News November 28, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 TV station Globovisión targeted by president Hugo Chávez Help by sharing this information Organisation Receive email alerts Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives RSF_en News News New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets Follow the news on Venezuela News Reporters Without Border today deplored the legal irregularity and purely political intent of a administrative move yesterday against the privately-owned TV station Globovisión for allegedly violating the country’s electoral law and said it was clearly an attempt to cancel the station’s broadcasting licence.“ Globovisión did nothing wrong by showing a speech by an election candidate claiming he had won,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “It did not say he had won and was simply doing its job of reporting.” “The National Elections Council (CNE) said no rule had been broken. Why have none of the other media outlets which may have filmed the same footage been targeted? It seems anything goes in efforts to cancel the licence of a station that has criticised the government,” it said. At President Hugo Chávez’ request, the National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel) told Globovisión on 27 November that action was being taken against it for breaking the electoral law, which bans media outlets giving election results before they are officially announced by the CNE. The 2004 law on TV and radio social responsibility provides for a broadcasting suspension of up to three days for this infraction and immediate licence cancellation if repeated. Globovisión ‘s licence is due to expire in 2013. The CNE announced the results of regional elections at midnight on 24 November, except those in Carabobo and Táchira states, where opposition candidates Henrique Salas Feo and César Pérez Vivas won the governorships. Globovisión, along with other media outlets, then broadcast in the early hours a statement by Salas Feo that he had won. The two victories were confirmed a few hours later by the CNE. Before the elections, Chávez has warned he would cancel the licences of radio and TV stations (including those run by the government) if they announced results in advance. The day after the 23 November vote, the president said he had given orders to Conatel concerning a “privately-owned TV station” he did not name. Globovisión’s lawyer said Conatel had no power to punish a media outlet for an offence relating to election coverage. Only the CNE could do this and one of its members, Vicente Diaz, had questioned the validity of the infraction, saying the pre-result ban only applied until the first announcement of official results. Globovisión had complied with this by not broadcasting Salas Feo’s statement until two hours afterwards. Globovisión is also being targeted for a remark broadcast in its 13 October programme “Aló Ciudadano” by opposition figure Rafael Poleo that Chávez “could end up like Mussolini”. He was reproached for saying this by the programme’s presenter, Leopoldo Castillo. The government immediately called it “a plan to assassinate the president.” But the 2004 law says that with “independent programmes” such as “Aló Ciudadano”, the media outlet is not responsible for their content (article 28). Globovisión is the only non-satellite newsstation to criticise Chávez and has never been able to get a licence to broadcast outside the capital. Its main offices were recently attacked by pro-government activists and its head, Alberto Federico Ravell, is regularlly accused by the government of “conspiring” against the president. August 25, 2020 Find out more Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela June 15, 2020 Find out more VenezuelaAmericas to go further VenezuelaAmericas January 13, 2021 Find out more
After a busy preliminary round of action, the MTN FA Cup returns this weekend with champions, Medeama set to start the defence of their title on Sunday in the Round of 64 stage.The second round fixtures which starts on Good Friday involves teams from the Premier, Division One and Division Two leagues.Noted for its upsets, the FA Cup could this weekend throw out a few surprises as Liberty Professionals travel to Tarkwa to face Medeama.Dreams F.C. will attempt to replicate their impressive form in the Premier League when they meet Okwawu United at the Nkawkaw Park.Hearts of Oak’s quest for domestic doubble will be tested by Wassaman at the Accra Stadium. – Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports
This video was first shared on Mikey’s YouTube Channel. Thanks for Sharing Mikey! If you want to watch more awesome tutorials by Mikey Borup than check out his page on the Premiumbeat.com blog.Know of any other helpful Photoshop tools that can be used in After Effects? Share in the comments below. Motion graphics expert Mikey Borup explains how to use his super helpful Magic Wand tool in After Effects.The magic wand tool is one of the most useful tools in Adobe Photoshop. It is a great way to avoid having to manually select portions of your scene. It’s great inside Photoshop but if you are looking to use the magic wand tool in After Effects you aren’t going to find one. Adobe has not made a magic wand tool native in Adobe After Effects but lucky for us, Premiumbeat blog writer and After Effects expert Mikey Borup has created a free Magic Wand Tool for AE.To install the free preset go to https://gumroad.com/l/magicwand and click the big red donate button. After you click the button you can select to donate some money or simply put in 0 (but hey, supporting is good karma!). After you download, install it into the preset folder on your computer and you should be good to go. Now all you have to do is drag the MagicWand effect onto any layer you want.Mikey has also created this very helpful video tutorial showing how to use the effect the video covers:Using the Magic Wand EffectMoving the Point ControlAdjusting Tolerance
Pullela Gopi Chand was unable to win an Olympic medal himself, but on Saturday he realised a dream as his ward Saina Nehwal clinched a historic bronze medal in London.”It has been a long journey for Saina. It still seems like yesterday she had lost the quarter-final in Beijing and here she is today with a bronze medal for herself and the country,” coach Gopi told Mail Today.Showing almost no sign of emotion, Gopi was extremely happy that a sport which he has been associated with for almost two decades has got glory for the country.”It’s incredible. Winning a medal in badminton in the Olympics is huge and Saina has put in a very good effort,” he said.Asked about the conversation he had with Saina after her loss in the semi-finals to Wang Yihan, the proud coach said: “I told her all was not lost and she should focus on the bronze medal play-off. Today, the entire nation can celebrate the success.”At a time when in almost every sport there is a clamour for foreign coaches, Saina has stuck with Gopi. “It’s a very special relationship with Saina. We have been working together for years and from Beijing to here, it has been a long journey. There are several areas we worked together on, though it’s well known now how she has laboured on her fitness and speed,” said Gopi.So, would badminton become more popular thanks to Saina? “I would be most happy if Saina’s medal can spur on the youngsters, and a whole new generation. There has to be belief that we Indians can do it and more parents should push their children into this sport,” added Gopi.advertisementIn his view, Saina still has a lot more to achieve. “She is still young and has many more tournaments to play this year. But looking ahead, with an Olympic medal to boast of, she can look at those events where she has not done well,” he said.The Asian Games and All England Championship should figure in that list.
Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants UP’s win resulted to a massive four-way tie for the second spot in the standings with La Salle, University of Santo Tomas, and Far Eastern University sharing an identical records of 5-3.The Lady Maroons scored four unanswered points to create some leeway, 21-16, late in the third set that featured one crucial error and a gutsy move courtesy of Isa Molde.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsLourdes Clemente went to the service line amid a boisterous atmosphere but her serve never even touched the net with the ball going straight below the nylon putting UP at the 24-19 match point.Molde then skied over the block for the booming kill that swept the Lady Maroons’ season series with the Lady Spikers. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Google Philippines names new country director FEU wins but loses Lycha Ebon to knee injury Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO CITY—University of the Philippines started off its second round campaign the best way possible as it repeated over defending champion De La Salle, 25-16, 26-24, 25-19, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Ynares Center here.The Lady Maroons are the first team to sweep the Lady Spikers in a season since Ateneo did the feat in Season 77.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Despite the big win, UP head coach Godfrey Okumu said the Lady Maroons have yet to get better.“The peak of UP? No. I feel like there’s more to come and we can still play better and it’s just a matter of time but again it was a good game so it’s our lucky day today,” said Okumu.Diana Carlos led UP’s offense with 13 points while Molde added 11 but it wasn’t much the Lady Maroons’ firepower that doomed La Salle.The Lady Spikers, who had 11 points from captain Desiree Cheng, committed 37 errors and that is the worst mark they’ve had this season.La Salle’s three losses also tied the Lady Spikers’ mark in Season 79 when they finished 11-3 in the season.ADVERTISEMENT Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
In a day without marquee matchups in Brazil, the World Cup game that is most likely to feature two knockout-stage teams also projects to be the biggest blowout. France vs. Ecuador is the best of an uninspiring lineup. The match that could decide who advances in Group E will feature the tournament’s most-explosive offense.Argentina vs. Nigeria 12 p.m. EDTBosnia and Herzegovina vs. Iran 12 p.m. EDTEcuador vs. France 4 p.m. EDTSwitzerland vs. Honduras 4 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFIN DEPTHFrance has been peppering opponents’ goals: It leads the tournament in per-match rates of goals and shots on target from within the area. Karim Benzema leads all players with nine such shots, a relentless performance that could earn him a big raise from Real Madrid to ward off other teams.France also played one of the easiest schedules of any team at the tournament. Its two opponents so far rank in the bottom 13 of the 32 World Cup sides in ESPN’s Soccer Power Index, and in the bottom eight in defensive rating. Ecuador is no defensive stalwart, ranking right at the tournament average, but Honduras and Switzerland make it look like a steel trap.Not much is at stake for France here: It has essentially clinched a spot in the knockout stage and has a 99.7 percent chance of winning the group, thanks to its mammoth lead in goal differential. Ecuador, though, has work to do. It’s level with Switzerland at three points, and though it has the edge in goal differential, it also has the tougher opponent Wednesday. If Switzerland wins, Ecuador will have to upset France to have a chance to advance.The early games include a matchup between the top two teams in Group F, Argentina and Nigeria. The harmonic mean of these two teams’ SPI is slightly higher than for France and Ecuador. But Argentina is so much better by SPI than Nigeria that the match also projects to be the day’s biggest blowout.A tie would be mutually beneficial for Argentina and Nigeria. Argentina would guarantee itself a spot atop the group; that’s especially valuable because it will face the runner-up in Group E, and that team will probably be much weaker than the winner, which almost definitely will be France. A tie would also mean Nigeria clinches second in the group, knocking out Iran.There is precedent for thinking that when two teams meeting in the last match of the group stage can both benefit from the same outcome, that outcome will happen. It happened in 1982, when West Germany beat Austria by a 1-0 score in a match that turned farcical in front of fans who called out “fix.” And it happened at the Euros in 2004, when the 2-2 draw Denmark and Sweden needed to advance and knock out Italy materialized. Two teams can arrive at a mutually desired outcome without any planning, simply by playing until they reach that score and not pushing hard afterward.Bettors haven’t taken into account the mutual incentive for an Argentina-Nigeria draw. The consensus probability of a draw on the betting sites whose odds are compiled by Oddschecker.com was 21 percent Wednesday morning, which is also SPI’s estimate. There’s a much bigger difference for Thursday’s U.S.-Germany match, another game in which a draw would aid both teams. There, the SPI-based model says there is a 22 percent chance of a tie, while bettors think there is a 33 percent chance.Wednesday also marks the end of South America’s group stage. All six of the continent’s World Cup teams will go through to the knockout stage if Ecuador’s day goes well. CONMEBOL could even win four of the eight groups if Argentina does the expected and wins Group F, and Ecuador accomplishes the nearly impossible and wins Group E.YESTERDAYAmid the controversy surrounding Uruguay’s Luis Suarez, his team defeated Italy 1-0 to advance to the Round of 16, where Group C winner and fellow CONMEBOL member Colombia awaits.The winning goal came from Diego Godin, who scored for his country for the first time in his last 72 matches, dating to Oct. 18, 2006. But Godin is no stranger to big goals lately; he scored the goal on the final day of the La Liga season to clinch the title for Atletico Madrid, and he scored the first goal in the Champions League final for Atletico.Godin scored the winner with his head, continuing a trend. All eight of his goals for Atletico this season were headers, and six of the eight came from set pieces, as was Tuesday’s.The turning point for the match came after Italy’s Claudio Marchisio received a red card in the 59th minute. Through the 59th minute, Uruguay had created two chances and had nine touches in the attacking penalty area. From the 60th minute on, the Uruguayans had eight touches in the box and created five chances, one of which led to the winning goalBy comparison, Italy managed to create one chance and had one touch in the attacking penalty area after Marchisio’s red card. Italy had three touches in the attacking penalty area all told, its fewest in a World Cup match in at least the past 50 years.Though Suarez’s most notable action may have been with his teeth, he also contributed with his feet, posting match highs with six shots and four shots on target. He also was tied for first among all players in chances created (two) and attacking penalty-area touches (three). — Jacob Nitzberg, senior stats analyst, ESPNOFF THE PITCHFrom their partnerships on energy and job creation to their pacts on prisoner exchange, Nigeria and Argentina have gotten closer in recent years. This increasingly friendly relationship is reflected in trade as well. According to OECD data, exports from Argentina to Nigeria have increased significantly from 2009 (in which total exports were worth $59 million) to 2012 (total exports were worth $289 million), the most recent year for which data is available. This is surprising given that the share of higher-value exports, such as machinery, decreased in this span. But it seems that the exports of wheat, maize and soybeans (62 percent of exports to Nigeria in 2012) have grown more than enough to compensate.Trade in the opposite direction doesn’t tell quite the same story, with Nigerian exports to Argentina dropping from $204 million in 2011 to $56 million in 2012. But even that number is a remarkable increase from the $931,000 in exports that Nigeria sent Argentina in 2009. The main cause for the overall rise is the incorporation of liquefied petroleum gases into the countries’ trade agreement in 2011. This new export was so dominant that it caused the previous main export, natural rubber, to diminish from a 72 percent share in 2010 to a 0.8 percent share in 2011. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGWorld Cup Advancement Scenarios For Groups E And FYour ‘Luis Suárez Bit a Guy!?’ Reaction PostIn Praise of Cristiano Ronaldo
Citing concerns about safety, the NFL adopted a rule change last offseason that moved touchbacks on kickoffs five yards out to the 25-yard line, ostensibly to reduce the number of kick returns, though perhaps with the added benefit of juicing the league’s offense.For its stated purpose, the effect of the rule change has been underwhelming. Of non-onside kickoffs this season, 39 percent have been returned. While this is an all-time low, it’s only down from 42 percent last season, which was already well below the 52 percent average from 2011-14, which was way below the average before the tee placement for kickoffs was moved to the 35-yard line in 2011. It’s not clear that this decline is any greater than what we would have expected if the rule change on returns hadn’t been adopted, based on the ongoing kicker improvement that has been taking place across the board.While there are multiple issues at play, the main reason the change hasn’t been more effective is straightforward: Despite kick returns out of the end zone being rendered a demonstrably worse bet, teams keep trying them.Below is a chart showing the league average starting field position for standard kickoff returns1Meaning returns from non-onside kickoffs kicked from the 35-yard line, excluding returns that ended in a lost fumble. from near the end zone: In 2015, the Jacksonville Jaguars returned 24 percent of kickoffs out of the end zone, and had the seventh-worst average starting field position in the league. In 2016, they have the lowest return rate from the end zone in the league at just under 9 percent3Jacksonville returned 8.7 percent to the Carolina Panthers’ 9.3 percent. and are tied with the Arizona Cardinals for the second-best starting field position after those kickoffs (both 0.8 yards better than if they’d taken the touchbacks). Meanwhile, the Chicago Bears went from returning 37 percent in 2015 to returning 48 percent in 2016. Yet, despite seeing their starting field position improve from the 23-yard line to the 24-yard line, their advantage fell from being tops in the league (by a wide margin) to being 20th — and one of the 25 teams that would have been better off always taking a knee.Further complicating matters, kickoffs that drop short of the goal line seem to be better for the kicking team than touchbacks (as you can see on the first chart above). Before the new rule came into play, the league anticipated that coaches and kickers might try to game the system by kicking just short of the end zone. This seems to have happened, at least somewhat, with 79 percent of kickoffs going into the end zone this season, down from 87 percent last season. That’s a low mark since the kickoff spot was moved in 2011 (in a stat that had been on the rise). But the fact that teams have been willing to inefficiently return out of the end zone may have limited the incentive to try.If this rule stays, it’s likely that teams will adjust eventually on both sides, meaning fewer returns out of the end zone but fewer kicks into the end zone, as well. Kickoffs may essentially go the way of punts, with how often a kicker pins the opposing team inside the touchback line (“In 25”) becoming an important stat for kickoff specialists.Check out our latest NFL predictions. This chart doesn’t give any bonus value to touchdowns, which are slightly more valuable than their equivalent in yardage, though it also doesn’t reflect returns with fumbles lost (which are rare, but still considerably more common than return touchdowns). While some endgame situations may arise where even a bad return is worth trying, and perhaps some of those returns were legitimate responses to openings presented by the kick-coverage unit, ultimately there is no reason to be significantly under the red line save poor judgment. If the entire league had simply taken a knee on these 356 kickoffs it returned out of the endzone, it would have saved a combined 1,108 yards of field position.Kick returners have been more judicious this season — just 23 percent of standard kickoffs have been returned from the end zone, compared with 33 percent last year2That 33 percent was also down from the 42 percent between 2011 and 2014. — but little has changed about the average result of such returns, other than whether they’re worth it.Some teams appear to be figuring this out and have been rewarded as a result. Others have declined the free yards and continued running it out, and they have been punished accordingly:
England’s captain Harry Kane has been linked with a move to Real after his goal took England to the semi-final but it seems Fernando Morientes does not want Tottenham Hotspur striker, Kane to switch to the Bernabeu.One of best Madrid strikers, Cristiano Ronaldo, just departed Real to Juve and left a space that can only be filled by a skilful striker. However, Morientes believes that Tottenham Hotspur striker Kane does not fit into the shoes but went further to acknowledge the greatness in Kane.“Normally, in Real Madrid, all the Galacticos can arrive to the Bernabeu,” he told talkSPORT.“But now it’s very difficult because Cristiano Ronaldo go out [Karim] Benzema stays up front as a number nine.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“And if Harry Kane comes to Madrid, maybe he’s not the same as Cristiano Ronaldo – we need something special.”“All the people say that the more important player now for Real Madrid is maybe Neymar, [Kylian] Mbappe if Benzema does what people thinks and stay for one more year.“We need another type of player, not a striker, because we have Benzema“And if Harry Kane came, two number nines in one big team is very difficult.”