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Reporters Without Borders files court challenge to police ban on demonstration outside Chinese embassy tomorrow in Paris

first_imgNews News ChinaAsia – Pacific Organisation ChinaAsia – Pacific “We are challenging these orders before the courts because we think we have a right to demonstrate peacefully outside the embassy of any country that does not respect human rights. We hope the judge will take this into account and will recognise the non-violent nature of Reporters Without Borders’ protests.” News March 12, 2021 Find out more to go further Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Help by sharing this information News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on China Receive email alerts Protests planned outside Chinese embassies in seven capitals to coincide with Olympic Games opening ceremonyReporters Without Borders today asked a Paris court to suspend two orders issued yesterday by the Paris police banning the press freedom organisation from staging a protest outside the Chinese embassy and consulate in Paris at any time between 7 a.m. today and midnight tomorrow. “People make fun of China for restricting the places for demonstrations in Beijing, but France is doing exactly the same,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The Paris police have banned any demonstration near the Chinese embassy on the grounds that a demonstration has already been authorised on the Trocadero esplanade, which has become a sort of human rights ghetto.“We are organising demonstrations in nine countries tomorrow to coincide with the Olympic Games opening ceremony. Seven of these demonstrations are to be held outside Chinese embassies. Permission has been given for all of them except the one in Paris. Such excessive zeal on the part of the Paris police is outrageous.“We are challenging these orders before the courts because we think we have a right to demonstrate peacefully outside the embassy of any country that does not respect human rights. We hope the judge will take this into account and will recognise the non-violent nature of Reporters Without Borders’ protests.”Two plain-clothes policemen came to the Reporters Without Borders office in Paris yesterday evening to inform the organisation of the existence of two police orders banning its planned demonstration. The orders say that because of “demonstrations organised during the Olympic torch relay in Paris on 7 April… that resulted in outbreaks of violence … any demonstration envisaged between 7 a.m. on 7 August and midnight on 8 August is forbidden” near the Chinese embassy and consulate.The police orders also claim that “the aim of these demonstration could be perceived by part of the local population as a provocations likely to elicit hostile reactions that could result in serious public order disturbances.”Around 100 journalists, cyber-dissidents, bloggers and netizens are still imprisoned in China on the eve of the Olympic Games. The Chinese government has not kept the promises to improve respect for human rights that it made in 2001, when Beijing was chosen to host the 2008 Olympics.More information (in Arabic, Chinese, English, French and Spanish) about the Reporters Without Borders international campaign concerning the 2008 Olympic Games is available on the organisation’s website (www.rsf.org). August 7, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders files court challenge to police ban on demonstration outside Chinese embassy tomorrow in Paris April 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Mr. Clean Is Sick

first_imgDo you get sick too easily?  Did you grow up with allergies?  One reason might be your home environment is too clean, says a story on PhysOrg.    The “hygiene hypothesis” asserts that our immune system over-reacts to lack of stimulation by turning on itself – producing autoimmune diseases and allergies.  It “blames increased allergies on cleaner homes, increased air pollution and changes in diet.  Obesity and lack of exercise may also play a role.”    One researcher at University of Iowa is treating patients with multiple sclerosis and colitis with parasitic worms.  He claims incidents of these autoimmune diseases increased when parasitic worms were eliminated from our environment.  He thinks they have a “profound symbiotic effect on developing and maintaining the immune system.”Not sure we are ready to go that far and add parasitic worms to the diet – that idea needs much more proof!  The principle in this article could, however, help us think differently about some organisms with bad reputations.  Remember the milk maidens in Robert Jenner’s day who developed immunity to smallpox by working around cows?  Humans apparently need exposure to certain organisms to develop and maintain the immune system.  Certain tribes in Africa seem to get along quite well living in harmony with their livestock outdoors in environments that would freak out an American city dweller.    Maybe we should stop thinking of parasites as good vs evil, and view them instead as accelerators and brakes.  Everything in the living world is in motion.  There are constant pushes and pulls.  This is true in the genetic world, where promoters and repressors steer the expression of genes in a complex dance.  Our immune systems are not going to sit idly by when everything is sterile.  Needing stimulation and direction, they will practice on the body’s own cells, like bored firefighters setting the fire station on fire.  What’s needed in this view is balance, not isolation.    Our bodies are already covered inside and out with bacteria and other organisms, so encounters with more of them is only a matter of degree.  The microorganisms, fungi and worms in a new environment may act as alarms to keep our bodies ready.  Perhaps they even inject information needed for the body to adapt to the new environment.  They only become problematic when they swamp the body’s ability to react – perhaps because the immune response was not adequately exercised during development.  Allergies, in this view, are an over-reaction to things that should have been encountered in childhood.    These are mere suggestions that need more rigorous investigation.  The hygiene hypothesis cannot explain everything.  Plagues often ravage tribes close to nature as much as they do city dwellers.  Some parasites are nasty in any environment.  Maybe some of them had a useful function once but mutated into pathogens.  Whatever the balance point, cleanliness is still virtuous.  Didn’t we learn that from Joseph Lister?  (See last month’s Scientist of the Month).  All good suggestions need moderation.  Continue to shower and wash your hands.    The idea humans need exposure to organisms in natural environments makes sense, though.  Would some hospital patients recover faster in gardens open to fresh air?  Would incidence of allergies drop with more exposure to nature in childhood?  Is working the earth in gardening and farming good for health?  These seem like proper subjects for controlled experimentation and long-term population studies.  Meanwhile, it’s a good bet to increase your outdoor exposure.  Jog outdoors when you can instead of going to the gym.  Take your kids camping; go on hikes and visit a variety of outdoor environments.  This is unquestionably a better strategy for long-term health than parking them in front of the TV or video games with a bag of junk food.  This is a one principle both creationists and evolutionists should be able to agree on.(Visited 39 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Play Your Part episode looks at Mandela’s legacy

first_imgThis Mandela Day, the first since the beloved statesman’s passing, is a poignant reminder of his legacy and his belief in the power of the individual to persevere for positive changeThe fifth episode of the Play Your Part TV series, which airs on SABC 2 on Sunday, 13 July at 9pm will focus on what South Africans are doing to carry forward Nelson Mandela’s legacy.Nelson Mandela lived by three simple rules: free yourself; free others; serve every day.Madiba’s passion for service is legendary; he gave 67 years of his life to fight for equality and freedom for all, and on International Nelson Mandela Day, to pay tribute to his enormous sacrifice, people across the globe come together in the spirit of service, contributing 67 minutes of their time to help make the world a better place.This Mandela Day, the first since the beloved statesman’s passing, is a poignant reminder of his legacy and his belief in the power of the individual to persevere for positive change, and a clear call to work towards a better South Africa for all.We hear from the likes of FW de Klerk, George Bizos, Mac Maharaj, Kweku Mandela and others about the role that tata Madiba played in South Africa’s transition to a democracy in 1994.Also featuring in the fifth episode are Sello Hatang, Yase Godlo and Danielle Melville from the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the work that the do in continuing Mandela’s legacy. As Mandela’s post-presidential office, the foundation provided the base for his charitable work, covering a wide range of endeavour, from building schools to HIV/AIDS work, to research into education in rural areas to peace and reconciliation interventions.A comprehensive refurbishment of the Foundation’s building provided it with an appropriate physical home, the Centre of Memory. The Centre was opened on 18 November 2013, three years to the day after Mandela last used the building as his office. The Centre focuses on three areas of work: the Life and Times of Nelson Mandela, Dialogue for Social Justice and Nelson Mandela International Day.The episode also looks at producer Philip Dexter, the Mandela Day Marathon, the Bikers for Mandela Day initiative and Gardeners for Madiba.Don’t forget to watch the episode on Sunday at 9pm on SABC 2, and share your views with us on social media: use the #PYPTV, tag us on @PlayYourPartSA or engage with us on Facebook!Read more: http://playyourpart.co.za/tv-series-news/978-play-your-part-episode-looks-at-mandela-s-legacy#ixzz4PQA6bk4Ilast_img read more

10 months agoAgent coy over Lucas Hernandez to Bayern Munich rumours

first_imgAgent coy over Lucas Hernandez to Bayern Munich rumoursby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAgent Manuel Garcia Quilon is coy over the future of Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez.Lucas is being linked with a €85 move to Bayern Munich.”We will have to see what to do in the coming days,” the agent said to Deportes Cuatro.”[Atletico CEO] Miguel Angel Gil Marin was very clear when explaining the situation.”I have nothing more to say.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Halifax taekwondo coach suspended after student disciplined with cane

first_imgHALIFAX – A Halifax taekwondo coach has been suspended after a 17-year-old student was struck with a cane as discipline.Halifax police say they investigated a report of an assault at Woo Yong’s Taekwondo Academy in January, and determined an instructor had disciplined a student with a cane.“The youth did not require any medical attention and did not he suffer physical injuries,” said Const. Carol McIsaac.She said police closed their probe on Feb. 4 with no charges being laid.However, the Maritime Taekwondo Union, the regional sanctioning body, has suspended master Woo Yong Jung’s coaching credentials pending its own probe.“The MTU has very clearly defined rules and policies around how we are to interact with our students and interact with the community,” said MTU president Doug Large. “We as masters and instructors take those principles very seriously.”Jung’s lawyer, Jason Gavras, said in a statement that “Master Jung, the student who was disciplined and his family are quite surprised that this matter has become a story. They considered it largely a non-event and closed long ago.”The MTU launched its own investigation after the complaint was brought to its attention on Jan. 15.The organization immediately suspended Jung from coaching at local and national taekwondo events.When completed, the results of its investigation are to be turned over to a three-member panel said to consist of legal and medical professionals who are far removed from the taekwondo community. The MTU’s disciplinary measures range from dismissal of the complaint to permanent expulsion from the organization.“I think the entire event is unfortunate but we as an organization have no options,” said Large. “It has to be dealt with, it has to be addressed. We have a responsibility to all of our members and a responsibility to uphold the policies that we’ve set.”A letter of support from the Woo Yong TKD Parent Association said the situation has been blown out of proportion.“I have absolutely no concern when it comes to the safety and security of my children when they are in master Jung’s care,” said the association’s chairman, Byron Kendall.“My son … was present at the academy in early January when the initial incident occurred between master Jung and one of his older students. My son, who did not witness the incident but was within earshot of it, heard the incident and understood what was happening but knew that there was no danger to him or any of the other children.”Large said he has known Jung for a long time and said their relationship has been a tumultuous one but denied any of his previous experience with the suspended instructor contributed to the complaint and ensuing investigation.“Master Jung was my master instructor for the first half of my practice,” he explained. “He and I had a falling out a number of years ago and have reconciled.”“None of what has happened has been anything more than a response to his actions in his club and his decision-making process,” Large explained.(Global News, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Australian media charges over Cardinal Pell trial chilling for open justice –

first_img SharePrint David Crosling/via REUTERSDavid Crosling/via REUTERS Charges against dozens of journalists and publishers in Australia over the reporting of Cardinal George Pell’s child sex abuse conviction will have a chilling effect on future news reporting if they are found guilty of breaching a suppression order, a lawyer defending the press told a court on Monday.Prosecutors in the southern state of Victoria have accused 23 journalists and 13 news outlets of aiding and abetting contempt of court by overseas media and breaching suppression orders aimed at ensuring Pell a fair trial.Pell became the most senior Catholic cleric worldwide to be convicted of child sex abuse and was jailed for six years in February. He is awaiting an appeal.Among those facing contempt charges are Nine Entertainment Co, the Age, the Australian Financial Review, Macquarie Media, and several News Corp publications.Breaches of suppression orders can be punished with jail for up to five years and fines of nearly A$100,000 ($71,000) for individuals, and nearly A$500,000 for companies.Monday was the first day in court for a case that at once underscores the potentially severe consequences of breaching court reporting rules and their ineffectiveness at containing coverage in the digital news era.A guilty verdict would have a “chilling effect” on open justice and democracy in Australia, said Matthew Collins QC, a lawyer representing all of the charged media organisations and reporters.The county court of Victoria last year put a suppression order on reporting of Pell’s trial, or its eventual outcome, to prevent jury prejudice ahead of a second trial, which was eventually dropped.In December, the jury in the first trial found Pell guilty of abusing two choir boys. The verdict was widely reported by foreign outlets online. Some Australian media alluded to the conviction without naming Pell directly.Collins pressed the prosecution for more information about how Australian journalists could have broken court rules because none mentioned Pell by name or his conviction.“I am at a loss to understand how they could have scandalised the court,” he said.“They didn’t reference the cardinal, just referred to the fact that there was a broader story that could not be told.”None of the accused journalists were present and Supreme Court Judge John Dixon ordered that prosecutors file an outline of their case by May 20 and that the matter return to court on June 26.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more