UK: RSF welcomes Damian Collins as new chair of the APPG on media freedom

first_imgNews United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Freedom of expression Reporters Without Borders (RSF) welcomes the election of Damian Collins MP as the new Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on media freedom. Collins takes over after inaugural group Chair John Whittingdale OBE MP stepped down due to his appointment earlier this year as Minister of State for Media and Data. News United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Freedom of expression April 20, 2020 Find out more RSF_en May 26, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts RSF Index 2020: UK ranking declines following the murder of journalist Lyra McKee News Following the launch of the APPG on media freedom in July 2019, Collins joins a cross-party group of parliamentarians from both the House of Lords and House of Commons who have committed to working together to address global and domestic media freedom challenges:“I’m honoured to be taking over as Chair from John, a renowned champion of the freedom of the press. Strong, independent and researched journalism is more important than ever, and the UK has a duty to defend journalists threatened for doing their job – at home and abroad”, said Damian Collins MP.Other APPG officers include Sir Roger Gale MP, Theo Clarke MP, Christian Matheson MP, Lord Black of Brentwood and Lord Foulkes of Cumnock. The APPG membership includes representatives from several parliamentary parties. “We warmly welcome Mr Collins’ election as the new chair of the APPG on media freedom, and look forward to working together as he brings his considerable experience and clear voice to the role. There has never been a more urgent need for strong parliamentary leadership to address the deteriorating global climate for media freedom, including some very worrying trends here in the UK”, said RSF Director of International Campaigns Rebecca Vincent. RSF worked closely with Whittingdale to launch the APPG and looks forward to collaborating with Colllins and continuing to run the APPG secretariat. May 3, 2019 Find out more RSF to launch UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Press Freedom News November 26, 2020 UK: RSF welcomes Damian Collins as new chair of the APPG on media freedom UK: Press freedom under threat in lockdown as government dismisses reporting from “campaigning newspapers” to go further Follow the news on United Kingdom Help by sharing this information Organisation last_img read more

This woman’s pup-filled Christmas card aims to spread awareness of Houston’s stray pit bulls

first_imgLunja/iStock(HOUSTON) — A Houston dog lover and animal advocate created a paws-itively perfect Christmas card to spread holiday cheer as well as awareness to help stray dogs in the area.Amanda Hulebak took her warm and fuzzy photo with a group of 18 rescue dogs — six of which she adopted and others that she fosters — for the third straight year. Hulebak told ABC News that this year’s photo, shot by photographer Kaley Elaine, “took hours to get.” “It was a lot of fun because our photographer was so great and patient — the dogs loved her,” she said.Elaine told ABC News that working with Hulebak on this project was “a privelege.”“Amanda is such an inspiration to our community and it was a privilege to be a part of such a unique project,” the photographer said. Hulebak said she first “got this crazy idea to take a picture with all the dogs” three years ago when she only had four at that time. “We got the picture back and I was like this is perfect.”Part of the purpose of the pictures is to “capture” the demeanor of the animals.“One of my missions in my rescue work is to bring a positive light to the pit bull breed. I know that my dogs are extremely well-behaved and I wanted to capture that,” she explained.Hulebak shared this year’s pup-filled photo on Facebook with the caption, “Oh, I’m sorry you can’t foster, why?” Since the initial post on Dec. 5, the picture has garnered nearly 1,500 likes and been shared over 1,000 times.Hulebak has been helping rescue dogs for 13 years. Most recently, she began expanding her efforts to social media using the hashtag #thisishouston to post dogs in her network as well as an array of local fostering and rescue organizations that she works with closely. (To name a few: The Purple Pittie & Friends, Pup Squad Animal Rescue, Cypress Lucky Mutts.) “If theres a goal in posting that picture, it wasn’t for the likes or praise or thank yous, but for my efforts to show I have 18 dogs that are all rescued from the streets,” Hulebak said. “This is our city and this is our problem.”Although none of the dogs in the photo have been adopted yet, Hulebek said she’s hopeful that the continued awareness will help in their search for a forever home.“It’s gotten a lot of attention so it’s great for our efforts to bring exposure to what we do and why we do it.”She continued, “I don’t expect people to be as crazy as I am. I’ve dedicated my life for this for years because that’s what makes me happy.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Depleted Steelers sign retired five-time Pro Bowler Harrison

first_imgFILE – In this Dec. 27, 2009, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison (92) rushes against the Baltimore Ravens during an NFL football game in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin called the decision to sign James Harrison “simple and easy.”Figuring out how – and just as important when – to use the five-time Pro Bowl linebacker, well, that part is a little trickier.The Steelers brought the 36-year-old Harrison out of retirement on Tuesday to give an injury depleted group some needed depth and a locker room in need of some intensity an added jolt.Harrison, who seemed to end his 12-year NFL career during an impromptu news conference Sept. 5, will provide plenty of both. How quickly he sees the field, however, remains uncertain.“We need to see what he is capable of doing before we etch out any roles for him or others,” Tomlin said Tuesday.The Steelers (2-1) reached out to Harrison after young linebackers Jarvis Jones and Ryan Shazier went down in Sunday night’s 37-19 win at Carolina. Jones underwent surgery Tuesday for a broken wrist.The team placed their first-round pick in the 2013 draft on the injured reserve/return list, meaning he’ll be eligible to come back in eight weeks. Shazier’s sprained right knee likely won’t keep him out as long, though Tomlin ruled out the rookie for this week’s game against Tampa Bay (0-3).Sean Spence will likely take over for Shazier. While Arthur Moats played well filling in for Jones – recording a sack in the second half as the Steelers pulled away – the injuries left the Steelers thin at a positon they considered a strength in the preseason.Enter Harrison, whom the Steelers released in the spring of 2013 after he declined to take a pay cut. The 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year eventually signed with Cincinnati, where he played in a diminished role as the Bengals won the AFC North. He finished with two sacks and an interception in 15 games before getting cut in March.He remained in training throughout the preseason but couldn’t find work and signed a one-day contract with Pittsburgh on Sept. 5 so he could retire a Steeler. Harrison cited the need to be closer to his two sons as a major factor in his decision. That shouldn’t be a problem now. The Harrisons live in a Pittsburgh suburb.Harrison will join a locker room that’s undergone an extensive makeover in the 18 months since his departure, particularly on defense. Only three starters – linebacker Lawrence Timmons, safety Troy Polamalu and defensive end Brett Keisel – remain from the 2012 season. A fourth, cornerback Ike Taylor, broke his right forearm Sunday night and is out indefinitely.Tomlin allowed it may take a bit for Harrison to get his bearings.“There is comfort in that familiarity but at the same time there are some new, integral pieces to our football team,” Tomlin said. “He has an understanding of that. It will be fun to kind of watch him work his way back into the group.”Recent history hints it might not take long. Pittsburgh declined to re-sign Keisel over the spring only to call him when the defensive line struggled early in the preseason. He was back on the field nine days later, playing in the exhibition finale against the Panthers.Harrison, like Keisel, is well past his prime. Yet the Steelers are optimistic his savvy and experience can make an impact on a defense that is still finding its way. Pittsburgh needed three games to record a turnover, though the pass rush showed signs of improvement while getting to Cam Newton three times on Sunday night.The schedule gives the Steelers some flexibility. They face the hapless Buccaneers then travel to winless Jacksonville. Two weeks might be all that’s necessary for Harrison to find his niche. It’s unlikely the Steelers would put him at the top of the depth chart based simply on his resume. If he can show flashes of the burst that helped him record 64 sacks during his 10 years in Pittsburgh, he could be a weapon in pass-rushing situations.It’s what the Bengals tried to do with him in 2013, with underwhelming results. Not that Tomlin is using 2013 as a barometer on what Harrison can do now that he’s back home.“I don’t care about what he did in Cincinnati or what their schematics are,” Tomlin said. “I’ll base my judgments based off of his capabilities based on what I see back in this setting among us.”NOTES: Rookie RB Dri Archer (ankle) practiced Monday and could play this week after missing the last two games. … The Steelers will keep Taylor on the active roster for now and give him some time to heal before deciding whether to place him on season-ending injured reserve.___AP NFL website: and read more

Temple Athletics mourns longtime public address announcer

first_img“Rest In Peace Merv,” Staley said in a statement on Twitter. “The voice of our program. Neither met a stranger. Overall great man!! There are a lot of great @TempleOwls who will welcome you home. Godspeed to the Jones Family!” “All of Temple Athletics is in mourning due to the loss of a great man and Owl, Merv Jones,” Patrick Kraft, Temple’s director of athletics, said in a statement. “For three decades, Merv’s booming voice delivered the action of Temple Football and Basketball games to fans at Lincoln Financial Field, the Liacouras Center and McGonigle Hall.” Jones graduated from Temple University in 1988 with a degree in radio, television, and film. He then went on to work at the Greatest Sports Legends TV series and co-produce the A&E series The Gifted Ones.  On Wednesday, Temple Athletics announced the death of Merv Jones, Temple’s longtime public address announcer and former athletics communications assistant director, after a “long bout” with cancer. Jones was 54. Jones left his position with Temple Athletics in 2004 to work with Steve Rotfeld Productions in Philadelphia. Jones is survived by his parents, Mervin and Catherine, his sisters, Angela and Kathy Beverly, and his brother, André.center_img Jones returned to Temple in 1998 as an adjunct professor teaching a class called ‘Racism in College Athletics.’ That year, he became the public address announcer for Temple football and Temple Men’s basketball.  “Merv was the consummate professional and loved his Temple Owls, but more importantly, he was a great man beloved by all who knew him,” said Larry Dougherty, Temple’s senior associate athletic director, via Twitter.  Two years later, he joined the Temple Athletics staff as an assistant director in the Owls’ media relations department. He handled the media relations for Temple Women’s basketball coach and Naismith Hall of Famer Dawn Staley. last_img read more