Reporters Without Borders and Journalist in Danger (JED), its partner organisation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, are alarmed about the situation of press freedom in this country on the eve of the 50th anniversary of its independence. As many foreign leaders arrive in Kinshasa for tomorrow’s celebrations, the two organisations call on the Congolese authorities and the international community to work together to improve the climate for journalists.In particular, they call on Belgium – which will be represented by King Albert at the celebrations and which takes over the European Union’s rotating president on 1 July – to ensure that the issue of the safety of journalists in the DRC and in central Africa in general is on the EU’s agenda.“It would be incomprehensible and unacceptable if the independence anniversary celebrations were to limit themselves to a complacent review of the past 50 years and were to hide the difficulties of the present and the challengers of the future,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said. “Journalists working in the DRC are exposed to an extremely hazardous environment including the possibility of murder or imprisonment. The time has come to loosen the vice that is throttling freedom of information.”Journalist in Danger president Donat M’Baya Tshimanga added: “Aside from the celebrations and festivities, this golden jubilee should serve to highlight the problem of democracy in our country, which is now in retreat after the hopes raised by the 2006 election.”Murders and impunityThe celebrations have been affected by the shockwaves from the murder earlier this month of one of the country’s leading human rights activists, Floribert Chebeya, the head of an organisation called The Voice of Those without a Voice. Other journalists and human rights defenders have been murdered in the past five years.They include Franck Ngyke and Bapuwa Mwamba, killed in Kinshasa in 2005 and 2006, Mutombo Kayilu, stabbed to death in Kisanga, on the outskirts of Lubumbashi (in Katanga province) in 2006, Pascal Kabungulu Kibembi, Serge Maheshe and Didace Namujimbo, murdered in Bukavu (in Sud-Kivu province) from 2005 to 2008, Patrick Kikuku, killed in Goma (in Nord-Kivu province) in 2007, and finally Patient “Montigomo” Chebeya Bankome in April of this year in Béni (Nord-Kivu).In some of these cases, such as those of Kikuku and Kayilu, no judicial proceedings were ever initiated. In other cases, trials were held but they fell far short of international standards and were often based on botched investigations. They either ended inconclusively or in death sentences being imposed on suspects who guilt was very much in doubt. These judicial fiascos have inevitably sustained a climate of impunity in which more journalists have been murdered.Threats and arrests – a repressive climateReporters Without Borders and JED have for years been condemning the arbitrary arrests and heavy-handed interrogations practiced by the powerful National Intelligence Agency (ANR) in both Kinshasa and the provinces. The latest case was that of Etienne Maluka, also known as Mike Elima, the chief technician of Radio Communautaire de Moanda (RCM), who was jailed for 32 days in Matadi, the capital of the western province of Bas-Congo.Arrested by the ANR and held in its own cells in Moanda and Matadi for nine days before being transferred to Matadi’s main prison, Maluka was accused of “attacking internal state security” for broadcasting a song in Portuguese called “Cabinda 25” which, according to Angola’s consul in Moanda, insulted Angolan President José Eduardo Dos Santos. He was finally acquitted on 12 June.“Mike Elima just acted as the station’s technician,” RCM manager Jean Ndombasi told Reporters Without Borders. “When we play music, we don’t try to understand all the words of the songs. We play so much foreign music on our community radio that we would have to hire lots of interpreters if we had to understand what the words of each song said. We could not afford that.”Ndombasi added: “I regret that this incident took place at the station. Now that the courts have established that no crime was committed and our technician has been released, we have taken measures. We will no longer play any Portuguese songs even if our listeners request them.”Journalists have many problems in the provinces, especially in the east of the country. Aside from the risk of violence, they are often threatened local officials. Le Messager du Peuple, a radio station based in Uvira, in Sud-Kivu province, was threatened with closure by district administrator Wabunga Singa on 15 June because opposition supporters participating in its “Barza du Peuple” discussion programme criticised a decision to suspend a local money-changers’ association.Foreign media difficultiesLocal journalists suffer most from the lack of press freedom in the DRC but the foreign media are by no means spared. Local retransmission of the French international radio station Radio France Internationale (RFI) has been suspended throughout the country for the past year. The authorities accused RFI of “trying to incite soldiers to disobey their superiors and to revolt, and stirring up problems in the barracks while the country is at war.” JED waged a campaign from February to April of this year for the resumption RFI’s broadcasts, collecting 10,186 signatures to a petition. The station still has not been allowed to resume broadcasting while JED has been demonised by the communication and media ministry’s own campaign.The authorities have also made it harder for foreign journalists to obtain press accreditation, now a pre-requisite for any press visa application. The terms of the new press accreditation also refer to the military justice code, effectively making foreign journalists subject to military justice, in complete violation of article 156 of the constitution. 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News UpdatesKarnataka HC Holds 270 Video Conference Sessions During COVID-19 Lockdown Mustafa Plumber16 Jun 2020 6:51 AMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court has conducted 270 sessions of virtual court sittings via video conferencing and heard a total of 1,758 cases between March 26 to June 6. Total number of 532 cases were disposed of by the HC, during the lockdown period. A press note issued by the court giving statistics of the cases heard during the lockdown period states that 987 cases were disposed off…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Karnataka High Court has conducted 270 sessions of virtual court sittings via video conferencing and heard a total of 1,758 cases between March 26 to June 6. Total number of 532 cases were disposed of by the HC, during the lockdown period. A press note issued by the court giving statistics of the cases heard during the lockdown period states that 987 cases were disposed off in virtual court sittings and 1,237 cases were accepted via e-filing mode, across the three benches of the high court. At the Principal bench in Bengaluru, 40 virtual court sittings were held between June 1 to June 6 in which 355 cases were heard. The data also reveals that a total of 1677 cases were heard at the Principal seat of the high court at Bengaluru as the benches at Dharwad and Kalaburagi started functioning later. From June 1, to June 6, at the Dharwad bench of the high court, 15 sessions were conducted at the Kalaburagi bench, six hearings were conducted. A total of 590 cases were listed for physical hearing from June 1 to June 6 at the principal bench of the high court, while 916 cases were listed at the Dharwad bench and 522 cases at the Kalaburagi bench Next Story
Top StoriesThree Farm Bills Receive Presidential Assent [Read Notification] Sparsh Upadhyay27 Sep 2020 7:26 AMShare This – xOn Sunday (27th September 2020) the Ministry of Law and Justice (Legislative Department) notified the presidential assent to the following 4 Acts:-1. The Farmers’ Produce Trade And Commerce (Promotion And Facilitation) Act, 2020; (Presidential assent received on 24th September)2. The Farmers (Empowerment And Protection) Agreement On Price Assurance And Farm Services Act,…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginOn Sunday (27th September 2020) the Ministry of Law and Justice (Legislative Department) notified the presidential assent to the following 4 Acts:-1. The Farmers’ Produce Trade And Commerce (Promotion And Facilitation) Act, 2020; (Presidential assent received on 24th September)2. The Farmers (Empowerment And Protection) Agreement On Price Assurance And Farm Services Act, 2020; (Presidential assent received on 24th September)3. The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020; and (Presidential assent received on 26th September)4. The Jammu And Kashmir Official Languages Act, 2020 (Presidential assent received on 26th September)Let’s understand all these 4 Acts in brief.1. The Farmers’ Produce Trade And Commerce (Promotion And Facilitation) Act, 2020Preamble – An Act to provide for the creation of an ecosystem where the farmers and traders enjoy the freedom of choice relating to sale and purchase of farmers’ produce which facilitates remunerative prices through competitive alternative trading channels; to promote efficient, transparent and barrier-free inter-State and intra-State trade and commerce of farmers’ produce outside the physical premises of markets or deemed markets notified under various State agricultural produce market legislations; to provide a facilitative framework for electronic trading and for matters connected therewith or incidental theretoThe Act in Brief – This Act seeks to permit the sale of agricultural produces outside the markets (mandis) regulated by the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committees (APMCs) constituted by different state legislations.As per the Statement of Objects and Reasons of the Bill (now Act), the regulatory framework of APMC laws “hindered the freedom of choice-based marketing and also the inflow of investment in the development of alternative markets and marketing infrastructure”.The definition of ‘trade area’ as per Section 2 (m) of the Act specifically excludes “market yards, sub-market yards and market sub-yards managed and run by the market committees formed under each state APMC (Agricultural Produce Market Committee) Act” and “private market yards, private market sub-yards, direct marketing collection centres, and private farmer-consumer market yards managed by persons holding licenses or any warehouses, silos, cold storages or other structures notified as markets or deemed markets under each State APMC Act in force in India”.”Trade area” means any area or location, place of production, collection and aggregation including (a) farm gates; (b) factory premises; (c) warehouses; (d) silos; (e) cold storages; or (f) any other structures or places, from where trade of farmers’ produce may be undertaken in the territory of India.The Act also permits electronic trading of scheduled farmers’ produce in the specified trade area.To give effect to the same, the following entities may establish and operate an electronic trading and transaction platform:companiespartnership firmsregistered societies (having PAN)farmer producer organisationagricultural cooperative societyThe Act, through Sections 3 & 4, gives freedom to the farmer to indulge in intra-state or inter-state trade in areas outside the APMC mandis.The Act also prohibits the collection of any market fee or cess under the state APMC Acts with respect to such trade outside the APMC market yards (Section 6).A key provision of the Act is Section 14, which gives it an overriding effect over the inconsistent provisions of the State APMC Acts. Also, the Central Government has been given powers to frame rules and regulations under the Act.Thus, an intention to centralize and homogenize the regulations relating to agricultural trade is evident.The Lok Sabha on Thursday (17th September) passed the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 by voice vote.To Read more about the Act and the Parliamentary Debate which took place related to this Act, please click here.2. The Farmers (Empowerment And Protection) Agreement On Price Assurance And Farm Services Act, 2020Preamble – An Act to provide for a national framework on farming agreements that protects and empowers farmers to engage with agri-business firms, processors, wholesalers, exporters or large retailers for farm services and sale of future farming produce at a mutually agreed remunerative price framework in a fair and transparent manner and for matters connected therewith or incidental theretoThe Act in Brief – This Act intends to provide for contract-farming. Section 3 of the Act states that a farmer may enter into a written farming agreement in respect of any farming produce. The Act seeks to fix some terms of such an agreement as follows:Minimum period of agreement: one crop season/ one production cycle of livestockMaximum period of agreement: five years (unless the production cycle is more than five years))No farming agreement shall be entered into by a farmer in derogation of any rights of a sharecropper.Pricing of farming produceThe price of farming produce and process of price determination should be mentioned in the agreement.For prices subjected to variation, a guaranteed price for the produce and a clear reference for any additional amount above the guaranteed price, including bonus or premium, must be specified in the agreement.The Act establishes a Registration Authority to provide for e-registry and for registration of farming agreements.It also provides for conciliation and dispute settlement mechanism for settlement of disputes under the farming agreement. The jurisdiction of civil courts over such disputes have been barred, and they are to be resolved through the resolution mechanism provided by the Act.At first, all disputes shall be referred to a Conciliation Board for resolution. If the dispute remains unresolved by the Board after thirty days, parties may approach the Sub-divisional Magistrate for resolution.Parties will have a right to appeal to an Appellate Authority against decisions of the Magistrate. Both the Magistrate and Appellate Authority will be required to dispose of a dispute within thirty days from the receipt of the application.The Act provides that a farming agreement may be linked with insurance or credit instrument under any scheme of the Central Government or the State Government or any financial service provider to ensure ‘risk mitigation’ and ‘flow of credit’ to farmer or Sponsor or both.The Act further prohibits sponsors from acquiring ownership rights or making permanent modifications on farmer’s land or premises.Section 8 of the Act states that no farming agreement shall be entered into for the purpose of any transfer, including the sale, lease and mortgage of the land or premises of the farmer.The Lok Sabha on Thursday (17th September) passed the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, by voice vote.To Read more about the Act and the Parliamentary Debate which took place related to this Act, please click here.It may be noted that both the Bills (now Acts) [The Farmers’ Produce Trade And Commerce (Promotion And Facilitation) Act, 2020 and The Farmers (Empowerment And Protection) Agreement On Price Assurance And Farm Services Act, 2020] have set off widespread farmers’ protests who fear that shall not be paid the Minimum Support Price.However, both the Agriculture Minister and the Prime Minister have assured that the Bills do not affect the mandate of MSP.3. The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020Preamble – An Act further to amend the Essential Commodities Act, 1955.The Act in Brief – The Act seeks to amend the Essential Commodities Act, 1955. When read with Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, the Act aims to increase the availability of buyers for farmers’ produce, by allowing them to trade freely without any license or stock limit.The Act requires that the imposition of any stock limit on agricultural produce must be based on price rise alone.A stock limit may be imposed only if there is:100% increase in the retail price of horticultural produce;50% increase in the retail price of non-perishable agricultural food items.Also, the Act states that the powers of ECA to regulate the supply of food items like cereals, pulses, potatoes, onions, edible oilseeds, and oils can be exercised only under “extraordinary circumstances” like (i) war, (ii) famine, (iii) extraordinary price rise and (iv) natural calamity of grave nature.Otherwise, the government has the power to regulate the production, supply, distribution etc of such food items even “for securing their equitable distribution and availability at fair prices”.Now the amendment has become law, this power over the said food items can now be exercised only under the specified “extraordinary circumstances”.The Lok Sabha on Tuesday (15th September) passed the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020 by voice vote, to replace its corresponding Ordinance, which was promulgated in June this year.To Read more about the Act and the Parliamentary Debate which took place related to this Act, please click here.Explained: The 3 Farmers Bills And The Controversies Surrounding ThemIt may be noted that the Kerala government has decided to approach the Supreme Court against the Farm Bills (now Acts) passed by the Parliament.A decision in this regard has been taken by the cabinet meeting held on Wednesday (23rd September), according to regional media reports.The cabinet termed that the laws amounted to not just “gross violation of States’ powers” but also “blatant and serious transgression of Constitutional norms”, reported ‘The Hindu Businessline’.4. The Jammu And Kashmir Official Languages Act, 2020Preamble – An Act to provide for the languages to be used for the official purposes of the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.The Act in Brief – The Act declares the following languages as the official languages to be used for the official purposes of the union territory, from such date as the Administrator of the union territory may notify:KashmiriDogriUrduHindiEnglishThe Rajya Sabha on Wednesday (23rd September) passed the Jammu & Kashmir Official Languages Bill, 2020, to declare the abovementioned languages as official languages of the UT. 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Got plans for Christmas Eve? Of course you do.Change them.That is the plaintive plea from a group called Forever Oakland. The group will be attending Monday night’s Raiders game against the Denver Broncos. But they’ll be front and center in and around the Coliseum parking lot all day, handing out signs and beseeching anyone who will listen that the Raiders a) should not move to Las Vegas, or b) at least leave their name, colors, logo and legacy behind, as the Cleveland Browns did in 1996 when …
(Visited 60 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A favorite way for theorists to get around the lack of enzymes at the origin of life is shown to be implausible.Cells generate complex compounds by means of enzymes. These molecular machines can overcome large thermodynamic barriers that would prevent the natural formation of organic compounds that are useful or essential for life. Origin-of-life (OOL) researchers in the metabolism-first camp have looked to hydrothermal vents to provide the energy needed to leap these barriers without the help of enzymes, which could not have been present.A new paper in Nature‘s open-access journal Scientific Reports pours cold water on the idea. Specifically, molecules involving thioesters cannot be expected to form in any sufficient quantities at hydrothermal vents or anywhere else. Two favored thioesters, TAA and MTA, can be essentially crossed off the list of probable ingredients because their dissolution (hydrolysis) predominates over their formation.These compounds’ apparent chemical simplicity has made their prebiotic availability assumed, however, although the kinetic behavior and thermochemical properties of TAA and analogous esters have been preliminarily explored in other contexts, the geochemical relevance of these compounds merits further evaluation. Therefore, the chemical behavior of the simplest thiolated acetic acid derivatives, TAA and methylthioacetate (MTA) were explored here. Using laboratory measurements, literature data, and thermochemical models, we examine the plausibility of the accumulation of these compounds in various geological settings. Due to the high free energy change of their hydrolysis and corresponding low equilibrium constants, it is unlikely that these species could have accumulated abiotically to any significant extant.PhysOrg summarizes the dashed hopes of seeing complex thioesters emerge in a “primordial soup” when chemical kinetics are taken into account. For “different reasons in different contexts,” TAA and MTA are “implausible prebiotic reagants” to act as substitutes for today’s complex enzymes and co-enzymes, such as acetyl co-enzyme A. Being highly subject to temperature and pH, they lack the reactivity and stability needed. Plus, they break down into acids (like acetic acid) and thiols.The researchers also add that the results suggest “estimates of the ubiquity of suitable environments for the origin of life in and beyond our solar system may be somewhat overestimated, if these compounds are indeed crucial for jumpstarting early metabolism.“There are other serious problems. One is concentration. There wouldn’t have been enough hydrogen atoms, for one thing, nor carbon, sulfur and iron. Even then, production of desired MTA and TAA is swamped by the reverse reaction, such that concentrations would be “extremely low” and unlikely to participate in OOL pathways. Acetic acid found at vents today is most likely biogenic, “which leaves questions over its existence in the primordial conditions present during the emergence of life.”Adding insult to injury, the authors point to the fact that “Acidic oceans do not seem to be preponderant on icy worlds in our solar system where measurement has been possible,” such as Mars and Enceladus. The right acidity (pH) is necessary to supply the hydrogen for high-energy molecules envisioned as precursors to biomolecules. Even then, in laboratory conditions, they are only secondary products and are unstable.Advocates of the hydrothermal vent hypothesis include Michael Russell (JPL), Huber and Wächtershäuser, Christian de Duve and others. The same day the new paper came out (7/21/16), it was listed in Wikipedia‘s article on the origin of life after thiols were mentioned as possible precursors: “There are increasing concerns, however, that prebiotic thiolated (i.e.Thioacetic acid) and Thioester compounds are thermodynamically and kinetically unfavourable to accumulate in presumed prebiotic conditions (i.e Hydrothermal vents).”By the same logic, the researchers’ conclusions can be extended to any high-energy molecules whose activation energy strongly exceeds the free energy of dissolution. Simply adding heat or changing the pH may be necessary, but insufficient, to overcome the thermodynamic barriers. The enzymes in living cells are amazing molecular machines that routinely overcome these barriers at ambient temperature, often accelerating production by orders of magnitude against strong concentration gradients. They can do this because of their precise shape, coded for by genes in DNA.The origin of life is the Achille’s heel of scientific materialism. It takes a Mind that knows organic chemistry to overcome the thermodynamic barriers to spontaneous formation of useful complex molecules.But since the Darwinian Achilles has multiple feet, realistic scientists need to shoot all the heels. One film that does that is “Evolution’s Achilles’ Heels” produced by CMI. Worth watching. Origin of life is one of eight heels they fatally injure.
Kolkata: The Chief Election Commissioner has received a complaint on Monday from an advocate who has expressed concern regarding the arbitrariness of the Election Commission over the appointment of Central Police Observer Vivek Dubey and Ajay V Nayak as the Special Observer for Bengal in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.The letter addressed to the Chief Election Commissioner highlights that the EC is empowered to nominate an Observer under Section 20B of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 and states: “The Election Commission may nominate an Observer who shall be an officer of the government to watch the conduct of the election or elections in a constituency or group of constituencies and to perform such other functions as may be entrusted to him by the Election Commission.” He states that it is “abundantly clear from the provision above, that a person who may be nominated as an Observer, ‘shall be an officer of the government’. The phrase ‘shall be’ as used in Section 20B of the Act is mandatory and has been used in the present tense and therefore, a retired IPS officer does not fulfill the mandatory requirement as laid down under Section 20B of the Act.” The letter further mentions: “Hence, under Section 20B of the Act serving officer of the government can only be appointed as an Observer and it is unequivocally clear that a retired officer is barred from being appointed as an Observer since he ceases to be an officer of the government after his retirement.” Vivek Dubey and Ajay V Nayak who were nominated by the Election Commission have retired from government services in 2015 and 2018 respectively. They “cease to be an officer of the government and hence their nomination is patently illegal, null and void and contrary to the provisions of the Act”. In such a circumstance, all actions taken by them are “illegal, null and void ab-initio and hence any and all actions taken in pursuance of Vivek Dubey and Ajay V Nayak’s recommendations are also void ab-initio and ought to be reversed and/or set aside immediately.” The advocate has demanded immediate steps to “remove Vivek Dubey from the position of Central Police Observer for the states of West Bengal and Jharkhand and Ajay V Nayak from the position of Special Observer for the state of West Bengal and to immediately reverse/set aside all actions taken pursuant to their recommendations by the Election Commission of India”.
Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor and Donovan McNabb are among the NFL players named in the sexual harassment lawsuit. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images for #Culinary Kickoff/Justin K. Aller/Getty Images/Robin Marchant/Getty Images for ESPN)Another sexual harassment scandal has been unleashed and this time it affects personnel at the NFL Network. Jami Cantor, a former wardrobe stylist for the NFL Network, has filed an amended complaint against NFL Enterprises, according to Bloomberg. The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday, Dec. 11, implicates current and former employees. They include on-air talent Marshall Faulk, Heath Evans and Ike Taylor of the NFL Network and ESPN’s Donovan McNabb and Eric Davis. Well women have now gone after NFL people on sexual harassment charges, when will it end, only after all men R accused, money dries up!— larry rea (@larrea07) December 12, 2017Others found the claims disturbing.Reading through the story on the sexual harassment lawsuit naming NFL Network executives and ex-players by former wardrobe stylist. Actually wanting to throw up reading this quote. THIS IS WHY WOMEN STAY SILENT. pic.twitter.com/Dvzu3iijA4— Amy Campbell (@MsAmyCampbell) December 12, 2017 So how isn’t Marc watts suspended? Her story has to many holes in it. Can’t say I believe her as of now— Lord Brunson (@LordBrunson) December 12, 2017 As a female i agree..anyone can point and say your guilty and then their world torn apart. When you have proof its a different ball game. Gonna make men scared to socialize with a woman or be polite even..sad— Proud American (@Hebron4824) December 12, 2017 Just disgusting— Edward Aschoff (@AschoffESPN) December 12, 2017And more wondered if such allegations are making men guilty by default.The NFL Network suspensions show we have reached a tipping point in society. A tipping point where accusations by women outweigh due process. I’m not saying the accusations are false. They could either be true or false. Dangerous times when a persons sex automatically means guilt— Jake Highwell (@JakeHighwell) December 12, 2017 Each of the ex-NFLers has been suspended during investigations that have been launched as a result of the filing.Among Cantor’s allegations, she said Taylor sent her “sexually inappropriate” photos of him masturbating. USA Today reported that Hall of Famer Faulk is accused of “fondling [Cantor’s] breasts and groping her behind” and exposing his genitals. Evans, the suit claims, “constantly propositioned [Cantor] to have sex with him.” Warren Sapp, who was fired from NFL Network in 2015, allegedly “gave sex toys as a Christmas gifts three years in a row [and] showed [Cantor] nude pictures of numerous women he claimed to have slept with.”Cantor also alleges former NFL Network executive producer Eric Weinberger sent “several nude pictures of himself and sexually explicit texts” and put his groin against her before asking her to touch it.The filing also said ESPN analyst Davis “asked [Cantor] to have rough sex with him, and said that he wanted to choke [her] from behind until [she] begged him to stop.” McNabb allegedly explicitly texted the accuser multiple times to ask about a specific sex act.Sexual Harassment In Entertainment and MediaTracee Ellis Ross Schools Men on ‘Rules of Touch’ in Faux BookMatt Lauer Says He’s ‘Truly Sorry’ After Bombshell Sexual Harassment Reports Come to LightAmanda Seales Calls for Women to ‘Expose’ Sexual PredatorsAs the filing made headlines, some bashed the accuser.MONEY GRAB ALERT 🚨 pic.twitter.com/WU3yWTo6uf— GK_ALLDAY (@kene_gim) December 12, 2017 Yeah, I smell fear. You don’t have to be convicted in court to lose your job, dude. All you have to do is put your employer at risk or make them look bad and you’re out. I guess you’re next.— evilzenmuppet (@evilzenmuppet) December 12, 2017
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is confident that Liverpool can do what is necessary to reach the last 16 of the Champions League.The Reds go into Tuesday’s final Group C fixture knowing they must beat Napoli either 1-0 or by two clear goals to be certain of advancing from the pool having previously lost all their away games to Napoli, Red Star Belgrade and Paris Saint Germain.During Monday’s pre-match press conference obtained from the club’s official website, the Dutchman said:Report: 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…“For sure. You want to play at the highest level. Obviously, you don’t want to be in the situation we could be in tomorrow where we could maybe get knocked out, but it is how it is and we are looking forward to it. We want to show them and show everyone in the world that we belong in the Champions League.“We should be confident as well with the situation we are in now. We are doing very well in the league and we need to show it in the Champions League as well, and hopefully, we can keep doing that after tomorrow.”