first_imgNews Google experiments drop Australian media from search results RSF condemns Facebook’s blocking of journalistic content in Australia January 21, 2021 Find out more June 4, 2019 – Updated on June 5, 2019 Australian police raid journalist’s home in Canberra February 22, 2021 Find out more Organisation News AustraliaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sources Judicial harassment Reporters Without Borders (RSF) unreservedly condemns this morning Australian federal police raid on a News Corps journalist’s home in Canberra, the capital. Intimidation of this kind poses a grave threat to journalists’ independence and to respect for the confidentiality of their sources, RSF warned. RSF_en News Armed with a warrant issued by a Canberra magistrate for an investigation into “alleged publishing of information classified as an official secret,” the police searched her home and seized her computer, her mobile phone and printed documents. Australia is ranked 21st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index, after falling two places. AustraliaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sources Judicial harassment center_img “National security cannot be used as grounds for violating press freedom in a story that is so manifestly in the public interest,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “This search warrant is clearly an attempt to intimidate reporters who want to investigate subjects that could embarrass the government. And it poses an unacceptable threat to respect for the confidentiality of their sources. We call on Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government to stop harassing journalists.” The raid was prompted by a story published in April 2018 revealing that the departments of defence and home affairs were considering extending their powers so that they could order the intelligence agencies to spy on the emails, text messages and bank accounts of any Australian citizen. The target of the raid, the kind of surprise visit every journalist could do without, was Annika Smethurst, the political editor of News Corp’s Sunday newspapers, including The Sunday Telegraph. Follow the news on Australia Intimidation News Australian federal police raided on News Corps journalist Annika Smethurst ’s home in Canberra (photos : News Corp Australia – William West / AFP). to go further After today’s raid, Ben Fordham, a presenter on the Sydney radio station 2GB and a contributor to Sky News, revealed that he is being investigated by the department of home affairs in connection with his story yesterday about six asylum-seeker boats that are bound for Australia. Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia November 19, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostRape Crisis Centre WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Twitter WhatsApp Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Emailcenter_img Previous articleFinal call for Ireland’s best astronomy photographs from LimerickNext articleLimerick social entrepreneurs invited to apply for funding and support from Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Staff Reporter Photo by Volkan Olmez on Unsplash Trigger Warning.RAPE Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) has launched a new national survey aimed at survivors of sexual violence and those who are supporting survivors throughout the country, including Limerick and the Midwest.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Rape Crisis Midwest, based in Limerick City, is a network member service of the RCNI.The survey focuses on survivors’ experiences of counselling and psychotherapy in a world that has been changed utterly by the pandemic. It will be live until April 12th.  So far, nearly 300 survivors across the country have completed it. The survey can be accessed on forms a critical part of RCNI’s new comprehensive programme of work called Counselling Survivors in an On & Offline World aimed at ensuring that there is standardised and specialist counselling for survivors of sexual violence and harassment fit for a post-pandemic world in Ireland. RCNI believes that remote trauma counselling is here to stay as part of a new hybrid model of on and off-line clinical support for survivors.The survey comes at a poignant moment in time also with the focus on the safety of women and girls following the murder of Sarah Everard in London.“The survivors’ survey we are launching this week is central to our understanding of how counselling is working, or not working, for them, particularly over this past tumultuous year,” said Dr Michelle Walshe, who is the RCNI Clinical Programme Lead on the global leading project.“We are asking survivors and people who are supporting them to fill out our easy to use survey. It will take less than 10 minutes, yet those 10 minutes will feed into the development of training that can ensure that counselling in this country is completely fit for purpose for the new hybrid world we are entering into,” she continued“It also means that survivors will have real choice in how they want to receive counselling in the future. As our survey to date has shown, there are huge advantages to on-line counselling, but there are things we have to address and know more about to be certain that it is working.”The survivors’ survey follows a major survey of over 750 counsellors and psychotherapists throughout Ireland, and with the collaboration of all the main organisations providing counselling and training.It found that 79% of respondents said that it was important to have specialism in sexual violence. However, less than half said that their knowledge of misogyny and gender roles was good, indicating a gap between understanding of root causes of sexual violence and the desire for specialism and standardisation in training.The programme emerged from the experience of the initial Covid-19 lockdown a year ago when Rape Crisis Centres like the one in Limerick had to be evacuated and when trauma counselling services had to move on-line, almost overnight.The initiative is supported by Rethink Ireland, through the Innovate Together Fund, a collaboration between Rethink Ireland the Department of Rural and Community Development. The Fund supports charities’ innovative responses to the Covid-19 crisis that will provide lasting change.The survey is available here. LimerickNewsSurvey to hear from sexual violence survivors across Limerick and the MidwestBy Staff Reporter – March 25, 2021 75 Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Facebook Linkedin Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limericklast_img read more

first_img(SKYSPORTS) South Africa went top of the ODI world rankings after their 88-run win over Sri Lanka in the fifth one-day international in Centurion, securing a 5-0 series whitewash.Hashim Amla hit a superb 154, sharing in a 187-run record opening partnership with Quinton de Kock (109) – who also smacked a century – as South Africa amassed 384-6 batting first.Sri Lanka never came close in reply, especially after being reduced to 82-5 inside the opening 14 overs.And despite an enterprising unbeaten 114 by Asela Gunaratne lower down the order, the visitors fell well short, finishing on 296-8, though they did bat out their full 50 overs for the first time in the series.Sri Lanka elected to field first after winning the toss, but swiftly regretted that decision as South Africa’s openers put on 187 together in 26.3 overs, de Kock racing through to an 80-ball ton.Amla was slightly more circumspect in reaching three figures, bringing up his hundred – off 112 balls – in the 40th over, but swiftly added a further 50 to his score in the closing overs.Suranga Lakmal (3-71) and Lahiru Madushanka (2-70) had halted the hosts’ run-scoring somewhat with regular wickets before Amla and Farhaam Behardien (32 off 20 balls) took apart the Sri Lankan attack late on.Sri Lanka suffered an early blow in their run-chase as Upul Tharanga – who scored a century in the fourth ODI defeat – fell to Chris Morris (4-31) for seven.Morris soon had a second when Kusal Mendis (1) offered up some catching practice to AB de Villiers at mid-off.Niroshan Dickwella (39 off 19), who again provided a spark at the top of the order, was next to go, as Sri Lanka’s top order fell apart.Some respectability was added to their score thanks to a 93-run stand for the sixth wicket between Gunaratne and Sachith Pathirana (56), but the pair failed to score at such a rate to keep Sri Lanka in with a chance of victory.Despite some big-hitting late on by Gunaratne – including four consecutive boundaries off one Behardien over – to take him through to a maiden ODI hundred, Sri Lanka slipped to another heavy defeat on their tour, while South Africa claimed to the top spot in the world.last_img read more

first_imgRio de Janeiro, Brazil | AFP | The Rio Olympics ended in a blaze of colour with an exuberant closing ceremony on Sunday as Tokyo took up the baton promising to host the best Games yet in 2020.After a rollercoaster fortnight which mixed off-field hitches with compelling sporting drama, Olympics chief Thomas Bach hailed a “marvellous” Games in the Brazilian city.“These were marvellous Olympic Games in the marvellous city!” said Bach, as he declared the Games closed and the Olympic flame was extinguished.“These Olympic Games are leaving a unique legacy for generations to come. History will talk about a Rio de Janeiro before and a much better Rio de Janeiro after the Olympic Games.” ‘Sporting superpowers’ On a sodden final day, Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge, 31, shone with his seventh win in eight marathons, timing 2hr 8min 44sec to win by more than a minute.The USA’s basketball ‘Dream Team’ of NBA stars claimed the 306th and final gold of the Games with a crushing 96-66 win over Serbia.With the basketball win, America matched its tally of 46 golds from London four years ago to lead the medals table from Britain, who sealed surprise second place ahead of China with 27 golds to 26.“We are one of those sporting superpowers now,” beamed UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl.For China, the world’s most populous country, it was the worst Olympics for 20 years — especially sobering after topping the standings at Beijing 2008 and finishing second in 2012.China brought to Rio a youthful team with an average age of 24, the lowest of the last three Olympics.This points to a rebuilding phase ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, the capital of China’s war-time rival and former colonial power which still evokes bitter resentment among many Chinese.A string of below-par performances saw India win just two medals, fewer than the six clinched during their best-ever performance in London four years earlier.There was also controversy as Mongolia’s Chagnaadorj Usukhbayar became the sixth weightlifter in Rio to fail a drugs test.And police seized passports, phones and computers in a raid on the Irish Olympic office, following the arrest of Irish International Olympic Committee member Patrick Hickey over an alleged black market tickets scam.Brazil added a final flourish as they beat Italy 3-0 to win the men’s title in volleyball, one of the country’s most popular sports.French fighter Tony Yoka won a split-decision against Britain’s Joe Joyce to take the super-heavyweight title in boxing.Switzerland’s world champion Nino Schurter, third in Beijing and second in London, competed his ascent of the podium by winning the men’s mountain bike competition.And there were furious scenes when a Mongolian coach stripped down to his underwear to protest a decision against wrestler Ganzorig Mandakhnaran. Just a few hours earlier, the United States basketball squad won the last gold of the Games, boosting their country’s place on top of the medals table.At the closing ceremony, thousands of fans and athletes donned ponchos on a wet and windy night for a colourful festival of Brazilian culture and music with bursts of spectacular fireworks.Smiling and waving athletes danced into the Maracana stadium taking selfies as Rio’s 16-day Summer Games closed ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a comical cameo as Nintendo video game character Super Mario as Tokyo set out its stall for 2020.“The Japanese government will… work hard so it will be the best Olympics ever,” Abe said as he met Japanese medal-winners earlier. Security scares and logistical problems were a feature of South America’s first Olympics, held against the backdrop of Brazil’s political and economic crisis.Swathes of empty seats caused disquiet but the Games also witnessed the last hurrahs of both Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps, who both lived up to their billing.center_img Share on: WhatsApp Bolt sealed the sprint “triple triple” in his final Games, reaching a record-equalling nine gold medals with his third consecutive 100m, 200m and 4x100m sweep.Swim legend Phelps took his unmatched career haul to 23 gold medals with another five in Rio — plus a silver, after his loss to former childhood fan Joseph Schooling.Brazil came late to the party but the country celebrated long and loud when Neymar won a gold-medal penalty shoot-out against Germany to erase memories of their 7-1 World Cup semi-final humiliation in 2014.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement 846r1NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7gjsWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E69vi5( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) mwWould you ever consider trying this?😱a2lCan your students do this? 🌚gkn7Roller skating! Powered by Firework Ian Chappell, the former Australian captain is highly impressed by India’s fantastic performance over South Africa in the recently concluded Test series. The Aussie legend in a news column stated that the Indian pacers deserve respect in all conditions and that along with their top-quality spinners, India’s bowling attack is now much more dangerous than ever.Advertisement Even though Ravichandran Ashwin was named as the highest wicket-taker in the series, it was India’s pace battery that caught Ian Chappell’s attention. For him, what mattered the most was that India didn’t need their strike bowler, Jasprit Bumrah’s help, to wrap up the series pretty easily.Advertisement “India has added a new dimension to their game with the fast bowlers, even minus Jasprit Bumrah; playing a huge part in a home victory. After years of planning and the advent of numerous academies India has finally put together a group of fast bowlers who allow them to compete anywhere in the cricket world,” Chappell wrote in his column.“Bumrah, when fit, the indefatigable Mohammed Shami, the vastly improved Ishant Sharma, and the pacy Umesh Yadav give India a quartet of fast bowlers that demand respect in all conditions. These pace spearheads, added to India’s always capable spinners give the attack a potency that not too many other countries can match,” he wrote.Advertisement But the former Australian batter was disappointed with South Africa’s dismal performance in the series and named India, Australia and England as the three best sides in Test cricket currently.“If South Africa’s slide is a long-term affliction and judging by their batting in India, this could well be the case; then that leaves three teams, India, Australia and England in the strong category, with New Zealand just below that standard. The rest of the Test teams have a lot of ground to make up in order to be regarded as strong performers in all conditions.” Advertisementlast_img read more