New Year’s Eve ball drop to celebrate journalists and press freedom around the world

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — When the ball drops on New Year’s Eve in New York City’s iconic Times Square, it will be dedicated to protecting press freedom and celebrating the importance of journalism.The Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment have named the Committee to Protect Journalists — the media watchdog group that released its annual prison census findings this month — as this year’s charity honoree.“On New Year’s Eve we look back and reflect on the major events of the past year, we look forward with a sense of hope, and we celebrate the people and things we value most,” Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance, said in a statement. “This year, we’re celebrating the free press and journalism and those who work to protect, preserve and practice it.”Tompkins told ABC News the alliance first considered the dedication after Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside of the Saudi embassy in Istanbul, Turkey.“There were a lot of conversations during the last year about the role of the press, not just domestically but internationally,” Tompkins said. “New Year’s is not just a celebration, but a moment of reflection. What are the big themes personally, or in the world for this past year?”The recognition comes as several world leaders, including President Donald Trump, have lashed out against journalists in 2018. The U.S. president has repeatedly referred to the press as the “enemy of the people” and described their work as “fake news.”In the Philippines and Russia, too, Presidents Rodrigo Duterte and Vladimir Putin, respectively, have echoed Trump’s apparent disdain for the media.It was against that backdrop of criticism that the Times Square Alliance decided to honor journalists at the Crossroads of the World on New Year’s Eve. In addition to the killing of Khashoggi, the deadly shooting in June at the Capital Gazette newsroom factored into the decision to dedicate the night to journalists.“That was the real frightening moment for journalists throughout the U.S., to realize there is a level of animosity towards journalists that we need to be aware of,” Tompkins said.Despite his battles with members of the media, Trump publicly offered sympathies for the Capital Gazette victims.“My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families,” he tweeted.Partnering with the Committee to Protect Journalists allowed for a global perspective to the issues of press freedom.On Dec. 13, the watchdog organization published its Annual Prison Census, which found that 251 journalists were currently imprisoned around the world as of the beginning of the month. Also, the number of journalists around the world imprisoned on charges of false news rose to 28, the report found, up from nine two years ago.“Americans are united in their belief that press freedom and independent journalism are at the heart of our democracy,” Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, said in a statement. “Our country’s commitment to these principles has inspired journalists around the world working in dangerous and difficult conditions.”TIME Magazine also dedicated its “Person of the Year” to journalists who have been killed or persecuted around the globe, including Jamal Khashoggi, the victims of the Capital Gazette shooting and others.On New Year’s Eve, journalists from major media organizations are being invited to the main stage for the “Special Guest” moment, a distinction typically reserved for glitterati and prominent leaders.The list of who will take the stage and hit the button to ring in the new year hasn’t been released yet.Tompkins insists that, in spite of the precipitating events this year, the biggest party in the world is dedicated to bigger ideas.“There may be a temptation by people to put a partisan spin on this,” he said, “but I think if we’re all playing the long game for democracy, then we realize that this is an issue that rises above any particular party or person.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

New storm brings fire danger, strong winds, snow and possible tornadoes

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — After a wild weekend of weather and tornadoes, a new storm is bringing a threat for fire danger, heavy snow and severe weather from California to Texas.Ahead of the new storm, gusty winds and low humidity has brought wildfires to Kingman, Arizona, where 200 homes have already been evacuated.As the storm moves east, heavy snow is expected from California to the Colorado mountains where more than a foot of snow is possible.Critical fire conditions are expected Monday from eastern Arizona to South Dakota where winds could gust up to 65 mph and relative humidity could be as low as 5%.This same storm system that brought all the winds to the Southwest will move into the Plains and parts of the South with more tornadoes, damaging winds and large hail threats on Tuesday.Meanwhile, the Northeast and the Midwest are getting ready for the warmest air of the season with a taste of summer temperatures this week.Temperatures are expected to hit the low to mid 80s from Chicago to New York City this week.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

A third of 311 calls are coronavirus-related: TRD Insights

first_imgIn the past two weeks, nearly a third of all NYC’s 311 calls have been about coronavirus, while total call volume has declined (Credit: iStock)On Jan. 22 at 10:38 a.m., New York City’s 311 hotline received its first inquiry about the new coronavirus.There was no dedicated category for Covid-19 yet, so the call was lumped in with “Novel Coronavirus or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome,” according to records published on NYC Open Data. Now there are four Covid categories.Since that first call, 311 has received more than 100,000 inquiries related to the deadly new coronavirus, with the vast majority coming in after March 11, when the World Health Organization declared the disease a pandemic and the Dow Jones Industrial Average entered a bear market. In the past two weeks, nearly a third of all 311 calls have been about the coronavirus, an analysis by The Real Deal found.Percentage of 311 calls related to the coronavirusTotal 311 calls and coronavirus-related 311 calls, March 1 to April 12.On a day-by-day basis, the analysis shows that coronavirus-related calls spiked to over 5,000 on March 16, the day restaurants and bars were limited to takeout, public schools were closed to students and the stock market saw its biggest drop since 1987. Wealthy New Yorkers began planning their exit strategies. Calls slowed for a few days, picked up when Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced workplace closures, then eased as the reality of his “New York on Pause” set in.Another surge in calls began at the end of March as Covid-19 patients began flooding city hospitals for tests and treatment, an indication that the virus had spread rapidly just before social distancing measures were implemented. Since then, the volume of coronavirus calls has stabilized at about 4,000 a day — a bit more on weekdays.At the same time, the total volume of 311 calls per week has declined because the number of non-coronavirus calls has fallen by more than the number of coronavirus-related inquiries has risen. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

City Women secure all three points against Sheffield United

first_imgIn wet and windy conditions at the SGS College Stoke Gifford Stadium it was Tanya Oxtoby’s side who went behind in the eleventh minute. Jade Pennock found herself in a couple metres of space on the edge of the City Women box and her sublime effort cannoned in off the underside of the crossbar. City responded well and applied immediate pressure on the Sheffield back-line, creating a number of half chances but the defence stood firm and were equal to all of the home side’s attempts. The home side drew level in the twenty-sixth minute when Juelitte Kemppi found Lucy Graham on the edge of the box and the midfielder curled her effort into the far corner past goalkeeper Davies, giving the Scotland international her third goal in two games. City then found themselves in the driving seat and had a number of attempts on goal, Katie Rood forced a fine save from Davies before going agonisingly close when her looping header bounced off the crossbar. Bristol City started the second half as they left the first, constantly probing the edge of the Sheffield United box and creating chances, but not quite putting them away. That was until Graham whipped a cross into the danger area and Rood hit the woodwork yet again as her header bounced of the foot of the post, but skipper Loren Dykes was quickest too react and hammered the ball home to give her side the lead.Oxtoby’s side continued to press and went close through Graham and Kemppi, but they had to wait until the seventy-second minute to get their third goal, Jess Woolley produced a sublime finish from the tightest of angles to give the home side a two goal cushion. The constant heavy rain made it hard for both teams to play the ball across the floor as the ninety minute mark neared, City had one final opportunity to make it four, but Pattinson couldn’t quite steer Humphrey’s cross on target meaning the game finished 3-1.last_img read more

Bhaichung Bhutia to lead India against Bayern Munich in Delhi

first_imgBhaichung Bhutia’s rise from Tinkitam, a small hamlet in Sikkim, to become Indian football’s torch-bearer is now a story that the fans in the country know by heart.And when his illustrious international career comes to an end with a match against German giants Bayern Munich at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Tuesday, life will come a full circle for the former India captain as it was in this very stadium that he took his first step to become one of the greatest footballer to ever don India colours.”It was at the Nehru Stadium that I first played at a national level tournament. It was a match of the National School Talent Contest under-12 football tournament,” Bhutia told Mail Today on Sunday.”After that I never played here as the Ambedkar Stadium was used for football matches in Delhi. I really cherish the fact that I have got the opportunity to end my international career where I started.”After that beginning, Bhutia has seen and done a lot. From becoming the all-time leading scorer for India (43 goals in 107 matches) to playing with the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo and Kaka in a friendly match, the journey has been more than memorable.Another milestone will be added to it when Bhutia leads India against Bayern, whom he thinks is as good as the German national team.”Bayern Munich are as good as the German national side. But it’s an opportunity for the Indian players to know how much they need to work to take themselves to the level of the top international players,” he said after a two- hour practice session with the team.advertisementBhutia is also well aware of the difference in class between his team and its rivals. “One cannot compare the pace and technique of the two teams. More than the result, I think one should see the commitment of the players,” said the 35-year-old striker.While age is not on his side, Bhutia is fully conscious about his fitness level. “I have recovered from my muscle injury and for the last one month it has not been troubling me,” Bhutia said.”I will start the match and want to play for the full 90 minutes. But I wish the injury does not flare up again.”This will be last time Bhutia will don the national colours but he said his exit will not be an emotional one.”I had already announced my retirement last year and definitely I won’t be crying or anything of that sort,” he joked.”For me, it is just about enjoying my last match. International players normally retire during a tournament or an international match but that did not happen with me due to injury. I feel honoured to play my farewell match against a top side like Bayern Munich.”When asked to choose from the current crop of Indian strikers who have the potential to follow in his footsteps, Bhutia said: “Sunil Chhetri is there. Then there is Jeje (Lalpekhlua) and Sushil Singh. Sunil has been performing very well recently but he cannot be called a young player. We need to focus at the grass-root level to nurture talent.”And grooming young talents will be one of Bhutia’s main concerns after retirement. Also, making his club United Sikkim one of the top teams in the domestic leagues is a goal for him.”I don’t want to be in the All India Football Federation now, but I will contribute to Indian football by making United Sikkim a successful side in the country in terms of results and financial viability,” he said.”It is important that investors come in and that can happen if the clubs are financially rewarding. So I want to make United Sikkim successful. I have another project in Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools through which I can train kids.”last_img read more

Wolverhampton and Liverpool to face each other on FA Cup

first_imgBoth English Premier League teams are the only top-flight clubs set to play against each other in the Third Round of the competitionThe Third Round draw of the 2018-2019 FA Cup has just finished and the biggest surprise is the match between Wolverhampton and Liverpool.Both English Premier League clubs will face each other this soon in the competition, while the other 18 sides of the EPL will face lower-level opponents.After the Second Round was over, the 44 teams from the EPL and the Championship have joined them.This means that a total of 64 clubs will play on this round, with the 44 from the top two leagues of England and the 20 winners of the second round.The lowest-ranked team, Woking from Level 6 in the English Football Leagues, will have to play against Watford from the EPL.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…They can be joined by other Level 6 teams like Guiseley and Southport.Matches are to be played on the weekend of 4-7 January 2019.👇 The Third Round Draw 👇Are you happy with your @EmiratesFACup tie? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/URWy2zvg2J— The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) December 3, 2018last_img read more