Saracens through to Heineken Cup semi final as ‘Ash Splash’ returns

first_imgSunday Apr 7, 2013 Saracens through to Heineken Cup semi final as ‘Ash Splash’ returns Chris Ashton scored one of his better tries in recent times as Saracens beat Ulster 27-16 to progress to the semi finals of the Heineken Cup for only the second time. They will return to Twickenham to face French heavyweights Toulon.Owen Farrell kicked 17 points as Saracens outplayed last year’s finalists, scoring two tries to one, through Will Fraser and Chris Ashton. Ruan Pienaar kicked 11 points for Ulster, while Iain Henderson scored a consolation try late in the game.“We were outstanding and our forwards worked their nuts off against a very powerful team,” said Farrell post match. “We expected a hugely physical battle and that’s what we got.“I wasn’t the only Saracens player knocked back on the seat of his shorts but we fought for each other. Overall, we are really proud as a squad. It was a real team effort,” he said.Ashton’s 63rd minute try sealed the win for the home side, as he tracked an inside line in trademark style, then backed his pace despite England team mate Brad Barritt shouting on the inside.On a sidenote, South African number eight Ernst Joubert took a nasty knock to the face during the match, despite finishing all smiles at the final whistle. BBC correspondent Dan Roan posted this quite shocking Tindall-esque photo of Joubert’s badly broken nose on Twitter.Saracens will play their semi final on April 28th at Twickenham. Below is a look at Ashton’s try.Saracens vs Ulster Highlights | Heineken Cup Quarter Final HighlightsADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Great Tries , Heineken Cup Related Articles 26 WEEKS AGO Incredible athleticism for sensational try… 26 WEEKS AGO ARCHIVE: Suntory score amazing try to upset… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: All 12 tries from EPIC Bristol-Clermont… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

RSF urges Taiwan to amend a regulation restricting the possibility to report on suicide cases

first_img November 20, 2020 Find out more March 6, 2020 RSF urges Taiwan to amend a regulation restricting the possibility to report on suicide cases to go further TaiwanAsia – Pacific Media independence Freedom of expression Organisation RSF to Taiwanese President: “Taiwan urgently needs media reform to tackle disinformation” Help by sharing this information PHOTO: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP Taiwan: the non-renewal of CTi news channel’s licence does not go against press freedom Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage News Newscenter_img Follow the news on Taiwan News TaiwanAsia – Pacific Media independence Freedom of expression News May 18, 2020 Find out more RSF urges the Taiwanese Ministry of Health and Welfare to amend a regulation that, if adopted, would prevent media from covering suicide cases. On Tuesday March 10th, the Ministry of Health and Welfare of the Republic of China (Taiwan) will close the public consultation on the enforcement rules of the Suicide Prevention Act. The document includes dispositions aimed at deterring sensationalistic reporting on suicide, a common phenomenon in Taiwan that is said to create copycat effects among teenagers. It plans to ban the mention of suicide cases on the front pages of media outlets and restrict the possibility for them to publish suicide-related contents.Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Minister of Health, Mr. Chen Shih-chung, to amend this regulation as certain dispositions clearly go against the public’s right to be informed.“The focus should not be on preventing media from covering the topic of suicide but on encouraging them to approach it in the most responsible way possible.” says Cédric Alviani, head of the RSF East Asia Bureau, who insists that “If the government wishes to combat possible abuses, we recommend that it concentrates its action on promoting ethics and good  practices in journalism.”The Suicide Prevention Act, passed in May 2019, prohibits “tutoring suicide methods or instigating, luring, or provoking people to engage in suicidal behavior.” Article 13 of the enforcement rules currently states that suicide-related materials should not “appear on newspapers’ front-pages or on websites’ homepages”, that “the media should not post or print pictures, illustrations or videos of suicides or show web links to content about suicides” nor disclose “ the exact location or address” of suicides, with a penalty of up to one million New Taiwan Dollars (approximately Euro 30,000).The current suicide rate in Taiwan is approximately 19% higher than the world average. According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, over 7,000 teenagers attempted to commit suicide in 2018 in Taiwan.In the 2019 RSF World Press Freedom Index, Taiwan ranks 42nd out of 180 countries and territories. RSF_en June 29, 2020 Find out more Receive email alertslast_img read more

How ‘Empire’ start Jussie Smollett relentlessly defended his story against a gathering storm of skepticism

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — One of the most confounding high-profile criminal investigations in recent memory finally found its mark on Thursday, when Chicago police investigators charged Empire star Jesse Smollett with a felony charge for filing a false statement.The beloved, gay black actor said that he was beaten, battered with racial and homophobic epithets and left lying on an icy Chicago sidewalk in the middle of the night, covered in a powdery substance and with a noose-like rope around his neck.It was such a vicious attack that to some it seemed unthinkable.The weeks-long investigation into the incident –- an alarming account that sizzled with a spectrum of hot button issues ranging from race, sexuality and politics to crime and celebrity — riveted and distressed a deeply-divided nation.From nearly the start, when news of the incident first surfaced, an amorphous suspicion of Smollett’s story took hold on social media and elsewhere, but over time skepticism bled into disbelief for some, while Smollett’s fans and friends doubled-down again and again on their support for him. As days passed without a resolution to the investigation, the actor’s account of the alleged attack was picked apart, questioned, defended and debated.Through statements and his attorneys, Smollett has consistently denied staging the attack.Yet throughout, Smollett was relentless in his defense of his account and the fact of the attack.Two days after the alleged assault, Smollett’s family issued a statement calling it a hate crime and insisting that the actor’s story is consistent.“We want to be clear, this was a racial and homophobic hate crime,” the family wrote in the statement to ABC News. “Jussie has told the police everything from the very beginning. His story has never changed, and we are hopeful they will find these men and bring them to justice.”The next day, Smollett issued his own statement, again reiterating that “I am working with authorities and have been 100% factual and consistent on every level.” [email protected] is one of the kindest, most gentle human beings I know. I’m praying for his quick recovery. This was an attempted modern day lynching. No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or color of their skin. We must confront this hate.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 29, 2019The following day, Feb. 2, Smollett gave his first performance since the alleged attack at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, California. “Regardless of what anyone else says, I will only stand for love,” Smollett said. He became emotional and began tearing up before beginning his set. “We hope that you all stand with us.”Shortly after the attack was reported in the media, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) released a statement praising the openly-gay actor for always “using “his voice and talent to create a better world.”“Our hearts are with Jussie Smollett as he recovers from a hate-motivated and repugnant attack in Chicago. Jussie has always used his voice and talent to create a better world, and it is disgusting that anyone, especially someone who has done such good for so many, would be targeted by undeniable hatred,” the statement read in part.Two weeks later, with a widening skepticism about — and virulent defenses of — his story surging through social media, Smollett sat down for an exclusive interview with Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts, during which he addressed public suspicion about a number of details in his account to police. There is no such thing as “racially charged.”This attack was not “possibly” homophobic. It was a racist and homophobic attack.If you don’t like what is happening to our country, then work to change it. It is no one’s job to water down or sugar-coat the rise of hate crimes. https://t.co/QAi0IYtSeR— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 30, 2019Why did he initially decline to turn over his cell phone to police, who were interested in corroborating his contention that he was on his cell phone with his music manager when the attack unfolded?“They wanted me to give my phone to the tech for three to four hours. I’m sorry but — I’m not gonna do that,” the singer said. “Because I have private pictures and videos and numbers: my partner’s number, my family’s number, my castmate’s number, my friends’ numbers, my private emails, my private songs, my private voice memos.”But the day earlier, apparently unbeknownst to Smollett, Chicago police investigators had been quietly tracking the two “persons of interest” learned that these two men were returning to Chicago on Feb. 13 from Nigeria and moved in. The pair were detained at the airport, placed under arrest and taken in for questioning.Those two individuals had been captured on a grainy surveillance video image near the scene and around the time of the alleged attack. The two men turned out to be brothers, with a connections to Smollett, who were ultimately released without charges, despite Smollett insisting in an exclusive interview with ABC News that he was certain those two men were his assailants.“I don’t have any doubt in my mind that that’s them,” Smollett said. “Never did.”It turns out that, if police are to be believed, it may have been the most truthful statement Smollett made all month.By Feb. 16, news began to leak out that brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo had agreed to cooperate with authorities after detectives confronted them with evidence that they bought the rope — allegedly used in an attack that Smollett described to police as laced with racial and homophobic slurs — at a local hardware store, sources said.In response, Smollett hit back again at the suggestion that the incident was a hoax, and expressed disbelief that the brothers could have been involved.“As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with,” began a statement from Smollett attorneys Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson. “He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.”“One of these purported suspects was Jussie’s personal trainer who he hired to ready him physically for a music video,” the statement continued. “It is impossible to believe that this person could have played a role in the crime against Jussie or would falsely claim Jussie’s complicity.”As news surfaced of Smollett’s potential culpability in staging the attack, civil rights leaders including New York’s Rev. Al Sharpton adjusted their views of the whole affair.“I, among many others when hearing of the report, said that the reports were horrific and that we should come with all that we can come with in law enforcement to find out what happened and the guilty should suffer the maximum,” Sharpton said Sunday night show on MSNBC.“I still maintain that,” he continued. “And if it is that Smollett and these gentlemen did in some way perpetuate something that is not true, they ought to face accountability to the maximum.”With Smollett officially charged with a felony for allegedly concocting a hoax, local law enforcement officials were anything but jubilant.“That was a pretty hateful allegation, and it really put a terrible look on Chicago,” Guglielmi told ABC Chicago station WLS in a telephone interview Thursday morning. “Chicago trusted this young man. We loved Empire, and we took this very seriously that something this hateful could happen in our city.”On Thursday, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson blasted Smollett in an emotional press conference in which he said that Smollett’s alleged staging of a hoax attack was a “publicity stunt…to promote his career.”“Jussie Smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career,” Johnson said. “Why would anyone, especially an African-American man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations? … How can an individual who’s been embraced by the city of Chicago turn around and slap everyone in the city in the face with these false claims?”Johnson charged that Smollett, an actor on the hit show Empire who has consistently denied any role in staging the alleged attack, orchestrated it because he was “dissatisfied with his salary.”In a new statement on Thursday, officials from 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment said that “[w]e understand the seriousness of this matter and we respect the legal process. We are evaluating the situation and we are considering our options.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

City of Elkhart, Martinsville Police Facing Lawsuits After Deleting Facebook Posts

first_imgCity of Elkhart, Martinsville Police Facing Lawsuits After Deleting Facebook PostsOlivia Covington for www.theindianalawyer.com FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare After preventing local residents from commenting on their official Facebook pages, the city of Elkhart and the Martinsville Police Department are being sued for alleged violations of citizens’ First Amendment rights.The ACLU of Indiana filed lawsuits against the two municipal entities Friday on behalf of Richard Wolf, Elkhart, and Carole Bare, formerly of Martinsville, after they were blocked from the Elkhart city and Martinsville police Facebook pages last year.Wolf, who the ACLU described Friday as an advocate for people with disabilities, was blocked from the city of Elkhart’s Facebook page in 2015 after he posted concerns on the page about perceived violations of the American with Disabilities Act at the Lerner Theatre in Elkhart. Specifically, Wolf accused the theater of not having enough accessible parking for disabled customers. According to a Friday release from the ACLU, Wolf’s comments were removed and he was blocked from posting on the Facebook page.Similarly, Bare, who now lives in Sullivan, posted criticism of the Martinsville Police Department on the department’s Facebook page last fall and was subsequently blocked from posting additional comments on the page. Her original post was also removed, according to the ACLU.In the suits, which were filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, South Bend division against Elkhart and in the Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis division against the city of Martinsville, Wolf and Bare contend that blocking them from posting on government-run social media is censorship and is in violation of their First Amendment rights to free speech.“When a government entity opens up a space for public comment, it cannot regulate those comments based upon someone’s viewpoint,” Jan Mensz, ACLU of Indiana staff attorney said in a Friday statement. “A citizen’s right to criticize their government is at the heart of what the First Amendment is meant to protect, and the municipalities, in these cases, violated that right.”The ACLU previously filed a similar lawsuit on behalf of Kymberly Quick and Deborah Mays-Miller, two Beech Grove residents whose Facebook posts that were critical of Beech Grove and its police department were taken down. The city eventually settled that suit, with each of the plaintiffs receiving nearly $7,500 each in costs and attorney fees.Vlado Vranjes, corporation counsel for the city of Elkhart, said Monday that he was aware of the filing, but that the city had not yet been served with the suit. Once Vranjes is able to review the suit, the city will file a response, he said.Martinsville Police Chief Matt Long, who was sworn in as chief in late September, said he was not aware of the suit. Long said he was familiar with Bare, but had not heard anything about the 2015 Facebook incident involving her since he became chief. Martinsville city attorney Dale Coffey also said he had not seen the suit as of noon Monday.The cases are Richard Wolf v. City of Elkhart, Indiana, 3:16-cv-00690, and Carol Bare v. City of Martinsville, Indiana, 1:16-cv-2683.last_img read more

Full Audio: Circles Around The Sun Makes Their Exciting Debut At The Brooklyn Bowl

first_imgIt’s been an exciting time for Circles Around The Sun, the band that emerged after creating the setbreak music at Fare Thee Well. Though previously imagined as a one-off project, the musicians of Circles Around The Sun – Neal Casal, Adam MacDougall, Mark Levy and Dan Horne – quickly realized just how much potential there was for more Circles music.The band debuted at Lockn’ Festival earlier this year, and kicked off a three night run with a show at the Hamilton Theatre in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. They followed that up with a night at the Brooklyn Bowl in New York, bringing their Grateful Dead inspired, exploratory music to the beloved venue for a great night.Neal Casal Promises New Music And Future Tours Ahead For Circles Around The SunThanks to taper Matt Moricle, we can listen to the full audio from last night’s performance below.last_img read more

Use, abuse of Internet pharmacies

first_imgEfforts to halt the growing abuse of prescription drugs must include addressing the availability of these drugs on the Internet and increasing physician awareness of the dangers posed by Internet pharmacies.In a commentary in the Dec. 20 Annals of Internal Medicine, investigators from Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at the University of Southern California (USC), and The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA Columbia) describe the probable contribution of Internet pharmacies to the problem and outline potential strategies for addressing the problem.“Controlled prescription drugs like Oxycontin, Xanax, and Ritalin are easily purchased over the Internet without a prescription, yet physician awareness of this problem is low,” says Anupam B. Jena of the MGH Department of Medicine, lead author of the article, and a clinical fellow in medicine at Harvard Medical School.  “Abuse of medications purchased from websites can pose unique challenges to physicians because patients who abuse these medications may not fit clinical stereotypes of drug abusers.”The authors note that abuse of controlled prescription drugs now exceeds abuse of all illegal drugs combined, except marijuana. Some illegitimate online pharmacies sell drugs with no prescription or medical information at all while others ask for completion of a questionnaire before a prescription is issued by a physician who has never seen the patient. Studies from CASA Columbia have found that 85 percent of websites offering controlled prescription drugs do not require a prescription, and many that do allow the prescription to be faxed, increasing the risk of forgery or fraud.“The Internet serves as an open channel for distribution of controlled prescription drugs with no mechanisms to even block sales to children. This is particularly dangerous given that addiction is a disease that, in most cases, originates with substance use in adolescence,” says Susan Foster, vice president and director of Policy Research and Analysis at CASA Columbia.Additional investigations by U.S. agencies have verified the ease with which controlled drugs can be purchased online, but little information is available on how drugs acquired that way are used.  While some surveys suggest that as many as 10 percent of prescription drug abusers obtain their drugs online, the authors stress that such surveys probably underestimate the situation and would not reach individuals most likely to abuse prescription drugs purchased over the Internet.  They also note that surveys in drug treatment centers would totally miss local drug dealers, who are increasingly likely to access their supplies online.Earlier this year Jena and Dana Goldman, director of the Schaeffer Center at USC and also a co-author of the current article, published a study finding that the states with the greatest expansion in high-speed Internet access from 2000 to 2007 also had the largest increase in admissions for treatment of prescription drug abuse.  They estimated that for every 10 percent increase in high-speed Internet use during those years, admissions for prescription drug abuse increased 1 percent.  “Prescription use starts with the physician,” says Goldman, “and we need to more actively engage them to control illicit use.  Access to universal, electronic prescription records would be of great assistance in this regard.”Both federal and private agencies have taken measures to reduce the impact of illicit Internet pharmacies, including the 2008 passage of the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act, which specifically prohibits delivery of controlled substances prescribed by a physician who had never examined the patient.  But the success of that law and related efforts, such as FDA warning letters to Internet pharmacies and their service providers, is unknown.  The authors note that regulatory efforts also are “stymied by these pharmacies’ ability to appear, disappear, and reappear constantly,” and the reluctance of search engines to stop running ads for rogue online pharmacies.  The increasing online availability of prescription drugs may entice individuals believed to be at low risk for drug abuse to overuse controlled medications.The authors note that, while physicians and other health care providers should play a major part in addressing the challenges posed by Internet pharmacies, their awareness of the problem and ability to recognize and treat substance abuse of any kind is usually limited.  “Physicians need to educate patients about the risks of purchasing any medications over the Internet and should consider brief but routine questioning about Internet-based medication use,” says Jena, who is also a senior fellow at the Schaeffer Center at USC.  “Given the ability of illegal online pharmacies to evade law enforcement efforts, physician awareness and involvement will be crucial to reducing this problem.”last_img read more

Long Island Weather Forecast Calls for 3-6 Inches of Snow

first_imgThe National Weather Service in Upton has issued a winter weather advisory for Nassau and Suffolk counties in advance of another snow storm that could dump 3-6 inches of white stuff on the region Tuesday night into Wednesday. The advisory will be in effect from 6 p.m. until noon Wednesday.The weather service said periods of snow could cause travel difficulties.“Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibility,” the agency said on its website. “And use caution while driving.”The weather service is also warning of potential flooding along the south shore of Nassau and western Suffolk, with tides three feet above normal. Coastal areas could see “widespread flooding of vulnerable shore roads and/or properties due to height of storm tide,” the agency said.Snow is not expected to start falling until late Tuesday evening and could continue until 10 a.m. Wednesday, possibly disrupting yet another morning commute. Tuesday’s forecast calls for a high near 35 with the wind chill making it feel a few degrees cooler.Wednesday’s high is 39 degrees.The mercury will begin dipping Thursday, especially in the evening, with a low of 18 expected when the sun goes down. There is also a chance of snow Thursday and Friday.The weekend will be brisk. The weather service is predicting a high of 25 degrees on Saturday before the thermometer plunges into single digits in the evening. Valentine’s Day won’t be much better, with temperatures in the teens throughout the day Sunday. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Valentine’s Day is coming just in time to warm our collective hearts.One day after a light snow sprinkled Long Island, forecasters are warning of more snow and plunging temperatures for the remainder of the week.last_img read more

Saudi Arabia to suspend international flights over virus

first_imgSaudi Arabia said Saturday it would suspend international flights for two weeks in response to the coronavirus outbreak.”The kingdom’s government decided to suspend international flights for two weeks [starting from Sunday March 15th] as part of its efforts to prevent the spread of #CoronaVirus,” the foreign ministry tweeted.The halt applies to all but “exceptional cases,” the official Saudi Press Agency said, quoting an official source in the interior ministry. Citizens and expatriates who are unable to return due to the suspension or who go into quarantine after returning will be granted an “exceptional official holiday,” it added.Saudi Arabia has recorded 86 cases of the virus so far, but no deaths, according to the health ministry.The kingdom had already halted flights to some countries and closed schools and universities as part of measures to contain the disease.Authorities have also suspended the “umrah” year-round pilgrimage to the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina for fear of the virus spreading. Topics :last_img read more