US filmmaker and reporter released after ten days of questioning

first_img RSF_en to go further Follow the news on Nigeria News Berends boarded a flight to Germany on September 9 in the evening after receiving a deportation order.Today Senators Schumer, Clinton, Murray, Durbin, Cantwell, Leahy, Feingold, Casey, Brown and Kerry joined together to seek Andrew Berends’ immediate release in a letter to the Nigerian President, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. NigeriaAfrica June 10, 2021 Find out more Organisation January 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Reporters Without Borders is relieved today by the news that US filmmaker and reporter Andrew Berends has been released from Nigerian government custody. Berends was interrogated for ten consecutive days after he and his translator, Samuel George, as well as a Nigerian businessman, were arrested in Port Harcourt in the south of Nigeria on August 31. The translator and the businessman have been temporarily released yesterday but are still scheduled to report back to the security services tomorrow. Receive email alertscenter_img September 9, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 US filmmaker and reporter released after ten days of questioning News “We are celebrating this great news with Andrew’s relatives and friends who demonstrated impressive and exceptional mobilization to achieve this outcome,” said the international press freedom organization. “Their collective efforts brought about the direct and determinative use of American diplomacy to secure Andrew’s release. Now that Andrew’s case is settled, we expect his translator and the businessman who was arrested at the same time to be freed unconditionally as soon as possible. We hope the Nigerian authorities have learned from this episode that it is absurd to arrest reporters in the Delta region and accuse them of spying when they are simply reporting, with permission, on economic and political situations in that country.” News Reporters Without Borders is relieved today by the news that US filmmaker and reporter Andrew Berends has been released from Nigerian government custody. February 8, 2021 Find out more Nigerian news site deliberately blocked, expert report confirms Nigerian investigative journalist forced to flee after massacre disclosures NigeriaAfrica Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeria After a last day at the headquarters of the State Security Service (SSS, domestic intelligence services) in the capital city of Abuja, Berends was handed over to representatives of the US embassy on Tuesday, September 9. On Monday, Samuel George and the Nigerian businessman were set free from the SSS offices in Port-Harcourt but were scheduled to report back to security officials again tomorrow, Wednesday September 10. They were told they would not be cleared before Andrew Berends’ case is settled.last_img read more

Dana Gioia Wins Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry

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Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Literary Arts Dana Gioia Wins Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 | 1:00 pm Business News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Dana Gioia, the USC Judge Widney Professor Of Poetry And Public Culture, has been named the recipient of Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry.Gioia, celebrated for his poetry, criticism and arts advocacy, joins a who’s who list of the greatest contemporary American poets who have already been bestowed this national prize honoring lifetime achievement.“I wanted to combine the past and the present—to take the richness of literature and combine it with the energy of movies and popular song to create a new sort of poetry,” Gioia said. “I was not interested in writing just for academics or intellectuals.”The Aiken Taylor Award will be presented Feb. 19 at the University of the South, in Sewanee, Tenn. Poet Laureate of Colorado David Mason will lecture on Gioia’s poetic career the previous day.“Drawing on his array of talent—as a creative artist, scholar, and advocate—Professor Gioia shines a spotlight on the world of American poetry, while establishing his own poetic voice as one of the most profound and distinctive of our time. Our academic community is delighted to celebrate this well-deserved recognition,” said USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett.Sewanee Review, the poetry journal at the University of the South which administers the award, cited not only Gioia’s poems but his impact on poetry itself.“Perhaps no other poet in recent times has, with a combination of criticism, policy, and, above all, exemplary poetic work, sparked as much conversation on the role of poetry in society,” the Sewanee Review writes.Many of the previous 27 winners—including W. S. Merwin, Gwendolyn Brooks, Billy Collins—are part of the pantheon of poets who have become part of the popular culture.“Dana has been a good observer and critic of recent American poetry and we’ve profited from that,” said two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Wilbur from his home in Massachusetts. Wilbur was the second winner of the Aiken Award in 1988. “Dana is two things: He is a practical man who exists in the practical world. He can run a government agency with honor and at same time focus altogether on writing poems and do them very well indeed.”Gioia has garnered much acclaim for his mix of business acumen and his ability as an artist.Gioia’s time leading the National Endowment for the Arts—and founding such initiatives as Shakespeare in American Communities, Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience, and Jazz Masters—led Business Week magazine to dub him “The Man Who Saved the NEA.”For many years, Gioia was called “the business poet” because after earning an M.B.A. from Stanford University, he became vice president in marketing for the General Foods Corporation.But the lasting mark that Gioia will leave is on the written word. The New Formalism movement that Gioia sparked exemplifies a freedom of style that can happily include the discipline of structure or the cadence of everyday language. That mash-up of styles is de rigueur today. Gioia’s poetry has been translated into Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Arabic and other languages. It has also been widely reprinted, including in the Norton Anthology of Poetry and the Oxford Book of American Poetry.Gioia has released four books of poetry; translated two collections of poetry; penned three collections of criticism and three opera libretti; and served as an editor for over thirteen anthologies and handbooks. His third collection of poems, “Interrogations at Noon,” won the American Book Award.Gioia’s approach to poetry has much to do with his childhood in Los Angeles, where he was raised by a Sicilian father and Mexican mother and became the first in his family to go to college.“When growing up in L.A. in the ’60s, how can you not recognize the cultural energy around you?” Gioia said. “How do you transform that level of intensity to the solely verbal form that poetry requires?”Not only did he strive to allow poetry writing to be more dynamic, but also to make poetry accessible. In his controversial and influential essay, “Can Poetry Matter?”—published in The Atlantic in 1991—he laments the confinement of poetry to academic circles.That philosophy led to some of the accomplishments Gioia is most proud of. The Poetry Out Loud program engages 400,000 high schools students every year. “Exploring Form and Narrative,” which he co-founded with Michael Peich, is now the largest annual poetry-writing conference in the U.S.“When literature is cut off from popular culture, it atrophies,” Gioia said. “I wanted to get poetry out of the classroom.” More Cool Stuff Top of the News last_img read more

Play NZ – New Zealand’s great new campaign focused on the gaming community

first_imgThe new campaign aims to attract primarily the Australian, but also the global, mass gaming community aged 25 to 39 by promoting New Zealand as one big RPG “open world” game. As Australians spend more and more time indoors and in the digital world, the use of games has increased by 75% since March, the New Zealand Tourist Office points out. According to the Tourism Research Australia ( TRA) data show that Australians spent $ 3,5 billion in New Zealand last year. A recent report by consultant Ernst & Young Australia estimated that the opening of the road corridor could generate between $ 1,8 and $ 3,7 billion for the New Zealand economy. Although the campaign only creates the look and experience of a video game, it is not a real video game, but puts the player in the first person position on various tourist attractions in New Zealand. Explore more about the Play NZ campaign and game HERE Andrew Waddel, New Zealand’s general manager for tourism, said they realized that a growing number of people were eager for new experiences, exploration and, above all, a sense of fun and adventure. “You might not think, but playing and traveling go hand in hand.” Plaz NZ is designed to engage a growing audience to play games online, and the game shows locations in New Zealand with the goal of getting players to actually visit it. It should be emphasized that Australia and New Zealand have already agreed on a tourist corridor or travel bubble, but which is currently out of force due to the bad epidemiological situation in Australia and the increase in the number of new cases in New Zealand. But this does not mean that promotion should not be done, this way through a “virtual” marketing approach to the target group. Says Andy DiLallo, creative director of TBWA \ Sydney, and Eleven Sydney said: “In a traditional campaign, we could barely scratch the surface of everything a place like New Zealand has to offer. Imitating the game was the perfect tool to show off many aspects of New Zealand. In an open game format, a new adventure is always around the corner. ” New Zealand is in a new campaign “Play NZ”Invited tourists to get to know and explore some of New Zealand’s biggest attractions in a totally different way. Through the right game, ie in the style of a real video game. So the New Zealand Tourist Board in collaboration with Twitch, the most popular gaming streaming platform, has established a collaboration to promote the new campaign, as well as one of Australia’s twitch gaming stars, Kathleen Belsten AKA Loserfruit, which has over 1,8 million followers on platform and 2,7 million on YouTube. The website also features 360 videos for exploring New Zealand and attractions That’s exactly what New Zealand did. Challenge: How to promote the tourist destination to the younger population and the gaming community and create a motive for them to come? The result is logical and natural, right? How different than to make a game. “New Zealand Tourism wants to create inspiration for young Australian travelers, especially those aged 25 to 39, so that when the road corridor reopens, they will want to revisit these virtual real-life experiences.”Point out from TU New Zealand. last_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: Sam Kerr scores four to book Australia’s last-16 place

first_imgSam Kerr scored four goals as Australia booked its place in the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup with a 4-1 Group C win over Jamaica on Tuesday.The Matildas captain powered home headers in the 11th and 42nd minutes to give Ante Milicic’s side a deserved halftime lead at the Stade des Alpes in Grenoble. FULL TIME | Sam Kerr scores FOUR goals and we book our spot in the #FIFAWWC Round of 16! #WeAreMatildas #JAMAUS— Matildas (@TheMatildas) June 18, 2019The Matildas wasted little time forging ahead, Kerr sending a looping header over Nicole McClure from Emily Gielnik’s cross in the 11th minute.Emily van Egmond’s deep cross cannoned back off the crossbar six minutes later, while McClure pawed over another Kerr header midway through the half.There was little the Jamaica goalkeeper could do about Kerr’s second, though, with the Chicago Red Stars forward given plenty of room to meet Katrina Gorry’s right-wing cross from six yards with a thumping header.Halftime substitute Solaun had an immediate impact, collecting Khadija Shaw’s pass and slotting past two back-tracking Australian defenders after rounding Lydia Williams. Women’s World Cup 2019: Updated group stage results and standings Marta makes World Cup history with record 17th goalcenter_img Jamaica responded superbly after the break, though, Havana Solaun scoring their first World Cup goal four minutes after the restart.Kerr killed off any hopes of a comeback from Hue Menzies’ side with goals in the 69th and 83rd minutes to secure a place in the knockout stages and a tie with Norway. Related News Williams had to be alert soon after to paw away Cheyna Matthews’ fierce drive, while Shaw flashed wide after a surging run shortly after the hour mark as a much-improved Jamaica threatened to pull level.They were punished for those misses, however, when Hayley Raso’s cross bounced off Sashana Campbell and into the path of Kerr, who slotted home from five yards.Things got worse for Jamaica seven minutes from time when Kerr pounced on McClure’s scuffed attempt at a pass to power home from close range and wrap up a comfortable victory.last_img read more