Is there no end to Olympic Committee’s infatuation with China ?

first_img April 27, 2021 Find out more July 31, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Is there no end to Olympic Committee’s infatuation with China ? News Organisation News Help by sharing this information News to go further Follow the news on China June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts RSF_en News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes After the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, today’s announcement shows that the IOC continues to support regimes that openly flout human rights and freedom of information.Beijing will now be the world’s first city to host both a Summer and Winter Olympics although the Chinese authorities are pressing on with a major crackdown on journalists and bloggers. Reporters Without Borders is appalled that the IOC is so out of touch with the reality of the human rights situation in China.“The decision to award these games to China is a blank cheque for all the freedom of information predators, who will be able to carry on flouting the fundamental freedoms of their citizens without suffering any international consequences,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said.“The Olympic Games are supposed to transmit such universal values as respect for others and living in peace. By awarding the games to Beijing, where freedom of information is being obliterated, the IOC is consigning these values to the trash.” One of they key arguments in the Chinese application was the pledge to put a great deal of effort into reducing Beijing’s air pollution. Reporters Without Borders regrets that the same effort will not be put into reducing the ubiquitous propaganda, releasing journalists and bloggers, and promoting media freedom.Beijing mayor Wang Anshun promised to hold “games that are joyful and harmonious, games that are safe and reliable.” This is very ironic, because “harmonization” is the term used in China to refer to the government’s censorship and news control.The 2008 Beijing Olympics were accompanied by a wave of arrests, convictions, censorship, surveillance and harassment of dozens of journalists, bloggers and dissidents.As China celebrates today’s announcement, the health of Gao Yu, a journalist detained since May 2014, continues to worsen and many other well-known journalists and human rights activists remain in prison.Those arrested last year include the cyber dissident Xu Zhiyong and the Uyghur blogger Ilham Tohti. This year, reporters and activists working for the news website 64Tianwang have joined the list of about 100 journalists and netizens currently detained in China.China is ranked 176th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. ChinaAsia – Pacific China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the International Olympic Committee’s choice of Beijing to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures ChinaAsia – Pacific March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Calls for urgent investigation of Ballynanty water pipes

first_imgNewsCommunityHealthLocal NewsCalls for urgent investigation of Ballynanty water pipesBy Staff Reporter – July 23, 2014 770 Pictures reveal damage caused by wipes being flushed down Limerick’s loos Email WhatsApp Twitter COUNCILLOR Maurice Quinlivan called for an urgent investigation of the water pipe infrastructure in the Ballynanty area today, after it was revealed that Irish Water has written to a resident cautioning him not to drink the water due to too much lead in his house pipes.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr Quinlivan said “It seems incredibly unlikely that just one residence should suffer from this very serious problem. If other houses have not been tested then I am calling on Irish Water to carry out these tests and inform residents of the results without delay”. Limerick customers to benefit from extension of Irish Water’s First Fix free scheme to tackle leaks Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSBallynantyCllr Maurice QuinlivanIrish Water center_img Previous articleMan killed in N20 crashNext article#WIN Tickets to Indiependence Staff Reporter Print Update: Works underway to resolve discolouration of water in Raheen area Advertisement Irish Water to replace old water mains on St Nessan’s Road Facebook Families and workers must be supported through public health emergency Irish Water defers introduction of new business charges during the Covid 19 emergency last_img read more

Warriors mailbag: What’s next for Warriors after Kevin Durant?

first_imgLAS VEGAS —- Less than a week has gone by, and Warriors fans and media types still have trouble wrestling with one question.Why would Kevin Durant leave the Warriors for the Brooklyn Nets? Why would he leave a team where he won two NBA titles and two Finals MVPs? Why would he leave a team that has Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green? Why would he leave a team that could pay him $221 million through five years?Durant has not spoken publicly about his reasons. All along, though, …last_img

Spider Blood Survives 20 Million Years – So They Say

first_imgEurekAlert announced, “Spider blood found in 20 million year old fossil.”  Science Daily repeated the story.  The articles even tell how the spider died (it was climbing a tree and was struck on the head by fast-flowing sap).  The BBC News said, “Spider is ‘20 million years old.’” At least they put quotes around the date, but they quoted Dr. David Penney of the University of Manchester scratching his beard and saying, “It’s amazing to think that a single piece of amber with a single spider in it can open up a window into what was going on 20 million years ago.”  The date comes from the Miocene deposits in which the amber was found in the Dominican Republic.  Those deposits rank at 20 million years according to the evolutionary dating scheme.How could blood survive decay for 2000 years, let alone 20 million?  Suggested revision for Penney’s thoughts: “It’s amazing to think that a single piece of amber with a single spider in it does not open minds to the realization that 20 million years is implausible fiction.”    Let’s remind readers of the way evolutionists reason about fossils and dates.  How do you know this spider is 20 million years old?  Answer: it was found in a 20-million-year-old rock.  How do you know the rocks are 20 million years old?  Answer: because, stupid, it has this 20-million-year-old spider in it!(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

*NEW*Hair Rollers PROFESSIONAL SNAP ON MAGNETIC – Take a bit of practise but worth it

first_imgThey take a bit of getting used to – no grippy parts on roller just smooth surface with a cover which u clip over. I find my hair looks smoother and more volumised than with the foam type ones. 6 large ones in pack – u may need more than one pack if u have thick hair. Im going to get another pack as im growing my hair longer. Goods received, as described. Good service the rollers are very smooth so not so easy to wrap the hair round. Prompt delivery and good value for money, but not very good if you have fine or thin hair as they just slip out. These rollers are jumbo sized and still firm. They are my new favorite rollers when i want big loose curls. With the use of these rollers my hair retains the big curl. Reviews from purchasers :Great size. Okay, but beware of snags Posted on March 5, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories Rollers Really good, i have really thick hair which never holds in rollers but these work well. No looking for grips either. So super jumbo large exactly what i wanted in terms of size and material, plastic won’t absorb oils from my hair like foam ones do. But crudely molded, leaving some flashing (rough/jagged bits) which i may need to file down to make sure my hair doesn’t snag on them. Just needs to be a smoother finish then you would get 5 stars. I have fine hair but a lot of it, so found this to be a very good product (although can imagine not great for very fine hair as they do tend to slide out on occasion). Took a bit of getting used to but have already noticed a vast difference in less hair damage/loss from when i used to use velcro rollers that gave the volume i wanted but pulled at my hair and some times made it frizzy. Bought to do hair naturally. Lots of hair so bought two packs. I actually ordered a second pack of these as i was so impressed. I the past i used the velcro grip type roller and u wanted something more secure, these fitted the bill. Be sure to hold the end in securely when warping hair around the smooth barrel , then pop the cover on and your set. I like that my hair doesn’t get mangled up anymore when i take them out, you just left with lovely smooth bouncy hair. Item received in a timely manner and is as described. Thank you very much, i have shoulder length & thin hair so this work perfectly fine for me. It doesn’t pull my hair like the rollers with grips. It arrived in a timely fashion and in excellent condition. Good product for medium short hairs. They are okay but not the best. SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-03-05 14:48:53Reviewed Item *NEW*Hair Rollers PROFESSIONAL SNAP ON MAGNETIC (X JUMBO) All Sizes – Set Hair Dry or dampRating 1.0 / 5  stars, based on  22  reviewscenter_img Take a bit of practise but worth it Happy with my purchase.last_img read more

2018 OFMA Convention highlights

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Each January the Ohio Fair Managers Association gathers for it annual convention to discuss exhibitions in warmer days ahead.“The purpose of the convention is to be educational and it allows directors, especially newer directors, to come and rub shoulders with other fairs around the state. That is how you learn,” said Tom Stocksdale from Wayne County who serves as the District 5 representative on the Ohio Fair Managers Association Board of Directors. “People do not really understand the number of volunteer hours that even local fairs have. If fairs had to pay for everything that happens, they couldn’t afford to operate. So much depends on volunteer hours.”Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David Daniels was on hand this year to discuss some of the highlights expected during the upcoming Ohio fair season.“We continue to look at the youth development opportunities that grow stronger every year. There are 94 different county and independent fairs out there and they tell us that exhibitorship is up. We look forward to expanding those opportunities for young people to find out about responsible food production,” Daniels said. “There are a lot of exhibitors at fairs but we also get a lot of people from town that come out to find out a little bit more about production agriculture. I think our fairs put out a great product that everyone should be proud of. Our fairs still have a strong ag and animal presence and fair managers are working to continue to have a good experience for everyone.”Part of that positive experience includes the health of both human and animal participants at the fairs. In 2017, there were multiple bouts of influenza in hog barns at fairs that can hopefully be avoided in 2018.“Some of the things we are recommending, particularly with the influenza aspect of it, is to get the pigs in and out of the fair in 72 hours. All pigs will carry influenza virus and it is important to get them in and have the show and get them out in a 72-hour period. If there are partial terminal shows, get the ones going home back home. It is critical so we can make sure we have a wholesome product going into the marketplace,” said Dr. Tony Forshey, Ohio’s State Veterinarian. “That 72-hour rule is very critical. We’ve dealt with influenza in the past and it is nothing new. We just want to make sure we don’t have that happen this year and get the animals on to market. We also recommend that fairs have hand-washing stations outside all the barns at the fair if they can. People are touching animals and it is critical they use those hand-washing stations. We just need to make sure we handle things properly and enjoy the shows.”There are some exhibition rules changing in 2018 that should be noted.“The quality assurance program put on by Ohio State University Extension is required to be done at least 45 days from the exhibition. It depends on what the first exhibition is. If it is the State Fair then it is 45 days prior to the Ohio State Fair,” Forshey said. “We also talked with fair board members about how to make sure to have all the paperwork done and all of the drug use notification forms and those things.”In addition at the event, Morgan McCutcheon from the Hartford Independent Fair was crowed the 2018 Ohio Fairs’ Queen. Morgan, from Licking County, was chosen from 77 Ohio fair queens. She is the daughter of Jeff and Lisa McCutcheon and a senior at Utica High School. She will be attending Ohio State University in the fall to pursue a degree in nursing.last_img read more

Military Family Caregiving

first_imgHowever, in the line of duty these men and women’s heroism are put to the test. Their valor comes at the price of death, and for those few that are able to live to see another day, these individuals struggle with effects from a lifetime of war.Those heroes who live to see another day face a great challenge, a challenge so difficult it could make the wounded warrior seem as if they were back on the “front line.”What is this challenge? It is the “will to live;” to battle the scars from war.Yet during this new challenge wounded warriors has a different unit watching their backs…it is their families and those who support them.We often remember our fallen service members and veterans, what we often forget, are their caregivers.Cooperative Extension–Supporting our military family caregiversWhen a new initiative is introduced in the caring of Soldier and Families, Extension staff, working together with their military partners, meet the challenge to provide quality programs, activities and resources to assist the Soldier and Family in whatever they require.With an array of online resources for caregivers, it can be difficult at times to find resources at is relates to military caregiving and military medical conditions.With the help of Cooperative Extension, our Military-Extension partnership in particular, we are able to bring some of those resources to one location.Our military family caregiving initiative first began when Texas AgriLife Extension Service was charged with the task of providing educational programs, online resources and caregiving skills through the use of Military Families Learning Network for military caregivers.The materials for military family caregiving focus on loved ones (spouse, mom, dad, brother, sister, friend, partner, etc.) caring for a very seriously injured (VSI) or seriously injured (SI) service members.The medical conditions we are currently working on pertain to wounded warriors with post-traumatic stress disorder, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, severe burns, loss of limb, and loss of vision.Each topical article will offer a brief overview of the topic, what the military caregiver can expect from the condition of his/her wounded warrior, tips to reduce the caregiver burden, and resources to find more information.Continue to check back to this blog, Facebook, Twitter, and the Military Families Learning Network page for the latest Military Caregiving articles and resources. Photo provided by the Fort Hood SentinelMany believe our heroes are those fighting on the front line for a country that long stands to prosper and in turn adhere to our tradition of the “Land of the free, and home of the brave.”last_img read more

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PBL: Shubhankar Dey shines on debut but PV Sindhu’s Chennai Smashers beat Bengaluru Blasters

first_imgIt is stories like Shubhankar Dey that make having a league like the Premier Badminton League (PBL) worthwhile.Shubhankar Dey took the court for Bengaluru Blasters at PBL for the very first time and pulled off a huge upset over Chennai Smashers ‘ Brice Leverdez 15-12, 15-12.Shubhankar has a few titles to his name on the international circuit, more on Challenger levels, but people had not really seen him in action.So when he turned up on court against France’s Leverdez instead of Bengaluru’s regular Chong Wei Fang, it was a surprise.However, as the match progressed, people could only marvel at his court coverage, athleticism and patient display.Despite throwing a couple of smashes at Leverdez, it was evident that Shubhankar was more of a rally player. On that front, Leverdez and Shubhankar were very similar players but the Indian clearly trumped the French.A memorable debut and an equally memorable celebration by Subhankar Dey who played an enthralling match against Brice Leverdez! �???#CHEvBLR #VodafonePBL #SmashTheHouseDown PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) January 8, 2018Shubhankar charged at Leverdez from the first point itself and it was his accurate drop shots that took the Chennai player by surprise.Shubhankar raced to a big lead and even though Leverdez pulled off a brilliant comeback, the Indian kept his nerves in place and even outwitted Leverdez for a few points.The second game was far closer and Leverdez was over the surprise element. But Shubhankar began the game with a bullet smash and keeping his game up, went into the break with an 8-5.advertisementLeverdez kept close, kept trying to bridge the gap but his shots hit the net and Shubhankar was just a little bit better on the day.ALSO WATCHJust like India noticed a jewel like Satwiksairaj Rankireddy at the last season of the PBL, Shubhakar Dey may get his share of glory this season.With Shubhankar win, Bengaluru close down 3-1, even though they had already lost the tie.Chennai started on a brillaint note by beating Bengaluru Trump match, the men’s doubles with Lee Yang and B Sumeeth Reddy emerging victorious 8-15, 15-14, 15-13 over Kim Sa Rang and Mathias Boe.Chennai continued their surge in the women’s singles as well where PV Sindhu proved just too good for Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour. In what was a comfortable victory, Sindhu beat Gilmour 15-9, 15-14 to win the tie for Chennai 3-(1).But Chennai, who were reeling at the bottom of the league table before the match, needed more points and that is exactly what Bengaluru did not let them do.World No.1 and captain of the Bengaluru outfit Viktor Axelsen began his team’s fightback by winning a close men’s singles against Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk.Tanongsak, who had snapped HS Prannoy’s winning streak a few days ago, stretched Axelsen to three games but the Dane eventually won, 15-11, 6-15, 15-9 to get Bengaluru back to number zero. Post Axelsen’s win, Shubhankar’s win gave Bengaluru even more boost.In the final match of the night, the mixed doubles, Kim Sa Rang and Sikki Reddy combined to outplay PV Sindhu and Chris Adcock 15-14, 15-11 to help Bengaluru pick up two points from the tie.With three points in their bag, Chennai rose to fifth place in the table with 12 points from 25 matches. However, having played all their ties, Chennai depend on Ahmedabad Smash Masters’ drubbing to make it to the semi-finals.On the other hand, Bengaluru displaced Hyderabad Hunters on the top of the table with 15 points from 20 matches.last_img read more

TransCanada to restart Keystone pipeline Nov 28 following leak repairs

first_imgCALGARY – TransCanada Corp (TSX:TRP) says it plans to restart operations on its Keystone pipeline on Nov. 28 after making repairs to a leak that spilled about 795,000 litres of crude oil in South Dakota.The company says U.S. regulators have cleared its restart plans, which include restarting the pipeline at a reduced pressure before gradually increasing the volume of crude oil in the system.TransCanada says that as of Nov. 24, it had recovered about 168,000 litres of crude oil from the spill in a farmer’s field, and that there are no indications of the spill affecting water sources.The spill on Nov. 16 forced the company to shut the section of the Keystone pipeline system between Hardisty, Alta., and Cushing Okla. and a spur line to Patoka, Ill., while a southern section extending to the Gulf Coast remained in operation.The leak increased scrutiny of the company’s pipeline operations just days before Nebraska regulators voted on whether to allow the company’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline project to run through the state.Regulators gave the go-ahead for the project on Nov. 20, but approved an alternative route to the one preferred by TransCanada.last_img read more