Security measures deployed for Olympic torch relay in Paris condemned as “shameful”

first_img Follow the news on China News March 12, 2021 Find out more News News Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard gave a news conference at the organisation’s Paris headquarters yesterday to condemn the “shameful” security measures that have been prepared for the Olympic torch relay’s passage through Paris tomorrow.“Thirty-two riot police and gendarme trucks, 65 motorcycle policemen, a helicopter and boats on the Seine – not even a visiting head of state gets that,” Ménard said. “All that is missing is an appeal to Parisians to stay at home along the lines established in Beijing, where only officials welcomed the Olympic torch on a Tiananmen Square emptied of passers-by. And you will have noticed that it was the Chinese minister of state security, the official responsible for repression in China, who was at the airport for the torch’s arrival.”Reporters Without Borders has decided not to try to stage any protest near the Olympic torch. “We do not want any gesture to be misinterpreted,” Ménard said. “We do not want people to be able to say that we are the ones who use violence. We are not trouble-makers or agitators.” Ménard nonetheless promised “symbolic and spectacular” protests while the Olympic torch relay is in Paris.Meanwhile, a new opinion poll released yesterday confirms that most French people support the idea of a boycott of the Beijing Olympic Games opening ceremony by French President Nicolas Sarkozy. A total of 62 per cent of the people questioned support this campaign call issued by Reporters Without Borders, up from 53 per cent on 19-20 March.Reporters Without Borders calls on Parisians to go to the foot of the Eiffel Tower at midday dressed in black or wearing the T-shirt with the Olympic rings replaced by handcuffs in order to show support for human rights in China and Tibet. June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information ChinaAsia – Pacific April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF_en center_img China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Receive email alerts Organisation News to go further China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes April 6, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Security measures deployed for Olympic torch relay in Paris condemned as “shameful” ChinaAsia – Pacific last_img read more

Initiative takes a deep dive into public health

first_img Read Full Story Improving future health in the broadest sense — an individual’s complete physical, mental, and social well-being — requires assets and partners outside of the health care sector. That was the central theme of the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative’s (ALI) 2019 Public Health Deep Dive.ALI’s Deep Dive sessions highlight one major global or community challenge where ALI Fellows might fill a gap. Deep Dives include readings, outside experts, often faculty from relevant Harvard programs, and a focus on problem solving and practical applications of knowledge.The 2019 Public Health Deep Dive featured presentations and discussions on global health frameworks with examples from low and middle-income countries, alongside an introduction to the economics and politics of health care reform in the United States. Although the U.S. is one of the wealthiest nations in the world, it is far from the healthiest and its challenges provided a useful lens through which to view health system design challenges more broadly.During the two-day event, ALI Fellows conversed with faculty from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and leaders from the community and health care industry, about the complex challenges associated with improving health systems, and ultimately health, both in the U.S. and globally.The Deep Dive featured a panel discussion, dynamic speakers, and a design workshop. Presentations began with basic knowledge on health systems and moved towards discussion of current domestic and global health priorities, including the nutritional consequences of climate change, addiction, and mental health. The cohort came together in the middle of the second day to design a solution to a specific health challenge, and the Deep Dive concluded with an intimate conversation with Jim O’Connell, founder and president of Boston Health Care for the Homeless.Bringing together the content of the Deep Dive, ALI Faculty Chair Meredith Rosenthal helped fellows synthesize their thinking around the complex issues in public health.Ultimately, ALI Fellows seemed to agree that some degree of collaboration was necessary to address these issues. Change could happen only by working with communities to identify problems and potential solutions and by gathering stakeholders across sectors to implement those solutions.Rosenthal, the C. Boyden Gray Professor of Health Economics and Policy at the Harvard Chan School, co-chaired the 2019 Public Health Deep Dive with Howard Koh, member of the ALI Faculty Executive Committee and professor at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Chan School of Public Health.last_img read more

Don’t allow Lionel Messi to leave, Ronaldo warns Barcelona

first_imgBarcelona legend Ronald Nazario has warned the Catalan giants to do everything possible to keep Lionel Messi at the club this summer. Messi has been linked with an exit from the Camp Nou ahead of the 2020-21 season, amid growing reports he told new manager Ronald Koeman he has doubts over his future in Catalonia.Advertisement However, former Brazilian international Ronaldo believes Barcelona would be on a downward slope if Messi leaves in the coming weeks. “Messi is the reference point for this team, and if I was Barcelona, I would not let him leave in any case,” he told an interview with Marca. Loading… Promoted Content10 Celebrity Dads Who Don’t Get Along With Their KidsWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Here Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterMost Amazing Advanced Robots That Will Change Our World7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhonePretty Awesome Shows That Just Got Canceled23 Marvel Heroes Reimagined By Caricaturist7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian “He has been a great player, and has a very intense relationship with the club.“The situation has been exaggerated by their Champions League defeat. However, Messi needs his teammates to help him.“Barcelona need to try something new next season. But their main player leaving is not the solution.”The Catalan giants remain committed to retaining Messi at the club, despite the Argentinian international entering into the final 12 months of his contract, with no extension agreed.Koeman has already spoken with the 33-year old to inform him of his plans for next season, with Messi at the heart of the project.Ronaldo is one of the few players to retain cult status at Barcelona, despite also playing for arch rivals Real Madrid.Read Also: Barcelona board struggling to pin down MessiHe netted an incredible 47 goals in 49 games in all competitions for Barcelona in his one season at the club in 1996-97.After joining Inter Milan in 1997, he moved to Real Madrid in 2002, scoring 104 goals in 177 games, and winning the La Liga title in 2003.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Messi focussing on positives as Argentina’s Copa hopes hang by thread

first_img0Shares0000Lionel Messi saved Argentina from defeat against Paraguay but admits the team is not gelling © AFP / Douglas MagnoRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Jun 21 – Lionel Messi was looking at a glass half full after his penalty kept alive Argentina’s hopes of reaching the Copa America knock-out stages following a 1-1 draw with Paraguay.Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi’s 57th-minute penalty cancelled out a first-half opener from Paraguay’s Richard Sanchez on Wednesday night. But Argentina also had goalkeeper Franco Armani — perhaps lucky to still be on the field at that point after denying Derlis Gonzalez a clear goalscoring opportunity in the first half — to thank for saving a second-half penalty.“We have to think positively and keep our confidence,” said Barcelona forward Messi.“We need to improve and arrive in the best shape possible for the next match … and we have to win.”Defeat would not have ended Argentina’s hopes of reaching the quarter-finals since eight of the 12 participating teams will progress to the knock-out stages.As well as the top two in each of the three groups, the best two third-placed finishers qualify.“It would crazy if we couldn’t progress from the group given that there are practically three teams that go through,” said Messi, who will turn 32 on Monday.Defeat at the Minerao stadium in Belo Horizonte would have meant that Argentina could finish no higher than third — Colombia have already won the group after two straight wins.Now they know that victory over invitees Qatar in Porto Alegre on Sunday will likely be enough to see them into the quarters.However, the Asian champions are in the same boat as Argentina, with one point from two matches, and are even ahead of Lionel Scaloni’s team on goal difference.And Argentina have showed few signs of finding the kind of form that took them to three major tournament finals in as many years — all lost — from 2014-16.– ‘Searching for a team’ –Argentina had been second best in the first half of their 2-0 defeat by Colombia last Saturday, but then still conceded both goals in a much improved second-half showing.Scaloni dropped Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria of Paris Saint-Germain for the Paraguay match but Argentina produced another disjointed and unconvincing display.But Messi insisted that the level of competition is tougher than some appreciate and pointed to Venezuela holding Brazil to a 0-0 draw on Tuesday as proof.“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy playing in a Copa America, we’re searching for a team, for a performance,” said Messi.“Venezuela made it hard for Brazil. At the moment we’re not winning any more in the (Argentina) shirt and we have to put things right to earn the three points” against Qatar.Messi came to Brazil hoping to end a painful run of losing finals with Argentina.Despite winning La Liga 10 times and the Champions League four times with Barcelona, he’s never won a major honor with his country.Three times — 2007, 2015 and 2016 — he’s lost in a Copa America final and in 2014 Argentina were also defeated by Germany in the World Cup final.But after their first two performances here, the question is not whether they can end their 26-wait for a major title, but simply whether they can avoid taking the first flight home.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

South African rhinos need technology to curb poaching

first_img30 September 2015We Are Protect is planning field testing of high-tech devices to stop rhino poaching in Africa.The British conservation group recently completed proof-of-concept trials in South Africa of high-tech devices such as spy cameras, heart rate monitors and GPS trackers on black rhinos. It is now aiming to move to field testing of its Real-time Anti Poaching Intelligence Devices (Rapid).There had been 1 617 positively identified poacher activities in the Kruger National Park so far this year, according to the Department of Environmental Affairs. This implies that there are three incursions each day, anywhere along the thousand-kilometre long Kruger border.By 27 August, 749 rhinos had been killed by poachers across the entire country. Of these, 544 were poached in the Kruger. This is an increase over the 716 rhino killed by poachers countrywide by the end of August 2014. Of that number, 459 rhinos were poached in the Kruger.How Rapid worksThe Rapid unit is fitted inside the horn of a wild rhino. This operation is painless because rhino horn is made of keratin, just like human nails or hair. The data from the device are then relayed live to a control centre, which could be many miles away.If the animal’s heart rate suddenly becomes heightened or declines, it triggers immediate analysis of the in-horn camera footage while an armed anti-poaching team scrambles on a rapid response mission to intercept the poachers at the location provided.The original impetus for Rapid came from the inability of teams on the ground to detect poaching quickly and effectively enough to catch the poachers and prevent the horn from reaching the illegal markets. The reality is that the group aims to save the rhino, not just its horn.Jason Gilchrist, an ecologist, wrote that to achieve this goal, Rapid should operate as a deterrent, not just an arrest mechanism. “This has raised the question of whether Rapid-tagged rhinos should ‘advertise’ that they are carrying the device. But that could simply drive poachers to target untagged rhino.“So, in order to achieve the aim of the project, to render poaching a ‘pointless exercise’, we need all individual rhinos to be fitted with Rapid and tagged to indicate so. That sounds expensive and it is not clear who would foot the bill.”Watch the world of a rhino through his horn:The We Are Protect team is already looking beyond rhino, and aims to expand the use of Rapid to other endangered creatures under attack from poachers, including elephants and tigers.“We need to throw everything we have, from all angles, at wildlife crime,” said Gilchrist. “If we cannot save iconic species like rhinos, elephants, and tigers it does not bode well for the less celebrated animals out there that are also suffering.”South Africa’s fight against rhino poachingSpecies conservation, including the conservation of rhino, formed part of her department’s strategic intervention, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said on 30 August. She was giving a progress update on the fight against rhino poaching. Her department is working in partnership with the Security Cluster departments, namely Defence and Military Veterans, Police and State Security, to put interventions in place to curb poaching of wildlife.“As I have constantly emphasized, were it not for the measures we have undertaken as part of the Integrated Strategic Management of Rhinoceros the situation would be worse, given the escalation of poacher activity,” said Molewa.Their teams had made physical contact with heavily armed poachers 95 times so far this year, close to three times a week. “To illustrate the escalation of the threat, let me remind you that for the whole of 2014, there were 111 contacts with heavily armed poachers,” she said.“In response to this escalated threat, we have stepped up our efforts, which include traditional anti-poaching policing strategies. In this regard, the utilisation of K-9 units, night capability as well as air and land capability, is now bearing fruit.”At the core of this strategy, the minister added, was a wildlife sector transformation agenda to ensure provision of sustainable alternative livelihood strategies for South Africans, which would help to curb poaching. “This strategy seeks to promote inclusive economic opportunities, reflected by a sector which will be equitable and dictate fair processes and procedures in the distribution of natural resources and access to markets, and undertaking of projects that will assist to uplift the financial and economic status of our people,” she concluded.Watch the Security Cluster speak about their intervention programmes to stop rhino poaching:Meanwhile, Collet Ngobeni and Felicia Mogakane were in New York City on 27 September to accept the United Nations top environmental accolade, the Champions of the Earth award, on behalf of their organisation, Black Mambas.Both women are two of the original members of the 24-strong group, South Africa’s first all-female anti-poaching team. Black Mambas was set up in 2013 to protect the private Balule wildlife reserve, a park that borders the Kruger, and its resident rhino.Over the past two years the team, which does not carry guns, has reduced snaring by 76% in the reserve, saving the lives of rhino and putting poachers out of action.UN Environment Programme deputy executive director Ibrahim Thiaw said the success of the Black Mambas in reducing poaching raised the question of how and where this programme could be replicated.Source: The Conversation and South Africa.info reporterlast_img read more

14 days agoSouthampton midfielder Ward-Prowse: We must regroup during international break

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton midfielder Ward-Prowse: We must regroup during international breakby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse says they need to regroup during this international break.Saints lost their third top-flight game in a row on Sunday when they were comfortably beaten 4-1 by Chelsea at St Mary’s. Ward-Prowse said: “I think certainly it will be a case of having a look at ourselves individually and collectively.“First of all, we need to see what we ourselves as individuals need to do and change to bring to the table.“We’ve got a good period of time to work on a few things during the international break, so it will be a good time to work on them.“I think we all, individually, need to be better.“We’ve had an OK start to the season with a few good results here and there, but we need to be consistently better.“We want to start taking points off the big teams and we need to get that belief and drive back to do it again.” last_img read more

Easy Rider star Peter Fonda dies at 79

first_imgWashington: US actor and filmmaker Peter Fonda, who became an international star in 1969 with “Easy Rider,” died at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 79. The cause of death was respiratory failure arising from lung cancer. “It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that Peter Fonda has passed away,” the family said on Friday, Efe news reported. “In one of the saddest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our hearts. And, while we mourn the loss of this sweet and gracious man, we also wish for all to celebrate his indomitable spirit and love of life,” his family told the media. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “In honour of Peter, please raise a glass to freedom,” the family statement concluded, quoting a line from “Easy Rider.” Son of Hollywood giant Henry Fonda and younger brother of Jane Fonda, Peter Fonda entered show business in his early 20s, working on Broadway as well as in television and film. But he fell out of favour with big studios due to his long hair and drug use and spent years doing small-budget films until he was able to raise enough money to make “Easy Rider.” Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna Starring Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson, the film was a global blockbuster. Fonda, Hopper – who also directed – and Terry Southern shared an Oscar nomination for best screenplay, while Nicholson was nominated for Best Supporting Actor. Nearly three decades later, Fonda earned a Best Actor nomination for his performance in the highly acclaimed “Ulee’s Gold.” Fonda, in the guise of his Captain America persona from “Easy Rider,” became a counterculture icon alongside contemporaries such as Mick Jagger, Jimi Hendrix, Muhammad Ali and John Lennon. “I am very sad. He was my sweet-hearted baby brother. The talker of the family. I have had beautiful alone time with him these last days. He went out laughing,” Jane Fonda said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. Peter Fonda is survived by his third wife, Margaret DeVogelaere, and his children, Bridget Fonda and Justin Fonda. Both of the children appeared briefly in “Easy Rider” and Bridget went on to act in dozens of films as an adult, including “The Godfather III” and “Jackie Brown.”last_img read more

Harrison Ford To Auction Iconic Jacket From Star Wars The Force Awakens

first_imgHan Solo returned to the big screen last December with Harrison Ford reprising his legendary role in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Now, fans can take home a piece of cinematic history with this rare offering from Finding a Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures (FACES), whose mission is to improve the quality of life for all those affected by epilepsy and seizures.HARRISON FORD TEAMS UP WITH NYU LANGONE MEDICAL CENTER, FACES, AND IFONLY TO AUCTION ICONIC STAR WARS MEMORABILIAThe jacket will be offered on premium experiential marketplace IfOnly, which will auction Han Solo’s iconic leather jacket worn throughout the most recent Star Wars installment. The actor has signed this priceless leather jacket for one lucky fan, with bidding starting at $15,000.Proceeds from the sale of this jacket will benefit NYU Langone Medical Center and FACES, whose mission of funding research for epilepsy therapies and providing support to the epilepsy community is personally close to Ford’s. Harrison chose the charity in honor of NYU Langone’s Dr. Orrin Devinsky, saying, “I’ve been very impressed with the work NYU and the FACES team have done in the field of epilepsy research, and I hope this jacket will provide some means to further that exploration. This is a cause that’s near and dear to me, and unlike the cynical Han Solo, I’ve got a good feeling about this.”“We are thrilled and honored to be supporting such an incredible cause by featuring a piece of cinematic history. We’ve been lucky to support hundreds of causes, but this one is even more significant as it is so personal to Harrison,” said Trevor Traina, CEO of IfOnly.The auction begins on Monday, March 21, 2016, and ends on Monday, April 11, 2016, at 6pm EDT and can be found at IfOnly.com/HanSolo.last_img read more

Judge approves eviction of protesters from camp near pipeline construction site

first_imgVANCOUVER – A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has granted the City of Burnaby an injunction forcing pipeline protesters to take down their camp outside a Kinder Morgan terminal.Justice Geoffrey Gomery said all structures, shelters and vehicles must be removed from the site known as Camp Cloud within 48 hours of the order issued on Friday afternoon.The judge also ordered that a sacred fire burning under very dry conditions and near a Shell aviation fuel tank farm must be extinguished.However, peaceful protesting is still permitted, he said. Individuals are allowed on the site as long as they do not build more structures and camp overnight.No one appeared in court on behalf of the protesters, although half a dozen supporters watched proceedings from the gallery.In his judgment, Gomery noted that an argument based on Aboriginal title claims could have in principle qualified. However he said the position the protesters have advanced through media on that subject, so far as he understands it, is not arguable.There is no evidence the individuals are associated with the Squamish or Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, which claim rights to the land in question, he said.Gomery also said he believed the focus of Camp Cloud has shifted over time.“It is unfortunately clear that the goals of the defendants and occupants of Camp Cloud have evolved. While they established the camp for the purpose of protesting the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, they’ve now begun to view the campsite as their land. They’re blocking a public right of way and members of the public have been made to feel unwelcome,” he said.One protester threatened to “drop kick” and “kill” a fire official and an official from the parks department was chased away, he said.Camp Cloud has grown since November from a single trailer to include a two-storey wooden structure, a cabin, an outdoor shower, more than a dozen tents and multiple vehicles and trailers.City of Burnaby lawyer Gregory McDade told the judge that while the city supports peaceful protests, the camp violates several bylaws, trespasses on city property and constitutes a public nuisance.The city has had a positive dialogue with a separate protest group that gathers around a structure known as the Watch House, he said. McDade said when the city communicated the fire ban to the Watch House protesters, they conducted a ceremony and extinguished their own sacred fire.Camp Cloud spokeswoman Kwitsel Tatel, who is named as a defendant, said in a statement that putting out the sacred fire or removing any of the camp’s buildings would be a violation of not only the right to free expression, but also deeply held religious beliefs.She posted a “call for solidarity” on Facebook, hours before the ruling.“Our camp is unified and centred around the sacred fire, which since time immemorial, has been central to the governance of Indigenous peoples,” the post said.“We are a peaceful coalition that is gravely concerned for the national interest, respect, dignity of public interest, public health and the protection of safe and clean water for all our generations to come on these sacred lands of so-called Canada.”She said the group is raising awareness about the “ecocide and genocide” that is continuing to take place against Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, due to ongoing threats to water.Asked what she would do if the judge ruled in favour of the city, ahead of the ruling, she said only: “Good question for all ‘Canadians!’ “last_img read more

When Warner is on song theres little margin Rahane

first_imgHyderabad: With Rajasthan Royals putting on 198 after taking strike against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, it was believed that the Royals had put on a winning total. But Sanju Samsons brilliant 100 went in vain as Sunrisers Hyderabad chased down the total with six balls to spare. Speaking after the game, RR skipper Ajinkya Rahane said that despite putting up a good total, the Royals ended up on the losing side due to some brilliant batting from Hyderabad. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “First of all, 190+ on that wicket was really good. Initially when Sanju and me were batting the wicket looked slow — it was stopping and coming — and we thought 150 was a good total. But when players like Warner bat like that there is a very small margin for us. They didn’t lose any momentum when someone got out and they played really well,” he acknowledged. Rahane was also all praise for Samson and said that the batsman needed to work on his consistency to make it to the next level. “We all know how talented Sanju is. He will go miles and consistency is going to be the key for him,” he said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later SRH skipper Kane Williamson was all praise for his boys and was really happy to see the plan to have Rashid Khan bowl to RR batsman Jos Buttler work. He even praised Rashid for putting up a good show with the bat towards the end of the chase. “It was nice that it came off (Rashid bowling to Buttler). He’s such a wicket-taker for us and Jos is a threat for us. Rashid was supposed to bat 7 or 8 depending on the situation. His batting has improved so much in the last year or so. It’s nice to be on the right side of the result tonight,” he smiled. Commenting on the show put up by the players as they chased down 199 on a wicket that wasn’t very conducive to batting, Williamson said: “A very tough game. Rajasthan Royals played really well to get to that total after the start we had with the ball. It was a brilliant chase. The openers set it up for us. A good collective effort, we needed parts to work well for us tonight. Really good experience for us as a batting unit to chase it down.last_img read more