Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate withdrawal of sedition proceedings against a 50-year-old Indian newspaper editor, who is facing a possible life sentence for sharing a satirical cartoon on Facebook that has been deemed “anti-national.” The case is an abuse of the law, RSF says. March 3, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts April 27, 2021 Find out more May 14, 2018 – Updated on August 23, 2019 Indian editor charged with sedition for sharing cartoon on Facebook Newspaper editor Kamal Shukla has been charged with sedition for sharing a cartoon on Facebook (photo: Kamal Shukla / Facebook). to go further News IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentFreedom of expression Follow the news on India RSF_en Kamal Shukla, the editor of the Bhumkal Samachar newspaper in the east-central state of Chhattisgarh, has dedicated his career as journalist to defending press freedom, human rights and the Adivasi ethnic minority, and has often been the target of libel suits in connection with his work.But, when he clicked the share button on a cartoon he saw on Facebook on 19 April, he clearly did not expect to be charged ten days later under India’s sedition law – article 124 (A) of the penal code – under which “whoever by words, either spoken or written or by signs, or by visible representation (…) excites or attempts to excite disaffection towards the government (…) shall be punished with imprisonment for life.”The cartoon referred to the Indian supreme court’s refusal to order an independent investigation into the suspicious death in 2014 of a judge who had been hearing a trial involving the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s president, Amit Shah, who is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s right-hand man.Shukla thought that by sharing the cartoon he was expressing concern about judicial independence being undermined by governmental influence, but the authorities saw it as an “anti-national” action.“This is a flagrant violation of press freedom and an intolerable use of the judicial system to gag journalists who dare to denounce judicial and governmental failings,” RSF said. “We call on the Indian authorities to amend the completely obsolete sedition law, so that it cannot be used to silence the media, and to immediately drop these proceeding against Kamal Shukla, who has acted within his rights as a journalist.”The Indian government sees the colonial-era sedition law as a handy weapon for use against outspoken media. It was used to prosecute several journalists, including two from Chhattisgarh, in 2011. Sedition charges were brought against the well-known cartoonist Aseem Trivedi in September 2012 in connection with cartoons about government corruption, but were dropped a month later.India has fallen two places in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index and is now ranked 138th out of 180 countries. News News India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 News IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentFreedom of expression Organisation Indian journalist wrongly accused of “wantonly” inaccurate reporting February 23, 2021 Find out more
There’s a new Aerosmith live album on Spotify, and it’s head-y as hell.The mysterious “new” album simply titled, Live Radio Broadcast, was recorded during a concert in front of Aerosmith’s hometown fans at The Music Hall in Boston back on March 28th, 1978, during the height of their commercial popularity and reckless drug use. Fans won’t find the album under the band’s official Spotify page, leading one to assume whether or not the band even knows of its existence, and who exactly had the ownership rights to add it to the popular streaming service in the first place. Regardless of how it appeared or who is responsible, the album represents a treasure trove of late-70s live recordings.The audio quality of the show is far superior to the band’s official album releases, notably their 1979 Live! Bootleg and Classics Live albums from the 1980s. The audio is loud, heavy, and authentic–exactly what you’d want out of an Aerosmith concert back in the 1970s. 1978 was an era when drugs were certainly playing a large role in the band members’ personal and professional lives, but not quite to the point yet where cocaine and heroin began working against them creatively. To put the performance into a wider rock history perspective, it is the Aerosmith equivalent to the Grateful Dead‘s famous 5/8/77 Cornell show or Rolling Stones‘ Ladies & Gentleman in terms of audio quality and on-stage chemistry from the band. Oh yeah, it’s that good. The album starts out with “Walk This Way”, one of the big singles from 1975’s Toys in the Attic featuring Joe Perry riffing away in sync with Brad Whitford with the help of a talkbox, which he would often use on that song back then. The opening performance is not too erratic or rushed as it sounds on Live! Bootleg. “Rats in the Cellar” is next, and its a dark and heavy version of the 1976 tune off of their Rocks LP, although the one downside of the recording is their traditional ending jam on that song ends abruptly. It does, however, swing right into the lively intro of “Big Ten Inch Record”, a Bull Moose Jackson blues tune which the band has used in their live set over the years. The recording really showcases Stephen Tyler blowing away on his harmonica during the intro and again in the solos, a talent of his which is greatly under-appreciated as a performer. Related: Aerosmith’s Joe Perry Reportedly Hospitalized After Performing With Billy Joel At MSGThe album continues into a fantastic and rare live version of “I Wanna Know Why”, a proto-punk song off their from their then-new studio album, 1977’s Draw The Line. The track is both fun and swanky and really shines in the way the song was meant to be heard. It also comes with a nasty guitar solo courtesy of Whitford. They followed that up with a super funky rendition of “Sight for the Sore Eyes”, before heading into “Seasons of Wither” from 1974’s Get Your Wings. The lively version of their nature-inspired song helps it rise up to its potential as some expression of power-folk psychedelia. Their super hit “Sweet Emotion” came next, although there’s nothing too special about this performance that can’t be heard on their other live albums. “Lord of the Thighs” was played next, and could easily be considered the highlight of the show. That performance just reeks of pure 1970s Aerosmith ethos–Sex, Drugs, & Rock n’ Roll. Tyler’s voice drags along with those drawn out notes in the verse. All of a sudden Perry hits the gas and takes the listener into orbit with a great solo as he and Whitford go back and forth into a nearly seven-minute jam. “Chip Away At The Stone” features some cool and noticeably clear vocal duets between Perry and Tyler during the choruses. “Get The Lead Out” is next and sounds fine, but the next track, “Get It Up”, is another one of the album’s gems. It’s rare in the Aerosmith world to hear a live recording of “Get It Up” with such good audio quality. It’s a fun live version with Perry grooving away with his guitar slide, one skill he is very good at which he displays during a brief solo at the end.“Same Old Song and Dance” and “Milk Cow Blues” keep the show going, with the other Tom Hamilton giving his usual bass solo to close out the former.The album comes to a close with three powerhouse setlist regulars–their adrenaline-pumping cover of the blues standard, “Train Kept a’ Rollin”, “Draw The Line”, and “Toys in the Attic”. The performance of “Train” is fundamentally solid for fans who are into that song and comes with a really spacey ending solo from Perry. “Draw The Line” always gets the energy going, and this performance was no exception. Perry showcases those fantastic slide skills of his while Tyler’s voice is at its peak coming out of the solo and into the final run of the chorus line. The band’s quick performance to close the show with “Toys” is by far the best live version of the early punk tune found anywhere. Distortion pedals are active and roaring from both guitarist with a mix of crunch that is borderline maddening–completely over the top and excessive, making it the perfect set closer for Aerosmith circa 1978. The album is peak Aerosmith from a decade where many rock fans and critics consider the band at their best in the first era of their nearly 50-year career.
12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… dan lyons 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Chances are you’ve never heard of Vidyo — even though you’ve probably used its technology, and might be using it even more in the not-too-distant future, thanks to a new deal that Vidyo has struck with Nintendo, which is using Vidyo’s software to power the telepresence feature in the new Wii U gaming system.Vidyo is headquartered in not-so-sexy Hackensack, N.J., but its software shows up in some very sexy places. Google uses it in Google+ Hangouts, and Fuzebox, a hot little startup in San Francisco, builds its system on top of Vidyo’s software. Philips uses Vidyo software in a solution for monitors used in hospital rooms, so doctors from remote locations can videoconference with a patient or with doctors and nurses in the patient’s room.But this new deal with Nintendo deal brings this piece of enterprise-class software to a different and much larger audience as potentially tens or even hundreds of millions of people will eventually get a Wii U.Are Video Apps The Next Big Thing?One use will be gamers connecting with each other over video. Another is using the Wii U to do a video call with grandma. But there’s a much bigger picture here. Vidyo envisions a new ecosystem of apps that could be developed on top of Vidyo’s platform, says Ashish Gupta, chief marketing officer at Vidyo. “We think this will become a platform that developers will focus on.”What exactly could they do? Think of online shopping applications that involve multi-party video. Or: personal training, yoga classes, financial planning.Vidyo was founded in 2006 by a pair of video industry veterans, Ofer Shapiro (now CEO) and Alex Eleftheriadis (chief scientist). Avery Moore, a tech industry veteran, was a third co-founder and serves as chairman of the board of directors.The company has raised almost $100 million in venture funding, employs 250 people and has been growing at an 80% clip, Gupta says. Vidyo’s technologists have received 22 patents and have 54 more pending.The company’s claim to fame is software that enables any device on any network to deliver really high-quality video. “I can be on an iPad at an airport and join a videoconference with people who are on desktops and room systems and I’m still a first-class citizen because I’m getting very good quality,” Gupta says.High-quality videoconferencing has been around for a long time. Not so long ago it carried a huge price tag that only big corporations could afford. Now it’s being built into a $300 game console. If you don’t think this is going to disrupt the enterprise market (and its incumbent vendors) in a huge way, you’re nuts.Image courtesy of Vidyo. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#Nintendo#videoconferencing#Vidyo#Wii U Related Posts
Indian women managed to retain their number one status in the International Cricket Council’s ODI women’s rankings with Mithali Raj leading the batting chart and Jhulan Goswami topping the bowling list issued in Dubai on Monday.Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami.According to an ICC release, Mithali has 823 ranking points at an average of 49.83 while Jhulan has 777 points averaging 21.66. England’s Charlotte Edwards has also climbed up in the batting chart to third position despite her side losing the recently-concluded three-match ODI series in Australia.Edwards scored a total of 188 runs in the series, but her efforts with the bat went in vain as England lost the series 1- 2.Australia’s all-rounder Lisa Sthalekar has climbed two places to occupy sixth place after a positive performance.
Ohio State Black Jerseys ElliottWhile we’re still not sure which Nike schools will be wearing the black alternate jerseys that popped up this past weekend, we do know that fans of at least some of the schools are excited at the possibility. Maybe a few family members of players, too.Tuesday, the mother of Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott, Dawn Elliott, apparently tried to go on Fanatics and purchase a black jersey shirt with her son’s number – No. 15. To her dismay, it was already sold out. ain’t this a bleep!? I didn’t get one ordered in time pic.twitter.com/rZ8t8U6Hbb— Dawn (@itz_mizdee) August 4, 2015We’re not sure what the NCAA rules are regarding this kind of thing, but shouldn’t the mothers of players get first crack at their son’s jersey?
The Duke of Cambridge recently visited ‘Campaign Against Living Miserably’ (CALM), a charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, to lend his support to their ‘Best Man Project’.The Duke of Cambridge meets men’s mental health campaignersCredit/Copyright: Royal.ukOn arrival His Royal Highness met staff, volunteers and supporters from CALM, before joining a group of men who are taking part in filming ‘Best Man Project’ videos, where they chat about the importance of friendship and issues around mental wellbeing.CALM delivers services for men in crisis or distress, supporting people around them and those bereaved by suicide. You access their support HERE.The Best Man Project was launched by CALM to promote the idea that you don’t have to wait for a wedding to be a great friend, and because male friendships can be instrumental in men looking after their mental health.With male suicide the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK and social isolation becoming an issue, having good friends that recognise the signs of mental illness is increasingly important.The Duke is a keen mental health campaigner, and in 2016, together with The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, he created Heads Together Campaign, which created a national conversation about mental health.Retired footballer Rio Ferdinand and friend Jamie have been making a video for the Project – they previously took part in a Heads Together #oktosay video.His Royal Highness then joined a roundtable discussion, chaired by Ronan Kemp, where participants had the chance to share what they’ve been through and why male friendship is important to mental wellbeing.Participants included Carl Anka, who is a writer, podcaster and journalist who writes about mental health – the CALM helpline helped Carl in his darkest hour on more than one occasion.CALM also campaign for long-term culture change to redefine and open up masculinity, so that over time fewer men will need support at crisis point.Source:Royal.uk
(NDP MP Charlie Angus in Ottawa Monday)APTN NewsTwo federal NDP MPs will try one more time to get an apology from Pope Francis for Indian residential school survivors in Canada.Last week, the motion from Charlie Angus and Romeo Saganash (Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou) was defeated during a free vote in the House of Commons.This Thursday, Angus says the motion will be debated and needs only a majority to pass.“The Catholic church must step up,” Angus (Timmins-James Bay) told a news conference in Ottawa Monday.“We’re asking the Pope to work with us.”Angus said top Catholic leaders in Canada showed last week they’re not on the same page.“We have to close this chapter. We believe that the Parliament of Canada has a role to play in reaching out,” he said.The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops held their own news conference in Ottawa to say that Pope Francis might apologize but they weren’t going to ask him to do so.Saskatchewan MDP-MP Georgina Jolibois said it was important to her – as an Indigenous woman and practicing Catholic – for the Pope to come.“It would be an honour for the Pope to come to Canada and visit the Indigenous people and issue an apology,” she told reporters.However, Angus said there was more to it.As the “single largest developer of residential schools in Canada,” he said the church had a moral obligation to say sorry.He said it’s clear politicians need to bypass the Bishops to ask Pope Francis to respond the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.“If that’s the bishop’s position then it’s up to Parliament to reach out to the Pope directly,” Angus said.“We do have the power to invite the Pope to walk with us and to make the issue of reconciliation real.”[email protected]
If he keeps this up, Harden would become the first qualified1Minimum 25 percent of a team’s minutes played in a season, or about 1,000 minutes over an 82-game schedule. player since at least the 1976 ABA-NBA merger to use 35 percent or more of a team’s possessions while putting up an offensive rating of 120 or more. Depending on how you look at it, he would either be the most efficient high-usage player ever or shoulder the biggest responsibility of any high-efficiency player ever. Either way, it would make Harden the most valuable offensive weapon in the game.What’s unique about Harden is how his scoring and passing play off of each other, making it virtually impossible to shut off his firehose of production. He currently leads the league in both assist rate2The percentage of teammate buckets a player assists while on the court. and usage rate,3The percentage of team shot attempts plus turnovers a player records while in the game. an accomplishment that has been pulled off only one other time — by Russell Westbrook last season. And while Westbrook ranked 126th in true shooting percentage last year, Harden ranks 25th this season thanks to an eye-popping assortment of shot-making numbers: 51 percent on 2-pointers, 41 percent on threes and 86 percent from the line (where he still finagles himself 9.3 times per game, the most in the league). Among players in the 50-40-85 club for those percentages in a season, nobody has ever come close to doing it with a usage rate like Harden’s so far this year. Whenever Harden touches the ball, almost exclusively good things happen for Houston.Thanks in large part to Harden’s complete offensive clinic, the Rockets currently rank second only to the Golden State Warriors in points per 100 possessions. They’re shattering their own benchmark for the most made threes per game in NBA history (knocking down a stunning 16.1 a night while taking 53 percent of their field goal attempts from deep), and they also rank third in pick-and-roll efficiency,4Including both when the ball handler and the roll man finish the play. averaging 0.98 points per possession on the play, according to NBA.com.All the while, Houston is providing an interesting counterpoint to the Warriors in terms of offensive basketball philosophy. Golden State is a joy to watch because of its pure shooting talent, frequently knocking down looks that mortal players have no business making: The Warriors rank only ninth in Second Spectrum’s Quantified Shot Quality metric, which measures the expected value of a team’s shot selection based on league averages, but they lead the NBA in shooting efficiency anyway because nobody outperforms the expected value of their shots by more. The Rockets are the opposite. They make their shots at a slightly higher clip than average, but it’s nothing special; instead, they thrive on relentlessly creating prime scoring chances, leading the league in shot quality with the highest expected value (a 54.1 effective field goal percentage) of any season in Second Spectrum’s database.5Which goes back to the 2014 season. You can argue with the aesthetics of Harden and the Rockets’ methodical exploitation of basketball’s percentages, but it’s never worked to greater effect than in the early stages of this season.The only unresolved question about Harden and his hardware is whether Paul’s return will disrupt Harden’s early-season flow. Before the season, we noted that the NBA had never seen a pairing of two ball-dominant guards quite like Harden and Paul before, and that Houston’s success would largely hinge on how the two could co-exist and alter their games to complement each other. But with Paul missing 14 of Houston’s first 15 contests, the pairing hasn’t received a great deal of stress-testing yet — Harden has largely been able to play in the manner he’s been accustomed to over the past few years, when he seldom had to share playmaking responsibilities with anybody.The good news is that in the few games since Paul’s return, Harden has been as outstanding as ever. He’s averaging 34.4 points and 8.2 assists per game with a 68.7 true shooting percentage and an average Game Score of 28.6 — a better number than he was putting up while Paul was out of the lineup. The bad news is that the Rockets have barely scraped past the opposition (+2.4 points per 100 possessions) with their two stars on the court when compared with the +16.3 margin they have with one but not the other. And most concerning (but not surprising) for Harden’s MVP campaign, his stat-stuffing ways are indeed getting curtailed when he shares the court with Paul. According to NBA.com, Harden’s rates of assists, usage and even rebounds all take a hit with Paul in the game. Granted, his shooting efficiency is up with Paul, one of the great passers of his generation, but Harden’s overall production — as measured by the percentage of total “good things” (for both teams) he’s responsible for while in the game6NBA.com calls this statistic the Player Impact Estimate. — is down from 20.1 percent without Paul to 15.7 percent with him.7For context, the current league leader is Hassan Whiteside at 20.9 percent.To help avoid the redundancy in their stars’ skill sets, the Rockets are staggering Harden and CP3’s minutes some. (And Paul has been on a program of reduced minutes anyway, while working his way back into form.) The Rockets have most of the season ahead of them to figure out how the two players fit together, with the primary goal of finally getting over the hump in the Western Conference playoffs, not to maximize Harden’s stat lines. But as well as Harden has played early this season, this looks like his best shot yet at ending his string of MVP near-misses. He just needs to figure out how to play his hyper-efficient, do-everything game while simultaneously sharing the ball with another superstar — a task easier said than done.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Thanks to a combination of novelty and voter fatigue, it’s rare for an NBA player to remain MVP bridesmaid for too long. For every block of seasons where a Michael Jordan or LeBron James dominates the consensus at No. 1, a Charles Barkley or Derrick Rose will still manage to slip in and break up the monotony. That’s a big reason why, in all of NBA history, only three players have finished as MVP runners-up multiple times without ever actually taking home the award themselves.Two of those are retired Hall of Famers: Jerry West (who came in second an astonishing four times without winning) and George Gervin. The third, James Harden of the Houston Rockets, is still very much active. But the way he’s playing this season, he might not be MVP-less much longer. After finishing second in two of the previous three seasons, Harden has established himself as the early award favorite while leading the Rockets to the best record in the West and the league’s top per-possession point differential. At long last, it might be time for the greatest bearded MVP since Bill Walton — just so long as the recent return of domineering fellow guard Chris Paul doesn’t get in Harden’s way.By the numbers, Harden has never been better. He’s currently either first or second (behind LeBron James) in virtually every advanced value metric, including Value Over Replacement Player, Win Shares, Estimated Wins Added and ESPN’s Real Plus/Minus (RPM) wins above replacement. Harden has long been known for his ridiculous efficiency — he generates more points per possession than any other big-time scorer in the game today (including Steph Curry) — but he’s taken that approach to an entirely new level so far this year. He’s producing about 122 points for every 100 possessions he’s personally responsible for, a number usually reserved for three-point specialists, low-scoring big men and LeBron, but with the usage rate of a player who controls his team’s every offensive move. Once again, Harden is pushing the boundaries of just how many points one player can create for his team: