Follow the news on Japan Japanese reporter held in Myanmar is charged with “false information” February 9, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Music chart company urged to drop lawsuit against freelance journalist who questioned its practices On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia News JapanAsia – Pacific Organisation Help by sharing this information November 19, 2020 Find out more RSF_en May 5, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders appealed today to Koh Koike, the president of the Japanese music chart company Oricon, to withdraw a lawsuit against freelance journalist Hiro Ugaya for casting doubt on the validity of its pop music rankings in an interview for the magazine Cyzo. Oricon is demanding 50 million yen (318,000 euros) in damages and an apology. The journalist has to spend another 7 million yen in legal costs.“The amount of damages requested by Oricon is out of all proportion and would ruin Ugaya,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is already hard enough to be a freelance journalist in Japan and this kind of lawsuit jeopardises journalistic investigation into the activities of private enterprise.”Oricon brought its action against Ugaya before a Tokyo court on 17 November, citing the fact that he told Cyzo that Oricon inflated some of its sales figures for Japanese groups and used occasionally questionable methods to compile its charts. Ugaya has written about Oricon’s activities in the past, but in this case he just answered questions put to him by Cyzo, which transcribed some of his comments for a 20-line report.Oricon’s president Koike says the aim of the lawsuit is to get a public apology from Ugaya and thereby restore the company’s image. He says he would withdraw the suit if Ugaya issued a public retraction.The case recalls the lawsuit which the credit and loans company Takefuji brought against several freelance journalists, including Katsuhisa Miyake, over their reports about its allegedly questionable practices. The journalists ended up winning the case, but it took four years.Ugaya’s defenders condemn such lawsuits against freelance journalists as improper. One of his colleagues said: “This intimidatory procedure is a serious violation of free speech and threatens the future of freelance journalists.” News to go further News JapanAsia – Pacific RSF urges recently appointed Japan Prime Minister to take a new turn towards press freedom September 16, 2020 Find out more
After wrapping up a successful set at Catskill Chill, the Classical Dance Music vibes of Electric Beethoven made their way to Nectar’s to treat Vermont fans to some jammed out Beethoven. Led by Reed Mathis, the band has some exciting news for fans eager to hear more.Getting To Know Electric Beethoven: An Interview With Reed MathisIf you’re in the Connecticut area, the band will be playing a free show tonight for you! If not, the band has shared their incredible, 50-minute jam version of “In Memory Of A Great Man” from Beethoven’s 3rd. Listen to the track below.You can read the band’s full announcement below:WE LIKE SOUNDS! WE’VE GOT THE BEST SOUNDS!Like the rest of us, Ludwig Van Beethoven had to suffer through Mondays, even if he never had to sit through disheartening presidential debates. So we’ve got TWO great surprises to help ease the pain: a FREE, surprise show tonight in Connecticut. And our first free live track, released.1.) SURPRISE!! FREE SHOW TONIGHT!! Our show originally scheduled for Northampton, Mass has been postponed due to a circumstance beyond our control. But all we want is to bring this medicinal music to the people, on a night that needs it, so we figured we’d scramble to find a new venue and give you guys a FREE show instead. So if you’re in America’s northeast corridor, when you get off work today, hustle over to the Outer Space Ballroom in Hamden, CT.We start promptly at 7:30pm, followed by the entire presidential debate on the TVs. And if, err, when you need some comforting and uplifting afterwards, we got you. (For info: http://www.theouterspace.net/ballroom.php). Come dance to Beethoven’s symphonic enchantments and Make America Sound Great Again!2.) For those who can’t make it, let this 50-minute, improvisation-loaded “In Memory of a Great Man” infect your day with joy. It was our show opener on Saturday night (9/24) at Nectar’s in Burlington, Vermont. Remastered by Reed, for your listening pleasure: https://soundcloud.com/electricbeethovenElectric Beethoven will also be featured at the Brooklyn Comes Alive festival on Octoebr 22nd, before heading into New York, NY for two unique performances at intimate venues. You can get more info about Brooklyn Comes Alive here, and learn about the exciting intimate NYC club shows here.
The National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) has elected two new board members as it looks to expand its capabilities in the growing renewables, mining, defence and aquaculture sectors.Following a strategic review, NSRI identified the need to restructure in order to reflect the global energy transition.Although still heavily focused on the oil and gas market, the organisation will be looking to enhance its offerings to better support other offshore sectors.Simon Cheeseman, of the ORE Catapult and Claus Hjoerringgaard of Wood Clean Energy have joined the board of NSRI to support the organisation’s plans to support UK companies break into multiple energy markets.Under the leadership of NSRI chairman, Peter Blake, the newly elected board members should ensure the organisation continues to foster strong links with the UK supply chain and academia to address the technology needs of the current and future energy mix.Blake, commented: “With our new board in place, our main focus for 2018 is to ensure that we continue to help companies and developers overcome the barriers of diversification to make their mark in the wider offshore sector. While oil and gas is likely to hold strong and dominate the global energy supply for years to come, subsea companies also need to look at how they can adapt and expand their presence across multiple markets.”
RelatedPosts Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Pirlo bags UEFA coaching badge Lazio’s 11-match winning run in Serie A ended on Sunday following a 1-1 derby draw with AS Roma that was decided by two goalkeeping errors. Thomas Strakosha misjudged a cross to allow Roma’s Edin Dzeko to head in the opener after 26 minutes. But Lazio were level just eight minutes later when Pau Lopez failed to gather his own punch before Francesco Acerbi tapped in. Roma came closest to clinching the win when Lorenzo Pellegrini curled a shot off the post, but Simone Inzaghi’s side held on to stretch their unbeaten league run to 15 games. Lazio are on 46 points, two behind second-placed Inter Milan and with a game in hand, while Roma have 39 points, one ahead of Atalanta. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Edin DzekoLazioRomaSerie AThomas Strakosha
WrestleMania 35 will again be the biggest event in sports entertainment and WWE always goes above and beyond to make it an incredible experience. That includes building an elaborate stage to fit the scene. This year’s event is no different and fans are very curious as always as to learn and see what the actual stage will look like at the “Showcase of the Immortals.” Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearWith WrestleMania 35 almost here, we’re starting to get our first glimpse of how the scene looks at MetLife Stadium for Sunday’s big event. Take a look:Crews continue to build the Wrestlemania 35 stage. Official reveal is scheduled tomorrow. Thanks to Crest212 for passing these along. pic.twitter.com/sAqZRD0wuH— HeelByNature.com (@HeelByNatureYT) April 5, 2019Some new photos of the #WrestleMania 35 Set & Stage. They’ll obviously add more to it instead of just a giant screen. pic.twitter.com/890pFRNPUd— Angel Lopez (@xKillSwitch130x) April 5, 2019A little more of a high res photo of yesterday’s leak of the #WrestleMania stage pic.twitter.com/mZPuioPYFA— Flash Gordon (@TheArcherMW) April 4, 2019They go from WrestleMania 29 bridge stage to RAW 2.0 stage. #WresteMania pic.twitter.com/N0DiHkvNGa— Aaron🏴 (@DareToAaron) April 5, 2019
Now Newell and the next eight players on the leaderboard will make up teams at the Bridgestone Challenge, the English leg of the European Challenge Tour, on Wednesday, 6 September. Tags: Bridgestone, Chase Your Dream Given the circumstances he decided to go for it and was rewarded with a two-putt birdie. Shortly afterwards he chipped in for a birdie two and his round was back on track. The other qualifiers are: Jacob Scargill (Hanging Heaton, Yorkshire) Neill Jonas (Tilgate Forest, Sussex), Kevin Madden (Walmley, Warwickshire), Michael Durkin (Hurlston Hall, Lancashire), Giles Puckle (Clandon Regis, Surrey), Sam Storey (Windlesham, Surrey), Barrie Harding (West Byfleet, Surrey) and Neil Garbutt (Masham, Yorkshire). Click here for full scores Today’s round did not start as planned. After three holes the 11-handicapper was five over par and “spraying the ball all over the place.” The turning point was the par five fourth, where Newell hammered a drive down the middle, leaving himself 220 yards to the pin. “I was really, really hoping to make the top nine and squeak through, but to actually win is off the scale,” added Newell. The 42-year-old tax consultant is an avid golfer and was highly motivated by the opportunities of the Chase Your Dream Trophy. “I liked the title of the trophy and when I saw the ultimate goal was to play in the pro-am of the British Masters, I just had to have a go.” 15 Aug 2017 Newell chases his dream with Trophy win He scored net 69 – three-under par – on the Bracken course at Woodhall Spa, where the final was played as part of England Golf Week, the annual celebration of the handicap game. They’ll be joined by nine players from the women’s final, which will be played on Friday, and the best of these teams will play with a star of the European Tour at the pro-am of the British Masters, supported by Sky Sports, on Wednesday, 27 September. Buckinghamshire’s John Newell made his dreams come true today when he was crowned England’s male handicap golfer of the year – and kept alive his hopes of a date with a star of the European Tour. “This is absolutely crazy, I can’t believe I have actually managed to win,” said Newell, the vice-captain at Hazlemere Golf Club, after his one-shot victory in the men’s final of the Bridgestone Chase Your Dream Trophy.
Mallard’s Source for Sports is eager to add to the celebration with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, back row, L-R, Ruth Sutherland, Karen Duffy, Kelly Peloso, Lisa Ranta, Wendy Horan, Tracey Kooznetsoff, Melissa Keyserlingk and Heather Dyck. Front, Kelly Newhouse, Jennifer Dunn Moynes The Dirty Dozen and the Lily Whites battled through the duration of the Bridge Ladies Rec Indoor Soccer Season.The Lily Whites managed to win the regular season title, but it was Dirty Dozen having the last laugh in the playoff final, knocking off the champs 5-2 in the final to capture the championship.