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Event marks women’s global federation at 70

first_imgThe call for international solidarity in the fight for women’s equality and justice was loud and clear on March 17 as representatives of the Women’s International Democratic Federation (Federación Democrática Internacional de Mujeres) held its annual meeting at the Church Center of the United Nations in New York City.Vinie BurrowsThe accomplished actor, educator and activist, Vinie Burrows, the WIDF-FDIM representative to the U.N., opened the meeting with a short video and led a rousing cheer celebrating the freedom of the Cuban 5, whom the U.S. unjustly imprisoned for so many years.Alicia Campos Perez, a member of the Cuban Women’s Federation and a coordinator of the American and Caribbean Regional Office of the WIDF-FDIM, chaired the meeting. She noted that the organization, founded in 1945 by socialist and communist women, was marking its 70th anniversary dedicated to international solidarity and the struggle for peace. WIDF-FIDM’s mission is “to promote the presence of women in decision making at all levels, combating discrimination and violence against women, and denouncing inequality practiced against women.” She added, “We have a long way to go to achieve those goals.”Campos introduced a panel, entitled “Beijing + 20, Women and Work: Equal Pay for Equal Work,” who assessed women’s progress in their countries 20 years after the U.N.’s Fourth World Conference on Women held in China in 1995.‘A strong women’s movement is a must’Maria Gabriela announced that the ­Angola Women’s Organization is countering economic inequality with a national educa­tional campaign at the community level. Viviane Prado, representing the Brazilian architects union, noted that women are fighting an uphill battle for equal wages there. Delia Selene de Dios, of the National Union of Mexican Women, stressed that the Mexican economy is going backwards because the current neoliberal government is in service to the world banks. She condemned the “feminization of low-paid work.”Pointing out that the U.S. prison population is the largest in the world, Berta Joubert-Ceci, of the Women’s Fightback Network at the International Action Center, noted that poor women of color, jailed mostly for crimes of survival, are the fastest growing segment of prisoners and often encounter widespread sexual abuse and inadequate medical care like many incarcerated women. She denounced the latest U.S. hostility toward Venezuela, saying, “This country, with so many crimes against women, dares to attack the Bolivarian Revolution!”Joan Salvador, of the organization Gabriela in the Philippines, pointed out that 69 percent of those not in the labor force are women; that the minimum wage is $10 a day, with women earning 35 percent of what men make; and that women contract workers earn a dollar a day. “No wonder there are 12 million Filipino migrant workers all over the world,” she stated.Two women were recognized from the floor: Layla Naffa Hamarneh, of the Arab Women’s Organization of Jordan, who thanked everyone for their support of the Palestinian struggle. Cheers erupted when she said, “We stand united behind Palestine and all liberation movements.” Bathabile O Dlamani, of the Department of Social Development of the Republic of South Africa, said, “WIDF must work to make the Commission on the Status of Women vital again. A strong women’s rights movement is a must. We cannot allow the CSW to talk about us without us.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Solidarity with Greek workers

first_imgDemonstrators from the International Action Center, the Peoples Power Assembly, the revolutionary youth group FIST (Fight Imperialism, Stand Together) and Baltimore Workers World Party stood in solidarity with the Greek workers in the struggle against austerity. Outside of the Bank of America building downtown they spread awareness of what was happening in Greece and why Baltimore’s workers should care.WW photo: Sharon BlackFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img

Coronavirus: The information heroes China silenced

first_imgWhile throttling domestic dissent, the regime also set about trying to control the information circulating internationally by harassing China-based foreign correspondents. On 18 March, the Chinese foreign ministry announced that the government was expelling at least 13 US journalists working for the New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal. RSF_en Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Three months after the first reports of coronavirus cases were posted on Chinese social media and began circulating within civil society, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) looks back at the way the Chinese state, in its obsession with complete control over information, has cracked down relentlessly on all independent information outlets. China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Help by sharing this information The doctor and whistleblower Li Wenliang (left), video-blogger Fang Bin (centre) and the lawyer and journalist Chen Qiushi embody the Chinese people’s thirst for the truth (photo: Nicolas Asfouri / AFP – composite image D. Bastard / RSF). Fang Bin, an ordinary textile businessman living in Wuhan, never regarded himself as a journalist until he, too, felt the need to inform his fellow citizens about the real situation in the city behind the images supplied by the Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda machine. The attention that the reports by these two video-bloggers elicited in China reflects the deep interest in reliable and independently-reported information felt by Chinese citizens, who are drowning in state propaganda. The need is more than justified, given that just before these initial videos, in a speech on 20 January, President Xi had urged officials to “reinforce public opinion management.” Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out more In his last video, broadcast live on 4 February, Chen interviewed a Wuhan resident whose father had succumbed to the coronavirus. His Weibo account was deleted two days later. On 7 February, his parents were told that he was “in quarantine.” His family has received no news of him since then. Attacks on foreign media In his first video report on 25 January, he documented the saturation of the hospitals. It showed bodies of coronavirus victims inside buses that had been turned into improvised hearses. You can hear Fang count: “Five, six, seven eight… Eight bodies in five minutes (…) So many dead!” The video also registered hundreds of thousands of views before the censors took it down. ChinaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence Covid19ImprisonedCitizen-journalistsWhistleblowersFreedom of expression to go further He continued to report mounting harassment by the security forces until his last 12-second video on 9 February, which simply showed a roll of paper on which eight characters had been calligraphed. They said: “Let all citizens resist! Power to the people!” Nothing more has been heard from Fang since then. Thirst for reliable information News Toe the line News With everything tidied up both at home and abroad, Beijing now just has to deploy its massive propaganda and disinformation apparatus with the aim of making everyone forget that it was in the centre of China that the virus first got out of control and that three deadly weeks went by before Beijing listened to the whistleblowers. News Warning value After testing positive for Covid-19 on 1 February, the young doctor died in the early hours of 7 February. Online posts announcing his death received more than 1.5 billion views on Weibo. A photo of him wearing a face mask went around the Chinese blogosphere with a hashtag indicative of the Chinese population’s mood and its feeling of being gagged. Used in more than 2 million posts before being censored, the hashtag was #WomenYaoYanlunZiyou – “We want freedom of expression.”center_img The fate suffered by Fang and Chen served as a warning. A new set of even more draconian regulations that took effect on 1 March allowed Beijing to tighten the vice even more on social media. More than 450 Internet users have been detained since January for sharing information about the coronavirus that the authorities regard as “false rumours.” Anyone trying to transmit a message or information deviating from the line set by the Party leadership was to be stopped. The official press was given orders. Toe the line. Two famous political commentators, Guo Quan and Xu Zhiyong, were detained in February. A third, Xu Zhangrun, was put under house arrest. The latest issue of the magazine Ren Wu, a sister publication of People’s Daily, was pulled from newsstands on 10 March because of an interview in which the head of the emergency department at Wuhan Central Hospital, Ai Fen, criticized the censorship imposed on doctors. But they were also seen by the authorities. Two days later, on 1 January, Li and seven other doctors were questioned. Li was grilled for several hours and, on 3 January, the police forced him to sign a statement recognizing that he had “spread false rumours.” March 12, 2021 Find out more China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures In other words, this independent reporting by Chinese citizens turned journalists was regarded by the Chinese state apparatus as intolerable. The vice was inexorably tightening. Chen expressed his fears in a 30 January video that RSF reposted together with some background information: “I’m afraid,” he said. “Before me, there’s the virus. And behind me, the legal and administrative power of the Chinese state.” As journalistic freedom has been reduced to the barest minimum within China’s traditional media, it is ordinary citizens who usually step into the breach in such cases. In this case, the first was Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital, where the first coronavirus cases were seen in November, although no one understood the nature of the illness at the time. Li was the first to blow the whistle on the possibility of a coronavirus pandemic. Armed with the photo of a test, Li spoke about the ongoing epidemic for the first time on 30 December with former faculty of medicine students in a private discussion group on the messaging service WeChat. The alarm was sounded. His messages were shared very widely on the microblogging website Weibo. China is ranked 177th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. From the time of the first alert, there were people who became absorbed by the crisis. They included Chen Qiushi, a lawyer from the far northeast province of Heilongjiang who had made a name for himself in the Chinese blogosphere with videos of the demonstrations in Hong Kong that he had shot a few months earlier. He boarded a train to Wuhan on 23 January in order to get his information at the source. On 12 March, it was reported that Ren Zhiqiang, a political commentator and Chinese Communist Party member, had disappeared after criticizing the regime’s failings. His family said he was being held near Beijing. Follow the news on China Gagged March 25, 2020 – Updated on May 6, 2020 Coronavirus: The information heroes China silenced News Fang, the textile businessman turned reporter, had meanwhile reported in a video posted on 2 February that the police had confiscated his laptop and had interrogated him at length. Two days later, he reported in a live video from his home that it was surrounded by plainclothes policemen. Around the same time, complying with the latest propaganda department directives saying the virus’s Chinese origins should be questioned, the English-language China Daily newspaper censored an article published on 28 February in which the famous epidemiologist Zhang Wenhong voiced doubt about the theory that the virus could have been imported from abroad. Organisation ChinaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence Covid19ImprisonedCitizen-journalistsWhistleblowersFreedom of expression April 27, 2021 Find out more “Dr. Li was like many within the Chinese population who want to report the reality of what is going on and alert their fellow citizens about government negligence,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “The coronavirus crisis has drawn attention to the deep thirst for reliable information within Chinese society, which is saturated with propaganda. Xi Jinping’s government has responded with deadly brutality.” After getting their hands on the list of fixers and other Chinese employees working for these newspapers, and for Time and Voice of America, the Chinese authorities said on 20 March that it had given orders for the contracts of at least seven of these employees to be rescinded. “What kind of journalist would you be if you didn’t dare go to the front line?” he asked in a video shot outside Wuhan’s Hankou station. In the following days, Chen went around the city’s hospitals covering the chaos, interviewed the families of victims and visited an exhibition centre turned into a quarantine zone. His videos were viewed by hundreds of thousands of people despite being quickly censored on Weibo and WeChat.last_img read more

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: UTPB men remain unbeaten

first_img WhatsApp Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – December 19, 2020 Facebook COLLEGE BASKETBALL: UTPB men remain unbeaten Facebook Pinterest Twittercenter_img TAGS  SportsCollegeLocal News Pinterest utpb falcon shield logo The UTPB men’s basketball team continued its undefeated start to the season with another close win over Cameron to close out the weekend in an 85-80 win Saturday at Falcon Dome. Playing its second game in as many days, the Falcons (5-0) were led by Jordan Horn who scored 26 points as the Falcons were coming off a 104-102 win over Cameron on Friday. Trevion Lamar added 22 points for UTPB while Jay Workman had 15 for the Falcons. Cameron fell to 0-4 for the season with the loss. The Aggies were led by Brock Schreiner who had 28 points total. Kendall Scott had 12 for Cameron as did Jalen Mangum. UTPB now heads into the Christmas break. The Falcons next contest will be against Arkansas-Fort Smith on Jan. 2. WhatsApp Previous articleOAT122020 Becky Rhodes 1.jpgNext articleMCH reports two more COVID-19 related deaths Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Cope calls on Comreg to review licence conditions for mobile operators

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Cope calls on Comreg to review licence conditions for mobile operators WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire The telecoms regulator Comreg is being urged to put pressure on mobile phone operators to improve the service provision which they are currently offering in Donegal and elsewhere in the west and north west.Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher says the quality of service and availability of mobile signals has greatly deteriorated in parts of Donegal over the past year, and it’s clear the current network is neither fit for purpose, nor able to cater for the increased volume of mobile phone customers.Deputy Gallagher wants the terms of mobile licences here to be reviewed, compelling operators to provide 100% nationwide coverage.He says the current requirements let the operators off the hook……….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/copemobile.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Google+ Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By admin – April 4, 2016 Previous articleRory Gallagher says Monaghan showed more hunger after comebackNext articleDerry police renew appeal for information on Culmore Road fatality admin Twitter Pinterestlast_img read more

Forest Cover Decreasing, Encroachments Increasing: J&K HC Directs Forest Department To Take Urgent Steps [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesForest Cover Decreasing, Encroachments Increasing: J&K HC Directs Forest Department To Take Urgent Steps [Read Order] Akshita Saxena7 Oct 2020 9:40 PMShare This – xExpressing concern over depleting forest cover in the J&K valley, the Single Bench of Justice Rajesh Bindal observed that urgent steps need to be taken by the UT administration to remedy the situation. The Court also observed that the manner of functioning of the Forest department in the valley is not very appreciable as they are not monitoring the forest areas to prevent…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginExpressing concern over depleting forest cover in the J&K valley, the Single Bench of Justice Rajesh Bindal observed that urgent steps need to be taken by the UT administration to remedy the situation. The Court also observed that the manner of functioning of the Forest department in the valley is not very appreciable as they are not monitoring the forest areas to prevent illegal encroachment. “This Court is constrained to observe that the way the forest department is working cannot be appreciated. It has large area under its control in the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir but unfortunately, not being monitored properly through there are ways and means to do the same. Forest cover is decreasing as encroachments are increasing day by day. Illegal forest cutting is also rampant. Some urgent steps are required to be taken to take care of our green cover,” Justice Bindal remarked. He was hearing a writ petition filed by one Mohammad Sadiq Wani, seeking a direction upon the forest authorities to extend the period of his permission for extraction/collection of non-timber forest produce (NTFP) from Marwah Forest Division. Noting that there was no established yardstick for execution of contract for extraction and that extensions were granted arbitrarily, the Court said, “On year to year basis, the contracts are awarded for extraction/collection and removal of NTFP…In such a situation, how extension for extraction/removal of NTFP can envisaged is a mystery. It cannot be comprehended as to how at the same time two persons can be allowed to extract and remove NTFP, from the same area. This may create dispute amongst the contractors.” The Court held that these aspects of the matter are required to be examined at the highest level, so as to ascertain whether there has been annual award of contracts and if not, whether there were good reasons for the same. The Bench observed, “Fool proof method or removal are also required to be put in place. Under what circumstances, the contractor, who had been awarded contract for extraction of NTFP for a particular period can be granted extension when the period of extension may overlap with the period for which next year’s contract may be awarded.” Accordingly, the Forest Secretary to the UT Administration and the Chief Conservator of Forests in the valley have been directed to take appropriate action in the matter.However, no relief was granted to the Petitioner for availability of an “effective alternate remedy” already provided in his extraction contract in the form of arbitration. Click Here To Download Order Read Order Next Storylast_img read more

Gardai appeal for witnesses to Friday’s fatal collision in Gortahork

first_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Previous article25 people waiting for a bed at Letterkenny University HospitalNext articleMan convicted of murdering Strabane native in Dublin News Highland Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Google+ Gardai appeal for witnesses to Friday’s fatal collision in Gortahork DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twittercenter_img Twitter Gardai are appealing for witnesses to last Friday’s fatal collision at Ards Beg in Gortahork.43 year old Noel McDermott lost his life while out training at approximately 4pm when his bicycle collided with a car.The driver of the car was uninjured.Anyone with information is asked to contact Milford Garda Station on 074-9153060.Superintendent David Kelly made this appeal earlier on the Nine Till Noon Show:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/davidkesfsdfsdllyraw.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Homepage BannerNews By News Highland – January 29, 2018 WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th last_img read more

Minister says Leitrim investment will benefit Donegal

first_img By News Highland – December 3, 2018 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Facebook Pinterest Previous articleBlaney confirms intentions to seek election to European Parliament.Next articleIrish Water report progress on Inishowen supply issues News Highland Pinterest Google+ AudioHomepage BannerNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Business Minister Heather Humphries says an investment of nearly one million euro in an agri-business venture in County Leitrim will benefit the entire North West.21 regional businesses are to benefit from the Regional Enterprise Development Fund, which operates on a rolling basis as part of Ireland 2040.Bioconnect Innovation Centre in Monaghan has secured the largest allocation at almost 5 million euro.Minister Humphreys says the Leitrim enterprise is also a significant one………..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/12humphreys.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Minister says Leitrim investment will benefit Donegal Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Foraging areas of streaked shearwaters in relation to seasonal changes in the marine environment of the Northwestern Pacific: inter-colony and sex-related differences

first_imgAs the spatial distribution of marine organisms is often affected by seasonal changes, pelagic seabirds may change their foraging areas in response to seasonal changes in the marine environment. Here, we examined the foraging area of streaked shearwaters Calonectris leucomelas, breeding at Sangan (SA) and Mikura Islands (MK), Japan, from spring to summer during pre-laying and incubation periods. Those colonies are located at the north and south of the Northwestern Pacific’s Kuroshio-Oyashio transition area where high seasonal temperature changes are observed,and where, consequently, birds may show comparable responses to such changes. Our results showed that streaked shearwaters from both colonies shifted their foraging areas northwards as the season progressed. The seasonal shift of foraging areas appeared to coincide with the movement pattern of pelagic fishes that migrate northward in association with the increase in water temperature.However, the pattern of seasonal movement differed between the 2 colonies; shearwaters from SA moved their foraging area along the coastal area of the Kuroshio-Oyashio transition, while those from MK moved along the Kuroshio Extension. Our results also indicated sex-related differences in this general pattern: females showed clear seasonal changes in foraging area, while males did not. During the pre-laying period males returned to the colony frequently to defend their nests or mates, andspent less time at sea. Our results suggest that streaked shearwaters changed their foraging areas in response to seasonal changes in the marine environment, although colony location and sex-related differences in reproductive roles may constrain the birds’ responses to seasonal change.last_img read more

Rosneft increases its share in Bayernoil refinery

first_img Rosneft increases its share in Bayernoil refinery. (Credit: Frauke Feind from Pixabay.) Rosneft Deutschland GmbH, a subsidiary of PJSC Rosneft Oil Company, has completed the deal to acquire a 3.57% stake in Bayernoil Raffineriegesellschaft mbH from British BP. As result of this deal, Rosneft increased its shareholding to 28.57% from 25%.As a result of the deal the Company increased its share in the refinery capacity of the Bayernoil to almost 3 mtpa and strengthened its marketing presence both in one of the major German industrial regions, Bavaria, and in Austria.Rosneft Deutschland is one of the leading petroleum products wholesalers of the Free state of Bavaria, carrying out, among other things, deliveries of Alphabit, Rosneft’s proprietary polymer modified bitumen, as well as aviation fuel to Munich airport.Commenting on the deal closure Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin noted: “Since the beginning of asset management and oil product marketing activities in Germany in 2017, Rosneft is constantly growing its customer base. At the same time, the South of Germany and neighbouring countries are important regions of Rosneft’s business. Increasing share in Bayernoil refinery is a logical step that will contribute to further development of the Company’s business on European market”. Source: Company Press Release Rosneft Deutschland is one of the leading petroleum products wholesalers of the Free state of Bavarialast_img read more