VenezuelaAmericas New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets December 17, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Provincial daily reappears after three-day interruption due to lack of newsprint Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Help by sharing this information VenezuelaAmericas Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela Correo del Caroní, a regional daily based in the eastern city of Ciudad Guayana that is openly critical of the government, was back on sale in news stands on 15 December after a three-day absence. Editor David Natera told Reporters Without Borders the daily was able to resume printing after its supplier, DIPALCA, provided it with newsprint imported from Chile.Natera had accused the Currency Management Commission (CADIVI), the government agency that controls all foreign currency purchases, of punishing certain provincial newspapers for their criticism of the government by refusing to let them have the foreign currency they need for imported supplies.The CADIVI responded by reporting that it had released a total of 82 million dollars to newspapers between 1 January and 30 November. El Impulso, a daily based in the northwestern city of Barquisimeto that is also critical of the government, said it had enough newsprint to last a month and called for exchange control procedures to be simplified.________________13.12.07 – Currency commission responds to charges by editor of newspaper forced to stop publishingResponding to a complaint by David Natera, the editor of the Correo del Caroní regional daily, the Currency Management Commission (CADIVI) yesterday announced that it had released a total of 82 million dollars for the importation of newsprint between 1 January and 30 November. The CADIVI did not say how much of this currency was made available to DIPALCA, the company that supplies the Correo del Caroní with newsprint imported from Chile. The Correo del Caroní ceased publishing yesterday, blaming the CADIVI’s refusal to make dollars available to the purchase of newsprint.The CADIVI said its priorities, when assigning foreign currency for imports, was food, medical products, manufacturing inputs and raw material.—–11.12.07 – Problem with government exchange controls prevents regional opposition daily from publishingReporters Without Borders is worried by the announcement that the Correo del Caroní, a regional daily based in the eastern city of Ciudad Guayana, will not be able to appear tomorrow or on subsequent days because it has been unable to obtain US dollars to pay for imported newsprint.Editor David Natera blames the government’s exchange control system, which forces private-sector companies to address all requests for foreign currency to a single government entity, the Currency Managment Commission (CADIVI).“This case is not the first of its kind and it is rather surprising that media companies are been denied the currency they need to pay for imported newsprint or printing costs,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Producing a newspaper is expensive and the authorities must be aware of that. The CADIVI has still not responded to the Correo del Caroní’s request. We call on the head of the commission, Manuel Barroso, to do what is necessary to get things moving and to allow the Correo del Caroní to resume publishing.The press freedom organisation added: “We hope that exchange controls, like the allocation of state advertising, has not been turned into a way of penalizing publications for their editorial policies.”In a note to its readers posted on its website today, the Correo del Caroní said tomorrow’s issue would not be on sale in news stands but would be available on the Internet. The newspaper’s management accused the government of refusing, through the CADIVI, to release the amount in dollars it ows to DIPALCA, a company that imports newsprint from Chile.Natera told Reporters Without Borders he has raised the problem with certain officials but so far without success. Natera is also president of the Venezuelan Press Bloc, an association of some 40 provincial newspapers that support the opposition.El Impulso, a daily based in the northwestern city of Barquisimeto, reported last month that it had not received the foreign currency it needed to import newsprint for the past four months. Its editor, Carlos Eduardo Carmona, accused the government of using exchange controls as a “political weapon” against the media. June 15, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Venezuela January 13, 2021 Find out more News Organisation News RSF_en August 25, 2020 Find out more News News to go further Receive email alerts
Celebrities “are stuck inside, but can’t read the room”, as The Guardian eloquently pointed out. As I would put it, the divide between the celebrity ideal and the masses has never been more obvious. The famous have long played the role of “ambassadors of the meritocracy” by serving as success stories of the American Dream and the pursuit of wealth through talent and hard work, yadda yadda. They are not the richest of Americans by a long stretch, but they have often acted as a middle ground between the elite and the masses, with a unique ability to be both unattainable and relatable. Yup, celebrities are on the chopping block, and no, that’s not hyperbole — #eattherich and #guillotine2020 have become rallying cries of the digital generation. I mentioned in a column earlier this year that growing anti-capitalist sentiment has led to criticism of the highly-publicized lives of the rich and famous. People were already fed up, and quarantine just might have been the straw that broke the camel’s back. I brought up the role of women in the workforce in WWII to introduce the idea that initially reactive changes can become instrumental to a system, a country or an ideology. Only time will tell whether the widespread disillusionment toward celebrities is a temporary coping mechanism or a permanent cultural shift. In fact, this all feels strangely and poetically ironic coming off “Parasite”’s (2019) legendary Best Picture win at this year’s Oscars. For those who haven’t seen it, the film tells the story of how a poor South Korean family cons their way into a rich home, shedding light on the vapid nature of the uber-wealthy without missing a beat. Its powerful message of class warfare, as one Twitter critic put it, was that “when you try to beat capitalism at its own game, you’ll always shed more blood of the working class than the elite.” There is a cultural equivalent to this situation: In times like these, veils are lifted and bare, ugly truths are revealed. When the economy is at a standstill and we are collectively forced to hole up in our homes, class inequality becomes impossible to ignore and pandering can’t do much to offset that. Among the social impacts of the virus, as one New York Times article so aptly put it, “is its swift dismantling of the cult of celebrity.” Rachel McKenzie is a junior writing about pop culture. Her column, “The Afterword,” runs every other Tuesday. The rich ate “Parasite” up, lauding its astute social commentary without realizing — doy! — that they embody the same invulnerability and obliviousness that characterized the wealthy Park family. In a sense, that’s what’s happening now: Over the course of this pandemic, celebrities have tried to embed themselves in a narrative of sacrifice and resilience that is humorously misplaced. It’s like that one scene in the movie where a flood destroys the Kim family’s home while the Park family laments they can’t go camping anymore because of the rain — highly metaphorical, uncomfortably disparate and impossible to forget. I hope I’m not overgeneralizing, but there’s something to be said about Madonna calling this pandemic “The Great Equalizer” from a bathtub filled with rose petals. I mean, come on. Well, as it turned out, we never looked back. Women’s roles continued to expand in the postwar era, and what was once a compensatory shift quickly evolved into a persisting societal norm. That’s not the only occurrence of its kind; in fact, wars and pandemics tend to bring with them large-scale changes that otherwise might not have breached the mainstream. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, for one, the idea of universal basic income has transitioned from fringe to buzzword status. I don’t know what I believe, but I do think that this might be the end of “We Are the World”-esque pandering. Hey, it’s a small victory, but a good one and likely not the only positive one that will come of this mess. When men across the country went off to fight in the Second World War, women filled the gap they left in the labor force — as a temporary measure, of course. That idea has always been a thinly veiled charade, sure, but it is clear now that it has disintegrated altogether, giving way to the realization that, no, we’re actually not “all in this together” and, no, not all of us can afford to “stay positive” all the time. Some are unemployed, late on rent and trapped in crowded, conflict-ridden apartments while others are sitting pretty in heavily-staffed palatial mansions. All that considered, corny one-liners and awful song covers aren’t doing much to convince us we’re all facing the same beast. Shockingly, a recently-deleted Instagram post from Kylie Jenner sending us her “love and prayers” in a pair of $2,000 Dior Jordan 1’s isn’t the light at the end of the tunnel we were looking for. Surprisingly, Gal Gadot telling us that “staying home is her superpower” from her walk-in closet is not easing our existential stress. Oh, and plot twist: Celebrities’ joint cover of “Imagine” by John Lennon was incredibly tone-deaf — in more ways than one: Turns out that the sheer presence of celebrities didn’t cure all our ailments and we don’t want millionaires singing to us about “no possessions” in a period of acute financial stress whose reverberations will likely alter the course of our careers and lives. Who’d have thought?
Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season That area seems obvious.The Dodgers’ offense has only recently slipped from the top of the National League in runs scored and has shown more balance this year (they are 17-9 in games started by opposing left-handers). The starting rotation leads baseball with a 2.70 ERA.And then there is the bullpen. A recent run of stability allowed them to get their relief ERA for the season down to 4.15 (through Thursday). That still ranks just 11th in baseball, sixth in the National League.But Friedman sticks to his usual mantra of being “flexible” and “opportunistic” in pursuing trade additions, saying he doesn’t believe there are any glaring holes in the Dodgers’ roster that need to be filled before the deadline.“I think our area of focus will be similar to what it’s been in the past and that’s to find impact players,” he said. “That’s what moves the needle in October. That’s where our focus will be. We really like our team and our depth. Now it’s about supplementing with really good players and that’s what we will be focused on.” In the past, that search for “impact players” has led to acquisitions of Manny Machado, Yu Darvish, Rich Hill and Josh Reddick. This year, the greatest impact might come from adding a reliever such as Brad Hand, Will Smith, Alex Colome, Shane Greene or Sean Doolittle.“Like I’ve said in the past, a lot of our energy and focus is on helping each of our internal guys perform better and they have, which is great,” Friedman said of the current bullpen. “We’ll continue to monitor that while having external conversations about ways we can further improve our team.”STAR SEARCHIn a change to the All-Star voting system, MLB announced finalists at each position. Fans will choose from those finalists and vote for starters at each position next week. The final voting period will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday.The only Dodgers finalists were Cody Bellinger and Joc Pederson, who are among nine outfielders fans can choose from to start the game. Bellinger led all individual vote-getters in the “primary” voting.Whether a player is or is not a finalist does not affect his eligibility to be named to the eventual All-Star roster. The players vote for the reserves.INJURY UPDATESMax Muncy was back in the starting lineup Friday after leaving Thursday’s game when he fouled a ball off his right ankle. X-rays were negative but Muncy was still sore Friday.Muncy said the ball hit him right where his foot and ankle flex “so everything around it tightened up” making it feel “like a sprained ankle.”“Maybe I’ll finally invest in one of those shin guards,” he said before the game. “But where it hit wouldn’t have been covered anyway.”Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco LOS ANGELES — The best starting rotation in baseball lost one of its members for two months, potentially longer.But that doesn’t change the Dodgers’ priorities heading toward the July 31 trade deadline and won’t send them in search of a starting pitcher before the deadline, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said.“No. I mean, with Strip and Julio and Ferg and the guys we have in the minor leagues and with Rich’s prognosis, I don’t see it being an area where we spend a lot of energy,” Friedman said. “Could that change? Of course. But I don’t expect it right now.“We don’t expect it to be an area of need.” Meanwhile, Corey Seager (hamstring) and A.J. Pollock (elbow) continue to make progress in their rehabs. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said both have expressed an eagerness to use the All-Star break to keep that process going.“(We) expect them both to forego their All-Star break,” Roberts said. “If all goes well, they’ll both be playing in some capacity, getting at-bats whether it be at CBR (Camelback Ranch) or with one of our affiliates during our break. That’s a credit to their desire to get back.”Seager has been out since June 11. Pollock completed a six-week course of antibiotics and resumed baseball activities on June 12.Reliever Scott Alexander (forearm) has not been cleared to throw off a pitcher’s mound yet.UP NEXTRockies (RHP Peter Lambert, 2-0, 6.00 ERA) at Dodgers (LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu, 9-1, 1.26 ERA), Saturday, 4:15 p.m., Fox/Ch. 11, 570 AM Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
The amazing army of volunteers who make the difference in golf is being celebrated by England Golf this week. To mark Volunteer Week, the organisation is saying a big thank you to the 100,000+ people who give their time to support and grow golf in England.It is also pledging its commitment to support volunteers so they have a great experience, can connect with each other to improve their skills, and know that their contribution is valued.Volunteers are the backbone of clubs and counties and also take on a wide range of roles at national level. Matt Bloor, England Golf Volunteer Manager, said: “Volunteers are vital to golf and the game as we know it wouldn’t survivewithout them. They really are the hidden heroes of the game.“They work across every area of the sport, they’re crucial to the club structure and they’re involved at all levels, from encouraging new players to nurturing the most talented golfers.“This week is our opportunity to highlight their work and to draw attention to the pledges to support them which have been made by ourselves and partner organisations.”Individual volunteers who were thanked included Norfolk’s Sammy Martin and Angela Loveday. They set up a scheme at Royal Norwich Golf Club to give new golfers a great experience and keep them playing.Meanwhile in County Durham, new volunteers are swinging into action thanks to a partnership project run by the county union and England Golf. “The county needed to recruit more volunteers and we supported them with publicity, flyers and content for their website. As a result about 10 people expressed interest and most are now actively involved,” said Matt Bloor.Durham County Union Secretary Jonathan Ward commented: “England Golf was a great help in providing guidance and support in putting together a project to help us recruit new volunteers to support our varied work.“From advising on a marketing plan, to providing templates to save time, they helped to bring the idea of volunteering in golf in Durham to the forefront of golfers’ thoughts.”Click here for further information about volunteering.Caption: Volunteer referee Sue McKeon in action at the Brabazon Trophy (image copyright Leaderboard Photography) Tags: England Golf, Volunteer 7 Jun 2018 England Golf celebrates the game’s hidden heroes
FASHION STATEMENT?–This photo illustration released by Adidas shows the uniforms for NCAA basketball teams, from left, University of Cincinnati, University of Kansas, University of Notre Dame, Baylor University, UCLA and the University of Louisville. (AP Photo/Adidas) by Samantha CritchellAP Fashion WriterNEW YORK (AP) — It seems an unpopular position in college basketball is fashion forward.The neon-colored jerseys and camouflage-covered shorts debuted by six teams in their postseason conference championships ahead of the NCAA men’s basketball tournaments weren’t well received in the press or social media, with critics particularly targeting UCLA, Kansas and Notre Dame because of the schools’ tradition-rich athletic histories. Louisville, Cincinnati and Baylor also got uniform makeovers from Adidas, and they didn’t go over so well, either.They were called Underoos, Fruit Stripes and LMFAO costumes. Some people just called them ugly — and you can search for them online that way.The changes happened to be in line with fashion runways and recreational athleticwear, where highlighter brights and creative camo have been bona fide trends. And alternate uniforms have become part of the college football and basketball landscape — but these uniforms still made some fans cringe.“What is distracting is all the patterns,” said Sam Gordon, a Johns Hopkins student and big NCAA basketball fan. “It could take the crowd’s focus away from a player’s jump shot to what they are wearing.”Even President Barack Obama felt compelled to weigh in. In going through his bracket with ESPN, he cited the uniforms as a reason Notre Dame shouldn’t go any further than the second round, saying “that neon glow wasn’t working for me.”Jeff Halmos, half of the menswear designer duo Shipley & Halmos, called the uniforms “ultra-forward” — but that may not be a compliment.“I was so shocked at UCLA. If I was part of a storied franchise like that, I’d say, ‘Absolutely not.’ I would tell my team that it’s an honor to wear this traditional jersey, and I wouldn’t cheapen it,” he said. “There’s a threshold to which innovation crosses a boundary. The ‘throwback era’ — when classic uniforms had a mainstream moment a few years ago — that was so much better. To me, there’s so much in menswear that’s about heritage.”If the goal was buzz, though, that’s certainly been accomplished. And maybe these limited-edition uniforms weren’t created for most of the armchair — or barstool — fans. They could be a recruiting tool for next-gen talent, said Will Welch, senior editor of GQ magazine.“There’s something gimmicky about them, but outlandish choices like this can end up defining an era,” said Welch. “They’re pretty shocking now, but I’m an adult fan, and that’s different than being a 12-year-old kid dying to grow up and play at Kansas or Louisville. … There’s a good chance that these kids love the idea of debuting something that’s exciting.”Sports fans are quick to get behind fashion trends that help show support of their favorite teams and players, he said. How many people wore dorky glasses with no lenses to games — and even their offices — after the NBA’s Russell Westbrook did?Among the less popular innovations in the new uniforms were short sleeves on jerseys for UCLA, Baylor and Louisville — something Adidas also introduced this year for the NBA’s Golden State Warriors.But guess who likes the sleeves? Louisville guard Peyton Siva, the Big East tournament’s MVP two years in a row.Last week, after Louisville’s win over Notre Dame, he said, “I think everybody shot a lot better today with the sleeves.”He also wanted to take home the shorts, and gave a compliment to Notre Dame’s uniforms, too. “I thought they were pretty awesome. Other people might not like them because they’re different, but I love them.”Several players interviewed by The Associated Press cheered the uniforms — and sports being sports, those who won while wearing the uniforms seemed to like them more.“I could see the uniforms becoming a good-luck charm,” said Gordon.