RSF Index 2019: UK rises in ranking, but press freedom climate remains worrying

first_imgNews United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment April 18, 2019 RSF Index 2019: UK rises in ranking, but press freedom climate remains worrying Organisation News RSF_en UK NGOs concerned over press freedom implications of Crime (Overseas Production Orders) Bill RSF welcomed some positive steps in the UK in 2018, including the statement in March by then-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Matt Hancock that Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 – which contains a threatening cost-shifting provision – would not be implemented. The Magnitsky amendment adopted in May as part of the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act could also serve as a powerful tool in holding press freedom predators to account.“Although there have been improvements in some areas, unfortunately part of the reason for the rise in the UK’s ranking is that the press freedom climate deteriorated so sharply in other countries. We should hold ourselves to a higher standard, and seek to be one of the best, not worst-performing countries in Western Europe. Too often steps taken in the name of national security trample press freedom, and too often legislation is adopted without adequate protection for journalists. Press freedom must be respected at the very core of domestic law, policies and practices, in line with the UK’s international human rights obligations”, said RSF UK Bureau Director Rebecca Vincent.RSF has called for a number of specific measures to improve the UK’s press freedom ranking, including formally repealing Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013, ceasing efforts to force a backdoor into encryption tools, implementing the Magnitsky Amendment without further delay, and lifting the ongoing threat of legal action against journalists Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey in Northern Ireland, who remain under police bail. RSF also calls for a more consistent approach to press freedom across all governmental bodies, including the Home Office, and for parliament to take a more proactive approach in ensuring that new draft legislation does not further erode press freedom.“We are encouraged by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s new media freedom campaign, as the UK plays an important standard-setting role internationally. We hope this commitment to championing these important issues abroad will in turn result in greater vigilance to our own press freedom climate, and lead to improvements in our areas of shortcoming here in the UK”, said Vincent.UK press contact: Rebecca Vincent on [email protected] or +44 (0)7583 137751 September 17, 2018 Find out more United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment Follow the news on United Kingdom Receive email alerts to go further New UK Counter-Terrorism legislation contains some journalistic protections, but threatens press freedom RSF welcomes European Court judgment finding the UK’s mass surveillance regime threatening to the protection of journalistic sources The UK has risen seven places in the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) 2019 World Press Freedom Index, published today. Now ranked 33rd out of 180 countries, the UK has improved from its 2018 ranking of 40th, placing it between France and Slovenia in the 2019 Index. However, the UK remained one of the worst-performing countries in Western Europe, and a number of worrying trends continued, particularly in relation to national security, surveillance, and data protection. News January 30, 2019 Find out more February 5, 2019 Find out more News Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Six journalists briefly arrested and TV programme interrupted for referring to sensitive subject

first_img May 31, 2021 Find out more June 10, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Six journalists briefly arrested and TV programme interrupted for referring to sensitive subject News Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders warns the Cameroonian authorities of the dangers of allowing relations between the privately-owned press and government to deteriorate after a total of six journalists were briefly arrested last week for referring to a sensitive issue involving the president and a TV programme was cut short while being broadcast for the same reason two days ago.“Arbitrarily interrupting a broadcast for raising a sensitive subject is incomprehensible and arrests, no matter how brief, are acts of intimidations” Reporters Without Borders said. “The use of coercive measures against journalists can only aggravate the climate and radicalise positions.”The press freedom organisation points out the need for the authorities to respect the law if they expect journalists to do the same.The weekly “Canal Presse” programme on privately-owned Canal 2 International was interrupted during the 17th minute on 8 June as the journalists participating were discussing last week’s arrests of their colleagues for referring to the so-called “Albatross” affair. Government representatives ordered the programme’s technicians and presenter to suspend the broadcast.The Albatross is the name of an aircraft in poor condition which was bought for President Paul Biya for several of his close associates and which experienced a technical problem the first time he flew in it. The “Canal Presse” programme was interrupted when reference was made to the arrests of Marie Noëlle Guichi and Jean-François Channon of the privately-owned newspaper Le Messager, who were detained by plain-clothes police on 3 June in Yaoundé and charged with “publishing the report of a judicial investigation that has not yet been tried” in a 26 May article about the Albatross. The charge is punishable by three months to two years in prison.Four journalists and a political analyst were arrested by plain-clothes police in Douala for taking part in a debate about the Albatross affair on the “Cards on the table” programme on 1 June on privately-owned STV. Presenter Thierry Ngogang (who is also STV’s news editor) and all of his guests – Canal 2 International director of international cooperation Anania Rabier Bindzi, freelance journalist Alex Gustave Azebazé, National Union of Journalists general secretary Jean Marc Soboth and Douala University professor Aboya Endong Manassé – were all questioned by police before being released. RSF_en Receive email alerts to go further Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court Organisation Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice systemcenter_img May 19, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Cameroon News News Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case CameroonAfrica CameroonAfrica News April 23, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Peter’s student ties with Day One for Varsity performance

first_imgAn Oxford student has tied with a professional DJ in a competition to perform on the Varsity Ski Trip 2013. Jeevan Dhillon, a St Peter’s student, has tied with Day One, a local producer signed toMonstercat Records.The Varsity Ski Trip, an annual ski holiday organised jointly by Oxford and Cambridge students, will take place in Tignes, France in December. Entertainment this year includes Rudimental and Katy B.The competition, now in its second year following its viral success on Facebook, was decided by an internet vote based on Facebook photo likes over a five-day period from Tuesday 29th October. Hours before the end Dhillon had taken the lead by approximately sixty votes, but votes for Day One spiked in the last ten minutes of competition. At the deadline of 7pm on Sunday, the photos were refreshed on two computers, each revealing a tie of 460 votes per DJ.The prize package includes a free place on the Ski Trip and the choice of a DJ slot on opening or closing night, playing alongside international acts. The runner-up will be awarded the second-choice slot, due to the unprecedented nature of the tie.Dhillon, whose previous DJ-ing experience includes Bhangra nights in Oxford and several college balls, said of the competition, “The opportunity to perform on the Varsity Trip in Tignes was just too big to ignore. That I would be performing alongside the likes of Rudimental and DJ Danny Howard in front of thousands of people made it very much a once in a lifetime opportunity”.Dhillon is also unfazed by the tied result, saying, “To be honest I didn’t even think I would get shortlisted let alone tie for first so I feel pretty proud of my achievements so far. That I’ve tied with someone already established like Day One, makes it all the more special to me!”Dhillon’s previous DJ-ing experience includes Bhangra nights in Oxford and several college balls.David Wallis, the Entertainment Director for the 2013 trip said of the approaching decision, “I’m happy either way…the standard was really high”.The tie will be broken by Danny Howard, a DJ from BBC Radio 1, who secured his first contract after winning a competition. The winner will be announced on Friday.Tom Heaps, Clubs and Socs Officer at Corpus Christi, said, “I think it would be great if the winner were an Oxford student, because only an Oxford student could bring the vibes of Friday night Camera to the slopes of Tignes.”last_img read more

Turkish Family Evolving Into Quadrupeds

first_imgIs this a hoax?  The Times Online UK posted a picture of a family in Turkey that walks naturally on all fours, and calls this a “unique insight into human evolution.”  Sean O’Neill at New Scientist is not sure what to think.  A professor Humphrey claims this is an example of “backward evolution,” or a throwback to a long-lost animal behavior.  O’Neill thinks it’s probably not evolution, but an unfortunate genetic accident.  “Also, for our ancestors to switch to bipedalism, many skeletal changes would have been needed,” he said.  “In fact, the ability to run long-distances may have been a more significant point in our evolution, suggest some researchers.” (see 11/18/2004).  Nevertheless, some are calling this a “missing link.”Suckers.  These are overgrown rug rats, not missing links.  Or else they get dizzy standing up, and thus obey Paul’s Law: you can’t fall off the floor.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

For the love of dogs: Training and hunting with Brittany Spaniels

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Sportsmen often find one or two specific niches for which they develop a sincere, lifelong passion. One such niche is upland hunting with bird dogs — a sport that devotees would describe as a pleasurable obsession, or maybe even an addiction.Recollecting a tremendous day’s hunt with his bird dogs, Sage and Abbie, famed television journalist Tom Brokaw once reflected on his life, “I’ve interviewed presidents and royalty, rock stars and movie stars, famous generals and captains of industry. I’ve had front rows seats at Super Bowls, World Series, and Olympic Games; my books have been on best-seller lists, and my marriage is a long running success. That day with Sage and Abbie is right up there when I come to reckon, ‘How did one guy get so lucky?’”And popular Western writer Tom McGuane says that for him, “The dogs are everything, and they want to hunt, too. Bird dogs plead with you to imagine the great things you could be doing together. Their delight is a lesson in the bliss of living.”Closer to home, Eric Sarakaitis, of Johnstown, is a man who loves the act of bird hunting, but appreciates the artful beauty of working bird dogs even more. For him, the dogs really are everything.“For me, it is more about watching the dog work and rewarding the dog for a good point by shooting the bird. Walking up to a dog that is on point is the most intimate moment in the woods or field I have experienced. There is a time when I am so focused and in tune with the dog, that I can’t hear or see anything beyond the dog on point, knowing that what is about to happen is going to be special. There is such great anticipation and excitement about the sound of the flush and the concealed bird exploding up off the ground,” Sarakaitis said.Sarakaitis hunts over Brittany Spaniels, preferring their cooperative nature and the pleasurable addition they are to his household.“I have four Brittanies —  two males, Diesel and Captain, and two females, Addie and Bella —and they are true companions first, and a hunting tool second,” he said.As an illustration of his love for these dogs and his hunting interests, a large portion of his property has been set aside for his animal cohorts. Sarakaitis has created an impressive facility to train and exercise his dogs.“I have two acres fenced with no-climb horse fence. A little less than half of it is wooded, which provides great opportunities to train for grouse and woodcock. I can set up training scenarios with dense wooded cover, which is difficult to do in most training areas. Not only does it give them a good training environment, but it is also a safe, secure playpen for them. They have a lot of area to run and exercise and stay healthy for hunting season,” Sarakaitis said.Within this fenced run, Eric also has a bird pen he uses for the raising and day-to-day storage of training fowl. The birds are housed in a four-by-four-by-eight-foot “Johnny House” with a connected four-by-eight-foot raised flight pen on the outside.“At any given time, I’ll have chukar, quail, and ideally pigeons — because they’re the most hardy — in my pen. These birds are used in all aspects of training, from teaching a dog to use its nose to scent mark the location of birds, steadying to point, and retrieving after the shot. During training, I employ the use of bird launchers, which is a mechanical apparatus with a remote release that launches the birds into flight. This allows me to release the birds at will and helps me when teaching obedience, commands, and such when I’m working with a dog,” he said.Eric begins to work with his bird dogs at a very young age, introducing them to quail from his bird pen as soon as they can run and see. He said that from the owner’s/trainer’s standpoint it is good to create a strong bond and understanding with one’s canine companion when they are still pups.“You are training them to hunt at the same time you are teaching them to listen,” he said.However, Sarakaitis does not do all of the training of the dogs by himself. He elicits the help of his other dogs as well.“It is good to have more than one bird dog for training — 90% of my pups’ manners and learning how to be hunting dogs are taught by their peers,” he said. “When training, you want to substantiate prey drive first, and then leverage that prey drive for further training in regard to pointing, steadying, introduction to the gun, and obedience. All that being said, in my experience, most dogs are ready for exposure to wild birds anywhere from six months of age to a year old. But that does not imply that their training and learning is finished.”Sarakaitis takes an annual autumn pilgrimage northward to Michigan to hunt grouse and woodcock. Due to dramatically diminishing grouse numbers in this state, he primarily hunts for pheasant and woodcock here in Ohio. He also does some dove hunting in the early fall, and brings a couple of his dogs with him on these excursions to retrieve downed birds.“Brittanies are not known to be strong retrievers but mine do well with it. For whatever reason, two of my dogs are absolutely phenomenal at retrieving doves,” he said.What Brittanies are known for is their relentless, “all business” attitude when released into the field and their keen sense of smell that will bring them to a tense, motionless stand-still when they detect a game bird hidden in a mat of dense cover. When hunting for pheasant throughout central and south-central Ohio, Sarakaitis and his dogs have a set method of operation to bag the birds.“As much as possible, I try to set up to hunt into the wind, paying attention to natural structure — breaks in cover, fencerows, tree lines. My dogs’ primary role is to quarter, or zigzag, across native prairie grasses such as switch grass, foxtail, and goldenrod, smelling for bird life. They are to hunt by scent alone, coming to freeze on point when the scent cone of the game has been identified,” Sarakaitis said. “I utilize both beepers and bells on my dogs for location purposes. When the bells stop ringing and the beepers go off to indicate the dogs’ motion has stopped —which means they have located a bird and are on point — my job is to get to the dog, then to flush and shoot at the bird and hopefully not miss.”While the dogs’ job and behavior is similar when hunting woodcock, the terrain differs dramatically. Woodcock, which migrate through Ohio on their way south in October and November, navigate by constellations at night, coming down into damp areas of heavy cover in the pre-dawn hours. Hunters can find them after their night flights in the dense and tangled world of sumac, alder, and dogwood trees, where the birds probe for the staple of their diet, earthworms. Hunting in such terrain can make the going slow and difficult, and getting to a dog on point an adrenalized challenge. And after the flush, be ready for some quick shooting through heavy cover, as woodcock have an uncanny ability to put trees and brush between themselves and the gun in a matter of moments.The close connection and intimate level of involvement that Sarakaitis has with his bird dogs is representative of gentleman bird hunters across this nation. In speaking with Sarakaitis and others of his like him, it becomes clear that they have bird dogs in their blood, and that these men’s lives are greatly enriched by their canine hunting buddies.Professor, writer, and bird dog aficionado Bob DeMott, of Athens, best captures this affectionate link between man and beast, writing “I never tire of watching a bird dog go about its nosey business…Maybe the profoundest mystery of all is how bird dogs insinuate themselves so deeply into our hearts and lives. Maybe the greatest question is why…we go on needing them so much?”last_img read more

‘Wide access to OTC drugs frees up govt. resources’

first_imgSelf-medication is not new to India. A 2015 survey conducted by Lybrate among 20,000 people across 10 cities showed that 52% of people practised self-medication. But the country lacks a well-defined regulation for over the counter (OTC) medicines, important for patient safety. The government is in the process of finalising an OTC drug policy, which may bring more clarity on the drugs that a wider population can access. The Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI), a body of multinational drug companies, has worked with the government over the past one year by providing inputs to the draft of the OTC policy.The Hindu spoke to OPPI president Annaswamy Vaidheesh about the need for such guidelines and the changes they will bring about in healthcare.What role did OPPI play in creating the OTC policy draft?We brought experts together to help develop the guidelines. We also invited companies like Cipla, Glenmark, Sun Pharma and others who are not members of OPPI, but their inputs were valuable. Additionally, we got international experts to bring in perspective. The government has hailed the inputs and is seriously considering taking them forward. We have looked at the best practices in various economies and highlighted what we can take from them, the kind of drugs that should be included in the OTC list and the ones that should not.How will an OTC policy help?First of all, when you widen access to OTC drugs, it automatically releases the government’s time and resources, which can be focussed on drugs that need to be stringently prescribed. We are saying that drugs that are known to have negligible side effects and don’t require much explanation can be classified as OTC so that access to them becomes easy and wide. These drugs can be made easily accessible in small towns as well. The idea is to make sure that the right product rests in the right place. Society has learnt that OTC medicines are those that don’t have major side effects but help improve health. Many countries have brought more products under the OTC category to focus on drugs that need to be strictly regulated.We also face the threat of antibiotics resistance. Will bringing more drugs under the OTC category lead to overuse or misuse? An antibiotic is a drug meant to treat a bacterial infection. But people who have viral infections, fever and so on are taking antibiotics, causing the resistance. However, when drugs for common viral infections, sore throat, acidity, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, injury, cuts, wounds, burns, acne etc are made available under OTC, people will get access to the right medication. Many people are using such drugs without prescription anyway. But an OTC policy will improve access to drugs that are okay to be sold as OTC and restrict access to other drugs. Besides antibiotic resistance, steroid use is also a big problem. There are people who use steroid creams for skin whitening. But we are working with the government to spread awareness about the responsible use of antibiotics and steroids.What stage is the policy in?The submission has gone; we have crossed three-fourths of the passage. The government may take six months or a year. It is in the process of finetuning it and converting it into a legislation.last_img read more

Rivers wants to make most out of short stint by winning title

first_imgGuest player Krystal Rivers rued the poor start which doomed Pocari Sweat in Game 2 of the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference women’s division Finals on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img “I’m just going to go out there and play my game. They will probably make adjustments so I have to adjust. That’s the game of volleyball and I try to be the best volleyball player that I can be and try to help my team win a championship,” she said. “It’s pretty quick (stint) so I want to make the most of it, and making the most of it is winning a championship. I want to do everything I can to leave with a championship.”Game 3 is on Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We’ll go and evaluate, watch the match, and focus on changing and doing better in the next game in starting strong,” she said.Rivers unleashed 26 points, all of which coming from attacks, to lead the fight for Pocari Sweat in Game 2.Despite the Lady Warriors allowing the Finals series to go the distance, Rivers is confident that whatever mistakes they committed will no longer be the case come Thursday.“We’re pretty confident. We fought at the end of this game and the plan is to come back and fight harder the next time. We have training tomorrow and make the necessary adjustments and come out ready to fight on Thursday,” said the former SEC Player of the Year.And that goes for herself, too, as Rivers made it clear that she only has one goal on her mind in this short stint in the PVL: to win the championship.ADVERTISEMENT Herndon focused on helping Wangs, not just getting numbers Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “We just have to focus on starting strong. That’s what we didn’t do as a team today,” she quipped.Looking to close the best-of-three series quick, the Lady Warriors started out flat and gave up the first set, 25-15, before failing to equalize the match in a tight Set 2, 26-24.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThough Pocari Sweat still made a late run to force a deciding fifth set, Grethcel Soltones brandished her strength for Bali Pure to extend the series to a winner-take-all Game 3.The 23-year-old Rivers said that the Lady Warriors must find a way to fix those woes if they want end their season with a title. What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, firelast_img read more

India not losing sleep over Ajinkya Rahane’s form dip, says Sanjay Bangar

first_imgAjinkya Rahane has been a conspicuous absentee from the ongoing Indian runfest against Sri Lanka but the middle order batsman appears to have the backing of the team management ahead of the tour of South Africa later this month.The 29-year-old right-hander has been the lone player in India’s top six without a fifty in the three-Test series against a Sri Lankan attack which has leaked many runs. (India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test: Virat Kohli celebrates homecoming to Delhi with 20th Test hundred)Rahane blew another opportunity on Saturday, getting stumped off Sri Lanka left-arm wrist-spinner Lakshan Sandakan for one even as India amassed 371/4 with skipper Virat Kohli and opener Murali Vijay making big centuries.”He would be disappointed with the manner he got out. He’s somebody who works very hard on his game,” batting coach Sanjay Bangar told reporters after the opening day’s play at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.”Last match and this match, his shot selections would be hurting him definitely. But he is a quality player and his overseas record is phenomenal. He has the ability to bounce back very quickly.”The Mumbai player has now managed seven runs in his last four innings against Sri Lanka whereas Kohli (three), Vijay (two), Cheteshwar Pujara (one) and Rohit Sharma (one) have helped themselves to centuries.Bangar pointed out Rahane’s impressive record abroad where the batsman has registered six of his nine hundreds, the last coming in Sri Lanka in August.”He’s scored a century in every country we’ve toured (in recent times), that speaks of his quality,” Bangar said.advertisement”He’s performed when chips were down. He’d be hurting with his dismissals but he’s too good a player to not making runs for a long time.”India will embark on a tour of South Africa later this month to play three tests, six one-dayers and three Twenty20 Internationals.last_img read more

Minister Clarke Stresses Gov’t’s Commitment to Food Security

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, says the Government remains committed to increasing the production of local foods as it intensifies efforts to promote food security and safety in Jamaica.He noted that the local domestic production of staples such as yams, bananas, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, Irish potatoes, and tomatoes continues to increase incrementally, while the island is also self-sufficient in the production of chicken meat and pork.The Minister was speaking at the World Food Day National Ceremony and Exhibition held on October 16 at the Greater Portmore High School in St. Catherine.Minister Clarke said through the agro-parks programme, the Government is strategically targeting the production of peas, beans, onions, fish and meat, a vast amount which is imported.“Part of our solution must be to increase production and productivity of local foods. This cannot be stressed too often. Once we have produced locally, we must also aim to consume fresh local produce, which very often are the fruits, vegetables and staples we need for healthy diets and lifestyles,” he said.Further, in keeping with food security efforts, the Minister noted that Government has approved the Jamaican Food and Nutrition Security Policy, which seeks to ensure the availability of a sufficient quantity of nutritious and appropriate foods, through increased domestic production and a sustainable level of imports.“As Government and policy makers, we also intend further, to enact a Food Security Law to ensure the domestic production of a minimum threshold of a selected basket of foods for which there is production capability and national comparative advantage to meet domestic food, nutrition and health goals,” he stated.“We wholeheartedly subscribe to the expressed view of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) that raising nutrition levels include enhanced production, marketing and consumption of local vegetables and staple crops such as locally grown yams, sweet potatoes and cassava,” the Minister added.World Food Day was established by the FAO in 1979 and serves to heighten public awareness of the problem of hunger in the world.  In addition, it turns the spotlight on agricultural food production and stimulates national, bilateral, multilateral and non-governmental efforts to this end. It also promotes the transfer of technologies to developing countries.This year’s theme: ‘Healthy People Depend on Healthy Food Systems’ served to highlight the importance of food systems that can feed all people in a sustainable manner.During the event, exhibitions were mounted by the Ministry; FAO office in Kingston; Ebony Park HEART Academy in Clarendon; the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) in Portland; Jamaica 4-H Clubs; the National Irrigation Commission (NIC); the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) and the National Food Safety Committee. Through the agro-parks programme, the Government is strategically targeting the production of peas, beans, onions, fish and meat, a vast amount which is imported. World Food Day was established by the FAO in 1979 and serves to heighten public awareness of the problem of hunger in the world. The Government remains committed to increasing the production of local foods as it intensifies efforts to promote food security and safety in Jamaica.last_img read more

Hoop Dreams director to debut his latest at Toronto film fest

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement This marks the second Toronto bow for Oak Park-based James, who took “Stevie” there in 2002. The formal “Abacus” announcement, expected later Tuesday, notes that James will headline the TIFF Doc Conference Sept. 13.His latest is executive produced by, among others, Kartemquin co-founder Gordon Quinn and executive director Betsy Steinberg. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment In the flaming wreckage of the 2008 financial meltdown, only one U.S. financial institution ended up facing criminal charges for mortgage fraud. Not Merrill Lynch. Not Bear Sterns. Not Morgan Stanley.No, it was the tiny Abacus Federal Savings Bank, in New York City’s Chinatown district. Its owners, the Chinese immigrant Sung family, their bank, and their bizarre legal morass are the subject of “Hoop Dreams” and “Life Itself” documentary filmmaker Steve James’ ninth feature-length documentary “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail.”It makes its world premiere Sept. 11 as part of the Toronto International Film Festival, also known as TIFF. Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more