French court bans Reporters Without Borders from using photo of dead Cuban leader “Che” Guevara

first_img Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet October 12, 2018 Find out more News A Paris court today banned Reporters Without Borders and the French advertising agency Rampazzo from using a world-famous photo of Cuban guerrilla leader Ernesto “Che” Guevara wearing a beret with a red star on it. The organisation warned that if it did not lodge an appeal, it would find new ways to publicise the plight of the 30 journalists currently imprisoned in Cuba and try to win their release. RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago Organisation A Paris court today banned Reporters Without Borders and the French advertising agency Rampazzo from using a world-famous photo of Cuban guerrilla leader Ernesto “Che” Guevara wearing a beret with a red star on it. The ban was at the request of Diane Diaz Lopez, daughter and heir of the late Cuban photographer Alberto Diaz Gutierrez, known as Korda, who took the picture. “We deplore this court decision, which plays into the hands of the Cuban authorities,” said the organisation’s secretary-general, Robert Ménard. “We especially regret that the complaint against us, which concerns the principle of the right to use photos, did not include discussion of the broader issue of the appalling state of press freedom and human rights in Cuba.” The grounds for the ban would be examined before a decision to appeal was made.He said the organisation would obey the ban and suspend a planned 8-22 July poster campaign using the photo. But he he warned that if it did not lodge an appeal, it would find new ways to publicise the plight of the 30 journalists currently imprisoned in Cuba and try to win their release.The judge who issued the ban set a fine of 200 euros for every time it was infringed and said the photo must be removed from the Reporters Without Borders website. The organisation was ordered to pay 1,000 euros in damages to the plaintiff as well as 1,000 euros in costs. However the judge refused Mrs Diaz Lopez’ request for the verdict to be published at Reporters Without Borders’ expense in five French national daily papers and on its website.The lawsuit had sought to “stop publication, distribution and sale” of the photo which was to have been used in a poster campaign about lack of press freedom in Cuba aimed at the 120,000 or so French people who each year go on holiday to Cuba, drawn by the sun, the beaches or the legend of the Cuban Revolution. The planned campaign poster showed Guevara’s face superimposed on a famous image of a policeman brandishing a truncheon and a shield that became famous in the 1968 student uprising in France. The caption said: “Welcome to Cuba, the world’s biggest prison for journalists.”Behind the ideology of the Cuban revolution, which still inspires many tourists, is the reality of a totalitarian regime which uses the image of “Che” in an effort to legitimise repression. The poster also shows how a revolution that inspired a entire generation in the 1960s has now turned into what that generation most detested – a police state. Mrs Diaz Lopez said Reporters Without Borders could not “plead press freedom to distort Korda’s work for their political and advertising purposes.” Korda’s photograph of Che in Havana in 1960 “represented and still represents a symbol of struggle and the future for the Cuban people,” she said. The Cuban government launched a nationwide crackdown on 18 March in which 75 dissidents were rounded up and sentenced to prison terms of up to 28 years each for “undermining the unity and sovereignty of the state” or its “independence.” They included 26 independent journalists who joined four others already in jail. Cuba thus became the world’s biggest prison for journalists. The heavy punishment of these journalists who have challenged the state’s monopoly of information has been extended by sending them to prisons hundreds of miles from their homes, restricting visits from their families and keeping them in bad conditions of detention. CubaAmericas RSF_en to go further Follow the news on Cuba CubaAmericas New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council October 15, 2020 Find out more May 6, 2020 Find out more News July 9, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 French court bans Reporters Without Borders from using photo of dead Cuban leader “Che” Guevara News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Newslast_img read more

Track Names And Guest Collaborators On New Gorillaz Album Leaked

first_img[H/T Consequence of Sound] Fans of the Gorillaz have certainly been getting antsy since the animated band led by James Hewlett and Damon Albarn announced they’d be releasing new music for the first time since The Fall, their last album which was released in 2011. In February of this year, Albarn confirmed to a fan that the album was complete and that the band was rehearsing for live performances. Earlier in March, the Gorillaz announced The Demon Dayz Festival, their own festival to take place on June 10th at the Dreamland amusement park in Margate, England, which will be their first live appearance since 2012.As fans have been subsisting of the trickle of Gorillaz news over the past few month, perhaps more substantial information about their newest album is finally here. Recently, a number of song titles and the guest collaborators featured on each track have been registered to a music licensing company in the U.K., Phonographic Performance Ltd, including “Hallelujah Money (Feat. Benjamin Clementine),” the track the band released on Inauguration Day.Many of the tracks from this leak line-up with the songs that the Gorillaz have been working on, as told by the band’s Snapchats as they continue with rehearsals. If the rumors are to be believed, which increasingly seems to be the case, the Gorillaz new album will feature the likes of De La Soul, D.R.A.M., Grace Jones, Mavis Staples, Carly Simon, Pusha T, Danny Brown, Vince Staples, and Kelela to name a few. Further confirming the truth to the leak is that some of the artists from the track listing, such as De La Soul and Kelela, have previously confirmed they have worked on this new album.You can check out the speculated track names and guest collaborators for yourself (listed alphabetically) below, which includes 19 new songs in addition to a handful of interludes. You can also listen to the one fully confirmed new Gorillaz song, “Hallelujah Money,” which was officially released back in January on Inauguration Day below.Rumored Track Listing:Andromeda (Feat. D.R.A.M.)Ascension (Feat. Vince Staples)Busted And BlueCarnival (Feat. Anthony Hamilton)Charger (Feat. Grace Jones)Circle Of Friendz (Feat. Brandon Markell Holmes)Halfway To The Halfway House (Feat. Peven Everett)Hallelujah Money (Feat. Benjamin Clementine)Interlude: Elevator Going UpInterlude: New WorldInterlude: PenthouseInterlude: Talk RadioInterlude: The ElephantInterlude: The Non-conformist OathLet Me Out (Feat. Mavis Staples & Pusha T)Momentz (Feat. De La Soul)Out Of Body (Feat. Kilo Kish, Zebra Katz & Imani Voshana)Saturnz Barz (Feat. Popcaan)Sex Murder Party (Feat. Jamie Principle & Zebra Katz)She’s My Collar (Feat. Kali Uchis)Strobelite (Feat. Peven Everett)Submission (Feat. Danny Brown & Kelela)The Apprentice (Feat. Rag’n’bone Man, Zebra Katz & Ray BLK)Ticker Tape (Feat. Carly Simon & Kali Uchis)We Got The Power (Feat. Jehnny Beth)last_img read more

Stardom Tent official opening 2012 (photos)

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Sour Sour recieving his Road March crown from Michel Raffoul. Photograph by Josiah St. Jean of Pictastic Photo Studio. The official opening of Stardom Tent for the 2012 calypso season got underway at the Sisserou Hotel in Roseau on Wednesday evening.Several Calypsonians; Scrunter, Observer, Checker, Dyno, Karessah, Mighty Lugars, Intruder, Man Himself, Tasha P, Lady Star, Sour Sour,Beno, The Comforter, Unwanted, Big Jeff, Jammer B, Mighty DBS, Young Bull and Mighty Wuk Suk among others thrilled the crowd with their renditions.The show was hosted by Franklyn Moses and Prince Wadicks who kept the crowd entertained during acts.Stardom Tent will continue every Wednesday evening from 8:30pm and will climax with the Stardom King of the Tent on 15th February, 2012. Photographs by Josiah St. Jean of Pictastic Photo Studio[nggallery id =113]Dominica Vibes News Share Tweetcenter_img 43 Views   no discussions Share EntertainmentLocalNews Stardom Tent official opening 2012 (photos) by: – January 12, 2012last_img read more

This is Nigeria’s Worst Ever Olympic Preparation, Says Toriola

first_imgAHEAD RIO2016Having been part of six Olympics build ups, Africa’s most decorated table tennis player, Segun Toriola, has lamented the preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, describing it as the worst ever.Toriola, 42, who will be making history in Brazil as the first African athlete to feature in seven Olympic Games insisted yesterday that he has never witnessed the kind of preparation Team Nigeria is facing since he made his debut at Barcelona ’92 in Spain. “I don’t think we ever had it so bad like this because even the last Olympics in London, by this time, we have started preparation.“It is disheartening that nobody is even telling us (athletes) what is the next thing we need to do. With this kind of shoddy preparation, I don’t think anybody should expect much from Team Nigerian athletes because most of our opponents are rounding up their preparation for the Games while we have not even started,” laments the table tennis star.Toriola said that the idea of focusing on some particular sports as area of prospect for medals was wrong.“I want our administrators to know that qualifying for the Olympics is not as easy as they think. Athletes go through qualifiers to make it to the Olympics. This is the biggest stage for every athlete and all those that have been winning Olympics medal had quality preparations. Nigerian athletes should equally be given enough support if they are to match their counterparts with quality funding ,” the former African champion reasoned.Toriola, who after nine years of playing professional in the French table tennis league is switching to the Belgian for greener pastures. After playing his last game on May 3 for Argentan, Toriola was honoured by the French club officials for meritorious service.Before dropping to second division two years ago, Argentan played in the Premiership division. Toriola led the club to a third place finish in the French second division.According to the club’s official website, “His last match at the Bayard Argentan on Tuesday evening, May 3, 2016, provided opportunities for fans to say goodbye to Segun Toriola. It was also a chance to let him know that many of his fans will follow his exploits at the Olympics in Rio.”“At 42, the sporting star bows and he has confirmed that he will remain part of us in Villeneuve-sur-Lot, the home of Argentan, where he built his everyday life.”In response to the generous words from the club officials to describe his almost a decade adventure at Argentan, Toriola said the memories will live with his for life.“I cherish my last match for the club because being the only team I played for in the French league, I enjoyed every of my stay with the team. My heart will always be with them and I hope to continue to train with the club while I play in Belgium league,” concludes the longest serving Nigerian Olympian.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Grgic: It is nice to be at Preparations of the National Football Team again

first_imgThe U-18 national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina is already preparing for the second day in the FF BH Training Camp in Zenica.After two completed trainings, the impressions of the technical staff are conveyed by the head coach Slaven Musa:“We are satisfied with the work of the players in these two days. It is noticeable that they make high efforts when they are in the national team and that they have more motivation to prove themselves. Still, a longer break is felt and we dose their training sessions accordingly. We also have nice weather and great conditions in the Training Centre, and I hope that we will continue in this rhythm. Today we will do another training session, tomorrow two, and the preparations will end on Tuesday when we will do anthropological testing of players.”National team player Ivan Grgić does not hide his satisfaction that after a long time he has the opportunity to hang out with his teammates from the national team again.“I tried to keep in shape as much as possible during the break, so I have not been unprepared for these preparations. I had the opportunity to train individually. After all the measures that made us have to be at home, it is nice to be at the preparations of the national team again. I am glad that we are training together again, we are hanging out and laughing, that the spirit of the team is there and that everything is great as it should be”, says Grgić.last_img read more

President Trump to Sign Executive Order Protecting Monuments

first_imgPresident Trump will soon issue an executive order to protect public statues and monuments from being damaged or destroyed by far-left and anarchist protesters.“We are going to do an executive order and make the cities guard their monuments,” “This is a disgrace.” are Trump’s words. Monday night, hours after Arroyo interviewed Trump, a group of protesters attempted to pull down a statue of Andrew Jackson in Washington D.C.’s Lafayette Park before being pushed back by police. Protesters clashed with police on Monday in a park near the White House as they tried to tear down a statue of Andrew Jackson, the nation’s seventh president.Police moved into Lafayette Square with reports of pepper spray being used to clear the crowd.President Trump took to Twitter to say that “numerous people” had been arrested for what he called “disgraceful vandalism” of the “magnificent Statue of Andrew Jackson.” He suggested prison sentences of ten years. center_img It will be interesting to see how the federal branch can impose its will on these cities and municipalities. Far-left activist Shaun King on Monday said all images depicting Jesus as a “white European” should be torn down including stained glass adorning churches. last_img read more

Mbala return leans on BOT

first_imgBen Mbala Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOnly the UAAP Board of Trustees (BOT)—made up of the eight presidents of member schools—has the power to revise or suspend eligibility rules including the Seven Year Out of High School policy that will prevent La Salle’s two time Most Valuable Player Ben Mbala from seeing action in Season 81 next year.La Salle remained mum on the case of Mbala on Wednesday as efforts to reach officials proved futile, although coach Aldin Ayo had earlier announced he expects the Cameroonian big man to return next season when they try to regain the crown won by rival Ateneo on Sunday in a thrilling three-game series.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Another source noted the case of former Adamson player Austin Manyara a few seasons ago when the Kenyan center was already listed in the Falcons lineup, before the team learned that season was his eighth school year after high school. It prompted team officials to remove him from the roster with the tournament about to begin.Following the league’s reorganization at the start of the season, the UAAP BOT will have the final decisions on whether or not the suspension of the rule is extended or revised, unlike before when the UAAP Board, now known as the Board of Managing Directors (BMD), made such decisions.“La Salle has the option to bring up the Seven Year Out Of High School rule when the BMD holds its workshop in January, but the final decision will come from the BOT,” the source added.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Suspended for Seasons 79 and 80 in the absence of new recruits due to the K-12 program, the Seven Year Out of High School rule will be implemented again next season.“College freshmen will return next school year (Season 81), so we will all have enough recruits unlike the past two years due to Grade 11 and Grade 12,” said a reliable source, a school official. “So the seven year rule will take effect again as agreed in 2016.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseThe same source said the “ground rules” which Ayo cited as the reason Mbala could play next season only refer to the conduct of UAAP sports events.“They do not determine which players are eligible to play,” said the source. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny PH Azkals suffer embarrassing loss to Timor Lestelast_img read more

Martin Jones shines, but Sharks series vs. Avalanche now a best-of-3

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/05/03/bang_3c99a65b-46cc-4fbb-a180-08c4e0f9646d”]DENVER — Goalie Martin Jones gave the Sharks every opportunity Thursday to take command of their second round series and set up a chance to eliminate the Colorado Avalanche at home this weekend.His teammates didn’t quite play with the same level of urgency, and now their series with the Avalanche is a best-of-three.Jones made 25 saves but the Sharks couldn’t solve Philipp Grubauer at the other end in a 3-0 loss at …last_img read more

Blind Cave Fish: Can Darwinism Be Credited for“Regressive Evolution”?

first_imgIt is a worldwide phenomenon that cave creatures go blind.  Some cave fish lose their eyes entirely; in others, the eyes shrivel and lose function.  In many cave fish, scale pigmentation also changes.  Are these gradual modifications due to natural selection, Darwin’s mechanism of evolution, or to genetic drift?  Darwin himself could not see any positive value in functionless eyes.  He attributed the blindness to disuse – a Lamarckian idea.  Maybe his mechanism was the better explanation after all.    Some American biologists investigated whether the changes in cave fish were due to natural selection or random genetic drift.  Their publication in the upcoming issue (Feb. 20) of Current Biology1 was summarized by Science Daily.  Basically, they concluded that the pigmentation changes are due to genetic drift, because sometimes the pigments grew lighter and sometimes they got darker.  But since the eyes always atrophied, they ascribed the blindness to natural selection – “regressive evolution” as they called it.  Evolution selects for blindness because of the high energetic cost of maintaining eyes.  Their explanation of this cost brings out some amazing facts about animal eyes in general:Is it possible that Darwin’s premise was simply incorrect?  Are eyes in a cave disadvantageous, and if so, why?  In essence, the argument against selection is that the cost of making an eye is trivial compared to the cost of its replacement tissue in the socket or that the developmental cost is paid by cave fish anyway because the eyes start developing and only degenerate after many cell cycles of tissue growth and replacement.  However, modern physiology and molecular biology suggest that these arguments might address the wrong costs.  The vertebrate retina is one of the most energetically expensive tissues, with a metabolism surpassing even that of the brain.  Underscoring this high metabolic demand is the observation that one manifestation of genetic defects decreasing the efficiency of mitochondria is blindness (e.g., Leber’s hereditary optical neuropathy).  Thus, maintenance of eyes might pose a significant burden in the cave environment.  Increasing this burden, the vertebrate retina uses more energy in the dark than in the light because the membranes of the photoreceptor disks must be maintained in the hyperpolarized state until they are depolarized in response to light.  Oxygen consumption by the vertebrate retina is approximately 50% greater in the dark than in the light.  Adding further to the retina’s cost is its structural maintenance.  Ten percent of the photoreceptor outer disks in vertebrates are shed and renewed each day, and the structure may be completely replaced over 35 times yearly.So in a sense, they exonerated Darwin’s famous mechanism for its ability to explain the phenomenon.  But in another sense, by underscoring the high cost of maintaining eyes with all their parts, they re-opened the question of how such a complex visual system could have evolved in the first place – by a blind process.1Protas, Conrad, Gross, Tabin and Borowsky, “Regressive Evolution in the Mexican Cave Tetra, Astyanax mexicanus,” Current Biology, online preprint for the Feb. 20, 2007 issue.The Bible describes a storm at sea endured by Luke and Paul (Acts 27).  When the sailors realized the trouble they were in, they knew what to do: lighten the ship.  Over the sides went the cargo and the tackle – of little use with a higher priority (survival) in mind.  In an Old Testament story of a storm at sea (Jonah 1), the wish to survive drove another crew to toss overboard another piece of costly but cumbersome baggage: Jonah.  In neither of these cases could it be claimed that survival of the fittest was helping the ships evolve into speedboats.    According to Darwinian theory, selection can be progressive and regressive.  Populations can climb up a fitness peak, and slide down a fitness peak.  Natural selection can add new organs and shed useless organs.  But think; if the world’s living things are always undergoing neutral genetic drift and regressive evolution, Charlie’s little myth will never produce endless forms most beautiful.  Everything will go extinct!  Assuming that “regressive evolution” awards Charlie another medal, therefore, gives him only fool’s gold.  This is not the way to explain the living world.    What have we learned?  Natural selection is real.  It is downward!  This is the sense in which Edward Blyth (10/10/2002) and even William Paley (12/18/2003) understood it (before Darwin plagiarized their ideas and turned them upside down).  Natural selection is a conservative process.  It either maintains what exists or gets rid of it.  It cannot generate new organs and new genetic information.  As Hugo deVries quipped, survival of the fittest does not explain the arrival of the fittest.  Removal of the fitless is all this case has demonstrated.  Natural selection gets rid of things that inhibit survival in a storm and tosses them overboard.  That is not evolution in the sense most people have been taught.  Have these scientists, or Darwin, actually demonstrated that random mutations could build an eye or any other complex organ from scratch?  Only in their dream-world of imagination (01/17/2007).    More importantly, these scientists have reminded us how precious and costly the organs of sense are to their possessors.  Romeo may say Juliet’s eyes are like pearls, but they are much more valuable.  They are the lamps of the body.  It takes elaborate, costly power plants and extensive maintenance crews to keep them running.  The crews must be paid daily in hamburgers, french fries and chocolate.  (OK, soy, garlic, and broccoli for some.)    Darwin may be able to explain how eyes break down, but not where the blueprints and programs for eyes came from.  To fail to see the sense of this is to enter Plato’s cave, where lingering too long diminishes all sense into shadows.  The Darwin Party headquarters is located down there, past the twilight zone.  Temptresses at the entrance lure passers by (students) with promises that greater enlightenment lies below (01/12/2007).  Victims are usually afraid of the dark at first, but become seduced with the promise that the decreasing daylight will be replaced by a better, inner light of imagination (01/17/2007).    Thus the blind lead the blind into their niche with their bait and switch sales pitch.  Inductees (12/11/2006) are taught the ritual: offer the Charlie Buddha, the idol of the cave (07/10/2006 footnote), his daily incense and all will go well (07/18/2006, 08/07/2003 commentary).  Once acclimated and accepted by the clan, novitiates find the light of imagination to be bright, beautiful, and liberating, filled with wondrous possibilities (12/21/2005, 12/05/2006).  Visions of complex creatures emerging from the void play across the screen of the mind’s eye (12/10/2006, 11/11/2006).  Simultaneously, the skin grows extremely sensitive.  Any suggestion that a true light can be found above ground produces a violent reaction (01/11/2007, 10/27/2006).    Beware, travelers; while you are able, come to the light.  Then learn to walk in the light.  Caves are interesting places to visit, but never enter without a reliable flashlight and spare batteries.  Read these pages for details.(Visited 51 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Farm Bureau dairy insurance protection available Oct. 9

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a Comment Dairy farmers are being offered a new insurance program through American Farm Bureau Insurance Services to help bring an extra level of support to a sector that has been battered by losses over the past four years.The Dairy Revenue Protection insurance policy covers potential revenue loss over five quarterly insurance periods. Producers opting for insurance protection are not precluded from participation in the USDA Farm Service Agency’s Margin Protection Program.The insurance product was developed by American Farm Bureau Federation Chief Economist John Newton in partnership with the organization’s insurance services and economists from the University of Minnesota and Cornell University. It fills a demand not met by previous products and has the support t of USDA.“Farmers have been suffering, and dairy farmers especially,” American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said. “The number of dairies that have had to close or sell to larger operations is shocking.”Dairy farmers will have the option to select between class or component pricing options. The class pricing option uses an average of Class III and Class IV milk prices based on the insured’s declared class price weighting factor. The component pricing option uses butterfat, protein and other solids prices, as well as the declared butterfat and protein test to determine an insured component value of milk. Pricing options allow farmers to customize their price elections more accurately according to individual price risk.“We recognize there is not a silver bullet to quickly bolster the dairy industry and that policy solutions are hard to come by whether working through the farm bill process or some other legislative vehicle,” said Jack Irvin, OFBF senior director of state and national affairs. “But Farm Bureau did not use that as an excuse and took a very proactive approach to finding solutions and are proud to offer another tool through this dairy revenue product.”Coverage options start at 70 percent and are available up to 95 percent, in 5 percent increments. Sign up for the insurance coverage beginning Oct. 9. Visit for details.  Leave a Commentlast_img read more