Is the government trying to get more control over the media?

first_img News AustraliaAsia – Pacific Organisation Reporters Without Borders is concerned at the possibility that too much power will be given to the Australian Press Council, a regulatory body that monitors conduct and responsibility in the print media. On 14 September, the minister for broadband, communications and the digital economy, Stephen Conroy, announced an independent enquiry into the print media that will look at the effectiveness of current codes of practices, ways to enhance media diversity, and “ways of substantially strengthening” the Press Council’s effectiveness.“Given the current tension between the Australian government and the press, which is very critical of this government, it is legitimate to wonder whether this inquiry into the print media is politically motivated,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We understand why the authorities would want to adapt the regulatory bodies to the new realities in the media sector, marked by the emergence of new technologies. But there is no need to reinforce control of the press. This council should not become a censor.“The government must also ensure that the Press Council, which until now has been funded by the media, is completely independent. Government funding of the council, as the council’s new chairman, Julian Disney, has proposed, would cause a conflict of interest that would threaten media freedom.”The announcement of the enquiry follows the phone-hacking scandal in Britain involving the News of the World tabloid, owned by Australian-born Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. Murdoch’s company controls 70 per cent of Australia’s newspapers, some of which are extremely critical of the government. This initiative therefore gives the impression that the government wants to rein in these overly critical media.The enquiry is to be chaired by a retired federal judge, Ray Finkelstein, assisted by Matthew Ricketson, a professor of journalism at the University of Canberra and by a former journalist. They have been told to deliver their report to the government by the end of February. It will complement a parallel inquiry into the convergence of broadcast and Internet media, and how this should affect their regulation, which was launched last year and which is supposed to deliver its report by the end of March. RSF_en January 21, 2021 Find out more RSF condemns Facebook’s blocking of journalistic content in Australia February 22, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Australia On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia to go furthercenter_img Help by sharing this information September 16, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Is the government trying to get more control over the media? Google experiments drop Australian media from search results News News News November 19, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts AustraliaAsia – Pacific last_img read more

Twitter sends Cornyn to civics class, teaches him about Puerto Rico, and gives him a MAGA dunce cap

first_imgxOh for fuck’s sake, we coulda had @mjhegar.I bet she knows that Puerto Rico doesn’t vote for President.6 more years of this fucking guy.— Holly Figueroa O’Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) November 13, 2020 xThats your problem. YOU DON’T THINK.— 🇨🇦Sharon Sikala🇨🇦 (@SharonSikala) November 13, 2020I guess Cornyn’s fake Oxford degree didn’t help him with learning anything about the United States.Control of the U.S. Senate is at stake. We can’t do anything about John Cornyn, but we can win in Georgia! We need you to phonebank, textbank, and do other crucial work necessary for Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock to win seats in Georgia. Click to find the activity best for you.We’ve got one last shot at booting Senate Republicans from power in January. Please give $3 right now to send the GOP packing. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Raw Story ran the story with this headline that says it all: “‘Half-wit’ Texas senator mocked for not knowing Puerto Rico can’t vote in the presidential election.”As an elected official Cornyn should probably know that since it isn’t a state, Puerto Rico doesn’t get a say in the U.S. presidential election[…]Cornyn was ridiculed for not knowing the rules for the state, something typically taught in middle school civics classes around the country.Here’s Cornyn’s tweet:- Advertisement – xI fixed the election map for you, to include Puerto Rico’s 80 electoral votes. Dream the dream.— Duke Mauerman (@Duke_Mauerman) November 13, 2020After getting soundly ratioed, Cornyn attempted a clean-up on Aisle Stupid.- Advertisement – xAnother example of why it is prudent to let the process run its course: Thousands of Uncounted Votes Found a Week After Election in Puerto Rico— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) November 12, 2020Here are some responses:xWhose turn is it to tell him?— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) November 12, 2020last_img read more

Arsene Wenger questions Arsenal board as he compares his former club to Liverpool

first_imgArteta is set to take over the reins at Arsenal imminently (Picture: Getty)‘When I left the club it was in a very strong financial position and they bought many players in between,’ he said.‘They haven’t all worked out, but it’s not a question of time. The change can be very efficient and happen quickly.‘It’s about making the right decisions, that’s what its about in football.‘We speak about Liverpool and their success. Of course they have a great manager but you have to say that Liverpool in the last three or four years, they bought the right players.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityLauren, one of Wenger’s Invincibles, has backed Arsenal to secure a top-four finish under Arteta despite a dismal start to the campaign.‘Arteta has been an important figure for Arsenal. The captain,’ he told 888Sport.‘He played a lot of good football for us and I wish him all the best if the appointment happens. I hope he can get Arsenal back to winning ways.‘There are many points still to play for until the end of the season.‘It’s not easy because the position right now is not the best but with the many, many points left there is a possibility of top four for sure. I believe they can make it. Why not?’MORE: Arsenal players could be sold if they get on the wrong side of Mikel Arteta, says Alan Stubbs Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 19 Dec 2019 11:14 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kShares Arsene Wenger hopes Arsenal look to Liverpool for inspiration (Picture: Getty)Arsene Wenger has hit out at Arsenal’s transfer strategy – or lack of – since he left back in 2018 and urged the club to follow the example set by Liverpool over the last few years.The Gunners brought in Unai Emery as Wenger’s replacement 18 months ago but the Spaniard oversaw a miserable start to this season and lost his job at the end of last month.Arsenal, currently languishing down in 10th in the Premier League table, look likely to miss out on Champions League football once again and Mikel Arteta faces an enormous task to return the club to its former glory.AdvertisementAdvertisementMany of the signings made since Wenger’s departure have failed to live up to expectations and the iconic Frenchman has urged his former club to take more care and begin ‘making the right decisions’ when it comes to recruitment.ADVERTISEMENT Arsene Wenger questions Arsenal board as he compares his former club to Liverpool Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Gov’t troops, Reds clash in remote Negros village

first_imgBACOLOD City – Two soldiers were wounded in afirefight with suspected New People’s Army rebels in Sitio Sicaba, BarangayGawahon, Victorias City, Negros Occidental. The clash transpired around 8:30 a.m. onFriday – the same day that President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to declare thecountry under martial law if atrocities like this continue.  * Two handheld radios with accessories A 30-minute gunfight ensued before therebels backed away as bloodstains were seen in their escape route. The clashleft two soldiers from the 79th Infantry Battalion wounded.  * Four jungle packs and personal belongings,assorted medicines, eight pieces blankets, three rain boots and subversivedocuments. * One bandolier with five magazines for AK47, Pasaporte once again lambasted the NPA’slatest atrocity for their deliberate efforts to sabotage government activitiessuch as disseminating health information to prevent the spread of COVID-19 incommunities. * One binocular, “We are on top of the situation. There will beno letup on our operation against the NPAs and at the same time we willcontinue supporting local government units in addressing health concernsbrought about by COVID-19,” said Pasaporte./PNcenter_img * Two cellular phones, * One bandolier with two M16 magazines loadedammunitions * One compass, There were no immediate details yet oncasualties from among the rebels.  * Two improvised explosive devices Colonel Inocencio Pasaporte, commander of thePhilippine Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade, said soldiers and policemen werespreading information about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic inSitio Sicaba when they crossed paths with gunmen believed to be from the NPA. The items recovered by the troops during theirclearing operation were as follows: last_img read more

The Latest: Clijsters loses in Grand Slam return at US Open

first_imgIt was small consolation to Williams that by appearing in the tournament for the 22nd time, she broke the women’s record in the Open era. She had been tied with Martina Navratilova. Williams’ sister, Serena, was among the few spectators for the match. Serena won her opening match earlier in the day.The 40-year-old Venus was the oldest player in the draw. She fell to 1-7 this year.___7:10 p.m. Andy Murray saved a match point and put together his 10th career comeback from two sets down to win his first Grand Slam contest in nearly 20 months.The 2012 U.S. Open champion, still working his way back from a pair of operations on his right hip, overcame 13 double-faults and a big deficit to beat Yoshihito Nishioka 4-6, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4), 6-4 in 4 hours, 39 minutes.Murray is a former No. 1-ranked player whose resume also includes two Wimbledon championships and two Olympic singles gold medals. The 33-year-old had hip surgery in January 2018, then again in January 2019, shortly after a first-round loss at the Australian Open. He figured he would need to retire from tennis.But Murray eventually returned to the tour last season. A pelvic problem — combined with the sport’s coronavirus-caused hiatus — kept him off the tour from last November until August. Associated Press Kim Clijsters has lost playing her first Grand Slam match in eight years.The four-time major champion was beaten by Ekaterina Alexandrova 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 Tuesday night in the first round at the U.S. Open.Clijsters won the tournament in 2005, 2009 and 2010, and retired after the 2012 Open. Now 37 and the mother of three, she embarked on a comeback this year but has lost all three of her matches and struggled with injuries.She started well against Alexandrova, but the pace of Clijsters’ serve fell off in the third set, when she appeared to be hampered by a recent abdominal injury.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):___11:45 p.m. Murray faced a match point Tuesday while down 6-5 in the fourth set, but he saved it with a 127 mph service winner.___3:45 p.m.Two seeded men at the U.S. Open — No. 2 Dominic Thiem and No. 32 Adrian Mannarino — have been fined because someone in their entourage violated the tournament’s COVID-19 protocols.Mannarino was docked $2,500 for unsportsmanlike conduct, and Thiem was fined $1,500. Former top-10 player Carla Suarez Navarro has announced that she will need six months of chemotherapy to treat Hodgkin lymphoma.Suarez Navarro pulled out of the U.S. Open last month.In a video posted on Twitter on Tuesday, the Spaniard she was diagnosed recently.“I’m fine and calm at the moment and willing to face whatever comes,” Suarez Navarro said.She turns 32 on Thursday. 11:25 p.m.Daniil Medvedev, who reached his first Grand Slam final at last year’s U.S. Open, has won his first-round match at the tournament, beating Federico Delbonis 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.Medvedev went from villain to hero during last year’s tournament. He was fined four times and booed by fans, but won their support in the five-set final with comeback that fell short against Rafael Nadal.He took the court Tuesday night to neither cheers nor jeers because fans aren’t allowed at this year’s Open.“Same stadium, a little bit less people,” Medvedev said. ___10:15 p.m.Former champion Sloane Stephens has won her opening match at the U.S. Open, beating Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania 6-3, 6-3.Stephens won the title in 2017 when she was ranked No. 83. She’s seeded 26th.Stephens played on Court 17, and said a match with few spectators required an adjustment. 6:40 p.m.Wild card J.J. Wolf pulled off an upset at the U.S. Open, beating 29th-seeded Guido Pella 6-2, 0-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the first round.The 21-year-old Wolf is in the main draw for the first time. Pella reached the third round of the U.S. Open in 2018 and the third round of the Australian Open earlier this year.___5 p.m. 11 a.m.The second day of the U.S. Open is underway at Flushing Meadows with the Williams sisters ready to play and Andy Murray taking a big step in his comeback from hip surgery.Serena Williams is scheduled to play during the day and Venus at night, looking to add to their combined eight titles at the U.S. Open. Serena has won the championship six times but has been runner-up each of the last two years in New York.Murray is playing his first Grand Slam event since the 2019 Australian Open, before hip problems forced him to have surgery and start a long comeback.Murray faces Yoshihito Nishioka in Arthur Ashe Stadium, followed by Serena Williams against Kristie Ahn.center_img Mannarino has acknowledged he is part of a group of players who were in contact with Benoit Paire, the only U.S. Open entrant to test positive for the coronavirus so far. That group was placed under additional restrictions in case they might have been exposed to the virus by Paire.The U.S. Tennis Association specified that Thiem’s entourage violated the rule requiring universal masking. There was no explanation of what exactly Mannarino’s entourage did wrong.The only two fines for female players announced so far were $3,000 each for Paula Badosa and Arantxa Rus for getting coaching help, which is not allowed at Grand Slam tournaments.___3:20 p.m. “It’s back to girls’ 12, where it’s you and your parents, and the girl you’re playing and their parents,” she said.___9:15 p.m.Venus Williams has lost in the opening round at the U.S. Open for the first time in her long career.Williams had been 21-0 previously, but she was beaten by No. 20-seeded Karolina Muchova 6-3, 7-5 on Tuesday night. September 1, 2020 Serena Williams began her latest attempt to win a 24th Grand Slam singles trophy by beating Kristie Ahn in the first round at the U.S. Open.The two Americans split the first 10 games before Williams pulled away to win 7-5, 6-3. The victory was her 102nd at the tournament, breaking the tie she held with Chris Evert for the most by a woman in the Open era.Williams hit 13 aces and lost only six points on her first serve. Williams, who turns 39 this month, has won the tournament six times and has been runner-up each of the past two years. She’s seeded No. 3 and hoping to tie Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.___ Suarez Navarro has been ranked as high as N. 6 and is currently No. 71. She is a seven-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist, including at the U.S. Open in 2013 and 2018.___3 p.m.Sumit Nagal became the first Indian man to win a match at the U.S. Open in seven years.The 23-year-old resident of New Delhi beat Bradley Klahn 6-1, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Nagal came in ranked No. 124 in the world. ___2:10 p.m.Sam Querrey was knocked out of the first round of the U.S. Open by a player who missed more than two years because of a hip injury.Andrey Kuznetsov beat Querrey 6-4, 7-5 (6), 6-2 to complete the long comeback, getting his first tour-level win since 2017. The Russian returned to play last month at a Prague Challenger event and lost his only match after a two-year, seven-month layoff because of the hip. Kuznetsov was ranked No. 39 in 2016 before the hip problems sidetracked his career. He’s the first unranked player to win a Grand Slam match since Nicolas Kiefer at Wimbledon in 2007. ___1 p.m.Californian Ernesto Escobedo has moved into the men’s singles bracket at the U.S. Open, filling the spot that opened when Benoit Paire tested positive for the coronavirus shortly before the start of the tournament.Spain’s Marcel Granollers was first in line to fill Paire’s spot, but he declined in order to focus on doubles. Escobedo then moved in and will face Kamil Majchrzak on Tuesday.___ The first day of the tournament didn’t have any notable upsets. Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka both advanced in night matches.The weather is favorable, with a forecast of partly cloudy skies and temperatures around 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius).___More AP tennis: and The Latest: Clijsters loses in Grand Slam return at US Openlast_img read more

Demetrius Andrade delivers another masterful performance — but Canelo, GGG fights still not in sight

first_imgPROVIDENCE, R.I. — Demetrius Andrade had enough.“Boo Boo” clapped his hands in frustration, placed his palms flat on the table, got up and yelled to make sure his message was received. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearYou figure that if “Boo Boo” keeps winning, he’ll eventually land that shot at a Canelo or GGG — perhaps even with a better chance than Charlo, considering the frigid relationship between PBC and Matchroom.But the question for Andrade is when? “Just do your job, do your job! Tell everybody, ‘Canelo, GGG, that’s it!’” he said early Sunday morning, putting the onus on the media to help force a fight between himself and either middleweight superstar. “There’s nothing more I could say. Go back home and say, ‘Demetrius Andrade needs to fight Canelo. Demetrius Andrade needs to fight GGG.’”If it were only that easy.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearWith that said, Andrade ended his post-fight press conference abruptly and to exited Dunkin Donuts Center.Just a short while prior to that moment, Andrade had delivered a dazzling first-round knockdown and thoroughly dominated Maciej Sulecki, winning every round of the fight for a lopsided unanimous decision (120-107 on all three judges’ scorecards) to retain his WBO middleweight title. Fired up after the win, Andrade (28-0, 17 KOs) called out IBF/WBA middleweight champ and the face of boxing, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez right there in the ring.“Sulecki is no pushover. He ain’t no Steve Rolls, ain’t no Rocky Fielding,” Andrade said during his post-fight interview, referring to recent sub-par opponents of Gennadiy Golovkin and Alvarez, respectively, to his hometown of Providence’s delight. “So, Canelo, where your cojones at? Let’s get it.””@Canelo, where your cojones at? Let’s get it.” – @BooBooAndrade 👀🗣#AndradeSulecki— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) June 30, 2019Sure, it sounded great in the moment, but as Andrade sat in the bowels of the Dunk, fielding question after question, his jubilation waned and a degree of harsh reality set in.Andrade can call out Canelo or GGG for a fight all he wants. Although either fight seems unavoidable, — as Sporting News even wrote about earlier in the week — unavoidable can be laden with delays. That seems to be the case here.That doesn’t mean Andrade’s camp isn’t going to try, with Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn already playing out a certain scenario and path that could land Golovkin.“It’s going to be hard to avoid [Andrade] and we need the support of the media, fans and DAZN,” Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn said, sitting to the champ’s right during the post-fight press conference. “He’s going to put pressure on me, I’m going to put pressure on DAZN to say ‘We’re the home of the middleweights, but we know you want GGG against Canelo. But if Canelo fights [Sergey] Kovalev, why don’t we fight GGG and then the winners come fight the winners.”Following Golovkin’s destruction of Rolls on June 8, Oscar De La Hoya tweeted to GGG:Nice 👍🏼 comeback win. Now fight a real fighter, win a belt, and I’ll consider doing the 3rd fight. #Caneloisyourboss— Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) June 9, 2019At the time, Canelo owned three out of the four middleweight world titles, with only Andrade owning the missing piece, the WBO strap. (Since then, the WBC upgraded Jermall Charlo to its official champion, relegating Alvarez to its “franchise” champion.)“By Oscar saying that, it’s like, ‘We’re not fighting him, you go fight him,’” Hearn told Sporting News following the post-fight press conference. “But it does make sense. If Canelo is going to fight Kovalev and Demetrius fights GGG and the winner fight the winner.”But Hearn doesn’t sound confident that will happen.“To be honest, if I was promoting Canelo or GGG,” he said, “I probably wouldn’t take the fight (with Andrade).”Now, the latter could be chalked up to promoter posturing and psychology, but earlier in the same post-fight press conference, Hearn explained why he feels that’s the case, painting the situation as a lose-lose scenario for Canelo.“You can’t hand-on-heart sit there and say Canelo beats Demetrius Andrade,” Hearn said. “I don’t believe anybody in boxing would say, ‘Yeah, he beats him, 100 percent.’ When you’ve got a fighter like Canelo, do you want to put him in a fight like that, where you’re unsure if he’s going to win? I think they’d be more confident going into a GGG fight than going into a Demetrius Andrade fight.”Canelo did successfully walk down Golovkin in their rematch last September and although some critics still feel like GGG won, the face of boxing had his hand raised. He’s also 28 to Golovkin’s 37.The 30-year-old Andrade represents a different equation. While many would argue that he doesn’t have the power to match up with Canelo, he is highly-skilled and would bring a height and reach advantage into the ring as a southpaw. That could stifle the Mexican superstar and possibly even make him fight a style of fight that he doesn’t want to in their unification bout.But if Canelo does indeed go with Kovalev for his September fight, Golovkin could very well choose another opponent — one that’s safer than Andrade — in attempt to preserve the trilogy fight with the face of boxing. That would further delay and spurn Andrade’s quest to get a crack at either fighter.Such a scenario had reporters even asking Andrade about the prospects of moving up in weight to super middleweight and taking on his good friend Daniel Jacobs or Callum Smith in London.“There’s Billy Joe Saunders if I decided to go up to 168 [pounds],” Andrade told reporters.The two were originally supposed to fight last October, before Saunders failed a drug test and was forced to vacate his WBO middleweight title, which Andrade claimed by defeated South African Walter Kautondokwa.“He deserves a beating from me.”That’s when Andrade’s father and trainer, Paul Andrade, interjected.“We don’t have to keep increasing weight,” Paul Andrade said, while Demetrius looked down at the table to his right. “We have a weight where he is the greatest at and that’s the weight we’re going to stay at.”Hearing his dad saying that and perhaps realizing that touching Canelo and GGG is still going to be a lengthy waiting game led to Andrade’s eruption, imploring the media to do its job and walking out of the post-fight press conference.But earlier in the session, Andrade did mention that all he could control is what he could control.“My job is to keep winning, getting in the ring with the likes of, of course Canelo, GGG,” Andrade said.“I’d like to put my skills and talent against these guys,” he continued. “What I can only do is keep crossing out names.”“Sulecki,” he adds, making a cancellation sound effect, using his index finger and thumb as if he’s holding a pen. “Artur [Akavov], Walter. It’s like how many?!”last_img read more

Gary Kristen reveals how he prolonged Sachin Tendulkar’s career in the Indian team

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/TwitterAdvertisement 8j1wNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs16xlWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E5icl5( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2igilWould you ever consider trying this?😱14Can your students do this? 🌚tsRoller skating! Powered by Firework From making astounding records to mesmerising the global audience with his stupendous batting, the legendary Sachin Tendulkar has graced the Indian cricket team for 24 years. The only batsman to have ever scored a hundred international centuries, Sachin’s contribution to the sport is indubitable. But did you know, the iconic run machine once wanted to hang up his boots and leave the pitch way before his retirement? Gary Kristen opens up on Sachin’s contemplation of leaving cricket, and how the former Indian coach helped prolong the Little Master’s career.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/TwitterGary Kristen took the helm of Team India in 2008, and enjoyed a spectacular three year stint with the squad, which ended auspiciously at the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, when India secured their second world cup trophy.However, it was the world cup of 2007, where India’s lacklustre performance and followed by a group stage exit made Sachin to walk out of the gentleman’s game, as he had revealed in his autobiography ‘Playing It My Way’.Advertisement However, the Master Blaster still had years of marvellous cricket left in him, and it was possible after the entry of Kirsten in the Men in Blue dressing room in March 2008. Recalling his days with the Indian squad and his memories with Sachin in talkSPORT’s ‘The Cricket Collective’ podcast, Kirsten revealed how the new aura in the Indian team after his arrival helped Sachin to keep on playing.“If I think of Sachin at that time,” the former Proteas batsman said in the podcast, “Where he was when I arrived in India… he wanted to give up the game. According to him he was batting out of position, he wasn’t enjoying his cricket at all.”Advertisement However, the Master Blaster decided to keep on playing for six years more until his retirement in 2013, during which he achieved his dream of lifting the prestigious World Cup trophy.Kirsten continued, “Three years later, he scores 18 international hundreds in three years, goes back to batting where he wants to bat, and we win the World Cup.”“For me, all I did was facilitate an environment for him to thrive. I didn’t tell him anything. He knew the game, but what he did need was an environment – not only him, all of them – an environment set up where they could be the best version of themselves,” the 52 year old added.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Supreme Sacrifice: cricketers and sportspersons pay tribute to the martyred Indian soldiersGautam Gambhir: Virat Kohli doesn’t have the ability of ABD, Kallis or Lara! Advertisementlast_img read more

Buntzen to Exhibit Collages at the AH Arts Council

first_imgATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Collage artist Richard Buntzen will present a solo exhibition Sept. 21 to Oct. 19 at the Arts Council Gallery in the second floor of the Finelines Building, 21 W. Lincoln Ave. An opening reception will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.Buntzen’s use of fragments of black-and-white and color newsprint are outstanding examples of creative design. He completed his Master of Art and Master of Fine Arts degrees at New Jersey City University in Jersey City. He is a member of the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council.A talk and demonstration by the artist will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, and a panel discussion, “What a Good Idea: Innovative Art,” will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. Exhibit hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Exhibit and programs are free and open to the public at the Arts Council Gallery.The AHAC,, is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The mission of the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council is to strengthen community through the arts.For more information, visit read more

Sheriff’s Officers To Sport Cameras

first_imgBy John BurtonFREEHOLD – The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office has begun equipping some of its officers with body-worn cameras.As of Jan. 12, 30 of the department’s officers, those in the fugitive warrants section of the department’s Law Enforcement Division, were issued the new cameras as standard equipment.The body-worn cameras, or BWCs, are clipped to the front of the officer’s uniform. According to information released by the Sheriff’s department, the officers have been trained on operating the cameras and the accompanying technology, which will record video and audio of officer-involved incidents.The use of the equipment is in compliance with the directives and standards put forward by the state Attorney General’s Office in its guidelines for using this type of equipment and retention of the recordings, according to the sheriff’s office. The body-worn camera has been issued to 30 officers with the Monmouth CountySheriff’s Office.“These body-worn cameras will build upon the public trust that sheriff ’s officers and our partners in law enforcement have in communities and enhance the safety of the residents we serve throughout Monmouth County,” said Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden in a released statement. In addition to holding all involved accountable, Golden said “they can also help capture quality evidence, recognize officer behavior and decrease complaints filed against members of law enforcement.” The department has been using similar video equipment for police vehicles and prisoner transportation for many years “with great success,” Golden said.The cameras are called Body Vision XV and manufactured by L3 Mobile Vision, Rockaway. The county department was able to purchase the equipment through a grant provided by the state Attorney General’s Office’s Department of Law and Public Safety, with the grant administered by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.Currently, 18 law enforcement agencies in the county have begun using this type of body-worn camera through this grant program.last_img read more