Ugandan commission threatens broadcasters with closure

first_imgNews September 29, 2017 Ugandan commission threatens broadcasters with closure In a 26 September directive, the UCC told broadcasters that live feeds that were “in breach of the minimum broadcasting standards” could result in “suspension and revocation of your licence.” The UCC issued the directive shortly after several TV stations provided live coverage of a scuffle among parliamentarians during a debate earlier the same day in parliament about a proposed constitutional amendment to abolish age limits for presidential candidates. As its stands, the constitution requires presidential candidates to be aged between 35 and 75. Opposition members say the proposed amendment is designed to enable President Yoweri Museweni, currently aged 73, to run for another term. “This kind of indiscriminate ban constitutes a new level of censorship for Uganda,” said Reporters Without Borders. “The UCC is using the parliamentary altercation to threaten the media by applying arbitrary and restrictive measures. We ask the UCC to rescind this decision at once in order to allow the media to freely reflect what really happens in Uganda.” The proposed amendment has triggered heated reactions in certain quarters of Ugandan society that the authorities would rather not see covered. Four reporters – Isaac Otwii of the Daily Monitor, Robert Kalibongo of Radio Unity, Denis Engena of Nile Broadcasting Services (NBS) and freelancer Martin Ongomwere –­ arrested while covering protests in the northern Lira district on 26 September and were held overnight before being released without charge. Several journalists were roughed up by police on 27 September while covering a protest by parliamentarians that was being broken up by the police.Uganda is ranked 112th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is extremely concerned about a decision by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) to ban on live broadcasts by TV, radio or other electronic media that do not respect undefined “minimum” standards. RSF calls for the ban to be lifted at once. Help by sharing this information RSF_en center_img Activities in the fieldCondemning abuses Freedom of expression Rixe entre Parlementaires à Kampala le 27 septembre, © REUTERS/James Akena Activities in the fieldCondemning abuses Freedom of expression Organisation last_img read more

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Nakaya’s fog sculptures lift Boston parks

first_img “Songs in the Fog” Oct. 27, 4, 5 p.m.Lyric soprano Shinja Choi will sing. “Story Time Hide and Seek” Oct. 6, 10 a.m.‒1 p.m. (ages 3‒8) Artists often use fog as a metaphor for murkiness, but in five sculptures dotting Boston’s parks, Fujiko Nakaya deploys clouds of mist to “make the invisible visible.”“The fog reveals the choreography of what’s already there,” said curator Jen Mergel ’98, referring to the ways wind, temperature, and humidity are mirrored in “Fog x FLO,” an installation commissioned by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy to mark its 20th anniversary.On a recent sunny morning, Mergel watched Nakaya’s fog take shape outside the visitor center of Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum as if she were watching a band she’d seen dozens of times but could still surprise her. The eight-minute performance, which repeats every half-hour from dawn to dusk, was scripted by Nakaya, Mergel said, but climate constantly improvises and reveals itself in the variations.,This is a 360° video. If viewing on an iOS device, open the video on the YouTube app. Otherwise, click and drag your mouse, or move your mobile device around, to explore the 360° environment.  Under shade of hemlock and pines, 300 nozzles emit a blanket of mist that cascades downhill. When it crosses the line of trees into direct sunlight, it bounces up and dissipates.“Fujiko humbly insists, ‘Nature does 90 percent of the work and I just help it perform at its best,’” Mergel said.But the artist’s 50 years’ experience with the medium and site-specific research shaped the Instagram-ready conditions, which a search of #fogxflo shows have been catching park visitors by surprise. Nakaya tailored the sculptures to the terrain of each site: Jamaica Pond, Franklin Park, the Fens, Leverett Pond, and the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.,“What Nakaya can control to produce her sculptures are the exact position and number of nozzles placed, and the duration and pressure that the vapor is released,” Mergel says. “For example, she may decide to make a sculpture with 260 nozzles or as many as 900 and locate these on the ground or up high to interact with the ground or wind.”If the bones of the Arboretum sculpture, called “Fog x Hill,” are Nakaya’s patented stainless-steel nozzles that emit 17-micron droplets, the heart is a motor pump sitting in a nearby shipping container. It forces filtered water from park sources through the nozzles at high pressure, more than 1,000 pounds per square inch (for comparison, the average kitchen faucet flow is around 50 psi).,Arts in the fog Special events at the Arboretum will interact with “Fog x Hill.” “Music for Atmosphere and Ground” Oct. 7, 4 p.m., 5 p.m.Composer, pianist, and multi-instrumentalist Ben Cosgrove will improvise a live soundtrack for the fog.center_img “Fog x Macbeth” Oct. 21, 5 p.m. (rain date Oct. 22, 5 p.m.)The Actors’ Shakespeare Project will perform “Macbeth.” “Flow Through” Sept. 22 (rain date Sept. 23), 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30 p.m.Maria Finkelmeier and the Kadence Ensemble (featuring brass players, singers, and percussionists) will play a composition inspired by water’s fluidity. “Engineering in the Fog” Oct. 28, 2-4 p.m. (ages 8 and up),Karen Mauney-Brodek, president of the conservancy, said that when she sought Mergel’s help finding an artist to capture the spirit of the parks’ architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, the Visual and Environmental Studies alumna nailed it with Nakaya.Like Olmsted, Nakaya defers to “genius of place,” seeking to enhance rather than compete with nature. Mergel said that while selecting sites for her Boston sculptures Nakaya consulted maps and wind rose diagrams, even Olmsted’s notes, and was as interested in what he left alone in the landscape as in what he changed.Mergel pointed to another similarity between Olmsted and Nakaya: Both “sculpt with water.” And according to Mauney-Brodek, both embody democratic ideals, Olmsted in his passion for making public spaces accessible to all and Nakaya in creating multisensory art that transcends language. Both even had a hand in a world’s fair, Olmsted in 1893 and Nakaya in 1970. “The atmosphere is my mold and the wind is my chisel to sculpt in real time.” — Fujiko Nakaya,The Arboretum has planned a series of events to coincide with the exhibit, including a performance of “Macbeth” on Oct. 21, cosponsored by Harvard University Committee on the Arts. The conservancy expects all five sites to draw up to a million visitors before the fog rolls out for the last time on Halloween.Though ephemeral in nature, Nakaya’s work has achieved some permanence at the Arboretum visitor center, where a staffer affectionately marked its hillside spot in the diorama of the nature reserve with a piece of cotton.“Fog x FLO: Fujiko Nakaya on the Emerald Necklace” is on view from dawn to dusk through Oct. 31. Explore via mobile device at fogxFLO.info.last_img read more

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Europe set for surprise return

first_img Sizing Europe has won Gowran’s PWC Champion Chase for the past three years. Speaking at Killarney on Thursday, de Bromhead said: “I ‘ve been saying all year that he’s been unbelievable form and the plan at the moment is that he’ll come back in training and go for the race in Gowran that he’s won for the last three years. “If he does give us any indication that he’s had enough, he’ll be retired straight away. We’ll leave it to the horse to tell us.” Press Association Trainer Henry de Bromhead has revealed multiple Group One-winning chaser Sizing Europe will return to training in the coming weeks with a view to running in the PWC Champion Chase at Gowran Park in early October.center_img The 12-year-old was last seen regaining his crown in the boylesports.com Champion Chase at the Punchestown Festival at the end of April, after which owner Alan Potts suggested time was likely to be called on his pride and joy’s glittering racing career amid emotional scenes in the winner’s enclosure. However, his retirement was never confirmed and the veteran is due to at least come back into work to see if the spark is still there. last_img read more

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NBA free agency: Kevon Looney would ‘love to stay’ with Warriors

first_imgKevon Looney wants to remain with the Warriors.The 23-year-old forward has spent his entire four-year career in Golden State. His contract will expire after the playoffs and he said last weekend he hopes to re-sign with the team. NBA playoffs 2019: Warriors’ Klay Thompson says he ended slump by jumping in the ocean Warriors’ Steve Kerr on Stephen Curry’s Game 4 struggles: Great players ‘bounce back pretty quickly’ Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he wants Looney to be in the team’s long-term plans.“I was terrified all last year, after we denied the option, that we were going to lose him,” Kerr said. “He was great last year. But it was a bad free-agent market for the players last summer. People just didn’t have money. So, we got lucky in terms of being able to keep him. And he’s turned into such a good player for us.“I’m really, really hoping that we can keep him long term and that we can give him the contract he deserves, and he can make some good money and we can enjoy having him on our team for many years.”Looney said he appreciated his coach’s comments.“It’s good to have that kind of support from the coach,” Looney said. “I hope it works out.”Looney averaged a career-high 6.3 points and 5.2 rebounds in 18.5 minutes per game for Golden State in 2018-19.The forward’s role has increased in the playoffs as Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins suffered a torn quad early in the team’s opening round series against the Clippers.Looney tallied 19 points and five rebounds in 19 minutes in Golden State’s Game 2 loss and followed that up with 10 points in 17 minutes in a blowout victory. He also added seven rebounds and two assists in Game 4.Kerr praised Looney’s contributions when he met with reporters before that game.center_img “I’d love to stay here,” Looney said, via NBC Sports Bay Area. “I like being on this team. I want to be there when Chase Center opens later this year.”The Warriors declined Looney’s fourth-year option in October 2018, which made him a free agent after last season. But, Looney inked a one-year, $1.6 million deal to stay with Golden State. Related News “For two years now, he has been a rock for us,” Kerr said. “I really hope that (he’s) here. I want him to be here for a long time. I think everybody in this locker room wants Loon to be rewarded for his effort.”The Warriors originally selected Looney out of UCLA with the 30th pick in the 2015 draft.last_img read more

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