Hong Kong: pro-democracy protests resume, so does police violence against journalists

first_img Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom May 14, 2020 Hong Kong: pro-democracy protests resume, so does police violence against journalists Organisation RSF_en China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Follow the news on Asia – Pacific News June 2, 2021 Find out more Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Help by sharing this information News Momentarily suspended at the height of the coronavirus epidemic, the pro-democracy protests that have persisted in Hong Kong for almost a year now reignited on Sunday May 10, and with them, police violence against the media. A dozen journalists covering a protest in the district of Mong Kok were targeted by police officers who doused them with pepper spray, forced them to sit on the ground and interrupted their recordings. A police officer also allegedly choked an Apple Daily photographer for twenty seconds while she was being restrained. Two teenagers, 12 and 16 years old, reporting for a student newspaper were also taken away although they carried signs clearly identifying them as reporters.”By attacking journalists in this way, policemen violate the principle of press freedom guaranteed by Article 27 of the Hong Kong Basic Law,” said Cédric Alviani, RSF East Asia bureau head, who urged Hong Kong authorities to “stop turning a blind eye to police violence and ensure that the police respect the media’s right to work freely and safely.”According to the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA), the former British colony experienced an unprecedented drop in press freedom in 2019, largely due to police violence. Last July, RSF raised the issue of violence against journalists in a letter to the head of the Hong Kong executive, Carrie Lam, and only received a canned response.The Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong has fallen from 18th place in 2002 to 80th in this year’s RSF Press Freedom Index. The People’s Republic of China, to which the former British colony was returned in 1997, stagnated at the 177th rank out of 180.center_img ChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses Violence ChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses Violence to go further Reporters Without Borders (RSF) denounces police violence and arrests against journalists on the sidelines of the pro-democracy protests that resumed last weekend in Hong Kong. News News Receive email alerts June 7, 2021 Find out more PHOTO: ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP June 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Russia’s COVID-19 vaccination drive slowly picking up speed

first_img Pinterest Previous articleIn Israel and beyond, virus vaccines bring political powerNext articleJuniper Research: Smart Traffic Management to Significantly Reduce Congestion and Emissions; Saving Cities $277 Billion by 2025 Digital AIM Web Support By Digital AIM Web Support – February 22, 2021 TAGS  Facebook A Soviet-era steam locomotive pulls a retro train taking tourists to the Ruskeala natural park from the city of Sortavala, Karelia region, Russia. Russia’s rollout of its coronavirus vaccine is only now picking up speed in some of its more remote regions. The experts blame the slow rollout on limited supplies of the vaccine, logistical difficulties in distribution and continued hesitance among some Russians. Local NewsWorld News Facebookcenter_img Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Russia’s COVID-19 vaccination drive slowly picking up speed WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

Woman who kidnapped infant apologizes to biological parents: ‘I know I wronged you, and I’m so sorry’

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — The Florida woman who pleaded guilty to kidnapping a baby hours after birth apologized to the child’s biological family for the first time at a sentencing hearing Friday.Gloria Williams, who faces up to 22 years in prison on charges of first-degree kidnapping and third-degree interference of child custody, said she was unable to explain why she stole Kamiyah Mobley from a Jacksonville hospital in July 1988.“I prayed every day, every day, for the good Lord to renew your hearts, renew your minds, and to heal your hearts, and to give you the peace and joy that comes from knowing His word,” Williams said during the hearing at Duval County Courthouse. “I don’t, I can’t explain where I was back then 20 years ago. I know I wronged you and I’m so sorry.”Williams said that in the time leading up to the kidnapping of Kamiyah Mobley she was in an abusive relationship and became pregnant. Williams said she thought a child would improve the relationship, but miscarried a month before the kidnapping.“I thought that it would bring peace to us,” Williams said. “I wanted to believe that I thought it would help.”Williams also said the day she kidnapped Kamiyah, her intention was “not to take a baby, that’s for sure.”During Thursday’s testimony, Kamiyah’s mother Shanara Mobley said Williams came into the room “dressed like a nurse” and told her the baby needed to get her temperature taken. Shanara Mobley said Williams then picked up the child and left.Kamiyah’s attorney, Justin Bamberg, spoke to reporters after Friday’s hearing, saying “with regards to [Williams’] sentence, we have to look at what’s best for Kamiyah.”Bamberg also said Kamiyah wants to continue to have a relationship with Williams as well as grow the relationship with her biological parents.Williams is scheduled to be sentenced on June 8.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Adjunct Faculty – Accounting Generalist (Undergraduate and/or Graduate)

first_imgAurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. While a terminal degree is preferred, a master’s degree in arelated field is required. Industry experience and college-levelteaching experience preferred. Daytime and evening campus-basedavailability are preferred.When applying, include the phrase “Accounting Adjunct Application”in the subject line of the application email and state yourteaching availability (daytime or evening) in your coverletter.Please email resume or curriculum vitae, plus cover letter statingthe specific areas you are interested in teaching to:[email protected] Intermediate AccountingFederal TaxationAdvanced AuditingAccounting ResearchGovernment & Not-for-Profit AccountingBusiness Regulationcenter_img Aurora University seeks talented adjunct faculty who are passionateabout teaching and learning. Adjunct faculty are qualifiedpart-time instructors offered teaching opportunities based oncourse demand and staffing.Aurora University is searching for qualified instructors as part ofits adjunct faculty pool to teach in Accounting and relatedprograms (i.e., MBA, MSA, etc.). We are seeking adjunct faculty toteach courses in accounting across the curriculum, fromundergraduate to graduate, including the following courses:last_img read more

O.C. Soccer Team Survives Close Game

first_imgOcean City’s Summer Reimet looks to cross the ball towards the goal. By LESLEY GRAHAMThe Ocean City girls soccer team faced off against an aggressive Williamstown team Monday in the South Jersey Coaches Association Tournament, defeating the visiting Braves, 2-1.Scoring for the Red Raiders were Faith Slimmer and Paige Panico with a goal apiece. Summer Reimet and Hope Slimmer each added an assist for Ocean City.Early in the opening half, both teams had scoring opportunities. Williamstown had an early corner kick, but thanks to great heads-up defense and ball control, the Red Raiders were able to escape without consequence.With around 10 minutes gone in the first, Summer Reimet made a beautiful pass to Faith Slimmer, who found the back of the net, giving Ocean City a 1-0 lead.As the half wore on, Ocean City dominated the pace of play and possession time. With precise movement, the Red Raiders took advantage of their lead.Ocean City readies itself for a shot from Williamstown.But Williamstown was not going to lie down without a fight. The Braves turned on their aggressiveness and intensity in the final minutes of the half, but wound up scoreless going into half time.As the second half got underway, a somewhat controversial call was made. The official called Ocean City for a handball inside the box, although was unable to say which player was at fault.Williamstown set up for the penalty kick. Jamie DeHaven then powered one past Ocean City’s Abbey Fenton to knot the score at 1-1.The next five minutes included a flurry of momentum changes as emotions ran high among both teams. Once things settled down, Ocean City once again found its groove, including precise ball movement, passes and attacks.Senior Hannah Keane dribbles past a Williamstown player.With just over 27 minutes remaining in the game, Ocean City’s Paige Panico maneuvered through traffic on a pass from Hope Slimmer, sliding one past Williamstown’s goalkeeper to give Ocean City the game-winning goal.Ocean City Head Coach Kelly Halliday said she was happy with the result, but more importantly with the mental and physical toughness the team showed throughout the game.“We had a lot of great moments tonight as a team and kept our heads about ourselves, which shows our maturity and dedication to team first,” said Halliday. “Senior Delaney Lappin and freshman Riley Fortna had some key defensive plays for us tonight and senior Carly Reighard completely controlled the game for us from the midfield.”As the Red Raiders look ahead to the state playoffs, they will continue on their journey for the title of South Jersey Coaches Association Tournament champions. Ocean City will play Rancocas Valley in the semifinals on Wednesday at a neutral site, DeCou Fields in Cherry Hill.Red Raider senior Carly Reighard positions herself for a pass.last_img read more

Neil Young Releases Soundtrack For & Stars In Newly Released Daryl Hannah-Directed Western

first_imgEarlier in March, Neil Young and his backing band, Promise of the Real, announced that they had a new album due out later in the month, which would serve as the official soundtrack for the upcoming Western film, Paradox. The film was written and directed by actress Daryl Hannah and follows a band of cowboys and outlaws who “pass the days digging for treasure while they wait for the full moon to bring its magic, the music and let the spirits fly.” In addition to creating the soundtrack, Young stars in the film and plays “Man in the Black Hat”, acting alongside members of Promise of the Real as well as Willie Nelson and Nelson’s sons, Lukas and Micah.You can listen to the recently released Neil Young soundtrack below, and watch Paradox on Netflix.last_img read more

Asteroid mission will carry student X-ray experiment

first_imgAt 7:05 p.m. (EDT) today, NASA plans to launch a spacecraft to a near-Earth asteroid named Bennu. Among that spacecraft’s five instruments is a student experiment that will use X-rays to help determine Bennu’s surface composition.The Regolith X-Ray Imaging Spectrometer, or REXIS, was developed by researchers and students at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It is only the second student experiment to fly on a NASA interplanetary mission.“With Harvard undergraduates, we designed a wide-field X-ray imaging instrument that was built by students at MIT,” said Harvard astronomer and deputy instrument scientist Josh Grindlay. Richard Binzel at MIT is an instrument scientist for REXIS.“A principal goal for REXIS was educating students,” said instrument scientist and Harvard astronomer Jaesub Hong. Related Calculating the odds of life between the Big Bang and the final fade CfA researchers ask: Is life on Earth premature from a cosmic perspective? The mission, called the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx), will be launched with an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla. After its two-year journey to Bennu, the spacecraft will spend nearly two years making observations and measurements before collecting a surface sample and returning it to Earth.REXIS will help the mission team select the sample site by characterizing the asteroid’s surface. Bennu emits X-rays through a process known as fluorescence, in which X-rays from the sun make atoms on the asteroid’s surface glow at specific energies, depending on which chemical elements are present.“REXIS can image enhanced patches of glowing elements like magnesium, silicon, or iron that are typical in chondrite-type asteroids,” said instrument scientist Branden Allen.The asteroid Bennu is about 1,600 feet across, about twice the height of Boston’s John Hancock Tower. REXIS will be able to resolve details about 18 feet across.Like many asteroids, Bennu represents a relic from the solar system’s formation. It formed as bits of primitive material stuck together over time. As a result, it can tell scientists about the history of our solar system. Asteroids like Bennu may have delivered water, carbon, and other substances crucial to life to the early Earth.REXIS is a $5 million project that involved nearly 50 undergraduate students from Harvard and MIT.last_img read more

Stephen Sondheim Releases Statement About Into the Woods Movie

first_img Into the Woods will be in theaters on December 25.  The composer says that he, alongside the show’s book writer and film’s screenwriter James Lapine, worked out every change with movie director Rob Marshall, and having seen a full rough cut, can call the film not only “a faithful adaptation,” but also a “first-rate movie.”  View Comments Stephen Sondheim has clarified his view on the upcoming Into the Woods movie. The legendary composer has released a statement in response to the vehement reaction to a piece that ran in The New Yorker that revealed differences between the stage and screen versions.center_img “An article in The New Yorker misreporting my ‘Master Class’ conversation about censorship in our schools with 17 teachers from the Academy for Teachers a couple of weeks ago has created some false impressions about my collaboration with the Disney Studio on the film version of Into the Woods,” Sondheim said in the statement. “The fact is that James (Lapine, who wrote both the show and the movie) and I worked out every change from stage to screen with the producers and with Rob Marshall, the director. Despite what the New Yorker article may convey, the collaboration was genuinely collaborative and always productive. When the conversation with the teachers occurred, I had not yet seen a full rough cut of the movie. Coincidentally, I saw it immediately after leaving the meeting and, having now seen it a couple of times, I can happily report that it is not only a faithful adaptation of the show, it is a first-rate movie. And for those who care, as the teachers did, the Prince’s dalliance is still in the movie, and so is ‘Any Moment.'” Yes, “Any Moment” is in there. And Sondheim is happy. If he’s happy, so are we. Right? Call off your curses!last_img read more

December 1, 2002 Notices

first_imgDecember 1, 2002 Notices December 1, 2002 Regular News J anuary appointments to be filled The Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the following vacancies to be filled during its January 31, 2003, meeting: Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors: Two lawyers to serve three-year terms, commencing July 1, 2003, on this 30-member board of directors which administers Florida’s IOTA program. Applicants must also be members of The Florida Bar Foundation.Persons interested in applying for these vacancies may download and complete the application on-line from the Bar’s Web site, www.FLABAR.org, or may call Bar headquarters at (850) 561-5600, extension 6802, to obtain an application form. Completed applications must be submitted to the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300 no later than close of business, Thursday, January 9, 2003. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of applications.Bar Young Lawyers Division now accepting applications The Young Lawyers Division is now accepting applications to fill a vacant position on its board representing the 18th Circuit.Anyone wishing to fill this vacancy should send a letter of intent and a resume to Austin Newberry, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300 not later than January 2, 2003.Second DCA JNC taking applications Applications are being sought to fill a vacancy on the Second District Court of Appeal, created by the resignation of Judge John R. Blue effective January 31, 2003.Applications will be screened by the Second District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission, which will send nominees to the governor. The governor then has 60 days from the receipt of the nominees to make the appointment.Applicants must reside within the Second DCA, be a registered voter, and have been a member in good standing of The Florida Bar for the preceding 10 years. Application forms are available from Ky M. Koch, 200 N. Garden Avenue, Suite A, Clearwater 33755.Ten copies of the completed application and attachments must be received by Koch no later than 5 p.m., Wednesday, December 4. Application forms are also available to download from The Florida Bar Web site at www.FLABAR.org.Any questions concerning this process should be directed to Koch at (727) 446-6248.U.S. 11th Circuit plans to amend its local rules The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has proposed amendments to its rules.A copy of the proposed amendments may be obtained on and after December 3 from the 11th Circuit’s Web site at www.ca11.uscourts.gov. A copy may also be obtained without charge from the Office of the Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, 56 Forsyth St., N.W., Atlanta, GA 30303, phone (404) 335-6100. Comments on the proposed amendments may be submitted in writing to the clerk at the above street address by January 3, 2003.Workers’ comp JNC to fill West Palm vacancy The Statewide Nominating Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims is now accepting applications for the judge of compensation claims vacancy in District I-South (West Palm Beach), created by the recent resignation of Judge Juan Bello.Qualified applicants must submit the original completed application and one copy to G. Bart Billbrough, Commission chair, Suite 902, 2600 Douglas Road, Coral Gables 33134, telephone (305) 442-2701, fax (305)442-2801, and one additional copy must be submitted to each commission member by 5 p.m. December 27.Applications and the list of commission members may be obtained from Billbrough.last_img read more

Courts section added back into the Journal directory

first_imgCourts section added back into the Journal directory May 15, 2005 Regular News Courts section added back into the Journal directoryFor at least the 2005 issue, the Bar Journal directory will include the popular section on judges and related officials.As part of a long-term goal to eventually phase out the printed directory as the same information becomes available on the Internet, the section of judges had been removed from the 2004 directory, as well as other information. That led to several protests by members who said it was handier to have the information in a printed format even if online information was more up-to-date.The Communications Committee revisited the issue and last month recommended to the Bar Board of Governors that the judicial section be reinstated at least for the 2005 edition. The information will also be posted on the Bar’s Web site as it appears in the directory.“If we put it back in the book, it’s going to be really hard to take it out next time, if that’s the direction we move in,” Communications Committee Chair Mike Glazer told the board. “Ultimately the vote of the committee was to put the court section back in the directory in 2005, but at the same time put it on the Web site in the same format.”Board member Harold Melvin, noting that the Martin County Bar Association had felt so strongly that it passed a resolution supporting the reinstatement of the judges’ section, agreed with that position.“In reality, it’s the little things that we do for our members that really sticks in their minds,” he said.The board approved the recommendation by a voice vote. Glazer said adding the section will cost the Bar about $9,200.last_img read more