Reporters Without Borders condemns the beating which two Japanese reporters received from Chinese policeyesterday. The press freedom organisation also deplores the government’s decision to break its promise to allow the foreign news media to report freely in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. April 27, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific Organisation Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Reporters Without Borders condemns the beating which two Japanese reporters received from Chinese policeyesterday. The press freedom organisation also deplores the government’s decision to break its promise to allow the foreign news media to report freely in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. “These latest incidents are indicative of the hostility displayed by many members of the Chinese security forces, an hostility fueled in recent months by official campaigns against the foreign media,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The authorities have apologized for the beating but they must also punish those responsible.” The organisation added: “We fear that this inability to tolerate foreign reporters will result in more incidents, for which the IOC will share the blame because it took so long to request guarantees for the safety of the media.”Masami Kawakita, a photographer with the daily Chunichi Shimbun, and Shinji Katsuta, a reporter with Nippon Television Network, were arrested by paramilitary police in Kashgar, in the northwestern province of Xinjiang, and were taken to an official hotel, where they were beaten and their equipment was broken. One of the journalists was pinned to the ground while a policeman squeezed his head under his boot. They were released two hours later with minor injuries. Sixteen police officers were killed earlier yesterday in Kashgar in an attack with a explosives which the authorities blamed on a radical Uyghur group.The two journalists’ employers condemn the beatings, while the Japanese government said it would make an official protest. The Xinhua government news agency said the authorities had apologized. The Beijing municipal government meanwhile announced today that the foreign news media will have to apply 24 hours in advance in order to carry out interviews on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. This is a regrettable step backwards that violates both the January 2007 rules lifting reporting restrictions on the foreign media, and the promises made by the organisers of the Beijing games that the foreign media would be able to broadcast live from the square. The new restriction was announced in the form of a notice posted on the Beijing government website (http://www.ebeijing.gov.cn/BeijingInfo/NewsUpdate/BeijingNews/t987900.htm) saying: “To maintain a good order of reporting activities at the square, Chinese and foreign journalists are advised to make telephone appointments with the Administration Committee of Tiananmen Area.”Police yesterday dispersed a group of Beijing families near the square when they tried to talk to foreign journalists about the inadequate compensation they had received after being evicted from their homes to make way for Olympic installations. ChinaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Follow the news on China August 5, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two Japanese reporters beaten by police in Xinjiang, new reporting restrictions imposed in Beijing RSF_en News News News to go further News Receive email alerts China’s Cyber Censorship Figures March 12, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more
Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns will today (Thursday 19th April) chair a panel of experts from business, manufacturing, farming, and the voluntary sector to examine how former EU powers should be used to help Wales thrive in a post-Brexit world.The meeting is one of an ongoing series to ensure that the views of Welsh business and industry on Brexit are heard at the heart of UK Government. The 90-minute session will examine issues including how powers returning from the EU should be exercised in future; how such frameworks could best operate in practice and how powers could be exercised at a devolved level.Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said: The economy is continuing to grow – this week’s employment figures illustrate that fact – and we are continuing to attract investment because of our strong infrastructure and skilled workforce. But to keep on doing that we need to provide certainty and clarity about how post-Brexit powers are best deployed. I want to hear straight from the people who drive the Welsh economy and today’s panel will provide valuable insight into how we can position Wales to prosper after the UK leaves the European Union. Delegates invited to the meeting come from organisations including the Chamber of Commerce; the Institute of Directors; the Federation of Small Businesses; NFU Cymru; CBI Wales; the Country Landowners Association; Admiral Group and Airbus.ENDS
A British domestic abuse charity called on Monday for the government to make the threat to share “revenge porn” a crime, saying the change could stop more victims from having intimate images posted online.Sharing non-consensual intimate pictures is already illegal in Britain, but leading abuse charity Refuge said threatening to make such images public should also be made a criminal offence in a forthcoming domestic abuse bill.The long-awaited legislation reached the final stages of debate in parliament on Monday. Refuge spokeswoman Ellie Butt said women who report “revenge porn” threats are often unable to get help before images are shared, commonly either online or by sending them to the victims’ relatives, friends or employers. “It would allow women to report this to the police with confidence that they’re reporting a crime and they’re not going to get turned away and told it only really matters if he actually does it,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.”In some cases it could mean that the sharing of it never happens.”Digital sex abuse has become a common feature of domestic abuse, with one in 14 adults in Britain having experienced threats to share intimate images or videos without their consent, the charity said.The threats alone can take a toll on victims’ mental health, with one in 10 saying it made them feel suicidal, while one in seven feared for their physical safety. Natasha Saunders, 31, a domestic abuse survivor, said her former partner had threatened to post intimate photographs he had ordered her to take as a way to increase his control over her.”The threat of those intimate photos being shared was my worst nightmare – I had no choice but to comply with his continued abuse or face potential shame and humiliation,” Saunders said, according to a statement by Refuge.The charity’s campaign has been backed by Victims’ Commissioner Vera Baird and Domestic Abuse Commissioner Nicole Jacobs.The government’s domestic abuse bill includes a legal definition of domestic abuse and special measures to protect victims who give evidence in court, but women’s rights groups have said reforms do not go far enough.Campaigners have also pushed for amendments to the bill to ensure greater safeguards for migrant women and an end to the “rough sex defense” in which defendants have said victims died accidentally during consensual sex.Topics :
Assa Mady Kaba (right)Assa Mady Kaba, who supervised grassroots soccer development that helped the Liberia Football Association to organize its sub-committees across the country, died February 26 in Monrovia after a protracted period of illness.Known popularly as ‘Chairman,’ Kaba led the Central Monrovia LFA Sub-Committee to produce players who became national heroes.It was at the Central Monrovia LFA Sub-Committee that Liberia Black Star, coached by Henry Brown, produced players including the Sebwe brothers – Kelvin, Dionysius, and Tom – and their cousin Thomas Kojo.It was through Kaba’s insistence that sub-committees sprang up in communities in Monrovia, where Young Survivors FC came to be and joined the West Clara LFA Sub Committee of soccer legend George Manneh Weah and Joe ‘Thunder’ Nagbe.With the cooperation of the Liberia Football Association, ‘Chairman’ Kaba led a soccer youth revolution where he would visit all communities, particularly when he became head of the Union of the LFA Sports Committees (ULFASCOM).The LFA, under Chairman Samuel Kanyon Doe and Vice Chairman Willis D. Knuckles, put resources through ULFASCOM to bring up young people because they believed then that Liberia’s place in soccer would be successful once much was paid to the development of the young people in their communities.When former Liberia Basketball Federation (LBF) president Cletus S. Wotorson was appointed vice chairman, after Mr. Willis Knuckles who had resigned due to “policy differences,” he too joined Kaba to continue where Knuckles left off.Chairman Kaba had the belief that developing footballers from their youth was the best method since they could easily accept instructions and therefore avoid issues that might distract them and endanger their future as sportsmen.A highly religious man (Chairman Kaba was of the Islamic faith), he worked with friends and others, always remembering that he was a leader for a particular reason; that is, to serve humanity. Chairman Kaba’s home was open to any footballer, and he would offer his last to alleviate another man’s suffering.At the Charif Pharmacy on Randall Street where he worked as a pharmacist, he provided assistance from his own resources, and many footballers and sports journalists were never out of his home.Though in later years he bemoaned successful footballers who never turned around to assist those they left behind up, he was convinced that as a Muslim whatever good he did for another human being was because, as the Holy Quran says, “Verily, those who believe and do righteous good deeds, they are the best of creatures. Their reward with their Lord is ‘Adn (Eden) Paradise (gardens of eternity), underneath which rivers flow. They will abide therein forever, Allah will be pleased with them, and they with Him. That is for him who fears his Lord.” (Holy Quran Al-Bayyinah 98: 7-8).And sincerely, I am convinced that Assa Mady Kaba, who was interred as per Islamic tradition after prayers at the Newport Street Mosque, was one of the righteous and I pray that Allah will be pleased with him.Ameena!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Focal reducers are a cost effective way to eliminate most cropping on Blackmagic Cinema Cameras.Blackmagic Design cameras offer a lot of really awesome features that give filmmakers a huge bang for their buck…but one of those features comes at a cost, the infamous crop factor. A Gizmodo review of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera states:The camera’s Super-16mm sensor—smaller than micro four-thirds—means you have to re-assess your lens selection to account for the crop-factor. Not only will few lenses get you a super-wide angle shot, but depth of field will not be nearly as shallow as a full-frame camera like the Canon 5D series, or even APS-C sensor cameras like the Canon 7D or Sony FS100. To get around this crop factor companies like Orion and Meade have created adapters that reduce cropping. These focal reducers come in a variety of prices but the real question is, do they work?In the following video presented by Ruben Kremer we take a look at a .72x focal reducer on a Blackmagic Pocket Camera and see if it’s worth the money.Pretty impressive huh? As with most lens adapters there is an added risk of creating some chromatic aberrations but it seems like the focal reducer that Ruben used worked pretty well. You can check out this focus reducer from Roxen on eBay.Thanks for sharing Ruben!Do you use focal adapters? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Slip Cup New Idea Beer PongLet’s face it – beer pong, for as fantastic a tailgating game as it is, is also a bit unhygienic. Players throw ping-pong balls onto the ground, clean them off with dirty water, and then drink the beer they’ve come in contact with. After you’ve played a while, you get used to it. But apparently, you no longer have to. Five friends from Connecticut have invented the “Slip Cup”, which sits on top of each cup, blocking the balls from hitting the beer. They also don’t interfere with gameplay at all – they’re basically smaller versions of the normal cups you already use. It’s a genius idea. KickstarterThe Slip Cup is trying to raise $70,000 on Kickstarter to get the product into major retailers. So far, they’ve racked up just over $13,000.Here’s the video from the Kickstarter page. Needless to say, this is a game-changer both for tailgating and house parties. Would you buy one?[Patch]
Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes Niko Kovac has his players back on side after having discussions with some of the players following a poor start to the season.The Bavarians got a 3-0 win over the Kovac’s former club Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, as Franck Ribery scored a brace and Rafinha rounded things off late on.The victory was Bayern’s fifth in a row in the Bundesliga, suggesting an upturn in their fortunes in the league.The German champions go into the mid-season break six points behind league leaders Borussia Dortmund and look certain to mount a title challenge when the league resumes next month.Rummenigge is of the opinion that talks with certain players have helped Kovac turn the club’s season around, despite having come close to losing his job.“Niko and the team are one again,” he said, according to FourFourTwo.Match Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“There have been discussions with Niko and some players, which has led a bit to the team re-joining with the coach.”“It was important that we reacted well, which has made the team very well with the coach.”Meanwhile, Kovac revealed he was impressed with the way his team raised their game after a nervy start, accepting they made mistakes in the first 20 minutes.“It was a really good game of our team after the first 20 minutes, because we did not manage to stop the counter-attack or we made one or the other mistakes [early on],” Kovac told reporters.“After that, we raised what we wanted. We ran the ball fast with few touches, so the opponent did not get into the pressing. The last games were very good, that’s what makes Bayern the winner.”