Just one month left to opening ceremony, but a long way still to go

first_img July 8, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Just one month left to opening ceremony, but a long way still to go Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes ChinaAsia – Pacific News With exactly one month left before the Olympic Games opening ceremony in Beijing, Reporters Without Borders today condemned the absence of a goodwill gesture from the Chinese government as regards the approximately 100 imprisoned journalists, Internet users and cyber-dissidents. Help by sharing this information News ChinaAsia – Pacific News RSF_en to go further April 27, 2021 Find out more China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Receive email alerts Follow the news on China Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News With exactly one month left before the Olympic Games opening ceremony in Beijing, Reporters Without Borders today condemned the absence of a goodwill gesture from the Chinese government as regards the approximately 100 imprisoned journalists, Internet users and cyber-dissidents.“Do the Chinese authorities really think they are going to turn these games into an international success by stubbornly refusing to free prisoners of conscience and by gagging freedom of expression,” asked the press freedom organisation, which has been campaigning on this issue since 2001.Reporters Without Borders is calling for demonstrations outside Chinese embassies during the opening ceremony. It is also organising a cyber-demonstration on its website (www.rsf.org) on the opening day.“The occasional good news, such as the unblocking of access to certain foreign websites and the reopening of Tibet, have been eclipsed by a series of outrageous arrests and increased surveillance of human rights activists,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The Olympic infrastructure is in place, but police controls have been stepped up, the Internet is still censored, international radio stations are jammed and Beijing’s air is still polluted.”“All these topics are banned in the Chinese press,” the organisation added. “And the luxury of the Olympic Press Centre that was inaugurated today in Beijing will not help foreign journalists to forget how precarious their rights are when they try to probe sensitive issues,”Even the resumption of contacts with the Dalai Lama’s representatives is already being seen as a failure as the Chinese authorities are imposing an extravagant list of preconditions for any real dialogue. One of the Tibetan negotiators said on his return from China last week: “Before the Olympics it is not feasible to hold talks… they are obsessed with the Olympics.” The meeting was staged solely for the sake of the Olympics and to satisfy certain foreign countries, he added.Much of the blame for the present crisis lies with the International Olympic Committee. By closing its eyes to the Chinese government’s repressive policies, the IOC has negated the “positive effect” that the games were supposed to have on human rights in China. The existence of around 10 “Olympic prisoners” such as Hu Jia and Yang Chunlin, who were arrested just for talking about the games, is proof of this.It is not too late for the world sports movement to speak out on behalf of free expression. The Olympic Charter says that sport should contribute to “the harmonious development of man, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.”The relatives of certain imprisoned activists have been calling for a goodwill gesture from the Chinese authorities in the run-up to the games. Xinna, the wife of ethnic Mongolian publisher Hada, who has been detained for the past 13 years, this week appealed to the Chinese government to free her husband in a show of respect of human rights.Reporters Without Borders has been calling for the past few months for a boycott of the 8 August opening ceremony by heads of state, heads of government and members of royal families.So far, the government representatives who have announced their acceptance of the Chinese president’s invitation to attend are the king of Cambodia, the presidents of Afghanistan, Croatia, Mauritius, South Korea, Switzerland, United States and Vietnam, the prime ministers of Australia, Finland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands and Thailand, the Spanish foreign minister, the Indian minister of sports and Belgium’s Crown Prince Philippe.The governments of Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, New Zealand and Poland have announced they will send no representative to the opening ceremony. Britain’s Prince Charles has said he will not go to Beijing while its prime minister will attend only the closing ceremony.The French president will reportedly tell his Chinese counterpart tomorrow whether he will attend. March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Gerry Adams admits sheltering on-the-run IRA suspect in Donegal

first_imgHomepage BannerNews By News Highland – May 20, 2021 Previous articleTaoiseach says comparisons between Mica and Pyrite scheme are not validNext articleNo timeline for full restoration of services at LUH following cyber attack News Highland Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Gerry Adams admits sheltering on-the-run IRA suspect in Donegal WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Google+ Google+center_img Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR It’s understood a complaint has been made to Gardaí after Gerry Adams admitted to sheltering an on-the-run IRA suspect at house in Donegal in the 1970s.The former Sinn Fein leader, made the comment in a video posted on the Bellaghy Sinn Fein Facebook page as a tribute to Francis Hughes, a republican who died on hunger strike in 1981.Gerry Adams said when Hughes was on the run he and his wife Colette, got a sense of him when they had rented a house up in Donegal and Francie as he says, landed in with them.Hughes was wanted by police in Northern Ireland for several months in 1977 after evading capture. WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Community Enhancement Programme open for applications last_img read more

Dave Matthews Addresses Boyd Tinsley’s Hiatus In New Interview

first_imgDave Matthews addressed a number of topics in a new interview with Vulture, including the recent departure of longtime Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley, who announced a hiatus from the group in February. The interview also touched on the use of DMB’s 1996 classic “Crash Into Me in the Academy Award-nominated 2017 film Lady Bird.When asked about how Matthews and the band intended to move forward in Tinsley’s absence, the singer, songwriter and musician said explained:I have a deep love for Boyd, and he has to deal with his stuff. In many ways I’m sure it would’ve been a lot easier for him to just say, “I’m good. Let’s go play.” But you can’t just throw yourself away, your wellness away, because you play violin in a band. It doesn’t make any sense to do that.Matthews added:I’m used to turning to my right and seeing him going bananas — some days doing it better than other days. You know there’s that idea of genius as something that, like, comes into a room through the window and into a person rather than lives in the person all the time? Sometimes I’d hear Boyd and I’d be like, Holy shit, you are good. Other times it’d be like, Clearly today you left the window closed. But that’s beside the point. We’re all like that. I have terrible nights. The answer is that I don’t know how it’s going to be without him there.While Tinsley’s departure was originally characterized as a temporary arrangement (“I need to take a break from the band & touring 2 focus on my family & my health 4 a while”, the violinist tweeted earlier this year), Matthews acknowledged in the new Vulture interview that they may not be the case. “I can’t say, ‘I can’t wait till he comes back,’ because I don’t know what’s going to happen,” he said. “But right now being away is better for him. Nobody is happy about this situation. Except that we’re happy he can figure some stuff out. I hope he does. But I’m going to miss having that whirling-dervish Adonis-Muppet over there on my right. I know the audience is, too. But we can’t serve that desire.”Tinsley wasn’t the only subject addressed during the interview. Matthews also talked about DMB’s forthcoming album Come Tomorrow as well as the band’s sometimes negative reputation amongst music fans. The latter came up during a discussion about the film Lady Bird, which incorporated “Crash Into Me” into one of its titular character’s pivotal moments of development.“There was a great headline I saw online: something like ‘Lady Bird Somehow Resurrects the Dave Matthews Band.’ Without question — and some express it with more vinegar than others — there are people who truly don’t like my band. I think a lot of them just go, ‘I hate the Dave Matthews Band’ because they saw someone they didn’t like in one of our T-shirts,” Matthews explained. “But everything to do with Lady Bird was flattering. It was so lovely to see the song used as a central tool in someone else’s story. And the moment in the movie when it plays is so beautiful: Lady Bird takes a stand, you know? It was also nice for me to see the song through someone else’s eyes because I have a strange relationship with a lot of music that I’ve written. I listen to it and I’m like, ‘What am I talking about? This is bullshit.’ So seeing ‘Crash Into Me’ in Lady Bird allowed me to hear my music without having to impose myself on it.”Additionally, Matthews spoke about DMB’s reputation for partying, why the ’90s were a heyday for jam bands, and the mysterious, non-musical reasons for DMB’s success. You can read the full interview here.last_img read more

Four reasons credit unions should modernize member communication

first_imgWith today’s world gone so fully digital, there has never been a more relevant time to elevate the discussion on effective communication.After all, the growth, success and loyalty of members to your credit union can rise and fall with your ability to communicate. When it comes to your communication strategies, you need to ask yourself the right questions.Do members hear from you at the right times, through the best avenues of delivery?Is your communication personalized, informative and helpful? Is it often enough?Are you using a customer communication management system to streamline communications? Importantly, is that system cost effective and easy to use?At bottom, are you creating an experience that is remarkable and differentiating?The purpose of effectively communicating with your members is adding value to their ongoing experiences, to make their interactions and choices easier. Effective communication centers on presenting the right message to the right people at the right time, in a consistent cadence that meets member needs. This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text continue reading »center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Harvard-Westlake standout chooses North Carolina

first_imgHarvard-Westlake of North Hollywood basketball standout Alex Stepheson went to bed Monday night still not sure where he’d be going to college. Just before falling asleep he said a little prayer, hoping to find clarity as he struggled to chose from North Carolina, Connecticut, Georgia Tech and UCLA. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “You start thinking about all those great players that played there over the years and it becomes an honor knowing you’ll be a part of that history soon,” Stepheson said. “In my heart, I felt North Carolina would be the best fit for me. Not just basketball, but academics, too.” Stepheson, who averaged 17 points and 14 rebounds last year for while earning Southern Section Div. III-A player of the year honors, joins a heralded North Carolina recruiting class that includes shooting guard Wayne Ellington of Pennsylvania, point guard Tywon Lawson from Maryland and power forward Deon Thompson from Torrance. “I feel we can be a great team and continue the Carolina winning tradition.” Stepheson said. Stepheson’s decision was a blow to UCLA, which hoped to bulk up its front court with his addition. The Bruins will now likely turn to overseas prospects to address the power forward and center positions. center_img “When I woke up (Tuesday) morning I knew exactly what my decision would be,” the 6-foot-9 Stepheson told a packed room at Harvard-Westlake Tuesday afternoon. With that, the top senior prospect in the region announced he was headed to Chapel Hill to play at North Carolina beginning in the fall of 2006. last_img read more

Watch the State of the Nation Address 2014

first_imgWatch the video stream of South African President Jacob Zuma’s 2014 State of the Nation Address at the opening of parliament in Cape Town on Thursday 13 February.Read more:State of the Nation Address 2014: the full textPreview: State of the Nation Address 2014last_img

The Nation Brand Forum panellists and moderators announced

first_imgBrand South Africa is proud to announce various support from experts in the fields of sport and creative industries as panellists and moderators to the Nation Brand Forum discussions.Johannesburg, Wednesday 3rd October 2018 – Brand South Africa’s marketing annual event – The Nation Brand Forum under the theme; “Inspiring excellence through sports & the creative industry” is to be hosted at the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) in Sandton on Thursday 11th October 2018.In a statement Brand South Africa’s Acting Chief Executive Officer Ms Thembi Kunene-Msimang said; “We are delighted to bring the third instalment of the Nation Brand Forum. It is important to use an inclusive approach and have South Africans make a contribution to new and different ways that will strengthen the country’s image such as our creative arts and sports industries. Creative industry and sports are seen as South Africa’s competitive advantages and as such we have to nurture this strength.”This year’s Forum will be elevated as we see different influential personalities supporting Brand South Africa, such as Thomas Mlambo and Sthandiwe Kgoroge as MCs. Other personalities participating will include Kass Naidoo, KC Mathoma, Rosie Motene, Criselda Kananda and many others.“Our panellists and moderators are a pool of diverse nation brand assets in their own right. The third annual Nation Brand Forum will focus on strategies to be used by Brand South Africa when marketing the country internationally. This inclusive approach is proof that strong Nation Brands are built on committed citizens with the same vision and better co-ordinated implementation of programmes,” said Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Marketing Ms Sithembile Ntombela.“We are very excited to have Mr Thomas Mlambo and Ms Sthandiwe Kgoroge as our MC’s for the day. We thank each and every individual that accepted our invitation and want to contributors towards building a strengthened country image to share with the world,” adds Ms Kunene-Msimang.Follow the conversation social media @Brand South Africa and #NationBrandForum18Event DetailsDate: Thursday, 11 October 2018Venue: IDC, Sandton 19 Fredman Drive, SandownTime: 08h30 for 9h00 – 15h00Limited seating availablelast_img read more

SIOUX CITY’S WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT TO GENERATE RENEWABLE FUEL

first_imgSioux City has announced plans to use modern technology to upgrade its Wastewater Treatment Plant and generate revenue by producing renewable fuel.City Utilities Director Mark Simms says the nine-point-one million dollar project will ultimately reduce air emissions and improve odor control:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/WW.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………as vehicle fuel. ;18Simms says the project will eventually pay for itself as the city sells off the natural gas by using one of the most advanced carbon dioxide removal systems in the United States:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/WW2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….rate increases. :20He says when completed, the project will reuse 300-thousand cubic feet of methane per day:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/WW4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….national pipeline. :14While this system has been used in Europe for around 20 years, Simms says Sioux City will be among the first in the nation to use the technology:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/WW3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….in the nation. :06The project, engineered by Bartlett & West of Des Moines, is expected to begin construction within 2018 and be operational in 2019.last_img read more

Madonna Names Katy Perry As January Guest Curator For Art For Freedom‏

first_imgMadonna has confirmed Katy Perry as the first guest curator for Art for Freedom in 2014 for the month of January.Madonna Names Katy Perry As Guest Curator for Art for FreedomKaty will collaborate with Madonna to select daily submissions to be showcased on artforfreedom.com. Since launching in September 2013, Art for Freedom has received over 3,000 submissions globally via artforfreedom.com and its social media platforms.“Art can change the world, but first it needs to be seen and heard‎,” said Madonna. “Katy Perry and I are asking you to be that voice and show us how you define freedom in 2014. This will be a year of monumental changes for human rights, and we want you to be a part of that change. Let us hear from you.”“I am so fortunate to have the freedom to express myself through music,” said Katy Perry. “Now I’m calling all of my incredibly creative KatyCats to use their talent to show Madonna and me how they express their freedom. I believe that 2014 can be a year of great social change. Together we can all stand up for Human Rights. Join the conversation, and let your art be your voice.”As part of the Art For Freedom initiative, Katy Perry will work with Madonna to select one artist during the month of January whose creative expression demonstrates a unique view of the fight for human rights. Madonna will then award a $10,000 grant to a nonprofit organization of the winning artist’s choice. All projects must be focused on the values of Art For Freedom. David Blaine served as Art for Freedom’s guest curator for the month of December.Launched in September 2013, Art For Freedom is a global digital initiative, led by Madonna in partnership with VICE Media, designed to fuel free speech – to respond, address and protest persecution and discrimination around the world. It is an online public art project encouraging people to express their personal meaning of freedom and revolution, in the form of video, music, poetry, and photography. Public submissions become part of the Art For Freedom website: contributors can join the project by uploading original artwork or tagging original posts #artforfreedom. The project was launched with the film secretprojectrevolution, co-directed by Madonna and Steven Klein.last_img read more