RSF urges China to rescind decision to expel New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post reporters

first_img June 10, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts ChinaUnited StatesAsia – PacificAmericas Condemning abuses Freedom of expressionPredatorsEconomic pressure News Organisation Help by sharing this information Beijing announced on March 18th that it would expel US citizens working in China for The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal and forbid them from reporting in Hong Kong and Macau. The Chinese authorities also required that these media outlets, as well as Time magazine and Voice of America, register details about their staff and operations directly with the government. This decision, that will affect at least 13 journalists, is meant by China as a “reprisal” against the US administration’s decisions earlier this year to reduce the number of Chinese citizens employed by the Chinese state media outlets in the US and to require these media to register as foreign missions.Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on China to immediately revoke these measures that further restrains the international community’s right to information in this critical time of the coronavirus pandemic.“The despotic control of news and information by Beijing had a very negative impact at the starting point of this coronavirus epidemic,” says RSF’s Secretary-General Christophe Deloire, who adds that Chinese president Xi Jinping “ has a huge responsibility in front of all human beings.”“This is a new major attack by Beijing against international press freedom, which the regime wants to portray as a media war in order to legitimize what it is doing,” says RSF’s East Asia Bureau head Cédric Alviani. “The media targeted by China enforce and abide by the principles of ethical journalism—including editorial independence and the verification of facts—while the Chinese state media officially serve as mouthpieces for the Chinese Communist Party.”The restrictions put in place by the US administration, which were announced on March 2nd and entered into force on March 13th, apply to Xinhua News Agency, China Global Television Network, China Radio International, China Daily Distribution Corporation and Hai Tian Development USA, five companies that are notorious for distributing the Beijing regime’s propaganda.In a report titled “China’s Pursuit of a New World Media Order” published last year, RSF revealed China’s strategy to control information beyond its borders, a project that poses a threat to press freedom throughout the world.The United States ranked 48th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index while China itself ranked 177th. Follow the news on Asia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Beijing to reverse its decision to expel all American journalists working in China with The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. to go further RSF_en center_img News ChinaUnited StatesAsia – PacificAmericas Condemning abuses Freedom of expressionPredatorsEconomic pressure In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists June 7, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more News March 18, 2020 – Updated on March 19, 2020 RSF urges China to rescind decision to expel New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post reporters PHOTO: JEWEL SAMAD / AFP Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom last_img read more

With an eye on Olympics, Narinder Batra keen to sort recognition woes

first_imgNEW DELHI: Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra is hopeful that the issues regarding the recognition of National Sports Federations (NSF) with the Sports Ministry will be solved in the next two-three weeks so that the athletes can resume their preparations for next year’s Tokyo Olympic Games without any hindrance.”I am in touch with the concerned people in the sports ministry. Keeping in mind preparations for 2021 Olympics and if all goes well, I am hopeful of all these issues getting resolved in next two to three weeks,” Batra said in a statement. On Thursday, the Sports Ministry — acting on the direction of the Delhi High Court — provisionally withdrew the annual recognition granted to 54 NSFs. Sports Ministry Deputy Secretary S.P.S. Tomar, in a letter to SAI Director General Sandeep Pradhan, said: “I am directed to refer to this ministry’s letter of even dated 02.06.2020 regarding renewal of annual recognition of National Sports Federations for the year 2020 and to say that in compliance of the order dated 24.06.2020 passed by the Hon’ble Delhi Court, the department’s letter of even number dated 02.06.2020 granting provisional annual recognition of 54 NSFs stands withdrawn.” The High Court had directed the ministry to revoke the provisional recognition it had given to 54 NSFs on May 11. The court had said that the ministry by doing so has not complied with an order that was issued on February 7 this year. The order had required the ministry and the IOA to “inform the court in advance” while taking “any decision in relation to the NSFs.” The ministry usually provides recognition until the end of the year but it had in this instance only given it provisionally until the end of the year. The Tokyo Olympics were slated to be held in July-August this year but had to be postponed to 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. IANSAlso Watch: #NewsMakers: Lawyers During Lockdown With Oineetom Ojahlast_img read more


first_imgIt’s yet another sign that things still have a long way to go if the housing market is to pick up in Co Donegal.TWO new houses have been put on the market with a total reserve price of just €45,000.The two semi-detached, three bedroom homes at Coopers Crest in Milford are going at a fraction of what their original value would have been during the boom. Both houses are almost completely finished.Both need sanitaryware and floor coverings while one of the houses needs kitchen units.The houses, numbers 28 and 29, can be sold separately for €20,000 and €25,000.The houses are being auctioned by Sherry, Fitzgerald, Rainey on November 10th at 1pm at the site of the houses.  DONEGAL HOUSING MARKET HITS NEW LOW AS TWO HOUSES OFFERED FOR €45K was last modified: October 13th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cooper’s CRestfor saleMilfordSherry Fitzgerald Raineylast_img read more

The king returns to Cradock

first_imgLions have been reintroduced to the Mountain Zebra National Park for the first time in over 130 years. Newly introduced lions at the park could boost tourism in Cradock.(Images: SANParks) MEDIA CONTACTS • Megan TaplinPark manager+27 83 650 8649RELATED ARTICLES• Tusker research goes social• Addo’s elephant fence comes down• SA’s national parks• Going wild in Southern AfricaShamin ChibbaFor the first time in more than a century, the lion’s roar can be heard through the tranquil wilderness of the Mountain Zebra National Park near Cradock, in Eastern Cape.Three lions, one female and two males, all approximately three years of age, were released into the game reserve on 25 April. They are the first lions to freely roam the park since the species was hunted to extinction more than 130 years ago.The re-introduction of lions is mainly to enhance biodiversity in the region, according to park manager, Megan Taplin. “The lions will help in managing larger herbivores. These herbivores got to levels where they could support lions.” She says the restoration is part of SANParks’ drive to return certain animal species to their original habitats.The female had been kept in a boma since February and was joined by the two males a month later. Living in the enclosure helped them adapt to their new surroundings and allowed them to develop a healthy respect for electric fencing. Despite their first tentative steps into the wild, Taplin is certain the lions will thrive. “They are wild lions so they have their instincts. They will be able to hunt and feed.”There is a variety of choice when it comes to meals: the park is home to hartebeest, wildebeest, gemsbok, zebra, Cape buffalo, kudu and blesbok. “So far, they have mainly been killing hartebeest. Just recently they killed a wildebeest.” Since lions are opportunists by nature, they hunt and kill anything. However, Taplin says they tend to stick to bigger game as it is more rewarding. Competing for foodHunting for food is not the lions’ only concern, however. They also have to compete with the cheetahs, which mainly prey on the smaller blesbok. “SANParks introduced the cheetahs in 2007 to establish themselves before we brought in the lions, which may compete with the cheetahs for food.”The brown hyena is the third predator species in the park. But Taplin assures they will not be a threat to the lions’ wellbeing. “Hyenas are scavengers and they feed on smaller animals.”Park authorities have fitted a collar on each lion, allowing them to track the big cats. “We can see what kind of area they prefer to live in and check what kind of prey they target,” she explains. The collars will be worn for the first year of their stay, to collect sufficient information on them.The female came from the Karoo National Park outside Beaufort West; the two males were adopted from Welgevonden Game Reserve in Limpopo. A game capture unit was used to seize the lions. Thereafter, they were transported to Mountain Zebra National Park where they adjusted easily to each other.Welgevonden, Taplin says, needed to reduce its lion numbers. “Game reserves try to limit the predator population to ensure a healthy gene pool. Once the fathers have offspring, we have to move some of them out. We would not want the fathers mating with their offspring.” Lions good for tourismTaplin is hopeful that the introduction of lions will bring more tourists to the park. “Most people are interested in lions and perhaps it can bring in more tourists. But it is a little too early to tell.” SANParks says cheetah tracking and guided walks for visitors will continue. Predator-proof fencing of two picnic sites in the game viewing area was done in time for the lions’ arrival.Dinesh Vallabh, a senior lecturer in the school of tourism and hospitality at Walter Sisulu University, which has campuses in various Eastern Cape towns, points out that the lions will definitely boost the number of visitors to the reserve. “Lions are great attractions because that is what foreign tourists want to see.” He says Eastern Cape game reserves have become prime attractions and those that have any of the Big Five do very well. “No one leaves the province without visiting a game reserve.”There is a possibility that more lions may be introduced, says Taplin, but only after park authorities have assessed the impact the three have on the reserve.Situated just outside Cradock, the Mountain Zebra National Park was established in 1937. Its aim was to protect the Cape mountain zebra, which at the time numbered less than 100. Today, the park is home to about 800 zebra, the largest population in South Africa. “This population is used to increase other populations in game reserves around the country,” says Taplin.last_img read more

Gopinath Munde most likely to join Congress

first_imgBJP leader Gopinath Munde appears to be all set to join the Congress. He met Congress leaders Ahmed Patel and Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan late on Tuesday night and was expected to meet party chief Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday.Union Minister and former Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh has been playing a major role in bringing Munde to the Congress.Headlines Today accessed a video of April 2011 wherein Munde and Deshmukh are seen offering puja at the Sai Baba’s temple in Shirdi. They are seen walking into the temple and then having a darshan of Sai Baba’s mausoleum.The BJP has been trying to placate Munde, who is unhappy about being sidelined by party president Nitin Gadkari, his rival in Maharashtra politics.Gadkari was junior to Munde in state politics. After he took over as BJP president, Munde’s clout went down in the party.Munde arrived in Delhi from Mumbai on Tuesday night but has not met any of the BJP’s central leaders, including L.K. Advani. There is a feeling in the BJP camp that Munde appears to have come to the conclusion that his grievances were unlikely to be resolved.”Munde appears to have made up his mind to go to the Congress,” PTI quoted a senior BJP leader as saying.- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

10 months ago​Liverpool boss Klopp provides update on Gomez & Matip

first_img​Liverpool boss Klopp provides update on Gomez & Matipby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has spoken about injuries to key members of his squad.The Reds are dealing with injuries to the likes of Joel Matip, Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren and others.Klopp spoke about the situation after his heavily rotated side were defeated 2-1 by Wolves in the FA Cup third round on Monday.”[Joe is] getting better, it’s getting better, but he is not yet involved,” the German told reporters after the game.”Joel is maybe a bit closer, I’m not sure, but hopefully he moves completely normal. We have to see how the bone healing is, that’s always how it is when something [has] broke, but from his movements it looks nearly normal.”But there are still a few days to go until we can have them in team training, until [Joel] is ready for contact, which for a centre-half is pretty important. Until then we will make all the fitness work.”The good thing is Joel can do all the fitness work already since a week or so ago, so that means when he will be back he will be 100 percent fit. Then he has to get rhythm and everything will be fine.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

The Shape of Water Review GodLike Filmmaking Venice 2017

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Guillermo del Toro’s newest film, The Shape of Water, has a mute protagonist, a Cold War backdrop, and an aquatic creature that has spots on his skin that glows like a map of the universe. It’s also a love story. It’s perhaps his most ambitious film because combining those elements plus a narrative weave of non-verbal communication—or the faultiness of relying on words—is extremely difficult even before I tell you that the love story is between a woman and a creature. As such, it’s an immense achievement because The Shape of Water not only entertains as a sumptuous fairytale, but it reinforces a faith in humanity set in a time where tolerance of other races, nationalities, and non-“family values” love was volatile. Much like it feels like that time period of intolerance is percolating back to the surface now. This is del Toro’s Beauty and the Beast with the delicate time period touches and social awareness of Far from Heaven.Set in 1950’s Baltimore, The Shape of Water opens in a flooded apartment that rests above a movie theater. There are two apartments above the theater, one belonging to Elisa (Sally Hawkins), a mute woman who works as a janitor at a high-clearance research facility, the other belongs to her friend Giles (Richard Jenkins), a homosexual editorial painter who’s lost his standing at an advertising firm. The theater below is decorated almost like a cathedral, as old theaters were. Eventually this film reveals a creature and it’d be easy for del Toro to show 1950’s creature features in the theater but instead the glimpses we get into the theater show biblical epics. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Trev Talks – The Municipal Election in Fort St John

first_imgThis week on Trev Talks, we discuss the upcoming municipal election with Janet Prestley. Janet has been with The City of Fort St. John since the days of Pat Walsh as Mayor.The Municipal Election will be held across B.C. on October 20, 2018.  If you’d like more information running for Council in Fort St. John, click here.  For the District of Tayor, click here and for the Regional District, click here.You can watch the Youtube version of the show above or watch it on Facebook below. Listen for Trev Talks every Friday at 10 a.m. on Moose FM and shared live on Facebook and Youtube.last_img

Government of BC gives response to hydraulic fracturing report

first_imgSince March, the Government has implemented a number of changes that address the panel’s recommendations.Those recommendations include:installing new hydrometric monitoring stations in collaboration with First Nations communities;installing new groundwater observation wells near Fort Nelson;completing mapping of more than 55 aquifers;implementing an outreach and education initiative for land and dam owners in the northeast region; andmapping zones that are likely to experience greater ground motion from seismic events is underway.According to the Government, as part of the short-term action plan, the working group will review and clarify regulatory processes and procedures, and identify areas for improvements in data-management tools, systems, integration and public accessibility.The group will also recommend long-term research directions and priorities for the Government that address knowledge gaps identified by the scientific panel.The working group will engage with all British Columbians and will provide a status update in December 2019.The full Scientific Review can be found on the Government’s website. VICTORIA, B.C. – The Government of B.C. has issued a response to the independent scientific panel’s Scientific Review of Hydraulic Fracturing report.After releasing the report in March, the Government says they have established a cross-government working group to develop short-term and long-term action plans for implementing the panel’s 97 recommendations.The working group includes staff from the B.C. Oil and Gas Commision and from three provincial ministries, which includes the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, and Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.last_img read more

Police to install speed cams at 40 more spots

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to control overspeeding by errant drivers across the city, Kolkata Police will soon install speed cameras in 40 locations, whereas Red Light Violation Detector (RLVD) cameras will be installed at 100 more locations.According to sources, speed cameras are installed at 21 locations across the Kolkata Police jurisdiction at present, which have been successful in prosecuting drivers violating the speed restriction norms. These speed cameras were installed after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced the Safe Drive Save Life (SDSL) campaign, which is being followed strictly till date. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersNow, Kolkata Traffic Police has decided to install speed cameras in 40 more locations. The installing spots have been earmarked and soon the installation work will start. Speed cameras are able to take snapshots of vehicle registration plates, even in the dark. It snaps the vehicle from behind and calculates the speed using the distance travelled within a certain time. The data is being fed to the central traffic database, from where citation cases are being sent to the vehicle owners via SMS. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaApart from speed cameras, RLVD cameras have been installed at several important and major intersections in the last few months. After those got operational, the number of signal violations has come down significantly. Keeping this in mind, Kolkata Traffic Police will install RLVD cameras in 100 more locations soon. “We are bound to ensure safe journey for the people and thus we are taking necessary steps to curb road accidents. Our appeal to the citizens is to please follow the road norms for both drivers and pedestrians to stay safe,” said Pandey Santosh, Deputy Commissioner (Traffic) of Kolkata Police. Recently, Banerjee informed through Twitter that the number of road accidents has reduced by 12 percent across the city in 2018, compared to 2017. According to police sources, after commencing the SDSL campaign, several attempts by Kolkata Police were successful in curbing road accidents. Among them, a special drive against violation of speed regulations was an important one. In several places traffic guards could be seen conducting speed check using speed gun and prosecuting the errant drivers. After taking over the charge of Commissioner of Police (CP), Kolkata, Anuj Sharma has also stated that traffic would be one of the important issues on which he wants to emphasize. According to sources, a few days after taking charge as the CP, Kolkata, Sharma instructed the traffic officials to conduct an inquiry for each of the accidents to find the cause and the way to curb accidents in the said area during a review meeting. He even asked the senior officials to visit the accident spot and submit a report on the same.last_img read more