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Local oligarch conflicts of interest dominate Czech media

first_img News July 26, 2016 – Updated on July 27, 2016 Local oligarch conflicts of interest dominate Czech media Organisation Czech Deputy Prime Minister, Andrej Babis/ credit Michel Cizak AFP Czech RepublicEurope – Central Asia Media independence Conflicts of interestEconomic pressure May 21, 2021 Find out more Czech RepublicEurope – Central Asia Media independence Conflicts of interestEconomic pressure Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU to go further Follow the news on Czech Republic Help by sharing this information News RSF_en RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Public media independence under threat in the Czech Republic and Slovenia News Receive email alerts Long regarded as an example of successful integration into the European Union, the Czech Republic is now seen a country where media freedom is increasingly threatened because the ownership of its media has been concentrated in the hands of a few billionaires.Just a few years ago, 80% of its media were controlled by foreign – mainly German – investors but, after the 2008 crisis, they were quickly replaced by local billionaire businessmen who make no bones of the fact that they see these acquisitions as a way to gag critics.The new owners of the newspapers, radio stations and TV channels are turning them into weapons for conquering and securing political or economic power, or both. It is another example of the threat to media freedom posed by oligarchs the world over, as Reporters Without Borders (RSF) highlighted in its latest report.“Certain owners and politicians in the Czech Republic have realized that control of the media is a massive deterrent that can help to silence opponents,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s Europe-Balkans desk. “But the way they use their media outlets results in a loss of trust on the part of the public, for whom the media are increasingly discredited.”Andrej Babiš, the owner of the food and agro-industrial group Agrofert and the Czech Republic’s second richest man, entered politics and took over the MAFRA media group in 2013, thereby gaining control of the two most influential dailies (Lidové Noviny and Mlada Fronta Dnes) and the most popular news website (iDnes.cz). He went on to acquire one of the biggest privately-owned radio stations (Radio Impuls) and the music TV channel (Óčko).His populist political party, Action of Dissatisfied Citizens (ANO), caused a stir by coming second in the 2013 parliamentary elections. He established an alliance with two other political groups and, in January 2014, became deputy prime minister and minister of finance. As a result, he has been dubbed “the Czech Berlusconi” or “Babisconi.”Media specialist Vaclav Stetka regards what is happening in the Czech Republic as unprecedented. “The same man holds the reins of the Czech government, owns the country’s second biggest fortune, runs one of the most influential political parties, and controls the most powerful media outlets.”There is no shortage of examples of his interfering in his publications. In January 2014, Babiš had Vladimir Sevela fired from his job as journalist with the daily Dnes after Sevela dared to publish criticism of Agrofert. A few months later, he lectured another journalists with his group who had failed to cover a one of ANO’s press conferences.There are other billionaires who have taken a recent interest in the press and have used part of the fortunes they made in the privatizations of the 1990s to invest in media outlets.Daniel Křetínský, who runs one of the country’s biggest energy conglomerates, also now heads several newspapers once owned by a joint venture consisting of Switzerland’s Ringier group and Germany’s Axel Springer group. He also owns the biggest football club, Sparta Prague.Zdeněk Bakala, the former owner of a mining complex, now owns a business daily, a weekly and a news website. Some of the journalists at Respekt, Bakala’s weekly, say they preferred censoring themselves instead of writing on the magazine’s owner.Investment company Penta co-owner Marek Dospiva runs a group of dailies with a regional print media monopoly, which he seems to think guarantees him a degree of impunity. When a journalist recently asked him about his interest in newspapers, he replied: “I won’t beat about the bush. The fact that we own these media ensures that it will be harder for anyone to attack us.”Another businessman, Jaromir Soukup, owns a TV channel and two weekly publications.We should be alarmed by the way these billionaires have seized economic, political and media power. It is clear that their aim is to silence all criticism, not promote media independence. Far from improving media freedom and pluralism, the departure of foreign investors and their replacement by local businessmen has just reduced the independence of the leading media even more.The Czech Republic is ranked 21st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. News June 2, 2021 Find out more December 2, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Oxford fourth for student experience

first_imgThe University of Oxford has risen to fourth of 117 universities in the newly released rankings of 2016 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey, up one place from fifth last year.Loughborough University tops this year’s survey, rising from second last year. New entrant Harper Adams University and the University of Sheffield take second and third places, respectively, with Sheffield retaining the same position as last year. Last year’s table topper University of Bath has dropped to fifth, while Cambridge has dropped five places to ninth.The survey is entirely student-based. Over 15,000 undergraduates at 117 institutions took the survey, ranking their universities in 21 student-suggested attributes. These attributes range from quality of tuition and course structure to social experience, communal atmosphere and quality of facilities. Oxford has come first, or joint first, in several individual measures, namely “High quality staff/lectures”, “Helpful/interested staff”, “Good community atmosphere” and “Personal requirements catered for”. Some students believe that Oxford’s performance in the survey does it justice. A second-year Oriel undergraduate remarked that “there is something for everyone” in Oxford and that Oxford has “a good community atmosphere” and “amazing” tutors. Some others, however, think otherwise and feel that Oxford’s rather high ranking is not reflective of their experiences at Oxford. “Half of my tutors do not prepare for our tutorial[s] at all. Work is not marked and [those tutors] are clearly not familiar with the problem sheets [they give us]”, complained a second-year Christ Church Mathematics undergraduate. He also notably singled out the Iffley Sports Complex as being a “disappointing” facility with “poor ventilation and crowdedness”“I’ve found Oxford to be extremely satisfying in terms of intellectual growth, but not as satisfying in terms of feeling as a part of the university”, said a Wycliffe Hall postgraduate. He attributed the lack of a sense of community to the “decentralized system of having separate colleges with their respective traditions”A Magdalen postgraduate told Cherwell that while it is good to see that Oxford is perceived in the survey as having provided “a rich and nourishing student experience”, issues that cause some students to have “largely negative and even painful experiences of their times here” should not be overlooked.The Media and Information Office of Oxford has declined to comment on Oxford’s performance, with its spokesperson telling Cherwell that the Office is “not in the habit of commenting on league tables, mainly because there are just so many of them.”OUSU President Becky Howe and the Oxford branch of Student Minds, a prominent student mental health charity, were also unavailable for comment.last_img read more

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IOC face ‘big communications job’ as virus jitters hit Tokyo Olympics

first_img“The WHO pointed out the likelihood of Zika being a problem at the time of the Games was very low,” he said.”But we did lose some athletes — Jason Day’s wife was pregnant. We didn’t communicate the information well enough.”Tokyo organizers have slammed “fake news” and scare-mongering over the coronavirus outbreak for causing panic ahead of the Games, which open on July 24.More than 25 countries have confirmed cases of the flu-like disease, which the WHO has declared a global health emergency.’Tokyo 2020 on track’Japan, which registered its first fatality on Thursday of someone who had tested positive for the virus, is one of the worst-hit countries outside of mainland China.There have been 33 cases on land and more than 200 positive tests of people quarantined on a cruise ship floating off Yokohama since last week.Coates conceded that there could be fear among athletes about facing competitors from China.”We did talk about that,” said the Australian.”The IOC is going to ensure [information] kits are sent to all national committees to explain what’s happening around the world where Chinese athletes are competing,” he added.”But I can confirm Tokyo 2020 remains on track,” insisted Coates, who revealed IOC president Thomas Bach will lay a wreath at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on the sidelines of the May 19-20 executive project review.The virus has already impacted sporting events in Asia, including Olympic qualifiers for boxing and basketball — both in China.Formula One’s Shanghai Grand Prix, scheduled to take place in April, has been postponed with the inaugural Vietnamese Grand Prix also under threat.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government has come under fire for its handling of the infection, especially quarantine measures seen as too lax in the early stages of the epidemic. “We don’t yet know who will be competing at test events so we can’t say anything for sure,” said Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto, when pressed to specify measures being taken to tackle the epidemic.”But we will have information from the qualifiers that are under way and take the necessary steps.” Olympic chiefs admitted Friday they face a “very big communications job” to soothe concerns over the coronavirus epidemic in the run-up to this summer’s Tokyo Games.The head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) coordination commission insisted there was no danger of Tokyo 2020 being cancelled or moved, despite fears over the fast-spreading virus which has killed nearly 1,400 and infected around 64,000 — most of them in China.But he said the IOC will send out information packs to reassure athletes that it’s safe to come into contact with competitors from China. “The advice we have received from the World Health Organization (WHO) is that there is no case for a contingency plan to cancel or move the Games,” John Coates told reporters after a project review meeting.”Certainly it’s a very big communications job that needs to be undertaken,” he added, noting that China is set to send more than 600 athletes to Tokyo.”But we hear that most of the Chinese athletes are now out of China. I don’t know how many were to be involved in test events here, but I don’t see a problem if they’re coming from another country.”Coates promised lessons would be learned from Rio four years ago, when concerns over the mosquito-born Zika virus led to several top athletes pulling out of the Olympics, including golfers Jason Day and Rory McIlroy.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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NMHA player nominates coach in ‘Why My Coach Rocks’ contest

first_imgRhett Hamilton likes playing hockey.The 10-year-old Nelson Minor Hockey player realizes a major reason why he likes playing Canada’s national pastime is because of his coach, Greg Andrusak.So Hamilton decided to tell anyone who would listen of his gratitude by entering his coach into the BC Hockey “Why My Coach Rocks” contest.“(Greg) has been my coach for the past six years, both during the minor hockey season and also during the spring season,” Hamilton wrote in his contest entry.“I think he rocks because he pushes our team and I to do our very best. We work hard and have fun . . . we would not be a great team without him.”Andrusak was one of the weekly contest winners along with Rick Carter of Kamloops and Alexandra Luggi of Fort St. James. Hamilton believes thanks to Andrusak’s coaching, Nelson has been able to claim West Kootenay titles in Atom Division the past two years.“(Greg) takes time away from his family to coach us and make us all better hockey players,” Hamilton writes.“He runs the best drills around town.”“They are challenging but fun. In our initiation year, we skated and skated and skated some more, but now we are all fantastic skaters because of Coach Andrusak,” Hamilton adds.“He is funny, kind and is a fantastic hockey player. He used to play in the NHL. I have been very lucky to have him as my coach.”Both Hamilton and Andrusak are now recipients of a BC Hockey Swag Bag.The Pittsburgh Penguins selected Andrusak in the fifth round of the 1988 NHL draft after a college career at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.He spent most of his professional career in the International Hockey League and overseas in Europe.Andrusak played a few games in the NHL with Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh.last_img read more

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Two people hospitalised following crash in Newtoncunningham

first_imgTwo people have been taken to hospital following a crash in Newtoncunningham today (Fri).The crash happened around 4.30pm.Four ambulances attended the scene and the road was closed off. It is not understood that their injuries are life-threatening.The road, near Kernans in the area, is expected to open shortly.Two people hospitalised following crash in Newtoncunningham was last modified: September 6th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Las Vegas marathon moves start line away from shooting scene

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Cruz said about 40,000 runners are expected for various races during the weekend marking the 51st running of a race that evolved from a flat, wind-swept desert event in 1967 to a glitzy and music-filled attraction.There won’t be the usual bandstands, musical groups and amplified sound for the first 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) of the marathon and half-marathon, in tribute to victims and affected families, he said. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa FILE – In this Dec. 5, 2010 file photo, runners fill the Las Vegas Strip in the shadow of the Mandalay Bay hotel, top left, during the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in Las Vegas. The upcoming Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon on Nov. 12, has a new start line and race festival grounds. The race will start in front of the New York-New York resort on the Las Vegas Strip, about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) north of last year’s start near the Mandalay Bay. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File)LAS VEGAS — The start line for the upcoming Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon has been moved away from the site of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, organizers said Friday.The Nov. 12 evening race will start in front of the New York-New York resort on the Las Vegas Strip, about 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) north of last year’s start near the Mandalay Bay hotel, Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon series executive Josh Furlow said.ADVERTISEMENT The Mandalay Bay was the hotel from which a gunman on the 32nd floor fired assault-style weapons Oct. 1 into a country music concert crowd of about 22,000 people, killing 58 and injuring almost 550.After using that same open-air festival ground for pre-race activities the last several years, the gathering spot for this year’s marathon and half-marathon will be between the New York-New York and Monte Carlo casinos and the T-Mobile Arena, said Dan Cruz, spokesman for race organizer The Competitor Group.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe overall 26.2-mile (42-kilometer) marathon and 13.1-mile (21-kilometer) half-marathon courses are still being finalized, Cruz said. But the new start line means runners will twice pass the site of the shooting as they run south on the Strip, loop around the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign and head north again past casino marquees.An on-course tribute is planned near the site of the shooting, including a #VegasStrong signing wall that people can sign during a race expo beginning Nov. 9 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Efficient Fournier leads Magic rout of Spurs Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:06Manny Pacquiao trains in LA for last time before Keith Thurman fight01:46Pacquiao ready to go with week left before Thurman fight01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

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Madhavan’s Rocketry look best memes are here. How many have you seen?

first_imgThe fact that Ranganathan Madhavan is donning the director’s hat for his next movie Rocketry: The Nambi Effect, already has his fans excited. The hunky actor is portraying the role of scientist Nambi Narayanan in the film and his fans cannot get enough of the resemblance between the actor and the scientist.For his look as Nambi Narayanan, Madhavan has undergone a drastic makeover. The result? The Chocolate Boy from Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein days is a spitting image of Nambi Narayanan in his next film! R Madhavan as Nambi NarayananMadhavan took to social media to share pictures of his look from the film, where he has white hair and white beard. A lot like the 77-year-old ISRO scientist!The internet has unleashed its creativity on Madhavan’s new look and we have a host of memes.The best part about the memes is that Madhavan too is being a sport and having fun with them.Don’t believe us? See for yourself.All the single people in the house, this is for you.*when you’re 25 and unmarried at family function.*1) How you really look .2) How your relatives see you . pic.twitter.com/1FaWyd4gpQAditii (@Sassy_Soul_) January 23, 2019Doctors and medical students will relate to this one.1. Getting admitted into Medical college2. Coming out after the completion pic.twitter.com/g13Fk6JeUzHEISENBURGER (@_EMIname_) January 23, 2019And we have JNU too!*AT JNU *1st year student last year student pic.twitter.com/xgyyxZtVsQDictator (@whatsiniiid) January 23, 20192019Tarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashma fans, this one hits home!advertisement*Me waiting for the last episode of tarak Mehta ka Ulta chashma*#RocketrytheNambieffect pic.twitter.com/RsJswJ5J9GTweetera (@DoctorrSays) January 23, 2019https://t.co/XgbzngcfRfRanganathan Madhavan (@ActorMadhavan) January 24, 2019Make goa plan. Finally Going. pic.twitter.com/R6coJAjAm2Pranjul Sharma (@Pranjultweet) January 23, 2019The last one is our favourite.ALSO READ | Madhavan is a spitting image of ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan in Rocketry The Nambi EffectALSO WATCH | ‘Hype about Tanu Weds Manu frightens us: Kangna and Madhavanlast_img read more

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Sport Education and Athlete Development Framework 2017

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) has a core strategic priority of supporting Human Capital – Our People, for the 2016-2020 period. This included Sport Education systems and development opportunities to increase accredited referees and coaches to provide quality services across all levels of the sport.To support this process, and continue with the update and review of the Accreditation and Education systems which commenced in 2014 with the implementation of FTEM, The Sport Education Framework 2017 has been developed and is now available.This document will replace the previous Sport Education Guidelines 2013 document as a tool to provide an overview of the Sport Education curriculums and formal accreditation systems. The release of this Framework will directly help support the strategic objective of – Unified through best practice administration – 14,000 accredited volunteers in a unified workforce.The document brings together the accreditation curriculums from Coach, Referee and Coach disciplines, along with TFA course delivery accreditation and protocols, and supporting development information such as Mentoring.TFA, in alignment with the Athlete, Coach and Referee Development have also reviewed and updated the Athlete Development Framework.Originally released in 2013 the Athlete Development Framework has helped provide a skill and strategy framework to continue to support Athletes in the FTEM pathway.The framework continues to cover the eight key categories listed below, with some changes or additions made within each of the sections, particularly in the Elite and Mastery areas.1. Movement2. Ball Skills3. Rollball4. Rucking5. Attack6. Defence7. Game concepts and strategies8. Athletic performanceTFA have released a range of resources to support the implementation of this Framework including Athlete Skill Checklists, and Video Collections of Skill explanations and training drills via our www.dartfish.tv/touchfootballaustalia website. These resources will continue to expand in the 2017 year.Please review the attached documents below. For further information contact [email protected] Filessport_education_framework_2017v2-compressed-pdftfa_athlete_development_framework_v2_2017-pdfRelated Links2017 Frameworklast_img read more

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