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RSF calls for the release of a Chinese reporter who covered the Hong Kong protests

first_img Organisation October 28, 2019 – Updated on October 29, 2019 RSF calls for the release of a Chinese reporter who covered the Hong Kong protests News News RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more ChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses ImprisonedWomen In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival Follow the news on Asia – Pacific ChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses ImprisonedWomen Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Receive email alerts News News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of Chinese independent journalist Huang Xueqin, also known under the name of Sophia Huang, who covered the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong last summer and the #MeToo movement in 2018. She was arrested on October 17th in her home province of Guangdong under the ill-defined charge of “making trouble and picking quarrels”, an accusation often used by the regime against journalists which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.“Huang bravely addressed societal topics that are of the highest importance for the Chinese public and should never have been apprehended”, insists Cédric Alviani, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) East-Asia bureau head, who requests “her immediate release and that of all other journalists detained in China.”Huang, 30, originally planned to go back to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region as a graduate law student but had her travel documents confiscated in August.China is the largest prison in the world for journalists with at least 120 detainees and ranks 177th out of 180 countries and territories in the RSF World Press Freedom Ranking 2019. Help by sharing this information Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom June 10, 2021 Find out more June 7, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the release of Chinese independent journalist Huang Xueqin, who covered the Hong Kong protests and was arrested on October 17th in Guangzhou. to go furtherlast_img read more

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3 fees you should never pay again

first_imgBills. They sure can be a headache. No, not the Buffalo Bills. Although, if that’s your team, sorry to bring it up. We all have bills to pay, and most of us are used to a good chunk of our paychecks not sticking around too long. Those bills provide us with stuff that we need and stuff that we love. But what about fees? Is there anything more annoying than paying fees? Fees aren’t doing anyone any good. Here are three fees we should eliminate so we can keep a little more cash in our pockets.ATM fees: It’s nice when you need cash to be able to use a nearby ATM, but what’s it costing you? If your financial institution isn’t anywhere close, you’re probably going to pay at least one fee when using another FI’s ATM. Remember to stop by your favorite branch on your way to your destination and get enough cash to cover your trip or night out. You can also get cash back from most retailers, so take advantage of that. If you find yourself in a pickle, get a friend to pay and hit them back with Venmo or PayPal.Credit card fees: Maybe your credit card doesn’t have an annual fee, but if it does, is it really worth it? Compare credit cards and try to find the best rewards or cash back card you can get that won’t charge you an arm and a leg just to have the card. A credit card is a nice tool to have (especially if the rewards are really paying off) but make sure you’re not keeping a balance from month to month. Pay those things in full each month, and pay on time!Late payment fees: If you’re living paycheck to paycheck, it can be a delicate process to make sure each bill is covered on time in each pay period. Don’t let anything slide through the cracks. Paying a bill a few days late isn’t worth an added fee or a damaging hit to your credit report. Make a strict budget and save a little from the previous pay period so you can cover each bill when it’s due. Start saving and as long as you’re not spending more than you make, you won’t run into the same problem again. 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,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 Detailslast_img read more

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Boeheim, Cooney, Christmas represent Syracuse at ACC Media Day in Charlotte

first_imgTo officially kick off the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball season, 30 players and 15 coaches will be at the Westin Charlotte on Wednesday.Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim — entering his 39th season at the helm — senior center Rakeem Christmas and junior shooting guard Trevor Cooney will represent the Orange, which is starting its second season in the conference.The event started at 9 a.m. and goes until 5:30, with Christmas and Cooney addressing the media starting at 10:23 and Boeheim in the last group of coaches starting at 3:31Follow here on Twitter for updates all day. Here’s the full interview schedule courtesy of the ACC. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 29, 2014 at 9:02 am Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

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Brazil on top as Chile, Argentina struggle

first_imgMontevideo, Uruguay | AFP | Philippe Coutinho shrugged off his transfer disappointment with a goal as Brazil beat Ecuador to guarantee top spot in South America’s 2018 World Cup qualifying race on Thursday while Chile and Argentina stumbled once more.Liverpool star Coutinho, who had seen his hopes of a dream move to Barcelona dashed earlier Thursday as the transfer window slammed shut with no agreement, produced a scintillating second-half display in a 2-0 victory over Ecuador in Porto Alegre.The 25-year-old has not played for Liverpool this season, officially sidelined by a back problem as the intrigue over a move to the Camp Nou swirled.However Coutinho showed no sign of injury after coming on for Renato Augusto in the second half, enlivening the hosts after a goalless first 45 minutes before a restless home crowd in Porto Alegre.New Barcelona signing Paulinho opened the scoring for Brazil, lashing home from close range in the 69th minute after Willian’s corner. Coutinho then fashioned Brazil’s second, playing Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus into space behind the Ecuador back four with a lofted pass.Jesus wrongfooted the covering Ecuador defence with a sublime flick and then headed into the path of Coutinho who finished emphatically.The win was Brazil’s ninth consecutive qualifying victory and gives the five-time World Cup winners an 11-point cushion with three games remaining, meaning they cannot now be overhauled at the top of the table.The top four teams in South America’s round-robin competition qualify automatically for next year’s finals in Russia, with the fifth-placed team facing a play-off.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

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Confessions of a stay-at-home dad

first_imgBecoming a parent, says author Bruce Clark, has changed him for the better. Clark was raised as a Scientologist, set loose into the world without an education, and carried anger within him for years. Writing the book, he says, has been something of a cathartic experience.(Images: Random House Struik)MEDIA CONTACTS • Fourie BothaRandom House Struik+27 11 484 3538Lucille DavieBruce Clark is one of those unusual things – a stay-at-home dad. In his uplifting memoir Love Sex Fleas God, aptly subtitled “Confessions of a stay-at-home dad”, he talks about his troubled childhood and his ultimately successful search for direction in life.The captivating title came out of a paragraph Clark wrote in response to publisher Umuzi‘s request to describe the book – “Love sex fleas God” appeared, and the publisher said to him: “That’s the title!”Clark recounts with charm and humour his story – his brief marriage ceremony, the pregnancies and deliveries, and his adjustment to being a father, something that comes naturally to him despite his own tough upbringing – in the first half of the book.Despite a childhood that included being abandoned by his mother, the author doesn’t let this debut book become consumed by his harsh life experiences – at the end of the second chapter he writes that “This book is not at all about self-pity or anger. It’s a book about love.”It’s also about being vulnerable and honest and at ease with one’s feelings, something he learnt to do from a young age as he was surrounded by women – his mother, his sister and his grandmother. Finding directionClark’s story of neglect and alienation mirrors that of countless young men in South Africa, who may never get to tackle the root causes of their trauma. A good deal are raised by their grandmothers, often a result of parents dying of Aids. Like Clark, many too are raised in homes with absent fathers.His desperately poor grandmother was not able to adequately see to his needs, and the problem was exacerbated because Clark moved schools frequently.Experts agree that neglectful parenting – which encompasses all kinds of physical and emotional ill-treatment – doesn’t only upset the child, but the effects spill out into the family and the community, contributing to problems like violence, school drop-outs and unemployment.This makes Clark’s turnaround more remarkable and is a testament not only to his own character, but to the resilience of the South African spirit.Turned out on the streets at 16, Clark finds himself without a matric and without a job. After two years in the army he takes an aptitude test and learns to be a computer programmer, but is eventually retrenched, and ends up feeling despondent, useless and directionless.Meeting “a good woman”, and having children saves him, and it’s as a husband and father that he’s able to find himself. He has worked through his anger towards the world, and his life is given meaning by his deep love for his family.His devotion to his children glitters. He answers his son’s question “How many days until the end of the world?” by phoning God, after which his son tells a friend, with great pride, that his father has God’s phone number. He playfully goes along with his five-year-old daughter’s request for a new dress, teasing her, until she turns to him and says: “You have a crack in your bum.” Traumatic upbringingThe mood shifts in the second half of the book, where he describes his upbringing in a Scientology home, where his mother subjects him to distress and neglect, dumping him and his sister with his grandmother, who becomes their surrogate but unsuitable mother.His anger is never far from the surface, but still he manages to spend time with his mother at the end of her life, work through his resentment for her, and in the end, love her.“When my mother died my relationship with her was the best it had ever been,” he says. “She got to see my life through my eyes and vice versa. I spent too many years regarding her as a failed mother instead of recognising the fact she was an outstanding human.”It was a healing experience. “I suppose the fact that in the end I went from willing her to live to willing her to die was a testament to me moving to the side of love. She suffered so very much and I wanted it to end.” Clark’s mother died of cancer. Two years to writeClark says it took him around two years to write the book, but that it “tickled my fancy for years and years”. A school drop-out, he says that the only thing he could really do at school was to write.His first serious piece of writing was a eulogy for Jack, the car guard at Dabulamanzi Canoe Club in Greenside, Johannesburg, where Clark went to train for the Dusi Canoe Marathon, a 120km canoe race held in KwaZulu-Natal each year. For years the two of them had had a fraught relationship, which “brought out everything I hated in myself”.All that changed when he brought his children to the dam, and noticed how naturally Jack engaged with them. He started liking Jack, even looking out for him – they developed a close relationship. Several years later Jack, who was raising his grandchildren on his own, died. Clark was distraught, and wrote the eulogy, which was posted on the kayaking email group. This was picked up by the editor of Afrikaans newspaper Rapport, and Clark was asked to write several articles for the newspaper.Random House then approached him, suggesting a book, and the ball started rolling.Clark says he found the book difficult to write, not knowing which way around to start. For instance, he wrote the last page first – “that came very easily”. After that, the challenge was getting the sequence right. Favourable feedbackThe reaction to the book has been “pretty good”, he says. “It feels quite cathartic, and satisfying. I appreciate it when people say it is well written, that means more to me than anything else.”He adds that he didn’t anticipate how many people saw themselves in the book, particularly in their struggles with religion and personal issues. They found it comforting to read about how he had coped with his upheavals.Has being a parent changed him? “I am a lot more tolerant, humble and patient, a better person,” he says.More importantly, he sees himself as a writer now, who wouldn’t go back into formal employment. He has started writing again, although he doesn’t know where it will lead him. It’s more important to be happily married and a devoted parent.last_img read more

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2008 Canberra Carnivale

first_imgThe ACT Touch Association would like to invite you and your team to participate in the Canberra Carnivale being held on the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of November 2008 at the Deakin Touch fields in Canberra.This event will be quite different to the usual Touch Football Knock-out. The emphasis will be on the social teams and having several activities over the weekend that will make this tournament different to other knockouts.They will have a dash for cash, 2 on 1 defence comps for cash, a referees’ dash for cash, jumping castle for the kids, kids novelty events and a big function on the Saturday night. Of course there’ll be prize money as well for the winners in each division!While there’ll be the usual elite competition open to all teams, the emphasis will be on the social teams and creating a carnival atmosphere, with everybody having fun.If you’d like to find out more about our Canberra Carnivale and any teams in your competitions would like to nominate, please visit our website at http://www.acttouch.com.au  and click on Canberra Carnivale 2008.Please come and join us for what is shaping to be a great Carnival. We look forward to having you and your team involved in the Canberra Carnivale. You won’t regret it!Related Filescanberra_carnivale_poster_2008-pdflast_img read more

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Report Uber IPO could put company value at 120 billion

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Uber may put forth an initial public offering early next year that values the ride-hailing business at as much as $120 billion, according to a media report.The Wall Street Journal said Tuesday that Uber Technologies Inc. received valuation proposals from Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. There is no guarantee Uber will fetch that valuation, or go public soon.If it does, and at that price, the company would be worth more than Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles combined.There are hurdles for Uber, past and present. In addition to a series of scandals including workplace sexual harassment, theft of intellectual property and the ouster of its co-founder, the company is facing increasing competition.The Journal also reported Tuesday that Uber’s smaller, but chief rival, Lyft, had picked underwriters for a public offering expected in early 2019. JPMorgan Chase & Co. will lead the offering, along with Credit Suisse Group AG and Jefferies Group LLC, the Journal reported. Lyft was valued at $15.1 billion earlier this year.last_img read more

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VW wants to storm car market with massmarket electric model

first_imgFRANKFURT — Automaker Volkswagen says it will invest 44 billion euros ($50 billion) in developing autonomous and electric cars and expand the appeal of battery-powered cars by selling its upcoming ID compact for about what a diesel-powered Golf costs.Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch told a news conference Friday that the company’s plans for the next five years aim to make Volkswagen “a worldwide supplier of sustainable mobility.”Poetsch says the company is in talks with Ford about possible co-operation in making light commercial vehicles.Volkswagen is converting three of its German plants from internal combustion to battery car production as it pivots away from diesel vehicles in the wake of its emissions scandal. It says it will increase the number of electric models from six now to more than 50 by 2025.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Dawson Creek RCMP looking for suspect after 7Eleven robbery

first_imgWhen the clerk didn’t give the cash, the man then displayed a can of bear spray and discharged it at the clerk.The man then took cash from the register and ran from the store. He possibly got into a pickup truck and was last seen travelling south on 8th St.The Dawson Creek RCMP are requesting any persons that may have any information on this incident to call their office at 250-784-3700. If you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Dawson Creek RCMP are looking for a suspect after bear spray was used during a robbery at the 7-Eleven on 8th street.On Thursday, April 19, the Dawson Creek RCMP responded to a report of a robbery at 7-Eleven in the community.The Dawson Creek RCMP were notified that an unknown male, wearing a grey hoodie and blue face mask, entered the 7-Eleven convenience store and demanded cash from the clerk.last_img read more

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