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 more
suratoho/iStock(RALEIGH, N.C.) — A North Carolina man is on the run after repeatedly pistol-whipping his girlfriend when she refused to go along with his plan to break into and burglarize a house. Alexander Wayne Gillett, 26, of Greensboro, North Carolina, allegedly wanted to break into and burglarize a home after he saw the owner post images of valuable items on the premises on Facebook on Friday morning, according to ABC News’ Raleigh station WTVD-TV. Gillett then requested help from his girlfriend, who remains unnamed, but she refused to partake in the crime.It was after she declined that Gillett allegedly got angry and hit her with a gun several times leaving her with injuries to her face, head and arm. He also allegedly submerged her phone in water rendering it unusable. Gillett fled on foot after the beating and his girlfriend went to a nearby home to request help from the police who arrived shortly after. Gillett was last seen on Saturday in Guilford County but the deputy who spotted him was unable to apprehend the suspect.The suspect was wearing a black beanie, a gray hooded jacket, gray pants and camouflage boots. Gillett is 6-feet tall and has short dark hair in the back and a longer fringe in the front. Officials say that Gillett is “armed and dangerous” and that anybody with information on his whereabouts should contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Lake Street Dive released their new album, Free Yourself Up, via Nonesuch Records earlier this month. In support of the new release, the group made stops at CBS for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and CBS This Morning. Their most recent promotional piece came out of NPR’s Night Owl series, where the Brooklyn-based group performed a laid-back version of “Baby Don’t Leave Me Alone With My Thoughts”.NPR’s Night Owl series highlights bands in “an intimate, unvarnished late-night performance, in the unexpected corners of American cities.” Lake Street Dive’s performance took place at Brooklyn’s Retrofret Vintage Guitars. Watch the band perform “Baby Don’t Leave Me Alone With My Thoughts” below:Free Yourself Up marks Lake Street Dive’s second release on Nonesuch Records. The band—drummer Michael Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, singer Rachael Price, and guitarist/trumpeter Michael “McDuck” Olson—produced the album themselves at Nashville’s Goosehead Palace Studios with engineer Dan Knobler.Lake Street Dive is currently on tour. Most dates on the first leg are already sold out, but they’ve got a lot more coming up between now and November, including shows with support from artists like Madison Ward and the Mama Bears, Mikaela Davis, and Robert Finley. Ticketing information for the upcoming shows can be found via the band’s website and you can order Free Yourself Up here.
Two power outages occurred around 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. today, affecting 20 buildings across campus, University spokesperson Dennis Brown said in an email.Both outages lasted less than 10 minutes each and were likely related. The outages were caused by an operational problem in the University’s electrical distribution system, but utilities staff will continue to investigate. The issue is thought to be resolved at this time.Tags: Dennis Brown, electrical system, power outage
By Dialogo May 18, 2010 Drug traffickers are seeking to set up laboratories in Central America and the Caribbean in response to pressure from the anti-drug authorities in Colombia and Mexico, according to an intelligence report published by the Bogotá press. The Colombian mafias are seeking to take coca paste out of the country “and process it in Central America in order to convert it into cocaine, ‘crack,’ or ‘angel dust,’ the best-selling drugs on the streets of New York, Amsterdam, Madrid, and Barcelona,” according to the digital edition of the daily El Tiempo. The report includes a declaration by the head of the Nicaraguan army, Gen. Julio Avilés, who said that he does not rule out that “with the pressure that is being put on the drug trade with Plan Colombia and Plan Mérida, in Mexico, (the criminals) may seek to set up laboratories in the Central American region.” On September 11 of last year, Nicaraguan authorities found a drug-processing laboratory in the municipality of Achuapa, believed to be “the first complex found in that country that has served as a distribution point for cocaine leaving Colombia and headed for the United States and Europe,” according to the publication. At least three Colombian criminal organizations have arranged to send “their people to the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Honduras, for the purpose of setting up and managing production complexes” for drugs, according to a Colombian police investigation to which El Tiempo said it had obtained access. Colombian drug traffickers for decades concentrated drug production in jungle regions in the south and west of the Andean country, but “the offensive by government forces in recent years has not left them room to complete the process in Colombia,” an anti-narcotics official told El Tiempo.