News Help by sharing this information China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison PHOTO: NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP to go further March 12, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more China’s Cyber Censorship Figures ChinaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses Economic pressureJudicial harassmentViolence Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Chinese authorities to end their harassment of foreign reporters and their sources, which is increasing, according to a report published yesterday by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (FCCC). April 27, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts ChinaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses Economic pressureJudicial harassmentViolence RSF_en Organisation News March 4, 2020 Harassment of foreign reporters is becoming systematic in China Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News Follow the news on China News Based on the responses that 114 of its members gave to a survey last December, the FCCC report said 2019 saw an increase in harassment and acts of violence against foreign journalists based in China.“The current coronavirus epidemic shows that the international community cannot do without reliable and independent news coverage, which makes the reporting by foreign correspondents on the ground more necessary than ever,” said Cédric Alviani, the head of RSF’s East Asia bureau. “We urge Beijing to put an immediate end to this unacceptable and dangerous policy of harassment.”According to the FCCC report, 82% of the survey’s respondents experienced “interference, harassment or violence,” 51% were obstructed by police or officials, 28% were placed under physical surveillance at one point or another, 44% reported that their Chinese personnel had been harassed, and 25% said their sources had also been harassed.The report also revealed that foreign correspondents are finding it harder to obtain or renew their visas, and that 12 – a record number in recent years – were given visas of unusually short duration (six months or less) in 2019.The authorities gave another example of this kind of pressure on 19 February, when the foreign ministry announced that it was expelling three Beijing-based reporters for the Wall Street Journal because their newspaper had published an opinion piece critical of China’s handling of the coronavirus epidemic that contained “racially discriminatory” language and questioned the steadiness of its economy.China is ranked 177th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index.
By John Burton |RED BANK – The call by borough officials for another state traffic analysis and plea for a new traffic signal for a problematic intersection have been met with another apparent “no” from Trenton.The Borough Council’s Oct. 11 resolution sought to have the state Department of Transportation (DOT) again evaluate the intersection at Riverside Avenue/State Route 35 and Bodman Place, a particularly sticky traffic location at the borough’s northernmost point.“The borough is trying to tell them, stop the talking,” Mayor Pasquale Menna said last week. “Now get to work and come up with a solution.”But the DOT said it has been down this road before with borough officials about this location and its response remains unchanged. “NJDOT has investigated this request numerous times over several decades and has communicated to elected officials on multiple occasions that adding a traffic signal at the intersection of Bodman Place and Route 35/Riverside Avenue is not feasible,” said Steve Schapiro, the department’s director of communications, in response to The Two River Times’ request for comment about the recent resolution.Schapiro explained the most recent DOT investigation of the intersection occurred in late 2016, followed by a meeting with local officials in early 2017, “to once again explain to the town that adding a signal is not warranted.”Menna remembered that DOT review as “an army of individuals, all of them making the same notes, and one or two persons talking and looking at each other.”Menna took Schapiro’s assessment as “a typical bureaucratic response from individuals who are indifferent to the conditions on the ground.”For years the borough has experienced pedestrian safety issues along Riverside Avenue, which is an extension of state Route 35 through the borough, and has had state Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-11) reach out to state transportation officials for assistance.The area is lined with several restaurants, apartment developments, senior housing complexes, office buildings and access to two hotels. Over the last 20 years, according to Menna, traffic has intensified and development has changed the complexion of the area. “Frankly, the intersection was fine 20 years ago,” Menna said, “but no longer.”Bodman Place has Oyster Point hotel, along with condominiums and office buildings, and leads out to Riverside Avenue. The problem, Menna noted again, which other borough officials have brought up over the last few years, concerns traffic moving onto Riverside from Bodman, especially those turning left to travel southbound, as well as traffic traveling south on Riverside, looking to turn left onto Bodman.Riverside Avenue is a four-lane road that has an S-curve in that area, in close proximity to Route 35 at the Coopers Bridge. Traffic travels at a pretty quick pace, creating a dangerous mix, Menna pointed out.Menna is a lawyer who maintains offices on Bodman Place. He said he is well aware of the intersection’s difficulties, facing them almost daily.The borough police’s Traffic Safety Division also supports the traffic light recommendation, according to the resolution.“Frankly, at the end of the day, the reason they’re being shy about it is financial,” Menna said, alleging the state DOT doesn’t want to spend money for a traffic signal, when another signal is close by.A traffic signal could cost up to $250,000, according to Menna, and the borough would be willing to pay 25 percent of the cost, the standard local contribution. As for it being too close to another light, the mayor pointed to traffic lights, authorized by the DOT, at the West Front/Water streets and Water Street/Maple Avenue intersections, which are close to other signals; as well as the fact that Asbury Park, along Route 71, has signals at seemingly every intersection.Borough officials have formally designated Riverside Avenue as an area in need of rehabilitation. That was done, Menna noted, in anticipation of redevelopment of some of the properties along that corridor.And that, Menna determined, makes traffic and pedestrian safety improvements that much more important.Schapiro said DOT engineers feel a traffic signal at Bodman “would increase the potential for same direction crashes and create coordination issues negatively affecting traffic on Route 35.”Menna said he’s keeping his fingers crossed that with a new administration in Trenton next year. “Hopefully, that attitude can change,” he said.This article was first published in the Nov. 16-23, 2017 print edition of the Two River Times.
Vittese began coaching in 2012 and joined the staff at Temple last spring. She previously coached for the New Jersey Spirit of USA club team, where she coached players aged 6-18 years old. Vittese’s knowledge of the game is also impressive, Ciufo said. Vittese was a three-time All-American for the University of Virginia field hockey team. She was also a part of the United States field hockey team for eight years, playing in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. He founded the LEAP Hockey Academy, which stands for learn, enjoy, achieve and progress. This academy is Australian-based and he will be focusing on player development in that area. Assistant Temple field hockey coach Michelle Vittese has been promoted to associate head coach, the team announced in a press release Friday afternoon. “Her knowledge of the game is proven on a daily basis and her loyalty is something I have an immense amount of respect for,” Ciufo said. “Moving [Vittese] into this position and sharing this program was a no-brainer.” “Her work ethic is what makes her stand out among the rest,” coach Susan Ciufo stated in the press release. “From the start, [Vittese] has shown her true passion for this sport and for developing our young women as students, athletes, and most importantly people.” Temple field hockey players discuss strategy during their game against Merrimack College at Howarth Field on Aug. 30. | COLLEEN CLAGGETT / FILE PHOTO Vittese is a four-time medalist with USA field hockey, winning two gold medals at the Pan American Games in 2011 and 2015. Vittese will be replacing Ross Gilham-Jones, who had been an assistant coach since the 2018 season. Jones left to pursue other opportunities.
SUPER MARIO: DERBY IS EASIER SECOND TIME AROUND UNCLE LINO LEAVES TUESDAY AFTER PREAKNESS WORKBLINKERS STAY ON I WILL SCORE FOR THE LAZ BARRERALUCKY BRYAN MAKES DEBUT FOR SADLER IN SINGLETARYBARNES HAS BIG DREAMS AS HE DEBUTS AT SANTA ANITA LUCKY BRYAN MAKES FIRST START FOR SADLER IN SINGLETARYLucky Bryan makes his first start in seven months and his first under the tutelage of John Sadler when he runs in Saturday’s $75,000 Singletary Stakes.“We bought him late last year, so this is his first start for us,” Sadler said of the son of Lookin At Lucky owned by Hronis Racing, LLC. “We gave him some time off after we got him but he’s trained very well. The one post is better going a mile (than the 10 in the Zuma Beach, where he finished fourth by 2 ½ lengths behind Dressed in Hermes last Oct. 10).“That was a pretty productive race,” Sadler said of the Zuma Beach.The Singletary, which goes as third race: Lucky Bryan, Victor Espinoza, 7-2; Arcature, Flavien Prat, 8-5; Mr. Roary, Stewart Elliott, 10-1; Tristan’s Trilogy, Brice Blanc, 2-1; Unapologetic, Santiago Gonzalez, 8-1; and Opportunistic, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1. CONFIDENCE RISES FOR GUTIERREZ WITH DERBY WINThe Kentucky Derby was better the second time around for Mario Gutierrez, even though he won it both times.The 29-year-old native of the city of Higo (population 25,000) in the Mexican state of Veracruz won the Run for the Roses on his very first mount, aboard I’ll Have Another, in 2012, an outsider at 15-1.Four years later, just last Saturday, he won it again, this time on unbeaten favorite Nyquist. On each occasion, the horse was trained by Doug O’Neill for Paul and Zillah Reddam.“It definitely was easier on me than it was in 2012 with I’ll Have Another,” Gutierrez said between greeting well-wishers at Clockers’ Corner. “This year I took time to enjoy it more. My wife, Rebecca, was with me, and it was amazing. It’s something I would never take for granted.“Four years ago, it was like a dream come true, realizing all my hopes and aspirations. With Nyquist, it’s more of a personal victory. I was able to show trainers I’m a top rider who belongs at this level.“I definitely know I do now. Four years ago I had my doubts. I’m 100 percent confident and trust myself knowing that I am riding better than before.“I have much to enjoy. My wife is six months pregnant and we’re expecting a beautiful baby boy, so life couldn’t be any better at this point.”Agent Tom Knust, who has represented Gutierrez the past two years, credits Canadian native Rebecca in large part for the rider’s current status.“She’s been very instrumental in his confidence and establishing a regimen, working out, having a sports psychiatrist, a nutritionist, and having a positive affect overall,” Knust said. “With Rebecca and a baby on the way, Mario has a family and he’s matured through the years.“I give credit to him for working hard and to his wife for having a major influence on him.” UNCLE LINO BREEZES FOR PREAKNESS STAKESCalifornia Chrome Stakes winner Uncle Lino worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Friday after the 6:30 renovation break in 1:00.80 under regular rider Fernando Perez for the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on May 21.“It’s exactly what I wanted,” trainer Gary Sherlock said. “I wanted between a minute and 1:01. It’s good. He leaves Tuesday (for Maryland).”Santa Anita clocker Dane Nelson had fractional times for Uncle Lino of 24.20, 37 flat and 48.80, with a six furlong gallop out clocking of 1:14.20.Trainer Keith Desormeaux will van Kentucky Derby runner-up Exaggerator from Churchill Downs to Pimlico Sunday for the Preakness.“I couldn’t get a flight on the day I wanted,” Keith explained, “so we’re just going to van him up there, which is not a big deal for me. It might be less pressure on him, less stressful in the long run to van. It’s about a 10 or 11-hour ride, pretty long, but I decided that the timing was better than waiting on the flight and arriving Tuesday night.“This gives me two more days, but he’ll just gallop and jog into the race. I think that’s the right thing to do with a two-week turnaround, but I’ve seen trainers go both ways. Some give their horse a light breeze a few days out, but the recent trend has been to gallop into the race.“That seems more sensible to me.” APPRENTICE HOPES TO MAKE BIG IMPACT AT SANTA ANITAJose Barnes has heard all the jokes about his height, or lack thereof: “coming up short, being a little behind, and facing a tall order” come to mind.But he can deal with it. At a compact four feet seven and tacking 108 pounds, the 20-year-old, seven-pound apprentice rider from Trevor Denman’s hometown of Durban, South Africa, is a giant when it comes to thick skin.Barnes, who is represented by agent Brandon O’Bryan, makes his Santa Anita debut in Saturday’s 11th race aboard Plus Perfect for trainer Hector Palma. Barnes won his first race in the United States last Saturday at Golden Gate Fields when he piloted 11-1 shot Two Steps Of Glory to a nose victory for owner Gary Barber and trainer Steve Miyadi in the seventh race, a $4,000 claiming event with an $8,000 purse.Overall, Barnes has won 28 races and rode overseas for European training stalwarts such as Michael de Kock and Michael Stoute.The rider is used to the ribbing on his Lilliputian appearance.“The low weights are what prompted me to come to the U.S.,” said Barnes, whose aunt and uncle, Ayesha and Luke Ogle, live in Palmdale. “Jockeys ride at 135 pounds in South Africa. I came here to live the American Dream and chose Santa Anita because it’s the best and most competitive racing.“I’m probably the shortest jockey in the country, probably the shortest ever to win a race in North America.”(Although veteran horseplayers might contend the late William Stallings may have checked in at or below “four-seven”).FINISH LINES: Multiple graded stakes winner Obviously could return to the races in the Grade I, $400,000, “Win and You’re In” Shoemaker Mile on grass June 4, according to Phil D’Amato. “We’ll see,” the trainer said. “He’s getting ready, he’s doing well, but he’s eight years old and I don’t need to run him in a Grade I if I don’t have to, but it’s a possibility.” . . . Mokat, second to Songbird in the Santa Anita Oaks but 13th in the Kentucky Oaks, has been turned out at Bobby Mitchell‘s Bonnie Acres Ranch in Hemet until Del Mar, Richard Baltas said. “She had a nuclear scan and it looked good, but we’ll give her 45 to 60 days.” . . . An Irish-bred colt named John F. Kennedy is scheduled to make his U.S. debut in Sunday’s sixth race for three-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles on turf. He was eligible to be named after the 35th U.S. President because he was bred and registered overseas. The Jockey Club’s rule F7 prohibits horses using “Names of persons no longer living unless approval is granted by The Jockey Club based upon a satisfactory written explanation submitted to the Registrar.” John F. Kennedy last raced in Ireland on Sept. 12, 2015, and is trained by Paulo Lobo . . . There was one winning ticket in Thursday’s Pick 6 that paid $30,840.20 purchased through TVG for only $12 . . . Hall of Fame jockey and three-time Kentucky Derby winner Gary Stevens is scheduled to be on the “Doctor in the Dugout” radio show on KLAA 830 at 12 noon June 4. Dr. Alan Beyer hosts . . . The Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) will partner with trainers Jim Cassidy, Matt Chew, Eddie Truman and Howard Zucker in offering a FREE “Conformation Clinic” at Santa Anita tomorrow. The informal workshop is intended to help participants develop an eye for a horse. Attendees will visit the trainers’ barns, where they can view horses to identify their conformation strengths and weaknesses. Participants can assemble at Clockers’ Corner starting at 9:30 a.m. ANGELS FLIGHT A SOFTER RACE FOR BELLAMENTARY Bellamentary lands in a prohibitively softer spot than her last race when she runs in Sunday’s $75,000 Angels Flight Stakes for three-year-old fillies at seven furlongs.Last out, the chestnut daughter of Bellamy Road owned by Little Red Feather Racing or RM Racing was fifth by 10 lengths behind undefeated champion Songbird in the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks at 1 1/16 miles on a sloppy track April 9.“I wanted to find an easier spot to get her back on track,” said Phil D’Amato, fresh from winning his first training title at Santa Anita’s Winter Meet that concluded April 10. “This spot came up perfect, there are some nice horses in there, but we drew well and I expect her to run a big race.”After running second at Del Mar last Sept. 6 in her first start, Bellamentary won two straight before falling to Songbird, no disgrace there.“I’m optimistic about this meet, but I just keep the training title stuff in the back of my mind,” D’Amato said when asked about prospects for the Spring Meet that runs through July 10. “I just focus on my horses, and if it happens again, it will be great, but I’m just kind of focusing on winning races.”The Angels Flight, race eight of nine with a 2 o’clock first post time: Kay Kay, Alonso Quinonez, 12-1; Fervent Femme, Kent Desormeaux, 15-1; Forever Darling, Rafael Bejarano, 3-1; Evergreen, Joe Talamo, 8-1; Mitzi Winks, Mario Gutierrez, 12-1; Kiss N Scat, Drayden Van Dyke, 10-1; Lucky Folie, Flavien Prat, 9-5; and Bellamentary, Martin Garcia, 5-2. I WILL SCORE RETAINS BLINKERS FOR LAZ BARRERAI Will Score, second wearing blinkers in the Bachelor at Oaklawn Park April 15, will keep the shades on when he runs in Saturday’s Grade III Lazaro Barrera Stakes for three-year-olds at seven furlongs.“His last race was his first in blinkers and he ran well,” said Dan Ward, assistant to JerryHollendorfer, who trains the son of Roman Ruler for owner/breeder Hans Poetsch.I Will Score has two wins from five starts. He was third behind Mor Spirit in the Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes at 1 1/16 miles Feb. 6.The Barrera, which goes as race six on an 11-race card starting at 2 p.m.: Bistraya, Santiago Gonzalez, 15-1; Iron Rob, Stewart Elliott, 4-1; Mrazek, Mario Gutierrez, 7-2; Denman’s Call, Rafael Bejarano, 3-1; Smokey Image, Victor Espinoza, 4-1; Westbrook, Tiago Pereira, 12-1; and I Will Score, Martin Garcia, 5-2.
A seminar will take place in Donegal next week to discuss issues affecting women in the border region.Issues affecting migrant, black and minority ethnic women living on both sides of the border will be explored at an upcoming “Women, Culture and Crossing the Borders” seminar, hosted by the PEACE IV Building Intercultural Communities (BIC) Project.Women who are migrants or members of black and minority ethnic communities as well as other members of the public are invited to share stories, discuss struggles and celebrate identities at the seminar, which will be held on Wednesday the 13th of November, at an Grianán Hotel in Burt from 9.30am to 3.30pm, with lunch included. “This seminar will be a fantastic opportunity for migrant and minority ethnic women, living both in the North and South, to come together to celebrate the richness of our diversity and explore some of the challenges we share”, said Francine Blaché Breen, BIC Project Community Development and Training Officer.“Women on both sides of the border face many of the same issues in situations where their gender, migration status and ethnicity intersect. This is a very timely event considering the uncertainty in relation to the border, and I urge women from all communities to contact us to book a place”.The seminar will feature a number of speakers and strategic planning amongst participants to address the issues raised. Discussion topics will include: border-related issues, such as Brexit and visas; experiences with An Garda Síochána and the PSNI; issues arising from ethnicity, religion, class, culture, domestic violence and housing.The BIC Project is a collaboration between Intercultural Donegal (formerly Donegal Intercultural Platform) and Donegal Travellers Project. Like other projects in Donegal County Council’s 5.5 million euro PEACE IV Action Plan, BIC is designed to promote a society where people from different backgrounds and traditions can enjoy living, learning and socialising together.For more information about the “Women, Culture and Crossing the Borders” seminar or to book a place, either send an email with your name and phone number to BIC Project Worker Caoimhe Sweeney at [email protected] or ring her on (086) 858 0298.This project is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Seminar to discuss issues facing migrant and minority ethnic women was last modified: November 8th, 2019 by Katie GillenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Intercultural DonegalWomen Culture and Crossing the Borders
Mark Maske | The Washington PostPHOENIX – NFL owners took a major and somewhat unexpected step Tuesday to expand instant replay as an officiating tool and address the gaffe that denied the New Orleans Saints a spot in this past season’s Super Bowl.Owners voted, 31-1, to make pass interference reviewable by replay. Interference calls and noncalls by officials can be reviewed after a coach’s challenge in the first 28 minutes of each half and by booth review in the final two minutes of each …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We will make a few tweaks to the forecast this morning, not really adding or subtracting moisture over Ohio, but rather moving it around in terms of its timing. Today looks like it may end up with a little more rainfall action statewide, and we are increasing our rain potential for Wednesday as well. As a tradeoff, we are dropping rain chances for Thursday, and will trend Friday drier as well, although we can’t rule out a few scattered pop up showers Friday, mostly south. Same story Friday night into early Saturday morning. While moisture tries to pop up over the weekend off to our west in Indiana and Illinois, we may escape here too. Our next good chance of moisture waits to develop until later Sunday afternoon and evening, into the start of next week. Still, we will look for rains through the balance of this week (today forward) to be from .25” to .75” over 90% of Ohio. Next week is wetter. We have to put chances of rain and thunderstorms in each day, Monday through Thursday of next week. Now, the action may be geared toward 12-hour period in there, that allow for almost 24 hours in between the events, but still, on a daily basis, there is a chance every day. The rains can be substantial too, if thunderstorms do develop. Right now, we will put new rain totals in the .5”-1.5” range but may have to expand the upper end of the range as we get closer to the event, if instability points toward stronger and longer lasting thunderstorms. The map shows 7 day rain totals through next Tuesday morning. In the extended period, we have a front for late the 21st into the 22nd that brings .25”-1” of rain to kick off the 11-16 day window, and then another front around the 26th that can bring equal rains. Both will end up with coverage around 80%. Temps will begin to warm just a bit today, getting back to near normal, and we will be close to normal over most of the coming next 10 days. Well above normal temps are not expected (troublesome heat), but we can see some slightly above normal action into the weekend. Next week, if rains develop like we are seeing, that will keep temps down somewhat. This continues to be a great forecast for crop growth and development.
Scholes backs Man Utd to sign Arsenal playmaker Ozil: The missing linkby Freddie Taylor13 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Paul Scholes thinks his former club could use Mesut Ozil’s skills.The German seems destined to leave Arsenal after being left out of their last five match day squads.United have struggled to break down deep-lying teams this season, and Scholes believes Ozil could solve that problem.Asked whether Ozil could be a difference-maker for United, Scholed replied: “Man Utd could do with someone like Ozil who can link a team together.”[He is] a player who can link teams together. He has got great quality, he’s shown that in his career.”He could be an answer short-term, I don’t know. I think that would be up to him, ultimately.”I can’t [see it happening], but he’s the type of player, short-term, who United could do with.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
APTN National NewsLast Friday, Shawn Atleo called it quits becoming the first national chief of the Assembly of First Nations to resign.Reaction, since the announcement, has been pouring in from across the country.Tuesday, the province, where the former national chief began his political career weighed in.APTN’s Tina House has that story.