Organisation MaldivesAsia – Pacific April 23, 2018 Find out more September 12, 2018 Find out more RSF_en Maldivian president’s comms chief accused of sexually harassing journalist Follow the news on Maldives Receive email alerts to go further News Reporters Without Borders deplores the continuing persecution of the opposition television station Raajje TV. In the latest development, the supreme court has told the police to investigate Raajje TV’s CEO and news department chief over a supposedly “offensive” report about the judicial system that the station broadcast on 19 October.“Not only is the accusation spurious but the investigation has been assigned to the police, which has no competence in such a matter,” Reporters Without Borders said. “As the Maldives Media Council, the Maldives Broadcasting Commission and the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party have all said, such an investigation is the Council’s responsibility.”“The police should concentrate on identifying and arresting the perpetrators and instigators of the arson attack that gutted the station’s premises on 7 October instead of worrying about the quality of its programmes.“This unconstitutional order follows a failure on the part of the police to protect Raajje TV’s headquarters although they had been informed about the threats it had received, and it shows that the authorities are endorsing an offensive designed to silence Raajje TV by any means necessary.”Reporters Without Borders added: “Ever since a change of government in February 2012, Raajje TV has been banned from the president’s news conferences and has been denied police protection during demonstrations. We remind the government that it has a duty of guarantee freedom of information and media independence.”Raajje TV news department chief Ibrahim Asward Waheed told Reporters Without Borders that the station has received new threats, in which it is warned that it could be target of another physical attack.“We are all very worried,” he said. “When I reported these threats to the authorities and requested additional police protection, they suggested that I hire private security guards.” The police inaction during the 7 October arson attack has been widely criticized.The police investigation into Waheed and CEO Yamin Rasheed was ordered in response to a programme that likened the judicial system to the biblical city of Sodom. Rasheed is also to be questioned about the station’s coverage of a sex scandal allegedly involving a judge.In a press release on 25 October, the Maldives Media Council said a police investigation into such a matter could create “fear and discomfort” in the media and restrict media freedom. Responsibility for such an investigation lay with the council and the Maldives Broadcasting Commission, the release added.The Maldivian Democratic Party said the police investigation was unconstitutional and asked the supreme court to rescind its order.The supreme court also asked the Maldives Broadcasting Commission to investigate the case but gave it only ten days to deliver its findings, although the law allows 60 days for an investigation so that the media concerned has time to defend itself.Maldives is ranked 103rd out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. October 30, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities continue to persecute opposition TV station MaldivesAsia – Pacific July 15, 2020 Find out more News RSF seeks press freedom pledges from Maldives presidential candidates News News RSF calls for open trial of Maldivian blogger’s accused murderers Help by sharing this information
Following the recent announcement of a nine-week national tour this fall, Papadosio has announced plans for their 2018 New Year’s Eve. Papadosio will ring in the New Year on December 31st, 2018, at Nashville, TN’s Maraton Music Works. New Orleans-based Russ Liquid Test with join Papadosio for the festivities, opening up the evening.Papadosio kicks off their fall tour on September 14th at Atlanta’s Variety Playhouse, followed up by a festival appearance on September 20th at Thornville, Ohio’s Resonance Music and Arts Festival. The band heads to New York City next for an appearance with STS9 at Pier 17 on September 28th, followed by an appearance the following weekend, October 5th, at Chicago’s The Big Weekend. The band then heads West with big stops at Sante Fe, NM’s Meow Wolf, San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall, Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium, Tulsa, OK’s Cain’s Ballroom, and closes the tour with a headlining performance at Washington D.C.’s 9:30 Club, November 10th.Tickets for the upcoming New Year’s Eve show go on sale Friday, August 10th, at 11 a.m. (CT) here. Tickets and information for Papadosio’s upcoming Content Coma Fall Tour can be found on their website, here. Papadosio’s Upcoming Tour DatesSept 14 @ Variety Playhouse | Atlanta, GA%Sept 15 @ Variety Playhouse | Atlanta, GA***Sept 20 @ Resonance Music and Arts Festival | Thornville, OHSept 28 @ Pier 17 | New York, NY#Oct 5 @ The Big Weekend | Chicago, IL##Oct 6 @ Sacred Vibrations Music and Arts Festival | Shepherd, MIOct 27 @ Fillmore Auditorium | Denver, CO**Oct 9 @ Meow Wolf | Santa Fe, NM*Oct 10 @ Orpheum Theater | Flagstaff, AZ*Oct 11 @ The Music Box | San Diego, CA*Oct 12 @ Lodge Room | Los Angeles, CA*Oct 13 @ Great American Music Hall | San Francisco, CA*Oct 14 @ Mystic Theatre | Petaluma, CA*Oct 17 @ Arcata Theatre Lounge | Arcata, CA^Oct 18 @ HIFI Music Hall | Eugene, OR^Oct 19 @ Neumos | Seattle, WA^Oct 20 @ Star Theater | Portland, OR^Oct 21 @ Wild Buffalo | Bellingham, WA^Oct 27 @ Fillmore Auditorium | Denver, CO%%Oct 31 @ George’s Majestic Lounge | Fayetteville,AR**Nov 1 @ Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa, OK**Nov 2 @ The Bourbon | Lincoln, NE**Nov 3 @ Majestic Madison | Madison, WI**Nov 4 @ The Loft | Lansing, MI**Nov 7 @ Mainstage Morgantown | Morgantown, WV^^Nov 8 @ Lincoln Theatre | Raleigh, NC^^Nov 9 @ The Underground at the Fillmore | Charlotte, NC^^Nov 10 @ 9:30 Club | Washington, DC^^Dec 31 @ Marathon Music Works | Nashville, TN% w/ Daily Bread*** w/ Higher Learning# w/ STS9## w/ Emancipator Ensemble* w/ Frameworks Live Band^ w/ Lapa%% w/ Russ Liquid Test** w/ Evanoff^^ w/ LitzView All Tour Dates
Related Shows from $29.00 James Barbour is bringing “The Music of the Night” to Broadway in The Phantom of the Opera, and we’ve got a first look at the new masked man in action. The headliner is currently appearing in the hit Andrew Lloyd Webber mega-musical at the Majestic Theatre alongside Julia Udine as Christine and Jeremy Hays as Raoul. You alone can make his song take flight—check out this Hot Shot, then catch Barbour as the Phantom on Broadway! View Comments The Phantom of the Opera
Managing one farm is a big job; managing a network of four teaching and research farms for the University of Georgia takes a different breed of farmer.Running teaching farms is as much about working with people as it is about working with animals. That’s one of the perks of the job, said Rick Utley, senior manager of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences farms in Eatonton and Athens.“The people who work out there are the best part,” Utley said. “The staff are great people and so are the students. They are good kids, and they’re good to work with.”Utley took over the post as senior farm manager in late fall 2018 from recently retired manager Mike Mathis. As senior farm manager, Utley oversees the staff at the UGA Teaching Dairy, UGA’s Double Bridges Farm, UGA Animal and Dairy Science Eatonton Beef Research Unit, the UGA Swine Research Unit and the UGA Animal and Dairy Science Equine Unit at the Livestock Instructional Arena.In his new role, Utley supervises more than a dozen staff members and dozens of student workers. While his experience running commercial farms qualified him for the new position, it was his ease with people that got him the job, said Francis Fluharty, head of the CAES Department of Animal and Dairy Science.“One of the main reasons Rick was hired is that he is an exceptional personnel manager,” Fluharty said. “In his new role, we expect him to work with all of our managers, staff, faculty and student workers to bring these strengths to the forefront at all of our animal units.”Before joining the UGA, Utley managed a 2,500-head farrow-to-wean swine farm in Oglethorpe County for 17 years. Working on a commercial farm for almost two decades has given him a valuable perspective on the way farming has changed over the years and what it takes to run a modern farm, Fluharty said.Utley holds several certifications that are critical to the university’s compliance with state regulations, including a Certified Pesticide Applicator’s License, a Commercial Driver’s License, a Certified Waste Manager License, a Pork Quality Assurance Certification and a Transportation Quality Assurance Certification, Fluharty said.“(Utley has) an excellent background in environmental and animal welfare training and experience,” Fluharty added.The biggest difference between working at UGA and working for a commercial farming operation is having to build openness into the operation procedures, Utley said. At a commercial farm, there is a fairly limited number of people coming and going.At UGA, he and his staff have to design plans that account for a changing cast of student workers, visiting classes and researchers. It’s a different game, but Utley enjoys the fact that there’s always something new to work on.Utley grew up in Illinois but moved to Georgia after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in animal science in 1985 from Southern Illinois University. He’s worked on commercial farms ever since.Utley lives near Double Bridges Farm in Oglethorpe County with his wife, two sons, 14 and 17, and daughter, Audrey, 20, a UGA CAES biotechnology major.