E— D Srinivasa Karthik (@sarvankarthik6) July 5, 2018Sreesanth vs Harbhajan – Wrestlemania 40. pic.twitter.com/aMRxlggr1d— Adhithya Srinivasan (@adhisrini87) July 5, [email protected] @harbhajan_singh please some one translate 🤣 #sreesanth #harbajansingh #gym #BCCI #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/fOvn8ejzfb— cj (@sartkumr) July 5, 2018 For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: There was a time when Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh slapped S Sreesanth on the ground during an IPL match for being over reactive towards him. The video in which Sreesanth crying also went viral during that time.That was past! Now, things have changed and Harbhajan may rethink twice before hitting him again and the reason is his recent picture.In the latest picture, Sreesanth can be seen in complete hunky look with huge buffs of muscle all over him.As the picture of the former cricketer went viral over the social media, trollers shifted their mind gears and started trolling Harbhajan over the viral picture.Currently, both the bowlers are not playing for the international team. However, Harbhajan is a part of Chennai Super Kings squad.Take a look at some of the trolls over the social media:Looking at Sreesanth, I don’t think Bhajji (Harbhajan) will even think about playing with Sree again 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/O0eqOMT5JX— Siddharth Jha (@jha_siddhus94) July 5, 2018last_img read more

Syracuse holds Maryland Eastern Shore to 14 second-half points in 68-45 win

first_img Published on November 16, 2017 at 10:35 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nick_a_alvarez Facebook Twitter Google+ Isis Young was out of position and got beat. It was early in the fourth quarter and Syracuse’s lead hovered around 10 points as Maryland Eastern Shore broke the Orange press. A UMES player lofted a pass across the court to find a shooter on the left wing. Young, sprinting toward the baseline, knocked the pass away before it could reach its mark. The effort allowed SU to reset.After the Hawks inbounded, with the shot clock winding down, freshman center Amaya Finklea-Guity tipped a pass away. The ball rolled out of bounds and the buzzer sounded. The Orange had blanketed the Hawks into their third shot clock violation of the frame. The timely stop came in the middle of a 12-2 SU run that would put the game out of reach.“I thought in the second half we did a pretty good job of guarding them,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “…We played tough and got this thing done.”The Orange (2-0) conceded just 14 points in the second half of its 68-45 win over Maryland Eastern Shore (1-2) Thursday in the Carrier Dome. In a 12:27 block during the second half, the Hawks were limited to just one bucket before tacking on six points in garbage time. SU’s improved defensive effort limited the Hawks to shoot 25 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes.Four years ago, SU steamrolled UMES 113-42 and forced a season-best 31 turnovers. The first half of tonight’s game, however, gave the Hawks a glimmer of hope for an upset. The visitors ended the second quarter on a 16-5 run and went into the break only trailing by a 3-pointer.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“The first half they were attacking us early in the shot clock,” Hillsman said. “…We had to do a better job of getting in position. That’s totally on me.”The Hawks attacked the Orange zone and isolated Finklea-Guity in the high post. SU’s frontcourt switched too late and the Hawks converted layups. The Orange changed tactics coming out of the break and had its guards press higher in the zone, giving Hawks ball handlers less space to operate. Seven of UMES’ 22 turnovers came in the third quarter.Before settling in, Syracuse experimented in hope of finding the best lineup. Last season, SU had four seniors who were familiar with the zone. Thursday night, Hillsman utilized his bench in search of a stabilizer.Most of the decisions were reactionary. In the third quarter, junior Raven Fox failed to box out her assignment, Hillsman spun on his heel, pointed at Digna Strautmane and growled, “Raven.” The freshman rose and jogged to the scorer’s table. In the first half, Gabrielle Cooper was too late to cover a shooter in the corner and Hillsman threw his hands up and beckoned for a replacement on the bench.By the fourth quarter, SU’s adjustments had worked. The press cracked down and traps near half court were successful. UMES’ legs tired and the Hawks fell further behind. With 3:30 left, Tiana Mangakahia intercepted a pass intended to break the press, drove and extended SU’s lead to 23.“I think our pressure on the ball helped,” Mangakahia said. “… I think we did better this game than last game. We didn’t get beat as much.”Midway through the third, a Hawks player sprawled out, triggering a possession change. SU assistant coach Tammi Reiss crouched in front of the bench and yelled at the Orange to exert a similar energy. Later in the half, Finklea-Guity tipped a pass, collapsed on the ball and gave SU another possession. The Orange bench cheered and her teammates mobbed her.The defensive effort came, just a little later than expected.“Honestly, it wasn’t the prettiest game,” Hillsman said. “But I thought in the second half we played pretty well. I was really happy with our effort.” Commentslast_img read more