China must stop harassing foreign reporters

first_img China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures February 3, 2018 China must stop harassing foreign reporters Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Chinese authorities to stop obstructing the work of foreign journalists after the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (FCCC) released a report last week showing a sharp increase in harassment of its members. 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Of the 117 members who responded to the FCCC survey, 40% reported that conditions have worsened, as against 29% last year.“Harassing foreign journalists and then posing as a victim when they publish annoying reports will not help the Chinese government to improve its image,” said Cédric Alviani, the head of RSF’s East Asia bureau. “Such behaviour is all the more shocking because the regime does its best to exploit the freedom available to journalists in democratic countries in order to develop its propaganda network there.”Visa or accreditation denialUsing the threat of non-renewal of their press visas, the classic method of pressuring foreign reporters, is on the rise. Fifteen percent of the respondents said they had been threatened, three times as many as last year. Six percent said they had been directly threatened with expulsion, a percentage that has also tripled.The threat of expulsion hangs over every foreign correspondent and is sometimes carried out. Ursula Gauthier, a French journalist, was expelled at the end of 2015 because of an article that caused displeasure. The New York Times and Al Jazeera saw reporters expelled in 2012, the Toronto-based Globe and Mail in 2009.Denial of accreditation is also on the rise. Many leading international media outlets – including the BBC, Economist, Financial Times, Guardian, New York Times, Yomiuri Shimbun, Sankei Shimbun, Libération and Voice of America – were prevented from covering a Politburo Standing Committee meeting on the official grounds of “lack of room.” It seems to have been a punishment for criticizing President Xi Jinping in editorials.Forbidden areasRestrictions on freedom of movement have increased significantly. Three quarters of the respondents who went to the troubled Xinjiang region in China’s far west said the area in which they were allowed to move about had been reduced.Like the North Korean border area, it seems that this region is subject to “special restrictions.” When Globe and Mail reporter Nathan VanderKlippe went to Xinjiang last August, he was detained, questioned, followed to his hotel and his laptop was confiscated for 12 hours.But harassment is no longer limited to the special regions and officials all over China are now reluctant to let foreign journalists operate freely. “Police and other local authorities increasingly tried to claim that prior permission is required to report in their area,” Wall Street Journal reporter Josh Chin said.Threats and violenceTwo South Korean journalists were badly beaten by Chinese security officials while covering a visit by the South Korean president to Beijing. The incident was indicative of the lack of consideration that the regime shows towards the foreign media. It is no surprise that more than half of the FCCC’s respondents said they had been subjected to interference and harassment and 8% reported physical violence.A BBC News crew was accosted in Hunan in February 2017 by a group of men in civilian dress who refused to identify themselves. They manhandled the journalists and smashed their video equipment. Later, under the supervision of uniformed policemen and officials, the journalists were forced to sign a statement confessing to “behaviour causing a bad impact” and trying to conduct an /i>“illegal interview.”Shortly after Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo’s death in July, the authorities prevented the foreign media from entering the hospital to which he had been confined. Voice of America reporter Yibing Feng and his assistant, Ai Lun, were jostled by plainclothes police and their equipment was damaged.Pressure on sourcesForeign journalists are nowadays also discovering a more insidious form of pressure: harassment of their sources and those who provide logistic help. A quarter of the respondents said some of their contacts had been harassed, detained or summoned for interrogation.“When filming on remote location, locals were warned against talking to us and even told not to help us with places to eat or sleep,” BBC News reporter Kathy Long said. She added: “Several companies which offered us filming facilities of political pilgrimage sites subsequently withdrew their offers after government/local authority pressure to do so.”Even when there is no sign of officials, fewer and fewer Chinese agree to cooperate with the foreign media for fear of sanctions. AFP’s Beijing bureau chief, Patrick Baert, who first reported in China in 1997, said: “It is as hard as ever to contact the authorities and to find people who can talk, who are not afraid to talk.”China is ranked very near the bottom of RSF’s World Press Freedom Index (176th out of 180 countries). ChinaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses PredatorsViolence Newslast_img read more

Thursday March 28th Local Sports

first_imgTRITON, MISSOURI — The NIACC softball team picked up a doubleheader sweep on the road at North Central Missouri College in Triton on Wednesday. Hannah Faktor socked a grand slam while Kaci Sherwood and Tayler Schmidt also had homers in a 9-0 win in the first game. Kristen Peka recorded the shutout victory in the opener. NIACC also took game two with a 3-0 shutout, with Kylie Sherwood picking up the win. NIACC is now 8-6 on the season and will travel to Iowa Central on Saturday followed by a trip to Iowa Lakes on Sunday. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have placed three relievers on the injured list: right-handers Matt Magill and Addison Reed and left-hander Gabriel Moya. The moves meant 30-year-old right-hander Ryne Harper was on the opening day roster in the bullpen. He has yet to pitch in the majors after nine seasons in the minors. With so many off days early on the schedule, the Twins will only need four starting pitchers so lefty Martin Perez will start in the bullpen. That allowed them to begin with a five-man bench. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After hiring a new manager and some power-hitting help, the Minnesota Twins have assembled a team for 2019 that they’re confident can close the gap with Cleveland in the AL Central. The Twins don’t have to wait for a crack at the three-time defending division champions, with a season-opening three-game series starting this week that will mark rookie skipper Rocco Baldelli’s debut. All-Star Jose Berrios will take the mound, opposite Indians ace Corey Kluber, the two-time AL Cy Young Award winner. AMES — Hopes are high at Iowa State as the Cyclone football team returns to the field for spring drills. The Cyclones are coming off back-to-back eight win seasons and bowl games after a loss to Washington State in the Alamo Bowl.That’s ISU coach Matt Campbell. Running back David Montgomery and receiver Hakeem Butler left early for the NFL Draft but Campbell says plenty of veteran leadership remains.The most interesting position battle will be at running back where Montgomery must be replaced.Among those in the competition is redshirt sophomore Johnnie Lang who is coming off surgery in the off-season.Spring drills will conclude on April 20th, with this year’s spring schedule not including a spring football game. IOWA CITY — After winning two games at home last weekend the Iowa Hawkeye women have more of a road test as they prepare for the Sweet 16. The Hawkeyes play North Carolina State Saturday morning in nearby Greensboro.It will feature an intriguing clash in the post as Iowa’s Megan Gustafson goes up against six-five Wolfpack freshman Elissa Cunane. Bluder says in the past couple of weeks Cunane has been North Carolina State’s top scorer.Bluder says Cunane is very skilled.The winner has a likely contest against national top ranked Baylor.center_img TODAY:AM-1300 KGLO — Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland — pre-game 2:30, first pitch 3:10 WOODRIDGE, ILLINOIS — The North Iowa Bulls open play at the Fraser Cup Championship Tournament today in Woodridge Illinois. The Bulls will face the Lewiston/Auburn Nordiques of Lewiston Maine in their first game in Pool A play. The Nordiques were winners of the Coastal Division and beat the Helena Bighorns 4-1 in the Pool A opener yesterday. Faceoff is scheduled for 4 o’clock this afternoon. In Pool B, the Texas Brahmas beat the Binghamton Junior Senators 6-1 yesterday, with Binghamton facing the St. Louis Junior Blues tonight. The top two teams in each pool after round-robin play will advance to Saturday’s semifinal round with the championship scheduled for Sunday. UNDATED (AP) — UNLV has hired South Dakota State’s T.J. Otzelberger as its next men’s basketball coach. Otzelberger led the Jackrabbits to the NCAA Tournament twice in his three seasons there and went 70-33. He replaces Marvin Menzies, who was fired after three seasons. Otzelberger had two stints as an assistant coach at Iowa State from 2006-2013 and during the 2015-2016 season before going to South Dakota State.last_img read more

Trivino serves up walk-off homer as Yankees beat Athletics in 11

first_imgThe A’s held two different leads in the Saturday matinee, but Aaron Judge tied the game at 3 in the eighth inning, hitting a home run off … NEW YORK — DJ LeMahieu hit a walk-off home run on Lou Trivino’s first-pitch fastball in the 11th inning, sealing the Yankees’ 4-3 win over the A’s on Saturday.Trivino made it through two innings unscathed before LeMahieu’s leadoff game-winner.DJ played Closing Time. pic.twitter.com/ia7fET49LQ— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 31, 2019last_img

‘New hominid species’ at the Cradle

first_img9 April 2010A South African-led team of scientists have announced the discovery of what they say is an entirely new hominid species at the Cradle of Humankind world heritage site outside Johannesburg, sparking fresh debate about the nature of our immediate ancestors. Lucille Davie reports.I stare at the incomplete skeleton in the glass case – did this creature really walk this area almost 2-million years ago? Scientists say so.Two skeletons have been unearthed at Gladysvale in the Cradle of Humankind, and have been called Australopithecus sediba, an entirely new hominid species.Wits University, led by professors Lee Berger and Paul Dirks, discovered the new species, dating back 1.9-million years, in the Cradle, north-west of Johannesburg. Berger is a palaeoanthropologist and Dirks a geologist now based at James Cooke University in Australia.Fragments of the skeleton of a child were on display at the announcement on Thursday at Maropeng, part of the Sterkfontein cave area, a UN world heritage site. Estimates are that the child skeleton is of a boy between 11 and 13 years old, and an adult female in her late 20s or early 30s.More finds expected“There are more hominid fossils [here] than I have discovered in my entire career,” Berger said.Berger, whose 11-year-old son Matthew (nine at the time) found the first fossil, says that two skeletons have been uncovered so far, and he expects many more fossils to be excavated from the site. They are the most complete hominid skeletons ever found.Sediba, Sotho for “well” or “spring”, is so-named because it is hoped that “a great source of information will spring from the fossils”. The particular site has been named Malapa.The announcement of the remarkable find is to make the cover story of the prestigious Science journal, with two articles, written by Berger and Dirks, appearing on 9 April.“I believe that this is a good candidate for being the transitional species between the southern African ape-man Australopithecus africanus (like the Taung Child and Mrs Ples) and either Homo habilis or even a direct ancestor of Homo erectus (like Turkana Boy, Java man or Peking man),” Berger said.The australopithecines are believed to be the ancestors of the homo genus.The find promises to turn the palaeontological world upside down, with textbooks having to be re-written, Berger said.Video: New light on human originsLong arms, short powerful handsThe new species has long arms, like an ape, and short powerful hands, making it likely that it could have retained its ability to climb. A very advanced pelvis and long legs suggest that it was capable of striding and possibly running like a human.“It is estimated that they were both about 1.27 metres, although the child would certainly have grown taller. The female probably weighed about 33 kilograms and the child about 27 kilograms at the time of his death.“The brain size of the juvenile was between 420 and 450 cubic centimetres, which is small (when compared to the human brain of about 1 200 to 1 600 cubic centimetres) but the shape of the brain seems to be more advanced than that of australopithecines.’The world that australopithecus sediba would have lived in would have been a mix of open savannah grassland and forest.‘Time travellers’In the audience at Thursday’s announcement was South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlantlhe, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor and her deputy, Derek Hanekom, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane, other scientists and members of the international media.“The discovery opens an unusually panoramic window, revealing more about our African origins,” said Motlanthe. “These time travellers have found their way into the present, and, with the assistance of our scientists, they are able to speak to us from the distant past.’What is unusual about the find is that two partial skeletons have been found – some 130 pieces have so far been unearthed – opening up the possibility that they belong to a family. Berger is confident that the missing pieces of the skeletons will be found.“I am having the adventure of my life,” he said.He said that Australopithecus sediba could turn out to be the “Rosetta Stone” of fossils, explaining where Australopithecines went – and calling for a complete relook at homo habilis.International team of scientistsBerger and Dirks have assembled an international team of scientists, in all a team of around a dozen people, although some 60 scientists from around the world have been involved in the unravelling of the discovery.The first step was to do a geological study to help determine the age of the fossils. Other means of dating the fossils have been used: assessing the uranium lead components in the rock; establishing the magnetic signals in the rock, which change over time; and dating the rate of erosion of the site.Dirks embarked on a study to establish the context of how the fossils landed in the cave. This involved taking a series of sedimentary deposits and a detailed description of different rocks up to two metres deep.“Ït is a hole in the ground – it must have been a cave,” said Dirks.Investigation revealed that there had been a muddy flow of water that deposited fossils, with pieces remaining together, suggesting that they were carried down the flow together. Among the fossils found were a 1.5 million-year-old sabre-tooth cat, and 2.36-million-year-old wild cats and dogs.The erosion rate of the opening was measured, and it was established that it had been between 30 and 50m deep.“The animals probably smelt the water in the cave,” suggests Dirks, “and fell into the cave trying to get to it.” They would have died instantly, and their skeletons were carried down into a deeper chamber of the cave, joining others that suffered the same fate. This is supported by the fact that the fossils have no scavenger or insect damage.Excavations have not yet begun, says Dirks; only the surface has been cleared.18 months agoThe “adventure” began some 18 months ago, in early 2008, says Berger. He first charted the area on Google earth, finding 600 new sites in the Cradle, then walked it with his dog, Tau.On the day the first fossil was found, he was walking with his son, Matthew, post-doctoral student Job Kibbii, and Tau. They walked to the edge of a pit, and Berger encouraged his companions to look around.“Within one-and-a-half minutes Matthew called out that he had found something,” says Berger. At first Berger thought it was a fragment of antelope, a common find. Then he recognised the fossil as the collarbone of a hominid.He soon found other fossils – a clavicle or shoulder blade, normally never found because it is so fragile and erodes quickly – and arm bones, while two hominid teeth “fell into my hands”.Matthew says he has been on sites with his father more than 20 times, and intends becoming a palaeoanthropologist too.Treasure chestProfessor emeritus Philip Tobias, also present at Thursday’s announcement, described the area as a “treasure chest”“I am thrilled that our expectations of the Cradle area have so soon been realised,” he said. “This evidence a kilometre or two from Sterkfontein has yielded several hominid individuals, and that is something to get very excited about.”Describing the find as “a great joy”, Tobias said that the fact that two skeletons had been found meant that scientists could study a family or community, which was much more valuable than studying individual fossils.“Truly, visitors to South Africa … will be coming home,” Deputy President Motlanthe said. “And, like all home comers, they will no doubt wish to explore their home – to see where their ancestors lived and to discover their roots.”Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Play Your Part school activation kicks off in Atteridgeville

first_imgBy Ntombi Ntanzi“You are the new generation that’s going to change the way of doing things”, these are the words echoed by Brand South Africa’s General Manager of Marketing, Ms Sithembile Ntombela to the learners of Dr WF Nkomo Secondary School in Atteridgeville, during a Play Your Part school activation on Wednesday 16th May 2018.Brand South Africa through the Play Your Part programme continues to engage with the youth, specifically high school learners in a nationwide campaign.“This nationwide Play Your Part campaign is aimed at learners to ensure they are continuously introduced and made aware to be active citizenship from a young age, in order to grow communities of leaders, growing our youth that will carry the legacy and vision of South Africa in the future”; adds Ms Ntombela.The campaign kicked off in collaboration with famous comedians Goliath and Goliath, who are also Play Your Part ambassadors. They coached, entertained and educated through comedy by giving a masterclass to the grade 11 and 12 learners on realising your dreams.“Play your part is about you taking ownership. Start changing the world with little parts of the world that you are affected by”; said comedian Jason GoliathSpeaking to a Grade 12 learner – Leanna Mathatu at the school on what she took out from the Play Your part activation she said: “trust yourself, follow your dreams and take charge.”Book Ibhoni founder and a Play Your Part ambassador, Mpumi Mtintso spoke on the promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship under the theme “Play Your Part, turn your ideas into currency”.He expressed that every path that the young people take on for their future, career and passion needs to speak to the county’s vision articulated in the National Development Plan(NDP). “Make sure you solve issues of poverty, inequality and the high rate of unemployment”, emphasized Mtintso.Some learners took to social media to share their gratitude;Lemonade ?‏ @MaleboMolapo1 May [email protected] @JasonGoliath @nickgoliath ..Thank you so much for coming to our school, I really enjoyed. I laughed so hardOn the 30th May 2018, the Play Your school activation will be heading to a school in Mpumalanga follow the conversation on @PlayYourPartSA  and  @Goliath_Goliath remember to  #PlayYourPart #GetInvolvedlast_img read more

Pew Internet Study Points to Challenges Americans with Disabilities Have with Internet Access

first_imgaudrey watters Related Posts One of the great promises of the Internet is its ability to connect users with information and resources that they couldn’t get “at home” – whether that’s literally in their home or whether it’s in their geographic location. But a new report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project finds that those resources may not be accessible by many Americans living with disabilities. The Pew report finds that 54% of adults living with a disability use the Internet. That’s compared with 81% of adults who report none of the disabilities listed in its recent survey.Another recent Pew study found that the Internet was a site for fostering group connections and civic engagement. This latest report finds that 2% of Americans report a disability that prevents them from accessing the Internet, and as O’Reilly Radar’s Gov 2.0 correspondent Alex Howard notes, this means they are “unable to make use of one of the greatest platforms for collective action in history.”According to Pew, 27% of American adults live with a disability that interferes with activities of daily living – climbing stairs, hearing, trouble dressing, and so on. These individuals are more likely to live in lower income homes and have lower education levels.Only 41% of adults with disabilities have broadband Internet at home, as compared with 69% of those without a disability.“This is a correlation that we observed, not causation,” Susannah Fox, associate director at the Pew Internet and American Life Project tells Howard. “We don’t know that it’s the disability that’s causing that difference, but we do know that it’s not just lower levels of education or income, or age, all of which tend to depress Internet access rates. It’s something else.”As Howard argues, the Pew study should be seen in the context of continuing revisions to the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as other efforts, including recent legislation that aims to improve access to the Internet for those with disabilities.As Fox contends, “The reality is that so much of what’s happening today in the world is online. There’s a real difference between a someone in their 70s who doesn’t want to add the Internet to their life and someone in their 20s who can’t go online because of a disability.” A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Government#web center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Ambassador Tony S Joudi Paid Courtesy Call on the Prime Minister of

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 2, 2017 – Nassau – His Excellency Tony S. Joudi, Bahamas Ambassador to the UAE and the State of Qatar (left) paid a courtesy call and presented a gift to Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis, Monday, at the Office of the Prime Minister.(Photo/Yontalay Bowe, OPM Media Services) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img