Between Quvenzhané & a hard place

first_imgQuvenzhané WallisTaken from a Feb. 27, 2013, audio column from prisonradio.org.Never let it be said that I don’t have a sense of ­humor, for those who know me will attest that I can be as silly as a goose.I find laughter healing and restorative.And yet, some attempts at comedy leave me cold, especially when the butt of the jokes are Black people or children.Which brings me to the present dust-up surrounding the adorable little girl, Quvenzhané Wallis, the leading actor in “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” a film on Katrina-era New Orleans.According to published reports, the satirical news journal, The Onion, referred to the child with an epithet that, shall we say, rhymes with the word ‘runt’.Incredible.The Onion promptly issued its mea culpas — “our bad, sorry” — but the damage is done.A child, a brilliant, beautiful little girl no less, is slapped with a word that shouldn’t exist in her 9-year-old vocabulary.Would the [then] child actress, Tatum O’Neal, ever have been subjected to such a term? What of the pre-teen actress Dakota Fanning?I think not.But in this “post-racial” era, where Black folks are fair game once more and silenced by the shimmering spectacle of a Black family in the White House, a Black child may be slimed by the most sexist, most objectifying of terms.Misogyny in embryo. But, don’t worry. It’s just a joke. Can’t you take a joke?FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Movement for Black Lives organizers occupy NYC City Hall Park

first_imgMovement for Black Lives activists begin occupation and demand reparations.Millions March NYC began an occupation of New York’s City Hall Park the morning of Aug. 1. Organizers say they will remain until Mayor Bill de Blasio meets three demands: fire Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and end “Broken Windows” policing; defund the New York Police Department and invest in Black, Brown and working-class communities; and provide reparations to victims’ families and survivors of police terrorism out of the NYPD budget.MMNYC is a “grassroots multiracial collective of organizers committed to building and strengthening the movement for Black lives,” according to the press release for the occupation. The activists represent communities at “the intersections of multiple social movements — Black Lives Matter, LGBTQIA+, Indigenous people, prison abolition and others.” Groups participating include Equality for Flatbush, Peoples Power Assemblies NYC (PPA), NYC Labor for Black Lives, NYC Shut It Down, Samidoun Palestine Prisoner Solidarity Network and more.MMNYC has organized over a dozen mass mobilizations and marches, including the December 2014 Days of Rage that brought 75,000 people into the streets to demand an end to police brutality.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Trade Issue Brewing with Panama

first_img SHARE Trade Issue Brewing with Panama SHARE Source: NAFB news service Home Indiana Agriculture News Trade Issue Brewing with Panama The U.S. Grains Council says an unsettling trade barrier is brewing in Central America. The Panamanian government has published the regulations governing quota administration for powdered milk, rice and corn – which are all governed by the auction system as part of the Panama-U.S. Trade Promotion Agreement. According to the Grains Council – Panama’s government has exploited a loophole in the agreement and closed the imports of U.S. corn for three and-a-half months at the beginning of 2014. The Council immediately began working with the U.S. Trade Representative, USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service in Panama, the Panamanian government and the Panamanian poultry industry to find resolution. While the hope is to resolve the issue informally – the Grains Council notes key employees of the USTR and FAS-Panama are unable to do their job in keeping markets open for U.S. products because of government furloughs.Panama produces approximately 85-thousand metric tons – or 3.3-million bushels – of corn annually. They import 350-thousand tons – or 13.8-million bushels each year. The Panamanian government has historically closed the market each year to imports from January to April – but the Grains Council says it was believed that under the FTA – this pattern of closing the market would no longer be acceptable. The market was not closed for corn imports in 2013. USGC Director of Trade Policy and Biotechnology Floyd Gaibler says the time period the government has chosen to close the market coincides with the harvest of the local corn crop and is an obvious effort to subvert the FTA in order to protect local corn producers and force the Panamanian feed industry to buy local corn. He says the regulation goes against the spirit of the FTA and creates a tremendous burden on the local livestock industry. Gaibler says the FTA was intended to simplify trade – but the Panamanian government has set up several technical barriers which make the situation worse for the feed industry, increasing the cost of importing U.S. corn and actually making U.S. corn less competitive.The Grains Council will actively pursue this issue despite the government shutdown. The Council says this issue highlights the importance of USDA and USTR to the agricultural community in helping to protect and enforce existing trade agreements.center_img Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Oct 6, 2013 Previous articleNew Directors Elected to Indiana Soybean Alliance BoardNext articleApp Helps Mobilize Weed Management Gary Truittlast_img read more

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Radio journalist talks about censorship, delayed “live” broadcasts

first_img ChinaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information to go further Follow the news on China September 14, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio journalist talks about censorship, delayed “live” broadcasts March 12, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News ChinaAsia – Pacific A Chinese journalist now living abroad agreed to be interviewed by Reporters Without Borders about her experiences as a radio station presenter and producer in China during the first half of the past decade. We decided not to name her in order to avoid endangering her in any way.What she has to say sheds light on the increasingly complex status of Chinese journalists and how they are torn between wanting to expose the truth and not taking too many risks. It also highlights the fact that government still exercises more control over the broadcast media than the print media or Internet.By talking about censorship as seen from the inside, she has helped improve our understanding of how it works. Reporters Without Borders thanks her for this courageous and instructive interview.When did you work for this radio station in China?I began working as a programme producer and presenter in 2001 and continued until 2004.What was the Chinese government’s attitude towards the media at that time?The station I worked for was just one among thousands of others in China. But it was representative of the situation of Chinese radio stations at that time.Firstly you have to understand that radio stations, TV stations and newspapers are the main propaganda tools in China. So the views expressed on radio stations are controlled by the Propaganda Department. We were often censored. For example, the censorship rules were tightened and negative articles were strictly banned ever year on 4 June, which is the anniversary of both the Communist Party’s creation and the proclamation of the People’s Republic of China.These periods of stricter control were frequent. For example, during the 2008 Olympic Games, it was impossible to disseminate information about the massive destruction of housing in Beijing or the resulting complaints filed by the public.Censorship is enforced by the Central Propaganda Department, which directly gives very explicit orders to media editors. The orders may be sent in the form of communiqués, written documents, but may also be given by telephone. These orders were usually given to the radio station managers, who in most cases were also the news editors. Those in charge passed the directives to the journalists.Here is a typical example of a censored subject. After Beijing was chosen as the host of the 2008 Olympic Games, the authorities ordered the city’s shops to “harmonise” their names. When the Wansheng chain of bookstores refused to comply, the Beijing municipal authorities ordered their demolition. The bookstores responded by filing a complaint against the person in charge of the Beijing district of Haidian. We were forbidden to cover this kind of story.Chinese radio stations use a system of “live” broadcasting that is not really live. Each radio station has an apparatus that delays the broadcasting of news and information. So when comments are made in a “live” broadcast that violate Propaganda Department directives, for example, comments about religion or criticism of the Communist Party, they can be blocked before transmission. So the comments of radio presenters are always filtered.Another problem is the fact that you do not make much money from radio broadcasting in China. Many stations have other businesses and it is by promoting and advertising these businesses that the stations raise the money to keep broadcasting. This is a very common practice in China, especially as regards radio stations.Most of the companies that advertise are pharmaceutical ones. They often produce counterfeit drugs or poor-quality drugs. I took a stand on the companies that manufacture fake medicine for profit and wrote several articles criticising such practices.In short, China’s radio stations have two distinguishing characteristics. They are used as propaganda tool by the ruling party, and they have to be linked to another kind of business in order to pay their way.That is why most radio station managers comply with the strict rules imposed by the authorities. Radio station journalists and managers who decide to report the truth find themselves under a great deal of pressure from the authorities or, more seriously, are just fired.What is your view of the current state of media censorship?The media in China are reduced to the role of propaganda tools. They do not constitute an independent platform for disseminating news and information. They are strongly marked by an ideology. That is why many journalists, including me, have been challenging this media system.After the radio station, you went to work for an NGO. How much freedom did you have there?I resigned as a radio journalist and joined one of the first Chinese NGOs to take an interest in ecological issues. I was in charge of writing articles about the environment.I had come to the conclusion that the main cause of China’s problems was to be found in the obstacles imposed by the system. NGOs represent a new force that can help society to evolve. We wanted to start a movement that would help ideas and education to evolve. Several socially committed intellectuals, lawyers and journalists, myself included, took the initiative of creating an NGO that would get involved in the environment, public health, education, labour and gender equality.We set up a system of legal assistance and training for NGOs and private individuals. One of the projects was water pollution in China. We carried out investigations in all the regions and we encouraged the local population to protest against water pollution by local authorities and private-sector companies.But in China, there is even more government pressure on NGOs than on the media. Our NGO never managed to be legally registered. Personally, I began to be under police surveillance in 2006 and I was often “invited to have some tea” (Chinese expression for interrogation of a dissident by the police).I was summoned twice by the police in 2010 and I was placed under house arrest for 48 hours. As I had no means of obtaining any protection, I was forced to leave China temporarily.You now live abroad. Do you still follow what happens to Chinese journalists?I have become a foreign-based journalist. The difference between Chinese media and western media is that, while there is no shortage of good journalists in China, censorship prevents them from reporting the information they would like to put out. I continue to closely follow what happens to Chinese journalists and I am often in contact with those are still in China. Receive email alertscenter_img News June 2, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes RSF_en China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures News Organisation last_img read more

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Security alert in Strabane declared a hoax

first_imgNews Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp Facebook Security alert in Strabane declared a hoax Facebookcenter_img By admin – September 7, 2014 Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp Previous articleMcLoone looking to top an unbelieveable year with another All IrelandNext articleFireworks display leads to RNLI false alarm in Bundoran admin Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire A security alert in Strabane on Sunday which forced a number of people from their  homes has been declared a hoax.Up to 30 homes were evacuated following the discovery of a suspicious device in the garden of a house in Inshfree Gardens.The device was later declared a hoax.Ch Insp Andy Lemon told the BBC that incidents such as this cause distress and anxiety to those affected by it. He condemned the actions of those responsible. Twitter Pinterest Pinterestlast_img read more

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Delhi High Court Grants Bail To Murder Accused In Delhi Riots Case On Ground Of Parity

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi High Court Grants Bail To Murder Accused In Delhi Riots Case On Ground Of Parity LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK11 Dec 2020 4:42 AMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court on Wednesday allowed the regular bail application filed by one Md. Iqbal, accused of rioting and murder in the Delhi Riots case. Noting that four other accused in the case had already been released, a Single Bench of Justice Suresh Kumar Kait directed the authorities to release Iqbal on furnishing a personal bond of Rs.15,000/- along with a surety. “It is not…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Delhi High Court on Wednesday allowed the regular bail application filed by one Md. Iqbal, accused of rioting and murder in the Delhi Riots case. Noting that four other accused in the case had already been released, a Single Bench of Justice Suresh Kumar Kait directed the authorities to release Iqbal on furnishing a personal bond of Rs.15,000/- along with a surety. “It is not in dispute that 4 accused are already on bail pursuant to order passed by this Court. However, learned ASG is unable to establish that the present petitioner is not similarly situated with other 4 co-accused. In view of the facts recorded above, I am of the view that on parity the petitioner deserves bail,” the Judge ordered. Mohd Iqbal, 24, was detained by the Delhi Police on March 8 for alleged involvement in rioting during the anti-CAA protests in Delhi. As per Iqbal’s family, he and is three friends had gone to a nearby market in the evening to buy meat when they were intercepted by the police and taken into custody. It is alleged that the family was not even informed about his detention until the next day. It is pertinent to note that the 24-yr-old was granted bail by a local Court in Delhi on June 10, against a surety bond of Rs 20,000/-. However, he was not released pursuant to the said order on account of his alleged involvement in another murder case. Iqbal was said to be involved with a mob that allegedly caused the death of a person during the riots. Accordingly, he was booked under Sections 147, 148, 149 (Rioting), 302 (Murder) and 395 (Dacoity) of IPC. The family claimed that they were never informed about any second case against Iqbal until they approached the Mandoli Jail authorities for his release. They also alleged that even after the bail, the police did not give a copy of the FIR. Iqbal was represented by Senior Advocate Sanjay Hegde with Advocates Chandan Goswami, Anas Tanwi, Eeshan Pandey and Mudit Makhijan. Case Title: Iqbal v. State (GNCTD) Click Here To Download Order Read OrderNext Storylast_img read more

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Approaches to resolving cephalopod movement and migration patterns

first_imgCephalopod movement occurs during all phases of the life history, with the abundance and location of cephalopod populations strongly influenced by the prevalence and scale of their movements. Environmental parameters, such as sea temperature and oceanographic processes, have a large influence on movement at the various life cycle stages, particularly those of oceanic squid. Tag recapture studies are the most common way of directly examining cephalopod movement, particularly in species which are heavily fished. Electronic tags, however, are being more commonly used to track cephalopods, providing detailed small- and large-scale movement information. Chemical tagging of paralarvae through maternal transfer may prove to be a viable technique for tracking this little understood cephalopod life stage, as large numbers of individuals could be tagged at once. Numerous indirect methods can also be used to examine cephalopod movement, such as chemical analyses of the elemental and/or isotopic signatures of cephalopod hard parts, with growing interest in utilising these techniques for elucidating migration pathways, as is commonly done for fish. Geographic differences in parasite fauna have also been used to indirectly provide movement information, however, explicit movement studies require detailed information on parasite-host specificity and parasite geographic distribution, which is yet to be determined for cephalopods. Molecular genetics offers a powerful approach to estimating realised effective migration rates among populations, and continuing developments in markers and analytical techniques hold the promise of more detailed identification of migrants. To date genetic studies indicate that migration in squids is extensive but can be blocked by major oceanographic features, and in cuttlefish and octopus migration is more locally restricted than predictions from life history parameters would suggest. Satellite data showing the location of fishing lights have been increasingly used to examine the movement of squid fishing vessels, as a proxy for monitoring the movement of the squid populations themselves, allowing for the remote monitoring of oceanic species.last_img read more

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OCHS Winter Athletes Recognized

first_imgIsabella Wamsher, (Diving), and Jack Bell, (Boys Swimming) receive the Star-Athlete Awards at a School Board ceremony Wednesday night. Also pictured from left, School Board President Joe Clark, Schools Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Taylor, and to the far right, Athletic Director Vince Leavey. By Maddy VitaleOcean City High School athletes in winter track, wrestling, swimming, diving, and basketball were honored during a ceremony at a school board meeting Wednesday night.“We get to celebrate, honor and recognize our fantastic winter athletes,” Schools Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Taylor said. “We are so proud of you.”Special honors went to Isabella Wamsher (Diving), and Jack Bell (Boys Swimming), who received the Scholar-Athlete awards. Community Service Athlete Awards went to Tanis McDonnell (Winter Track), and Luke Meli (Boys Basketball).Athletic Director Vince Leavey noted at the beginning of his presentation that all of the athletes did an amazing job and really excelled. Boys Swimming took several awards.On March 26, 18 student-athletes will make commitments to colleges. “This year we are up to 30 and potentially 33. That is 10 percent of our senior class,” Leavey said of the students who will go on to play sports at the college level. “This is really an impressive group here.”Boys Basketball coach John Bruno had a 20-5 season and earned his 400th career victory this year. Three of his standout athletes were Joey Sacco and Donovan Graham, two CAL National Conference First Team All-Stars, and Luke Varallo, who was CAL Honorable Mention All-Star.The Girls Basketball team ended its season 23-7. Like Coach Bruno, girls Coach Paul Baruffi also celebrated his 400th career victory this year.Baruffi said of the season, “It was a great year. These girls accomplished a lot. I’m just really proud of everything they have accomplished.”Danielle Donoghue and Emma Finnegan were both CAL National Conference First Team All-Stars.The Girls Swim Team received a host of honors in an 11-3 season. At far left, School Board President Joe Clark, Schools Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Taylor, at the far right Athletic Director Vince Leavey and to his right, Coach Ian Keyser.Girls Swimming had an 11-3 season under the direction of Coach Ian Keyser. They also had many CAL American Conference First Team All-Stars. They were Alex Antonov, Andrea Teofonova, Claudia Scherbin, Emily Myers, Isabella Pagan, Olivia Scherbin and Brooke Powell. The two top divers, whose coach is Amy Kohl, were Isabella Wamsher, who was CAL First Team All-Star, First Place CAL Championships and placed ninth in the state, and Frannie Trimble, who was a Second Place SJISA-Dive and Third Team All South Jersey.Nate Hays and Ben Wiley each received CAL American Conference First Team All-Stars for Boys Swimming under Coach Shane McGrath. Other swimmers who received CAL awards were Doug Grisbaum, Perter Horowitz, Brian Walsh and Ethan McCarron. The Wrestling team had a 12-14 season. Coach Dan Calhoun said his stars Nick Sannino, Charley Cossaboone and Billy Kroeger did a fantastic job and he hopes to see state medalists from them next year. Leavey said one sport, Winter Track, does not get the accolades it deserves, mostly, because the meets are far away.But the teammates excel at their sport, despite not being in the spotlight, he noted.At left, Schools Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Taylor, Winter Track Coach Matt Purdue, School Board President Joe Clark and the athletes. At the far right is Athletic Director Vince Leavey.Winter Track won the South Jersey Group III title with standouts, Kevin King, 55-meter hurdles, Luke Kramer, Press First Team All-Star, Jaden Tocci-Rogers, Seventh Place at MOC-High Jump, and Alexa Palmieri, 1,600-meter run and South Jersey Group III Champion – 3,200-meter run. “Thank you for your support,” said Winter Track Coach Matt Purdue. “They don’t get recognition because they are away. I want to thank them and all of the coaching staff.”Dr. Taylor noted at the end of the presentation that the students’ success could not be achieved without the parents’ willingness to drive them to practice — in all types of weather — and to spend hours at games and meets.“We thank you for all of your support of them,” she added.last_img read more

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Press release: Violent Birmingham carjackers jailed for longer

first_imgA gang of carjackers have had their sentences increased after the Solicitor General, Robert Buckland QC MP, referred their case to the Court of Appeal.Sarweeth Rehman, Hussun Ashraf and Adal Azam, all 22, carried out a string of thefts in which vehicles were towed away using a pick-up truck.Their offending escalated when they attempted to steal 2 cars by smashing a car window with a hammer while the driver was still inside, and threatening another driver with a metal bar.Rehman and Ashraf were further convicted of offences which took place on 24 August 2017, when Rehman threatened a man and smashed up his car. Later that same day Rehman and Ashraf dragged a woman from her car before stealing it. Further incidents occurred over the following months.Rehman, Ashraf and Azam were originally sentenced in October at Birmingham Crown Court. Rehman was sentenced to 5 years and 9 months in prison, Ashraf to 6 years 4 months in prison, and Azam to 3 years and 10 months in prison.The Court of Appeal has today increased Rehman’s sentence to 10 years in prison plus activation of 2 suspended sentences amounting to 34 weeks imprisonment to be served consecutively, Ashraf’s to 11 and a half years in prison plus activation of one suspended sentence of 16 weeks imprisonment to be served consecutively, and Azam’s to 6 years in prison.Speaking after the hearing, the Solicitor General said: These men carried out a series of violent attacks, striking when the victims were alone and then making off with their cars. The Court’s decision to increase their sentences now reflects the severity of their crimes.last_img read more

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News story: UK-Swiss transitional migration arrangements for a no deal scenario

first_imgThe UK and Switzerland have reached a transitional migration agreement which would apply in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal. The agreement would allow UK workers to access the Swiss labour market and Swiss workers to access the UK labour market until December 2020.In a no deal scenario, UK workers would be able to move to Switzerland in similar numbers as now until the end of 2020. Switzerland has already announced a specific quota of 3,500 work permits for 2019 which would be ring-fenced for UK workers.Switzerland has also agreed that UK workers would not need to meet the rules relating to skill level, national preference and economic interest which normally apply to non-EEA nationals applying for work permits in Switzerland.The UK has agreed to provide arrangements for Swiss nationals who wish to work in the UK which are at least as favourable as those offered to UK nationals in Switzerland. In the event of no deal, and following the ending of free movement, Swiss and EEA nationals arriving in the UK for the first time would be eligible for European temporary leave to remain. This would allow them to work in the UK for three years.Both countries have also agreed protections for those frontier workers not covered by the UK-Swiss citizens’ rights agreement, which would allow them to continue cross-border work until 31 December 2020.This agreement will be subject to ratification processes in both states, and will be signed and published in due course. The UK and Switzerland will continue to work closely together on implementing the agreement and will discuss the arrangements which will apply from the end of 2020 in due course.Further InformationDetails of the Swiss government’s announcement on quotas can be found here.The details of the UK’s European Temporary Leave to Remain scheme can be found here.last_img read more

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