Fans have to wait a little longer for that epic North vs South clash to actually take place

first_imgFriday Aug 21, 2020 Fans have to wait a little longer for that epic North vs South clash to actually take place The much anticipated North v South match that was set to take place in Auckland on 29 August has been postponed for a week, New Zealand Rugby (NZR) has now announced.ADVERTISEMENTThe North and South squads were due to assemble in Wellington on Monday to prepare for the match, with contingency plans underway to play the game at SKY Stadium in Wellington on Saturday 29 August.However, NZR General Manager Professional Rugby & Performance Chris Lendrum said today that the 14 Auckland-based players in the North squad, as well as five support staff, had not been granted an exemption to leave Auckland.“We’re disappointed that the game can’t go ahead at this stage next week, but we understand and respect the Government’s decision.  We’re no different from hundreds of other New Zealanders who have also had their requests for exemption turned down, so we have to abide by the decision,” Lendrum said.RELATED: Fans have their early favourites for fascinating North vs South clashThe teams won’t assemble next week in Wellington as planned and the game will now be postponed to Saturday September 5.  Depending on further Government announcements on Covid-19 Alert Levels, the match will be played at either Auckland’s Eden Park or Sky Stadium in Wellington.Fans who have bought tickets to the match, originally scheduled for Eden Park on 29 August, are encouraged to hold onto their tickets until further notice.“We know everyone wants the game to go ahead, the players and fans are all looking forward to it and we think it’ll be a real boost for the country during these unsettling times,” Lendrum said.“So we remain solution-focussed, will look to get the game played a week later and remain excited at the prospect of these two teams going head to head.”ADVERTISEMENTA decision on whether or not the game will be played in Auckland or Wellington on September 5, and other details on the game, will be made following the Government’s next announcement on Monday. Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error News Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Exeter vs Toulouse is off as a number of… 25 WEEKS AGO Danny Cipriani leaves Gloucester with immediate… 25 WEEKS AGO ‘Aphiwe can’t believe it. We were starting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

RSF’s 2018 round-up of deadly attacks and abuses against journalists – figures up in all categories

first_imgNews Related documents worldwilde_round-up.pdfPDF – 2.3 MBitog_rbg_20181.pdfPDF – 123.27 KB A total of 80 journalists were killed this year, 348 are currently in prison, and 60 are being held hostage, according to the annual worldwide round-up of deadly violence and abusive treatment of journalists released today by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), which shows an unprecedented level of hostility towards media personnel. Organisation The RSF round-up figures have risen in all categories. Murders, imprisonment, hostage-taking and READTHE 2018 WORLDWILDE ROUND-UPenforced disappearances have all increased. Journalists have never before been subjected to as much violence and abusive treatment as in 2018.This year has been marked by the number of journalists in all categories* who were killed in connection with their work, a figure which increased by eight percent to 80, and by the 15 percent rise in the number of professional journalists killed, from 55 in 2017 to 63 this year. This number had been declining over the previous three years.The widely reported murders of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi and the young Slovak data journalist Ján Kuciak highlighted the lengths to which press freedom’s enemies are prepared to go. More than half of the journalists killed in 2018 were deliberately targeted.“Violence against journalists has reached unprecedented levels this year, and the situation is now critical,” RSF Secretary-General Christophe Deloire said. “The hatred of journalists that is voiced, and sometimes very openly proclaimed, by unscrupulous politicians, religious leaders and businessmen has tragic consequences on the ground, and has been reflected in this disturbing increase in violations against journalists. “Amplified by social networks, which bear heavy responsibility in this regard, these expressions of hatred legitimize violence, thereby undermining journalism, and democracy itself, a bit more every day.”With the release of its latest World Press Freedom Index in April, RSF had already expressed alarm over an increased level of hostility towards the media encouraged by politicians, as well as efforts by authoritarian regimes to export their alternative vision of journalism.More journalists detained or held hostageAfghanistan was the world’s deadliest country for journalists in 2018, with 15 killed. It was followed by Syria, with 11 killed, and Mexico, the deadliest country outside a conflict zone, with nine journalists murdered in 2018. The fatal shooting of five employees of the Capital Gazette newspaper in June brought the United States into the ranks of the deadliest countries.The number of journalists detained worldwide at the end of the year – 348 – is up from 326 at this time last year. As in 2017, more than half of the world’s imprisoned journalists are being held in just five countries: China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Turkey. China remains the world’s biggest jailer of journalists with 60 currently held, of whom three quarters are non-professional journalists.The number of journalists currently held hostage – 60 – is 11 percent higher than this time last year, when it was 54. All but one are being held in three Middle Eastern countries: Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. They include six foreign journalists. Despite the Islamic State’s defeat in Iraq and retreat in Syria, little information has emerged about the fate of these hostages, except for Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda, who was freed after three years of captivity in Syria. A Ukrainian journalist is still being held in the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” by the authorities who accuse him of spying. RSF also registered three new cases of journalists disappearing in 2018, two in Latin America and one in Russia.Compiled by RSF every year since 1995, the annual round-up of abusive treatment and deadly violence against journalists is based on precise data. We gather detailed information that allows us to confirm with certainty or a great deal of confidence that the death, detention, abduction or disappearance of each journalist listed was a direct result of their journalistic work.*These figures include professional journalists, non-professional journalists, and media workers. Condemning abusesReports and statisticsProtecting journalists Armed conflictsCorruptionOrganized crimeDisappearancesImprisonedImpunityCitizen-journalistsFreedom of expressionHostagesPredatorsViolence Читать на русском / Read in Russiancenter_img Help by sharing this information December 14, 2018 – Updated on December 18, 2018 RSF’s 2018 round-up of deadly attacks and abuses against journalists – figures up in all categories RSF_en About Reporters Without Borders Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is an international non-governmental, non-profit organization with a recognized public interest function that has consultative status with the United Nations, UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the International Organization of the Francophonie and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Headquartered in Paris, it has bureaux, sections or representatives in 17 cities (Berlin, Brussels, Geneva, Helsinki, Istanbul, Karachi, Kiev, London, Madrid, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Stockholm, Taipei, Tunis, Vienna and Washington), correspondents in 130 countries and 15 local partner organizations. Condemning abusesReports and statisticsProtecting journalists Armed conflictsCorruptionOrganized crimeDisappearancesImprisonedImpunityCitizen-journalistsFreedom of expressionHostagesPredatorsViolence last_img read more

Mr Kipling sales up 10% as own-label cakes fall a third

first_imgPremier Food’s Mr Kipling brand is continuing to grow following last year’s relaunch, with sales up 10% in the past quarter.The brand, which is to be expanded in the coming months with a premium range of Signature cakes, was also bolstered by further TV advertising.Cadbury cake sales grew over the quarter, with Premier saying the brand had benefited from the later timing of Easter compared to 2018 and improved seasonal ranges for the Easter period.However, the company’s own-label cakes business – which fell by 20% in the firm’s last financial year – has taken a further hit, with the decline accelerating to 37.2% as Premier exited lower-margin contracts.As a result, turnover from Premier’s Sweet Treats division was up 0.6% year on year, with total branded sales up 7.1% in the 13 weeks ended 29 June.In the first quarter of the year, Premier Food’s total sales rose 1.1% compared to the prior year, with branded sales up 2.9% and own-label down 8.3%International sales were down 18% and had been held back primarily due to slower sales in Ireland.“This was due to the unwinding of Brexit-related stock in Irish customers’ supply chains,” stated the company in its results. “The International business is, however, expected to return to sales growth in subsequent quarters.”Acting chief executive Alastair Murray described the results as an encouraging start to the year.“As we previously noted, we are increasing our consumer marketing investment this year and both Mr Kipling and Batchelors have already benefited from TV advertising campaigns in the first quarter,” he said.“Many of our largest brands have built on strong category positions and grown market share, and we achieved branded growth in the quarter of nearly 3%. These figures provide evidence that the company’s strategy is delivering results. Our expectations for the full year remain unchanged.”Premier is continuing its search for a chairman as Keith Hamill steps down today (17 July), as well as a chief executive following the departure of Gavin Darby in January.last_img read more

US proposes tougher Wall Street rules for China firms

first_imgUnited States officials on Thursday proposed toughening rules for Chinese companies listed on American stock exchanges as recent scandals have prompted concerns about the reliability of some of the firms’ documents.The companies’ auditors would have to share their work papers with American regulators under the proposal from a working group led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.Firms already on Wall Street would have until 2022 to comply or lose their listing. “The United States is the premier jurisdiction in the world for raising capital, and we will not compromise on the core principles that underpin investor confidence in our capital markets,” said a Treasury Department statement.The group, which includes Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, also proposed strengthening risk disclosures to investors about companies or funds from countries that do not provide “sufficient” access to documents. The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which oversees US equity markets, would be tasked with implementing the recommendations.Several Wall Street-listed Chinese companies have been involved in scandals in recent months, including coffeehouse chain Luckin Coffee. The Starbucks rival revealed in April that one of its executives was accused of faking sales figures.The recommendations come as tensions spike between the world’s top two economies, with a struggle over the video sharing platform TikTok being the latest flashpoint.However, US media have reported that negotiators from the two nations are due to talk August 15 about the partial trade deal inked in January.Topics :last_img read more