Fifa guarantees press freedom

first_img(Image: stock.xchng)MEDIA CONTACTS • Femida MehtarExecutive directorSA National Editors’ Forum+27 11 484 3630+27 11 484 3617+27 84 784 2006director@sanef.org.za• Wolfgang EichlerFifa media officer+27 11 567 2010+27 83 2010 471media-sa@fifa.org• Delia FischerFifa media officer+27 11 567 2010+27 11 567 2524+27 83 201 0470media-sa@fifa.orgMary AlexanderWorld football body Fifa has reassured the South African and international media that the purpose of its terms and conditions for accreditation for reporting on the 2010 World Cup “is not, and has never been, to restrict press freedom”.In a statement issued on 1 February, Fifa said: “The purpose of the media accreditation terms and conditions is to regulate the behaviour of people entering the 2010 Fifa World Cup venues, first and foremost to ensure the safety of everyone in those venues.”This follows growing media concerns over Fifa’s conditions, expressed mainly by the South African Media Interest Group (Samig), which is made up of members of the South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) and industry body Print Media South Africa. According to The Media Online, the main points of contention are:Newspapers will not be able to push pictures on to their mobile platforms (they can, however, push text).There are restrictions on newspapers doing video packages for their websites.Reporters will not be able to report on the names of hotels in which the teams are staying.No newspapers will be able to sell papers within the restricted zone around stadiums, which has a radius of about 800 metres.Although Fifa commits itself to guaranteeing freedom of expression, there is also a clause that says that news organisations may not bring Fifa into disrepute.Many of the terms and conditions apply to reporters and photographers and their “organisations” (suggesting their colleagues, some of whom will not be covering the World Cup) rather than “employer” (their editors).The dispute intensified last week, with three major South African news organisations – Avusa, Media24 and Independent Newspapers – appointing law firm Webber Wentzel to “engage in a constructive way” with Fifa over the accreditation terms and conditions.Although there was no threat of legal action, Dario Milo, of law firm Webber Wentzel said at the time that the media houses believed the terms and conditions “unjustifiably limit media freedom”.“The particular provisions that our clients take issue with are those that empower Fifa to unilaterally withdraw the accreditation of any journalist or unilaterally change the conditions, and also provisions which restrict reportage where, in Fifa’s view, this may harm the reputation of the Fifa World Cup,” he said.On Monday Fifa attorneys sent Webber Wentzel a written assurance that it was not seeking to restrict press freedom, and issued a media release to back it up. On the same day, Samig held a meeting with Sanef, other media industry bodies and Larry Kilman from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).“Fifa would like to make it clear that it does respect the freedom of the press,” Fifa said in the statement. “Editorial independence in the coverage of the Fifa World Cup is guaranteed and this principle is enshrined in Article 1 of the terms and conditions, the second paragraph of which states as follows:“‘For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in the terms and conditions is intended to be, or shall be interpreted as restricting or undermining the editorial independence or freedom to report and comment of Accredited Parties.’“This is an overall principle and, as the wording implies, the terms which are the cause of the complaint must always be read bearing this principle in mind.”Fifa concluded by pointing out that there had been no restrictions to press freedom during the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup, held as a dry-run for the 2010 event.“There were no complaints regarding press freedom on that occasion and there is no instance of Fifa have abused the provision to restrict press freedom,” Fifa said. Full text of the Fifa statement:We have had joint consultations with the key stakeholders from the international press, including WAN (World Association of Newspapers) and AIPS (Association Internationale de la Presse Sportive, or International Sports Press Association), during the drafting process of the terms and conditions and we have incorporated into the terms and conditions some of the suggestions that they have made. We have also had meetings with Sanef and with other representatives of the South African media. The contacts with WAN, AIPS and other media stakeholders have been very fruitful during the past years and we even have a standing media committee at Fifa which includes representatives of AIPS, WAN, individual journalists and photographers as well representatives from each Confederation. The purpose of the media accreditation terms and conditions is to regulate the behaviour of people entering the 2010 Fifa World Cup venues, first and foremost to ensure the safety of everyone in those venues. The purpose is not, and has never been, to restrict press freedom. Fifa would like to make it clear that it does respect the freedom of the press. Editorial independence in the coverage of the Fifa World Cup is guaranteed and this principle is enshrined in Article 1 of the terms and conditions, the second paragraph of which states as follows: For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in the terms and conditions is intended to be, or shall be interpreted as restricting or undermining the editorial independence or freedom to report and comment of Accredited Parties. This is an overall principle and, as the wording implies, the terms which are the cause of the complaint must always be read bearing this principle in mind. We should also point out that the particular provision which has been complained about as restricting the freedom of the press was contained in the media accreditation terms and conditions for the Fifa Confederations Cup South Africa 2009. There were no complaints regarding press freedom on that occasion and there is no instance of Fifa have abused the provision to restrict press freedom.last_img read more

Steady growth in SA, BRICS trade

first_img30 August 2012Bilateral trade between South Africa and its BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India and China) partners grew substantially last year, powered by significant increases in trade and exports, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said in Cape Town on Wednesday.Davies said bilateral trade between South Africa and China last year grew by 32%, trade with India by 25%, and trade with Brazil by 20%.Bilateral trade between South Africa and Russia also recovered in 2011, after a decline of 44% in 2010, but is still below the R4.2-billion in bilateral trade recorded between the two countries in 2008.Bilateral trade with China last year totaled R188-billion, with India R55-billion, with Brazil R18-billion, and with Russia R3.8-billion.The recovery in bilateral trade between South Africa and its BRICS partners follows increases in trade in 2010, after declining during the global economic crisis in 2008 and 2009.South African exports to China grew the most – at 46% – while exports to India grew by 20%, to Brazil by 14%, and to Russia by 7%.Davies said SA exports to China have grown rapidly after increases of 20% in 2010 and 42% in 2009.In terms of balance of trade, South Africa has run a trade surplus with Russia in the last two years of R1.3-billion and R1-billion respectively, after running trade deficits in 2008 and 2009.While South Africa has continued to run a trade deficit with China over the last four years, that deficit has narrowed by over 50%, from R48-billion in 2008 to less than R18-billion in 2011.South Africa’s trade deficit with Brazil also narrowed last year, to R6.1-billion – almost R2.5-billion less than the deficit recorded in 2008.However, after running trade surpluses with India of R2.5-billion in 2009 and R1.5- billion in 2010, South Africa last year recorded a trade deficit of R4.9-billion.Commenting on foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows into South Africa, Davies said these had recovered last year to US$5.8-billion, about the same level as 2007 and up from $1.2-billion in 2010.He said South Africa’s decline in FDI from $9-billion in 2008 was in line with aggregate figures for G20 countries that show that FDI flows have declined every year since 2007.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Humble Bundle Launches Another Pay-What-You-Want Video Game Deal

first_imgThe folks behind the Humble Indie Bundle, one of the great pay-what-you-want success stories of this year, are offering their second bundle of games today – 5 more DRM-free games, priced at what you want to pay with the option to donate some of that contribution to charity.Pay-what-you-want has become an interesting alternative business model online, with bands like Radiohead demonstrating that it can be an even more successful than traditional pricing. Of course, not everyone can generate quite that buzz, and a recent study pointed to another option if you can’t command rockstar attention for your pay-as-you-want endeavor: combine it with a voluntary payment to charity.Perhaps that’s what helped the first Humble Indie Bundle be such a success this spring. Almost 140,000 contributors shelled out nearly $1.3 million for the indie game developers, with $400,000 earmarked for charity. “We were blown away by the success of the first Humble Indie Bundle,” says co-founder John Graham, “so we decided it would be a shame if we didn’t try to do it again.” Related Posts Tags:#gaming#web 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… audrey watters This second bundle includes 5 different games – critically-rated puzzle game Braid, point-and-click adventure game Machinarium, puzzle game Osmos, action game Cortex Command and a new real-time strategy game (launching as part of the bundle) Revenge of the Titans. The games are DRM-free and work across platforms; there are Windows, Mac and Linux versions of all 5 games, with Braid and Cortex Command making their Linux debut in the bundle. (A good thing, as Linux users contributed twice as much as Windows users last time around.) When you purchase the games, you can set your price, then allocate how much of that goes to the game developers, how much to charity, and how much is a “tip” for the Humble Bundle itself (as Humble Bundle doesn’t have one of its own games in this package).The charities remain the same as they did the first time around: the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Child’s Play. And if the study about charity donations improving a pay-as-you-want campaign is right, then that’s a boon to this second endeavor. Humble Bundle, which has just been accepted into Y Combinator‘s incubator program, hopes to repeat its previous success. According to Graham, “It could be that we just got really lucky, but we think it might be something more substantial, that if you treat your customers well by not imposing onerous DRM on them and supporting Mac OS X and Linux (supporting Mac and Linux literally doubled our revenue last time) they will treat you well too.” After all, it’s not terribly difficult to find BitTorrents of games and download them for free, no matter the price that game makers set. So with the Humble Bundle, you get to set your own price, download great games, and support both indie game developers and charities at the same time. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Why Would Your Dream Client Think of You Now?

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Your dream client is finally struggling to produce the results they need. They’re now unhappy enough to consider looking at another provider who might replace you competitor, the company that has owned the relationship with them for a decade. A few of the main contacts inside this company sit down to discuss who they should invite in for a conversation.Why would your dream client think about you at this exact moment.Would you have communicated with the contacts inside this company so frequently, and so consistently, that your name would be the first name that comes to mind?Would you have nurtured these relationships for so long that everyone inside this company would know you for the constant delivery of valuable ideas and insights?Would your dream client know what your views are, what your values are, and know how you are likely to think about their challenges? Would they know you have a strong opinion here?Would the last communication have been so recently that you are top of mind, your last call having been less than two weeks earlier?Would your dream client know what you look like? Could they pick you out of a line up with only your name and your company name to go by?Would your dream client have your business card, a trail of emails, an email with your name and phone number in the subject line, or something else they could refer to contact you?You need to be known before your dream client has a reason to know you. More still, you need to be known for the value you create. Your company’s views and values on important issues should be one of the reasons your dream clients feel confident in calling you, knowing that what you believe is going to help them produce better results.If your dream client has never met you, has no record of communication with you, and has no idea how to get ahold of you, you aren’t going to be the first name they call.In fact, you should tell your dream client that you want to be the first person they call whenever they need anything. Then you should act accordingly.last_img read more

Botham says criticism around Rashid inclusion ‘unnecessary’

first_imgLondon, July 27 (PTI) Legendary England all-rounder Ian Botham says the criticism around the inclusion of spinner Adil Rashid in the home team’s squad for the first Test against India is “unnecessary”. Leg-spinner Rashid was selected for the first of five matches against India despite quitting red-ball cricket ahead of the 2018 county season and having not played a first-class game since September. Former England captain Michael Vaughan dubbed it “ridiculous” and “a stab in the back for county cricket” before Rashid hit back. Another former skipper Nasser Hussian felt Rashid’s Test recall sets a dangerous precedent for county cricket. But Botham had a different view. “I don’t understand what Michael was on about, it was pretty unnecessary,” Botham said on Sky Sports. “Adil is fed up with it and has reacted. There has been a lot of stuff out there written and I just don’t get it. I wonder if some people just do it for effect. “I like the kid and I think he’s come to terms with the way of bowling and sorted out his game plan.” Rashid’s stunning delivery to dismiss India captain Virat Kohli in the ODI series raised hopes of a comeback into the Test side. Botham said, “He does put it out there and is prepared to throw (the ball) up. The Indians will go after him but I hope he does very well. It should be an interesting contest. “I think he’ll enjoy the red ball – he will enjoy the purchase he can get on it and will have a point to prove.” PTI AHAHadvertisementlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Bangladesh have gelled after mosque attack trauma, says coach

first_imgBangladesh has dealt with the trauma of the Christchurch mosque attacks by becoming closer as a team, coach Steve Rhodes said on Tuesday as his World Cup players prepared to play New Zealand for the first time since the March mass shooting.A lone gunman killed 51 people and wounded more than 20 during Friday prayers at two of the city’s mosques, with the Bangladesh team bus approaching one of them as the gunfire started.None of the players were injured and the tour was immediately abandoned.”I’ve got so much respect for the players. The way that they’ve handled themselves after that event,” Rhodes told reporters on a soggy afternoon at the Oval in South London where Bangladesh play on Wednesday.”The Christchurch awful day and the shootings, they’ve got some sort of brotherhood there now… the experience they went through together on that coach, I think it’s somehow gelled them,” added the Briton.”I think that they’ve actually got solace from each other, they’ve tried to help each other through it. I’ve got a lot of respect and admiration for the way they’ve pulled through.”Rhodes, whose players made a dream start to the campaign by beating South Africa by 21 runs in their World Cup opener after piling up their highest one-day international total, refused to take the credit. “Going back to that day in Christchurch, I was thinking how do we get a team back together after this? But they’ve done it, it’s not been anything special from me,” he said.advertisement”I’ve just tried to carry on as normal because I thought that was the right thing to do. And the support that they’ve given each other has been the main thing… they knew what they needed to do.”Bangladesh, seen as dangerous outsiders before the tournament started, face New Zealand with plenty of confidence but Rhodes said he was not about to be carried away by the excitement.”We all recognize that was just one game,” he said of the South Africa match.”We know the people back home are delighted and jumping up and down with what we’ve done but the team and the staff know that the task is going to be tough against some of these teams and New Zealand are just one of them.”They gave us decent hiding this winter and we are in better shape taking them on this time around. But they are tough opposition and it’ll be difficult.”The English weather has not helped, with training canceled on Monday and a steady drizzle frustrating plans on Tuesday, but Rhodes said that was no concern.”We needed to have a break yesterday, we had a tough game,” he said.”If preparations weren’t as good as they have been we’d have been worried about a lack of cricket today. So we’re not that worried. Most of the boys are in reasonable nick.”Also Read | Need improvement in batting: Karunaratne after Sri Lanka’s narrow win vs AfghanistanAlso Read | Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka Highlights, ICC World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan by 34 runs via DLSAlso Seelast_img read more

Blue Haven and Waterloo Investment Holdings to raise funds for Haiti and

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 24, 2016 – Tickets available says Blue Haven and Waterloo Investment Holdings Ltd to raise funds and collect goods for Haiti and The Bahamas.In an interview with Magnetic Media this morning, it was explained that a $10 donation gets you access to the Halloween fun and a movie, Ghostbusters 2016, and all proceeds benefit the Hurricane Relief Fund which WHL says it will match, dollar for dollar.Tune in to News Break on Power 92 and KissFM for details on the event where residents are also encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.Blue Haven tickets at the resort, with organizers, at International School and at the Wine Cellar.  Corporate sponsors are also being sought. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Providenciales International Airport Under Repair

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 8, 2018 – Providenciales – The Providenciales International Airports is indeed currently undergoing repairs to the Terminal Facility.  Hurricane Season was very active and left behind a wake of damages that also affected the Terminal facility in Providenciales.  The ongoing terminal repairs were negatively affected by the storms and as a result airport repairs had to be prioritized in order to get the airport open and fully functional for passenger and aircraft movements.The Maintenance Department at Providenciaels International Airport has worked tirelessly to repair damages and these works are ongoing. With the recent rainy weather, more leaks have been highlighted since the storms and are indeed being addressed by airport staff.The Airports Authority has taken all necessary measures to minimize the effects of damages to passenger travel and is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all.Release: TCIAANote: Photo provided to MM by airport commuterlast_img read more

Enter for your chance to win a Fluance audio system

first_img 6 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. One lucky person will receive this turntable, these speakers and a bonus Bluetooth speaker. CNET It’s giveaway time! And once again the fabulous Fluance folks are offering Cheapskate readers a shot at some fantastic audio gear. Welcome to the Fluance Sound Sweeps! Here’s what the grand prize winner will bring home: A limited-edition RT81 record player (white)A pair of limited-edition Ai40 powered bookshelf speakers (white)An Fi20 Bluetooth speaker (bamboo)Total value of that package: a cool $500. And two runners-up will each receive a Fluance Fi20 speaker (one in walnut, one in black ash) worth $150. The turntable and speakers, by the way, are indeed limited-edition items, announced just yesterday to help celebrate Fluance’s 20th anniversary. Only a small quantity will be produced, so this is your chance to own a little bit of Fluance history. What’s more, with promo code CNET10FLU, anyone can get $10 off any order of $100 or more between now and Aug. 27.Ready to enter? You’ve got until Sept. 6 to get it done. Hit up the form below for all the details, including the rules and requirements.If you have trouble seeing the form please check this link.Good luck!Update, 11:46 a.m. PT: Corrected promo code discount to $10 off. (It incorrectly said 10% earlier. We apologize for the mistake.)CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Share your voice CNET Giveaway The Cheapskatecenter_img Comments Tags Audiolast_img read more

Mahindra Scorpio with Bulletproof Kit Price Availability Details

first_imgThe Scorpio lovers in the country now have more reason to fall in love with the iconic SUV of Mahindra. The Defence Land Systems, a Mahindra owned company has introduced a bulletproof kit for its Scorpio to give a safety ride to the customers.The bulletproof kit is being offered in three variants – Executive, premium and VVIP at 12.67 lakh, 16.07 lakh and 18.33 lakh respectively and is available for booking in the country with advance payment of 75,000 at the e-retailer Snapdeal.Talking about the features of the new Bulletproof kit for Scorpio, it can safeguard the passengers inside the car, if a shot is fired at 90 degree angle from a 9mm pistol from a distance of 5m and come with a real time tracking device.While the Executive kit packs bulletproof glass, fire proof fuel tank, real time vehicle tracking device and bulletproof body panels, the Premium kit offers bulletproof panel and run flat system in addition to the features offered in the Executive kit. The third variant VVIP comes with blast proof carpet and bulletproof glass with power windows in addition to the features in the Premium kit.The iconic SUV Scorpio, one of the top selling SUVs in the domestic market is sold with the 2.2 liter turbo diesel mHawk engine and 2.5-litre m2Di. The car which has been sailing in India since 2002 is expected to get a new version in coming months. Scorpio facelift which has been spied testing numerous times in the country is expected to pack the same 2.2 liter four cylinder turbocharged mHawk diesel engine, which powers the current model and is likely to offer a power of 120 bhp and peak torque of 290 Nm. The new Scorpio might also get 6-speed automatic transmission for improved performance.(ED: AJ)last_img read more