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Salvadorean president’s alarming hostility towards independent media

first_img to go further Help by sharing this information AmericasEl Salvador Protecting journalistsMedia independence Conflicts of interestFreedom of expressionViolence AmericasEl Salvador Protecting journalistsMedia independence Conflicts of interestFreedom of expressionViolence Organisation RSF_en “The systematic denigration and attempts to create the image of a press that is the enemy of the people are not just dangerous and counter-productive. They also reinforce the entire society’s mistrust of journalists, whose reporting is nonetheless vital in a country badly affected by violence and corruption.” Amid the growing tension, President Bukele announced on Twitter on 30 September that the government was launching a new TV news programme called El Salvador on the state-owned Canal 10 channel. Promoted by no less a person than the president, the new programme began being broadcast on 5 October. April 11, 2020 Find out more As well as the leading newspapers critical of the government, the El Salvador Journalists’ Association (APES) has also been the target of many attacks by the president and his supporters since the start of the year, especially on social media. One of Latin America’s leading practitioners of investigative journalism and an outspoken critic of the government, El Faro reported on 3 September that the authorities were negotiating with Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), a criminal gang with 17,000 members, to get a reduction in the number of murders in El Salvador in return for better prison conditions for jailed members and votes for the president’s party, Nueva Ideas, which is run by a member of his family. June 12, 2020 Find out more Salvadorean authorities must not obstruct coronavirus coverage According to the president’s office, it will provide the government with “its own window, its own voice.” In other words, it will broadcast “propaganda financed with public funds,” said Edison Lanza, the special rapporteur for freedom of expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, an Organization of American States offshoot. During the first half of 2020, RSF reported that the Salvadorean media were having difficulty covering the Covid-19 crisis, in large part because of a lack of government transparency. News During a press conference livestreamed on Facebook on 24 September, President Bukele accused the country’s leading online media outlets, El Faro, Revista Factum and Gato Encerrado, and the newspapers La Prensa Gráfica and El Diario de Hoy of lying, attacking the government and waging an orchestrated political campaign ahead of next year’s legislative elections. October 7, 2020 Salvadorean president’s alarming hostility towards independent media El Salvador is ranked 74th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Although he claims to defend media freedom and, during the 24 September press conference, again promised to “guarantee freedom of expression 100% and freedom of the press to the utmost,” Bukele often adopts an aggressive stance towards the media and blocks many journalists on social media. And without providing any supporting information or evidence, Bukele also announced that El Faro was being investigated for money laundering. The newspaper responded that it was completely unaware of the existence of any such investigation and had received no notification from the judicial authorities. In July, El Faro began being subjected to a finance ministry audit that is marred by many irregularities, according to the newspaper’s editor, José Luis Sanz. News July 25, 2019 Find out more “President Bukele’s repeated attacks and threats against journalists critical of his administration signal an extremely worrying shift towards authoritarianism,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau. News Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is very worried by the increasingly hostile environment for reporters in El Salvador, especially by President Nayib Bukele’s recent attacks and threats against critical and independent media, and calls on the authorities to stop denigrating journalism. Receive email alerts Bukele has denied the report but the judicial authorities opened a formal investigation on 7 September to determine whether the government really has maintained relations with the gang. source: ARVIN RECINOS / AFP Follow the news on El Salvador El Salvador: Online attacks and threats against Salvadorean investigative news site Newslast_img read more

Film, Pixel, Point

first_imgThe following is a guest post from Glenn Gainor, President, Innovation Studios, Sony Entertainment & TechnologyLet me take you on a journey and start off by telling you that I’ve never publicly shared this story… until now. Some 20 years ago, on a film called “Happy Texas,” I had a problem the night before shooting. It seemed like everything was in order – we had the cameras on the truck, we had the grip and electric equipment loaded; the crew was ready—I had personally spoken to each department head and we had the locations all lined up. Just one thing: we had no film. Imagine that: it’s the night before shooting and one staff member has made a little mistake and forgot to pick it up.The film provider, in this case Kodak in Hollywood, was closed for the night. I thought for a minute when the solution came to me: “Call the guys who sell short ends. They’re open late. We’ll buy enough to get us through the morning until Kodak opens and we can buy full rolls of film.” And that’s exactly what we did.It was a potentially devastating problem – but one that is highly unlikely to happen today since we rarely shoot on film. It wasn’t too long ago when filmmaking was a creative process surrounded by mechanical apparatus. Film was threaded manually through sprockets. Mel Brooks once joked that the hardest thing about making a movie was poking all those holes in film reels. I’m happy to say, purely from a romantic standpoint, that we still call our movies “films” even though most people coming up in the business today never had to thread the cellular halloid chemical strips though the sprockets that pushed this film through the gates for exposure. Today it’s hard to imagine making movies without cutting edge technology.  It surrounds us in the preparation, shooting, and post-production process.A generation ago, most innovation came from the backlots, including camera, sound, and lighting departments and the studio color labs. Today, innovation is global and comes from a vast array of industries including technology from the auto world, aerospace, computer hardware companies, cloud services, just to name a few.Innovation Studios, Sony Entertainment and Technology, embraces the history of the film industry that I grew up in and builds upon it utilizing state of the art technical and digital achievements born in the 21st Century. The company that I oversee is poetically located in the heart of Sony Pictures Studios, where I made my first Screen Gems movie, “Vacancy,” starring Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson. We shot on film, on Stage 15 at Sony Pictures and built a small motel with rooms and an office, and a road that led to it and a gas station and even put a large oak tree on the stage. My friend who ran the backlot of the studio told the director and me, “This is how we used to make ‘em. This is how we should make ‘em.”And I agree that there’s nothing like building a village or any kind of large set on a soundstage, but the marketplace in our industry is changing. Quite frankly, we’re running out of space on our stages to shoot our movies and shows due to the rise in content creation thanks in part to streaming services and the overall uptick in production coming mostly from episodics.Our industry has also become much more global since the days when I started making motion pictures. We’re all over the world. We’re in London, New York, Vancouver, Toronto, in states like Massachusetts and in countries like Bulgaria and Australia and France and Thailand.That’s in part why I saw the need for a new way of thinking. What if we could collapse geography and digitize the physical world so we could bring locations far and wide to one stage, wherever that stage may be, and find new and more efficient ways to tell our stories. Hello Innovation Studios.This was a grand idea. And we knew we shouldn’t do this alone. That’s why we partnered up with two tech giants—Intel and Dell. We also brought in an enterprise solution partner in Deloitte Digital. Computing speed, processing speed, storage, cloud services, and the steady hand of Deloitte Digital to help guide us through this emerging world of high tech, are all critical components in our need for global storytelling. Yes, this vision requires a group effort, one that can help storytellers with great ambitions tell their stories like never before.At the onset of Innovation Studios we have focused in on the core principle of digitizing the analog world. We utilize a process called volumetric image acquisition which aims to empower film and TV production with virtual sets. As we have developed this end-to-end process through our proprietary software, we have leaned into our partnership with Dell and Intel to help us solve processing and production challenges that never existed before. We are able to design and define new infrastructure solutions that bring a new approach to how technology can be integrated into film and TV production. As we continue to push the boundaries, we look to the skills and experience of our partnership at Deloitte Digital to help not only extend the technology to new industries but define processes and approach.Our partnerships aren’t just about what we do at Innovation Studios but are about leaning into each other outside of our day-to-day work. We have become a sort of extended family. What I mean by that is that it takes all kinds of talented people to help us tell stories. We need engineers and craftspeople who understand each other’s needs. We all know one thing is certain in the entertainment industry: the need for speed so we can move our data quickly from camera to editorial to consumers.I admire those who help us figure out the pressing needs moving enormous amounts of data that help us build digital worlds or in our case, capture analog worlds that we turn into trillions of submillimeter points that are so small… How small are they? You could split your hair seven times before you get to one of our submillimeter points. That’s pretty small. Now imagine trillions of them that you can film in on our stage that utilizes our virtual sets.I shared this concept with my extended family at Dell Technologies World, their biggest event of the year. As I got to spend time there, I realized that Dell Technologies is also collapsing geographies and industries with the amazing and diverse set of partners they assembled. From AI baristas to top photographers, Dell Technologies was bringing everyone together through its technology and services in this field. It was inspiring to see the creativity, enthusiasm and community around our partner.So much of what we do is mechanical, whether it’s opening a new business or preserving valuable assets, and what I noticed at Dell Technologies World was a consistent theme: to get things going, we need a strong technology partner ready to help bring our visions to life through data management, data storage, and the processing of this data. In my case, it’s storytelling that ends up on a screen.When I finally met with Michael Dell, I was happy to say, without hesitation, that he has one heck of a team of people who all share his passion for technology, but they also understand the value of the relationships we make and keep are equally important._____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Glenn GainorPresident, Innovation Studios, Sony Entertainment & TechnologyHead of Physical Production, Screen Gems, Sony Pictures Motion Picture GroupGlenn Gainor oversees Innovation Studios, a state-of-the-art facility housed in a sound stage on the Sony Pictures Studios lot. The space features the latest in research and development from Sony Corporation and others in areas including volumetric video and customizable set scanning to help storytellers around the world create content in radically new ways.Gainor is also head of physical production for Screen Gems, a label under the Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group umbrella, and has been involved with several #1 movies such as The Perfect Guy, No Good Deed, Think Like a Man, Friends with Benefits, and Obsessed. Since joining Screen Gems in 2007, Gainor has overseen the label’s physical production and has served as an executive producer and unit production manager on films such as 2015’s The Wedding Ringer, which held as America’s number one comedy for three weeks.A cornerstone in Gainor’s innovative approach to film production is the intersection of technology, sustainability and filmmaking.Gainor shepherded the first-ever use of Sony’s flagship consumer-based alpha 7SII cameras to produce films. He also executive-produced the romantic comedy Think Like a Man, which was the first feature to be shot exclusively with LED lights. Gainor’s dedication to maintaining environmentally sustainable productions began in 2007 when he oversaw the construction of the super-structure for the movie Quarantine. The same structure was repurposed for seven productions including The Stepfather, Takers, and Obsessed. Gainor also swapped out traditional wood based sets for ecofriendly fiberboard panels on Proud Mary.Before joining Screen Gems, Gainor produced three pictures for Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison: Strange Wilderness, Grandma’s Boy and Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo. He executive-produced Nicolas Cage’s directorial debut, Sonny, and served as line producer on the critically acclaimed Panic, directed by Henry Bromell. Gainor coproduced George Hickenlooper’s The Man from Elysian Fields, as well as the top selling Sundance picture, Happy Texas.Gainor’s efforts in sustainability and technology have been recognized by numerous organizations. Most recently, he accepted The Sir Charles Wheatstone Award on behalf of Sony Corporation from the Advanced Imaging Society. Also, the Environmental Media Association awarded Screen Gems with the Green Seal for implementing sustainable production practices and raising environmental awareness; LA’s City Council has twice recognized Gainor’s commitment to environmentally friendly production practices in Los Angeles and implication of new technology in the motion picture industry; and Gainor received the California on Location Signature Award, for his efforts to preserve California’s film industry and culture.Gainor is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the Directors Guild of America, the Producers Guild of America, and a contributing member of the Motion Picture & Television’s Funds Next Generation.He is a graduate of the film program at California State University at Northridge, and recipient of the 2010 Cinematheque Award from the Department of Cinema.last_img read more

End results of a decade long reno project revealed on television show

first_img138 Mount Ommaney Drive, Jindalee.When television renovation series Love it or List it Australia debuts on Lifestyle this month, Brisbane couple Paul and Romina Rotheram will be paying particular attention. The kitchen area at 138 Mount Ommaney Drive, Jindalee.Their renovated home at 138 Mount Ommaney Drive, Jindalee is featuring in an episode of the first series, starring real estate guru Andrew Winter.“The company got in touch and asked if we’d be interested in having our house filmed,” Ms Rotheram says.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour ago“I had seen Andrew Winter on TV and knew his name but hadn’t put the two together.“I thought, ‘Oh my God, that’s him’.“He’s got a lovely sense of humour and I have a photo on my phone of us both.” 138 Mount Ommaney Drive, Jindalee.The four-bedroom, four-bathroom home features a saltwater in-ground swimming pool and several multipurpose rooms (study, media room, library).The Rotherams were praised for the work they did on transforming their 1980s brick property over almost a decade.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:07Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:07 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Lana’s Dream Home: ensuite02:07 Related videos 02:07Lana’s Dream Home: ensuite01:31Lana’s Dream Home: favourite rooms06:39Lana’s Dream Home: Ep 113:45Lana’s Dream Home: Ep 801:36Lana’s Dream Home: bedroom01:32Lana’s Dream Home: dinning room“They said what a lovely job we’d done and that it’s a beautiful home.”The double-storey house has been completely gutted and now includes a kitchen which made the pages of Queensland Kitchen + Bathroom Design magazine.The Rotherams have decided to downsize and their home is for sale through NGU Real Estate marketing agent Chris Foenander.last_img read more

The Latest: Real Madrid resumes individual training

first_img Associated Press He leaves behind plenty of questions in his native Sweden.Ibrahimovic has been keeping up his fitness by training with Hammarby. He bought a nearly 25% stake in the Stockholm-based club last year in his first move into soccer ownership. The striker practiced with the men’s and women’s teams and played in a training match because Sweden is not under strict lockdown measures during the coronavirus pandemic.The 38-year-old Ibrahimovic could return to the club as a player in the final years of his career.Milan and most of the other Italian league clubs resumed training on an individual basis last week before full team training restarts next Monday.___ May 11, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Real Madrid has become the latest Spanish league club to resume individual training. The federation says the league, clubs and players at all times “assume the risk of infection” and “bear the responsibility” of all possible consequences related to the disease and to “the risk for public health.”The federation says it received a set of conditions from the government on Sunday.The government recently said it would allow the league and the cup to resume on May 30. The second division was canceled.___Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to return to Italy to spend two weeks in quarantine ahead of the potential return of the Serie A season with AC Milan. Tohoku Medical and Pharmaceutical University professor Mitsuo Kaku says it would be difficult to set a date for the season to start with the state of emergency still in effect.Baseball has begun in Taiwan and South Korea in empty stadiums.___The Portuguese soccer federation says the league, clubs and players must take responsibility for the consequences of the return to soccer in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.The federation says that is the first condition stipulated by government authorities to allow the Portuguese league and the Portuguese Cup to resume as planned by the end of the month.center_img ___The head of Japanese baseball says the 12-team league is hoping to start play next month but no specific date has been set.Japan is living under a state of emergency that is in effect until May 31.Commissioner Atsushi Saito says “I don’t think anyone can make preparations by setting a specific opening day.”Saito says the All-Star game in July has been canceled for the first time since it was initially held almost 70 years ago. The Japanese season was originally scheduled to open on March 20. Players were back in action at the team’s training center two months after the league was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.Most clubs had already resumed individual sessions. Barcelona restarted on Friday and Atlético Madrid on Saturday.All players were tested for COVID-19 before being allowed to practice.The league says five players on first- and second-division clubs have tested positive. Three staff members have also tested positive.Spanish league president Javier Tebas hopes to restart the league on June 12. The Latest: Real Madrid resumes individual training More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Flutter secures Australian clearance for Stars Group merger

first_img Related Articles Share Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Submit Flutter Entertainment Plc has received regulatory approval from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for its proposed merger with The Stars Group Inc.   The Australian competition clearance means Flutter has cleared a significant hurdle in its pursuit of a merger with The Stars Group, which it hopes to push through by Q3 2020.The ACCC had been forced to undertake a review of the Flutter-Stars combination to analyse market impacts of a tie-up between Flutter’s market-leading SportsBet AUS property and The Stars Group’s BetEasy sportsbook.Following this ACCC clearance, Flutter will await the formal approval of its transaction by Australia’s ‘Foreign Investment Review Board’, who will decide whether to allow a merged Flutter-Stars enterprise to operate within Australian markets.  Deal stakeholders will now turn their attention to the UK Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) critical assessment of the Flutter-Stars merger, which began this February.The CMA is evaluating the impact of Flutter’s Paddy Power and Betfair properties combining with Stars Group’s Sky Bet asset, which could see a new business entity take an estimated  40% of the UK’s online sports betting market share – significantly above the CMA’s 25% regulatory guidance.  Stakes are high as Flutter governance pursues its $11 billion valued deal, which will lead the firm’s corporate expansion within the US – a market in which Flutter-Stars has already secured investment deals with FOX Sports and Boyd Interactive dependent on the deal going through.last_img read more