RSF urges China to stop censoring information about coronavirus epidemic


first_img to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more February 24, 2020 – Updated on February 28, 2020 RSF urges China to stop censoring information about coronavirus epidemic Organisation RSF_en April 27, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Chinese government to stop obstructing journalists covering the coronavirus epidemic and points out that only complete transparency will help to avoid the spread of rumours that exacerbate the crisis. News ChinaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses Citizen-journalistsWhistleblowersFreedom of expressionUnited NationsPredators News ChinaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses Citizen-journalistsWhistleblowersFreedom of expressionUnited NationsPredators Receive email alertscenter_img Although the virus continues to spread, having now infected nearly 80,000 people (mainly in China) and killed more than 2,600, the Chinese authorities continue to censor certain information about the epidemic. In early February, they arrested two journalists, Chen Qiushi and Fang Bin, two political commentators, Guo Quan and Xu Zhiyong, and placed a third one, Xu Zhangrun, under house arrest.In recent weeks, Beijing has also instructed the media to cover the heroism of the responders rather than the suffering of the population or the shortcomings of the measures taken by the government.At the same time, the authorities have significantly tightened their grip on social media and discussion groups where certain journalists and bloggers had dared to post independent reports, and where many Internet users were no longer hesitating to express their anger and to demand an end to the censorship.RSF urges the Chinese authorities to free the detained journalists and commentators and to allow the media to do their job of reporting the news without hindrance.“Censorship is clearly counter-productive in the fight against an epidemic and can only aggravate it or even help turn it into a pandemic,” said Cédric Alviani, the head of RSF’s East Asia desk. “Only complete transparency will enable China to minimize the spread of false rumours and convince the population to follow the health and safety instructions recommended for curbing the epidemic.”The Chinese government has been much criticized both domestically and abroad for its opaque and bureaucratic handling of the coronavirus crisis.China’s highest court, the Supreme People’s Court, recognized in late January in a statement on its WeChat account that the arrests on 1 January of eight whistleblower doctors accused of spreading rumours – including Li Wenliang, who died as a result of the virus in early February – may have contributed to weaken the response to the epidemic.President Xi Jinping has himself been criticized for waiting three weeks after the first documented case to alert the World Health Organization and more than six weeks before calling for mobilisation against the epidemic, on the eve of the Chinese New Year holiday.The fact that the Chinese media are closely controlled by the Communist Party and are often forced to relay its propaganda has also facilitated the circulation of false rumours about the origins of the epidemic and the way to protect oneself.China is ranked 177th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Help by sharing this information PHOTO: STR / AFP News Follow the news on China China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

The impact of föhn winds on surface energy balance during the 2010-11 melt season over Larsen C Ice Shelf, Antarctica


first_imgWe use model data from the Antarctic Mesoscale Prediction System (AMPS), measurements from automatic weather stations and satellite observations to investigate the association between surface energy balance (SEB), surface melt and the occurrence of föhn winds over Larsen C Ice Shelf (Antarctic Peninsula) over the period November 2010 – March 2011. Föhn conditions occurred for over 20% of the time during this period and are associated with increased air temperatures and decreased relative humidity (relative to non-föhn conditions) over the western part of the ice shelf. During föhn conditions, the downward turbulent flux of sensible heat and the downwelling shortwave radiation both increase. However, in AMPS, these warming tendencies are largely balanced by an increase in upward latent heat flux and a decrease in downwelling longwave radiation so the impact of föhn on the modelled net SEB is small. This balance is highly sensitive to the representation of surface energy fluxes in the model and limited validation data suggest that AMPS may underestimate the sensitivity of SEB and melt to föhn. There is broad agreement on the spatial pattern of melt between the model and satellite observations but disagreement in the frequency with which melt occurs. Satellite observations indicate localized regions of persistent melt along the foot of the Antarctic Peninsula mountains which are not simulated by the model. Furthermore, melt is observed to persist in these regions during extended periods when föhn does not occur, suggesting that other factors may be important in controlling melt in these regions.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s students complete national writing challenge


first_imgSaint Mary’s students Mary Brophy and Dalanie Beach, a senior and a sophomore respectively, took part in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this November. As the month draws to a close, the two students said that the month had been a positive experience.“It was good,” Brophy said. “It was extremely busy because I had to put three separate pieces together to get my final total instead of just writing one like I normally do.”Beach said her NaNoWriMo was similarly successful.“My month went really well,” Beach said. “I actually managed to stay ahead, which I think is mostly due to what I chose to write about.”Both Brophy and Beach said for them the most challenging part of the month was finding the time to write.“I have three classes a day, I was in the play [Once a Belle], work and other extracurricular things so just finding time,” Beach said. “Often, I was racing the clock to midnight, trying to get my word count in.”Brophy agreed that her busy schedule made the month more difficult.“I think it was finding time to work on my novel because normally I don’t worry too much about finding time but because I was taking so many credits this semester I actually I had to search for time to write which was frustrating,” Brophy said.  The opportunity to revise an earlier draft of her work was a highlight of the experience, Brophy said.“I think it would be finishing the first section of my [senior composition] and revising it to the point where I liked it … normally you are just writing out anything you can, just getting words on the pages,“ Brophy said. “But actually having the opportunity to … completely rewrite the thing I was working to the point where it’s actually good was an unusual surprise.”Beach said focusing on the plot of her story, as opposed to the characters, was an interesting part of writing this year.“Normally … I’ll think of a character I want to write about, which is what I did last year, and the plot just came as I was going,” Beach said. “This time I started with the plot and the characters came as I was going. It was cool to see that reversal happen.”This year, Brophy said she learned to accept the point of NaNoWriMo is the act of writing and not necessarily completing a project.“In years past I haven’t taken as many credits or wasn’t even in college yet, so I had time,” she said. “[This year has been] a good reminder that I don’t have to win every year; I definitely push myself to hit that 50,000 word count but I was really close to not getting there so I think I learned it’s okay to not finish NaNoWriMo, as long as I am doing some writing.”Tags: characters, National Novel Writing Month, novels, Plot, writinglast_img read more

3 helpful workplace distractions


first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Every office is different. Some are super relaxed and some are very intense. In every office, there are distractions. But are these always bad? I dare say that some distractions can actually be good for a more relaxed culture. Here are three distractions that may not be as harmful as they once seemed…Smart devices: At one point, cell phones were really frowned upon in the workplace. But these days, with access to mobile apps, your employees are actually more connected to their job when they have their phone in their hand. If an employee leaves their desk for a few minutes, they can still stay connected to their email inbox. If you send a message to a colleague through a collaborative app like Slack or Workplace, they can stay within reach even if they’re away on a coffee run.Water cooler convos: You don’t want your employees spending half their day engaged in gossip, but a casual conversation at the water cooler can help your team engage each other and build stronger workplace relationships. While the convo might start off focusing on weekend plans, it’s probably just as likely to turn its focus to things happening in the workplace. Stronger work relationships can lead to better collaboration and cooperation.Ping-pong and pets: Not all offices are pet friendly, and not all offices have space for a ping-pong table. The point here is that your office can find something that will bring your employees joy. A happy workplace is a stress-free workplace and that’s great for morale and productivity.last_img read more

Kaitlyn Bristowe Responds to Carrie Ann Inaba’s ‘DWTS’ Judging


first_imgNo hard feelings. Kaitlyn Bristowe knows Carrie Ann Inaba‘s tough judging on Dancing With the Stars is coming from a good place — even though she doesn’t completely agree with it.The former Bachelorette, 35, and the choreographer, 52, haven’t seen eye to eye throughout season 29 of the ABC dance competition, which kicked off in September. During the November 2 episode, Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev gave their routine their all, but it still wasn’t enough for Inaba. While fans have quickly come to Bristowe’s defense, she encouraged them to reign it in.- Advertisement – Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news! “I know that Carrie Ann was getting heat on social media for being hard on me and I’m like, ‘Make it stop!’ Because this is a TV show, right?” the Canada native said on a recent episode of her “Off the Vine” podcast. “Carrie Ann is totally allowed her opinions. I’m allowed to not agree with them or feel hurt by them, but it doesn’t mean people need to go and bully on her. I heard that she feels bullied and that makes me feel so terrible because I’ve been bullied so hard online … Don’t go bullying her because she’s being hard on me. That’s her decision and she’s a judge. That’s why she’s paid the big bucks to be a judge on that show, right?”Kaitlyn Bristowe Reacts Carrie Ann Judging BacklashKaitlyn Bristowe and Carrie Ann Inaba. ABC/Eric McCandless (2)After the last episode of DWTS, viewers took to social media to discuss the differences in Bristowe’s scores and those of her fellow competitors. Some fans even wondered if Inaba was harder on Chigvintsev, 38, because of their past romance. After seeing some of the backlash online, the Hawaii native took aim at those who chose to attack her professional opinions.“I still get bullied. … I can’t believe it still happens as adults,” she said during the November 3 episode of The Talk. “I want to tell people who bully: It doesn’t make me change the way I judge. I’m not about to change because you try to bully me. It only makes me stand stronger in my convictions and what I believe in.”- Advertisement – Following their recent disappointing scores, Bristowe and the Russian ballroom pro admitted to Entertainment Tonight that Inaba’s judging was starting to feel “a little personal.” Despite her questions about the feedback she’s received, the former spin instructor doesn’t think Inaba deserves to be trolled.“I want everybody to not be mean to Carrie Ann even if she’s harsh on me,” Bristowe said on her podcast, adding that it makes her “sick” to see negative comments about the DWTS judge. “You can ask why. You can wonder why or be like, ‘Why are you doing this?’ But don’t be mean. That’s all I have to say.”Dancing With the Stars airs on ABC Mondays at 8 p.m. ET.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Spurs seek replacement before Bale sale


first_imgGareth Bale’s proposed world-record move to Real Madrid has temporarily been put on hold, Press Association Sport understands. Press Association Reports had suggested that Bale would finalise his £93million transfer to the Spanish capital on Friday afternoon. But it is understood that Spurs are unwilling to sanction Bale’s move until they have signed at least one new player to fill the Welshman’s position. Tottenham looked to be favourites to sign Willian, whose best position is the number 10 role Bale operated in last season, but Chelsea have now entered the race for the Anzhi Makhachkala player. Chelsea contacted Anzhi late on Thursday evening to lodge a bid of £32million, which was accepted. Willian was very close to agreeing personal terms with Tottenham at the time following his medical at the club, but Press Association Sport understands he will now hold talks with Chelsea on Friday afternoon to see if he prefers a move to north or west London. Chelsea will be able to offer the Brazil international Champions League football, but he faces tough competition from Oscar, Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Andre Schurrle for a place in the starting XI. Even though Spurs have spent £60million this summer, Willian would appear to stand a much better chance of making Andre Villas-Boas’ starting XI. Spurs boss Villas-Boas is confident of signing Willian as he is close to the player but Chelsea hope the Russian connection between fellow oligarchs Roman Abramovich and Anzhi owner Suleyman Kerimov could swing the deal in their favour. Tottenham will wait to see how the Willian transfer unfolds before giving the green light for Bale to join Madrid. Spurs are also in talks with Roma officials over the transfer of 21-year-old Roma midfielder Erik Lamela. Lamela, who can play on either wing or through the middle, wants to move to Tottenham to play in Europe following Roma’s failure to qualify for the Champions League. The player’s agent is in London to try to finalise a move to Spurs and should the transfer be confirmed, it could prove to be enough for the club to grant Bale his dream move to Spain. Meanwhile, Stoke manager Mark Hughes, who had two unsuccessful years at Barcelona in his playing days, has told Bale to not be worried about the move to Spain once it goes through. “I would just tell him go and embrace everything about it,” the Stoke manager said. “I probably went with the wrong mentality in terms of thinking ‘I’ll go out here, have a couple of years, and then I’ll get back’. “That is totally the wrong way to go about it. You need to just embrace everything – the language, the lifestyle – and if you do that, it makes what you do on the football pitch flow a lot easier.” last_img read more

NHL playoffs 2019: Mitch Marner throws block party to preserve Maple Leafs’ Game 3 win


first_imgLaying everything on the line!Two huge blocks by @Marner93 in the dying seconds. #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/RRbdK4rsmq— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 16, 2019Entering Monday’s tilt on their home ice, the Maple Leafs needed a top-shelf effort from everyone on the roster. Not only is Toronto without Nazem Kadri, who was suspended for the remainder of the series after he cross-checked Jake DeBrusk, but the organization wants to avoid back-to-back first-round exits at the hands of the Bruins.The game started well as rookie Trevor Moore opened the scoring in the second period. Later in the frame, Auston Matthews scored his first goal of the postseason, giving Toronto a 2-1 lead. Exactly two minutes later, Andreas Johnsson scored Toronto’s third goal of the period, which turned out to be the difference.NHL PLAYOFFS 2019: Auston Matthews continues Game 3 domination for Maple LeafsYet, all of those guys could not help but praise Marner’s two crucial blocks, part of a career-high five-block night.“I got fired up, I think I jumped six feet in the air,” Moore said postgame of Marner’s heroics. “I didn’t know it was possible to block two shots like that and be okay. I was happy he’s alright, that was awesome.”Matthews, who netted his sixth career postseason goal, felt Marner inspired the rest of the team. Mitch Marner gave every inch of his body to ensure the Maple Leafs left Air Canada Centre Monday with a 2-1 series lead.As the Bruins tried to tie Monday’s game in the final seconds, Marner stopped two David Pastrnak goal attempts to preserve a 3-2 win. Pastrnak’s first attempt hit the Maple Leafs winger in the back of the leg, knocking him to the ice; Marner then used his chest to block a second attempt as time expired. “Those last two blocks were huge for us,” Matthews said. “It doesn’t matter who you are, when you see a guy like him sacrifice their body, it just motivates everybody on the bench and with the time winding down, that was huge.”Marner has been a major part of the Maple Leafs’ 2-1 series lead; he scored two goals in the team’s 4-1 win over the Bruins in Game 1. When the series resumes on Thursday evening, head coach Mike Babcock noted that the extra effort that Marner showed will be a necessity as his team aims for a 3-1 series lead.”That’s what you’ve got to do to win,” Babcock said. “Ideally, all those things are contagious. When you see your teammate do something like that, you’re more likely to do it yourself. I think everyone, team-building, they talk about team-building. To me, that’s team-building. That’s just laying it on the line when you need to and it makes everyone else around you better. Good for him and good for us.”last_img read more

Teams head to English Men’s County Finals


first_img Northumberland are already in the golfing headlines thanks to the win of the City of Newcastle Golf Club in the English Champion Club tournament. County champion Phil Ridden helped in that triumph and will be back in action this weekend.  The championship starts on Friday when Hampshire play Somerset in match one; and Staffordshire play Northumberland in match two. On Saturday the match one winners play the match two losers; and the match two winners play the match one losers. On Sunday the round robin will be completed.  Hampshire, which includes the Channel Islands and the Isle of Wight, will bring a line-up which features Matt Wilcox, the British mid-amateur champion and Martin Young, a past winner of the English mid-amateur title.  Staffordshire: Ryan Brooks, Jack Gaunt, Tom Hewitt, Lewis Pearce, Gian-Marco Petrozzi, Ollie Read and Jake Walley The teams include some of England’s finest players. Somerset’s team includes French open winner Josh Hilleard, boy international Tom Plumb and Dutch Junior Open winner Tom Sloman.  Somerset: Jamie Clare, Josh Hilleard, Thomas Plumb, Will Poole, Tom Sloman, Matt Turner and Philip White. County pride will be on the line this week when teams from Hampshire, Northumberland, Somerset and Staffordshire meet in the finals of a national championship.  The four teams will go head to head in the English Men’s County Championship from Friday September 29 to Sunday 1 October, battling it out over three days of match play at Trevose, on the Cornwall coast.  Among the Staffordshire representatives are Welsh open champion Gian-Marco Petrozzi and fellow international Jack Gaunt, together with Ollie Read, who tied for the English Boys’ County Champion of Champions, only to lose out in a play-off.  Teams Hampshire: Mark Burgess, Ryan Harmer, Billy McKenzie, Tom Robson, Colin Roope, Matt Wilcox and Martin Young.  Click here for the championship webpage  25 Sep 2017 Teams head to English Men’s County Finals Northumberland: Sean Heads, Matthew McClean, Andrew Minnikin, Craig Penny, Phil Ridden, Daniel Shevill and Sandy Twynholm. The action will unfold on the Championship Course, which is ranked as one of the top links in the British Isles, and it’s guaranteed that the wind will play its part in the outcome of this fiercely contested tournament.  Northumberland, Hampshire and Staffordshire have all won this title before, but not recently. Hampshire’s sole victory was in 1996, Staffordshire won six times between 1938 and 1975, and Northumberland had a purple patch of four wins in the early 1960s. Somerset are targeting their first win. Tags: competitions, County Finals, Menslast_img read more

Ray Rice: ‘I’m done with football,’ talks domestic violence


first_imgIn this Nov. 18, 2018, file photo, former Baltimore Ravens NFL football player Ray Rice stands on the Ravens sideline before a game between the Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals, in Baltimore.  (AP Photo/Nick Wass, file)NEW YORK (AP) — Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice says he’s not speaking out against domestic violence as a way to rejoin the NFL.Appearing Tuesday in a “CBS This Morning” interview with his wife, Janay, Rice said he sees similarities with himself after a video showed Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt shoving and kicking a woman at a hotel last month. Hunt was released by the Chiefs.“Well, obviously, you know, you look back and you see the similarities,” Rice said. “Early on you could feel like ‘Why they keep bringing my name up?’ You can make excuses or you can actually do the hard work,” Rice said.Rice was dropped from the team after he was captured on videos punching, kicking and dragging his then-fiancee from an elevator in 2014.In this Nov. 5, 2014, file photo, Ray Rice arrives with his wife, Janay Palmer, for an appeal hearing of his indefinite suspension from the NFL, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File) 2 hours ago “I hate that person. I hate him. Somewhere down the line everybody who’s sayin’, ‘Does he deserve a second chance for football?’ And this that and the other – I actually got my second chance,” Rice said, when the couple married weeks later.Janay Rice said she had no idea she was in an abusive relationship until she was forced to think about it. She said she has never seen the video in which Rice beat her. She said it was the first and only time he physically abused her.“I was there. I lived it. I don’t really need to relive it over and over again just to appease the world,” she said.Rice denies he’s looking to get back on the field.“Well, see that for me, is something that I understand why it was being said early on about, you know, is this a ploy to get back into football. And I’ll be the first one to say it. I don’t have to retire to tell you I’m done with football. The pressure I was under of being a star, that was the person I hated the most,” he said.He has met with the NFL and shared his story as part of the league’s domestic violence education program.“I know they are working with groups to try to get more of an understanding. And they’re doing the work,” he said.last_img read more

Ravens and Chargers both chasers as they meet Saturday


first_imgWhen they meet Saturday night in one of several intriguing games in the penultimate week of the NFL season, the Ravens and Chargers will be chasers. By Sunday night, they could be leaders.Baltimore (8-6) trails Pittsburgh (8-5-1) by a half-game in the AFC North. The Chargers (11-3) are tied with Kansas City for the AFC West lead — and the conference’s best record — but the Chiefs hold the tiebreaker.So the winner will be in solid position for the playoffs; LA already is in. Plus, the Steelers and Chiefs have very difficult road tests. Baltimore, ranked 12th in the AP Pro32 poll, is a 4½-point underdog at the No. 2 Chargers, who have had an extended rest after a sensational comeback win at Kansas City on Dec. 13.CHARGERS, 27-24 AP NFL✔@AP_NFL “They’re playing outstanding football,” Ravens safety Eric Weddle said of his former team. “We’ve got everything in our hands, as do they, so it’s going to be an amazing game, one that will define where our season goes from there.” KNOCKOUT POOL: Baltimore struggled a bit but then “Lamared” the Bucs. Next up, try TENNESSEE.No. 27 Cincinnati (plus 7) at No. 16 ClevelandHard to believe we’re going with Browns as our top choice. We are.BEST BET: BROWNS, 23-13No. 20 Green Bay (minus 1) at No. 29 New York JetsTempted by Houston and Seattle, but see this as …UPSET SPECIAL: J-E-T-S, 20-17No. 5 Los Angeles Rams (minus 14) at No. 32 ArizonaRams’ offense needs to wake up for 60 minutes. This is the time.RAMS, 40-10No. 8 Pittsburgh (plus 5 1-2) at No. 1 New OrleansSaints’ offense needs to wake up for 60 minutes. This is the time.SAINTS, 34-24No. 6 Houston (plus 2 1-2) at No. 15 PhiladelphiaSuch a huge game for both sides. In Foles we trust.EAGLES, 24-23No. 3 Kansas City (minus 2 1-2) at No. 10 SeattleChiefs could go from No. 1 seed to wild card, especially if they lose here.SEAHAWKS, 26-24No. 23 New York Giants (plus 9 1-2) at No. 9 IndianapolisColts believe they are playoff bound. Giants won’t get in way.COLTS, 30-20No. 18 Washington (plus 10) at No. 14 Tennessee, SaturdayTitans believe they are playoff bound. Redskins won’t get in way.TITANS, 22-15No. 24 Tampa Bay (plus 7) at No. 11 DallasDallas came back to Earth last week, should soar this week.COWBOYS, 26-13No. 25 (tie) Buffalo (plus 13) at No. 7 New EnglandNo more road nightmares for Patriots, who are 6-0 at Foxborough.PATRIOTS, 30-23No. 13 Minnesota (minus 5 1-2) at No. 25 (tie) DetroitWild-card spot could depend on win here for Vikings.VIKINGS, 26-14No. 4 Chicago (minus 3 1-2) at No. 28 San FranciscoNiners won’t be intimidated by Bears’ D after handling Seahawks’ D.BEARS, 17-13No. 22 Atlanta (plus 3) at No. 19 CarolinaRon Rivera deserves better than what players have delivered. Dan Quinn, too.PANTHERS, 21-20No. 21 Denver (minus 2 1-2) at No. 31 Oakland, Monday nightLast home game in Bay Area for Raiders?BRONCOS, 19-13No. 30 Jacksonville (plus 4 1-2) at No. 17 MiamiAt least it should be sunny for this one.DOLPHINS, 23-20___2018 RECORD:Last Week: Against spread (7-8-1). Straight up (9-7)Season Totals: Against spread (110-101-8). Straight up: (145-77-2)Best Bet: 5-10 against spread, 10-5 straight upUpset special: 8-7 against spread, 7-7-1 straight up___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Pro Football Writer @wilner88 picks Saturday’s Ravens-Chargers game and other matchups with playoff implications. Read the story: http://apne.ws/f2sgp75  Twitter Ads info and privacy See AP NFL’s other Tweets 11:30 PM – Dec 19, 2018last_img read more