Laura Poitras and Amy Goodman to be honored at Nieman

first_img Read Full Story Filmmaker Laura Poitras is winner of the 2014 I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence, awarded each year by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.Amy Goodman, host and executive producer of “Democracy Now!,” also has been selected to receive a special I.F. Stone lifetime achievement award, the first ever presented by Nieman.The two journalists will be honored at a ceremony at Harvard on February 5, 2015.Poitras, a Berlin-based American documentary film director, journalist and artist, is co-founder of First Look Media’s The Intercept. She was chosen for the I.F. Stone Medal in recognition of her reporting exposing the massive illegal NSA surveillance program disclosed by whistleblower Edward Snowden, which is the subject of her new film CITIZENFOUR. The documentary is the third and final film in her trilogy about post-9/11 America.In June 2013, Poitras traveled to Hong Kong with reporter Glenn Greenwald to interview Edward Snowden about his revelations about the NSA. Her coverage has received a George Polk Award for National Security Reporting, the Henri Nannen Prize for Services to Press Freedom, and contributed to the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for public service awarded to The Guardian and The Washington Post.In addition to honoring Poitras, the Nieman Foundation will present a lifetime achievement award to Amy Goodman, investigative journalist, author and longtime host and executive producer of “Democracy Now!” A 1979 Harvard/Radcliffe graduate, Goodman is being honored for her entire body of work and tireless efforts as an advocate for a free press and independent media.last_img read more

Cricket stakeholders ask President to ‘rescind’ Lewis’ appointment

first_imgHIS Excellency, President David Granger has been asked to “rescind” the appointment of Attorney-at-Law Stephen Lewis, as the Cricket Ombudsman, by the group ‘Majority Cricket Stakeholders’, as a matter of decency to cricket locally.Lewis, a former president of the Everest Cricket Club (ECC), was appointed by the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) back in May, 2018 at an Extraordinary Meeting but after months of legal advice sought by Dr Norton, Lewis’ appointment was recently confirmed and this has now put the administration of the game in further dismay.During a press conference on Wednesday at the Malteenoes Sports Club, the Stakeholders called for the President’s intervention.It’s no secret that the Stakeholders had over the last couple of years been feuding with the current GCB administration over their publicly documented issues in the sport.In fact, a few Court injunctions were served against GCB in recent times.Representatives of the various stakeholders at yesterday’s press conferenceOnly recently Berbice Cricket Board (BCB), had challenged the legality of Lewis’ appointment. Subsequently, the court had halted the appointment of Lewis and an interim injunction was granted.At the head table during the press briefing were representatives from the East Coast Cricket Board, Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA), BCB and Upper Demerara Cricket Association.Roger Harper, president of the GCA, expressed his disappointment and displeasure at the act.“What we need is strong leadership to resolve our issue but that is not the case. Mr Cameron (president of Cricket West Indies), was never willing to meet with the stakeholders here to try to resolve the issue. I just hope that the upcoming CWI elections could pave the way for some decency in our game both regionally and locally,” Harper said.President of the East Coast Cricket Board (ECCB), Bissoondyal Singh in his remarks said cricket is a business where it provides a livelihood for many people, adding that the Minister’s decision to confirm Lewis is a mockery to the law.Meanwhile, secretary of BCB, Rabindranauth Saywack, believes Lewis failed to uphold the injunction, and is making a mockery of his appointment.The GCB has not had a properly constituted, or what many observers have labelled, “free and fair” elections for the past ten years.Staging of GCB elections was faced with a major setback with the resignation of Guyana’s first-ever Cricket Ombudsman Dr Winston McGowan.Dr McGowan was appointed in 2005 by the-then Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr. Frank Anthony and his appointment was subsequently approved by the-then Cabinet.He was previously charged with overseeing the elections of the various county boards and the GCB, in accordance with the Cricket Administration Act which was successfully passed in the National Assembly by the previous government in May 2014, and assented to by then President Donald Ramotar in August of that year.The GCB has not held elections since 2009 owing to the numerous court injunctions.last_img read more

WBB : SU’s upset bid against Hoyas falls short as defense can’t contain Rodgers in final minutes

first_imgSugar Rodgers held the ball on the left wing and watched as the clock dipped under 45 seconds. Then she made her move.The Georgetown guard sliced into the lane and elevated, drawing the foul on Syracuse guard Phylesha Bullard as her floater in the lane hit squarely off the backboard and rattled through the basket.‘We were just running a play. I took it in my own hands, take it to the basket and make the layup and got the and-one,’ Rodgers said. ‘… I just saw the opening, took her one-on-one and made the and-one.’Rodgers nailed the subsequent free throw to give the Hoyas their first lead since the 13:56 mark of the second half. No. 15 Georgetown (22-6, 11-4 Big East) never relinquished the lead and the Syracuse  (17-12, 6-9) fell to the Hoyas 65-62 in front of 1,579 in the Carrier Dome Saturday. Rodgers, the Big East’s leading scorer, single-handedly shredded the Orange defense down the stretch, willing the Hoyas back from an eight-point deficit late in the game to earn the victory.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter Rodgers’ three-point play, Rachel Coffey took a contested 3 from the right corner that bounced high off the backboard and was corralled by Rodgers along the left baseline. The Hoyas added two free throws and Carmen Tyson-Thomas missed badly on a 3-pointer from the right wing with four seconds remaining to seal the loss.‘I wish I could say a whole lot, but I can’t,’ SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. ‘I thought we played extremely well today and we lost the game.’While SU crumbled under pressure in the closing minutes, Rodgers thrived. With Georgetown trailing by three with under three minutes to go, she launched a 23-foot 3-pointer from the left wing that plunged through the net to tie the game at 58.She added two free throws on the Hoyas’ next possession and after SU forward Iasia Hemingway converted on a putback off a missed 3 by Coffey, Rodgers put Georgetown on top for good.‘She made a long 3 when we’re draped all over her and she’s going to the basket, jumping off the wrong foot and makes the shot,’ Hillsman said. ‘There’s not a whole lot you can really say about her. She’s a great player and she made two huge plays and won the game for them.’Hillsman used a man-to-man defense all game in an attempt to stop Rodgers. And the Orange defense contained her in the first half.Rodgers shot just 1-of-8 from the field and 0-of-5 from beyond the arc.While the Hoyas’ best player struggled, Hemingway led all scorers at halftime with 10 points and Coffey added nine to give Syracuse a 32-27 lead at the break.‘Defensively, we just found (Rodgers) in transition and Coach wanted us to get her early,’ Coffey said, ‘so wherever she was we were out on her.’But in the second half, the SU offense floundered. The Orange turned the ball over 11 times and the Hoyas capitalized, scoring seven points off those turnovers.Still, Syracuse managed to hang around. Hemingway fueled a 7-0 run midway through the second half, contributing four points during that stretch, to push SU’s lead to 54-46 with under nine minutes remaining.But then Rodgers found her shooting stroke. She shot 5-of-8 from the field in the second half, contributing 15 of her game-high 21 points in the final stanza.And as Rodgers got hot, the Syracuse lead slowly dwindled.‘Sugar Rodgers needed to make a late run because she was playing pretty bad,’ Georgetown head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. ‘She has to understand that when her shot’s not falling that she can’t stop doing other things. She can’t stop playing defense, she can’t stop rebounding and her shot is only a certain percentage of her game.’But her scoring ability is what ultimately doomed the Orange. Rodgers came up with big play after big play down the stretch.It started with a 15-footer to close the gap to 56-53 with six minutes remaining and ended with the three-point play to finish off her stellar performance.In the tense moments, Rodgers closed out the game.‘She just made a play,’ Williams Flournoy said, ‘and that’s what big-time players do.’[email protected] Comments Published on February 25, 2012 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more