Hong Kong: Chinese threats lead to the cancellation of an exhibition by cartoonist Badiucao

first_img to go further June 7, 2021 Find out more In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival RSF_en Help by sharing this information Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom PHOTO: BADIUCAO An exhibition of Badiucao, an Australian cartoonist of Chinese descent, which was to open Saturday (November 3rd) in Hong Kong in the presence of Joshua Wong, one of the leaders of the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement, and two members of the Russian feminist punk rock band Pussy Riot, had to be canceled following threats from the Chinese authorities.The exhibition was held as part of Free Expression Week, an event organized by the independent Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP) news site with the support of RSF and Amnesty International. The other events will carry on as planned, including the screening on Monday of a documentary on the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong.“Whilst we value freedom of expression, the safety of our partners remains a major concern”, the organizers and partners jointly said. This forced cancellation comes a month after the expulsion of journalist Victor Mallet, Asia news editor for the Financial Times and vice-president of the Foreign Correspondents Club (FCCHK), following his participation as moderator at a luncheon event featuring a Hong Kong independence activist.In a recent report, the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) denounced the continuous fall in press freedom in the former British colony. Originally placed 18th at the creation of the RSF World Press Freedom Index in 2002, Hong Kong is now ranked 70th out of 180. As for China, it ranks 176th out of 180 countries and territories evaluated. June 10, 2021 Find out more An exhibition of Badiucao, an Australian cartoonist of Chinese descent, which was to open Saturday November 3rd in Hong Kong, had to be canceled at the last minute following threats from the Chinese authorities. Follow the news on Asia – Pacific Hong KongChinaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses Citizen-journalistsFreedom of expression center_img News News November 3, 2018 – Updated on November 5, 2018 Hong Kong: Chinese threats lead to the cancellation of an exhibition by cartoonist Badiucao News Hong KongChinaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses Citizen-journalistsFreedom of expression Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists News Receive email alerts Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Phish Shares Pro-Shot Footage Of Their Crazy 22-Minute ‘Chalk Dust Torture’

first_imgLast night, Phish completed the third show of their semi-annual Independence Day Weekend run at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. The shows offered no shortage of highlights, including new songs, tour debuts, beloved covers, and deep jams on unexpected songs, but the undoubted centerpiece of the weekend was the monster 22+ minute “Chalk Dust Torture” from Friday evening’s performance, featuring tight, spacey improvisation and even some instrument rotating–with Trey hitting the marimba lumina and Mike taking a turn on the keys. The band has released official pro-shot video of the stellar jam for all of us to enjoy.Set aside 22 minutes, pull up a chair, plug in your headphones, turn up the volume, and give this a spin–you’ll be glad that you did:Phish’s 2016 Summer Tour continues this Wednesday with a relatively (compared to the rest of the tour) intimate show at Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, ME.last_img read more

A global pandemic could cost $1 Trillion

first_imgFor now, central bankers and governments continue to bet that the coronavirus will not damage the world economy by much, and perhaps allow it to enjoy a rapid rebound once the illness fades. But that confidence is being tested.While the International Monetary Fund currently reckons the virus will only force it to knock 0.1 percentage point off its 3.3 percent global growth forecast for 2020, IMF Chief Economist Gita Gopinath said in a Yahoo Finance interview that a pandemic declaration would risk “really downside, dire scenarios.”The head of the World Health Organization called the new cases “deeply concerning,” but said the outbreak isn’t yet a pandemic.Still, the protracted shutdown of Chinese factories that were supposed to be back online and the spread of the virus to South Korea, Iran and Italy’s northern industrial heartland raise the specter of much greater death and disruption. The virus risks tipping Italy into a recession that could hurt the rest of Europe too. The ghastly prospect that the coronavirus outbreak could become the first truly disruptive pandemic of the globalization era is renewing doubts over the stability of the world economy.With the death toll approaching 3,000, over 80,000 cases officially recorded and an outbreak in Italy now shutting down the richest chunk of its economy, some economists are beginning to war game what an untethered outbreak could mean for global growth.Those at Oxford Economics reckon an international health crisis could be enough to wipe more than $1 trillion from global gross domestic product. That would be the economic price tag for a spike in workplace absenteeism, lower productivity, sliding travel, disrupted supply chains and reduced trade and investment.Investors are already nervous, with US stock benchmarks slumping more than 3 percent on Monday and the S&P 500 Index dropping the most since February 2018. South Korea’s economy is being buffered, with consumer confidence plunging the most in five years.UBS Group AG Chairman Axel Weber is already far more pessimistic than the IMF and warned global growth will experience a massive drop from 3.5 percent to 0.5 percent and China will shrink in the first quarter.“The much larger downside risk is that this continues to be a problem,” the former Bundesbank president told Bloomberg Television in Riyadh, where Group of 20 finance chiefs hinted at collective worries at the dangers of the virus.How to assess the risk is complicated by doubt over how far the coronavirus will travel.In an analysis that predates the current outbreak, the World Bank reckons a destructive pandemic could result in millions of deaths, and points to how even conservative estimates suggest such an experience might destroy as much as 1 percent of global GDP. A disastrous health crisis akin to the 1918 Spanish flu, which may have killed as many as 50 million people, could cost 5 percent of global GDP, the Washington-based lender said in a 2015 report.A March 2016 paper co-authored by former US Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers likened the annual financial impact of a pandemic flu to the long-term yearly cost of global warming. It calculated that if pandemic deaths were to exceed 700,000 per year, the combined cost to the world economy of premature lives lost and illness, along with lost income, would total 0.7 percent of global income.Oxford Economics’s tally of the impact from a global pandemic stemming from the current outbreak suggests a cost of $1.1 trillion to global GDP, with both the US and euro zone economies suffering recessions in the first half of 2020. It describes such a scenario as a “short but very sharp shock on the world economy.”Aside from containment of the disease, one mitigating factor — and a major unknown for economists modeling the outcome — will be the actions of central banks and governments to cushion the effects. Yet for Drew Matus, chief market strategist at MetLife Investment Management, monetary policy alone would probably be insufficient.“My guess would be you actually can’t solve it with interest rates,” he told Bloomberg Television. “People are worried about their families, worried about their health — 25 basis points doesn’t do it, in terms of encouraging people to go out there and spend.”Topics :last_img read more

Alumnus brings WWII photographer’s story to screen, wins Sundance award

first_imgSchool of Cinematic Arts alumna Caroline Friend (right) made a film about World War II photographer and soldier Faye Schulman’s (left) real life and career (Photo courtesy of Caroline Friend) Thomas Miller, a practice of cinema arts professor, served as Friend’s mentor while she worked on “Under Darkness.” He helped her reign in Schulman’s story and whittle the essential components down to a 20-minute film. Miller said he was impressed by Friend’s dedication to researching Schulman’s story -—she even traveled to interview her and gained permission to use Schulman’s photos after the credits of the film. When visiting then-97-year-old Schulman, Friend was able to see Faye’s photographs of herself and her brigade during the war, which she kept in an album almost like “family photos,” Friend said. Seeing these photos and talking with Schulman helped her understand and connect with her subject even further, she said. “In that moment it just made me realize that this person actually went through all these experiences,” Friend said. “She has [the photos] in her life because they’re a part of her life.” “[Schulman’s] story is important because sometimes we lose sight of the people that you don’t know were important in documenting our history,” Miller said. “It’s a really good film. [Caroline] should be really proud of herself.” “Under Darkness” was made possible by a Alfred P. Sloan Foundation production grant that funds student films related to science. Friend’s film shows Schulman not only taking photographs but developing them as well through a chemical process. “The experience making ‘Under Darkness’ was the most incredible experience of going to USC and … the opportunity to tell Faye’s story was absolutely life-changing,” Friend said. “This is the type of movie I want to make for the rest of my life.” When filmmaker Caroline Friend decided she would write and direct a short film about a real World War II photographer and resistance fighter, she knew it would be an extraordinarily important story to tell. She didn’t realize just how important, however, until she met the photographer, Faye Schulman, herself. In February 2017, Friend went to Schulman’s home and told her she would create a short film about a portion of her life, titled “Under Darkness.”center_img “[Faye] wanted her story to be told, and she wanted audiences to learn about everything she went through and her family went through and millions of other Jewish people went through in World War II,” Friend said. “It’s even hard to explain what it meant to me, but it made it all the more important to make the movie as accurate as I could and as impactful as I could.” Kally Khourshid, who plays Schulman in the film, echoed this admiration for Friend’s attention to detail. Friend felt a responsibility to honor the accuracy of “this turbulent, dark time,” Khourshid said, especially since Schulman’s family entrusted Friend with her story. As a student at USC, Friend produced and directed several films about war and won the Shoah Foundation’s Student Voices contest for a short documentary she directed about Holocaust survivor Helen Lewis. Having studied history, film and television production, Friend said she was often intrigued by the “resilience of the human spirit” during wartime. Friend said she will submit the project to other film festivals across the country over the next year. USC will also host a screening of “Under Darkness” and other Sloan grant films on Feb. 11, where Friend will also appear on a Q&A panel. Friend, a School of Cinematic Arts alumna, was awarded the Horizon Award for up-and-coming female directors for her film at the Sundance Film Festival, where she screened a two-minute scene to a crowd of over 100 people. When Friend screened the scene, which depicts Nazi soldiers directing Faye to photograph them, she said the audience at Sundance was palpably tense. When the scene ended, a quote from Faye appeared on screen, explaining that there was a Jewish resistance during the Holocaust, and she had the pictures as proof. At this moment, Friend said audible gasps could be heard in the room. “This was one of the most meaningful projects I’ve ever undertaken,” Khourshid said. “It’s a giant responsibility to be an actor and a lead in a film that is not only based in World War II but also asks you to step into the shoes of a real person that’s still alive.” Friend also wanted to tell a story she felt was overlooked, and she hopes the film inspires people to learn more about the Holocaust and the Jewish partisans who resisted the Nazis in irregular military groups during the war.last_img read more

Warriors stars fined after eviscerating officiating following loss to Timberwolves

first_imgStephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green have all been fined for their comments they made toward officials following a 131-130 overtime loss to the Timberwolves on Friday.The NBA announced on Tuesday, Green was fined $35,000, Curry $25,000 and Durant $15,000. Green was fined for his comments on Twitter which may have been referencing Tim Donaghy, who was caught influencing games for betting reasons. He simply dropped the initials “TD” right before “MK.” MK could have been in reference to official Marat Kogut who was working the game against the Timberwolves.TD— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) March 30, 2019MK— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) March 30, 2019Durant specifically mentioned Kogut after the game. Related News Stephen Curry on officiating in loss to Timberwolves: ‘It’s kind of embarrassing’ Since Friday both teams have played games and Golden State regained a one-game lead over Denver.The two teams play Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. ET. If Golden State wins it has a two-game lead with five games left to play in the season.It is hard to tell who will play who in the postseason though as the Spurs and Thunder are currently tied for seventh with 44-33 records. “He is so good with the whistle that he knew they were going to foul me and he called it right before I shot the ball,” Durant said. “So, he’s one of the greatest refs of all time.”Curry called Kogut “the MVP” of the night.He elaborated as well specifically mentioning a technical foul called against Green.”The fact that Draymond got a tech for saying ‘Oh we can’t talk to y’all tonight?’ it’s kind of embarrassing in terms of like, we’re supposed to have that communication,” Curry said. “Nobody was being demonstrative (or) disrespectful in any sense.”As long as you’re not, you know, cursing someone out or being disrespectful, that communication should be there. For the most part all year it’s been pretty solid.”The Warriors’ loss put them in a tie with the Nuggets for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference as the Nuggets won a game that night over the Thunder.last_img read more

The Wright View: JADCO need to come clean

first_img What is known, though, is that Brown has not played a first-class cricket match since the March 16, 2015, when he played for Jamaica against the Leeward Islands. Was Brown suspended from playing cricket, or did he voluntarily give up the sport? Were other international athletes who missed three drug tests suspended until their case was heard? The embattled West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has announced most definitely that Russell WILL play in the T20 World Cup. That seems to be on the basis that JADCO has not set a date for the hearing, and the WICB is certain that a hearing will not be scheduled to coincide with the dates of the tournament. I find this to be completely unacceptable. The public of Jamaica (and indeed the world) has a right to be given information when ANY of our citizens run afoul of the rules and regulations of sports. There cannot be one rule for Odean Brown and another rule for AndrÈ Russell. Every West Indian cricket fan, thirsty for the pleasure of watching a strong West Indies team competing in the World Cup, would like to see AndrÈ Russell play. But the question is: Should his appearance in the competition be in defiance of the WADA code as regards missed tests? With the present board of JADCO and its executive director refusing to even explain the Whereabouts Rule to the media and the public, speculation as to why an international star and icon would miss three scheduled drug tests in 12 months will continue. This, I do believe, will be to the detriment of the cricketer. “The strongest human instinct is to impart information. The second strongest is to resist it.” COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE An American writer, Kenneth Graham, once said: “The strongest human instinct is to impart information. The second strongest is to resist it.” I am reminded of that quote as I try to make sense of the news that came out on March 2 this year, when chairman of the disciplinary tribunal of the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commis-sion (JADCO), Kent Pantry, said he had received notification two weeks prior that Jamaica and West Indies T20 cricketer, Andre Russell, had missed three drug tests in 12 months. Pantry told the media that he had appointed a disciplinary tribunal to hear the case. This has serious repercussions for the athlete, and indeed Jamaica and the West Indies cricket team, now in the Far East preparing for the T20 World Cup. Since then, I have not heard an ‘official word’ from JADCO re this very serious case, other than the fact that he has not been suspended, so he is free to continue playing until his case is heard. When the present chairman of JADCO was appointed (Danny Williams) two years ago, I distinctly remember him stating that transparency would be the order of the day and that a liaison officer would be appointed to keep the media informed regarding the important work of his association. His remarks were necessary because the previous chairman, Dr Herb Elliott, was criticised by many (including this newspaper) about his penchant for coy and unhelpful statements. I was sure that the ‘new’ JADCO would be not only new, but different. Missed tests in sports are considered a serious offence and are usually associated with severe sanctions. When Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu missed three drug tests in a 12-month period, her excuse was that she had moved house and “messed up”. This excuse was apparently not accepted and she was banned. The same WADA rule apparently applies to athletes in other countries except Jamaica. On August 15, 2015, Jamaican cricketer Odean Brown was reported in the press as having missed three tests and was to appear before a disciplinary tribunal headed by Pantry and included Professor Archie McDonald, head of the Department of Surgery, University Hospital of the West Indies, and cricketer Maurice Foster. The next news via the media was that the case was postponed until September 4 as a result of a request from the lawyers involved. To date (March 15, 2016) there is absolutely no word as to what the outcome of that hearing is.last_img read more

Scrapie submissions needed

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The good news for American sheep producers is that the industry has scrapie on the run. The bad news is that the current status makes carriers of the fatal disease more difficult to find.“The incidence rate is now very low and finding the few remaining cases becomes more difficult using traditional surveillance methods,” said Wyoming State Veterinarian Jim Logan, DVM. “The best and most appropriate method now is within flock surveillance. It is in the best interest of the industry that we sample as many adult dead sheep and goats that we can find and get them tested.”The only diagnostic tests currently available to determine if a sheep has scrapie require brain or lymphoid tissue. Scrapie is typically diagnosed by finding abnormal prion protein accumulation in the brain and/or lymphoid tissue of infected sheep. A positive test must be confirmed by the National Veterinary Services Laboratories. While no new cases of classical scrapie have been reported in the United States since April 2016, there’s still a need to be vigilant.“If producers take this on in a serious manner and get heads to the laboratory, it will help the U.S. Department of Agriculture prove to the international community that the United States is free of scrapie, and we will finally be able to wrap up this national eradication program,” Logan said.The best way for producers to assist in completely eradicating scrapie from American borders is to participate in APHIS’ sample submission program. The program is provided at no cost to the producer, and asks that producers submit samples from adult sheep or goats.“Most producers don’t see scrapie as an issue in their flock,” said Diane Sutton, USDA/APHIS Veterinary Services Sheep and Goat Health Team Leader. “We’re so close to being free of scrapie, but we need to be able to demonstrate that to the world. Slaughter surveillance alone won’t get the job done.”The process for submitting samples is fairly simple. Shipping boxes with packing supplies and shipping are provided at no cost by APHIS. For more information, visit http://Sheepusa.org/IssuesPrograms_AnimalHealth_Scrapie.last_img read more

Fountain: The Future of Screenwriting

first_imgWhat if you could write a screenplay in any word processing application and have it automatically formatted for FinalDraft? Fountain makes it possible.An example of the Fountain markup (click for larger view)For close to two decades, professional screenwriters had only one option when it came to writing screenplays on a computer — FinalDraft. While there were other competing applications, Final Draft was (and still is) the application of choice within the film and television industry. At the end of the day, a writer is expected to work, present, and revise in-progress projects, as .fdx files — the proprietary file format of Final Draft. While there are some utilities that allow a writer to view or translate this document type into something more universal, there is no other application that allows a writer to fully edit an .fdx file other than Final Draft.Further, there hasn’t been many options for starting a screenplay in another application and migrating it to Final Draft for the review and development cycle. You have to start and finish everything in one application on the same computer (because serializing FinalDraft means locking it to a single computer).I don’t know many writers that work this way anymore.Writing happens everywhere: the park, the metro, while driving (dangerous!), in bed, in the bathroom. The device that facilitates these bursts of inspiration is the smartphone. Often a file starts in a simple text editor, moves to something else, then finally lands in a proper screenplay application. With each one of these transitions, a file type translation has to occur. Formatting and notation can get garbled and a lot of “fix-it” work has to be done, losing valuable writing time.What is needed is a universal mark up language — a set of rules and style of writing that exists independent of any one application or file format.Markup Language for ScreenwritersThis is why Fountain is such an amazing development for screenwriters. It is not an application or file type, it is a markup language: ‘a modern system for annotating a document in a way that is syntactically distinguishable from the text.’ (from Wikipedia)Spend a few hours learning the syntax and you’ll be writing screenplays on anything that can edit text. Download any number of Fountain-based apps and you’ll be good to go.‘Fountain is a simple markup syntax for writing, editing and sharing screenplays in plain, human-readable text. Fountain allows you to work on your screenplay anywhere, on any computer or tablet, using any software that edits text files’. (from the Fountain website)What Fountain Looks LikeIt looks like a screenplay from the get-go. For instance, if you want to write a scene heading for an interior day scene in a living room, you just type it like this: int. living room – day.A fountain browser will display that as: INT. LIVING ROOM – DAYStart an action block just by writing normally below a scene heading. And for a character, just write the name in all caps.For every one of these screenplay elements there are ways to force the interpretation. For instance if you wanted to start a scene heading with something other than INT or EXT. You can type a period (“.”) at the start of the line.Using Fountain to go from Google Docs to FinalDraftFinish Your Work in FinalDraftEven with all these great new tools, many of us will still end up in FinalDraft. Thankfully there is a great app from the developers of Fountain called Highland which easily converts a Fountain screenplay into an FDX file. Highland preserves all your existing formatting and structure as you move from Fountain and into FinalDraft. Hopefully soon, FinalDraft will just do that all by itself.last_img read more

ESPN Mistakes Devin Booker For Arrested Notre Dame DB Devin Butler

first_imgESPN accidentally uses Devin Booker photo on Notre Dame report.ESPN.ESPN’s SportsCenter made quite an error in their broadcast of Notre Dame cornerback Devin Butler’s arrest last night.First, Butler was arrested yesterday on preliminary felony charges of battery to law enforcement and resisting arrest. Then, when reporting the arrest on Saturday night’s SportsCenter, ESPN managed to confuse Butler with Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker. They very clearly selected the wrong photo for the broadcast.The hiccup definitely didn’t go unnoticed by viewers. Social media lit up, calling out the station for the [email protected] whoops. @DevinBook pic.twitter.com/sHKYdf1ybT— JTrain (@purplePHXorange) August 21, 2016When they realized the mistake, SportsCenter issued an apology. Anchor Zuban Memento read the statement after the commercial break.You can watch it below:@DevinBook @espn @SportsCenter pic.twitter.com/uAJAgVOWF4— JTrain (@purplePHXorange) August 21, 2016The transcription of his apology is below:“We are back on SportsCenter, and an apology we’d like to make. When reporting on a story earlier this hour on Notre Dame cornerback Devin Butler, we accidentally used a photo of the Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker. We all here at SportsCenter do sincerely apologize for that mistake.”Butler has since been indefinitely suspended by Notre Dame’s football program.last_img read more

Cabinet Approves Final Draft of National Youth Policy

first_img The Minister added that it outlines and explores areas for action, and indicates six priority areas – education and training, health and well-being, employment and entrepreneurship, youth participation, social inclusion and reintegration, and institutional and youth sector arrangements. Cabinet has approved the final draft of the National Youth Policy by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, to be tabled in Parliament as a White Paper. Cabinet has approved the final draft of the National Youth Policy by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, to be tabled in Parliament as a White Paper.Speaking at a post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House on October 4, Portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said the policy establishes a framework within which youth can be supported to pursue and achieve their goals.The Minister added that it outlines and explores areas for action, and indicates six priority areas – education and training, health and well-being, employment and entrepreneurship, youth participation, social inclusion and reintegration, and institutional and youth sector arrangements.In the meantime, Senator Reid said Cabinet also gave approval for an updated Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Policy and Implementation Plan, and also for the completion of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport/Bureau of Gender Affairs, to be tabled as a Green Paper in Parliament. Speaking at a post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House on October 4, Portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said the policy establishes a framework within which youth can be supported to pursue and achieve their goals. Story Highlightslast_img read more