Reporters Without Borders inaugurates its “Garden of Freedoms”

first_img April 27, 2021 Find out more to go further Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Receive email alerts RSF_en ChinaAsia – Pacific China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Help by sharing this information ChinaAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Chinacenter_img News News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures News Organisation News It is hard to imagine a “Better city – Better life” in a country that censors the Internet and jails human rights activists on such a wide scale as China. The Expo 2010 Shanghai slogan is meaningless when a government imposes so many curbs on its citizens’ freedom of expression. “City under surveillance – Lives under surveillance” would be a better slogan for this World Expo in China.As Shanghai prepares for the official opening of its World Expo on 1 May, Reporters Without Borders is today inaugurating its own online Garden of Freedoms.Reporters Without Borders invites Internet users all over the world to come to visit its Garden of Liberties, a Shanghai World Expo virtual pavilion in Chinese, French and English that is dedicated to freedom of expression. Visitors will be able to explore the cyber-police pavilion, the Tibet pavilion and the prisons of conscience enclosure, where they will be able to sign petitions for their release.The Garden of Freedoms will be the only place in the Shanghai World Expo where you will be able to discover the realities that the Chinese authorities go out of their way to hush up. Several dozen Shanghai human rights activists are currently under close police surveillance to prevent them meeting the foreign journalists who will be covering the inauguration.A World Expo is meant to bring people together around such values as progress, humanism and culture. What kind of universal values is China offering us when it jails such advocates of democracy as the intellectual Liu Xiaobo? Why do the representatives of the democratic countries including French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who will be at the inauguration, say nothing about China’s dark side?“The silence coming from the Paris-based International Bureau of Exhibitions (BIE) is deafening,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Why doesn’t its president, who used to be France’s ambassador to China, intervene publicly to get the Chinese authorities to display some tolerance during this Expo?”Reporters Without Borders wrote to BIE president Jean-Pierre Lafon urging him to press the Chinese authorities to stop censoring the Internet and release dissidents for the Shanghai Expo. There was no reply. Similarly, journalists have received no response from the BIE to requests for interviews about the forced evictions that took place in Shanghai while the exhibition was being prepared.Two Reporters Without Borders representatives, including the organisation’s secretary-general, Jean-François Julliard, have just been denied visas to visit Shanghai. “The authorities in Beijing have just instructed us to refuse you visas,” an official at China’s consulate in Paris said. “The reason? You know why.” April 26, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders inaugurates its “Garden of Freedoms” March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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DA: Bay Shore Woman Scammed $500K from Elderly Man

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Lisa Ferkovich allegedly scammed a man for $500,000, authorities said.A woman with three aliases who allegedly stole approximately half a million dollars from an elderly North Babylon man she befriended while out on bond in a separate identity theft case will be arraigned Monday on new charges, authorities said.Lisa Ferkovich, who was arrested outside her current address in Bay Shore on Nov. 27, was charged with grand larceny as a hate crime. The current indictment will be unsealed Monday at First District Court in Central Islip.Suffolk County prosecutors said Ferkovich became friends with an 83-year-old man in a North Babylon supermarket during the summer and gained his trust.The man’s bank accounts were “drained” during the alleged scam, Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota said in a statement, adding that his mutual fund holdings were also improperly accessed. Ferkovich allegedly “rolled up $35,000 in bills using his credit cards,” Spota added.Approximately $500,000 was allegedly stolen from the elderly man, authorities said.Ferkovich has also been charged in a separate case in which she allegedly prayed on another elderly man by stealing his identity and using his identification to buy three vehicles, including a Mercedes, Spota said.The district attorney said four elderly men in the metropolitan area may have had their identities compromised during the alleged scam, which continued for two years prior to Ferkovich’s arrest.Authorities said Ferkovich, who is believed to be 47 years old, also goes by the names Ruby Mithcell, Lisa Sideris and Lisa Brown. Her criminal history, authorities said, shows four different birthdays.last_img read more

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Less Snow Likely for Long Island as Storm is Downgraded

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Blizzard warnings across Long Island were lifted Tuesday and snowfall amounts were lessened just as a major storm impacting much of the East Coast made its way to the region.With the storm’s track altered, forecasters predicted LI would get between 4 to 8 inches of snow—a stark change from the evening’s forecast, which called for upwards of two feet of snow. Instead of a deluge of the white stuff, Long Islanders can expect snow, sleet, and freezing rain throughout the day. The sleet could be heavy at times, forecasters said, adding that periods of blowing snow are still possible. A coastal flood warning is in effect for the South Shore until 2 p.m. Forecasters with the National Weather Service warn of “moderate coastal flooding” at high tide and localized flooding of vulnerable waterfront and shoreline roads. Despite the change in forecast, the wintry mix was enough to cause problems on the Long Island Rail Road, which was facing system-wide delays of up to 15 minutes Tuesday morning. The MTA was encouraging riders on Tuesday to stay home and avoid traveling by rail. It appears many riders heeded those warnings, with the LIRR reporting minimal ridership Tuesday morning. Speaking at a press conference Tuesday morning, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said that despite the uncertainty with the storm, it’s clear that “there is less accumulation than the forecast had predicted.” “This is different than the trend we’ve seen in most of the storms we’ve had this season, where the eastern end of Long Island…has gotten hit harder,” Bellone added. “So we’ve gotten a little bit of a break here. But I want to caution people who look out the window and see that the roads are passable, that there isn’t significant accumulation on the roads. Those roads are still slick and icy.” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said it was important to monitor the temperatures as day transitions to night. “It’s actually easier to move snow than it is to move ice, obviously,” he said at a Tuesday press conference. Still, he welcomed the latest forecast for Long Island and New York City, saying there’s been less disruptions than expected. “We have no evidence of any coastal flooding along Long Island…no evidence of any power outages of any significance, even though we had high gusts of wind,” Cuomo said. Areas upstate were not so lucky, Cuomo said, adding that the state will redeploy equipment from Long Island to the Southern Tier, which could get battered with more than two feet of snow. While Long Island seems to have been spared the worst, many states across the East Coast were not as fortunate. The powerful nor’easter could impact as many as eight states and has already been blamed for thousands of flight cancellations and delays. Nearly all flights out of LaGuardia Airport were cancelled and John F. Kennedy Airport was also dealing with significant delays, officials said. The massive storm reportedly placed an estimated 15 million people under a blizzard warning, according to reports. The snowy mix could continue well into the evening, forecasters said. And wind gusts could clock in at more than 40 miles per hour.last_img read more

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Construction on Alpena County airport terminal expected to be complete this month

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich — Back in September, WBKB brought you Insights coverage of Alpena County Airport’s new terminal construction. The progress was well underway then, but now completion of the project is less than an a month away.When we came out in September, this is how construction of the terminal looked. Three months later, and just a few weeks from completion, you can see the significant changes that have been made to the building.“The bathroom is titled, the main hallway is almost tiled. The fixtures, such as the toilets and sinks and all those are getting installed. All the electrical is completed. They’re testing the paging system today. There’s just been a tremendous amount of progress since your last visit.”Aesthetic work has also come a long way since September, like the up–to–date accent lighting and this cozy fireplace meant to enhance the traveler experience. Plans even include bringing in food vendors to serve passengers after construction is complete.“It’s just going to be so much more comfort in this new terminal. There’s a lot more space. It’s a lot more brightly lit, it’s going to be much more pleasant to come and fly out of Alpena now.”The completion date of the terminal is December 20, but passengers can expect to take their first flight out of the facility at 6 a.m. January 16. Smigelski says he has big hopes for traffic expected to come through the airport.“There’s a lot of folks that don’t use the old terminal because it’s inconvenient, it’s uncomfortable. This going to take care of all of those issues.”The official ribbon cutting ceremony will be held when the weather makes landscaping and accommodations possible.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Airport, alpena, Alpena County airport, new terminal, terminal, UpdateContinue ReadingPrevious Alcona Middle School heading to state competitionNext Two Bit Operation Arcade Finds New Home in Downtown Alpenalast_img read more

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Ghana dealt injury scare as Asamoah Gyan limps out of training

first_imgGhana captain Asamoah Gyan failed to complete Tuesday’s training session over an injury concern.The Al Ain striker had his right thigh heavily strapped with ice on the sidelines as he watched his teammates train at the Accra Sports Stadium.The 27-year-old picked up a knock while with his UAE club.He however proved his fitness when he lasted the entire duration of Al Ain’s UAE Super Cup defeat to rivals Al Ahli last week.The Ghana captain however pulled out of Tuesday’s session after feeling pains in his thigh.He was immediately withdrawn to the sidelines perhaps as a precautionary measure before having a huge pack of ice strapped around the affected area. The Ghana team doctors refused to give any more details on the status of the injury until further examinations are conducted.An injury to Gyan will serve as a massive blow to the Black Stars just days towards the deciding 2014 World Cup qualifier against Zambia.Ghana are currently top Group D by just a point and only need to avoid defeat against the Chipolopolo to secure progress to the final stage of the qualifiers for next year’s World Cup in Brazil.last_img read more

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Chargers’ Joey Bosa in ‘much better place’ after disappointing season

first_img Mike Daniels says coach Matt Patricia’s ‘genius’ led him to choose Lions “I don’t like watching film from last year,” Bosa told ESPN on Sunday. “It was not me. I didn’t have the same power, the same strength. It’s not an excuse. It is what it is — but it’s a fresh slate this year. I kind of want to put that behind me, what happened last year.”I’m in a much better place, knock on wood, and I hope to continue to stay healthy. I just want to keep improving.” Related News Joey Bosa is hoping to bounce back this upcoming season.The Chargers pass rusher dealt with a lingering foot injury for a large part of last year and played in just seven games. When he did play, he wasn’t at his best, and the 2017 Pro Bowl player wants to get back to top form. The Chargers finished the season with a 12-4 record — the same mark as the AFC West champion Chiefs. However, they were eliminated from the playoffs by the Patriots in the second round.center_img A.J. Green injury update: Bengals wide receiver out 6-8 weeks with torn ankle ligaments Bosa notched 23 sacks in his first two NFL seasons and won Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2016.While he still managed to notch 5 1/2 sacks in 2018, his numbers appeared to have fallen short of his expectations.”I don’t know if it makes me a better player that I have a messed-up foot — well, it’s not messed up, but you know what I’m mean — but going through that, I think I would have had an unbelievable year last year, and I would have added on this year,” Bosa said. “I was frustrated last year, but it’s over now. I’m here at camp. It’s a new year and I’m ready to go. I’ve had a great offseason. It was a tough process working to get back to where I was, but I did, and I exceeded it. So I’m where I want to be.”Despite Bosa’s prolonged absence, Los Angles was one of the best teams in football last year.last_img read more

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