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Withdrawal of proposal to introduce jail terms for insulting the president

first_img PanamaAmericas News to go further Follow the news on Panama December 7, 2016 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF’s calls for release of Dutch journalist jailed in Panama Canadian TV crew hoping to cover mining dispute fears being denied entry Reporters Without Borders hails yesterday’s withdrawal of a proposed amendment to the criminal code that would make insulting the president or any other elected representative punishable by two to four years in prison.“After listening to the various journalists’ organizations, we decided to withdraw it,” said National Assembly president José Muñoz, the bill’s originator.Following an outcry from journalists and much international criticism, President Ricardo Martinelli had finally warned on 9 January that he would veto the amendment if it was adopted by the National Assembly. Reporters Without Borders joins the representatives of the Panamanian media in welcoming this victory for freedom of expression._____________10.01.11 – Retrograde move to make insulting president punishable by imprisonmentReporters Without Borders urges the National Assembly to reject a draft law under which anyone insulting the president or an elected official could be sentenced to between two and four years in prison, as it would represent major step backwards for freedom of expression in Panama. The National Assembly is due to resume examining it tomorrow.Called Draft Law 105 and submitted on 5 January by National Assembly president José Muñoz and representative Agustín Sellhorn, both members of President Ricardo Martinelli’s Cambio Democrático party, the bill would add the following article (439-A) to the criminal code: “Anyone who, without grounds, insults, slanders or vilifies the President or any public servant holding an elected post will be punished by two to four years in prison.”This would violate the Declaration on Principles of Freedom of Expression that was adopted by the Organization of American States (OAS). Paragraph 11 of the declaration says: “Public officials are subject to greater scrutiny by society. Laws that penalize offensive expressions directed at public officials (…) restrict freedom of expression and the right to information.”We agree entirely with this principle. A public figure is by definition exposed to public comment and criticism. Punishing such criticism with imprisonment would be tantamount to introducing censorship and self-censorship. It would be incompatible with democratic principles.Ricardo Lombana of the National Journalism Council’s ethics committee called the bill “retrograde,” especially as it would target only insults against public servants. “This initiative is unconstitutional,” he said. “Insulting a public servant is not a crime. It is not defamation. It is just a lack of respect, which cannot be punishable by imprisonment.”Guido Rodríguez, the head of the Journalists Forum on Freedom of Expression, said: “This proposal is absurd and would destroy all the progress that has been made as regards freedom of expression.”Four bills affecting media rights and freedom of expression are currently before the National Assembly. One, introduced in October, would increase the maximum penalty for defamation from 18 months to five years in prison. Amid an increase in tension between the government and some of the media, two TV journalists were recently banned from practising their profession for one year . Panama fell 26 places in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index and is now ranked 81st out of 178 countries. News Receive email alertscenter_img PanamaAmericas Anti-Corruption Day : Journalists on front line of fight against corruption December 9, 2016 Find out more News January 30, 2012 Find out more News Organisation RSF_en January 12, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Withdrawal of proposal to introduce jail terms for insulting the presidentlast_img read more

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Nike countersuing Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard over ‘Klaw’ logo

first_imgNike is fighting back against Kawhi Leonard.The Clippers wing turned down a $22 million endorsement deal from Jordan Brand last October and elected to sign with New Balance in March. He then accused Jordan’s parent company, Nike, of claiming his patented “Klaw” symbol that appears on his branded apparel against his will.  “In this action, Kawhi Leonard seeks to re-write history by asserting that he created the ‘Claw Design’ logo, but it was not Leonard who created that logo.”In his Complaint, Leonard alleges he provided a design to NIKE. That is true. What is false is that the design he provided was the Claw Design. Not once in his Complaint does Leonard display or attach either the design that he provided or the Claw Design. Instead, he conflates the two, making it appear as though those discrete works are one and the same. They are not.”TMZ Sports obtained a sketch Leonard sent to Nike in the collaborative effort.If you need a good laugh this morning, check out the images in Nike’s countersuit against Kawhi Leonard over the Klaw logo. pic.twitter.com/6w0GlthV1P— Ben Rohrbach (@brohrbach) July 18, 2019Nike’s suit went on to state Leonard disregarded its claim to the logo and used it on non-Nike clothing during the 2019 NBA Finals. It’s in pursuit of “maximum statutory damages” as a result of Leonard’s violation. Danny Ainge thought Kyrie Irving would leave Celtics in free agency: ‘He really wanted to go home’ The Clippers reportedly looked into purchasing a portion of the rights to the logo in their June suit, but were unsuccessful.center_img NBA trade rumors: Wizards not listening to offers for Bradley Beal A report from Sports Business Journal stated Leonard insisted he designed the logo in college, but Nike released a statement Thursday to clarify what his contributions to the end product were.It read: Related Newslast_img read more

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Woods, Mickelson to stage TV match with Brady, Manning

first_imgMickelson said he’s bringing a GOAT, Tampa Bay Buc’s new QB Tom Brady, and then he tweeted “Ready to hit bombs?” The event will be televised on TNT in May with tournament officials saying they will work to meet safety and health standards.All donations and fundraising will benefit relief efforts for the COVID-19 pandemic. The first match over Thanksgiving weekend in November 2018 was supposed to be pay-per-view, except that technical difficulties allowed everyone to watch.It lacked some of wild bets both players had teased, and the trash talking was forced at times. Mickelson ended up winning the $9 million winner-take-all purse in a wedge contest under the lights when the matched ended in a tie.Live golf was last seen on television March 12, the first round of The Players Championship as developments with the new coronavirus accelerated at such a rate that sports began shutting down.The PGA Tour first decided not to have fans at the TPC Sawgrass, then canceled its premier event, and then began canceling or postponing all tournaments across each of its tours.Woods was not at The Players. The defending Masters champion has not played since he finished last in his Genesis Invitational at Riviera on Feb. 16. Saying his back did not feel ready, Woods chose not to play the Mexico Championship, the Arnold Palmer Invitational and The Players Championship.Woods and Manning have played together in pro-ams on the PGA Tour.Of course, Tom Brady, who recently signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has joined fabled Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach. Finally, some sports to watch on television!At a time when fans desperately need live action entertainment four of sports biggest stars are back for another round.Jupiter Island’s Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are teaming up for a made-for-TV rematch called “The Match: Champions for Charity” and this time they’re bringing the big guns.Mickelson tweeted Wednesday that Tiger Woods is bringing a ringer – Peyton Manning. last_img read more

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Essex ‘grow the game’ conference proves inspirational

first_img Golf clubs from all over Essex got together at their first county conference to discuss ways of growing the game.The Essex Golf Conference, at Langdon Hills Golf Club near Upminster, was the idea of County President, Mike Hart, who told delegates: “We need to work together to solve the problems of declining membership in our clubs and find ways to reverse the trend.”The event – which featured key speakers including David Joy, the Chief Executive of England Golf – was attended by about two-thirds of the county’s clubs, represented by 100 delegates, and it proved inspirational.Bradley Smith of North Weald Golf Club summed up when he said: “I would like to think I am forward thinking and do promote the game to all categories already.“However I left the conference thinking ‘Can I do what I am already doing better? and the answer is ‘Yes’. I also came away with various ideas which we will be slowly introducing to our marketing campaign.”Delegates heard from three speakers who shared their different experiences and offered advice on ways to recruit and retain members. They were: PGA Master Professional Alan Walker, whose Garon Park Golf Complex at Southend won the 2013 title of GolfMark Club of the Year; Simon Sheppard, PGA professional and Director of Golf at Bishop’s Stortford Golf Club, a private members’ club; and from Paul Densham, Director of Golf Operations at Essendon Golf Club, a proprietary club.England Golf, supported by local and national partners, is aiming to create more players, more members and stronger clubs, through its strategic plan, Raising our Game. David Joy spoke of the importance of a vision and an end goal when making changes. He highlighted the information available to clubs on the England Golf website.The conference also included a workshop session to spark ideas about improving profits and attracting and retaining members. This was organised by the Essex Golf Partnership, which offers all clubs in the county advice and support to grow the game.The conference was organised by the Essex Golf Union, with the support of the Essex Ladies’ County Golf Association and the County Golf Partnership.Caption: Essex President Mike Hart (second left) with (from left) Alan Walker, Simon Sheppard and Paul Densham. 1 Dec 2015 Essex ‘grow the game’ conference proves inspirational last_img read more

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Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah Expected to Run in Monmouth Park’s…

first_imgAmerican Pharoah, the three-year-old thoroughbred star who has captured the hearts of racing and non-racing fans alike may spend part of his summer at the Jersey Shore.It’s expected, but not yet officially announced, that Pharoah, the Triple Crown winner will race in the Haskell Invitational on August 2 at Monmouth Park and since word of the superstar’s anticipated appearance travelled fast, the reserved seats at the race are already sold out. More than 90,000 people on June 6 saw the horse win the mile-and-a half Belmont stakes by five lengths to capture the first Triple Crown in 37 years. Some 60,000 people could pack Monmouth Park to watch American Pharoah at the Haskell with potential attendance and betting records set.Trainer Baffert is certainly no stranger to Monmouth Park. He has won four of the last five Haskell Invitational events and his horses always seem to run well at the Jersey shore. He won the Haskell in 2001 with Point Given; 2002 with War Emblem; 2005 with Roman Ruler; 2010-2012 with Lookin at Lucky, Coil and Paynter and with Bayern last year.American Pharoah’s owner Ahmed Zayat, an Egyptian-American who lives in Hackensack, indicated in interviews after the Belmont that he would like the horse to compete for the remainder of the 2015 season before standing at stud in Kentucky. Stud fees are expected to be $75,000 or even higher depending on how American Pharoah finishes in the Haskell and Breeders’ Cup.Monmouth Park announcer Frank Mirahmadi who called American Pharoah’s wins at the Rebel and Arkansas Derby during the lead up to the Kentucky Derby this spring says American Pharoah is a “super horse” and he would have been very surprised if he were upset at the Belmont.Mirahmadi predicted, even before the Belmont victory, that American Pharoah would race at the Haskell as the timing seemed right. What Mirahmadi along with other thoroughbred handicappers like to talk about is the rest period trainers like to have for horses between big races.The time between the Haskell and Saratoga (NY) Race Track’s classic Grade 1 Travers stakes Aug. 29, is four weeks. From the Travers to the Breeders’ Cup events at Keenland in Lexington, Kentucky, Halloween weekend is nine weeks giving the Triple Crown winner time to recover if he races in both events as did Baffert’s 2014 Haskell winner Bayern.In 2014, Bayern went on to win Travers at Saratoga in late August as well as the Breeders’ Cup Classic in late October over Toast of New York and former Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome.At Keenland – site of this year Breeders’ Cup events – American Pharoah would face the best of the best including older, more experienced thoroughbreds, in the Cup’s Classic, the event’s premiere race.The potential downside of American Pharoah continuing to race is the chance of injury or a loss in any of his final races, either of which would have an affect on his second career in stud.– By Art Petrosemololast_img read more

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Naledi Pandor awarded Germany’s Grand Cross of Merit

first_img10 May 2016Germany has awarded South African Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor with the Grand Cross of Merit.“With the Grand Cross of Merit we recognise Naledi Pandor’s continuous efforts to deepen cooperation between our two countries,” said German Ambassador to South Africa, Walter Lindner, at a ceremony last month.“Pandor is for us a symbol of the new South Africa: modern, innovative, dedicated to scientific progress and also outstanding female leadership,” he said.The minister said she was humbled and honoured by the privilege.“In particular I am pleased that we have been able to benefit from very strong relations with the science community from Germany,” she said.Over 100 guests came to @AmbLindner‘s residence to honor Min #Pandor @CSIR @SKA_Africa pic.twitter.com/XA9rpApr82— German Embassy SA (@GermanEmbassySA) April 22, 2016Mutually beneficialAccording to the German embassy in South Africa, the minister has been actively promoting the bilateral partnership between the two countries. She was key in the design and orientation of the German-South African Year of Science.“Together we launched the 2012/13 German-South African Year of Science to celebrate the scientific collaboration and partnership between our countries,” Pandor said in her speech.“During the year-long series of events, joint ventures between institutions in our countries were expanded, science and technology among the young people of German and South Africa popularised, and South Africa and Germany were promoted as key locations for strong research-based companies.”Science and AfricaPandor said that while South Africa was a leader in research on the continent, more investment in science and technology was needed so that African scientists would not have to pursue their work in high-income countries.“The International Organisation for Migration estimates that some 300 000 professionals from the African continent live and work in Europe and North America,” Pandor said. “There are policies that developing countries can adopt to combat this one-way migration, and we look to the success of other countries in fostering return migration or circular migration.”About the awardTheodor Heuss, the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany, introduced the Federal Cross of Merit in 1951 to “visibly express recognition and gratitude to deserving men and women of the German people and of foreign countries”, the embassy said.It is given for achievements which serves to improve the country in the political, socioeconomic and intellectual fields – “an award to all those whose work contributes to the peaceful rise of the Federal Republic of Germany”. Sources: Department of Science and Technology and the German Embassy in South Africalast_img read more

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Arellano kicks off home-and-away format, hosts dangerous San Sebastian

first_imgWhile he’s glad that his players will be in familiar territory, the PBA legend turned mentor is also wary that the same scenario could throw off the players and make them overconfident.That’s why he’s quick to remind his Chiefs to maximize that advantage when they host the San Sebastian Stags at 4 p.m. Thursday at Arellano Gym in Manila.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It helps to have home court advantage because we’re familiar with the gym and we have to utilize that,” said Codiñera, whose Chiefs prevailed over the Mapua Cardinals, 91-82, last Saturday.“But we shouldn’t bank on our home court alone. We have to outwork them too because we know what San Sebastian is capable of especially after watching them give San Beda problems.” Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena The Stags pushed the Red Lions to the limit before fading down the stretch in a 76-67 loss last Saturday.But there were plenty of encouraging signs for coach Egay Macaraya as Michael Calisaan, RK Ilagan and Enzo Navarro worked well together for large parts of the game, giving the Stags a boost on both ends of the floor.Still, their efforts were not enough to lift the Stags, who got outrebounded, 54-32, by the Lions.“The character of the players is there,” said Macaraya. “We don’t have the tallest of players but the energy and effort is there. We’re going to get better as the season goes on.”The Stags will have to deal with fleet-footed guard Kent Salado, who led the Chiefs with 24 points against the Cardinals.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Blu Girls turn back hosts in Canada Cup “We can’t take them (Stags) for granted,” said Salado.The San Sebastian Staglets and the Junior Chiefs meet in the first game at 2 p.m.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Riveracenter_img Arellano U coach Jerry Codiñera feels having home court advantage under the new format of NCAA Season 93 could be a double-edged sword.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes View commentslast_img read more

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Still the champ: Manny Pacquiao keeps welterweight title, outpoints Adrien Broner

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This was Pacquiao’s first defense of his WBA belt after he won the strap from Lucas Matthysse in July 2018 in Kuala Lumpur.Broner, meanwhile, has yet to win his first fight in three matches with his last victory coming in February 2017 against Adrian Granados via split decision after 10 rounds.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Pacquiao was the aggressor for most of the fight with Broner’s wide stance forcing him to rely on his jabs to create a considerable distance from the Filipino champion.Things went haywire in the seventh when Pacquiao showered Broner with flurries across three of the four corners but the challenger stopped all of those attacks when he continuously clinched until the end of the round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPacquiao then picked his offense up in the ninth landing a left straight to the jaw of Broner who immediately back pedals to the corner where he, once again, clinched the champion to avoid punishment.Things eventually slowed down in the final round with Pacquiao content with using his jab for his attacks while Broner continued to be on the defensive. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Manny Pacquiao celebrates his win against Adrien Broner in the WBA welterweight title boxing match Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)MANILA, Philippines—Manny Pacquiao retained his WBA World welterweight title after taking a unanimous decision win over Adrien Broner Sunday (Manila time) at MGM Grand Las Vegas.The judges scored the fight 117-111, 116-112, 116-112, awarding Pacquiao (61-7-2) his 61st win in 70 career professional fights.ADVERTISEMENT ROUND 12: Manny Pacquiao slows down in final round LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Oklahoma Lands 4-Star DE Amani Bledsoe

first_imgOklahoma landed another big-time commit Thursday afternoon – this time from four-star defensive end Amani Bledsoe. Bledsoe, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound star from Lawrence, Kansas, chose the Sooners over dozens of other programs, including Oregon, Florida State, Miami (FL), Nebraska, Ohio State and more. Randy Withers of KansasGridiron.com was the first to report the news.Head coach Bob Stoops also tweeted about the commitment.BREAKING: 4-star Lawrence (KS) DE Amani Bledsoe commits to #Oklahoma, choosing #Sooners over #KUFBall— Randy Withers (@RandyWithersKC) January 21, 2016Another future Kansan draft pick headed to Soonerland! #785 #OUDNA #Sooners16 #BoomerSooner— Bob Stoops (@OU_CoachStoops) January 21, 2016Bledsoe later tweeted the news himself, thanking the other schools that offered him.#Boomer #rushmen #OU pic.twitter.com/q2Rs2B3ntn— Homeboy Moooooose (@amani_bledsoe) January 21, 2016Rivals lists Bledsoe as the top-ranked player in his state. He’s a huge addition for OU’s program.last_img read more

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Binny Bansal out as CEO of Flipkart Group

first_imgNEW YORK — The co-founder of Flipkart, the massive online retail operation in India acquired by Walmart this year, has stepped down as CEO following an allegation of serious personal misconduct.Walmart, which purchased a $16 billion controlling stake in Flipkart Group in May, the largest single investment in its history, said Tuesday that an independent investigation done on behalf of both companies did not find evidence corroborating the allegation against Binny Bansal, but it did reveal lapses in judgment on his part.Walmart cited “a lack of transparency, related to how Binny responded to the situation.”Kalyan Krishnamurthy, who took over as CEO of Flipkart in 2017, will continue in that role.Binny Bansal and Sachin Bansal —who are not related — founded Flipkart, India’s largest online retailer, in 2007.Walmart believes India, which has more than 1 billion people, could be among the world’s top five e-commerce markets within the next five years. Flipkart appeals to its customers for numerous reasons, including its various payment options. The company focused early on mobile phones, and in 2016 became the first app in India to reach 50 million users.Bangalore-based Flipkart has acquired a string of other companies in recent years, from fashion e-commerce company Myntra to mobile payment firm PhonePe. Its supply chain arm, eKart, serves hundreds of cities and makes at least 500,000 deliveries daily.Retailers based outside of India, including Walmart, have faced years of political resistance to opening outlets in the country, where mom-and-pop store owners wield enormous influence. Prior to Flipkart, Walmart’s business in India was focused only on selling items directly to small businesses though its Best Price stores.The Flipkart acquisition gives Walmart far more influence in India — both politically and economically.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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