Demonstrations outside Burmese embassies in support of DVB’s detained video journalists

first_img to go further Reporters Without Borders participated in the demonstrations that were staged outside Burma’s embassies in several capitals today in response to a call from Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), a radio and TV station run by Burmese exile journalists.“Hla Hla Win is serving a 27-year jail sentence because she wanted to tell the world what was happening in Burma,” Reporters Without Borders said. “There are many other Burmese journalists who, like her, have paid a high price for exercising their right to report the news. “We want to show our support for DVB’s 17 detained video journalists and to urge the international community to reiterate its requests to the new Burmese government to release all detained netizens, dissidents and journalists, including DVB’s reporters, without delay.”Around 20 journalists and bloggers have been arrested by the police or army in Burma since the Saffron Revolution in 2007Today’s demonstrations, held outside the Burmese embassies in Bangkok, Paris, Geneva and London, were to support the “Free Burma VJ” (Free Burma’s Video Journalists) campaign that DVB launched on 3 May, World Press Freedom Day, with backing from Reporters Without Borders.Reporters Without Borders, Info-Birmanie, Amnesty International, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), other human rights activists and members of the Burmese community participated in the demonstration outside the embassy in Paris, during which a letter was handed for Ambassador Kyaw Zwar Minn.In Geneva, the protesters marched from the Palais Wilson, the headquarters of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, to the Burmese Mission, where they handed in a petition addressed to foreign minister Wunna Maung Lwin (Burma’s former ambassador to the UN in Geneva and New York) calling for the immediate release of Hla Hla Win and all political prisoners.The Swiss section of Reporters Without Borders plans to continue staging regular demonstrations in Switzerland’s cities until Hla Hla Win is released.Sign DVB’s online petition for the release of Hla Hla Win and its other detained video journalists: http://www.freeburmavj.org/petitionInfo-Birmanie also has an online petition: http://infobirmanie.wufoo.com/forms/patition-libarez-les-journalistes-de-la-dvb/And this is an online petition launched by the NGO Access calling for the release of Burma’s journalists and political prisoners: https://www.accessnow.org/page/s/release-hla-hla-nowvideo Bangkok: Read the letter that was handed in to Burma’s ambassador in Paris: (attached file)photos: 1-6: DVB Bangkok/ 7-9: Burma Campaign UK/ 10-12: RSF Switzerland/ 13-15: Paris Organisation RSF_en May 31, 2021 Find out more MyanmarAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information May 12, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts Related documents burma_letter_to_burma_ambassador_-_09-09-11-2.pdfPDF – 265.43 KB center_img News News September 9, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Demonstrations outside Burmese embassies in support of DVB’s detained video journalists Follow the news on Myanmar Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum May 26, 2021 Find out more News MyanmarAsia – Pacific US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torturelast_img read more

Notre Dame awards honorary monogram to Condoleezza Rice

first_imgNotre Dame awarded an honorary monogram to former Secretary of State and member of the class of 1975 Condoleezza Rice, the University announced in a press release Monday.According to the release, Rice joined former President Gerald Ford and former President Ronald Reagan as an honorary monogram recipient in a “surprise ceremony” Sept. 1. The ceremony took place after Rice spoke at the unveiling of University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh’s Forever stamp.Director of athletics Jack Swarbrick presented Rice with the monogram after she spoke with the Notre Dame women’s basketball team, which Swarbrick said Rice represents.“This is a program that achieves at a very high level,” Swarbrick said of the women’s basketball team in the press release. “They have an important symbol of when they have success. When they succeed in the classroom and when they succeed athletically, there’s a very special and unique honor they earn that they want to share with you.“You represent the philosophy of our coach and this program so well. You said once, ‘We have to move past the idea that women can become leaders to the expectation that they will be leaders.’ That is what this program is built on and that is what these young women represent. They would officially like to make you a Notre Dame monogram winner.”According to the release, the Notre Dame Monogram Club only bestows honorary monograms upon those who “have demonstrated a commitment to the betterment of Notre Dame athletics and the development of Fighting Irish student-athletes and graduates.”Rice achieved this status by acting as a member of the Notre Dame Board of Trustees from 1994 to 2001 before moving on to serve as national security advisor and then secretary of state for former President George W. Bush, the press release said. She was the first African-American woman to hold this position.In addition to her honorary monogram, the University presented Rice with an honorary doctor of laws degree at the 1995 University Commencement Ceremony, for which she was the Commencement speaker.Tags: Condoleezza Rice, honorary monogram, Notre Dame Monogram Clublast_img read more

TGS and PGS Team Up for Seismic Shoot Off Canada

first_imgTGS and PGS are gearing up for the North Tablelands 3D and Southeast Grand Banks 2019 2D multi-client projects, offshore East Canada.North Tablelands 3D will cover approximately 5,000 km2 and together with the 2018 Tablelands 3D survey, spans most of the open acreage included in the November 2020 bid round.Acquisition will be performed by PGS’ Ramform Atlas, utilizing the PGS Geostreamer technology.  The project is expected to strat in early June 2019.Furthermore, the Southeast Grand Banks 2019 2D will comprise of approximately 13,300 km primarily covering open acreage in upcoming bid rounds in South Eastern Newfoundland (2021) and Southern Newfoundland (2022).Acquisition will be performed by MV Sanco Atlantic and the project is expected to begin in early June 2019.Following this ninth consecutive season of data acquisition offshore East Canada, the jointly-owned library will have more than 189,000 km of 2D GeoStreamer data and approximately 48,000 km2 of 3D GeoStreamer data.“The successful joint venture between TGS and PGS has consistently provided the industry with the highest quality data in advance of scheduled licensing rounds. We will continue to prioritize this high potential region and look forward to playing a vital role in future developments,” said Kristian Johansen, CEO, TGS.These projects are supported by industry funding.last_img read more

Lewandowski on desperate journey to lift Champions League trophy

first_imgBerlin, Germany | XINHUA | There are likely few topics that occupy Robert Lewandowski’s mind as much as winning the Champions League.Seven years ago, he arrived at closest point to realizing his dream. Playing for Dortmund, he narrowly lost the 2013 final against Bayern 2-1 while also failing to score. He called it one of his most disappointing matches.The 2019/2020 campaign now might deliver him a unique chance to fulfill his dreams.“He is in the maybe best year of his career,” Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the Bayern chairman commented.Fans this season also witnessed the best-ever Lewandowski as the Poland national team captain scored 34 goals in the domestic league, 11 in the Champions League and six in other cups.While his coach Hansi Flick calls him the most complete striker, the Pole insists he can do better.“Maybe I’m at 90 percent,” he said, adding his intention to step up.It appears like a Herculean task as he has already scored 64 goals in 86 Champions League games without lifting the trophy.The Bayern chairman recently announced he would try to convince FIFA to rethink its decision to skip this season’s Ballon d’Or competition due to the COVID-19 crisis. Undoubtedly, Bayern’s number nine would be one deserving of the title. FIFA promised to overturn the decision, maybe.“If you ask me whether I want to become the World Player of the Year or not, I can only say yes, of course,” the attacker said.But Lewandowski fancies winning the 73.5-centimeter-high Champions League Cup much more than being awarded as the season’s best performer. On the other hand, leading his side to win the campaign would mean inevitably he is among the most favorites for the Ballon d’Or.On Saturday, the Bavarian side will face Chelsea in the second leg of the last-16-round. In the first leg the Polish has added one goal for his club’s 3-0 victory against the Blues.Although once though not coming up with the goods in the latter stages of competitions, the Polish is seemed striving his best to overcome the curse.Watching him doing extra shooting drills after the regular sessions have ended might prove his determination to break his Champions League hoodoo.Afterwards, Lewandowski leaves the pitch with a smile running on his face. His mind seems to be telling him that things are going his way.******XINHUAShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

49ers mailbag: Why so few snaps for Dante Pettis, Solomon Thomas?

first_imgYOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Being embedded with the 49ers here in northeast Ohio offers time on an off day to catch up on fans’ questions submitted via my Twitter and Instagram:What is the deal with Pettis? Is his injury worse than the team believed or lead on or is he in the doghouse? Both? (@ClellandChad)Kyle Shanahan expressed surprise that Pettis played just two snaps, and Shanahan vowed it would not happen again. Pettis’ groin issue limited his practice reps the past two weeks, but it is not an …last_img read more

Lower Price Equals Increased Risk

first_imgThe sales team knew that their pricing was very close to their competitor’s price. They knew that their solution was perfect for their dream client, but so was their competitor’s solution. The decision wasn’t going to be an easy one for the stakeholders charged with deciding.So this sales team decided to do what was necessary to swing the deal in their direction. After all, it was an enormous, game-changing opportunity, and more still, it was strategic. The team went back to their prospect and gave them an unimaginably large discount.The prospect was stunned. At first, they seemed pleased that this sales team came up with such a massive price reduction. It meant that the company was going to save serious money on the solution they were buying. All things being equal, the lower price should have been the deciding factor. But it wasn’t.It’s Not What You ThinkThe sales team got a call from the prospect. They had decided to go with the competitor. She apologized to the team and told them they did great work, but the decision was final.The price wasn’t the primary decision criteria the prospective client was using to make their decision. The stakeholders making the decision needed the outcome that the solution was going to provide them. The massive reduction in price meant that there would be a greater likelihood that the program wouldn’t be right, that it wouldn’t work as well as it needed to, and that it would take more time and effort to stand up.All told, the lower price meant the sales team’s solution was too risky.Shortcuts Aren’t Lower PriceBecause “price” is always going to be one of the factors considered in a buying decision, and because you are always going to be asked whether you can lower your price, it can feel like the price is the most important thing. And in some cases and for some buyers it is.Lowering your price isn’t a reliable shortcut for winning long cycle, relatively high-risk sales. A substantial reduction that isn’t traded against some different value gives the impression that you are buying the business and increases the perception of risk.Fewer people buy on price alone than you think. And far more buy on value, provided they are working with salespeople who will collaborate with them.last_img read more

9 months agoLazio step closer to signing Chelsea defender Zappacosta

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lazio step closer to signing Chelsea defender Zappacostaby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazio are a step closer to signing Chelsea defender Davide Zappacosta this week.Il Messaggero says Lazio have agreed personal terms with the Italy fullback, who is eager to return home this month.And the outline of a transfer has also been settled, with Lazio and Chelsea agreeing to a six month loan with the option of a permanent deal in June.However, Chelsea’s €15m price is regarded as too rich by Lazio.And Lazio sports chief Igli Tare will spend this week attempting to talk down the valuation. last_img read more

13 hours agoJones thrilled for Man Utd duo Garner, Williams

first_imgJones thrilled for Man Utd duo Garner, Williamsby Freddie Taylor13 hours agoSend to a friendShare the lovePhil Jones was thrilled with the performance of Manchester United youngsters James Garner and Brandon Williams in Thursday’s 1-0 win over Partizan Belgrade.The teenagers were part of seven changes made by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from the line-up that faced Liverpool on Sunday. And Jones thinks the pair more than held their own in Serbia.He said: They’re going to put you under pressure and we dug deep I thought Jimmy Garner and Brandon were outstanding they should be very proud of themselves tonight.”A huge experience at a young age both looked comfortable at this level and have a very bright future the pair of them.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Syracuse Players Go Crazy When Team Finds Out It Made The NCAA Tournament

first_imgIt looked extremely unlikely that the Syracuse Orange would make this year’s NCAA Tournament after losing five of their last six games, including a one-and-done showing in the ACC Tournament. As it turns out, SU made the tournament as a 10-seed, avoiding the play-in games. Because of the bracket leak, some of the Syracuse players may have known their tournament fate ahead of time, but when the team was officially announced as ‘in,’ the team still had a pretty fantastic reaction.The MVP here has to be walk-on Doyin Akintobi-Adeyeye, who broke out a few dances after the news came in. Congratulations to the Orange on the tournament berth.last_img read more

Business Highlights

first_img___Nissan chairman arrested in probe of financial misconductYOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. says its chairman Carlos Ghosn has been arrested and will be dismissed for alleged under-reporting of his income and misuse of company funds. The Japanese automaker’s CEO said Monday that Ghosn was detained after he arrived in Japan earlier in the day. The Yokohama-based company said the violations by Ghosn and another executive were discovered during a monthslong investigation that was instigated by a whistleblower.___US stocks take sharp losses as tech, internet companies dropNEW YORK (AP) — Big technology and internet companies again came under heavy selling pressure, leading to broad losses across the stock market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average briefly fell 500 points, pulled down by steep declines in Boeing and Apple. Amazon led a sharp drop among retailers as investors react to tensions between the US and China at a Pacific Rim conference. Industrial companies also fell. Nissan sank after its chairman was arrested on misconduct charges.___Volatile stock market spooking some older workers, retireesCHICAGO (AP) — Some older workers and retirees are spooked by the ups and downs of the U.S. stock markets. But there’s no indication that the recent volatility has brought about large-scale overhauls in retirement planning. A Bankrate survey says 62 per cent of Americans — and 76 per cent of those 65 and over — don’t believe their financial situation has improved in the two years since President Donald Trump’s election.___UK leader has eye on rebellion as EU braces for Brexit pushLONDON (AP) — The U.K. and the European Union are plowing ahead with trying to have their divorce deal signed, sealed and delivered within days. But the draft Brexit agreement has left British Prime Minister Theresa May fighting0020to keep her job. May waited on Monday to see if rebel lawmakers from her party had the numbers to trigger a no-confidence vote, while British and EU negotiators raced to firm up a final deal before a weekend summit where EU leaders hope to rubber stamp it.___Even small companies may be able to cut Amazon-like dealsNEW YORK (AP) — A company doesn’t need to be as big as Amazon to get a real estate deal. Whether a small business wants to buy or rent, it may have some leverage with landlords or local governments to get breaks on taxes or win grants. It’s especially doable if a company can be a drawing card that helps boost local commerce or has significant job creation plans. The key is often to look for real estate in an area that needs an economic boost, or a depressed neighbourhood that’s on the verge of making a comeback.___Bloomberg donates ‘unprecedented’ $1.8B to Johns HopkinsBALTIMORE (AP) — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is donating $1.8 billion to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University. Bloomberg and the Baltimore university said Sunday that the gift is the largest ever to any education institution in the U.S. University President Ronald Daniels says the contribution will allow Hopkins to eliminate the need for student loans in financial aid packages.___Airbnb removes listings in Israeli settlementsJERUSALEM (AP) — Vacation rental company Airbnb says it is removing its listings in Israeli settlements in the West Bank. A statement released on the company’s website Monday said it will take down some 200 listings in Israeli settlements “that are at the core of the dispute between the Israelis and Palestinians.” Most of the international community views the settlements as illegal.___David’s Bridal files for bankruptcy, but your order is safeNEW YORK (AP) — David’s Bridal is filing for bankruptcy protection but there is no danger for customers who have ordered dresses because operations continuing as normal while the wedding and prom retailer restructures. The bankruptcy filing, the private company said Monday, will wipe out more than $400 million in long-term debt.___Brazil’s Petrobras to be led by privatization advocateRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s president-elect is appointing a pro-market reformer to lead the state oil company Petrobras. Roberto Castello Branco has advocated privatizing the oil giant, a measure also supported by his close ally Paulo Guedes, designated as Brazil’s next finance minister. However, experts say a wholesale privatization is unlikely.___The S&P 500 index fell 45.54 points, or 1.7 per cent, to 2,690.73. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 395.78 points, or 1.6 per cent, to 25,017.44. It was down as much as 512 earlier. The Nasdaq composite skidded 219.40 points, or 3 per cent, to 7,028.48. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks lost 30.99 points, or 2 per cent, to 1,496.54.Benchmark U.S. crude rose 0.5 per cent to $56.76 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, was little changed at $66.79 a barrel in London. Wholesale gasoline added 0.4 per cent to $1.58 a gallon. Heating oil gained 0.6 per cent to $2.09 a gallon. Natural gas surged 10 per cent to $4.70 per 1,000 cubic feet.The Associated Presslast_img read more