May 21, 2021 Find out more February 11, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist Sabina Slonkova convicted for protecting her sources. Public media independence under threat in the Czech Republic and Slovenia News News News Czech RepublicEurope – Central Asia Organisation Reporters Without Borders today condemned the decision of the Prague Appeal Court on 6 February upholding a lower court ruling on 28 November that imposed a fine of 700 euros on journalist Sabina Slonkova for “damage to private life”.News website Aktualne.cz in February 2008, days ahead of presidential elections, posted photos taken by a surveillance camera close to the capital’s Savoy Hotel showing a meeting between Jiri Weigl, head of President Vaclav Klaus’s office, and Miloslav Slouf, an influential political and financial lobbyist. “The court ruling is completely baffling. The meeting was held in a public place. A campaign director is by definition a public figure in the run-up to an election. The report posted on the website Aktualne.cz is therefore of public interest. Sabina Slonkova only did her job and made legitimate use of her right to inform the public,” the worldwide press freedom organization said.“Convicting Sabina Slonkova does nothing to guarantee the protection of private life. The authorities were above all looking for the journalist’s sources. But the protection of sources, cornerstone of freedom of the press, is guaranteed under the constitution”, the organisation added.The appeal court decision comes just days after a second vote in the national assembly on a law amending the criminal code and procedures that bans the publication of phone-tapping carried out by the police and publication of all information relating to the practice. Offenders face prison sentences of one to five years and fines of up to five million koruna (about 180,000 euros).“The appeal court decision to convict Sabina Slonkova is a perfect illustration of the risks that will be run by journalists from now on after the wire-tapping vote in the Assembly. If journalists are already being fined 700 euros for publishing photos taken in public places, one hardly dares imagine the fines for publishing ‘more sensitive’ information”, said Jean-François Julliard, secretary general of Reporters Without Borders. “We urge President Vaclav Klaus to veto the new law on publication of wire-tapping and not to endorse a law which will considerably obstruct the work of the investigative press”, he added.Slonkova has done many investigations into the criminal underworld and organised crime and regularly comes under pressure because of it. Police in 2002 uncovered a plot to kill her that led to the conviction of five people, including a former high official in the ministry of foreign affairs. Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Help by sharing this information Czech RepublicEurope – Central Asia News Receive email alerts Follow the news on Czech Republic RSF_en December 2, 2020 Find out more to go further
Community News RN Sues Huntington Hospital, Alleging Age Discrimination CITY NEWS SERVICE Published on Friday, April 30, 2021 | 5:43 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena A registered nurse who formerly worked at Huntington Hospital is suing the Pasadena medical center, alleging she was the victim of age discrimination when she was stripped of her job in 2019 at age 60 despite being told by the new CEO she would be rehired.Lynda Browning’s Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit alleges wrongful termination, age discrimination, retaliation and failure to prevent discrimination and retaliation. Browning seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages in the suit filed Thursday against the hospital and its parent company, Huntington Health Physicians.A hospital representative did not immediately reply to a request for comment.Browning, now 62, was hired at the hospital in the pediatrics department in January 1995, and her duties included triaging patients, assessing their needs, administering medications and advising people on home care for their children, according to her court papers. Browning also was a certified lactation educator and provided consultations to new mothers to help them with breastfeeding.From 2015-18, Huntington Hospital rated Browning’s technical and professional knowledge as “exceptional” and entrusted her to train new RNs, according to the plaintiff.The hospital’s human resources department notified Browning in April 2019 that her nursing license had expired, which surprised her because she had already submitted the appropriate fees and proof of her 30 hours of continuing education to renew her license, according to the lawsuit.Browning was placed off work for two weeks, but renewed her license in half that time, the suit states. However, the hospital’s new CEO, Dr. Timothy S. Albert, told her in May 2019 that she should resign so that she could then be rehired, according to her court papers.“Relying on this representation … Browning immediately submitted a handwritten resignation letter,” the suit states.Browning reapplied about six weeks later, but she was not rehired and her position was filled with a woman about 30 years younger who was not licensed at the time and was paid less money than the plaintiff, according to the lawsuit.Prior to Browning’s resignation and continuing to the present, the hospital has been replacing RNs with licensed-vocational nurses who require more supervision and cannot perform as many duties as an RN, and are typically younger and paid less, according to the suit.When Browning applied online for open nursing positions at the hospital, her applications were blocked based on her social security number, the suit states. She says she was eventually able to submit her application and resume for an open job in April 2020 but was never contacted. Community News Community News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News 15 recommended1 commentShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website HerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Sea Salt Scrubs You Can Make YourselfHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeauty Business News More Cool Stuff Make a comment
According to China Military Online, the vessel, which was deliver to the People’s Liberation Army Navy in December 1981 and served the Navy for 33 years, was officially retired from service yesterday morning.Manufactured by the Chongqing Shipyard, the vessel is 58.77 meters long, 7.20 meters wide, has a draught of 2.2 meters, and has an estimated maximum speed of 30.5 knots.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 17, 2014; Image: Wikimedia Chinese Submarine Chaser Decommissioned View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: asia Authorities View post tag: submarine View post tag: Decommissioned View post tag: Chaser Back to overview,Home naval-today Chinese Submarine Chaser Decommissioned July 17, 2014 View post tag: News by topic The naval port in Zhoushan, east China’s Zhejiang province, held a decommissioning ceremony for the Chinese submarine chaser “Hai’an” 650. View post tag: Chinese Share this article
Tri-State Alliance Holds Press Conference To Set The Record StraightSEPTEMBER 15TH, 2018 MEGAN DIVENTI EVANSVILLE, INDIANAThe Tri-State Alliance in Evansville is addressing controversies surrounding the organization.“After reviewing all records, all donations, all expenditures, we found that everything was in order,” says Wally Paynter, Tri-State Alliance president. This comes after the IRS revoked the Tri-State Alliance’s non-profit status for failing to file the proper tax exemption form.“We made an error and that error was with the 990’s,” says Paynter. “Regrettably, we met the deadline with the extension, we met the deadline to file the 990 and that would be the 2016 public statement. We did not include a schedule A.”The TSA says they resubmitted the return which wasn’t fully submitted. The tax status was suspended and they have appealed that decision. Former board member Kelley Coures also stepped down from the group after he says a person advised him there might be a potential misuse of resources within the organization.“The rumor that the former VP mentioned is completely false,” says Julie Robinson, TSA board member. “There is nothing sketchy about the numbers. There was just a misinformed out of a stack of forms. And it’s really unfortunate.”They say their next steps include initiating an audit to see what recommendations the auditor might have.“We’re going to start with the current audit I believe of this year or last year and the prior year and I’m certain we’ll go further,” says Robinson. “We’re just going to do another board member meeting before we continue because we want to provide transparency, full transparency as quickly as we can.”A quarterly meeting will be held in December and a meeting in January will take place to approve the 990 for 2018.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
These are just some examples of the fluidity of opinion about film that the general public can raise at its leisure. With the right audience and platform, you might not find the definitive consensus on whether these movies are good or bad. Still, the value of people’s opinions is much more democratized. And streaming and media giants take notice with their PR and social media strategies, especially the increasingly corny Netflix Twitter account. OK sure, but what is good? What films are worth remembering? And who gets to decide this? I’ll start with the last one by telling you to look at yourself. By being part of the discussion surrounding film and media, the public has an even greater sway over what stays relevant. Have you seen that meme of the two-photo collage that features a group of men fighting with the caption “Discussing ‘Twilight’ in 2009,” and then a round-table meeting, seemingly serious in nature with the caption: “Discussing ‘Twilight’ in 2019”? I’ve done this on several occasions, so this isn’t an attempt to shame. But why is the knee-jerk reaction after watching something to look to those we deem “greater” than ourselves or with opinions more “viable” for an answer? Shideh Ghandeharizadeh | Daily Trojan But with distribution models shifting from solely theatrical releases to completely streamed or hybrid releases, the answer to what gets included in the canon of great film (and this includes great bad movies as well!) lies in its own purpose — what we can remember about the film and how that is a reflection of our culture. While streaming giants are encroaching more and more on the discussion of what stories get to be told and what don’t, the increased accessibility to programming puts the power in the viewer’s hands. The films that are celebrated because they are accurate, far-ranging and impactful may or may not float to the top. Still, now more than ever, the average viewer (that’s you!) can guide film culture to what is truly remarkable and worth celebrating or push what isn’t to sink. It’s great that there are myriad sources to discuss, debate or illuminate the themes and topics of films, and the internet and proliferation of streaming services are partly to credit. But when superiority complexes lend themselves to debates on if a film is good or bad, these services use this debate to their advantage. On the flip side, they will approach a filmmaker that had critical but maybe not as far-reaching mainstream success as possible — take, for example, Dee Rees’ journey from “Pariah” to “Mudbound” — and pour their heart (if they have one) and money into these future projects because they see dollar signs come with critical acclaim and runs through the award circuit. One thing that I’ve seen following me over my shoulder in my time as a film student at the sunny School of Cinematic Arts is the looming declaration: “This is what you should be watching if you want any sort of credibility as a film lover.” Beyond the canon’s roots in majority-white academia and Hollywood pats-on-the-back (which niche streaming services like Criterion and schools like USC do little to address), it often leaves people discouraged and confused after being told to invest their time in something that is simply unapproachable or not for them. I saw that. You just clicked the link to read a review after you watched the movie. Did you want to see what the great film critic of the day thought, or did you miss something while watching and are now scrambling to find an explanation? (The Scholar’s Stone floats because it is fake and hollow, it’s a metaphor.) Maybe this is the time to introduce the column. I’m Lauren, I’m a cinema and media studies senior and I’m going to use this to try to challenge you (and myself) as to where film culture and study should be situated, and how that’s going to shape history and the business of entertainment to come. The reverse sort of cultural evaluation can lead to intense scrutiny as well. When Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” was continuing its Oscar campaign, a certain scene at the pinnacle of the two main characters’ divorce proceedings brought with it a bout of intrusive thoughts (see Hunter Harris’ “This One ‘Marriage Story’ Line Plays on a Loop in My Head”) and memes that lead to warring camps discussing the film’s goodness and badness. For better or for worse, the scene was used to analyze other texts, including the true identity of Baby Yoda. Either way, the film had its moment on Twitter and other social media sites for quite a while, though it might not have been the sort of spotlight the director or critics lauding the film agreed with. Lauren Mattice is a senior writing about film culture. She is also the digital managing editor at the Daily Trojan. Her column, “Film Schooled,” runs every other Wednesday. It may seem silly, but that in itself is a reflection of the continued conversations that were being had about the movie, including how it shaped the process of adaptation, young adult culture and laid some of the foundations for leading actors Kristin Stewart and Robert Pattinson to build their “reputable” indie careers off of. And despite its abysmal 49% Rotten Tomatoes and 56 Metascore ratings, the general public ate it up — to put it in numbers, it made $408.4 million worldwide at the box office on a $37 million budget. Remember when I used the word microcosm? Well, speaking of streaming services, part of their development and distribution strategies hinge on the ability to generate these sorts of conversations. Film Twitter will eat up indie darlings right out of festivals’ hands — for the most part — and these services will take what’s most promising and offer distribution deals worth tens of millions of dollars. Now that that’s out of the way, the increased accessibility to films and television is a double-edged sword, a battle in which the gatekeepers of “great cinema” are steadily losing and the general public seems to gain a greater edge. Now I’m not saying that friendly discussions between peers should be banished because they are major media corporations’ tools, at least not in this column. These talks are simply a microcosm of a larger issue: What films get included or left out of the canon of “really great films” should not be because of the few’s opinions, of the elite, of these companies.