French foreign minister to be asked why China’s newly-replaced chief censor was awarded Legion of Honour

first_imgNews June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News April 25, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 French foreign minister to be asked why China’s newly-replaced chief censor was awarded Legion of Honour Long Xinmin has been replaced as head of the government department responsible for censorship. He had reinforced censorship of the press, publishing and the Internet since his appointment in 2005. Reporters Without Borders hopes his successor will relax censorship. News Reporters Without Borders said it could only welcome Long Xinmin’s replacement today as the head of China’s General Administration of Press and Publications (GAPP), as his tenure was marked by an increase in censorship of the press, publishing and Internet.”But we are saddened to learn that Long is leaving this key post with France’s Legion of Honour, an award which he in no way deserves,” the press freedom organisation said, announcing that it would ask French foreign minister Philippe Douste-Blazy why he was given it. “A censor in the service of an authoritarian government should not be rewarded with a decoration intended for those who defend the French Republic’s values.””After the scandal surrounding the award of the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour to Russia’s Vladimir Putin, it is important that the French government should stop bestowing this decoration on authoritarian presidents or senior officials who prey on freedoms,” Reporters Without Borders added.When France’s ambassador to China, Hervé Ladsous, bestowed the award on Long at a ceremony in Beijing on 3 April, he hailed Long’s commitment to communication and the press. He noted the importance of press freedom, but made no mention of Long’s draconian censorship measures.The Chinese government today announced Long’s replacement by Liu Binjie as head of the GAPP. Long as been relegated to the post of deputy director of the Communist Party’s Central Party History Research Centre.Long steadily stepped up state control over the media and publishing after taking over as the GAPP’s director in 2005. He recently had eight books by well-known writers banned. Two of the writers went to the courts to challenge the ban. The censored books include “Past stories of Peking Opera Stars” by Zhang Yihe, the memoirs of People’s Daily journalist Yuan Ying, “The Press” by Zhu Huaxiang (which is about the Chinese media) and “This is how it goes at sars.com” by Hu Fayun.They were on a list of books which “overstepped the limits in 2006,” the authorities said. Also on the list was a book about Mao’s “Great Leap Forward” and one by someone who ran as an independent candidate in a local election. ChinaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Organisation Follow the news on China April 27, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison ChinaAsia – Pacific to go further China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Trial begins of Derry priest accused of sexual abuse

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleDefence accepts Mauritian CCTV footage has no bearing on Mc Areavey caseNext articleRallying – First Donegal International For Jennings and Doherty News Highland Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook The trial has begun in Derry of a parish priest charged with sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl.Fr Eugene Boland, 66, and originally from Moville, denies five charges of indecently assaulting the girl from June 1990 to June 1992.He is alleged to have committed the offences in a parochial house in Derry’s Galliagh area where the complainant did voluntary work.Opening the case prosecuting counsel Russell Connell said the alleged indecent assaults involved the defendant rubbing the girl’s waist under her clothes, kissing her on the lips once in a passionate manner and rubbing her leg with his foot under a dining room table.He is also alleged to have asked her if she was having a sexual relationship with her boyfriend and asking her on one occasion if her trousers were buttoned.The prosecution barrister said the complainant later confronted him in the confessional where the defendant is alleged to have told her despite being a priest we are still men underneath and we still think like men.The prosecutor said when the complainant wanted to report the matter to a bishop the defendant is alleged to have gone down on his knees and apologised for the hurt he had put her through.Mr Connell said the allegations were reported to the police in April 2010.The trial continues. WhatsApp 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme By News Highland – June 18, 2012 Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released center_img Google+ Twitter Pinterest Facebook Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Trial begins of Derry priest accused of sexual abuse Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Newsx Adverts Twitter Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powerslast_img read more

HSE should stop bringing back retired staff and hire young graduates – Higgins

first_img Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire North West MEP Jim Higgins is calling on the HSE  to stop employing retired staff on short term contracts while young, highly qualified people can’t get positions.He says this is happening in both in the administrative and nursing sectors.Mr Higgins says when he raised a similar issue with the Education Minister, it was dealt with quickly and properly, and he wants a similar response from MInister James Reilly and the HSE…….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/jhiggs1.mp3[/podcast] By News Highland – February 28, 2012 Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Newsx Adverts 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ Pinterest Previous articleHuman remains found in the River Foyle near LiffordNext articleAndrew Allen murder to feature on RTE’s “Crimecall” tonight News Highland HSE should stop bringing back retired staff and hire young graduates – Higgins Twitter Facebookcenter_img Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

‘Rhapsody in Black’ shows tonight at Crosby Theater

first_img ‘Rhapsody in Black’ shows tonight at Crosby Theater Latest Stories Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration The Troy Arts Council will present “Rhapsody in Black” at 7 p.m. tonight at the Claudia Crosby Theater on the campus of Troy University. There will also be a student show at 10 a.m. at the campus theater.The one-man show was written by and is performed by LeLand Gantt and explores his personal journey to understand and eventually transcend racism in America.TAC presenter chair, Dr. John Jinright has seen the Gantt’s performance and said it is a powerful show that deals with the important issues of stereotyping. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Print Article By Jaine Treadwell Email the author Published 10:10 pm Monday, October 15, 2018 Book Nook to reopen By The Penny Hoarder Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel “He takes the audience behind the scenes as he deal with racism and, in so doing, discovers a lot about himself,” Jinright said. “He gives the audiences some tools to confront racism as we encounter it in our own lives. Hearing his point of view will be something of value to all of us.”General admission tickets for “Rhapsody in Black” are $20 and will be available at the door. Sponsored Content You Might Like Johnson Center to hold reception for Art Bacon tonight Dr. Art Bacon will be honored with an artist’s reception from 6 until 8 p.m. tonight at the Johnson Center… read more Jinright said Gantt will share how he managed to cope with the various psychological effects of being marked “The Other.”Having seen Gantt’s story told on stage, Jinright said his presentation will leave a lasting impression on the audience. Skip “LeLand Gantt explores those issues with humor and grace,” Jinright said. “It’s an auto-biographical journey that confronts racism, not only in others but in himself.”Gantt’s life journey began in the Pennsylvania ghettos. As a teenager he experimented with drugs and delved into crime. However, he overcame those negatives in his life. He found success academically and an on stage.His acting career landed Gantt in situations where he was the only African-American in the room. The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies…last_img read more

Santa Fe victim’s family sues suspect’s parents, alleging they didn’t keep guns away from ‘monstrous murderer’

first_imgScott Olson/Getty Images(SANTA FE, Tx) — The parents of a 17-year-old boy gunned down in the Santa Fe High School shooting are suing the parents of the suspected teen shooter, alleging the suspect’s mother and father were grossly negligent for failing to properly secure their guns and keep them out of the hands of a “monstrous murderer.”Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, allegedly burst into the Texas school May 18 with a shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver, both of which are legally owned by his father, where he “coldly and calculating shot and brutally murdered Christopher Jake Stone and numerous other innocent victims,” according to the lawsuit filed by Stone’s parents, Christopher Stone and Rosie Yanas.Christopher Jake Stone and the nine others killed had the “innocent but terrible misfortune to be in the same school at the same time as the monstrous murderer who rampaged among them,” according to the lawsuit, filed Thursday in Galveston County, Texas. “As each bullet ripped home, gone in an instant were lives not fulfilled, marriages not happening, children not born, the ripple effect of so many good people touching the lives of others stilled forever.”Stone’s parents say Pagourtzis’ parents were negligent for failing to properly secure the guns, letting Pagourtzis have access to the guns and ammunition, failing to get mental health counseling and services for their son, failing to properly warn the public about their son’s “dangerous propensities,” as well as “negligently entrusting their weapons” to him.Stone’s parents also claim gross negligence for the parents’ allegedly letting their son access their guns.If the suspect didn’t have the guns available to him, “his hidden black rage might well have continued to simmer within, but, the life’s blood of his teachers and peers… would not have been so horribly, callously and needlessly spilled,” the lawsuit said.The suspect’s father, Antonios Pagourtzis told Greece’s Antenna TV last weekend that he thinks his son may have been bullied, saying, “My son, to me, is not a criminal, he’s a victim.” He also said his son never showed signs of violence.While it was Pagourtzis who allegedly pulled the trigger, the lawsuit alleges that “pressed just as firmly were the fingers of his parents who utterly failed to teach their son any respect for life whatsoever and who negligently and grossly negligently failed to secure their weapons in a reasonable and prudent way and put them directly and proximately into use as authors of community-wide tragedy and incomprehensible loss.”“We are as shocked and confused as anyone else by these events,” the Pagourtzis family said in a statement Saturday. “We are gratified by the public comments made by other Santa Fe High School students that show Dimitri as we know him: a smart, quiet, sweet boy. While we remain mostly in the dark about the specifics of yesterday’s tragedy, what we have learned from media reports seems incompatible with the boy we love.”“We extend our most heartfelt prayers and condolences to all of the victims,” the Pagourtzis family said. “We also wish to thank all the first responders from all over Texas that assisted in rendering aid and support.”“We share the public’s hunger for answers as to why this happened, and will await the outcome of the investigation before speaking about these events,” the family said. “We have been and will continue to cooperate with the authorities conducting the investigation, and ask for the public’s patience while it moves forward.”Pagourtzis, who is charged with capital murder, has been held at the Galveston County Jail without bond.His attorneys filed a motion Wednesday requesting that a “reasonable bond” be set. The attorneys argue that Pagourtzis has a constitutional right to a reasonable bail and they, furthermore, state that his family has the means to post that bail.Pagourtzis’ attorneys did not specify what they consider a “reasonable bond” to be.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

This week’s news in brief

first_imgThis week’s news in briefOn 29 Nov 2005 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Brown calls for pay restraintChancellor Gordon Brown has called for a 2% limit on public sector pay, to avoid exerting upward pressure on inflation. In a letter to the pay review bodies, which set annual pay rises for thousands of public sector workers, Brown said settlements should be based on “the achievement of the inflation target of 2%, rather than on the recent temporary rise in the rate of inflation”.www.personneltoday.com/32718.articleHR Olympian requiredThe London Development Agency (LDA) is recruiting for a head of HR on behalf of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA). An interim team based within the LDA is now offering around £75,000 for a head of HR to develop and implement strategy to support the ODA and build relationships with key stakeholders including the Greater London Authority and Transport for London.www.personneltoday.com/32728.articleBall skills win MiniGraham Brown, head of people support services at children’s charity Barnado’s, has won a Mini One courtesy of Personnel Today and recruitment firm Proactive HR. More than 1,800 people entered our competition to win the car, both through Personneltoday.com and at our stand at the CIPD’s annual exhibition in Harrogate. Brown correctly guessed that there were 2,996 balls in the Mini.last_img read more

Mansfield principal calls for 90% state-educated intake

first_imgThe principal of Mansfield College, Helen Mountfield QC, called for Oxford University to take up to 90% of its students from state schools, in an interview with The Sunday Times last weekend. “My experience is that those candidates just don’t do very well. We call them to interview because we have to. They just do really badly and we reject them and it’s a waste of everyone’s time. But if this target of 25% is going to be met, we will have to start admitting some of these people.” Denying that the policy of taking more state school applicants amounted to social engineering, Mountfield said: “What you’re trying to do is recognise some of the patterns of advantage of society and … find potential by trying to set those aside.” Mountfield said the number of Mansfield students achieving first-class and 2:1 degrees increased after more state school educated students were admitted. Previous to this, Mansfield had been “at the bottom” of the Norrington Table. She recalled a previous conversation with a judge, regarding positive discrimination for female lawyers wanting to join the bench, during her time as a QC. Mountfield, who was educated at a comprehensive school, said: “I would like to see [the proportion of students] to be broadly representative of the society from which people come. That would be about 90%” “Having taught in state schools during mycareer, I know the wealth of talent that liesthere. We wish the students every successin their studies, and hope they flourish atOxford.” “We have consistently gone up and this year we are fifth. It shows that we are … not saying let’s let in some poor kids as a charity case … but identifying cleverer people because we are looking more broadly at who might benefit from being here.” Mountfield’s expression of support follows the announcement that the University made more than 69% of its undergraduate offers this year to students attending state schools, an increase of 4.6% on the previous year and a record high. center_img A source high up in University admissions told The Sunday Telegraph last month: “The instructions we received were that we had to interview them as long as they met very basic standards – and some even failed those. “He said ‘You know, I think it would be dreadful for women. They would feel they were only there because they were women.’ And I said to him, ‘Does it undermine your self-confidence that you’re a white man? Do you ever think, maybe I’m only a judge because I’m a white man and if I was a woman I wouldn’t be here?’” Dr Samina Khan, Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach at Oxford, said at the time: “We know that students from some backgrounds are not as well-represented at Oxford as they should be, and we are determined that this should change. “It might be the person with sparky ideas [of whom] you think ‘I can teach you to write like a dream. But what I can’t teach you is ideas.’ So we’re just trying to find the people who might be slightly fumbling for it, who haven’t been taken to the theatre all through childhood, or seen people reading broadsheet newspapers.” Mountfield’s statement comes in the face ofcriticism from some University figures. Mountfield went on to say thatadmissions tutors take whether ateenager is from a poor area and ifthey are the first in their family togo to university into considerationduring the application process. Mansfield leads the way in Oxford colleges in terms of state school admissions at 90% for this year. A quarter of students accepted are the first in their family to go to university. last_img read more

Logan investigation discovers security cameras at Central High Apartments weren’t connected

first_img By Tommie Lee – March 10, 2020 0 451 WhatsApp Google+ Facebook (“Chinon 8mm Movie Camera” by SPDP, CC BY 2.0) The investigation into the death of Eric Logan has put a spotlight on security issues at the Central High Apartments.During the investigation, one of the issues officials ran into was a lack of security camera footage from the apartments. That’s because those cameras have been disconnected for the past five years. ABC 57 spoke about them with a resident, who said she wasn’t informed about the cameras when she moved in.That same resident said she feels safe in the apartments, thanks to other security measures that are in place. State Police say the apartments are not committing any violation. WhatsApp Facebook Logan investigation discovers security cameras at Central High Apartments weren’t connected Pinterest Pinterest Twitter IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Twitter Google+ Previous articleSome Notre Dame students away from campus see programs suspendedNext articleBeach Boys headed to New Buffalo this summer Tommie Leelast_img read more

City of Plymouth announces Mayor’s Month of Music lineup

first_img WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Google+ Chipi plays the guitar with Melanie Williams & El Cabloide music group during the “Girl Power” festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. The festival, organized by feminist groups seeking to redress male domination of music festivals, features female solo artists or women-fronted bands with a majority of women handling behind-the-scenes production. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko) The City of Plymouth is bringing live music back to town for their Mayor’s Month of Music event. The concerts are all free and will feature local musicians. They will all take place at River Park Square downtown each Friday for the month of August.They will have concessions and food vendors on hand, and you can also bring your own. They are asking that you plan to follow your social distancing guidelines during the concert.Find more concert details here with ABC 57 News By Jon Zimney – June 18, 2020 2 433 Facebook Google+ Facebook Pinterest City of Plymouth announces Mayor’s Month of Music lineup Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleRegional voices respond to SCOTUS DACA decisionNext articleAlabama, Notre Dame to play home and away series by end of decade Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more