Major crackdown on independent media

first_img Receive email alerts News February 26, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Follow the news on Yemen News Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns yesterday’s decision by the information minister to ban the printing of seven newspapers. Help by sharing this information Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five months News United Nations: press freedom situation “deeply worrying” in Yemen, according to RSF YemenMiddle East – North Africa YemenMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns yesterday’s decision by the information minister to ban the printing of seven newspapers – Al-Nada, Al-Shari’, Al-Masdar, Al-Mustaqila, Al-Diyar, Al-Ayyam and Al-Watani – for allegedly promoting “separatism.”“This decision is censorship, pure and simple,” said Reporters Without Border, which wrote today to President Ali Abdullah Saleh urging him to rescind the ban and to ensure that an independent press can continue to exist in Yemen.Fouad Rachid, the editor of the Mukalla Press website, was meanwhile arrested at around 8 p.m. yesterday by government security forces in Mukalla, the capital of Hadramaout province (500 km east of Sanaa), and was taken to an unknown location. Mukalla Press has been covering the unrest in the south.One of the newspapers, the privately-owned daily Al-Ayyam, had been the target of harassment in recent days over its coverage of protests and unrest in the south of the country. Yemen was ranked 155th out of 173 countries in the 2008 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.———-05.05.2009 – Aden-based daily’s delivery trucks interceptedReporters Without Borders condemns the repeated hijacking of trucks carrying copies of the privately-owned daily Al-Ayyam in the past few days. The interceptions appear to be have prompted by the Yemen-based newspaper’s coverage of protests in the south of the country.Al-Ayyam editor Hisham Bashraheel told Reporters Without Borders that the seizures were “worthy of a totalitarian regime.” He said he contacted the prime minister yesterday and that the prime minister had promised to investigate.“The recent events are threatening Al-Ayyam’s very existence.” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge the authorities to investigate these incidents properly and to ensure that the newspaper can be distributed normally. Such methods are tantamount to censorship.”A truck carrying about 16,500 copies of the newspaper was intercepted by gunmen on the Lahej road 50 km north of Aden (360 km south of Sanaa) on 1 May. The driver was forced to abandon the truck and all the copies were seized.The same thing happened on the morning of 3 May to two of the newspaper’s delivery trucks, one bound for Taez and the other for Sanaa. A total of 30,000 copies of the newspaper were taken and the drivers were held for 17 hours. These attacks are believed to have been the work of a pro-government organisation that claims to defend national unity.Al-Ayyam’s local correspondents have often been threatened and its Sanaa office was the target of an armed attack on 12 February 2008 (http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=25751).Created in 1958, Al-Ayyam is one of Yemen’s leading dailies. It has no political affiliation but, with headquarters in the southern city of Aden, it acts as a mouthpiece of the inhabitants of the poor southern provinces and has provided extensive coverage of the social unrest in the south. Yemeni journalist killed, nine wounded in Aden airport explosions to go further May 5, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Major crackdown on independent media February 11, 2021 Find out more RSF_en January 6, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Road users urged to take extra care after overnight icy conditions

first_img Road users urged to take extra care after overnight icy conditions Community Enhancement Programme open for applications WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR All road users are being urged to take extra care this morning after icy conditions overnight.Temperatures plunged to as low as minus 4 degrees in parts of the country with Met Eireann’s yellow snow and ice warning still in place.main routes have been gritted, but local authorities are advising that not all secondary and minor roads have been treated.More wintry showers are expected today, especially on higher ground. Google+ Pinterest Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+center_img Homepage BannerNews Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Previous articleHarps McGlynn, Campbell & Gallagher on International dutyNext articleFunerals of road crash victims take place today News Highland By News Highland – January 31, 2019 last_img read more

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‘One Night’ director talks Andy Ruiz Jr.-Anthony Joshua documentary, working with Mike Tyson, untold Ruiz story

first_imgTo discuss the inner workings of “One Night,” Sporting News spoke with the director of the documentary, Academy Award-winning for her work on ESPN’s 30-for-30 series, Deirdre Fenton.She also discusses working with Tyson and Stallone and shares a story about Ruiz that didn’t make the final cut.(Editor’s note: This interview was edited for clarity and length.)Join DAZN to watch Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 & 100+ fight nights a yearSporting News: When you were asked to lead this documentary, what were your initial thoughts?Deirdre Fenton: Well, I was actually pretty excited. I come from 30-for-30, so I’m used to doing things that took place 30, 40 years ago. It is hard to chase after footage from that time (laughs). It was a blast because it was an embarrassment of riches with different angles from broadcast cameras, the Sky (Sports) broadcast, the Spanish broadcast. I just had so much to work with, and that was new for me. And that was super cool.SN: I would assume that makes your job that much easier?DF: It is because you get more genuine reactions from people. I think one of the benefits of doing something that happened a while ago is people really have a chance to formulate their thoughts on it. With something like this, it is the power of sports. People have that reaction to watching Ruiz win because it’s the story of the underdog pulling through to win, and seeing people have that excitement for Andy was really cool.SN: How many times did you watch the fight to formulate the concept of the documentary?DF: I watched the fight a bunch. But what I also tried to do is watch the interviews with “AJ” and Andy from around the fight because that gave me a really good idea of who they were, and that’s how I wanted to start it. I wanted to let them shine as characters. The majority of the film is the fight and people reacting to what’s happening. At the basis of it, it’s two boxers. Even though “AJ” is the overwhelming favorite, he’s not a villain. He’s a fan favorite. I didn’t want that to come across as such. I wanted people to see he has feelings too and where things went wrong for him.SN: This wasn’t your typical 30-for-30 to where you had all this time to get it done. The turnaround had to be quick, considering the first fight was in June, and the rematch is taking place on Dec. 7. What comes about in formulating the game plan to get a quality documentary combined with finding the right people to tell the story?DF: Bringing (Sylvester) Stallone in as an EP was really a gamechanger. He came on, I think, in September. He’s amazing. He’s the best at telling these boxing stories. But then he was able to help us get Tyson, Strahan, Holyfield and Dolph. You can’t take your eyes off of Mike Tyson in this. He’s just so funny, engaging. The challenge was we only got those interviews about two-and-half, three weeks ago. The challenge is that restructuring around those pivotal interviews.SN: Watching the documentary, Mike Tyson really stood out more than anybody else. What was it like working with him?DF: First of all, he likes to have salted peanuts and blueberries on hand. He even asked if he could take the peanuts with him when he was done. I was like, ‘Sure, champ. They’re all yours.’ Tyson doesn’t do a lot of interviews. I think the difference maker for this was Slyvester Stallone. He would tell him to use his hands and be animated. That’s where Sly helped not make the project, but make that interview specifically. I think people underestimate how smart he is. When you do an interview with him, he’s talking about quotes from the Bible, for some reason, telling us about the history of syphilis. He’s an incredibly smart guy.SN: Do you think the documentary would have had that little extra punch without Mike Tyson?DF: I don’t think so. But I think you could say that about a couple of the interviews. The thing about Tyson is that you can’t take your eyes off of him. Every time he comes in, he’s in soundbites that are perfectly suited for this type of format.SN: In terms of formatting, how do you know that you are good and it’s done precisely the way you want it to be?DF: I think when you first start reading the reviews (laughs). I think when you are in my position, and you’re living and breathing this, you kind of start of feeling like you’re a little too close to it. I trust the reaction of people I trust like my colleagues at DAZN because you are obsessing about clipping someone’s sound bite, you get a little lost.SN: How much of the final editing process involved you and Sylvester Stallone?DF: Would you believe he actually called my cell phone and gave me notes for 30 minutes last week? We engaged him because he’s one of the best storytellers in boxing. No one can do it better. You never know what you’re going to get from celebrity EPs. What we got from him is someone who was completely engaged throughout the entire process. He gave notes. He provided feedback. Ultimately, both of those things helped make it better. He’s a great teammate to have. “One Night,” the documentary analyzing the June 1 heavyweight title clash between Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua, debuted Thursday night on DAZN.The documentary, which has Sylvester Stallone as its executive producer, shows Ruiz pulling off one of the biggest upsets in boxing history when he dethroned Joshua to become the unified heavyweight champion of the world. The documentary also has interviews with the likes of former undisputed heavyweight champions Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and James “Buster” Douglas along with former NFL star Michael Strahan and actor and Stallone rival in “Rocky IV”, Dolph Lundgren. SN: Now that’s it completed, and you have had time to think about it, what’s the one thing you wish would have been on there that didn’t end up making the final cut?DF: We were very limited because it is so close to the fight and the fact Ruiz came out of nowhere, and no one had really heard of him, I went down to Guadalajara and visited Ruiz’s camp. Some of the stories I heard from there really didn’t fit what we were doing — just hearing how close Ruiz was to quitting before the first “AJ” fight and the (Joseph) Parker fight (only loss of his career in December 2016). He was really close to giving up and doing something else. I wish there was a way to include some of that in the film, and we couldn’t figure it out.last_img read more

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GAY LOUTH COUPLE TIE THE KNOT IN DONEGAL AS NEW LAWS COME IN

first_imgA GAY couple from Co Louth tied the knot in Co Donegal today in one of the country’s first same sex marriage ceremonies.The rainbow flag flew alongside the tricolour at Harvey’s Point Hotel today as DJ O’Hanlon and Wayne Gough said ‘I do’.New laws allowing same sex marriage came into operation today. The couple cancelled their civil partnership yesterday to allow the ceremony to go ahead today.   GAY LOUTH COUPLE TIE THE KNOT IN DONEGAL AS NEW LAWS COME IN was last modified: November 17th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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LETTERKENNY AC’S TURKEY TROT RESULTS

first_imgLetterkenny Athletic ClubTurkey Trot 2013Place Race No. First name Surname Pre. Time Act.Time Time Diff. 1 26 Colin Watson 16:07 15:43 00:242 65 Peter Gibbons 15:55 15:56 00:013 39 Ivan Toner 16:15 16:02 00:134 101 Oisin Gallen 14:44 16:15 01:31 5 63 Kieran Crawford 16:30 16:37 00:076 176 Teresa McGloin 17:00 16:39 00:217 47 Natasha Adams 17:05 16:47 00:188 68 Kevin Ferry 16:32 16:51 00:199 155 Brian Crossan 17:04 17:08 00:04 10 146 Gavan Crawford 17:07 17:09 00:0211 86 Paul Kelly 17:20 17:10 00:1012 149 Kevin McGee 17:45 17:11 00:3413 206 Pauric Breslin 17:20 17:13 00:07 14 21 Humphrey Murphy 17:28 17:20 00:0815 79 Marcus McClintock 17:10 17:24 00:1416 164 Ciaran McBride 16:59 17:26 00:2717 121 Seamus O’Donnell 17:40 17:27 00:1318 58 Gerry McMonagle 17:58 17:29 00:2919 19 Zachary McGowan 17:10 17:33 00:2320 45 Jack McBride 17:59 17:34 00:2521 133 Enda McBride 17:59 17:34 00:2522 103 Mark McPaul 17:30 17:38 00:0823 44 Niall Barry 18:00 17:39 00:2124 157 Darren Willis 18:01 17:43 00:1825 135 John Daly 17:30 17:45 00:1526 46 Kevin Harkin 17:47 17:46 00:0127 60 Gerard Bogle 17:10 17:47 00:3728 183 Michael Black 19:00 17:49 01:1129 120 Fionnuala Diver 18:12 17:50 00:2230 170 Paul Murray 17:53 17:52 00:0131 17 Mark Connelly 17:58 17:56 00:0232 172 PJ Boyce 18:30 17:59 00:3133 123 Joe English 18:13 18:00 00:1334 42 John Conlon 18:24 18:01 00:2335 102 Hugh Coll 18:00 18:03 00:0336 62 Catriona Devine 18:25 18:05 00:2037 142 Patrick Penrose 17:45 18:08 00:2338 14 Tom Thompson 18:30 18:12 00:1839 112 Johnny O’Doherty 18:55 18:14 00:4140 59 Ben George 18:59 18:36 00:2341 75 Paddy Ward 18:59 18:39 00:2042 210 Mark Daly 18:20 18:45 00:2543 51 Liam Murray 18:20 18:49 00:2944 232 Martin McGinley 19:00 18:51 00:0945 163 Brian McCrea 19:47 18:51 00:5646 15 Derek Callaghan 19:10 18:53 00:1747 148 Raymond Doherty 19:23 18:53 00:3048 32 Sean Boyce 19:30 18:54 00:3649 169 Daniel Duggan 18:59 18:55 00:0450 126 Paul McMonagle 18:55 18:56 00:0151 55 Des Goyvaerts 19:30 18:56 00:3452 49 Mark Cassidy 18:50 18:57 00:0753 53 Kay Byrne 19:20 18:57 00:2354 167 Stewart Magee 19:00 18:58 00:0255 16 Gabriel O’Leary 19:30 19:02 00:2856 22 Collie O’Donnell 19:23 19:12 00:1157 117 Kathleen McNulty 19:30 19:14 00:1658 78 Jamie Gallagher 19:15 19:20 00:0559 7 Eugene McGettigan 18:58 19:23 00:2560 159 Seamus Nallen 19:40 19:25 00:1561 97 Paul Cosgrove 19:48 19:26 00:2262 33 Niall Gildea 19:40 19:27 00:1363 61 Peter Kardos 20:14 19:36 00:3864 4 Mark Canning 19:40 19:38 00:0265 24 Colm McTaggart 19:16 19:46 00:3066 174 Gillian Marley 20:40 19:46 00:5467 95 Peter McMenamin 21:25 19:49 01:3668 175 Barry Mackey 19:59 19:52 00:0769 91 Donal Haughey 20:20 19:53 00:2770 80 Antony Doherty 20:30 19:54 00:3671 40 Kevin Toner 20:15 19:55 00:2072 124 Nikita Burke 21:00 19:55 01:0573 27 Paul Russel 21:30 20:04 01:2674 201 Seamus Morrison 19:57 20:07 00:1075 151 Martin Anderson 20:30 20:12 00:1876 8 Jarlath Duffy 21:12 20:13 00:5977 122 Kieran Coyle 19:36 20:14 00:3878 30 Paul Roulston 21:00 20:15 00:4579 6 PJ Friel 19:58 20:18 00:2080 1 Paul Lee 20:13 20:26 00:1381 233 Adrian Callaghan 20:00 20:29 00:2982 81 Adrian McHugh 19:50 20:30 00:4083 147 Donal McBride 20:15 20:34 00:1984 177 Eimear Gallen 21:58 20:35 01:2385 52 Anthony Murray 20:45 20:37 00:0886 131 Cathal Morrison 19:52 20:43 00:5187 66 Michael McMenamin 22:00 20:43 01:1788 104 Darren Price 19:35 20:55 01:2089 48 Ciaran McHugh 20:56 20:59 00:0390 37 Noreen Bonner 20:55 20:59 00:0491 141 Aoife Marley 20:23 21:00 00:3792 207 Danny Cullen 22:30 21:00 01:3093 88 Garvan Boyce 21:20 21:01 00:1994 173 Liam Marley 21:30 21:02 00:2895 99 Emma McGee 20:58 21:03 00:0596 237 Alison Higgins 24:25 21:04 03:2197 238 Joe Higgins 24:30 21:05 03:2598 31 Gerard O’Donnell 21:00 21:06 00:0699 156 Marie Timoney 21:00 21:08 00:08100 145 Louis Bradley 21:30 21:11 00:19101 111 Ciaran Doherty 21:58 21:16 00:42102 74 Dara Dunne 22:30 21:20 01:10103 92 Paul Rodgers 20:00 21:23 01:23104 116 Jimmy McBride 21:35 21:24 00:11105 57 Joseph Casey 22:00 21:25 00:35106 56 Deirdre Diver 21:54 21:27 00:27107 72 Michael Madden 20:00 21:29 01:29108 41 Jane McGinley 21:40 21:30 00:10109 3 Noel Lynch 21:30 21:31 00:01110 127 James Ferry 21:58 21:32 00:26111 182 Patrick Brennan 20:52 21:34 00:42112 18 Ollie Harvey 21:00 21:39 00:39113 132 Sean O’Donnell 22:50 21:50 01:00114 119 Liam McMullan 22:00 21:53 00:07115 12 Kevin Doherty 22:50 22:00 00:50116 76 Ashlean McGeehan 22:43 22:05 00:38117 64 Sabrina Mackey 22:40 22:08 00:32118 85 Lauren McElwaine 25:00 22:10 02:50119 84 Colette McElwaine 25:00 22:11 02:49120 108 Martin Jordan 22:00 22:13 00:13121 5 Margaret Shields 22:49 22:15 00:34122 29 Lester Dobson 22:50 22:15 00:35123 114 Rory O’Donnell 21:00 22:25 01:25124 77 Chris Ashmore 22:09 22:26 00:17125 82 James Doherty 22:32 22:27 00:05126 115 Eoin O’Donnell 22:25 22:28 00:03127 171 Cormac Nolan 21:30 22:29 00:59128 71 Paul Sweeney 23:40 22:30 01:10129 94 Rory Kennedy 23:00 22:31 00:29130 10 Harriet Smyth 24:50 22:32 02:18131 231 Alister Hetherington 22:10 22:33 00:23132 211 Aidan Dorrian 22:05 22:36 00:31133 98 Mark Gildea 23:05 22:41 00:24134 168 Eugene McGinley 23:30 22:42 00:48135 2 Eoin Fogarty 23:40 22:44 00:56136 153 Jackie Harvey 23:48 22:44 01:04137 67 Danny McBride 22:59 22:45 00:14138 36 Marian Kerr 23:05 22:46 00:19139 38 Maria Boyle 22:50 22:51 00:01140 202 Darragh Morrison 23:48 22:55 00:53141 110 Vera Haughey 23:27 23:02 00:25142 35 Owen McKinney 23:00 23:10 00:10143 73 Michael Devlin 23:00 23:10 00:10144 154 John McKelvey 22:10 23:14 01:04145 54 James Browne 23:13 23:15 00:02146 87 Oisin Doherty 21:30 23:15 01:45147 23 Pat McKenna 23:50 23:25 00:25148 152 Pauline Sweeney 23:12 23:35 00:23149 125 Eimear McClafferty 22:00 23:44 01:44150 203 Gloria Donaghey 23:42 23:56 00:14151 28 Kevin McAuley 26:00 24:14 01:46152 161 Lauralee Penrose 22:20 24:30 02:10153 185 Mark Trayas 25:00 24:31 00:29154 34 Lisa Doherty 26:00 24:33 01:27155 70 Wendy Goudie 25:20 24:37 00:43156 93 Gerard McConnell 25:00 24:50 00:10157 236 Joey O’Leary 25:45 25:01 00:44158 181 CJ McGinley 25:00 25:06 00:06159 165 Stacey Hegarty 25:30 25:17 00:13160 205 Bary Irwin 25:00 25:18 00:18161 118 Daniel McMullan 25:56 25:22 00:34162 235 George Russell 25:28 25:28 00:00163 209 Ruth McCrudden 25:29 25:28 00:01164 160 Jonathan Wilson 25:20 25:38 00:18165 100 Eileen Morning 25:30 25:49 00:19166 208 Cora Harvey 26:40 26:03 00:37167 90 Mary Martin 26:58 26:03 00:55168 69 Nicola Neely 27:30 26:04 01:26169 20 Fiona Nolan 25:00 26:05 01:05170 137 Nicola Roche 28:23 26:06 02:17171 50 Helen Cassidy 28:30 26:08 02:22172 166 Mary McLaughlin 26:20 26:11 00:09173 128 Valerie Coyle 26:30 26:13 00:17174 178 Elaine Parke 27:30 26:14 01:16175 109 Maureen Doherty 26:26 26:24 00:02176 138 Grainne Roche 28:23 26:35 01:48177 106 Martin Langan 30:00 26:47 03:13178 234 Conor Crossan 25:46 26:51 01:05179 129 John Doherty 27:15 27:09 00:06180 130 Irene McCusker 27:15 27:09 00:06181 140 Eileen Duggan 28:28 27:10 01:18182 158 Antoinette Coyle 18:40 28:04 09:24183 9 Pamela McGranaghan 29:56 28:15 01:41184 43 Carmel Doherty 27:30 28:22 00:52185 107 Eamon Langan 30:00 28:23 01:37186 83 Ann Doherty 27:56 28:27 00:31187 134 Tanya Carson 28:00 28:40 00:40188 150 Sheral Hetherington 28:44 29:31 00:47189 13 Alison Gibson 31:00 29:46 01:14190 139 Maureen Gallagher 29:30 29:52 00:22191 136 AnnMarie Daly 29:40 30:18 00:38192 113 Bernie O’Donnell 30:00 30:35 00:35193 11 Georgina McCrudden 31:00 31:21 00:21194 180 Lauren Gallagher 32:31 31:30 01:01195 179 Noel Gallagher 32:31 31:32 00:59196 96 AnnMarie Shiels 30:00 31:48 01:48197 162 Mary Penrose 31:07 32:23 01:16198 89 Marian Cullen 39:39 33:03 06:36199 143 Eileen Doherty 40:00 34:31 05:29200 144 John Doherty 40:00 34:31 05:29201 204 Eithne Wallace 35:10 34:32 00:38202 184 Cecelia Sheridan 35:40 34:32 01:08203 105 Roise McClafferty 39:00 35:15 03:45LETTERKENNY AC’S TURKEY TROT RESULTS was last modified: December 1st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens 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So, what’s better, organic or traditional farming?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As I was cogitating on what to cover in this month’s column, I came across a commentary in “Forbes” by Dr. Henry Miller and Drew Kershen, titled The Colossal Hoax of Organic Agriculture. http://www.forbes.com/sites/henrymiller/2015/07/29/why-organic-agriculture-is-a-colossal-hoax/#31796dd038e4.Their writing brought to mind an online training module I recently completed to prepare for an organic production certifier test. After completing the module, however, I opted not to take the test, but I did gain an education in organic food production. I’ll share with you a bit of what I’ve learned.First, organic food production standards guide how food is grown. But they don’t guarantee the purity and wholesomeness of the food. Generally, organic food standards guarantee that antibiotics, synthetic pesticides and hormones are not used.However, organic standards don’t prohibit use of natural pesticides and don’t guarantee that food is free of natural pesticides. And just because they’re produced naturally — rather than synthetically — doesn’t mean that natural pesticides are risk-free.Many plants naturally produce pesticides to protect their leaves and fruit from insects and other pests. One of the best examples I can cite is pyrethrin, which is extracted from chrysanthemum flowers. They produce the chemical to repel insects. Pyrethrin is commonly used in nonorganic gardens, as well as fly repellants, flea collars and ant bombs.Organic products at the grocery are rarely tested for purity, because, as I mentioned, organic production certification merely guarantees that food is produced in certain ways — not that the food is pure. The quality, purity and nutritive value of organic food versus conventional food is exactly the same  although organic food is often fresher because of the effort to expedite it to the grocery store. However, organic food is produced at a huge additional cost to the producer — and passed on to the consumer.Organic milk production is a clear example of how organic standards apply to the production system and not product purity or quality. Traditionally produced milk and organic milk are both free of antibiotics. That’s because the regulations regarding antibiotics in milk are similar for both types of milk production.However, the methods of traditional and organic dairy production differ when it comes to antibiotic use. I’m sure you’re with me in favoring humane treatment of cows. And I believe this includes treating a sick cow with antibiotics under the supervision of a qualified veterinarian.In a traditional dairy operation, the milk of a cow being treated with antibiotics is isolated from the other cows’ milk. This prevents contamination of the farm’s milk supply that is transported to a processing plant for pasteurization.When the ill cow recovers, the dairyman tests her milk to ensure antibiotics are no longer in her system and that her milk is ready for processing. Milk truck drivers also test milk on the farm before they pump it into their trucks to assure that it is free of antibiotic residue.And when it arrives at the dairy processing plant, the milk is tested once more. Last year over three million tanker loads of milk arrived at dairy processing plants across the country. The good news is that only 0.01% of loads tested positive for antibiotics. And every tainted drop of milk was discarded prior to processing.Organic milk undergoes the exact same monitoring protocols prior to processing. But under organic dairy production standards, a farm manager’s options for caring for a sick cow are limited to treating for pain relief and using herbal remedies, which are not FDA-approved and are not backed by research. These herbal remedies generally have no scientific data regarding their efficacy.If I were a dairyman I would want my cows to have the best FDA-approved treatments available for their health. And I would follow the established antibiotic withdrawal times to avoid residues in their milk.I know someone will ask, “OK, what about those hormones cows get?” In 1994, there was a newly approved product called recombinant bovine growth hormone or somatotropin (rBST), a synthesized version of cows’ natural growth hormone, BST. Dairymen learn how to administer rBST to cows, using management protocols that support good health.The rBST hormone stimulates cows to produce about 10% more milk on about 90% of the feed normally required. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure the upside of this.First, it was good financially at a time when dairymen were barely subsisting. And it was —and still is — good for the environment. When you can produce more milk with fewer cows and less feed, you reduce the dairy industry’s carbon footprint, or impact on the environment.Foodies persisted in making such an issue about hormones in milk. Eventually nearly every grocery chain gave in and pressured processors, who in turn pressured producers, to not give their cows rBST.The hysteria over rBST being used by dairymen was idiocy. Here’s why:Cows that receive rBST have one nanogram (.000000001 gm.) of BST in their milkCows that never receive rBST also have one nanogram of BST in their milk — because BST is a naturally occurring bovine hormone. It’s as natural as mother’s milk, speaking of which….Nursing mothers have one nanogram of human somatotropin in their milkSome foodies alleged that rBST caused a one nanogram increase in insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) in the milk. This was true, but the human body normally has about 300,000 nanograms of IGF-1. And IGF-1 in milk is digested, not absorbed.A discouraging consequence of the discontinuance of administering rBST to cows is the impact on our environment. Every million cows fed rBST reduced carbon dioxide and methane emissions by an amount equivalent to taking 454,000 carbon-spewing cars off the road.So, what’s better, organic or traditional farming?last_img read more

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ARTISTS FANS PUSH MUSIC FESTIVALS TO TACKLE SEX HARASSMENT

first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Friedman said her friend who accompanied her was groped so hard she bled.Friedman is one of many music fans who have spoken up about sexual harassment and groping at musical festivals recently as the #MeToo movement has emboldened more people to talk about harassment in public spaces. With increased focus on the longstanding problem but little statistical data on how often it happens, music fans and even artists are asking the live music industry to make cultural changes.This year, Friedman went back to the same festival, called Carolina Rebellion, this time armed with a sign that said, “Stop Sexually Assaulting Female Crowd Surfers.” She said the response was overwhelmingly positive with both women and men thanking her for her sign.“I just want there to be a conversation and for people to feel safer and be able to enjoy concerts and festivals without the fear,” Friedman said.Some festivals are responding to these complaints by training festival staff and volunteers on how to respond to harassment, adding booths or signs with information on where to report sexual violence, and having clearly posted anti-harassment policies.Some artists have spoken out on stage to try to stop groping that they can see in the crowd, including Drake and Sam Carter from the British band The Architects. Pop singer Madison Beer said during one show, she called out a man who was being aggressive to a woman in the crowd.“She kept pushing him off, pushing him off, and he wouldn’t stop yelling at her and telling her to shut up and all this stuff,” Beer said. “I stopped the show and I was like, ‘Leave her alone.’ Everyone applauded and was whatever. I don’t even do things like that for a reaction or applause. I genuinely don’t like seeing that. I’ve definitely had my fair share of guys being a little too much with me and they think just because they follow me on Instagram they know me.”CHVRCHES singer Lauren Mayberry experienced it as a music writer when she was reviewing a show.“I stood on a small square box table thing to look up to write on my notepad how many people were in this band and somebody put their hand up my skirt when I was doing that. That’s not a minority of cases. It happens a lot at shows,” Mayberry said during an interview in Chicago where her band was performing at Lollapalooza.“I think it’s about power and taking advantage in a situation, which is a societal theme,” Mayberry said. “I think it’s good that more conversations are being had around those things off the back of things like #MeToo. I don’t know how you change these things other than trying to create a community and create security and back up women’s voices when they raise them.”Some artists are leveraging their platforms by having anti-harassment policies as a part of their tour contract, or even giving fans a way to report harassment directly to the band.Sadie Dupuis, the lead singer of the indie rock band Speedy Ortiz, set up a hotline a couple of years ago for fans to text if they experienced harassment and didn’t know where to turn. She said the most recent example of someone using their hotline was when someone reported that a person in the crowd was using transphobic language and harassing someone.Shawna Potter, of the feminist band War on Women, has created a guidebook about creating safer public spaces after working with many venues in the Baltimore area. She said that she understands that smaller, independent bands don’t always feel like they have the authority to insist that venues make changes to their safety policies.“There might not be a lot that you feel you can do without risking that opportunity in the first place,” Potter said. “By the time you make it to the stage, you’re already cashing in on that opportunity. So use that microphone. Let people know that even if they are harassed in that venue and you don’t know if that venue is trustworthy, let them know you can talk to you.”Much of the discussion about addressing harassment in public spaces has been spearheaded by local anti-violence or anti-abuse agencies.In Chicago, two anti-violence agencies in the city created a campaign called Our Music, My Body about three years ago. They help festivals create anti-harassment statements or public policies and show up to festivals to give people information about where to report violence or harassment.Lara Haddadin, 23, has been volunteering with Our Music, My Body at festivals like Lollapalooza, Riot Fest and more in the Chicago area for the past three years.“Every single place that I have been to, people have come up to us, mostly women, and said like ‘I literally just got assaulted by someone, like a half an hour before I came to this booth,’” Haddadin said.A music and social activism group called Calling All Crows started working on sexual violence prevention at shows. Kim Warnick, who runs their campaign called Here for the Music, worked with Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee, to give voluntary training to about 250 members of their staff this year and went on tour with the band Dispatch to train volunteers and venue staff on their tour stops.“Harassment and assault aren’t new to these spaces, but they are newly talked about as unacceptable behavior,” Warnick said.Festivals like Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits have prominently posted policies on their websites about harassment and how to report it, as well as signs throughout their festival grounds. Laura Sohn, Bonnaroo’s director of sustainability, said they wanted to be proactive in their response to a growing cultural movement around #MeToo.But Warnick said for the vast majority of festivals and venues, fans and even artists are left in the dark about their safety when they enter those spaces.“Very few festivals and venues share these (safety policies) publicly,” Warnick said. “And even when we put it in a contract rider for a band, we’re still getting a lot of ‘We can’t legally share that with you.’”Local police generally report a litany of drug and alcohol arrests after a major festival but when sexual assaults are reported, which is rare, it generally becomes big news and can be damaging to a festival’s reputation. At this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, local police had two reports of sexual battery and one report of sexual assault over the two weekends of the festival.Multiple women reported to police that they were raped at the Woodstock ’99 festival, which was roundly criticized for overall violence and destruction. Sweden’s largest music festival, Bravalla Festival, was canceled this year after several reports of sexual assault at the 2017 festival.There are a lot of barriers for people to report sexual harassment or abuse. Large scale festivals where tens of thousands of people are spread out over large campgrounds or fields make it difficult for harassers to be identified. Similarly, victim blaming or shaming can also arise.“A lot of people feel like, ’Oh I was drinking, so am I just going to get that blamed on me for being drunk or for not wearing enough clothing?’” Warnick said. “The challenge is that it’s a really inconsistent experience. You can’t reliably report and know that you’re going to be taken seriously.”Haddadin said that anti-harassment policies are important, but staff training and having advocates on site show that a festival isn’t just giving lip service to dealing with the problem.“They say zero tolerance, or we will not tolerate harassment, but they don’t say what steps they take if that is a thing that actually happens,” Haddadin said. “I think that a lot of festivals mean well, but do I think any festival or music hall is doing enough? No. I think there is always work left to be done.”By Kristin M. Hall | The Associated PressAssociated Press writer Margie Szaroleta contributed to this report from Chicago and Associated Press writer Andrew Dalton contributed to this report from Los Angelescenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: In this Oct. 25, 2015 file photo, a festival-goer crowd surfs at the 2015 Knotfest USA in San Bernardino, Calif. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP) NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When Emma Friedman went to her first rock festival at the age of 17, she was so excited to get to see bands she loved in a festival environment. But as she was leaving, she recalls her mom making a comment like, “Are you sure you want to wear those shorts?”Friedman didn’t think anything of it until she got groped at the festival.“They were what I felt confident in and what made me feel comfortable,” said Friedman, who is now 20 and going to school in Asheville, North Carolina. “And then I was crowd surfing and some guy was trying to be inappropriate.”last_img read more

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