Berlusconi wants to strangle the wrong octopus

first_img to go further ItalyEurope – Central Asia RSF_en News Receive email alerts November 19, 2020 Find out more ItalyEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information Organisation On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Newscenter_img News RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive December 2, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Italy November 23, 2020 Find out more News Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union December 9, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Berlusconi wants to strangle the wrong octopus Reporters Without Borders has asked Lirio Abbate, an Italian journalist who specialises in organised crime, to say what he thinks of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s comment that he would like to “strangle” people who write books or make films about the mafia.The press freedom organisation is appalled by Berlusconi’s remark, made during a public meeting in Olbia, Sardinia, on 28 November. Referring to “The Octopus”, a long-running Italian TV series about the mafia, he said: “If I find out who is the maker of the nine seasons of ‘The Octopus’ and who has written books on the mafia, which give such a bad image to Italy across the world, I swear that I will strangle them.”“Words are like stones and if they are cast at those who are already at risk, they can resemble a suggestion,” said Abbate in his reaction, which is published in full below.“At time when around 10 Italian journalists are under police protection for covering the mafia’s activities, Prime Minister Berlusconi’s comments are completey uncalled-for,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is unacceptable for a European leader to send such a signal. Investigative coverage of the mafia is needed more than ever, especially to expose its infiltration of business circles.”The press freedom organisation added: “Journalists who take risks to cover the mafia should be be supported. They should not be threatened with strangling. They should not be pressured into silence or into looking the other way.” Abbate has covered all of the most important investigations and trials of members of the Sicilian mafia, Neapolitan camorra and Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta and was the only journalist present when mafia chief Bernardo Provenzano was arrested. He and fellow journalists Peter Gomez are the joint authors of “The Accomplices,” a book about the collusion between the mafia and Italian politicians.His police bodyguards thwarted an attempt to kill him in September 2007. The following month, mafia chief Leoluca Bagarella gave him a public warning. Frequently threatened, Abbate now lives outside Sicily with a permanent police escort.This is what Abbate wrote about Berlusconi’s comment:A prime minister who imagines, even metaphorically, an author being murdered just for writing books about the mafia ends up providing dangerous support to these criminal organisations, which have long been preparing to execute their death sentence. The mafia is there, it exists, there is a need to talk about it. Denouncing it is essential. Not talking about it does not solve the problem, as the Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, would wish. Surrounding organised crime with silence, so that it can act more easily behind the scenes, is precisely what is wanted by the remaining mafia chiefs, still on the run in Sicily, and Berlusconi’s comment – whether spoken in jest or seriously – adopted the language of the criminals who have killed so many Italian citizens and officials.Fortunately, there are still people in this country who talk and write about the mafia, about its crimes and its collusion with people in power and, by so doing, they combat the silence and oblivion. But it is not an easy task. These people face daily risks and death threats. A journalist’s work and life should not be endangered, especially in a western democracy. And yet this is still happening in Italy. Society should be helping and supporting the journalists and writers who are affected. And fortunately, this often happens. But when, as is happening with increasing frequency in our country, their investigative work and analyses threaten the interests of mafia bosses, who are increasing their power with help from certain politicians, we are confronted by a news blackout. And it is precisely in these cases that silence, indifference and oblivion triumph.Tensions have mounted of late and so have the dangers these journalists are running. And Silvio Berlusconi’s comments have made them even more exposed as potential targets. Journalists who have had police escorts for years because of death sentences from a mafia that wants media invisibility suddenly find their vulnerability has increased considerably because of what our prime minister said. Words are like stones and if they are cast at those who are already at risk, they can resemble a suggestion. Or even an incitement for those who are already eager to turn off the safeties of their firearms. Before it is too late, the prime minister must reverse his position and publicly proclaim that he supports those who write about the mafia and their political accomplices.Lirio AbbateRead in Italian/ Leggere in italiano last_img read more

Jonathan Groff Dishes About Filming His Rowdy Looking Sex Scene

first_imgTony nominee Jonathan Groff has never been shy about showing off some skin for the sake of art. For real, thanks to Spring Awakening, his adorable bubble butt is permanently etched into our memories. And did you see his hot and heavy sex scene in the second season of Starz’ Boss? Whew! But anyway, Groff is once again stripping down and doing the dirty on HBO’s Looking and, according to E! Online, we’re not going to want to miss it. Groff also said that the series’ female director of photography, Reed Morano, was dazzled by his sex scene-shooting prowess. “We were in bed and there she was in bed capturing what was happening,” he revealed. “She said, ‘This is the hottest sex scene I’ve ever experienced shooting.'” So, is Groff going to be showing us his O-face? Of course! And he said it took “years of practice.” Jonathan, you playful dog, you! Pardon our blushing. Jonathan Groff View Commentscenter_img Star Files In the show’s next episode, titled “Looking for the Future” and airing February 16, Groff’s Patrick and Raúl Castillo’s Richie have a racy bedroom romp. “We’re both very comfortable with our bodies, very comfortable with each other and we were very comfortable being naked together from the beginning,” Groff told E!. “That builds a lot of trust. We built a lot of trust between us so you could really go there and we totally went there in that scene.”last_img read more

Hungry Warner still has ‘a lot to prove’

first_imgHYDERABAD Sunrisers coach, Tom Moody, credits mental resilience and preparation for star opening batsman’s flying start to IPL season.David Warner has been hailed for his mental resilience after returning to the IPL “with a lot to prove” following the expiry of his 12-month ban for orchestrating Australia’s ball-tampering scandal.Warner has made a blockbuster start to the IPL season, hitting 85, 69 and an unbeaten 100 in his three matches with the Sunrisers Hyderabad so far.Tom Moody, the Western Australian all-rounder who was part of Australia’s World Cup winning sides in 1987 and 1999, said Warner was as hungry for success as ever.“He is in a very good place. He has come back full of enthusiasm, full of determination and with a lot to prove,” Moody said, ahead of Hyderabad’s next match, against the Ricky Ponting-coached Delhi Capitals last night.“David Warner – and I think all top players are the same – they have got an unquenchable thirst for the game and to have success in the game. That thirst certainly hasn’t been withdrawn by any means.“He has always had a very positive mindset. He is a very determined and resilient individual.“I think to endure what he and (Steve) Smith and (Cameron Bancroft) had to over 12 months, there has to be a lot of mental toughness.“There has to be a lot of resilience. You could very easily find yourself down for long periods of time.”Moody also hailed Warner’s preparation during his ban to enable him to make a seamless reintroduction to the highest level of cricket he’s played since being suspended.“We’ve seen over his career what makes him unique as a player. Yes, he’s had to sit out of top-flight cricket, international cricket, for 12 months. But David Warner has been preparing for six months, too, for his comeback,” Moody said.“He’s played a couple of franchise tournaments over that 12-month period. He has obviously played club cricket in Sydney as well. Okay, it’s not the same standard, but he’s been preparing more mentally and technically.“His game technically is relatively sound, so it’s the case of getting him sorted mentally and he welcomed the start of this tournament and for him to get back on the horse, so to speak.”last_img read more

Kobe Bryant ESPN ranking upsets Los Angeles Lakers’ fans

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Kobe Bryant isn’t the only one calling ESPN a “bunch of idiots.” Fans took to social media Friday morning after ESPN named Bryant the 40th-best NBA player to express their disagreement with the ranking of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball star.Having trouble viewing this on a mobile device? Click here to read the full story.last_img

Six Nations 2019: Ireland juggernaut will take some stopping

first_imgIreland now has the World Rugby Player of the Year in Johnny Sexton and, even if he is absent, Joey Carbery can slot in seamlessly. Three Irish provinces qualified for the quarterfinals of the European Rugby Champions Cup and the national team will be expected to carry on where it left off in 2018 when it faces England in a blockbuster showdown.And it would be no surprise to see more raucous Grand Slam celebrations in Cardiff on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, when Ireland finishes its campaign with what could be a decisive clash against Wales. Six Nations 2019: Team-by-team guide The last time Ireland hosted England it was on a mission to stop a world-record-tying run, but it will be Eddie Jones’ men coming up against a juggernaut on Saturday.England arrived in Dublin two years ago with Six Nations titles already in the bag, but was denied back-to-back Grand Slams and a record 19th consecutive victory. With meticulous attention to detail, Schmidt has turned Ireland into a huge force and the side will be expected to mount a strong challenge at the Rugby World Cup in Japan in September before the end of his reign.But first things first, the wily New Zealander’s immediate sights are firmly on back-to-back Six Nations titles and his team looks well-equipped to make a huge statement by pulling off another clean sweep.Ireland has lost just once in 19 matches – against Australia last June – and although Jones said the champions have weaknesses to exploit, that will be easier said than done.Joe Schmidt and Eddie Jones have enjoyed some battles over the yearsWho will come out on top when Ireland face England in their #GuinnessSixNations opener next week?— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) January 25, 2019The England head coach said he is expecting a “fairly predictable, methodical game” with “a few surprises” from Ireland, but he knows full well that the holders continue to evolve and will take some stopping.While rapid line speed, a dominant set-piece and a ruthless approach at the breakdown continue to lay the foundations, Schmidt’s side has plenty of X-factor to hurt any opponent.Jacob Stockdale was the player of the tournament and leading try-scorer in the Six Nations last year, while Schmidt has such strength in depth that he is able to unleash the likes of Jordan Larmour from the bench.Losing second-rows Iain Henderson and Tadhg Beirne for the start of the campaign is a blow, but James Ryan and Devin Toner are a formidable pairing. Joe Schmidt’s side has gone from strength to strength since bringing England back down to earth with a 13-9 win in 2017 and celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in style last March by ending a nine-year wait for a Grand Slam at Twickenham.There was also a first Test series win in Australia in 39 years in June and a sensational first home triumph over world champion New Zealand. Related Newslast_img read more

Arcata baseball sweeps doubleheader against Fortuna to move into tie for second place in Big 5

first_imgArcata >> With plenty riding on Saturday afternoon’s doubleheader, Arcata head coach Troy Ghisetti turned things over to two of the Tigers’ youngest players to get the job done on the hill.The Tigers’ longtime head coach’s plan worked out to near-perfection.Freshman lefty Merick Sears and sophomore right-hander Jaden Gorge limited the hot-hitting Fortuna Huskies to all of 10 hits on Saturday afternoon at the Arcata Ball Park, as the Tigers’ young hurlers led their team to 8-0 and 7-0 wins on …last_img read more

H-DNL soccer: Arcata wins big, Fortuna wins on the road

first_imgThe seniors led the way for Arcata Wednesday evening as Zakiya Elloway and Bailey Cherms each netted three goals as the Tigers topped visiting South Fork 12-0, at Arcata High.Arcata scored six goals in the first half and repeated the effort in the second half as coach Patrick Stranahan was able to give field time to the majority of his club in what was a, to say the least, comfortable win on Wednesday.“Zakiya is really growing as a team leader and just doing well as a captain for our team,” …last_img read more

Photo library: South Africa at work 11

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download South Africa at Work contact sheet (1.5MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Welkom, Free State province: Repairs being made to underground equipment at the workshop at Harmony Gold Mine. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: CAD draftsperson Elma Senekal at work at Harmony Gold Mine. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Welkom, Free Stateprovince: Underground plan details being added at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: Management and surveyors discuss developments at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo:Graeme » Download high-res image Welkom, Free State province: Management and surveyors discuss developments at Harmony Gold Mine.Photo: Graeme Williams » Download high-res image Working underground at a mine owned by Sasol, South Africa’s petrochemicals giant. Photo: Sasol » Download high-res image Workers at a plant owned by Sasol, South Africa’s petrochemicals giant. Photo: Sasol » Download high-res image Workers at a plant owned by Sasol, South Africa’s petrochemicals giant. Photo: Sasol » Download high-res image Workers at a plant owned by Sasol, South Africa’s petrochemicals giant. Photo: Sasol » Download high-res image SOUTH AFRICA AT WORK 11: {loadposition saatwork}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

Philanthropists honoured for their good work

first_img2015 Inyathelo Philanthropy Awardees pose with Inyathelo Executive Director, Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge (center). Left to right: Tyrone Aaron, Paul Modjadji, Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, Shamillah Wilson, Judy Stuart, Nonkululeko Xulu. (Image: Inyathelo)The most deserving philanthropists in the country were honoured at the ninth annual Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards, which celebrate and honour those people whose personal giving has contributed towards sustainable social change in our country.Initiated by Inyathelo The South African Institute for Advancement, the awards took place on 5 November at the V &A Waterfront in Cape Town. All of the awardees demonstrated initiative and leadership and had used their personal funds in a strategic way to make a difference, said Inyathelo executive director Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge.“Philanthropy is dependent on the interest, passion, commitment, generosity and foresight of individuals like those we have honoured today,” she said. “Our awards seek to inspire others to give by recognising the incredible role models that live and work amongst us.“We believe philanthropists play a critical role in effecting real systemic change as they are able to support more innovative and often unconventional solutions to our numerous social, environmental and economic challenges in South Africa.”LEADERS IN PHILANTHROPYIn the nine years of its existence, Inyathelo has honoured over 90 philanthropists from very different backgrounds, including Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu; 10-year-old rhino campaigner Afeefah Patel; founder of the Hope Warriors Children’s Charity Patrick Mashanda; former vice-chancellor of Rhodes University Dr Saleem Badat; Paul Bruns, who set up a project to rehabilitate convicted offenders; co-founder of the Spread Luv Movement Kgomotso Mokoena; and Alice Wamundiya, a former car guard from Rwanda who established an organisation to provide tertiary education for refugees.According to Madlala‐Routledge, individual or private giving is now the second biggest source of income for civil society organisations and anchor institutions like universities.“I believe anyone can be a philanthropist. South Africa is a nation of givers. The spirit of ubuntu is ingrained in us all. It really doesn’t matter how much you give, it’s what you are able to achieve with what you share that really counts.“Growing philanthropy in support of our civil society and higher education institutions will help strengthen our democracy and realise its fruits for those who have been excluded and marginalised. We hope the passion, commitment, generosity and vision demonstrated by all our awardees will inspire others in South Africa to go out and make a difference.”WINNERSThis year’s winners are: Paul Modjadji, Tyrone Aaron, Judy Stuart, Nonkululeko Xulu, and Shamillah Wilson.Modjadji is an internationally acclaimed choreographer, dancer and director of Dare to Dream. He is the recipient of the 2015 Inyathelo Award for Philanthropy in the Arts.He established Dare to Dream five years ago in Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria, where he grew up, with the intention of empowering young people to follow their own dreams by offering free art, drama and leadership programmes to disadvantaged youngsters. Since then, he has reached over 10 000 young people across South Africa.A two-time world dance champion, in August US President Barak Obama presented Modjadji with the prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship Young African Leaders Award at a ceremony in Washington DC. In the past two years, he was crowned top dancer globally by the New York-based Talent America Showcase and he made history by being crowned the first African dancer to win the European Star Dance Union World Championships.Modjadji’s next project is to raise funds to build dance academies in South Africa’s townships.Tyrone is a 13-year-old pianist and community activist. He is the recipient of the 2015 Inyathelo Award for Children in Philanthropy.With a father as a musician, his passion for the piano was ignited when he was just six. He started on the keyboards and within a few years he was composing his own songs.When Tyrone heard about the possible closure of an organisation that cared for people with intellectual disabilities just before his 10th birthday, he asked his mother to organise a concert to raise funds for the home. The concert raised R25 000.It was his first but not last effort for others. Since then, he has helped children who suffered during the xenophobia crisis as well as the Marikana mining strikes by providing them with warm clothing and shoes. He recently raised over R45 000 for the Sabi Sands Conservation Trust and Rhino SA after reading about the brutal killing of more rhinos by poachers in Mpumalanga.Tyrone is due to release a CD of original songs later this year, including a song about the rhinos which he hopes will help create awareness and raise funds for those working to stop the slaughter.Stuart is a Howick dairy farmer and the founder of the Future Farmers Foundation. She is the recipient of the 2015 Inyathelo Award for Philanthropy in Economic Development. She initiated an informal farming apprentice placement programme in 2006 for disadvantaged learners from Zakhe Agricultural College in KwaZulu-Natal.In addition, Stuart organises for young people to serve apprenticeships on commercial farms. She also finds placements for the best students on globally competitive farms around the world. On their return to South Africa, she helps them to find jobs with local farmers.Xulu is an entrepreneur and founder of The X Foundation. She is the recipient of 2015 Inyathelo Award for Philanthropy in Education.Her passion is to uplift and empower disadvantaged youngsters by providing them with bursaries and the necessary resources they need to support their studies. Like many South Africans, she believes education is one of the pathways out of poverty.The X Foundation was established in 2010 and targets schoolchildren in Umlazi, Durban.last_img read more

Reyes keeps door open for injured Romeo

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next If Romeo does miss the first game of the Asian qualifiers, he will leave a huge hole in Gilas Pilipinas’ offense. The cold-blooded scorer averaged 17.8 points, 3.0 assists, and 1.7 rebounds in his last run with the Philippine squad in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup.“We’re not giving up on Terrence. We still hope that he can still make the lineup,” said Reyes. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentscenter_img Photo from Fiba.comThree days before leaving for Japan for first leg of the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers, three Gilas players are still dealing with injuries.Calvin Abueva is suffering from flu while Jayson Castro is nursing back spasms, leading them to miss the final tuneup game against NLEX on Saturday morning.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Terrence Romeo, who is still suffering from a knee contusion, meanwhile, will unlikely be available in the game against Japan.“Terrence is not yet 100-percent. He’s coming in and out of practice, but he’s unsure. He came to a few practices, but hasn’t been able to do any scrimmages,” the veteran mentor said during the team’s sendoff at Crowne Plaza in Ortigas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutReyes, though, still expects the GlobalPort guard to join the 16-man Philippine crew in Tokyo with national team planning to submit the final roster for the Japan game until the deadline on November 23.“He’s still part of the pool. We haven’t struck out anybody and everyone in the pool has a chance to be in the lineup,” he said. La Salle books UAAP finals return, ousts Adamson Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortlast_img read more